25th September 2022

Progress Opportunity Individuality

Welcome

Students have been embracing a wide range of opportunities offered to them this week. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Year 11 revision evening this week and congratulations to all students who took part in the House Cross County and Geography field trips.

Year 11 and 13 trial examinations will commence on 21st November. Please remind your daughters and sons to ensure they put in place revision plans to support them in making excellent progress over the coming weeks. Examples of plans can be found at GCSEpod. We have purchased a subscription to this superb package for every student in the school regardless of year group. Their “swift” logins, coupled with “frequent” practice, will lead to “tangible” progress. (See English update for further details regarding our words of the week) https://www.gcsepod.com/

We are looking forward to meeting Year 8 students to our open evening on Wednesday which starts at 6.00pm. If you have friends outside our catchment who would like to see what is on offer at our school, please let them know that they very welcome to join us for the evening. The following week we look forward to seeing Year 11 students at our sixth form open evening.

Talaxy Update

Notice to all parents – Talaxy Logins. (Our Homework portal)

We are pleased to announce that all pupil and parent Talaxy logins are now available.

In order for your account to become live, you will need to associate it against your School registered email address. Please visit the school website http://www.thomasalleynes.uk/ and navigate to the page called ‘Talaxy Login Details (Parents)’ which can be found in the ‘Parents’ section of the website or click on this link http://www.thomasalleynes.uk/page/?title=Parents&pid=9

If you are experiencing any issues with registering on Talaxy please email ‘talaxy@tahs.org.uk‘. 

After school revision/support sessions for Year 11

Extra-Curricular

Art Competitions available for all to enter – deadline for all entries 30th November.

Music updates

Please see the music noticeboard for instrumental and vocal lessons times.

Music Extra-Curricular Clubs

Tuesday lunch Year 9 Band 

Thursday lunch Choir 

Friday lunch Senior Band 

Opportunities in Sport

House Handball

Thomas Alleyne’s House Handball competition is on Wednesday 28th September during Open evening.  Year 9 is 6pm- 7.30pm. Year 10 and 11 7pm-8.30pm

This is a mixed team competition so is open to boys and girls and houses can enter more than 1 team. See Mr Barrow on Monday if you would like to play.

Swimming Club

Swimming club will be starting after school on Monday 3:15-4pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy time in our wonderful swimming pool. Hope to see you there.

Football

Boys Football

We are now up to 96 boys for football training!  This has included an amazing 54 from year 9! First games are Tuesday after school away v Repton.

Girls Football

We had a good turnout for our first girls football club this Thursday. Well done to all of the girls who attended. Girl’s football will be on Wednesday 28th September with Miss Arrowsmith and she is looking forward to seeing you all there in preparation of our up-and-coming Football fixtures.

Message from Burton Albion Community Trust

My name is Harry Clamp, and I am the Youth Engagement Coordinator at Burton Albion Community Trust.

We have recently started up a free multisport and activities youth club at Uttoxeter Heath Community Centre on a Wednesday evening, 4pm – 5pm for children aged 8 – 18. Please see information below with all the details regarding the session

House Cross Country

On Tuesday we had a fantastic turnout for house cross country. The results are:

Year 9 girls – 1st Susannah N, 2nd Isle H, 2nd Ramily G

Torrance 1st, Elkes 2nd, Orme 3rd, Whitmore 4th

Year 9 boys  – 1st Jack S, 2nd Harry O, 3rd Leo G

Elkes 1st, Orme 2nd, Torrance 3rd, Whitmore 4th

Senior Girls – 1st Martha B, 2nd Georgie S, 3rd Elizabeth W, 

Torrance 1st, Whitmore 2nd, Elkes 3rd, Orme 4th

Senior Boys – 1st Rhys M, 2nd Ben P, 3rd Joel M

Elkes 1st, Whitmore 2nd, Torrance 3rd, Orme 4th

Well done from the PE department to all students that took part in house cross country

Winners 2022

Netball

Tuesday – U15 & U16 netball festival at Deferrers (A)

Wednesday U19 netball Vs Newcastle under Lyme (A)

Thursday Year 9 netball club

Fitness Club

Fitness club will be every Friday 3:05-4pm with Mr Scott in the new pavilion Gym. Please see Mr Scott for more details.

Mental Health

Mrs Brooks will be running a club to promote positive Mental Health and well-being . This will run from 3.15 -4.15 in Room A11. See you Wednesday.

Interested in becoming a MENTAL HEALTH AMBASSADOR?

Join us on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS in A11 3:15-4:15pm

The WHAM Plan is delivered by young people and anyone who has completed the full course is able to deliver the sessions to others, such as in a school or youth organisation.

There are a variety of different topics that we cover, including:

  • What is emotional wellbeing?
  • The food-mood connection
  • Positive activities for wellbeing
  • Healthy relationships
  • Helping others
  • Planning ahead for troubled times
  • Mindfulness in nature

Department News

English

We’re getting very excited about the impending trip to see An Inspector Calls. Students who have already reserved a place, or who are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, have been issued consent forms this week. Mr Hulme has asked that these are returned asap, in order that places can be confirmed. If you have been allocated a place, and no longer wish to take up this opportunity, please let us know asap as there are quite a few students on a waiting list hoping a place becomes available.

Bedrock: Vanquishing villanous vocabulary!

English teachers are reporting some superb commitment from Y9 to their vocabulary homework this week, as all classes begin their Bedrock journeys. Their “swift” logins, coupled with “frequent” practice, is leading to “tangible” progress. No longer are we “apprehensive” as we “endeavour” to develop our vocabulary. Students have been set the challenge of using these words in their wider curriculum lessons… and at home. As a reminder, students are expected to earn 20 points each week: equivalent to 2×15 minute sessions. Find out more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW-uRnVWyZk

Set texts / Revision Guides

Y10 – students should have their own copies of Romeo and Juliet: we have some more back in stock if required.  

Y11 – students should have their own copies of A Christmas Carol. 

New and exciting revision guides for Romeo and Juliet are also available for Years 10 and 11. These do NOT contain the text, but do contain useful practice questions, close focuses on themes and key quotations, and helpful summaries. 

All texts are available on ParentPay.

Year 10 Reading Group

Last year’s Carnegie Shadowing Group have evolved into the Year 10 Reading Group. The students have chosen to read  “The Honeys” by Ryan La Sala: described as “a twisted and tantalizing horror novel set amidst the bucolic splendour of a secluded summer retreat,” we can’t wait to get stuck in! If you want to join us – and are in Y10 – we meet on a Tuesday lunchtime in A15.

Staff and Sixth Form Reading Club

Mrs Bowler is pleased to announce the launch of the Staff and Sixth Form Reading Club. Open to all staff and all Sixth Form students, they will meet once per half term in the library. If you’re interested, see Mrs Bowler.

Work of the Week

This week’s work comes from 9HS. Tasked with writing a poem inspired by the trench letters of Wilfred Owen, one student certainly rose to the challenge. We found the star imagery particularly effective: well done!

Social & Health Studies

Students in year 11 are making strong progress in their coursework components.  Child Development students are planning theme days for children in a nursery and Health & Social Care students are looking at the care values and developing their own skills using the care values.  Students who have made great progress in their Health & Social Care work are Aimee Sharp and Carly Dowling – well done!

Geography

Geography field work

Cannock Chase river studies and urban change on Stafford High street.

We were delighted to take all of our year 11 geographers to Cannock Chase and Stafford this week. Students worked to collect data on river characteristics and urban change. It was great to be back learning outdoors, developing practical skills and knowledge. The year 11 assessments next week will test students understanding of the fieldwork. Well done to all of our students who really embraced this opportunity. 

BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness

All Year 11 Need to be completing coursework on Technology in Sport. All details are on Teams

School Lottery

Thomas Alleyne’s PTA is a successful and friendly group of parents and staff. We help at school events by serving refreshments and using the proceeds of these events to donate money to departments across the school. This year we have donated to the Art, Music, PE and provided calculators to ensure all students have the access to equipment needed for exams. We have thoroughly enjoyed helping at the performance of Grease,  the Summer Concert and Junior Prize Giving. We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that our AGM is on Monday 26th September at 7.00pm at Thomas Alleyne’s.  We would like to recruit parents of students in Years 9-13 to come along and support the school. If you can’t attend the AGM but think that you could help at one or more of the events that the school hold throughout the year then please email Mrs Young at younge@tahs.net

Head of House updates

Whitmore – Miss Jones

This week’s assemblies have been focusing on the Thomas Character values and the delivery of these in form periods on a Wednesday and Friday. Tenacity was also discussed, we saw plenty of examples of this in the House Cross Country this week. There were many students who turned up and found it difficult but gave their best efforts to finish high in the placings. Well done to all involved!

Elkes – Mrs Brooks

I would like to say an enormous well done to all pupils who participated in House cross country this week. We’ve had excellent results in all categories and the effort from Elkes students was exemplary. House competitions are a fantastic way to build resilience, confidence and to try new experiences.

 I’m also delighted that so many pupils have signed up to extra-curricular clubs. For those yet to join, ensure you look at the range of opportunities  available in the extra curricular section. Extra curricular clubs build social bonds, encourage positive relationships and can foster good mental health. 

Torrance – Miss Arrowsmith

It was pleasing to see so many of our students taking part in the first house competition this year (cross country). I would like to say well done to anyone who took part. Regardless of your overall finishing position or time you secured points for your house. I have also been impressed with the amount of students taking part in extra curricular activities during lunch time and afterschool across many subjects. Lets continue making the most of all of the opportunities on offer.

Orme – Mr Brassington

Congratulations and thanks to all the students (especially Orme) who took part in house cross country this week. I spoke at our first assembly this academic year about the importance of taking part and it was wonderful to see so many of our students getting involved. Well done to Orme year 9 boys for a respectable second place finish. 

My message to Orme students this week is a plea, a call to arms if you will. The current house competition standings have us trailing behind. Students of Orme, we few, we happy few, we band of green tie wearing brothers. We need to rally and improve our position. Mrs Brooks is already incredibly smug at the early lead from Elkes and the handball competition this Wednesday is the perfect opportunity to reduce that lead. Getting involved is key to success and it is the memories that you make in the extra curricular activities that will be looked on most fondly in years to come. I look forward to hearing about our resounding success in this house competition and the subsequent points boost.  

Sixth Form updates

Year 12 Work Experience week – Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December

All Year 12 students are to undertake a week’s work experience. You need to be actively looking for a placement. You will need to register your placement via your Unifrog account. Mrs Young will be going into more detail regarding this during a Year 12 assembly. If you are having trouble accessing your Unifrog account please contact Mrs Walton on walton@tahs.net

Sixth Form Volunteers needed

If you are interested in supporting the school and would like to volunteer during the following upcoming Open Evenings please see Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office.

Year 8 Open Evening – Wednesday 28th September 2022

Post 16 Open Evening – Thursday 6th October 2022

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2022-2023 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Sixth Form Code of Conduct

Reminder for students from both Year 12 and Year 13 to return their signed codes of conduct to their form tutor as soon as possible.  Spare forms can be collected from the Sixth Form Office. Thank you to those who have already returned them.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 26th September 2022

Year 12

Thomas Character:  Ambition, Self-Fulfilled

Monday:  

Work experience planning. Watch the Unifrog guide. Staff help students gather ideas and discuss how to contact people. Students can draw up letters and CVs as part of their 6th form 7 or study periods. Hand out the work experience journal to help make this reflective and productive. A guide to placements / work experience : Unifrog Blog


Thursday:

Students should make a list of their transferable skills eg when they have showed team work, resilience, problem solving etc. They should use the Unifrog competencies page to log these. Then they can add these to their work experience request letter.

Year 13

Thomas Character:  Ambition and Tenacity

Monday:  

Interview skills: preparing you for the future – an employer might ask ‘why you?’ Students discuss ‘What animal are you?’ and other questions from the James Reed employment agency.


Wednesday:

Revision time: students should organise their notes from the first month of learning. Show them the Cornell notes video and challenge them to condense each module they have learned into one sheet of Cornell notes (2 minute video link below).

Using Cornell Notes

Thursday:

Future intentions fantastic four choices to either: Improve personal statements, plan open day visits, develop a CV or use Unifrog to do some apprenticeship research on their live database.

Future intentions Careers

Not Going To Uni?  How Can Parents Help?

For our students who are not planning to go to university, and to help their families support them, please visit the Amazing Apprenticeships website.  There is a host of information available there including podcasts aimed at parents. 

Episode 1 is available here to help families understand what different options are available:  https://amazingapprenticeships.com/the-parent-perspective-podcast/

Students will receive lots of information on both apprenticeships and university via their form tutor throughout Y12 and Y13.

Another good resource is the ‘not going to uni’ website which includes blogs, case studies and live apprenticeship opportunities:  https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/

Please contact the Sixth form team for any further information: sixthform@burrow11

We’re delighted to let you know that our 2023 School and College Leaver opportunities are now open and we have many routes through which you can join us.

