Sporting and Extra-curricular Activities

We are committed to promoting physical activity and its lifelong benefits to all our pupils. We are active members of the Tewkesbury and Cheltenham Sports Partnerships and compete regularly against other schools in a variety of competitions such as cross country, swimming, football, netball, cricket, rounders, tag rugby and athletics. We also have a complete residential programme for our KS2 children involving outdoor learning and a variety of outward bound, personal challenge and teamwork opportunities.

Tirlebrook Awarded School Games Gold Kitemark ... Again!

We have recently received notification from the School Games that the hard work and dedication of the staff and children throughout 2015-2016 has been recognised once again and we have been awarded the coveted and prestigious School Games Gold Kitemark for the second year in succession. Congratulations one and all!

Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network Tag Rugby League Festival - Monday 18th July 2016

Thirteen children from Year 3 and 4 took part in the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Tag Rugby League Festival at The Folly in Cheltenham.
The children were split into two teams and each team played six games on what was a very warm day. They played brilliantly with each team winning 5 of their 6 games against schools from Charlton Kings, Gotherington, Shurdington, Oakwood, Gretton, Leckhampton and Bishop's Cleeve. Awards were given to children who displayed the School Games values during the matches and were nominated by the referees. A Passion award was presented to Matthew Janes and Silas Fox was presented with a T-shirt and a rugby ball as he displayed all of the School Games values. Well done everyone!
Squad: Matthew Janes, Oliver Butler, Silas Fox, Aoife Kelly, Anthony Zvarych, Charlie Cull, Eleanor Dyball, Porschè Parker, Alfie Cull, Oscar Guthrie, Elliott Parsons, Harry Clarke and Jack Ballinger.

Tewkesbury Children's Triathlon - Sunday 10th July 2016

Following the success of our Triathlon Club held here at Tirlebrook, sixteen pupils participated in the first ever town-wide Tewkesbury Children's Triathlon Competition at Tewkesbury School. Over 100 children participated altogether. The event was a multi-stage race for primary school children consisting of a combination of swimming, cycling and running. Congratulations to all of the participants from Tirlebrook who did themselves proud. Special congratulations to Olivia Gardiner who came in 19th position overall and was the highest-placed Tirlebrook competitor, closely followed by Jonathan Peirce and then Year 1 pupil Ewan Gosden. Well done everyone! Special thanks to Joe O'Hara for organising the event.

Participants: Olivia Gardiner, Jonathan Peirce, Ewan Gosden, Zack Cummings, Daisy Johansen, Elliott Parsons, Lucie Cummings, Ava Baker, Eleanor Dyball, Rosie Hiorns, Harriet Bethel, Grace Freeman, Oliver Butler, Danny Etheridge, Jessica Evans and William Bethel. 

Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Schools Sports Network's KS1 Multi Sports Festival @ Cheltenham College - Thursday 7th July 2016

Cherry Class, our Y1 children, attended a Multi Sports Festival at Cheltenham College this week. There was a range of activities available, designed to enable the children to practise lots of different skills.  We had the opportunity to talk to children from other schools and also to work as a team, whilst enhancing our throwing and catching skills, balance and coordination. We also were given the chance to play some excellent parachute games. It was fantastic that one of our pupils, Tilly, was awarded a School Games Values band for Determination. Year 1 represented the school well and had a lot of fun! Congratulations to everyone.

Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Tri-Golf Festival - Wednesday 6th July 2016

Ten children from Year 5 were selected to attend Sherdons Golf Club in Tredington to take part in the annual Tewkesbury Primary Spports Network's Tri-Golf Festival. Carrant Brook Primary School and Hopelands School also attended the competition. The children participated in activities such as Chip it In, Bullseye, Longest Drive, Target Putting and Penalty Shootout. It was a lovely morning and the children enjoyed themselves in the sun. Many thanks to Richard Ballard for organising this event and to Tewkesbury School Year 10 Sports Leaders for helping to run it.

Squad: Grace Baker, Jack Battrick, Paige Broughton, Cerys Coxshall, Rhys Davis, Tom Francis, Rosie Hughes, Finley Hutchings, Zachary Khan and Elliot Thomas.


Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Athletics Competition - Tuesday 5th July 2016

A superb evening of athletics was enjoyed by all as Tirlebrook joined eleven other local schools to compete in this year's Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's  Athletics Competition. The children were involved in a range of events: long jump, throwing, shorter sprints, distance races, longer sprints, shuttle relays and baton relays. Every competitor racked up points for each competing school. Some notable performances for Tirlebrook included Lucie Cummings winning the girls' throwing event and Saul and Silas Fox both finishing third in their respective sprints (Y6 100m and Y3 50m) when competing in  race of ten. Tirlebrook's boys also did well in the relay section of the event, picking up podium places in each of the Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 events. Tirlebrook finished in tied second place overall in the Field events section of the competition and this helped them to a fifth-placed finish overall. Congratulations to everyone for their determination, their team spirit and their enthusiasm on what was a great evening of sport. Well done one and all!

Squad: Saul Fox, Sam Janes, Lucie Cummings, Jessica Evans, Ami Nunn, Esme Smith, Alfie Dowding, Danny, Etheridge, William Haslum, Zac Jones, Fraser Matharu, Elliot Thomas, Grace Baker, Lauren Booth, Cerys Coxshall, Oscar Guthrie, Charlie Hancox, Elliott Parsons, Luke Sherbourne, Callum Trust, Ava Baker, Molly Clarke, Eleanor Dyball, Bea Prosser, Lilia Teasdale, Charlie Cull, Silas Fox, Matthew Janes, Samuel Whatmore, Anthony Zvarych, Esme Burton, Izzy Fisher, Sophie Messenger & Charlotte Peirce.


GCB Y4 and Below Kwik Cricket County Finals @ Wycliffe College, Stroud - Tuesday 5th July 2016

The Y4 cricket team had a fantastic day as they represented Tirlebrook in the Y4 and Below Kwik Cricket County Championships at Wycliffe College. The team came up against teams from Leighterton, Dinglewell and Hanham Abbots in the group stages of the competition, and despite playing well, the standard was extremely high and Tirlebrook were unfortunate not to progress to the next round. There was some great determination and teamwork on display and skills are certainly improving. Many thanks to Mrs. Gosden and Mrs. Assheton for accompanying the team throughout the day.

Team: Jack Ballinger (captain), Peyton Bunce, Alfie Cull, Oscar Guthrie, Fraser Lucking, Elliott Parsons, Luke Sherbourne and Callum Trust. 


GCB Y4 and Below Kwik Cricket Local Tournament - Thursday 30th June 2016

Eight children from Year 4 represented Tirlebrook in the GCB Y4 and Below Kwik Cricket Local Tournament at Tewkesbury Cricket Club. After the disappointment of the first event being called off due to a waterlogged pitch, they picked themselves up to play brilliantly, beating both Swindon Village and Twyning, to progress to the Kwik Cricket County Finals on 5th July. This was a fantastic achievement - congratulations!

Team: Jack Ballinger (captain), Peyton Bunce, Alfie Cull, Oscar Guthrie, Fraser Lucking, Elliott Parsons, Luke Sherbourne and Callum Trust. 


Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Kwik Cricket Festival - Tuesday 21st June 2016

Tirlebrook's cricketers enjoyed an excellent afternoon at Tewkesbury Cricket Club as they tried to retain the Tewkesbury Cricket Cup for the third consecutive year. The team, led excellently by captain Ben Radbourne, played with a superb attitude throughout. They were competitive in matches against Twyning (which they won) and Mitton (which they lost), but were well beaten in the end by Tewkesbury C. of E. A third-place finish overall is a satisfying end to what has been a fun cricket season, which has seen a large number of children participating and enjoying the game. Special thanks to Mrs. Mills for managing the team.

Team: Ben Radbourne (captain), Lucie Cummings, Alfie Dowding, Danny Etheridge, Jessica Evans, William Haslum, Sam Janes & Joe Robinson


Cotswold Athletics Championships @ The Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham - Saturday 18th June 2016

It was great to take a team of nearly 40 children to the Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham on Saturday morning to represent Tirlebrook in the annual Cotswold Athletics Championships. Children from Years 3 to 6 competed in a range of events from long jump to throwing, from sprinting to shuttle relay, from long distance to baton relay. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event and our team competed well, always trying their best. Despite finishing in sixth place overall, the children can be proud of their performances individually and in teams and the attitude that they demonstrated collectively. It was also great to have so much support in the grandstand from an amazing Tirlebrook following in the crowd. The cheers of support were certainly loud and clear. Well done to all of the children and thanks to everyone in the school community who supported the team and enabled the team to take part.

Squad: Esme Burton, Ellie Longney, Sophie Messenger, Charlotte Peirce, Poppy Radbourne, Silas Fox, Matthew Janes, Aaron Lyon, Samuel Whatmore, Anthony Zvarych, Ava Baker, Eleanor Dyball, Bea Prosser, Lilia Teasdale, Oscar Guthrie, Charlie Hancox, Elliott Parsons, Luke Sherbourne, Callum Trust, Lauren Booth, Cerys Coxshall, Olivia Gardiner, Daisy Johansen, Alfie Dowding, Danny Etheridge, William Haslum, Zac Jones, Fraser Matharu, May Chen, Lucie Cummings, Ami Nunn, Georgia Vallender, Saul Fox, Sam Janes and Max Thomas


Gloucestershire Cricket Board Local Kwik Cricket Competition - Tuesday, 14th June 2016

In what can only be described as ‘extreme’ weather conditions, two teams of Tirlebrook cricketers took to the crease in the annual Gloucestershire Cricket Board Kwik Cricket Competition. The sound of leather on willow was in evidence as the boys played with good spirit and resilience. They came up against teams from Bishop’s Cleeve, Gretton, Grangefield, Tredington, Woodmancote and Twyning, whilst also contending with several rain storms. The teams did not qualify for the latter stages, but can be very proud of their performance. 

Squad: Zack Cummings, Zak Davis, Alfie Dowding, Jack Ellis, Danny Etheridge, Callum Ferneyhough, Saul Fox, Tom Francis, William Haslum, Sam Janes, Zac Jones, Fraser Matharu, Dan Phipps, Ben Radbourne, Joe Robinson & Max Thomas

Health & Wellbeing Week 2016 - Monday 13th to Friday 17th June 2016

We had a fantastic time getting involved with Health and Wellbeing Week 2016. As a Gloucestershire Healthy Living & Learning School it is great to take the time to organise a wide range of activities and experiences for our children that gets all of them taking part.

We began the week with Mindful Monday and have encouraged the children to reflect on our theme of LACES in school so that when they are faced with challenges or have concerns they can think about the following:

L LEARN (try new things)

A ACTIVATE (get active!)

C CONNECT (join in)

E - ENJOY AND EVALUATE (know what you like to do & do it when you know you are sad or feeling down)

S - SHARE (give time, words and experiences to others)

Keep those LACES tied!

The junior children also competed in their final house cross country competition of the year. Well done to all the participants. The final scores saw Hastings House emerge as overall cross country champions this year!

On Chilled Tuesday all classes took part in relaxation sessions as they tried out a range of yoga based stretches and exercises. Their focus and concentration was really lovely to see!!

It has also been great to see our pupils spending some reflection time in Soul Space and in our Spiritual Garden. They have had time to stop, relax, breathe and to think about themselves, the world around them and the wider world. Many thanks to our friends who came along to work with the children in Soul Space - it was a great experience once again.

Tirlebrook Race for Life

In spite of the downpours, it was fantastic to see so many families turn out to take part in our Tirlebrook Race for Life to help raise funds to support Cancer Research UK. Congratulations to all our pupils and their families (and the staff!) who braved the very British weather to take part. The commitment and enthusiasm was wonderful to see, as the runners completed their circuits around the Vineyards. The Race for Life is a great opportunity for our pupils to get involved in raising funds to help others. Well done and thank you to everyone who took part and for all the donations received towards Cancer Research UK. Donations are still arriving at school but over £500 has been raised.

On Wet Wednesday we ran our junior house swimming galas. In the morning, the Y3 and Y4 classes competed in a number of events and the houses showed great support and enthusiasm as they cheered each competitor on. Well done to our Y6 Young Sports Leaders as they put their skills into action helping to organise and run the event. In the afternoon our Y5 and Y6 children made a splash as they competed in their section of the house swimming competition. The teachers even ended up getting wet - by being pushed in the pool! Well done to our Sports Councillors from Years 3 and 4 too as they helped out hugely. There was a really great supportive atmosphere and team spirit in evidence which was lovely to see. Many thanks to Nicky Rees for enabling this to happen and being on hand throughout the day. The final scores saw Montague House emerge as overall swimming gala champions this year! 

On Fit Thursday we welcomed Dan Thomas into school to talk to the Y5 and Y6 children about healthy eating and keeping fit. It was very informative and we would like to thank him for giving up his time to come in and share his expertise. We also enjoyed visits from an athletics coach and tag rugby coaches, as well as watching England overcome Wales by two goals to one on the big screen in their Euro 2016 match.

We ended the week with Fast Friday our annual School Games Sports Day. Preparations were underway well in advance and thankfully the weather was on our side! - a great team effort at Tirlebrook once again! The final scores saw Montague House emerge as overall sports day champions this year!


