December 3rd 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Date:   3rd December 2021

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application

All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Sixth Form Applications Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2022 is available in this team or by clicking the following link:

Year 11 Sixth Form Application

Any questions please email Mrs Walton via sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Sixth Form Signing In & Out

Reminder that all Sixth Form students please ensure that before they leave the school site during the school day they must sign out in the signing out book. There is currently a book outside Mrs Walton’s office and one outside the Health & Social Office.

Upon returning students must then sign back in. It is imperative that all students adhere to this request. This does include breaks and lunchtimes.  We will be looking at an online version of this for the future.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 6th December 2021

Year 12

Choice of future intentions planning.  Students log onto Unifrog and research their careers library by key word eg Law, by their 3 subjects, by career area eg social services, by theme eg community or by competency eg team work.  Or, take the Myers-Briggs personality test (on Unifrog or Google search) to take and compare with friends before seeing which careers are best suited to individuals. 

Year 13

Log onto Unifrog and look at their live apprenticeships.  Even if you are considering uni, take a look – you might be surprised, especially with the higher level degrees on offer.

Y12 FUTURE INTENTIONS

Please consider attending one or more of these Unifrog webinars designed to help students decide on university or apprenticeships.

Unifrog           

This week: Webinars: How to find your perfect next step > Revision: Getting motivated > Staff training webinar: Unifrog basics > Students design their own curriculum at UCU > Our Instagram’s had a makeover…

Webinars: How to find your perfect next step – 6, 8 and 9 December, 17:00 UK time

In these webinars, we’ll show your KS4 and KS5 students how to make the best of Unifrog’s tools to find their perfect…

> University course: Monday 6 December

> Apprenticeship: Wednesday 8 December

> College/sixth form course: Thursday 9 December

Find out more

SIXTH FORM FUNDRAISING FOR DOUGIE MAC & SCHOOL WALK – CHRISTMAS NON-UNIFORM DAY

On Friday 10th December, Dougie Mac are holding their annual Christmas jumper day and we are hoping to raise funds for them.  This will be a full non-uniform day for upper and lower school. Christmas attire is optional. Donations are suggested at £2 or above with 50% going to Dougie Mac and 50% to school walk funds. Donations can be made via Parentpay in advance or by cash during form time on the day.

Assemblies

Mrs Lindsay  will be providing the assembly this week looking at the subject of Human Rights or Responsibilities?

Thought(s) for the Week

Is driving a right? You are entitled to a driving license if you can abide by the traffic laws and drive responsibly. If your driving endangers the lives of others, that license will be taken away from you. So rights and responsibilities are inseparable. If you can’t respect the rights of others, if by your belief and conduct you endanger the lives of other people, you are not entitled to any right.”  – Ali Sina

Notable days this week

10th International animal Rights Day 

10th World Human Rights Day

10th Christmas Jumper Day  Christmas Jumper Day 2020 | Save the Children UK

Non Uniform Day

The non-uniform day next Friday 10th, has been in for a few weeks, but could you move it to the start so it’s really noticeable, and could it say “all money raised will be split between Dougie Mac and the school fund to provide opportunities for all students. Facilities around school, celebration day, school walk, extra curricula events etc.”

Outlook Expeditions: Morocco 2023.

Thursday night saw the official launch of the Morocco 2023 expedition, facilitated by Outlook Expeditions. An information webinar was hosted by Francesca Gallone, our local representative from Outlook Expeditions, along with Dr Squire and Miss Robinson, which outlined the benefits and opportunities that the expedition can offer and provided more detailed information about the structure and particulars of the expedition.

The webinar was well attended and we are really happy to already have a good number of students signed up to our team. If you were unable to attend the webinar but are still interested in your child joining the expedition, it is still possible to view the webinar (you will receive a recording of the meeting) and join the team by signing up and paying the deposit by the 10th of December 2021. All relevant information and the sign up instructions (as well as a number of inspirational and informative videos) can be found at the link below.

Outlook Expeditions • Thomas Alleyne’s High School 2023

Best wishes

Dr. Squire and Miss. Robinson.

Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you to those of you that have filled in the consent google form for photographs, participation in online lessons etc, which was sent to you again recently..
If you have not yet managed to complete this form we are asking you to fill in this google form by Monday 6th December 2021 please. This is to indicate if you give your permission for various school activities.

Please click the link below, for the relevant year group for your child, to complete the google form.


Yr 9

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uGfYS7rmT6AIcw5Fm22myaYt2N6vFAqBbqNJ7-zilNQ/edit
Yr 10

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1V37dyp1TdFZFOY4jwvlqqzKJM_KNvkjTdDN6ANfG1cs/edit

Yr 11

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hlYoFPIXAQWTkV5VBSX1A4jcUpwIh0t-tIo0bfkhWzU/edit
Sixth Form Yr 12 & 13 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1macj9QjRFAUPzVKHdRBWrNGDRbQAfriLvxE_1e0WgTg/edit


Please tick the questions where you are providing consent and if you prefer not to give permission please leave that question blank (unticked).
Thank you

Data Collection


Many thanks to parents who have returned data collection sheets.  For those students we do not appear to have received a signed data collection sheet from, data collection sheets have been posted home today.  Please note that we would be grateful for data collection sheets to be returned to the school office by Friday 10th December.

Time to Sign!

British Sign Language is one of the recognised languages of the UK.  All our year 12 and 13 Health & Social Care Extended Diploma Students have been enrolled on a certificated British Sign Language Course this week.  This course is 16-20 hours long and will be completed in their 6th Form 7 time.  This is a fabulous opportunity to learn a new skill, which is so relevant to their future careers.  We wish them luck and look forward to them learning a new language which 151,000 people in the UK use every day.  The link below explains a wonderful array of benefits to learning Sign Language.


https://hearmeoutcc.com/benefits-learning-sign-language/

Science News

Science Students of the Week

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate 9U1 for demonstrating their creative flair while making stop-motion animation to represent halogen displacement reactions. Take a look at our Science Twitter to see some photographs!

Mrs North would like to nominate Skye W 9W1 for showing outstanding commitment in copying up all her biology work.

And also, Evie D for an excellent end of unit assessment score.

Mr Melland would like to nominate Joe H and Charlotte J in 11H1 for outstanding achievement in their end of unit Atoms and Radiation assessment.

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate Rory O 9H2B for his commitment to improving his physics knowledge.

Millie P 9U4 for always having a smile and trying her best.

Hannah S 10H4 for always putting in 100% effort in class.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Sophie G, 12C Applied Science, for fantastic effort this term.

And also, Alisha C and Michael H 10H5 for detailed bonding work.

Well done!

PE Update

Next week is a massive week for year 9 boys – Football are playing Pingle Away on Tuesday in the semi-final of the East Staffs Cup.  Rugby are playing QMGS Walsall at home on Friday in the 3rd round of the county cup.


BTEC Sport


Students need to be revising for external exams- 

11 Exam- 8th Feb

Year 12 Exam – 14th Jan

Year 13 Exam – 12th Jan

East Staffordshire Netball League 

Our Year 11 team hosted John Port on Thursday afternoon for the opening fixture of the district league. The game was an even contest with the lead changing hands several times but by no more than 3 goals. John Port just took the victory with the score at 16-15 when the final whistle went.

Team – Harriet R, Lucy L, Kiera F, Lucy O, Sophie W, Salwa C, Chloe F Player of the match – Kiera


Due to fixtures there will be no netball club next week. Girls Futsal practice on Tuesday after school

U19 Netball

In preparation for the Netball Regionals we travelled to Newcastle Under-Lyme School for a friendly fixture. Our team soon settled into their groove, playing a high level of netball and they managed to score the majority of their centre passes. The mid court players Eve, Hattie and Martha were strong and were able to feed the ball into our shooting circle and create chances for Freya and Jess. Amelia and Evie were resolute in our defence, working to keep Newcastle attackers out towards the edge of the D, to increase the difficulty of the shots.

Newcastle did edge the first two quarters taking a 12-8 lead at half time. TAHS made some positional changes at half time, with Eve moving to GD, Evie WD, Martha C and Hattie R. This worked instantly by increasing the number of interceptions, the ball was fed into Jess and Freya more regularly and the score was even at 15-15 all after three quarters. The same formation was used for the final quarter, with the same level of success, confidence was high from our shooters and the shots were going in from all angles and distances.

A thrilling fixture, as always many thanks to the parents who assisted with transport. 

English Stars

Well done to those students listed below who have been nominated as this week’s student of the week for English.


Y 9 Louie R, Sam K, Rowan S

Y 10 Jaydan D, Lennon E, Kieron S, Layla M

Y 11 Zita M, Grace S, Ryan W, George L, Edward T, Hannah C

Y 12 Tess S

Y 13 Martha M

Job of the week 


This weeks career of the week is a paramedic! Watch the video to find out more 

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November 26th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application

All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Sixth Form Applications Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2022 is available in this team or by clicking the following link:

Year 11 Sixth Form Application

Any questions please email Mrs Walton via sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Sixth Form Signing In & Out

Reminder that all Sixth Form students please ensure that before they leave the school site during the school day they must sign out in the signing out book. There is currently a book outside Mrs Walton’s office and one outside the Health & Social Office.

Upon returning students must then sign back in. It is imperative that all students adhere to this request. This does include breaks and lunchtimes.  We will be looking at an online version of this for the future.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 29th November 2021

Year 12

Watch the Bangor University tips to de-stress.  Visit the ‘Bright Knowledge’ website for advice on how to destress.  Google ‘headspace’ and look at some of their videos.  Students share with a friend 3 things they are grateful for.

Year 13

Students will be given a handout for winter driving tips handout and watch a video in form.

Year 13 Parents Evening

Reminder upcoming virtual Year 13 Parents evening is taking place on Thursday 2nd December between 4.00pm – 7.00pm. Bookings for this will be going live on Talaxy from 5.00pm Friday 26th November. If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Walton on sixthform@tahs.org.uk

SHOE BOX DELIVERIES

Santa’s sleigh left Thomas Alleynes on Friday 19th November to distribute Christmas shoe boxes to worthy causes across the county, namely The Gingerbread Centre and The Salvation Army, giving cheer to families in difficulty this festive season.  We would like to thank students and their families plus our amazing form tutor team for your outstanding generosity.  In total, a massive amount of 47 boxes were donated which was truly heart warming and will make a huge difference too many people’s lives this year.  Thank you again for all your support.

SIXTH FORM FUNDRAISING FOR DOUGIE MAC & SCHOOL WALK – CHRISTMAS NON-UNIFORM DAY

On 10th December, Dougie Mac are holding their annual Christmas jumper day and we are hoping to raise funds for them.  This will be a full non-uniform day for upper and lower school. Christmas attire is optional. Sixth Form prefects will be visiting form groups for donations which are suggested at £2 and above with 50% going to Dougie Mac and 50% to school walk funds.

Data Collection Sheets

Data collection sheets have been distributed to all students.  Many thanks to parents who have already returned sheets.  If you have yet to do so, please check/update and sign the sheet and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency. 

We politely request two emergency contacts

Outlook Expeditions: Morocco 2023.

Thursday night saw the official launch of the Morocco 2023 expedition, facilitated by Outlook Expeditions. An information webinar was hosted by Francesca Gallone, our local representative from Outlook Expeditions, along with Dr Squire and Miss Robinson, which outlined the benefits and opportunities that the expedition can offer and provided more detailed information about the structure and particulars of the expedition.

The webinar was well attended and we are really happy to already have a good number of students signed up to our team. If you were unable to attend the webinar but are still interested in your child joining the expedition, it is still possible to view the webinar (you will receive a recording of the meeting) and join the team by signing up and paying the deposit by the 10th of December 2021. All relevant information and the sign up instructions (as well as a number of inspirational and informative videos) can be found at the link below.

Outlook Expeditions • Thomas Alleyne’s High School 2023

Best wishes

Dr. Squire and Miss. Robinson.

Music News

Reminder to Year 9 pupils that your Music Home Learning Project is due for Monday 29th November. It was on Insight and it is now on Talaxy. Please make sure both tasks are completed and you email your work to Todd@tahs.net.

Christmas Concert -7th December 6.30pm

The concert rehearsals are going well and I am very excited to present the Christmas concert Event to you soon. Auditions for solos and small groups are on Tuesday 30th November after school in the music room. Tickets for the event can be purchased on the online school shop. Please bring your receipt to Mrs Todd for your tickets.

Year 13 Parents Evening

Year 13 parents evening is this coming Thursday 2nd December.

This event will be virtual via your child’s MS Teams account and further details will be sent out nearer the date.

Bookings are to be made via Talaxy, the Insight replacement, and login details have been sent.

Bookings open at 5pm 26th November.

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Connie C and Kieren C from 9U1 for fantastic Hooke’s Law investigation for their first required practical!

And also, Josh B, Elsie C and Morgan P from 10U2 for much improved assessment scores, well done!

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Blake R in 9U1 – for excellent contributions in Chemistry.

And also, Ben W, Year 13 Chemistry – for fantastic titration producing spectacularly accurate and valid results.

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Hannah F, 9H2B, for a fantastic result in her first Chemistry assessment.

And also, Jack B, Freya H, Izzy W and Rachel A, Year 13, for amazing results in their assessment on Arenes.

Well done!

Senior Maths Challenge

The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice Challenge.

It encourages mathematical reasoningprecision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.

A couple of weeks ago a group of our Y12 and Y13 A-level maths students took part in the Senior Maths Challenge.  The results are now in….Congratulations to Jack B for achieving the Gold award and qualifying for the next round of the challenge – the Andrew Jobbings Senior Kangaroo.

Congratulations also go to Freya H, Amelia H and Issy W for achieving the Silver award and to Evie B for achieving the Bronze award.

Well done to everyone who took part.

English Stars

Well done to the following students, who have all been nominated by their teachers for outstanding work or effort in some way over the past week.


y 9 Harry S, Dora E, Ebony F

y 10 Aileen L, Aimee Sh, Aimee Sm, Macie C, Martha B

y 11 Alex E, Charlie F, Luke N, Katie S, Finn T-S, Alistair D, Joe H

y 12 Gabi S, Josh H

y 13 Lottie C, Evie S

Allies will take place in room 21 at the end of the school day on Monday. We hope lots of you will come along to get involved in making the school an even more welcoming and inclusive place to be.