If you have students looking for opportunities to join us straight from school or college, our full-time School and College Leaver programmes are designed to help them develop their business skills through real client work, while also completing formal training and studying towards qualifications. Explore these opportunities here.

Perhaps your students are looking for an opportunity where they can gain a degree and a career. Our Flying Start degree programmes offer the opportunity to start a career and go to university. You can find out more about these here.

Find out more about our upcoming events including our Virtual Classroom series and register here.

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TERM DATES  ACADEMIC YEAR 2022 – 2023

Inset day: Friday 21st October

Holiday: Monday 24 October – Friday 28 October

Term ends: Friday 16 December

Holiday: Monday 19 December – Monday 2 January

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Inset day: Tuesday 3 January

Inset day: Wednesday 4 January

Term starts: Thursday 5 January

Holiday: Monday 20 February – Friday 24 February

Term ends: Friday 31 March 

Holiday: Monday 3 April – Friday 14 April

Easter Sunday: Sunday 9 April

Summer Term 2023

Inset day: Monday 17th April

Term starts: Tuesday 18 April

May Day: Monday 1 May

Holiday: Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June

Term ends: Tuesday 25 July

Holiday: Wednesday 26 July – Friday 1 September

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18th September 2022

Welcome

Having now completed our first full week, we wanted to share with both parents and students how incredibly impressed and proud we have been for the way in which students have conducted themselves. 

At the end of the last academic year, we reminded students of our key values.

We aim to support students to be:

Tenacious

Health and Happy

One community

Mindful

Ambitious

Self fulfilled 

Over the last week, we have seen many examples of all these values but in this newsletter we wanted to focus on one particular value, that of ‘One Community’. 

During the week, we delivered assemblies to students to pay tribute and mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Some of our staff and students have found this a difficult time. We asked the students to come together, support each other and most importantly be kind to staff and their peers.

The students were incredibly respectful. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Thomas Alleyne’s community for being a community that looks after each other. 

Talaxy Update

Notice to all parents – Talaxy Logins. (Our Homework portal)

We are pleased to announce that all pupil and parent Talaxy logins are now available.

However, in order for your account to become live, you will need to associate it against your School registered email address. In order to do this please visit the School website (Thomasalleynes.uk) and navigate to the page called ‘Talaxy Login Details (Parents)’ which can be found in the ‘Parents’ section of the website. 

If you are experiencing any issues with registering on Talaxy…. please email ‘talaxy@tahs.org.uk‘ and we will endeavour to answer your queries as soon as we can. 

Extra-Curricular

Music updates

Please see Mrs Todd if you would like to have tuition in school for instrumental or vocal lessons. If you have already seen me then please check the notice board carefully for your lesson time next week. Lesson times will also be put on SIMS for the next few weeks so please ask your form tutor for the time during registration.


Monday drum lessons
Tuesday guitar lessons
Wednesday Mr Omer voice and violin
Thursday Voice, piano and woodwind
Friday Brass

Music Extra-Curricular Clubs

Extra curricular groups have all started and all are welcome. Please see Mrs Todd in K8 if you have any questions.
Tuesday lunch Year 9 Band
Thursday lunch Choir
Friday lunch Senior Band

French GCSE Revision

French GCSE revision Wednesday 3.05 to 4.05 room A5. All welcome. .

Opportunities in Sport

Football

Boys Football

On Thursday, we had an amazing turnout of 84 boys!  Preparations for first fixtures are going well. All welcome next Thursday

Girls Football

Thursday 22nd September – Girls’ football club 3:05- 4:15. You will need football boots and shin pads.

Message from Burton Albion Community Trust

My name is Harry Clamp, and I am the Youth Engagement Coordinator at Burton Albion Community Trust.

We have recently started up a free multisport and activities youth club at Uttoxeter Heath Community Centre on a Wednesday evening, 4pm – 5pm for children aged 8 – 18. Please see information below with all the details regarding the session

House Cross Country

Tuesday P3 for all students.This is an open race in which anyone can represent their house.

Netball

This week, we had a fantastic turn out with over 60 students taking part in Netball club afterschool.

Fitness Club

Fitness club will be every Friday 3:05-4pm with Mr Scott in the new pavilion Gym. Please see Mr Scott for more details.

Mental Health

Starting on Wednesday 21st September Mrs Brooks will be running a club to promote positive Mental Health and well-being . This will run from 3.15 -4.15 in Room A11.

Interested in becoming a MENTAL HEALTH AMBASSADOR?

Join us on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS in A11 3:15-4:15pm

The WHAM Plan is delivered by young people and anyone who has completed the full course is able to deliver the sessions to others, such as in a school or youth organisation.

There are a variety of different topics that we cover, including:

  • What is emotional wellbeing?
  • The food-mood connection
  • Positive activities for wellbeing
  • Healthy relationships
  • Helping others
  • Planning ahead for troubled times
  • Mindfulness in nature

Department News

Our core revision evening will take place on Thursday 22nd September at 6pm. This session will give an overview of key revision skills and content for the core subjects of English, maths and science. We would encourage all parents of year 11 students to attend.

English

There was a real book buzz developing in the English department last week as we introduced a programme designed to inspire a love of reading to Year 9.  Prepare yourselves for some exciting news. More information to follow very soon. 

Set Texts

A range of set texts for Year 10 and 11 are available to buy on Parent Pay which can then be collected from Room 21.

Copies of An Inspector Calls are available for Y10 parents to buy ahead of study in January.

Copies of A Christmas Carol are available for Y11 parents to buy for study this term.

Romeo & Juliet texts are currently sold out but will be available to purchase again soon.

Revision

Please use GCSE Pod to revise English Language and Literature skills.  Please ask your teachers or form tutors if you have forgotten your log in details.  This screenshot shows the different ways that the platform can help you revise for GCSE Language:

School Farm

We have some new arrivals on the school farm .

Geography

Geography field trip reminder for year 11. 

Next week, year 11 Geographers will be visiting Cannock Chase and Stafford to collect their primary field data. Students have been issued with letters and should have paid via parent pay. All permission slips should be returned to their class teacher. Students need to wear suitable clothing and footwear and they should bring a packed lunch. 

Tuesday 20th 11C1 and 11D

Wednesday 21st 11C2 and 11B 

Thursday 22nd 11A and selected students from 11D.

If students or parents have any queries please contact Mr Harris or Mrs Goodwin. 

Student News

Performing Arts News 

Kathryn W who played Frenchy in our school Production of Grease earlier in the year, won a highly competitive place at the National Youth Theatre summer school. Here she writes about what that amazing opportunity was like.

Over summer , I took part in the junior intake course with the National Youth theatre (NYT). For two weeks, we stayed in the halls of the university of Northampton and each day we played many different drama games/exercises to work on skills , such as: improvisation, clowning ,writing and physical theatre. At NYT there is a definite emphasis on ‘the ensemble’, which means working together -collectively and collaboratively . This was essential in creating our devised piece (based on the theme of ‘Here and Now’).Our piece featured spoken word , music , movement , poetry and was just a celebration of all the numerous things we had learnt on the course! On the last day ,we performed our work to the audience made up of parents , loved ones and our proud course directors.


Overall, this was one of the best experiences of my life and I’d encourage anyone who enjoys drama/theatre/film/music to check on their website -there are so many opportunities for everyone!

Other updates from performing arts.

Congratulations to Ella R who not only achieved a fantastic drama GCSE but has now also been awarded a Distinction for her LAMDA exam. 

House Drama and Dance rehearsals went off to an amazing start this week with our houses represented by over 40 students. We still have space for more performers, so come along and join the fun next Wednesday , 3.10-4.15pm.

School Lottery

Thomas Alleyne’s PTA is a successful and friendly group of parents and staff. We help at school events by serving refreshments and using the proceeds of these events to donate money to departments across the school. This year we have donated to the Art, Music, PE and provided calculators to ensure all students have the access to equipment needed for exams. We have thoroughly enjoyed helping at the performance of Grease,  the Summer Concert and Junior Prize Giving. We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that our AGM is on Monday 26th September at 7.00pm at Thomas Alleyne’s.  We would like to recruit parents of students in Years 9-13 to come along and support the school. If you can’t attend the AGM but think that you could help at one or more of the events that the school hold throughout the year then please email Mrs Young at younge@tahs.net

Head of House updates

Whitmore – Miss Jones

Students in Whitmore have made a great impression during the first two weeks of the term. They all looked fantastic in their uniform as they entered the theatre for assembly on Thursday. This week’s assembly was highlighting physical education and opportunities. The first House competition takes place on Tuesday period 3, we hope many of students take the opportunity to represent our House.

Elkes – Mrs Brooks

Students in Elkes have settled in really well. I would like them to make the most of all opportunities on offer both in school time and afterschool. I will be starting a mental health and wellbeing club running on Wednesdays afterschool in room A11 – everyone is welcome!

Torrance – Miss Arrowsmith

I have been impressed with how well students have settled into the new academic year. Students look smart and ready to learn which is pleasing to see. I would like to encourage all students to make the most of the opportunities on offer afterschool to further their learning outside of the classroom. As House Cup winners, I am looking forward to seeing as many Torrance students taking part in the House cross country P3 on Tuesday. This will be your first opportunity to get house points for Torrance. Lets start as we mean to go on and get to the top of the leader board!

Well done to any students who have achieved credits this week – Keep up the good work!

Orme – Mr Brassington

As a member pastoral team at Thomas Alleyne’s part of my role is to support student’s and their families in attending school  each and every day.

Days off school soon add up and missing lessons makes it hard to catch up, resulting in students having to work harder when they come back and missing vital information that will prevent their progress. Being absent for just 3 days each half term will mean you miss 10% of the school year.

We often think of attendance in percentage points but I think it is vital to recognize how those points translate into hours, lessons and often weeks of missed learning.  If you end the year on 90% attendance that means a student has missed roughly 74 lessons, that’s 93 hours, or almost 4 weeks of lost education.

Here at Thomas Alleyne’s we are always eager to support you with any questions/requests about attendance. If you have any such queries please contact myself (Brassington@tahs.net) or Mrs Major (Major@tahs.net).

Sixth Form updates

Social & Health Studies – Year 12

Students starting their Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care have made a great start already achieving a certificate in British Sign Language, Abi, Calum and Salwa have completed all parts of the online course learning about how to communicate using BSL. Their Health & Social Care course prepares people to work in health care, social care, early years and primary teaching amongst other careers and having this additional skill could really help them in the future – well done!

sign-language-course

Dates for diary
Year 12 Work Experience week – Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December
You will be finding out more about work experience requirements soon during registration as part
of your Tutor Activity Programme.

Sixth Form Volunteers needed
If you are interested in supporting the school and would like to volunteer during the following upcoming Open Evenings please see Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office.
Year 8 Open Evening – Wednesday 28th September 2022
Post 16 Open Evening – Thursday 6th October 2022

Sixth Form Finance:
The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2022-2023 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education. For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up
to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.
More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Sixth Form Code of Conduct
Reminder for students from both Year 12 and Year 13 to return their signed codes of conduct to their form tutor as soon as possible. Spare forms can be collected from the Sixth Form Office.
Thank you to those who have already returned them.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 19th September 2022

Year 12

Tuesday
Watch the clip to reinforce that students need to log work experience on Unifrog so that Mrs Walton can communicate to organise paperwork – students will not be able to go on work experience unless it is logged on unifrog.  They should add details asap.  Mrs Walton also needs time to check health and safety policies for each placement.
https://www.unifrog.org/student/placement
Wednesday
Vision activity – setting goals for Year 12
Thursday 
Write a work experience letter


Year 13
Wednesday
Manage brain performance by watching the ‘net 6th form chimp paradox’ powerpoint about getting the most out of 6th form and not repeating Y12 mistakes.
Thursday
Improve personal statements. Plan open day visits. Or CV/apprenticeship research.

Future intentions Careers

Virtual Work Experience.

Virtual work experience only became available following the pandemic and since then has been fantastic for students giving them the opportunity to discover what specific jobs entail, gain valuable skills and meet employers.
There are a wide range of Virtual Work Experience opportunities available on the links below:

Virtual Work Experience Search (springpod.com) – includes a range of talks and programmes in the week we break up from school

Work Experience | Speakers for Schools

Free Virtual Work Experience Programs from Top Companies – Forage (theforage.com)

Once you have completed a piece of work experience don’t forget to add it to your unifrog page for future reference.

NHS opportunity

NHS Virtual Work Experience Programme

Commencing on Sunday 2nd October. 

Students can register using the link below:

Once they’ve registered, students will be emailed links to their virtual work experience portals.

