House Tournament Report:
On Friday 8th March, Stratton school held a House Tag Rugby Tournament between Overhill, Baunton, Tinglesfield and Vaisey. There was some excellent competition in all 6 of the matches but also a lot of good sportsmanship.
Here are the results:
And the winning House was: Vaisey !
Player of the Tournament: Jack Miller from Tinglesfield who displayed outstanding support towards all players.
By Harry Margetson
On Monday the 11th of March at Kingshill school we played 5 matches of netball. There were six people playing from Year 5. Each person played 4 games of high five netball because we had one game off as a team. We played against the other 5 teams and scored a goal too. We had a fun time and showed our sporting values.
By Rowan and Charlotte Y5
2nd March 2019
Saturday the 2nd of March saw five children from Year 5 and 6 go the St. Edward’s Prep School in Cheltenham in order to represent the Cirencester District in Cross Country. Sam, Sami, Jack, Hamish and Emy had qualified for this event by coming in the top 10 in the local race for their age group and gender. It was a particularly hard course with a massive hill sitting in the middle of the run. The children did phenomenally well! They showed great determination to finish the course, even as the majority of other runners were all associated with a club. Jack ended up 8th out of about 80 runners. This means he now goes to represent Gloucestershire in the National Event.
On Saturday 23rd March, Jack will travel to Leicester to compete against the best runners in the country. His race is at 1.35pm. If anyone would like to support Jack then you can use the following link: www.runjumpthrow.com to watch his race!
Who would believe that three weeks ago we were running across frozen fields and waiting for the snow to fall? Tuesday’s Cross Country event was the exact opposite – sunshine and smiles. This was the first cross country event of the year for Year 3 and 4 children and they did superbly. Each race had approximately 50 runners and 16 children from Stratton managed to finish within the top 20! Year 5 and 6 have had a couple of attempts now with everyone doing really well. The enthusiasm for this sport has grown and it has been great to see. Well done to Nathaniel (Year 3) who managed to win his race!
Good luck from everyone at Stratton to those children from Year 5 and 6 competing in the County Cross Country Trial on Saturday 2nd March!
Y5 Quicksticks Tournament
Jack, Luke, Mia and Bella went to Deer Park on Monday afternoon to represent Stratton in another Quicksticks tournament. Everyone grew in confidence and ability game-by-game which was necessary as they came up against some strong hockey players. They all defended and attacked as a team. As we all come to expect from a Stratton team, they played with determination and respect for their opponents and officials. The most important aspect was that there was the first use of our BRAND NEW sports t-shirts which were kindly donated by the PTA – the children will get a lot of use out of them!
Team building event
Ten children from Key Stage 2 were selected for a Team Building event at Cirencester College. They had the opportunity to work with the students there in some different sports that they may not have necessarily tried before. Boccia, New Age Kurling and Table Cricket were thoroughly enjoyed; however, it was the Wheelchair Basketball which seemed to be their favourite event. The children were great advocates for Stratton.
On 11th of February, at Cirencester Kingshill School a few pupils from Y5 and 6 (Rosie, Robin, Amelia G, Caeden, Mia, Seth, Jack H, Chloe, Lola and Joel) took part in a Dodgeball Competition in 2 groups of 4, with one substitution.
There were 4 courts, and it started at 3.45pm and ended at around 5.00pm and the duration was 1 hour 15 minutes and was overall enjoyable.
By Robin Sibson
December 3rd 2018
Year 5 and 6 competed as a team in Sportshall Athletics at Deer Park on Monday evening. There was a mixture of running races, relays and field events, including: Triple Jump, Long Jump, Javelin Throw and Speed Bounce. It was a highly competitive occasion and Stratton finished 2nd out of 5 schools. This, unfortunately, leaving them just outside the qualification spot for the Cotswold final. Well done to all involved!
