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Sport at Cookham Dean 2018 -19


We are happy to announce that this year's Sports Ambassadors are Harry Mc Gill, Florence Templing, Lilou Randle and William Hancock. They will be in charge of organising games at lunch times on a Wednesday and Friday, keeping the PE resources tidy and fit for use and overseeing the Sports Organising Crew, who will be organising sports matches on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

The timetable for sports at lunchtimes for this term are benchball on Mondays, football or basketball (depending on the weather) on Tuesdays and netball on Thursdays. This will be updated according to the votes of the school pupils and will be revised termly.


The aim of the Sports Ambassadors is to encourage all children to be healthy and active at lunchtime play and to keep it fun.


We also look forward to the opening of our new running track, which we will be using on a daily basis to work towards every child being active for at least half an hour a day.


This year we have another fun-filled timetable of tournaments, run mainly by our local Sports Partnership. Our aim is to give every child in KS2 the chance to take part n at least one tournament outside school, as well as inter house tournaments at the end of each PE sport unit. KS1 will also be given the chance to take part in football, cricket and athletics tournaments.


Below is the schedule of upcoming tournaments that we plan to enter teams for.



Dan the skipping man

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The children display what they have learnt in their skipping workshop in out end of day skipping show.

The changing seasons as witnessed by the Thursday morning running club runners.

Year 4 complete their 10 minute daily running session around our lovely new track


On Thursday 8th November 2018, eleven Year 5 children went to the Magnet Leisure Centre for a swimming gala. It was the first of its kind organised by the Marlin’s Swimming Club for local primary schools. They participated in a range of solo and relay events. The solo races included freestyle (or front crawl), breaststroke, backstroke, and leg kick only using a float. The relay events included a mixed stroke relay, a freestyle relay, a woggle race and a canon relay: a mixed age group race in which we joined with St Piran’s.

The children loved it and did brilliantly. Medals were awarded for the first 3 places and ribbons for 4th to 6th and we took home an impressive five medals and thirteen ribbons!

“It was a great fun, wet, cold day,” was the summary of the afternoon according to Elliott and Muhammad. Congratulations to all those who took part.


Year 1 Football Tournament at Cressex Astroturf - the children played brilliantly winning three out of six matches and winning their group.

Our aim is to retain our Gold Games Mark this year, by continuing to encourage all children to take part in extra curricular sport; by making links with coaches from local sports clubs; by getting as many pupils as we can involved with organising and running sport at school and celebrating their sporting achievements both within and outside school.


Running Club meets on a Thursday morning at 8am to enjoy the countryside around our school.





Year 3/4 TAG RUGBY

Yesterday, year 3 and 4 took part in a Tag Rugby Tournament at Maidenhead Rugby Club. Despite the drizzly weather, they had a fantastic time playing games against other local schools. Well done to all of the pupils who took part and a big thank you to Mrs Paton for leading the team.







Year 3/4 Benchball Competition - Friday 18th January

On Friday 18th January, Year 3 & 4 took part in a benchball competition. We played 8 teams. We won 3 games, drew 2 and lost 3. We all had a great time and can’t wait to do it again! - Charlie Y 4 Well done Y3 & 4, having not had much experience at benchball you all played extremely well as a a team.

SWIMARATHON AWARD WINNERS We are delighted to say that our school jointly won a cup for the Junior team (under 12’s) who swam the most laps. Courthouse Team 1 & Cookham Dean Year 6 both achieved an amazing total of 64 laps each. Congratulations!


WHITE WALTHAM-0. COOKHAM DEAN-0. This was a year 5 only team and we gave debutes to LOUIS,,BETHAN,,RIVAN & OLIVER. We had the majority of the play but were unable to break through-however useful experience for next season. WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE-0. COOKHAM DEAN -8. A more usual team-a mixture of years 5 & 6-gave their best display of the season and thoroughly deserved their convincing victory.Early on THEO caused chaos down the left of WSL defence. and when he was fouled HARRY Mc comfortably netted the penalty. We went on to dominate play & our scorers were EESA, ETHAN (2), WILL(2), RORY & HARRY (2). It is likely we have now qualified for the League Play-offs and we await whom we have to play next

St Piran's Cross country - May 2nd - Year 3/4


Well done to the Year 3 and 4 children who took part in a cross country event at St Piran's School. Max and Vivienne took 3rd place in their races and Luke came 1st in his. Well done to everyone!


Healthy Schools week - Week beginning June 10th 2019


This year the weather was not so kind to us, but the children still embraced every opportunity that we gave them. This year saw children learning yoga, street dance, ultimate frisbee and golf; try out healthy recipes and learn about how keep our bodies and minds healthy. All children took part in a long run, including our annual 1000m run for year 3-6 as well as a cricket tournament. Unfortunately our Sports Day had to be postponed.


Below are some highlights from the week.




Healthy School's Week - 18th - 22nd June 2018


Another fantastic Healthy School's week for Cookham Dean saw children going round an assault course; playing golf; doing yoga and pilates; trying their hand at boxing; moving to music both Bollywood-style and hip hop style; taking part in softball and cricket tournaments; as well as learning about and practising mindfulness, healthy eating, taking care of our bodies and e-safety. Most children took part in our annual long run and we finished off the week with our School Games Day. We were also lucky enough to have Mrs Aggar come in to talk to the children in assembly about what it takes to be a top athlete and how to succeed, even when facing tough challenges.


