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Big Draw
Monday 15th October 2018
Year 8 students attended The Big Draw workshop at Prince Henry's High School last week.
The photo shows some of the collage work they did in addition to their drawing.
Thanks to our friends at Prince Henry's for organising the event.

Goodbye and thank you, Mrs Cooper!
Thursday 4th October 2018
Today we've said goodbye to the fabulous Mrs Sheila Cooper, who is retiring after 32 years dedicated to the students and staff of Blackminster Middle School.
Sheila has been unfailingly kind, positive, hardworking and calm, and generations of children and staff love her. We'll miss her terribly, but we know she'll be back to help out at school events from time to time.
We wish her a long, happy and restful retirement - there are few people who deserve it more.

Assessment Grades
Thursday 27th September 2018
We're running a new assessment system this year. We think it will provide us as teachers and you as parents and carers with more accurate and helpful information about how your child is progressing. Take a look under the "Information" tab above, and then the information is under "assessment".

Animal encounters
Thursday 27th September 2018
Students attended an Animal Encounters workshop yesterday. They were fortunate enough to see (and, in some cases, handle) a range of amazing animals, including a bullfrog, snakes, spiders, myriapods and scorpions. The picture here shows the scorpion fluorescing under ultra-violet light.
The workshops were provided for us by our catering partners, AiP, and we'd like to thank them very much for their sponsorship.

Show My Homework
Friday 7th September 2018
Students will be bringing home a letter with log-in details for Show My Homework. The system is very easy to use, and allows parents and carers, as well as students, to see what homework has been set. It can be accessed from the link at the top of the homepage on this website, or smartphones users can download the Show My Homework app.
If you have any questions, please contact your child's tutor.

New Student Executive in place
Thursday 6th September 2018
Our new Student Executive Team (consisting of our Head Girl, Head Boy and their Deputies) are now in place. They've introduced themselves to Year 6 tutor groups today, and will be starting work formally next week. We're delighted to have them on board!

Back to school!
Wednesday 29th August 2018
We're looking forward to welcoming students back to school at 8:25am on Wednesday September 5th.


Sports Day winners - Resolution
Thursday 12th July 2018
We're delighted to announce that Resolution House were the winners of Sports Day yesterday, with Endeavour and Discovery tied for second place.
Photos of the day are available on our Twitter feed @BMIddleSchool or on our Facebook page.

INVITATION to our Celebration of SATs Success
Thursday 12th July 2018
Parents, carers, grandparents, friends of Year 6 students are warmly invited to celebrate their success in SATs exams with us on Monday July 16th July at 2:30pm in the school hall. We'll have some light refreshments, and celebrate the success of all our fabulous Year 6s.

SATs results
Wednesday 11th July 2018
Year 6 students will be bringing home their individual SATs results tomorrow (July 12th)

We are delighted that as a school our results are improving year on year, and we've actually exceeded the national figures in most areas.

We are very proud of our brilliant and hardworking students and staff!

20th July - last day of term
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
School will be closing for students at 1:30pm on Friday July 20th. Bus services will run at this new time so children will be able to get home as normal.

End of Term Concert
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
We're pleased to announce that our end of term concert will be held on July 11th. We're also pleased to announce that it will start at 5:30pm in order to avoid a clash with the world cup game!

Den Day
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
On Friday night some of our intrepid Year 6 students (and even more intrepid staff!) built shelters and camped out in the school grounds. We're so lucky to have staff who run these activities and the kinds of beautiful grounds which make these things possible. Head over to Twitter or our Facebook page for more photographs of the fun.

Are you aware of social media age limits?
Monday 2nd July 2018
With the holidays approaching, it's likely that parents will be asked to allow more time on social media. We thought that this article from the NSPCC might be useful>


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More good news for the Federation
Thursday 14th June 2018
We're delighted that our partner school, Pebworth First, has been judged to be Good by Ofsted. Huge congratulations to the staff, students and governors involved.
The report can be downloaded from the school's website, and will be available on the Ofsted site on June 21st.

ARC of Excellence
Tuesday 12th June 2018
The whole Blackminster community met yesterday to introduce our Core Values. After much discussion and debate, these are the Core values that define our school - they are who were are and the way we go about things.

Aspiration
Respect
Community
These are the values that we want to live by and that will lead us to lead to Excellence.

We've opened a competition to design a new school logo that encompasses these ideas, and shows the world what we're all about. The winning designer will receive a cash prize and the satisfaction of seeing their design used.

Entries should be with Ms McQuone by Friday 29th June.

Good luck!

