INTER SCHOOLS SWIMMING GALA
During the evening of Wednesday 21st February St Matthew’s took part in the inter schools swimming gala at Tunbridge Wells pool. This was only the second time we have managed to enter a team in this competition for over 15 years so there was great excitement from all the children taking part. The team consisted of Niamh, Marta, Lily, Sofia, Erin, Becca, Charlie, Finley, Kyle, Matthew, Archie and Ben. There were stand out performances from Niamh in the Year 6 girls freestyle and Matthew in the Year 5 boys freestyle as they both finished in 2nd place. All of the children gave 100% swimming against some very talented swimmers from other schools and it was lovely to see them all smiling and feeling super proud of themselves. A big thank you to Mike Smith who came along to help look after the team.
CHAMPIONS 3/4 INDOOR ATHLETICS
On Tuesday 20th February our Yr 3/4 athletics team became champions in the Inter Schools Indoor Athletics competition for the second year running. The team consisted of Abbie, Humairaa, Alana, Charley, Keeley, Annais, Annalys, Aysha, Martha, Harvey, Theo, Charlie, Nikodem, Oliver, Jonathan, Leon and Jake.The children had all trained so hard for this competition and it certainly paid off. They each had to do 2 running relays and a 2 jumping or throwing events. There was a superb performance from Abbie and Humairaa in the 2 x 2 lap relay and the boys team all ran amazingly winning 4 out of the 6 relays. Matthew was incredible in the boys 5 strides recording 9 meters 50cm and Oliver threw a huge 17 meters 80cm in the javelin. The team managed to amass a total of 442 points, 22 points ahead of second. Well done to each and every one of the children we are very proud of them as they now progress onto the Kent School Games Finals in June.
LUKA & HENRY ARE SOUTHERN INTER COUNTIES CHAMPIONS
On Saturday 10th February Luka, Henry, Olivia and Demi were part of the Kent team in the Southern Inter Counties Indoor Athletics Championships in Guildford. It was a fantastic competition with some very talented children making up the Kent team.The competition was against Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex and the Isle of Wight. Luka was amazing jumping 49 in the vertical jump and gaining a 60 out of 60 seconds in the balance test. He was also part of the obstacle relay team that won by 2 seconds. Henry also performed really well jumping 1 meter 91 in the long jump and threw 16 meters in the javelin. The boys team was amazing winning the competition overall by 22 points from Berkshire. The girls team finished in 4th place, only 4 points behind third. Olivia had a great day recording 59 in the speed bounce and finishing first in the over under relay. Demi recorded 42 in the balance test and ran really well in the hurdles relay.
St Matthew’s are so proud to have four children who are talented enough to be selected for a Kent team, it is such a huge achievement, so very well done all of you..
SOUTHERN SCHOOLS REGIONAL JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
On Saturday 20th January 2018 Theo took part in the Southern British Schools Regional Judo Championships in Gillingham. He fought really well winning several bouts and even fought against someone a year older and heavier than himself. It was a great day for Theo as he managed to win the silver medal.
INFANT AGILITY CHAMPIONS 2018
On Thursday 18th January St Matthew’s became champions at the Infant Agility competition for the 3rd year running. The team consisted of Jackson, Justin, JJ, Logan, Archie, Sally Lilia, Leah, Florence & Lacey. The children had to do 6 activities including, speed bounce, skittles, shuttle run, long jump, chest push and javelin and they all performed amazingly well gaining some really high scores. They had practised every lunchtime for 2 months and their dedication really paid off today. They will now progress to the Kent School Games Final in June. Well done to each and every one of you.
KENT SCHOOLS DECATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS
On Sunday 14th January Luka, Henry, Olivia and Demi took part in the Kent Decathlon Championships at the Stour Centre in Ashford. They had to take part in 10 different events to gain an overall score. Luka and Olivia were excellent in the balance bar gaining the maximum of 60 points. Henry gained the furthest distance out of everyone in the javelin throwing 17 meters and Demi achieved the second highest score in the target throw and ran a very fast time in the sprint race. There were 58 boys taking part and Luka finished in an incredible equal 3rd place and Henry was in 10th place. In the girls event there were 59 taking part and Olivia finished in 7th place and Demi in 9th place. This was an amazing performance from all the children and they have now been selected to represent Kent in the Inter counties on 10th February.
