Elder Class enjoyed their first special curriculum day of the year as they participated in the K'nex Fairgrounds Challenge. In teams of three, the children were given the brief of building a fairground ride out of K'nex with rotational movement to be controlled by a motor. To add to the challenge, the children needed to use Flowol software to programme the movement of their ride, as well as getting lights to flash and sound to play. The day was led Chris Beer from StemWorks, an organisation whose purpose is to promote science, technology and engineering through stimulating workshops in primary schools. The children worked extremely well, coming up with innovative ideas and solving problems along the way to bring these ideas into reality. Rides included carousels, ferris wheels and pirate ships and everyone managed to fulfil the brief. Programming skills practised throughout the afternoon included flow diagrams, loops, sub-routines and delays. The children were then able to see each other's rides in action. A great day was enjoyed by all.
A team of six Y6s headed over to Cheltenham to once again participate in the Gloucestershire Constabulary Community Cup. This was the 5th occasion that this six-a-side football tournament has been arranged for pupils in the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury area. The aim of the competition is to bring children together from local communities, promoting the ‘ONE GAME, ONE COMMUNITY’ campaign. The event continues to be authorised by the Gloucestershire Constabulary’s High Sheriff and it is funded through a specific community grant. The competition is also supported by the Football Association. Facing some tough matches in a highly competitive group, Tirlebrook set about the challenge with great determination and with a positive attitude. They played extremely well throughout, and had to put up with difficulties such as playing three games in succession, having no substitutes and some players were even requested to change their footwear! Despite this, they ended up winning two matches, beating Hester's Way (the eventual runners-up in the competition) and Glenfall by the scoreline 1-0, with goals scored on both occasions by Ben Radbourne. They were unfortunate to lose 1-0 to Gardner's Lane in a match that they completely dominated but just could not score in. In their other match, Tirlebrook were beaten by eventual champions St. Gregory's 3-0. Tirlebrook just missed out on a place in the semi-finals by one point and can be extremely proud of their display, in terms of both football and sportsmanship. The children also get to keep their 'One Game, One Community' team t-shirts to remind them of their experience. Congratulations!
Team: Lucie Cummings, Jack Ellis, Saul Fox, Sam Janes, Ben Radbourne and Joseph Robinson.
Mrs. White has been asking the Y6 children to explore what happens when changes are made in an electrical circuit, such as lengthening and thickening wires, adding more components and including a greater number of cells.
What an amazing opportunity for the Y5 and Y6 pupils who joined 68,000 others in Cardiff to watch the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji. After a reasonable journey to Wales, the children were able to soak up the atmosphere in Cardiff city centre prior to the match. Many bought scarves and flags at one of the many merchandising stalls and some even had their faces painted with the Australian or Fijian rugby team's emblems. A quick visit to Cardiff Castle proved interesting as a giant rugby ball appeared to have crashed through its walls, before the party headed through the crowds of supporters to the impressive Millenium Stadium. Once inside, better seats could not have been asked for, positioned in the front row of the Upper Tier provided a perfect view of the action. The friendship between rugby supporters was evident with Australian and Fijian fans mixing with the many neutrals. A really enjoyable encounter ended 28-13 in favour of the Wallabies, who must continue to fight it out with England and Wales to qualify from Pool A, also dubbed 'the group of death'. A walk through the atmospheric centre back to the minibus was enjoyable - the excruciatingly long journey home was less so. Overall, an amazing opportunity and a fantastic occasion was enjoyed by all.
It was great to welcome Julie, Harold and the Life Education Bus back to Tirlebrook this week. The Y6 children participated in a fantastic 90-minute session, including discussions and activities that will hopefully help them to make lifelong sensible decisions about their health and wellbeing. Topics covered included the importance of sleep and exercise, drug education, peer pressure and ambitions and hopes for the future. This was the last ever visit for our Y6 children, so we hope that they will remember all of the important things that they learned.
