Message from the Headteacher 3 February 2017

3rd February 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had a really good week at Dr Thomlinson Middle School.  This week it has been Active Citizenship Week.  The week especially looked at British Values as defined by the Department of Education as: democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

On Tuesday Year 7 & 8 took part in a History workshop on the Suffragette movement. On Wednesday Say Two Theatre Company were in school.  They delivered a Theatre Workshop showing the way British rights have evolved since the Magna Carta and performed a play of Animal Farm, the George Orwell.  The school also held a Mock Election, using the Election Pack provided by the British Parliamentary Education team.  Year 7 & 8 divided into four political parties – The Tomorrow Party; The Transform Party; The Vision Party and The Progress Party and, after drawing up their manifestos, began a four day campaign.

The election was run by our Electoral Team comprising of Ewan; Jack; Joe and Jacob.  This team ensured that everyone had the opportunity to register to vote and then ran the election process.  Jack announced the results of the election as follows:

“Here is the result of the election in the constituency of Dr Thomlinson Middle School.

Of those eligible to vote five chose not to register.  Of the voting papers received, there were 4 rejected papers.

The votes received by each of the parties were as follows:

Progress Party – 9 votes

Transform Party - 109 votes

Vision Party – 20 votes

Tomorrow Party – 10 votes.

After application of the election rules I declare that the following Party is deemed to be elected as the representative party for the constituency of Dr Thomlinson Middle School – well done to the Transform Party.”

Well done to the winning party and especially to Finlay; Juliet and Freddie who together gave the speeches during the debate.  Also well done to Jack; Ewan; Jacob and Joe for all their hard work in administering the election.  All four of Electoral team won a Headteacher award.

Active Citizenship Week finished with Year 7 & 8 students helping to further develop our school pond and forest school areas.  We were prepared for cold weather and hot chocolate for everyone was served in the morning however we were blessed with a lovely day.  All the students really helped to further improve the school.


We have a number of Information evenings and Parent Forums planned for the Spring Term.  On Thursday evening we had a successful Parent Forum on Social Media.  Thanks to those parents who attended.  Attached to this email is a handout on the issues discussed.  Our next Parent Forum is on February 9th at 6pm and is looking at Homework.  It will take place in the school library.


Parent Forums

19th January 6pm Year 6 KS2 Parent Information Evening

2nd February 6pm Parent Forum on Social Media led by our local Community Safety Officer

9th February 6pm Parent Forum on Homework

1st March 2:45pm Meeting of our Anti Bullying Working Party (if you would like to join our Anti Bullying Working Party please contact the school)

9th March Parent Forum on Year 4 to Year 5 Transition

16th March 6pm Parent Forum on Spiritual; Moral; Social and Cultural Education




TOP Award Winners Week beginning 3rd February, 2017

5T Murray

5H Silas

6O Bertie

6M Emma

7L Duncan

7I Marcus

8N Jack

8S Elliott


P&Q Winner of the Week –Thomas


Well done to all of these award winners.


Movie Night

The Friends of Dr Thomlinson would like to invite its students to a Movie Night fund raiser for school on Wednesday, 8th February.  The evening begins at 3:30pm and finishes at 5:45pm.  The film is ICE AGE 5 - Collision Course (in my opinion the most superior of all the ICE AGE films) and the cost is £5.  There is a letter attached to this email.  So far only 20 people have taken up this great offer.  If anybody else wishes to attend then please return the letter by Monday, 6th February.


Dr Thomlinson SKI TRIP

Our Skiers return on Saturday, 4th February.  They will be back at the school at approximately 3pm.


Have a good weekend,