Gloucestershire Cricket Board Girls' Kwik Cricket Competition - Thursday, 9th June 2016

Nine girls from Y5 and Y6 took part in the annual Gloucestershire Cricket Board Girls' Kwik Cricket Tournament at Cheltenham Boys College on Thursday. Sixteen teams participated in all and Tirlebrook played well, winning all games in their pool, overcoming St Catherine's, Warden Hill and Temple Guiting. They qualified for the semi-finals but were unfortunately beaten by Bishop's Cleeve. It was a great effort from the girls, many of whom have only just started playing cricket. It was an enjoyable afternoon of lovely sunshine and great sport. Well done!

Squad: Harriet Bethel, Lauren Booth, Cerys Coxshall, Lucie Cummings, Jessica Evans, Olivia Gardiner, Rosie Hiorns,  Ria Nuttall & Esme Smith

Y5 Help Out Tewkesbury School Sports Leaders - Thursday, 26th May 2016

Our Y5 children headed over to Tewkesbury School to help out the Tewkesbury School JSLA (Junior Sports Leaders Award) students and ended up having lots of fun as well as getting fit. Well done Year 5!


Tewkesbury Cycling Competition - Years 3 and 4 - Wednesday, 25th May 2016

A brilliant evening of cycling took place as Tirlebrook's playground and field was transformed into our very own velodrome. Joe O'Hara and the two Daves (one from British Olympic Cycling and the other from the local Tewkesbury & Winchcombe Ditrict Cycling Club) spent the afternoon setting up an obstacle course and an amazing cycling track, before checking bikes as the participants registered. Following a brief safety talk, the four schools participated in three events: the time trial, the obstacle challenge and the team relays. After excellent performances from all of the Tirlebrook riders, the school finished in second place in both the Y3 and Y4 competition to secure first position overall. They lifted the trophy to add to the one picked up the previous evening by the KS1 team. Well done to everyone for brilliant cycling and to all of those who came to support as such a great atmosphere was created. It was a brilliant evening and everyone should be very proud of themselves.

Squad: Peyton Bunce, Ollie Butler, Harry Clarke, Molly, Clarke, Ellie-Rose Dallman, Izzy Fisher, Silas Fox, Ellie Longney, Alex Lucking, Fraser Lucking, Aaron Lyon, Charlotte Peirce, Maxwell Scott, Ollie Slatter & Lilia Teasdale


Tewkesbury Cycling Competition - Years 1 and 2 - Tuesday, 24th May 2016

What a super time we had at the Tewkesbury Cycling Competition held at Mitton Manor Primary School! It was the second year that the event had been organised by Joe O'Hara, and it was fantastic to take a team of 12 children along to compete. The competition incorporated three events: a time trial, an obstacle skills test and a team relay. After the first two events, Tirlebrook were strongly placed to do well. During the team relay events, Tirlebrook finished 1st and 4th in the Y1 race and 3rd and 4th in the Y2 race. The Y1 winning team of Ewan Gosden, George Radbourne and Alex Smith were awarded medals. When the totals of all of the events combined were added together, Tirlebrook were crowned as overall KS1 cycling champions. What a fantastic achievement! It was great to see so many children with happy smiling faces and thank you to the parents and families for their support.

Squad: Tilly Burton, Peyton Fletcher, Matthew Fowler, Ewan Gosden, Oakley Hiorns, Daniyal Khan, Isobel McLaren, Chloe Messenger, Freddie Parsons, George Radbourne, Alex Smith & Leah Trust


Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network Level 2 School Games Archery Competition - Friday, 20th May 2016

It was great to take a team of nine pupils from Years 5 and 6 to participate in the annual Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Level 2 School Games Archery Competition at Balcarras Secondary School in Cheltenham. After a treacherous Friday journey across Cheltenham, the team arrived in time to receive basic instruction on archery. They were then quickly into competition as they were first asked to score on the main target, using traditional bows and arrows, whilst wearing arm-guards for protection. The team split into three groups of three and had five rounds of shooting three arrows each to achieve a highly competitive total of 694 points altogether. The second half of the event was spent shooting with rubber arrows onto a smaller target to gain more points for the team. Elliot Thomas scored the most points in the individual round and qualified for the individual final - well done. When all the results were in, Tirlebrook finished in a very impressive sixth position out of ten teams, with 764 points altogether, just a few points behind the teams in third, fourth and fifth in what was a very close competition. A great time was had by all and the children represented the school excellently. They were engaged and enthusiastic throughout the competition and they should be proud of their achievements.

Team: Paige Broughton, Amy Fisher, Tom Francis, Rosie Hughes, Ella Jackson-Lockyer, Dan Phipps, Joe Robinson, Elliot Thomas & Paige Wilkinson


Tirlebrook Help Out Tewkesbury School's Young Sports Leaders - Thursday, 19th May 2016

Tirlebrook's Year 5 and Year 6 children were invited to Tewkesbury School to participate in some great activities organised by some of the students working towards their Junior Sports Leader Awards. The children thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck in and the excellent leadership from Tewkesbury School's pupils meant that the afternoon was extremely successful, despite the odd drop of rain. Well done!


Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network Level 2 School Games Rounders Competition - Thursday, 19th May 2016

Tirlebrook began their rounders competition really positively, winning all of their matches, to finish top of Pool D. The team qualified for the semi-finals, where they played Grangefield, who were an extremely strong team and who in the end, won the competition overall. The defeat meant that it was a straight fight for the bronze School Games medal in a tight match against Gretton. Both teams worked extremely hard and although Tirlebrook scored many rounders, Gretton won by 1 rounder off the final good ball bowled. First place in the pool and 4th overall is an excellent result and all of the children should be very proud of their achievement.

Miss. Featonby

Squad: Ben Radbourne (captain), Harriet Bethel, Lucie Cummings, Alfie Dowding, Danny Etheridge, Jessica Evans, William Haslum, Rosie Hiorns, Zac Jones, Ria Nuttall & Jonathan Peirce


Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Sportshall Athletics Competition - Wednesday, 18th May 2016

Another successful afternoon, filled with enjoyment, cheering and superb sportsmanship. A team of children from Years 4, 5 and 6 competed in the very first Tewkesbury Sportshall Athletics competition. Our previous experience of this event has been through the Cheltenham Network and it has always been so positive, so we thought it would be a great competition to adopt within the Tewkesbury Network. The very first event did not disappoint. The hall was filled with laughter, cheering and celebrating, and the children showed a great level of determination and effort in all of their events, which included obstacle relays, the under and over relay, sprinting challenges in pairs and teams, javelin throw, speed bounce, vertical jump, standing long jump, standing triple jump and chest push. The children's efforts gained them a very successful second place out of seven teams altogether, which was proudly celebrated by all the children and staff who attended. It was yet another great effort all round by Tirlebrook.

Miss. Featonby

Squad: Grace Baker, Lauren Booth, Lucie Cummings, Alfie Dowding, Jessica Evans, Danny Etheridge, Olivia Gardiner, Oscar Guthrie, William Haslum, Rosie Hiorns, Sam Janes, Daisy Johansen, Ria Nuttall, Ben Radbourne, Luke Sherbourne, Esme Smith & Callum Trust


Friendly Rounders Match v. The John Moore Primary School - Tuesday, 17th May 2016

Our rounders team had a fantastically friendly match against The John Moore Primary School last week. Both teams were extremely positive and there was teamwork and great support towards all participants. Some of our Tirlebrook team even played for John Moore to make the teams even. By the end of the match, Tirlebrook successfully gained 7 rounders and John Moore scored 1 and 1/2 rounders. There was cheering and celebrating all round as we came together for a group photo at the end of our friendly. Well done everyone!

Miss Featonby

Squad: Grace Baker, Lauren Booth, Zack Cummings, Zak Davis, Olivia Gardiner, Ella Jackson-Lockyer, Sam Janes, Fraser Matharu, Ami Nunn, Dan Phipps, Joe Robinson, Esme Smith, Georgia Vallender & Paige Wilkinson


Triathlon Club Begins - Friday, 13th May 2016

At Tirlebrook, we are always striving to find new opportunities and ways to engage our pupils in physically active lifestyles. This week, our new Triathlon Club started on Friday after school. The club, which will run for eight sessions in all, includes running, cycling and swimming activities. The children had a great time this week playing some games as well as practising running and cycling disciplines. Most importantly, it was great fun. Many thanks to Miss. Featonby and Coach Joe O'Hara for making sure that this club can take place.


Inter-House Rounders and Kwik Cricket Championships 2016 - Thursday, 12th & Friday, 13th May 2016

What better way to spend your sunny afternoons, than playing rounders and cricket with the support of your teammates from a positive house team?!

The children in Y5 and Y6 have thoroughly enjoyed playing the inter-house competitions for both cricket and rounders this week. It all began on Thursday, when the house teams were split in half to compete in either the cricket or rounders matches against the other house teams. During the course of the afternoon and Friday morning, the children were then given the opportunity to play the other sporting activity. 

All of the children seemed to really enjoy both sports, and the staff that were running the events were extremely impressed with the skills, attitude and amazing support that all of the teams displayed. It was even more rewarding to hear so many of our children commenting on how much fun they had had and how much their interest in rounders and cricket had grown. 

In the end, Hastings house were the clear winners in the cricket competition, but the rounders event was tied. In rounders, when there is a draw, the winners are determined by the amount of 'outs' in their game. Therefore Beauchamp house successfully claimed the trophy after narrowly overcoming Wenlock. Congratulations to all of the participants this week.

Miss. Featonby 

Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Mini Tennis Competition - Wednesday, 4th May 2016
It was fantastic to take a team of eight Y3s and Y4s to Tewkesbury School to take part in this year's Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Mini Tennis Competition. The sun was shining and it was a lovely afternoon of sport. Our players split into two teams and played doubles matches against players from other schools including The John Moore, Twyning, C. of E. and Deerhurst. Each pair ended up playing eight doubles matches and final scores were taken after a period of five minutes. Both of our teams did extremely well. Team One (Paulina, Ollie, Rachel and Matthew) finished with 6 wins and two draws from their 18 matches, putting them in tied third position overall. This was matched by Team Two (Luke, Charlotte, Elliott and Poppy) whose seven wins equated to the same number of points. It was great that the two Tirlebrook teams were able to finish tied in third place on 52 points out of 9 teams altogether. It was a great achievement and there was some really impressive tennis on display. We all had a really enjoyable time.
Squad: Rachel Bagley, Paulina Kapron, Elliott Parsons, Luke Sherbourne, Matthew Janes, Charlotte Peirce, Poppy Radbourne & Oliver Slatter.


Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network Quad Kids Athletics Competition - Thursday, 28th April 2016

A team of eight Year 4 pupils headed over to Cheltenham to take part in the inaugural Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Quad Kids Athletics Competition. The event, held at St. Edward's Preparatory School, pitched teams against each other as individuals completed different athletic disciplines before scores were combined to achieve a team result. The children, who must have been exhausted from their exertions over the previous three days at their residential visit to the Pioneer Centre, competed at four stations: standing long jump, 50m sprint, vortex throw and 400m run. The team put in a superb effort and displayed all of the School Games values throughout - and were very knowledgeable about the values when quizzed at the beginning of the competition. Mrs. Assheton even got in on the action by demonstrating a perfect standing long jump technique! While the results were being totted up, the children took part in baton relays in which Tirlebrook finished third in both the girls' and boys' races. Before the results were announced, School Games values bands were awarded to a number of children. Well done to Luke and Molly who picked up awards for Self-Belief and Teamwork respectively. When the placings were finally revealed, Tirlebrook had picked up the bronze medals - a very impressive feat indeed. It was a great morning. Many thanks to Mr. Lockley and Mrs. Assheton for transporting the team and encouraging them throughout.

 Team: Ava Baker, Jack Ballinger, Molly Clarke, Oscar Guthrie, Bea Prosser, Luke Sherbourne, Lilia Teasdale & Callum Trust


Tewkesbury Primary Sport Network Rounders Competition - Tuesday, 26th April 2016

Tirlebrook took part in the first rounders competition of the year at Tewkesbury School. With 8 schools in the running, Tirlebrook had to push themselves hard and work together to try and gain a top finishing place in the event. Our team successfully won two out of three matches during the first round of the competition, with a win against Carrant Brook and Mitton. Our points were then collated to determine who would play who next, for the top 3 awards. There was some fantatsic batting, fielding and bowling skills on show from Tirlebrook and their team work and communication with one another was superb. However, our opponent, Deerhurst and Apperley, managed to gain one and a half more rounders than us in the play offs and we ended the day in fourth position overall, just missing out on a runners-up medal. Despite our loss, the attitudes of the children were positive. Another successful sporting event for Tirlebrook Primary and yet another sport that the children can enjoy together. 

