February 8th 2019

Dates for your diary

 

14/2/19 Year 9 Parents Evening

15/2/19 School breaks up for half term

25/2/19 School reopens 

06/03/2019 Parent and Student Revision Evening with Tim Benton, author of ‘Brain Box’ https://www.independentthinking.co.uk/associates/tim-benton/ (Useful for any parent or child interested in techniques for revision.)

14/03/2019 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:



Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Future Intentions evening this week. Year 9 are now deciding their options preferences. As we explained on the evening, we encourage the vast majority of students to follow the EBacc route, as recommended by the Department for Education. This route means Year 9 students will need to select either Geography or History and French as 2 of their choices. We will endeavour to allocate students as many of their higher preferences a possible, but we cannot guarantee they will be offered all of their first four choices.  If anyone needs any further support please speak to your form tutors.
 
On Friday of this week, I met with all our East Staffordshire Sports Scholarship winners. Their commitment to their individual sports was impressive. A number of the winners regularly complete over 15 hours of training a week alongside completing their studies in school. We wish them all well in their future competitions and look forward to hearing about their successes. 
 
Next week we have Year 9 parents evening. If you have any problems booking appointments please contact your Head of House. We are keen to meet as many families as possible on the evening. 
 
Finally, I wanted to draw your attention to a number of changes which will be happening on the school site over the coming months. Over half term, the area surrounding the pavilion will be removed from use, so that we can commence our rebuild. We will talking to students about how they can move safely around the site as a number of entrances and exits will be altered. Please reiterate to them that they must stay well away from the building site. We are excited at the improvements that these new facilities will offer and are looking to re-open our pool after Easter. 
 

Fire Alarm Activation

We have recently experienced a malicious activation of our fire alarm at lunchtime. The fire brigade was alerted and we fully evacuated the school.

Clearly, this false alarm caused significant inconvenience and disruption to students, staff, and visitors. It compromised everyone’s safety in school and presents a significant risk to the local community because the emergency services are not available to attend genuine emergencies whilst they are at the school. The Fire Brigade will prioritise the school over other emergency call-outs. We are currently conducting a thorough investigation of the incidents. The police will be involved because malicious call-out of the Fire Brigade is a crime. The police will speak to a number of students who were near the site of the alarm and will continue to support our investigations.

The penalty for a student caught maliciously setting off the school fire alarm is permanent exclusion. The penalty for conspiring to have the alarm sounded is exclusion for a fixed period or permanent exclusion.

Senior staff will speak to students in assemblies. Students will be informed about the seriousness of setting off the fire alarm and the very serious consequences of being caught doing so. Students will be reminded to treat any sounding of the fire alarm as a potential emergency and to follow fire evacuation procedures promptly and sensibly.

Obviously, we are very disappointed that one or more of our students has chosen to behave in this inconsiderate and irresponsible way. I am pleased to be able to tell you, however, that students have responded very patiently and sensibly to the evacuation.

Please would you support us by talking to your son or daughter to reinforce our message that they must treat any sounding of the alarm seriously and follow the evacuation procedure promptly. If your son or daughter has any information that might help us identify the culprit/s, I would be grateful if you would let us know in order to prevent any further disruption and risk to the local community.

 

 

6th

 

As part of our commitment to Year 12 and Year 13 we organised for NHS professionals to come in and talk to our students regarding attitudes to healthy relationships.  We received some lovely feedback form the nurses who stated that our students were extremely polite and a pleasure to talk to, they also agreed to return to the school to host similar events in the future as part of our ongoing commitment to student wellbeing.  These small, yet meaningful talks, help to build a positive ethos around our community commitment. I spoke to a few students after the event and they felt the information they heard about what is and what is not a healthy relationship resonated with them and I know that this led to deeper conversations in school and at home.

This week Mrs Dodd led an informative talk on Oxbridge, this was to inform those that are interested in applying to either Oxford or Cambridge about the process and the level of detail that needs to be placed within their personal statement.  As part of the commitment to these students, we also hold mock interviews nearer the time. 

It is clear that not all students are using Unifrog to its full potential; it is a great resource that we provide. It helps with planning for the future, it allows them to start putting together a personal statement which they will need for apprenticeships, university and work. It allows them to look into universities now, look at apprenticeships and careers. It really is a ‘one stop shop’ for all their post 18 needs.

Three of our Year 12 students arranged to speak to the Denstone Tuesday Club, they ‘transported them to Laos and Vietnam’ as they explained their adventure.  Alex Bennett, Tom Page and Elliot Williams really did make a good impression. ‘Maturity’ and ‘confidence’ were used to describe them and they really did enjoy hearing about their World Challenge experience. As a result of this we have received a donation from the Denstone Tuesday Club for our forever charity, Dougie Mac.

 

 

Year 9 Future Intentions

 
Thank you to those parents and carers who came to the Yr9 Option Talk and Future Intentions evening on Thursday. We hope that Yr9 students have a better understanding of the option subjects that are available to them and how the process works. If your child has misplaced their Future Intentions booklet or needs a copy because they were absent, tutors have spare copies or see Mr Washbourne. Yr9 Parents Evening on Thursday 14th February will be an ideal time to talk to subject teachers about your child’s option subjects. The option form on Insight will then go live on Friday 15th February. Yr9 students will need to ensure that they have access to Insight in order to complete the form. 

 

Puzzle of the Month January 2019

 
Murder on the River
 
Ian and Chris took a boat trip on the canal. They left from the Star pub. Ian started the motor and they set off gently up-stream. Some minutes later as they passed under a bridge Chris shouted ‘Ian, there is a hand in the water! It’s a dead body, Ian laughed ‘It is only an old glove.’ They continued up-stream. After 15 minutes Ian turned the boat round and made for the Star. They shot under the bridge and then it did not take long to travel the remaining mile to the Star. As they arrived  they saw floating midstream the same old glove which they had just overtaken.
 
Ian kept the boat engine at the same speed all the time. But what was the speed of the current?
 
Solutions to Mr Askey
 

 

Year 11 Geography Revision.

 
This week’s knowledge organiser is focused upon the Living World. This topic involves understanding how ecosystems work at both a small and large scale. The large scale examples that we have studied are Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts. Students will need to know where these ecosystems are, why they are there, what the climate is like, how humans/plants/animals have adapted to these ecosystems and how we can manage them for the future. An example question for this topic would be “Choose one of the following environments: hot deserts or tropical rainforest. To what extent is your chosen environment at risk from human activity?” This would be a 9 mark question in which students would have to explain the challenges in these environments and then justify how successful we are at managing these challenges.
 
 

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Intervention Timetable

The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.

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Year 9 Pupil Premium Meet and Greet afternoon 12th February.

 
On Tuesday afternoon we look forward to meeting year 9 parents over a cup of tea and a biscuit.  The afternoon gives parents and 1:1 tutoring staff the opportunity to meet each other, provide resources and find ways in which we can best support their son or daughter in the coming months.  If you haven’t returned your reply slip please do so asap, we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 12th February.
 

GCSE +

 
The intense revision programme moves into its final week of this first session.  Pupils have benefited from spending time with specialist subject staff supporting them with their revision and exam technique.
 

Parents Evening to help support your son/daughter with revision

 6th March 6.00pm. Tim Benton

 
It is with great delight that once again we have been able to secure the services of Tim Benton. Tim is a motivational speaker who delivers strategies to help young people go about learning, revising and more in an effective, purposeful and brain-friendly way,  Tim has been regularly used by the school over a number of years and holds the philosophy “Whether you’re ten years old or ten years teaching, I want you to live at your best.”  Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, Tim helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely.
 
Tim will be working with all year 11 pupils on revision techniques and strategies in the day and will run a workshop for parents in the evening.  Please come along at 6.00pm on 6th March, to gain valuable insights into how you can best support your son or daughter as they approach their public exams.
 
 

Year 9 Parents Evening Thursday 14th February from 4.00pm.

 
This is an excellent opportunity for parents to meet the teaching staff and discuss their child’s progress before deciding what the best GCSE options are for their son or daughter.  This is often a very busy evening so please ensure that you have made the appointments you need and if there are any concerns regarding the process or attendance please contact your respective Head of House.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 14th February.
 

Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

Year 9

Katie Large and Rebecca Wooliscroft for excellent assessment scores throughout Module One.

 Year 10

Jessie Dickens and Nico Ball for consistently good scores in Biology assessments.

 Year 11

Alexander Griffiths and Leyton Tyers for a positive approach to revision.

Well done!

 

Book Club

Book club starts on Monday at lunch in the library. Students from all years are welcome!

 

 

News from PE

Netball Results
 
Year 9 team endured the wintery conditions on the outside court at Robert Sutton. The game was played in a good spirit with TAHS dominant in both possession and scoring. The defensive duties were covered by Lucy Calladine, Abi Garland & Evie Robins who saw little of the ball but looked to support the attacking play. Zoe Carr, Teegan Berry & Jess Perry showed good composure to keep feeding the ball to our shooters Halle Young and Holly Dickens who were challenged to shoot from distance. Alleyne’s romped to a 29-5 victory, with Holly being named Girl of the Game. 
 
Our Year 10 team enjoyed the luxury of the indoor court at Robert Sutton. The game was yet again an exciting and competitive game to watch and umpire. The first quarter was an even contest with Alleyne’s taking a narrow 9-5 lead into the break. Eve Bednall and Amelia Hadgett made some great tips and interceptions to stop the high ball going into the GA and GS. Jess Banner, Frankie Tooth, Holly Chatfield and Alice Boothby worked tirelessly to create space and keep the ball moving at a high pace. Anna Adams and Freya Hadgett again had a high success rate with their shooting. The work rate of the team saw TAHS extend the lead over the remaining three quarters to win 25-12, with Eve voted as Girl of the game.  

 

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House Netball and Boys House Football Thursday 14th February

 
The next round of house matches are next week.  
 
Thursday 14th Feb
 
Year 9 period 4
Year 10 period 3
Year 11 period 5
 
 
County Cross Country
 
Congratulations to Leighton Thomas who came 5th in the county cross country last weekend, representing East Staffordshire.
 
 
House Basketball
 
The boys house basketball competitions took place last week with good participation and high levels of performance particularly in year 11 where Torrance put together some great plays.
 
Results- Year 9 1st Whitmore, 2nd Orme, 3rd Elkes, 4th Torrance
Year 10 1st Orme, 2nd Torrance, 3rd Whitmore, 4th Elkes
Year 11 1st Torrance, 2nd Elkes, 3rd Whitmore
 
 
Football Update
 
Our Year 11 football team have an exciting month coming up-
They are due to play in the County Cup Semi-Final away to Codsall, The semi-Final of the Moorlands Cup at home to Endon, The semi-final of the league play offs also at home to Endon and the 2nd round of the Sentinel Cup at home to Stone-Alleynes.
 

History

 
Year 12 will be having big exams on both sides of the course next week. You can support revision this weekend by asking students to show you revision work completed as part of their 6th Form 7 activities and testing their subject knowledge by looking through their Purple Progress Books.

MFL Interventions

 
Foundation Tuesday after school room 102
Aiming for a 9 Tuesday after school room 23
Higher French intervention Friday after school room 10
 
Half term French intervention – Monday 18th February 10.00 – 12.00 in room 10
Key vocabulary and structures to include in writing questions and general conversation speaking in past present and future tense.

Congratulations!!!

 
Huge congratulations to Joel Grout and Gregor Hayes for representing their county in the U16 rugby squad. Both play for Stone Rugby Club, and Joel is in his third year of the youth program with Leicester Tigers. It’s a great achievement for them both, and we’re looking forward to see the part the sport has to play in their futures. 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

Maths

 
All year groups will be having an assessment in maths lessons this week.
 
Year 9 – calculator paper
 
set 1 and 2 – percentages, perimeter and area, coordinates and linear graphs, real life graphs
set 3 and 4 – sequences, percentages, perimeter and area
 
Year 10 – calculator paper
 
set 1 and 2 – surds, recurring decimals, quadratic sequences, upper and lower bounds, Pythagoras’ Theorem, trigonometry, simultaneuos equations
set 3, 4 and 5 – congruence and similarity, trigonometry, perimeter and area
 
Year 11
 
Students will sit a past paper over 2 lessons – this will be a calculator paper
 
An excellent way to revise for these assessments is to use Mathswatch

www.vle.mathswatch.com

username:  your school login with @tahs at the end  eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

 
Equipment needed for all assessments: black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, scientific calculator
 

Children’s Mental Health Week

4-10 February 2019 

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

Advice from childline on sexting


https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/sexting/

Free for Safer Internet Day


TikTok: child-safety factsheet for parents 


https://resources.thekeysupport.com/hubfs/Booklets/TikTok-parent-factsheet-Safeguarding-Training-Centre-The-Key.pdf?utm_campaign=Safeguarding%20Training%20Centre%20-%20Spring%202019&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9NLD4Y2XTUqF1ZmCfX3ZhybyyUX7l_ccl1I6zRDyj93IDCQQA4J209YtKjckMAKfa7QJiEEdPibUkSD8GaYd_qxG4n9A&_hsmi=69569762&utm_content=69569762&utm_source=hs_email&hsCtaTracking=d98f2fc2-5a8b-44b7-96f6-36da72ac49b1%7C7f6c1d08-2e31-4487-9fa6-549db1133266

Several local schools are contributing to fundraising for the family affected by the fire in Stafford last week. Should any student or parent/carer wish to make a donation then this can be passed to form tutors and we will share this with Staffordshire fire service.

