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In2 Hockey School Games County Finals

In2 Hockey Finals

Twenty students represented Matthew Arnold and the Vale by participating in the School Games county hockey finals on Friday afternoon.

Consisting of two full 7-a-side squads, both the year 7 and year 8 team played with passion and enthusiasm throughout. Despite some hard fought matches, neither team made the knock out rounds due to the exceptionally high standard. However it was fantanstic to see all the girls thoroughly enjoying their hockey and applying their skills learnt into a highly competitive tournament.

The commitment to hockey this year has been fab and all players have done themselves proud!

Well done to you all girls.

Miss Bishop/Miss Upjohn

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Bath University Trip

Bath Uni Trip

On the 22nd February the AS and A2 PE students went to Bath university for a Sports Science day. The aim of the day was to give the students a real insight into both university life and sports testing.

On arrival the students marvelled at the amazing facilities that Bath have. We were directed to the performance testing centre where international athletes come to be physiologically tested. As we walked by the swimming pool there was a British Swimmer (4th in Rio) preparing for his first of the days TWO swim sessions.

Into the lab and there were two tests to be completed. A VO2max test on a treadmill and a 30second Wingate test on a bike.

Holly Rivers and Harry Gillett volunteered for the testing and soon Holly was all hooked up to the gas analyser and ready to run.

The treadmill got faster and faster and Holly performed really well and had her bloods taken every few minutes to monitor her lactate. Her recorded VO2 max was impressive but paled into insignificance compared to an elite skier who have one of above 80ml.kg.min.

Bath Uni Trip

Harry then jumped on the fixed bike and prepared for his test. The Wingate test tests your maximum power output and Harry had to cycle flat out for 30 seconds with about 9kg of weight on the front of the bike. Harry recorded impressive figures but again compared to Chris Hoy he was producing 4 times less in terms of power output!!!

We then had a really nice tour of the campus and it did provide students with extra motivation to go there and study at university.

We saw all of the fitness rooms, tennis centre, judoka hall, as well as Team Bath’s netball sports hall indoor and outdoor athletics track. The student laboratories were fully equipped and ready for use.

Mr Clark

Football Report

This term has been really good for our school football teams with 4 of the six years making it through to the quarter finals of their respective competitions.

Our year 7's were unfortunate to be knocked out early from the county cup but have had over 30 boys regularly attending training and playing in competitions and friendlies.

The year 8's have made it through to the semi finals of the Vale cup and are awaiting Wallingford in this competition. It was nice to see some new faces at training and they have forged together a good team who are hopeful of progressing further.

Our year 9's have an arch nemesis when it comes to county cup football and that is Oxford Academy. It was them who beat us in the quarter finals this year with a 4-0 scoreline that belied how well we actually played.

Year 10 made serene progress so far with all of the players attending training to better themselves, this manifested in an amazing performance against Lord Williams's in the county cup with a 7-1 victory.

The year 11's have made it through with narrow victories over John Mason and the European school to a Vale semi final against Wallingford. Despite missing several key players the boys have played well as a team.

The sixth form were unlucky to draw Henley College, who run a football programme and we were convincing beaten over at their place. 24 have entered the Vale six a side football tournament this week and are hoping for some success on the Tilsley park astro.

Mr Clark

Year 8 girls football tournament at Oxford High School

Yr8 Football

On Friday afternoon, the year 8 girls football team faced some strong teams at a local tournament hosted by OHS.

Matthew Arnold finished second in their respective group and went on to succeed in a 1-nil win in the semi finals against Lord Williams.

Going into the final, Matthew Arnold faced Oxford Academy again who we had lost (our only loss) to earlier on in the group stages. All the girls worked incredibly hard and displayed a strong team performance, pushing Oxford Academy into a penalty shoot out. Unfortunately after three penalties, Matthew Arnold finished as runners up, after a hard fought battle!

Well played to you all girls, a fantastic result nonetheless.

Miss Bishop

U14 Girls Football County Cup 'vs' Langtree - Round two update

The girls faced very strong opposition away at Langtree last night, which resulted in a loss and the end of our cup run for Matthew Arnold.

The grit and determination displayed with was admirable, particularly the spirit of the team encouraging each other in the second half. Unlucky girls.

Miss Bishop

U14 Girls Football County Cup 'vs' Burford - Round one update

The girls displayed a very strong and confident performance against Burford school during their away fixture last night. With hat-tricks from both Poppy and Erin, as well as Libby adding to the score sheet, the girls came away with a 7-nil win resulting in the team progressing into the second round of the County Cup.

Well played girls, keep the momentum going!

Miss Bishop

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Vale Cross Country


Fifteen students participated in the Vale cross-country, ranging from year 7 (U13s), to year 10 (U17s). It was fantastic to watch all of them push themselves, leading to brilliant results. All students achieved top half placings in their age/ gender category, with standout performances from Margo (6th) and Lottie (5th) in the U13 and U17 races, respectively.

A huge well done to all runners. On the tough Radley College course, your spirit and enthusiasm in cold/ windy conditions was admirable.

