East Borough gets gold!
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games GOLD LEVEL Mark Award for the 2022/23 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.
We have had many sporting achievements this year, which you can find out about in the Sports News section on our website.
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.
Term 4 (2023/2024)
Climbing League at The Climbing Experience
This week we took 6 children the take part in the Climbing league at the Climbing Experience in Maidstone. All the children enjoyed themselves, were amazing and gave it their all. The support they gave each other was out of this world, especially Ollie and Abbie towards the younger ones. They took part in many different challenges, being scored on each one. They climbed through pool noodles, climbed blind folded and wearing boxing gloves! Well done to Adriel, Roslina, Ronnie, Taylor, Ollie and Abigail, who came 3rd. Thank you to Mrs Simmons who took the children and to the parents for helping with lifts and supporting the team. Mrs Simmons said that she felt very proud of every single one of the children.
Term 3 (2023/2024)
Netball league match against West Borough
The Year 6 netball team had a league game away at Westborough Primary School this week. We started strongly from the outset and by the end of the first quarter, the score was 4 – 0 to East Borough. The game continued in the same way, with excellent centre court play, great shooting, and - on the rare occasion the ball made it to their circle – some strong defence from us. Westborough didn’t give up and showed great resilience, moving their players around to try different positions and tactics, which allowed them to score 3 goals. The final score was 18 – 3 to East Borough. Very well done to Aiden, Oliver, Harmony, Ama, Amelia, Jovan, Ava, Jessica, Cody and Henry who all played brilliantly! Thank you also the parents who came to support.
Girls Football league match against South Borough
On Monday 29th January, the girls' football team travelled to South Borough Primary School for a league fixture. They had already played earlier in the year at the tournament at Maidstone United and knew it would be a tough match. The girls played exceptionally well and showed great team spirit despite the result going against them. There were two excellent goals; the first from Jovan who drove on from halfway, beating several players to score a fantastic individual goal. The second came from Jovan's shot which was saved and parried out to Jess, who smashed the ball into the net. Well done to all the girls, Florence, Harmony, River, Matilda, Andreea, Menaha, Jess, Jovan and Amelia; they showed great resilience and togetherness.
Kent Schools Table Tennis Tournament
This week, Mrs North & Mrs Baldwin took the Table Tennis club children to a tournament in Sittingbourne. They had a great morning and enjoyed playing against children from other schools. Firstly, they all played in a group of 3 and then went onto the main competition or the consolation depending on where they came in their group. The boys were up against some great players, but they all tried their very best and played well. Max and Afonso ended up playing each other, it was a close match, which resulted in Max getting to the semi-finals of the consolation. The girls didn’t have as many players entered. Keisi and Trillium have only been playing for a few weeks and they enjoyed their first ever competition. Amelia came second in the main event and Vaishika won the consolation, with Keisi as the runner up.
Well done to Max, Amelia, Afonso, Krish, Micah, Keisi, Trillium, Jude, Vaishika and Jake. Thank you to the parents who came to support the team.
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Boys and Girls Football League match against North Borough
Double win for East Borough!
On Thursday 25th January, East Borough took a girls and a boys football team over to the 3G pitch at Invicta to play their league football matches against North Borough.
The first half of the girls match was an even affair, with both sides competing well. Florence made a great save to keep the scores level. In the second half, East Borough came out quickly and went into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Bella and Jovan. Although North Borough put on the pressure and came close with a couple of dangerous free kicks, the East Borough defence held out and saw the game out to come away as 2-0 winners. It was great to see the girls' progress; they all competed with great spirit. Well done to the players: Florence, Harmony, Ema, Bella, Olivia, Jess, Jovan, and Matilda.
The boys started off slow with many chances. North Borough showing a good defence. However, as soon as Zack stepped on the pitch, East Borough stepped up a gear and he scored within his first minute of playing. The team went from strength to strength with great team play and Zack scoring an extra 6 goals! Oliver finished the game with a great goal, which resulted in East Borough winning 8 -0. Well done to Oliver, Zack, Richard, Aidan, Luke, Henry, Damien and Blake. Oliver and Richard did a great job being in goal in Max’s absence.
Year 4 VIPS Benchball Competition
Year 4 took part in a Bench ball competition against the other VIAT Primary Schools at the Invicta sports hall. We took two teams, the tigers and lions (names chosen by the children) Our first match was against each other, they were quite evenly matched, but the Tigers won! Both teams played very well, and we were very proud to have them represent our school. It was a very exciting and noisy competition with some very close matches. Oliver, Harley and Theo did amazingly well defending our bench. Well done to Ben, Bosmond, Harley, Nirapam, Oliver, Farian, Azad, Sulaiman, Harry, Theo, Holly, Florence, Amelia, Tamira, Zara, Lilly, Evelyn, Elowen, Olivia and Lola.
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VIAT Elite Masterclass
On Wednesday, Jovan and Oliver attended their second VIAT masterclass. The session was run by Kristian Nash,
an Elite Level Sprinter, ranked 1st in the UK in over 5 disciplines including the 200m, 300m and 400m resulting in many international sports successes. He spoke to the students about the importance of resilience in their sport and that things will always go wrong, but it is how we deal with this that dictates whether we make it or not.
