Games Mark Gold Award
We are delighted to announce that we, Thurstonland Endowed (VC) First School, have achieved the Schools Games Gold Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Our sporting achievements this year include:
- After School Clubs
- Active Mornings
- Girls Netball
- Cricket Tournament
- The Neiley Races
- Cross Country Events
- Football Tournaments
- 1km run a day
- Activities with the Sports Coaches at lunchtimes
- Playleaders organising activities within school
- Sports Crew organising activities and events
- Links with many sports and fitness clubs
With lots of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sports, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfill criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
A special thanks to:
- Shelley Pyramids' Jenny Hughes and Andrew Morris
- Project Sport
- Linda Stacey
We look forward to applying once again in 2020!
Sports Day 2019
The school came together to take part in our annual Sports Day on Monday 8th July.
Thank you to all the parents, friends and relatives that came along to support the children. A special thank you also goes to Jenny Hughes and the pupils at Kirkburton Middle School for their help in organising the event.
Year 4 Get Active Morning
The Year 4/5 girls received some excellent netball coaching today from one of the Huddersfield Giants Netball Team.
Please see the poster on the office window for more details of the training sessions available.
Year 3 Get Active Morning
Our Year 3 pupils attended Shelley College on Tuesday 18th June to take part in various sporting activities with other Year 3 pupils within the Shelley Pyramid.
Federation Cup 2019
On Wednesday 19th June our Year 5 pupils took part in the Federation Cup that was held at Denby School this year. The sport played this year was Cricket and Thurstonland came 2nd in the overall tournament.
Swimming Gala 2019
Thurstonland children have had yet another sporting success - this time at the Kirklees School Swimming Gala.
Hetty, Ruby, Elliot, Ollie and Rohan all made it into the finals for their stroke. Ruby then came 1st place in the Girls’ Backstroke and Ollie came 3rd place in the Boys’ Backstroke.
The boys also came 2nd overall in the boys’ teams.
Well done all of you! Your performances and behaviour were also brilliant and we are very proud of you.
Reception Cross Country
Some of our Reception children took part in the Cross Country Event that was held at Highburton First School on Monday 20th May.
All those that took part did really well - we are very proud of you all!
Neiley Races 2019
Our amazing Neiley Race Runners!
Once again, our super runners gave their all as they raced round the Neiley field track to achieve brilliant results for our small school. Every runner showed real determination to achieve their very best, improving on their times each race, and we are extremely proud of all of them. Our Year 5 children ran exceptionally well against some very tall and strong Year 6s!
Our Y3/4 boys team, especially, have had an extremely successful time this year as they finished first overall out of 28 schools! What an achievement!
Please see the final results below and some pictures of the team.
Bring on next year!
Kwik Cricket Success!
We took 2 teams from Y4/5 to the Kwik Cricket tournament. The children all played brilliantly and we came away with the trophy!
One team came first and the other came 4th. Well done all of you – another brilliant sporting triumph!
Sports Crew obstacle course!
Our Sports Crew have been busy organising competitions in school. At the end of last term, they successfully organised obstacle races for the Year 2/3 children.
Cricket Club Assembly
Thanks to Lee Booth from Thurstonland Cricket Club who came to school to give us as taster of how to get involved with our local cricket club. The number of our children who already go to practices at the club on a Friday evening is a testament to how much fun it is and how lucky we are to have such a good club right on our doorstep!
All the children took a flyer home with details about practices in case any more children would like to go along.
Pyramid Football Tournament
The 5th March saw the first of 5 football tournaments that will be taking place weekly. First up were our Reception and Year 1 pupils, and then our Year 2's. All the children taking part have had great fun.
On 26th March our Year 5 girls played their tournament as a Federation team. They all played brilliantly with true team spirit and we came a fabulous 3rd!
We will add more photos for you to look at as the tournament continues.
West Yorkshire Cross Country 2019
These three running superstars took part in the West Yorkshire School Games Cross Country at Temple Newsome, Leeds on Wednesday and all three gave a brilliant performance.
In the Year 4 race there were 157 children competing. Evan came 12th and Felix came 16th! There were 154 children in the Year 3 race and Sam came 8th!
