The school will be involved in various sporting events and competitions during the Summer term. News about these events will be updated here so we can celebrate the childrens' achievements.
Women's Cricket World Cup - Family Trip
On Saturday 15th July, the school organised a family trip to watch England Women play the West Indies at Bristol in the ICC Women’s World Cup. We were joined by some pupils from Oakridge Parochial School and their families. For many of the children it was the first time they had been to watch cricket and there was much excitement on the way to the ground. It was a great day of cricket, with everyone enjoying watching and supporting England, who were captained by Heather Knight. There were lots of activities around the ground for children to get involved in, including the opportunity to practise their bowling skills and have their photo taken with the Women’s World Cup trophy. The children were also hugely excited to be able to get autographs from some of the players after the match, with some even managing to get a selfie with England players Sarah Taylor and Tammy Beaumont! It was a great day out, made even better by England winning to earn a place in the semi-finals.
Thomas Keble School Sports Awards
Thomas Keble School hold an annual Sports Awards Evening and, as part of it, they invite local primary schools to nominate Year 6 pupils for special awards. This year we were able to nominate three girls and they were very proud to receive their trophies at the celebration. It was also great to hear about the achievements of a number of ex-Bisley pupils and see them receive awards.
The District Sports athletics competition is one of the children’s favourite annual events, with children from years 3-6 representing the school. The competition takes place over two consecutive Mondays, the first for the field events (the long jump and ball throw) and the second for track events.
Eleven children competed in the field events and they were very successful – including winning two of the four long jumping events. All the points awarded were carried forward to the following Monday, when twenty seven of our pupils competed in the sprint and relay races. The team performed brilliantly and there were some fantastic performances. We were delighted to finish fifth overall out of fifteen schools – a great achievement since we were the smallest school participating.
On Friday 23rd June, pupils from Years 3 and 4 represented the school at the Thomas Keble School Mini Olympics. It was a great opportunity for some of the children to represent the school for the first time. They were split into two teams and played basketball, athletics, football and hockey over the course of the afternoon. The children enjoyed competing against other schools and some of them were delighted to end the afternoon as medal winners.
Thankfully the weather on Thursday 22nd June was perfect for our joint Sports Day with Oakridge Parochial School. It was an action-packed afternoon for everyone and was extremely fun. For the first part of the afternoon KS1 enjoyed challenging themselves in events such as a dressing-up race and the sack race, whilst KS2 pupils competed in a variety of exciting relay races (including obstacle, hockey and egg and spoon relays). We even had great fun cheering on parents who bravely took part in the mum’s and dad’s hockey race! Then all the children came together for some sprint races before a medal presentation to the winning team at the end. Everyone had a fantastic afternoon, with lots of sportsmanship, determination and teamwork on show. A big thank you to everyone who helped make the afternoon a great success.
If you are the parent of a child in Class 1, you may already have heard that we have some great new bikes in school. Using some of our sports funding, the school has purchased a Balanceability pack so that we can provide an accredited 'Learn to Cycle' programme for our younger pupils. Mr Wright has completed instructor training for the programme, which is designed to help children gain the confidence and skills required to ride a pedal bike independently, getting them off to the best start in cycling. The Balanceability programme uses special lightweight and pedal-less bikes, facilitating balance and propulsion. Children run along whilst seated, push off the ground to create forward movement and use a combination of their feet and hand-operated brake to slow down and stop safely. The programme is made up of progressive learning experiences, using lots of fun ways to learn to cycle and improve physical skills. We think our pupils will love it – and who knows, we may have a future Laura Kenny or Chris Froome in the making!
Sporting Achievements Outside School
Many of our pupils enjoy competing in sporting events outside school and we love it when they let us know how their events went so that we can celebrate their achievements with them. Here is a photo of two of our Year 2 boys who play for Minchinhampton Ranger Rockets, who won the Under 7 Football League. The second photo shows three of our girls who successfully competed at a Cotswold Gymnastics event. Well done to all of them!
If you are competing in an event, please let Mrs Batten know about it, along with a photograph, so that we can share your achievements.
The Level 2 School Games Quadkids competition took place at Archway School on Friday 26th May, the hottest day of the year so far. Quadkids is a team athletics competition for Year 4 and Year 3 boys and girls. Each team member earns points by competing in the 400m, howler throw, 50m sprint and standing long jump. Our Bisley team performed brilliantly, with great team spirit. Running the 400m in the heat was tough but all the children ran well, feeling a great sense of achievement afterwards. Thankfully they had time for their legs to recover before the howler throw and the sprint. The children then all went on to set new personal best distances in their standing long jumps. All the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the competition and had a fantastic experience! Below are quotes from two of the Year 4 girls who competed:
"I had fun at Quadkids. I did things that I did not know I could do. We did not win but it was a good experience."
"My favourite activity at Quadkids was probably long jump because not only was I good at it but I think it was very fun. I also feel very proud of myself because I did a 400 meter run and even though I don't really like running I would still say it was fun!"
This term we have a Gloucestershire County Cricket Board coach in school on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. During his time in school, he is working with all our pupils in Classes 2 and 3. He is also running an after-school cricket club. The children are very enthusiatic about his sessions and enjoying learning and developing their cricket skills.
All stars Cricket
There is now a great opportunity for our younger children to learn cricket skills. All Stars Cricket is a brand new initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board aimed at providing boys and girls aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket. Sessions are happening locally at:
- Stroud Cricket Club - Saturday mornings 10:30-11:15am
- Sheepscombe Cricket Club - Sunday mornings 10:30-11:30am
- Cirencester Cricket Club - Friday evenings 6-6:45pm
Further information and details of how to register can be found at this website: https://www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars
Please contact Mrs. Batten if you have any queries.