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Four of our year 6 pupils recently took part in the Stroud School Games Primary Mountain Biking competition. Heavy rain at lunchtime allowed the clouds to clear, giving our Year 6's the opportunity to compete against a total of 22 other teams from 12 schools. Following a bike demonstration and practise lap, our team took part in two relay races. With wet ground, the course was definitely challenging. The track had uphills and downhills, requiring quick decisions about course to take, gear to be in, when to coast and when to pedal hard! In addition, mastering a seamless transition when changing riders! The team did Chalford Hill proud - in the second relay, beating their first time by just under a minute! A truly enjoyable afternoon for all.
Year entered two 6 a-side teams, and were against two of the other large schools in our local cluster, Bussage and Minchinhampton. We entered two teams; blues and blacks went on to win the runners up certificate and yellows lost out narrowly in the final minutes of the 3rd/4th place play off. Congratulations to Freddie who was nominated ‘Team Player of the Tournament’ from Chalford Hill.
Netball County Final
What an amazing day, one that I hadn’t seen before, taking our children along to a county netball final. An incredible achievement to get there and how they adapted themselves to their stronger opposition, going into the final game without a loss!
We put in a strong fight, defending and scoring well, going into the second half 6-3 up. Unfortunately, this wasn’t to last, as their second rotation resulted in some excellent play from Tetbury school, and seeing us being pushed into runners up position, after their day's play. This is an exceptional result for our small school, against some of the larger schools of our Gloucestershire district, the team need to be so so proud of their achievements. One extremely proud Mrs Nesbit was there to witness some great team play, and some even bigger cheering and support on the sidelines from our parents and grandparents on the day- thank you!
On Friday 29th of March, some children attended a Panathlon sporting event at Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud. This is an annual experience for our school which is enjoyed by everyone who takes part. Nine schools were involved and a lot of different activities including parachute popcorn ,throwing coloured balls to their matching targets, volleyball and basketball. The children were given rest breaks after every other game. At the end of a jam packed morning, the results were out and medals awarded. Chalford Hill came 4th out of 9 schools. Just before they all went back to their classes, the children enjoyed some fun-filled races. Everyone is looking forward to doing it all again next year! Ben I and Mason Year 6
Our keen rugby after school club enjoyed a fun, friendly game of rugby up at our school field recently. We hosted our visitors from Callowell school, who despite being a few year groups younger than the majority of our team, put up a strong attack against our boys. Well done to all those who were able to play, showing great spirit, welcoming Callowell’s younger members, adjusted themselves well to few small rule changes and enjoy the luxury of having a team to play against....not forgetting scoring some fabulous, selfless tries along the way! Well done Chalford Hill, you represented your school well and showed off your fine skills of rugby. Thank you to Mr Rowland and Mr Baird for their teaching and support in running the club this term. This is always much appreciated.
Netball - District play-offs
District play offs were played at KLB secondary school this week against overall winners of the other districts in Stroud; North Nibley, Sharpness and Callowell. Fantastic performances from our Super Six led us to be overall winners of our district Diamond league, and onto County finals next Tuesday at Cheltenham College. AMAZING!
After just a couple of weeks of having Andy, our archery coach, into school to aid the Y5/6 children’s style and technique, we have to say a big, huge ‘Congratulations’ to this outstanding team of archers. This year they have smashed all Chalford Hill school records at this event over the last 3 years of entering this competition. This score of 864, will be one of the highest in the district when the results come through. We were up against Longney, previous County final winners, Minchinhampton and 3 teams from Leonard Stanley. After Longney taking an early lead, it was very close for the first two rounds, but Chalford Hill kept their cool, showed composure, and extended their lead with each arrow in the last 2 rounds. Well done Team Chalford Hill - winners on the final day of Archery.
District Hockey Tournament
Well done to both Year 6's and Year 5's for braving the elements at our District Hockey Tournament last week.
All the children were kept active and gained new confidence in their abilities during their main competition and their friendly games. We never gave up, showing great resilience on the pitch until the final whistle. Their improved stick control and the way they all conducted themselves in defeat or in victory, Mrs Nesbit was very proud of them all.
Gifted and Talented Netballers
Gastrells school invited our Gifted and Talented netballers, that had played in the recent district finals, along to Stratford Park for a Girls Netball Workshop. They were able to meet a Severn Stars player in the afternoon, gaining a great deal from this experience. Hopefully this can only aid them for their play off finals at the end of the month.
