May 17th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary

 

24/05/2019 End of Term & start of study leave for Y11 & 13

03/06/2019 Lessons start for Y9, 10 & 12

 

 Headteacher blog:

Firstly congratulations to our football and athletics teams who have performed superbly this week. Full details of their success is below.
 
We have seen an improvement this week in the equipment students are bringing to school. Thank you to everyone who has checked their sons/daughters bags to ensure they have pens, pencils, calculators etc. If you can also remind them to be quiet around the examination venues that would be much appreciated.
 
Year 11 and Year 13 attendance at examinations has been excellent, as has their behaviour. We wish them well for next week. We are pleased to see that Year 10 and Year 12 students are preparing for their internal examinations.
 

Assemblies

Our thought for the week for next week  is:
 
 
“You are always responsible for act, no matter how you feel”


 
Assemblies will be for year 10 only and be in the sports hall.
 
 
 
6th

 

Well done Year 13, one full week to go! We are so very proud of all our Year 13 students.  All those who have worked so hard in all of their chosen subjects. Well done to those that have already completed their exams and finished all their coursework.  You should be basking in your success and achievements.

On Monday we see the first A Level exam of this summer season, it may be a shock to the system but I am sure that all students are fully prepared for it.  If not, don’t worry, give yourself enough time this weekend to go through your notes, complete a few exam questions and then spend some time focusing on yourself.  Mrs Bell sent some links round to form tutors this week that maybe useful to look at.  They explain the science behind the stress and explain that all students have anxiety of some kind before an exam, and that this is perfectly normal. I will add the links at the end.

 

On Friday 24th May at 1pm we will be holding our Year 13 Leavers Celebration afternoon at Uttoxeter Racecourse. This is an afternoon for the Year 13 students to dress in their finest outfit and celebrate their success and the ‘end of an era’. I have attached the letter to go with this day.

 

Monday 20th May is the deadline for current Year 11 students to accept their place at TAHS Sixth Form so please return your slip to Mrs Walton or hand it in to the office. Letters will be sent out to Year 11 students who have applied to the Sixth Form to explain about the taster sessions, there will also be a timetable with all the taster sessions, so if you fancy looking at a different subject then please just pop along.  We do ask all students to enter through reception and sign in upon arrival and to sign out when they leave the premises.  The taster sessions will be held week commencing 24th June, we are aware that some students will not be able to attend due to other commitments, if you could let us know if this applies to your son/daughter then we would be grateful.

Leavers Day letter 2019

 

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Elaine is the Careers Adviser linked to Thomas Alleynes.  If you need any help or advice you can get in touch with her now and after leaving the 6th form.  Her email is elaine.tomlinson@entrust-ed.co.uk

Elaine can help with deciding what career you want to do after 6th form as well as help with how to plan the next year. She also has information on a range of topics including CV writing, application forms, interview tips, using social media to find employment, how to find apprenticeships. Please email her if you have any questions, need any help or would like one of the information sheets she has created.

Attached below is a useful information sheets on Internships, Gap year, School Leaver programmes and other options.

Careers information sheet

 

Intervention for May & June

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RE Revision

Thanks for the great attendance at last weeks revision session – we are in school on Monday morning from 7.45 for any student who wishes to drop in – room 33A and 33B.
 

 

Parental Advice

 

 

Advice for parents, carers and students about sexting on on line safety

 
 
Mental health awareness week 13th May.
Advice for parents, carers and students about body image,
 

 

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/all-the-revision-and-exam-tips-you-ll-ever-need/

 

PTA Meeting

 
PTA meeting Monday 20th May 7pm in the staffroom.
 
All welcome.
 
Also do not forget the Lottery check out this link for all the details.

 

www.yourschoollottery.com/play

Search for Thomas Alleynes. 

Thomas Alleyne’s High School SSAT Award Winners

 
 

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Science

 

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Crum are:

Year 9

Katie Boot for exceptional hard work

Katie Large for consistent effort and attainment

Sam Archer for always trying his best

Year 10

Sam Spooner for continued excellence

Willow Gregory for excellent effort and enthusiasm

Year 11

Charlotte Cope for nailing moles!

Emily Wright for excellent preparation for her exams

 

Well done! 

 

Reports

 
Year 11 and 13 Pastoral Reports are now available on Insight.

News from PE

Sentinel Schools Shield
 
So near yet so far- a great effort but sadly not the result we wanted losing 3-2. Goals came from Lewie Thornton and Archie McNair. Man of the Match Jenson Bosworth.  All players should be immensely proud of their efforts. 
 
