Written by Annabelle B, Darcy H & Will B (Year 4 pupils)
On Tuesday 1st May a rugby tournament was held at our school. Six schools took part in the event and even though there was only one winner we all had a fantastic time. Every school played five competitive games, but we congratulated everyone afterwards. Every person who took part had lots of fun so we all got medals. The matches were six minutes a side and every enjoyable.
Next time, we host, we hope to bring tea and biscuits.
Sponsored Circuit with Darran Challis
On Wednesday 9th May, we were lucky enough to be visited by the Invictus Games athlete Darran Challis who hosted an inspirational morning with the children in our school.
The event was planned to inspire all children to get involved in sport, no matter what you’re up against. We are sure that his message of resilience and aspiration shone through.
We set the children a fundraising mission! Every child was set the challenge of gaining sponsorship to complete the circuit with our visiting athlete to raise money for the training of our British athletes and also to raise money for new sports equipment for our school.
The money has been counted and we are over the moon to share our fundraising news….
Your amazing children, families and friends raised a total of £2,201.48!!!
This means we have £1,354 to spend on new sports equipment for our school.
This is HUGE and we are thrilled!
We have ordered the prizes for our fundraising champions. As soon as they arrive in school we will present them to the children for their phenomenal work.
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.
Our sporting achievements this year include: winning the double for the Les Riggs Football tournament, achieving 2nd in Thanet for the Years 3&4 Swimming Gala, having so many children take part in the cross country running at Quex, and in the Lesley Keel Netball Tournament our team captain was in the top 4 for star players out of nearly 200 children.
With a total of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
We look forward to applying once again in 2019 and going for gold!
On Saturday 12th May, our netballers took part in the Lesley Keel Tournament at Hartsdown School. This is a fantastic tournament that is run each year by the Thanet & District Netball League and this year featured 23 teams from schools in Thanet. Our group of 8 children from Years 5 and 6 took part in 13 games and a shooting competition. Whilst we didn’t return with any team trophies this year, the children played fantastically, demonstrating their developing netball skills and, as always, great sportsmanship. A special mention goes to Keira J, our team captain, who was in the top 4 for star players out of nearly 200 children! Thank you to the parents for all your support - I’m sure you will agree that the children were fantastic!
On Wednesday 9th May, our school hosted two amazing athletes.
Darran Challis, Invictus Games athlete and Ironman participant, and Serita Solomon, Commonwealth hurdler, hosted a circuit session with every child from Foundation Stage to Year 6.
The children took part in four different fitness activities: spotty dog, press ups, star jumps and mountain climbers. It was tough and the athletes didn’t go easy on them! They all successfully completed the circuit and supported each other through the challenge. The waiting class were cheering on those who were in the circuit and the atmosphere was fantastic!
After the event, Darran held an assembly to share his story and demonstrate some of the activities he does in training. It was quite funny watching Mr Marston losing his balance with his eyes closed! A question and answer session was then opened where the children could ask anything about his sports career. How does he eat when cycling 102 miles? How does he keep focus and not give up? What is his favourite sport? Great questions and interesting answers.
All of this was for a great cause. The money raised in this fundraising event is going towards brand new sports equipment for our school to help us improve the PE that we offer. It is also going towards our visiting athlete Darran, to help cover the costs of his training to represent our country.
Former Army Warrant Officer Darran has multiple injuries to his neck, collar bone, spine, pelvis and both legs causing loss of movement. His motto in life is "dream it, believe it, achieve it!" We think his motto and story reflects our own school values of resilience and aspiration and that he is a fantastic role model for the children in our school.
We are currently still collecting in the donated money as the children have been so busy gathering sponsorship. We will publish the total amount in the next newsletter and on the school Facebook page soon.
Thank you to all the friends and families who have supported our Minster children. It was an incredible morning and we hope to organise something like this again in the future.
Tomorrow we are so lucky to be spending the morning with Invictus Games athlete Darran Challis.
All the children in school tomorrow morning will be taking part in a sponsored circuit with Darran. This will be followed by an assembly where Darran will demonstrate his sporting skills and host a Q&A session with the children.
It's not too late to get fundraising! The link for fundraising is https://www.sportsforschools.org/event/ct802 where you can create a fundraising page for your child. The money raised is split between our school for new PE equipment and Darran Challis whose training it goes towards for the Invictus Games this summer. You can also find out more information about Darran on the link.
As a thank you for doing such a wonderful job fundraising, the children can earn themselves a prize. If they raise £5 or more, they will receive a blue Sports for Schools wristband. If they raise £15 or more they will receive the blue wristband and also a red wristband with our athlete’s autograph on. For those who manage to raise £30 or more, they will receive both wristbands and also an autographed poster of Darran Challis.
We are really excited and can't wait for tomorrow!
Kent School Swimming Gala By Jess and Phoebe (Year 6).
On Saturday 24th March, 3 children from years 4 and 6 represented Minster School. Lots of schools from all over Kent competed in this competition. If you came 1st to 6th place you got a medal.
