September 18th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

I do feel that we have embraced the ‘new normal’ and that all new systems that we have implemented are being adhered to.  I would like to reiterate that students in Year 12 and 13 have been provided with study areas within school to allow them to complete school work when they do not have a taught lesson.  We have been asked by the community to politely remind students that if they do leave school during the day to go home that they do maintain social distancing and follow government guidance on the use of face coverings etc.

All Sixth Form students that from Monday 21st September in order to sign in and out all students must scan the QR code and complete the online form with name, date and time of signing in and/or out.

Images of the QR code to scan will be situated upstairs in the Sixth Form area.

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

I have sent all Year 13 students notices to inform them that they must update the class teachers on Unifrog to enable them to complete their academic references. I have been informed that a number of students have not done this. Please could you check that they have done this. Unifrog is an amazing tool that we have purchased for the school and it really helps support our Sixth Form students in their how to preapre for their next steps Post 18.

A few days ago I messaged all Year 12 students and explained that unless they do not have a lesson on Tuesday, that they must be in school for period 3 to have their photo taken for their lanyard. This is part of our safeguarding policy and it is also part of their school uniform to wear their lanyard every day. Year 13 students were issued with their photographic ID last year and the Sixth Form Team will be taking photographs in the theatre. A schedule has been sent to all students via Insight. If Year 13 have lost their ID then please ask them to let me know younge@tahs.net and I will arrange a time for their photo to be taken.

Mrs Bell has sent the folowing message:

6TH FORM SKILLS 

Skills sessions for Week 4 are as follows.  Information and workbooks are available on Teams and Insight.

Y12:  immunisation and vaccinations; healthy eating habits

Y13:  stress and stress management including tips for better sleep

Eco-School is an opportunity for our school to be awarded a Green Flag status. We have a team of students in Year 13, led by Okii, who last year worked with Mrs Rudge to ensure that all buses and minibuses that were dropping of and collecting students from TAHS turned their engines off while students were embarking and disembarking, they spoke about how they would like more bike sheds so students could be encouraged to travel to school by bike and be able to securely lock them up. Mrs Rudge has since provided 2 further bike sheds on the school site. We have also been able to secure an area of land on the school site that we can use to plane trees on.  This is only the start of our journey. I will be working with Okii and his team in Year 12 and 13 to see what else we can achieve this year. We are also going to ask for representatives from Years 9-11 to join our team and to help make a difference.

Wellbeing Sessions

PE Update


We are commencing with practical PE lessons from 28th September.  The activities delivered will be based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.
PE kit / Uniform List

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

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

Year 9 Photographs

Year 9 school Photographs will this year take place on Tuesday 22nd September during their Period 3 lesson. Students are asked on this day to ensure that they are wearing smart and correct uniforms including a white shirt, their house tie and if they would like, their blazer. We ask that students remove their black jumpers for these photos if they are wearing them.

News from Science

Call for Club members!

Staffordshire University is offering our Year 10 students the opportunity to join a free ‘Virtual Club’, which will be a mixture of webinars and demonstration videos taking place over 10 weeks on Saturdays from October to December 2020.  The club will appeal to students interested in Science and Engineering.

Club members will receive free materials at the start of the club to enable them to fully participate in the webinar sessions.

The University are also offering a ‘Virtual and Live Club’ which will initially be virtual, but it is hoped that in January club members can be invited onto the campus, in line with Government Guidance.

For more information and an online application form please click on the link below:

Application form

This term we are continuing with our Science Students of the Week award.  Students will be selected from all year groups who have excelled in their science studies and will receive an electronic certificate.  We will also be continuing with our fortnightly award for students who have performed exceptionally well in their Animal Care studies.

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Maddy and Joshua have been selected by Mrs Gwynne for an excellent start to Biology. 

Charles has been selected by Miss Thorley for great scientific knowledge in class discussions.

Alfie has been selected by Mrs Dykes for his excellent knowledge in Chemistry.

Year 10

Charlie has been selected by Mrs Dykes, who remarked that ‘Charlie was on fire with is photosynthesis this week in biology!’

Chloe has been selected by Miss Thorley for working hard to master ionic formulae.

Alex has been selected by Mrs North for excellent attitude in Biology, both class work and homework.

Year 11

Tyler and Madison have been selected by Mr Mitchell for a really positive start to lessons in Physics and good understanding of topics taught so far.

