We were so pleased to be able to run a slightly low-key sports day, sitting with our classes to maintain our bubbles rather than in House Groups and of course without our parents to cheer us on. However, it was a fantastic morning with the sun shining and everyone cheering the children on as they took part in sprinting, obstacle, dressing up and relay races. All the children showed great sportsmanship cheering their friends and fellow pupils on and really entering into the whole team spirit. The scores at the end of the morning were so close but it was Oak who finally won the trophy. Thanks to all the staff who helped with the setting-up and running of the event and to the PTA for once again providing the ice lollies. Next year we hope to be all back together again!
Cheerleading with Cressy
Years 1 and 2 had an opportunity to try out some cheerleading training with Cressy who runs Stortford Cheerleaders. Cressy put them through their paces starting with a warm-up session and then practised a few classic moves to songs from the Lion King. By the third session the children were able to follow Cressy to perform a short sequence. It was a great experience and certainly a good way of building stamina and fitness.
Paralympian Visit 25.6.21
We were very lucky to receive a visit from the Paralympian skier Sean Rose. Sean was born in Middlesbrough and he now lives in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. He is a world class sportsman and adventurer. Sean had a freak ski accident in 2000 while he was working as a ski instructor. He broke his back and this left him paralysed from the waist down.
England Does The Daily Mile
ST Michael's took part in the first ever 'England Does The Daily Mile' today. The Daily Mile is an initiative set up by Elaine Wyllie a former primary school head teacher, with the objective to get children fit for life and fit for learning. It has been adopted by over 70 countries in the world and today was England's chance to show our support for this fantastic initiative. It is so important for both the physical an mental health of our children especially helping children to cope at this challenging time. The aim was to get 1 million children doing The Daily Mile across the country today. We did our bit as you can see below.
BMX Academy Workshop 22.4.21
Once again we have been very lucky to have had a visit from Mike Mullen from the BMX Academy to deliver a workshop and display to the Year 5 and 6 classes. Mike talks passionately about his sport and how it turned his life around.
BMX Academy is my concept of using BMX, and what it's taught me, to help school pupils to develop stronger mindsets, build resilience and improve wellbeing.
(The workshops are) designed to empower children, encouraging them to use a growth mindset to push their comfort zones and self motivate to achieve each trick challenge.
Both classes had a fantastic day and most of the children were confident enough at the end of the workshop to have a go at some of the tricks Mike had demonstrated to them in his earlier display.
Spring and Summer Term Sports Update
Although we haven't be able to run any clubs or participate in the normal Birchwood Sports Partnership Competitions, we have still managed to keep active in our PE lessons, our weekly yoga sessions and using The Daily Mile Track. Natasha sadly left KAS at the end of last term but we are very lucky to have the fantastic Aran and Jenna as our lunchtime Sports Coaches now. We have also been really lucky to once again have Mike Mullen from BMX Academy coming into school to do workshops with the Year 5 and 6 classes.
Sports Lunchtime Coaching Autumn 2020
This year we are lucky enough to have Natasha from KAS Sports Coaching to be working with us at lunchtimes. Natasha works with all the classes on a rotational basis, taking the children through a series of fitness and games based activities.
Yoga with The Wonder Tree
We have once again had Sara Thompson from The Wonder Tree to take us through some well-being and mindfulness techniques. Each class had a 30 minute session with Sara and it was so popular that Sara will be coming back to teach yoga on a regular basis in school.
We kicked off the BSP 2019 Football League with our first away match against Northgate School. They are a strong team having won the league last year however we held our own and with three great goals from Ed and some fantastic goal keeping from Casey, the final score was 3-5 to the hosts. Well done St Michaels.
We played two more matches one away to High Wych on the 17.10.19 who were a very strong team and beat us quite soundly (10-1) but we triumphed against St Andrews winning 5-3 at home on the 22.10.19.
Birchwood Sports Partnership Football League Autumn 2019
Our two final matches of the Autumn League were against The Reedings School in Sawbridgeworth where we held a firm defence and were level until the last five minutes when an injury meant we conceded a goal and then a penalty followed. The games ended up as a 3-0 defeat but the quality of play from our team should have reflected a different result.