Latin club will take place in Room 21 at lunchtime. Any sixth form students who are interested in getting involved are welcome to come along.

News from PE

Year 9 Football


East Staffs Cup Quarter Final Thomas Alleynes 7 – Paulet 0


Fantastic team performance to beat a good Paulet side on Wednesday afternoon. Superb finishing from Sam gave us the lead against the run of play and then Oliver caught the goal keeper unawares making it 2-0 at half time. The next goal was crucial- and with Sam getting a hat trick along with Spencer we ran out comfortable winners. Alfie in goal was largely quiet but made 2 key saves. Oliver at right back worked hard to stop their best player, Rhys was outstanding at left wing back and the 2 centre Half’s Corey and Rohan defended very maturely. Lewis, Max and Josh in midfield created numerous chances and Callum and George provided good impact from the bench.

Next week we travel to Pingle on Thursday in the semi final.


Core PE– next week Yr9 and 10 will be changing activities. Boys groups will be swapping to Fitness, Girls groups to Netball, Mixed group Fitness.


BTEC Sport– our “real exams” are fast approaching for Year 11, 12 and 13.  All students have online revision resources with links on Teams and Talaxy.

Girls Rugby

Friday afternoon saw Robert Sutton visit Thomas Alleyne’s for a year 9 and 10 fixture. The girls all enjoyed a competitive fixture and this was seen in the intensity of their running and their commitment to tackles. The game was good natured and was a great opportunity to improve the skills and techniques and gain more tactical awareness.

Tries were scored by Lizzie, Aimee, Maddie, Izzy and Sadie in a comfortable win.

Thank you to Mark Tolley for organising and officiating the game and caching the girls this term.

Team – Fearne, Sadie, Olivia, Elsie, Maisie, Hannah, Milly, Martha, Chloe, Lexie, Susie, Maddie, Izzy, Keely, Heather, Aimee and Lizzie

Drama News


THEATRE OPPORTUNITY

Calling all Producers, Directors, Musical Director, Choreographer, Technicians, Designers, Performers and Promoters age 16-22 RicNic Production Team


RicNic is a unique theatre project where young people run the whole show – staging a full-scale musical in which every role in the cast, crew, band & production team is taken by a young person aged 16-22.
From the choice of show to the costume design, holding auditions to running rehearsals, every decision and plan for the project comes from you!


RicNic is completely FREE to attend and it is coming to a theatre near you.

We are currently recruiting for Producers, Directors, Musical Director, Choreographer, Technicians, Designers, Performers and Promoters to take on the challenge.


Interested? For more information and to sign up email contact@ricnic.org.uk
or visit our website: www.ricnic.org.uk


Google Form Link:

All applications for the 2022 Production Teams can be made at https://forms.gle/zdBzyrXWjqCVMSBc6

The application deadline is 8th December, 2021.

This week the career is ‘Outdoor Pursuits Manager’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #15 – OUTDOOR PURSUITS MANAGER – YouTube

Job title:  Outdoor Pursuits Instructor/Manager Outdoor activities instructors lead trips and teach skills in activities like hill walking, climbing, canoeing, skiing and snowboarding. The centre you’ll run, as an outdoor activities/education manager, will offer a range of land and water sports, such as climbing, cycling, horse riding, mountaineering, orienteering, kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding. You may spend some time working with specific client groups, such as school pupils, people with special needs or young offenders. Most outdoor activities/education managers have a background in instructing and may continue to teach as part of their job. You’ll have the overall responsibility for the centre and will need to manage staff and ensure adherence to safety regulations at all times.
How to become:ou can get into this job through: a college course an apprenticeship applying directly doing specialist courses approved by national sporting bodies College There’s no set entry route to become an outdoor activity instructor but it may be useful to study a relevant qualification like a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Skills and Activities for Sport and Active Leisure (Outdoor Education). This would teach you some of the skills needed for the job. Then you could try to find a trainee job with an activity centre. You’ll also need to get coaching or instructor qualifications approved by the relevant national governing body for each of your sports or activities. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course Other Routes You could complete relevant qualifications through sports or activity clubs, or at an accredited outdoor education centre. Examples of instructor qualifications include: Mountain Training England Award in Mountain Leadership British Canoe Awarding Body Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport United Kingdom Snowsports Coaching Scheme awards You’ll usually need at least 12 months’ experience in the activity before you take the award. Check with the the relevant national governing body for your sport for details of courses and qualifications.
Skills required:patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations the ability to work well with others sensitivity and understanding leadership skills to be thorough and pay attention to detail the ability to work on your own knowledge of English language knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device  
What you’ll earn:£16000- £40,000

For more information take a look at Outdoor activities/education manager job profile | Prospects.ac.uk and Outdoor activities instructor | Explore careers | National Careers Service

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November 19th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application

All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Sixth Form Applications Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2022 is available in this team or by clicking the following link:

Year 11 Sixth Form Application

Any questions please email Mrs Walton via sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 22nd November 2021

Year 12

Students will be given a handout for winter driving tips handout and watch a video in form.

Year 13

Students will watch videos about clearing, adjustment and offers.

SIXTH FORM FUNDRAISING FOR DOUGIE MAC & SCHOOL WALK – CHRISTMAS NON-UNIFORM DAY

On 10th December, Dougie Mac are holding their annual Christmas jumper day and we are hoping to raise funds for them.  This will be a full non-uniform day for upper and lower school. Christmas attire is optional. Sixth Form prefects will be visiting form groups for donations which are suggested at £2 and above with 50% going to Dougie Mac and 50% to school walk funds.

Data Collection Sheets

Data collection sheets have been distributed to all students.  Many thanks to parents who have already returned sheets.  If you have yet to do so, please check/update and sign the sheet and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency. 

We politely request two emergency contacts

Talaxy Launch

Insight has been upgraded to Talaxy, it is the same system but looks better, works better and is hosted on Amazon Servers, thus a much more stable and secure connection.

Please see the attached for login instructions for students. Please can you support you child in ensuring they are logged into the system.

Parental logins are being sent out – keep an eye on your inbox / spam

Outlook Expeditions: Morocco 2023.

Dear parents and carers of year 10 students,

Miss Robinson and I are incredibly pleased to announce the launch of an exciting opportunity we are able to offer to the current year 10 students of Thomas Alleyne’s High School. In previous years, we have facilitated successful expeditions abroad, where students can experience diverse and contrasting cultures, challenging outdoor activities and meaningful community projects in developing countries.

It is our intention to offer an expedition through Outlook Expeditions, to Morocco in the Summer of 2023 (shortly after completion of your child’s GCSE exams. The expedition is likely to be around 14 days in length and depart around the 17th of July 2023. The likely itinerary will include a variety of phases including a trek, a community project as well as multiple opportunities for exploration, rest & relaxation and diverse cultural experiences.

Students will be given the opportunity to watch a short video launch in form time next week, building up to our launch webinar, hosted by Francesca Gallone from Outlook Expeditions on Thursday the 25th of November at 7.00 p.m.

If you or your child would be interested in hearing more about this opportunity, you can register yourself for the webinar launch event by following the link below.

https://outlookexpeditions.com/schools/thomas-alleynes-high-school-2023

We hope that you will be able to join us for the webinar and we look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards

Dr D. Squire and Miss S Robinson

Music News


Musical Theatre Trip


15 of our year 9, 10 and 11 music students had the opportunity to attend a Musical Theatre Workshop on 16th November. Our students worked with Kerry Ellis who played a starring role in ‘Wicked’ on the West End. Our students met Kerry Ellis and she gave them some fantastic advice. All students sang their hearts out in the concert and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of working with Kerry Ellis.

 
Christmas Concert news


The concert will be on Tuesday 7th December with a 6.30pm start. This year will be cabaret style seating and tickets will need to be purchased in advance from the school online shop in parent pay. All details of the concert for those taking part are in a letter, along with a consent slip which needs to be returned to Mrs Todd ASAP. Please collect your letter from room the music room. Auditions for solo vocal and instrumental performances are on Tuesday 30th November after school. Items can only be included in the concert that have had an audition and you must have decided on the piece to perform by that date. Rehearsals are; Thursday lunch; Band Thursday after school; String group Friday lunch; Year 9 and 10 Choir. 

Year 11 & 13 Parents Evening

Year 11 and 13 parents evenings are fast approaching, Y11 23rd November, Y13 2nd December.

Both events will be virtual via your child’s MS Teams account and further details will be sent out nearer the date.

Bookings are to be made via Talaxy, the Insight replacement, and login details have been sent to all Y11 & 13 parents to facilitate this.

Year 11 bookings are live!

Science News

Lemon Power!

In Physics this week, Year 12 students were investigating improvised cells and batteries. It’s possible to make these from lemons and different metals. Students were investigating the internal resistance in each, which can then be used to find the maximum power available from the lemon cell.

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Andrea W in 9U2 for fantastic thorough calculations.  

Also, Harley T and Jasmin W in 11U3 and Lucy S in 11H2 for fantastic thorough mock exam revision.

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Isabelle G, Luke N and Kathryn W (10U1) for fantastic results in their Chemistry assessment.

Also, Olivia B, Nicholas G-C, Darren L, Bowen W, Bayley W and Joshua W (9H4) for excellent behaviour and effort in their Chemistry lessons.

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate 10U1 for excellent attitude towards, and brilliant results on last week’s Physics assessment.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Max D (11H1) for excellent focus in Chemistry lessons this week.

Also, Jack B in Year 13 Chemistry for mastering pH calculations at the first attempt. 

Well done!

Geography

Year 11:

Well done to the 35 (!) Y11 students who attended the revision session on Wednesday. It was great to see so many of you ahead of your mock assessments. Next weeks revision session will be on the London case study from the Urbanisation topic, to help prepare you for your Paper 2 mock assessment (which will be the following Wednesday 1st December). This will be in Miss Robinson’s room (6a) from 3:15-4pm.


In this week’s  ‘Geog your Memory!’, there are questions from the coasts and also questions on the development gap and the UK’s economy (from the changing economic world topic). 
Please use the revision resources that have been shared with you in class and also on the Geography Teams.


Year 13:

Reminder to continue working on your NEA’s. The deadline for these being handed in will be discussed with your class teacher.

English Stars

The students of the week for English are:


Y9 Gracie-Mae B, Billie O, Isobel I, Adam R, Aine S, Alex P

Y10 Masie C, Finn P, Eren S, Amelia R, Sophia H

Y11 Katie S, Amy-Lee J, Grace S, Alice M, Ethan W, Luke C, Ryan B

Y12 May C, Georgia E

Y13 Lizzie S


Well done to all those nominated by their teachers. 

Allies Club

Allies Club is now at a new time on Monday after school in Room 21. Please come along if you are interested in making the school a more inclusive place. There will be no Allies meeting on the 22nd November but we look forward to seeing you there on Monday 29 November 2021.
If you would like to know more please speak to Miss Cann or Mrs Attwood and we can add you to the Team if you would like to get involved.


Latin Club

Latin Club for sixth for students has moved to a new time on Monday lunch time in Room 21. Please feel free to bring along your lunch and see what it is all about.

Cross Country

The district cross country races were held at Oldields last Wednesday. We were able to enter both girls and boys teams in all age groups. All runners did their best effort in the event, competitors who finish in the top 10 will have qualified for the County event in February

Year 8/9 Girls 10th Rhianna F 27th Jess P 28th Louie R 29th Hannah F
Year 8/9 Boys 5th Rhys M 6th Lewis A 27th Sam M 
Year 10/11 Girls 6th Martha B 9th Olivia Y 12th Rosanna H 14th Poppy B 15th Hazel B
Year 10/11 Boys 4th Lewis B 9th Charlie A 10th Reggie W

Rugby Success 

We are pleased to be able to share some information on two of our students who are making fantastic progress with their rugby. Amelie and Lucy have been keen rugby players for several years, representing Thomas Alleyne’s and their local club Burton. Amelie and Lucy succeeded in the trials for the Centre of Excellence, which is the third step on the RFU pathway to becoming a national player.

The CoE is a really professionally run outfit that covers all areas of rugby from skills and S&C to nutrition and mental training and lots in between. The girls attend Worcester Warriors every two weeks and train on the main pitch at the Sixways Stadium.  The Centre of Excellence contains the best players from over four counties in the Midlands and fixtures see the girls playing the best Rugby teams from other regions. 

We are proud of Amelie and Lucy, in terms of both their drive and motivation to be successful and their dedication to training.  We do have a girls rugby school after school every Friday until 4:15pm if you are in year 9-11 please attend if you have an interest in rugby.

This week the career is ‘Neurologist click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #14 – NEUROLOGIST – YouTube

Job title:  A neurologist is a medical doctor involved in the management of conditions affecting both the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system As a neurologist, you’ll diagnose, treat and manage patients with a range of diseases, disorders and conditions affecting neurological function. These include: strokes multiple sclerosis headaches black outs Parkinson’s disease Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia motor neuron disease epilepsy spinal cord diseases muscle diseases like muscular dystrophy infections affecting the nervous system brain tumours (where surgery is required, the patient will be referred to a neurosurgeon).
How to become:To become a neurologist, you’ll need to start by taking a degree in medicine recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC). This usually takes five to six years to complete. Specialty training in neurology currently consists of five years, one of which may be relevant research To apply for a degree in medicine you need to have studied sciences at A level. For more information click on the link Neurologist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk
Skills required:You’ll need to have: knowledge of anatomy, physiology, the central nervous system and other body systems diagnostic skills to determine the type of disease or condition, its severity and extent practical skills, to be able to complete clinical neurological examinations the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with patients and staff from a range of backgrounds problem-solving and clinical decision-making skills the ability to work independently and as part of a team time management and organisational skills familiarity with research methods and a willingness to keep up to date with advances in treatments leadership ability professional integrity and honesty, respecting both patients and colleagues a flexible approach to work and the ability to consider all factors before reaching a decision commitment, drive and focus the ability to reflect and learn from your own work and a commitment to continuing professional development (CPD).
What you’ll earn:Junior doctors undertaking foundation training earn a basic salary of £28,808 to £33,345. As a doctor undertaking your specialist training, your basic salary ranges from £39,467 to £53,077. The basic salary for specialty doctors ranges from £45,124 to £77,519. Newly qualified consultants earn a basic salary of £84,559 rising to £114,003, depending on length of service.

