March 25th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Non Uniform Day

Friday 1st April, with a suggested donation of £2. This can be paid on ParentPay or cash on the day. The money raised will go towards school funds to support extra curricular events (including the school walk) and counselling for students.

 Motivational Speaker Tuesday 5th April 5.30pm for Parents.

Tim Benton – Motivational Speaker 

“I want you to live at your best” 

Once again we are fortunate to have at Thomas Alleyne’s Tim Benton to come talk to Year 11 pupils and parents. 

Tim has the knack of challenging you to be better than you were before but without you really noticing. Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, he helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely. 

Tim will be visiting school to work with Yr11 and Yr13 pupils, as well as parents. Pupils will hear Tim give advice and strategies about examination techniques and revision throughout the day and will then run a parents workshop in evening at 5.30pm in the school theatre.

Parents who have been to his talks always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant to their own careers and personal development.   

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 28th March 2022

Year 12

Take a quick look at student finance if you are considering university.  Log onto Student Finance England to find out more and to try their student loan calculator.

Year 13

Choose from a range of inspirational videos from Bear Grylls ‘Becoming X’ project.

Becoming X

Year 13 Leavers Information

Hoodies:

Now is the time to order your Leavers Hoodie.  Deadline for this is 9.00am Wednesday 27th April.

A Year 13 Leavers group has been created on Teams, here you will find the link that will take you to the order form.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Year 12 Summer School Opportunity

Applications for the Dental Schools Council funded residential summer schoolwith King’s College London are now open! We welcome applications from you year 12 students, who can apply here.

The summer school will take place from 25-28th July 2022 with students staying in KCL student accommodation at London Bridge. Students will have the opportunity to learn dental techniques through practical workshops and virtual reality sessions whilst experiencing what living and studying at a central London university is like. More information can be found here.  

Please circulate this opportunity to any Year 12 students who you think will be interested. The summer school is open to students from non-selective state schools in England (excluding Greater London).  

The application form can be found by following this link: https://tinyurl.com/KCLdentsummerschool22. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on Sunday 24th April 2022. 

Easter Revision

Please see below for the Easter revision schedule, if there are any problems or questions please email Mrs North on north@tahs.org.uk

English

Could Mrs Hunt remind pupils who have ordered and paid for texts to collect them from her in Room 21. Just take a photo of your receipt along.This week’s work of the week is from Amelia in Year 11. Year 11 have been preparing for their descriptive writing component, and revising how to edit and improve using style models such as the extract from Section A. Here is Amelia’s “before” and “after,” showing editing on the go and more conscious crafting. It’s not always about beautiful presentation.

This week’s book recommendation is from Mr Hulme, and it is the fantasy novel ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’. Beautifully written, it follow the early life of the wizard Ged, and his confrontation with The Shadow Beast. Regarded as one of the best fantasy novels of the previous hundred years, it is well worth reading. The first novel in Ursula Leguin’s Earthsea trilogy.

Revision next week is with Mrs Hunt on Wednesday 30th March. The subject will be: Paper 1, Question 4, levels 5-7 . The session will take place in Room 21 at 3.10pm.


We would like to congratulate the Year 9 pupils who have completed their endorsements for their Spoken Language component. Public speaking is a great challenge, requires very great skill and the pupils should be very proud of themselves. What is particularly impressive is how they have used the skills that they learnt in the Talk the Talk project. Well done.

The English department would like to commend the following students who have been nominated for student of the week this week. They are:

Y 9 Evie D, Issy H-C, Theo B, Colette, Lani N, Jonte

Y 10 Amber C, Kai H

Y 11 Thomas L, Xanthe S, Jack C (mature approach to mocks), Evie A-G

Recycle Your Uniform and Save the Environment.

Calling all Year 11’s, the pastoral team are wanting to help with saving the environment in recycling your school uniform.

If you are interested in supporting us, and would like to donate your uniform after you have left, please can this be given to the school office.

We are looking for Ties, Blazers, Skirts, Trousers, Jumpers and PE Kits.

Thank you

Pastoral Team.

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs North would like to nominate the following students in 9H2A: Sophie B, Evie D and Rachel T for excellent understanding of digestion demonstrated in their ‘diary of a cheese sandwich’.

Also, Elizabeth C in Year 12 Forensic Science for writing a detailed account of genetic profiling which showed an excellent understanding of this complex topic.

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate Nicholas G-C, Bowen W and Harry G for excellent effort in Biology this week. 

Mrs Hughes would like to say a special ‘well done’ to Rachel A, Jack B, Jamie D, Jack D and Tom J who all took part in the Chemistry Olympiad. 

Congratulations to Jamie who achieved a Bronze Award, and Jack B and Tom J who achieved a Silver Award.

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week have been selected by Mrs North for outstanding results in the Animal Care external Year 11 exam: Tim W, Erin B, Hannah C, Keira F, Katey G, Korie H, Caitlin L, Billy L, Lucy M, Sadie O’B, Neve R, Jack T and Ruby W.

Well done!

News from PE

Year 12 and 13 BTEC Sport students have received their exam results this week. Congratulations are due as all passed the exams.  Students who achieved below a Distinction grade have been entered for a re-sit in May.

Year 10 BTEC Tech Sport, Activity & Fitness students should all be revising for their external exam in May.

Year 11 BTEC Tech Sport, Activity & Fitness students will receive their exam results on 7th April.  All students have 3 Leadership assignments to complete on Teams – they can access all resources on Teams to complete assignments at home.

Congratulations Y13 IT

Many congratulations to our year 13 BTEC IT students who this week received their examination results from January. In testament to their hard work and dedication all students achieved a Merit or Distinction grade – great work!

