Festival News

December 2018
Montpelier Maul Heart-broken Horrabridge 8-0!    
 
After defeating the sturdy opponent of Bickleigh in the last round of the Plymouth Schools Knockout Cup, the boys took the energy-sapping trip all the way out to Horrabridge on the moors to play their second round fixture.
On a big pitch, which was a little heavy due to the recent wet weather, the team faced literally an uphill battle (the pitch had a slight slope) in the first half. 
Immediately though, 'The greens' went on the offensive, peppering the hosts' goal with shots. Soon, a 3-0 lead was established, with goals from Charlie, Harley and 'The Sniper'(he only needs one shot)... Elliot.
The second half saw more of the same, with further goals from 'The Hammer' (Harrison) in the 'top bin' , Harley (again) and Charlie (again), Finley and finally from the unlikely source of defensive 'lynch-pin' Carter, giving an 8-0 final score, which would have been much higher but for a 'world-class' display by Horrabridge's keeper. Sam's new bright orange goalie top hardly needed a wash, which hopefully pleased his mum.
Bring on the next round- who can stop this 'Montpelier Momentum'?
November 2018
STOP PRESS- Montpelier Magic defeat Surprised Stoke!
On Thursday 22nd November, the Girls' Football team played their next match in the Plymouth schools Knockout cup.
At a cold Stoke Damerel Primary, on a heavy pitch, our team in grey lined up against a massive home side. Luckily, skill was our forte, as we trounced the opposition 5-1! An early lead was established by Amelie with a low drive from distance, which was soon doubled by a smart finish in the box from Holly. Just before half-time, Stoke pulled one back with an unstoppable shot into the top bin, 2-1 as we changed ends.
The second half was known as 'Kayleigh's half, as she netted an enterprising hat-trick to round off the scoring. With 5 minutes left, her and Amelie were substituted to a standing ovation from the crowd, ably supported by the rest of the team who sportingly shook hands with the disappointed Stoke girls. Bring on the next round- the rest of Plymouth must be quaking in their boots!
The team: Jessica, Matilda, Jazmine, Savannah, Holly, Amelie, Lauren, Breeanna and Kayleigh
November 2018
2 Halves Aren't Always Equal
On Friday 16th November, the boys' football team faced off against Bickleigh Down in the Plymouth Schools' Knockout Cup, as the gloom and fog descended from the moors in the distance.
Facing the elements in the first half, on a bobbly, heavy pitch, MPS played a keenly fought contest against a robust opposition. With a congested midfield, our team held their opponents to a 0-0 half-time score, with chances in short supply.
In the second half, and with the wind at their backs, Montpelier moved through the gears and applied pressure to the creaking defence of Bickleigh- we were now in the ascendancy. Shortly after the interval, the deadlock was broken after a dipping thunderbolt from Harrison slipped through the poor goalie's hands. Shortly after, and with MPS now in complete control, Josh picked up the pieces with a low drive into the empty net from a tight angle. More excellence followed from Finley, who found the corner of the net with a precise, professional finish. With our team now attacking at will, the cherry on the cake was a second low daisy-cutter from Harrison, which whistled past the keeper into the bottom corner from all of 25 yards.
Final score: Bickleigh 0-4 Montpelier. Well played to Sam, Harley, Carter (captain), Elliot, Alex, Finley, Josh and player of the match Harrison, whose one remarkable of chest control had Mr Carhart and Mr Robinson purring with excitement and admiration!
November 2018- Girls' Football
'Goal-Mouth Indigestion?... Reach for Rennie!'
 