The message for the week was the importance of keeping our minds and bodies healthy and having fun while we do it. The children got a chance to try sports that they might not have come across before and the feedback from the children was very positive, the only complaints being that they wished they'd had the chance to try all the activities! ( We just couldn't fit this all into one week!)


The results from the KS2 long run: fastest boy was Tom Ellington completing the 1000m course in 3:29.0 (a new course record). The fastest girl was Ruby Dale with a time of 3:54.7. In the year 3/4 race, the first Year 4 boy across the line was Ethan Dickinson, with Rory Paton and William Hancock taking 2nd and 3rd places. The first Year 4 girl across the line was Lilou Randle, closely followed by Evie Woodbridge and Bethan Hill. In Year 3, Daisy Smith took first place for the girls, followed by Sophie Barrett and Eliza Fradin. For the boys, Luke Rice was the winner, followed by Max Robinson and Bertie Neal. In the Year 5/6 race, the fastest boy was Tom Ellington,with Monty Hill and Ben Hearsey in 2nd and 3rd plces. For the Year 6girls, Isabelle Walker was the fastest, followed by Mollie Starkey and Imogen Downes. In Year 5, Harry McGill was the fastest,with Edward Lennarz and Harry Willett taking 2nd and 3rd place and for the girls Ruby Dale was fastest, followed by Tiffany Carter and Summer Clarke.


School Games Day was very successful, if a little hot! The round robin in the morning gave the children the chance to compete in a variety of activities from vortex throwing to ball dribbling. After break the children all got the chance to race in a class running race and relay. The afternoon brought a series of fun races, culminating in the Year 6 obstacle race, set up by the Year 5s, involving a lot of water! 


It was a winning week for Emerald, who took first place not only in the long run (amassing the highest number of points for children taking part and being placed) but also for School Games Day.


We hope the children were left with a greater understanding of how to stay healthy and found out how much fun it can be!


Some highlights of the week

The running club enjoy a run through our beautiful countryside - what a view!

Year 2 at their first cricket skills tournament

Cricket Sklls Tournamant


On Thursday 3rd May, year 3 and 4 took part in a cricket tournament. We had a fantastic morning at Boyne Hill Cricket ground, taking part in lots of activities, finishing up with a quick game of cricket. We were extremely proud as we came 3rd, which meant we beat our placing’s from last year. Well done!





n Thursday 26th April, year 3 and 4 competed in a cross country event at St. Pirans School. We had a lovely afternoon, especially as the rain held off. Both classes did brilliantly and we were all exhausted. Here are the results:- Year 4 - Bethan came 2nd and Lilou came 3rd with all of the year 4 Girls coming 1st overall. Year 4 boys came 2nd overall Year 3 - Luke Rice came 2nd, with the year 3 boys coming 2nd overall. The year 3 girls came 3rd overall. Well done everyone! 





Running club update  from Kelli Dickinson:

We had a glorious morning for our adventure run! Well done to everyone that made it through the wettest, muddiest, coldest term, we've had loads of fun, generated loads of washing and all got fitter!


I had one of my favourite comments from one of the children last week when we ran our pyramid, one of our toughest sessions. They had real pride in their voice when they said "the first time we did that session I couldn't do all the runs and had to walk. Today I did it!" ❤ 


Football news


A huge congratulations to our wonderful football team who have finished at the top of their league (we think). The team have had a an amazing season. The played 11 matches, worn 9, lost one and drew one and scored a staggering 40 goals. Player of the season was voted as Monty for his midfield runs and great crosses. One of the highlights of the season was our goalie scoring 2 goals as part of 10-0 defeat of St Luke's! A favourite goal was a cross from Tom, which was booted in beautifully by Monty. Well done, bouys. We are very proud of you.


Year 3/4 football tournament

On Thursday 8th March, 10 children from year 3 and year 4 went to a football tournament at Altwood School. We played 3 matches. We won one match and lost the other two. The match we won we beat them 1- 0 and Rocco scored the goal. Although we lost 2 games, we really enjoyed ourselves. It was great fun. Report by Bethan Hill (Year 4)

Tuesday 27th February - Year 1 travelled to Cressex Astroturf while the freezing 'Beast of the East' was visiting and had great fun competing in their first tournament.

Friday 23rd February - Invictus Festival

Cross Country at St Piran's - Thursday 22nd February


The St Piran's Cross Country on Thursday was a tough event for teams from years 5 and 6, who raced in separate girls and boys races, doing three laps of the school grounds. A hilly course at times, every child gave their absolute all and, against some speedy runners, all fought hard for their running position to gain points for their team. We were proud of all of them and particular congratulations to Tom for winning the silver medal in the boys Under 11s race.


