TMBS News December 2020

Rewarding Work for Year 7

Year 7 students were set the task of designing our new reward postcards. The competition was to design a postcard based on our character pillars. The winning designs, shown below, have been sent to the printers and will be used for our new postcards. Look out for one coming through your door! Well done to all of the worthy winners, Willem, Harriet, Jonty, Cara, Olivia, Evie and Megan.

Spreading Halloween Happiness

Due to the loss of the Year 7 Halloween Disco, our tutor group, 10G, still wanted to give the Year 7s a Halloween treat. So, fittingly, we decided to make a spider (whom we later named Gareth). As well as adding eight legs and eyes to our spider, we also filled him with lots of Halloween treats for Year 7 to enjoy. Then once Gareth was completed and sealed shut, we delivered him to a very deserving Year 7 tutor group, who had only received two comments over the last week of half term. Although 10G miss their Halloween mascot, it was lovely to see smiles on the Year 7 faces after what has been a very hard few months. By Eppie, Niamh, Aela, Molly and Frankie

Picture Perfect Parliament

Year 7 Thomas certainly kept himself busy at half term by following the theme of the recent Year 7 'Big Picture' challenge and creating this fabulous picture of the Houses of Parliament. Thomas said:

Over half term, I made a picture of the Houses of Parliament. Taking inspiration from the Year 7 'Big Picture' challenge, I split a picture into eight sections. Then, I copied each section onto an A4 piece of paper, each in a different style. One, I did with inks, another I made using chalk and charcoal!

We think the result is amazing - well done Thomas!

Exciting Expansion plans

We are pleased to report the school has been successful in provisionally securing external government funding to build a new teaching block, equivalent in size to 5 classrooms. This new block will allow the school to increase its capacity from 760 to 860. The consultation is open until 14th January 2021 and we welcome your views. More information can be found on our website: https://www.tmbs.leics.sch.uk/StatutoryInfo/Admissions-Arrangements-2018/

Baking Bonanza

Year 9 were recently set a challenge to develop a new and exciting pastry slice for a well known bakers (Greggs). We had some fabulous entries judged by Mr Palmer, which included, salmon & hollandaise, banana, apple & cinnamon and raspberry & peach.

The winner for 9B was Rian Bryce for his haggis, neeps and tatties.

Witchcraft & Wizardry at TMBS!

Ever wanted to make objects disappear, levitate or even learn the ancient art of alchemy? Well, this term at TMBS a select few students in Year 7 have done just that! These students have now qualified as witches and wizards from the Hogwarts of TMBS (aka. The Science Department) by attending the weekly lunchtime STEM club.

Our young sorcerers completed 8 experiments designed by STEM Learning, these included making gold coins, hovercrafts and creating holograms in the classroom. Their dedication, teamwork and skill was really impressive!

Every student will now receive the nationally accredited CREST Discovery Award for Young Scientists. I think we can all agree this is very well deserved!

Look out, the TMBS Science Department is looking forward to its next intake of future Wizards and Witches in January 2021.

Numeracy Ninjas Grand Master

Grand Master status is when students achieve 30 out of 30 on their Numeracy Ninja starters for 5 weeks in a row. Well done to all of our students in Key Stage 3 who have achieved this status. We look forward to seeing more Grand Masters in the new year.

Mathematician of the Term

Well done to all students who have been nominated for Mathematician of the Month from the beginning of the school term, and well done to those who have won each month. All those nominated throughout the year were entered into a prize draw to be crowned Mathematician of the Term, with the winners receiving a £20 Amazon voucher.

  • Our KS3 Mathematician of the Term is Arthur Hardman
  • Our KS4 Mathematician of the Term is Ellie Benson-Ward.

Well done everyone. Keep up the fantastic work. And from all of TMBS' Maths Department, we wish you a very happy Christmas and a happy new year.

Success in PE theory lessons

Over a two-week period, whilst Year 11 students have been sitting their mock exams, Key Stage 3 PE students have taken part in 4 theory lessons. This helps to give students an insight into the theory component of the GCSE PE and Health and Fitness VCert qualification. The marks obtained by each student are also used to ascertain the attainment level in PE as well as their performance in the practical element of the subject.

In Year 7 the students have looked at what makes up a typical exercise session and the reasons for each of the phases. They have also looked at muscles and components of fitness. There were some excellent test results. The following students excelled achieving an impressive score in the test at the end of the 4 lessons.

In Year 8 the students looked at methods and principles of training. Yet again, there were some outstanding results with a lot of students achieving a higher grade than the previous year. The following students achieved an outstanding 20/20:

In Year 9 the students opted for a specific qualification pathway. They were either selected to take part in GCSE Dance, GCSE PE or Health and Fitness VCert. The Dance students worked on the practical element of the course as it is still worth 60% of the students’ final mark. However, the GCSE PE and Health and Fitness students worked on the theory component covering bones, joints and movement, in addition to antagonistic muscle action.