Year 6 cookery workshops
Friday 25th May 2018
Year 6 were very lucky this week to have a workshop from our catering partners, Alliance in Partnership. They made pizzas with healthy ingredients, and enjoyed eating them at break or lunchtime!.
We've got lots more photographs on our Facebook page

BMS Refurbishment
Monday 14th May 2018
We are becoming increasingly excited about the refurbishment of the science and technology areas, which is on schedule to start in the summer holidays. Team Blackminster is really looking forward to teaching your children in state of the art facilities, unrivalled by any other school in the town. It is especially positive for pupils joining us in year 6 as they really benefit from a more grown up style of education in specialist teaching areas, taught by experts. This just doesn't happen in primary schools. We are privileged to have a three tier system in this town and very grateful to our local authority for supporting it through this massive investment in our middle school!




Summer Clubs list is published!
Wednesday 2nd May 2018
The list of clubs available this term is out. You can see a copy here:

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KS3 students learn about careers
Wednesday 25th April 2018
Today we've been delighted to hear from Kohler Mira. Kohler Mira are a world-wide business with their head office in Cheltenham. They make showers, taps and bathroom furniture.
Jodie, Toby and Jake came to talk to students about the kinds of career opportunities that are open to them, and the routes into qualifications and training that aren't necessarily the ones that first spring to mind, including apprenticeships.
It's important for students to understand the types of opportunities that are around, and the types of skills and attributes that employers are looking for. We're grateful to Jodie, Jake and Toby for giving up their time to talk to students, and to Kohler Mira for making it possible.

Keeping kids safe on Snapchat
Tuesday 24th April 2018
Snapchat is incredibly popular with students. If your child is using it you'll need to know how to keep them safe. This guide gives you the information you need.
More information can be obtained from www.nationalonlinesafety.com

Blackminster is heading for the sun
Sunday 22nd April 2018
Well, our name is!

Later this year NASA will launch the Parker Solar Probe. Parker Solar Probe will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun's surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. Launching in 2018, Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.
Schools have been given the opportunity to have their names recorded on a memory chip that will be carried aboard Parker on its mission into the sun and, along with our friends at TDMS, Blackminster is right there! It seems very fitting, in the year in which we update our science and technology facilities, that we're linked with such incredible, cutting-edge science.
You can find more information about this amazing science here: http://parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu/index.php#the-mission

Festival Of Football
Friday 20th April 2018
Blackminster hosted the South West School Games Festival of Football tournament. Teams of Year 4, 5 and 6 students from many schools took part in a fabulous afternoon of sport and sunshine.
We're grateful to all the teams who took part - their sporting behaviour and manners were absolutely first-rate. Huge thanks to our fabulous PE team for all their hard work. Most of all, thanks to the brilliant Mrs Roberts for organising it all, even down to arranging for gorgeous sunshine all day!
Head over to our Facebook page or Twitter (@BMiddleSchool) to see more photos from the day.

Show My Homework
Thursday 19th April 2018
78% of our students and 53% of our parents and carers logged in to the Show My Homework app last term. If you haven't done so yet, please contact Ms McQuone (lmcquone@blackminster.worcs.sch.uk) and she'll send you your PIN and instructions to get started.

Fundraisers visit breast unit
Thursday 29th March 2018
Our Wacky Wednesday organisers, Caitlin, Ruby and Luke, visited the breast unit yesterday to hear about their work and to deliver the money they'd raised. The staff at the unit showed them round, and were able to explain that the money will go towards supporting the work of the unit in ways that the NHS budgets simply can't fund.
The students were a credit to BMS and we are delighted to be able to help this fantastic cause.

Arts Award
Wednesday 28th March 2018
Year 8 students taking the Arts Award Option have been working with Sarah Brown, an artist who works in glass. This is a tremendously valuable opportunity for our students to work with a practising artist. They have produced some beautiful work - this photograph simply doesn't do it justice.
Our Facebook page and Twitter feed have more photographs.

Government information on SATs
Wednesday 28th March 2018
The Government has published an information leaflet for parents and carers of children in Year 2 and Year 6 who will be taking SATs this summer. The link is attached.
There is also a video with the information on - the link for that is here: https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/sta/ContentTabs/Embed.aspx?dfid=33382

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Students visit Heart of Worcester College
Friday 23rd March 2018
A group of Year 8 students have visited Heart of Worcester College today. They've been finding out about Further Education and the kinds of opportunities that are available for young people after compulsory school has ended.
Preparing students for the next stage in their lives and education is a vital part of what we do.
See our Facebook page for more photos of our students in action!

More snow!
Sunday 18th March 2018
We plan to open school as normal tomorrow (19th March), but please do allow extra time for your journey in to school if necessary. If we have further snow or anything else changes we will update you as soon as possible.