More pictures can be seen here:
 
 
 
 
East Staffs Athletics Championships
 
Well done to all athletes that took part- results in next weeks edition.

 

Maths  – Year 11

The maths department will be holding a pre-exam revision session before each of the GCSE maths exams.

The sessions will take place from 8-8.40am on Tuesday 21st May, Thursday 6th June and Tuesday 11th June.

The sessions are a great way to get your brain into maths mode before entering the exam.  We will go over a few key topics, ensure you know the formulae you will need and make sure everyone has the correct equipment!  In past years the students have found these sessions very useful to attend.

Equipment you need: black pen, pen, ruler, rubber, protractor and compass.  Also for paper 2 and 3 you will need a scientific calculator.  All of this can be purchased from the maths department or online shop (maths sets £1.20, calculators £7.80)

After school revision sessions on Tuesdays – Fridays are still continuing.

Maths – Year 10

The Year 10 end of year maths exam takes place on Thursday 20th June.  It is one non-calculator paper worth 80 marks.  The exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

A list has been put on Insight of all the topics you have covered in Year 9 and 10 for you to use as a revision list.

You will need the following equipment for your exams:  Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor and compass.

If you do not turn up with all of this equipment you will get an afterschool detention – be warned!

 A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com          username: surnamefirstname2digityearofbirth@tahs  eg smithjohn04@tahs  password: triangle

 

Photography Winners

Year 13 A-Level Photographers Livia Robinson, Adam Burrows and Abbie Keeling celebrated success with wins in the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year awards at Graham Balfour School in Stafford last night.  There were wins in both colour and Black and White Portfolio categories, along with commendations for Erin Pleasance and Tom Johnson -We are really proud of them.  

 

Technology Competition 

Last Friday Uttoxeter’s middle schools were invited to take part in a Technology Tournament held at TAHS. Three teams of 4 students from Year 7 in each school competed against one another in what turned out to be an extremely close and competitive competition. Students did not know what the challenge was going to be until arrival on the day.
 
Tension was high and the students were extremely eager to discover their challenge for the day. Once the challenge was explained students got straight to work exploring possible design solutions, analysing ideas and modelling their best solutions. The behaviour, attitude, team working skills and work rate could only be described as inspirational. Students used a range of materials along with tools and equipment to manufacture their working prototypes ready for the final challenge.
 
The challenge involved building a crane with working motor that could travel down a straight track, collect an item from a container using a working mechanism and return to the start line without allowing the item collected to touch the track.
 
All teams attempted the challenge and most had working prototypes. However, the overall winner was Ryecroft who displayed excellent making skills and a fully working prtotype and mechanism.
 
Congratulations to all who took part and a huge thank you to the staff who made it possible and we hope to run this Tournament again next year.

 

 

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May 10th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary

 

13/05/2019 GCSE Examinations Start

24/05/2019 End of Term

 

 Headteacher blog:

Mrs Lindsay and I were delighted to collect the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Educational Outcomes Award for Student Progress on behalf of staff, governors, and students on Thursday of the week. This is a testament to everyone’s hard work. 
 
Year 11 and year 13 joined me for an assembly this week. We reminded them to – check their timetables (exams have been missed in the past purely because a student got the date wrong); make sure they have all the equipment they need (if they do forget anything on the day please tell them to come to us as early as possible); leave smart watches at home or hand them in with their mobile phones; and do their individual best. We are there to support them throughout this challenging time.
 
We are regulated by the exam board and if a student misses an examination due to illness it is highly unlikely they will be awarded a grade. Therefore if they are unwell, whilst they may have stayed at home on a normal school day, they should check with us to see if we can support them in an individual venue. Equally, if they are late for an examination due to unforeseen circumstances, please contact us as soon as possible;e as we will be ready to receive them in reception and will do everything possible to get them into the exam. 
 
On a number of days, prior to half term, we will be moving lunchtime to 12.20 to prevent disruption to our students sitting afternoon examinations. We would very much appreciate it, if you can remind your daughters and sons in other year groups of the importance of being quiet around exam venues at all points during the day to give their peers the best possible experience. 
 
Students were also told that when their examination starts at 1.00pm or 1.15pm and we have not moved lunchtime for the whole school, candidates are invited to join us in the canteen at 12.20 when we will give them a break before the start of the examination. A wide range of food is always available at 11.00 – 11.20 for students who wish to eat early. 
 
