Soccer Aid for Unicef 2019 is just around the corner and we’re really excited to be getting involved this year with our very own Playground Challenge! This is a great opportunity to get the whole school together, and for our pupils to learn about children around the world whose lives have been disrupted by disease, hunger and poverty.
During lunchtimes next week, our PALs will be leading lunchtime playground challenges. The personal challenge is based around ball skills (as we are linking to Soccer Aid) and it will involve dribbling, throwing, catching and some fun twists thrown in! This will be running every day next week, with children given the opportunity to come back and try to beat their personal best. It's not against anyone else, but will hopefully encourage them to keep being resilient and seeing their own progress each day.
Childhood should be one endless playtime! Please have that important chat with your children about how lucky we are here and encourage them to visit our PALs next week for the Playground Challenge. We want as many children as possible getting involved.
To find out more about why Soccer Aid matters, please visit the Soccer Aid website: https://www.socceraid.org.uk/why-soccer-aid-matters-2/
Our new Chess Club is proving to be very popular. The children are enjoying competing against each other, especially as they are at different standards of ability. We are very impressed at the level our children are playing at and how quickly they are learning new skills.
A new Year 5 badminton team took part in a tournament at Ursuline College. The team consisted of seven players from Year 5.
Upon arrival at the tournament, the team took part in a number of warm up activities, which included throwing as many shuttlecocks into the opposition's side of the court. It was a frantic warm up but one that we won every time. Before the matches commenced, Team Minster had a masterclass with a professional badminton coach. The children were taught techniques for serving, as well as how to hold their racket accurately, it isn’t quite as simple as one would think.
After the master lass, the matches began. We had a singles player and he won two out of three of his matches, only losing to the eventual tournament runner up. We alternated our doubles team and won one out of three matches and on our triples team, we won two out of three matches. Considering that the team had only had two after school practise sessions previous to the tournament, these results were superb and Minster ultimately came fifth, not far behind the winning school St. Joseph’s.
The sportsmanship throughout the tournament was superb. After each match, Team Minster shook hands with the opposition and applauded all teams during the medal ceremony. Our commitment, respect, effort and talent was clear. Just imagine how good the team will be by this time next year. St Joseph's here we come!
Year 5 had a fantastic evening, racing to discover who was the fastest speed stacker in the team.
The winner was Mark, who completed the 3-2-1 challenge in 2.62 seconds. Sylvana was 2nd in 3.04 seconds and 3rdwas Evie in 3.53 seconds.
The children also had to create different speed stack challenges, following a range of different instructions. Here are some of their completed tasks!
Written by Annabelle, Darcy & Will (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.
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!
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.
Mine Craft Club
This term we have started a new club for those children interested in ‘Mine Craft’.
This term the theme is, ‘The Romans’ and all of the activities and builds that the children produce are to do with this topic. We watch a short video, which outlines the quick build for that session. This week the children learnt that the Romans used mosaics on their floors or walls. They then had a minute to gather the blocks they would need to create their own mosaic and 10 minutes to build it.
Following the ‘quick build’, the children have a longer project that will take the several weeks to complete. This term they are creating their own colosseum, in which they will need to have spectators and enough room to lay tracks and race mine carts. They will need to experiment using switches and red stone to power their carts.
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!
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.
We're practicing hard to ensure our cricket skills are ready for the Kwik Cricket tournament on Friday. Today we have been practicing our bowling, making sure that we hold the ball correctly, keep a straight arm (bend it and it's a no ball!) and also making sure that our lead arm acts as our guide. Mr McCarthy has told us that bowling wins matches - he also told us catches wins matches!
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
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We've had many children attend a wide variety of clubs this term. Here are just some of the clubs we have offered to the children. Make sure you check this page regularly to see what clubs are coming in Term 6!