We have had an amazing first day in the Isle of Wight. We had an excellent visit to Avebury Henge where we were able to get up close and personal with a stone circle that has been standing since the Neolithic times. After a mad rush to Southampton (traffic was really bad), we were prevented from embarking on our booked ferry - I was a little cross about this as I was in phone contact with them all the way and I was promised that we would be on that ferry! To compensate, they gave us the most amazing experience. The children travelled as foot passengers on the red jet - a high speed catamaran - and we crossed The Solent in 25 minutes instead of an hour. We enjoyed our lunch on the beautiful parade at West Cowes, before being collected and travelling to Shanklin. We have settled into our hotel, enjoyed the food and all had a good first night' sleep. We even had an hour on the beach to celebrate a wonderful day. I will publish more photos later this evening when there is a little more time to do so!
We were delighted to be able to welcome Lynn, Clair and Ruth from the Tewkesbury Churches Together team into school to run through a transition programme with us called, 'It's Your Move!' The three ladies came to talk about the sorts of worries that Y6 children commonly have as they move up to secondary school and to reassure the children that it was going to be fine. They brought along three secondary students to answer questions and to support the children. Activities included a 'fears feelings line' and some role-playing of various secondary school scenarios. Each of the children was presented with a book with lots of information, games and ideas to help them prepare for the upcoming move. Thank you!
What a fantastic way to end our Health & Wellbeing Week with our very last Sports Day. It involved the entire school in a range of activities and races on one of the warmest days of the year. We started by taking part in games on the playground, including the water relay, beach ball volleyball, netball shot, hockey dribble, beanbag target and the hula hula challenge. Races in the afternoon included the sprint, the hurdles, the caterpillar relay and the medley relay, which incorporated all of the traditional sports day races in one (egg and spoon, sack, beanbag balance, skipping, crab and sprint). Our parents and families were invited to share in the day's activities, including joining us for lunch and the school were delighted to be able to offer a hot take-out meal for every child. The day culminated with all of the children gathered on the track to discover the winning house, which this time was ... Beauchamp! A superb day and surely one of the highlights of Tirlebrook's year.
It was an exciting day for our Y6 Kwik Cricket team as they headed off to the Level 3 School Games GCB County Finals at Cheltenham College on Friday. The team performed excellently, and after losing their opening match by just three runs, they went on to win their next two. Unfortunately, that opening narrow defeat meant that they were unable to progress to the semi-finals, but a wonderful effort all round, coupled with a positive attitude and great weather made for a special day. Let's hope that the team recognise their achievement and remember the day.
Well done.Team: Sam Mills (captain), Christopher Ballinger, Dylan Coxshall, Finley Gardiner, Charlie Kendrick, Oisin Moseley, Alex Oliver & Ethan Whybrow
Elder Class visited SkillZONE in Gloucester as part of their personal safety education during Health & Wellbeing Week. They explored a range of personal safety scenarios, including walking down a dark alley, visiting a building site and approaching a level-crossing. They also discussed the importance of safe choices when using the Internet and examined how to stay safe at home and when near roads. The children conducted themselves in a very positive manner and have hopefully learnt a lot about themselves and the responsibilities that they will all soon encounter, particularly with secondary school transfer only a few weeks away.
Over 70 children and 20 parents took part in Tirlebrook's first-ever Race For Life held after school. Each participant made a donation to Cancer Research UK to run, before receiving their racing sign and participating in a group warm-up led by a group of enthusiastic Y5 and Y6 children. The children were encouraged to wear pink as a sign of support for the event and there was even the opportunity to have faces painted. The race, of approximately 1 and a half miles, took place across the grounds of both Tirlebrook and Tewkesbury schools. Drinks were available at the conclusion of the race and every child was presented with a participant's medal. Well done to Charlie for being the first runner home. At last count, well over £150 had been raised for this good cause. Well done to everyone who ran. Together we can crack cancer.
