2020/21 ROUND UP
The past two academic years have been extremely difficult due to the Pandemic and there have been no face to face sports competitions. There have however been several virtual competitions and the following is a round up of St Matthew’s successes.
YEAR 5/6 SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS
This year’s sportshall athletics competition was slightly different as it was done virtually. Each school had to get all of the children in Years 5 & 6 to do the 5 different events and then enter the scores into a spreadsheet that calculated the top 5 boys & girls in each year group from all the schools in Tunbridge Wells. For the 4th year running St Matthew’s were crowned champions beating 12 other schools.
Not only did our Year 5/6 athletics team win the Tunbridge Wells sportshall athletics competition but their score was the highest in Kent. It has been confirmed that St Matthew’s are the Kent School Games Champions for the 3rd year running. This is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of the whole team.
YEAR 3/4 SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS
Following the format of the Year 5/6 competition all the children in Years 3 & 4 had to take part in 5 different events and their scores were put into a spreadsheet to get the best 5 boys and girls.in Tunbridge Wells. The St Matthew’s children were brilliant and were crowned champions with 2382 points for the 3rd time, 398 more than 2nd place.
For the 6th year running St Matthew’s have been crowned Tunbridge Wells Infant Agility Champions. This is an amazing achievement and we are so proud.
Our Year 2 children have been crowned Kent School Games Infant Agility Champions for the 5th year running. They achieved the highest score out of 77 schools across Kent. So proud.
YEAR 3/4 QUICKSTICKS HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
On Wednesday 11th March St Matthew’s took part in the Year 3/4 Quicksticks Hockey tournament at Tunbridge Girls Grammar School. It was a fantastic afternoon of sport and the team finished in 3rd place which is the best position St Matthew’s have ever finished in at this age group. They narrowly missed out in the semi finals by 1 goal but went on to win the 3rd & 4th place game 2-1 against Claremont. All the team gave 100% and we were super proud of them all.
YEAR 2 RAPID FIRE CRICKET WINNERS
On Tuesday 10th March St Matthew’s took part in the rapid fire cricket tournament at Hayesbrook School. The team consisted of Theo, Caleb, Alfie, Louis, Zak,, Flynn, Leah & Naomi. All the children were absolutely brilliant and they ran and ran and just didn’t give up. It was a closely fought competition and St Matthew’s, Claremont & St James won all their games bar one meaning they all tied for first place.
WHOLE SCHOOL SPEED BOUNCE PHYSICAL CHALLENGE
Congratulations to Kookaburra class and 6W who won this terms whole school physical challenge. Every child in the class did a speed bounce for 20 seconds and then all their scores were added together to get a total score. Both classes achieved really high scores and won the trophies which they will keep in their classroom for the whole term.
On Wednesday 26th February St Matthew’s took part in the inter schools swimming gala. We had a great time and all the children were brilliant and overcame their nerves. I was so proud of them all especially Joseph who offered to fill in for someone in the year 6 boys breaststroke race even though he is Year 5. He was absolutely amazing and won the race in style. Jake and Abbie were also brilliant finishing in second place in their races. Well done to the whole team you made me very proud.
YEAR 3/4 SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS CHAMPIONS
On Thursday 6th February St Matthew’s took part in the Inter Schools Year 3/4 sportshall athletics Festival in Tonbridge. For the first time ever there was a tie for first place between St Matthew’s and Claremont. We both scored a total of 472 points but because we won 10 out of the 24 events and Claremont won 7, St Matthew’s were crowned champions. This was a fantastic achievement as we have now qualified for Kent school games Finals for every year group.
YEAR 5/6 KENT SCHOOL GAMES CHAMPIONS FOR SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS
On Wednesday 5th February the St Matthew’s sportshall athletics team took part in the Kent School Games Finals in Gillingham. The whole team were brilliant and we were crowned champions over 15 other schools from all over Kent. We scored 668 points which was 80 pointes more than 2nd place and there were some amazing performances from Humairaa in the Long jump (2m.02) & Triple Jump (6m.25) where she scored the highest out of all the athletes. Jake also jumped a personal best in the triple jump scoring 6 meters 10 cm. This is the second year running that St Matthew’s has won the Kent Finals which is an amazing achievement.
BOY’S FOOTBALL MATCH AGAINST ST AUGUSTINE’S SCHOOL
On Monday 3rd February the boys football team played against St Augustine’s. The weather was horrendous but the standard of play was really impressive. There were two great goals from Frazer and one from Charlie.This was a superb result as it has now put St Matthew’s up to 3rd in the league.
ACTIVE 30 FESTIVAL
On Wednesday 29th January St Matthew’s attended an Active 30 Festival in Pembury Village Hall. Great fun was had by all and the children tried karate, boxing, boccia, yoga and team games. There was lots of smiles and laughter and they all really enjoyed trying new activities.
GIRL’S FOOTBALL MATCH AGAIST ST JOHN’S SCHOOL
On Monday 27th January St Matthew’s played against St John’s School and they beat them 3-2 in torrential rain. There was an incredible goal from Lilly who was playing in her first ever game and 2 goals from Annalys, one in the very last minute of the game. St John’s are one of the best teams in the league so to beat them is an amazing achievement.
KENT UNDER 11 DECATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP
On Sunday 26th January Humairaa, Jake, Charlie and Nikki took part in the Kent Under 11 Decathlon Championships in Ashford. What an incredible morning St Matthew’s had with Humairaa being crowned the girl’s champion. Jake won a bronze medal in the boys competition and Charlie was 6th & Nikki was 8th. We are so proud of them all and to have four children in the top ten out of 150 competitors is remarkable.