YEAR 5/6 INDOOR ATHLETICS RUNNERS UP
On Thursday 11th January St Matthew’s finished in 2nd place out of 12 schools in the Year 5/6 indoor athletics. The team consisted of Nikola, Olivia, Demi, Lily, Jasmine, Erin, Tara, Ella, Shantaya, Luka, Munashe, Henry, Kieran, Ethan, Aiden, Dominic, Petroc & Zach. There were some fantastic performances especially from Demi & Lily who won the 2 + 2 relay, Luka & Henry who won the 1 + 1 relay and Munashe, Ethan, Aiden & Henry who won the 4 x 1 relay. In the field events Olivia, Ella & Nikola won the girls speed bounce event scoring 54, 54 & 57. The boys, Luka, Munashe & Aiden also won the boys speed bounce event scoring 62, 60 & 54. Munahse, Henry & Zach won the long jump and Tara, Jasmine & Demi also won the triple jump. All the children performed really well and did St Matthew’s proud. Well done all of you.
KENT SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
On Saturday 18th November Abbie and Kieran took part in the Kent Schools Cross Country Championships at Detling Showground. In the Year 4 girls race Abbie finished in a remarkable 5th place out of 145 runners. The course was over 1000 meters and her time was a really quick 5 minutes and 2 seconds which was 46 seconds quicker than she ran last year. Abbie was also the first runner in from the South West Kent area which is a great achievement. Kieran also had a brilliant run finishing in 39th place in the Year 6 boys race. This was the first time he had taken part in this competition so his result was really impressive. His time was a fast 9 minutes and 24 seconds and there were 165 runners in the race. Well done to both of you, you did St Matthew’s proud.
5 A SIDE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT AT SEVENOAKS SCHOOL
On Friday 10th November St Matthew’s took part in the annual 5 a side football tournament at Sevenoaks School. The team consisted of Harry, Kieran, Luka, Munashe, Ethan, Jamie, Riley & Archie. They played 6 games winning 3 of them 2-1, 5-2 & 5-0, but narrowly lost 3 games by 1 goal. There was some skillful play from Munashe, Luka and Jamie which resulted in some great goals.
INTER SCHOOLS YEAR 5/6 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
On Wednesday 8th November St Matthew’s took part in the cross country race at Eridge Park. There was a spectacular run from Abbie who finished 2nd in the 3/4 girls race and her brother Kieran also ran really well finishing 12th in the 5/6 boys race. The Eridge race is a really tough, hilly course and all the children who took part should be really proud of themselves for finishing the race. The results were as follows;
YEAR 3/4 GIRLS
YEAR 3/4 Boys
Joshua T 52nd
YEAR 5/6 GIRLS
YEAR 5/6 BOYS
YEAR 5/6 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
On Monday 6th November St Matthew’s took part in the 5/6 Basketball Tournament held at Skinners School. The A team consisted of Luka, Munashe, Chloe, Marta, Rhianna, Ethan & Zach & the B team consisted of Petroc, Nathanial, Kieran, Sophie, Erin & Lilly.
There was some superb play from the A team who made it through to the semi finals. Munashe was voted Player of the competition by the referee.& Luka showed great skill with Rhianna played brilliantly in the centre. They beat St Barnabas 28-1, Speldhurst 19-7 & St James B 29-2, finishing 1st in their group.In the quarter final they beat Claremont 18-7.and then in the semi final they sadly lost to St James A by 1 basket.
The B team also played brilliantly beating Bishops Down C 12-0, Langton Green 10-2 but losing 17-6 to St James A, finishing 2nd in the group stage. They went through to the quarter final where they beat Bishops Down B 9-1 and in the semi final they beat St James B 6-5. The final was a tough, physical game and St James beat us 12-6.
A fantastic afternoon of basketball by both teams and the hours of practise really showed. Well done everyone of you.
