Week Commencing 6th November

Thought for the Week

Assemblies w/b 13th November
Theme: Volunteering
Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri …these assemblies will be led by Ian Cartwright
Tuesday 14th will be a whole Year 11 Apprenticeship assembly
Thought for the Week
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” 
― H. Jackson Brown Jr. Author

Dates for your diary

16//11/2017 GCSE Prize Giving
21/11/2017 Year 13 Parents Evening
30/11/2017 Year 11 Parents Evening
6/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
7/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
8/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
13/12/2017 Music Concert

Headteacher blog:

On Wednesday evening, ​over 150 parents and Year 11 students attended our revision evening. Thank you to everyone who attended: we were pleased to receive so much positive feedback. If you were unable to attend, you will find attached, the PowerPoint used on the evening. As Year 11 students approach their mock examinations, it is vital that they have a clear revision plan.
We know how challenging GCSEs are. In Science alone there will be over ten and a half hours of examinations, which we need to prepare students for both academically and emotionally. Please check the dates of the revision sessions.
We hope you enjoy the first edition of a new sports report this week. The report was put together by Max who is in Year 9. He was supported by Reuben who recorded the footage for him.  We would like to wish Max well in his entry for the BBC Young Sports Commentator of the Year. In a future report, he will cover the story of Josie and Lucy who are competing at National level in cycling.
This week, ‘Marchington Singers’ have offered a very generous bursary of £500.00 for any student interested in working and performing with them.
If you are interested in applying for this bursary, please see Mrs Todd.

Student Video Blog Sports Report

The year 9s faced Sir Thomas Boughey in the cup, semi final. It was a hard fought game, which the lads often dominated, however the result didn’t reflect this and unfortunately it finished 3-1 to Sir Thomas Bowen.

The Sports Reporter’s Man Of The Match:

Callum Stockbridge, who scored from a Set Piece after a fantastic cross by Eddie Smith.

Take a look at the video below (click the link) which includes: Game Footage, Player Interviews and Reports, your reporter is Max Hayes.

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It’s never too early to start revising!

Year 10 CPLD students have been preparing for their external exam in January which is worth 25% of their final grade. They have found innovative ways to revise and consolidate the learning that has taken place so far this term. 
A reminder that the next after school revision session scheduled is on Thursday 16th November – it would be great to see any year 10’s or year 11’s who are sitting the exam on 10th January 2018 attending.



Hamper Donations

Donations gratefully received for a Christmas Hamper at the front office.

Proceeds of the raffle will go to our PTA who continue to be a huge support to the school.

Parents Evenings

As mentioned above we have parents evenings coming up for both year 13 and 11. Bookings for these are to be made via insight, thus you as parents will have to have activated your account. Lookout for an email from insight@tahs .org.uk with your details and if you have any issues please email the same address.

Neither evening is open to parents yet, year 13 will be the first to go live on the afternoon of Monday 13th November.

6th form

A letter has been sent home today to explain about Parents Evening which is on Tuesday 21st November from 4.00pm – 7.00pm. Year 13 Parents Evening will be placed on Insight from Monday 13th November, all parents are asked to log on to Insight and follow the instructions in the letter, this will allow you to make the appointments with the classroom teachers.  If, for any reason, you are not able to attend, then could you let Mrs Walton know (sixthform@tahs.org.uk) and we will request information form the teachers and give you a brief overview of progress so far this year.  Parents Evening is vital to the success of our students, it allows us to share minor concerns or worries about your child and on a more positive note express how pleased we are with the progress that they are making.

All Year 13 students are aware of the upcoming  mock examinations in January and we would ask you to encourage that they start revising at home as soon as possible so that a true picture of their progress can be captured at this time.  The mock examination process is key to establishing a beneficial pathway to the end of the course, which allows students to focus on weaker topic areas and improve on essay skills or examination question structures.

Next week, Thursday 16th November, we have asked an external speaker to come in and talk to all our Year 13 students about student finance, This will be held in the theatre during period 5, this is a mandatory event and all Year 13 students are expected to attend. In order to support parents of students wishing to attend university we have asked the same organisation to deliver an information evening on Wednesday 22nd November at 6.00pm in the school theatre. We hope to see many of you there so that you can ask your questions and hopefully alleviate any fears you may have at this time about Student Finance.