This programme is suitable for students in years 10, 11, 12, and 13 who are interested in the following careers:

Nursing

Midwifery

Paramedicine

Physiotherapy

Occupational Therapy

Dietetics

Radiography

Prosthetics and Orthotics

Speech and Language Therapy

Pharmacy

During the work experience day, students will follow 2 patients from their initial presentation to recovery. They will gain a unique insight into how patients interact with a variety of healthcare professionals and what it’s like to work in an NHS multidisciplinary team.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with healthcare professionals throughout each day. This will empower students to make an informed career decision and demonstrate their commitment to healthcare in their UCAS applications.

Students will receive certificates as evidence of having participated in the work experience programme. Those that complete the full 5-month programme will also be awarded Highly Commended References.

Students can register individually at any time throughout the 5-month programme using the link below. We recommend booking early to gain as much out of this programme as possible. Places are £10 a session to cover administrative and technological costs.

Thank you for helping to inspire our next generation of healthcare professionals.

Kindest Regards,

Work Experience Team
Allied Healthcare Mentor

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Allied Healthcare Mentor Helpline: 01530 417299 (Open 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday)

TERM DATES  ACADEMIC YEAR 2022 – 2023

Inset day: Friday 21st October

Holiday: Monday 24 October – Friday 28 October

Term ends: Friday 16 December

Holiday: Monday 19 December – Monday 2 January

Spring Term 2023

Inset day: Tuesday 3 January

Inset day: Wednesday 4 January

Term starts: Thursday 5 January

Holiday: Monday 20 February – Friday 24 February

Term ends: Friday 31 March 

Holiday: Monday 3 April – Friday 14 April

Easter Sunday: Sunday 9 April

Summer Term 2023

Inset day: Monday 17th April

Term starts: Tuesday 18 April

May Day: Monday 1 May

Holiday: Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June

Term ends: Tuesday 25 July

Holiday: Wednesday 26 July – Friday 1 September

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September 11th 2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Our thoughts this week are with the Royal Family after the announcement that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96. We will be remembering and celebrating her legacy. A period of National Mourning has started and will continue until the end of the State funeral. The official date of the State funeral is 19 September 2022. This day will be a bank holiday and therefore school will close on 19th September as a mark of respect.

Welcome

Welcome back to all students and families, we hope that you have all had a lovely Summer. Year 9 made an outstanding start to school finding their way round quickly and demonstrating excellent conduct. Thank you helping them prepare for their transition to High School. Years 11 and 13 are now approaching their GCSE, BTEC and A Level examinations. Please encourage your daughters and sons to ask for help where they need it and to attend all additional classes where they are able to. We are very grateful for the way in which students have responded to the change in the rules regarding mobile phone use on site and are already seeing the benefits of this change.

Extra-Curricular

During our assemblies in the first week, we have been encouraging students to take up opportunities to get as involved in the life of the school as possible. Extra-curricular events allow students to learn new skills, have fun and make friendships. Below are a number of events that have been advertised to our students please encourage your daughters and sons to sign up.

Extra-Curricular Performing Arts 

Calling all actors, dancers and stage crew!

Thomas Alleyne’s Performing Arts Club will be running every Wednesday in Ede Studio 3.10-4.15pm.

The club is open to all year groups, and we need a whole range of skills be that acting, improv, choreography, musical theatre, and theatre design. It is a great opportunity to build your confidence whilst meeting new people and having fun.

House Drama Competition – ‘A Play in a Day’

We are looking forward to the return of our House Drama Competition which will be held on Tuesday 18th October.

Represent your house to create original drama work and choreography in this day long competition. This is an excellent opportunity, to show your creativity, leadership skills and talent. Backstage and technical team are also required.

If you wish to register your interest in taking part in House Drama, please attend a short lunchtime meeting on Wednesday 14th September with Mrs Mood in room K9 at 1.15pm.

Music updates

Tuition

Music tuition will start week commencing 12th September for instrumental and vocal lessons. Tuition is delivered in lesson time by a specialist music team from Entrust. Lessons are available in voice, piano, guitar, drums, all woodwind, brass and string instruments.

Please see Mrs. Todd as soon as possible to arrange a free taster session and to confirm continuation of your place from last year. For any students who receive free school meals funding is available to support you will the associated costs. We are keen to have as many students involved as possible. If you have never played an instrument before it is not too late to start now!

Music Extra-Curricular Clubs

Music Extra Curricular Groups begin next week. All pupils are welcome. Rehearsals next week will take place at lunch time in room K8 (music room 67). Please bring your lunch with you at 1.10 so a prompt start can be made. Please see Mrs Todd as soon as possible if you have any questions.

Tuesday 13th September    Year 9 Band K8 1.10

This groups welcomes all Year 9 pupils. No audition is required.

Thursday 15th September   Choir K8 1.10

All pupils are welcome from Year 9 to Year 13. Staff are welcome too.

Friday 16th September          Senior band K8 1.10

This groups welcomes musicians from Year 10,11,12,13. Staff musicians are most welcome.

Opportunities in Sport

Football

Great start to the year with 78 boys at football training on Thursday. All welcome next Thursday 3.05-4.15

House Cross Country

On Tuesday 20th September House cross country will take place. This is an open race for boys and girls of all years and is a great opportunity to represent your house 

Netball

Last year, the Netball teams were incredibly successful competing at school and county level. If you would like to be involved, please join the meetings below.

Wednesday 14th September Year 9 3.05pm

Don’t miss this first meeting Year 9 we will meet in the Sports Hall straight after school. If you get a bus please see Mrs Jones to sign up.

Thursday 15th September Year 10 and above 3.05pm

You don’t have to have played last year to get involved in Year 10. All interested students please join us in the Sports Hall to sign up for this year.

Latin Club

Friday 16th September 3.15pm

Latin club will be happening in A6 on Friday after school (3:15 until 4:15). Everyone is welcome.

For more information, please feel free to contact Miss Cann (cann@tahs.net)

Allies club

Tuesday 13th September 3.05pm

Allies club is an important part of our school. It is a club which celebrates our diverse community, provides a safe space for students to come and be themselves and discuss the issues which affect them, and a place that offers support.

If inclusivity and diversity are important to you and you would like to come along and find out about being an ally, please come to A6 after school on a Tuesday. For more information, please speak to Miss Cann or Miss Atwood.

The School Paper

Friday 16th September

Calling all students interested in journalism or marketing. The first edition of the school’s new paper is already underway and we would love anyone who is keen to be involved to come along to our editorial meeting on Fridays at lunch-time in A6. Feel free to bring your lunch along.

Student news from Charlotte and Grace

From the 27th of June to the 8th of July we took part in the GoSTEM work experience course. This was supported by international technology company 3M, around which the course was based. Though this course is aimed at current A-level students, everyone was given the same 3 projects to work on, all named after 3M sites in the UK.Firstly, for our Aycliffe project, we had to design a disposable respirator, similar to the one used throughout hospitals and work environments during the COVID-19 pandemic. We centred our design around ergonomics and made our respirator both as adjustable and recyclable as possible.

Secondly was the Skelmersdale project. We had to complete an LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) of an SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus). This involves analysing the environmental impact of a product from its raw materials, production and its eventual disposal.

Our last project was focused on the Atherstone site, for which we were asked to produce environmentally-sound lighting solutions. We found many possible solutions, but our main suggestion was to use the kinetic energy generated when cars travelled over pressure plates in the car parks and when people walked over pressure plates in busy areas to power LED desk/working area-specific lighting.

At the end of the 2 weeks, we had our graduation ceremony online: we received 3 awards. 2 were for our “highly commendable” work on the Aycliffe and Atherstone projects, and another for being consistent and committed students throughout the course. For this last award, GoSTEM and 3M send us some prizes including 3M Post-It notes, 3M Powerbanks and a BBC micro:bit with an Inventor’s Kit for use in all sorts of coding and robotics projects.

We have decided to donate the micro:bit and the Inventor’s Kit to the TAHS Computer Science and ICT department to spread the benefit of our work.

Department News

English

Y9 – Bedrock Learning
We’re introducing our new vocabulary programme to Y9 students at the moment: Bedrock Learning. This is a personalised learning platform which supports the building of vocabulary and our ambitions to help our students in their quests to become “more critical readers” and “more precise, purposeful and powerful writers.” Crucially for Y9, this forms part of their homework expectations each week. Parents and carers: once your student has received their login details, please support them in regularly accessing this really helpful resource. We expect students to complete 2 “lessons” (each of approx 15 minutes) each week.

Students: remember, there are prizes for students who engage highly and/or make the most progress, so there are lots of incentives to log on regularly (aside from your obvious desire to improve your vocabulary).

Work of the week:

We set some interesting projects over the Summer: here is Laura’s (Y11) revision work on Eva Smith from An Inspector Calls – combining visually stunning artwork with really useful facts and a helpful timeline of events:

Our Sixth Form students have also been sharing their amazing bridging work this week. Here’s Alfie’s work showcasing the texts he’s read over Summer. It’s both beautifully presented but also thorough and well argued: a really impressive start to their A Levels.


English Revision sessions:
We’re finalising the revision timetable for this term in the next week or so, and would appreciate student input. So please let us know if there is anything in particular you/your student would like to cover ahead of the November trial exams.

Sixth Form updates

Sixth Form Volunteers needed
If you are interested in supporting the school and would like to volunteer during the following upcoming Open Evenings please see Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office.

Year 8 Open Evening – Wednesday 28th September 2022
Post 16 Open Evening – Thursday 6th October 2022

Extra Curricular Opportunities
Lions Young Leaders In Service Award:  gain recognition with an international award for 25, 50 or 100 hours a year for any community service eg sports coaching, Scouts/Guides, helping at home or for neighbours on a regular basis (must be unpaid), taking volunteers around school, helping with school productions etc.  See Mrs Bell for a log sheet.

Sixth Form Finance:
The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy. For the academic year 2022-2023 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education. For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.
More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Sixth Form Code of Conduct
Reminder for students from both Year 12 and Year 13 to return their signed codes of conduct to their form tutor as soon as possible. Spare forms can be collected from the Sixth Form Office.
Thank you to those who have already returned them.

Year 12 ID Photos
Any Year 12 students who have not had their ID photo taken, please come up to the Sixth Form office on Monday.

Future intentions Careers

Virtual Work Experience.

Virtual work experience only became available following the pandemic and since then has been fantastic for students giving them the opportunity to discover what specific jobs entail, gain valuable skills and meet employers.
There are a wide range of Virtual Work Experience opportunities available on the links below:

Virtual Work Experience Search (springpod.com) – includes a range of talks and programmes in the week we break up from school

Work Experience | Speakers for Schools

Free Virtual Work Experience Programs from Top Companies – Forage (theforage.com)

Once you have completed a piece of work experience don’t forget to add it to your unifrog page for future reference.

NHS opportunity

NHS Virtual Work Experience Programme

Commencing on Sunday 2nd October. 

Students can register using the link below:

Once they’ve registered, students will be emailed links to their virtual work experience portals.

This programme is suitable for students in years 10, 11, 12, and 13 who are interested in the following careers:

Nursing

Midwifery

Paramedicine

Physiotherapy

Occupational Therapy

Dietetics

Radiography

Prosthetics and Orthotics

Speech and Language Therapy

Pharmacy

During the work experience day, students will follow 2 patients from their initial presentation to recovery. They will gain a unique insight into how patients interact with a variety of healthcare professionals and what it’s like to work in an NHS multidisciplinary team.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with healthcare professionals throughout each day. This will empower students to make an informed career decision and demonstrate their commitment to healthcare in their UCAS applications.

Students will receive certificates as evidence of having participated in the work experience programme. Those that complete the full 5-month programme will also be awarded Highly Commended References.

Students can register individually at any time throughout the 5-month programme using the link below. We recommend booking early to gain as much out of this programme as possible. Places are £10 a session to cover administrative and technological costs.

Thank you for helping to inspire our next generation of healthcare professionals.

Kindest Regards,

Work Experience Team
Allied Healthcare Mentor

Enquiry Form: https://airtable.com/shrM6UPT8Z2uxx7OL
Allied Healthcare Mentor Helpline: 01530 417299 (Open 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday)

News reports from results days

Thomas Alleyne’s Class of 2022 GCSE and BTEC students share their hopes for the future

Thomas Alleyne’s High School students have shared their hopes and ambitions for the future after receiving their GCSE and BTEC results today – August 25th, 2022.

Around 267 students completed GCSEs and BTECs this year and they are celebrating strong academic achievements after overcoming the challenges from the pandemic.

Joseph Hall, who achieved 11 GCSEs comprising nine of the highest grade 9s and two grade 8s, said: “I am thrilled with my results. The teachers have been extremely supportive during difficult times and I’ve made some really good friendships.” Joseph is going onto study four A Levels in chemistry, further maths, maths and physics at Thomas Alleyne’s sixth form. Joseph’s career ambition is to become a civil engineer.

