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St Joseph’s Sports Newsletter July 2018

St Joseph’s Sports Newsletter March 2018

St Joseph’s Sports Newsletter July 2017

St Joseph’s Sports Newsletter April 2017

St Joseph’s Sports Newsletter July 2016

St Joseph’s Newsletter December 2015

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.

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.

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 second 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.

Please see our Physical Education and School Sports Policy here

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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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.



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 2016-2017 St Joseph’s achieved the Gold Mark 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 2016/17


The 2016/17 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 handball goals and equipment.
  • Increased opportunities for SEND and less able pupils (inclusive events).
  • Provision of medals, cups and shields for in-house competitions.


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.
  • 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.
  • Half termly newsletter to parents from Christchurch School Sports Partnership celebrating local sporting achievements.


Our Bronze Ambassadors

Our Bronze Ambassadors


Bronze Ambassadors

This week ten Year 5 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. Well done to Eddie, Charlie S, Charlie R, Riley, Jayden, Daisy W, Zoe, Emily and Lucy – they had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Celebrating our Success!

As well as achieving the  School Games 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

Six Christchurch schools took part in the Girls’ football tournament. St. Joseph’s played well with great team work and came 3rd. Well done girls! Also well done to Mr Rickard who was referee for the tournament!

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 5-0.


The netball team played their first game at Burton Primary. The team played really well and had a lot more possession than the opposition however ended up losing 3-2. Never mind, better luck next time and keep up the great teamwork!


Eight children from Year 3 competed in ten different events at the Mini Olympics held at The Grange School. We are thrilled to say that they won – fabulous job boys and girls!

Multi Sports  

A team of ten children from Year 3 and Year 4 attended the Multi Sports afternoon at The Grange School. They had a great time trying out a variety of sports and games including cricket, rounders, dodgeball and handball – all arranged by the sports leaders from The Grange.

Indoor Athletics Years 5 and 6

On Wednesday 16th November, the first round of the Indoor Athletics Competition took place at The Grange against Mudeford and Highcliffe. St Joseph’s fielded a strong team and we are proud to say that we qualified for the next round in February. The points totals finished as follows: Highcliffe 74, Mudeford 78, and St Joseph’s finished with 114. This is the third year out of four that we have qualified for the next round. Well done St Joseph’s!

Outdoor Learning Day

On 14th November 8 pupils from Years 2, 3 and 4 went to Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre along with six other schools. The children took part in a treasure hunt in the morning and a variety of activities in the afternoon including bushcraft shelter building and animal trails. The children had a fantastic day and the leaders at Avon Tyrrell were excellent.

Table Tennis Tournament

On Tuesday 8th November we went to Harewood College for the Dorset Table Tennis Competition. The event opened with an exhibition match with two England Internationals Matt Ware and Finn Bayliss-Morgan. The children then developed lots of skills in table tennis in the morning and in the afternoon had a competition. The Girls’ Team finished 4th and Boys’ Team finished 5th. The children’s skills had improved by the end of the day.

Girls’ Football

On Wednesday 9th November, a friendly match was organised between St Joseph’s and Burton by Frank Hunt from Mudeford Phoenix. An enjoyable game of football saw St Joseph’s win 5-3 with Rosie scoring all 5 goals. Woman of the Match went to Fiona for her outstanding tackling and passing.

Handball tournament

Two teams from St Joseph’s went to the Handball Festival at The Grange on Wednesday 30th November. The children were coached by Liz Roberts who is the Dorset Development Officer for England Handball. They were taught the basic rules and the skills required to play handball and then played a number of games against other schools. St Joseph’s Team Two won all of their games and then in the final match St Joseph’s team won 8-0.

Multi Skills Years 1 and 2

We are very proud of our Year 1 and 2 children who represented St Joseph’s at this week’s Multi-Skills Festival, held at Highcliffe School against other local schools. The children were a credit to the school in their teamwork and determination.

Cultural Competition

Each year children are asked to design the new Christchurch Sports Trophy. This year’s theme has been Active For Life. Each school was asked provide 5 entries and The Grange sports leaders judged the competition. We are pleased to say that a design by St Joseph’s was selected for the trophy, created by Igor in Year 6. Well done!

Multi Skills Years 1 and 2

On Wednesday 25th January, Years 1 and 2 participated in a Multi Skills event at The Grange led by the Sports Leaders. The teams took part in a range of events including running, jumping and catching and a great time was had by all.

Badminton Year 3

On Tuesday 31st January, seven Year 3 pupils took part in the Badminton Festival held at Twynham. They learnt a range of badminton skills and practised what they learnt in a range of activities. Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to parents who helped by taking pupils to the event.

Indoor Athletics Years 5 and 6

On Thursday 23rd February 18 children from Years 5 and 6 travelled to Purbeck School in Wareham for the semi-finals of the Indoor Athletics competition. The team put up a spirited performance against tough opposition and we finished 2nd overall. St Joseph’s sportsmanship showed through when they congratulated Christchurch Juniors and wished them good luck in the Schoolgames Finals.

