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Kingstonian Cricket Club - looking for junior cricketers!

Kingstonian Cricket Club are looking for junior cricketers to join them.  Their winter training sessions start in January 2019 - if any children in Years 1-6 wish to get involved, contact the club using the details on the flyer below.

Year 3 Rabbits at the Mini Olympics Festival                                          (30/11/2018)

The third 'Mini Olympics' for children in Years 3 and 4 took place on Friday 30th November, this time it was Year 3 Rabbits turn to take part.  These events are being run by Cleves School each half term, giving an opportunity to all the other local schools to bring an entire class to each event, to participate in a range of different sports races. 

Cobham Free School, Holy Family and Lyne & Longcross were just some of the schools competing in this festival on the day and there were seven events that the children could participate in: basketball dribble, hockey dribble, tennis race, rugby pass, obstacle race, hurdles race and a relay running race.

Each event had to have 10 children involved in it (5 girls and 5 boys) and every child had to complete the activity as quickly and accurately as possible.  The teams were awarded a first place, second place, third place and so on for each race they completed.

The entire class had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of sport.  Every child who attended the festival will receive their certificate in Celebration Assembly next week.  Well done Rabbits class!

TEAM: Jemima, Luke, Tilly, Rhys, Mishall, Esme, Clara, Charlie, George, Harry, Kai, Georgie, Charlie-Anne, Juliana, Adam, Darren, Hannah, Sam, Sophia, Maddie, Emily, Molly, Ryan and Alexis.

 

Year 5 & 6 Hockey Tournament at Walton Oak                                       (30/11/2018)

On Friday 30th November, Walton Oak again hosted our very own hockey tournament, this time for children in Year 5 and 6, we invited four teams from Cleves School to compete against us.  We fielded four hockey teams consisting of children who had been working incredibly hard during their hockey lessons in PE during this last half term.  This tournament meant that we were able to offer a large number of children the opportunity to represent their school in competitive hockey matches.  We were incredibly lucky with the weather, shining brightly on the only day of this week that was dry and rain-free!  It was a fantastic afternoon of hockey and it was a brillaint demonstration of high level of competition, mixed with respect and complete sportsmanship behaviour.

  

  

All four of our teams:  ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ had to play all four Cleves teams, in turn.  Five points were awarded for a win, three for a draw and one point for a loss.  The team with the highest number of points at the end of all the games (played to quicksticks hockey rules) were crowned the winners.  We must say a very big thank you to Rory and Harry from Suburban Hockey who umpired both the Walton Oak tournaments and did a fantastic job - thank you to both you!

Place School/Team Points Total
1st Walton Oak 'A' 20 points
2nd  Walton Oak 'B' 16 points
=3rd Cleves 'B' 14 points
=3rd Cleves 'D' 14 points
5th Cleves 'A' 10 points
=6th Walton Oak 'D' 8 points
=6th Cleves 'C' 8 points
8th Walton Oak 'C' 6 points

It was a well fought competition that saw all the teams score goals and win points.  The results are in the table above and a wonderful afternoon of competition was had by all.  Thank you to Cleves for attending the event and allowing us to field four teams of players who wanted to compete.  Well done to everyone on their effort and determination! 

 TEAMS: Ivan, Lily-Grace, Tommy, Mauro, Ella H, David F (Year 6), Jason, Matthew, David F (Year 5), Shahwaiz, Oli, Tamara, Sofie, Phoebe, Toby, Zuzanna K, Kosi, Ella N, Oge, Kelly, Sam, Maxi, Yassin and Emma.

 

Premier Sport Holiday Camps                                                                  (27/11/2018)

Premier Sport are again running their Christmas holiday camps at Ashley School in December.  Their summer and October half term camps received outstanding feedback again, providing enormous fun to the children and offering a helpful childcare facility for working parents.  


Premier Sport will drop some flyers into school for parents next week.  This will provide an ideal day to get last minute shopping done!  If parents use the code: PREMIER/25, they will also get 25% off, meaning a full day costs only £20.25!
 

