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New-Age Kurling

On Wednesday 26th February, 8 children went to this exciting competition against other schools from the local area. The children had a fantastic time at Shinewater Sports Centre taking part in  New Age Kurling.  They worked well together with great team spirit towards each other and their competitors. After playing and exhausting 10 games against different schools we were placed 11th & 4th.

Thank you very much to Mrs FItton, Miss Jackson and Mr Smith for taking them.

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Football Update

Football Achievements

Well done to Amelia, Jess and Darcey for being invited to Brighton trials.

Well done to Amelia and Jess for being invited to Sussex trials!

Congratulations to Amelia for being picked for the Sussex team – what an amazing achievement.

We are very proud of you all.

Football at Lancing 12/12/2019

On a very wet and miserable afternoon, the girls’ team travelled to Lancing for the next stage in the tournament. They played several matches in challenging conditions – drawing 2 and losing one. Missing out on the semi-finals by only one goal, we then played in the 5/6 play-offs, which we unfortunately lost. However, out of at least 100 schools that would have entered this round of tournaments, we think that 6th place is phenomenal! Well done girls. We are really proud of you. Thank you to Mr Smith for driving the bus and Mr Griffiths for coaching the team.

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Intra-school Sport Competitions

Hockey with Mr P - Team Colour Competition Winners

4 Ash Green
4 Chestnut Yellow
4 Larch Green
6 Cedar Red
6 Alder Red
6 Sycamore Blue & Yellow

Year 3 PLPS Handball Competition

The whole of Y3 took part and the winners were:

Amelie, Sophie, Harrison, Bailey, Thomas, Zack and Kai from Elm. Well done!

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Sportshall Athletics

18 Year 6 children went to Hailsham to compete in the School Games Sportshall Athletics competition at Hailsham Community College. They participated in a range of exciting indoor events and all tried their hardest. Some of the children were really excited as it was their first opportunity to represent Stafford at a sporting event and we were really proud of all of you. Many thanks to Mr Griffiths and Mr Smith for acompanying us to the event.

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Girls’ Football

On Friday 4th October some girls represented Stafford at the Albion in the Community tournament at Eastbourne Borough. Excitingly we got through to the next round at Lancing, which unfortunately we can’t attend due to Year 6 residential.
The girls were excellent ambassadors for Stafford and we are so proud of them.

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Girls’ Football Tournament

Lat Friday, some of our talented footballers went to play in a tournament at Eastbourne Borough. The event was hosted by Albion in the Community and there were 9 schools from all over Sussex. The girls played lots of matches and reached the semi-finals. Excitingly, 3 of the girls were scouted by Brighton and invited to their Brighton & Hove Albion Development trials. The girls were all excellent ambassadors for Stafford and we are so proud of them.

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Karate Champions

These two talented children from our Federation took part in the Canton karate championships in Kent. One got 1st in kata and 2nd in kata pairs and the other achieved 2nd place in kata and sparring. What amazing achievements! Well done, we are all very proud of you.

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Cricket Tournaments

Over the last month, teams from Stafford have been taking part in cricket tournaments from the local area. All the teams were able to win 2 games and got better throughout the tournaments. As well as the team successes, the child had their own individual success such as bowling somebody out, taking a catch in the field or hitting the ball for six runs. The children were excellent sportsman – celebrating their own and others success while respecting the oppositions. They all made Stafford proud.

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Sports Days

Thank you so much to all the parents who came and supported our sports mornings. We all really enjoyed them and it was fabulous to see the children competing and trying their best. Each class represented a country this year and had worked hard making flags to carry out during our welcome ceremony, where they paraded in to their country’s national anthem.

Points were awarded for each place in the group activities and totaled up to find our winning colour team. It was really close this year, but the winners are as follows:

Year Group Colour Team Winner

Points in each Year group were:

Year Group Yellow Red Blue Green
3 121 112 114 109
4 207 154 156 162
5 114 165 153 150
6 102 115 134 124

We also give the children points for showing our School Games Values and these are totaled up for each team colour. The results are:

Value Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

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New Age Kurling Finals at K2 in Crawley

Following our success at the South Downs Area competition, our team went to Crawley to represent the South Downs Area in the School Games Area Finals. The children had an amazing day and were excellent ambassadors for Stafford. We came 6th out of 8 schools which was fabulous. During the day, they took part in their Kurling matches, played in the exploration zone and even met an Olympic rower! Thank you to Mr Smith for driving the bus and to Miss Atwell for accompanying the children. Well done to our 4 New-Age Kurling representatives – we are very proud of you!

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Year 4 Intra-School Cricket Competition

Today, our cricket coach, Mr Smith from Sussex Cricket www.sussexcricket.co.uk, organised a ‘5 Bats Speed Cricket’ competition with houses playing against each other in a round robin across the three classes.



Red (30) v Blue (46)
Green (96) v Yellow (80)


Blue v Green – Draw
Yellow v Red – Yellow win


Red (21) v Green (40)
Blue (50) v Yellow (67)

Points table

(2 points for a win and 1 point for draw) so Green won it!

Green – 5
Yellow – 4
Blue – 3
Red – 0

Well done to the Green Team.

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C Team Football Match

In the afternoon, 9 boys, Mrs Lloyd, Mr Smith and Mrs Topali, went to Heron Park for an exciting football match. We had an excellent afternoon and drew the match 1:1. There was an amazing goal by Dexter and a fabulous penalty save by Connor! We were so proud of the boys and their sporting attitude - they were a real credit to Stafford. They all tried their best, said good luck before the match and shook hands afterwards. There were so many smiles during the afternoon and it was wonderful to see them developing their self-confidence and pride - well done!