Music News

Choir rehearsal for Ukraine after school on Tuesday 29th March in the music room 3.15 until 4.15. All staff and pupils are welcome, no choir experience necessary. Please support this event if you are able to.  See Mrs Todd for further details. 

Maths Fest

This week 8 of our year 10 students got to take part in the Keele Maths Feast, which saw them competing with other schools from across Staffordshire. Luke N, Charlie F, David B and Kathryn W formed the team from 10U1 and finished with a very impressive 97 points out of a possible 125, and Finn T, Martha B, Joel M and Charlotte H from 10H1 managed to just beat them with 103 points – along with being the overall winners of the first of the four rounds that made the competition. Despite both teams scoring highly they just missed out on winning overall but they still represented the school brilliantly, tackling a huge range of maths problems with both enthusiasm and skill.

Job of the week 

This weeks job of the week is a drama therapist! The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role: JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #030 – EVENT MANAGER – YouTube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: Event manager job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

A quick reminder that students who wish to participate in the NHS Allied Work Experience session on Sunday 3rd April have until Friday 31st March to register.

The programme is available for students in year groups:

10-12 – England & Wales
S3-S5 – Scotland
11-13 – Northern Ireland

You can register students on individual spaces or as a group via this link:
https://alliedhealthmentor.org/nhs-healthcare-careers-virtual-work-experience/

All students will be awarded a Work Experience Certificate for participating in the day.

This is something that they can include in their UCAS and Apprenticeship Applications.

The Work Experience day on Sunday 3rd April will cover the following healthcare careers:

– Nursing
– Midwifery
– Paramedicine
– Physiotherapy
– Occupational Therapy
– Dietetics
– Radiography
– Prosthetics and Orthotics
– Speech and language therapy
– Pharmacy

This will take place through an online portal and run LIVE from 10am-5pm, following 2 patients from accident to recovery.

Students will see these patients interact with a variety of healthcare professionals listed above so that they develop an understanding of the multidisciplinary team as well as insights into their own chosen career.

Students will also have the opportunity to interact with the healthcare professionals via a LIVE Chat and polls throughout the day!

The cost to attend is £10/student per session. This is an administrative cost to cover the set-up of individual portals, personalised certificates, safeguarding, and technology on the day, such as our servers and chat functions.

If you have any questions about the programme, please complete the following contact form: https://airtable.com/shrM6UPT8Z2uxx7OL or give our team a call on 01530 417299 and we will happily get back to you with a swift response.

We look forward to welcoming all potential healthcare students onto this national virtual work experience programme!

Best wishes
The Allied Healthcare Team

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March 18th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 21st March 2022

Year 12

Create, update or refine your CV.  Using Unifrog and this advice from Barclays Life Skills,

start to create your CV.  Continue in your study periods and enrichment time. 

Year 13

Revision time.

Year 13 Leavers Information

Hoodies:

Now is the time to order your Leavers Hoodie.  Deadline for this is 9.00am Wednesday 27th April.

A Year 13 Leavers group has been created on Teams, here you will find the link that will take you to the order form.

Year 13 Prom dietary requirements

A link has been added to the Year 13 Leavers group on Teams for you to complete the form for any specific dietary requirements you may have for the Yr 13 Prom.

Any questions, please see a Senior Prefect.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

 
Virtual work experience 

Evidence your employability skills and build up your CV
Virtual work experience for state school students
 
Student webinar – Sharing Science:
Chasing chimps, digging dinosaurs and asking Attenborough
Wednesday 23 March, 15.35 – 16.35
Why do so many people feel scared of science? When is it okay to let small kids handle eyeballs when eating muffins? How can we channel our ‘Inner Attenborough’?

Ben Garrod is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at UEA. After living across Africa and Asia and working alongside wild chimpanzees and orangutans, he completed a PhD and got ready for a career of research, but instead followed a passion to share science with as many people as possible.

Now, as a successful author and award-winning BBC presenter, Ben believes that science belongs to us all and that, more than ever, the public need to feel confident in engaging with science.

In this talk, Ben shares his adventures about excavating mammoths, being chatted up by a robot, and why there’s a whole career in sharing science with others. Virtual Work Experience

Details and Booking

LPN Summer School 2022

21st-24th August 2022

The LPN Summer School is a two-year long programme for students who live in areas where few young people enter higher education, and takes place in the summer holidays. You can find the information about this programme, subjects, eligibility criteria and how to apply below. We strongly recommend reading this page carefully before making an application!

This year’s summer school will take place from Sunday 21st August to Wednesday 24th August, in Cambridge. Students will stay at either Christ’s College or Sidney Sussex College (both are very close to each other!).

The LPN Summer School is designed to encourage academically able students from areas of the country where students are less likely to enter higher education to consider making applications to top universities, including the University of Cambridge. The programme consists of visits in both the summers of Year 11 and Year 12 (only students who attended a Year 11 event can then attend the Year 12 component). Therefore, we strongly encourage any eligible Year 11 students to make an application, as they will receive support and guidance for their studies and university in the summer and beyond.

What does the summer school involve?

The summer school takes place for a few days in August just after you have taken your GCSE or National 5 (Scotland) exams, with meals and accommodation provided for you in one of the Cambridge Colleges. The summer school will be taking place in person in August 2022.

The programme includes a variety of masterclasses given by Cambridge University researchers, an opportunity to get to know Cambridge, information about making an application to Cambridge, and a chance to meet current Cambridge students and staff. There will also be a variety of social events throughout the stay! The aim of this summer school is to find out more about Cambridge and university more generally, and to give you a taste of university study and the wide variety of subjects available to study at post-18.