Many our Year 13 students are well on their way to sending their UCAS applications, why not ask to look at their application and talk to them about their choices. It is nice to see how far they have come. I have spoken to many students this week on why they have selected specific courses and universities and the reasons they have given are varied.  Are they making the choices for the right reason?  I would expect all students to look at courses that are aspirational as well as safe choices so that on results day they have the opportunity to select the right place for them.

Thanks to all our Year 12 volunteers who have helped support Remembrance Day and have visited all registration groups selling poppies, without them the school would not be able to make this as successful as we do. It also with gratitude that I thank those in the Senior Prefect team for reading the names of past students who have died in battle from 1914 to present day.


Please see the latest interventions timetable under this link:

Latest from “Down Farm!”

The redevelopment of the site continues apace with the enclosure for the rabbit and guinea pig hutches built and steps repaired.  Mrs Lyon even brought in her old clothes so she could try her hand at brick laying. A big thank you this week goes to Carillion for their continued support and expertise as well as R.P George and TFD for supplying wood, mesh and screw fittings for the hutches. Students are now eager to get their hands on the paint so that they can practise their artistic skills on the wall to produce a rural themed mural.

This week in vet skills students were fascinated to see the reproductive organs of both a bull and a cow which fitted in well with their class work on reproduction.  They were able to use the proper AI equipment to have a go at artificial insemination. The students impressed me with their willingness to get stuck in and the vet was impressed with their knowledge and understanding of some quite difficult scientific concepts.

Finally, we said a temporary goodbye to Rosie, our farm manager, this week as she starts her well-deserved maternity leave.  However, as is always the case when working with children and animals, her work is never quite finished and she is hoping to support our students next weekend when they are showing the school lambs at the Winter Fayre. The lambs have been washed and trimmed and are currently enjoying a life of luxury inside the barn with shelter, warm bedding and copious amounts of food. They should be in perfect condition ready for next weekend and we wish them the best of luck at the show.




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Non Uniform Day for Children In Need

On Friday the 17th November all students are welcome to wear their own clothes and make a donation of £1.  We hope that all students are able to support this worthy cause.

Cake Sale for Children In Need

On Thursday evening a number of students, under the supervision of Mrs Turner, will be baking cookies to sell on Friday to raise money for Children In Need.  Please encourage your son or daughter to bring some money in on Friday to purchase what will be mouth-watering cookies


Pastoral students of the week

Honorable mentions to our sixth formers this week for their roles in the Remembrance assemblies, and for leading our lower school by example:
Karl Stanley, Chloe Lee, Maddison Hill, Kirstyn Williams, Lydia Grocott, Iona Barron and Ryan Wiggins. 

Science News


This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

Year 9

Alice Boothby, Chloe Cartwright and Thomas Johnson for excellent Biology Assessments

Year 10

Finlay White and Callum Dreher for their continued high levels of curiosity and interest in Biology

Year 11

Amy Burrows and Tom Smith for making a superb start to year 11 Biology

Well done!

News from PE

House Matches
The next round of house matches are coming up.
Yr10 Boys rugby- Monday 20th November P2
Yr11 Boys rugby – Monday 20th November P5
Yr10 & 11 Girls Hockey Thursday 23rd November P3
Yr9 Boys rugby Wednesday 29th November P3 &4
Yr9 Girls football Wednesday 29th November P3 & 4
House Swim Gala Thursday 7th December P3 & 4
See your head of house to find out who the captains are.

Cross Country

During the week we played host for the year 3 – 6 cross country – please see below for a report and pictures from this event.
Don’t forget to view the fantastic sports report from Max Hayes on the year 9 football…..


 Please practice this week’s key spellings:


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

New this week JCB applications are open. 

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Music Rehersals

Monday lunch: Choir 
Wind Band is changed to Thursday after school this week to accommodate those who have other commitments on a Tuesday
Thursday lunch; Jazz Band
Thursday after school: Wind Band
Friday lunch; String ensemble 

Parent Governor Election

Students have been issued with ballot papers for the election to the post of Parent Governor. Two positions are available and we have three candidates!
Please can ballot papers be returned to the main office no later than 3.30pm on Wednesday 22/11 in a sealed envelope – marked Parent Governor Election.


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