February 18th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Year 9 Options Form Deadline

Please be reminded that all options forms will need to be completed and returned by 0900 on Wednesday the 2nd of March. The options form and all accompanying information about the process can be found on Microsoft teams. 

Please ensure that a selection from the subject lists for all 8 preferences, in preference order and check the form carefully before it is submitted. We are unable to return the form once submitted.

PROSPECTIVE SIXTH FORM APPLICATIONS

All students who have applied for Sixth Form September 2022 entry have been sent an email confirming receipt of their application form.

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

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 28th February 2022

Year 12

Inspirational series:  if you knew what they knew, what could you become?  Use the link on the Team for Becoming X:  Mark Ormrod.

Year 13

As part of keeping students safe, students to watch the clip from the Canals & Rivers Trust about staying safe on a night out.

Year 13 Leavers Hoodies

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

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

Any questions, please see a Senior Prefect.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

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

Signing in and out

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

Well Being Week

This week has been the first Thomas Alleyne’s Well Being Week for students.

Students have had the opportunity to have a break from their usual form time routines and time to focus on their well being. Students have taken part in team building activities, quizzes and listened to well being projects that are being offered to young people in the Uttoxeter area. Well done to 9E2, 10W2, 12E and 13A who were the quickest forms in their year groups in Wednesday’s team building challenge.

This week was also an opportunity to celebrate some of the successes that our students have achieved over this half term. Somenotbale achievements include:

  • 11, 859 credits have been awarded to students
  • 8 students have achieved over 120 credits
  • 66 students achieved their Gold Award
  • 195 students their Silver award
  • 344 students have achieved their bronze award

81% of students in Year 9-11 have received some level of reward today. Congratulations to students on an amazing half term of achievements.

Creative Writing Success!

You may remember that we supported the Uttoxeter Rotary Club’s Creative Writing competition this half term. A total of 17 entries were received by the Rotary Club for the Senior  section (14-18 years old), of which 10 were produced by Thomas Alleyne’s students. The theme was “Environment,” and there were some really imaginative and engaging entries submitted.

Huge congratulations go to Niamh T (10T1) and Oliver E (11E1) whose pieces were awarded second and third places respectively. Both will be given prizes, and all entries can look forward to a Certificate of Participation. Well done to you both!

GCSE Texts

We have now SOLD OUT of the Snap revision guides (Reading / Writing / R&J / AIC). If you’ve paid but not yet collected, please see Mrs Hunt in room 21 asap. It’s quicker if you have a screen shot of your receipt handy! We still have a number of Power and Conflict poetry revision guides available.

There are plenty of copies of the Romeo and Juliet text, with really helpful notes, and the hardback version of An Inspector Calls. A copy of the text is essential for Y10 and Y11 students – these versions are the ones teachers use so line numbers etc will match up.

World Book Day – Thursday 2nd March

When we return after half term we’ll be celebrating World Book Day. This year is their 25th anniversary, and all students will receive their usual book token. We’ll have various events in school, including a “Collect a Conversation” competition; form time creative challenges and the usual opportunities to simply enjoy books and share the pleasure of reading.

Fancy a challenge? We’d like as much of our school community as possible to have a bit of fun with books this half term, so if you find yourself in an “Extreme Reading” situation (at the top of a mountain; decorating a wall; jumping the steps at Dovedale…) please take a photo and send it in. We’ll display the best ones in school (and of course, in future Roundups).

Interventions

Year 11 and 13 checkout this document to see what is on offer cross school to assist you.

Half Term Revision Sessions

Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets. If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  You can email/scan the sheet back to office@tahs.org.uk, or post it back to us at the usual school address. This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

Textiles Club 

Brand New after Half Term 

Wednesday after School until 5pm in Room 34  

We will be looking at all types of Textiles from Fabric Painting to road building…….. 

Crochet, Weaving, Dying, Hand embroidery, Knitting, Felting , Batik, Quilting, etc etc. 

Absolutely everyone is welcome year 9 upwards including Staff and 6th Form 

Even if you want to bring your current project, please come join us. 

Materials provided for our first project. 

If anyone has a stash of yarn, needles, hooks or fabric that’s taking up space – please feel free to donate, upcycling is part of the ethos. 

Remember that it was the invention of the needle that allowed man to fashion fitted clothing allowing him to move into the colder regions of the planet! 

Looking forward to seeing you there. 

Maths Interventions

English

Well done to all of the students who have been nominated for student of the week by your teachers. They are:

Y9 Aimee M, Clarissa S, Guna G, Victoria S, Dora E, James LBD, Molly C

Y 10 Keira, George E, Sophie H, Amelia R, Niamh T

Y 11 Ollie E, Henry A, Thomas L, Alice M, Alex B

Y 12 Isaac H, Josh H

Y 13 Rosie Mai KP, Sadie B

PE News

Netball Vs Painsley

Yr 9 

Squad

The year 9 squad played a competitive fixture against Painsley on Thursday evening. Despite a strong performance particularly in the first two quarters where there were only 2 goal difference in score, the game ended as an 18-7 defeat. Many of the girls played sections of the game in new positions and learnt lots. The fixture provided experience for the East Staffs tournament after half term.

Skye, Louie, Amy, Emily, Chloe, Lily, Rachel, Izzy, Katie & Erin

POM – Amy

U19’s 

The senior team’s fixture was a 36-13 victory for Thomas Alleyne’s. The group continued with their own leadership and made tactical decisions at the break to ensure that they dominated the fixture throughout all four quarters. There was a learning experience for some of the players, with the term ‘pocket ball’ As always an excellent fixture to watch and the team were great role models for the Year 9’s watching. 

Team – Jess, Freya, Hattie, Frankie, Evie, Eve & Amelia

Thank you to Martha and Poppy for officiating 

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Owen P in 11U5 for fantastic acceleration calculation work last lesson.

Also, Lennon E in 10U4 for detailed and accurate calculation of work done including some tricky unit conversions.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Cora N and Nell W (Year 11) for excellent work with natural polymers.

Also, Eleanor W (Year 13) for a fab start to the redox topic in Chemistry.

Mr Crum would like to nominate Amber C in 10U4 for superb effort.

Also, Poppy B in 10H2 for smashing her last assessment.

And all of 11H5 for sensible practical skills.

Well done!

Computing & ICT Interventions Year 11

Year 11 Food & Nutrition

A massive well done to Y11 Food and Nutrition students on completing their practical exam this week. Unfortunately we are not able to share pictures due to exam board conditions but they should all be really proud of what they achieved. There were some very impressive dishes!

Potential Medics, Dentists and Vets

If you are hoping to apply for one of these very competitive courses at university, please could you contact Mrs North on north@tahs.net. We run regular online support groups for students and pass on vital information from external organisations and universities.  This is available to all year groups because it is never too early to start thinking about your possible career.

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February 11th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

The cast, staff and audience were interviewed last night by BBC Radio Stoke. It is on air today in 2 parts between 3 and 4 pm so tune in if you can. If not, you can catch up by listening to BBC Radio sounds and searching for this afternoons show hosted by Susan Hanks.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 14th February 2022

Year 12

Inspirational series:  if you knew what they knew, what could you become?  Use the link on the Team for Becoming X:  Mark Ormrod.

Year 13

Watch clips about settling into uni life.  Watch the uni life hacks and ask students to share any others they may have.

Signing in and out

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

Uttoxeter Lions – Young Leaders in Service award

We are restarting the Lions Young Leaders In Service award in school. 

Students are eligible for an award if they have done any unpaid, voluntary work.  This can include helping out at home eg cooking a meal once a week; helping a neighbour to mow their lawn on a regular basis throughout the summer; sports coaching or refereeing; scouts/guides/cadets; helping out at covid clinics, dog walking etc.  Awards are given for 25 hours per year (bronze), 50 (silver) and 100 (gold).  Students have 1 year from the date they start the log and can backdate hours already done.  Duke of Edinburgh and health & social volunteering also count.

