Mere School Curriculum Statement
At Mere School we believe all our children have the right to succeed, to have high aspirations for their future lives and develop who they are in a respectful and caring environment. Our school ethos is firmly rooted in our school vision
'We enjoy - we learn - we achieve'.
Swimming Standards in Year 6 Mere School
2018 - 2019: 83% of Year 6 achieved the target swim distance of 25m
2019 - 2020
The term started with Tag Rugby try outs for Year 5 and 6 and once the teams had been selected lunch time practices began......even in the pouring rain! Then on Wednesday 23rd October the teams travelled to North Dorset Rugby club where they took part in a round robin tournament against several schools in Gillingham Family Cluster. Both teams played extremely well with the A team coming 4th and the B team coming 6th. It was a fantastic afternoon of Rugby with the children showing a great positive attitude in all their matches.
A team of footballers then took part in the first round of the annual Davison Cup tournament against Gillingham Primary. The team won the match 4 – 1 with all four goals being scored by Joel Hatcher. It was then the turn of the girls as they took part in a North Dorset girls football tournament in Blandford. The team came joint 5th with goals being scored by Eva Bryce and Tyler Ohuanbor. Finally we took part in a Cross Country tournament. All the runners in the Y4/5/6 teams did an amazing job and once the points were counted the team came first!
The term got off to a great start with the Year 5/6 Netball team coming second in their Gillingham Family Tournament. They won 5 out of 6 of their matches only losing in the end to the eventual event winners. Well done to all the Netball team! The have now qualified for the North Dorset Finals in March. Then it was time for the annual Mere School Dance Festival. So many children wanted to join in and so once again 2 dances were learnt and performed. The children were absolutely fantastic and we had a great time on the day. Children in Years 3 to 4 then took part in their B team football tournament at Gillingham Secondary School. For many in the team it was their first time representing the school. They played with great enthusiasm and Mr Rich was especially delighted with their team spirit. On a very cold day in February the Y5/6 Hockey team travelled to Gillingham School for their tournament. Once again the children played incredibly well and despite the cold had a great time. Finally it was time for the North Dorset Netball finals. After numerous lunch time practices they were ready! The team won 3 out of 4 of their group matches with the final one ending in a draw. We waited anxiously to see if we had qualified for the final........which we did! The final was a tough match and by the full time whistle it was a 1 - 1 draw! Then came the golden goal 2 minutes....a nerve wracking amount of time for the parents and I as all we could do was watch and support. Finally Edie Wilson took aim in the semi circle and a goal was scored. This meant that we are now the North Dorset Champions of 2020 and go into play in the County finals!
This term also saw visits from a local Rugby coaching company and Kwik Cricket's Chance to Shine programme. All the children had a great time trying out these sports with different coaches.
Sadly now though the Corona Virus has put a temporary stop to all our tournaments. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the children who have taken part in all the events this academic year. They have been a real credit to the school and you.
PE 2018 - 2019
It has been a great autumn term of sport! We have had a record number of children turning up for try outs for the teams this year which has been fantastic.
The term started with the annual Gillingham Family Tag Rugby festival hosted once again by North Dorset Rugby Club. The weather was kind to us and a brilliant day of tag rugby was had. Both the A and B team played a round robin format this year which meant lots more games than last year. The B team came second in their group and the A team came third in theirs.
Then it was the turn of the netball teams. The competition was tough for both teams but at the end of the tournament the B team had come second and the A team first! The final for the A team was a close one with Lily Jones scoring in the second half to give us victory. The A team now go on to the North Dorset finals.
Finally it was the turn of the footballers to show us what they could do. They won their first round match in the Davison cup 3-0 with goals being scored by Oliver Puffett and Sean Stainer. The team then took part in the Yeovil football tournament where a great day of football was had.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the children and staff involved in these events and Mr Barton for giving up his free time to help coach the rugby teams at lunch time. I am so very proud of all that the children have achieved.
Spring Term 2019
It has once again been a busy term for PE at Mere School. At the beginning of the term a selection of children from Year 3 and 4 took part in some Netball coaching run by Gillingham Secondary School’s Young Sport’s Leaders. They had a great time learning all about the skills of the game.
Next it was the annual Hockey Tournament. The team played incredibly well and were a real credit to the school, playing with enthusiasm and commitment.
Then a group of Year 5 and 6 children had a fantastic afternoon at Sherborne Girls School where they took part in the North Dorset Netball tournament. It was an afternoon of amazing netball and team spirit with the children narrowly missing out on a place in the final.
