TAHS Weekly Newsletter.
Dates for your diary
Revision skills evening at 6.00pm on 06/03/2019 we would love you to join us – the session lasts for just 1 hour. All year groups welcome.
Please join us for our parent and Student Revision Evening with Tim Benton, author of ‘Brain Box’ https://www.independentthinking.co.uk/associates/tim-benton/ (Useful for any parent or child interested in techniques for revision.)
14/03/2019 Year 10 Parents Evening
This week our school canteen was inspected. The team who run the canteen are a fantastic group of people who look after us day in, day out. If your son or daughter hasn’t tried the hot meals we recommend them to you! The inspection report reflects their commitment to serving us healthy and delicious food.
Comments from inspectors:
”Today’s visit to Thomas Alleyne’s High School was an absolute pleasure, First of all I must give praise to you (Lisa Lister canteen manager) and your team in creating a showcase venue. Thomas Alleyne is in the premiership of our canteens.
Food quality and presentation was of the highest I have experienced in all my years with Chartwells”
Our congratulations to the team.
Lane1 to set up a Swim School at Thomas Alleyne’s High School.
The decision comes just over a year after the school announced it would have to shut the swimming pool from January 2018 because it could not commit to the necessary funding to repair it.
The closure prompted the school, local swimmers, Dove Valley Swim Group, Lane1, members of the community, Tescos, Sport England, East Staffordshire Borough and Staffordshire County Council to work together to raise the funds to complete the repairs on the pool.
The final funds for completion were handed over on 1st March.
The School will continue to use the pool for swimming lessons during the day, to run life-saving courses and to offer schools within the Uttoxeter Learning Trust the opportunity to bring first school children to the pool to swim. In the evening Lane1 will be offering swim lessons to the community.
Headteacher Julie Rudge said: ”The pool was originally built utilising funds raised by the local community and it is fantastic to be able to start work on refurbishing the pool so that the opportunity to learn to swim will be available for generations to come.”
“Along with the re-building of our Pavillion which will provide a sports gym , new changing facilities and three new classrooms; the pool now has a strong future at the heart of Uttoxeter. ”
“I would like to thank all of those who have supported us in our campaign to save the pool, particularly Cllr. Atkins, Cllr Colin Whittaker, David Brookes, Graham Hunt, Phillip Hudson, Mark Rizk, Melina Greensmith, Lioncourt Homes, Ken Hardy and John Plant.
Pool sessions will commence in September please contact Lane1 Swimming school for details. http://lane1coaching.com
This week in TAHS Sixth Form has been a quiet week, apart from the Senior Prefects working hard to get the Year Book completed. If your son or daughter has not provided a comment for the year book or submitted photographs by today, Friday, then sadly they have missed the deadline. This is a wonderful keepsake, so much better than the scruffy notebook that I had when I left school!
As a community, we like to celebrate success and this week I would like to take the opportunity to share the success of Adam Burrows in Year 13. Adam is a hard working student who has participated in Auschwitz project and helped to put together the assembly to highlight to scale of Holocaust. As well as this commendable work Adam has working well as part of a team and also on an individual level and will be attending Buckingham Palace in May for his Gold Duke of Edinburgh presentation. This was not enough for Adam and he has also completed his Queen’s Scouts Award (the highest award you can get in scouting). He is only the fifth person in Staffordshire to get it this school year and the youngest by far. So Adam Burrows – Well done!
Adam will now be going to Windsor Castle where he will parade around the castle, meet Bear Grylls and a representative of the Queen or possibly the Queen herself before having a church service in St Georges Chapel inside the castle. This is a highly sought after accolade I’m sure you will agree.
Year 12 students have been given the tools, on paper and with the use of Unifrog, to start putting together their personal statements. On Unifrog they have seven competencies to complete, this will enable them to see the good, to see what they have achieved so far and how they have achieved it. By seeing this aspect of themselves they can start to piece together their statement. We don’t expect all students to know which courses, jobs or apprenticeships they want to apply for yet, but starting now makes it easier in September. The deadline for these personal statements to be handed to your form tutor is April 5th.
Year 9 Options
You may be aware of a harmful po-up that appears during YouTube videos aimed at children, on Fortnite and other social media called Momo. It shows disturbing images and encourage viewers to hurt themselves.
A statement on the National Online Safety website said:
“There have been recent reports that some seemingly innocent videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids (such as ‘surprise eggs’, unboxing videos and Minecraft videos) have been edited by unknown sources to include violence provoking and/or other inappropriate content. Even though YouTube monitor and remove videos that include inappropriate content, clips can be uploaded and viewed thousands of times before they get reported and removed. As a parent, it’s difficult to spot these videos as the harmful content doesn’t appear until partway through the video.”
Please be aware if this and talk to your children about clicking on unidentified links.
Puzzle of the Month
Year 11 Geography
The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.
Ski Trip Parents Evening New Date
As emailed please be reminded that we have had to move the Parents evening to Thursday 7th March at 6pm.
Please ensure you bring your child’s passport with at least 6 months validity and a valid EHIC card. Order your EHIC here…..
As it stands we are planning for the status quo to maintain post Brexit day at the end of March. Thus the need for you all to still have a valid EHIC card, should we leave with a deal then these will still be valid. I have been in constant consultation with Interski and should we crash out with no deal the insurance policy already in place covers all participants on the trip for medical expenses.
On Tuesday 5th March, from 6.30pm until 7.30pm, Mr Hulme will be delivering a presentation to parents about the content and structure of the two English GCSE examinations, GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. The presentation will also include advice on how to help pupils best prepare for these examination. The presentation will take place in the school theatre.
All are welcome.
Business Studies Trip To Prague
Parents Evening to help support your son/daughter with revision
6th March 6.00pm. Tim Benton
Learning about the English Language in London
A Level English Language students attended the EMC Student Conference on Tuesday this week. The students travelled by coach to London, braving a 6am departure, and were treated to a range of talks by academics from all over the country.
Alongside 700 other students, they learned how analysis of someone’s text message style helped solve a murder in Stoke; how someone’s accent changes subtly according to the different functions within a conversation; and how online anti-social behaviour becomes normalised. After a quick lunch out in the city, they were then able to listen to the country’s pre-eminent linguist, David Crystal, explain how babies understand the rudiments of language from in the womb, to one year old. This talk was highly enjoyable, with Prof. Crystal being cheered by the auditorium.
There was a final presentation from a contemporary poet, Luke Wright, who demonstrated how words can be chosen to shape a voice and a mood in poetry, including an impressive demonstration of a “univocalic lipogram” – a poem which uses only one vowel (in this case, o). Although everyone was somewhat tired when we returned to school at 8pm, students have come away with a deeper understanding of the multi-faceted nature of language study, and some have even chosen coursework ideas based on what they learned during the day.
News from PE
Next Friday 8th March will be the start of our celebration of British Science Week. We begin with our Millionaire Quiz for our Year 9, 10 and 11 students.
The following week will feature a range of activities and demonstrations at lunchtime. Details will be revealed soon; look out for the Science Week posters around the School!
This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:
Saffron Forrester, Ruby Taylor-Caine and Anna Adams
Rachel Spence, Samantha Cotterill and Rachel Holloway
All of the students were selected for excellent recent results in biology assessments.
Respect Spring Term 2
Year 11 Group Photograph
We are pleased to let you know that we now have a web collection for the school. We have password protected your image using your account number 380431.
Please note these images are available for viewing only, ordering takes place via the order forms available from your tutor.
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