As this is the last sporting event of the year I’d like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all the children who have taken part, for the brilliant way they have represented the school and how well they have shown all our ‘powers’, to all the parents who have supported events with transport and cheering from the side lines and to all the staff who have been involved, particularly Mr Breen, Miss Pudifoot and Miss Bishop. Thank you!
New Age Kurling/Boccia
Children from Years 3, 4 and 5 went to Kingshill for a New Age Kurling/Boccia event. As this was a new event, many of the children hadn't tried these sports before. Stratton, although nervous and excited, persevered throughout all their games. They experienced some winning and losing and they were all lovely advocates for the school.
Stratton’s Year 3 and 4 team have won the Indoor Athletics! The children competed in a variety of running races and field events and out of the 12 running races Stratton finished first or second in 9 of them! The children have done extremely well and as a result will now be able to compete in the county finals which will happen at some point after Christmas! Well done everyone!
Stratton took a team to the annual Cirencester Primary School Football Tournament. There were 18 teams competing; split into two groups of nine with the top two teams moving on to a semi-final and potentially a final. Over the eight group games, Stratton won five, all of those results convincingly; drew two and lost one. Unfortunately, that left Stratton third in the group and not progressing. The boys were, yet again, great advocates for the school. Thank you to all the parents who came and supported throughout the day!
Year 5 and 6 represented Stratton amazingly as they went to Deer Park to compete in a Tag Rugby competition. The children were split into three different teams and all of them had a variety of success. Nonetheless, everyone played in the right spirit and with big smiles on their faces. As with Tag Rugby nowadays, there are no winners or losers in the festival. A special mention to Sami Zamiri and Jack Miller who were noticed by the teacher at Deer Park, Mr Cumming, for their attitude and ability during the games.
Seven boys from Year 4 entered into a football event at Cirencester Arena. Full of spirit, they entered the first game of their group against Cirencester Primary. Goals from Leo, Harry T and Archie (x2) resulted in a 4-0 win. Without a break, the boys had to play their second game against Ann Edwards. There was no tiredness shown by the boys as they won 6-0. Zach, Theo, Harry T, Max and Archie (x2) scored the goals in that match. In the final group game, against Northleach, Stratton came up against a very strong keeper who saved everything that went his way resulting in a 0-0 draw. Ultimately, that meant the boys had done enough to be placed into the final against the winner of the other group – Avening. Josh P and Zach managed to score the goals in a 2-0 for Stratton. Stratton won the event – well done boys!
Thank you to Mr Breen for his coaching and support at the event.
On Wednesday 17th October, 14 children took part in a Y5/6 netball tournament at Kingshill School. The two teams showed some great team work and represented the school brilliantly. Well done to all who took part.
Girls Football Tournament October 2018
On the 15th of October 2018 there was a Year 5 and 6 girl’s football tournament. We encouraged as many girls to participate. There were two teams taking part in this event, the teams were yellow and red and white stripes. After each match they all came back beaming, even if they had lost. I was in the red team. Our team did well, we supported each other and gave advice to help them when they were unsure, even the subs on our team cheered us on. We all worked great as a team. We were very pleased as most of us had never played in a tournament before. The yellow team were also really great, they all worked very well as a team.
We all had a great time and were pleased with our results and congratulated each other. We all went home with smiles on our faces.
By Emy and Caitlin
On Tuesday 9th October, 19 children from Years 5 and 6 took part in a Quicksticks hockey tournament at Deer Park School.
The 4 Stratton teams played brilliantly and showed some impressive hockey skills and great teamwork.
Thank you to Miss Bishop and Mrs Kielty who accompanied the children and also all the parents who attended and did a great job supporting our teams.
‘I really enjoyed taking part and being part of a team. We won a lot of games!’ Dylan Y6
Well done to all the cross country runners from Stratton, they worked very well together and supported each other brilliantly. The Y4 girls team finished second in their group and earned themselves the silver medals. All teams ran brilliantly against some very competitive teams with the Y4, 5 and 6 boys’ teams all very narrowly missing out on bronze medal position!