Finally there were several football tournaments over the course of the term including Tisbury Premier League tournament, the Davison Cup and the Gillingham Family events. All children who took part represented the school incredibly well and played all their matches with enormous skill and determination. We are incredibly proud of the Year 3/4 B team who came second in their indoor tournament and the A team who came first in theirs. The A team were undefeated in all their matches and proudly brought the trophy home!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the children, parents and staff for their amazing support this term.
Summer Term 2019
It has been another busy term for sport at Mere School this term, despite the weather! Three teams entered the Gillingham Family Tennis tournament in May and played incredibly well with one team qualifying for the North Dorset finals. At the end of May a large group of children from Year 3 and Year 4 took part in a football experience day at Yeovil town football club. The day was a huge success with some of the children getting to meet one of the team players. In June it was the turn of the cricketers with the girls coming 4th in their tournament and the boys coming second in theirs. Next it was the annual Yeovil Athletics tournament where eight of our children qualified for the County finals in Bournemouth! Finally it was the turn of the younger children with them taking part in a fantastic Mini Olympics run by Gillingham school’s young leaders. It was great to see so many past pupils coming back to help run the event. All that leaves me to say is a huge thank you to all the children, staff and parents who have helped make it another fantastic year of Sport at Mere School.
PE 2017 2018
The term has once again been a busy one for sport at Mere .
A group of Y3/4 children took part in a cricket skills festival this term. They rotated around 8 skills stations which focused on their fielding, bowling and batting skills. The final station allowed them to apply all they had learnt into a match. The children were a pleasure to take out for the day.
A group of Year 3 children took part in a multi skills festival with Gillingham School's sports leaders. They had a great afternoon and were a real credit to the school.
Year 3/4 Tennis Tournament
12 children took part in the annual Tennis festival at North Dorset tennis club this term. They had a fantastic morning of coaching followed by a singles tournament. The children played extremely well and all three teams qualified for the semi finals. This meant that two of our teams had to play each other! After the semi finals one of our team qualified through to the finals and went on to draw on points making us joint winners. This team now go onto the North Dorset finals.
It gives me great pleasure to announce the new ports ambassadors for Mere School. They are George Rich, Matthew Wade, Summer Gray and Lilly Ralph. They have received training and are busy supporting the school with their sport.
On a very foggy afternoon the Y5/6 football team took on St Mary's Marnhull in the first round of the Davison Cup. At full time the score was 1 - 1. In the last 10 seconds of extra time Ryan Ward scored the winning goal to make the result 2 - 1.
Two teams of Y5/6 boys and girls took part in Gillingham Family Tournament. The B team played extremely well and won their tournament. The A team won their group which took them to the semi finals. They then won this but lost by one try in the final.
Children from Mere School took part in the Gillingham Family Netball Tournament. The B team played incredibly well and came 5th. The A team qualified for the final bu sadly lost to Milton School. The A team however have now qualified for the N. Dorset finals. A group of Y3/4 children also joined us on the day and and took part in a coaching session led by the Young Leaders. The Year 5 team (including Michael Waters) then played at the Wiltshire Tisbury Tournament. They enjoyed the experience and are now ready for the Y6 team next year.
Davison Cup Update
The boys qualified for the quarter finals and on a very snowy cold day played their match at Blandford. In a very close game the team came back from 1 nil down to draw but sadly lost 2:1
Unfortunately the A team competition was cancelled due to the Beast from the East. However, the indoor B team tournament went ahead. The team played extremely well and qualified for the semi finals where they eventually lost to the tournament winners.
North Dorset Netball Finals
The team were delighted to have qualified for the N. Dorset finals and went to the competition determined to do their best. Against tough competition the children played extremely well in each and every match and were a pleasure to take to the tournament.
Gillingham Hockey Tournament
On a cold windy day a group of Y5/6 children headed to Gillingham school to take part in the annual hokey tournament. They played extremely well and qualified for the semi finals! After full and extra time the match was decided on penalties with Mere school winning. They then took on St Mary's Marnhull in the final where they took and early lead which they held onto right the to final whistle. Well done to all players for bringing the trophy home.
Two teams from Mere School took part in the Gillingham Tag Rugby Tournament in October. Both teams played extremely well and qualified for the semi finals where unfortunately they were beaten. The teams represented the school incredibly well and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their amazing attitude and performances.