Miss Bishop

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Block Netball Fixtures 'vs' Lord Williams


Over 35 girls represented Matthew Arnold School last night, either as players or volunteer umpires in four netball fixtures against Lord Williams.

The year 7 and year 8 teams displayed excellent attacking movement and came away with a deserved win of 6-1 and 8-6, respectively.

Despite a hard fought battle playing with aggression and enthusiasm, the year 9 and year 10/11 teams lost to strong Lord Williams teams of 18-3 and 13-9, respectively.

Well done to all the girls who participated, with particular thanks to those who took on a captaining/ coaching/ umpiring role to ensure the smooth running of the event. The atmosphere was brilliant and it was a great to see so many numbers enjoying their netball competitively, whilst demonstrating sportsmanship. Keep it up girls!

Miss Bishop

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Netball Netball

Year 7 Netball Update

The turnout for the year 7 netball fixture on Tuesday was fantastic. Enough to form two teams, the girls faced a strong Oxford Academy side who won 5-1. All the Matthew Arnold girls played with enthusiasm and enjoyment.

Well done to both Ella and Jaime who are developing their umpiring skills and took it in turns to umpire a side of the game.

Keep up the great work girls.

Miss Bishop

ASA Winter Nationals 2016

ASA 2016

Emily Ford has been selected to swim at the Amateur Swimming Association Winter Nationals at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. Emily will be competing in:

50m Backstroke
100m Backstroke
200m Backstroke
50m Butterfly
100m Butterfly

Medley Relay (backstroke leg)

Which will take place over 4 days from 15th-18th December.

We wish Emily luck and hope she does well.

What a fantastic achievement.

Miss Bishop

Year 8 Girls Football Tournament

The year 8 girls played brilliantly at the OUFC U13's Girls Football Tournament. Without loosing a single match, the team were just one goal away from making the semi-finals. A great day out and fantastic attitudes shown by all.

Well done girls!

Miss Bishop

Year 7 and 8 Netball Vs Fitzharrys 3rd November

Year 8 Netball

On Tuesday 3rd November the Year 7 & 8 Netball teams travelled the short distance to Fitzharrys school. It was a cold evening and all the girls worked exceptionally hard and gelled well as a team.

The Year 7 students lost 12-3 in a tough fought battle against a strong opposition. The girls showed brilliant enthusiasm and great team work but unfortunately did not win the game. There were lots of positives for the girls to work on during training and take into their next game.

The Year 8 girls played a very tense game against a strong and well drilled opposition. Unfortunately losing 7-4 in such a tight fought game. Excellent effort and fantastic work from all the girls involved.

Keep up the enthusiasm and excellent work girls.

Mrs Tarjanyi

Year 8 and 9 Girls Football Update

The year 8 and 9 girls football team faced Oxford Academy at home last night. This was their first time playing together in a competitive 11-a-side match. Matthew Arnold fought a brilliant battle but lost out 6-3 to a strong Oxford Academy team. Poppy had a fantastic game and achieved the hat-trick, with strong support from midfield - Erin, Jessie, Nancy and Lily. Thank you to Savannah and Ruby for stepping in as goalkeeper and well done to all the girls for keeping a tight formation.

Miss Bishop

Year 10&11 Football

Year 10 and 11 Girls Football 'vs' Fitzharrys

The year 10 and 11 girls football team had a tough first friendly match away, against Fitzharrys. Despite playing in a solid formation throughout and showing strong character, the girls lost 6-2.

Thank you to Iona Smith for volunteering her time to help coach and encourage the team.

Well done girls!

Miss Bishop

Year 7 Netball

Year 8 and Year 9 Netball Update

On Tuesday evening (18th Oct), the year 9 netball team faced a home match against King Alfred's Academy. Our girls marginally lost out 11-7, despite strong shooting from Kenia and Sasha. The opposition awarded our player of the match to Tilly.

On Wednesday evening (19th Oct) both the year 8 and year 9 netball team traveled away to face Wheatley park. The year 8 team narrowly missed out on the win with a 10-8 scoreline, however worked extremely hard until the final whistle, proving to be a tough but well-fought match. The year 9 team demonstrated a brilliant performance and came away with a 15-12 win. We looked strong attacking and were committed to work hard and mark-up quickly whilst defending. All the girls played brilliantly and the opposition awarded our player of the match to Sophia.

Well done to all players!

Miss Bishop

Year 7 Netball

Year 7 Netball

This was year 7's first netball fixture and they started their season off brilliantly. Both Alex and Laura's shooting looked strong from the start. Lily and Lucy formed a great partnership in the centre of the court with Harriet, Lia, Kayla all attacking well. Molly was confident defending and played great as our goalkeeper.

A huge thank you to Charlotte Mould in Year 11 who is practising for her GCSE umpiring grade.

Matthew Arnold won 9-3.

Well done team - a great start to the season.

