Reigate Heath Golf Club Outreach Lessons
This term, every Year 5 class has been taught a golf lesson in P.E. by either Cliff or Leah, golf professionals from Reigate Heath Golf Club. Thanks to funding the Club has received from HSBC's Golf Roots Programme, the five lessons were provided to the school free of charge and we are very grateful to Cliff and Leah for the excellent sessions they led. Hopefully, after these sessions, more children will be inspired to play golf over the coming months!
"We learnt to putt and chip and had to make sure our feet were shoulder width apart with our heads still. Our favourite part was trying to chip the ball in to a bin, because it was a challenge! We really enjoyed the lesson because we learnt things about golf that we didn't know beforehand." Ricco and George (5HG)
Reigate College Sports Leaders
For six weeks before Easter, students from Reigate College studying the Sports Leaders Award delivered P.E. lessons to children in 3OM and 3CR. Children were taught a range of athletics skills, including sprinting, hurdles, long jump, shot put and javelin. Many thanks to Mr Chadwick from Reigate College for organising the sessions, and to all of the Sports Leaders for delivering fun, engaging sessions to our Year 3 children; we wish them all the best for the rest of their course and good luck with any coaching they do in the future!
"I loved the Reigate College Sports Leaders because they taught us athletics skills really well." James and Harry (3OM)
"My favourite sport was relay because we worked well as a team. I really enjoyed Reigate College P.E. lessons!" Amelia (3OM)
Girls Football Friendly Matches
Having shown great commitment by attending Year 6 Girls Football Club since September, twenty girls were selected to represent Reigate Priory School in two girls football friendly matches before Easter. On Wednesday 15th March, St. John's School came to Priory Park; their team first played Reigate Priory's A team before playing Reigate Priory's B team. Both matches were extremely close, the first settled by a moment of brilliance. After a spell of Priory pressure in the second half, Mara's corner was controlled by Genevieve on the penalty spot, who then unleashed a powerful strike in to the corner - a fantastic first touch and finish! The defence held firm in the final minutes to close out a 1-0 victory. Priory's B team then showed great enthusiasm as they took to the pitch, eager to follow on from the A team's solid performance. Despite being 2-0 down at half time, the team were encouraged by some close moments and were resilient and defensively solid in the second half. The scoreline stayed 2-0 to St. John's and all girls enjoyed their first football match for the school!
On Thursday 30th March, Yattendon School brought both an A and B team to Priory Park to play Reigate Priory's A and B teams, the B team match taking place first on this occasion. Some great attacking play by Jasmine and Francesca saw the reds almost take the lead, while crucial saves from Rowie and Charlie in the Priory goal kept the score at 0-0. With neither team able to break the deadlock, it was time for Priory's A team to take on Yattendon's A team. The match followed a similar pattern to the first; both teams coming close but unable to score. Eva's long range shot in the first half was well saved just before it found the bottom corner, and despite motivational words from captain Evie at half time, Priory were unable to get past the firm Yattendon defence in the second half. With the second match also ending 0-0, the girls were pleased that they built on their results against St. John's by recording two draws and two clean sheets. It was fantastic to see the girls confidently applying the skills they had been working on since September in competitive match situations - well done to all girls who represented the school brilliantly - with sporting behaviour and fantastic team spirit!
District Football Season
Having played their first seven District Football League fixtures before Christmas, Reigate Priory's football team played their remaining four matches in the lead up to Easter. Beginning with a 3-2 victory against Sandcross, coming from 2-0 down, Reigate Priory continued their form with a confident victory over St. Joseph's before winning a tough fixture at Royal Alexandra and Albert School 4-2. The three victories meant that it was all to play for going in the final league match of the season against Earlswood School, who sat top of the table having won all nine of their league matches to date. After some strong early pressure, Reigate Priory took the lead when Dexter powerfully headed home Tom's excellent corner. Despite chances to increase their lead, Priory couldn't add another goal but some brilliant defensive work meant that previously free-scoring Earlswood couldn't find an equaliser. With Reigate Priory having completed their fixtures, their final league position would be confirmed a week later after Earlswood and Wray Common had completed their final matches. Victories for both teams saw them finish above Reigate Priory by two points, Earlswood winning the league on the head to head rule. To finish 3rd after winning 9 of 11 matches shows the extremely high standard of the league, and Reigate Priory's players should be very proud of their performances after winning their final seven games in a row, having the joint best defence in the league and winning against eventual champions Earlswood!
