January 21st 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Future Intentions Evening 

Future Intentions Evening – 6 Days to go!

On the 27th January at 5pm we would like to invite you to our ‘Virtual Future Intentions evening’. Our annual event will be hosted online again this year and can be accessed via the following link: https://learnliveuk.com/partner/thomas-alleynes-high-school/. We would encourage parents and students to register via this link as soon as possible to ensure that you are able to access the event on the evening.

We are excited to be hosting a wide range of exhibitors who will be available to chat directly with participants on the evening and who have also kindly recorded an on demand video for you to watch during the event. This is a key opportunity for young individuals to speak direct with the organisations involved.

There will also be a range of videos regarding the curriculum on offer at Thomas Alleyne’s High School so whether your child is choosing their Year 10 options or considering their pathway post 16 or 18, there will be something for everyone.

The evening will launch with a presentation from senior members of staff and our careers advisor at 5pm over teams following which you will be invited to log on to our live portal. All students have received an invitation on their Team’s calendar for the event.  

You will have received an email containing full information on how to access our event. 

Tickets are now on sale on Parentpay. Please purchase your tickets and bring the receipt to Mrs Todd as soon as possible to choose your seat on the seating plans.


Thank you to all the pupils involved for their hard work and dedication in rehearsals.

Mrs Todd, Mrs Mood and Mrs Fletcher

UCAS update

The national UCAS deadline is Wednesday 26th January at 6pm.  This means that applications should be in to the school no later than Tuesday 25th January at 4pm to allow the Sixth Form Team to check and process the application.

So far we have sent 78 applications, of these 5 students have received offers on all their submitted choices and 2 students have confirmed their choice for September 2022.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 24th January 2022

Year 12

Students will be given a handout to read through with seven different questions to ask yourself when faced with a challenge.

Year 13

Students will be shown a selection of videos around how to find the right university accommodation.

Apprenticeship workshop

On Wednesday 26th January we have secured a virtual workshop with Alonso from the Amazing Apprenticeships team. The workshop will be held in room 40 at 2 pm and will include information on how to search for and secure an apprenticeship including writing competitive applications. We have limited places so if you are interested in participating, then please let me know as soon as possible.  Mrs Featherstone

Year 12 virtual Parents Evening Thursday 3rd February

Letter was emailed out either this week. Bookings will be live on Talaxy from 9.00am Monday 24th January, 2022.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

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

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Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets. If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  You can email/scan the sheet back to office@tahs.org.uk, or post it back to us at the usual school address. This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

GCSE Combined Science Intervention.

Students have now been selected for Combined Science intervention sessions. Please check your Teams account for the invite as well as the content you need to access each week then attend room 53 at 12:30 every Thursday.


Maths Interventions

PE News

Netball
The Year 10 began their U16 league campaign with a victory against John Port. The girls took control of the game from the start, with the biggest concern being the court being small and more precision being needed for passes. A lead was established by the end of the first quarter and this was maintained throughout the game. The final score being 31-16 Squad – Poppy, Bella, Aimee, Jess W, Martha, Lexie, Jess C, Sophie POM – Martha


The Year 9 team also traveled to John Port for a friendly fixture. This was a great opportunity for a competitive fixture and a reward for those who have attended netball club regularly. The game ran similar to the Year 10 game with a lead being established in the first quarter and this lead grew as the game went on. The game finished at 31-21 to TAHS. Squad – Lily, Amy, Erin, Izzy, Chloe, Emily, Skye and Rachel POM – Rachel 

Creative Writing Competition – see Mrs Bell or Mrs Hunt


This is open to all youngsters aged 11- 18 (Intermediate 11-13, Senior 14-18) and the theme this year is ‘Environment’.

You need to produce a written or typed story in prose entitled, ‘Environment’. The written entry could be fiction or non-fiction, prose, or a poem, as long as the piece relates to the theme.

Up to maximum of 550 words for prose entries. Up to a maximum of 40 lines for poetry entries.
Judges will consider: imagination relative to the subject; ability to engage interest and be consistent in the power of argument. The closing date for entries is Friday, 28th January 2022. The winning entry will be forwarded to Rotary’s West Midlands District Final by mid February 2022. Winning entries from that stage go on to Rotary’s National Final in March 2022.
All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation and there will be voucher prizes for the winner and runner up.