FOOTBALL UPDATE FURZE PLATT - 1 COOKHAM DEAN - 4 This was Cookham Dean's hardest match of the season. After Tom gave us an early lead the home team fought back to equalize and came close to going ahead. However just before half-time Monty cleverly controlled a cross to make it 2-1 to the visitors. In the second half both teams had their chances but once again Cookham's better finishing gave them the points through Tom's fierce cross-shot and Monty's deft header. Mr Warren

YEAR 4 DANCE FESTIVAL Well done to all of year 4 who performed fantastically at the annual dance festival yesterday, at the magnet. It was a long day, however the children all behaved impeccably. Well done! 



Thursday 25th January - Years 5 and 6 sent a team to the sports hall athletics competition where they competed in both track and field events and beat two other schools to take 6th place overall.

FOOTBALL UPDATE RIVERSIDE - 0 COOKHAM DEAN - 8 Despite a long lay-off due to rain/snow/waterlogged pitches/etc Cookham Dean still retained their top form. JJ opened the scoring after a powerful run quickly followed by Monty and just before half-time Finn & Tom both added one each to make it 4-0. Riverside fought hard but to no avail and the same 4 players each scored again to double the interval lead in the second half. Mr Warren 

Running Club News


Cookham Running Club invited our runners and their siblings to join their monthly 5k or 1 mile race. The start of the race is staggered depending on previous performances so the fastest runners set off last and try to catch those ahead of them. All the children ran brilliantly in the junior mile and enjoyed the challenge, with Bella Hill taking the prize after a really strong finish. Toby and Marcus ran in the 5k race against the Cookham seniors and both ran races to be proud of.




Year 5 Football tournament


At the recent 6-a-side Tournament at Cressex Cookham Dean claimed a very impressive 3rd place out of 16 schools. They won their Group 1 with wins over Foxes Piece 4-0 and West Wycombe 2-0 together with a 0-0 draw with Hamilton. In the play -offs with the other Group winners a 1-1 draw with Lowbrook was sufficient to claim the 3rd spot for medals. Mr Warren

NETBALL MATCH REPORT - By Myla On the 16th November our netball team played against Holy Trinity School in Cookham. Everyone played very well and put lots of effort in. Unfortunately we lost 7 nil but we all had a great time. Annabel Stratford from year 5 was voted player of the match. Well done Annabel! Overall it was a great experience and even though we lost we learnt a lot and look forward to other matches.

Year 5/6 Hockey Tournament

On Thursday 9th November Years 5 & 6 went to a hockey tournament which was located at Altwood Secondary School. Overall we played fantastically and the A Team won 4 out of 6 of their matches. The B team drew 2 and lost 1 match. I know from hearing from Mrs Slater we all played amazingly as a team. As the saying goes ‘it’s not about the winning it’s about the taking part’. Immi - Year 6




Football League Update:  The visitors kept up their recent good form with a comfortable victory to make it 4 wins out of 5 matches to date. Early in the first half TOM's corner was headed in by MONTY at the near post. Cookham proceeded to dominate play and in the second half MONTY was again on hand to turn in a cross with his second goal to seal all 3 points. Mr Warren

Year 3/4 RUGBY TOURNAMENT - By Bethan - Y4 On the 17th October, year 3 and 4 played in a rugby tournament against several local schools, We played 8 matches of which we won 4, drew 1 and lost 3. We all enjoyed ourselves and had great fun. The best part was that we all received a certificate for taking part.








Year 5 FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT - by Joel - Y5 On Tuesday the 16th of October Year 5 boys played at Cressex. Joel, Eesa, Harry M, Harry W, Edward, Alfie & Will played a tournament and lost a few but won loads, the goal scorers were: Eesa 1, Will 2 and Joel 6. Harry M made some great passes, made 2 of Joel’s goals. Joel made 1 goal for Eesa. Joel played as a striker, Will and Alfie in defence, Eesa, Edward and Harry M in midfield and Harry W in goal. We won the tournament. 

Healthy School's Week was a huge success. Thank you to all those who took part and all those who made it such a great week.

1000m metre race


We were very pleased to see nearly every child choosing to take part in this race at lunchtime on Wednesday, as well as many of the staff. This year, KS1 went first, doing one lap of the grounds and then KS2 raced 1000m, with years 3 and 4 racing together and then Years 5 and 6.

In the year 3/4 race, Harry Mc Gill came in 1st place, Ruby Dale 2nd and Joel Wallace 3rd. 

In the year 5/6 race, 1st place was taken by Tom Ellington, with Ben Hearsey and Monty Hill taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

 In Year 3 this year's fastest girl and boy were Lilou Randle and Rory Paton. In year 4: Ruby Dale and Harry McGill. In year 5: Aaya Ulhaq and Tom Ellington and Year 6: Maddy Dean and Ethan Williams.

The overall girls champion plaque was awarded to Ruby Dale and the boys champion was Tom Ellington.

House points were awarded to all those who took part, with extra points depending on position and the overall winners of the house competition were Emerald with 494 points. Diamond came 2nd with 407 and Ruby 3rd with 359 points.

Congratulations to all those who took part and all those who cheered and supported their friends. It was a great event and great to see it so well participated in and supported. Thank you to Kelli Dickinson and Louise Ferriman for all your fantastic organising!