Kristian has recently received his invite for the Olympic trials and is being coached by Linford Christie OBE (The only British man to win gold medals in the 100m at all four major events).
Term 2 (2023/2024)
VIAT PE Masterclass
Last week Oliver and Jovan, from year 6 were chosen to attend a PE masterclass along with some other pupils from the VIAT Primary and Secondary schools. This session was led by Jessica Tappin, who is a GB Commonwealth Heptathlon athlete. They thoroughly enjoyed the session and are looking forward to the next planned sessions in the new year.
The Sports Crew have been organising some fun activities on both the KS1 and KS2 playgrounds over the past two weeks! The younger children in KS1 have enjoyed taking part in Cat and Mouse and What’s the Time Mr Wolf, whilst children on the KS2 playground have been busy taking part in different challenges such as, the most star jumps and hops over cone in 60 seconds. This week (week commencing 27/11/23), Alex from year 5 won our gold medal for over 112 hops! Well done Alex!
Our year 6 netball team were in action this week in our first league game of the season against Brunswick House Primary school.
It was the first chance our team have had to play together and they showed great teamwork and resilience. We moved the ball easily round the court and defended well in the circle when Brunswick got the ball. Our shooters were on great form and we eventually won the match 11 – 1.
Well done to the team: Cody, Aiden, Oliver, Harmony, Ava, Amelia, Ama, Jess B, Jess R, Henry, Richard and Jovan. It was a great to start to our season and Mrs Baldwin, Mrs Ponton and Mrs Seymour are very proud of how well you supported each other and the great sportsmanship you showed.
VIPS Year 1 Agility Competition
Congratulations to our year 1 team for coming second in the VIPS agility competition. They all did amazingly well and represented our school very well. It was a very close competition and they only lost out on first place by 1 point! They look part in a variety of events, such as long jump, standing vertical jump, speed bounce, target throwing and a few more. It was great to see them cheering on their teammates throughout the event. Well done to Ivy, Gerard, Yusuf, Pippa, Adrielle, Harper, Stefans and Jack. Thank you to all the parents who were able to come and support the team.
Maidstone schools’ Cross-country race at Mote Park
This week Mrs North took 34 children to Mote Park to take part in the Maidstone school’s cross-country race. Under the sunny skies, our children showcased their endurance and determination as they raced through the muddy terrain. All of them giving it their very best. Thank you to all the parents who were able to help with lifts and for cheering the children on as they raced passed. Well done to;
Year 2 - Charlie, Ollie, Harvey-Jack, Cashel, Ilana, Yalda, Chisimdi, Madison and Zarin.
Year 3 - Ace, Gabriel, Mollie and Aicha.
Year 4 - Azad, Ben, Edan, Harley, Holly and Rosie.
Year 5 - Esme, Jessica, Grace, Amelia, Alex, Shahir, Nazir and Sebastian.
Year 6 - Henry, Andreea, Alexia, Darcie and Sophia.
We are pleased to say that the results have been announced. Each school have given points depending on their children’s position in each race and have announced the top four schools. We didn’t reach the top 4 in KS2 but East Borough are currently 2nd in KS1. There will be another 2 cross-country events to add to our score later in the year.
KS1 Cross Country:
1st - Palace Wood
2nd - East Borough
3rd - Greenfields
4th - Loose
On Wednesday 15th November, East Borough took a team of children to The Climbing Experience in Maidstone for a competition. The children worked together on different climbing challenges to score points for their team. Some challenges involved being blind folded and even climbing in boxing gloves! Well done to Isla, Dylan, Michael, Vega, Micky and Jessica for achieving third place overall!
Term 1 (2023/2024 )
U11s Champions League Tournament
On Monday 16 October, a team of girls took part in the U11s Girls Champions League Tournament at the Gallagher Stadium. They were one of 30 teams that took part. The group stages saw games against VIAT Aylesford and Leybourne Chase and West Borough. The girls were very determined, and the results took them into the knockout stages as a best third place in the group with goals from Jovan and Jessie.
The last 16 fixture put EB against Coxheath. After a close game, with some excellent defending to keep the opposition out, East Borough progressed into the quarter finals with a close 1-0 victory. The quarter-final, against South Borough (the eventual winners of the event), resulted in defeat and elimination from the tournament in the last 8.
Well done to all the girls, Menaha, Ema, Amelia, Florence, Jovan, Jessie, Harmony, and Bella. They represented the school to a high standard and clearly enjoyed the experience. Thanks also to the parents who supported the team and provided transport.
VIPS Year 2 Football Tournament
This week our year 2 football team travelled to Holborough Lakes to play against the other VIAT Primary schools in a football tournament. The children have been having football sessions with some year 6 children at lunch time to prepare for the tournament. None of the children in year 2 play for a football team outside of school so this was their first football match. We didn’t manage to beat any of the other schools, but they enjoyed themselves and tried their very best. Rory, who normally plays rugby, was great in goal and did some great saves.