After the summer school, the Colleges provide continuing support during Year 12 and there is a follow-up summer school at the end of Year 12 (S5 Scotland, Year 13 in Northern Ireland) to which you are automatically invited. This will include free accommodation and meals, as well as social activities to give you a taste of student life and get to know others on the programme! This summer school typically focuses on specifics of the application process, and involves a one-night stay at Murray Edwards College.

What does the summer school cost?

The whole summer school is free of charge, including meals and accommodation but excluding travel.

If you feel that you may require travel expenses to be able to attend please get in touch, as some limited support may be available.

Subject strands

As part of the summer school programme, students have the opportunity to attend a series of seminars that will introduce them to the study of a particular subject at university level.

The following subject strands will be available for the 2022 summer school:

  • Medicine
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Social Sciences

The application form will ask for your first and – if you have one – second preference strand.

In addition to a set of academic sessions in the selected strand, those who are selected for a place on the event will also have the opportunity to try something new in subject/s not explicitly covered in the above strands. These have previously included Computer Science, Economics, Languages and Archaeology, among many others.

Choosing your strand

A similar number of places is available on each subject strand, so please choose the subject that interests you the most. Priority for a place on a strand will be given to those who have selected it as their first choice, and students cannot be considered for strands other than those they have selected as their first or second choice.

The above strands also encompass other subjects, and below is some further advice on particular strands which might seem less clear, or if you aren’t sure which one is right for you:

  • Biological Sciences – for those interested in Biology and Chemistry
  • Physical Sciences – for those interested in Physics and Chemistry, or Engineering
  • Mathematics – also recommended for students interested in Economics or Computer Science, as these are courses with high mathematical content at university
  • Social Sciences – this will cover areas such as Sociology and Politics (in line with the Human, Social and Political Sciences course that Cambridge teaches).

We encourage students to consider their choice of strand carefully and to think about subject areas that might be something you’ve not thought about before. Many subjects are interdisciplinary – they overlap with one another quite a bit – so for example, those interested in pursuing modern languages may therefore find any of English, History or the Social Sciences strands as interesting and relevant.

You can find out about all the different courses we offer at Cambridge here, and more about what they involve (there are over 30 courses covering 65 different subjects!).

Eligibility to apply

Students must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a place on the LPN summer school:

  1. You are currently in Year 11 (England and Wales), or Year 12 in Northern Ireland or S4 (Scotland), and would have been about to take your GCSEs or National 5s at a UK school that does not charge fees (to anyone) in summer 2021.
  2. You are going on to study academic qualifications for Sixth Form, at a school or college that does not charge fees (to anyone).
    1. academic qualifications are A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate or Highers/Advanced Highers.
  • You live in an area of low participation in higher education (you must check your postcode before applying!)
    • To explain this a bit further, we use the POLAR classification and we only accept applications from students who live in quintile 1 or 2 areas. We encourage students to check if they are eligible to apply using this online postcode checker tool. When you put your postcode into the tool, check the ‘POLAR4 quintile‘. We have made a short guide to help you do so here: Checking your postcode.
      • This is for your HOME postcode, not your school postcode.
  • You are on target to receive a majority of 9-7/A*-A grades at GCSE (or equivalent e.g. A grades in National 5s)
    • We encourage applications from those who may be the first in their family to go to university (parents/carers did not attend university), a young carer, a refugee, from a BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) background, eligible for free school meals currently or in the past, have spent any time in care, or who are estranged from their family (i.e. you no longer have contact with your parents and may be living with another family member).
    • Students applying for the Medicine strand as their first choice should expect to achieve a majority 8/9/A* grades at GCSE, due to the competitive nature of this strand
    • It may be helpful to note that over the last three years (2018-20) most students who have been successful in obtaining a place on the LPN Summer School are usually expected to achieve 8/9/A* grades in GCSE subjects relevant to the strand applied for.
    • Selection will be primarily on the basis of academic merit, though other widening participation factors as outlined above will also be taken into consideration when deciding.
  • You can provide the name and email address of a teacher who can support your application. You should discuss applying with a teacher before applying, and get their permission to provide their details to us.

How and when do I apply?

Applications for the 2022 summer school are OPEN NOW!!

Students must complete an online application form, and a nominated teacher will need to complete a separate form in support of their application.

Teachers will automatically receive a link to provide a reference (again via online form) once the student’s application has been successfully submitted. It is important teachers check their spam/junk inbox as school firewalls may prevent an email from reaching them. Students are encouraged to check that their referee has received the email.

The deadline for students to make an application is midnight on 25 April 2022. Teachers will have until 2 May to complete their references. Late or incomplete applications and applications without a reference will not be considered for a place.

You can apply via this form: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3ymxaWpWeQOIsce

All applicants will receive an email regarding the outcome of their application by the end of May 2022. All applications received by the 25 April deadline will be given equal consideration, but we recommend doing it as soon as you can so your teacher has plenty of time to do your reference!

Where can I get more information? Please get in touch with us at access@christs.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this residential.

Easter Revision

Please see below for the Easter revision schedule, if there are any problems or questions please email Mrs North on north@tahs.org.uk

English

Mrs Hunt would like to remind pupils to collect any texts that they have ordered for English from her in Room 21.

This week’s GCSE Revision session will be with Mr Hulme in Room 13 on Wednesday 23rd March.  The subject will be GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 2 (structure).

Our  Book of the Week is from Imogen, in Year 13, and she recommends JRR Tolkien’s great fantasy novel “The Lord of the Rings”.