23 children from Classes 3 and 4 enjoyed a trip to Deer Park for a multi-skills events led by the Deer Park young sports leaders. The children were mixed amongst their friends and with other schools in order to take part in a range of different sports. The sports involved were a mix of netball, football, tag rugby, hockey and some other core skills activities. A great time was had by all and the children were fantastic advocates for Stratton.
Stratton entered two teams into a Tag Rugby Festival on Tuesday. The RFU have recently changed their thoughts on competition so we went to play lots of friendly matches. Nonetheless, the children represented Stratton excellently and played some great rugby. Stratton ‘Stripes’ played teams from Chesterton, Fairford, Northleach, Powells, Cirencester Primary and Ashton Keynes. Stratton ‘Solids’ played teams from Hatherop, Fairford, Powells, Sapperton and Cirencester Primary. All the children showed some lovely knowledge of the game considering we hadn’t had much time practising. There were some wonderful tries scored and lots of ‘tagging’ the opposition. Well done everyone!
On Monday, Stratton split 29 children into four teams for the annual football tournament at Deer Park School. This event is always well attended and Stratton were looking to follow the successes of last year by trying to win the event. Stratton ‘B’ played good football throughout the tournament winning every game which took them to the final. Unfortunately, they lost in the final of the cup by one goal. Stratton ‘C’ made their way into the final of the cup competition whereby they came up against a team which they had previously lost to. Playing with one short, Stratton won 2-0 – a great achievement. Stratton ‘A’ and Stratton ‘D’ were in the shield competition where they came across some strong teams but represented the school magnificently. Thanks to all the parents who came to support and Mr Crampton, Miss Pudifoot and Miss Bishop for assisting the teams. Hopefully, Stratton will have a packed sporting calendar again this year and will have many more successes!
Cricket Visit to Cheltenham College
Thirty Key Stage 2 ventured to Cheltenham College to watch day 3 of the County Championship match between Gloucestershire and Sussex. After watching some early wickets for Sussex, Stratton got the chance to try out some of their own skills with some of Gloucestershire’s coaches. The children showed off their batting, fielding and bowling skills in a number of different drills and exercises. During the lunch interval, everyone was allowed to go on to the field of play to show the other spectators their throwing and catching. Everyone had a great day and thank you to the adults that helped.
Friday 15th of June
We were lucky to be visited on our sports day by reporter Phoebe Moore from BBC Radio Gloucestershire, who talked to Year 6s and Mr Breen about our sports day.
You can listen to the broadcast from 0910-0950 on the BBC iplayer on the Anna King programme. https://www.bbc.co.uk/radiogloucestershire
On Wednesday 13th June, eight Year 6 children went to play cricket at Cirencester Cricket Club grounds. They played two matches. Winning their first by a close margin of 6 runs (232-238) to Siddington. We started well when Josh Haigh bowled a strong over keeping runs down. Next to bowl was Jack Jones. One ball was great, it hit the bat, putting it in the air to be caught by Ben Johnson. That was followed by great bowling by Kiera Woodcock and Harvey Williams; exhilarating fielding by Ollie Church and Evie Woodward and perseverance by Callum Westfield. After that, the batting didn’t disappoint! We won!
Unfortunately, the next game didn’t go as well as we had planned. Sadly, Withington, our next opponents, won by a very clear victory but that didn’t mean Stratton didn’t go down with a fight! Opening the batting was Callum and Harvey. After some great shots, on came Kiera Woodcock and Evie Woodward, then Ben and Jack and then Ollie and Josh. Great determination was shown but our efforts weren’t quite enough to win!
Report by Jack Jones and Ben Johnson
On Monday 24th May, Year 6 students Alfie Parker, Belle Fortt, Lilly Fawkes and Joe Evans represented Stratton at the School Games Mountain Biking experience. All the children showed great determination and team work, cheering one another on around the difficult course. The children finished the day by winning their final relay race.