Jess – 50m freestyle 6th place
Phoebe – 50m butterfly. Unfortunately got a disqualification on a technicality. This won’t happen in Thanet School gala though!!
Nedas – 50m backstroke 3rd place
It was very exciting and we all enjoyed it! We would recommend it to all children who can swim 25m no matter their speed!
In the Thanet schools gala we hope to have more children compete! This is a great opportunity to get your children active and sporty!
Over the weekend of 25th-26th September, one of our children achieved something incredible. Harry Little was the reigning champion of the 'English Open Junior International Kickboxing Federation Under 25kg' class, having won last year. Harry defended his title and holds this accolade for another year! We have a national champion at Kickboxing in our school! It goes without saying that we at Minster are exceptionally proud of Harry and all he's achieved; he's shown real resilience and aspiration by training so hard to achieve his goal - four times a week whilst still working hard in school! Well done Harry!
Football Success for Minster Primary
Minster CofE Primary were officially recognised this weekend as being the second best school football team in Kent. The team represented Thanet in the Kent County Finals, held at Thamesmead FC and won 3 of their 5 games, only losing one match by a single goal to the eventual winners.
This performance was even more remarkable as the goal they conceded was the first they had let in over 20 matches. Team Coach and Assistant Head Teacher at Minster, Chris Marston, commented, “All the children in our squad played incredibly well and have done all season. They train well and enjoy themselves and just love playing football. We’re disappointed that we didn’t win but we can hold our heads high and realise that this achievement is huge.”
Minster will now turn their attention to defending The Les Riggs trophy and will play Dame Janet Primary Academy in the coming weeks.
Year 2 Margate Football Festival
We took 6 eager footballers, some of whom had never played a game before and some more experienced players who play for clubs. We played 4 games, all of them friendly , and in every game we scored at least one goal, our top score in one 7 minute game being 3 goals. All players were a credit to the school and had a fantastic time. Well done to them all!
On Monday 25th of September, the Minster netball club played four games in a netball festival at Dane Court Secondary. For some of the children this was the first netball game that they had ever played. The team were fantastic, they used all of their skills learnt over the last few netball sessions and worked brilliantly as a team. They all showed excellent sportsmanship and all received a medal for their great game playing. We are looking forward to taking part in many more tournaments and festivals over the year. Well done Minster Netball Team!
Mrs Taylor and Miss Theoff
What a game and what a performance from the team in blue and white! Beginning their defence of the Les Riggs Cup, Minster fell a goal behind to a well taken goal in the first half. At half time, Minster regrouped and after the break looked a completely different team. Tristan H in midfield started hunting down the opposition, breaking down their attacks time and time again and with Harry W (Minster's Mr Dependable at the back) marshalling from the back, it was only a matter of time before they got a stranglehold on the game. The equaliser came from a truly superb finish from Liam N - a well take volley executed perfectly with the ball nestling in the bottom corner of the net. The momentum was now with Minster. Upton couldn't cope with their running, passing, intelligence and strength and their fears were soon realised when Minster scored 3 quick goals to ensure a resounding 4-1 success and safe passage through to the next round.
Great performance Minster!
Out of school achievements
We are always very proud of our children and all they achieve, including out of school accomplishments. These are celebrated as part of our Collective Worship during the week. We thought you may enjoy finding out a little more about a recent success.
At the recent International Taekwondo Federation competition for England, three of our young men competed and did very well indeed.
Adam achieved a bronze medal in patterns, and a silver in sparring. Marc achieved a bronze medal in patterns, and a silver in sparring. Alex achieved a bronze medal in sparring, and silvers in patterns and the speed test.
All the boys took part in the competition for their level of belts and as you can see, they did very well indeed!
They go to Master Wolf's Taekwondo Academy in Hartsdown to learn all their skills.
Congratulations, and we look forward to hearing more about your success!
In front of a partisan crowd, Year 6 ended victorious in both the football and rugby matches. The games were played in great spirit with both teams playing in a full-blooded manner but also fair.
In the football the Year 6 team showed great character and skill, qualities that will be missed next year. However, the Year 5 team also played some promising football and showed a huge amount of effort - the future of our school team looks good.
In the rugby there were great handling skills, fantastic running skills and plenty of passion from both teams but the Year 6 team ended up with a couple more tries.
Well done to both sets of players who played in each sport.
The sun shone brightly and so did the children's sporting prowess. Take a look at some of the wonderful activities the children took part in during yesterday's sports day. Well done to The Romans for winning the most points!
Year 2 Athletics competition
Today the children travelled to Dane Court for a Thanet Passport Athletics competition. We are very pleased to announce that the children were fantastic and won the boys and girls competition!!
All of the children were presented with medals and two trophies which will be kept in school!
The children participated in 4 different events the 400m, a 100m sprint, long jump and vortex throw.
Thank you very much too all the adults who came along to support us on the trip as without you we would not be able to go.
Mrs Howes and Mr Woodward
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!