As we reach the half way point of the GCSE exams, we'd like to say well done to our Year 11s for their fantastic effort and 100% attendance so far. Keep up the hard work, but remember to enjoy a little 'down time' to recharge your batteries during half term too!
GCSE Science grades are changing
Science GCSEs are changing in England
- Students do at least 8 practical activities (16 for combined science) covering specific apparatus and techniques.
- Exam questions about practical work make up at least 15% of the total marks for the qualification.
- As with all reformed GCSEs, the content is more challenging than previous GCSEs graded A* to G.
Each single science will be worth one GCSE grade. Combined science will be an award worth 2 GCSEs.
- Students taking separate science GCSEs will get a grade from 9 to 1 for each subject, with 9 being the highest grade.
- Students studying combined science will receive an award worth two GCSEs, consisting of two equal or adjacent grades from 9 to 1 (9-9, 9-8, 8-8, 8-7, 7-7…to 1-1).
- If the numbers are different, the highest number will always be reported on the left.
- The new grades have been brought in to signal that GCSEs have been reformed and to better differentiate between students of different abilities.
Year 10 residential trip to Berlin
During the first week of the Easter holidays when the rest of the school were downing pens and looking forward to a bit of rest and relaxation, 40 Year 10 students and 5 members of staff all boarded a 'squeazyjet' flight to Berlin. After a busy term in school, what a way to round it off with a… 2am start! First stop – Luton airport. Thankfully, everyone had their passports and we had everyone’s tickets. Despite the early start, we had no grumpy faces just excited 15 year olds anticipating a foreign ‘holiday’ away from parents!
On arrival to Berlin Schoenfeld airport we were greeted with an… empty bus bay! After some waiting and a number of calls, our fantastic tour operator very quickly resolved the problem (the coach was at the wrong airport!). With us now behind (a very busy) schedule, we were swiftly taken to our hotel and additional transport was laid on for the day's visits. On arrival to our hotel in the Alexanderplatz area of the city, staff and students alike were more than pleased with the standard of the hotel and its view from the 16th and 18th floors. This now Radisson Park Inn was the former hotel that all western guests stayed at during the days of the cold war – as Alexanderplatz was in the eastern sector of Berlin. I don’t think our hotel rooms were bugged but I’m sure they must have been at some point in the hotel's history! Aside of the views and the lovely rooms, the breakfast at the hotel went down very well too. It was not uncommon to witness people enjoying a 3 course breakfast!
This visit to Berlin and later Krakow had a purpose other than good food and accommodation. During our 3 ½ days in Berlin we visited numerous sites of historical interest. The focus of the trip was to bring to life the GCSE History topic of Weimar and Nazi Germany but it was open to all Year 10 students (Geographers too). Therefore, we visited other places of interest such as Checkpoint Charlie, the TV tower and the Brandenburg Gate. Students visited a number of fantastic and thought provoking memorials and museums in Berlin. Some of the highlights included the German Resistance Memorial Centre (this memorial and museum is located in what was a German military headquarters building, but now documents the brave challenges of individuals and groups who opposed the Nazis from within Germany) and the Topography of Terror exhibition that focuses upon the crimes, torture and atrocities of the Nazi Party (eerily this is located on the site of what was the Gestapo headquarters!).
As well as Berlin we also visited the city of Krakow in Poland. The purpose of this second country and city was to visit the two sites of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous former Nazi concentration camp. If you ever have the opportunity to visit this part of Europe then I’m pretty sure every student who attended would insist you go here. Large parts of Auschwitz-Birkenau still remain as it once did with buildings, barbed wire and places of torture still intact. Speaking for everyone, the site certainly portrays just what happened here – a concentration (of people) camp for the purpose of enforced labour and extermination of over 1 million men, women and children. I’m confident that all the students will never forget the feeling they had when walking amongst their footsteps. Auschwitz was the second of concentration camps we visited, Sachsenhausen camp in Berlin was a place that the Nazis sent amongst others, political opponents to.
We spent less time in the city of Krakow compared to Berlin, but still managed to see and appreciate some of the main sites despite less time and a little more rain. Another of my (and I’m sure others') abiding memories of the trip will undoubtedly be the talk we were given by a person declared as Righteous Among The Nations (a title given by the state of Israel to honour non-Jews who risked their lives to help Jews from being killed during the Holocaust). This elderly lady recounted her (and her family's) story of taking in a Jewish child secretly, in order to save her from the clutches of the Nazi occupied state and most likely death. The details were incredibly harrowing and touching, but finished with such a positive note; these two (now elderly) ladies had recently met once more after a number of decades apart (in Poland and Israel).
