Graham Jackett Cross Country
20 of our KS2 children and their parents braved the freezing cold and rainy weather to take part in the Graham Jackett cross country. It was a fantastic event and all of the children did an amazing job. A special well done to our Year 3/4 girls team who picked up a third place trophy for their efforts in their sub-team, as well as our whole KS2 girls team who also won third place trophy. Well done everyone!
Well done to all of the Year 5/6 children involved in the Sainsbury's Games Cross Country. They all did a fantastic job and made the school proud.
ATSA KS2 Kurling
Well done to our KS2 Kurling team who took part in the KS2 Kurling tournament held here at St. Michael's. They played fantastic and showed some super skills. Well done!
ATSA Cross Country
Well done to the Year 3/4 and 5/6 cross country teams who battled the freezing cold and pouring rain to take part in the ATSA cross country competition. They all did brilliantly considering the conditions. A special well done to Thomas in Year 4 for coming third and receiving a medal.
ATSA Swimming Gala
Fantastic well done to our Year 5 swimming team for taking part in the ATSA swimming gala and coming 3rd. The children all did an amazing job and we saw some super swimming. Well done!
ATSA Football League
St. Michael's are continuing their excellent league performances with two wins on Monday 30th Jan. Results were :
St. Michael's 5 Chowbent 0 (goals from Reiss Sizer and Jack L)
Atherton St. George's 1 St. Michael's 7 (goals from Jack Lilley and Max Lee).
The team showed excellent skills and pace throughout both matches across attack and defence. Keep up the good work!
ATSA KS1 Kurling Festival
Ten schools came together at St. Michael's on Friday 27th January for the annual event which resulted in Tyldesley Primary winning a close final against St. Michael's. In the earlier matches, St. Michael's amassed a total of 690 points to win their lane. Many congratulations to Lilly, Callum, Oliver, James and Summer, such a credit to the school and to Tyldesley Primary! A big thank you to all the staff who helped to organise the event and to Lucas, Ellie, Molly, Thomas, Carmen and Michael who showed what super sports leaders they are.
Sainsbury School Games Gymnastics
Two KS2 teams represented school on Thusday 26th Jan in the gymnastics competition at Leigh Sports Village. Well done to Ben, Elliot, Jenna, Isobel and Maya (Y4), William (Y5), Lucas, Amelia, Charlotte and Macie (Y6) who all completed challenging routines for floor exercise and body management, plus springboard vaulting. You really rose to the occasion and loved it!
ATSA Dodgeball Festival
The Y5/Y6 team battled well to miss out on the semi finals by a head to head. There was some outstanding catching and throwing, notably from Dylan Aket who proved hard to hit! Well done team on a determined performance. Pictured below : Jack Lilley, Dylan Aket, Max Lee, Johnny Chadwick, Reiss Sizer, Louie Roberts and Roan van Cuylenberg.
Graeme Jackett Cross Country Challenge
When the going gets tough... the tough do cross country! It was -2 degrees but that didn't deter the children as ATSA schools competed against Leigh schools for individual, team and an overall trophy. Congratulations to Y3/Y4 girls who finished 2nd in their race and to Tom Whyment who was 3rd in the Y3/Y4 boys race. Well done to all St Michael's team for showing stamina and determination. We are very proud of you 👍😀
Sainsbury School Games Cross Country
The Y5/Y6 girls and boys teams took to the field at Leigh Harriers for the annual event. Strong running from Jack Lilley earned him a place in the Gtr Manchester Games in Feb. Many congratulations Jack, an excellent achievement!
ATSA Cross Country
Outstanding performances from our KS2 cross country team earned them the Team trophy and included individual medals for Tom Whyment (Y3/Y4 boys silver) and Isobel Ingram (Y3/Y4 girls bronze). Fifteen schools took part in the popular annual event. Many congratulations to Ethan Ariss Hayes, Emily Woods, Maya Byron, Jenna Heywood, Samuel Hornby, Sam Green, Jack Peacock, Isabella Berkley Blackburn, Cobey Taylor and Rachael Eliott - our Y3/Y4 team.
The Y5/Y6 team showed true resilience and strong tactical running to ensure an excellent overall score of 306. Super running Jack Lilley, Roan van Cuylenburg, Max Lee, Lexie Gallimore, Louie Roberts, Jack Horsley, Lucas Collings, Abigail Hunt, Erin Fazackerley, Lucy Turner and Emma Lang
All the school is proud of your achievement!
