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Message from the Principal The new year started with a reflection on how wonderful the Christmas Rock Nativity and Dance Shows had been and how they both brought alive the spirit of Christmas for all of us at Temple Moor. On looking forward I am excited by the prospect of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) team building upon their regional Robot final success with a visit to London in March for the national finals. I would like to take this opportunity to say how pleased and proud I am of the successes of our students this term. Six of our students have obtained a scholarship with Leeds Rhinos, our Food Ambassadors have completed a project that will reduce queuing time within the canteen and our Year 7 Five-a -Side footballers are not only Leeds Champions but are also ranked second within Yorkshire. Three of our Sixth Formers, Al Berry, Charlie Keller and Katie Keller have won important Rotary Club community awards for all the support they give to their local communities. Staff, students and families have been working closely together to make our first Comenius exchange visit a roaring success. Students from France, Spain and Turkey joined us on Monday 11 February. This was a great opportunity for the young people of Temple Moor to learn about different cultures and make friends for life. We are also looking forward to our amazing school production of Footloose which will be showing from 5 to 8 March; the celebration of our love of literacy through the World Book Day celebrations on 7 March and our commitment to helping those less fortunate than ourselves through our Red Nose Day activities on Friday 15 March. I thank you all, as our school community for making Temple Moor such a vibrant and exciting place and breathing life in to our mission statement of “Together We Achieve Success”.

New School Jumpers We have for sale Temple Moor High School jumpers in size 42” and 44” only. These are now available to purchase at the reduced price of £10 each. Please send your payment either by cheque, payable to Temple Moor High School, or cash stating what size you would like to Mrs Whitfield in the main office. The jumper will then be sent home with your child.

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Mrs Whitfield, Administrator


February 2013

Vex Robotics On Wednesday 19 December 2012, our Temple Moor STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Club went to York University for a regional robot VEX competition. We had been planning since the start of the new school year and building our robot since October. We had many different ideas for the robot’s design and after many trials and errors eventually came up with our amazing final robot design. Ready and set we headed off to York believing we wouldn’t get far because we were still building our robot on the bus and had no wireless connection between the robot and the controller. When we arrived, frantic moves were made to get the wireless connection to work and to quote Miss Ellis it took us “Two hours of Hell” even borrowing parts from another team. Then the practice matches started. During our first match we didn’t move at all, however, after several attempts we started to win some of our practice matches against the other four teams that were there. Then the real competition started. We were paired up with another school and had to work together to gain the most points. Each match you were paired up with a different school and at the end of the matches, the two teams with the most points got to choose their partner for the final round. We were ranked 3rd at this point and were approached by both of the teams that were in 1st and 2nd position (Archbishop Holgate’s and Bede Academy). We decided to go with Archbishop Holgate’s. Victory was sweet, when we won the final 44-35 against Bede Academy and the team that they had chosen. Even though most of the schools were focusing on their robots, serious competition didn’t dampen the mood as during each break music was played and we found this a great excuse for a bit of fun with Gangnam Style! Enjoying the experience meant a lot and at the end of the competition we managed to convince most of the other schools to join in one last goodbye and good luck Gangnam Style. So, in March we will be going on a trip to London for the National competition which will be a lot more intense. We are now deciding what we can do to change the robot for the better. At the moment we are still coming up with some ideas, testing the robot as it is and trying to make it the best it can be! We have a number of sensible and reasonable ideas that can improve the robot’s performance but with so little time until the competition it’s very much trying to get everything ready and done as soon as possible. Despite this we are working well and hoping that we will have more success in London. During the interval of the school production ‘Footloose’ between 5 and 8 March, we will be holding a bake sale as a fundraiser for our London trip in March. For more updates on the robot please follow our twitter account @TMSTEM or read our blog at http://stemtemplemoor.edublogs.org/ Abigail Speight, Amy Rhodes and Sophie Pinder Year 9 Students

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Rugby Successes Six of our students have been successful in gaining scholarships for the Rhinos Academy. In the U15 squad are Harvey Hallas, Jakob Thompson, Jonathan Hynes, Josh Hordan-Roberts and Roy Railton and Ashley Handley is in the U19 squad. The Rhinos have scouts all over the region looking for young players and all the coaches are involved in either amateur or schools rugby which means they coach the best players on a regular basis. Former Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain centre, Keith Senior, is kindly giving up his time each week, into the foreseeable future, to provide master-class training sessions for our successful Year 10 and 11 squads. Both these teams have now reached the third round of the National Cup after some very impressive performances. Victories at this stage would put both these sides into the final 16 schools from throughout the UK - this double accomplishment would be for the second successive season. Mr Nicholson, Learning Manager, English

