TAHS Weekly Newsletter.
Over the last few weeks we have been pushing all students in Year 12 to be proactive and be ready to enter Year 13. We need them to complete the work on Unifrog, working on competencies and looking at their options Post 18. If they do this now then this will save them a job when they return.
To further support their Future Intentions we also need all students to register with UCAS. Even if they do not plan to attend university at the moment you will be surprised with how many students change their minds.
We have also asked students to complete their personal statements and we need a first draft to be sent to their form tutors (via Unifrog) preferably before the end of term, or at the very least by the start of September. This will then be checked and feedback given to help them move forward. We have only had a few and it is very important that this is completed. This will help all students in their next step Post 18. However, the remainder of the UCAS application itself should be started by 16th July for aspects like personal details, fee code, financial information etc. Once this is done, the personal statement can be copied and pasted in. We realise that some of you may want to take the Summer holidays to research your courses but the sooner the application is completed, the better, as this gives staff chance to finalise your application which can take some time.
Registering on UCAS…
Please look at Insight for further instructions. This was sent by Mrs Dodd last week. Aga, Mrs Dodd requires all students to have registered and the deadline for this is Monday 6th July. If you have any problems then please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Possible questions answered:
- Year of GCSE exams for your year group: JUNE 2019
- You started Thomas Alleyne’s (Assuming you started in Year 9) in: SEPTEMBER 2016
- You will finish Thomas Alleyne’s (Assuming you complete Year 13) in: JUNE 2021
- A2 = GCE Advanced Level
- Fee code: 02 –then select your county (either Staffordshire or Derbyshire) from the student support arrangements drop down menu.
Personal Statement Deadline
Please can students have a full draft of their personal statement up and running for when we return in September. Ideally this should have been checked by at least one member of staff such as their form tutor. Any queries, please email Mrs Bell on email@example.com.
Year 8 Transition
Please see the contact details for your child’s form tutor. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact them.
Miss Keeling does not start TAHS until September 2020, if you have any questions regarding Torrance then please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
You should receive a letter shortly regarding which teaching groups your child will be in for all their subjects.
|22/06/2020||Mrs Rudge Assembly – complete|
|22/06/2020||4 week programme of LORIC Assemblies sent by Mrs Young – complete|
|29/06/2020||Mr Godwin SEN Presentation – attached|
|06/07/2020||Head of House Assembly – to follow|
|06/07/2020||Mrs Rudge Assembly 07/07/2020 – to follow|
Year 10 & 12 Future Intentions
Year 10 and Year 12 students have all been assigned questionnaires on their Insight regarding their future intentions. This is to allow us to identify what support they will need next year. Students can also access these questionnaires via the links below.
We would be grateful if they can be completed by the summer holidays.
English Students of the Week
Mrs North has selected George and Joe in Year 9 for excellent understanding in Biology.
Also in Year 9 Connor and Anouska have been selected for their excellent bridging work for Animal Care.
Mr Millward has selected Ava in Year 10 for engagement and hard work.
In Year 12 Charlie and Okyanus have been selected for their commitment and progress in Biology.
Mr Melland has selected Eva and Imogen for their continued commitment to completing Science work online.
Mrs Gwynne has selected Lara in Year 10 for continued engagement in Biology.
Students have continued to take part in a wide range of physical activity on their own and in small groups. Keep sending in your ideas.Well done to all those who have taken part in National School SportIt was great this week to see half of our Yr12 Sport Class in school and we look forward to seeing the other half next week.
This week our Yr 10 and 12’s have been submitting assignments for their BTEC sport courses. We have also received lot of bridging work from our Yr 9 and 11 students.
Reminder BTEC Sport work for Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 is on Teams.
PE students of the week Ava Shenton and Sammy Earl
While looking at how different students have engaged with online learning and the lockdown this week, a huge positive has been seeing how many have managed to stay focused and keep in good habits with their working routines. Our departments have been emailing and recognising student achievements throughout, but the lockdown has meant we haven’t been able to do the more regular things like awarding credit badges, running celebration breakfasts and so on, and so I’d like to ask for your help as parents this week.
In school we have displays and assemblies championing pupil success both in and out of the classroom, but there’s undoubtedly been so much we haven’t seen since March that you have, so if your son or daughter has really impressed you with their resilience, or gone the extra mile to help you through it all, or contributed to our community in any way that you think deserves recognition, I’d be really grateful if you could email me at email@example.com so we can celebrate their achievements when we get to welcome everyone back.
This week in our assembly I asked you to think about what is going on in your head, in part that was asking you to recognise how successful you are even when you don’t feel that way. As always I am really impressed with the way in which our students at Thomas Alleyne’s continue to work, it is a huge credit to you how so many have continued to stay focused and retain good habits of ensuring work is completed to the very best of your abilities. Speaking of credits (seamless segue), Our departments have been emailing and recognising student achievements throughout the lockdown.
However, the current situation has meant we haven’t been able to do the more regular things like awarding credit badges, running celebration breakfasts and so on, and so I’d like to ask for your help as parents this week. In school we have various ways of celebrating pupil success both in and out of the classroom, but there’s undoubtedly been so much we haven’t seen since March that you have, so if your son or daughter has really impressed you with their resilience, or gone the extra mile to help you through it all, or contributed to our community in any way that you think deserves recognition, I’d be really grateful if you could email Mr. Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can celebrate their achievements when we get to welcome everyone back.
This week in the RESPECT programme, students are being asked to think about sleep, how it effects their bodies and minds and whether they are in a healthy or unhealthy routine with their sleep. I know a lot of people have struggled with sleeping patterns since lockdown and so I hope that this will help students to reflect on their own and understand why it is important to keep their sleep routine healthy.
As other Heads of House have mentioned, as we reach the end of the academic year, this is the time when we would ordinarily be celebrating our students’ successes with events in school. Sadly this is something we aren’t able to do in person this year, but perhaps now more than ever, it is important that we do celebrate students’ achievements. I know that many of our students are very modest, and perhaps shy to shout from the rooftops about themselves, so we would really encourage parents and carers to email in and let us know about what your children have achieved during lockdown. Whether this be helping in the community, supporting siblings with work, keeping up with their own school work or anything else, we would love to hear from you and be able to celebrate these successes when we are all back together. Please email any information email@example.com
Ordinarily we get to hear or see the students’ successes at school. Being a PE teacher, I love spending this term in the great summer weather on the school field, watching our students competing in House Rounders and Cricket Matches and Sports Day. Even more so last year when Whitmore won most of those events and went on to win the House Trophy.
With the virtual school approach it has been fantastic to read in roundup students who have been nominated by their subject teachers as star of the week and also the information you have told us about. If you have not read the Elkes section above, please scroll back to Mr Parker’s section and nominate your child for going the extra mile or helping in the community. We look forward to celebrating their successes when we return to school.