Spring 2018

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

School Games L2 Archery Tournament

Our team of archers headed off to Archway School to compete in the School Games tournament on Monday 26th March. It was an intense competition, needing a lot of concentration and teamwork. The team performed brilliantly, really enjoying the experience, and they were delighted to come third out of all the teams taking part.

Sports Leaders and Sports Crew

Our Sports Leaders and Sports Crew had their final training session with Mr Price, Head of PE and Sports at Thomas Keble School, on Wednesday 14th March. Our Class 1 pupils enjoyed taking part in the games during the training session as the Sports Leaders and Sports Crew practised their new skills. Afterwards, Mr Price awarded the Sports Leaders and Sports Crew with their new hoodies during a special school assembly.

Thomas Keble Cross Country Races

The Cluster Cross Country Races were held on Monday 12th March at Thomas Keble School. The conditions were wet and chilly but all of our runners performed brilliantly, really challenging themselves. It was the first time that a number of our pupils from Years 3 and 4 had competed at cross country and their perserverance in the difficult conditions was very impressive. Well done everyone!

School Games L3 Cross Country Races

St Edwards School, Cheltenham, hosted the Level 3 County Cross Country races for Y5 and 6 on Saturday 10th March. There were 80 runners competing in each race, representing all of the districts in the county. Our Year 5 girl, who had been selected to represent the Stroud District, ran a great race on the steep, slippery 2km course and finished in 36th place, the 3rd Stroud District representative to finish. Well done on a fantastic performance!

School Games L2 Cross Country Races for Y5 and Y6

The District Cross Country races also took place on Monday 5th March. Over 200 children competed in the rain at Stratford Park, racing on a very tough and muddy course. All the Bisley and Oakridge pupils who took part really challenged themselves and produced some great runs. One of our Y5 girls ran a brilliantly paced race, finishing in 7th place, so was selected to represent the district at the County Finals race.

School Games L2 Quicksticks Hockey

Although snow drifts were still lying around Bisley on Monday 5th March, our hockey team headed off to Stratford Park at lunchtime to compete alongside 20 other teams in the District Hockey tournament. Thankfully, the snow in Stroud ahd melted and the team enjoyed an exciting afternoon of hockey. Playing on an astroturf surface felt quite different at first but, after losing a couple of tight matches, the players soon adjusted and the team produced some great wins.

Netball Club

For the first time in several years, the school now has a thriving netball club on Tuesdays after school. It is currently run by Miss Gill, of Atlas Sports, with the support of two parents. We are delighted that the two 'netball mums' will be taking over the running of the club next term. The weather conditions might have been challenging at times but the children have been enjoying learning and improving their netball skills.

Class 2 PE

We are continually looking at ways to make our PE provision even better and this term Class 2 are benefitting from special sessions being delivered by Mr Tanner and Mr Hall on Friday mornings. Despite the freezing conditions for their first lesson, the children enjoyed a very active and fun hour whilst the staff also learned new skills. 

Gloucestershire Primary Schools Indoor Rowing Competition

On Monday 5th February, all our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils competed in the indoor rowing competition at St Matthews Primary School. Every one of the children showed so many great qualities, including perseverance, determination, respect, honesty and courage. It was great to see them all challenging themselves and encouraging one another. Many of our pupils set new personal best scores in their individual races and one of our Year 5 girls was delighted to be rewarded with a gold medal. However, it was in the relay races that the children really excelled, discovering that working together as a team really brought out the best in them. Our Year 5 girls’ team was amazing, winning by a distance of over half a kilometre. Another example of great co-operation was shown by our Year 5 boys’ team - which actually included two Year 5 girls! They discovered they were much stronger when working together as a team and they ended up achieving a bronze position finish. Huge congratulations must go to every one of our Year 5 and 6 pupils!

South of England Indoor Rowing Championships

Following on from our first ever indoor rowing sessions in the Autumn, eight Bisley Blue Coat pupils were selected to represent St Matthew's Indoor Rowing Club at the South of England Indoor Rowing Championships. It meant a very early start for the children and their families on Sunday 4th February, travelling to Abingdon, in Oxfordshire, to compete. It turned out to be an amazing morning and one that was positive and very successful for all our pupils. They were all great ambassadors for the school. Lots of medals were won and some of our pupils became South of England Indoor Rowing Champions!

Sports Leaders and Sports Crew

Following their applications, nine pupils from Years 5 and 6 have become Sports Leaders. Five of the children also have additional responsibilities as members of the School Sports Crew. They were thrilled to receive their badges from Mr Glenn Price, Head of PE and Sport at Thomas Keble School.

The Sports Leaders are enjoying the training sessions that Mr Price is leading on Wednesday afternoons and they are looking forward to sharing their new skills with the rest of the pupils. 

Cluster Quicksticks Hockey

Our pupils had only returned for 4 days following the Christmas holidays when some of our older children competed in the Cluster Quicksticks Hockey Tournament, organised by Thomas Keble School and held at Inside Football. We entered two teams (Bisley Dynamos and Bisley Thunder) and it provided a great opportunity for the children to work on their skills and challenge themselves in a competitive environment. They also needed to use a lot of the new Christian value for this term – perseverance! All the children had a lot of fun and gained a lot from playing. One of our teams even came away with medals, having won the small schools section of the competition.