Enriching lives at The Cotswold School

Working with innovative people, who are experts in their fields, helps our students aim high

Forging links with members of our business community, and with Higher Education, encourages our students to reach for the skies. We offer a rich programme of careers talks and visits, including in business, journalism, aviation and many other sectors. We have hosted volunteer interviewers to sit face-to-face with our Year 11 students, so they begin to get used to the format of an interview.

Interview situations are challenging on many fronts, which is why I am so proud of the achievements of all our Year 13s who applied to Oxbridge. To the five students who received offers – Emma Ramsay (Geography, Oxford), Milo Wills (French & German, Oxford), Anna Hall (Biochemistry, Oxford), Beth Jones (History, Oxford) and Freddie O’Sullivan (French & History, Cambridge) – our congratulations. We are grateful to all who worked so hard to support them, including preparing them for their challenging Oxbridge interviews.

Recently we welcomed back the engaging Dr Guy Sutton of the University of Nottingham, to deliver his excellent neuroscience tutorial to Year 13 students, entitled ‘Brain Day’. It was a day full of questions and opportunities to make discoveries. Creative people also inspire our school and our students. Our talented music and drama students met Pete Woollard, who works as Assistant Musical Director at the hit West End show, Wicked. Pete spent two days with us, coaching many of our singers and performers at the school. Engaging performer Spoz the Poet worked with our Year 8 students, helping them create and perform some marvellous raps and rhymes. The winning poets from the day will

Exciting News for The Bourton School of Gymnastics!

Local residents & Club Directors Martin and Kerwen Collett are proud to announce that after taking part in the Gloucestershire County Squad trials, 3 local gymnasts, who began their journey at their local class at The Cotswold School, have secured places in this year’s Gloucestershire Gymnastics Squads.

On January 19th 2020 Charlotte and Emily Lord & Holly Smith were successful, alongside 7 other Gymnasts from our umbrella club The Gym Centre, namely, Olivia Smith, Autumn Varley, Lily Herdman, Tilley Burge, Grace Campbell, Maisey Price, Maria Hancock in gaining a spot in the squads!

They are joined by two more local gymnasts, Sophie and Jessica Havill who were preselected to join the Gloucestershire Squads based on their previous competition results! Alongside them, Tallulah Cole, Mollie Williams, Lottie Sawi, Olivia Burge, Emma-Joy Penrose and Aaliyah Yussuf were also preselected based on their previous performance.

The club is delighted with these results and sees it as a fantastic reward for the gymnasts’ and coaches’ efforts in training. We look forward to seeing what lies ahead for our gymnasts in 2020!

To find out more about gymnastics or to sign up to a 3-week introductory course at The Bourton School of Gymnastics please get in touch on 07870624180.

Tennis Club

Bourton has a fantastic tennis club in the heart of the village. The tennis season will begin in earnest from April but new members are welcome any time at Bourton Tennis Club. The club has a growing Junior section with fun competitions through the year and a Junior Club Night every Thursday from 6-7pm (starting again when the clocks go forward). The club also has its resident professional coach, James Hilltout, who always welcomes new Juniors into his lessons.

Adults are very well catered for too with plenty of social tennis, league matches and competitions. Club nights are every Wednesday from 6:15pm. Why not come along to say hello and get into tennis?

Bourton Tennis Club welcomes new members, both junior and adult, at any time. If you’ve played before and want to get back into tennis, or you are a complete novice, or simply want to get your children involved, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! Please visit our website at www.bourtontennisclub.org for more information.

See you on court!

Alex Peyton

Bloomsbury Harry Potter Book Night – The Goblet of Fire. Tri Wizard Tournament.

22 Cotswold North Brownies decided that they would like to celebrate the annual Bloomsbury Mystical, Mythical and Magical Harry Potter book night this year – so on Friday evening we (Wizards, Witches and Muggles) gathered in ‘Hogwarts’ aka the WI Hall in Moreton in Marsh, for 2 hours of Hocus Pocus and Wizarding fun, where after decorating our very Powerful and Magical Wands, which we then used it to make a Mysterious Mythical Exploding Potion, chanting ‘ Boil Boil Bubble and Pop, Grow and Grow and do not stop’ we managed to be protected from the Hungarian Horn-tailed Dragon during the first task of the Tri-wizard Tournament where we needed to steal the Dragon eggs – which contained baby dragon (chocolate)eggs and a couple of special prizes – well done Elissa and Alice for winning those. Next, for the Second task we had to make a pretty sparkly enchanted Elixir Charm necklaces which were wore around our necks whilst searching in the Black Lake for seaweed, merepeople, giant squids, silver fish Grindylows and many other fantasy creatures which may have been there. After a short break to eat edible wands and drink an enchanted colour changing potion. We then began our Third task, a game of Quidditch a fast high scoring table tennis ball game with bangles of different colours for the hoops and some unknown double coloured hoops as well as score changing Purple Hoops – so skill and tactics were needed ‘Brave or not so Brave’ as to decide whether to aim and score through them as your score could be wiped out! The 4 highest scorers won a Tri-Wizard Trophy each, well done Mia, Ermione, Ruby and Lara who each took home a trophy and everyone else had a trophy shaped biscuit. It was then time to leave ‘Hogwarts’ and take the wonderful memories of a fun night home with us as well as a chocolate Frog from the table in the Great Hall, some Galleons, which the Goblins from Gringotts Bank had kindly given us and some of what were once Neville Longbottoms (jelly) Toads! before they escaped into the Black Lake, these were all encased in secret coloured parcel and hidden in a cauldron.                                                                                                                                                           If you would like to consider being a Brownie (Rainbow or Guide) Leader/Helper in Cotswold North Division please email cotswoldnbrownies@girlguidingglos.org.uk

Bourton Panto Group, present “Mother Goose”

Winter Weather Arrangements – Parish Council

Winter Weather arrangements

In good time for the winter weather, residents are reminded of the arrangements that will be in place to tackle any winter weather in Bourton this year.

As usual, GCC will arrange for the primary roads in the village to be gritted and cleared of snow, as and when necessary.  A stock of grit and grit spreading equipment is held by the Parish Council to be made available to residents and businesses for clearing public pavements and footpaths as required.  The equipment will be loaned out to residents as and when necessary; however, these supplies will obviously only be available during office hours so residents are asked to contact the Council in advance if they do wish to do so, to ensure the equipment can be collected when staff will be on hand.  This grit is not to be used on private land, and residents should make their own provision in this respect ahead of winter, as general suppliers often run out of stocks during prolonged spells of bad weather.

Contrary to many people’s understanding there are no laws which prevent you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your homes or from public areas.  However, it’s obvious that this should be done responsibly and with due care for yourself and for others.  Guidance is available on the Council’s web-site (www.bourtononthewaterpc.org.uk) in respect of good practice precautions to be taken when doing this.

The grit bins around the village will be filled by GCC ahead of the winter months but, thereafter, the Parish Council will be responsible for re-stocking them.  Our stocks are limited and these must therefore only be used for spreading grit on public footpaths and pavements.  Residents are asked to respect this and not take grit from these bins for use on their own land, and to notify the Council if they notice any of the bins are empty so they can be re-stocked.

If bad weather arrives, we’d also ask residents to help any vulnerable neighbours and do what they can to ensure they have help with path clearing, or delivering shopping etc, wherever possible.  There is a wider and general community benefit which will result from residents getting together to tackle the clearing of snow and ice for their own immediate area, in addition to looking out for and helping vulnerable neighbours

With thanks for your cooperation.

Sue Cretney, Clerk

 

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