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Bridport St Mary's

C of E Primary School

Vision Statement: Building a caring community, where all can learn and shine!

Vision Statement: Building a caring community, where all can learn and shine!

Sports @ St Mary's

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St Mary's an Active School



We are very proud to announce we have acheived the School Games Gold Mark. Well done to our staff, pupils and families, especially Miss Smith.


Quad Kids – Year 3 and Year 4

By Sophie Burgiss

On the 16th July some Year 3 and 4 children went up to Colfox School to compete in the Quad Kids competition.

First, we had to get into groups, A, B and C and I had to go with my friend in to D group.  The first activity we did was long jump, we all had one practice and then three proper jumps.

After, we had a drink and went back to our team to do the sprints race, I came 4th out of five people.

Then, after a small break we had the throwing activity and I had the longest throw.

Finally, the last races were the 400m and the relay race.  On the 400m I nearly lost my breath.

At last the scores came in; Bridport Primary won, we came 4th.  We didn’t mind though as we all had a great time.



GB Athlete Visit - Kirsty Way

In the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Inspired Through Sport sent Kirsty Way, a GB Athlete, who competes in the Double Mini-Trampoline event to our school.  Kirsty is local to the area and comes from Dorchester so it was really great that the children got to meet and work with her on some training exercises.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the morning and asked some really great questions to broaden their understanding of the event that Kirsty competes in and how she became part of the GB Team.

We would like to thank the children and parents for raising a staggering £1215.95 which goes towards helping the GB Athletes train and compete for our country and also support the school with gaining equipment that the children will be able to use to inspire them towards an active life.


Key Stage 2 Sports Day 2019 

The KS2 children showed fantastic team spirit for Sports Day this year.  They showed great resilience and perseverance in the long distance races and all houses supported and cheered their teams and friends.  The children participated in throwing, long jump, sprint and relay events all with great enthusiasm.

The KS2 Children should all be very proud of themselves.  


A big thank you to the parents for coming along and supporting the children.


Key Stage 1 Sports Day 2019 


Everyone in KS1 was so pleased with the fantastic behaviour and sporting attitude of all the children at the KS1 Sport's Day this year. The children all participated in a range of activities including the sack race, the egg and spoon race, the obstacle course and the javelin and then everyone took part in sprint races. For once the weather was just right- warm, settled but not too hot. The event was well supported by all the parents, many of whom took part in a parent's race at the end of the morning, much to the delight of their proud children. 


Year 1 Multi Skills Festival - 12th July 2019



Portland Sailing Trip - Year 5 - June 2019

In June, year 5 were lucky enough to attend the Portland Sailing School for a paddle board session. The children changed into wetsuits and took to their boards. 8-10 children were on each of the paddle boards and they sailed them around the harbour. After this, they played games and splashed around in the water. Every single child took part and it was amazing how quickly they developed their confidence and ability on the boards. A great day was had by all!

The Colfox multi-skills festival for Year 5 took place on Wednesday the 4th of July. Year 5 children from all of the local schools took part and were split into teams from a mix of schools. The children took part in rounders, dance and volleyball events. All children participated fully in the events and enjoyed their activities. It was a great chance for the children to meet children of the same age from other schools.


Quad Kids - 5th June 2019



On Wednesday I took part in the Quad Kids athletics tournament at Colfox school. There were lots of other local schools there. We took two teams of 8 children – 1 team from year 6 and 1 team from year 5.

My favourite parts were the standing long jump and the sprint. For the standing long jump you need to put your feet together and swing your arms then jump your furthest you can.

For the sprint you need to run straight for 75meters. I was with my classmates Harvey, Marley and Theo in group A and we had so much fun. We did the sprint first:  I came second to last and Harvey came fourth. Later we did the 600meters which was hard but some how I survived!

(Oakley, Y6)


Last Wednesday we went to Quad Kids athletics tournament at Colfox. We had to leave at 12:00 and we returned home at 3:30. When we got there we had to sit down and then we were split into two groups: A and B. We each had to do 4 activities. One was called standing long jump: You go up to a yellow line then jump (you are not allowed to have a run up.) My highest score was 150cm and the highest score of the day was nearly 250cm.

Another fun activity was called the Hurler. For this you had to throw a foam rocket as far as possible. We were really pleased with our throws and everyone threw it a lot further than when we had practised at school.

I really enjoyed the tournament especially going with friends from my class.

(Harvey, Y6)


Tri Golf - 23rd May 2019



Year 4 were fortunate to be invited to a Tri Golf tournament held at Colfox school on Thursday 23rd May. The young leaders arranged a range of exciting sporting activities for the children to rotate round in groups of 10. All of the children excelled in their sporting achievements and St Mary’s staff were proud of the efforts. Well done Year 4.



On Friday 22nd November,  a mixed team of year 5 & 6 students played the Kenway Cup football tournament against 3 other local schools. We were very lucky to be able to use Bridport football club pitch as well as our own school field to host the matches.  We were extremely proud of our students that played as they all showed great determination, persistence and impeccable behavior throughout the afternoon resulting in a great sporting event enjoyed by all involved. 


