November 20th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This week has been more an unusual one as we prepared to deliver lessons live to students self-isolating at home. I had a Year 13 class so I had a mixture of students in my classroom and students accessing the live lesson from home. It worked very well and I pleased that my history students had the opportunity to join in the class whilst at home.  I hope that, if I need to do this again, I will not feel as nervous using this technology.  If you have any questions about accessing these lessons for your child then please email me.

We have been working through UCAS applications this week and have managed to send a further 15.  Mrs Dodd has held live session every day this week which all students in Year 13 have been able to access, unless they were in a lesson.  These are all displayed on their calendar in Teams.  We are having a lot of personal statements being sent through to us and we are working through them. Some simple mistakes on the application itself is that their A level or BTEC subjects are not being added to their education section, these should be recorded as pending.

This week all of Year 12 had live skills session, run by Mrs Dodd, and Year 13 had contact time with their form teachers. At the Year 13 session we discussed UCAS applications and interview techniques. It is difficult to plan for an interview but the more they can work on general responses to questions and find positives about themselves the easier the interview will feel.

Please see below for Year 11:

We are currently meeting each Year 11 student and conducting a brief interview with them to help support their future intentions.  We are offering support with Unifrog, helping with revision strategies and discussing Post-16 opportunities. These interviews are not all focused around our 6th Form but also asking them to look at college courses to ensure that there is transparency in the careers advice that we offer.  We do have the facility to offer outside careers support, one-to-one interview via Teams with Mrs Tomlinson. 

The deadline for Year 11 to apply to the 6th Form is January 29th.  All guidance is on the Future Intention Teams and they can email any of the 6th Form Team including Mrs Featherstone if they would like further support.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPbQVxIElCA This link will enable students to watch the 6th Form video. I have conducted nearly 20 interviews so far and I am pleased with how many students are wanting to attend TAHS 6th Form in September 2021.  If you would like help, guidance or would like to ask any questions then please email me young@’tahs.net .

Year 11 Parents Evening

Year 11 Virtual Parents Evening Tuesday 24th November 4.00pm – 6.00pm

This is now open for bookings, meetings will take place on MS Teams via your child’s account.

Full instructions will be emailed to all year 11 parents.

RS – Revision skills

Year 9 and Year 10 have started completing some great revision resources this week on key topics.  Connection maps and revision clocks are a great way of recording lots of key information in a concise way. Could these approaches be useful in other subjects?

UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge

On Thursday 5th November 4 Year 13 and 9 Year 12 A-level maths students took part in the UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge. 

The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK.  It encourages mathematical reasoningprecision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.  The problems on the Senior Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.

The results are in and all of the students did well.  Congratulations to Amelia and Dylan in Year 12 who achieved the silver standard.  However, one student achieved the gold standard and has qualified for the next round, the Senior Kangaroo.  A huge well done to Alex in Year 13 and good luck with the Kangaroo!

News from MFL

Year 11 Revision

It was a delight to see so many of you last night at revision. The recording is on Teams for anyone who wants to catch up.
There will be two more sessions, on Thursday 26th November and Thursday 3rd December, in preparation for the next Assessment Week.You should be revising for listening and writing. Don’t forget to use your ThisIsLanguage.com login, it is the perfect website for listening and vocabulary learning. The writing paper could include the topics of school, house/home, holidays, relationships, pocket money and shopping, and future employment. You can find vocabulary for those topics here https://quizlet.com/join/cAsgBAz6V


ThisIsLanguage.com

10C are ruling supreme at the top of the class leaderboard with nearly 11,000 points. 11A are 2nd with over 7,400, followed by 11C, 10D, 11D and the y9s who have earned a TiL membership. The leading students for each group are Elois, Ellie-Mae, Polly, Kacper, Klaudia and Ben.

Geography Revision Sessions

Y11 Revision:

Well done to the Y11 students who attended the revision session on Tuesday, either in person or via Teams – your contributions and discussions during these sessions are extremely valuable towards your revision and this shows all of your great effort that you’re putting in!

Next week’s revision session will be on Wednesday 25th November running from 3:15-4:15, with Mrs Goodwin’s 11A group invited to attend in room 6a. In this session we will be looking at the London case study for the Urban Issues and Challenges topic.

 I hope to see as many of you as possible (either in person or via Teams).

Any questions, please speak to Miss Robinson.


We have also attached a ‘Geog your Memory!’ revision activity for you to use to kickstart your revision. This weeks ‘Geog your memory’ recaps processes from the Coasts topic (which you studied in Y10) as well as exam style questions on more recent topics you have studied, covering the formation of tropical storms from your Hazards topic.


