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Tirlebrook Primary School

Explore. Enjoy. Excel. Together

Brensham Road, Tewkesbury
Gloucestershire GL20 8EW


Tel: 01684293549

Read on to find out about our sporting curricular and extra-curricular opportunities

as well as other experiences for the academic year 2018-2019


Y3 & Y4 Tag Rugby Inter-House Competition - Wednesday, 13th February 2019

The children in Year 3 and Year 4 came together in their houses to compete in a tag rugby inter-house competition in the beautiful Spring sunshine led by 12 of our very helpful and enthusiastic Year 5 and Year 6 sports leaders. The Year 3 and 4 children demonstrated a range of simple skills and tactics that they had been learning in lessons throughout the competition and their individual and collective team performances improved as the afternoon progressed. Our Year 6 children managed the teams, the tags, the refereeing, the scoring and the timing. They were on hand to offer advice to the younger children about their rugby skills and the rules of the game. They were also there to encourage, support and celebrate with the children - it was clearly evident that this was having a really positive impact on the younger children. The houses played each other at least once, rotating players every time someone scored a try. This meant that all of the children had an equal opportunity to play and that the children were never subs for very long. At the end of the event, once the points had been collated, there was a draw for 3rd/4th place between Hastings and Beauchamp. In second place came Montague, who were only a few points behind out 2019 tag rugby winners, WENLOCK! Congratulations to all of our tag rugby players. Your efforts were superb and your attitudes were even better!

Thank you to all of the children who were involved in the competition, including the competitors and the organisers. The Year 5 and Year 6 leaders were exceptional and they really did make the event run smoothly. It was an extremely successful, joyful and positive event and many of the children have already asked to do it again. We look forward to the same happening next year.

Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's LKS2 (Y3 & Y4) Football League Round Two - Tuesday, 12th February 2019

Our Y4 football team were extremely excited to participate in round two of this year's Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's LKS2 Football League held at Tewkesbury School. With Keira leading the way as captain, the team began the competition with a positive attitude, great determination and fantastic teamwork. This effort most definitely helped, as they were able to draw with their first opposition, Ashchurch. In the second match, despite their collective efforts, they lost 1-0 to Twyning. Oscar made some fantastic saves in goal. During their third game against Gretton, the team played brilliantly, however in the end, they unfortunately once more lost by a 1-0 margin. In their final game, which was certainly the most challenging, our fantastic team worked extremely hard to compete with Tewkesbury C. of E. George T scored an impressive goal to send Tirlebrook into the lead. However, Tewkesbury C. of E. came back with two goals, giving them the overall advantage as they won the game. At the end of the competition, the results from rounds 1 and 2 were combined to calculate an overall finishing position for each school. Although our football team worked really hard and showed great improvement as the matches across the two rounds progressed, a finishing position of 5th place was achieved in the competition. 

Congratulations to all of the teams and a huge well done to our team for maintaining such a positive and respectful attitude even though they didn't manage to pick up a win. Ewan and Keira were also congratulated as they received their School Games bands; Ewan received his band for honesty and Keira was awarded the 'Passion' band.

Squad: Keira (captain), Oliver, Oscar, George T, George R, Paddy & Ewan

Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Cross Country Spring Season Races - Race 4 - Thursday, 7th February 2019

Despite a very busy and active day, including taking part in our own whole-school iSingPOP concert, the children that headed down to the Vineyards for the first race of the spring season of cross country races performed superbly. This was the 4th race of the current cross country season.

Tirlebrook continues to show great commitment to this event, with over twenty KS2 children representing the school. Considering the busy schedule and their phenomenal iSingPOP performances, the children worked their socks off, many gaining a PERSONAL BEST during their race.

Silas and Charlotte were our first runners home - Silas leading throughout the boys' race to finish in first position for the fourth consecutive race this season and Charlotte showing great determination in the girls' race to gain a personal best third place finish.

In the girls' race, Gracie, Harriet, Keira and Tilly all finished in the top 20 - a fantastic result for the girls! Leah, Chloe, Sophie, Isobel and Julia ran superbly too, all finishing in the top 50 girls home, with some even making it into the top 30. They really worked hard and pushed themselves during this week's race, even though the route had been changed to create more challenge; the girls most certainly did not let that effect their performance or confidence. If anything, they actually performed even better - showing the great grit and resilience that we love to see in our pupils.

