On Wednesday 26th February after school, ten girls from the football team went to play a match against Shears Green Primary School.
In the first half Shears Green scored a goal and then nearly scored another one, but our goal keeper (Freya) saved it . Straight after, Hana scored and we went back to centre and Helaina was so close to scoring, but their goalkeeper saved it.
As the game went on, Shears Green scored five more goals. We nearly scored two, but the goal keeper saved them again. We lost 6 -1, but we tried our best and had fun and that is what matters. Next time, we will be stronger because we will work on our mistakes.
Sofia, Year 6
Year 6 Boys Football - Norris Telling Shield
On Wednesday 12th February, the boys Year 6 football team took part in a cup game against Kings Farm Primary School.
We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game, but we were all up to the task. As Kings Farm kicked off, they kept possession well and were testing our defence, but Oliver,, John and Oscar were keeping it tight at the back. As Oliver passed the ball to Oscar, Oscar played a nice through ball up to Freddie who made a great run and played the ball into the back of the net: 1-0 Meopham are leading. After that Freddie bagged three more goals making it 4-0. Soon after Ronnie sent the goalie the other way and packed another: 6-0. Before half time Jake got the ball from Freddie and cheekily passed it into the back of the net giving us 7-0 advantage at half time.
At the start of the second-half we were well into this game with Rhys getting an early goal and shortly after nicking another making it 9-0. Then Jake banged one in the back of the net to make it 10-0. Minutes later Frankie made it 11-0 to Meopham sending us through to the next round.
Jake and Oscar, Year 6
Medway Youth Games Netball Tournament - Year 6 Netball
The Year 6 boys and girls netball teams took part in the Medway Youth Games Netball Tournament held at Medway Park in Gillingham.
Our two teams played sixteen very tense and exciting games throughout the day. We had some great wins and some losses and all the children played with great determination and spirit. We were very proud to be awarded the Fair Play Trophy which recognised our sportsmanship, respect and teamwork during the day. This award was voted for by all eighteen participating t3eams, the umpires and event organisers.
Thank you to all the parents who came along to support us. Well done everybody.
Year 6 Annual Festival of Netball
On Friday 24th January, Mrs Johnson escorted a team of eight Year 6 girls to the Annual Festival of Netball held at King's Rochester Sports Centre.
The girls had the opportunity to play lots of netball where the focus was on having fun and developing their skills. We had an exciting afternoon and the girls became more confident with each match, eventually winning four out of five games.
Well done girls!.
Year 5 and Year 6 Sportshall Athletics Competition
On Thursday 23rd January 2020, Mr Stevenson (PE Subject Lead) took twelve Year 5 and 6 pupils to an indoor Sportshall Athletics Competition at Cobham Hall School.
Sixteen teams competed (192 children) in this popular event organised by Take Pride Ltd. Teams were made up from primary schools across Gravesham and they all took part in a series of field and running/relay events. The children showed great resilience and enjoyment at the event and represented the school admirably. We came 9th out of the 16 teams - a great achievement considering the size of our school compared to others in the area.
Well done to all that competed.
Kent Primary Schools Cross-Country Finals
On Saturday 23rd November 2019, Mrs Barrett (Pass Ltd) escorted twenty one KS2 pupils (some form the running club that ran last year) to the Kent Junior Schools Cross Country Running Championships at Brands Hatch.
This was a busy event with over 700 children taking part. Our Year 3s and Year 4s took part in a 1200m race and our Year 5s and Year 6s ran a 2200m race. Our children battled the wind, rain and mud setting plenty of personal best times leaving them feeling proud, but also very tired as a result of their great efforts.
Well done to all that ran and thank you to all of the parents that brought their children along to this huge event.
KS2 Intra-Trust Four-Square Festival
On Thursday 21st November 2019, Mr Stevenson and Miss Dean took two teams (one from Y3 and Y4 and one from Y5 and Y6) to Culverstone Primary to take part in the inaugural indoor four-square tournament.
Both teams competed against their peers from schools in The Pathway Trust and played 5 games each trying to outwit their opponents in the four-square arena. All of our children showed great teamwork and communication, which this game needs, and played with the right sporting spirit throughout. A lot of fun was had and are looking forward to our rematches next year.
Year 6 Intra-Trust Basketball Tournament
On Thursday 14th November 2019, Mr Stevenson escorted a group of Year 6 pupils to Wrotham Road Primary to participate in a four-way indoor basketball competition between The Pathway Trust schools.
