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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Yesterday, C of E took part in multiple football competitions simultaneously!
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!
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.
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!
Mr Stagg & Mr Jefferies