Well done to Tobiaz, Neil, Ibrahim, Mila, Rory, Daria, Elisa, Albie, Arley and Mario and thank you to the parents who were able to come and support them.
U11’s Champions League Football Tournament, Gallagher Stadium
East Borough boys put on a splendid performance at the Kent Schools Football Tournament hosted by Maidstone United at the Gallagher Stadium. Given a tricky group in the first round against a few of our VIPS adversaries, the boys managed to finish top - recording three wins, one draw and one defeat. These results meant we were up against the 3rd best-placed finisher for the round of 16, Platt’s Heath. We duly saw them off in a tough encounter, winning 2-0. Up next were the quarters, where we narrowly came up short in a 0-1 defeat, the only goal coming from a penalty. The boys represented the East Borough core values superbly throughout and demonstrated great sportsmanship, teamwork and talent.
West Borough Girls vs East Borough Girls
There were goals galore in the first game of the new season, a real East meets West affair. East Borough fielded a relatively mixed team, comprised of those with regular footballing experience and those who, three weeks prior, had barely touched a football.
East Borough began as the stronger of the two teams, taking a swift 0-2 lead through two well-worked goals from Jovan. After the shock of two goals, West Borough seemed to find their feet and pressed heavily on the attack, scoring two goals to level it up at 2-2. Five minutes before the halftime whistle, West Borough was awarded a penalty for a handball offence. Despite a valiant effort, Amelia couldn't save it, and it was neatly tucked away in the corner by the West Borough striker. West Borough then led 3-2 at halftime.
Changes in the second half led to Menaha making her debut between the sticks. West Borough was quick and aggressive on the attack, forcing several fine saves from Menaha. Despite her efforts, West Borough finally managed to navigate a tough defence to score another well-worked goal.
Following this goal, East Borough ramped up their attacking efforts, with our defender Ema carving her way through most of the West Borough defence before finally being blocked off. East Borough continued to attack in waves, but sadly to no avail. Mid-way through the second half, East Borough had a golden opportunity to halve the goal difference when West Borough conceded a penalty. Unfortunately, this was saved brilliantly by the West Borough goalkeeper.
With 8 minutes left, it looked like the game was out of sight, but we showed resilience and the 'East Borough spirit'; Jessica and Jovan combined well to make it 4-3. Several minutes later, their attacking efforts paid off again, with the West Borough defence gifting Jovan the ball to make the game level at 4-4 and giving Jovan her fourth goal.
The girls played amazingly well, with everyone giving their all for the game. You could not tell the difference between those with experience and those new to football. They should all be proud of their play, teamwork, resilience and hard work.
Well done Jovan, Bella, Menaha, Amelia, Harmony, Jessica, Florence, Matilda and Ema.
Thank you, Mr Burchell, for coaching the team and the parents who came to support us.
VIPS Year 4 Football Tournament
4th October, Year 4 played football in a tournament against the VIAT Primary Schools, Aylesford and Leybourne Chase. Firstly, we played against Aylesford, who got an early lead, but then we got a penalty, scored by Jude, to equalise. The game ended with us winning 2-1 thanks to a great team effort and Solomon scoring the winning goal.
In our final game, against Leybourne Chase, we had a lot of chances, Jude made some great saves in goal, and Harry defended well, then Thomas managed to score, and we won 1-0. The players all played well and showed our core values.
Well done, Thomas, Jude B, Solomon, Micah, Elliott, David, Jude P, Oliver and Harry, the Year 4 football champions.
Thank you to Mrs & Mrs Baldwin for helping with the team and to the Invicta students and teachers for organising it.
VIAT Year 6 Football Tournament
This week (w/c September 25th), we had our first sporting event of the year. Our Year 6 football team played against the other VIAT Primary Schools. Our team conducted themselves with great sportsmanship and were excellent on the pitch. We recorded a 6-0 win against Kings Hill, a 4-0 win over Leybourne Chase and a 0–0 draw with Aylesford. These results put us in a good position for the final match, which we needed to win to bring home the trophy. We met stern opposition in the form of Holborough Lakes. Unfortunately, they won 1–0. Aylesford lifted the trophy, and we came second.
We are very proud of how well the team worked together and supported each other. It was lovely to see some of our past pupils, now at SST, cheering for the team. Thank you to all the parents who came to support us, with thanks also to the girls from Invicta who refereed the games.
Well done: Oliver, Zack, Richard, Aidan, Luke, Damien and Max.
Term 6 (2022/2023)
Girls World Cup training session
Thursday, 13th July, Gina, who plays for Maidstone United, and John Jackson, the women’s and girls’ head coach at Maidstone United held a training session at lunchtime for the KS2 girls. All the girls thoroughly enjoyed the session, and we hope this has inspired them to play and enjoy football. Thank you, Gina and John.
The Women’s World Cup starts on July 20.
