In blistering sunshine Minster CofE Primary Cricket Team did their school proud, winning 2 out of their 3 games against Newlands Primary and Drapers Mills. Jake G won 'Champagne Moment' of the tournament by taking a tremendous catch over his head and looking into the sun. Liam N and his brother, James N also played some fantastic cricket with their bowling and batting at times scintillating. Connie and Mikey C also played some wonderful cricket especially out in the field where they stopped vital runs. Archie B improved as the tournament progressed; his bowling being accurate and awkward for the batsperson. Luke H played like a professional, directing the fielders into position and batting and bowling with aggression. Jude B also played some terrific cricket with fantastic wicket keeping and bowling and batting that had the opposition against the ropes on more than one occasion!
Well done team - a great start to the cricket season.
As part of Healthy Bodies Week, KS2 congregated on the Recreation Field to play in this year's Rounders Inter-House Tournament. Every child played superbly, showing wonderful bowling, batting and fielding skills (we witnessed some truly outstanding catches). In the end, after each house had played one another, The Saxons proved victorious gaining 100 house points to add to their termly tally. Well done Saxons!!
Yesterday, Mr Marston took a mixture of Year 5 and Year 4 children to a football festival held at Upton. We played 5 matches, all of which were played in great spirit.
Below are the player summaries.
Jude B – Played fantastically, making some miraculous saves. One save in particular where Jude pushed the ball onto the bar and over for a corner. Excellent distribution from the back, ensuring every player was able to get a touch of the ball.
Rainy I – strong in the tackle and never gave up. She also made some really brave headers in order to get the ball.
James W – improved with each game. His positioning and defensive play got better throughout the festival and he made some strong clearances.
Shay H – quick and eager to get the ball when chances were few and far between. He made some half chances for other members of the team.
Ben W – tried hard, always running. Kept his position well on the right wing and consistently tried to take on players as much as possible.
Bobby H – didn’t stop running to try and get the ball. Went on a few mazy runs, twisting and turning past the opposition. Great battling as well.
Tyler P – captain of the side, non-stop running, breathless at the end of the matches. Went on one run in particular, ghosting past players – must have ran the whole length of the pitch!
Daniel F – tried really hard to pass, tackle and stay in position. Showed plenty of spirit and never gave up.
This morning, Year 6 have been busy honing their Discus and Shot Putt skills to ensure they are at their peak competitive level for sports day. They've listened well and are putting into practise the techniques required to throw the discus and shot putt further and further.
Massive congratulations to Ruby (Silver Class) for becoming the British Roller Skating Champion (10 and 11 age range) at the finals in Kettering last week. As a result of her huge achievement, Ruby will now go on to represent her Britain in tournaments in Paris and at the European Championships in Portugal! What a fantastic effort and achievement - well done Ruby!!
Minster (Year 4/5) vs St Nicholas
Monday 22nd May 2017
On a sweltering afternoon, the Minster football team (minus the Year 6 players) visited St Nicholas at Wade. The game was well fought, with Minster having the majority of possession and chances but it was the opposition who went a goal ahead thanks to a breakaway goal. Minster regrouped at half time and a fine passing move and then dribble by Tristan got the teams level. That goal led to Minster growing in confidence and Tyler and Tristan again scored fine goals to give us an unassailable lead. Minster ended 3-1 winners with a good performance and lots of positive play to take into next season.
Result - Minster 3 - 1 St Nicholas at Wade
Thanet Schools Swimming Gala
Saturday 20th May
On Saturday morning, 13 Year 3 and 4 children arrived at Hartsdown Leisure Centre for their first ever swimming gala. Noone knew what to expect but all of the children were excited to take part with so many other schools in Thanet. We began with our mixed medley relay teams, followed by boys and girls front crawl relays. The teams put in so much effort, the team managers and parents were bursting with pride! We made the final in several events including the boys 25m breaststroke (gold), boys 25m front crawl (silver) and the mixed freestyle relay. In this session we came home with so many medals, but the children who didn't make the final didn't mind because they knew they had performed brilliantly.
