Our Sporting Values are:
We held the very first Sports Awards at school at the end of Term 6. It was a great chance to celebrate all our fantastic sporting achievements throughout the year. Each class teacher had chosen a pupil to receive their Sports Star of the Year Award who had excelled at PE, represented Sheldwich at District Competitions and had demonstrated the School Games Values. Additionally, there was a selection of other awards presented including the Sportsmanship award, most competitive appearances, team of the year and KS1 and KS2 personality of the year. Well done to all the award winners and every single pupil who has engaged so well with school PE and Sport. A big thankyou to all parents for their continued support throughout the year.
Sports Star of the Year Awards
Sportsmanship Award – Seth W
Most Competitive Appearances Award - Maya G-H
Team of the Year – Year 6 Netball Team (Vashti, Mia, Ethan H, Eve , Amy , William H-L, Eliza , Maya G-H)
KS1 Sports Personality of the Year – Joshua
KS2 Sports Personality of the Year - Oliver
This year's Sports Week was themed around the Commonwealth Games which are being held in Birmingham in July. Every class had the chance to experience and play a multitude of sports some for the first time. Throughout the week, a selection of sports coaches visited Sheldwich to teach us a range of Commonwealth sports such as: badminton, basketball (Crusaders), golf (Faversham Golf Club), athletics, tag rugby, archery and boxing (Olympia Boxing). During the week, we learnt about what the Commonwealth is and what countries are part of it, we designed medals and mascots and even completed some geometric sports art. A focus on the sports values: determination, passion, honesty, self-belief, respect and teamwork was also paramount in every class.
The children all seemed to have a wonderful experience below is a selection of pupil responses about the week.
Class 1 - Butterflies
Claudine - 'I have loved doing the workouts, I got my body into it. Hockey was fun because we were competing.'
Isaac - 'We have got to do so many different sports. I liked football we got star points if our team won, that was so good.'
Roisin - 'This week we have learnt lots of new sports and I love PE. I learnt that lots of countries come together and compete in the Commonwealth Games.'
Class 2 - Dragonflies
Felix - 'I liked the badminton session because I play badminton in my garden, but it was nice to learn properly. I felt like I did well at the ‘scarecrow’ race at sports day because my team came second. I tried tag-rugby which I enjoyed – I liked that you had to pull people’s tags off!'
Hannah - I tried ‘long distance’ running this week, which I really enjoyed because I normally just sprint when I run, but I liked running for longer. I felt like I did well at the ‘sack race’ on sports day because I won the race!
Ella - I loved sports day because I did the ‘long distance’ race. I liked seeing everybody try their best. I think I did well at the ‘egg and spoon’ race too, even though I was very nervous. I tried badminton during sports week and I liked it because I liked learning how to hit a shuttle-cock.
Class 3 - Squirrels
Felix - 'I would like to carry on doing the boxing because it uses skills. I enjoyed doing the golf because it is quite a slow skillful game.'
Caitlin - 'I have loved boxing, cricket and rounders. I liked Sports Day/Sports Week because I like sports.'
Violet - 'I liked Sports Day because I got to improve my running. I'd like to play golf again and I'd like to continue more athletics because I like it.'
Class 4 - Otters
Skyla - 'It was really fun because we got to do sports and wear PE kit all week. On Sports Day, I liked doing all the races and standing on the podium (apart from when I fell off!) I liked the boxing as we learnt new things plus we did some push ups.'
Ethan H - 'I liked doing sports especially Sports Day and the basketball coach. I enjoyed the boxing it just wasn't long enough.'
Eadie - 'I like Sports Week because I enjoy sports. I liked the dodgeball, basketball coaching and the skipping race on sports day as I almost won. I would like to do more gymnastics.'
Class 5 - Foxes
Ilona - 'I loved Sports Week, it was really fun. I enjoyed archery and sports day. I am pleased with my archery as I got a bullseye.'
Seth - 'My thoughts on Sports Week were that is was amazing and I love sports. I really enjoyed Sports Day and playing rounders. I was pleased when I got on the podium three times on Sports Day.'
Rosa-Mae - 'I really enjoyed the skipping race because I could not stop smiling.'
Edward - 'This Sports Week I enjoyed playing every sport we tried. I was most proud of coming 3rd in the skipping race. I think this is the best week of school'
Class 6 - Badgers
Ethan H - 'I enjoyed doing cricket at Sheldwich - I don't play cricket often and it was nice doing it somewhere else. The archery was fun too.'
