Read on to find out about our sporting curricular and extra-curricular opportunities
as well as other experiences for the academic year 2019-2020
Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network's Swimming Gala – Wednesday 15th January @ Tewkesbury School
Tirlebrook sent two teams to this year's Tewkesbury Primary Sports Network’s Swimming Gala, hosted by Move More, at Tewkesbury School’s swimming pool. The two teams were made up of twelve children from Years 5 and 6 with six children in each team. Every child in each team competed in one of the following races: 1 and 2 lengths Front Crawl, 1 and 2 lengths Backstroke and 1 and 2 lengths Breaststroke, finishing with the Canon Relay in which every member of the team completed a length using a stroke of their choice. They also had a chance to take part in some fun events: Largest Splash, Smallest Splash and Most Stylish Dive. They were up against some stiff competition with teams from Ashchurch, Gretton and Twyning also competing. They had a very successful afternoon and our teams finished in 1st and 5th positions overall. Fantastic! There were individual winners in Ewan, winning the 1 length Front Crawl, Owen, victorious in the 2 lengths Front Crawl, and George, powering to first place in the 1 length Breast Stroke. Matthew, Freddie and Edward also won certificates for coming first in the Largest Splash.
Four children were recognised for demonstrating the School Games values: Freddie for ‘Determination’, Edward for ‘Passion’, Julia for ‘Teamwork’ and George for ‘Self Belief’.
Many thanks to Mrs. Gosden for accompanying and supporting the two teams throughout the afternoon and very well done to all of the children for their excellent attitudes and wonderful determination. They all had a great afternoon and we are very proud of them.
Results: 1. Tirlebrook 1 36 pts, 2. Gretton 33 pts, 3. Twyning 1 25 pts, 4. Ashchurch 22 pts, 5. Tirlebrook 2 20 pts, 6. Twyning 2 11 pts
Squad: William B, Edward B, Owen B, Tilly B, George C, Byran C, Matthew F, Julia G, Ewan G, Zoe H, Freddie P & Maja R
Y3 & Y4 New Age Kurling Competition – Thursday 5th December @ Cleeve Secondary School
Naomi, Seren, Ben and Jenson from Year 4 headed over to Cleeve Secondary School to compete in a brand-new event, the Level 2 School Games New Age Kurling competition, organised by Move More. The game of New Age Kurling is based on the traditional sport of Curling that is played on ice. In New Age Kurling, the competitors are required to push weighted plastic Kurling stones, which roll on ball bearings, towards targets. The closest Kurling stones to the centre of the scoring target wins the points.
Thirteen teams from various schools across the Cheltenham area competed. Tirlebrook were in Pool A and played five games, winning the first 2 games decisively. However, they couldn’t beat the next three teams although they kept battling hard. They proceeded to the play-offs section of the competition where they won both of their final games. At the conclusion of the competition, Seren was rewarded for her ‘Self Belief’ with a School Games values band whilst Jenson also received one in recognition of his ‘Passion’. All of the children had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Many thanks to Mrs. Gosden for accompanying the children and supporting them throughout.
Team: Naomi B, Seren D, Ben R & Jenson T-S
Y5 & Y6 Football League Round 1 – Tuesday 25th November @ Tewkesbury School
Our Y6 football team headed over to Tewkesbury School for the first round of the Y5 & Y6 Tewkesbury Primary Schools’ Football League. They played a total of 4 games in all – winning two and losing two. A slow start to the competition saw the team fall to a narrow defeat at the hands of the John Moore before a rather more resounding loss to Tewkesbury C. of E. Despite these early setbacks, the team never gave up and continued to remain positive. Following a team discussion and a change of formation, 2-0 and 3-0 victories ensued against Mitton and Queen Margaret’s respectively. Rhys (2), Finlay (2), Jayden and Owen all found the back of the net throughout the afternoon and there was some excellent passing and teamwork on display. The results leave Tirlebrook handily placed to challenge for medals with a further three matches to be played when the next round of the league takes place in February. Congratulations to Owen (Passion) and Jayden (Determination) who were awarded School Games values bands in recognition of the attitudes they displayed throughout the competition. Many thanks too to Mrs. Gosden for accompanying the team and supporting them so positively.
