Marathon Kids – Update 2

Two weeks into our marathon kids challenge and a lovely hot sunny week it has been. Despite the warm conditions the children have still been working hard. This week we have run 1,497 kilometres bringing our total up to 4,202 kilometres. We have one hundred and eighty two children who have completed their own 10,000 meters and seventeen children who have already completed their personal half marathon. Congratulations to them. Several of the children have also taken part in our local park run on a Sunday at Spice Ball Park.

Keep up the hard work and the fundraising at home.

Thank you for all the support you have been giving to the children.

Y6 Tennis Team

On Wednesday 24th May 2017 our year six tennis team competed in the Banbury Area tennis competition held at Banbury Tennis Club. Our team of Alan, Harley P, Millie T, and Chenice W were seeded one to four and played against the same seeded player from the other schools in our group. Our players, none of whom play tennis outside of school, were a little nervous at the start but once they had warmed up we saw some great ralleys against strong opposition. Following the completion of the group stage, we were delighted to find that we had come second in our group. We then went on to play the second placed teams from each of the other groups, ending up finishing in 6th place out of 9 teams. Congratulations to all the children who took part. They were a credit to the school, exemplifying the school sports value of the day ‘honesty’. Thank you to the organisers and student leaders from Banbury Academy for an excellent event.


Team Hill View Triumph At Quadkids

On Thursday 25th May 2017 team Hill View sent forty children to the Banbury Academy Quadkids athletics competition at Banbury Academy. The team consisted of five girls and five boys in Team One and Team Two from Year five and six and the same from Year three and four.

Quadkids is a multi-event athletics competition in which all the children compete in four events. A 50/70 meter sprint, a 400/600 meters run, a standing long jump and a vortex howler throw.

Seven schools in ten teams with ninety nine athletes entered the Year 5/6 competition and six schools in eleven teams with one hundred and ten athletes entered the Year 3/4 competition.

The weather was very warm and sunny and with many of our year five six athletes having competed in the tag rugby competition the day before fitness and stamina was going to be important.

Each athlete took turns in a round robin format at each event. For many this was their first athletics competition and their first time representing Hill View School.

All of the events seemed to be going well for Hill View with several personal bests being set in various events.

The morning passed very quickly and all of the children gave it their all showing good levels of fitness and great determination to succeed.

Due to the complex nature of the event the results were not made public on the day.

Frequent checking of the emails the next day, waiting in excited anticipation of the results. Eventually they arrived and what a fantastic set of results they were.

Year Five/Six Team One had won the competition due to a fantastic team effort with everyone contributing points to the winning total. Individual positions out of the ninety nine athletes were as follows. Ethan A – 1st, Jayden H – 6th, Caius A – 8th, Saif U-R – 17th, Alfie J – 24th, Tegan K – 7th, Iris D – 8th, Isabelle I – 11th, Katie B – 23rd and Emily R – 29th. Congratulations to you all and Team One qualifies for the North Oxfordshire Finals on the 28th June at Cooper School, Bicester.

Year Five/Six Team Two also produced some fantastic individual results. Nicole C – 4th, Chloe P – 6th, Wiktoria S – 15th, Grace B – 18th, Aliyah S – 32nd, Nathan W – 14th, Matteo D – 23rd, Ewan M -27th, Luca D – 31st and Alizar R – 32nd .

So could our Year 3/4 teams match the achievements of the Year 5/6 Teams.

The answer to that was of course they can and then some!

Year 3/4 Team One had also won the competition in their age group. This was a really pleasing achievement as this was the first athletics competition for this age group. The score was again made up of some great individual scores with everyone contributing. Alfie B – 2nd, Grayson L – 11th, David G – 16th, Jake C – 25th, Mason P – 27th, Teegan H – 1st, Aisha K – 7th, Anoushey R – 12th, Annice Dumbrava – 16th and Alice Howes – 19th. Congratulations to you all and you also qualify for the North Oxfordshire Finals on the 28th June at Cooper School, Bicester.

