Pioneer Day 3

Wednesday morning started early with a lot of bleary eyed faces in Yukon Lodge, the teachers included! Once packed we headed off to breakfast where a choice of cereals, toast and a hot breakfast were on offer. This was quickly devoured and we headed off to our first activities of the day (Raft building, High ropes and Abseiling/Zip Line). Any tired faces quickly disappeared and were replaced with excitement and laughter.

Many of the children overcame their fear of heights and completed multiple abseils and climbed to the tallest obstacle on the high ropes (more than 10 metres high)! Afterwards all groups joined together on the field for some team building games. It’s safe to say that the children worked up an appetite and were soon asking what time lunch was. We settled down on the field, under a clear blue sky and warming sun and talked about our favourite activities. The instructors also handed out some awards to children who they thought demonstrated particularly high levels of determination, communication and teamwork skills.
It wasn’t long until lunch was over and the coach was calling us home. We quickly piled on, waved goodbye to our fantastic instructors and headed back south to home.
The Year 4 team hope that all the children thoroughly enjoyed their experience at the Pioneer Centre and have taken away some important skills and powerful memories. Well done to everyone for pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone and giving every activity a try!

Pioneer Day 2

Tuesday morning started early with all children readying themselves for the day’s activities by cleaning their rooms for an early morning room inspection. The bar set was very high and children tried their best. This was followed by a hearty breakfast that would fuel us for the day ahead.

It wasn’t long until we were hanging from ropes, crawling though tunnels and swimming to safety after an unsuccessful raft build. Activities today included: caving, abseiling/zip line, rock climbing, archery and high and low ropes. The children engaged fully in all activities and continued to show dedication and teamwork throughout.
It’s safe to say they are all looking forward to a good nights sleep.

Pioneer Centre – Day 1

Today Year 4 set off on our eagerly awaited residential to the Pioneer Centre. When we arrived we were welcomed by the fantastic staff who showed us to our lodge. Each group was given a tour of the facilities and shown the different activities which they would be completing. We were soon split into our groups and were heading towards our first session (Archery, Raft building, High ropes & Climbing). All the children performed brilliantly and were full of energy and demonstrated teamwork and problem solving skills. This was then followed by another activity before heading off for our tea.

In the evening, we gathered around the crackling fire and sang campfire songs which we’re sure you’ll hear upon our return. A number of children and Mr Stanton even took part in the good old pioneer tradition of Speed banana eating!
After showers, we settled down to a drink and biscuit before making our way to bed after an exhausting first day.

Year 4 Anglo-Saxon Day

Last Friday, Year 4 was hurled back in time all the way to the Anglo-Saxon age! When they arrived, the children were greeted by King Harold Godwinson, Duke William of Normandy and Lady Guinevere who took them through a number of different Anglo-Saxon activities. In the morning, the children took part in Brooch making, Rune …

Boys County Football Final

Last Thursday, the Year 5 & 6 boy’s football team took part in the ESFA County Finals in Gloucester. We represented Tewkesbury as the best large school and were against opponents from: Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Wootton, the Cotswolds, South Glos and the Forest of Dean.

The quality of all the teams was immense and the matches very tough. The boys represented C of E phenomenally and powered through the freezing temperatures! After a number of gruelling matches we secured 7th place in the county. This is one of the best results we’ve had from this tournament so the boys should be incredibly proud of the work they put in. 7th place out of hundreds of primary schools in Gloucestershire is a brilliant achievement and should be celebrated by all! Well done boys!


C of E going green!

C of E has, for some time, been considering ways to reduce the school’s carbon footprint, improve the playscape that we offer the children (OPAL) and encourage discussion on the importance of sustainability. We felt as though some new trees would be the ideal solution to these issues so, a few months ago, we took the decision to apply to the Woodland Trusts Free Trees for schools initiative.

We were successful in our application and last week the final trees were planted! We thought long and hard about which year group would plant the trees and came to the decision that Year 6 would be the most suitable, as it would allow them to leave a true legacy behind them for all future generations who attend C of E. The children worked hard, alongside Mr James and Cate Cody (Councillor for Tewkesbury), to plant and secure a mixture of Silver Birch, Rowan and Wild Cherry saplings.

The Trees will take time to grow but we know that they, and future children, will flourish in the new environment which they create.

Football Evening

Yesterday, C of E took part in multiple football competitions simultaneously!

One of our teams was made up of our Year 5 and 6 girls, who took part in the Tewkesbury Girls ESFA Football competition and secured 2nd place! They had a number of tough matches but showed brilliant determination and teamwork throughout. This commitment meant that it was all down to the result of the final match! The final score was a draw which meant that the overall winner was selected from a goal difference. Well done girls for a brilliant performance!
Our other team was made up of our Year 3 and 4 boys who took part in the first half of the League. The boys played a total of 5 matches and showed some real passion and resilience. We will have to wait until the Spring term and the other half of the league to find out whether we can keep our trophy and title of reigning champions!

ESFA Tewkesbury Champions

Congratulations to the boys’ football team who represented C of E at this year’s ESFA Football tournament. The boys had some tough matches but were able to win 4 and draw the other 2! This success means that we are off to the County Finals in December! Well done all!

Community Recycle Scheme

As we look to develop our outdoor space, shade in the summer time is a key factor. A community recycle scheme has the solution.

Community Recycle Scheme

This new scheme donates second-hand, overstocked and end-of-line equipment to schools across the UK. A range of items has already been given away, including shade sails, post pad protectors and colourful fence pales. The full range of items can be viewed online, where requests can also be submitted. Several companies are involved with this initiative, including A&S Landscape a supplier of school canopies.

County Cross Country Runners

On Saturday morning, Mr Jeffries and I travelled down to Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School in Wotton-Under-Edge to attend the County Cross Country finals. Tewkesbury C of E had 5 children qualify for this event.

The children not only had to compete against 75 other competitors in their races but also against the bitterly cold wind and water logged ground. The dreadful conditions were a clear contrast to last year’s crystal blue skies and warm temperatures. Even though the children were hampered by the conditions they all performed brilliantly and represented the school in the best possible way showing grit and determination throughout.

It is important to remember that while each child runs individually within their race they are still very much part of a wider community. It was this sense of community, respect and duty which made one of our runners stop mid race in order to support an injured athlete; forsaking their own chance for a better finishing position. It is this show of fine character that we ultimately try to instil into our children within all of our sporting events.

Congratulations to William, Bailey, Chloe and Freya! All four of you should be immensely proud of what you have achieved!

Well done!

Mr Stagg & Mr Jefferies