After this session, the Year 5 and 6 children arrived. Many of our Year 5 and 6 children have taken part before and wanted to take part again this year because of the fantastic atmosphere. We also had a few new members in our team which we were very pleased with. Again, Team Minster put on a fantastic effort in our relays and individual races. It was so loud on poolside from all the cheering from the crowds! We managed to achieve a number of different finals including the mixed medley relay, the mixed freestyle relay, 25m breaststroke, 25m backstroke and 25m butterfly. In this - another gold medal!
For many of these children, they were unfamiliar of what a gala could be like. The atmosphere was incredible and we had such amazing support from both the children and their parents. Thank you to everyone who participated in organising the event and to everyone who supported our school. Both us as staff and all of the children are so grateful. We can't wait for next year!
Mrs Newgreen and Miss Heath took us to take part in the Year 2 Infant Agility. We went to Ursuline College. It was really good fun and we learnt lots of skills. We were taught how to catch and throw balls to eachother.
Year 4 Swimming
This term, all of the children in Year 4 are learning how to become more efficient swimmers over at Oyster Bay Swimming School in Whitstable.
At Minster we believe this is a vital life skill that all children should have the opportunity to learn. Of course, it's even more of a life skill where we are as so many children go to the beach at the weekend!
So far the children have learnt a variety of strokes including front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. They're now moving on to the Butterfly!
Recently, Tristan (Turquoise Class) played football for his team, Pace Academy over in Amsterdam, Holland. The team played other teams from Holland as well as teams from other parts of the UK. The tournament lasted 2 days. In one match, Tristan's team won 23-0!!! In the end the team won the tournament and won this massive trophy that Tristan kindly brought in to share with us.
Well done Tristan - we're very proud of your achievements!! Keep it up!
Years 5 and 6 Mini Squash Tournament
Last week, Mrs Taylor took a group of Year 5 and 6 children to take part in a Mini Squash Competition. We competed against lots of other schools, playing a variety of ball games where the skills used are the same as when playing real squash. It was a really fun tournament that was played in a sporting spirit - thanks to Mrs Taylor for taking us!
A photo will appear here shortly
Year 2 Football Festival
Thanet’s Primary Association for School Sport organized the event at Margate Football Club with a total of 16 different schools attending and over 100 children taking part. The 8 children who represented Minster Primary School keenly participated in a warm up drill as well as playing a number of mini matches. The children played against 4 different teams from around the local area. They were an absolute asset to our school and consistently conveyed our 5 school values! The festival finished with everyone gathering for a final presentation and medals being awarded to those who participated, including a special medal for the player who demonstrated great sportsmanship and resilience. Thank you to everyone who came to support the children, we had a brilliant time and hope to attend more events like this in the future.
Minster were filled with confidence after beating St.Saviours, 2-1, in the semi final. We arrived at Upton minus a player as he was stuck in traffic! We kicked off and started quickly - all of our possession was in their half (attack after attack - we were relentless).
We finally broke through as a great cross from Jake G was volleyed home superbly by Manny C into the top left corner. A big relief but we now knew that we had to score again to really settle. Minutes later, Jake played the ball into Manny C again who calmly shot into the bottom left corner beyond the goalkeeper's outstretched glove - jubilation!
At half time we led 2-0.
Straight after kick off James N tapped in from close range after the goalkeeper parried a Jake G shot. Ollie B and Harry W were patrolling the defence well despite having not much to do. Maddox C then came on to score with his first touch - 4 -0 and we were rocking! The trophy was nearly within our grasp!
James N capped off a tremendous performance with another tapped in goal.
The final whistle went to a rousing applause from the freezing cold supporters. We had won The Les Riggs Cup and the double as earlier this season we also won The John Curran Cup.
Everyone played brilliantly with a great attitude and sporting behaviour.
By Jake G (Club Captain)
Well done to our year 6 Basketball team who showed real teamwork, resilience and sportsmanship at the recent Basketball Tournament at Ursuline College.