We are pleased to see Year 10 and Year 12 preparing for their annual examinations which will be interspersed with our GCSES/BTECS and A levels. 
 
We wish everyone well as they move into their examination season.
 
As we have conducted learning walks across the school it has been noticeable that we have a significant number of students in year 9 who are not arriving in school with the correct equipment. (The basics such as pens/pencils rulers but also calculators and glue sticks) We are aware that as a parent you will have made sure they had the correct equipment at the start of the year and would ask if you could check their bags and do another check. If there is anyone who would like support in providing their sons or daughters with equipment please let us know. 
 

Assemblies

Our thought for the week for next week  is:
 
 
“You are always responsible for act, no matter how you feel”


 
Assemblies will be for year 9 only and be in the sports hall.
 
 
 
6th

 

With only one week to go until the Year 13 students start their A Level exams we are making sure all students are prepared. Simple things like making sure they know their exam start times and their seat numbers, ensuring that they have all the right equipment needed for that exam and that they have all the correct amount of time needed for revision, all help the students to feel ready to enter the exam venue.  Suggestions that we have made is that they ask about reducing their hours of work so for this short period of time they are fully focused on their revision.  We have also informed all Year 13 students that after May half term they must still attend lessons where they still have their exam to do.  This is important as it will be guided revision focusing on exam skills and technique.  These are small changes will help our students to be even more successful.

 

This week the Year 12 students, who have been nominated by their peers and staff to apply to be Senior Prefects, have had their interviews. These were short and informal interviews and only lasted up to 15 minute. These have now been completed and the Sixth Form team will discuss the interviews and as soon as a decision has been made about the roles, the students will be informed. It is always a very difficult decision to make as all students who apply for these roles present themselves outstandingly.

 

Intervention for May

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RE Revision

Year 11 RE Revision will be available on Saturday 11th May, next Saturday between 10 and 12.
 
In this session students will have the chance to opt into quick topic overviews for each religion and a walk through some potential questions. 33B
 
In 33A students can revise, work through practice questions and ask individual questions to a teacher. 
 
It would be great to see you there, we are here to help!
 

TikTok App



Are you concerned about the dangers of the video-sharing app TikTok (formerly Musical.ly)?

The Safeguarding Training Centre have created the below fact sheet to help you.

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There is also some great advice from CEOP on other E-Safety issues under this link:
 
 

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/all-the-revision-and-exam-tips-you-ll-ever-need/

 

PTA Meeting

 
PTA meeting Monday 20th May 7pm in the staffroom.
 
All welcome.
 
Also do not forget the Lottery check out this link for all the details.

 

www.yourschoollottery.com/play

Search for Thomas Alleynes. 

History

 
Year 11 – A reminder that History revision will take place in school on Friday, 31st May, room 16, 10.00am – 2.00pm. This session is primarily for pupils who feel insecure about any areas of Paper 1 content / skills – if you feel happy with your knowledge and understanding of this examination paper then you are probably better revising at home.
 
See Mrs Johnson if you would like more detail or help deciding whether this revision session is relevant for you.
 
Year 10 – after school revision sessions are now available for everyone in the run up to Year 10 exams.
 
See Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young for details.

Science

 

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Evans are:

Year 9

Cheyanne Sutton and Tyler Benton for always working to the best of their ability

Year 10

Ricardo Goncalves and Jack Doyle for 100% effort in Chemistry

Year 11

Mackensie Paterson and Tish Fry for revising well in Science

 

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

Year 10

Laura Backhouse and Millie Hodges for commitment to the Animal Care Course

Year 11

Morgan Perry and Rachel Spence for maturity and determination completing the Animal Care Course

 

Well done!

 

News from PE

Sports Clubs
 
Tuesday 14th May – Year 9 & 10 Rounders 3:15-4:30
 
Wednesday 15th May – Athletics meet at Shobnall, if selected return approx. 6:30
 
Thursday 16th May – Girls Cricket 3:05-4:30
 
Friday 17th May – Trampoline  3:05-4:15
 
 
U16 Sentinel Schools Shield Final
 
The final is on Monday 13th May at Port Vale FC. Kick off 7pm  Entry £4 adults £2 concessions. All money raised goes to charity. 
 
Please support the boys if you can, they have worked very hard to get there.
 
 
 
GCSE PE
 
Exams are on Wednesday (paper 1) and Friday (paper 2) revision resources are available on insight. Revision sessions will take place on both days from 8.15 in room 83a.
 