The children played three group matches where some superb skills were put on display and enthusiasm to match.
Having only trained together once, the children, from start to finish, showed tremendous resilience and perseverance eventually playing off for third place against Culverstone in the final stages where they were victorious!
Gravesham District U11 Girls Football Competition
On Thursday 3rd October 2019, Mr Filewod took a selection of Year 5 and Year 6 girls to play in the Gravesham District U11 Football Competition at Riverview Junior School.
As our Year 6s were away on their residential visit this week, our team was mostly made up of Year 5 girls (plus two Year 6s) some of whom had never played a competitive match before. The girls won two matches scoring six points which was enough for them to get into the semi-final. In a close fought semi-final, we lost 2-1 to Shorne Primary and came 4th out of 8 teams.
Thank you to all of the parents who came along to support the team. Well done everybody.
Boys Early 7s Gravesham Football Competition
On Saturday 29th September 2019, Mr Stevenson took a selection of Year 6 boy to play in the Gravesham Early 7s Football Competition at Riverview Junior School.
The boys played four group games against other schools in the area not losing a single one and only conceded two goals. They then progressed through to the knockout stages of the competition where they unfortunately lost to Hartley in the semi-final. For the first time playing together, the boys showed superb communication and teamwork and their effort levels were outstanding.
Thank you to all of the parents who came along to support the team.
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PE Support in 2019-2020
This year (2019-2020) Meopham Community Academy have used a proportion of our Sports Premium Funding to employ Physical Activity and Sports Specialists Ltd (PASS) - a specialist Physical Education (PE) teaching company specifically to support and train our teachers in their delivery of PE.
PASS Ltd. was founded in 2013 by a team of enthusiastic PE and Sport professionals with over 30 years of experience between them.
Here at Meopham, we are lucky enough to have with us from PASS Ltd Mrs Barrett - quallified PE teacher with a range of experience in varying sports and at differing age ranges / Key Stages. As well as supporting teachers in their PE lessons,Mrs Barrett also runs an after-school Sportshall Athletics club once a week, weekly lunchtime aerobic sessions on the playground and co-ordinates our new Personal Challenge scheme.
Personal Challenge - Term 2
This year, PASS will be running a personal challenge each term. The idea is that children partake in the challenge in school (e.g. at breaktime / at lunchtime, even in the classroom) and their results are sent to PSS where they are analysed and certificates are presented across year groups and key stages.
The challenges are the same for children across year groups - YR-Y6. the only difference being the time that the children have to complete the challenge (see below).
Term 1 was speed bounce and the term (Term 2) will the challenge of 'The Hoola Hoop'
- Reception will have 1 minute (m) to hoola hoop
- KS1 - 2m
- Lower KS2 - 3m30s
- Upper KS2 - 5m
The number of times the children lose their rhythm and drop their hoop and have to start again is recorded.
The baseline scores were collected last week (Week 1) and they will be collected again in the last week of term.
In between these times, the children are can practise as much as they like and will be encouraged by teachers and staff on duty on the playgrounds during morning break and lunchbreak.
Sporting achievements in 2018-2019
Gravesham District Kwik Cricket Tournament Final
On Tuesday 2nd July 2019, a selection of Year 5 and 6 pupils from the school's cricket squad took part in the final of the Gravesham District Kwik Cricket Tournament at the Bat and Ball Ground, Gravesend.
Back in June, our A team came joint 1st with Wrotham Road Primary School (a fellow Pathway Academy Trust school). Today's encounter was the first place play-off against Wrotham's A team. On the day, we also fielded a B team who played Wrotham Road's B team.
Despite some great batting, bowling and catching from our A team, we sadly lost the play-off and were runners-up. The children should be proud of their achievement because it means that we are officially the second best Kwik Cricket team in Gravesham.
The B team lost their match too, but showed great spirit and teamwork in this friendly encounter.
Well done everybody!
Kent Schools Mini Hockey Tournament, Chatham
Our successful team of eight Y5/6 pupils who won the Gravesham tournament travelled to Holcombe Hockey Club to take part in the Kent Schools Mini Hockey Tournament, where they represented Gravesham against the best schools around Kent in a round robin group stage format, leading to a play-off situation if teams were successful.
I think it came with a pleasant surprise to them (not their teacher, however) that they surpassed their own expectations and for the second tournament running, went unbeaten in the group stage and won all of their four games. This meant that Meopham went through as group winners against some of the best schools in Kent for hockey to face the ‘crème de la crème’ of the South East in a play-off to decide first, second and third position. It must be noted that the children went up against other children in these games who regularly play hockey outside of school at club level and are experienced players. Meopham put on such a good show of hockey in these final two matches and were going stride for stride with these top sides, only losing each by one goal each time.
