St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

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PE & Sport Activities

School Games Mark

We are delighted to announce that we, St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, have achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

Our sporting achievements this year include:

  • We have participated in many inter-school competitions including Hockey, Rugby, Cross-Country, Football, Squash, Swimming and Cricket. We have has particular successes in the Year 3/4 Mixed Hockey Tournament, Year 5/6 Girls and Boys Football and the KS2 Mixed Swimming Gala!
  • We have organised various intra-house competitions in school including Hockey, Football, Rugby, Rounders and Dance.
  • We have had excellent leadership by our Year 5’s and 6’s who have been coaching LKS2.

With so many of our young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

We are particularly proud of our Year 6 Sports Captains (Karolina, Meredith, Katy, Felix, Anthony and Seth), who have done a create job of supporting and organising at our Cross-Country event, many inter-school competitions, contributing to the planning of sports week and taking responsibility for promoting good sportsmanship across the school.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. We would like to offer a huge THANK YOU to the parents that have helped transport our children to events, (even though some parents didn’t even have children competing in the event!)

Year 5/6 Boys Football Tournament 2019

This week, some of our talented young football stars from Year 5 and 6 attended the Annual Thame Partnership Boys Football Tournament. They had a great time and came 4th overall. Well Done Boys!

Year 3/4 Hockey Tournament 2019

What a fantastic afternoon! Today, some of our Year 3 and 4 children attended a Hockey Tournament to show off the skills they have been learning in coaching sessions. Our Year 3 team showed some real ‘grit’ during their games and really pulled together as a team. A big well done is in order for our Year 4 team, who took on board the challenges  they faced at the tournament last year, and pushed through some difficult opponents to finished joint 1st overall!

We have seen a fantastic show of sportsmanship from both teams and couldn’t be prouder of them!

Thank you to Barley Hill for organising a great tournament!

Year 3 and 4 Hockey

This term, Year 3 and 4 have been very fortunate to have been taught by experts for our Hockey lessons. We had a very cautious start, learning how to hold the stick and control the ball but we have improved greatly! We have even built up to learning the skills of a hockey game and are developing our invasion tactics in competitive matches. We have high hopes for the Year 3 and 4 inter-school Hockey tournament next term!

Huge thanks to Mr Jones and Mr Deakin from Ignite Sport for teaching us this term! 

KS2 Leadership 

This term, Year 5 and 6 have been learning all about how to be good sporting leaders. They have witnessed great leadership from their teachers during their leadership lessons and then took on the teacher role themselves. They have worked through the planning stage, thinking about how to keep everyone safe and active, thought about the equipment they need and what they want to younger children to be learning during these sessions. They then put theory into practice by teaching the Year 3 and 4 classes a skill, whilst keeping them fit with an intense obstacle course. Both Years 5 and 6 did a fantastic job of leading LKS2 and are ready to take on a greater role around our school. 

Have a look at how they got on!

Cross country 2018

On Wednesday 7th November, 32 members of our fantastic KS2 team attended the annual Thame Partnership Cross Country event. We competed against 5 other School Games schools within the area. We had a fantastic time and managed to stay positive despite a cold and rainy afternoon. 

Our Year 5/6 girls and Year 3/4 boys teams lead our successes as they both took 3rd place, leading us to an overall 4th place position! 

Well done to all of our amazing runners and thank you to all the parents that came to cheer us on! 

What an amazing term!

We have had great fun heading off to sporting competitions this term. Year 3 and 4 started off the term with a fantastic performance at the Hockey tournament at Barley Hill. Year 3 tried their best against a very difficult side but loved every minute. Year 4 team fought till the last minute, narrowly missing the final. Both classes were a credit to the school and really showed respect for the other teams!

This week, our Year 5 class tried their rugby skills at Chinnor Rugby Clubs’ Primary Tag Rugby Competition, and what a team they were! The children worked their hardest to win 5 out of their 6 games, only being topped in the final second by John Hampden. The children have been super proud of their 2nd place trophy, displaying it front and centre in the Year 5 classroom.

Sports and Wellbeing Week 2018

Sports and Wellbeing Week has been AMAZING! All our children (and staff) have really thrown themselves into getting fit and healthy and have enjoyed every minute.

We have been joined by many visitors who have taught us new skills in a range of sports. On Tuesday, Doug and his team from Premier Education came in to work with our KS1 children. EYU had some fun in multiskills, Year 1 got moving in their Jolly Ollie Soccer workshop and Year 2 became worthy opponents during their fencing session. At the same time, Alice popped into Years 2, 3 and 4 to run a ‘FunTritian’ workshop where our children learnt about the importance of looking after themselves through  ‘Eat Well, Move Well, Drink Well, Sleep Well’.    



On Wednesday, we were very lucky to get a visit from the enthusiastic Sophie from Tanya’s School of Dance, who took our classes through their paces with some very energetic dance sequences. We especially loved all the Year 6 teachers getting involved as well, great moves ladies!

Come Thursday we were already pretty tired from the week’s activities, but that didn’t matter to Mr Anderson who took Years 3, 4 and 5 through a grueling session of running activities and workouts. Although, he did teach us a very good lesson on how to be resilient, we really tried to push through and keep going!


To finish of the week, we had a fantastic visit from the 400m sprinter Luke Lennon-Ford and his friend Lem. This eagerly anticipated visit left us cheering for all the week’s hard work after completing our sponsored circuit. Luke then took us through his career as a professional athlete and even showed us how an Olympic runner gets ready for a race!

As well as our sporting activities, we had a great visit from the NSPCC, who talked to us about their ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ campaign, where we learnt all about how to look after ourselves and others, and where to turn if we were worried.

This is just some of the things we got up to this week. Although every class had their own challenges, whether it was drinking more water, keeping track of our steps, trying Darcy Bussell’s dance workout, trying a new sport or learning about germs and our emotional well being.

Thank you to all the staff and visitors who took part in our event, and we were proud to watch our school do our very best!


Wednesday 17th Jan 2018

Girls Football

Today, our Year 5 and 6 girls took part in Thame Partnerships annual football tournament. The girls started and ended the competition with a smile and loved being able to compete against the other schools. 

Brooke - "I just had fun and enjoyed playing with my friends"

We were very proud of the resilience and sportsmanship that the girls showed, they were a credit to our school!