July 10th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

If your child is interested in applying to Oxbridge, or medicine, veterinary, or dentistry courses, then please tell them to register their interest for a virtual exhibition for these courses. UCAS have said the places on these courses are going really quickly.

The details are below:


The deadline for UCAS applications for these competitive courses is 15 October 


UCAS virtual exhibition – 23 July 2020
7:00 – 23:00 

Students can register here: ucas.com/vet-med

This online event means your child can explore courses at universities and colleges around the UK. It’s perfect for anyone considering applying to Oxbridge, or medicine, veterinary, or dentistry courses. 

Students will have chance to speak directly to subject and admissions specialists via 1-2-1 or group chat, listen in on topical seminars, and pick up digital prospectus’ and other information.  

If you’re child would like to involved in future virtual events then please ask them to register their interest at ucas.com/virtual-exhibitions and UCAS will email them as soon as booking is available. 

If your child or you have any questions, please get in touch at events@ucas.ac.uk

To support the idea of virtual tours further Mrs Dodd has requested that you access the Cambridge Virtual Open Days, if your child interested in any of the competitive courses., this is open to all students in Year 11 and Year 12.  There is a wealth of information about Cambridge courses, Colleges, their facilities, services and life as a student in Cambridge on their Virtual Tour which can be found here: www.virtualtour.study.cam.ac.uk I will look to see if there is anything similar for Oxford too.  

The Sixth Form Team and I have been looking through Unifrog and UCAS over the last few days and have noticed that there are still some students that have not logged on to Unifrog in a long time and some that have not registered with UCAS!  I have ensured that all Year 12 have received a message on Insight to encourage them to do this.  It is usual that as this time we would be focusing on their Future Intentions, unfortunately due to our current situation this has to be delivered remotely. This means that your child will need to work on these tasks at home. 

In order to help the teachers write tutor and academic references each student in Year 12 must assign their teachers to their subjects. 

All students in Year 12 have been instructed to provide a draft of their personal statement, if this is done on Unifrog it will be sent straight to their form tutor. There is no need to print a copy off. The tutor can edit the document and return it to the student, it really is very user friendly.  I would also suggest that all students who have an Instagram account follow Unifrog, in their bio they have useful links and hints and tips for all students.

In our Head Teacher update we have prepared answer to some frequently asked questions, I have included some below. I do believe that these answers really will help your child to be fully prepared for the changes that we have had to implement in order to keep our students and staff as safe as possible.

Do I need to wear my full sixth form uniform when we return?

We are proud of how smart our sixth form students look in their business-like attire and know that they take great pride in wearing it so will expect students to adhere to the sixth form dress code upon return. During September, sixth form students will not need to wear a blazer unless they wish to do so. It is a safeguarding requirement that all post-16 students always wear their sixth form lanyard/ID card.

What about food – will I still be able to go into town?

Our priority is to make the school as safe as possible, and therefore upon return we request that the sixth form do not go into town to purchase food or other items. However, we will be providing a sixth form servery where students can purchase food which will prevent the need to leave site. As always, students are welcome to bring their own food with them to school.  

Can we use the common room?

Yes, the common room will continue to be a dedicated study space for sixth form students. Initially we ask that students do not use the kitchen area, and that they ensure the space is kept tidy without clutter to reduce the likelihood of infection and to support our cleaning team. In addition, we will be changing the seating to ensure that the area is as clean and safe as possible.

Where will we go at break and lunch time if year groups must stay in bubbles?

When we return, we ask that sixth form students stay in the sixth form area during this time, including the lawn area in front of the sixth form block. 


Y13 UCAS ADVICE ON CLEARING

Please visit this link if you are interested in clearing.  This means you want to change your university course for reasons such as:  you have changed your mind; you haven’t applied yet; you haven’t met the course conditions; you haven’t received any (or any suitable) offers or you have declined your firm offer.  Please contact the 6th form team if you would like further support.

https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/results-confirmation-and-clearing/what-clearing

Student Life

Derby University have shared some recordings of live sessions about different subjects, student life and finance.  Please click this link if you would like more information: 

https://bit.ly/3fhDduX

Late Application & Clearing

If you want to make a late application to university (for Y13’s) or if you want to find out more about clearing, Derby University have provided this useful information:

https://bit.ly/3iVOBiD

If you would like to find out more about the entire UCAS application process, personal statements, firm or insurance places, or book a place on Derby University’s live sessions, please click this link:

https://bit.ly/2W797mp

Year 8 Transition

This next week should have been a week where all our Year 8 students would be in school and would have said goodbye to their Middle School teachers and celebrated the last four years of their education journey.  All at Thomas Alleyne’s are excited to welcome you all to our family.  It may not have been our usual transition process, but I hope that you have found all our weekly communication useful. I have enjoyed sharing our plans and ensuring that you all know your pastoral team and have access to us so that you can ask questions.

Thank you so much for all the questions that I have received over these weeks and if you have any further questions then please email me at younge@tahs.net

If you have visited our school website recently then you will have seen the three transition presentations that we have made available to you, this week we will be adding four more, one for each house and I am adding the email addresses of your Head of House, Student Support Assistant and Form Tutors to this weeks update in case you do not have access to them.

We are hosting a Summer School for our Year 8 students, if you have not replied and would like your child to attend then please complete the google form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScC1jEGOT1_grkUSakvVRWl5A_vzHSMxjlAkW1yWBH1dJApUg/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have a query about the transition process at Alleyne’s then please contact me on younge@tahs.net

New Editions

This week we have had three Hebridean ewes donated to the farm, all settling in well.

Domestic abuse support during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Advice and guidance on helping someone you suspect may be suffering domestic abuse is available using this link: 

https://safelives.org.uk/reach-in

If you believe someone is in immediate danger please call 999 and ask for the police. Silent calls will work if you are not safe to speak – use the Silent Solution system:

   
https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/research-learning/Silent_solution_guide.pdf

Elkes News

I have just finished delivering a face to face lesson in room 7 and again I have enjoyed the opportunity to support them with their home learning, the year 12 group were able complete some independent work on poetry, and it’s great seeing them all back in school again, discussing how they’ve been during lockdown and getting into routines again.

Following last week’s roundup, I’ve had several emails from parents about the brilliant ways in which our students have been demonstrating their maturity and resilience over recent weeks, from cultivating vegetable patches, to supporting families with care, to learning new skills and undertaking new challenges, and I’d love to hear more from you! Please email parker@tahs.net if your son or daughter has impressed you and deserves recognition when we return!

Orme News

I asked you this week in assembly to think about the question “why me?”, I have continued reading around this subject and came across this though experiment from the Jewish psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, who said:

To draw an analogy: a man’s suffering is similar to the behavior of a gas. If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, no matter how big the chamber. Thus suffering completely fills the human soul and conscious mind, no matter whether the suffering is great or little. Therefore the “size” of human suffering is absolutely relative

The thought experiment is intended to help you focus your perspective outwards rather than inwards. It reminds us that even though things may seem difficult at a particular point in your life, we should also be aware enough to understand what we have to be thankful for. There might come a day where you look back on this moment and feel you did not appreciate the time you have right now, so as we turn our thoughts towards the summer break try to enjoy each day and be grateful for what it gives you whilst also looking towards your future, your goals and asking yourself, “Why not me yet?

Torrance News

Over the last half term in the RESPECT programme, students have been looking at keeping healthy during lockdown, focussing on things such as routine and sleep and how these can have an impact on their physical and mental health. For our final task in the RESPECT programme, I have asked students to consider the idea of mindfulness and how this could impact their day to day lives positively. The last few months have been so hard on so many people and I am so proud of how our students have responded to these difficult times and the resilience they have shown, but there is no shying away from the impact this change in way of life has had on everybody. I hope that this week’s work will help students to reflect on everything that has happened over the last few months and to help them refocus their energy as we move into the summer holidays.

As always, myself and Mrs Collier are here for Torrance students whenever you need us, please just drop me an email on wrightl@tahs.net or collier@tahs.net

Whitmore

This week I have been marking some fantastic Btec assignments on sporting injuries and have also enjoyed being in Key Work School for 3 days. I have also met with a few Whitmore students on 1:1 appointments, it has been great to catch up. If you are in Y9 or 10 and would like an appointment before we close next Friday please let myself or Miss Arbery know jones@tahs.net & arbery@tahs.net

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July 3rd 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Over the last few weeks we have been pushing all students in Year 12 to be proactive and be ready to enter Year 13.  We need them to complete the work on Unifrog, working on competencies and looking at their options Post 18.  If they do this now then this will save them a job when they return.

To further support their Future Intentions we also need all students to register with UCAS. Even if they do not plan to attend university at the moment you will be surprised with how many students change their minds.

We have also asked students to complete their personal statements and we need a first draft to be sent to their form tutors (via Unifrog) preferably before the end of term, or at the very least by the start of September.  This will then be checked and feedback given to help them move forward. We have only had a few and it is very important that this is completed. This will help all students in their next step Post 18.  However, the remainder of the UCAS application itself should be started by 16th July for aspects like personal details, fee code, financial information etc.  Once this is done, the personal statement can be copied and pasted in.  We realise that some of you may want to take the Summer holidays to research your courses but the sooner the application is completed, the better, as this gives staff chance to finalise your application which can take some time.

Registering on UCAS…

Please look at Insight for further instructions. This was sent by Mrs Dodd last week. Aga, Mrs Dodd requires all students to have registered and the deadline for this is Monday 6th July. If you have any problems then please email younge@tahs.net or bell@tahs.net

Possible questions answered:

  • Year of GCSE exams for your year group: JUNE 2019
    • You started Thomas Alleyne’s (Assuming you started in Year 9) in: SEPTEMBER 2016
    • You will finish Thomas Alleyne’s (Assuming you complete Year 13) in: JUNE 2021
    • A2 = GCE Advanced Level
    • Fee code: 02 –then select your county (either Staffordshire or Derbyshire) from the student support arrangements drop down menu.

Personal Statement Deadline 

Please can students have a full draft of their personal statement up and running for when we return in September.  Ideally this should have been checked by at least one member of staff such as their form tutor.  Any queries, please email Mrs Bell on bell@tahs.net.

Year 8 Transition

Please see the contact details for your child’s form tutor. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact them.

Miss Keeling does not start TAHS until September 2020, if you have any questions regarding Torrance then please email me younge@tahs.net

Please see the link for the transitions presentation and a presentation by our SEN department. If you have any question that arise from this then please email godwin@tahs.net or oliver@tahs.net

You should receive a letter shortly regarding which teaching groups your child will be in for all their subjects.

Week CommencingEvent
22/06/2020Mrs Rudge Assembly – complete
22/06/20204 week programme of LORIC Assemblies sent by Mrs Young – complete
29/06/2020Mr Godwin SEN Presentation – attached
06/07/2020Head of House Assembly – to follow
06/07/2020Mrs Rudge Assembly 07/07/2020 – to follow

Year 10 & 12 Future Intentions

Year 10 and Year 12 students have all been assigned questionnaires on their Insight regarding their future intentions. This is to allow us to identify what support they will need next year. Students can also access these questionnaires via the links below.  

We would be grateful if they can be completed by the summer holidays.

Year 10 

https://bit.ly/2NRSRkL

Year 12

https://bit.ly/2YWjqM3

English Students of the Week

Science News

Mrs North has selected George and Joe in Year 9 for excellent understanding in Biology.

Also in Year 9 Connor and Anouska have been selected for their excellent bridging work for Animal Care.

Mr Millward has selected Ava in Year 10 for engagement and hard work.

In Year 12 Charlie and Okyanus have been selected for their commitment and progress in Biology.

Mr Melland has selected Eva and Imogen for their continued commitment to completing Science work online.

Mrs Gwynne has selected Lara in Year 10 for continued engagement in Biology.

Well done!

PE Update

Students have continued to take part in a wide range of physical activity on their own and in small groups. Keep sending in your ideas.Well done to all those who have taken part in National School SportIt was great this week to see half of our Yr12 Sport Class in school and we look forward to seeing the other half next week.


This week our Yr 10 and 12’s have been submitting assignments for their BTEC sport courses. We have also received lot of bridging work from our Yr 9 and 11 students.


Reminder BTEC Sport work for Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 is on Teams.
PE students of the week Ava Shenton and Sammy Earl

Elkes News

While looking at how different students have engaged with online learning and the lockdown this week, a huge positive has been seeing how many have managed to stay focused and keep in good habits with their working routines. Our departments have been emailing and recognising student achievements throughout, but the lockdown has meant we haven’t been able to do the more regular things like awarding credit badges, running celebration breakfasts and so on, and so I’d like to ask for your help as parents this week. 

In school we have displays and assemblies championing pupil success both in and out of the classroom, but there’s undoubtedly been so much we haven’t seen since March that you have, so if your son or daughter has really impressed you with their resilience, or gone the extra mile to help you through it all, or contributed to our community in any way that you think deserves recognition, I’d be really grateful if you could email me at parker@tahs.net so we can celebrate their achievements when we get to welcome everyone back. 

Orme News

This week in our assembly I asked you to think about what is going on in your head, in part that was asking you to recognise how successful you are even when you don’t feel that way. As always I am really impressed with the way in which our students at Thomas Alleyne’s continue to work, it is a huge credit to you how so many have continued to stay focused and retain good habits of ensuring work is completed to the very best of your abilities. Speaking of credits (seamless segue), Our departments have been emailing and recognising student achievements throughout the lockdown.

However, the current situation has meant we haven’t been able to do the more regular things like awarding credit badges, running celebration breakfasts and so on, and so I’d like to ask for your help as parents this week. In school we have various ways of celebrating pupil success both in and out of the classroom, but there’s undoubtedly been so much we haven’t seen since March that you have, so if your son or daughter has really impressed you with their resilience, or gone the extra mile to help you through it all, or contributed to our community in any way that you think deserves recognition, I’d be really grateful if you could email Mr. Parker at  parker@tahs.net  so we can celebrate their achievements when we get to welcome everyone back.

As always the Orme pastoral team is here to help you in any way we can, please do get in touch with any concerns or worries at brassington@tahs.net / moore@tahs.net 

Torrance News

This week in the RESPECT programme, students are being asked to think about sleep, how it effects their bodies and minds and whether they are in a healthy or unhealthy routine with their sleep. I know a lot of people have struggled with sleeping patterns since lockdown and so I hope that this will help students to reflect on their own and understand why it is important to keep their sleep routine healthy.

As other Heads of House have mentioned, as we reach the end of the academic year, this is the time when we would ordinarily be celebrating our students’ successes with events in school. Sadly this is something we aren’t able to do in person this year, but perhaps now more than ever, it is important that we do celebrate students’ achievements. I know that many of our students are very modest, and perhaps shy to shout from the rooftops about themselves, so we would really encourage parents and carers to email in and let us know about what your children have achieved during lockdown. Whether this be helping in the community, supporting siblings with work, keeping up with their own school work or anything else, we would love to hear from you and be able to celebrate these successes when we are all back together. Please email any information parker@tahs.net

As always, me and Mrs Collier are always here for Torrance students, should you need anything please just drop us an email on wrightl@tahs.net or collier@tahs.net

Whitmore

Ordinarily we get to hear or see the students’ successes at school. Being a PE teacher, I love spending this term in the great summer weather on the school field, watching our students competing in House Rounders and Cricket Matches and Sports Day. Even more so last year when Whitmore won most of those events and went on to win the House Trophy.

With the virtual school approach it has been fantastic to read in roundup students who have been nominated by their subject teachers  as star of the week and also the information you have told us about. If you have not read the Elkes section above, please scroll back to Mr Parker’s section and nominate your child for going the extra mile or helping in the community. We look forward to celebrating their successes when we return to school. 

If there is anything myself or Mrs Arbery can help with please send us an e-mail at jones@tahs.net or arrbery@tahs.net

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June 26th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Another week of online and face to face lessons draws to a close, however the learning and progress does not stop just because it is Friday.

We are dedicated to ensure that all our students in Year 12 and 13 are ready for their next chapter! Year 12 students always feel that the end of Year 13 is such a long way off but I can assure them that it isn’t.  At this time of year Mrs Dodd hosts her Future Intentions week and we would ordinarily have guest speakers come to the school and help advise and support. We even look at budgeting as a student!

This year it has to be different so we have turned to Unifrog for support.

I hope that you followed the instructions on how to log into Unifrog and have had time to look at all it’s great features. Last week I introduced the idea that each student in Year 12 should have started their personal statements and  should be sending it to their form tutor via their Unifrog account, we have not had many come in to us so please can I ask you to encourage your child to do this. They will have been reminded of this on Insight today.