Y13 Revision sessions:Revision sessions will be after-school on Thursdays, topics that will be covered during these sessions will be announced via Teams. Any questions, please speak to Mr Harris.

English Success

The English staff would like to congratulate so many of the students for continuing to really push themselves and engage so positively in the subject. Particular note goes to our rather lengthy list of nominees for student of the week – some of whom were nominated by more than one member of staff! Well done to:

Yr 13

Eleanor P, Jack R

Yr 12

Sophie W

Yr 11


Joe H, Joe W, Harry S, Ben A, Liliana K, Jacob B, Leighton T, Bradley M

Yr 10


Jack B, Harry F, Chloe F, Grace A, Dylan C

Yr 9

Jack G, Henry M, Victoria H, Kristers L, Oliver H-P

Rotary Writing Competition

Mrs Brophy is coordinating the Uttoxeter Rotary Club Writing Competition. Please see Mrs Brophy for an Entrance form and competition information or email at brophy.tahs.net

PE Update

Reminder to Yr11 to  make parents evening appointments for Tue 24th Nov on insight for anyone taking BTEC Sport.
BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams – saved. This is in preparation for exam in Feb which will give students the opportunity to improve on the grade they were allocated by the exam board in the summer. 
BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in NOW. This can be uploaded to Teams.  All support resources for this are on Teams.
We have been really impressed with students’ engagement in PE lessons since September.We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.

PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.

Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Issy G, Scarlett BW and Aimee S have been selected by Mrs North for an excellent result in their first Biology assessment.

Year 10

Amelie R, Georgie F, Harry F, George B, Joel A and George P all for particularly successful eye dissections! Selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 11

Mia, Freya, Isla, Evie, Isabelle and Lewis for excellent results in their Physics assessment, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Jake P for real improvement in his test score, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Byron BW for his most original answer to a test question! Selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Kacey L for a big improvement in her test score, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 11 Animal Care Students of the Week

Tyler B, Sophie G, Jessie J, Isla McF, Blake P, Rebecca W, Lucy H, Harvey C, Liam P, Katie B, Josh G, Nat S, Ben W, Ollie G, Tilly S. 

Mrs North has selected all 15 students for exceeding their target grades in the recent Animal Care assessment which is looking good in preparation for their external exam in January!

Very well done!

Career of the week

Job title:Veterinary Nurse
Entry requirements:University: You could do a foundation degree or degree in veterinary nursing accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree   Apprenticeships: You can do a veterinary nursing advanced apprenticeship. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science   College   You can study full time for a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at college. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has a list of approved training organisations. Entry requirements You’ll need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science   You’ll need some work experience before you start training. You could volunteer with a vet, a local kennel or animal welfare centre, or with animal charities like the PDSA or RSPCA.   Colleges Local to us who offer these courses are:   https://www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/veterinary-care/?courseid=QRW3EEZVET https://www.reaseheath.ac.uk/academy-animal-equine-veterinary-nursing/ https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/careers-courses/curriculum-areas/animal-care?highlight=WyJ2ZXRlcmluYXJ5Il0=    
What skills will I need?You’ll need: the ability to work well with others to be thorough and pay attention to detail customer service skills patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations excellent verbal communication skills active listening skills the ability to work well with your hands the ability to use your initiative to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Day to Day tasks could include:In this role you could: speak to animal owners to find out the problem take blood and urine samples from animals take x-rays prepare animals for treatment and assist vets during treatment give injections, medication and remove stitches talk to pet owners about how to care for their animals take care of in-patient animals supervise and help to train other assistants update records You could work at a veterinary practice or at an animal welfare centre. Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding. You may need to wear a uniform and protective clothing.
What you’ll earn:£18,000 Starter to £26,000 Experienced
Working hours, patterns and environment:Rota, evenings and weekends likely.  
More information:https://bvna.org.uk/careers/

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

A spotlight on BTECS

BTECs are high-quality, career-focused qualifications grounded in the real world of work. This means BTEC learners develop and apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers and universities are looking for. At sixth form we are offering a wide range of these applied courses in Health and Social Care, ICT, Applied Science, Forensic Science and Sport. You can find out more about these courses and our entry requirements in our 6th form prospectus.

The BTECworks website also offers a comprehensive guide to the different courses and helps students to explore potential career routes.

https://btecworks.com/student

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Success for School parent booklet

Success for schools have put together a free guide on careers. It is full of advice to help you steer your child through the confusing world of careers choices and has information about university, apprenticeships and work experience.

