Newsletter #19

Value: Peace


This week we said our final farewells to our much loved colleague Alison Parry. Alison was the schools secretary for over 24 years. She ran the office with her particular Scottish style and was often the first face that generation of parents and children saw in the morning. She also hid her own light under a bushel as she was a teacher and an accomplished musician playing the piano. She was a wife, mother and a grandmother. However to us she was Alison the front face of the office who made us laugh with her wry sense of humour. She will be missed beyond the boundaries of her family. Our thoughts are with her family and our respects are with Alison. God Bless.
Sporting victory
The Autumn term has seen a number of sporting achievements by the children of Tewkesbury C of E. Our children have competed in a series of football events and a netball tournament. Within football, both the Year 5 & 6 boy’s and girl’s football teams secured first place in the local Tewkesbury ESFA tournament. This victory allowed them to take part in the county finals against teams from Cheltenham, Gloucester, Dursley and many more. Both teams played splendidly and the Year 5 & 6 girls finished 3rd in the county, which was a tremendous achievement and one which they should be proud of. Our eyes now fall to the spring term where we are to take part in the year 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 football league finals and many other tournaments and competitions.

All the way from Cairo Yasmina of Cairo
A video of the event is available to view on the following link
Many thanks to Mr Fisher, Mr Hughes and Ms Morelli for arranging the charity event for the school. The amount raised was £320.40.

A reminder of the Open Morning
A reminder that we have another Open Morning on Thursday 10th January 2019 at 10.00am for new pupils starting in September 2019.
A reminder of up coming dates for January – for more dates please see the school website calendar
Wednesday 19th December Carol service at Holy Trinity at 2.00pm
Thursday 20th December Nativity Assembly 9.30am Reception, Years 1&2 only
Friday 21st December KS2 Praise Assembly 9.00am Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
Monday 7th January INSET day staff only
Tuesday 8th January Spring Term starts 8.50am
Friday 18th January Y6 Miss J class assembly 9.00am
Friday 25th January Y 6 Mr Shaw class assembly 9.00am
Monday 28th January Y6 bikeability

Mrs C Scott

County Finals

Some brilliant footwork from the Girl’s football team this week as they represented Tewkesbury at the County Finals Football competition. The girls played fantastically and while we just missed out on going to the regional finals it is a pleasure to have secured 3rd place in the whole County!

Year 5 sing Livin’ on a Prayer

Pupils in Year 5 sing ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ at the end of their music unit about Bon Jovi and classic rock music. They have worked hard this term and have developed their ability to harmonise with each other, as well as control their vocal timbre to be loud but without shouting. Have a listen by below.

Year 6 – Anti-Bullying 2018 #chooserespect

As part of National Anti-Bullying Week 2018, children in Year 6 took part in an afternoon of workshops.

Children discussed what bullying is, the types of bullying and how it can make people feel. Following this, children considered how bullying can be prevented and what each person can do if they witness bullying occurring.

As a year group, Year 6 watched the Pixar animation ‘For the Birds’ and considered why this animation highlighted aspects of bullying and discussed the types of bullying that were present throughout the story. Children explored each character in the animation (the victim, the perpetrators and the witnesses) and were encouraged to think about the role of each in detail.

Following this, children designed t-shirts as an opportunity to express themselves, show their individuality and celebrate their differences, incorporating the slogan #chooserespect in order to symbolise the respect they have for each others’ skills and abilities. The children also reminded themselves of the school’s anti-bullying charter, reviewed each aspect and signed it to show their agreement in ‘stamping out bullying at our school’.

We are really proud to report that our Year 6 children dealt with the topic of bullying in a very grown up way and the quality and depth of discussion that was had reflected very mature thinking and understanding.

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The tiger who came to school!

Mrs Arnold told the children that when she came in to school this morning the classroom was very untidy. She asked the office staff to check the CCTV cameras to see who had made all of the mess.

The children were very shocked to see that the tiger had visited our classrooms! We talked about the different things he had been doing such as jumping on the tables, painting with all of the paints and eating all of the pears!

We then wrote sentences using the -ing suffix to show what he had been up to!

The children then spent the rest of the day looking out for the tiger and investigating paw prints and scratch marks that they had found!

This afternoon they wrote their own signs and have hoped to entice him into school again using a trail of raisins and arrows marking the route!

They even created a home for him in the role play house

Great team work, problem solving and independent writing skills Class 3!