Students will receive a certificate stating the hours they have done and a badge.  It is an excellent achievement to include on a CV or personal statement to support their academic success.

Students can collect a log from their form tutor. Completed logs are to be returned to Mrs Bell in room 14.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

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

Welcome to Edition 153 of the Unifrog Gazette! This week: It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2022! Check out our on-demand apprenticeship panel webinars > Teaching resource: Apprenticeships – Finding best fit > The Unifrog Placements tool is here! > Higher and degree apprenticeships with Nottingham Trent University…

 It’s National Apprenticeship Week! Check out our on-demand apprenticeship panel webinars Featuring Jess, the 2021 Multiverse Apprentice of the Year, these two on-demand webinars (one aimed at teachers and careers advisers, and one at students) reveal what it’s really like to be an apprentice. Each panel also talks about the value of taking the apprenticeship route into employment. Remember, our webinars are always available on-demand after being recorded, so check out the ‘Past webinars’ page to browse more!

Have a watch Teaching resource: Apprenticeships – Finding best fit What’s important to consider when looking for an apprenticeship?

This teaching resource gives students the chance to research opportunities perfect for them. It includes:

> explanations of the different levels of apprenticeship available
> the benefits of taking an apprenticeship
> guidance on using Unifrog to find apprenticeships

Download it here   The Unifrog Placements tool is here! Launched last week, this new Unifrog tool will:

> save you time and money when it comes to managing students’ work experience and T-level placements
> centralise and streamline placement opportunities, documentation and comply with all health and safety and legal frameworks
> help parents and carers stay informed of the placements process

Watch a recording of the launch webinar Higher and degree apprenticeships with Nottingham Trent University Nottingham Trent, one of the country’s largest universities and a leading apprenticeship provider in the UK, offers a range of higher and degree apprenticeships from levels 3-7.

Apprenticeships are available in the following areas:

> Business/Administration
> Childcare/Education
> Construction
> Digital Solutions
> Food and Drink
> Health and Science
> Law
> Social Care

Find out more

Year 11 GCSE+

On Monday 14th year eleven will begin two weeks of exam support during registration.  During the first 20 minutes of each day pupils will be taught by a subject specialist, covering revision strategies and exam techniques.  Subject teachers will work on topic areas and how to approach particular exam questions. These intensive sessions will run until Thursday 3rd March.

Interventions

Year 11 and 13 checkout this document to see what is on offer cross school to assist you.

Half Term Revision Sessions

Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets. If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  You can email/scan the sheet back to office@tahs.org.uk, or post it back to us at the usual school address. This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

Internet Safety Day

This week saw Internet Safety Day on Tuesday with the focus for our age group being relationships and online gaming. All pupils have been delivered an assembly promoting discussion around their online lives and really thinking about who they communicate with online.

We have also shared social media posts offering information and viewpoints on this very prevalent issue.

Much more information can be found on the website here:

Maths Interventions

English

GCSE English Boosters next week:

English revision next week:  Writing for a purpose (Paper 2, Question 5). Target levels 4-5, with Mrs Hunt in room 21.

English Literature Texts back in stock!

We now have copies of An Inspector Calls (Year 10/11) available for students to purchase. This is the hardbacked edition which teachers will use.

There are also limited numbers of Romeo and Juliet complete texts; the highly popular “Snap” revision guides for Romeo and Juliet; An Inspector Calls; English Language (Reading and Writing double pack!) and the Collins Power & Conflict poetry revision guide. 

Students should bring their ParentPay receipt to Mrs Hunt in room 21 to collect their purchases.

English department student of the week

Congratulations to the following students whose efforts have been particularly noted by your English teachers this week. They are:

Y 9 Elena B, Olivia B, Kieren C

Y 10 Sam L, Zac C, Carly D

Y 11 Jacob R, Alex B, Grace A

Y 12 Evie N, Philippa B

Y 13 Martha M

PE News

County Cross Country-

Congratulations to all our runners that took part in the Staffordshire County Cross Country Championships at Betley Cpurt Farm.  Owen from Year 11 finished 3rd out of 115 runners and has qualified for the All England Cross Country Championships in Kent.

Football-

Year 9 have been training well in preparation for the County Cup quarter final next Thursday.

Athletics-

Good luck to George in Year 13 who is competing in the England Indoor Athletics championships at the Sheffield Institute of Sport. George runs in the 60m on Saturday first heat at 12.15 and the 200m on Sunday. Both events will be streamed on the England Athletics Youtube.

BTEC Sport-

Year 11, 12 and 13 have all got an assignment to complete by the end of half term and should be using all homework time to complete them.

Sport 4 Kids- 

This week Year 12 have had a presentation from Sport 4 Kids about career opportunities in Sport. Sport 4 Kids currently have vacancies for trainee coaches at Uttoxeter leisure centre on Saturday and Sunday Mornings coaching 18 month to 7 year olds. If interested contact david.cox@sport4kids.biz

This week’s Science News

In the Science Department we have been celebrating National Women and Girls in Science Day on Friday 11th February.  Look out for the posters around the Department or find them on our Science Twitter  https://twitter.com/sciencetahs1?s=11

Are you thinking about continuing with the sciences at university and beyond?

Year 11 girls have the opportunity to attend some online sessions offered by Cambridge University and also visit the University! See the attached information poster for further details and a link to an application form.  It is hoped that students who participate will get a real taste of university life!

Our Year 12 A Level Physics students have had the opportunity to hear a very inspirational talk from Mr Davies on careers in engineering.  A Level Physics is a sought-after qualification for many engineering jobs, including the aerospace engine industry.  Please see the photograph below.

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Mrs North would like to nominate Chloe B and Skye-Marie W in 9H2 for excellent practical work in Biology.

Mrs Lawrence would like to nominate Polly J (Year 12) and the students of IRIS (Institute for Research in Schools) for great participation in the online meeting with Neil, who is the Lead IRIS Co-ordinator at the University.

Well done!

Computing & ICT Interventions Year 11

Job of the week: 

This weeks job of the week is a Quantity Surveyor! The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role: JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #25 – QUANTITY SURVEYOR – YouTube

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

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February 4th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Tickets still available for 

Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th Feb, Friday 11th (sold out) 7pm 

£7.50, available on the online shop. 

Grease is the radio word! 

Today the production team of Mrs Todd, Mrs Mood and Mrs Fletcher along with Rob F the musical director, Alfie B who plays Danny and Lucy L who plays Sandy, were interviewed live on BBC Radio Stoke by Susan Hanks. We talked about the upcoming production of Grease. You can listen back to the show on the BBC Sounds app for Stoke afternoon show from today. 

Sixth Form Entry September 2022

Many thanks to all students who have completed a Sixth Form application from.  You will shortly be receiving an email confirmation for receipt of your application.

If you have any queries, please contact sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 7th February 2022

Year 12

Inspirational series:  if you knew what they knew, what could you become?  Use the link on the Team for Becoming X:  Courtney Cox.

Year 13

Planning for self-sufficiency and good health.

Visit the ‘Student Meals’ web page. 

How much does it cost to cook a healthy meal?

Check out some recipe ideas here [link on Team] (guess the prices before watching).

Signing in and out

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

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

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

Interventions

Year 11 and 13 checkout this document to see what is on offer cross school to assist you.

Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets. If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  You can email/scan the sheet back to office@tahs.org.uk, or post it back to us at the usual school address. This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

Non-Uniform Day

On Friday 11th February we plan to hold a non-uniform day to help raise money for school funds. These funds are used to support extra curricular events and counselling for students. If students can make a donation of £2.00 this would be gratefully received. If any families are able to donate a greater amount this would be appreciated as we are hoping to relaunch our school walk through Derbyshire this year. 


Maths Interventions

Have you tried wordle?  Are you thinking ‘I hope there is a maths equivalent’?

Well there is and it called ‘Equatero’

https://www.transum.org/Maths/Game/Equatero/

Be careful – it can get addictive!

English

GCSE English Boosters next week:

Wednesday 9th February: Analysing language, grades 4-6. Mr Hulme, room 13

English Literature Texts back in stock!