On Monday 2nd July, year 5 went windsurfing at Portland.

The day started with getting into wet-suits, which was really tricky! We then got into the water to warm up and it was very cold. Once we had got used to the temperature we came out of the water and listens to Joe's instructions about how to windsurf. Once Joe had talked us through it, in small groups of 4 we got onto the boards. We had to hold the sails upright by using the mast and then we had to try and turn using the boom. It was a bit tricky because the wind was really blowing. It was really difficult to get back onto your board and stand up after you had fallen off. Once we'd all had a go we stopped for lunch. After lunch we learnt how to paddleboard properly. We were on two giant paddleboards and we had a race. After we had the race we all got onto one paddle board and played a game. After the paddleboarding we got changed and came back to school. 

My favourite part was when I fell in the water and couldn't get back on the board! (Lexi)

My favourite part was when we got to go deep in the water and jump off (Harvey)

My favourite part was when we got to try the windsurfing (Freya)

My favourite part was the paddleboarding (Riley)

My favourite part was standing up and doing a funny dance (Ella)



Leadership afternoon for Year 5 - 26th June

On Tuesday afternoon, year 5 led a PE lesson for year 1, Reception and year 2. We had to teach them different activities that they might not know. We taught catching, batting, skipping, football, throwing and shooting goals. Year 5 enjoyed it and we hope key stage 1 did too. The adults were proud of Year 5 because they all planned and led their activity showing great leadership skills.

Addy (year 5)

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Sports Day

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On Tuesday 19th June Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 had a day packed with races, enthusiasm and team spirit for their Sports Day.


Key Stage 1 had a great morning of sport. They started with a carousel of activities which included; hurdles, obstacle course, javelin, sack races, egg and spoon and other fun sporting activities. Harrison in Reception said “I had a lovely morning and enjoyed all the different activities, my favourite was the egg and spoon race.”


 All children showed respect to each other and listened fantastically. Year 6 should be very proud of themselves for their fantastic leading and organisational skills. Jacob C in Year 2 said “My favourite activity during the morning was football as I scored a goal. I loved doing the dressing up race, we had to put a hat and coat on and then bounce to the end in a sack. My hat was really funny as it was big and colourful.” The children then all took part in a range of races; sprint, hurdles, hang the washing on the line and dress up race. Poppie in Reception said “My favourite race was the running race with all of the girls in reception. I liked it because we have been practising running every day.“ The morning was finished with the children running around the field. It was great to see all children participating and their improved endurance was evident since starting the daily mile. The parents also showed their competitive side with many getting involved in the long distant run which many children enjoyed cheering on. Kai in Year 1 said “I really liked the egg and spoon race the most because it was fun and challenging. I also liked putting the smelly socks on the washing line for the race. I enjoyed my mummy and daddy coming to watch.” Overall, the red team won but every house should be proud of what they individually achieved.


For Key Stage 2 the sun was shining and it was a great afternoon supported by many parents. Abigail in Year 4 loved the afternoon. In her words “It was amazing! It was funny watching Year 5 and 6 do the dressing up race and my team won!” All children took part in a long distance race, running twice around the track. They all showed a great ‘have a go’ attitude which I have seen in their enjoyment of the daily mile. The children also showed their speed in the sprint races. They were split into their house colours; blue, red, green and red. It was fantastic to see everyone cheering on their friends and team whilst not forgetting to be supportive to those who didn’t perform as well as they would have liked. Everybody showed great team spirit. Kai in Year 4 said “I think it was amazing because it was fun and I nearly won the sprint race.”


Each class took part in their class race. Years 3 and 4 had to build a pyramid of cups and Years 5 and 8 completed a fancy dress race. They were all very entertaining to watch!

Children could score points for their team colour depending on their finishing position. It was a close call but in the end red team were victorious so well done to them. Chris in Year 3 said “I was upset because green team lost but I was really proud I came 2nd in my race!”

All children and staff had a brilliant afternoon, especially Mr Andrews who won the teachers race.


What a brilliant Sports Day! Well done everyone for showing teamwork, determination and demonstrating a love of sport at St Mary’s! Thank you to those who attend. It was a great day and all of the children should feel very proud of themselves!


Soccer Aid 2018 for Unicef

During lunchtime on Friday 8th June, St Mary’s sports council, supported by Miss Smith, set up an obstacle course for all years to complete for Soccer Aid challenge. Obstacles including dribbling a ball through cones and hopping over hurdles with a football held between the knew which was very challenging! Abigail in Year 4 said: “it was good but the challenges were hard!” Charlie, who is part of the Sports Council, said: “I loved organising and setting the obstacle course with the Sports Council. I enjoyed being in goal and encouraging everyone to have a go!”


It was fantastic to see all years take part with such enthusiasm and a great ‘have a go,’ attitude! A big well done to the Sports Council for their fantastic organisation, encouragement and involvement!