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Race for Life

We were so proud of all the children with their efforts for our Stafford Race for Life. With the music blaring and the rain holding off, we ran, marched and walked around the field, collecting beads to let us know how many 0.3km laps we completed. Lots of children aimed for 10 laps to complete 3km and reached their target. Some children managed more and two Year 6 children even continued into break and achieved 30 laps! Everyone tried their best and lots of the staff did really well too. A huge thank you to Janet and Donna who came from the Relay for Life team for their help and for the donations of the wrist bands. What an amazing morning!

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Jolf Days

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had a fabulous golfing experience at both schools, lead by Mr Plimmer from Jolf. On Tuesday, all the children at Stafford took part and on Wednesday, he visited Roselands - with 15 Year 6 Leaders who helped out with the sessions. We received some fabulous feedback from Mr Plimmer that we wanted to share with you:

Thank you very much for inviting me into your schools over the last 2 days, lovely children, encouraging & eager teachers for a great couple of days golf.

Not sure I can quite put into words my experience today with the year 6 leaders today. One of the single best days teaching I think I have ever had. and just goes to show that children are BRILLIANT!

If provided with opportunities they can flourish and surprise us (and possibly themselves!!!)

Please pass on my thanks to them again and also to their parents and SLT at school about how they were a credit to themselves and the school 🙂

Each class also had a golden ball winner, who was awarded it for working well with the values of the session. Well done to:

Elm   Adam
Rowan   Maria
Birch   Solomon
Chestnut   Phoebe
Ash   Joshua
Poplar   Thomas
Oak   Reuben
Acacia   Amelia
Maple   Harry
Cedar   Ella
Larch   Jack
Sycamore   Eirini
Alder   Luke
Dolphins   Alexandria
Sea lions   Scarlett
Whales   Heidi
Parrots   Ellie May
Penguins   Evie
Tigers   Paddy
Flamingos   Molly
Leopards   Oscar
Panthers   Louie

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Year 5 Throwing Challenge

This week, Year 5 took part in an exciting throwing challenge, organised by Mr Richards. This was both a personal and inter-class competition.

The children had to attempt 3 different throws - having three turns at each to improve their personal best. The totals were then added up and winners in each class were as follows:

Acacia: Bronze: Noah (36), Silver: Olivia S, Olivia A, Beau (37), Gold: Leilani, Lily H (39)
Maple: Bronze: Caspian, Tameem, Sophie, Winnie, Henry, Harry S (33), Silver: Phoebe (36), Gold: Ned, Sienna (37)
Oak: Bronze: Louie (34), Silver: Zuzanna (35), Gold: Darcie (37)

Overall winners: Gold: Leilani, Lily H (39), Silver: Ned, Sienna, Olivia S, Olivia A, Beau, Darcie (37) Bronze: Phoebe, Noah (36)

Well done everyone for taking part.

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Y3/4 Road to Eastbourne Tennis

8 excited Y3 and Y4 children travelled to Gildredge Park for the Road to Eastbourne tennis qualifiers on Tuesday afternoon. When we arrived, we played some fun games to warm up on the grass and then moved onto the courts, where we played some games. Everyone tried really hard and it was great to see such enthusiasm from everyone. We ended the afternoon in 4th equal place with some other schools. Thank you so much to Miss Atwell for coming along to help and to Mr Walton for driving the minibus.

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Get Active Festival

On Wednesday afternoon, 19 children from Year 3-5 and 9 children from Year 2, went to the Eastbourne Sports Park for our Get Active Festival. This was run by the University students, who had organised an amazing range of activities, for us and some of the other Alliance schools. During the afternoon, we played a range of games in the sports centre and outside on the Astro pitch.

The children really enjoyed themselves and were great ambassadors for Stafford. Thank you to Mrs Osborne-Walker for supporting on the trip and to Mr Walton for driving the minibus.

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Stoolball Festival

On Wednesday afternoon, 10 children from Year 3 went to a Stoolball Festival at Eastbourne Sports Park. The afternoon was run by college students who had been trained in the morning by players from England's Stoolball team. Over the course of the afternoon, the children participated in different warm up activities to practise the skills needed to play the game. They had to throw and catch a ball, throw the ball aiming for a stoolball post and bat the ball using a stoolball bat. After this, they played games against the other schools there and the children did really well in both fielding and batting, with all children getting a number of runs.

Over the next few weeks, we are hoping the children will be able to teach the rest of Year 3 the skills they were taught... watch this space!

Thank you to Mr Walton and Mr Smith for driving the minibus and to Miss Hills and Miss Smith for supervising the children.

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We have been working hard to improve our lunchtimes at Stafford and have employed the help of a company called Activ8. At the end of last week, we launched our new zones, following assemblies by Lee and Carly from the company. The launch was a real success and all the new equipment was a real hit! Pleasingly, there have been a lot less accidents and incidents of negative behaviour, which is fabulous. All the lunchtime staff are working really hard to ensure this success carries on - please remind your children about looking after equipment and being respectful of it. Please see the first Sports Crew Newsletter for more information. www.activ8forkids.co.uk

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On Tuesday 30th April, 8 Year 4 children went to Ratton School for a handball tournament. There were 8 other schools there and we played 7 fast-paced matches. The game was new to the children, but they quickly learnt new skills and tactics and played really well. It was fabulous to see them trying something new and having lots of fun. We didn’t win any of our matches this time, but we did draw 2. The children were all so enthused by the game, that they have already taught the Year 4 classes how to play (with the help of Mr Smith who attended the tournament). Mr Smith has also taught this to all the other year groups and the game has been really well received this week. It has been great to see everyone trying so hard with a new sport – well done. For more information on the game see https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/what-is-handball

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Term 4, Level 1 Intra-School Competition Report

This week has been our exciting competitions week at school. All the year groups have taken part in an intra-school competition, either within their own class or against other classes in the year group. Certificates were also awarded in the some of the competitions for children who did particularly well, or who demonstrated the School Games Values.