I am now delighted to announce that the A team were chosen to go to North Dorset to take part in a spirit of the games competition. Whilst playing at the Gillingham family tournament they were noted for their positive attitude and sportsmanship and were selected to take part in this new competition. Well done Team A.
Finally can I thank Mrs Cripps once again for her support in coaching and running the Team B event both at lunch times and on the day.
Davison Cup First Round
In October a team of 10 boys from Y5/6 at Mere took on St George's Bourton in their first round match of the annual Davison Cup Tournament. Children from Y6 watched as the team played extremely well and won 2:1. Congratulations to the team and a big thank you to Mr Rich for coaching and organising the event. The boys then went on to their second round match and which they sadly lost. However, once again they represented Mere School really well.
Children from Y5/6 took part in the Gillingham Family cluster tournament. It was a fantastic afternoon of netball which included coaching for the Y3/4 children. Our 5/6 team qualified for the semi final where they were beaten 1 - 0. However this meant that they qualified for the North Dorset Finals, which took place in March. The children played incredibly well but did not manage to qualify for the next round. The team played brilliantly and were a credit to Mere School
A team of Y5/6 children braved a very wet day in March to attend the Gillingham Family Hockey Tournament. The children played incredibly well despite the awful weather conditions and came 5th. Congratulations to all the children who took part.
Year Three/Four Football
Two teams of Y3/4 boys and girls took part in the Gillingham Family football tournament. The Year 4 A team played outside on the astro turf and came 7th. The Y3 team played inside and came 6th. Both teams played extremely well and were a credit to the school.
Year 3 Multi-Skills
Children from Gold Class took part in a Multi Skills event run by Gillingham School Sports Leaders. They had a great time and represented Mere school incredibly well.
Year 3/4 Tennis
Three teams of Year 3 and 4 children took part in the Gillingham Family tennis tournament. All the children played incredibly well and only missed out qualifying for North Dorset by 1 point!
Sports Tournaments 2015/2016
Mr Rich very kindly trained our boys football team over several lunchtimes in preparation for their first match against Abbey School in Shaftesbury. I am very pleased to announce that the boys won the game 3 - 0! Congratulations boys and Mr Rich! They have now qualified for the next round.
The training continued and the team took on Semley Primary School. The boys played extremely well and won the match 5 - 0! It was fantastic to watch the amazing footballing talent that we have at Mere. I would like to congratulate the team and Mr Rich and wish them all the best in their quarter final match against Yetminster after half term.
The boys successfully beat the team from Yetminster in a very tough match which meant they qualified for the finals! They played well and made it through to the final only to be beaten in penalties! Thank you to Mr Rich for all your hard work. The boys have been a real pleasure to watch.
In the Autumn term two teams entered the Gillingham Family Tournament. Team A came second and qualified for the North Dorset Finals and Team B cam second in their section. Team A then went on to come second in the North Dorset Finals and will now be taking part in the Dorset finals in Bournemouth in March.
On a lovely sunny Wednesday at the end of the Spring Term we travelled to Bournemouth to take part in the School Games Tag Rugby Event. The team played incredibly well throughout the day coming 6th out of 24 teams in the county. Once again it was a pleasure to take the children to this event and watch them play with great skill and sportsmanship. Thank you to Mr Barton who not only coached the team during our PE lessons but came with us on the day.
In the Autumn term Y3/4 took part in some Netball coaching at Gillingham School. The children had a great time working with the Sports Leaders. At the same time children from Y5/6 took part in a Netball Tournament. The team came second and have qualified for the North Dorset Finals in the Spring Term.
The team then travelled to the North Dorset finals where despite playing with great energy and enthusiasm they did not qualify for the finals. I would like to thank the team for giving up their lunch times to train and for representing the school so well throughout the day.
On a very cold afternoon at Gillingham School Astro Turf the Y6 team took part in the Gilingham Family Hockey Tournament. Despite a few close matches they managed to win their section. They then went on to win both their quarter final match and semi final match which resulted in a final against Wyke. The children played extremely well and drew the final.......resulting in them being announced as joint winners of the tournament. Well done to the whole team. I would also like to thank Mrs Cripps and Mrs Harkin for holding down the fort as I battled against the Gillingham school traffic.
Yr 5/6 Football Tournaments
Once again the football team were busy taking part in both the Gillingham Family and Tisbury Football tournaments. It gives me great pleasure to announce that they came third at Tisbury and FIRST in the Gillingham tournament. Well done boys!