Stroud District Netball Champions

Gastrells opening game was against Uplands and they made a superb start with Joe scoring a quick first half hat trick to make it 3-0 at half time. Uplands quickly found their feet in the game but strong defence from Mea limited the Uplands attack to just one goal. However Gastrells had the final say scoring their 4th goal and winning the match 4-1.

The second match started much the same as the previous with Gastrells taking an early lead after sensational shooting from Freya who couldn’t seem to miss. Excellent defence from Evie and great centre play from Ella in the second half allowed the attack to carry on scoring and for Gastrells to eventually finish 5-0 winners.

Full of confidence Gastrells made an excellent start to their third game against their opponents Leonard Stanley, Joe making a series of outstanding interceptions and Erin exceptionally winning every 50/50. Leading 3-1 at half time Gastrells were forced back in the second half with Findlay having to work hard to break quickly with every attacking opportunity. Finally the pressured told and Gastrells conceded 2 late goals and the game finished 3-3. With the final match approaching Gastrells knew that a victory against Callowell would see them crowned Stroud District champions.

True to form Gastrells made an excellent start with captain Erin leading by example and dominating the middle third of the court, Mea found her shooting boots and converted an excellent counter attack piece of netball. After a tense first half Gastrells led 3-1 and they knew a strong defensive performance in huge second half would lead to victory. Callowell started the second half strong with Findlay and Ella both working hard to work the ball up the court, two goals followed that half with one scored by either side but as the final whistle blew cheers could be heard on and off the court from the children and parents (and teachers) on the sideline, who knew that victory would lead to Gastrells being crowned district champions.

Gastrells captain, Erin was presented the trophy to a rapturous applause from all participating teams. A huge congratulations must go to the whole team; Erin, Freya, Ella, Evie, Mea, Joe and Findlay who not only played brilliantly as individuals but also as a team, well done!


Creating Computer Games with Maths


Computer games – some people like them and some people hate them (usually parents).  However at Gastrells Primary School the students  make computer games.  These computer games  have a difference, the student design them to teach Maths.  The first project they undertook was the development of their own coordinate game. This was so successful that the students have volunteered to teach the whole class how to develop coordinate games.  Furthermore, the school has gained some great homegrown resources.

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What a day!!!

On Wednesday this week the whole of Eagles class took a trip to London! After an early start at school Eagles travelled by coach to London where they visited both the Natural History museum and the Science museum throughout the morning. After a busy and quite frankly mind boggling morning the Eagles excitedly took a tour around the sites of London seeing The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Downing St, Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament. After the tour Eagles made their way to The Cambridge Theatre to watch Matilda, which on reflection can only be described as a sensational performance. At the end of a busy but brilliant day Eagles headed home, hopefully inspired by one of the many things they had come to witness on a superb day in London.

I am sure everyone of the Eagles will have their own highlights of the day below and I would encourage them to share them as a comment below.

Mr M