We now have copies of An Inspector Calls (Year 10/11) available for students to purchase. This is the hardbacked edition which teachers will use.

There are also limited numbers of Romeo and Juliet complete texts; the highly popular “Snap” revision guides for Romeo and Juliet; An Inspector Calls; English Language (Reading and Writing double pack!) and the Collins Power & Conflict poetry revision guide. 

Students should bring their ParentPay receipt to Mrs Hunt in room 21 to collect their purchases.

English department student of the week

Apologies for missing the last roundup – below is a bumper crop of students of the week(s) some of whom have been nominated three weeks in a row by your teachers; well done!

Y 9 Batley W, Madeline E, Adam R, Leah U, Freya E Louie R, Lola T, Millie A, Ella J, Evie B, Daisy C, Bethany S, Lani N, Erin G, Rihanna FJoshua W, Kieran C

Y10 Krishan K, Kylah M,  Ben Smith, Catherine M, Millie W, Elin L, Megan WB

Y11 Yasmin L, Jacob R, Katey G, Jasmin W, Lucy M, Zak S-S, Bethan T, Will S, Salwa CeI

Y12 Evie S, Liliana K

Y13 Darius B, Eve B

Visit to Twycross Zoo

Last week 50 Y11 students spent the day studying animal behaviour at Twycross zoo.  They completed ethograms on the activities of chimpanzees and leopards as part of their Animal Care course work.  All students worked really hard and still had time to enjoy themselves walking around the other enclosures as well.

PE News

BTEC Tech Award Sport, Activity & Fitness

Year 11 are taking their external exam on Tuesday 8th Feb. Revision materials are available for all on Active Learn.  After the exam all students will be completing 3 assignments on Coaching and Leadership in sport – these are available now on Teams.

BTEC Sport

Both Yr 12 and Yr 13 have assignments due to be completed by half term and should be using non-contact periods and homework to complete.

Regional Netball

Last Sunday our U16 and U19 netball team represented North Staffordshire at the  Regional competition held in Wednesbury. The tournament was made up of schools who had finished County Champions or runners up and it was a joy to watch players from our school competing in the high standard that was set for the fixtures. 

The Under 16 team won a third of their games with victories over Lucton and Wolverhampton Girls School. 

Squad – Jess, Poppy, Lexie, Martha, Sophie, Bella, Aimee & Louie

The games played by our U19 squad were all very close and competitive in score. The girls stuck together and a deserved victory came against Hereford Sixth Form. 

Squad – Jess, Eve, Evie, Frankie, Amelia, Freya, Harriet & Kiera

Many thanks to Ruth, Karen, Bev and Laura who were team managers, scorers and first aiders on the day. Also to all of the family members who came to support both teams. It was a really great day and we all really appreciated you being there. 

Year 9 & 10 netball Club

Netball club next Tuesday for Year 9 and 10’s, let’s get a high attendance so we are well prepared for forthcoming fixtures

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Miss Thorley would like to nominate William W-D and Lucy N (10U2) for detailed and thorough explanations of rates of observed reactions. 

Also, Kai B and Ebony F (9H3) for excellent contributions in lessons.

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate the following students from 10U1 for a pleasing performance in their chemistry end of module test:

David B, Susie C, Quincy F, Isabelle G, Calli H, Luke N, Ben P, Olly R, Keeley S and Lizzie W.

Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate Will F in 10H3 for excellent contributions to the lesson.

Mrs North would like to nominate the following Animal Care students for exemplary commitment to stock duties – James L, Jayden D, Tristan C, Jesse C, Victoria H, Hannah M, Joe N, Lily C, Krishan K, Amy W, Holly T and Abbie C.

Well done!

History

Well done to all those students who have massively improved on their December Germany Mock exam result in the end of unit exam they have sat this week.

Cambridge National IT

Coursework deadline fast approaching – give yourself a boost and come afterschool on Wednesday. Make use of this additional time to maximise your grade!

Allies club

Unfortunately, Allies club will have to move to a Thursday after school for the foreseeable future due to clashes with meetings. Please get in touch with Miss Cann if there is any problem with this.

cann@tahs.net

Job of the week: 

Job of the week 

This weeks job of the week is a zookeeper! The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role: JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #24 – ZOOKEEPER – YouTube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: Zookeeper | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Future Intentions Event and Learn Live Channel

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our virtual future intentions event and for the interesting questions our students asked our exhibitors! If you missed the event and would like to see the videos recorded for us they are still available on our learn live channel. 

Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Uttoxetter & Jobs | Learn Live | Contact Us Today (learnliveuk.com)

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January 28th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Tickets are now on sale on Parentpay. Please purchase your tickets and bring the receipt to Mrs Todd as soon as possible to choose your seat on the seating plans.


Thank you to all the pupils involved for their hard work and dedication in rehearsals.

Mrs Todd, Mrs Mood and Mrs Fletcher

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 31st January 2022

Year 12

As part of our legal responsibility to guide students about healthy relationships, students will be asked to watch a short BBC video about stalking and discuss surrounding issues.  Discuss questions in groups on the handout they will be given in form.

Year 13

As part of our legal responsibility to guide students about healthy relationships, students will watch a video from Plan International about sexual identity.  Then will watch a clip giving advice to LGBQT+ teens.

Year 12 virtual Parents Evening Thursday 3rd February

To book your appointment please login to your Talaxy account, if you have not received your activation email, please email talaxy@tahs.org.uk with your child’s name and form group.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

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

SIXTH FORM FUTURE INTENTIONS

We would encourage students to attend these webinars which are free to them on the Unifrog VLE. This can be done at home or during 6th form 7 time.  These can help students to increase their personal skills and employability as well as taking care of their mental health.

Webinar series: Skills development – Monday 31 January to Thursday 3 February

> Staying positive – Monday 31 January, 17:00
> Communication and presenting skills – Tuesday 1 February, 17:00
> Problem-solving skills – Wednesday 2 February, 17:00
> Leadership skills – Thursday 3 February, 17:00

Guest speakers will include mental health activist António Ferreira; corporate/commercial solicitor for Co-op, Kris Scales; Head of Leadership Programmes at Frontline, Elanie Ademokun; and skills experts from Skills Builder.

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Materials Science Open Days 

taking place on 15th and 24th February in person and 17th February online (registration for the in-person events closes this Friday 28th January), as well as let you know that applications for this year’s UNIQ programme are now open. More details for both are below:

Materials Science Open Days

When: 15th & 24th February – in person

            17th February – online

Where: Department of Materials/Online (Zoom webinar)

Audience: Y11 & Y12

What: Day long Open Day for prospective students in Y11 & Y12

Registration required: In person days – register here

                                          Online day – register here

More details: Join us for the day to find out what it’s like to study Materials Science at Oxford. You can experience lectures, tour the department, meet our students, and more! We have both in person and online events so you can choose which best suits you.

More information: www.materials.ox.ac.uk/materials-science-open-days  

UNIQ

Audience: Y12 students from UK state schools

Applications close 7th February – apply here

Details: UNIQ is the University of Oxford’s access programme for state school students. What started in 2010 as a residential summer school is now an extended programme of support for students incorporating both an online programme and an in person residential academic module over the summer – all completely free. The Department of Materials are pleased to offer an academic module to students interested in Materials Science at Oxford, including an exciting programme of lectures, tutorials, practicals, and more.

More information: www.uniq.ox.ac.uk

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Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets. If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  You can email/scan the sheet back to office@tahs.org.uk, or post it back to us at the usual school address. This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

Cheers and gone!

Monday 31st January is my last day at Thomas Alleyne’s before I move off to explore new directions, and I wanted to say a huge thank you to all the students and parents who’ve helped us so supportively over the last fifteen years. I am grateful to many of you for your support, and am hugely proud of those students with whom I’ve worked, and of their many and varied achievements. The parent – student – staff community is one of the aspects I will miss the most. Cheers!