Ella Russell, who achieved 10 GCSEs, eight of which are grades 9 and 8, said: “I am absolutely ecstatic about my results. Everyone, and the environment, at Thomas Alleyne’s has been so helpful and that has supported me to get good results.” Ella, who took a leading role in the school production of Grease earlier this year, is progressing to study three A Levels in drama, music and philosophy with ethics at Thomas Alleyne’s sixth form. Ella is aiming to go to university to study performing arts with ambitions for a career in acting.

Zita MacDonald is one of several students who have made the most progress, significantly exceeding their targets. Zita, who achieved six grades at grade 8 and 9, said: “I feel really pleased with my results. The teachers have really helped me with my confidence.” Zita is continuing her studies at Thomas Alleyne’s sixth form and progressing to study three A Levels in art, design and technology and drama.

Tom Lindsay achieved 11 GCSEs comprising six grade 9s and five grade 8s and is going on to study four A Levels in chemistry, further maths, maths and physics at Thomas Alleyne’s sixth form. Tom said: “I’m very happy with my grades. All of the hard work has paid off. The teachers really encouraged me to work hard and that put me in a position where I could achieve higher grades.” His ambition is to study astrophysics at Oxford or Cambridge University.

Julie Rudge, Headteacher of Thomas Alleyne’s High School, said: “I am so proud of our inspirational students who have shown great resilience and determination to succeed.” She added: “I would like to wish them every success for the future and thank all of our staff for their commitment, hard work and fantastic support this year.”

Thomas Alleyne’s Class of 2022 celebrate A Level and BTEC success

Students at Thomas Alleyne’s High School are celebrating a strong set of A Level and BTEC results and looking forward to the next chapter of their lives.

Around 127 students completed A Levels this year. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the majority of students have got the grades they need to progress to university. Highlights include Imogen North, one of the highest performing students who achieved an A* in English literature, an A in English and a B in religious studies. Imogen said: “I’m so happy. I wanted to prove that I could turn C grades into A grades.  “The school has been so supportive. When I thought I might give up, my teachers never gave up on me. One day I would like to do a PhD as I now believe it is possible.”

Meanwhile Robert Fuller, Head Boy, is going onto study a Degree in Music at the University of Sheffield. He achieved an A* in music, an A in history and a B in English. Robert said: “I am so happy with my results. I am lost for words. There are so many things that I like about the school and I feel really grateful.”

Students have offers to study degrees in a wide range of subjects at top universities. They include Head Girl Isobel Watts who is going onto study a Degree in Biology at the University of York after achieving an A* in biology, an A in chemistry and an A in maths.  Twin sisters Freya and Amelia Hadgett will be pursuing a career in STEM. Amelia achieved an A* in history, an A* in maths and an A in physics and is progressing to a Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Loughborough. Freya achieved an A* in maths, an A in chemistry and an A in physics and is going onto the University of Leeds to study a Degree in Astro Physics.

In addition to progressing to higher education, some students are going onto apprenticeships, such as with Rolls-Royce, employment and vocational training courses. 

Julie Rudge, Headteacher of Thomas Alleyne’s High School, said: “We are extremely proud of our Class of 2022 and wish them all the very best for their future and the next exciting chapter of their lives. We believe all young people have the potential to achieve success and I want to thank our fantastic staff for their amazing support.”

Carole Dodd, Senior Assistant Headteacher and Head of the Sixth Form, Thomas Alleyne’s High School, added: “It has been a privilege to guide this year’s sixth form students and see them grow into confident, well-rounded individuals with the character and skills to succeed in the next stage of their lives. They are an inspiration to us all.”

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July 18th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

School Walk 2022

On Friday 15th July over 500 students and staff took part in our school walk.

We started in Dove Dale, walked to Mill Dale, Berresfordale, Wetton Mill and then Hulme End.

It was great to see so many students taking part and enjoying being out in the countryside.

Some comments from our students:

‘It was a fun day with friends’

‘It was good to chat with friends  – no phones/no signal’

‘Lovely views, lovely day’

‘Lots of marshals so we couldn’t get lost and they gave us lots of encouragement’

‘Really enjoyed being out of school’

Year 12 FUTURE INTENTIONS WEEK

Last week, all our Year 12 students were off timetable to discover a range of opportunities available to them after they leave Thomas Alleyne’s in order for them to make informed post-18 decisions. 

Students had access to information about universities, apprenticeships and the world of work.  Sessions were run by Amazing Apprenticeships; by local universities including Staffordshire, Keele, Derby and Nottingham Trent; by companies from the engineering, health, business and sports sectors; as well as sessions around healthy relationships, wellbeing, fire safety, driver safety, student cookery, budgeting, fundraising and interview techniques. 

Both students and parents had the opportunity to learn about Student Finance for those considering the UCAS route.  All students began their UCAS applications and personal statements having received advice and guidance beforehand. 

Form group 12E won the sports day. 

Now in its 13th year, we are proud to hold Future Intentions week as an integral part of the support given to our Sixth Form

Year 12 Parent Unifrog login

Year 12 parents login for Unifrog is as follows:

Please can you enter the following code:

ALDUPARENTS

Visit www.unifrog.org/code to get signed up.

Year 11 and Year 13 results days

Thursday 18th August – KS5 / Year 13. Results will be available from 8.00am to be collected from the theatre.  Sixth Form team and careers advisor will be on hand to offer support and guidance if required.

Thursday 25th August – KS4/ Year 11. Results will be available from 9.00am to be collected from the theatre.  Sixth Form team and careers advisor will be on hand to offer support and guidance if required.

Additional support days will be offered, information regarding this will be sent out to Year 11 and Year 13 families.

Reports

Reports are now available on Talaxy for years 9, 10 and 12

PE News

House Rounders

There was a large turnout for the House Rounders competition in the glorious sunshine on Wednesday after school. 

Attendance at rounders club has been fantastic this term and new players, have learnt the rules and tactics quickly so some excellent games were played. 

1st Whitmore

2nd Torrance

3rd Elkes

4th Orme 

House Tennis

On Thursday after school the House Tennis competition took place.  The semi finals were Whitmore v Torrance. With Jake C playing Joel M in an all Whitmore final.  Jake won the final in an exciting and evenly fought contest.  George R took third place with victory over Torrance team mate Tom R.

Leicester Tigers Gifted & Talented Rugby Coaching

On Thursday 15 Year 9 rugby players had the opportunity of a coaching session from Leicester Tigers academy coaches. The session focussed on decision making and catch and pass.  The boys showed great potential and made good progress. Well done to all.

Athletics 

A hurdles masterclass was delivered by Mr Barrow last week to students in Year 9 and 10 in their athletics lessons. Students made great progress during the lesson and the majority were able to complete a competitive 75m race by the end of the lesson 

English News

English Department Student of the Week

The English department would like to congratulate the following students for being awarded student of their week this week. They are:

Y 9 Jack A, Ellie C, Rowan S, Matthew J, Bethany S, Grace A, Erin G

Y 10 Amelia R, Quincy F, Macie C, Poppy B, Catherine M, Harry D

Y 12 Elizabeth S

Jubilee Writing Competition

It is our great pleasure to celebrate the winners of the Jubilee Writing Competition. The winners received a certificate and prize at the Junior Prize Giving  event in school this week.

Y9-11 Winner

Victoria S (9)

Y9-11 Runners Up

Rowan S (9)

Isabella M (11)

Year 12-13 Winners

Jacob B

Tess S

Y12-13 Runner Up

Lucy L

Pictured are our 2 Y9 writers, Victoria and Rowan.

Congratulations to you all! Be sure to look out for more opportunities next school year. 

Work of the week

Miss Beevor’s 9HB have been finding ways to creatively share their work on narratives. They’ve planned, structured and drafted their original narratives, then these are the book covers they designed for them – in 3D!

We also have some brilliant revision work from Miss Brooks’ year 10s. Here are their explorations of individual characters from Romeo and Juliet:

Carnegie Award

Our Shadowers have finished their projects this week. We spent a highly enjoyable lunchtime looking at the work each team has done, and discussing the books we’ve read. Some of their work is already displayed outside of Room 21, and the books are available to loan. Simply ask your English teacher.

Book recommendation

Our book recommendations this week come from the Carnegie students. We looked at each others’ work before voting on the book that interested us the most. The winner was “Tsunami Girl” by Julian Sedgewick. Millie, who read it for us, said it she really liked the way it mixed manga (a style of Japanese cartoon storytelling) with ‘traditional’ storytelling, and how it showed the effects of real life events on people.

We’re also recommending the Carnegie winner: “October October” by Katya Balen. Victoria and Billie read it for us. They described it as a really interesting read, but quite challenging. The author makes some interesting stylistic decisions for speech which take some getting used to!

Summer Reading

There are few things better for an English teacher than getting time to read for pleasure during our Summer Holidays… We’ll be reading (or re-reading) Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (Mrs Hunt); Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence (Mrs Beevor and Mrs Bowler); Normal People by Sally Rooney and The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates (Mrs Rudge); The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Mrs Bell).

If you’re looking for other ideas, check out https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/secondary-ks3-ks4-reading-lists/.

English Taster Days – Keele @ Staffs

Anyone in current Y11 or Y12, who is considering one of the Englishes at Uni is encouraged to sign up for one of Keele’s taster sessions. They’re running on Tuesday 19th July, and will include sessions on English generally; creative writing, film and media. If you’re interested, the webpage is https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/opendays/tasterdays/

Literature Set Texts / Book Orders

Books purchased through ParentPay have been delivered to classes this week. If you were absent or have not received a book you ordered, pop up to room 21 and see Mrs Hunt. If you’re sourcing your own over Summer, a gentle reminder of the texts students need is below. They do not have to be ‘clean’ copies – preloved is just as good. 

Current Y9 students – should have a copy of “Romeo and Juliet” for September, and “An Inspector Calls” for later in Year 10.

Current Y10 students – should have a copy of “A Christmas Carol” for September.

Music News

The Music Department finished the academic year with two hugely successful events, the House Music Competition on Friday 8th July and the Music Summer Concert on Wednesday 13th July.

We welcomed back the return of the competition with the last being held in 2019. The performances were outstanding and our invited judges of Sarah McBride, Ben Johnson and Eve Abram found it an almost impossible task to place the competitors. Well done to all who took part with every year group represented, led by their superb House Captains Kathryn W, Josh F, Oliver H-P and Logan C. They worked incredibly hard to arrange the musical performances and the commitment was evident on the day. Our judges placed Torrance and Whitmore joint second and Elks and Orme joint first. 

On Wednesday we were treated to stunning performances by our super talented pupils. Eve Abram returned to us after graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire to delight us with a multi instrumentalist performance entitled ‘Disco Nap’. Other groups and soloists had the audience on their feet singing and dancing and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We said our farewells to Year 11 and 13 pupils and I would like to formally thank them for their huge amount of hard work and dedication to the music department and wish them the very best for their futures. I hope to see them return to future concerts and extend a warm welcome back to any of our musical leavers. 

New Medical Journal Library in Social & Health Studies Department 

Thanks to the kindness of our local community, we now have a Professional Library of journals in the Social & Health Studies Department. Currently we have :-

The Nursing Times

Nursing Standard

British Medical Journal

OT News (Occupational Therapy)

The Psychologist 

Coming shortly – Midwifery Journal

These journals are an excellent source of information and articles to support UCAS applications to medical degrees or apprenticeships or other future intentions. Please see Mrs Varga or Mrs George to borrow these.

idea.org.uk

All of year 9 have started the idea.org.uk Bronze Award in their final ICT lesson of the year. This is a nationally recognised certificate in digital literacy and is well worth continuing with. Once complete students can download their certificate from the site and keep this for college, 6th form and apprenticeship applications.

Science News

This week our Year 12 Biology students visited Formby Beach, situated on Merseyside, as part of their A Level Biology course.  The dramatic sand dunes provided the ideal opportunity to study the plants growing along the coastline.

The students investigated the growing conditions of marram grass found along the dunes. The grass is a pioneer plant with an extensive rhizome root system, which ultimately enables other plant species to colonise the harsh environmental conditions.  The marram grass also stabilises the sand dunes helping to prevent coastal erosion. 

The students also visited the adjacent pine forest; studying the effect of light intensity on lichen distribution and abundance.  The students concluded that the most favourable growing conditions were on the north facing tree trunks away from direct sunlight.

The students will soon be back in the lab to analyse their data and present their findings!

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mr Crum would like to nominate Skye G (9E2), Andrea W (9W2), Spencer W (9E1), Calum H (9T3) and Emily P (9T3) in 9U2 for excellent effort in physics.

Also, Morgan H (10W1), Aileen L (10O1), Georgie S (10T2), Dexter C (10E1), Poppy B (10W3), Will B (10W3), Isabella G (10E2), Lucas W-S (10T1), Dylan H (10T2) and Vicky N (10T1) in 10H2 for meeting or beating their target grade in the chemistry mock exam.