Thursday March 22nd
On a cold and unspring like evening, seven members of year six took part in a football tournament at Cirencester Primary School. After losing their first match to Powells, the team got together and showed much character and determination to win their next game against St. Lawrence 2 - 0. The team finished the tournament in 8th place and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They improved in every match, tackled well, and competed with energy and enthusiasm. After each match, they showed great sportsmanship and were a credit to the school community.
Panathlon Challenge – 16th March
Ten children from Years 4, 5 and 6 travelled to Cirencester College to participate as a team in a range of sporting activities. These sports included: basketball, boccia, kurling, football and table cricket as well as many other. Their aim was to score as many points as possible in their allotted time at each event. All the children were supportive of one another and succeeded in every activity. The children even got the chance to compete in some races alongside the college students! At the end of the events, it turned out that Stratton finished second out of nine schools. All the children got a lovely silver medal and have been invited to take part in the final event in the summer term! A massive well done to everyone involved! A big thanks to the parents that drove and to Miss Pudifoot and Mrs Meredith for helping the children!
Gymnastics – 19th March
11 girls from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 went to Deer Park School to showcase the routine they have been working on. Unfortunately, all the other schools dropped out from the event, however, that did not deter the girls and they performed an amazing sequences of moves. Mr Cummings, who organises it all from Deer Park, said, “It was the best routine I’ve seen in the five years I’ve been doing this!” A big congratulations to everyone who performed but especially to Sofia, India and Lydia (Year 6) who organised the whole routine.
Netball Tournament March 2018
Monday 5th March – Netball
Seven children represented Stratton at the Deer Park netball competition. All the teams that attended were split into two groups to play each other in the group stages. Stratton played Powell’s B where we lost 3-2 after being 2-0 up! The goals were scored by Grace (Year 5) and Callum (Year 6). In our next match we played Powell’s E, we won 6-0 with Emy (Year 5) scoring all six goals! We played Powell’s C in the final group stage match, we won this match 7-2 with Emy scoring another four goals and Janneke (Year 6) scoring three goals! Unfortunately at this point we ended up third in our group as two of the other teams had also won two games and lost one game. Therefore, it went down to goals scored. Stratton having scored 15 in three matches lost out on the cup competition by one goal!
This put us into the plate competition where we beat two other Powell’s teams, 3-2 and 5-1 respectively; Emy, Janneke and Daisy sharing the goals. This meant we won the plate competition and overall we played five and had won four! Callum and Belle (Year 6) showed some great defensive work while Isobel (Year 6) showed a great range of passing. Well done to everyone!
Thursday 23rd February – Cross Country
On a bitterly cold evening at Deer Park School, Stratton had one of their most successful events of the year! 30 children from across Key Stage 2 entered into the cross country. The competition went across eight races with between 60 - 80 children, from various schools, running in each race! Everyone, from Stratton, who took part did extremely well with at least one child finishing in the top 20 of each race. Harriet (Year 3) and Bella (Year 4) finished second in their races, Archie (Year 3) finished 6th, Gwen (Year 4) finished 9th, Mia (Year 4) finished 12th, Archie (Year 4) finished 16th, Jack (Year 5) finished 4th, Joe (Year 6) finished 12th, Ollie (Year 6) finished 18th and Lydia, Isobel and Lily (Year 6) finished 11th, 14th and 19th respectively.
Monday January 29th
Stratton worked hard before Christmas to ensure they had two teams in the local Quicksticks finals. There were sixteen teams split into four groups and although the results didn’t go Stratton’s way, they played every game in the manner of which you would expect from a pupil at Stratton School. This resulted in both teams managing to play each other in a friendly game with Stratton ‘Solids’ grinding out a result over their opposition Stratton ‘Stripes’.
Year 5/6 Football
Monday 22nd January
Stratton took eight Year 5 children to represent the school in the latest after school event, this time at Cirencester Arena. Playing 7-a-side football against Powell’s, Northleach, Cirencester, St. Lawrence and Ashton Keynes, Stratton were victorious!
