BBC at TMS!

On Monday 11th March, Shiroma Silva from the BBC came to work with pupils, staff and governors at The Mendip School.  Ms Silva works on the BBC’s ‘Click‘ program, which looks at new developments in technology.  She wanted to find out how we are using virtual reality to support our pupils with overcoming anxiety and preparation for adulthood.

Our pupils showed Ms Silva the cafe training simulation they had been working with to prepare them for working in the cafe as part of work experience, and also talked about how virtual reality has helped them gain confidence in their abilities.  Ms Silva also spoke to Iian and Dr Nigel Newbutt (one of our new school governors who works at the University of West England) about how virtual reality is supporting the children of our school and how we plan to use it in the future.
Below are some photos of the pupil’s experience.  The show will be aired on BBC iPlayer on Saturday 30th March.

TMS Bags another sports award!

The Mendip School go from a Bronze to a Silver School Games Award
 
We are delighted to announce that we, The Mendip School, have achieved the School Games Silver Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. 
 
Some of sporting achievements this year include: 
A new Inclusive Playground and app to encourage daily physical activity,
Specialist group coaching sessions in Table Cricket, Fishing and Golf
Whole School Activity Days in Tightrope Walking, Roller Skating and Running 
Primary Caving Days 
Lunchtime and After School Sports Clubs 
Staff training in Primary PE, Swimming and Cricket 16 
Competitive Intra and Inter School Opportunities for all age groups across a range of sports 
Links with five local clubs and external providers 
Sports Leadership opportunities for students 
Whole School Family Fun Day 
 
With a total of 43 young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. 
 
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. 
 
A special thanks to: Jake Godfrey and Green Class for writing sports blogs for The School Games website over the last year
We look forward to applying again in 2019.

Supply Staff Required!!

The Mendip School are actively seeking teaching and teaching assistant supply staff for our rapidly expanding school.

If you are interested in being put on our supply list please email the school office address with details of your experience. A meeting will then be arranged with the Head of School, Natalie Hanna. We are ideally looking for people who are flexible and able to cover  from 8.40am to 3.15pm and who preferably could come in to cover sickness if called from 8am. It would be very useful when a time is arranged to meet the Head of School if the appropriate application pack (below) is completed and brought with you along with the DBS evidence described as this would speed up the turn around time for clearing a person to join our supply list considerably.  If you are willing to do cover for both Teacher and TA please indicate this on your form.

Please note, we cannot guarantee a set amount of cover per week, although in general those on the supply list have been utilised on a regular basis.  We require the minimum qualifications of 3 GCSE’s of A-C grades, 2 of which are English or Maths for supply applications. If you do not have these qualifications, we will be unable to process your request.

 

Application Packs:

Supply Teacher Application Pack

Supply Teaching Assistant Application Pack

Vacancies across the Partnership Trust can be found here.

 

 

Playscheme bookings Summer 2017

The Mendip School will be running a playscheme for our pupils over the summer period.

 

Secondary bookings available from Monday 7th – Frday 11th August.

Primary bookings available from Monday 14th – Friday 18th August.

 

For more information or to book your child’s place, please download and complete the bookings forms found below.

Playscheme booking form – Secondary

Playscheme booking form – Primary

TMS gets the Royal Seal of Approval!

On Thursday 6th June, HRH the Countess of Wessex and other esteemed guests visited the Mendip School.

HRH was greeted by our School Principal Emily Massey who then gave all guests a tour of the school, demonstrating all of the hard work and effort our children are putting into their learning.

The tour included children taking part in sensory play, food technology, art and music therapy.  All children were delighted to speak with their special guest and were very proud to show off their work to her.

Below are some photos of the day.

 

Our New Minibus!

Staff and pupils at The Mendip School were overjoyed when the Variety Club delivered a new minibus.

Activities beyond the classroom are essential for any learning activity, and this minibus will support teachers when planning for their classes and enhance many learning experiences.

A massive thank you to the Variety Club and all of those involved.

Lambs come to The Mendip School.

As an Easter treat, members of the Doulting farming community worked with staff at The Mendip School to provide students with an opportunity to meet some of their new born Lambs today.  All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience, with some even prepared to get their hands (and clothes) dirty!

 

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Animals continue to support the development and progress of children at our school.  As well as visits such as today’s.  Children also have the opportunity to care for Beaky the school Chameleon, and Chica the school Dog.

Thriving

We are delighted to announce that we now have a member of staff trained in the Thrive approach and using it daily with pupils.  Congratulations Serena on all your hard work!

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https://www.thriveapproach.com/the-thrive-approach/

Developing Sporty Students

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There has been a lot going on since James C started with us in September and he has been working extremely hard to develop a number of areas in the school.  We have recently been awarded the silver quality mark by the Youth Sport Trust as well as being given our Duke of Edinburgh plaque.  Well done James and the team for all your hard work!

Dof E

Last week saw the first Duke of Edinburgh expedition and today we hosted Fosse Way school in our first Boccia tournament.  It was a very close victory to The Mendip School; 33 points to 31.  Well done to everyone involved but a special thanks to Martin for heading up the event.