Summer 2018

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.

Mini Olympics

Our final sporting event of the year was the Thomas Keble School Mini Olympics, held on Thursday 19th July. All of our Year 5 and 6 pupils competed in this, along with two teams of children from Years 3 and 4. It was a very active, exciting afternoon and the teams competed in athletics, basketball, hockey and football. There were also international athletes present, who spent time talking to and inspiring the children. All of our teams performed really well during the afternoon, challenging themselves and enjoying the competition against other primary schools. One of our Year 3 and 4 teams, Bisley Bears, was delighted to be awarded certificates for winning their age group.

Thomas Keble Sports Awards

Two of our Year 6 pupils, IM and BG, attended the Thomas Keble School Sports Awards evening, where they received Primary Link Sports Awards in recognition of their sporting performances for Bisley Blue Coat School during the year. We are very fortunate to have such a great link with our local senior school and we would like to thank Mr Glenn Price, Head of the PE Department, for all his help and support during the year.

Sports Week 2018

Our first ever Sports Week was held at the start of July and all our pupils took part in a range of activities.

On the Monday, our Key Stage 2 pupils enjoyed a tag rugby morning and were joined by pupils from Oakridge and Miserden schools. This was a Project Touchline session, delivered by Roaring Rugby and we are very grateful to the Bisley Benefice for their support of this. Meanwhile, our Key stage 1 pupils took part in a Rounders Tournament, again with Oakridge and Misereden schools.

Our inter-house sports day took place on the following day and Oak were the triumphant winners of the sports day cup. We were delighted that lots of family members competed in our Wimbledon Wobble parents’ races. A big thank you must go to Mr James for his wonderful photographs of the event, all of which are available to parents.

Another activity during the week, In response to our pupil voice survey in May, was karate and all our Key Stage 2 pupils took part in some brilliant sessions delivered by sensai Chris Gardener.

This is what one of our Year 6 pupils, TT, had to say about the week:

Sports week was packed with activities for us to do.

On Monday, children from Oakridge and Miserden joined us to play tag rugby. We came back to school feeling happy (and quite tired).

The next day, we returned to the field for sports day in our house teams. Everyone had banners and chanted for their teams.

When Wednesday came, we went back to the field again for three different activities: archery, climbing wall and kin-ball. These were all amazing activities and we would love to do them again.

On Thursday afternoon, we did karate and learnt quite a few moves. We also had visits from some local sports people.

Overall, these sports experiences were amazing and it would be great to do it again.

Many thanks to Miss Gill (England rugby player and sports coach), Mr Clatworthy (triathlon expert), Jennie Batten (athletics expert) and Mr Chris Gardner and Josh Carroll (karate experts) for sharing their experiences with the children.

Stroud District School Games Sportabilty 2018

On Monday 2nd July, a team of 7 children, from Years 3 and 4, represented the school at the Sportability event held at Archway School. They enjoyed competing against eight other teams at a dozen different activities, including boccia, new age curling, standing long jump and ten pin bowling. However, the timed parachute and ball game was the children’s favourite activity. A massive thank you must go to our SGO, James Jeffery, for organising such a great event.

Class 3 Residential Trip – Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Below is a report by one of our Year 5 pupils, LC :

In June, Class 3 went on an amazing residential trip. Everybody agreed that although the temperature outside was in the high twenties, the air-conditioning made the coach feel almost cold! Pupils from Miserden and Oakridge joined us and it was a great opportunity for us to interact and make friends.

There were some children that felt homesick but their friends were there to help them. On the other hand, some people really enjoyed being away from their siblings!

All the activities were really fun and exciting; a few of them involved heights and some required lots of energy. Others needed teamwork, coordination and concentration.

The teachers enjoyed it just as much as the children and some of them took part in the activities, which the children found really funny! The trip went by so quickly and the year five children are looking forward to being able to go on residential again in 2019.

Stroud District Small Schools Swimming Gala

Below is a report written by one of our Year 5 pupils, LW :

On Tuesday 26th June, Mrs Batten took a team of 10 people (from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) to Stratford Park for the Stroud Schools swimming gala. Everyone did exceptionally well with lots of people reaching finals in their events. The team that came first was only one point ahead of us…. We were so close! At the end of the event we all jumped into the pool and had lots of fun.

