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Thomas Keble Mini Olympics
On Thursday William, Rowan, Bryce, Imi, Fergus and Ellis (Y6 Team 1), along with Elsie, Thomas, Seb, Alex, Oliver T and Milly (Y6 Team 2) competed in the Thomas Keble Mini Olympics 2018. They got to meet and chat with European 200m sprinting silver medalist, Elliot Powell, along with Charlotte Wingfield, 100m Olympic athlete who represented Malta in the Rio Olympics. They then participated in a number of events, including hockey, basketball, football and athletics. The afternoon was fast paced and all children put maximum effort into a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Team 1 came 4th in their league, and Team 2 came 3rd, so a massive well done! Also well done to Ellis, Thomas, Imogen and Elsie who all received individual wristbands for extra special effort!
Thomas Keble Sports Awards
Chalford Hill were asked to invite 2 children from school who showed excellence in PE and Sport. Well done to Laurence and Jude who were worthy winners this year.
Laurence is a talented sportsman, playing cricket since the age of 4; he is now playing for the district and the Chalford adult team. His passion for football and rugby is plain to see, in fact, all sport at Chalford Hill school! His personality means he is happy to work with his team in a supportive manner, with competitiveness, drive and discipline. Just missing out as county cricket winners by 2 runs! He has played at all our school District level sports and many at County level for the last 2 years. He is always happy to share his knowledge with the less confident children or when helping with other sports at lunchtimes.
Thomas Keble Sports Awards
Jude plays all sports to a very high level, his commitment and enthusiasm for football, rugby, hockey, athletics and netball means he’s never missed any after school clubs. He was a Chalford Hill Bronze County medalist at sportshall athletics and one of the 8th strongest sprinters in the district. He is also one of only 6 children in the County hockey team, and his batting and fielding skills helped our team to be runners up at our County cricket competition. Jude has been an excellent Sports Leader, working well with the younger ones of our school.
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
Y4 Kwik Cricket
Our Y4 cricket team did a sterling job at Frocester Cricket Ground on Thursday where they competed against schools from across the locality. Mrs Bovey said she was very impressed by their teamwork, determination and sportsmanship throughout - well done children! Reaching the semi-finals was a great achievement, of which you should be very proud.
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.
On Tuesday, Bella, Carys (Y5), Seb and Ellis (Y6) represented the school in the Stroud School Games Mountain Biking competition at Stratford Park. Following a practise lap, the children took to the track for two relay races and an individual race to try and secure the fastest time. All put in maximum effort and showed superb teamworking skills during the relay. We unfortunately missed out on the medals this time, but all agreed it was a fantastic opportunity and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon of racing!
Well done to our fabulous Quadkids team for their efforts on the athletics field at Archway, joining 20 other schools.... after a gruelling 400m, we settled down into our vortex throws, 50m sprint and long jump, encouraged along by Mrs Martin, myself and many parents. As you can see from their smiles they loved it! The 400m being voted their preferred event! Mrs Nesbit.
Anyone for Tennis?
Y4 children ventured up to Chalford Tennis Club on Tuesday for a free session of Tennis with the 2 Club coaches, Jack and Charlie. The tennis weather hadn’t quite arrived for us, and we weren’t put off by the wind as we tried to improve our hand-eye coordination and footwork skills. A talented group of children moved onto practicing their strokes with a few fun games on the bottom courts and the rest of us were up on the top 3 courts, using our tennis rackets, trying to perfect the contact we could make with the ball to go over the net to our partners. A lot of concentration was needed, and a lot of success was celebrated. Well done Y4.
Quicksticks Hockey County Final
A trip to Cheltenham College for our county final didn’t seem to add to the nerves or put off our team of six on Tuesday.
Winning our pool stage with 4 wins and a draw, and being top goal scorers in our group, took us to playing for the medals at our L3 County School Games. Unfortunately that was as far as we went with our wins, after being beaten by our other Stroud School, Horsley, who went in to win gold, and narrowly missing out against Lakefield, Gloucester got the bronze. We ended up 4th in the county. Wow, what an amazing Quicksticks team. We were against 20 other schools, the top 10% of schools in the county.
Well done to our top Archers, as after 6 weeks of curriculum teaching with our archery expert, Andy, with a compound bow, they were chosen to compete in our District competition. We took along 18 children, paying close attention to their average scores over the weeks, we were able to put them into two teams. Competing against 5 other schools, both Chalford Hill teams came in first and second place, with their high scores plain to see as they aimed for their perfect gold 10s. Well done to all, but a special mention goes to Caspar, Harry and Josh for being top ‘10’ scorers and holding their nerve.
Our first match was against Callowell B and we ended the match on a high, winning 7-0! Next we played a tough game against Gastrells, which finisehed in a 3-3 draw - after their goal shooter scored their drawing goal in the last seconds. We then played Callowell's A team and we scraped a 4-2 win. Finally we played Nailsworth and beat them 5-0. We took great pride in walking the ramp to receive our gold medals and winning shield. The day was really fun and we are so happy that we managed to win! Sara, Estella & Lucy
Cross Country at Thomas Keble
Despite terrible weather which necessitated a change of route and very nearly a last minute cancellation, Chalford Hill children represented the school magnificently at Thomas Keble on Monday. Many of our children were running competitively for the first time - a testing first experience! Special congratulations to Lauren who was third in the Y3/4 girls category, Bella who was 6th in the Y5/6 girls category and Izzy who won that event, nearly catching the hare in the process! Well done to all.