― Elie Wiesel
Dates for your diary
If you child is in Year 9 or 10 you will be aware that we are seeking to build a habit of independent learning with students. Whilst they can access materials to support their learning in many formats, we have been promoting the use of GCSEpod. The podcasts can be used to extend their knowledge or to revisit an topic which they have found challenging in class. We urge them not simply to listen to the podcasts but also ensure they make notes. All parental support is appreciated. Just 20 minutes a day of independent study has the potential to make a huge difference to them long term. It will also enable them to get into good habits with their independent study.
D of E Donation
This afternoon representatives of the Uttoxeter Area DofE Committee and TAHS DofE and were thrilled to be presented with a very generous cheque for £500. This money will go towards vital funds ensuring all local Duke of Edinburgh’s Award candidates are provided with modern, high quality equipment and resources.
The cheque was presented by Worshipful Brother Nigel Lowe on behalf of Forresters 456 Masonic Lodge Uttoxeter. All monies donated were raised by various functions supported by brethren, family and friends of the Lodge, who have given generously to a variety of local charities during Mr Lowe’s year as Master.
So the Year 13 deadline for UCAS has been and gone, we are very proud of every student who as applied to further their education at University. We have a number of students that have applied for Higher Level Apprenticeships; we hope they are as successful in their applications. Earn while you learn is a great way to move forward with education. Post-18 Apprenticeships are supported by universities and offer another pathway to the same goal, achieving knowledge and excellence in a specific area. Unifrog is a great ‘one stop platform’ where they can find out information on Apprenticeships, I recommend that all take a look. If you would like any further information on this platform then please email the Sixth Form Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
All mock exams have now been completed and feedback is being given students on how they can improve on their performance. One of the main issues is still lack of revision, it is so important that they find a way of revising that works for them and they have started a revision plan, which will take them up to their exams. Please encourage them to revise at home and to make use of their non-contact lessons as school. We would encourage all student to speak to their subject teachers and ask about ways to revise and types of revision. In history, students have been pointed towards documentaries that are specific to a topic they have been learning. They have been asked to watch the documentary as part a homework task and to complete research from an area that caught their focus, that research has then been emailed to the subject teacher, collated and the teacher will then pass back all research to the class as a ‘pack of knowledge’. This will then help secure their knowledge on this area. Students have fed back that this has helped them have a deeper understanding of the topic. Finding ways to revise individually or as group can only benefit them, purchasing subject specific revision guides, making flashcards, or producing their own revision guide with quiz questions, which can be used both at home and at school will support their learning further. I would recommend that parents and carers ask to see revision notes to ensure that time is being used effectively at home.
If Year 12 students are planning on attending University Open Days can you ensure that a confirmation email is shown to their form tutor or shown to Mrs Walton so that we can code the register accordingly, it saves us sending unnecessary text messages home. Could we also ask that if your child is absent due to ill health or a pre-arranged medical appointment that the Sixth Form Office is contacted in the morning to make us aware, email@example.com.
Year 9 Options
The Year 9 Options process will begin next week on Thursday 1st February. This will begin a series of information events designed to inform parents and students of the subjects available to them at GCSE and A Level and how the options process works.
These events include:
• A Future Intentions assembly is on Thursday 1st February.
• Future Intentions week beginning Monday 5th February till Friday 9th January.
• Year 9 Future Intentions and Careers Evening is on Thursday 15th February at 6pm in the Sports Hall with option talks in the Theatre starting at 6.15pm and 7pm. This is fantastic event has a range of subjects, universities, colleges and employers to help students make the right decisions regarding their future and is open to all students in TAHS and the Middle Schools.
• Year 9 parents evening is on Tuesday 27th February starting at 4pm.
Year 9 students will receive a letter next week detailing these events. We understand that this is a very important set of decisions that you and your child need to make and if you have any queries regarding these events please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Mrs Fisher and two 6th Formers will taking part in the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme on Friday 2nd February to Monday 5th February. This is the second year that TAHS has taken part in this national programme which is funded by government to commemorate the First World War. They will be travelling with students and teachers from 14 other schools to the battlefields of the Ypres Salient (Belgium) and The Somme (France).
Tim Benton Motivational Speaker
“I want you to live at your best”
Thursday 1st March, 6.00pm at Thomas Alleyne’s
For the fourth consecutive year we are fortunate to have Tim to come talk to year 11 pupils and parents.
Tim has the knack of challenging you to be better than you were before but without you really noticing. Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, he helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely.
Parents who have been to his talks always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant to their own careers and personal development.
Come on Thursday 1st March 6.00pm in the Theatre in order to support your child over the next few months in order for them to achieve their full potential.
GCSE+ 6th February – 2nd March.