This week’s work of the week, by one of our brilliant Year 9 pupils, (attached) is the most incredible piece of artwork inspired by Wilfred Owne’s First World War poem, “Exposure”

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Isabella MacQ and George L (11U1) for fantastic work ethic and revision leading to outstanding progress in their Chemistry mock exam.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Zac A (9U2) for fantastic contributions in lessons.

Aimee S (10H4) for thorough calculations, and Zac C (10H5) for impeccable practical skills.

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are: Joe N, Krishan K and Aimee S for outstanding effort in their coursework on Bearded Dragon vivariums.

Well done!

Non Uniform

Friday 1st April is a non-uniform day. Students can come to school in their own clothes, for a donation of £2. Please give money to your form tutor during registration or through parent pay.

All money raised will go to the school fund to provide opportunities for all students. Facilities around school, celebration day, school walk, extracurricular events etc. 

News from PE

Under 15 Cricket

Today we played the ECB Girls U15 Schools Indoor Cricket Tournament. We played four games. The first game we played was against Painsley, we batted first and put a respectable total of 70 on the board but Painsley replied with a total of 110. Our player of the game was Beth S for her ball that sent the off stump flying across the pitch. Game two was against Abbotsholme and they set us a target of 104. We replied with a total 62, our bowling improved from the first game and player of the game was Izzy G for two catches including a bowl and catch. Match 3 proved to be a much closer game as it came down to the last over but unfortunately we lost 74-78 even with the exceptional performance from Lexi C who ended up batting by herself and scoring a huge 45 runs. It was then all to play for in Match 4. We played against Blythe Bridge and put up a score of 79, our highest score of the day. Our superb fielding, especially from Susie Catterall and Skye Whitfield didn’t prove enough as Blythe got 101. 

Our squad have had a great day and it’s been brilliant to be out playing sport again. Special thanks to Liberty C for umpiring the games. 

Squad: Louie R, Martha B, Izzy G, Susie C, Lexi C, Holly T, Beth S, Erin G, Dora E and Skye W 


Year 9 Staffordshire Moorlands Rugby Championship

Thomas Alleyne’s 57 – Westwood 0

On Thursday afternoon the top 2 rugby sides in the Staffordshire Moorlands came head to head at Thomas Alleyne’s. With the grass freshly cut the fast playing surface suited Alleyne’s running style of play. With our usual scrum half unavailable to play, Corey moved to the base of the scrum and had a fantastic game providing good service and a constant threat with his running and kicking game.  Up front our scrum proved too powerful With Henry and Tom winning ball against the head. Adam at hooker had an amazing game and carried the ball with ferocity. 2nd row’s Ben and Toby are forming a formidable partnership out rucking their opponents and linking with their backs.  In the back row Oscar, Adam and Matthew ran and tackled with vigour constantly putting us on the the front foot.  Ollie playing his first game at fly half coped with the added responsibility well and was rewarded with a good try just on half time.  Centre’s Jonte and Rory defended well and created space excellently for their wingers Lewis and Sam. At the back Max is beginning to show real class with his reading of the game and kick returns.  In the 2nd half Rhys, Jae and Charlie all played well and maintained our intensity. Try of the match was scored by Tom. Overall a great performance.

Y9 Netball Tournament

The Year 9 team played in a well represented district tournament on Tuesday with eight fixtures. The team has improved so much through having the opportunity to play regularly. They were able to win their fixtures against Paulet, De Ferrers, Pingle,, Paget and John Taylor Free School. They drew with John Port and lost to Robert Sutton and John Taylor

Team – Louie, Amy, Erin, Izzy, Chloe, Emily and Lily

U15 Girls Rugby County Tournament

The tournament was hosted by Stafford Rugby Club. Thomas Alleyne’s proudly brought the biggest squad out of the teams who entered, which highlights both the enthusiasm and commitment from our students to the training sessions which have been run by Mark Tolley. First we played Robert Sutton and the team were able to organise themselves into a solid formation and our runners were able to exploit the gaps and score three tries to take victory. 

Next up were Walton who were also well organised and had a bit more game awareness at certain stages of the match. The game was very close and physical with Walton taking the victory by one try to zero. The final game was against a combined team from the Hart School and Blessed William Howard. All the teams had won one fixture going into the final game so it was everything to play for. TAHS controlled the game and ran in four tries and conceded none. The team finished runners up in the tournament on tries scored.

It was a fantastic experience for all of the players and hopefully another fixture before the season ends. Well played all. 

Thanks to Mrs Chafer for assisting with driving. 

Squad – Lexie, Chloe Elsie, Hannah, Heather, Keeley, Aimee, Martha, Lizzie, Susie, Mille, Calli and Fearne

Music News

Year 11 music students have their music performance and composition recordings the week beginning 28th March. This is a very important week for them as the exam recordings will form 60% of their GCSE Music Grade. Good luck to all in their preparation. 

There will be 2 very special choir rehearsals on Tuesday 29th March and Tuesday 5th April after school in the music room, where we will be recording a song for Ukraine. This is open to all that want to be involved and is in the music room from 3.15 until 4.15.

Settled Status

At Citizen’s Advice Mid Mercia, we are working alongside the Home Office to reach out to families to support them with their EU Settled Status. 

The Home Office has recognised that not all families have applied for their status by the deadline set of June 30th, 2021. Those who have not been able to apply for various reasons may require added support completing the paperwork for late applications. 

If families do not apply for either their Pre-Settled Status or Settled Status, they will lose the right to live, work, education for their children, rent their homes, access our fabulous NHS, or claim benefits and state pension. 

