Happy Easter to all of the Elder Tree Class pupils and their families. We hope you liked your Easter cards.
Congratulations to all of the children who were nominated to receive a Core Value Cup at the end of Spring Term assembly. Our school's core values of Environment, Creativity, Community and Positive Attitude are regularly celebrated and it is with great delight that we inform you that all four cup winners for this last term come from Y6. So well done to Lucie Cummings (Environment), Esme Smith (Creativity), Sam Janes (Community) and Dan Phipps (Positive Attitude) for making such a great impression on the children of Elder Tree Class and the staff of the school over the past 12 weeks. Keep it up for the Summer Term!
Theo decided that he wanted to raise money for the animal charity, The Blue Cross, and approached the school with an idea that he had to fundraise. After a week or two of hard work, Theo sold stickers, pencils, balloons and pens as well as his own home-made books to raise money for this great cause. All in all, with the help of the Tirlebrook school community, Theo raised £18.97 and he handed his money in today. He met the area manager who thanked him for all his hard work. Well done, Theo - you should be really proud of yourself. We are all very proud of you!
What a brilliant week we have had at Tirlebrook raising money for Sport Relief. Thanks to the Sports Council and Miss. Featonby for organising a series of events and thank you to the Tirlebrook School community for raising in excess of £600 for this excellent cause. Whether it was through buying a Sport Relief wristband, or by baking or eating a cake as part of our Great Sport Relief Bake Off, whether it was through colouring in a money box trainer and collecting pennies, or through making a donation and completing the Sport Relief Mile, everyone's contribution is extremely valued. Well done especially to the Y6 children who encouraged the KS1 pupils as they completed their Sport Relief Mile. It was great to round off the week with our special Sport Relief assembly, which included lots of sporting awards, a performance of our Feet First Festival dance routine, singing the Sport Relief song (and dancing along to it!) and the presentation of 'proud' certificates to every Sport Relief Mile runner. The certificate read, "Whichever way you look at it, you've made us proud". What a great message! Well done, Y6! #proud
What an amazing opportunity for our Year 6 children as 42 students from Rakunan High School in Kyoto, Japan, visited Tirlebrook on Friday. The group of 14 and 15 year-olds are in the UK to improve their English language skills and to embrace British culture. As part of this, they are visiting a couple of schools to compare the education systems in the two countries. The Year 6 children firstly greeted the students, before splitting into groups and taking them on a tour of our school. This was a challenge that they all rose to and will no doubt help increase their confidence to do such things in the future. After a break time spent playing and talking with the students, the whole school gathered together in the Hall to share culture. The Rakunan High School students demonstrated Sumo, gave a presentation about their school and sang a wonderful Japanese cultural song (see below). Someone even came up to do some plate spinning! The children from Tirlebrook then sang 'The Power In Me' to conclude the assembly. After this, the children then split into groups for House Harmony, during which the Japanese students led them in activities such as origami and Japanese calligraphy, as well as games. What a wonderful cultural occasion! And well done Year 6 - you were amazing!
Three of Elder Class's pupils had the superb opportunity to visit MOOG earlier today as part of a 'Computer Control in Business' workshop. They had a really inspiring time touring the facility and were really privileged to have spent time there. They enjoyed seeing a sports car that had features designed and manufactured at MOOG, as well as looking at 3d print prototypes. They were also generously fed and received a really great goody bag - very kind indeed. It was a great morning and a super reward for winning the K'Nex Fairground Challenge earlier in the year.
Eighteen children in Elder Tree Class put themselves forward to take part in the first Tewkesbury School Public Speaking Competition. They were tasked with presenting a speech of between 3 and 5 minutes long about a subject of their choice. They could inform, argue or persuade. They were scored on the content of their speech, their delivery, how they projected their voices, their body language and how they stuck to time. The top 6 scoring children then qualified for the main heat. Miss. King and pupils from Tewkesbury School came to listen to the speeches and selected who would go through to the final at Tewkesbury School in April. Congratulations to all six winners, but especially to Theo, Georgia and Esme, whose talks on 'Why Gaming is Good For You', 'Horses' and 'Gymnastics' helped to impress the judges. Commiserations to Paige, Ami and Mercedes, who all presented extremely well and were unlucky not to be chosen. Well done everyone!
Congratulations to our Nature Quiz team who represented Tirlebrook in the first round of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Quiz. They were drawn against tough opponents in last year's county winners, Deerhurst and Apperley, and although demonstrating great knowledge and enthusiasm, went down by a scoreline of 36-21. However, it was a great afternoon, and as always, our Y6 pupils conducted themselves excellently. Well done!
Team: Theo Carey-Owen, Lucie Cummings, Jack Ellis & Ria Nuttall
The children concluded their work on Gymnastics this year by performing sequences that incorporated travelling over different levels and a range of apparatus, rolling, balancing and elements of flight.
Elder Class have continued their American inspired artwork by focusing on the work of artist, painter and printmaker Blanche Lazzell in their art sessions with Mrs. Mills. One of Lazzell's techniques was to use line printing. The children have recreated this effect by scoring a print block of the New York skyline out of polystyrene, before using thick layers of paint to build up the colour and texture. The results are quite fantastic!
Mrs. Perry and Elder Class have been continuing to develop their Cheerleading routine.
Elder Tree Class got right into the spirit of World Book Day 2016. Dressed in all manner of costumes as all manner of characters, the children began the day explaining who they were and why they had chosen to come dressed as that character. Gangsta Granny, the Demon Dentist, the Boy in the Dress, Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, Susan (from the Narnia series), Fantastic Mr. Fox, the Queen of Hearts, the Cowardly Lion, Little Red Riding Hood, Princess Merida, Supergirl, Pikachu and Artemis Fowl were just some of the characters on show. We then enjoyed an Open The Book assembly (appropriate for World Book Day) that also included a bit of Maths for our #YesUCan Maths Week. The afternoon started in House Huddles where the children shared books with each other, before everybody contributed to the annual House Book Quiz, organised by Miss. Streeter. Well done to the winners, Wenlock, and well done to all for their participation and interest.
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