INTER SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY AT THE RUGBY CLUB
On Thursday 19th October St Matthew’s took part in the 2nd cross country race at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club. 15 of our children took part and they achieved the best set of results we’ve had in a long time. The star of the team was Abbie who ran yet another fantastic race finishing in 3rd place in the Year 3/4 girls race. The improvement with our runners is great and all the children are really achieving some superb results. The results were as follows:
Year 3/4 Girls
Year 3/4 Boys
Year 5/6 Girls
Year 5/6 Boys
YEAR 3/4 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
On Wednesday 18th October St Matthew’s took part in the Year 3/4 Hockey Festival at Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School. The A team consisted of Abbie, Lucy, Willow, Jake, Nikki and Theo and the team played 5 games. There was some great defensive play from Nikki and Willow and Jake really shone in mid field scoring several goals. We won 2 games 4-0 and 2-0 but sadly lost the other 3 and they finished 4th in Pool A. The B team consisted of Charlie, Aiden, Harrison, Humairaa, Aysha and Keeley. They only played 4 games but won 3 of them scoring a total of 9 goals and they finished 2nd in Pool B. Again there was some great defensive play from Charlie and Humairaa and Harrison and Aysha played really well in midfield scoring all the goals. Well done to all the children for giving a strong performance and representing your school so well.
SOMERHILL SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY
On Friday 13th five St Matthew’s children took part in the first inter schools cross country race at Somerhill School in Tonbridge. Our team consisted of Abbie, Keeley, Erin, Joe and Kieran and there were some fantastic results. Abbie was amazing finishing in 3rd place in the Year 4 girls race, which is the highest ever finishing position by a St Matthew’s child. Her brother Kieran also had a superb run finishing in 11th place in the Year 6 boys race and the improvement he has shown this year is fantastic. The three other children also ran really well with Keeley finishing in 57th place in the Year 4 girls race, Joe finishing 29th in the Year 5 boys race and Erin finishing 28th in the Year 5 girls race. Well done to all of them.
ESFA Football Tournament
On Friday 13th October St Matthew’s took part in the ESFA 7 aside football tournament at Hawkenbury 3G pitches. The team consisted of Luka, Munashe, Kieran, Jamie, Ethan, Riley, Henry and Archie. They played in four games, winning one, drawing 2 and losing 1. It was an impressive performance overall with great team work and some super goals from Ethan, Munashe and Luka. The finals were decided on goal difference as it was a really close competition and St Matthew’s missed the semi finals by one goal, which was a real shame as we beat the team who qualified for the final in the group stages. Well done to all the boys as they played really well.
ST MATTHEW’S V BISHOPS DOWN FOOTBALL MATCH
On Monday 9th October St Matthew’s travelled to Bishops Down School for their first football match of the season. The team consisted of Munashe, Luka, Henry, Ethan, Jamie, Harry, Kieran, Archie and Riley and they had been working really hard with Wayne who has recently taken over football club. Their improvement was evident during the game and there was some great skill shown by Munashe and Luka and full time score was 3-0 to us with goals being scored by Munashe, Henry and Ethan. Wayne was really impressed with the performance and is looking forward to the next few games we have.
KENT UNDER 11s INDOOR ATHLETICS FESTIVAL
On Sunday 8th October St Matthew’s took part in the Kent under 11s indoor athletics festival at St Johns sports centre. This was a competition for the most talented children in the school and our team consisted of Luka, Munashe, Henry W and Nikola S. Each child had to do a jump, a throw and two relay runs and their scores were added together to make a team total. Luka and Munashe were exceptional in the hop, step and jump recording distances of 5 meters 60cm and 5 meters 57cm, giving them 1st and 2nd place. They also came 1st and 2nd in the speed bounce where they achieved 59 and 54 bounces. Henry and Nikola competed in the chest push and vertical jump recording really good marks which put the team in first place before the final event. However due to a small mistake in the final relay we finished in 3rd position giving us 4th place in the overall results. This was a great achievement as there were 18 schools taking part and it gives us a good indicator how well we can do in future competitions.
DOUBLE KENT CHAMPIONS
On Wednesday 28th June we had the most successful day of sport in the history of the school. In the morning the Year 2 Infant Agility team represented the Tunbridge Wells area in the Kent School Games Infant Agility Finals in Gillingham. The team consisted of Lilly, Niamh, Lucy, Freya, Ateefa, Oliver, Charlie, Harrison, Ryan G & Aiden and they all gave 100% effort and determination winning the competition by 45 points from 16 other schools from around Kent. The whole team was incredible but there were some outstanding individual performances from Freya who produced 56 speed bounces, Charlie who jumped 1 meter 80 in the long jump & Oliver who threw over 16 meters in the javelin. The Year 3/4 athletics team arrived just in time to cheer and celebrate with the Year 2 team and it was a wonderful moment for us all.
