FIT AND ACTIVE CHALLENGES DURING
Hello from Mr St John,
As you know keeping fit and active is really important at this time and I'm sure you have been doing lots of exercise as a family.
I thought I'd remind you about the daily Joe Wicks workouts which are a really great way to get your day started and help you feel energetic and can be found on You Tube by clicking on the link below:
PE with Joe Wicks https: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
I would also like to give you some Mr St John challenges to try:
1) If you like football, see if you can record a Keepie - Uppie diary showing how many times you can keep the ball in the air. You will improve day by day if you stick with it. I'd love you to show me how your football skills have improved when we get back to school.
2) See how many star jumps you can do in one minute. Try to improve a bit day by day on the number you can do. When we return to school let me know how many you did!
3) If you have a racket or bat at home see how many times you can bounce a ball on the racket or bat in one go; it takes skill and concentration. Keep a record of how many you can do every day. If you can do a hundred at one go or more I would like you to show me when we return to school!
4) See if you can go for a one mile walk with your parents every day if you are allowed to. This will really keep you active and help you to sleep well at night too!
ALL THE BEST WITH THE CHALLENGES EVERYONE!
Mr St John
PARALYMPIC FESTIVAL A REAL SUCCESS
Some of our year 4, 5 and 6 children had a fantastic time as they visited Westfield Academy to take part in a Paralympic Day. The event was introduced by Kate Grey, a Paralympic swimmer, and this set the tone for a brilliant time where our pupils enjoyed a whole range of activities including New Age Kurling, athletics, sitting volley ball and badminton. Our children described it as an 'amazing day' and all were presented with special certificates to mark the day.
PRESTON PRIMARY COMPETE IN THE
COUNTY HOCKEY FINALS
Our school hockey team enjoyed their time at the County Hockey Finals, a level 3 School Games competition this played February 2020 in Cannington. The team strove hard in every one of their games and although they did not win the competition they competed extremely well as a team throughout. Well done team and thank you to Mr North who trained, managed and accompanied our pupils to the venue.
YEOVIL TOWN F.C. VISIT PRESTON PRIMARY
A fantastic afternoon was enjoyed by our whole school as we were privileged to host defender Craig Alcock and goalkeeper Stuart Nelson from Yeovil Town F.C. The players attended as part of the 'Adopt A School' programme which teams our school in partnership with the club. As part of this initiative, every child in the school received a 'Glovers' T shirt to commemorate the day.
PRESTON PRIMARY VISIT KINGFISHER PRIMARY SCHOOL
FOR A HOOPBALL TOURNAMENT
A brilliant time was had by all as some of our year 2 pupils visited Kingfisher School for a hoopball tournament this February 2020.
Mr Bourne, our tournament organiser mixed pupils from both schools and all of the children had a fabulous time competing. For some of the children it was the first time they had been involved in competition against other pupils. All of the children played well. Well done all!
Cross Country Race 4 at the Showground
Our runners competed brilliantly at the recent Level 2 School Games event at the Yeovil showground. Hayley ran a fantastic race again to triumph in her year 4 girls race out of 52 runners with Maisie Bea in a very good 7th place. Florence took a very creditable 3rd place and bronze medal out of 85 runners in the girls year 3 race while Shekinah ran superbly to finish 7th. Ollie came 7th in his year 3 boys race out of 124 runners; a great result, while in their year 4 boys race Bobby, George and Henry came 5th, 6th and 9th respectively. Very well done team and a huge thank you to Mrs Darcy and to Miss Bowles and Miss Linehan for scoring the whole competition.
Year 3 and 4 Football Club
Our year 3 and 4 football club attracts over thirty members each week. Warm ups, skills training and mini sided matches make this a great club for our younger key stage 2 pupils learning the game. Intra school games as well as inter school games keep the interest high and introduce a competitive thrill to the proceedings.
Preston Primary School Archery Club
The aim of the game is to hit the bulls eye as many times as you can in this club. The children who attend enjoy improving their aiming and shooting skills. A steady hand and good hand eye coordination is needed as well as the ability to stay calm as the bow is bent and the arrow released.