Public Speaking Competition – see Mrs Hunt

Ever wanted to perform on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe? This competition may just be your golden ticket! All you need to do is learn a poem (or two) from the website (poetrybyheart.org.uk) and record it – or ask your English teacher to record it. Think carefully about how you are presenting yourself and the poet’s words… and that’s it! 


There are different age categories (including staff…) and we’d LOVE to enter in all categories. So get rehearsing!

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Alfie B in 9U3 for great engagement in leading discussions.

Miss Thorley would also like to nominate Joe R, Charlie B and Ben P from 11H4 for excellent work when practising their Physics exam questions.

Mrs Simpson would like to say ‘well done’ to all the Year 13 students who took part in the Chemistry Olympiad this week. 

Mrs Simpson would also like to nominate Charlie A, Jack T, Oscar W, Edward T, Zak S-S and Charlotte H (all in 11U5) for excellent practical skills in their extraction of copper. 

Well done!

Year 10 SEND Evening

Year 10 SEND parents evening January 31st from 4-10pm, invites will be sent on Monday.


After school SEND support from 3.05-4.05pm every weekday except Friday, in Keeling House.Science, numeracy, literacy, exam technique, revision, and coursework catch up.


Before school SEND support every day in Keeling House from 8.40-9am. Handwriting, touch typing, and homework.

Talk the Talk

Many of our Year 9 students have had an amazing opportunity this week to take part in workshops developing their public speaking skills. The school was visited by “Talk the Talk” who worked with each class for a whole day. By the end of the day, almost every student was able to give a short speech to their class on a topic of their choosing, with some outstanding work presented. Equally importantly, a lot of students reported an increase in confidence, and a LOT of students felt the event was great fun.


The work students did will help support both English and Drama lessons, as well as developing valuable life skills. Well done, Year 9!

Sustainable Uttoxeter

Our in school echo team want to work towards a more sustainable town and net zero – for more information and how you can assist please see this leaflet:

Job of the week: 


This week the job is Wellsite Geologist click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more


To find out how to get into this job or other linked professions click visit the national careers website! Wellsite geologist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

Exam Invigilator Vacancies

Please see all the information on our vacancies for exam invigilators.

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January 14th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Future Intentions Evening 

To attend the event, speak virtually with exhibitors and have the chance to find out more about our year 9 options process please register on the link attached Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Uttoxetter & Jobs | Learn Live | Contact Us Today (learnliveuk.com).

Apprenticeship Talk 


For any sixth form students interested in apprenticeships we have the opportunity to be involved in a workshop with Workpays on the 26th January at 2pm. The workshop will cover how to search for and apply competitively for the roles which are out there. If you are interested in attending then please send an email to featherstone@tahs.net or contact me on teams chat. 

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 17th January 2022

Year 12

Could you be depressed?  What about your friends?  Visit the ‘Bright Knowledge’ website which leads to an online self-assessment on the NHS website.  Please talk to family, friends, your GP, teachers or the Sixth Form Team rather than suffer in silence.

Year 13

Watch the video about the level of personal support you can expect at universities:  student support services – Nottingham Trent uni.  For those not applying to university, please take a look at the Amazing Apprenticeships website or Unifrog VLE for live vacancies and career profiles. 

Date for diary

Virtual Year 12 Parents Evening – Thursday 3rd February – 4.00pm – 7.00pm.

Sixth Form Uniform

Sixth Form uniform is smart business wear. Please can female students ensure that their skirts are not too short and are appropriate school wear.  Skirts should be suit style and not Lycra, body con, pleather (fake leather/vinyl) or the ‘stretchy’ style.

Sixth Form students are role models for younger pupils which includes behaviour and mask wearing.

Signing in and out

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

Checking email accounts

Reminder for students to check their .net email addresses regularly as some students are missing out on vital information.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

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

Grease Production News

Tickets will be on sale from Friday 21st January. The production will be on 9th, 10th, 11th of February in the school theatre at 7pm. Tickets will cost £7.50. Please purchase your tickets via ParentPay and take your receipt to Mrs Todd to select your seats. There are 140 seats maximum for each evening so please do not miss out! 

Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets. If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  You can email/scan the sheet back to office@tahs.org.uk, or post it back to us at the usual school address. This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

Year 9 Parents Evening Tuesday 18th January 4pm – 7pm.


Subject staff look forward to meeting year 9 parents on Tuesday.  If you haven’t already booked your appointments please do so through Talxay.  It is an excellent opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s suitability for Gcse subjects with staff before option choices are made.


Year 9  Opportunity for IT Provision.

