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Unfortunately, for World Book Day 2021 we were all still at home doing online learning, but that didn’t stop Tabor students taking part in a huge range of book related activities.  This year, these included:

National Book Tokens DESIGN A BOOK TOKEN competition –

https://www.worldbookday.com/competitions/design-a-national-book-token-2021/

  • The KS3 WBD Big Bonanza Quiz
  • Suggested Reading Lists for… (these can be found on our Literacy and Library website pages)
    • Gender Politics
    • Brilliant BAME
    • Dystopian Tales
    • Reluctant Readers
  • The Secondary ‘Live’ Event on Books and the Real World (on Friday 5th March): https://www.worldbookday.com/event/books-and-the-real-world/
  • Promotion of Audio Books for those who love stories but find it difficult to read. Also perfect for when you’re doing other chores or out doing your exercise. A brand new selection of brilliant FREE audiobooks were be available for World Book Day 2021:  https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/
  • Penguin Talks, in partnership with Speakers for Schools, launched in April 2020 with live talks from authors in their homes during the COVID-19 lockdown. This series of nine talks focused on issues which mattered most to young people during this time, including how to manage anxiety, challenge inequality and prepare for the future world of work: https://penguin.co.uk/company/creative-responsibility/penguin-talks.html
  • For Budding Writers – the Author Academy Videos - https://www.worldbookday.com/online-masterclasses/

National Careers Week 1st-6th March 2021

Although National Careers week fell during the last week of lockdown that did not stop Tabor from delivering some excellent session ranging from virtual experiences to ‘days in the life’ tutorials. Using google classroom posts were focussed on widening the experience and understanding of student’s potential career paths and opening up their minds to the range of opportunities available to them in the wider world.

Daily tasks and posts related to different activities for students to do from exploring career paths on Kudos (Career programme), looking at suitability to certain jobs based on questionnaires completed on Kudos online profile, wheel of strength activities and much more.

Students were exposed to the ‘billionaires’ that changed the world, Jeff Beezos (Amazon), Tesla giant Elon Musk, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates and shown the different mindset some business people have and the differing approaches to the business world.

Each day brought a different activity and group of job profiles that ranged from virtual interview resources to a talk on changing diversity in the workplace.  Job profiles regarding working with animals, in the armed forces, healthcare, science, music, the arts, English and finally the A-Z career finder to look at anything else they may be interested in pursuing.

If students want more information on Careers they can check the Careers Bulletin which is posted monthly on the careers page and website. The careers google classroom code is: opftanm.

Here students can ask any career type questions and get a response to support them in finding what inspires and excites them career wise.

We at Tabor are committed to developing well rounded students who are ready for their next steps and see career guidance as a key stepping stone in achieving a career that both suits them and motivates them to achieve their goals whilst here to ensure they have every opportunity to make the necessary steps into their future career paths.

Last week (w.c. 16/11/20) was Anti-Bullying Week, organised and coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance who are a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying.

The ABA has three main areas of work:

  1. Supporting learning and sharing best practice through membership;
  2. Raising awareness of bullying through Anti-Bullying Week and other coordinated, shared campaigns;
  3. Delivering programme work at a national and local level to help stop bullying and bring lasting change to children's lives;

They provide expertise in relation to all forms of bullying between children and young people. The Anti-Bullying Alliance was established by the NSPCC and the National Children's Bureau in 2002 and is hosted by the National Children's Bureau.

Each year, they have an Anti-Bullying Week to raise awareness of bullying and the work that they do and Tabor did lots to get involved.

This year, we kicked off Anti-Bullying Week at Tabor with Odd Socks Day on Monday 16th November.

Students donated £1 to charity and in exchange wore the brightest, silliest and oddest socks they could find! Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun! It’s an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!

Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for each year group also got involved by leading PSCHE and explaining their roles and how people can seek help and support if they or someone else need it.  There were some very thoughtful and mature discussions taking place in form rooms across the school.

And then later in the week, after we had all had a chance to reflect on the key messages of the week, we all came together to create our Tabor Academy Anti-Bullying Pledge Wall.

Every student in the school read, thought about and discussed the Tabor Academy Anti-Bullying Pledge which states that:

I believe that everybody has the right to live in a community where they feel safe, included valued and accepted, regardless of differences.

I pledge to be respectful of others and stand up against bullying whenever and wherever I see it

To show their support, students opted to sign their name alongside those in their form group, to be displayed on the pledge wall.  The jigsaw pattern was chosen to show that although we might all be different, or belong to different form groups, friendship circles, religions, cultures or communities, we are all part of the same Tabor community and are stronger when we are all united together.