Keeping children safe
Friday 16th March 2018
We've heard about an online community called Wattpad, which is an online story-sharing site that enables users to read and write and comment on one another's stories across the world. In many ways it sounds brilliant, but we've heard about children getting hold of some highly inappropriate content through the site.
As ever, it pays for parents and carers to know what their children are doing and who they are talking to online.

More Accelerated Reader Successes!
Wednesday 7th March 2018
These brilliant young women are Daisy and Matilda, the latest of our Word Millionaires. They've each read over a million words on the Accelerated Reader scheme this academic year - quite an achievement!

School reopens tomorrow (March 5th)
Sunday 4th March 2018
We will be reopen as normal tomorrow (March 5th). We'd like to thank all of our parents and carers for their support and understanding of our decision to close due to the snow.

BMS to undergo major refurbishment!
Monday 26th February 2018
We are DELIGHTED to announce that Blackminster is to undergo a major refurbishment, including two brand new science labs and an extensively renovated Design and Technology suite. This is incredibly exciting news, and will mean that we will be able to provide an even better standard of education for our students. Please see the article from the Journal for more information.

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Wacky Wednesday
Wednesday 14th February 2018
We are delighted that Wacky Wednesday raised a total of £246 for the cancer ward at Worcester where Miss S is being treated. Thank you to Caitlin, Ruby and Luke for organising the whole thing - we're very proud of you!

Parent-Teacher Consultation Evenings.
Wednesday 14th February 2018
Parent-Teacher Consultations evenings are coming up on March 13th and 21st, and April 19th. Parents and carers - you're able to book times on whichever evening suits you best.
We've got a new on-line booking system for making appointments, so please watch out for a text message containing a link - simply click the link and follow the instructions to book your appointments.

The DeMontfort School Options
Monday 12th February 2018
Reminding Year 8 students and their parents/carers that Option forms for The DeMontfort School need to be in by Wednesday 14th February. The link can be found at the top of this website.

The benefits of middle schools
Saturday 10th February 2018
The attached report has been published, illustrating the importance of middle schools for students’ education and development.

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SATs Information Evening
Monday 5th February 2018
Presentation Available from our SATs Information Evening

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Rags2Riches4Schools
Friday 2nd February 2018
Students will be coming home today with a bag from Rags2Riches4Schools. We'd be really grateful to receive your unwanted clothes! The company recycle them; the scheme raises funds for school and you have a good excuse for a declutter - everyone's a winner!

Thanks in advance for your generosity.

More information on their website:

http://www.rags2riches4schools.co.uk/



SATs information evening
Thursday 1st February 2018
We are holding an Information Evening for the parents and carers of Year 6 students. This will take place on Monday 5th February at 6pm. Come along, hear about the exams and how we can work together to support our children to do their best.
Details are in the letter here: http://www.blackminster.worcs.sch.uk/content/parentalportal/letters/SATS%20Information%20Evening.pdf

WORD MILLIONAIRES
Tuesday 30th January 2018
Congratulations to Daniel Jones, Romeo Bond, Nathan Berry and Cara Griffiths who have become our first Word Millionaires by reading a million words on the Accelerated Reader scheme. This is a big achievement and we're really proud of them!
As we're approximately 30% of the way through the spring term, all students should be at approximately 30% of the AR target. If your son or daughter is falling behind please encourage them to catch up - just twenty minutes of reading each evening will make a huge difference to their skills and to their success.

Primary School League Tables
Friday 26th January 2018
Primary school “league tables” were published in January 2018. The claim is that these tables give valuable information about the effectiveness of schools. Whilst we applaud openness and welcome accountability and scrutiny of our work, the league tables contain a number of significant issues for our school which mean that our results need to be understood in context.

Students come to us in September and take their SATs exams in May, having only been with us for two terms. It therefore gives an inaccurate impression when comparing Blackminster to other schools – children have been at their first schools for nine terms of Key Stage 2 and with us for only two. Ofsted inspectors acknowledged this in their November 2013 report, when they wrote “National tests show that Year 6 pupils have usually made less progress than expected nationally in English and mathematics in Key Stage 2. However, this is misleading because pupils only spend their final year of the key stage at Blackminster Middle, and make consistent and sustained progress during their three years at the school. By the time pupils reach the end of Year 8 they have made exceptional progress in mathematics and good progress in English. School data show that the majority of pupils are working at higher levels of attainment than those expected nationally for their age” – so even Ofsted’s own inspectors disagree with the conclusions presented by the league tables!
We are certainly not complacent and we are working hard to improve our results, but the league tables do not present a fair picture of our school or our students.
If you have any questions about our students’ results or progress, please do contact us. We will be delighted to share our information and evidence with you.

