Quick links: Year 5 /6 Swimming Gala | Table Tennis Tournament | Sports Day | Team GB 100m Sprinter Rion Pierre | Football Tournament | Cross Country at Ringmer | Hockey Match – Chiddingly v East Hoathly | Uckfield Grand Prix | Chess Match | Sussex Junior Chess | Chess Achievements | Benchball Tournament | Universal Dance | Marathon Run News | Football Match – East Hoathly CE Primary School v Chiddingly Primary School

Year 5 /6 Swimming Gala

On Monday, Pioneer took two teams to the Ringmer Cluster Schools Swimming Gala. A team from East Hoathly and a team from Chiddingly competed against each other and four other schools in our local area.

The swimmers from Year 5 & 6 competed in individual 25 Metre swims, individual 75 Metre swims and team relays of 75 and 100 metres, using different swimming techniques. The teams were split into two heats and then the races were timed and put into fastest order. These scores were then added together to work out the winning team.

Our team of swimmers showed an exceptional level of sportsmanship, cheering on their team mates, swimmers from Chiddingly and other swimmers in the pool. They also showed how they have developed their growth mind sets in trying something new and giving their best efforts. As a school and team, this is the first swimming gala many of them have ever attended.

As a team East Hoathly came 6th and the pupils have a new found interest in swimming competitively. As a teacher on pool side, I was so proud of how our children stepped up to the competition and thankful to our parents for supporting us with loud cheers and providing travel arrangements which allowed the children to take part!

Well Done Team!

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Table Tennis Tournament

We showed great Growth Mindset in our table tennis tournament against Chiddingly today. We won every game and Leo and Luke were in the final.  Congratulations to Luke for being the overall winner. Our team mates were great competitors and everyone gave each other brilliant encouragement. What a team – Luke, Leo, Aidan, Oscar, Coen and Ethan R! Well done!


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Sports Day

We held our annual Sports Day on Tuesday 4th of July and it was a fantastic morning! The children were incredibly supportive of each other and worked really hard when completing the activity carousel and flat races!

Well done to the London Eye house team for winning the overall day!

We would like to say a big thank you to the FPTA for providing ice lollies and refreshments and to our volunteers who helped to run activity stations!


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Team GB 100m Sprinter Rion Pierre

Rion is a former National champion and is one of the fastest 100m runners in UK history. He has won many international medals for Great Britain. These include winning medals at the European Championships and World Championships.

He was a professional footballer in his youth at the Chelsea academy and his talents for sprinting were discovered here. He has overcome many injuries and missed out on the Olympic Games, however because of his dedication and natural talent he is now back on top form and we are confident he can qualify for this year’s World Championships.

“Rion talked about what sports he did as a child to improve his Growth Mindset.”

Jessica-Rose Year 4

“Rion talked to us and showed us how to use Growth Mindset when being a sportsman.”

Zach Year 3

On Wednesday, Rion Pierre, the GB sprinter came to East Hoathly and Chiddingly to talk to the children. He spent time with the whole school and then worked with each class for a workshop. The theme of the day was to develop the children's 'Growth Mindset' to follow their ambitions and dreams.

Rion talked about his journey from being an everyday boy growing up in Jamaica and then London, before developing a love for football. He practised so hard to become the best he could and worked his way up to playing for the Chelsea youth football team. Unfortunately a major injury put paid to his football career, but as part of his rehabilitation he discovered a talent for sprinting which led to his new found career.

As Rion walked into our school hall, he was really impressed to see our 'Growth Mindset' display and continued to explain to the children how the only way to succeed in something is to have a positive, resilient outlook and to never give up!

All classes enjoyed their workshops and managed to ask our visitor lots of questions. We are really grateful to the FPTA for covering the cost of this worthwhile event and many thanks to Rion for coming to East Hoathly.

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Football Tournament

Written by the players:

“On Tuesday 16th May, we went to Sussex Downs Leisure Centre and played a 7-a-side football tournament against 6 other teams. We were a joint team with Chiddingly the Pioneer dream team! We had a fabulous day playing football against other schools. It was good to be able to join up with our friends from Chiddingly School. We drew three games out of four. Some amazing saves were made by Coen but sadly we lost 1-0 due to a rebound off the goal post. A great day was had by us all!”