I attended a webinar this week on how we write their tutor and subject references so I will be disseminating this to my team. We will start to write these for our students in September. A lovely thing about writing these references is that we know that we are helping universities, apprenticeship providers and employers see all your child’s strengths and attributes and hopefully get that place or job that they desire.

The point of the personal statement is for these same institutes to learn about how your child has prepared for their next step, what they have done that they are so proud of and what they may have had to overcome to get there.  There are lots of examples if you click on this link

https://t.co/NpYL59CMNA?amp=1

To enhance this further Mrs Dodd provided the following information which has also been shared via our parent news letter.

Unifrog Higher Education Week 2020

At TAHS we are proud of our Sixth Form Future Intentions programme which is designed to support our sixth form students in making the next step in their lives after they leave our Sixth Form Community. As part of this, we are pleased to share that we are partnered with Unifrog to help further support our students to make informed decisions about their future intentions. All year groups and their parent(s)/carer(s) have been given instructions about how to register their Unifrog account by Mrs Young who leads Unifrog in school.

During Higher Education week, the Sixth Form team will be guiding the current year 12 in registering with UCAS as part of the ongoing Future Intentions programme and will be sharing instructions on how to do so via INSIGHT. In the last two weeks, Mrs Bell has shared several resources via insight designed to support students in writing their personal statement. We ask that all year 12 students register on UCAS and write a personal statement as it can easily be adapted as a covering letter for an apprenticeship or employment.

To support Higher Education Week 2020 Unifrog are sharing several resources via their twitter account. The latest guide is designed to support year 12 in deciding what route to take after they leave the sixth form and can be found here:  bit.ly/315CCIw – it is definitely worth a read.

For more information please visit Unifrog: unifrog.org

If you have any questions about Unifrog, please email Mrs Young at younge@tahs.net who would be happy to help.

To add to this, I would also suggest that they follow Unifrog and UCAS on their social media accounts. These last few weeks Unifrog have been posting some great information on how it can help them.

PERSONAL STATEMENTS

All Y12 students should have begun their personal statements ready to include them on their UCAS applications or to form part of an application for an apprenticeship or job opportunity.  Students should send a draft of their personal statement to their form tutor before they include this on their UCAS application.  UCAS commend TAHS on the quality of their students’ personal statements so please make use of the expertise on offer.  2021 is liable to be a competitive year for university places so having a great personal statement is more important than ever.  Students can revisit Insight for resources or email bell@tahs.net for further support.


UNIVERSITY INFORMATION

Students in Y12 and Y13 understandably have many questions about university and how everything will work due to social distancing.  Swansea University have some useful online events such as webinars, podcasts and subject specific taster sessions which can be found at the link below.  For instance, on Mondays at 3pm there is a session on ‘Why Higher Education’ thinking about the university experience and what courses to choose along with an opportunity to question the university staff.  On Tuesdays at 3pm, there are sessions about the UCAS application process.  Wednesdays at 3pm there is personal statement advice. 

There is subject specific advice in areas such as engineering, law, medicine and management which include fun activities, blogs, wider reading and how to prepare for a course in these subjects.

https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/virtual-outreach/?utm_campaign=11634408_BILINGUAL_SCHED_UG_SRO%20VIRTUAL%20OUTREACH%20SESSIONS_INVITE_25JUN20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Swansea%20University%20Admin%20Office&dm_i=1SLH,6XD60,27C9YY,RUIRB,1

These sessions are available to parents as well as students.  If there is a particular University your child is interested in, please take a look at their websites as they may be offering similar online sessions.


SCHOLARSHIPS

If your child is thinking of applying to university, please check individual websites for scholarship opportunities.  Here is a link to Brunel’s as an example:https://www.brunel.ac.uk/scholarships

DISABLED STUDENT ALLOWANCE

If your child has a medical condition such as arthritis, epilepsy, diabetes or mental health condition, they may be able to receive a disabled student allowance at university.  Please check individual websites for information but here is an example from Brunel university:

https://www.brunel.ac.uk/life/supporting-you/disability-and-dyslexia/disabled-students-allowances

Year 8 Transition

I am so pleased by how many views we had of our transition presentation by Monday morning. 120 of you had watched it and I am so grateful for the positive feedback that has been received.

If you visit our school website and click on the Parents and carers tab you will see on the left of the screen a section that we have just for you. Please see the screen shots below.

Mrs Rudge has added an assembly which is available for you to view now.

The Pastoral Team have been working hard this week creating four assemblies for your child to participate in. They are all based on a theme and the first one is about Leadership. There are activities for them to complete which, when they have completed them, they can send their evidence to their new Form Tutor who will send them an online certificate. There are four to collect.

Along with this and to enable our form tutors to get to know your son or daughter we have also sent a document that can be completed and returned to the respective form tutor. If you have already filled on out for our Special Educational Needs Team then this is very similar, you may choose to send your one rather than completing a new one.

Email addresses of the Year 9 Form Tutors will be sent to you next week.

As stated last week in our section we have now completed our class settings, we have our wonderful administration team in at the end of next week who will process all these letters for you.

Your Middle School will have shared, via their website, information on how you can purchase aspects of our school uniform via our suppliers ‘pop up shops’, please ensure that you follow all guidelines that Schools in have stated. There is also an option for you to purchase online if needed.

We are closely following government guidance and it is clear that our uniform policy will need an amendment for September. When students arrive at TAHS they will not need to be wearing their blazer.  If they need to wear a jumper over their shirt then it must be a plain black jumper, no logo’s please – this is not permitted, and V-neck.  When government guidance changes we will provide you with four weeks notice before blazers once again become a mandatory part of our school uniform, this will hopefully provide time for you to purchase one if needed.

Week CommencingEvent
22/06/2020Mrs Rudge Assembly
22/06/20204 week programme of LORIC Assemblies sent by Mrs Young
29/06/2020Mr Godwin SEN Presentation
06/07/2020Head of House Assembly
06/07/2020Two day timetable of lessons
06/07/2020Mrs Rudge Assembly 07/07/2020

Over the last five weeks you have met every member of the team, I hope their faces were familiar when you watched the presentation.

We are currently looking at hosting a Summer School for our Year 8 students so please keep a look out for information on this.  This will be different to what we have done in previous years, this will be open to all students who are transitioning to Alleyne’s, it will meet with all government guidance and will allow your child to experience TAHS before they start their Year 9 journey.

If you haven’t already completed our Google form linked to our Summer School then please click on this link.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScC1jEGOT1_grkUSakvVRWl5A_vzHSMxjlAkW1yWBH1dJApUg/viewform?usp=sf_link

There is no doubt that this year’s transition will different but we are working to ensure that we meet the needs of all students. We will keep you informed of activities and events, let you know when we will be sending communication and endeavour for your child to know who their Head of House, Student Support Assistant and in time who their Form Tutor will be. At this time, we cannot guarantee that your child will meet their pastoral support team in person before the end of this academic year, but we will ensure that they will have the opportunity to put a face to a name and listen to their team and how we can support them.  

We are working collaboratively with your Middle School to ensure that we know as much about your son or daughter as possible, that we answer all the queries that come to us and that we help to make all the Year 8 students feel part of the Thomas Alleyne’s community.  

If you have a query about the transition process at Alleyne’s then please contact me on younge@tahs.net

Live Lessons Update

Microsoft have updated the way the live lessons work in Teams and this means that from no on no student will be able to join a live feed unless the teacher has started the lesson. This is an essential update that further strengthens the safeguarding and controls within the lessons and is greatly welcomed.

If a student attempts to join a lesson that has not yet been started by the teacher they will see the following screen and will have to try again in a minute or so.

English Students of the Week


Well done to Year 10! There are so many names, I’ve had to make the box bigger to fit you all in. Keep up the good work. 

We are receiving some fantastic bridging work from Year 11s- it’s wonderful to see you so engaged with your new courses. What a brilliant start! 

Science News

Sylvia in Year 9 has been selected by Mrs Pavey for producing an excellent poster on non-renewable energy. Mrs Pavey would like to share the poster with the wider school community.

Cole and Philippa in Year 10 have both been selected by Mrs Gwynne for continuing with their high standard of work.

Tyler in Year 10 has been selected by Miss Thorley for maintaining enthusiasm and motivation in her online work.

Matthew, Grace, Katie and Aaron in Year 12 have been selected by Mrs Gwynne for a very good first attempt at an essay.

Well done!

PE Update


Students have continued to take part in a wide range of physical activity on their own and in small groups. Keep sending in your ideas.Well done to all those who have taken part in National School Sport Week.It was great this week to see half of our Yr12 Sport Class in school and we look forward to seeing the other half next week.


This week our Yr 10 and 12’s have been submitting assignments for their BTEC sport courses. We have also received lot of bridging work from our Yr 9 and 11 students.


Reminder BTEC Sport work for Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 is on Teams.

Elkes News

As last time, I was lucky enough to be back in school for four days this week, spending time with my 10U3 English class. We discussed how they’re feeling about school work, talked around some questions they have about how their year 11 might look and they shared their own stories of how they’ve been coping during the lockdown (special mention to Toby for being part of a house move and renovation in the middle of all this!). To see so many of them together again was absolutely fantastic, and as 10H3a did last week, they took all the changes in their stride with maturity and consideration of others, and I’m so glad I was able to enjoy their company again. Also, noting how much some of us have changed in the last three months, I’m putting on record that I’m confident Charlie and Liam will be taller than me by the time we reach the end of year 11.

Orme News

In the assembly this week I asked you to think about how helping others, as this not only feels good but also does us good. Helping others promotes a sense of meaning and purpose that can affect the brain and reduce feelings of low mood and anxiety.  Neuroscientists (smart folk) have also found evidence from MRI scans that suggest a link between generosity and activity in the same (mesolimbic if you are curious) region of the brain that responds to a cash reward.  So, giving really is better than receiving, it makes you happier and healthier, it’s official as science has told us so.

I would love to hear more from Orme students about how you help each other and the community we are part of.

As always I and Mrs Moore are here to help so we can get the mesolimbic area of our brains firing, please get in touch at brassington@tahs.net or moore@tahs.net and let us know how we can support you.

Torrance News

I’ve been so pleased to hear so many wonderful things about our students attending both keyworker school and their in school sessions for students in Years 10 and 12. I know that school probably feels very different right now, but I’m so pleased to hear how well you have all adapted and are working to get the most out of being in school.

We’ve been continuing to work on the topic of health in RESPECT and again I’ve been really pleased to receive work back from students outlining their routines, seeing them reflect on what is helpful and unhelpful within their daily routines and reflect on how they can improve them. This week I’m asking students to think about Rest and Recovery and how this can help improve mental health, hopefully you will find it useful.

As always, me and Mrs Collier are always at the end of an email if you need us: wrightl@tahs.net or collier@tahs.net

Whitmore

This week I was taken out of my comfort zone by delivering my first live lesson. Those of you who have been taught by me will know that I am a bit of a technophobe. 

I was nervous about the live lesson, it was in the back of my mind all week but I can relate to the picture below which I took from the YESS facebook page. I was anxious about setting up the lesson but I was capable as I could follow the online video help Mr Pollit had provided. It did feel awkward talking to the computer screen and not hearing voices or seeing facial expressions but I did feel braver towards the end of the lesson. The next lesson will not be as daunting and the confidence will keep growing. 

Keep communicating with the Whitmore team jones@tahs.net and arbery@tahs.net

Drama

Year 9 are studying Macbeth in Drama and have created some performance poetry based on the themes in the play. They were tasked with creating writing that would work effectively as performance. 

These poems are by Joseph Hall in year 9, who is our Drama Star of the Week.

Peering down on my country below, I take in the vast area which I own

Obedient followers surround me, asking what they should do next, what I want now.

Waving them away with a flick of my gold- encrusted hand, I give them another job. Leaving me and my Kingdom together in perfect peace.

Everyone bows for me as I look down on them checking they are obeying me, their Highness.

Ruling can be very tiring sometimes, especially when you have to sit in your luxurious, plush throne all day watching your slaves work away.

A Haiku on Guilt

It turns my mind numb

Makes me think ‘what happens next?’

Regret fills me full.

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June 19th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This week we have so many familiar faces returning for face to face sessions. Mrs Dodd and I have been able to chat with so many as we welcomed them through the school gates and into their classrooms. We know that all the strategies we have put in place is helping to reassure those that may have entered the school with anxieties!  Having that two and half hours in front of their class teacher is so valuable as we have not seen any of them, other than on live lessons, since 20th March. 

In order to further support them further we are encouraging all Year12 students to log into Unifrog and start working towards completing their competencies and lastly they will need to have started writing their personal statements.  All of support needed is on the Unifrog platform which they all have access to!

Full details are in this document:

Mrs Walton has sent a message and link to all Yr 12 students via Insight regarding nominations for Senior Prefects 2020/2021.

‘Please put forward your nominations of upto four students from current Yr 12, who in your opinion would be most suitable for the following positions of responsibility.

The Senior Prefect role includes representing the school and the Sixth Form at certain functions, supervising and monitoring prefects on duty, coordinating leavers/day/Hoodies/Book, organising fundraising activities, being or organising guides for visitors to the school, representing the school during open evenings, liaising with the Head and Deputy Heads of Sixth Form amongst other leadership roles.  

You cannot nominate yourself!

The deadline for Yr 12 students to submit their responses is Wednesday 24th June.’

All students who are successful will be part of our Student Leadership Team and will be required to fulfil specific duties throughout Year 13.

Derby University Information

https://www.derby.ac.uk/open-days/

Year 8 Transition

I hope that you have all had time to watch our Transition presentation this week. If you haven’t then I have added the link for you to click on.

It is 28 minutes long, if you would like to skip through the Heads of House until you see yours then that is fine.

As well as the presentation we have been working on the teaching sets over the last few weeks. We hope to get these letters out to you by the end of the next two weeks.

Next week I will be sending an assembly to the Middle School so that they can forward it on to you, this will allow your child to be able to participate in some PSHCE activities.

Please visit your Middle School Website for further information on how you can purchase your child’s school uniform. 

Week CommencingEvent
14/06/2020Pastoral Transition Presentation
22/06/2020Mrs Rudge Assembly
22/06/20204 week programme of LORIC Assemblies sent by Mrs Young
29/06/2020Mr Godwin SEN Presentation
06/07/2020Head of House Assembly
06/07/2020Two day timetable of lessons
06/07/2020Mrs Rudge Assembly 07/07/2020

To complete our introductions we have Miss Jones and Miss Arbery.

Miss Jones is our Head of House for Whitmore and Miss Arbery is our Student Support Assistant for Whitmore.

Hello, I’m Miss Jones and I am Head of Whitmore House. I teach Physical Education and have worked at Thomas Alleyne’s since 2004. In Whitmore we have an experienced team of form tutors working with myself and Miss Arbery. The pastoral team will be working closely to ensure that both you and your parents have lots of support during transition and all your way through school life. I am looking forward to meeting you all

Hi, I am Miss Arbery and I am the student support assistant for Whitmore House. I started at Thomas Alleyne’s in September 2019 and during my first year I have been made to feel very much a part of the TAHS community and I hope that you will feel a part of it too. 

As part of the pastoral team my job is to make sure you enjoy your time at TAHS and provide support when you need it. Most of the time you will find me in the Whitmore office working alongside Miss Jones. The Whitmore office door is always open, if you need a chat, 5 mins to yourself or have any issues. Parents/carer’s I am also at the end of the phone or an email if you need anything. 

Have a lovely summer and I very much look forward to meeting you all soon as you begin your journey at Thomas Alleyne’s. 

There is no doubt that this year’s transition will different but we are working to ensure that we meet the needs of all students. We will keep you informed of activities and events, let you know when we will be sending communication and endeavour for your child to know who their Head of House, Student Support Assistant and in time who their Form Tutor will be. At this time, we cannot guarantee that your child will meet their pastoral support team in person before the end of this academic year, but we will ensure that they will have the opportunity to put a face to a name and listen to their team and how we can support them.  

We are working collaboratively with your Middle School to ensure that we know as much about your son or daughter as possible, that we answer all the queries that come to us and that we help to make all the Year 8 students feel part of the Thomas Alleyne’s community.  

If you have a query about the transition process at Alleyne’s then please contact me on younge@tahs.net

Learning at Home

Home support page on the school website 
Located at  www.thomasalleynes.uk   click on   “Teaching & Learning ”   Top menu,  then click on “Home Learning” left side menu
quick link.     

 http://www.thomasalleynes.uk/page/?title=HOME+LEARNING&pid=209

Additionally, you can contact our IT support team directly by sending an email     to     schoolitsupport@tahs.net    requests for username information and password resets can be sent to this email address or other IT questions.