Year 3 & 5 Find-a-Goal

The aim of this School Games competition is to pass your ball through every goal in the shortest possible time. The children competed in pairs to see who the winners were. Certificates were also awarded to the most improved players.

Year 3 have been doing ball skills this term and their competition focused on netball skills:

Gold medallists Paige G, Amy, Elsa, Peyton
Silver medallists Casper Conway, Maisie Crompton
Most improved player Olivia Macklin
Ball dribble Mia, Bella, Hannah, Anna, Sasha, Niamh, Lacey, Isobel
Fast running Charlie in Rowan
Great effort in running Casey, Lacey, Bella

Year 5 have been doing hockey this term and so ran the same competition but with hockey equipment:

Gold medallists Grace C, Jess, Leilani, Lily
Silver medallists Lucy, Archie
Most improved player Henry
Winners Zuzanna & Hayley
Dribbling challenge Zuzanna, Hayley, Victor & Alfie

Year 4 Run the Loop

The ‘Run the loop’ core task involves a team of four batters trying to score points by striking the ball and running between bases, and a team of four fielders trying to retrieve, throw and catch the ball quickly and accurately. This was run as a competition in the last week after lots of skills practise!

Certificates went to Myles, Dylan T and Lola, Pearl, Alfie, Oliver, Teddy

Year 6 Treasure Island Invasion School Games Challenge

Achieve: The aim of this game is to collect treasure and get it back to your team’s treasure chest without losing your tail.

Year 6 Competition certificates were awarded to:

  • Charlie M, Keira, Sofia, Violet, Ben, Thomas R, Anna-Maria
  • Payten, Grace, Melody, Endrit, Kacey
  • Kal-El, Amelia, Thomas S, Lillie P, Lilli-Jane, Chloe

Year 6 Haka Dance-Off

The Year 6 classes have all been working hard this term creating their own version of the traditional New Zealand dance, the Haka. The term started with us watching the All Blacks intimidate their rugby opposition and we learnt to copy some of the moves.

From here, each class then choreographed their own dance in a similar style. The classes each nominated a leader, who used ideas from individuals to complete their own version. It was excellent to see the children lead their own learning in this way and work together as class teams.

The dances were then performed and judged. The joint winners were Alder – for their well-led dance that was intimidating and used a range of dance technicalities, such as mirroring and unison and Cedar – who had added group choreography after their whole class dance. Well done to all the classes for their great teamwork and enthusiasm.

Football Club awards

Mr Griffiths and Mr Brown, who run our football club, have been watching the players carefully! On Wednesday, they awarded some trophies. Well done to Mikey, who received the most improved attitude award, Phoebe, who achieved the most improved player award and Ben, who achieved the best player award.

Well done also to all our teams who have represented Stafford this term at our sports clubs and in the Level 2 competitions. We are very proud of all your efforts!

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On the morning of Thursday 4th April, 8 Year 4s went to Heron Park School for a Unihoc tournament. There were 9 other schools participating and we played in 2 different groups. In our group were Ocklynge, Gildredge House, Pevensey & Westham and West Rise. Mr Griffiths kindly came into school on Tuesday to give the children a bit of a practise and it was clear that they learnt lots. They played really well in all their matches, with 3 draws and one loss. Miss Atwell and I were so very impressed with the amazing attitude and behaviour of the children we took. They were a real credit to our school and we were really proud of them. We unfortunately missed out on a place in the semi or finals, but stayed to support the other teams – it was a really enjoyable morning! Thank you so much to Miss Atwell for her support and to Mr Walton for driving the minibus.

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Year 3 Tennis

On Monday, Year 3 went and learnt lots of new tennis skills at Hampden Park with Jenny (a tennis coach). The children participated in warm up activities and then built up their skills in order to perfect the skill of a rally. All of the children were excellent role models and amazed their teachers with how quickly they learnt a variety of skills. Thank you to all of the adults who came to help (we wouldn’t have been able to go without you!), to Mr Smith for driving the minibus and to Jenny for giving Year 3 a terrific tennis morning!

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Stafford Sports News


On Saturday 23rd March, 8 children went to represent Stafford at the B Team football tournament at Ocklynge. There were 3 other schools playing and we played several exciting matches. The final match was a play-off for second and third place and we were unfortunately just pipped at the post! Congratulations to the team for playing so well together and representing our school. Thank you to Mr Brown for coaching and refereeing some of the matches and to him, and Miss Smith, for spending their Saturday morning supporting this event.


Our team finally got to play in the South Downs Area tournament that had been postponed twice due to bad weather. The team travelled to Gildredge House, where they played 3 other schools in several matches. Excitingly, we received second place! The team played really well together and are a tribute to Ms Rolf & Ms Pearson who train them on a Tuesday at our after school club. Thank you so much to them both, and to Mrs Osborne-Walker for supporting the children at this event.

Sport Crew Meeting

On Thursday 21st March, our Sports Crew met to discuss a range of areas linked to our school PE and activities. We talked about morning activities, lunchtimes, PE lessons and after-school clubs. Each class representative took a questionnaire to discuss and get feedback from their class members. We will discuss these at our next meeting.

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This week, Year 5 and 6 all enjoyed taster sessions for Street Cricket, run by Oliver Smith from Chance to Shine. The children really enjoyed their sessions and loved the fast pace of this game.

Oliver runs a free Street Cricket Club in Willingdon - for further details see below or visit www.activesussex.org/sussex-street-cricket-hits-sussex

  • Thursdays - 16.00 to 17.00
  • Venue - Willingdon Trees Community Centre, Holly Place, Eastbourne, BN22 0UT
  • Dates - 17th January 2019 to 25th July 2019
  • Ages 11 to 12 years - although open to all Y5/6 children if they show a particular interest
  • Contact oliver.smith@sussexcricket.co.uk

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National Skipping Day

Friday 22nd March was the 17th National Skipping Day. To celebrate, all the classes took part in a 20 minute skipping session. We all had lots of fun using individual and group ropes. Well done to all the children who participated and thank you so much to Miss Smith for organising this event.