A week after final league positions were confirmed, Sandcross School hosted the annual Redhill and Reigate District Football Tournament, which Reigate Priory has not win since 2004. After strong performances in the group stage, Priory finished top of Group B having won three and drawn two of their five matches. A place in the semi-finals awaited against Royal Alexandra and Albert School, and despite heavy pressure and several chances throughout normal time and extra time, Reigate Priory couldn't find a breakthrough and the tie was decided by penalties, which R.A.&A. won 3-2. The defeat sent the reds in to the third place play-off against Sandcross, with the game following a similar pattern until Priory did finally break the deadlock in extra time, winning 1-0 and therefore finishing third in the competition. The eventual winners were R.A.&A. who defeated Wray Common in the final, again on penalties.
For a full list of the team's results this year and the final District Football League Table, please see the Sports Fixtures and Results page of this website. Many congratulations to Josh, Harry, Call, Jake, Barney, Matthew, Lucas, Barney, Luke, Dexter, Jonathan and Tom whose excellent performances contributed to the school's footballing successes this year!
District Gymnastics Competition
On Wednesday 8 March, twenty Reigate Priory children competed in the annual Redhill and Reigate District Gymnastics Competition at Donyngs Leisure Centre. After weekly lunchtime practices prior to the event, the ten Year 4 and ten Year 6 gymnasts were ready to compete against seven other schools in the Key Steps disciplines of Floor, Body Management and Vault. Once all pupils had performed in each of the three disciplines, the scores awarded by the judges were combined to form an overall team score. The podium was the same for both the Year 4 and Year 6 competitions: 3rd - Sandcross, 2nd - St. Matthew's, 1st - Reigate Priory! Brilliant individual performances in the three disciplines had ensured victory for Reigate Priory in both competitions. After every Reigate Priory child was given a gold medal for the team victories, individual medals were then awarded to those who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each discipline. Reigate Priory children won a fantastic total of 12 individual medals - many congratulations to all children who were part of Reigate Priory's first ever District Gymnastics victories!
District Quicksticks Tournament
On Wednesday 1 March, nine Year 6 pupils travelled to Hartswood Sports Ground to participate in the inaugural District Quicksticks Tournament. The incredibly high standard of hockey in Year 6 meant that simply making the team was a huge achievement!
The team got off to a flying start in the tournament group stages. Clinical finishing from Jonathan and Lucy combined with skilful build-up play from Tom, Charlie and Dexter led to 15 goals in the first three games. At the other end of the pitch, the hard work of Fred, Harriet, Sasha and Eve resulted in three consecutive clean sheets. After successfully navigating the group stage Reigate Priory progressed to face Earlswood in the semi-final.
The game was tense from its outset with few chances falling to either team. However, four minutes into the game, Earlswood struck first. For the first time in the tournament, Reigate Priory were behind. Showing great determination, the team scored to level the game at 1-1. With minutes remaining, Earlswood won a free hit just outside the D and managed to squeeze the ball across the line. With little time for a response, the game ended 2-1 to Earlswood.
Reigate Priory then played St. Johns in the 3rd place play-off match. In an extremely tense game, neither team managed to score. After nine minutes without a goal, the game was to be decided by the dreaded penalty shootouts - one on one, attacker vs defender. Undeterred by the pressure, the Reigate Priory team successfully scored all of their penalties and defended all of the St. John's penalties. The penalty shootout victory meant that Priory finished 3rd overall, a great achievement in very competitive tournament!
'We really enjoyed representing our school and playing in the hockey tournament. Playing against other schools was a great opportunity and we are pleased to have come 3rd overall. It was fun working together and playing as a team!' (Eve and Harriet)
District Cross Country
On Tuesday 7 February, the annual Redhill and Reigate District Cross Country Practice Races took place in Priory Park. Open to all children, 190 pupils from Reigate Priory School chose to take part. They ran with great enthusiasm and it was fantastic to see so many children participating - well done to all who ran! Two weeks later, on 21 February, thirteen schools from the Redhill and Reigate District returned to Priory Park, this time with a team to run competitively rather than for pure enjoyment. In the four races, Reigate Priory's team enjoyed success with some excellent individual performances. After all scores were calculated, it was announced that Reigate Priory School were the winners of both the Boys and Girls competitions, and were therefore District Cross Country Champions! Congratulations to all runners who contributed to this achievement, and a special congratulations to our four medalists Lucy (bronze), Gus (silver), Matthew (gold) and Ollie (gold).