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February 1st 2019

Dates for your diary

 
 
7/2/19 Careers & Preferences Evening
All year groups are welcome to join us for our annual Careers Fair – this will be held in the Sports Hall. A great opportunity to speak to prospective colleges, employers, apprenticeships, universities.
 
14/2/19 Year 9 Parents Evening
 
15/2/19 School breaks up for half term
 
 
 

 Headteacher blog:



Over the last few weeks, our swimming pool has gradually been stripped back. Boilers and air handling units have been replaced and we are beginning to see the difference that the refurbishment will make. We have a little more funding to secure, but once that is received, our plan is to reopen the pool at Easter. It is fantastic that, due to the efforts of the community and the financial backing of Sport England and other sponsors, this resource has been saved for our community. It guarantees that in the future, more children from Uttoxeter and our local community will have the life skill of being able to swim. 
 
It is always a privilege to work with our site team manager, Mr Mirams and our Business Manager, Mr Storer to improve the environment for our young people. As sport is a personal passion of mine, this development is particularly important to me. We plan to hold our opening ceremony in May when we will be saying thanks to those of you who donated to our Crowdfunding appeal by passing over your rewards. 
 
There was a particularly exciting moment this week: we met with Ken Hardy, founder of Lane 1 Swim School, who will become a partner of the school offering swim lessons for children in the area. Plans are for Lane 1 to offer swim lessons 6 days a week. Interested? See this link http://lane1coaching.com/swim-school/swim-school-info-video/
 
On Friday, I held an assembly for our sixth form students following their trial examinations. My congratulations to the 25% of the year group who have met or exceeded their targets. I shared with the year group the attendance data from 2017 when they completed their GCSEs. The correlation between high attendance and their GCSE results was evident to all. Equally evident was the negative impact of low attendance on GCSE results. Currently, some of our sixth form students are not attending all lessons or the intervention classes the staff are offering for them. We are concerned that many have ambitious applications for University places and apprenticeships which they risk not securing unless there is significant improvement in their results. We would appreciate, any conversations you can have with your sons and daughters to impress on them the importance of simply turning up to lessons alongside having a comprehensive revision schedule. Some students have registered in the morning and then not attended their lesson. The next few weeks will be tough, but it will all be worth it, if they secure the places they desire at university, on apprenticeships or in work. Please contact Mrs Dodd if you have any questions regarding post 16. Every lesson and every study hour counts in these final days. We want them to leave us securing their dream.

 

 

6th

 
Thank you to all that attended the Y12 parents’ evening, it was a very successful evening with 89% of students being represented by parents and carers.  Some of the feedback given to us told us that a number of students are feeling under pressure in the move from GCSE to A level. This is not uncommon. We have tasked all our Year 12 and Year 13 form tutors to play this clip in form next week. We thought you would like to see it and maybe discuss it with your child.
 
 
There are 2 more clips on the same site; one is about social pressures at exam time and the other is about how to spot signs you are getting stressed.  Both are worth a watch.

 

FI Fair for round up

 

Ill Child Procedure During the School Day

 
A polite remind for everyone please that students must report any illness during the school day to a member of staff. We will always ensure that our students are cared for and see by a member of the first aid team. 
 
Parents & carers will contacted should your child be too unwell to remain in school.
Please can we ask for your support with these protocols to avoid students contacting parents directly themselves.

 

 

Puzzle of the Month January 2019

 
Murder on the River
 
Ian and Chris took a boat trip on the canal. They left from the Star pub. Ian started the motor and they set off gently up-stream. Some minutes later as they passed under a bridge Chris shouted ‘Ian, there is a hand in the water! It’s a dead body, Ian laughed ‘It is only an old glove.’ They continued up-stream. After 15 minutes Ian turned the boat round and made for the Star. They shot under the bridge and then it did not take long to travel the remaining mile to the Star. As they arrived  they saw floating midstream the same old glove which they had just overtaken.
 
Ian kept the boat engine at the same speed all the time. But what was the speed of the current?
 
Solutions to Mr Askey

 

GCSE+  28th January – 15th February.

 
This week saw the yr11 complete the first week of GCSE+.  This is an intensive revision programme held for 20 minutes every morning.  Pupils work on a subject with a specialist teacher on revision and exam techniques, giving them an extra 100 minutes revision a week.  GCSE + will continue until half term and will be revisited towards the end of March.
 
 
 

 

Intervention Timetable

The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.

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Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Evans are:

Year 9

Tom Keeling and Halle Young for improved effort in Science.

Year 10

Jed Brunt and Jess Lyons for improved test scores in Chemistry.

Year 11

Alex Griffiths and Ben Collier for fantastic scores in the Chemistry trial exam.

 

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:

Year 10

Scarlett Simister and Jess Carrington Smith for excellent work on their Animal Handling course work.

Year 11

Eboney Robertson and George Mothershaw for excellent work on their Animal Behaviour course work.

 

Well done!

 

 

Geography Revision 

 
We started our Friday after school revision sessions last week and it was great to 17 pupils there. 
 
These will be running every Friday 3:10 – 4pm in 6a and 6b. All students welcome to attend. 

 

In order to help students get prepared for the GCSE Geography exams, attached is a Knowledge Organiser for the Natural Hazards topic. This will be the first section of Paper 1 and will look at the topics of Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tropical Storms and Climate Change. There is a lot of information on these so I would recommend that students download a copy and make any notes/changes they want to to help them understand it. The following link will also take you to the section of GCSEPod that is relevant. Also thank you to all of those students that are attending the revision session on a Friday afternoon, we hope your finding them useful.

https://members.gcsepod.com/shared/podcasts#6003/6016/8320 

 

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News from PE

Year 9 Netball Match

30/01/2019


The year 9 netball team played a match against Paulet on Wednesday after school. They all played fabulously with great teamwork and high morale. They won the game 26-11 which is a great score line. The girls managed to double their points from the first half in the second half, which shows great dedication and perseverance. Congratulation to Halle Young who was voted Girl of the Game by the opposing team.

We have two fixtures next week with both the Year 9 and U16 teams playing Robert Sutton and Paget on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Good luck ladies.

 

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Girls House Football


Massive well done to all the houses that came out and represented their houses in house football, the conditions were not ideal but all the girls that attended played with spirit and commitment.


Year 9


In the year 9 competition there was a lot of excitement and very close matches, with goals coming from Ava Shenton, Holly Dickens and Mia Bevan. The competition eventually ended in a nail biting penalty shootout between Orme and Torrance. With some expert goal keeping from Zoe Carr, Orme ended up on top.
1 st : Orme
2 nd : Torrance
3 rd : Whitmore
4 th : Elkes


Year 10


In year 10 there were some very high scoring matches, with goals from Eve Bednall, Freya Hadgett, Harriet Bebbington, Alice Boothby and Shona McIntyre it was all to play for. However, in the end Whitmore came out on top, with a good win over Torrance.
1 st : Whitmore
2 nd : Torrance
3 rd : Elkes
4 th : Orme

Year 11


In the year 11 competition it came down to a battle between Elkes and Orme, which eventually left the decision to the fact that earlier on in the tournament Elkes had beaten Orme 1-0 meaning Elkes house took home the victory. Goals came from Eloise Gadsby and Jemima Pope.
1 st : Elkes
2 nd : Orme

3 rd : Torrance
4 th : Whitmore

 

 

Year 9 Future Intentions

Dear Year 9 Students and Parents/Carers,

Please find attached a copy of the plan for Future Intentions Week which starts on Monday 4th February to Friday 8th February. The purpose of this week is to provide guidance on completing the options process and to give students a taste of the subjects that we offer that they have not previously experienced. These subjects include Child Development, Animal Care, Health and Social Care and Business Studies. 

Students in H Population will be off timetable for lesson 1 and students in U Population will be off timetable during lesson 2. Their normal timetable will take place for the rest of the day.

I have also attached a copy of the Option Preference List to help with choosing your option subjects.

I would also like to remind you that on Thursday 7th February there will be an information talk in the Theatre about the options process. This will be delivered by Mrs Rudge at 6.15pm and then repeated at 7.00pm. At the same time as this, there will also be ours careers fair in the Sports Hall from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. This hugely successful and popular event has over 50 employers, universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers to help make the right decisions regarding their future and options.

If you have any queries or questions regarding this please do not hesitate to contact school and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday night.

Regards

Mr Washbourne

 

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MFL Interventions

 
GCSE French intervention 
Friday after school room 10 higher
Friday lunchtime room 10 foundation
Tuesday after school room 23 aiming for a 9

 
 

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January 25th 2019

Dates for your diary

 
 
31/1/19 Year 12 Parents evening
7/2/19 Careers & Preferences Evening
14/2/19 Year 9 Parents Evening
15/2/19 School breaks up for half term
 
 
 

 Headteacher blog:



This week myself and Mrs Titterton, our new office manager, held our first ‘Headteacher Star of the Week’ breakfast. Students were nominated by members of staff.
 
Then our Heads of House and Head of Sixth form selected one student each to join me for breakfast. Grace, Jenna, Lilly, Joseph and Emily were chosen for a range of reasons: Joseph, for the academic progress he has made during his time with us; Lilly, because she will be performing Giselle with the English Ballet Company (she trains 6 days a week!); Grace, for the leadership skills she has demonstrated in school and Jenna, for exceptional trial examination results. Emily because of her success at interview for a place to study physiotherapy. It was wonderful to listen to them and to talk about their plans for their futures. We have budding illustrators, dancers and physiotherapists in our midst!
 
You may be aware that the government published their performance tables on Thursday this week reporting on GCSE results. 
 
If you would like to look at these please see the link below. We were thrilled to be placed 4th in Staffordshire for student progress this year. My thanks to all of our staff and students for their hard work. 
 

 

 

6th

 

Year 13 students will all have had their mock papers back with grades and how to improve in readiness for their next wave of testing from subject teachers. I would encourage an open conversation at home to see if they have they a revision plan or if they need to amend their revision plan. I would also suggest that they go through the specification and see which topic areas are their weakest and which questions they have struggled with. Encourage them to seek the answers within their text books, class notes and use of the internet, ask them to speak to their subject teacher about skills needed for certain questions and encourage them to practise writing in timed conditions.


For those in Year 13 that have applied to university I encourage them to look at their grades and the courses they have applied for, compare them to their mock results, do they look on track to achieve these grades? I am hoping that the students see their UCAS application as a motivational tool to encourage them to work hard to achieve the entry requirements needed for their favourite university and course. We will support all students within school to help them achieve their goals but we reiterate that there needs to be a large amount of revision completed outside of school.


Students in Year 13 that are looking at apprenticeships, start looking now. Logon to apprenticeship websites, use Unifrog and see what opportunities are there waiting. Last year I spent a considerable amount of time talking about the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship in comparison to applying to university. It is personal preference but I would certainly recommend that all students in both Years 12 and 13 look at apprenticeships as an option for Post 18.

 

Elevate Training

 

This week Elevate came in again to do their final session with our students called ‘Ace your Exams’. They looked at giving yourself adequate time to prepare for exams and gave three steps to prepare:
– Finish notes
– Memorise
– Practise Papers

They also explained how to make the most of practise papers which is particularly useful for Y11 having just had their mock results.

Once you have completed a past paper, look at where marks have been lost and then ask teachers for specific advice on how to improve to gain more marks in these areas next time. They also talked about learning from others around you, for example finding a friend who did well on a paper/question and looking at their answers to understand what they gained their marks for to try and replicate this yourelf.

Please have a look at the student portal on the elevate website where you can download resources to support your child with their study. The website link and password is as follows:

https://ukstudent.elevateeducation.com/
Password – rondo

 

 

Bad Weather Procedures

 

As the forecast is getting, how shall we say, a bit fresher! We thought it prudent to remind you of the bad weather procedures in place. Please see the full procedure in place under this link:

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Schools Shepherding Competition

8 enthusiastic year 10 animal care students bravely chose to take part in the Inter Schools Shepherding Competition at the National Sheep Event at Bakewell market this last Thursday.

