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TMBS Newsletter JULy 2019

Celebrating Success

We are extremely proud to be ending the academic year with cause for celebration. Last week TMBS was named the top school in the county in the Real Schools Guide 2019. The Real Schools Guide The Real Schools Guide takes into account a wide range of information including exam results, student progress, attendance, class sizes and careers destinations.

This follows on from another outstanding set of GCSE results at the beginning of the year, where The Market Bosworth School was also placed top of the Leicestershire league tables by the Department for Education. DfE School Performance Tables

Celebrating this year's GCSE results, Mr Wilson said;

“In a year of unprecedented change for GCSE subjects, our students have excelled in all areas of our diverse curriculum. These outstanding results are a testament to the inspirational working relationships that have been built between students and staff during the past five years."

We would like to thank all of our students, staff, parents and the wider community for their continued support.

Year 9 STEM visit

A group of Yr 9 students visited the MTC (Manufacturing Centre, Coventry) on 11th April. They were given a tour around the facility, the opportunity to meet with apprentices and try out robotics and virtual welding. They thoroughly enjoyed the day and summed up their experience:

“I enjoyed the day and it has helped me to make decisions about my future.”
“I loved using the robots.”
“The virtual welding was very competitive and I enjoyed this.”
“I am now aware that engineering is a very realistic career opportunity.”
“Very educational and speaking to the apprentice students gave us a real insight to their day to day experiences.”

Young Chef of the Year

Our Young Chef of the Year competition was popular this year, with 17 students taking part. We had 4 finalists: Polly, Charley, Isobel and Daniel.

All contestants were phenomenal, they worked very hard to plan and complete 2 dishes to an excellent standard. The dishes were independently judged and Isobel was declared the winner. Isobel made a tasty butter chicken curry with home made chapatis and dips and then a superb lemon posset with shortbread biscuits and fruit, all beautifully presented.

Well done to everyone that made it to the final 4 and to all 17 students that took part.

Chinese Cuisine Ambassadors visit

Two groups of Y10 and Y8 students have had the opportunity this term to explore the world of Chinese cooking thanks to a charity from London. Fun healthy Chinese Cuisine Ambassadors visited the school to talk to students about key ingredients in Chinese cooking and traditional Chinese food. The visitors then demonstrated how to make Hoisin Chicken before the students set out on the challenge of creating the most attractive plate of food.

All students thoroughly enjoyed the event and the winners of the best presented dishes were: Tessa, Annabel and Oliver.

Year 10 English GCSE preparation

Year 10 – The remainder of the Summer Term

Students will complete a spoken language assessment. This will be reported as part of their final English Language qualification but will not form part of their final grade. Students will prepare and deliver a formal presentation that will be marked with a pass, merit or distinction.

Students will also return to studying the final selection of poems from the Eduqas poetry anthology. This is in preparation for component 1 of their English Literature exam which is worth 20% of their final grade for Literature. It will require students to answer two questions. The first focusses on one printed poem and the second requires students to compare with a second poem - of their choice, but not printed on the paper - from the anthology.

In addition, we will be studying ‘A Christmas Carol’. This is for Component 2 of the Literature examination and is worth 20% of students’ final grade. The ISBN number is: 978-0-141-32452-4. It is important that students have their copies of ‘A Christmas Carol’ every lesson and complete the annotations in their copy of the text. This will be key for their revision.

Year 11 – Autumn Term

During the Autumn term of Year 11, students will be studying ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (ISBN 978-0-19-832166-8) for their final exam text. This is in preparation for component 1 of their Literature exam and is worth 20% of their final grade. They would benefit from purchasing a copy of the text in order to annotate it to use for revision. It is available in most bookshops or online, through Amazon.

Following the study of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, we will have completed all of the course content for both English Language and English Literature and will therefore begin our revision of all components in preparation for final examinations.

Exam preparation

What all students can be doing between now and their exams for ENGLISH LANGUAGE:

  • Make full use of the work booklets and resources from lessons (including the additional independent study materials at the back of booklets) and the materials on the Google Classroom;
  • Practise VSSSP skills;
  • Read (non-fiction and fiction) widely at home to develop vocabulary and appreciation of structure;
  • Ensure understanding of the assessment objectives and different question types for Component 1a and 2a;
  • Practise planning and/or writing reviews, letters, speeches, reports, travel guides and articles in timed conditions (30 mins);
  • Practise planning and/or writing narratives (45 mins) using stimuli from current affairs, images or titles.

What all students can be doing between now and their exams for ENGLISH LITERATURE:

  • Make full use of the work booklets and resources from lessons (including the additional independent study materials at the back of booklets) and the materials on the Google Classroom;
  • Re-read ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and the poems from the anthology and add to annotations using online revision websites to help;
  • Collate key quotations for themes and characters from both texts;
  • Go to BBC Bitesize for on line resources:
  • Use the PiXLit App to revise content and learn quotations;
  • Re-cap contextual information for anthology poems and A Christmas Carol.