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Swimming Gala

On Tuesday 12th March, 9 Year 6s went to the University of Brighton in Denton Road to take part in the Eastbourne PE Association swimming gala. There were 7 schools in total and the children swam races in front crawl, breaststroke and backstroke. There ware also girls and boys relay events. Excitingly, we made it to the final in several of the races securing two silver places and four 4th place positions. We were really pleased to come third overall!

Thank you so much to Mrs Orford for accompanying us on the trip and to Mr Walton for dropping us off in the bus. Thank you to to all the parents who came to support and cheer us on – it was lovely to hear.

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New Age Kurling Competition

On Wednesday 27th February 2019, four Year 6 children took part in an exciting opportunity at Shinewater Sports Centre playing New Age Kurling. There were 4 other schools there, represented in 8 teams. Our 2 teams played 5 matches against other schools and, after that, the teams were redrawn into further pools to decide the final order of the teams. Excitingly, the boys team won!

Well done to all the children who came along and represented Stafford – you were fabulous. Thank you to Ms Atwell for giving up her lunchtime to come along and help out with the event.

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School Games Logo Winner!

A couple of weeks ago, we congratulated Isobel for her winning design for the Sussex School Games logo. Below is the report that has gone to schools and pictures of the logos. Well done Isobel.

New Team name and logo for Sussex School Games Competitions

All nine SGO areas have new teams names and logos that will be used for Level 3 Sussex School Games competitions. (We will still be known as South Downs Area for everything else!)

Thank you to the schools that sent in design competition entries for the South Downs Area. The winning idea was designed by Isabel from Stafford School in Eastbourne. Congratulations to Isobel who will receive her own South Downs Area T-shirt.

The new logo will appear on the T-shirts being worn at the first Sussex School Games final (Sportshall Athletics) this Friday.

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Year 5 Dance Off: Intra-school Competition

On Wednesday 13th February, Year 5 presented their dances to the Cover Supervisors who judged them on a range of criteria, such as their choreography, keeping in time with the music and the energy they put into their dances. The dances were all based on the theme of taking a test or exam and the children all entertained each other with enthusiasm! The winning class was 5 Oak - well done!

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Year 4 Multi-Skills Festival

On Tuesday (12th February) – at the same time as the netball matches – 13 Year 4 children travelled to Hailsham Community College to take part in an exciting new event, which included lots of fun activities like ‘Animal Walks’ and ‘Crossing the Swamp’. There were several other schools there and we all had lots of fun. It was great to see everyone joining in with lots of enthusiasm and energy. Thank you to Mr Walton for driving the minibus and to Mrs Lloyd and Mrs Orford for coming to support with the event.

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Netball Matches: Stafford v Ocklynge

On Tuesday (12th February) after school, 13 children took part in 2 inter-school netball matches against Ocklynge. For some of the children, it was their first experience of playing in a match. All the children tried really hard and we are pleased to report that we won one match 10-5 and Ocklynge won one 7-2.  Well done to everyone and a huge thank you to Ms Rolf who ran the event and to Mrs Slimon for all her help.

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Dance Fever

30 very excited children performed last night at Ratton School in our first ever Eastbourne Schools PE Association dance festival. We arrived at 3.45pm ready for a rehearsal, which went very smoothly. Packed teas followed in the gym and then everyone put on their new t-shirts for the performance – which was fabulous.

Huge thank you to Miss Doig our dance teacher, the staff from Ocklynge who oversaw the preparations for the event and a really big thank you to Miss Smith, Miss Coombe, Ms Perry and Mrs Springett who came along to help supervise the children. We were all so proud of all their hard work and how they represented Stafford – we hope lots of the children will be able to take part in the new dance club that Miss Doig will be running at Stafford after half term.

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Cross Country

On Thursday 31st January, a Year 6 pupil took part in the Area Finals for the Cross Country. She competed against children from schools from all across the County - 70 girls in total. She was amazing and came 17th, narrowly missing out on the 15 place cut off for the national finals. Everyone is really proud of you – well done!

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Premier League Primary Stars

We are very excited by our Year 5 participation in the Premier League Primary Stars programme. This is an exciting opportunity described as, “a world -class primary schools programme which uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to improve and enhance physical education (PE) and other curriculum areas, developing skills and values that are crucial to success in later life.” The excitement started with a trip to the AMEX Stadium for some of the children – see below.

Our primary Stars Sports Mentor, Mr Sweet, will deliver high quality interventions targeted at whole classes, small groups and individuals which aim to improve children’s physical literacy, English, Maths, communication skills and resilience. Through team teaching, he will also improve teachers’ confidence in delivering PE. He will be in every Tuesday until Easter.

On Monday 14th January, 30 Year 5s headed off to the AMEX Stadium for an exciting day to start our journey with Premier League Primary Stars. The day was run by Humanotopia (an inspirational London based company) and focussed on respect and social skills. The day was an amazing success and we were so pleased to see lots of children being brave, trying new things and learning new skills. During the day, we were lucky enough to go down into the stands and have our photo taken by the pitch: we also met Gully and JD, one of Brighton & Hove Albion’s disability players.

Here are some of the comments the children made:

“I’ve learnt how to be aware, honest and responsible. I know how to keep harmony.” – Sienna

“We were shown how to respect others and get more confident,” – Alfie

“I was happy and felt happy when I got to speak in front on the microphone. I said some really nice things to JD and he has cerebral palsy and finds it hard to move. I held the mic for him and I felt so happy.”

“I am so proud that I overcame by fears and became more confident,” – Nel

Thank you so much to Mrs Lloyd, Miss Taylor and Mr Cairns for their help with the trip. The children were good ambassadors for Stafford and I know that they really enjoyed their day.