What a fabulous couple of afternoons of cross country we had at the beginning of the week. Over 30 Year 3/4 & 5/6 girls and boys showed great determination and stamina to be able to complete the 1800m course, with every child doing their best in very warm conditions. Well done to all that challenged themselves, so lovely to see some faces to this cross country event. We celebrated everyone in Wellbeing assembly, but special mentions must go to Y3 Olivia for her 10th place and Y4 Lauren( 2nd) and Martha (5th). The following children have been selected to go to run in the Gloucestershire County finals on Saturday; Y5 Luke 2nd and Laurie(12th) and Y6 Izzy(2nd) and Bella(4th). Well done Chalford Hill cross country runners.
With only one team allowed at the Netball festival, the remaining children were still keen to come to come to Netball so it was lovely to invite Callowell School to have a friendly match. They had recently won their small schools competition, and gave our children some fabulous competition on our windy court! After taking an early lead from Laurie we battled hard, with the score ending 4-8 to Callowell. A fabulous experience for all, with three of our Year 5s having not played a competitive game before.
Well Done To All.
Year 4 Netball Festival
Following on from the success of our Y6 team last week, on Tuesday it was the turn of our Y4's to take part in the Atlas Sports Y3/Y4 Netball Festival at Stratford Park. Chelsey, Martha, Lauren, Freya, Amy, Louie, Lennie and Jacob did an absolutely tremendous job! This was their first ever netball tournamount. The skill and focus they demonstrated on court was truly amazing, resulting in them coming 2nd in their group! This meant they took part in the 3rd / 4th place play-offs. Our team kept their composure and energy levels high right until the end, narrowly losing out to Callowell for 3rd place. The standard of play and teamwork, considering this was their first ever tournament was brilliant - well done all involved!
Year 5/6 Netball Festival
On Thursday, Sam, Noah, Charlie R, Izzy, Darcy, Emily and Bella from Y6, all took part in the Y5/6 Netball Festival at Stratford Park. The netball games consisted of five players, with all players rotating at half-time and at the beginning of each subsequent match. The level of skill, determination and positivity shown by all players was astounding. Chalford Hill won all of their matches, scoring a total of 35 goals across the five games! This put the team into the final, where they played against Leonard Stanley. The match was extremely tense from the sidelines! Chalford Hill however, continued their superb playing, in a 2-1 win for the team - winning 1st place in the festival! A very well deserved win!!
Sportshall Athletics County Final
On the 21st of January, following our success at the first round of Sportshall Athletics, some of the Year 5 and 6 children travelled to Cheltenham Ladies College to compete for the gold medal. The children took part in different events which included running, jumping, throwing ,vertical jumping and speed bouncing. It turned out that we did fairly well in the running and very well in the field events which resulted in us achieving 4th place overall. This was out of approximately 108 schools in the county that entered the competition. As always, great fun was had by all and well done to everyone who took part. Thank you to Mrs Atwood and the parents who accompanied us.
Ben and Mason. Year 6
Panathlon - National Final
London Calling! After winning our County final earlier this year, our Panathlon team were invited along to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for their National final. After an early start in the dark, our minibus arrived 4 hours later for the start of our first ever Chalford Hill National Final. The children had 7 events to complete, using their best throwing/aiming skills to accumulate points for their team. After some amazing concentration, and accuracy shown, Chalford Hill were announced as 5th in our group, with worthy National winners going to a school from Birmingham. Chalford Hill later being told we were the highest scoring team from the south-west. We were very happy with that! Thank you to our accompanying parents and Governor Nick. And a Sensational, Huge Congratulations to our Super Six. Mrs Nesbit
Year 3/4 Football
Our 11 players rotated fairly and without a fuss, showing super team work and support. They had lots of goals including a great one from Noah from outside the box. In the group stages they drew one and won two and after some more rounds and some more victories they made it to the final. Unfortunately they lost the final but throughout the day the team showed great structure and teamwork to communicate and sometimes played out of position. They were a pleasure to take out. Miss Cox
Year 5/6 Football Festival
Our Y5 footballers took on their Y5 and Y6 competitors against 16 other large schools in the District. They had a great warm up as we waited for other schools to arrive and within a couple of minutes of their first match, had their first goal to settle their nerves, agains King Stanley’s Y6 team. Cashes Green had a strong team, but another first half goal won it for us. We had watched Stroud Valley’s strong attacking team in the previous match, but the boys went out energetically from the beginning, Rowan finding the net twice, before Luke managed to get in on the action! Rowan finished off the game with his hat-trick and a 4-0 win.