To download your copy you need to click on the link below:

Link to Parent’s Guide

Upcoming Events

Army Officer – A Female Perspective – 9th November  – 7-9pm

Join a panel of female Army Officers and Officer Cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to hear about life in the Army from a female perspective. Spaces are limited and so if you are interested the register as soon as possible on the link below.

Army Officer – a female perspective – booking link

Virtual Apprenticeship sessions for Teachers and Parents – 19th November – 6.30pm 

The ASK project and the National Apprenticeship Service are hosting sessions aimed at parents and teachers to give them information to fully understand apprenticeships. The sessions are free to attend.

The session will aim to break down myths and challenge misconceptions about the apprenticeship pathway. We’ll give a complete overview on what the apprenticeship pathway now entails, the levels of apprenticeships available, and how to best support their children through the application process. Plus, there’ll be the opportunity to ask our expert presenter questions.

Full information and session times can be accessed on the link below. Places are limited for sessions, so sign up quickly to avoid disappointment!

Click here to sign up for the parent session

The National Apprenticeship Show – Virtual – Wednesday 2nd December

The National Apprenticeship show will take place virtually this year with over 40 Exhibitors promoting apprenticeship opportunities. The day will run from 9.30 – 4.30pm If you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship then this is worth a look. You can register your interest on https://nas.vfairs.com/en/registration

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

November 13th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

I would recommend that you read Mrs Rudge’s Parent News each week. It contains relevant and up to date information regarding Covid 19, this week’s edition was sent to parents on 12th November.

Due to the ever-changing situation we find ourselves in can I ask you to remind your child that Years 12 and 13 need to use separate study areas within the school.  Year 12 are to have access to the wooden gym (face coverings must be worn in their unless eating or drinking) and Year 13 must use the common room and the study room (again face coverings must be worn).  When students are moving from lesson to lesson they must wear a face covering when inside the building, they must also be socially distancing.

Bradley Street car park is not to be used by our Sixth Form students, we do not have an agreement in place from The British Legion. Students must also not park their cars in the staff carpark as these spaces are needed by school staff. 

As the weather is starting to become a little colder can I ask that the uniform is maintained as much as possible. If needed then please were a jumper or ‘layers’ to ensure warmth, we do have to keep the windows open in the lesson to ensure airflow.

UCAS applications are being sent every day, if your son or daughter would like some help with theirs then please ask them to email their form tutor or myself (younge@tahs.net) and we will assist.  Remember that each week there are apprenticeships being added to Unifrog, again if any help is needed with this then ask them to email me.

6TH FORM SKILLS SESSION, MONDAY 16TH P3

As part of scheduled tutor time, there will be a Y12 and Y13 skills session on Monday p3.  As a priority, Y13 are being encouraged to complete their UCAS applications during this session.  Please can students bring in a laptop or mobile device which they can work on.  There will also be advice on personal branding and interviews.  Y12 will be working on enrichment such as EPQs and moocs.

Important reminder to all Sixth Form students.

All students must sign in and out, please scan the QR code and complete the online form with name, date and time of signing in and/or out.


Images of the QR code to scan are situated upstairs in the Sixth Form area.
All students must use this system if they are leaving school and when returning into school if it is on the same day.  This is in order for us to ensure the safety of our students and to adhere to safeguarding and fire safety regulations.

Year 11 Parents Evening

Year 11 Virtual Parents Evening Tuesday 24th November 4.00pm – 6.00pm

This is now open for bookings, meetings will take place on MS Teams via your child’s account and full instructions will be sent next week

News from MFL

Year 11 Assessments

The next formal year 11 assessments will take place at the end of this half-term. Students will take both a listening paper and a writing paper. The writing paper could include the topics of school, house/home, holidays, relationships, pocket money and shopping, and future employment. You can find vocabulary for those topics here https://quizlet.com/join/cAsgBAz6V

Year 11 Revision sessions

The first wave of revision sessions start next Thursday, 19th November, and will run for three weeks. Foundation will be in room 10 with Mr Noon, and Higher will be in room 11 with Mrs Clemett. Spaces are limited, so some students will be invited. All materials and a recording will be on TEAMS.


ThisIsLanguage.com leaderboard

In no particular order, the top scorers for each group are currently:

  • Polly
  • Leo
  • Eloise
  • Ben
  • Ellie-Mae
  • Kacper

Polly currently reigns supreme, closely followed by Kacper. More interestingly, 11C are dominating the class leaderboard, with over 1000 points more than their nearest rivals, 11A.

Year 9 Bebras Challenge

All of year 9 have been set a homework with Computing to take part in the Bebras Challenge. A national computational thinking competition that also gives us a fantastic insight into the skill level of the students.