Although the children were disappointed to come up the wrong side of each result, as pointed out to them, to come 3rd in the whole of Kent for hockey is an achievement they should all be immensely proud of – a feeling that is shared by their teacher and the rest of the school. Their 3rd place medal is the first one that Gravesham have ever won for hockey in a finals tournament such as this.
The children will now go onto represent Kent as one of four teams in a tri-counties tournament on the 16th July.
Gravesham District Kwik Cricket Tournament
On Wednesday 12th June 2019, a selection of Year 5 and 6 pupils from the school's cricket squad took part in the Gravesham District Kwik Cricket Tournament at the Bat and Ball Ground, Gravesend.
We played four matches and won all four which was a fantastic achievement given the stiff competition that we faced. At the end of the tournament, we finished joint 1st with Wrotham Road Primary (a fellow Pathway Academy Trust school). We will now go on to play Wrotham Road in the first place play-off sometime in July (a date has yet to be confirmed). Should we win, we will go to the County finals which will be held in Canterbury.
Well done everybody!
Sportshall Athletics - Year 3 and 4
On 23rd May, a mixed team of twelve Year 3 and 4 pupils travelled to Cobham Hall School to participate in the Gravesham Sportshall Athletics Tournament.
The event (run by Take Pride) was attended by fourteen schools from the Gravesham area and involved a mixture of relay races (track) and a variety of field activities which included standing jumps, five strides, vertical jumps, chest pushes and javelin throwing.
At the end of the competition and overall, we came 9th. Although we didn’t win, our pupils performed to their best of their abilities and displayed great team work, resilience, determination and respect for their fellow athletes. Well done to all.
The Woodhead Trophy Final - Girls Football
On Tuesday 21st May, our Year 5 and 6 girls football team took part in the final of the Woodhead Trophy. Having beaten Cecil Road and won 4-2 in the semi-final back in March, it was now time for the girls to play Bronte School at home in the final of the competition.
The game was a tough one, but Meopham GIrls, with resilience, determination and skill, came out on top with a 3-0 win to take the shield. Well done girls - the whole school community is very proud of your achievement.
Friendly Match - Boys Football
On Wednesday 3rd April 2019, our Year 5 and 6 boys football team took part in a friendly match against New Ash Green Primary School hosted by us. It was a great match and we came out the winners despite New Ash Green showing great resilience and scoring a goal. The match ended 6-1 to Meopham. This is a great result for the boys given our recent exit from the Norris Cup Competition.
The Woodhead Trophy - Girls Football
On Friday 15th March, our Year 5 and 6 girls football team took part in the semi-final of the Woodhead Trophy. The girls played Cecil Road and won 4-2. Brooke, Hannah and Lois were the goalscorers that led the team to a 4-2 victory. The team showed great skill and teamwork throughout the match which won the day and a place in the final. The final will be played in the next few weeks so watch this space.
Well done to everybody who attended and a special thanks to Mr Degen for his coaching skills.
Year 5 and 6 Netball -High 5 Netball Tournament 2019 - Cobham Halll
On Friday 15th March, we attended the High 5 Netball Tournament at Cobham Hall. High 5 Netball involves both boys and girls and our two teams were made up of fifteen Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.
The players are continuing to improve their game with each match and they played some excellent netball against strong opposition. We came away with a very respectable 4th and 5th position.
Well done to everybody who attended.
The Norris Shield - Boys Football
On Friday 1st March, the boys football team played in the quarter final of The Norris Shield against Kings Farm.
The boys showed great team spirit and showcased some excellent teamwork throughout. Meopham did edge in front on two separate occasions, however Kings Farm proved to have the edge by the end of the game and ran out 6-3 winners. Although the boys were disappointed, it was fantastic to see them come together as a team with minimal match practice and play with smiles on their faces.
Year 5 and 6 Netball Tournament 2019 - Medway Park, Gillingham
On Tuesday 29th January, our Year 5 and 6 netball teams attended a netball tournament at Medway Park, Gillingham.
The two teams made up of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils attended the Mini Youth Games Netball Tournament at Medway Park in Gillingham. It was a full day of exciting netball - sixteen matches were played by our teams, all with great enthusiasm and determination. Our team spirit shone through and, despite some very tough competition, we won some games. The children's behaviour, teamwork and their enjoyment of the day, were a credit to our school.
