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TMBS News December 2019

Could you be a Careers Champion?

TMBS Careers

For the past two years The Market Bosworth School have been engaging with local businesses to provide our students with introductions to the world of work. Our aim is to open students’ eyes to the wide range of careers and vocations available to them. Businesses and employers are ideally placed to explain in more detail to our students about what they do, the different pathways and qualifications attached to each career and the kind of skills employers look for when recruiting.

With a growing network of volunteer employers helping our school by giving up a small amount of their time, it means we have been able to embed employer led talks into our careers curriculum. We call our volunteers “Careers Champions”. They help to raise students’ aspirations, give them up to date information about the world of work and make them more employable for the future.

We need your help!

We are now seeking further employers to join our network and become a TMBS ‘Careers Champion’. The role of a Careers Champion would be to volunteer a small amount of time once or twice a year to come into school and speak to students about their own careers and life experiences. This is normally done through either assemblies, lessons or tutor time meetings which last about twenty-five minutes. We work with each individual careers champion to fit in with what they would be comfortable with delivering, as we know most don’t have a background or experience of working in schools.

Last year’s employer talks ranged from careers within the NHS, Engineering, Trade, Civil Service, Education, Hospitality, Media, PR, Architecture, Uniformed Public Services and many more. We would welcome volunteers across all sectors, but in particular we are looking for employers to join our network from the following career pathways: -

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Graphic Design
  • Games Design
  • Childcare

If you are interested in joining the network, then please contact Miss Luker at bluker@tmbs.org.uk

For more information regarding our ‘Careers Champions’, please visit the careers section of the school website located under curriculum.

Website update

We continually work to keep the school website updated and we now have a page dedicated to SEND. The page contains lots of information and useful links for parents on a range of SEND needs.

5 star review for 'A Christmas Carol'

During November all of Year 10 and 11 saw a performance of A Christmas Carol (one of their English Literature texts) performed by the theatre company 'Ginificent'. Here is a review written by one of our Year 11 students.

The Ghost of the Sports Hall, By James Coopey

Fantastic! Spectacular! Fabulous! From laughing hysterically to keeping in sadness, this play had it all. Every single character was outstanding (even though there were only four). They were the most versatile actors: from Tiny Tim to the terrifying Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come it was fabulous - and I mean that…
To kick off this review, I have to say, this play had me in hysterics. I was crying with laughter and thought the sports hall was going to flood! The most hilarious part was when the good, old, christian singers came in and their facial expressions were so funny it was impossible to prevent a burst out in laughter.
As well as this, the timing of everything was on the dot. Like, literally, second perfect. One mistake and it would have gone miserably wrong...yet everything was perfect - and I mean perfect. This also worked really well as when there was something to make me jump (as it was all perfect) I felt my bones jump out of my skin.
Although, I found it incredibly hard to criticise this play, I did notice that the sound quality was not as good as it could have been. Some language was not understandable due to the sports hall echo along with the chairs squeaking like hungry hamsters. However it was not the actors’ fault. It was just an inconvenience.
On the other hand, back to the positives. I personally thought the standard of transitions was incredibly noticeable. Blink...and you’ll miss a character change. Everything was so smooth and I was amazed at how consistent every transition was. Amazing!
Do I even need to rate this play? I would give it a 6 out of 5! But I will have to give it a 5/5 stars just so people don’t get angry!

Exciting Opportunities Ahead

A huge congratulations goes out to the amazing Dance talents of Year 10 student, Tyler, who has just earned his place to represent Team England in the Dance World Cup June 2020 in Rome and also represent England in the Dance World Challenge April 2020 in Portugal. Tyler’s passion, drive and commitment to Dance is admirable and no doubt the same love of this sport will see him travel the world many times over in the future. We wish him all the luck in the world and look forward to following his progress through the competition.

Musical Stars!

Wow, what a crazy year it has been so far. Christmas is a very busy time of year for the music department and this year has proven no different! The TMBS orchestra, woodwind group and singing club have been working extra hard during their break and lunch times to bring festive cheer to the local community in a variety of performances.

We kicked the festive season off with a performance from all of our ensembles at the light switch on in Market Bosworth. After our performance on the main stage, a small group of students went busking in the local pubs and restaurants to raise money for the TMBS fundraising committee and raised a whopping £104 in one hour!

The following week we took our Christmas show on the road to Tamworth where we performed at the opening of the new offices for the fostering organisation “By the Bridge”. The TMBS musicians helped raise £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Support (and ate a lot of cake).

Next up came the highly anticipated concert from Market Bosworth’s very own band “The Basement”.