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Year 4 Multi-Sports Festival

On Wednesday 5th December, 12 Year 4 children attended a multi-sports festival at East Sussex College in Eastbourne. The events were run by the students at the college, who set up and ran lots of fun activities including: parachute, ‘the floor is lava’, ‘extreme rock, paper, scissors’, parachute games, benchball and more. The children were all great ambassadors for Stafford School and had lots of fun – they especially enjoyed the cops and robbers game!

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Stafford Sports News

Football: ESFA & Eastbourne Schools' Under 11 Danone 7-a-Side Cup

On Saturday 10th November, 9 boys went to Ocklynge to represent Stafford in this exciting tournament. There were 11 teams taking part and we were in a group against 5 other schools.

Firsty, we played West Rise and won 1-0. Then a nail-biting 0-0 draw against Stone Cross, followed by a 2-1 win over Bourne. This meant we secured a place in the semi-finals where we played Ocklynge who snuck in a last minute goal to beat us 1-0. Huge congratulations to the boys for getting so far in their first tournament, well done. Thank you so much to Mr Burke for leading the morning and to Miss Perry, Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Osborne-Walker and Mr Walton who all gave up some of their Saturday morning to support the team

New Clubs

We are really lucky to have 2 new clubs starting with Mr Griffiths, who is a sports coach who has been working at Heron Park school. He is also coming in to lead a uni-hoc club at lunchtimes on Monday, which has already attracted lots of children.

There are still some spaces at these clubs if your child would like to join up for the end of this term.

School Games

As some of you already know from reading previous information, we currently hold the Silver Schools Games Mark. This shows our commitment to being an active, healthy school and is a great recognition of all the fabulous things we do at Stafford. In order to achieve it, we have to participate in a range of sporting events and competitions - both in school and out, have a range of Sports Leaders, provide at least 2 hours PE a week in curriculum time and have children engaged in after-school clubs. We are working really hard this year to try and achieve the Gold Mark. In order to do this, we are providing extra activities in school time, more clubs and more competitions. Please talk to your children about attending an after-school club in Terms 3 & 4 and about the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Year 6 Non-Residential Week

This week, the Year 6 not attending the residential have had lots of fun and taken part in a range of different activities:


On Wednesday, we went to the Sovereign Centre to swim. The children all had a fabulous time and were complemented by a member of the public on their lovely manners and great behaviour. It was fabulous to see the children all practising and using the swimming they have learnt in their lessons to have fun with their friends. 

Sports Leader Award day

On Thursday, the children took part in a special day to achieve a School Games Sports Leader certificate. 

In groups, they had to design an activity, a poster for it and a scoring system. They were given the opportunity to test these out on each other and then lead the activities for the Year 4 classes in the afternoon. 

All the children worked really well together and had lots of fun.

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Intra-School Football Tournaments

On Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th November, Mr Hester and Mr Richards ran 2 intra-school football tournaments for the children in each year to compete.

The children signed up and then Mr Hester created a 5-a-side team within their colour team. They were then assigned an English Football League team which related to their colour team.

Both Mr Hester and Mr Richards were extremely impressed with how fantastic the children were during the tournaments showing great determination, sportsmanship and quality of play.

10 teams lined up for the year 3 tournament. Well done to Sheffield United (Red), Celtic and Hibernian (Green) who all came out victorious unbeaten.

8 teams competed in the year 4 tournament and congratulations to Forest Green Rovers (Green) who won this tournament, again, unbeaten.

Only 4 teams signed up for the year 5 tournament but what a fantastic, tight tournament it was. Millwall (Blue) were triumphant in this one.

Finally, 6 teams came to the year 6 tournament and again, an extremely tight competition. It came down to both Middlesbrough and Bristol City (both Red) who were on 9 points each and played each other at end of the round robin stage. Stalemate between the two meant both teams took the crown and won the tournament.

Well done to all the players who took part over both days! Was great to see so many of you showing off your amazing talents.


Sheffield United: Dylan S - Rowan, Amy H - Elm, Gage R - Rowan and Rowan S - Birch.
Celtic: Charlotte S - Rowan, Max L - Elm, Dylan G - Rowan, Nathan H - Elm and Zach LM - Birch.
Hibernian: Elsa B - Elm, Niamh B - Rowan, Freddie B - Birch, Kai A - Rowan and Logan F - Elm
Forest Green Rovers: Rupert N - Poplar, Jacob W - Chestnut, Myles H - Ash, Alan R - Chestnut and Jamie M - Chestnut.
Millwall: Rylee H - Acacia, Alfie R - Maple, Finn B - Maple and Ben H - Oak
Middlesbrough: Alfie B - Larch, Freddie W - Cedar, Charlie W - Larch, Finlay C - Cedar and George W - Sycamore
Bristol City: Eden B - Sycamore, Lucas C - Cedar, Endrit M - Sycamore, Finnley H - Sycamore

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Stafford Sports News


On Thursday 11th October, nine Year 6 children represented Stafford at the Eastbourne College swimming gala in their beautiful new pool. The boys and girls teams swam a mixture of races against 6 other schools, including individual and team races. All the children were amazing representatives for our school and we were really proud of them. Thank you so much to Mr Hester for his help and to all the parents, and Ms Perry and Ms Markides, for coming to support the children. Excitingly, our boys team came 2nd and the girls placed 4th - a fabulous achievement for our first time at this event.

Sportshall Athletics

On Thursday 18th October, 21 Year 5 and 6 children went to Hailsham Community College to take part in the South Downs Sportshall Athletics competition. The event included a range of track and field events, including different running and relay races, triple jump, speed bounce and many other activities. The children were excellent representatives for the school and we were really pleased to come 8th out of 13 schools who took part. Well done to all the children for representing Stafford so well and thank you to Mr Hester and Mr Walton for their help on the day.