If you are a family with a child in year 9 and have difficulty accessing on line work, the school may be able to support you by providing a loan of a laptop.  There are laptops in school which are not being used, if you feel your son/daughter would make use of the laptop. please contact Mr Godwin at:  godwin@tahs.org.uk or phone school for further information

PE News

Racketball Club


We are starting a new after school racketball club on Wednesday’s.  The club will be suitable for beginners and more experienced players (boys and girls all year groups) with all equipment provided.  If interested you need to see Mr Scattergood in registration next week.

BTEC Sport


Year 11 – Revision Thursdays 3.05-4pm in room 1 all welcome.  Exam 8th Feb

English Stars

Well done to the following students, who have impressed their teachers in English this week. Our students of the week are:
Y 9 Louie R, Ellie C, Lewis A, Millie A, Ella J, Lola T, Leah U, Clemmie W, Maddison E, Blake R, Evie B, Oliver H, Rown S, Victoria S, Lani N, Michael W, Poppy W, 

Y10 Tommy R, Catherine M, Quincy F (great start!) David B

Y11 Harriet G, Tyler G, Matthew E, Alfie L, Edward T, Liam R

Y12 Henry W, Joshue H, Katie U, Josh H

Y13 Martha M

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Corey B and Max G from 9U3 for fantastic revision work.

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate all of 9U1 Biology – well done on an excellent piece of homework on diffusion in the human body. 

Also, Krishan K and Chloe N in 10H5 for excellent work on diabetes. 

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Rowan S in 9U1 for an excellent end of unit test score for Chemistry.

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Alfie B and Daisie J from 9U3 for excellent work in Chemistry.

Mr Melland would like to nominate Emily O, Olivia Y, Martha B, Victoria H and Ethan O from 10H1 for excellent performance in their end of unit tests in Physics.

Well done!

Allies 

Allies will not be on this Monday but it will return after school in room 21 the following week If you need allies or want to find out how to be an ally, please come along.


Latin Club

Latin club will resume on Monday lunch time for any sixth formers who are interested in getting involved. Whether you have been coming already or would like to give it a go, please feel free to pop into room 12 at lunchtime – don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Job of the week: 


This weeks job of the week is Veterinary Surgeon and is shared by Mypath on Youtube. 

JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #21 – VETERINARY SURGEON – YouTube


If you would like to find out more about how to get into this role then take a look at prospects.comVeterinary surgeon job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

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January 7th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application – Deadline Friday 14th January 2022

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 Uniform

Sixth Form uniform is smart business wear. Please can female students ensure that their skirts are not too short and are appropriate school wear.  Skirts should be suit style and not Lycra, body con, pleather (fake leather/vinyl) or the ‘stretchy’ style.

Sixth Form students are role models for younger pupils which includes behaviour and mask wearing.

Signing in and out

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

Checking email accounts

Reminder for students to check their .net email addresses regularly as some students are missing out on vital information.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

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

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 10th January 2022

Year 12

To read the ‘academic essay writing’ handout and try the tasks.

Year 13

Budgeting.  Handouts to plan a household budget and how to manage it.

Reminder – Applications are open for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2022

Applications are now being accepted for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2022.

What is it?

The Sutton Trust US Programme helps state school students in the UK to explore higher education and US culture. The programme includes UK-based residentials before all students get to visit US universities in the summer of 2022.

An optional part 2 of the programme supports students to apply to US universities alongside their UCAS options.

How much does it cost?

It is free to take part in the programme. All costs are covered for students including travel, accommodation, food and admissions test preparation.

Who is it for?

To be eligible, students must:

Be in Year 12 in England or Wales, S5 in Scotland or Year 13 in Northern Ireland

Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college (i.e. non fee-paying)

Not hold US citizenship

Be from a low or middle income family (generally a household earning £45,000 or less)

Be interested in US culture and higher education

When is the deadline?

Students must submit their application by midnight on 16 January 2022 to be considered for the programme. However, we encourage getting started as soon as possible as the application form requires some thinking!

For more information or to apply, please see the link below:

http://suttontrustus2022

WRITING COMPETITION

Uttoxeter Rotary Club are holding their annual writing competition.  This is open to all youngsters aged 11- 18 (Intermediate 11-13, Senior 14-18) and the theme this year is ‘Environment’.  Please send any entries to bell@tahs.org.uk.

Students should produce a written or typed story in prose entitled, ‘Environment’. The written entry could be fiction or non-fiction, prose, or a poem, as long as the piece relates to the theme.

