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St Joseph’s Sports Newsletter July 2018

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Primary Physical Education and Sports Premium

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Sport Premium Funding

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School



As part of the Olympic legacy schools have received an additional £8,000 [plus £5 per pupil between the ages of 5-11 years old] to improve the quality of sport and PE for all their children. This funding has been extended until 2020.

The funding for this year has been doubled by the Government to tackle the growing problem of childhood obesity and inactivity.

This funding (provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport) is ring-fenced in school budgets and provided to improve our provision of physical education (PE) and sport. Schools must ensure that the premium is spent in such a way that the impact leaves a legacy. Therefore we are focusing on coaching staff to improve teaching in the long term at the same time as enhancing sporting opportunities to our children. We are also focusing on providing all pupils with at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day through active playtimes, active lessons and a daily fun run.

At St Joseph’s we are using a large part of our allocation to fund contracts with two local providers. We have bought, for a fifth year, into Christchurch School Sports Partnership, led by Dan Moody at the Grange School and we have contracted Rachel Cocking, a professional sports coach of Christchurch Tennis Facility to provide our staff with coaching and input on organising a scheme of work for sports. These contracts are providing us with professional training for staff to raise their confidence and competence in teaching PE and sport, in-school specialist teaching and regular opportunities for pupils to participate in competitive sports locally. Through this initiative we believe that the health and well-being of our pupils will be enhanced.

Nathan Rickard, an HLTA and our PE Co-ordinator, organises teams to take part in sports competitions and ensures that equipment is in good order. He also organises both intra and inter-sport competitions in support of our Schoolgames Gold Mark as well as supporting all our PE lessons.

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Silver Mark Achievement

We are delighted to say that St Joseph’s has achieved the Silver Quality Mark for our sports organisation and quality of P.E. provision.


Gold Mark Achievement


We are delighted to say that St Joseph’s has achieved the Gold School Games Award for the 2016-2017 academic year.


School Games Gold Mark 2017-18

The  School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.  Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark.

During 2017-2018 St Joseph’s retained the Gold Mark for the second year as a result of our increased participation in competitive school sports in both intra and inter-sporting events.  These are the House Competitions which St Joseph’s organise and the Christchurch Schools Partnership Competitions.


Sport Premium Funding for St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School 2017/18


The 2017/18 funding is being used as follows, much of it continuing from the previous year:-

  • Specialist professionals to coach and train all our teachers into delivering high quality lessons. (Individual development plan for each teacher)
  • Specialist support in planning the new curriculum.
  • E-training for all teachers and T.A.s who are involved in sport.
  • Improve the sport equipment and resources following the advice from professional coaches.
  • Specialist advice and coaching of lunchtime supervisory assistants to organise small sided games and ensure active playtimes.
  • Staffing and transport costs for inter-schools sports events and competitions.
  • Focus on the gifted and able children, recognising achievement outside of school.
  • Providing cover staff to release teachers for professional development in PE and sport.
  • Increase pupils’ participation in national school games competitions
  • Providing training and payment for midday supervisors to introduce playground games at breaks and lunchtimes using the School Sports Organising Crew
  • Using the existing house system to enable regular, inter-house sports competitions during sports lessons.
  • Purchasing outdoor equipment for KS1 children to endure they are active during the day.
  • Increased opportunities for SEND and less able pupils (inclusive events)
  • Provision of running track for daily fun run.

This year we have continued our baseline skills assessment (Stability,locomotion and object control) for curricular sport in all year groups. This has shown significant improvements in pupils abilities.

  •      In 2013-14 we had a 29% participation in all competitions. In 2014-15 we had a 54% participation. In 2015-16 we had a 94% participation. In 2016-17 we now have 96% participation. In 2017-18 we have maintained 96% participation.
  • Pupils are benefiting from specialist teaching during lessons.
  • Specialist coaching is enhancing the P.E. curriculum and improving staff confidence and expertise in teaching sport specific skills. (as shown by the staff confidence survey)
  • Improved opportunities for participation in a wider range of sports.
  • Improved opportunities for participation in inter-school competitive sports.
  • Newly appointed sports leaders from Year 5&6 will represent pupil voice in matters of sport.
  • Newly allocated notice board in prominent position to celebrate sporting achievements within and outside school.
  • Gathering of information about participation in clubs and sports outside school being collated in order to improve identification of gifted and talented pupils.
  • Planned coaching at lunchtimes will enhance playtimes through organised sports led by trained lunchtime supervisors.
  • Termly meetings for PE co-ordinators through Christchurch School Sports Partnership.
  •     Half yearly newsletter from St Joseph’s celebrating our sporting achievements.



Christchurch School Sports Award

Our Sports Leader Mr Rickard was delighted to present our Year 6 pupil with the Christchurch School Sports Award which she designed; the theme for this year’s design was Active 30:30. This trophy will be used for all sporting events in the Christchurch area for 2018/19.