INFANT AGILITY CHAMPIONS
On Thursday 23rd January ten year 2 children took part in the Infant Agility Festival in Tonbridge. All the children were amazing and the team were crowned champions for the 5th year running. They are now off to the Kent School Games Finals in June,
BOYS FOOTBALL GAMES AGAINST ST PETER’S
On Wednesday 15th January the boy’s football team played against St Peter’s School. St Matthew’s won 1-0 and there was a spectacular goal from Frazer. This was the team’s best performance of the season.
BADMINTON DEVELOPMENT FESTIVAL
On Tuesday 14th January ten children took part in a developmental badminton festival at Hayesbrook School. we had a lovely afternoon and there was lots of fun and games helping the children improve their racket skills.
TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONS
On Wednesday 11th December St Matthew’s took part in the first ever inter schools table tennis festival at Hayesbrook School. The children had very little experience and practise but they really shone and surprised us by winning nearly all their games. The A team which consisted of Charlie, Jake, Joshua and Aidan were fantastic winning all their games convincingly and being declared champions. The B team which consisted of Aysha, Annalys, Olivia and Anais also played really well and they finished in 4th place. Well done to them all they did us proud.
ST MATTHEW’S ARE CHAMPIONS AGAIN
On 3rd December St Matthew’s became Year 5/6 Sports hall Athletics Champions for the 2nd year running. the team consisted of 30 children and they were all amazing. There were some outstanding performances from Humairaa who jumped 6m 37cm in the girls triple jump, the longest distance ever recorded. Harvey also threw an amazing 8m 75cm in the boys chest push and Aidan threw an incredible 19m 95cm in the boys javelin. The team now progress to the Kent school Games Finals in February were we will be defending champions!!
GIRLS ALLSTAR BASKETBALL FESTIVAL
On Wednesday 27th November St Matthew’s took part in the Girls All star basket festival at Hayesbrook School. All the girls played brilliantly, winning 5 out of their 6 games. The team had to be girls from years 3-6 and Sally & Cally from Year 4 held their own against giant year 6 girls, even scoring baskets. I was really proud of them all, they were amazing.
JAKE IS BRITISH TAEKWONDO CHAMPION
Huge congratulations to Jake who won a gold and bronze medal at the British Open Taekwondo Championships. He won 2 bouts and lost one in the under 11 category which involved jumping over a bar to kick a pad. What a brilliant achievement, well done Jake.
ACTIVE 30 FESTIVAL
We had a fantastic time at the Active 30 festival on 20th November at Mascalls School. The children took part in different sports and activities with the aim of getting them to fall in love with sport and maybe join clubs outside of school. The whole afternoon was non-competitive and was just a bit of fun for the children. The festival concentrated on alternative activities to inspire and engage children to reach their Active 30 minutes (in school and after) so they achieve the 60 minutes recommended by the Government. The children did yoga, Archery, team building games, badminton and cricket. They were awarded stickers for self belief & there was lots of laughter and fun.
BOYS FOOTBALL MATCH V BISHOPS DOWN SCHOOL
On Tuesday 19th November St Matthew’s played football against Bishop’s Down School, drawing 1-1. This was by far their best game of the season so far and every player gave 100% effort. Harrison managed to score our goal and there was a spectacular performance from Aidan who offered to play in goal to replace our normal keeper who was ill. He made some incredible saves and was without doubt the player of the match. Well done boys.
MASCALLS CROSS COUNTRY
On Wednesday 13th November eleven children took part in the cross country races at Mascalls School. All the children ran superbly well but there was one outstanding performance from Charlie in the Year 5/6 boys race. He managed to finish in 3rd place winning St Matthew’s first ever boys medal in cross country which is a truly great achievement. There was also other brilliant performances from Florence in the Year 3/4 girls race where she finished in 7th place and Annalys & Amelia who finished in 12th & 18th place. I was so proud of all the children and the results were as follows:
Jonathan G 14th
Jonathan B 39th
GIRL’S FOOTBALL MATCH AGAINST PADDOCK WOOD
On Tuesday 29th October the girls had their first match of the season against Paddock Wood Primary. The team consisted of Anais, Jess, Amelia, Abbie, Martha, Florence, Keeley & Annalys. It was a really exciting game and St Matthew’s had several shots at goal. Having gone 1-0 down in the second half the girls battled back and Keeley scored a brilliant goal, making the final score 1-1. The whole team have improved so much since last year and I was really proud of how well they all played.
RUGBY WORLD CUP CELEBRATION FESTIVAL
On Friday 4th October two Year 3/4 teams took part in the Rugby World Cup Celebration Festival at Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Club. St Matthew’s represented Ireland and Canada and had so much fun taking part in rugby based games and then matches against other schools. All the children played really well but the star of the show was Cally who scored so many superb trys.
SOMERHILL CROSS COUNTRY
St Matthew’s had a great start to this year’s cross country season on Tuesday 1st October with some superb performances at the Somerhill School race. This is the most difficult course of all the races throughout the winter, but it didn’t seem to prevent any of our runners from achieving really impressive performances. Jonathan and Charlie ran really strongly in the year 5/6 races finishing in 15th & 16th places out of 155 runners and there were some great debut performances from Olly and Annalys. Well done to all the runners you did us proud.