District Sports Athletics - Field and Track Events

This event is always a highlight in the Bisley School sporting calendar, partly because it is such an exciting competition and partly because more than half of our KS2 pupils are able to compete in it. This year, the field events took place at St Matthews’ School on Monday 18th June and our long jumpers and throwers performed brilliantly, earning valuable points to be carried forward and added to any others earned at the track event, taking place on the following Monday evening. Those races were held at Stratford Court and our very excited Bisley team was outstanding. Once again, the children showed great determination and teamwork, especially in all the relays and earned lots more points – and at the end of the evening they were declared as overall winners!

Below is a report by one of our Year 6 pupils, AC :

On Monday 25th June, the district sports track events were held.

We went ahead with a good start after winning the first two races of the afternoon. It felt amazing and my adrenaline was really high – I couldn’t wait to do my races. Whilst we were there, the atmosphere was really good as everyone was cheering for their team.

The time finally came for my race; I felt like I had been waiting for years but when I got to the start line, I was really nervous: luckily it was a mixed relay so I ran second. When Raphy passed me the baton, we were a bit behind and I do not know how but I ran my fastest and this helped the team to get first place. I was really pleased and excited for my sprint.

Unfortunately, my sprint did not go so well and here is why: only a few weeks before hand I had broken my foot on a trampoline! I thought I would be fine for the races. As I took to the start line, I was more worried and nervous than before. The race started, I was running strongly but about half way through, I felt a pain that meant I was only jogging. I was out of my next event – the relay final. Fortunately, my brother, EC, stepped in and the mixed relay team came third.

Overall, because of the team effort, we won the District Sports competition. We were so happy and proud!

KS1 Tournament

On Monday 25th June, Mr Wright, Mrs Gibbs and Miss Cratchley took all of your Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils to Bussage Primary School to compete in the Key Stage 1 tournament. It was a great opportunity for all of our younger pupils to represent the school. The games they competed in included Rainbow Run, Skittle Ball and Tiggers.

Gloucestershire Cricket Board Girls’ Cricket Festival

Our Girls’ Cricket Team competed at Frampton-on-Severn on Wednesday 13th June. At the start of the morning the girls were feeling excited but very nervous as none of them had played cricket outside school before. However, nerves were soon forgotten once they started to play their first game, which they went on to win. Mrs Batten was particularly impressed with the bowling of all the girls in each game played, something that they had been working hard on improving with her at school, during their PE lessons.

School Games Mountain Biking

The school entered two teams in the School Games Mountain Biking Competition, which took place at Stratford Park on Tuesday 12th June. This was a totally new competition for the school and we learned a lot about it for the future. Our pupils really challenged themselves and had a lot of fun too. They were delighted to discover that race times meant that they came equal 5th out of 15 teams.

Key Stage 1 Cricket event, courtesy of the Bisley Benefice

Bisley Blue Coat School is a Church of England School and in May we were fortunate to have a cricket event for our younger pupils funded by the Bisley Benefice. Our pupils from Class 1 were joined for the morning by Key Stage 1 children from Oakridge Parochial School. The event was delivered by coaches from Project Touchline and it linked sport with the Christian values of the school. After the event, the children from both schools took advantage of the wonderful weather to enjoy a picnic lunch together at the field. A huge thank you must go to John Cowen and the Bisley Benefice for organising and funding this special event.

Pupil Voice

All of our pupils, from Reception to Year 6, completed a pupil voice questionnaire during May and their comments will influence our PE and Sport provision for the next academic year. It was great to read that many of our pupils feel that our ‘Daily 10’ initiative, that we introduced last September, has become an important part of our school day and our older pupils say that it definitely helps them with their learning. Several pupils in Class 2 said that they would be keen to try some martial arts so we are aiming to book a taster session in Sports Week.

Long Jumping

Class 3 pupils were very fortunate to be able to visit Thomas Keble School to use their long jump facilities on Monday 21st May. All the children worked hard on improving their jumping technique and Mrs Batten and Miss Edwards were delighted with the progress made by every child.  

School Games L2 QuadKids Athletics Competition

Ten of our children from Year 3 and Year 4 competed in the Quad Kids competition at Archway School on Wednesday 9th May. They represented the school brilliantly and were excellent at supporting one another. Their determination really paid off as they scored an amazing total of 1883 points, which earned them 5th place out of 21 teams.

Stroud Schools Country Dancing Festival

On Thursday 19th April, our dancers joined approximately 300 other children from schools in the Stroud District to perform a whole range of country dances, such as the King’s Silver Jig, the Cheltenham Flyer and the Cumberland Square Eight. Our Bisley dancers were fantastic and the evening was a lot of fun, especially when parents were asked to join in with some of the dances!