This is run and adminiastered by Oxford University and we encourage all students to take part over the coming week.

Full details are on insight and for any login details simply send Mr Cartwright a chat message on Teams.

Geography Revision Sessions

Well done to the Y11 students who attended Wednesday nights revision session. For anyone who was unable to attend, the session was recorded on Teams and is available to be watched back (this is on the Y11 Geography Teams, under the live revision sessions tab).


Next week’s revision will be on Tuesday 17th November running at an earlier time from 3:15-4:15. Again, this will be recorded and available on Teams if you are unable to join the live session. Miss Robinson’s 11D Geography class are invited to attend the session in person (please come to room 6a), with the other Y11 Geography classes invited to join via Teams.


Any questions, please see Miss Robinson.

SEND Appeal

In these, uncertain times facing us all it becomes even more important to reach out to those around us who need support.  The community of Thomas Alleyne’s over the years has prided itself on the way it supports diversity and the school mission statement for all is opportunity, progress and individuality. As a special needs department, we request that you discuss these with your son and daughter and what do they mean in support of pupils with SEND or if they are aware of pupils who  

Special needs are not always visible, they can be cognitive or emotional, we are asking that all pupils be supportive of each other if they see their peers or friends in distress with a situation or a task.  Where the need is physical please encourage the young person to be supportive of the individual, rather than the first question being can I have a go (of the crutches) or what have you done? Ask how can I help you?  Or hold a door open.  Small acts of kindness and appreciation can go a long way in an already busy, stressful climate.

Please discuss the above with your son or daughter and if you have any concerns or require further support please contact Mr Godwin or Mrs Oliver at school.

Pastoral Updates

Achievements

Congratulations to the students below. These students have accrued the most achievement points in their house this year so far. It is a fantastic achievement and reflects their continued hard work. 
Orme – Aimee S 54

Whitmore – Tim W 51

Torrence – Georgie S 50

Elkes – Martha B 47

In addition over 90 students have now achieved their Bronze Award. Well done everyone.


Uniform

As a result of the increasingly cold weather, given that windows need to be open, students are being able to wear jumpers in classrooms. Jumpers should be dark blue or black and blazers can be worn over these. All hoods must be down in lessons and hats removed. Students must wear school trousers or skirts. 

Face Coverings

We would like to remind students and parents that students have a social responsibility to protect themselves and others against the spread of Covid. We want to remind students that they must use their face coverings at all times when inside in communal areas. We appreciate that on occasion students may forget or lose their covering and we do therefore have provide students with a covering in these circumstances. That said we are encouraging students to be responsible with their covering and if the student requires a replacement on more than 3 occasions within a half term an after school detention will be issued with a HOH


Punctuality


Please can I remind students of the importance of being on time to school and to lessons. Students should be on the school site at 8.35am in order to commence their lessons period one at 8.40am. 


Community conduct


As a part of Thomas Alleyne’s School it is important that when you are out in the community behaviour reflects the standards that we would expect to see in school. Students are representatives of Thomas Alleyne’s and we are very proud of our students. We want the community of Uttoxeter to also be proud and therefore it is important that we behave in an appropriate and respectable manner. 

Year 11 Future Intentions

All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Future Intentions Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2021 is available in this team.

Any questions please email Mrs Walton via sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Whitmore

Miss Jones and I have been impressed at how well students have adapted to the changes since returning to school. We would like to take the opportunity to celebrate the fantastic achievements of Whitmore students who have achieved more than 30 credits since September. Your bronze badge and certificate will be with you shortly. Well Done!

Year 9 – S. Omuso, O. Radley, L. Edwards, M. Hemmings, O. Plant, B. Smith, H. Timmis, L. Cunningham, J. Boot,  T. Thompson, T. Martins, G. Spink, A. Walker, H. Brandrick, W. Bulmer, J. Clay, P. Bettany, and V. Heathcote,

Year 10 – T. Wild, N. Wilson, and B. Jones

Year 11 – H. Leech, E. Naylor, M. Plant, L. Lowther, Te. Shelley, Ti. Shelley, I. Rose, and S. Archer

If you need email myself at  arbery@tahs.net and Miss Jones at jones@tahs.net

Torrance

Now that we are two weeks into the new half term I would like to congratulate students on adapting to the new timetable changes and continuing to follow all guidance around school to keep each other as safe as possible. There are a number of students who I would like to congratulate on achieving 30 or more credits. Their bronze pin badges will be awarded in the skills session on Monday if they did not receive one before half term. 

