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Champions of the League!

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It has been wonderful to celebrate with our Year 6 boys' football team, recently crowned champions of the Aylesbury Vale Schools' League. Unbeaten in League matches all year, they clinched the title in a fast and furious final away game against Swanbourne School, displaying skill, sportsmanship and some unbelievable teamwork.

The pressure was on from the start but a superb top-corner goal by Freddy H, having weaved his way through several defenders, settled everyone's nerves early on; great clearing by Dennis T kept confidence levels up and Jack W was fearless in his tackles. Accurate crosses from Leo V helped set up goal attempts, heaping pressure on the opposition, while Jasper D - always a safe pair of hands - easily saved Swanbourne's one on-goal attempt. Sam G-H was everywhere on the pitch, defending and attacking, while Olly C's numerous runs culminated in a second goal in the second half, securing Brill's victory. Jack C and Edward D came on to defend the score difference until the final whistle, at which point, boys, coaches and parents erupted in celebration!

All in all, it was a much-deserved final game result for an unbeaten League performance. Freddy H was Voted Man of the Match by the opposition, with all the Brill boys commenting on what a sporting and thoroughly nice team Swanbourne were. A last mention must go to Miss Butler, whose support of the team has been unwavering and whose coaching ethos of respect and fair play has ensured they are always a delight to take out. Boys, you have made us incredibly proud - congratulations.

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Y4 reach Hockey Festival final

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Brill's Year 4 hockey players made it all the way to the final, unbeaten, at Waddesdon's Hockey Festival, held at the secondary school on 28th March. Split in two teams, in two different pools, our Pool A team (Ewan M, Jakey O, Harriet B and Lyla V) won 2, lost 1 and drew 1, putting in a hugely creditable performance to finish 4th out of 12 school teams; meanwhile, in Pool B, the Brill team (Georgia A, Rose P, Harry C and Ben N) went even further.

Squad member Lyla V writes: "It was a great success. When it came to the results, our Pool A team had made it through to the semi-final but our Pool B team had made it into the final against Ickford - they had won all their matches with their highest score of 7-0 against Whitchurch. The score in the final was 0-0, so the organisers looked at pool points and took away the goals that had been scored against the teams. In the end, Brill finished second."

Second and fourth at such a popular festival is a fantastic result that demonstrates the depth of hockey talent in Year 4. Thank you to Miss Webb for her dedicated coaching and well done to the entire squad!

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Netball: Brill vs. Ashfold

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On a beautiful March afternoon, two Year 4&5 teams travelled to Ashfold for what proved to be an exciting four quarters of netball. Our players rose to the challenge, demonstrating effective teamwork, good use of space, careful footwork and a determined approach. Squad member Harriet B says, "Ashfold were very good at getting into space and it was a tough game with both sides scoring, one after the other. We tried exceptionally hard and eventually won our match 7-4. Thank you to Mrs Keegan and Mrs Tuffley for helping us."

Brill's other team drew 4-4, so well done to the whole squad on a fantastic all-round performance. Our thanks also go to Ashfold School who were hugely welcoming with fair and supportive umpires. They laid on a fantastic match tea after the netball which everyone appreciated. Congratulations to: Nina B (1 goal), Ivy H, Bella M, Annie H (2 goals), Ella C (1 goal), Joe G, Tijmen P, Holly W, Millie A, Damien A, Georgia A, Harriet B, Lilly K (4 goals), Ben N (3 goals), Rose P and Lyla V.

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'Webanywhere' Choose their Top 10 Websites in British Schools for 2019

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Brill School are number 8 in Webanywhere's top 10 UK School Websites for 2019. When Mrs Ellis sent staff a message releasing the news above, we knew we wanted to share it! 

Nick Phipps, thank you so much for your design and input (and for all the technical support you've given us in school along the journey so far!). Victoria Timms, your photography is phenomenal; thank you too!

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Art on the Hill 2019 - Time for us to Share What Growth Mindset Means to Us Through Our Art!

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The children have had a brilliant time thinking about and exploring how they could represent a Growth Mindset through art. We have such amazingly creative children and staff and our exhibit (down the Year 5&6 corridor) is definitely one to see! Come and visit if you can. You won't be disappointed! 

Art on the Hill 2019

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Who Did It? Will the Forensic Evidence Prove it?

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Each class spent some time today working with a scientist, trying to ascertain (from forensic clues) who had committed the crime. The children loved the challenge and the activities today proved to be a real highlight in our week of Science-based learning. Thank you again to Miss Webb for organising such brilliant hands-on workshops. We had many inspired children today; engagement and enthusiasm levels were high!

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Science Experiments Everywhere!

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It was impossible to move around school this morning without walking into a room of fully engaged, excited and focused children; the learning 'buzz' was tangible! Lots of hands on scientific experiments meant that today will be a real highlight in this, our Science Week 2019! Thank you to Miss Webb for all the organisation and to the teachers for coming up with such brilliant learning opportunities for the children.

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Echoes 2019 at The Royal Albert Hall - 18.3.19

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What an amazing experience! All the rehearsing and effort to work towards the concert at The Royal Albert Hall last night was definitely worth it. The 900+ strong choir put on an impressive concert that was well-received by our audience. Having spoken this morning to many of the children who were part of the Echoes 2019 choir, it has become very clear they feel proud of what they achieved; and so they should! Once Mr Dickson has helped me with some technical aspects of sorting the videos, I will upload them onto an area on our News page so you can share a few clips from some of the songs the children sang. 

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Brill hockey stars win their first tournament

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On 7th March, we took our Yr 3/4 hockey team to a tournament at Barley Hill School in Thame - their first competitive outing. Having impressed in training with Miss Webb, it was time to witness their skills in action, however, the team surpassed all expectations by finishing joint winners of the event.

Team member Georgia M (Yr 4) gives her account: "The hockey was galvanising and I really enjoyed it. There were four different matches to play, including the final, and we won two, drew two. We ended up joint first and the team we were against, called St Joseph's, got to keep the trophy to start with. I think our collaboration was Brill(iant)!"

Well done to all our fantastic players: Harriet B, Harry C, Georgia M, Ben N, Jakey O, Rose P and Lyla V.

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Girls' football goes from strength to strength

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Still in its inaugural season, our Yr 5/6 girls' football team is growing in skill and confidence under the watchful eye of coach Mr Dickson. Their first match in the Aylesbury Vale Primary Girls' League, on 5th March, was an away fixture against Thomas Hickman School and some much-improved passing resulted in a few unlucky misses. The final score was 1-1 but Mr Dickson is especially proud of the girls' boundless positivity and "innate determination" to keep going until the final whistle.

On 13th March, they got to experience a range of opposition play at the Thame Partnership Girls' Football Competition, held at Tetsworth, playing several matches and drawing each time. Coach and parent all but leapt into each others' arms in celebration when Ellie E-M scored a super goal in one match, saving us from defeat. Although they missed out on a final, the girls' teamwork has come on hugely so watch this space! Well done to: Georgia A, Alice C, Ellie E-M, Francine E, Leah G, Ivy H, Sophia H-C, Ayjah S, Evie T and Holly W.

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