Sporting and Extra-curricular Activities


Girls' Football Festival @ Prestbury St. Mary's - Friday, 6th March 2015

Our Y5 and Y6 girls had the opportunity to participate in a fantastic football competition at Prestbury St. Mary's Primary School, organised by the Cheltenham Sports Network. Megan Townshend was a fantastic captain and she led the squad of eight girls over to Cheltenham to play four schools: Gretton, Bishop's Cleeve, Lakeside and the hosts, Prestbury St. Mary's. Tirlebrook began the tournament brilliantly, winning 3-0 against Gretton with goals from Lucie, Ciara and Ellie. This was followed by a 1-1 draw against Bishop's Cleeve and a 4-1 victory over Lakeside, with goals coming from Lucie, Ciara and Molly, as well as an unfortunate own goal. Tirlebrook ended the tournament against Prestbury St. Mary's, and despite performing really well, were unable to avoid defeat, eventually losing 2-0. The girls played so well and oozed enthusiasm, determination and excellent teamwork. The afternoon was extremely enjoyable, with all players travelling back to school smiling, laughing and feeling really very proud of their performances, not just as individuals on the pitch, but also as a team! All in all, Tirlebrook earned themselves second place in the competition and this was a fantastic achievement. Well done one and all!

Squad: Megan Townshend (captain), Ellie Baker, Charlotte Dare, Molly Johansen, Ciara Moran, Niamh Moran, Eve Sherbourne & Lucie Cummings. 


Latest School Games Bands Presentations - Friday, 6th March 2015

It was fantastic to be able to award a further three School Games bands this week to pupils who are consistently demonstrating the values in their attitudes towards PE and school sport. This week saw one band each presented for: Determination, Honesty and Teamwork. Well done Finley, Aaron and Charlie - wear them with pride!



Y5 and Y6 Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Football League Competition - Round 2 - Wednesday, 4th March 2015

Tirlebrook's Y5 and Y6 footballers knew that they had to produce another consistent string of performances in the final round of competition in order to secure the overall league title for 2014-2015. And they did it! Congratulations to the squad for another brilliant performance in the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Football League at Tewkesbury School, on an afternoon in which they won four matches and drew two. This meant that throughout the course of the league the team had amassed an amazing 54 points from a possible 60, winning ten games out of twelve and drawing the other two, scoring 21 goals in all and conceding just one. Fantastic! Their outstanding performance was matched by their excellent attitude and approach; teamwork and sportsmanship were clearly evident throughout the afternoon. The team represented the school brilliantly and they can be extremely proud of themselves.


Drew 0-0 v. Carrant Brook, Won 2-0 v. Deerhurst (C. Kendrick, B. Radbourne), Won 2-0 v. Tewkesbury C. of E. (S. Fox x2), Drew 0-0 v. Twyning, Won 2-1 v. Mitton (C. Kendrick, B. Radbourne), Won 2-0 v. Queen Margaret's (C. Kendrick, S. Mills)

Pos        Team                P         W        D        L        F      A      Pts

1           Tirlebrook       12       10        2        0       21     1      54

Squad: Charlie Kendrick (captain), Finley Gardiner, Aaron Lund, Sam Mills, Alex Oliver, Tom Prosser, Saul Fox, Sam Janes & Ben Radbourne.

Feet First Dance Festival @ Cheltenham Town Hall - Wednesday, 4th March 2015

It was fantastic to have the opportunity to take part once again in the Feet First Dance Festival held at Cheltenham Town Hall. Alongside 15 other performing schools, our Dance Club, led by Coach Jasmine and supported by Mrs. Mills, attended this special event organised by the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Sports Network. There was opportunity to rehearse in the morning and then grab a spot of lunch before performing to a large audience of pupils, parents and friends in this iconic venue later in the afternoon. The chosen dance was entitled 'Bindi Bop' and was themed around Indian dancing. The children dressed in vibrant costumes and put on a wonderfully confident display for a small group, with some participants as young as just seven. Well done to them all - it was an amazing and emotional experience and they each represented Tirlebrook School fabulously!