There were 5 districts taking part so there were about 30 children from each district. Out of the Kirklees runners, Evan came 2nd and Felix came 3rd in their race, and Sam came 2nd in his!
Absolutely excellent performances form these boys. Bring on Neilley races!
Some of our pupils took part in a sporting event at Shelley College on Tuesday afternoon and proved what Sporting Superstars they really are!
Health Week 2019
We have had an amazing week enjoying lots of different activities as a whole school.
We have learnt to dance in a Zumba class and about personal space and safety with Karate Colin. The children have enjoyed musical theatre and have performed a dance from different films. We have focused on relaxation too through yoga, mindfulnmess and peer massage.
The children have learnt about health and fitness, enjoying lots of physical activity and cooking.
We have focused on mental health too with art, music and various play sessions to relax both body and mind.
We finished our week with a walk around our local area enjoying nature at its best.
Year 1 & 2 Cross Country Event
What a fabulous effort by some of our Year 1 and 2 children at the Shelley Pyramid Cross Country event on Tuesday 12th February.
After a fun-packed day of Zumba and Karate, these children still managed to run 1 mile and all come in the top 20 in their races with 148 children taking part in total!
All the children received a medal for their efforts, with Meredith Thomas being the 1st girl in the Year 2 race and Charlie Earnshaw being the 3rd boy back.
Well done to all of you. We are very proud of the effort and determination you all put in!
Shelley College would like to thank all parents and friends who donated at the event to Cancer Research.
If your child enjoys running, why not take them along to the Shelley Junior Park Run, which is held every Sunday, 9.00am at Shelley College for children aged 4-14 year old. More information can be found here
HTFC Football Competition 2019
A team from our federation played in a football competition organised by Huddersfield Town this week. The event took place at Soccer City at Waterloo and was a day long session of games played against other local school teams.
The boys worked well together as a team and played great, especially seeing as the teams they played against were mainly made up of Year 6 boys (one year older).
Our team held their own and won 2 matches, drew 1 match and lost 2 matches.
Well done to all those who participated - you did us proud!
Dance Festival 2018
A group of 9 girls from classes 2/3 and 4/5 performed their dance routine 'Shake It Off' at the recent Dance Festival hosted by Shelley College.
The feedback was fantastic from parents who attended and class teacher Mrs McFarlane reported:
"A brilliant performance by some of our Year 2 and Year 4 girls at the Dance Festival at Shelley College last night. The Year 4s had choreographed the dance themselves and taught it to the rest of the girls during their playtime dance group. A truly brilliant effort! Well done to all involved."
Sports Hall Athletics
A brilliant performance by some of our Year 4/5 children at the School Games KS2 Sports Hall Athletics Competition, achieving 3rd place!
Well done all of you!
Year 4/5 Cross Country
We saw brilliant performances by all of our Year 4/5 team at the #School Games Yr 4/5 Cross Country Competition on Tuesday 11th September.
Well done to all who took part – you showed true grit and enthusiasm and we are very proud of you.
The Year 4 Boys team came 1st and individuals who made it through to the next round, which took place at Newsome High School on Monday 24th September, were Evan R (1st place), Felix E (2nd place), Annabel B (5th place), Marni R (4th place) ** 5th place.
Year 2/3 Cross Country
There was a huge turnout at the #School games Yr 2/3 Cross Country Competition at Shepley First School on Tuesday 18th September and the Thurstonland team did not disappoint. All the children showed a great deal of enthusiasm and determination and completed very tough courses.
Well done to all of the children who took part – we are very proud of you all.
Kirklees Cross Country Final entry round
What fantastic results from our runners who made it through to the next round of the Cross country championships which were held at Newsome High School on Monday 24th September. All our runners came in the top 10 in all races out of more than 250 runners!
Sam M – 2nd place in the Year 3 Boys race
Annable B – 9th place in the Year 4 Girls race
Felix E – 1st place in the Year 4 Boys race
Evan R – 3rd place in the Year 4 Boys race
** – 7th in the Year 5 Girls race
Well done again to all of these children. We are very proud of you all.
Sam, Felix and Evan have made it through to the Kirklees Final which will take place at Leeds Road playing fields on Tuesday 9th October.
Good luck boys!