PLATINUM SCHOOL GAMES MARK AWARD
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the School Games Platinum Award for 2018/19 & 2019/20. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.This is a huge achievement and thanks to all the people who have made this possible, especially the wonderful children that give 100% effort every time they wear a St Matthew’s sports shirt, you are all awesome.
TONBRIDGE & TUNBRIDGE WELLS SPORTS AWARDS 2019
St Matthew’s had a fantastic night at the TWKSSP sports awards on Thursday 18th July. We won PE Co-ordinator of the year, Lena was awarded runner up sports woman of the year, we got runner up school of the year and our 5/6 athletics team were runner up sports team of the year. We were so proud of our achievements and our amazing children that have made it possible.
THE PARTNERSHIP GAMES
Some Year 4 children took part in the Partnership Games at Somerhill School on Wednesday 17th July. During the morning the children had a go at bubble football, trampolining, ultimate frisbee, karate, yoga, boxing and archery. They had so much fun especially in the bubble football, although it was rather too hot to be stuck inside a plastic bubble. After lunch they played handball, winning 4 out of their 5 games. This was a lovely fun finish to a very busy but successful year.
On Tuesday 16th July St Matthew’s had an athletics team and golf team representing Kent in a Tri-Counties event against Sussex and Surrey at Polo Farm in Canterbury. These two teams were selected as a result of winning and coming second in the Kent School Games Finals earlier in the year. It was the biggest competition any of our children have ever taken part in and the whole day was really special. The athletics team competed superbly well with many of the team achieving personal best scores, The outstanding performer was Henry, who in the triple jump achieved 6 meters 50cm, an incredible distance. There was great excitement when we were announced runners up, only missing out on first by 16 points. The golf team also competed really well too scoring 80 points more than they did in the Kent Finals. They managed to get 4th place only 20 points behind 3rd place. There were four different sports happening throughout the day and Kent scored so highly in each one that they were announced overall champions. I was so proud of all the children in both teams as it’s the first time they have ever competed at an inter county level and to achieve what they did was amazing.
RAPID FIRE CRICKET KENT SCHOOL GAMES FINALS
On Tuesday 9th July St Matthew’s took part in the Kent School Games for Rapid Fire Cricket at Ashford Cricket Club. The team consisted of Alice,Amelia,Jasmine, Freddie, Noah, Marios, Thomas, Barnaby, Sudan & Brandon. There were 11 schools there and each school had to play each other meaning 10 games of cricket for each school. The children played brilliantly and although they were really tired they still gave 100% effort. They managed to win 5 games, draw 1 and lose 4 which gave them 6th place overall. Well done to all the children I was really proud of you and the effort you gave.
TRI-GOLF KENT SCHOOL GAMES RUNNERS UP
On Tuesday 25th June St Matthew’s won a silver medal at the Tri-Golf Kent School Games Finals in Canterbury. The team consisted of Charlie, Joshua, Jaimin, Aidan, Henry, Ateefa, Freya, Maddie, Alyssa & Lily and they played exceptionally well. This is a really difficult competition to win a medal in so a silver medal is really impressive. The team will now progress to the Tri Counties competition in July. Huge congratulations guys you were amazing.
INFANT AGILITY KENT SCHOOL GAMES CHAMPIONS
On Thursday 20th June St Matthew’s became Infant Agility Kent School Games champions for the 3rd year running. The team travelled to Medway Park in Gillingham and consisted of Alice, Ruby, Laney, Amelia, Jasmine, Marios, Freddie, Henry, Sonny & Noah and they had to do 6 different events including chest push, long jump, speed bounce, javelin, shuttle run and skittles. The whole team performed incredibly well with Freddie managing an impressive 61 speed bounce and Henry achieving 1 meter 55 cm in the long jump. Their overall score was 156 points, 30 points more than second place. All the children had spent many lunchtimes practising and it really paid off. Congratulations guys you were amazing.
YEAR 1/2 PENTATHLON CHAMPIONS
On Wednesday 19th June St Matthew’s become Champions at the Year 1/2 Pentathlon for the third time. The team consisted of Megan B, Megan W, Eva, Grace, Naomi, Lois, Zak, Caleb, Theo, Reggie, Marios, Freddie, Henry, Sonny, Daniel, Alice, Ruby, Laney, Amelia S & Jasmine and it was the first time the Year 1’s had represented the school. All the children performed so well particularly Naomi, Zak, Louis, Daniel, Sonny, Alice, Henry & Freddie who all achieved level 5 in their events which is the highest possible standard. Well done to the whole team you made us very proud.
KENT SCHOOL GAMES FINAL GYMNASTICS SILVER & BRONZE
On Tuesday 18th June the St Matthew’s Year 4 & 6 gymnastics team took part in the Kent School Games Finals in Maidstone. The Year 4 team consisted of Rosie, Madison, Lena & Charlie and the Year 6 team consisted of Olivia, Demi, Daisy & Joe. All the children performed really well, scoring really high marks in the three disciplines. The Year 4’s won a silver medal scoring 76.6, only 0.1 points behind first place. the Year 6’s won a bronze medal scoring 77.6 points. This is a huge achievement as there are so many talented gymnasts in the county.
