Read on to find out about our sporting curricular and extra-curricular opportunities
as well as other experiences for the academic year 2017-2018
Birmingham City Ladies v Manchester City Women - Wednesday, 21st February 2018
What a super opportunity some of our children in Key Stage Two took advantage of as we headed up to Birmingham to watch the FA Women's Super League match between Birmingham City Ladies and high-flying Manchester City Women. It was a very cold evening, and, making sure we were wrapped up warm, we took our seats at the AutoTech Stadium in Solihull to watch some of the best female footballers competing at the highest level. It was a highly anticipated match, with Manchester City having narrowly beaten Birmingham in the Women's FA Cup just four days earlier, and there were a number of international star players taking to the pitch, including Manchester City's Karen Bardsley, Jill Scott, Izzy Christiansen, Demi Stokes and Nikita Parris, and Birmingham City's top scoring England striker Ellen White. The Blues took the lead when Ellen White latched onto a loose ball and fired it in the back of the net. She then doubled the lead after the break, stabbing in Emma Follis' cross. The visitors could have reduced the deficit in stoppage time, but Jill Scott's powerful header came back off the bar, ensuring that Birmingham City kept a clean sheet and went away with a superb 2-0 victory. Title-chasing Manchester City fell to second in the table after their first defeat of the season, their first in any competition since May 2017, ending a run of 23 games without loss, of which they had won a remarkable 22. In between the action, scarves were purchased and hot dogs, burgers and cups of tea consumed. And we were all treated to some fantastic chanting from the Manchester City supporters in particular: 'She's big, she's blue, she's coming after you, Jill Scott', 'Izzy, Izzy (Christiansen), let's get busy', 'Esme, Esme, Esme, Esme, Esme, Esme, Esme Morgan (to the tune of No Limit)', 'She's big, she's blue, she's drinking Irn Bru, Jen Beattie,' and 'She's one of our own, Keira Walsh'. However, the real treat came at the end of the match as the children were able to grab a quick chat with some of the players, collecting autographs in their programmes and photographs along the way. Jill Scott, Karen Bardsley and Ellen White, with a total of 247 caps for England combined, were all happy to make the end to a great visit very special indeed.
Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Schools Sports Network's Non-Stop Cricket Festival - Tuesday, 20th February 2018
Ten children from Year 6 attended Leisure at Cheltenham to take part in the Cheltenham & North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Non-Stop Cricket Festival. The children participated in six matches in all and played amazingly well, only losing their first match to St. John’s. They followed that match with wins against Bishop’s Cleeve B, Oakwood, Andoversford, Bishop’s Cleeve A and Rowanfield. Every team member displayed the School Games values of ‘Teamwork’, ‘Determination’ and ‘Self Belief’ and five children were selected to receive values bands: Ellie Dallman for Passion, Zuzanna Rudnicka for Self Belief, Joseph Ferrier for Teamwork and Alex Lucking and Megan Bullock, both for Determination. The children thoroughly enjoyed their experience. Many thanks to Mrs. Assheton and Mrs. Gosden for accompanying the team throughout the day.
Squad: Megan Bullock, Amy Chaplin, Ellie Dallman, Joseph Ferrier, Amelia Flanders, Alex Lucking, Fraser Lucking, Porsche Parker, Elliott Parsons & Zuzanna Rudnicka
Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Cross Country Race 4 - Thursday, 8th February 2018
Squad: Hattie Akerman, Ava Baker, Jack Ballinger, William Bethel, Tianna Booth, Owen Burford, Oliver Butler, Chloe Carroll, Harry Clarke, Molly Clarke, Eleanor Dyball, Edward Ferrier, Silas Fox, Joshua Glass, Oscar Guthrie, Charlie Hancox, Alex Lucking, Fraser Lucking, Aaron Lyon, Isobel McLaren, Charlotte Peirce, Bea Prosser, Calum Pryce, Megan Sapkota, Maxwell Scott, Luke Sherbourne, Joshua Smith, Harriet Taylor, Lilia Teasdale, Callum Trust, Leah Trust, Lola Walker & Finlay Whittard
Inter-House Cross Country Races - Monday, 5th February 2018
Our eager KS2 children quickly changed into their PE kits, before warming up for the first race of this year’s Inter-House Cross Country competition. The Year 6 Young Sport Leaders did a fantastic job warming up their house teams, before venturing to the start line. With enthusiasm, determination and great team spirit, the Year 5 and Year 6 children set off first. The first two runners set a high pace for the rest of the children as they sprinted to secure their places at the front. The Year 3 and 4 children cheered on their teams whilst waiting for their turn to compete. The Year 6 leaders created a brilliant warm up for the Year 3 and 4 children before they began to compete. All of the children had a great time. They cheered each other on, they held hands, they patted each other on the back and they all finished, gaining points for their house team. Thank you to all of the children who participated so positively throughout this experience.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Tour - Part Two - Monday, 5th February 2018
Our Y6 class were lucky enough to participate in The Cheltenham Gold Cup Tour organised by the Jockey Club. This visit was the second time that the prestigious trophy, which is worth over half a million pounds to the winner, had been on site at Tirlebrook during this academic year. The session helped the Y6 children to learn more about horse racing and the amount of work that goes on before, during and after an event. They had an ex-professional jockey talk to them about the discipline necessary to be a jockey as well as how actual race events work (with lots of mathematical links too!). Two members of the Cheltenham Racecourse team gave the class the opportunity and experience of riding on a mechanical horse, an equiciser, which was not easy! Every child also had the opportunity to raise the Gold Cup aloft and have their photograph taken, before receiving goodie bags and an invitation to join the Junior Jumpers, a section of the Jockey Club established especially for children and young people. This was a fantastic experience for all of our children and it is hopefully one that will stay with them for many years to come.
