Well done to Ellie for being awarded the Frank Holley Memorial Trophy for 2015. This trophy recognises achievement in running, especially cross country, and is awarded in memory of one of Tirlebrook's former Head Teachers. Ellie has demonstrated great commitment to Cross Country Club and also to Running Club since its inception, being one of the first pupils to complete her virtual half marathon. She has also represented the Tewkesbury District in the Gloucestershire School Games Level 3 County Cross Country Finals for two consecutive seasons and her individual performance has continued to improve. Congratulations Ellie on your determination and commitment and also your encouragement and inspiration to others.
Congratulations to all of the children who were nominated for any of Tirlebrook's Core Values Cups for the Spring Term 2015. Well done to Eve (Community), Megan (Creativity), Caitlin (Environment) and Alex (Positive Attitude) for being selected to represent Elder Class and special congratulations to Megan and Caitlin who were awarded a Values Cup each as overall school winners. We hope that the children will continue to strive hard to demonstrate our school's Core Values in every aspect of their own daily school lives. A final four will have the opportunity to be recognised before the end of the Summer Term. Go for it!
Our Y5 and Y6 tag rugby squad participated well in the Cheltenham & North Tewkesbury Sports Network Tag Rugby Festival held at Newlands Park. Following a tough group, in which Tirlebrook won two matches, drew one and lost twice, the squad qualified for the Trophy section of the competition. A 3-2 win over Shurdington saw the team progress to the semi-finals, where an extremely close match ended in a 2-1 defeat against St. James'. A fine victory in the third/fourth placed play-off helped Tirlebrook to secure bronze medals in the Trophy section. We finished in 27th place overall out of 42 competing teams. Well done.
Squad: Oisin Moseley (captain), Lucie Cummings, Megan Townshend, Finley Gardiner, Ethan Whybrow, Charlie Kendrick, Bradley Lane, Aaron Lund, Danny Phipps, Alex Oliver & Christopher Ballinger.
What an achievement for Tirlebrook's netballers to be asked to participate in the Gloucestershire Spring Games Level 3 County Netball Finals. Held at Cheltenham College, the team played four group matches, winning once, drawing once and losing twice. The team did not progress to the final stages of the competition, but they did represent the school brilliantly at yet another county event. Updates on matches to follow. Well done to all!
Squad: Erin Hunt (captain), Dylan Coxshall, Lucie Cummings, Molly Johansen, Margot Messenger & Oisin Moseley.
Elder Class have been baking bread - with a little help from Mrs. White and Mrs. Gosden. The purpose was to explore the role of yeast. Later in the day, the class re-enacted an important moment from the Easter story, the Last Supper, and enjoyed eating the bread together.
It was a fantastic finale to the football season for Tirlebrook as the team lifted the District Cup to add to the League Championships secured earlier in the term. Following the round-robin group stages, and wins over Mitton and Carrant Brook as well as two draws, Tirlebrook were drawn to face Queen Margaret's in the semi-final. Two Finley Gardiner goals secured a 2-0 victory and safe passage to the final where Mitton were to be faced once more. After dominating much of the possession and hitting the bar and post as well as the Mitton goalkeeper making a number of good saves, Aaron Lund was forced to make a superb last-minute stop to prevent Mitton from scoring from a swift counter-attack. A 0-0 draw led to a penalty shoot-out. Charlie Kendrick, Sam Mills and Oisin Moseley were successful from the spot and led the team to victory. Well done to everyone - the team spirit and positive attitude on display was great!
Squad: Charlie Kendrick (captain), Christopher Ballinger, Finley Gardiner, Aaron Lund, Sam Mills, Oisin Moseley, Alex Oliver, Tom Prosser & Ethan Whybrow.
