TAHS Weekly Newsletter.
Thank you to everyone in our school community for your support this term. We hope you have a wonderful Summer and look forward to welcoming everyone back in September.
We will be in touch in the second half of the Summer with short films to support students’ return. Please continue to send questions to us and we will address these in our Summer news.
I would like to offer my personal thanks to governors and our staff team.
Take care and stay safe.
We hope that you have found all our school communication useful and that we have been able to answer all your queries regarding online learning, face to face session. Mrs Dodd provided all Year 12 students with the opportunity to have a live session to discuss next academic year and Unifrog and UCAS. If you or your child has any questions about next year then please let me know.
We will communicate back to school information through Parent News and school comms.
I hope all students have worked to the best of their ability this year and that next year has less challenges. Please see Parent news for frequently asked questions.
STUDY IN WALES VIRTUAL FAIR, 4th SEPTEMBER 2020
Thinking about studying in Wales? With eight universities, one conservatoire and hundreds of courses, join Swansea University at our online and interactive Study in Wales Virtual Fair to find out more.
The event will feature all universities in Wales, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and Student Finance Wales and England. You can attend up to ten bilingual webinars with live Q&A on essential topics such as choosing a course, personal statements, student finance and the benefits of studying all or part of your course in Welsh.
This interactive event will enable you to visit exhibition stands and chat to representatives, view information and videos, download prospectuses and take part in live webinars in the virtual auditorium.
The event is completely free of charge and is open to Year 11 – 13 students, parents and teachers.
Swansea University appreciate that it’s difficult to make decisions about university study when you can’t visit open days. They are here to help and this fair is designed to provide you with everything you need to make the right decisions.
If you would like any further information, please contact Mrs Bell on firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise please click this link to register:
Check out this website for help and support:
If you are anxious or maybe excited about starting university, find out more about student life at university eg clubs, student ambassadors, sports teams here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/life/get-involved, and here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/student-blog/Post?id=932023ca-721a-4168-b428-ccdb820b1c64.
Year 8 Transition
This is my final edition of Year 8 Transition information via Round Up. I hope that you have found this useful and that we have been able to resolve your queries and answer your questions. If you find that over the school break you do have questions then please visit the school website and see the Covid-19 and Year 8 Transition pages. Here you will find many frequently asked questions, uniform and behaviour expectations and first day back details.
On the first day back we are asking all Year 9 students to arrive through the main gates at the front of reception, there they will be sign posted to the basketball court. If you are intending to drive your child to school can you please use the public car parks in Uttoxeter to drop off and collect. The first day for Year 9 students will be Wednesday 2nd September and we would like students to arrive no earlier than 8.15 am.
Year 9 students will spend period 1 with their form tutor and complete a range of activities including a school tour. The rest of the day will spent in taught lessons.
Over the last few weeks I have sent assemblies with activities to complete and a from that can be filled in and sent to their new form tutor. If these forms are emailed then their form tutor will send them a ‘getting to know you’ reply.
Please be aware that Miss Keeling does not start TAHS until September 2020, if you have any questions regarding Torrance then please email me email@example.com
Support over the Summer
I hope you have a great holiday and really look forward to your return in September. Your timetables will be available on insight from Wednesday 2nd September. You will receive a printed copy on your first day in school,
kind regards. Mr Mitchell
Year 10 – thank you to everyone who has contacted their teacher to let them know how much progress they have made working through the lockdown lessons. It is very important that we know who has done what to support our planning for September. Please help us with this by asking your son / daughter if they have emailed Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young with this information and encouraging them to do so if they have not contacted us.Live revision lessons (reviewing all of Year 10 work – not just lockdown work) are continuing over the summer at 3.00pm on a Tuesday with Mrs Johnson – please email Mrs Johnson if you wish to take part so that you can be added to the Team.
Year 12 – all students should be working on their A level coursework throughout the summer. Live coursework sessions are taking place weekly to review progress and support future work.
I hope all of you are safe and well as we draw this term to a close, and wanted to take this chance to say that from speaking to students and parents, and from receiving messages and emails, I’m incredibly proud of our students and the various ways in which they’ve grown and managed during this period of great change. I know some are looking forward to a well-earned rest, while others are going to use some of their holidays to get caught up and get on track in preparation for September. Whatever happens between now and then, it’s fantastic to know that so many of you have got the fortitude to take it in your stride. While our doors are closed there are still many services available in our local community for support should you need it, and you’ll have seen elsewhere in here the main methods for getting in touch. Take care, look after yourselves and each other, and I’ll see you soon. Mr Parker
It feels very strange for me today as I sit at home writing this week’s Torrance news, as today is my last day at Thomas Alleyne’s and therefore my last day as Head of Torrance. I wanted to take the time to reflect on the last couple of years and share a few thoughts with you as I move on. I joined Thomas Alleyne’s in January 2019, taking over from Mr Hawthorne as Head of Torrance. These were undoubtedly very big shoes to fill, as Mr Hawthorne was a much loved teacher and member of the Thomas Alleyne’s Community. That being said, I was immediately welcomed with open arms by both staff and students alike and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you all during my time here. I remember the first assembly I gave to all students was on the topic of change and trying not to be afraid of it, but to embrace it. I think it’s safe to say that we have all had to deal with a great deal of change over the last few months, but now more than ever, I am so proud of all of the students of Thomas Alleyne’s and how they have adapted to our ‘new normal’. September will bring even more change, with a new school day structure, new routines and for Torrance students a new Head of House. I hope you embrace the changes fully, make the most of the opportunities presented to you and welcome Miss Keeling as the new Head of Torrance in the same way as you welcomed me. I wish everyone the very best for their futures, at Thomas Alleyne’s and beyond.
Like all the reigning Olympic Champions, who are able to keep their titles an extra year due to the postponed Olympics, I assume we get to keep the Gold coloured ribbons on the House Trophy a little longer. I would like to thank all of our students for their hard work during a very strange school year. I enjoyed the commitment you showed to extra curricular activities, your help in the community and your dedication to your studies. I would also like to show my gratitude to our Whitmore pastoral team, who throughout the year have had your best interests in mind and have kept the link with you and school over the past months. I hope we can all enjoy a safe and happy summer.
Thank you to all next year’s year 12 Psychology students who have made a great start to the course by completing a series of activities for their bridging work including writing a script about eye witness testimony for a famous court case, completing an OU course in introductory psychology, exploring the phrenology of their own heads and researching about the parts of the brain by creating a new one – below are a few examples of our favourites! Really looking forward to starting the A-level course with you in September!
In Game Chat
Online games are really popular amongst children. 59% of 5-15 year olds play online games, as games like Fortnite, Minecraft and Roblox become increasingly important part of their social lives.
While playing games online is often great fun and a good way to chat, there is a chance that your children will play with people they don’t know who may use in-game chat inappropriately to expose them to harm or risk.