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Bronze Ambassadors

In September, 20 of our Year 5 & 6 children went to the Dorset Leadership Academy at The Grange School to be trained as Bronze Ambassadors. These are St Joseph’s Sports Leaders who help promote sport and healthy living throughout the school. They had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

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Celebrating our Success!

As well as achieving the  Schoolgames Gold Mark  the school also enjoyed other successes. Both the school football and netball teams did well in the local league. Meanwhile the range of sports we are now involved in has increased.  The following were all reported in our newsletters:


Girls’ Football Tournament

On 10th October the Girls’ football team played away at Mudeford Juniors. It was a fantastic team effort against tough opposition – St Joseph’s winning 4-0.


Boys Football

The first game of the season has been played against Burton Primary. The opening game is always important as we can see how the boys gel together as a team. We are pleased to say that they gave a great performance and won 6-2.


Outdoor Activities Day

On 6th November we took 6 children from years 2,3 and 4 to Moors Valley with 6 other schools from the Christchurch area. They experienced an Autumn walk, play trail activities and learnt orienteering. The sun was shining and they had a wonderful day.


Football Tournament

On 7th November we took part in the Christchurch Football Tournament at Littledown. On a very wet Tuesday afternoon we played 5 matches winning 4 and drawing 1 which resulted in St Joseph’s lifting the trophy! Well done to Ollie, Riley, Charlie R, Charlie S, Jayden, Freddie and Hughie. We are now through to the County Finals.

Football 2017-18


Indoor Athletics Years 5 & 6

On 8th November we entered the Indoor Athletics Competition at The Grange against two other schools. This is a very noisy and energetic event well supported by parents and we are proud to say we won. We are now through to the play-offs to be held in February next year. Well done team!

Indoor Athletics Years 5 & 6


Dare to Believe Festival

On 17th November we took 16 children from Years 5&6 to the Dare to Believe Festival at Testwood School in Southampton. This was an event sponsored by Allianz to promote Paralympic sports and to encourage children to believe in themselves to achieve anything. They participated in a variety of sports including wheelchair volleyball and Boccia.

Dare to Believe Festival


Multi Sports

On 21st November we took 9 children from Years 3&4 to The Grange for a Multi Sports Festival. There were 12 schools in attendance from the Christchurch and Bournemouth areas. They participated in a variety of sports and had a wonderful time.


Handball Festival

On 29th November we took two teams to the Handball Festival at The Grange. The event was opened by Liz Roberts from Phoenix Handball who gave a quick demonstration and explained the rules. We played a round robin tournament with 8 teams and came 3rd and 5th. A great time was had by all.

Football County Finals

On 1st December our Year 5 and 6 football team took part in the County Finals at the Littledown Centre, Bournemouth. In the group stages we played some fantastic football beating St. Katherine’s, Allenbourn and Dorchester topping the group. We then came up against a resolute Stourfield in the semi-finals and unfortunately lost 1-0. We played against St. Michael’s of Wimborne in a 3rd / 4th play-off place and won comfortably 4-0. We are extremely proud of Oliver, Charlie s, Charlie R, Jayden, Riley, Hughie and Freddie in achieving this result. We are now the third best team in the county!

Football County Finals


Badminton Festival at Twynham School

Seven Year 3 children attended the Badminton Festival wher they learnt positional skills, forehand and backhand shots. They all had a fantastic time and represented the school well.


Indoor Athletics at Purbeck School, Wareham

Eighteen children from Years 5&6 travelled to Wareham to compete in the Indoor Athletics play-offs. Competition was very tough as these were the four best teams from the Christchurch and Purbeck areas. The children acquitted themselves very well but unfortunately didn’t make the county finals. Well done to all those that took part.


Tag Rugby Competition

Bournemouth Rugby Club hosted the Rippa Rugby Fair Play Festival on 21st February. Twenty four teams from the Dorset area competed for the Fair Play Shield awarded for discipline, respect, enjoyment, sportsmanship and teamwork. We took 12 children from Years 5&6 who showed excellent sporting values and won 5 out of 6 of their games.

Tag Rugby Competition 2017-18


Multi Sports Day at Highcliffe Secondary 

We took 8 children to Highcliffe Secondary School for a Multi Sports Festival wher the children from Years 1&2 took part in a number of disciplines assessing their stability, locomotion and object control. They enjoyed themselves and were a credit to the school.

Multi Sports Day


Outdoor Activities Day

On 5th March, 8 children from Years 5&6 went to Moors Valley for an Outdoor Activities Day. They participated in orienteering (the Forest Course) , competing against 5 other schools. After lunch they went mountain biking (in the pouring rain!) but thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Outdoor Activities Day


Year 2 Football Festival

We took 8 children to Highcliffe Secondary School where the sixth form sports leaders organised a football festival for 5 local primary schools. The children were shown a variety of drills and skills and they played some mini matches at the end. They all had a fantastic time.