The boys' race was just as competitive and just as impressive! Again, many of our runners achieved PERSONAL BESTS! Following on from Silas, Ewan, Aaron, Owen, Finlay and William were the next in line for the finish - all achieving a top 20 place! Ewan, one of our youngest runners in the competition, stormed to a highest-place finish of the season in 3rd position. Aaron also achieved a season's best seventh position in what turned out to be a very successful race for Tirlebrook. Every single runner fought for their place right until the end. Finlay and William also achieved personal bests, running exceptionally well. George T and Freddie worked really hard too and gained a top 50 position - showing great consistency in their running in what is always a very competitive race. Edward, Paddy, Rhys and George R ran extremely well too - trying their best, running against the hills and wind and gaining great finishing places. We are really proud of every single one of them.

The cross country event is a wonderful community gathering where all of the children consistently try hard, challenge themselves and support each other fantastically. We are so proud of you all and we think you are all performing excellently. Well done to you all. Thanks also to our staff team for supporting the children and for helping to organise the event alongside Mrs. Leggett. Bring on next week!

Squad: William Bethel, Owen Burford, Tilly Burton, Edward Ferrier, Silas Fox, Julia Gardiner, Ewan Gosden, Keira Hancox, Gracie Janes, Aaron Lyon, Paddy Mace, Isobel Mclaren, Chloe Messenger, Sophie Messenger, Freddie Parsons, Charlotte Peirce, George Radbourne, Harriet Taylor, George Teasdale, Rhys Thomas, Leah Trust & Finlay Whittard

Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Football League Round Two - Tuesday, 5th February 2019

Our Year 5 & 6 football team headed over to Tewkesbury School to compete in the second round of this year's Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Football League competition. They played a total of 3 matches: winning 2-0 against Mitton, with Rhys and Silas scoring; drawing 2-2 against Carrant Brook, with William and Silas scoring; and losing 0-1 against Tewkesbury C. of E. This final match was probably their most challenging, and unfortunately, with only seconds to go, a goal was conceded and the team were defeated. At the end of the event, all of the points were collated from the two rounds of the league competition. The team finished in third place overall with 18 points and were awarded bronze Move More medals. It was an extremely successful event and a very close competition. The team worked extremely hard throughout and every player can be proud of both their effort and the attitude they displayed - they represented Turlebrook superbly. Special congratulations to Joshua and Silas who were awarded School Games bands for their determination and passion respectively. Thanks also to Mrs Assheton and Mrs Tyrrell, who braved the cold winter weather to support our team.

Squad: William Bethel, Owen Burford, Silas Fox, Matthew Janes, Aaron Lyon, Joshua Smith, Rhys Thomas, Samuel Whatmore & Finlay Whittard

Y5 & Y6 Benchball Inter-House Competition - Monday, 4th February 2019

Our Year 5 and Year 6 children came together to compete in their very first inter-house Benchball competition. The children thoroughly enjoyed competing in their houses, using tactics and skills to try and defeat the other teams. In the first round of games, Hastings and Beauchamp beat their opponents to gain the upper hand. Wenlock and Montague then beat their opposition to gain points for their team too. As the games continued and the points were scored and recorded, each team worked brilliantly together to try to win their matches. In the end, however, there could only be one winner...

With all the points collated, it appeared that the results were indicating a draw overall; Beauchamp and Wenlock both gained the highest number of points. To decide an overall winner, goal difference was then considered. Wenlock are officially this year's Benchball House Champs, followed very, very closely by Beauchamp!

Well done to all of the children who participated with such positive attitudes. Thank you to all of the staff who were involved; scoring, timing and organising the event with expertise. The children thoroughly enjoyed the competition and it is one that we will be adding to our calendar of events to take place every year.

Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Swimming Gala - Wednesday, 9th January 2019

We began our New Year - 2019 - with a great SPLASH! as a team of children from Years 5 and 6 prepared themselves for the annual Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Swimming Gala at Tewkesbury School.

The event started with individual heats, in which Amelia and Charlie competed in the front crawl race, both finishing in an impressive 1st position. The success did not stop there, as Charlotte finished in 1st position and Owen in 2nd in the backstroke race. Breaststroke finished the heat races and Gracie and William competed brilliantly; Gracie finishing first in her race and William 3rd. Amazing results for the whole team.

The well-anticipated canon relay heats was the next event in which every member takes part. Impressively, our team marched through to the final, achieving 1st position in the race. What a superb result for the team and what amazing teamwork on show.

As the children moved through to the finals of the individual races, the team began celebrating their amazing achievements so far. It was very clear that children were having a fantastic time. During the final races, every child pushed themselves to the limit, putting their swimming techniques and stamina to the test. Amelia and Charlie, yet again, glided their way through the water at speed, achieving yet another 1st position each. Charlotte and Gracie also came 1st in their individual final races. Owen and William performed superbly too, achieving 3rd position in their finals race. The team then headed back to their start line for the canon relay final and they won their team race again.