YEAR 3-6 DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT
On Monday 17th June St Matthew’s took 3 teams to the inter school dodge ball tournament at Hayesbrook School. This was the first time we had taken part in this sport and all the children played so well. The A team consisted of Petch, Charlie, Erin, Ateefa, Theo & Joe and they won all 6 of their group games & then progressed to the next round where they also won 4 more games. The B team consisted of Harrison, Olivia, Harry,Annalys, Jaimin & Nikki and they won all their 6 group games progressing to the next round where they won 3 out of 4 games only losing one against our A team. The C team consisted of Aiden, Joshua, Demi, Lucy, Tinashe & Henry and they won 3 games, drew 2 and lost 1 in the group games and then won 2, lost 2 in the next round.
YEAR 5/6 TAG RUGBY FESTIVAL
On Wednesday 12th June St Matthew’s took two teams to the Tag Rugby Festival at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club. Yet again the weather was absolutely horrendous with lashing rain and it made it really difficult for the children to play. The A team consisted of Theo, Jake, Nikki, Humairaa, Abbie, Freddie, Jonathan & Lucy and they played really well winning 3 games and losing 2. The B team consisted of Harvey, Ganeshai, Annalys, Jessica, David, Keeley, Henry & Aysha and they won 2 games, lost 1 and drew 1. Well done to all the children who persevered through terrible conditions.
YEAR 3-5 ATHLETICS FESTIVAL
On Monday 10th June St Matthew’s took part in an athletics festival at Tonbridge School track. The weather was absolutely horrendous and all the children were saturated and cold.The Year 3/4 team consisted of Leah, Freya, Sally, Lily, Lena, Lacey, Harrison, Aiden, Oliver, Charlie, Toby & Joshua and they battled through the conditions and performed really well finishing in 4th place our of 9 schools. As the Year 6’s were away on their residential trip the Year 5’s had to step up and take their place. The team consisted of Humairaa, Aysha, Martha, Anais, Alana, Theo, Leon, Nikki, Jonathan, Harvey & Jake and they too performed really well. There was a brilliant triple jump from Humairaa who jumped 6 meters 05cm, which was very impressive considering the conditions. The team finished in 6th place out of 9 chools.
YEAR 2 RAPID FIRE CRICKET RUNNERS UP
On Thursday 6th June two teams took part in the Year 2 Rapid Fire Cricket Tournament at the Nevill cricket ground. The A team that consisted of Barnaby, Daniel, Thomas, Marios, Alice, Amelia, Freddie & Noah played superbly well qualifying for the final. They only lost out by a few runs, but finishing in 2nd place was a huge achievement. The B team that consisted of Ruby, Betty, Jasmine, Hollie, Ellie, Eshan, Joseph & Riley also played really well and put so much effort into their games. They finished in 7th place after some hard fought games. Well done guys you were all fantastic.
YEAR 3-6 HANDBALL TOURNAMENT
On Tuesday 4th June two Year 5/6 teams and a Year 3/4 team took part in the inter schools handball tournament at St Gregory’s School. Despite it being a very soggy day, the Year 3/4 team which consisted of Charlie, Joshua, Toby, Aiden, Harrison, Lily, Evie and Freya played superbly well winning their games convincingly and finishing as the overall winners. The Year 5/6 teams also played well with many goals being scored by Petroc and Harry. They came up against some tough teams and the A team finished in 3rd place and the B team in 5th.
On Thursday 23rd May St Matthew’s took part in the inter schools Tri-Golf tournament at Tonbridge Golf centre. The team consisted of Charlie, Joshua, Aiden, Henry, Jaimin, Niamh, Alyssa, Maddie & Lily. There were 10 different disciplines for them to complete and right from the first one the whole team was brilliant, showing some great skill. They finished in first place with a spectacular score of 728 points, 281 more than 2nd place. They now go to the Kent Finals in June. Well done guys you were all amazing.
YEAR 5/6 KWIK CRICKET TOURNAMENT
On Wednesday 22nd May two teams took part in the Year 5/6 inter schools Kwik cricket tournament at the Nevill cricket ground. The A team consisted of Tinashe, Joe, Petroc, Harry, Ishaan, Akil, Amelia & Erin. They played really well in the group stages winning 3 out of 4 games, then progressing to the quarter finals where they narrowly lost by 3 runs. The B team consisted of Theo, Dominic, James, Henry, Jack, Nicola, Becca & Lily and they also did well improving with every game they played, losing 3 games and winning 3. Well done to all the children, it was a lovely afternoon in the sunshine.
ERIN WINS THE ST MATTHEW’S SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award can be won by any child from Year R to Year 6 and the attributes required are enthusiasm, effort, talent, sportsmanship, respect and being a team player. This is only the second year that this award has been presented and I was really proud to award it to Erin from 6O. She has given us great pleasure over the past few years watching her improve and succeed in all the different sports she takes part in. She has represented the school on many occasions and she always makes us proud to have her as part of the team. She is a wonderful winner but also a gracious loser and she is always ready to offer advice and encouragement to others. This year she has performed superbly representing the school at virtually every sport we have taken part in. She is a valued member of St Matthew’s School and she will be greatly missed when she leaves to start secondary school in September. Congratulations Erin you are an all round superstar.