Squad: William B, Owen B, George C, Matthew F, Jayden P, Joshua S, Rhys T & Finlay W
It was also great to see three of our former pupils, Callum, Oscar and Luke, who were all refereeing at the competition. They looked happy … and did a great job. It is brilliant to see them continuing with their sporting interests at secondary school and helping to run a competition that they themselves participated in and benefitted from just two years ago. Thank you guys!
Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Y3 & Y4 Football League Round 1 – Tuesday 19th November @ Tewkesbury School
On Tuesday afternoon, 22 children from Maple and Silver Birch classes created two squads to take part in the Tewkesbury Primary School’s Year 3 and 4 Football League held at Tewkesbury School. Tirlebrook’s keen players competed in six seven-minute long games during the afternoon, taking on teams from Ashchurch, Tewkesbury C. of E., Twyning, Gretton and Queen Margaret’s schools. These turned out to be stiff competition, and despite numerous losses for both squads, Tirlebrook kept a positive attitude throughout the tournament. Some great goals were scored by the Year 4 team: Joshua scored a superb goal against Twyning, and Morgan gained a hat trick against Queen Margaret’s. All players showed great teamwork and resilience and it was a really good experience. Individual School Games Values bands were awarded to Olivia C-H and Chloe C (Self- belief), Morgan S (Passion) and Isaac C (Determination). There will be another chance for the Year 3 and 4 footballers to compete in February, and we wish them all the best in their preparations for this.
Squad: Charlie A, Henry B, Alex C, Olivia C-H, Isaac Co, Riley C, Chloe C, Miles C, Isaac Cu, Hunter H, Olivia H, Jack H, Ryan H, Jack L, George O, Scarlet O, Ben R, Jack R, Morgan S, Emily T, Joshua T & Betsy W
Level 2 School Games Sportshall Athletics – Monday 18th November
It was extremely exciting to take three teams over to Tewkesbury School to take part in this year’s Level 2 School Games Small Schools’ Sportshall Athletics competition. The event, which is a traditional Tirlebrook favourite and has become a highlight on the annual sporting calendar, is always competitive, great fun and extremely loud! With the latest tracks booming through the speakers throughout, including ‘Baby Shark’, the atmosphere was sizzling as the schools warmed up across the high-stepper, speed bounce, hurdles and reversaboard that made up the obstacle course. The obstacle run began the competitive races and as the afternoon progressed, our three teams participated in a range of indoor track and field athletic activities, including the 1+1 relay, the 2+2 relay, the chest push, the vertical jump, the javelin throw, the standing long jump, the speed bounce, the standing triple jump and the 4x1 relay. The children put in a wonderful effort throughout, not only in each event but also when cheering on their teammates. As the competition drew to a close, our three teams awaited their results. All of the teams performed excellently, scoring a high number of points in what was a very close competition. The very exciting news, however, is that the Tirlebrook Yellow Team amassed an incredible 268 points to secure Gold medals and qualify for the Level 3 School Games county finals for the first time ever. Wow! Several children were also awarded School Games Values bands for displaying such a wonderfully positive attitude throughout the event, including Tianna B (Determination), Tilly B & Byran C (Teamwork), Molly O & Daniel R (Self Belief) and Harrison T (Passion). Well done to all of the children for their outstanding effort and attitudes and a special thank you to Mrs. Gosden and Miss. Voller for accompanying the children, supporting the teams and enabling the event to happen. Well done!