Multi Skills Years 3 and 4

On Tuesday 7th February, pupils from Years 3 and 4 went to Highcliffe School for a Multi Skills morning which included football, basketball and relay races. Well done to Thomas for basketball, Luleya for target throwing and George for football, who were the overall winners.

Tag Rugby Years 5 and 6

On Wednesday 8th February we went to Bournemouth Rugby Club at Chapel Gate for the Christchurch Tag Rugby competition. St Joseph’s played 7 matches which were very competitive and we finished 4th overall. We are pleased to announce that we have been selected to attend the Spirit of the Games Tag Rugby competition to be held at Chapel Gate on Friday 31st March.


The Year 4 boys and girls football team went to Christchurch Junior School to play in a round-robin tournament in the final match against Highcliffe. We were losing 2-1 with 10 minutes to play but some outstanding goalkeeping by Sam and great team work along with 2 great goals by Shane meant that we won 3-2 and finished second overall in the competition. Well done to Anna, Willow, Hughie, Leo, Shane, Sam, Freddie, Oscar and Joshua.


On 15th March Year 6 pupils played in a Netball Competition at The Grange. There were a total of 7 schools competing in a round-robin contest and St Joseph’s acquitted themselves well by finishing fourth. This was an outstanding result considering they had never played netball before.

Year 2 Football Festival

Six Year 2 children went to Highcliffe School for a Football Festival. The sports leaders from Highcliffe set up a range of activities to practise their skills and then they took part in a mini competition. The children represented the school well and particularly Joshua in goal.

Years 5 and 6 Tag Rugby Tournament

Twelve children took part in the Tag Rugby tournament at Chapel Gate. This tournament concentrated on the disciplines of tag rugby including determination, self-respect and teamwork. Over 24 teams took part in the competition and St Joseph’s were undefeated and showed all the qualities of the above disciplines.

Girls’ Football Tournament

The Girls’ Football Tournament was held at Mudeford Junior School where there were 6 teams competing. St Joseph’s played 5 matches and were undefeated. We are very pleased to announce that we were champions of this tournament. Well done to Mariella, Anna, Emma, Rosie, Amy, Alice, Hannah, Fiona and Ella.


On May 4th, some of our Year 4 pupils took part in a swimming competition held at Two Riversmeet. There were over 15 schools participating and therefore very strong competition. Well done to Hughie and Jasmine who both finished 2nd place in their race.


On May 4th we also had our final football match against The Priory. It was an excellent game, end to end excitement but The Priory scored late in the first half and that’s how it stayed until the end. Well done to St Joseph’s as all of the Priory team were Year 6 pupils, most of which play for the same football club.

Outdoor Activities Day Years 5 and 6

We took eight pupils from Year 5 and 6 to Moors Valley along with five other schools to experience orienteering and mountain biking. Although the weather was poor, they had a fantastic day.

Quad Kids

We entered two teams for the Quad Kids event, one for Year 5 & 6 and one for Years 3 & 4. This is an athletics event consisting of a short sprint, a long run, howler throw and standing long jump. The Year 5 & 6 team came up against stiff opposition and finished 6th overall but we are delighted to say that the Year 3 & 4 team came first in their event. Well done to everyone involved!


Ten children went down to The Grange on Tuesday after Sports Day and spent another hour-and-a-half playing handball. Well done to those who participated. They were extremely tired afterwards!


We took two teams of Year 4 children to the tennis competition held at Christchurch Tennis Facility on the afternoon of 7th June. There were 10 teams competing from 6 schools and one St Joseph’s team finished in 4th position and the second team was just beaten in the final and finished runners-up. However, this team has qualified for the School Games Finals at Bryanston School which will be held on 28th June. Congratulations to Shane, Freddie, Willow and Isla.

Year 4 Dorset Primary Schools Finals

Following on from their success at the Bournemouth & Christchurch Year 4 schools swimming gala in May, both Hughie & Leo qualified to represent Christchurch at the Dorset Schools Finals in Dorchester. The best of the best from each of the Dorset areas competed in some closely matched heats. Hughie competed in the boys 25M backstroke final and the first 4finished all within a second of each other. He claimed 3rd place missing out on first by tenths of a second. Leo swam in the 25M boys freestyle final and swam brilliantly against a fiercely competitive field. Both boys were great ambassadors for St Joseph’s behaving impeccably throughout the event. Well done boys.

Christchurch Sports Awards


Three of our pupils received awards for their contribution towards to sport, as decided by the teachers.

Aimee (Year 6) – Sports Leadership, football and acrobatic gymnastics.

Rosie (Year 6) – Sports Leadership, football and all-round athlete.

Alice (Year 6) – Football and Sports Leadership.

Well done children on your efforts and perseverance. I know I keep saying it but I am very proud of the accomplishments of our children.