Harley has been selected by Miss Thorley for fantastic contributions to lessons and a brilliant positive start to the year.

Year 12

Jess has been selected by Miss Thorley for her efforts in starting BTEC Applied Science.

Eleanor has been selected by Mrs North for fantastic engagement in Forensic Science.

Year 13

George has been selected by Mrs North for excellent work on Applied Science coursework.

Isobel has been selected by Mrs Gwynne for a promising start to Year 13 Biology.

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

Year 11

Amber, Ollie and Jacob for excellent contributions in class.

Well done!

History Year 11

Just a reminder that all Year 11 have an exam on Year 10 work (Medicine through Time) before the end of September. Homework is revision for this exam.

Torrance News

Another busy week this week. I feel the 3rd week back has really demonstrated how well the students are adapting to the new school routine and systems in place. It is great to see so many achievement points being awarded. A special mention has to go to Mr Pollitt’s form group (9T1) who have all picked up multiple achievement points and not a single behaviour point – what a fantastic start to the academic year!

Next week the students will have another skills session with their form tutors where they will continue to focus on mental health and wellbeing topics. These sessions are crucial to ensuring that our students can identify mental health concerns and develop strategies to enable them to deal with potential challenges to their wellbeing.

As there wasn’t chance at the end of the last academic year, I would like to let all Year 10 Torrance  students know that applications are now open for House Captain. Please send your applications to keeling@tahs.net by Monday 28th September, I look forward to reading them!

Orme News

As we all approach the end of the first month returning to school I am as always surprised and impressed at how well you all adapt to anything life throws at you. It has been described to me as the “new normal”, though I wouldn’t like to see this phrase used myself. When we use a word like normal we forget that the current situation requires a response, it is a challenge that needs us to gather ourselves as a school community and coordinate our efforts in keeping the school a safe and welcoming environment despite the challenges. It has given me great pleasure to see Orme students responding to this challenge by realising more is expected, that we must do better to ensure that we can also achieve what we did before as part of normal school life.

Orme students have shown this willingness to be resilient and rise to the challenge by returning to lessons and showing some excellent work and effort. I would like to give a special mention to a few of our year 9 students this week who have managed to accumulate double figures in achievement points already, this is more challenging with fewer lessons each day meaning less opportunities to impress.  Sophie and Harry from 901, Luke Jordan and Isabelle from 902. I am immensely impressed by the start you have made, showing that despite our days being far from normal, you can still work hard, achieve, and enjoy success as we always have done here at Thomas Alleyne’s. Well done!

Year 10 Orme students, we are looking for House Captains. If you think you have the qualities we need; leadership, positivity, resilience and empathy then please write a letter of application and send it to me at Brassington@tahs.net  This should be no more than a single page so try to be clear and concise.

This coming week Mrs Major will deliver an assembly on resilience during our recovery session on Tuesday, hopefully we can all take something from this as we continue to face Everyday challenges. This week’s quote is on that theme of adversity, challenge and resilience

“In the face of adversity, we have a choice.  We can be bitter, or we can be better.”  Caryn Sullivan

Mr Brassington

Contact us on Brassington@tahs.net or Moore@tahs.net

Quite a few of our students will be starting to think about their options for the future and making decisions about which subjects to choose, or what career and educational pathways to take once they have completed their time with us.  The Future Intentions team thought it would be useful to have a regular section in the round up to introduce you to a range of different careers and also to inform you of any upcoming events which may support you with your choices.  

We would like to say a huge thank you to Lorna who recently completed her A Levels at TAHS for designing us our logo. Lorna inspired us for our first ‘Career of the week’ section!

Career of the week

Job title: Illustrator  Illustrators produce drawings, paintings or diagrams for use in products like books and greetings cards, or on packaging.
Entry requirements:You can get into this job through: a university course an apprenticeshipapplying directly University Course: Entry requirements You’ll need a higher national diploma or degree in illustration or a related subject like fine art or graphic design. You’ll usually need: between 1 and 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma or degree Apprenticeship – Entry requirements You could do an advanced apprenticeship in graphic design, then with experience and further training, move into illustration work. You’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
What you’ll earn:£14000 – £40,000 a year depending on the hours you work
Working hours, patterns and environment:Your day-to-day tasks may include: discussing requirements, or ‘briefs’, with authors, editors or designers negotiating prices and timescales deciding on the right style for illustrations creating illustrations using hand drawing, painting or computer design packagesYou could work in a creative studio, from home or at a client’s business. You may work for an organisation or be self-employed and work from home.
Career path and progression:With experience and graphic design skills you could work for a design agency, publishing company or magazine. You could also move into specialist work, for example architectural or archaeological illustration   For further information, have a look – this is a really great insight into the career path of an illustrator and talks about her love of her profession   https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/learning/craft-careers/craft-careers-how-leigh-hodgkinson-became-illustrator  

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Upcoming events

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 21 October from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 80 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. 