On Tuesday, the Year 5/6 Girls' Team played a friendly match against their counterparts of Leigham Primary School.
Under the shadow of Asda, in the driving wind and rain, Montpelier faced a stern test against highly experienced and skilled opponents.
Playing against the elements in the first half, the team fought a rear-guard action, with 'Safe-Hands Goalie' Jess Rennie pulling off a string of important saves, as well as pinpoint distribution from the back.
With many of our team playing a competitive football match for the first time, they quickly grew in confidence, matching Leigham for skill and determination.
With half-time reached, the score remained 0-0, but as the teams switched ends (and after a 'Believe in Yourself' team talk from Mr Robinson and Miss Bullard) the tide of the match soon turned a full 180 degrees. With enthusiastic, if a little sodden, parents in attendance, chances started to come our way. Eventually, a delightful through ball by Amelie was latched onto by Kayleigh, who thrashed it into the net, giving the goalkeeper no chance. With their tails up, MPS now surged forward, forcing a penalty due to a Leigham stray hand. 'Captain Kayleigh' strode forward and confidently dispatched the pen beyond the reach of the goalie: 2-0 , which was the final score. 
Well played to all the girls, with a special mention to Jessica Rennie for keeping a clean-sheet in goal and all the girls for surviving the siege of the first half. Credit too for both teams for their good sportsmanship and effort, despite the appalling weather.
 The team was as follows: Jessica R, Amelie U, Jazmine W, Savannah W, Roxy F-B, Lauren W, Olivia A'L, Kayleigh T, Breeanna G, Ellie H, Matilda S and Tilly R
October 2018
'A Close Encounter for the Year 3/4 Boys.'

On Tuesday 30th October, the Year 3/4 boys team played a football match away to Leigham Primary. Cheered on by some enthusiastic, supportive parents, the boys played with super determination, as well as skill.
An even first half resulted in a half-time score of 0-0, with chances at a premium against 2 tight defences. 
Shortly after half-time, our hosts scored a quick-fire double to gain some breathing space. MPS didn't give up however, and a rapid break saw Ewan L drill the ball into the net, leaving their goalie helpless. Tremendous pressure was then applied by our boys on grey, who showed amazing passion and teamwork, but Leigham held firm to register a narrow victory, 2-1.
Well played to Harry, Daniel, Fletcher, Ewan, Blake, Zach, Finlay, Archie, Byron, Jayden and Freddie

Plympton Cross Country

Another warm up event this time for those children who showed an interested in competing in a Cross country event, now I see why they were so keen, what a talented bunch. First were the year 3 girls, who won the competition, the year 3/4 boys finished 2nd and year 5 girls in 3rd. Congratulations team, what a fantastic performance.

 

Staddiscombe Cross Country

 The annual Plymouth School Sports Partnership Cross Country got underway yesterday at Staddiscombe. With eight races in total the 1200 plus runners arrived ready to take on the challenging course. Montpelier was fortunate enough to enter in all ‘Major’ categories. First up was the year 3 and 4 girls finishing in 1st position, with over 60 runners all 4 of our athletes finished in the top 12 and selected to compete in the Devon Winter Games next year. The year 3 and 4 boys finished in 4th. The year 5 and 6 girls had a lot to prove after finishing 2nd in the league last week, unfortunately just missing out in 3rd position. Final race for the year 5 and 6 boys, waiting for their overall position.  Congratulations to all of you, you were all amazing. Thank you to the parents who transported their child and for the continued support and encouragement.

Netball

On Tuesday was our first netball competition held at SDCC, playing the Hi Five rules and rotation made our players think, one match they may be shooting the next defending. Excellent play from both teams considering the lack of training, I was very impressed with your teamwork, sportsmanship and determination. Well done guys, you were awesome.

Cross Country

On the 11th October, our final cross-country warm took place at Coombe Dean. It was quite a dull day but thankfully, the rain held off so all the athletes could run without getting wet. 15 schools took part with a huge 69 teams completing in the final cross-country warm up event. The year 3/4 boys first to race, followed the year 3/4 girls. Then the year 5/6 girls. Then last to race were the year 5/6 boys. All the athletes put in a lot of effort to finish in the lowest position they could. All the positions in that school team would then be added together to give each team category an overall score. With this being the last event for the league, the year 3/4 girls and 5/6 girls finished in an impressive 2nd position overall, congratulations team
'Jolly QuickSticks', as Montpelier Strike Gold at Hockey! -October 2018
 
MPS triumphed in the Plymouth Level 2 Hockey Festival at Brickfields on Friday 12th October.The tournament comprised 10 teams, split into two groups of 5. Montpelier were drawn in the tougher Group 2, with a top 2 finish insuring progress to the Devon Championships later in the year. 
The side battled treacherously windy conditions by earning a tense 1-1 draw with Compton in their first match, followed by a comfortable 4-0 scoreline against Stoke Damerel. Up next were Salisbury Road, where a 2-1 victory left our team with the knowledge that a final victory against Prince Rock would make them table-toppers. Another 2-1 win occurred, meaning the team were GOLD MEDALLISTS! Congratulations to Oisin, Harry, Brandon, James, Matilda, Daria and Kayleigh and good luck in the Devon finals!
September 2018- Montpelier kick off the new season in style!
 