Tottenham Hotspur v. Manchester United - FA Premier League @ Wembley Stadium - Wednesday, 31st January 2018
A group of fifteen children were lucky enough to head to London for one of the highest profile FA Premier League fixtures of the season as Tottenham Hotspur took on Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. The children soaked up the atmosphere along Wembley Way and had their photograph taken in front of the Bobby Moore statue before taking their seats for this highly anticipated match-up. There was a wonderful array of talent on both sides including Paul Pogba, Harry Kane, David De Gea, Hugo Lloris, Romelu Lukaku and Dele Alli, and it was also the Premier League debut for former Barcelona and Arsenal front man Alexis Sanchez. In front of a Premier League record attendance of nearly 82,000 fans, Christian Eriksen sent Spurs on their way with the third fastest ever goal in the Premier League era, scoring after just 10.5 seconds as Tottenham took the lead directly from the kick-off. It was a great goal scored right in front of Tirlebrook's fantastic sixth and seventh row top tier Wembley seats. In a game in which Manchester United never really reached their potential, Tottenham went on to score a second through a Phil Jones own goal before seeing out the game comfortably. There was a mixed reaction from the Tirlebrook supporters, at least half of whom were rooting for Manchester United, including Mr. Tomkins, while several were supporting the home team, including Mr. Lockley. The children represented the school impeccably and we hope that it is an experience that they will have appreciated and will not quickly forget, whatever the result. Lots of sleeping on the minibus ensured a quiet return journey before pulling up back at school just after half-past midnight.
Level Two School Games Sportshall Athletics Competition - Wednesday, 24th January 2018
It was brilliant to have the opportunity to take 36 Y4, Y5 and Y6 pupils over to Tewkesbury School to take part in this year's Level 2 School Games Sportshall Athletics competition. Sportshall athletics is a fast-paced and entertaining event which brings all of the excitement of athletics indoors. With announcements over a loud speaker and funky music playing in the background, the atmosphere is as highly-charged as the competitive action. Our children threw themselves into competition against 10 other teams as they competed for the right to qualify for the county finals. Teams competed in track events whilst individuals completed field events. All results are timed or measured and then entered into a database to receive a score. The track events included a variety of relays, with one of the favourites being the obstacle challenge with hurdles, a high stepper, a speed bouncer and reversaboards. Individual field events were the chest push, vertical jump, speed bounce, javelin throw, standing long jump and technically advanced standing triple jump. Our three teams pushed themselves to run faster, throw further and jump longer and higher than they ever have done so before, and some of our team even helped out another school who were short on numbers. The team spirit and effort on show was remarkable and every child can be proud of the way they represented Tirlebrook. After all of the points across all of the heats were added up, our three teams finished 3rd, receiving Bronze School Games medals, 5th and 9th overall - a fabulous achievement. Several children were also recognised for demonstrating the School Games values and were awarded bands: Oscar Guthrie (Self Belief), Freddie Parsons (Self Belief), Oakley Hiorns (Respect), Elishia Caley (Passion) and Matthew Janes (Honesty). Well done to everyone for a super afternoon of indoor athletics!