English Students of the Week

We were absolutely delighted to welcome Year Ten back to English lessons this week. You worked really well and it was lovely to see you so enthusiastic about returning. We look forward to seeing the rest of you over the coming weeks. 

Science News

This week’s Science and Animal Care Students of the Week have been selected by Mrs North.

Year 9 Science

Hannah, Eloise and Finlay have been chosen for excellent commitment to their Biology studies.

Year 10 Animal Care

James and Luke have been chosen for fantastic coursework on Animal Accommodation.

Year 11 Science

Evie, Caitlyn, and Kerys have been chosen for their excellent bridging work in preparation for the Forensic Science course.

Well done!

Elkes News

It’s been a busy week for our year 10 students and staff getting back into school. Teaching English, I feel lucky to have been able to spend time with one of my year 10 groups, as well as seeing so many other students coming in for their face-to-face sessions, and am not mentioning exclusively Elkes pupils, as everyone I’ve seen has taken to the changes really well and deserves recognition for their approach. It’s been a lot for them to take in, with site changes, social distancing, hand sanitising posts, one-way systems and so on, but everyone I’ve worked with has taken to the differences with maturity and resilience, and the sense of enjoyment of spending time with their classmates was clear. We reflected on how each of us has been getting on since March, and talked about how best to manage our work and wellbeing both in school and remotely from now on. No doubt the year 9s will follow in their footsteps when we’re allowed, but I’m already looking forward to seeing 10U3 next week!

Mr Parker

Orme News

This week I have been reflecting on the fact that whilst many of our students are starting to find a little more normality with their return or impending return to school and lessons, many are still experiencing much of their teaching, socialization or just life in general through a virtual format. I can understand how frustrating it must feel to have to continue working in this way and that motivation can be difficult to maintain when it seems like the most impressive achievement of the week was removing the “are you still watching” alert from Netflix, (which pops up rather judgmentally  asking if  you’re still plonked on your couch like a koala after a particularly heavy meal) or maybe just making sure you aren’t caught wearing the same clothes for three zoom/teams meetings in a row. I do however think it’s important sometimes to pause and recognize how much you have all achieved in this time. To adapt to a very new way of education in such a short space of time and produce the consistency of work I have seen is very impressive.

To those students still waiting to return, or frustrated at the not yet having a clear idea of return, think back over what you have already accomplished and what enabled you to achieve so much, staying connected and keeping structure in my day have certainly been the only way I could have managed to keep focused and productive during this time.  As we continue to develop resources, ways of working and connecting as a school community I would ask that you all have some patience with yourself, it may seem strange to ask this but whilst we are able to be patient with the situation around us it is easy to forget that we should be giving that time and allowance to find our feet in this way of working.

I want to finish by mentioning a few students from Orme who have consistently shown this patience and resolve to their work over the last few weeks; Joseph, Ella, Thomas, Lara, Milly, Eloise and Benjamin. I could fill this page with names of students that have impressed me with their resolve and commitment to continuing to progress and work.  Well done to all of you in Orme house for staying patient and keeping connected.

Torrance News

Both last week and this week in the RESPECT programme, we have been focusing on Healthy Routines. I know, from speaking to many parents and students themselves, that routine is something that many of us have struggled with over the last few months. Whether your alarm clock has ended up being set for slightly later each day, or PE with Joe that you started off with so well is now just a different memory, I think there are many people who would agree that keeping in a good routine during lockdown has not been an easy task. I hope that as you reflect on your own routines through the RESPECT work over these two weeks, that you find it useful to help you formulate a plan for getting back into a better routine if you need it. Remember to set yourself achievable goals, be proud of yourself if you achieve them, but resolve to try again tomorrow if one day doesn’t work out as you planned.

As always, me and Mrs Collier are really proud of our students and are enjoying hearing from you. We are only at the end of an email if you need us: wrightl@tahs.net and collier@tahs.net

Whitmore

This week I have enjoyed the routine of working in the key worker school Monday to Wednesday and remotely on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday I attended a virtual meeting with the Burton and Uttoxeter Schools Mental Health Support Team. They spoke a lot about anxiety for both staff and students as we return slowly to a new normal. My favourite graphic from the presentation is below.  

If you need any support please email jones@tahs.net and arbery@tahs.net

Mental Health

Burton and Uttoxeter Mental Health Support Team in Schools have launched social media pages on facebook and twitter

https://www.facebook.com/BurtonUttoxMHST/?ref=py_c

https://twitter.com/burtonuttoxmhst?lang=en

The team are still open and taking on new referrals! The team are all working remotely and we are carrying out sessions over video and phone. We work with children and young people to deliver low intensity therapy sessions based on CBT.  If you feel that your child would benefit from this service, please get in touch with your Head of House.

PE Department

Students have continued to do a range of physical activities including a range of challenges we have set on insight.

With the slight relaxing of lockdown it has been great to hear of students engaging in socially distanced football with each other and cricket bubbles starting up.

Reminder BTEC work and resources for Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 are on Microsoft Teams. Well done to Year 11 and 9 students who are completing bridging work for their courses in preparation for September. We have also received some excellent coursework pieces from Year 10 and 12.
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From Saturday National School Sport Week begins virtually! Students have been sent information on insight.

National School Sport Week at Home: Thomas Alleyne’s High School backs campaign to ensure no child misses out

Thomas Alleyne’s High School is preparing to join the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports to help young people and families up and down the country engage in a week of virtual sporting challenges.

With young people set to miss out on a school sport day this summer, the Youth Sport Trust’s annual National School Sport Week campaign is this year being opened up to parents and families and reinvented as National School Sport Week at Home.

Taking place from 20 to 26 June 2020, the UK-wide campaign will give families, communities, schools and sports clubs the chance to capture the enjoyment, competition and camaraderie they have been missing out on during weeks of school closures and social distancing.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School will be taking part in the week by sending out information on how you can take part and challenge yourself at home!

Miss Arrowsmith said:

In previous years National School Sport Week has seen thousands of schools join in a week-long celebration of school sport and Physical Education, and their important role enhancing young people’s wellbeing.

This year, Sky Sports has teamed up with the Youth Sport Trust to supercharge the campaign, helping to inspire families across the country to take part. This builds on a long-term relationship between the broadcaster and charity.

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said:

“The Youth Sport Trust is thrilled to see supporters like Thomas Alleyne’s High School backing National School Sport Week at Home to ensure no child misses out on their school sports day this summer.

“Right now, young people are missing their friends and missing the sense of connection they get through sport. Sport has such a crucial role to play in promoting young people’s wellbeing and this has never been more apparent than it is now. After weeks of isolation we hope that YST National School Sport Week at Home 2020 can help bring families, communities, schools and sports clubs back together.”

Anyone can register to take part and will receive videos and activity cards to help them plan a series of challenges across the week for their families, neighbours, friends or colleagues.

Year 9 Into Business – The Apprentice Challenge

We would like to say a massive well done the year 9 students who have started the bridging activities for GCSE business.

They were asked to research their target market and design a brand of ready meals. The quality of the work so far has been exceptional. We would like to say well done to all of you who have submitted and here are some examples of their work!

Florence W, Luke N, Bertie I , Grace I, Katie B, Sylvia S, Luke C, Jed F, Joseph H, Harry B, Lucy O, Finlay T, Georgie F, Holly A and Amelia C

We look forward to seeing more of you submitting your fantastic ideas!

Well done!

New Life Outdoors

Our six new pigs on the farm, out for the first time and are loving it.

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June 12th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Mrs Walton and Mrs Dodd have been working very hard ensuring that all students in year 12 are able to have face to face sessions with their subject specialists. You should have received information from School Comms stating when your son or daughter’s sessions are, what rooms they will be in, what zone that is in and where they are to wait to be given access to these rooms.  Please can I reiterate how important it is that each student has watched the video that has been placed on the school website that shows what the school will look like from next week and our expectations.

It is also necessary for me to remind you that each student coming on to the school site brings with them their own pen, paper, water and food. Students will not be able to buy any food or drink from school. 

For Year 11 students who have accepted a place in the Sixth Form and current year 12 (soon to be year 13 students)

We have received information about the Mock Trial Competition and would ideally like to put a TAHS team together for a 2021 entry. To do this we will need to register names by the 8th of July 2020. In order to participate we will need to have a team of 15 students who will undertake training in school and then possibly complete against other schools.

Whilst this new and exciting opportunity is available to the whole Sixth from 2020 onwards it is imperative that those who volunteer to participate are willing to dedicate some time to this. If we get more than 15 volunteers then we may need to prioritise those who have career aspirations or a genuine interest in this field.

What is it?

The Bar Mock Trial Competition helps young people understand how the law touches every aspect of their lives, gaining an insight into how the legal justice system works.

Schools will be given access to resources, including specially written criminal cases, to help teams prepare legal arguments. After preparation, your team will take part in a regional heat and go head-to-head with other schools to prosecute and defend the cases. Winning teams will then compete in a National Final.

The Bar Mock Trial Competition helps young people understand how the law touches every aspect of their lives. By taking part in the competition, young people can improve their life skills – such as critical thinking and public speaking – whilst also gaining an insight into how the legal justice system works. Through enabling students to interact with legal professionals, the competition helps develop employability skills and boosts social mobility.

The competition involves students taking on the main roles found in a criminal trial – such as prosecutor, defendant and witness– with the cases specially written by legal experts. They compete against opposing teams from other schools, in real courthouses, with the support of judges and practising barristers. The competition is the largest and longest running of its kind, involving hundreds of schools and thousands of students each year

How will students benefit?

For most students it is their first experience of the law. Students who take part are encouraged to think criticallybuild arguments and boost their confidence. Through enabling students to interact with legal professionals, the competition helps develop employability skills. The experience will help students develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society.

How do I register my interest?

Simply email stating you name and a line to explain why you are interested.

Any questions – please ask 

Mrs Dodd Dodd@tahs.net

I do recommend that all students start using Unifrog in preparation for next year.  It is a great tool that we have purchased for our students. All Year 12 will need to have written a personal statement in order to apply for universities through UCAS, if students are thinking about apprenticeships or employment then they will also need to apply often providing a covering letter.  Unifrog has tools on their platform that guide each student through this process. They also have a wide range of information that is useful for all student to get ahead.  Unifrog is also now on Instagram and often post about updates and useful areas that they have updated.

If you have any questions that you think we can help with then please contact us on the following email. sixthform@tahs.org.uk

6th Form Personal Statements

For extra support and advice on your personal statements, in addition to the resources put onto Insight by Mrs Bell, please see this link to Brunel University’s personal statement writing section:  

https://www.brunel.ac.uk/study/how-to-write-a-personal-statement

Statements should be no longer than 4000 characters (which is UCAS’s limit).  You have a window of around September – December, depending on whether or not you are applying for competitive courses, so have time to start drafting and sending these to your form tutors to check.Any queries, please email Mrs Bell – bell@tahs.net.

Wolverhampton University BURTON Campus Virtual Open Day

Year 8 Transition

As we move into the last few weeks of this term and the academic year, we know that your child will not be able to visit TAHS as part of their transition process.  To support this I have put together a schedule of events for you and your child to provide you with an array of information and activities to look forward to.

All of the communication has been created so that we can provide as much information and offer the best virtual transition that we can. I will be emailing all Middle Schools weekly and this will then be sent to you.

In the past weeks you will have been sent a letter stating which House and Form your child is in. I am just finishing a presentation which incorporates videos of all the pastoral staff and some current students which will be shared with you. To further support the pastoral work an assembly will be distributed to Year 8 students and there will be some activities which they may choose to participate with. When we have finalised the form tutors we will be communicating this and will encourage all feedback from the assemblies and the ‘introduce yourself’ worksheet to be sent to their new form tutor.  Additionally Mrs Rudge will be communicating with the Year 8 students via two assemblies.

In order for all our new students to become familiar with their Heads of House we will be sending a presentation from them which we recommend you watch and possibly look again at the pastoral presentation that you will have already received. 

Lastly, Mr Godwin has sent a ‘Who am I?’ worksheet to all students that require educational support and he will also be sending a presentation to provide further information on his team of Teaching Assistants and his Assistant Senco, Mrs Oliver.

To clarify:

Week CommencingEvent
14/06/2020Pastoral Transition Presentation
22/06/2020Mrs Rudge Assembly
22/06/20204 week programme of LORIC Assemblies sent by Mrs Young
29/06/2020Mr Godwin SEN Presentation
06/07/2020Head of House Assembly
06/07/2020Two day timetable of lessons
06/07/2020Mrs Rudge Assembly 07/07/2020

This week I would like to introduce Miss Keeling, Torrance Head of House and Mrs Collier who is the Student Support Assistant.

Hi I am Miss Keeling, and like you, will be starting Thomas Alleyne’s High School in September. I am very excited to start my new role and to get to know all of you and the Torrance Form Tutors!  As well as being Torrance Head of House I am also a teacher of science and hopefully will be teaching some of you.  I am know that I am going to enjoy celebrating your successes and working closely with Mrs Collier supporting all of your needs. 

My name is Mrs Collier, I am the Student Support Assistant attached to Torrance House, Go Blue!

I am very excited at the prospect of meeting you all when you start your amazing journey at TAHS.  This September with be the start of my fifth year working with the amazing pastoral team.  My job role is to offer support and help to students at TAHS and also to be the first port of call for your Parents /Carers if they need to speak with the school regarding a pastoral issue. 

You will see me all around the site helping with any issues that may arise during the school day my office door is always open to students to discuss any worries, concerns or indeed my favourite part of my job celebrating successes. 

Please don’t hesitate to seek me out if you need any support.

See you in September

Final thought:

Once again I feel the need to reiterate the following message.

‘There is no doubt that this year’s transition will different but we are working to ensure that we meet the needs of all students. We will keep you informed of activities and events, let you know when we will be sending communication and endeavour for your child to know who their Head of House, Student Support Assistant and in time who their Form Tutor will be. At this time, we cannot guarantee that your child will meet their pastoral support team in person before the end of this academic year, but we will ensure that they will have the opportunity to put a face to a name and listen to their team and how we can support them.  

We are working collaboratively with your Middle School to ensure that we know as much about your son or daughter as possible, that we answer all the queries that come to us and that we help to make all the Year 8 students feel part of the Thomas Alleyne’s community.’ 

If you have a query about the transition process at Alleyne’s then please contact me on younge@tahs.net

Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the number chain problem. Here is the solution…

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Please email your answers with workings / pictures to ibbs@tahs.net.  The correct solution will be put in round-up next week.  

Online Learning

Staff have been working hard on supporting your learning remotely since the school shut to the majority of pupils. As we move to the next stage of delivery and the leading of live lessons via Microsoft Teams it is essential that you are ‘up to speed’ with accessing and using the platform. Staff have been in training this week on delivery and you should start to see live sessions being planned into your week.

The linked document here has been put together to help you through the process – I am sure that for all of you this will become as second nature as accessing you favourite game or Netflix!

https://tahs-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/cartwright_tahs_net/EVFj95espcBLhAMzCDEFd98BA6S-tNKTZGQruSI1tOiZyA?e=pBUkbS

English Students of the Week

Science News

Mrs Maingay has selected Jason in Year 9 for his dedication to using GCSE Pod to support online learning.

Miss Thorley has selected Duncan and Daisy in Year 10 for not missing one piece of online work and always completing it to their usual high standard.

Mr Mitchell has selected Ollie in Year 10 for great work with online learning, good resilience and completion.

Ms Macdonald has selected Charlie and Katie for dedication to advanced chemistry online learning using Seneca Learning, Teams and exam papers.

Well done!

Elkes News

Another week, another few steps closer to getting back into school! Again, we’ve had some great training from Mr Cartwright on how we can get better at communicating and creating online sessions to meet and work with our groups, and while it feels good to get our live lessons happening, I’m also really looking forward to seeing my year 10 groups in school in the next two weeks. I know some of them have been taking to the remote learning like ducks to water, while others have found it more challenging, so getting some face to face time in school will definitely help us get things moving in the right direction. The way that students like Gabby, Joely, Selina and Corvo have been working in school, while others like Holly I (former Elkes!) have been contributing to the wider community outside of school, have made Miss Attwood and I really proud to work with such tremendous students. I hope you’re all safe and well, look forward to our small steps towards normality, and as always, hope to hear from you about how you’re getting on – parker@tahs.net

Mr Parker

Orme News

Much like Mr Parker mentioned in his message last week the current situation challenges us with new experiences and new skills to learn.  The first-rate training from Mr Pollitt and Mr Cartwright continues as they teach Luddites such as myself how to use Microsoft Teams to communicate with our classes and teach lessons in different ways, please ensure you take a look at the tutorial

(https://tahs-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/cartwright_tahs_net/EVFj95espcBLhAMzCDEFd98BA6S-tNKTZGQruSI1tOiZyA?e=HKHzJK)

to help you start navigating this platform as your teachers start to use it for more interactive lessons.