On Friday 21st September, the boys' football team began the defence of the GOALS Football League. Playing against an enthusiastic Mayflower Primary squad, the team showed great skill and determination to quickly shake of the early season rustiness by registering an emphatic 9-1 victory. With 'Safe as Houses' Sam P in goal, it was quickly evident that a professional performance would reap handsome benefits. 2 early Charlie K strikes were added to by Harry S who notched a smart hat-trick. 'Daniel Sturridge play-a-like' Alex D then took over, scoring a superb 4 goals! A late consolation by Mayflower didn't hardly matter. Will this new team match or even surpass last year's silverware gatherers?
The Team: Sam P, Carter K, Elliot H, Harrison K, Charlie K, Harry S, Alex D and Finley S
 
Every week, all Plymouth Primary School children are being invited to attempt a 'personal challenge' to beat their own scores and those of children from other schools. Practise doing the challenge at home as training for making a good score in school. This week: how many star jumps can you do in 30 seconds?
July 2018
Fitting Finale for a Terrific Team On Wednesday, the Montpelier Football team ended their record-breaking season by claiming The Plymouth Schools League at Goals Football Centre.
The Legendary Liverpool Football Club manager, Bill Shankly, described winning the league as his ‘bread and butter’, because you may have a good run in a cup, but consistency is the true marque of a great side. After 10 months of fixtures, the last match threw up the 2 best teams, Montpelier and Compton, fighting it out- whoever won the face-off would collect the Title of ‘Champions of Plymouth’. Having played twice before, and a win apiece, it was anyone’s to win.
MPS began strongly, but a motivated Compton held the stalemate, until a clever passing move resulted in a smart finish from Aiden- 1-0. Soon after, playmaker Cole unleashed a 30-yard net buster that left the raucous crowd stunned- The Greens lead by 2. Compton weren’t disheartened though, showing why they were contenders by snatching a couple of quick fire strikes to level it up at 2 each. The match was in the balance, with ‘Golden Gloves’ Samuel making telling saves to keep Montpelier’s heads above water; but cometh the hour, cometh substitute Corradi, who notched a timely hat-trick, along with an own goal by the floundering opposition to park distance between the two foes. Despite an admirable consolation goal , The result was concluded 6-3 and the trophy was decisively on its short way back to North Down Road.
Congratulations to Samuel, Aaron, Liam, Brody, Henry, Corradi, Charlie, Cole, Lucas and Aiden. The adjoining photo shows the boys with their hoard of trophies won this year, as them wearing their gold league medals.
July 2018
Congratulations to the following children who improved on their Virtual Challenge, completing a 1000 m run, 60 seconds shuttle run, standing long jump and a throw.
3M 1st Vidhusha A 22 points, 2nd Archie S 18 points, 3rd Lola G 8 points,
3P 1st Elizabeth D 28 points, 2nd Aland W 23 points, 3rd Kaisha P 21 points
3S 1st Edward L 12 points, 2nd Elsie H 11 points, 3rd Ruby G 10 points,
4M 1st Bradley B 19 points, 2nd Emily C 18 points, 3rd Amy W 17 points
4P 1st Malicha S 21 points, 2nd Sinead Z 18 points, 3rd Jessica M 16 points
4S 1st Callie E 15 points, 2nd Bella H 13 points, 3rd Miley P 10 points
5M 1st Malachi N 25 points, 2nd Vinnie 24 points, 3rd Leon P 12 points
5P 1st Delilah B 24 points, 2nd Lewis S 23 points, 3rd Layla K 18 points
5S 1st Edward B 13 points, 2nd Joseph W 10 points, 3rd Elliot H 3 points
5X 1st Wendy P 18 points, 2nd Isobel R 17 points, 3rd Daniel W 14 points
6M 1st Jack M 47 points, 2nd Marnie-Mae B 34 points, 3rd Joseph A 33 points
6P 1st Abbey B 4 points, 2nd Imogen L 3 points, 3rd Connor F 2 points
6S 1st Cameron H 16 points, 2nd Phoebe W 7 points, 3rd Rebekah P 6 points
On Tuesday 10th July, at GOALS Football Centre, Montpelier staged their Year 3/4 Football World Cup, sponsored by our good friends, Northwood Estate Agents, who covered the cost of hiring the football centre for the whole morning, purchased the 2 trophies, provided extra water for the children to rehydrate and produced a commemorative fridge magnet for the children to keep and help remember this amazing day- THANK YOU!  .
 