Tirlebrook Orange: Tianna B, Hayden D, Scarlet D, Edward F, Oakley H, George R, Madison R, Ayan S, Joshua S, Harrison T, Evie W & Lola W
Tirlebrook Pink: George C, Byran C, Matthew F, Julia G, Alesha H, Keira H, Isabelle H, Daniyal K, Chloe M, Molly O, Jayden P & Rhys T
Tirlebrook Yellow: Hattie A, William B, Edward B, Owen B, Tilly B, Sky D, Ewan G, Zoe H, Isobel M, Daniel R, Leah T & Finlay W
Result: 1. Tirlebrook Yellow 268 pts; 2. Twyning Red 250 pts; 3. Holy Trinity Sky 234 pts; 4. Holy Trinity Green 188 pts; 5. Tirlebrook Pink 184 pts; 6. Tirlebrook Orange 148 pts; 7. Twyning Blue 140 pts
ESFA Football Competition – Tuesday 5th November 2019
A squad of ten footballers from Y5 and Y6 headed over to Tewkesbury School to take part in this year’s ESFA Football Competition, the winners of which would progress to the county finals in December. Competing in the Large Schools’ section of the competition, Tirlebrook came up against five other schools. The afternoon started well as George scored a hat-trick on the way to a 5-0 victory against Queen Margaret’s. This was followed by two 0-0 draws with Carrant Brook and Mitton Manor respectively, games which Tirlebrook dominated and had good chances to score to secure a victory. The final two matches, against Tewkesbury C. of E. and The John Moore, ended in defeat despite the excellent effort of the team. School Games values bands were awarded at the competition’s conclusion; well done to George (Teamwork) and Oscar (Self-belief) for displaying the values so clearly. It was a great afternoon, and despite the disappointment of ending with two losses, the team spirit was always excellent and the positive attitude on show was a credit to our school. Many thanks to Mrs. Gosden for supporting the team and accompanying them throughout the afternoon. Well done!
Squad: Edward F & Freddie P (joint captains), William B, Oscar D, Matthew F, Ewan G, Keira H, Oakley H, Ollie K-S & George T
Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Cross Country Autumn Term Races - Race 3 - Thursday, 17th October 2019
Our runners put in another quite brilliant effort in the final event of the Autumn series of races in the Tewkesbury Primary School’s Cross Country competition held at the Vineyards. Returning to the original circuit following the changes forced by the flooding last time out, the children knew that a long and tough race was ahead of each of them.
The girls headed out first and an impressive 20-strong team of Y4, Y5 and Y6 runners took to the course to represent Tirlebrook. In another very competitive race, Tilly impressed again, managing to split the Lockley twins to come home in a very impressive 4th place out of 85 runners altogether. Julia was next Tirlebrook girl home in 14th position, followed by Georgiana in 19th. As the girls streamed through the line, several could celebrate earning a personal best (PB) finish: Keira – who has the very strange habit of finishing in exactly the same position as her shirt number! - (23rd), Betsy (43rd), Chloe C (54th), Frankie (59th), Emmie-Grace (60th), Isabelle (63rd), Tianna (70th), Lola (71st), Seren (78th) & Lily (84th). Well done girls – a terrific whole team achievement.
Next up it was the turn of the boys. In what was a highly competitive race, Tirlebrook experienced its greatest success as yet! Four boys finished inside the top 7 in a truly outstanding performance. Ewan crossed the line in 1st position for the third race in succession, although he was pushed all the way and had to work really hard for his victory. It really is sensational to see his continuous achievements and we are very proud of him. Owen came next in a battling 5th position, followed by Finlay finishing with a new PB in 6th and Freddie smashing his PB to finish 7th. And with PBs also for George C and Charlie in 61st and 62nd place respectively, it was a really successful event.
That’s it for cross country for now until the Spring series of races which begin in early February. We are doing well in the competition overall but it may be tough to hang on to the trophies that we won last year. Our boys are currently leading the Large Schools’ Boys Event, although they are being very closely pursued by the John Moore. Our girls are currently lying in second position in the Large Schools’ Girls Event, behind leaders Mitton but being hotly pursued by third-placed the John Moore. The competition is exciting! But beyond this, the commitment, attitude, sportsmanship and teamwork on display from the Tirlebrook girls and boys is what truly makes this competition one of the best in the sporting calendar.