Well done to…

Georgie Slack, Vicky Nowak, Ali Moustapha, Carly Dowling, Liliana Kelsall, Willow Moss, Alex Endsor, Charlie Fairbrother, Oliver Humphreys-Paige, Lucas Waldron-Slater, Shannon Bagnall, Isla McFadzean, Chloe Nixon, Alisha Clarke, Polly Jones, Maisie Lawrie, Molly Wood, George Astbury, Keeley Slack, Holly Thompson and Lauren Nixon.

I look forward to presenting more students with their pin badges in the future and I am sure it won’t take long for students to reach their silver pin badge. 

In skills sessions this half term Year 9 and 10 students will have time to reflect on the first half term of this academic year and discuss with their tutors that has gone well, how to progress further and any support they may need. They will also be focusing on the topic of e-safety with both year groups having a session dedicated to the use of social media. Year 11 skills sessions will be focusing on careers and their post-16 options following on from the apprenticeship talk they had at the end of last half term.  

English Success

Congratulations to those students who have been put forward for this week’s student of the week by your English teachers.

They are:
Year 9: Will D, Oakley P, Cameron B, Kristers L, Lily C


Year 10: Jacob R, Alistair D, Edward F

Year 11: Alex P, Tiffany B, Duncan C, Lily M

Year 12: Rob F, Imogen N


Year 13: Tom F, Maddie A

Year 9 Photographs

The Year 9 student photographs have arrived and will be given out during the skills lesson on Monday 16th November. Please be aware, if your order form was handed in late then your photographs have not arrived yet and will be given out in a skills lesson when they do. 

PE Update

BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams – saved. This is in preparation for exam in Feb which will give students the opportunity to improve on the grade they were allocated by the exam board in the summer. 


BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in NOW. This can be uploaded to Teams or handed in on paper.  All support resources for this are on Teams.
We have been really impressed with students’ engagement in PE lessons since September.

We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.

PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.
Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Science News

Y11 will be sitting a short trial exam during the next assessment window.

Students taking triple award science will sit a separate exam in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students taking trilogy science (sets 3,4 and 5) will sit one exam which covers all 3 sciences.

Triple Assessment

Biology Assessment – B6 – Infection and Disease, B3 – Bioenergetics (Respiration and Photosynthesis)

Chemistry Assessment – C6 – Quantitative Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, C4 – Rates of Reaction

Physics Assessment – P6 – Nuclear Physics (Radioactive particles), P5 – Electricity

Trilogy Assessment

Biology – B6 – Infection and Disease

Chemistry – C6 – Quantitative Chemistry

Physics – P6 – Nuclear Physics (Radioactive particles)

Please take time to review these topics using revision guides, revision workbooks, bbc bitesize, GCSEpod and your school exercise books.

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Alex H, Sam L, Joseph N, James R, Tom L and Lily C – all students were selected by Mrs Hughes for excellent work in Chemistry lessons and a great result in their first test.

Year 10

Henry A and Casey H for excellent effort and exemplary behaviour in lessons – selected by Mr Crum.

Lucy O, Hannah C and Charlotte J for excellent contribution to Physics lessons – selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 11

Lucy C for great engagement and contribution in lessons and Sam P for fabulous independent revision for the end of unit assessment – selected by Mrs Simpson.

Poppy B for brilliant balancing of combustion equations in Chemistry and Leia W for consistently high scores on all Biology assessments – selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 12

Jack D and Isobel W for an excellent result in their Chemistry test – selected by Mrs Hughes.

Year 13 Applied Science

Lily E and Georgia F for excellent effort in a recent past exam paper – selected by Mrs North.

Vicky C and Rachel A for determining a very accurate melting point of methyl 3-nitrobenzoate – selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 10 Animal Care

Keira F and Erin B for excellent commitment to course work – selected by Mrs North.

Year 11 Animal Care

Lucy M, Lucy H, Fallon C and Gabby S for excellent engagement in lesson and in homework – selected by Mrs North.

Well done!

After school revision sessions for year 13 biology, room 100, 3.15-4pm.