We were still on a high when the Year 3/4 competition began and we got off to a flying start winning the first two relays. The team consisted of Nikola, Ella, Demi, Olivia, Erin, Lilly, Nicola, Humairaa, Abbie, Aysha, Daisy, Petroc, Henry, Dominic, Theo, Riley, Freddie-Jay, Charlie, Joe, Nikki, Jake, Freddie-Lee & James and the success continued throughout the competition. There were some outstanding individual performances from Nikola & Petroc who both threw 5.75 meters in the chest push, Freddie-Jay who jumped 55 speed bounces, Demi who jumped 10 meters in the 5 strides & Daisy who jumped 40cm in the vertical jump. We then waited for the announcement of the results and there was overwhelming joy when were declared Kent Champions for the second time in one day. It was a truly wonderful day and we were totally overwhelmed by the grit and fighting spirit that all the children showed. The whole school is incredibly proud of both teams, so a huge well done to each and every child you were AMAZING!!!!!
KENT FINALS YR 4 TRI-GOLF
On Tuesday 27th June St Matthew’s represented the Tunbridge Wells area in the Kent School Games Final Tri-Golf competition in Canterbury. The team consisted of Lilly, Erin, Amelia, Abigail, Becca, Daniel, Jack, Dominic, Joe & Charlie and the children had to complete 10 different activities testing their putting and chipping skills. This was a huge achievement to even make the finals and the children all played really well finishing in 7th place out of 16 schools a result they should be really proud of.
ASHFORD ATHLETICS FESTIVAL
On Friday 23rd June St Matthew’s took part in the Ashford Leisure Trust Athletics Festival at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford. The team consisted of Eleanor, Saarah, Caitlin, Charli, Nikola, Olivia, Ethan, Jamie, Munashe, Luka, Evan and Henry and all of the children had to do a run, a jump, a throw & a relay. There were 24 schools taking part from all over Kent and St Matthew’s produced one of the best team performances we’ve seen all year, finishing in 3rd place. There were some spectacular individual performances from the long jumpers where Eleanor jumped 2 meters 40cm, Nikola jumped 2 meters 10cm, Munashe jumped 2 meters 25cm & Henry jumped 2 meters 20 cm. All these distances were personal bests and the furthest distances we’ve seen this year. Caitlin threw an amazing 35 meters 85 cm in the vortex , Luka and Olivia did brilliantly in the speed bounces recording 54 & 52, Eleanor threw a huge 30 meter hammer throw and Saarah & Evan jumped two incredible jumps in the triple jump recording 6 meters 10 cm and 6 meters. Special mentions need to be given to Nikola, Olivia and Henry who are Yr 4 children but were competing in a Yr 5/6 competition, meaning they were against children 2 years older than them. All three of them were brilliant showing how talented they are and we are very excited to see them competing over the next couple of years. Huge congratulations to all the children that took part you were truly wonderful and it was a great finale to the athletics season.
YEAR 2 GYMNASTICS KENT SCHOOL GAMES FINALS
On Tuesday 20th June St Matthew’s represented the Tunbridge Wells area in the Kent School Games Finals for gymnastics at the Peagusus Gymnastics Centre in Maidstone. Our team consisted of Lena, Charlie, Georgia and Lily S and there were 21 different teams taking part from all over Kent. The children had to perform a body management routine, a floor exercise routine and a vault routine. The marks were out of 30 for the three combined routines and Lena scored 24.25, Charlie scored 24.30, Georgia scored 24.6 and Lily scored our highest marks with 25.25. We were really proud of all four children as this is the first year we have ever entered the gymnastics event so to qualify for a Kent Final and to finish 14th out of 21 schools is a superb effort.
YEAR 5/6 HANDBALL TOURNAMENT
On Thursday 15th June St Matthew’s took part in the Inter schools Handball Tournament at Hayesbrook School. This is the first time this event has ever taken place so it was a new experience for all the teams taking part. Our team consisted of Eleanor, Saarah, Caitlin, Luka, Munashe, Harley, Oliver, Evan & Jamie. It was an incredibly hot day but everyone played really well. They won their first game 4-1 against Goudhurst, the 2nd game was won 5-4 against Woodlands, the 3rd game was won 4-1 against St Peters and then they lost the 4th game 1-4 to St James. This was a great performance and the team finished in 3rd place overall.