Year 2 Football Festival


Netball Tournament

On 30th April we took part in a Netball Tournament at The Grange. There were six schools altogether and we are proud to say we were unbeaten winning 4 games and drawing one, so we were equal first but Highcliffe won the tournament as they scored more goals overall. Congratulations for a fantastic team effort to Emily, Emma, Lucy, Mariah, Daisy w, Grace and Mariella. A big thanks to Rachel for doing a brilliant job coaching them.

Netball Tournament


Tri Golf

On 10th May we took 10 children from Tear 4 to the Tri Golf Tournament at The Grange. We competed against seven other schools with a total of 16 teams, and we are pleased to announce that we won and have qualified for the Summer Schoolgames Finals at Bryanston on 20th June. This is the 5th year in a row that we have been successful at this event. Well done to all the children involved.




On 16th May we took two teams of 4 children from Years 3&4 to the Tennis Competition held at the Christchurch Tennis Facility. The two teams competed against 12 other teams and we are pleased to say that they finished 3rd  and 5th  . Well done to the children involved.

Tennis St Joseph's Catholic Primary School


Year 1/2 Multi Sports

On June 8th we took 12 pupils to The Grange for a Multi Sports event where there were over 70 children from the Christchurch area competing in a variety of events including golf, football and athletics. The children had a fantastic time and were a credit to St. Joseph’s.

Year 1&2 multi-sports


Primary Can Do Watersports

We took seven Year 5&6 pupils to this event over at Poole Park. They practised kayaking in the morning and over lunchtime had the opportunity to sail in pairs in Picos. After lunch we competed against 15 other schools in 4 kayak races and St. Joseph’s won 3 of the races meaning we were crowned county champions at kayaking! All the children received gold medals for their efforts and a trophy for our expanding cabinet! Well done to Kieran, Wiktor, Yasmine, Grace, Jasmine, Bethany and Joshua.

Primary Can Do Watersports


Summer School Games Finals at Bryanston

We took 20 children to the Schoolgames Finals, 10 Year 4 chidren competing at Tri-Golf and 10 Year 5 children participating in a multi-sports event. The weather was kind this year as the last two years this event has had to be cancelled. All the children were given Schoolgames t-shirts as a memento of the event. The Tri-Golf team finished 5th out of 23 teams and the children had a fantastic day. This event is considered to be Dorset’s “Olympic Games” and it is a great experience for children.

School Games Finals at Bryanston

Christchurch Sports Awards

On 2nd July three of our pupils in Year 6 received awards for their contribution to sport as decided by their teachers. These were: Mariah – Dedication to running , Riley – Sports Leadership, Football and all round athlete and Charlie S – Sports Leadership, football and all round athlete. Well done on your efforts and perseverance.


St Joseph’s School Games Finals

The Inter-House Schoolgames Finals were held on Monday 16th July and the results are as follows. A big thank you to the sports leaders in Year 5 for helping during the day:-


St Mark’s 4; St Matthew’s 7


St Mark’s  – 431 points

St Matthew’s  – 429 points

St John’s – 401 points

St Luke’s – 280 points


St John’s 6; St Matthew’s 7


St Matthew’s 220 points; St Mark’s 230 points


St Mark’s 1; St John’s 4

Tag Rugby

St Matthew’s 18; St John’s 13


St Matthew’s 6; St John’s 8

Table tennis

St Mark’s 92 points; St Matthew’s 81 points


Christchurch Cycling Event

On 10th July we took 8 Year 5 children to the inaugural cycling event run by British Cycling at Somerford School. We competed in a variety of races over a set course against Christchurch Juniors and Somerford. The children had a fantastic time and we hope to run this event again next year. Dan Moody presented all schools with a trophy as a memento of the occasion.



On 19th July we played Christchurch Junior School in a final match of the season as we had only competed in the football tournament last November in a 5 minute match drawing 0-0. It was a very competitive match with some great football from both teams, but in the end St Joseph’s won 3-0. Well done to Ollie, Riley, Jayden, Jack, Charlie R, Charlie S and Hughie.

Mudeford Phoenix Girls and Ladies FC have continued their popular football club for KS2 girls after school on Tuesdays during term time from 3.15pm to 4.45pm. The girls are given the opportunity to represent the school in arranged matches against other local schools. All Phoenix coaches are DBS checked. For more details contact Frank Hunt 07957 439091

Atorro Sports run an after school club on Wednesdays during term time from 3.15pm to 4.15pm for pupils in years 5&6. A different sport is offered each half term.

Rippa Rugby run an after school rugby club for KS2 children during term time from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.


Also on offer after school is: 

Netball for years 5 and 6 on Mondays

Circuits Club for Year 5 and Year 6 on Tuesdays – during one term each year.

Karate, from 3:15pm on Mondays – open to all year groups.

The School Football Team’s training takes place on Mondays.

There are also good cross-phase links with The Grange School and St. Peter’s School, with regular liaison between the respective subject leaders.

The school is pleased with the enthusiastic pupil response to extra-curricular sports activities and will continue to seek opportunities to extend and improve what we have to offer.


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