Mr Parker


Maths Interventions

English Boosters

PE News

Year 9 Boys Football Match vs Kingsmead High School

Staffordshire County Cup

Starting line-up:                                                      

                          Robins                                            

Smith    Beech   Beardsley(C)  Morgan

Griffiths   Atherton   Baggaley   Heath

                Whetton  Mellor                         

Substitutes: Bointon

A tough match this afternoon for a depleted year 9 team away in Cannock. The game started with few chances for either side and after an even first half the score remained 0-0. Alleyne’s came out on the front foot in the second half and managed to win themselves a penalty, with Josh Beardsley stepping up and placing it in the bottom corner. Alleyne’s defended extremely well to keep Kingsmead from scoring, with two great saves from Tom Robbins. A fantastic performance from the Y9 boys.

Final Score: Thomas Alleyne’s 1 – 0 Kingsmead

Year 9 Boys Rugby – East Staffordshire District Tournament

Thomas Alleyne’s travelled to the new Burton Rugby club on Wednesday night for the district tournament. With several starting players unavailable due to Covid and illness, we were short on numbers and had players playing in unfamiliar positions.Despite this we scored first against Deferrers but with us still trying to find cohesion in defence Deferrers caught us cold in the last minute to beat us 2 tries to 1.  In the following games against Paulet, Granville, John Taylor and Robert Sutton we improved each game and began to put together some fantastic support play.  Some incredible power play in attack and defence from Oscar, Adam F, Adam R, Tom and Jonte asserted our dominance, Henry and Rhys controlled the rucks with Sam supplying excellent ball from scrum half.  Toby captained the side well and began to improve the organisation in defence.  Max out the back supplied pace and footwork resulting in some long range tries. After the first game we comfortably won all our other games and were unfortunate to finish 2nd overall. Adam F was player of the tournament with some great barnstorming tries.

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs Lawrence would like to nominate Evie R (Year 12) for a fantastic start as Head of Project for (IRIS) DNA Origami and for successfully submitting the groups’ work to the lead researcher at the university in charge of the project.

Mrs North would like to nominate Evie D and Sebastian G in 9H2A for excellent engagement in Biology lessons and showing superb understanding of osmosis.

Mr Melland would like to nominate Millie W, Holly T and Elin L in Year 10 for continuing to work hard in Physics.

Mr Crum would like to nominate the following students:

In 9U2:

Evielilly L (9O2), Angus M (9E1) and Aine S (9T3) – all for excellent performance in their Biology exam.

All of 10H2 for their efforts in learning about dynamic equilibria.

In 10U3:

Libby H (10W1), Ella H (10W1), Keira J (10E1), Abbie C (10W1), Dominica R (10O1) and Amelia R for excellent effort in their Rates test.

In 11U4:

Josh L (11E2), Josh W (11O1) and Bradley W (11T2) for superb effort tackling challenging work.

Well done!

University Hospitals Birmingham Trust Work Experience Programme


We are excited to announce that the largest free national work experience programme for your aspiring medical, dental and veterinary students has returned. This was developed last year in partnership with Birmingham Universities Hospitals Trust and it is free for students from 10-13 or S3-S6 year groups to participate in. We took a small break from the virtual work experience programme in November to convert the LIVE teaching into E-learning courses that students can now complete in their own time. Students have 1 month to complete each session, and once they have completed the programme they will receive a certificate from Medic Mentor and UHB as evidence of their participation. Medical Schools are accepting virtual work experience as an alternative to in-person work experience in light of the pandemic and reduced access to placements.

Participation in the virtual work experience will also provide students (and their parents) with several opportunities to speak to doctors, dentists and vets continuously throughout the academic year. They will be able to do this on Tuesday evenings and most weekends, for free. They can also call the Mentor Helpline number 01530 417 299 from 10am-5pm Mon-Fri if they would like to advice on careers or applying to medical, dental, vet school. Mostly this number is manned by Doctors. Medic Mentor is a non-profit social enterprise and all of our proceeds are reinvested in supporting students to make informed career decisions.

Registering for these programmes could not be easier, all they need to do is complete the free online application form for:
Medicine: https://medicmentor.co.uk/university-hospitals-birmingham-trust-virtual-work-experience/
Dentistry: https://medicmentor.co.uk/dental-live-virtual-work-experience/
Veterinary: https://medicmentor.co.uk/veterinary-virtual-live-work-experience/

Job of the week: 


This weeks job of the week is a Youth Worker the Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role: JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #23 – YOUTH WORKER – YouTube. If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: Youth worker job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

Exam Invigilator Vacancies

Please see all the information on our vacancies for exam invigilators.

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January 21st 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Future Intentions Evening 

Future Intentions Evening – 6 Days to go!

On the 27th January at 5pm we would like to invite you to our ‘Virtual Future Intentions evening’. Our annual event will be hosted online again this year and can be accessed via the following link: https://learnliveuk.com/partner/thomas-alleynes-high-school/. We would encourage parents and students to register via this link as soon as possible to ensure that you are able to access the event on the evening.

We are excited to be hosting a wide range of exhibitors who will be available to chat directly with participants on the evening and who have also kindly recorded an on demand video for you to watch during the event. This is a key opportunity for young individuals to speak direct with the organisations involved.

There will also be a range of videos regarding the curriculum on offer at Thomas Alleyne’s High School so whether your child is choosing their Year 10 options or considering their pathway post 16 or 18, there will be something for everyone.

The evening will launch with a presentation from senior members of staff and our careers advisor at 5pm over teams following which you will be invited to log on to our live portal. All students have received an invitation on their Team’s calendar for the event.  

You will have received an email containing full information on how to access our event. 

Tickets are now on sale on Parentpay. Please purchase your tickets and bring the receipt to Mrs Todd as soon as possible to choose your seat on the seating plans.


Thank you to all the pupils involved for their hard work and dedication in rehearsals.

Mrs Todd, Mrs Mood and Mrs Fletcher

UCAS update

The national UCAS deadline is Wednesday 26th January at 6pm.  This means that applications should be in to the school no later than Tuesday 25th January at 4pm to allow the Sixth Form Team to check and process the application.

So far we have sent 78 applications, of these 5 students have received offers on all their submitted choices and 2 students have confirmed their choice for September 2022.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 24th January 2022

Year 12

Students will be given a handout to read through with seven different questions to ask yourself when faced with a challenge.

Year 13

Students will be shown a selection of videos around how to find the right university accommodation.

Apprenticeship workshop

On Wednesday 26th January we have secured a virtual workshop with Alonso from the Amazing Apprenticeships team. The workshop will be held in room 40 at 2 pm and will include information on how to search for and secure an apprenticeship including writing competitive applications. We have limited places so if you are interested in participating, then please let me know as soon as possible.  Mrs Featherstone

Year 12 virtual Parents Evening Thursday 3rd February

Letter was emailed out either this week. Bookings will be live on Talaxy from 9.00am Monday 24th January, 2022.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

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

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Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets. If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  You can email/scan the sheet back to office@tahs.org.uk, or post it back to us at the usual school address. This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

GCSE Combined Science Intervention.

Students have now been selected for Combined Science intervention sessions. Please check your Teams account for the invite as well as the content you need to access each week then attend room 53 at 12:30 every Thursday.


Maths Interventions

PE News

Netball
The Year 10 began their U16 league campaign with a victory against John Port. The girls took control of the game from the start, with the biggest concern being the court being small and more precision being needed for passes. A lead was established by the end of the first quarter and this was maintained throughout the game. The final score being 31-16 Squad – Poppy, Bella, Aimee, Jess W, Martha, Lexie, Jess C, Sophie POM – Martha


The Year 9 team also traveled to John Port for a friendly fixture. This was a great opportunity for a competitive fixture and a reward for those who have attended netball club regularly. The game ran similar to the Year 10 game with a lead being established in the first quarter and this lead grew as the game went on. The game finished at 31-21 to TAHS. Squad – Lily, Amy, Erin, Izzy, Chloe, Emily, Skye and Rachel POM – Rachel 

Creative Writing Competition – see Mrs Bell or Mrs Hunt


This is open to all youngsters aged 11- 18 (Intermediate 11-13, Senior 14-18) and the theme this year is ‘Environment’.