As you can see, the importance of informing families is paramount.  

The support we provide involves helping make new applications. We help those who need to apply to change from pre settled to settled status. We help those who have requests from the Home Office for further evidence to support their applications. We can claim Share Codes: for those waiting for their decisions to help prove their rights to work, rent or claim benefits. We also help contact the Home Office with any questions the families might have while waiting for their decisions.

The aim of our project is to raise awareness of the scheme, empower individuals to access the scheme and assist the most vulnerable in society applying to the scheme. 

If you could forward the attached poster to any families that you feel would benefit, I would be very grateful. Many parents have assumed that because their child was born in the UK, the child will have been granted British citizenship, however, this is only correct if one of the parents is a British Citizen.  

If you have any clients that need this service, I am working at various outreach placements where I can see clients face-to-face to complete their applications on their behalf. I also have Language line to support those who may have a language barrier.  

It is my hope that by working together, we can reach out to the most vulnerable people in society to ensure that they will be able to continue to enjoy the same rights as you and I.  

If you need anything else from me, please do not hesitate to call me.  

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status): Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Job of the week 

This weeks job of the week is a drama therapist! The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role: JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #029 DRAMATHERAPIST – Youtube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: Dramatherapist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

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March 11th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Motivation for Year 11 & 13

On Tuesday 5th April all students in Y11 and Y13 will take part in a session with a motivational speaker, Tim Benton, to support their revision.  There will also be an opportunity for parents to attend a session with Tim at 5.30 – 7pm on that evening.  This session will guide parents with strategies they can use to continue to help their children to prepare for the summer exams.  All are welcome to attend, no booking is necessary.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 14th March 2022

Year 12

Watch the video about LGBQT issues in school.  How could you help?  What might you need to ask staff for – at TAHS or if you go to uni? 

Year 13

Revision time.

Year 13 Leavers Information

Hoodies:

Now is the time to order your Leavers Hoodie.  Deadline for this is 9.00am Wednesday 27th April.

A Year 13 Leavers group has been created on Teams, here you will find the link that will take you to the order form.

Year 13 Prom dietary requirements

A link has been added to the Year 13 Leavers group on Teams for you to complete the form for any specific dietary requirements you may have for the Yr 13 Prom.

Any questions, please see a Senior Prefect.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Year 12 students – Online London Med Schools Summer Programme 2022

Applications for the free online London Med Schools Summer Programme 2022 are now open. This programme is for Year 12 students living in England (outside of Greater London), who have only attended non-selective state schools since age 11 and are currently studying A-level biology and chemistry. For more details on student eligibility please see the application form here.

Funded by Health Education England, the London Med Schools Summer Programme brings together four of London’s medical schools (King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, St George’s University of London, and University College London) to give 75 Year 12 students from across England an opportunity to find out what it is like to study medicine in London. Working with patients and student ambassadors, participants will gain a greater understanding of the realities of being a doctor and the skills needed to succeed.

The main summer school programme takes place from Monday 18th July to Friday 22nd July on Zoom.

For more information and to apply, students should follow this link. The deadline to apply is Monday 18th April 2022.

This programme is part of a series of events run with the Medical and Dental Schools CouncilPlease see here for a full list of the programmes available across England.

Year10 Parents Evening 17th March  4.00pm -7.00pm.

On Thursday is year 10 parents evening.  Please make sure that if you are a parent of a year 10 pupil that you have booked an appointment to see their subject teachers, appointments are going quickly so please login to Talaxy as soon as possible.

Exam Stress: Tips and techniques for reducing stress and performing at your best!

The free webinar takes place on Monday 14th March at 8pm.  It is aimed at students but parents are welcome to join.  It is hosted by Eedi via Zoom.

This interactive session will cover how to make a revision plan, top revision strategies, help with motivation, methods to reduce anxiety and techniques for once you’re in the exam. 

Please click on the link below to sign up:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2IAGm_ALRxKGMcxnM7cQLQ

English

English department student of the week

At the end of the first week of mocks for year 11 and 13, the English department has been incredibly impressed with the huge effort we have seen and would particularly like to offer a great big shout out to year 11, who have been working incredibly hard and taking these mocks very seriously. We would also like to single out the following students from all year groups as having particularly impressed your teachers in English this week. Well done to:

Y9 Freya E, Molly C, Erin G, Rowan S, James D

Y10 Carly D, Sophie H, Kai H, Martha B, Alex C

Y11 Lewis M, Daisy C, Xanthe S, Elin L, Alex B, Salwa E-C, Lucy 

Y12 May C, Katie L

Y13 Imogen N, Sophie W

Text Sales:

We still have plenty of copies of “An Inspector Calls” and “Romeo and Juliet”. If you have ordered these (or any other texts) please bring a screen shot of your receipt to room 21 at break / lunch to collect yours.

Revision next week:

This week’s session is on Language Paper 2, Question 2 (summary and inference). Grades 3-5, with Mrs Beevor on Wednesday night.

Mock exams: 

Y11 students have completed a Romeo and Juliet assessment, as well as a full Paper 2 this week. The entire English team would like to give a huge WELL DONE to our students who have worked extremely hard preparing for these mock exams. Judging by the quality of the articles from the writing section, we have some budding journalists among us.

Y13 students are also in the middle of their mocks: the A Level  Literature students have completed a full 3 hour exam, and the Language students have completed their first paper. 

Book recommendations:

This week’s recommendation comes from Jacob, Y11, who recommends “Alone on a wide wide sea” by Michael Morpurgo. Jacob starts his review with “Intense! Amazing! Brilliant!” and recommends it to Y9 as it “teaches some good life lessons” at the same time as making it so “you can’t stop flipping the pages.” 