Congratulations to all of the Tewkesbury runners in this year's Gloucestershire School Games County Cross Country Finals, held this morning at St. Edward's Junior School in Cheltenham. Ellie Baker, Olivia Gardiner, Charlie Kendrick and Tom Prosser all qualified for the Tewkesbury district team and represented Tirlebrook School. Nine different districts competed, each with a squad of twelve girls and boys. In two high-quality races with some outstanding athletes, our runners did not disappoint. Charlie came home in 21st place, whilst Tom finished strongly to come 85th in the boys' race. This was a fantastic achievement for both of them. Similarly in the girls' race, Ellie worked extremely hard to finish in 52nd position, whilst Olivia, who was one of the youngest district representatives, performed admirably to finish in 70th. Tewkesbury finished in 7th position overall in both the boys' and girls' competitions. It was a terrific achievement - we are all so very proud of you!
The whole school gathered together to witness the solar eclipse on Friday morning. Watching a broadcast on the television in the hall, the surroundings became significantly darker and cooler for a period. Some of the children were able to explain how a solar eclipse occurs and we discussed that it was the first since 1999. Mr. Tomkins managed to capture some great photos despite it being rather cloudy and overcast.
Congratulations to the Tag Rugby team who finished 4th in our first competition of the year out of nine teams altogether. The Tewkesbury primaries gathered on a sunny afternoon at Tewkesbury Rugby Club for an extremely enjoyable tournament. Playing in Pool Two, the team managed to gain victories against Hopelands (3-0) and Tewkesbury C. of E. (8-7), as well as losing to Mitton (6-5) in a highly entertaining match. Qualifying in second place from the pool for the third and fourth-placed play-off, Tirlebrook came up against Twyning and were well beaten 6-1. Ethan Whybrow ended up as top try-scorer and Oisin Moseley captained the team excellently. The squad now need to work well together as the Newlands tournament approaches.
Squad: Oisin Moseley (captain), Christopher Ballinger, Finley Gardiner, Aaron Lund, Sam Mills, Alex Oliver, Tom Prosser, Megan Townshend, Ethan Whybrow.
Elder Class continue to enjoy their current weekly visits to Tewkesbury School Library. It has been a fantastic time during which the children can get to know one of the most important locations in the school better. This will certainly help with the transition to Year 7 now not too far away. Activities have included reading a shared book on the giant interactive i-Pad, being introduced to the Accelerated Reader programme that all Y7 pupils access, and having the opportunity to borrow books from the extensive fiction section. Over the last two weeks, the children have been researching authors and collecting facts to produce a poster and short presentation for the rest of the class. The children worked hard on these and they were very successful. Some posters will be displayed outside the library at Tewkesbury School. There is just one week to go now and this will include a quiz and treasure hunt around the non-fiction shelves. Thank you to Mrs. Baird, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Pinfield and Mrs. Peters for accommodating us and making us feel so very welcome.
We continue to be grateful to Mrs. Dray for all of her support with knitting and craft activities for the children in Elder Class. The Easter cosies sewing project is almost finished and we have our first completed 'chicks'. The standard of sewing is improving and the quality of the finished product is pleasing. Thank you to one and all for their efforts!
Well done to Ellie, Eve, Dylan and Nathan who represented Tirlebrook at the Y6 Maths Challenge at Malvern St. James Independent School. There were a mixture of quizzes, competitions and puzzles that kept them on their toes. It was also a pleasure to enjoy a nice tea with lovely cakes as a reward afterwards. Thanks to Mrs. Gosden for accompanying the team.
Today has been a sad and exciting day at the same time as Elder Class have had to say an emotional 'Goodbye' to Mrs. Perry, who has left Tirlebrook today to begin her maternity leave. Despite our sadness, we share in Mrs. Perry's excitement about baby number two shortly entering our world. We are very grateful for all that Mrs. Perry has done as part of the Y6 teaching team this year and she has assured us that she will keep us up-to-date with developments, as well as bringing baby Perry into school to meet the children. Mrs. Perry has requested that we use the blog to pass on her grateful thanks for the generous gift she received from the children and parents of Elder Class today. She was touched that anyone had thought of her and was delighted to receive the photo shoot for her and her family to enjoy once baby is born. Thank you to those who contributed and helped to make Mrs. Perry's last day at school very special.