You need to produce a written or typed story in prose entitled, ‘Environment’. The written entry could be fiction or non-fiction, prose, or a poem, as long as the piece relates to the theme.

Up to maximum of 550 words for prose entries. Up to a maximum of 40 lines for poetry entries.
Judges will consider: imagination relative to the subject; ability to engage interest and be consistent in the power of argument. The closing date for entries is Friday, 28th January 2022. The winning entry will be forwarded to Rotary’s West Midlands District Final by mid February 2022. Winning entries from that stage go on to Rotary’s National Final in March 2022.
All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation and there will be voucher prizes for the winner and runner up.

Public Speaking Competition – see Mrs Hunt

Ever wanted to perform on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe? This competition may just be your golden ticket! All you need to do is learn a poem (or two) from the website (poetrybyheart.org.uk) and record it – or ask your English teacher to record it. Think carefully about how you are presenting yourself and the poet’s words… and that’s it! 


There are different age categories (including staff…) and we’d LOVE to enter in all categories. So get rehearsing!

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Alfie B in 9U3 for great engagement in leading discussions.

Miss Thorley would also like to nominate Joe R, Charlie B and Ben P from 11H4 for excellent work when practising their Physics exam questions.

Mrs Simpson would like to say ‘well done’ to all the Year 13 students who took part in the Chemistry Olympiad this week. 

Mrs Simpson would also like to nominate Charlie A, Jack T, Oscar W, Edward T, Zak S-S and Charlotte H (all in 11U5) for excellent practical skills in their extraction of copper. 

Well done!

Year 10 SEND Evening

Year 10 SEND parents evening January 31st from 4-10pm, invites will be sent on Monday.


After school SEND support from 3.05-4.05pm every weekday except Friday, in Keeling House.Science, numeracy, literacy, exam technique, revision, and coursework catch up.


Before school SEND support every day in Keeling House from 8.40-9am. Handwriting, touch typing, and homework.

Talk the Talk

Many of our Year 9 students have had an amazing opportunity this week to take part in workshops developing their public speaking skills. The school was visited by “Talk the Talk” who worked with each class for a whole day. By the end of the day, almost every student was able to give a short speech to their class on a topic of their choosing, with some outstanding work presented. Equally importantly, a lot of students reported an increase in confidence, and a LOT of students felt the event was great fun.


The work students did will help support both English and Drama lessons, as well as developing valuable life skills. Well done, Year 9!

Sustainable Uttoxeter

Our in school echo team want to work towards a more sustainable town and net zero – for more information and how you can assist please see this leaflet:

Job of the week: 


This week the job is Wellsite Geologist click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more


To find out how to get into this job or other linked professions click visit the national careers website! Wellsite geologist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

Exam Invigilator Vacancies

Please see all the information on our vacancies for exam invigilators.

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January 14th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Future Intentions Evening 

To attend the event, speak virtually with exhibitors and have the chance to find out more about our year 9 options process please register on the link attached Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Uttoxetter & Jobs | Learn Live | Contact Us Today (learnliveuk.com).

Apprenticeship Talk 


For any sixth form students interested in apprenticeships we have the opportunity to be involved in a workshop with Workpays on the 26th January at 2pm. The workshop will cover how to search for and apply competitively for the roles which are out there. If you are interested in attending then please send an email to featherstone@tahs.net or contact me on teams chat. 

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 17th January 2022

Year 12

Could you be depressed?  What about your friends?  Visit the ‘Bright Knowledge’ website which leads to an online self-assessment on the NHS website.  Please talk to family, friends, your GP, teachers or the Sixth Form Team rather than suffer in silence.

Year 13

Watch the video about the level of personal support you can expect at universities:  student support services – Nottingham Trent uni.  For those not applying to university, please take a look at the Amazing Apprenticeships website or Unifrog VLE for live vacancies and career profiles. 

Date for diary

Virtual Year 12 Parents Evening – Thursday 3rd February – 4.00pm – 7.00pm.

Sixth Form Uniform

Sixth Form uniform is smart business wear. Please can female students ensure that their skirts are not too short and are appropriate school wear.  Skirts should be suit style and not Lycra, body con, pleather (fake leather/vinyl) or the ‘stretchy’ style.

Sixth Form students are role models for younger pupils which includes behaviour and mask wearing.

Signing in and out

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

Checking email accounts

Reminder for students to check their .net email addresses regularly as some students are missing out on vital information.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

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

Grease Production News

Tickets will be on sale from Friday 21st January. The production will be on 9th, 10th, 11th of February in the school theatre at 7pm. Tickets will cost £7.50. Please purchase your tickets via ParentPay and take your receipt to Mrs Todd to select your seats. There are 140 seats maximum for each evening so please do not miss out! 

Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets. If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  You can email/scan the sheet back to office@tahs.org.uk, or post it back to us at the usual school address. This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

Year 9 Parents Evening Tuesday 18th January 4pm – 7pm.


Subject staff look forward to meeting year 9 parents on Tuesday.  If you haven’t already booked your appointments please do so through Talxay.  It is an excellent opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s suitability for Gcse subjects with staff before option choices are made.


Year 9  Opportunity for IT Provision.

If you are a family with a child in year 9 and have difficulty accessing on line work, the school may be able to support you by providing a loan of a laptop.  There are laptops in school which are not being used, if you feel your son/daughter would make use of the laptop. please contact Mr Godwin at:  godwin@tahs.org.uk or phone school for further information

PE News

Racketball Club


We are starting a new after school racketball club on Wednesday’s.  The club will be suitable for beginners and more experienced players (boys and girls all year groups) with all equipment provided.  If interested you need to see Mr Scattergood in registration next week.

BTEC Sport


Year 11 – Revision Thursdays 3.05-4pm in room 1 all welcome.  Exam 8th Feb

English Stars

Well done to the following students, who have impressed their teachers in English this week. Our students of the week are:
Y 9 Louie R, Ellie C, Lewis A, Millie A, Ella J, Lola T, Leah U, Clemmie W, Maddison E, Blake R, Evie B, Oliver H, Rown S, Victoria S, Lani N, Michael W, Poppy W, 

Y10 Tommy R, Catherine M, Quincy F (great start!) David B

Y11 Harriet G, Tyler G, Matthew E, Alfie L, Edward T, Liam R

Y12 Henry W, Joshue H, Katie U, Josh H

Y13 Martha M

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Corey B and Max G from 9U3 for fantastic revision work.

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate all of 9U1 Biology – well done on an excellent piece of homework on diffusion in the human body. 

Also, Krishan K and Chloe N in 10H5 for excellent work on diabetes. 

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Rowan S in 9U1 for an excellent end of unit test score for Chemistry.

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Alfie B and Daisie J from 9U3 for excellent work in Chemistry.

Mr Melland would like to nominate Emily O, Olivia Y, Martha B, Victoria H and Ethan O from 10H1 for excellent performance in their end of unit tests in Physics.

Well done!

Allies 

Allies will not be on this Monday but it will return after school in room 21 the following week If you need allies or want to find out how to be an ally, please come along.


Latin Club

Latin club will resume on Monday lunch time for any sixth formers who are interested in getting involved. Whether you have been coming already or would like to give it a go, please feel free to pop into room 12 at lunchtime – don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Job of the week: 


This weeks job of the week is Veterinary Surgeon and is shared by Mypath on Youtube. 

JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #21 – VETERINARY SURGEON – YouTube


If you would like to find out more about how to get into this role then take a look at prospects.comVeterinary surgeon job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

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January 7th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application – Deadline Friday 14th January 2022

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

Year 11 Sixth Form Application

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

Sixth Form Uniform

Sixth Form uniform is smart business wear. Please can female students ensure that their skirts are not too short and are appropriate school wear.  Skirts should be suit style and not Lycra, body con, pleather (fake leather/vinyl) or the ‘stretchy’ style.