CHAMPIONS YEAR 3/4 PENTATHLON
On Wednesday afternoon, 14th June St Matthew’s won the Year 3/4 Pentathlon at Tonbridge School. The team consisted of Abbie, Humairaa, Nikodem, Martha, Theo, George, Freddie-Jay, Jake, Jessica, Aysha, Charlie, Dominic, Erin, Nikola, Demi, Ella, Petroc, Ben, Olivia, Nicola & Henry. The whole team was absolutely fantastic finishing with an overall score of 160 points, seven points more than 2nd. There were some outstanding performances from Demi who jumped a huge distance in the 5 strides, Humairaa in the long jump and Petroc in the javelin. Many of the children achieved level 5, which is the highest level they can reach and we were incredibly proud of the whole team.
YEAR 1/2 PENTATHLON RUNNERS UP
On Wednesday morning, 14th June St Matthew’s took part in the Year 1/2 Pentathlon at Tonbridge School. The team finished in 2nd place and consisted of Eloise, Olivia, Freya G, Leah, Florence, JJ, Justin, Archie, Logan, Callum, Freya B, Lena, Niamh, Ateefa, Lucy, Lilly S, Charlie, Oliver, Harrison, Harvey, Jack & Ryan G. It was the first a lot of the children had competed for the school and they all did extremely well. Some stand out performances came from Eloise in the Yr 1 girls 60 meter sprint & Harvey and Oliver in the Yr 2 boys Javelin.
TRI-GOLF CHAMPIONS 2017
On Thursday 25th May St Matthew’s took part in the inter schools Tri-Golf tournament at Tonbridge golf centre and the team consisted of Lilly, Becca, Abigail, Amelia, Erin, Dominic, Joe, Daniel, Jack and Charlie. It was lovely to have some children in the team who hadn’t represented the school before and there was great excitement amongst all the children. They had to do 10 different activities which lasted 8 minutes each and they included putting and chipping skills. There was some brilliant skills shown by Lilly, Charlie and Jack, who scored a large amount of points on each activity but all the team played really well winning the tournament with 969 points which was 230 points more then second place. It was a fantastic afternoon in the sunshine and St Matthew’s now go forward to represent the Tunbridge Wells area in the Kent School Games Golf Finals in Canterbury on June 27th.
YEAR 5/6 PENTATHLON CHAMPIONS FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING
On Wednesday 17th May St Matthew’s took part in the Year 5/6 inter schools pentathlon at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club. The team consisted of Chloe, Jasmine, Kamilla, Nellie, Tara, Rhianna, Munashe, Luka, Liam, Ethan, Zak, Eleanor, Saarah, Charli, Caitlin, Evan, Harley, Jamie, Harvey, Ian and Aarron. The team was absolutely fantastic coming equal first with Claremont with a score of 160 points and 11 out of the 21 children scored a level 5 standard, which was the highest level possible. There were some outstanding performances from Munashe in the Year 5 boys Long jump, Triple jump and 60 meter sprint, where he scored 5 level 5 standards.The whole team trained so hard for this event and it definitely paid off and we are incredibly proud of each and every one of you for retaining the winning trophy.
2ND PLACE YEAR 3/4 OLYMPIC LEGACY ATHLETICS
On Wednesday 10th May St Matthew’s took part in the Olympic Legacy athletics competition at Tonbridge School. The team consisted of Nikola, Nicola, Erin, Demi, Abbie, Humairaa, Ella, Becca, Henry, Harry, James, Dominic, Charlie, Joe, Theo & Franek. There were some superb performances especially from Demi who jumped an incredible 10 meters 30 cm in the 5 strides, which was a schools record. Erin also gave her all in the 600 meters finishing in 3rd place and Abbie and Ella ran really well winning both their 75 meters sprints. St Matthew’s won virtually all the field events and out of 12 schools finished in 2nd place. Another wonderful day of athletics from a great team.