Miss Bishop

Year 10 Netball

Yr 10 Netball Win Vs The Oxford Academy

The Year 10 started their season off with a fantastic win against The Oxford Acadmey on Monday evening. The girls played fantastically well with Megan and Hannah shooting very well- especially with the sun shining right in their line of shot. Some fantstic mid court play by Tilly, Lottie and Holly held the opposition at bay. The defence team work from Lara and Zanna was unbreakable with Matthew Arnold only conceding 2 goals over the whole game.

A big thank you goes especially to Year 11's Charlotte Mould who is practising for her GCSE umpiring grade. Fantastic umpiring and coaching skills Charlotte- well done.

Matthew Arnold won 11-2.

Keep up the good work.

Mrs Tarjanyi

Football Results

Football Results

Matthew Arnold U16 2 Gosford Hill 7

We knew this was going to be a tough game from the outset as Gosford had won the National Small Schools cup last year, but headed there with a sense of optimism. This optimism almost disappeared as two mistakes early on gave Gosford a 2-0 lead within minutes of the start. This did seem to kick start Matthew Arnold and the boys played some really nice football and put Gosford under lots of pressure. Finally winning a corner and following a goal mouth scramble we had pulled a goal back. With the wind in our sails we pushed for the equaliser but a long ball and a great volleyed finish put Gosford 4-1 up at the break.

Changes were made at half time and we kept trying to play our football but the Gosford side were too strong scoring three more goals in the second half, however, to the boy’s credit they kept going and scored a well taken goal with the last kick of the game.

It’s the Vale cup for the boys now after Christmas.

Matthew Arnold U14 1 Marlborough 2 AET

Matthew Arnold and Marlborough fought out a big battle for the right to progress in the National Cup but unfortunately it was Marlborough who came through victorious in the end.

Matthew Arnold dominated the first half without creating too many shots on target, but with Sam Bailey pulling the strings and James Rivers sitting in front of the back four we looked really solid. Right at the end of the half it was Louis Palfrey who struck the ball high into the corner to send us into half time 1-0 up.

The second half started well with us pressing highly and not giving them any room to play, but we tired towards the end and 15 minutes of solid defending were required and we held on until 30 seconds to go when a miss placed shot fell straight to the centre forward who equalised.

Extra time came and a visually disappointed MA side tried to get going but conceded early and never managed to get back into the game. Well played boys.

Mr Clark

Year 8 & 9 Netball success!

The Netball season has got off to a fantastic start with 2 great wins over The Oxford Academy from both the Year 8 and 9 Netball teams.

Year 8's won 15-2

Year 9's won 16-3

A great start to the season- keep it up.

Mrs Tarjanyi

Girls Rugby Ambassador

Amelia White - Girls Rugby Ambassador

I got into rugby through school. I wanted to try something new and it was a sport that I hadn't played before and knew not much about. I did one session and enjoyed it so much. I found it a way to relax and have fun with friends.

The sport requires you to work as a team and respect the other players around you. At school, we train on a Monday 3:15 - 4:15pm. We do drills working on specific skills and play mini matches. We do also play against other schools which has been so much fun! The club is open to anyone. All of us who already play would love to have more players to enjoy the sport, and play and train with.


PE Programme of Study Timetable 2016

See the PE Programme of Study Timetable 2016 Google Sheets PE Timetable document here.

Emily Ford Sporting Success

Swimming success at Nationals!

Emily Ford has competed in the ASA National Championships, achieving gold in the 50 and 200m backstroke.

Well done Emily!

JKS Karate World Championships

Ece Besen wins Bronze Medal in JKS Karate World Championships

In the Summer we reported that Ece Besen in Year 10 - who is a Shotokan Karate black belt -1st Dan - was to compete in the 2016 JKS World Shoto Federation Karate Do Championships at Glasgow Emirates Arena. Twenty six nations took part in this two day event. We are delighted to announce that after winning against South Africa and Scotland, Ece went on to take the bronze medal in the 14-15yrs female individual Kumite. A great achievement! Congratulations to Ece for her hard work and commitment.

Rafferty Read - Sporting Success

Before the summer holidays Rafferty represented Oxfordshire in two u12 boys intercounty tennis tournaments, travelling to national tennis venues with a squad of 4. As ranked 1 in Oxfordshire he played other boys ranked at 1 in their respective counties. The Oxfordshire squad won some of the matches but not quite enough to go to the national finals.

In July he competed in his first youth international windsurfing event; the European Championships in Sopot, Poland. The event meant driving with his kit taking two days each way. The event brings together around 350 young windsurfers from all over the world. Rafferty competed in the u15 6.8m fleet as was one of the youngest there. There were 12 races spread over five days and each race took about an hour. It was light wind most days and a massive storm on one meaning that everyone had to be rescued off the sea. Rafferty finished mid-silver fleet.

In August he reached the semi-finals of the u14 boys and the final of the u12 boys County Closed tennis tournament and retains his no. 1 ranking in Oxfordshire.

Later this month he will be competing in the National windsurfing championships at Rutland Water and the Zone Championships in Weymouth. In the October half term, he will be representing GBR at the World Junior Windsurfing Championships at Lake Garda, Italy.

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