 Before the day, the children were arranged into teams, each of which was a country playing at Russia 18, with separate competitions for boys and girls. 
 
With the weather bright and a cooling breeze, the children were extremely excited for their challenges ahead. The format of the day closely followed that of the real World Cup, with group stages followed by knockout matches.
 
Expertly refereed by leaders from SDCC, the group matches showed great skill and determination demonstrated by all the children, for some of which this was their first experience of competitive soccer. 
 
After the group matches had been completed, it was time for the knockout. To ensure every child played a knockout match, the top two from each group continued into the 'World Cup', whereas the third and fourth place entered 'The Plate' competition. Because defeat meant elimination, the intensity cranked up a notch, especially as penalty shoot-outs were needed to decide drawn matches. 
 
Eventually, the finalists were established. The Boys' and Girls' Plate competitions (and thus Bronze medal winners) were decided with the victors being Russia and Tunisia respectively. 
 
In the World Cup for Boys, a titanic struggle occurred between Peru and Egypt, with the super South Americans triumphing 1-0. Regarding the World Cup for Girls, a stunning performance by Belgium landed the trophy, beating Panama 3-1.
The success of the event means that it will hopefully be repeated in two years time to coincide with the next major international tournament- Euro 2020 with the next set of Year 3&4 children. See you then! 
 
The medal winning teams:
Boys World Cup winners and gold medallists- Peru (Ewan L, Jayden J, Edward L, Tiger T, Ciaran S, Daniel W and Harris S)
 
Boys World Cup runners up and silver medallists- Egypt ( Lucca R, Byron G, Dylan P, Lewis N, Joshua G and Maxwell E)
 
Boys Plate winners and bronze medallists- Russia (Cobi C, Ewan B, Hayden B, George B, Alfie W, Charlie G, Oscar R)
 
Girls World Cup winners and gold medallists- Belgium ( Lola B-L, Kaisha P, Lily B, Amy N, Jessica M and Breeanna G)
 
Girls World Cup runners up and silver medallists- Panama ( Elsie H, Lauren K, Adrianne B, Lily D, Erin B and Hania S)
 
Girls Plate winners and bronze medallists- Tunisia ( Harmony-Rose P, Naomi G, Esther K, Emily P, Eden H and Amelia S)
July 2018 
Montpelier sent 2 teams to the annual Wembury Football Festival at the seaside. During a hot and humid day, more suited to a beach BBQ, Montpelier Greens (Year 6) and Montpelier Greys (Year 5) both competed along with 10 other crack outfits.
 
The day begin with the group games. The Greens breezed through their group with a 100% record in clinical fashion, winning all 5 games without conceding a goal. The Greys however were in the much tougher Group 1, but despite their younger age and smaller stature, they performed admirably, winning 2 and drawing 2 of their 5 matches, meaning a 3rd place group finish.
 
After the group stages came the knockout. Both Montpelier teams were drawn against a team from Bickleigh Down. The Greys beat Bickleigh B  1-0 and The Greens beat Bickleigh A by an identical scoreline!
 
Now to the semis, and like the previous tournament, the 2 Montpelier sides faced off again. Sadly for The Greys, the same fate awaited them, as The older Greens out-muscled the youngsters to notch another 1-0 scoreline. 
 