Y3 and Y4 Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Football League Competition - Round 2 - Wednesday, 4th March 2015

Children from Maple and Silver Birch classes represented our school in the second half of the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Y3 and Y4 Football League held at Tewkesbury School. The children worked together well and demonstrated a positive attitude (one of our core values) throughout the competition. The team won 3 games but lost their final one once more, yet again in a very tightly contested match. Tirlebrook finished the competition in second place overall with an impressive 30 points. Well done to everyone.


Won 5-0 v. Tredington, Won 3-0 v. Deerhurst, Won 5-0 v. Queen Margaret's, Lost 1-0 v. John Moore

Squad: Jonathan (captain), Finley (vice captain), Danny, Alfie, Fraser, Jack, Oscar, Luke & Callum.



After School Squash Club Begins - Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

Mark Toseland has started his after school squash sessions with children in Years 4, 5 and 6. We are delighted to be able to offer this additional activity in our programme of sports on offer to the children. He is also now coaching the Y6 children on a Tuesday afternoon.


Quick Start to QuickSticks Hockey League - Monday, 2nd March 2015

Our Y5 and Y6 hockey players made a great start in our first-ever hockey competition. Tirlebrook have entered a team into the Quicksticks Hockey League in Cheltenham and are participating alongside 17 other teams from local schools. The competition is being held at a central venue - on the astro-turf facility at Balcarras Secondary School - and all matches are played there on a round-robin basis over a period of three weeks. At the end of the first round, we ended up winning one match (v. Oakwood), drawing two matches (v. St. Gregory's The Great and Bishop's Cleeve) and losing just once in a very closely contested match (v. Glenfall). Miss. Featonby reported that there was fantastic teamwork, determination and a great attitude on display throughout the matches, enabling Lucie, Oisin and Ethan to score great goals in various matches. The team was captained by Ellie and every squad member can be proud of their efforts. Many thanks especially to Miss. Featonby for organising this opportunity and to the parents who came along to support. I wonder how we will get on next week?!

Squad: Ellie, Charlotte, Molly, Oisin, Ethan & Lucie



Cross Country Race 4 - Thursday, 26th February 2015

Tirlebrook made a fantastic start to the second half of the Cross Country season today. It was perfect weather for the race and the children had to face a new challenge - the course was set up in reverse and it was also slightly longer! This included a lengthy and steep hill to climb - it really tested the competitors. Congratulations to everyone who helped the boys to achieve a very successful 25 points, whilst the girls managed an impressive 45. Brilliant! Congratulations especially to Charlie for winning the boys race, but everyone should be proud of their amazing performances. Well done!


                                                         Y4 Tag Rugby Festival - Friday, 13th February 2015

On a typically windswept February afternoon, our Y4 children all had the opportunity to participate in a Tag Rugby Festival organised by Gloucester RFC. The children were split into three teams and competed in a six-team competition. Following various rounds of fixtures, it is fantastic to announce that our three teams finished first, second and joint third out of the six participating teams, overcoming other schools including Ashchurch and Twyning. The previous six weeks had seen the children receiving some specialist coaching from two Gloucester RFC representatives and this obviously paid dividends in the festival. Every participant received a certificate and it was a privilege for these to be handed out by Gloucester RFC first-team regular Rob Cook. This ensured that the afternoon was rounded off in style for starstruck children and teachers alike!


                      Manchester United v Burnley - Premier League Match - Wednesday, 11th February 2015

What a fantastic opportunity for 32 members of the Tirlebrook School community as we visited Old Trafford, home of arguably the most famous football club in the world, for the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley. After a tortuous journey to Manchester, we thoroughly enjoyed taking in the sights, sounds, smells and atmosphere of an elite football match, alongside 70,000 others. One of the gang even got up close and personal with the friendly Greater Manchester police! 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. Millions of pounds worth of talent was on display including Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Robin Van Persie, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and David De Gea, to name just a few. Following Manchester United's 3-1 victory, which we saw in its entirety from our magnificent seats in the East Stand, the long and arduous journey home began. I finally reached my bed at 2:30 a.m. Oh well, it's back to school in just over four hours!!

Match Updates:
We're here! Fought the traffic and sat down having missed the first two minutes of the game. Amazing seats and an amazing experience. Currently 1-1 (Smalling opened the scoring having come on as an early substitute only for Ings to smash in an equaliser) but it is all Burnley at the moment!