It was then time for the fun/ non-scoring events, including 'Largest Splash', 'Smallest Splash', and 'Stylish Dive'. Congratulations to Tredington and Tewkesbury C of E Primary School for their success in the 'Largest Splash' and 'Stylish Dive'. Amelia managed to gain another win during the event, coming 1st in the 'Smallest Splash' event.

Overall, the competition was an extremely successful and positive event for our school. Not only did the children represent the school superbly, showing respect, teamwork and a positive attitude, but they also showed phenomenal determination and effort. We cannot praise the children enough for their attitudes, despite their success in their races.

When the scores were in and the points had been allocated, our team were awarded gold medals, finishing in 1st position overall with 45 points. Ashchurch were awarded 2nd position and silver medals with 39 points and Twyning gained 3rd position and bronze medals with 29 points.

Thank you to all of the organisers and staff involved in the event. And well done Team Tirlebrook.

Squad: William Bethel, Amelia Brookes, Owen Burford, Charlie Cull, Gracie Janes and Charlotte Peirce

Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Y2 Multi Skills Festival @ Cheltenham College - Tuesday, 18th December 2018

Year 2 headed over to Cheltenham College to take part in the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Year 2 Multi Skills Festival. They headed out on their adventure full of excitement and enthusiasm. During the festival, the children were divided into 11 groups made up from a mixture of children from different schools - what a great way to help to develop confidence, communication and social skills, as well as an array of sports skills. It was lovely to see them interacting with their new friends. They then enjoyed 11 different stations, set up to develop a variety of fundamental skills. The stations included hopping, balancing, sliding, crawling, co-ordination and using a range of different body parts. Some of their favourite challenges included balancing a ball on a tennis racket, jumping through hoops, ball control and co-ordination drills. The staff who attended the event were amazed at how focused and determined the children were. They were truly engaged, challenged and they had a fantastic time. 

At the end of what was a lovely, eventful morning, many of the children were awarded School Games values bands for their attitudes and efforts. Congratulations to the following: Jared Cassidy (Self-Belief), Maisie Goodenough (Respect), Hunter Haggath (Passion), Alfie Hammerson (Honesty), Olivia Holtham (Honesty), Jack Howe (Passion), Beau Jackson-Lockyer (Self-Belief), George Oliver (Teamwork), Lacie Owen (Determination) & Hannah Whatmore (Respect)

Wow! We are so proud that so many of our KS1 children are demonstrating the School Games values.

Thank you to all of the staff who attended the event. We could not do these wonderful things without you!

Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Small Schools' Sportshall Athletics Competition - Friday, 14th December 2018

25 of our KS2 children competed in this year's Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Small Schools' Sportshall Athletics Competition at Tewkesbury School. This event is always one that we look forward to in the sports calendar and it most definitely did not disappoint. As we entered the sports hall, our two teams were given two different coloured vests, maroon and yellow. The competition began with the fun and exciting obstacle relay which involved sprinting, speed bounces, high leg runs and hurdles. After a clear demonstration, the two teams and the other competitors were raring to go! Both teams performed extremely well and really enjoyed their event.

It was then time for some of the individual and paired events. The girls got ready on the track for their 1+1 and 2+2 relays while the boys headed off to compete in the field events including standing long jump, standing triple jump, vertical jump, speed bounce and the chest push. In the girls' 1+1 sprint relay, both teams competed well, and an impressive second place position was gained by the yellow team. The competitors in this event were Sophie Messenger and Gracie Janes and Leah Trust and Zoe Hunt. Well done to them and well done especially to Harriet Taylor and Martha Simpson who worked extremely well together during the 2+2 relay to achieve a very quick time, also finishing an impressive 2nd place in that race. Keira Hancox and Zoe also competed in this race and did extremely well, considering that they came up against mostly Year 6 children! As the girls finished their relays, the boys returned from their field events to begin their sprint races. The boys 1+1 and 2+2 relays began with a flourish. Aaron Lyon and Owen Burford  and Rhys Thomas and Freddie Parsons showed great determination during their 2+2 races in particular.

As the field events came to a close, the children who were participating in the final field event prepared themselves and lined up on the yellow line, javelin in hand. William Bethel, Owen, Harriet, Sophie, Finlay Whittard, Oakley Hiorns, Tilly Burton and Chloe Messenger all did really well in one of the most entertaining events of the afternoon. The competition concluded with the 4x1 relay, a race involving four competitors from each team sprinting for one lap before passing on the baton to their next team mate. Again, the determination and effort shown by each competitor was superb!