Taking up their lunch times practising for it they have been very dedicated and eager to compete. They each had a specific activity to carry out on the chosen lambs: foot trimming, dagging, drenching and condition scoring.

Unfortunately we didn’t get placed but they all had a fantastic time!

A special mention went out to Chloe Yates who the judge thought was outstanding in her specific activity of drenching the sheep and had top knowledge.
 
 
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Maths

A good way to revise for GCSE Maths is to do some maths every day. 

Go to https://corbettmaths.com/5-a-day/gcse/ where you will find 5 maths questions for everyday of the year.  You will need to select which level of questions you answer:

Numeracy – broadly designed for students aiming for Grades 1, 2 and 3. 

Foundation – broadly designed for students aiming for Grades 3 and 4. 

Foundation Plus – broadly designed for students aiming for Grades 4, 5 and 6.

Higher – broadly designed for students aiming for Grades 6 and 7.

Higher Plus – broadly designed for students aiming for Grades 8 and 9.

You can either print out the questions or just get them on your phone and use a pen and paper.  The answers are also available so you can mark your own work.

If you are unsure about any of the questions then ask your maths teacher for some help.

 If you are studying A-level maths then there is also a Core 1 5-a-day to practise lots of the pure maths covered in Year 12.

https://corbettmaths.com/5-a-day/core1/

 

Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Melland are:

Year 9

Tyler Benton and Lilly May Udale for excellent effort in Physics.

Year 10

Jess Peach and Victoria Morut for excellent effort in the end of unit test.

Year 11

Amy Latchford and Cem Coban for achieving very pleasing marks in the mock exams and beginning good revision habits.

Well done!

 

 
parentview

Thank you to those parents who completed the Parent View survey last week, your responses are appreciated. If you would like to complete the questionnaire, it is available by following the link below. Parent View allows you to feedback on your child’s experiences at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. The questionnaire has 12 questions and is used by the school to identify what we are doing well and what we need to work on. Parents and carers will need to register on the website in order to complete the questionnaire. If parents or carers have any queries or questions regarding the questionnaire, please do not hesitate to contact us.

https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

 

RE Revision 

Further to information shared earlier this week most students have received  their RS revision guide.  With approximately 13 lessons left until the first exam please make good use of this.  The course revision cards, practice questions and useful tips are included.
 
Weekly homework will be set to revise the cards in sequence.  This week it is cards 1-4. Some sample revision materials are included below.
 
Some examples are attached.
 
Please see your teacher if you need further resources to support your learning.

 

 

 

Learn About Lambing

Our local vets, just cross the road from the farm are holding a lambing course/meeting on Wednesday the 13th of feb at 2pm. I just wondered if any 6th form students that are wanting to be a vet would be interested?
 
The cost is £5 unless they are already in the small holder club!

 

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VET SKILLS

 
Our vet skills programme will be starting again on Tuesday 29th January when we will be looking at caring for our new calves.  On Tuesday 12th February will be looking in more detail at the breeding cycle of our pigs following the introduction of a boar.  All year 10 Animal Care students are welcome.
 

We are all going to the zoo…..

 
Last Friday 60 year 11 students spent the day at Twycross zoo in order to collect information for their Animal Care coursework. As part of this work they had to carry out behavioural studies, called ethograms, on three different types of animals.
 
Following a talk from the education department in which they gained an insight into different types of behaviour and how to log this behaviour, they were allowed to choose which animals to study.  Although cold, many of the animals they studied were housed in heated enclosures so they were able to complete the studies in relative comfort. Most students studied the Chimpanzees, Bonobos or Gibbons as well as the Penguins, Meekats and Snow Leopard.
 
As well as collecting their data the students also enjoyed visiting the other animals especially the Rainbow Lorikeet which they could feed with nectar.
 
 

 

Computer Science Revision

As the exams are getting closer by the minute it is the ideal time to ‘refresh’ the in school learning at home. Watch a YouTube Video, listen to a GCSE Pod, play a Kahoot quiz – this should be in addition to the homework already set. Repetition is the key!

The ICT & Computing department are building a small website that will bring all of the links together to enable this to happen. This is a work in progress and the pages will be added as we cover the topics in class. So far the pages are in-place to get us to half term….

 

History

On Thursday 24th January Mrs Young arranged for one of her Year 10 groups to have the opportunity to listen to a survivor of the Holocaust. This is always an empowering moment as it enables and allows students to hear a first-hand account of what it was like and to relive the memories of a survivor.

 

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About Harry Spiro BEM and Robert Rinder

Harry and Robert share a unique connection; Robert’s grandfather Morris Malenicky was also a Holocaust survivor from the same town as Harry, Piotrkow, in Poland. After the Holocaust, Morris and Harry come over to the UK as part of a group of child survivors and became good friends.

Robert went on a life-changing experience when he took part in BBC One’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, which saw him follow the story of his grandfather, visiting Piotrkow and learning about the fate of his extended family. The episode was watched by 8 million people and featured Harry and Robert reflecting on the arrival of The Boys to the UK.

The Boys

The first survivors to be admitted to the UK after the Holocaust were a group of child survivors under a special scheme agreed by the Home Office in the summer of 1945. This was in response to a proposal from Jewish philanthropists and aid agencies. Permission was given for up to 1,000 children up to the age of 16 to come to Britain on a temporary basis, with plans for them to subsequently re-emigrate, although this stipulation was soon changed to a restriction that they could not enter employment without Home Office consent. In reality, only 732 children were brought to the UK under the scheme, partly as a result of the difficulties in finding willing survivors and partly because of the financial difficulties of the Jewish agencies supporting them.

‘The Boys’, is the nickname given to these child survivors (although their number included around 80 girls). After their initial stay in Windermere or other reception sites, the majority moved to London where they formed a close-knit group centred around the Primrose Jewish Youth Club, which they founded in Belsize Park north London in 1946. This group then attracted other young survivors who had come to Britain under the Distressed Relatives Scheme. Although the Primrose Club was forced to close in 1949, when it lost its lease, the companionship and support its members offered to each other, shaped by their shared experiences, led to the formation of lifelong bonds which assisted them as they established new lives in Britain. In 1963, at the initiative of Sir Ben Helfgott, The Boys formed the ’45 Aid Society to raise money for charitable causes. The strong relationships between them have been passed through the generations, with The Boys’ children and grandchildren now taking a prominent role in the society’s activities as a striking example of the enduring power of friendship and solidarity.

 

Year 11 
 
It is really pleasing to have had so many students coming to lunch-time and after school revision sessions since the beginning of January. Please encourage students to come to these as they are an ideal opportunity to consolidate understanding in a small group environment.
 
Year 10 and Year 12
 
Both year groups have end of unit examinations coming up soon – please ask students about their revision.

Business Studies

 
GCSE Business revision sessions will resume on Tuesday after school in room 40 and on a Wednesday lunch in room 45.
 
 

MFL Interventions

 
GCSE French intervention 
Friday after school room 10 higher
Friday lunchtime room 10 foundation
Tuesday after school room 23 aiming for a 9

 

PE

House Matches
Thursday 31st January
 
Boys Basketball and Girls Football
 
Year 10 P3
Year 9 P4
Year 11 P5
 
See Heads of House if you want to play.
 

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January 18th 2019

Dates for your diary

 
 
21/1/19 7pm in the staff room PTA meeting
31/1/19 Year 12 Parents evening
7/2/19 Careers & Preferences Evening
14/2/19 Year 9 Parents Evening
15/2/19 School breaks up for half term
 
 
 

 Headteacher blog:



In Year 9 form tutor period this week the following film was shown: 
 
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If you have not seen it before we felt you may find it interesting to discuss with your son or daughter as they begin the process of making choices regarding the options they select for next year. 
 
This week we held out trial GCSE results day. We know that  all students understand that the way in which they organise themselves for these final 14 weeks, before their first examinations, will effect the choices ahead of them in the future. There were some very impressive results;  alongside this there were also some results which showed that students are not yet in the best habits for revision. We appreciate any support you can give them in finding a quiet place at home to study and in blocking off some of their time for revision each day. If you as parents need any support please contact your child’s Head of House. 
 
Year 9 students applied themselves well to their external examinations.10 % of students streamed over 50 podcasts and  20% of our students streamed over 25 podcasts in preparation for their examinations. 
 
We have a small minority of students who have not set their usernames or streamed any podcasts. If you are able, please ask your son or daughter to show you their GCSEpod account and how many streams they have made. If they have not started as yet, we advise they stream at least 3 a day to help them with their studies. 

 

 

6th

 

UCAS Update

We have had 94 UCAS applications this academic year. Of those 94 students, 77 have heard from one or more of their chosen university choices. Students have been offered unconditional and conditional places, which then leaves them with the choice of which university to choose. I am aware that there have been some rejections and we are supporting them through this. If you, as a parent, would like to discuss this process then please contact at Sixthform@tahs.org.uk

 

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Uniform 

 
A reminder to all students,  parents and carers.
 
 Hooded sweatshirts are not part of the uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. We encourage all students to wear a v necked blue or black school sweatshirt over their shirts, especially now that the weather has turned cold. 
 
We encourage them to also bring outdoor coats, and gloves. If they do bring hooded sweatshirts to school and wear these beneath or over their blazers these will be removed from them to be collected by parents as they are not part of the school uniform. We appreciate parents support with ensuring these sweatshirts, which are not part of our uniform are not brought to school. 

 

 

Bad Weather Procedures

 

As the forecast is getting, how shall we say, a bit fresher!!! We thought it prudent to remind you of the bad weather procedures in place. Please see the full procedure in place under this link:

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ART UPDATE’s

GCSE ART
 
All our Art GCSE students have now submitted their coursework portfolios  worth 60% of their overall grade. Now the talented students are just deciding which of the themes to work with on the Externally Set Assignment (known as the ‘exam unit’) worth 40% of their overall grade. We look forward to hearing about and seeing all their ideas develop over the next 15 weeks. 
 
The Art department staff are happy to discuss your ideas before you get started and will support you at lunchtimes or Art Club after school. Just check with teacher they are available to supervise. remember to look at the art dept Pinterest boards (great free App) and create your own ideas boards. Check out boards that have related titles- eg “graphic style” contains text based works and could help the ‘messages’ theme, “plants” could help the ‘natural forms’ theme etc.
 
 
GCSE ART 10HOUR EXAM DAYS: Thurs 2nd and Fri 3rd May
 
 
Year 12
 
Year 12 Artists & Photographers will be thinking about their ‘personal investigations’ and have impressed staff with their gathering of sources of inspiration or discussions with staff. Some of the themes include : “water”, “hybrid animals”, “catching dreams” and “nature”. 
These will be carefully considered and developed over the next year watch this space…
 
 
Y13 Artists & Photographers
 
In contrast to the year 12’s who are just starting, year 13 have spent over a year crafting their Personal Investigation projects (worth 60%)with a huge range of ideas, themes and interests being explored from “CCTV and surveillance” to “psychedelic fairytales” and “music & sound waves” to “speed &Sport”.  Developing skills and techniques to hone their chosen Art, Craft & design or Photography pathways. We are pleased to see some of our students also recently gain offers from several leading universities and Art Colleges ranging from Marine Photography to Graphic Design and Illustration. Just the motivation to keep going! 
 
Y13 Art Mock: Mon21st, Tues 22nd, Wed 23rd Jan.
Y13 Photo Mock: Fri 25th. Mon 28th, Tues 29th Jan.
Y13 Art A level Coursework Deadline including essay: Fri 1st Feb 3:05pm
Y13 Photography A level Coursework Deadline including essay: Fri 8th Feb 3:05pm
 
 
SAVE THE DATE:
 
The much anticipated annual Art& Photography Exhibition: Thursday 20th June 5:30-7:30pm

 

Book Club

We are pleased to announce that we will be starting a book club. The first meeting will be held on Monday 4th February at lunchtime in the library. The theme will be ‘your favourite book’, so feel free to bring along a copy of your favourite book! The book club is open to students from all years.

 

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Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Pavey are:

Year 9

Dylan McNair for his contributions to the chemistry lessons this week

Cole Moody for his progress in physics

Year 10

Callum Stockbridge for achievement in physics

Freya Bettaney for her consistent positive attitude in physics and willingness to try

Year 11

Libby Fry and Aaron Gwynne for their achievements in the physics mock exam

Well done!

