Dates for your diary
When we look at the start of the New Year we look towards a fresh start, or to build on previous successes and to work toward achieving our goals, within the Sixth Form we have sought out opportunities for our students so that we can provide new and exciting opportunities. It is important to us that all students are given a chance to enrich their learning, to allow themselves to exceed expectations and to push themselves and try new things. With that mind, please be aware of the following opportunities that we have for our students.
All of this will be posted on the Opportunities board (6th from entrance), will be emailed to form tutors and will be sent out via INSIGHT.
- Oxford and Cambridge Taster Conference:
Trip to FREE Oxford and Cambridge Conference on the 18th of March (a small amount to cover travel costs will be required, those that are awarded the DBS the travel costs will be taken from this).
Additional info: These full-day conferences are available to students from all UK schools and colleges currently in Year 12 studying for A Levels or BTECS . The conferences include:
Course information sessions with taster lectures delivered by current Oxford and Cambridge teaching staff
Up-to-date information on applying to Oxford and Cambridge (including Student Life)
Student finance and graduate prospects
Information for teachers and HE advisers
Admissions Tutors and other staff from both universities will be on hand to answer questions and there will be the opportunity to talk informally to current undergraduates.
The conference is purely for information gathering and to make an informed decision – there is no obligation to apply. There are 15 places available.
- Sutton Trust Summer school:
Sutton Trust Summer schools offer students a week-long residential at one of their thirteen partner Universities which include: Bristol. Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial College London, Kings College London, Nottingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Royal Veterinary College, St Andrews, UCL and Warwick. There are over 40 subjects on offer.
Students apply for a course they would like to study, and through academic taster classes, guidance sessions and social activities, the programme provides an insight into the realities of university life.
All costs including travel, accommodation, food and activities are covered by the Trust and our partners which means it is completely free of charge for students to attend.
- Bremen Summer Camp 2019:
Free two-week residential for 16 and 17-year olds,
14 – 28 July 2019 (Time off school will be authorised – one week of Summer holiday). This experience gives young people aged 16 and 17 the opportunity to be part of an historic project that has taken place in Staffordshire for almost 60 years. Participants from Staffordshire and Germany spend two weeks together learning new things, making friends and of course, having fun!
During this free, two-week project whilst staying in the heart of Cannock Chase, you will be able to enjoy an exciting programme which includes things like:
Social activities like bowling, trampolining and outdoor adventures.
Visit to Coventry Cathedral & free time in Coventry.
Activities with local veterans and civic dignitaries.
Tending to the German War Graves and learning about some of the people buried in the cemetery on Cannock Chase.
Visit to National Memorial Arboretum.
Civic events including a high-profile wreath laying ceremony.
Planning and hosting a celebration evening at the end of the two weeks.
- We have a work experience opportunity for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in Architecture.
- Lastly we have a journalism opportunity to write a monthly column for a local magazine.
Please discuss these opportunities with your child and encourage them to make the most of these opportunities.
On Monday 14th January all students will need to have their new swipe cards with them so that they can access a new gate that has been installed on site. All students have been issued with these cards and have signed for them. It is important that this card is kept safe and instructions on correct usage have been provided.
Next week Year 13 students will be receiving their mock results, while we hope that successes are celebrated we would like to offer this opportunity to inform our Year 13 students that if they have achieved the grade they required then we encourage them to seek further support and guidance on how to improve and learn from errors made.
Thanks to the Staff
Before Christmas the staff held their annual hamper raffle raising money for the Arch refuge in Stoke. Further to our donation we have received the following letter:
Safety advice for children as it gets colder. We want to inform them to stay away from frozen rivers, lakes and ponds.
The weather is getting colder so Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service wanted to make your students aware of the dangers of frozen water. Iced over water has dangerously low temperatures which would be a real shock to the system and means that people can very quickly get into difficulty.
Our advice is as follows:
Make sure children understand how dangerous it is to play on ice. Tell them to stay away from frozen rivers, lakes and ponds.
Don’t wander too near to the edge, icy or wet conditions could cause you to slip and fall in
Don’t be tempted to test the thickness of the ice; it’s easy to slip from the bank and fall through into the freezing water
Dog owners should ensure they keep their pets on a lead so they are not at risk of falling in
If you see someone, or a pet, fall through ice and get into difficulty do not risk yourself by trying to rescue them -instead ring 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service immediately.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue’s website contains a short film which highlights the dangers of children playing on ice. We would be very grateful if you would share this with children of a suitable age within your school.
Year 9 Maths Exams
The Year 9 maths exam takes place on Tuesday 15th January. It is a non-calculator exam.
You will need the following equipment for your exam: black pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass. All equipment can be purchased from the online shop (see link at bottom of the newsletter) or from the maths department.
A great way to revise for this exam is to use https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/
login is your school login followed by @tahs eg smithjohn04@tahs
password is triangle
Happy revising and good luck!
Applications to stand as a candidate in Staffordshire’s UK Youth Parliament elections now open
The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to encourage young people in their local area to make a difference on issues that matter to them.
Applications are now open for anyone who is interested in standing for Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) in Staffordshire. We are able to elect 4 MYPs who will be in their role for one year, until February 2020. Applications close on 7 January.
To be eligible to stand for election you must be:
- Aged between 11 and 18 on 01 March 2019.
- Live, go to school, work or volunteer in Staffordshire (not Stoke-on-Trent).
- Not be standing for election in any other constituency.
You can find out more about the UK Youth Parliament on their website, & watch the video to see what Alfie got up to in his two years as MYP.
December Puzzle of the Month – Car Sales
Art Exam Evening
This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Hughes are:
Eve Rigby and Felicity Burgess for commitment to chemistry lessons.
Lucy Greatrex and Gregor Hayes for contributions to chemistry lessons.
BTEC Animal Care External Exam
Sixth Form Applications.
Although the deadline for Sixth Form applications was today we have been approached by some students in Year 11 who have not quite managed to complete their application for today. With that in mind we have decided to extend the deadline to Friday 18th January. Please ensure that all applications are in before the deadline.
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