October 15th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application

All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Sixth Form Applications Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2022 is available in this team or by clicking the following link:

Year 11 Sixth Form Application

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

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 18th October 2021

Year 12

Is Uni right for you?  How do I know?  Students to watch some videos during form time to help them to prepare.

Year 13

How well do you use source material?  Read the ‘Bridging The Gap’ document complete the CAPS activity for something you have read recently.

Student reminder

Please can all Sixth Form students remember to use the sign in/out book outside the Sixth Form office when leaving or returning to school.

Can you help?

We are looking for students to get involved.  Could you be a Mental Health Ambassador for the school? Information about this can be found outside the Sixth Form office. If you are interested, please see Mrs Walton.

Operation Christmas Child

You may (or may not) be aware that 15th – 19th November is Samaritan’s Purse Operation.

Samaritan’s Purse Operation helps children around the world by collecting shoebox gifts ensuring that all children will receive something at Christmas.

We thought this might be a good challenge for form tutor groups to get involved in.  Next week we will be providing forms with a shoebox to pack your items in, along with an information leaflet and labels.  All you need to do is decide whether your shoebox is going to be for a girl or a boy and what age group, then fill it with age appropriate items like toys, hygiene items, pens, pencils etc.  The leaflet tells you what cannot be included.

If you can get your students to all bring in one item for your shoebox then we should be able to send some wonderful things to children less fortunate.

There will be a prize for the Sixth Form form with the best shoebox.

Fundraising Update

On Friday 8th October, the Sixth Form raised money for Young Minds UK by taking part in their #HelloYellow day. We raised £73.60! Thank you to everyone who took part or donated.

The Senior Prefect Team

Sixth Form Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF)

Sixth Form bursary booklets are now available for collection from the Sixth Form office.

News from PE

Fantastic week of school sport with excellent levels of rugby and hockey played in lessons and great engagement in our after school badminton and fitness.

This week our year 9 netballers played their first competitive games at Deferrers ( see report and pics) and our U18 football team played a county cup game narrowly losing 2-1 away to John Taylor. (see team photo)


Next week is a really busy week in PE with Year 9 Boys footballers playing their first game on Monday at home to Blythe Bridge,  Year 9 Boys rugby players have their first match on Tuesday at home to John Taylor and our U18 boys rugby team travel to Walsall on Wednesday for a County Cup match.


BTEC Tech Award Sport, Activity & Fitness – We will be writing to parents with an assessment update over half term, but it is important all students upload their coaching videos to assignments on Teams before half term.

Netball

On Tuesday night the 6th Form team took on the Y11 school netball team in an internal fixture. The level of netball was really high, some beautiful plays and excellent goals were seen. The final score was 15 v 4 to the 6th form team, with the players of the game being Evie Waring and Jess Clay.

Thank you all for participating and it was great to see such good netball being played. 

The teams were; Evie W, Eve B, Jess B, Amelia H and Freya H, Jess Clay, Martha B, Keira F, Lucy O and Megan L. 

House Competition Latest

1 – Elkes: 58

1 – Torrance: 58

3 – Whitmore: 53

4 – Orme: 41

How do you get points for your house? 
Credits Earn credits to help your house win the credit award each week

Attendance Come to school every day to help your house win the Attendance award each Half Term (Triple Points!)

Upcoming House Competitions

Art Competitions – November

Swimming Gala – w.b 15th November

Science News

Follow us on Twitter!

The Science Department Twitter account @ScienceTAHS1 carries information on all things happening within the Department – including a look at a physics investigation carried out by Year 9 and the pigs and turkeys enjoying their fresh bedding on the School Farm!

Follow the link below to find out what’s been happening this week!

This Week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Mrs North would like to nominate Sebastian G and Lewis A for an excellent result in their biology test.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Spencer W in 9U2 for his excellent electromagnetism investigation, a photograph can be seen on TAHS Science Twitter account!

Mrs Lambert would like to say a big well done to all of 9U1 on excellent engagement in their recent practical activity in biology. We will be viewing our agar plates next week to see how much bacteria there was on our phone and keys! Photos to follow on the TAHS Science Twitter account!

Year 10

Mrs North would like to nominate Joe N, Tom L and Alex H for an excellent result in their chemistry test.

Well done!

Year 11 History

All groups will be having an examination on Paper 1 Medicine Through Time 18th  – 21st October. Students should be revising for this at home.

French

French speaking exams have been rearranged for Tuesday 19th October. Times have been sent home. Bonne Chance.


English Stars

The English department has seen lots of excellent work from students over the last week, as well as some outstanding effort. The following students particularly stood out as being deserving of praise. Well done to:


Year 9  Kai B, Ethan S, Adam R, Lola T, Billie O, Daisy C

Year 10 Alex E, Neve C, Aimee S, Aileen L

Year 11 Georgie S, Lewis M, Georgie F

Year 12 Joshua H, Katie U

Career of the week

This week the career is ‘IT Technician’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #09 – IT TECHNICIAN – YouTube

Job title:  IT Technician  – IT technical support staff diagnose and solve software and hardware problems for computer users. You could: take details from customers about their IT problems find and fix faults track work in progress and record issues and solutions update online knowledge banks service equipment like printers, projectors and IT networks set up new equipment and upgrade existing systems train people on new systems, face-to-face and online
How to become:College You could take a college course in computing or IT support, like a: Level 2 Certificate in ICT Systems Support Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence T level in Digital Support Services Apprenticeship The following advanced apprenticeships may be relevant to this role: Level 3 Infrastructure technicianLevel 3 IT solutions technician Entry requirements You’ll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Skills required:the ability to work well with othersknowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and softwareanalytical thinking skillsknowledge of engineering science and technologyto be thorough and pay attention to detailcustomer service skillsexcellent verbal communication skillsto be flexible and open to changeto be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
What you’ll earn:£16000 -£35000

              All information taken directly from IT support technician | Explore careers | National Careers Service

College open days and events  

I have attached links to colleges in the local area for students who may be considering this route. There are a number of open days coming up and details of these events can be found on the links below.

Events | NSCG – Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group

Newcastle Open Events… | NSCG – Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group

Events – Derby College (derby-college.ac.uk)

Open days (bsdc.ac.uk)

Open Events 2021/22 – Stoke-on-Trent College :Stoke-on-Trent College (stokecoll.ac.uk)

Course Open Event 16th October – Reaseheath College

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October 8th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Assemblies for Next Week

Assemblies: w/b 11th of October

The assembly this week will be led by Mr Parker to talk about the importance of turning up. 

Thought(s) for the Week 

“Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it.”  -R.G. Risch

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Notable Days

11th International Day of the Girl Child  International Day of the Girl Child | United Nations

1th National Coming Out Day Coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (stonewall.org.uk)

14th International Sceptics day

17th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty International Day for the Eradication of Poverty | United Nations

Sixth Form Open Evening.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday the 7th of October. It was a fantastic evening and we were delighted to share the many opportunities our Sixth Form offers.

We welcome sixth form applications from Thursday 14th of October and the deadline for completion is the 14th of January 2022. We will send information on how to complete the application including the personal statement directly to year 11 students.

If you were unable to attend the evening, or would like further information on the subjects we offer, please see the presentation from the evening here: Open Evening Presentation

and also a link to our Sixth form video here:  https://youtu.be/BPbQVxIElCA

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the sixth form team via sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 11th October 2021

Year 12

Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?   Students each complete a mindset quiz.  Each student should have a strength and area for development at the end of the session, as well as more awareness about their learning styles. 

Year 13

Tutors will help students prepare for university and what they can expect with videos from Oxford Brookes, Galway and Bangor Universities.

Sixth Form Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF)

Sixth Form bursary booklets are now available for collection from the Sixth Form office.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

We will be sending Christmas shoe boxes to the Operation Christmas Child charity and would like to gather as many as we can.  Form tutors will be collecting these from students in their registration groups between 15th – 19th November 2021.  Please give generously!  Remember there are some restricted items eg toothpaste, sweets, lotions and liquids.  A full list of what can be included is available on this link:  What Goes In My Shoebox (samaritans-purse.org.uk).  Thank you in advance.

Data Collection Sheets

Data collection sheets have now been distributed to all students.  Many thanks to parents who have already returned sheets.  If you have yet to do so, please check/update and sign the sheet and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.  We politely request two emergency contacts

News from PE

House hockey
All year groups participated in House Hockey on Wednesday. In these competitive matches the girls showcased the skills they have practised this term in PE lessons. 

Year 9 results1st Torrance and Whitmore 
3rd Elkes4th Orme 


Year 10 & 11 combined 1st Torrance 2nd Elkes 3rd Orme 4th Whitmore 

Netball Tuesday 12th October – Year 9 Netball tournament away at Deferrers

Wednesday – Year 10 House netball tournament 

House Rugby Results –

Year 9 – 1st Torrance, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Orme, 4th Elkes

Year 10 – 1st Whitmore, 2nd Orme, 3rd Torrance, 4th Elkes

Year 11 1st Torrance, 2nd Elkes, 3rd Orme, 4th Whitmore

BTEC Tech Award Sport, Activity & Fitness – All students need to upload coaching videos to assignments on teams.

House Competition 2021 – 22

1 – Elkes: 44

2 – Whitmore: 37

3 – Torrance: 34

4 – Orme: 25

How do you get points for your house?

Credits

Earn credits to help your house win the credit award each week

Attendance

Come to school every day to help your house win the Attendance award each Half Term (Triple Points!)

House Competitions

House Football – Date TBC

House Netball – Date TBC

Art Competitions – Date TBC

Swimming Gala – 15th November

Mental Health 


It is World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10th October. Students have watched a presentation during registration this week. This has highlighted support on offer in school. On Tuesday we will be joined by Natalie and Bridie from the Burton and Uttoxeter Mental Health in Schools team. They will have a stall in the canteen at lunchtime and they would like to speak to students who are keen to promote positive mental health and who are interested in becoming Mental Health ambassadors in school. 

Science News

Science Students of the Week

Mrs North would like to nominate Evie D and Rachel T (9H2A) – for fantastic homework about microscopes in Biology.

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate the following students from 10U1 – Logan C, Charlie F, Isabelle G, Calli H, Luke N, Bethan P and Ben P for their great performance in their recent chemistry assessment.

Mrs Hughes would also like to nominate the following students from 11H3 – Jack B, Emily G, Katy J, Grace S and Daisy T for a fantastic result in their science assessment.

Well done!

Calling All Aspiring Medics or Healthcare workers

There are still some spaces on the Autumn and early Winter virtual hospital work experience course – Ward Round Live. It’s a great way for students to get interactive work experience for their Medicine application, as well as taking on the role of a Doctor themselves.

Next available courses:

Name: Ward Round Live
Ages: 15+
Next Date: Saturday 16th October 2021 & Sunday 7th November 2021
Time: 10am – 4pm
Link:https://educationprojects.co.uk/medical-projects/ward-round-live/

If you are an aspiring medics or healthcare students then please follow the link

Geography

Year 11 revision sessions are running every Wednesday after-school till around 4pm with Miss Robinson in room 6a. The theme for this half term’s revision sessions are exam skills, with next week’s revision session on ‘how to answer 4 and 6 mark questions’. All students from each Y11 group are invited to attend these sessions!


Year 13 revision sessions are also running every Wednesday after-school with Mrs Goodwin in room 7. These sessions will provide you with a chance to discuss your progress with your NEA and also to work on knowledge and exam technique.

Yr9 Send Evening 

On Thursday the Send department are holding a  meeting for year 9 parents. The evening starts at 5pm in Keeling House on Thursday 14th October. It is an opportunity for parents of special needs pupils in year 9 to meet teaching assistants and to see how pupils are supported in their curriculum and social time.

We look forward to meeting you on Thursday.


English Stars

Well done to the following students, who have been nominated by your teachers for this week’s student of the week.


Year 9 Rachel T, Ellie Mae R, Lily H, Daisy C, Kieran C, Joshua W


Year 10 Maddie H, Aimee S, Lacey B, Maisie L, Harriet K, Lily O, Aileen L, Jack M, Megan W B


Year 11 Evie R, Bren P, Krishan K, Bailey L, Lucy M, Katie D, Edward T, Harriet E, Hannah Thomas L


Year 12 Yasmin L, Pjilippa B, Liliana KYear 13 Sadie B

Career of the week

This week the career is ‘Hotel Porter click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #08 – HOTEL PORTER – YouTube

Job title:  Hotel Porter Hotel Porters welcome guests, carry their luggage and answer their questions. On a typical day you could: welcome guests to the hotel and carry their luggage answer queries about the hotel and make reservations arrange taxis and book tickets run errands, such as picking up dry cleaning take messages give directions move furniture or equipment to set up rooms for events respond to safety and security issues
How to become:College You can take a college course before you look for work, like: Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry or customer service. You may need: 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course Apprenticeship You can start by doing a hospitality team member intermediate apprenticeship. Entry requirements You’ll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship Direct Application You can apply directly to employers if you’ve got some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this job. Experience in customer service will be helpful though not essential. Employers will be interested in your personal qualities and will expect you to be hardworking, honest and a reliable time-keeper.
Skills required:customer service skills the ability to work on your own the ability to work well with others physical fitness and endurance excellent verbal communication skills active listening skills concentration skills the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll earn:£14000 -£19000

              All information taken directly from Hotel porter | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Careers interviews

All year 11s will be seen for careers interviews over the next two terms to enable them to make their plans for post 16.