              Information taken directly from prospects Neurologist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

Upcoming events

Virtual United Kingdom Higher Education Expo – 24th November 2021

The United Kingdom Higher Education Expo highlights Higher Education opportunities and offers information from Universities across the UK, You can access the event during 6th form 7 time or at home in the evening.

You can register for the event by clicking the ‘REGISTER’ button above. Registering will give you the opportunity to chat with exhibitors via text chat, watch online video content, as well as download useful resources. The event ‘goes live’ on 24th November 2021 between 11.00am and 6.00pm. The event will be recorded and talks can be accessed 30 days after.

College Prospectuses

We have had a delivery of prospectuses for Stoke, Newcastle and Stafford College. If you want a copy then please contact featherstone@tahs.net and I will get them to you.

Balfour Beatty Degree Apprenticeships – Early release to schools in Staffordshire

We have gone live with several Apprenticeship roles and have ringfenced some just to be shared with schools we wish to work with in our local areas of Staffordshire, to give the chance to apply for before going public onto our website, which will be approx. mid November 2021.

Balfour Beatty | Apply now for the Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship – Warrington – 2022 position (headstartapp.com)

Balfour Beatty | Apply now for the Degree Apprentice Quantity Surveyor – Warrington – 2022 position (headstartapp.com)

Balfour Beatty | Apply now for the Degree Apprentice Planner – Warrington – 2022 position (headstartapp.com)

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November 12th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Sixth Form Applications Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2022 is available in this team or by clicking the following link:

Year 11 Sixth Form Application

Any questions please email Mrs Walton via sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 15th November 2021

Year 12

Choice of Future Intention tasks.  Log into Unifrog and start filling in competencies which will form the basis of your personal statement.  Or, log onto Unibuddy via UCAS hub:  search for universities or courses and chat online to current students.  Continue this at home, during enrichment and in your study periods and Sixth form 7.  Or watch this Unifrog video on Moocs then log onto Future Learn to explore Moocs and continue future planning during enrichment periods/Sixth Form 7.

Year 13

Log into Unifrog and look at personal statement writing advice.  Read some of their exemplars for different subjects.  Go to ‘subjects library’, choose a subject and scroll down to ‘statement’.  Remember not to plagiarise but to use this as a starting point for ideas for personal statements.  Students can start to consider gaps in their competencies (eg leadership, wider reading, work experience) that they might wish to build on.

Sixth Form Signing In & Out

Could students please ensure that before they leave the school site during the school day they must sign out in the correct book which is currently outside Mrs Walton’s office.

Upon returning students must then sign back in. It is imperative that all students adhere to this request. This does include breaks and lunchtimes.  We will be looking at an online version of this for the future.

Uniform – Reminder about the Sixth Form uniform policy.

Female students must be wearing a blouse and smart jumper over the top if needed and must be wearing a blazer. Sweatshirts and oversized jumpers are not part of our policy which is available for students to see on the school website and was part of their code of conduct which they signed at the start of the year.

We do not permit students to wear pleather.

School skirts must be of an appropriate length, they must not be micro mini as this would be not appropriate work wear.  

Male students must be wearing a shirt and tie at all times of the school day unless completing practical work in some lessons. Again blazers must be worn during the school day and should be worn on top of a smart jumper not a branded sweatshirt. Jumpers are not a replacement for a blazer.

Coats are permitted at the moment to be worn over blazers but not instead of blazers, this is a temporary measure.

Hoodies are not permitted in school as they are not part of the Sixth Form uniform policy and should not be worn as an outer garment, to replace jumper, blazer or coat.

Copy of uniform policy is attached for your information.

SIXTH FORM FUNDRAISING FOR DOUGIE MAC & SCHOOL WALK – CHRISTMAS NON-UNIFORM DAY

On 10th December, Dougie Mac are holding their annual Christmas jumper day and we are hoping to raise funds for them.  This will be a full non-uniform day for upper and lower school. Christmas attire is optional. Sixth Form prefects will be visiting form groups for donations which are suggested at £2 and above with 50% going to Dougie Mac and 50% to school walk funds.

Shoebox Collection

Reminder that we are collecting shoeboxes for local Salvation Army and also to North Staffordshire Women’s Aid for children of families experiencing domestic abuse.  Shoeboxes have been provided to form groups, along with an information leaflet and labels.  All you need to do is decide whether your shoebox is going to be for a girl or a boy and what age group, then fill it with age appropriate items like toys, hygiene items, pens, pencils etc.  The leaflet tells you what cannot be included.

If students could bring in at least one item for your shoebox then we should be able to send some wonderful things to children less fortunate.

If you require more than one shoebox please let Mrs Bell or Mrs Walton know.

Virtual subject sessions with Newman University

Monday 6 – Thursday 16 December, 6-7pm

Newman University, Birmingham is hosting this series of virtual information sessions to introduce students to over 20 of its degrees. Each session will give students the chance to ask questions to academic staff.

Subjects include:

> Criminology
> Psychology
> Teacher Training

Students can book here

Uniform

In light of the weather becoming colder we are advising that students ensure they dress appropriately. Students are requested to wear their blazer, a black v-necked jumper (school logo is optional) however there should be no branded jumpers. We would like to remind students, parents and carers that hoodies are not compliant with our uniform policy. Any student wearing a hoodie will be asked to remove this. From Monday 15h November any student continuing to wear a hoodie on the school site will have this confiscated.


Students are also encouraged to wear a coat to school. In instances of extreme cold weather and where classrooms are being ventilated, we have advised class teachers to allow students to wear their coats in lessons on the grounds of health and safety.

Data Collection Sheets

Data collection sheets have been distributed to all students.  Many thanks to parents who have already returned sheets.  If you have yet to do so, please check/update and sign the sheet and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency. 

We politely request two emergency contacts

Talaxy Launch

Insight has been upgraded to Talaxy, it is the same system but looks better, works better and is hosted on Amazon Servers, thus a much more stable and secure connection.

Please see the attached for login instructions for students. Please can you support you child in ensuring they are logged into the system.

Parental logins are being sent out – keep an eye on your inbox / spam

Outlook Expeditions: Morocco 2023.

Dear parents and carers of year 10 students,

Miss Robinson and I are incredibly pleased and excited to announce the launch of an exciting opportunity that we are very pleased to be able to offer to the year 10 students of Thomas Alleyne’s High School. In previous years, we have been able to offer an expedition abroad, where students can experience diverse and contrasting cultures, challenging outdoor activities and meaningful community projects in developing countries.

It is our intention to offer an expedition through Outlook Expeditions, to Morocco in the Summer of 2023 (shortly after completion of your child’s GCSE exams. The expedition is likely to be around 14 days in length and will include a variety of phases including a trek, a community project as well as multiple opportunities for exploration, rest and relaxation and cultural experiences.

Students will be given the opportunity to watch a short video launch in form time next week, building up to our launch webinar, hosted by Francesca Gallone from Outlook Expeditions on Thursday the 25th of November at 7.00 p.m.

If you or your child would be interested in hearing more about this opportunity, already, you can register yourself for the webinar launch event by following the link below.

https://outlookexpeditions.com/schools/thomas-alleynes-high-school-2023

We hope that you will be able to join us and we look forward to seeing you.

Kind regards

Dr D. Squire and Miss S Robinson

Year 11 & 13 Parents Evening

Year 11 and 13 parents evenings are fast approaching, Y11 23rd November, Y13 2nd December.

Both events will be virtual via your child’s MS Teams account and further details will be sent out nearer the date.

Bookings are to be made via Talaxy, the Insight replacement, and login details have been sent to all Y11 & 13 parents to facilitate this.

Year 11 bookings will go live early next week and an email will be sent to confirm the time and day of bookings opening.

Senior Maths Challenge

Senior Maths Challenge – Promoting a love of problem solving

Well done to the 9 Year 12 and Year 13 students who took part in the Senior Maths Challenge on Thursday afternoon.

The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice Challenge.

It encourages mathematical reasoningprecision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.

Maths After-School Support Sessions

All Y11 students are invited to attend the maths after-school support sessions

Science News

Science Trial Exams

Year 11 and Year 13 Trial Exams will be taking place during the week beginning Monday 22nd November.

Please see the dates below:

Year 11

Biology

Triple (Sets 1-2) Tuesday 23rd November

Combined (Sets 3-5) Tuesday 30th November

Chemistry

Triple (Sets 1-2) Friday 26th November

Combined (Sets3-5) Tuesday 23rd November

Physics 

Triple (Sets 1-2) Tuesday 30th November

Combined (Sets3-5) Friday 26th November

Year 13

Biology Monday 22nd November

Chemistry Wednesday 1st December

Physics Friday 3rd December

Applied Science Thursday 2nd December

Students must bring a pen, pencil, ruler and a calculator to the exams.

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs Lambert would like nominate the following students in 9U1 – Emily L and Rowan S for securing full marks on their recent biology assessment. Well done!!

Mr Melland would like to nominate the following students from 10U3 – Amelia R, Jesse C, Libby L and Keira J for a strong set of results on their physics assessment.

Mr Milward would like to nominate Rory O in 9E1 for excellent effort in Biology and Ianthe R for excellent contributions and work.

Also, Sadie B in 10E1 for insightful contributions to class discussions and Isabelle G in 10O2 for consistent hard work and achieving excellent scores.

Well done!

Geography

Year 11

Well done to the 23 year 11 students who attended last weeks revision session! Special mention goes to Charles F, Owen M, Mia S, Millie H, Bethany S and Eloise P who have attended every week since after-school revision started, well done!


Next weeks revision session will be on Tropical Rainforests, in preparation for your Paper 1 mock assessment (which will be the following week). Please see the attached revision timetable to see what will be covered in each session in the run up to Christmas. These sessions will be in room 6a with Miss Robinson, between 3:15 and 4pm on Wednesdays.


We have also attached our ‘Geog your memory!’ revision resource. Each week we will upload a new revision resource that covers topics that we have studied to help with your revision. This week’s ‘Geog your memory’ has questions from the Changing Economic World, Urban (regeneration in London) and Coasts topics.


Year 13

Well done to the year 13 students who have been attending revision sessions after-school with Mrs Goodwin. Next weeks revision session will be on Globalisation and Superpowers, in preparation for your Paper 2 mock assessment. These sessions run on Wednesday’s after-school between 3:15 and 4pm in room 7.


Also, a reminder to all Year 13s – continue making progress on your NEAs. Deadline for these will be discussed with your class teacher in lesson.


English Stars

The English department would like to thank the following students for going the extra mile in some way in their English lessons this week. Well done to:


Year 9 Hurry G, Ellie C, Sebastian G,  Millie A, Callum H, Scarlett C, Rowan S, Daisy C, Billie O

Year 10 Aileen L, Aimee S, Maisie L, Harriet K, Olivia Y, Amy H, Noah M, Sam L, Josh Boot, Abbie C, Karamarie G, Dylan H, Catharine M, Fearne W

Year 11 Dylan C, Tasha M, Katie D, Sadie O, Lucy M, Emma W, Yasmin L, Hannah W, Grace S, Daniel M

Year 12 Gabi S, Ella R, Elizabeth S

Year 13 Sadie B, Eve B, Sophie W

Robot Challenge First Robotics

Wednesday say the first get together for this coming years challenge. Next week we will be meeting on Tuesday and all interested parties are asked to come along.

For more information about the coming season see the videos here:

Netball


This week’s fixtures have seen success in both of the County Tournaments we have entered. 
On Saturday morning the U16 tournament took place at St Joseph’s. This was the first school netball fixture for our students in Year 10. The team gelled together quite quickly and the first two games saw victories against King Edward Lichfield and Deferrers finished 6-4 and 9-2 respectively.  Game of the day for Alleyne’s came in the semi-finals against St Joseph’s, a proper game with both teams being effective and scoring off their centre pass. The game went right to the wire with the winning goal being scored on the umpires whistle for a 9-8 victory for TAHS. With how the fixtures worked this left us with Newcastle Under Lyme, who were also unbeaten to play in the final. The standard of play was very high from both sides but Newcastle were victorious by 11-5. Both teams have qualified to represent Staffordshire in January.  

Squad – Bella, Poppy, Aimee, Kiera, Martha, Jess, Lucy, Sophie


On Wednesday it was the turn of our sixth form team. The tournament had a different format with two pools. There were no easy games and it was evident that most teams were made up of club players. Our opening game was an 8-2 victory against Nether Stowe. We then had a couple of games off court to further warm up and watch the opposition. The squad were nervous but so motivated and focused to reach the knockout stage.

Two games back to back, St Joseph’s first, a tense affair where we were able to take a four goal lead and our players kept their composure while the opposition were forced to make changes, the game finished 7-4 to Alleyne’s. We had qualified for the semi-finals, the girls were confident that we could top the group.

Next up King Edwards, the whole team showed great leadership throughout the game, with lots of encouragement and clear instructions throughout. In all of the games the team set up brilliantly defensively causing a lot of turnovers and winning balls and rebounds in our defensive D. The game finished 11-9 to TAHS.

It was more of the same in the semi-final against Denstone, the game felt closer than the score line suggests but a 13-5 victory. A repeat of the U16 final with Alleyne’s facing Newcastle and the result also going in the oppositions favour. We finished runners up in the County tournament and TAHS will also be representing Staffordshire in the regionals in January. 

We are very proud and pleased with the girls’ performances this week and for those students in Year 13 we are glad that Wednesday was not your last school fixture. 


Squad – Jess, Freya, Evie W, Frankie, Eve, Harriet, Freya, Evie R

A massive thank you to the parents who have assisted in transporting the students this week and have been a valuable support courtside, also thank you to Ursula Smith who was our umpire. 


We are looking to purchase some netball dresses for the Regionals if anybody is interested in sponsoring a kit, please get in contact with Miss Jones


Netball Clubs – next week Year 9/10 Tuesday, Year 10/11/sixth form Thursday

Cross Country


We have a cross country meet at Oldfields next Wednesday. We will leave school at 1:30 and return by 3:15. You will need boots/trainers to run in, warm clothes for when you are not racing and packed lunch water. Please reply to your teams chat message to confirm that you can run.