At the end of the event, our maroon-wearing youngest team were awarded 6th position in the competition and our yellow team achieved a 2nd position and a silver Move More medal. Congratulations to the following children as they were awarded School Games values bands: Esme Burton and Freddie for Self-Belief, Harriet for Passion and Zoe for Determination. What an excellent effort from everyone! The children can be extremely proud of how well they conducted themselves, how well they ran and the teamwork and positive attitudes that they demonstrated. We are very proud of you all.

Yellow Team: Esme Burton & Matthew Janes (joint captains), William Bethel, Edward Bowes, Owen Burford, Charlie Cull, Gracie Janes, Aaron Lyon, Sophie Messenger, Poppy Radbourne, Martha Simpson & Harriet Taylor

Squad Team 2: Hattie Akerman, Tilly Burton, Edward Ferrier, Julia Gardiner, Keira Hancox, Oakley Hiorns, Zoe Hunt, Chloe Messenger, Freddie Parsons, Rhys Thomas, Leah Trust, Harrison Turner & Finlay Whittard

Y4 & Y5 Inclusive Sports Inter-House Competition - Thursday, 6th December 2018

Year 4 and Year 5 had an exciting and an action-packed afternoon competing in our very first Inclusive Sports Inter-House competition. Following five weeks of coaching from our 'Move More' coach, Mr Pattison, the children put their newly-acquired skills to the test by competing in two out of the three learned sports. Year 5 began with dodgeball and then moved on to handball, employing a range of strategies and techniques as they competed and demonstrated their understanding of these competitive inclusive sports. Year 4 began their afternoon with three handball matches followed by Boccia. Boccia involved 6 matches being played all at once, with some of the children volunteering to referee and score. It was wonderful to see how much the children have learned in both classes over the last half term. They really enjoyed competing against the other houses and they all worked fantastically well in their teams. It was also lovely to hear so many of the children being so positive about the competitions and about sharing the effort with their teammates. It was a really successful afternoon.

Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Y3 & Y4 Football League Round 1 @ Tewkesbury School - Tuesday, 4th December 2018

Our Y4 football team headed over to Tewkesbury School for the first round of this year's Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Y3 & Y4 Football League. They competed in matches against the other four schools involved. They drew 1-1 against Ashchurch, lost 1-0 against Twyning, lost 2-0 to Tewkesbury C. of E. Primary School, before storming to a 2-1 victory in their final game against Gretton, which included a fantastic goal from George Teasdale.

The team worked extremely well together, showing great support and teamwork. The team particularly thought that Keira Hancox, our only girl on the team, played extremely well. A teammate said, "Keira tried really hard to think about where to pass the ball and she was a great team player". Oscar Dickson also stood out as he showed great determination and an excellent positive attitude. Congratulations to Oliver King-Smith who received a School Games values band for 'Determination' - an appropriate reward for our excellent captain! Congratulations also to George Radbourne who was awarded a 'Passion' School Games values band - his very first School Games band. Well done George! Indeed, congratulations to all of our team who tried their very best and thoroughly enjoyed their football tournament. 

Squad: Oliver King-Smith (captain), Oscar Dickson, Ewan Gosden, Keira Hancox, Paddy Mace, George Radbourne & George Teasdale 

Inter-House World 5000m Challenge - Monday, 26th November 2018

Our KS2 children lined up to take part in their very first inter-house competition of this academic year, The World 5000m Challenge. The children, from Years 3, 4, 5, and 6, gathered together for a team warm up, led by their house captain, before getting ready to begin their challenge. The aim of the race is to complete 5000m as a team as quickly as possible. The World 5000m Challenge winners are then crowned from their combined times. The results of the challenge are also inputted into the Eveque competition website, where our children's results can be compared to the results of other children from schools around the world.

The Year 6 children set off in their houses first, setting a great example for the rest of the juniors with their determination and positivity. The Y5 children, representing the four houses, then competed, followed by the children in Year 4 and then Year 3. It was great to see so many children supporting and encouraging their house teammates and to hear so many cheers of positivity.

Congratulations to everyone for participating so well and particularly to our house captains for taking the lead with their house warm up and for organising their teams. Thanks too to the adults who were there to record the results as well as to encourage the children throughout the event.

Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Football League Round 1 @ Tewkesbury School - Tuesday, 20th November 2018

Our football team headed over to Tewkesbury School on a wet and extremely cold afternoon for the first round of this year's Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Football League. They played a total of four games in which they drew 1-1 with The John Moore, defeated Twyning 2-0, won 4-0 against Queen Margaret's, and lost their final game 2-1 against Ashchurch. The points accrued from these results have put the team in a great position to challenge for medals in the second part of the league, taking place in February, when they will play the three remaining Tewkesbury schools who have entered the league.

The team played with great enthusiasm and effort and demonstrated all of the School Games values throughout the event, most notably standing out for 'Determination' and 'Teamwork'. Congratulations to three of our players who were awarded individual School Games bands at the competition, chosen by the organisers and referees. Well done to Silas Fox, Matthew Janes and Aaron Lyon who were our proud wristband receivers. Silas was awarded the 'Determination' band, Matthew was awarded the 'Respect' band and Aaron proudly accepted the band for 'Teamwork'. Well done to all three boys for this achievement. They should be extremely proud that they have stood out in such a positive way and represented themselves and Tirlebrook so well.

Many thanks again to Mrs Assheton and Mrs Tyrrell for supporting our team so positively and for braving the chilly conditions.

Squad: Anthony Zvarych (captain), William Bethel, Owen Burford, Silas Fox, Matthew Janes, Aaron Lyon, Joshua Smith, Rhys Thomas and Finlay Whittard

ESFA Girls' Football Tournament @ Tewkesbury School - Wednesday, 14th November 2018
A team of nine girls headed to their first football competition of the year at Tewkesbury School as they participated in the ESFA Girls' Football Tournament in the glorious late Autumn sunshineThe team were led by fantastic captain, Keira Hancox, who has been an eager member of our Football Club this term. The team played a total of five matches in which they won 2-0 against Queen Margaret's, drew 0-0 against Deerhurst, lost 5-0 against Tewkesbury C. of E., lost 2-1 against Mitton and suffered a further defeat at the hands of Gretton. Despite the mixture of results, the girls demonstrated superb effort and determination throughout the afternoon, and their teamwork and skills certainly improved. At the end of the competition, Tewkesbury C. of E. finished in first place with 23 points; Tirlebrook came fifth out of the six teams that attended, earning 13 points along the way. The entire team competed with a glowing positive attitude! Congratulations to Keira who was awarded the 'Honesty' School Games values band by the organisers, and also to Gracie Janes as she was awarded the 'Teamwork' School Games values band. Thank you the team who represented our school wonderfully and also to our fantastic, dedicated staff for supporting, organising and cheering on our team, Mrs. Assheton and Mrs. Tyrrell. It was a fantastic event that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Squad: Keira Hancox (captain), Ruby Butler, Gracie Janes, Isobel Mclaren, Lily Moran, Molly Oliver, Charlotte Peirce, Poppy Radbourne and Martha Simpson

ESFA Large Schools' Football Tournament @ Tewkesbury School - Wednesday, 7th November 2018

Our Year 6 footballers headed over to Tewkesbury School for this year's ESFA Large Schools' Football Tournament, led by captain, Anthony Zvarych. They played a total of five matches in all throughout the competition. They began with a 1-1 draw with The John Moore Primary, before going on to win 1-0 against Queen Margaret's School. This was followed up with a 2-0 win against Mitton before two 0-0 draws, against Carrant Brook Junior and Tewkesbury C. of E. schools respectively. 

At the end of the competition, the first place position was held jointly by Tirlebrook and Tewkesbury C. of E. However, due to goal difference, Tewkesbury C. of E. were announced as the overall winners, being awarded the gold Move More medals as they scored five goals compared to Tirlebrook's three. Our team proudly collected silver Move More medals as runners up in what was a superbly fought and very, very close competition. 

All players demonstrated excellent determination and teamwork, working with each other brilliantly to score great goals and concede just one throughout the afternoon. Congratulations to Silas Fox who was picked out by the organisers for particularly demonstrating the School Games value of 'Determination', and he was awarded a band for his efforts. A huge thank you also goes to Mrs. Assheton and Mrs. Tyrrell, who supported the team, organised the players and braved the wet and windy weather throughout the afternoon. 

Squad: Anthony Zvarych (captain), Charlie Cull, Silas Fox, Lewis Hughes, Matthew Janes, Aaron Lyon, Jordan Tredwell and Samuel Whatmore

Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Netball League Round 1 @ Tewkesbury School - Tuesday, 16th October 2018

Our new netball squad for 2018-2019 headed over to Tewkesbury School and competed in the first round of this year's Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Netball League. Despite only two after-school training sessions so far this year, the team performed amazingly!