On Saturday 6th May, St Matthew’s took part in the Tunbridge Wells Primary Schools football tournament at Hawkenbury Astro. The team did extremely well: Won 2, drew 2, lost 1. This gave us second place in the group and a place in the semi-finals. In the semi, we played St Augustine’s, which had been a 3-3 thriller of a game in the round, however neither team could score in the semi, so it went to penalties. After 3 penalties a piece, sudden death penalties were played and unfortunately St Matthew’s lost. Great sportsmanship and teamwork was shown throughout the whole morning. Well Done.
WINNERS OF THE PRIMARY TAG RUGBY FESTIVAL
On Wednesday 3rd May St Matthew’s took part in the Primary Tag Rugby Festival at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club and the team consisted of Eleanor, Saarah, Sheima, Scarlett, Evan, Arthur, Saihaan, Ethan, Luka and Munashe. The weather was horrendous with lashing rain and really cold temperatures and all the teams really struggled to play in the conditions, slipping and sliding on the wet grass. The rules of tag rugby have been changed this year by the Rugby Football Union and all competitions have to be fair play awards, which means the scores are irrelevant and the teams are judged on sportsmanship, respect, determination, good supporters and quality of play. St Matthews won 1 game and drew 3 and each referee marked the team on the fair play values deeming them the overall winners of the tournament out of 20 other teams. We were incredibly proud of the children because not only did they display the required values they also played some exceptionally good rugby.
MINI TENNIS TOURNAMENT
On Tuesday 2nd May St Matthew’s took part in the Mini Tennis Tournament at Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre. The A team consisted of Dominic & Charlie, and the B team consisted of Nikola A and Nikola S. The A team won 3 out of their 4 games and the B team won 2 out of their 4 games. They all played really well but unfortunately missed the semi finals by 1 point which was a shame as they all showed some really good skills.
KEY STEPS GYMNASTICS FESTIVAL
On Thursday 27th April a Year 2 team and a Year 5 team took part in the Key Steps Gymnastics Festival at the NDGA arena. This was the first time St Matthew’s had taken part in this competition and our Year 2 team consisted of Lena, Charlie, Georgia, Lilly, and the Year 5 team consisted of Jasmine, Marta, Keaton and Caoimhe. Each child had to do a floor routine, a body management routine and a vault exercise. All the scores were added together to get an overall team score. The Year 2 team completed their routines brilliantly with very few mistakes and they finished in 2nd place, which came as a real shock, only 1.6 marks behind first place. This means they now go forward to represent the Tunbridge Wells area at the Kent School Games Final in June.
The Year 5 team also competed really well finishing in 3rd place, only 0.1 marks behind 2nd and 0.4 marks behind first place. We were really impressed with all the children who took part and considering it was our first time at this competition the results were superb.
CROSS COUNTRY FINALE AT HEVER CASTLE
On Wednesday 29th March St Matthew’s took part in the final race of the cross country season at Hever Castle. The course was pretty tough with very bumpy ground and a really tough hill. All the children ran really well especially Abbie who finished in 5th place in the Year 3/4 Girls race and Joe who finished in 8th place in Year 3.4 Boys race. Its been a great season and the children have shown real determination and given 100% in each race. The results were as follows:
YEAR 5/6 HOCKEY FESTIVAL 2017
On Wednesday 22nd March 2 teams from St Matthew’s took part in the Year 5/6 Hockey Festival at Tonbridge School. The A team consisted of Caitlin, Ellie, Saarah, Jamie, Ethan, Harley, Evan, Arthur, Luka and Munashe and the B team consisted of Eleanor, Sheima, Lottie, Harvey, Gethin, Zach, Saihaan and Jimmy. The weather was absolutely horrendous with heavy rain and very cold temperatures but despite this both teams played really well. The A team finished 5th in their league out of 10 teams with some great defending from Evan, Arthur and Ellie. The B team managed to get to the semi finals in their league but unfortunately lost on a penalty shoot out by 1 goal. The stand out player in this team was Gethin who showed some very impressive defending.
SOMMERHILL SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY RACE
On Thursday 16th March Abbie, Joe and Kieran took part in the inter schools cross country race at Sommehill School in Tonbridge. Both Abbie and Joe started strongly in their respective races and remained in the top ten runners all the way through the race. The distance was 1100 meters, a lot further than they normally run, so this made their performances even more impressive. Abbie finished in 8th place in the Yr 3/4 girls race and Joe finished in 6th place in the Yr 3/4 boys race. Kieran also ran really well finishing 52nd in a long, highly competitive Yr 5/6 boys race.