Walk to School Week- May 2018

This week at St. Mary's it has been Walk to School week.  Walk to School week is a country-wide celebration of walking.  The children have been learning about the many benefits of walking to school including better fitness, improved concentration at school, less traffic on the roads and its many environmental benefits.

On Friday we had a Happy Shoes Day when children could wear their favourite shoes to school or decorate a pair of shoes.  There were some very creative designs!

The children were encouraged if possible to leave the car at home and walk to school.  The Sports Council collected data from their classes to record how many children walked some or all of the way to school.  The data was analysed and the children calculated the average number of children from each class who had walked into school.

The results are:

YR  44%

Y1  48%

Y2  50%

Y3  46%

Y5  65%

Y6  38%

Congratulations to Y5, who were this year's class with the most walkers!!


Fencing- Tuesday 22nd May- Years 2, 3 and 4

All classes were really excited about trialing the fencing today and particularly enjoyed the footwork and techniques involved with lunging whilst learning how to keep themselves safe.  Their favourite terms were 'On guard' and 'First hit' even though they didn't get to use 'First hit', it sounded fun.  A child in Year 2 said 'It was so exciting to do a new sport. I enjoyed working with my partner and learning something new!' The game the children enjoyed the most was throwing the bib and trying to fool their opponent by handing the bib from left to right. 

One child in Year 3 said  "I'd like to do the club because it was fun trying to fool the person and win a point and i'd like to practice this more."


St Mary's will be offering a fencing club on Fridays 3:15-4:15 for 6 weeks after half term. If you are interested please sign your child up at the school office. 

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Bikeability- Year 5

On Tuesday 22nd May, year 5 had their level 1 bikeability training course. We began by learning how to check our helmets were safe to use and adjusting them so that they fitted properly. Then we learnt how to check our bikes - we had to follow ABC. A is checking there is enough air in the tyres, B is checking the brakes worked and C is checking the chain was in a good working order. Then we learnt about different parts of the bike and how the gears worked. 

After we did our safety checks we learnt that we have to look over our right shoulders every time we begin pedaling in case there is something behind us. If there were to be a car behind us we would have to make eye contact so that we know we'd been seen. We then learnt how to brake properly so that we didn't fly over the handlebars. After that we had to practice emergency stops and signalling. We then had to cycle in and out of cones to check the control we had on the bike. At the end of the morning we were all given our certificates and badges to recognise that we had passed level 1!


The Big Pedal

This week we have been taking part in 'The Big Pedal', an initiative aimed at families in school to encourage healthier ways to travel to school. The aim was to have as many pupils and supporters (parents, siblings, staff) either cycling or scooting to school. Luckily the weather has been (mostly) in our favour which has meant lots of pupils got their bikes out and dusted off their scooters to get to school, instead of jumping in the car. Overall, everyone has enjoyed their new method of travel, Christopher in Year 3 said 'I enjoyed it, I got lots of fresh air and I didn't have to have a boring car journey.' Millie said 'I had fun but I did get quite tired!'

It has been a successful week, Year 3 is the class with the greatest total of pupils cycling or scooting to school and Year 2 had the greatest number of supporters cycling or scooting. Well done!

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Well-being Morning- Friday 18th May

Years 3, 4 and 5 spent the morning learning about the 4 different parts of wellbeing – eating well, drinking well, moving well and sleeping well. The children explored and discussed how we can improve each of these in our lives. Isla (Year 3) ‘I now know I need to have between 9-11 hours of sleep a day and eat 5 portions of fruit a day and drink 2 and a half bottles of water or milk a day to be healthy!’ Lola (Year 3) enjoyed finding out which food and drinks were healthy by looking at the labels. All year groups learnt about which food and drinks they should be consuming from looking at the nutrition information on food packets. Kahli (Year 4) said she is now confident finding out if foods are healthy or not by looking at the traffic light system on the packaging.’ All the children were engaged and developed their understanding of staying healthy. Children were making choices about their own lunches and considering what they are putting in their lunch box. It was great to see children becoming aware of how to be healthy and being pro-active with their learning. Great listening and respect shown from all classes to the Well- Being speaker!


Years 3 and 4 - Cricket Training- Ross Bakes from Beaminster School- Wednesday 16th May

Years 3 and 4 really enjoyed the diamond cricket games they played last week. As many of them had never played cricket it took them a few tries to get to grips with the techniques of hitting and running but they soon mastered the skills needed to have a great game.  They learnt the names of the equipment and actions they performed.  A big thumbs up for enjoyment, participation and new skills. Orla said "Kai was really good at cricket. She had great batting skills, she didn't miss any balls!" Kara said, "I didn't know what cricket was until last week! Now I know I would love to play it again!"


Gardening Club

Gardening Club had a very enthusiastic group of children from Key Stage 1 and 2 to start the Summer Term.  Some helped prepare lettuces for Amanda, the school cook, while others dug the new plot, which will become the growing area for climbing beans and peas, as part of the Peas Please project. This will be launched at assembly next Monday.