Table tennis news
Thursday 25th January 2018
We received this email today from Worcestershire Schools Table Tennis Association:

Good morning, would you please share this link with the Head teacher and Mrs Blakely.

The school can be very proud of their Worcestershire School County Champions, Anna Cole, Johnny and Anna Blakely.

They can also be proud of Harry Hawkins-Pitts who came second in the boys U13 , Kieran Lawley who reached a 1/4 final and umpired some very important matches and Alfie Saunders who came 3rd in the U11 Boys.

The children were a credit to themselves and their school.

Regards John

John Mckay WSTTA Rep

We certainly are very proud of them!

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GCSE Options at TDMS
Thursday 25th January 2018
Reminder for Year 8 students that the TDMS Options Evening is THIS EVENING at The DeMontfort School. The electronic options form is now open - there's a link for BMS students to use at the top of the homepage of this website. Please see Mr Jacob if you have any questions.

UPDATE on today
Wednesday 24th January 2018
We'd like to thank all parents and carers for their support this afternoon.
The full story is that the fire alarm developed a fault and went off at just before midday, but could not be reset. Students were allowed back into the Year 6 block by the fire officer as it was so cold and rainy, but as the alarm still wasn't working it was unsafe to have students in school. We therefore put in place our emergency procedures to get children home early.
The engineer is here as I type this, so we're looking forward to normal service being resumed in the morning.
Thank you again for your support and understanding.

Support for SATs
Monday 22nd January 2018
As well as the Parent and Carer Information Evening on Feb 5th, we're going to be running a Mock Week for students sitting SATs exams. The idea is that the week will run as much like SATs week as possible so that there aren't any surprises in May. The Mock SATs week will be w/c February 12th - ie the week before half term.

14th February - Wacky Wednesday
Monday 22nd January 2018
Three Year 7 students (Ruby, Luke and Caitlin) are organising a fund raising day to raise money for the ward at Worcester hospital where Miss S is having her treatment. For a minimum donation of £1 students will be able to wear pink clothes, or a wig, or have crazy hair on Wednesday 14th February. There will also be a cake sale during the day.
We're so proud of our students for organising this - please support them generously.

Ofsted Parent View
Wednesday 17th January 2018
Ofsted invite parents and carers to give feedback on their children's schools. They do this as part of inspections, but will also take feedback at any other time in the form of a questionnaire. You can complete the questionnaire at any time at www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk or by the link on the homepage of this website.

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Family Challenge
Wednesday 17th January 2018
This week's Family Challenge is released! It's a bit late because Ms McQuone has been out of school, but it's now available under the "Information" tab.
We've had some lovely feedback about last week's challenge, so we hope you enjoy this one.

DATES FOR YEAR 6 SATs EXAMS
Thursday 11th January 2018
May 14th - 17th 2018 is now confirmed as the exam period for SATs.

Monday 14th May - English punctuation and Grammar paper AND Spelling test
Tuesday 15th May - English Reading test
Wednesday 16th May - Maths Paper 1 (arithmetic) and Paper 2 (reasoning)
Thursday 17th May - Maths Paper 3 (reasoning)

Homework
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Here at Blackminster Middle School we use a system called Show My Homework to help you to keep track of your child's homework.

You can find a link to the system at the top of the homepage on our school website www.blackminster.worcs.sch.uk. From there you can access a simple school calendar that lists all the homework set across the school. If you (or your child) log in to the site, you will be able to get information relevant to you, and also receive notifications and reminders.

Students will be given another copy of their login details on January 4th and to encourage you (and them) to log in we will be running a prize draw. Everyone who logs in to the site or the mobile app between today and Thursday 11th January will be entered into the draw, and winners will be announced on Friday 12th January.

If you have any questions about Show My Homework, please contact your child's tutor, who will be delighted to help.

Merry Christmas!
Wednesday 19th December 2018
Wishing our students, families and friends a peaceful, joyful Christmas and a happy new year.
We look forward to seeing our lovely students again on Thursday January 4th, when it will be week A on the timetable.

Santa Run
Monday 18th December 2017
We had a great time at the Santa Run this afternoon. Please see our Facebook page or Twitter for more photos.

New PE kits coming soon
Friday 15th December 2017
The new PE kits will soon be available from the School Shop in Evesham. Existing students can continue to wear their existing kit - there is no expectation for parents to replace kit. The stripey socks will be for those students who have represented the school at sport.

New PE kits unveiled
Friday 15th December 2017
We're delighted to unveil our new PE kits, ably modelled here by some of our Year 8 Young Sports Leaders - there are some basic pieces and a range of optional extras so there really is something to suit everyone!

