Trip to skillzone


Today we spent an informative and fun afternoon learning how keep ourselves safe at Skillzone; where life scenarios are mocked up and explored with the help of a guide. Today we explored the home, roads, railways, safe and unsafe streets, the park, police custody and our own mental well-being. It was a memorable experience for staff and pupils alike !



Two teams from Eagles represented Gastrells today at the Stroud handball workshop; an hour of training drills led by Great Britain players followed by 6 8 minute games against other schools in the area. Congratulations Gastrells Team 1, who went unbeaten throughout their games, however today was really about learning a new sport, taking pert and developing a new set of skills which everyone did brilliantly.


Residential (Prologue)

As we all force those last items into the bag, here are the last few bits of information, in case the note didn’t make it home ( I found two copies of the letter on the balcony on Friday!)

Arrive at 8.45am as normal tomorrow to leave things in the school hall; we’ll be on our way as soon as the car park is clear of traffic.

Dear Parents croft farm last letter

The weather forecast is very positive – I’m pleased to report the arrival of sunshine around the black cloud from Tuesday – Friday! Get a good night’s sleep and see you all tomorrow…



The Mock Trial of Sam Jones & Pip Harris

On Friday Eagles (and a selection of Goshawks) attended court at Ebley house to compete in a mock trial competition. Gastrells entered 3 teams, 2 playing the role of the prosecution and 1 playing the role of the defence. This was such a fantastic experience for the children who had the chance to be magistrates, solicitors, witnesses, ushers, court clerks, court artists and many other roles for the morning.

Friday’s competition was a culmination of 3 week’s of hard work, all the children have worked great in their respective teams demonstrating exceptional speaking and listening skills and confidence. As well as this they now have a great appreciation for how a magistrate court runs and a greater appreciation for the effects of online bullying.

Who you gonna call?

I was absolutely blown away by this years Ghostbusters themed dance at Cheltenham Town Hall as part of the Gloucestershire Dance Festival. So much hard work has gone into putting on such an impressive performance, well done to all those involved, who I hope will remember this incredible experience forever. A special mention must go to Mrs Smith who choreographed and worked incredibly hard to bring the whole performance together.