Sport Relief 2018

Sport Relief has been a fun filled week of sports, challenges and even a Danceathon. Lunchtimes, throughout the week, saw lots of children taking part in sports challenges from hula-hooping to a mini tennis challenge. Activities took place in both the KS1 and KS2 playgrounds with older children having the opportunity to lead challenges for the lower years. KS2 have loved being able to interact with KS1 in a relaxed setting, Mrs Britton said: ‘It has been wonderful to watch Key Stage 2 play and lead activities with the younger children; they are so caring and patient’.

During the afternoons, classes took turns to lead a sports activity for each other. Year 6 led a game of cricket for Year 3, Christopher really enjoyed the afternoon: ‘it was cool playing with Year 6’. KS1 spent an afternoon enjoying multiskills activities, led by Year 2. The children were interested in being responsible for showing and teaching Year 1 various skills.

Friday was a dress up day, as a sports person or in sportswear. Pupils and teachers pulled out all the stops and we had a mini Darcey Bussell, Andy Murray, lots of runners and a very brightly dressed footballer! The whole school got involved in a Danceathon led by Mrs Poole in the playground on Friday afternoon. We learnt a dance for ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman. All children loved the dance and being able to mix with other year groups outside. There were some superstar dancers who really took on the challenge of learning a new dance in less than half an hour, it was fantastic to watch!

Overall, Sport Relief week allowed St Mary’s a fun filled and exciting week incorporating a range of sports, opportunities for children to learn new skills and improve their resilience and ‘have a go’ attitude. The whole school has been active and loved it and most importantly we raised £139.37 for Sport Relief!



Inter School Competitions


Quad Kids – Year 6 Competition

Tuesday 5th June 2018

At Quad Kids there were four activities, they were: Standing long jump, Howlers, Long distance race and the sprinting race. 

My groups first activity was Standing long jump, we were put into two groups the higher group and the lower groups (I was in the higher group).  Each person had three tries and they judged you by the furthest jump.

The next activity was: The sprint race, and all of the girls from other groups were in lines and they picked each person for each race.  When you were waiting it was a bit scary because you had to listen out for the whistle and they waited a while after saying set to blow the whistle.  As soon as they blew the whistle it was a massive race to get to the first place position.

The next activity was: Long distance, this one was hard because it was one and a half time around the Colfox field and the Colfox field is massive!  As soon as the race started it was a race to get into the inside lane in a good position, and it was also a squash because everyone is in the same place.

Our last activity (that you can win points on) was: Howlers, (this one was probably the easiest) you were able just to throw it with or without a run up.  We were grouped in the higher group and the lower group.  And had a practice go and three other goes and they judged you by your furthest throw.

Finally, we did the relay (which was hard because we used the whole running track). When it started there were a lot pressure in not dropping the baton.  As soon as Tim gave me the baton I sprinted to the next person (when I was sprinting I noticed that our team was in the first place position and we stayed that position and our school won.

By Chloe Year 6


Cricket Interschool Tournament Year 6

On Tuesday 22nd May Year six went to a cricket tournament at the leisure centre. Our school teams were called Tigers, Panthers and Lynx. All of the teams in the competition did very well and there were some very close games.

One of the St Mary’s teams The Tigers only lost one game throughout the entire day. At half time all of the teams practised their bowling, batting and fielding ready for the second half of the competition. After the break we played Stick Lands one of the strongest teams there and lots of the other schools came to support us.

At the end of the day the Tigers came second, Lynx came fifth and Panthers came sixth. All of year six showed great team work and communication throughout the entire afternoon.


Chloe Year 6



Year 6 cricket competition Wednesday 25 April

On Wednesday the 25th April our year 6 cricket team went to a cricket competition to Beaminster memorial grounds.

Our first match was against Sticklands and we were fielding first, we all took in turns to bowl while the others were fielding around the border of the court.  We all worked hard and tried not to let the ball out of the border and to hit the wicket.  It kept raining during the match which made it more slippery and harder.  Then it was our turn to bat and it was really fun and we got loads of points from it (we got the most points when the ball went out of the border).  Sadly, we lost the match but it was still fun.

The next match was against Parrot And Axe and we fielded First, we kept saving and missing the ball.  We had to stop the match when it was our turn of batting due to a hail storm.  But after we went out and continued, at the end of the match WE WON! 111-107 to us.

Finally, we went against Greenford and we batted first, they were really good fielders but we got loads of points!  And then we were fielding and saved a lot of balls (which was hard due to it being a proper cricket ball).  But at the end of that we won again.

We didn’t get in the top three but we made a good team.

Chloe (year6)

Basketball Festival

Year 5 went to Beaminster School for a basketball festival. We were in the big sports hall with lots of children from all different schools, we were split into different teams and we had to practise all sorts of different skills. We learnt how to dribble, how to shoot, how to pass and the different rules of basketball! At the end of the skills we played in lots of different matches against all the other teams. It was really fun to be able to play matches and I thought it was the best bit.