Our final match for the league was against Windhill 21 at home on the 12.11.19 and was kindly supervised by Mr Barnet. We achieved a 5-2 victory which was a great way to end.
Final Results.....................we can third in the league which is a great achievement! Watch this space for news about the The Summer Term League.
Birchwood Sports Partnership Year 5/6 Tag Rugby Tournament 2019
The Year 6 class accompanied by Mrs Hopkinson and Miss Simpson attended the first BSP competition of the year which was the Year 5/6 Tag Rugby Festival organised by Saracens Rugby Club and held at BSRFC. We were split into 3 squads of 10 pupils and took it in turns to play games of 7 a side. each squad played five 15 minute games, winning and loosing roughly an equal amount. It is the biggest tournament of the year with between 20 and 30 squads competing so a huge amount of planning for the organisers. It was a fun, fast and exhausting but the pupils conducted themselves impeccably and there were lots of tales to be told on our weary walk back to school!
Birchwood Games 2019
The Year 3's enjoyed a fun afternoon of golf, tennis, bench ball and many other activities in the annual Birchwood Games held this year in the Autumn Term. As you can see from the photos lots of skills were put into action and a fun if not exhausting afternoon was had by all.
BSP Tri Golf Competition
Ten children represented the class at a Tri-golf festival held at Birchwood High School. The children had the opportunity to take part in a rotation of 9 games, involving skills of putting and chipping, and played brilliantly throughout, working well as a team and improving their skills with each game. They were delighted to achieve second place out of 11 local schools taking part and were proud to have been fantastic sporting ambassadors for our school. Mrs Snelling, who accompanied the children, commented that she was very impressed with their behaviour and achievements, and she was also delighted to be greeted by past St. Michael’s students who are now Birchwood Sports leaders, continuing to ‘make a difference’ after they have left our school.
BSP Cheerleading Competition 2019
Well done to our fabulous cheerleading squad who took part in the annual BSP competition at Birchwood School. Cheering, chanting and performing their way through a series of amazing acrobatic feats, they performed brilliantly and although the trophy eluded us for another year they certainly showed Bishop's Stortford what St Michaels's girls are made of!
BSP Rapid Fire Cricket Tournament 4.12.19
Report by Ridley and Jenson
Some people in Year 4 got picked to take part in a Rapid Fire Cricket Tournament at H.E.C.C Herts and Essex Cricket Centre. The people were Jenson, Ridley, Joel, Rex, Isobel G, Emily, Zara and Isabelle. We played Reedings first and dreww 50-50, secondly we played High Wych B (Yr3) and we won 40-27. Unfortunately, we lost to Mandeville by 2 points (46-44). In the last game we played Albury and beat them by quite a bit (42-32). We came 3rd out of 5 other schools, Windhill coming first and Northgate second.
Hip Hop Club Christmas Showcase
Christmas Jumper-wearing Hip Hoppers treated their parents and carers to a great display of all their hard work this term in Hip Hop Club.
If you would like your child to take part, please contact the school ofice for further details.
BSP Sportshall Athletics Tournament January 2020
We started the year's sporting fixtures with a team from Year 6 representing St Michael's at the annual BSP Sportshall Athletics Competition. There was a range of activities for the pupils to take part in including hurdles, relay and javelin.
On Friday 7th February, Years 1-6 took part in workshops delivered by Fit4Kids aimed at promoting fitness, healthy living and well-being. The workshops covered healthy eating including looking at the daily levels of sugar we are advised to eat and how many portions of fruit and vegetables we should eat to stay healthy. The pupils then took part in a series of fitness circuits and games with their class mates.
BSP Year 2 Multi-skills Festival 12.2.20
We took a team of Year 2 pupils to the BSP Multi-Skills Festival run by the Birchwood School Leaders from years 7-9. It was a fun-filled noisy morning with all the children involved having a great time and joining in fully with the activities on offer.
Mental Health Week 3-7th February
As part of our week focusing on Mental Health, the classes all took part in yoga sessions run by Mrs Thompson who is both a parent and yoga teacher who runs yoga classes for children through her company The Wonder Tree. She also runs a club in school on Wednesdays. More information or to sign your child up for these classes please contact the school office.