Virtual Coffee Morning

Career of the week

Job title:Events managers organise and run promotional, business and social events.
Entry requirements:University: You can take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in: events management marketing communications Apprenticeships: You could do an events assistant advanced apprenticeship. ·        Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship   There is no set entry route to become an events manager but it may be useful to go to college to do a relevant course like: Level 2 Certificate in Event Planning Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Event Management Some courses in travel and tourism may include an events planning option.You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course or 4 to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course   You can also apply directly for jobs within Events management directly, it is incredibly competitive but you can work your work up within the industry. Volunteering for events is also a good route in as it enables you to establish a network.
What skills will I need?You’ll need: Customer service skills to be thorough and pay attention to detail the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure the ability to work well with others to be flexible and open to change leadership skills excellent verbal communication skills maths skills to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Day to Day tasks could include:In this role you could be: discussing what the client wants coming up with original ideas for events agreeing budgets and timescales with the client researching venues, contacts and suppliers, and negotiating prices booking venues, entertainment, equipment and supplies hiring and supervising contractors such as caterers and security publicising the event making sure that everything runs smoothly on the day ensuring that health, safety and insurance regulations are followed managing a team
What you’ll earn:£17,000 Starter to £80,000 Experienced
Working hours, patterns and environment:You will need to be willing to work weekends, evenings and bank holidays. You may also need to travel away from home and working hours during events can be long.
More information:https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/events-manager https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/event-manager

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

A spotlight on BTECS

BTECs are high-quality, career-focused qualifications grounded in the real world of work. This means BTEC learners develop and apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers and universities are looking for. At sixth form we are offering a wide range of these applied courses in Health and Social Care, ICT, Applied Science, Forensic Science and Sport. You can find out more about these courses and our entry requirements in our 6th form prospectus.

The BTECworks website also offers a comprehensive guide to the different courses and helps students to explore potential career routes.

https://btecworks.com/student

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Success for School parent booklet

Success for schools have put together a free guide on careers. It is full of advice to help you steer your child through the confusing world of careers choices and has information about university, apprenticeships and work experience.

To download your copy you need to click on the link below:

Link to Parent’s Guide

Upcoming Events

Army Officer – A Female Perspective – 9th November  – 7-9pm

Join a panel of female Army Officers and Officer Cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to hear about life in the Army from a female perspective. Spaces are limited and so if you are interested the register as soon as possible on the link below.

Army Officer – a female perspective – booking link

Virtual Apprenticeship sessions for Teachers and Parents – 19th November – 6.30pm 

The ASK project and the National Apprenticeship Service are hosting sessions aimed at parents and teachers to give them information to fully understand apprenticeships. The sessions are free to attend.

The session will aim to break down myths and challenge misconceptions about the apprenticeship pathway. We’ll give a complete overview on what the apprenticeship pathway now entails, the levels of apprenticeships available, and how to best support their children through the application process. Plus, there’ll be the opportunity to ask our expert presenter questions.

Full information and session times can be accessed on the link below. Places are limited for sessions, so sign up quickly to avoid disappointment!

Click here to sign up for the parent session

The National Apprenticeship Show – Virtual – Wednesday 2nd December

The National Apprenticeship show will take place virtually this year with over 40 Exhibitors promoting apprenticeship opportunities. The day will run from 9.30 – 4.30pm If you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship then this is worth a look. You can register your interest on https://nas.vfairs.com/en/registration

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Toyota have sent us an email to inform us of their new apprenticeship opportunities for 2021.  They will be hiring 36 students for our Production Apprenticeship and 12 for our Maintenance Apprenticeship. They are hosting open evenings which need to be booked https://recruitment.toyotauk.com/  on

Production Apprenticeship Dates

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Thursday 19th November 2020

Maintenance Apprenticeship Dates

Monday 9th November 2020

Wednesday 18th November 2020

This could be a fantastic opportunity for some of our students and worth having a look at.

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

November 6th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

What a good start to the new half term!

All students have been given a new timetable, as well as this being on Insight over half term we have now printed each student their own copy. If your child has not collected theirs then please see Mrs Walton next week. Furthermore, all Year 12 students should now have received their 6th Form lanyard, these are also ready to collect from Mrs Walton.

We hope that you can support us in a change government legislation next week. All communal areas within the school now require all students to wear face coverings, for our Sixth Formers this does mean that from Monday all students must wear their face covering in the corridors and whilst they are in the wooden gym, the common room, the study room and the Ede Studio. This is compulsory, unless your child is exempt. 

If your child drives to school then please ask them to read the notice that I have sent to all Year 12 and 13 students on Outlook and Insight regarding parking.

Year 13 students who have completed or nearly completed their UCAS application well done, lets see if we can submit the majority before the first week in December.

Uniform


We continue to increase heating in school to compensate as much as possible for the windows being open. Please encourage students to wear layers under their school uniform if they feel cold. They can also wear their blazers in class which add an extra layer. Underneath this we encourage them to wear a dark blue or black sweatshirt. 

Year 11 Parents Evening

Year 11 Virtual Parents Evening Tuesday 24th November 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Please make your appointments on Insight which goes live on Monday.