For more information and to register for the event click on the link below https://ukunisearch-west.vfairs.com/

The event will also include 10 webinars which will provide information on topics such as Choosing a course, Student finance, Personal statements, Employability and Apprenticeships

Once registered you will be able to access the virtual fair any time until Wednesday 4th November, but you will only be able to live chat with representatives and view the webinars on the day itself.

For help with registration or more information then please see Mrs Featherstone in the Careers office – room 74.

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September 11th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This week has been successful with our Year 13 and 12 students focused on learning, not only in lessons but also the new systems we have implemented around the school. 

Students in both year groups do not need to be on the school site if they do not have a timetabled lesson. If the student does choose to stay on site then there are venues which they can use to study. The Common Room and Study Room are available all day. These areas are set out like classrooms, as per the guidance we have received, which means that the students will be facing forward whilst they are in there.  They can access the wooden gym, this also is only available to Sixth Form students. Period 3 they can use the canteen, the Theatre and Ede Studio as lower school will all be classrooms. We hope that you can reiterate the importance of your child following all guidance that we have introduced.

We have ensured that all Sixth Form students are able to purchase food and hot drinks whilst maintaining their bubble. When they are on break and lunch Room 65 is open for hot and cold food. This is a great opportunity and the food will be cheaper than similar food that they could purchase from shops in town.

If your child chooses to leave the school site during a non-taught session then please can you ensure that they understand the importance of social distancing and the purpose of wearing masks. This will not only support the school but also the local community.

As stated previously we are not expecting students to wear suit jackets as part of the current school uniform, notice will be given for when this will change, however we must impress upon them the importance of following all other aspects of the school uniform policy. For ladies they must wear a skirt of a suitble length for school, a blouse, smart jumper and shoes or boots. These are not part of the uniform policy; trainers or pumps, short tight skirts, ‘pleather’ skirts, jeans, t-shirts and hoodies or jumper dresses. Gentlemen can wear smart trousers, shirt, tie, jumper (no obvious branded logo) and shoes or boots. As with the ladies unifom, these are not part of our uniform policy; trainers, hoodies and jeans. Please support us by talking with your child about expectations around school uniform.

Year 13 students should now have ensured that they have updated their Unifrog information with their new academic teachers, this will enable their class teachers to write their subject reference and their form tutor to complete their part of the academic reference. This can be done by logging on to Unifrog and follow the instructions.

All Year 13 students should now have sent their form tutor a copy of their personal statements, this applies to all students including those that have already decided they are choosing another path Post-18. Their form tutor will read this and return it using Unifrog with feedback and amendments. 

UCAS is open for applications for competative course such as medicine, dentistry and vetinary and OxBridge applications should also be submitted soon as the deadline for this is only a few weeks away.

Year 12 are currently in their induction phase and teachers are being asked to assess them on certain areas inculding; punctuality, homework, Sixth Form 7 and bridging work.  This information will be collated and will be communicated with you.

Over the upcoming weeks I will be providing information on Unifrog for parents which will offer help and support on how to access and navigate this virtual platform. 

SKILLS SESSIONS

All Y12 and Y13 students have 3 ‘Skills’ sessions on their 4 week timetable as part of their 6th form pastoral programme.  It is essential that they complete this work regarding social, emotional and general health plus citizenship which forms part of their 6th form agreement and our duty of care.  Powerpoints and workbooks can be downloaded from Insight or Teams.  Any queries, please contact Mrs Dodd or Mrs Bell.  The theme of this weeks Skills session was emotional well being.

Office 365 & Insight

More details are to be provided in school but as a reminder all students have office365 accounts and staff are using the teams app contained within for class and homework.