The first round of the league involved Tirlebrook competing in 3 games. Our first match was against Carrant Brook and the children were determined to win their first game. Every player on the court contributed superbly to a 4-0 victory, with fantastic goals from Ruby Butler and Matthew Fowler. And the success did not stop there.

After shaking hands and saying three cheers to Carrant Brook, the team were straight in to their second game against The John Moore Primary. Although the game was a friendly, the children still pushed themselves to work hard and to work brilliantly as a team. Finlay Whittard played brilliantly in defence; he was able to get in front of his player and was able to stop several vital passes between The John Moore's attackers in the shooting semi-circle. The game ended in a 2-2 draw, with neither team deserving to be victorious in what was a good-spirited, highly competitive and closely fought game.

The team's third match, but second competitive game, was against Deerhurst & Apperley. Again the match was close, but Tirlebrook managed to fight for the win, scoring 4 goals to Deerhurst's 1 in reply. This time, Matthew and Charlotte Peirce were our goal scorers, with Ruby now playing in defence. 

The team headed into the next game extremely positively - another friendly, this time against Ashchurch. This match was the most competitive and challenging of the evening, and there were strong players on court for both teams. However, due to their fantastic determination and grit, Tirlebrook finished with another draw, 3-3, a score that the team were extremely happy about.

Our final game of the night was against Mitton. By this point in the competition, the team were really becoming fluent. Their communication had improved as the games went on, their ability to spot space and their team players was constantly developing and their shooting had become far more accurate. Combining this fluency with a huge amount of positivity, the team stormed to victory with a 6-0 win. This was a result that most definitely put smiles on everyone's faces. It was very clear that the team were very proud of themselves and each other. What a successful night it turned out to be - the whole team demonstrated the Tirlebrook team spirit and fantastic sportsmanship that we have become accustomed to. Every team member made a huge contribution, including William Bethel and Gracie Janes who were extremely strong in defence throughout the evening, intercepting many passes and blocking many goals. The team needed everyone to perform well and to contribute and they would not have achieved what they did without this. It is extremely surprising to think that with such success in the first round, not one of our team members had played competitive netball before. We hope that this experience has given them a taste of what netball has to offer. 

At the end of the competition, Matthew, our top goal scorer of the day, was awarded a School Games Band for 'Honesty'. Congratulations Matthew. You should be very proud of yourself! After the points were added and 'the scores were in', we are delighted that the Tirlebrook team have got exactly what they deserved - an undefeated second position in the Netball League so far. We are sure that they cannot wait until Round 2!

Squad: William Bethel, Ruby Butler, Matthew Fowler, Gracie Janes, Charlotte Peirce & Finlay Whittard  

Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Cross Country Race 3 - The Vineyards - Thursday, 11th October 2018
We were very lucky yesterday to avoid the wet and windy weather, as the children participated in their final cross-country race of the Autumn season.
The course was marked out, the children were gathered and they were all excited and raring to go!
It was the girls' turn to run first and it wasn't long before the race began. All of the girls ran extremely well, competing strongly for their place at the finish. Charlotte Peirce stormed ahead and beat her last result by one position, coming in in 4th place. The next girl through the finish was Gracie Janes, coming 7th again, displaying incredible consistency this Autumn. Keira Hancox was the next Tirlebrook runner home, coming in 21st position - an excellent finishing result from one of our new runners from Year 4.
The boys' race followed and Silas Fox maintained his 100% record of winning each race so far this year, this time putting an even greater distance between him and the chasing pack. Ewan Gosden performed phenomenally and earned a third personal best in a row, finishing in 4th position - a quite remarkable achievement for a Y4. Aaron Lyon has also had an excellent season so far, finishing in a consistent 12th position - a finish that he most definitely should be proud of. There was also a terrific personal best for Finlay Whittard as he came over the line in a season's best 20th position and Jordan Tredwell recorded a 74th position finish in his very first race representing Tirlebrook.
All of the runners ran brilliantly again this week, despite having the Mop Fair visit Tewkesbury, which caused great excitement but late nights. It was wonderful to see so many of our runners cheering each other on and smiling with pride as they finished their final race before Christmas.
Well done to everybody who has been involved this season, including the children, parents and staff. It is a great community event that we are extremely proud to be a part of. The team is in an excellent position going into the new year and there is a very real possibility that our trophies and shields from last season can be defended. We cannot wait to see what happens when we return in the Spring.
Well done all!
Team: William Bethel, Owen Burford, Esme Burton, Tilly Burton, Edward Ferrier, Silas Fox, Julia Gardiner, Ewan Gosden, Keira Hancox, Gracie Janes, Aaron Lyon, Paddy Mace, Isobel McLaren, Chloe Messenger, Sophie Messenger, Freddie Parsons, Charlotte Peirce, Poppy Radbourne, Martha Simpson, Harriet Taylor, Jordan Tredwell, Leah Trust, Harrison Turner & Finlay Whittard
Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Cross Country Race 2 - The Vineyards - Thursday, 4th October 2018
Another beautiful afternoon at the Vineyards in Tewkesbury greeted over 200 children for race number two of this year's cross country season. And this second race of the year most definitely did not disappoint! The warm sunshine was not the only thing to bring some autumnal cheer as the Tirlebrook team demonstrated even greater determination and self-belief than the week before, pushing themselves to the limit in an effort to improve upon last week's team results and beat last week's individual race positions. Any improvement in finishing position this week would be an outstanding success with the larger field of runners - an increase of 18 and 16 in the girls' and boys' races respectively. 
This time, the boys were up first - a race that was certain to be competitive and close. Silas Fox picked up from where he left off last week, and despite the tough competition and in particular a very strong challenge from Joe from Ashchurch, he finished extremely well to win the race and maintain his first position in the individual boys' cross country competition. Ewan Gosden, a current Y4 student, finished next for Tirlebrook, improving by ten places on last week's race as he stormed to a personal best of 5th! Aaron Lyon continued his consistent performance, coming home next to cross the finish line in a highly commendable 12th. Another of our Y4 runners, George Teasdale, also ran strongly as he jumped ahead of his last week's finishing position of 34th to cross the line in 25th. William Bethel, Finlay Whittard, Freddie Parsons and Y4 Paddy Mace, improving by 13 places to finish in 69th place, were next through the gates, followed closely by Joshua Smith, Harrison Turner, Edward Ferrier and Leland Pratley, who ran every metre with a giant smile on his face, improving on his last place position last time out. It was great to see him encouraging another young lad from Mitton at the rear of the field. Well done boys - it was another great success for you all. 
The girls were up next and it was amazing to see so many girls representing Team Tirlebrook, showing all of Tewkesbury their fantastically competitive and enthusiastic attitudes.  The girls' race was just as competitive as the boys' race, with each girl fighting for her position right to the finish line. The first girl home again this week was Charlotte Peirce, finishing in 5th position, an improvement of four places on last week. Gracie Janes came next, zooming past several runners in front of her to grab a top-10 position in 7th place, once more an improvement of four places on last week. Julia Gardiner was the third girl home in 15th position to complete a very competitive team score of 27 points for Tirlebrook, with Martha Simpson next in 19th, meaning four girls in the top 20. However, the success and personal bests did not stop there: Tilly Burton finished in 22nd position and Leah Trust came home in 29th. There were also first appearances of the season for Esme Burton, Chloe Carroll and Sophie Messenger. The girls' team all ran brilliantly and they should all be very proud of themselves for competing so well in such a challenging race. 
The final race of the Autumn Series takes place next week before a winter break, with the remaining races in the competition taking place after Christmas.
Go Team Tirlebrook!
Team: Hattie Akerman, William Bethel, Tianna Booth, Esme Burton, Tilly Burton, Chloe Carroll, Edward Ferrier, Silas Fox, Julia Gardiner, Ewan Gosden, Keira Hancox, Gracie Janes, Aaron Lyon, Paddy Mace, Isobel McLaren, Chloe Messenger, Sophie Messenger, Freddie Parsons, Charlotte Peirce, Leland Pratley, Poppy Radbourne, Martha Simpson, Joshua Smith, Harriet Taylor, George Teasdale, Leah Trust, Harrison Turner & Finlay Whittard
Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Cross Country Race 1 - The Vineyards - Thursday, 27th September 2018
As Tirlebrook ventured down to the Vineyards in Tewkesbury in the beautiful sunshine, the excitement and anticipation was building. Our very first competitive opportunity of the year was upon us, a competition that would include a great many of our KS2 children, from Years 4, 5 and 6.
The girls' race was up first and after the initial instructions it began. Our determined runners tried their best to overtake, get ahead and to gain a great position in the event. Their hard work most definitely paid off as we congratulated our first 5 runners in the girls' event: Y6s Charlotte Peirce (9), Gracie Janes (11), Martha Simpson (12) and Harriet Taylor (13), and Julia Gardiner (14) from Y4 who all finished in the top 15 positions. Not only were we applauding them on their great success, but we also celebrated the amazing achievements of our runners who had improved from last year, including Hattie Akerman who managed to gain a top 30 position for the very first time. Our new runners from Year 4 stormed through to the finish line too! Considering this was their very first cross country event, they performed absolutely superbly. Following Julia's incredible 14th position, Keira Hancox came next, achieving a brilliant 17th with Tilly Burton not far behind in 27th position and Chloe Messenger in 39th, of out over 80 girls altogether! What a phenomenal first race. We are sure next week will be even better, now that the girls have had their chance to work out the course. Well done girls!
The boys race was highly competitive. Thirteen of our KS2 boys were running in our first race. It was great to see new faces from Y4 but to also see the familiar faces from our committed Year 5 and 6 runners too. Silas Fox, runner-up in the overall individual competition as a Y5 last year, was the first boy home from Tirlebrook, working hard to win the race. Many congratulations - what an achievement! After setting himself the personal challenge of finishing in first position, Silas most certainly did not disappoint. Soon after, Silas was joined by a flurry of boys with Aaron Lyon our next best-placed runner in 11th position, Owen Burford in 13th position and Ewan Gosden from Year 4 in 15th! This was a particularly fantastic achievement by Ewan, who was running his very first race. Excellent results were to follow, as Finlay Whittard stormed through in 23rd, William Bethel in 31st, George Teasdale in 34th and Freddie Parsons in 51st.
What had already been a very successful race did not end there. Further great finishes soon came from Joshua Smith, Edward Ferrier, Harrison Turner and Paddy Mace and they should all be very proud of their efforts. The moment where Tirlebrook really showed their truly caring, community-minded and positive spirits was when they all joined together to support, run with and cheer on our final runner. Leland Pratley, who was running for the first time, completed the course, coming in in 100th position, and although he found it challenging, his determination and spirit to complete such a challenging event was delightful to see. We are so proud of all of our participants but also all of the parents, children and supporters who were there to smile and celebrate a very successful evening. We even had the pleasure of seeing Mr Lockley who was there to cheer us on too!
Go Team Tirlebrook!
Team: Hattie Akerman, William Bethel, Tianna Booth, Owen Burford, Tilly Burton, Edward Ferrier, Silas Fox, Julia Gardiner, Ewan Gosden, Keira Hancox, Gracie Janes, Aaron Lyon, Paddy Mace, Isobel McLaren, Chloe Messenger, Freddie Parsons, Charlotte Peirce, Leland Pratley, Poppy Radbourne, Martha Simpson, Joshua Smith, Harriet Taylor, George Teasdale, Leah Trust, Harrison Turner & Finlay Whittard

