Dates for your diary
w/c 29/10/18 – Half term
05/11/2018 – Inset day
09/11/2018 – PTA Quiz night details below
19/11/2018 PTA Meeting
20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day
We are now at an exciting stage in the planning of our new build which will be located on the site of our current pavilion. The new block will include a multi/gym or dance studio, 3 new classrooms, new changing rooms and toilets for students. As you can see from the artist impression below, it is a exciting addition to the school environment and one which we hope to have ready for students and staff in 12 months time. The work we did to extend the canteen over the Summer has proved popular with students and we have found that the sixth form are increasingly using it as a place for them to complete their independent work. We are close to finalising the work on the swimming pool in the hope we are able to re-open it in Easter next year.
Thank you to all parents and students for your support this half term. We hope you have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 6th November.
Year 11 Pre Mock Interventions
Interventions will be starting in earnest after half term and the full timetable can be seen below:
Interventions Oct 18
Well done to all the students who have met the coursework completion deadline. Year 13’s next task is revision for mock exams. If this has not already started then it must be begun during half-term – make sure that you refer to the year 12 topic revision document given to you in lessons.
All year 11 have been set a holiday homework of reviewing and learning the answers to the GCSE quiz sheets. Recap knowledge tests based on year 10 work will begin after half-term in class. Don’t forget that if there is anything students don’t understand, then revision classes are available at lunchtime and after school – see Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young for details.
It’s exciting to hear that your child is keen to join the Thomas Alleyne’s High School expedition team to Malawi in July 2020. Mr Gilson has an information pack for your child to bring home about the trip, and if you click on the pictures below you will be able to watch the “Safety” and “Our traveller” video’s that were played as part of the information evening.
Malawi is known as the warm heart of Africa, its people are incredibly friendly, and it has excellent travel opportunities and fascinating cultures for a student led expedition. While in Malawi the team will trek through tea plantations to reach the high Zomba Plateau and hike the Mulanje Massif to reach 2684m with fabulous views. They will take part in a community project learning about Malawi life and culture first hand and giving something back by improving facilities at a local school. The boat and land safaris at Liwande National park will be a highlight, and there will be time to relax at Monkey Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi too.
The Cost of the 4 week expedition is £4350 this includes Flights to and from Malawi, all transport during the expedition in country, all accommodation costs (tents are provided), all food, a 2 day training weekend in the UK next year, full safety and backup including expedition leaders, and comprehensive medical insurance. Other costs to consider include personal kit and equipment eg clothing, rucksack and boots, pre departure withdrawal insurance, Vaccinations and Visas, kit insurance, UK transport and pocket money for treats and souvenirs (max £200).
A tradition has grown at World Challenge over the last 30 years for students to raise as much of their own expedition fee as they can themselves. Popular ideas include getting a part time job, baby sitting, or mowing lawns, making and selling things at Christmas craft fayres or bake sales, team car washes and supermarket bag packing or big theme nights raise lots too.
There will be meetings in school to help with organising fundraising events for the expedition fee. It is important that your child has some ideas of their own too, as we can’t do it for them. World Challenge have lots of resources and ideas on the members area of our website to help your child with their fundraising, which you will have access to if they sign up.
If after looking through the information you would like your child to participate, please apply following the instructions below or on the paper application form in the information pack by the 9th November.
To Apply online
- Go towww.myworldchallenge.com/bookingcodeand enter the booking code ZVJZ92Z5
- Verify your email address by clicking the link in the verification email we send you.
- Complete the online application in full and pay your first instalment, you will have full access to My World Challenge straight away.
There is lots more information in the pack your child will be bringing home, if you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of the expedition please call our customer support team on 01494 427600.
The deadline for signing up for World Challenge (Malawi 2020) is Friday 9th November. Applications can be made through postal application from the brochure handed out on the parents’ evening or more easily completed online by going to the World Challenge website, again full details of how to apply are also outlined in the brochure. If you require a brochure or further help please do not hesitate to contact Mr Gilson.
Congratulations to all those Y9 who did well in the family assessment – praise cards to follow.
Y11 French are choosing and writing up their chosen theme for the speaking exam to be handed in the first lesson after half term.
5 Y10 students are are waiting to find out their exchange partners.
Y10 French should be preparing their holidays questions to hand in in their first French lesson after half term and revising for an assessment.
Geography year 13
Students should have handed in chapter 1 and 2 of their coursework – the introduction and methodology sections. Over half term students should spend time on collecting their primary data and its presentation. Please see Mr Washbourne or Mrs Goodwin if there are any questions about this.
Geography year 11
Well done to the 14 year 11 pupils who stayed behind last Friday to spend time revising urbanisation. There will be after school revision every Friday from 3:10 – 4pm to help pupils prepare for their mock exams. All pupils welcome.
This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Evans are:
Louisa Page and Jack Smart for two fantastic assessment test scores in Chemistry.
George Foster and Saffron Forrester for continually working hard in Chemistry.
Tya Messer and Leyton Tyers for consistently being above their target grade in Chemistry.
On Thursday the girls travelled to Burton Rugby to compete in a festival which also involved players from Robert Sutton and Pingle.
The competition started with a full 15 a side game which was played to a really high standard with some big hits, great runs and solid ball distribution. The experience and power from TAHS meant that we dominated the score line but scoring 6 tries Maddie Porritt x 2, Molly Beresford x 2, Heather Leech & Lucy Calladine, finishing off some strong runs from their team mates.