Freya (year 5)

Badminton Competition- October 2017          

Year 6 were entered into a Badminton competition at Colfox. I enjoyed our badminton day as it was lots of fun. We were in groups, reunited with our old friends and we had a blast. At the end of the day every single person got a t-shirt. My favourite activity was the one where we saw who could throw the shuttle cock the furthest.

Amy (year 6)



Netball Competition- December 2017

In December, year 5 and 6 went to play in a netball tournament, held at Colfox. It involved teams from lots of different primary schools. We were able to wear the school kit and felt very smart as we arrived in our matching uniforms. The first games we played were against two other teams and the winner from that set went on to play again and so on. We got through to the second rounds and found out at the end of the day that we came fourth! Everybody played extremely well and we all felt really proud of ourselves and each other. It was a really lovely afternoon and was nice to see other schools.



Football Competition- Kenway Cup- December 2017

 On Wednesday 6th December, St Mary’s had a football match against St Catherine’s. The match was played on our school field in the afternoon. Even though the weather wasn’t brilliant we were able to continue playing. We had to warm up first of all while we waited for the other team to arrive, it was quite scary because parents from the other school were watching us. By the end of the first half we were all getting tired and were drawing 0-0. We had a few players swap onto the pitch and got going quickly so that we didn’t get cold. It was brilliant to see the team helping each other. Marley helped Harvey when he fell over and hurt himself. Sean commented that we showed great sportsmanship by shaking the hands of the other players. Everyone was really proud of Konrad, the goalie, who saved so many goals. By the end of the match St Catherine’s won 4-0, but we all had a really fun afternoon.


Running Event- January 2018

Colmers Hill is a huge hill that loads of different schools run around as a race and whichever school wins gets a trophy (and second and third). The starting line is at the bottom of the hill and we have to run round and up and then back down again. There is a girl’s race and a boy’s race. In the girls race there were 38 children and a lot more in the boy’s race. It was absolutely freezing cold and very muddy. It was quite early in the morning which is why it was so cold. My favourite part was when I finished the race because I felt really proud of myself, especially when I found out the place that I came. Ava in year 6 managed to come 4th in the whole race!


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Football Competition- Kenway Cup February 2018

After school on February 5th the football team (Ashley (6), Tim (6), Adi (6), Stephen (6), Sean (5), Harvey (5) and Konrad (5)) went to Bridport Primary School to play another football match as part of the Kenway Cup. On arrival, we had to warm up really quickly because we needed to play the match before it got dark and because it was absolutely freezing! We did a few drills and shot some goals at Konrad to make sure we were ready. Then we kicked off the match. Everybody worked really hard and Bridport were a tough team! At halftime we were down 8-0 but managed to keep cheering each other on and had a team talk whilst eating the oranges we had been given. We entered the second half with loads of enthusiasm and we had several attempts at goal. The final score was 11-0 but everybody showed incredible amounts of sportsmanship, resilience and perseverance. The team should be exceptionally proud of themselves, they were great representatives of St. Marys and did Miss Donovan and Miss Rumsby very proud. 


Football Competition- Kenway Cup March 2018

On Friday 23rd March we played in a football match on our football field against Burton Bradstock. It was a lovely afternoon, freezing cold but very sunny. The game was very evenly matched but we listened to Miss. Donovan, kept looking up and passing and just before half time, Sean scored our first goal! We had a quick rest and talk with the team, ate some oranges and quickly got on with the match. The second half was much harder work, Burton kept getting corners so there were a couple of near misses but our defence stayed strong and Konrad did a brilliant job of saving goals. We ended the match with big smiles as we won 2-1 and shook the other team’s hands.

Running Event- February

This year Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (running club members) took part in a cross country run at Beaminster School.  The race was 1500m and it was very muddy. In the girls race there were 72 children Years 4, 5 and 6 and Ava May in year six came 6th out of everyone! The race was tiring and muddy but the running club did really well. Everyone had a great afternoon and all enjoyed it! Well done Running Club!

Abigail Year 4


Year 6 girls cricket Inter School Competition

On the 5th March 7 girls from year 6 went to Colfox to play indoor cricket against Parenaxe school. Unfortunately, they won by 6 points but everyone had a great afternoon and worked well as a team.Lili said she enjoyed batting. Keeley said I loved batting and learning more about the game. Amy explained ‘I had so much fun it was an amazing experience!’

So the only bad thing about this trip is that we lost but we all enjoyed working together and developing our cricket skills!

By Poppy Year 6 

Dance Festival- Year 3 – Friday 9th March

Last Friday, Year 3 took part in the annual Dance Festival at Freshwater. There were lots of different Primary School there from the Bridport Cluster who showcased their hard work throughout the afternoon led by students from the Sir John Colfox Academy. St Mary’s worked hard for weeks on a samba dance, choreographed by Miss Legg and Miss Poole. The children loved learning the moves and looked great in their outfits! Chris said “I enjoyed the dance festival. It was fun and I was proud that I joined in with the dance.” Lola said “I really liked watching the dances from the other schools, it was good to see what costumes they had.” Miss Foote was impressed by Year 3’s enthusiasm and all the children are very proud of themselves for their fantastic performance! Well done Year 3!


