Newsletter #30 30/06/17

Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School
Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ
Headteacher: Mrs C. Scott Tel: (01684) 292309.
Value this half term is: Faith
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Last week our Year 6 children experienced the Isle of Wight for their long awaited residential. We had numerous reports of their outstanding behaviour. I have just been part of their afternoon award celebration which included multi videos of their experiences. Without exception every picture and clip captured their enjoyment and excitement. My sincere thanks go to the members of staff who gave up their own precious family time to take the children away each year. It is a huge responsibility particularly in recent times.
Year 1 enjoyed donkey rides and ice cream in Weston on the hottest day of the year. Year 5 have had an epic week of being Young Apprentices. The winning team was ‘Sugar Rush’.
We have celebrated more sporting success in the Tewkesbury Schools Athletics coming first and taking 2nd place in the Cheltenham Schools Athletic competition.
The Drama club concluded their year with an Oscar night style celebration and the children walked down the red carpet and posed for the paparazzi.

Fun day
Next Wednesday the 5th July 2017 is our much awaited Summer Fayre fun day. The children I know are counting down the days. A reminder that things will be a little different this year. Please note that the event starts at 3.30pm and parents are asked to collect their children as normal at the end of the day and if you are attending the Fayre then to exit the school site and queue by the main double gates at the bottom of Rope Walk. These will be opened promptly by staff. There will be several lanes of entry giving a quick method of payment and entry.  An entry band costs £5 for school children and adults (those wishing to have a go) and £3 for Pre-school children. This gives you unlimited goes on all the rides.

Sports Day
A reminder that Sports day is on Wednesday 12th July from 9.30am to 12.00 miday. The morning is divided into two halves; the traditional Kiwi Games where the children compete in a course of fun games . Parents are encouraged to encourage/support their children at these game stations. And the traditional competitive races.

KS1 (Reception classes,Years 1&2) will start their competivie races at 9.30am on the school field. Then from 10.45am their Kiwi games will be held on the front playground.

KS2 (Years 3,4,5&6) will start their Kiwi games at 9.30am and will be held on the back playground. Their competitive races will start at 10.45am on the field.
A program of events will be made available on the day so that parents can keep track of their child/ren events.
The school will provide drinks for the children .
A reminder to parents not to approach the children during the morning please as this makes it very challenging to supervise the children safely.
At 12.00 midday we invite you stay on the field and have your picnic lunch with your children. At 1.00pm the children will return back into school. On Thursday during our assembly the children will be told which was the winning house and those children will be presented with their medals. Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit.

SuperSchools Update
After raising the magnificent sum of over £1000 for our school, with our SuperSchools sponsorship, I am delighted to inform you of the benefit it has made to our children. We have already purchased new safe class footballs for use at playtimes. We have allocated some of the money to our Science, Cooking, Eco and Art clubs to ensure that they are free for all members. Miss Rowland has already organised a new school netball kit, complete with our school badge. Mr Rylatt is in discussions about purchasing a new school football kit, again with our school badge attached. Mrs Lewis is also looking to purchase a new athletics kit. We are also receiving quotes to purchase new resources for French, Rounders, Netball nets, Football goals, all of which have been highlighted by our school council. We will look forward to sharing these with you in due course.

Key dates
Wednesday  5th July Summer Fayre
Thursday 6th July Sex Relationship Education for parents of Years 4,5,6 at 6.00pm
Friday 7th July Y5 Medieval Festival Trip
Thursday 13th July Parents Celebration Evening (meet your childs new teacher) 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Wednesday 19th July  2.00pm Year 6 Abbey Leavers Service
Thursday 20th July Foundation  & KS1 (Reception, Y1 & 2) end of year praise assembly 9.30am
Friday 21st July KS2 (Y3,4,5) end of year praise assembly 9.30am
Friday 21st July Year 6 Leaver Assembly 1.00pm (Y6 Parents Only)

Athletics update

On Saturday 17th June our KS2 athletics team competed in the Cotswold Shield Athletics event at the Prince of Wales stadium in Cheltenham.