ABBIE AND JOE SHINE AT THE PENSHURST PLACE CROSS COUNTRY
On Thursday 9th March St Matthew’s took part in the inter schools cross country race at Penshurst Place. The team consisted of Abbie, Humairaa, Erin, Joe, Jack, Ellie, Kieran and Ben. There was a brilliant run from Abbie who finished in 6th place in the Year 3/4 girls race and from Joe who finished in 8th place in the Year 3/4 boys race. All the children ran so well and the results were as follows:
Yr 3/4 Girls Race
Yr 3/4 Boys Race
Yr 5/6 Girls race
Yr 5/6 Boys race
CHAMPIONS 3/4 INDOOR ATHLETICS
On Tuesday 21st February our Yr 3/4 athletics team became champions in the Inter Schools Yr 3/4 Indoor Athletics competition. The team consisted of Ella, Lilly, Olivia, Erin, Nikola, Abbie, Humairaa, Demi, Daisy, Tinashe, Charlie, Nikoderm, Henry, Dominic, Theo, Freddie-Jay, James and Jake. The children had all trained so hard for this competition and it certainly paid off. They each had to do 2 running relays and a 2 jumping or throwing events. There were some spectacular performances from Abbie & Humairaa in the 2 x 2 lap relay & from Nikoderm, Henry, James & Charlie in the boys 4 x 1 lap relay; the speed of their running was incredible. There were 12 relays in total and St Matthew’s won 8 of them. Freddie-Jay & Demi both jumped an incredible 9 metres in the 5 strides and Theo threw over 13 metres in the javelin. This was probably one of the most talented teams we’ve ever had and their enthusiasm and determination really shone through. The team managed to amass a total of 358 points, 34 points ahead of second place. Well done to each and every one of you we are very proud and St Matthew’s have now won the indoor athletics competitions for every year group.
EXCITEMENT AT THE INTER SCHOOLS SWIMMING GALA
During the evening of Wednesday 22nd February St Matthew’s took part in the Inter Schools Swimming Gala at Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre. This was a first for us as we haven’t managed to enter a team in this competition for over 15 years. There was great excitement from all the children taking part as well as from Mrs Hookway and Mr Dodd. The team consisted of Eleanor, Sheima, Jasmine, Marta, Summer, Niamh, Arthur, Evan, Harley, Ethan, Hamish, Ewan & Keaton. We took part in the B league as we were new to the competition and there were 6 other schools competing against us. There was a stand out performances from Arthur who won the Yr 6 boys breast stroke race in great style. All of the children gave 100% and it was lovely to see them all smiling and feeling super proud of themselves. St Matthew’s finished in 4th place overall, a huge achievement. Well done everyone.
The race results were as follows:
Niamh 4th Yr 5 Girls freestyle
Keaton 5th Yr 5 Boys freestyle
Summer 2nd Yr 6 Girls freestyle
Hamish 2nd Yr 6 Boys breaststroke
Marta 5th Yr 5 Girls breaststroke
Ewan 6th Yr 5 Boys breaststroke
Eleanor 2nd Yr 6 Girls breaststroke
Arthur 1st Yr 6 Boys breaststroke
Jasmine 4th Yr 5 Girls backstroke
Ethan 4th Yr 5 Boys backstroke
Sheima 2nd Yr 6 Girls backstroke
Harley 3rd Yr 6 Boys backstroke.
2nd in Girls freestyle relay
4th in mixed medley relay.
ELEANOR AND SAARAH ARE SOUTHERN INTER COUNTIES CHAMPIONS
On Saturday 11th February Eleanor and Saarah were part of the Kent team that won the Southern Inter Counties Indoor Athletics Championships in Burgess Hill. It was a fantastic competition with some very talented children making up the Kent team. Eleanor jumped brilliantly in the triple jump recording a distance of 5 metres 80 cm and 6 metres 75 cm in the chest push. Saarah also competed really well recording 7 metres 50 cm in the chest push and 48 cm in the vertical jump. They were also in the obstacle and hurdles relay. The competition was against Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex and the whole team were fantastic winning by 15 points from second place. St Matthew’s are so proud to have two girls who are talented enough to be selected for a Kent team, it is such a huge achievement, so very well done girls.
