April 2017

“Its not always the best that win.  It’s the ones that never give up that win” Drew Cuevas

Teamwork at its best

at the Oxfordshire Years 5&6 Mixed County Final

Friday 31st March 2017

This was a remarkable day for Crowmarsh at the Hockey County finals at Tilsley Park. Our two teams had previously done so well at the tournaments to get to this stage.  The play was to a very high standard, every school worked so hard and Crowmarsh coped well under the pressure.  The team headed up by Captain Peter Clayton-Chance played incredibly well and earned a very respectable 4th place.  All the team played well together and were respectful of the rules and etiquette of the game.  They put in 100% effort and were the very best they could be.  Well done to you all!

Here’s some comments from the Team :

Peter  – “We played really well as a team, we worked together well.  The playing was the important thing; winning and losing didn’t matter as much because we learnt from the whole experience. It was really fun.”

Ruby – “It was fun and a good opportunity to reach the County finals where we could challenge ourselves as well as enjoy ourselves.”

Louis  – “It was good to play against the other teams, be able to use proper equipment and be refereed by somebody totally independent.”

Hannah – “It was good to play against teams that were all of a high standard because this really challenged us, also we worked well as a team.  We passed to each other not just our friends.  We covered the pitch well and came 4th!”

James – “I think it was very well organised and a good tournament, we were all extremely well organised and worked well together.  Each of us played out position effectively and all together we became a strong team.”

Mrs Scott

PE Coordinator

March 2017

 “Don’t stop when you’re tired.  Stop when you are done” Unknown

 A Phenomenal Team of Runners and  

a Proud Day for Crowmarsh Gifford C of E Primary School

Cross Country at RAF Benson

Saturday 25th March 2017

What a proud day for our School and our team of 42 eager runners spanning Year 1 to 6.  Nearly one fifth of the children from our school had turned out for this race, on a Saturday too!  With the weather on our side and a great crowd of runners from many schools, incredibly supportive and encouraging parents and grandparents there was a wonderful air of excitement.

RAF Benson Primary School had done themselves proud with a slick cross-country race that ran like clockwork.  RAF Benson also worked very hard in ensuring everyone got onto the base without any hold-ups.

With staggered start times the children started arriving for their races.  Races were starting at a distance of 650m for Years 1 and 2 up to 1700m for Year 6. Race after race, the children who had to present their race place number back to the Crowmarsh School registration desk arrived with a smile on their face looking very pleased with themselves and rightfully so!

Here’s some of the comments from the children who raced …

“I loved my sprint finish, I managed to overtake at the end, it felt good.”  Peter Year 6

“Crowmarsh School looked really organised with the flag and everything.  I had a rush of adrenaline the whole way around.  There was such a scramble to the finish.  When I got the medal I felt pride and a big sense of achievement.   I will definitely do it again!” Cameron Year 6

“It felt really good getting my medal!”  Chris Year 4

“I felt both happy and exhausted!”  Krists Year 4

“When I finished the race I fell on the floor as I was so tired, I was so excited too.  I was very pleased with myself”  Ava Year 4

“I thought it was scary and nerve wracking but when everyone was cheering me on I felt confident and kept going.”  Florence Year 3

‘When’s the next race?  I was worried in the beginning, I thought I couldn’t do it but I surprised myself.”  Oliver Year 3

“I loved running the race, it was nice to cheer people on and encourage them.”  Ellen Year 2

“The race was really good fun.  It felt really long, the best bit was the sprint at the end.  I was surprised and very happy that I came 3rd.”   Samui Year 2

‘It was really good fun.  I was scared but I knew I could do it.  I thought I would come last but I did very well.  I ran out of breath in the middle so ran really slowly and then found some energy.”  I’m looking forward to running again and doing even better.Isaac Year 2

‘I felt proud, I tried my best.”  Finlay Year 2

‘I felt pretty good at the end.”  Olivia Year 1

“I really enjoyed it.  I have never been so tired in all my life’ Maxim Year 1

A medal presentation took place at the end of the races with medals awarded by the RAF Benson Station Commander.  Three Crowmarsh children won medals.  There was apprehension in the air as the overall winners of the John William Stacey Memorial Cup were read out.  A loud cheer was heard when Crowmarsh School was given 2nd place with RAF Benson School coming 1st.  Everyone from Crowmarsh who ran in the races had a part to play in securing 2nd place.  Well done everyone who ran and thank you to all parents and grandparents who came along and supported and encouraged the children.