Our netball club under the watchful eye of Miss Lewis enjoy this fast paced game every week. Skills such as
quick passing, marking an opponent, moving into space and shooting are polished and the players have a lot of fun not only playing the game but also keeping fit.
OUR YEAR 6 SPORTS LEADERS AND ORGANISING CREW
Our year 6 sports leaders have been doing a great job of inspiring younger pupils in the school to become active at lunchtime. Having planned a variety of activities, the leaders enthusiastically deliver their play activities every week to key stage 1 and reception children.
YEOVIL TOWN COMMUNITY SPORTS TRUST LUNCHTIME SPORTS CLUB
Our children in year 4 have really enjoyed taking part in the lunchtime sports club run by the Community Trust as part of their Premier League Primary Stars programme.
YEAR 1 GYMNASTICS BALANCING AND MOVING AND DISPLAYING BRAVERY AS
PART OF MENTAL HEALTH WEEK FEBRUARY 2020
Our year 1 children showed fine skills as they moved through different apparatus which tested their ability to balance at different heights and travel with control. Many of the children displayed bravery and after saying 'I'm scared to go on this piece of equipment' they then proved to themselves that not only could they do this with assistance but that they could go on to using the same piece of apparatus independently and with confidence! The year 1 children were helped during their lesson by year 5 pupil sport leaders who have been developing their leadership skills this year with Mr Bourne. Their encouragement was invaluable!
KEY STAGE 1 MULTISKILLS CLUB
Our key stage 1 children have enjoyed being taught by Mr Bourne and assisted by our year 6 sports leaders during multiskills club. Here, they enjoy an energetic game of mini hockey.
BADMINTON CLUB IS A SMASHING SUCCESS
Our key stage 2 children have been enjoying badminton club with coach Mrs Lipton this term as they have learned the skills required to serve and return a shuttlecock with a partner.
PRESTON PRIMARY GO GRASS TRACK CYCLING
AND REACH THE COUNTY FINAL!
Our grass track cycling team had a fantastic experience at the end of January 2020. The team visited Bucklers Mead Academy where on a twisting and muddy course they rode extremely well to qualify for the County Final which will be held next month. The competition, a level 2 School Games event consisted of one timed lap per competitor who then had eight races based on their timed result. Team Preston included Jack, Isaac, Harry, Kowen, Jess, Lily, Millie and Kitty and all controlled their bikes well to ride perfect races and secure third place overall which was enough to win a place for the team in the final.
Preston Primary Girl’s Football Team Excel At County Final
A brilliant team performance saw our girl’s football team reach the final of the Girl’s County Football Tournament, a level 3 School Games event played in Weston Super Mare this January 2020.
The team were in superb form during the group stages where they clinched three wins and two draws. In achieving these results, the girls progressed to the semi - final in style.
Once in the semi final the team stepped up the level of their performance once more against very good opposition and after both teams had drawn 0-0 the match progressed to a penalty shootout. Goalkeeper Jess saved brilliantly during this to ensure that Preston Primary moved into the final and here, against a very good Trinity Primary school team from Taunton, our girls suffered their first defeat of the tournament by three goals to one. The result means that we have been placed as 2nd out of 172 schools in Somerset for football.
All of our players performed extremely well and team manager Mr Watkinson and all at Preston Primary are extremely proud of every one of our team. Well done girls!
PRESTON PRIMARY SHINE AT NINESPRINGS CROSS COUNTRY INTERSCHOOL RACE
A fantastic performance from several of our runners at the recent Level 2 School Games cross country event held at Nine springs Park in Yeovil on October 16th resulted in Preston Primary shooting to the top of the area league in both the girls and boys category. The event course began steeply and wound it’s way through a wooded trail before finishing with a fast descent into the final part of the course. Our year 5 and 6 children had to show considerable stamina as they completed two loops of the course. There was a brilliant one and two as Hayley and Maisie Bea finished in exactly the same order as in the first race of the season in the year 4 girls category. Ollie ran superbly to win his year 3 race against over a hundred other competitors. A total of fifty two pupils from our school took part in the event and did so with determination and a smile on the face! Well done team.