ATSA 2016/17 Launched at Salford University
Salford University welcomed ATSA Sports Councillors to officially launch our forthcoming year’s directory of sporting events. St. Michael’s representatives Abbie Gregory and Louie Roberts met with other Councillors to sample a range of performance tests in Salford’s Sport and Exercise Science Suite. The day gave an insight into how tests, eg. reaction time, speed on the track and acceleration, provide important information for athletes to improve performance. Many thanks to Dr Evans and his team for hosting the day and thank you to Abbie and Louie for being excellent sport ambassadors for us.
St Michael's Annual Sports Awards 2016
This year's awards were presented by Kiera Byland, triple Gold Medallist in Cycling at the Los Angeles Special Games. Kiera also received the honour of leading Team GB back through the airport. An inspiration to the children, Kiera was delighted to present the awards. She chatted about her experiences and the stage was filled with many of her 62 cycling medals and trophies won so far. We all gasped as Kiera demonstarted her acceleration on the training rollers, first to all Y6, then during the awards.
Sports Personality of The Year - Will Roberts
A talented all round athlete and commited team player, Will has given his all for St. Michael's throughout many competitions, earning him praise from other schools as well as our own admiration. This year's successes include Gtr Manchester Dodgeball Champions ; Wigan Dodgeball Champions and ATSA Dodgeball Winners ; ATSA Football League ; ATSA Football Playoff Winners and ATSA Tag Rugby Winners. No one can ask more of Will and St. Michael's salute him!
Most Memorable Performance - Jacob Crompton for his outstanding goal scoring in the ATSA Water Polo Festival. Jacob's accuracy from a wide range of angles gave the team the edge in the qualifying rmatches. In the semi final and final, he continued his onslaught on goal, delighting spectators with tricky shots. His performance earned praise from staff at The Pelican Centre.
Most Improved Individual - Debbie Gregory whose GA performances in the Netball League and Chowbent Festival brought many goals from every angle and showed how much Debbie's skills have improved. Her pinpoint accuracy in the short mat bowling was consistent and commented on by the Trust In Leigh community coaches. Debbie has recently tried her hand at Crown Green bowling with equal success!
Most Improved Team of The Year - Football Team who won the ATSA Atherton League, ATSA playoff against the Tyldesley League Winners and the Chowbent Festival (Atherton schools). The team has played in all weathers, but mostly wet, to earn their rewards and teamwork has been excellent. The playoff match showed the skills of both teams and they could only be separated by a penalty shoot out. A thrilling end to an excellent season. Manager Jack Seddon presented the team trophy, individual league medals and the following football awards :
Manager's Player of The Year - William Hornby
Players' Player of The Year - Joe Elliot
Most Improved Player - Reiss Sizer
Golden Boot - Joe Elliot
ATSA Sports Councillors - William Hornby and Jessica Horsley have been excellent ambassadors for St. Michael's throughout their year of office. To thank them for their commitment, they were presented with family tickets for Manchester Giants. The Sports Councillors for 2016/17 will be announced at the end of year Assembly on Tues 19th July and their first ATSA event will be at Salford University in September.
St. Michael's Sport Awards 2016
This year's celebration will take place on Monday 11th June from 3:30pm - 5pm. Children who have been nominated, either as part of a team or for an individual award will receive a letter inviting them to attend. Awards will be presented again in front of families at the school's end of year presentation (see newsletter for details). Staff now have the difficult task of selecting winners!
ATSA Football Playoff
The excitement continued in the ATSA football leagues as St Michael's played St Ambrose Barlow in the final ATSA event of the year. The teams could only be separated by a penalty shoot out after a thrilling match that ended in a goalless draw. Many congratulations to our team and especially to Ben Turner who held his nerve during the shoot out to make a vital save. An outstanding achievement for the team, pictured below.
ATSA Olympics 6th July
Rio 2016 came to Tyldesley today when children from the ATSA schools gathered for an Olympic parade from the Town Square to St George's Central where they took part in athletic events. The team came third overall which included many first places! What a memorable experience for Jacob Crompton and Megan Jones(Y6), Dylan Aket and Emma Lang (Y5), Roan van Cuylenburg and Salom Sangare (Y4), Ethan Ariss Hayes and Isobel Ingram (Y3), Sam Green and Lily Roberts (Y2) and Sam Fearick and Lily Miller (Y1). Very well done to you all and many thanks to SGC for organising and hosting this excellent event.