Stratton started slowly. Their first two games ended 1-1 and 2-2 against Powell’s and Ashton Keynes respectively. Finn (x2) and Jack scoring the goals in those games. Jack’s goal coming from a goal kick!
From that point Stratton started playing fluent attacking football full of passing and moving. Tom scored in the 1-0 win over Northleach. Sami, Jack and Dylan scored in the 3-1 win against Cirencester and Jack scored in the 1-0 win over St. Lawrence. All the children played with great sportsmanship and teamwork, especially when playing against teams with Year 6 children!
Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics
Monday 4th December
18 children from Year 5 and 6 went to represent Stratton in Sportshall Athletics at Deer Park. Ran by Sports Leaders, the children took part in 2 track events and 2 field events. All the races were completed as a part of a team and all the children were excellent in encouraging one another to do their best. Every event was highly competitive and overall Stratton finished in 3rd place. As always, there’s a thank you for those who helped with transport and came in to support the children – they really do appreciate it!
Sportshall Athletics – Monday 19th November
20 children from Year 3 and 4 represented Stratton at Deer Park for an athletics meet. They took part in track and field events including relay races, standing long jump, soft javelin throw and vertical jump. They competed against 4 other local schools and eventually came in 3rd position. The effort of every child cannot be faulted and an extra well done goes to Sophia Martin and Charlotte Bass as they won both of their relay races.
After the event, some children decided to stay and be part of the unveiling for Deer Park’s brand new astro turf which will be used for many events that Stratton takes part in. Cirencester Hockey Club put on a session of coaching for the children as well as having special help from Team GB and Olympic hockey star Mark Gleghorne!
Cirencester Primary Football Tournament
Thursday 16th November
Josh Haigh, Louie Mckie, Jay Nelmes, Ryan Samuel, Yannick Scott, Harvey Williams and Joe Evans were selected to represent Stratton School at the annual Cirencester Primary Football Tournament. 20 teams were split into 4 groups of 5.
Stratton were placed into a group with St Marys, a combined Bibury/North Cerney, St Lawrence and Powell’s. Stratton started strong with a 3-0 win against Bibury/North Cerney. In the next game we dominated possession against St Marys, however they managed to break twice and we lost 2-0. The boys followed this by winning 2-0 and 1-0 against St Lawrence and Powell’s respectfully. This put us second in the group and put us into the plate competition.
In the next two games the boys put in relentless effort. 1-0 golden goal wins against Avening and Chesterton with Harvey scoring both goals made sure Stratton finished 5th in the tournament. Everyone was a credit to the school but the player of the tournament goes to Jay.
Tag Rugby Festival
Monday 6th November
Stratton took two teams of children to go and play some friendly matches against other local schools. Mr Crampton and Mr Breen looked after a team each and were very happy with how everyone played their games with the correct spirit as well as showing some great rugby skills. Stratton ‘A’ played 4 games. They beat Kemble and Powell’s while narrowly losing to Chesterton and Sapperton. Stratton ‘B’ played 3 games all against different Powell’s teams. They lost 1 game and won 2 games. The player of the festival for Stratton ‘A’ was Ryan Samuel and the player of the festival for Stratton ‘B’ was Daisy Day.
Year 3 & 4 Football Tournament
Thursday 2nd November
Stratton turned up to Cirencester Arena in good spirits ready to play their games against strong Cirencester Primary, Avening and Ashton Keynes teams. Their first match was a close fought contest which came down to the last kick of the game, where Stratton conceded and lost 1-0 (to the eventual winners). After that Stratton were fired up and wanted to show what they could do. Games of 1-1, 0-0 and then a 1-0 loss didn’t show a true reflection on how the team was playing. When it came to the last game, everyone was tired but they dug deep to muster a 1-0 win. A great way to finish off the well organised event! Well done to everyone but special mentions go to Sam Potter and Archie Miller who scored the goals for Stratton!