Access via office.com

login: schoolusername@tahs.net eg smithdavid09@tahs.net

Password: as per school login

Insight: thomasalleynes.org

login is the same as the school network

A guide with videos are contained within this presentation and this will be backed up in school.

https://bit.ly/2RdSaDY

Pastoral Round Up

A huge well done to students this week for completing their first full week with the new systems in place. We appreciate, particularly for our Year 10 and upwards students, that there has been a lot to get used to and I would like to thank them for acting so responsibly this week. To our Year 9 students you seem to be getting to know the site well now and I hope that you are starting to feel part of the Thomas Alleyne Community.

Elkes News

Having seen most of our students back this week, I’ve been really pleased and impressed at how many have adapted to the changes and systems in place, helping new students find their way, working with us on social distancing and mask wearing, and getting back into good habits in lessons. Hearing from students and parents about the ways our students have coped and in some cases flourished during the pandemic is refreshing and reassuring, and I wanted to give particular mentions to Garrard W, Xanthe, Alfie A and Hannah C (not all Elkes students!) for getting involved in tremendous initiatives like local food banks, youth groups, businesses and family support during recent months, all of whom are great examples of what makes our community so special. I hope you’re all enjoying being back with us, and if we can do anything to make the coming weeks easier, just let us know.

Mr Parker

Whitmore

A busy and tiring first full week back in school. It is always a shock to the system following the summer holidays. It was good to see all of the Whitmore students in with their form tutors on Thursday afternoon for the skills session. Also to see the exotic animals in 10W1’s form room which is based on the farm. The vast majority of our students have made a good impression and have been awarded credits and it was nice to share that information with form groups and put some faces to names. 


Miss Jones 

Orme News

As we come to the end of our second week back at school and back in face to face lessons I have been reflecting on how the new beginning of a  school year brings with it the end of summer,  it has been particularly enjoyable this week to see our school community within their year groups enjoying the social time around the school building, the good weather has only added to this as we have been able to enjoy this communal time in outdoor spaces.

As next week also marks the Great British Beach Clean I was reminded how well our students look after the school environment, the privilege of enjoying a clean and pleasant space between periods of work really helps me to maintain a positive and productive attitude, I will let you know how this holds up when grey skies and rain arrive.

 I hope that you all take the weekend as an opportunity to further recharge away from daily pressures, I will be heading away from the often-gloomy skies above Stoke on Trent to recharge this weekend and am reminded of some slightly pretentious but certainly relevant lines from Shelly,

“Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs, —
To the silent wilderness,
Where the soul need not repress its music.”

I hope that Orme students and the rest of the school also enjoy the weekend in your own “silent wilderness” and return on Monday recharged and productive. 

Mr Brassington

Contact us on Brassington@tahs.net or Moore@tahs.net

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September 4th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Welcome back.

This week has been a very positive return to school for our Year 12 and 13 students.  This is a year like no other, and we are pleased that our Sixth Form students have taken on board the changes that we have implemented.

Each student has had a session delivered by their form tutor which explains all the changes that we have implemented, inlcuding the change in breaks and lunches and where they are able to purchase food from at break and lunch.  We have ensureed that all are aware of the one way system that we have in operation around the whole school site and they are aware of all the academic opportunites that they can access this year.

Students in Year 12 and 13 are one ‘bubble’ and as such we have provided them with areas that they can use during lesson tim if they have a study period.

Periods 1 and 2 – in addition to the Sixth Form area(s), they can study in the wooden gym if on a non-contact, Sixth Form 7 and/or Study Skills. 

Period 3 alongside the Sixth Form area(s), they can study in the Canteen, Theatre or the Ede Studio 

These areas have been set up to reflect the government guidance and we cannot permit students to alter the seating arrangements in any way.  All chairs and tables are facing forward.  We have explained the inportance of this to students, could I ask that you reiterate this with them. Whislt students are in these areas they must be considerate of others and keep noise to a minimum. Chairs and tables must be kept in the same place, for example chairs cannot be moved so a group of students can sit together and tables must not be sat on. 
We had agreed that students may leave the school site in their study period but we request that this should be kept to a minimum and masks should be worn.

We request that if a student has a driving lesson that these are not arranged during lesson time and that if medical appointments are needed, where possible, these are also made outside of lesson time.