The pressure was now on The Greens in the final, since they were up against the hosts- Wembury Primary. Like the previous tournament (Premier League Stars Trophy), The Greens saved their best performance for the medal match, destroying the demoralised home team 3-0. A delighted squad picked up the gold trophy and added another gong to their already bulging kit bags. Congratulations to all The Greens and The Greys for spirited, skilful and sportsmanlike play. 
 
Thanks goes to Stoke Damerel Community College for the loan of their minibus and also to Aaron's mum for taking some of the boys and for supporting the teams all day.
The Greens (Year 6): Samuel H, Liam C, Aaron B, Corradi C, Brody P, Henry S, Aiden W, Cole F and Lucas P.
The Greys (Year 5): Sam P, Tom H, Carter K, Elliot H, Harrison K, Harry S, Finley S and Charlie 
April 2018
 
Thursday afternoon was the Lipson hockey festival, winning all our games in the pool rounds very comfortably, 3-1, 2-1 and 2-0 easing into the semi final, winning this match 4-0 and into the final. Knowing the final was going to be difficult the team pulled off a fantastic goal in the last 3 minutes winning 1-0. What an absolutely incredible performance. 
 
April 2018
 
Thursday saw our school take part in the first Kwik Cricket event at SDCC, 4 girls and 4 boys from year 5 put their batting and bowling skills into good use. Winning the first innings 29 runs to 25, drew the second innings 39 all and winning the 3rd with an impressive 60 runs to 25.  Winning this competition overall. Fantastic team work and encouragement from each of you. Well done team! 
April 2018
 
On Wednesday, 8 year 6 children took part in the Quads event held at Brickfields, each child had to complete a 600m run, 75m sprint, long jump and a vortex throw. Battling against the wind and the rain this was another tough competition.  All children showing determination and skill winning their running events in style with superb times.  Competing against 15 other primary schools across Plymouth MPS finished in 2nd position overall and through to the Devon finals. Congratulations!!

April 2018- Girls' Football.
On Tuesday 24th April, the girls' team played the next round of their Plymouth Schools' Knockout Cup quest for silverware. Having vanquished Chaddledwood previously, their next foes were Whitleigh Primary who provided a sterner test of Montpelier's ambitions to progress towards the trophy.
The girls battled not only the wind and rain, but also a physical and skilful side; yet despite this, Magical Montpelier triumphed 8-6, with 5 goals from sharp-shooter Kayleigh T, a double from midfield maestro Abby B and a tidy finish from Amelia K completing the scoring.
At the start, the girls took control, racing to a 5-1 lead; however, they were pegged back to 5-5 , as Whitleigh mounted their charge.Showing great resilience, the team bounced back to recapture the lead which they kept to the end. Other team members included Sofia L, Darcy C, Lilly V, Lucy P and Amelie U... Bring on the next round!
April 2018
 
On Saturday 21st April,  Montpelier's boys team attended the South West Finals of the Danone U11 Cup near Bristol, having won both the Plymouth and Devon finals to get this far. 
The 10 county champions from the South West were split into 2 groups of 5. Our first match was against Somerset's champions, St George's, where Montpelier overcame some early pressure to win 4-0. Second up were Jersey's representatives, the reigning champions Victoria Prep School, who showed their class win 4-0 themselves. With little time to rest, the team next faced Wiltshire's finest, The Mead. Starting strongly, Montpelier registered a 2-0 lead, but our opponents showed why they are their county's best time by snatching a 2-2 draw with a minute to go. All this meant our boys needed to win the final match against Hamphire stars Fairisle Junior School, who only needed a point to qualify themselves. Because of this, their defensive tactics frustrated our boys natural attacking style, resulting in a 0-0 stalemate and our exit.
Despite naturally feeling disappointed, hopefully the boys gained tremendous pride for being the most successful Montpelier football team in recent memory and benefied from the experience of such a high profile tournament, pitting their skills against the best in the South West.
Congratulations to Samuel H, Liam C, Aaron B, Charlie K, Lucas P, Finlay S, Brody, P , Corradi C and Henry S and thank you too, as all the boys passed up playing for their club teams to represent the school so unselfishly.
March 2018- 
The girls' football team progressed through to the quarter finals of the Plymouth knockout cup after a titanic struggle against crack team Chaddlewood. On a muddy, almost unplayable surface, Montpelier defeated our hosts 5-3 with an amazing attacking display coupled with a sturdy second-half rearguard action, as Chaddlewood piled on the pressure. Good luck in the next round girls!