Miss. Featonby

Squad: Ben Radbourne (captain), Harriet Bethel, Lucie Cummings, Jessica Evans, Sam Janes, Esme Smith, Alfie Dowding, Danny Etheridge, William Haslum, Daisy Johansen, Zac Jones and Fraser Matharu

Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sport Network Panathlon - Friday, 22nd April 2016
A team of eight children from Y5 and Y6 took part in the annual Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Sports Network's Panathlon competition. The event consisted of a series of skills stations based on a range of inclusive sports such as Boccia, New Age Kurling and Table Cricket. Other activities included target-based games, parachute games and the development of running, jumping and throwing skills. As a team, the children collected points from each activity station. These were then combined to give the team an overall score. There were medals awarded for all participating teams as well as Gold, Silver and Bronze for the top three teams and Tirlebrook did amazingly well to finish second, picking up the Silver medals and missing out on Gold by a mere 4 points. Thank you to all the children for their hard work and especially to Mrs. Gosden and Mrs. Assheton for accompanying the team and supporting them throughout the event.
Squad: Grace Freeman, Theo Carey-Owen, Bethan Brookes, Max Thomas, Jake Finch, Jack Battrick, Zach Khan & Matthew Ryland 


Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Wednesday, 20th April 2016

What a tremendous opportunity once more for 15 members of the Tirlebrook School community as they ventured to Old Trafford to watch the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace. After a long and slow journey to Manchester, it was great to take in the sights and sounds of a Premier League football match. After a moment of panic, when one ticket appeared to have been lost, the group entered the newly christened Sir Bobby Charlton South Stand and took up some amazing seats to view the match. It was great to see Tirlebrook welcomed on the big screen inside the stadium. An enjoyable game was even more enjoyable for Manchester United fans as goals in each half (an own-goal by Delaney and a superb strike by Matteo Darmian) ensured a 2-0 victory. It was great to see Wayne Rooney returning to form and although it wasn't apparent then, the match on view was to be a preview of this year's FA Cup Final. Following the match, a few souvenirs were bought before many slept on a long journey home. It was another great experience of elite sport for the pupils of Tirlebrook.


Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sport Network Mountain Biking - Wednesday, 20th April 2016

Four schools attended the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Sport Network's Level 2 Mountain Bike Challenge held at Winchcombe School. The teams participated in a time trial, an endurance ride and a relay, where each pupil completed three laps before tagging their team mate. The team had a great afternoon and came third overall earning them a School Games bronze medal. Well done!

Team: Jack Ellis, Finley Hutchings, Ria Nuttall & Lucie Cummings


Tewkesbury Primary Sport Network Netball League Round 2 - Wednesday, 20th April 2016

Congratulations to the netball team that participated in Round 2 of the Tewkesbury Primary Sport Network's Netball League, led by our very positive and encouraging captain, Esme Smith. The team began the competition fantastically, winning their first game against Mitton. Their next two matches were tough competition. The team worked extremely hard to battle against Hopelands and John Moore, but unfortunately lost against both teams. However, the evening ended on a high, as the team strode to victory against Queen Margaret's. By the end of the competition, taking into account or points scored in both round 1 and 2, Tirlebrook sat proudly in third place overall in the Large Schools' category. All of our players have worked brilliantly this year and they are very worthy of their third place achievement.

Team: Esme Smith (captain), Harriet Bethel, Jessica Evans, Rosie Hiorns, Daisy Johansen, Zac Jones, Fraser Matharu and Jonathan Peirce.


Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Sport Network Tag Rugby Festival @ Newlands Park - Tuesday, 19th April 2016

Congratulations to all of the children who represented Tirlebrook at the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Sports Network's annual Tag Rugby Festival, held at Newlands Park in Cheltenham. It was a huge event with 48 teams from 31 schools taking part. Tirlebrook entered two teams who, by the end of the day, had come home with School Games medals after a thoroughly enjoyable competition.
Miss. Featonby and Mrs. Gosden's squad finished third in their pool in the morning after winning three of their matches and losing two. They convincingly beat Swindon Village B and Dunalley before losing to eventual overall champions Holy Apostles. They then lost a very closely fought match with Prestbury St. Mary's A 4-3, before going on to win their final match against Gardner's Lane. This sent them through to the Bowl competition in the afternoon where they defeated Prestbury St. Mary's other team in the first round. In a very tight semi-final, Tirlebrook lost 4-3 to St. James B and so went into the 3rd place elimination match. Here they were convincing winners against local rivals Twyning, and the 5-2 victory earned the squad bronze medals in the Bowl section of the competition. Well done!
Mr. Lockley's squad played superbly all morning, but ended up winning just once after four defeats. This was hard on the team as all of the matches were close (v. John Moore L 4-3, v. Rowanfield L 5-4, v. Gotherington L 5-3, v. Warden Hill L 3-2) and it could have been easy for the team to get downhearted. Their team spirit, positive attitude and energy throughout the competition ensured that that was not to be the case. After winning their final game 5-2 against Grangefield, the team won through to the Flute section of the competition. They overcame Gretton in the first round by a scoreline of 6-1 and then beat Swindon Village A 5-4 in a very close semi-final that went to a golden try. In the final, they were overpowered by St. James A, and despite the disappointment, they can be very proud of their performance, and of course their silver School Games medals. It was a brilliant event and everyone from Tirlebrook can be extremely proud indeed. Well done!
Miss. Featonby & Mrs. Gosden's Squad: William Haslum (captain), Lucie Cummings, Jessica Evans, Sam Janes, Ami Nunn, Alfie Dowding, Danny Etheridge, Zac Jones, Fraser Matharu & Jonathan Peirce.
Mr. Lockley's Squad: Harriet Bethel (captain), Ria Nuttall, Esme Smith, Rhys Davis, Tom Francis, Elliot Thomas, Jack Ballinger, Oscar Guthrie, Elliott Parsons, Luke Sherbourne & Callum Trust.


Y6 Level 2 Bikeability Training - Monday, 18th April - Monday, 25th April 2016

It has been great to welcome Mike Manning and Kath Jennings into school this week to work with some of our Y6 children on their cycling skills. In small groups, the children have been working towards a Level 2 Bikeability award. This training will help the children to be more confident on the roads and this is especially important as they prepare to transfer to secondary school in September. The training began on the playground, but quickly moved onto some of the roads surrounding the school. The children have also been revising the Highway Code. On conclusion of the course, the children received a certificate and a badge. Well done Y6 and thanks to Mike and Kath for their extremely valuable input.


The Frank Holley Memorial Cup for Cross Country Running - Thursday, 24th March 2016

We are delighted to announce that this year's recipient of the Frank Holley Memorial Cup for their dedication, commitment and determination is Ben Radbourne. Ben's attitude to his running has always been so positive, even when he has ended up on several occasions being the only Y6 child to participate at Running Club. His race results have improved significantly over the period of three years that he has now been representing the school at Cross Country and he can look back at the many times he has represented the school with pride. Well done Ben - you are a worthy recipient of this trophy.


School Games Value Bands Presentation - Thursday, 24th March 2016

A simply action-packed jammed-to-the-brim term of sporting activity concluded with the presentation of more School Games Values bands in our end of term assembly. So many children have stood out in so many ways for so many reasons and it was good to acknowledge this in front of such a large and supportive audience. So congratulations to ...

For Respect: Jack Battrick, Harry Clarke, Zack Cummings, William Haslum, Sam Janes, Ria Nuttall & Elliott Parsons,

For Honesty: Fraser Matharu

For Passion: Lauren Booth, Danny Etheridge & Ben Radbourne

For Self-Belief: Sam Whatmore

For Determination: Daisy Johansen, Bea Prosser, Matthew Ryland & Maxwell Scott

For Teamwork: Cerys Coxshall, Ami Nunn & Joe Robinson


Inter-House Tag Rugby Competition - Wednesday, 23rd March 2016

Can you think of a better way to end the term than spending the afternoon playing tag rugby with your house team? The Y5 and Y6 children prepared themselves for battle, as we began our first ever Inter-House tag rugby competition. We even had the privilege of having one of the best referees in the country, Christophe Ridley, refereeing our games. He has been a fantastic coach to our Y6, Y5 and Y4 classes this year as well as for our Spring Term Tag Rugby Club and we really hope he returns to work with us again in the near future. The afternoon was filled with positivity, hard work, enjoyment, teamwork and sportsmanship as the house groups supported each other brilliantly in their efforts to try to win the Tirlebrook Tag Rugby trophy. Nearly every child in Y5 and Y6 participated in the event. It was brilliant to see some of the not-so-keen children really trying hard and enjoying it. That's what it's all about!
By the end of the afternoon, when all matches had been played, the question was still remaining - who had won the inaugural Inter-House Tag Rugby trophy for 2016? Through great effort and skill, Wenlock were awarded the trophy, as they won all of their games. Congratulations to them. But also many congratulations to one and all as a fantastic effort was on display as we feasted on a superb afternoon of rugby.


Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Y3 and Y4 7-a-side Football Cup - Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

Congratulations to our nine Y3 and Y4 footballers who made a terrific comeback to win the Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's 7-a-side Cup held on the All Weather Pitch at Tewkesbury School. They played well as a strong team unit, to overcome a relatively slow start with a draw and defeat against Twyning and Ashchurch, to play the same two teams again and to win on their second encounters, including a 4-0 win against closest rivals Ashchurch. The team were led and captained superbly by Callum Trust (Year 4) and there were inspiring performances from many others as well. Well done!

Squad: Callum Trust (captain), Jack Ballinger, Alfie Cull, Oscar Guthrie, Silas Fox, Matthew Janes, Luke Sherbourne, Samuel Whatmore & Anthony Zvarych


Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's 7-a-side Football Cup - Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

Congratulations to our Y5 and Y6 footballers who finished as Runners Up in the Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's 7-a-side Cup held on the All Weather Pitch at Tewkesbury School. After a 1-0 win over The John Moore Primary School and two successive 0-0 draws with Tewkesbury C. of E. and Mitton, Tirlebrook finished joint top of Group B. A sudden death penalty shoot-out loss to Mitton meant that the team qualified for a semi-final berth against Queen Margaret's. Following another 0-0 draw, despite dominating much of the match and some superb saves by the Queen Margaret's goalkeeper, Tirlebrook scraped through to the final via a second penalty shoot-out. The final against Mitton was close, with both teams close to scoring, but another 0-0 draw meant a third penalty shoot-out for Tirlebrook, which was eventually lost by a scoreline of 4-3. A special mention must be made of captain Sam Janes who led the team brilliantly, was 100% committed and was able to demonstrate the sportsmanship and leadership that we expect from a captain. Well done, Sam! Congratulations to the whole team for a really good performance on a day when the team learnt to be both good winners and losers.

Squad: Sam Janes (captain), Zack Cummings, Alfie Dowding, Danny Etheridge, Saul Fox, Zac Jones, Jonathan Peirce, Ben Radbourne & Max Thomas


Sportshall Athletics Club - Final Session - Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

Our final Sportshall Athletics Club was a great event as the children were split into teams to compete in a mini competition. Standing Long Jump, Javelin Throw, Chest Push and Hi-Step Speed Bounce Relay were all completed with enthusiasm as team green won the competition, just ahead of team yellow, team orange and team blue. Poppy Radbourne was chosen by our Sportshall Athletics coaches from our very large group of after school club participants to be awarded with a determination trophy because of her hard work, respect, effort and fantastic attitude throughout the eight weeks at club. A huge congratulations to Poppy. Keep up the superb attitude! Many thanks to Matt Coldrey and his team from the Cheltenham Sports Network for running the club alongside Miss. Featonby and Mr. Lockley, as well as to Mr. Lockwood at Tewkesbury School for permitting us to use their fantastic facilities.


Gloucestershire School Games Level 3 County Cross Country Finals @ Newent Community School

Saturday, 19th March 2016

Eight districts lined up to compete in this year's Gloucestershire School Games Level 3 County Cross Country Finals, held at Newent Community School. The eight competing districts were Tewkesbury, Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Cirencester & District, North Cotswolds and Wootton & Dursley. In the team competition, Tewkesbury finished 7th in the boys' event and 8th in the girls' event. The scores of the top 6 runners for each team are added together to get this result. The Tewkesbury runners from all schools were so enthusiastic and they all did a great job representing our district - and the future is bright, with many children from Year 5 running for the town. Individually, the first runner home for each district in each race received a School Games medal, and we must congratulate our own Olivia Gardiner who finished in 29th place to receive this honour for the Tewkesbury girls. Well done also to Rafferty Welch from The John Moore Primary who achieved this for the boys, by also finishing, bizarrely, in 29th position. Well done!


Sport Relief - Friday, 18th March 2016

What a brilliant week we have had at Tirlebrook raising money for Sport Relief. Thanks to the Sports Council and Miss. Featonby for organising a series of events and thank you to the Tirlebrook school community for raising in excess of £600 for this excellent cause. Whether it was through buying a Sport Relief wrist band, or by baking or eating a cake as part of our Great Sport Relief Bake Off, whether it was through colouring in a money box trainer and collecting pennies, or through making a donation and completing the Sport Relief Mile, everyone's contribution is extremely valued. It was great to round off the week with our special Sport Relief assembly, which included lots of sporting awards, a performance of our Feet First Festival dance routine, singing the Sport Relief song (and dancing along to it!) and the presentation of 'proud' certificates to every Sport Relief Mile runner. The certificate read, "Whichever way you look at it, you've made us proud". What a great message! #proud Well done, Tirlebrook!


