BBC News School Report gives our students the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.
With support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.
Our students have been busy sourcing and preparing news stories and creating video interviews based on real current news.
Kieran Goodall and Thomas Baildon, Year 8, both members of the TSS Fencing club competed in the Yorkshire Youth League last Sunday; both students impressed spectators and came away with three medals between them.
Tom first tried out his basic foil skill in the under-14 boys foil, and did well to finish the first stage of competition seeded 4, going on to win one knockout round before losing to the eventual winner in his semi-final, earning himself a Bronze medal. Both boys then took part in the under-14 sabre, Kieran beating Tom in their semi-final and confirming Tom's second Bronze. Kieran went on to lose the final to the experienced fencer from Halifax, and so earning his Silver medal.
Thomas and Kieran are still discussing whether two bronze medals are better than one silver!
Fencing Coach Tim Noble said: “Both boys did extremely well and I’m very proud of them and what they have achieved today. They’ve only been fencing since September so both boys show lots of potential.”
Students celebrated World Book Day by creating their own World Book Week. World Book Day is designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.
As part of our commitment to lifelong learning and literacy, Titus Salt School created a World Book Week including:
- student led assemblies focusing on poetry reading and the value of reading;
- a ‘Design a Reading Nook’ Competition where students designed their best place to read with ideas ranging from under the stairs to the garden shed;
- a ‘Design a Front Cover’ competition for our own school anthology (about to be published!);
- the ‘Who Am I?’ challenge that invited students to match teachers with a list of their favourite books; and
Holly Waxman, Year 9 has been selected to represent Great Britain next month in the 7 Nations Youth Diving competition in France. This comes on the back of Holly being ranked 2nd junior diver in the country – and ranked higher than Rio Olympian Lois Toulson - after competing at the British Diving National Cup in February, a showcase of the best of British diving talent and used as a qualifier for the diving World Cup.
The National Cup competition has in the past featured the best divers in the country including Olympic Medallists such as Tom Daley, Dan Goodfellow, Jack Laugher and Chris Mears.
Deputy Headteacher, Simon Hawkins said, “This is an amazing achievement and we are all very proud of Holly; she is a great student and a world class diver. We wish her the best in the 7 Nations Youth Diving Competition; her commitment, skill and standard are an inspiration.”
In January, Sixth Form students met a young Palestinian and Israeli speaker to better understand perspectives on conflict. Students heard first-hand viewpoints and needs of those who want peace. The speakers, Abigail and Ibrahim, outlined their experiences of growing up in Israel and Palestine and then were part of a lengthy question and answer session culminating in group work activities looking at possible solutions to the conflict. The sessions were hugely successful, allowing students to embrace diversity of identity and opinion on this extremely difficult issue.The approach was based upon principles which would lead to a ‘win-win outcome’ for individuals and communities. The day was brokered by ‘Solutions Not Sides’, an organisation that co-ordinates a non-partisan educational project for young people. The key focus is to counter Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic narratives related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In January, the school climbing club won the Bradford Schools Climbing Competition at Appleton Academy for the second year running. TSS entered two teams, Team Denys and Team Titus, made up of Year 7 and 8 students, coming a fantastic first and second place. It was a great day full of climbing with two elements to the competition.
Firstly, speed climbing, where groups of three had to see how many times they could climb a particular route in 10 minutes, one group flew up their route an impressive thirteen times! Then there was a session of scored climbing with the teams scored according to how “cleanly” they could complete specific climbs.
Club Leader, Mr Stewart said: “It was a whole team effort which was great to see. The majority of the team only started climbing in September so it was a fantastic for them to be able to show off the skills and techniques they’d been practising week in week out at climbing club.”
On Thursday 19 January, students from Year 10 to 13 received a visit from Holocaust survivor, Rudi Leavor.
Organised by Humanities teacher, Mr Roebuck, Mr Leavor came to school to talk to students that are to travel to Poland in February to visit Auschwitz. Jewish community leader, Mr Leavor talked about his own experiences; how he and his family left Nazi Germany for Bradford in 1937. His testimony was a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. His talk, followed by a question and answer session enabled students to understand the nature of the Holocaust.
Six A Level Religious Studies students, along with Miss Bennett and Mrs Moon, had the honour of being part of the audience in Sunday morning’s episode of BBC’s Big Questions. The students got the chance to meet host Nicky Campbell, and were given first hand experience of how live TV programmes are produced. After a warm up debate about nuclear weapons, the cameras began rolling and the debate began. The questions which were debated were: Is the system still stacked against women? Do prisons work? and does religion have a role in politics? Unfortunately Nicky did not give our students a chance to speak during the live broadcast, despite Sophie and Tom’s best efforts in particular! After filming, students continued debating some of the comments made during the programme, Belinda Brown’s views on feminism sparked a lot of discussion especially. Well done to all students involved.