Christmas diary dates
Monday 4th December 2017
A few end-of-term dates for your diaries:
December 12th - Christmas Concert. Choir, our talented students and another outing for the Brass Band (including staff who've been learning since September!) Come and join us for this celebration of the season.
December 18th - Santa Run. Cross-country run around our lovely site - Santa hats, tinsel and all manner of festive silliness. Beard optional.
December 19th - Christmas Jumper Day . £1 minimum donation please for students to wear a Christmas jumper along with their uniform. A lovely thing to do for the last day of term.



Christmas gift inspiration!
Friday 1st December 2017
If you're looking for Christmas present ideas for your son or daughter why not have a look at Accelerated Reader's pages for parents and carers? You can see what your child is reading, and it gives ideas for books they might enjoy based on their past reading.
You received log in details at the start of September, but if you'd like them again please contact Mrs Croft at school and she'll send them out to you again. Further details are in the link.

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Diabetes Day Balloon Race Results
Thursday 30th November 2017
We're delighted to be able to announce the winners of our Diabetes Day Balloon Race.
The student whose balloon went the furthest was Luca in Year 6 - his balloon was picked up in Essex. The overall winner of the race was Mr Downing - his balloon made it all the way to Lyon in France - an amazing 535 miles away. Congratulations to Luca and Mr D!
Thank you to everyone who supported and enabled us to raise over £600 for Diabetes UK.

Accelerated Reader latest
Sunday 19th November 2017
CONGRATULATIONS to 6AR - they are our Star Tutor Group having read 142% of their target!

By this stage in the term we expect students to have read about 70% of their target. Please check with your son or daughter that they are around this figure, so on track for reaching their targets by Christmas. There are loads of prizes and rewards up for grabs, but most importantly they'll be improving their reading!

Attendance improves again
Sunday 19th November 2017
Attendance last week was 95.3% - higher than the previous week and getting closer to our whole-school target of 96%. If you have any queries about your own child's attendance please contact the office - we'll be delighted to help.

GCSE results better in 3 tier system than 2 tier
Sunday 19th November 2017
Data just published by the National Middle Schools Forum shows that students in 3-tier schools actually perform better at GCSE than students in the more usual 2-tier system.
For results in 2017, the percentage of students achieving GCSEs at grade 4 or higher in English and Maths was 68.1% in 3-tier compared to 63.3% in all schools nationally. 24.0% of 3-tier students achieved grade 4 or more in EBacc subjects, compared with 23.5% of students in all schools.
The same pattern is repeated if we consider the higher grades - 21.6% of 3-tier students achieved EBacc at grade 5+ compared to 21.1% of all students. 45.7% of students in 3-tier achieved grades 5+ in English and Maths compared to 42.2% in all schools.
The three tier system works - don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

INSET Day Friday 24th Nov
Thursday 16th November 2017
Reminder that we have staff training on Friday 24th November, so school is closed to students on that day.

Children in Need
Thursday 16th November 2017
Friday 17th November will be a non-uniform day to raise money for Children in Need. Please give whatever you can.

Diabetes Day
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Thanks you to everyone who took part in Diabetes Day at school - to Anna, Alex and their mums who organised; to the diabetes nurse team who came to deliver an assembly; to staff who coordinated and to students who wore their onesies or blue, released balloons and donated money.
We raised a magnificent total of £579:48.
For more photos, including the balloon release, please see our Facebook page.

New resources for parents
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Click on "information" then "parental support" for resources to help parents and carers support their children's learning. You'll find lots of useful information on there, including a parents' guide to Accelerated Reader, information about Show My Homework and also user guides to the forthcoming Parents' Evening system. Do let us know if there's anything else you would find helpful and we'll do our best to provide it.

Attendance improvements!
Sunday 12th November 2017
Attendance last week was up to 95.2% - getting closer to our school target of 96%. Good attendance is linked to better exam results and higher earnings in later life.

Dementia Action Alliance
Friday 10th November 2017
Blackminster Middle and Pebworth First Schools are now members of the Dementia Action Alliance - we'll be helping our students to support people living with dementia in our communities.

District Cross Country Results
Friday 10th November 2017
Some fantastic results for Blackminster students in the District Cross Country Competition today - Poppy J came 1st in the Year 7 girls' race, Anna B took 3rd place in the Year 6 girls' event; Lola came in 5th in the Year 8 girls' and Dan was 3rd in the Year 8 boys' competition. Well done to everyone who took part!