The festival then broke down into smaller sided games again TAHS were dominant but this allowed for more development of individual players.
A fantastic performance backed up by lots of singing on the minibus journey home.
Chatfield, Porritt, Jones, Reilly, Beresford, Yates, Calladine, Peaty, Clarke, Baldwin, Horsfall, Perry, Leech
The first 11 a side game of football this season ended in a crushing 8-0 defeat from Westwood.
However there were many positives to take away from the game with every player improving and becoming more confident on the ball as the game progressed.
Team – Klaudia Siwek, Courtney Bogacki, Jemima Pope, Ava Shenton, Harriet Bebbington, Charlotte Ward, Mia Beavan, Phoebe Lawrie, Isabel Rose, Ellie Avery, Millie Yates, Georgia Edwards
Year 9 Boys Rugby
On Wednesday last our year 9 rugby team travelled to Burton Rugby Club for the district tournament. This was the teams debut for school and some excellent rugby was played. In great conditions we got through to the 3rd / 4th playoff against Paulet. Our experience of earlier games began yo pay off as we scored some scintillating tries and racked up a good score.
U16 County Cup Rugby v St Josephs College
Report to follow after half term.
District Cross Country- First day back. All runners selected should have received a parent text.
Year 9 Basketball- practice first day back 3.05. First fixture Wednesday 7th Nov
Year 11 Football – Semi final v Repton at home Thu 8th Nov
A Thank You
Please see the letter below from the Lions Club….
You can now train to teach at the Uttoxeter Learning Trust Teaching School
Have you always had a desire to teach ? Would you like to inspire and shape lives for the future ?
Is this something you have considered in the past, but don’t know where to turn to for advice ?
Come along and chat with us at the forthcoming Train to Teach event –
Wednesday 14th November 2018 (4pm – 7pm)
More information can be found on the Train to Teach web site :
For further information about the opportunities to train to teach please e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01889 561820 please ask for the Teaching School, where we will be happy to offer guidance.
Maths Puzzle October 2018
You have until the end of this coming week to get your answers in…..
How Old is John?
Mum’s age in two years’ time divided by John’s age now , then added to John’s age comes to two-thirds of what Mum was when John was born. And today it is Mum’s and John’s birthday.
How old is John?
Maths Puzzle – Solution Mum 37 John 13 or Mum 26 John 2
Winners ‘How Old is John?’
Peter Taylor (Governor)
Mrs BA Davies (Governor)
Well done – See Mr Askey for your prize
Your Staffordshire Card
The Your Staffordshire Card scheme is ending on 31 August 2019
Staffordshire County Council like many councils are facing unprecedented financial challenges not of our making due to the increasing costs of funding adult social care and children’s care – at a time when national funding to councils continues to fall.
The decision has been made to phase out financial support for the Your Staffordshire Card (YSC) youth scheme. In the past you have helped to promote the scheme and we would like you to display the attached poster and let your students know of the closure if possible.
This means that from 31 August 2019 the pass will no longer be accepted for discounted travel on buses. We will honour passes to that date.
Individual responses will not be provided but all comments will be noted.
The House Trophy competition for this half-term is incredibly close, with each house having a success in at least one event. There is still plenty to play for, especially with regards to achieving credits and attendance to school. Elkes house have come 2nd in 5 competitions so far, which is a fantastic achievement for where they stand at the moment. Orme house came first in the Y9 Girls Cross-Country and Attendance, whereas Torrance have been first in Y9 Boys Cross-Country, Y9 Handball and Credits. Whitmore have been equally successful in coming first in Y10/11 Girls and Boys Cross-Country as well as the Y10/11 Handball Competitions. The leaderboard stands as follows:
1st Elkes – 40 points
2nd Torrance & Whitmore – 39 Points
3rd Orme – 32 Points
Could this be the closest year yet for the Thomas Alleyne’s House Competition? Plenty to play for in the next half-term with:
Year 9 Sculptures!
In year 9 art class this term we have been looking at key visual elements such as colour, patttern, space, shape and form. Also investigating the artist Hundertwasser, and had our drawing assessment from direct observation of a shoe. Drawing with line and using tone to emphasise the illusion of form and texture. At home we have been looking at our design work from imagination and referencing Hundertwasser’s work, ready to challenge ourselves with a 3D construction.
Well done to those groups who have already finished their first independent learning task based on the artist Hundertwasser.
We have had some super inventive designs, creative use of reclaimed materials such as crisp tubes, drinks bottles, lollipop sticks and one even made entirely from crochet!
We are looking forward to seeing the rest of year 9 art groups completing their own sculptures shortly. If you are not sure what date to hand in your work please check INSIGHT.
These works will be photographed for your sketchbook, left on display then all being well returned home for you to keep.
Year 11 & 13 reports are available on Insight.
Respect Programme – Autumn 2
The themes for the next half-term now moves onto some current challenges that young people are faced with day-in, day-out. It is vital that if you have any concerns about the material, that you contact your child’s Head of House or Form Tutor to discuss any of these issues. All students will be studying e-safety, however each Year group will focus particularly on:
Consequences of Cyber Bullying
Social Media and the Law
Cyber Bullying Situations
Being Impersonated on Social Media
Year 10 & 11:
Filesharing and Copyright Infringement
Ratings and Responses Websites
Creative Commons Licesing and Copyright
How to Avoid Fraud
Year 11 will also have a focus towards their Mock examinations as we get closer to Christmas. So may look at revision techniques with their Tutors.
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