If you need to communicate with any of the Sixth Form Team then could I ask that you email sixthform@tahs.org.uk

French ThisIsLanguage.com Leaderboard

Congratulations to Polly Jones in Year 11 and Joseph Hall in Year 10, the current all-time high scorers on ThisIsLanguage.com for Thomas Alleyne’s High School, with a combined total of 5300 points, which is the equivalent of around 45 hours of work. How long can they stay there though? Kacper Wielechowski and Grace Atkin aren’t far behind …

Pastoral Round Up

As a new member of staff, I feel that was able to share some of the feelings that many of our returning students would have felt this week, particularly our Year 9 students starting their first day at High school. The changes that have been made to school however have meant that everybody is working together to ensure that we can all adapt to our new surroundings and systems. I personally want to thank all the student’s for dealing with so well and supporting each other at this time. I have really enjoyed my first week at Thomas Alleyne and I am now looking forward working with you all in the future.

Helen Major Assistant Head for Behaviour and Wellbeing.

Elkes News

I’m sure I’m echoing the sentiments of colleagues when I say how tremendous it was to welcome Elkes students back this week, and also to see the year 9s finding their feet in their new environment. We’re all at different places in terms of familiarity with the site and systems, with our groups, changes to lesson structure and so on, but the adaptability and maturity shown by so many has been hugely impressive, and I wanted to thanks those students who have just come in, taken on board why certain things have had to change and got on with it, because they are the ones who make this school community a safe and positive place for us all. As ever, if parents or students need anything at all, just get in touch.

Mr Parker

Torrance News

It has been lovely for me to meet the students of Thomas Alleyne’s this week and as the new Head of Torrance I can definitely relate to the nerves that our new Year 9 students will have felt starting here at Thomas Alleyne’s this week. I have been so impressed with them all getting to grips with the new safety measures around school.

To start the academic year, all students completed recovery sessions as part of their RESPECT programme with their form tutors. It was great to see them engaged in discussing the events of the last few months, how lockdown may had impacted on mental wellbeing and looking at strategies that can be helpful if they are feeling anxious about returning the school, COVID-19 or any of the challenges they face. As part of this session, staff and students also took time to consider gratitude and benefits of taking time to focus on the positives in their lives and our communities. Gratitude for our key workers and the NHS was a clear part of these discussions which is also reflected by the impressive news that I heard on my first day here, that 19% of our Year 13 leavers are going on to pursue careers in the NHS.

I’d like to say a big well done to all the students this week as we get used to our new normal and thank them for a wonderful welcome to the Thomas Alleyne’s school community.

Miss Keeling

Whitmore

It has been fantastic to welcome all of the Whitmore students this week. You looked really smart in your uniform and approached the return to school with maturity. 


The routine of the school day and route around the school are hugely different but it has been reassuring to get back into the classroom and deliver lessons face to face and communicate verbally with students. 
In PE lessons, we have been discussing the importance of exercise and physical activity and the role that plays on both physical and mental health. Many students are enjoying having the walk to school back and some sporting clubs returning in the community. I hope that we are all able to enjoy some physical activity at the weekend so we are energised and prepared for a full week in school next week. 

Miss Jones 

Orme News

First of all, a huge welcome to all Orme students as you begin the 2020-2021 academic year!

For those of you returning to Thomas Alleyne’s, we are glad to have you back as you continue your journey through education. For those new students who are just joining us in year 9, I encourage you to make the most of your time here. The experiences you will have at Thomas Alleyne’s will always improve with both the effort and application you put into being part of both the Orme and wider school community.

It has been a real and welcome pleasure for me to finally return to my classroom this week and teach. Whilst the work we have completed through remote learning has been worthwhile it cannot truly replicate the experience of being face to (socially distanced) face in a classroom. Whilst I, like many of you I am sure, felt a little anxious about being back in a classroom it very soon felt like the most natural place to be, even with all the new rules.  

Each week I select quotes, thoughts or lines from literature to hopefully help the school community reflect on the challenges that are part and parcel of each and every day. For this week I have used a line from The Foresters that I am sincerely hoping will prove to be true, “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’.”  Alfred Lord Tennyson.

As always the orme team are here to help you with any issues that may arise as you begin this new challenge.

Contact us on Brassington@tahs.net or Moore@tahs.net

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July 17th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Thank you to everyone in our school community for your support this term. We hope you have a wonderful Summer and look forward to welcoming everyone back in September.

We will be in touch in the second half of the Summer with short films to support students’ return.  Please continue to send questions to us and we will address these in our Summer news. 

I would  like to offer my personal thanks to governors and our staff team. 

Take care and stay safe.