Straight after their mock results day on Monday 5th February Year 11 pupils will begin GCSE+. This is a programme delivered during form time to provide ‘little and often’ intervention. It targets individual students, in individual subject areas to improve progress. Pupils will be working with specialist subject teachers for 20 minutes each morning over a period of 3 weeks. This little and often approach will provide over 6 hours of revision time. This will be repeated nearer the examination season too.
Dates for Holiday Revision
These are the dates so far for your child to attend revision. There will be more to come .
News from PE
Girls House Football
This week was the first cheerleading session and 28 students attended. They all worked incredibly hard and achieved so much within only 1 hour. Next week we will still be accepting new members in preparation for a competition in March. Well done to everyone that came, I’m excited to see what you can all achieve.
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS UNDER 16 GIRLS BADMINTON
Congratulations to Scarlett Simister, Alice Radley, Sophie Lomas and Emily Barton in becoming runners up in the county championships held at Clayton Sports Centre.
The girls were part of a ten team county tournament and narrowly lost 3 rubbers to 2 to Clayton High School. In the groups stages both single players and doubles teams were very difficult to beat. The team beat 5 school 4 – 1 and the final school in their group 5 – 0. such a dominant performance put the girls in the semi final against Biddulph High school. once again they played some excellent badminton and dominated Biddulph 5- 0. This set up an exciting final against Clayton. Scarlett lost her singles game in a hard fought battle, to a player 2 years her senior 21 -11, in the next game Sophie and Alice got Alleyne’s back on winning ways with a 21 – 11 win. Alice unfortunately lot in the singles match. The next match would be a very tense affair with Clayton needing to win to become Champions. Scarlett and Emily came back from 10 -1 down to tie at 17 all. Unfortunately Clayton were too strong in the final stages and won 21 -17, winning the championship outright. Not to be out done Alic and Sophie finished the day off on a positive by winning the last rubber 21 -6. Well done girls a great days work.
Thursday saw TAHS girls rugby team take on John Taylor in their annual fixture ran by Burton RFC. All of our girls got stuck in and we were 1 try down at half time. Through their grit and determination our girls pulled the game back and won by a try. It was a fantastic game and some of the girls then stayed for an inner warrior session to encourage participation in club rugby. Well done to all involved.
Science Students of the Week
This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Melland are:
Jess Smith and Summer Hibberd
Mason White and Katelyn Pool
Emily Oliver and Matthew Ockleton
All students were selected for their excellent contribution in class.
This week’s BTEC Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:
Kieran Wild for conscientious work and Morgan Perry for strong determination and motivation.
This week’s Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week also selected by Mr Gilson are:
Jemma Thornett for consistently good scores in assessments and India Edwards for dedication and perseverance.
Another successful meeting was run by the student council this week. The students invited Mrs Lister, the canteen manager, to answer questions on the sources of food in school, the costs, vegetarian and vegan options and queueing for food. Mr Brunt was also given a grilling about the year 9 options process and the students came up with some ideas for improving this process. The amount of litter around school was a big issue and the school council are going to lead an assembly to encourage other students to dispose of their litter in the right way.
If you would like to get involved with the student council please see your tutor and discuss with your form rep any issues that you would like the council to look at.
Year 11 ICT & Computing Support
Art GCSE Exam Preparations
Year 11 students are getting well on the way to preparing for their project in response to ONE of the themes given by the exam board this year. It’s great to see some of our students making a strong start with moodboards full of inspiration images, concertina research sheets and considering how to respond through drawings/photographs etc.
Help for research/ inspiration can be found on the art department Pinterest Boards.
ART CLUB is available WED, THURS and FRIDAYS til 5pm- make use of it to help you.
Timeplans are available as homework links on INSIGHT
A level Art & Photography Coursework Deadlines
Our students have been very busy finalising their personal Investigations for the coursework submission deadline on Monday 29th January
The Art, Craft & Design Students have until 31st January to submit their Personal Investigation coursework.
Exam papers for A Level are released to students on February 1st, and then the process of choosing a theme and responding to it will begin again.
Keep going Y13- nearly there!
We have Lots of great students in year 9
Eve B and Sam B from 9U1 have been particularly industrious working on their Bridget Riley and Aboriginal Art ‘merge’ pages.
Year 10 Artists
Just sharing some lovely work from a few of our talented members of year 10 Art
Rowan H, Annie W, Sophie B-E
Can’t wait til they get started on these designs! Watch out for more art updates.
School born and bread piglets are now ready for sale.
Any inquiries please contact the school farm via the main school switchboard.
Thank you to all that came to Origami Club.
We made butterflies in many colours, they look fantastic!
Remember, Tuesday lunchtime in Room 104.
Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com
This week information on:
Work experience placements at UHNM.