School Food Ambassadors From information gathered from the student E-food survey and Parents’ Voice, the school food ambassadors have been developing the most efficient way to optimise the flow of students during break times and to reduce the time spent queuing. The survey suggested that queuing was in the top three of key areas to develop along with wider range of choice and more seating; the other issues have already been addressed and now it’s time to tackle the queuing. During February half term, the Templar Bar will have new flooring installed, promoting a clear and distinctive flow for all three serving areas. The flooring will be red, yellow and green highlighting where the students should begin to queue, and more significantly exit, once they have purchased their nutritionally balanced meals. The system is designed not to restrict the students, but enable meals to be served as quickly as possible. Through discussions with the ambassadors they all agreed that this system will be the most efficient and effective way to reduce queuing times. The new system will be promoted during assemblies prior to it being launched.

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Mr Ayliff, Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator


February 2013

Five-a-Side Winners The Year 7 girls’ Five-a-Side football team have had a very successful few weeks. They entered the Leeds City tournament where they were unbeaten in their first round of matches therefore qualifying for the finals. The finals night was a tougher test for the squad; they drew a game early on but the girls gained in confidence and the goals started firing in. Elle Howarth scoring for fun, Megan Wilson scored a wonder goal which nearly broke the net and the defence stood strong throughout with goal keeper Sarah Grunwell letting in only a single goal during the entire tournament! The girls managed to beat Boston Spa in the final game 2-0 becoming worthy Leeds champions! The girls then went on to represent Leeds in the County finals coming up against even better competition. Again they managed to reach the final where they played a very strong Mirfield Grammar team, unfortunately, the girls did not win but they are officially the 2nd best Five a Side team in the whole of Yorkshire. Girls you should be very proud of yourselves! Well done to Mine Cothay, Elle Howarth, Natasha Bury, Megan Wilson, Kira Chadwick, Sarah Grunwell and Keeli Pierce. Miss Hodgson, PE Teacher

Sainsbury Active Kids Our PE Faculty are once again collecting the Active Kids vouchers which are given out at Sainsburys when you shop. Any vouchers you receive can be handed into the PE Faculty or posted into the collection box which is located in Student Services in school. In the past we have collected enough vouchers for tennis and hockey equipment along with other sports equipment for students to use in and out of their PE lessons. This is an excellent opportunity to invest in new sports equipment or perhaps try something new. Thank you to parents and staff for your support. Mrs Cuddy, PE Teacher

Badminton KS3/4 Temple Moor entered teams in the Schools Sports Partnership badminton tournament, where local schools competed for a place in the Leeds City finals. The KS3 boys played some fantastic badminton throughout the night fighting off strong competition from more experienced teams. Their competitiveness and natural skills shone through and they ended up unbeaten and overall winners on the night! The KS3 girls also played extremely well and the difference between them winning and losing went down to the last game against John Smeaton. Thankfully they won with some strong doubles performances and staying consistent throughout. This means that both KS3 Temple Moor teams are through to the finals next month so well done to the following students: Kaye Manson, Chloe Sweeting, Mia Donaghy, Chloe Murphy, Ethan Parsons, Jake Crooke, Conor Brown and Callum Barbour. Special mention also goes to the KS4 girls badminton team who also took part in the tournament, they unfortunately did not qualify but put up some strong performances against some more experienced teams so well done to the following students too: Leah Fry, Ella Birch and Megan Ryan. Miss Hodgson, PE Teacher

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Wereworld Comes To Temple Moor Year 7 students were fortunate enough to experience the literary and artistic talents of writer and illustrator Curtis Jobling; quite a treat before the Christmas break! Curtis Jobling was responsible for the creation of the popular TV character Bob the Builder along with the rest of the familiar cast and sets of the successful children’s series. During his visit students were given an insight into how they might go about creating their own characters though the use of simple shapes and a little artistic flare. They watched as Curtis brought to life the characters he has created that have made it onto TV as well as creating creatures and animals suggested by students. Having shared his experience and skills from his artistic side, Curtis continued on to discuss the writing aspect of his career, introducing Wereworld to Temple Moor. This session ended with students being given an insight into his latest novel as Curtis Jobling performed a book reading to an enthralled Year 7. A group of students were then given the opportunity to take part in a creative writing work shop which began with an ice-breaker involving students drawing caricatures of each other. Students were then challenged to create their own horror stories using prompts from Curtis. A variety of stories evolved demonstrating the imagination of our eager writers, including creatures flying from mysterious boxes and ghosts and ghouls reaping havoc in graveyards! Curtis ended his visit with a book signing which drew students from all year groups as well as some excitable staff in the library. Not only were they able to have a copy of their Wereworld novel signed and personally illustrated but also they could ask questions and for some of our budding writers, take the chance to have an accomplished writer look over their work and offer invaluable advice. Students went away inspired to create original and exciting stories that might one day make it on to the shelves of our library.