Cricket at Leeds and Broomfield
Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in a Dynamo Cricket tournament at Leeds & Broomfield Cricket Club on Thursday, and all the teams represented East Borough superbly: showing great competitive spirit, sportsmanship and cricketing talent. Year 6 managed to reach the final! Well done everyone, on a superb display!
Over the past two weeks, Year 2 have been fortunate to visit Gymfinity Kids to practise their gym skills.
The children had a wonderful time swinging, climbing, leaping and balancing. Thank you to the volunteers who came with them.
Table Tennis Tournament
Last week, Mrs North took her Table Tennis Club to the SST sports hall, where they competed in an intra-school competition. Four Year 7 pupils from SST supported the event by umpiring and playing against our pupils. They were very impressed with how good our children were at playing and enjoyed watching Mrs North play a demonstration game against her friend.
Each child played in a group of 4 against each other. Their final position in this group determined which group they went in. There were some close matches and great rallies. The final game was very tense with Max beating Afonso 16-14 in the third set. Well done everyone, for your hard work in the Table Tennis club this year and thank you to the parents who came to support.
1st – Max, 2nd – Afonso & 3rd – Henry.
Year 3 Watersports Trip
This week, Year 3 had an exciting morning at the Mote Park Watersports Centre. They explored the lake in their pedalo and played games while in their kayaks. They then had a lovely picnic before returning to school. The children had a great morning, with some who bravely overcame their fears of going in a boat. Thank you to all the parents who came to help.
VIPS Sports Day Final
On Tuesday, we took part in the VIPS Sports Day Finals. This is where the VIAT Primary schools choose one boy and one girl from each year group to compete in a variety of athletic events. This year only 3 schools could attend so we were up against Leybourne Chase and Aylesford. The children were all amazing, they showed great teamwork and it was lovely to see the older children supporting the younger ones, especially Austin. He congratulated every child after their event. The children took part in running, jumping, and throwing events, finishing off with an exciting year R through to year 6 relay race. We are very pleased to announce that East Borough were the winners! Well done to Gerard, Tiana, Harvey, Madison, Ace, Freya, Jude, Zara, Afonso, Ema, Austin, Darcy, Aleksandar and Lara. Thank you to all of the parents that came to support us.
KS1 Sports Day
EYFS and Year 1 enjoyed their Sports’ Day on Monday. All the children worked very hard for their teams and showed super resilience and aspiration.
Thank you to parents for their support.
The week commencing 12th June, Mrs North and Mrs Smith took a year 3 team to Kings Hill for the VIPS Kwik cricket tournament in the hot sun. The team were great and worked together as a team very well. They worked to their strengths and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They had attended a kwik cricket lunch-time club leading up to the event, so they were confident and very proud to represent the school. Jake said, "We are professionals!” which reflected their attitude. It was a fun and friendly competition, and we came joint-second with Kings Hill. Well done, Jake, Mateen, Tobias, Krish, Rosaline, Lilly, Tasmia and Olivia.
Thank you to the parents who supported us.
Term 5 (2022/2023)
Change 4 Life
This week, children from Years 1 and 2 took part in a Change for Life sports event at our school. Children from Holborough Lakes, Aylesford and Leybourne Chase came to join the fun too. The children really enjoyed themselves and were proud to represent their schools, although some were a little worried before the even. They had great fun bouncing on the space hoppers, seeing how far they could jump, navigating the obstacle course and numerous other events. They were very pleased they had the courage to take part and did so well that we won the trophy!
A massive well done to Kris, Teodor, Anna, Bobby, Flynn, Anisa, Martha, Sienna.H, Sienna W, Harry T, Hadley, Nurat, Sara and Mateo.
The event would not have ran so smoothly if it wasn’t for our Year 4 Sports Crew, who did an amazing job explaining the tasks and encouraging the children. Thank you, Sophia, Olivia, Unnat, Maruf, Jacob, Michael, Nazir, Corin, Tilly, Lacey-May and Alexandra.
This week, 17th April, children in Years 2, 3 and 4 had skateboarding or scooter workshops. It was great to see the children’s confidence grow as they learnt new skills. Everyone had great fun. Hopefully, these workshops will encourage your children to get out on a scooter or skateboard to be active.
There are a few free outdoor skate parks in Maidstone and the closest indoor ramp is Unit 1 https://www.unit1skatepark.co.uk/ The teacher who came to our school has a skateboarding school called Scorcha Skate School, and he sometimes offers lessons in Maidstone - https://www.scorchaskateschool.co.uk/
East Borough Netball Team win the Greenfields Netball Tournament!
On Monday, 17th April, our netball team played in the Maidstone Schools netball finals at Greenfields Primary School. The tournament consisted of two groups with six games against teams in our group, all of whom we had not played before. Each game lasted just eight minutes, so we had to be fast and committed from the start.
The team played with real spirit, and we won all six games, which meant we played in the semi-finals against the runners-up from Group A, Brunswick House. We won this game 10-0. Onto the final, where we finally met our match against Trottiscliffe! It was a really tough game which saw Trottiscliffe go two goals ahead before half-time. However, East Borough dug deep and evened the score by full-time, which led to four minutes of extra-time. It was very tense, but again, we worked really hard as a team and managed another two goals - this was enough to win the tournament!
