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Developing Reading and Writing 

6th March 2015

On Friday 6th March, teachers and pupils at Bothal Middle School dressed up as book characters in celebration of World Book Day. There were some fantastic efforts, which made it incredibly difficult to decide who would win the fancy dress competition!  
World Book Day is an annual celebration of reading for pleasure and, in addition to activities organised in school, all children received a £1 book token to spend on a book of their choice. As part of the celebration, families of Year 6 children were invited to a coffee morning where they could have an informal chat with the English team and work alongside their children to complete a series of reading and writing tasks. This proved to be a huge success with one grandparent saying, ‘I found the exercise interesting and very much enjoyed working alongside my grandson, learning the approaches towards Literacy and the way it is taught today.’

Toy Appeal 
December 2014

On behalf of the charity committee, I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who brought in toys for the Christmas appeal.
We had such a huge (and quite overwhelming) response to the appeal that we felt it right to split the toys to two charities: RVI children’s ward and St. Oswald’s hospice. There were over 200 toys brought in! Because of your generosity a child will have had a better Christmas. I am truly humbled at the amount of toys donated, proving that Bothal really is a caring place!
The students who were chosen to represent the school did so in a mature and caring manner. They showed empathy and respect to patients, parents and staff, and it was commented on that they were an asset to the school. Thank you so much, Miss Broomfield.

Hancock Museum - Year 6 Visit 

December 2014

As part of their enquiry into the impact the River Nile had on Ancient Egypt, children in Year 6 took part in a visit to Great North Museum: Hancock. The Egyptian Gallery in the museum houses a plethora of artefacts, including jewellery, scrolls, conopic jars, a large statue of Sekhmet and not one, but two mummies - Bakt en Hor and Irtyru! The children explored the artefacts and exhibitions about Ancient Egypt, took sketches and photographs and gathered lots of valuable information for use back in the classroom.
The children were also able to explore the story of our planet in greater detail through displays on Hadrian’s Wall and the Ancient Greeks. A 'Bio-Wall' featured hundreds of animals from across the world and the children came face to face with a life-size T-rex skeleton.
The success of the visit was only possible due to the support given by Friends of Bothal and Wansbeck who kindly funded the transport for the visit, the staff at the museum and the children, whose enthusiasm and appetite for learning led to a fun, safe and enjoyable visit for all those involved.

Year 5 Bothal Winner 
December 2014

We have yet another winner from Bothal Middle School for the Town Council Christmas Light Competition. We are proud to announce that Faith Pearson’s beautiful picture of a Christmas Cracker has been made into a fantastic light to be displayed in the town centre. Her design will certainly brighten up the winter days and give festive cheer. Very well done Faith.

Spook-tacular Event 

November 2014

Congratulations to all those involved in organising what was a wonderful family evening at Bothal to celebrate Halloween and Guy Fawkes. It really was a tremendous evening with loads to do, stalls and a funfair to enjoy, all rounded off by a truly spectacular professional fireworks display. 
The event was organised by the Friends of Bothal and Wansbeck with the support of staff from the two schools. The money raised totalled £1,025 and will be used for the benefit of the students.
The volunteer organisers clearly put a huge effort into pulling a spectacularly successful evening together. Well done to everyone involved. We do hope you and your family had a fantastic evening.

Sky Sports 'Game Changers' 
October 2014

12 of our students appeared on the Sky Sports’ television show ‘Game Changers’ on Saturday 11 October along with former world champion boxer Johnny Nelson and world modern pentathlon champion Samantha Murray.
The show, hosted by Darren Campbell, was an amazing opportunity to meet professional sports stars to find out what inspired them to take part in sport and to participate with them. The weekend also involved the children working in the Sky Sports News studios to create their own ‘Breaking News’ report.
Mr Hewitt said “The trip was a fantastic experience for our pupils. To be able to meet and interact with sports stars was a once in a lifetime opportunity. The pupils were amazing throughout the whole weekend and a credit to the school.”
“Our London weekend was superb! I enjoyed it and could not have wished for anything more than to be on TV. The Sky Sports news report was definitely the best by far, being a TV presenter was amazing. The whole trip was great and I would love to go it again.” Jessica Prothero

Year 6 Plessey Woods Visit 

October 2014

As part of their enquiry into how rivers change, children in Year 6 took part in a field visit to Plessey Woods Country Park to look at the river and its features. As well as improving their outdoor skills in orienteering and shelter building, the children carried out a detailed survey of a section of the river. As a result, they were able to collect valuable evidence for use back in the classroom.
The success of the visit was only possible due to the support given by the wardens at Plessey Wood and the children, whose enthusiasm and appetite for learning led to a fun, safe and enjoyable visit for all those involved.