Congratulations to the QuickSticks hockey squad who have competed in the league competition in Cheltenham over the past three Mondays. It has been a huge commitment but also a fantastic opportunity to try something new. The team finished in 9th place overall after this final round of matches, defeating Grangefield by 9 goals to 1 in the first match and then narrowly losing 2-1 to Glenfall. The finishing position is a great achievement out of 18 teams altogether and a great result considering it was our first attempt at entering such a competition. Thanks to Miss. Featonby for her support and to the children for their enthusiasm. Squad: Ellie Baker (captain), Eve Sherbourne, Charlotte Dare, Molly Johansen, Lucie Cummings, Ethan Whybrow & Oisin Moseley.
Mrs. Perry's final science session with the class was exciting and highly enjoyable as the class continued to explore chemical changes. Today's experiment involved alka seltzer and water and some empty film canisters. As the water and alka seltzer combined, a high-pressure release of gas cause the film canister to shoot into the air. Great fun!
It has been fantastic to welcome Mike and Kath, our Bikeability instructors, into school this week to work with Elder Class as they learn about road safety, but more specifically, about cycle safety. The first groups of children have enjoyed one training session on the playground, before heading out onto the local roads, where they will practise for a further two two-hour sessions. The children have learnt skills and techniques such as left and right-hand turns and signalling and have also cycled several miles. What great exercise! The remaining children will begin their training on Thursday.
The children of Elder Class have been studying Pop Art and the works of Lichtenstein and Warhol as part of this term's topic 'Stars and Stripes'. For their final piece of artwork, they have been challenged to paint a self-portrait in the style of Andy Warhol. Here are some great poses ... artwork to follow!
On Comic Relief Friday, the Y6 pupils continued their work on their biography English unit. They carried out interviews to find out information about their Learning Partners. Everyone in the class will have a biography written about them over the next week.
This week's Fun Run was followed by a presentation and celebration of the season's Cross Country results. Congratulations to all the runners who have participated this season for their commitment, hard work and teamwork. Every single one has contributed towards Tirlebrook finishing in second place overall in the team competition. Notable other results include the girls finishing second in their section whilst the boys finished third, and four individual runners have qualified to represent the Tewkesbury District in the upcoming Gloucestershire Cross Country Finals. Many congratulations to Charlie Kendrick, who won the overall boys individual trophy after winning four out of five races this season, and also to Tom Prosser who was 8th, Ellie Baker who was 4th and Olivia Gardiner who was 7th. We wish all four the best of luck in the county finals a week on Saturday.
Y5 and Y6 joined forces to tackle litter in the local neighbourhood. As part of the national 'Keep Britain Tidy' initiative, the children took part in the school's third 'Big Tidy Up'. One group headed off to clear litter from Newtown Park and Walton Cardiff Lane, whilst the other group picked rubbish from along the old railway line. There was a great community spirit amongst the children who recognised that if we all do a little bit then a great deal can be achieved. Twelve large bags of rubbish were collected and disposed of before the children were given squash and a biscuit by the kind staff of Morrisons. And there were some unusual finds ... a bike lock, somebody's hairbrush, a Tirlebrook school jumper and one lucky pupil even found a £5 note! Well done to everyone!
This week's theme was 'helping others' as our friends from the Methodist Church returned to take another 'Open the Book' assembly. Several Y6 children participated in the retelling of the story of the Roman Centurion and his sick servant, playing the parts of roman soldiers and the crowd.
Thank you to Mrs. Dray for coming into school at least twice a week to work on craft projects with the Y6 children. This term has been very short but she has still managed to help the children to sew Easter Egg Cosies. Thank you!
Environment Week has continued with a variety of activities. Posters have been designed and we have been learning a new song about the environment. Hastings and Beauchamp Houses have also had their chance to explore the Woodland Workshop and to weave.
What a fantastic result for Tirlebrook's netballers! The team won all three matches in the first stages of the competition, defeating Deerhurst, Queen Margaret's and Tewkesbury C. of E. on the way to topping our group. The semi-final opponents were the highly competitive team from Carrant Brook, and despite the close nature of the game, Tirlebrook fought hard and soared to victory, setting up a final appearance against league winners Twyning. The team put in a terrific performance in the final, but despite the effort, teamwork and determination on display, Twyning were just too strong and ran out 3-1 winners. However, a runners up position is a fantastic achievement and everyone should be really proud! Well done!
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