Dates for your diary
11/10/2018 – Post 16 Open Evening
16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening
w/c 29/10/18 – Half term
05/11/2018 – Inset day
09/11/2018 – PTA Quiz night details below
20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day
For me, the reason why teaching is such a fantastic career is that students frequently take my breath away with the work that they produce. Today, I had the privilege to meet Tom Ellis one of our sixth formers, who was part of the 2018 World Challenge Expedition to Vietnam and Laos. Tom shared with me, a book that he has created of photographs from the trip. It is truly stunning and made me wistful to travel again, to these countries which are so different to ours and from which we can learn so much. I can only offer you a taster of some of the photographs from his book, and it was impossible to choose my favourites, but I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. If anyone wishes to purchase a copy of Tom’s book please email Mrs Dodd who will put you in touch. We will be purchasing a copy for the school so that all students can share a little of his experience. Tom intends to study Photography at Falmouth in the future and is currently completing his A levels with us.
Mr Gilson has offered to lead our next World Challenge trip and has chosen Botswana as the destination. More details will follow.
On Wednesday we held our open evening for Year 9. I would like to thank all the students who supported us during the evening. It was fantastic to see so many students here supporting staff and talking to our prospective Year 8 students. I would particularly like to thank our Head girl, Maisy, Head boy, Mackenzie, Year 9 students Freya and Duncan who shared their journeys through Thomas Alleyne’s with our guests during the evening and Zakk who played guitar for our guests on their arrival.
We realise it is a busy time for parents of Year 11 students. We have our open evening next week starting at 6.30pm on the 11th October closely followed by our core subjects revision evening on 16th October. This evening is always well attended as it offers parents an insight into how they can support their sons and daughters over the coming year. We hope you find both evenings informative and helpful. It is led by our Heads of English, Maths and Science departments.
Finally myself and Mrs Maingay look forward to a question and answer session for Year 8 parents on the following evenings at 4.00pm.
9th Oldfields Hall Middle School
15th Windsor Park Middle School
22nd Ryecroft Middle School
All Year 13 students are busy getting their statements finished and refined- please visit our resources @ – and make the most of tutor and Enrichment sessions to get your draft as super as possible.
The Sixth Form were visited by a representative from the Uttoxeter Lions today (http://uttoxeterlions.co.uk/) and were encouraged to raise funds for the Indonesian Earthquakes. Please support in any way you can.
The Unidays app is ready (https://www.myunidays.com/GB/en-GB/content/about)- and is full of discounts and benefits for students- Please ensure you have your office 365 email address if you want to sign up. If students havn`t accessed their 365 email for a while they may need to reset their address. Due to the high demand for the email reset- please see Mrs. Walton (instead of the IT technicians) to put your name down for and email re-allocation- thanks
A massive thanks to all Y12 and Y13 helpers at the Open Evening this week- We are very grateful. We are looking forward to the next Sixth Open Evening on Thursday the 11th October and would really appreciate the same level of support from our lovely students again.
If you would like to see one of our gifted A-Level Photographer`s work (Tom Ellis) featuring stunning images from their World Challenge Journey to Vietnam and Laos please visit his site @ https://tomjohnellis.wixsite.com/photography
Our Sixth Form were pleased to welcome Mr Graham Dow from Uttoxeter Lions on Friday. He gave an assembly to introduce the Young Leaders In Service Award which encourages community service. Students can gain a recognised award for completing either 25, 50 or 100 hours of service. Our students are expected to complete at least 5 hours community service as a minimum. Graham explained that service covers a wide range of activities such as helping with lawn mowing or cooking, childminding, running errands, hospital visiting, helping others to learn ICT skills, teaching children cycle safety, helping students with literacy or numeracy skills, plus schemes such as Duke of Edinburgh and health and social work placements. The Lions are always looking for new members or young people to support them at events such as the Christmas Cracker or helping to organise their annual prostate screening. We are also looking for students to organise spectacle recycling as part of a wider Lions scheme. Graham threw down the challenge for us to raise as much as possible within a week for their Indonesian disaster fund. We are encouraging as many students as possible to take part. As well as benefitting the community, students can use the Lions Award in apprenticeship or university applications to show more about their personal attributes. Please see Mrs Bell for further information and get involved.
News from English
English Pupil of the Week
Layla Thomas in year 10W1 ( 10U1 English). She volunteered for Open Evening and talked to visitors in room 20 for 2 hours about the power and conflict poems and contextual tasks my students had completed.
She was brilliant!
Running from Monday 15th October through to Thursday 18th October, all Year 9 classes will be taking place in a public speaking project run by an external provider called “Talk the Talk”. These sessions will last all day instead of normal lessons and will take place in school. Details of dates, rooms and times will be passed onto form tutors this week.
CACH Assemblies for years 9,10,11
On Monday we welcomed CACH Assemblies for years 9,10,11
We welcomed Anna Mclaughlin form the Staffordshire charity, Communities against crimes of hate to speak to our students in extended assemblies.
We will be following up this education with students in our Respect programme.
Please follow the link below to their website for further information form the Staffordshire charity, Communities against crimes of hate to speak to our students in extended assemblies.
‘After Elevate’s visit last week, we now have access to the student activity pack which leads on from the first session ‘Study Sensei’. Please see link below to support students in their revision.’