On Sunday 11 December, more than 70 Reigate Priory children ran Reigate Priory Athletic Club's annual Holly Run. Setting off on the 1 mile course, the children ran into the mist, up the muddy slope to the beacon, before turning, circling the lake and heading towards the finish, climbing up through the trees before descending towards the line. It was fantastic to see so many Reigate Priory children competing, crossing the finish line, tired but pleased with their achievement, with a well deserved finishers medal around their necks! Although many of our runners were taking part for enjoyment, the fastest three competitors from each team combined to make a team score in both the boys and girls races. After finishing 2nd, 14th and 17th respectively, Matthew (6DW), Harry (6AK) and Jack (6SS) earned 3rd place for Reigate Priory School in the Under 11 Boys race. Finishing 2nd, 3rd and 8th, Lucy (6DB), Rowie (6SS) and Lily (6DB) earned victory for Reigate Priory School in the Under 11 Girls race. All finish positions and times can be found on the Reigate Priory Athletic Club website: www.rpac.org.uk. Many congratulations to all of our runners for their enthusiasm and effort, and to the six children who ensured 3rd and 1st place for Reigate Priory School!
Reigate Grammar School Sports Outreach Programme
This term, once again our Year 4 children have been lucky enough to benefit from Reigate Grammar School's Sports Outreach Programme, having been taught four lessons of hockey and rugby by Mr Bowen and Mr Birkett from Reigate Grammar School. Many thanks to Mrs Wickham for organising the sessions, and to Mr Bowen and Mr Birkett for delivering the lessons - we are extremely grateful for their knowledge as well as their enthusiasm and it has been fantastic to see the children progressing to more advanced skills and techniques!
'We loved playing hockey and we learnt so much, like the Indian dribble and how to push pass. Our favourite game was Space Invaders! We have gained a lot from the lessons.' Sarah and Alice (4JW)
'Rugby lessons were brilliant because we learnt a lot of new skills. We had to hold the ball around the belly and pass backwards by having our elbow high. Our favourite game was Zombie Chief because it was great fun dodging the zombies!' Lucy and Ethan (4RB)
On Friday 9 December, Meath Green Junior School came to Priory Park for our annual Football Remembers friendly match. This provides an excellent opportunity for Reigate Priory's B team to represent the school and play against strong opposition. The match was in remembrance of the soldiers who put down their weapons and played football at Christmas 1914, in a truce in no man's land. After a minute's silence the game began, and after an even first half a Meath Green striker pounced on the loose ball inside the Priory penalty area to break the deadlock just before half time. Having hit the crossbar and had a shot deflected narrowly wide, Reigate Priory knew that more chances would come if they maintained their endeavour in the second half. Almost immediately after the break, Reigate Priory were dealt two huge blows when firstly Meath Green's captain struck a free kick in to the top corner, before their striker turned and volleyed in to the same corner minutes later from the edge of the area. The boys in red maintained their enthusiasm and pushed willingly for a goal. Their efforts saw them have a shot cleared off the line and force the Meath Green goalkeeper in to two fine saves, before a close range shot drifted agonisingly wide. Ultimately, clinical finishing was to be the difference as Meath Green countered in the closing stages and added a fourth goal. Despite the 4-0 scoreline, the players thoroughly enjoyed wearing the red Priory kit, and represented the school showing great commitment and team work. Congratulations to the Reigate Priory and Meath Green teams for playing some excellent football in fantastic spirit!
District Football League - Mid Season Update
As we now head in to a winter break, the Year 6 Football team has played 7 of its 11 Redhill and Reigate District Football League fixtures over the past two months. Having won the league for the past three seasons, Reigate Priory started the defence of their league title with a 4-0 home victory against Merstham. A week later, a strong Wray Common side came to Priory Park and although Reigate Priory took a 1-0 lead, Wray Common fought back and were eventual 3-1 winners. Despite the loss, the team bounced back well with another 4-0 home win, this time against Salfords School, before a hugely entertaining 0-0 draw against St. John's in the same week, when both teams hit the woodwork in the second half, pushing for a winner. After winning their next three games 3-1, 2-0 and 3-2 against Meath Green, St. Matthew's and Furzefield respectively, Reigate Priory are now second in the league, but have played a game more than the teams around them. Earlswood top the table at the half way point, who like Wray Common, have won all of their matches so far. Reigate Priory's remaining 4 games are to be played in February and March after the winter break - for a full list of sports fixtures please see the 'Sports Fixtures & Results' page on this website. Well done to Josh, Harry, Barney, Dexter, Tom, Luke, Barney, Jake, Call, Lucas, Matthew and Jonathan who have all represented the school so far this season!