 

 

 
parentview

We would like to invite all parents and carers to complete a Parent View online questionnaire. Parent View allows you to feedback on your child’s experiences at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. The questionnaire has 12 questions and is used by the school to identify what we are doing well and what we need to work on. Parents and carers will need to register on the website in order to complete the questionnaire. If parents or carers have any queries or questions regarding the questionnaire, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

 

Year 9 Future Intentions

Year 9 students have reached the point in the year where they will be asked to decide which subjects they would like to study in Years 10 and 11 for their GCSE’s. The Year 9 options process will begin a series of information events designed to inform parents and students of what we offer.  The first parent event will be the Future Intentions Evening on Thursday 7th February from 6pm till 8pm. This evening will involve a presentation in the theatre on the option subjects available to students and how the options process works. The evening also includes the Future Intentions Fair that will have over 40 employers and representatives from universities and colleges. This is open to students in all years but will allow Yr9 students and parents to discuss the option subjects with Heads of Departments. In the run up to this event we would encourage parents and carers to start talking to your child about their future and what their aspirations are.

 

Year 11 Geography

With just 17 weeks until the first GCSE Geography exam, we would like to take the opportunity of reminding parents of where you and your child can access information about the Geography exams and what makes a good geography answer! If you have any questions about the Geography exams, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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January 11th 2019

Dates for your diary

 
 
21/1/19 7pm in the staff room PTA meeting
31/1/19 Year 12 Parents evening
7/2/19 Careers & Preferences Evening
14/2/19 Year 9 Parents Evening
15/2/19 School breaks up for half term
 
 
 

 Headteacher blog:



This week, I held a Year 9 assembly to support students in their preparation for their examinations next week. Following the assembly, students asked that I share some additional resources with them that they can use this weekend in their preparations for English examination. I have copied the message for students below for you. 
 
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Please ensure you use GCSEpod to prepare for your core examinations.
 
 
We strongly urge you to prepare the section under ‘English Language (Full course)’ ‘Reading Fiction and Creative Writing’. There are about 20 podcasts for you to revise. Remember to make notes, mind maps or revision cards, as you listen.
 
 
In addition to this, you may wish to use the following links to prepare for your English Language Examinations from youtube. There is clear guidance for you on how to approach question 1,2,3 and question 4. 
 
Don’t expect to find this easy, but you can pause the podcast to re-play it to help you understand the sections you find more difficult. 
 
How long you spend on your revision is up to you but everyone is expected to complete a minimum of 3 hours. Many of you will do much more. 
 
 
 
 
 
If your sons and daughters are in Year 10 or 11 and have not watched these videos already, we urge them to do so as they are an excellent way to prepare for Paper 1 of their English Language examination. Our thanks to Mr Salles for sharing his resources. 
 
We are now in the countdown to launching GCSE+ for Year 11 students. I am excited that this year I will be teaching on this course and look forward to meeting my group of students. The aim of the programme is to provide additional support, in small groups, in a subject which students may be finding challenging. 
 
Finally, I would like to mention a drama lesson I joined today. The students were studying a text called Blood Brothers. The arts are hugely important in our school and this lesson demonstrated all the benefits of studying this particular subject. Students engaged in public speaking, working as a team, and developing innovative and creative ideas. 
 

 

 

6th

 

When we look at the start of the New Year we look towards a fresh start, or to build on previous successes and to work toward achieving our goals, within the Sixth Form we have sought out opportunities for our students so that we can provide new and exciting opportunities. It is important to us that all students are given a chance to enrich their learning, to allow themselves to exceed expectations and to push themselves and try new things. With that mind, please be aware of the following opportunities that we have for our students.

 All of this will be posted on the Opportunities board (6th from entrance), will be emailed to form tutors and will be sent out via INSIGHT.

  1. Oxford and Cambridge Taster Conference:

Trip to FREE Oxford and Cambridge Conference on the 18th of March (a small amount to cover travel costs will be required, those that are awarded the DBS the travel costs will be taken from this).

Additional info: These full-day conferences are available to students from all UK schools and colleges currently in Year 12 studying for A Levels or BTECS . The conferences include:

Course information sessions with taster lectures delivered by current Oxford and Cambridge teaching staff

Up-to-date information on applying to Oxford and Cambridge (including Student Life)

Student finance and graduate prospects

Information for teachers and HE advisers

Admissions Tutors and other staff from both universities will be on hand to answer questions and there will be the opportunity to talk informally to current undergraduates.  

The conference is purely for information gathering and to make an informed decision – there is no obligation to apply. There are 15 places available.

 

  1. Sutton Trust Summer school:

Sutton Trust Summer schools offer students a week-long residential at one of their thirteen partner Universities which include: Bristol. Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial College London, Kings College London, Nottingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Royal Veterinary College, St Andrews, UCL and Warwick. There are over 40 subjects on offer.

Students apply for a course they would like to study, and through academic taster classes, guidance sessions and social activities, the programme provides an insight into the realities of university life.

 All costs including travel, accommodation, food and activities are covered by the Trust and our partners which means it is completely free of charge for students to attend. 

  1. Bremen Summer Camp 2019:

Free two-week residential for 16 and 17-year olds,

14 – 28 July 2019 (Time off school will be authorised – one week of Summer holiday).  This experience gives young people aged 16 and 17 the opportunity to be part of an historic project that has taken place in Staffordshire for almost 60 years.  Participants from Staffordshire and Germany spend two weeks together learning new things, making friends and of course, having fun!

During this free, two-week project whilst staying in the heart of Cannock Chase, you will be able to enjoy an exciting programme which includes things like:

 Social activities like bowling, trampolining and outdoor adventures.

Visit to Coventry Cathedral & free time in Coventry.

Activities with local veterans and civic dignitaries.

 Tending to the German War Graves and learning about some of the people buried in the cemetery on Cannock Chase.

Visit to National Memorial Arboretum.

 Civic events including a high-profile wreath laying ceremony.

Planning and hosting a celebration evening at the end of the two weeks.

  1. We have a work experience opportunity for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in Architecture.
  2. Lastly we have a journalism opportunity to write a monthly column for a local magazine. 

Please discuss these opportunities with your child and encourage them to make the most of these opportunities.

On Monday 14th January all students will need to have their new swipe cards with them so that they can access a new gate that has been installed on site. All students have been issued with these cards and have signed for them. It is important that this card is kept safe and instructions on correct usage have been provided.

Next week Year 13 students will be receiving their mock results, while we hope that successes are celebrated we would like to offer this opportunity to inform our Year 13 students that if they have achieved the grade they required then we encourage them to seek further support and guidance on how to improve and learn from errors made. 

 

Thanks to the Staff

Before Christmas the staff held their annual hamper raffle raising money for the Arch refuge in Stoke. Further to our donation we have received the following letter:

 

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Safety Advice

 

Safety advice for children as it gets colder. We want to inform them to stay away from frozen rivers, lakes and ponds.

The weather is getting colder so Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service wanted to make your students aware of the dangers of frozen water. Iced over water has dangerously low temperatures which would be a real shock to the system and means that people can very quickly get into difficulty.

Our advice is as follows:

Make sure children understand how dangerous it is to play on ice. Tell them to stay away from frozen rivers, lakes and ponds.

Don’t wander too near to the edge, icy or wet conditions could cause you to slip and fall in

Don’t be tempted to test the thickness of the ice; it’s easy to slip from the bank and fall through into the freezing water

Dog owners should ensure they keep their pets on a lead so they are not at risk of falling in

If you see someone, or a pet, fall through ice and get into difficulty do not risk yourself by trying to rescue them -instead ring 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service immediately.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue’s website contains a short film which highlights the dangers of children playing on ice. We would be very grateful if you would share this with children of a suitable age within your school.  

 

A50 Update

 
We are pleased to share with you the latest information on the revised A50 and the planned closures to complete phase 1. All details can be found on this web-page:
 

Year 9 Maths Exams

 

The Year 9 maths exam takes place on Tuesday 15th January.  It is a non-calculator exam.

You will need the following equipment for your exam: black pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass.  All equipment can be purchased from the online shop (see link at bottom of the newsletter) or from the maths department.

 
A list of topics to revise has been put on Insight. 

A great way to revise for this exam is to use https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

login is your school login followed by @tahs  eg smithjohn04@tahs

password is triangle

Happy revising and good luck!

 

Applications to stand as a candidate in Staffordshire’s UK Youth Parliament elections now open

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to encourage young people in their local area to make a difference on issues that matter to them.

Applications are now open for anyone who is interested in standing for Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) in Staffordshire. We are able to elect 4 MYPs who will be in their role for one year, until February 2020. Applications close on 7 January.

To be eligible to stand for election you must be:

  • Aged between 11 and 18 on 01 March 2019.
  • Live, go to school, work or volunteer in Staffordshire (not Stoke-on-Trent).
  • Not be standing for election in any other constituency.

You can find out more about the UK Youth Parliament on their website, & watch the video to see what Alfie got up to in his two years as MYP.

 

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December Puzzle of the Month – Car Sales

 
Answer – Week 1 – 15 Week 2 – 18 Week 3 – 23
So answer 23
 
See Mr Askey for your prize if you were correct.
 
 

Art Exam Evening

 
The Art Exam Evening on the 9th January went fantastically well, it is superb to see so many students and parents participate- Thanks to all who attended. 
 
We are all excited to see what students will devise and prepare for throughout the next term leading up to their exam following the Easter Holiday.  All resources will be emailed out to students through Insight. If any students and parents missed the evening, all resources and information will be explained to students in lessons following the coursework deadline on Monday 14th January.
 
As always after school sessions will be essential in securing success in the exam unit
 
 
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Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Hughes are:

Year 10

Eve Rigby and Felicity Burgess for commitment to chemistry lessons.

Year 11

Lucy Greatrex and Gregor Hayes for contributions to chemistry lessons.

Well done!

 

PE

U16 Basketball
 
On Thursday evening our U16 boys reached the semi final of the basketball county cup where they lost narrowly to champions St John Fisher from Newcastle.  We took an early lead and gave the favourites a real scare in the opening quarter.  All the squad got good game time and made a positive contribution.
 
Top scorer was Harry Taylor, Captain- Connor McLoughlin,
Oliver Jones, Harvey Belcher, Haydn Fisher, Lewis Caparis, Jed Brunt, Ben Wain, Adam Matthews, Reuben Punchard.
 
 
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U15 Football
 
Our U15 boys had the honour of hosting a football academy from Perth, Australia who are over on a British tour.  Whilst the scoreline didn’t go in our favour the game was an opportunity to play against some international standard players.
 
 
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U14 Basketball
 
Our U14’s made their school basketball debut narrowly losing to Robert Sutton School.
 
 
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BTEC Animal Care External Exam

 
Yr11 BTEC Animal Care students have been busy preparing for their external exam which will take place on Monday 14th January at 9am.  We have had over 30 students attending after school revision sessions on Tuesday and Thursday and there will be a final preparation session from 8am on Monday morning.
 

 

Sixth Form Applications. 

Although the deadline for Sixth Form applications was today we have been approached by some students in Year 11 who have not quite managed to complete their application for today. With that in mind we have decided to extend the deadline to Friday 18th January. Please ensure that all applications are in before the deadline.

 

 

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December 20th 2018

Dates for your diary

 
 
 
21/12/2018 – Inset Day
 
7/1/19 Inset Day
 
8/1/19 School reopens for students
 
21/1/19 7pm in the staff room PTA meeting
 
 

 Headteacher blog:



Our term was brought to a close by a tasty turkey dinner, where the turkeys were hand reared by our students, a Christmas concert full of good cheer and the close of our Year 11 examinations. Year 11  have done us proud with the way in which they have conducted themselves throughout the period and we think moving the mock examinations to before Christmas has worked well for them. It has been my privilege, to meet over 60 students at our Headteacher breakfasts this week. At the breakfasts we had the opportunity to thank students for their commitment this year – the school is a better place because they study with us.
 
If you haven’t already seen the plans for our new build this Summer please see the article 

See first design images of new state-of-the-art sports facility at Thomas Alleyne’s High School’ in the Derby Telegraph.

 
 
We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing students back on the 8th January. 
 
 

 

Uniform 

 
A reminder to all students,  parents and carers.
 
 Hooded sweatshirts are not part of the uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. We encourage all students to wear a v necked blue or black school sweatshirt over their shirts, especially now that the weather has turned cold. 
 
We encourage them to also bring outdoor coats, and gloves. If they do bring hooded sweatshirts to school and wear these beneath or over their blazers these will be removed from them to be collected by parents as they are not part of the school uniform. We appreciate parents support with ensuring these sweatshirts, which are not part of our uniform are not brought to school. 
 