Sixth Form students are role models for younger pupils which includes behaviour and mask wearing.

Signing in and out

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

Checking email accounts

Reminder for students to check their .net email addresses regularly as some students are missing out on vital information.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

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

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 10th January 2022

Year 12

To read the ‘academic essay writing’ handout and try the tasks.

Year 13

Budgeting.  Handouts to plan a household budget and how to manage it.

Reminder – Applications are open for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2022

Applications are now being accepted for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2022.

What is it?

The Sutton Trust US Programme helps state school students in the UK to explore higher education and US culture. The programme includes UK-based residentials before all students get to visit US universities in the summer of 2022.

An optional part 2 of the programme supports students to apply to US universities alongside their UCAS options.

How much does it cost?

It is free to take part in the programme. All costs are covered for students including travel, accommodation, food and admissions test preparation.

Who is it for?

To be eligible, students must:

Be in Year 12 in England or Wales, S5 in Scotland or Year 13 in Northern Ireland

Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college (i.e. non fee-paying)

Not hold US citizenship

Be from a low or middle income family (generally a household earning £45,000 or less)

Be interested in US culture and higher education

When is the deadline?

Students must submit their application by midnight on 16 January 2022 to be considered for the programme. However, we encourage getting started as soon as possible as the application form requires some thinking!

For more information or to apply, please see the link below:

http://suttontrustus2022

WRITING COMPETITION

Uttoxeter Rotary Club are holding their annual writing competition.  This is open to all youngsters aged 11- 18 (Intermediate 11-13, Senior 14-18) and the theme this year is ‘Environment’.  Please send any entries to bell@tahs.org.uk.

Students should produce a written or typed story in prose entitled, ‘Environment’. The written entry could be fiction or non-fiction, prose, or a poem, as long as the piece relates to the theme.

Up to maximum of 550 words for prose entries.

Up to a maximum of 40 lines for poetry entries.

No pictures/drawings to be part of the entry.

All entries to be legible. Can be written or typed.

Entrant’s name and age must be written on reverse of entry.

Judges will consider: imagination relative to the subject; ability to engage interest and be consistent in the power of argument. The closing date for entries is Friday, 28th January 2022. The winning entry will be forwarded to Rotary’s West Midlands District Final by mid February 2022. Winning entries from that stage go on to Rotary’s National Final in March 2022.

All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation and there will be voucher prizes for the winner and runner up.


Please see the attached set of recommendations of revision materials per subject.  These have been recently collated by all departments if you wish to find further support for individual subjects.  There is no expectation to buy these resources for your child but you may find the information useful.  There is also plenty of free ‘on-demand’ support available for students via GCSEpod GCSE Learning and Revision | GCSEPod The Oak AcademyOak National Academy Online Classroom (thenational.academy)and BBC Bitesize GCSE – BBC Bitesize.

Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets.

If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return the sheet to our school office as soon as possible.  You can email/scan the sheet back to office@tahs.org.uk, or post it back to us at the usual school address. This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

Year 9 Parents Evening Tuesday 18th January 4pm – 7pm.


As we start the new term, year 9 will be looking forward to making their option choices over the next few months. On Tuesday 18th January parents will be able to  speak to subject teachers about their child’s progress and start discussing which choices their son or daughter need to make. The appointment system will  be going live on Talaxy on  Monday at 9.00am.  Please make sure that you have logged in and made appointments in order to see your child’s teachers.


GCSE+ 2022

The next round of GCSE + starts on Monday 11th January for a number of year 11 pupils.  The sessions will focus on Maths and English for 20 minutes each morning over the course of a 3 week period.  The head of Maths , Mrs Ibbs and  Head of English, Mrs Hunt will be delivering the sessions during morning registration.  The sessions give pupils the opportunity to revise and to learn how to approach different exam questions.  Later in the term other subjects will be offering the opportunity to take part in these sessions.

BTEC Sport


Year 11 have their component 2 exam on 8th February.  Revision materials are on Teams.  We are running after school revision sessions on Thursday in room 1 from 3.05-4pm.  All welcome.


Year 12 have their  Unit 1 Exam – Anatomy & Physiology on 14th January.  Revision materials are on Teams. Students all have revision packs in their folders.  We will also be running a revision session on Wednesday 12th January 3.05 -4pm in room 1.


Year 13 have their Unit 2 Exam- On 12th January. Revision materials are on Teams and Active Learn.

English Stars

The English department would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and welcome you back to the new term. This week has been incredibly positive, with lots of excellent work and wonderful examples of motivation, resilience and going above and beyond in the subject. Well done to all of the students of the (mini) week.


Y9 Emma O, Blake R, Harley D, Oliver E, Matthew J, Bethan S

Y10 Taylor J, Reggie W, Niamh T, Catherine M

Y11 Ollie E, Max D, Sam P, Ella R, Mya P, Xanthe S

Y12 Gabi S

Y13 Sadie B

Allies 

Allies will not be on this Monday but it will return after school in room 21 the following week If you need allies or want to find out how to be an ally, please come along.


Latin Club

Latin club will resume on Monday lunch time for any sixth formers who are interested in getting involved. Whether you have been coming already or would like to give it a go, please feel free to pop into room 12 at lunchtime – don’t forget to bring your lunch!

This weeks job of the week is an Urban designer 


If you want to find out more about this as a role, alternative jobs and current opportunities then the prospects website is a good place to look https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/urban-designer!

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December 17th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This week 12C ran a charity cake sale, raising over £60 for Dougie Mac hospice – Our sixth form charity. Well done to all those who baked and thank you to all the students who supported us. 

CHRISTMAS JUMPER AND NON UNIFORM DAY

A huge thank you to our generous students and their families for all the support on Friday 10th December.  We raised a fantastic £1612.38 to be shared between Dougie Mac and the school walk.  Many thanks to the Senior Prefects and Sixth Form students for helping to organise the event and collect the donations from form groups.

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application – Deadline Friday 14th January 2022

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

Year 11 Sixth Form Application

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

Christmas Biscuits!!!

Students in BTEC Child Development have been exploring fine motor skills and intellectual development by looking at Christmas activities for children.  Today we made Christmas biscuits. Which is your favourite?

ART

We say goodbye to the wonderful Mrs Simmonds-Vaughan who has been an inspiration in the Art Department over the last few years. Staff and students have loved working with her and wish her well at her new school. Year 11 students have been busy working on their Art mock exam over the last couple of weeks; creating an array of creative responses to their coursework themes.

Well done Year 11, the Art Staff are very proud of you and the work you have created during the exams. It has been fantastic to see individuality and personalisation in these outcomes ranging from fashion pieces to ceramic vessels. 

See below for the Aet Competition.

MUSIC NEWS

For our final week in the Music Department, we were visited by Alleyne’s Music Graduate William Parker. He left Alleyne’s 6 years ago, after achieving an A at A Level Music and then went on to study Music composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is currently studying a Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Music and generously donated some of his time to speak to our current A Level Music students this week. Will talked about how to be successful at A Level and inspired and motivated our students by talking about becoming ‘obsessed with music and studying.’ This was the first of several visits that Will has planned and he has offered to run composition workshops next term with both GCSE and A Level music students, which will be a fantastic opportunity as he will be sharing the knowledge he has gained from being able to study at some of the most prestigious music conservatoires in Europe.

Christmas Concert Recording

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Mock Exams

This week saw students in year 13 and year 11 receive their mock examination results. Students in year 11 were given the opportunity to attend a results collection session, to prepare them for the process they will follow after external examinations. We are really proud of the effort that all of our students put into their preparation for their exams, the manner in which they approached the examinations themselves and the exceptional attitude and behaviour of the year 11 students during the results collection sessions. We hope that all of our students obtained the results that they deserve for their hard work and we look forward to welcoming them back to school in January to analyse their responses and support them in making even more progress in the coming months.

Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets.

