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Respect on the rugby pitch

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What a week for sport at Brill School! On Thursday 20th June, Brill’s Y5/6 rugby squad headed off to the Mixed Tag Rugby Finals at Aylesbury Rugby Club, having qualified on their previous outing. An all-day event on grass, the festival opted against an official scoring system – rather, the competition was judged by the School Games Values on display, alongside effective play. Eventual winners were decided by all the participating schools voting for other teams, as well as the tournament referees casting their own votes: we are chuffed to bits that Brill won the award for Respect, a key value in our own school. We couldn’t be prouder of the team: Freddy H, Jasper D, Joe G, Annabel W, Ayjah S, Edward D, Olly C, Isobel S, Bryn G, Leo V and Sam G-H. Congratulations (and respect) to all!

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Alice Shares!

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We wanted to tell you about Alice's decision concerning her recent haircut because she and her family are feeling really pleased she has been able to help others by sharing her hair! Alice had a 36cm hair cut and has sent her hair to Little Princess Trust, to make a wig for a child who has cancer. Very thoughtful and kind, Alice. A true demonstration of our school values!

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Netballers are Lv 2 winners – next up, County Champs!

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They’ve only gone and done the double! A few short weeks after qualifying for Level 3 County Championships in hockey, our Y6 pupils arrived at the Lv 2 Games Festival at Stoke Mandeville Stadium ready to take on the best of the Buckingham Partnership in netball.

They’d worked hard under the expert eye of our parent coach, Andrea Keegan, volunteering for extra practise sessions (having great fun at the same time, it must be said) and it had already been an exciting journey getting through the earlier rounds. On Wednesday, they took it up a notch: the team played 8 matches throughout the day, drawing two and winning all their others to finish in a fabulous 1st place. This means they go through to the Lv 3 County Championships, representing the Buckingham Schools’ Partnership.

Mrs Tuffley was courtside, having been a regular presence at training, supporting players and coach: "Highlights were their mature attitudes and encouragement of one another, particularly as we had to follow the guidelines of rotating players each game so they didn't play in their preferred positions," she says. "Ayjah showed calm and consistent play; Francine was like a terrier in defence; Olly demonstrated great shooting; Sophia was nippy at getting into space; Annabel was courageous in every position; Freddy showed superb marking, heaping pressure on the opposition; and Sam's accuracy when shooting gave the team a huge morale boost in the opening game."

It is an outstanding result in what is shaping up to be Brill’s best-ever year for sport. We are delighted for Mrs Keegan, Brill’s very own ‘netball mum’, who has supported and encouraged all our players over many months: “I am so proud of them all," she says. "There were lots of goals across the day and they showed great communication and teamwork.” We owe Andrea huge thanks for all her hard work, and our appreciation also goes to the Y6 parents who have routinely helped out at practise sessions – thank you, Mrs Soden and Mrs Tuffley. Congratulations to the team: Ayjah S, Annabel W, Francine E, Freddy H, Olly C, Sam G-H and Sophia H-C.

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Our school values shine bright at the Lv2 Games Festival

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On Wednesday, we took five fantastic teams to the Level 2 Games Festival at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, an Area final for those who qualified when representing Brill at the Waddesdon Family Level 1 Festival. Participation was against a number of schools and the standard, as you’d expect, was high.

We were delighted to have so many children taking part at this level with representation across the disciplines and in different year groups. All the children showed respect and fair play, finishing the day with some very creditable results, too – a whopping 42 teams entered at Lv 1 so to finish in these positions is a superb achievement:

  • Y3/4 tennis team came 5th
  • Y3/4 badminton team came 4th
  • Y3/4 hockey team came 4th
  • Y5 badminton team came 4th
  • Brill’s Y6 netball team came away in 1st place (see separate report).

Competitors, you all made Brill staff very proud! Miss Webb said the Y3/4 hockey players showed “pure determination” in a tough competition and never gave up. Mr Dickson was impressed by the “confidence and persistence” of Y5’s badminton players, while Miss Butler praised the whole Brill team for embodying all our school values on the wider competitive stage. "They were all amazing," she said, "I'm so proud of them and the values, and sportsmanship, they showed."

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Wow! Respect!