ART GCSE EXAM EVENING

 
Students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend the art deptartment ART GCSE exam evening Wed 9th Jan 6:30-7:30pm in the school canteen.  A reminder that the art GCSE papers wil be given out on this date plus lots of helpful tips and advice about preparing over the exam period before the 10hour controlled conditions in May. 
 

ART GCSE COURSEWORK DEADLINE

 
ART GCSE coursework deadline is Monday 14th January 2018, 3:05pm.  This forms 60% of your grade, the other 40% is the Externally Set Assignment (exam) unit which starts in January- please attend the evening on 9th Jan to receive your exam paper plus tips and advice.
 
 
 

Reports

Year 9, 10 and 12 reports are available on Insight.

 

Year 11 and 13 Mock Examinations

 
A huge well done to our students in Year 11 and 13 who have now reached the end of the mock examination period. We very much hope that your hard work has paid off.
 
Year 11 Mock Exam Results Day will take place on Thursday 17th January, period 5.
 

Year 9 English and Maths Internal Examinations

 
Please note, Year 9 exams will take place as follows:
 
Tuesday 14th January (English language)
Wednesday 15th January (Maths)
Thursday 16th January (English language)
 
Year 9 examinations are for English and Maths only and are internal examinations. This means that the results will be used by English and Maths teachers only to support intervention where required, and do not go towards final Year 11 GCSE results.
 
The additional purpose of these examinations is to help prepare our Year 9 students early on for Year 10 and 11 examinations by sitting assessments in examination venues instead of in their usual teaching classrooms.
 
The assessments will take place in the school theatre.
 

BTEC Animal Care

 
A reminder that the external exam for this subject will be taking place on Monday 14th January. There will be NO external exam for this subject in June. The specification and past papers have been given out to the students to help with their revision over the holidays.  These have also been set on INSIGHT in case any students have lost them.
Revision sessions will take place in room 81 on the following dates in order to help students prepare for this exam:
 
Tuesday 8th January 3.05-4.00pm
Thursday 10th January 3.05-4.00pm
Monday 14th January 8.00-8.40am
 
 
 

BTEC Applied Science

 
Y12 Unit 3 Exam
 
The practical part of this exam will take place on Friday 11th January followed by an externally moderated assessment on Monday 21st January.  Students will need to revise all the work covered this year over Christmas in order to fully prepare for this. All students have revision guides and past papers have been set via INSIGHT
 
Y13 Unit 1 Exam
 
There will be a series of three exams for this unit as follows, with each being 40 minutes long:
 
Tuesday 15th January pm – Biology
Wednesday 16th January am – Chemistry
Wednesday 16th January pm – Physics
 
All students have got a revision guide and packs of past exam questions to use as part of their revision.  They will need to be revising for these exams over the Christmas period.

 

 

Online Safety

The impact of social media can be amazing – the promotion of events, the re-connection with friends from times past and the sharing of memories – are all fantastic ways of communicating.


Unfortunately social media is not always used in such a positive way.


Advice regarding uploading pictures:


Only upload pictures that you’d be happy for a parent to see (the internet is a public place). Don’t post pictures of you or your friends wearing school uniform (this lets people know where you will be). Tick the “no pic forwarding” option on your settings page – this will stop people forwarding your pictures to anyone without your consent. Who are you communicating with? Do you know? Do you really know?? Have you met them? If you know someone… who knows someone… who knows someone….. it doesn’t make them your friend.


Advice for students:


What you put on social media sites is there forever. Consider the information you share – you don’t know who your friend’s friends are… or your friend’s friends’ friends… Be aware that information on your profile could potentially be viewed by anyone. Consider you photo – what info does it give about you? Understand the meaning of ‘joint enterprise’ Be aware that university admissions and employers WILL check your internet activity.


Students/Parents & carers please visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for further information

Reminder to Parents


In the event of an emergency with your child, have you got a new phone number (especially mobile)? Have you moved? Has there been a change in your circumstances? Has there been a change regarding any medical information for your son or daughter?
If so, it is vital that you alert school so we can change the details on our system. Please contact school as soon as possible.

Need to Talk?

Need help and advice? Then follow this link for more information.

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/your-guide-to-support/need-to-talk/

 

Help of Keeping Young People Safe Online….

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/our-views/how-you-can-keep-young-people-safer-online-over-the-christmas-period/

PTA Thanks

The PTA would like to give a huge thanks to all those who donated raffle prizes and bought tickets for our hampers. We managed  to make 5 beautiful prizes which were raffled off last night at the Music Concert. We raised over £400.00 and the students and staff really do appreciate your contributions. We also have some exciting new projects coming up in 2019 and will be letting you know how you can continue to support our students through the PTA.

 

We are always looking for new members and would welcome anyone who is willing to help out no matter how small an amount. To get in touch please email: 
 
 

Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Faizey are:

Year 9

Mollie Beresford and Sam Bennett

Year 10

Victoria Morut and Ashton Bagley

All students were selected for their excellent effort in Chemistry.

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

 Year 10

 Abbey Moore and Alfie Clowes for relishing the opportunity to pluck and dress a turkey.

 Year 11

Josh Buckley and Joseph Porritt for hard work and effort in Animal Care.

 

Well done!

 

PE

Girls Football Vs Australia
 
Thomas Alleyne’s hosted the touring John Curtin Football Academy on Monday afternoon. First half our girls were given a masterclass in football from the socceroos, who passed the ball around and created many scoring opportunities. Klaudia Siwek made many saves to keep the score respectable.
 
Second half we mixed the two teams together to create an even game and to create some friendships. There were many conversations about accents and different cultures following the game
 
Squad – Siwek, Bednall, Loaring, Avery, Boothby, Lawrie, Shenton, Beavan, Yates, Pope, Messer, Renshaw, Carr
 
 
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Moorlands Swimming Gala
 
On Tuesday our swimmers competed in the annual Moorlands swimming gala held at Biddulph Leisure Centre.
 
All the students excelled in their races and put in 100% effort against other strong teams.
After a hard fought competition Thomas Alleyne’s were placed 2nd overall with the year 9 boys and year 10/11 girls placing first.
 
Lots of gold medals were won by the following swimmers:
 
Year 9 Boys 50m Backstroke –        Adam Bulmer
 
Year 9 Boys 50m Freestyle –           Ben Twynham
 
Year 9 Boys I.M –                             Ben Twynham
 
Year 9 Boys Freestyle Relay –         Duncan Craven
                                                         George Arnold
                                                         Adam Bulmer
                                                         Ben Twynham
 
Year 9 Boys Medley Relay –            Duncan Craven
                                                        George Arnold
                                                         Adam Bulmer
                                                         Ben Twynham
 
Year 9 Girls Freestyle Relay_          Maddy Egerton
                                                         Zoe Hunter
                                                         Issy Punchard
                                                         Louisa Page
 
Year 10/11 Girls Medley Relay –     Olivia Gregory
                                                        Rowan Hall
                                                        Jemima Pope
                                                        Harriet Bebbington
 
Year 10/11 Girls Freestyle Relay –  Issy Foster 
                                                        Rowan Hall
                                                        Jemima Pope
                                                        Harriet Bebbington
 
Year 10/11 Girls 25m Butterfly –      Harriet Bebbington
 
Year 9/10 Girls I.M –                        Olivia Gregory
 
A huge well done and thank you from all the PE staff.
 
Have a lovely Christmas and see you all in the New Year.
 
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ART DEPT HELP PLEASE!

 
Please could you help out the art department and our students by collecting the following items we intend to reuse and re purpose into some exciting art works.
 
1) thin card- cereal box type. We are looking for the insides to be white, brown or grey. Please flatten the boxes and drop off in the art dept. Year 9 will be using these to create relief collages. 
 
2) GOLD wrappers. the type often found on chocolates- foils and cellophane. Please flatten out the cellophane/ foils and return to the art dept. One of 6th formers is doing a project  next term called “ all that glitters is not gold” and intends eventually to make a  fashion piece using these wrappers. 
 
3) Fruit Netting. The packaging satsumas and lemons often come in!  Again this is for a 6th former student who will want to use these in their work- based on “plastics and sealife ecosystems.”
 
4) Empty drinks cans. –These MUST be rinsed out so not sticky when used, and NOT crushed. We reuse the metal to create embossed designs. 
 
THANK YOU so much in anticipation of any help you can give us.
 
 

 

Business Studies

 
Well done to all of 10D for fantastic presentations this week to our guest judge. They worked so hard to create new and origional ideas for a chocolate product and their presentations were all of a great standard. Thank you to Dawn Shirley for coming in to judge and also well done to Jacob White for taking part as a class judge, we were really impressed with your involvement.
 
Congratulations to Dylan James, Sam Spooner and Josh Campion who won with their idea of Choc o-lates! They designed an amazing chocolate bar and even brought in a sample for the class to try. The judges were very impressed, as were the class with the taste of the new bar. Well done!

 

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Maths Puzzle

Answers to November Puzzle 65,72 and 97. There were no correct entries.
 
This months puzzle for December is
 
Christmas Car Sales
 
‘How’s the motor business’ asked Ian. Chris smiled ‘Its not usually good leading up to Christmas but sales have picked up again. We sold 56 in the first 3 weeks. The difference between the number we sold in the first and second weeks, multiplied by the difference between the second and third weeks, comes to the same as the number we sold in the first week’.
 
Ian was stuck as he was not in a top set maths class at school.
 
How many cars did Chris sell in the third week of that month?
 
Answers to Mr Askey

 

Christmaths!

 
In maths this week some classes have been completing maths activities with a Christmas theme.
 
We have been plotting coordinates that make Christmas trees, Rudolf or Father Christmas, we have been decoding Christmas messages and one group have been investigating fractals especially the Menger Sponge, Koch snowflake and Sierpinski tetrahedron all put together to make a fractal Christmas tree.
 
Have a look at the photos of some of our work!
 
 

 

Past Art Student Returns!

As ever, the Art department is thrilled to hear of our past Art & Photography students who are embarking on careers in the visual arts. Erica Poyser studied Maths, Art, Craft & Design as well as Photography whilst at TAHS, gaining a direct place on several university degree courses based on the strength of her portfolio of work created during A level Art & Photography.


Erica has just started the first year of her 3 year BA Hons Design Crafts degree at De Montfort University in Leicester. So far she has been exploring ceramics including throwing pottery, plaster casting as well as glass, casting, blowing and shaping the glass. The exciting course allows students to develop further skills in a variety of areas. We look forward to seeing what work Erica does over the next few years!


Any other past students who are working in the creative and visual arts sector and would like to keep in touch – please contact the office.

 

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December 14th 2018

 Dates for your diary

 
 
 
20/12/2018 – Last day of term & Christmas Jumper Day
 
21/12/2018 – Inset Day
 
7/1/19 Inset Day
 
8/1/19 School reopens for students
 
 

 Headteacher blog:



This week, I had the opportunity of conducting interviews with year 11 students discussing their options post 16. I was impressed by both of the boys I met on Wednesday. although they are not certain of their plans, they were both clearly ambitious. One student said that he felt he had not worked as hard as he should have done in year 10 but that now it has struck him how important GCSEs are. He is looking at Physiotherapy due to his passion for Sport and Psychology. The second student is looking at working in Agricultural Contracting. He is already exceeding many of his target grades. Both students felt well supported by the staff in their preparations for their trial examinations. For students who have not revised as much as they should have, the week will have been challenging. We hope they use this final weekend  to ensure they are well prepared for their final 4 days of examinations. 
 
We are opening applications to attend our 5 day Outward Bound course in Aberdovey and can see this will be a very popular opportunity for Year 9. Once we have piloted it this year we hope to offer additional residentials for students to run alongside the fantastic Duke of Edinburgh Programme led by Mr Crum. 
 
In our final week we will be holding our Music Concert, Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day! We will close on Thursday at our usual time of 3.05 and school will open again on Tuesday 8th January.
 

Uniform 

 
A reminder to all students,  parents and carers.
 
 Hooded sweatshirts are not part of the uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. We encourage all students to wear a v necked blue or black school sweatshirt over their shirts, especially now that the weather has turned cold. 
 
We encourage them to also bring outdoor coats, and gloves. If they do bring hooded sweatshirts to school and wear these beneath or over their blazers these will be removed from them to be collected by parents as they are not part of the school uniform. We appreciate parents support with ensuring these sweatshirts, which are not part of our uniform are not brought to school. 
 

Thursday 20th December – Christmas Jumpers

 
Staff & students are invited to wear Christmas jumpers on the last day of term.
£1 donation, with all funds going to TAHS YESS counselling support services.
 
Please note for students, the jumpers can only be worn alongside full school uniform.
 