The children competed brilliantly in both track and field events, against 5 other schools from the Gloucestershire area. Tewkesbury C of E came top in the individual  races winning or coming second in many races. The relay events were closely fought for first and second place. After a tense announcement, the results came in with just one point in it for first place between Tewkesbury and Lechlade school.

After the closest Cotswold Shield for many years Tewkesbury C of E Athletics team were awarded second place overall, after a fantastic competition. Congratulations to all our competitors and a huge thank you to all parents, friends and family who came to support the event on such a warm day!

A shining example of sportsmanship shown by all who competed!

Mrs Lewis

Newsletter #29 – 16/06/17

Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School
Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ
Headteacher: Mrs C. Scott Tel: (01684) 292309.
Value this half term is: Faith
Menu week 1

Welcome New Parents
Last week we welcomed the new parents and children who start with us in September. Miss Rowland and Mrs Arnold gave their ‘get ready for school’ presentation and Mr Rylatt invited parents to a coffee morning with him and Mrs Tolley as part of the new PTC (Parents and Teachers Committee) if you are a new parent and missed the presentation you will find it on our website.
Last Friday our Reception children launched their summer topic by dressing up as mini-beasts and exploring the school environment.
Year 3
Year 3 opened their classroom doors to a very special visitor – a Mayan. Whilst in full costume the children learned about the daily life and experiences of a Mayan.
Year 6
This year again the Year 6 children ventured on a sponsored bike challenge of 25 laps of the field each to raise money for the RNLI Bembridge Lifeboat. An incredible £1512.35 has been raised – Fantastic! The children will make their presentation next week whilst on the Isle of Wight.
Summer Fun Day
Following on from last years summer funday we have decided to repeat the experience . Only this year it will be BIGGER and BETTER! We have some incredible inflatables including the infamous ‘Wipe Out’! There will be lots of fun games for all age groups and refreshments. We have sought the views of the Parents Forum group and instead of making a charge at each inflatable we will be making a one off entrance fee of £5 per child (pre-school age children £3). Each child will receive a wristband as proof of payment and this will entitle them to as many goes on the inflatables as they can possibly manage. This really is amazing value based on what the Mop Fair often charge. More details are on the back of this newsletter.
19/6/17 – 23/6/17 Y6 Isle of Wight
19/6/17 Year 1 Weston Super Mare
23/6/17 Year 2 Miss Armstong Assembly 9am
5/7/17 Summer Fete 3.30 – 6.00pm
12/7/17 Sports Day
19/7/17 Year 6 Leavers Service Tewkesbury Abbey 2.00pm

Athletics success at Tewkesbury School

On Tuesday 13th June, our Key Stage 2 athletics team went to an athletics competition at Tewkesbury school. All of the competitors performed extremely well and we are very proud of them. We are thrilled to announce that we came 2nd in the Field Events, 1st in the Track Events and 1st overall! Well done to all of our competitors.    

YR6 Ride for RNLI

On Friday 9th June, Pupils from Year 6 participated in a sponsored bike ride which took place on the school field and the money raised will be donated to the RNLI during their upcoming trip to the Isle of Wight. We raised well over a whopping £1000!

A special report by Thomas Singer

After more than a week of organising and preparing for this moment, the Year 6 staff and pupils were ready for the tough task ahead: they were about to ride 25 laps of the school field.

Some of the Year 6s felt brave an thought they could do 50, 75 or even 100 laps. Also, others decided to run laps in addition.

Our friends were also really supportive and gave us water and counted how many laps we had done. We all supported each other and gave each other encouragement and there were even some chants of support.

At the end, the children were rewarded with a bag of sweets as a thank you for being dedicated and support to each other.

Twenty-five laps of the school field is 5 miles and so, as there are 60 pupils in Year 6, this means that a total distance of 300 miles (more than the total return distance to the Isle of Wight).

When I spoke to Leo Berryman, an enthusiastic witness to this event, he told me “I really enjoyed the riding and had to be tough. Also, I got jelly legs when I got off my bike but carried on and did more running laps; I was very energetic that day and would definitely do it again.” I also spoke to Daniel Ward who said that he liked how every one supported each other.

So, if you had the opportunity to do something like this, would you?