Sport at St Thomas More School is wide and varied.
We have many sports on offer, both individual sports and team sports.
We take part in many sporting events inclusive and competitive and many of our children have represented the school in various sporting activities across the district.
Here you can read about some of our recent sporting exploits!
We have been awarded these certificates in recognition of our engagement in sporting activities in Key Stage 1
Mark Framework 2020/21
and Active Essex Key Stage 1 Sport and Activity Award
2020 / 2021
Uttlesford Virtual Sports Competition
I am delighted to announce that we have received confirmation of all the results from the Uttlesford Partnership and as a school; we have achieved some incredible placings.
All events have taken place virtually within school over the last term. Every child has taken part and the results have all been submitted to our Sports Partnership. For all of the events, the first level of entry is a family competition, whereby the results were judged against all of the local schools within Saffron Walden. Winners of these events will receive certificates to celebrate. The winners of the family events are entered at a Level 2 district competition within the wider partnership. Children or teams finishing in the top three places receive a medal to celebrate their district success. In some cases there is a further Level 3 competition, in which the winners of this round will then compete for the County title.
This year, the chosen sport for the Level 3 competition, was the Cross Country. Unlike in previous years where the winners of the district events on both a team and individual basis progressed to this level, it was decided that only the team winners of the district event would progress and not the individual winners.
The only difference to this, was the Archery and speed stacking competitions, where the event results went straight to a level 2 competition.
Year 5 Silver Medal at Leval 1 ; Ava, India, Aaron, Alex, Joe, Toby, Daniel, Samantha, Amelie and Tabitha
Year 6 Gold Medals at Level 1 & 2; Amelia, Matilda, James, Bobbie, Rocco, George, Keela, Daisy, Lucy and Evangaline.
Year 3-4 Gold Medals Leval 1 & 2; Isaac , Billy, Felix, Theo, Parker, Sebastian, Jake, Clara, Joshua and Leo-Milan.
Year 5-6 Gold Level 1; Aaron , Amelia, Billy , Carmen, Ollie, India, Flo, Keela, Rocco and Toby
Year 1 – Martha , Jude
Year 2 - Max
Year 1 – Lina , Danny
Year 2 – Chloe , Alfie
Year 1 – Una, Amelia, William, Xander
Year 2 – Vaanya, Luigi
Year 4 - Felix, Clara
Year 4 – Sebastian
Year 6 – Amelia , Rocco
Year 3 – Theo
Year 6 – Keela, Oliver
Level 2 team Gold – Certificates awarded
Reception - George, Isaac , Gabriel, Frederick
Year 1 – Danny, Jude, Xander, Hugh, Lina, Martha , Una, Emilia
Year 2 – Alfie, Max, River, Sebastian, Eliza, Thea ,Imogen, Sophie ,Marissa
Year 3 - Zachary, Noah , Theo, Billy
Year 4 – Oscar, Felix, Cameron, Jake, Clara, Alice , Talia , Freya
Year 5 – Ava , India, Teghan, Amelie
All of these teams have qualified for the County Competition and the results will be announced for this at a later date.
Level 2 team Silver – Certificates awarded
Reception – Isabelle, Thea, Juno, Genevieve
Year 3 – Sophia, Lucy, Lily , Poppy
Year 5 - Alex, Toby, Tiernan, Aaron
Year 6 – Rocco, Jessal, George, James
Amelia, Lucy, Keela, Ava
As you can see the success of our children within St Thomas More has been outstanding, and I would like to congratulate not only the children above who have won certificates and medals, but every child who tried their absolute best in every event.
As most of you are aware the children were asked to take part in a Fitness challenge during the month of February and asked to complete a diary of activities. I was delighted with the number of children who took part in the challenge and the different fitness tasks they undertook, some of which can be seen in the photos.
I am pleased to announce that the Key stage 1 winner was Catherine Wilkinson and the Key stage 2 winner was Lucie Anderton. Both children have received a £25 gift voucher for JD sports.
In addition to this, we were so impressed with the presentation of the sheets received back from Harriet and Joseph Isley, we also awarded them an Easter egg for their effort.
A huge well done to everyone who took part in the challenge!
Message From Mrs Head
Hi everyone, I hope that you are all well and keeping up with some fitness at home.
Maybe some of you have been doing some of the challenges we have set.
Over the last few weeks we have been learning to Hula Hoop in school. All of the children have learnt new skills and some of them have been putting these skills together to make mini routines. If you have a hula hoop at home please have a go at practising some new skills and send in any pictures or videos you make for me to watch. I am missing you all and look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Until then, keep fit and keep well!
Check out how we are doing with those Hula Hoops!
Following the submission of our results for the Virtual District Gymnastics competition last week, we are delighted to announce that both our year 3/4 and our year 5/6 gymnastics teams won gold!