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A whole blog post, just for you, Tai! Earlier today, I visited the children in their classrooms and we discussed the importance of showing respect to all adults at all times, including those who visit us sometimes (like the brilliant Mr Lee, one of our music teachers). Tai was caught doing the right thing by Miss Freeland in his music lesson today, even though he didn't know Miss Freeland was watching. It wasn't just for part of the lesson, it was for the whole lesson. Tai could have made some different choices about behaviour, but he consistently made the right choice and Miss Freeland was very proud of him for that!

I especially love to have visits from children in school when they are feeling proud of themselves and today, Tai felt very happy with himself! I have never given out 5 Headteacher stickers before and I probably won't again - but today, this was well deserved. For our value of respect, Tai, you have been a real advocate!

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Miss Armstrong Takes One Small Step

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We have been very fortunate to have had Miss Armstrong on our team for the past few months. In assembly this afternoon, following a rendition of 'You've Got a Friend in Me' by the whole school, Miss Armstrong was presented with an amazing card made by the children and a lovely bunch of flowers. We will be sad to see Miss Armstrong go BUT we are very excited for her as she begins her journey towards becoming a teacher. As Oliver said during assembly, you are indeed 'Terrific' and it has been said you are also 'A Netball Goddess'! Stay in touch, Miss Armstrong. We'd love to hear how you are getting on!

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Hockey players finish 1st: we’re off to County Championships!

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Yet again, our Y5&6 hockey stars played with complete passion at the Buckingham School to clinch a place at July’s upcoming Lv 3 County Championships: in the event, they did it comfortably, not dropping a game. Following success in the first round of the competition back in May, our talented players are thrilled to be representing the Buckingham Schools' Partnership at the next level, having finished first in the Finals round on Thursday night.
Playing six-a-side, rotating two subs, they drew two games and won three – the only team in the competition not to concede a match. Five squad members scored goals – Olly C (5), Sam G-H (2), Freddy H (1), Nina B (1) and Ivy H (1) – and we are particularly pleased that two of these attacking players come from our Y5 class; congratulations to Nina and Ivy on stepping up, seamlessly, to join Y6. Annabel W was strong in defence, Sophia H-C demonstrated good control, and Francine E made some great crosses. All of them demonstrated speed, strength, agility and determination – it was, as you’d expect at this level, a whole team performance. Well done on a fantastic result; you never cease to amaze us!

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Girls’ football grows in strength

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Our Y5&6 girls’ football team, approaching the close of its inaugural year, played through sunshine and showers, in two teams, to finish 4th and 8th out of a field of 14 schools at the Buckingham Girls’ Football Festival on Tuesday. Split into Brill 1 and Brill 2, the players all enjoyed themselves with each team competing in six matches overall.
One of our goal scorers, and member of Brill 1, Francine E, says: “In our pool, we won one game and drew all the others which meant we went through to play off for 3rd place. Unfortunately, we lost out to Overstone, so we finished 4th but we have improved so much.”
Congratulations to all the girls who took part – as ever, you showcased effort, good humour, persistence and a fantastic attitude: Sophia H-C, Evie T, Leah G, Hermione A, Annabel W, Ayjah S, Francine E, Ivy H, Holly G, Annie H, Georgia A, Alice C, Ellie E-M and Bella M.

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Young golfers tee off!

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Building on the work of our after-school golf club, we entered two teams in the Tri Golf Festival at Buckingham School this week, a participatory event for children in Years 3&4, taking along a grand total of 19 players.

Under the keen eye of Miss Butler, the children put their skills to the test at a variety of stations; each one tested something different, offering opportunities to practise chipping, putting or aiming at targets. A special mention must go to Tyler M (Y3) who showed great promise with a natural swing, and Grace T and Maisie H in Y4 who managed to score the highest points on one station across the competition.

All the children said how much they enjoyed the event with Brill finishing 2nd and 3rd out of the four teams taking part. It’s a super start for our young golfers! Congratulations on a great day out to all the participants: Beau P, Maggie G, Millie A, Georgia M, Ava Bl, Edward A, Callum B, Rowan F, Tyler M, Oliver M, Ava Ba, Grace T, Maisie H, Lilly K, Sophie P, Ewan M, Lucas M, Arthur H and Harry C.

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Check Out Our New Interactive Screens!

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We are very excited to share some photos of our new screens in action! Funded by the monies raised at Art of the Hill 2019, we had our new screens installed during the half term break. Now, every class (including the music room) has an interactive board that can facilitate sound, images and interactivity simultaneously, which is something that wasn't previously the case in some classrooms!

Thank you again to the Art on the Hill committee and our very active PTA committee. Without you, this would not have been possible!

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