Active Gloucestershire School Games Awards - Cheltenham Town Hall - Thursday, 13th September 2018

Tirlebrook were extremely excited to attend the Active Gloucestershire School Games Awards evening, held at Cheltenham Town Hall. Parents from our previous Year 6 class, their children and a group of Tirlebrook staff proudly came together to attend the awards. Before taking our seats, the children and their families were invited to take part in a range of engaging and active activities, including circus skills, Zumba, dance workshops and many more! The evening began with many thank yous, congratulations and finally a presentation about 'Why we do what we do, who is it for?' and 'What kind of impact are we truly having on the children's lifestyle choices?' Along with four other schools, Tirlebrook were nominated for the 'Highest Participation in sporting events by a Primary School' award - this is something that we have been regularly recognised for over the last few years. Unfortunately, Tirlebrook did not take home the trophy on this occasion. However, we feel extremely proud as a school to have been nominated and recognised. It was a wonderfully positive evening that enabled us all to look back with pride on the superbly successful year that we have had in 2017-2018. Thank you to all of the children and parents who attended to celebrate our nomination with us. Thank you to all of the staff who attended too, showing their commitment to our school, as without them, we would not be able to achieve any of it! A final thank you goes out to a special member of our school, Mr. Lockley, who worked hard to put together our application for this award. We are so proud of our school!

KS1 Cheltenham Town Football Coaching - Wednesday, 12th September 2018

Our Year 1 and Year 2 class were very lucky this week, as they were visited by not only Cheltenham Town Football Community Coaches but they were also introduced to their flighty CTFC mascot, Whaddney.  The children had lots of fun, playing team games, developing their balance and agility, and putting all of those skills into action as they completed a range of football drills, led by the coaches. Over the next eight weeks, the children will work with the Cheltenham Town coaches every Wednesday afternoon, during their PE sessions. The coaches will be planning and delivering sessions that enable the children to develop their confidence, balance, agility, co-ordination and most importantly, their attitudes towards physical activity and sport. We can’t wait to welcome them all back again next week!