Year 3 and 4 enjoyed a multi skills event at Deer Park School on Monday after school.
They had the opportunity to try out football, netball and tennis skills and a great time was had by all. Thank you to all the staff who arranged the event and supported them on the day.
Monday 2nd October
Mr Crampton and Mr Breen took 4 teams of children to play on the brand new astro-turf at Deer Park School. 2 teams took part in the competitive tournament while 2 teams played in the development tournament. Stratton ‘Blue’ and ‘Red’ ended up finishing 3rd and 4th in the ‘Plate’ section of the competitive tournament after playing in 6 games. Stratton ‘Orange’ played 6 games in the correct spirit and with great sportsmanship. Stratton ‘Yellow’ won all their games in the development competition without conceding a single goal, making them the winners of that part of the event.
Deer Park Football Tournament
Monday 18th September
Stratton took 4 teams and 33 children to the inter-school football tournament at Deer Park. After competing in 5 group matches across two groups, Stratton were left with one team in the cup competition and one team in the trophy competition. Stratton won both semi-finals. Then came the finals. Stratton ‘D’ beat Chesterton in the cup final 1-0 and Stratton ‘B’ beat Powell’s 1-0 in the trophy final. A fantastic occasion, with all children showing great sportsmanship throughout.
A big thank you for all teachers and parents who came to support.
Cheltenham Cricket Festival
On Monday, 30 members of KS2 ventured to the Cheltenham cricket festival to watch day 2 of a county match between Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.
Play began promptly at 11 am, with Gloucestershire resuming on 311 - 8. Some good batting ensued, mixed with the fall of wickets leading to the change over.
After watching the professionals for a bit, the children enjoyed some bowling sessions delivered by the GCB coaches behind the stand. We also had a chance to practise some batting and fielding.
Following the activities, and watching some more of the match, the children descended on the pitch during the lunch break and joined in with some catching activities.
Lunch for us followed, a small rain shower, and more cricket.
On our return walk to the coach, we were intercepted by BBC radio Gloucestershire who interviewed two of the children! It was a great day, and hopefully we will be successful in applying for tickets again next year.
Thank you to Mrs. Grace, Miss. Walker and Mr. Taylor for helping us enjoy the trip.
District Sports 2017
The weather held out for this years' district sports events at Deer Park as members of KS2 competed in a variety of events. First up was the year 3 and 4 sprints, with all the competitors running with determination and commitment. The relay teams did very well, working together to reach the line. As the younger competitors were sprinting, the year 5 and 6 children undertook many field events including; speed bounce, standing triple jump, throwing and long jump. The children then swapped so the younger ones performed their field events and the track was invaded by year 5s and 6s. It was a good, fun morning with lots of excitement. It was a pleasure to see the Stratton children supporting each other so well, with great team work and celebration of success, whilst gracious in whatever position they came in their event. The results will arrive soon, and we'll see which athletes made it through to the area event. Well done to all of the children for representing the school community brilliantly.
April 3rd 2017
On Monday evening members of year 3 and 4 participated in a gymnastics festival at Deer Park. Eleven children performed a routine to a song by someone called 'Oliver Murs'. They showed excellent balance in various movements, performing synchronised patterns, cartwheels, jumps and rolls. It was an excellent routine thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. Well done all. The children were then treated to some gravity defying flips by the Cotswold Gymnastics Club. They inflated a runway and performed some amazing routines. The children then had a go themselves, assisted and inspired by the members of the club. Thank you to the parents for supporting the event and special thanks to Ms. Tindal for her hard work creating and supporting the routine.
