Week Commencing 19th June

Your PTFA needs you!
We need your unwanted gifts

This year you have helped the PTFA donate £2,835 to different department in school. Donations have been made to the Science Department for books; the English Department for an Exampro; the History Department for books; the Childrens’ School Council for Carpet in Keeling House and an outside tap among many others.

So we can keep on raising money we are holding a raffle over the Summer term and we’re asking for 
donations.  If you have anything you could send in as prizes, could you please let the Office have them by the 5th July.

thank you

Thought of the Week

Assemblies w/b 26th June 2017
Year 10 assemblies will be led by the Head of House on a RESPECT theme in the school canteen
Thoughts for the Week: on the theme of ‘Tolerance’
“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.”
“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.”
“Love thy enemies, it says in the scriptures. My foster mother always added, “At the very least, you will be polite to them.”
Patricia Briggs, Moon Called
“Never judge someone
By the way he looks
Or a book by the way it’s covered;
For inside those tattered pages,
There’s a lot to be discovered”
Stephen Cosgrove

Head Teachers Blog

This week I was able to work with the Headteachers of the schools within the Uttoxeter pyramid on a range of issues. We continue to work together to ensure that we further develop teaching and learning and that effective transition between schools is in place. In just over a week our new Year 9 students will be joining us for their induction days. We are very appreciative that many of our current students will be acting as mentors for them on these days and also when they join us in September. With the support of these sixth formers our new Year 9 will adjust quickly to their new school. Year 11 will be continuing with their taster days for our sixth form over the next week and Year 10 and Year 12 will be completing their examinations. A final date for your diary is the Art exhibition which is supported by the Rotary. This will be held on 6th July. Even if your son or daughter has not studied Art it is worth joining us to see their fantastic work.

New Look Roundup

As we explained last week we have had some issues with the provider of our blog, there have been a number of system outages and errors in creation. So we have taken this as the impetus to update, reinvent and freshen up the weekly news after 3 years of the same format.

The news is now hosted on a new WordPress site, a company that hosts 25% of the websites in the world and has a number of benefits. Firstly all blogs are archived and indexed at the bottom of the page making it easy to browse old news, secondly it is our website that we can customise and finally we hope it is giving you a fresh new look.

The link to the specific weekly blog will be sent out in the usual way, but you can view the whole site at tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

Our archive of news items can be found on the TACKK website.

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6th form

Today was the Year 11 students opportunity to experience some of their A Level subjects before starting with us in September.  We saw many familiar faces at the presentation this morning and were very pleased with the attendance, 150 students were present. Mrs Dodd explained to them their role whilst at Thomas Alleyne’s Sixth Form and also what our expectations were. All students received information that I hope they have brought home to share with you, if not please see the link.
With more ‘taster sessions’ to come we look forward to welcoming more of students back next week.
As we approach the end of this academic year our year 12 students have been looking at universities by attending open days, this is a great way for them, and possibly parents, to have a look around the facilities and to see if the university is right for them.  Please ensure that if your child is attending one of these sessions that they inform the school and also that they provide evidence to clarify they are registered with the open day.  Some our students know that university is not for them and we would like to signpost them to look at a range of opportunities that will support them in the upcoming weeks.  www.notgoingtouni.co.uk  is a great website that will help them look at a variety of different options including Gap Year and Apprenticeships.  I would recommend that parents and carers also look at this site as it full of information, don’t forget the UCAS website as this also has lots of information to also support students.

Sports Week

Girls Cricket

TAHS travelled to Oldfields to play John Taylor in a seven over game. Batting first Alleyne’s set a high target of 68 for no loss of wicket. Openers Sophie Lomas and Lucy Carr retired on 15 and 18 respectively. Katy Hartley and Jaz Sutton came in and scored 3 and 7 runs.

The bowling was again accurate with few extras being given away . Freya Barkas, Jemma Thornett, Jaz Sutton, Katie Lawrence and Katy Hartley all took wickets and reduced John Taylor to 30 runs.

Team – Jaz Sutton, Freya Barkas, Emily Barton, Meghan Geofferson, Sophie Lomas, Jemma Thornett, Kim Burgess, Sam Cotterill, Katie Hartley, Katie Lawrence and Lucy Carr

Hockey Leadership.

