Week Commencing 18th September

Thought for the Week

Assemblies week beginning 25th September
“Don’t count the days, make the days count”
These assemblies will be led by Claire Catterall
Monday: Year 9
Tuesday Year 10
Wednesday Year 11
Friday: Sixth Form (Led by Carol Dodd)
Thought for the Week
‘Let us never know what old age is.
Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.’   Ausonius
‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek.‘ 
Barack Obama
‘Time is more value than money.
You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.’  Jim Rohn

Dates for your diary

28th Sept Year 10 English information evening for  parents

4th October 6.30pm Year 9 Open Evening TAHS

10th October Year 12 Open Evening TAHS

17th October Year 5 Open Evening Ryecroft Middle School

18th October Year 5 Open Evening Windsor Park Middle School

19th October Year 5 Open Evening Oldfields Middle School

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

Head Teacher’s Blog

Our Head Girl and Head Boy, Iona and Ryan spoke some wise words on Friday as they led our Year 9 service at St Mary’s Church. Our thanks to Reverend Margaret Sherwin for hosting Year 9 and sharing her thoughts with us. Thanks also to our Year 10 and 11 girls who led the singing – we couldn’t have done it without you!

By lunchtime on Friday, our sixth formers had raised over £500 pounds on their ‘bring a pound’ day for Douglas MacMillan, their chosen charity. Not satisfied with this, they then went on to run a cake sale. The final total raised was over £600. Sixth form prefects have also been out supporting the school by taking on duties at lunchtime and break time. Thank you for your generosity.

​We have now been back three weeks and it is fantastic to see that so many students are ​fully engaged with all that they do at our school. On Friday evening, students were still working on their art coursework and Year 9s were preparing for their football match against Moorside – we hope they have a great game. The cast for our school show ‘Woman in Black’ has now been set and the first rehearsal took place this week. We can’t wait to see the production. A ghost story just before Christmas – it couldn’t be better timed!

Our PTA met on Monday finalising the arrangements for the Quiz. It is an evening for adults and students alike and there are always a few family tables. If you would like tickets, please speak to a member of the PTA or contact our reception.

Finally, I would like to mention the first meeting of our School Council. We had over 34 students attend and are looking forward to seeing how they will be supporting the school.

The GCSEpod link is below – we have paid a subscription for every student in the school. Please take a look with your son or daughter and if you have any problems logging on​,​ please speak to the ICT team or your child’s form tutor. Accounts for Year 9 are​ now​ live.


Year 9 Welcome Service

Thank you to St Mary’s Church for hosting our Y9 Welcome Service this morning.
It was wonderful to see our y9 students take part in this formal welcome to life at Thomas Alleyne’s.
After introductions from Mrs Rudge our Head boy and girl spoke to year 9 about their journey through Thomas Alleyne’s.
An impressive version of “He’s got the whole world in his hand” was sung before Mr Hawthorne delivered the the reading “Footprints” and we concluded with a blessing from the Reverend.
Thank you to all year 9 students.

Extra Curricula

The school year is well underway and extra curricular support is available to all pupils.  Please see the link below to see what is on offer this half term.

Intervention Timetable

These two letters have also been sent home with pupils today, Friday, regarding after school activities. Just in case you did not get them simply follow these links and print them off as required.

PE transport Letter

Extra Curricular Clubs Letter

English Evening

An English evening will be held on Thursday 28th September for any year 9 or 10 parents wanting to find out more about English at TAHS. 

There will a presentation on the new GCSE and what you can do to support your child at home. This will be followed by a presentation on literacy.

6.30pm-7.30pm in the Theatre.

6th form

Raising funds for our chosen charity

Great work from our sixth form today raising £652.00 for Douglas MacMillan.


We would like to shine the light this week on a student who has had incredible success gaining a Higher Apprenticeship. We are thrilled that Sam our previous Headboy was successful in competing against 21,000 candidates to secure one of just 340 apprenticeships at Ernst & Young.

To find out more about Sam’s Apprenticeship visit the Ernst & Young website for further details.


Do you have the skills for the future?

Disruptive technologies are turning the world of work on its head – which means the skills you need for future success are changing fast.