Grease Production News:

The first week of rehearsals have been underway for the upcoming school production of GREASE. Well done to all those who have committed to taking part and we will keep you updated as we progress. Below is a list of those currently involved. If you aren’t involved and you would like to be, or you can’t commit anymore please see Mrs Todd, Mrs Mood or Mrs Fletcher as soon as possible. 

Alfie Beard
Lucy Lowther
Evie Naylor
Kathryn Whetter
Lara Taylor-Caine
Emma Parker
Riley Smith
Josh Fowler
Henry McBride
Connor McGloughlin
Ella Russell
Liliana Kelsall
Michael Haynes
Kyle Williams
Savannah Omuso
Morgan Parkes
Heather Leech
Susie Catterall
Paige Harris
Isabell Draycott
Pip Bradley
Emily Parker
Rosie Haines
Harriet Ekins
Georgia Edwards
Sophie Willmott
Jess Punchard
Louie Ratcliffe
Dora Eccles
Colette Dale
Grace Atkin
Rhiannan Taylor
Jess Clay
Ebony Freeman
Verity Jankovskis
Ruby Hutchinson
Pat Tortonesi
Amy Kent
Clemmie Woods
Lani Neads
Sophie Chown
Nicholas Goodman-Carpenter
Catherine Mangan
Rebecca Baxter
Cicely Hall
Joe Bowers
Frankie Groom
Elliot Forrester
Freya Staley
Alyssa Whitehall
Zoe Hunter

This week the career is ‘Marine Biologist’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #13 – MARINE BIOLOGIST – YouTube

Job title:  Marine biology is the study of organisms and ecosystems in the oceans and other saltwater environments. This includes marine plants, animals and other organisms, both vertebrate and invertebrate, in deep oceans, shallow seas and the laboratory. The main aims of marine biology are to improve understanding of the marine world and to understand and predict changes in ecosystems affected by human and natural disturbances. Marine biology is a broad-ranging career. You could go into field work, academic research, laboratory work, consulting, charity, outreach or policy making.
How to become:To become a marine biologist, you’ll need a marine-focused degree such as: marine biology marine biology and coastal ecology/oceanography marine science ocean and earth science oceanography. If your undergraduate degree is a broader-based science degree, you will probably need a postgraduate degree in a marine-related study.
Skills required:accuracy and attention to detail, for recording observations and results excellent problem-solving skills to find solutions to problems research skills like collecting and analysing data as well as publishing results teamwork skills, whether working as part of a research team in a laboratory or an expedition team at sea observation skills for studying sea life for long periods of time a methodical and analytical mind for analysing and interpreting data strong communication skills for report writing, academic publications, press releases, grant applications, environmental impact assessments, conference presentations and standing out in job applications practical skills, such as diving, boat driving and first aid flexibility to deal with possible short-term work contracts, in other countries and in basic living conditions and all types of weather.
What you’ll earn:Entry-level salaries start from £12,000 up to £14,000 for apprentice lab technicians and £30,000 for consultancy work. Experienced marine biologists working in the field are paid in accordance with local salaries. Salaries for PhD holders are between £26,000 and £35,000, although some marine laboratories and research organisations pay on a university lecturer scale between £28,000 and £45,000 a year (the scale for postdoctoral research positions).  

              All information taken directly from Marine biologist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

College Prospectuses

We have had a delivery of prospectuses for Stoke, Newcastle and Stafford College. If you want a copy then please contact featherstone@tahs.net and I will get them to you.

Balfour Beatty Degree Apprenticeships – Early release to schools in Staffordshire

We have gone live with several Apprenticeship roles and have ringfenced some just to be shared with schools we wish to work with in our local areas of Staffordshire, to give the chance to apply for before going public onto our website, which will be approx. mid November 2021.

Balfour Beatty | Apply now for the Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship – Warrington – 2022 position (headstartapp.com)

Balfour Beatty | Apply now for the Degree Apprentice Quantity Surveyor – Warrington – 2022 position (headstartapp.com)

Balfour Beatty | Apply now for the Degree Apprentice Planner – Warrington – 2022 position (headstartapp.com)

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November 5th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application

All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Sixth Form Applications Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2022 is available in this team or by clicking the following link:

Year 11 Sixth Form Application

Any questions please email Mrs Walton via sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 8th November 2021

Year 12

Year will be given a Which guide Higher & Degree Apprenticeships and be encouraged to search for these on Unifrog live database. This can be done during form time and Sixthform7.

Year 13

This week will be spending time with their academic tutors working on personal statements and UCAS applications ready for the TAHS internal deadline of Friday 17th December 2021.

Poppies

From Monday 8th November Senior Prefects will be visiting tutor groups across the school during form time selling poppies.

Assembly w/c 1st November

Assemblies this week were led by Mrs Dodd on the theme of ‘Emotional well-being’.

Please see the November Action for Happiness poster.  This has been taken from the ‘Action for Happiness’ Organisation their website is as follows: www.actionforhappiness.org

All documents from the assembly have been sent out to all students via insight.

Welcome to Edition 141 of the Unifrog Gazette!

This week: 

Webinar series: The basics of interviews > Help your students secure an internship > Masterclasses at the University of Cumbria…
 

The basics of interviews

Help your students get prepared

This Teaching resource will equip your students with the knowledge to feel confident in their first interview, whether it’s for a job, apprenticeship or to study at university.

Topics include preparation tips, interview structures, and some common types of questions to expect.

Find the resource here

Help your students secure an internship

This Know-how library guide will help your students understand the value of internships, and how to go about getting one.

It also encourages students to actively seek out internships by:

> taking advantage of their school or college’s careers service
> attending job fairs
> applying speculatively 

Find it here

Masterclasses at the University of Cumbria

Designed for anyone thinking of going to university, Cumbria’s in-person and online masterclasses explore subjects from law to education, and literature to sciences.

Titles include:

> How does criminology help us understand violence against women and girls?
> Developing an approach to in-person auditions for acting
> Forensic science at your fingertips

Sign up here

Uniform


In light of the weather becoming colder we are advising that students ensure they dress appropriately. Students are requested to wear their blazer, a black v-necked jumper (school logo is optional) however there should be no branded jumpers. We would like to remind students, parents and carers that hoodies are not compliant with our uniform policy. Any student wearing a hoodie will be asked to remove this. From Monday 15h November any student continuing to wear a hoodie on the school site will have this confiscated.


Students are also encouraged to wear a coat to school. In instances of extreme cold weather and where classrooms are being ventilated, we have advised class teachers to allow students to wear their coats in lessons on the grounds of health and safety.

Data Collection Sheets

Data collection sheets have been distributed to all students.  Many thanks to parents who have already returned sheets.  If you have yet to do so, please check/update and sign the sheet and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency. 

We politely request two emergency contacts

Talaxy Launch

Insight has been upgraded to Talaxy, it is the same system but looks better, works better and is hosted on Amazon Servers, thus a much more stable and secure connection.

Students need to activate their account ready for November:

  1. Go to tahs.talaxy.app
  2. Click on Login – top right
  3. Click on Sign in with Microsoft at the bottom of the sign in screen
  4. Put in you school email username@tahs.net
  5. Put in your school network password
  6. Go to your Outlook email and click the conformation link

You are now in….

Parental logins will be sent out after half term.

Maths After-School Support Sessions

All Y11 students are invited to attend the maths after-school support sessions

Science News

This week Dr Squire captivated his Year 10 Biology classes with the ‘Screaming Jelly Baby’ demonstration!   The students have been studying how energy is released from food molecules – respiration in living cells releases energy from glucose molecules. 

The students watched the dramatic demonstration showing the release of energy from a single Jelly Baby as it burst into flames in a boiling tube containing strongly oxidising potassium chlorate.  The rapidly expanding gases produced a ‘screaming’ sound from the boiling tube!

Visit the Science Twitter to watch the full video!       Tweets by ScienceTAHS1

This week’s Science Students of the week are:

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Susie C and Isabelle G in 10U1 for amazing results in their chemistry assessment.

Dr Squire would like to nominate Leon O in 10U2 and Chloe F in Year 11 for working tirelessly to catch up!  And also, Willow M for her enthusiasm and positive contribution in class.

Well done!


English Stars

After half term, the nights are drawing in and it is getting colder. However, the following students have brightened up the week for their English teachers this week. Well done to our students of the week, who are:


Year 9 Harry S (HS), Elisha T, Evie D, Evie B, Victoria S, Poppy W, Rowan S

Year 10 Laura G, Amber C, Kai H

Year 11 Isabella M, Alfie H, Casey H, Livvy E, Jack W, Dominic O, Abi R

Year 12 Katie U, Gabby S, Alyssa W, Freya S, Henry W, May C, Evie N

Year 13 Lizzie S, Katie G

MFL NEWS

Year 11 Revision

Higher Tier – Tuesdays 3:15 – 4:00 in room 11Foundation Tier – Thursday 3:15 – 4:00 in room 10 on the 11th, 18th and 25th November


All students also have access to many resources for independent revision, including ThisIsLanguage, Quizlet, Linguascope, and GCSEPod. All of them can help you with all 4 skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing). Ask your teacher if you need help logging in.

Grease Production News:

Monday 8/11 First rehearsal for musicians  3.15 to 4.15 in room 67Tuesday 9/11 Meeting for ALL students involved in Grease 3.15 to 4.15 in room 67. Rehearsal schedules will be given out.

Music Department News


Please see Mrs Todd as soon as possible if you wish to be involved in the Musical Theatre opportunity on November 16th, working with a West End cast member of ‘Wicked.’ Rehearsals for this will be on the music noticeboard. Please see Mrs Todd for a consent form to be involved. 


Christmas Concert 7th December


Please see Mrs Todd if you wish to perform in this years’ concert. Rehearsals will start next week.

Career of the week

This week the career is ‘Kennel Worker’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #11 – KENNEL WORKER – YouTube

Job title:  Kennel workers care for dogs and cats in kennels or catteries. In your day-to-day duties you might: prepare food and feed the animals keep animals clean and groom them exercise dogs in a yard or take them for walks clean out kennels and cages maintain cages, runs and kennel grounds look after elderly, ill or distressed animals answer telephone calls and greet visitors to the premises
How to become:College You could take a college course, for example in Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Animal Care or Level 2 Diploma in Animal Management You’ll usually need: 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course, 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course Apprenticeship You can do an intermediate apprenticeship as an animal care and welfare assistant. Entry requirements – There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship Volunteering Volunteering is a useful way to get experience and shows employers that you are enthusiastic and interested in working with animals. You can find out about opportunities for volunteering in your area from: Blue Cross RSPCA PDSA Dogs Trust Cats Protection
Skills required:to be thorough and pay attention to detailthe ability to use your initiativeto be flexible and open to changepatience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situationsthe ability to work well with othersthe ability to accept criticism and work well under pressurecustomer service skillsexcellent verbal communication skillsto be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll earn:£12000 -£170000

              All information taken directly from Kennel worker | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Balfour Beatty Degree Apprenticeships – Early release to schools in Staffordshire

We have gone live with several Apprenticeship roles and have ringfenced some just to be shared with schools we wish to work with in our local areas of Staffordshire, to give the chance to apply for before going public onto our website, which will be approx. mid November 2021.

Balfour Beatty | Apply now for the Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship – Warrington – 2022 position (headstartapp.com)

Balfour Beatty | Apply now for the Degree Apprentice Quantity Surveyor – Warrington – 2022 position (headstartapp.com)

Balfour Beatty | Apply now for the Degree Apprentice Planner – Warrington – 2022 position (headstartapp.com)

Upcoming Opportunities

The national Apprenticeship SHow

The National Apprenticeship Show Central Highlights Apprenticeship opportunities and offers information from Central England and the Midland’s top employers and training providers

  • You can register for the event on this link: The National Apprenticeship Show (vfairs.com). Registering will give you the opportunity to chat with exhibitors via text chat, watch online video content, as well as download useful resources. The event ‘goes live’ on 10th November 2021 between 11.00am and 6.00pm.
  • It is recommended that you research exhibitors that you are interested in ahead of the event to ensure you’re prepared with any questions.
  • Please also take a look through our Workshop Schedule. These sessions are either live or pre-recorded and run alongside a live Q&A session.
  • The event is on-demand and available to access for 30 days after the event has taken place. This on-demand period will allow visitors to download information and view content.

RAF LIVE – WEDNESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2021, 6PM – 9PM

We are pleased to invite you to our RAF Live event taking place on Wednesday 10 November from 6pm – 9pm.

I have attached details of our live and interactive event for you to distribute to your students and we very much look forward to meeting you during our broadcast.

You will need to register for this event prior to the start time, please use the link https://learnliveuk.com/partner/raf-careers/ on the attached poster to register. Thank you.

If you do have any questions, please feel free to contact me at AFCOGloucester-Outreach@mod.gov.uk.

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October 15th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application

All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Sixth Form Applications Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2022 is available in this team or by clicking the following link:

Year 11 Sixth Form Application

Any questions please email Mrs Walton via sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 18th October 2021

Year 12

Is Uni right for you?  How do I know?  Students to watch some videos during form time to help them to prepare.

Year 13

How well do you use source material?  Read the ‘Bridging The Gap’ document complete the CAPS activity for something you have read recently.

Student reminder

Please can all Sixth Form students remember to use the sign in/out book outside the Sixth Form office when leaving or returning to school.

Can you help?

We are looking for students to get involved.  Could you be a Mental Health Ambassador for the school? Information about this can be found outside the Sixth Form office. If you are interested, please see Mrs Walton.

Operation Christmas Child

You may (or may not) be aware that 15th – 19th November is Samaritan’s Purse Operation.

Samaritan’s Purse Operation helps children around the world by collecting shoebox gifts ensuring that all children will receive something at Christmas.

We thought this might be a good challenge for form tutor groups to get involved in.  Next week we will be providing forms with a shoebox to pack your items in, along with an information leaflet and labels.  All you need to do is decide whether your shoebox is going to be for a girl or a boy and what age group, then fill it with age appropriate items like toys, hygiene items, pens, pencils etc.  The leaflet tells you what cannot be included.