Last Friday saw 28 Year 7 students visit from Oldfields to receive some hockey coaching from members of the 9H1 girls PE group. The leaders were well organised with their session, having completed detailed lesson plans and set up challenging activities for the Oldfields girls to complete. Warm-up activites included foxes and rabbits, ladders and dishes and domes. The leaders were confident and clear with their instructions and they passed on their technical knowledge of hockey. The leaders split into four groups and delivered their skill related drill in a carousel format. Hockey techniques covered included dribbling, passing, shooting and defending. Both Oldfields and TAHS students enjoyed the experience on a sunny afternoon. Many thanks to Miss Merrick for bringing the girls down.


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Year 10 Rounders Vs Paget Won 19-10

This fixture saw the best performance from the Year 10 rounders team to date, with an excellent fielding display from both teams. Paget took 2 early wickets in the first three balls to put the pressure onto TAHS. The score rate moved quite slowly and the wickets continued to fall and it looked at one stage like the whole side would be out before the allotted 8 minutes was up. Abby Chilvers, Abbie Walters and Heidi Woodward were resolute with their batting and running and remained in and got the score up to a healthy 9 1/2 rounders. TAHS were excellent in the field, with Sophie Howe taking several catches in the deep off their big hitters, restricting Paget to 5 rounders. With the fielding being of such high quality the game was far from over at the half way point. Jaz Sutton, Belle Hancox, Lillian Ford and Freya Barkas but Paget continued to take difficult catches in the field. TAHS moved onto 19, some consisent bowling from Emelia Lowe allowed Alleyne’s to take catches and some great reactions and decision making reduced Paget to 10 in total.

House Rounders

Some competitive House matches were played in the glorious sunshine on Wednesday. The Year 10 teams saw the introduction of two boys being able to play per team. Results as follows

Year 9
Orme, Torrance, Whitmore, Elkes

Year 10
Elkes, Torrance, Orme, Whitmore

Many thanks to the BTEC students who officiated these fixtures.

Boys Cricket

Alleyne’s traveled to Cheadle CC to face Painsley in the semi final of the Staffordshire Moorlands cup. Alleynes won the toss and elected to bowl. Joe Haywood began by beating the bat and then creating a chance to get Painsleys captain out. After surviving that early scare Painsley began to build a score. At 66 for 0 off 9 overs the game was poised, Frankie Bussell made the break through with Callum Dreher taking the catch behind the stumps. Some high scoring overs then put Painsley in the driving seat. Then captain Whitehead introduced Kieron Coates to the attack, on his first ball the Painsley opener drilled the ball straight to Robbie (the buckets) Minshull who took the catch cleanly after earlier showing a text book long barrier. Alleyne’s fielding went up a notch with Alleyne’s responding to the wicket. Coates’ next over was expensive but on his last ball he hit the stumps for his 2nd wicket. Opening bowler Haywood took a deserved wicket but Painsley had amassed 136!

Needing 8 an over Alleyne’s began well with Haywood and Whitehead hitting 26 off 3 overs. When Haywood was out in the 4th over Alleynes were up against it. Jack Bond struck a couple of crisp drives, George Whitehurst had a go and the captain batted positively for 29 before being run out. The run rate proved to much though and Alleyne’s finished on 94 off 16 overs with Alex Ford and Callum Dreher batting well at the end of the innings.

Science Students of the Week

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Miss Sims are:

Year 9
Richard Wason and Charlie Land for much improved scores in the last Chemistry test

Year 10
Nicole Rankin and Amy Burrows for excellent commitment to revision for the Year 10 Chemistry exam

Well done!

Race for Life

On Tuesday evening eight ladies from the school ran the Race for Life at Trentham Gardens in Stoke on Trent.  The race was run by the “Alleyne’s Angels” in memory of colleagues Adam Nevin and Helen Reaney who both passed away as a result of cancer. 
The team would like to thank everybody who sponsored them in the lead up to the race helping them to raise an amazing total of over £600 to be donated to Cancer Research UK.

Rotary Photography Competition

Below are some examples of the fantastic work that is being submitted by our students for the Rotary Competition – impressive!


China Trip Opportunity

Please see below for a competition for Staffordshire students in Year 10,11 and 12 to win a trip to China. Details on the competition and how to submit can be found at http://beaconwood.org/beaconwood-international-education-programme-competition/

Winning students would travel to China in October 2017, during half-term. Submissions need to be in by 30th June 2017.


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