Emily Nar, Year 13 was one of only two UK students chosen to attend the prestigious Mexico ExpoCiencias. Her design of a Robotic Piano Tutor caught the eye of the Arkwright judges from 800 entries. Emily created a working prototype of the mechanism that will teach any novice how to play the piano. Emily named her creation, Melodi – The Robotic Piano Tutor and travelled to Mexico in December with Lead Physics teacher Mr Reid, to showcase her creation to an international panel. Contestants were asked to create their resources in Spanish for the judges.
Emily brought together her love of STEM subjects and the Arts to create Melodi. Melodi took just over two months to create and is programmed to play twenty songs.
Employers from a variety of business sectors will visit TSS to offer valuable advice to students to help them make better choices on their next steps in education. Our Next Steps event, in partnership with Bradford Pathways will be held on 17 January 2017, 6.30-8.15pm. Students and parents of Year 9 and Year 11 are invited to attend this information, advice and guidance event, outlining career opportunities in the area.
The event will showcase businesses from the healthcare, administration, finance, IT, HR, creative media, and construction sectors, including speakers from Lloyds Pharmacy Group, HMRC, Pulse Radio, Yorkshire Water and the Construction Industry Council, along with a Denys Salt Sixth Form representative, careers advice from Prospects and information about apprenticeships from Shipley College.
Our Year 7 rugby players showed real promise after their first ever tournament, at Parkside School. Half the boys were new to the sport, never having played before; some team members were even enlisted at the very last minute! Mr Lambley and Mr Redhead were very impressed with the attitude and team spirit and the boys got stuck in and did the school proud.
From left to right top row – Joe Murphy, Jack Wardell, Jack Allport, Phillipp Walton, Jay Buchan, Billy Logan, Josh Lyles From left to right bottom row – Taylor Keighley, Alex White, Adam White, Harvey Green, Stephen Allen
On Friday 3rd December a group of our Designated Specialist Provision students were invited to take part in the launch event of the Tour De Yorkshire 2017 in Bradford’s City Park.
16 students joined over 160 cyclists and rode in a large peloton around the mirror pool weaving in between the fountains, each other and even through a tunnel of water jets. The students showed off their cycling skills with everyone managing to stay (reasonably) dry.
Stage 3 of Tour De Yorkshire 2017 will start in Bradford and the route includes Saltaire and Hollins Hill before going on towards Ilkley.
Lots of fun was had by all and we even managed to have a photograph taken with Christian Prudomme, the General Director of the Tour de France!
Joshua Capper has raised money for the Children’s Ward at the BRI by swimming Lake Windermere, which Josh admitted was a very big challenge because eight months ago he couldn’t swim!
After a fantastic year of supporting his local community and fundraising, Joshua has been nominated for a Community Stars Award presented by the Lord Mayor.
The Community Stars Awards champion all those who deserve recognition for their selfless, brave or generous actions during the past year and provide an opportunity to honour the men, women and children who have touched lives.
Joshua is very modest about his achievements so we have taken it upon ourselves to ask for your votes. You can vote via the ‘People can make a difference’ website http://fans.vote/v/ACnWadPClm4 or download the form below. Entries must be received by the 2 December 2016.
Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Church was invited to school as part of the Believe in Shipley community event. “Believe in Shipley” is a ten-day festival, organized by churches and congregations across Shipley and Saltaire, to celebrate the impact of the Christian faith on the local area.
Roger, a former Salt Grammar School student himself, spent the day with staff and students. The first event of the day was for Roger to join our Year 8 assembly, where Roger talked to students about his work with refugees in Jordan. Shortly after Roger was taken on a tour of our school by Year 13 Religious Studies students. Roger delivered a lesson to our GCSE and A-Level RS students on the theme of Justice and Holiness. He also met for Q&A sessions with Year 7 Religious Studies classes.
The day was a huge success, our RS students were inspired by Roger and we are very thankful for his visit.
We said ‘adios’ to our four Spanish visitors on Friday. Olaya, Lucia, Clara and Helena came to TSS for five weeks to gain first-hand experience of going to school in the UK. The girls who study at Colegio Estudio in Madrid were fully immersed into school life; attending lessons and activities, even participating in extra-curricular activities such as badminton, fencing and climbing.
To ensure the girls experienced British culture at its best we even introduced them to afternoon tea and along with Year 10 students they made some delicious shortbread, scones, muffins and cookies which they sampled and then took home to their host families. Olaya, Lucia, Clara and Helena enjoyed their stay with us and said the school was very welcoming and the teachers were great. The exchange was a huge success and TSS look forward to hosting more foreign students in the future.