Results: 1st Gretton; 2nd Grangefield; 3rd Tirlebrook 1; 4th Holy Trinity Cheltenham; 5th Tirlebrook 2; 6th St. John's Cheltenham; 7th Twyning; 8th Mitton; 9th Tirlebrook 3; 10th Gloucester Road Primary; 11th Deerhurst & Apperley
Squad: Oscar Guthrie & Megan Sapkota (captains), Rachel Bagley, Ava Baker, Jack Ballinger, William Bethel, Edward Bowes, Peyton Bunce, Owen Burford, Elishia Caley, Molly Clarke, Alfie Cull, Eleanor Dyball, Silas Fox, Charlie Hancox, Oakley Hiorns, Zoe Hunt, Matthew Janes, Paulina Kapron, Aaron Lyon, Isobel Mclaren, Elliott Parsons, Freddie Parsons, Charlotte Peirce, Bea Prosser, Calum Pryce, Poppy Radbourne, Luke Sherbourne, Harriet Taylor, Lilia Teasdale, Rhys Thomas, Callum Trust, Leah Trust, Lola Walker & Finlay Whittard
Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Swimming Gala - Friday, 19th January 2018
Two teams of swimmers headed over to Tewkesbury School to take part in the annual Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Swimming Gala. Participating in a range of races including one length and two length races of front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke, relays and fun events such as stylish dive and the largest splash, our two teams set about the challenge with great positivity and team spirit. There were some exceptional performances with lots of second and third-place finishes, as well as a win in the stylish dive event for Gracie Janes and a first position overall to Charlie Cull in the one-length breaststroke. Tirlebrook's two teams finished in third and seventh position out of eight teams overall and were delighted with their performances. Congratulations to Rachel Bagley and Amelia Brookes who were awarded School Games values bands for Determination and Self Belief respectively.
Squad: Rachel Bagley, Ava Baker, Jack Ballinger, William Bethel, Amelia Brookes, Owen Burford, Oliver Butler, Alfie Cull, Charlie Cull, Eleanor Dyball, Gracie Janes, Bea Prosser & Calum Pryce
Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion @ Wembley Stadium - FA Premier League - Wednesday, 13th December 2017
Despite the snow and incredibly cold conditions, a brave group of fifteen children headed to the national stadium in London to visit the temporary home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as Spurs took on Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Premier League. A strong Spurs squad included many high-profile footballing superstars, including Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, the ever-popular Heung-Min Son and prospective England captain Harry Kane. It was also great to see newly-promoted Brighton’s team performing, including their talismanic highly-rated winger Anthony Knockaert. Tottenham predictably dominated possession in front of a 55,000 strong Wembley crowd, and ended up winning 2-0, with goals at the end of each half from Serge Aurier (a wonderful effort from an impossible angle) and the vibrant and ‘full of endeavour’ Son. The long trip to London and back was more than worth it for the children, many of whom were visiting Wembley Stadium for the first time, having sat in wonderful fourth row top tier seats to watch an FA Premier League game, again for many, for the very first time. Merchandise and programmes purchased, and a few hot chocolates consumed along the way, it was another special experience for Tirlebrook.
Y5 & Y6 Inter-House Football Competition - Tuesday, 28th November 2017
Rowan and Elder classes enjoyed an afternoon of football as we headed over to Tewkesbury School’s all-weather pitch to hold our annual Inter-House Football Competition. It was great to see everyone joining in and giving it their best – there were great shots, impressive blocks, fantastic passes, imperious tackles, well-worked goals and super saves on display and everything in between too! The children represented their houses admirably and there was such fantastic team spirit on display. It was especially pleasing to hear so many positive comments after the event, particularly from those children who would perhaps not usually choose to play football either competitively or for fun both inside and outside of school. The results of the competition will be combined with those from this week’s Y3 & Y4 competition to decide who will be this year’s Inter- House Football champions.
Tirlebrook Staff Team Gloucester 10k for Breast Cancer Now - Sunday, 26th November 2017
Mr Lockley, Miss Streeter, Mrs Jones and Mr Perry all took part in the Gloucester 10k race in Quedgeley, participating to raise money for the Breast Cancer Now charity in honour of Mrs Plant. There were 'personal bests' all round as they completed the course in near perfect running conditions (despite the very cold start to the day!). Thanks to your support and the support of the wider community, donations made to the team's Just Giving page have exceeded the £250 target. Congratulations to our whole school community for getting behind this fantastic cause. We continue to send our love and best wishes to Mrs Plant, offering her our 100% support as she bravely continues her battle with cancer.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Tour - Thursday, 23rd November 2017
What a privilege it was for our Year 4 class as staff from the Jockey Club and Cheltenham Racecourse visited Tirlebrook as part of this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup Tour. It was a brilliant morning. The Year 4 children and staff truly experienced what life is like for a jockey and learnt a huge amount about horse racing. The children got to try on jockey silks and had the wonderful opportunity to receive some professional jockey training using 'equicisers'. They also received an extremely informative classroom talk, 'Goody Bags' and the invitation to join up to the Jockey Club as Junior Jumpers. To round it all off, each child had the chance to hold the Gold Cup aloft. We are extremely grateful for this opportunity and the children engaged with it with enthusiasm and great respect. What a brilliant visit!
Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Y3 and Y4 Football League Round 1 - Tuesday, 21st November 2017
Just two teams were present for the opening round of this year's Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Y3 and Y4 Football League held at Tewkesbury School. So it was decided to have one long match of forty minutes between the two, Tirlebrook and our opponents Twyning. It was the first outing of our new kit and the children looked extremely smart. It was a fascinating match with many many chances throughout. There was plenty of excellent football on display: slick passing, great saves, long shots, strong tackling and some fantastic goals. Ultimately, Twyning proved to be a little stronger on the day, winning by 13 goals to 5, although this doesn't really reflect quite how close the game was. It was one of those days where some of our opportunities would just not go in the net! Our goals were scored by Rhys x2, Finlay x2 and Joshua. Most importantly, our fantastic players represented the school brilliantly. Their great sportsmanship, enthusiasm and positivity, coupled with determination and a 'never giving up' attitude, was wonderful to see and we are certainly very proud of them all. At the end, the two teams cheered and shook hands, before three players were awarded School Games values bands: Matthew Fowler for Respect, Joshua Smith for Passion and Finlay Whittard for Self Belief. We look forward to returning in the new year for the second round.
Squad: Rhys Thomas (captain), William Bethel, Owen Burford, Edward Ferrier, Matthew Fowler, Freddie Parsons, Ayan Sharif, Joshua Smith & Finlay Whittard
Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Football League Round 1 - Tuesday, 21st November 2017
A team consisting of four children from Year 5 and four children from Year 6 headed over to Tewkesbury School to play in the first round of this year's Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Football League. The team really gelled well and were each individually a valuable part of the whole team in every fixture. The team played six games in all which each lasted 7 minutes in length. Tirlebrook tasted victory in all but one of the games: recording, in order (goal scorers in brackets), a 3-0 win against Hopelands (Luke x2, Callum); a 1-0 victory over Mitton (Silas); a 1-0 victory over Tewkesbury C.of.E (Luke); a 2-0 win against Gretton (Sam, Luke); a 1-0 defeat against Twyning and a 1-0 victory over The John Moore (Luke). These results have set the team up to be in a very strong position for the second round of matches, when they will play each school again in the same format and ultimately try to become the champions of Tewkesbury for 2018. Jack Ballinger was deservedly awarded a School Games values band for Teamwork; however, the School Games values were displayed by every squad member. The team represented the school brilliantly and the school staff are very proud of their wonderful attitudes, display of footballing skills and overall team ethic. Well done!
Squad: Callum Trust (captain), Jack Ballinger, Silas Fox, Oscar Guthrie, Matthew Janes, Luke Sherbourne, Samuel Whatmore & Anthony Zvarych
England v Brazil @ Wembley Stadium - Tuesday, 14th November 2017
A group of fifteen children visited Wembley Stadium to watch England take on Brazil in an international friendly match. For many, it was their first ever visit to the national stadium, and what an occasion it was, with over 85,000 other people also in attendance. The Brazilian fans were in good voice and their samba-style drumming throughout added to the great atmosphere created by the predominantly England-supporting crowd, who waved flags and sang their familiar chants. Some of the best players in the world were on the field of play and it was a real privilege to see wonderful players such as Phillipe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Casimero, Marcus Rashford, Kyle Walker and Eric Dier up close and personal from our second row seats in the top tier. What a view! And a special opportunity it was indeed to witness the most expensive player on the planet in Neymar Jr. whose sublime touch and exquisite vision and passing was on display throughout the ninety minutes. The 0-0 score line did not reflect the excitement of the match, and although England were under strength and the Brazilians probably not at their free-flowing flamboyant very best, the football was entertaining and the whole experience was one to remember. Our children can be very proud of the way they represented Tirlebrook throughout the visit and they were all rewarded with a nice snooze on the minibus on the way home.
Active Gloucestershire Daily Mile Celebrations @ Cheltenham Racecourse - Monday, 13th November 2017
ESFA Large Schools' Football Tournament - Wednesday, 8th November 2017
Members of Y5 and Y6 combined forces to represent Tirlebrook in the English Schools' Football Association (ESFA) cup competition held at Tewkesbury School. Schools from across Tewkesbury were invited to compete in a tournament, with the winners going through to a further county level competition in December. Despite a thrilling 3-3 draw with Tewkesbury C. of E. Primary School and a dominant 1-0 victory over the John Moore Primary School, Tirlebrook finished as runners up in the competition, losing out on top-spot by the narrowest of goal difference margins. The children showed great teamwork and determination and created numerous chances in both matches, but unfortunately it was not to be our day. In between the ESFA competition matches, a friendly match was arranged with Queen Margaret's Primary School which Tirlebrook won comfortably. The squad went home with silver runners-up School Games medals and Silas Fox was awarded a School Games values band for Teamwork. Many thanks to Mr. Tomkins and Mrs. Gosden for accompanying the team.