Using the World Economic Forum as our guide, we have defined the five key skills you’ll need to succeed in the workplace of the future – cognitive flexibility, collaboration, creativity, emotional intelligence and complex problem solving. And we’re here to help you develop them. Take a look at our website now to see how we’re helping you get ready for the world of work.


Disruptive technologies are turning the world of work on its head – which means the skills you need for future success are changing fast.

Using the World Economic Forum as our guide, we have defined the five key skills you’ll need to succeed in the workplace of the future – cognitive flexibility, collaboration, creativity, emotional intelligence and complex problem solving. And we’re here to help you develop them. Take a look at our website now to see

how we’re helping you get ready for the world of work.

http://careers- mail.co.uk/_act/link.php?mId=C9382724018841293935434036353610&tI d=259159770

High Flying Kristi

Not only do our students thrive academically and socially at TAHS they also go that extra mile to find new experiences to enrich their lives, and that of others. One of our Year 13 students, Kristi Epple has recently completed a Skydive for World Challenge: this is her account.

In Summer 2018 I am participating in the national program ‘World Challenge’ travelling to Vietnam and Laos. In July this year I organised to participate in a SkyDiving event to help raise funds for this wonderful life- changing trip. On Wednesday, 20 September at the North London SkyDiving School I made my tandem jump with my instructor, Kevin. As flying and para-gliding are family pursuits I’ve been fortunate to try these out in the past. But …. SkyDiving was just that one step further and, I have to say, it’s THE best crazy experience I’ve ever had! This experience would not have been the same without my amazing instructor, who let me take control and fly the parachute down because of my enthusiasm and previous experience. It was wicked!!

I am incredibly grateful for all the sponsorship I’ve received so far and am working hard at Tescos to fund as much of the trip as I can. But if anyone would like to make a donation to help me along then my JustGiving page is still active, many thanks.


We are all so very proud of her.


All 6th formers are reminded to check with their subject teachers when revision sessions are available.

Mr Wright and Mrs Lindsay will be running weekly revision sessions to support students in preparation for the A Level RE exams; it is essential that we offer this support from the start of the year in order to revise as much as possible with students prior to the mock and summer exams.

Currently, we are running a session on Tuesdays after school – students are told in advance what the session will entail so that they can re-read their notes from last year as preparation. Sessions will run from 3.15 until 4.15.

We would be very grateful if you could support us by encouraging your daughter / son to attend, especially if they did not achieve their target grade in the Y12 Mock Exam. It is likely that we will change the revision to Thursday after Christmas as we are trying to accommodate students who have Senior Prefect responsibilities and who are committed to the school production.

Equipment for Maths Lessons

All students need to bring the following equipment to their maths lessons:
black or blue pen, green pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and scientific calculator.
Maths sets (£1.00), casio scientific calculators (£7.80) and revision guides (£2.50) can be purchased from the online shop (see link at bottom of this newsletter)


Join us in our drive to improve literacy! 

Mrs Fisher and Mrs Bell from the English department have introduced two key spellings each week to be practised during registration.  These are from a list of the 30 most commonly misspelled words.  Please encourage students to learn these spellings using the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method at home.  Now that vspag (vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar) is so important across the curriculum, we feel it is ever more important for students to brush up on their spellings.

This week’s words are: ‘beginning’ and ‘business’. There are some great tips under the link below that you can print off and refer back to at any time….

Hints & Tips for this weeks words

Science News


This week our Year 10 Biology students have been studying the rate of oxygen formation during photosynthesis using Elodea pondweed. The students investigated the effect of light intensity on the rate of photosynthesis by varying the distance of a lamp to the pondweed. The rate can be measured by counting the oxygen bubbles rising in water from the cut end of a piece of pondweed.  Increasing the light intensity by moving a lamp closer to the pondweed produced an increase in oxygen bubble formation; indicating an increased rate of photosynthesis.

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected By Mr Beech are:

Year 9

Trinity Green and George Foster for their hard work at the start of the term

Year 10

Neve Hall and Isaac Pattinson-Lycett for continued hard work in their Biology studies

Year 11

Amelia Murray and Harry Broome who are also selected for continued hard work in their Biology studies

Well done!

House Cross Country

In great conditions for cross country the races were conducted in a fantastic spirit.

Results below.