Also, Dominica R (10O1), Ella H (10W1), Jack M (10W3), Amelia R (10T1), Libbie L (10E1), Imogen E (10W2), Ellie B (10T1) and Abbie C (10W1) in 10U3 for excellent effort in their mock exam.

And also, Carley D (10T2), Caitlyn D (10T2), Ben N (10E1), Maddy T (10W2) and Garard W (10E1) in 10U4 for excellent effort in their mock exam.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Charlie G, Tashi T, Joel M, Marth B, Laura M and Layla M in 10H1, for demonstrating great progress with their mock exam results in Chemistry. 

And also, Aimee Sm, Aimee Sh and James E (10H4) for strong mock exam performances across the sciences.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Aimee S and Jake B for exceeding targets in their mocks.

And also, Ethan D and Maddy T for strong mock performance in Physics.

Well done!

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:

Victoria H, Joe N, Aimee S and Leon O for fantastic animal care course work.

Well done!

Harassment

On 6th July we were delighted to be able to deliver our first face to face transition evening at Thomas Alleyne’s since 2019. This event was an opportunity for the pastoral team to introduce themselves and highlight the valuable support all our students receive during their time at TAHS.

During this evening, we highlighted to parents a quote from OFSTED about the pastoral support provided to our students, “Pupils feel entirely safe in school and the parents…. agree. Incidents of bullying are rare, and staff deal with them effectively when they arise.”

We wanted to communicate with parents and carers in this edition of ‘Round Up’ as we have recently had the regrettable situation where a very small minority of students have taken it upon themselves to act on a situation that the school was already responding to in an appropriate and proportional manner. The actions of these students have proved harmful and detrimental to the social and emotional well being of other students and the school wants to emphasise to parents, carers, students and the community that we will not tolerate any form of harassment towards other children and their families.

As the quote states above, TAHS will always act on incidents that involve behaviours that need addressing and will make reasoned judgements on appropriate sanctions. Where these behaviours are of a serious nature we will also liaise with outside agencies such as the police if required. We therefore ask that all our stakeholders trust the school in investigating and resolving incidents and do not take matters into their own hands.

Job of the week 

This week’s job of the week is a Secretary. The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK EPISODE #043 – SECRETARY – YouTube

If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Secretary/administrator job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

Virtual Work Experience.

Now that mock exams are complete it is an opportune time for students in Years 10 and 12 to be considering their future intentions and in particular taking advantage of  the numerous Virtual Work Experience opportunities that are available. Virtual Work Experience is a valuable opportunity for all students which provides a great insight into the world of work so that you can discover what specific jobs entail, gain valuable skills and meet employers.
There are a wide range of Virtual Work Experience opportunities available on the links below:

Virtual Work Experience Search (springpod.com) – includes a range of talks and programmes in the week we break up from school

Work Experience | Speakers for Schools

Free Virtual Work Experience Programs from Top Companies – Forage (theforage.com)

Halliday Fraser Munro – Work Experience Zone (hfm.co.uk) – for students who are interested in architecture and design. This programme includes the opportunity to design a house for a celebrity.

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July 8th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

School Walk 15th July

Information for the School Walk – Friday 15th July 2022

  • All students need to be in school at normal time (8.40am)
  • Y9 to register in the sports hall, Y10 in the theatre and Y12 in the wooden gym.
  • Student not going on the walk need to register in room 45 (maths, English, science and RE work will be set for students to complete during the day)
  • Students will travel up to Dove Dale in form groups by coach
  • Clothing and footwear must be suitable for walking in.  Footwear – walking boots or trainers (no thin-soled trainers, flip-flops, sliders, sandals, high heels).  Clothing – shorts, leggings, jogging bottoms, T-shirt, fleece/hoodie (no strappy sun tops – shoulders need to be covered), sun hat/cap, rucksack (not a hand bag)
  • Refreshments – students need to bring a packed lunch and 2 refillable bottles of water (water will be available at each checkpoint for students to refill their bottles), sweets (avoid chocolate – it will melt)
  • The weather is going to be warm and sunny, about 24 degrees
  • Please apply sunscreen before coming to school
  • Students are to keep to the Countryside Code – please remind your child of this

 – Leave no litter

– Keep to the footpaths across farmland

– Do not climb walls or cross fences – use a style

– Respect the peace of the countryside – do not shout, no loud music

– Do not damage or remove plant or animal life

 – On country roads, be aware of traffic – follow instructions given by staff

– Leave gates as you find them

– Keep out of rivers

  • As students finish the walk they will be loaded onto the coaches and return to school.  We anticipate most students will be back at school between 3.30 and 4pm.  However, students who walk slowly may be later than this.
  • Students waiting to be collect from school will be supervised in the canteen

Future Intentions Week – Monday 11th July – Thursday 14th July

Reminder that all Year 12 are off timetable for the week. There are many opportunities on offer to support them with planning your Post 18 choices.

Students have received their FIW brochure and booked sessions for the carousel event taking place on the Wednesday of FIW week.

Reminder Future Intentions Parents information evening

Monday 11th July at 6.30pm. The theme of the evening is Post-18 options and to also take the opportunity to discuss the forth-coming year 12 graduation, alongside the expectations, challenges and opportunities of Year 13.

School Walk – Year 12

Reminder to return your permission slip with your payment, or:

Provide a letter from your parent/carers to inform the school that you will not be attending (this is not something you can opt out of yourself and we do need parental letters).

Let your form tutor know if you would prefer to marshal rather than walk. If you wish to marshal, you do not have to pay.

If you choose not to attend, you are legally required to be in school doing some work instead.  The school walk day is not intended as a day off for anyone. 

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

English News

English Department Student of the Week

Well done to those students who have been nominated by their English teachers as student of the week. They are:

Y 9 Bayley W, Poppy C-S, Jared H, Freya E, Gracie-Mae B

Y 10 Rhys W

Y 12 Gabi S, Tess S

Work of the week

9HA have been exploring how to discuss the effects of writers’ structural choices. Here are some answers from Poppy and Grace – we were particularly impressed with how they went back to improve their answers after a class discussion. Well done!

Carnegie Award

This week the shadowers have started putting together their poster presentations… watch this space!

English Taster Days – Keele @ Staffs

Anyone in current Y11 or Y12, who is considering one of the Englishes at Uni is encouraged to sign up for one of Keele’s taster sessions. They’re running on Tuesday 19th July, and will include sessions on English generally; creative writing, film and media. If you’re interested, the webpage is https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/opendays/tasterdays/

Literature Set Texts / Book Orders

Students who have ordered set texts since May half term will have these delivered to their lessons next week. There are plenty of copies still available to purchase from ParentPay.

Current Y9 students – should have a copy of “Romeo and Juliet” for September, and “An Inspector Calls” for later in Year 10.

Current Y10 students – should have a copy of “A Christmas Carol” for September.

Year 10 House Maths

On Thursday, 5 year 10 students from each house took part in the final inter house maths competition of the year. For the competition they had to work well as a team whilst also being confident enough to tackle mathematical tasks on their own. Over multiple rounds the students involved had to answer a range of quickfire calculations, longer problem solving tasks as well as compete in multiple ‘Coutdown numbers rounds’.

Whilst initially the competition was close between the houses one breakaway team did emerge with Whitmore ending up the clear winners, with Torrance coming in 2nd, Elkes 3rd and Orme 4th.

Well done to all of the students involved, but particularly to the winning team of Joel, Charlotte, Tashi, Jake and Kathryn. 

Technology Competition.

On Tuesday 5th July we held a cross phase Technology Competition. Teams from all three Middle Schools took part competing against each other. Students from Year 7 and 8 represented each school. The competition was supported by the Uttoxeter Rotary Club.

The tasks set were challenging but all teams gave it their best efforts and created some amazing innovative design solutions to complete the challenge. A combination of design skills, teamwork, practical work and iterative design enable the students to design and build a working prototype moving crane with an electronically controlled winch.

The judges had a very difficult decision separating the teams as all performances were accurately and carefully thought out and presented professionally.

However, a very deserving Windsor Park did scoop the Trophy this year.

Well done to all involved and a huge thank you from TAHS for the support from each Middle School and The Rotary Club.

BTEC Health & Social Care trip to Staffordshire University.

On Wednesday 8th July we took all our year 12 BTEC National Health & Social Care students to The Centre of Clinical Excellence at Staffordshire University where they had a packed itinerary full of practical experiences in Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science and Operating Department Practice. They learnt to provide airway accessibility using different methods and also were able to insert intubation tubes using a bougie as a guide. They learnt how to perform abdominal thrusts to a choking patient and took part in a CPR race. They toured the simulation rooms where emergency situations can be set up to practice skills in the ‘real world’. The students found that the day reaffirmed their decisions to study Paramedic Science, Nursing or Midwifery at university or piqued their interest for another healthcare discipline. One student said that the day ‘Confirmed that a career in healthcare is definitely for me’

Job of the week 

This week’s job of the week is a Secretary. The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK EPISODE #043 – SECRETARY – YouTube

If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Secretary/administrator job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

Virtual Work Experience.

Now that mock exams are complete it is an opportune time for students in Years 10 and 12 to be considering their future intentions and in particular taking advantage of  the numerous Virtual Work Experience opportunities that are available. Virtual Work Experience is a valuable opportunity for all students which provides a great insight into the world of work so that you can discover what specific jobs entail, gain valuable skills and meet employers.
There are a wide range of Virtual Work Experience opportunities available on the links below:

Virtual Work Experience Search (springpod.com) – includes a range of talks and programmes in the week we break up from school

Work Experience | Speakers for Schools

Free Virtual Work Experience Programs from Top Companies – Forage (theforage.com)

Halliday Fraser Munro – Work Experience Zone (hfm.co.uk) – for students who are interested in architecture and design. This programme includes the opportunity to design a house for a celebrity.

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July 1st 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Art Show

Thanks to all helpers, PTA, supporters, staff, and visitors for the Art Show last Friday on the 24th June. It was a fantastic evening- and was a super opportunity to showcase our amazing students work in A-Level Art and Photography as well as our amazing Y10 and Y11 work in the classrooms. Massive thanks to the Rotary club who supported the evening and awarded prizes for the Young Photographer of the Year awards. It was great to celebrate Saffron Forrester (Y13 )and Heidi Clark (Y9) who won 1st and 2nd prize in the competition for their stunning wildlife shots

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 4th July 2022

Year 12

Look at gap year providers such as Project Trust.  STA Travel offer the full gap year experience to Thailand in 2 weeks incl volunteering at an elephant sanctuary.  Check out different websites such as http://www.bestgapyear.co.uk.  Also interrailing.  There are conservation projects and also working holidays, all of which helps to build your CV and give you time to mature before settling into uni or an apprenticeship.

TAHS Year 12 student in Henley Royal Regatta

Congratulations to our Year 12 student Issy P for qualifying for the Henley Royal Regatta quarter finals with the Trentham Boat Club Girls Quad.

Future Intentions Week

Year 12 Future Intentions Week starts Monday 11th July – Thursday 14th July. All Year 12 are off timetable for the week. There are many opportunities on offer to support them with planning your Post 18 choices. Next week you will have the opportunity to book via Eventbrite which talks/activities you would like to attend during the carousel event taking place on the Wednesday of FIW.

School Walk – Year 12

Reminder to return your permission slip with your payment, or:

Provide a letter from your parent/carers to inform the school that you will not be attending (this is not something you can opt out of yourself and we do need parental letters).

Let your form tutor know if you would prefer to marshal rather than walk. If you wish to marshal, you do not have to pay.

If you choose not to attend, you are legally required to be in school doing some work instead.  The school walk day is not intended as a day off for anyone. 

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

          Are your students ready to start thinking about their next step?
Are your students interested in…
– transforming people’s lives through medicine? 
– caring for animals in need of treatment? 
– resolving people’s dental concerns?
– supporting the care needs of the community?

   
Join us for UCAS/Discover Medicine and Allied Health on 6 July 10:00 – 18:00
If your classes are filled with future doctors, nurses, vets, dentists and other health professionals, be sure to join us as we focus on all things medicine and allied health. A day designed to help them find out what it’s like to choose a subject that harnesses their passion, and where it can take them in their career.
 Our unmissable line up of talks includes:
 – What does a career in Nutrition & Public Health look like?

– Apprenticeships in the NHS

… and more to be confirmed soon!

Be sure to add this event to your diary – your students won’t want to miss out!
 
  Find out more >

STUDENT LEADERSHIP GROUP

This week has seen the formation our fabulous new student leadership group. The student leadership group will be a new team of students who take an active and important role in our school and school life. They will suggest improvements for our school environment, our school day, our facilities, our school rules etc., organise student events – these may be social events or charity fundraising events, review and give feedback on school policies and take an active role in school events such as the school walk and open evenings.

In our first meeting we discussed the aims and roles of the group with Elisha putting it brilliantly “we want to be a whole school change for the better”.  The students discussed their goals for the group and gave some really insightful comments and valuable feedback to Miss Wainwright about the mobile phone policy in school.