Trip coming soon!:

Students in Year 9 and 10 will soon be invited to buy tickets for “An Inspector Calls” at the Regent Theatre in Stoke. This will be in October 2022, and so will be open to current Y9 and Y10 students. Watch this space – tickets are expected to sell out very quickly.

Work of the Week:

 Year 12 literature students have been working on the novel Atonement by Ian McEwan. They were tasked with creating a mood board to explore context, a key assessment objective. These are some of the stunning pieces they created.

Want to be featured in future Roundups? We’ll share some of our amazing students’ work each week, so there will be lots of opportunities for you to shine!

This week’s Science News

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate Joe U in 12C Biology for really excellent effort and a noticeable improvement in class contribution.

Mr Melland would like to nominate Harry G and Nick G-C from Year 9 for excellent effort in Physics.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Kerys E in Year 13 for excellent progress in Chemistry.

Well done!

Y13 Geography

We are planning on running a revision session during the Easter holidays on Monday 11th April. Details of this (including times) to be confirmed and shared with you in your geography lessons in the next coming weeks. 

Y11 IT & Computer Science

Diary Dates!!!

Monday 4th April our computer scientists have the fantastic opportunity to work with the acclaimed expert Paul Long focusing on revisions and exam technique specifically focussed on paper 2 of the GCSE.

For our IT students on Friday 22nd April (last day of the holidays) there will be a coursework workshop running from 9 till 1 to give all students the best opportunity to get their best grade. As a reminder this is so worth it as the coursework constitutes 50% of the final grade.

News from PE

This week we have had a fantastic week of rugby for both boys and girls. Separate reports to follow.

Our footballers have also benefitted from new equipment donated from St George’s Park.

Year 9 Rugby

On Wednesday our U14 boys hosted Deferrers in the East Staffs Rugby final after both teams won their groups in the district tournament.  The game was played in a fantastic spirit, highly competitive with both teams showing great sportsmanship. In the front row Adam, Tom, Henry and Rhys scrumaged brilliantly stealing a number of balls against the feed. Second rows Ben, Toby and Jae carried strongly and rucked strongly. The back row of Matthew, Adam, Jonte tackled fantastically and played some lovely intricate link up play.  Scrum Half’s Sam and Matthew provided good service for Corey at Stand off, who kicked well. Centres Rory and Oliver looked to link up with wingers Sam and Spencer who frequently beat their opposite man. At the back Max was a constant threat linking into the line and bringing the ball back from kicks.

Adam scored a fantastic individual try smashing through the defence and then out pacing the cover. But Deferrer’s star centre proved the difference with 3 trys. Final score 5-17.

BTEC Sport

Year 11, 12 and 13 should all have completed assignment 1 of their courses. Students can stay behind after school any night to complete missing work.

Year 10 should be revising for their external exam in May.

Under 18 County 7’s Rugby Tournament.

This week saw  Thomas Alleyne’s first XV  enter the county  7’s tournament at Longton rugby club.

On a windy Wednesday afternoon the team started their tournament with a narrow  loss to a very disciplined King Edwards side.  However they were not put off and their second game resulted in a convincing win against Tettenhall college, putting them into the Plate semi finals. Buoyed by their success the team entered the semi finals, against Kinver High School,  in high spirits and full of confidence. The semi final was not a disappointment with exceptional play from a number of players the team came through to win 29-17 and put them into the final against Walton High school.  In front of a large crowd the team gathered themselves for what would be a tough game.  The final was an aggressive  contest between two physical teams and the early stages saw them exchange heavy defensive blows and a try each.  Unfortunately in the second half Walton came out much stronger and,  playing with the wind, managed to score two more tries without a response from Alleynes. Congratulations to the team for their approach and attitude and to the manner in which they played their rugby.

Girls Cricket Practice

There is an indoor girls cricket practice on Tuesday after school. Please meet at the sportshall at 3:05 if you are interested in playing. It finishes at 4:30

Girls Inter House Football

We had a great turnout on National Girls Football day this Wednesday, with students from all 4 houses coming along to represent their respective teams across Year 9 and Year 10. We welcomed regular members of the girls football team, whilst some new faces came to represent, including a student who had NEVER played before. 

We had tense competition as teams competed for bragging rights to be Thomas Alleynes top team. Some spectacular finishes flew in, leaving goalkeepers stranded whilst some great strength and battling between players took. 

Almost every single player who attended managed to score a goal which is fantastic, with special shoutouts to Rachel T, Maddie H and Lucy N, all of whom tied for top scorer with 3 goals a piece. 

Unfortunately there could only be one winner, and having not lost a game throughout the entire competition, congratulations go to Orme who were this term’s winners, enjoy your Easter Eggs champions! 

Massive thank you to everyone who attended, as well as Miss Arrowsmith for her excellent VAR / Assistant Refereeing and support. We both hope to see you all again at the next tournament.

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world.

Pi (Greek letter ) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant – the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter – which is approximately 3.141592

Did you know……

  • Pi is the most recognized maths symbol in the world
  • Albert Einstein was born on pi day (3/14/1879)
  • The first 31 digits of contain no zeros
  • The current  champion memorized 42,195 digits in 1995!

Pi Day Puzzle

Can you solve the following?

Each of the letters P, I and E are a different digit from 1 to 9

So, PI is a 2-digit number and PIE is a 3-digit number.

Any correct answers sent to gill@tahs.net will go into a draw to win a Prize!