ATSA KS1 Football Festival
Well done to Thomas, Jack, Harry, Rachel and Sam from Y2 and Jack and Sam from Y1 who enjoyed three matches in the festival organised by Pennington FC. Thomas Whyment led from the front with excellent shots on target for 8 goals, while Jack Peacock gave a confident, solid performance in goal. Thank you to Jack Fearick from Y3 for happily taking on a leadership role. Many thanks to Penniungton FC coaches.
Sainsbury's School Games Triathlon
It takes stamina and resilience to complete a Triathlon, so well done to our Y5 and Y6 teams on Tuesday 28th June who swam, cycled, then ran at Leigh Sports Village, competing against over 20 Wigan school teams. The Y6 team narrowly missed out on bronze medal position, finishing on an overall time of 40.6, just outside third place. Highest placed St. Michael's competitor was Will Roberts who completed the course in 6th place.
Pictured below, tired but proud of their achievement, are Lucy, Abbie, Katie, Zara, Will, Johnny, William, Lucas, Jessica, Marcus, Louie and Megan. Many congratulations to you all!
ATSA Y3/Y4 Rounders Festival
St. Michael's team of 5 boys and 5 girls took part in the annual event playing 2 group matches. The team worked well together and showed good potential. The sunshine added to the enjoyment! Well done to Jarred, Samuel, Harry, Lucy and Evie (all from Y3) and Roan, Salom, Keely and Matthew (all from Y4).
Many thanks to staff at Meadowbank School who ran the festival.
ATSA KS2 Cricket Festival
Rain didn't stop play today (Weds 22nd June), as 12 teams competed in the annual cricket festival. We'll done to the St. Michael's team who finished runners up. Outstanding batting from Will Roberts and fine catches from the team led the way to an excellent average score. Pictured below : Ben Turner, Lewis Meadows, Matthew Bellis and Ryan Hupton (back row) with Will Roberts, Louie Roberts, Reiss Sizer and William Hornby (front row).
Chowbent Football and Netball Festival
Friday 17th June saw all the Atherton Schools meet at Chowbent School for their annual festival. The school has organised the event for many years and it is always a highlight of our sport calendar. Many thanks to Chowbent staff for their hard work. St. Michael's teams completed a double win as both the Football and Netball teams won their events! Many congratulations to you all. It looks like the girls were happy!
Sainsbury's KS1 Leigh School Games
Twenty eight KS1 children participated in the event. St. Michael's entered a Y1 team in the Fundamentals (athletic based activities), a Y2 team in the Gymnastics and a team in the Fencing. We'll done to all our competitors and special congratulations to the Fencing Team who achieved Bronze position. For Fundamentals photos go to Y1 class page and for Gymnastic and Fencing photos, go to Y2 class page.
ATSA Atherton Netball League
Great team performances from the Netball Team earned them 3 out of 4 wins in Thursday 9th June league fixtures. Megan Jones and Debbie Gregory provided the accuracy for a total of 19 goals, with just 6 against. Well done girls and thank you to Mrs Pomfret for your coaching.
Pictured below are Jessica, Halle, Megan, Hollie, Ellie (back row) with Charlotte, Debbie, Cliah and Macy (front row).
Sainsbury's KS2 Leigh Games
Thirty children represented school on 7th June in Y3/Y4 Quadkids, Y5/Y6 Quadkids and Y5/Y6 Swimming. Well done to all competitors and special congratulations to the swimmers who achieved the silver team award for the second year running!
SA Tag Rugby Festival 19th May
Heavy rain tested the handling skills and resilience of the ATSA teams on Thursday as 12 schools competed for the trophy. St Michaels's completed their 'pool' matches with 4 wins and 1 draw, conceding just 1 try. The team went on to win the final against St Richard's by 5 tries to nil. The accurate passing and catching was a strength of St. Michael's throughout the festival, as was the experience of Will Roberts, Ben Turner and Louie Roberts in seizing opportunities from loose balls and breaking through defence. Focused tagging prevented the opposition making progress towards St Michael's line, proving the value of solid defending. So, hearty congratulations to all the team pictured below, what a credit you are to the school. Special thanks to family, friends and staff who also braved the heavy rain to cheer on the team. You are all much appreciated.
Thanks to Stuart Littler and his refs for their good humour in the pouring rain. Stuart is pictured with Jessica, Amy, Megan, Louie, Will, Ben, William, Ryan and Joe.