Hockey County Finals (level 3)
On Wednesday our successful hockey team participated in the level 3 county finals at Cheltenham College. The facilities were perfect, the sun was shining and the new school kit gleamed. Each of the schools attending the event represented the top 10% in the county; an achievement in itself. The tournament started well for us, with a 1-1 draw against a very good team. We then won the next match 2-0 with some excellent passing and good goal scoring. Our next match was tough, we lost 6-1 against some good tactics, but we bounced back and won our last group match 1-0 with a late winner. This meant we finished third in our group, out of five teams. We then played in the next stage of the competition, against teams from other groups who also finished third. We won our first match with a great passing performance, 3-1 against Highnam. Our final match was another tense game which we lost 3-1, but every player represented the school so well, always respectful of their opponents and always showing great sportsmanship. The results of these matches meant we finished 10th overall. This is a fantastic achievement, as nearly 200 schools took part in the competition. 10th in the whole county! Thank you to all the parents who transported and supported, extra thanks to Mrs. Bird for training the team.
On Monday 27th March a group of children from year 5 and year 6 competed in the swimming gala, at Cirencester Leisure Centre. Each race was 25m involving different strokes, such as back stroke, front crawl and breast stroke; along with relay races. Overall Stratton came 4th out of eight schools. In the relay race Stratton came 3rd. Everyone that competed really enjoyed themselves. Mrs Grace also said that she was very proud of the behaviour at the event.
Report by Ede Simonds, Class 6
Cross Country March 2017
March 1st 2017
The second cross country event of the year took place on Wednesday evening at Deer Park school. Once again, our runners prepared to face the wet and blustery conditions and tackle the course. The year fours started first, with some excellent performances. After that, the year threes raced the same course. Despite the cold and lung stretching distance, there were smiles on our runners' faces as they crossed the line. Year five went next, closely followed by year six. The older competitors had an extra lap in their race. Far off into the distance they ran, then returned to fight for a place at the finish line. I am currently awaiting the full results, but I do know that every single runner showed much determination and perseverance. It was a pleasure to watch and cheer them on. Thank you to Mrs. Grace, Mrs. Towler and Miss. Pudifoot for supporting us. And, a massive thank you for all the parents who transported, spectated and provided snacks! As the evening light stays with us, I hope the children will continue to enjoy running.
Tuesday 21st February 2017
On Tuesday evening members of Key Stage 2 competed in the cross country event at Kingshill school. The conditions were blustery and cold, but our runners demonstrated their usual resilience and eagerly waited for their races. What seemed like thousands of children competed in each race. Year four set off first, making a lap around the first rugby pitch before heading up a snaking incline, finishing with a further lap around the top pitch. Year three were next, following the same course. Some excellent results from all the runners, with notable finishes from Bella Stickney (6th) and Jack Miller (5th). After that, the year 5s and 6s raced, with an extra lung bursting lap of the pitch added to their course. Charlie Miller finished 18th, with Andrew Woods following close behind in 20th. All our runners were excellent and showed amazing determination in tough conditions. Well done to everyone who competed. The next event is at Deer Park. Thank you to Miss. Pudifoot for her help, and for providing some wonderful encouragement for the children, and thank you to the parents for transporting the children and supporting us.
Quicksticks Hockey Tournament
On Wednesday evening, two hockey teams competed in the finals of the Quicksticks tournament. Teams who qualified from the tournament in October played in the next stage of the competition at Deer Park. The yellow team played well, winning one, losing one, and drawing one. This meant they came third in the group stage and progressed to a round robin tournament. In this, they won one match and lost two. They demonstrated excellent team work, determination and sportsmanship.
The red team also won one, drew one and lost one in the group stage, but as it worked out, came second in their group, qualifying for the knock out stage of the competition. In the quarter finals, the match was 1-1 and went to a golden goal. Some excellent team play meant we scored first, making it to the semis. In the semis, it was 2-2 and went to a golden goal. Once again, after some stoic defending, we scored first, making it to the final of the competition. It was a stressful time for the spectators, but very exciting. We went 3-1 up with not much time left, but the opposition came back with two late goals to level the match 3-3. Once again, golden goal loomed, surely not three in a row? With 1 minute left on the clock some fast forward play led to goal line clearance that ricocheted off a defender into the opposition goal. We won!
