I just wanted to add one more post...
Firstly, thank you so much for all of your generous gifts and words that have come my way in the past few days: it has been very heart-warming (and there are more that I couldn't squeeze on to the above picture too!). From pop-up books to poems to kind words in cards to everything that has been spoken - it has all been overwhelmingly positive and generous.
I also want to pass on my sincere thanks for a lovely few hours at Croft Farm yesterday. My son said 'They're all really nice people.' as we were walking back to the car yesterday...and thank you to all the children that allowed him to score 24 goals(!): he has not stopped telling me about that! And I know my whole family thought the same thing.
You all make up a very special community. I hope you all can keep in touch with each other as you go forward in life. I hope many of you can pop in and say, 'hi' in September - do keep in touch with us at Tirlebrook!
Have a wonderful and restful summer.
To the class of 2018,
There are very few cohorts of children who have achieved what you have all achieved; I feel immensely proud and privileged to have taught the vast majority of you for 2 of your junior years.
Year 6 has been exceptionally special, not least for winning your Ultimate School Trip to Mallorca and your sensational sporting achievements and your role modelling abilities to the entire school, but also your friendliness, kindness, respect and attitude to one-another and those around the school has been truly extraordinary. You have set the benchmark high for the rest of the school; this is something that I have honestly admired about you. The rest of the school look up to you and should be inspired by the great things that you have achieved: a true ‘well done’ is deserved. You go on to pastures new, but you leave behind a great legacy.
Teaching really is the most wonderful of jobs. To teach the class of 2018 has been a terrific privilege; it has been a true highlight of my teaching career to date and to have been on this year-long adventure with you will live long in my memory. You are such a cohesive and connected group of children and although it is inevitable you will make new friendship circles and face new challenges, do always try to look out for one another and support each other in the future.
You will have many more incredible adventures in the coming years, I have no doubt. But do always look back fondly and proudly of your time at Tirlebrook, as you have so many wonderful stories to tell and memories to treasure, which we hope will live long with you into adulthood. You deserve all the good that comes your way… and remember when things get tough to just dig that little bit more: you are made of tough stuff!
Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.
I started with you in Year 3 asking ‘Are you ready?’ to which you would all reply ‘I was born ready Mr. Tomkins!’…Now, at the end of Year 6, I have no choice but to say: YOU ARE READY.
Remember the quote I have had on the board all year:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas Edison.
Once again, I want to say what a privilege it has been to
teach you; PLEASE DO keep in touch.
The Proudest Year 6 Teacher You Could Imagine!
Honestly, I might have had the best seat in the whole house when you sang that song in the Abbey today, but it was just indescribable!
However, I must try and describe it(!): you sounded brilliant / amazing / awesome!!! I remember telling you at the start of the Shakespeare Rocks process that when children sing well, it gives people goosebumps! - You did that in abundance today!
The soloists simply shone like sparkling diamonds and the rest of you supported in the best way possible and it came together to sound just wonderful...you all shone and showed the community what you are made of...once again!
I hope you enjoyed it; every challenge that has come your way this year, you have smashed!
I AM A TEACHER BEAMING WITH PRIDE AND ADMIRATION FOR ALL OF YOU.
I don't think there are any more challenges for you to knock down - just enjoy the last day and a half: don't forget your swimming stuff tomorrow either!
I will post a video of the performance on the blog in the next couple of days.
ANOTHER amazing team effort on show!
Everyone is so proud of you: your parents, friends, families, teachers...EVERYONE!
Do you feel euphoric?! - that final show was so special!
If you / your families have any pictures from this evening we can put on this blog post then please send them in...
Once again: VERY WELL DONE!
We hope you have had a good week: Tewkesbury Secondary School Transition Days; Cup Awards; Play Rehearsals...
I can't believe there is only one week to go... where has the time gone?!
There is much to look forward to next week...
Monday we have 2 performances of the play: in the morning we will do it for the school and in the afternoon you will have your first performance to parents.
On Tuesday you will need your woodland workshop kits for a special time in the outdoor environment. We also have the evening performance of the play at 18:00 - I always think those evening performances are special.
On Wednesday we have the Abbey service and we had a vote and you decided you wanted to wear your Tirlebrook on tour T-shirts, so please make sure you are wearing them on the 18th!
Then on Thursday we are going to have a special celebration day - including an afternoon trip to the swimming pool - please bring inflatables if you wish, along with your normal swimming kit! Also on Thursday, the Y6 who attend running club have been invited to lead the final one of the year. They are welcome to arrive at 07:30 to set this up!
And on Friday we will have your Leavers Assembly at 09:00...this should be finished by 10:00.
We are going to put the 'good' in 'goodbye' next week...what a great year we have had; let's finish on the best note possible.
Have a great weekend!