Students will be collected from their lessons to attend and where possible will be contacted in advance.

All year 11s will be seen by either myself (Anna Featherstone) or Clare Atkinson – our advisor from Entrust.

If students would like to know more about what to expect in their appointment or look at how to prepare then please click on the link attached which will take you to a document in Microsoft teams. Alternatively, you will find the information on our school website under the careers tab.

Featherstone: What to expect in your careers appointment 

               Upcoming events and Opportunities

Free Careers Evenings for Teachers and Parents Expert advice to enhance your students’ career potential

InvestIN runs a series of bespoke, free-of-charge events for parents and teachers specifically designed to help you enhance your students’ career potential. This term’s schedule includes sessions on how to break into medicine, learning leadership skills, launching a career to fight climate change and much more. If you are interested or want to register for any of the events then you can on this link Events for Parents | InvestIN

Succeeding in STEM – Discover how to kickstart your child’s career in STEM-related industries. Led by Ella Podmore, McLaren Engineer – Live online | 20th October 2021 | 7-8pm GMT

Spotlight Talks: Inspiring careers excellence – 13-14 October, 2021.

In partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Spotlight talks brings together the UK’s leading employers and apprentices to inspire even more young people, from all walks of life to take up technical career routes and apprenticeships. The next Spotlight talks will focus on digital skills and careers. To register click on the link below. Registration | WorldSkills UK Events

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October 1st 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Assemblies for Next Week

Assemblies: w/b 4th of October

The assembly this week will be led by Mr Melland to talk about World Space Week 

Thought(s) for the Week 

 “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” ― Isaac Asimov

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie

Year 11 Sixth Form Talk: 30th September 2021.

Mrs Dodd delivered a talk to all year 11 students during period 1 today. She discussed the many opportunities that the Sixth Form can provide after year 11, the array of subjects (both A-level and BTEC) available, and the application process for 2022 entry. During this talk she reminded students that they are required by law to stay in education and/or training until they are 18. All students were given a letter to bring home in relation to our forthcoming Sixth Form Open Evening, which will also be emailed out to all parent(s)/carer(s) of year 11 students.

Sixth Form Open Evening: 7th of October 2021.

We are delighted to be able to offer a face-to-face open evening this year, which is the first stage of our application process for 2022 entry. Post-16 education at Thomas Alleyne’s is highly regarded by both students and their families, and we have a proven track record of success in both A-Level and BTEC courses.  

The aim of the open evening is to support year 11 students in making informed decisions about their Post-16 education, and will comprise of a Sixth Form information session alongside a number of subject specific presentations. 

Evening Format:

• 6.00-6.30pm – Sixth Form Information Talk one in the theatre OR

• 6.20-6.30pm – Subject talk one

THEN:

• 6.40-6.50pm – Subject talk two

• 7.00-7.10pm – Subject talk three

• 7.20-7.30pm – Subject talk four

• 7.40-7.50pm – Subject talk five

• 8.00-8.10pm – Subject talk six

• 8.20-8.50pm – Second Sixth Form Talk two in the theatre OR

• 8.20-8.50pm Subject questions and answers.

The Sixth form information sessions will be led by myself, Mrs Dodd and our Head Boy and Girl, and will cover the Post-16 admissions process, examination results, student destinations alongside our expectations and opportunities.  

We strongly encourage our year 11 students to plan their evening in advance, as they will be able to attend up to six subject talks, which will  focus on the nature, demands and admission criteria for individual A-Level and BTEC courses.  Subject staff and current Post-16 students will be available throughout the evening to answer any questions. 

To help you plan your evening, and to keep our community as safe as possible, we would ask that you book tickets for the sessions and subject talks via the following link:

Please could tickets for the talks are booked in the name of the prospective year 12 student, and where possible they attend with one parent/carer.

Our current Sixth Form prospectus is available to view online now in the Sixth Form section of our school website, and our 2022 prospectus will be available on the open evening.

If you have any queries, or if you are unable to attend the evening, but would like to receive information about our Sixth Form, please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk

UCAS 2022 Entry:

The Sixth form team are pleased to share that that our first UCAS applications for 2022 entry have been sent off this week. If your child is in year 13 and is hoping to go to university in 2022 please encourage them to complete their personal statement and UCAS application as soon as possible. Year 13 have been provided with a wealth of resources to support them in this, and also have free access to our fantastic online destinations platform Unifrog. 

Please be aware of the following National deadlines for 2022 Entry:

Conservatoire music courses – 1st October 2021 6pm

Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses – 15th October 2021 6pm

All other university courses – 26th January 2022 6pm

For further information about UCAS or the application process please visit UCAS.com

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 4th October 2021

Year 12

Plan out your ‘road map’ to help you reflect on what you want from Y12.  Or use the ‘goal setting’ worksheet to plan out careers and steps to getting there – courtesy of Unifrog.

Year 13

Log onto the Future Learn website and explore their moocs.  Sign up for one and continue this during your 6th form 7 enrichment sessions or tutor time on Wednesdays.  These will help your personal statements to really stand out!’

Sixth Form Volunteers Needed

We are looking for Sixth Form students to volunteer to help during our Prospective Sixth Form Open Evening taking place on Thursday 7th October.  If you are interested in supporting the Sixth Form please pop your name on the sign sheets outside the Sixth Form office.

Sixth Form Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF)

Sixth Form bursary booklets are now available for collection from the Sixth Form office.

All students in Years 11, 12 and 13 have been sent this link via their school email.  If they are interested in an apprenticeship they can register using the link.

Art & photography back on the road

Y12 Art and Photography Students went to Birmingham Library, City Centre and Galleries to make sketches and take photographs for their coursework development and experimentation.  The trip went really well, all students worked hard and were an excellent example for the school and conducted themselves safely and maturely.  Mr. Robinson-White, Mrs. Simmonds-Vaughan and Ms. Wood were delighted to spend the day supporting our wonderful Artists and Photographers. 

Year 10 and Y11 Data Collection Sheets

Year 10 and Year 11 data collection sheets have been distributed to students this week. We thank all parents in advance for checking/completing these sheets and returning them to the school office as soon as possible. The information helps us to safeguard your child and contact you in an emergency. We politely request 2 emergency contacts. Please do advise the school office if any detail changes throughout the year including email addresses. 

News from PE

This Thursday evening saw our House Handball competition take place. The event was a mixed gender, multi year group competition – which saw some great skill and game play.

Final positions after 2 hours of match play saw Whitmore come out on top, Elkes 2nd, Torrance 3rd and Orme 4th.

Joel M was player of the tournament.  All players taking place earnt credits for their house as well as the competition points.


Preparations continue for Girls House Hockey and Boys House Rugby on Wednesday 6th October –

Year 11 P2, Year 9 P3, Year 10 P4.

Students wanting to play just need to register and go straight to changing rooms.

Fitness, Badminton and Girls Rugby continue to be well attended (see Pics)
Next week

Tue 5th Oct Year 9 Girls House Netball – 3.05-4.15

Wed 6th Oct Year 11 Girls House Netball – 3.05-4.15

Wed 6th Oct Girls House Hockey

Wed 6th Oct Boys House Rugby

Thu 7th Oct Boys House Football 3.05-4.15

Fri 8th Oct Badminton Club 3.05-4pm

Fri 8th Oct Girls Rugby 3.05-4pm

Fri 8th Oct Fitness Club 3.05-4pm 

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs North would like to nominate Lewis A (9T2) and Jack A (9T2) for excellent contribution in Biology.

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate Alisha C and Krishan K (10H5) for excellent practical work in Biology.

Mr Melland would like to say a huge thank you to the Year 9 students who volunteered to help in the Science Department and made a massive contribution during the School’s Open Evening.

The students demonstrated the dissection of a sheep’s pluck (lungs, heart and liver), intrigued visitors with smiley-faced marshmallows in the vacuum chamber and produced an array of colours in the chemical flame tests!

Well done!

MFL Musings

Firstly, well done to everyone in 11C who completed their Trial Speaking Exam this week. We’re looking forward to 11D doing just as well in a couple of weeks time – final details to follow as soon as we can. 
It was also an eventful week as we had year 8 visiting us from the middle schools on Thursday evening. It was a great opportunity to meet everyone, tell them about what we do in year 9, and to get people trying Battleships, Sentences of Doom, and Quizlet. 


This week, we want to celebrate students who have demonstrated the core values of a THOMAS Character, so congratulations to:

MC for helping others in class 9HAKJ for tenacity in every lesson 9HLJH and IG for tenacity 10C


And of course, another huge well done to 11C for their speaking exams, and a thank you to year 12 for all of their support and hard work on open evening. 

Music News

Can all students who would like to have instrumental/vocal tuition in school please either collect a letter from me or return their parental consent slips if you have a letter. Please do this ASAP.
If you are unsure what time your lesson is please look at the music notice board in room 67 or see Mrs Todd. I will continue to remind pupils on SIMS for next week but then you will need to check the notice board.


Guitar lessons Monday 9am
Drum lessons Monday 11.40am
Woodwind lessons Thursday 9.30am
Violin, Vocal, Piano Thursday 10.30am
Brass lessons Friday 10.45am

GREASE Production

Please can ALL students who want to be in Grease and have not yet had a Dance Audition, ensure you attend the dance session on Tuesday 5th October after school in the theatre until 4.15. If you have already auditioned for dance you do not need to be there. You MUST attend if you want any part on stage and have not already auditioned for dance.

Grease drama auditions will take place on Wednesday 13th October. For more details then please see Mrs Todd or Mrs Mood.

PET XI Training YEAR 11 Positive Directions

Congratulations to the Yr11 pupils who completed their level IT training with PetXI this.  Throughout the week pupils developed their IT skills with external staff.  The course allowed them to build CV’s and career applications as well as build skills in using Office 365.  Well done to all pupils, the company were extremely complimentary about your approach and conduct during the week.

History

Year 11 pupils should be revising for their Paper 1 Medicine Through Time exam – this will be sat during the week beginning 18th October.


After school revision is Wednesday and Thursday each week.

English Stars

Congratulations to the following students who have impressed their English teachers this week.

Y9 Blake R, Matthew F, Harvey D, Elisha T, Landon F


Y10 Kieran S, Aimee S, Poppy B, Isobel H, Lauren N, Lily O, Harriet K, Milly S, Aileen L, Alex H, Billy T, Jack G


Y11 Jimmy K, Bertie I, Luke C, Joe Ho, Hannah C, Beth J, Bethan T, Joe Ha


Y12 Katie U, Will P, Tess SY13 Sadie B, Katie G, Sophie W, Lizzie S, Martha M, Robert F

Allies will return this week. If you would like to be involved, please come along from 8:00 on Monday morning to Room 23 or speak to Miss Cann or Mrs Attwood.


Latin club will start for sixth form students this week. Please come along to Room 21 at 3:30 on Thursday. For more information, contact cann@tahs.net

Maths- Year 9 ‘Star Starters’

Well done to all the following Y9 students who have made a fantastic start in maths

9H1: Nehir A, Matthew F, Harry O, Poppy W

9H2A: Lexi C, Evie D, Matthew L

9H2B: Isaac C, Landon, Louie R, Jess P

9H3: Ianthe R, Bayley W, Ava H, Scarlett C

9H4: Aimee M, Joseph H, Elena B

9U1: Spencer W, James D, Isabell D, Lily H

9U2: Blake R, Katie P, Daisy C, Daisy J

9U3: Elisha T, Tyler P, Sophia C

9U4: Larisa G, Ollie K, Lilly P, Matthew C

Career of the week

This week the career is ‘Games Tester’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #07 – GAMES TESTER – YouTube

Job title:  Computer games tester (Gamestester, quality assurance tester, video games tester) Computer games testers play computer games to check they work, and find and record problems or ‘bugs’.In this role you could:test different levels and versions of a gamefind the cause of faults and recommend improvementsenter each ‘bug report’ on a quality management systemcompare the game against other games on the marketcheck for spelling mistakes in the game, manuals and packagingreport copyright issues like the use of logoscheck a game’s accessibility optionswork under pressure and to deadlines
How to become:University You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree course in; computing, games design, programming. You’ll usually need: 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree College You could take a college course, which may help you to get a job as a junior tester. Courses include: A level in Computing Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development You may need:  4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and a creative subject Apprenticeship You could complete a software tester higher apprenticeship. This typically takes around 24 months to complete as a mix of learning on the job and study. You’ll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship Direct Application You could contact games companies about part-time or short-term work experience opportunities. You’ll need good technical skills and an in-depth understanding of different game platforms and quality assurance processes.
Skills required:maths knowledge for understanding programmingto be thorough and pay attention to detail for finding faults and ‘bugs’analytical thinking skills for software testingthe ability to use your initiativethe ability to come up with new ways of doing thingsexcellent verbal communication skillsa good memorycomplex problem-solving skills for fixing ‘bugs’to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently  
What you’ll earn:£24,000 – £50,000  

              All information taken directly from Firefighter | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Careers interviews

All year 11s will be seen for careers interviews over the next two terms to enable them to make their plans for post 16.

Students will be collected from their lessons to attend and where possible will be contacted in advance.

All year 11s will be seen by either myself (Anna Featherstone) or Clare Atkinson – our advisor from Entrust.