Squad: Callum Trust (captain), Jack Ballinger, Silas Fox, Oscar Guthrie, Matthew Janes, Luke Sherbourne, Lilia Teasdale and Anthony Zvarych
Football Friendly v Tewkesbury C. of E. Primary School - Thursday, 19th October 2017
Our Y5 and Y6 footballers headed to Tewkesbury C. of E. to take part in a friendly match on a wet and windy afternoon. Despite a dominant first half performance, Tirlebrook entered the half-time break with the score even at 1-1, thanks to a wonderful team goal that was coolly finished by Luke Sherbourne. The second half saw a similar level of Tirlebrook domination, but this time dominance was converted to goals as six were scored without reply, resulting in a 7-1 victory. A hat-trick for Silas Fox, a further goal for Luke Sherbourne, and one each for Samuel Whatmore and Elliott Parsons put the match well beyond Tewkesbury C. of E., who never gave up. The entire performance was one that the squad could be proud of - with determination, teamwork and a super positive attitude on display throughout. Captain Callum Trust embodied this attitude in a Man of the Match display in the centre of midfield. Overall, the match was played in a good spirit and it was fantastic to see the School Games values clearly evident in the attitude and performance of the Tirlebrook team.
Squad: Callum Trust (captain), Jack Ballinger, Silas Fox, Oscar Guthrie, Matthew Janes, Aaron Lyon, Elliott Parsons, Luke Sherbourne, Samuel Whatmore & Anthony Zvarych
Gloucester Rugby Tag Rugby Festival @ The Moat, Tewkesbury - Thursday, 19th October 2017
Football Friendly v Ashchurch Primary School - Monday, 16th October 2017
A combined Y5 and Y6 team headed to Ashchurch to represent Tirlebrook in the first friendly football match of the season. Despite some extremely blustery conditions, the team worked hard to put into action the skills they have been developing at Football Club, and at times they combined well to produce some entertaining football. The attitude on the pitch was always positive and the teamwork on show was certainly encouraging. There were some excellent individual performances too, particularly from Charlie Hancox in defence and Anthony Zvarych in goal. Ashchurch proved to be just too strong on the day and ended up winning the match convincingly by three goals to nil. The match was played in good spirit and the Tirlebrook team can be proud of the determination they displayed. Well done!
Squad: Molly Clarke (captain), Harry Clarke, Silas Fox, Charlie Hancox, Matthew Janes, Alex Lucking, Fraser Lucking, Aaron Lyon, Leland Pratley, Maxwell Scott, Samuel Whatmore & Anthony Zvarych
Netball Friendly v Ashchurch Primary School - Monday, 16th October 2017
Members of Tirlebrook's Netball Club performed brilliantly in a second friendly match to take place against Ashchurch School in a week. Even though some children have only just started to play the game competitively, it is clear that their netball skills and awareness of the game are quickly developing. The match took place over four quarters, throughout which all players swapped places on court, challenging themselves to adapt to the different demands that each position presents. In the end, after many goals scored by Elliott, Luke, Izzy and Jack, the score was 11-0 to Tirlebrook. It was another successful result for Tirlebrook and more importantly, another fantastic opportunity for our children to explore, enjoy and excel! Well done!
Squad: Jack Ballinger, Esme Burton, Rose Carey-Owen, Izzy Fisher, Elliott Parsons & Luke Sherbourne
Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Cross Country Race 3 - Thursday, 12th October 2017
The final race of the Autumn season of the Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Cross Country competition was another successful one for Tirlebrook's enthusiastic team of runners. Once more the team performed brilliantly well, yet more importantly, it was so encouraging to see many of the children running not only with great determination, but also with huge smiles on their faces. It is a real achievement to keep pushing yourself to go further and faster week after week and as each child completed the course and crossed the finish line, teachers and parents alike looked on with huge pride at their achievements, but most importantly, at the attitudes on display. The boys raced first with Tirlebrook's best-placed finishers being Silas Fox, second for the second week in succession, Owen Burford, with a season's best 7th placed finish and Luke Sherbourne, who equally produced his season's best in 11th position. Of the 22 that raced, 8 achieved season's best performances, including Luke and Owen. Charlie Hancox improved by eight places to finish in 16th, whilst there were also improvements from Alfie Cull, Charlie Cull, Oliver Butler, Rhys Thomas and Daniyal Khan. The girls came next and the race provided great excitement at the finish as many competed strongly along the home straight. Charlotte Peirce battled to a season's best 8th place with a storming finish, followed closely by the highly consistent Ava Baker (10th) and the improving Harriet Taylor (15th). Further girls made season's best finishes including Leah Trust, Hattie Akerman, Rose Carey-Owen and Hayden Davis. Credit must also be given to Lola Walker who fell during the race but showed great determination to complete the course. In the team standings, Tirlebrook head into the winter break in first position in the boys' team event, in second position in the girls' team event and in first position overall. Well done everyone for a superb start to the season - we are very proud of you all.