News from MFL

Year 11 Assessment

For the next Year 11 assessment week, students should prepare for listening and writing. Use your ThisIsLanguage account for easy listening and vocabulary practice. For writing, learn and revise key phrases from all previous writing tasks, and make sure you have learned the relevant scripts for the different types of task you will encounter. More details to follow in lessons.


ThisIsLanguage – The battle heats up

Eloise in year 10 has used half-term well, earning over 1,000 points and claiming not just top spot in Year 10, but top spot for the WHOLE SCHOOL.She is followed closely by Polly in year 11, and Ben in year 9 continues to have the best score-to-time ratio. Can anyone in 11C or D claw back some points and get in the running?


GCSE entries for other languages

Mr Noon will be contacting all students who, according to school data, could be entered for a GCSE in a language not taught at the school. If you do not get an email on Outlook and think you should, come see him in room 10.


Funny videoMr Noon’s favourite MFL-related video, it’s all about how German sounds so much better than every other language.

https://youtu.be/-_xUIDRxdmc

Year 9 Bebras Challenge

All of year 9 have been set a homework with Computing to take part in the Bebras Challenge. A national computational thinking competition that also gives us a fantastic insight into the skill level of the students.

This is run and adminiastered by Oxford University and we encourage all students to take part over the coming week.

Full details are on insight and for any login details simply send Mr Cartwright a chat message on Teams.

Geography Revision Sessions

Starting from next week, year 11 Geography revision sessions will begin, with the first session on Wednesday 11th November. Each year 11 Geography class will have the opportunity to stay for the revision session in room 6a (Miss Robinson’s room), though this is limited to one year 11 group per week in order to make sure there are not too many students in the classroom at one time. For this reason, a timetable has been created to allow each of the Geography groups prior notice for their session in which they are invited to stay for the revision session.

If your Geography class is not on the timetable to stay in school for the revision session, you will be able to join the revision session via Teams, as each of these sessions will be live on Teams (which will also then be saved and uploaded onto the Year 11 Geography Teams if you are unable to attend the session either in person or remotely).Any questions, please feel free to speak to Miss Robinson.

History

Well done to Year 10 and Year 11 for some fantastic examination results. Mrs Young and Mrs Johnson can see that a lot of revision has taken place

PE Update

BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams – saved. This is in preparation for exam in Feb which will give students the opportunity to improve on the grade they were allocated by the exam board in the summer. 
BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in NOW. This can be uploaded to Teams or handed in on paper.  All support resources for this are on Teams.
We have been really impressed with students’ engagement in PE lessons since September.We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.
PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.
Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

English Success

For English this week we would like to say welcome back to the students and congratulations to lots of you for a good start to this half term. Well done in particular to our students of the week:
Year 9: Cicely H, Dylan H, Isobel H

Year 10: Connor H, Harmony G, Max D, Harry B, Thomas A

Year 11: Jessica R, Emily P, Martha M, Eisha B, Elizabeth S

Year 12: Martha M


Year 13: Chloe L

Science News

Science News

Our Year 9 students have been issued with GCSE Exam Practice Workbooks to help with their Science studies.  Sets 1 and 2, studying the separate sciences, have received a Biology, Chemistry and Physics Workbook. Students in sets 3 and 4 have received a ‘Combined Science’ Workbook.

Students who have not received the Workbooks or those who think they may have received incorrect books will need to see their Science teacher from Monday 9th November.

This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Year 9

Charlie F and Isabelle G for an amazing result in their Biology assessment, selected by Mrs Hughes.

Year 10

Yasmin L for fantastic improvement of her assessment scores, selected by Miss Thorley.

Jason A for much improved attitude to learning, selected by Mrs Thorley.

Year 11

Katie L, Tilly S and Sonny W for an excellent result in their Chemistry assessment, selected by Mrs Hughes.

Ali M and Isabelle M for good work in Biology this week, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Year 12

Reuben H and Izzy W for excellent engagement in A Level Biology lessons, selected by Mrs North.

Isobel W, Freya H, Tom J and Jack D for their commitment to A Level Chemistry, selected by Mrs Hughes.

Year 12 Forensic Science

Caitlyn J, Caitlyn W, Evie D, Eleanor W, Alex P and Kerys E for an excellent start in their genetics coursework, selected by Mrs North.

Year 13

Okyanus A and Katie L for working hard in A Level Biology, selected by Mr Milward.

Animal Care Students of the Week

Year 10

Keira F, Anouska H, Caitlyn L for excellent engagement in coursework, selected by Mrs North.

Year 11

Ben B, Nat S and Millie P for excellent engagement in lessons, selected by Mrs North.