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Basketball Festival at Stafford

This week, twenty two Year 2 children attended a basketball festival at Stafford. They learnt and practised key skills while competing against other schools. Roselands had two teams, team A came third in the competition! The children had a great time and behaved really well. Thank you to Mrs Lloyd for organising this fantastic event.

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Stafford Race for Life

On Friday 6th July, we held our Stafford Race for Life.  We held 2 races, Y3/4 and Y5/6 and we all did the best we could to run as many laps as possible in 30 minutes. It was fabulous to see everyone working really hard to participate in this fabulous event and we were all really proud of the children. Well done and thank you to all the staff who helped and ran on the day. Also, a huge thank you to Janet from the Relay for Life team, who came in to help with the event, donated wristbands for everyone and brought in the beads to help us count our laps. We raised an amazing total of £1705.70 –  thank you so much for all your sponsorship.

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Roselands Race for Life

What an amazing morning running the Race for Life!  The children were so motivated and happy, they all displayed fantastic stamina and support for each other- great teamwork! To date approximately £450 has been raised. Thank you for your support nad keep running!

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Stafford Sports News

Sports Days

This week has seen glorious weather for both our Stafford Sports Days, thank you so much to all the family and friends that came along to support the children. 

It was fabulous to see them all trying their best, watching them overcome nerves, develop resilience and, most importantly, hear and see all their achievements and the pride they showed. 

The results are as follows:

Competitive Event Winners

Year 3 Yellow Team
Year 4 Red Team
Year 5 Red Team
Year 6 Blue Team

School Games Values winners

Value Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Next Friday, we will be running our Stafford Race for Life. Please keep sponsoring the children - we are really pleased to be supporting this charity and looking forward to our event. You can donate by visiting our Just Giving page: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/stafford-school-race-for-life

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Roselands Sports Day

What wonderful weather we had for sports day this year! The children were amazing at walking down to Stafford school and then taking part in all the games. A particular one they enjoyed, was the water race! The children were so well behaved and should be so proud of themselves. Well done to all the children  for all taking part and for Blue Team who won. It was so lovely to have so many of you come and support us, it means such a lot to the children. Thank you to all the toddlers, Mums and Dads that took part in the races. We had Year 5 children from Stafford who helped us to set up on the day and then help to run the races. They did such an fantastic job of this!!!! Thank you for all your help and support to help make this a great Sports day!

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Year 5 Athletics

Wednesday afternoon saw 16 children from Year 5 taking part in an Athletics Tournament. The children travelled by minibus to the Eastbourne Sports Park, where they met two other local schools. The afternoon began with all the children undertaking an 800m run, splitting the girls and the boys. After this, the individual schools worked their way around the arena taking part in three other activities: 60m sprint, long jump and discus, before coming together to compete in a 400m relay for the boys and the girls. Lastly, four children were chosen to participate in a very exciting baton-relay with the college students. Overall, Stafford proudly came third in the competition. This was a great achievement, as the participants from the other two schools were from Year 6, but the Stafford children never gave up – a true testament to their character and the ethos of the school. Thank you to Mr Smith and Mrs Osborne-Walker for taking us.

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A Sporty Week at Stafford!


The whole school had great fun on Tuesday and Wednesday, participating in our Skip2Bfit skipping workshops. During the sessions, the children took part in a personal challenge and aimed to improve their own skipping times in 2 minutes. Both days ended with an assembly to award certificates to the winners and a skip off between the top teacher and pupil! We all had a fabulous time and Year 5 have already skipped again on Thursday to try and improve their scores.

Thank you so much to all the parents and children who have bought their own ropes - it already looks like we will be adding another 10-15  skipping ropes to our school collection. We are so pleased that the children have caught the skipping bug! Hope you all have lots of fun skipping over the holiday.

Miss Smith will be running lunchtime skipping next term in the playground or the Star Lab on a Thursday - hope to see lots of you trying to improve your scores!

Year 3 Sports Festival

On Wednesday, Stafford hosted a festival for the schools in our Alliance. We welcomed children from Stone Cross, Grovelands and Bourne. With our Year 3s, there were 300 children taking part in lots of fun activities including frisbee, Tri-golf, dodgeball, football, athletics and tennis. Everyone tried really hard and had lots of fun - we were really lucky to avoid the rain and it was lovely to see lots of people trying new sports. Thank you so much to all the people who helped on the day.

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Stafford Sports News

It has been fabulous to see everyone out on the field for the first time today enjoying the sunshine and being very active playing lots of different sports. Hopefully, some of our lunchtime activities will move outside from the Star Studio very soon.

Our personal competition for the last few weeks has been the standing long jump and we have had some excellent ‘jumpers’! The winner for this week was Emilio in Year 3, who jumped a whopping 1.46m, well done! Special mention must also go to Harrison in Year 3 for an impressive 1.35m jump.

If anyone has any ideas for the next competition, please see Mrs Lloyd!

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Scoot Fit Visit

Children at Roselands loved Scoot Fit this week and particularly enjoyed the races and going over the ramps. There were also adult scooters so all the teachers had a go as well! We are now looking into purchasing scooters for the children to use at school. James who runs Scoot Fit was amazed by how good the children at Roselands were on their scooters, he has not been to an infant school before were the children are all so confident. Well done!

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Handball Festival

This week eleven children went to Ratton for a handball festival. The children began by learning and practising key skills though games. They then went onto play mini games against other schools. The children did so well especially as this was a game, they had never played before. The children enjoyed the tournament, by the end had really start to develop the skills they had learnt. They now want to teach other children how to play. They were all extremely well behaved and did the school proud.