Up to maximum of 550 words for prose entries.

Up to a maximum of 40 lines for poetry entries.

No pictures/drawings to be part of the entry.

All entries to be legible. Can be written or typed.

Entrant’s name and age must be written on reverse of entry.

Judges will consider: imagination relative to the subject; ability to engage interest and be consistent in the power of argument. The closing date for entries is Friday, 28th January 2022. The winning entry will be forwarded to Rotary’s West Midlands District Final by mid February 2022. Winning entries from that stage go on to Rotary’s National Final in March 2022.

All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation and there will be voucher prizes for the winner and runner up.


Please see the attached set of recommendations of revision materials per subject.  These have been recently collated by all departments if you wish to find further support for individual subjects.  There is no expectation to buy these resources for your child but you may find the information useful.  There is also plenty of free ‘on-demand’ support available for students via GCSEpod GCSE Learning and Revision | GCSEPod The Oak AcademyOak National Academy Online Classroom (thenational.academy)and BBC Bitesize GCSE – BBC Bitesize.

Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets.

If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return the sheet to our school office as soon as possible.  You can email/scan the sheet back to office@tahs.org.uk, or post it back to us at the usual school address. This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

Year 9 Parents Evening Tuesday 18th January 4pm – 7pm.


As we start the new term, year 9 will be looking forward to making their option choices over the next few months. On Tuesday 18th January parents will be able to  speak to subject teachers about their child’s progress and start discussing which choices their son or daughter need to make. The appointment system will  be going live on Talaxy on  Monday at 9.00am.  Please make sure that you have logged in and made appointments in order to see your child’s teachers.


GCSE+ 2022

The next round of GCSE + starts on Monday 11th January for a number of year 11 pupils.  The sessions will focus on Maths and English for 20 minutes each morning over the course of a 3 week period.  The head of Maths , Mrs Ibbs and  Head of English, Mrs Hunt will be delivering the sessions during morning registration.  The sessions give pupils the opportunity to revise and to learn how to approach different exam questions.  Later in the term other subjects will be offering the opportunity to take part in these sessions.

BTEC Sport


Year 11 have their component 2 exam on 8th February.  Revision materials are on Teams.  We are running after school revision sessions on Thursday in room 1 from 3.05-4pm.  All welcome.


Year 12 have their  Unit 1 Exam – Anatomy & Physiology on 14th January.  Revision materials are on Teams. Students all have revision packs in their folders.  We will also be running a revision session on Wednesday 12th January 3.05 -4pm in room 1.


Year 13 have their Unit 2 Exam- On 12th January. Revision materials are on Teams and Active Learn.

English Stars

The English department would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and welcome you back to the new term. This week has been incredibly positive, with lots of excellent work and wonderful examples of motivation, resilience and going above and beyond in the subject. Well done to all of the students of the (mini) week.


Y9 Emma O, Blake R, Harley D, Oliver E, Matthew J, Bethan S

Y10 Taylor J, Reggie W, Niamh T, Catherine M

Y11 Ollie E, Max D, Sam P, Ella R, Mya P, Xanthe S

Y12 Gabi S

Y13 Sadie B

Allies 

Allies will not be on this Monday but it will return after school in room 21 the following week If you need allies or want to find out how to be an ally, please come along.


Latin Club

Latin club will resume on Monday lunch time for any sixth formers who are interested in getting involved. Whether you have been coming already or would like to give it a go, please feel free to pop into room 12 at lunchtime – don’t forget to bring your lunch!

This weeks job of the week is an Urban designer 


If you want to find out more about this as a role, alternative jobs and current opportunities then the prospects website is a good place to look https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/urban-designer!

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December 17th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This week 12C ran a charity cake sale, raising over £60 for Dougie Mac hospice – Our sixth form charity. Well done to all those who baked and thank you to all the students who supported us. 

CHRISTMAS JUMPER AND NON UNIFORM DAY

A huge thank you to our generous students and their families for all the support on Friday 10th December.  We raised a fantastic £1612.38 to be shared between Dougie Mac and the school walk.  Many thanks to the Senior Prefects and Sixth Form students for helping to organise the event and collect the donations from form groups.

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application – Deadline Friday 14th January 2022

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

Christmas Biscuits!!!

Students in BTEC Child Development have been exploring fine motor skills and intellectual development by looking at Christmas activities for children.  Today we made Christmas biscuits. Which is your favourite?