This left me reflecting on why I sometimes I avoid trying new things and why I feel so good when I do try them.  Dr. Kathryn Papp, neuropsychologist and instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School (very clever person) explains “Until the mid-1990s, we thought that people were born with however many brain cells they would die with. We now know that the growth of new cells—a process called neurogenesis—occurs throughout life, even in older age,”. And it appears one key way for this to happen is through mental stimulation, challenge, having a go at that new thing we didn’t know we could do can make your brain bigger (not physically bigger, it won’t spill out of your ears or anything, just more storage space, like an external hard drive on your Playstation. With that in mind I thought I share my all-time top 3 benefits of trying something new.

  1. Trying something new opens the possibility for you to enjoy something new. I have seen careers carved out by people after dipping their toes into the small pond of challenge, suddenly discovering a talent and interest for something they had no idea would capture their imagination.
  2. Trying something new keeps you from becoming bored. I am one of the most routine-loving people I know, yet outside of work I become bored if I’m not frequently challenged by new experiences. And it is not challenges I’m eager to take on (finding new toastie recipes) that result in the most growth and feeling of achievement—it’s the ones I don’t want to do at all (putting down the bread and going for a run).
  3. Trying something new forces you to grow. We don’t ever grow and learn from the same challenges we’ve always faced (the growth from a repeated challenge has already occurred). Growth seems to require we take new action first, whether it’s adopting a new attitude or a new way of thinking, or literally taking new action.

Thrusting yourself into new situations often forces beneficial change. Constant self-challenge keeps you humble and open to new ideas that very well may be better than the ones you currently hold dear (this happens to me all the time). So think about the challenges you face, could you approach them in a different way to create that growth, of thought, spirit and new brain cells!

I look forward to hearing how Orme students are facing and responding to the challenges you face each day; you are an inspiration to me and force me to face my own challenges.

Special mention to Ella this week for her service to the Orme team, an example of how doing something in a new way can create fantastic results.

Torrance News

I was so pleased to hear from so many students following the RESPECT programme activity set last week to think about what you are doing to ‘Recharge’. There were some fabulous suggestions of practicing musical instruments, reading, taking a nap, watching Netflix, doing an online yoga class and many more. I think by far the most popular activity though was going for a walk. This really resonated with me, as it’s one thing I’ve also been doing to try and recharge a bit over lockdown. I think like many people, I had a list of lots of things I wanted to achieve or change during these past few months. Sadly many of those new skills I wanted to acquire remain untouched and the rooms I wanted to decorate are still not painted, but I’m proud of myself for getting out for a walk (pretty much!) every day. I hope that you are also proud of whatever you have achieved during lockdown, no matter how big or small an achievement.

As I have now told students in Torrance House, it feels only right that I let the wider school community know that I will be leaving Thomas Alleyne’s at the end of this academic year. I will be so sorry to leave you all and have thoroughly enjoyed working with and getting to know you all. I am sure you will get to know more about the new Head of Torrance as Transition activities for Year 8 students continue.

As always, myself and Mrs Collier are only at the end of an email if you need us and we hope you are staying safe and well. Our email addresses are: wrightl@tahs.net and collier@tahs.net

Whitmore

This week has been a busy and exciting week. Today I have completed the staff training led by Mrs Rudge ahead of the school reopening on Monday. The one way system around the school will not only aid us to stay safe but to also keep our step count high. I have spoken to many Year 10’s during the week and I have been pleased to hear how you have been progressing with your online learning. Also, that many of you are able to come into school for your timetable sessions. The ICT skills are slowly progressing with the virtual training, which is really good. 

Please stay in touch, we are only an e-mail or phone call away – jones@tahs.netarbery@tahs.net

Students of the week 

Owen has started reading the Harry Potter books for the first time and is currently on the fifth book.  Becca has been helping her Grandma in the garden and is completing a sponsored gaming event to raise money for the British Red Cross and Tess has been going on a daily bike ride.

PE Department

Fundraising for the NHS

Zoe is completing sporting challenges in June to raise money for the NHS. She is aiming to travel 100km on foot over the course of the June. This is from the ladies section of Checkley Cricket Club #walkonthewagside. Zoe also completed a mile run through her village in her full cricket kit for #smashthetash. Great job Zoe!

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Reminder BTEC work and resources for Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 are on Microsoft Teams. Well done to Year 11 and 9 students who are completing bridging work for their courses in preparation for September.
While you have a little more time available why not get a qualification to benefit you in the long run – see the links below for free Football and Cricket Courses available online.

http://www.thefa.com/learning/courses/fa-playmaker
https://www.ecb.co.uk/be-involved/officials/find-a-course/scorers-count
https://booking.ecb.co.uk/c/express/911c7453-1d2a-45d1-9ab3-6ccd86e666b8
https://booking.ecb.co.uk/c/express/f34d46f4-afe5-4459-94d7-4ab66ab0235c

See attached some at home challenges for the whole family.

National School Sport Week at Home: Thomas Alleyne’s High School backs campaign to ensure no child misses out

Thomas Alleyne’s High School is preparing to join the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports to help young people and families up and down the country engage in a week of virtual sporting challenges.

With young people set to miss out on a school sport day this summer, the Youth Sport Trust’s annual National School Sport Week campaign is this year being opened up to parents and families and reinvented as National School Sport Week at Home.

Taking place from 20 to 26 June 2020, the UK-wide campaign will give families, communities, schools and sports clubs the chance to capture the enjoyment, competition and camaraderie they have been missing out on during weeks of school closures and social distancing.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School will be taking part in the week by sending out information on how you can take part and challenge yourself at home!

Miss Arrowsmith said:

In previous years National School Sport Week has seen thousands of schools join in a week-long celebration of school sport and Physical Education, and their important role enhancing young people’s wellbeing.

This year, Sky Sports has teamed up with the Youth Sport Trust to supercharge the campaign, helping to inspire families across the country to take part. This builds on a long-term relationship between the broadcaster and charity.

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said:

“The Youth Sport Trust is thrilled to see supporters like Thomas Alleyne’s High School backing National School Sport Week at Home to ensure no child misses out on their school sports day this summer.

“Right now, young people are missing their friends and missing the sense of connection they get through sport. Sport has such a crucial role to play in promoting young people’s well being and this has never been more apparent than it is now. After weeks of isolation we hope that YST National School Sport Week at Home 2020 can help bring families, communities, schools and sports clubs back together.”

Anyone can register to take part and will receive videos and activity cards to help them plan a series of challenges across the week for their families, neighbours, friends or colleagues.

Statutory RSE Policy

You may or may not be aware that from September 2020, all schools are required to teach Relationships and Sex Education, as set out in the Department for Education guidance ‘Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education’.

Schools are required to consult with parents when developing and reviewing their policies for Relationships Education and RSE, which will inform schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered. Please find a link to the proposed policy attached, along with a letter explaining the changes. The two documents are under the title Relationships and Sex Education Policy on the linked page. If you have any concerns or queries about this policy or content of the lessons please contact Miss Wright, RESPECT programme lead, on wrightl@tahs.net by Friday 19th June.

Drama

Star Performers: Tyler Benton and Lily Williams in year 10 for excellent effort with their remote learning.


Free theatre streaming available this week on Youtube:https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/nt-at-home-the-madness-of-george-iiiThe National Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse production of The Madness of King George III starring Mark Gatiss BBFC

Age Rating 12A

History

Year 10 have been learning to answer new style exam questions. Learning how to do this outside of the classroom isn’t easy but many pupils have had a go and produced answers which they can be proud of and are at their target grades. Well done and keep going!

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

June 5th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

I hope all our wonderful Year 12 and 13 students have had a restful break over half term!  It may have been needed if you or they have felt anxious about our current working situation.

We now are working on plans for our Year 12 students to have an opportunity to have face to face teaching sessions with their subject specialist.  Mrs Rudge will be communicating this to you and your child over the next week.  If you have any queries once you have received this letter then please contact us. 

We hope that you have had the opportunity to view the video that Mrs Rudge has sent out to show you how the school currently looks and what the Year 12’s are likely to see upon attending school for their session.  Again if you have any questions regarding the video then please contact us.

We are aware that there are a few anxieties from our Year 13 students about what will happen with their university place, we encourage them to contact their university in the first instance and if they still have questions then we will see if we can find an answer.

I would like to encourage all parents and students to respond to our communication, we have a duty of care for our students and while we are not at school we still need to know how they are.  The Year 13 students are still on our responsibility so we will continue to contact until July.

If you have any questions that you think we can help with then please contact us on the following email. sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Mental Health Awareness For Men

https://www.thecalmzone.net/  Please visit the calm zone for support with mental health if you wish.

Brunel University

I thought you might like to know a little bit more about what it’s like to be a psychology student at Brunel. I’ve asked a few of my fellow students about their experience here, so I’d like to pass on some of their comments to you.

Let me start by telling you how varied the course is. You’ll grow your understanding about people, the mind and behaviour relevant to every workplace setting.

Juwairiya aims to become a clinical psychologist. “There is a wide range of optional modules to choose from in the final year of the degree, so that the course is more personal to individual interests.”

Another exciting part of the course, if you choose the sandwich option, is the flexibility of placements. Many of us choose to do the four-year think sandwich course which offers two six-month placements or you can carry out a one year single placement. Like me, Mariam Adeniji opted to do two six-month placements. “For my first placement I went to the International School of London to work with students who have learning disabilities. The second placement was at a victim support group. The fact that these placements were so different allowed me to get a range of experience and gave me clearer understanding as to what type of work I enjoy the most within the field of psychology.”

Brunel students have shared even more about their experiences here on our profile page. Why not take a look to find out what it’s really like at Brunel from the students who are already here.

Amazing Apprenticeships Website

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/

Year 8 Transition

By now all Year 8 students who have selected to come to Thomas Alleyne’s High School will have had their House and Form Group letter, If you have not received yours then please contact us.

The Transition Team are working hard to provide you with an array of information in a variety of styles over the next few weeks to enable you to feel confident about your move to us.  We do not know what September will be like as we must rely on government guidance to allow us to plan but we do know that you will receive a power point where you will see each member of the team. We want all students to be able to have a feel for the school site so I will film a small tour of the school, only in the areas that we are currently allowed access to, to let you see where our main teaching blocks are, where or new gym facilities are and how you will gain access to the main school site.  We have also arranged for some current Year 9 students to record their own transition and a for a Year 11 Leaver who wants share his journey through all three years, and this again will be shared with you. 

Each Head of House has prepared an assembly for you and this will be communicated to you through your Middle School, there are activities on there that you may choose to engage with and you will be able to send your thoughts through to your new Form Tutor.

Mrs Ibbs and her team are currently working on creating your teaching classes and we expect this information to be shared with you at the beginning of July.

If you have read the last two weeks of our Round Up you will have now have been introduced to me, Mrs Young, to Mr Godwin, Mr Brassington and Mrs Moore. This week is the turn of Elkes House.

Mr Parker, Head of Elkes and Miss Attwood, Student Support Assistant for Elkes.

Hello, I’m Mr Parker, and I’m the Head of Elkes House. I teach English and English literature, and have worked at Thomas Alleyne’s since 2007. Miss Attwood and I are very lucky to have a fantastic team of experienced form tutors working with us, and we all work closely to make sure that you and your parents have lots of support during transition and throughout your time with us. I look forward to meeting you as soon as we are able.

Hi

My name’s Miss Attwood and I have worked at Thomas Alleyne’s for 7 years as a Student Support Assistant.  Being part of the pastoral team means I get to know students and parents pretty well and over the years I have built up some lovely relationships with both. Watching students go through all of their years in high school, when they first arrive in Year 9 and see them develop into lovely, polite, caring individuals, makes me feel very proud to be part of a community that enables students to successfully move onto the next stage of their life.

I work with Mr Parker as part of Elkes House and together we make sure our students have a successful, safe and happy time at Thomas Alleyne’s. The office door is always open and no problem is too big or too small for us to work out together. 

I look forward to meeting you all in the near future.

Take care, stay safe and have a lovely summer.

Final thought:

Once again I feel the need to reiterate the following message.

‘There is no doubt that this year’s transition will different but we are working to ensure that we meet the needs of all students. We will keep you informed of activities and events, let you know when we will be sending communication and endeavour for your child to know who their Head of House, Student Support Assistant and in time who their Form Tutor will be. At this time, we cannot guarantee that your child will meet their pastoral support team in person before the end of this academic year, but we will ensure that they will have the opportunity to put a face to a name and listen to their team and how we can support them.  

We are working collaboratively with your Middle School to ensure that we know as much about your son or daughter as possible, that we answer all the queries that come to us and that we help to make all the Year 8 students feel part of the Thomas Alleyne’s community.’ 

If you have a query about the transition process at Alleyne’s then please contact me on younge@tahs.net

Uniform

We are aware that some of our current students will need to purchase specific uniform for when they return to school.  We have been working closely with our supplier, Trutex in Meir, to find the best way for you to do this.  Due to current government guidance we are unable to have our normal ‘pop-up’ shops.  We have therefore secured an opportunity for you to get free delivery for your purchases during June. 

`https://www.schoolsinuniform.co.uk/

Free delivery code BTS20SHIP that can be used throughout June.

If social distancing restrictions should reduce, meaning they can increase their capacity and still be safe within store, then we will inform us and we will share this with you. They are doing everything possible to keep parents, students and their staff safe when in store.

Family Hubs

Coronavirus has changed the way families live, work and learn which has made life harder for local people to keep their families happy, healthy and safe.  To help with this the local authority have created eight new hubs of help.

The eight Family Hubs are virtual spaces where local people can find information, advice and guidance, as well as connect with others in their area.  

The hubs will answer questions, help families find support and share ideas for coping with the changes coronavirus is making to our lives. 

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Coronavirus/Family-Hubs.aspx

Contact info for East Staffordshire Family Hub:

Mary Hutchinson Early Years Co-ordinator Tel: 07704798133  email: mary.hutchinson@staffordshire.gov.uk  Facebook: @Eaststaffordshirefamilyhub

Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the number chain problem.Here is the solution…

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Please email your answers with workings / pictures to ibbs@tahs.net.  The correct solution will be put in round-up next week. 

RE Students of the Week

Year 10

Two students have been nominated by Mrs Clemett and Miss Arrowsmith this week for consistently great work in the last few weeks. Congratulations to Arthur and Madison in Year 10.


Year 9

Students have been nominated by Mrs Lindsay. These go to  Amy, Joe, Beth Taylor, Zita and Sam for great work on the changing nature of families in the UK.

Y12 Student of the Week is Alice

Science News

This week Mrs Pavey has selected Tom in Year 9 for his great story showing the digestion of enchiladas!

Mrs Pavey gave her year 10 Physics group the task of designing and making a pinhole camera – Liberty has been selected for making a brilliant camera.

William, also in Year 10, has been selected for being the only person to spot (and query!) a mistake in a mark scheme sent out!

Mr Melland has selected Eva and Conner in Year 9 for excellent effort.

Mrs Maingay has selected Emma in her Year 12 A Level Biology group for exemplary work and mindmaps on vaccination programmes.

Well done! 

Elkes News

As mentioned when I sent out this week’s assembly on Monday, I hope everyone had a restful half-term, and has been able to get back into their routines now we’ve resumed lessons. I’d love to hear more about how Elkes students are  getting on generally, and how we’re finding the respect activities from the assemblies, so please get in touch using parker@tahs.net to email me.

Our learning curves continue this week, as we had some excellent training from Mr Pollitt and Mr Cartwright on using Microsoft Teams to communicate with our classes and teach lessons in different ways, so if you haven’t started looking at it yet, get in touch, as it’s going to be crucial in moving forward.

This week it’s been great to hear about some of our Year 11s leading from the front and really engaging with their bridging work, preparing for their sixth form studies – special mentions to Holly, Izzy and Scarlett! I also wanted to say huge thanks to Sam P in year 9 for helping us with some really important work supporting the middle school year 8s in transition. Well done everyone!

We will be back soon, so the more of the work we can stay on top of now, the easier it will be when this does happen. Well done!

As always, stay safe, and I look forward to seeing you soon, however it works out.