If students would like to know more about what to expect in their appointment or look at how to prepare then please click on the link attached which will take you to a document in Microsoft teams. Alternatively you will find the information on our school website under the careers tab.

Featherstone: What to expect in your careers appointment 

               Upcoming events and Opportunities

Free Careers Evenings for Teachers and Parents Expert advice to enhance your students’ career potential

InvestIN runs a series of bespoke, free-of-charge events for parents and teachers specifically designed to help you enhance your students’ career potential. This term’s schedule includes sessions on how to break into medicine, learning leadership skills, launching a career to fight climate change and much more. If you are interested or want to register for any of the events then you can on this link Events for Parents | InvestIN

The Skills SurgeryBreaking into a career in medicine, dentistry and veterinary surgery. Led by Dr. Julian Pearce, Dermatology Registrar and Academic FellowLive online | 6th October 2021 | 7-8pm GMT

Succeeding in STEMDiscover how to kickstart your child’s career in STEM-related industries. Led by Ella Podmore, McLaren EngineerLive online | 20th October 2021 | 7-8pm GMT

RAILWAY FUTURES CAREERS DAY

FOR SECONDARY AND SIXTH FORM/COLLEGE STUDENTS

13.15–14.55 Wednesday 6th October

Students can explore the industry through a series of workshops, with professionals sharing stories about the exciting combination of innovation, engineering and technology in the railways. Students will discover how and why the future in rail is exciting and dynamic, and how to pursue a future in rail and STEM.

HOW TO TAKE PART

If you are interested in taking part then please contact Mrs Featherstone at featherstone@tahs.net and I will organise the opportunity for you.

Morgan Stanley – Step in Step up – An insight to Banking

Step In, Step Up:  An Insight to Banking is an introductory two-day programme designed for Year 12/13 female students. This programme comprises of divisional overviews, panel sessions and interactive workshops. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with employees at all stages of their careers. Meet our inspiring individuals and discover your passion for Finance.


The event will be held on the 26th & 27th October 2021.Applications close on the 26th September 2021.

Event address / venue details

London (Virtual / In our offices) to be confirmed closer to the time dependent on COVID-19. Register – Morgan Stanley Campus (tal.net)

Royal Air Force ‘Access All Areas’ Free Virtual Careers Event – Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 18:30 – 20:30.

The RAF is responsible for protecting the UK’s air and space capabilities, and Access All Areas is a fantastic opportunity to uncover an immersive, interactive 360° experience. With nine must-see locations and the opportunity to chat directly with RAF Recruitment Personnel, explore where the RAF could take you.

RAF Virtual Event Access All Areas Tickets, Wed 6 Oct 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

Spotlight Talks: Inspiring careers excellence – 13-14 October, 2021.

In partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Spotlight talks brings together the UK’s leading employers and apprentices to inspire even more young people, from all walks of life to take up technical career routes and apprenticeships. The next Spotlight talks will focus on digital skills and careers. To register click on the link below. Registration | WorldSkills UK Events

Staff Vacancies 


We are looking to recruit exam invigilators on a casual basis to increase the numbers of our current team. This highly flexible role will help to support the effective supervision and monitoring of internal and external exams. Supporting students during exams is both a rewarding and vital role. Please see the school website for full details:


http://www.thomasalleynes.uk/page/?title=Exam+Invigilators&pid=282

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September 24th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Assemblies for Next Week

Assemblies: w/b 27th of September

The assembly this week will be led by Damien Godwin on the subject of prejudice and diversity and links to the beginning of Black History Month

Thought(s) for the Week 

 “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” —Nelson Mandela

Sixth Form Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF)

Sixth Form bursary booklets are now available for collection from the Sixth Form office.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 27TH SEPTEMBER 2021

Year 12

Will be thinking about creating a growth mindset and how seemingly ‘lucky’ people have actually struggled and made plans to succeed.

Year 13

Will be working on interview skills, preparing for the future working through questions an employer might ask such as ‘why you?’ or ‘what do people assume about you that would be wrong?’

Sixth Form Volunteers Needed

We are looking for Sixth Form students to volunteer to help during our Prospective Sixth Form Open Evening taking place on Thursday 7th October.  If you are interested in supporting the Sixth Form please pop your name on the sign sheets outside the Sixth Form office.

Ideas to help you fill your SixthForm 7 hours and study periods

Free online lectures to support your personal statement evidence – Gresham College – please click on the link below:

FREE WEBINARS YOU CAN USE IN YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT – Provided by Swansea University

Law / Psychology / Marketing / Medicine / Computer Science / Criminology / Biology / Biochemistry / Politics / Engineering / Sports Science.

Please click on the link below.

Royal Holloway – Lecture series

GEOGRAPHY
‘Geography for schools lecture series’ Starting on Monday 27 Sept 2021, 5pm.
A 4 part lecture series covering a variety of topics, perfect if you are taking A Level Geography. Starting on with ‘Learning to read a sandy desert landscape’ (Dr Simon Armitage). Each lecture will be broadcast on Facebook – CLICK HERE

PSYCHOLOGY
‘Psychology Lecture Evening’ Wednesday 13 October 2021, 6pm.

Our annual Psychology Schools Lecture Evening. Hear about recent research in psychology including Resilience: Why it matters (Dr Ilham Sebah) and Foreign accents: lessons from animals about culture and learning from others (Dr Robert Lachlan).
CLICK HERE

History

Year 11 need to begin revising for a Paper 1 Medicine Through Time examination held in the last week of this half-term.


Year 11 after school revision will support pupils in preparing for this: Wednesday Mrs Johnson, Thursday Mrs Young.

Thank you from RE


Thank you and well done to all of year 11 for completing their assessments in class this week, behaviour and effort in all groups was notably superb and results are looking very positive for the year group as a whole.

News from PE

This week Boys began their House Football with Torrance beating Whitmore 2 – 1 and Orme thrashing Elkes 10-3.   Netball all year groups have had their first team training sessions this week (see picture attached). Year 9 have got their first festival on Tuesday 28th September at Deferrers.

Badminton Club began last Friday after school with 25 participants, see Ms Simpson for details

Fitness Club also began last Friday after school in our new pavilion. See Mr Scott for details.


In lessons boys are practicing Rugby and girls are practicing Hockey in preparation for Boys House Rugby and Girls House Hockey on Wednesday 6th October.

Boys & Girls House Handball

This years Boys and Girls House Handball competition will take place during Open Evening on Thursday 30th September. Anyone interested in playing please give your name to your form tutor.

Girls Rugby Club

Girls rugby is now on Fridays after school 3.05-4.15 , all welcome.

First Robotics Challenge

Older students and more longstanding parents will remember that the school team for the First Robotics Challenge qualified for the national finals in London – unfortunately this was curtailed by Covid and we never got to attend.

Well fear not we are registered for this coming season and are looking to build a team to take on this years challenge – what ever it may be! The launch event is early October.

So we are looking for people to apply to be on the team, it is not just about computing as it was our social media presence & marketing that won us prices last time.

So we need:

Programmers

Marketeers

Accountants

Social Media managers

Business plan writers

Designers

Engineers

Please drop Mr Cartwright an email or Teams chat expressing your interest – we need pupils from all year groups!

Year 9 Data Collection Sheets

Year 9 data collection sheets will be distributed to students today.  We thank all parents in advance for completing these as soon as possible and returning them to the school office.  The information helps us to safeguard your child and contact you in an emergency.  We politely request 2 emergency contacts.  Please do advise the school office if any detail change throughout the year including email addresses. 


A Level English Language: Remembering Dr Johnson

On the 20th September, A Level English Language students visited the annual Samuel Johnson memorial event in Uttoxeter Market Place. 


The speaker, Phillip Jones, explained that Samuel’s father had a book store in Litchfield and a book stall in Uttoxeter market. One day, Samuel’s father asked for his help  which Johnson refused. However, as an adult Johnson felt guilty for not helping and to show his apology and that he was wrong he took his hat off in the rain outside the stall, which signifies shame.


One part of the speech that I found fascinating was Johnson’s love for trees. When Henry VIII needed wood for ships and had his men cut down enough trees to make a fleet of ships, Johnson worried about the amount of trees that they were using. This part in the speech was something I was not expecting to hear but when I heard it I became fascinated.


Johnson joined the Royal Society of Art and Manufacture to plant trees. Samuel Johnson also had a favourite willow tree, next to a pond that he would swim in. He would dry off under the tree. The willow tree that is going to be planted in November in Lichfield will be the 5th generation of that tree.
– Alyssa Whitehall, Y12


Samuel Johnson is still incredibly important today. His development of the dictionary revolutionised what was a bank of words into a guide to how to use them. His passion for the English Language combined with his realisation that the language is an uncontrollable, living identity has inspired many of the linguists we study today. He represents a person who not only accepts his mistakes, but someone who broke away from the accepted norms of his period which allowed him to understand the language. 
– Rob Fuller, Y13

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Nicholas G-C, Harry G, Joseph H and Lily W – all from 9H4 for fantastic effort in Chemistry lessons.

Also, all of 10U1 for making excellent progress in Chemistry lessons.

Mrs North would like to nominate Lexi C and Pat T in her Year 9 Science group for excellent slides produced during their microscope practical.

Mr Melland would like to nominate the following Year 11 students for making a strong start with their online Science homework – Zita Mac, Billy L, Sarah W and Georgie F.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Lydia M (12A) for excellent performance in the Ions and Formula test.

Dylan C (11U1) for great contribution and engagement in Chemistry lessons.

Charlie A (11U5) for great practical skills in Chemistry.

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate Theo B, Kieren C and Rhys W (9U1) for excellent contributions in Biology lessons. 

Maddy E (12C Biology) for her efforts with her independent studies at the start of the Biology course. 

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Holly T (10U2) for exceptionally detailed and thorough work on chemical bonding. 

Nathan S (12D Physics) for impressive commitment to his Physics studies during absence.

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate Luke N (10U1) for excellent answers in Physics.

Cameron B (11H3) for independent catch-up on his Physics.

A Level Chemistry Revision Guides are now available to buy from the school online shop for Y12 students. 

Well done!

MFL Musings

VERY IMPORTANT FOR YEAR 11 – you have your trial speaking exam next week. You should be reading, saying and learning your conversation answers to help you prepare. In addition, on Tuesday 28th Mrs Clemett is running an after-school session focused on the trial speaking exam in room 11.


AWESOME STUDENTS

Year 11: JH, TN, NW and MS in 11D / EP in 11C

Year 10: OHP in 10C / EO, CH, EO and SS in 10D

Year 9:  Mainly for doing so well in Sentences of Doom LN and GA in 9HA, AC in 9HL, BO in 9UL, and MP in 9HS  /  LP, OB, HO, LU, CH, AP, RM, EP, NA and LA as well

CAREER SPOTLIGHT

TikTok need someone who wants to be paid to watch French TikToks and make sure they aren’t breaking the rules.

English Stars

Well done to the following students, who have been nominated by their teachers as student of the week in English this week.


Year 9 Harry O, Leah U, Aidan T, Harry O, Sammy S, Clemmie W, Adam R, Kai B, Lola T

Year 10 Maisie L, Harry W, Tommy R, Logan C, Ciaran M, Morgan H


Year 11 Jack B, Joe M, Jacob R, Gemma B

Year 12 Will P

Year 13 Katie G

Sixth Form Latin Club


Any sixth form students who are interested in the Latin club are invited to come along on Thursday from 3:15 – 4:15 to Room 21 for our first session. For more details, please email Miss Cann on cann@tahs.net

NEW CLUB: Allies

At Thomas Alleyne’s we are proud of our welcoming community. Allies is a new club, which will run on Monday mornings from 8:00. It is for anyone who wants to learn how to be an ally or develop a more diverse and outward looking atmosphere within our community.

Who is invited?

If you oppose discrimination of any kind and want to work with others to make our school and wider community a more inclusive environment and celebrate its diverse voices, then we hope you will come along. 

What is it about?

The aim of the club is to provide a safe space for students to discuss issues around diversity and share their own experiences; to get to know other like-minded people; come along and find out how to be an ally; and get involved in leading school wide activities around inclusivity. Allies opposes racism, sexual discrimination, homophobia and transphobia, as well as all forms of discrimination, and is a safe space to build friendships and support.

When?


Starting Monday 20 September FROM 8:00 (drop in when you arrive) – YEAR 9 BUBBLE ROOM – bring colouring pens!

If you would like to know more about this, please email Miss Cann at cann@tahs.net

Action for Children’s Advice to Parent regarding Eating Habits

Everyone has different eating habits. But if you’re worried about your child’s relationship with food or their body, it might be worth looking for some support. If your child’s eating habits negatively affect their everyday life, they may have an eating disorder. This is when someone uses food to cope with certain situations or feelings. Teenagers between 13 and 17 are most at risk, but anyone can have an eating disorder. It can be helpful to know the signs and what to do if you’re worried about your child. Below is a link to an article that provides advice and signpost support services for this concern.