School Games Finals 


The Inter-House School Games were held on Wednesday 12th July and the results are as follows. A big thank you to the sports leaders in Year 5 for helping during the day:-


St John’s 5 St Luke’s 6


St Mark’s Year 4 – 1252 points

St John’s Year 4 – 1121 points

St Luke’s Year 4 – 875 points

St Matthew’s Year 3 – 819 points


St John’s 6 St Matthew’s 6.5


St John’s 430 points; St Luke’s 120 points


St Mark’s 4; St John’s 4 (after extra time)

St John’s won penalty shootout 3-2

Tag Rugby

St Luke’s 16; St John’s 15


St Matthew’s 6; St John’s 11

Table tennis

St Mark’s 1; St John’s 4


Sports Premium Funding: from a child’s perspective 

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This is Rachel Cocking. Some of us already know Rachel because she has been running the tennis club at St Joseph’s for about six years. Her tennis club is good fun and we have all learnt how to get better at playing tennis. She is a sports coach and she has been coming into school to make sure we get the most out of our sports lessons.

Last year Rachel watched each class in their normal sports lesson and now she has come back to coach each class in a lesson about netball. We learnt the names of the lines and sections of the court in netball. We now know how to throw a ‘chest pass’ and we learnt some of the footwork too.

Rachel isn’t just coaching children, she is coaching our teachers too. They are making notes as Rachel runs the lesson and we think that we will be having a lot of fun learning more about netball this half term.

Our teachers have told us that they are going to have some sports lessons after school too and they are looking forward to learning even more ideas from Rachel to make sports lessons super.

Our parents have been asked about any clubs, teams and lessons we go to outside school and so our school now knows a lot more about how well St Joseph’s children are doing at sports.


Sports Premium: Assessing its impact – quotes from children and staff

From Year 1:

“It is very good with Rachel and fun. I like the hula hoops, elastics and the netballs.”

“I like it at lunchtimes because there is different equipment in different areas. It is easier to know where you can do things and it is more fun at lunchtimes now.”

“I like it because there are lots of things to choose from on a Tuesday and Thursday.”

“I like the game where one person has a racket and the other person throws a beanbag. If you hit it on your writing side it was a forehand and if you hit it on the other side it was a backhand.”

“I liked the ‘stopping like a cat’ game when we were sidestepping for tennis.”

From Year 2:

“It’s fun doing sports with Rachel and Justin because they do fun things with us.  Sometimes they do tennis, sometimes they do basketball, hockey or dodgeball.”

“Sport is really good to keep you fit.  It’s fun at St. Joseph’s because you can do sport with friends from school.”

“I like playing Dodgeball with other children that are not my age like Year 4s.”

From Year 4:

“We enjoyed playing dodgeball at lunchtime. Rachel really helped us.”

“French skipping is hard, but I’m enjoying getting better.”

“I really enjoy P.E., especially when Rachel comes in.  Lunchtimes are much more fun now on Tuesday and Thursday.”

“I like lots of activities at lunchtime, particularly using the bouncy hoppers.”

“We really enjoy relays in our P.E. lesson and learnt the best way to hold a baton to help our team.”

“I enjoy playing netball because it’s really fun.”

From Year 6:

“Thoroughly enjoyable”

“You can always get involved.  When you win, you feel really proud of yourself.”

“You learn a lot.”

“It’s very useful.  It helps to improve your skills in a variety of different activities.”


Quotes from our lunchtime supervisors following the introduction of ‘active lunchtimes’:

“Team spirit shown across the year groups”

“Children are enthusiastic……the older ones lead the younger ones”


Recognising sporting achievement outside of school

The school has recently started collating information from parents on the children’s sporting achievements outside of school.  News is then shared with the whole school community through the school newsletter and on a sports noticeboard.

Recent achievements:

Will plays the role of striker for Greenfield Sharks Youth Football. In this role, Will has had a very successful season scoring 23 goals and winning the Golden Boot award! In the clubs recent end of season awards ceremony, Will also picked up the award for most improved player, this owing mainly to his hard work in improving his game. Will has been able to include strength on the ball and work rate in to his game to compliment his goal scoring exploits!

Nahla completed the Race for Life on Sunday 11th June in Bournemouth. She ran 5k in 37 minutes and raised £120 for cancer research. Needless to say, we are very proud of her!

Aimee achieved a silver medal at her second gymnastics competition, in grade 3 pairs, and came third out of 9 in the tumbling competition. She only started gymnastics in December so she has done really well!

Shane achieved 2nd place for 50m Breaststroke (in boys 10 years and under) in the 2017 club championships, with Christchurch Swimming Club. He also achieved an award for 750m swam in 30 minutes.

Oliver has been doing very well in triathlons, at his last completion he came first in the 600m run, 2nd in the swim, and helped his team to finish in first place. Alex is a member of the junior mounted games team, who have been very successful recently, winning the last three competitions that they have entered, including a first place at the Bath & West Show during half term.


Extra-curricular sports and activities

The school is pleased to offer a wide range of additional sports activities to cater for both Key Stages and response from the children has been enthusiastic.

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.


Also on offer after school is: 

Netball for years 5 and 6 on Mondays.

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

Rippa Rugby on Wednesday – 3.15-4.20pm

Tennis Club on Friday – 3.20-4.15pm

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

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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