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Congratulations to our neighbours, Windmill Pre-School, on the result of their latest OFSTED assessment - "Outstanding"!


Windmill Pre-School is officially OUTSTANDING!


Windmill Pre-School

Some fantastic news from our neighbours Windmill Pre-School.

They have just been assessed by OFSTED and have been rated Outstanding!

The inspector said the "management and staff team are extremely passionate and dedicated in providing the very best quality practice. They have an uncompromising and highly successful drive to ensure that all children are making outstanding progress in all areas of learning" and praised the "partnerships with and support for parents" as "exceedingly strong".

You can read the full report here .

As you know, many of the children from the pre-school join year R - and we're delighted all the hard work Claire and the team at the pre-school have put in, has been recognised!

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Our End of Year results


End of year results, 2018

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Spanish Food Tasting


Years 5 and 6 have been working very hard learning new vocabulary and how to express opinions in Spanish lessons this term. As a reward, they were treated to a food tasting lesson so they could use their new language in a realistic context. 

Many of the children had never tried paella or freshly prepared tortilla and most were pleasantly surprised to find that they liked them. They were able to say so in Spanish!

" I wish every Spanish lesson could be like this" summed up the opinion of the majority of Year 5 and 6 pupils after trying 9 different sorts of traditional Spanish food. ¡Viva español!


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My personal experience in Boreatton Park, by Holly, Y6


Years 5 and 6, from Brill C of E School, recently visited Boreatton Park. Boreatton Park, also known as PGL, is an educational, residential trip where children across the world visit. There are multiple PGLs across England, even some in Australia. PGL is a place for school children to experience new opportunities, for example: bringing out a new, brave side, with daring activities. This is my experience of doing everything scary I could get my hands on.

When my classmates and I arrived, two main instructors were there to greet us in our camp ground. They would later be the instructors who would be there all the time unless we were doing activities.

It was a pleasant surprise when we got into out tents to find mattresses and a bed frame. Personally, I thought we would be on a concrete floor with our sleeping bags and pillows. However, the surprises didn’t end there. The food was the best surprise of them all because it was absolutely, delicious. It was amazing quality- you really couldn’t go hungry. They even had a range of good food for people with allergies. There were two hot food sections; a fruit bar with apples oranges and bananas; a salad bar with every veg you could think of plus things like pasta salads and potato salads and there was unlimited water and juice. Anyway enough about food, let’s move onto other exciting things.

The activities offered a chance for teamwork and friendships to be built. The activities were definitely the best part. My personal favourite was the giant swing because you were pulled up 15 meters and the only way to get back down was to pull a string which would release the swing and you would fall! My other favourite part was the zip wire; it was the view which was the best part. I did everything and I don’t regret a thing.

Boreatton Park is the best experience I will ever have- that was one amazing week. You really should go if you can and all you really need is courage. When you do everything, you get a good feeling and you’re so busy you don’t even get home sick. Finally, when you’re home, your trip will be the conversation starter which never ends.


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Brill trip to Tiggywinkles! By Samantha and Lennon, Y6


Children from each class were invited to visit ‘Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital.’ It started in Les Stocker’s garden shed and now is Europe’s leading wildlife hospital.

We were able to see the polecats being fed- they grabbed their food and scurried into tunnels to eat the food privately. They are extremely lucky animals because, in the early 1900s, they were severely endangered, due to the ‘Fur trade.’  People would make their fur into scarfs and coats; fortunately, that became illegal.

When we saw the animals that had been trapped or hit by a car, we thought about how much pain the animals felt and we felt their pain too. All the animals in Tiggywinkles were wild ones that people had tamed and made into pets. The staff try to keep them wild and release them back into their natural habitat. However Scarlett, the hedgehog, can’t go back into the wild because she has lost an eye due to a lawn mower accident and she damaged the muscle that goes round her body that enables her to curl up into a ball.

How to help local wildlife:

  • Leave piles of sticks for hedgehogs to live in- hedgehogs don’t like gardens too tidy!
  • Remember DO NOT feed them milk, as they are lactose intolerant; although, they can have soft dog food.
  • Hedgehogs like hedges! If you have a garden fence make a small hole so they can crawl through to find food.
  • Try not to disturb or move a hedgehog’s habitat- let them move themselves. Parents may abandon their young if they smell like a human.