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Mrs Hebden, Programme Leader, English

Werewolf Drawing Competition Congratulations to the competition winner Natalie Wilson of 7L. Natalie won Curtis Jobling’s Wereworld Series Collection of books, signed by the author. Well done Natalie. Mrs Shaw, Reading and Learning Resource Centre Co-ordinator


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Rotary Club Service Above Self Awards On Monday 28 January 2013 we were very proud to go to watch Charlie Kelleher, Katie Kelleher and Al Berry being awarded the Rotary Club of Leeds 'Service Above Self' awards at the Civic Hall. These awards recognise where young people have undertaken voluntary work for the community. Katie and Charlie were nominated for a variety of mentoring roles within school and for voluntary work with people with special needs in the community. Al was recognised for his work for student democracy: both Temple Moor School Council and the Youth Parliament. At the event they were presented with books of their choice by the Lord Mayor. Ms Shelton and Miss Smith, Post 16 Managers

Sixth Form London Art Visit On 31 January, Fine Art, Graphics and Textiles students visited the Tate Modern and the National Portrait gallery in London for inspiration towards their work. Amongst others we saw works by Monet, Picasso, Lichtenstein and Twombly, artists we have been studying throughout school. The trip was a huge success and we look forward to showcasing the resulting work at our end of year exhibition in the summer. Miss Harris, Programme Leader, Art

Craftmas To raise funds for Sixth Form activities and to have some relaxation on the run up to Christmas the Sixth Form ran a Craftmas event with professional designer Abi Manifold of ‘Sew You’. The students learnt how to make iPod and phone covers, meanwhile, the entire Sixth Form made a range of Christmas cards in form time. We are very grateful to Abi for her time and sharing her skills on such an enjoyable day. Ms Shelton, Post 16 Manager

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Rockoratorio/Streetdance Spectacular We had a fantastic end of term Performance Faculty celebration with two performances of ‘Rockoratorio’ and a Streetdance show. This gave many of our Year 7 students their first opportunity to participate in a renowned Temple Moor production and over 200 students took part in the show. The audiences were treated to some excellent vocal and instrumental performances and some stunning dance routines from the highly talented Temple Moor students. This was evidenced by some highly complimentary comments from the parents including this one:

“I was enthralled by the whole thing. I thoroughly enjoyed it all. To see so many young people giving up their free time to take part was inspiring. The wealth and depth of talent was breathtaking. I do not take the time to write many emails but the way this show left me feeling deserves the highest of praises. Well done to all involved. Keep up the good work Temple Moor. This school is truly inspirational.” Mr Cook, Faculty Leader, Performance

Raffle Prizes If you have any unwanted gifts that would be suitable as raffle prizes we are looking for donations for the school raffles. The first will take place in March at the school production of ‘Footloose’ on 5 to 8 March. Any donations can be sent into school with your child and either left at Student Services or brought to the school’s main Admin Office. Thank you for your continued support for our school productions. Mrs Whitfield, Administrator

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A Book of Hope The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School has brought forward compassion from all over the world – none more so than from the students at Temple Moor. Since the sad event, students wanted to do something to help and to show that they care. We have allowed the children to ask their questions and to put their thoughts into action and encouraged them to do something positive by writing prayers, poems and letters to the people of Newtown. Their response and work has been very thoughtful and profoundly moving. A Book of Hope, a Light in the Darkness, was compiled and sent to the Churches in Newtown. We received a very touching reply from St Rose of Lima Church in Newtown - their grief is still very tangible. Thank you to all the students who produced "good" for others in need. You can be justifiably proud of your actions. Ms Brodowska, Ethics Teacher

