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TMBS News October 2018

Welcome Back!

With the long, hot days of summer already a distant memory, we are well and truly into the start of another busy year. Welcome back to all of our students, and to our new Year 7 students, who have already settled very well into secondary school life.

Special Visit

One of our Year 10 students was lucky enough to be invited by special invitation to The Household Cavalry mounted regiment in Knightsbridge, London. This was a unique opportunity for Charlie and his brother to visit and was an ideal opportunity for them to establish whether this is a career option and motivate them with further study to join the household cavalry as commissioned officers.

The boys had a tremendous day touring the barracks which included: preparing the guard, the farrier's role, the veterinary dept and saddlery dept, as well as the historic room where the officers' and members of the royal family's uniforms are kept for ceremonial duties, along with priceless historical drums (made from solid silver melted down from the American civil war/acquired from The White House). It was a truly remarkable and educational experience.

Golfing Champion

During the summer Frazer became u14/u16 Leicestershire champion. More recently, he played in an event called Champion of Champions, where every county champion plays for the top position. Frazer won the Midlands u14 title. Well done Frazer, from all at TMBS.

Aspire Channel Swim

On Thursday 13th September 2018 during Open Evening, 14 students from TMBS endeavoured to swim the Channel as a team in our school pool. They had to complete a minimum of 150 lengths each, over two and a half hours in order to complete the 22 mile crossing.

The Aspire Charity has organised this challenge for a number of years. It raises money for people with spinal injuries to help them lead independent lives. We had a donations box on the night and managed to collect £30.

The students needed to complete 1584 lengths to cross the Channel successfully. By the end of the evening they had exceeded this target with a huge 2192 lengths! Many thanks to Meg, Rosa and Mrs Gowland who helped count lengths on the night, but most importantly huge congratulations to the students who took part.

Champion Rider

For Year 8 student Holly, 13th September meant an exciting afternoon at the Ssangyong Horse Trials at Blenheim Palace.

Holly was taking part in the British Riding Club Eventer Challenge where competitors from all over the country ballot for an entry to this event (as entries are limited). Holly rides for Atherstone and District Riding Club and was chosen to represent the Club as the only junior - chosen out of 70 juniors within the club. The three other members of the team are seniors from the ADRC.

The team had to complete the course - which is a set of show-jumps - then onto the cross country section of the course. There is an optimum time which the riders aim to be within and also aim to jump clear. The team takes through the three best scores and Holly's team finished on a score of zero. All within the time and clear.

Then followed an agonising wait until all 42 teams had jumped and Holly's team was the only one to finish on a score of zero, to win the competition. An amazing achievement Holly, well done!

Show My Homework

Thank you for your engagement and support with our Show My Homework online software. We thought it would be nice to share some data with you about its usage:

  • we have a 100% teacher rating, which means all of our classroom based staff have set a piece of homework. This is brilliant and makes us one of the highest engaging schools out of more than 1500 using SMHW.
  • 98% of students have logged in to SMHW. This is amazing, but we'd really like to make it 100%.
  • 53% of parents logged in during the summer term last year. If you haven't had a look at SMHW yet, please log in and have a look as there's lots of information compiled on there about your child's homework and any tests they have coming up.

All students will have been given log in information for themselves and parents/carers. Further information and handy guides can be found on our website: http://www.tmbs.leics.sch.uk/Curriculum/Homework/ If you have misplaced your log in information please contact your child's tutor who will be happy to re-issue it.

Five Ways of Wellbeing

World Mental Health Day is on the 10th October. To help promote awareness of mental health and the importance of our wellbeing we invite you to take part in The TMBS Five Ways to Wellbeing Challenge.