 
 

Reports

Year 9, 10 and 12 reports are available on Insight.

 

Y9 Residential Trip to Aberdovey

 
All students have received a letter about a residential trip to Aberdovey week commencing 25th February.
 
Monday is the deadline to submit the reply slips, a ballot will take place next week for the places. A discount price is offered to pupil premium students.

 

Christmas Dinner

 

We are proud to announce that the turkeys came to the farm as day old chicks in September, they were initially kept under a heat lamp to keep them warm.

They have been fed highly nutritious pellets supplemented with fresh vegetables.  Students have been monitoring their growth on a weekly basis as well as keeping their pens clean and tidy.

All this from Thomas Alleyne’s very own farm!

Also as we break up on a Thursday, Fish & Chip Friday will be in Thursday next week!!!

 

 
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Online Safety

The impact of social media can be amazing – the promotion of events, the re-connection with friends from times past and the sharing of memories – are all fantastic ways of communicating.


Unfortunately social media is not always used in such a positive way.


Advice regarding uploading pictures:


Only upload pictures that you’d be happy for a parent to see (the internet is a public place). Don’t post pictures of you or your friends wearing school uniform (this lets people know where you will be). Tick the “no pic forwarding” option on your settings page – this will stop people forwarding your pictures to anyone without your consent. Who are you communicating with? Do you know? Do you really know?? Have you met them? If you know someone… who knows someone… who knows someone….. it doesn’t make them your friend.


Advice for students:


What you put on social media sites is there forever. Consider the information you share – you don’t know who your friend’s friends are… or your friend’s friends’ friends… Be aware that information on your profile could potentially be viewed by anyone. Consider you photo – what info does it give about you? Understand the meaning of ‘joint enterprise’ Be aware that university admissions and employers WILL check your internet activity.


Students/Parents & carers please visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for further information

Reminder to Parents


In the event of an emergency with your child, have you got a new phone number (especially mobile)? Have you moved? Has there been a change in your circumstances? Has there been a change regarding any medical information for your son or daughter?
If so, it is vital that you alert school so we can change the details on our system. Please contact school as soon as possible.

Need to Talk?

Need help and advice? Then follow this link for more information.

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/your-guide-to-support/need-to-talk/

 

Help of Keeping Young People Safe Online….

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/our-views/how-you-can-keep-young-people-safer-online-over-the-christmas-period/

 

Class of 1961 Art Trophy Winner

 
Natalie Stretton was the winner of this years ‘Class of 1961’ award for ‘Original Thought in Art’. The fabulous trophy was generously donated a couple of years ago by a group of past students from 1961 in recognition of the TAHS Art departments strong tradition of developing artists with a strong sense of individuality.
 
Natalie was awarded due to her diligence through out GCSE Art where she was often seen in the department Art Club after school. Natalie uses both analytical and expressive styles in her work  is currently in year 12 working towards her A Level Art Craft and Design alongside Biology and Health & Social care. 
 
Well done Natalie!
 
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Year 11 Cambridge National in IT

A reminder that 50% of your course is due in to Mr Cartwright by 3.05 this coming Thursday, 20th December. As you are all fully aware work on this is NOT allowed outside of school, thus 43 will be open every lunchtime and after school next week.

Make the most of the opportunity to maximise the grade on this essential piece of work. Please also be reminded that there can be no extensions given as this deadline is exam board derived. 

 

Year 10 French Exchange

Year 10 French Exchange partners’ details have arrived. Don’t forget the next payment is due soon.

History

 
Year 11 Mocks
 
Papers 2 and 3: don’t forget that you can collect some additional revision resources and activities to complete at home in preparation for these exams. Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young are also running lunch time and after school drop-in sessions if you have any questions.
 

Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Beech are:

Year 9

Josh Briddon and Freya Blackman for excellent Biology assessment scores.

Year 10

George Foster and Leon Bareham for excellent scores in the Bioenergetics topic.

Year 11

Lucy Greatrex and Georgia Fleeman for excellent assessment scores in Biology.

Well done!

 

PE

U16 County Cup Football
 
Alleynes marched into the semi finals of the county cup with a 3- 0 win over well fancied Aldridge to give supporters an early Christmas present.  The long bus journey didnt help our visitors as they began sluggishly, with us hitting them with 2 quick goals from Archie McNair and the flu ridden Lewis Dawson. Lewie Thornton started up front after his excellent substitute appearance in the last round and carried out the game plan to perfection. Dawson added a third before half time just before he had to be withdrawn.
The 2nd half was much more even but Alleynes showed good match awareness to close the game out and always posed a threat through the outstanding man of the match Alex Shaw. This game showed Alleynes could adapt their tactics to suit the conditions and opponents.Captain Frankie Bussell and his midfield partner Ethan Archer were instrumental in the implementation of the game plan.
 
Team- Belcher, Simon, Shaw, Ford, Bosworth, Archer, Bussell, Dawson, Hunt, McNair, Thornton, Ball, Martin.
 
 
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Sentinel Cup Update
 
 The draw was made this week and after our final performance last year we have been given a bye in the first round and will face our Alleynes rivals from Stone in the 2nd round.
 
 
U14 County Cup Rugby
 
On Wednesday yr9 travelled to St Josephs college for our first 15 aside fixture. With great parental support we began very strongly with well organised defence and strong running. While small errors cost us against a very experienced and talented side the team can be very proud of their efforts. 
Team – Tomlinson, Edwards, Thornton, Bulmer, Pye, Hodgkinson, Forrester, Hensman, Buxton, Plant, Minshall, Ratcliffe, Chouhibi, Pattinson Lycett, Moorfield
Man of The Match – Hal Thornton
 
 
Next Week
 
Monday- U15 Football v Australian touring side (see notice board for team list)
 
Tuesday- Staffordshire Moorlands Swimming Gala. See Miss Jones for team list. Details will be text to parents on Monday.
 
U14 Basketball away at Robert Sutton- Team list on PE notice board
 
Wednesday- U14 Football county cup
 
Team list on PE noticeboard.
 
 
Swimming Gala
 
If anybody is interested in competing in the swim gala but has not been asked please let Miss Jones know. Full details are on the sportshall notice board.
 
Girls Rugby
 
Another excellent rugby festival was held by Mark Tolley & Burton Rugby Club at Shobnall fields. The girls competed in two competitive full pich games, drawing 2 – 2 with John Taylo and beating Robert Sutton 5-0
 
Holly Chatfield led the side brilliantly, also representing the school were Lydia Martin, Maddi Porritt, Jessie Johnson, Abigail Baldwin, Lucy Calladine, Jess Perry, Abbie Garland, Heather Leech, Lydia Martin, Caitlin Jones, & Beth Reilly
 

Maths Puzzle

Answers to November Puzzle 65,72 and 97. There were no correct entries.
 
This months puzzle for December is
 
Christmas Car Sales
 
‘How’s the motor business’ asked Ian. Chris smiled ‘Its not usually good leading up to Christmas but sales have picked up again. We sold 56 in the first 3 weeks. The difference between the number we sold in the first and second weeks, multiplied by the difference between the second and third weeks, comes to the same as the number we sold in the first week’.
 
Ian was stuck as he was not in a top set maths class at school.
 
How many cars did Chris sell in the third week of that month?
 
Answers to Mr Askey
 

Year 10 Maths

 
All of Year 10 will have a maths assessment next week based on the topics they have studied this half term.
 
Sets 1 and 2: Indices, angles, properties of polygons, congruence, similar shapes
Sets 3, 4 and 5: Statistical measures, indices, algebra, constructions, loci
 
A great way to revise is by using MathsWatch
 
login is the student’s usual school login with @tahs at the end eg smithjohn04@tahs
the password is triangle
 
They will need to bring the following equipment with them to ensure they can answer all the questions:
 
black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and scientific calculator.

 

Christmas Concert

Tickets are available from the online shop and also from Mr Power. £5 each (£3 concessions).

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Excellent Year Year 13 Work

Some fantastic revision materials have been created in preparation for the Year 13 Philosophy and Ethics exam – this demonstrates a great work ethic, well done.  Please see the pictures below to see good examples of thorough revision strategies.

 

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December 7th 2018

 Dates for your diary

 
 
 
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
 
21/12/2018 – Inset Day
 
7/1/19 Inset Day
 
8/1/19 School reopens for students
 
 

 Headteacher blog:



In a school week when I had the privilege of watching over 50 brilliant young people, led by our fantastic team of drama/dance teachers, perform the play DNA, and when I had the chance to watch our Year 10 girls’ victory in netball, I feel incredibly proud of our young people. In both drama and sport, the students embodied the essence of teamwork beautifully.
 
Our RE staff will be opening up on Saturday, welcoming in their Year 11 students to support them in  their final preparations for their mock examinations. 
 
I would like to pass on my thanks to all staff for the opportunities they are offering our students both academically and in Sport, Art, Drama and Music. 
 
We wish everyone well with their trial examinations next week
 

Uniform 

 
A reminder to all students,  parents and carers.
 
 Hooded sweatshirts are not part of the uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. We encourage all students to wear a v necked blue or black school sweatshirt over their shirts, especially now that the weather has turned cold. 
 
We encourage them to also bring outdoor coats, and gloves. If they do bring hooded sweatshirts to school and wear these beneath or over their blazers these will be removed from them to be collected by parents as they are not part of the school uniform. We appreciate parents support with ensuring these sweatshirts, which are not part of our uniform are not brought to school. 
 
 
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On Tuesday 4th December we welcomed Andy Grant to speak to our Yr 12 students.  He came in to tell his story and share his experiences.  Andy has delivered motivational talks all over the world – from talking to Nike Marketing Team in China to the England Football team before the World Cup. Andy was in the Royal Marines as a member of the Green Beret.  During active service 5 months into a tour of Afghanistan Andy got blown up. After suffering horrific injuries he spent 18 months in and out of hospital. Andy eventually decided to have his amputated from the knee down. From the moment he started talking the students and myself were completely transfixed by what he has gone through and how he had turned his life around.  Andy is the fastest single leg amputee in the world over 10km with a time of 37.17. Andy’s story is a rollercoaster of emotions.

After the talk students said that it was very humbling listening to his talk and that it brought them to tears.  It was an absolute privilege to listen to Andy’s presentation and to see the effect it had on the students.

We look forward to welcoming Andy to Thomas Alleyne’s again.

 

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We have had a busy week! External visitors willing to share their wealth of knowledge and to impart wisdom upon our Year 12 and 13 students.  Last week I talked about enrichment and how we have a commitment to our young adults, the feedback I have had from our students this week is that we are helping them see life from many directions. Mrs Walton has provided an account regarding the inspiring words he imparted on the Year 12’s on Tuesday. It seems that Commando humour is something we all need and humility and courage will always serve you well, I wish I had been able to listen, I hope we are lucky enough to have him back. 

On Wednesday, staff from T3 Drug & Alcohol Advisory Unit visited Year 13 as part of their wellbeing programme and our commitment to our educate on matters where we know we are not always the specialist.  I was not teaching so I was able to listen to this talk, I found it interesting but also very concerning about how many illicit substances there are.  Adam was able to speak clearly about the dangers surrounding drug misuse and also explained how useful the T3 programme is.  T3 is a free and confidential service for young people up to 18 years old in Staffordshire.  They help young people make informed choices about their alcohol and drug use, and to raise awareness of all the risks involved. This includes providing high quality and responsive support and assistance to parents and carers, schools and colleges, reflecting an inclusive approach to care co-ordination.

AS you know we are committed to helping within our local community and one way which we are doing this is by donating unwanted glasses to the Uttoxeter Lions, today they collected 13 pairs of glasses from our school.  They stated that this is ‘an impressive result on top of the 21 pairs collected last month’. Thanks to all those people who donated and thank you to Mrs Bell who helps organise these events..

We are looking for Year 12 students who would be interested in being an accelerated reading mentor.  This will involve being assigned to a lower school student who is struggling with their reading and literacy skills.  They will listen to them read and give them strategies to improve (training will be given).  This is a very worthwhile project and they will get to see their mentee improve in reading age (students take an online test after reading each short book).  It will take place during registration once per week in the library.  This is also excellent to put on their personal statements/job applications about a time when they have made a difference, overcome obstacles, helped others etc.  If anybody is thinking of becoming a teacher or healthcare worker, there are also opportunities to learn about dyslexia and other special needs.  We have run this support to Lower school for many years and feel that it is beneficial and worthwhile.