United deliver a sucker punch just before half time. Burnley have been the better team, but it is United who lead 2-1 thanks once more to Chris Smalling. Half time: Manchester United 2 Burnley 1.

Manchester United are comfortable in this second half although they certainly are not at their fluent best. Di Maria has been the stand out performer on the night for United. You can't help but feel sorry for Burnley who have played brilliantly as a whole team!

PENALTY to United. Van Persie knocks it in and surely it is all over now.

FULL TIME - Manchester United 3 Burnley 1. Over and out! 


Squash Sessions - Week Five - Monday, 9th February 2015

Ever fancied a game of squash? Well, the Y5 children have! Mark Toseland has been delivering training sessions using his mini squash equipment at school on Monday afternoons. There will soon be an after-school club available. The profile of youth squash has never been higher in Tewkesbury - perhaps this is another opportunity for the latest squash star to be discovered!

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Tewkesbury Primary Cricket Academy - Week Three - Friday, 6th February 2015

Some of our Y6 boys are participating in a weekly cricket academy that takes place at Tewkesbury School every Friday after school. Gloucestershire Cricket Board coaches are helping the boys to develop their technique and skills in bowling, batting and fielding, as well as their understanding of the rules and tactics of the game. They have done really well!

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Cheltenham & North Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Level 2 Sportshall Athletics Event - Tuesday, 27th January 2015

A team of twelve Y5 and Y6 boys and girls headed over to All Saints' Academy in Cheltenham to participate in the highly anticipated Sportshall Athletics Event 2015. Tirlebrook were up against nine other schools from the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury area in this Level 2 School Games competition. The children had to participate in timed heats in team events such as the 2 x 2-lap relay, the 4 x 1-lap relay and the obstacle relay, as well competing in the field events individually. The field events included standing triple jump, standing long jump, vertical jump, chest push, speed bounce and javelin throw. Every team member contributed in what was a very exciting and enjoyable event. Congratulations to the team as they finished in third place for the second year in a row, securing bronze School Games medals as a reward for their hard work, commitment, teamwork and determination. A fantastic event all round!

Squad: Charlotte Dare, Ashleigh Latter, Molly Johansen, Ellie Baker, Ami Nunn, Effie Birch-Scanlan, Oisin Moseley, Nathan Thomas, Dylan Coxshall, Sam Janes, Sam Mills & Finley Gardiner.


The Level 2 School Games Bronze Medal Winning Sportshall Athletics Team 


Balanceability Training Begins in EYFS - Tuesday, 27th January 2015

It has been really exciting to see our Reception Class begin their Balanceability training this week. Following a purchase of balance bikes, pedal bikes and other resources with our Sports Premium budget, the children are now readily equipped to improve their general gross motor skills as well as their ability to ride a bike. Many thanks to our community volunteer Joe O'Hara who has come into school on Tuesday mornings to help to implement the scheme. This is yet another fantastic opportunity for our children.


Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Swimming Gala - Wednesday, 21st January 2015

Congratulations to our swimmers who performed brilliantly in the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Swimming Gala. The team of six each competed individually in one of the following events: Front Crawl (2 lengths), Backstroke (2 lengths), Breaststroke (2 lengths), Stylish Dive, Smallest Splash and Biggest Splash. They then combined to compete in the Canon and Freestyle Relays. Our team competed superbly and were without doubt the most supportive team to their fellow teammates from poolside. The competition was hot, with many club swimmers participating, but even so, places in the finals (top 4) were secured in front crawl and breaststroke, whilst the team finished third in the Freestyle Relay and fourth in the Canon. Overall, Tirlebrook finished in fourth place out of 8 with 41 points, a mere three points behind the third-placed school. Congratulations - you were all brilliant!

Team: Christopher Ballinger, Libby Guthrie, Harriet Bethel, Margot Messenger, Abbie Dallman and Molly Johansen.



It's a New Year - Young Sports Leaders Lead Playground Zoning - January 2015

The Tirlebrook Y6 Young Sports Leaders have kicked off the New Year in style by leading during some of our playground zoning activities at lunch time. Each Young Sports Leader has the opportunity every week to lead an activity or game with both KS1 and KS2 children as part of their new role. They are organised by rota so that their responsibilities fall on different days and across a wide range of activities and children. Thanks to Miss. Featonby, Mrs. Assheton and Mrs. Gosden for their support in this new venture.