What a brilliant time thirteen of our Y6 pupils had as they ventured onto the lake at Croft Farm to take part in this year's Paddle Power event. Organised by Tewkesbury School, Paddle Power is a katakanu-ing competition between teams consisting of five or six participants as they paddle their way across the lake - all to raise money for a good cause. This year's charity was Help for Heroes and it was great to see our youngsters having fun and raising money, £60 in all, all at the same time. Our children were split into two squads, one group paddling with Mrs. White and the other paddling with Miss. Featonby. After a couple of practice races, both teams made their way to the start line for the primary schools' final. After a really impressive effort from both crews, Miss. Featonby's team crossed the line in second place, whilst Mrs. White's crew were not very far behind in fourth. Overall, it was worth getting wet and using muscles that haven't been exercised for a while because the children really enjoyed themselves. Well done everyone!
The Y6 children extended themselves (literally) as they continued working through their unit in gymnastics on Symmetry and Assymetry, focusing on balances that incorporate tension and counter-tension. Well done everyone!
Well done to the 19 children from Tirlebrook who took part in the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Rugby World Cup Tag Rugby Festival. Tirlebrook's players were split into two teams and played as Tonga and Georgia in the competition. Well done to Harriet, Lucie, Saul, Sam and Danny who represented Y6. They all played in the Tongan team who, on the day, won once, drew once and lost four times. All of the games were very close and there was some great rugby on show, with the team gaining confidence as the day went on. It was particularly good to see the Y6 children encouraging the younger members of their team. After missing out on the quarter-finals, Tirlebrook's two teams played each other in a friendly that finished 4-4. Tonga then went on to beat Ireland 5-4, whilst Georgia drew with Argentina. It was a great day for everyone - well done!
Pool C Results:
Tonga 2 v 6 Namibia; Tonga 5 v 6 Argentina; Tonga 2 v 4 Fiji; Tonga 2 v 4 New Zealand
Tonga 4 v 4 Georgia; Tonga 5 v 4 Ireland
Tonga: William Haslum (captain), Harriet Bethel, Lucie Cummings, Saul Fox, Sam Janes, Danny Phipps, Tom Francis, Harry Clarke, Luke Sherbourne and Callum Trust
Georgia: Jonathan Peirce (captain), Jack Ballinger, Danny Etheridge, Finley Hutchings, Zac Jones, Fraser Matharu, Alfie Cull, Oscar Guthrie, Elliott Parsons
We would like to say 'Congratulations!' to all of the Y6 pupils who put themselves forward for the role of House Captain this week. Many of them worked extremely hard on their speeches, and during the process leading up to the election itself, supported each other with their constructive feedback and encouragement. Mrs. White helped the children to gain confidence and to improve their presentation skills. The speeches were extremely well received by each House group, with several members of staff commenting on the excellent standard. It takes courage and determination to put yourself forward and to speak in front of 50 people the way that the Y6 children did. They should all be extremely proud of themselves - we are certainly proud of them. There will be the inevitable celebration and disappointment when the results are revealed. Please let's continue this supportive environment as the children deal with these emotions. Well done to one and all!
What an amazing experience for fourteen pupils and three members of staff as Tirlebrook ventured to the nation's capital to watch the England football team play in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley Stadium. After a reasonable journey, the group enjoyed walking around the outside of the stadium with thousands of other very excited fans. We posed for a group photo in front of the stadium and next to the famous statue of Bobby Moore. It was incredible climbing to the seventh tier via huge escalators and what a moment as we walked out into the seating area for the first time, seeing the pitch and the enormity of Wembley in all its glory. The match itself saw England win 2-0 with second-half goals from Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney. It was fantastic to be some of the 75,000 people who witnessed Wayne Rooney make history and become England's all-time top-scorer with his late penalty, his 50th goal for the country. He surpasses greats such as Sir Booby Charlton and Gary Lineker. It was a long night, but an amazing one!
The academic year 2015-2016 has started. Welcome to our new Y6s who are sure to do a great job as they enter their final year in primary school. We are really looking forward to working with you all throughout the year. A special welcome to May and Mercedes who both joined Tirlebrook School today - we hope that you will both be very happy here.
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