March 15th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary

18/03/2019 PTA Meeting

21/03/2019 World Challenge Evening

26/03/2019 Year 10 SEND Evening

12/04/2019 End of Term

 

 Headteacher blog:

Apologies for the late arrival of Round Up this week. I was fortunate on Friday and Saturday to be able to attend the Association of College and School Leaders National Conference where myself and Mrs Maingay listened to leaders in the field of education as well as meeting Headteachers from across the country. It was a very useful and informative experience but has meant that the Headteacher blog is slightly delayed. 

This week, I wanted to draw your attention to the role of governors in our school. Our current governors come from a wide range of backgrounds and careers. They use their varied experience to support and challenge the school. Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective and at the moment we are looking to welcome 2 new parent governor to our experienced board. 

Election of Parent Governors

Currently two vacancies exist for parent governors on our governing board and I am therefore inviting you to stand for election.  Parent Governors are appointed for a period of four years, irrespective of whether their children remain in school during that period.

Governors play a very valuable and important part in the life of the school and gain an interesting experience for themselves.  There is no need to worry if you do not have any previous experience of such a role as there is plenty of training available.  All that is required is a little time, commitment, the ability to question and analyse, and a willingness to learn.  The Governing Body members have between them a range of skills and experience, and to add to this range we are particularly keen to recruit, if possible, a parent governor with knowledge of ICT, or a member of the business community. 

The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Governors or trustees set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. In action, this means:

  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school

Governors and trustees must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 

The Governors usually have one full meeting a term and, in addition, each governor is a member of one of the two committees (Learning and Standards; Managing and resourcing) which meet once or twice a term.  The full governing body meets at 4.00pm and the committees meet at 5.00pm.  

Parents (for the purpose of this election includes step-parents, guardians and other persons having parental responsibility) of all children currently registered at the school are entitled to stand for election or nominate others who qualify.*  Any parent or guardian wishing to stand for election must agree to being nominated.  It would be helpful if each candidate could submit a brief statement about themselves (no more than 200 words) and this will be circulated with the ballot papers.  

Nomination forms can either be posted to school or given in at the Main School Office – to be received no later than 3.30pm on Friday, 5th April 2019.  Please mark the envelope as  ‘Parent Governor Nomination’ for the attention of Russ Sheldon, clerk to governors.  

Alternatively if you prefer to nominate by email please headteacher@tahs.org.uk and provide the information below. 

If you wish to discuss this matter with myself or Mike Prescott, chair of governors, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

 

* Employees at the school who work more than 500 hours in a year are not eligible for nomination, but may vote in the election.

 

 

Nomination Form – Parent Governor

 

I wish to nominate Mr/Mrs/Other Title_____________________________________   (PRINT Name please)

Nominees address:-

Email address: 

Proposed by:-

(print)________________________________Signature________________________

Seconded by:-

(print)________________________________Signature________________________

 Signature of Candidate accepting nomination:         

 Signature_____________________________

Please enclose a brief statement of no more than 200 words.

 

All persons signing must be parents/guardians of a student at Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Uttoxeter.

 

 

 

 

 

6th
 

 

6th Form Car Parking
 
We have come to an agreement with Bradley House that TAHS 6th form students can park there for a charge of £1 per day.  This is the car park at the back of the bowling green NOT the car park at the front of Bradley House.  Permits can be purchased from Mrs Walton during break which will display your registration number and the date that you have paid up to.  Bradley House ask that you do not leave too much room between cars as local businesses also use their facilities. 
 
You can use the side gate to access school.  This is on a trial basis for a couple of weeks.  The car park will be regularly patrolled and registration numbers will be taken of cars illegally parked there.  If you do park without paying for a permit, you risk a fine of £10 (which will be given to a local charity) and possibly being wheel clamped. 
 
Please treat the facilities with respect eg no loud music and driving considerately.

 

Assemblies

Next week Miss Wright will be leading assemblies on the theme of Managing Change.
 