Remembrance Day
Friday 10th November 2017
Remembrance Day was marked with an immaculate two minutes' silence this morning.
We were privileged to welcome Mr Ken Love, who shared his recollections of life in war time Britain and brought a fascinating collection of memorabilia for students to see.
Former student George came back from Prince Henry's to play The Last Post, before Mr Love, Kieran and our Head Boy and Head Girl laid our wreath.
For more photographs, please head over to our Facebook page.

SATs exam dates
Wednesday 8th November 2017
Monday 14th May 2108 - Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling papers 1 and 2
Tuesday 15th May 2018 - Reading
Wednesday 16th May 2018 - Maths papers 1 and 2
Thursday 17th May 2018 - Maths paper 3

Dates for your diary
Wednesday 8th November 2017
Parents' Evenings will take place on Tuesday March 13th, Wednesday March 21st and Thursday April 19th. All three evenings will be open to all year groups, so we hope you'll find a day and date that suit your other commitments.
We're going to trial a new online system for booking appointments which should make the whole process easier for everyone - watch out for details of how to do this nearer the time.

Supporting your child's learning
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Parents and carers might like to check out our resources designed to help you help your child. They can be found under the "Information" tab on this website, then click "Parental Support". We hope you find this useful!

Consultation on school admissions 2019/20
Saturday 4th November 2017
Have your say on school admissions for 2019/20 here: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/downloads/download/1188/2019_to_2020_admission_arrangements_consultation_downloads

Keeping up with homework
Saturday 4th November 2017
Parents, carers and students can easily keep up with homework using our brilliant online homework diary Show My Homework. There is a link at the top of this webpage that will take you to the whole school calendar, and you can filter from there to see what work has been set. Alternatively, you can use the login facility, in which case you'll only see the relevant work. It's even easier if you download the Show My Homework App for your smartphone - you'll get updates and reminders so that the Sunday night homework panic will be a thing of the past! Personalised log in details were sent home earlier this term, but if you'd like these again please email lmcquone@blackminster.worcs.sch.uk and they'll be sent out to you.

Attendance latest
Saturday 4th November 2017
Our school attendance currently stands at 95%. This is slightly below our target of 96%. If parents or carers would like an up-to-date report on their child's attendance they can contact the office at school and we'll be delighted to provide it, in addition to reporting on our regular Review Grades.

Pebworth school visit BMS for science lesson
Saturday 4th November 2017
It was a pleasure to welcome children (and staff!) from our sister school, Pebworth First, to our labs on Friday to study the science of sound. Children learned how sounds are made and measured. Check out our Twitter feed @BMiddleSchool or Facebook for more photos.

Year 7 Cross Country Results
Friday 3rd November 2017
The Year 7 Cross Country competition took place this morning. On both the boys' and the girls' races the positions were as follows:
3rd - Resolution; 2nd - Endeavour, 1st - DISCOVERY

The individual winners were Poppy J in the girls' race and Joe L in the boys'.

Congratulations to everyone who took part!

Act Of Remembrance
Friday 3rd November 2017
We will be holding our Act Of Remembrance next Friday morning, 10th November. Any parents, carers, family or friends who would like to join us will be very welcome. We'll be starting at 10:45am in the Hall.

House Cross-Country running results
Wednesday 1st November 2017
Year 6 and Year 8 have taken part in House Cross Country competitions today. I'm pleased to be able to announce that the individual winners are
Year 6 girls - Anna B
Year 6 boys - Edward L
Year 8 girls - Lola H
Year 8 boys - Dan J

while the team prizes were as follows
Year 6 girls - 3rd - Discovery; 2nd - Resolution; 1st - ENDEAVOUR
Year 6 boys - 3rd - Resolution, 2nd - Discovery; 1st - ENDEAVOUR
Year 8 girls - 3rd - Discovery; 2nd - Endeavour; 1st - RESOLUTION
Year 8 boys - 3rd - Resolution; 2nd - Discovery; 1st - RESOLUTION

Well done to everyone who took part. We're looking forward to the Year 7 competition on Friday.

Attendance latest
Tuesday 31st October 2017
Attendance for the whole school last half term was 95%. This is slightly below our school target of 96%. Individual students' attendance was reported to parents and carers on the Review Grades that were issued during the last week of term.

WELCOME BACK!
Sunday 29th October 2017
Autumn 2 half term starts again tomorrow at 8:25am. We're looking forward to seeing our lovely students refreshed and ready to learn after their break. We'll be on Week B of the timetable.

Review Grades
Thursday 19th October 2017
Students took home their Review Grades for the Autumn 1 half term yesterday.
Parents and carers will find an indication of their child's current attainment, an indication of their attitude to learning, and also their % attendance for this half term (counted from 04-09-17 to 13-10-17) on the report.
If you have any questions, please contact your child's tutor or teacher in the first instance.