Year 3 Water Voles at the Mini Olympics Festival                                  (23/11/2018)

The second 'Mini Olympics' for children in Years 3 and 4 took place on Friday 23rd November, this time it was Year 3 Water Voles turn to take part.  These events are being run by Cleves School each half term, giving an opportunity to all the other local schools to bring an entire class to each event, to participate in a range of different sports races. 

Yet again, six other schools participated on the day and there were seven events that the children could participate in: basketball dribble, hockey dribble, tennis race, rugby pass, obstacle race, hurdles race and a relay running race.

Each event had to have 10 children involved in it (5 girls and 5 boys) and every child had to complete the activity as quickly and accurately as possible.  The teams were awarded a first place, second place, third place and so on for each race they completed.

 

The entire class had a really enjoyable afternoon of sport, and despite not winning the event, they all had a fantastic time!  All of the children will receive a certificate, which will be presented in Celebration Assembly by Miss Slaymaker.  Well done to Water Voles class!

TEAM: Laci, Eiliyah, Imogen, Eva-Mae, Olivia, Seema, Brandon, Mia, Niki, Levi, Amene, Mirko, Leianna, Louie, Tyler, Isla, Niamh, Zac, Jack, Calin, Toby, Lorenzo, Kacper and Kaleb.

 

Year 3 & 4 Hockey Tournament at Walton Oak                                       (16/11/2018)

   

   

On Friday 16th November, Walton Oak hosted our very own hockey tournament and invited four teams from Cleves School to compete against us.  We fielded four hockey teams consisting of children who had been working incredibly hard during their hockey lessons in PE during this last half term.  This tournament meant that we were able to offer a large number of children the opportunity to represent their school in a competitive hockey fixture.  It was a fantastic day, both in terms of the weather and high level of competition!

   

All four of our teams:  ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ had to play all four Cleves teams, in turn.  Five points were awarded for a win, three for a draw and one point for a loss.  The team with the highest number of points at the end of all the games (played to quicksticks hockey rules) were crowned the winners.

Place School/Team Points Total
1st Cleves 'B' 20 points
2nd Cleves 'A' 18 points
3rd Walton Oak 'A' 14 points
4th Walton Oak 'D' 12 points
=5th Walton Oak 'C' 10 points
=5th Cleves 'D' 10 points
7th Cleves 'C' 8 points
8th Walton Oak 'B' 4 points

It was a well fought competition that saw all the teams score goals and win points.  The results are in the table above and a wonderful afternoon of competition was had by all.  Thank you to Cleves for attending the event and allowing us to field four teams of players who wanted to compete.  Well done to everyone on their effort and determination! 

 TEAMS: Calin, Harry B, Brandon, Lewie, Scarlett, Ryan, Chantelle, Sean, Nicky, Ana, Sam A, Dylan, Dollie, Edward, Ruby, Daniel, Thierry, Sam P, Militsa, Carla, Antoine and Ege.

 

Year 4 Otters Class at the Mini Olympics Festival                                  (05/10/2018)

A brand new inter-school sports event has started this year.  'Mini Olympics' for children in Years 3 and 4 is being run by Cleves School each half term.  It gives an opportunity to all the other local schools to bring an entire class to each event, to participate in a range of different sports races. 

Year 4 Otters were the first class to take part in one of these events that was held at Cleves School, Weybridge on Friday 5th October.  Six schools participated on the day and there were seven events that the children could participate in: basketball dribble, hockey dribble, tennis race, rugby pass, obstacle race, hurdles race and a relay running race.


Each event had to have 10 children involved in it (5 girls and 5 boys) and every child had to complete the activity as quickly and accurately as possible.  The teams were awarded a first place, second place, third place and so on for each race they completed.

The entire class had a really enjoyable afternoon of sport, and despite not winning the event, they all had a fantastic time!  All of the children received a certificate, which was presented in Celebration Assembly by Miss Watts and Miss Slaymaker.  Well done to Otters class!