Not to be outdone Year 3/4 Team Two finished in second place just behind our Team One. This shows great strength in depth and will help us to compete at a good level for the next couple of years. Individual scores Scarlett F – 5th, Ruby J – 9th, Anna C – 17th, Millie W – 26th, Katy L – 29th, Reid C – 11th, Caden C-S – 17th, Joe B – 23rd, Ethan W – 32nd and Luke T – 38th. It is not clear at this time if they qualify for the North Oxfordshire Finals.

Congratulations to all the children who worked so hard to achieve these excellent results. Thank you to Banbury Academy and their sports leaders for an exciting and well run event. And finally thank you to Mr. Rose, Miss Hamilton and Mrs. Morgan for leading teams on the day.

Go Team Hill View!

Badminton Taster Days

On Tuesday and Wednesday of last week we were very fortunate to have two badminton coaches from Oxfordshire Community Badminton come into the school and work with the children.

Julie Bradbury is a double Olympian at Badminton, she was a former world number one, Commonwealth games gold medalist and current World Series Seniors Champion. She was assisted by Tom a former top twenty player.

Each class had a thirty minute taster session with the coaches and the children showed a great deal of enthusiasm and a good level of skill in the circuit of events in which they participated.

They used a variety of different racquets and different shuttlecocks, pompoms and balloons to hit.

This was a great opportunity for the children and if they would like to take the sport of badminton further Oxfordshire Community Badminton will be running classes at The Warriner School, Bloxham. Please see the details below.



Dear Parent

First Month FREE with Community Badminton

I would like to invite your child to take part in a FREE MONTH of badminton coaching at one of our community badminton sessions which launched in January. We are soon to launch at The Warriner School in Bloxham from 5-7pm for 8 – 14 year olds.

For more information about our weekly coaching programme please visit:

If you would like to benefit from this offer please contact us on 0800 888 6030 or email quoting the reference FREEHILLVIEW. 

Our free months coaching is subject to completing a player registration and the cost for coaching after the first month is £28 per month. For more information about our coaching fees please see our Coaching Fee section on the website.

We look forward to seeing you at a badminton session very soon!

All the best


Julie Bradbury Community Badminton

Team Hill View Compete in Chairman’s Cup

On Thursday 24th May 2017 Team Hill View sent our Year 5/6 Tag rugby team to compete in The Chairman’s Cup at Oxford University Rugby Club, Iffley Road, Oxford.

The Chairman’s Cup is open to all primary schools in Oxfordshire. Teams were seeded on their success in the area competitions earlier in the year. This meant we were in the top pool against the other form teams.

The weather was very hot and sunny but the children were very excited and keen to play.

Our first game was against Whitchurch School. It was an end to end battle with some excellent running rugby and good tries scored by both teams. The final result was very close and we just emerged winners 9-8.

Our second game was against Windmill School. The standard of play was again very good from both teams and it looked like it was going to be another close match. Ethan A was making some very strong runs ably supported by Jayden H. All of our players showed good fitness and kept going to the final whistle emerging as winners 6-5.

Our final pool game was against Kirtlington School. Again this was a very close game with good tries being scored by both teams. Unfortunately the final whistle went at the wrong time and we lost 7-8.

This meant we emerged as winners of our pool which was a fantastic achievement against some very strong teams.

Unfortunately there was then a last minute change to the plan and instead of going straight into the final as expected we had to play a semi-final against St. Nicolas School.

Again the team were eager to go and where they found the energy from in the heat of the day I do not know. This was always going to be a fiercely competitive game between two good teams playing some excellent rugby. We lost the toss and the first score went to them but we were soon back on the score board with our first try. The game went back and forwards and the lead was constantly changing hands. We then went two tries behind late in the game and the game looked lost. But this team do not know when they are beaten and we drew level and then ahead with some excellent support play. We were then praying for the final whistle but just before it went they scored in the corner. An excellent game of rugby for all involved. The result then had to be decided by a golden try in extra time. We started with the ball and made good progress but then at the crucial moment we lost possession and they broke away and scored to win the game. The children should be so proud of their performance and the skill and determination to succeed that they demonstrated throughout the competition. The referee described it as the best game of tag rugby he had ever refereed.

Congratulations to the team of Ethan A, Jayden H, Iris D, Grace B, Charlie C-F, Nathan W, Nicole C, Sair U-R and Lewi M.