Mr St John
PRESTON CROSS COUNTRY DATE ANNOUNCED
Our next Level 2 School Games race after half term will be run at the Yeovil Football Ground (TBC) on Wednesday 6th November. Mr St John will be handing out letters for this race before half term.
HUFF AND PUFF YOUNG LEADERS AT PRESTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our young huff and puff leaders in Year 6 have been having a great time this autumn term 2019 as they have led our Key Stage 1 pupils in sporting activities ranging from foot skills and catching to tennis and target bowls. Our leaders received training and then generated their own activities for the younger children to enjoy. Well done leaders!
Our archery club has been thriving and using brightly coloured targets and indoor arrows the club members took part in a level 1 School Games competition where they competed well with each other and fired accurately in their quest to win. Well done children!
A thrilling 10 arrow final ensued with the top score taking home the gold.
Best Girl - Darcie (37)
Best Boy - Connor (31)
Global Games Day at Preston Primary 2019
Our school Games day took place this June with some great sports on show. 120 of our older Key Stage 2 children acted as sports leaders and helped children from the younger year groups in lower Key Stage 2 enjoy sports such as table tennis, Brazilian Beachball, Volley ball and Boccia. A great time was had by all present. Thank you to our sports coach Mr Bourne for organising this Level 1 School Games event.
PRESTON PRIMARY SCHOOL GAMES WIMBLEDON TOURNAMENT
An excellent time was had by all at the recently held School Wimbledon Championships this June and July. 94 pupils entered and fought through qualifying rounds before the finals held at the beginning of July. A sunny day saw some fiercely contested matches in this Level 1 School Games Event and great sportsmanship too. The results are shown below and we thank Mr Bourne our sports coach and Mr Watkinson for organising the event so well.
YEAR 3 Winner Jackson Runner Up Irah
YEAR 4 Winner Ashley Runner up Jack
YEAR 5 Winner Jake Runner up Josh
YEAR 6 Winner Daniel Runner up Oliver
GIRLS Winner Ruby Runner up Jasmine
GRASS TRACK CYCLING AT BUCKLERS MEAD ACADEMY
Our Year 6 children had a brilliant time this summer 2019 learning how to race the team pursuit as part of a track cycling two day event held at Bucklers Mead Academy.
The first day saw 14 of our pupils receive coaching from Justin Knox, an accredited coach from British Cycling who enabled the children to ride in a four person pace line and learn skills like turn taking and drafting.
The second day took the form of a Level 2 School Games contest in which 13 teams from 8 local schools competed in timed races. Our A team were undefeated in their races and came 2nd overall with the B team only losing once and ended in a very creditable 5th place.
Our A team therefore progress to the County Final of this event to be held at Millfield School on Thursday 4th July and we wish them well for this. See pictures above.
UPCOMING WORLD CUP TOURNAMENT FOR KEY STAGE 2
As part of our ongoing sports provision we are looking forward to our end of term inter house World Cup Football tournament. Eight teams will battle it out on Friday July 5th for the prestigious title of Preston Primary World Cup winners. The Level 1 school games event will be organised by Mr St John, Mr Watkinson and Mr Bourne, our school sports coach, and will feature sports leaders, Year 6 pupils as team captains and almost 100 children in total.
Our Year 4 boys had a brilliant day out on June 17th at the home of Yeovil Town Football club; Huish Park. Exciting skills based sessions and small sided games under the watchful eyes of the Yeovil Town staff made for a great time for all concerned. The boys practised their tackling, shooting and dribbling skills and all expressed their thanks at the end of what was a really enjoyable time. Our thanks also go Mrs Darcy and Mrs Snell for accompanying the boys to this event.
Preston Primary Cross Country Championships
A beautiful sunny afternoon saw sixty of our children take part in our annual cross country championships, a Level 1 School Games competition. Our sports leaders from year 6 acted as marshals and did a great job as they helped to guide the runners from Years 3 – 6 around the challenging course.