We would advise students to spend roughly an hour a week revising content we have already covered in lessons; this should help them to stay one step ahead in preparation for next summer’s exam season. Over the summer, we would recommend that students ensure their poetry anthologies are thoroughly annotated, read ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and re-read ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Blood Brothers’. In addition, we will be setting specific activities for them to complete, to ‘keep their hand in’ over those 6 and a half weeks away from school.

In order to continue with their exam preparation, there are several useful revision guides that can be purchased. These are by no means essential, but offer students support during their independent revision. As a department, we are again offering the opportunity to purchase these at a reduced rate. Details are in a separate letter. This will be the last opportunity for students to purchase these, via school, before their final Year 11 Exams.

Provisional dates for final Year 11 2020 English Examinations:

  • English Literature Component 1: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and The Poetry Anthology - Wednesday 13th May (a.m) 2 hrs
  • English Literature Component 2: ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Blood Brothers’ and Unseen Poetry - Thursday 21st May (a.m.) 2 hrs 30 mins
  • English Language Component 1: 20th Century reading and creative prose writing - Tuesday 2nd June (a.m) 1hr 45 mins
  • English Language Component 2: 19th & 21st Century non-fiction reading and transactional/persuasive writing - Friday 5th June (a.m) 2 hrs

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact: jhayes@tmbs.org.uk

Year 10 Exam Results

Year 10 Enterprise and Marketing results can be collected between 11.15 am and 12.00 noon from reception on Thursday 22 August 2019. If you cannot come in personally you can send in someone with a note. Alternatively your results will be given to your tutor and they can be collected on your return to school. Mrs Poulton - Exams & Attendance Officer

Oxford University Trip

On 14th June, 15 Year 10s were invited to St Edmund’s Hall, one of the colleges at Oxford University, to learn all about university education and to consider a potential future studying at Oxford University.

We started off the morning with a presentation from Luke Maw, a School Liaison Co-ordinator, who explained the essentials of university study, entrance requirements for Oxford University and where university study can take you in life as an Oxford graduate. We were then shown around the St Edmund’s Hall campus (just one of 38 colleges at Oxford) by two current students who explained to students what life at university was really like, as well as showing them secluded study spots, busy social areas, living quarters and – most interesting for our Year 10s – the campus bar! Over lunch, students chatted with the undergraduates about the hard work needed to get into the prestigious university and the interview processes involved. Both Luke and the undergraduate students were impressed by our students’ enthusiasm and interest in all aspects of the day – well done, Year 10s, for representing us in such a positive way!

Despite the downpours forecast, we managed to stay dry and even glimpsed a few minutes of sunshine as we walked around the beautiful, historic city. As well as Oxford University, students also visited Oxford’s Natural History Museum, where they were given a hands-on, interactive talk on some of the natural treasures kept in the museum, including taxidermy, 130-year-old octopi and live Madagascan hissing cockroaches.

Both TMBS and Oxford University hope that, with this trip, we can encourage our students to think about the prospects available to them after TMBS and to work hard, both at GCSE and A-Level, so that every exciting door will be open to them in the future.

TMBS students try to escape!

12 students in Year 9 took part in the inaugural TMBS Escape Room challenge, as a reward for excellent behaviour and progress in maths. The escape room encourages problem solving, teamwork and resilience in the face of some very hard puzzles.

The two teams, boys vs girls, took on the "Overthrone" rooms simultaneously at Escape, Leicester, and we're pleased to let you know both teams escaped within the time limit!! However, the girls were a few minutes faster than the boys (who were delayed by some unnecessary dressing up!!), and also took fewer clues to solve the puzzles. Well done to you!

Congratulations to all the students who went, and we hope to have some more students take part in the future.

Leicester Tigers Challenge

Along with the rest of his team, Leicester Forest RFC, Year 9 student Angus, recently took part in the Leicester Tigers Challenge rugby tournament in Minehead. The team did extremely well, making it all the way to the grand final before narrowly losing to a team from Cheltenham.

Golfing Greatness

Frazer currently holds the title of Midlands Golf Union Champion of Champions Under 14’s and he is currently the Under 14s Leicestershire County captain. Frazer has represented Leicestershire this year for Under 14s, Under 16s and Under 18s in locations around Great Britain and has played 6 matches for the Leicestershire County verses Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire Counties. Frazer won all 6 matches, which were against older and stronger opposition, the only Leicestershire player to do so. Frazer plays for Kirby Muxloe Golf Club and his handicap is 5.7. Frazer’s plans for the rest of this year include:

  • Play in the North of England Under 14s boys' competition in South Moor, which is played over 54 holes in 3 days. This is open to players across the UK.
  • Play in the REID Trophy Under 14s boys' competition in Trentham Gardens which is played over 54 holes in 3 days. This is open to players from all over Europe.
  • Continue to represent the Leicestershire County in matches across the UK.

