Marksbury C of E Primary School

Marksbury Cof E Primary School

Life at Marksbury C of E Primary School
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Sporting Events

This is Marksbury Sports page, which will highlight the numerous sporting activities we participate in for such a small but thriving school:   

Our Active week

Don't forget every Friday is Walk to School Day - all children should be dropped at the village hall, from 8.40am, to join our walking bus through the village to school - whatever the weather!

Swimming for the whole school continues every Tuesday.  The last swim session due to pool closure will be 2 April 2019. We are hoping to resume swimming sessions early in 2020.

We are continuing the Tai Chi sessions for year 2 children with Neil Genge.

Alison continues her Bikeability course with students from Simmonds Class and will cycle around the local villages with them to put into practice all they have learnt. 
Our last bike to school for this academic year ....19 July 2019 .....

Meet at The Wheatsheaf to cycle through the quiet lanes to school. All are welcome but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult unless they have successfully completed the  Bikeability course with Alison.

Please take time to read our cycle policy for safer cycling - CLICK HERE    - scroll down for cycling pics...                  

***********Sporting News***********

MillField Swimming Gala

After a last minute entry into the ESSA Primary schools competition, Sebastian, Jemimah, Bruno and Charlotte took up the challenge of competing in the Freestyle and Mixed stroke team relays. The team met at the impressive sporting facilities of Millfield School at 5.45pm on Monday evening. Following a quick change, they had a short warm up in the state of the art pool. Everyone had a couple of practices of diving off the block which can be very daunting but everyone took it in their stride. Seb offered some helpful tips to the rest of the team. Not long after the warm ups where fin- ished, the competition started and we nervously waited for our first race, the Freestyle relay. Follow- ing the official whistle Bruno took to the block and after the low buzz set the team off. He sped to- wards Jemimah who raced back to Charlotte who passed the final baton to Seb who flew through the water to finish the race at 1min and 24 seconds. What a fantastic race! Everyone did their best and did Marksbury proud. This was evident in our final race, the mixed stroke relay. Charlotte start- ed us off with a powerful backstroke length, she was followed by Jemimah, whose breaststroke was exemplary. The last two length were a powerhouse of whirling arms and motoring legs as Bruno and Seb gave their all to speed to the finish.

Cycling and Hockey Festival
On a very hot day, our year 5 and 6 hockey players battled the heat and lack of shade to play some brilliant hockey.

We began the morning games against Oldfield Park Juniors, who scored an early goal, but once recovered from the shock of the goal they held off the opposition with some brilliant defensive work. Unfortunately, some skilful play meant two more goals were conceded before the final whistle blew. However, as the game progressed so did the skills and team work on pitch. This was evident throughout the day as the team worked well to set up goals and defend. The second game saw the team’s sportsmanship shine against some dramatics on the pitch. Bruno scored a fantastic breakaway goal which brought the teams score level however, we were caught off guard in the last minute and lost our second match. By the third match we had got into our stride and won after missing a few opportunities to increase our goal record. In our fourth match against The Ridge, we made up for the earlier lost goals. With some fantastic passing across the D, Bruno, Lily and Fred each claimed a goal with another going to Bruno after a sterling pass from Ella. In our final match against Birdwell, we continued to use great passes to get us two goals and the win. Each game was won from excellent attacking play as well as some fantastic defending, especially from Ella, who never let a person past her and Loren’s determination saw her win the ball back many times. After lunch, we heard the results from the morning’s round robin pool games. We had come third in the pool and so went onto play a round robin against other teams who had placed third in their pool games. Once Mrs Conlon had worked out when we were playing, we began the afternoon with a draw and followed it with wins in the other two matches, leaving us as the top team in the third place qualifiers.
Well done, Freddy, Lily, Bruno, Ella and Loren on a fantastic day of hockey.

A first ever event at the Westport school games competition, Sam, Jemimah, Sebastian and Charlotte took part in a series of races. Cheered on by Gareth and the hockey players from the astro pitch, the team of four worked well in the time trial to win the Team Gold medal. In the individual races Sam stormed ahead and won with plenty of time to spare. Both Jemimah and Charlotte used the course well to overtake their opponents and on the final lap and were placed second in their races. Sebastian battled hard in his race securing a confident third place. The cyclists thoroughly enjoyed their races and improved their time on each lap.


In Term 3 we battled against the cold to stay active. KS2 developed their gymnastics skills especially balance, control and body positioning. As well as mastering tricky Scottish dancing routines which required concentration and a head for spins. In KS1 they continued to work on core movements skills and the year 2's are looking forward to Dance umbrella. 

We had a hockey team represent the school in the Quick sticks tournament held by the SSP and Norton Hill School. As ever it was brilliantly run and despite the freezing temperature and a quarter of the pitch under snow, the team played extremely well. They got through to the Cup play offs but were sadly knocked out. Well done team for some great hockey and team work.

During Term 2 we welcomed two new coaches to the school. Luke will be helping to deliver KS2 P.E alongside the class teachers and will run a Gymnastics Club on Monday afternoons in Term 3. Laura has joined KS1 teachers on a Thursday to deliver P.E session to KS1 and Reception.

The runners who progressed from the Cross country tournament continued to shine. All the runners come within seconds of each other and finished within in the top third of all the competitors. They run against club and county runners and so must be very proud of themselves, as the school is very proud of them. 

Finally, Brownlee class enjoyed a brilliant afternoon of invasion games at Wellsway school despite the cold and rain. 

In Term 1 we had a successful afternoon, at Odd Down sports ground, competing in a cross country tournament.  The event was double the size of last years despite this our boys teams won the team award and four of the boys have qualified to the next round.  




The Local Derby


Following last years strong performance, the Marksbury team played extremely well but we ultimately unlucky in the final execution of scoring. The score of 8-1 to Farmborough does not truly reflect the game played. The team worked well as a unit to distributed the ball and work themselves up to the goal. However Farmborough goalie seemed to everywhere in the goal and stopped each attempt. Farmborough were more clinical in the break and with most opportunities were able to convert a shot on goal to a mark on the score sheet. In saying that our goal keepers saved some exceptional shots and were calm under fire. 

Here are some pictures from our Christmas bike to school, where we had some great Christmas outfits and bike decorations.





    Cycle training in the village.