You can read more about the Marathon challenge in our PE report below.
Students in Year 8 English were set the challenge to read a classic fiction book and create a time capsule full of artefacts, vocabulary and quotations to summarise their book. They read some really challenging texts, including Little Women, Emma and Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde. There were some really amazing time capsules produced.
Following the same theme, Year 7 English classes have been reading books that were totally new to them. They also created time capsules based on the books and presented them to the class to celebrate World Book Day on 7th March.
UK University Search
On Friday 15th March, a group of Year 11 students had the opportunity to visit the UK University Search Spring Fair at Leicester's King Power Stadium. The Fair is an exciting and informative event which provides attendees with the opportunity to speak to a multitude of exhibiting universities and apprenticeship providers. These included; the Russell Group, red brick, modern institutions as well as many of the UK’s best apprenticeship providers and local colleges. Other features included interactive STEM and creative zones, seminars throughout the day and free student brochures with detailed UCAS application guides.
Twins' race for success
Charlotte and Sophie recently trialled for the Under 17 women’s cross country team, to represent Warwickshire at the British Athletics Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, on the 9th March.
The selection process involved competing in the Warwickshire County Cross Country Championships on the 5th January and the Midlands Counties Cross Country Championships on the 26th January.
Both girls were really pleased to be selected, as this category is for Years 11 and 12 and as both are the younger end of Year 11, they did really well to be chosen. On the 9th March, they ran the 5k race really well in the very windy conditions against tough competition. It was great experience for them to run in a completion of this standing with around 300 other runners. Two weeks prior to this, they also travelled up to Leeds to compete in the National Cross Country Championships and again, ran strongly.
Both girls have a very promising future within athletics, having taken up cross country running at the age of 4 when competing in the Leicestershire Primary Schools League at Sheepy Magna Primary School. They joined Tamworth Athletics Club at age 8 and continued to run in Midlands Cross Country Leagues as well as Summer track competitions. They have competed in the Leicestershire Secondary Schools Cross Country Leagues since Year 7, representing TMBS in their own time.
They hope to continue competing in 6th form for KECS in Nuneaton as well as continuing competing for their club. Well done from all at TMBS girls, we look forward to hearing about your continued success.
National Judo Championships
I have been doing Judo for four years, but have only been competing and training regularly in the past two. So when I had the opportunity to go to the National Judo Championships I was really excited. When we arrived I weighed in and got some food. After three hours I was finally called up for my event. I had three fights. Two of my opponents were older and had higher belts than me. I won the first two fights from ‘ippons’ and lost the third from a penalty. I received a gold medal and have now been given the opportunity to compete for Great Britain in the Internationals in Holland later in the year. Daisy, Year 7. Congratulations Daisy and good luck for the Internationals!
Keira, Year 9, was one of 14 girls chosen to represent TKT cheerleading at internationals in Europe. The team is called Adventurine and their first competition was in Disneyland Paris on 23rd March. They won 1st place and also division winners! Everybody is so very proud of them and they go on to represent again in Barcelona in June and Bournemouth in July. A brilliant result and a fantastic achievement! Very well done all!
Keep on running
Girls running block – Years 7, 8 and 9
The girls running block has taken place on Market Bosworth Country Park. The sessions have been varied and have focussed on some GCSE training and fitness work. The students have taken part in training sessions that have aimed to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, speed and explosive power. The girls used different methods of training including: continuous, fartlek, interval, circuit and plyometrics. In addition to this most groups have looked at how to overload a training session to ensure fitness continues to improve and have looked at how the body produces energy for different types of training.
Every group competed in an interval training relay around the lake. Congratulations to the teams in 8B-1 who managed to secure 1st and 2nd place. The winning team consisted of Ava, Emily, Maia and Gracie Rose. They managed to complete the run in 3 minutes 51.66 secs. In second place was: Ella, Daisy, Harriet, Rica and Tia in a time of 4.00.55 minutes. 8a-1 finished in third place. This team consisted of Sophie, Charlotte, Alanna and Ocean in a time of: 4.03 minutes. Other winning teams from different year groups are also featured.
