Congratulations to our representatives in the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Run. Nine runners from Year 5 and Year 6 took on the long-distance course and all completed the challenge. Charlie Kendrick crossed the line in first place and he was quickly followed by the other eight competitors - including Jack Dowding and Sophie Butcher. They received medals for participating. Well done to Jack and Sophie for turning out and representing our school so well!
This week we have been learning about life in the trenches. We have worked in groups to create our own trenches to help us to understand what it must have been like for those soldiers. We have also measured out the distance of 'No Man's Land' and listened to journal accounts from soldiers. Mr. John Badham, one of our school governors, has also visited to talk to us about World War One as it is one of his great interests. He brought in many artefacts and a huge amount of knowledge. Thank you, John.
Today marked the final golf session for our Y6 pupils at Sherdons Golf Centre. They have really enjoyed learning to play the game and developing their skills over the past five weeks and there are certainly some children with fantastic potential. Thousands of balls must have been hit during these sessions and there has been lots of fun and laughter as well as sporting success. Many thanks to Chris Gillick for sharing his expertise with the Y6 children but especially to club owner Richard Chatham for welcoming us so warmly each week. He has been particularly impressed by the enthusiasm, behaviour and attitude of our pupils, and would have no hesitation in inviting us again. As National Golf Month comes to a conclusion, let's hope that this is not the end of an interest in golf for the children of Elder Class. We hope to participate in an upcoming Tri-Golf Festival, but in the meantime, if you get the urge to drive, pitch or putt, then Sherdons welcomes visitors. Indeed, the driving range is open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and group lessons for youngsters take place on a Sunday morning or can be booked by private arrangement. Well done Elder Class for your enthusiasm and effort over the last five weeks.
Our annual participation in the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Bell Boat Regatta was fantastic fun! On a beautiful sunny afternoon, two intrepid teams of Year 6s, along with the very brave Mr. Tomkins, Mrs. Assheton, Miss. Featonby and Mrs. Perry took to the waters and took to battle! One of our squads managed to get to the final by winning their qualifying race - a fantastic achievement! Apart from the racing, there was plenty of time for friendship and fun, including a bit of splashing and getting wet. The adults even went on to win their race and brought the oar back to school. Well done to all the Y6 children who took part. I hope it is a special memory of your last year in primary school!
It was a fantastic achievement for our school to qualify for the County Tag Rugby Finals this week. On Monday, Mr. Lockley and Mrs. Gosden took the team to Old Cryptians RFC to compete against the best school teams in Gloucestershire. It was a very warm day and the competition kicked off with having to play three matches in a row. Following a narrow 9-8 defeat to Cheltenham runners-up Charlton Kings (the winning try being scored exactly on the final whistle), the team completed a 7-5 victory over Highnam. This was followed by a physically aggressive game against Elmbridge Juniors and we lost 12-8. The matches resumed after a short break, and we went on to draw 6-6 with eventual group winners Churchdown. We also lost narrowly to Bisley (7-6) and Temple Guiting (8-6). Our team can be proud of finishing fifth in the group overall, and despite their brilliant efforts, they didn't quite do well enough to qualify for the semi-finals. After congratulating the group winners, we headed home, stopping off at McDonalds for a well deserved McFlurry! Congratulations to the entire squad for playing so well in such warm conditions and for not giving up. Mostly, well done for displaying great sportsmanship and being excellent ambassadors for our school once more.
Squad: Joel Hughes (captain), Reece Oliver, Jack Phipps, William Gosden, Louis Corless, Anna Bowes, Abigail Assheton, Jack Pates, Megan Townshend, Charlie Kendrick, Oisin Moseley & Alex Oliver.
The SATs are finished ... and we celebrated with a Victory Breakfast! It has been great to welcome the children into school early each morning this week to share breakfast with them. Cereal, toast, juice and a mix of lively music, chatter and fun has ensured that each child has been able to feel relaxed and ready for the tests each day. Today's 'Victory Breakfast' had a slightly different feel - celebration, relief, pride were all apparent in abundance. The food was impressive too and it included beans or spaghetti on toast and bacon butties. It was very well received! Thank you to all the staff who helped with the administration of the SATs and also to everyone who supported our Y6 Breakfast Club. It was a great success. But most of all ... well done Year 6!
Golf has continued to be really exciting and enjoyable. Our fourth session began with a quick reminder of stance and grip and was followed by some shot demonstrations. It was great to hear the children using the correct vocabulary, such as 'loft', 'back spin', 'divot' and 'pitch'. Following some further practice, the children split into three teams in a pitching contest. Points were scored for getting the ball off the ground and into a basket some 5 metres away. Points were also scored for hitting the basket or bouncing out. Mrs. Gosden's team won with 90 points, followed by Mr. Lockley's (76 points) and Mrs. Assheton's (54 points). Top individual point scorers included Joel, Abby, Tegan and Paddy who all scored over 20 points each. The winning team were all presented with the confectionary of their choice from the pro shop. We are looking forward to our final week when we can begin to reflect on just how much we have improved and just how much we have achieved.
Well done to Abbie, Sophie, Joel, Louis and Jack who all represented our school at the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Large Schools Athletics Field Events competition. Five schools participated, so there were 10 entrants into each event. Abbie finished an impressive 5th in the girls' throwing, whilst Sophie was sixth in the girls' long jump. Joel and Louis both jumped well and finished 4th and 5th respectively in the boys' long jump. Jack did extremely well and nearly won the boys' throwing contest, narrowly missing out on first place. Well done to you all.
We have enjoyed completing a series of investigations about snails and their habitats. Each snail was named and 'used' in a variety of ways. Some snails didn't appreciate some of their 'new' habitats and escaped to other places in our classroom, and it took ages to locate Alan Carr and Miley Cyrus in particular! Once finished, the snails were returned to their natural habitat and of course ... no animal was harmed or distressed during the making of this science investigation!
Well done to all our Y6 children for the hard work they have put into their studies this year. Their effort, perseverance and determination deserves to be rewarded and I am certain that they will all tackle this week's SATs with great positivity. I am also sure that they will experience great levels of personal success.
It has been great to welcome the children into school early each morning and share breakfast with them. Cereal, toast, juice and a mix of lively music, chatter and fun has ensured that each child has been able to feel relaxed and ready for the tests ahead. Well done Year 6!
Today was the third of our golf sessions at Sherdons Golf Centre. Chris, the club professional, once again led the session and revisited how to hold the club as well as reminding the children how to position themselves and stand correctly. The weather was very mixed, with heavy rain falling at times, but this did not matter as we mostly continued beneath the shelter of the driving range. Paddy, Abby, Savannah and Abbie all had the opportunity to play shots out in the open and bravely did so. Well done to everyone who has been so enthusiastic about these sessions, but especially to Paddy, Jolie, Abby and Bradley for winning prizes for their effort, technique and accuracy. We look forward, once more, to next week!
Today was the second of our golf sessions at Sherdons Golf Centre. Club owner Richard Chatham led the session and the children built on the technique practised the week before. Each child must have hit at least 50 balls throughout the session. It also included a fun competition between the girls and boys to see who could chip the ball into a target net. The boys managed a narrow victory, but there were many shots that were very close. Charlie also managed to snap a target flag in half - he was VERY accurate. Well done to everyone who has been so enthusiastic about these sessions, but especially to Ella, Jack and Bradley for winning prizes for their effort, technique and accuracy. We look forward to next week!
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