 
East Staffs Athletics Championships
 
This will take place on Wednesday 15th May at Shobnall. Competitors will receive a parent text on Monday. If anyone would like to take part see Mr Barrow on Monday morning.

French Intervention

 
Warm up for GCSE French room 10 8.10 Tuesday 14th May. Come and get prepared for the listening exam.

 

Well Done to Elkes Students

Elkes students of the week – Becky Wooliscroft and Lily Brassington for kindly helping Windsor Park year 8 students with their transition.

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May 3rd 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary

 

6/05/2019 Bank Holiday

13/05/2019 GCSE Examinations Start

24/05/2019 End of Term

 

 Headteacher blog:

Looking at what has taken place over the Easter holiday and our first week back, I would like to thank all those who have been involved in making sure that we offer the best possible opportunities for young people. I would also like to thank those students who have been involved in the activities on offer. 
 
On the day of storm Hannah, our silver Duke of Edinburgh students successfully completed their Expedition.  Meanwhile many students joined Mr Cartwright on his skiing trip and had a wonderful time. 
 
Students have also been very successful on the sports field, securing a win against Painsley to reach the final of the Sentinel cup. Our PE team of staff is not large, and yet they manage to support students to participate and be successful,  in a wide range of sports. 
 
Year 11 have now completed their French speaking and PE examinations. Feedback from the examiners was that they conducted themselves superbly. The Art examinations are now underway and we wish everyone in Year 11 and Year 13, who is sitting an external examination, the best. 
 
Finally, my thanks to Mr Storer our business manager, Mr Mirams our site manager and his team. During the Easter holiday, with their oversight, work continued on both the pool and new build. 
 
They have also been successful in securing a grant of over £350,000 to replace the roofs over many of the school buildings. Finance for schools is incredibly tight, as you will have read in the national news, and therefore their success in securing these funds and managing the projects, means that we are able to continue to develop the facilities on offer to our young people.
 

Assemblies

Our thought for the week for next week  is:
 
 
“I want to say to all people around the world – this should not happen again. I saw the faces of the people we liberated – they went through hell.”

Anatoly Shapiro, Jewish Red Army commander whose troops liberated the camp
 
Assemblies will be led by two year 12 students, Lily Ella and Amy who have recently been on a visit to see the concentration camps.
 
 
 
6th

 

We have ‘hit the floor running’ this week.  Year 12 students have got their mock timetables ready for the summer examination season in June, Year 13 students are revising with their subject specialists and attending important webinars which are providing a further insight in to their impending exams, please ensure that you have a copy of your child’s exam timetable so that you are aware of when their exams are.

Final choices for university destinations have been selected, the deadline was Wednesday for those few who were undecided.  This is a big choice to make but can be amended on results day if it needs to.

We are looking at taking all of our Year 12 students to the NEC on Tuesday 25th June, this is to the UCAS Convention.  The focus is on Degree Level apprenticeships and university options. There are over 200 exhibitors at the NEC on this day and it is the student’s opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the courses they are interested in.  If your child is unsure about what to do Post-18 then attending this convention really will allow them to see how much is available to them.

Today we had Staffordshire Youth Participation Team in to talk to Year 12 and Year 13. They explained the purpose of their organisation and how it benefits young people and adults within Uttoxeter and our local area.

‘Participation is about young people and parents being involved in the development of youth mental health services. We want to know what you think is working well, and what’s not working well, and we want to invite you to be a part of making changes.

This can range from being involved in interviews for new staff, re-designing buildings to make them youth friendly, co-producing and co-delivering training/workshops, presenting work at wider events, being involved in system changes like transition plans and lots more!’

Please click on the link below for further information.

https://yes-s.org.uk/new/youth-participation

 

 

RE Revision

Year 11 RE Revision will be available on Saturday 11th May, next Saturday between 10 and 12.
 
In this session students will have the chance to opt into quick topic overviews for each religion and a walk through some potential questions. 33B
 
In 33A students can revise, work through practice questions and ask individual questions to a teacher. 
 
It would be great to see you there, we are here to help!
 

 

Computer Science



Practice your algorithms for unit 2 by using this fantastic free resource. More items are to be sent throughout next week via Insight. Remember the final revision session is on Thursday after school in room 43.

