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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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  • Diversity celebrated with the appointment of nine new EAL Ambassadors

    A group of students have been appointed as EAL (English as an Additional Language) Ambassadors this term at Cheltenham Bournside School in a celebration of cultural diversity. More than 40 languages are spoken at the school, including Arabic, Cantonese, German, Mandarin, Slovak, Polish and Portuguese. Headteacher, Mr Jefferies, presented students with a badge in recognition of their new role. He said, “Languages are a crucial part of our curriculum at Bournside – we're one of the few schools in the country that offer four languages from Year 7 upwards; we give all students the opportunity to learn French, Spanish, German and even Mandarin.
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  • 100+ students kickstart their Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition training

    Over one hundred Cheltenham Bournside School students kickstarted their training programme for the expedition section of their Duke of Edinburgh award on Saturday 5th February. Many students have already begun their DofE journey; volunteering in the local community, developing their physical abilities and learning a new skill, but for the vast majority of students the final expedition is the most anticipated task. In newly formed teams, Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Award students showcased teamwork, determination and problem-solving skills throughout the training day, which was led by the H5 group. Students were challenged to erect tents, to light trangas in the wind and rain and to plan their meals for the expedition.
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  • Over 400 new trees planted at our school!

    Over 400 trees were planted on site at Cheltenham Bournside School at the end of last term in an environmental project spearheaded by the student-led Eco Ministry. A team of 30 students from Year 7 to 9, helped by staff and volunteers from the Friends of Hatherley Park , worked together to plant the saplings at the front of the school field alongside Warden Hill Road in just one morning. The 420 trees planted were generously donated by The Woodland Trust ; a mixture of wildlife trees that will help to establish food and shelter for local wildlife, combined with year-round colour trees to allow students and the local community to enjoy beautiful blossoms and vibrant autumnal displays. Mrs Rigby, Assistant Head of Geography and staff lead of the Eco Ministry said, "The students have created something really special in planting these trees on our school site.
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  • Bournside girls’ rugby team host and play their first EVER competitive game

    History was made last week as Cheltenham Bournside School’s U13 girls r ugby team, ‘ The Bruisers ’, played in their first-ever competitive fixture. Cheltenham Bournside School hosted Five Acres High School in a friendly fixture, after two terms of training. The girls, all new to rugby, have been focusing on the core values of the game during their weekly training sessions; teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. Coach, Miss Goddard, who coaches The Bruisers alongside Miss Savory, said; “This has been an ambition at the school for some time and it was a proud moment for the PE department to host and play our first game.
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  • Joining our Sixth Form

    For parents and students looking to join an ambitious sixth form with excellent teaching, compassionate pastoral care, extensive grounds and a vast programme of extra-curricular activities, Cheltenham Bournside Sixth Form is ready to welcome you to our upcoming open evening on Thursday, January 27, 2022 . Choosing the right sixth form is an important step in preparing for future success. By choosing us, you can be confident you will be supported and challenged to excel, both personally and academically, within a strong school community environment. Students here are treated as young adults.
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  • St Matthew’s Church Christmas Concert  

    The Cheltenham Bournside School music department held its annual Christmas Concert at St Matthew’s Church on Wednesday 15 th December, bringing together more than 90 students and their families to celebrate the festive season. Along with joyful congregational carols, there were performances from our talented Guitar Group, Jazz and Folk Bands, Youth Choir, Orchestra, Sixth Form Ensemble and Senior/Staff Singers, who performed traditional carols including Once in Royal David’s City , We Three Kings and O Holy Night , alongside modern pieces of music and prayers. Headteacher, Steve Jefferies, said: “One of our key values at Cheltenham Bournside School is for students to take pride in all they do and this enchanting concert was something of which we can feel extremely proud. Well done.” Head of Music, Matt Cutress said: "We were overjoyed as a music department to get back to St Matthew's Church for the Christmas Concert.
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  • Boost Project

    Over the past month students and staff at Cheltenham Bournside School have been working in partnership with Gloucestershire Constabulary on a pilot education project. The Constabulary created curriculum, called Boost, focuses on developing self-leadership qualities that are designed to help children become emotionally intelligent young adults . Students from Year 12 took part initially, with Year 12 volunteers then delivering the sessions to students in Year 8 with support from the Constabulary team. The creative delivery included sessions that involved the students using shaken coke bottles to represent anxiety and stresses building before hearing advice on how not to 'flip your lid', and all students were able to share how they manage their feelings by using a flashlight to indicate the strategy that works best for them.
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