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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! "