Tewkesbury Sports Network's Tag Rugby Festival - Thursday, 17th March 2016

Congratulations to our team who performed valiantly at the annual Tewkesbury Sports Network's Tag Rugby Festival at Tewkesbury Rugby Club. Despite coming away without a victory, the team put in 100% effort and demonstrated a positive attitude. A hard-fought 3-2 defeat at the hands of Mitton was soon followed by a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Twyning. A solid performance with a particularly good defensive display saw the team secure a 1-1 draw with Hopelands, before losing a very close final match to Tredington by a scoreline of 3-2. It was terrific to see our young team showing such determination and sportsmanship. Congratulations. 

Squad: Lucie Cummings (captain), Jack Ballinger, Peyton Bunce, Callum Ferneyhough, Tom Francis, Oscar Guthrie, William Haslum, Fraser Matharu, Elliott Parsons & Jonathan Peirce.


QuickSticks Hockey League Round 3 @ Balcarras Secondary School, Cheltenham - Monday, 14th March 2016

The hockey team completed the final round of the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's QuickSticks Hockey League this week with a positive and enjoyable evening at Balcarras. From strength to strength, it was great to see the team improve each week. Week one's results of one draw and three defeats were in stark contrast to the final round of the competition, where Tirlebrook won three of their matches and drew one. The team kept their spirits high, their teamwork strong and their attitudes respectful and positive. It's safe to say that the team have worked their socks off this term, competing with seventeen Cheltenham schools. They should be very proud!

Team: Alfie Dowding, Jessica Evans, Fraser Matharu & Esme Smith


Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby - Aviva Premiership Match - Saturday, 12th March 2016

Fifteen pupils and two members of staff travelled to Sixways Stadium in Worcester to watch the eagerly anticipated Aviva Premiership local derby between Worcester Warriors and Gloucester Rugby. After entering the stadium, we were delighted to have the opportunity to have our photograph taken with the Aviva Premiership trophy that was on display at the stadium. Following this, purchases were made in the club shop before meeting Maximus, the Warriors' mascot. Once sat in our excellent seats in the North Stand, we were treated to a highly entertaining and intense match-up between fierce rivals. We saw two terrific tries close up, one each for both teams. After being welcomed over the tannoy at half-time, and a visit to some of the food outlets, we saw Gloucester desperately trying to get back into the match in the second half, but they eventually went on to lose by a scoreline of 28-20. We were extremely lucky to also meet and have our photograph taken with Warriors' Georgian loose-head prop Val Rapava Ruskin. It was a great day.


Cheltenham & North Tewkesbury School Sports Network Football Festival - Friday, 11th March 2016

Several of our footballers from Y4, Y5 and Y6 headed over to Warden Hill Primary School in Cheltenham to participate in the Cheltenham & North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Football Festival. It was a lovely afternoon and the team played with a good spirit and positive attitude. In a group containing Warden Hill, Gretton and Isbourne Valley, the team managed one draw and two defeats. The captaincy was shared around the Y6 pupils and they led by example. Well done to everyone for representing Tirlebrook so well and for enabling one and all to have a great time on a Friday after school.

Squad: Jack Battrick, Alfie Cull, Jack Ellis, Callum Ferneyhough, Finley Hutchings, Dan Phipps, Joe Robinson, Maxwell Scott & Max Thomas


Tewkesbury Sport Network Y3/Y4 7-a-Side Football League Round 2 - Friday, 11th March 2016

Congratulations to our Y3 and Y4 footballers who fought hard to secure the runners up position in the 7-a-Side Football League for the second year in a row. Coming up against teams from Tredington, Deerhurst, Twyning, Ashchurch and the John Moore, the team demonstrated great sportsmanship and some super skills. Two wins, including a 3-0 victory against Deerhurst, a draw and two defeats on the afternoon were combined with four wins and one draw from the first half of the competition to ensure that Tirlebrook received silver medals. Congratulations to everyone who represented the team over the course of the two league dates.

Squad: Jack Ballinger (captain), Molly Clarke, Oscar Guthrie, Lewis Hughes, Alex Lucking, Luke Sherbourne, Lilia Teasdale,  Callum Trust & Samuel Whatmore


Tewkesbury Sport Network Y5/Y6 7-a-Side Football League Round 2 - Friday, 11th March 2016

Tirlebrook's Y5 and Y6 footballers concluded their league campaign with two draws and two defeats. Following a 0-0 draw with eventual winners, Mitton, Saul scored a cracking goal as the team claimed a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Twyning. In their penultimate game, Deerhurst proved just too strong, winning 1-0, before the competition ended with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tewkesbury C. of E. Tirlebrook's final position was achieved with three wins, two draws and three defeats overall. Congratulations to everyone who represented the team over the course of the two league dates.

Squad: Sam Janes (captain), Zack Cummings, Rhys Davis, Danny Etheridge, Saul Fox, William Haslum, Jonathan Peirce, Ben Radbourne & Elliot Thomas


Tewkesbury Sport Network Cross Country Fun Run @ The Vineyards, Tewkesbury - Thursday, 10th March 2016

It has been a fantastic season for our cross country runners who have shown tremendous commitment in the races this year. The season culminated with the annual Fun Run, around a partially flooded Vineyards course, before the presentations were made. Congratulations to Olivia Gardiner, who finished in 4th place in the individual girls' competition and she now goes on to represent the Tewkesbury District in the county finals at Newent in just over a week's time. She helped the girls' team to a third place finish in the Large Schools' competition. The boys' team finished in 5th position in a very closely fought Large Schools' Boys' Team contest. In the overall competition, with girls and boys combined, Tirlebrook finished in a very impressive third position. Medals were also awarded to Bea Prosser and Luke Sherbourne, who were the best placed Tirlebrook girl and boy respectively who had not finished in the top twelve. Well done to the Y6 pupils who have contributed so much this season. We hope that our Y4 and Y5 pupils will return for more next year. Well done!


Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Netball Cup - Tuesday, 8th March 2016

Tirlebrook put in a fantastic all round performance as our netball team participated in the Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Netball Cup competition. The team fought hard against three other Tewkesbury schools to gain one win against Queen Margaret's, earn a draw against Tewkesbury C. of E. in a game that Tirlebrook dominated, and experience an unfortunate defeat at the hands of Hopelands, who went through to the semi-finals. Esme led her team fantastically as team captain. The team remained positive and determined, despite the cold and wet weather, and the quality of netball on display shows pleasing signs of progress. Well done!

Squad: Esme Smith (captain), Harriet Bethel, Cerys Coxshall, Lucie Cummings, Alfie Dowding, Jessica Evans & Fraser Matharu


QuickSticks Hockey League Round 2 @ Balcarras Secondary School, Cheltenham - Monday, 7th March 2016

Our hockey team participated in the second round of the CSSN QuickSticks hockey competition. This week the team scored even better, and they gained one win, one draw and one loss. The team were enthused and excited to get back to Balcarras to compete and they performed fantastically, showing great perseverance.

Team: Alfie Dowding, Jessica Evans, Fraser Matharu & Esme Smith


Cheltenham & North Tewkesbury School Sports Network Girls’ Football Tournament - Friday, 4th March 2016

Well done to our squad of Year 4 and Year 6 girls who played in the Cheltenham  & North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Girls’ Football Tournament at Prestbury St. Mary's in Cheltenham. The girls showed fantastic team spirit and determination captained by Lucie who showed great organisation and leadership. The girls began the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Isbourne  Valley (who only equalised in the last 30 seconds of the game). The Tirlebrook goal came from Molly who showed great speed and a sure footed finish. Esme, Ellie and Ami worked well together in defence and almost managed to keep a clean sheet. A 6-0 defeat to Bishops Cleeve was followed by a 3-0 loss to Prestbury St. Mary’s, a game where Tirlebrook played confidently but could not come back from conceding two early goals (and an own goal). There was some great defending from Esme in goal once again and from May, Ria and Porsche at the back. The team returned to winning ways by defeating Grangefield 4-0 (all scored by Lucie including a penalty) with a strong all round performance from the entire team, even though the referee disallowed an early goal (after first awarding it!). Lilia and Molly both battled hard up front and were unlucky to not hit the back of the net. Well done to everyone for showing great support to each other and having such positive attitudes! It was great to hear the girls talking about the School Games values they would need to display - and then go on to display them!


Squad: Lucie Cummings (captain), May Chen, Molly Clarke, Ami Nunn, Ria Nuttall, Porsche Parker, Ellie Rogers, Esme Smith & Lilia Teasdale


Tewkesbury Sport Network Cross Country Race 5 @ The Vineyards, Tewkesbury - Thursday, 3rd March 2016

Well done to the cross country team who put in another excellent performance in the final competitive race of the season. Both the girls' and boys' teams can be very proud of what they have achieved throughout the course of the season. A special well done to the following children who have completed all five races: Ava Baker, Jack Ballinger, Lauren Booth, Harry Clarke, Molly Clarke, Danny Etheridge, Olivia Gardiner, Oscar Guthrie, Sam Janes, Daisy Johansen, Bea Prosser, Matthew Ryland, Maxwell Scott, Luke Sherbourne and Lilia Teasdale. We hope you all enjoy the Fun Run next week.


Feet First Dance Festival @ Cheltenham Town Hall - Thursday, 3rd March 2016

What a wonderful opportunity for our Dance Club members to perform at the Feet First Festival 2016. This annual dance exhibition, taking place yet again at Cheltenham Town Hall, gives schools from across Tewkesbury and Cheltenham the opportunity to put on a show for family and friends in a truly wonderful location. Miss. Featonby, Mrs. White and the crew worked hard to put a dance together to a 'Madness Medley' and the result was a really enjoyable and energetic performance. The children looked great in their costumes and their happy faces certainly told the story. Thanks to Miss. Featonby in particular for all of her hard work in organising the event, and to Mrs. White and Mrs. Gosden for their input too. The children will perform their dance to the school in our special upcoming Sport Relief assembly. Well done!

Dance Crew: Rachel Bagley, Megan Bullock, Esme Burton, Elishia Caley, Amy Chaplin, Jaelynn Chaplin, Eleanor Dyball, Paulina Kapron, Ellie Longney, Leland Pratley, Charlotte Peirce, Poppy Radbourne, Megan Sapkota & Martha Simpson


QuickSticks Hockey League Round 1 @ Balcarras Secondary School, Cheltenham - Monday, 29th February 2016

Four members of our Hockey Club went to Balcarras School in Cheltenham to compete in Round 1 of the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's QuickSticks competition. They began the evening brilliantly, winning 5-1 against St John's. Although Tirlebrook lost the remaining three matches, and two of the games were very close indeed, the team grew in confidence and their teamwork and effort was superb! It was fantastic to see the children compete in their first hockey competition of the year.

Team: Alfie Dowding, Jessica Evans, Fraser Matharu & Esme Smith


School Games Values Pledges - Friday, 26th February 2016

The whole school came together to make their School Games Values pledges this week. Following a poster design competition set by the Sports Council, the winning designs for each of the six values - Determination, Respect, Honesty, Self-Control, Passion and Teamwork - were enlarged in readiness for the Tirlebrook school community to sign. By doing so, each person has promised to work on one value in particular for the rest of the school year. However, this is not to say that we won't remember to keep working on the others! We need to keep working on all six values in PE, school sport and in the wider aspects of school life.

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Tewkesbury Sport Network Cross Country Race 4 @ The Vineyards, Tewkesbury - Thursday, 25th February 2016

Congratulations to our cross country runners who represented the school excellently in Race 4 of the Tewkesbury Sport Network's Cross Country season. For some, it was a first ever chance to race for the school, whilst for others it was a return to the Vineyards for the first time since October, although the course was longer and in reverse! It was chilly, but the conditions were pleasant for running, and the boys took up the challenge of tackling the course first. Well done to every boy for their determination and effort. A special mention must be made of Luke Sherbourne, who in 24th position was our first runner home, of Alfie Dowding, who was competing in his first race of the season, finishing in a very impressive 27th place, and of Oscar Guthrie, who despite injuring himself during the race, showed the tenacity required to complete the race. It was then the turn of the girls ... and it was worth the wait. Collectively, they put in Tirlebrook's best performance of the season so far, running Tewkesbury C. of E. close at the top of the race standings, but it was the impressive stand-out performance of Olivia Gardiner, who led the race from start to finish, that really caught the eye. She obliterated a field of runners that included previous winners and looked like she could have run it all over again! This was a spectacular performance, and all of the training at Cheltenham Harriers and at Running Club with Mr. Tomkins is really starting to pay off. Well done to all the girls for trying so hard - there were many other brilliant runs and personal bests. Keep running team - we're proud of you! 


Girls' Friendly Football Festival @ Warden Hill Primary School - Thursday, 11th February 2016

Our girls' football squad travelled over to Warden Hill in Cheltenham to participate in a girls' friendly football festival. The sun was shining and the girls were smiling as Tirlebrook went head to head with three Cheltenham schools - Leckhampton, Bishop's Cleeve and Warden Hill. Although we didn't win, it was great to see the girls so positive and determined. As the matches went on, their confidence and performance got stronger and stronger. This event has kick-started the year for our girls' football team and we are all really excited for the events that are to follow. Well done, everyone!