INTER SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
On Saturday 18th May our boys and girls team took part in the inter schools football tournament at St Gregory’s School. The boys team consisted of Tinashe, Henry, Harry, Jack, Charlie, Preston & Tochukou. This was Harry’s first time as goalkeeper and he was brilliant, making some really good saves. Tinashe and Jack scored 2 amazing goals and there was also some superb defending from Charlie & Tochukou. The team finished in equal 3rd place overall which was a great achievement. The girls team consisted of Anais, Jess, Amelia, Keeley, Martha, Amelia, Abbie & Annalys. Every member of the team played beyond expectation today and there were some superb goals from Amelia, Keeley, Martha & Abbie. Jess and Amelia played brilliantly in defence and made it really hard for the opposition. Considering this is their first season in the football league the amount of improvement they showed today was unbelievable and they drew 1-1 against two teams that beat them by double figures less than 6 months ago. The girls finished in 4th place overall which is a brilliant result.
YEAR 3/4 KWIK CRICKET TOURNAMENT
On Wednesday 15th May St Matthew’s took two teams to the inter schools cricket tournament at the Nevill ground. The A team consisted of Charlie, Harvey, Aiden, Jaimin, Frazer, Oliver, Niamh & Ateefa. They all played really well scoring many runs, especially the batting partnership of Harvey & Charlie. They won 3 games and lost 3, finishing in 6th place out of 17 schools. The B team consisted of Sean, Toby, Joshua,Ryan,Jack, Joseph, Georgia & Evie. Again they all payed really well and managed to finish 9th. Well done to all.
KEY STEPS GYMNASTICS FESTIVAL
On Thursday 9th May St Matthew’s took part in the inter schools key steps gymnastics festival at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge. Our Year 2 team consisted of Lottie. Jasmine, Katy & Alfie, The Year 4 team was Rosie, Madison, Lena & Charlie & the two Year 6 teams were Olivia, Daisy, Demi & Joe and Lily, Hadia, Shayla & Joshua. All the children had been practising for many weeks and it definitely showed in their performances. All of them were superb and the Year 6 A team finished in 2nd place and the Year 4 team finished in 3rd meaning they now progress to the Kent School games Finals in June. The Year 2’s finished in 4th & the Year 6 B team finished in 3rd. Congratulations to all of the teams you were fantastic.
YEAR 3/4 MINI TENNIS DEVELOPMENTAL COMPETITION
On Thursday 25th April two teams took part in a mini tennis developmental competition. This event was for children who are new to the game of tennis and it was played on smaller courts in order to allow the children to develop their skills. The games were for fun and there were no winners or losers. All our children showed some great skills and there could be a few Andy Murrays in the making.
YEAR 5/6 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
On Thursday 4th April two teams took part in the inter schools hockey tournament at Tonbridge School. The A team consisted of Theo, Tinashe, Joe, Lily, Olivia, Erin & Ella and the B team was Demi, Chelsea, Freya, Becca, Dominic, Jack & Ishaan. We had every type of weather possible; rain, hail, rainbows and extreme cold, but all the players battled through it, playing some superb hockey. The A team managed to finish in 3rd place which was a huge achievement. Well done to both teams.
GIRLS FOOTBALL MATCH AGAINST SOUTHBOROUGH.
On Thursday 21st March our girls football team played their last game of the season against Southborough School. It was a very close and exciting game with a spectacular goal from Annalys. Considering it’s their first ever season they did us very proud. Well done girls.
INTER SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY FINALE
On Wednesday 20th March St Matthew’s took part in the last race of the cross country season at Somerhill School. It was a fantastic afternoon with all the children running really well, especially Joe who was 7th in the 5/6 boys race. Jonathan was 11th and Jake was 16th. Erin also ran really well in the 5/6 girls race finishing in 16th place. A fantastic season by all the runners and we look forward to doing it all again next winter.
INTER SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY AT MASCALLS SCHOOL
On Wednesday 13th March St Matthew’s took part in the penultimate race of the season at Mascalls School, Paddock Wood. The weather was awful with gale force winds and very cold temperature. Our team all ran superbly well especially Evie, Charlie, Jonathan & Jake. The results were as follows;
Freya 25th (PB)
INTER SCHOOL FOOTBALL MATCH
On Wednesday 6th March the St Matthew’s boys football team played St Augustine’s in the last match of the season. The team played their best game all season winning 4-1, with the goals coming from Henry and a hatrick from Harrison who was playing in his first ever game. Well done guys great effort.
YEAR 3/4 QUICKSTICKS HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
On Monday 4th March St Matthew’s entered two teams into the quick sticks hockey tournament at TWGGS School. It was another fantastic afternoon of sport with both teams playing really well after very little practise. The B team were superb just losing out in the semi finals and the A team narrowly lost in the quarter finals. Well done guys you were all fantastic.
SOUTHERN INTER COUNTIES CHAMPIONS
On Sunday 3rd March Olivia, Demi, Jake, Henry & Humairaa represented Kent at the Southern Inter Counties Sportshall Athletics Championships in Burgess Hill. This was a huge honour for all the children and St Matthew’s were so proud to have 6 children in the Kent team. They performed brilliantly on the day with Humairaa recording her highest ever vertical jump of 55cm, Olivia throwing her furthest ever javelin of 17 meters, Henry jumped a huge 6 meters 29 in the triple jump, Demi jumped her best ever triple jump of 5 meters 98cm and Jake produced an impressive 57 speed bounce. These children were part of a 30 strong team and both the boys and girls managed to win the competition, which hasn’t been done before. Congratulations to them all you were superstars.
