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Children in Need

A big thank you to everyone who supported the school in raising money for Children in Need. We received a special mention on the One Show that day as we made lots of superhero masks to display at the television centre in Manchester along with Bishop Wood Primary School. In total we raised £2000 through non-uniform and the fantastic cake sale in the town centre.children in need2

We also raised money through a sweet shop and entry fees to watch our Leadership Team take on the dreaded Bushtucker Trial! They had to taste delicacies such as mealworm, chilli, and pickled herring smoothies! Yumyum.children in need3

 

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Tring School Equestrian Team

On Saturday 21 October this year’s equestrian team of Jasmine Gutsell, Emma Killin, Isabelle Hoar and Rosie McIntosh competed in the National Schools Equestrian Association Championships. They qualified for this event back in January by seeing off 11 other teams in their regional qualifier, at which Isabelle was also placed as 2nd out of the 77 competitors. Both of these results are huge achievements for our school and for the girls.equestrian team 3

The day saw an early start for the girls as there is a lot of preparation that goes into getting ready to compete in any equestrian event. The team was one of the last to jump in their competition at 11:00 am but before that the horses need to be fed and cleaned so they are gleaming, as does the tack and the kit that is worn by horse and rider. The team had an hour’s drive to the venue and that is after they have driven to the yard where their horse or pony is kept. This gives the girls and their families at least 5 hours of work before they’ve even got to the competition!

It was a pretty miserable day for the event and tensions were high as people have travelled from all over the country to complete at the National Championships – we are lucky that the venue is relatively close to us. Many people travel down the day before and stay over at the venue in their horse boxes, with horses getting a stable at the event. The competition involves each member of the team jumping a course of fences. They incur penalties if they knock any of the jumps down, if the horse stops at the fence or runs past it. The aim therefore, is to jump ‘clear’ which means without any faults.equestrian team 2

Jasmine, Isabelle, Emma and Rosie were, as always, immaculately turned out and really focused on doing the best that they could. The girls are brilliant at giving each other encouragement and keeping each other calm. All four jumped clear rounds, which only 11 out of 43 teams could manage. 8 teams then   qualify to go through to the second round and this is decided by working out the 3 fastest clear rounds in a team and adding the times together. Tring was less than 9 seconds  behind the team that won and less than 1 second away from qualifying for the final round. This shows you how competitive this sport is at this level.equestrian team 1

 

 

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The Redevelopment of Tring School

It seems a long while ago now but you will hopefully recall that last February we were amazingly successful in our application for funding to refurbish or rebuild large parts of our school. This was part of a Government programme called “PSBP2” and we are without doubt one of the most successful applicants in the country in terms of size and funding.

Since then there has been frustratingly little activity “on the ground”. We have had surveyors visit and we know that there are a lot of Government planners undertaking feasibility studies of all 272 schools involved and intend to announce the results of these all at the same time. We are hoping this will be very early in the New Year.

We haven’t been idle, though, and we have put a great deal of time and effort into resolving the exceptional complex land and legal issues relating to the school and in particular the sports   centre. The sports centre is, as I’m sure you are aware, operated by Sportspace on behalf of Dacorum BC. This brings with it a whole new set of complexities but we are optimistic that the sports centre will see some elements demolished and rebuilt and other areas substantially refurbished but as yet we are unable to share any details.

So, whilst the project remains tremendously exciting and brilliant news for Tring School (and the community) we are still sort of  holding our breath! We will share what news we can and as soon as we can.