Huge congratulations to Leo, Eli, Lara, Kai, Zofia, Olive, Jessica, Olivia L, Jenisha and Lilly R - you are a real credit to yourselves and the school, showing real courage, determination and team-work. We are very proud of you all!
Term 4 (2022/2023)
Wrestling at East Borough
On Wednesday 22nd March, ‘Medkwai’ made a return visit to East Borough. The children were working on improving their wrestling skills and they very much enjoyed being on home soil! Many children from East Borough attend the class, they usually train at Wouldham All Saints School at 5:30 on Thursday evenings.
Handball Tournament at Greenfields
On Thursday 23 March, we took a team to compete in a handball competition at Greenfields Primary school. Year 4 have been learning the rules and practising their handball skills during la unch time club. Bernard, Elliott, Dom, Ema, Olivia, Miasie and Unnat were chosen to represent our school at the event. We started off very well beating Tiger 8-0 and Jubilee 6-0. Our great defence and goalies didn’t anything passed them. The next two games were a lot tougher, but we managed to beat Greenfields 1-0 and West Borough 2-0. In the final we played against Snodland who were also undefeated. The tense match ended in a 1-1 draw, but we were crowned the winners on goal difference! The children played very well. Unnat received the player of the match medal for helping other children up and making sure they were ok after falling over.
Thank you to the parents who helped with lifts to the venue.
Lara and Leo VIAT PE Masterclass
Leo and Lara from Year 6 took part in their second PE masterclass this week. It was run by Lewis Clark - who has just retained his decathlon no. 1 spot for Great Britain. The children were put through their paces in a series of activities, but both rose to the challenge and enjoyed themselves.
Orienteering at Holborough Lakes
Last week, Max, Sarthak, Esme, Elliott and Isaac went to Holborough Lakes school to take part in a VIPS Primary school Orienteering competition. They all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved running around in the rain trying to find the control markers. They took part in 2 games. One where they had to navigate the school grounds using their map trying to find the correct letter or number from the different control markers. The other was a relay race where they had to take it in turns to get to the control markers and try and remember what that they were looking for and where. They did very well and came second to Holborough Lakes. They thought that following the map was tricky but enjoyed running around, working as a team trying to find the markers. Well done team EB!
The children are now going to plan their own orienteering course at our school, for their friends in year 4 to complete.
Inter-House Bench Ball Competition
Last week, every class took part in an inter-house house bench ball competition. The children really enjoyed this event, as well as the teachers! It was a very exciting competition and nice to see the children working well as a team.
- Winners – Sapphire
- 2nd – Topaz
- 3rd – Emerald
- 4th - Ruby
Excellent results in the KS2 Maidstone Football League
On Tuesday, 21st March, two football teams played in the KS2 Maidstone Football League. The girls' team played against North Borough, while the mixed team played against The Oaks Academy. All children represented our school well and showed great respect.
The girls’ teams were evenly matched; although a hard-working Lara scored a hat trick, Olive saved some fantastic shots, and all the girls played well with excellent defending and tackling. This effort proved the difference between the sides, with a final score of 3 – 1 to East Borough. They have all grown in confidence since the beginning of the year - well done!
The mixed team played without Lara, but Oliver stepped up and proved a worthy replacement. The boys played well and beat The Oaks 9-1 - a great result.
Congratulations to Lara, Olive, Matilda, Florence, Harmony, Ruby, Sophie, Amelia and Jessica, Isaac, Kai, Deyan, Daniels, Dan, Dexter, Leo and Oliver.
A big thank you to Mr Tinton for looking after the boys and Mr Hinkley for coming back to East Borough to referee their game. I would also like to mention Mr Nuttall as the referee for the girls' match.
It was great to see so many parents there in support.
Years 5/6 Football Match against Greenfields
On Tuesday, 7th March, our Years 5/6 football team played a seven aside match against Greenfields. In the first half, Greenfields dominated and scored three goals to our one. However, East Borough showed amazing resilience and fought back strongly in the second half; they just couldn’t score the elusive goals needed. A huge thanks to Zak Briggs, who stepped into play at the last minute and Mr Tinton, who coached the team even when his own child was too poorly to play! They all demonstrated a great team spirit and learned invaluable lessons for future matches!
It was great to see so many children playing a new game on the playground this week. It is a simple but fun game called four square, which could be played anywhere, you just need chalk and a ball.
On Tuesday 28th February, we had two teams of netballers playing at home in the Maidstone schools league. The first team played against Barming in a fast and furious game that saw East Borough lead from the outset. The team played really well, using space to pass and defending well when Barming got the ball. The final score was 26 – 0 to East Borough. Well done to Lara, Leo. Eli, Jenisha, Jessica, Zofia, Lilly, Kai and Olive for great team work.