Young Sports Leaders Awarded Following Training - December 2014

Tirlebrook has a new group of Y6 children who have been fully trained as Young Sports Leaders. We were delighted to welcome Matt Coldrey from the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Sports Network to present them with their badges and certificates. Matt has worked tirelessly alongside Miss. Featonby to enable the children to have this opportunity to lead in sports and at playtimes.

Well done to our twelve successful candidates: Aaron Lund, Ellie Baker, Ethan Whybrow, Megan Townshend, Alex Oliver, Erin Hunt, Oisin Moseley, Margot Messenger, Sam Mills, Liberty Guthrie, Charlie Kendrick & Eve Sherbourne.


Y5 and Y6 Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Football League Competition - Round 1 - Tuesday, 25th November 2014

Tirlebrook's Y5 and Y6 footballers have made a fantastic start to the league season winning all six of their matches in the first round of the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Football League at Tewkesbury School, scoring 13 goals and conceding none. Their outstanding performance was matched by their excellent attitude and approach; teamwork and sportsmanship were clearly evident throughout the afternoon. The team represented the school brilliantly and they can be extremely proud of themselves.


Won 1-0 v. Carrant Brook (C. Kendrick), Won 3-0 v. Tredington (S. Janes, S.Fox, B. Radbourne), Won 1-0 v. Tewkesbury C. of E. (C. Kendrick), Won 2-0 v. Twyning (C. Kendrick x2), Won 2-0 v. Mitton (B. Radbourne, S. Fox), Won 4-0 v. Queen Margaret's (S. Janes x2, C. Kendrick (pen), F. Gardiner)

These results have left Tirlebrook on a perfect score of 30 points at the end of Round 1 and full of hope that we can secure the league title in Round 2 in the Spring Term 2015. Well done everyone!

Squad: Charlie Kendrick (captain), Finley Gardiner, Alex Oliver, Tom Prosser, Saul Fox, Sam Janes, Ellis Luker & Ben Radbourne.


Y3 and Y4 Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Football League Competition - Round 1 - Tuesday, 25th November 2014

Children from Year 3 and 4 represented our school in a football tournament at Tewkesbury School. The children worked well as a team and were disciplined and organised about their performances. The team won 2 games, drew one and lost the final one: literally with the class kick of the game! Tirlebrook lie second with the second half of the competition to be played later in the academic year.

Squad: Danny Etheridge (captain), Alfie, Fraser Matharu, Jonathan Peirce, Caius Roberts, Elliot Thomas, Peyton Bunce, Oscar Guthrie, Luke Sherbourne, Lilia Teasdale & Callum Trust.


Running Club Continues - Tuesday, 25th November 2014 - The Coldest Day Of The Year So Far ...

There was an excellent turnout at Running Club this morning, despite the hard frost and the chilly air. At temperatures hovering around zero degrees, 25 Key Stage 2 children took to the school field along with Mr. Tomkins at 8 a.m. to complete some running drills and relay activities along to the latest pop soundtrack. This was followed by the usual long-distance run as the children look to complete their individual virtual distance challenges. It was great to see the commitment and fun. Congratulations must also be made to Ellie Baker (Y6) and Jonathan Peirce (Y4) as they are the first two children to have completed their virtual half marathon. Well done!


ESFA 7-a-Side Football Competition - Tuesday, 18th November 2014

Our Y6 footballers entered the local round of the ESFA 7-a-Side Football Competition and played extremely well. In a very closely contested competition, Tirlebrook finished in joint third place out of five schools altogether, winning once, drawing twice and losing just the once. It was a surprisingly warm afternoon and several parents and families turned out to support the team. The competition began with a victory in the first match - a 1-0 win against Tewkesbury C. of E. This was followed by a 2-2 draw with Carrant Brook after conceding a goal very late in the game. The team put aside their disappointment and battled well against eventual winners John Moore. This game saw some heroic defending as John Moore dominated possession and chances. A goal was conceded ... but only just! The referee rightly adjudged the ball to have crossed the goal line to give John Moore a deserved lead. However, Tirlebrook still found time to create chances and as the game went on the balance of play shifted. It was unfortunate that an effort from Oisin hit the underside of the crossbar ... but did not cross the line! The game ended 1-0. The final match in the competition was finely balanced, and having taken the lead against Mitton, the team conceded once more late on in the game as it ended 1-1. Everyone can be pleased with their performance and attitude. It was a good team effort and captain Charlie Kendrick did a great job. Well done! 

