TAHS Weekly Newsletter.
Headteacher blog: What a week!
It has been a wonderful week culminating in our House Music competition which was an impressive display of teamwork and talent. Only yesterday, students took part in the House Sports day, the results of which will be announced in our final assemblies of the year. Next week, we have our celebration breakfasts, house chess competition and the school music concert to look forward to. Thank you to all staff who have led these events offering students the opportunities to participate.
Thank you also to all parents who joined us for our prize giving evening, the coaching for success introduction and sixth form finance talk this week.
At our prize giving evening, we had the pleasure of seeing over 80 students being recognised for commitment or excellence. I would like to give a particular mention to Leanne. She shared with us her Rotary National Young Writer Award prize-winning story. Many were brought to tears by the beauty of her story. Also congratulations to Eve who has been selected to play netball for Loughborough Lightning the number one Vitality Netball Superleague side in the East Midlands.
Finally, my personal thanks to Mark Goodwin our guest speaker at prize giving. His message to our students to ‘be teachable’ and to everyone in the audience to ‘hug with both arms’ brought our term to a fantastic conclusion.
Monday and Tuesday this week, we spent 10 hours sharing information to help students make the correct choices for their post-18 journey. We had outside speakers to talk to the Year 12 students about finances and budgeting. All students were registered on UCAS and personal statements should have been updated. It is clear from the positive turn on Tuesday evening that you were also interested about their post-18 journey and keen to ask many questions to us when the two presentations from Mrs Dodd and Mr Fuller were completed. If you were unable to attend or did not manage to make notes then we have attached the presentation for you to look through. One of the sessions that was introduced this year was ‘Wellbeing’ led by Mrs Blair. I was unable to attend but from the discussions that I heard amongst the staff and students, it was successful. Some photographs are attached that link to the Lions talk on issues surround World Sight Week and Lion International Foundation.
On Tuesday, it is our Year Graduation ceremony. You should all have received a letter about this. I have written about it in the last two weeks of Round Up so I hope it does not come as a surprise. This process will allow students that have applied themselves robustly to their studies and shown commitment to the school to be celebrated. Those that have not graduated or who are graduating with a condition must realise that this is an opportunity for them to think about what did not work this year and to seek support from school and home to remedy these areas of weakness. If you have any questions surrounding the graduation process then please contact the Sixth Form Team. firstname.lastname@example.org
House Music Competition – Torrance Triumph
The House Music Competition was a huge success for the students of Thomas Alleyne’s and the students should be so proud of their achievements. It was a closely fought competition and one of the closest I have been involved in for 10 years. Each House had notable performances and the quality of the acts was outstanding.
In 4th place: Whitmore, 3rd: Elkes, 2nd: Orme, 1st: Torrance
There was a moving performance of ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman for Orme’s finale and Willow Gregory brought the house down with her EDM performance on the launch pad. Torrance just pipped them to the post with their more diverse programme and a greater representation of more musical genres but it was such a close finish. Huge congratulations to Max Houghton and Robert Fuller for leading their house to victory.
If you wish to see the highlights of the House Competition, they will be performed at the Summer Concert at 7pm on Wednesday 17th July. Tickets are available on the door, £2.50 concessions and £5 full price. There will be a special guest appearance by a local celebrity band and it is not to be missed.
Please can I thank all the students that took part both on and off stage, the pupils that supported the acts by being in the audience and to all the staff that supported the event
Uniform & Behaviour
Please see the documents below for reminders of our polices on uniform and behaviour to ensure we all have a fantastic last week and a great start to the new term in September.
Summer Revision for Yr 12 BTEC students
BTEC Health and Social Care students have been trying their hand at producing knowledge organisers for revision over the summer holidays. Their Anatomy & Physiology external exam in January has a lot of content and we are aiming to produce one of these after every section so that students can put them up at home. The use of colour and pictures and also the challenge of having to summarise a whole topic on one page is proving to be a really good revision tool.
News from PE
Sports Day 2019, results to be revealed next Friday.
Eve Bednall has been selected to play for Loughborough Lightning Acadmey. The trials involved a series of games were Eve played the position of Wing Defence, where over 150 girls were present. This is a fantastic achievement, where Eve will enjoy the competitive nature of the academy and the expert level of coaching. Well done!