ATSA Girls Football Festival 16th May
Excellent team performances meant well contested matches and exciting football from all the schools. St. Michael's girls thoroughly enjoyed their 4 matches, winning 2 and drawing 2 with goals from Katie Murray, Jessica Horsley and Megan Jones. Amy Davies, Zara Haynes, Macy Winstanley and Molly Bowdler added their skills to the team to earn second place in our 'pool'. Well done girls!
ATSA Atherton Football League Champions
We are running out of superlatives to describe our football team! Last night's 11-0 win against St George's earned them the ATSA league title and a place in St Michael's history as this is the first year we have won it. So huge congratulations to Ben Turner, Lewis Meadows, Ryan Hupton, Will Roberts, William Hornby, Joe Elliot, Louie Roberts and Reiss Sizer - our champion team. Many thanks to the loyal supporters who have come along whatever the weather to encourage and cheer. A special thank you to Jack Seddon, our former pupil ( 6th form ACS) whose weekly coaching has paid dividends. Congratulations to you all!
ATSA VX Festival
St. Michael's team of Charlotte Gibson, Jacob Crompton, Rahul Fakira, Matthew Molyneaux and Katie Murray were still smiling after energetic matches at the VX festival! Many thanks to Ian Crosby for the organisation, he will be calling in to Y5/Y6 to provide a VX taster session. The team picked up many tactical tips from Ian as the festival progressed and they will be demonstrating the sport for upper KS2. Not for the faint hearted!
ATSA Football League
When the going gets tough, our football team prove what a resilient bunch they are. Despite the heavy rain, they produced two outstanding performances after school (Thurs 28th April) to delight supporters with the following results :
St. Michael’s 6 Parklee 3
St. Michael’s 9 Meadowbank 3
There are two more matches for the team to play in this year’s league. So come on St. Michael’s, keep it up, all the school is proud of you! Many thanks to the staff and parents who braved the weather and discovered that not all waterproof jackets actually are!
VX Taster Session
In prepaation for te ATSA Festival, Jacob, Rahul, Matthew M, Katie and Charlotte joined Mrs Evans at ACS. They thoroughly enjoyed the sport and will be taking part in the Festival on May 12th.
ATSA Water Polo Festival
It just proves that you never know what you're good at until you try it! Many congratulations to our Water Polo Team who thrilled everyone with stunning goals, outstanding saves and accurate passes as they competed for the annual trophy. Winning all their group matches, the team reached the final, winning it 7 - 1 against St. Philip's. Outstanding performances came from Captain Jacob Crompton who led by example with a feast of goals throughout the festival and Marcus Jarmesty who discovered his aptitude as a skilled goalkeeper. Well done to both of them and to William Hornby, Ryan Hupton, Jessica Horsley, Eva Horton, and Lucas Collings, we are all proud of you!
Week 2 of our football league brought a thrilling match against St. George's 'A' team with the final score at 3-2 to the oppostion. The second match against St/ Richard's 'A' ended at 10 - 1 to St. Michael's. Keep up all the effort boys, you are exciting to watch!
St. Michael's football team kicked off to an excellent start in the opening week of the ATSA League (25/02).
Well done to Ben, Ryan, Joe, Louie, Will, William and Reiss who opened with a 17 - 1 win against St. Philip's and followed it with a 6 - 0 win against Chowbent. Goals as follows : Ben 1, Reiss 3, Will 4, William 6 and Joe 9. Keep up the excellent teamwork, we are all very proud of you!
Next matches for St. Michael's are on Thursday 10th March with a 4pm KO against St. George's 'A' and a 4:30 KO against St. Richard's 'A'.
ATSA Y3/Y4 Hockey Festival (11/02)
Well done to Jenna, Lilly (both Y3), Harvey, Jayden, Lexie, Jack and Roan (all Y4) for their excellent commitment throughout all the Festival matches. The competition was great experience for you in a sport new to you .
ATSA KS1 Inclusive Festival
The hall was filled with excited KS1 children from 12 schools when we hosted our annual event (on Fri 29th Jan). Scores were high as the children competed for the trophy. St Michael's team were excellent and finished a close 3rd in their group. Well done to Sacred Heart, the overall winners and to Tyldesley Primary who reached the final!
Wigan Dodgeball Champions!