If you would like to join the student leadership group there is still time – write a brief letter/email to your Head of House/ Pupil Welfare Officer outlining why you want to be part of the student leadership group and what skills or qualities you can bring to the group and we’ll see you soon.

English News

English Department Student of the Week

Apologies for not getting these organised last week. The students below have all been nominated by their teachers as student of the week over the last two weeks – some even being nominated twice! Well done for your efforts and commitment to English.

Y 9 Tilly O, Vacheslav M, Maddie E, Louie R, Elina P, Spencer G, Isaac H, Evie B, Billie O, Dora E

Y 10  Macie C, Tommy R, Poppy B, Josh B, Millie W

Y 12 Yeva P, Freya A, Katie L

Work of the week

We’ve been utterly spoiled for choice this week!

Year 9 have been exploring “the 7 Ages of Man” from “As You Like It” as part of their “Shakespeare Shorts” unit to prepare for GCSE Literature. Here’s some work from Miss Beevor’s 9…, where they have been changing it to the “7 Ages of Woman”:

Keeping with the Shakespeare theme… 9UL have been going cross-curricular this week. They drew on their English work in Drama lessons with some freeze frame work based on themes and concepts from Macbeth.

Here are representations of insanity, jealousy, and revenge. Can you work out which is which?

Welcome to the new A Level students!

Year 12 Literature taster students have been working on poetry with Mrs Baldwin:

The linguists have been exploring idiolect (individual language footprints) to solve real crimes – with some really insightful comments made. 

Carnegie Award

The award shadowers have been looking at characterisation this week: exploring their own book’s characters through an “Oscars” activity and creating social media profiles. We went beyond the set Carnegie texts today, and decided the most interesting fictional character of all time was Wanda Maximoff from Marvel’s graphic novels. So we’ve recommended a graphic novel as our reading recommendation, too!

Book Recommendation

The Carnegie shadowers have recommended Marvel graphic novels featuring Wanda Maximoff / the Scarlet Witch. There are quite a few to choose from, but this is a good starting point: 

English Taster Days – Keele @ Staffs

Anyone in current Y11 or Y12, who is considering one of the Englishes at Uni is encouraged to sign up for one of Keele’s taster sessions. They’re running on Tuesday 19th July, and will include sessions on English generally; creative writing, film and media. If you’re interested, the webpage is https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/opendays/tasterdays/

Literature Set Texts / Book Orders

Thanks to those who have already sourced or ordered texts for September – it’s great to see so many students already talking about their set texts (and some having a sneaky pre-read!). Those that have ordered through ParentPay will have texts delivered to English lessons before the end of term.

Current Y9 students – should have a copy of “Romeo and Juliet” for September, and “An Inspector Calls” for later in Year 10.

Current Y10 students – should have a copy of “A Christmas Carol” for September.

Year 8 Coding Competition

Please see a little Scratch competition for our upcoming year 8 pupils, have a go and see what you can do, show us your skills and I look forward to seeing some of you in the transition lessons next week.

This week’s Science News

Our Year 9 students have recently been studying the circulatory system; this has involved carrying out heart dissections and looking at a sheep’s pluck – which includes the oesophagus, heart, lungs and liver.

Three of our classes have certainly impressed their teachers this week!

Miss Wainwright would like to nominate all of 9U4 and 9H2B for their superb attitudes towards the heart dissections that have taken place this week. 

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate all of 9U1 for their practical skills and curiosity during heart dissection and demo of a full pluck. 

Well done!

PE News

U14 Tournament

Our Year 9 team finished runners up in the East Staffordshire tournament. The competition was structured in pools and TAHS beat Deferrers A 5-3 and John Taylor B 6 – 4 1/2. 

We were up against John Taylor A in the final, a really great game was played out. There were plenty of big hits that resulted in rounders from both sides. John Talor were winners by one rounder 7 -6

Team – Erin, Poppy, Daisie, Louie, Dora, Beth, Guna and Esther.

U15 Tournament 

Our Year 10 teams were both hugely successful in their tournament. 

Our A team played our B team first with the A team winning by four rounders. Our A team played another 3 fixtures and remained undefeated to finish winners. The girls were slick in the field and were able to hit the ball to lots of different areas to score rounders. 

Team – Aimee, Martha, Lexie, Issy, Fearne, Bella, Jess and Kiera

Our B team beat John Taylor, had a narrow defeat to Deferrers A by half a rounder. The final game against Deferrers B, all aspects of the game came together with great decision making in the field and lots of rounders being scored. The game was won 10-4 and our B team finished runners up as they had scored the most rounders. 

Team – Maddi, Heather, Poppy, Sophie A, Louie, Sophie H, Susie and Daisie

There will be a house rounders competition on Wednesday 13th July after school. The tournament can consist of males and females from Year 9 and Year 10. 9 players needed minimum. 

PTA Plea

We have 3 events coming up over the last couple of weeks and would like to know if any parents would like to volunteer to help.

6th July – Yr 8 induction evening 6-9.30. If you are able to help for the first half or second half we would greatly appreciate it

12th July – Prize Giving 7-9.

13th July – Summer Concert 7-9

If you are interested then please let Mrs Young know at younge@tahs.net

Job of the week 

This week’s job of the week is a Prison Officer. The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK EPISODE #041 – PRISON OFFICER – YouTube

If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Prison officer job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

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June 24th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Examinations

Years 10 and 12 will be continuing to undertake their mock exams. The exam timetable for next week is below. During tutor time this week, all year 10 and 12 students have been given guidance regarding exams. We wish them all good luck with these next week. As a reminder, please can all students ensure they arrive promptly, fully equipped and in full uniform for all exams. Mobile phones and smart devices must not enter the exam room.

DateMorning Examination (9am)Afternoon Examination (1pm)  
Monday 27th  JuneYear 12 English Literature
Year 10 Maths
Year 12 Physics
Year 10 RE
Tuesday 28th JuneYear 13 RE
Year 10 Geography
Year 12 D&T
Year 10 Physics
Year 10 Combined Biology
Wednesday 29th JuneYear 12 History
Year 10 English Language
Year 12 Geography
Year 10 ICT Cambridge Nationals
Year 10 French Writing
Thursday 30th JuneYear 10 Biology
Year 12 Maths-Stats
Year 10 Combined Chemistry
Year 12 Psychology
Year 10 Food and Nutrition
Year 10 D&T
Friday 1st JulyYear 10 French Listening and Reading
Year 12 Drama  
Year 12 Chemistry
Year 10 Food and Nutrition
Year 10 Music

Results

We are hoping that all students will join us for the results days which are Thursday 18th August for A-Level’s and Thursday 25th August for GCSE pupils. We will send out further information regarding this before the Summer. However, if you are unable to collect your results on this day, please use the link below to complete the results collection form (this form has also been handed to students in school). This must be completed and bought back into school for the attention of the exams officer. We will unfortunately not be able to email out any results.

Year 11 – Year 12 Transition / Taster sessions

All students have been sent their personalised letters and timetables for the transition lessons starting w/c Monday 27th June. Students need to attend all of the highlighted sessions on their timetables and one of Mrs Young’s talks.  Any queries, please contact Mrs Walton on sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 27th June 2022

Year 12

Revision.

Please ensure all year 12 students have watched the powerpoint regarding Future Intentions Week.

Year 12 mocks

All students must remain on site and attend lessons as normal after any mock exams.

School Walk – Year 12

Reminder to return your permission slip with your payment, or:

Provide a letter from your parent/carers to inform the school that you will not be attending (this is not something you can opt out of yourself and we do need parental letters).

Let your form tutor know if you would prefer to marshal rather than walk. If you wish to marshal, you do not have to pay.

If you choose not to attend, you are legally required to be in school doing some work instead.  The school walk day is not intended as a day off for anyone. 

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

English News

Carnegie Shadowing and Book Recommendation

We’ve started looking closely at our texts now, starting with opening lines. After some heated debate between groups, brilliantly supported by our Sixth Form helpers, we decided the text with the best opening was “Wolf Road.” 

This our book recommendation this week, too.  We loved the fact its first chapter is called “The Ending” – but the students also felt it was a really good description of the setting. Read a sneaky peek at https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/extract/17674/The-Wolf-Road-by-Richard-Lambert.html (you’ll need to register – it’s free).

Work of the Week

This week we’re featuring the work of Macie, in Y10. Macie was working extremely hard on writing accurate sentences to describe. She used ideas from our class word wall, Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder” (the highlighted words/phrases) and wove these effectively into her own work. She even pushed herself and experimented with one of our favourite sentence structures: a colon followed by a list of three. Well done, Macie!

The founding team behind the new school newspaper met on Monday to decide on a name, share ideas for articles and features and start to allocate tasks for putting together our first edition.

We are excited that ‘The Thomas’ is now starting to take shape and the wonderful students who came along were full of excellent ideas. They have all headed off to carry out interviews, research, draft and take photographs; this week we will start to work on on the layout design.

Anyone who is interested in being involved in any way is invited to come along to Monday’s regular editorial meeting.

If you have any artwork, short stories, poetry, article or feature ideas that you would like to submit to the paper or which you would like to see included, please either come along to Room 12 on Monday morning or email cann@tahs.net

Texts to purchase

Reminder: current Y9 students should have a copy of Romeo and Juliet: we recommend the CGP “Complete Play with essential notes and practice questions.” 

Later in the year they will also need An Inspector Calls.

Current Y10 students should have a copy of “A Christmas Carol” ready for the first week of September.

Recommended versions are available on ParentPay, or students are welcome to provide their own.

Due to the large volumes involved, texts purchased via ParentPay will be delivered to students via English lessons before the Summer holidays

English Taster Days – Keele @ Staffs

Anyone in current Y11 or Y12, who is considering one of the Englishes at Uni is encouraged to sign up for one of Keele’s taster sessions. They’re running on Tuesday 19th July, and will include sessions on English generally; creative writing, film and media. If you’re interested, the webpage is https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/opendays/tasterdays/

This week’s Science News

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Callum H (9U3) for impressive positive attitude to learning in Physics.

Holly T (10U2) for producing high quality revision resources for her upcoming mocks.

Hannah S (10H4) for excellent effort in revising for upcoming mock exams.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate James D (9U1) for great engagement and class contribution in Physics.

And also, Year 12 Chemistry class for excellent attendance to the first fortnight of Chemistry intervention sessions. 

Well done!

House Music

House Music Event is Friday 8th July. Rehearsals will be after school every day next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Any students who wish to be involved, please come to a meeting on Monday lunchtime at the start of lunch in room 67.

Date for your diary;

Music Department Summer Concert is Wednesday 13th July at 6.30pm.

Please see Mrs Todd for further details

Geography

Year 12 Geography revision on Tuesday from 3.05pm – 4pm

Job of the week 

This week’s job of the week is an Ophthalmologist. The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK EPISODE #040 – OPHTHALMOLOGIST – YouTube

If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Ophthalmologist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

 

 

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June 17th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Examinations

Year 11 and 13

DateMorning Examination (9am)Afternoon Examination (1pm)
Monday 20th JuneYear 11-Chemistry
Year 13-Chemistry
Year 13-English Literature
Year 11-Food and Nutrition  
Tuesday 21st June Year 13-Maths  
Wednesday 22nd JuneYear 11-Music Listening  Year 11-Further Maths
Year 13- Further Maths  
Thursday 23rd JuneYear 11-Physics
Year 13-Chemistry
Year 13-Further Maths
Friday 24th JuneYear 13-Biology   

Results

We are hoping that all students will join us for the results days which are Thursday 18th August for A-Level’s and Thursday 25th August for GCSE pupils. We will send out further information regarding this before the Summer. However, if you are unable to collect your results on this day, please use the link below to complete the results collection form (this form has also been handed to students in school). This must be completed and bought back into school for the attention of the exams officer. We will unfortunately not be able to email out any results.

Year 10 and 12 exams

Over the next two weeks, years 10 and 12 will be undertaking their mock exams. The exam timetable for next week is below. During tutor time this week, all year 10 and 12 students have been given guidance regarding exams. We wish them all good luck with these next week. As a reminder, please can all students ensure they arrive promptly, fully equipped and in full uniform for all exams. Mobile phones and smart devices must not enter the exam room.