Squad: Charlie Kendrick (captain), Christopher Ballinger, Dylan Coxshall, Finley Gardiner, Aaron Lund, Sam Mills, Oisin Moseley, Alex Oliver, Tom Prosser & Ethan Whybrow.

Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Netball League Round 2 - Tuesday, 4th November 2014

After a very successful first round of the netball league in early October, the squad returned to the competition eager to perform to the very best of their ability and continue their good early season form. The first of three matches on the night saw Tirlebrook defeat John Moore by the healthy scoreline of 8-0. Great team play was rewarded as Lucie and Erin converted the chances that were created for them to score. This was followed by a challenging match against eventual league runners-up Carrant Brook. The team acquitted themselves well, and although they went down by 6 goals to 3, their determination and effort was outstanding. The final match saw Tirlebrook beat Queen Margaret's 4-2. The team finished in third position out of nine schools overall and should be extremely happy with their progress. Congratulations to overall winners Twyning and many thanks to Tewkesbury School for organising and hosting the league. Well done also to Miss. Featonby for the amount of time and effort she has put into developing the netball team.

Squad: Erin Hunt (captain), Charlotte Dare, Molly Johansen, Margot Messenger, Lucie Cummings, Dylan Coxshall, Christopher Ballinger, Ethan Whybrow.

Running Club Continues - Tuesday, 4th November 2014
The cold weather and damp ground did not put our Key Stage 2 pupils off from making an exhilarating start to the day as Running Club kicked off again after half term. Following some games and drills on the field, the children continued their long-distance running. They are currently working towards one of three goals: a) completing their 10000 metres by virtually visiting other primary schools in the local area; b) completing their half marathon route by running to Cheltenham and back with plenty of virtual stops along the way; and c) completing their whole marathon as part of a virtual London Marathon. It is really excited to see the children enthused about running. Many thanks to Mr. Tomkins for his efforts in establishing our Running Club and well done to all the children involved. Keep running!
Inter-House Cross Country Competition Round 1 - Thursday, 24th October 2014
Years 5 and 6 competed in the first round of this year's Inter-House Cross Country Championships on the final afternoon of the half term. The event was hosted at Tewkesbury School and our Year 3 and Year 4 Sports Council representatives (Fraser Matharu, Grace Baker, Luke Sherbourne and Ava Baker) helped to officiate the race. All children participated with great enthusiasm and team spirit, even though it was quite a challenge for some. Every competitor earned points for their House team which will be collated alongside the results from races 2, 3 and 4, before the winning team is announced later in the year. Well done everyone!
NSPCC Super Circuits Challenge - Tuesday, 21st October 2014
The whole school took part in a sporting event to raise money for the NSPCC after a visit from Buddy. The KS2 children took part in a Super Circuits Challenge in pairs involving 15 stations such as ball bounce, ladder run, sit ups, bench press, skipping and step ups. Each station activity lasted for one minute; the children had to work at high intensity throughout this time whilst their partner counted the number of repetitions. It was a great fun event for both teachers and pupils ... and of course, all for a great cause!
Netball Friendlies v Queen Margaret's Primary School - Monday, 20th October 2014
Our netball after-school club visited Tewkesbury School to play a round-robin against two teams from Queen Margaret's Primary in friendly netball matches. The results were as follows:
Tirlebrook team 1 vs. QM team 1  (2-1)
Tirlebrook team 2 vs. QM team 2  (0-0)
Tirlebrook team 1 vs. QM team 2  (2-1)
Tirlebrook team 2 vs. QM team 1  (5-1)
The matches were played in the right spirit and there was a friendly atmosphere between all of the children. Indeed, two of our children even  played for the opposition when required. Overall, it was great fun and excellent practice leading up to round two of the netball league. And ... fantastic scores for Tirlebrook! Well done to all!
Netball Club: Harriet Bethel, Lucie Cummings, Ria Nuttall, Rosie Hiorns, Georgia Vallender, Esme Smith, Christopher Ballinger, Erin Hunt, Charlotte Dare, Ciara Moran, Niamh Moran, Margot Messenger, Oisin Moseley, Molly Johansen, Dylan Coxshall and Ethan Whybrow.