Halloween Disco
Thursday 19th October 2017
Last night was our Halloween Disco - lots of fun, laughter, dancing and fantastic costumes!

You'll find more photos on our Twitter feed (@BMiddleSchool) and Facebook (Blackminster Middle School)

Thank you!
Wednesday 18th October 2017
We received this message on our Facebook page yesterday, from the mum of one of our Year 6 students last year. I'm delighted to pass it on.

Hi, I wondered if you might be able to post a big thank you from me and my family on your page. We wanted to say a big “thank you” to all staff, students and parents who supported our daughter Ella and helped raise £292.90 for the Child Brain Injury Trust last term. We as a family were really overwhelmed by the support and the money raised will help the charity help other families like ours where a child acquired a Brain Injury. A massive thank you too from Ella’s sister Evie who suffered a severe stroke in June and was Ella’s inspiration for this.

Parent Voice
Tuesday 17th October 2017
We held our first meeting of Parent Voice this academic year yesterday. Thanks to the parents who came along - we had a very helpful discussion about our Anti-Bullying Policy and also about transition from First Schools.
If you'd like to have your say on either of these, please contact Ms McQuone - her email address is lmcquone@blackminster.worcs.sch.uk.

Attendance latest
Friday 13th October 2017
Attendance this week was 94.8% - a little below our school target of 96%.

Percentage attendance for individual students will be sent home next week with Review Grades.

Accelerated Reader updates
Friday 13th October 2017
We're 43% of the way to Christmas now, so students should have read at least 43% of their Accelerated Reader targets. Please ask your son or daughter about theirs.
Currently our most successful tutor group is 6AR - they've already read 102.5% of their target - a huge well done to them!
Particular congratulations to the following students, all of whom have reached their targets already.
6AR - Kiera, Lily, Maisie, Dylan, Isis, Emma
6JB - Nathan
6KS - Charlotte, Daisy
7MA - Alex, Aidan
7SB - Romeo, Ruby
8PD - Dan
If you have any questions about Accelerated Reader or about your son or daughter's progress on the scheme, please contact their form tutor.

#BeCyberSmart
Friday 13th October 2017
#BeCyberSmart is the new campaign against cyberbullying and online harassment, led by West Mercia Police. We're delighted to support this campaign.


Cyberbullying and online harassment can be extremely distressing. They can be even be classed as criminal offences in some cases.

However, there are plenty of organisations you can turn to for help, including charities, social media service providers, and the police

Here’s an overview of what online bullying is, how you can avoid it, and where you go for advice: -


What is cyberbullying and online harassment?

Making comments or posts online that are deliberately abusive, offensive, threatening, or inflammatory.

Liking and sharing this kind of abuse can also count as bullying and harassment.

Online bullies and harassers use all sorts of platforms, including social media (like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram), forums, gaming sites, comments sections, mobile phone chat groups and more.

There’s a very detailed definition of cyberbullying at: bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying/what-is-cyberbullying/



How you can stay safer

Think before you post: when posting or commenting online, consider what you say and what effect it may have. Never post comments that are abusive, threatening or are likely to cause offence to others.

Keep personal information personal: do not say anything or publish pictures that might later cause you or someone else embarrassment. Be aware of what friends post about you, or how they reply to your posts – particularly about your personal details and activities.

Make the most of privacy settings: keep your profiles closed, allowing access only to your chosen friends and family.

Social media help sections can show you how to block users, change your privacy and contact settings, and report abusive content:

• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/help/
• Twitter - https://support.twitter.com/
• Instagram - https://help.instagram.com/
• LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin
• Google+ - https://support.google.com/plus#topic=6320382
• YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/yt/policyandsafety/en-GB/reporting.html
• Pintrest - https://help.pinterest.com/en
• Tumblr - https://www.tumblr.com/abuse
• Snapchat - https://support.snapchat.com/en-GB


Report cyberbullying to internet service providers: lots of content online is offensive or upsetting. It’s not always a criminal offence, but it often violates the terms and conditions established by social media sites and internet service providers. Service providers are often keen to take action against users who abuse their terms of service.

If you believe that you are the victim of online bullying, keep a record of the content (for example, take a screenshot). You can use this to help your report to the service provider and, if necessary, the police.




Middle Schools in the news
Thursday 12th October 2017
Link to an article in the Times Educational Supplement on September 30th that perfectly sums up why we believe Middle schools are so well-suited to the developing needs of young adolescents.

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BMS on social media
Thursday 12th October 2017
Remember that you can get updates, news, celebrations and share the learning (and the fun!) on our social media sites. We're on Facebook as Blackminster Middle School and Twitter as @BMiddleSchool. Links are at the top of the homepage on this website too.