A bright future for education in Ashington  
October 2014

The Governing Body of the Ashington Learning Partnership (ALP) is proposing a change of school organisation. The rationale behind the proposal is that of extending provision and driving continuous and sustained improvement for the benefit of families across Ashington and the surrounding areas … not just for the next few years but for many years to come.
The ALP recognises that it cannot stand still and must lead change in partnership with local people and other organisations. The proposed change involves moving from a 3-tier system of schooling to 2-tier by using all existing main school sites and with effect from September 2015. At our governing body meeting on 1st October, following consideration of the views of pupils, parents, staff and the public, we agreed to move to the next stage of the process which is to issue statutory notification of our intention to close our middle schools and extend the age ranges of our current first and high schools.
The Ashington Learning Partnership is committed to delivering the best possible education for children and young people. This is an exciting time for the Partnership with already good school provision and a fierce determination to improve further by creating ‘outstanding’ schools.
Chris Smith Chair of Governors - Ashington Learning Partnership

Launch of FrogLearn 

September 2014

We are proud to announce that Bothal Middle School is the first school in the Ashington Learning Partnership to launch the brand new version of our Frog VLE. 
FrogLearn is packed with new goodies and is fully tablet compatible – staff and students can access Frog from anywhere on their iPad or Android tablet as well as any computer at school.
Bundled with FrogLearn is the fantastic FrogPlay. Students are set homework or independent study assignments during which they get the opportunity to play games! Each individual student picks the game they’d like to play from a huge range and their answers to the assignment’s questions directly impacts upon the game. Get an answer right and you’ll find scoring a goal in “Penalty Shoot-out” is quite easy… but get it wrong and you’ll find it’s really tough! Students can compete with their friends on the Bothal leaderboard but if they work and play hard enough, they’ll soon find themselves competing at a national level on the FrogPlay National Leaderboard. Good luck everyone!

Year 5's Go Green 
July 2014

Stratstone Tyneside returned to school again this year to ask Year 5 pupils to design a concept car for their mission ‘Drive to a Greener Future’. Initially, students were let loose on a fleet of brand new BMW cars before breaking off into class teams to design a prototype car that uses renewable energy for power. As the competition progressed, students presented their team’s ideas to Stratstone Tyneside representatives and a group winner was nominated from each class to take them through to the next stage. These teams worked together to design a 3D model that would be printed using our 3D printer. They then created an advert using green screening techniques and our voice recording studio.
On the final presentation evening Year 5 gathered to showcase their work to parents and admire the hard work of their peers. After a long and tough deliberation process, David Guy, Dealer Principal and Chris Reynolds, New Car Sales Executive of Stratstone Tyneside came to a decision that 5 Mitford were this year’s winners. Trophies were awarded to the winning team as well as an opportunity to take part in a visit to Stratstone Tyneside. A raffle was drawn on the evening and one lucky parent received a BMW for the weekend courtesy of Statstone Tyneside.

Great North East Space and Engineering Expo 

July 2014

Bothal Middle School were amongst the 360 pupils across the region to have their eyes on the skies at the Great North East Space and Engineering Expo on Monday 23 June. The event held at the Discovery Museum was organised by the Ashington Learning Partnership to celebrate its work with the National Space Academy. As a Northern Hub we are committed to providing quality STEM education and accurate careers advice using space as a vehicle to inspire and enthuse.
Throughout the day our pupils were given the opportunity to hear directly from industry experts and consider the array of pathways available to them if they wish to pursue a career any of the related fields. Organisations participating in The Great North Space and Engineering Expo include Rolls Royce, AMEC, EDF Energy, NaREC, Quest UAV, Institute of Civil Engineering, The National Space Academy, Durham University, Northumbria University, Newcastle College and Northumberland College. 

Big Bang North East 
July 2014

Following the success with CREST Bronze Awards; a group of students represented the school at the Big Bang North East, Northumbria University on Friday 20 June. The Big Bang is part of a programme led by Engineering UK which celebrates and raises the profile of young people’s achievements in STEM through the National Science and Engineering Competition, led by the British Science Association. Tara Blyth and Jessica Mather achieved runner up and winner awards for the Junior Science and Mathematics Excellence Award respectively. The girls also earned themselves automatic qualification to National Big Bang, Birmingham NEC in March 2015 and Tara Blyth was recognised for the Personal Achievement Award. I would like to extend a huge congratulations to all pupils engaged with both CREST awards and the Big Bang, I hope you keep up all the hard work at High School. Miss Sergeant.

The Spirit of Greenpower 

July 2014

KS3 STEM club at Bothal Middle School competed at the Greenpower Formula 24 regional heats at Croft Circuit, Darlington on Wednesday 2 July. The racing team and pit crew took part in two 90 minute races and had the opportunity to learn about key skills and career opportunities in automotive engineering from local business and more experienced teams. Our team were amongst some really tough competition and although we weren’t in the top half we were awarded with the ‘Spirit of Greenpower’ Award for our perseverance and team spirit.
On behalf of the team we extend a special thank you to Kieran Elliot’s dad, who supported the engineering project and kindly donated a battery charger. If you have experience and skills in mechanical or electrical engineering and are interested in supporting this Key Stage 3 project in future years, please contact Mr Andy Gaskell at 4024admin@northumberland.gov.uk.

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