Mr Parker

Orme News

Hello Students of Orme,

Good news! I have purchased a new Breville, it is the VST41 deep fill model in case you were wondering. This has been the undoubted highlight of my half term and lifted my spirits and has left me reflecting on how small things can actually help to change our moods. But how can such a small change can have such a big impact on mood. The answer is gratitude, don’t just take my word for it, research conducted by the University of California has shown that practicing gratitude can reduce the stress hormone cortisol by a whopping 23%, being grateful for small things can result in improved mood, an increase in energy and lower anxiety because of these lowered cortisol levels, we can’t argue with that because it’s science!  You can cultivate a more positive outlook just by focusing on something you are grateful for each day, what are you grateful for today?

As always, I am impressed with the way Orme students are helping, supporting and working during this period. The sense of community and achievement I see in your responses and the feedback I am getting from your tutors, Mrs Moore and the wider school are another thing I am grateful for today.

I have had a number of requests for the return of the toastie of the week recipe (well one response but I’m going with it). As we are now aware a toastie is like a superior pastie, and transcends class and cultural boundaries, this was reinforced to me when I received the wonderful gift below through the post.  After waiting three days to open the parcel I was excited to try some of the recipes therein. One recipe I can recommend is a balsamic goat’s cheese and avocado toastie, very on trend and quite delicious with green tea apparently (I ate mine with a mug of Yorkshire tea, which is pretty much the same).

Balsamic Goat’s Cheese & Avocado Toastie

Ingredients

2 slices of seeded brown bread

50g of goat’s cheese

½ a ripe avocado

Small handful of spinach leaves

1tbsp of balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper

Sunflower oil for brushing

First brush your sandwich maker with a little sunflower oil to prevent sticking and make your toastie nice and crisp.

Spread the goat’s cheese over one piece of bread and drizzle over the balsamic vinegar. Sit the avocado slices and spinach over the top and place the second slice of bread over the top. Place in your toastie machine.

Close the lid and secure leaving for 3-4 minutes or until it becomes crispy and golden brown.

Feta cheese also works well for this recipie.

As ever if either I or Mrs Moore can help in any way please get in touch (brassington@tahs.net / Moore@tahs.net )

Mr Brassington

Torrance News

I’m finding it hard to believe that I’m writing this post at the end of the 11th week of our virtual school. It seems so long now since we were altogether in school and I know that for many people it has taken a long time to adjust to our new ‘normal’. Perhaps for some of you, you are still adjusting.

As you are probably aware, I am responsible for the RESPECT programme in school and I took some time over the last couple of weeks to reflect on what I thought it was important for us to look at during RESPECT sessions over the next half term. Last half term, we focussed on resilience and developing this skill to support us in ‘lockdown’ as we all faced many different and difficult challenges. I decided that this half term, I wanted to continue to focus on things that would help you during this time and thought it important that we looked at staying Healthy during this time, in particular looking at ways of trying to stay mentally healthy. The first session this week was looking at ‘Recharging’ and I would love to hear some of the ideas that you have come up with for how you are going to help yourself ‘recharge’ over the next week. 

As always, remember your house teams are here if you need us, even if it’s just to check in. My email is wrightl@tahs.net and Mrs Collier’s is collier@tahs.net

Whitmore

This week’s assembly has been set on insight and has covered the topic of communication. We have had to alter our normal practices of communication recently with less face to face contact. It was great to see the most of the teachers and support staff in our zoom briefing on Tuesday having enjoyed a break at half term. The week has also be spent trying to improve my computer skills with some Microsoft Teams training also on zoom delivered by Mr Cartwright and Mr Pollitt.

It is great to hear from you either directly on the phone or e-mail or via our form tutors

Students of the week – Reuben for improving his cardiovascular fitness by running everyday, averaging 8.5km a day. Eve for voluntarily improving a test and improving her score considerably, Tiff for completing a work out a day and Blake researching colleges for the future, hatching chicks, motivated with school work.

Well done, please stay in touch jones@tahs.net & arbery@tahs.net.

PE Department

Our students continue to do a wide range of physical activity. This is vital for our physical and mental health, Please share what you are doing so we can try and inspire others.


This week we have set students the challenge of designing a play list to work out to. We have had a wide range of music styles, if you haven’t done one have a go at it as music is a great exercise motivator.


In last weeks Staffordshire Moorlands Plank competition we came 3rd overall. The Staffordshire Virtual School Games has begun this week the first activity is Dance and All students have been sent an invite to take part.
PE student of the week this week is Will Gregory for outstanding Sports Injuries presentation and practical treatment videos.


We have received some brilliant half term projects on all kinds of activities – e.g Jack planned what the effects of sleep would be, Connor looked at how a Gym could cater for all, Charlie has looked at motivating people to run.
Congratulations to Jemima Pope and Thomas Page who have completed their L2 Fitness Instructors course along with the Training Initiative and are now working on their L3 course.


Year 10 and 12 BTEC Sport classes have been set assignments on Teams.


2.6 Challenge

Mr Barrow is continuing to do the 2.6 challenge to support the schools fundraising efforts. If you would like to sponsor him please email malbon@tahs.org.uk or https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/mr-quigleys-covid-response-fund


So far he has –

26th April 2.6km run in 15min 53sec

27th April 26 press ups in 26 sec

28th April 2.6 mile run in 26.20

29th April 2.6 min plank 

30th April 26 sec plank with 26kg on back and 2.6 min crusifix with 2.6kg hand weights

1st May 26 squats with wife on back

2nd May 26 times to top of stairs 5 min.47 sec

3rd May 26 alternate hand catches with tennis ball in 27 sec 

4th May 26 kick ups with a rugby ball

5th May 26 min yoga challenge

6th May 26kg bench press 61 reps (continuous to failure)

7th May Connor in Yr9 challenged me to his work out 26 press ups, 26 squats, 26 bicep curls, 26 sit ups. Connor did it in 1min 45 , Mr Barrow did it in 1 min 54 (not sure if weights were the same)

8th May 14 reps shoulder press with 26kg barbell

9th May 13 reps bicep curl with 26kg barbell

10th May 26 min run = 4.52km

11th May 260 press ups in 17 min

12th May 26 Malcolms in 9min 37 (A Malcolm: lie on your front, getting up running back 10m, doing a burpee, then running forward 20m doing a burpee and then returning to the start – that is one Malcolm)

13th May 26 successful basketball free throws in 48 shots

14th  May 26 successful rugby drop goals 10 m away in 48 shots

15th May 26 min exercise bike – 10.3 miles on Level 3 

16th May 26 cricket bowls hitting stumps 9 times

17th May 26 successful rugby penalties out of 38 attempts

18th May 260 skips

19th May 260 runs to top of stairs

20th May 260 star jumps

21st May 6.2 mile run in 58 mins

22nd May 26 burpees

23rd May 26 KM exercise bike ride

24th May 260m Sprint

25th May 26 km bike ride 

26th May 62 kick ups

27th May 260 sit ups

28th May Hula Hoop 26 times

29th May Hop on each leg 26 times

30th May 26 hits on edge of a cricket bat

31st May 26,000 steps in a day

1st June 26 length of the garden bear crawls 

2nd June 620 table tennis bounces

3rd June 260 bounces on trampoline

4th June 2.6 min Wall sit 


Why not see if you can beat Mr Barrow on any of his challenges or send in a 2.6 challenge for him to try.

Art Department

Please check out INSIGHT for the weekly art theme.

BE IMAGINATIVE         BE CREATIVE         HAVE FUN


Remember all the best work will be featured in a virtual exhibition at the end of term.

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

May 22nd 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

I am pleased to say that this week Mrs Dodd organised a real-time zoom session with Year 13. The purpose of this was for all Year 13 students to be able to speak to Mrs Dodd and Mrs Featherstone and ask questions that they or you had about results, university and apprenticeships.  All questions and answers will be sent to Year 13 students via Insight.

This week our wonderful Mrs Walton was nominated for ‘Star of the Week, this is due to all the extra hard work and commitment she has made to support Year 11 into 12 transition.  This is not a small task as I’m sure you can imagine.  She has been liaising with many Year 12 and 13 students during school closure and supporting Mrs Dodd to help answer queries from parents and carers. If you have any queries then please email Mrs Walton at sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Thank you for all your continued support whilst your child is working from home. Please encourage them to keep up to date with the work that is being set by their teachers. All work is being set on Insight but they may need to check other platforms as instructed by their classroom teacher.

UCAS and University Q&A Session

On Friday the 22nd of May Mrs Dodd hosted a Year 13 Q&A Session Via Zoom about UCAS and University offers.

Here is a selection of some of the questions asked:

Q: Can I defer my entry?

A: Deferral from 2020 entry to 2021 entry is at the Universities discretion and every university is different. I advise that students contact individual universities directly via email. The 6th form team has a template for this if needed.

If a university does not accept a request to defer, and you still want to follow this route, you may have to withdraw and reapply via UCAS in a new cycle. The risk involved with this is that there will be more people applying next year due to a larger cohort of year 12s nationally and many deferral requests from the current year 13’s and international students.

If you are thinking of deferring think carefully about what you are going to do with the year to make it of value – there will less options for work experience and travel. You will not have to declare it to the university form whom you wish to defer, but it should be time well spent, that will develop your personal skill set and experience.

Q: Will Results day go ahead?

A: Yes, it will and Post-16 results will be issued as planned nationally on the 13th of August 2020. We are not yet able to say what that will look like logistically but will let students know in due course.

Q: What if I have changed my mind and want to go with my insurance offer instead of my firm?

A: The first step here is to contact your insurance university (an email template is available from the 6th form team) Explain that you have reflected and ask if they would still be willing to offer you a place. If they get back to you with a yes at that point you can email to withdraw your firm offer. Insurance Choice will do the admin via UCAS. The Sixth Form team can provide 1:1 support on this via phone.

Q: Will there still be support for clearing?

A: Yes – you will be supported by the 6th form team on results days to go through the clearing process, where you haven’t achieved the grades to go to your chosen university.

Q: I have changed my mind about what I want to study – what do I do?

A: UCAS Extra is available which show what universities and specific courses have spaces – this is like early clearing and you can look through it and any course with an X has availability. If you want to apply for one of these courses, then you will have to already be in clearing or withdraw from your applications to place yourself in clearing to proceed. Again, please do contact the 6th form team for support with this if you are considering it.

Q: Will I need to make a new personal statement for a new course via UCAS Extra or Clearing?

A: Generally, no – but the sixth form team will email the university to support your application and to explain why you want to change to a different course.

Q: Can we defer on results day?

A: Yes – but mu advice would be that if you know that you wish to defer to do it now. Universities may defer some students but not all.

If you need any further support with anything related to Post-18 Future Intentions please do not hesitate to contact the sixth form team sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Senior Prefects for the Class of 2021

After half term all year 12 students, staff and current Senior prefects will be receiving a google form to vote for the new Senior Prefect team for 2020/2021. It will give you half term to have think of who you would like to vote for – everyone will get the opportunity to vote for two males and two females. You will not be able to vote for yourself! Once we have all the votes in, we will invite those with the highest votes to write to Mrs Dodd if they wish to apply for a Senior Prefect role. Further advice and guidance about this will be given nearer the time.

After Half term

We have a busy 1/2 term ahead of us coming up with UCAS, personal statements, and Future Intention planning coming up. Please ensure that you can log into your Unifrog account in preparation. Mrs Young has sent out some guidance about this.

Sixth Form Future Intentions – Y12 and Y13 Important Information From UCAS


Y12:  please read this information about 2021 applications.  The Sixth Form team and your tutors will help you progress your applications and personal statements after half term.  However, it would be useful for you to start completing your competencies on Unifrog in preparation.
Despite current challenges, we remain focused on supporting students with their continued studies and are pleased to announce that the 2021 cycle is now open.

Students looking to begin an undergraduate course in 2021 can now search for courses and make a start on their application. Although they can fill it in, it can’t be submitted until the 8 September so there’s still plenty of time for them to do their research and consider all their options.

To help you support those starting their research into university and college, we’ve developed a series of short, self-led tasks. 

Y13:  please read this important information about results day, receiving results and clearing.A level results day has been confirmed as 13 August, and SQA is working to ensure students receive their results by 4 August. So, here at UCAS, we’re busy making final preparations and can confirm that things will run broadly similar to previous years, with Clearing opening on 6 July giving your students the flexibility to make choices throughout the rest of the year.

Some of you may be aware that we’ve also been working on a couple of new features and enhancements for this year – our main focus being Clearing Plus: the personalised way for unplaced students to find their place in Clearing.

For the first time, unplaced students in Clearing will be able to view a list of courses they’ve personally been matched to in Track – alongside our search tool, which will still have 30,000 course options.

Year 8 Transition

I would like to thank the Administration Team at TAHS for collating and posting all the transition letters.  If you have not received yours then please contact me.

The Transition Team are working very hard to ensure that we meet the needs of all your children. This week myself, Mr Godwin, Mrs Oliver, Mrs Major and all of the Heads of Houses and Student Support Assistants have met with the Middle Schools, via Zoom, to share information. This is a lovely process where we are able to learn such wonderful information about your child.  This is part of the normal transition process.

This week I am working on putting together a presentation that we will be ready to send to you in a few weeks.  This will allow you to see us, your team, we have asked that all members of the Transition Team introduce themselves so that we can try to alleviate some of the anxiety that they may be currently feeling. Alongside the presentation we are coordinating activities that we will be able to send to you so that you can encourage your child to participate and feel part of the TAHS community and then when we provide you with a list of form tutors, you’ll be able to email them so your child will have some communication with their new Form Tutor.

Last week I introduced myself and Mr Godwin, this week it is the turn of Mr Brassington, Head of Orme and Mrs Moore, Student Support Assistant for Orme.

Mr Brassington.  I am the head of Orme House at Thomas Alleyne’s.  A little bit of information about me: I have been working at TAHS since October 2009 and this will be my third academic year as a Head of House.  I teach English in addition to my pastoral role. I am also responsible for assemblies here at Thomas Alleyne’s so will always be on the look out for volunteers, bear this in mind when you see me in the school corridor.

Hello, My name is Mrs Moore. I am the student support assistant for the Orme House. I have been a member of staff at Thomas Alleyne’s for 13 years. You will see me around the school a lot in the corridors supporting students and staff both in and out of the classroom, outside the theatre as you enter Orme assembly or at the front of the school on ‘late gate’. 

The Orme office door is always open for any students if they would like support or help or just want to talk through events that have happened and to gain some perspective. Some students just pop in to say hello and get a biscuit and I hope that you will want to do this too! 

I look forward to meeting you all in September.

I have feel that the message that I gave last week needs to be reiterated, especially as we move into half term and with all the conversations that are happening on social media and in the press. 

‘There is no doubt that this year’s transition will different but we are working to ensure that we meet the needs of all students. We will keep you informed of activities and events, let you know when we will be sending communication and endeavour for your child to know who their Head of House, Student Support Assistant and in time who their Form Tutor will be. At this time, we cannot guarantee that your child will meet their pastoral support team in person before the end of this academic year, but we will ensure that they will have the opportunity to put a face to a name and listen to their team and how we can support them.  

We are working collaboratively with your Middle School to ensure that we know as much about your son or daughter as possible, that we answer all the queries that come to us and that we help to make all the Year 8 students feel part of the Thomas Alleyne’s community.’ 

If you have a query about the transition process at Alleyne’s then please contact me on younge@tahs.net

Support from Catch22 (Stoke and Staffordshire CCE (Child Criminal Exploitation) Service)

As you will all be aware, lockdown restrictions have resulted in a significant increase in the amount of time children and young people are spending online which has led to increased opportunities for grooming and exploitative behaviours. This short video signposts to support from Catch22 if you have any concerns.  Telephone numbers appear at the end of the video.

Year 11 Employability Skills

By now most of you will have a clear idea of what you will be doing in September. Whether that be 6th form, College or an Apprenticeship there are a number of free online courses available at the moment which can help you to boost your employability, update your CV or improve your study skills in time for your next step. 

From courses in touch typing to coding to developing your CV there is a course here for everyone. I may  give the Basic First Aid course a go myself during half term. Click on the ones that interest you – why not have a go and let us know which ones you tried?

Touch Typing

Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Basic First Aid

Developing Career Resilience

How to write a CV

How to succeed at writing applications

How to succeed at interviews

Communication Skills

Presentation Skills

Digital Technologies – Duke of Edinburgh

Digital Technologies – Minecraft coding, Movie Maker

Plumbing , electrics, auto-service technician and carpentry introductions

Food safety

When accessing any of these courses please be aware that they are all free and so will contain feature ads, click on ‘remove ads’ and you will see the content. When registering only give out the briefest of information e.g. name and email. Never give your telephone number.

Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the football league problem.Here is the solution…

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It is great that I am also getting solutions from parents each week – well done to Andy Bailey who was the first person to submit the correct solution.

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Using each of the integers from 1 to 35 make a chain where the sum of any pair ofconsecutive integers is a square number.You have to use all the numbers but can only use each one once.


Please email your answers with workings / pictures to ibbs@tahs.net.  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up after half term.

Corona Conundrums

A few weeks ago I put this in the newsletter

Why not have a go at some of these short maths conundrums (loosely connected to the current Covid-19 crisis) set up by Chris Smith a maths teacher from Scotland  https://bit.ly/2UuPPqA – to my amazement I received an email earlier this week from Chris Smith himself, thanking me for sharing the link with you.  Therefore I thought I would share it again so that more of you can have a go at some of the conundrums.

Well done to the following students for all the great maths work they have been completing this half term

Year 9: Charlie, Holly, Jack, Gemma, Bradley, Spencer, Chloe, Elliot, Georgiet, Joe, Grace, Megan, Billy,  Zita,  
Lucy, Joe, Tom, Mia, Megan, Sylvia.

Year 10: Mollie, Ollie, Grace, Maddy, Lily, Megan, Liberty,  Abi, Katie, Heather, Finley, Jack, Kacper

and remember… all maths is good maths!

English Success

RE

Some Year 10 students in RE have been reviewing key principles of Buddhism this week and attitudes towards happiness.  As part of the lesson they were asked to share a picture that best represented happiness to them and explain why.  Here are some of the images received. Take a look…

Students of the week have been chosen by Mr Scott


Year 9 Students of the Week are:

Ben, Oliver, Alice


Year 10 Students of the Week are:Katie, DiasyYear 12 Alice, Alicia, Becca

Each will receive their online certificate explaining the reasons they have been chosen.

Science News

Launching on 05 June: free online GCSE Science lessons 

As part of continuing to support science teaching and learning during COVID-19, we’re launching a brand-new series of free online GCSE Science lessons, brought to you by Pearson Edexcel and developed to be relevant for all awarding bodies.

The lessons will be broadcasting from the Pearson UK Learning YouTube channel from 05 June 2020 at 11 am.

Online lessons to help nurture your curiosity and passion for science

To help all GCSE-level students continue to engage with science learning, our lessons will be taught by Primrose Kitten, an experienced science teacher with a passion for helping students to achieve their best.The 45-minute lessons from Primrose Kitten, will showcase science and its real-world applications.

 Everyone studying GCSE-level science is welcome to join, whether they’re taking the course at school, college or remotely, and regardless of exam board.

 There’ll be one lesson available to join each week. Each lesson focuses on a different topic and tailors to the various stages of science learning, so you can choose the ones that are right for your students.
 
You and your students can use the lessons at a time that suits – be it joining us on the day on YouTube or viewing the recordings afterwards. Visit our website for details on the lesson timetable and topics.

Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Holly-Marie has been selected by Mrs Pavey for great Physics practicals.

Katie has been selected by Mr Crum for excellent effort.

Liam has been selected by Mr Crum for consistent hard work.

Year 10

Heather , Millie , Finley , Ollie and Harry have all been selected by Mrs Gwynne for super progress.

Tilley and Lily have been selected by Mr Crum for excellent engagement and effort.

Will has been selected by Mr Crum for excellent effort and achievement.

Tiff has been selected by Mr Crum for consistent excellent effort.

Year 12

Ben has been selected by Mrs Gwynne for making super progress.

George has been selected by Mr Crum for superb effort.

Year 13

Amelia has been selected by Mr Crum for excellent effort.

Well done!

Elkes News

Miss Attwood and I have had another week of learning new things as we move towards the half term, and make preparations for the transition of year 8s up to Thomas Alleyne’s. We had the chance last week to catch up face to face with our brilliant form tutors via Zoom, and I also wanted to thank my Y12 English group for trying an online lesson! Special mentions this week go to Lucy and Alyssa, who teachers have seen some great efforts in their online work. I hope you all have a restful half term, and as ever, if you need anything, email parker@tahs.net and attwood@tahs.net to get in touch.

Orme News

Happy International Meditation Day! I know I am late, and this was yesterday but I still think it is worth noting. Meditation is how I prepare myself before my working days begins, this is every morning.  20 minutes of quiet contemplation where I sit completely still and try to ignore my dog who always tries to distract me by trying to lick my face. Apps such as Headspace, Waking Up and Calm are great tools to help guide this quiet time and I recommend having a look.

Tiredness can take a huge toll on our bodies and mind. It is just as easy to ignore how tired you can become when your days feel a little empty as it is when they are filled with activities. Taking the time to HALT is particularly important when you’re tired. A good night’s sleep or a leisurely nap may be all you need to change your outlook for the day.

Another option If you are feeling particularly tired, take a short break by listening to music, going for a walk, or simply taking a deep breath. Maybe it’s been a rough couple of days or a week that requires time watching your favourite movie or eating your favourite food. Recharging both your body and mind will help you get through tough moments.

It has once again been a real pleasure to see your contributions from the weekly assembly task (my daughter now looks forward to testing the various activities I get each week).  Keep them coming in!  Special mention to Thomas who seems to be single handedly entertaining and feeding his family based on the activities he has completed.

Sad news this week, my Breville has decided my over reliance on bread-based meals was not at all healthy and has stopped working. It has been a tough few days having to eat meals like an adult instead of a teenager.  I did ask my daughter to do circuits of my garden raising money for a replacement, she has informed me that she will not be doing this however as she is tired of eating essentially the same meal everyday and quite fancies a salad.

I will still be available for any questions or support you may need over half term at brassington@tahs.net

Have a fantastic half term, ensure you get some rest and recharge body and mind.

Mr Brassington

Torrance News

Over the last few weeks Heads of House have been setting assemblies around the topics of Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and after half term you will have an assembly on Communication. We selected these topics because we thought they were especially important at the moment, whilst we are all having to work in these unusual circumstances. Students have been able to complete tasks each week to encourage them to develop skills in each of these areas and to also earn certificates for completing these tasks. I particularly wanted to say well done to Connor and Charlie, who have been sending me their efforts every week – thank you for all of your hard work on this!

I hope you are all keeping safe and well, we are really missing seeing you in school every day! Remember me and Mrs Collier are only at the end of an email if you need us: wrightl@tahs.net and collier@tahs.net

Whitmore

Both Miss Arbery and myself have enjoyed reading that Whitmore students have been selected for subject related prizes in round up this half term, for the work you have produced remotely at home. It is reassuring to read your names and remember how brilliant you are and how quickly you have adapted. 

Communication has been high with the Whitmore team this week and we look to celebrate your successes away from the class room as well. With many of you learning new skills and helping out with jobs around the house and community.  We wish you all a happy and safe half term. 

Students of the Week:  Charles has been learning to cook, Daisy has been helping her mum do up the garden and build a bar, Blake has been continuing with his cadet work, and interviewed his great grandad who was an evacuee of the war for VE day, painting fence panels & laying a patio, Billy has been helping out grandparents.

PE Department

Students continue to engage in a wide range of physical activity both from what we are setting on Insight and their own ideas. Please continue to share these with us. Half term optional projects will be on insight for all.

Even though competitive sport is on hold – Staffordshire School Games are setting online competitions for Year 9 – last week we came 2nd in the district for kick ups with a toilet roll. Well done to George, Fletcher, Jed, Sam, Rhys, Ryan, Max, Sam and Jessica who all took part. Dean Macaulay was first individually in the district with an amazing 54!

Have a go and see if you can beat him. This week’s challenge is an up -down plank, all year 9 have been sent the details on insight and have until Wednesday to enter.


Congratulations to students who have gained places on KS4 BTEC Sport Activity & Fitness and KS5 BTEC Sport.


Transition resources/ Bridging work/Preparation tasks and info will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams, this is accessed the same as your school outlook email. If you have received confirmation you are studying these courses in September please check on Teams. Any issues email Mr Barrow barrow@tahs.net


Yr 10 and 12 resources are on Microsoft Teams – please check this regularly and work through material as you are able.


2.6 Challenge

Mr Barrow is continuing to do the 2.6 challenge to support the schools fundraising efforts. If you would like to sponsor him please email malbon@tahs.org.uk or https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/mr-quigleys-covid-response-fund


So far he has –

26th April 2.6km run in 15min 53sec

27th April 26 press ups in 26 sec

28th April 2.6 mile run in 26.20

29th April 2.6 min plank 

30th April 26 sec plank with 26kg on back and 2.6 min crusifix with 2.6kg hand weights

1st May 26 squats with wife on back

2nd May 26 times to top of stairs 5 min.47 sec

3rd May 26 alternate hand catches with tennis ball in 27 sec 

4th May 26 kick ups with a rugby ball

5th May 26 min yoga challenge

6th May 26kg bench press 61 reps (continuous to failure)

7th May Connor in Yr9 challenged me to his work out 26 press ups, 26 squats, 26 bicep curls, 26 sit ups. Connor did it in 1min 45 , Mr Barrow did it in 1 min 54 (not sure if weights were the same)

8th May 14 reps shoulder press with 26kg barbell

9th May 13 reps bicep curl with 26kg barbell

10th May 26 min run = 4.52km

11th May 260 press ups in 17 min

12th May 26 Malcolms in 9min 37 (A Malcolm: lie on your front, getting up running back 10m, doing a burpee, then running forward 20m doing a burpee and then returning to the start – that is one Malcolm)

13th May 26 successful basketball free throws in 48 shots

14th  May 26 successful rugby drop goals 10 m away in 48 shots

15th May 26 min exercise bike – 10.3 miles on Level 3 

16th May 26 cricket bowls hitting stumps 9 times

17th May 26 successful rugby penalties out of 38 attempts

18th May 260 skips

19th May 260 runs to top of stairs

20th May 260 star jumps

21st May 6.2 mile run in 58 mins

22nd May 26 burpees


Why not see if you can beat Mr Barrow on any of his challenges or send in a 2.6 challenge for him to try.

Art Work

Year 9 Art students have been emailing some excellent responses to the still life project. Here’s a selection of this week’s highlights’. Look out for your next project – hopefully there will be something for everybody!

Exciting New Art Project for all Year 9 Pupils


Can all Year 9 pupils please ensure they check out Insight to get details of an exciting new art project. Inspired by Grayson Perry’s Art Club there will be weekly tasks for you to complete. The most exciting and innovative submissions will be displayed in a virtual exhibition at the end of term.
Thank you for all the brilliant work Year 9 have been producing during the lockdown. If you are still completing the other projects then feel free to continue with this and over half term and email the  finished work to your teachers. Well done to Jack Bright for producing some amazing studies this week based on the Still Life theme.

Drama

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre are streaming their production of Macbeth. Suitable for 11+


The link to the production is below 

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

May 15th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

What did Mrs Rudge Say?

Today Mrs Rudge was interviewed by Year 11 student Max. Max has already secured a job with the BBC and is hoping to access an apprenticeship with the BBC next year. He has been involved in supporting the school  in a whole variety of ways during his time with us: interviewing students on school sports days; raising funds for the reopening of the pool; and speaking at community events. Whilst Mrs Rudge openly admits that being interviewed is not something she finds easy, she said that Max’s approach was superb and he managed to do what great interviewers are able to do – ‘almost’ put their guests at ease! Our thanks to Max.
If you would like to watch the interview please click on the link below.

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AvUS8Q2sq8Qqbni5fdJnWQ3F50M?e=yyoACj

 

The Sixth Form team have made many calls to our Year 13 students since we closed our door to them on the 20th March. We have been wanting to keep them motivated and focused but also offer as much support as possible as this is a very unusual way to finish their academic journey. I have heard great stories about students who have set up their own business in the last few weeks.  They have done this to keep themselves occupied, to raise funds and to help others. Well done to all of the Year who have gone to work to help others in the community, those that have gone into care homes, hospitals, retail shops and those that are helping the most vulnerable in their community. 

We would like to know if an idea that we have had would be of interest to any of our year 13 students. We have seen that some of the universities have altered what will happen in September when many of your children would have been leaving to go to university. We would like to hold an online event where students from Year 13 would be able to join a live chat (via Zoom) with the Sixth Form Team.  This does not need to be focused fully around university students but for all that have a query or would like some advice. If you feel this would be useful or of interest to your child could you please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk and we will arrange a date and time for this event.

We are now well and truly immersed in the new way of teaching and learning. All Year 12 students are being set work by their teachers. This can be compiled in various ways and will enable your child to engage with the content that is being delivered.

With this in mind I would like to keep our Year 12 students as focused as possible on their next step and using their time wisely as well as staying safe and keeping healthy.

Please encourage your child to keep on contact with their teacher if they are struggling with the content and that, if needed they are able to react feedback and express concerns to their mentor or class teacher. 

It is coming up to an important time for you they should be looking at their next steps in their journey.  Not all students will go to university, some of them will choose to have an apprenticeship or just to start a full time job or the more adventurous of them will choose to travel. 

We need to help prepare them for this next step.

Below I have put together a range of links that I would like you may choose to access, all of these have been sent to their email that they used to register with Unifrog.

You can refresh yourselves on how to log into Unifrog.

You can look at how they choose a university or a specific course that they are interested in and which universities offer that course.

They can focus on their competencies – these are used to help them write their personal statement for university or a covering letter for an apprenticeship or job. Their best option is to work through and complete all competencies over the next week or so and then it is done and out of the way, then when they are asked to start writing their personal statement – and they all will be asked to do this by Mrs Dodd, then they have a starting point.

The last link that I have provided is for them to look at their wider reading and extending their skills base. Moocs are a great way for them to start thinking about their next step, get an understanding of what a specific career may hold or just learn something new. You can complete a MOOC too, just log onto Unifrog, click on the MOOC section, choose a category and off you go!

https://www.unifrog.org/student/competencies

https://www.unifrog.org/student/moocs/long-list

Y12 TAP (tutor activity programme)

6th Form Wellbeing

Please take a look at these 50 ideas for lockdown kindly sent to us by Amazing Apprenticeships – there is an excellent variety of activities to dip into.  We also wanted to share a link of mental health web sites and apps for those who may need them from this document which is displayed in all our form rooms (insert here please!).  Please email any of the sixth form team if we can help support your wellbeing – we are always happy to hear from you.

6th Form Future Intentions – Careers Guidance and Information 

Deciding between university or apprenticeships?  Take a look at these resources which should help your decisions.  If you are already certain of your path, please read through the resources most relevant to you.  These include information from an apprentice (with or without the task) and signposting so you can research current apprenticeships.  Or advice from UCAS about making the right decisions and higher education myth busting.

Please download this pack for parents and carers about apprenticeships if you would like some more advice about apprenticeships, CVs and other useful guidance

Year 8 Transition

It is the time of year when the Pastoral Team, as part of transition, start their communication with Year 8 students, parents and carers. As part of the Year 8 transition process I would like to introduce two members of the TAHS Transition Team. 

Mrs Young.  I am your pastoral coordinator for the transition process at Thomas Alleyne’s High School this year.  A little bit of information about me: I have been working at TAHS since April 2009, currently I am Acting Assistant Head Teacher with Student Wellbeing and Behaviour as part of my responsibilities. I am also Deputy Head of Sixth Form and I teach History to all year groups. I am normally involved in the transition process as I lead on our Anti-Bullying Campaign by utilising Sixth Former as year 9 mentors and I deliver lessons during the transition days.  

I am Mr Godwin, responsible for Special Educational Needs and Pupil Premium students.  I have worked at Alleyne’s since 2002 working as a Head of House, PE teacher and now I am one of the Assistant Headteachers.  Under normal circumstances myself and my team of teaching assistants would be getting to know a number of you, you would have visited the school and we would have met some of your parents and carers.  Unfortunately, this year the situation is very different.  Transition will be unique for you but by working with your Middle School staff  and Thomas Alleyne’s staff  I hope that we will be able to answer some of your questions and give a little taster of life at Thomas Alleyne’s.

There is no doubt that this year’s transition will different but we are working to ensure that we meet the needs of all students. We will keep you informed of activities and events, let you know when we will be sending communication and endeavour for your child to know who their Head of House, Student Support Assistant and in time who their Form Tutor will be. At this time, we cannot guarantee that your child will meet their pastoral support team in person before the end of this academic year, but we will ensure that they will have the opportunity to put a face to a name and listen to their team and how we can support them.  

