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4 Shires Swimming Club

4 Shires Swimming Club are waiting Swim England’s advice of when training and competitions will start again following restrictions imposed through Covid-19.  This has been a difficult time for our coaching teams to help maintain swimming squad fitness levels. Most of the swimmers attend daily workout sessions via Zoom which has shown how technology can help maintain team spirit and camaraderie.  Well done to all that have attended.

We are also pleased to announce our Swimmer Of The Year, this year it has deservedly been awarded to Immy Lawrence. Immy’s hard work and perseverance has paid off with many great swims throughout the year. We also highlight our most improved swimmers throughout the 2019/2020 year, this year the most improved girl was Annabel Barnard and most improved boy, Max Hayman. Well done all for your excellent work and look forward to seeing you flourish throughout next year.

It is also that time to select next years club and vice captains.  The Girls captain will be Charlotte Oliver with vice captain Emma Andrews.  The boys captain is Aaron Hamilton, with Ben Warner vice captain.

Congratulations to all the swimmers for their hard work throughout the year and for maintaining fitness levels during covid-19 and we look forward to seeing you back once the government guidelines permit. We also look forward to welcoming new swimmers into the 4 Shires Swimming Club.  Please find our contact details at www.4ssc.co.uk

Richard Warner

Cotswold School

A SUMMER BREAK!

By Will Morgan, Principal

I hope you are all enjoying a rest and the chance to get away from your desks over the summer holidays.

The end of our school year looked quite different from usual, but we recognised the effort and achievements of our whole school community, nevertheless.

During ‘enrichment fortnight’, we conducted a virtual House sports day. Poseidon was the top scoring House with 1067 points. Notable effort came from Leandros (Year 7), Cally (Year 8), Toby (Year 9) and Jacob in Year 10, who clocked up 98, 80, 109 and 72 points respectively for their Houses.

Students from all year groups took part in our virtual Cadence festival, organised by Miss Thomas. This year, unable to hold this popular event live, we shared a video medley of student performances, which shows how strong our students’ focus and sense of community has remained.

Musical output was complemented by virtual exhibitions by Years 7, 8 and 9, who responded to events during the lockdown crisis with thoughtful and expressive works of art.

If you’re keen on exercise, why not join The Cotswold School Cycling Club? It’s an online group, which you can find on the free app ‘Love to Ride’ and log your miles each time you go for a bike ride.

A reminder that our new Year 7s only start on 2nd September; the whole school returns on 3rd September. More information is on our website in our ‘Welcome’ section. Do check our website for news and updates https://cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk/.

Finally, I wish you a happy and relaxed summer. I’m looking forward to seeing all of our students next term at The Cotswold School.

Bourton Tennis Club

If you’ve been walking past the tennis courts recently you may have seen the members enjoying a game in the (sometimes) good weather! We are really back into the swing of things with club competitions underway and a new singles box league. Lots of social tennis too so if anyone is thinking to take up tennis or wants to get back into the game please do visit our website for more information and join us on court.

Juniors will benefit from some extra coaching being held during the summer holidays by coach, James Hilltout. And it will be handy for them to get in as much practice as possible with the Junior Club Championship scheduled for September this year! We have a growing junior section so if you have children or teenagers interested in the game then please do contact us.

Please visit our website at www.bourtontennisclub.org for more information and to download a membership form.

See you on court!

Alex Peyton

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.

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