There were some scintillating rounders game played this week, both with very high standards of fielding. At half time in the Robert Sutton match the game was evenly poised with TAHS trailing by half a rounder. The second half we batted a lot smarter protecting our position in the batting line up rather than chasing points and ending up out.
The game was won by Alleyne’s 16 – 11.
Player of match – Eve
De Ferrers visited on Wednesday, again a very even game. De Ferrers were slightly stronger in the field and gained time in both innings and this proved crucial as they ended up winning by one rounder.
Player of match – Frankie
Squad – Simister, Grocott, Bothby, Tooth, Hadgett, Hadgett, Bednall, Sutton, Chatfield, Barber
A double win for this team, starting on Tuesday against Robert Sutton. Carr led the way with a player of the match performance, scoring a rounder off every ball bowled and fielding fantastically.
The team won 16-1/2 – 10.
County Cricket Plate Final
Congratulations to Yr9/Yr10 boys who made it to the County final on Thursday at Penkridge CC. After beating Petersfield on Tuesday evening the year 9 and 10 took on Madeley High in the final of the county cup. Madeley won the toss and elected to bat. There opening batsman got off to a good start in the first 2 over however in his second and third over Whitehead took the wickets of the 2 opening batsman.
Madeley were put under pressure from Jon Ball with an excellent spell of 2 wickets for 10 runs in four overs, unfortunately Alleyne’s were not as economical from the opposite end and Madeley were able to mass a total of 109 off 20 overs. The opening pair of Alcock and Watt looked well set against some inaccurate bowling by Madeley’s opening pair unfortunately runs were difficult to come by, with Alcock becoming frustrated and losing his wicket.in the third over, this was quickly followed by Ball falling for nought.
In the middle overs wickets started to fall along with the rain, which bought about a stop start period of play. With the outfield wet and batsman off and on Alleyne’s failed to gain any momentum. Watt tried to lead the charge as the asking rate crept up to 8 an over only being caught for 26. With further rain disruptions Alleyne’s struggled to gain any momentum and fell short of victory by 9 runs!
Safeguarding advice for young people and their families as we approach the summer break.
Sexting & on-line safety
For full details for the ‘pop up’ shop available over the summer holidays please see the link below:
Science News of the Week
This Week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Hughes are:
- Eve Rigby
- Felicity Burgess
- Kyle Elcock
All students were selected for consistently working hard in Science lessons.
This Week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:
- Abigail Wildman
- Ellie Roobottom
- Spencer Reeves
- Chloe Yates
- Zack Hedgecombe
All students were selected for excellent support to the School Farm throughout the year.
Should you wish your child to hire a school locker for the new academic year please use the following link, www.ilsschools.co.uk .
This week, four Y9 students have represented the school in The National Memorial Arboretum’s Youth Festival of Remembrance. The Year 9 History Leaders visited Oldfields Hall Middle School on Monday to deliver a lesson on aspects of World War Two to a group of Year 7 history students and then on Wednesday students from both schools attended the event at the Arboretum. Students were involved in a range of activities – including constructing model Mulberries (floating harbours for the D-Day landings). The day finished with students taking part in a formal Act of Remembrance with other participating schools.
House Chess Competition
Wimbledon Finals weekend, Cricket World Cup Final – well they have nothing on the much anticipated House Chess competition.
Once again Mr Askey will be running the competition so enter please come to room 47 during registration Monday 15th July.
Fantastic news for one of our Talented A Level Art and Photography Y13 students Livia Robinson; her work has been SOLD at the Mall Galleries in London thanks to the fantastic support of the Arts Society. The local Lichfield and Needwood Arts Society put forward her work as part of the Star Students scheme to highlight young talent. Although hundreds of entries were submitted only 21 made it to the exhibitions at the Royal Overseas League and the Mall Galleries in London. We look forward to hearing what Livia does in her future art career too. Well Done Livia!
On-line safety advice for students and families
*The NSPCC are currently working closely together with O2 to provide the most up to date and effective advice.
*O2 have a helpline which parents can call to ask advice on all aspects of parental controls on devices. (The number can be found on the attached link)
*A parent can go into any O2 store and ask them to help them to set parental controls on their child’s device and they will gladly do this for free.
*Primary schools can ask for an O2 advisor to come into school to complete a workshop with parents where they can bring their devices into school and ensure that the parental controls have ben applied. O2 will do this for all types of devices not just phones including ipads and gaming machines such as playstations and Xboxes.
Please see the link below for further information.
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