In the second game, a less experienced East Brough team took on North Borough, who had never played netball on a court before. Our team worked well together to create opportunities, using the space on court and the speed of our centre court players to get the ball into the shooting circle. East Borough finished the game as 5 – 0 winners. Well done to Fikun, Harmony, Destiny, Lexie, Austen, Aiden, Amelia, Emily, Max, Amida, Olivia, Izzy, Sophie, Ruby, George and Oliver for some great team spirit and support of each other.
As always, thank you to all the parents that came to support both teams.
Maidstone Schools Girls Mini-World Cup
On Monday 27 February, a team of 9 girls from year 5 and 6 took part in the Maidstone Schools Girls Mini World Cup. The girls were drawn in a group with Coxheath, Roseacre, South Borough and Hunton. They played with great spirit and determination, securing draws against South Borough and Hunton, and narrow defeats to Coxheath and Roseacre. This unfortunately was not enough to take them into the knock-out stages but it was a great experience; for the majority, this would be their first experience of a large football tournament. The behaviour and attitude of the girls was fantastic and they were a credit to the school. Well done Olive, Harmony, Matilda, Jess, Sophie, Ruby, Amelia, Florence and Lara.
Term 3 (2022/2023)
Our netballers were in action again this week. We played 2 teams from Brunswick House Primary school at home, one game for the Maidstone schools league and the other a friendly.
Both teams were fantastic and demonstrated our core values of resilience, courage and respect. The league game finished 22 – 0 to us and the final score in the friendly game was 12 – 0 to us. Well done to all the year 6 children that took part: Lara, Olivia L, Lizzy, Leo, Zosia, Jenisha, Lilly R, Ted, Jessica, Olive, Dexter, Kaizen, Mahtab, Eli, Kai Max, Isla and Amida. Thank you to all the parents that came to show your support.
Leo & Lara from year 6 were selected to join a PE masterclass at SST along with other children from all the VIAT Primary and Secondary schools. This session was the first of three. Each session will be run by professional sports people covering all the areas required to be a successful elite performer. As well as taking part in some practical fitness training, they will cover areas such as: sports psychology, mental resilience and diet and nutrition. With the hope to gain an insight into what a career in sport might be like. This session was run by Adel Murphy who is a champion muscle model, personal trainer and highly into nutrition.
Three teams enter a cross-country competition
On the week commencing 30 January, we took 3 teams to compete in a Cross-Country race. A year 1 & 2 team, year 3 & 4 team and a year 5 & 6 team. All children enjoyed taking part and did very well. Some of our younger children even came away with medals - Umaima, Ace and Edan came 1st, Harvey came 2nd and Ollie and Jude came 4th. Well done to all our runners.
If they enjoyed running, then your child could run at the Junior Parkrun. It is a free running event for children at Park Wood. https://www.parkrun.org.uk/parkwood-juniors/
We would like to say a big thank you to the Stones Community Trust. While they were here training our girls football team, they felt very sorry for our nets that were full of holes! So, they have very kindly bought us new football nets.
Well done to Ivy and Umaima from Carle class, they kept jogging for the whole daily mile today (Friday 27 January)!
Year 4 VIPS Bench ball competition
We had a very exciting time at the year 4 Bench ball tournament this week. We took two teams of ten to the competition, and both teams played 5 games. We played against Holborough Lakes, Aylesford, Leybourne Chase, and Kings Hill and both our teams had to play each other as well. They were very fast paced games, with lots of shouting and cheering! The children loved playing and were all amazing. I think we had the best defence in the whole tournament. Our children showed respect by shaking the other team’s hands at the end of each game and were very well behaved. One of our teams came third and the other won the tournament!
Congratulations to, Ema, Maisie, Olivia, Leia, Paige, Unnat, Alex, Dom, Afonso, Elliot, Grace, Mahi, Vega, Tilly, Nina, Marin, Naeem, Nazir, Shahir and Masen. Thank you to all our parent supporters who were able to come and watch.
Years 5 & 6 Netball vs Allington
Our netball team were in action at home this week, Tuesday 24 anuary, in a Maidstone schools league game against Allington.
We started strongly passing the ball well and finding space on court. Our defence was excellent and stopped Allington from scoring at all in the first quarter. Our shooters were very accurate and with strong centre court play, the score was 9 – 1 to East Borough at half time. Our dominance continued in the second half, although Allington fought back in the last quarter, scoring 3 goals. The game finished 21-4 to East Borough. A huge well done to the team; Lara, Leo, Eli, Kai, Jenisha, Lilly R, Jessica, Zofia and Olive, Thank you to other members of the netball club that came to support and also to the parents.
Term 2 (2022/2023)
Years 5 & 6 Football League match against Bredhurst School
On Tuesday, 6 December, a team of footballers travelled to SST for the first league match of the Maidstone Schools Football League against Bredhurst Primary. The game was fiercely competitive in the first half, with Dexter scoring East Borough's opener direct from an inswinging corner. However, later in the half Bredhurst equalised leaving the half-time score at 1-1. The second half began in a similar spirit to the first, with both sides showing great determination. However, East Borough took control of the game with goals from Lara, Daniels and Dan C to create a comfortable lead. Bredhurst came back with a well-taken individual goal, but the game was closed out with a final goal from Leo, leaving the final score 5-2 to East Borough. Well done to the children involved, Isaac, Deyan, Mahtab, Dexter, Daniel C, Lara, Daniels and Leo. It was a tough game, but they all showed great team spirit to work together and overcome the challenge. Thanks to all the parents for adapting to a changed finish time. I'm looking forward to more fixtures in the new year.