I would also like to congratulate Isabella (Yr 8) for being selected to run for Leicestershire in the Junior Girls National Cross Country Championships in Leeds last month.
Well done girls on a very successful run block. Good luck with the up and coming Athletics season. Miss Armstrong
What a challenge it was! Gale force winds, bitter temperatures and constant rain was the setting for the majority of our annual Marathon Challenge that took place in PE lessons and lunchtimes earlier this half term. The challenge provides an opportunity for students to test themselves both physically and mentally, with a large number of our students demonstrating tremendous dedication by clocking up the miles every lunchtime as well as during lessons. Some students worked as teams to complete the marathon whilst a number were able to really push themselves and do it as individuals. Every student that completed a marathon over the two week period has been rewarded with a limited edition Marathon Challenge t-shirt which they can wear for PE lessons.
The marathon challenge also gave students the chance to donate money towards our AstroTurf bid (more news on this to come) by participating in sports/athletics wear and additionally by fundraising amongst friends and family, and I am delighted to announce that we raised a grand total of £1070.05. I would like to publicly thank all students who donated money and fundraised, these students have been rewarded with certificates during rewards assemblies this week.
There are too many students to highlight individually so I have included a list of results below. Well done to all on a fantastic effort, you have shown an array of qualities and characteristics that you and your family can be proud of:
- Polly = 26.5 miles
- Archie = 27.5 miles
- Olivia = 26.5 miles
- Josh = 37 miles
- Matthew = 39 miles
- Isaac = 39 miles
- Patrick = 34.5 miles
- Elliot = 30 miles
- Molly, Beatrix, Lily = 28.5 miles
- Charlotte, Kelsey, Ebony, Alexis = 30 miles
- Katie, Bella = 28.5 miles
- Khara, Ella = 29 miles
- Freya, Chloe, Floss, Willow = 30 miles
- Lucy Mae, Ellie, Brooke = 29.5 miles
- Molly, Teigan , Sophie , Holly = 29.5 miles
- Amelia , Alice , Isobel = 47 miles
- Imogen , Matilda , Lucy , Carmen = 27 miles
Enjoy the Easter break, Mr Humphreys.
Butterfly Schools Team Table Tennis Championships National Finals 2019
Only twice in over 30 years have we taken a team to the national finals in any sport. The achievement is massive and when you observe the standard of play right from under 10 to under 19 you realise just how dedicated you have to be to reach a standard.
Our team of Alice, Maisie, Eppie, and Aela had already won through four rounds at district, county, regional, and zone level to qualify. The hardest test was yet to come as we faced schools from Berkhamsted, Lancaster, and Rochester, who had also won through four rounds of the championship.
A match consists of eight games with each player playing against two of their opponents according to their rankings. Whilst we played really well the standard of the opposition meant that we lost all three games this time, losing heaviest to the eventual champions; Ripley St Thomas High.
Overall we finished Fourth in England, we were the first Leicestershire girls' team ever to qualify for the finals, and the only Leicestershire school there this year. Achievement indeed, and something to be really proud of. We’ll be back next year of course and along with all of our other teams we start with the district championships in the autumn term. Mr Black
What a block of work. Short and sweet due to the Mock Exams and the short interlude for the Marathon Challenge, but WOW, was it packed with energy, drive and determination, not to mention a marathon of progress.
TMBS Girls really have shown that they can during this Rugby block. The block started off gently with a focus on evasion skills, but lesson 2 and that was it, the girls were on the floor developing their tackling technique.
The weather was not always kind to us and one lesson Mrs Donlan spent the most part speaking to the girls whilst trying to keep two exercise balls from blowing away in the wind (yes, exercise balls make for a great teaching tool for Rugby and getting in low tackling position, not on that day though as the weather was that bad we never got that far through the lesson!).