In doing this challenge you will:

  • Spread the word about The Five Ways to Wellbeing & its importance
  • Become a better, healthier version of yourself
  • Raise awareness of Mental Health
  • Feel good and develop a positive growth mind-set

Do something different each day that fits into The Five Ways to Wellbeing categories outlined below. Here are some simple ideas to get you started…

  • Connect: Visit a neighbour, send a letter to a friend, telephone someone you’ve been meaning to get in touch with.
  • Be Active: Be more active than normal, cycle, dance, do sit ups, swim, go to a yoga class, run up and down stairs, get off the bus a stop early.
  • Take notice: Focus on things in the natural world - a tree, a flower, clouds and your internal world - your mood, breathing, how you feel. Log what you notice.
  • Keep learning: Learn a new dance step, research something you don’t understand, use a new word, read a book, watch a documentary, try a new recipe.
  • Give: Make a donation of clothes to charity, invite people for a meal; volunteer a few hours to a local voluntary group, send time with someone who might need a little company, if you’ve been creative - give away what you’ve made.

To support the Mental Health Foundation in raising awareness of mental health and to promote the importance of positive wellbeing across our community, we are inviting a limited amount of students, parents and local community to an afternoon tea. This will be held at The Market Bosworth School on Wednesday 10th October at 4:00 – 5:00pm in our canteen. It is an opportunity to connect with local people over a cup of tea and good conversations. Our hope is to offer this event annually on a larger scale promoting health and wellbeing in our school and wider community.

If you haven’t received an invitation but would like to join this year’s event, please email Mrs Holmes on kholmes@tmbs.org.uk

Character Education

TMBS are passionate in ensuring Character Education is a key part of our students' daily school life. Please remember to take notice of your child’s reward stamps which show where their character is being seen in school.

To learn more about the importance of Character look at the Science of Character YouTube clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3nT2KDAGOc

Kenilworth Castle

Our Year 7 students visited Kenilworth Castle as part of their humanities lessons looking at England in the Middle Ages. All students had a great time and the rain held off to make it a fantastic day.

Bookbuzz

The Market Bosworth School Library has teamed up with Bookbuzz to provide each of our Year 7 students with a free book of their choice. Bookbuzz is a new reading programme which gives schools the opportunity to offer their students the choice of a book from a list of specially selected titles. The school librarians, Miss Harrison and Miss Luker, have funded the programme so each student will receive a book to keep.

The aim of Bookbuzz is to inspire excitement about reading and discovering new books and authors. Students were shown a video of various authors talking about their books, and were then able to choose a book from a list of 15 different titles. The books will be delivered to the school after half term.

To find out more about this year’s titles, and other books that your child might enjoy, do visit the website where you can also find useful links about reading and writing, and fun writing activities that you can do at home with your child: www.bookbuzz.org.uk

Halloween Fun for Year 7

On Thursday 1st November Year 7 students will get the opportunity to get all dressed up and meet up with their new friends in a more sociable setting for some spooky fun and games at our annual Halloween Disco. All Year 7 students should have now received a letter, spare letters are available from the office if needed. With prizes on offer for best costume, best dance moves and best carved pumpkin, it promises to be an evening full of fun and games and maybe even a few surprises!

Bake sale

Year 9 catering students are planning to hold a bake sale to raise money for the TMBS Fundraising Committee.

  • 9A will be on Wednesday 31st October (week 1)
  • 9B will be on Tuesday 6th November (week 2)

The sales will take place during lunch time in the food room. All cakes will be 50p, so don't forget to bring your change!

Themed Menu Days

Our Catering Manager is continuing with themed menu days this year. We've already tasted paella, frankfurters and strudel for European Day of Languages and the next feast to look forward to is Diwali, on 7th November.

To ensure your child doesn't miss out on these delicious treats, please make sure their account is regularly topped up. Thank you.

Market Bosworth Christmas Lights Switch On

We know it's a bit early to be mentioning the 'C' word, but planning is already underway for the Market Bosworth Christmas Lights Switch On. Our fundraising committee traditionally hold a chocolate tombola stall at the event, which is held in the square, as well as the school choir providing some entertainment in the form of carol singing. This is to help raise funds for the school which are then used by departments to buy much needed equipment or resources. We are asking all students to donate a box or bar of chocolate for our tombola stall. Donations can be brought into school and handed in to the main office or the design office. Thank you for your support.

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