This week the career is ‘Firefighter’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #06 – FIREFIGHTER – YouTube

Job title:  Fireman, firewoman Firefighters help to protect people from fire and other dangers, and give advice on fire prevention. Every day will be different, but you could: inspect and maintain equipment carry out practice drills and take part in training respond to emergency call-outs rescue people and animals from burning buildings and accident sites control and put out fires deal with bomb alerts and floods manage chemical or hazardous substance spills give presentations to schools and community groups inspect buildings to make sure they meet fire safety regulations
How to become:College You could take a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Public Services before applying to the fire service, although this is not essential. You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course Apprenticeship You may be able to start training on an operational firefighter advanced apprenticeship. You’ll need to be employed by a fire service to do this. You could train to be a firefighter in the Royal Air Force (RAF). You can find more information at: Royal Air Force You’ll usually need GCSEs grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, in English and maths to apply for an apprenticeship. Direct Application You can apply directly to join the fire service. Each one sets its own entry requirements. Many ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications. You’ll need to pass: an online test to assess your judgement ability in a realistic work setting number and reading tests If you’re successful, you’ll: do practical selection tests to find out whether you can do the physical tasks needed for the job be interviewed  
Skills required:knowledge of public safety and security customer service skills the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations to be thorough and pay attention to detail sensitivity and understanding knowledge of training and how to present information the ability to work well with others to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device.   You’ll need to: pass a fitness test pass a medical check pass enhanced background checks have a full driving licence be over 18 years of age
What you’ll earn:£23,800 – £39300  

              All information taken directly from Firefighter | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Careers interviews

All year 11s will be seen for careers interviews over the next two terms to enable them to make their plans for post 16.

Students will be collected from their lessons to attend and where possible will be contacted in advance.

All year 11s will be seen by either myself (Anna Featherstone) or Clare Atkinson – our advisor from Entrust.

If students would like to know more about what to expect in their appointment or look at how to prepare then please click on the link attached which will take you to a document in Microsoft teams.

Featherstone: What to expect in your careers appointment 

               Upcoming events and Opportunities

RAILWAY FUTURES CAREERS DAY

FOR SECONDARY AND SIXTH FORM/COLLEGE STUDENTS

13.15–14.55 Wednesday 6th November

Students can explore the industry through a series of workshops, with professionals sharing stories about the exciting combination of innovation, engineering and technology in the railways. Students will discover how and why the future in rail is exciting and dynamic, and how to pursue a future in rail and STEM.

HOW TO TAKE PART

If you are interested in taking part then please contact Mrs Featherstone at featherstone@tahs.net and I will organise the opportunity for you.

Morgan Stanley – Step in Step up – An insight to Banking

Step In, Step Up:  An Insight to Banking is an introductory two-day programme designed for Year 12/13 female students. This programme comprises of divisional overviews, panel sessions and interactive workshops. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with employees at all stages of their careers. Meet our inspiring individuals and discover your passion for Finance.


The event will be held on the 26th & 27th October 2021.Applications close on the 26th September 2021.

Event address / venue details

London (Virtual / In our offices) to be confirmed closer to the time dependent on COVID-19. Register – Morgan Stanley Campus (tal.net)

Royal Air Force ‘Access All Areas’ Free Virtual Careers Event – Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 18:30 – 20:30.

The RAF is responsible for protecting the UK’s air and space capabilities, and Access All Areas is a fantastic opportunity to uncover an immersive, interactive 360° experience. With nine must-see locations and the opportunity to chat directly with RAF Recruitment Personnel, explore where the RAF could take you.

RAF Virtual Event Access All Areas Tickets, Wed 6 Oct 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

Spotlight Talks: Inspiring careers excellence – 13-14 October, 2021.

In partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Spotlight talks brings together the UK’s leading employers and apprentices to inspire even more young people, from all walks of life to take up technical career routes and apprenticeships. The next Spotlight talks will focus on digital skills and careers. To register click on the link below.

Registration | WorldSkills UK Events

Careers in the NHS 


Considering a career on the NHS ? This is a really good place to start your research. Step into the NHS has a large library of videos to help you find out about different roles available. 
https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/careers/videos

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September 17th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Assemblies for Next Week

The assembly this week will be led by members of our sixth form and ably guided by Mr Harris on the subject of Recycling and The Great British Beach Clean

Thought(s) for the Week 

Away, away, from men and towns,

To the wild wood and the downs, — T. S. Elliot

To the silent wilderness, where the soul need not repress its music.”  Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sixth Form Code of Conduct

Reminder for students from both Year 12 and Year 13 to return their signed codes of conduct to their form tutor as soon as possible.  Spare forms can be collected from the Sixth Form Office. Thank you to those who have already returned them.

Sixth Form Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF)

Sixth Form bursary booklets are now available for collection from the Sixth Form office.

Year 12 ID Photos

Any Year 12 students who have not had their ID photo taken, please come up to the Sixth Form office on Monday.

Sixth Form Uniform policy

We take great pride in how smart our sixth form student look in their business-like uniform, and firmly believe that dressing smartly influences behaviour and prepares our learners for the workplace. Sixth form students must be aware of and always adhere to our clear dress code. Not wearing the correct uniform may result in a student being sent home to change, and students regularly not wearing the correct uniform contravenes the Sixth Form code of conduct.

The Sixth Form dress code at TAHS:

•          Smart business suit with matching jacket, trousers, skirt, or dress as appropriate.

•          Suits must be dark in colour and can be plain, have a subtle check or be pinstriped.

•          Skirts/Dresses must be at least knee length and match your jacket.

•          Trousers must be ankle length.

•          Suitable business-like tie (male students)

•          Plain or subtly patterned blouse or shirt (must be tucked in).

•          Smart shoes or boots (such as those worn in an office)

•          Plain jumper or cardigan.

•          Sixth Form lanyard with photo ID once issued.

•          Jewellery and make-up are permitted but should not be excessive.

Coats and scarves may be worn outside the buildings but must be removed once inside.

The following are not permitted:

•          Mini, lycra or bodycon skirts/dresses.

•          Denim – including jeans, dresses, skirts, and jackets.

•          Casual trousers – including combats, tracksuits, leggings, or skinny fitting trousers

•          Sports or casual clothing – including tracksuit, fleeces, T-shirts, hooded tops

•          Shorts or cropped trousers.

•          Trainers, pumps, canvas shoes, boots, sandals, or flip flops.

•          Tattoos must be covered. It is against the law for anyone under the age of 18 to have a tattoo, and therefore we do not expect any of our year 12 students to have one.

•          Facial piercings other than a suitable nose piercing.

•          Unconventional hair styles and extreme/unnatural hair colours.

•          Blouses/shirts that expose the midriff or are low fronted.

Year 12 Students

Thinking of applying to Cambridge University? Follow the link below to find out more about the shadowing scheme.  Applications close on October 10th.  It is worth putting an application in even if you do not meet all of the criteria mentioned on the form.  Any questions please see Mrs North


Shadowing Scheme: https://www.applytocambridge.com/shadowing/apply/

Year 9 Photographs

Year 9 school photographs will this year take place on Thursday 24th September. Students are asked to ensure that they are wearing smart and correct uniforms including a white shirt, their house tie and their blazer. 

Forensic biology visit to Keele University 


Sixth form students studying Forensic science and biology have spent the day at the new state of the art science labs at Keele. They have extracted DNA from cheek cells, amplified it by PCR and then visualised it using gel electrophoresis. This has given them practical experience of theory they learn in class and has allowed them to experience life at university. It has been a fantastic experience for them.

News from PE

Thursday night was the return of extra-curricular netball. 46 pupils from Y9, 10 and 11 turned up to sharpen their netball skills and play some games. If you would like to come and join us next week Y9 practice will be on Tuesday and Thursday until 4.15pm and Y10 and 11 practice will be on Wednesday until 4.15pm. We look forward to seeing you there. 

House Cross Country


Congratulations to all students that took part in this year’s House Cross Country on Thursday.


Individual Yr9 girls results were

1st- R Fry of Torrance in 12.49

2nd- J Punchard of Torrance in 15.00

3rd- L Ratcliffe of Whitmore in 15.40

Team result – 1st Torrance, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Orme, 4th Elkes


Yr9 boys results were

1st-R Morgan of Elkes in 9.58,

2nd L Atherton of Torrance in 10.31,

3rd S Whetton of Elkes in 11.14

Team result – 1st Elkes, 2nd Orme, 3rd Whitmore, 4th Torrance

Yr10 & 11 girls results were

1st O Yianni of Elkes in 13.09,

2nd G Slack of Torrance in 14.07,

3rd H Brandrick of Whitmore in 14.17

Team result- 1st Elkes, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Torrance, 4th Orme


Yr10 & 11 boys results were

1st O Morgan of Whitmore in 9.28,

2nd C Aldridge of Torrance in 9.55,

3rd S Pickup of Elkes in 9.59

Team result- 1st Elkes, 2nd Orme, 3rd Torrance, 4th Whitmore


Football and Netball


On Thursday night we had over a hundred boys and girls at football and netball practice.Over the next few weeks we will be running a house competition in both sports after school.

First Robotics Challenge

Older students and more longstanding parents will remember that the school team for the First Robotics Challenge qualified for the national finals in London – unfortunately this was curtailed by Covid and we never got to attend.

Well fear not we are registered for this coming season and are looking to build a team to take on this years challenge – what ever it may be! The launch event is early October.

So we are looking for people to apply to be on the team, it is not just about computing as it was our social media presence & marketing that won us prices last time.

So we need:

Programmers

Marketeers

Accountants

Social Media managers

Business plan writers

Designers

Engineers

Please drop Mr Cartwright an email or Teams chat expressing your interest – we need pupils from all year groups!

A level Geography field work.

It was great to be able to take our 32 year 13 Geographers out this week to Formby Beach and the Albert Dock in Liverpool. Students researched and planned their own data collection as part of their A level coursework. The day was spent investigating sand dune plant succession and the regeneration of the city centre.

Well done to all our students, it was good to be out and about again!

Musical Production News

A reminder that Auditions for Grease are next week after school. Please see Mrs Todd in music or Mrs Mood in drama for further details.


Tuesday   Vocal audition  room 67            3.30 to 4.15

Wednesday Drama audition theatre          3.30 to 4.15

Thursday    Dance audition  theatre           3.30 to 4.15

Music Notice


Any pupils who wish to have a music instrumental or vocal lesson, Please see the music notice board in room 67 for your lesson time.


Monday  Drum teacher  11.40

Tuesday   Guitar teacher 10.30

Thursday  Woodwind teacher 9.30

Thursday  Vocal, piano. violin  10.30

Friday    Brass teacher  11.45


If you are unsure when your lesson is and have not had time to check the board, then please arrive at the time your teacher arrives in school for next week.

Science News

Practical work has begun in earnest this week in the Science Department.  Our Year 9 groups have been looking for evidence that photosynthesis has taken place in geranium leaves using iodine to test for the presence of starch, the main energy store in plants.  And also investigating bar magnets – studying magnetic field lines and determining which materials are magnetic and non-magnetic.

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate: Dora E (9U1) for excellent contribution in Chemistry lessons.

Bailey L (11H4) for great attitude in Chemistry.

Euan L (13D) for resilience and determination in Chemistry.

Dr Squire would like to nominate Poppy B (10H2) and Molly H (10U2) for excellent contributions in Biology.

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate Zak S-S (11U5) for excellent effort in Biology. 

Isabell D and James L B D (9U1) for excellent contributions in Biology.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Jasmin W (11U3) for fantastic attitude to learning and application in lessons. 

Polly J in Year 12A Chemistry – for consistent involvement.

William W-D (10U2) – for impressive chemistry knowledge and contributions in lessons.

Mr Crum would like to nominate Poppy B (10H2) for excellent effort.

All of 10U4 and 11H5 who have made a fantastic start to the year by getting stuck in!

Eleanor W 13B Forensics for consistently being early in submitting work.

Well done!

History Year 11

After school revision classes are on Wednesdays and Thursdays – see Mrs Johnson (Wednesday) or Mrs Young (Thursday) for details

MFL Musings

French GCSE intervention Y11 Tuesday 21st September 3.10 room 11 to help prepare for French speaking exams week beginning 27th September.

We’ve had another fantastic week, with lots of spoken French and plenty of bravery, with people having a go no matter what. Y12 led the way with their brilliant presentations, which they had worked on over the summer, with some brilliant topics, including the Statue of Liberty, French-Canadian theatre, Napoleon, and Why are there so few Skyscrapers in Europe? Y9 and Y11 have been trying out Battleships and Quiz Quiz Trade, whilst Y10 seemed to quite like Sentence Chaos!


The following students deserve to have their initials mentioned in Roundup for effort in their speaking, especially the ones who volunteered to demonstrate in front of the class!:

Year 9SW 9HA, WG 9HL, OG 9UL, RM 9HS
Year 10DO 10C
Year 11SW 11C


Year 11 students are reminded that they have a reading assessment on Monday 20th September, and their first ever trial speaking exam the week after. What are you doing to revise? Quizlet? Learning conversation questions? A revision guide? Talking to your mate on the phone (in French)? Get started!


With an eye on careers, if you have a sensitive nose, why not try being a perfumier? There’s a company in France who specialise in just that: http://www.parfumprojet.com/fr

English Stars

Well done to all of the students who have been working so well this week. In particular, the English students of the week are:


Year 9 Kieran C, Evie B, Poppy W, Harry O, Adam R, Ben W, Clemmie W, Harry S

Year 10 Will F, Isobel H, Jessica W, Alex C, Kathryn W, Luke N, Charlie F, Layla M

Year 11 Lucy L, Isabel B, Gemma B, Thomas L, Xanthe S

Year 12 Georgia E

NEW CLUB: Allies

At Thomas Alleyne’s we are proud of our welcoming community. Allies is a new club, which will run on Monday mornings from 8:00. It is for anyone who wants to learn how to be an ally or develop a more diverse and outward looking atmosphere within our community.