The Albert Dix Memorial Tournament @ All Saints Academy - Friday, 17th October 2014

It was fantastic to have the opportunity to enter the Albert Dix Memorial Tournament at the All Saints Academy on Friday. This tournament is played annually amongst the schools of Cheltenham and it was great that we were invited to join in. We played three games in all, winning twice and losing once. In the opening game, we fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Gardner's Lane Primary School, before returning with a 3-1 win against Hester's Way, with all three goals being scored by captain Charlie Kendrick. This was followed by a 5-0 victory against The Ridge Academy, goals being scored by Christopher Ballinger, Finley Gardiner, Oisin Moseley, Charlie Kendrick and Aaron Lund. In this section of the competition, we finished in second place overall and therefore do not qualify for the next round. However, it was a great experience and the team equipped themselves well, both in terms of performance and attitude. Well done to everyone!

Squad: Charlie Kendrick (captain), Finley Gardiner, Sam Mills, Christopher Ballinger, Tom Prosser, Dylan Coxshall, Ethan Whybrow, Oisin Moseley, Alex Oliver & Aaron Lund.


Tewkesbury District Cross Country Race 3 - Thursday, 16th October 2014

The final race of the Autumn season of Cross Country races was a very successful one for our school. In cooler but still rather humid conditions, the team were determined to put in a strong performance. The girls went off first and did a great job. Performances of note include Olivia Gardiner finishing in second place in only her third ever race and Ellie Baker finishing third. Charlie Kendrick returned to winning ways, crossing the line in first place in a highly competitive race. Tom Prosser was thrilled with his fourth place finish. The boys race had only just finished when the heavens opened for torrential rain the like of which had never been seen before! Needless to say, we all got soaked! Every runner can be proud of their performances and there were some excellent personal bests. Well done to everyone!


Team: Caius Roberts, Jonathan Peirce, William Haslum, Ben Radbourne, Ellis Luker, Sam Janes, Ethan Whybrow, Charlie Kendrick, Finley Gardiner, Sam Mills, Christopher Ballinger, Tom Prosser, Lauren Booth, Olivia Gardiner, Jemima Dinning, Lucie Cummings, Effie Birch-Scanlan, Ashleigh Latter, Molly Johansen, Ellie Baker, Eve Sherbourne, Ciara Moran and Niamh Moran.


Running Club in the Rain! - Tuesday, 14th October 2014

A really wet spell of weather has not deterred our running club members! Despite the heavy downpours, there has been a fantastic turnout every week. This week, Mr. Tomkins set up an indoor circuit for the children to complete and it was great fun. They then went outside and completed their long distance run. Great effort everyone!

Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Netball League Round 1 - Tuesday, 7th October 2014

Congratulations to everyone on a FANTASTIC performance from all of our netball team during Round 1 of the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Netball League 2014. We ended Round 1 in third position in the league of nine, following two losses (against Twyning and Deerhurst), one draw (against Hopelands) and two brilliant wins (against Mitton and Tewkesbury C. of E.). The children showed fantastic drive, determination and teamwork and they were extremely proud of their achievements. We can now look forward to Round 2 of the league, where the team will be determined to perform just as well!
Squad: Charlotte Dare (captain), Dylan Coxshall, Niamh Moran, Erin Hunt, Christopher Ballinger, Ethan Whybrow, Molly Johansen, Margot Messenger, Ciara Moran & Lucie Cummings.


Tewkesbury District Cross Country Race 2 - Thursday, 2nd October 2014

Well done once more to our cross country runners who completed race two in much more challenging warmer conditions. The boys went off first at a blistering pace and following a tough race, several made improvements on the previous week's result. The most notable was Sam Janes, who improved by 26 places to finish 76th. There were over 120 boys competing. The girls followed on and seven of them managed to finish inside the top 50. The effort and determination by all should be commended. Well done!