ART

We say goodbye to the wonderful Mrs Simmonds-Vaughan who has been an inspiration in the Art Department over the last few years. Staff and students have loved working with her and wish her well at her new school. Year 11 students have been busy working on their Art mock exam over the last couple of weeks; creating an array of creative responses to their coursework themes.

Well done Year 11, the Art Staff are very proud of you and the work you have created during the exams. It has been fantastic to see individuality and personalisation in these outcomes ranging from fashion pieces to ceramic vessels. 

See below for the Aet Competition.

MUSIC NEWS

For our final week in the Music Department, we were visited by Alleyne’s Music Graduate William Parker. He left Alleyne’s 6 years ago, after achieving an A at A Level Music and then went on to study Music composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is currently studying a Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Music and generously donated some of his time to speak to our current A Level Music students this week. Will talked about how to be successful at A Level and inspired and motivated our students by talking about becoming ‘obsessed with music and studying.’ This was the first of several visits that Will has planned and he has offered to run composition workshops next term with both GCSE and A Level music students, which will be a fantastic opportunity as he will be sharing the knowledge he has gained from being able to study at some of the most prestigious music conservatoires in Europe.

Christmas Concert Recording

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Mock Exams

This week saw students in year 13 and year 11 receive their mock examination results. Students in year 11 were given the opportunity to attend a results collection session, to prepare them for the process they will follow after external examinations. We are really proud of the effort that all of our students put into their preparation for their exams, the manner in which they approached the examinations themselves and the exceptional attitude and behaviour of the year 11 students during the results collection sessions. We hope that all of our students obtained the results that they deserve for their hard work and we look forward to welcoming them back to school in January to analyse their responses and support them in making even more progress in the coming months.

Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets.

If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return the sheet to our school office as soon as possible.  You can email/scan the sheet back to office@tahs.org.uk, or post it back to us at the usual school address. This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

Science News

Visit to the Crime Scene House 

On Wednesday, Forensic Science students in Year 12 and Year 13 visited the Crime Scene House at Staffordshire University.  Here, they worked with university staff to collect evidence from a crime scene as part of their course work.  They collected physical evidence such as weapons, chemical evidence such as powders and biological evidence such as blood splatter and DNA.  All students worked incredibly hard and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  In particular, Teegan B, O’Shea P and Jake R showed real skill in identifying and bagging up their evidence.  Well done to everyone.

Take a look at the Science Twitter for more photographs.

News from the School Farm

Christmas is always a very busy time down on the School Farm –

Mrs North would like to acknowledge the following students who have helped to produce some truly spectacular wreaths: Casey H and Alfie H.

Also, the following students have been a real asset in helping prepare our turkeys ready for Christmas: Alfie C, Bailey H, Lucas H, Tristan C, Jesse C, Victoria H, James L, Reggie W, Jayden D and Amelia R.

Animal Care

We have had a busy few weeks on the Farm and students have been working extremely hard. 

The following students have showed incredible commitment this term in carrying out stock duties despite the cold, wind and rain:

Abbie C, Holly T, Amy W, Joe N, Jesse C, Tristan C, Jayden D, Lily C, Krishan K, Hannah M, Victoria H, Amelia R and James L.

Mrs Dykes would like to say well done to all her classes for their work this term and good luck to her Year 11 classes in their GCSE exams next summer.

Mrs Hughes’ Science Students of the Week are Polly Jones, Lydia M and Tilly S from Year 12 Chemistry for super results in their Enthalpy assessment.

Well done!

This weeks job of the week is a sports coach! 

If you want to find out more about this as a role, alternative jobs and current opportunities then please visit the national careers website! Sports coach | Explore careers | National Careers Service

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December 10th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application – Deadline Friday 14th January 2022

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 13th December 2021

Year 12

Academic Literacy.  Students complete the ‘understanding exam questions’ and ‘understanding examiners instructions’ sheets.  Read the ‘Revision’ handout and ‘getting to 3a revision status’ handout.  Make a revision plan for over Christmas.  Build in any coursework deadlines.  Also look at the pomodoro timer online which some students find useful for time management and motivation around revision. 

Year 13

Complete and update your UCAS application and/or Unifrog competencies.  For those who have completed their applications, learn the sign language alphabet with BSL Charlie.  Read the ‘6 more Revision ideas’ handout and watch the clips on different strategies.  Handout the ‘getting to 3a revision status’ handout.  Encourage students to make a revision plan for their use over Christmas using the templates on the Y13 team. 