Who is invited?

If you oppose discrimination of any kind and want to work with others to make our school and wider community a more inclusive environment and celebrate its diverse voices, then we hope you will come along. 

What is it about?

The aim of the club is to provide a safe space for students to discuss issues around diversity and share their own experiences; to get to know other like-minded people; come along and find out how to be an ally; and get involved in leading school wide activities around inclusivity. Allies opposes racism, sexual discrimination, homophobia and transphobia, as well as all forms of discrimination, and is a safe space to build friendships and support.

When?


Starting Monday 20 September FROM 8:00 (drop in when you arrive) – YEAR 9 BUBBLE ROOM – bring colouring pens!

If you would like to know more about this, please email Miss Cann at cann@tahs.net

This week the career is ‘DISASTER/EMERGENCY MANAGER’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #04 – DISASTER MANAGER – YouTube

Job title:  As an emergency planning/management officer, you’ll play a key role in protecting and maintaining public safety. Working as part of a team, you’ll anticipate and plan for major incidents and respond to threats to public safety. You can work in local or central government, or in a public body or agency tasked with responding to emergencies or disasters. Emergency planning/management officers are also known as a civil resilience or civil contingencies officer and respond to incidents such as: acts of terrorism epidemics and pandemics, such as swine flu and Covid-19 flooding major industrial accidents natural disasters winter weather
How to become:A relevant first degree is required for emergency planning/management officer roles and suitable subjects include: business continuity and security management disaster management environmental hazards and disaster management international security and disaster management. If you don’t have a relevant first degree, you’ll need to obtain a related postgraduate qualification. Masters courses are available in similar subjects to those listed above. Search for postgraduate courses in disaster management. Entry without a degree will only be considered if you have extensive relevant pre-entry experience or a related professional qualification. There are a number of specialised courses for professionals working in the voluntary, health, public and other sectors. While these do not necessarily qualify you to move into emergency planning roles, they do support a move into work relating to emergency planning and continued professional development (CPD). You may also want to consider getting student membership of relevant professional bodies such as the Emergency Planning Society (EPS). This will give you access to useful resources, help you keep up to date with news in the industry and give you access to networking events.
Skills required:You’ll need to have: the ability to communicate with people at all levels the capacity to stay calm in stressful disaster situations attention to detail and a thorough approach a logical approach and the ability to be creative in a high-pressure situation a flexible attitude, with the ability to manage a range of tasks at once the capability to work to deadlines and prioritise tasks project management skills analytical and problem-solving skills
What you’ll earn:Starting salaries for emergency planning officers range from £22,000 to £28,000 in local authority or NHS-based roles. With experience, those working in senior roles can expect to earn £35,000 to £50,000. Managers or consultants may earn more than this

              All information taken directly from Emergency planning/management officer job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

Upcoming events and Opportunities

RAILWAY FUTURES CAREERS DAY

FOR SECONDARY AND SIXTH FORM/COLLEGE STUDENTS

13.15–14.55 Wednesday 6th November

Students can explore the industry through a series of workshops, with professionals sharing stories about the exciting combination of innovation, engineering and technology in the railways. Students will discover how and why the future in rail is exciting and dynamic, and how to pursue a future in rail and STEM.

HOW TO TAKE PART

If you are interested in taking part then please contact Mrs Featherstone at featherstone@tahs.net and I will organise the opportunity for you.

Morgan Stanley – Step in Step up – An insight to Banking

Step In, Step Up:  An Insight to Banking is an introductory two-day programme designed for Year 12/13 female students. This programme comprises of divisional overviews, panel sessions and interactive workshops. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with employees at all stages of their careers. Meet our inspiring individuals and discover your passion for Finance.


The event will be held on the 26th & 27th October 2021.Applications close on the 26th September 2021.

Event address / venue details

London (Virtual / In our offices) to be confirmed closer to the time dependent on COVID-19. Register – Morgan Stanley Campus (tal.net)

Top of Form

Careers event with IBM, Experian, Vodafone – Wednesday15th September, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

No matter the career you decide to go into you will undoubtedly be involved with technology, so this event is a fantastic chance to get ahead of the crowd, start learning about this fascinating, ever-evolving industry and ultimately help you decide whether it’s a path you’d like to pursue. We will hear talks on the power of 5G and connectivity with Vodafone, cloud storage with IBM and big data with Experian and lots of other really interesting topics! Certificates will be awarded to those who attend the event. If you’d like to apply to this exclusive event, please click on the registration link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Technology-15th-September

Royal Air Force ‘Access All Areas’ Free Virtual Careers Event – Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 18:30 – 20:30.

The RAF is responsible for protecting the UK’s air and space capabilities, and Access All Areas is a fantastic opportunity to uncover an immersive, interactive 360° experience. With nine must-see locations and the opportunity to chat directly with RAF Recruitment Personnel, explore where the RAF could take you.

RAF Virtual Event Access All Areas Tickets, Wed 6 Oct 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

Spotlight Talks: Inspiring careers excellence – 13-14 October, 2021.

In partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Spotlight talks brings together the UK’s leading employers and apprentices to inspire even more young people, from all walks of life to take up technical career routes and apprenticeships. The next Spotlight talks will focus on digital skills and careers. To register click on the link below.

Registration | WorldSkills UK Events

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September 10th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Assemblies for Next Week

Mrs Rudge will be leading assemblies this week on the subject of Resilience

Thought(s) for the Week 

“You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it” –Paulo Coehlo

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” – Brené Brown

6TH FORM TUTOR TIME ACTIVIES

Monday’s PSHCE tutor time activities for 6th form this week are as follows:


Y12 – IMPROVING REVISION AND ORGANISATION

Organising your folders. Do you use organising your files as a chance to revise frequently? Try the Leitner Box system and other revision ideas. Students should try out some of these ideas eg download a revision plan, make some flash cards, summarise yesterday’s lessons etc.

Y13 POSITIVE MINDSET – THE CHIMP PARADOX

Watch a Ted Talk on the ‘chimp paradox’ about getting the most out of 6th form and not repeating Y12 mistakes to encourage a positive mindset.


Tutor time is organised into:

Monday – PSHCE activities

Tuesday – debates and current affairs

Wednesday – wellbeing, wider reading and revision opportunity

Thursday – future intentions planning time to research universities and apprenticeships

Friday – assembly


DEBATING SOCIETY

Any KS5 students interesting in joining a debate society should contact Mrs Bell (bell@tahs.net). This will be held one lunchtime per week with the aim of joining a national competition.


YOUNG LEADERS IN SERVICE AWARD

If students complete any community service/unpaid work, they may be eligible for the international Lions award for Young Leaders In Service. Please ask Mrs Bell for details (bell@tahs.net).


RECYCLING

Uttoxeter Lions have a recycling scheme running at TAHS. Please deposit any old mobile phones, old spectacles or old hearing aids in the collection box outside Mrs Walton’s office in the 6th form reception area. These are used for projects both nationally and internationally.

Our Online Tools

As a reminder to you all:

Homework is set in Insight, http://www.thomasalleynes.org – login with you school username and password. This system will be updated this term to a more user-friendly system, we will advise when this is to be. Year 9 parents please keep an eye on your emails for your login details.

All students have a free office365 account, at home go to office.com and login with your school email, username@tahs.net and your school network password. This gives you access to the full office suite, teams, OneDrive, email to name a few. You also have 5 free downloads of the full office suite to use for your time at the school.

It is advisable to access teams either through the mobile app or to download the desktop app onto laptops and PCs.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-teams/download-app

All year 9 students will be introduced to all of the above in their first IT lesson of the year. We will also be sharing hints, tips and how to information throughout the coming weeks.

News from PE

It has been great to welcome back students to PE this week.

In their first lesson students in Yr9, 10 and 11 will all be doing a cross country run – this is a 3000m run with a current fastest time this week of 11.14. Slowest time has been 28 min.  Students are all doing this to give them a practice for House Cross Country which is on Thursday 16th September P1. All students can participate to earn credits and house points, with the 10 fasted times in each house contributing to the House Trophy.  This will also give students a time to qualify for school and district competitions.


After Cross Country Boys Classes will be doing Rugby, Girls Groups will be doing Hockey and mixed groups will be doing badminton.  This is to prepare for Boys House Rugby and Girls House Hockey on Wednesday 6th October.


Extra Curricular Activities start next week-


Wednesday 15th September – 6th form Football Yr 12 v Yr 13 3.05-4.30

Thursday 16th September- House Cross Country P1 all years

Thursday 16th September- Boys Football Practice 3.05-4.30 Yr9, 10, 11

Thursday 16th September- Girls Netball Practice 3.05-4.30 Yr9, 10, 11 

Friday 17th September- Badminton Club 3.05- 4pm

Friday 17th September- Fitness Club (new gym) 3.05-4.pm (see Mr Scott in room 3 to get on the list)


For all after school activities students need to make their own arrangements to get home and need correct school kit.

Musical Production News


We are so excited to announce that the new school musical production is going to be Grease. The performances will take place in February 2022 and auditions will be taking place very soon.


Tuesday 21st September ; Vocal audition

Wednesday 22nd September; Drama audition

Thursday 23rd September ; Dance audition. 


Please see Mrs Todd in the music room or Mrs Mood in the drama room to secure an audition time. 


Music News


Instrumental and vocal lessons have now begun. Please see Mrs Todd as soon as possible to secure a lesson time. If you have already done so then please ask your form tutor to tell you the time of your lesson as I have made notes on SIMS for you. Details are also on the music notice board in room 67.  Please check below for the day your teacher is in. 
Monday; drum lessons 11.40 until 12.40Tuesday; guitar lessons 10.30 until 11.30Thursday ; woodwind lessons 9.30 until 10.15Thursday ; Vocal, piano and violin 10.30 until 12Friday ; Brass 11.30 until 12.


Please see the music notice board in room 67 for further details of the music opportunities available for all students. 

MFL Musings

After an interesting 18 months, it has been delightful to finally welcome everybody back to their French lessons for the new academic year, and to get students speaking once again. There have been many Battleships sunk, and plenty of reading aloud by everyone.


In particular, the following students have impressed us:

Year 9AT 9HL, HG 9HA, AK 9HL, ML-B 9HS, JH 9HA and DE 9UL
Year 10LWS 10CKW 10C
Year 11YL 11C
All of Year 12!


It may seem too early, but there some exciting apprenticeship opportunities out there for people with French skills, have a look: https://uk.indeed.com/Apprenticeship-French-jobs?advn=6635864265058138&vjk=5cf5dfe7f73513c6

English Stars

So many students have had a brilliant start to their new year and we have been very impressed by a  number of students in English lessons who have stood out for all sorts of positive reasons. Well done to this week’s students of the week for English. They are:


Year 9 Poppy W, Michael W, Daisy C, Lily H, Rowan S
Year 10 Rhys W, Michael H (for being so welcoming and kind), Holly T, Neve C, Oliver H-P, Will W-D
Year 11 Catherine B, Erin B, Abigail R, Samuel G, Lucy L, Salwa C
Year 12 Isaac H
Year 13 Lottie C

NEW CLUB: Allies


At Thomas Alleyne’s we are proud of our welcoming community. Allies is a new club, which will run on Monday mornings from 8:00. It is for anyone who wants to learn how to be an ally or develop a more diverse and outward looking atmosphere within our community.

Who is invited?

If you oppose discrimination of any kind and want to work with others to make our school and wider community a more inclusive environment and celebrate its diverse voices, then we hope you will come along. 

What is it about?

The aim of the club is to provide a safe space for students to discuss issues around diversity and share their own experiences; to get to know other like-minded people; come along and find out how to be an ally; and get involved in leading school wide activities around inclusivity. Allies opposes racism, sexual discrimination, homophobia and transphobia, as well as all forms of discrimination, and is a safe space to build friendships and support.

When?