YEAR 5/6 SWIMMING GALA
On Wednesday 27th February St Matthew’s took part in the inter schools swimming gala at Tunbridge Wells pool. Our team consisted of Emily, Becca, Theo, Jake, Matthew, Abbie, Erin, Kyle & Charley and they all swam really well. They were up against some really strong opposition but Theo managed to win his Year 5 breast stroke race and Abbie won her Year 5 back stroke race. Charley was 2nd in the year 5 breast stroke & Becca was 3rd in the Year 6 back stroke. We finished 4th overall which was a fantastic result. Well done guys a great effort.
YEAR 3/4 INDOOR ATHLETICS RUNNERS UP
On Wednesday 13th February St Matthew’s took part in the Year 3/4 Indoor Athletics competition at Mascalls School. We had a fantastic team and they finished in 2nd place. All the children performed brilliantly but there were some stand out performances from Harvey who threw 9 meters in the chest push, Harrison who threw 15.50 meters in the javelin, Charlie who did 57 speed bounce, Leah who did 54 speed bounce & Lily who threw 13.50 meters in the javelin. I was so proud of the whole team as they were only 10 points behind the winners.
KENT SCHOOL GAMES CHAMPIONS
On Tuesday 5th February St Matthew’s became Champions of Kent at the Year 5/6 Sportshall athletics, Kent School Games Finals in Gillingham. This was a huge achievement for all the children and it also meant the school has now won the Kent Finals at every age group from Year 1-6. Our team consisted of Dominic, Theo, Henry, Petroc, Jake, Nikki, Joe, Joshua, Tinashe, Tochakwu, Freddie-Lee, Freddie D, Harry, Demi, Olivia, Erin, Humairaa, Lily, Nikola, Ella, Abbie, Nicola & Daisy. There were 16 schools taking part, representing all the different areas of Kent and St Matthew’s were crowned champions with a huge score of 704 points, 100 points more than 2nd place. There were superb performances from all the children but some stand out achievements came from Joshua who managed 60 speed bounces, Henry who jumped 2 meters 12cm in the long jump, Abbie who gained 58 in the speed bounce, Lily who jumped 2 meters 16cm in the long jump & Demi who jumped 6 meters 6cm in the triple jump. This was without doubt once of the most impressive performances by any team from St Matthew’s, so huge congratulations to every member of the team.
GIRLS FOOTBALL MATCH AGAINST SPELDHURST
On Wednesday 30th January the girls football team played against Speldhurst School. The team consisted of Martha, Jess, Annalys, Keeley, Abbie, Amelia K, & Amelia L. There were some great performances from all the girls and they showed huge improvement. Martha bravely stood in for our goalkeeper who was ill, making some great saves and Annalys and Jess played really well in defence making it tricky for the Speldhurst strikers to score. The final score was a well deserved 2-2 draw and our two goals were scored by Amelia K & Amelia L. Well done to all the girls who now have only one match left to play this season.
KENT UNDER 11 DECATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS
On Sunday 27th January Lily, Demi, Olivia, Abbie, Humairaa, Henry & Jake took part in the Kent under 11 Decathlon Championships at the Stour Centre in Ashford and they had to take part in 10 different events to gain an overall score. Lily performed really well gaining exceptional scores in nearly all 10 events. Her outstanding performance came in the long jump where she achieved 2 meters 10cm. Humairaa had an exceptional triple jump gaining 5 meters 96 cm. There were 68 boys and 70 girls taking part and Lily finished in an incredible 2nd place, Demi and Olivia were equal 4th, Abbie was 10th & Humairaa was 13th. In the boys competition Henry finished in 7th place & Jake was 15th. This was an amazing performance from all the children and 6 of them have now been selected to represent Kent in the Inter counties on 3rd March.
INFANT AGILITY CHAMPIONS 2019
On Tuesday 22nd January St Matthew’s became champions at the Infant Agility competition for the 4th year running. The team consisted of Ruby, Jasmine, Betty, Amelia, Alice, Marios, Freddie, Henry, Noah & Sonny. 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 6 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.
RACKET PACK FESTIVAL
On Tuesday 15th January 10 children from St Matthew’s took part in a developmental Badminton Festival which gave children the opportunity to practise their racket skills. There were various stations set up which incorporated all the skills needed to play badminton. Our team consisted of Jack, Akil, Florence, Hermione, Olivia, Ganeshai, Niamh, Joseph, Joshua & Freya and they all had great fun.
GIRLS FOOTBALL LEAGUE
On 14th January St Matthew’s girls played football against Paddock Wood Primary School. The team consisted of Olivia, Martha, Abbie, Amelia, Jessica, Amelia & Keeley. The girls played really well and although they are still relatively new to the sport they looked really strong. The score was 1-1 and Olivia managed to score our first goal of the season. Well done to all the girls we are really beginning to see some improvement in your game.
YEAR 5/6 SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS CHAMPIONS
On Tuesday 4th December St Matthew’s became champions at the Year 5/6 sportshall athletics festival at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge. The team consisted of Humairaa, Lily, Demi, Nikola, Ella, Olivia, Aysha, Abbie, Nikki, Henry, Tinashe, Dominic, Petroc, Jake, Joe, Joshua and Theo. This was without doubt the most talented team St Matthew’s have ever had and each and every child produced amazing performances. To name a few outstanding athletes, Henry jumped 2 meters 30cm in the long jump and an incredible 6 meters 50 cm in the triple Jump. Lily and Humairaa jumped 2 metres 18cm & 2 meters 22cm and Dominic achieved 2 meters for the first time. Petroc and Theo were incredible in the chest push throwing 8 meters 75cm & 8 meters 25cm. The team finished in first place with a huge score of 735 points, 10 points in front of 2nd. The children now progress to Kent School Games Finals in Gillingham on 5th February and we are so excited to see if they can improve their already amazing performances. Well done to all the team you were amazing.