What was your highlight of your days at Tewkesbury School?
It was great to see you back in school today; let's enjoy these final days together...
Hi, with Croft Farm Leavers weekend approaching, just wanted to update families about a few things:-
Friday evening - Lakeside restaurant are happy to offer meals, but we need to know numbers and pre-order as a group. We will be placing the order on Friday 13th July, so please let Tracy Sherbourne or Tracy Teasdale know what you would like before then. Prices are Adults £6.95, kids £4.50 (this is a saving of £2 per meal if we pre-order). Payment will be taken on the night. Choices are:
Gammon, egg, chips & peas
Scampi & chips
Lasagne & Garlic bread or Vegetarian Lasagne & garlic bread
Burger, chips & beans
Chicken nuggets, chips & beans
Fish fingers, chips & beans
Sausage, chips & beans
This is for those camping and anyone else who would like to pop up for the evening and join us on the Friday too - more the merrier!!
Watersports - We've booked the banana boat for Saturday morning! They like to start early before the lake gets too busy, so from 8.30am-10.30am they will be taking groups of 4 children at at time (16 per hour x 2!). The cost is normally £10, but as there's a big group they will be doing it for £7 each. If your child(ren) or yourself (!) would like to participate please let us know numbers, again by next Friday 13 July.
Throughout the day you can hire a variety of different things to go out on the lake on (payable on site), however so the children have something throughout the day, we have reserved their large pedalo and a 'katacanoe' which has a trampoline in the middle! Both of these are normally £65 but they've agreed to us having them from 10am-5pm for £50 each. We'll divide payment between those wanting to use this equipment on the Saturday morning.
Wetsuits & life jackets are included in the hire costs.
Saturday BBQ - we will all be getting together for a barbecue, just bring your own food and a barbecue, a disposable one will be fine (they even have them in Poundland)!
Please message or see firstname.lastname@example.org 07984 341720 / email@example.com 07980 450640 with your Friday food order and number of children wishing to take part in banana boat / lake activities before next Friday 13 July.
Looking forward to a great leavers weekend. Let's hope the sun keeps shining!
Tracy & Tracy !
On both days children should wear their primary school uniform (jumpers are not necessary) - polo shirt or school dresses are fine . Please wear TRAINERS as some groups will be doing PE. Wear or bring sun cream to apply and a hat for break and lunch.
The taster days are a compulsory part of the transition process. Students will experience a mixture of lessons and activities with different teachers for each lesson and moving with the rest of the school on the bell.
If your child is ill and cannot attend, please telephone to inform us on 01684 292152 before 9.00am
They should arrive in time for 8.30am and report to the Central Tennis courts on both days. Staff and student helpers will be there to greet them.
They should bring a bag with pen/writing materials.
Lunch: Children will need snacks for break and a packed lunch and due to the warm weather they must have a drink in a refillable bottle. No fizzy drinks. There will be no access to the canteen. We will provide a meal for any students who are in receipt of free school meals.
Children are allowed to bring a mobile phone – but it is their responsibility. Phones must stay in bags at all times on silent. Y6s will not be allowed to have their phones out at lunchtime as we want them to socialise and talk to each other.
Please bring earphones/headphones as there will be some sessions in the computer suite that require sound.
The taster days are a great opportunity for children to get used to making their way to and from Tewkesbury School. If your child is cycling they will need to bring a lock for the bike sheds. The main car park can become very busy before and after school, please bear this in mind. I am sure your child would rather walk and meet you at an agreed point, and would definitely not want you waiting outside reception to collect! Children who live on the village bus routes are able to travel on the school transport coaches.
Our school day ends at 3.25pm.
Uniform and equipment:
At the end of the second taster day on Tuesday 10 July from 3.30-6.30pm our Finance Office will be open. The finance office is located at the Sports Hall entrance to the school. We will be selling calculators and filled pencil cases with stationery.Nearly new uniform will also be on display to buy (cash only) and we have a small stock of ties on sale at £6 each. The current stock of nearly new uniform can be viewed here
Please can you also remind parents about completing their admission forms and handing back to their primary school by 13 July (we appreciate that some families will have only just received this today).
If you have any queries, please contact the school directly.
We hope you enjoyed your final swimming gala.
You supported each other superbly and you all seemed to be enjoying it!
Many thanks to Mr. Lockley and Mrs. Featonby for arranging and organising the event.
What a privilege and wonderful experience it was to take you all on this residential to the Isle of Wight.
We hope you have had the best time; had many wonderful experiences and made some awesome memories that will last for many years to come...
It has been a tiring week in some ways (& you all need lots of sleep!) but full of fun, laughter, learning and sunshine!
We look forward to sharing our experiences with families at 6:00 p.m. on Monday 2nd July 2018.
From the very proud Tirlebrook Staff Team!
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