 
Our thought for the week :
 
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, then change your attitude” 
 
 
Assemblies until Easter are as follows:
 
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World Book Day
 

This Monday, 26 Year 7 and Year 8 students from Oldfields and Windsor took part in a fun ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ quiz to celebrate World Book Day. They competed against each other answering 15 multiple choice questions to see who would be crowned champion and walk away with one million pounds (or a creme egg…). The level of the competitors was highly impressive, with 4 teams making it through the last question! 2 rounds of tie breaking later, we had our winners! Congratulations to Libby and Emily from Windsor Park! After the quiz, the students were treated to a tour around some of our school site led by Mrs Rudge, Mrs Maingay and Mr Hulme – they got to marvel at the amazing Art department and they even got the opportunity to meet some of our animals down on the farm with Mrs North!

A special thanks to our sixth form linguist volunteers Lorna and Harrison, as well as Mrs Hunt’s Year 12 English Language class!

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Intervention Timetable

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

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Reports

 
 
Year 11 and 13 Student Progress Reports are now available in Insight.
 

History

 
Mrs Young and Mrs Johnson continue to be impressed with the vast majority of Year 11 students who have given up some of their lunchtime to enable them to complete a full 1 hour 20 minute practice GCSE examination on Germany (Paper 3). The results show students making significant improvements on their mock examination results.
 
Year 13 have also given up a large amount of time to enable them to sit a 2 hour 30 minute Russia practice examination paper. We are very impressed with the focus students are showing in this critical period of time before the real examinations start.

 

Countdown is on…

2 weeks until the French GCSE speaking exams. Intervention Tuesday room 10 foundation 3.05 Friday room 10 higher 3.05.

 

 

Hamilton Trip

 
Students are advised to return their Hamilton trip letters on Monday, as there are limited places. Forms can be handed to Mr Hollins directly in the library (from 8:30) or to the letterbox outside the staffroom.

 

Science Week

 

This week we celebrated British Science Week with a variety of spectacular and fascinating activities occurring each lunchtime.

The Chemistry Department produced a range of spectacular flames and explosions; including lighting methane bubbles, an ethanol ‘whoosh’ bottle and hydrogen and oxygen balloons.

The Physics Department looked into rocket science and launched a very impressive hydrogen rocket. 

Students were engrossed by the rat dissection in the Biology Department.

The reptiles made an appearance on the School Farm; including the bearded dragon and the gecko. The students took the opportunity to feed the corn snake. The tarantula also made an impressive appearance!

 

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

Year 9

Elizabeth Shaw and Harvey Stanton for continued hard work and excellent assessments.

Year 10

Scarlett Simister and Archie Fountain for making excellent progress.

Year 11

Carla Williams and Tara Wilkins for continued hard work and thorough revision.

 

Well done!

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Congratulations to students from Windsor Park who won the science millionaire quiz at Thomas Alleyne’s as part of National Science week.

 

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Apprenticeships

 
Alongside useful information given out by 6th form registration tutors, please visit this link to a host of live apprenticeships both local and national:
 

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YEAR 9 –  Dancing on Ice 

 
On Wednesday 20 year 9 pupils started their ice skating programme. Pupils received skates, a 20 minute coaching session  as well as 20 minutes free skating.  All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the session and will continue for the next 4 weeks. 
 
Thank you to Cinebowl for offering them this opportunity, it is excellent value for money.
 
 
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BTEC SUCCESS

Well done to BTEC students in years 11, 12 and 13 who received their results from examinations this week. Students in Animal Care, Sport, Health & Social Care, IT and Applied Science studied hard over Christmas and took the exams in January. These results are added to their portfolio assignments to achieve their overall grade.

We were delighted to see so many distinction and merit grades which will help them towards their final qualifications.

 

 

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News from PE

U16 Boys Football
 
Great preparation for our county cup final this week with a 7-0 win in the Alleynes derby in the 2nd round of the Sentinel Schools Shield. Played in the face of storm Gareth, our boys managed to get the ball down and play some fantastic football. Lewie Thornton scored a hatrick, Charlie Martin 2 and Ethan Archer added a 7th from right back. Man of the match though was shared between Alex Shaw at left back and Lewis Dawson who ran the game from midfield. Next round of the Sentinel Cup is on Wednesday at home to Trentham High.
 