 

https://revisecomputerscience.com/algorithms/writing-algorithms-practice/ 

Also see this fantastic knowledge organiser for paper 2:

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Year 9 Options

 
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Youth Mental Health Participation

 
We have welcomed staff from this organisation into talk to our students this week.
 
Please find below their welcome pack and details of how young people can get involved if they wish too.
 

 Welcome Pack

 

 

Ski Trip 2019

 

A party of 49 left school on the first Saturday of the school holidays for the long over night journey to the Aosta Valley in Italy. La Thuile is in the high Alps in the shadow on Mont Blanc and again gave the students fantastic snow conditions for Easter skiing.

6 days of skiing ensued, with experts to beginners enjoying the cold & sunny conditions, more like February than April. All groups showed fantastic progress, enjoying the food, snow weather and new experiences. The two top groups even had the opportunity to ski into France and explore the new pistes in La Rossiere.

This is much more than a ski trip, it is an opportunity for the students to try a new sport, look after themselves, gain independence, try a new language, try differing foods (we love mystery meat and chips!!) and socialise in groups that they would not normally. All students were a credit and we all had a fantastic trip.

Look out for 2020 being advertised soon.

Science

 

A Level Biology Webinar

On Thursday 2nd May our Year 12 and Year 13 A Level Biology students attended a webinar, which is a live web-based conference relayed over the internet.  The webinar was presented by the AQA Examination Board to support the students’ preparation for their upcoming Paper 1 exam.

The one-hour session was led by an AQA examiner who guided the students on how to interpret questions to ensure they fully understand what the question is asking; to understand command words and also how to gain maximum marks in the real summer exams.

This type of feedback regarding exam technique and the use of key terminology is vital when tackling A Level papers.  The students were very attentive throughout and gained valuable techniques to use in their exams.

Thanks to Mr Milward for organising the event.

There are two more sessions for the Year 13 students to attend:

Thursday 16th May for Paper 2

Thursday 23rd May for Paper 3

 

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Melland are:

Year 9

Georgia Edwards and Ollie Birch for working well in their Physics lessons

Year 10

Saffron Forrester and Orla Hodgkinson for working well in their Physics lessons

Year 11

George Mothershaw and Georgia Fleeman for their commitment to Physics revision.

 

Well done!

 

News from PE

Year 9 Cricket
 
On Thursday the year 9 cricket team led by Archie Cooper went to play Rawlett High School Tamworth, in the County Cup  Unfortunately due to bad weather the match had to be decided with a bowl off- most number of wickets taken of  4 three ball overs.  The Alleyne’s bowlers, Dan and Lewis Forrester, Jack McGarry and Archie Cooper bowled well taking 3 wickets.  This was to be matched by Rawlett.  A sudden death bowl took place, first team to hit the wicket, unfortunately Rawlett struck first.  Thank you to the rest of the team who traveled to Tamworth and supported the bowlers.  We hope for a better result next game.  
 
 
3rd Time Lucky??
 
Congratulations to our U16 football team who have reached the Sentinel Cup final after beating Painsley in an epic semi final encounter at Foley FC. After losing to Painsley in the County Cup Final on penalties only a few weeks ago, the game had even more feeling. Alleynes began the game well and scored within 5 minutes with a Dawson header. This rattled Painsley and a number of their players lost the plot. We couldn’t score the important 2nd goal though and went in at half time 1 nil up. At the start of the 2nd half Mitch Ball was through on goal having stripped the defence for pace and was then rugby tackled to the ground. Ball fell into the box but the first foul was adjudged to be outside the box. The defender received red card. This changed the game with Painsley refocused and starting to play football. They scored an equaliser and began to gain the upper hand. The game finished 1-1 but unlike the county cup there was now 10 mins of extra time each way.  Players began going down with cramp all over the place, our rotations helped us get back on top.  Archie McNair was then tripped in the box for a penalty.  Captain Frankie Bussell stepped up and dispatched the penalty to wild celebrations in the crowd.  Despite further drama, we held on for a dramatic 2-1 win.
 
The final is Monday 13th May at Port Vale FC 7pm kick off Admission £4 adults and £2 concessions.
 
GCSE PE Moderations
 
All GCSE PE students have completed their practical assessments. On Wednesday an external examiner was in to moderate Football, Netball, Rugby, Athletics and swimming.  The moderator complemented the students on their excellent, attitude, effort and skills and said that the students were a real credit to the school. Well done to all that took part.

French Intervention

 
French intervention next Friday 10th in room 10. Sorry not on Tuesday due to meeting.

 

 

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