Many congratulations to Roberta, Clara, Freya, Lily, Matilda, Amelia and Florence!
Years 3 & 4
We pleased to announce that our year 6 team; Amelia, Jessica and Matilda won gold for their routine and our team of Flo, Daisy and Emilia won Bronze!
Our gold winning team will now progress to the county finals.
All of the children performed so well and should be extremely proud of themselves.
Watch all of the fabulous routines here...
On Wednesday 23rd September all classes from Year1 to Year 6 took part in the Essex Skipping launch in conjunction with the National Fitness Day. All children tried new skills from learning the basic skipping techniques to more complicated routines.
Every child who took part made huge progress in each session and loved it! See the videos and pictures from the day below...
2019 / 2020
The hockey team participated in the family tournament on 26th February and did really well to win a silver medal and qualify for the Essex finals in March.
The team played 6 games, winning three, drawing two and losing just one. They started the tournament with a 0-0 draw against the eventual gold medal winners RAB and then beat Newport B 3-0. A draw with RAB’s second team was then followed up by a 0-1 defeat to Clavering.
Both these games were close and could have gone either way but at that pointthings were looking a little bleak! The team had to commit to attack in their last two games against Debden and Newport A and did so with real energy and purpose, scoring nine goals without reply, bringing their overall record to scored 13 goals and conceded 2 goals.
Eleven players were involved on the day and while some played more than others, one of the really pleasing things was the sense of commitment and focus from everyone both when they were on the pitch and when they were supporting on the touchline. This was real team work!
Thanks as always to parents and grandparents who came to support the squad and undoubtedly were the twelfth player on theday!
Football County Finals
On Thursday 28th, our Year 5/6 Football team travelled to Chelmsford for the County Final of the school’s FA Danone Cup to face 15 schools from across Essex. The boys started strong, but were up against tough competition.
Despite losses in the first two games, the boys picked themselves up and went on to win the next two games with goals from Rocco (penalty) and Daniel.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to make the Semi Finals, however we finished on a high. Sensational goalkeeping from Tommy saw him take the title of Man of the Tournament!
On Monday 25th November our Year 5 and 6 basketball team took part in their first ever tournament.
They played 6 matches and won every game, seeing them into the final against Howe Green.
In a tough match we took an early lead however Howe Green shot two baskets in quick succession, sealing their victory. Silver medals in our first tournament is a fantastic achievement and one of which they should all be incredibly proud. Man of the match, with some outstanding shooting, was William.
In the Archery Tournament on the 21st November Year 3/4 won silver, Year 5 won silver and Year 6 won gold!
USSP Cross Country
On Wednesday 6th March 48 children in the juniors took part in the USSP Cross Country Event at Herbert's Farm. Through gritted teeth and a very muddy course every child ran with amazing determination. Some outstanding individual performances saw Ava and Zachary winning gold, Rocco, Phoebe, India, Amelia and Alex winning silver and Oscar winning bronze.
Collective team work saw: Year 3 girls finishing 3rd, Year 3 boys 2nd, Year 4 girls 1st, Year 4 boys 4th, Year 5 girls 2nd, Year 5 boys 3rd, Year 6 girls 2nd and Year 6 boys finishing 4th.
We now wish all teams who finished 3rd and above plus all individual runners who were placed 5th and above every success at Carver Barracks on 13th March for the next round!
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came to support the children.
Our new Dance teacher Anna Tenberg has given free dance taster sessions to Year 2, 3 and 4. She has spaces available in her Friday Dance Club. Please let the office know if your child is interested in joining Dance Club
On Thursday 10th October our junior golfers took part in the USSP Golf Tournament at Chesterford Science Park.
All children played 7 holes competing with alternate shots. In total 30 children from across Uttlesford took part and some super golf from our four teams saw Bobby and Zachary finishing by winning the Bronze medal.
Well done to everyone who took part!
On Wednesday 2nd October our two Year 5 and 6 Boys football teams took part in the Uttlesford Tournament at Herberts farm.
Both teams played in two different pools, with some incredible football played by both. Unfortunately our red team were unlucky not to qualify however their determination and effort prevailed. Man of the tournament to the reds was Harry.
The black team worked tirelessly throughout the competition, winning all of their group matches placing them into the semi final and then subsequent medium school final. Their outstanding teamwork throughout the tournament and their individual performances saw them win the medium school event and through to a round robin final against the winners of the small and large schools, which they also won.
We wish all the boys every success as they move onto the Essex finals on November 28th. Top goal scorer with 6n goals was Zachary, however I am unable to award a Man of the Match award as it really was a team effort winning without conceding a goal all tournament.