KENT SCHOOL GAMES YEAR 5/6 INDOOR ATHLETICS FINALS 2017
On Wednesday 8th February St Matthew’s represented the Tunbridge Wells area in the Kent School Games Yr 5/6 indoor athletics Final in Gillingham. There were 14 teams taking part and we finished in the 4th place, which was a spectacular performance especially as this was the first time we have qualified for the competition. The team consisted of Eleanor, Saarah, Caitlin, Sheima, Lottie, Dotty, Samanatha, Nellie, Charli, Ellie M, Ellie D, Jamie, Harley, Evan, Aiden, Ethan, Ben, Luka, Munashe, Max B and Zach. The competition was a very high standard but we still managed to produce some brillianr performances. Munashe jumped 2 meters 10cm in the boys standing long jump, Saarah threw 7 meters 50cm in the chest push and Eleanor jumped 5 meters 85 cm in the triple jump and 60 speed bounces. The whole team were fantastic and really did St Matthew’s proud in our first Kent Final.
KENT SCHOOL GAMES BASKETBALL FINALS 2017
On Thursday 2nd February St Matthew’s represented the Tunbridge Wells area at the Kent School Games Basketball Finals in Gillingham. The team consisted of Munashe, Luka, Jamie, Harley, Evan, Eleanor, Saarah, Ellie, Lottie and Caitlin.They played 6 games in the group stages winning four of them convincingly and there was some superb shooting from Caitlin, Eleanor and Munashe, great defensive play from Harley, Evan and Saarah and Jamie, Luka, Ellie and Lottie supported play well out on the wings. They finished third in their group stage and then progressed to play Ashford for 5th place over all. This was a superb game with some genius play from Munashe, who scored an incredible basket after dribbling around several of the opposition.
We were incredibly proud of the whole team as they finished 5th out of 14 teams, which is a superb performance for their first time in a Kent Final.
INFANT AGILITY CHAMPIONS 2017
On Thursday 19th January St Matthew’s became champions at the Infant Agility competition for the second year running. The team consisted of Freya, Lucy, Eleanor, Niamh, Ateefa, Oliver, Charlie, Harrison, Aiden and Ryan. The children had to do 5 activities including, speed bounce, skittles, shuttle run, long jump and chest push and they all performed amazingly well. They had practised every lunchtime for 3 weeks and their dedication really paid off today. They will now progress to the Kent School Games Final in June. Well done to each and every one of you.
ELEANOR BECOMES KENT DECATHLON CHAMPION
On Sunday 15th January Eleanor, Saarah, Caitlin and Evan took part in the Kent Schools indoor Decathlon Championships in Ashford. There were 155 children taking part and all four children performed superbly well. Eleanor was the real star of the show winning 9 out her 10 events and winning the girls competition overall with 523 points, 43 points ahead of second place. She will now represent Kent in the Inter Counties competition on 11th February. Saarah achieved 4th place and gained the highest vertical jump of 51 cm out of all the girls. Caitlin finished in 8th place throwing the longest javelin throw of the competition and Evan finished in 13th place after a very solid performance. Well done to all the children you once again did St Matthew’s proud.
CHAMPIONS 5/6 INDOOR ATHLETICS
On Thursday 12th January St Matthew’s became Champions for the first time ever at the 5/6 Indoor Athletics Festival at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge. It was an absolutely wonderful day with all eighteen children performing to an incredibly high standard and winning many of the events that they took part in. The team consisted of Eleanor, Saarah, Caitlin, Sheima, Lottie, Dotty, Samantha, Nellie, Charli, Jamie, Harley, Evan, Aiden, Ethan, William, Ben, Luka & Munashe. Each child had to take part in two field events and two running relays. There were some amazing performances including a 6 metre 10 cm triple jump from Eleanor, a 1 metre 12 cm vertical jump from Ben, a 57 speed bounce from Jamie and a 7 metre chest push from Saarah. Caitlin and Eleanor also won the 2 x 2 relay and both the 4 x 1 girls and boys relay teams won. Each and every child was superb and the whole school is incredibly proud of them.