This Week at St Andrew's!
Rio 2016 Tag Rugby Festival - 20th September
A hugely impressive team performance saw St Andrew's finish 4th out of a field of 23 teams at Cirencester Rugby Club. Notching four wins from five games during the morning, the team suffered an unfortunate injury to captain and leading try-scorer Charlie, which ruled him out for the afternoon matches. Everyone battled gamely against the odds, resulting in St Andrew's missing out on Bronze by a single try. Numerous positive comments were made by match officials and observers alike, praising our teamwork, movement and passing skills. Great job, team: we're proud of you all!
Spring Sports Update
The Spring term has been a real time of celebration for our sports-children: St Andrew's has been represented at County Level in both Gymnastics and Cross Country! Following the very impressive 5th place secured by our Year 3 & 4 Keysteps Gymnastics Team in the County Finals (well done Otto, Jemima, Lulu, Hannah, Jasmine and Flora! Also for your 6th place individual rank, Flora - brilliant!), George Quli firstly qualified for the North Cotswolds Cross Country Squad and then secured 3rd place for the team in the County Championships! In addition, our Tag Rugby team finished 4th in the North Cotswolds Tournament; winning 3, drawing 1 and losing just once. It was a very, very good performance from all the children involved, and Mr Hunt came away extremely proud of you all. Well done too to our Netballers, who performed with courage against very strong opposition in the High 5 Netball tournament.
Gloucester Rugby vs Leicester Tigers - 30/1/16
Years 4, 5 and 6 enjoyed a memorable day at Kingsholm, touring the stadium and enjoying a Q&A session with current players Gareth Evans and Tom Hicks, compered by Samoa and Gloucester legend Terry Fanuloa, before parading around the pitch prior to kick-off. A brilliant day was sadly capped by a narrow defeat for the Cherry & Whites, but that made the experience no less special.
St Andrew's Sings Pop!
We have all had a pop-tastic week, learning lyrics, mastering melodies and digesting dance routines! I Sing Pop came in for the week, teaching us songs and routines all linked closely to and inspired by Christian values. The week was crowned with a transformation of the hall into a recording studio, where we cut our first album! Thursday 4th February will herald our debut live gig, in the heavenly surroundings of St Andrew's Church. Matinee performance at 2:15pm, evening show: 6:15pm. Come and join us; let St Andrew's rock your socks off!
St Andrew's Win Gold! County Finals, Here We Come! North Cotswolds Y3/4 Key Step Gym Competition 21/1/16
A magnificent performance from St Andrew’s A team clinched an incredible first place, meaning we will be representing our district at the county finals in Gloucester in April! Congratulations Flora, Jasmine, Lulu, Hannah, Otto and Jemima – we are all very proud of you! A massive thank you also to Rachel Rogers of Cotswold Gymnastics Club for her clearly excellent coaching! Our B team also showed lots of courage and teamwork, representing our school impeccably. Well done gymnasts!
Bishop Rachel's Visit 21/1/16
What a privilege it was to welcome Bishop Rachel to our school yesterday. She spent just under an hour with us, visiting each class and answering some very well thought through questions that the children had prepared. She is a kind, warm hearted and dynamic person and communicated with us all in a very non-threatening manner, makingeveryone feel completely at ease.
October Sports Update.
Yet another busy month for our sports teams between Cross Country, Netball, Rugby and Football competitions, alongside the annual Orienteering event for Years 3 & 4. Our fantastic Tag Rugby team rounded off their term of coaching with Gloucester Rugby by participating in a second World Cup- themed tournament, this time held at the Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham. They emerged unbeaten, winning one and drawing their remaining two matches. Our two Year 5 teams both finished just outside the medal places in 4th, at the inaugural Cotswolds Team Cross Country Relay; a superb performance in a strong field featuring fifteen other schools. St Andrew’s Netballers showed their pluck in securing a series of draws against strong opposition at the Cotswolds High 5 Fun Festival while our Year 3 & 4 Football Team represented their school superbly at the North Cotswolds Tournament, winning three and drawing two of their matches on the way to an impressive 4th place finish.
St Andrew's Achieve Sainsbury's School Games Silver Kitemark!
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Silver Kitemark in recognition of our ongoing efforts in offering the widest possible range of sporting and physical activity to our children, both as part of the curriculum and extra. Go us!
RWC Tag Rugby Festival, Friday 18th September
St Andrew's Springboks enjoyed a wonderful day at Cirencester Rugby Club, doing themselves proud with a series of determined, competitive and team-focused performances. Our children were praised for their vision and passing, which was the hallmark of their game. Every single member of our squad played their part, with Nell leading by example in her role as Captain. Elijah, Henry and Will showed fantastic leadership skills also; helping, encouraging and organising throughout. George, Lara and Josh showed real courage, this being their first experience of Y5/6 inter-school competition. Brian, Milo, Orla and Troy made up the team, without forgetting our 'Player of the Tournament', Charlie! Of the ten games we played, St Andrew's Springboks won 3 and drew 3; a superb performance considering we were one of the smallest schools in attendance. A massive WELL DONE to everyone!
Gloucester Rugby come to St Andrew's!
We are delighted that Class 4 have the superb opportunity to enjoy six weeks of top tag rugby coaching courtesy of Gloucester Rugby! Coinciding with the Rugby World Cup, the programme will finish with an RWC-themed inter-school tournament to be held in Cheltenham on Tuesday 13th October. GLAWSTERRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!