ACTIVE 30 FESTIVAL
On Thursday 22nd November 9 children from St Matthew’s went to the Active 30 festival at Putlands Sports Centre in Paddock Wood. The children took part in different sports and activities with the aim of getting them to fall in love with sport and maybe join clubs outside of school. The whole afternoon was non-competitive and was just a bit of fun for the children. The festival concentrated on alternative activities to inspire and engage children to reach their Active 30 minutes (in school and after) so they achieve the 60 minutes recommended by the Government. Callum, Kiyan, Zak, Nasi, Alyssa, Tori, Lily, Millie & Maddie had a fantastic time doing Yoga, Fire fighters keep fit sessions, making smoothies on the smoothie bike and lots of running games with Sport England. It was a lovely afternoon and Callum said it was “the best day of his life”!!
YEAR 5/6 INTER SCHOOLS BASKETBALL.
On Thursday15th November St Matthew’s took part in the Year 5/6 inter schools basketball competition at Skinners Grammar School. The team consisted of Erin, Olivia, Lily, Nicola, Petroc, Theo, Joe, Harry & Tinashe. The team won all four of their group games winning the first one 22-1, which was very impressive. They proceeded to the semi finals and after a really tightly fought game they unfortunately lost by 1 point. This put them in the play off for 3rd or 4th position and after a great show of strength and skill they won 11-5, giving them 3rd place overall. Well done to all the children, your weeks of hard work leading up to the event really paid off.
INTER SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY RACE AT MASCALLS SCHOOL
On Wednesday 14th November St Matthew’s took part in the cross country race at Mascalls School. Yet again the children produced some brilliant results and their hard work and training is definitely paying off. The stand out performances came from Evie who finished 10th in the Year 3/4 Girls race, Charlie who finished 10th in the Year 3/4 Boys race and Joe who finished 12th in the Year 5/6 Boys race. Well done to all the runners you did yourselves and St Matthew’s proud. The results were as follows:
Year 3/4 Girls
Year 3/4 Boys
Year 5/6 Girls
Year 5/6 Boys
GIRLS 2018/19 NETBALL LEAGUE GETS UNDERWAY
On Tuesday 13th November the Girls netball league started and St Matthew’s had 3 games to play at Skinners Kent Academy. The team consisted of Florence, Olivia, Demi, Nicola, Emily, Becca, Lottie & Rebecca and they got off to a great start winning 2 out of the 3 games, beating Langton 4-1 and St Mark’s 2-0.
INTER SCHOOLS CROSS COUNRY RACE AT TUNBRIDGE WELLS RUGBY CLUB
On Wednesday 7th November St Matthew’s took part in the cross country league race at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club. The weather was absolutely horrendous with the heaviest rain seen in a long time. The children however battled through the conditions and produced some brilliant performances. There was an exceptional run from Joe and Jake who showed real strength and determination in the Year 5/6 boys race. Well done to all the children though for being brave enough to tackle the horrendous conditions. the results were as follows:
Year 3/4 Girls
Year 3/4 Boys
Year 5/6 Girls
Year 5/6 Boys
SOMERHILL INTER SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY
On Friday 12th October St Matthew’s took a team of runners to the inter schools cross country race at Somerhill School in Tonbridge. It was a beautiful day which made the very tough course slightly more bearable. There were some outstanding runs from Cordi in the Year 3 girls who was running in her first ever race and finished in an amazing 10th place, Evie in the Year 4 girls race who finished in 17th place, Jake in the Year 5 boys race who finished in an impressive 11th place and Joe who was incredible finishing in his highest ever position of 7th. St Matthew’s gained the best set of results we have ever had and I was incredibly proud of all the runners. The results were as follows:
Year 3 girls
Year 3 boys
Year 4 girls
Year 4 boys
Year 5 boys
Year 6 girls
Year 6 boys
BOYS FOOTBALL LEAGUE
On Thursday 11th October the boys played their first league game against Bishop’s Down. Due to some absences within the team a couple of players had to stand in but they did a great job and the whole team played really well. The game was an exciting one with end to end play and the score remained at 0-0 until the last few minutes when an unfortunate deflection resulted in Bishop’s Down scoring. the outstanding player in the team was without doubt Petroc who played in goal and made numerous incredible saves, which even gained him praise from the opposition. It was a great start to the season and gives us a good idea how well the team will play this year.
GIRLS FOOTBALL LEAGUE
For the first time ever St Matthew’s have entered a team into the Girls football league. The members of the team are all novices, but they are very enthusiastic and willing to put lots of hard work into becoming better. On Tuesday 9th October the girls played their first match against St John’s away from home which added to the nerves. There were some great performances however from all the girls especially Martha who stepped in for the normal goalkeeper who was absent. She was incredibly brave and made several great saves. Unfortunately they did not manage to win but they worked so hard and showed a great attitude. Well done girls it was a great first performance.