March 2018

Devon Games

Congratulations to both the year 6 netball team and year 5&6 girls cross country team that represented Plymouth at Torbay in the Devon Final Games. With a very muddy, tough course, this was going to be difficult for the girls Cross Country team. Nerves were setting in at the start line, but our girls showed why they were selected by finishing 6th overall. Indoors the netball team got off to a good start drawing their first match this giving them confidence into the remaining matches. Playing against the top teams in Devon this was no easy tournament, unfortunately the team drew 2 matches won 1 and lost 3, not progressing into the quarter finals. Both Teams you were amazing an incredible achievement, you should be very proud of yourselves.

February 2018

Year 3 and 4 athletics team had their first competition on Wednesday at the Life Centre, feeling slightly nervous, but this did not show, competing in a range of sprinting events as well as throwing and jumping. The last race of the day was the obstacle relay. Congratulations, you should be extremely proud with your achievements and the training that you have put in. Well done team you finished 2nd overall fantastic effort, you are our future athletes for Montpelier Primary School

February 2018
 
Football goes from strength to strength! On the Thursday 1st February, the boys' team won the Danone Under 11 Schools' Devon Football Championship at Paignton. Having qualified by winning the Plymouth round, the team took on and vanquished the best that Devon had to offer. On the day, having negotiated a tough group stage, a comfortable semi-final victory led to a final of stunning quality and ferocity, resulting in a 1-0 result in our favour against a gallant Shirwell team from Barnstaple. 
Montpelier have won this trophy for the first time and will compete again in the South West Finals, near Bristol, on April 21st. Win this, and who knows, maybe Wembley?
February 2018
 
On Monday, the year 5&6 Athletics team competed in the level 2 event at Marjons after winning the first round earlier in the year. Off to a good start was the girls on the track, putting in fantastic performances while the boys was giving their all on the field events. Incredible score from the girls with 208 points, the most scored from a team. Knowing that the results were going to be close we were crossing our fingers hoping that Montpelier were going to be announced the winners. They were, with 364 points, excellent effort team you have now reach the Devon finals. Congratulations.
January 2018
 
Montpelier currently sit top of the GOALS Primary Football League with a 100% winning record. Click on the link to see the latest league table.
 
Montpelier have qualified for the finals of the Bettinson Trophy, the date of which is to be determined. STOP PRESS--- Montpelier won the hastily arranged finals and now head the the Devon finals in February!
 
With regards to the knockout cup, Montpelier eased past Morice Town in the 1st round 25-0 , but faced a stiffer test at Horrabridge, where a boggy pitch and windy conditions didn't suit the team's slick passing style. Despite this, the team won a hard-fought contest 2-0 and now await news of their quarter-final opponents.
 

November 2017

Congratulations to the year 6 Netball Team who played their first tournament on Wednesday at Plymouth Life Centre. This friendly competition was to prepare the children for the level 2 event in January.  Feeling slightly nervous playing the first match did not show on court winning 4-0. Next match feeling confident and working extremely well as a team saw MPS winning again; putting our training practice into action knowing our last match was the team to beat paid off with another win. Excellent effort from the whole squad, well done team.

November 2017

Indoor Athletics

Wow!! What a bunch of talented children we have. 2 teams Green and White took part in the first Indoor Athletics event held at the life centre on Wednesday. The white team won all track events, even lapping some of the other teams while the greens came a close 2nd in 7 races. Both teams again dominated in the field finishing in the top 4 in all events. There was a mix up at the end with the overall results, mixing our 2 teams up and announcing the incorrect winners. Congratulations to the White team who did win, with 408 points and the Greens that came 2nd with 350 points. Thanks to the parents for your support. Well done to all of you, you should be proud of your achievements.