Squad: Charlie A, Tianna B, Owen B, Tilly B, Alex C, Olivia C-H, George C, Peyton C, William C, Isaac C, Chloe C, Georgiana C, Joe C, Seren D, Edward F, Julia G, Katie G, Ewan G, Keira H, Isabelle H, Emmie-Grace K, Paddy M, Isobel M, Lily M, Chloe M, Freddie P, Daniel R, Emily T, Leah T, Frankie V, Lola W, Betsy W & Finlay W
Tewkesbury & District Primary Schools’ Netball League Round 1 – Tuesday, 15th October 2019
A massive congratulations to everyone who represented our school in the Tewkesbury & District Primary Schools’ Netball League Round 1 event at Tewkesbury School. Four matches were scheduled for the first part of the league, with a further four to be played in the Spring Term. And out of the four matches? The team played brilliantly and won each one of them – without conceding a single goal! The team were in fact so prolific with their shooting, that it was difficult to keep count. Victories over Tewkesbury C. of E. (12-0), Mitton (at least 8-0), Queen Margaret’s (at least 7-0) and Deerhurst (7-0) were achieved thanks to some exceptional netball skills, incredible teamwork, sustained positivity, an attitude of not giving up and a relentless desire to do their best. Team – you were outstanding! School Games values bands were awarded to Chloe for ‘Self-Belief’ and Matthew for ‘Teamwork’. However, it was a dream-team performance and the staff all recognised that the whole squad displayed all of the School Games values throughout, particularly ‘Determination’ and ‘Respect’. Thank you to the families who came along to support and a huge thank you to Miss. Moysey and Mrs. Moysey for coaching the team at Netball Club and managing and encouraging them throughout League Round 1. Congratulations!
Squad: William B, Owen B, Matthew F, Zoe H, Isobel M, Chloe M & Leah T
Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Cross Country Autumn Term Races - Race 2 - Thursday, 3rd October 2019
Imagine. It's the coldest day for months. The sky is grey and darkening by the minute. And it's been pouring with rain for days and the floods are beginning to rise. What would you do? Stay inside and keep warm, I'd suggest. But not our intrepid Cross Country Team! How incredible it was once more to have a huge team of Y4, Y5 and Y6 runners to take on Race 2 of the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Cross Country Autumn Series, hosted by Move More. And this week we surpassed last week's number of participants by having 37 runners. WOW!
The races were moved to the top section of the Vineyards due to the flooding and it was set up so that two laps of a hilly course were to be completed. The boys ran first and once again performed amazingly. For the second week in a row, Ewan crossed the line in first position and then stayed at the finish to congratulate everyone else as they completed their run. Owen ran superbly again, improving this week to an outstanding 3rd placed finish, enhancing his PB once more. Personal bests were also a reward for excellent runs from Finlay, who improved to 7th, and Freddie, who made it in 12th. These are stunning results. But as stated last time out, it is not all about the fastest finishers. There were great runs all around in a larger field than last week and George C recorded an excellent PB in 73rd position.
The girls quickly followed and as last time, the race was very competitive. Tilly remained the first Tirlebrook girl home in a superb 4th position, with Georgiana recording an outstanding PB to come next in 13th. Julia was the next girl home in 19th meaning three girls finishing in the top 20. Personal bests were also achieved by Leah (28th), Peyton (53rd), Katie (54th), Chloe C (55th), Frankie (61st) and Emmie-Grace (63rd). These are impressive results in what was, yet again, a larger field than the previous week. Well done too to our first timers for the season - Betsy finishing in 46th, Isabelle in 78th and Lily in 92nd.
It was another outstanding event for Tirlebrook and we are all very proud of the children for representing the school so well, for their outstanding sportsmanship and finally for the excellent team spirit, embodied in the encouragement and support from the sidelines throughout.
It is also very important to mention the members of staff who give tirelessly of their time to support the event and help to manage the Tirlebrook team. Mrs. Gosden and Mrs. Thomas - you are both little angels!
Well done - let's keep this up!