New Arrivals on the Farm

We have had 8 piglets born this week.  All are happy and healthy

Music News

Year 11 music students have their music performance and composition recordings the week beginning 28th March. This is a very important week for them as the exam recordings will form 60% of their GCSE Music Grade. Good luck to all in their preparation. 

There will be 2 very special choir rehearsals on Tuesday 29th March and Tuesday 5th April after school in the music room, where we will be recording a song for Ukraine. This is open to all that want to be involved and is in the music room from 3.15 until 4.15.

Outlook Expeditions Morocco 2023.

Can all participants for Morocco 2023 please check their “Basecamp portal” at Outlook Expeditions to find the invitation to the expedition planning meeting, which will take place in the evening of the 22nd of March. There will be two separate sessions, delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams: the first, a session for students to begin planning their itinerary; the second for parents. All details and the links to the online meetings can be found on the Basecamp Portal.

Student session = 17:30-19:00

Parent session = 19:15-19:45

I have also created a Microsoft team for all participants, through which I will share any information from the school regarding the expeditions.

Best wishes and I look forward to seeing you all on the 22nd.

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March 4th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Assemblies

This week was the first time since Covid has struck that we have been able to hold face to face assemblies. Year 9 and 10’s were introduced to their very first assemblies since joining Thomas Alleyne’s and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to join Mrs Rudge on leading these. The assembly approached the very difficult topic of the troubles in Ukraine. Students were given a brief overview of the history of the difficulties between the two countries, given guidance on being careful about how much and what news to watch and students were encouraged to talk to staff about any concerns they had. The final message to the students was to emphasise the importance of showing compassion in a time where we are seeing so much devastation. 

The students conduct, uniform and engagement throughout was impeccable and I look forward to being able to see more assemblies over the remainder of the academic year.

PROSPECTIVE SIXTH FORM APPLICATIONS

Letters will be sent out shortly inviting students for their Sixth Form interviews.

Any questions regarding Sixth Form please contact sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 7th March 2022

Year 12

Are you in a healthy relationship?  Are you worried about a friend in a relationship but don’t know what to do?  Students to watch clips for information.  Please talk to staff if there is anything that concerns you.

Year 13

What if you need the doctors or dentists while you are at uni?  Visit the ‘Bright Knowledge’ website for advice on health and wellbeing at uni (you will also be given advice about this at freshers week).

Year 13 Leavers Information

Hoodies:

Now is the time to order your Leavers Hoodie.  Deadline for this is 9.00am Wednesday 27th April.

A Year 13 Leavers group has been created on Teams, here you will find the link that will take you to the order form.

Any questions, please see a Senior Prefect.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Nottingham Summer Schools – Year 12 students

The University of Nottingham Summer Schools offer Year 12 students the opportunity to explore the university experience in depth, while developing the skills and knowledge required to progress onto the country’s top universities

During the summer school you will spend five days with the University and enjoy a varied programme of activities – academic, social and personal development – all for free!

After the summer school, you will have access to a wealth of UCAS resources and webinars – as well as direct chat with our student ambassadors – through Sutton Trust Online to support you through your higher education journey.

If you successfully complete the Nottingham Summer School, you will be eligible for an enhanced contextual offer (up to two grades lower, depending on course) and the Nottingham Potential Bursary worth £1000 for each year of undergraduate study!

This year, our Nottingham Potential Summer Schools are teaming up with the Sutton Trust so that we can offer further places and subjects to students across the UK. All applications will be made through the Sutton Trust Summer School website. We are currently planning for the summer schools to run as face to face residentials.

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/suttontrust  

World Book Day

We’ve celebrated World Book Day in school this week. There have been some fabulous discussions of our favourite books past and present (students AND staff!), actvities in lessons celebrating all things bookish, and of course the free book vouchers: also valid for £1 off any book/audiobook in many shops including Tesco and WHSmith. We’re looking forward to decorating the English corridor with some of the students’ creations.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Extreme Reading challenge. Here’s Ella (Y11) enjoying a bit of apres-ski in France: definitely our long-distance entry:

25 members of staff wore “Ask Me What I’m Reading” badges – in honour of the 25th anniversary of WBD. There are prizes available: simply hand in the list of the teachers/books you’ve “collected” to your English teacher. 

Feeling inspired?

We asked our Y9-Y11 students which books they would recommend – challenging them to find ones their English teachers hadn’t read. There will be a recommendation each week. To start us off, here’s Rhys’ and Harriet’s recommendations – one with a very local connection!

Rules for Vampires – Alex Foulkes

The author is the librarian at Oldfields Middle School, which is cool! It is a good read for pleasure: very funny. 

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

You should read this because it contains modern day problems, and we see the perspective of a girl in a minority under a lot of pressure. Text Sales

We still have An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet for sale. These are the versions teachers work with.

Medicine UCAS Conferences

My name is Dr Ehsan and I am an FY2 doctor in Edinburgh. I am also a Chief Mentor at Medic Mentor and you can learn more about me here: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/601895014/a815d4a61b

If your students have any questions or worries about a career in medicine or their application to medical school in general, I would love to answer any questions they have. I can meet them at any of our free LIVE Get into Medicine UCAS conferences that take place online at the weekends. Your students will be awarded with attendance certificates, which they can use for their UCAS applications too!