This incredible group of Year 11s, including James, Lucy, Elizabeth, Caitlin and Stanley have gone from strength to strength this year, performing at a variety of venues in Leicestershire.

Support came from Year 9s Eppie, Millie, Molly and Billie and Year 10 Aaron.

Then it was time for the Year 10 showcase, this being the highest number of students in a class in the 4 years since I started work at the school. They did not disappoint and there will be many great things to come from this year group so watch this space.

As we approached the end of term it came time for our 3rd annual Christmas Carol tour of local care homes. This was by far the most successful tour to date, feedback from residents and staff was overwhelmingly positive and at times emotional! One resident said “You have shown us that there is still heart in the youth of today”.

As I write this we are preparing for a fundraising visit to John Lewis in the final week of term to perform some Christmas music to all the last minute shoppers and hopefully raise a pound or two. This is also the same day as the Key Stage 3 showcase, which I am certain will be our best one yet.

I would like to thank Miss Abbott, Mr Pervin and Mrs Donlan for all of their help and support in the running of these clubs and events. I also want to thank Ms Honor-Wright, Ms Mitchell, Ms Hodgson and Mr Sweeney for all the support they give their students. But, most of all, I would like to thank all the students for their hard work and commitment to the TMBS music department this year. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. Mr Morrow

Could you be the next star baker?

The Great British Bake Off 'kneads' you. Paul and Prue are looking for a new set of Star Bakers to enter the tent for the eleventh series of The Great British Bake Off. If you or someone you know could add a bit of charm & skill to the tent, then why not apply now. Visit www.applyforbakeoff.co.uk

Attendance

Following a really busy ‘bug’ month we want to thank all Parents and Carers who have kept us informed of their child’s absence.

Just a reminder: Our school policy for attendance states that parents are responsible for advising the school each day of absence, of the reason and expected return to school. If a child is absent for 5 days or more the school will require medical evidence in order to authorise the time off. We realise this can be difficult at some practices, but this evidence can be a doctor’s appointment card or sticker or a photograph of the medication label, we are not asking for a doctor's report or note. All evidence can either be sent in with your child upon their return or emailed to: attendance@tmbs.org.uk

Sports News

Student Voice - have your say!

All students in Key Stage 3 have had the opportunity, this term, to complete a questionnaire based on their sport and physical activity habits in and out of school. It was amazing to see the number of our students who are participating in a range of clubs and activities every week some of the highlights include:

Year 9 - Boys:

  • 43% have attended an extracurricular club or activity after school
  • Of those who have attended 50% didn’t last year
  • 60% regularly participate in physical activity at lunch time
  • 52% play for a team/club outside of school

Girls:

  • 42% have attended an extracurricular club or activity after school
  • Of those who have attended 15% didn’t last year
  • 30% have represented the school in a fixture or tournament
  • 68% play for a team/club outside of school

Year 8 - Boys:

  • 37% have attended an extracurricular club or activity after school
  • Of those who have attended 10% didn’t last year
  • 61% regularly participate in physical activity at lunch time
  • 65% play for a team/club outside of school

Girls:

  • 36% have attended an extracurricular club or activity after school
  • Of those who have attended 20% didn’t last year
  • 34% have represented the school in a fixture or tournament
  • 66% play for a team/club outside of school

Year 7 - Boys:

  • 41% have attended an extracurricular club or activity after school
  • 32% have represented the school in a fixture or tournament
  • 60% regularly participate in physical activity at lunch time
  • 65% play for a team/club outside of school

Girls:

  • 61% have attended an extracurricular club or activity after school
  • 50% have represented the school in a fixture or tournament
  • 63% regularly participate in physical activity at lunch time
  • 72% play for a team/club outside of school

(Questionnaires completed October 2019)

Well done to all who are regularly participating, our aim is to keep increasing the number of students taking part in sport and physical activity. Stay tuned for our next student voice opportunity in the new year.

Year 7 Rugby

Year 7 have shown a tremendous attitude and work ethic towards rugby both during curriculum time and at after school rugby club. We are seeing great numbers attending the club with Year 7 boys and girls making up well over half of our regular 25-30 students attending each week. The club will continue to run every Wednesday after school from 3-4pm (weather permitting).

Year 7 boys had the opportunity to apply their skills at a recent rugby tournament at Market Bosworth RFC against a number of local Hinckley and Bosworth schools. I am proud to say that the 15 boys who attended the tournament demonstrated a mature, committed and well rounded display throughout all of their games - winning all games comfortably.