Squad: Hattie Akerman, Ava Baker, Jack Ballinger, William Bethel, Tianna Booth, Owen Burford, Oliver Butler, Rose Carey-Owen, Byran Cotton, Alfie Cull, Charlie Cull, Hayden Davis, Eleanor Dyball, Silas Fox, Joshua Glass, Charlie Hancox, Oakley Hiorns, Matthew Janes, Daniyal Khan, Alex Lucking, Aaron Lyon, Isobel McLaren, Charlotte Peirce, Bea Prosser, Megan Sapkota, Maxwell Scott, Luke Sherbourne, Joshua Smith, Harriet Taylor, Lilia Teasdale, Rhys Thomas, Callum Trust, Leah Trust, Lola Walker, Samuel Whatmore & Finlay Whittard
Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Netball League Round 1 - Tuesday, 10th October 2017
Our school netball team have started the new season brilliantly, winning all of their games in Round 1 of the Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's annual Netball League. Tirlebrook's first opponents were Twyning, who were defeated by 7 goals to nil. John Moore were up next and whilst both teams battled competitively and performed to a high standard, Tirlebrook gained another win with the final score being 4-1. The goal scored by John Moore in that match was the only one to be conceded on the night. The team continued to grow in confidence and their play was becoming stronger and more cohesive. Tirlebrook's final two games were against Mitton and Deerhurst. The team emerged victorious in both matches, defeating Mitton 6-0 and completing a 10-0 win against Deerhurst. In addition to these superb results, two of our players were also awarded School Games values bands: Ava Baker, team captain, was awarded the band for Teamwork and Eleanor Dyball received a band for honesty. Overall, our Netball League Round 1 competition was a great success. Every player in the squad demonstrated exceptional teamwork and were constantly encouraging and supporting each other. We look forward to building on this encouraging start in Round 2 of the competition after Christmas.
Squad: Ava Baker (captain), Jack Ballinger, Molly Clarke, Eleanor Dyball, Charlie Hancox, Luke Sherbourne & Lilia Teasdale
Netball Friendly v Ashchurch Primary School - Monday, 9th October 2017
Our netball team prepared themselves for their first competition of the year with a warm-up friendly against Ashchurch Primary School. The atmosphere was brilliant and the children on both teams demonstrated a variety of the School Games values and sportsmanship. The match was played in four quarters, during which all of the players happily swapped positions. By the end of the game, Tirlebrook had defeated Ashchurch, with the final score being 15-0. Tirlebrook’s defence and marking were superb! They managed to intercept the ball many times, using teamwork and communication to great effect. Congratulations on a game well played.
Squad: Ava Baker, Jack Ballinger, Molly Clarke, Eleanor Dyball, Charlie Hancox, Luke Sherbourne & Lilia Teasdale
ESFA Girls' Football Competition @ Prestbury St. Mary's, Cheltenham - Friday, 6th October 2017
An enthusiastic team of footballers ventured over to Prestbury St. Mary's School in Cheltenham to compete in this year's ESFA Girls' Football Competition. The team were involved in three games, winning two of them: 4-1 against Swindon Village and 3-0 against Gotherington. The final match was against Holy Apostles and the girls were pushed to their limits with the match ending in a 3-0 defeat. They were unlucky not to make it through to the final stages of the tournament. The determination and passion on show was superb and the team were a real credit to our school. Well done to all and thanks to Miss. Featonby and Mrs. Gosden for their support.
Squad: Rachel Bagley, Peyton Bunce, Molly Clarke, Eleanor Dyball, Megan King-Smith, Porsche Parker, Charlotte Peirce & Lilia Teasdale
Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Cross Country Race 2 - Thursday, 5th October 2017
It was great to witness another terrific week of running by the Tirlebrook cross country team as 35 boys and girls headed to the Vineyards to compete in Race 2 of this year’s event. Dealing with slightly windier conditions, the children took to the course with enthusiasm, all determined to put in their personal best performance. Many children improved on their finishing position from the previous race, this being particularly impressive as there were more runners taking part overall. The girls' race was very close from a Tirlebrook perspective, with a very strong finish from Ava Baker ensuring that she crossed the line in 11th place as first girl home, just one place ahead of the equally fast-finishing Bea Prosser in 12th. In the boys' race, there were top ten finishes for Silas Fox, who improved on last week's fantastic run to cross the line in second-place, and Owen Burford, improving from 11th to 8th. Callum Trust and Luke Sherbourne came in 11th and 13th places respectively, ensuring four boys finishing in the top 13 for the first time ever. It was also great to see some girls and boys improving on their previous performance, including: Charlie Hancox (+2), Harry Clarke (+3), Alex Lucking (+4), Lilia Teasdale (+5) and Byran Cotton (+5). There were some tremendous results from several children, improving their finishing position hugely. Megan Sapkota finished 11 places higher, whilst Joshua Smith managed to improve by 15 places. Aaron Lyon was even more impressive as he improved by 17 places to finish in 25th position and Finlay Whittard managed to knock a huge 21 places off his finish when he came in 41st. The girls currently lie in second place in the team standings, with the boys holding first position in their competition. What a great achievement! We hope that the children will continue to demonstrate such a positive attitude throughout the remainder of the season. Well done everyone and ‘Good Luck’ in the final race of the Autumn season.