Wednesday 2nd also saw our Year 5 and 6 girls football teams take part in the girls tournament.
Two relatively inexperienced teams tackled their way through building in confidence with every game. Some super goal keeping by Alicia Gradica saw the yellow team draw the first 3 games 0-0. Unfortunately despite their efforts it wasn’t enough to see tem into the semi final.
However, 4 more games and 4 more wins with an outstanding free kick from Eva saw them finish 5th place overall.
The black team also played some super football, again growing in skill and confidence with every game — despite also not reaching the semi finals.
The smiles were reward enough for their team work and attitude.
Well done to everyone who took part.
Girls of the tournament were Eva and India.
2018 / 2019
County Archery Finals
On Thursday 23rd May Year 5 and 6 archers took part in the County Archery Finals. All 8 children took part in an individual and team competition over 8 rounds. There was some fantastic shooting from both teams with plenty of bull's-eyes being scored.
The teams finished in silver (Year 5) - Maya, Eva, Franio and Zachary and County Champions in gold medal position the Year 6 team—Oscar, Arthur, Nicole and Holly.
Individual County Champions were Holly and Oscar, with Maya taking individual silver.
A wonderful achievement for them all, they should all be extremely proud. Well done!!
Year 6 Tennis
Year 2 3Tees Cricket
Our Year 2 3Tees Cricket team took part in the Uttlesford Finals at Saffron Walden Cricket Ground today. In the beautiful sunshine, the team played and won 4/4 games in their group stage to put them into the final. The team worked exceptionally well together fielding and batting, encouraging and supporting each other throughout the morning. Their teamwork paid off with a convincing win in the final and Gold medals.
The team will now travel to Billericay for the County Finals in July.
Congratulations to our gala swimmers who all did extremely well at the USSP gala this week. Year 5 and 6 finished in 3rd position and the Year 3 and 4 finished 1st. Wow!
Essex County Cross Country Finals
Our Year 3 girls Cross Country Team Ava, Amelie, Autumn, Emily, India & Teghan came second and won a silver medal at the Essex Cross Country Final at Hadleigh Park.
Ava won individual bronze finishing in third place. Well done to the whole team - they were all amazing!
Well done too to Holly & Rocco who finished 8th and 28th in the individuals.
Year 6 Tag Rugby Finals
The tag rugby finals were held in Southend on Friday 5th April. The year 6 children played extremely well and were delighted to come away with bronze medals. Congratulations to all the children who took part!
Cheerleading County Finals
On Thursday 28th March our Year 6 Cheerleading squad took part in the Essex County Cheerleading finals. It was a huge event with 25 teams over 4 categories taking part from across Essex. The children performed their routine in front of 300 children and adults and did a fantastic job of their lifts, resulting in being awarded the silver medal only 4 points behind the gold medallists. An amazing result after months of hard work. Thank you to all the children for achieving our highest place to date at the competition and thank you also to Mrs Vigar, Mrs Rushton and Mrs Howard for your help transporting and supporting the team.
USPP Rugby Finals
On Wednesday 20th March our Year 4 Tag Rugby team took part in the USSP Rugby Finals at Carver Barracks. A full morning of Rugby against 16 schools from across Uttlesford saw the team face tough opposition. Every player rose to the challenge winning 7 of the 9 games in the final round. This led to the team finishing 2nd overall. Well done to all the children who took part — a fantastic effort reflected in the final result. A big thank you to all the parents and grandparents who helped transport the children and support them.
On Friday 1st March our year 4 class took part in a USSP Tag rugby tournament. All the children had a super afternoon of rugby with all children making huge progress as the afternoon unfolded. Super team work from all of our three teams saw some fantastic results, being placed 6th, 3rd and 1st on our groups. Well done to all the children taking part, and a special well done to our team who finished in first place. These children will now represent saffron Walden in the finals to be held at Carver Barracks on Wednesday 20th March.
On Wednesday 6th March our year 6 Tag rugby team took part in the Uttlesford finals held at Carver Barracks. We faced some tough opposition in the group stage, but won every game, placing us group winners for the second round. Here we faced some quick passing and quick feet, but with excellent team work and fabulous tagging we saw our way to meet RAB in the finals.
The game started very quickly with us conceding an early try. The team fought back to 1-1 however, we were caught out by them leaving us 2 tries behind. With refocused heads and a tough defensive line, the children played their best rugby resulting in a tense but super second half and an eventual score of 7-6 to us. Victory sees them into the County Finals to be held at Southend Rugby Club. Well done to all the children who put their hearts into the game and to all those who supported us. A special thank you to Mr Haxton for refereeing.
Uttlesford Family Tournament Hockey
The hockey team participated at the Uttlesford family tournament on Wednesday 27th February at Felsted School.
