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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! "