Erin - 'I liked doing archery because I think of it as a solo sport but we got to play as a team.'
Natalie - 'I enjoyed playing badminton in the hall with the nets as it is not a sport I play often.'
Little Hedgehogs Sports Day
On Friday we enjoyed our best sports day ever, we remembered the repeated refrain 'Slow and Steady' wins the race from the Tortoise and the Hare Fable that we had been sharing all week. It was wonderful to see so many of our lovely families come along to support us. The children did really well and completed:
A huge thank you to Mr Capelin, Evan's Granddad who came to visit us with Tim and Tom his tortoises on Thursday it was great to see them again, and it really made us think about the characters in the story.
Inspired by meeting Tim and Tom we got crafty and made collage tortoise for the Pre-School windows which look amazing.
We thought that the blender was really noisy but the fruit smoothies we made with Bananas, yogurt, strawberries and juice were delicious a real tasty and healthy treat. Mrs Ashmore
Netball League Results
The netball team have been very busy recently playing matches against Aylesham and St Peters Primary Schools in the last few weeks – winning both games. The team have now completed all their fixtures finishing with 4 wins and 1 draw tying at the top of the league table. Frustratingly, the final result went down to goal difference for both ourselves and Bridge, who we tied with. Bridge had +33 and we had +28 so we were narrowly pushed into the runners up position. I was incredibly proud to have coached the team and it was wonderful to see their desire, passion and determination shine through – well done! Mrs Fairs
This Girl Can Event
A group of 6 Year 6 girls took part in a transition event at Canterbury Academy this week. The idea of the event was to have a chance at playing a variety of sports with other Year 6 and 7 children. The girls took part in cheerleading, beach volleyball, rugby, basketball and cricket. They all had a great time and represented Sheldwich brilliantly.
Sheldwich were chosen to select the Canterbury Sports Partnership at a Kent School Games Commonwealth Games Legacy Event at Betteshanger Park in Deal. I took a group of 10 Year 6 children who were good cyclists to take part in an event celebrating some Commonwealth Games sports. Firstly, we all completed the mountain biking off road course which was exceptionally fun and challenging then we had a chance to ride around there 2.5 mile track as well. After that, the children had a go at Battle Zone Archery, which looked and sounded fantastic competing in a range of team archery games. It was a well organised event which was great to be a part of. All the children got a medal, certificate and t-shirt for completing the morning and seemed to have a wonderful time. Mrs Fairs
Members of year 5 and 6 took part in the Canterbury district cricket tournament at Polo Farm today. We won our first group stage game scoring 87 for 1 to Canterbury Primary's 49 for 2. A close second game - we lost by just 12 runs to Blean 1. In our third game we found form again, posting 84 for the loss of no wicket and keeping Ayelsham to just 26 for 5. We lost our third game against Bridge by another tight margin - this time by just 10 runs. Our final group stage game was a must win to progress further but Blean 3 were just too strong, posting 58 for 1 to our 33 for 2. The team conducted themselves perfectly all day - superb behaviour and sportsmanship. Throughout the tournament they grew in skill - bowling accurately, taking quick singles and fielding with strategic know how. A great performance against some very strong opposition leaving us mid-table in our group.
The netball team had their second match in this years Canterbury district netball league away at Petham Primary School this week. We were faced with a very small sized court but we soon adapted taking an early lead. We kept the pressure on and were leading 6-1 at half time. After a couple of injury time outs and a slightly nervy third quarter, we strongly finished and won the match 9-4. Thank you to Mr Burns for assisting me with the driving of the team to the game. We are looking forward to our next game which is at home against Bridge Primary on Tuesday 24th May. Well done everyone.
With 12 teams competing in a circuit of golf games and activities at the Canterbury Academy the competition was strong. Sheldwich sent two teams, one from Year 3 and another for Year 4 and they all competed with enjoyment, skill and passion. The children all played brilliantly and were a credit to Sheldwich - culminating with the Year 3 team taking home the bronze medals!
Sunday 15th May - Swale District Primary Schools 2km Race
It was a great morning for a run and Sheldwich turned out in force. All the children competing ran 2km with about 100 children participating in total. Everyone was brilliant, giving their best, running with a smile on their face and representing Sheldwich superbly. A special mention to George and Skyla in Class 4, who stopped in the race to help up another runner who had fallen over - true kindness and sportmanship behaviour. Each finisher earned a well-deserved medal and the finishing position of our first four finishers were added together to give a team score. Our first four finishers were Ethan H, Susie (Class 6), Leo and Ethan M (Class 3) whose total put Sheldwich in 1st place. Well done to all the runners and a thank you to all parents who came to support. A special thanks to Mrs Crisp who helped organise the event.