Team – Belcher, Shaw, Archer, Ford, Bosworth, Dawson, Flanagan, Bussell (captain), Martin, Thornton, McNair – Simon, Hunt, Ball
 
 
U16 County Cup Final
 
 
Our year 11 boys football team have done outstandingly well to reach the County Cup final.  They will play Painsley on Monday 7.30 kick off at Stafford Town FC
 
Address
Evans Park 

Fairway
Stafford
ST16 3TL
 
They would very much appreciate your support ( admission £2 adults, £1 concessions)
 
 
Trampoline Competition
 
Five students competed in the trampoline competition at Paulet. There were three levels of competition and TAHS celebrated success in the beginner, intermediate and elite categories. Evie led the way in the beginner routine competing in the fiercely contested 10 bounce routine with great control. Evie was awarded the silver medal for her performance. Eliya & Lily scored well in their first ever trampoline competition. 
Caitlin was our entry for the intermediate competition, having competed in the event in year 9 & 10 she brought great composure to the event and performed two near perfect routines to win the gold medal. 
 
Zoe excelled in the elite competition expertly executing some highly advanced moves, such as straight backs & tuck backs to also win this competition. 
 
It would be great to have more performers at trampoline club, which is held after school on a Thursday. 
 
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Uttoxeter Cricket Club – Junior Training

Our junior training for this season will commence on Friday 19th April at 6:30pm at our new home of Jacks Lane, Marchington. Boys and Girls aged 5 to 14 are most welcome. Training will focus upon the key skills of batting, bowling and fielding. This will continue on Fridays throughout the summer and youngsters of any level of ability are most welcome.

All Stars Cricket (5 to 8 year olds)

For 5 to 8 year olds we offer All Stars Cricket. This is a national programme designed to introduce children to the game. Further details and registration can be found here: https://allstarscricket.co.uk/uttoxeter. £40 represents outstanding value as it includes: Personalised Playing Shirt, Cap, Cricket Bat, Cricket Bat, Activity Book and Training throughout the summer.

Junior Cricket Fixtures

We have an Under 8 Kwik cricket team plus Under 11 and Under 13 hard ball teams who all play regular fixtures.

 

Forthcoming Event

Friday 9th April will see us move to our new ground in Marchington. On this day we will be hosting a Natwest Cricket Force National Showcase which will see volunteers work on a series of projects. We anticipate that two current England international cricketers will be joining us on this day. Any volunteers are most welcome to be involved.

 

Contacting Uttoxeter Cricket Club

 

Please note that our new address is: Uttoxeter Cricket Club, Jacks Lane, Marchington, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 8DW. With regards to any of the above opportunities, the best way to contact us is via email: info@uttoxetercc.co.uk or calling James Burton on 07961208354. Further information can be found on: www.facebook.com/uttoxetercc.

 

NCS Update

 
NCS will be in school on Wednesday 27th March at lunch time to distribute t-shirts to those students who have signed up. There are still spaces available at the cost of £40, if you are interested please see Miss Jones 
 

Parent Guide on Internet Safety

 
 

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March 1st 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary

 

Revision skills evening at 6.00pm on 06/03/2019 we would love you to join us – the session lasts for just 1 hour. All year groups welcome.

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

14/03/2019 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:

This week our school canteen was inspected. The team who run the canteen are a fantastic group of people who look after us day in, day out. If your son or daughter hasn’t tried the hot meals we recommend them to you! The inspection report reflects their commitment to serving us healthy and delicious food.

Comments from inspectors:

”Today’s visit to Thomas Alleyne’s High School was an absolute pleasure, First of all I must give praise to you (Lisa Lister canteen manager) and your team in creating a showcase venue.  Thomas Alleyne is in the premiership of our canteens.

Food quality and presentation was of the highest I have experienced in all my years with Chartwells”

Our congratulations to the team. 