We hope that you have found all our school communication useful and that we have been able to answer all your queries regarding online learning, face to face session.  Mrs Dodd provided all Year 12 students with the opportunity to have a live session to discuss next academic year and Unifrog and UCAS. If you or your child has any questions about next year then please let me know.


We will communicate back to school information through Parent News and school comms.

I hope all students have worked to the best of their ability this year and that next year has less challenges. Please see Parent news for frequently asked questions.

STUDY IN WALES VIRTUAL FAIR, 4th SEPTEMBER 2020

Thinking about studying in Wales? With eight universities, one conservatoire and hundreds of courses, join Swansea University at our online and interactive Study in Wales Virtual Fair to find out more.

The event will feature all universities in Wales, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and Student Finance Wales and England. You can attend up to ten bilingual webinars with live Q&A on essential topics such as choosing a course, personal statements, student finance and the benefits of studying all or part of your course in Welsh. 

This interactive event will enable you to visit exhibition stands and chat to representatives, view information and videos, download prospectuses and take part in live webinars in the virtual auditorium.

The event is completely free of charge and is open to Year 11 – 13 students, parents and teachers.

Swansea University appreciate that it’s difficult to make decisions about university study when you can’t visit open days. They are here to help and this fair is designed to provide you with everything you need to make the right decisions. 

If you would like any further information, please contact Mrs Bell on bell@tahs.net.  Otherwise please click this link to register:

https://bit.ly/39hcY5X

Amazing Apprenticeships

Check out this website for help and support:

https://bit.ly/30hTBWd

UNIVERSITY LIFE

If you are anxious or maybe excited about starting university, find out more about student life at university eg clubs, student ambassadors, sports teams here:  https://www.brunel.ac.uk/life/get-involved, and here:  https://www.brunel.ac.uk/student-blog/Post?id=932023ca-721a-4168-b428-ccdb820b1c64.

Year 8 Transition

This is my final edition of Year 8 Transition information via Round Up. I hope that you have found this useful and that we have been able to resolve your queries and answer your questions. If you find that over the school break you do have questions then please visit the school website and see the Covid-19 and Year 8 Transition pages. Here you will find many frequently asked questions, uniform and behaviour expectations and first day back details.

On the first day back we are asking all Year 9 students to arrive through the main gates at the front of reception, there they will be sign posted to the basketball court.  If you are intending to drive your child to school can you please use the public car parks in Uttoxeter to drop off and collect.  The first day for Year 9 students will be Wednesday 2nd September and we would like students to arrive no earlier than 8.15 am.

Year 9 students will spend period 1 with their form tutor and complete a range of activities including a school tour. The rest of the day will spent in taught lessons.

Over the last few weeks I have sent assemblies with activities to complete and a from that can be filled in and sent to their new form tutor. If these forms are emailed then their form tutor will send them a ‘getting to know you’ reply.

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

Support over the Summer


Congratulations to Lily in year 10 who has been accepted onto the young associates programme with The London Ballet Company. Lily auditioned on video for a place at the prestigious school and from September will undertake monthly classical training. Lily studies GCSE Drama at TAHS and was a dancer in our Autumn production of The Tempest. We look forward to following Lily’s progress on the programme.

September 2020-21

Dear Students,

I hope you have a great holiday and really look forward to your return in September. Your timetables will be available on insight from Wednesday 2nd September. You will receive a printed copy on your first day in school,

kind regards. Mr Mitchell

History

Year 10 – thank you to everyone who has contacted their teacher to let them know how much progress they have made working through the lockdown lessons. It is very important that we know who has done what to support our planning for September. Please help us with this by asking your son / daughter if they have emailed Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young with this information and encouraging them to do so if they have not contacted us.Live revision lessons (reviewing all of Year 10 work – not just lockdown work) are continuing over the summer at 3.00pm on a Tuesday with Mrs Johnson – please email Mrs Johnson if you wish to take part so that you can be added to the Team.


Year 12 – all students should be working on their A level coursework throughout the summer. Live coursework sessions are taking place weekly to review progress and support future work.