At this time of the year, the team usually has a couple of games under their belt, but this was the first outing for this squad and it was therefore a great achievement to find their feet quickly and to win four games out of five.
It took the team a little while to find their rhythm but as the morning warmed up, so did the hockey. With no goalkeepers in this 7-a-side format, the emphasis is to move the ball quickly and shoot at the goal early and these rules served STM well as they rattled in 16 goals while conceding just 3. Even more satisfying was that goals were spread around with 6 players on the scoresheet and everyone contributing fully.
There was a hint of 'what might have been' in that a draw in our second game with Stebbing would have seen us through to the next round on goal difference, but this does not detract from an excellent team performance that was enjoyed by players and admired by spectators.
Felsted B WIN 2-0
Stebbing A LOSS 0-1
Great Easton WIN 3-1
Rodings A WIN 7-1
St Mary's SW WIN 4-0
Thanks to our travelling support for their encouragement!
Indoor Athletics - Year 3 & 4
On Tuesday 29th January our Year 3 and 4 indoor athletics teams took part in the USSP event held at Dame Bradbury School. It was a busy afternoon of athletics with individual placings for our children in the field events. Following some very competitive track events, our blue team were placed 4th and our red team finished 2nd. Well done to everyone who took part.
Indoor Athletics - Year 5 & 6
On Wednesday 30th January Year 5 and 6 teams competed in the same event.
Individual placings were awarded to:
Harriet: 3rd chest push
Patrick: 2nd chest push
Holly: 2nd long jump and 1st triple jump
India: 2nd vertical jump
Zachary: 3rd speed bounce
Nicole: 2nd javelin
With further super results on the track our blue team finished 7th and our red team 3rd. Well done to everyone who took part.
Football - Year 5 & 6
On Tuesday 5th February our Year 5-6 football teams played against Dame Bradbury School. Super football played on both pitches with goals by Tristan, Zachary, Daniel and Freddie.
Both games despite losses of 3-2 and 5-3 were no reflection on how well our boys played. Man of the Match goes to Seamus for great strength and distribution of the ball whilst out on pitch, and some outstanding saves in goal. Also Gus for some fearless and outstanding saves.
Well done to everyone who took part.
Cross Country Finals
On Wednesday 14th November our Cross Country finalists took part in the regional finals at Howe Green School. 32 children from St Thomas More made the finals. Our Year 3 girls team consisted of Ava, India, Emily, Amelie, Teghan and Autumn finishing regional winners. Individual winners were Ava Gold, India Silver, Rocco Silver, Holly Bronze. Amelia 6th and Max and Zachary finishing in 7th. A wonderful display of individual and team focus. Well done to everyone who took part and a special thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came to support us.
USSP Tag Rugby Tournament
Year 6 took part in the USSP Tag Rugby Tournament. Despite a cold afternoon, all the children had a super time, with trys and tags being scored across the group. Two of our teams finished 1st in their groups and our 3rd team qualified for the USSP regional finals to be held at Carver Barracks on 6th March.
USSP Dodgeball Tournament
Year 4 took part in the USSP Dodgeball Tournament at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre. All children took part and had a wonderful morning dodging and catching balls. St Thomas More finished joint winners with RAB after winning every match and drawing only to RAB School
Dodgeball Regional Finals
Also on Wednesday 21st our qualifying Year 5 team took part in the regional finals of the Year 5 and 6 Dodgeball Tournament. After a slow start, the team re-focused and won every game in their group to finish 1st in their group and 7th overall. Another super team effort.
Year 3 and 4 Archery team took part in the USSP Archery Tournament at RA Butler School. All children competed in 8 rounds of archery against 11 other teams. With a constant flow 10s and 9s being scored, the team finished in first place with a 300 point clear lead over silver medal winners. Individual gold medals also won by Lucie and Henry saw an array of gold returning to school. Well done also to Bobbie and Jessica who made up the team. They will go now go onto the regional finals.
Year 5 and 6 Archery teams competed in their tournament, this time against 15 teams. Following in the success of their Year 3-4 school friends, they also fired with significant success. With our Year 6 team of Holly, Nicole, Arthur, and Oscar winning gold, our Year 5 team, Franio, Zachary, Eva and Maya were only 8 points behind in silver medal position. Individual gold was also won by Oscar. Both teams will now also compete at the regional finals. A wonderful day of archery for all St Thomas More teams.
Tag Rugby Festival
Year 3 took part in the annual Tag Rugby Festival at Dame Bradbury School. Despite the rain all children had a wonderful afternoon, developing and learning the game of Tag Rugby. All children took part in 7 matches throughout the afternoon with some super trys and try stopping tags being won. Well done to everyone who took part—we look forward to hopefully seeing some more children joining tag rugby club after Christmas.