Squad: May Chen, Molly Clarke, Lucie Cummings, Rosie Hiorns, Ami Nunn, Ria Nuttall, Porsche Parker, Esme Smith & Lilia Teasdale


Cheltenham Sports Network Y3/Y4 Key Steps Gymnastics Competition @ Rowan Gym Club - Thursday, 11th February 2016

It was a real privilege to take twelve children from Lower Key Stage Two to participate in the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Key Steps Gymnastics competition for the very first time at Rowan Gymnastics Club in Cheltenham. Coming up against experienced opposition from schools in Cheltenham, including Leckhampton, Grangefield, Glenfall and St. James, our two teams proudly performed what they had been practising as they completed floor routines and jumps from a vault. The competition, specifically for children who receive less than one hour gymnastics coaching per week, or even for non-gymnasts, saw our twelve split into two teams - it was interesting to note that there were only 7 boys out of 36 competitors overall, and 6 were from Tirlebrook! The children completed vaults with straight and tuck jumps, as well as floor routines that included shoulder stands, arabesque balances, forward and backward rolls and cartwheels. Although we were unable to win medals on the day, the children all had a wonderful experience and they represented Tirlebrook brilliantly. They did us proud! Special congratulations to Matthew Janes for being awarded a School Games Values Band for 'Determination'. Well done, Matthew! Also, a special thank you to Y6 girls Jessica Evans and Esme Smith for helping the children to be prepared for the event and for coming along on the day to support. They gave up a lot of their own time - well done!

Gymnasts: Rachel Bagley, Peyton Bunce, Alfie Cull, Romanie Cummings, Oscar Guthrie, Matthew Janes, Bea Prosser, Calum Pryce, Poppy Radbourne, Luke Sherbourne, Lilia Teasdale & Callum Trust



Manchester United v Stoke City Premier League Match - Tuesday, 2nd February 2016

What a fantastic opportunity for 16 members of the Tirlebrook School community as we visited Old Trafford, home of arguably the most famous football club in the world, for the third time in three years, for the Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City. We thoroughly enjoyed taking in the sights, sounds, smells and atmosphere of an elite football match, alongside 70,000 others. It was brilliant to see the players in action from our excellent seats in the East Stand, including Wayne Rooney, David De Gea, Bojan and Anthony Martial, to name just a few. Manchester United dominated the game, creating numerous chances on their way to a 3-0 victory. Mr. Tomkins was especially happy! The long journey home and getting to bed at 1:30 a.m. was all worth it. Thank you to the children for being so sensible and well behaved on the trip. For many, it will be the only time that they visit Old Trafford in their lives, and we hope that it will be an experience that always stays with them. Glory, glory, Man. United!


Tewkesbury Sport Network Swimming Gala - Monday, 18th January 2016

Well done to the six children who represented Tirlebrook in the Tewkesbury Sport Network's Swimming Gala held at Tewkesbury School. The pupils competed in recognised events such as 2 lengths front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke as well as other specialist events, including 'Stylish Dive' and 'Biggest Splash'! Several children made it through to the finals of their events. The team then combined to race in the Canon and Freestyle relays. Tirlebrook finished in fifth position overall out of nine competing schools. Well done!

Squad: Grace Baker, Harriet Bethel, Cerys Coxshall, Zack Cummings, Daisy Johansen & Dan Phipps


Running Club Restarts - Friday, 15th January 2016

It was great to see so many children return to Running Club after the Christmas break - and it was a very cold morning!


School Games Values Bands Awarded - Friday, 18th December 2015

It was a real pleasure to award the first of hopefully many School Games values wristbands in our special assembly. Congratulations to Preston Boazman and Luke Sherbourne who were recognised for 'Determination', to Jessica Evans who was awarded a wristband for 'Self-Belief' and to Sam Janes who was rewarded for his 'Passion'. We hope that the other children will take inspiration from this and continue to work hard towards their chosen School Games value. Well done!


ESFA 7-a-Side Football County Finals @ Oxstalls Sports Park - Wednesday, 16th December 2015

Congratulations to our Y6 footballers who qualified for the County Finals of the national ESFA 7-a-Side Football Competition held at Oxstalls Sports Park in Gloucester. Coming up against the District winners from Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol, the Forest of Dean and South Gloucestershire, it was clear a very hard challenge was ahead. Despite losing all five of their matches, there was no lack of effort and determination on display and indeed there were some great passages of play. The team were led very effectively by captain Sam Janes and everyone displayed a positive attitude and great sportsmanship. We are all very proud of the way Tirlebrook represented Tewkesbury in the finals and every player can be proud of their efforts. Well done!

Squad: Sam Janes (captain), Harriet Bethel, Theo Carey-Owen, Lucie Cummings, Jack Ellis, Saul Fox, Dan Phipps, Ben Radbourne & Joe Robinson


Sports Council Christmas Fun Run - Tuesday, 15th December 2015

We have welcomed Christmas this week by participating in a Christmas Fun Run! Children from Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 got into the Christmas spirit as they dressed up and ran , slid across and even three-legged their way around a Cross Country course, prepared by the Sports Council. It was an extremely successful event, with lots of smiley faces, lots of Christmas hats and lots of mud! The Sports Council have done an amazing job this year so far. This is just one of the brilliant and exciting things that the children have got planned. Well done to everyone that participated and a huge well done to the Sports Council, who have now organised and led their first sports event.


Inter-House Cross Country Championships Round One - Y3 and Y4 - Friday, 11th December 2015

Our Y3 and Y4 children put 100% effort into their first Cross Country race of the year. The muddy Tewkesbury School course was a good challenge, but everyone completed their run - and most with smiles on their faces! Congratulations to Silas Fox who won the race overall, but of course, every runners' position will count towards their House's overall total. This will then be combined with the Y5 and Y6 results across three races across the year to see which team wins overall. We look forward to some more Cross Country running in the Spring Term.


Inter-House Cross Country Championships Round One - Y5 and Y6 - Monday, 7th December 2015

Well done to everyone who took part in the first race of the Inter-House Cross Country Championships 2015-2016. All the children in Years 5 and 6 represented their House fantastically well as they took on the course at Tewkesbury School. This was the first of three races that will decide the overall House winners. Will it be Wenlock who win again? We'll have to wait and see, but for now, well done!


Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Schools Sports Network Sportshall Athletics - Thursday, 3rd December 2015

It was an absolute pleasure to take a mixed team of Y4, Y5 and Y6 children to compete in this year's Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Schools Sports Networks' Small School Sportshall Athletics competition. Sportshall Athletics is a fantastic event involving sprinting, relays, an obstacle race and a variety of field events, including javelin, triple jump and speed bounce - all taking place inside a sports hall - on this occasion at All Saints' Academy in Cheltenham. The event is really exciting and the atmosphere was great as children and supporters alike cheered on their teams in the various events. It was great to see the positive attitude on display from the Tirlebrook team, who, when all the results had been calculated, finished in 7th place out of ten teams overall. It was an admirable display from a young team. Ami Nunn was nominated for a Determination School Games values band, but the whole team should be proud of their efforts - we certainly are. We look forward to participating in the event again next year.

Squad: Ava Baker, Lucie Cummings, Jessica Evans, Olivia Gardiner, Oscar Guthrie, Sam Janes, Daisy Johansen, Zac Jones, Fraser Matharu, Ami Nunn, Luke Sherbourne & Callum Trust


England v Bosnia & Herzegovina - UEFA Euro 17 Women's Qualifier - Sunday, 29th November 2015

What a fantastic opportunity for some of our pupils in Y4, Y5 and Y6 to visit Ashton Gate in Bristol, the home of Bristol City Football Club, to watch the England Women's football team, also known as the Lionesses, compete. On arrival, the children were able to spend a few minutes exploring the FanZONE where many different activity stations had been set up, including football skills, reaction skills, refereeing skills and even 'Beat the Goalie'. Some players from the Bristol Women's Academy were also on hand to talk to the children about their experiences of playing at such a high standard. We even had the chance to meet the England Lionesses mascot! The atmosphere inside the stadium was great as over 13,000 people had turned up to support the Lionesses in their first home match since returning in a triumphant third-place from the World Cup. England went on to win the game 1-0 with a goal being thundered in by substitute Jill Scott. It was a great day!


Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Y3 & Y4 Football League Round 1 - Tuesday, 24th November 2015

Eight children represented Tirlebrook brilliantly in the first round of the LKS2 Football League at Tewkesbury School. The team were undefeated throughout their five games and worked solidly as a unit. Together, they picked up three wins and two draws and demonstrated a good attitude at all times. It was a privilege to take them - we look forward to the second round after Christmas where we have a realistic chance to win the competition overall. Well done everyone!

Results: Oakhill 0 v 3 Tirlebrook, Twyning 0 v 2 Tirlebrook, Tredington 0 v 0 Tirlebrook, Ashchurch 1 v 1 Tirlebrook, Deerhurst 1 v 3 Tirlebrook

Squad: Jack Ballinger, Harry Clarke, Oscar Guthrie, Fraser Lucking, Maxwell Scott, Luke Sherbourne, Lilia Teasdale & Callum Trust


Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Y5 & Y6 Football League Round 1 - Tuesday, 24th November 2015

Well done to our squad of Year 5 and Year 6 children who played in the first round of the Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Football League. It was a very successful afternoon as the team ended up with three wins and just one defeat. Captained by the enthusiastic Sam Janes, every player followed his lead and demonstrated determination, skill and most importantly, teamwork. Goals came from various team members and some of the play on display was really impressive. A 4-0 victory against Tredington was followed by a 2-1 defeat to John Moore, a game that Tirlebrook certainly dominated but could not come back from conceding two soft early goals. The team got back to winning ways by defeating Ashchurch 1-0 and then Carrant Brook 2-0. It leaves the team in a strong position to challenge for the league title in Round 2. Well done to everyone!

Squad: Sam Janes (captain), Lucie Cummings, Alfie Dowding, Danny Etheridge, Saul Fox, Tom Francis, Fraser Matharu, Danny Phipps & Ben Radbourne


Running Club Continues ... Despite Storm Abigail! - Friday, 13th November 2015

Running Club has continued to be well attended this term, with many children completing personal milestones as they progress through their virtual routes. This last Friday, however, was so wet and wild that it was impossible to run outside. Mr. Tomkins set up a circuit of indoor activities to challenge the children, including running ladders, step ups and skipping. The children entered into it with their usual enthusiasm. If you look carefully, you might even see the odd Pudsey! Well done everyone!


ESFA 7-a-side Football Competition Local Rounds - Friday, 6th November 2015

A squad of Y6 pupils represented Tirlebrook in the local rounds of the ESFA 7-a-side Football Competition held at Tewkesbury School. Tirlebrook participated in the large schools section of the competition. After a positive opening 1-0 victory against Tewkesbury C. of E., during which Saul Fox scored a stunning long-range goal, a tough 0-0 against Mitton followed. Great defending from Harriet Bethel and Danny Phipps and several good saves from Theo Carey-Owen preserved a clean sheet. Tirlebrook's confidence rose in the next game, securing a 3-0 victory against Carrant Brook, with goals coming from Ben Radbourne, Lucie Cummings and Saul Fox. The final match was a close affair against John Moore, but a 1-0 win was secured and one draw and three wins later, Tirlebrook were announced as the champions! The attitude on display from the team was great and matched the performance on the pitch. Congratulations on a fantastic achievement - and particularly to go through four tough matches without conceding a goal. The squad will now progress to the district round and represent Tewkesbury in December. Well done!


Tewkesbury C. of E. 0 v 1 Tirlebrook (S. Fox)

Mitton 0 v 0 Tirlebrook

Carrant Brook 0 v 3 Tirlebrook (B. Radbourne, L. Cummings, S. Fox)

John Moore 0 v 1 Tirlebrook (S. Fox)

Squad: Sam Janes (captain), Harriet Bethel, Theo Carey-Owen, Lucie Cummings, Jack Ellis, Saul Fox, Danny Phipps, Ben Radbourne & Joe Robinson


Gloucester Rugby - Design A Rugby Boot Competition - Tirlebrook Winners!

We are delighted to report the success of three of our Y6 pupils in a recent competition run by the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen in collaboration with Gloucester Rugby. The two newspapers asked primary-aged children from across the county to design a pair of X-blade boots for Gloucester full-back Rob Cook. Tirlebrook pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 all had the opportunity to enter the competition, and with some truly fantastic designs submitted, the school was hopeful that some may be in the running for the top prize. It was exciting to find out that three children - Harriet Bethel, Rosie Hiorns and Ella Jackson-Lockyer - had submitted designs that had all been judged to be in the top 10 by the editor of the Gloucester Citizen and Rob Cook himself. These ten designs were then put to the public vote and ... unbelievably, the three Tirlebrook designers were the most popular and finished in the top three. The three girls were invited to Gloucester's recent home match against Worcester Warriors during which Rob Cook was to announce which was his favourite design ... and which was going to be put into production for him. Congratulations to all three girls, but especially to Harriet Bethel, whose design was selected and was invited onto the pitch for a presentation with the player. The boots are now going into production and should be available for Rob to wear in February. Harriet will receive a pair of the custom-made boots as well as a season ticket to Gloucester. All three girls were given flags and Gloucester Rugby tops. We always say - you need to be in it to win it! Well done to everyone for giving it a go and well done to our three finalists. We are very proud of you! Further details of Harriet's fantastic win can be found at:


Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Netball League - Round 1 - Tuesday, 20th October 2015

Tirlebrook's netballers got off to a good start in the first round of the Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Netball League. On another mild afternoon, the team, made up of boys and girls from Years 5 and 6, played five matches in all, coming up against both large and small primary schools. Following a shaky start in a defeat to Twyning, the team gained confidence as the matches progressed and ended up with three wins and two defeats. The squad will return to Tewkesbury School to play the other teams in the league soon. Well done!

