TMBS Summer Half Term Newsletter

We'd like to begin this newsletter by addressing our year 11 cohort and their families. The effort and time you are all putting into preparing for the forthcoming exams is fantastic. It is so rewarding to see your commitment to achieving your potential. We still have a few weeks of exams to come after half term, and while revising should be a part of your half term we hope that you will all find the time for some well earned relaxation. Thank you all for your hard work and effort, we are confident that it will be rewarded.

Year 11 students have already had the opportunity to arrange time in school over the half term for additional mentoring and revision sessions. Your individual subject teachers will be able to advise you of specific times they are available.

Iceland 2017

Year 10 students took a once in a lifetime trip to Iceland this Easter to get up close to some 'real life Geography'.

Students witnessed the effects of geothermal activity as they swam in the Blue Lagoon, visited a geothermal power station and got splashed by the most active geyser in Iceland. They stood between two tectonic plates as we visited the only place in the world where the Mid Atlantic Ridge can be seen above sea level. We visited contrasting waterfalls and the dramatic black volcanic beaches along the Icelandic coast where we studied the formation of the spectacular natural features. We also witnessed glacial processes when we visited a glacier tongue.

On the final morning students took the opportunity to wonder around Reykjavík; the world's northernmost Capital City.

Year 11 Prom

Year 11 Prom tickets are still on sale from the main office. Tickets are £25 and include a BBQ buffet, a drink on arrival and a chocolate fountain.

The Prom will take place at The Royal Arms at Sutton Cheney on Tuesday 4th July, from 6.30-11.30pm, it will be a fantastic opportunity for year 11 students to celebrate what has been a fantastic five years for them at TMBS. We hope that all of year 11 can join us to celebrate.

There will be a professional photographer in attendance all evening from Photo Lux, you can pre-order prints online which will save you 20% on the prices available on the evening. To do this visit www.photolux.co.uk and use the code PM5N. All photos are printed and mounted on the night. For more information, please see Mrs Durrands.

The Way of the Horse

By Chelsea Hextall

I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to take part in The Way of the Horse this year. Six year 8 students attended six sessions of Equine Facilitated Learning with Mrs Holmes, Student Support Manager.

The first week we learnt all about the horses and met the staff there. We went into two groups and took part in some herd watching where we observed the horses, taking note of their body language and personalities. The horse’s names were: Cantora, Smokie, May-Dew, Big Harry, Little Harry and Yorrick. Yorrick is the leader of the herd, we could tell that by his behaviours and that of the other horses.

The following week, we discussed boundaries and the importance of setting them and them being listened to by others. We spoke about our own boundaries and why we wanted them and also boundaries that we think we should put in place to help us feel more comfortable or to help how we feel. We went into the arena with 2 horses and looked at how they set boundaries with us. By noticing body language you are able to see when a person or animal feels comfortable with the situation or not. When these are ignored it makes us and them feel vulnerable and nervous.

The week after, we did horseplay. We put 3 horses into the arena (one at a time) with some objects they wouldn’t have seen. For example: a pram. If they touched it and put their head in it, they would find treats. The purpose of this was to look at how they are feeling and behaving in situations they are not familiar or comfortable with, to think about how we would respond when feeling this way and how it can make you feel when you have stepped out of your comfort zone and succeed or been rewarded.

This week we looked at emotions and discussed situations and thoughts that create different feelings within us. Different people feel different emotions and display them differently. We learnt there are no right or wrong emotions and it is important to understand how you feel and why. The emotion scale helped us to identify when we were becoming anxious, scared or angry. It went from 1(calm and relaxed) to 10 (disassociation). Disassociation is when your brain tries to protect you from what you fear and shuts your body down. It is important to notice when you are starting to feel anxious, scared or angry, number 7-8 on the scale, as you are in control and able to adjust the situation to allow your emotions to reduce rather than ignoring them and they continue to rise. We also did our own mandalas in the sensory room. A mandala is a creative drawing that is an expression of our own emotions.

On week 5, we learnt about our authentic self and our false self. Our authentic self says things like: I can, I will, I am etc. Our false self says things like: I won’t, I can’t, I’m not etc. Authentic self is the real you and false self is the fake you we display to others. When we had completed some activities enabling us to see how we use our authentic and false selves we had an Easter egg hunt. We worked in two groups to solve clues and fine the chocolate eggs.

For our last week at The Way of the Horse we were invited to paint a horse. At first we thought we were going to be watching the horses and painting them on paper from a distance, but we actually painted a horse! This was creative independent time to work in silence with our thoughts. I painted Cantora and chose things that made me happy like a rainbow and hearts. It was really fun.

GCSE Showcase

On Tuesday 9th May GCSE Dance & Drama students performed their dress rehearsal showcase, prior to their final practical assessments, later in the week.

Students were an absolute credit to themselves and the school and this prepared them for fantastic moderation days. Well done and thank you to all involved.

