Ending 2014 with So Many Reasons to be Proud

Designs-for-Kids.-Happy-New-Year-2014The winter weather and volume of recent seasonal festivities haven't stopped our pupils in their determination to achieve. We have several notable mentions to make, all of which conclude a very successful 2014 at Blue Coat. 

IMG 7089Our upper Key Stage 2 pupils have had significant success in football this year: both boys and girls making it to the county finals held at Oxstalls, Gloucester. Unfortunately for the boys, the finals experience saw them overpowered by some stronger teams and they fell short of qualification to represent the county in the regional finals. All should hold their heads high for their teamwork and perseverance, as well as representing the school at such a high level following a memorable district campaign.

photo-7The girls football finals followed only 2 days after the boys and they had a successful series of games on a cold, wet evening. Only losing one of their games (by a last minute goal), the girls were stiff competition for all teams throughout. They finished a very worthy second place and continue to have future potential based on a small core of year 4 and 5 players in the team. We're very proud of the team and their hungry, competitive attitudes - a very talented team of girls.

cross country 151114Over the course of the season, Blue Coat has continued to dominate in key stage 2 Cross Country. The final leg will be run on Saturday 17th January and it promises to be a nailbiter as our junior and senior class competitors appear to be winning all/virtually all categories. The fastest competitors for the senior categories will be cherry-picked to represent the county in the new year so there's everything to run for! Please come and cheer them on... and let's hope for some Blue Coat winners!

photo-6In county finals athletics, yesterday, at Wycliffe College, some of our eldest boys and girls represented the school following a successful training event at KLB. The brilliantly organised event was a real pleasure for all of us to attend at a formidable facility. The teams were superb. They cheered and encouraged one another throughout, and chalked up a number of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in field and track events alike. It was a wonderful morning. The children's efforts were rewarded with a placing just outside the medals in 4th. A great effort and, more importantly, a great competitive sporting experience for our pupils.

In non-sports news, we have shared a number of out-of-school achievements in our Star Achievers' assemblies. The diversity of achievements is astounding: from Blue Peter badges to musical instrument gradings; from swimming certificates to street dance competition placings. You name it, our children seem to achieve it! 

CSangharadsam1On a literary note, we are fortunate enough to claim a national competition winner for her Christmas story written in an Age 4-6 years category. Taking part in the 'Write Christmas', held by catridgesave.co.uk, Angharad (Year 1) managed to bag the school a prize as well as getting her masterpiece committed to print in a book, just in time for Christmas! She was presented with her prize in school collective worship on Monday, with her story read to the school. Well done, Angharad. The achievement was enough to make it into the local news. Read the Gazette story here.

As with everything we celebrate in school, our focus is firmly on the children's efforts in trying to be the very best they can be. Values of hope, perseverance, responsibility and respect are clearly demonstrated in our children's achievements and we're quick to focus in on these rather than drawing attention to natural talent. Afterall, a relentless work ethic, mindset and attitude always accompanies the talent of those individuals achieving brilliance. 

I'm sure you'll join me in celebrating all of those mentioned above, but more widely how all of the children at Blue Coat do an amazing job of making the school proud on a daily basis. Here's to an equally successful 2015!