Over the next two weeks we have our Year 13 mocks.  All Year 13 students should be ready to sit these exams. Please reiterate to them that it is ok to feel nervous and anxious, others will be feeling the same.  We ask that all students turn up to the exam in plenty of time, all students are expected in lessons if they are not in an exam. All students must bring the correct equipment to their exams and behave accordingly. After Christmas there are some BTEC external exams, again ensure that they are revising for these, they are important and do count towards their final BTEC qualification.

“On Tuesday 4th December, the Y13 A Level English Language group were lucky enough to have a session delivered by Dr Barbara MacMahon from Derby University.  They learned about advanced Theory Of Mind as enrichment towards their Child Language Acquisition module.  We look forward to continuing this successful partnership with Derby University.”

JCQ Exam Contingency Day – Wednesday 26th June 2019

For the Summer 2019 exam series a “contingency” exam day has been arranged by the examination awarding bodies which all students need to be aware of. This contingency day for GCSE and/or A Level (or equivalent) examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the June 2019 examination series.” The decision comes following the tragic events of last summer, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Joint Council for Qualifications have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam in the event of an incident and rearrange for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance. The date that has been set aside as the contingency day is Wednesday 26 June 2019. This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday 26 June 2019. 

This decision is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in all schools. Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the new contingency exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its contingency plan. 

Christmas Dinner

 
We are proud to announce that all the turkey provided for this years Christmas lunch in the school canteen has come from the school farm where they have been cared for by the Animal Care students. Our turkeys have also been sold to other local schools in the area for their Christmas lunches.
 
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History

 
Year 9 have reached the end of their first unit of work and are completing assessments on this. It is clear that there has been a lot of revision, and, as a result of this, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young have marked some excellent examination papers. Revising properly for Year 9 history assessments is an important part of learning which revision strategies will work at GCSE.
 
After school revision sessions are continuing for Year 11 and it is lovely to work with students in small groups to help them consolidate their understanding and practice examination skills.
 
Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young are also available after school or during non-contact lessons for Year 13 students.

Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Milward are:

Year 9

Elizabeth Shaw and Josh Ratcliffe for consistent hard work and progress in Biology.

Year 10

Josh Rogen for excellent scores in the Biology test.

Freya Hadgett for excellent progress.

Year 11

Jess Bailey and Tara Wilkins for excellent effort and good progress.

This week’s Animal Care news and star students selected by Mrs North:

Thank you to all the Year 10 students who have worked so hard this week plucking and dressing the turkeys as well as making Christmas wreaths. In particular, Taylor-Jane Bailey and Issy McLeavy have been brilliant.

Year 11 have been working very hard towards their external assessment in Animal Care after Christmas, in particular Jenna Timmis and Kensie Paterson who have produced some excellent revision materials.

Well done!

PE

Netball
 
Our first home game of the season saw our Year 10 team extend their unbeaten run in the East Staffordshire district league with wins against John Taylor’s A and B team. 
Bolstered by a big home crowd TAHS soon settled and got over any early nerves and made their mark on the game. John Taylor A were put under great pressure whilst they were in possession of the ball, with the girls allowing very few passing options, with great positioning marking their opponents and strong arms in front of the ball. TAHS often won the ball back through interceptions or winning a penalty for a held ball. 
Amelia and Eve showed great team work in their circle defending to restrict the John Taylor shooters efforts at the net. Together with Jess and Frankie the ball was moved quickly upcourt to our own shooting third. Alice & Holly fed the ball effectively into Freya & Anna who were hungry for goals & delivered scoring from different areas of the D. The final score was 15-4 to Thomas Alleyne’s. A thoroughly enjoyable watch as both teams displayed a high standard of netball. 
 
Fortunately there was another game for the crowd to enjoy as the girls then faced the John Taylor B team. Determined to gain the full 6 points TAHS continued with the same levels of intensity and raced to 18-3 victory. A result which has left Miss Jones beaming all week. 
 
 Squad – Hadgett, Bednall, Banner, Tooth, Boothby, Chatfield, Adams & Hadgett
POM – Eve Bednall
 
 
 
Gifted & Talented Netball Coaching Session
 
Evie, Holly, Halle, Eve, Anna, Amelia & Freya travelled to John Taylor to participate in a coaching session. Commonwealth gold medal winner Beth Cobden delivered some fun warm-up activities and some technical drills on how to beat a defender, followed by some games. All the girls thoroughly enjoyed the session, which ended with a Q & A session and some photo opportunities with the gold medal & Beth Cobden. 
 
 
 

Year 9 East Staffordshire Futsal Championship.

 

The pictures tell the story… 1st and 2nd in the district.

 

Year 9 Rugby

On Wednesday 12th December Year 9 have a boys rugby fixture against St Josephs college away. Team list below. Team will require parents to arrange lifts meeting at 1.20 at school and getting to St Josephs for 2pm. Game will finish at approx 3.30pm.

Address of pitch is – Rose Tree Avenue Trent Vale Stoke On Trent ST4 6NL

Team to see Mr Barrow Monday registration to confirm availability.

Tim Hensman, Toby Minshall, Charlie Ratcliffe, Ben Ogden, Connor Buxton, Blake Plant, Adam Bulmer, Leo Hemmings, Driss Chouhibi, Lewis Tomlinson, Luke Watt, Charlie Allcock, Duncan Craven, Toby Patterson, Hal Thornton, Aiden Moorfield, Ben Pagett, Ethan Hudson

 

Maths Puzzle

Answers to November Puzzle 65,72 and 97. There were no correct entries.
 
This months puzzle for December is
 
Christmas Car Sales
 
‘How’s the motor business’ asked Ian. Chris smiled ‘Its not usually good leading up to Christmas but sales have picked up again. We sold 56 in the first 3 weeks. The difference between the number we sold in the first and second weeks, multiplied by the difference between the second and third weeks, comes to the same as the number we sold in the first week’.
 
Ian was stuck as he was not in a top set maths class at school.
 
How many cars did Chris sell in the third week of that month?
 
Answers to Mr Askey
 

 

Christmas Concert

  Mr Power is after more acts. If you have what it takes to be in the Christmas Concert this year please pop and see him ASAP!

Tickets are available from the online shop and also from Mr Power. £5 each (£3 concessions).

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SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY!

We are excited to be able to offer parents and students an exclusive offer at TheBookPeople.co.uk. This offer will get you £5 off a £25 spend. The Book People offer a large range of books priced well below RRP and every purchase you make will help raise funds for our library!

To activate this offer, visit this page:

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Enter this code:

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And we’ll receive a commission on your order and you’ll receive £5 off your order (when you spend £25)!

For orders over £10, you’ll get free delivery too with the code:

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 After school drop-in session

Struggling with how to revise? Want a quiet revision space? Academic referencing boggling your mind?

The library will now be opened after-school on Wednesdays from 3:05 to 4 from now until the end of term for students to get help with their studies. Many different types of support can be offered, including:

Tips for effective revision

A quiet workspace

Academic referencing support

Essay writing tips

Exam timing

Establishing a revision culture

Sourcing wider reading

And more!

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November 30th 2018

School Play 2018

 
This year’s school play sees approximately 50 TAHS students take a role as cast or crew in an adaptation of Dennis Kelly’s DNA. The play is the GCSE Drama set text. 
DNA tells the story of a group of teenagers who do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover up unites them, and brings harmony to their once fractious lives, where’s the incentive to out things. Right?
 
TAHS continue with their annual style of a fusion of dance, drama and live music for this hard hitting piece of performance that highlight’s today’s youth culture.
 
Tickets on sale on the school online shop or outside the Theatre every lunch time. Make your payment, get your receipt, reserve your seats. 
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
DNA

 

 Dates for your diary

 
 
 
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
 
21/12/2018 – Inset Day
 
7/1/19 Inset Day
 
8/1/19 School reopens for students
 
 

 Headteacher blog:



Thank you to all parents who joined us for year 11 parents evening this week. We were pleased that 3 out of every 4 parents were able to join us for the evening this year.
 
We hope you found the evening helpful as your daughters and sons prepare for their trial examinations. There are already a significant number of Year 11 and Year13 students who are showing maturity and wisdom in the way in which they are organising themselves. We had one question from a parent hoping that her son hadn’t peaked too early: it was a good question. We would like to reassure you that all the advice we give students is to the contrary – the more they commit to these examinations, the increasingly expert they become in managing their time. What is asked of students in 2018, is well beyond what was asked of me when I completed my GCSEs. Many of them will sit over 25 exams in just over 5 weeks. It takes real stamina and, just like preparing for  any race or competition, they can only acquire stamina through practice and taking good care of themselves and each other. 
 
If you feel like your son or daughter is not in good enough habits as yet, please continue to encourage them and we will offer further guidance and support following the outcomes of their trials.
 
We wish everyone the very best, and hope that by placing the examinations before Christmas this year, everyone gets to enjoy their holiday.
 
If you were unable to attend parents evening, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of House for an update.
 
This week has been busy with rehearsals for our school production DNA, Duke of Edinburgh and World Challenge training evenings. These were well attended with the World Challenge Teams starting to plan their fund-raising strategies. 
 
We are excited to be able to share with you that we have been successful in securing 48 places on a character building programme with Outward Bound in February. Having been successful in gaining subsidies and sponsorship for the programme, it is likely we will be able to offer the week away for less than £150.00. We are also looking to acquire full funding for some families. Letters, and further details will be given to Year 9 students before Christmas. all of these activities give our students the chance to build skills in teamwork, independence and resilience: so important in the world of work.
 
 
Finally, a reminder to all students and parents. Hooded sweatshirts are not part of the uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. We encourage all students to wear a v necked blue or black school sweatshirt over their shirts, especially now that the weather has turned cold. We encourage them to also bring outdoor coats, and gloves. If they do bring hooded sweatshirts to school and wear these beneath or over their blazers these will be removed from them to be collected by parents as they are not part of the school uniform. We appreciate parents support with ensuring these sweatshirts, which are not part of our uniform are not brought to school. 
 
6th

 

Over the academic year we try to encourage our students to think of themselves and of others, this may be within the school, family or wider community. As a Sixth Form we want our students to be the best and to participate in as many activities as they can. With that in mind we have been lucky enough to secure a Para-Olympian, Andy Grant to come in and speak to our Year 12 students.

‘Andy Grant has been through a lot in a relatively short period of time. More than most will ever experience or will ever imagine. At 12 years old, Andy lost his mum to leukaemia, leaving him to help his dad bring up his two younger sisters. At 17, Andy decided after a year of A levels, that he needed a different challenge and was drawn into the Royal Marines by a single TV advert.

After completing the Royal Marine Commando training, he earned his coveted green beret and served in operation in Iraq and Afghanistan for nearly seven years, before being medically discharged after some very serious injuries in Afghanistan. Andy was blown up, five months into his tour to Afghanistan, which resulted in him spending two weeks in an induced coma and eighteen months in and out of hospital before Andy eventually decided to have his leg amputated for a better quality of life and for control of his future.

Since then, Andy has practiced what he preaches and lives each day like it is his last and certainly has got back the quality of life that he desired.  Andy has climbed some of the highest mountains in the world, learnt to ski and surf, and recently became the fastest single leg amputee in the world over 10km; clocking a time of 37:17.  He now plans to bring that 10km time down even further and plans to become the fastest single leg amputee over 5km.’               

As well as this we have organised for T3 to speak to our Year 13 students. This service is designed to be accessed by students and young people. It enables them to support those they are concerned about and give them the confidence to sign post them to the correct agency. It will help them recognise signs or triggers within friendship groups and help them stay safe whilst out with friends.  Nationally there is a trend of drug and substance misuse and to educate our students now is important as they make the move from a safe and supported Sixth Form to the unknown, such as university where they may mix with larger groups.

‘We help young people make informed choices about their alcohol and drug use, and to raise awareness of all the risks involved. This includes providing high quality and responsive support and assistance to parents and carers, schools, colleges, statutory services and other young person’s services and youth and community groups, enabling effective community treatment planning that reflects an inclusive approach to care co-ordination.’

 We are moving towards the school deadline for UCAS applications. Many students that have sent off their application have been offered places, condition and unconditional, please could you encourage your child, if they are planning to apply, to complete their form as soon as possible.

If students are looking at taking the Apprenticeship route then many of these Higher Level Apprenticeships are currently being offered online. You can view these on Unifrog as well as the government Apprenticeship website. If you would further information on these then please contact Sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

 

JCQ Exam Contingency Day – Wednesday 26th June 2019

For the Summer 2019 exam series a “contingency” exam day has been arranged by the examination awarding bodies which all students need to be aware of. This contingency day for GCSE and/or A Level (or equivalent) examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the June 2019 examination series.” The decision comes following the tragic events of last summer, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Joint Council for Qualifications have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam in the event of an incident and rearrange for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance. The date that has been set aside as the contingency day is Wednesday 26 June 2019. This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday 26 June 2019. 