Miss Foote



Year 3 Football Tournament – Colmers Cup 2018

On Thursday afternoon a group of Year 3 children travelled to Beaminster Secondary School to play against 7 other local primary schools. The team played 8 matches, everyone joining in and everyone had a turn being substitute to make it fair. They played fantastically and drew one games- there was a lot of teamwork and Miss Ebdon was impressed with the children’s resilience. Chris said; “ It was epic, we all got a turn at doing everything. I was in goal for 6 matches, a substitute for 1 and then a striker for another- being goalie was my favourite because I made a really good save by throwing myself at someone’s feet!”

Written by Year 3 football team- Theo S, Christopher, Junior, Frank, Oliver N, Charlie and Connor


Yr 6 Tag Rugby - Interschool Competition

On Saturday 10th March a couple of yr6 pupils went to the Leisure Centre to play tag rugby. The team who attended was: Lili, Ashley, Poppy, Tim, Adi, Keeley, Liam and Ciaran.

It was a great afternoon playing different teams. Everyone showed fantastic team work and persevered with the muddy conditions!

 ‘I really enjoyed it because it was against a whole load of schools not just one,’ said Lili. Poppy explained ‘I enjoyed beating some of the schools but not hitting my head and having a big bruise for two weeks which happened to me last time!’

All children showed passion and commitment to the sport and enjoyed the opportunity to develop their skills.

Lili (Year 6)


Intra School Competitions


Rounders Intraschool Competition- Years 5 and 6

On Friday the 25th May year 5 and year 6 had a rounders match. Year 5 batted first and scored as many rounders as they could. Tim (6) bowled for both teams. There were lots of good catches and good bats! Then year 6 had a turn at batting, they could hit the ball really far! Year 5 fielded really well and managed to get a few people out. At the end of the match Year 6 won by 20 points but everyone had a lot of fun.


Lexi, 5



Years 3 and 5 led by Football coaches Zak and Lee from Footie 4 You 



Years 3 and 5 have enjoyed developing their football skills over the half term with Zak and Lee from Footie 4 You. The last session involved a football competitions with mixed teams. Both classes have improved their football control and learnt how to work and communicate as a team during the training sessions.

Olivia in Year 3 said, 'Yesterday, it was our final session with Lee and Zak our football coaches.  Y5 and Y3 had a joint Football Olympics.  We were split into groups.  Each group named themselves after a country.  It was exciting to play football with our friends and work as a team.  My favourite activities were bowling and dribbling.  We all worked well together to score points for our teams.'  

Christopher Foote in Year 3 explained 'I thought football yesterday was outstanding because we had to do 5 activities.  My favourite was shooting.  For the activities we did shooting, bowling, dribbling, goalie rolling and the pool of lava.'   


Rounders Intraschool Competition- Years 3 and 4

On Friday afternoon, Years 3 and 4 played a rounders tournament against each other. Each year was split into two teams to compete. Although some children were unclear on the rules at first, everybody was able to learn how to play being encouraged by their classmates. Orran (Year 4) said ‘I got a rounder, I was so excited!’ and Molly (Year 3) ‘I enjoyed it because everybody had a go at playing. All teams played enthusiastically and fairly but Year 3 came out as winners. Well done Year 3!




Year 3 and 4 Handball Competition

On Friday 11th May Years 3 and 4 enjoyed playing their first handball match against each other.  For many of the Y3s this was the first time they had played a team sport match.  There was a lot to remember i.e using the space of the court and only taking 3 steps when holding the ball.  All embraced the challenge and are learning the valuable skills of becoming team players.  Match A resulted in win of 3:1 to the Year 4s and Match B was 1:1.  

"That was great fun and I hope we have a re-match soon" Oliver N Year 3.



Intra school Competition- Wednesday 4th April             

On Wednesday 4th May our Tennis Team, Oliver, Connor, Frank and Ruby played at The Sir John Colfox Academy. The team has attended Tennis Club at St Mary’s with coach Joe Chadwick and it was great to see the children put their skills to the test. They played against different schools and overall came third.

The Colfox children were impressed with the serves from our children and how they moved around the court. The morning was organised and led by the Sport Leaders at Colfox who were amazing at encouraging the children and helping them with techniques. Ruby (Year 4) said “The team I was playing hit the ball really high but I still managed to jump up and hit it back and luckily got it in!” Oliver (Year 3) said “My favourite part was when I played the match against a St Catherine’s player and we were able to do a rally.” The whole team showed great sportsmanship and should be proud of how they played.


Football Competition- Key Stage 2- October 2017

On Wednesday, Key Stage 2 spent the afternoon out on the field competing in an intra-school football tournament. Years 3 and 4 went head to head, as did Year 5 and 6. Everyone got involved and showed great sportsmanship. 

