With continued promotion and focus on health and well-being, athletics is covered and enhanced not only by teaching staff but by specialist Sports Development Officers here at St. Mary’s. In recent years, St. Mary’s has achieved resounding success when competing in Athletics competitions. Once again St. Mary’s maintained their first place as winners of the Flint and Holywell Indoor Athletics Competition, coming first out of the twelve schools represented.
These occasions are wonderful to experience with a combination of outstanding individual performances combined with exceptional team efforts. We are fortunate to always be well supported at such events by our encouraging parents.
Children also compete in Diocesan Athletics at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay. Another fantastic occasion where the children always do their best and continue to represent our school with pride and smiles on their faces.
Christmas Craft Club
Christmas craft club runs for four weeks in the run up to Christmas. The club provides year 1 and 2 children with fun, creative ideas that they can replicate at home using everyday materials, as well as helping them to develop their fine motor skills. The club is run by Mrs Owens and Mrs Dooley.
This year we created book corners, sewn stockings, lollypop stick tree decorations and pop up Christmas cards.
Cool Cooks is an after school club for Year 1 and 2. It’s a small cooking club that focuses on learning to follow healthy recipes. The skills learnt compliment the Foundation Phase curriculum and supports children’s Literacy and Numeracy skills. The children learn how to use fine motor skills, such as chopping, rolling and mixing. They also learn the importance of hygiene and safety, all whilst having fun and getting a little messy! The club runs in the Spring term and is led by Miss Fisher.
Dance club takes place after school every Tuesday 3:15 - 5:00pm and runs from September to May.
The club is for year 5 & 6 pupils and it focuses on preparing dances to compete in the Urdd Eisteddfodd. We enter the 'Mixed' and 'Creative' dance categories and use our dance practice time to choreograph and finalise the two routines.
Mixed Dance is a routine that involves a variety of different dance styles whilst the Creative Dance is a dramatic movement routine that tells a story.
Once we have finished competing in the Urdd we then turn our attention to the Flintshire Dance Fest where we show our dances as part of the showcase of local dance talent at Theatre Clwyd.
The club welcomes pupils of all abilities and promotes teamwork and self esteem. The dancers are led by Mr. Jones who draws on over ten years of experience running dance groups in Primary Schools and other organisations.
Football is a passion for many of our pupils, teachers and parents of St. Mary’s with us always approaching training and matches with a positive attitude and a good sense of teamwork and fair play.
Here at St. Mary’s we always participate in the local league, competing in weekly fixtures against local rivals either home or away. The team tends to be made up of pupils from Years 5 and 6. Trials always take place in September whereby a squad is selected.
The 2015-2016 season was very successful with our boys being the proud winners of the Flint and Holywell League title. In the Spring term, we enter the Tom Roberts and Ron Bishop tournaments. For many years pupils have also entered the Flintshire Festival of Youth Sport. We also compete in the annual Diocesan Football Tournament which is always a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved.
With the continued support of our Parents Association, we have been very fortunate to acquire a smart new training kit complete with new drill tops. The children look fabulous, representing our school with pride.
More recently our girls have had the opportunity to partake in training sessions followed by a fun based tournament. In addition to this, we offer weekly training sessions which take place each Friday after school. Sessions are led by professional coaches and open to all Key Stage 2 and to our Year 2 pupils. Come along and join the fun!
St Mary’s Gardening Club runs every Tuesday lunch time. Its aim is to promote a love of nature, growing things and all things green! Children from classes 6, 7 and 8 have been busy planting Daffodil bulbs as part of their first gardening project. They have worked very hard to prepare the soil, digging it over to plant many bulbs which should produce a real wealth of colour in the school grounds come Spring.
Other projects to improve the school grounds are in the pipe line as well, as the gardening club aims to work closely with the school’s existing Eco Council.
Having only begun this Autumn Term, we feel that we have already made a positive start and we cannot wait to carry on next year. We have lots of ideas and lots of energy, so just watch our garden grow!
Our 2016 St Mary’s Netball Team have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the local league during the Autumn term and put together fantastic team performances against our local friends. A determined and strong team bond served the girls well on these occasions, whereby team spirit, skilled defending and fine shooting displays made their performances ones they should all be very proud of. Watch this space for opportunities for our team to consolidate their skills in local and Diocesan tournaments. Da iawn girls!
Here at St. Mary’s netball sessions are an opportunity for our learners to develop their coordination, fitness and anticipation of our competitors’ next moves. We offer after school coaching sessions where the aforementioned skills can be developed. In the near future we aim to open up our coaching sessions to learners in Lower Key Stage 2.