TEAM: Ines, Rudy, Daniel, Hope, Leo, Sian, Carla, Harry B, Ruby, James, Joseph, Sean, Hollie, Thierry, Shay, Militsa, Lewie, Ada, Frankie, Caitlin, Ryan, Kimberley, Antoine, Harry S, George, Lewis, Scarlett, Lily and Zahra.

 

The Baird Boys Hever Castle Triathlon Success!                                     (24/09/2018)

On the weekend of the 22nd - 23rd September 2018, Daniel (Year 4) and his brother Matthew (Year 6) took part in the Hever Castle Triathlon.  Triathlon events consist of an open water swim, a bike ride, finished by a run and both boys made their parents incredibly proud with their performances. 

In very cold and wet conditions (which made the courses extremely muddy and difficult to negotiate) Daniel swam 100 metres in the open water, before the cold conditions were too much too bear and he had to retire from the competition during the 4 km bike ride.  It was, nevertheless, a tremendous effort in very challenging conditions.

        

ABOVE: Matthew completing the 4km bike ride (left) and the 1.8km run (right) 


On the Sunday, the Event Organisers decided that the swimming element of Matthew's event was too dangerous to stage, so his competition was changed to a 1.8km run, followed by a 4km bike ride and finished with another 1.8km run.   Matthew completed the course in 54 minutes and 8 seconds to finish 169th out of a possible 275 children.

ABOVE: Daniel and Matthew celebrating with their dad, who also competed in the adult's event.

 

Communication and Partnership with Parents                                       (21/09/2018)

The School Office is open daily from 8.30am and our office staff can deal with all general queries and take messages for any member of teaching staff, including Miss Slaymaker, our PE teacher.  If any problems should arise, particular those that will affect your child’s ability to participate in their PE lessons, please let them know as soon as possible.  At present, we currently inform parents of all school events, news and policies through our official school website, our news feed on Twitter and other regular emails and letters home. You can of course email us at office@oak.surrey.sch.uk or call the School Office on 01932 259604. 

You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Walton Oak by following us on Twitter.  We use our Twitter account to help inform parents/carers with school sports events, out-of-school courses and classes and some inspirational quotes!  You can follow us by using @WaltonOak, but please be aware that we are unable to reply to direct messages.

 

Skip2BFit Workshop for Years 1, 2 and 3                                                (17/09/2018)

As part of our school’s mission to get fitter, we again welcomed David from Skip2BFit on Monday 17th September 2018, to come in and work with our children in Years 1, 2 and 3.  David had already visited our Year 4, 5 and 6 children back in April 2018 to complete a one day workshop with them. 

During both workshops, each class was allocated a 30 minute session where David spoke to the children about why it is important to exercise and what happens to the body when they do.  He then demonstrated the basic skip, before showing the children what could be achieved through practice — the children were very impressed!  Then, once they were shown how to measure and adjust their skipping to fit their body, each child warmed up to the motivating Skip2BFit music.

Each piece of music was timed specifically to 2 minutes in length.  On command, each class of children was then challenged to skip for two minutes, after which the children could look on the handle of their skipping to check just how many skips they completed on the skipping counter.  After the first skip, the class were given a short rest before David challenged them to all beat their first score.  The children were competing against themselves to try and achieve their ‘personal best’.

Even though it was only for 2 minutes, skipping for this amount of time was tough going!  All the children and all the staff joined in and attempted to achieve an improvement from their first score.  The children then had an opportunity to tell David their scores before he explained that all the children who beat their first score, did so because they wanted to.  He then explained that they could apply this mentality to their class work, homework and all other lessons.

After the skipping session, the children were told that as well as being active, they also needed to eat healthily.  David explained that blueberries were a super food and a fruit that children should try to eat, even if they had not tried them before.  Every child (and member of staff) was then handed their own box of blue berries to eat at break, lunch or on the way home!  The great thing was that the plastic box could be reused again in their lunchboxes for more blueberries, grapes or raisins.   

