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.
Monday January 23rd
On Monday afternoon a group of players from last term's football club headed over to the Cirencester Arena for a 7-aside tournament. We started the tournament well, winning the first game 2-0. An overhead flick by our striker landed perfectly in front of him as he turned and volleyed the ball into the net. More followed, as we won our second game 4-0. In the next game, an unlucky penalty led to the opposition's first goal, followed by some excellent play by them to score three more. Our first loss of the group meant we finished second in the table. The play off match against the second placed team from the other group was a hard fought and tense game, with some excellent goal line defending and tackling from our team. A really unlucky (for us) goal, just before the final whistle, meant we lost 1-0 and finished fourth, out of eight, overall. It was an excellent squad performance, full of energy and enthusiasm, with some great goals, great goalkeeping, great winning and losing moments, and great memories. Thank you to all the parents who came along to support.
Girls' Football Tournament
The Girls' Football team entered into a tournament held at Cirencester Arena on a rainy and blustery Monday evening. Luckily, it was an indoor tournament. The girls started in good form showing good energy. In each subsequent match the players performed better and better. It was a pleasure to see them improve each time; tackling, passing, running non stop and scoring. They played three matches in the group stage and finished third, playing a play off match. Their teamwork was fantastic and they shared the goalkeeping duties between them, lots of great saves earned much applause from the spectators. The players really enjoyed the experience and were a credit to the school.
Thank you team.
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.
On a blustery and showery Autumn afternoon, the Year 6 football team enthusiastically headed towards the neighbouring Cirencester Primary School to compete in a 6 aside tournament. We started well, beating Siddington 5-0 and demonstrating some excellent passing. The next game was hard fought, losing 1-0 to Chesterton to a break away goal, regardless of maintaining most of the possession. We then drew 0-0 with St. Mary's before losing 3-0 to St. Lawrence; who were the eventual semi finalists. Next followed another close defeat to Powells; 1-0. What impressed me the most was how each member of the team, following feelings of frustration at not performing as well as they know they can, picked themselves up and went back onto the pitch with determination and skill. They won two more matches, beating Avening 1-0, losing to Cirencester 1-0 and ending with a great performance to beat Kempsford 2-0. We Won 3, drew 1, lost 4 and learnt much. Lots of great passing, sharp goals, solid tackles and some amazing saves from our goalkeeper. Well done team, for a day you can all be proud of and for representing our school so well. Thank you to all the parents who have helped with lifts to various sporting events, washed kit and braved the touch line, all in the name of sport.
On Monday evening members of Class 3 and 4 headed over to Deer Park for a multi-skills festival. The children took part in a lots of different activities, including skill based football, rugby, hockey, slalom and netball. Great fun was had by all and the children enjoyed every activity showing plenty of enthusiasm and determination.
Tag Rugby Tournament
On Thursday, the Tag Rugby team competed in a friendly tournament against five other teams. The team got better and better with every game. The defensive line was strong, the opposition tag rugby belts rained from the sky. Running angles were sharp and the passing accurate, leading to many tries. We emerged victorious, winning 4 and drawing 1 match. Importantly, we were humble in victory and very respectful of the officials. Credit must go the the Young Sports Leader from both Deer Park and Kingshill, as both events this week were supported by excellent young coaches and referees who really supported and encouraged the children.
3 teams of energetic Year 6 pupils attended the Quicksticks festival at Deer Park on Monday evening. This is a 4 a-side version of hockey with no goal keepers.
The teams all played 3 pool matches with 2 of them going through to the knock out stages. This was a far as the Stratton teams got although in the subsequent plate matches, one group triumphed.
There is a follow up tournament for the teams in February which we will look forward to, as all the children played very well and improved over the course of the 6 matches.
Well done to Ollie, P-H, Ollie P, Charlie M, Bessie, Katie, Zac, Andrew, Ede, Arty, Rosie, Beanie, Finn, Archie, Freddie, Dominic, Olivia M, Millie, Jake H and Jake M.
A big thank you to Mrs Grace and Mr Crampton for entering the children for the event, organising their participation and spurring their teams on.
Well done to our footballers, who recently took part in a local football tournament playing 6 different local schools. The score in the final match against Chesterton was 1 - 0 to Stratton. Our two teams showed perseverance, good team working, excellent ball skills and great sportsmanship. Their behaviour was a credit to the school.
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!
Sports Day 2016
Tennis Years 3, 4 and 5
Area Sports 2016
District Sports 2016
Belle at Hartpury on June 11th 2016
Belle is the first child from our school to have competed in a school’s Equestrian event. On Saturday June 11th, Belle took part in a Dressage event at Hartpury College with her horse Fonzie. Both Belle and Fonzie performed very well and looked very smart. She competed against children who were many years older than her – most were in Secondary Schools. Well done Belle! You showed so much determination and courage.
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.
Wednesday March 23rd
The Year 3 Gym club took part in the annual Deer Park Cluster Gym Festival on Wednesday March 23rd. On Thursday March 24th they performed their routine again for the whole of Stratton School.
The sequences they learned (which was performed to the music “Toccata” by Sky) showed so many sports values, courage, determination, teamwork and friendship.
In addition, Danny (Year 5) compiled his own routine which he carried out perfectly.
Next to perform was Josh (Year 5). His gym display showed fantastic control and balance.
Marrisa (Year 6) also put on a gym display which showed such agility and awareness of timing to the music. She moved to “Hello” by Adele.
Finally, Amber (Year 6) was the last to perform. She choreographed her own dance to “In The Arms Of The Angels” by Sarah McLachlan, during which she showed such grace and poise.
Cross Country Events
Over the last two weeks 31of our Years 3-6 children have taken part in the local Cross Country events. These were staged at three venues – Deer Park, Farmors, Fairford and Kingshill Schools. Robin S, Jack M, Caeden G, Hamish H-A, Dylan B, Chloe N, Jay N, Isobel W, Dominic S, Charlie M, Jake H, Archie W competed in all three events.
A fantastic show of determination was shown by all children, especially as at all the events they had to cope with dreadful weather conditions – sleet, hail, rain and very low temperatures. Every child showed such strength of character to battle on when the weather was so atrocious. The years 3 & 4 ran 1 km while the Y5 & 6 all completed 1 ½ km.
Special mention must be made of Jack, Oliver and Richard who all came within the top 10, which is an incredible achievement as there were around 60 children in each race!
Kwik Cricket Tournament for Year 5
Sportsmanship, skills, passion for sport, courtesy and friendship. All these values were shown by our Kwik Cricket team on Thursday 11th February at Kingshill School.
The year 5 team comprised of Jake, Beanie, Andrew, Dominic, Oliver, Ollie, Fin, Freddie and were ably led by Captain George. Initially, they played two games, of which they won one and lost one. They went through to the next round and played Sapperton, the teams were so evenly matched that Stratton won by one run! Beanie and Fin took over the role of photographers for the day.
Both batting and bowling improved as they progressed through the tournament. A great afternoon of indoor cricket was had by all.