We are working collaboratively with your Middle School to ensure that we know as much about your son or daughter as possible, that we answer all the queries that come to us and that we help to make all the Year 8 students feel part of the Thomas Alleyne’s community.   If you have a query about the transition process at Alleyne’s then please contact me on younge@tahs.net

History News

A big well done to all the Year 9’s who have submitted their history assessments. This was a real challenge for pupils and it’s great to have received so many high quality pieces of work.Year 10 are now several lessons into their new GCSE unit on ‘The American West’. Please ask them how they are finding this new unit and encourage them to contact either Mrs Young or Mrs Johnson to let us know how they are getting on if they have not already done so. Thank you.

Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the area problem.Here is the solution…The red areas add up to 1368, put them together to form a single rectangle of length 72 (99-27).The width is the area divided by the length 1368/72 = 19.  So the shaded area is 19 x 27= 513.Well done to Keith Ford who was the first person to submit the correct solution!
One I can do!

(99-27) x Y = 921 +447 where Y is the width of the column

72Y = 1368

Y = 1368 / 19

Y =19

Shaded area = 27 x 19

= 513

This Weeks Puzzle

With the Bundesliga restarting and the news that the Premier League may start again in June, I thought this puzzle was quite appropriate.


Six of the geekiest football teams on the planet are invited to compete in a new tournament.Each team will play each other, with the usual reward of 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.After the first couple of rounds of matches the table looks like this:

Can you work out what games have been played so far 
and the score in each?


Please email your answers with workings / pictures to ibbs@tahs.net.  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up next week.   

English Success

Your English Teachers love receiving your work from you. Following on from last week’s poetry, Caitlin (Year 9) has shared with us some of her work on Othello. Well done Caitlin- your ‘Student of the Week’ certificate is well deserved! 

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Students of the week have been chosen by Mr Scott
Year 9 Students of the Week are:

Connor, George, James, Lucy
Year 10 Students of the Week are:

Lily, Olivia

Year 12 

Lucy
Each will receive their online certificate explaining the reasons they have been chosen.

Students of the week for Mrs Lindsay are awarded for a range of reasons including consistently great work and effort, quality discussion online, completing quality bridging work and very good A Level assessments.

Well done – it is getting very difficult to choose!


Year 9: Beth, Charles, Zita, Milly, Joe, Hannah

Year 10: Lewis, Lara, Nathan, Katie, Blake, Liberty

Year 11: Evie, Gabby

Year 12:Lucy and Isaac

Please also see the answers to the ‘Famous people as children’ quiz – attached.  Thanks to those who go in touch with suggested answers.

Science News

Science Students of the Week

The following Year 9 students have been selected by Mrs Pavey for showing great resilience with online learning:

Eloise Paulinski, Tommy Smith and Finlay Taylor-Smith.

The following Year 10 students have been selected by Mrs Gywnne for showing resilience and superb progress:

Klaudia Siwek, Kacper Wielechowski, Lily WIlliams, Will Gregory, Maddy Capewell and Bailey Redshaw.

The following Year 12 students have been selected by Mrs Gywnne for determination and hard work resulting in great results:

Neve Hall, Georgia Fleeman, Sam Ward and Will Bowyer.

Well done!

Elkes News

I have had to adjust to working remotely as have you, and like many of you, I’m also missing the teachers and students I work with and the daily routines we were used to and like you I have to make new routines to adapt to this new way of teaching. This week I’ve had lots of emails from students who are becoming more confident in communicating with teachers about their work, and about the different places they are up to in their learning journeys but I wanted to especially mention Liam and Elliot in year 10, as both have had some ICT setbacks, but have worked really well to get back on course, and also Becky and Will who have maintained great approaches to the situation from the off. As ever, it would be good to hear from more Elkes students about how you’re doing, and if there’s anything we can do to help – parker@tahs.net

Orme News

Hello students of Orme,

I hope you have all had an industrious and tranquil week. Continuing with the acronym HALT I am going to touch on loneliness, this is I think an especially relevant subject given our circumstances, but I think something that we should consider.

First of all, being alone isn’t the same as being lonely. If you are spending time on your own, that’s fine, we all need space to think. However, everyone needs relationships in their lives. Try to make time each day or so for positive, constructive interaction with someone, a friend, a parent, a sibling or even a teacher. It is also important that you try to be available and emotionally honest in these interactions, if you are feeling unsure or overwhelmed talk to someone about these feelings. Just this alone can help to alleviate negative emotions and give you a sense of peace. I am proud of how as a house I see these connections being made and the Orme community that remains strong despite the physical distance between us right now.

On the subject of the Orme community I have been really pleased to see your contributions from the assembly I have sent out each Tuesday, from Eloise teaching me how to say kindness in British Sign Language (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj6C2igFIks here is the link she shared with me to Joe Hall teaching me the previously incomprehensible language of American football (I still don’t think I can bring myself to watch it though, sorry Joe). There are too many examples for me to share here but I have enjoyed each and every one of them and look forward to making my daughter get involved in more of the quizzes and activities you send to me.

There are times when you have to try something out just to make sure you’re not missing out,  and that is what I did this week when trying the legendary Elvis grilled sandwich (a grilled sandwich is a bit like a toastie that hasn’t tucked its shirt in and looks a bit untidy). Occasionally a combination can be wrong enough to be right (a bit like dipping fries into a milkshake) and this combination is bizarrely compelling. It rides that mysterious line between sweet and savoury, you could dial back the sweet by omitting the honey to make it more savoury, but,  Just don’t. I should warn you that this is a hugely calorific combination and should be followed by your daily exercise and a nap.

Hot Elvis toastie

Ingredients

2 tsp butter

2 slices white bread

1 tbsp golden caster sugar

½ tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

1 ripe banana, thinly sliced

2 tsp clear honey

a little icing sugar

vanilla ice cream, to serve

Method

Using 1 tsp soft butter per side, butter one side only of two bread slices. Mix sugar with cinnamon, then sprinkle over the buttered slices of bread.

Put one of the slices, buttered-side down, in a toasted sandwich maker. Spread the top of this slice with peanut butter, then layer over the banana. Drizzle with honey, and sandwich the second slice of bread on top, buttered-side up. Close and cook, following your sandwich maker instructions, until the toastie is crisp and golden.

Cut in half, add a slice to each plate, dust with icing sugar and serve with vanilla ice cream.

 Have a great weekend and stay connected

Mr Brassington Brassington@tahs.net

Torrance News

As we reach the end of another week of our virtual school, I wanted to take the opportunity to share the success of one of our Torrance students, who has been keeping himself busy in lockdown. Many of you will be aware that one of our Year 11 House Captain’s Max has a very successful Youtube channel, ‘Matchday with Max’. As we all adapt to the changes in our lives during lockdown, Max has also been busy adapting his Youtube videos to become ‘Lockdown with Max’. So far he has interviewed football presenter Michelle Owen, journalist and broadcaster Caroline Barker and Olympic bronze medal winning gymnast Sam Oldham. I personally can’t wait to see who is next on his list!

Well done for adapting to the current challenges and continuing to make your videos Max, I know you’re providing a great deal of entertainment to a lot of people! Make sure you remember us all when you’re famous!!

You can check out Max’s Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKKQXXhVbd7_dxvzvJ5KRbA

A reminder to all Torrance students that me and Mrs Collier are always here if you need anything and love to hear from you. You can reach us on wrightl@tahs.net and collier@tahs.net

Whitmore

This week I asked Miss Jones if it would be possible for me to write our section for Round up as I wanted to express how proud I am of all our students.

When I started at Thomas Alleyne’s and joined Whitmore House as a Student Support Assistant in September 2019 I had no idea that this would be how my first year would finish. Like all of you I have been missing spending time with my family and friends, but I am choosing to focus on the positives of the situation we find ourselves in. Since working from home, I have had the opportunity to get to know more and more Whitmore students and their families. It is inspiring to see how well the students have adapted to the circumstances. I am enjoying reading the stories from students about how they are spending their time and remaining positive. I look forward to the day we are able to have a Whitmore assembly in the theatre, and students can once again pop their head in the door of the Whitmore office.

I would like to share with you some of the work that our students in Whitmore have done and where they have gone above and beyond for their community. 

Evie has donated money that she and her family would normally use on going out to support the school in buying and supplying laptops and food for those that need them,  Alex is completing a 20km bike ride every week and Issy has been making scrubs for a local hospital 

In the meantime if you would like to share with us what you have been doing, if you have a question we can help you with or if you need some support then please contact myself arbery@tahs.net or Miss jones jones@tahs.net.

PE Department

Students continue to engage in a wide range of physical activity both from what we are setting on Insight and their own ideas. Please continue to share these with us.


Congratulations to students who have gained places on KS4 BTEC Sport Activity & Fitness and KS5 BTEC Sport.


Transition resources/ Bridging work/Preparation tasks and info will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams, this is accessed the same as your school outlook email. If you have received confirmation you are studying these courses in September please check on Teams. Any issues email Mr Barrow barrow@tahs.net


Yr 10 and 12 resources are on Microsoft Teams – please check this regularly and work through material as you are able.


2.6 Challenge

Mr Barrow is continuing to do the 2.6 challenge to support the schools fundraising efforts. If you would like to sponsor him please email malbon@tahs.org.uk or https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/mr-quigleys-covid-response-fund


So far he has –

26th April 2.6km run in 15min 53sec

27th April 26 press ups in 26 sec

28th April 2.6 mile run in 26.20

29th April 2.6 min plank 

30th April 26 sec plank with 26kg on back and 2.6 min crusifix with 2.6kg hand weights

1st May 26 squats with wife on back

2nd May 26 times to top of stairs 5 min.47 sec

3rd May 26 alternate hand catches with tennis ball in 27 sec 

4th May 26 kick ups with a rugby ball

5th May 26 min yoga challenge

6th May 26kg bench press 61 reps (continuous to failure)

7th May Connor in Yr9 challenged me to his work out 26 press ups, 26 squats, 26 bicep curls, 26 sit ups. Connor did it in 1min 45 , Mr Barrow did it in 1 min 54 (not sure if weights were the same)

8th May 14 reps shoulder press with 26kg barbell

9th May 13 reps bicep curl with 26kg barbell

10th May 26 min run = 4.52km

11th May 260 press ups in 17 min

12th May 26 Malcolms in 9min 37 (A Malcolm: lie on your front, getting up running back 10m, doing a burpee, then running forward 20m doing a burpee and then returning to the start – that is one Malcolm)

13th May 26 successful basketball free throws in 48 shots

14th  May 26 successful rugby drop goals 10 m away in 48 shots

15th May 26 min exercise bike – 10.3 miles on Level 3 


Why not see if you can beat Mr Barrow on any of his challenges or send in a 2.6 challenge for him to try.

Art Work

‘The Art Department continue to be impressed by the work being emailed in from students and wanted to share some great examples of Year 9 work for both the ‘Insects’ project and the ‘Still Life’ project. Well done Year 9 and keep up the excellent work! Remember, even if you are not up to date with these tasks we still enjoy seeing you tackle them at your own pace. In addition to Year 9 success, it has also been really promising to hear from our Year 11’s who are beginning their bridging work tasks, and from our very talented Year 12s who are starting to move onto developmental work. We are looking forward to seeing how you progress with these tasks as we move into the second part of the summer term. The Art Dept’.

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

May 7th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

We are almost halfway to our aim of being able to provide 2400 visors for key workers, 50 laptops for children in need and 5 weeks of additional food to over 45 families.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far – we are so grateful to be part of such a supportive community.

At Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Uttoxeter, we want to support our community in the fight against COViD. 

As a school, we currently  have three projects running:

  • The design of PPE equipment for key workers.
  • Providing families in need with weekly food parcels. 
  • Providing vulnerable students with laptops. With exams next year every single student needs to be able to access online materials. 

Graeme and his team have been an inspiration to us all. We know we can do more but we really need your help. If you can spare anything at all it would be very much appreciated. 

School PPE

There are now visors available for key workers who need them. Please email ppe@tahs.org.uk with requests. A reminder that they are reusable and washable.

Another week has passed and we are still achieving.  Mrs Walton and Mrs Dodd have now ensured that every Year 11 student that has applied to the Sixth Form has had a personal response. All students who have received a letter are asked to complete the Google form as soon as possible.

Year 12 students need to log into their Unifrog account and start thinking about their personal statements ready for next year and get ahead.  They also need to ensure that they start looking at their  options, which university, which course or what type of apprenticeships are out there.

Year 13 students that have applied to UCAS should be looking at applying for their student finance. Read the government guide to see what information you need and then follow the instructions to apply. The sooner it is done the sooner you can tick it off your to-do list and relax. 

We recommend that all Year 13 students continue with their academic learning and look at online courses to keep themselves busy.

Y12 TAP (tutor activity programme)

It would be beneficial for you to start or improve your personal statements.  These form part of your UCAS application but can also form a great supporting letter for apprenticeship applications or job applications.  Therefore this exercise is suitable for all Y12 students.

The attached document from Unifrog will take a while to work through as it is really detailed and takes you through each step.  

To put the best into your personal statement, you might need to spend time researching courses, taking moocs or reviewing and improving your competencies.  Be prepared to spend some time on this – it will be worth it.

Mrs Dodd will also put some information onto Edmodo about personal statements.  Your tutors and the sixth form team will be giving you plenty of support with your personal statements later.  However, please make a start on them and try to get a good draft ready if you can.

Any questions, please email bell@tahs.net

Maths Puzzle

Year 11 A-Level Maths Bridging Work

The A-level maths bridging work has been put on Insight so if you have chosen to study A-level maths next year (either at TAHS or elsewhere) please make sure you check Insight to see what you need to do.  Any issues please email Mrs Ibbs  ibb@tahs.net

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the twenty twenty vision problem. Here is the solution..

Please email your answers with workings / pictures to ibbs@tahs.net.  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up next week. 

VE Day Bunting

As we can’t get to the shops to buy bunting for VE Day here is some you can either print in colour, or print and colour in yourself

English Success

Year 9 English pupils have been working hard on an introduction to Shakespeare and have produced some fantastic versions of some of his works, including re-imagined versions of his famous ‘All the World’s A Stage’ speech, Sonnets and modernised versions of his plays. Here are a few examples which we thought you would enjoy.

RE Year 9

Year 9 in RE have been learning about the concept of ‘Anicca’  (Impermanence) – everything changes. Some students have been set this quiz to see if they can recognise famous people from their baby / childhood photos.It may be something you would like to have a look at!  Answers will be shared next week.Please let us know if you think you can identify them all!

Science News

This week’s students selected by Mr Melland are:

Year 9

Connor Bassett and Sophie Johnson for making good effort with their distance learning.

Year 10

Ollie Birch, Harry Bassett and Joely Davis for making good effort with their distance learning.

Year 11

Max Houghton, Freya Hadgett, Amelia Hadgett, Tom Johnson and Matt Jackson have all made a good start with their bridging work.

Year 12

Jess Eardley, Gregor Hayes and Alex Ford for asking good questions about their work.

Mrs Hughes has also selected the following students:

Year 9

Jack Bright, Owen Morgan and Mia Simon for excellent effort and attainment.

Well done!

To support you through remote learning and in the future when we return, all students now have access to an online textbook and resources. Some resources may get set through “Kerboodle” by your Science teachers, but all info will still be linked through INSIGHT.

Initially we would ask that you follow the information on the log in sheet attached to access your account. If you have any difficulties logging in, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SCIENCE TEACHER in the first instance. Contact with your science teacher can be made using your office365 account.

The extra attachments are to provide you (and parents/carers) with an overview of the topics we cover in science.Kind regards, keep safe and well.

Mr Mitchell

Elkes News

Nobody warned me that having a child was going to mean living in constant fear of it injuring itself. I should be pleased that she’s starting the hobby I enjoy so young, but actually, having a toddler trying to climb on to high shelves whilst finding it all absolutely hilarious is getting a bit exhausting.

Yesterday, while leaping up to stop the child from diving head first off a table, she managed to kick the sofa and break one of her toes. Cue a call to NHS 111, a trip to A&E, a stop at a different hospital and she’s x-rayed, bandaged and discharged, every step dealt with safely, efficiently and kindly by NHS staff, and you are one of the reasons they’re able to do their jobs, because you’re staying at home and staying safe too.

We were very thankful to the staff, but I’m also thankful to our students for making sacrifices in following the guidelines during lockdown. I hope you’re well, and email parker@tahs.net or attwood@tahs.net to get in touch.

Orme News

Hello students of Orme,

I hope you have all had a productive and calm week. Continuing with the acronym HALT I would like to talk about anger.