Netball news

Harriet (Year 8) is one of our many sporting stars who not only represents the school in a number of teams including: netball, rugby, athletics and swimming, but also has a very busy sporting life outside of school. We'd like to highlight just some of her recent successes and wish her well in the future.

My Netball season – by Harriet – Year 8

I've been playing netball for three years for Parkside netball club in Birmingham. This year I was selected for Wasps U19, Loughborough Lightning U15, Warwickshire U15 and Parkside.

I mainly play in the position GD (Goal Defence) but sometimes end up playing at WD (Wing Defence). I've played multiple games for Wasps as WD and GD. I thoroughly enjoy playing matches for these four teams. It's even more enjoyable when I get to play against players that are older than me as it challenges me and makes me develop as a player.

Recently, Loughborough Lightning had a match at Loughborough University against another club called Riseholm. For this event I was made captain. This was brilliant because I was given responsibility for such an elite team. Then after my season for Loughborough Lightning had finished, I won a glass plate at the awards ceremony for "Coaches' Most Improved Player". It looked like all my hard work had paid off. To top off the season my main team, Parkside, went on to win the regional championships - a year ahead of our age group.

In addition to netball, Harriet also plays rugby and basketball outside of school. She started playing rugby at Ashby RFC and played for a boys’ team for 3 years. During this time, she was awarded the Players' Player Award two years running. She was also awarded with the Coaches' Player of the Year. In Year 7 she left Ashby and moved to Tamworth RFC.

Only 4 months ago Harriet also started to play basketball. She joined the Ashby Aztecs. She was advised to trial for the Leicestershire County side, Leicester Warriors and was successful in being selected for the County U13 squad.

The PE department would like to congratulate Harriet on all of these successes and wish her well in the future.

Gracie's 3 Peak Challenge

On Saturday 29th June, Year 8 student, Gracie-Rose set off at 6am to walk the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. For this challenge the route to complete is 24 miles and includes 1585m of ascent. It takes on the 3 peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and the aim is to walk them in under 12 hours. She set off in a group of 5, including her dad who is a qualified mountain leader, and her mum providing support by bringing extra water and food to the base of each peak. It was an incredibly hot day with temperatures hitting the mid 30s, making the journey a difficult one. But she managed to complete all 3 peaks in under 12 hours. Well done Gracie-Rose!!

Amazing Athletics News

Despite the very wet weather this term TMBS students have impressed us with some outstanding athletic performances. After covering a 6-week programme in lessons top performing students were identified on a leader board for both girls and boys. These have been displayed in the PE area and are constantly being updated. Students have had the opportunity to take part in a number of Athletic Meets. On 20th May over 60 students attended the Hugglescote and District Athletics competition at Saffron Lane. All students were a credit to the school. Some of the outstanding county qualifying performances on the day included:

Under 13 boys

  • Cauley – 1st 100m – 12.78
  • Luke – 1st 200m – 28.04
  • Taylor – 2nd 300m – 47.22
  • Ewan – 2nd 1500m – 5.14
  • Year 7 boys’ relay – 1st Luke/Dexter/Taylor/Cauley – 59.12
  • Maxwell – 1st High Jump – 1.25m

Under 13 Girls

  • Khara – 100m 2nd 14.50
  • Polly – 800m – 2nd 3.03
  • Ella – High Jump 1st – 1.15m

Junior Boys

  • Zac – High Jump – 1st – 1.60
  • Alex – Shot – 1st – 13.57m
  • Aaron – Discus – 1st – 25.59m

Junior Girls

  • Ella – 100m – 3rd – 13.60
  • Gracie Rose – 800m – 1st – 2.35
  • Isabella – 1500m – 1st – 5.13
  • Lizzy – Discus – 1st – 23.05m

Inter boys

  • Luca – High Jump – 1.80m

Inter girls

  • Amelia – 100m – 3rd – 13.35
  • Felicity – 200m – 1st – 30.26
  • Emily – 300m – 3rd 52.09
  • Bethan – 1500m – 2nd – 6.11
  • Inter girls 4 x100m relay – Emily/Felicity/Mae/Amelia – 57.47
  • Maddie – Shot – 1st – 8.79m

Huge congratulations to the 23 county qualifiers.

The County competition took place on Saturday 8th June in what can only be described as hideous conditions. The event had to be postponed for an hour before the afternoon events because of a flooded track. Some events such as the inter girls/boys 4 x 100m relay had to be cancelled for safety reasons. Despite this we had some amazing results. Many thanks to parents/guardians who braved the elements to ensure their son/daughter could compete in the event.