DateMorning Examination (9am)Afternoon Examination (1pm)
Monday 20th June Year 10 Animal Care
Year 12 French
Tuesday 21st JuneYear 10 English Literature
Year 12 Maths
Year 10 Geography
Year 12 Business
Wednesday 22nd JuneYear 10 History
Year 12 Geography
Year 10 Business
Year 12 Psychology
Thursday 23rd June Year 10 Drama
Year 12 Biology
Year 10 Computer Science
Friday 24th JuneYear 12 French writing
Year 12 English Language
Year 12 Music
Year 10 Drama
Year 10 History
Year 10 Chemistry
Year 12 History
Year 10 Combined Physics

Change to Lunch times

From Monday the 20th we will be returning to one lunchtime for all students. The new timings for this are below:

Period Timing  
Registration/Form time8.40am-9.00am  
Period 19.00am-10.15am  
Break10.15am-10.35am  
Period 210.35am-11.50am  
Movement11.50-11.55am  
Period 3(a)11.55am-12.20pm  
Lunch-All Years12.20pm-1.00pm  
Period 3 (b)1.00pm-1.50pm  
Period 41.50pm-3.05pm  

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 20th June 2022

Year 12

Please introduce your students to Cornell notes as a great way to revise.  You can watch this video to show them how to use them.  

How To Take Cornell Notes Properly (Video) – Bing video

Year 12 mocks

All students must remain on site and attend lessons as normal after any mock exams.

School Walk – Year 12

Reminder to return your permission slip with your payment, or:

Provide a letter from your parent/carers to inform the school that you will not be attending (this is not something you can opt out of yourself and we do need parental letters).

Let your form tutor know if you would prefer to marshal rather than walk. If you wish to marshal, you do not have to pay.

If you choose not to attend, you are legally required to be in school doing some work instead.  The school walk day is not intended as a day off for anyone. 

RAF World Interactive Virtual Event

Please see information for the latest upcoming Royal Air Force World Interactive ‘Access All Areas’ virtual event.

If any students are interested please click the link to book tickets:

Wednesday 22 June 1800 – 2030

A great opportunity to join us for our new virtual event RAF World, to explore where we could take your future with an exciting career with the RAF.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

English Students of the Week

Year 9 book club: Carnegie shadowing

26 Year 9 students came together to launch the Carnegie shadowing scheme, supported by 4 Y12 Literature students. They’ve each selected a book from the longlist to closely work with, and will spend the next 5 weeks completing a range of activities relating to their specific texts and the wider judging process. Watch this space to keep up with what they’re doing. If you want to try some of the texts, the longlist is shown above.

Year 10 boys’ reading group

Congratulations to the 8 boys who have been working with Mr Hulme during registration. They’ve explored a wide range of texts, with the most successful being our book recommendation this week… see below! All the boys who completed the programme have been rewarded with a book token to redeem against a book of their choice.

Texts for September 2022

As mentioned last week, all current Y10 students need a copy of “A Christmas Carol” ready to start Y11. 

Current Y9 students will need a copy of “Romeo and Juliet,” ready to start Y10. 

Both texts are available on ParentPay, or students are welcome to source their own. As we anticipate high volumes of these being sold, the texts will be delivered to students through English classes in time for the Summer holidays.

Well done to everyone who entered the Jubilee writing competition: We had a grand total of 79 entries from Years 9 to 11. The entries were all read and shortlisted by the English team, with the best 12 now with the Judging Panel… watch this space! In terms of volumes of entries, the winning house was Torrance – well done Team Blue!

Book Recommendation

Our Y10 boys’ reading group have recommended “Legend” by David Gemmel as their text of the week. It’s, in Mr Hulme’s words, a ” thrilling heroic fantasy at its best, with massive battles, impossible odds, and interesting characters on both sides.  The start of a great series of novels.” The year 10 boys would definitely agree!

Work of the Week

This week’s work of the week comes from our Year 12 students. The linguists have been working on their opinion pieces: a newspaper or magazine article aimed at non-specialist readers, which explores an issue in contemporary linguistics. This week, students were practicing using extended metaphors, with the focus of jargon in the workplace. Here is Alyssa’s initial draft.

Year 12 Literature students have been working on poetry analysis. Mrs Cann was extremely pleased with Philippa’s comparative essay looking at “Calling Card” by Tracy Hind and “For Meg” by Fleur Adcock. Philipa’s essay was beautifully shaped and developed.

Together, the pieces remind us that A Level is connected to – but develops in very different and interesting ways – from GCSE. 

English department student of the week

Well done to this week’s student of the week winners. They are:

Y 9 Isabelle E, Matthew C, Jess G, Sophia C

Y 10 Isobel H, Sophie A, Domenica R, Noah M, Macie C, Tommy R, Ella H, Molly H

Y 12 Pip B, Lizzy S, Liliana K, Tess S, Alyssa W, Freya S

School newspaper

A group of students would like to set up a school newspaper. This will be a half-termly publication and will feature a range of articles and features. If you have any ideas about how to make this a beautiful and engaging feature of school life or you would like to get involved in any way, please come along to a meeting in Room 12 at break-time on Monday. For further information, please email cann@tahs.net

Year 12 Latin Club

Latin club will be moving to a new time as of this week. We will be having fuller lessons in Room 12 on:

– Week 1, Friday 3

– Week 2, Monday 2

If anyone hasn’t been to Latin club before but would like to give it a go, this is a good opportunity to come along to join us (for one or both lessons). Any year 11 students who would like to join in would also be more than welcome to come along where possible.

If you would like to find out more, please email: cann@tahs.net

Art Show

Talaxy – A reminder for Students

Remember to login to talaxy simply go to tahs.talaxy.app and then click login with Microsoft.

In school this will automatically log you in, out of school select you school office email, username@tahs.net and your school network password.

Any problems please see the technicians or Mr Cartwright

This week’s Science News

Mr Melland would like to nominate Holly T in Year 10 for sustained excellent effort in Physics.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate James E (10H4) for an excellent attitude to learning in Chemistry.

Miss Wainwright would like to nominate Lucas W, Owen G and Emma-Louise O for their excellent result on their most recent Biology assessment. 

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Myles B (10U2) for a significantly increased positive attitude to lessons resulting in brilliant work being produced.

And also, Aimee S (10H4) for maintaining an incredible work ethic this term in Physics and mastering some tricky concepts.

Mrs Lawrence would like to nominate the following Year 12 students for their exemplary efforts at the IRIS (The Institute for Research in Schools) Conference: Toby P-L, Lydia M, Rebecca W, Evie R, Isla M, Tilly S, Mia B and Polly J.

Well done!

IRIS Conference 2022

On Tuesday 14th June, 8 Year 12 science students attended the IRIS Conference at The Bradford Science and Media Museum, along with 9 other schools.  The day was the accumulation of all our work so far on the DNA Origami project we have been studying this year.  At the conference we got to meet and talk to several scientists who are currently researching key fields such as dementia and cancer.  After lunch we presented our work to everyone who attended the conference.  We also got to try out a new scanning electron microscope and take a look around the museum.

We all had a great day and learned so much about the opportunities that science can offer.  We would like to thank everyone at IRIS for an amazing day.

News from PE

Congratulations to our athletes who participated in two athletics meets at Shobnall. !4 of our athletes qualified to represent the district in the Staffordshire County Championships last Saturday. 

Team Field Results 

Year 9 Girls 2nd

Year 9 Boys 3rd

Year 10 Boys 1st

Year 10 Girls 5th

Team Track Results 

Year 9 Girls 3rd

Year 9 Boys 5th

Year 10 Boys 3rd

Year 10 Girls 1st

 Y9 GirlsY9 BoysY10 GirlsY10 Boys
100mKatie F 5thWill G 6thLizzie W 2ndDan B 2nd
200mKatie F 2ndSam M 6thLizzie W 1stDan B 1st
300m/400mXRhys M 7thRosanna H 2ndEthan D 4th
800mGuna G 5thLewis A 3rdOlivia Y 2ndReggie W 3rd
1500mChloe B 3rdRhys M 1stMartha B 2ndBen P 3rd
Long JumpKatie F 1stRys M 8thLizzie W / Susie CJoel M 1st
High JumpChloe B 4thLewis A 2ndSophie H  4thTommy R 3rd
Triple JumpXWill G 5thXJoel M 1st
ShotDaisie J  1stSam M 7thCalli H Savannah O  5thDan B 3rd
DiscusDaisie J   1stSam M 4thCalli H /Savannah O  5thCharlie E 4th
JavelinDaisie J 3rdWill G 1stSophie H 1stTommy R 4th

U15 District Cup Cricket

On Thursday we hosted our first home cricket match since COVID, in the district cup against JCB who had beaten Denstone the previous week.  Batting first with a Derbyshire County player JCB scored 182 off 20 overs. Alleynes began well with the ball with Ashton bowling a good line on off stump and removing one ofthe openers for 0 caught behind by Lawrence. Some lapse fielding and good stroke play saw JCB build their innings well and with wickets in hand were able to attak through out.  Griffiths got reward for her efforts by bowling Bentley but with Alleynes needing 9 an over the task seemed a tall order.  Fantastic batting from Cantrill, including some great power hitting with three 6’s kept Alleynes up with the run rate, when she was finally out caught on the boundary for 60 off 35 balls, Cartwright took over in the same vein hitting 28 off 15 balls.  All the while captain Minshall anchored the innings well with 42, until he was run out leaving Griffiths and Beech just too much to do and we ran out of balls finishing agonisingly 2 runs short.

A huge improvement from the team from the last game. Well done to all.

Year 12 Geography Revision

Year 12 revision sessions for Geography to start on Wednesday 3.05-4pm commencing 22nd June.

Calling Year 11 Uniform Recycle

The pastoral team are wanting to recycle school uniform, if you would like to donate your uniform can this be taken to the Reception Office.  We will accept blazers, shirts, trousers, skirts, tie’s and PE kit.

Well done in MFL

Well done to the Y9 who have represented the school brilliantly talking about football in Belgium, baguettes, animals in Madagascar, flags and colours and sport in Canada. Merci a tous

Job of the week 

This week’s job of the week is a Nutritionist. The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK EPISODE #039 – NUTRITIONIST – YouTube

If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Nutritionist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

 

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June 10th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Examinations

Please see the timetable below for examinations that are taking place after half term. We hope that all students manage to recharge over the break and return after half term ready for the next challenges.

DateMorning Examination (9am)Afternoon Examination (1pm)
Monday 13th JuneYear 11-Maths
Year 13-Chemistry
Year 11-Business  
Tuesday 14th JuneYear 13-Music
Year 13-R. E
Year 11-Geography
Year 13-Maths  
Wednesday 15th JuneYear 11-Biology  Year 11-DT  
Thursday 16th JuneYear 13-Psychology
Year 13-Physics
Year 11-History
Year 13-Business
Year 11-French Writing
Friday 17th JuneYear 13-Biology  Year 13-Geography

Exam Conduct

As a reminder, please can all students ensure they arrive promptly, fully equipped and in full uniform for all exams. Mobile phones and smart devices must not enter the exam room.

Y10 and Y12 Assessments

Assessments in most subjects will take place from 20th June  – 1st Just. In order to support your revision please see the list of topics and revision guidance for subjects attached. Please get in touch with your teacher if you have any questions.

Future Dates for diary

Year 11 to Year 12 transition sessions

These sessions start w/c Monday 27th June for two weeks. Students will soon be receiving a letter with all the details and schedule.

Year 12 Future Intentions

This is taking place w/c Monday 11th July – Thursday 14th July. A packed four days of activities and outside speakers. Future intentions planning with UCAS registration and apprenticeship talks. 

Schedule for these four days will be shared with Year 12 students in the next couple of weeks.

Future Intentions Parents information evening

This is taking place on Monday 11th July at 6.30pm. The theme of the evening is Post-18 options and to also take the opportunity to discuss the forth-coming year 12 graduation, alongside the expectations, challenges and opportunities of Year 13. Letter containing further details will be posted out to parents shortly.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 13th June 2022

Year 12

Students are to log in to their Unifrog account and complete a minimum of three competencies/activities. Form tutors will check that these have been completed. 

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

A Big Thank You

Thomas Alleyne’s would like to thank Uttoxeter Lions for their generous donation towards supporting our Ukrainian students.  This is much appreciated and will be put to very good use by our young people.

English Students of the Week

Well done to all of the students who were nominated by your teachers for this week’s student of the week award in English:

Y9 Louie R, Evie B, Bethany S, Lola T, Billie O, Emma-Louise O, Kieren C

Y10 Sam L, Finn P, Izzie H, Sophia A

Y11 Eloise P, Harry F, Xanthe S, Thomas L, Joe H, Lochlann H, Mya

Y12 Philippa B

oday was the deadline for the Jubilee writing competition: thanks to all those who have already entered. If you would still like to submit your entry, please pass them (on paper or electronically) to any of the English team first thing on Monday morning.

Year 9 book club: Carnegie shadowing

We’ll be launching a Year 9 book club project in the next week or so, shadowing the Carnegie book award (carnegiegreenaway.org.uk)If you’re an avid reader, are in Y9 and want to be involved in reading and discussing books, please send a Teams message to Mrs Hunt.

Shakespeare scribbles

Team English were hard at work on the morning of the Y11 Shakespeare exam, decorating the paths to the exam venues with quotations from Romeo and Juliet. We hope it brought a smile to Y11 as they went into their exam: it certainly got them talking!