When I think about all the things that cause this emotion I realise that they are all things that are far beyond my control and are an incredible waste of time. I find if I think of anger like an Instagram advertisement – I have two ways to deal with it, I can look closely, click the link and get lost in pages of useless endeavor over something that serves no purpose, alternatively I can just glance at it, accept it’s there but then scroll on giving it no time or space in my thoughts. The most important thing to try is this; pay attention to your feelings. If you’re angry, don’t act. Try talking calmly about it, take a time out. Breathe. Remove yourself from the situation. Anger causes us to act rashly and irrationally. Take control of your anger before it controls you!

I have also been continuing with my adventures in toastie experimentation this week (If you are still wondering what a toastie/Breville is imagine a swoll pop tart). This week I tried an Australian toastie (they call them Jaffles to make this extra confusing) and I can heartily recommend it using lesftover lasagna from the freezer.

The Garlic Bread Lasagna Jaffle!

Makes 4 jaffles

1 small clove garlic, crushed

75g/2.65ozs. butter

4 squares of lasagna just smaller than the slice of bread, warm

8 tablespoons extra pasta sauce

8 slices bread

Step 1 – Combine the garlic and butter and spread onto one side the bread. Place the bread butter side down on the jaffle maker and top with the lasagna. Add 2 tablespoons of sauce per jaffle (otherwise it can be a bit too dry). Top with another slice of bread butter side up. Heat until the outside is golden and crisp.

I have continued to enjoy the work I have seen from you this week, especially the contributions from the assembly I sent out on Tuesday and will hopefully share some of these next week. Enjoy your weekend and try to scroll past your anger

Mr Brassington

Torrance News

This week, I want to celebrate some of the fabulous stories I have had from Form Tutors and students, of how Torrance students and I’m sure students in other houses have been supporting others. In these challenging times, I think it’s so important to celebrate people coming together and supporting each other. I have heard about students who are supporting their parents by helping to look after their younger siblings and supporting them with their school work, of students helping out on family farms or with other family businesses and also of Year 11 students working in local care homes, to support the most vulnerable. I have heard so many wonderful things about how our students and our community are supporting each other that it is difficult for me to have to choose and mention only a few, but I am so proud of all of our students.

Please get in touch with us and share your stories of what you have been doing whilst we are all apart.
Please also remember that myself and Mrs Collier are here for you if there is anything you need.

We miss you all and enjoy hearing from you! Our email addresses are wrightl@tahs.net and collier@tahs.net

PE Department

2.6 Challenge


Mr Barrow is continuing to do the 2.6 challenge to support the schools fundraising efforts. If you would like to sponsor him please email malbon@tahs.org.uk or https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/mr-quigleys-covid-response-fund


So far he has -26th April 2.6km run in 15min 53sec, 27th April 26 press ups in 26 sec, 28th April 2.6 mile run in 26.20, 29th April 2.6 min plank 30th April 26 sec plank with 26kg on back and 2.6 min crusifix with 2.6kg hand weights, 1st May 26 squats with wife on back, 2nd May 26 times to top of stairs 5 min.47 sec, 3rd May 26 alternate hand catches with tennis ball in 27 sec, 4th May 26 kick ups with a rugby ball, 5th May 26 min yoga challenge, 6th May 26kg bench press 61 reps (continuous to failure), 7th May Connor in Yr9 challenged me to his work out 26 press ups, 26 squats, 26 bicep curls, 26 sit ups. Connor did it in 1min 45 , Mr Barrow did it in 1 min 54 (not sure if weights were the same)


Why not see if you can beat Mr Barrow on any of his challenges or send in a 2.6 challenge for him to try.

Year 9 student Sam Pickup has completed a virtual Coast to Coast outdoor bike ride! See attached pictures of his rides. Well done!

If you have completed any fitness challenges over this period please let us know.

World Changer Awards

Click the image for more information

Geography

Geography Year 9 Easter Competition


Students were set the task of researching and exploring an interesting landmark within China, Russia or India. They were asked to complete an information fact file on the landmark, inclusive of a bibliography of their research. We had some excellent contributions from a range of different Year 9 students, with our student teacher Miss Patrick running the project and deciding the winner for us.

Runner up: – Jack Bright researching the ‘Five flower lake’ in China

Jack used detail of a very high quality and it was evident how much he had researched to find out local legends and understand how the landscape can be explained from a cultural perspective as well as an environmental one. 


Winner: – Joe Hall researching Yuncheng Salt Lake, China

Joe’s research was of an exceptionally high standard, showing a very clear understanding of the size, scale and importance of the landform he was researching. This piece of work was very detailed, clearly well though out and presented well.
Well done to all those that took part.

MFL

Congratulations to all the Y9 students who recorded their own French shopping conversations at home and submitted them online. I was impressed by the effort both linguistically and technologically by everyone. Well done.

Mrs Clemett

Health & Social Care

Students in Health & Social Care have been producing some fabulous work at home.  The following students have produced some great work this week:

Year 12

Ellie Matthews, Georgia Fleeman, Caitlyn Emery, Tya Messer, Holly Irving, Holly Derbyshire


Year 10

Lydia Martin, Maddy Capewell, Lib Carr, Evie Robins, Nat Salmon

Year 10 have been researching the lives and life experiences of some celebrities to look at how people change through their life span.
Some pictures below of their research. 

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

April 24th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

We would like to extend a formal welcome to our new Year 12 and class of 2022. Thank you to Mrs Walton and Mrs Dodd who have shared the Sixth Form offer letters via email and organised the options process. Bridging work will now be set to get our new year 12 students started on their Post-16 Curriculum. In some ways you could see this as a fantastic opportunity. Never before have a year group had over 2 years to be engaged in their A level and BTEC courses.

If students have not received a letter, or have any have any queries about their place in the Sixth Form please email the team sixthform@tahs.org.uk We have some places available in the Sixth Form for 2020 entry. If anyone is interested in submitting an application, please also email the Sixth Form.

This week I would like to champion our very own Mrs Walton and Mrs Bell. Both have been working tirelessly on the every day jobs – lessons, Sixth Form options etc, but they have both found the time to show their support and give back to their community and other key workers that are doing their up most to keep us all safe and well.Mr and Mrs Walton, and Beth, have pained the telephone boxes that they have in their museum in an assortment of rainbow colours to show their support for the NHS and Mrs Bell has given up her time making masks and scrubs for the NHS workers.

We are aware that some students are struggling with the challenges that working from home brings, could I ask that you encourage your child to contact their teachers or the Sixth Form email address to access support.

Opportunities with Virgin Media

Check out what Virgin are offering school leavers, jobs and apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships Advice

To improve your knowledge about apprenticeships, have a go at these 2 fun quizzes provided by Amazing Apprenticeships: 

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/employer-quiz/

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/apprenticeships-quiz/

Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the window problem.  Here is the solution..

Here is a puzzle specifically devised for 2020.  It has a UNIQUE solution!

In this puzzle, each letter represents a different digit from 0 to 9

(but every time a T is used, it stands for the same number)

Corona Conundrums

Why not have a go at some of these short maths conundrums (loosely connected to the current Covid-19 crisis) set up by Chris Smith a maths teacher from Scotlandhttps://bit.ly/2UuPPqA

and remember… all maths is good maths!

Please email your answers with workings / pictures to ibbs@tahs.net.  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up next week. 

Update on Y10 options 2020


I am pleased to announce that all option pools and student selections have been sorted for the next academic year and were posted out on Thursday of this week. You should receive your letter by Monday (at the latest) but please allow for any postage delays.

Thanks again and keep well!

Free Training

Parents Protect


The confidential Stop It Now! helpline  from the Parents Protect organistaion is available to anyone with questions or concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention, including parents and professionals – call 0808 1000 900 (9am-9pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm Friday).  Please share  with friends, family and colleagues to make sure everyone knows how to play their part in protecting children.

English Success

RE Year 10

Year 10 RE  – Virtual Discussion on Gender As we are  missing some of our whole-class discussions currently; students in Year 10 RE have used some lesson resources, Ted Talks and documentaries to formulate views on Gender to help them with their  ‘Ethical Themes’ work. Have a look at some of the different views expressed about male and female stereotypes – generated by these resources.

Thank you for another great week of work and for the positive feedback we have received about the screencast lessons.  Your efforts are really appreciated. The quality of work is consistently impressive so do not worry if you need more time to complete some tasks – you can complete work at a pace that suits you.


Students of the week have been chosen by Mrs Lindsay


Year 9 Students of the Week are:

Jack, Joe, Sophie, Alice, Billy, Lucy and Harry


Year 10 Students of the Week are:

Isla, Evie, Lydia, Lily, Heather, Kacper and Harry

Each will receive their online certificate explaining the reasons they have been chosen.

Science News

Over the Easter period our Science students were set a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenges.

One of the students’ challenges was to build a harness to safely transport a chocolate cream egg down a zip wire.

Consideration had to be given to the best material for the zip wire, the incline of the wire, the mass of the egg and the design of the harness. The forces of friction, air resistance and gravity all affect the experiment and also have to be considered.

Joe in Year 9 designed a superb harness and zip wire; the egg safely reached the end of its journey!  Joe also produced a video of his experiment and set it to music!

Joe has very kindly given us permission to share the video of his winning design.

Very well done!

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Lucy Manton for consistent hard work and Alice Morris for excellent work, selected by Mr Crum.

Chloe Ford, was also selected by Mr Crum for spotting his mistake in the video lesson!

Year 10

Liberty Carr for consistent good work, selected by Mrs Pavey.

Lucy Lowther for continued excellent work in Chemistry, selected by Mrs Evans.

Jodie Birks and Liv Coldwell for excellent effort, selected by Mr Crum.

Tilley Shelley and Lilly Williams for excellent engagement and effort, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 12

Aaron Gwynne for achieving 100% in his Chemistry work, selected by Mr Mitchell.

George Mothershaw for superb effort, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 13

Amelia Barnacle for consistent excellent effort, selected by Mr Crum.

Well done!

Elkes News

My thoughts this week have been on the wins we’re making in the midst of this situation, and how we should celebrate what we can each day. Talking to students (and parents as well), lots of us are finding some days easier than others, and some days can be a struggle. I thought that reflecting on positives has been really helpful in not getting overloaded.

For me, the best thing about this week has been taking the time to sit down, sort the technology out and have an online meeting with Miss Attwood. It reminded me (as if she ever lets me forget) what a wonderful person she is to work with and to be around, but also made me look forward to a time when she and I can see you all, in the normality that will arrive. We’re both speaking to students and parents each day, and also hearing from other staff about how you’re getting on, and so many of you are dealing with this situation in strong and inspiring ways.

Yesterday was my daughter’s twentieth birthday, and while spending your birthday in lockdown (as lots of you have found in the last 6 weeks) isn’t ideal, she said something that really helped to see it more positively. We’ll celebrate properly when this is all over. Some things aren’t being cancelled, they’re just being postponed for a while, and we look forward to them in the future. Miss Attwood and I hope you’re all safe and well, and if you need us for anything, email parker@tahs.net or attwood@tahs.net so get in touch!

Mr Parker

Orme News

The current situation has, like many people, left me thinking are trousers weird? Does cheese solve boredom? And, most importantly, how can I keep a positive mindset?  One way I have found to remain optimistic is to bear in mind the acronym HALT (Hungry – Angry‐ Lonely ‐ Tired). If you are feeling any of these emotions it could be a signal to HALT‐ stop and regroup before those emotions become overwhelming. How we care for ourselves when we’re not overwhelmed by stress has a real impact on our ability to cope if that stress arrives.  

This has helped me this week as I have I have been hangry quite a lot and so have planned my meals/snacks more carefully to make sure I don’t have to repeat my attempt at French toast pizza toasties from last weekend (here is the recipe if you are interested http://teenyrecipes.com/eggy-bread-pizza-sandwich/ though I would not substitute the mozzarella for a cheese slice and pepperoni for Fridge Raiders as I tried to do). I have found that by building my day around meal breaks it has given me structure and a break from work, but also time to spend with my daughter as we try different combinations in the Breville I found at the back of a cupboard in my early lockdown cleaning frenzy (a Breville is what we had in the 80’s before toasted paninis had been invented).  So, my advice to you this week is if you get stressed and too busy to eat, become irritable, forage for junk food which leaves you feeling unsatisfied and empty, HALT. Plan your meals and snacks and think of food as fuel for your system.

Here at the Orme team we hope you are all safe and well and remember that if you need us for anything at all please contact us using brassington@tahs.net  or moore@tahs.net

Torrance News

Since we started our virtual learning, I have been setting work for the RESPECT programme (PSHE), that students usually study on a Friday morning in tutor time. Students have been completing work around the topic of ‘Resilience’, because now more than ever, we are all having to be resilient as we face the challenges of these difficult times. I have received so many fantastic responses from students, about how they are being resilient at the moment.

Students have been taking up hobbies they had previously given up on to help them pass the time at home and others have been researching how famous people such as Abraham Lincoln and Marilyn Monroe had to show resilience to overcome adversity and succeed. I particularly enjoyed reading work by one student who spoke so passionately about the resilience NHS staff are having to show in overcoming the current challenges the world is facing.


I think it’s important to remember that not all of us will be able to demonstrate resilience every single day. I know I certainly have days where I need time to reflect on everything happening at the moment, to re energise. Just remember that we are proud of you, however you are personally getting through this time, and we are here if you need any support

Whitmore News

Stop and take time to smell the roses.

For many of us life has changed dramatically. For myself it has been a reminder to become fully present in the moment. Instead of racing around from A to B I have appreciated saying hello to neighbours, seeing the blossom growing on the trees and spotting the rabbits and squirrels. If you are able to go out for a walk, please follow social distancing but also take notice of the environment around you and how it is constantly changing. 

PE Department

This week in PE as well as completing a First Aid Course, students have been completing home workouts and learning healthy recipes.We have attached some physical activity based games you can have a go at home.
2.6 Challenge


  Last Sunday 26th April should have been the London Marathon, as a result many charities have lost out on funding. The 2.6 challenge is to do some form of exercise with the numbers two and six in


To raise awareness of Thomas Alleynes fund raising efforts for School Meals, PPE, and laptops, Mr Barrow is completing a different 2.6 challenge each day from 26th April until we return to school. Maybe you would like to have a go and see how many you can beat him at. If you would like to sponsor Mr Barrow please send any donations to malbon@tahs.org.uk

Or maybe you would like to set him a 2.6 challenge for him to have a go at

Sunday – Mr Barrow ran 2.6km in 15.53    This was a steady run, see how many of you can beat my time. I will try again next week.

Monday- 26 press ups in 26 seconds Full press ups – perfect timing, can you do 26 secs of press ups or how long does 26 press ups take you.

Tuesday – 2.6 min plank  I love a plank- build up to it, can you do longer?

Wednesday – 2.6 mile run in 26.20  The timing of this was a fluke – see pic as proof!

Thursday – 26 sec plank with 26kg on back (I used a 20kg sand bag and 2 2.6kg hand weights – be careful if you try this and get someone to help you. and 2.6 min crucifix hold with 2.6kg hand weights (This was harder than it sounds – Just stand feet together with arms out stretched and stay still for 2.6 min I held 2.6 kg hand weights)

Friday – 26 squats with his wife sitting on his shoulders (This was easy! – Could you try this with a pet or sibling … A safer way would be a piggy back)

PE – Students of the week.


Gemma Butterworth and Joseph Hall for maximum engagement with online learning – well done.


Remember to email us with what PE you have been doing

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch, letting us know what workouts you have been doing at home. How far you have been walking and running etc. We have begun to send out some healthy recipes, many thanks to Gemma who shared her Chilli Con Carne photos her family enjoyed earlier this week. 

History

Well done to Year 12 history students who all completed an exam at home based on content largely studied during lock down. Their essays were really impressive.Year 10 groups nearly finished their unit on Norman England. We have been really impressed by the quality of work students have been emailing to us. We are about to start our next unit on the American West, 1835 – 1895, which has us on track with our progress through the GCSE specification – so well done to everyone who is keeping up. We realise that ‘keeping up’ can be difficult for a variety of reasons so please email Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young if you have a concern, need help or would like any lessons re-sending before the new unit is started.Year 9 history teachers have also been really impressed with the work that is being emailed to them – it’s lovely to see what students are doing and we are very proud of their commitment

Ski Trip 2020

Please be advised that we are awaiting the refund form the travel company to the school. Once we have this we will be in contact with all parents regarding the refund.

I will be working with the company next week to ascertain the current situation ans timescales. Thanks once again for your patience in this situation.

Staffs CC Vacant Seat Scheme

Applications for the vacant seat scheme for the academic year 2020/2021 will be available to complete from 07:30am on Monday 4th May 2020.

Please see the below document for further details.

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