Autumn/Winter 2017

The school will be involved in various sporting events and competitions during Terms 1 and 2. The school will be involved in various sporting events and competitions during Terms 1 and 2. News about these events will be updated here so we can celebrate the childrens' achievements. News about these events will be updated here so we can celebrate the childrens' achievements.

Another new sport for Bisley - Handball!

This term Class 3 pupils have been very lucky to have completed a module of handball, arranged through England Handball. The sessions have been delivered by Chloe Hitchings, a talented player in the England development squad and the only qualified female handball coach in the south west. She has been supported during sessions by coaches Matt and Nathan.

Handball is normally played in a sports hall but, since we do not have any indoor facilities, our sessions have taken place in the playground, braving the wintery elements - but that has not stopped the children’s enjoyment of the sessions as can be seen from their quotes below: -

"I like handball because the teachers were really good and you learn something new every session, and it is really fun" - Year 6 Boy

"I enjoyed playing handball because we got to play lots of games, we learnt how to play a real match and learnt lots of new handball moves." Year 6 Girl

"Handball is such a fun sport, especially when you get taught by great coaches like ours. You get to interact with friends and compete. Playing this sport is an opportunity to get more fit and active and it is very enjoyable." - Year 5 Girl

"I enjoyed handball this term with Chloe and Nathan and hope that we can have it again." - Year 6 Boy

"Handball was amazing because you got to use skills from different sports. Our coaches Chloe and Nathan taught us all about handball. We got to play loads of matches and worked together well." - Year 5 Girl

"I liked handball because I got to learn a different sport." - Year 5 Boy

"Handball is really fun and gets you active. It really improved my fitness and the coaches were really nice and helped me become a better handball player." - Year 6 Girl

Small Schools' Football Tournament

The school took a squad of 9 players to compete in the 7-a-side tournament, which was held at Park Junior School, Stonehouse, on Monday 27th November. Although the competition was for Year 5 and 6 pupils, our Bisley team included a number of Year 3 pupils. The team looked fantastic in their new football kit, courtesy of Premier League Stars.

This is what our Year 5 and 6 pupils said about the tournament:-

"When we went to the football tournament we had a really good time, even though we lost all our matches. The teams we were against were Amberley, Brimscombe, Uplands and Eastington. The other teams were good sports so that helped encourage us to carry on and believe in ourselves. We had a lot of fun."

Mr Wright and Jenny Brown-Wealls attended the competition with our team. They were impressed with the determination of the team and were delighted with the way our Year 3 pupils performed against older children. 

Sportability Event

The very first Stroud District Primary Schools School Games Sportability Event took place at Archway School on Friday 24th November. A team of 9 children represented the school brilliantly and they had great fun competing in the 10 different activities. They were also delighted to receive their medals and certificates.

Here are some of the children’s quotes about the event:-

"The best PE ever!"

"I loved it!"

"I never knew sport could be such fun."

"I’m so glad I came, please pick me again."


A huge thank you must go to Mr James Jeffery, Stroud School Games Officer, for organising such a great event. 

Would you like to find out more about swimming?

As you can tell from the photographs, one of our Year 5 pupils really enjoys swimming and is very successful at it. This is what she has to say about her favourite sport :-

‘I started swimming with Severnside Tritons in September 2016. In the last year I have worked really hard, swimming between 3 and 5 times a week at Stroud, Thornbury, Wycliffe and Archway swimming pools. I have taken part in lots of competitions, winning these medals over that time. I have competed at GL1, Horfield, Weston-super-Mare, Cardiff, Newport, Swindon, and Hengrove swimming pools. I am most proud of my Cardiff gold medal for breaststroke. If you want to find more about swimming, please do not hesitate to ask me.’ L.W.

It is always exciting to hear her latest swimming news. If you would like to share information about your favourite sport with others, please let Mrs Batten know all about it.

New Sporting Activity

On Tuesday afternoons this term, Class 3 children are enjoying learning a new sport - indoor rowing! They are challenging themselves using Concept 2 rowing machines at the WI Hall, under the instruction of Mr. Pritchard. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to try a different sport and learn new physical skills.