Team: Caius Roberts, Jonathan Peirce, William Haslum, Ben Radbourne, Sam Janes, Ethan Whybrow, Charlie Kendrick, Finley Gardiner, Sam Mills, Christopher Ballinger, Tom Prosser, Oisin Moseley,  Lauren Booth, Olivia Gardiner, Jemima Dinning, Georgia Vallender, Lucie Cummings, Effie Birch-Scanlan, Ashleigh Latter, Molly Johansen, Ellie Baker, Ciara Moran and Niamh Moran.


World Marathon Challenge - Monday, 29th September 2014

Key Stage Two took part in the Eveque World Marathon Challenge. Each child represented their house in a 25 x 200 metre relay race (that's 5000 metres altogether!). There was a Y3/Y4 race and a Y5/Y6 race, from which the results were combined to find a winner in this first Inter-House competition of the year. Hastings won the Y5/Y6 race, followed closely by Beauchamp, Wenlock and then Montague. The winners of the Y3/Y4 race were Wenlock, followed by Hastings, Montague and then Beauchamp. After combining the two sets of results together, Hastings were confirmed as the overall winners. Well done! Seventeen children from Elder Class also competed together to try to record their fastest collective time, the results of which have been submitted onto the World Marathon Challenge website. A time of 16 minutes and 59 seconds earned joint 13th place on the national leader board. Well done to everyone for participating and to the House Captains and several other Y6 children for showing great leadership skills

Tewkesbury District Cross Country Race 1 - Thursday, 25th September 2014

It was fantastic to see 25 children representing the school in the first round of the academic year of cross country races in Tewkesbury. There was a good turnout from the local schools, with over 115 boys competing and more than 80 girls. The girls race started proceedings, and in a very tightly contested finish in the home straight, Ellie Baker secured second place. Many girls were competing for the first time, and although the race was long and hard, they equipped themselves marvellously. The boys race was just as close as last year's champion, Charlie Kendrick, found himself in a home-straight battle for the win. He emerged victorious and was followed by a string of very tired but extremely proud boys. Well done team - we are all really impressed by your attitude, application and spirit. Congratulations!

Team: Effie Birch-Scanlan, Molly Johansen, Ellie Baker, Ciara Moran, Niamh Moran, Jemima Dinning, Eve Sherbourne, Georgia Vallender, Ashleigh Latter, Olivia Gardiner, Lauren Booth, Lucie Cummings, Caius Roberts, Oisin Moseley, Charlie Kendrick, Tom Prosser, Sam Mills, Ethan Whybrow, Finley Gardiner, Christopher Ballinger, Ben Radbourne, Ellis Luker, William Haslum, Sam Janes and Jonathan Peirce.


Running Club Continues - Tuesday, 23rd September 2014

Despite the early morning fog, over 30 children came to school early to continue with Running Club. It was great to see so much enthusiasm and effort at that time in the morning. Keep it up everyone!


Paddle Power-ing for Charity - Bell Boating for the Levana Hanson Trust - Friday, 19th September 2014

Fifteen Y6 pupils and three members of staff took part in the Paddle Power Boat Race at Croft Farm Water Park in aid of the Levana Hanson Trust. Donning suitable safety equipment, they took to the water in KataKanus in teams of six and completed one practice race before competing in the final. All three teams put in lots of effort and paddled hard, but could not challenge for victory due to some slight directional issues! However, it was great fun, a chance to get wet and, most importantly, an opportunity for us to show our support to Tewkesbury School and the wider community by participating in this event. We hope that the money raised goes a long way to enabling Levana to achieve her sporting dreams by being able to purchase a pair of prosthetic running blades. Well done to everyone who took part at the event.


And They're Off! Running Club Begins - Tuesday, 16th September 2014

It was really exciting to see 35 Key Stage 2 children arrive at school at 8 a.m. for Running Club, ensuring an energetic and invigorating start to the day - for both staff and children! Mr. Tomkins led a warm up before the children joined in with a series of small running games, including shuttle runs with hoops, spots and running ladders. They then began their long distance running, with some children managing to run 2000 metres before school! Each child is on a quest. For the beginners, a virtual tour of the local primary school's is the challenge, with children receiving certificates when they have run distances to different schools. For those continuing from last year, the challenge is now to complete a half marathon, with many milestones along the way. Long may Running Club be a success!