Surrey School Games Trophy Presentation
After topping the primary schools medal table for the Surrey School Games 2015-16, on Thursday 3rd November seven children travelled with Mr Smith to Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, to be presented with a trophy for the school. The presentation formed part of the annual Surrey Primary Schools P.E. and Sport Conference and was preceded by a speech by Sydney 2000 Olympic 400 metre bronze medallist Katharine Merry. After the highly informative speech, in which the audience was told about the importance of teamwork, being persistent and taking opportunities, Reigate Priory children were called up to collect the trophy after being crowned county champions in Kwik Cricket, Tri-Golf and Quicksticks last year. Unbeknownst to us, Lucy's (6DB) first place finish in the Surrey Schools Cross Country race in March also contributed to the medal table, and so it was announced that Reigate Priory School won four gold medals last year! Many thanks and huge congratulations to our Kwik Cricket and Quicksticks teams (who are now at secondary school), our Tri-Golf team and to Lucy for their gold medal contributions. Also congratulations to our tennis team who were excellent ambassadors for the school when collecting the trophy, after they were not able to have the chance to add to the medals when their tournament was cancelled due to bad weather in back in June. A fantastic achievement for Reigate Priory School after an extremely successful year of sport. We hope for more sporting success in 2017!
For the past two years, our Sports Council has played an important role in PE and Sport at Reigate Priory. This year, to combine all elements of being active, Sports Council has become Active Council. The children on our first ever Active Council will not only focus on PE and sport, but on all areas of being healthy and active, such as the school's Outdoor Active and Healthy Kids programme, active initiatives such as the Travel Triathlon, and raising the profile of school clubs. After receiving 24 strong applications, 12 children were selected to represent the school on the 2016-17 Active Council. The pupils, all from Year 6, can be easily identified by their green 'Active Council' badges and are looking forward to the responsibilities that the role will bring. Thank you to all children who applied, for their effort and the ideas they put forward, and good luck to Ruby, Erin, Florence, Eva, Orla, Evie, Francesca, Barney, Harry, Aryan, Charlie and Tom - we hope it will be a hugely successful year!
School Games Mark - Silver
Reigate Priory School have been awarded the Silver School Games Mark for our PE and sport provision during the academic year 2015-16. Based on PE and sport both within and outside of curriculum time, the award is given for meeting a variety of criteria, such as participation levels in extracurricular sports clubs, number of sports teams entered in competitive events and opportunities for children to access non-competitive physical activity. Despite achieving and exceeding many criteria in the Gold category, every criteria must be met in order to be awarded the Gold Mark. The Silver Mark we have been awarded progresses from our Bronze in 2014-15 and is a very pleasing achievement after a hugely successful year of PE and sport at Reigate Priory School.
Run Reigate Kids Half Marathon
On Sunday 18th September, over 170 Reigate Priory children completed the final 1.1 miles of their cumulative half marathon challenge. Having already run the other 12 miles during school lunch times or at home with family or friends, the children lined up at the start line in Priory Park and their race was started by double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes. Cheered on by hundreds if not thousands of spectators, it was brilliant to see Reigate Priory children crossing the finish line with smiles on their faces despite their tired legs. The commitment shown by our students to run a total of 12 miles in the months leading up to race day was admirable (some children chose to run many more miles than the minimum requirement of 12!) and they should all be extremely proud of their achievement. Hopefully their medals are now hanging proudly at home! Also, many congratulations to the staff team of runners, who ran either the Run Reigate 10k or Half Marathon. Well done to the 170+ Reigate Priory children and 8 staff for their efforts on the day and the months leading up to the event!
Surrey School Games Medal Table
After competing in several county sports competitions last year, some of which were as a result of progression from district competition, Reigate Priory School topped the Surrey School Games medal table in 2015/16 for the Primary School that won the most medals across the year! After being knocked out at the end of the group stages in the Year 6 County Football Finals, three school sports teams went on to be crowned county champions later in the year. Before Easter, the Year 6 Quicksticks team won gold at Surrey Sports Park, and at the end of June the Year 4 Tri Golf team won gold on the same day that the Year 4 Tennis competition was called off due to bad weather, with Reigate Priory A and B teams unlucky to miss out on a medal chance. The final county success followed a week later, when the Year 6 Kwik Cricket team were victorious at The Oval, meaning that Reigate Priory won 3 Gold, 0 Silver and 0 Bronze medals in the 2015-16 Surrey School Games. We will be presented with a trophy at the Primary PE and School Sport Conference at Surrey Sports Park on 3rd November, along with the winning secondary school (Howard of Effingham) and the winning Special School (St Piers). A fantastic achievement for Reigate Priory School after a hugely successful year of sport!