GCSE Literature: New text for Year 11 (current Y10)

We’re pleased to announce that following consultations with students, we’re changing one of our GCSE set texts. From September, Year 11 will be studying A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. We have copies for sale on ParentPay at £2.99, or students are welcome to purchase their own elsewhere. All Y11 students in September must have a copy of the text to work from. 

Work of the Week

This week’s work comes from 9HD, with their entries to the Jubilee Writing Competition. Well done to Thomas and to Chloe, who were praised by Mrs Bell for their hard work during the planning and preparation processes. Good luck with your entries (to you and everyone else who entered!)

Book recommendation

Mrs Cann’s Allies club have offered the recommendations this week, choosing Grimm Tales and Skulduggery Pleasant. Both excellent choices and well worth reading.

School newspaper

A group of students would like to set up a school newspaper. This will be a half-termly publication and will feature a range of articles and features. If you have any ideas about how to make this a beautiful and engaging feature of school life or you would like to get involved in any way, please come along to a meeting in Room 12 at break-time on Monday. For further information, please email cann@tahs.net

Yy 12 Latin Club

Latin club will be moving to a new time as of this week. We will be having fuller lessons in Room 12 on:

– Week 1, Friday 3

– Week 2, Monday 2

If anyone hasn’t been to Latin club before but would like to give it a go, this is a good opportunity to come along to join us (for one or both lessons). Any year 11 students who would like to join in would also be more than welcome to come along where possible.

If you would like to find out more, please email: cann@tahs.net

Art Show

Free Latin session for KS3 online learning in the summer.

Please see the link below if you are interested in finding out more about the Latin Summer School. No prior knowledge is required but there will be a mixture of activities about one of the oldest languages in the world.

Summer School 2022 — The Latin Programme – Via Facilis

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Mr Melland would like to nominate Nicholas G-C and Harry G from Year 9 for excellent contributions in science.

And also, Adam B and Izzy R for sustained progress in A-Level Physics in Year 12.

Well done!

0-19 Service Midlands NHS

Please see information on the 0-19 service in the attached document:

News from PE

Y10 Rounders tournament

Congratulations to our Y10 girls rounders squad who finished the Staffordshire Moorlands tournament undefeated.

Music News

Next week is Year 10 GCSE solo performance exams which form 15% of their entire GCSE. Good luck to our Year 10 music students. All exam times will be on SIMs. Please ensure you have your instruments and your music.

A Level Music Revision
Monday 13th June 3.15 until 4.15

GCSE Music Revision
Tuesday 14th 3.15 until 4.15

Extra Curricular;
Tuesday lunch Band
Thursday after school Choir

Learn to Sign

Would you like to complete a free, certificated course in British Sign Language?

We have 5 spaces for students to complete a free and certificated Introduction to BSL course.  This is taken online at your convenience and when complete you will receive a certificate which you can use to demonstrate your proficiency to future employers/course providers.  These courses are usually over £50 but we have 5 free spaces available.  If you are interested, please see Mrs Varga in room 61, the Health & Social Care room. 

GCSE Maths Breakfast revision

Reminder – the final GCSE maths exam Monday 13th June – all students will need to bring a scientific calculator.  The maths department will be running a breakfast revision session before the exam from 8-8.30am.  

This will give students the opportunity to get their brains into ‘maths mode’, ask any last minute questions and complete some focussed revision.  

11H1 – room 46, 11U1 – room 103, 11H2 and 11H3 – room 106, 11H3 and 11U3 room 104, foundation tier revision room 48

Calling Year 11 Uniform Recycle

The pastoral team are wanting to recycle school uniform, if you would like to donate your uniform can this be taken to the Reception Office.  We will accept blazers, shirts, trousers, skirts, tie’s and PE kit.

MFL Interventions Y10

Y10 Higher French intervention after school Wednesday 15th June to look at 150 word questions and translation in room 11.

MFL Musings

We’re looking forward to welcoming Y4 students to take part in the MFL Languages Festival next week, Y9 have worked very hard on preparing their resources for the mini lessons they will deliver.

There’s 6 more days until the GCSE Writing Exam, Year 11. Make sure you make the most of revision between now and then. If you want any practice questions marking, let us know.

Virtual Work Experience

Virtual Work Experience is a valuable opportunity for all students. It provides a great insight into the world of work and shows you what specific jobs entail. We have a list of opportunities available which can be seen on the attached flyers.  As well as the two opportunities below.

Opportunity one:

I just wanted to bring to your attention a great opportunity for students in year 11-13 interested in STEM fields organised by 3M https://www.3m.co.uk/3M/en_GB/company-uk/

This is a FREE experience and a perfect project for an individual who is interested.

We would love your students to be involved, get a real knowledge and understanding of careers in STEM and also gain invaluable work experience.

Please see the PDF attached for more information and the application process.

Opportunity Two:

British Airways will be sponsoring 300 spaces across the UK on the Fantasy Wings 22/23 programme for schools, colleges and universities

– https://mediacentre.britishairways.com/pressrelease/details/86/0/13825Fantasy Wings is a programme which is designed to equip Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people (13-25) and young women with a critical understanding of the skills required and significant career development needed in order to become pilots and enter the Aviation Industry. At the end of the programme, 50 young people will be selected to have a trial flight and 3 young people will have their 45-hour Private Pilot Licence training sponsored by Fantasy Wings. We are partnered with the Biggest Aviation organisations in the UK including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, NATs, the Air Race World Championships and much more. Our programme runs in person in London, Birmingham and Manchester and begins in October each year – One Saturday a month for 10 months.
To ensure that the students receive this information I have sent them all the details using their TAHS.net outlook email account.

Job of the week 

This week’s job of the week is a Mortgage Advisor. The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK EPISODE #038 – MORTGAGE ADVISOR – YouTube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Mortgage adviser job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

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May 27th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Examinations

Please see the timetable below for examinations that are taking place after half term. We hope that all students manage to recharge over the break and return after half term ready for the next challenges.

DateMorning Examination (9.15am)Afternoon Examination (1.15pm)
Monday 6th June Year 13-Health and Social
Year 13-English Language  
Tuesday 7th JuneYear 11-Maths
Year 13-English Literature  
Year 13-Maths
Year 11-Geograghy  
Wednesday 8th JuneYear 11-English Literature
Year 13-Psychology
Year 11-Further Maths
Year 13-Geography
Year 13 Further Maths (core 2)
Year 13 AS Maths
Thursday 9th JuneYear 13-Business
Year 13-RE
Year 13 D & T
Year 13 Biology
Year 11 History
Year 13-Biology and AS Biology
Year 13-D & T Year 11-Physics
Friday 10th JuneYear 11-English Language
Year 13-History  
Year 13-Physics

Exam Conduct

As a reminder, please can all students ensure they are in normal full uniform for all exams and arrive fully equipped. Mobile phones and smart devices must not enter the exam room.

Although we have a number of weeks of exams ahead, we are looking forward to celebrating the end of exams with the year 11 prom. Please remember, that in order to attend this event, students conduct in exams will be taken into consideration.

For the latest revision timetable covering Saturdays and the upcoming half term please see this file:

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Congratulations to Sadie B in Year 13 who was nominated by Mrs Hunt and Mrs Bell to receive a head start with her university reading as recognition of her extremely hard work and amazing progress in both English’s.  Many thanks to The Reading List Foundation for funding the award.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 6th June 2022

Year 12

Understanding exam question. Work sheets from the student room to help with revision tactics.

School Walk – Year 12 Marshals

Any Year 12 student who does not want to walk could help and be marshal. If you are interested in helping, please see Mrs Ibbs. Any student not walking or marshalling will be expected to come into school.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

English Students of the Week

Well done to all of the students who were nominated by your teachers for this week’s student of the week award in English:

Y9 Louie R, Evie B, Bethany S, Lola T, Billie O, Emma-Louise O, Kieren C

Y10 Sam L, Finn P, Izzie H, Sophia A

Y11 Eloise P, Harry F, Xanthe S, Thomas L, Joe H, Lochlann H, Mya

Y12 Philippa B

There are only 2 weeks to go until the deadline (June 10th).

This week’s tip is to really think about your ending.Have you fully resolved your story, with a clear resolution? If you’re writing an essay, has your thesis statement (your “golden thread” of argument) led to a clear end point? 

Work of the Week

Year 12 Literature students have this week been given the opportunity to “turn teacher,” presenting a lesson to their class on one of their set poems. Phillipa taught the class about Christina Rossetti’s poem “Remember,” which features in their “Love through the Ages” anthology of poetry. Here is a slide from the powerpoint she produced to support her brilliant presentation:

Book recommendation

We asked 9UL to recommend books this week – and they couldn’t decide. So here is a bumper crop of half term reading suggestions:

“a good girl’s guide to murder” by Holly Jackson – recommended by Colette – is a fantastic “whodunnit” that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Billie recommends “It’s Behind You” by Kathryn Foxfield – a mix of reality TV show and horror/thriller. Finally, Theo recommends Peter’s Crouch’s autobiography, for those of you pining the end of the football season.

GCSE Maths – Breakfast Revision

We were very happy to see over 100 Y11 students attend the breakfast revision session this morning before the GCSE maths exam.  The students who attended have commented how useful they thought it was.

The next maths exams are on Tuesday 7th June and Monday 13th June.

Before each of these the maths department will be running breakfast revision sessions from 8-8.30am.

This will give students the opportunity to get their brains into ‘maths mode’, ask any last minute questions and complete some focussed revision based on the advanced exam information for each paper.

Students will need the following equipment for their maths exams: black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and scientific calculator 

 Calculators can be purchased through the online shop, everything else can be purchased from the maths department.

Free Latin session for KS3 online learning in the summer.

Please see the link below if you are interested in finding out more about the Latin Summer School. No prior knowledge is required but there will be a mixture of activities about one of the oldest languages in the world.

Summer School 2022 — The Latin Programme – Via Facilis

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mr Melland would like to nominate Libby H (Year 10) for outstanding results on her recent Physics assessment.

Miss Wainwright would like to nominate Emma-Louise O (Year 9) for excellent attitude and commitment to science lessons.

And also, Isabelle E (Year 9) and George R (Year 9) for their enthusiasm and effort to present to the whole class. 

Miss Thorley would like to nominate David B (Year 10) for impressive problem-solving skills.

Well done!

Year 9 ICT

Check you Talaxy year 9 for your home learning project that is to be handed in on Teams by the 1st July.

Full details are on the assignment and we want to see some creative and informative work discussing the following hypothesis:

Children under the age of 16 should not be allowed by law to have social media accounts!

News from PE

Congratulations to the Athletes below for a fantastic team performance at Shobnall in the District Athletics championships!  Results will be out after half term.

Year 9

Will G, Lewis A, Jonte H, Sam M, Rhys M

Year 10

Dan B, Joel M, Ethan D, Ben P, Tom L, Tommy R

Year 9

Katie F, Guna G, Chloe B, Daisie J, Ebony F

Year 10

Lizzie W, Rosanna H, Olivia Y, Martha B, Susie C, Calli H, Sophie H

Music News

Year 11 GCSE Music Revision Class: Tuesday 7th June 3.15pm until 4pm

Year 13 A Level Music Revision Class: Wednesday 8th June and Monday 13th June

Band  rehearsals are on a Tuesday lunchtime

Choir rehearsals are every Thursday after school at 3.30pm

Thank you to choir and band members for their hard work and dedication. Audiences will be able to hear them at the Summer Concert on Wednesday 13th July.

This years’ House Music Competition is on Friday 8th July. Meetings for House Music will be the first week back after the half term holiday. Please see Mrs Todd for further details. Your House Music captains will be formally announced in that week. 

Calling Year 11 Uniform Recycle

The pastoral team are wanting to recycle school uniform, if you would like to donate your uniform can this be taken to the Reception Office.  We will accept blazers, shirts, trousers, skirts, tie’s and PE kit.

Yr 8 into Yr9 Send Evening

Thank you to all the parents and carers  who attended our SEND evening on Thursday.  It was lovely to meet so many young people who are looking forward to starting Alleynes in September. The evening gave an opportunity for parents and pupils to tour the school and ask questions about how their child can be supported here.  We look forward to meeting more parents on the next  YR 8 into Yr9 SEND evening on Thursday 30th June from 4.00pm.

MFL Musings

FINAL GCSE exam writing, 16th June PM.

Mr Noon will be going through how and what to revise for the writing exam Monday P2 and Wednesday P4 for the first 2 weeks back.

Thank you to every student who took part in the Spring student voice, it’s very useful to know that you enjoy Gimkit, Sentences of Doom, Tick Me Quick so much, and we’re delighted to find that so many of you appreciate the Sentence Builders we have introduced this year.

Job of the week 

This week’s job of the week is a Life Coach. The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK EPISODE #037 – LIFE COACH – YouTube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Life coach | Explore careers | National Careers Service

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