Players: Leo Tarry, Coen Parkhouse, Oscar Bunney, Tyler Crisford, Harvey Taylor.

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Cross Country at Ringmer

Some pupils went to a Cross Country event at Ringmer School on Friday 18th November. It had been a drizzly day so the ground was wet, but we persevered through the mud! We ran about 1.6km, which felt really far. Everybody finished the race and our team came 6th in the Girls’ race and 7th in the boys’ race. We were really pleased!

Well done to all of our runners for pushing themselves and embracing the challenge!

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Hockey Match – Chiddingly v East Hoathly

On the 19th October we held a competitive derby match. It was a close fought clash with both sides showing a good standard of play as well as great sportsmanship and discipline.

Year 3&4: Chiddingly 5 – 2 East Hoathly.

Year 5&6: Chiddingly 4 – 2 East Hoathly.

Special mention

Player of the matches from East Hoathly – Teddy Wren and Coen Parkhouse.

Keep an eye out for upcoming fixtures between the two schools in the near future.

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Uckfield Grand Prix

East Hoathly and Chiddingly schools will be taking part in the Uckfield Grand Prix event this year on Sunday 17th July. This event is an annual electric car grand prix which involves Year 5 and 6 children building and decorating their own 24 volt Greenpower Goblin kit car and then working as teams to compete in heats and races. A letter and further details will be sent out nearer the time.

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Chess Match

On Tuesday 3rd May at 2.30pm, children from the chess club were selected to play to represent East Hoathly against Lewes Old Grammar school. Daniel Longley, Luke Cave, Alfie Gibbons and Robert Rattrey played well against the 4 players from the competing school. Mr Stockham, who arranged and supported the event, oversaw the matches. Overall, East Hoathly came away winners of the afternoon! Well done to all competitors for their chess matches as well as their good sportsmanship that they showed throughout the matches. So it would seem East Hoathly will progress to the Primary Cup Finals on 17th May.

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Sussex Junior Chess

Sussex Junior Chess is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers which exists to promote and popularise chess amongst school age children in the county.

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Chess Achievements

At the recent Chess Academy event held at Uckfield Community College, East Hoathly school had a team of four, with Abbie Simmons and Luke Cave both doing well. Sam Simmons took part for the first time and won his Year 2 group medal and Daniel Longley won his Year 6 group medal with a good score of 3.5/6 and coming 7th out of 20 children entered.

East Hoathly school were placed third out of the nine schools taking part overall, but were second amongst the primary schools.

Well done to the East Hoathly chess players!

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Benchball Tournament

On 26th January 2016, six of our students represented our school in a Benchball competition. They were accompanied by Mrs Burns who said they showed excellent sportsmanship. There were 6 other schools who took part and we played 3 games against Laughton, Firle and Framfield. Overall, we came 3rd in the whole competition and really enjoyed the tournament!

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Universal Dance

Universal Dance Company based in Uckfield visited the whole school on Friday 22nd January 2016. The day started with an assembly which got the children thinking about the different types of dance there are and the types of moves that you do in all dance. Throughout the morning, the classes had taster sessions, having a go at street dance! All the children did very well, having lots of fun while learning about a different type of dance. During the day, Universal Dance reiterated that dance is about expression and enjoyment but also it's about staying fit and healthy too! The children of East Hoathly exclusively get two free sessions to any of the Universal Dance clubs which includes musical theatre!

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Marathon Run News

Many thanks to all the parents who sponsored Mr Procter for running the marathon last weekend. The money raised will go towards the FPTA projects.

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Football Match – East Hoathly CE Primary School v Chiddingly Primary School

On Monday after school there were two football matches played against Chiddingly School split between Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils. The Key Stage 1 game was won by East Hoathly 5-0, a well organised team with each member of the team playing their part. The goals were scored by Zach Medrow (3), Alfie Baker (1) and Aidan (1).

The 2nd game was a much tighter affair ending up 5-5. East Hoathly took an early lead, were pegged back and then showed great strength to come back to earn the draw. The goals were scored by Teddy Wren (2), Luke Cave(2) and Jack Wren (1).

The matches were enjoyed by all. We had a total of 20 pupils representing East Hoathly. A special thank you must go to all the parents and pupils who came along to support. The games will be repeated and we are looking to expand to play other local schools.

James Medrow - Parent and Governor

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