Read on to find out about our sporting curricular and extra-curricular opportunities
as well as other experiences for the academic year 2018-2019
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 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
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!