Starting Monday 20 September at 8:00 – venue TBC – bring colouring pens!If you would like to know more about this, please email Miss Cann at cann@tahs.net

This week the career is ‘Cardiologist’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > CARDIOLOGIST – YouTube

Job title:  Cardiologists are doctors who specialise in diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases that mainly affect the heart and blood vessels. You’ll work with adult patients to treat ongoing, long-term illnesses or will respond to emergency, potentially life-threatening situations. As well as working to improve survival rates and quality of life, you’ll also be involved with disease prevention. Paediatric cardiologists work with children and this is a separate specialty.
How to become:To qualify as a cardiologist, you’ll first need to complete a degree in medicine recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC). This takes five years to complete, although if you’ve already got a degree in a subject other than medicine (normally a 2:1 or above in a science-related subject), you can apply for a four-year accelerated medical graduate trainee programme (also known as the Graduate Entry Programme).   You’ll then go on to complete the two-year UK Foundation Programme, common to all medical graduates   At this stage you must complete general medical training, which consists of either a three-year internal medicine stage 1 programme or a four-year acute care common stem (ACCS) programme.   To progress on to higher specialty training in cardiology (ST3 to ST7), you’ll need to achieve MRCP from the Royal College of Physicians (or equivalent) to show you have the required knowledge and skills. Speciality training is competitive and there may not be enough posts for all applicants, even if they’ve met the required standards. This training usually takes five years, although a large number of trainees also choose to undertake research, which adds on a further two years’ minimum
Skills required:Be able to make quick decisions and remain calm in stressful situations focused on attention to detail in mentally complex situations comfortable working in a fast-paced and pressurised environment a good problem solver with an analytical mind an excellent communicator who is able to understand and empathise with your patients and colleagues confident in your skills, knowledge and ability assertive and a good motivator and leader an excellent teamworker persistent in the face of challenges emotionally resilient when working in challenging situations.
What you’ll earn:£28,243 (Trainee) – £110,683 (Consultant) Figures relate to the pay and conditions of medical doctors within the NHS

              All information taken directly from Cardiologist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

Upcoming events and Opportunities

Careers event with IBM, Experian, Vodafone – Wednesday15th September, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

No matter the career you decide to go into you will undoubtedly be involved with technology, so this event is a fantastic chance to get ahead of the crowd, start learning about this fascinating, ever-evolving industry and ultimately help you decide whether it’s a path you’d like to pursue. We will hear talks on the power of 5G and connectivity with Vodafone, cloud storage with IBM and big data with Experian and lots of other really interesting topics! Certificates will be awarded to those who attend the event. If you’d like to apply to this exclusive event, please click on the registration link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Technology-15th-September

Royal Air Force ‘Access All Areas’ Free Virtual Careers Event – Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 18:30 – 20:30.

The RAF is responsible for protecting the UK’s air and space capabilities, and Access All Areas is a fantastic opportunity to uncover an immersive, interactive 360° experience. With nine must-see locations and the opportunity to chat directly with RAF Recruitment Personnel, explore where the RAF could take you.

RAF Virtual Event Access All Areas Tickets, Wed 6 Oct 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

Spotlight Talks: Inspiring careers excellence – 13-14 October, 2021.

In partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Spotlight talks brings together the UK’s leading employers and apprentices to inspire even more young people, from all walks of life to take up technical career routes and apprenticeships. The next Spotlight talks will focus on digital skills and careers. To register click on the link below.

Registration | WorldSkills UK Events

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July 20th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

A Message from Mrs Major


We have made it!

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all those, especially the students, in welcoming me here at Thomas Alleyne’s. Starting a new role is always a challenge but Covid has made this even more difficult. I want to take this opportunity to thank all in the Thomas Alleyne’s community for supporting me this year .

The students here at TAHS are a credit and they have always handled the challenges the year has given them with the utmost dignity, resilience and determination to make the most of it. So a huge well done from me!


I also wanted to say how much I am looking forward to September and the upcoming year and seeing the return, but for me for the first time, all the fantastic opportunities that will be made available to you. Grasp every opportunity that comes along and be the best that you can be.


Have a lovely and safe summer and we look forward to welcoming you back in September. 

UCAS

As part of our ongoing Future Intentions programme will need to you to register on UCAS, which is the portal for all university and conservatoire applications in the UK. 

The UCAS website can be found here: www.ucas.com 

To register, you will need to be linked to the school so that we can support and track your applications as well as add references and predicted grades from your subject teachers and your form tutor reference.  

To start the registration process, you will need to go to: www.ucas.com/students and scroll down until you see ‘2022 Entry’ and then click ‘Go to your hub’ work through the questions making sure that your complete them fully. 

Eventually you will end up at your own UCAS ‘hub’ you will then need to click on ‘start’ 

To link to TAHS you will need a ‘Buzzword’ which for the 2022 cycle is: TAHS2022 

Once you are there, you will need to click on ‘my profile’, which is underneath the blue ‘add choices’ box. 

UCAS have kindly produced an online module to support you through this process which can be accessed here: https://pdp.ucas.com/enrol/index.php?id=111 it will take approximately 30 minutes to complete this module. Alternatively, there is a quick start guide here: www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/filling-your-ucas-undergraduate-application#pay 

All students must register on the UCAS website, and we will be checking this ahead of September where we will be returning to form time from 8.40-9am each morning.  

There is no cost to register on UCAS or to access their wealth of materials. You will however need to pay a one-off fee directly to UCAS should you wish to submit an application for the 2022 entry cycle, the cost of which is £26.50. 

Personal Statement

Still need support on your personal statement? Here is some help from UCAS: www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/how-write-ucas-undergraduate-personal-statement

We expect that if you are applying for University that you will have registered on UCAS and have at least one draft of your personal statement completed by return in September. 

Effective revision

Further to this, off the back of the mock exams this summer many year 12 students have asked about support with revision and what makes effective revision. This is a good question, and I wanted to share the following course with you from tutor2u. They offer a FREE Skills Booster on ‘Effective Revision’ If you enrol on the course, it will provide you with a highly practical, step-by-step guide to making revision for assessments and exams more effective. The course will take 3-10 of learning time and comprises of 16 interactive videos and resources. The access the course please click this link: https://ondemand.tutor2u.net/students/effective-revision-skills-booster 

Some of these links have been added to the year 12 team folder so you can access this information during the holiday.

Writing Challenge

In celebration of National Writing Day, InvestIN is calling on students aged 12-18 to enter our ‘Writing to Reflect’ competition. For each entry, we’ll make a donation to UNICEF, whose life-changing work helps children across the world to access essential education. Shortlisted entries will be judged by a professional writer and the winner will receive an Amazon Fire tablet and a place on our Young Writer programme (or a career experience of your choice).

Please click on the link below to enter:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRHaNhAKQSHlEiuTqcFT3H-DKozD8vwf8r6wK5ZJkO6hoDZg/viewform

Med School Application Day

There is a free online event for Year 11s and soon-to-be 12s who are just starting to think about applying to medical school. This is primarily aimed at Year 11s who will be starting A-levels (or equivalent) in September 2021. We will have Doctors and current medical students covering the application timeline, work experience, entrance exams and everything they need to hit the ground running in September. An event timetable can be found on the Google registration link below.

Event name: Medicine Application Timeline – Getting Ready
Location: Online
Date: 21st August 2021
Ages: Current year 11 (going into year 12 in September)

This is a FREE event and booked on a first come first serve basis.

Google registration link: https://forms.gle/Dud254nM1dozd3uF7

Unifrog support for clearing and results day

Welcome to Edition 131 of the Unifrog Gazette

This week: a Know-how library guide to get students ready for Results day, and the truth about Unifrog CEO Daniel Keller.

KHL guide of the week

Resuts day and Clearing: are you ready for Clearing?

In this Know-how library guide we teamed up with Teesside University to help students create an action plan for navigating UCAS Clearing and Adjustment.

> Check it out on our blog

This guide is taken from the Know-how library, a tool on the student side featuring 600+ guides for students on all sorts of topics, from careers to wellbeing.
 

Work with us: Marketing and Events Lead

Dear reader, in what’s becoming a regular feature of the Gazette, here’s our latest attempt to recruit you…

You’ll be the main point of contact for the many webinar series we run, as well as University Fairs and conferences. This is a growing part of the company that we’re really excited about, and you’ll play a big role in driving its success.

The salary is £30K-£32. Please find out more and apply here

The University of Wolverhampton’s ‘Get Set’ pages

Ever wondered how universities these days prepare incoming undergraduates for the start of their studies? Check out The University of Wolverhampton’s newly launched ‘Get Set’ pages to see how one university does it.
> Check out the Get Set pages here

 University of Essex: Results day Survival Guide

The University of Essex have produced an online Results day Survival Guide that gives students step by step advice from 2 weeks out, up until the day itself. They are also running webinars that cover a range of Results day topics; things like stress-busting, parents sessions, and tips from student ambassadors.

> Check out the Survival Guide here

Celebration

Can you see your name on the presentation below? Well done to all of you on you success in such a difficult year.

Play Golf?

All the information regarding our tournaments and camps can be found on our website www.schoolsgolf.co.uk

Supporting your Child this Summer for FREE!

Please have a look at the 3 easy ways you can support your child at home transition and GCSE subjects – all resources are free to access. As part of this GCSE pod are running  An exciting and inspiring new FREE programme designed to help support learning this summer!  From the 26th July and over the course of 3 weeks, students and parents are invited to participate in engaging and interactive webinars, and gain access to interviews with subject specialists, resources, task sheets, podcasts and more. Maths Whizz are offering a range of weekly activities to support engagement with maths and Changemakers provides helpful transition resources for students about to embark on KS4.

Grease is the word!

We are very excited to announce the new school production will be Grease, to be performed in February 2022.
Auditions will be held on Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd September. Further details will be announced at the start of next term.


Think about how you would like to be involved, either on stage or back stage. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the whole school and we invite students from all year groups to be involved.
More news will follow…

Mrs Todd and Mrs Mood.

English Stars

As summer approaches, your English teachers would like to wish you a wonderful and restful holiday. We also hope that it will be a holiday full of reading, enjoying stories and being creative. So many of you have been absolute stars over this year and we know that you will continue to impress us next year, approaching your studies with enthusiasm and determination next year. Meanwhile, we hope that you enjoy a well-deserved chance to regroup and spend time with families and friends. The final English students of the week for this academic year are:


Y9 James R, Lennon E, Logan C and Susie C, Aileen L, Aminah K


Y 10 Finley T-S, Zita M, Matilda T Alistair D, Gemma B, Charlotte J, Hannah W

Y 12 Martha M


As we reach the end of the academic year, and Mrs Peers says goodbye to us, she would also like to add:

As a final ‘student of the week’, I can’t nominate one. So, I would like to nominate all the students of 10H1 and 10U1 for ‘Students of the Week’. You’ve been totally delightful to teach and I know you will achieve much next year! Mrs Peers

A quick note from Mrs Brophy:

I have had a wonderful year at TAHS and would like to thank all of my wonderful students who have made this year fun and memorable and my excellent colleagues who have supported me every step of the way. I wish you all the best for next year and beyond.’

Classical Languages: new opportunity for year 12

From September there will be an opportunity to join a new classical languages club; we will focus on Latin (with some Classical Greek) and meet once a week in the first instance.


Studying classical languages is fun in its own right and allows you to access a huge wealth of literature, philosophy, drama and historical texts in their original language. Knowledge of Latin and Greek will also help you to develop your understanding of English and the Romance languages (Italian, French, Spanish etc.). Furthermore, there may be an opportunity to work towards a qualification later on if you are interested in this.


Studying classics is also considered beneficial for anyone considering careers, or further study, in: law, medicine, science, mathematics, computer programming, intelligence, linguistics, communications and journalism and more.
If you are interested in finding out more and would like to be sent the details when timings are confirmed, please contact Miss Cann on cann@tahs.net

Mental Health Support

Mental Health in Schools Team are accepting self referrals from parents/guardians over the summer holiday. Please see the flyer for contact details

Stay Water Safe this Summer

There is a Water Safety special over the summer holiday – see attached poster.

This will also be available to watch on demand after the broadcast via the same link – https://learnliveuk.com/safesound/

The programme will have contributions from; RNLI, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Stoke on Trent City Council, Canal and River Trust and Staffordshire Police (Ryan’s Story) all covering different aspects of Water Safety for the young and not so young.

Career of the week

This week’s career link is a Barber! JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #02 – BARBER – YouTube

Job title:Men’s hairdresser, gent’s hairdresser Barbers cut, trim and style customers’ hair, beards and moustaches. Day-to-day tasks As a barber, you might do the following as part of your daily routine: welcome customers and find out what they want give advice to customers on hairstyles and grooming cut and style hair shave, trim and shape beards and moustaches provide scalp, face and neck massages clean and sterilise equipment, like combs, razors and clippers take payments, keep records and make appointments keep up to date with new styles and techniques
How to become:College You could take a course to help you get started, for example: Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Barbering   You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course   Apprenticeship You can do a hair professional intermediate apprenticeship, or an advanced apprenticeship for creative hair professionals. You’ll usually need: some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Skills required:You’ll need: customer service skills to be thorough and pay attention to detail active listening skills the ability to work well with your hands sensitivity and understanding the ability to work well with others the ability to work on your own excellent verbal communication skills to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll earn:£15000 – £25,000

Virtual Work Experience

Over the summer – why not sign up to some virtual work experience opportunities? Take a look at Springpod for a range of opportunities online which will support your career learning and boost your CV-  Take control of your future | Meet Springpod

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July 2nd 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Year 12 Graduation Thursday 15th of July 2021 via Zoom

We are delighted to share with you that this year as part of the year 12 to year 13 transition we will be still be holding our year 12 to 13 graduation ceremony, but will be delivering it via Zoom on Thursday the 15th of July for all year 12 students during their scheduled skills session

Alongside presenting graduation certificates, we will formally welcome our Senior Prefect Team for 2021-2022 to their new and prestigious roles; whilst recognising both progress and attainment in all Sixth Form subject areas, and acknowledging high levels of attendance.

The purpose the graduation is to celebrate the success of year 12 students who have met the 2021 graduation criteria, as outlined below:

·         Attendance to lessons and skills sessions.

·         Mock Examination Results.

·         Subject Teacher recommendation.

Once we have collated the information above, the Sixth Form Team will write to students and their parent(s)/carer(s) to indicate whether students have met the graduation criteria and therefore will be invited to graduate on the 15th of July. If a student is not graduating at this time, clear reasons will be given as to why.

