Ten Y5/6 children competed in the First Stroud Small Schools swimming gala today. The event was held at Stratford Park with 11 schools competing. All swam to their best ability and Horsley did really well with 3 children managing to secure a place in the finals. Ruby came third in the girls' front crawl, and both Reuben and William gained second place in their races, the boys' breast stroke and front crawl respectively. The standard of swimming was incredibly high and all are to be congratulated. A fantastic effort all round!
A wet and windy sports day showed the children in their true colours this afternoon; well in red, blue and yellow to be precise. Taking part in fast sprints, long distance, slow bicycle, traditional sack, egg and spoon, bat and ball, football dribble, late to school and skipping races, the teams fought long and hard with every child competing and trying their best. Apart from two gazebos that blew away, sports day passed without mishap, there were plenty of windswept and damp parents cheering their children on from the sidelines! The three teams were very close but in the end the Blues pulled ahead winning by 45 points. The cup was awarded to the proud team captains, with their team leading the traditional champions' circuit, closely followed by the reds and yellows.
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The playground was packed out with parents, grandparents, siblings and friends, all eager to see one of the highlights of the school year, the junior summer play. The audience was enjoying a beautiful summer's evening but they were magically transported to a mysterious island with tempestuous seas and giant waves (Y3 dance). The famous Shakespeare play was expertly narrated by Ariel (Lily) throughout, with Prospero (Nat), Miranda (Isobel) and Caliban (Archie) taking lead roles. The confident singing by both the soloists and chorus really held the play together. There were also some lovely comedy moments involving a washing line, bottles of drink and a Benny Hill style of dance! The Hobgoblins were superbly portrayed by the Y5s who brought these strange creatures alive. FHS provided refreshments and we were all treated to some fantastic entertainment. Well done children, you were all fabulous!
Sponsor forms completed, running shoes on and water bottles at the ready saw the start of Horsley's Race for Life. Raising money for Cancer Research, the older children were led on a cross country course through the woods by olympic athlete, Dan Robinson whilst the younger pupils ran around a large coned course on the village field. Many demonstrated tremendous stamina and perseverance and just kept going despite the warm weather. All were awarded a well-deserved medal for taking part within a terrific atmosphere of achievement and a lot of fun. Well done sporty children!
It was all smiles at the recent running event at Stratford Court. Competing against many other primary schools across the Five Valleys, the Horsley team did us proud. Merlin Dawson did very well and made it into the Y6 boys final. Well done! The evening went to Lily-Anna Hughes who not only reached the final in the Y5 girls sprint but came second. A tremendous achievement, we are really proud of our athletes.