The final part of each afternoon was a special Skip2BFit assembly, which saw the best skipper from each year group received a special certificate.  As a final surprise, the best child skipper from all of Years 1-3 had to take on the best staff member.  This meant that Leianna from Year 3 had to go head-to-head with Miss Martin in a one minute competition.  After one minute Leianna had scored 97 skips, whilst Miss Martin scored 95.  Leianna was presented with her own skipping rope as a prize for winning.  

      

The School have decided to purchase a Skip2BFit skipping rope for every child in Years 1-6 and these have been given out this week.  These skipping ropes have all had the child's name written on both handles and they have been measured and cut to fit each child's height.  The children will be able to practice their skipping during break and lunch times to improve their fitness and skipping ability, plus they will also be used during warm ups for PE lessons.  Therefore these skipping ropes will be kept in school at all times, so that they may be used during break times, lunchtimes and during PE lessons.

 

What PE Kit does my child need for Walton Oak?                                  (06/09/2018) 

Every child in every class from Year 1 up to and including Year 6, needs to have PE kit in school every week throughout the entire school year. 

  

Compulsory PE kit list:  
  • A white Walton Oak PE t-shirt or a plain white round neck t-shirt with short sleeves.
  • A pair of purple PE shorts.
  • A pair of white sports socks.
  • A tracksuit (trousers and jacket) or a fleece/hooded top and jogging bottoms, ideally dark in colour.
  • A purple Walton Oak PE kit bag.
  • A pair of trainers.   

 

Suggested items of additional kit:
  • In the winter months - children may wear waterproof clothing, gloves and a sensible woolly hat (no hats with tassels please - they obscure vision).  Scarves cannot be worn due to the risk of choking, especially during games activities.   
  • During hot and sunny weather - a purple Walton Oak/light coloured baseball cap is advised to be worn to shield children’s heads from the sun.  Parents/carers are encouraged to apply sun cream to their child before school to provide some protection from the sun.

Please remember:

  • Clearly label every item of your child's PE kit so that we may give it back if found. 
  • Long hair (boys or girls) should always be tied back to prevent entanglement in apparatus and to prevent obscuring vision.  This includes any child (boy or girl) who chooses to wear a long fringe that covers their eyes.  A man-band, hair tie or hair clips will all enable the hair to be kept away from children's eyes.
  • Please give some consideration as to how you dress your child on the days they have PE lessons, especially children in Reception and Key Stage 1.  If you dress your child in tights and they cannot take them off or put them on by themselves, please teach them how to put them on by themselves, or place them in trousers.   
  • All sports Governing Bodies insist that no jewellery may be worn at all during PE lessons, swimming lessons or extra-curricular sports clubs.  This includes watches, necklaces, bracelets (metal) and earrings.  Medical bracelets or necklaces are however, allowed, but may need to be taped by parents/carers, depending on the activity.

Going shopping for PE kit?  Click here for a handy printable PE Kit Checklist.  

 

Where can I buy the official Walton Oak PE kit?

Official items of Walton Oak PE kit (shorts, t-shirts and PE bags) can be purchased from 'A Sporting Choice', located at 23 Molesey Road, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 4RN.  You can contact them on 01932 241404.

 

What days do children have PE and when do I need to bring their PE kit in?

Every class from Year 1 to Year 6 has two lessons of PE a week and there is a timetable of when their lessons are.  However, there needs to be some flexibility due to PE lessons sometimes having to change days (for reasons such as World Day, school trips, productions or adverse weather).  We therefore always ask that PE kits be taken home on a Friday and brought back into school on a Monday.  This means that your child should never miss a single PE lesson!

 

Why does my child have to wear white PE socks?  Can't they just go sockless in their trainers?

