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Outstanding learning for current and future pupils

By Will Morgan, Principal

When you receive this magazine at the beginning of June, we will be entering the final half term of this academic year.

At The Cotswold School, dates and milestones have passed but we have been unable to mark them in the usual way. Not least of these significant events is the public examinations. Our Year 11 students, for example, would now be taking their GCSEs. Our Year 13s would have completed their A Levels.

At this point in the school calendar, a variety of trips and excursions, sports matches and open days would normally be under way.

Year 6 children, who are taking up a place at The Cotswold School in September as our new Year 7s, are very much in our minds. Their last months of primary school have been subject to much upheaval and they have spent many weeks separated from their friends.

We are adapting our transition and induction activities so that we can still provide an open and warm welcome for them to our school and will be in touch with their families over the coming weeks.

In these unusual times, there are currently a few spaces available at The Cotswold School for Year 7 entry. We have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in our last four inspections, so if any family is still considering school places, I would be delighted to have a conversation with them. Please get in touch by emailing admin@thecotswoldschool.co.uk or visit our website https://cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk/ for more information

BOURTON SCHOOL OF GYMNASTICS GYMNASTS SHINE AT 2020 GRADES!

On Sunday 1st March, 2 local gymnasts joined 12 of their teammates at their Grade 5&6 examinations at the Forest of Dean Gymnastics Club. Martin and Kerwen Collett, Directors of The Gym Centre and local Bourton Gym Club, are delighted to share some wonderful results!

Both Holly Smith and Emily Lord took part in the Level 5 Grades Exam. Holly Smith came away with a Commended and Emily Lord a Distinction! Alongside them, their teammates racked up 1 pass, 8 Commended and 1 Distinction!

The club is extremely proud of all its gymnasts, not only for the way they performed, but also for how well they represented the club. We look forward to seeing how these gymnasts are going to continue to excel and represent the club in such a fantastic way!

Special congratulations should also go to Emily Broadbent our Senior Club Coach and her very hard working and dedicated team of coaches that worked tirelessly to get the Gymnasts to this level.

If you are interested in gymnastics, get in touch – 07870624180

Gabby Norton

Four Shires Swimming Club

Four Shires Swimming club had our best ONB County Championship performance with 84 swims, 22 relays, 31 medals including a first, a second, four third places and 24 finalists

Congratulations to all our swimmers and to our medallists pictured clockwise from top left Joe Barnard, Rita Wang, Imogen Lawrence, Annabel Barnard, Aaron Hamilton. Emma Andrews, Matthew Edmonds and Eva Darby.

A big thank you to our parents who volunteered to help even when their children weren’t competing and to our officials and coaches.

Our coaches also had a successful evening at the Chipping Norton Sports Awards with John Newman (pictured right) being presented with a lifetime achievement award and Clive Jarvis (pictured left) with a silver Olympic Legacy Medal. The club is very proud to have such a strong coaching team backed up by committed volunteers and parents.

Four Shires is a small friendly, competitive swimming club with sessions at Chipping Norton Leisure Centre, Kingham Hill School, Sibford School and Bourton Leisure Centre. We welcome all juniors and masters to come along to our monthly trial sessions. Please email our membership secretary membership@4ssc.co.uk for more details

Beaver Volunteers Required To Avoid Colony Closure

Last October the current Beaver leaders announced that they would be leaving Beavers in July 2020. To date we have had no volunteers expressing an interest. Unless volunteers come forwards the Beaver colony will cease to exist in July.

If you can spare some time to help keep the thriving Beaver colony going, please get in touch. Whatever time or skills you can commit will be a huge help, nothing is too small to make a difference. If you don’t want to be centre stage, there are plenty of opportunities to provide support ‘behind the scenes’.

It is the perfect time to get involved, as you still have a few months to learn the ropes from our current leaders, who are keen to pass on their knowledge and experience.

Beavers is part of the Scouting movement, for young people aged 6 – 8. It gives our youngsters an opportunity to learn through play and give them experiences that schools aren’t set up to provide, building their confidence and knowledge and helping them feel confident in the world.

As part of the Scouting movement, volunteers always have a huge wealth of resources and back up to help them provide the experiences our Beavers enjoy. This goes from the local Bourton Scout group, through to a national and international support network of volunteers.

To keep the Beavers alive we need volunteers to orm a new team to guide our young people – will you be part of it, or do you know someone who could help us? Please get in touch with any of the Beavers, Cubs or Scout Leaders.

1stbourtoncubs@gmail.com

Words of encouragement to students from Will Morgan, Principal

At the time of writing, we are planning for eventualities due to the evolving coronavirus situation and following government-issued advice. This we continue to do to protect the work and health of our students and staff.

It’s not long since our Year 11 students completed their mock exams in core subjects. They worked hard and applied themselves with dedication and maturity. Those in Years 11, 12 and 13 are all focused on doing their absolute best in their upcoming GCSE and A Level examinations.

It’s a stressful time, made more concerning by high levels of uncertainty. We support all our students in every way we can, reminding them to balance revision with their wellbeing. Get plenty of rest; eat well; take exercise and let us know if you have any major concerns.

Calling all cyclists! Sharon Laws Sportive – Saturday 4th July

Looking ahead, once again we are hosting the cycling event that celebrates the life of former pupil, Sharon Laws; raises money for Kate’s Home Nursing; and takes cyclists of all ages and experience across the beautiful landscape of the Cotswolds.

Born in 1974, Sharon was a professional cyclist. She was part of the 2008 Beijing Olympics cycling team and won the British National Time Trial Championships. Sadly, after a cancer diagnosis, Sharon died in 2017.

Families and friends; members of cycling groups; visitors to the area – all are welcome to this enjoyable event, starting and finishing at our school. Find out more and register here: https://cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk/sharonlawssportive/

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

Wildlife in Winter

As we welcome in the New Year, put the Xmas decorations away get back to school or work after the holidays, we also enter into the hardest and coldest months of our calendar. Times when the nights are still long and the chances of waking up to a hard frost or snow are high.

For us humans tucked up in our homes, this can be hard enough but for our wildlife, January, February and March are among the toughest of all.

The greater abundance of food from autumn berries and seeds – where these have been left on uncut hedges, is now gone. And with the ground often frozen solid, or covered in snow, it can be very hard indeed for many creatures to find enough sustenance to keep them going through until spring.

This is a time when the bit of help we can offer, by putting out supplementary food in bird feeders or scattering seeds etc on the ground, can really be a life-line for many species, especially our birds.

For those not sure which food to choose from the many on offer at our garden centres, one of the best all round foods is sunflower hearts or sunflower chips. A seed high in oils and nutrient value, many species – such as goldfinches, greenfinches, great tits, blue tits etc enjoy these. Ground feeding birds such as thrush and blackbird will also eat them if you spread a handful in a cat-safe area on the ground.  

Another helpful food to put out in feeders is high quality suet fat balls (without nets its best so that no beaks or legs get caught in them). As the name suggests, the ‘fat’ in the fat balls provide an important source of ‘quick’ energy for birds in the colder months. Plus, they are loved by many species such as great tit, blue tit and, if you’re lucky you may also get nuthatches and woodpecker.

In really hard weather, farmland birds will also come closer to our gardens. Redwing (looks like a small Thrush) and Fieldfare (about the size of a wood pigeon) both love apple chopped into small rings – and in conditions like last year’s snows, putting out food like this really can be the difference between a bird making it through the night or succumbing to the elements.

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