If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return the sheet to our school office as soon as possible.  You can email/scan the sheet back to office@tahs.org.uk, or post it back to us at the usual school address. This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

Science News

Visit to the Crime Scene House 

On Wednesday, Forensic Science students in Year 12 and Year 13 visited the Crime Scene House at Staffordshire University.  Here, they worked with university staff to collect evidence from a crime scene as part of their course work.  They collected physical evidence such as weapons, chemical evidence such as powders and biological evidence such as blood splatter and DNA.  All students worked incredibly hard and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  In particular, Teegan B, O’Shea P and Jake R showed real skill in identifying and bagging up their evidence.  Well done to everyone.

Take a look at the Science Twitter for more photographs.

News from the School Farm

Christmas is always a very busy time down on the School Farm –

Mrs North would like to acknowledge the following students who have helped to produce some truly spectacular wreaths: Casey H and Alfie H.

Also, the following students have been a real asset in helping prepare our turkeys ready for Christmas: Alfie C, Bailey H, Lucas H, Tristan C, Jesse C, Victoria H, James L, Reggie W, Jayden D and Amelia R.

Animal Care

We have had a busy few weeks on the Farm and students have been working extremely hard. 

The following students have showed incredible commitment this term in carrying out stock duties despite the cold, wind and rain:

Abbie C, Holly T, Amy W, Joe N, Jesse C, Tristan C, Jayden D, Lily C, Krishan K, Hannah M, Victoria H, Amelia R and James L.

Mrs Dykes would like to say well done to all her classes for their work this term and good luck to her Year 11 classes in their GCSE exams next summer.

Mrs Hughes’ Science Students of the Week are Polly Jones, Lydia M and Tilly S from Year 12 Chemistry for super results in their Enthalpy assessment.

Well done!

This weeks job of the week is a sports coach! 

If you want to find out more about this as a role, alternative jobs and current opportunities then please visit the national careers website! Sports coach | Explore careers | National Careers Service

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December 10th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application – Deadline Friday 14th January 2022

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

Year 11 Sixth Form Application

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

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 13th December 2021

Year 12

Academic Literacy.  Students complete the ‘understanding exam questions’ and ‘understanding examiners instructions’ sheets.  Read the ‘Revision’ handout and ‘getting to 3a revision status’ handout.  Make a revision plan for over Christmas.  Build in any coursework deadlines.  Also look at the pomodoro timer online which some students find useful for time management and motivation around revision. 

Year 13

Complete and update your UCAS application and/or Unifrog competencies.  For those who have completed their applications, learn the sign language alphabet with BSL Charlie.  Read the ‘6 more Revision ideas’ handout and watch the clips on different strategies.  Handout the ‘getting to 3a revision status’ handout.  Encourage students to make a revision plan for their use over Christmas using the templates on the Y13 team. 

Applications are open for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2022

Applications are now being accepted for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2022.

What is it?

The Sutton Trust US Programme helps state school students in the UK to explore higher education and US culture. The programme includes UK-based residentials before all students get to visit US universities in the summer of 2022.

An optional part 2 of the programme supports students to apply to US universities alongside their UCAS options.

How much does it cost?

It is free to take part in the programme. All costs are covered for students including travel, accommodation, food and admissions test preparation.

Who is it for?

To be eligible, students must:

Be in Year 12 in England or Wales, S5 in Scotland or Year 13 in Northern Ireland

Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college (i.e. non fee-paying)

Not hold US citizenship

Be from a low or middle income family (generally a household earning £45,000 or less)

Be interested in US culture and higher education

When is the deadline?

Students must submit their application by midnight on 16 January 2022 to be considered for the programme. However, we encourage getting started as soon as possible as the application form requires some thinking!

For more information or to apply, please see the link below:

http://suttontrustus2022

A level / GCSE Certification Collection Date

Certificates will be available for collection from TAHS reception area as follows:

Wednesday 15th December – 9.30am – 4.00pm

If you are unable to collect your certificates please see the option below:

·         Ask a friend/relative to collect them

·         They must bring with them photo ID plus a short note from you giving permission to collect on your behalf.

You will be required to wear a face covering. 

Year 11 ChrisMATHS competition

Well done to the 25 students in year 11 who took part in the maths house competition this week, and in particular to the winning team of Will G, Jimmy K, Tom N, Harry I, Madeline H. Each student had to work both as part of a team and as an individual. In teams the students tackled a number of Christmas themed maths problems, and as individuals they earnt points completing the countdown numbers challenge.

All students involved worked brilliantly throughout leading to a very close finish, with only four points separating the top three teams.

The final results were

4th: Whitmore

3rd : Orme

2nd Torrance

1st: Elkes

House competitions will be taking place for other year groups after Christmas, see if you can answer one of the questions set for the year 11 challenge.

“I set out to do some Christmas shopping at the weekend

In the first shop I spent half of the money I set out with.

In the second shop I spent a third of what I had left.

In the next shop I spent a quarter of what was now left.

In the last shop I spent a fifth of what I had left.

If I had £14.40 left in my wallet at the end of the day, how much money had I spent?”

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets.

If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.

Data Collection


Many thanks to parents who have returned data collection sheets.  For those students we do not appear to have received a signed data collection sheet from, data collection sheets have been posted home today.  Please note that we would be grateful for data collection sheets to be returned to the school office by Friday 10th December.

Science News

Mr Crum would like to nominate Ali D (11O1), Sarah W (1103), Harry I (11E2) and Xanthe S (11O3) for excellent effort on Organic Chemistry.

And also, all of 10U3 and 10U4 for producing awesome graphs this week!

Well done!

PE Update

Thomas Alleyne’s hosted Newcastle Under Lyme U16’s team on Wednesday as preparation for the regionals. The game saw Newcastle win by 22 goals to 16 but there were many positives to take from the game. Many chances were created in the opening quarter as TAHS raced to a 6-3 lead. 

The middle two quarters were won by Newcastle. Going into the 4th quarter Alleyne’s were trailing 19-11. The target was set off winning the last quarter, by showing more composure with our passes and driving forward to meet the ball this was achieved. There was a great work rate shown by all of the players and we will aim to have more games and practises to keep improving.

Well done!

Team – Bella, Poppy, Kiera, Martha, Lucy, Sophie, Jess Player of the Match – Martha

English Stars

Music News

On Tuesday we had our Christmas Showcase Concert and it was a really special evening being able to play to a live audience. Every pupil that took part should be immensely proud of their involvement. The performances were outstanding and the students supported each other with warmth and enthusiasm which created a fantastic atmosphere. We even had a visit from Father Christmas but I suspect this may have been the Head Boy but ssssh, we are still unsure about this. The pupils worked incredibly hard to put the concert together and rehearsed tirelessly. Special thanks to Spencer for filming the event for those unable to attend as we could only have a reduced capacity audience. A link to this will be made available for you soon. Thank you to Max for his technical support in lighting and to Josh for technical support on sound. A huge thank you must go to Rob who helped with musical direction and accompanied so professionally. Thank you to all involved who helped make the evening so special and enjoyable and I’m already looking forward to the next evening.

Job of the week 

This week the job is ‘Retail Buyer’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #17 – RETAIL BUYER – YouTube

To find out how to get into this job or other linked professions click visit the national careers website! Retail buyer | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Toyota Derby Apprenticeships –  Level 2 and 3 opportunities – deadline approaching!

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December 3rd 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Date:   3rd December 2021

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application

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

Year 11 Sixth Form Application

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

Sixth Form Signing In & Out

Reminder that all Sixth Form students please ensure that before they leave the school site during the school day they must sign out in the signing out book. There is currently a book outside Mrs Walton’s office and one outside the Health & Social Office.

Upon returning students must then sign back in. It is imperative that all students adhere to this request. This does include breaks and lunchtimes.  We will be looking at an online version of this for the future.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 6th December 2021

Year 12

Choice of future intentions planning.  Students log onto Unifrog and research their careers library by key word eg Law, by their 3 subjects, by career area eg social services, by theme eg community or by competency eg team work.  Or, take the Myers-Briggs personality test (on Unifrog or Google search) to take and compare with friends before seeing which careers are best suited to individuals. 