On School Games Day on Friday, points were awarded for both the round robin team activities and the athletics events after break and after adding up the point totals, 1st place was awarded to Ruby, who won the house cup. Diamond came in second and Emerald in third place. Congratulations to all those who took part and to all those who supported their team mates so enthusiastically. A great day was had by all.

Mums vs Years 5/6 Cricket Match


After school on Thursday, eight mums played a cricket match against a selection of brave children from years 5 and 6. The game consisted of 12 overs, with fielder constantly rotating places and batting pairs staying in for 3 overs each. Both teams started with 100 points. They lost 5 points for a wicket and were awarded points for each run scored. It was a very close match, but the very competitive mums just held on to their lead and won with a final score of 131 to 127.








Healthy School's Week - 26th - 30th June 2016  



We have an exciting week planned for Healthy School's Week, with a variety of activities to keep our bodies and minds healthy, from cooking to mindfulness. We have a full programme of activities every afternoon, culminating in our School Games Day all day on Friday. So let's hope the weather holds up for us!

On Thursday, the whole school will be taking part in a cricket tournament following on from our cricket coaching from Jon Stewart and his team. All year groups from 1-6 will take part. Since this year is the women's cricket world cup, being help in the UK, we thought it would be fun to end this day with a mums vs year 6 cricket game from 3.30-4.30. All mums welcome, so please let the office know if you are available to play - no experience necessary!!


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Below is our programme of activities across the school for the week


Healthy Schools Week




Assembly will be with Mrs Ferriman talking about her London Marathon

Joe Wickes workout in assembly


Dance - playground

Healthy Eating – prepare fruit kebabs (T)


Soccer Field

Healthy Eating – what is healthy eating. Design a healthy packed lunch box (T)


Bollywood Dancing with Mrs Butt (30 mins) - 1.15 – 1.45


Dance - playground


Healthy eating – make a healthy salad (T)

Archery Field


Bollywood Dancing with Mrs Butt

(30 mins) hall 1.45 to 2.15

Healthy eating

  • Make a healthy salad (T)


Healthy eating (T) – British Nutrition Foundation

Bollywood Dancing with Mrs Butt

(30 mins) hall 2.15 to 2.45




Healthy eating (T) – British Nutrition Foundation

Bollywood Dancing with Mrs Butt

(30 mins) hall 2.45 to 3.15







Multiskills - field

Mindfulness classroom (T)



Dance Hall


Mindfulness classroom – Mrs Barrett

Fencing - field


Dance Hall

Mindfulness classroom – Mrs Solomou


Mindfulness classroom – Mrs Solomou


Keeping ourselves clean and looking after our bodies (T)


Street dance playground

Mindfulness classroom - Mrs Barrett


e-safety (T)

Street dance - playground




1K run at lunchtime organised by running club


Street dance playground

Keeping ourselves clean – washing hands, teeth (T)


Yoga – Mrs Kennedy

Street dance playground


Keeping ourselves clean (T)

Hockey field


Keeping ourselves clean (T)

Yoga – Mrs Kennedy


Dance - hall

How can we improve our environment (T)


NSPCC Workshop

Dance - hall


Lacrosse - field

NSPCC Workshop





Cricket tournament all day



Friday - School Games Day on the field   Image result for school games day logo


9.15 - 10.30 - Round Robin activities in houses including sack race, egg and spoon, ball dribbling, invasion game, ball rolling and balancing a ball on a tennis racket. The winning house to be announced later in the day.


10.50 - 12 -  Athletics - all children to compete in a running race and either a throwing or jumping event. KS2 will also get a choice of hurdles with throwing and jumping.


12-1 - Lunch on the field. Children may order fish and chips or have a picnic lunch. Parents are asked to bring a picnic.


1-3 - Class relays, Year 6 obstacle race and toddler race.


3pm (approx) - Results from the day. Certificates award to children from the top 3 houses from the athletics events and the round robin and the house cup awarded to the winning house.


Twelve children from Years 3 and 4 traveled to Boyne Hill Cricket Club yesterday to take part in a Cricket Skills competition led by the Chance to Shine organisation. Different stations had been set up, each concentrating on a different skill required to play cricket well, including batting, bowling, catching, fielding and agility. The children moved round the stations, winning points each time for their achievements in that particular skill. The children participated with enthusiasm and it was great to see them improve over the course of the afternoon. Out of nine teams taking part, Cookham Dean took six place. Well done to all those who took part


Cross Country Festival - Thursday 27th April


23 children from Years 3 and 4 travelled to St Piran's School this afternoon to compete in 1500m races around the school grounds. The Year 3 girls race was first, followed by Year 3 boys, Year 4 girls and finally Year 4 boys.  The group score was determined by adding up the positions of the four highest placed children from each school, so that the winning school was the one with the lowest score. Medals were also awarded to the top 3 individuals in each race.

We were very proud of the determination and effort shown by all the children from Cookham Dean and their support for their team mates. Year 3 girls did particularly well, taking first place in the group competition, with Bethan Hill winning a third place medal. The Year 3 boys also did very well, taking second place in the group competition.

The competition was of a high standard in Year 4 and although our children tried their best, we did not get a place in the group competition this time. However Ruby Dale won a medal for taking third place in her race. 