Thank you to Oxford City Council for an excellent event and Mrs Cooke for helping with the team and transport.

Marathon Kids Update

One week into our marathon kids challenge and a challenging week it has been with the weather. Despite losing the opportunity to run on a couple of days the children have really stepped up to the plate. To date as a school we have run an astonishing 2705 kilometres in one week. This is the equivalent to sixty four marathons as a school. This is not in PE lessons but the children adding to their daily exercise by running and walking in their lunchtimes. Several of the children have also added to their totals by taking part in the local park run at the weekend. It would be amazing if we can match this fantastic achievement by fundraising with our sponsorship forms that you should all now have at home.

Thank you for all the support you have been giving to the children.

Sporting Endeavours By Hill View Staff And Parents

We are always proud to highlight the success of our pupils at Hill View but we are also pleased to recognise some recent successes by our staff and parents.

Congratulations to Mrs West for her amazing achievement in recently completing the London Marathon in an excellent time of four hours thirteen minutes. She has also raised £2,520 for the charity Stickler Syndrome UK.

A mountainous effort was made by Mrs Mayfield from Key Stage One with her recent ascent of Mount Snowdon in Wales. She made the ascent up the tough Pyg Trail and then down the Llanberis Pass.

Dancing success for Mrs.Cronin who competed in Strictly Banbury scooping a third, second, two first places and the people’s choice award in addition to helping raise almost £12,000 for three charities. Mrs Cronin has also recently qualified as an Athletics official at Banbury Harriers.

Congratulations to staff members Mrs Dee, Mrs Morgan, Mrs McHale, Mrs Baughan, Mrs Paynton and Beth and Lauren former Hill View students who took part in the Lets Walk in the Dark 10k sponsored walk on the evening of Saturday 13th May for the Lets Play project in Banbury. The Let’s Play Project specialises in the provision of play and leisure opportunities for disabled young people age 5 – 25 years old. They completed the walk in 1hr 50mins and as a team raised £128 for the charity.

It is important for us to highlight to the children that a healthy active lifestyle is not just about school time but also about taking an active part in the wider community now and throughout their lifetime.

If you have any similar family sporting success that you would be happy for us to celebrate then please let us know.

Freestyle Martial Arts Visit Hill View

On Tuesday the 16th May 2017 we are being treated to a visit by Freestyle Martial Arts Club who will be running introductory sessions to all children from Year Two to Year Six.

The sessions have been led by their Chief Instructor Mr. Manning ably assisted by Mr. Whyman and they have delivered a half hour introduction to martial arts and a few of the skills involved. All of the children have been very attentive and have enjoyed all of the sessions.

Freestyle Martial Arts are also offering Hill View School pupils an exclusive offer to visit the club free of charge. They will be running the free taster sessions on Friday 19th, Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd May 2017 between 6.00pm and 6.40 pm. Each child will bring home a leaflet that includes all of the details and a discount voucher for a 1 month free trial plus a free uniform for £25.

This is a great opportunity to try a new sporting activity and all the children will benefit from improved confidence, discipline, respect, coordination and self- control. One of our children who took up this opportunity two years ago is now a fully qualified black belt.

Hill View School Launch Marathon Kids

On Monday 15th May 2017 we launched our Hill View Marathon Kids Project with an assembly to all KS1 and KS2 children led by a marathon kids leader.

The Marathon Kids Project is an initiative brought forward from the charity Kids Run Free.

The concept is simple – pupils are given the opportunity to complete a full marathon (42.2km/26.2 miles) over the duration of the school year by running laps of a measured course during their lunch break. The idea is that we are giving your children the chance to become healthy by choosing to run and participate in extra physical activity to that provided during normal PE lessons. All pupils that run the Marathon Kids programme will receive a certificate stating the distance achieved at the end of the programme.

After the assembly we held running sessions on the school field and were blessed by the weather with the rain stopping just in time. The children were very enthusiastic and ran with fun and great pleasure.

Marathon Kids will be taking place every day ‘weather permitting’ on the school field. As such, if your child wishes to take part in the challenge of running a marathon they will need suitable running shoes with them on each day.

Please encourage your children to take part and to make that healthy choice to run.

For further information regarding the Marathon Kids Project and the charity Kids Run Free please visit

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