There are at least 6 reasons why we ask you to buy your children white PE socks.  In no particular order, here they are: 

  • your child's trainers will stink if socks are not worn
  • your child's trainers will change colour on the inside due to the sweat
  • mould may grow in their trainers
  • your child can get blisters on their feet due to rubbing caused by exercising without socks
  • your child's trainers will need replacing quicker (washing trainers in the machine ruins them)
  • if their feet get wet or slightly damp from splashes of rain during PE, they can take their PE socks off and put their dry school uniform socks on.  No walking around all day with wet or damp socks!

 

Why does my child have to have a tracksuit in school all year round?  Surely they don't need it during the summer months?

Surprisingly, yes they do need a tracksuit all year round.  The weather in Great Britain is unfortunately, not always great!  Even in the summer months, we can go from blistering sunshine one day to cold and cloudy the next day.  If your child has a tracksuit in school, then they can decide if they wish to wear it or not.  It gives them the option to feel comfortably dressed during PE in any weather or climate.

 

Can my children share a PE kit with their sibling, or borrow one from their sibling if they have forgotten their own kit?

We're afraid not.  Every child is entitled to have their own individual PE kit to wear during PE lessons; children will not be allowed to share with or borrow PE clothing from a sibling.  Children need to feel good and look good wearing their own kit, which fits them perfectly.  If you find you are financially struggling to buy clothes for your child, Walton Charities can help families who need help with purchasing PE kits.  Click here for how they can help you.

 

My child would like to get their ears pierced.  Is this allowed?  What happens when they have PE or swimming lessons?

We do prefer children not to have their ears pierced, but any child who wishes to have them done must only have them done at the start of the six weeks summer holiday.  This allows the ears to heal properly and to be cleaned regularly to stop infections, before they start back at school in September.  The child (and the parents/carers of the child) with their ears pierced are solely responsible for removing earrings on the days that they have PE, swimming lessons or sports clubs. 

 

You do not have plimsolls listed on your PE kit list.  Can I buy these for my child?

Sorry, no.  We banned plimsolls from Walton Oak over two years ago now.  There are numerous reasons why we do not allow your child to wear plimsolls in PE lessons.  Some of these reasons are explained beautifully by this lady:

"You have one pair of feet and need them for life, and yet some children today are wearing shoes which don't support or protect their ankles and toes.  Many children are wearing slip-on elasticated trainers, but the main problem is that these are just too flat.  Since so much of the world has now been tarmaced over, we're walking on hard, flat surfaces all day.  These shoes don't offer enough support for the foot itself - the foot arches, ligaments and muscles become stressed and strained.  Many people think that Converse trainers, which are also tied on with laces, are good for the feet, but they are not.  They're just too flat".

Source: Emma Supple, podiatrist at Supplefeet in North London

 

You ask that children only wear Velcro trainers unless they can tie their own laces completely on their own.  Why is this?          

One important part of being at school is to become increasingly independent and this includes being able to get undressed and dressed for PE lessons, including being able to put your trainers on and taking them off.  There are 30 children in every class and usually one or two members of staff.  If these members of staff had to tie up all 30 children's pairs of laces every lesson, valuable time is wasted that should be spent doing PE.  If you want to buy your child trainers with laces, then this is absolutely fine.  But, you must have taught them how to tie and untie their laces, including doing a double knot for PE, before they wear them in school.  Otherwise, make changing for PE easier for your child by buying them Velcro trainers. 

 

 Welcome to our new PE and Sport News page!                                     (05/09/2018)

Welcome back everyone to this new academic year!  A special warm welcome to all the new Reception children and to the new pupils who have joined the school this week.  Welcome to the Walton Oak family, I hope you will all be very happy here as new members of the #PurpleArmy!  

I hope everyone had a restful Summer and that the children are looking forward to another exciting year of achievements and new experiences.  This new page on our website replaces our old PE newsletters, by regularly updating this section it will keep friends and family up-to-date with all things PE and Sport related here at Walton Oak.  We aim to provide an insight into our curriculum PE lessons, update you with news from our school swimming lessons, our House Sport competitions and inter-school sports fixtures.

Warmest wishes,

Miss Slaymaker - PE Teacher