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Yr 1 Trip to College Lake


Last week Year 1 and their teddies went to the beautiful College Lake to look for the mischievous Edward Bear. During their search for him, Year 1 awakened their senses in the herb  and flower gardens, as well as attending an exciting nature concert.  Unbeknown to them the cheeky Edward Bear had taken their teddies and packed lunches to a teddy bear’s picnic! We eventually found them and enjoyed munching our lunches in the great outdoors. In the afternoon we enjoyed learning about what living things need to survive through a selection of fun games.  A huge thank you to Miss Turner, Miss Parke and Mrs Birmingham for all your amazing help.   Lots of learning, smiles and sunshine made for a memorable, lovely trip.


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Visit by Leysa Henderson, Author of ‘Lost Lives’


This week, the author (Leysa Anderson) of ‘Lost Lives’ visited our school and talked to KS2 about the conservation of rainforest animals and the impact of global warming.

Scarlett said: 'It's changed my life- I'm now not eating palm oil.'

Leah and Izzy thought the videos were 'moving' and they loved learning about new places and animals.

Many children have been inspired to reduce waste and re-use what they can. 

Remember: everything that we do has an impact on the environment- what can we do to make sure that it's a positive one? 


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Yr 6 Mixed Tag Rugby Level 2 Festival


We took a team of 8 children to Buckingham School to play in a tag rugby festival.  We made a start by winning all of our pool games confidently, putting us through to the finals round where we played Bourton Meadow School.  This was a very tense final, with unbelievable determination to win from both sides.  We drew the final match meaning we had to play a ‘golden try’, which we triumphantly won.  Brill School came 1st overall and have made it through to the finals at Aylesbury Rugby Club next week.  We are so proud of all the children involved, their amazing standard of play and attitude shown throughout the festival.  We are all very excited for next week! Congratulations Milla CP, Fergus G, Tilly J, Freddie L, Nat M, William P, Harry S and Lula S.


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Yr 6 American Flag Football Festival


Ten children from Yr 6 spent the day on Thursday learning the rudiments of American Flag Football, under the expert eye of specialist coaches at the Mandeville School in Aylesbury.  After a morning spent on skills and drills, learning how to throw and catch the ball ‘US-style’ and mastering basic rules of the game, the children took part in some fast-paced, competitive matches against other schools during the afternoon.  All of the children performed with enthusiasm, winning three out of four matches, and showed great team spirit.  Well done Esme B, Samantha D, Eavie F, Fergus G, Freddie H, Tilly J, Dan N, William P, Raul Q and Lula S.


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High Five Netball Friendly v Long Crendon


In preparation for the Level 2 Games next week we took our qualifying High 5 team to play a friendly against Long Crendon.  We were really proud of the team who showed compassion, sportsmanship and amazing skill.  The final result was 13-9, well played Billy H, Milla C-P, Lara M, Abi O, Harry S and Anna W.


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Yr 5/6 Girls Football Friendly v Long Crendon


Two Brill football teams consisting of year 5 and 6 girls, took part in a friendly against Tetsworth on Wednesday afternoon. The girls have been training very hard and these matches were a perfect opportunity to show what they were capable of.  The girls are all extremely proud of themselves, as they should be.  Each one of them showed courage and determination in every minute of both games. Well done, Tilly J, Esme B, Sophia H-C, Samantha D, Lara M, Abi O, Francine E, Evie T, Ayjah S, Milla C-P, Anna W, Lula S and Eavie F.


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KS2 Thame Partnership Sports Event


This was our first time participating in this event and what a great success it was!  All children involved thoroughly enjoyed their event, whether it was a sack, egg and spoon, obstacle, skipping, sprint or relay race!  We came 4th overall but as always amazing effort and determination was shown by all children who represented Brill School brilliantly.  Well done Ava Ba, Jakey O, Grace, Ryan W, Siena H-C, Emilia A, Ewan M, Callum B, Izzy A-G, Hugo B, Annie H, Dita J, Ellie E-M, Nina B, Grace A, Joe G, Tijmen P, Theo B, Edward D, Leah G, Evie T, Freddy H, Annabel W, Sophia H-C, Francine E, Jack W, Sam G-H, Lula S, Will P, Bea C, Fergus G, Hugo P, James T, Zack A, Eavie F, Coco L and Tilly J.