Well done to all those who took part and thank you to Mrs Dickinson and Mrs Ferriman who have worked hard to train up those that are members of the running club. The hard work seems to be paying off!






BERKSHIRE GAMES Winter Berkshire Games at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre - Wednesday 22nd March


12 members of year 3 were at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre on Wednesday to represent Maidenhead and Ascot for the Winter Berkshire School Games, the culmination of the tournaments taken part in so far this year. On a rather wet morning, they were lucky enough to be participating in the Change 4 Life event in the indoor hall! They got the chance to have a go at a variety of multi skills activities and to try to improve on their personal best in each event. In the afternoon, the sun came out as they headed to the Cultural Village, outside the main abbey, where they listened to an inspirational talk from the Olympic Athlete, Ryan , and then had a go at the obstacle course where they raced against each other; the cycling event along a pretty muddy course; had a go at hitting the target in archery; learnt some circus skills and finished the afternoon by getting their faces painted. It was great opportunity for them to be part of a big event, with around 1200 children from various local areas.




A team of 8 headed off to Cressex Astroturf last Tuesday for a year 1 tournament. The boys won 2 out of their 4 games in the first fixture and 3 out of 4 in the second. They won the second fixture overall. Total win 5 out of the 8 games played. But most of all they have great fun!


Street Dance Taster sessions - Thursday 2nd February


Today we were visited by Ms Gould from Premier Education, who took Year 1,2 and 3 for a street dance session, giving them chance to help put a routine together and then perform it as a class. Since we don't currently offer a dance club, we wanted to give children a taster of what would be involved in the new club that Ms Gould will be running on a Tuesday after school from 3.30 to 4.30 in the hall. The club will start after half term.




Sports hall Athletics Competition - Thursday 26th January


Year 3 travelled to Newlands School in the morning to take part in the Sports hall athletics competition. Every child got the chance to take part in at least one filed and one track event. The track events included series of relay races involving either straight running or negotiating a series of obstacles. The field events included chest push, standing long jump, triple jump, vertical jump, soft javelin and speed bouncing. The children showed fantastic team spirit and really enjoyed competing, but unfortunately took last place out of 7 schools.


In the afternoon a team of 24 children from years 5 and 6 (6 boys and 6 girls from each year group) also took part in the same competition. There were some fantastic individual performances and every child put in 100% effort, gaining enough points to take 5th place, beating Cookham Rise and St Mary's. Well done to all those who took part.



Dan the Skipping Man - Monday 16th January


Today we enjoyed a visit from Dan the Skipping Man. He spent half an hour with each year group; from Reception who learnt some of the basics in partnership with Dan through to Year 6 who were learning 'The pretzel' , which looked extremely tricky. He spent time training the lunchtime controllers so that they can encourage and support the children to continue improving on their skipping skills during playtimes. We finished the day with a show, where some of the children showcased their skipping talent. Photos and videos to follow.

For those children who would like to continue working on their skills at home, have a look at Dan's Youtube channel which has clips of different types of skipping and challenges to try.

We plan to put in place a series of skipping challenges at school for the children to try to achieve.

Solar skipping ropes are on sale in the school office for the rest of this week, priced £6.

The children loved the day and we hope that skipping will become a big part of playtimes.




Swimarathon 2017


Cookham Dean entered six teams into the Swimarathon on Saturday 7th January, with 43 children swimming as many lengths as they could in 55 minutes. The children had a lot of fun; they were amazing, determined and supportive and encouraging to each other. They were a credit to or school! Altogether they managed a whopping 435 lengths, which is a massive 10,875 metres! They were raising funds for school and Maidenhead Lions who fund projects in the local community. We are yet to find out the grand total raised, but we'll keep you posted.

Here are some of the children from across the years who swam.



Running club update - come rain, shine or frost those runners are out (even in -3), making the most of our beautiful countryside - great resilience and determination shown.

Cross country competition at Altwood - Monday 28th November


12 children from years 4,5,and 6 travelled to Altwood school last week to compete in a 1000m lap of the field. There were 13 teams in total and boys and girls races separately in their year groups. The children did brilliantly, everyone of them giving their all against some very fierce competition at times and in the end our B team actually beat our A team, when it came 5th to a very close joint 6th. A special tank you to Jack and Monty, who stepped up at the last minute when two other team members had to pull out due to injury and ended up racing in the year group above them. Congratulations to all those who took part.




Zumba - Monday 21st November - Years one to six got a chance to learn some new moves while exercising with a visit from Sarah from 'time to move'.

Year 4 football tournament


On Tuesday 15th November, 8 children from year 4 travelled to Cressex Astroturf in High Wycombe to

compete against schools from Bucks and Berks. In the first round they came 2nd in their groups and then in the 2nd round they came 4th. Well done to all those who took part - they all had great fun.


Year 6 Hockey tournament - Friday 10th November


12 children from Year 6 travelled to Altwood School last week to take part in the In2Hockey tournament. We fielded two teams of six and both teams won two out of five games, playing against St Luke's, Courthouse, Cookham Rise, St Edmund Campion and All Saints. Well done to all those who took part; who played with enthusiasm and showed great competitive spirit.