If you can get your students to all bring in one item for your shoebox then we should be able to send some wonderful things to children less fortunate.

There will be a prize for the Sixth Form form with the best shoebox.

Fundraising Update

On Friday 8th October, the Sixth Form raised money for Young Minds UK by taking part in their #HelloYellow day. We raised £73.60! Thank you to everyone who took part or donated.

The Senior Prefect Team

Sixth Form Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF)

Sixth Form bursary booklets are now available for collection from the Sixth Form office.

News from PE

Fantastic week of school sport with excellent levels of rugby and hockey played in lessons and great engagement in our after school badminton and fitness.

This week our year 9 netballers played their first competitive games at Deferrers ( see report and pics) and our U18 football team played a county cup game narrowly losing 2-1 away to John Taylor. (see team photo)


Next week is a really busy week in PE with Year 9 Boys footballers playing their first game on Monday at home to Blythe Bridge,  Year 9 Boys rugby players have their first match on Tuesday at home to John Taylor and our U18 boys rugby team travel to Walsall on Wednesday for a County Cup match.


BTEC Tech Award Sport, Activity & Fitness – We will be writing to parents with an assessment update over half term, but it is important all students upload their coaching videos to assignments on Teams before half term.

Netball

On Tuesday night the 6th Form team took on the Y11 school netball team in an internal fixture. The level of netball was really high, some beautiful plays and excellent goals were seen. The final score was 15 v 4 to the 6th form team, with the players of the game being Evie Waring and Jess Clay.

Thank you all for participating and it was great to see such good netball being played. 

The teams were; Evie W, Eve B, Jess B, Amelia H and Freya H, Jess Clay, Martha B, Keira F, Lucy O and Megan L. 

House Competition Latest

1 – Elkes: 58

1 – Torrance: 58

3 – Whitmore: 53

4 – Orme: 41

How do you get points for your house? 
Credits Earn credits to help your house win the credit award each week

Attendance Come to school every day to help your house win the Attendance award each Half Term (Triple Points!)

Upcoming House Competitions

Art Competitions – November

Swimming Gala – w.b 15th November

Science News

Follow us on Twitter!

The Science Department Twitter account @ScienceTAHS1 carries information on all things happening within the Department – including a look at a physics investigation carried out by Year 9 and the pigs and turkeys enjoying their fresh bedding on the School Farm!

Follow the link below to find out what’s been happening this week!

This Week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Mrs North would like to nominate Sebastian G and Lewis A for an excellent result in their biology test.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Spencer W in 9U2 for his excellent electromagnetism investigation, a photograph can be seen on TAHS Science Twitter account!

Mrs Lambert would like to say a big well done to all of 9U1 on excellent engagement in their recent practical activity in biology. We will be viewing our agar plates next week to see how much bacteria there was on our phone and keys! Photos to follow on the TAHS Science Twitter account!

Year 10

Mrs North would like to nominate Joe N, Tom L and Alex H for an excellent result in their chemistry test.

Well done!

Year 11 History

All groups will be having an examination on Paper 1 Medicine Through Time 18th  – 21st October. Students should be revising for this at home.

French

French speaking exams have been rearranged for Tuesday 19th October. Times have been sent home. Bonne Chance.


English Stars

The English department has seen lots of excellent work from students over the last week, as well as some outstanding effort. The following students particularly stood out as being deserving of praise. Well done to:


Year 9  Kai B, Ethan S, Adam R, Lola T, Billie O, Daisy C

Year 10 Alex E, Neve C, Aimee S, Aileen L

Year 11 Georgie S, Lewis M, Georgie F

Year 12 Joshua H, Katie U

Career of the week

This week the career is ‘IT Technician’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #09 – IT TECHNICIAN – YouTube

Job title:  IT Technician  – IT technical support staff diagnose and solve software and hardware problems for computer users. You could: take details from customers about their IT problems find and fix faults track work in progress and record issues and solutions update online knowledge banks service equipment like printers, projectors and IT networks set up new equipment and upgrade existing systems train people on new systems, face-to-face and online
How to become:College You could take a college course in computing or IT support, like a: Level 2 Certificate in ICT Systems Support Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence T level in Digital Support Services Apprenticeship The following advanced apprenticeships may be relevant to this role: Level 3 Infrastructure technicianLevel 3 IT solutions technician Entry requirements You’ll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Skills required:the ability to work well with othersknowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and softwareanalytical thinking skillsknowledge of engineering science and technologyto be thorough and pay attention to detailcustomer service skillsexcellent verbal communication skillsto be flexible and open to changeto be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
What you’ll earn:£16000 -£35000

              All information taken directly from IT support technician | Explore careers | National Careers Service

College open days and events  

I have attached links to colleges in the local area for students who may be considering this route. There are a number of open days coming up and details of these events can be found on the links below.

Events | NSCG – Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group

Newcastle Open Events… | NSCG – Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group

Events – Derby College (derby-college.ac.uk)

Open days (bsdc.ac.uk)

Open Events 2021/22 – Stoke-on-Trent College :Stoke-on-Trent College (stokecoll.ac.uk)

Course Open Event 16th October – Reaseheath College

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October 8th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Assemblies for Next Week

Assemblies: w/b 11th of October

The assembly this week will be led by Mr Parker to talk about the importance of turning up. 

Thought(s) for the Week 

“Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it.”  -R.G. Risch

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Notable Days

11th International Day of the Girl Child  International Day of the Girl Child | United Nations

1th National Coming Out Day Coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (stonewall.org.uk)

14th International Sceptics day

17th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty International Day for the Eradication of Poverty | United Nations

Sixth Form Open Evening.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday the 7th of October. It was a fantastic evening and we were delighted to share the many opportunities our Sixth Form offers.

We welcome sixth form applications from Thursday 14th of October and the deadline for completion is the 14th of January 2022. We will send information on how to complete the application including the personal statement directly to year 11 students.

If you were unable to attend the evening, or would like further information on the subjects we offer, please see the presentation from the evening here: Open Evening Presentation

and also a link to our Sixth form video here:  https://youtu.be/BPbQVxIElCA

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the sixth form team via sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 11th October 2021

Year 12

Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?   Students each complete a mindset quiz.  Each student should have a strength and area for development at the end of the session, as well as more awareness about their learning styles. 

Year 13

Tutors will help students prepare for university and what they can expect with videos from Oxford Brookes, Galway and Bangor Universities.

Sixth Form Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF)

Sixth Form bursary booklets are now available for collection from the Sixth Form office.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

We will be sending Christmas shoe boxes to the Operation Christmas Child charity and would like to gather as many as we can.  Form tutors will be collecting these from students in their registration groups between 15th – 19th November 2021.  Please give generously!  Remember there are some restricted items eg toothpaste, sweets, lotions and liquids.  A full list of what can be included is available on this link:  What Goes In My Shoebox (samaritans-purse.org.uk).  Thank you in advance.

Data Collection Sheets

Data collection sheets have now been distributed to all students.  Many thanks to parents who have already returned sheets.  If you have yet to do so, please check/update and sign the sheet and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.  We politely request two emergency contacts

News from PE

House hockey
All year groups participated in House Hockey on Wednesday. In these competitive matches the girls showcased the skills they have practised this term in PE lessons. 

Year 9 results1st Torrance and Whitmore 
3rd Elkes4th Orme 


Year 10 & 11 combined 1st Torrance 2nd Elkes 3rd Orme 4th Whitmore 

Netball Tuesday 12th October – Year 9 Netball tournament away at Deferrers

Wednesday – Year 10 House netball tournament 

House Rugby Results –

Year 9 – 1st Torrance, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Orme, 4th Elkes

Year 10 – 1st Whitmore, 2nd Orme, 3rd Torrance, 4th Elkes

Year 11 1st Torrance, 2nd Elkes, 3rd Orme, 4th Whitmore

BTEC Tech Award Sport, Activity & Fitness – All students need to upload coaching videos to assignments on teams.

House Competition 2021 – 22

1 – Elkes: 44

2 – Whitmore: 37

3 – Torrance: 34

4 – Orme: 25

How do you get points for your house?

Credits

Earn credits to help your house win the credit award each week

Attendance

Come to school every day to help your house win the Attendance award each Half Term (Triple Points!)

House Competitions

House Football – Date TBC

House Netball – Date TBC

Art Competitions – Date TBC

Swimming Gala – 15th November

Mental Health 


It is World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10th October. Students have watched a presentation during registration this week. This has highlighted support on offer in school. On Tuesday we will be joined by Natalie and Bridie from the Burton and Uttoxeter Mental Health in Schools team. They will have a stall in the canteen at lunchtime and they would like to speak to students who are keen to promote positive mental health and who are interested in becoming Mental Health ambassadors in school. 

Science News

Science Students of the Week

Mrs North would like to nominate Evie D and Rachel T (9H2A) – for fantastic homework about microscopes in Biology.

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate the following students from 10U1 – Logan C, Charlie F, Isabelle G, Calli H, Luke N, Bethan P and Ben P for their great performance in their recent chemistry assessment.

Mrs Hughes would also like to nominate the following students from 11H3 – Jack B, Emily G, Katy J, Grace S and Daisy T for a fantastic result in their science assessment.

Well done!

Calling All Aspiring Medics or Healthcare workers

There are still some spaces on the Autumn and early Winter virtual hospital work experience course – Ward Round Live. It’s a great way for students to get interactive work experience for their Medicine application, as well as taking on the role of a Doctor themselves.

Next available courses:

Name: Ward Round Live
Ages: 15+
Next Date: Saturday 16th October 2021 & Sunday 7th November 2021
Time: 10am – 4pm
Link:https://educationprojects.co.uk/medical-projects/ward-round-live/

If you are an aspiring medics or healthcare students then please follow the link

Geography

Year 11 revision sessions are running every Wednesday after-school till around 4pm with Miss Robinson in room 6a. The theme for this half term’s revision sessions are exam skills, with next week’s revision session on ‘how to answer 4 and 6 mark questions’. All students from each Y11 group are invited to attend these sessions!


Year 13 revision sessions are also running every Wednesday after-school with Mrs Goodwin in room 7. These sessions will provide you with a chance to discuss your progress with your NEA and also to work on knowledge and exam technique.

Yr9 Send Evening 

On Thursday the Send department are holding a  meeting for year 9 parents. The evening starts at 5pm in Keeling House on Thursday 14th October. It is an opportunity for parents of special needs pupils in year 9 to meet teaching assistants and to see how pupils are supported in their curriculum and social time.

We look forward to meeting you on Thursday.


English Stars

Well done to the following students, who have been nominated by your teachers for this week’s student of the week.


Year 9 Rachel T, Ellie Mae R, Lily H, Daisy C, Kieran C, Joshua W


Year 10 Maddie H, Aimee S, Lacey B, Maisie L, Harriet K, Lily O, Aileen L, Jack M, Megan W B


Year 11 Evie R, Bren P, Krishan K, Bailey L, Lucy M, Katie D, Edward T, Harriet E, Hannah Thomas L


Year 12 Yasmin L, Pjilippa B, Liliana KYear 13 Sadie B

Career of the week

This week the career is ‘Hotel Porter click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #08 – HOTEL PORTER – YouTube

Job title:  Hotel Porter Hotel Porters welcome guests, carry their luggage and answer their questions. On a typical day you could: welcome guests to the hotel and carry their luggage answer queries about the hotel and make reservations arrange taxis and book tickets run errands, such as picking up dry cleaning take messages give directions move furniture or equipment to set up rooms for events respond to safety and security issues
How to become:College You can take a college course before you look for work, like: Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry or customer service. You may need: 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course Apprenticeship You can start by doing a hospitality team member intermediate apprenticeship. Entry requirements You’ll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship Direct Application You can apply directly to employers if you’ve got some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this job. Experience in customer service will be helpful though not essential. Employers will be interested in your personal qualities and will expect you to be hardworking, honest and a reliable time-keeper.
Skills required:customer service skills the ability to work on your own the ability to work well with others physical fitness and endurance excellent verbal communication skills active listening skills concentration skills the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll earn:£14000 -£19000

              All information taken directly from Hotel porter | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Careers interviews

All year 11s will be seen for careers interviews over the next two terms to enable them to make their plans for post 16.

Students will be collected from their lessons to attend and where possible will be contacted in advance.

All year 11s will be seen by either myself (Anna Featherstone) or Clare Atkinson – our advisor from Entrust.

If students would like to know more about what to expect in their appointment or look at how to prepare then please click on the link attached which will take you to a document in Microsoft teams. Alternatively, you will find the information on our school website under the careers tab.

Featherstone: What to expect in your careers appointment 

               Upcoming events and Opportunities

Free Careers Evenings for Teachers and Parents Expert advice to enhance your students’ career potential

InvestIN runs a series of bespoke, free-of-charge events for parents and teachers specifically designed to help you enhance your students’ career potential. This term’s schedule includes sessions on how to break into medicine, learning leadership skills, launching a career to fight climate change and much more. If you are interested or want to register for any of the events then you can on this link Events for Parents | InvestIN

Succeeding in STEM – Discover how to kickstart your child’s career in STEM-related industries. Led by Ella Podmore, McLaren Engineer – Live online | 20th October 2021 | 7-8pm GMT

Spotlight Talks: Inspiring careers excellence – 13-14 October, 2021.

In partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Spotlight talks brings together the UK’s leading employers and apprentices to inspire even more young people, from all walks of life to take up technical career routes and apprenticeships. The next Spotlight talks will focus on digital skills and careers. To register click on the link below. Registration | WorldSkills UK Events

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October 1st 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Assemblies for Next Week

Assemblies: w/b 4th of October

The assembly this week will be led by Mr Melland to talk about World Space Week 

Thought(s) for the Week 

 “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” ― Isaac Asimov

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie

Year 11 Sixth Form Talk: 30th September 2021.

Mrs Dodd delivered a talk to all year 11 students during period 1 today. She discussed the many opportunities that the Sixth Form can provide after year 11, the array of subjects (both A-level and BTEC) available, and the application process for 2022 entry. During this talk she reminded students that they are required by law to stay in education and/or training until they are 18. All students were given a letter to bring home in relation to our forthcoming Sixth Form Open Evening, which will also be emailed out to all parent(s)/carer(s) of year 11 students.