The importance of good attendance
Thursday 12th October 2017
It's impossible to exaggerate the importance of good attendance at school - students who have better attendance make better progress, get better grades and have better mental health than students who have more time off school.
Our school attendance target is 96%. Parents and carers will be informed of their own child's attendance alongside Review Grades, which will come home next week.
If you have any questions about attendance, please contact Ms Dayman or your child's form tutor.

PARENT VOICE MEETING
Thursday 12th October 2017
The first meeting of Parent Voice this year will be on Monday 16th October in Room 1. We're in the process of rewriting our Anti-Bullying Policy and we'd love to get input from parents and carers. The meeting will start at 6:30, and we'll finish at 7:30.
Do come along, have a glass of wine and help us to improve the school!

5-star rating!
Wednesday 11th October 2017
We are pleased to announce that our caterers, Alliance in Partnership, have been awarded a hygiene rating of 5 from the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) for the kitchen and staff at Blackminster.

Well done!

Sportsmark
Tuesday 4th July 2017
WE'VE BEEN AWARDED SPORTSMARK SILVER!

Den Day
Friday 16th June 2017
Camp fire...

Den Day
Friday 16th June 2017
More den day fun

Den Day
Friday 16th June 2017
...looks like a fab den!

Stamp Out Hatred, Prejudice and Intolerance Everywhere (SOPHIE)
Friday 12th May 2017
Year 7 students have been working with PCSO Karen Kampton and PC Chris Boon this morning. They've been using materials from the Sophie Foundation - a brilliant charity set up in memory of Sophie Lancaster. Sophie was murdered in 2007 by a gang who attacked her and her boyfriend because they were "Goths". The charity works to eliminate prejudice and hatred against people based on how they chose to dress or look. It's a vitally important message, and we're delighted to give our students these opportunities.




SOPHIE
SOPHIE

E-Safety Contacts
Friday 10th March 2017
Please Click the link for some E-Safety Contacts

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E-Safety Evening Presentation
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Please download the presentation from our E-Safety Parents Evening via the web links below.

Click here to go to download the presentation WITH videos. (Larger File - Microsoft Powerpoint)

Click here to go to download the presentation WITHOUT videos. (Smaller File - PDF)

Successful Ex BMS Student
Tuesday 17th January 2017
Brilliant assembly today from Harry - ex-BMS student and now successful swimmer, talking about importance of perseverance

New Grades
Tuesday 17th January 2017
Guidance from the @educationgovuk about new qualifications can be found here:

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GCSE Grades
Tuesday 17th January 2017
New GCSE grades go from 1 to 9. Higher number = higher grade.

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Keeping up with your child
Thursday 29th September 2016
There is now a Show My Homework App available for smart phones. If you'd like a PIN to register for the app, please email Ms McQuone at school and she'll send you one. The App shows your child's homework and deadlines, helping you to keep abreast of what is being set.
Show My Homework is also still available through the link at the top of our web site.


SMHW

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Thursday 11th February 2016
Blackminster Middle School is totally committed to the success of every student - we believe that with hard work and determination all young people (and older ones too!) can achieve great things regardless of their gender, race or background. Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and we're proud to celebrate the successes of our girls in particular, but also our boys, in subjects that maybe aren't seen as "traditional".

So, whether your favourite woman in science is Ada Lovelace, Lise Meitner, Helen Sharman, Marie Curie, Alice Roberts or even one of a couple of school leaders - here's to the success of ALL our students in whatever they want to achieve!


Ms. McQuone & Mrs. Button
Safe Student Scientists

Congratulations!
Wednesday 10th February 2016
We are delighted to receive this nationally recognised accreditation for the program we have been running successfully for three years. Children are invited onto the program with their parents and, regular mentoring sessions and target setting with follow up meetings ensure improved progress for children and increased self-confidence and self-esteem. Mrs Blakely is our school champion for the program and she organises the mentoring teams and their training. This award is a worthy recognition of her hard work and that of the teams she leads. We have been delighted with the impact of the program and its impact on some of our young people. It is especially pleasing to see some of the original group now leading as prefects or as part of the student executive and mentoring some of our younger pupils themselves. We are hoping to build on this award to become a leading practice school in future.

In her letter of congratulations, Laura Bromberg, the regional director for Achievement for All, said "I was particularly interested by the work which you do in introducing the programme to your AFA groups, and the time which you take to involve parents from the start. It is clear that being in and AFA group, is seen as a real benefit by your students.

Please pass my congratulations to your team for achieving this prestigious award and in particular to your SENCO for her extreme hard work with all things AFA! "