Year 9 Boys
1 Whitmore
2 Torrance
3 Orme
4 Elkes

Winner Ed Smith

Year 9 Girls 
2 Elkes
3 Torrance
4 Orme
Winner Liv Gregory

Year 10/11 boys
1 Whitmore 
2  Orme
3 Torrance 
4 Elkes
Winner Kieran Coates

Year 10/11 girls
1 Torrance
2 Elkes
3 Orme
4 Whitmore 
Winner Josie Nelson

Don’t miss our school quiz night

6th October. £20 for a table – up to 6 people on a table.

Tickets from school reception or a member of the PTA team or simply contact Ella at halle@thomasalleynes.uk.

Tickets selling fast!


Free Support with Food Lessons 

A food magazine recommendation – and it’s free!

Some of Y9 have been starting to make their swiss rolls this week with some good results. During my weekly shop, I noticed Tesco have a recipe for a patterned swiss roll in this month’s issue to have a go at.

Their magazines are free every month to pick up from the store and contain a range of recipes, information on ingredients and monthly vouchers. This is an excellent resource for students to practise their cooking at home and develop their food knowledge outside lessons. Please pick one up or the online magazine can be found at:


Art News

Next week the Art department will be taking students to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Calke Abbey to gain valuable ‘on location’ photography and drawing opportunities for their coursework. We will be drawing the architecture, the plant and exhibits such as birds and animals from the collections in Calke Abbey.Photos from our adventures will be uploaded onto Facebook and in next weeks bulletin.
Students don’t forget: a packed lunch, sensible footwear and coats for walking across gardens, sketchbooks/pencils for artists and cameras for photographers if you have them.
Fantastic start from both groups- we are delighted with the great start made to this. Don’t forget to use art club before school from 8:10, at lunch or after-school on Wed, Thurs, Fri til 4pm to help you develop your skills!
More images on our art dept instagram accoun: tahs.art
Over the next few weeks ALL year 9s will have a 2 week independent sculpture homework on the artists studied in class. (Check INSIGHT FOR DETAILS FOR YOUR CLASS)
Please try to recycle packaging and be creative- we can’t wait to see what you do! So far we have had great use of ‘pringles tubes’ and even one made from wood!”
Support from art staff,  such as using our paints/ glue etc is available at lunchtimes or after school Wed, Thurs or Friday til 4pm. 

Old Art/Photo Work Collection Date


Old year 13 Fine Art/Photography/Applied Art and year 11 GCSE work can be collected on Wednesday 11th October 2017 between 3:30-5:30pm as previously noted. Mr Robinson and Mrs Derby will be around to help

However, Old Y11 Art GCSE work can now ALSO be collected on TUEDAY 17th October 2017 3:30-5:30pm Mrs Cornell will be available.

If you cannot come in person to collect your work, please send a note with a family member or friend to collect on your behalf.

Please note that some work will be retained by the Art Department for the impressive displays in the art rooms and around school. Also the AQA exam board may have requested examples too.

Any work NOT collected or on display will be disposed of- Don’t miss out!



Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

New this week a link to a fantastic website all about the apprenticeship program. 

Direct Page Link

MFL News

MFL Linguist of the week
Year 9 Jess Price/ Harrier Bebbington
Year 10 Callum ward/ Katie Hartley

European Day of Languages Tuesdays – look out for J’ai un rêve in lessons

Interventions have started for year 11. Don’t forget Tuesday lunchtimes room 25 and Friday after school for writing and speaking skills.

Sets 9U4 and 9H5 French celebrated the Day of Peace on Thursday with some vocabulary revision based around the letters of the words “le jour de la paix”. They used words from our most recent lessons on family, numbers and descriptions.

Year 9 Photographs

If you wish to make any final orders for your child’s Year 9 Photograph, your order form needs to be handed into reception (with arrangement for payment) or completed online through Tempest by Monday 25th September at 9:00am if you wish to qualify for free postage and packaging. After this date, Tempest will charge £4 for this. All students have received their order forms containing a sample and the information on how to order. Orders are processed gradually over the next two months, when any photographs arrive into school they will be handed to your child immediately.

The Woman in Black

The show is cast and rehearsals are now underway for this year’s production! 
The Woman In Black will be showing at TAHS on the 6th 7th and 8th December.
Save the date…..


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