Following on from the success of Sally Conway in winning a bronze medal in Judo at Rio' 16, the School Sports Partnership gave schools the opportunity to have three Judo taster sessions. Years 5 and 6 were coached by accredited coaches from local club Iiankai Judo and learnt some of the basics of Judo.


Jack Rutter, Paralympic Football Player for team GB, visits...


Jack lead an awe-inspiring assembly to all Key stage 1 and 2 children, sharing a slide show with the children, showing his journey of highs and lows from being on the brink of being signed as a professional footballer at the age of 17 to having to learn to walk again after suffering brain damage after an unprovoked attack left him in intensive care. From that point, he fought to play football again and this year was in Rio as part of the Paralympic GB Football squad.


Years 4 and 5 were then lucky enough to partake in coaching sessions with Jack.

Year 3 Football Competition - Tuesday 11th October


A great start tot he year for Year 3 sport when they attended a football competition at Cressex Sports Centre in High Wycombe last Tuesday. The team made it through to second round of the competition, scoring a ttal of 10 goals out of six games. We were one of the few teams to field both boys and girls in equal numbers and all eight players played superbly. Well done Year 3!



Year 3/4 Tag Rugby Competition -Tuesday 4th October






Friday 30th September - Golf Day at Cookham Dean  


We were lucky enough to have a visiting golf coach at Cookham Dean last Friday. Gavin Clark, a coach at Winter Hill Golf Club, brought bundles of golf equipment with him, setting up a fantastic range of golf based activities for the children to try out. All the children in years 1 to 5 had the chance to have a coaching session with Gavin.


For those children who would like to take their golfing further, Gavin runs coaching sessions at Winter Hill Golf Club on Friday from 3.45 to 4.45 (starting Friday 14th October). Sunday morning coaching sessions are also available from 10- 11 or 11-12.30. Anyone interested, contact Gavin direct on 07789 766872 or


Running Club update


The children head off on their 'adventure run' with a Hawaiian theme. Looks like great fun! The club meets every Thursday morning at school at 8 and then head out into the surrounding countryside. It i s a very popular club with a waiting list so you have to get in quick if you want to join.


Euros Football Competition   

Friday 1st July 2016


Children to compete in their house against other members of their year group and the year above of  below, so that year 1 and 2 will play together, years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6.. Each house will pick a country out of hat (from those remaining in the competition) to represent. Games will be played for 5 minutes each way.  In the first round, each house will play another house. Any draws, will go to penalties (best of three or until we have winner). In the second round, the highest scoring teams will play each other; the lowest scoring teams and then the ones in the middle. 3 points will be awarded for a win, and 1 for a draw. Points will be totaled across the school.


Which country will win?


What a fantastic day!! From the draw, Germany was represented by Emerald; Belgium by Sapphire; Italy by Ruby; Iceland by Diamond; Portugal by Topaz and France by Amethyst. (We decided not to include Wales to make it fairer.)


It was a close run competition. The children showed fantastic team spirit and played their socks off!! Everyone gave it their best, even those with little footballing experience. Larger teams substituted players on and off to make sure everyone had equal playing time. Even Reception joined in with a five minute game each at the end of the day.



Although Sapphire was the winner of both the Years 3/4 and Years 5/6 age groups, overall, Diamond won the most games overall and so, on points, pipped Sapphire to the post to win with 15 points to Sapphire's  13. Well done Diamond. Sadly Iceland have not proved quite so successful in the real competition!


In third place was Ruby, who beat Amethyst only on goal difference; then Topaz and finally Emerald. 


Undeterred by the showers in the morning,  a fabulously fun day was had by all and we have been inspired to organise more whole school competitions for next year. So watch this space...

1000m run - Tuesday 21st June 2016


Congratulations to all those children from years 3,4,5 and 6 who took part in the 1000m run last Tuesday. It was a big achievement and fantastic to see so many children have a go and put so much effort into their performance (as you can see from the exhaustion displayed at the finish line in the photos below). The children showed amazing team spirit in supporting, not just the children in their own house, but all the children running, especially those who found it a bigger struggle. The fastest children ran faster than last year and this year's fastest children in each year group were: Harry Mc Gill and Ruby Dale in year 3 with times of 04:22.9 and 04:23.4; Tom Ellington and Aaya Ulhaq in year 4 with times of 03.33.2 and 03:54.3; Ethan Williams and Kelsey Gibson in year 5 with times of 03:56.18 and 04:20.73; and in year 6 Ed Ridley and Sophie Ellington with times of 03.26.26 and 03.59.32. Overall the fastest boy was Ed Ridley and the fastest girl was Aaya Ulhaq - well done. This year, 83 children entered the race and for the first time children received points for entering the race and for their positioning and the points were then added up to find our winning house, which this year was Diamond, (who also entered the highest number of competitors). So the figures show, the more people who enter from a house, the more chance you have of winning the house cup. We look forward to next year's race to see if this year's winners will maintain their titles.




June 20th -24th


To celebrate Youth Sport National Sports Week we have a week of extra sporting activities planned at lunchtimes throughout the week


Monday – KS1 playground games and year 3/4 softball game

                 Tuesday – KS2 1000m run (11.45 start)

                 Wednesday – KS1 long run and KS2 skipping

                 Thursday – International Olympic Day – Paralympic challenges

                 Friday – GAMES DAY / SPORTS DAY



Each activity completed by each child will be converted to mileage to see if we can travel from London to Rio on the Get Set Road to Rio app.