The dodgeball team continue to impress. After school on Monday (11th Jan) they faced tough opposition from 14 other teams who had entered the Wigan School Games competition, hosted at Lowton High. Winning all their 'pool' matches without the loss of a game ensured them of a place in the first three. They won their final matches, again without the loss of a game, to earn Gold medals and an invitation to the Greater Manchester Games in July. This is an outstanding achievement. Everyone is extremely proud of Ryan, Ben, Lewis, Will, Joe, William and Louie - superstars! It is 21 consecutive wins for St. Michael's at dodgeball and that's some achievement!
Tuesday 17th November must have been one of the muddiest Cross Country dates as Wigan Schools competed in the prestigious, annual competition. With over 160 children in each event., St. Michael's Y5/Y6 teams ran well and kept smiling! The girls certainly made the most of the mud packs! Superb running from William Hornby to finish 14th. Well done to Katie Murray, our first girl home (53rd) and Lucas Collings (53rd). Strong running from Joe Elliot, Johnny Chadwick, Ryan Hupton and Marcus Jarmesty completed a solid performance from the boys. The girls' race set off at a quick pace but that didn't deter the team. Well done to Charlotte Gibson (a brave Leigh Centurion), Megan Jones, Amy Davies, Hollie Devereaux and Jessica Horsley who combined to show just what team effort is all about.
St. Michael's hosted the ATSA KS2 Kurling Festival on Friday 13th November. This is the 4th year we have welcomed our ATSA friends. The festival attracted 10 schools altogether. Y6 Sports Leaders were on hand to make sure everything went smoothly, coaching visiting teams and helping staff. As well as our Sports Leaders, thank you to Mrs. Ashton, Mrs Scoles and Mrs Taylor for scoring and organising the refreshments. Congratulations to Sacred Heart, 2015/16 Champions!
St. Michael's ATSA Sport Council representatives, Jessica Horsley and William Hornby took part in an audience with Leigh Centurion Micky Higham at his gym in Leigh. New signings Harrison Hansen and Corey Paterson also answered questions to the Council about their experiences as sport professionals. Jessica and William took part in a challenging warm up!
Inter school sport is now well under way for the current academic year with St Michael's committed to both ATSA and Sainsbury School Games competitions and festivals.
The ATSA cross country attracted 16 schools and St Michael's entered boys and girls teams in both the Y3/Y4 and Y5/Y6 races. We'll done to all the children for determination and stamina. Special mention for Isobel Ingram - 4th Y3/Y4girls, Roan van Cuylenburg - 4th Y3/Y4 boys and Jack Horsley who improved to 12th in the Y3/Y4 boys. Splendid performance from William Hornby in the Y5/Y6 race.
The 6 weeks Y6 Tag Rugby sessions delivered by Leigh Centurions community coaches ended at half term with a festival at Leigh Sports Village. St. Michael's fielded 2 teams from Y6 who were managed by 9 classmates. They took responsibility for recording the individual statistics so the players could analyse their own performance data! Twenty four teams were organised into 4 pools of 6. St. Michael's teams proved hard to beat with results as follows :
Team 1 : Won 4 Drew 1
Team 2: Won 1 Drew 1. Lost 3
Team 1 were unlucky to make the semi finals, losing out on points difference by just one try and not conceding any! An exceptional Captain's performance from Will Roberts inspired everyone. The tag rugby has been a very successful use of our additional sport funding.
ATSA Fencing Taster Session
It was foils at the ready when Tyler True, Megan Jones and Joe Elliot visited St George's Central in Tyldesley with Miss McMillan to try out fencing. They all returned happy and intact! For anyone interested in fencing sessions, there will be an opportunity soon at St George's Central so watch out for details on the school newsletter.
St Michael's Sports Awards : July 2015
The traditional end of year match challenge between the netball and football teams celebrated the school's commitment to Inclusive Games with teams enjoying playing with the wheelchair football. Keeping score proved almost as tricky as passing the ball but great fun!
Sport Awards for 2014/2015 were presented to the children by staff who hosted tables in the school hall for nominated individuals and teams.
Sports Personality of The Year : Isabelle Webster for her outstanding contributions in swimming, netball, rounders and sport leadership.
Team of the Year : Cricket Team who won both the ATSA Kwik Cricket Festival and the Atherton Cricket Club Festival.
Most Improved Team of the Year : Football Team who maintained a high position in the ATSA league with all round team performances.
Most Improved Player : Lewis Gregory for his contribution to the cricket team, outstanding batting and bowling figures in competition.
Most Memorable Performance : Joe Elliot whose batting performance in the semi final of Atherton Cricket Festival ensured the team progressed into the final.
Congratulations to all our worthy winners, everyone is very proud of you.