Child inYear 5 said ‘The football tournament was very exciting and fair. People who don’t usually play were included.’ Miss Foote was impressed by the fantastic goalkeeping and dribbling skills during the match. Despite the muddy pitches, all pupils got stuck in and had a positive active afternoon.   



Tag Rugby Competition- Year 5 and 6 - February 2018

On Wednesday afternoon year 5 and 6 got together for a tag rugby tournament. We were split into 4 teams: A, B, C and D. We had to warm up first so we did lots of exercises copying Ashley, such as side stepping, skipping and running followed by some stretches. We then had to go straight into a game. It's hard remembering all the different rules, especially passing backwards! Everybody joined in and played and there was lots of tagging. All of the teams played really well and worked together as a team and it was lovely to hear people cheering each other on. Overall the winning team was team A with 9 points, team C was a close second with 8 points, team 3 came third with 6 points and D finished with 3 points. Despite the freezing cold weather everybody had a great time and showed a great deal of sportsmanship. 


Dodgeball- Year 3 and 4- February 2018

Miss Donovan organised an afternoon of dodgeball for Years 3 and 4 on the last day before half term. The years were split into teams and all teams had the opportunity to compete against one another. The tournament was full of energy with all children taking part. The games required good communication skills and lots of teamwork. Isla (Year 3) said: “I really liked playing with Year 4 because we don’t normally get to do PE with them.” Jacob (Year 4) said: “I didn’t want to join in at first because I was worried I’d get hit but I did and it was really fun.”


Physical Education at St Mary’s


Gym display- Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Key Stage 1 at St Mary's Bridport have been working hard this half term in their gymnastic lessons to prepare for a gymnastics display. Year 2 'were all in it together', with an exciting well rehearsed routine. Emelia (Year 2) said 'It was fun! My favourite part was jumping off the horse. I liked that we got to show other classes.' Year 1 concentrated on ribbon work and were very keen to include their own creative ideas for the sequence which included balances, jumps and rolls. After the performance Maisie (Year 1) said, 'I really liked it. All the things we did were amazing. My favourite was the teddy bear roll.' Reception 'boogied on down,' to GoNoodle showing flare, excitement and great enthusiasm. Harrison was excited to explain 'I really like the clapping in our song and showing Year 1 and Year 2.'  All children, as always, showed great resilience, perseverance and teamwork. An outstanding morning of physical activity and incredibly proud staff across the key stage.


Cricket competition- Year 5 and 6- Tuesday 6th March

Year 5 and 6 have played a cricket tournament. Year 5 batted first and scored 57 points. To score a point you have to run to the wicket and back and your partner had to do the same. You could also score points by hitting the ball really far out of the playing area. Then it was year 6's turn to bat. They scored 100 points! The fielders had to try and catch the ball whenever they could and stop the batters running. It was really fun! 

(Oakley, 5)


Year 5- Leisure Centre- January 2018

As part of our PE learning this term, year 5 have been going over to Bridport Leisure Centre for gymnastics. We have to do lots of different activities, including jumping over different shapes, having to do different balances, vaulting, bar work and handstands. Theo says that it is a great way to start the week and he really enjoys working on the bars. There are lots of brilliant gymnasts in year 5 – the teachers often look scared when we do front and back flips! Next term we will be able to do trampolining and different team games too.



Tag Rugby Coach

Tag Rugby coach supported Year 6 staff to develop their skills and understanding of tag rugby, to be taught in the Spring Term. A Year 6 child said: ‘It was fun because we got to chase each other around and use lots of energy!’ 



Year 3 and Year 6’s cricket afternoon

On Tuesday the 20th of March, Year 6 taught the Year 3’s how to play cricket. We split into four groups with some Year 6’s mixed in with the Year 3’s. We asked a few children what they liked about the cricket-Beth from year 6 said;” I liked encouraging the Year 3’s on.” Elijah from Year 3 said;” It was fun and I liked it when the Year six’s helped me when I was struggling and I liked being backstop.”

One of the scores for the first indoor game was a draw with 54-54, everybody had a go at everything. Everyone really enjoyed the event and were amazing at all times and put in a lot of effort. A great afternoon for everyone with Year 6 showing great leadership allowing Year 3 opportunities to develop their cricket skills!   

By Amy Year 6 



Football Coaching- Lee and Zak from Footie 4 Dorset

On Thursday afternoons, Year 3 and Year 5 are given the opportunity to play football, taught by external coaches Lee and Zak from Footie 4 Dorset. The children have played matches, are learning new skills and improving those they already have. All children participate and everyone find the lessons enjoyable. Patricia in Year 3 said “I think normally football is for boys but all the girls can play football too now.” Oliver said “I like football, it’s really fun. If we practice more and more we could play matches against other schools!” Every session the children participate well and show great sportsmanship. It is great to hear that more children are also now signing up for the Football club!