Spanish Language Theme Day Temple Moor’s Spanish Theme Day continued in the canteen on 5 February with the food being served having a Spanish flavour. To coincide with this event the Modern Foreign Languages Faculty organised a competition to allow the students themselves to design the menu for the day. The entries were of the highest quality and after much deliberation there was a tie for first place. The winning menus were used to further publicise the event and were on display around the school. Mr Taylor, Language Teacher


Comenius European Partnership Bonjour! ¡Hola! Merhaba! (pronounced “Mayrhaba”) Hello! I am pleased to announce that our Comenius Partnership started this February! We are hosting the first exchange visit in Leeds from Monday 11 to Friday 15 February. Temple Moor High School are going to be part of the wonderful and mind-opening experience with 23 Temple Moor students hosting a foreign student throughout the week. We are lucky to be part of a partnership with not one or two but three different countries in Europe! Spanish, Turkish and French students and teachers will be in school all week. Staff and students will make them feel welcome by saying hello, sharing their language knowledge of Spanish and French and (maybe even Turkish ?), and asking questions about what school is like in their country. As well as this hosting experience all the students and teachers will be taking part in activities such as visiting Leeds, discovering York, shopping in the Shambles and spending time at the National Coal Mining Museum of England. I wish a warm welcome to all the students and wish them fun! Au Revoir! ¡Adios! Hoşçakal ! (pronounced (‘’Ochakal’’) Goodbye ! Miss Petiteville, Language Teacher

Fun in Paris In November 2012 our Year 13 French students made the most of a long weekend in Paris to embrace the culture and practise their language skills. All enjoyed a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower from their hotel as well as climbing to the top of the tower with Madame Hiorns winning the race to the second floor! Visits to the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre were followed by sampling vin chaud and chocolat chaud at the many Christmas markets. Constant speaking and translation challenges kept students on their toes, not to mention the race back to the hotel, using various forms of public transport. Ms McIntosh, Faculty Leader, Languages

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Lost Property We have a large amount of lost property items in Student Services that are not named and have not been collected by students. If your child has lost something over the Autumn term can you please encourage them to call at Student Services to see if it has been handed in.

Anything NOT collected by 1 March 2013 will be bagged up and sent to charity. Please ensure that all your child’s clothing is marked with their name so we can return it if it is handed in. Miss Smith, Administrator

It is important that we have your current contact details in case we need to contact you, especially in the case of an emergency concerning your child. Can you please make sure that if you have changed your contact details, address, phone or mobile numbers that you let Student Services know so we can update our records. Thank you.

A Greener Tempo To promote Eco School further Tempo has gone green. Past issues of Tempo can now be viewed on the school’s website, www.tmhs.co.uk . To receive an emailed copy of Tempo please sign up on our website to our mailing list. We will also have a small supply of the printed version in school. If you would prefer it this way email Lynn Whitfield (whitfil02@leedslearning.net) with your child's name and form and a copy will then be sent home with them. Mrs Whitfield, Administrator

Contact Info Temple Moor High School Field End Grove, Leeds, LS15 0PT Tel 0113 336 8200 Email info@tmhs.co.uk Visit www.tmhs.co.uk

Dates For Your Diary Mon 25 Feb—Start of Half Term Mon 25 Feb—Y8 Options/Parents Evening Tues 5 Mar—School Production – Footloose Wed 6 Mar—Whole School Review Day Wed 6 Mar—School Production—Footloose Thur 7 Mar—School Production—Footloose Fri 8 Mar—School Production—Footloose Wed 13 March—Post 16 Parents Evening Mon 25 Mar—Y10 Parents Evening Thur 28 Mar—End of Half Term

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Pastoral Reminders Absence from School Please remember to call the absence line on the first day of your child’s absence and send them with a note on their return to school. Tel: 0113 3368200 Items into School If lunches/PE kits etc are brought into school after lessons have started these must be clearly named to enable staff to get them to the students. Lost Property Please remember to name all items belonging to your child to avoid loss of personal items. Tel: 0113 3368200 Contact Details It is important to inform school of any change in contact details for your child. Mobile Phones/MP3’s/iPods Students are not permitted to bring mobile phones/MP3’s/iPods into school. As well as being a distraction to the learning environment that we strive to create, they are a target for theft. School does not accept responsibility for them whatsoever. Should a student bring one of these items into school, it will be confiscated and only returned to parent/carer on Friday of that week as stated in the student planner.

Tempo - Febuary 2013  

Temple Moor High School Tempo news Letter

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