Results from the County Athletics competition 2019

100m

  • Cauley – 1st – COUNTY CHAMPION under 13 boys
  • Khara - 2nd under 13 girls
  • Amelia - 2nd – inter girls

200m

  • Luke – 1st – COUNTY CHAMPION under 13 boys
  • Felicity – Finalist – Inter girls

300m

  • Taylor – 3rd – Under 13 boys

800m

  • Polly – 7th – Under 13 girls
  • Gracie Rose – 4th – Junior girls

1500m

  • Ewan – 6th – Under 13 boys
  • Isabella – 5th – Junior Girls

High Jump

  • Maxwell – 4th – Under 13 boys
  • Ella – 4th – Under 13 girls
  • Zac – 2nd – Junior boys
  • Luca – 2nd – Inter boys

Shot Putt

  • Maddie – 3rd – Inter girls

Discus

  • Aaron – 5th – Junior boys
  • Lizzy – 1st – COUNTY CHAMPION – Junior girls

Relay

  • Under 13 boys relay team – 2nd

In addition to the area and county sports students from each year group have had the opportunity to compete at Dixie in a boys and girls team competition against Dixie and Hastings.

The results have been as follows:

Year 7 - Track results

Boys

  • 1st – TMBS – 118
  • 2nd – Hastings – 78
  • 3rd – Dixie – 54

Girls

  • 1st – TMBS – 124
  • 2nd Dixie – 74
  • 3rd Hastings – 42

Overall on track (boys and girls)

  • 1st – TMBS – 242
  • 2nd Dixie – 128
  • 3nd – Hastings – 120

Field results

Boys

  • 1. TMBS – 62
  • 2. Dixie – 38
  • 3. Hastings – 28

Girls

  • 1. TMBS – 74
  • 2. Dixie – 56
  • 3. Hastings – 44

Overall results in the field

  • 1. TMBS – 136
  • 2. Dixie – 94
  • 3. Hastings - 72

Track and Field results (girls and boys)

  • 1. TMBS – 378
  • 2. Dixie – 222
  • 3. Hastings - 192

Year 8 – Track results

Boys

  • 1. TMBS – 108
  • 2. Hastings – 96
  • 3. Dixie – 96

Girls

  • 1. TMBS – 98
  • 2. Hastings – 86
  • 3. Dixie – 64

Overall - Track results (boys and girls)

  • 1. TMBS – 206
  • 2. Hastings - 182
  • 3. Dixie – 160

Field results

Boys

  • 1st Hastings – 76
  • 2nd – Dixie – 42
  • 3rd – TMBS – 40

Girls

  • 1st TMBS – 76
  • 2nd – Dixie – 54
  • 3rd – Hastings – 42

Overall field results (girls and boys)

  • 1. Hastings – 118
  • 2. TMBS – 116
  • 3. Dixie – 96

Overall results (Track and Field)

  • 1. TMBS – 322
  • 2. Hastings – 300
  • 3. Dixie - 256

The Westfield Trophy

On Tuesday 18th June over 90 TMBS students from Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 attended the Westfield Athletics competition at the Pingles in Nuneaton. This Athletics completion is an annual event and we were currently defending champions in the boys, girls and overall competitions. So the pressure was on for the 2019 season. There were yet again some outstanding performances on the day and TMBS students defended their titles demonstrating true grit and determination. The final positions were:

Boys

  • 1st TMBS – 269
  • 2nd St Martins – 245
  • 3rd – Hinckley Academy - 240

Girls

  • 1st – TMBS – 307
  • 2nd –St Martins – 256
  • 3rd – Hinckley Academy - 203

Overall

  • 1. TMBS – 576
  • 2. St Martins – 501
  • 3. Hinckley Academy - 443

Huge congratulations to all of our amazing athletes. Looking forward to sports day already!!!

Food, Glorious Food

We have had a number of successful themed menu days this year, including; pancake day, St George's Day, pizza & pasta day, European day of languages and Chinese New Year to name a few. We hope to continue with these next year, so look out for more information. Below are the new menus for next year and these, along with all the allergen information and prices, can be found on our website. Please do remember to regularly check your child's catering account is in credit so they can enjoy all the tasty treats on offer.

TMBS Staff Are Bowled Over

On Friday 5th July TMBS staff were invited to attend the Market Bosworth Bowling Club for a fun evening of lawn bowls followed by a fish supper. The sun was shining and the sky was blue, a perfect evening for it. A big shout out to all the club members that took their time to deliver some expert tuition. Everyone had a great time and got stuck into it. Well done to Miss Flannery who came first in the Crazy Bowls competition.

Thanks again Market Bosworth Bowling Club, we look forward to returning in the future and also hope to bring some students to experience this great sport.

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