St Andrew's Second Annual Fun Run - A resounding success!
Sunday 6th September saw a record-breaking turnout of 76 runners enjoying a beautiful morning and a glorious setting for St Andrew's second Fun Run. A heart-warming show of help and support from the entire school family led to a brilliantly organised and managed morning; a huge thank-you to everybody involved (especially Jenni - thank you so much for your organisation, commitment and time, which made the whole event possible in the first place)! It was also lovely to see such an impressive number of supporters without direct links to our school; a wonderful opportunity to reinforce St Andrew's place at the heart of our local community.
The full list of runners and finishing times is available here.
Sports Day, Friday 10th July
A lovely day, with an inaugural field events morning for KS2 added to the more usual track events afternoon. All children did themselves proud and competed fantastically. Well done to Red Team for taking the title, following several years of Yellow domination!
Area Athletics Finals, Tuesday 7th July
We are extremely proud to have had a number of our children representing the Cotswolds cluster of schools at the Area Athletics Finals. Madeleine, Megan, Nell, Olivia and Orla all qualified, and did a wonderful job, finishing second in the Year 6 50m Shuttle Relay and Olivia finishing 3rd in the Y4 50m Sprint. Brilliantly done, girls!
Rounders match vs Stow-on-the-Wold, Thursday 24th June
St Andrew's signed off our competitive inter-school sports season in style, comprehensively beating Stow away, 8-15. The whole team played excellently, communicating well and supporting each other. As captain, Joe advised and led his team-mates brilliantly. Well done Joe, Megan, Madeleine, Sadie, Ciara, William, Nell, Olivia and George, you put a VERY big smile on Mr Hunt's face!
Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers
A huge thank you to all parents and staff for your support in helping us collect 1109 vouchers, allowing us to order a full set of new stop- watches and cricket & rounders balls. Thank you!
Class 2 visit Abbey Farm
A great local place to visit, near Cirencester, this free trip allowed our children to learn about growing food, caring for livestock and selling produce at the farm.
For Summer terms 5 & 6, we are delighted to be working with Dave O'Hanlon, a superb tennis coach. Every Thursday, Mr O'Hanlon works at school with our Key Stage 1 children in the morning before moving up to the Hill & Valley lawn tennis club courts, which are very lucky to have access to. Perfect for our budding Andy Murrays!
North Cotswolds Tag Rugby Festival, Friday 6th March
A brave team performance saw St Andrew's beat Bourton, and only lose to a very big, strong Stow side by a very late try. Madeleine captained the team valiantly in her first rugby event, ably assisted by Nell. Ciara, Megan and Will caused havoc on the wings while Joe, Milo and Elijah ran and intercepted powerfully through the middle. Henry, Troy and Charlie proved themselves more than capable of competing (and scoring!) against much older opposition. Well done team, you made Mr Hunt very proud (and more than a little hoarse...)
World Book Day, Friday 6th March
The nasty Queen of Hearts took control of St Andrew's today, but fortunately no-one lost their head! The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Cat in the Hat and Pi made sure of that!
India Day, Tuesday 24th February
Many thanks to Daxa, who came into school to teach Key Stage 2 about life in India, Hinduism and Indian dancing. Everybody learned a lot, including Mr Hunt and Mrs Fitch!
Key Stage 2 Cross Country event, Weds 11th February
Another superb display from our runners in a packed field of competitors: around 120 girls, 150-odd boys. Everyone did their best, and represented our school brilliantly. Madeleine and Megan finished 25th and 27th, while George came in 44th. Well done to each and every one of you!
Key Stage 2 Cross Country event, Thursday 5th February 2015
A big WELL DONE to our courageous cross-country runners: Theo, Joe, William, Megan, Madeleine, Nell, Rebecca, Olivia, Charlie, Troy, George and Henry. In very cold conditions (it was actually snowing!), everyone gave their all and represented our school with real pride. Special congratulations to Olivia, who finished second in the girl's event!
Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers.
We are collecting Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers, so please spread the word to family and friends. The more we collect, the more free equipment we can order! Our collection box can be found in the entrance hall, by the office.
Y3/4 Key Steps Gymnastics event, Thursday 22nd January 2015
A plucky performance from our all-girl team: Orla, Shannon, Flora, Lulu, Hannah and the unfortunate Jasmine who had to withdraw through illness at the very last minute. A huge well done to Flora who did amazingly well, finishing as the 3rd highest-scoring individual over both floor and vault. As a team we finished 10th, which was very respectable for our first Key Steps Gymnastics event! All the girls behaved delightfully and worked brilliantly as a team, truly representing our school with pride!
Thanks also to Mrs Kenning, Mrs McMahon and Mrs Lane-Fox for your help and support - it was very much appreciated!
Flora 'Tubs for Tablets' promotion update.
Many thanks to all parents and children for collecting the tokens. I am pleased to say that we gathered over 100, entitling us to two new Samsung tablets. These will double our provision of tablet computers to four, allowing groups of children to access the internet for research and to hone their Maths and English skills using educational apps.
Community Litter Pick
All the children took part in the Community Litter pick in March. They tided up the grounds around the school and the perimeter. Class 4 went up the hill and into the Village Hall and found lots to collect. This was a real help to the village and we were pleased to help.
Church Spring Clean
After the Easter Service, Class 4 stayed at the church and cleaned. They cleared and dusted the book shelves and then polished the pews. Again this was a great help towards the spring clean and much appreciated by the Church.