Squad: Hattie Akerman, Ava Baker, Jack Ballinger, William Bethel, Tianna Booth, Owen Burford, Rose Carey-Owen, Harry Clarke, Molly Clarke, Byran Cotton, Alfie Cull, Charlie Cull, Hayden Davis, Eleanor Dyball, Silas Fox, Joshua Glass, Oscar Guthrie, Charlie Hancox, Oakley Hiorns, Matthew Janes, Alex Lucking, Aaron Lyon, Isobel McLaren, Charlotte Peirce, Bea Prosser, Megan Sapkota, Maxwell Scott, Luke Sherbourne, Joshua Smith, Harriet Taylor, Lilia Teasdale, Callum Trust, Leah Trust, Lola Walker & Finlay Whittard
Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Cross Country Race 1 - Thursday, 28th September 2017
Thirty-five children from Years 4, 5 and 6 and three members of staff gathered at the Vineyards in Tewkesbury to compete in one of our biggest annual events as the Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Cross Country season started once more. After a thorough warm up, the boys headed to the start line to begin the first race of the afternoon. And what a race it was! It was fast, competitive and exciting to watch. Our first runner home, Silas Fox, battled all the way to the line to finish in a very impressive 3rd place, followed closely by Callum Trust in 7th, Owen Burford in 11th, Luke Sherbourne in 14th and Oscar Guthrie in 15th to secure five boys finishing in the top 15 for the first time ever. What a brilliant start to the season. We also had fantastic performances from Charlie Hancox who came 26th, Aaron Lyon, who finished 42nd, and Maxwell Scott, who placed in 48th position. But it wasn't just about the top 50. The entire team ran their hearts out and put in gutsy performances across the mile-long course. Success was shared all round and there was much to be celebrated by the end of their race. The boys were exceptional and they have began the season superbly! 1 race down, 4 to go! In the girls' race there was even more success. Ava Baker was our first runner home finishing in 6th place, followed closely by Bea Prosser in 8th position, Charlotte Peirce, who stormed through with a fantastic finish in 15th place and Harriet Taylor, who finished in 17th. Further top 50 finishes were claimed by Molly Clarke (29), Isobel McLaren (30), Megan Sapkota (32), Leah Trust (34), Lilia Teasdale (45) and Eleanor Dyball (46). It was also brilliant to see so many of our Year 4 Running Club members joining the team this year: Rhys, Hattie, Leah, Isobel, Finlay, Daniyal, Byran, Joshua, Lola, Tianna, Owen and Oakley all competed with great pride and determination in their first-ever races for Tirlebrook. The course is definitely a challenge and to see so many of our children from KS2 'having a go' and showing so much perseverance and effort is just exhilarating. We are so proud of you all and we cannot wait to see you all again next week for our second race of the season. Well done Tirlebrook, you really are a fantastic team!
Squad: Hattie Akerman, Ava Baker, Jack Ballinger, Tianna Booth, Owen Burford, Oliver Butler, Rose Carey-Owen, Harry Clarke, Molly Clarke, Byran Cotton, Eleanor Dyball, Silas Fox, Joshua Glass, Oscar Guthrie, Charlie Hancox, Oakley Hiorns, Matthew Janes, Daniyal Khan, Alex Lucking, Aaron Lyon, Isobel McLaren, Charlotte Peirce, Bea Prosser, Megan Sapkota, Maxwell Scott, Luke Sherbourne, Joshua Smith, Harriet Taylor, Lilia Teasdale, Rhys Thomas, Callum Trust, Leah Trust, Lola Walker, Samuel Whatmore & Finlay Whittard
World Marathon Challenge - World 5000m Challenge 2017 - Wednesday, 27th September 2017
The whole of KS2 came together on National Fitness Day to compete in the World 5000m Challenge, part of the international World Marathon Challenge, our first inter-house competition of the year, in which each house team was required to complete 25 laps of our 200m track as quickly as possible. Each team was aiming to be the first house to finish, but also to record the fastest time possible, as the results are subsequently entered onto an international database to enable us to compare our performances with primary-aged children from across the rest of the world. Our house teams warmed themselves up, led by our brand new Year 6 Sports Leaders, before lining up to begin their race. One by one, each competitor completed their 200m leg of the twenty-five lap relay, before passing the baton onto their next house runner. Throughout the event, it was difficult to tell who was in the lead, with so many runners zooming past on the track. Ultimately, Wenlock House were the clear winners in the Year 5 and Year 6 race, whilst Montague House crossed the finishing line first in the Year 3 and Year 4 race. Every single house group ran with determination, enthusiasm and great excitement, and they were a great support to each of their runners. At the end of this thrilling event, the times from both the Year 3 and Year 4 race and the Year 5 and Year 6 race were combined to give us our first inter-house competition winners of the year. With a combined time of 39 minutes and 27 seconds, Montague House were the overall winners. Congratulations to Montague! Wenlock were our runners-up this year with a time of 39 minutes and 42 seconds, with Hastings and Beauchamp finishing just behind. Well done everyone on a great afternoon of competitive running.