We have extended our sports week to include our Euros Football Competition which we are looking forward to this Friday and also to give us a chance to do those activities that were rained off.



School Games Day - Friday 24th June 2016 


9.30 - 10.30 - Round robin activities - children are grouped in their houses and the houses split in two with each half simultaneously participating in the same activity in either circuit A or B. The teams then rotate round all six stations, spending five minutes on each activity and being awarded points according to how well they do at the activity.


10.30 - snack and clearing away round robin activities.


11-12.15 - Athletics competition. All children compete in a running race in their year group and either throwing or jumping.  For the running race, children are grouped with children of the same sex and according to their ability to give everyone a fair chance. Stickers are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.


12.15 - 1.30 - picnic lunch on the field. Those having fish and chips will go to collect their food in their year groups.


1.30 - 2.30 - Class relays. Children are grouped in their houses and compete in their year groups, with points awarded to the houses that take 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.


2.30 - Results from both sports day and Tuesday's 1000m run are announced and certificates and medals given out.


What a great day was had by all! Congratulations to Emerald, who came first with 887 points! In second place was Ruby with 855 points; in third place Topaz with 830; fourth place Amethyst with 817; fifth place Sapphire with 783 and sixth pace Diamond with 772. The children showed great team spirit throughout and Year 6 , in particular, did an excellent job of supporting the younger members of the school.



On Thursday 16th June a team of 11 from Year 3 and Year 4 took part in the Y3/Y4 Tag

Rugby Tournament at Maidenhead Rugby Club. We played three games against Holy Trinity, Oldfield and Furze Platt Juniors. They were hard games! Although we lost each game there were excellent tries from Finn, Maxi, Joel, William and Ben. By the third game we were playing really well as a team and only lost by one try. We had a great afternoon. Well done team - Myles, Finn, Alice, Maxi, Dhruvi, William, Alice, Ben, Eesa, Joel, Ruby and Annabelle.


Inter-house tennis tournament

Years 3 and 4 finished off their term learning tennis this week with an inter-house tennis tournament. The children split into their houses and they played someone from an opposing house according a schedule, with 3 games being played at one time. Each game lasted 5 minutes and then they rotated round so that, by the end of the tournament, each player had played an opponent from each house. Children took turns to serve and a point was awarded to the winner of each serve. All the children put their new found tennis skills enthusiastically in to play, but Emerald proved to be the strongest house and won both the year 3 and 4 competitions. Well done to all those who took part and congratulations to Emerald!

Football Fixtures - Summer 2016


Monday 16th May - 3.30pm AWAY match at Wessex

Thursday 19th May - 3.30 HOME match against St Lukes

Friday 20th May - 3.30 AWAY match @ Courthouse


On Tuesday a small group of year 1 boys went to a football tournament.  There were a lot of other schools there.  Each match was fifteen minutes long.  We all had different positions which we swapped round after each match. We all played well. We played six matches and won two of them.  We scored 4 goals in total. I scored a hat trick in one match and one goal in another.  It was four hours long.  We all loved it, it was fun! By Max R - Year 1.



Maidenhead Schools' football league - just as other football leagues are coming to the end of their season, the Maidenhead Schools' league is just getting going! Our first match was against Furze Platt.




Both teams fought hard in the Maidenhead School’s match, with Furze Platt taking an early lead.    

However before half-time Cookham had equalised when Taylor found himself clear & easily scored.

In the second  half Cookham defender’s Manasi & William kept their opponents from breaking through and then Joe "VARDY-LIKE" was on hand to net the winner with a powerful cross shot into the far corner of the Furze Platt net. (Mr Warren)


Fantastic team effort from all the years 3 and 4’s involved in the St Piran’s cross country 1500m race today. Girls and boys for year 3 ran for the first time in a competition and did themselves proud. They all gave 100% . Year 4 boys and girls ran a storming race, Aaya coming in first place in her race and Tom first for the boys. Both year 4 teams took home silver overall for the team event. Well done to Harry Mc, Harry W, Ollie, Will, Joel, Megan, Bo, Rosie, Ursula, Annabel, Summer, Lizzie, Monty, Toby, Ben, Tom, JJ, Isabelle, Aaya, Imogen, Molly & Ava!








Year 3 and 4 participated in a cricket tournament on Tuesday 19th April, at Boyne Hill cricket club. There were lots of cricket activities, including agility, where you completed an obstacle course. The events started at 12.30 and ended at 3pm. 15 children took part. We left school at 12.10. We were paired up with Cookham Rise and beat them in every event. Overall there were 11 other schools in the competi-tion. There were 6 events in total, which were all fun and exciting. Even though we didn’t come in the top 3, we all had a fantastic time. By: Imogen, Molly and Ava.

Free tennis courses


As part an initiative by the Lawn Tennis Association to 'grow' British tennis, they are offering free 6 week courses around the country for 5-8 year olds. Among others, they are running courses at Wooburn Green on a Monday and Marlow on a Tuesday after school. They are also giving away tennis rackets at the end of the course to those children who have attended every session. To sign your child up go to and find a course that suits you.