Squad: Lucie Cummings (captain), Harriet Bethel, Cerys Coxshall, Rosie Hiorns, Daisy Johansen, Zac Jones, Ria Nuttall, Jonathan Peirce & Esme Smith


Tirlebrook 0 v 3 Twyning, Tirlebrook 5 v 0 Oakhill, Tirlebrook 2 v 0 Deerhurst, Tirlebrook 1 v 3 Ashchurch, Tirlebrook 3 v 1 Tewkesbury C. of E.


Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Cross Country Race 3 - Thursday, 15th October 2015

The third round of the Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Cross Country competition took place on a rather more autumnal Thursday afternoon than in recent weeks. There was a definite chill in the air as the children prepared for their third race in three consecutive weeks. There was a great turnout from the primary schools again, with 84 children participating in the girls' race and 125 in the boys'. Tirlebrook's runners once again put in a tremendous effort and many improved to record their personal best performances. The top two finishers in the girls' race were Olivia Gardiner (6th) and Bea Prosser (13th) whilst three boys finished in the top 30 for the first time - Ben Radbourne (25th), Luke Sherbourne (27th) and Callum Trust (28th). It is now time for a winter break and the races will resume in February. Well done to one and all. 


Gloucester Rugby World Cup Tag Rugby Tournament - Tuesday, 13th October 2015

Twelve Y4 children took part in the Gloucester Rugby World Cup Tag Rugby Tournament held at the Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham. Representing Italy, they took on three other teams, drawing twice and losing once. Playing against older children with greater experience from Y5 and Y6, the children put in a sterling effort and can be very proud of their attitude, performance and improving skills. Thank you to Mrs. Gosden and Mrs. Plant for accompanying the children.

Squad: Ava Baker, Jack Ballinger, Megan Bullock, Peyton Bunce, Harry Clarke, Ellie Dallman, Charlie Hancox, Elliott Parsons, Bea Prosser, Luke Sherbourne, Lilia Teasdale & Callum Trust 


Young Sports Leaders Awarded - Friday, 9th October 2015

Congratulations to the Y6 children that have achieved their Young Sports Leaders Award. A big thank you to Matt Coldrey, who kindly attended our whole-school Star Assembly, to present them with their certificate, badge and fluffy pen! We are all looking forward to seeing the youngsters lead our school sports events and active lunchtimes in a positive, respectable and confident manner this year. Special congratulations to Jessica Evans who  has been elected as our Young Sports Leader Co-ordinator. We are all more than confident that she will represent her team of leaders fantastically! Well done to you all.


Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Cross Country Race 2 - Thursday, 8th October 2015

Another Thursday and another race! The second round of the Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Cross Country competition took place on another warm Thursday afternoon. There was a great turnout again, with 96 participating in the girls' race and 124 in the boys'. Tirlebrook's runners once again put in a tremendous effort and many improved to record their personal best performances. Olivia Gardiner and Callum Trust were once again the first runners home for Tirlebrook in each race, but big improvements were achieved by many, and one of particular note was made by Bea Prosser, who finished in the top 15 for the first time. Tirlebrook's team position improved to third in the boys' event and remained in third place with a strong performance from the girls. Well done all - we look forward to next Thursday! 


Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network Cross Country Race 1 - Thursday, 1st October 2015

Well done to all of our determined and positive Tirlebrook Y4, Y5 and Y6 runners, who competed in the first cross country race of the season at the Vineyards in glorious autumnal sunshine. Every runner completed the course, pushing themselves really hard to finish the challenging race. Olivia Gardiner put in the stand-out performance in the girls' race, finishing in 6th position out of 95 runners. With 125 participants lining up for the boys from 13 schools, a highly competitive race occurred. Y4 boys Callum Trust (33), Luke Sherbourne (44) and Oscar Guthrie (46) can all be extremely proud of their finishes. Tirlebrook currently stand third in the girls' large schools competition and fifth in the boys'. We are all looking forward to next week as we aim to push ourselves even harder and record personal best finishes. Well done to everyone!


World Marathon Challenge - Tuesday, 29th September 2015

Our KS2 children represented their houses excellently in our first Inter-House competition of the year. Every pupil participated in the primary section of the World Marathon Challenge, a competition in which children are required to contribute towards their team completing a 10,000 metre course by running relay legs of 200 metres. The Tirlebrook Titans, a team of runners committed to attending Running Club or Athletics Club, ran first and completed the course in a time of less than 18 minutes, and although this was twenty seconds slower than the record time set by last year's squad, it was still a very impressive performance. Following on, the Y3 and Y4 children raced for their houses before it was the turn of the Y5 and Y6 children. The race times were combined to find the overall winners and it was Hastings who were celebrating as they retained their World Marathon Challenge trophy. Each child should be proud of the contribution that they made to the overall time scored by their house team - and these times have now been uploaded to the World Marathon Challenge website to compete virtually against other teams from across the globe. Congratulations!


Cheltenham Half Marathon Primary Schools' Challenge - Sunday, 27th September 2015

What a fantastic experience for eighteen Tirlebrook pupils as they headed over to Pittville Park in Cheltenham to participate in the Cheltenham Half Marathon Primary Schools' Challenge on a chilly but bright Sunday morning. The children saw nearly five thousand runners begin their half marathons before they lined up on the start line themselves to run the final mile of their own half marathons - the remaining 12.1 miles having been run previously at school through weekly participation at Running Club. Twenty schools from across Gloucestershire were present, many from Cheltenham, and nearly 600 pupils took part, with Tirlebrook being Tewkesbury's only representatives. After a hectic start, every child completed the course and had the great experience of crossing the half marathon finishing line in front of a rapturous crowd. Mr. Tomkins and Miss. Featonby ran with the children to encourage and support them. Every child received a goodie bag, a bottle of water and a participants medal, before meeting their very proud parents in front of the Pittville Pump Rooms. It was a great occasion. 

Runners: Grace Baker, Zack Cummings, Danny Etheridge, Olivia Gardiner, Jonathan Peirce, Ava Baker, Jack Ballinger, Amy Chaplin, Eleanor Dyball, Oscar Guthrie, Bea Prosser, Calum Pryce, Maxwell Scott, Luke Sherbourne, Lilia Teasdale, Callum Trust, Amelia Brookes, Charlotte Peirce, Miss. Featonby & Mr. Tomkins


Gloucestershire Constabulary Community Cup @ Balcarras Secondary School, Cheltenham - Friday, 25th September 2015

A team of six Y6s headed over to Cheltenham to once again participate in the Gloucestershire Constabulary Community Cup. This was the 5th occasion that this six-a-side football tournament has been arranged for pupils in the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury area. The aim of the competition is to bring children together from local communities, promoting the ‘ONE GAME, ONE COMMUNITY’ campaign. The event continues to be authorised by the Gloucestershire Constabulary’s High Sheriff and it is funded through a specific community grant. The competition is also supported by the Football Association. Facing some tough matches in a highly competitive group, Tirlebrook set about the challenge with great determination and with a positive attitude. They played extremely well throughout, and had to put up with difficulties such as playing three games in succession, having no substitutes and some players were even requested to change their footwear! Despite this, they ended up winning two matches, beating Hester's Way (the eventual runners-up in the competition) and Glenfall by the scoreline 1-0, with goals scored on both occasions by Ben Radbourne. They were unfortunate to lose 1-0 to Gardner's Lane in a match that they completely dominated but just could not score in. In their other match, Tirlebrook were beaten by eventual champions St. Gregory's 3-0. Tirlebrook just missed out on a place in the semi-finals by one point and can be extremely proud of their display, in terms of both football and sportsmanship. The children also get to keep their 'One Game, One Community' team t-shirts to remind them of their experience. Congratulations!

Team: Lucie Cummings, Jack Ellis, Saul Fox, Sam Janes, Ben Radbourne and Joseph Robinson. 


Australia v Fiji - Rugby World Cup @ The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff - Wednesday, 23rd September 2015

What an amazing opportunity for Tirlebrook Primary School pupils as they joined 68,000 others in Cardiff to watch the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji. After a reasonable journey to Wales, the children were able to soak up the atmosphere in Cardiff city centre prior to the match. Many bought scarves and flags at one of the many merchandising stalls and some even had their faces painted with the Australian or Fijian rugby team's emblems. A quick visit to Cardiff Castle proved interesting as a giant rugby ball appeared to have crashed through its walls, before the party headed through the crowds of supporters to the impressive Millenium Stadium. Once inside, better seats could not have been asked for, positioned in the front row of the Upper Tier provided a perfect view of the action. The friendship between rugby supporters was evident with Australian and Fijian fans mixing with the many neutrals. A really enjoyable encounter ended 28-13 in favour of the Wallabies, who must continue to fight it out with England and Wales to qualify from Pool A, also dubbed 'the group of death'. A walk through the atmospheric centre back to the minibus was enjoyable - the excruciatingly long journey home was less so. Overall, an amazing opportunity and a fantastic occasion was enjoyed by all. 


Rugby World Cup FanZONE Visit - Scotland v Japan - Wednesday, 23rd September 2015

Many of our Y4 and Y5 children took up the fantastic opportunity to visit the FanZONE at Gloucester Quays for the Rugby World Cup Pool B Scotland v Japan match day. Tirlebrook joined five other primary schools from Tewkesbury and headed over to Gloucester to take in the atmosphere of this terrific World Cup. The children were involved in a range of activities in the morning, including searching for Gloucester's famous Scrumpties around the docks area. They were also able to test the speed and accuracy of their rugby passing, with some proving to be so accurate that wristbands and rugby balls were secured as prizes! The children even managed to play a few rounds of crazy golf in the Family Zone before heading to the official Rugby World Cup merchandising outlet. Following lunch, the children settled down to watch the highly anticipated Scotland v Japan match on the enormous screen in Orchard Square - and they were even treated to free drinks of Coke! Following Scotland's nervy-to-begin-with-but-all-too-impressive-victory over the 'Cherry Blossoms' by 45 points to 10, the children had one last chance to explore the FanZONE and reflect on just what an amazing day they had been part of. Many thanks to Pete Healey of Tewkesbury Rugby Club and to Jo Leggett of Twyning Primary School for organising the visit on behalf of the Tewkesbury primary schools. We loved it!



Paddle Power Charity Event - Friday, 18th September 2015

What a brilliant time thirteen of our Y6 pupils had as they ventured onto the lake at Croft Farm to take part in this year's Paddle Power event. Organised by Tewkesbury School, Paddle Power is a katakanu-ing competition between teams consisting of five or six participants as they paddle their way across the lake - all to raise money for a good cause. This year's charity was Help for Heroes and it was great to see our youngsters having fun and raising money, £60 in all, all at the same time. Our children were split into two squads, one group paddling with Mrs. White and the other paddling with Miss. Featonby. After a couple of practice races, both teams made their way to the start line for the primary schools' final. After a really impressive effort from both crews, Miss. Featonby's team crossed the line in second place, whilst Mrs. White's crew were not very far behind in fourth. Overall, it was worth getting wet and using muscles that haven't been exercised for a while because the children really enjoyed themselves and a great deal of money was raised. Well done everyone!

Miss. Featonby's Squad: Harriet Bethel, Lucie Cummings, Jessica Evans, Grace Freeman, Rosie Hiorns & Ami Nunn

Mrs. White's Squad: Amy Fisher, Saul Fox, Ria Nuttall, Mercedes Parker, Ben Radbourne, Emma-Rose Roberts & Georgia Vallender.


Rugby World Cup Tag Rugby Festival - Wednesday, 16th September 2015

Well done to the 19 children from Years 4, 5 and 6 who took part in the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sports Network's Rugby World Cup Tag Rugby Festival. Tirlebrook's players were split into two teams and played as Tonga and Georgia in the competition. They each played four games in the opening stages of the festival. Tonga lost all four of their matches, although all but one was extremely close. Georgia managed to win two and lose two. After missing out on the quarter-finals, Tirlebrook's two teams played each other in a friendly that finished 4-4. Tonga then went on to beat Ireland 5-4, whilst Georgia drew with Argentina. It was a great day for everyone - well done!