National Fitness Day - Wednesday, 27th September 2017
National Fitness Day 2017 was celebrated in style at Tirlebrook. Throughout the day, the children and staff were involved in a variety of classroom-based activities, including an inspiring fitness maths session in Year 4. A whole school assembly enabled questions about how, why and when we should keep fit to be answered, and a discussion about how Tirlebrook encourages its school community to keep fit and to benefit from a fit and healthy lifestyle also took place. Before the end of the gathering, the children participated in ten minutes of physical activity at 10 a.m., a National Fitness Day initiative that schools celebrating the day were involved in. What better way to move and keep fit than to boogie on down and dance for a whole ten minutes! The children and staff jumped up onto their feet and thoroughly enjoyed performing, with the guidance of some Zumba Dance videos on the big screen, moving to the tunes 'I Like To Move It, Move It' and 'Cake By The Ocean', which definitely seemed to be the favourite. Even the children who have just started school in our Reception Class were showing us their dance moves! Not only did we keep fit during the morning, but we also completed our daily Tirlebrook 10. If that wasn't enough fitness for one day, our KS2 classes then competed in their first inter-house competition of the year, the World 5000m Primary School Challenge, in which every child participated in a team relay. Overall, after all of the dancing, running and sprinting, Tirlebrook received a certificate in recognition of our participation in National Fitness Day 2017. Well done Tirlebrook!
Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Tri-Golf Festival - Wednesday, 20th September 2017
What a fantastic morning twenty Y6 children enjoyed as they headed off to Sherdon's Golf Centre near Tredington to participate in the Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Tri-Golf Festival. The children were split into teams but competed individually at a range of skills-driven stations set up on the golf range and putting green. Activities ensured that the skills of driving, chipping and putting were all developed throughout the course of the event. There were some special moments too: Charlie being the only player to hit the bullseye on the chipping target - on his very first go; Zuzannah and Luke both sinking thirty foot putts on the long putt activity - the only two children to manage this amazing feat all morning; Callum T and Jack hitting impressive 35-metre iron shots in the driving challenge; Oscar making a hole-in-one on one of the holes on the mini-course challenge ... and so on. Everyone had a brilliant time and when all the results were in, Tirlebrook finished in second position overall out of 8 teams. Congratulations to Callum T who was the highest individual points scorer and therefore received the award for 'Best Player' at the festival. The organisers were delighted with the attitude and behaviour of the Tirlebrook teams and hope that they have ignited a new-found golfing interest in the children who came along. Thanks to Mrs. Assheton, Mrs. Gosden and Mr. Lockley for supporting the team and well done to all the children.
Team: Ava Baker, Jack Ballinger, Peyton Bunce, Elishia Caley, Harry Clarke, Molly Clarke, Alfie Cull, Eleanor Dyball, Joseph Ferrier, Oscar Guthrie, Charlie Hancox, Megan King-Smith, Elliott Parsons, Bea Prosser, Calum Pryce, Zuzannah Rudnicka, Maxwell Scott, Luke Sherbourne, Lilia Teasdale & Callum Trust
Y4 Gloucester Rugby Coaching - Monday, 18th September 2017
We were thrilled to welcome two Gloucester Rugby Community coaches into school to work with our Y4 class. The children thoroughly enjoyed playing rugby themed games and, whilst the sun was shining, they were given the opportunity to develop their dodging, passing and movement skills. After hearing all about our School Games values, the coaches introduced us to their own values (TREDS):
Teamwork – Respect – Enjoyment - Discipline - Sportsmanship
We are really looking forward to welcoming the coaches back again for the next five weeks. They have even invited us to attend a Tag Rugby festival, organised by themselves, against some of the other schools that they have also been coaching. Well done to all of the children for making such a positive start.