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Thomas Keble Sports Award
It was lovely to go along to Thomas Keble’s Sports Awards and see past pupils of Chalford Hill school winning many of the trophies on offer, showing their love, skill and determination they are continuing to give to their chosen sports. It was with pleasure to be able to nominate two of our own pupils to win an award on the evening too. Congratulations to Izzy for winning Sports Personality: Talent / ability / excellence in Netball, sportshall athletics, X-country running and summer athletics. Also to Noah for winning Sports Star: Character / commitment / determination and improvement in the sports of sportshall athletics, Netball, Archery and summer athletics.
A huge congratulations to our fantastic swim team, comprising of just one Year 6 pupil and the rest from Year 4 and 5. We were up against some tough Year 5/6 competition, but all of the children were able to swim twice to gain points for their team. Barnaby (Y4) scoring maximum points in his backstroke final. Chris and Martha (Y4) were both strong against their Y5/6 opposition.
Our Y5/6 children didn’t give up in their races; Molly, Eva, Chris and the girls relay team of Lucy, Martha and Ella, just missing out on their A finals. An amazing effort from all as they were announced 7th place in the district.
Mini Red Tennis Competition
From our youngest to oldest Juniors, District Sports is such a fabulous event, comprising 14 schools and over 250 children all competing to run their fastest and not drop the baton on their relays! Chalford Hill’s children did all they could to try to get into the finals. Congratulations to Max (Y3) and Toby and Lauren (Y4) for making individual finals, plus two very happy relay teams, the Y5/6 and Y4 relay team that gave us maximum points of 6 for winning their finals race. Well done to all 24 children who had gone through trials to be the fastest children in their year group.
Quadkids County Final
Chalford Hill’s County Quadkids team and many ‘hardened to the rain’ parents braved the weather this week and headed to Hartpury College. We were welcomed to the indoor facilities of a sports village, where the children were able to access many different sports and fun activities. The 4G rugby outdoor facility was all set up and the competition was underway with no rain falling for the duration. The children, once again, performed to the best of their abilities, with some super running, jumping and throwing from all. Well done to Molly for gaining a Respect certificate, awarded for showing this attribute during her competition. We were placed 8th school in the County; well done team.
A busy week of sport starting with the Girls’ District cricket competition at Frocester Cricket Club for the Year 6 girls. The girls were lucky that the rain stayed away for the duration of play and played with great spirit throughout the tournament. In our first match we we just missed out by 14 runs to Leonard Stanley, although we did manage to take 4 wickets. They showed greater confidence against Callowell and Avening and Carys also producing the first maiden of the day! Two great wins for the girls. Chalford Hill finished the day in joint 2nd place.
Quadkids is a competition where all children have to compete in all 4 disciplines of a 50m run, Standing long jump, Mini howler throw and the dreaded 400m run! The children were impeccably behaved, as they waited between each activity; running, throwing and jumping to the best of their own ability. Many personal bests were achieved in the long jump. I couldn’t fault their determination to do their best for their team. Our team won! A HUGE Congratulations, from a very proud Mrs Nesbit.
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.
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.
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.
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.