Elkes News

I hope all of you are safe and well as we draw this term to a close, and wanted to take this chance to say that from speaking to students and parents, and from receiving messages and emails, I’m incredibly proud of our students and the various ways in which they’ve grown and managed during this period of great change. I know some are looking forward to a well-earned rest, while others are going to use some of their holidays to get caught up and get on track in preparation for September. Whatever happens between now and then, it’s fantastic to know that so many of you have got the fortitude to take it in your stride. While our doors are closed there are still many services available in our local community for support should you need it, and you’ll have seen elsewhere in here the main methods for getting in touch. Take care, look after yourselves and each other, and I’ll see you soon. Mr Parker

Torrance News

It feels very strange for me today as I sit at home writing this week’s Torrance news, as today is my last day at Thomas Alleyne’s and therefore my last day as Head of Torrance. I wanted to take the time to reflect on the last couple of years and share a few thoughts with you as I move on. I joined Thomas Alleyne’s in January 2019, taking over from Mr Hawthorne as Head of Torrance. These were undoubtedly very big shoes to fill, as Mr Hawthorne was a much loved teacher and member of the Thomas Alleyne’s Community. That being said, I was immediately welcomed with open arms by both staff and students alike and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you all during my time here. I remember the first assembly I gave to all students was on the topic of change and trying not to be afraid of it, but to embrace it. I think it’s safe to say that we have all had to deal with a great deal of change over the last few months, but now more than ever, I am so proud of all of the students of Thomas Alleyne’s and how they have adapted to our ‘new normal’. September will bring even more change, with a new school day structure, new routines and for Torrance students a new Head of House. I hope you embrace the changes fully, make the most of the opportunities presented to you and welcome Miss Keeling as the new Head of Torrance in the same way as you welcomed me. I wish everyone the very best for their futures, at Thomas Alleyne’s and beyond.

Whitmore

Like all the reigning Olympic Champions, who are able to keep their titles an extra year due to the postponed Olympics, I assume we get to keep the Gold coloured ribbons on the House Trophy a little longer. I would like to thank all of our students for their hard work during a very strange school year. I enjoyed the commitment you showed to extra curricular activities, your help in the community and your dedication to your studies. I would also like to show my gratitude to our Whitmore pastoral team, who throughout the year have had your best interests in mind and have kept the link with you and school over the past months. I hope we can all enjoy a safe and happy summer. 

Psychology Superstars!

Thank you to all next year’s year 12 Psychology students who have made a great start to the course by completing a series of activities for their bridging work including writing a script about eye witness testimony for a famous court case, completing an OU course in introductory psychology, exploring the phrenology of their own heads and researching about the parts of the brain by creating a new one – below are a few examples of our favourites!  Really looking forward to starting the A-level course with you in September!

In Game Chat

Online games are really popular amongst children. 59% of 5-15 year olds play online games, as games like Fortnite, Minecraft and Roblox become increasingly important part of their social lives.

While playing games online is often great fun and a good way to chat, there is a chance that your children will play with people they don’t know who may  use in-game chat inappropriately to expose them to harm or risk.

https://bit.ly/32tDqI8

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July 10th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

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

The details are below:


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can we use the common room?

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

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

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


Y13 UCAS ADVICE ON CLEARING

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

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

Student Life

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

https://bit.ly/3fhDduX

Late Application & Clearing

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

https://bit.ly/3iVOBiD

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

https://bit.ly/2W797mp

Year 8 Transition

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Editions

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

Domestic abuse support during the COVID-19 pandemic

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

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

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

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

Elkes News

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

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

Orme News

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

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

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

Torrance News

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

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

Whitmore

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

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July 3rd 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

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

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

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

Registering on UCAS…

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

Possible questions answered:

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

Personal Statement Deadline 

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

Year 8 Transition

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

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

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

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

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

Year 10 & 12 Future Intentions

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

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

Year 10 

https://bit.ly/2NRSRkL

Year 12

https://bit.ly/2YWjqM3

English Students of the Week

Science News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well done!

PE Update

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


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


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

Elkes News

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

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

Orme News

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

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

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

Torrance News

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

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

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

Whitmore

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

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

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

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June 26th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unifrog Higher Education Week 2020

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

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

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

For more information please visit Unifrog: unifrog.org

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

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

PERSONAL STATEMENTS

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


UNIVERSITY INFORMATION

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

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

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

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


SCHOLARSHIPS

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

DISABLED STUDENT ALLOWANCE

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

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

Year 8 Transition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live Lessons Update

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

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

English Students of the Week


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

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

Science News

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

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

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

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

Well done!

PE Update


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


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


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

Elkes News

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

Orme News

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

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

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

Torrance News

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

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

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

Whitmore

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

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

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

Drama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Haiku on Guilt

It turns my mind numb

Makes me think ‘what happens next?’