This decision is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in all schools. Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the new contingency exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its contingency plan. 

Summer 2018  – GCSE Certificates

These will be available for collection from the dining area at the following times:

 Thursday 6th December 9am -11am
 Friday 7th December 2pm – 3.30pm

Anybody unable to collect in person, can provide a short note to nominate a relative/friend to collect on their behalf. They must bring the note with them plus ID.

MFL Mock Exams

Well done to Year 11 for their French speaking exams – keep revising those speaking questions to have with the writing

Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Maingay are:

Year 10

 Joshua Newbon for exemplary effort.

Year 11

Amy Podmore for exemplary efforts in revision sessions.

Well done!

PE

 

RE Revision

RE Revision next Saturday 10-12.  Room 33A and 33B.

Drop in to go through key content, practice questions and individual support.
 

 

 

Christmas Concert

  Mr Power is after more acts. If you have what it takes to be in the Christmas Concert this year please pop and see him ASAP!

Tickets are available from the online shop and also from Mr Power. £5 each (£3 concessions).

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SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY!

We are excited to be able to offer parents and students an exclusive offer at TheBookPeople.co.uk. This offer will get you £5 off a £25 spend. The Book People offer a large range of books priced well below RRP and every purchase you make will help raise funds for our library!

To activate this offer, visit this page:

http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/school-fundraising

Enter this code:

h1pqfcK       

And we’ll receive a commission on your order and you’ll receive £5 off your order (when you spend £25)!

For orders over £10, you’ll get free delivery too with the code:

ELF10

 After school drop-in session

Struggling with how to revise? Want a quiet revision space? Academic referencing boggling your mind?

The library will now be opened after-school on Wednesdays from 3:05 to 4 from now until the end of term for students to get help with their studies. Many different types of support can be offered, including:

Tips for effective revision

A quiet workspace

Academic referencing support

Essay writing tips

Exam timing

Establishing a revision culture

Sourcing wider reading

And more!

rafflr

 

Cookies and Cakes!

 
The Y12 English Language students will be selling a variety of cookies and cakes (many freshly baked) outside the theatre on Wednesday 5th December. This to help raise funds for them to go to London to take part in a Language Conference, where they’ll get to listen to some top linguists. Come and along and grab a sweet treat! 
 
 

Art Students work part of  Lichfield Cathedral Illuminations

 

 

 

Some of our very talented Art students and visitors from our Open Evening for Y8’s at Middle School have participated in this impressive Art instillation as part of Lichfield Cathedral’s year of Peace events. Each student considered what ‘peace’ meant and reflected on it being 100 years since the end of WW1. 

Around 20,000 children in total, of all ages, have added their decorations and messages of peace to the paper doves, which are not on display in Lichfield Cathedral. 

Peter Walker, Lichfield Cathedral’s Artist in Residence who created the project, said of the responses “We are extremely grateful for your hard work and look forward to welcoming everyone to see their doves at the cathedral this advent.”

The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, said “The messages you have written about peace have been extraordinarily thoughtful and moving, and all of us at the Cathedral are thankful that all of you have put so much effort into making these wonderful doves.”

The doves will be on display in the Cathedral from Tuesday 27th November until Saturday 5th January. We invite every child and teacher and their family and friends to come along to the Cathedral to see their doves on display.

Y13 Artist selected to Exhibit in London with RBA and ROSL

Livia Robinson, Thomas Alleyne's High,Skull, unframed 40cm x 50cm, watercolour pen and ink.jpg


The Lichfield and Needwood Arts Society
 approached TAHS in June to put forward exceptional students work forward for consideration for the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) ‘Star Student’ exhibition to be held in collaboration with the Royal Overseas League (ROSL).   Only 3 students from each society were eligible to enter so the standard was exceptional from the start. 

Livia Robinson from Y13 has had her work selected to form part of a prestigious exhibition in London Next Year. From a field of 247 entries extremely high caliber students from Arts Society’s across the country, only approximately 20 were selected for exhibition. The chosen students  will have their work exhibited along side professional artists and be open to the public after a VIP private view in April for the ROSL exhibition at Over-Seas House in London and July for the RBA exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London next year.

We are delighted that Livia has made it through as she is a dedicated Art and Photography student, who is currently in the process of gaining an undergraduate degree  BA Hons  in a  creative Arts course in either design or illustration at university, this has come at a great time for her to discuss at interview and to start of her future career in the Arts with such recognition of her talents.

Her image of a skull, created using water-colour, ink and pen is both an impressive observational study and a piece full of mood and atmosphere. Well Done Livia!

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November 23rd 2018

 Dates for your diary

 
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
 
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
 
21/12/2018 – Inset Day
 

 Headteacher blog:

On Friday,  a group of our Year 13 students were given the opportunity to participate in a public speaking training session  delivered by the charity ‘Talk the Talk.’
 
Year 11 were invited to participate in The National Citizenship Programme and Year viewed the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet.
 
It was my pleasure to join Miss Robinson’s form group to share GCSEpod with them and to see so many of our year 11 and 13 students working towards their mock examinations. 
 
 
6th

 

What a success Year 13 Parents evening was. So many of you attended and we had apologise from many that could not attend. It is good to listen to the advice of their subject teachers and to reiterate how important it is to apply themselves early to their revision rather than leaving it to the last minute. We want our students to succeed and revision is one in which they can take control of their future. Encourage your son or daughter to speak to their subject teachers early if they are worried about a specific topic or question style.

Today we were able to give 21 Year 12 and 13 students the opportunity to gain skills and confidence with public speaking. Talk the Talk who support the idea of confident communication for life were able to share strategies to enable those that participated to enable them to stand in front of their peers and talk about themselves for three to five minutes. It is very difficult to find strengths about yourself but they managed it. All the Sixth Form Team were involved in the event and we all believe that it served them well. Mrs Dodd managed to take a photograph of them all completing an exercise on eye contact.

During lunchtime on Friday 23rd November Thomas Alleyne’s Senior prefects pulled off yet another successful “doughnut day”. The team of Prefects partnered up with the Derby branch of Krispy Kreme to order 600 donuts. All the effort was worth it as all 600 donuts were sold and over £220.00! profit was raised. The profits will be donated to the Sixth Form Forever Charity the Douglas Macmillan Hospice. The Senior Prefect’s would like to thank everyone who purchased doughnuts to help raise the money.

 

Winter Fayre

 
There was fantastic news last weekend from the Annual Winter Fayre.  The school farm took 7 pairs of sheep to the country show ground in Stafford to take part in the schools competition on Saturday and young handlers on Sunday.  We were competing against Abbotsholme and Rodbaston Agricultural college in the schools competition and came away with 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th prize out of 13 entries.  The students who showed the sheep were superb and a real credit to the school.
 
On Sunday, the students were back again to take part in the young handlers competition where they were competing against very experienced handlers.  Again our students, most of whom had never been in a show ring before, displayed confidence and competence and performed extremely well.  Particular praise goes to Ellie Roobottom who was placed 4th out of 23 entries.

Vet Skills

This week students were looking at livestock reproduction and the vet was able to bring in the uterus of cow for demonstration purposes.  The students learnt about the structure of the female reproductive system of a cow and how AI is used in livestock husbandry. One uterus was from a cow that was 3 months pregnant so students were able to see the development of the foetus as well. It was a fascinating session.

Mock Exams

  Please make sure you are using your revision guide, revision cards and practice questions in your pack.  We will be running a revision session on Saturday 8th December between 10 and 12. 33B will be a review of content of each area that is likely to be assessed.  33A will be available for practice questions, informal revision and the opportunity to ask any relevant questions to a teacher.   Please take up this support to prepare for your mock exams.  

JCQ Exam Contingency Day – Wednesday 26th June 2019

For the Summer 2019 exam series a “contingency” exam day has been arranged by the examination awarding bodies which all students need to be aware of. This contingency day for GCSE and/or A Level (or equivalent) examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the June 2019 examination series.” The decision comes following the tragic events of last summer, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Joint Council for Qualifications have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam in the event of an incident and rearrange for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance. The date that has been set aside as the contingency day is Wednesday 26 June 2019. This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday 26 June 2019. 

This decision is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in all schools. Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the new contingency exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its contingency plan. 

Summer 2018  – GCSE Certificates

These will be available for collection from the dining area at the following times:

 Thursday 6th December 9am -11am
 Friday 7th December 2pm – 3.30pm

Anybody unable to collect in person, can provide a short note to nominate a relative/friend to collect on their behalf. They must bring the note with them plus ID.

Interventions

Please see the latest interventions timetable under this link…. 

Interven TT Nov

MFL Mock Exams

Mock GCSE French speaking exams next week in room 26. Times outside room 23. Bonne Chance  

Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:

Year 10

Anna Adams and Orla Hodgkinson for excellent effort in lessons.

Year 11

Charlotte McAteer, Georgia Cocke and Samantha Cotterill for excellent effort in homework tasks.

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

Year 10

Laura Backhouse, Felicity Burgess, Amelie Coyne, Saffron Forrester and Millie Hodges for excellent sheep handling at the English Fair held at the Staffordshire County Showground.

Year 11

Rachel Spence and Joe Porritt for determination in Animal Care.

Well done!

PE

Another of our House matches took place during Thursday. This time it was the turn of Girls House Hockey. First up was the Year 9 girls who all turned up with full teams, meaning over 45 students were involved. A special thanks goes to Tom Reddington who helped to umpire both sets of house matches. All teams played each other and 1st place went to Orme who won 2 matches and drew another. Torrance and Whitmore got joint second place after getting 6 points each, leaving Elkes to take last place. Then the mixed Year 10 and 11 teams took to the astro. Again all houses presented full teams meaning nearly 100 girls took part in House Hockey in total. Unfortunately there were very little goals in this set of matches. The first 5 games were 0-0 meaning the last game had everything to play for. Elkes scored in the last minute to not only win the game but also the competition. Whitmore and Torrance were again joint second with Orme in last place. Well done to all students involved, everyone has received credits for participating and representing their house.

Netball 

The Year 9 netball team played their first game on Thursday against John Taylor. The result did not go TAHS’ way, suffering a 15-3 defeat.John Taylor played some excellent netball and controlled possession of the ball having the experience of playing together longer than TAHS.Our girls showed composure when in possession of the ball and tried to keep the passing range short to reduce interceptions.Player of the match was Evie Robins. Next game is on Tuesday against John Port away. 

U14 House Rugby 

On Thursday the next round of the House Competition took place with boys Rugby Union.  Results Elkes 7 – Orme 0, Torrance 0 – Whitmore 7, Elkes 12 – Whitmore 0, Orme 5 – Torrance 0, Elkes 0 – Torrance 0, Whitmore 0 – Orme 0 

1st Elkes, 2nd Whitmore & Orme, 4th Torrance 

U16 House Rugby 

1st Torrance, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Elkes  

U14 County Cup Basketball 

Thomas Alleyne’s beat Clayton High

Geography news…

  Well done last week to the 23 year 11s who stayed after school to attend a revision session for their mocks. All year 11s welcome to attend. Every Friday 3:10 – 4pm in 6b and 6a.    Year 13…Reminder that the next part of your coursework – Data presentation is due in on Friday November 23rd. Any student needing help should pop into 6b and see Mrs Goodwin on Tuesday lunchtime.  

Maths Puzzle October 2018

  Mr Black wanted to buy a piece of land. However, he is eccentric and wants the plot of land to be   1. Triangular – a right angled triangle   2. The area in square metres must be exactly ten times the perimeter in metres   3. The perimeter must be less than 240 metre   4. Each side must be an exact number of metres(an integer)   So what are the dimensions of the plot   Solutions to Mr Askey

History 

Year 11 have been completing knowledge quizzes in class and at home as part of preparation for mock exams. You can support students by asking to see the quiz they are currently working on and testing them on their subject knowledge.   Year 13 students should, by now, have a good overall knowledge of all aspects of Year 12 and 13 work and be concentrating on learning precise pieces of evidence to include in written work. You can support students by using their exercise books to test them on their subject knowledge.   It’s really encouraging that lots of students are attending after school revision sessions. Mrs Young and Mrs Johnson are available Tuesday – Friday after school and every lunch time.   Year 9 have been looking at World War One propaganda. Follow the link to see some very lovely examples of their work.

yr 9 propaganda posters

Geography News!

  Well done to our year 11 pupils…A great turn out at the last 2 revision revision sessions. 32 and 36 pupils! Lets make it 40 next week. Come to 6a and 6b at 3:10 – 4pm, next weeks topic will be the Holderness Coast. 

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