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Scootfit at Stafford

We were really excited to welcome James from Scootfit to Stafford on Wednesday, Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon. Every class took part in a fun and energetic scooting session to music. It was fabulous to see the enthusiasm with which the children (and staff!) took part and James was impressed with our level of balance, skill and agility. If you have a scooter at home, it would be great if you could go out over the weekend and show your family what you were doing. We are also hoping to invest some more time and money in scooting at school to improve our fitness even more! Have fun scooting at home.

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Year 5 Sports Festival Day

On Wednesday 28th March, all of Year 5 went to the University of Brighton to take part in a sports festival with four other local schools. During the day, we were all split into six different colour teams and took part in different activities, including problem solving, survival skills, team-building games and a Zone-7 ball competition in teams at the end. 

Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side so we had to do all our activities indoors. However, we all had a great time and were fabulous ambassadors for Stafford. Thank you to all the staff for their help on the day.

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Roselands at the Football Festival

Mrs Harrison and Miss Cookson took eleven Year 2 children to a football festival at the Sports Park. They were split into two teams and competed against other schools. Team A came fourth in their competition and Team B came third. Ollie scored two goals,  Rowan, Oliver and Chelsea all each scored a goal. The children were an absolute credit to the school and loved competing in the games, well done!

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Sports Relief

On Friday 23rd March, Stafford celebrated Sports Relief. In the morning, we had a great time doing whole school Zumba led by Miss Taylor and ably assisted by Miss Smith and Miss Coombe. 

At lunchtime, lots of teachers led some fun activities on the playground including: Zumba, stoolball and hula hooping. Thank you to all the teachers who gave their time to do this. 

Change4Life competitions were run by some of the Year 6 pupils and the winners were:

Star Jump competition: Mia in 6 Oak with 127 Star Jumps

Run & Jump competition: Chloe in 6 Maple with 8.85 seconds. 

We also sold lots of wristbands to raise some money to support this fabulous charity.

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Sports Relief

Roselands have had a great day celebrating Sports relief. They began with a whole school Zumba session in the hall which all children and staff joined in with. All classes have been out for their daily run. At lunchtime all teachers went out with the children and ran sporting activities. There was a football match running, skipping, hoola hopping, penalty shoot out, hockey and many other activities. As well as teachers running activities some Year 2 children set up activities for other children. Well done to Elsa for running a hockey course. “I loved the Zumba! Can we do it everyday?” Elizabeth asked. Lots of children challenged themselves to try out new activities today. Demi tried skipping  “It’s really hard but I’m going to keep going until I can do it. I’m not going to give up.” Well done everyone!

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Netball Tournament Report

On Wednesday 7th March, our Stafford netball team went to a tournament at Pevensey & Westham School. For our first tournament we did really well because we came 3rd out of 6 schools! We won one game, 7:1, lost 2 games and also won another.

The first game we played, we drew 3:3. We ended up playing 5 games altogether.

As we take netball seriously, we had to make sure that we didn't contact against any other opponents and we must stay behind our markers when we have the ball, but most of all, we have to work as a team and support each other. Adding on to that point, we practise every Monday so we get used to playing together. On Monday 26th February, we played our first match against Pevensey and Westham and that led us to a fantastic start by winning 7:". Chloe (Year 6)

Year 5 Astronaut Training Fitness Competition

On Tuesday, as part of Science Week, Year 5 took part in a whole year group competition based on a range of stations to test the fitness that an astronaut might need to have. These included stamina, agility, control and circuit training. All the children that took part were really enthusiastic and tried their best - many of them worked really hard on different stations to improve their own scores. Some of the events were manned and supported by adults, while at others, the children were trusted to record their own scores, developing their leadership techniques in timing and recording.

Here are the winners:


Space Stamina: run   Lorelyn
Space Circuit: star jumps   Mohammed
Space Control: tennis ball rebound  Layla
Space Agility: agility course   Grace
Space Stamina: skipping   Mohammed
Space Circuit: squats   Payten
Space Agility: hula hooping   Lorelyn
Space Stamina: burpees   Grace
Space Circuit: speed bounce   Freddie


Space Stamina: run   Eden
Space Circuit: star jumps   Ben
Space Control: tennis ball rebound  Eden
Space Agility: agility course   Lewis
Space Stamina: skipping   Gabriele
Space Circuit: squats   George W
Space Agility: hula hooping   Gabriele
Space Stamina: burpees   Toby
Space Circuit: speed bounce   Gabriele


Space Stamina: run  Olivia
Space Circuit: star jumps  Zachary & Bo
Space Control: tennis ball rebound  Zachary
Space Agility: agility course   Teddy
Space Stamina: skipping   Adela
Space Circuit: squats   Bo
Space Agility: hula hooping   Amy
Space Stamina: burpees   Kimberlie
Space Circuit: speed bounce   Zachary


Space Stamina: run   Lenny
Space Circuit: star jumps   Charlie W
Space Agility: agility course   Thomas
Space Stamina: skipping   Arthur
Space Circuit: squats   Alfie
Space Agility: hula hooping   Afiya
Space Stamina: burpees   Melody
Space Circuit: speed bounce   Annamaria


Space Stamina: run   Lenny: 15
Space Circuit: star jumps   Mohammed: 120
Space Control: tennis ball rebound  Zachary: 55
Space Agility: agility course   Teddy: 6.34 seconds
Space Stamina: skipping   Adela: 105
Space Circuit: squats   Bo: 87
Space Agility: hula hooping   Gabriele: 84
Space Stamina: burpees   Melody F: 60
Space Circuit: speed bounce   Zachary: 68

Well done to everybody who took part!

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Stafford Sports News

Netball Match

The team went on Wednesday morning to the Eastbourne Schools netball tournament, where they came in 3rd place. Well done! A full report will follow next week.

PE Kit

There seem to be a number of children who do not have a complete PE kit in school at all times. Please ensure your child has a t-shirt, shorts, joggers, sweatshirt / jacket and trainers in school at all times. There are occasions when it is necessary to change PE sessions at short notice and it is important that the children have the correct kit.

