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.
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.
Y3, 4, 5 and 6 had a fabulous morning on Tuesday as they took part in Pulse Games - based on the Rugby World Cup - delivered by a large group of volunteers from Psalms. The children were split into six teams, each representing a different country. Each team perfected a chant to perform to the group, took part in an opening ceremony and competed against one another in a range of fun sports activities loosely based on rugby. Points were accumulated with a large number reserved for sportsmanlike behaviour and team effort. The games were centred around the Christian value of honour. The final results were as follows: Tonga 220, Scotland 245, England 285, New Zealand 305, Japan 310 and the winning team was ......Argentina with 314 points. Each member of the winning team received a medal and all paraded their flags in the closing ceremony. Finally, one child from each team was selected for exceptional sportsmanlike behaviour and received a special certificate. We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who made this great event so memorable.
Good teamwork was the name of the game on Monday evening, when eight Y5/6 children took part in rounders fixtures against Woodchester and Cashes Green primaries. Horsley won one game and also lost one. Well done to the team for great sportsmanship and for representing the school so enthusiastically.
It's always a pleasure taking our children away as they get so much out of spending their first days away from Mum and Dad and on holiday with so many friends. Owls took part in kayaking, mountain biking, abseiling, a stream walk and a visit to the beach in Somerset. The best bit was getting soaked and utterly covered in mud! Otters stayed more local and visited Nympsfield, Coaley Peak and Uley Long Barrow, with the Y4s managing to complete a 5 mile walk and a night away in Slimbridge. Thanks to the teachers for giving up their time to organise and manage these residential trips. The children loved every moment.
James Aburrow, an LTA tennis coach from Minchinhampton tennis club ran a taster coaching session for Otters and Badgers last week. It was fantastic to see so many children enjoying the new surface and hitting balls at such a young age. Thanks James! He is offering trial sessions on Tuesday 2nd June at King George V playing fields in Nailsworth. 8 and under at 4pm. 9 and 10 year olds at 5pm. 11 year to 16 years at 6pm.
Sports England have funded a brand new court at Nailsworth Tennis Club (including flood lights) providing better opportunities for children to play tennis at a young age. There are regular well-priced training sessions and we would encourage you to take part. The new facility is excellent and the club is keen to promote links with local schools. Dan Robinson (an ex-olympic marathon runner and of course, one of our parents) cut the purple ribbon and declared the new court open. Many local children immediately took full advantage and started hitting balls.....