TMBS Easter newsletter

We are officially two thirds of the way through the school year. Two terms under our belts and only one more to go. It is the trickiest one though, exam season is firmly upon us and our Year 11s now have a range of revision sessions and coursework-catch-up after-school opportunities to choose from.

With this in mind, we'd like to say a huge thank-you to all the parents who continue to be so supportive, collecting students who stay late after school and encouraging them to use their free time at home to revise and prepare for their exams. We're sure that all the hard work and effort will pay off.

We'd like to wish all our students a cracking Easter holiday, and hope to see you bright and refreshed ready for the summer term.

Autism Awareness Week

Those of you who saw any of the National Autism Society's Autism Awareness Week material may have spotted a familiar face. What originally started as an opportunity for Holly to tell her peers about autism has spiralled into Holly being the face of this year’s National Autism Awareness Week for the National Autistic Society. Holly applied for and auditioned to be a part of the charity's annual campaign, for which she was successful. She has worked with a director and a number of other actors and actresses to create a hard hitting representation of how some people with Autism find that on a daily basis they have too much information and need extra time to process questions.

We are very proud of Holly and what she has achieved and if it helps people to give others processing time then this could make a difference to people's everyday lives.

Rotary Young Chef of the Year Competition

Bright and early on the morning of Saturday 25th March, Mae Wilkinson packed her ingredients and headed to the Young Chef of the Year Competition at a school in Leicester. Here she battled against 13 other students from across the county and the city to create a healthy three course meal for two people for less than £15.

Mae created a beautiful three course meal which the judges said was simple, yet sophisticated. Her menu consisted of: parma ham wrapped asparagus with the perfect poached egg; prawn and pea risotto; and a lemon curd souffle (with homemade lemon curd) for dessert.

​Mae was placed third against a wide range of other students who were mostly significantly older than her; with the majority being 15 or above. Another successful year for TMBS in this competition and I look forward to next year and ​the next Young Chef to compete.

Digital Parenting

Technology has many benefits, but it also brings challenges, such as sexting and bullying. Digital Parenting highlights the potential risks and gives you expert advice.

The latest Digital Parenting magazine was recently sent home with all Year 7, 8, & 9 students; it helps families get to grips with the digital world. This issue contains articles on using tech to enjoy the great outdoors, jobs for girls, what is digital resilience and why is it important to your child’s future.

Easter Revision Timetable

As part of our commitment to delivering outstanding learning opportunities a number of teachers are giving up their time to deliver a range of revision and catch up sessions over the Easter half term. All Year 11 students should by now have been given a copy of the Easter Revision Sessions timetable. Just in case they have misplaced it, a copy is included below.

Leavers' Hoodies

We are offering Year 11 the chance to buy a leavers' hoodie to remember our 5 years here at TMBS. The hoodie is navy with a sky blue lined hood and will include your embroidered initials on the front, as well as the surname and first initial of everyone in the year group on the back.

Students will be receiving order forms from their tutors presently. Orders will be placed on Friday 5th May, so payment must be received by this date. If you have any other questions or queries, don’t hesitate to ask either the Year 11 Ambassadors or Mrs Durrands.

Part Time Jobs

With exam season almost upon us, we would like to gently remind all our Year 11 students that trying to fit in a part time job along-side an adequate amount of revision and study is likely to lead to disappointing exam results.

Preparing for GCSE exams is a busy and hectic time in the lives of all young people, a time in which they each need to take a look at their current priorities and weigh them against their future ambitions and plans.

We are exceedingly grateful to all the parents who have taken the time to encourage our young people to prioritise their revision and study during this critical time.

Sporting Highlights

TMBS' team were crowned county indoor rowing champions at the recent Leicestershire Youth Games.

Revision Apps

Memorize anything with Anki and AnkiDroid! Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it's a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn.

Anyone who needs to remember things in their daily life can benefit from Anki. Since it is content-agnostic and supports images, audio, videos and scientific markup (via LaTeX), the possibilities are endless.

Anki and AnkiDroid let you learn flashcards very efficiently by showing them just before you would forget. AnkiDroid is fully compatible with Anki (including synchronization), which is available for Windows/ Mac/ Linux/ ChromeOS.

Word of The Week

Another big thank you to all the parents and guardians encouraging their children to enter the word of the week competition. On average there are 70 participants across both key stages, this is fantastic, but we'd really appreciate your support in encouraging even more students to enter. Please remind them that the winners receive a big bag of sweets and 10 reward stamps so it really is worth having a go! The word of the week is posted on the bulletin every Tuesday.

Time To Change

It is a sad fact that on average 1 in every 10 young people will experience a mental health problem. That’s three students in the average classroom, so mental health problems are likely to affect your child – either through friends or directly.

Research carried out by Time To Change, a leading mental health charity revealed that while awareness of mental health problems is improving, understanding is still poor in this age group. It also showed that young people have a strong impulse to help and support a friend who might be struggling.

Using a series of short films, the In Your Corner campaign shows young people how they can easily support a friend if they are struggling. Parents can see the short films and read more about how they can support the young people in their lives by clicking on the links below.

Not that we're counting...

With only one term left (54 days) until the end of the current academic year when we break up for summer, we would like to remind all parents of the term dates for the forthcoming 2017-2018 academic year.