Kent Schools Finals (Saturday 26th November 2016)
Despite only playing against Dame Janet on the Friday, the boys and girls laced up their boots and pulled on their football jerseys to play in the Kent Finals, representing all the schools in the Thanet District.
Minster were drawn against Paddock Wood Primary, Kemsley Primary from Sittingbourne and Churchill Primary.
Against Paddock Wood, after a slow start and finding themselves a goal down, Minster burst into life with a wonderful solo goal from captain, Jake G. However, with just seconds left on the clock, Paddock Wood capitalised on an uncharacteristic defensive lapse and smashed the ball into the net to win 2-1.
Minster showed their resilience in the next 2 games. Manny scored both goals, one a sensational free kick, to help Minster win 2-1 against Churchill Primary and then an extraordinary turn and volley from James N set them on their way to a 1-0 win against Kemsley.
Unfortunately, 6 points was not enough to win the group and progress to the next round however, the players did their school and district proud.
The Golden Generation at The John Curran Cup
The likes of Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney and Ferdinand were once hailed as being England’s ‘Golden Generation’. An England defence built on solidity but with finesse. A midfield taught to caress the ball but crunch into the tackle. A forward line produced with the old grit reminiscent of Lofthouse, Charles and more recently, the great Alan Shearer. With these players, they just needed to turn up and they would bring home the World Cup. Yeah right! We all know how that turned out!
Fast forward a number of years and we at Minster can now boast about our very own Golden Generation. Yet there is one huge difference between our team and the England team of old. Minster’s Golden boys and girls won the John Curran Cup, steamrolling all opposition in their way with power, poise and guile as well a touch of luck on occasion!
The first game saw Minster run out 1-0 victors against Holy Trinity Ramsgate with a goal from the left wing wizard, James N. For the goalkeeper, one he will likely want to forget as the ball squeezed under his floundering body and trickled into the net. For Newstead though, sheer jubilation mixed with relief as Minster had peppered the goal since the first minute.
The second game against St Peters was a more one sided affair – Minster running out 4-0 winners thanks to goals from Maddox, Amelia and a quick-fire double from Jake. With Tristan and Tyler formidable at the back, St Peters could only get out of their half on a couple of occasions. Maddox grew in confidence as the game progressed providing some lovely touches, bamboozling the defence on many occasion.
The third game was the one that the tournament had been waiting for. The 2 heavyweights of the Thanet world- Minster and St Saviours. The favourites for the competition head to head in a battle of attrition and football warfare. Minster went 1 goal down midway through the first half but bravely fought back with a goal from Manny. From that moment, Minster never looked back. Neat passing, fluid movement and stubborn determination were on show as Minster drew gasp after gasp from the thrilled spectators. Eventually with minutes to go Jake G bundled the ball into the net to give Minster a 2-1 victory. The crowd jumped for joy, the players embraced but regrouped to see out a vital victory.
Minster just need a point from the final game to be crowned champions of Thanet. They were never going to just settle for a point though and against Cliftonville they pounced and pounced again with goals from Madison and James to see Minster win the John Curran Cup for the first time ever.
What a tournament. What a team. Our Golden Generation have delivered like none before them.
Now the Kent County Cup Fi nals awaits!
On Friday we took 2 football teams to play in a mini football festival at Newington Community Primary School. It was a pleasure to see such great, entertaining, marauding football played by 2 teams mixed with seasoned professionals as well as players getting their first ever taste of competitive action.
Minster A Team played a total of 5 games. They started the tournament with a goalless draw against Newington’s second team. However, only a miracle kept the scores level as Minster time and time again found a way through the well drilled Newington defence, only to be scuppered by the formidable goalkeeper. This game merely served as a prelude to the rest as Minster steamrolled their way through the other teams. Dame Janet 2 were the first team taken to the cleaners with a 2-0 win. Goals by Harry W and a first of many for Captain Jake G opened the floodgates. It was the turn of Newington First team to be on the receiving end of the Minster Mayhem next as Jake G led from the front with 4 goals, Harry W again getting on the scoresheet and an unfortunate own goal resulting in Minster winning 6-0. By now, confidence was sky high. Madison W scored in Minster’s next game in a hard fought 1-0 battle with Dame Janet 1st team and then, in the game billed bigger than the North London derby, the first team ran out 5 nil winners against Minster B.