The Year 9s seemed to enjoy this quick taster. Hopefully it will help them make more informed decisions when choosing their options for Year 10.

Congratulations to the following students who achieved 20/20 in their theory test:

Congratulations to the following students who achieved a Grade 9 in their theory test:

Amazing Attendance

Congratulations!! Whole School attendance this term was 95%. Year 7 have to have a special mention with attendance at 97% - fantastic!

Thank you all for this massive effort, this is an amazing achievement, especially in the current circumstances – keep it up!

Seasons Greetings from The Attendance Team

Santa's Little Helpers

Thank you to our Kindness Elves who visited Year 7 tutor group doorways spreading Christmas cheer and giving mini kindness challenges. They shared a new message each morning throughout December for Year 7s to spread kindness even further and celebrate the festive season.

Students spread a little Christmas joy

Students in Year 7 were asked if they would like to write to those who might be feeling lonely or isolated this Christmas. Below are a selection of letters that were delivered to residents in local care homes or to friends and family of staff members in the hope that they might spread a little Christmas joy and kindness.

In addition to the letters, students in Year 9 also created 8 hampers to go alongside some of these. The kindness and Christmas cheer has definitely put smiles on the faces of our local community. One lucky recipient, Reg, sent the following message:

What an amazing group you all are. I was overwhelmed with the beautiful hamper and have no shame in saying my emotions brought a tear to my eyes. May I say what a credit to your teachers you are and how proud your parents must be. It is an honour to have been chosen and it has really lifted my Christmas. Thank you and God bless.

Year 7 Inter-form Challenge - TMBS' Got Talent!

For this term's challenge Year 7 were tasked with working as a whole tutor team to create and perform something of their choice in our very own TMBS' Got Talent. Everyone in the tutor group had to be involved somehow, but not necessarily performing. The performance videos were then watched in assembly with a live judging panel on 8th December.

The results were as follows: 3rd place - 7A; 2nd place - 7C and the winners were........ 7F. Mrs Holmes said she couldn't be prouder of Year 7 and they were all amazing! You can view the winning video from 7F on our website, under the News section.

Students' Amazing Generosity

As we have in previous years, we completed a reverse advent calendar this year, asking students to join together to collect donations for the Hinckley branch of The Trussell Trust. The photos show just some of the donations collected, thank you so much for your generosity. We collected 205.1kgs of donations which has an estimated value of £358.93!

First Ever 12 Days of Christmas Raffle

The TMBS Fundraising Committee were very busy during the run-up to Christmas organising our very first 12 Days of Christmas Raffle. The main prize and star attraction was the £500 Amazon voucher, but all departments in school were asked to contribute something to be raffled, and they did not disappoint.

Each school day in December, a different department was asked to draw the winning ticket number for their department’s contribution. Everyone’s donations were brilliant, and we ended up having so many that it actually became more like the 14 days of Christmas!

We had an amazing response from students, staff and parents and sold £2,629 worth of tickets. Every penny will go to the TMBS Fundraising Committee, and departments will be able to bid for things to buy which will directly impact our students. In addition to this amazing total, Mrs Lane also managed to get an extra £300 from FP McCann, a local business based in Cadeby, to add to our funds, so we would like to thank them for their very generous donation.

In case you missed any, the list of winners for each day were as follows:

  • Emily Kirby - treat filled advent calendar
  • Isaac Gosling - festive hamper
  • Freya Armour - French themed hamper
  • Frankie Humber - Christmas wreath
  • Harry Thompson - AD&T hamper
  • Isla Proffitt - selection of artwork and meal voucher
  • Zack Michalowski - stationery hamper
  • Will Goodhew - football shirt of choice plus chocolate
  • Mrs Moore - chocolate wreath and TMBS' CD
  • Miss Abbott's dad - escape room voucher
  • Chloe Goadby - HP printer
  • Henry Plumbley - science gifts
  • Rory Mallinder - Tassimo coffee machine

And the winner of our grand prize of the £500 Amazon voucher was.......... Olivia Handford!

Christmas Lunch

Our Christmas lunch was again a resounding success. This year, students had the choice of either a traditional sit down Christmas meal, or a takeaway festive turkey roll goodie bag. With just over 250 students enjoying a festive lunch Mr Palmer and his team were kept very busy. A huge thank you to them all for their hard work, not just today, but throughout the year.

From all of us at TMBS, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please stay safe and enjoy a healthy, happy Christmas break.