On Tuesday (10th May), a small group of us visited Canterbury Academy to take part in racket skills. The children were set a variety of activities to test out and improve their racket and hand-eye co-ordination skills, all whilst being supported by the sports leaders at the school. It was incredibly pleasing to see the children really get involved and not shy away from any of the challenges set. Well done Class 4.
Mr Grave and Mr Lee
Netball League Match Vs Chartham 5th May 2022
Last week, we faced our first opponents in this year’s netball league – Chartham Primary School. We have been eagerly awaiting the chance to play some games and the team didn’t disappoint. After a slow and steady first quarter, we really got into our stride, lots of top quality defending and goals to match. Everyone played so well and numerous players scored goals, resulting in a 7-0 win. The team were diligently captained by Mia (Class 6). We look forward to our next match away at Petham school on Thursday.
After running a school dance competition, I sent some entries to be entered into the Canterbury Sports Partnership dance competition and we had great success. Rex in Class 1, was second in the KS1 male novice category, Elliott in Class 4, was second in the KS2 male novice category and Amelia in Class 1 won the KS1 female novice category. This is a great achievement and they should all be very proud. Mrs Fairs
Hockey Tournament Report
On Wednesday there was a hockey tournament for years 3 -6 at Polo Farm. In the morning. In the morning, years 3 and 4 played their group games. Mr Wallace and Dan (the after school club hockey coach) were really impressed with the skills they showed, their sportsmanship and their determination. They continued with their excellent attitude as we played friendlies with Hampton school.
In the afternoon it was year 5 and year 6’s turn to play their matches. They continued with the excellent behaviour that Sheldwich had shown all day. After some very tense matches, year 5 just missed on reaching the next stage but year 6 made it to the quarter finals. After three more matches the team were presented with bronze medals for 3rd place. An excellent achievement as there were 26 teams in total.
By Mia Stanford (Class 6)
Canterbury District Cross Country Championships
A bright and breezy afternoon made for perfect running conditions over at Chartham Primary School. A coach load of Sheldwich runners eagerly competed in in a 1.2km race. Each race had approximately 30 - 40 children in it and as usual all of our runners showed grit and determination, competing with pride. I am thrilled to report such a wealth of both individual and team success. Silver medals were awarded to Leo and Mollie in Yr 3, Ethan H and Susie in Yr 6 and bronze medals were won by Ethan and Violet in Yr 3. The Yr 3 boys and girls teams came second, Year 5 boys were third and the Year 6 girls were second. A huge congratulations to everyone for competing and finishing the race. Thank you to Mrs Crisp and Mrs Simler for their help.
Sheldwich Cross Country Championships
On a very wet and miserable Tuesday lunchtime, it was lovely to see so many children take part in our annual cross country races. Children in Year 3 and 4 ran 6 laps of the school field (approx 100m) and Year 5 and 6 completed 8 laps (approx 1.5km). There was lots of encouragement from the side lines and many outstanding performances. The winners were Leo and Violet in Yr 3, George and Helena in Yr 4, Flynn and Ilona in Yr 5 and Susie and Ethan H in Yr 6. We are now looking forward to competing in the Canterbury district races at Chartham Primary School.
Last week, we played the second of our small schools district football league matches against Selling School. The team were rightfully excited and keen to play another match. I was informed the opposition had some good individual players which we had to be careful of however, we displayed a wonderful team performance and kept those players quiet. A strong first half saw us take the lead after goals from Erin and a great corner from Oliver. The team maintained the pressure and intensity in the second half to triumph 6-1 winners. Thank you to Mr Hickford and Mr Ladd for coaching and reffing the game. Next fixture is home to Barham on Thursday 10th March.
Yr 6 Football Match v Barham Primary School
On Thursday 17th March we played the third of our small schools disstrict football league matches against Barham School. The team plated well and once again, displayed a wonderful team performance winning 2-1. Thank you to Mr Hickford and Mr Ladd for coaching and refereeing the game.
Infant Agility Competition
Last week, a group of Year 2 children participated in the district infant agility competition at the Canterbury Academy. They all had to compete in a host of different athletic events, which included, throwing, running, jumping, stepping and bowling. All the children participated excellently and enjoyed the competition, thoroughly deserving their bronze medals.