We have been sending out the parental login emails to all year 9 parents that we hold a valid email address for. Please check all of your inboxes, spam, promotions etc for an email giving you your login details.
It is especially important a on the 24th October we have the year 9 tutor evening and bookings will be made via insight. We will be re sending emails throughout next week.
Here they are…..
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Monday 19th November, 7pm in the staffroom.
News from MFL
Thank you for all the support at open evening. We looked at comparing similar Eurepean Languages with our prospective Y9 students.
French for all years has included a lot of verb revision.
Y12 are revising all tenses
Y11 are preparing school speaking questions.
Y10 are revising perfect tense with avoir and être.
Y9 have been learning reflexive verbs.
This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Hughes are:
Alyssa Shaw and Harriet Bebbington
Gregor Hayes and Ellie Brown
All of the students were selected for their hard work in their chemistry lessons.
Year 9 Football
Congratulations to the year 9 football team who put on a excellent display to beat Cheadle High School, 15 – 0 last week. It was a very good all round team performance well led by Ethan Hudson and hat trick scorers Harry Clarke and Charlie Ratcliffe. Next weeks opposition will be a sterner test in the District Cup against Painsley at home on Thursday.
Also well done to Harry Clarke who has been re signed by Everton for the up coming season, we wish him well.
Very busy week for our U16 footballers.
On Tuesday we hosted Blessed William Howard in the county cup, winning a tight fought game 3-2. Alleynes took a 2-0 lead through Max Hunt with a lovely chip into the net but were then pegged back in the second half. Archie McNair put is back in the lead before BWH equalised again. Our attitude and character shone through though with Alex Ford finding Lewis Dawson to tap home the winner.
Wednesday saw a trip to Deferrers in the Burton & District Cup with two well matched sides. Deferrers scored first through poor marking at a corner, but we hit back with 2 well taken goals from Harvey Belcher. Lewis Dawson completed the scoring to make us comfortable 3-1 winners.
Thursday proved too much as tired legs in the 2nd half turned 0-0 into a 4-1 loss in the league at Painsley, With Dawson scoring to make it 2-1. The boys character stood out as they kept working for each other and stayed positive but it was clear the previous games had taken their toll.
Squad- Callum Dreher, Alex Shaw, George Walker, Mitchell Ball, Alex Ford, Jenson Bosworth, Asher Topliss, Ethan Archer, Harvey Belcher, Frankie Bussell,
Next Thursday we make the short trip to JCB in a league and cup double header.
Next Wednesday 10th October is the District tournament at Burton RFC 4pm-6pm. Team list is on the PE notice board and has been text out.
Open evening on Wednesday saw the annual handball competition which was well represented by both girls and boys from Year 9-11.
The year 9’s soon picked up the rules of the game and played some entertaining matches.
Torrance won all of their fixtures winning all of their group matches and the grand final, Elkes finishing 2nd, Torrance 3rd and Orme 4th.
The senior competition was a solid tactical display with Whitmore and Elkes participating in the final and Whitmore winning by one goal. Torrance were 3rd & Orme 4th.
Many thanks to the Btec sports students who officiated the games.
Maths Puzzle October 2018
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?
Answers with solutions to Mr.Askey (Maths department – room 47) by half term.
Thomas Alleyne’s High School Merchandise Shop
This is an online shop where you can purchase the following school items:
uniform – school ties, school badges
overalls and boots for Animal care
folders and sketch books for Art
revision guides for various subjects
Please add items into your basket and then proceed to payment. Please then print off a receipt – students will need to bring this into school to collect their item(s)
Please note – there is always a link to the online shop at the bottom of this newsletter
The staff raised £130 in the Macmillan Coffee morning held last Friday
Pastoral Students of the Week
Pastoral students of the week – there are too many to name, but we owe huge thanks to all those students who came and helped at open evening this week!
We’re also proud to have 35 students through the Bronze threshold for credits so far this half term – special mentions to Alyssa Whitehall, Duncan McGarry, Ben Craven and Jack Smith who’ve all passed 40 credits already.
First of all a big thank you to the students from years 11 and 13 who helped out the department at Open Evening. They were excellent ambassadors for the subject.
GCSE – Year 11
All groups have now started our final unit, ‘Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 – 1939’. However, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young would like to remind everyone that we have not completely finished with the American West because there is the big end of unit exam for groups in the week starting 15th October.
Therefore, all year 11 have revision as homework.
A level – Year 13
Make sure that you are balancing your history study time between coursework, homework and also reviewing year 12 work ready for mock exams in a few weeks time.
News from the Farm
We had a very successful vet skills session on Tuesday with over 15 students learning about how to carry out a health check on rabbits and guinea pigs. We also managed to fit in a visit to the school calves and check their eyes because we had noticed a bit of discharge around them. Luckily they were given a clean bill of health. The session was made even more exciting because of the arrival of our baby guinea pigs. We now have 10 babies from our three proud moms and the students are fussing over them and making sure that they stay safe.
Year 9 Prize Draw from Open Evening 2017
After receiving the department postcards from last year’s open evening from a number of Year 9 students, the winner of the draw made on Wednesday 3rd October was Harley Stanton (9T1) who was presented with a £10 Amazon voucher. Congratulations to Harley.
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