Upton & Blewbury Rainbows, Brownies & Guides

1st Upton and Blewbury Rainbows.
The new Rainbow unit started on the 11th September with 10 girls and on the 16th Oct they all made their promise as new Rainbows. Rainbows are aged between 5-7 years old and we meet every Friday between 5-6pm term time.
The girls work towards Roundabout badges and enjoy lots of art, crafts and games. So far this term we have enjoyed a food evening where we made fruit kebabs and decorated cakes and we also had a Halloween party. The rest of term we will be getting ready for Christmas. we have space in the unit so if anyone is interested please contact Emma on cortina3@hotmail.co.uk

2nd Upton and Blewbury Brownies.
We meet every Tuesday from 6-7:30pm during term time.
The Brownies have been busy this term doing Autumn crafts and they also enjoyed a Halloween party. We welcomed 4 new Brownies this term and they made their promise on 13th October.
The rest of the term we will be preparing our annual Christmas entertainment and Christingle  event.

1ST Upton and Blewbury Guides

Upton and Blewbury Guide unit meets on Fridays from 7.30 to 9.00 and is the section of Girlguiding UK for girls ages 10 – 14. Being a Guide means making friends, trying new experiences and being encouraged to discover and learn in new ways. This term the girls are spending some of their meetings working on patrol badges called Go For Its, with the girls planning and running their own activities. Other meetings this term have included sign language; making bags from t-shirts as part of Waste Less Live More week; jazz dancing and enjoying the Harwell firework display. Still to come this term are Remembrance day events, a wide game out on the field in the dark, ice skating in Oxford and Christmas crafts. A highlight  was the trip to London in October to the Big Gig – a massive pop concert in Wembley Arena organised by Girlguiding just for Guides.

If anyone would like more information about Guides, or has a skill that they would be willing to share with the group, please get in touch. Lynn.nickerson.holywell@gmail.com

Upton’s Karate Kids

Last Sunday, 21st March, was a big day for 5 young residents of Upton. Ben Lott (6), Katie Fenn(6), Alicia Dickens (11), Robert Dickens (13) and Dick Fenn all travelled to Reading to take their 9th KYU TISKA karate grading and they all passed. This means they can wear red belts.  They have been training at Harwell whilst the village hall was being renovated but have now moved back to Upton and train every Sunday at 11.

Well done to you all!

Lindsay Lott

Blewbury School News May 2009

Residential Visits

At Blewbury we have a strong tradition of school trips. Each year Key Stage 2 group as a whole stay at an activity centre, where the children experience abseiling, climbing, zip wire, team building, archery, fencing and many more activities.

In May year 4 and 5 also trialed a new trip to Cheddar which included elements linked with Isambard Kingdom Brunel and their summer term “Victorians” theme. Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain were the venues for the first day, both including role play and dressing up which helped to reinforce the messages as well as being great fun. During the four days there was also time for fossil hunting, a ride on the West Somerset Railway, Cheddar Caves, Wookey Hole and a bike ride along the Somerset and Avon Canal.

Also in May our Year 6 children visited South Wales where their marine exploration included canoeing and body boarding.

All of these trips not only bring alive the curriculum for the children but develop self esteem, social bonding and independence and hopefully open their eyes to some of the splendours of our own country.

Alex- Murphy – young achiever

Alex Murphy, aged 13, took up swimming to support his training for his black belt in Karate at age 11. He and his brother joined a new swim club at the Wave in Didcot and it was the coach, Iryna Kobzar, who realised Alex had potential.

In his first season Alex made Counties and Regionals and was 1.9 seconds off a National qualifying time. Last summer the family holiday was skipped so Alex could train everyday and in the Autumn he was rightly rewarded with a National Qualifying time of 1.11.22 seconds for 100m breaststroke.

He has been selected for the County team (Oxford and North Bucks) on 3 occasions. Last October he attended the Inter County Nationals at Pond’s Forge, Sheffield, where he won the only Gold for the team. He was selected for the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) Division 10 and represented King Alfred’s in Enfield. He qualified for the Winter Championships held in Aldershot Garrison Pool and broke the record for 50m breaststroke in his age group (34.30 secs.). He was for a while ranked number one nationally for his 100m breaststroke. He swam breaststroke for the City of Oxford SC in the National (Speedo) League – they were promoted to the Premier Division.

In January, this year, he competed in the Dragon Meet at the National Pool, Swansea over 3 days, having qualified for 6 events. He made 3 finals and gained 2 Golds, again in breaststroke, the 100m (new Pb – personal best, of 1.10.80) and 200m (2.41.86).

He has qualified for the Counties Championships in 13 events, this March. He has the Regionals at the end of May and the Nationals in July. He continues to train 4 mornings before school and 3 evenings a week totaling 10/12 hours. Weekends are often taken up with galas in various locations across the country.

The sleeping bag, for rest between races, and camping stove (soup and cups of tea!) are permanent features in the back of the car and then of course there is the very supportive Mum and Dad who make all those achievements possible.

Good luck Alex, keep us informed of your progress.

Brodie Miller – young achiever

Brodie Miller aged 11, who lives in Chilton Road started playing Badminton when she was 8 years old, it all started when she was lucky enough to train locally with Graham Wells who is a very keen junior coach.  With Graham’s help Brodie progressed quickly and was then able to train with the ex-Olympic Badminton team manager Paul Whetnall in Winchester, and has subsequently worked with many great coaches at a variety of locations.  Currently she trains at Milton Keynes, Winchester and Hounslow and plays at Compton.

Brodie is the current Essex and Berkshire U12 champion and is now involved in playing all of the Badminton England national gold tournaments.  The first of these was held at Milton Keynes in September where Brodie reached the semis in the singles and mixed doubles and along with her partner Joshwey Bong won the girls doubles.

Brodie has just achieved a major milestone having recently represented England as part of an U13 team in Denmark where she lost to the eventual winner in the quarterfinals of the singles and was runner-up in the mixed doubles.

As well as her badminton, Brodie is also a keen member of Abingdon Amblers and regularly runs for them in a range of events and has also been selected for the Berkshire U14 Netball County Academy (she attends a Berkshire school).

A short message from Brodie to anyone keen to make similar progress – You will need a lot of enthusiasm, commitment and dedication and you will also need to eat well and give up about 5 hours of your time each week for practice and play.  As both the training and the tournaments require so much travelling you will often have to do your homework in the car whilst being driven around by super and equally dedicated parents.

Good Luck Brodie, keep us informed of your future progress.

Schools International Eco Charter

In October, as part of the Comenius Life Learning Project (funded by the British Council), six pupils from Blewbury School travelled to South West France where they were joined by pupils from France, Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic.

The Comenius project’s aim is to promote cohesion and understanding between European countries. This year the children met to present ideas of actions that could be made to help make our world more sustainable. Each country presented five ideas which the children discussed, questioned and ranked in order of importance. They then very democratically decided on the five agreed aims to take back to all the schools. They wanted to harvest water, cut down on wastage of paper, recycle a greater variety of materials, waste less food in dining halls and wear warmer clothes before turning up the heating.

We will all work on these and see if they make a difference to our energy usage.

Andrea Brown

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