To conclude, our students were a credit to the school and their families whilst we were away. Their actions and empathy were a marvel to witness when speaking to individuals affected and being around memorial sites of such importance.
Show My Homework
Show My Homework (SMHW) is now fully up and running and embedded as part of our whole school practice. It really does help students to organise their time and fully understand what is expected of them for each particular piece of work. Thanks to staff, students and parents/carers for their time and effort in using SMHW.
All parents/carers have their own login details, if this is not the case and you require further information please contact the school; links are also available on the school website.
The Way of the Horse
The Way of the Horse is a therapeutic, holistic approach to help develop and promote emotional well being, behavioural and social skills in young people. We have been lucky to have had The Way of the Horse in school working with 18 of our Year 8 students this half term. They have all found it extremely enjoyable and worthwhile.
Year 9s compete in 'Up for Debate' Contest
On Wednesday 9th May, six Year 9 students took part in a national debating competition ‘Up For Debate’ at Northampton University. The debating programme, designed to develop Key Stage Three students’ confidence in public speaking and to develop their verbal reasoning skills, was run for the first time this year at TMBS, and required students to take part in three different debates throughout the day, competing against other secondary schools.
Despite a tricky start, meeting the current national champions Hinchingbrooke School in the first round, our three debaters (Fred, Faolan and Ralph) kept their nerves and performed admirably: in fact, the loss to Hinchingbrooke was their only defeat of the day. The three boys, supported by another three students acting as part of the debate floor, were victorious in their other two debates – the first in favour of returning cultural treasures to their country of origin and the second opposing a ban on boxing. Their wins helped them to secure 7th place overall, out of a total of 30 schools, which is an incredible feat considering this was the students’ first experience of debating outside of Miss Moreland’s classroom!
We are immensely proud, as a school, of their achievements and can’t wait to see where these new found skills will lead them in their futures.
As the end of the summer term draws closer and students have, inevitably, grown throughout the year, skirt lengths have started to get a little shorter. We just wanted to remind parents that skirts should be no more than 5cm above the knee. Our full uniform policy can be found on our website at: http://www.tmbs.leics.sch.uk/docs/policies/School_Uniform_Policy.pdf and uniform can be ordered from our supplier LISS Sports, at: https://www.lisssport.co.uk/marketbosworth If you have any queries about uniform please contact the school.
When the news room came to TMBS
Back in the midst of March, a group of enthusiastic and energetic Year 8s, along with Miss Toye who coordinates the day, prepared to create the news as part of the BBC School Report. This is the 5th year TMBS has taken part and the experience gained by students, continues to go from strength to strength. It is an international day, where students from across the world link straight to the BBC website and their stories can be viewed by anyone who clicks on the map.
With E1 turned into a ‘newsroom’ for the day, Year 8 set out to write about the stories which mattered to them. The day began with an outline of how hectic the day would be and (obviously) when that all important tea break would be! After rifling through the papers, students had a huge list of possible stories to cover, from local to international. Students were then given until 2pm to write the news. As the old saying goes, ready, set, go!
Research, research, research is the place students started and then their stories began to come together. From taking pictures to represent stories about mental health and the value of performing arts, to borrowing a needle and thread from textiles, to sew an apple (I am not kidding) the students made their own engaging and thought provoking images to illustrate the stories.
Students really value the day and explain it was full of ‘fun’ and an, ‘enjoyable’, and, ‘enriching’ experience for them. It allows students to take an active look at how to use the skills they learn at school, translate into a real situation, with one student saying that creating the news was much more engaging, than just watching it.
The students also found the day very hectic under the pressure of having that 2pm deadline to work to. The reward of seeing their stories linked to the BBC and up on our website, for everyone to read, was worth all of the hard work. One of the most valuable skills gained is the teamwork and as one student put it (much better than I could) you get to put, ‘what you want to say out there in the world.’
If you haven’t had a chance to look yet, please do via the English tab on the TMBS website. I look forward to BBC School Report day 2019! Miss Toye, English Teacher
TMBS achieves Beyond Bullying Award
TMBS started our Beyond Bullying Award in September 2017. As a school, we had 9 months to provide evidence that our school promotes an anti-bullying ethos. We have worked extremely hard collating evidence and setting up an anti-bullying team working directly with School Governors.
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved GOLD status. We are extremely proud of our School Council and Year 7 students who have contributed to achieving this award.