KENT SCHOOLS INDOOR ATHLETICS
On Sunday 7th October St Matthew’s took part in the Kent under 11s indoor athletics festival at St Johns sports centre. This was a competition for some of the most talented children in the school and our team consisted of Henry, Humairaa, Abbie and Jake. Each child had to do a jump, a throw and two relay runs and their scores were added together to make a team total. Henry and Humairaa were exceptional in the Long Jump recording distances of 2 meters 15cm and 2 meters, giving them 1st boy and 1st girl place. Jake performed really well in the speed bounce where he achieved 55 bounces and Abbie really shone in the balance test where she achieved a maximum 60 out of 60 seconds. The relays were also very impressive and they managed to gain the fastest times out of all 15 schools taking part. This was a great achievement and it gives us a good indicator as to how well we can do in this years competitions.
FREE PREMIER LEAGUE PRIMARY STARS FOOTBALL KIT FOR ST MATTHEW’S
Our children will be able to kick-off the new term in style, following the delivery of a free Premier League Primary Stars kit for our football team. St Matthew’s was awarded the free Nike kit, consisting of 15 football shirts, shorts and socks, after Mrs Hookway’s successful online application through the Premier League Primary Stars website.
DOUBLE KENT SCHOOL GAMES CHAMPIONS AGAIN
On Wednesday 27th June St Matthew’s took three teams to represent the Tunbridge Wells area in the Kent School Games Finals in Canterbury. In the morning the Year 2 Infant Agility team attempted to regain the title we won last year. The team consisted of Justin, Jackson, JJ, Logan, Archie, Leah, Sally, Lacey, Freya & Florence and they all gave 100% effort and determination winning the competition by 20 points from 16 other schools from around Kent. The whole team was incredible but there were some outstanding individual performances from JJ who produced 60 speed bounces and Logan who threw over 15 meters in the javelin. This was an amazing achievement but thoroughly deserved as the children had trained every lunchtime for 3 months.
We were still on a high when the Year 3/4 competition began in the afternoon. The team consisted of Matthew, Nikki, Jake, Jonathan, Theo, Freddie, Charlie B, Harvey E, Charlie W, Oliver, Harvey S, Harrison, Lilly, Lucy, Alana, Katelyn, Humairaa, Martha, Abbie, Keeley, Jessica,Annais, Aysha, Freya and Niamh. The competition started off really well with the boys winning the first relay. This continued with many of the team winning their field events. There were some outstanding performances from Abbie and Humairaa who both jumped 9 meters 50cm in the 5 strides, Harvey S and Theo in the chest push who threw 7 meters 75cm & 7 meters 25cm respectively, Alana who jumped 45cm in the vertical jump and Charlie W and freya B who produced 57 & 56 speed bounces. It was a nervous wait for the results but there were great scenes of joy when St Matthew’s were crowned Kent Champions for the 2nd year running. Well done to each and every one of the team you were all spectacular and did St Matthew’s proud yet again.
KENT SCHOOL GAMES GYMNASTICS FINAL
On Tuesday 19th June St Matthew’s Year 6 gymnastics team took part in the Kent School Games Gymnastics Finals in Maidstone. The team consisted of Jasmine, Sofia, Caoimhe and Zach and they performed incredibly well especially in the vault exercise where they all scored 9.7 out of 10. Their scores gained them second place out of 16 schools and a very well earned silver medal. Congratulations on an amazing achievement.
LUKA WINS THE ST MATTHEW’S SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD
St Matthew’s has a new sports person of the year award and it was presented on Friday in collective worship. This award can be won by any child from Year R to Year 6 and the attributes required are enthusiasm, effort, talent, sportsmanship, respect and being a team player. This is the first year that this award has been presented and I was really proud to award it to Luka from 6VT. He has given us great pleasure over the past few years watching him improve and succeed in all the different sports he takes part in. He has represented the school on many occasions and he always makes us proud to have him as part of the team. He is a wonderful winner but also a gracious loser and he is always ready to offer advice and encouragement to others. This year he has performed at the highest level, representing Kent at Indoor Athletics and being part of the winning team at the Southern Inter Counties competition. He is a valued member of St Matthew’s School and he will be greatly missed when he leaves to start secondary school in September. Congratulations Luke you are an all round superstar.
COLOUR DASH RUN
On Friday 20th April 22 children took part in a Colour Dash run at Dunorlan Park. It was a very hot day and the children were super excited to get covered in paint. Each race had 50 children in it and there were some superb performances from several of our children. In the Year 3/4 boys race Jake finished in 1st place and Theo was 2nd. In the Year 3/4 girls race Abbie finished in 2nd place with a very impressive sprint finish for the line. In the Year 5/6 boys race Luka finished in 3rd place ina very high quality race and Joe was in 5th place. Great fun was had by all the children and we can’t wait to take part again next year.
“GO CHEER” CHEERLEADING COMPETITION
On Wednesday 14th March St Matthew’s took part in the first ever cheerleading competition at Tonbridge School. The team consisted of Caoimhe, Daisy, Ruby, Zach, Kamila, Frankie, Sophie, Imogen, Shantaya, Jasmine, Demi, Julia, Bailey, Lily and Sofia and they spent several weeks choreographing and practising a routine with the help of Mrs Brown and Mrs Lewis. It was great to see how imaginative the children were and how skilled the different moves were. The team performed in front of 3 professional judges and against 12 other schools. St Matthew’s scored 174 points out of 200 which we were really pleased with as it was the first time we had ever attempted the sport. When the children were interviewed after their performance they said it was the most exciting thing they had ever done and really hoped that the school could set up an after school cheerleading club. Well done to the whole team we were very proud of you all.
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.
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!!!!!