Regret fills me full.

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June 19th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

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

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

Full details are in this document:

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

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

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

You cannot nominate yourself!

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

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

Derby University Information

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

Year 8 Transition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learning at Home

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

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

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

English Students of the Week

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

Science News

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

Year 9 Science

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

Year 10 Animal Care

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

Year 11 Science

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

Well done!

Elkes News

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

Mr Parker

Orme News

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

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

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

Torrance News

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

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

Whitmore

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

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

Mental Health

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

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

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

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

PE Department

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miss Arrowsmith said:

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

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

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said:

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

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

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

Year 9 Into Business – The Apprentice Challenge

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

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

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

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

Well done!

New Life Outdoors

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

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June 12th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

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

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

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

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

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

What is it?

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

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

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

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

How will students benefit?

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

How do I register my interest?

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

Any questions – please ask 

Mrs Dodd Dodd@tahs.net

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

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

6th Form Personal Statements

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

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

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

Wolverhampton University BURTON Campus Virtual Open Day

Year 8 Transition

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

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

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

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

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

To clarify:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you in September

Final thought:

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

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

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

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

Maths Puzzle

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

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

Online Learning

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

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

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

English Students of the Week

Science News

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

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

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

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

Well done!

Elkes News

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

Mr Parker

Orme News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Torrance News

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

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

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

Whitmore

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

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

Students of the week 

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

PE Department

Fundraising for the NHS

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

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

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

See attached some at home challenges for the whole family.

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

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

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

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

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

Miss Arrowsmith said:

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

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

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said:

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

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

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

Statutory RSE Policy

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

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

Drama

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


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

Age Rating 12A

History

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

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

June 5th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mental Health Awareness For Men

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

Brunel University

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

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

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

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

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

Amazing Apprenticeships Website

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/

Year 8 Transition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi

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

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

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

Take care, stay safe and have a lovely summer.

Final thought:

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

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

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

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

Uniform

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

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

Free delivery code BTS20SHIP that can be used throughout June.

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

Family Hubs

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

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

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

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

Contact info for East Staffordshire Family Hub:

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

Maths Puzzle

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

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

RE Students of the Week

Year 10

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


Year 9

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

Y12 Student of the Week is Alice

Science News

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

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

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

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

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

Well done! 

Elkes News

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Parker

Orme News

Hello Students of Orme,

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

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

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

Balsamic Goat’s Cheese & Avocado Toastie

Ingredients

2 slices of seeded brown bread

50g of goat’s cheese

½ a ripe avocado

Small handful of spinach leaves

1tbsp of balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper

Sunflower oil for brushing

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

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

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

Feta cheese also works well for this recipie.

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

Mr Brassington

Torrance News

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

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

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

Whitmore

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

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

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

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

PE Department

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


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


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


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


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


2.6 Challenge

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


So far he has –

26th April 2.6km run in 15min 53sec

27th April 26 press ups in 26 sec

28th April 2.6 mile run in 26.20

29th April 2.6 min plank 

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

1st May 26 squats with wife on back

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

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

4th May 26 kick ups with a rugby ball

5th May 26 min yoga challenge

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

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

8th May 14 reps shoulder press with 26kg barbell

9th May 13 reps bicep curl with 26kg barbell

10th May 26 min run = 4.52km

11th May 260 press ups in 17 min

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

13th May 26 successful basketball free throws in 48 shots

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

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

16th May 26 cricket bowls hitting stumps 9 times

17th May 26 successful rugby penalties out of 38 attempts

18th May 260 skips

19th May 260 runs to top of stairs

20th May 260 star jumps

21st May 6.2 mile run in 58 mins

22nd May 26 burpees

23rd May 26 KM exercise bike ride

24th May 260m Sprint

25th May 26 km bike ride 

26th May 62 kick ups

27th May 260 sit ups

28th May Hula Hoop 26 times

29th May Hop on each leg 26 times

30th May 26 hits on edge of a cricket bat

31st May 26,000 steps in a day

1st June 26 length of the garden bear crawls 

2nd June 620 table tennis bounces

3rd June 260 bounces on trampoline

4th June 2.6 min Wall sit 


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

Art Department

Please check out INSIGHT for the weekly art theme.

BE IMAGINATIVE         BE CREATIVE         HAVE FUN


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

Links

School Website

School Shop