Years 5 & 6 Cup Match - Football
On Thursday, 1st December, a team of year 5 and 6 footballers played a cup match against Valley Invicta Aylesford. East Borough started well, going 2-0 up in the first half with a couple of well taken goals from Lara and Zack. While the lead looked relatively comfortable. Aylesford pulled a goal back early in the second half after a goal mouth scramble and began to exert some pressure on the East Borough defence.
However, an excellent finish from Leo extended the lead and although Aylesford pulled a goal back, further goals by Leo and Zack secured the win with the final score ending 5-2. Well done to the team, Isaac, Kai, Deyan, Dexter, Oliver P, Zack B, Lara, and Leo, who progress into the next round of the cup.
Basketball Festival, December 2022
On Thursday 1st December, we took two teams to a Basketball Festival. This was a ‘Social me’ event, where the children would be able to develop their teamwork, co-operation and leadership skills. The children did extremely well; the opposition were very strong, but our children never gave up. One of our teams won the determination award and the other team won the honesty award. Mrs North and Mr Mills were very proud of them.
Years 5 & 6 Inter-House Mini World Cup
On Monday, November 28th, children from Years 5 and 6 took part in an Inter-House Football Tournament between our colour teams of Sapphire, Ruby, Topaz and Emerald. They were organised into teams of 10 which competed in 2 mini leagues. After 3 games each, Ruby were the clear winners of the A league. However, in the B league, Sapphire and Emerald tied on equal points with Sapphire winning on goal difference.
After combining the points across both mini-leagues, Emerald were overall winners of the competition. Well done to Emerald team but also all the children who took part; it was an enjoyable event with lots of good communication and teamwork on show.
Year 1 are Cycle Ready
Years 5 & 6 Cup Match
On Thursday, 17 November, a team of Year 5 and 6 footballers played a cup match against Valley Invicta Aylesford. East Borough started well, going 2-0 up in the first half with a couple of well taken goals from Lara and Zack. While the lead looked relatively comfortable. Aylesford pulled a goal back early in the second half after a goal mouth scramble and began to exert some pressure on the East Borough defence. However, an excellent finish from Leo extended the lead and although Aylesford pulled a goal back, further goals by Leo and Zack secured the win with the final score ending 5-2.
Well done to the team, Isaac, Kai, Deyan, Dexter, Oliver P, Zack B, Lara, and Leo, who progress into the next round of the cup.
Thank you to all the parents who were there to support the children.
Year 1 Agility Competition
Yalda, Bruce, Aidan, Iris, Elisa, Daria, Prithivi and Harvey from Year 1 competed in the Valley Invicta Primaries Agility Competition yesterday. They were excited to go to the new SST sports hall and had lots of fun there. There were numerous activities, including the long jump, speed bounce, throwing beanbags into hoops, ladder race and a balancing task. The children were amazing and worked well as a team. While taking part, Iris said, “I love PE” and then jumped the furthest in the long jump, whilst Elisa showed great focus balancing on the beam. Well done to the Year 1 East Borough Team, and thank you to all the parents who came to support.
KS1 Fitness Friday
Henry and Franc represent East Borough at Table Tennis
On the week ending 18 November, Henry & Franc represented East Borough at a table tennis tournament. Unfortunately, Max and Amelia were both off sick so could not attend. The four children were chosen because they have been attending Mrs North’s table tennis club for over a year now and are able to serve and hold a rally. The opposition’s standard, from a range of different school, was high but Henry and Franc showed great resilience in each game. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are now even more motivated to improve.Year 3 give it a try!
Year 3 try rugby
Year 3 were very lucky this week to have Mr Ferris from the Maidstone Rugby Club teach their PE lesson. They had lots of fun completing different games, while also learning how to play tag rugby. If anyone would like to give rugby a try, then you can find their details on this link https://www.maidsto nerugby.com/youth- rugby.
Year 2 VIAT Inter-School Football Tournament
On Thursday 10 November, a team of children from year 2 took part in the VIAT Inter-School Football Tournament at Valley Park. The children were involved in two matches. In the first, against Kings Hill, East Borough took the lead through a powerful shot by Ace. Unfortunately, Kings Hill came back strongly and scored 3 goals to win the game 3-1. The second match, against Leybourne, was a close affair. However, EB unfortunately were beaten 1-0 by a late goal scored from close range. This placed East Borough 3rd overall in the tournament. Well done to all the children involved, Ace, Max, Isindy, Beth, Franc, Charlie, Gabriel, Salahadeen. It was lovely to see the children enjoying the experience of representing their school and their overall behaviour and attitudes were fantastic, a real credit to the school. Thank you to all the parents who came to support and encourage the children.