Autumn Term

  • School opens - Year 7 only Tuesday morning 29th August 2017
  • School opens - All Years Wednesday morning 30th August 2017
  • Mid-Term Break Monday 16th to Friday 20th October 2017
  • Schools Close Wednesday evening 20th December 2017

Spring Term

  • School opens Tuesday morning 9th January 2018
  • Mid-Term Break Monday 12th to Friday 16th February 2018
  • Schools Close Friday evening 23rd March 2018

Summer Term

  • School opens Monday morning 9th April 2018
  • May Day Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018
  • Mid-Term Break Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June 2018
  • Schools Close Friday evening 13th July 2018

Red Nose Day

Thank you to all the students and teachers who helped contribute to this year's Red Nose Day fund raising activities. We raised a fantastic £2,038.43. Special credit goes out to the students of Year 9 who put on a host of events and provided a range of tasty treats, and also the teaching staff who volunteered to be pelted with sodden sponges. We understand legal proceedings are underway to have the photographs of this particular entertainment released to an eager public.

This Month in the Library

Creative Writing Workshops

A number of our Year 8 students were given a chance to explore their creativity and imagination, when Creative Learning Services Librarians Marissa and Jo came to the school to run 2 two-hour long sessions on 7th February and 15th March. All students have really enjoyed the experience and Jo, who is a writer herself, had been very complimentary about their writing. She gave our students feedback on the stories they’ve produced. We definitely have some budding authors amongst us.

9 for 9 Reading Challenge Celebration Event

Members of the 9 for 9 Reading Challenge book group were given a chance to meet students from other schools taking part in the challenge, organised by the Creative Learning Services. The Celebration event was hosted by St. Paul’s Catholic School, in Leicester. Students from 6 different schools came along to meet each other and talk about their experience so far this year. Ideas about how different schools have been running their Reading groups were shared, students and staff took part in a fun quiz and we came away with some free books and book posters.

Reader Development Sessions

The latest sessions run by our lovely Creative Learning Services Librarian, Marissa, took place in the School Library on 28th March. We had two sessions, one for a group of Year 8 students and another one for Year 9s. The Reader Development sessions were all about exploring books and creating a positive experience for some of our more ‘reluctant’ readers. Students had fun and really enjoyed the activities, such as ‘book speed dating’: choosing a book for someone they know well and also for a famous person and explaining why, etc.

Positive Discipline

40 Year 9s have achieved their Diamond award so far this year. These students have been entered into a prize draw for the end of the year whereby the winner will receive £180 in vouchers of their choice. Special mention to Finlay Shorrock and Lauren Taylor who have collected over 1000 stamps.

Congratulations to 9NJM who have won tutor group of the term for the highest number of reward stamps and to 9KH for the lowest number of comments.

Positive Steps to Feeling Good

Everyone feels down or low at times, especially during times of stress or high pressure, like exam season. You may feel left out or that no one is listening to you. There are positive steps you can take to help you to cope and look after your mental health.

  • Be yourself – no one is perfect. Everyone has something to offer. You are not the only one – it may help to talk to people who will understand how you feel and offer you some support.
  • Do things you enjoy – Whatever you enjoy make time to do it. Writing? Drawing? Music? Reading? Shopping? Sport?
  • Talk to people – when you feel lonely or something is worrying or upsetting you, tell someone about it. You can talk to friends, family, your doctor, school nurse or someone at school.
  • Try something new – there may be lots of things that you haven’t felt confident about trying. Give it a go. Learning new things and making new friends makes you feel good about yourself.
  • Take control – it can be difficult sometimes to make decisions and disagree with what other people say. They may only be doing what they think is best for you, but you should be the judge of that.
  • Ask for help – it’s not always easy to ask for help, especially when you feel people may take over or not let you do things for yourself. Everyone needs help from time to time, don’t be afraid to ask. You may find it easier to phone a help line.

The Pastoral Team at TMBS are always available to talk and support you with any worries or concerns you may have. Alternatively there are a range of other services available:

  • NHS direct 0845 7909 090
  • Support line 0170 8765 200
  • School Nurse Text 07520 615 387
  • Depression alliance 0845 1232 320

The Big Bang Fair

The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals. They aim to show young people (primarily aged 7-19) the exciting and rewarding opportunities out there for them with the right experience and qualifications, by bringing classroom learning to life.

Having grown from 6,500 visitors in its first year (2009) to over 70,000 in 2016, The Big Bang Fair is made possible due to the collaborative efforts of over 200 organisations.

Enthusiastic science students from Years 7, 8 and 9 were selected to go to The Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham on Friday 17th March. They got to interact with and talk to a range of science, engineering and technology companies and institutions including Rolls Royce, Samsung, gsk, the British Army, Jaguar Land Rover and many more. Students were able to construct their own robots, use virtual reality head sets and watch shows containing explosives.

The students really enjoyed the experience and their attitude and behaviour was second to none. They were a massive credit to the school. Well done guys!

Miss Cryar, Miss Burns and Mrs Hutcheson

New Uniform Try & Buy

To help with the purchase of the new school uniform ready for September 2017, we are holding “try and buy” events w/c 24th April. Our supplier, Liss Sport, will be in school with samples of the new uniform for your child to try on. Orders can be placed and paid for at the event using cash, cheque, debit or credit card, or if preferred, can be ordered on-line at a later date. Year groups are invited to attend on the following dates:

  • Current Year 7 students - Tuesday 25th April
  • Current Year 8 students - Wednesday 26th April
  • Current Year 9 students - Thursday 27th April
  • Current Year 10 students - Friday 28th April

The events will take place in the dining hall and will run between 3:30pm – 6:30pm every evening. If you are unable to make the specific evening for your child’s Year group, please contact the school office to inform them of your chosen evening, this will help with our planning. For families with siblings, please feel free to bring them both/all to just one of the evenings.

Any orders placed at these events will be available for collection from school on Saturday 1st July between 9:30am – 4.30pm. Collection will be from the school’s Activity Centre, which is located at the rear of the school, near the bus park.

Ferðast vel

We'd like to wish safe travels to all our staff and students venturing to Iceland this Easter holiday. Students who are leaving packing heroically late may like to double check the suggested kit list by clicking on the link below.

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