We are pleased to carry on with our running theme next term and will be starting a Thursday after-school running club (3.15-4.10) after the Easter holidays (staying on-site this will be a mixture of games, distance and speed work) for KS2 before May half term and Years 1 and 2 after half term.  If your KS2 child is interested then please let me know via the office as soon as possible.  This will be first-come first-serve basis.

We will continue to give sporting updates in our Newsletter and on the website.  Please help encourage and support your child(ren) to take part in future tournaments as we are continue to raise the profile of PE at our school.

Tracey Scott

PE Coordinator

Spring Term 2 2017

Year 3-4 5 A Side Football at Wallingford School

Thursday 9th February 2017

It was a freezing cold day but that didn’t deter the 5 A Side team.

“Football was a really good experience despite the cold.  Pastor Simon was a great coach.  We had lots of fun even though we didn’t win.”


Year 3-6 Cross Country at Rotherfield United FC

Thursday 9th February 2017

It was a cold crisp day, we needed to keep moving to keep warm.  The course was a mixture of school playing field and around the perimeter of a rugby pitch.  It had a slope between the two areas and an avenue of trees that we ran between.

“We all tried our best and completed the distance”.

“I enjoyed competing against other schools, it made us really motivated.”

“The cross country was long, tiring but enjoyable.”

“People were cheering us all along the course, this was great.”

“Everyone did really well and tried their best.”

“There was a good team spirit and the organisation that ran the event made it really competitive and successful race.”

“I would love to do it again.”

Year 5-6 Hockey at Wallingford School

Monday 27th February 2017

It was a cold afternoon with a very heavy downpour just before we started playing.  This weather did not deter the strength of character of our teams.  The tournament was run in heats with schools providing two or three teams.  Crowmarsh provided two teams.  We had a mix of boys and girls in Years 5 and 6 in each team.  Captains came forward and asked to lead the teams – everyone worked so well together getting the team into position.

‘We played well and remembered to congratulate our opponents regardless of score.”

“The hockey tournament was really good fun because we played well and tried our hardest which paid off as the B team got into the final.  We came second in the final and qualified for the county games.”









Year 3-4 High 5 Netball at Wallingford School

9th March 2017

It was a lovely warm day and everyone was keen to play.  There were 3 teams, these were made up of all boys from Year 3 and boys/girls from Year 4.

“They say it’s the taking part that counts.  At the netball we all learnt this the hard way.”  We had great fun and won many games.  Taking part was great!  We now know how to play netball, in fact we are netball superstars!”

13/10/2016 – Year 5/6 & Year 3/4 Girls Football Tournament at Wallingford School

This year we took two Year 3/4 Football Teams and two Year 5/6 Football Teams to compete at the Wallingford Family of Schools Football Tournament.

Our A team for the Year 5/6 Girls stormed through the tournament winning all of their matches and the tournament. Our B Team came through with 4 losses and 1 draw.

Our A team for the Year 3/4 Girls worked incredibly hard and clinched second place in the tournament with the B team coming in close behind.

Here are some photos of them in action.

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08/10/2016 Chiltern Edge Primary Cross Country Races 2016-17

This year more children from our very active run club and school embraced the challenge of the Chiltern Edge Cross Country series. It was fantastic to see our runners working their way up the field and some of our Key Stage 1 children brave a race for the first time.

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