Unfortunately that was the end of our winning ways as we entered into the Championship play-offs, as we were knocked out by the eventual district winners on penalties.(6-7)
Thank you to Mr Harber (organiser of the competition from Atlas Sport) for joining us in our well-being assembly to celebrate our fourth place in the District, this is an incredible outcome for our talented Y5 team.
He also commented how many of his members of staff noted how well Chalford Hill children conducted themselves on the day.
With Wimbledon starting this week, it seemed appropriate for Mrs Nesbit to spend a most wonderful day at Oxtalls Indoor Tennis Centre, Gloucester where four of our Y2 children were invited along to play against the best schools in the County at the annual Mini Red Tennis tournament. Harper, Will, Ruby and Esther all showed great determination when playing their four different opponents. They all improved their game throughout the morning, showing resilience to gain more points. All four of the children respected the values of the Schools Games, however Will received the certificate and wristband for ‘Determination’ and Ester received one for ‘Respect’, which as a School we are always very proud of.
The afternoon was Y4's turn, following last week's win at the district challenge. They all performed strongly; Luke and Freddie showing that the hours they have spent on the tennis court really were working in they favour. With Eva and Esme gaining confidence with each ball they hit, their rallies were getting into the 20's to try and win their points! An amazing show of determination and excellent footwork won them their games. An excellent 4th in the County, INCREDIBLE! Well done to you all.
Well done to our fabulous sprinters at this week’s District Sports event at Stratford Court. 28 children took part in what was a very hot evening on the track. Our sprinters all tried their hardest to get into the top 3 from their heat, with Luke(Y4), Laurie and Max (Y5) and Estella and Jude(Y6) all succeeding, with Max and Estella achieving 3rd in their finals. Our Y3/4 relay runners got into the finals to run again. Our Y5/6 relay runners finished 3rd in their final and our Y6 relay team went on to score top points coming first in their final. Chalford Hill finished in a very respectable 4th place after the scores from last week’s throwing and jumping were added together. Well done to all who ran, jumped or threw, over the last 2 weeks. Fantastic achievement to be able to compete for our school. Thank you to all the many parents who came along to support.
Throwers and Jumpers
Cricket County Final
An amazing day at Cheltenham College Cricket ground was had by our 10 Stroud District cricket winners. Playing against all the best of the Gloucestershire Schools, we were not outclassed by this County event. The boys started well, taking many wickets and scoring numerous 6s, 4s and grabbing the singles when they could. This continued through the morning winning all our 3 qualifying games. The afternoon semi final we found it harder to gain the runs, as their bowling was at speed and accurate, but after two wickets in the last over from our Chalford Hill team, we felt like we were back in it... end score, a draw, ‘254 each’.... but our team were announced through to the final, 5 wickets to 4! Ecstatic, we fielded well and then played another fantastic 8 overs batting.. unfortunately losing by just 2 runs... and ‘runners up’ medals for all!
On Wednesday when everyone was heading home after school was having to be closed.. our swimming team were heading to Stratford Park for our annual Swimming Gala. There were individual races, where Harry.T, Oliver, Sara, Izzy, Max and Nieve were all able to score points for our team and Meg, Evie and Lucy, and Charlie, Laurie and Harry Cole swam brilliantly in the relay races together. They were swimming against some fantastic opposition from King Stanley and Rodborough and were very happy with our 7th place in the pool this year.
After last term’s coaching from Gloucester Rugby Club, Rugby Ryan’s postponed festival was rearranged and we were able to send out two very keen teams to Cirencester Rugby Club.
Both teams worked well to score numerous tries between them all and ended up runners up in both of their pools. Many thanks go to Mr Hardy for organising and mentoring the Y5 team and to the parents for their continual support at these events.
Congratulations to our Panathlon team who competed in the County final at Hartpury. The children took part in 9 different sports with great enthusiasm and determination and came out with the County Gold! Some children decided to enjoy their lunch time visiting the face/arm painter! They also all had fun cycling on the fruit smoothie maker, playing Zorb football and taking part in Double Dutch skipping.
Well done to the Y5 cricketers who showed what a strong team they could be, winning against the Y6 pupils from Cam Hopton and Cashes Green. They were unfortunately beaten by the eventual finalists; Leonard Stanley.
The Y6 team weren’t short of runs or wickets in the morning session, and with some experienced players alongside children who were keen members of Mr Hemmings' after school Cricket club, they just kept improving all through the day. After a stunning win over North Nibley in the semis, Chalford Hill Y6 team went on to win by 2 wickets and over 60 runs. Good luck to the Y6 team for their visit to Cheltenham College for their County finals next week.