Player of the tournament for Minster A – Jake G – endless running and drive rewarded with an enviable amount of goals.
Minster B team also had an incredibly strong tournament. There were debuts for Jacob R in goal and Maddox C in defence. Neither of them disappointed with Jacob R in particular making some vital saves to deny almost certain goals.
Just like Minster A, the B team started off gently with a 1-1 draw against Newington. The impressive and tenacious Amelia W getting the all-important equaliser. 2-0 was to be the score line in the next game as Amelia W followed up her goal in the first game with the opener to send the team on their way. The game was laid to rest with a goal from Liam N. In the next game Manny C exploded into life with a superb break and goal. Liam N then put the icing on the cake with fine finish to make the result beyond any doubt. Manny C then scored the goal of the tournament in a 1-0 victory against Dame Janet. Picking the ball up from virtually his own goal line, he proceeded to take on 2 players, showing them a clean pair of heels before running into the box and burying the ball in to the top corner. In the final game, Minster B played the A team and were eventually beaten although their passion and commitment never wavered. Overall, a great tournament.
Player of the tournament for Minster B – Manny C – just THAT goal makes him worthy of this accolade but his constant running, teamwork and positional play certainly deserves a mention!
On Friday 10th June, Minster took a team to the Year 3/4 Cricket Festival.
As a school our Year 3/4 team had already enjoyed a good start to their cricket by beating Cliftonville in a friendly. Now it was a festival.
We had three games to play. Our first game was against Salmestone. They scored 235 and on the final over we managed to come from behind and win scoring 237.
Our second game was against a tough and talented St Gregory's team. We battled hard in this game but eventually were out batted in the final over. They scored 248 and we scored 239.
Our final game was against Holy Trinity. We had been keeping Copper class updated and they were supporting us on and this added boost gave our players an extra belief that they could go and win this game. Our bowling was the best it had been all day. They scored 212 and we ended up smashing a 237 past them.
The team played really well. It was a pleasure to take them and with game experience under their belts, they should be ready for future cricket games!
Come on Minster!
This was the first year that we had ever entered a girls team to the festival! For a team that had never played together and for a team that contained some very happy stand ins who had never played the game before, they did magnificently and were incredibly unlucky with their results.
Our first game was against Northdown Primary - the eventual winners. This was the worst and the best game that we could have played to start us off as it was a tough game. They scored 248 and we scored 234. We knew that we had to keep our wides and no balls down as this was the reason we had lost.
Our second game was against Palm Bay. We improved our batting and our bowling. Credit to the team for training between the games as well. Palm Bay scored 222 and we scored 238. A good win for us! Congratulations to Lili and Maddie for taking two wickets in a row each and saving us a total of 20 runs.
Our final game slipped away from us in the final over of the game. It was a shame because we had batted our highest score of the day scoring 240. Bromstone just found a way to edge us out with 246. The team battled well and never gave up.
We found out that we would be playing Holy Trinity in the 5th/6th play off. They batted first and scored a total of 240. We knew that we would have to bat well to beat this. On the penultimate ball of the match we were on 244 but on the final ball - they managed to take a wicket and reduce us to 239.
The team were superb. No arguments. No groaning. Just pure team work and supporting each other. Each team had a "Champagne Moment" award to give to someone who had done something great. I couldn't choose between our players so I let the team vote. They voted for Lili for her great bowling all day.
Congratulations to all involved! We are really proud of each and every one of you.
Come on Minster!
On Monday 23rd May, Minster entertained Cliftonville in a Year 3/4 Kwik Cricket Friendly ahead of the main Year 3/4 Festival in June.