These events are suitable for students in year 10-12, S3-S5 and 11-13 NI. They can register for free using the coupon code teacher22 at this link:
https://medicmentor.co.uk/medicine-national-healthcare-weekend/

Here is an overview of the programme:

09:30 – 10:15 Quick introduction to Medic Mentor, overview for the day, competition
ratios, application timeline, Awards and Scholarships
10:15 – 10:25 Break
10:25 – 11:20 Sections on the UCAS application, subject choices, entry requirements
and creating our medical CVs!
11:20 – 11:30 Presentation from a successful Applicant (Medical Student)
11:30 – 12:15 Personal Statements
12:15 – 12:25 Break
12:25 – 12:40 Entrance Exams: UCAT & BMAT
12:40 – 12:55 Medical School Interviews
12:55 – 13:25 Harnessing Opportunities and Extracurricular Activities
13:25 – 13:30 Summary and questions

Upcoming Conference dates for March:

Saturday 5th
Sunday 6th
Saturday 12th
Saturday 26th

If you or your students have any questions, they can give the doctors a ring on the Mentor Helpline number Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

English

English department student of the week

Well done to the vast number of students who have returned from their half term break and have got stuck into English. Whether it be participating enthusiastically in World Book Day activities or showing resilience and determination in the preparations for mocks, there have been lots of brilliant examples of work across the English department this week. Well done in particular to:

Y9 Lily Mae U, Andrea W, Lola T, Lily, Erin G, Molly C

Y10 Molly H, Elin L, Logan C, Keira, Kylah

Y11 Lewis M, Caglayan A, Ollie E, Alex B, Alice M, Xanthe S

Y12 Tess S

Y13Imogen N

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate the following students:

9H2B – Hannah F, Amy K and Rory O for excellent attainment in their Chemistry end of module test.

9U3 – Joseph M and Elisha T for their super effort and attainment in Chemistry.

10U1 – Luke N, Isabelle G, Susie C, Ben P and Kathryn W for their attainment in their Chemistry assessment.

Mr Melland would like to nominate the following students for excellent achievements in their waves assessment in Year 12 A Level Physics: Matt D, Toby P-L, Finn McC and Harry S.

Mrs North would like to nominate the following Animal Care students for completing their first piece of coursework to an incredibly high standard – well done.

Abbie C, Carly D, Kylah M, Joe N, Hannah S, Aimee S, Holly T, Aminah K, Hannah M, Leon O, Victoria H, James L and Amelia R.

Well done!

Potential Medics, Dentists and Vets

Every Month Medic Mentor, Vet Mentor and Dental Mentor will release a free E-Learning Work Experience session for your students. This means they can access this fantastic resource any time throughout March until their next session is released on 1st April.

Throughout March:

Medics will have access to the Obstetrics and Gynaecology session.
Dentists will have access to the Paediatric and Surgical Dentistry session.
Vets will have access to the Equine Veterinary Medicine session.

Students often struggle when it comes to getting work experience in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. This is why we have created our FREE Virtual Work Experience Programme. This will help them make that informed decision about their chosen career.

At Medic Mentor we are always striving to level the playing field when it comes to applying to Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary. Once they have complete all sessions they will also receive a certificate which can be used as part of their application to Medical, Dental or Veterinary School.

Medics

Throughout March, applying students in 10-13, S3-S6 and Northern Irish 11-14 year groups will have access to Medic Mentor’s Free Obstetrics and Gynaecology Virtual Work Experience (MEDWEX) session. This is one session out of 6 separate sessions covering different areas within medicine.

What will students be looking at during the session?

In this month’s session, they will experience a woman’s pregnancy journey, and meet the multidisciplinary team made up of midwives, nurses, and obstetric doctors, who support her every step of the way to becoming a Mum! Held in the state-of-the-art immersion suite at the University Hospitals of Birmingham, they will gain first-hand experience of a midwife booking appointment at the general practice, an outpatient clinic and admission to the delivery suite where one patient goes in and two come out! They will find out about the investigations performed to screen women during the pregnancy to identify pregnancy-related health problems, such as gestational diabetes, and understand how these can be managed to prevent harm to Mum and baby. They will also learn the importance of critical thinking, teamwork, leadership, communication and compassion. Join Medic Mentor for their simulated clinical work experience for the closest example of obstetrics, but from the comfort of your own home. Completely free and specially designed to support students of today to become doctors of tomorrow.

Students can check out our trailer and click “Enrol Now” on the following link: https://wexlibrary.yourmedicfamily.org/courses/medic-mentor-work-experience/

Vets

Throughout March, applying students in 10-13, S3-S6 and Northern Irish 11-14 year groups will have access to Vet Mentor’s Free Equine Virtual Work Experience (VETWEX) session. This is one session out of 6 separate sessions covering different areas within veterinary medicine.
What will students be looking at during the session?

This month our Vet Mentor family have travelled far and wide to bring students an incredible insight into the world of equine veterinary medicine. In this session an equine vet covers the fundamentals surrounding equine clinical practice and general horse care.

Students can check out our trailer and click “Enrol Now” on the following link: https://wexlibrary.yourmedicfamily.org/courses/vet-mentor-clinical-equine-practice/

Dentists

Throughout March, applying students in 10-13, S3-S6 and Northern Irish 11-14 year groups will have access to Dental Mentors Free Paediatric dentistry and oral surgery Virtual Work Experience (DENTWEX) session. This is one session out of 4 separate sessions covering different areas within dentistry.

What will students be looking at during the session?

Students will get to see a range of both child and adult patient consultations. This includes a possible oral cancer diagnosis, aesthetic solutions and child safeguarding concerns. There will be debriefing sessions of each of the cases.

Students can check out our trailer and click “Enrol Now” on the following link:
https://wexlibrary.yourmedicfamily.org/courses/dental-mentor-work-

We look forward to help raise aspirations and find the next brilliant medics, dentist and vets like your students to join these fields.

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