Well done to all of our pupils and thank you to parents, friends and family that supported them at the tournament.
Year 6 Netball Festival 2019 - King's Rochester
On Friday 25th January, our Year 6 netball team attended a Netball Festival at King's Rochester Sports Centre.
The event was well-attended and our team, in their very first competition, played very well indeed. The girls won three matches, lost three and drew two. Well done to all of our girls and thank you to parents, friends and family that supported the girls at the festival.
Inter-Academy Trust Basketball Tournament 2019
On Thursday 24th January 2019, nine children from Years 5 and 6 attended an inter-Academy Trust basketball tournament at Wrotham Road Primary School. There were three other teams and we played each of them. All of our players tried their hardest and had fair play and enjoyment at the forefront of their minds. We scored some great baskets and played very well as a team. Although we did not win the overall competition, we had a great time and look forward to taking part in more basketball competitions in the future.
Gravesham Sportshall Athletics Tournament
On 24th January, a team of ten Year 5/6 pupils travelled to Cobham Hall School to participate in the Gravesham Sportshall Athletics Tournament.
Meopham were one of sixteen teams who participated, pitting against each other in a variety of throwing, jumping and running events. The athleticism on show from our pupils was something to behold and their fantastic team spirit ensured that each member of the team was fully- supported throughout the day. As always, the children were a credit to the school and they took part in exactly the right spirit that the event was intended; they should be very proud of themselves.
Meopham finished a very credible 9th - a brilliant achievement when considering the number of schools and pupils taking part. Well done everybody!
Early Sevens Tournament 2019
On Saturday 19th January 2019, eight of our Year 6 girls took part in the Kent Early Sevens Football Tournament. Lois, Niamh, Poppy, Jessie, Ruby, Brooke, Ava and Hannah played five games against teams from across Kent. It was an eventful tournament: our goalkeeper was taken off injured and one of our outfield players had to take her place. Despite their best efforts and some good spells of play, the girls unfortunately didn't manage to win any of their matches. They were a credit to Meopham Community Academy in terms of their behaviour, enthusiasm and determination. We would like to thank all of the parents who came along to support and a special thank you to Mr Degen and Mr Bullas for running extra training sessions for the girls at the weekends.
KS1 Boccia, Kurling and Roller Balling Festival - Cobham Hall
On Thursday 29th November 2018, six Year 1 children attended a Take Pride Boccia, Kurling and Roller Balling Festival at Cobham Hall. Scarlett, Lola, Elizabeth, Jamie, James and Jesse thoroughly enjoyed each activity. They were a credit to Meopham Community Academy in terms of their behaviour, enthusiasm and determination. Our team came 11th out of 18 which was a superb result especially as most other teams were made up of Year 2s!
Year 5/6 Girls Football Tournament
On Friday 16th November 2018, the girls football team played a friendly match against St Botolph's here at Meopham Community Academy. The girls have written their own report as follows:
We started the game well and in the first 10 seconds Lois scored a goal. 20 seconds later Lois scored another goal which left us winning 2-0. The crowd was going crazy. We stared to pass the ball around until Lois ran across the field and managed to score a goal. Then Ava scored a cracking goal which left us 4-0 at half time. With St Botolphs heads down, before we knew it we were 12-0 up with just a couple of minutes to go. Lois scored 6, Hannah and Brooke b scored 2 each, and Ruby and Ava scored 1 each. Thank you to St Botolph's and everyone who supported us and a big thank you to Mr Stevenson, our PE leader.
It was a magnificent display by the girls and we are hoping that they can continue this form for the remainder of their season. Well done girls!
Clarke Shield - Year 5/6 Girls Football Tournament
On Thursday 4th October 2018, the girls football team played in a football tournament - The Clarke Shield - at Riverview Juniors School, Gravesend. The girls played some of their best football to date in a series of tough matches. In one memorable match, we beat the hosts 5-0. The girl's effort and great teamwork paid off and they won the tournament retaining the Clarke Shield after last years victory in this tournament.
Well done girls! We are so proud.
Early Season Football Tournament - Year 5/6 Boys Football Tournament
On Saturday 29th September 2018, the boys football team played in an early season football tournament at Riverview Junior School, Gravesend.
The boys played four games, but despite best efforts and some good passing play, they were unable to find a way through any of the opposing teams and drew all four games. Sadly, this didn't get us to the semi-finals but a good day of footballs was had by all.
Well done boys!