Well done!

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Young Writer Competition

Elkes

A few weeks ago I wrote about the effort rankings on reports and highlighted the year 10 students who were at the top of the Elkes tree. (When parents have access to reports on Insight, one of the numbers is the ‘average effort grade’, and it’s basically a score out of 4, where a 4 would mean ‘Excellent’ (the best possible’) and a 1 would be ‘Unacceptable’ (the least possible) in all of their subjects.)

This week, the year 9 effort rankings have shown the following students as warranted tremendous congratulations!

Martha B, Susie C, Cicely H, Alex L, Joshua F, Laura G, Calli H, Amelia U, Harriet K, Tilly C, Chloe S-A, Olivia Y.

Extra special mention to Martha and Alex who are the first year 9’s to reach their bronze badge for getting 30 credits!

Career of the week

I have chosen this weeks career as it came up in an article I was reading earlier in the week. I personally had never heard of of a Cartographer so thought I would share it!

Job title:Cartographers collect information about the geography of an area to design and produce maps, charts and plans.
Entry requirements:University: You can take a degree in: geography, geographical information systems (GIS), land surveying, earth sciences or oceanography. You’ll usually need 2 to 3 A levels for a degree Apprenticeships: You could complete a geospatial survey technician advanced apprenticeship, or geospatial mapping degree apprenticeship. You’ll usually need:4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship Other Routes: If you want to work as a cartographer in the armed forces, you can apply to the British army as a geographic technician, or the Royal Air Force as an air cartographer. After you leave the services, you could use your experience to find work in commercial cartography and mapping.
What skills will I need?You’ll need: knowledge of geography maths knowledge to be thorough and pay attention to detail analytical thinking skills excellent written communication skills excellent verbal communication skills design skills and knowledge the ability to work well with others to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Day to Day tasks could include:  using desktop publishing and specialist computer software designing digital or paper based maps checking maps and charts are accurate and to scale editing maps, adding and removing new roads, structures or landmarks collecting and analysing data from remote sensors on satellites and planes using GIS to model and analyse landscape features plotting the heights and positions of geographical features from aerial photographs carrying out topographic surveys of the land and hydrographic surveys of the sea and coastal areas
What you’ll earn:£18,000 Starter to £45,000 Experienced
Working hours, patterns and environment:With experience you could become a senior cartographer and manage mapping projects and staff. 

If you specialise in working with GIS, you could apply for Chartered Geographer (GIS) status

You could also work on a freelance basis, but you’ll need your own mapping equipment.
More information:https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/cartographer https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/cartographer

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Success for School parent booklet

Success for schools have put together a free guide on careers. It is full of advice to help you steer your child through the confusing world of careers choices and has information about university, apprenticeships and work experience.

To download your copy you need to click on the link below:

Link to Parent’s Guide

Upcoming Events

Army Officer – A Female Perspective – 9th November  – 7-9pm

Join a panel of female Army Officers and Officer Cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to hear about life in the Army from a female perspective. Spaces are limited and so if you are interested the register as soon as possible on the link below.

Army Officer – a female perspective – booking link

Virtual Apprenticeship sessions for Teachers and Parents – 19th November – 6.30pm 

The ASK project and the National Apprenticeship Service are hosting sessions aimed at parents and teachers to give them information to fully understand apprenticeships. The sessions are free to attend.

The session will aim to break down myths and challenge misconceptions about the apprenticeship pathway. We’ll give a complete overview on what the apprenticeship pathway now entails, the levels of apprenticeships available, and how to best support their children through the application process. Plus, there’ll be the opportunity to ask our expert presenter questions.

Full information and session times can be accessed on the link below. Places are limited for sessions, so sign up quickly to avoid disappointment!

Click here to sign up for the parent session

The National Apprenticeship Show – Virtual – Wednesday 2nd December

The National Apprenticeship show will take place virtually this year with over 40 Exhibitors promoting apprenticeship opportunities. The day will run from 9.30 – 4.30pm If you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship then this is worth a look. You can register your interest on https://nas.vfairs.com/en/registration

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Toyota have sent us an email to inform us of their new apprenticeship opportunities for 2021.  They will be hiring 36 students for our Production Apprenticeship and 12 for our Maintenance Apprenticeship. They are hosting open evenings which need to be booked https://recruitment.toyotauk.com/  on

Production Apprenticeship Dates

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Thursday 19th November 2020

Maintenance Apprenticeship Dates

Monday 9th November 2020

Wednesday 18th November 2020

This could be a fantastic opportunity for some of our students and worth having a look at.

Links

School Website

School Shop