We were greeted unfortunately by heavy downpours! Instead of calling it off, we took shelter and waited for the rain to pass and then started the game.
Cliftonville batted first and after a steady start from them, our bowling suddenly clicked and we began taking wickets steadily in every over.
We reduced them from their starting total of 200 down to 194.
We then set about trying to build up a good total. Which we did! Ending on a partnership of 17 runs from 12 balls we ended up scoring a total of 243.
A great victory of 49 runs! This was a particularly pleasing result as it was their first competitive match!
Well done to all involved for their positive attitudes and patience waiting for the weather to improve.
Come on Minster!
Minster battled bravely and triumphantly against an older St Peter’s side on Tuesday 17th May in a special football match.
We had been invited along to attend the ‘St Peter’s Invitational Trophy’ which they contest for annually against another school. This year, they selected us because they had been impressed with our football throughout the course of the season.
The game lasted 60 minutes split into two 30 minute halves.
We huffed and puffed for a good 15 minutes and even had a penalty saved but eventually we got our break through. At half time the score was 3-0. By the end of the game we had increased it to 4-0. The team were brilliant, they dug in and when the St Peter’s defence were standing strong, they kept going and didn’t give up. Right up to the final whistle they were hunting more goals.
Thank you to the family members who turned up to support us along – by far the biggest crowd of the season!
We would also like to thank St Peter's for hosting the event. We look forward to more competition between our two schools next school year.
Come on Minster!
Mr Peter Gordon and Mr Paul McCarthy
Last Monday, we took a group of Year 5/6 children to Chatham House Grammar School to participate in the Year 5/6 Kent School Games Qualifier for Hockey.
This was the first time that our school had ever participated in the Hockey festival. Our first game was against Newington and we won 2-0. This was a great start considering we had only had two practice sessions! Our next game was against St Gregory’s and we drew 1-1. Then we drew 1-1 against St Peter’s before drawing 0-0 against Chiltern.
The top two schools progressed from the group and we went through in second place! Our final game was a 3rd/4th Play off match against Newington which we ended up losing 3-0.
The team played brilliantly and never dropped their heads. Next year with a few more sessions, I believe that we can go all the way!
Well done to the team! And thank you to the parents! It was absolutely freezing!
Mr Gordon and Mr Woodward
Years 1 and 2 Romans Vikings Saxons Normans
Years 3 and 4 Vikings Romans Normans Saxons
Years 5 and 6 Saxons Vikings Romans Normans
Well done to all the children who competed in the rugby competition and helped to win points for their houses. First place is awarded 100 points, 2nd place 75 points, 3rd place 50 points and 4th place 25 points.
The final rugby scores are:
Viking House 250 points
Roman House 225 points
Saxons House 175 points
Norman House 100 points
At the weekend Minster School Football Team played in the Super Saturday football tournament at Upton Junior School. In the driving rain we played 4 games in the first round and won 2 and drew 2. Just like last week, we did not concede a goal. We won our group and progressed into the next round where yet again, we won 2 and drew 2. Yet again, our goal was still not breached! That means we have now not let in a goal in 15 whole matches (a new school record surely?!). We also won this group meaning we won a huge trophy to proudly display in our school trophy cabinet.
During the award ceremony, we were also presented with the fair play award. 35 teams could have got this award but we showed great fairness and attitude by consoling the goalkeeper of the other team when he was unfortunate enough to let the ball slip though his hands and through his legs.
2 trophies made playing in the rain worth it! No star player this week – everyone played their part in what is building up to be a truly great football season. Mr Marston for Manager of the Month!
On Friday the school football team went to Upton to play for the John Curran cup. We came second out of 25 school teams - Upton came first but we beat the winners . We won 2 games and drew 2 games.
The player of the tournament was Matthew Barras because he was a rock in defence .We did not concede a goal in the whole tournament. If it wasn’t for Jay (goalkeeper) we would have lost a game he also made some good saves along the way. But overall everyone put in 110% in every single game. We would like to say a thank you to Mr Marston and Mr McCarthy.