Sixth Form Open Evening: 7th of October 2021.

We are delighted to be able to offer a face-to-face open evening this year, which is the first stage of our application process for 2022 entry. Post-16 education at Thomas Alleyne’s is highly regarded by both students and their families, and we have a proven track record of success in both A-Level and BTEC courses.  

The aim of the open evening is to support year 11 students in making informed decisions about their Post-16 education, and will comprise of a Sixth Form information session alongside a number of subject specific presentations. 

Evening Format:

• 6.00-6.30pm – Sixth Form Information Talk one in the theatre OR

• 6.20-6.30pm – Subject talk one

THEN:

• 6.40-6.50pm – Subject talk two

• 7.00-7.10pm – Subject talk three

• 7.20-7.30pm – Subject talk four

• 7.40-7.50pm – Subject talk five

• 8.00-8.10pm – Subject talk six

• 8.20-8.50pm – Second Sixth Form Talk two in the theatre OR

• 8.20-8.50pm Subject questions and answers.

The Sixth form information sessions will be led by myself, Mrs Dodd and our Head Boy and Girl, and will cover the Post-16 admissions process, examination results, student destinations alongside our expectations and opportunities.  

We strongly encourage our year 11 students to plan their evening in advance, as they will be able to attend up to six subject talks, which will  focus on the nature, demands and admission criteria for individual A-Level and BTEC courses.  Subject staff and current Post-16 students will be available throughout the evening to answer any questions. 

To help you plan your evening, and to keep our community as safe as possible, we would ask that you book tickets for the sessions and subject talks via the following link:

Please could tickets for the talks are booked in the name of the prospective year 12 student, and where possible they attend with one parent/carer.

Our current Sixth Form prospectus is available to view online now in the Sixth Form section of our school website, and our 2022 prospectus will be available on the open evening.

If you have any queries, or if you are unable to attend the evening, but would like to receive information about our Sixth Form, please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk

UCAS 2022 Entry:

The Sixth form team are pleased to share that that our first UCAS applications for 2022 entry have been sent off this week. If your child is in year 13 and is hoping to go to university in 2022 please encourage them to complete their personal statement and UCAS application as soon as possible. Year 13 have been provided with a wealth of resources to support them in this, and also have free access to our fantastic online destinations platform Unifrog. 

Please be aware of the following National deadlines for 2022 Entry:

Conservatoire music courses – 1st October 2021 6pm

Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses – 15th October 2021 6pm

All other university courses – 26th January 2022 6pm

For further information about UCAS or the application process please visit UCAS.com

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 4th October 2021

Year 12

Plan out your ‘road map’ to help you reflect on what you want from Y12.  Or use the ‘goal setting’ worksheet to plan out careers and steps to getting there – courtesy of Unifrog.

Year 13

Log onto the Future Learn website and explore their moocs.  Sign up for one and continue this during your 6th form 7 enrichment sessions or tutor time on Wednesdays.  These will help your personal statements to really stand out!’

Sixth Form Volunteers Needed

We are looking for Sixth Form students to volunteer to help during our Prospective Sixth Form Open Evening taking place on Thursday 7th October.  If you are interested in supporting the Sixth Form please pop your name on the sign sheets outside the Sixth Form office.

Sixth Form Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF)

Sixth Form bursary booklets are now available for collection from the Sixth Form office.

All students in Years 11, 12 and 13 have been sent this link via their school email.  If they are interested in an apprenticeship they can register using the link.

Art & photography back on the road

Y12 Art and Photography Students went to Birmingham Library, City Centre and Galleries to make sketches and take photographs for their coursework development and experimentation.  The trip went really well, all students worked hard and were an excellent example for the school and conducted themselves safely and maturely.  Mr. Robinson-White, Mrs. Simmonds-Vaughan and Ms. Wood were delighted to spend the day supporting our wonderful Artists and Photographers. 

Year 10 and Y11 Data Collection Sheets

Year 10 and Year 11 data collection sheets have been distributed to students this week. We thank all parents in advance for checking/completing these sheets and returning them to the school office as soon as possible. The information helps us to safeguard your child and contact you in an emergency. We politely request 2 emergency contacts. Please do advise the school office if any detail changes throughout the year including email addresses. 

News from PE

This Thursday evening saw our House Handball competition take place. The event was a mixed gender, multi year group competition – which saw some great skill and game play.

Final positions after 2 hours of match play saw Whitmore come out on top, Elkes 2nd, Torrance 3rd and Orme 4th.

Joel M was player of the tournament.  All players taking place earnt credits for their house as well as the competition points.


Preparations continue for Girls House Hockey and Boys House Rugby on Wednesday 6th October –

Year 11 P2, Year 9 P3, Year 10 P4.

Students wanting to play just need to register and go straight to changing rooms.

Fitness, Badminton and Girls Rugby continue to be well attended (see Pics)
Next week

Tue 5th Oct Year 9 Girls House Netball – 3.05-4.15

Wed 6th Oct Year 11 Girls House Netball – 3.05-4.15

Wed 6th Oct Girls House Hockey

Wed 6th Oct Boys House Rugby

Thu 7th Oct Boys House Football 3.05-4.15

Fri 8th Oct Badminton Club 3.05-4pm

Fri 8th Oct Girls Rugby 3.05-4pm

Fri 8th Oct Fitness Club 3.05-4pm 

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs North would like to nominate Lewis A (9T2) and Jack A (9T2) for excellent contribution in Biology.

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate Alisha C and Krishan K (10H5) for excellent practical work in Biology.

Mr Melland would like to say a huge thank you to the Year 9 students who volunteered to help in the Science Department and made a massive contribution during the School’s Open Evening.

The students demonstrated the dissection of a sheep’s pluck (lungs, heart and liver), intrigued visitors with smiley-faced marshmallows in the vacuum chamber and produced an array of colours in the chemical flame tests!

Well done!

MFL Musings

Firstly, well done to everyone in 11C who completed their Trial Speaking Exam this week. We’re looking forward to 11D doing just as well in a couple of weeks time – final details to follow as soon as we can. 
It was also an eventful week as we had year 8 visiting us from the middle schools on Thursday evening. It was a great opportunity to meet everyone, tell them about what we do in year 9, and to get people trying Battleships, Sentences of Doom, and Quizlet. 


This week, we want to celebrate students who have demonstrated the core values of a THOMAS Character, so congratulations to:

MC for helping others in class 9HAKJ for tenacity in every lesson 9HLJH and IG for tenacity 10C


And of course, another huge well done to 11C for their speaking exams, and a thank you to year 12 for all of their support and hard work on open evening. 

Music News

Can all students who would like to have instrumental/vocal tuition in school please either collect a letter from me or return their parental consent slips if you have a letter. Please do this ASAP.
If you are unsure what time your lesson is please look at the music notice board in room 67 or see Mrs Todd. I will continue to remind pupils on SIMS for next week but then you will need to check the notice board.


Guitar lessons Monday 9am
Drum lessons Monday 11.40am
Woodwind lessons Thursday 9.30am
Violin, Vocal, Piano Thursday 10.30am
Brass lessons Friday 10.45am

GREASE Production

Please can ALL students who want to be in Grease and have not yet had a Dance Audition, ensure you attend the dance session on Tuesday 5th October after school in the theatre until 4.15. If you have already auditioned for dance you do not need to be there. You MUST attend if you want any part on stage and have not already auditioned for dance.

Grease drama auditions will take place on Wednesday 13th October. For more details then please see Mrs Todd or Mrs Mood.

PET XI Training YEAR 11 Positive Directions

Congratulations to the Yr11 pupils who completed their level IT training with PetXI this.  Throughout the week pupils developed their IT skills with external staff.  The course allowed them to build CV’s and career applications as well as build skills in using Office 365.  Well done to all pupils, the company were extremely complimentary about your approach and conduct during the week.

History

Year 11 pupils should be revising for their Paper 1 Medicine Through Time exam – this will be sat during the week beginning 18th October.


After school revision is Wednesday and Thursday each week.

English Stars

Congratulations to the following students who have impressed their English teachers this week.

Y9 Blake R, Matthew F, Harvey D, Elisha T, Landon F


Y10 Kieran S, Aimee S, Poppy B, Isobel H, Lauren N, Lily O, Harriet K, Milly S, Aileen L, Alex H, Billy T, Jack G


Y11 Jimmy K, Bertie I, Luke C, Joe Ho, Hannah C, Beth J, Bethan T, Joe Ha


Y12 Katie U, Will P, Tess SY13 Sadie B, Katie G, Sophie W, Lizzie S, Martha M, Robert F

Allies will return this week. If you would like to be involved, please come along from 8:00 on Monday morning to Room 23 or speak to Miss Cann or Mrs Attwood.


Latin club will start for sixth form students this week. Please come along to Room 21 at 3:30 on Thursday. For more information, contact cann@tahs.net

Maths- Year 9 ‘Star Starters’

Well done to all the following Y9 students who have made a fantastic start in maths

9H1: Nehir A, Matthew F, Harry O, Poppy W

9H2A: Lexi C, Evie D, Matthew L

9H2B: Isaac C, Landon, Louie R, Jess P

9H3: Ianthe R, Bayley W, Ava H, Scarlett C

9H4: Aimee M, Joseph H, Elena B

9U1: Spencer W, James D, Isabell D, Lily H

9U2: Blake R, Katie P, Daisy C, Daisy J

9U3: Elisha T, Tyler P, Sophia C

9U4: Larisa G, Ollie K, Lilly P, Matthew C

Career of the week

This week the career is ‘Games Tester’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #07 – GAMES TESTER – YouTube

Job title:  Computer games tester (Gamestester, quality assurance tester, video games tester) Computer games testers play computer games to check they work, and find and record problems or ‘bugs’.In this role you could:test different levels and versions of a gamefind the cause of faults and recommend improvementsenter each ‘bug report’ on a quality management systemcompare the game against other games on the marketcheck for spelling mistakes in the game, manuals and packagingreport copyright issues like the use of logoscheck a game’s accessibility optionswork under pressure and to deadlines
How to become:University You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree course in; computing, games design, programming. You’ll usually need: 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree College You could take a college course, which may help you to get a job as a junior tester. Courses include: A level in Computing Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development You may need:  4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and a creative subject Apprenticeship You could complete a software tester higher apprenticeship. This typically takes around 24 months to complete as a mix of learning on the job and study. You’ll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship Direct Application You could contact games companies about part-time or short-term work experience opportunities. You’ll need good technical skills and an in-depth understanding of different game platforms and quality assurance processes.
Skills required:maths knowledge for understanding programmingto be thorough and pay attention to detail for finding faults and ‘bugs’analytical thinking skills for software testingthe ability to use your initiativethe ability to come up with new ways of doing thingsexcellent verbal communication skillsa good memorycomplex problem-solving skills for fixing ‘bugs’to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently  
What you’ll earn:£24,000 – £50,000  

              All information taken directly from Firefighter | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Careers interviews

All year 11s will be seen for careers interviews over the next two terms to enable them to make their plans for post 16.

Students will be collected from their lessons to attend and where possible will be contacted in advance.

All year 11s will be seen by either myself (Anna Featherstone) or Clare Atkinson – our advisor from Entrust.

If students would like to know more about what to expect in their appointment or look at how to prepare then please click on the link attached which will take you to a document in Microsoft teams. Alternatively you will find the information on our school website under the careers tab.

Featherstone: What to expect in your careers appointment 

               Upcoming events and Opportunities

Free Careers Evenings for Teachers and Parents Expert advice to enhance your students’ career potential

InvestIN runs a series of bespoke, free-of-charge events for parents and teachers specifically designed to help you enhance your students’ career potential. This term’s schedule includes sessions on how to break into medicine, learning leadership skills, launching a career to fight climate change and much more. If you are interested or want to register for any of the events then you can on this link Events for Parents | InvestIN

The Skills SurgeryBreaking into a career in medicine, dentistry and veterinary surgery. Led by Dr. Julian Pearce, Dermatology Registrar and Academic FellowLive online | 6th October 2021 | 7-8pm GMT

Succeeding in STEMDiscover how to kickstart your child’s career in STEM-related industries. Led by Ella Podmore, McLaren EngineerLive online | 20th October 2021 | 7-8pm GMT

RAILWAY FUTURES CAREERS DAY

FOR SECONDARY AND SIXTH FORM/COLLEGE STUDENTS

13.15–14.55 Wednesday 6th October

Students can explore the industry through a series of workshops, with professionals sharing stories about the exciting combination of innovation, engineering and technology in the railways. Students will discover how and why the future in rail is exciting and dynamic, and how to pursue a future in rail and STEM.

HOW TO TAKE PART

If you are interested in taking part then please contact Mrs Featherstone at featherstone@tahs.net and I will organise the opportunity for you.

Morgan Stanley – Step in Step up – An insight to Banking

Step In, Step Up:  An Insight to Banking is an introductory two-day programme designed for Year 12/13 female students. This programme comprises of divisional overviews, panel sessions and interactive workshops. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with employees at all stages of their careers. Meet our inspiring individuals and discover your passion for Finance.


The event will be held on the 26th & 27th October 2021.Applications close on the 26th September 2021.

Event address / venue details

London (Virtual / In our offices) to be confirmed closer to the time dependent on COVID-19. Register – Morgan Stanley Campus (tal.net)

Royal Air Force ‘Access All Areas’ Free Virtual Careers Event – Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 18:30 – 20:30.

The RAF is responsible for protecting the UK’s air and space capabilities, and Access All Areas is a fantastic opportunity to uncover an immersive, interactive 360° experience. With nine must-see locations and the opportunity to chat directly with RAF Recruitment Personnel, explore where the RAF could take you.

RAF Virtual Event Access All Areas Tickets, Wed 6 Oct 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

Spotlight Talks: Inspiring careers excellence – 13-14 October, 2021.

In partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Spotlight talks brings together the UK’s leading employers and apprentices to inspire even more young people, from all walks of life to take up technical career routes and apprenticeships. The next Spotlight talks will focus on digital skills and careers. To register click on the link below. Registration | WorldSkills UK Events

Staff Vacancies 


We are looking to recruit exam invigilators on a casual basis to increase the numbers of our current team. This highly flexible role will help to support the effective supervision and monitoring of internal and external exams. Supporting students during exams is both a rewarding and vital role. Please see the school website for full details:


http://www.thomasalleynes.uk/page/?title=Exam+Invigilators&pid=282

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September 24th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Assemblies for Next Week

Assemblies: w/b 27th of September

The assembly this week will be led by Damien Godwin on the subject of prejudice and diversity and links to the beginning of Black History Month

Thought(s) for the Week 

 “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” —Nelson Mandela

Sixth Form Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF)

Sixth Form bursary booklets are now available for collection from the Sixth Form office.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 27TH SEPTEMBER 2021

Year 12

Will be thinking about creating a growth mindset and how seemingly ‘lucky’ people have actually struggled and made plans to succeed.

Year 13

Will be working on interview skills, preparing for the future working through questions an employer might ask such as ‘why you?’ or ‘what do people assume about you that would be wrong?’

Sixth Form Volunteers Needed

We are looking for Sixth Form students to volunteer to help during our Prospective Sixth Form Open Evening taking place on Thursday 7th October.  If you are interested in supporting the Sixth Form please pop your name on the sign sheets outside the Sixth Form office.

Ideas to help you fill your SixthForm 7 hours and study periods

Free online lectures to support your personal statement evidence – Gresham College – please click on the link below:

FREE WEBINARS YOU CAN USE IN YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT – Provided by Swansea University

Law / Psychology / Marketing / Medicine / Computer Science / Criminology / Biology / Biochemistry / Politics / Engineering / Sports Science.

Please click on the link below.

Royal Holloway – Lecture series

GEOGRAPHY
‘Geography for schools lecture series’ Starting on Monday 27 Sept 2021, 5pm.
A 4 part lecture series covering a variety of topics, perfect if you are taking A Level Geography. Starting on with ‘Learning to read a sandy desert landscape’ (Dr Simon Armitage). Each lecture will be broadcast on Facebook – CLICK HERE

PSYCHOLOGY
‘Psychology Lecture Evening’ Wednesday 13 October 2021, 6pm.

Our annual Psychology Schools Lecture Evening. Hear about recent research in psychology including Resilience: Why it matters (Dr Ilham Sebah) and Foreign accents: lessons from animals about culture and learning from others (Dr Robert Lachlan).
CLICK HERE

History

Year 11 need to begin revising for a Paper 1 Medicine Through Time examination held in the last week of this half-term.


Year 11 after school revision will support pupils in preparing for this: Wednesday Mrs Johnson, Thursday Mrs Young.

Thank you from RE


Thank you and well done to all of year 11 for completing their assessments in class this week, behaviour and effort in all groups was notably superb and results are looking very positive for the year group as a whole.

News from PE

This week Boys began their House Football with Torrance beating Whitmore 2 – 1 and Orme thrashing Elkes 10-3.   Netball all year groups have had their first team training sessions this week (see picture attached). Year 9 have got their first festival on Tuesday 28th September at Deferrers.

Badminton Club began last Friday after school with 25 participants, see Ms Simpson for details

Fitness Club also began last Friday after school in our new pavilion. See Mr Scott for details.


In lessons boys are practicing Rugby and girls are practicing Hockey in preparation for Boys House Rugby and Girls House Hockey on Wednesday 6th October.

Boys & Girls House Handball

This years Boys and Girls House Handball competition will take place during Open Evening on Thursday 30th September. Anyone interested in playing please give your name to your form tutor.

Girls Rugby Club

Girls rugby is now on Fridays after school 3.05-4.15 , all welcome.

First Robotics Challenge

Older students and more longstanding parents will remember that the school team for the First Robotics Challenge qualified for the national finals in London – unfortunately this was curtailed by Covid and we never got to attend.

Well fear not we are registered for this coming season and are looking to build a team to take on this years challenge – what ever it may be! The launch event is early October.

So we are looking for people to apply to be on the team, it is not just about computing as it was our social media presence & marketing that won us prices last time.

So we need:

Programmers

Marketeers

Accountants

Social Media managers

Business plan writers

Designers

Engineers

Please drop Mr Cartwright an email or Teams chat expressing your interest – we need pupils from all year groups!

Year 9 Data Collection Sheets

Year 9 data collection sheets will be distributed to students today.  We thank all parents in advance for completing these as soon as possible and returning them to the school office.  The information helps us to safeguard your child and contact you in an emergency.  We politely request 2 emergency contacts.  Please do advise the school office if any detail change throughout the year including email addresses. 


A Level English Language: Remembering Dr Johnson

On the 20th September, A Level English Language students visited the annual Samuel Johnson memorial event in Uttoxeter Market Place. 


The speaker, Phillip Jones, explained that Samuel’s father had a book store in Litchfield and a book stall in Uttoxeter market. One day, Samuel’s father asked for his help  which Johnson refused. However, as an adult Johnson felt guilty for not helping and to show his apology and that he was wrong he took his hat off in the rain outside the stall, which signifies shame.


One part of the speech that I found fascinating was Johnson’s love for trees. When Henry VIII needed wood for ships and had his men cut down enough trees to make a fleet of ships, Johnson worried about the amount of trees that they were using. This part in the speech was something I was not expecting to hear but when I heard it I became fascinated.


Johnson joined the Royal Society of Art and Manufacture to plant trees. Samuel Johnson also had a favourite willow tree, next to a pond that he would swim in. He would dry off under the tree. The willow tree that is going to be planted in November in Lichfield will be the 5th generation of that tree.
– Alyssa Whitehall, Y12


Samuel Johnson is still incredibly important today. His development of the dictionary revolutionised what was a bank of words into a guide to how to use them. His passion for the English Language combined with his realisation that the language is an uncontrollable, living identity has inspired many of the linguists we study today. He represents a person who not only accepts his mistakes, but someone who broke away from the accepted norms of his period which allowed him to understand the language. 
– Rob Fuller, Y13

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Nicholas G-C, Harry G, Joseph H and Lily W – all from 9H4 for fantastic effort in Chemistry lessons.

Also, all of 10U1 for making excellent progress in Chemistry lessons.

Mrs North would like to nominate Lexi C and Pat T in her Year 9 Science group for excellent slides produced during their microscope practical.

Mr Melland would like to nominate the following Year 11 students for making a strong start with their online Science homework – Zita Mac, Billy L, Sarah W and Georgie F.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Lydia M (12A) for excellent performance in the Ions and Formula test.

Dylan C (11U1) for great contribution and engagement in Chemistry lessons.

Charlie A (11U5) for great practical skills in Chemistry.

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate Theo B, Kieren C and Rhys W (9U1) for excellent contributions in Biology lessons. 

Maddy E (12C Biology) for her efforts with her independent studies at the start of the Biology course. 

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Holly T (10U2) for exceptionally detailed and thorough work on chemical bonding. 

Nathan S (12D Physics) for impressive commitment to his Physics studies during absence.

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate Luke N (10U1) for excellent answers in Physics.

Cameron B (11H3) for independent catch-up on his Physics.

A Level Chemistry Revision Guides are now available to buy from the school online shop for Y12 students. 

Well done!

MFL Musings

VERY IMPORTANT FOR YEAR 11 – you have your trial speaking exam next week. You should be reading, saying and learning your conversation answers to help you prepare. In addition, on Tuesday 28th Mrs Clemett is running an after-school session focused on the trial speaking exam in room 11.


AWESOME STUDENTS

Year 11: JH, TN, NW and MS in 11D / EP in 11C

Year 10: OHP in 10C / EO, CH, EO and SS in 10D

Year 9:  Mainly for doing so well in Sentences of Doom LN and GA in 9HA, AC in 9HL, BO in 9UL, and MP in 9HS  /  LP, OB, HO, LU, CH, AP, RM, EP, NA and LA as well

CAREER SPOTLIGHT

TikTok need someone who wants to be paid to watch French TikToks and make sure they aren’t breaking the rules.

English Stars

Well done to the following students, who have been nominated by their teachers as student of the week in English this week.


Year 9 Harry O, Leah U, Aidan T, Harry O, Sammy S, Clemmie W, Adam R, Kai B, Lola T

Year 10 Maisie L, Harry W, Tommy R, Logan C, Ciaran M, Morgan H


Year 11 Jack B, Joe M, Jacob R, Gemma B

Year 12 Will P

Year 13 Katie G

Sixth Form Latin Club


Any sixth form students who are interested in the Latin club are invited to come along on Thursday from 3:15 – 4:15 to Room 21 for our first session. For more details, please email Miss Cann on cann@tahs.net

NEW CLUB: Allies

At Thomas Alleyne’s we are proud of our welcoming community. Allies is a new club, which will run on Monday mornings from 8:00. It is for anyone who wants to learn how to be an ally or develop a more diverse and outward looking atmosphere within our community.

Who is invited?

If you oppose discrimination of any kind and want to work with others to make our school and wider community a more inclusive environment and celebrate its diverse voices, then we hope you will come along. 

What is it about?

The aim of the club is to provide a safe space for students to discuss issues around diversity and share their own experiences; to get to know other like-minded people; come along and find out how to be an ally; and get involved in leading school wide activities around inclusivity. Allies opposes racism, sexual discrimination, homophobia and transphobia, as well as all forms of discrimination, and is a safe space to build friendships and support.

When?


Starting Monday 20 September FROM 8:00 (drop in when you arrive) – YEAR 9 BUBBLE ROOM – bring colouring pens!

If you would like to know more about this, please email Miss Cann at cann@tahs.net

Action for Children’s Advice to Parent regarding Eating Habits

Everyone has different eating habits. But if you’re worried about your child’s relationship with food or their body, it might be worth looking for some support. If your child’s eating habits negatively affect their everyday life, they may have an eating disorder. This is when someone uses food to cope with certain situations or feelings. Teenagers between 13 and 17 are most at risk, but anyone can have an eating disorder. It can be helpful to know the signs and what to do if you’re worried about your child. Below is a link to an article that provides advice and signpost support services for this concern.

This week the career is ‘Firefighter’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #06 – FIREFIGHTER – YouTube

Job title:  Fireman, firewoman Firefighters help to protect people from fire and other dangers, and give advice on fire prevention. Every day will be different, but you could: inspect and maintain equipment carry out practice drills and take part in training respond to emergency call-outs rescue people and animals from burning buildings and accident sites control and put out fires deal with bomb alerts and floods manage chemical or hazardous substance spills give presentations to schools and community groups inspect buildings to make sure they meet fire safety regulations
How to become:College You could take a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Public Services before applying to the fire service, although this is not essential. You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course Apprenticeship You may be able to start training on an operational firefighter advanced apprenticeship. You’ll need to be employed by a fire service to do this. You could train to be a firefighter in the Royal Air Force (RAF). You can find more information at: Royal Air Force You’ll usually need GCSEs grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, in English and maths to apply for an apprenticeship. Direct Application You can apply directly to join the fire service. Each one sets its own entry requirements. Many ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications. You’ll need to pass: an online test to assess your judgement ability in a realistic work setting number and reading tests If you’re successful, you’ll: do practical selection tests to find out whether you can do the physical tasks needed for the job be interviewed  
Skills required:knowledge of public safety and security customer service skills the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations to be thorough and pay attention to detail sensitivity and understanding knowledge of training and how to present information the ability to work well with others to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device.   You’ll need to: pass a fitness test pass a medical check pass enhanced background checks have a full driving licence be over 18 years of age
What you’ll earn:£23,800 – £39300  

              All information taken directly from Firefighter | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Careers interviews

All year 11s will be seen for careers interviews over the next two terms to enable them to make their plans for post 16.

Students will be collected from their lessons to attend and where possible will be contacted in advance.

All year 11s will be seen by either myself (Anna Featherstone) or Clare Atkinson – our advisor from Entrust.

If students would like to know more about what to expect in their appointment or look at how to prepare then please click on the link attached which will take you to a document in Microsoft teams.

Featherstone: What to expect in your careers appointment 

               Upcoming events and Opportunities

RAILWAY FUTURES CAREERS DAY

FOR SECONDARY AND SIXTH FORM/COLLEGE STUDENTS

13.15–14.55 Wednesday 6th November

Students can explore the industry through a series of workshops, with professionals sharing stories about the exciting combination of innovation, engineering and technology in the railways. Students will discover how and why the future in rail is exciting and dynamic, and how to pursue a future in rail and STEM.

HOW TO TAKE PART

If you are interested in taking part then please contact Mrs Featherstone at featherstone@tahs.net and I will organise the opportunity for you.

Morgan Stanley – Step in Step up – An insight to Banking

Step In, Step Up:  An Insight to Banking is an introductory two-day programme designed for Year 12/13 female students. This programme comprises of divisional overviews, panel sessions and interactive workshops. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with employees at all stages of their careers. Meet our inspiring individuals and discover your passion for Finance.


The event will be held on the 26th & 27th October 2021.Applications close on the 26th September 2021.

Event address / venue details

London (Virtual / In our offices) to be confirmed closer to the time dependent on COVID-19. Register – Morgan Stanley Campus (tal.net)

Royal Air Force ‘Access All Areas’ Free Virtual Careers Event – Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 18:30 – 20:30.

The RAF is responsible for protecting the UK’s air and space capabilities, and Access All Areas is a fantastic opportunity to uncover an immersive, interactive 360° experience. With nine must-see locations and the opportunity to chat directly with RAF Recruitment Personnel, explore where the RAF could take you.

RAF Virtual Event Access All Areas Tickets, Wed 6 Oct 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

Spotlight Talks: Inspiring careers excellence – 13-14 October, 2021.

In partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Spotlight talks brings together the UK’s leading employers and apprentices to inspire even more young people, from all walks of life to take up technical career routes and apprenticeships. The next Spotlight talks will focus on digital skills and careers. To register click on the link below.

Registration | WorldSkills UK Events

Careers in the NHS 


Considering a career on the NHS ? This is a really good place to start your research. Step into the NHS has a large library of videos to help you find out about different roles available. 
https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/careers/videos

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September 17th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Assemblies for Next Week

The assembly this week will be led by members of our sixth form and ably guided by Mr Harris on the subject of Recycling and The Great British Beach Clean

Thought(s) for the Week 

Away, away, from men and towns,

To the wild wood and the downs, — T. S. Elliot

To the silent wilderness, where the soul need not repress its music.”  Percy Bysshe Shelley

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.