Well done, Mrs Fairs.
On Tuesday 18th January, a group of Year 5 and 6 children went to Canterbury Academy to compete in a dodgeball competition. There were 20 teams and each team played 7 matches. Mr Wallace and Mrs Hilden went with them and they were very impressed with their attitude and behaviour. They all had lots of fun and played really well. Everyone was very impressed with how they did.
A special well done to some of our team who were highlighted for demonstrating a school games value throughout the tournament and were awarded a sticker. Freya (honesty), James (passion) Isaac (determination) from Year 5 and Eleonore (teamwork) from Year 6.
By Mia and Eleonore (Yr 6)
As you may know, we are a part of the Canterbury Sports Partnership and after the success of last year’s Virtual Dance Competition they are pleased to add it to their competition calendar for this year. As Sheldwich did so well last year, it would be wonderful to yet again send some fantastic entries to represent Sheldwich.
THEREFORE, I AM LAUNCHING OUR OWN SHELDWICH DANCE COMPETITION TO FIND OUR WINNING ENTRIES. CLOSING DATE FRIDAY 11th February 2022 (Last day of Term 3)
It is a solo dance competition but is open to any male or female student in our school. There are some event requirements. As a school, we can only enter one entry in each of the following categories.
Novice: for beginner dancers only who have little or no experience competing.
Competitive: for experienced dancers or those who do not wish to enter into the novice level.
KS1 = a child in Year R, 1 or 2
KS2 = a child in Year 3, 4, 5, 6
Here are the requirements for the dance routine.
Movement - The movement can be any style or genre but must be original in concept.
Time - Students should choreograph and perform between 30 and 60 seconds of movement.
Music - The music must be commercially available with no explicit content.
Costume - Any appropriate costume may be worn with appropriate footwear.
No props are to be used.
Filming - The dance must be filmed in landscape mode and can either be filmed at home or if you would prefer at school.
Once you have sent in your video, I will be looking at them all and will be judging them alongside Mrs Garrett and Miss Whorlow, using the guidance below. Certificates will be awarded to the 3rd, 2nd and 1st place entries with the winner in each of the categories going forward as the Sheldwich entry to the Canterbury Academy competition.
If you do not want your child’s video entered into the Canterbury Academy competition, please let me know when you send it in. I will then just enter it to the Sheldwich judging.
All entries need to be emailed to email@example.com for me to look at by Friday 11th February so that we have time to judge them and send our winning entries to the Canterbury Academy on time.
Movement pieces will be scored by the judges on the following:
Overall performance of the dancer, including facial expressions, connection with the music, connection with the audience/judges.
Formations are interesting/clear, includes different levels and variation, choreography is appropriate for the dancer based on age and experience.
The level of technical proficiency for the specific dance category. Use of footwork and arms, and the correct execution of movements.
The music adheres to the time limit requirements for the entry type. Music is appropriate for the age of the dancer and contains no explicit content.
Rhythmic interpretation and movement of the dancer.
Year 5 and 6 Virtual Sportshall Athletics
Year 5/6 all participated in the Canterbury Academy's Virtual Sportshall Atheltics competition whereby they participated in a pentathlon. Events included standing long jump, speed bounce, vertical jump, chest push and a shuttle run. The scores for each event were recorded, converted to points and given an overall pentathlon score. Everybody participated brilliantly but a special mention to Susie in Class 6 for achieving a Silver Award, Ethan S (Class 6), Sophie, Ilona and Max from Class 5 for achieving a Bronze Award.
Year 3/4 Sportshall Athletics
On Wednesday, Class 3 and 4 went over to Canterbury Academy to participate against 7 other schools in an athletics tournament. This involved a wide variety of both track and field events. Throughout the session the children performed magnificently, making sure to give it their all, holding nothing back. It was fantastic to also see how supportive they were of each other, especially at one point during a relay, our school were up on their feet, jumping and screaming in encouragement at the racing team. Overall, we came 5th place, considering the competition there, the children did very well. A great outing from both Class 3 and 4. Well done!