Pool C Results:
Tonga 2 v 6 Namibia; Tonga 5 v 6 Argentina; Tonga 2 v 4 Fiji; Tonga 2 v 4 New Zealand

Pool D Results:

Georgia 4 v 5 France; Georgia 0 v 5 Italy; Georgia 5 v 0 Romania; Georgia 5 v 4 Canada

Tonga 4 v 4 Georgia; Tonga 5 v 4 Ireland; Georgia 5 v 5 Argentina

Tonga: William Haslum (captain), Harriet Bethel, Lucie Cummings, Saul Fox, Sam Janes, Danny Phipps, Tom Francis, Harry Clarke, Luke Sherbourne and Callum Trust

Georgia: Jonathan Peirce (captain), Danny Etheridge, Finley Hutchings, Zac Jones, Fraser Matharu, Jack Ballinger, Alfie Cull, Oscar Guthrie and Elliott Parsons


National Fitness Day - Wednesday, 9th September 2015

Pupils and staff got into action to celebrate National Fitness Day. From circuit training to tag rugby, and a whole load of active games in between, a fun and 'fit' time was had by all!


England v Switzerland @ Wembley Stadium - Tuesday, 8th September 2015

What an amazing experience for fourteen pupils and three members of staff as Tirlebrook ventured to the nation's capital to watch the England football team play in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley Stadium. After a reasonable journey, the group enjoyed walking around the outside of the stadium with thousands of other very excited fans. We posed for a group photo in front of the stadium and next to the famous statue of Bobby Moore. It was incredible climbing to the seventh tier via huge escalators and what a moment as we walked out into the seating area for the first time, seeing the pitch and the enormity of Wembley in all its glory. The match itself saw England win 2-0 with second-half goals from Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney. It was fantastic to be some of the 75,000 people who witnessed Wayne Rooney make history and become England's all-time top-scorer with his late penalty. It was a long night, but amazing!

Tirlebrook Awarded Gold School Games Kitemark!

We are delighted to announce that Tirlebrook's dedication and commitment to sport and P.E. this year has been recognised by the awarding of the Sainsbury's School Games Gold Kitemark. This award is extremely difficult to obtain, involving a huge number of areas, including, amongst others, participation in competition, attendance at extra-curricular clubs, links with local sports clubs and the development of leadership skills with pupils. We are honoured to receive this. Some of our School Games work has also been recognised nationally. At Tirlebrook, our aim is for children to: experience high quality learning in P.E., understand the contribution that regular physical activity contributes to their health and wellbeing and participate competitively in sports within school and out in the wider community. Many, many congratulations to all the staff who have put time, effort and enthusiasm into this, organising and supporting a huge range of opportunities and activities for the pupils at Tirlebrook. And well done to the pupils for taking up all of the opportunities provided. Well done everyone - let's keep it up! 


Gloucestershire Dance Festival @ The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham - Wednesday, 8th July 2015

The Tirlebrook Dance Club performed to a very enthusiastic audience at the Everyman Theatre, to the upbeat and cheerful song 'Cheerleader', choreographed by Coach Kym. It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to perform on a great stage and the dance group demonstrated a wonderful attitude throughout the afternoon. Thank you to all of the parents for supporting the children and for being our cheerleaders!

Dance Crew: Rachel Bagley, Lauren Booth, Peyton Bunce, Elishia Caley, Eleanor Dyball, Olivia Gardiner & Megan Sapkota.



Tewkesbury Bell-Boating Regatta @ Tewkesbury Sailing Club - Tuesday, 7th July 2015

What a brilliant community event! The Tewkesbury Bell-Boating Regatta was held at Tewkesbury Sailing Club for the very first time. Most of our Year 5 children were able to compete in teams against several other schools. They were joined by five of our very helpful parents, who along with the children, demonstrated fantastic teamwork, effort and determination. Furthermore, the attitudes of the staff, parents and children were extremely positive and they all had a wonderful day! Unfortunately, adults didn't retain their adult race championship this year but there is no doubt that Tirlebrook will return to regain the title! Well done everyone: children, staff and parents. You made it a very enjoyable experience for all.

Parents: Mr Jackson-Lockyer, Mrs Robinson, Mr Janes, Mrs Radbourne and Mr Brookes.

Staff: Miss Featonby, Mrs Gosden and Mrs Assheton.

Children: Harriet Bethel, Bethan Brookes, Jack Ellis, Jessica Evans, Jake Finch, Amy Fisher, Saul Fox, Grace Freeman, Rosie Hiorns, Ella Jackson-Lockyer, Sam Janes, Jessica Murray, Ami Nunn, Ria Nuttall, Danny Phipps, Ben Radbourne, Emma-Rose Roberts, Joe Robinson, Esme Smith, Nathan Smith & Georgia Vallender.


Inter-School Cycling Competition - Thursday, 2nd July 2015

A selection of children from Reception to Year 4 had the opportunity to represent Tirlebrook in the very first Tewkesbury Inter-School Cycling event, held at Mitton Manor Primary School and organised by our Balanceability expert Joe O'Hara. Cyclists had to complete a variety of challenges including a timed speed race, an obstacle course (to demonstrate their cycling skills) and a team relay. Everyone worked incredibly hard and demonstrated all of the School Games values, working as a team, showing determination, passion and perseverance and above all, demonstrating a positive attitude. Tirlebrook finished in third position overall which was a fantastic achievement. We would like to say a huge thank you to Joe O'Hara for organising the event and to Miss. Streeter & Mrs. Akerman for giving up their time to manage the Tirlebrook squad. Thanks too to all of the families who braved the rain and stayed to lend their support. Well done, one and all!
Cycling squad: Paddy Mace, Summer Burton, Finley Hutchings, Danny Etheridge, Max Saunders, Oscar Guthrie, Elliott Parsons, Jack Ballinger, Aaron Lyon, Oliver Butler, Charlotte Peirce, George Teasdale, Eleanor Dyball, Chloe Carroll, Byran Cotton, Esme Burton, Tilly Burton, Ewan Gosden, Freddie Parsons, Cerys Coxshall & Olivia Gardiner.


Tewkesbury & District Primary Schools' Tri-Golf Festival - Wednesday, 24th June 2015

There was a wonderful opportunity for ten of our Y5 pupils who represented Tirlebrook in the Tewkesbury & District Tri-Golf Festival. We were one of ten schools who spent almost the entire morning on the golf course! The children golfed their way around ten different stations learning and practising different golf skills as they went, including chipping and driving. What a great way to spend a sunny morning and what a great opportunity to try out something different. Thank you to Richard at Sherdons for hosting the event and to Mrs Gosden and Mrs Assheton for getting things organised.
Tri-Golf Festival Squad: Ria Nuttall, Ben Radbourne, Amy Fisher, Danny Phipps, Ella Jackson-Lockyer, Joe Robinson, Esme Smith, Rosie Hiorns, Jessica Evans & Jessica Murray.



Tewkesbury & District Primary Schools' Athletics Competition - Tuesday, 23rd June 2015

We were delighted to participate in the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Athletics Competition, held at Tewkesbury School, on a warm and friendly evening. The atmosphere is always fantastic at this event with all 13 local primary schools coming together with all of their friends and supporters to celebrate the end of another excellent sporting year. The competition, split into large and small schools, is always exciting, with events ranging from hurdles to shuttle relays, from sprints to long distances, and culminating with the baton relays. There were some outstanding individual performances on display from pupils from a wide range of schools. The stand out for Tirlebrook, on an evening when every child can be proud of their performance, was from Ashleigh Latter, who stormed to victory in the Girls 100 metre sprint in a highly competitive race. Overall, Tirlebrook finished in fifth position in the large schools' event. It was a great evening.


Sports Day / School Games Day - Friday, 19th June 2015

What a fantastic way to end our Health & Wellbeing Week! Our Sports Day / School Games Day involved the entire school in a range of activities and races on one of the warmest days of the year. The staff team worked extraordinarily hard to ensure that the day was a successful one. Music filled the air as the children arrived at school and the atmosphere was one of excitement and expectation. Races for the infants included sprinting, the beanbag race and the 'getting ready for the beach' race whilst the juniors took part in the hurdles, the caterpillar relay and the medley relay, which incorporated all of the traditional sports day races in one (egg and spoon, sack, beanbag balance, skipping, crab and sprint). All children took part in games on the playground as well, including the water relay, beach ball volleyball, netball shot, hockey dribble, beanbag target and the hula hula challenge. Families were invited to share in the day's activities, including joining the children for lunch and the school were delighted to be able to offer a hot take-out meal for every child on the day. The day culminated with all of the children gathered on the track to discover the winning house, which this time was ... Beauchamp! A superb day and surely one of the highlights of Tirlebrook's year. 


Level 3 School Games GCB Kwik Cricket County Finals @ Cheltenham College - Friday, 19th June 2015

It was an exciting day for our Y6 Kwik Cricket team as they headed off to the County Finals at Cheltenham College on Friday. They performed excellently, and after losing their opening match by just three runs, they went on to win their next two. Unfortunately, that opening defeat meant that they were unable to progress to the semi-finals, but a wonderful effort all round, coupled with a positive attitude and great weather made for a special day. Let's hope that the team recognise their achievement and remember the day. Well done.
Team: Sam Mills (captain), Christopher Ballinger, Dylan Coxshall, Finley Gardiner, Charlie Kendrick, Oisin Moseley, Alex Oliver & Ethan Whybrow


Level 2 School Games KS1 Mini-Red Tennis Competition @ Beckford Tennis Club - Wednesday, 17th June 2015

What a brilliant opportunity for four of our Y2 children to play tennis on some proper mini courts as they were invited to participate in a Level 2 School Games Mini-Red Tennis Competition at Beckford Tennis Club. Matthew, Poppy, Charlotte and Ollie came up against eight other teams from local primary schools including Winchcombe, Gretton and Dumbleton. Following a series of outstanding performances, it was announced that our team had finished in second place overall and qualified for the Level 3 county finals. This was brilliant, but most importantly, it was great to see our children enjoying playing tennis, supporting each other and having fun. Well done!


KS2 Swimming Galas - Wednesday, 17th June 2015

There was a fantastic atmosphere at Tewkesbury School's swimming pool on Wednesday as Tirlebrook's KS2 pupils participated in the second annual Swimming Galas. In the morning, the Y3 and Y4 children represented their houses in a range of races and competitions, including float races, length swims on various strokes and a treasure hunt. The event was organised by the in-training Y5 Sports Leaders. Later in the afternoon, the Y5 and Y6 children took part in their own gala. A similar range of races and activities were on show, and favourites included the three-length individual medley race, the stylish dive competition and the woggle relay. After a fantastic day's swimming, Hastings House were victorious. Well done to everyone for representing your house and for trying your best.


Y6 Visit to SkillZONE - Wednesday, 17th June 2015

Our Y6 pupils visited SkillZONE in Gloucester as part of their personal safety education during Health & Wellbeing Week. They explored a range of personal safety scenarios, including walking down a dark alley, visiting a building site and approaching a level-crossing. They also discussed the importance of safe choices when using the Internet and examined how to stay safe at home and when near roads. The children conducted themselves in a very positive manner and have hopefully learnt a lot about themselves and the responsibilities that they will all soon encounter, particularly with secondary school transfer only a few weeks away.


Race For Life - Tuesday, 16th June 2015

Over 70 children and 20 parents took part in Tirlebrook's first-ever Race For Life held after school on Tuesday. Each participant made a donation to Cancer Research UK to run, before receiving their racing sign and participating in a group warm-up led by a group of enthusiastic Y5 and Y6 children. The children were encouraged to wear pink as a sign of support for the event and there was even the opportunity to have faces painted. The race, of approximately 1 and a half miles, took place across the grounds of both Tirlebrook and Tewkesbury schools. Drinks were available at the conclusion of the race and every child was presented with a participant's medal. At last count, well over £150 had been raised for this good cause. Well done to Miss. Featonby for organising the event and well done to everyone who ran. Together we can crack cancer.


Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network Cricket Festival - Tuesday, 16th June 2015

Sixteen Y5 and Y6 children participated in the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network Cricket Festival at Apperley Cricket Club. Tirlebrook's two teams each played four matches in the competition against schools including Deerhurst & Apperley, Mitton and Twyning. One of the teams finished in third place, winning two matches and losing the other two, and put in an excellent all-round performance, demonstrating a great team spirit throughout. The other team managed to win all four of their matches, including a last-ball victory against Mitton, on their way to the championship, and they too displayed a great attitude and sportsmanship. It was an excellent competition on a very warm afternoon and every player can be pleased with their performance - you did Tirlebrook proud!
Team: Alex Oliver (captain), Jack Ellis, Finley Gardiner, Ashleigh Latter, Oisin Moseley, Ben Radbourne, Ella Teasdale and Ethan Whybrow.
Results: Won v. Tirlebrook - 276 v 239; Won v. Twyning 296 v 255; Won v. Deerhurst & Apperley 307 v 212; Won v. Mitton 233 v 230
Team: Christopher Ballinger (captain), Dylan Coxshall, Bradley Lane, Margot Messenger, Sam Mills, Tom Prosser, Nathan Thomas & Megan Townshend.
Results: Lost v. Tirlebrook - 239 v 276; Lost v. Mitton 212 v 218; Won v. Twyning 256 v 239; Won v. Deerhurst & Apperley 264 v 228


Zumba Workshops - Tuesday, 16th June 2015

It was great to be able to welcome Kirsty McLaren back into school to inspire the children to get fit and active while having loads of fun at Zumba classes. Once again, this was a huge hit with both staff and children alike. What a great way to begin the week.