Year 13

Log onto Unifrog and look at their live apprenticeships.  Even if you are considering uni, take a look – you might be surprised, especially with the higher level degrees on offer.

Y12 FUTURE INTENTIONS

Please consider attending one or more of these Unifrog webinars designed to help students decide on university or apprenticeships.

Unifrog           

This week: Webinars: How to find your perfect next step > Revision: Getting motivated > Staff training webinar: Unifrog basics > Students design their own curriculum at UCU > Our Instagram’s had a makeover…

Webinars: How to find your perfect next step – 6, 8 and 9 December, 17:00 UK time

In these webinars, we’ll show your KS4 and KS5 students how to make the best of Unifrog’s tools to find their perfect…

> University course: Monday 6 December

> Apprenticeship: Wednesday 8 December

> College/sixth form course: Thursday 9 December

Find out more

SIXTH FORM FUNDRAISING FOR DOUGIE MAC & SCHOOL WALK – CHRISTMAS NON-UNIFORM DAY

On Friday 10th December, Dougie Mac are holding their annual Christmas jumper day and we are hoping to raise funds for them.  This will be a full non-uniform day for upper and lower school. Christmas attire is optional. Donations are suggested at £2 or above with 50% going to Dougie Mac and 50% to school walk funds. Donations can be made via Parentpay in advance or by cash during form time on the day.

Assemblies

Mrs Lindsay  will be providing the assembly this week looking at the subject of Human Rights or Responsibilities?

Thought(s) for the Week

Is driving a right? You are entitled to a driving license if you can abide by the traffic laws and drive responsibly. If your driving endangers the lives of others, that license will be taken away from you. So rights and responsibilities are inseparable. If you can’t respect the rights of others, if by your belief and conduct you endanger the lives of other people, you are not entitled to any right.”  – Ali Sina

Notable days this week

10th International animal Rights Day 

10th World Human Rights Day

10th Christmas Jumper Day  Christmas Jumper Day 2020 | Save the Children UK

Non Uniform Day

The non-uniform day next Friday 10th, has been in for a few weeks, but could you move it to the start so it’s really noticeable, and could it say “all money raised will be split between Dougie Mac and the school fund to provide opportunities for all students. Facilities around school, celebration day, school walk, extra curricula events etc.”

Outlook Expeditions: Morocco 2023.

Thursday night saw the official launch of the Morocco 2023 expedition, facilitated by Outlook Expeditions. An information webinar was hosted by Francesca Gallone, our local representative from Outlook Expeditions, along with Dr Squire and Miss Robinson, which outlined the benefits and opportunities that the expedition can offer and provided more detailed information about the structure and particulars of the expedition.

The webinar was well attended and we are really happy to already have a good number of students signed up to our team. If you were unable to attend the webinar but are still interested in your child joining the expedition, it is still possible to view the webinar (you will receive a recording of the meeting) and join the team by signing up and paying the deposit by the 10th of December 2021. All relevant information and the sign up instructions (as well as a number of inspirational and informative videos) can be found at the link below.

Outlook Expeditions • Thomas Alleyne’s High School 2023

Best wishes

Dr. Squire and Miss. Robinson.

Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you to those of you that have filled in the consent google form for photographs, participation in online lessons etc, which was sent to you again recently..
If you have not yet managed to complete this form we are asking you to fill in this google form by Monday 6th December 2021 please. This is to indicate if you give your permission for various school activities.

Please click the link below, for the relevant year group for your child, to complete the google form.


Yr 9

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uGfYS7rmT6AIcw5Fm22myaYt2N6vFAqBbqNJ7-zilNQ/edit
Yr 10

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1V37dyp1TdFZFOY4jwvlqqzKJM_KNvkjTdDN6ANfG1cs/edit

Yr 11

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hlYoFPIXAQWTkV5VBSX1A4jcUpwIh0t-tIo0bfkhWzU/edit
Sixth Form Yr 12 & 13 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1macj9QjRFAUPzVKHdRBWrNGDRbQAfriLvxE_1e0WgTg/edit


Please tick the questions where you are providing consent and if you prefer not to give permission please leave that question blank (unticked).
Thank you

Data Collection


Many thanks to parents who have returned data collection sheets.  For those students we do not appear to have received a signed data collection sheet from, data collection sheets have been posted home today.  Please note that we would be grateful for data collection sheets to be returned to the school office by Friday 10th December.

Time to Sign!

British Sign Language is one of the recognised languages of the UK.  All our year 12 and 13 Health & Social Care Extended Diploma Students have been enrolled on a certificated British Sign Language Course this week.  This course is 16-20 hours long and will be completed in their 6th Form 7 time.  This is a fabulous opportunity to learn a new skill, which is so relevant to their future careers.  We wish them luck and look forward to them learning a new language which 151,000 people in the UK use every day.  The link below explains a wonderful array of benefits to learning Sign Language.


https://hearmeoutcc.com/benefits-learning-sign-language/

Science News

Science Students of the Week

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate 9U1 for demonstrating their creative flair while making stop-motion animation to represent halogen displacement reactions. Take a look at our Science Twitter to see some photographs!

Mrs North would like to nominate Skye W 9W1 for showing outstanding commitment in copying up all her biology work.

And also, Evie D for an excellent end of unit assessment score.

Mr Melland would like to nominate Joe H and Charlotte J in 11H1 for outstanding achievement in their end of unit Atoms and Radiation assessment.

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate Rory O 9H2B for his commitment to improving his physics knowledge.

Millie P 9U4 for always having a smile and trying her best.

Hannah S 10H4 for always putting in 100% effort in class.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Sophie G, 12C Applied Science, for fantastic effort this term.

And also, Alisha C and Michael H 10H5 for detailed bonding work.

Well done!

PE Update

Next week is a massive week for year 9 boys – Football are playing Pingle Away on Tuesday in the semi-final of the East Staffs Cup.  Rugby are playing QMGS Walsall at home on Friday in the 3rd round of the county cup.


BTEC Sport


Students need to be revising for external exams- 

11 Exam- 8th Feb

Year 12 Exam – 14th Jan

Year 13 Exam – 12th Jan

East Staffordshire Netball League 

Our Year 11 team hosted John Port on Thursday afternoon for the opening fixture of the district league. The game was an even contest with the lead changing hands several times but by no more than 3 goals. John Port just took the victory with the score at 16-15 when the final whistle went.

Team – Harriet R, Lucy L, Kiera F, Lucy O, Sophie W, Salwa C, Chloe F Player of the match – Kiera


Due to fixtures there will be no netball club next week. Girls Futsal practice on Tuesday after school

U19 Netball

In preparation for the Netball Regionals we travelled to Newcastle Under-Lyme School for a friendly fixture. Our team soon settled into their groove, playing a high level of netball and they managed to score the majority of their centre passes. The mid court players Eve, Hattie and Martha were strong and were able to feed the ball into our shooting circle and create chances for Freya and Jess. Amelia and Evie were resolute in our defence, working to keep Newcastle attackers out towards the edge of the D, to increase the difficulty of the shots.

Newcastle did edge the first two quarters taking a 12-8 lead at half time. TAHS made some positional changes at half time, with Eve moving to GD, Evie WD, Martha C and Hattie R. This worked instantly by increasing the number of interceptions, the ball was fed into Jess and Freya more regularly and the score was even at 15-15 all after three quarters. The same formation was used for the final quarter, with the same level of success, confidence was high from our shooters and the shots were going in from all angles and distances.

A thrilling fixture, as always many thanks to the parents who assisted with transport. 

English Stars

Well done to those students listed below who have been nominated as this week’s student of the week for English.


Y 9 Louie R, Sam K, Rowan S

Y 10 Jaydan D, Lennon E, Kieron S, Layla M

Y 11 Zita M, Grace S, Ryan W, George L, Edward T, Hannah C

Y 12 Tess S

Y 13 Martha M

Job of the week 


This weeks career of the week is a paramedic! Watch the video to find out more 

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