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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
Hockey Friendly Games
Our winners from the district finals a few weeks ago and six of our keen hockey club members gathered at a rather cold Nailsworth School to play against two teams from Nailsworth and Gastrells. Despite the cold, both teams put on their best performances, Evie May, Saxon, Caspar and Harry C working well to try and score in attack, and Samuel and Emily playing well to keep out the goals, with back up from the others when needed. Poppy, Harry T, Jude, Laurence and Bertie worked well scoring goals on the other pitch, with a solid performance from Imi in defence, with the others hanging back if under pressure. Their confidence with the ball grew with each passing minute... Well done to all 12 players.
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.
Y4 Tag Rugby
The Y4 Tag Rugby finalists, wow, how muddy did we get! Our road to the semi finals were a little more tricky than the Y6 team, as there was strong opposition from Leonard Stanley and Longney. With our many try scoring moments, our try difference got us into the semi final against Minchinhampton. A strong side from the start, our opponents took control away from us, but still heads high, we finished in a well earned bronze medal position. A great achievement after a tough afternoon on the rugby pitch.
Y6 District Tag Rugby Finals
The heavy rain and wind didn’t postpone our Y4 and Y6 District Tag Rugby Finals that both teams had qualified for earlier in the month. The Y6 team won their four matches leading to the finals with ease, with only King Stanley in their way to be able to retain their title from last year. Chalford Hill were quoted by the King Stanley PE teacher as ‘a strong wall of blue, that were hard to break down’. King Stanley had 2/3 speedy players and it became progressively harder to grab their tags in the slippery conditions, but all team players gave their all. As the final whistle blew, Chalford Hill finished 1 try down, but were very proud of their wet, shiny, silver medals and look forward to a county final in the Summer term.
Y5 Cross Country
The rain didn’t put off our hardy Y5's at the annual Y5/6 Stratford Park cross country race. The good news was the course had thawed from the recent snow, and ice, but the bad news was unfortunately this meant mud...mud everywhere! Ben and Saxon, Izzy, Bella, Emily, Evie and Grace battled through rain and mud and finished the 2K course, still with smiles on their faces, well most of them! Ben, Izzy and Bella go through to the county final event this weekend, all 3 of them finishing in the top 10. We wish them luck, and pray for no more rain!
Our outdoor netball season starts in March and six of the larger Schools in the district were hosted by Minchinhampton School. Our team plays with 5 players on court, only one boy permitted, sharing the 2 halves. Each player changing position each half. This structure showed our strength in both attack and defence, we were never in a weaker formation and will go ahead to the District Finals on Wednesday 21st March without a game lost. Well done team.
The wintery weather had arrived, but it didn’t stop us from entering into the indoor competition of Panathlon. After our 3rd year of winning Gold, we now had 10 different schools from the Stroud area entered this year. After the 12 different activity stations, such as boccia, curling, basketball shoot, tennis time trial and Messi football, we felt confident that we had all performed well and challenged ourselves to achieve our own personal best during the morning. Scores would be tight this year, as we had all seen the beautiful medals and trophies, sponsored by St James’s Place, we all had our eyes on! As schools were read out in reverse order we were very excited when Chalford Hill were called out last with our hands on the gold, fancy medals and our 1st Place trophy and certificates. A fantastic morning of fun and sport... we all look forward to our county final in June.
Well done to 25 children that represented the Stroud county large schools at their Sportshall Athletics final. Our talented Chalford Hill athletic superstars were not out classed and pushed themselves to perform at their best in their running, jumping and throwing. A well deserved County Bronze medal was achieved. Well done to you all, and a big thank you to all the parental support too.
Our Y4 rugby team were out on the Stratford Court field on Monday to play their qualifying matches against 7 other Stroud Schools. Our team of Laurie, Morgan, Irwin, Oscar, Rohan, Luke, Freddie, Eva and Molly were challenged in our first game against Leonards Stanley, and after 7 minutes we finished 4-3 down. Still holding their heads high, and a few reminders from my side line coach for the afternoon, Mrs Tarr, to hold their defensive line, Chalford Hill came strong and won their next 5 matches on the trot. A strong performance by all, we look forward to our District Finals against another 7 Schools on the afternoon of the 12th March. A big Well Done from Mrs Nesbit.
Some fantastic hockey skills were on display at our Indoor Cluster Schools event earlier in January and Mr Price, head of PE at TK, reported that the standard of play was superb and the enthusiasm and determination shown by the pupils was great to see. Some of the skills on display were eye catching and the level of play certainly does seem to get better and better each year. Our two Chalford Hill teams won the Thunder and Dynamo leagues. What outstanding performances on display by all players, and we look forward to the Stroud district competition in March.