Also, a big thank you to Kai & Dexter for coaching the team.
Years 5 & 6 Girls Football League
On Wednesday 9 November, girls from years 5 and 6 took part in East Borough's first ever all-girls football fixture. The match was the opening game of the Girl's Football League and was away against Barming. The match started well with East Borough quickly taking a 3-0 lead. The whole team played together really well and there was great team spirit and encouragement for each other. During the second half, Barming scored to make it 3-1 and they had a number of chances. Olive, who was the goalkeeper, made some great saves and the defending was excellent. EB went on to score 2 further goals through Lara and Florence to make the final score 5-1. Both Mrs North and I were very impressed with the girls' efforts and the way they conducted themselves. We look forward to our future fixtures! Well done to the team; Olive, Harmony E, Matilda, Jess B, Amelia, Florence, Sophie, Lara, Ruby.
Term 1 (2022/2023)
Year 5 Flash Mob
Last Friday, 14 October, children in Year 5 performed a flash mob (an unexpected public performance) at Fremlin Walk, on the way back from their Maidstone Museum trip. They also performed this at the KS2 disco later that day. The dance was a Halloween mash-up, and followed just two lessons working with Mrs Knight, the Performing Arts teacher at Valley Park. All the children were incredibly excited to have this opportunity and caused quite a stir at Fremlin Walk! Congratulations to the children and thank you to Mrs Knight for her fun choreography and constant enthusiasm.
Stones Community Trust Mini-World Cup at the Gallagher Stadium
On Wednesday 12 October, a team from East Borough took part in the Stones Community Trust mini–World Cup. It involved 36 teams from schools all over Maidstone. EB were representing Iran.
The first part of the tournament involved groups of 6. East Borough won 4 of the 5 games, beating Coxheath, West Borough, Molehill and Harrietsham. The final game, against Roseacre resulted in a 1-0 defeat. However, this meant the team progressed into the knockout rounds, finishing 2nd in the group with 12 out of a possible 15 points.
The first knockout game was against Hunton. East Borough took an early lead and continued to dominate the game. It finished 3-0 meaning that the team moved into the quarter finals against VIAT Aylesford. The quarter final was a tight affair, with EB having some great chances. However, Aylesford’s defence was strong and some good finishing meant that they ended up as 2-0 winners with EB exiting the tournament in the last 8.
The team played extremely well together and grew into the tournament with some great passing and finishing. Well done to Leo as top scorer, and Dexter with goal of the tournament! Also, Isaac who kept 5 clean sheets in 7 games. The sportsmanship and team spirit were excellent, and I really enjoyed taking them to the event. Well done to Isaac, Deyan, Mahtab, Kai, Lara, Dan, Dexter and Leo.
Thank you to all the parents who came down to support/feed/encourage the children. Special mention to Mr Tinton who volunteered to drive part of the team to Gallaghers Stadium.
Years 3 & 4 VIAT Primary School Football Tournament
On Thursday, 6 October a team of year 3 and 4 children took part in a VIAT primary school football tournament.
The first game, against Holborough Lakes, ended in a 0-0 draw with East Borough unlucky not to score in the opening minute. The game against Aylesford was again a close affair, with EB going down 1-0 to a late penalty. Kings Hill were the next opposition and the game ended up 1-0 thanks to a goal from Jude B. The final game was against Leybourne Chase. Despite battling hard, EB went down to a 2-0 defeat. This placed the team in 4th place overall.
It was a really enjoyable afternoon of football, and the children showed great sportsmanship and teamwork, never giving up even when going behind. Well done to the team; Jude, Solomon, Alex, Elliott, Jimmy, Dom, Maruf, Bernard and Afonso.
Furthermore, thanks to all the parents who came down to support the children. Special mention to Mr Baldwin, who volunteered to referee the games.
Eli and Leo from year 6 have started a Friday lunch time Basketball club, for the KS1 children. The children loved learning new skills and Eli and Leo are great teachers.
Kai and Dexter are running a football club for the year 2’s, they are training them up ready for a VIAT football tournament. All boys are great role models for the younger children.
Years 5 & 6 retain the VIAT shield for another year!
On 22 September,a mixed year five and six team participated in the annual VIAT Primary Schools' Football Tournament. The games quickly got underway, the first, against Leybourne Chase, ended 2-0 to East Borough. The second game was a close affair, with East Borough winning 1-0. After two wins each in their first games, East Borough and Kings Hill kicked off with Kings Hill taking an early lead. Getting back into the game, East Borough equalised and with the game drawing to a close East Borough scored a last-minute winner with Leo's shot bouncing down off the crossbar judged to be well over the goal line. The final game, against Holborough Lakes was a tightly fought contest, ending 0-0.
With 3 wins and a draw, East Borough retained the VIAT shield for another year. Well done to all the players; Isaac, Deyan, Zakk H, Kai, Daniel C, Lara, Dexter, Zack B, Oliver P and Leo. Also, thanks to all the parents who came down to support the children.