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BBC 500 words Final!


500 Words Final by Isobel (Yr 5)

We were delighted that one of our pupils attended the 500 Words final. Her report follows:-  On Friday the 8th of June, I went to Hampton Court Palace for the 500 words final. There were over 3000 people there and we saw lots of celebrities, such as John Newman, Jim Broadbent and David Walliams. I also liked listening to some of the winning stories. It was an amazing day. By Isobel (Yr 5)


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Big Brill Camp


Nick Cope

Thank you to everyone who supported the Big Brill Camp last weekend. It certainly looked like everyone had a great time...from the children sliding down the water slide, acting as hungry hippos, and making some excellent slime - to the adults enjoying one or two drinks, watching the sunset, listening to some great music and showing off some fantastic moves at the Silent Disco.

It would not be possible to put on such an amazing, impeccably organised event without the hard work of a group of amazing people who go above and beyond to bring this event to Brill School and our community. To all who were involved in the organising committee and those who took on some of the bigger responsibilities on site, from the set up and take down crew, those involved in recruit-ing and looking after the bands, and organising of all the activities, the wonderful catering teams who delivered up a feast, a really BIG THANK YOU! You are all truly amazing!

Thank you also to everyone who volunteered their time to help on site; the event couldn't have happened without this wonderful support, as well as everyone who bought a ticket, and to Caroline David for allowing us to use her land. And lastly, thank you to the endlessly wonderful and munificent Alan Horton for organising and implementing the spectacular totem pole art structure—another triumph of imagination and skill which provided a worthy centrepiece for the event.

With so many people volunteering their time to organise and support Big Brill Camp for this term, we have decided not to hold the Summer fete this year, but hopefully it will be back next year.

One of the camp attendee this year - Barry Duncan - has made a fantastic video showing some of the fun that was had. You can see it here.

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Our New Website


For a while, we have wanted to re-launch the school's website.

Mrs White and the governing body were becoming increasingly frustrated that our site didn't reflect the special, unique school we know that Brill is - warm, achieving and in our fantastic location in our beautiful village on top of the hill. We also wanted to make the website simpler and easier to navigate for parents and pupils, to find the information and news you want to know.

A small group of us have been working with our website provider, Webanywhere, on the redesign and this is the result. We are indebted to the fantastic Victoria Timms who has taken many of the photos that you can see here.

We are very keen to hear your comments - what you like, what you don't like, what's missing, what you think we could change. Please leave any comments below.

Thanks very much!

Nick Phipps - governor and parent

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School Uniform - summer promotion


The M&S Your School Uniform Summer Promotion is here!

All uniform for your school that appears on the Your School Uniform website will be reduced by 20% from 5th June to 3rd July 2016.

This offer is running during the peak school uniform buying period so parents will get to make a great saving, especially those in need of a complete uniform ready for new enrollments in September!

Remember the promotion ends 3rd July and all orders should be received by 31st July to ensure delivery for the new term

If you have any queries on this please call the support team on 0333 014 8419.

The Your School Uniform Team

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Big Brill Camp - one week to go!


Just one week till we get together!

We are proud of the fact that Big Brill Camp is a safe and friendly environment for everyone of all ages to enjoy not only the great outdoors but also some great live music. Many of the children who attend have their first experience of seeing a live band at the Camp. We hope that this may inspire some of them to take up music themselves or encourage them to take things further and start playing with others and performing.

So this year it's very exciting that the brilliant tutors from our local music academy, XYZ Music, will be with us all day on the Saturday to offer free, no obligation, taster lessons on guitar, keyboard and drums! Drop-in sessions will run from 10am - 4pm and will be run on a first come, first served basis. However, they will do their best to book specific times for people on request.

You can see more on the Big Brill Camp on our Facebook page.

Next stop the Big Brill Camp stage!

Michael Swan, Big Brill Camp organiser

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College Lake trip


Year four had a wonderful time at College Lake nature reserve in early May.

They explored the beautiful habitats there and were involved in lots of role play pretending to be an animal or plant that called the reserve its home.

As well as this, they also considered how humans can damage an environment and the knock-on effect this would have on wildlife.

Overall a very educational and exciting trip enjoyed by all!

Miss Webb, Year 4 teacher

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