Sportshall Athletics

Fifteen children from Bisley Blue Coat School took part in the Level 2 School Games Sportshall Athletics Competition, which was held at Stratford Park Leisure Centre on Friday 20th October. Although the competition was aimed at Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, our Bisley team also contained several Year 3 and 4 children.

The atmosphere at the leisure centre felt electric as the children challenged themselves against other schools, competing in various running events and showing off their jumping and throwing skills in a number of field events, while their teammates excitedly cheered them on.

There were some outstanding sporting performances and it was great to see the amazing determination, superb effort and brilliant teamwork shown by all our Bisley pupils. At the end of the morning, the team was thrilled to discover that they had come third, despite being the smallest school competing! Well done everyone!

Bisley Harvest Runs

It was great to see a number of our pupils and staff competing in the Bisley Harvest Runs, organised by Allrunners. Whilst the adults ran in the 10km race, the youngsters challenged themselves in the Spire Sprint 2km run. Ms Austin was delighted to have one of our Year 5 runners encourage her over the finishing line.

Forest Green Rovers

Did you know that the school has a Forest Green Rovers ambassador? If you want to find out about our local football club, George is the person you need to ask. Take a look at the display that he has put together, with some help from his mum, in the school hall for the latest news and information about forthcoming fixtures.

Sporting Achievements Outside School

We were thrilled to hear about the achievements of two of our Class 3 girls who recently participated in a gymnastics competition. Here is their brief summary of their exciting weekend.

"On the weekend of 23rd and 24th September we took part in a gymnastic competition in Honiton, Devon. One of us finished 8th out of 26 competitors and the other came 6th out of 11. Our gym partners (who we competed with) are aged 15 and 6. We had a great time!" - Written by LC and IM

If you would like to find out more about gymnastics, the girls will be able to tell you lots of helpful information about it.

Tag Rugby

All our pupils in Class 2 and Class 3 are learning to play Tag Rugby during their Tuesday PE lessons this term.

They are very lucky as they are being taught their skills by Miss Gill, of Atlas Sports. (Miss Gill is an expert at rugby and in October she played for England Women against South Africa.)

Our younger children are getting the opportunity to learn about the sport too as Miss Gill is also running a Tag Rugby Skills Club for Year 1 and 2 pupils after school. 

Race For Life

We are pleased to be able to confirm that the total amount raised so far for Cancer Research following our sponsored run is an incredible


Thank you and a huge well done to everyone who supported this event. The enthusiasm, determination and resilience on show made the afternoon truly amazing. The dedications worn by pupils and adults were a very moving reminder that cancer affects the lives of so many families. We were so proud of all of our pupils and thrilled with the amount of money the two school communities have collected.

I would also like to express my thanks to Mrs and Miss Batten who set up and co-ordinated the smooth running of the afternoon. Well done also to Mrs Gal who made the initial suggestion of us doing a Race for Life.

Best regards

Lisa Austin - Executive Headteacher. 

The Bisley Daily 10

In addition to their usual PE lessons, all the children have started to improve their fitness levels through our exciting new initiative which we are calling ‘The Daily 10’. The idea is based on ‘The Daily Mile’, a scheme that gets children walking, jogging or running together at school every day. You can find out more about it by looking at the following link . The evidence has shown that children taking part in it improve their health, fitness and concentration, which in turn helps their learning and achievement in class.

We have used the idea of The Daily Mile to create The Daily 10, which we feel will work best for our pupils in our school environment. Every day you will see each class taking a break from the lessons, putting on their trainers and having a run outside for 10 minutes before returning refreshed to their classrooms to continue their learning. However, The Daily 10 will not always be a run as we want to add some variety and also keep the 10 minutes of exercise going on those days when the Bisley weather is not so kind to us. We are hoping that The Daily 10 will make a big difference to the health and fitness of all our pupils – and our classroom staff too!