What was most pleasing to see was the character from all students, they rotated throughout the games giving their peers a good amount of game time, ensured they shook hands with the opposition at the end of each game and played the games fairly showing respect to the referee. Admittedly the group is made up of a number of club players, however those who started rugby at the beginning of Year 7 for the enjoyment benefit have now gone on to join local clubs which is very pleasing to see. The group has great potential and we are looking forward to taking them out on their next fixture(s) in the new year.

Well done to all who have played, turned up to the after school club and commit to playing sport outside of school.

Netball News

Netball season this year saw upwards of 40 girls and boys attend every training session, Year 8-11 on Wednesday and Year 7 on a Thursday after school, throughout the first half term. This was an amazing turnout week in, week out and we wanted to give every one of them the opportunity to play in a competitive fixture. With first team fixtures running as central venue tournaments this year, hosted at TMBS, this gave us the perfect opportunity to arrange additional tournaments to cater for the huge numbers of girls wanting to play Netball.

Thank you for all of your hard work and commitment. Watch this space as Netball will be returning after Christmas to continue to build on those skills.

Year 10 Dance

At the recent KS4 Dance Showcase Year 10 showcased their inner Hip Hop in the style of Boy Blue Entertainment. It was a fantastic display of timing, formations and teamwork. They were a credit to TMBS.

New PE kit and bobble hats

Our students are looking very smart in our brand new PE; kit thank you to those who have purchased already, it has been great to hear the positive feedback from students and parents. A polite reminder that all students are expected to be wearing the new Akoa (Trutex) Red & Navy PE kit by the beginning of the new academic year (August 2020). The PE kit is available to try on and purchase from Hole in the Wall, Hinckley, alternatively you can order through LISS Sport. Until then students are permitted to wear the legacy PE Kit this includes:

  • Red/White PE top
  • Black shorts/tracksuit bottoms/leggings
  • PE socks
  • Trainers

Following on from a student voice survey we completed earlier in the term we have taken delivery of the latest addition to the brand new PE kit - bobble hats. Students are permitted to wear these bobble hats for their outdoor PE lessons or extracurricular activities during the colder, winter months and outside during break and lunch. Students can purchase the new hats from reception for £6.50.

Ping Pong Perfection!

Congratulations to the under 13 girls table tennis team who have had a very successful season so far. After winning the level two competition earlier in the year, the team advanced to the county finals. The players were Violet, Jasmine, Isabelle and Isabelle.

The county finals were held at Knighton Park Table Tennis Club. The girls played a round robin competition and competed against Crownhills, Limehurst and Gartree for the county title. They all played outstandingly and only dropped two games all night. The girls now advance to the regional finals that are held in Grantham in January. Many thanks to all the parents who came to support and help with transport.

In addition to the girls' success there are approximately 20 students competing in the County Individual Competition on the Saturday 14th December. Hopefully we will have some good results to report from this event too. Good luck to all the students who are attending.

Leah's swimming success

Year 8 student Leah is a keen member of the Hinckley Hornets swimming team and was recently selected as the captain for the Diddy League team. They have recently had huge success in the junior league. They swam against 18 clubs across Warwickshire over 3 Saturday nights between April and June. They won every round and went into the final on 14th September against the top 6 Teams. They once again proved to be unbeatable winning the final and 3 further relay trophies. Hinckley Hornets was established in 1910 and this is the first time they have won the Diddy League and Final. Well done to Leah and her team mates!

Female Coach Academy

Applications are now open for the Leicestershire & Rutland Female Coach Academy. This year HBSSPAN (Hinckley & Bosworth School Sport & Physical Activity Network) will be working closely with Leicester City in the Community, with the training day (scheduled for early February 2020) being held at the King Power Stadium. Here students will receive training on the Youth Sports Trust Leadership Modules.

One prerequisite of being accepted onto the Academy is that the girls will need to complete 8 - 10 weeks worth of coaching/leadership either within school or outside of school (weekends, after school, holidays etc). If the girls can complete the 8 - 10 weeks then they will be invited to a Graduation Ceremony, again held at the King Power Stadium with special guests and prizes.

Alongside this exciting opportunity 2 female coaches from our Academy will be nominated to attend the prestigious Youth Sports Trust Girls Active Coaches Camp at Loughborough University in April 2020. Here they will receive bespoke training and an opportunity to win prizes such as a trip to the USA!

The Coaching Academy is open to female students between the ages of 14 - 17. If you are interested please speak to Mr Humphreys as soon as possible.

New Year, New Menu

We have a new menu cycle starting on 13th January, as detailed below. These can also be found on our website, along with all relevant allergen information. Please remember to check your child's dinner account regularly to ensure they are in credit and can enjoy all that is on offer.

Merry Christmas!

We'd like to wish all of our students and their families, and our staff a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you have a restful break and we look forward to seeing you all in 2020!