Sixteen Y5 and Y6 children participated in the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network Cricket Festival at Apperley Cricket Club. Tirlebrook's two teams each played four matches in the competition against schools including Deerhurst & Apperley, Mitton and Twyning. One of the teams finished in third place, winning two matches and losing the other two, and put in an excellent all-round performance, demonstrating a great team spirit throughout. The other team managed to win all four of their matches, including a last-ball victory against Mitton, on their way to the championship, and they too displayed a great attitude and sportsmanship. It was an excellent competition on a very warm afternoon and every player can be pleased with their performance - you did Tirlebrook proud!
Team: Alex Oliver (captain), Jack Ellis, Finley Gardiner, Ashleigh Latter, Oisin Moseley, Ben Radbourne, Ella Teasdale and Ethan Whybrow.
Results: Won v. Tirlebrook - 276 v 239; Won v. Twyning 296 v 255; Won v. Deerhurst & Apperley 307 v 212; Won v. Mitton 233 v 230
Team: Christopher Ballinger (captain), Dylan Coxshall, Bradley Lane, Margot Messenger, Sam Mills, Tom Prosser, Nathan Thomas & Megan Townshend. Results: Lost v. Tirlebrook - 239 v 276; Lost v. Mitton 212 v 218; Won v. Twyning 256 v 239; Won v. Deerhurst & Apperley 264 v 228
It was great to be able to welcome Kirsty McLaren back into school to inspire the children to get fit and active while having loads of fun at Zumba classes. Once again, this was a huge hit with both staff and children alike. Elder Class really threw themselves into it! What a great way to begin the week.
It was fantastic to welcome our friends from the local churches into school once again to guide us through some spiritual reflections as part of Health and Wellbeing Week. The children were invited to consider their place in the world and to consider values such as compassion, hope and forgiveness. The session was based on 'The Lord's Prayer' and it gave the children the opportunity to consider how that most famous of prayers might be relevant to them today. Thanks to Ruth and Lynn for giving up their time to spend the day at Tirlebrook once again.
We have witnessed history being made! What a fantastic afternoon and evening out our Y6 children enjoyed as they had the opportunity to watch another elite sporting event. It was exciting to have the opportunity to visit Edgbaston in Birmingham and watch England play in their first ODI match in the current series against New Zealand. World-class players were on view, including World Cup Runners-Up Brendan McCullum, Martin Guptill, Trent Boult and Ross Taylor. The atmosphere was vibrant from the off with loud music and large screens fully in action as the players prepared and warmed up. This was added to when the match started itself, with chanting from the crowd and much waving of flags, banners and 4/6 signs. A fairly young and new-look England team were put into bat first and scored a mighty 408 runs in their fifty overs. What an amazing sight! We saw the most ever sixes hit in a ODI innings by an England team, we saw the highest ever ODI total made by England and we saw the first ever score of over 400 by any team in ODIs in England. Breathtaking. The atmosphere was terrific and everyone entered into the spirit of the match. The New Zealanders contributed a huge amount and it was a privilege to view such a wonderful spectacle. New Zealand could not match the England batting despite a positive start, and were eventually dismissed for just shy of 200 runs. It was amazing to see 19 wickets in the day, some bowled, some through magnificent catches, some run out, some lbw. We also saw over 600 runs scored and a huge number of boundaries. It was an inspiring match and our young cricket enthusiasts can say, 'I was there on that day ...' Brilliant!
Congratulations to our Kwik Cricket team who remained undefeated on their way to winning the Gloucestershire Cricket Board tournament at Tewkesbury Cricket Club. In their group games, the team, captained by Sam Mills, defeated Bishop's Cleeve B and Twyning with convincing batting and fielding performances. They then met Bishop's Cleeve A in the semi-finals, where again they marched to victory by a significant margin. The final was a really good contest, with both teams fielding particularly impressively. Tirlebrook still achieved a fairly comfortable win against Glenfall to become champions. The team have now qualified for the county finals in this event for the third year in succession. Well done!
Tirlebrook 259 defeated Bishop's Cleeve B 218
Tirlebrook 245 defeated Twyning 195
Tirlebrook 253 defeated Bishop's Cleeve A 212
Tirlebrook 238 defeated Glenfall 216
Team: Sam Mills (captain), Christopher Ballinger, Dylan Coxshall, Finley Gardiner, Charlie Kendrick, Oisin Moseley, Alex Oliver & Ethan Whybrow
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