Upcoming year 3/4 inter-house hockey tournament


Years 3 and 4 will be putting their new-found hockey skills to the test next Wednesday 16th, when they compete to be the best house at hockey! Which house will win....

and the winner was Emerald, with Sapphire in second place and Diamond and Ruby joint third.

Well done to everyone who took part.

Year 3/4 HIGH 5

The sun shone on our team of 9 players from years 3 and 4 who travelled to Altwood School last Friday afternoon to take part in the Hi5 netball tournament. For Elise, Emily, Elen, Rose, Tori, Hazel, William,    Aaron and JJ, this was their first chance to play in a tournament on this kind and they showed great team spirit and enthusiasm, even though they lost their games to more experienced players. They showed great resilience and improved as the tournament progressed but unfortunately did not get into to the semi-finals.



Year 5/6 Hi 5 netball tournament - Thursday 3rd March 2016


We went to Newlands Girls School for a ‘high 5’ netball tournament last week. Our team of 8 players was made up of Zara, Ella, Sophie, Maddy, Pippa, Finlay, Sam and Charlie. Some of these children have not been involved in netball tournaments before, so it was a great opportunity for them to experience being part of a team, whilst representing the school. Each game was 8 minutes long and positions were rotated every game.  Although we didn’t win any matches, we held our own, as in the first 2 matches neither team scored! This proved our determination to defend the ball and not let St Luke’s or Oldfield score.  Our 3rd game against Holyport was more rewarding with Ella and Sam scoring 3 goals between them, but the final score was 5-3 to Holyport.  We were also defeated in our last 2 games against St Michaels and Furze Platt, but throughout play we showed great enthusiasm and gave each other such fantastic encouragement, displaying excellent team spirit. As a team we showed we can rise to any sporting challenge, and look forward to the next one! 

Our Young Ambasssadors continue to arrange games for the children at lunchtimes twice a week, as well as introducing new ideas for games in assembly each week on a Thursday. Favourites include the parachutes and pogo sticks.


Running Club


Thursday morning's running club continues to go from strength to strength. The club meet at 8 and make the most of our wonderful surroundings by getting out and about whatever the weather!

Sportshall Athletics Competition - Thursday 21st January


Well done to all those members of years 3 and 4 who competed in the athletics competition last Thursday. They showed great team spirit and represented the school brilliantly! They competed in various track and field events, taking 7th place overall in the competition.

Swimarathon - Saturday 9th January 2016  


Congratulations to all those you took part in Saturday's Swimarathon and many thanks to Kelli Dickinson for organising and rallying the teams! Two teams took part and there was a great team spirit shown as they enthusiastically cheered each other on. Thank you also to all those parents who supported the children both in and out of the water. Our two teams swam a total of 4000m and raised £1012.75! This money is shared 50/50 between the Lions Club and the PTA, so the PTA will receive £506.48! A fantastic result! Each child received a certificate and wristband for taking part and were presented with these in assembly (below).



Netball Tournament


Well done to all those children who took part in the inter-house netball tournament at the end of last term, especially those who agreed to play for a different house to equalise the numbers. What good sports! Although there was a shortage of time and not all teams got to play each other, the final score from those games that did get played left Ruby as the overall winner. Congratulations Ruby! Thank you to Ms Barham and Mrs Wainright for helping to organise, umpire and score the games.


Looking forward to the Hockey tournament at the end of this term to see which house will come out on top....

News from our Young Amassadors

by Yasmin Mole


Dear parents.

We are really excited to inform you that we are this year's sports ambassadors. Every year this opportunity is given to four lucky children in years 5 and 6. This year, the children went to a magnificent training centre at Newlands School with other schools throughout Maidenhead and Cookham. They advised us how to set up fun activities and progress all children. We were given a large yellow bag which includes a parachute, footballs, cones and idea cards amongst many other items for us to use.

At our school we will be encouraging children to do a variety of sports including sports that are new to some children so we can learn new skills. We will be organising ctivities throughoout the year during Wednesday and Friday afternoon straight after lunch. PE kits are not required. Each Thursday during assembly we will be showing a selection of activities that we will be doing in the playground/field. Due to weather changes in winter we sadly won't be playing when it is rainng.

We look forward in helping your children enjoy the many sport activiites on offer. If you have any questions please look out for us. We are dresssed in light blue polo shirts ad dark blue jackets with Sports Ambassador printed on the back.



This Friday Premier Sports are coming to school with their trained coaches to give each class a chance to try out a sport they may not have had the chance to play before in a 40 minute session.

Part of the reason for doing this, is to give us the chance ot see if there are any sports that we could add to our out of school sports clubs on offer.




If there are any sports that you would like to see on offer at Cookham Dean as an out of school club, please fill in a questionnaire on the 'Let's do Sports' board in the KS2 lobby, and we will consider the suggestions.


Netball Fixtures - Spring 2016

Thursday 10th March - Cookham Dean Vs White Waltham - Home Match


Wednesday 16th March - Cookham Dean Vs Holy Trinity - Home Match



Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,

Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.

Tel: 01628 482734.