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Mr Gore, Mr Gore!

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Staff vs Year 6 Rounders!

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On Monday, the annual (and keenly contested) Staff vs Year 6 rounders match took place on the field with the rest of the school looking on from under gazebos. Our leavers have had some superb sporting successes this year but, thanks to some expert fielding by Mrs Baker and Miss Chenery, with accurate bowling from Mr Dickson, the staff won by two and a half rounders. Watch out, Year 5, we're ready for you next year!

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This is Art! A Gift for Some of Our Team

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This morning, during collective worship, Mr Baker's Art Club presented a gift to three very special people in our amazing staff team; Mrs Hart, Mrs Chadbone and Mrs Harding.

The club have been working on several different artistic techniques over the last 6 weeks from using rollers and inks, blowing paint and layering techniques alongside using old t-bags within art! The many skills utilised in producing this one piece of art, is a bit like the way our school is able to function as it does. There are lots of different skills being used by lots of people every day. There are lots of different ways we all contribute to making Brill brill. We layer abilities, skills and ultimately the drive that we want our school to be the best it can be for everyone who belongs here (adults and children alike) and it is a bit like how Mr Baker has helped us to produce this piece of art.

So, thank you, Mr Baker, for teaching us more about art and about how art can help us understand other things too. And thank you Mrs Hart, Mrs Chadbone and Mrs Harding for EVERYTHING you do for us.

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Summer Reading Challenge

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This summer we are supporting the Summer Reading Challenge 2019. This is a national initiative, designed for 4-11 year olds and hosted by local libraries to encourage reading across the holidays - supporting and encouraging a love of reading for pleasure.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, this year’s theme is ‘Space Chase’. Children are invited to join a special mission to help the super space family called The Rockets to find books stolen by mischievous aliens. As children read six or more library books of their choice they will receive special stickers to their collector’s folder. Once they complete the challenge, they’ll get their own medal and certificate and we will celebrate this achievement at the beginning of the new school year. Some of the staff are also going to join in and there is also a mini-challenge for pre-schoolers!

The children have been hearing about the reading challenge in assembly this week. Long Crendon, Bicester and Thame libraries are participating and on signing up, children will be given a special folder to keep a record of their reading mission. The reading challenge is free and launches on Saturday 13 July. Further information, including recommendations can be found at: summerreadingchallenge.org.uk - good luck everyone!

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Digestive System Investigations in Year 4

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What a brilliant morning with the inspirational input of Maya's mum! Year 4 spent time creating their own digestive systems as a way of understanding what happens within the human body. Thank you so much, Mrs Soden. The children LOVED the lesson and benefited from your expertise too!

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School Games Day 2019

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It was a great day of sport on Friday as Bernwode, Rushbed and Chinkwell houses competed for the House Trophy on our School Games Day. Year 5&6 sang a rousing number at the opening ceremony, the school flag was raised and the event was officially open! All children took part in a carousel of activities during the morning, with each team led by two of our Year 6 pupils – congratulations to Sophia Haw-Cook, from Bernwode, who won the Sports Leader award. Events included shot put, cricket throw, water transfer, the zigzag pass and javelin.

After lunch, the races began – pupils from each year group competed in either a distance or a sprint, before the eagerly anticipated relays, all showing enthusiasm, determination and our school value of courage. As ever, there was great support from staff and parents on the sidelines, and it is always heart-warming to witness Brill children’s support of each other – not just their friends and peer group, but their fellow pupils right across the school. A teachers’ race and the infamous parents’ dressing-up race concluded the day before the final scores were counted. Congratulations to the eventual winners, Chinkwell! Can Bernwode or Rushbed claim the crown next year?

On a final note, a big thank you to Miss Butler, our PE coordinator, whose meticulous planning ensured that the day ran so smoothly.

 Ready, steady... dress up!

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3rd place at Buckingham Football Festival

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On Thursday 11th of July, our League-winning boys’ football team from Y6 travelled to Buckingham Secondary School to compete in a whole partnership festival. They were up against seven other teams, playing 6-a-side. Olly C reports: “It was our last event of the year, and our last as a team before we leave Brill School, so everyone wanted to win! We drew our first game but then started a winning streak – Jack W, Freddy H, Leo V and I all scored goals, ensuring a wild reaction from the parents who were there supporting us. In the end, we lost 1, drew 2 and won 4; it was enough to finish third overall.” Well done to the whole team - Olly C, Freddy H, Jack C, Leo V, Jack W, Sam G-H, Jasper D and Dennis T - we will miss you and your golden boots!

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All the fun of the fête!