The runners took part in one of four age group races with great determination and skill as they paced themselves through the run. The placings were as follows:
Year 3 and 4 girls:
1st Sophia 2nd Kitty Boo 3rd Maisie Bea
Year 3 and 4 boys:
1st Harry 2nd Louix 3rd Jackson
Year 5 and 6 girls:
1st Abigail 2nd Paige 3rd Mya
Year 5 and 6 boys:
1st Lucas 2nd Joshua 3rd Joel
Well done to everyone and to the hares, our old pupils Kaleb, Kadyn and Hannah who came back from their secondary school and ran for us ahead of the competitors.
On Friday, 6 x Year 4 students (Harry, Grace, Kitty-Boo, Finlay, Kowen and Ashley) competed in the 'Quicksticks' Hockey Tournament at Sherborne Girls School. 10 teams competed for the gold medals. The team worked incredibly hard and showed great team spirit throughout. The team managed to win 3 of their 4 group games without conceding a goal. They then won their semi-final 2-0 and made it all the way to the final. In a very nervy final against Buckland Newton, Preston School came out on top and won 1-0.
Finlay was the top scorer with 8 goals and Harry was player of the tournament.
A special mention to Harry who also won the juggling section of the skills tournament.
Well done team! Mr North.
YEAR 5 vs YEAR 6 INTRA SCHOOL FOOTBALL MATCH
On March 5th 2019 our Year 6 football team played the Year 5 team in a School Games Level 1 contest. A fast and flowing game occurred with lots of amazing skills and excellent team play on show despite the windy, rainy conditions.
The Year 6 team opened the scoring when Lucas let fly from outside the area and the ball crept into the net under the Year 5 keeper. Our Year 5 team carried on playing determined football and eventually equalised through Harry’s determined run and a good finish from Josh.
The second half saw the Year 6 team begin to play more as a unit and pass and move more effectively. Our Year 5 team never gave up though and showing a great deal of determination and courage they tackled hard with Riley being especially good at breaking up attacks. A good goal from Archie gave the Year 5 team hope but at the end hat tricks from Lucas and Oliver plus a couple of goals from Kaleb and a welcome first goal for Leon sealed victory for the Year 6 team 9-2.
Man of the match goes to Harry from Year 5 for a terrific performance leading his team from the defence and midfield.
PRESTON PRIMARY WIN TENNIS MATCH V EAST COKER
A thrilling Level 2 School Games event saw Preston Primary outpoint East Coker Primary School by 6 matches to 3. The fixture played on 4th March 2019 in blustery, cold conditions saw some amazing match play and excellent serving. Kowen and Oliver from Year 4 won all of their three matches in fine style.
Our Year 5 pairing of Robbie and Raphael fought hard and despite losing their first two matches played extremely well to steal the last game from the East Coker pair that they faced.
Our final pairing of Daniel and Oliver won their final two games playing excellent tennis and wrapped up the last game 10-5 to win the tie for Preston Primary. Well done team! Our thanks goes to Mr Watkinson for organising the match this time round.
UPCOMING SPORTING EVENTS
School Games events coming up after half term include a Year 5 v Year 6 football match on Tuesday 5th March played here at Preston Primary School, a fifth inter-school cross country race to be held at Aldon Hill on Wednesday 6th March and our very own School Cross Country championships to be held here at the school on Tuesday 26th March. Parents are welcome to attend these events as spectators as our children always enjoy being cheered on.
YEAR 5 FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT PLAYED AT BUCKLERS MEAD, FEBRUARY 2019
A very good performance from our Year 5 team saw them win two games, draw three and only lose one game in this Level 2 School Games competition held at Bucklers Mead Academy.
The first game saw the team defeat St Michael’s Academy before a 1-1 draw against Birchfield and a 0-0 draw against Huish were earned through solid defensive displays.
The team then went on to beat a very good West Coker team 1-0 before coming up against a strong Milford team who just pipped us by 2 goals to 1. The final game saw us return to solid defending against East Coker and a 1-1 draw was achieved against them.
All of our team played with passion, commitment and skill and can be proud of their efforts.