On the 3rd July, over 500 KS1 pupils from 14 different Primary Schools from Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury took part in the annual KS1 Multi Skills Festival at Cheltenham College.

Schools attended 1 of 3 sessions throughout the day. The children were greeted on arrival by our special guests- Fireman Sam and Minnie Mouse! The Olympic Themed multi sports activities were then kicked off with a fun and engaging 'Wake and Shake' routine with an array of dance moves and music lead by the 2 VIP's!

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Warmed up and ready to go, the KS1 pupils were split into teams and completed 10 Olympic and Paralympic sports stations including; Boccia, Sitting Volleyball, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Football and Boxing. Each station was led by local Secondary School Sports Leaders who did a fantastic job in including every pupil in the short sessions which focused on key skills within the specific sport (i.e. quick feet and co-ordination for Boxing and concentration and balance for Gymnastics).

The aim of the day was to get everybody active and involved, the competition element of the festival was in the form of Olympic and Paralympic Values, with certain individuals being rewarded for displaying characteristics such as: Team Work, Determination and Respect.

Thank you to everybody that attended; schools and leaders, to Cheltenham College for hosting, to Minnie and Fireman Sam and finally, to Cheltenham Fencing who sponsored the event.

The King's Junior School from Gloucester were crowned School Games County High 5 Champions at Bentham Country Club. Each of the five district winners came together to compete in the final in a round robin format. The King's Junior School won three games and drew their fourth to be crowed champions.

Natalie Coates, games teacher at The King's Junior School, said: "They truly deserve to be crowned champions and I hope they continue to enjoy playing netball in the future." Rachel Bussey, Gloucestershire's netball development officer, said: "It was fantastic to see young players, both girls and boys, enjoying competitive netball. All the teams played with skill and great enthusiasm and yet were courteous and respectful to each other. "They were a delight to watch and The King's Junior School were worthy winners".

The schools taking part were: The Rosary Catholic Primary School (Stroud), Woodmancote Primary School (Cheltenham), Powell's C of E (Cotswold), King's Junior School (Gloucester), Tibberton Community Primary School (Forest).

The typical British Summer weather unfortunately caused the Oberthur Primary School Rounders League to be a bit of a wash out this year, with many of the games being cancelled due to the very rainy summer term we all had to contend with.However, there were some teams that managed to rearrange fixtures so Well Done to: Rowanfield Junior, Springbank Academy, St. James C of E, Lakeside Primary, St. Marks C of E, St Gregory the Great School!

The Obethur Primary School Rounders League is for pupils in Year 5&6, teams made up of a maximum of 15 players and a minimum of 6. Due to the popularity of the league, with 16 School Teams entering this year, teams were randomly put into 4 leagues (Red, Blue, Yellow and Green) and the 4 teams within each league play each other once throughout June and July. The winners of each league then come together to play off in a Final- with the original finals date and the reserve date being ‘unplayable’ we went on games won and rounders scored.

The overall winners were Lakeside Primary School- congratulations to the team!

Their teacher, Mr. Bennett commented on how well all of the team played together, a special mention to go to 4 of his outstanding players; When fielding: Zoe Hopkinson (backstop) who made some superb catches, Joe Hocking (bowler) very accurate bowling making it very difficult for opponents and Matthew Burman (2nd base) excellent work in keeping the batting team at 1st base. Also when batting, Billy Scott who made some very big hits for the team!

Thank you to the Primary School Teachers for running the Rounders Club practices and organising the league fixtures, and also to Oburther Technologies for sponsoring the Primary School Rounders League this year.

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Newlands Park saw a beautiful day on Thursday 29th March alongside that they hosted this year’s Cheltenham School Sport Network Tag Rugby Tournament 2012. Forty-Six Teams represented their schools proudly in what turned out to be a great day of sun, fun and lots of rugby, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

The morning began with all teams being placed in random pools to make them qualify for the Shield, Cup, Bowl, Trophy, Plate and Flute. Every team played to the best of their abilities with parents and teachers cheering them on all the way. Some schools came to have a fun day out and enjoy themselves, whilst others came to win with some clear training ground moves being pulled off in some games. After each game some great sportsmanship was shown with both teams giving three cheers to the other and shaking hands and wishing the other team good luck.

After the final pool games and the final whistles being blown the results were in. Each team waited eagerly to see where their hard work had placed them. All the trophies were presented to the winning captain of each team by Gloucester and Scottish international Rugby Player Rory Lawson who had come down to watch the future of the game start their careers. The winners of the Flute were Prestbury St. Marys. The winners of the Plate were Warden Hill 1’s. The Trophy was awarded to St. James. The Bowl was taken home by Greatfield Park 1’s. St. Marks 1’s won the Cup. Finally, the Shield and overall Champions were Woodmancote Primary School.

Special thanks have to go to Dan Derrick, Kirsty Dunleavy, Clive Smith and Ken Cuthbert for organising this entire event. Gloucester Rugby Club for providing some rugby balls and t-shirts for the referee’s. Further thanks go to students from Pates Grammar School, Winchcombe Secondary School and Tewkesbury Secondary School who all helped the event be possible through refereeing games and recording scores. Finally, the last thanks go to some students from the University of Gloucestershire and members of Old Patesians Rugby Club who helped Referee games as well.

Sport Leaders from Pate’s Grammar School have worked hard to organise an end of season Netball Tournament for Cheltenham Primary Schools. With the league already finished the tournament was one last chance for the schools to compete in Netball till next season.

This event took place at Pate’s Grammar School on March 26th. Ten schools came and competed in a lovely day of sunshine with some brilliant netball played from every team. The schools that took part were Charlton Kings, Leckhampton, Hesters Way, Naunton Park, St. Marks, St. James, Woodmancote, Bishops Cleeve, Rowan Field and Swindon Village.

All games were highly contested and a great site to see. The final was an extremely close affair between Woodmancote and Naunton Park. However, Naunton Park overcame Woodmancote in the final to be crowned the overall winners of the tournament.

Woodmancote may have lost the final but they won the League and are the District League Champions for the second year running. Woodmancote will get one more chance to play netball by representing Cheltenham in the County Finals in May this year.