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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.
Congratulations to our goal scorers, Laurence, Jude, and Josh in helping our qualifying chances to get through to the finals of the Riddiford Sheild football tournament next week. Along with the ball handling skills of Poppy in goal and the confidence of having Harry C and Harry T in their team, they will have conviction in their abilities with 2 wins and a 1-1 draw to go through to next week’s final.
What fun 21 of our children Y5/6 children had at Thomas Keble Cluster Sportshall Athletics Competition this week. All of the children were able to compete in one or more running races and multiple throwing or jumping field events. Both Chalford Hill teams came out on top, but no other large schools were able to compete in our cluster, so close to the end of term. Christchurch and Brimscombe competed with some talented individuals and it was great to see all the children enjoying the competition, as is a lot of organisation to make this event happen. Thank you to all the parental support again with lifts and a lot of load cheering! Many of this strong team have already earned themselves a place in the county final back in October, with a few others that were unable to attend this event and four Y5 boys that will be able to compete in this cluster event next year. A lot of personal bests beaten. ‘Believe to Achieve’, and we certainly did!
Well done to our Y4 footballers that once again have shown all their skills on the football field to become medalists for the first time for Chalford Hill in the Stroud District Football Finals this week. After 4 games, ‘Player of the Matches’ went to Luke, Rowan, Lennie and Rohan. Going into the Bonze medal play off match, we had only lost one game and we able to put our finest performance of the day out, scoring 2 fabulous goals to secure the bronze medal, winning 2-0.Th e boys should be so proud of their performances, getting into the finals is an achievement, but actually winning their match, half an hour earlier, to the overall winners Foxmoor, there is a lot to be celebrating. What a talented team, with some fantastic parent and grandparent support from the side lines.
Following the success of last months qualifying rounds, we once again all battled hard in attack and in defence in our different rotations. After winning 4 games, we ended up in a good position to gain a bronze medal, after losing 2 close games to Callowell and Gastrells. A great team effort once again, showing off their knowledge of the game, and their ability to adapt their game skills from a VERY small Chalford Hill netball court to the full size netball court of Stratford Park. An amazing achievement. Well done to all.