Sport Relief

On Friday 23rd March, we will be celebrating Sport Relief at Stafford. The children are already wearing Mufti for the PTFA, but they will be doing a range of sporting activities on the day, including a whole school Zumba session and lunchtime activities. Therefore, please make sure that your children either come in 'sporty' mufti, or have their PE kit (including trainers) in school.

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Netball Match

This week has been very exciting as the Stafford netball team played their first match. Here is a report they wrote:

Team: Megan, Poppy, Macy, Lola, Chloe, Sophia, Grace, Jessica, Ben, Ellie

We took the school minibus to Pevensey and Westham School. We went with Mrs Springett and Mrs Rolf. When we arrived, we started warming up. We were split into 2 tems and each half of the team played 2 of the 4 quarters of the netball match. In the first quarter, we scored 2 goals and they didn't score any. In the 2nd quarter, we didn't score any and neither did they. Ub tge 3rd quarter both teams scored 2 goals. In the last quarter, we scored 3 goals, making the final score 7:2 to Stafford! We won!! Both teams shook hands afterwards. After that, we shared a packet of malted milk biscuits!

Thank you very much to Ms Rolf who has spent Mondays after school coaching our team and to Mrs Springett for giving up her time to support the trip.

Next week, the team are taking part in the South Downs netball competition - Good Luck! We will add a photo of the team after this event.

Lunchtime news

Over the last 2 weeks Mrs Lloyd has been putting together a new Play Leader rota, that will start next week. Thank you to all the children who volunteer for this! This terms Play Leaders are:

  Year 6 Year 5
Monday Chloe S
Thomas F
Grace H
Tuesday Rosie W
Jess S-S
Wednesday Jessica D
Thursday Alisha
Ellie J
Friday Jessica D
Taylor K

We are looking forward to the zones being up and running again more effectively.

Personal Competition

Over the last 2 weeks, lots of children took part in our lunchtime competition, which included bouncing and catching a tennis ball as many times as possible in 30 seconds. All the children tried really hard to improve their scores and many succeeded! It was a very close competition In week 1, the winner was Jimmy (Year 5) with 42 bounces . The winner in the second week was Freddie (Year 5) who managed 46 times. There was also an exciting 'bounce off' between Haniyah (Year 5) and Freddie (Year 5) to decide the winner in week 2! Well done to all those who took part!


Unfortunately, the football match that had been planned against Tollgate this week had to be postponed due to the weather. Hopefully we will organise another date soon.

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Stafford Sports News

Thank you so much and well done to all the children who have come to our exciting lunchtime activities this term. We have seen lots of children enjoy personal competition, Zumba, GoNoodle, Hula Hooping and Dice Challenge. We look forward to seeing lots more children getting involved after the holidays. Please ask your child to speak to their teacher if they need more information.

Personal Challenge

The last 2 weeks have seen lots of children take part in our star jump competition. Thank you to our Sports Crew members who have come along to help out with this. Lots of children scored really highly, but the winner with 50 start jumps was Katie in 3 Elm.

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Why we do the Stafford Mile

During this week, it has come to my attention that there are some parents who are concerned about our running of the Stafford Mile. I thought it might be a good time to share with you the reasons why (like many other schools in the country) we made the decision to take part.

Over the last few years, there has been a significant amount of interest in the current levels of childhood obesity. Schools are obliged to be part of the initiative to reduce this significantly over the next 10 years. The Government want us to be doing at least 30 minutes vigorous exercise daily in schools, with the aim that children do at least another 30 minutes at home. For further information please see: www.gov.uk/government/publications/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action

Secondly, exercise is known to have beneficial effects on physical health. It can reduce the risk of serious illness when you are older and can improve the effects of common childhood ailments, such as asthma. For further information see: www.asthma.org.uk/advice/living-with-asthma/exercise-and-activitie and www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/whybeactive.aspx

Thirdly, exercise has a positive effect on our emotional health and well-being. There is a lot of information currently in the media regarding rising levels of mental health issues amongst children. This website www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people cites exercise as the first thing that can help keep children emotionally well, along with a balanced diet. For further information please see: www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-benefits-of-exercise

The running of the Mile is well-documented and, as I am sure we all want the best for our children, both immediately, and in the future, perhaps a read of this document may assist in putting your mind even further at rest: thedailymile.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Daily-Mile-A4-booklet-v3-161222.pdf

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions. We look forward to helping your children become the healthiest and happiest that they can be to set them up well for a great future.

Other sports new this week

Sports Crew

The Sports Crew had a meeting last week. During the meeting, we discussed lots of ways that we can continue to improve our sport at Stafford. Each member then went back to their class and asked them about ideas, including:  what they think of the Stafford Mile, how we can get active in a wider range of ways at school, about PE lessons and ideas for lunchtimes. We have had some great feedback and suggestions and will be looking at ways to implement some of these in the near future.

Play Leaders

Thank you to all the Year 5 & 6 Play Leaders and Buddies who came to the meeting this week. We will be getting a new rota and zones out to you soon.

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Stafford Sports Update

Cross Country

Lola (Year 6) represented the school at the Area Cross Country Finals last week; unfortunately Mollie (also Y6), who was meant to be going, was unwell. Lola did really well and came 22nd out of the 52 girls who took part. Well done! 


This week, there have continued to be lots of exciting activities at lunchtimes. Next week, the personal competition will be Star Jumps and we will be looking for winners in each Year group – children should come along on Monday to the Star Studio.

Sports Crew Meeting

There will be a meeting in Mrs Lloyd’s classroom on Tuesday 23rd January at 12 noon. Looking forward to seeing the representatives from each class. 

After-School Clubs

It has been fabulous to see so many children taking part in our fabulous range of sporting after-school clubs this term. There are still a few spaces – please see the Stafford office for more details.

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