Activity Week in the Lower School

The Lower School had a brilliant day at Bowood Adventure Playground. The weather was good and the park was quiet. Well done to all the children as they were congratulated by the Estate Manager for being ‘the best behaved group he had ever seen’. We probably beat the park record for ‘Death Slide’ attempts as well! Year 2 enjoyed their Great Fire of London workshop, Year 1 their Seaside workshop and Reception their Early Years Story Hunt.
Miss Shepherd

Totally Tockington Picnic

Last Thursday the twenty-one members of Totally Tockington – the newspaper FOR students BY students – were treated to a sumptuous picnic as a big thank you for all of their work through the year on the paper. Denise, Shane and Irene in the kitchens had worked very hard indeed to provide delicious food. Although the weather was not good enough to be outside as we had planned, a great deal of fun was had dining on rugs and cushions on the floor in the library. It was a great event which everyone enjoyed so much.
A huge thank you to the kitchen staff for making this very special and to Mrs Edwards for the photography and T shirts and everything else she does for the paper. And, of course, a massive thank you to this amazing team of journalists. You are wonderful!
Miss Case
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Congratulations to Year 8 pupils

Heartiest congratulations to our Year 8 pupils who are now moving on to their senior schools. The Common Entrance results last week were very good indeed. Once again all the children in Year 8 have gained places to the first school of their choice.

Darren Banks – Clifton College – Passed Common Entrance
Freya Belcher – Clifton High School – Headmistress’s Academic Award
Alex Blackwell – Monmouth School – Academic Scholarship
Lauren Clark – Clifton High School – Gained Entry
Rosie Dalziel – Wycliffe College – Gained Entry
Oliver Harris – Wycliffe College – Passed Common Entrance
Nkechinyem Ogbogbo – Badminton School – Passed Entrance Exam
Javier Pena Mendiola – Returning to Spain
Ana Sanchez – Returning to Spain

Severnside Swimming Gala

The annual Severrnside gala was a huge success. The swimmers swam outstandingly; the evidence was in the number of Personal Bests secured, a staggering 90%! I cannot ask for any more from swimmers other than that they try their best. Many exceeded anything they had achieved before.
There were some superb individual and team perfor- mances. We showed progress from last year in winning many more relays. This, however will always be our Achilles heel, with smaller squads than our competitors. Seven school records were broken and one equaled, in- cluding:
Alex Blackwell, Olivia Campbell, Leonidas Laz- arides (all in 50m free races), Jake Wakeling (25m back) and Jonathan Baguley, Jake Wakeling, Louis Clevett’ and Leonidas (U9 medley relay).
Louis, Jake, Joe Ancell and Leonidas then broke the U9 Free Relay record.
Alex Grocott, Alex Gooch, Ollie Shutt, Max Curtis 4x25m achieved the U11 Free Relay record.
Sadly for them, the U11 girls then beat them by .50 of a second! Their record stood for a mere 3 minutes! Olivia Banks, Helena Brain, Ellie Parker and Abi Blackwell now hold the record for the 4 x 25M Free Relay.
The results speak for themselves and show progress: U9 Boys: 2nd
U9 Girls: 4th
U11 Boys: 3rd
U11 Girls: 3rd
U13 Boys: Winners U13 Girls: 4th
Alex Blackwell, as Captain, lead by example and de- serves praise for leading his team to victory. The team comprised Harvey Jones,Andre Juilhard, Pepe Garralda and Darren Banks – they were a force to be reckoned with all afternoon
Thanks also go to Lauren, Javier, Freya and Oliver Har- ris who kept the Gala moving smoothly.
The swimmers and TMS community would like to thank the FOTM for their generosity in providing a much needed PA system. Mr Wheldon has installed and sourced a magnificent system of high quality and good value for money. Thank you, it will be a welcome asset to the pool.
The Under 11s had a gala at Rose Hill Westonbirt on Friday 14th and despite having a small squad, due to absence and Severnside athletics, we won 19/40 races. Again, due to the double points rule in relays we missed out coming 2nd. However, I could not have asked more
of the swimmers who swam 5 or more races.
Peter Banks swam for every age group, U9,and U11, as we were so short of swimmers! One positive is that every swimmer was involved in a winning race! Jonathan Baguley swam backstroke superbly 5 times! Well done to Alex Gooch and Olivia who lead by ex- ample as Alex Blackwell had done a day earlier.
A busy week for all our swimmers – well done!
Mrs Hinchliffe