Applications are open for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2022

Applications are now being accepted for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2022.

What is it?

The Sutton Trust US Programme helps state school students in the UK to explore higher education and US culture. The programme includes UK-based residentials before all students get to visit US universities in the summer of 2022.

An optional part 2 of the programme supports students to apply to US universities alongside their UCAS options.

How much does it cost?

It is free to take part in the programme. All costs are covered for students including travel, accommodation, food and admissions test preparation.

Who is it for?

To be eligible, students must:

Be in Year 12 in England or Wales, S5 in Scotland or Year 13 in Northern Ireland

Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college (i.e. non fee-paying)

Not hold US citizenship

Be from a low or middle income family (generally a household earning £45,000 or less)

Be interested in US culture and higher education

When is the deadline?

Students must submit their application by midnight on 16 January 2022 to be considered for the programme. However, we encourage getting started as soon as possible as the application form requires some thinking!

For more information or to apply, please see the link below:

http://suttontrustus2022

A level / GCSE Certification Collection Date

Certificates will be available for collection from TAHS reception area as follows:

Wednesday 15th December – 9.30am – 4.00pm

If you are unable to collect your certificates please see the option below:

·         Ask a friend/relative to collect them

·         They must bring with them photo ID plus a short note from you giving permission to collect on your behalf.

You will be required to wear a face covering. 

Year 11 ChrisMATHS competition

Well done to the 25 students in year 11 who took part in the maths house competition this week, and in particular to the winning team of Will G, Jimmy K, Tom N, Harry I, Madeline H. Each student had to work both as part of a team and as an individual. In teams the students tackled a number of Christmas themed maths problems, and as individuals they earnt points completing the countdown numbers challenge.

All students involved worked brilliantly throughout leading to a very close finish, with only four points separating the top three teams.

The final results were

4th: Whitmore

3rd : Orme

2nd Torrance

1st: Elkes

House competitions will be taking place for other year groups after Christmas, see if you can answer one of the questions set for the year 11 challenge.

“I set out to do some Christmas shopping at the weekend

In the first shop I spent half of the money I set out with.

In the second shop I spent a third of what I had left.

In the next shop I spent a quarter of what was now left.

In the last shop I spent a fifth of what I had left.

If I had £14.40 left in my wallet at the end of the day, how much money had I spent?”

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets.

If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child 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.

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.

Science News

Mr Crum would like to nominate Ali D (11O1), Sarah W (1103), Harry I (11E2) and Xanthe S (11O3) for excellent effort on Organic Chemistry.

And also, all of 10U3 and 10U4 for producing awesome graphs this week!

Well done!

PE Update

Thomas Alleyne’s hosted Newcastle Under Lyme U16’s team on Wednesday as preparation for the regionals. The game saw Newcastle win by 22 goals to 16 but there were many positives to take from the game. Many chances were created in the opening quarter as TAHS raced to a 6-3 lead. 

The middle two quarters were won by Newcastle. Going into the 4th quarter Alleyne’s were trailing 19-11. The target was set off winning the last quarter, by showing more composure with our passes and driving forward to meet the ball this was achieved. There was a great work rate shown by all of the players and we will aim to have more games and practises to keep improving.

Well done!

Team – Bella, Poppy, Kiera, Martha, Lucy, Sophie, Jess Player of the Match – Martha

English Stars

Music News

On Tuesday we had our Christmas Showcase Concert and it was a really special evening being able to play to a live audience. Every pupil that took part should be immensely proud of their involvement. The performances were outstanding and the students supported each other with warmth and enthusiasm which created a fantastic atmosphere. We even had a visit from Father Christmas but I suspect this may have been the Head Boy but ssssh, we are still unsure about this. The pupils worked incredibly hard to put the concert together and rehearsed tirelessly. Special thanks to Spencer for filming the event for those unable to attend as we could only have a reduced capacity audience. A link to this will be made available for you soon. Thank you to Max for his technical support in lighting and to Josh for technical support on sound. A huge thank you must go to Rob who helped with musical direction and accompanied so professionally. Thank you to all involved who helped make the evening so special and enjoyable and I’m already looking forward to the next evening.

Job of the week 

This week the job is ‘Retail Buyer’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #17 – RETAIL BUYER – YouTube

To find out how to get into this job or other linked professions click visit the national careers website! Retail buyer | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Toyota Derby Apprenticeships –  Level 2 and 3 opportunities – deadline approaching!

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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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