Soul Space - Tuesday, 16th June 2015

It was fantastic to welcome our friends from the local churches into school once again to work alongside Years 4, 5 and 6 and guide us through some spiritual reflections as part of Health and Wellbeing Week. The children were invited to consider their place in the world and to consider values such as compassion, hope and forgiveness. The session was based on 'The Lord's Prayer' and it gave the children the opportunity to consider how that most famous of prayers might be relevant to them today. Thanks to Ruth and Lynn for giving up their time to spend the day at Tirlebrook once again.


Welcome to Health & Wellbeing Week / Our School Games Week 2015

Miss. Featonby introduced everyone to the arrangements for our annual Health & Wellbeing Week on Monday morning. She used sticky labels (and Sam!) to gather suggestions from the children as to how we should stay healthy and keep well. Lots of good ideas were generated and were stuck all over Sam's body! Miss. Featonby also introduced us to a packed timetable, which included: a local cricket competition, Race for Life, SkillZONE, Soul Space, Zumba, Inter-house competitions in swimming, football and netball, and of course, our own School Games Sports Day to round off the week. Exciting stuff! We can't wait to get started! 


Cotswold Athletics Festival @ The Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham - Saturday, 13th June 2015

On a drizzly and decidedly cold June Saturday morning, our KS2 Athletics team headed over to The Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham to participate in the Cotswold Athletics Festival. It was a fantastic opportunity to take part in a competition that enabled the children to run on a proper running track, throw from a proper throwing area and jump into a proper long jump pit. This was all enhanced by an electrifying crowd supporting from the grandstand and an entertaining commentary. Most of the events took place on the track and ranged from sprints to long distance, from shuttle relays to baton relays, from single gender events to mixed events. Perhaps the highlight in terms of performance was seeing Saul Fox obliterate the competition in the 400m, one of the hardest races in the entire competition. However, the children all performed superbly and it was great fun. Well done to our 37-strong athletics team and to all the parents, family and friends who gave up their morning to support.


KS1 Football Festival @ Tewkesbury School - Friday, 12th June 2015

What a brilliant afternoon our Y1 and Y2 children had as they took part in a football skills event at Tewkesbury School. They spent the afternoon practising a range of drills and skills, including dribbling, running with the ball, shooting and some small-sided games. They even managed to get back to school before the heavy rain started to fall. It was a great afternoon and every child entered into the activities with enthusiasm and effort. Well done!


One-Day International Cricket Match - England v New Zealand @ Edgbaston - Tuesday, 9th June 2015

We have witnessed history being made! What a fantastic afternoon and evening out our Y6 children enjoyed as they had the opportunity to watch another elite sporting event. It was exciting to have the opportunity to visit Edgbaston in Birmingham and watch England play in their first ODI match in the current series against New Zealand. World-class players were on view, including World Cup Runners-Up Brendan McCullum, Martin Guptill, Trent Boult and Ross Taylor. The atmosphere was vibrant from the off with loud music and large screens fully in action as the players prepared and warmed up. This was added to when the match started itself, with chanting from the crowd and much waving of flags, banners and 4/6 signs. A fairly young and new-look England team were put into bat first and scored a mighty 408 runs in their fifty overs. What an amazing sight! We saw the most ever sixes hit in a ODI innings by an England team, we saw the highest ever ODI total made by England and we saw the first ever score of over 400 by any team in ODIs in England. Breathtaking. The atmosphere was terrific and everyone entered into the spirit of the match. The New Zealanders contributed a huge amount and it was a privilege to view such a wonderful spectacle. New Zealand could not match the England batting despite a positive start, and were eventually dismissed for just shy of 200 runs. It was amazing to see 19 wickets in the day, some bowled, some through magnificent catches, some run out, some lbw. We also saw over 600 runs scored and a huge number of boundaries. It was an inspiring match and our young cricket enthusiasts can say, 'I was there on that day ...' Brilliant!


GCB Kwik Cricket Local Tournament @ Tewkesbury Cricket Club - Monday, 8th June 2015

Congratulations to our Kwik Cricket team who remained undefeated on their way to winning the Gloucestershire Cricket Board tournament at Tewkesbury Cricket Club. In their group games, the team, captained by Sam Mills, defeated Bishop's Cleeve B and Twyning with convincing batting and fielding performances. They then met Bishop's Cleeve A in the semi-finals, where again they marched to victory by a significant margin. The final was a really good contest, with both teams fielding particularly impressively. Tirlebrook still achieved a fairly comfortable win against Glenfall to become champions. The team have now qualified for the county finals in this event for the third year in succession. Well done!
Group Games:
Tirlebrook 259 defeated Bishop's Cleeve B 218
Tirlebrook 245 defeated Twyning 195
Semi Final:
Tirlebrook 253 defeated Bishop's Cleeve A 212
Tirlebrook 238 defeated Glenfall 216
Team: Sam Mills (captain), Christopher Ballinger, Dylan Coxshall, Finley Gardiner, Charlie Kendrick, Oisin Moseley, Alex Oliver & Ethan Whybrow


Y5 Residential @ The Malvern Outdoor Elements Centre - Monday, 1st June - Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

What an amazing few days it has been for our Y5 children as they have participated in their residential visit to The Malvern Outdoor Elements Centre. The class supported each other really well as they took on many personal challenges across a range of activities designed to take children out of their comfort zone. The group conquered the quad pole, explored the low ropes course, Tarzan-leaped the huge waffle net, burrowed through a dark network of tunnels, led each other (or not as the case may be!) around the nightline course, open-canoed up and down the River Avon, abseiled down a huge rock face at Tank Quarry, scrambled to one of the highest peaks in Worcestershire, clambered up the extremely tall climbing wall and whizzed through the forest on the 'biggest' zipwire. On top of this, the children were treated to fantastic food and fun. They enjoyed each other's company as room mates, staying away for two nights, one of which was extremely wet and windy, and wrote about their achievements in the famous Malvern diaries. Once again, the Malvern team were highly engaging, professional and dedicated, supporting our children to achieve the most wonderful things. It was a fantastic visit and a real privilege to lead the trip and spend time with our wonderful Year 5s.  Thank you Malvern and thank you Year 5! More photographs can be viewed on the Rowan Tree class blog.


House Cricket and Cream Tea - Friday, 15th May 2015

It was brilliant to mark the end of SATs Week by holding our first ever 'Cricket and Cream Tea' event. Whilst the children in Years 5 and 6 competed in an inter-house cricket festival, parents and families were welcomed to spectate, relaxing with a cup of Yorkshire Tea and a homemade scone, baked by some of our Upper Key Stage Two pupils, as well as indulging in a traditional cucumber and cream cheese sandwich. Donations were set aside for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), a charity that the Y6 children will be visiting as part of their residential visit to the Isle of Wight, in exchange for a delicious cream tea. Spectating parents were also given a mini-box of Yorkshire Tea. Congratulations to Wenlock House for winning the cricket festival and to everyone for making the whole event such a success. Howzat!


Level 2 School Games Archery Competition - Friday, 15th May 2015

Well done to our amazing archery team. They competed against five other schools in the Level 2 School Games event held in Cheltenham. They showed fantastic teamwork supporting each other and worked with amazing concentration and effort. They began by using plastic bow and arrow sets with suckers on the end - and were very successful at hitting the targets. They then moved on to a professional kit and were firing over a longer distance towards a traditional archery target. Points were scored for accuracy and individual scores were combined to create an overall team score. Congratulations to Abbie Dallman and Matthew Ryland for being among the highest individual point scorers in the entire competition! Also, a special mention must be made of Amelia Mitchell who was identified as showing great determination; she was awarded a Spirit of the Games band to recognise this. Overall, the team finished in third place securing School Games bronze medals. This was a fantastic achievement in our first ever archery competition. Well done!
Team: Abbie Dallman, Jemima Dinning, Amelia Mitchell, Amy Fisher, Jessica Murray, Cerys Coxshall, Natalie Green, Jessamy Morris and Matthew Ryland


Tewkesbury Sports Network Athletics Field Events Competition - Tuesday, 12th May 2015

Well done to the athletes who represented Tirlebrook at our local field events competition. The children took part in long jump and throwing events against other schools. On what turned out to be a perfect afternoon in terms of the weather, every child put in an excellent and determined performance. Oisin Moseley and Alex Oliver came 3rd and 4th respectively in the cricket ball throw, both reaching around the 36-metre mark with their best throws. In the girls' event, Lucie Cummings finished second with an impressive 34m rounders ball throw, whilst Ciara Moran threw confidently to finish just outside of the points in 7th position. Effie Birch-Scanlan won the girls' long jump event with three impressive and consistent jumps over 3 metres, while Erin Hunt finished in 4th place with a best leap of 2.78m. The boys' long jump was a stellar competition with the winning jump an incredible 3.68m and the top 6 jumpers all clearing 3 metres. Tom Prosser and Ethan Whybrow finished outside of the points in 7th and 8th position, but both performed very well, recording best jumps of 2.98m and 2.86m respectively. Well done to all for representing the school so well and for demonstrating such determination.


School Games Level 2 Rounders Competition @ St. Edwards' Junior School - Thursday, 7th May 2015

We were delighted to have been able to participate in our second rounders tournament of the season. We played in Pool One of the Small Schools competition in this Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Sports Network event. We ended up finishing 2nd in the pool, having lost our first game against local rivals Twyning before beating Andoversford 8-4, getting all of the team out in the process. We then went on to play Grangefield in the School Games bronze medal match. Tirlebrook worked extremely hard, encouraging each other and demonstrating fantastic teamwork to drive each other on to a fantastic victory, securing those bronze medals. Furthermore, two of our players were awarded School Games Values bands to reward them for their great attitudes towards sport. Oisin played extremely well and demonstrated self-belief and was therefore awarded the 'Self Belief' School Games band. Eve showed that she was a fantastic part of the team, even surprising herself at times, and she participated with great respect and a positive attitude. She was awarded the 'Respect' School Games band. This was another great achievement for Tirlebrook! Well done.

Squad: Ethan Whybrow (captain), Ciara Moran, Alex Oliver, Jessica Worrell, Oisin Moseley, Eve Sherbourne, Christopher Ballinger, Erin Hunt, Charlie Kendrick & Ellie Baker.


Infant Multi-Sports Club - Thursdays - Summer Term

It has been fantastic to welcome 25 EYFS and KS1 pupils along to Mr. Jolly's after-school Multi-Sports Club on Thursdays after school. They have been involved in many activities so far and most recently have been practising their hockey skills. It has been great to see these younger ones so enthusiastic and dedicated. Well done!


Y4 Residential @ The Pioneer Centre - Monday, 27th April - Wednesday, 29th April 2015

What a fantastic adventure our Y4 children had as they embarked on their residential visit to the Pioneer Centre. The class settled quickly into their comfortable lodge before participating in a range of activities designed to encourage teamwork and to take children out of their comfort zone, and of course to be great fun. Across the three days, the children and staff tackled the Challenge Course, crawled through a caving system, negotiated a very tall climbing wall and abseiled back down, took the leap of faith on the high ropes, guided blind-folded teammates around the low ropes, shot arrows with increasing accuracy in archery and constructed a raft before taking to the waters and remaining dry or getting very wet depending on their personal preference. The class also enjoyed a super camp fire where the moon club, a song about a boa constrictor and the famous banana eating competition were all provided for amusement. The food was great and the company even better. Well done Silver Birch Class! We hope you had the most amazing experience and that the memories you have will remain with you. You were a credit to yourselves and to our school. Further photos can be viewed on the Silver Birch Class blog!


Hi-5 Netball Festival @ Pates' Grammar School - Monday, 27th April 2015

On Monday, two teams of Y5 and Y6 children travelled to Pates Grammar School in Cheltenham to compete in a Hi-5 Netball Festival. Team One (Erin - captain, Molly, Oisin, Dylan and Lucie) played four games, winning them all without conceding a single goal. Team Two (Margot - captain, Christopher, Ashleigh, Ethan and Ciara) played three games, losing the first after controlling the majority of the game and then winning the next two. The children displayed great support towards one another and showed wonderful team spirit.
Team One: Won 8-0, Won 3-0, Won 8-0, Won 4-0
Team Two : Lost 2-0, Won 1-0, Won 3-2


Balanceability Continues - Thursday, 23rd April 2015

Many thanks to Joe O'Hara who continues to deliver the Balanceability scheme to our EYFS children. Some of the children have progressed to some challenging pedal bike courses in the playground. It has been brilliant to see the progress of the children over the last ten weeks. Long may it continue!


Running Club Restarts - Thursday, 23rd April 2015

It was fantastic to see 50 children and a number of parents joining in for the first Running Club session of the Summer Term at 8 a.m. this morning. Following a warm-up and some fun drills, everyone embarked on their distance run. After several laps, there were many happy but rather tired looking faces. The children continue to work towards their 10,000m Primary Schools' Run award, their Cheltenham Half Marathon award or their London Marathon award in their virtual distance challenges. Well done everyone!