Handball Training

On Friday 4th May, Sam from The Sir John Colfox Academy visited Year 3 and Year 4 to teach the children the game Handball. They learnt lots of skills first, including different types of passes and how to successfully move and pass in a game. Haydn said “It was really good. My favourite part was the foxes and rabbits game.” Lily said “I loved learning a new game! I am looking forward to the competition next week!” Miss Foote said "It was great to learn a new sport that all the children enjoyed. I am looking forward to continue teaching it to the children."


Extra Curricular opportunities at St Mary’s

Please see the club overview to find out what clubs are offered at St Marys. We are lucky to have Tennis Coach Joe Chadwick in offering a weekly tennis club to Key Stage 2. Attending extra-curricular clubs allows children to participate in sport in a different setting to that in school hours. Smaller groups increase an individual’s likelihood to participate due to a more relaxed atmosphere, for some children this relieves the pressure on performance and focusses them more on the enjoyment of the sport. Clubs enable children to work with others from their Key Stage that they wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to engage with in a sporting environment. For some of the older pupils, they are provided with the occasion to help lead part of the club which challenges their organisation and leadership skills. Through the clubs on offer, Key Stage 2 children are able to enter inter-school competitions throughout the year, this allows these children to develop certain skills such as discipline and perseverance, the opportunity for this does not always arise in the school day. Pupils at St Mary’s are fortunate to be able to benefit from the wide range of clubs on offer across both Key Stages, giving a chance to try something new or develop existing skills.


This Girl Can

This girl can is a club run by Bridport Leisure Centre on a Tuesday afternoon that offers girls the chance to do lots of different sporting activities that vary each week. The club does activities such as hula hooping, kickboxing, boxing, self-defence and ball games. The instructors are very friendly and nice to everybody and the girls all enjoy going. Kadie in Year 5 explains that she enjoys learning about self-defence whereas Maddie (year 5) prefers the ball games. Taiya (year 6) has found that she really enjoys boxing. The chance to participate in all of these different activities means the girls can find new things that they enjoy doing.

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Swimming lessons                                                       

At the end of year 6, children have to be able to swim a length of the pool confidently. Some children in year 5 and 6 have been attending extra swimming lessons to support them with this. Sean (year 5) says that he loves being able to go underwater and holding his breath and has been enjoying all different types of swimming strokes. Lexi (year 5) feels proud that she is able to try front crawl swimming and back stroke. Autumn (year 6) says that the best bit is that they are never forced to do anything that they don’t want to do so it is very fun and she enjoys herself. It has helped her swim a lot better than I used to. Some children have already been able to prove they can swim so have shown great progress in a short amount of time!


Great attitude to improving and active engagement with swimming has been identified by Lily and Eden who have taken out a swimming membership and are coming swimming every other day – Great to see!


St Mary’s Primary an Active School

The children in Year 4 have been learning about the food they eat with nutritionist, Mary Buesnel. This is part of a project ‘Peas Pleas’ - a pledge for veg ; the Edible Garden team and children will be building a Legume Castle.

Photographs by Robert Golden.



Whole School Challenge

Every Friday afternoon the whole school have been coming together on KS2 playground to have a house team competition. The Sports ambassadors tell their house what the competition is and help organise. All children have a great positive attitude and show consideration of all ages with encouragement and support.

A child in Year 3 said ‘It is fun. I like ball games and that the whole school does it. Its better with more people, I like being with different classes.’   A child in Year 5 said ‘It’s healthy. I like the challenges.’ A child in Year 2 said ‘I enjoyed when we had to pass the ball over our heads down the line.’


Go Noodle

Classes are using Go Noodle 2/3 times a day. Children are engaged and are prepared for learning using the activities. A child in Year 4 said ‘I like listening to the music and dancing. I like not sitting down and it helps me concentrate more after.’ A child in Year 2 said ‘I like Go Noodle because it’s exciting and fun and I like doing it at different times in the day.’


Sport Ambassadors

The Sport Ambassadors and children from Years 6 and 5 have been organising activities at lunchtime in Key Stage 1 and 2. The children lead different activities including skipping, hula hooping, football and netball. They set challenges and encourage children to beat their personal best. This week the children organised a dodgeball competition which involved many children across the school.



On Thursday 15th November, Year 2 went to Colfox to a multiskills festival led by year 8's, some of which used to go to St Mary's! They were split into 8 groups and were with other children from different schools. We took part in a carousel of activities which used many skills including throwing, rolling and catching. The children's favourite activity was the catapult where they had to stomp on the catapult and the ball flew up in the air for someone else to catch. 

 Tilly from Year 2 said - It's so nice meeting children from new schools.

Perry from Year 2 said- I liked seeing the old year 6 kids again.

Alastair said - I liked the catapult because I liked catching the ball.

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Badminton Festival


On Monday 26th November, Year 4 took part in a Badminton Festival at Colfox school. The children developed their throwing and batting skills while rotating around some well organised exciting activities. The young leaders from Colfox complimented the children on their great resilience.

Theo S quoted ' Although it was hard work, I had a great time'

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