Author visit - Alex Wheatle

10 of our students were invited to attend an author visit and talk, organised by the Creative Learning Services and hosted at the St. Paul’s Catholic School in Leicester. The students found the author very engaging and funny. They had a chance to listen to him talk about his childhood and how he got into writing; but they also had a chance to ask him questions, have books/posters signed by him and have a photo taken. The trip was well worth it!

The author, Alex Wheatle, is an award-winning black British novelist of Jamaican heritage. He spent much of his childhood in a Shirley Oaks children's home and at 16 was a founder member of the Crucial Rocker sound system; his DJ name was Yardman Irie. By 1980 Alex was living in a social services hostel in Brixton, South London, and he participated in the 1981 Brixton riots and aftermath. While serving his resulting sentence he read authors such as Chester Himes, Richard Wright, C. L. R. James and John Steinbeck. He claims that a Rastafarian was his cellmate, and he was the one who encouraged Alex to start reading books and care about his education. He has written a number of adult books and was awarded the MBE for services to literature in 2008.

His first Young-adult novel, Liccle Bit, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2016 and the second, Crongton Knights, won the 50th Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. S F said, one of the judging panel, said of the book: "Wheatle’s writing is poetic, rhythmic and unique, remaking the English language with tremendous verve. Though Crongton is his invention, it resonates with many urban situations, not only in Britain but around the world. Crongton Knights is a major novel from a major voice in British children’s literature."

Peer Mentors

We'd like to say a huge thank you to this year's peer mentors who have done a fantastic job. We are all so proud of you, you're a credit to TMBS. Thank you.

Interviews are currently taking place for new Year 9 Peer mentors and all the current Year 9 mentors have agreed to continue their work into year 10.

Vacancy

Solo Service the agency who provide cleaning services to TMBS are looking to acquire new team members for their cleaning staff. For information on the specific roles available you can contact manager Keith Laight at the Oldbury regional office on 0121 5111 554. Or you can contact the Solo Service head office help desk by calling 08702 421 420.

Le Touquet & Normandy

Final preparations are well underway for the forthcoming Le Touquet and Normandy trips. Both are taking place in the week commencing the 26th June. Year 7 students and parents keen for a sneak peek at what they can expect from the trip can click on the link below to see what last year's Year 7s got up to on their trip to Le Touquet.

Scholastic Book Club

The latest Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Click on the link below to browse the latest book offers and order online, if you wish. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards.

STEM

In our TMBS STEM club, we're working towards our Discovery award, and getting close to completion soon. We've also made a short video entry to a competition run by BT to win funding for dataloggers, watch this space and hope we're successful!

Sporting Highlights

Congratulations to the Year 9 girls' rounders team who were undefeated in a recent Hinckley and Bosworth Schools' tournament. The tournament saw a fantastic team effort from TMBS' young ladies, congratulations on a well earned victory.

Athletics

We're delighted to have so many TMBS students who recently qualified for the county athletics championships. These will be held on June 10th at Saffron Lane, click on the link below for more information about the venue.

  • Alice Walker- 100m
  • Fred Milner- 100m
  • Mia Wood- 100m
  • Oliver Jones- 100m
  • Ruby Leary- 200m
  • Amelia Bowlay-Williams- 200m
  • Seth Howell- 200m
  • Shonia Appiah-200m
  • Jake Botterill- 300m
  • Joe Glover- 300m
  • Sophie Perry- 800m
  • Charlotte Perry- 1500m
  • Jake Webster- Triple Jump
  • Zach Michalowski- High Jump
  • Kirsty Collins- High Jump
  • Luca Michalowski-- High Jump
  • Peter Lancaster- High Jump
  • Charlotte Gudegeon- High Jump
  • Tom Judges- Shot Putt
  • Paddy Hanford- Shot Putt
  • Aaron Broadhurst- Discus
  • Dillion Tomlin- Discus
  • Alice Walker, Ruby Leary, Kirsty Collins,Jess Clarke- Relay
  • Oliver Jones, Seth Howell,Brandon Pye, Will Finch- Relay

School Uniform

We'd like to say a huge thank you to all the students and parents who attended one of our uniform events near the end of April. It was great to see so many parents supporting the school and taking the time to help get student uniforms ready for next year. Thank you all.

We are expecting the first orders of new uniforms to start arriving in school on Saturday 1st of July. The last days for uniform collection before term starts will be Thursday 24th and Friday 25th of August.

New Website

We are delighted to announce that work on the new TMBS website is almost complete. The site will return with a fresh new look, and a more streamlined interface. We hope this will allow you all to access the information you are looking for more easily and quickly.

Vaccinations

TMBS will be running a 'mop-up' vaccination day on the 4th July. All Year 8 and 9 students who missed the previous vaccination day will be given their HPV and Meningitis vaccinations (as appropriate).

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