This year Tabor Academy gained recognition of our Anti-Bullying Week events from the ABA and received a certificate to acknowledge our support of the work that they do.

Road crashes are one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury among children and young people. Dangerous roads also affect their ability to walk, cycle and live healthy active lifestyles. That's why it's important to raise awareness of the risks on roads, as well as reaching out to parents and the wider community so we can all stop and reflect on our driving and road awareness.

Road Safety Week, coordinated by Brake, is the UK’s biggest road safety event. This Road Safety Week they are focusing on speed, because whether you’re walking to school, riding on a country road or driving for work, the speed of traffic matters to your safety. With someone injured on a UK road every four minutes, and vehicle speed playing a part in every crash, it’s time to come together to say that there is NO NEED TO SPEED.

Click here to read the ‘Road Safety Week’ fact sheet aimed at 11-18 year olds or find out more info at https://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/

The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2020 is: United Against Bullying.

Anti-Bullying Week will happen from Monday 16th - Friday 20th November and will start with Odd Socks Day to mark the first day of Anti-Bullying Week.

During the week, Tabor students from all year groups will be creating an ‘Anti-Bullying Pledge Wall’ where we will all sign to pledge to be respectful to everyone, regardless of differences, and to stand up to bullying wherever, and whenever we see it.  Photos to follow in the next Newsletter.

Suggested Reading List

Anti Bullying Week & World Kindness Day Suggested Reading List - KS3 and KS4

From Monday 16th – Friday 20th November we will be taking part in awareness activities for Anti-Bullying Week 2020.

On Monday, we are asking all Tabor students to get involved in Odd Socks Day by wearing the brightest, silliest, oddest socks they have!

We are asking students to make a donation of £1 which will go to the Anti-Bullying Alliance to help fund all of the supportive work they do.

You can find out more information here: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organisations.

World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of like-minded kindness organisations from around the world.

There are currently over 28 nations involved in The World Kindness Movement which is not affiliated with any religion or political movement. The mission of the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day is to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness.

We will be taking part in World Kindness Day by making each other smile with messages of kindness, displayed on our fantastic new ‘Acceptance and Kindness’ wall.

I look forward to sharing the pictures with you in the next Newsletter.

Suggested Reading List

Anti Bullying Week & World Kindness Day Suggested Reading List - KS3 and KS4

Talk Money Week is an annual campaign to get the nation talking about money. Talk Money Week 2020 will take place on 9-13 November.

Each November, the Money and Pensions Service encourage the UK to talk about managing money – from pocket money right through to pensions.

The week provides a platform to have a conversation about money between families and friends, at work or at school or any other walk of life. The goal is to turn talking about money from one of the UK’s least favourite topics into something commonplace.

Why talk money?

Talking openly about money is vitally important for our health, wealth and relationships. The effect of Covid-19 has made it more important than ever to start conversations about money.

Research shows that people who talk about money:

  • make better and less risky financial decisions
  • have stronger personal relationships
  • help their children form good lifetime money habits
  • feel less stressed or anxious and more in control

Building money conversations into our everyday lives also helps us build financial confidence and resilience to face whatever the future throws at us.

If we’re not prepared, we can struggle to cope when an income shock happens or a life event changes everything.

Guides to help start the conversation

There is great advice about how to talk to teenagers specifically about money.  Its never to early (or late) to start the conversation.

Check out this link for great tips and advice: https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/how-to-help-teenagers-manage-their-money

Each day this week, we are continuing to celebrate National Poetry Day by enjoying a poem a day together, linking to the theme of Vision.  Staff and students will enjoy taking a few minutes to read and listen to the poem of the day together.

Monday Blackberries

by Margaret Atwood

https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poem/blackberries/
Tuesday Ode: Intimations of Immortality

by William Wordsworth

https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poem/ode-intimations-of-immortality/
Wednesday See through my eyes

by Karl Nova

https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poem/see-through-my-eyes/
Thursday Returning, We Hear the Larks

by Isaac Rosenberg

https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poem/returning-we-hear-the-larks/
Friday Vision Rap

by James Carter

https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poem/vision-rap/

 

On Friday 16th October, we will be raising awareness of resuscitation and, through the Red Cross, learning how to help someone who is non-responsive and not breathing.

Visit https://firstaidchampions.redcross.org.uk/secondary/ to explore up to 17 different first aid skills with films, activities and quizzes.  You can learn first aid in simple steps, with a key action to take so you can easily remember what to do when someone needs help. There are also links to First Aid courses – a fantastic qualification for our older students to obtain!