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From 'Guess the Teacher's Baby Photo', to Penalty Shoot Out, Splat the Unicorn, Tombola, Tin Can Alley, Ultra Mini Golf, Netball Hoops and a visiting fire brigade, lots of fun was had at the annual PTA school fête on Saturday 6th July. Mrs Baker and Mrs Green stepped up to judge the Best Cake - a tough job but someone had to do it!

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Brill teams in the top 10 at Lv 3 County Games – netballers win Bronze!

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On Thursday 4th July, we took four qualifying teams – High 5 Netball, Hockey, Golf and Dodgeball – to the Level 3 Schools’ Games Festival, a county championship held at venues across Aylesbury. Having  qualified through competition at the Lv 2 Area festivals, all our Brill teams were there to represent the Buckingham Partnership, participating against the winners from the other partnerships in our county.

The day began with a spectacular opening ceremony at Stoke Mandeville stadium featuring inspirational film clips, music and dance, mascots and speeches. From there, teams were transported to their different venues and the Games began.

Dodgeball

We got off to a brilliant start in Y5/6 Dodgeball at the stadium, beating Haddenham and High Wycombe. Unfortunately, we lost a decider against Bourton Meadow which meant we didn’t get through to the semi-final but we came 6th overall. Well done to the team on a super achievement at this level: Poppy T, Evie T, Leo V, Jakey P, Bryn G, Edward D, Isobel S and Leah G.

  

Golf

Our Yr 3/4 golfers played on the astro pitches at Meadowcroft, in sweltering conditions, to finish in 10th place. They had to hit their targets, putting and chipping to score points, and Mr Dickson, a keen golfer, was very impressed with their performance. Congratulations to: Ava B, Grace T, Maisie H, Lillie K, Sophie P, Ewan M, Lucas M, Arthur H, Harry C and Tyler M.

  

Hockey

Also playing at Meadowcroft were our Y5/6 hockey team who demonstrated terrific teamwork throughout the competition, finishing in a fabulous 6th place. “Every team member gave it 110% out on the pitch,” says Mrs Harding, adding that Tijmen P demonstrated “cat-like reflexes in goal” to make the save of the day. Well done to all: Joe G, Tijmen P, Jasper D, Dennis T, Jack W, Ivy H, Nina B, Freya J and Georgia A.

  

High 5 Netball

Our Y5/6 netball team took a game to settle in at the Aylesbury High School venue, losing their opening match to High March Prep but, thereafter, they played like the fast, skilful team we know them to be: by the close of the afternoon, they had lost two, drawn two and won four of their eight matches. In the end, they’d done enough to secure third position and Bronze medals – Brill’s best-ever result at this level – including a draw in their match against the eventual winners, Chesham Prep.  A particular highlight was meeting former England netball captain and Commonwealth Games medallist Ama Agbeze MBE (pictured) who spent time chatting with all the players. Congratulations to our parent coach, Andrea Keegan, and our netballers on this wonderful achievement: Annabel W, Ayjah S, Sophia H-C, Sam G-H, Olly C, Francine E and Freddy H.

  

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International accreditation approved!

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Under the stewardship of our International Coordinator and Modern Languages teacher, Madame Tate, Brill has achieved reaccreditation of the International School Award, which lasts until 2022. Assessors from the British Council carried out an Impact Evaluation of the school, highlighting where our application was particularly impressive and how we can continue to develop our international dimension.

Here are some of the assessor’s comments:

  • “The international dimension is firmly embedded in the curriculum and whole-school ethos. It is clearly well coordinated, providing an extra dimension of enrichment.”
  • “Your partnerships with schools in India, France and, recently, Rwanda are providing rich learning opportunities for pupils and staff.”
  • The assessor singled out our ‘Life on a Hill’ activity, in which pupils gained an insight into life in Delhi and the differing significance of hillside living. “This activity was strengthened by the subsequent postal exchange of cutouts of leaves from native trees bearing snippets of information about lifestyles and the local environment.”
  • “Spanish is brought to life in your ‘Fiesta’ activity with pupils learning about Spanish culture whilst practising Spanish vocabulary and phrases, thus adding context and motivation to the language acquisition element.”
  • “During ‘Earth Matters’ week, pupils gained citizenship attitudes and attributes and an appreciation for cultural diversity, as well as increased curiosity about the wider world.”
  • “The required ambassadorial role is fulfilled via your support for other schools in their progression towards International School Award accreditation as well as sharing your expertise regarding international school links.”

Congratulations to all who have contributed to this achievement in the 20th Anniversary Year of the International School Award – and thank you, Madame Tate!

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