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  • Junior Mathematical Challenge success

    Over 250,000 students across the UK sat the Junior Maths Challenge on Wednesday 27th April. The 60-minute multiple-choice challenge is designed to stimulate mathematical problem solving, encouraging students to use mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency. To recognise the highest performers the top 50% of participants receive Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates in the ratio 3:2:1. Over 50 Year 7 and 8 students from Cheltenham Bournside School took part in the challenge, achieving Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates.
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  • Young Enterprise Team scoop award for Best Company

    Students (L-R): Rhys, Josh, Amy, Hope (Managing Director), Alfie and Matiss, pictured with the star of their award winning book, our school dog, Lottie. Cheltenham Bournside School’s Sixth Form Young Enterprise Team, B-WELL – the creators of the inspirational children's book ‘ Molly and Lottie’s Forest Adventures ’ – are celebrating after winning ‘ Best Company ’ in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire in the Young Enterprise County Competition. Bringing home the trophy for the first time, the entrepreneurial student team beat off competition from a wide range of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire state and independent schools and will now go on to compete in the Regional Southwest Final on Thursday 19th May. Their product, a book aimed at children aged 2-8, was written, illustrated and published by the students and is a story about Cheltenham Bournside School’s two black Labrador retrievers; Molly a qualified therapy dog, and her little sister Lottie, a puppy in training.
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  • Whole school fundraising sees more than £3,000 sent to support victims of the Ukrainian crisis

    Students put their best foot forward during March, to raise money for Ukraine. A week of awareness activities culminated in a ‘Ukraine Awareness Day’ on Friday 25 th March, where students supplemented their uniform with blue and yellow items. Every student had the opportunity to ‘run a mile for Ukraine’ during PE lessons, with the miles adding up to 1708 (the distance to Ukraine from Cheltenham). Other activities included making ribbons and learning about the conflict during tutor time, and sharing messages of support and solidarity on an online comment wall. Mike Stratford, Deputy Headteacher, said; "Thank you to the students, parents, carers and staff who supported our recent Ukraine Fundraising Day; together we raised a fantastic £1670.49.
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  • Chapel Arts lunchtime recital

    Our talented music students delivered their second lunchtime recital of the academic year at Chapel Arts in the town centre, in collaboration with Chapel Arts and the Cheltenham Music Festival Society during March. Our Senior Singers opened the concert with Enya’s May It Be , followed by other fabulous vocal solo performances of Franck’s Panis Angelicus , sung by Jaydee, and Torn by Natalie Imbruglia , sung by Abby. Show numbers included Chicago’s All That Jazz , sung by Mia, There’s a Fine, Fine Line from Avenue Q , sung by Daisy and Giants in the Sky from Into The Woods , sung by Thomas. Instrument performances included Ashim’s piano solo of Mazurka in Gm by Chopin , and Sean’s Scherzo in Bb by Schubert .
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  • Chelsea's Choice

    Year 8 students have watched the production of ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ this term, as part of their PSHE curriculum. The drama production, delivered by the AlterEgo Theatre Company , is innovative and powerful, highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE), and exploring further issues including grooming, peer-pressure, the inappropriate use of social media, domestic abuse and self-esteem. Following the performance, actors facilitate a question-and-answer session to explore and discuss the issues raised. Hosting this production provides an opportunity to encourage open discussion around difficult topics and helps to keep young people safe.
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  • Cast and crew 'blow audiences away' with outstanding production of Joseph

    We're still smiling following the outstanding performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat last weekend. Thank you to everyone who joined us and for your support of the students taking part. This year's production was the retelling of the biblical story about Joseph. Joseph is his father's favourite child, able to interpret dreams and the bearer of an amazing coat.
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  • Student success in international maths challenge

    Congratulations to the 19 students who achieved certificates in the Intermediate Maths Challenge 2022 ! The international scholastic challenge, run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust , tests students’ mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency through complex mathematical problems. To recognise the highest performers in the Challenge, the top-scoring 50% of participants received bronze, silver and gold certificates in the ratio 3:2:1. Mr Mumford, teacher of mathematics, said; “Huge congratulations goes to every student who took part in the Maths Challenge this year. To be amongst the highest performers and to achieve a gold, silver or bronze certificate is testament to their incredible problem-solving skills and the students listed should be immensely proud of themselves.” A Gold Award Certificate went to: Peter, Year 9, Owens Silver Award Certificates went to: Maciek, Year 9, Owens Jack, Year 9, Parks Sam, Year 10, Rowling Owen, Year 10, Frank Thomas, Year 10, Owens Bronze Award Certificates went to: Rhys, Year 9, Attenborough Lia, Year 9, Parks Luke, Year 9, Hawking Sam, Year 9, Parks Will, Year 9, Frank Max, Year 9, Parks Oliver, Year 10, Attenborough Rose, Year 10, Rowling Ruby, Year 10, Attenborough Dylan, Year 10, Attenborough Sophy, Year 10, Attenborough Anya, Year 10, Attenborough Rocco, Year 10, Frank Congratulations!
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  • Graphic novel competition winners

    Over the half-term break, the Literacy Team held a creative competition, encouraging students to create and design the first two pages of their own graphic novel. Entries submitted included an array of fantasy adventure and action novels. Mrs Haines, from the Literacy Team, said; “The Graphic Novel section in our library has always been very popular with students so we had hoped for some great entries to our World Book Day Competition. We were however blown away by the number and quality of entries.
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  • Sixth Form Music Evening

    Cheltenham Bournside School music department held a Sixth Form music evening in the beautiful setting of Chapel Arts on Thursday 17 th February, showcasing the many musical talents of the schools’ senior students. A stunning level of talent was on display from the 25 students taking part, with performances by vocalists, pianists, violinists and more. The Sixth Form Ensemble of singers performed pieces including ‘May It Be’ by Enya and ‘You Raise Me Up’ by Graham and Lovland. Parents and Guardians were invited to enjoy the evening, along with GCSE students wanting to gain an insight into studying music at A-Level.
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  • Exemplary readers afternoon tea

    At the start of the school year interested students were invited by the Literacy team to take on the challenge of reading 25 books by the end of the academic year. After reading five books, students are rewarded with five house points, and upon completion, they receive a House Literacy badge, an exemplary reader certificate and a £10 Waterstones book token. However, just five months into the challenge, two students have gone above and beyond, reading over 100 books between them. To celebrate this fantastic effort, Anna, Year 9, Parks House and Oswin, Year 8, Frank House, were invited to an afternoon tea with Headteacher, Mr Jefferies.
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