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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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  • ‘Take one designer’, Alexander McQueen Fashion Museum workshop

    Students in Year 10 created amazing surface embellishment work inspired by nature on a recent trip to Fashion Museum in Bath. Students were invited to explore and sketch surface embellishment and structures beneath and within clothing in a workshop called ‘Take One Designer – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen’. The workshop was followed by a tour of the museum, exploring ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects’ - a major display celebrating fashion from the 1600s to the present day, referencing moments in history, as well as more personal stories. Holly, Hawking House, said: “The trip exceeded my expectations, I thought it was going to be boring museum trip!
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  • Finn invited to join GB Elite Training Squad

    Year 13 student Finn Lusty, 18, has been invited to train with the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) training squad after being put forward for the trial by his team at Gloucester Rugby Club . Finn, who has played for the Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby Club for four years, said, "It was brilliant to be able to focus on rugby for three days with the elite training squad. The camp was on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere, with no signal or WiFi so we were really able to focus on the game. The trial involved 6 hours of training and I now hope to taper into the team as I gain more experience." "In the future, I'd love to compete with the GBWR team and to win Olympic medals, but I'd also like to bring more eyes to the sport and make it mainstream.
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  • Sixth Form students take artistic inspiration from London Galleries

    Sixth Form students travelled to London last week, to draw inspiration from the London galleries and to enjoy the festive sights of the Capital. 58 students studying Fine Art, Photography, Graphics and 3D Art A levels went on the art trip in order to develop their artistic ideas in response to the work of others, and to experience the opportunity to engage first hand with a wide range of artworks and photography at the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain. Ahead of the trip, students were encouraged to research and plan projects relating to the artworks and architecture they would see in order to develop their portfolio of coursework. Mr Taylor, Head of Art and Design, said; “It was amazing to be able to take our Sixth Form students back to London.
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  • Chapel Arts Lunchtime Recital

    In partnership with Chapel Arts and the Cheltenham Music Festival Society, music students at Cheltenham Bournside School presented a free lunchtime recital at Chapel Arts in the town centre on the 26 th November. Our Senior Singers opened the concert to a full house with Can’t Help Falling in Love , followed by Daisy singing My House and an elegant Saxophone solo from Sam who played Céline Mandarine . There were other excellent vocal solos from Archie singing Stars , Tobi singing Over the Mountain , Thomas singing Close Every Door and Mia singing There’s a Fine, Fine, Line . Instrument performances included Joe playing Blue Espresso on the guitar, Molly playing Dream and Luke playing Nuvole Bianche on the piano, Josh with Bugler’s Holiday on the Trumpet and Isobelle’s beautiful performance of Allegro Brilliant on the violin.
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  • Supporting our local community this Christmas

    Every Christmas, students and staff at Cheltenham Bournside School pull together to support a range of local causes and charities. This year is no different, with a busy schedule of activities and events designed to support our local community. Advent Calendar Collection for The Pied Piper Trust Mr Stratford delivered more than 100 advent calendars collected by students and staff to the brilliant team at the Gloucester Royal Hospital Children's Centre ahead of the first day of Advent. The treats will be handed out to families in the hospital to spread a little festive cheer.
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  • ‘ChangeMakers’ Project Launch

    Students from Cheltenham Bournside School joined young people from across Gloucestershire to have their voices heard on climate change with local government officials, the council and industry specialists. On Wednesday 10th November, Cheltenham Education Partnership (CEP) launched their ChangeMakers Project, a collaboration of young people from across 10 Cheltenham state and independent secondary schools taking action against climate change. Launched in parallel with COP26 , the project aims to empower Cheltenham’s young people with a voice and support them to take positive action towards more environmentally sustainable schools and communities. Students heard from and asked questions of industry specialists including Planet Cheltenham, Severn Wye, Logical Utilities, FoodLoose and Plastic Free North Devon.
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  • Anti-Bullying Ambassadors line up at Cheltenham Bournside School to stamp out bullying together

    An incredible group of 106 students have been appointed Anti-Bullying Ambassadors at Cheltenham Bournside School this term in time for Anti-Bullying Week 2021 which kicks off today. Anti-Bullying Week takes place this year from 15-19 November and the theme is ‘One Kind Word’. Students across all year groups have been awarded the important title following an application process. Students were asked to submit their interest in supporting the school’s zero tolerance approach to bullying if they supported the following statements: I want to make a change and believe in stamping out bullying together I am willing to talk to and help other students I am willing to be a visible presence around school and play an active role during Anti-Bullying Week I want to take part in training led by the Senior Leadership Team A series of staff and student led activities will be taking place throughout the week during social times and tutor time.
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