For those not graduating on the 15th of July, a personalised support plan will be created and will be overseen by a member of the Sixth Form team so that all year 12 students can graduate by the end of September 2021.

If you have any questions about the year 12 graduation, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email: sixthform@tahs.org.uk or by calling the Sixth Form on (01889) 561820.

YEAR 12 UCAS REGISTRATION

Year 12 students, be on the lookout next week as Mrs Dodd will be sending out information on how to register for UCAS.

Student Wellbeing Board

Work experience student, Holly, has designed an amazing mental health resource outside the common room.  Designed to promote good mental health and to support any students, there is information about a range of issues so that students can educate themselves and find advice about where to go for help.  This includes apps and in-school links such as contacting the Sixth Form team.  Take what you need from the golden affirmation envelopes and use the coloured lollipop sticks in the self-check-in station.  Information is also available where students might need help in how to support others.

Unifrog

All students in Year 12 have been sent a task to complete on Unifrog. All your form tutors and subject teachers need to write references for you, these references will be used to support your Post 18 option choices. If you are thinking about applying to university then the references will up loaded to UCAS, if you are applying for an apprenticeship then this will be used when we are contacted for a reference by the employer and similarly if you are applying for a job.  

Please take the time to let your form tutor know what we need to add to our reference.  Do you volunteer? Do you support a group? What do you do inside and outside of school that makes you stand out or will support your application.  Once you have logged onto Unifrog you will see the tasks. Just type and send.

To support this further send your form tutor your first draft of your personal statement so that they can look at it before the end of term. This should be completed by all students regardless of your Post 18 option choices.

Med School Application Day

There is a free online event for Year 11s and soon-to-be 12s who are just starting to think about applying to medical school. This is primarily aimed at Year 11s who will be starting A-levels (or equivalent) in September 2021. We will have Doctors and current medical students covering the application timeline, work experience, entrance exams and everything they need to hit the ground running in September. An event timetable can be found on the Google registration link below.

Event name: Medicine Application Timeline – Getting Ready
Location: Online
Date: 21st August 2021
Ages: Current year 11 (going into year 12 in September)

This is a FREE event and booked on a first come first serve basis.

Google registration link: https://forms.gle/Dud254nM1dozd3uF7

YEAR 12 GCSE CERTIFICATES

Students who have not received their next GCSE certificates can collect them from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office

COVID-19 Test Kits

Any Sixth Form students who have not received their next batch of COVID-19 test kits can collect them from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office.

Bangor University: Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Summer School

Bangor University’s School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences will be hosting an online Summer School for A-Level students considering reading Theology, Religious Studies, Philosophy or Ethics at university.

This free on-line event aims to give a clearer understanding of what it is like studying these subjects at undergraduate level, and the opportunity to develop subject-specific skills to help ensure success at A Level. Participants will choose 3 modules (all live-streamed lectures) with the option of taking part in debates and discussions. 

Modules will include ‘Religion and the Environment’, ‘Atheism’ and ‘The Ethics of Race’.

> When: 26-30 July
> More info and register here


Newman University: new courses

Some news from Newman University: they are planning to launch new undergraduate courses in Social Work and Sociology in September 2022.

BA (HONS) Social Work: The skills needed to become a Social Worker. It will include 200 days of placement, and multidisciplinary teaching.

BA (HONS) Sociology: Critical thinking and applying theory to real world problems. There will be employer-led projects, and work-related learning in the second year.

Find out more at an Open Day

Potential Oxbridge Applicants


We are very pleased to welcome back into school an ex student who is currently studying at Cambridge University.  She will be giving a talk and answering questions on Thursday 15th July at 10am.  If there are any current y12 students who would be interested in attending this talk to learn more about the application process and find out what it is like to study at Cambridge then please contact Mrs North at north@tahs.org.uk

Catering

Please see this message from our in school caterers Chartwells.

PE Update

Students have taken part in their own mini Wimbledon competition this week – winners to be revealed next week. Please ensure all students have full PE Kit. They will all require , Black Polo shirt, Black Shorts, Sports socks, Indoor Trainers. Students also require a black swim costume / black swim shorts. If students are injured or unwell they should bring a note and their PE kit as the will still have a role to play in the lesson and should have a coat if the weather in inclement.  

BTEC Sport
** We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **


Year 10 –  students need to complete both Sports Injuries and Technology assignments by the end of term.

Year 12-  Students need to complete Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry assignments including any improvements.  During lessons students are taking part in practical methods of training.

Year 9 ICT

As year 9 have their final lessons of the year in ICT it would be fantastic if as many of you as possible complete the Bronze Award on idea.org.uk

Get as close as you can in lesson and then finish it at home, remember it is a certificate that stays with you and demonstrates your digital literacy. To download go to the FAQs on the site and follow the link

Checkout the video on this page for more information: https://idea.org.uk/about

Skills Sessions

Our next skills session is on Thursday 15th July. All Year 9 and 10 form groups will participate in a zoom call with the external agency, R.I.O.T (Recovery is out there), to support their understanding of the risks and issues surrounding of drug and alcohol use.


This is an organisation which share the recovery stories of individuals who have recovered from addiction and mental health problems. The aim of this organisation is to empower individuals, families and communities to recover from addiction and mental health problems by providing hope, understanding and a sense of belonging. They aim to connect individuals so that they can inspire, learn from, and support each other.
We encourage our students to fully engage in this session and hope that it proves an informative and memorable experience. There will be an opportunity for students to give their feedback on the session at the end.

The final skills session of this academic year will be held on Tuesday 20th July. This will be dedicated end of year celebrations for the students in their form groups and will include a visit from their Head of House to present some awards before we wish our students a safe and enjoyable summer holiday. 

Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Mrs North would like to nominate Aimee S (9O1) for commitment in Biology.

Year 10

Mr Melland would like to nominate Charlotte J for effort and organisation in completing her online homework.

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate Livvy E in 10U3 Physics for excellent effort all year.

And also, Amy-Lee J, Finlay T-S, Lydia T, Yasmin L, Grace B in 10U2 Physics for great isolation work.

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate the following students for their commitment to Chemistry lessons – Erin B, Jack B, Katy J, Zita M and Matilda T.

Mr Mitchell would like to nominate Joe H (10H1) – for a great Year 10 exam result and consistently high performance all year.

And also, Evie R (10H1) – for great performance and improvement throughout the year in Physics.

Well done!

English Stars

English department student of the week nominations go to:

Y 9 Layla M, Oliver H-P, Maddy T, Lennon E, Logan C, Susie C, Ciaran M, Krishan K (for conquering his fear)


Y10 Alfie H, Sadie O, Livvy E, Josh W (all for excellent engagement in Live Lessons), Lucy O, Lewis B, Lily C


Y12 Victoria M, Jess L

Celebrating your success

While we’re still not back to having full assemblies, the head of house are looking forward to seeing their forms on the last day, and we’ll be running through some of the fantastic achievements you’ve made this year and giving the prize draw vouchers as well. Technology permitting, there will be a link to the assembly presentation in the final newsletter of the term.

Career of the week

I am going to start sharing a video for career of the week using a great channel on You tube called My Path – this week the career in focus is Actuary. Link below:

Job title:Actuarial analyst Actuaries work with companies and government departments, to help them forecast long-term financial costs and investment risks. In this role you could: analyse statisticsforecast financestest financial optionsassess risksuse computers to build mathematical and statistical modelswrite reports and presentationsexplain findings to managers, government ministers or business clients
Entry requirements:University You can get into this job by doing a degree and then joining a graduate actuarial training scheme. Most employers will look for a degree with a high level of mathematical skills. For example: maths and statistics actuarial science economics physics chemistry engineering accounting A course with a placement year or a summer internship will give you valuable experience and an advantage when you apply for work. You could take a postgraduate degree in actuarial science that may allow you to qualify as an actuary in a shorter time. Some actuarial companies may offer sponsorship for postgraduate courses. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths Apprenticeship You may be able to start by completing an actuarial technician higher apprenticeship or actuary degree apprenticeship. 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
Skills required:maths knowledge analytical thinking skills to be thorough and pay attention to detail knowledge of economics and accounting the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning the ability to use your judgement and make decisions ambition and a desire to succeed thinking and reasoning skills to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
What you’ll earn:£25000 – £70,000

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July 2nd 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Year 12 Graduation Thursday 15th of July 2021 via Zoom

We are delighted to share with you that this year as part of the year 12 to year 13 transition we will be still be holding our year 12 to 13 graduation ceremony, but will be delivering it via Zoom on Thursday the 15th of July for all year 12 students during their scheduled skills session

Alongside presenting graduation certificates, we will formally welcome our Senior Prefect Team for 2021-2022 to their new and prestigious roles; whilst recognising both progress and attainment in all Sixth Form subject areas, and acknowledging high levels of attendance.

The purpose the graduation is to celebrate the success of year 12 students who have met the 2021 graduation criteria, as outlined below:

·         Attendance to lessons and skills sessions.

·         Mock Examination Results.

·         Subject Teacher recommendation.

Once we have collated the information above, the Sixth Form Team will write to students and their parent(s)/carer(s) to indicate whether students have met the graduation criteria and therefore will be invited to graduate on the 15th of July. If a student is not graduating at this time, clear reasons will be given as to why.

For those not graduating on the 15th of July, a personalised support plan will be created and will be overseen by a member of the Sixth Form team so that all year 12 students can graduate by the end of September 2021.

If you have any questions about the year 12 graduation, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email: sixthform@tahs.org.uk or by calling the Sixth Form on (01889) 561820.

SIXTH FORM DEBATING TEAM

From September, we would like to offer Sixth Form students the opportunity to learn some debating skills.  This is a great way to develop your literacy, confidence and skills for life which will look great on any CV or personal statement.  We will focus on the parliamentary style of debate such as tabling a motion, being on the proposition or opposition side, how to offer a point of information and how a formal debate is structured.  If you are interested or have any questions, please email bell@tahs.net.

YEAR 12 YOUNG LEADERS IN SERVICE AWARD

We are continuing to offer the internationally recognised Lions Young Leaders In Service Award.  Any unpaid community service counts eg mowing the lawn for a neighbour, coaching another student in their studies, sports coaching, brownies and guides, shopping for others etc.  Awards are given from 25 hours per year for bronze up to 100 hours per year for gold.  Please see Mrs Bell for a log sheet or contact bell@tahs.net.

LIONS VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

Uttoxeter Lions are hoping to hold a litter picking event in the town (or any other local area).  If you would be interested in leading this project, please see Mrs Bell or email bell@tahs.net.  This can count towards your YLIS award and would be excellent evidence for leadership for personal statements and job applications.

YEAR 12 GCSE CERTIFICATES

Students who have not received their next GCSE certificates can collect them from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office

COVID-19 Test Kits

Any Sixth Form students who have not received their next batch of COVID-19 test kits can collect them from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office.

YEAR 13 Prom update

Please see below message from Senior Prefects and school.

Due to the increasing case numbers and the uncertainty of whether the restrictions will be lifted on July 19th, it’s been decided that the Year 13 Sixth Form Prom has to be postponed. 

The new date will be the 11th of August which is the day after results day. We understand that there will be some people who are disappointed by this decision and that some people may no longer be able to come however we feel this is the best decision for the year group as well as the wider community as it will hopefully mean cases will have reduced and there will be more time for restrictions to be lifted. 

Because of the delay, we have decided to extend the deadline to buy tickets to July 9th. Additionally, anyone who has already bought a ticket and can now no longer will be able to get a full refund for their ticket. To do this you will need to email Mrs Walton by July 9th and your refund will be able to be processed. 

The event itself will remain the same, taking place at the Moat House with a 3 course meal.  We will be sending out a form for you to let us know of any dietary requirements as well as who you would like to sit with during the meal in the coming weeks. 

Year 11 Laptop Return

Please can any YEAR 11 pupils who have been loaned a laptop return it to the school office as soon as possible.

PE Update

For students isolating, please continue to keep active. Aim for 60 mins a day, see Core PE Team on Teams for some ideas.

It has been great for students to return to PE lessons.  We have begun the term with, rounders, cricket, softball, swimming, tennis and frisbee. Please ensure all students have full PE Kit. They will all require , Black Polo shirt, Black Shorts, Sports socks, Indoor Trainers. Students also require a black swim costume / black swim shorts. If students are injured or unwell they should bring a note and their PE kit as the will still have a role to play in the lesson and should have a coat if the weather in inclement.  BTEC Sport


** We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **


Year 10 –  students are working towards coursework on Sports Injuries and Technology

Year 12-  Students are now working on Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry. Students should now be using homework and independent study time to work on their Coursework. During lessons students are taking part in practical methods of training.

English Stars

English department student of the week nominations go to:

Year 9 Millie W, Myles B, Cicely H, Reggie W


Year 10 Jake L, Tom Y; the whole of 10H1 for your excellent engagement in Miss Cann’s live lesson, the quality of discussion in your break out groups and your excellent engagement with the tasks; well done!

Anthony Y, Edward F & Neve R for amazing contributions in live lesson with Miss Beevor.

Year 12 Rob F, Lucy S

If you’re under 18 and a nude image or video of you has been shared online, you can report it and to be removed from the internet. You’ll need to:

  • Select your age and follow the steps below.
  • Create a Childline account so  you can send you updates on your report. 
  • Report your image or video to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The IWF, a UK charity, are there to help remove nude images of under 18s posted online.