Year 6 Basketball
This week, two teams of Year 6 basketballers went to Canterbury Academy to play in the district tournament. 12 teams were entered and the standard was very high. The Sheldwich teams did really well both winning two out of three of their group games facing schools such as; Wickhambreux, Chartham, Blean, and Canterbury Primary School. Having progressed to the next round the A team played Wickhambreux’s A team and won 9-1. The children, as always, represented Sheldwich with pride and determination finishing 6th and 8th, well done everyone. Mrs Fairs
We also played in a football tournament run by Total Sports on Friday whereby a Year 5 team and a Year 6 team took part. The Year 5’s had some tough opponents drawing one and losing the other two group games. Mr Hickford sent me these wonderful words after coaching the Year 6 team
‘I can honestly say they were an absolute credit to the school from beginning to end. Their behaviour was impeccable, they cheered each other on, they congratulated the other teams on a good game whatever the score was, and most importantly, they finished the day with the biggest smiles and laughter.
We'll done to all of them. You had 8 players of the match out their today! Superb!’
Well done to everyone playing!
Yr 5 and 6 Tag Rugby tournament Report
On Tuesday 12th October 2021 Mr Wallace and Mrs Hilden took a group of children from year 5 and 6 to a tag rugby tournament at Canterbury rugby club. There were a whopping 20 teams taking place (including teams from Bridge, Barham, Blean and Canterbury Primary) separated in to 5 groups of 4. Each of our teams played 3 matches in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Our year 6 team finished second in their group during the group stage and the year 5 team finished 3rd in theirs. Both teams exhibited great skill levels whilst competing but also displayed great team play and good sportsmanship.
Football League Match vs St Peters
The Year 6 football team played their first league match last week against St Peter's School. We had a gloriously sunny Autumn evening for a very exciting but tense match. Our opposition played well, with a couple of very nifty players they took an early lead. However, Sheldwich showed great teamwork and perseverance and made a wonderful comeback taking a well deserved lead after wonderful goals from Edward, Oliver and two from Erin. We utilised our bench and although they fought back we ended up winning 5-4! Huge thanks to Mr Hickford and Mr Ladd who coached and reffed the game! Well done everyone.Mrs Fairs
I was so excited to get back to competitive sports action this week and what a wonderful competition to start with. Two teams from Year 6 attended the District Handball tournament at Canterbury Academy on Tuesday and the excitement was palpable. 14 school teams were in attendance and the teams were split into two groups of 7. Our teams were in different groups and we faced some strong opposition. Sheldwich 2 made a tentative start but their confidence grew and the teamwork got better and better. There were some outstanding contributions from Ethan S and Vashti. The team finished the group stages in 6th position. Sheldwich 1 made a blistering start, winning the first game 5-1 and their outstanding form continued throughout the tournament. They displayed exceptional talent and wonderful camaraderie and won all of their group games, topping the group and proceeding to the final! In the final, we faced the winning team from Group 2, Canterbury Primary School and as expected it was a very close fought encounter. We went a goal down early on but showed great resilience to fight back and drew level at 2-2. Into extra time we went, narrowly loosing eventually 3-2. However, the children thoroughly deserved their silver medals and for Sheldwich to return with some silverware in the first competition brought a big smile to my face.
Our Sports Leaders from Year 6, under went some training at the Canterbury Academy to undertake the role effectively. They had a wonderful afternoon, completing team building activities and learning about the different roles and responsibilities required to be a good sports leader.
As part of National Fitness Day, the whole school took part in as many 1 minute challenges as they could. We flapped arms like a bird, did lunges, hula hooping, hopscotching, played tag, squats, head, shoulders knees and toes and even drew letters with our bodies.
Swimming Ability of the current Year 6 (2020-2021)
34 children in the class
% able to swim over 25m
% able to use a range of strokes
% confident/able to use self-rescue
After nominating Sheldwich in a few categories for the annual district sports awards organised by the Canterbury Academy. I am pleased to announce that we won some of them. We have been awarded the Sports partnership award for 'Contribution to Active 30 Award', our Yr 5/6 Hockey Team won KS2 Team of the Year. A few individuals were also successful, Serena for the 'Most Competitive Appearances 2019/2020', Thiago was 'KS2 Sports Personality of the Year 2019-20' and Luca (Yr 6) won the Sportsmanship Award 2019-20. Well done to everyone - I am very proud of you all.
At Sheldwich, we encourage the pupils to follow all the School Games values whenever we participate in any sporting activity. We pride ourselves on showing this values whether we are competing at school or against another school. Most importantly, at Sheldwich we want the children to try their best and endeavour to improve it. The idea of their personal best and striving to beat it, is held highly and praised, celebrated and encouraged.