Sixth Form Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF)

Sixth Form bursary booklets are now available for collection from the Sixth Form office.

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.

Sixth Form Uniform policy

We take great pride in how smart our sixth form student look in their business-like uniform, and firmly believe that dressing smartly influences behaviour and prepares our learners for the workplace. Sixth form students must be aware of and always adhere to our clear dress code. Not wearing the correct uniform may result in a student being sent home to change, and students regularly not wearing the correct uniform contravenes the Sixth Form code of conduct.

The Sixth Form dress code at TAHS:

•          Smart business suit with matching jacket, trousers, skirt, or dress as appropriate.

•          Suits must be dark in colour and can be plain, have a subtle check or be pinstriped.

•          Skirts/Dresses must be at least knee length and match your jacket.

•          Trousers must be ankle length.

•          Suitable business-like tie (male students)

•          Plain or subtly patterned blouse or shirt (must be tucked in).

•          Smart shoes or boots (such as those worn in an office)

•          Plain jumper or cardigan.

•          Sixth Form lanyard with photo ID once issued.

•          Jewellery and make-up are permitted but should not be excessive.

Coats and scarves may be worn outside the buildings but must be removed once inside.

The following are not permitted:

•          Mini, lycra or bodycon skirts/dresses.

•          Denim – including jeans, dresses, skirts, and jackets.

•          Casual trousers – including combats, tracksuits, leggings, or skinny fitting trousers

•          Sports or casual clothing – including tracksuit, fleeces, T-shirts, hooded tops

•          Shorts or cropped trousers.

•          Trainers, pumps, canvas shoes, boots, sandals, or flip flops.

•          Tattoos must be covered. It is against the law for anyone under the age of 18 to have a tattoo, and therefore we do not expect any of our year 12 students to have one.

•          Facial piercings other than a suitable nose piercing.

•          Unconventional hair styles and extreme/unnatural hair colours.

•          Blouses/shirts that expose the midriff or are low fronted.

Year 12 Students

Thinking of applying to Cambridge University? Follow the link below to find out more about the shadowing scheme.  Applications close on October 10th.  It is worth putting an application in even if you do not meet all of the criteria mentioned on the form.  Any questions please see Mrs North


Shadowing Scheme: https://www.applytocambridge.com/shadowing/apply/

Year 9 Photographs

Year 9 school photographs will this year take place on Thursday 24th September. Students are asked to ensure that they are wearing smart and correct uniforms including a white shirt, their house tie and their blazer. 

Forensic biology visit to Keele University 


Sixth form students studying Forensic science and biology have spent the day at the new state of the art science labs at Keele. They have extracted DNA from cheek cells, amplified it by PCR and then visualised it using gel electrophoresis. This has given them practical experience of theory they learn in class and has allowed them to experience life at university. It has been a fantastic experience for them.

News from PE

Thursday night was the return of extra-curricular netball. 46 pupils from Y9, 10 and 11 turned up to sharpen their netball skills and play some games. If you would like to come and join us next week Y9 practice will be on Tuesday and Thursday until 4.15pm and Y10 and 11 practice will be on Wednesday until 4.15pm. We look forward to seeing you there. 

House Cross Country


Congratulations to all students that took part in this year’s House Cross Country on Thursday.


Individual Yr9 girls results were

1st- R Fry of Torrance in 12.49

2nd- J Punchard of Torrance in 15.00

3rd- L Ratcliffe of Whitmore in 15.40

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


Yr9 boys results were

1st-R Morgan of Elkes in 9.58,

2nd L Atherton of Torrance in 10.31,

3rd S Whetton of Elkes in 11.14

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

Yr10 & 11 girls results were

1st O Yianni of Elkes in 13.09,

2nd G Slack of Torrance in 14.07,

3rd H Brandrick of Whitmore in 14.17

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


Yr10 & 11 boys results were

1st O Morgan of Whitmore in 9.28,

2nd C Aldridge of Torrance in 9.55,

3rd S Pickup of Elkes in 9.59

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


Football and Netball


On Thursday night we had over a hundred boys and girls at football and netball practice.Over the next few weeks we will be running a house competition in both sports after school.

First Robotics Challenge

Older students and more longstanding parents will remember that the school team for the First Robotics Challenge qualified for the national finals in London – unfortunately this was curtailed by Covid and we never got to attend.

Well fear not we are registered for this coming season and are looking to build a team to take on this years challenge – what ever it may be! The launch event is early October.

So we are looking for people to apply to be on the team, it is not just about computing as it was our social media presence & marketing that won us prices last time.

So we need:

Programmers

Marketeers

Accountants

Social Media managers

Business plan writers

Designers

Engineers

Please drop Mr Cartwright an email or Teams chat expressing your interest – we need pupils from all year groups!

A level Geography field work.

It was great to be able to take our 32 year 13 Geographers out this week to Formby Beach and the Albert Dock in Liverpool. Students researched and planned their own data collection as part of their A level coursework. The day was spent investigating sand dune plant succession and the regeneration of the city centre.

Well done to all our students, it was good to be out and about again!

Musical Production News

A reminder that Auditions for Grease are next week after school. Please see Mrs Todd in music or Mrs Mood in drama for further details.


Tuesday   Vocal audition  room 67            3.30 to 4.15

Wednesday Drama audition theatre          3.30 to 4.15

Thursday    Dance audition  theatre           3.30 to 4.15

Music Notice


Any pupils who wish to have a music instrumental or vocal lesson, Please see the music notice board in room 67 for your lesson time.


Monday  Drum teacher  11.40

Tuesday   Guitar teacher 10.30

Thursday  Woodwind teacher 9.30

Thursday  Vocal, piano. violin  10.30

Friday    Brass teacher  11.45


If you are unsure when your lesson is and have not had time to check the board, then please arrive at the time your teacher arrives in school for next week.

Science News

Practical work has begun in earnest this week in the Science Department.  Our Year 9 groups have been looking for evidence that photosynthesis has taken place in geranium leaves using iodine to test for the presence of starch, the main energy store in plants.  And also investigating bar magnets – studying magnetic field lines and determining which materials are magnetic and non-magnetic.

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate: Dora E (9U1) for excellent contribution in Chemistry lessons.

Bailey L (11H4) for great attitude in Chemistry.

Euan L (13D) for resilience and determination in Chemistry.

Dr Squire would like to nominate Poppy B (10H2) and Molly H (10U2) for excellent contributions in Biology.

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate Zak S-S (11U5) for excellent effort in Biology. 

Isabell D and James L B D (9U1) for excellent contributions in Biology.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Jasmin W (11U3) for fantastic attitude to learning and application in lessons. 

Polly J in Year 12A Chemistry – for consistent involvement.

William W-D (10U2) – for impressive chemistry knowledge and contributions in lessons.

Mr Crum would like to nominate Poppy B (10H2) for excellent effort.

All of 10U4 and 11H5 who have made a fantastic start to the year by getting stuck in!

Eleanor W 13B Forensics for consistently being early in submitting work.

Well done!

History Year 11

After school revision classes are on Wednesdays and Thursdays – see Mrs Johnson (Wednesday) or Mrs Young (Thursday) for details

MFL Musings

French GCSE intervention Y11 Tuesday 21st September 3.10 room 11 to help prepare for French speaking exams week beginning 27th September.

We’ve had another fantastic week, with lots of spoken French and plenty of bravery, with people having a go no matter what. Y12 led the way with their brilliant presentations, which they had worked on over the summer, with some brilliant topics, including the Statue of Liberty, French-Canadian theatre, Napoleon, and Why are there so few Skyscrapers in Europe? Y9 and Y11 have been trying out Battleships and Quiz Quiz Trade, whilst Y10 seemed to quite like Sentence Chaos!


The following students deserve to have their initials mentioned in Roundup for effort in their speaking, especially the ones who volunteered to demonstrate in front of the class!:

Year 9SW 9HA, WG 9HL, OG 9UL, RM 9HS
Year 10DO 10C
Year 11SW 11C


Year 11 students are reminded that they have a reading assessment on Monday 20th September, and their first ever trial speaking exam the week after. What are you doing to revise? Quizlet? Learning conversation questions? A revision guide? Talking to your mate on the phone (in French)? Get started!


With an eye on careers, if you have a sensitive nose, why not try being a perfumier? There’s a company in France who specialise in just that: http://www.parfumprojet.com/fr

English Stars

Well done to all of the students who have been working so well this week. In particular, the English students of the week are:


Year 9 Kieran C, Evie B, Poppy W, Harry O, Adam R, Ben W, Clemmie W, Harry S

Year 10 Will F, Isobel H, Jessica W, Alex C, Kathryn W, Luke N, Charlie F, Layla M

Year 11 Lucy L, Isabel B, Gemma B, Thomas L, Xanthe S

Year 12 Georgia E

NEW CLUB: Allies

At Thomas Alleyne’s we are proud of our welcoming community. Allies is a new club, which will run on Monday mornings from 8:00. It is for anyone who wants to learn how to be an ally or develop a more diverse and outward looking atmosphere within our community.

Who is invited?

If you oppose discrimination of any kind and want to work with others to make our school and wider community a more inclusive environment and celebrate its diverse voices, then we hope you will come along. 

What is it about?

The aim of the club is to provide a safe space for students to discuss issues around diversity and share their own experiences; to get to know other like-minded people; come along and find out how to be an ally; and get involved in leading school wide activities around inclusivity. Allies opposes racism, sexual discrimination, homophobia and transphobia, as well as all forms of discrimination, and is a safe space to build friendships and support.

When?


Starting Monday 20 September FROM 8:00 (drop in when you arrive) – YEAR 9 BUBBLE ROOM – bring colouring pens!

If you would like to know more about this, please email Miss Cann at cann@tahs.net

This week the career is ‘DISASTER/EMERGENCY MANAGER’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #04 – DISASTER MANAGER – YouTube

Job title:  As an emergency planning/management officer, you’ll play a key role in protecting and maintaining public safety. Working as part of a team, you’ll anticipate and plan for major incidents and respond to threats to public safety. You can work in local or central government, or in a public body or agency tasked with responding to emergencies or disasters. Emergency planning/management officers are also known as a civil resilience or civil contingencies officer and respond to incidents such as: acts of terrorism epidemics and pandemics, such as swine flu and Covid-19 flooding major industrial accidents natural disasters winter weather
How to become:A relevant first degree is required for emergency planning/management officer roles and suitable subjects include: business continuity and security management disaster management environmental hazards and disaster management international security and disaster management. If you don’t have a relevant first degree, you’ll need to obtain a related postgraduate qualification. Masters courses are available in similar subjects to those listed above. Search for postgraduate courses in disaster management. Entry without a degree will only be considered if you have extensive relevant pre-entry experience or a related professional qualification. There are a number of specialised courses for professionals working in the voluntary, health, public and other sectors. While these do not necessarily qualify you to move into emergency planning roles, they do support a move into work relating to emergency planning and continued professional development (CPD). You may also want to consider getting student membership of relevant professional bodies such as the Emergency Planning Society (EPS). This will give you access to useful resources, help you keep up to date with news in the industry and give you access to networking events.
Skills required:You’ll need to have: the ability to communicate with people at all levels the capacity to stay calm in stressful disaster situations attention to detail and a thorough approach a logical approach and the ability to be creative in a high-pressure situation a flexible attitude, with the ability to manage a range of tasks at once the capability to work to deadlines and prioritise tasks project management skills analytical and problem-solving skills
What you’ll earn:Starting salaries for emergency planning officers range from £22,000 to £28,000 in local authority or NHS-based roles. With experience, those working in senior roles can expect to earn £35,000 to £50,000. Managers or consultants may earn more than this

              All information taken directly from Emergency planning/management officer job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

Upcoming events and Opportunities

RAILWAY FUTURES CAREERS DAY

FOR SECONDARY AND SIXTH FORM/COLLEGE STUDENTS

13.15–14.55 Wednesday 6th November

Students can explore the industry through a series of workshops, with professionals sharing stories about the exciting combination of innovation, engineering and technology in the railways. Students will discover how and why the future in rail is exciting and dynamic, and how to pursue a future in rail and STEM.

HOW TO TAKE PART

If you are interested in taking part then please contact Mrs Featherstone at featherstone@tahs.net and I will organise the opportunity for you.

Morgan Stanley – Step in Step up – An insight to Banking

Step In, Step Up:  An Insight to Banking is an introductory two-day programme designed for Year 12/13 female students. This programme comprises of divisional overviews, panel sessions and interactive workshops. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with employees at all stages of their careers. Meet our inspiring individuals and discover your passion for Finance.


The event will be held on the 26th & 27th October 2021.Applications close on the 26th September 2021.

Event address / venue details

London (Virtual / In our offices) to be confirmed closer to the time dependent on COVID-19. Register – Morgan Stanley Campus (tal.net)

Top of Form

Careers event with IBM, Experian, Vodafone – Wednesday15th September, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

No matter the career you decide to go into you will undoubtedly be involved with technology, so this event is a fantastic chance to get ahead of the crowd, start learning about this fascinating, ever-evolving industry and ultimately help you decide whether it’s a path you’d like to pursue. We will hear talks on the power of 5G and connectivity with Vodafone, cloud storage with IBM and big data with Experian and lots of other really interesting topics! Certificates will be awarded to those who attend the event. If you’d like to apply to this exclusive event, please click on the registration link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Technology-15th-September

Royal Air Force ‘Access All Areas’ Free Virtual Careers Event – Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 18:30 – 20:30.

The RAF is responsible for protecting the UK’s air and space capabilities, and Access All Areas is a fantastic opportunity to uncover an immersive, interactive 360° experience. With nine must-see locations and the opportunity to chat directly with RAF Recruitment Personnel, explore where the RAF could take you.

RAF Virtual Event Access All Areas Tickets, Wed 6 Oct 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

Spotlight Talks: Inspiring careers excellence – 13-14 October, 2021.

In partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Spotlight talks brings together the UK’s leading employers and apprentices to inspire even more young people, from all walks of life to take up technical career routes and apprenticeships. The next Spotlight talks will focus on digital skills and careers. To register click on the link below.

Registration | WorldSkills UK Events

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