Once IWF has confirmed a nude image is against the law and can be removed from the internet they give it a digital fingerprint, called a hash. The hash can be used to find the image online even if it has been cropped or slightly changed, and the image can then be removed.

IWF keep a copy of the hash so that if the image is uploaded to the internet again it can be quickly removed and, in some cases, stop it even appearing online at all.

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/remove-nude-image-shared-online/

Future Intentions is now on Twitter! Give our account a follow to be kept up to date with career related opportunities for your child. Search for @FutureTahs

Upcoming Opportunities

Careers at Sea with Engineering Officer CadetsParents webinar

Date: 13 July 2021, 1530-1630 – Chair: Rachel Gurnett, Careers at Sea/MNTB

Careers at Sea is here to promote the many career opportunities in the Merchant Navy, from cadet to captain, apprentice to Chief Engineer and so many more.
 
In this session, we speak to officer cadets from engineering officer training routes and one of our Careers at Sea Ambassadors. You will hear about their experiences both in nautical college and onboard ship, as well as why they chose the Merchant Navy and their engineering route.
 
This webinar is aimed at Careers Advisors and Parents seeking more information about these opportunities. We are unable to accommodate under 18’s in this webinar without supervision. Recordings will be provided, which you are free to play for your students after the event itself.

13 July 2021 | Careers at Sea with Engineering Officer Cadets Tickets, Tue 13 Jul 2021 at 15:30 | Eventbrite

STEP IN, STEP UP – FOUNDATIONS IN FINANCE: APPLY NOW – Year 12 into 13 opportunity – 31st August – 3rd September.

Step In, Step Up – Foundations In Finance is Morgan Stanley’s development programme, aimed at kick-starting the careers of Year 13 students and supporting social mobility. We’re striving to identify undiscovered talented individuals from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds who are keen to learn about our industry and release their potential. Applicants don’t need any experience, just a passion and eagerness to learn about the world of Finance. 

Through a 4 day program of workshops, students will gain insights into a number of different areas, including Technology, Investment Banking, Global Capital Markets and Sales, Trading & Research. Students will have the opportunity to delve into our culture and quiz employees through mentoring, networking, technical and professional skills training and panel sessions.


(Programme will be hosted either virtually or in our offices, this will bedetermined closer to thetime dependent on theCOVID-19 Pandemic). To apply for the opportunity, click on the link – https://successatschool.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c038531b25876a2c7c9cf8b1&id=135eab384e&e=884481cdf9

Royal Agricultural University – Outreach Opportunity

We are excited to announce that applications are now open for Discover RAU Y12 residential summer school (17-19th August 2021) and Y10 University Experience Day (25th August 2021). More information about both of these events is available on our website following the links below. We understand how frustrated your students must feel not being able to visit universities this year or attend many in person events, and so we are keen to offer them this opportunity. Please share these events with your students:

 Discover RAU Y12 Residential Summer School: https://www.rau.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/open-days/discover-rau

Y10 University Experience Day: https://www.rau.ac.uk/year-10-summer-residential-course

Career of the week

Job title:Oceanographer An Oceanographer studies the seas and Oceans. In your day-to-day tasks you may: plan and carry out research expeditions manage a research project or lead a team prepare scientific equipment design experiments to test your ideas use equipment to collect samples and data track changes in the environment use computers to produce models like maps of the ocean floor write reports of your research findings publish and present your findings in education you may give lectures and lead students on field trips
Entry requirements:You can study for a degree in oceanography or a related subject, like: ocean science geology biology chemistry environmental science Employers are increasingly looking for postgraduate qualifications, like a master’s or PhD. They also value experience of working in marine science or oceanography research. You can get experience through: studying for a degree that includes a year in industry with a research organisation a placement or internship in a laboratory or marine research centre   You can find marine companies and research organisations through the Society for Underwater Technology. Entry requirements 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science 3 A levels, or equivalent, including at least 1 science a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
Skills required:You’ll need: knowledge of geography maths knowledge knowledge of sociology and anthropology for understanding society and culture excellent written communication skills knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software analytical thinking skills knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses to be thorough and pay attention to detail to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
What you’ll earn:£14000 – £60000
Working hours, patterns and environment:You could work in an office or in a laboratory. Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you’ll travel often. You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career path and progression:You could further your career by taking courses through the Marine Technology Education Consortium, or by networking at events run by the Society for Underwater Technology or the Challenger Society for Marine Science. You could take a PhD through an initiative like the Southampton Partnership for Innovative Training of Future Investigators Researching the Environment (SPITFIRE).

Information sourced directly from – Oceanographer | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Find out more by from people within the profession Oceanographer: Max Campbell | Prospects.ac.uk, Oceanographic research technician: Claire Medley | Prospects.ac.uk

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June 25th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

SIXTH FORM TRANSITION

The three weeks of transition lessons have now come to an end.

We have been very impressed with how students have embraced the opportunity for transition and hope that they now feel in a better position and more prepared for Sixth Form.

We have received some very positive feedback from teachers.

If you have any questions about Sixth Form or wish to apply for a place in the Sixth Form, please contact Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office on 01889 561820 or email sixthform@tahs.org.uk

YEAR 12 UCAS REGISTRATION

Year 12 students, be on the lookout next week as Mrs Dodd will be              sending out information on how to register for UCAS.

YEAR 12 YOUNG LEADERS IN SERVICE AWARD

We are continuing to offer the internationally recognised Lions Young Leaders In Service Award.  Any unpaid community service counts eg mowing the lawn for a neighbour, coaching another student in their studies, sports coaching, brownies and guides, shopping for others etc.  Awards are given from 25 hours per year for bronze up to 100 hours per year for gold.  Please see Mrs Bell for a log sheet or contact bell@tahs.net.

LIONS VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

Uttoxeter Lions are hoping to hold a litter picking event in the town (or any other local area).  If you would be interested in leading this project, please see Mrs Bell or email bell@tahs.net.  This can count towards your YLIS award and would be excellent evidence for leadership for personal statements and job applications.

Calling All Creative Minds

Writing To Reflect

Enter now for your chance to win a programme place and tablet!

At InvestIN, we want to finish the school year on a high by taking a moment to reflect on

what we have gained this year, rather than what we have lost.

To celebrate National Writing Day, we’re calling on students aged 12-18 to enter our ‘Writing to Reflect’ competition. We’re looking for positive, thoughtful submissions detailing a skill or life lesson you have learnt outside the classroom and how you think it will benefit your future.

Shortlisted entries will be judged by a professional writer and the winner will receive an Amazon Fire Tablet and a place on one of our ‘Live Online’ weekend programmes! For every entry, we’ll make a donation to UNICEF, whose life-changing work helps children across  the world access education.

The deadline for entries is Friday 6th August and must be no more than 250 words. Enter now for your chance to win!

YEAR 12 GCSE CERTIFICATES

Students who have not received their next GCSE certificates can collect them from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office

COVID-19 Test Kits

Any Sixth Form students who have not received their next batch of COVID-19 test kits can collect them from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office.

Year 13 – Gofundme

Can you help support our Year 13 students.

Over the past 18 months students education has been massively disrupted due to COVID-19 and everyone has had to work tirelessly to adapt to an unprecedented and ever-changing environment.

Normally, the Senior Prefect Team, would have been organising Sixth Form balls, fundraisers, and activities for the sixth form to raise the funds to provide an end of year celebration of what we have achieved in the Sixth Form. Sadly, however, this has not been possible ☹️. We feel like it is our responsibility to provide one final celebration for our peers so that they can finish off this chapter in a positive way.

We are therefore reaching out to the community in trying to raise money to support us in paying for our formal leaver’s celebration, making it accessible to everyone in Year 13, regardless of their circumstances. 

If you would like to support us you can make a donation on our gofundme page by clicking on the link : https://gofund.me/aadc3a6b

Thank you for helping us achieve our goal!

Well Done Frankie

Congratulations to Frankie G (Y10) who got a commendation at the Support Staffordshire Volunteer of the Year Awards.

 
For her volunteering at the community Center which she did before COVID but did a lot more during lockdown helping with food bank, activity packages for children, helped out at holiday hunger days.

Aspiring Medics in Year 11

There is a free online event for year 11s and soon-to-be 12s who are just starting to think about applying to medical school. This is primarily aimed at year 11s who will be starting A-levels (or equivalent) in September 2021. It will involve Doctors and current medical students covering the application timeline, work experience, entrance exams and everything they need to hit the ground running in September. An event timetable can be found on the Google registration link below.


Event name: Medicine Application Timeline – Getting Ready
Location: Online
Date: 21st August 2021
Ages: Current year 11 (going into year 12 in September)

This is a FREE event and booked on a first come first serve basis.

Google registration link: https://forms.gle/Dud254nM1dozd3uF7

PE Update

It has been great for students to return to PE lessons.  We have begun the term with, rounders, cricket, softball, swimming, tennis and frisbee. Please ensure all students have full PE Kit. They will all require , Black Polo shirt, Black Shorts, Sports socks, Indoor Trainers. Students also require a black swim costume / black swim shorts. If students are injured or unwell they should bring a note and their PE kit as the will still have a role to play in the lesson and should have a coat if the weather in inclement.  BTEC Sport


** We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **


Year 10 –  students are working towards coursework on Sports Injuries and Technology

Year 12-  Students are now working on Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry. Students should now be using homework and independent study time to work on their Coursework. During lessons students are taking part in practical methods of training.

English Stars

English department student of the week nominations go to:


Year 9 9HB – the entire class for doing amazing presentations and listening respectfully/ asking thoughtful questions when it wasn’t their turn to present

Year 10 Ryan B, Shannon B, Tyler R, Jason A, Lucy B, Hannah W, Flo W, Chloe K, Amy-Lee J, Jack T, Chloe S, Jake L, Callum G


Year 11 Freya S, Alyssa W, Erin H, May C, Evie N


Year 12 Katie G


Amber C for showing resilience


Congratulations to everyone nominated by their teachers!

Dementia Awareness & First Aid in Health & Social Care

Our Health & Social care transition group had some great vocational experiences this week with a Dementia Awareness course aimed at promoting our knowledge of all kinds of dementia. All students passed the course and were awarded a badge as they became ‘Dementia Friends’. We have also been learning the skills for CPR in emergency situations and using practice AED devices to watch defibrillation in practice. 


Coming soon ….. Our year 12 students are visiting Staffordshire University Centre of Clinical Excellence on 14th July. 

Apprenticeship Opportunities

I have created a new tab on the school website where I will post apprenticeship opportunities shared with the school. At the moment there are two accounting opportunities, a welding and fabrication and a carpentry role which have all been shared by local businesses with the school.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School – Local Job Vacancies (thomasalleynes.uk)

If students need support applying for apprenticeships then they can contact me at featherstone@tahs.net.

In addition I have also uploaded a parents information video on apprenticeships on the following link: Thomas Alleyne’s High School – Information for Parents (thomasalleynes.uk)

Career of the week

This week I listened to an interview with a 17-year-old apprentice blacksmith who was just starting out in his training. They were discussing whether with an 8.6% contraction in jobs in this sector whether it was worth training in this profession. The boy was really enjoying his training and his employers had plenty of work coming in. The profession is still needed even though demand is far less than it used to be, but with over half of the current workforce set to retire before 2027 there will be opportunities for new recruits to fill the gap.

I have included some information below and also some links to find out more.

Job title:Forge worker, artist blacksmith Blacksmiths work with different metals to make and repair decorative, industrial and everyday items. You could: sketch out new design plans or follow customer instructions heat metals to the right temperature in a forge or furnace shape metals with hand tools like hammers, punches and anvils create moulds for casting use power tools, like drills, lathes and hydraulic presses join metal parts together using riveting and welding methods apply finishes
Entry requirements:University You can do a degree course in artist blacksmithing at university. You’ll need a portfolio of your work and creative ideas for course interviews. Entry requirements a foundation diploma in art and design 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree College You could take an introductory college course in working with metal before looking for a trainee position with a blacksmith. You could also take a Level 2 in Diploma in Blacksmithing and Metalworking though this is only available in a small number of places. There is a Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding, which may lead you into industrial blacksmith work. A course in general metalwork or art and design may also give you an advantage when looking for a job. Entry requirements 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course   Apprenticeship Level 3 Blacksmith Level 2 General welder Level 3 Plate or Pipe welder You may be able to use industrial welding experience to find a trainee blacksmith job with a specialist metalwork company. Entry requirements some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship  
Skills required:You’ll need: to be thorough and pay attention to detail design skills and knowledge the ability to work well with your hands thinking and reasoning skills physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity the ability to use your initiative the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure to be flexible and open to change to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll earn:£15000 – £30,000
Working hours, patterns and environment:Shift work, potentially self-employed or Freelance. You could work as an assistant to an experienced blacksmith and learn the craft on the job. Experience in metalwork and technical drawing can be useful for this career. You could work in a factory, in a workshop or in a foundry workshop. Your working environment may be physically demanding, hot and noisy. You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression:As an experienced artist blacksmith you could set up your own gallery. You could also teach craft skills. As an industrial blacksmith, you could move into workshop management. You could also train to become a design engineer.

https://careertrend.com/the-average-salary-of-blacksmiths-13655253.html

https://www.bandjblacksmiths.com/

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