Both teams were fantastic and the whole squad, from both competitions, who competed were a part of the victory. The red team now face a tough county competition in April. Thanks to Mrs. Grace, Miss. Pudifoot and Mrs. Towler for supporting us, and thanks to all the parents for braving the cold and washing the kit!
Seven-Aside Football Tournament
On Monday evening two football teams competed in a seven-aside tournament at the Cirencester Arena. Both teams competed very well but lost their first matches against two very good opponents. In the second round of matches, the performances were even better, but still not quite enough to beat the opposition. One of our teams drew their last game, meaning they didn't have to play each other in the play offs. After the play off matches, we finished a respectable 6th and 7th position. Sometimes, we lose. Our players were graceful, they persevered and had a lot of fun. After every match they respected their opponents with handshakes and 'well playeds', demonstrating excellent sportsmanship and important values. Thank you to Mrs. Grace and Miss. Walker for their help.
Spirit of the Games Dance Festival
Dancers from Year 3 and 4 have been practising hard over the past few weeks in preparation for the Dance Festival at the Bingham Hall recently. They performed Show the World to the song, ‘I’m Better when I’m Dancing’ by Meghan Trainor. It was a great performance and so lovely to see the smiles from all the dancers. They clearly enjoyed the dance as much as the audience enjoyed watching it! Well done to them all and a big thank you to Mrs Miller, Miss Pudifoot and Mrs Grace who choreographed the dance, organised the costumes and rehearsed with the children after school each week.
On Thursday evening six gymnasts from year 3 and 4 performed in a local schools' competition. They had been practising regularly and were eager for the event. Each gymnasts performed a floor routine and a vault in front of judges. They performed jumps, balances, rolls and stretches. Each of them were brilliant, showing much enthusiasm and skill. We didn't finish in the top three, but certainly finished with a smile. Thank you to the parents for supporting us and an extra thank you to Mrs. Tindall for all her hard work preparing the gymnasts.
On a Monday afternoon members of Classes 3 and 4 ventured to Deer Park for a fun afternoon of indoor athletics events. The events ranged from obstacle races, relays, various types of jumping and some throwing activities. Lots of fun was had, much cheering and supporting of our athletes and excellent sportsmanship shown by the team. The enthusiasm and effort was excellent. It was an evening of opportunity, enjoyed by all. Many thanks to all the parents and teachers who came along to support.
Race for Life
On the last day of term the whole school took part in the Race For Life event at our school. Our Mayor, Mr Mark Harris, started the proceedings.
The oldest and youngest pupils started the race. This was swiftly followed by the pre-schoolers with their parents and siblings running and walking the first circuit of 250 metres.
After that Reception ran with their buddies from Year 6. The Year 6 played a very important part in the morning as they accompanied the younger children, acted as hares and recorders.
Throughout the morning the rest of the school, jogged and walked the circuit. By lunch time the children and staff had covered a total of 221 miles – almost 50 miles more than last year. We raised £830 which included over £100 collected in cash on the day.
We challenged ourselves and helped others as well as thinking about people who are less fortunate than us.
What a stunning day!
Tag Rugby Festival for Years 3 & 4 at Chesterton School on Thursday 29th April
Tag Rugby Tournament County Finals
In the previous Tag Rugby Tournaments our Y6 team had played with spirit, skill and fairness and they subsequently secured a place in the Level 3 County finals at Hartpury College pm Wednesday 27th April. They played 7 games and all exhibited the school sports values of courage, determination, team work, self belief, honesty and passion for sport. Arywen was commended by a teacher from another school for these qualities and Henry was recognised and awarded with a sports wrist band for Determination.
I was extremely thrilled when each member of the team received a Silver medal for Fair Play. They attitude and sportsmanship was superb.
Rugby training with Gloucester Rugby Club
Year 5 have been lucky enough to take part in training with Gloucester Rugby Club.