Squad: Charlie A, Tianna B, Owen B, Tilly B, Alex C, Olivia C-H, George C, Peyton C, William C, Isaac C, Chloe C, Georgiana C, Joe C, Seren D, Edward F, Ruben F, Julia G, Katie G, Ewan G, Keira H, Isabelle H, Emmie-Grace K, Paddy M, Isobel M, Lily M, Chloe M, Freddie P, George R, Daniel R, Joshua S, Emily T, Leah T, Frankie V, Annabelle W, Lola W, Betsy W & Finlay W
Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Cross Country Autumn Term Races - Race 1 - Thursday, 26th September 2019
A super excited albeit tiny bit nervous team of thirty five Y4, Y5 and Y6 runners headed to the Vineyards to join hundreds of others for the first Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Sports Network's Cross Country race of the season, organised by Move More. The team gathered together in a huddle before the races, speaking words of encouragement and kindness to each other prior to their warm up. A short jog later and it was stretching time, led by some of our wonderful Y6 children.
It was the girls turn to race first and after a frantic start, the race soon settled down and the runners got into their rhythm. One full lap of the Vineyards later (and a bit more!), the girls were sprinting into the finish after running for nearly 1.5 km. The outstanding finish of the day was achieved by Tilly, who smashed her previous personal best (PB) by a country mile on her way to finishing third overall. Julia also obliterated her PB as she came in the top ten for the first time ever, crossing the line in 8th position. There were strong runs from many of the girls, but it was the sheer delight they took from completing the run that was most pleasing.
The boys followed on and, in what was an equally frantic start, several Tirlebrook runners edged out towards the front of the pack. After a titanic battle at the front of the race, Ewan managed to keep his nose (and the rest of his body!) in front to secure his first ever win in a cross country race. What an incredible achievement from one of our younger runners. What made this performance extra-special though was the respect on display. Having seen off the challenge of George from Twyning, Ewan turned and embraced him after crossing the line to congratulate him. Amazing sportsmanship! There were outstanding finishes too for Owen, who had a real spring in his step on his way to a fantastic fifth place finish, Finlay, who ran strongly throughout and in tenth place finished in that top ten for the very first time, and Freddie, whose strong and courageous start to the race ensured that his 18th position finish was a massive PB as well as something to aim to beat next time out. And the boys continued to come flooding in afterwards with great result after great result. They were hot, sweaty, in some cases sticky(!), but all happy. We are very proud of them all!
Many children completed the course for the very first time and showed great determination, resilience and positivity - and there wasn't a moan, groan, complain or pain in sight! Everyone now has a target to aim for - but as long as our team maintain their brilliant attitude, we are going to thoroughly enjoy cross country this season. What a fantastic way to kick off the sporting year!
Squad: Charlie A, Tianna B, Owen B, Tilly B, Alex C, Olivia C-H, George C, Peyton C, William C, Isaac C, Chloe C, Georgiana C, Joe C, Seren D, Edward F, Ruben F, Julia G, Katie G, Ewan G, Keira H, Harrison J-S, Emmie-Grace K, Paddy M, Isobel M, Chloe M, Freddie P, George R, Daniel R, Joshua S, Emily T, Chloe T, Leah T, Frankie V, Annabelle W & Finlay W
Tirlebrook Receives School Games Platinum Award - What An Honour!
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the School Games Platinum Kitemark for the very first time. This is the highest status of Kitemark that can be awarded. We are thrilled that we have been recognised for our consistently high-levels of enthusiasm and commitment to school sport by the School Games National Organisation. We are one of very few schools in the country to receive this honour.
The Platinum Award was launched in 2017 as an extension of the School Games Mark to reward schools who have maintained consistently high standards with and enthusiasm for their school sport provision. As part of the extended application, eligible candidates, who had achieved five successive gold awards or were likely to receive the gold award for a fifth consecutive year, were asked to submit a detailed case study along with a supporting paragraph from their School Games Organiser (SGO). To achieve the gold award a school must meet a high-level set of criteria, which includes engaging a high percentage of young people in both curricular and extracurricular activities, participating in a minimum number of competitions across different sports, and reaching out to target groups including young leaders, volunteers, and those previously identified as the school’s least-active pupils. To do this for five successive years is very impressive - thus the awarding of the Platinum Kitemark.
This is an incredible achievement and we will hold this status for a period of two years until we will be required to apply again in the summer of 2021. Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to our success with the School Games - it is an honour to be recognised in this way.
We are determined to continue with our pledge to ensure that at Tirlebrook the children explore, enjoy and excel together in as many ways as possible.