 
It was my pleasure to bring the week to a close by meeting our ‘Stars of the Week’. Amongst the achievements this week, they had attained the Queen’s Scout Award; the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award; captained the school netball team and represented the county; taken on a new sport and within 2 months achieved their yellow Karate belt; achieved 130 credits since starting in Year 9; and finally, I had the chance to say thank you to one of our students who has stood out for her positivity and kindness throughout her time at the school. 
 
I have enjoyed seeing the photographs of Year 9 students on their Outward bound residential trip in Aberdovey. It looks like they all relished the opportunity to try new sports and activities. Thank you to parents for your support, and to the staff who looked after them whilst away. Congratulations to all the students who took part. 
 
There are not many schools able to offer the breadth of facilities we are fortunate to have. The unique school farm; Sports Hall including a gym and climbing wall; wonderful art rooms and Photography dark room; Drama Studios and well resourced Design Technology rooms; are just a few of the facilities accessed by students. It is my pleasure to be able to report that we have now raised sufficient money to refurbish our swimming pool. 

Lane1 to set up a Swim School at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. 

 

The decision comes just over a year after the school announced it would have to shut the swimming pool from January 2018 because it could not commit to the necessary funding to repair it.

The closure prompted the school, local swimmers, Dove Valley Swim Group, Lane1, members of the community, Tescos, Sport England, East Staffordshire Borough and Staffordshire County Council  to work together to raise the funds to complete the repairs on the pool. 

The final funds for completion were handed over on 1st March. 

The School will continue to use the pool for swimming lessons during the day, to run life-saving courses and to offer schools within the Uttoxeter Learning Trust the opportunity to bring first school children to the pool to swim. In the evening Lane1 will be offering swim lessons to the community.

Headteacher Julie Rudge said: ”The pool was originally built utilising funds raised by the local community and it is fantastic to be able to start work on refurbishing the pool so that the opportunity to learn to swim will be available for generations to come.”

“Along with the re-building of our Pavillion which will provide a sports gym , new changing facilities and three new classrooms; the pool now has a strong future at the heart of Uttoxeter. ”

“I would like to thank all of those who have supported us in our campaign to save the pool, particularly Cllr. Atkins, Cllr Colin Whittaker, David Brookes, Graham Hunt, Phillip Hudson, Mark Rizk, Melina Greensmith, Lioncourt Homes, Ken Hardy and John Plant. 

Pool sessions will commence in September please contact Lane1 Swimming school for details.  http://lane1coaching.com

 

 
 
6th
 

 

This week in TAHS Sixth Form has been a quiet week, apart from the Senior Prefects working hard to get the Year Book completed. If your son or daughter has not provided a comment for the year book or submitted photographs by today, Friday, then sadly they have missed the deadline.  This is a wonderful keepsake, so much better than the scruffy notebook that I had when I left school!

 

As a community, we like to celebrate success and this week I would like to take the opportunity to share the success of Adam Burrows in Year 13.  Adam is a hard working student who has participated in Auschwitz project and helped to put together the assembly to highlight to scale of Holocaust.  As well as this commendable work Adam has working well as part of a team and also on an individual level and will be attending Buckingham Palace in May for his Gold Duke of Edinburgh presentation.  This was not enough for Adam and he has also completed his Queen’s Scouts Award (the highest award you can get in scouting).  He is only the fifth person in Staffordshire to get it this school year and the youngest by far. So Adam Burrows – Well done!

 

Adam will now be going to Windsor Castle where he will parade around the castle, meet Bear Grylls and a representative of the Queen or possibly the Queen herself before having a church service in St Georges Chapel inside the castle. This is a highly sought after accolade I’m sure you will agree.  

Year 12 students have been given the tools, on paper and with the use of Unifrog, to start putting together their personal statements. On Unifrog they have seven competencies to complete, this will enable them to see the good, to see what they have achieved so far and how they have achieved it. By seeing this aspect of themselves they can start to piece together their statement.  We don’t expect all students to know which courses, jobs or apprenticeships they want to apply for yet, but starting now makes it easier in September.  The deadline for these personal statements to be handed to your form tutor is April 5th

 

 
 

 

 

Year 9 Options

 
Thank you to all of those students who completed the options form by the deadline. We will now begin the process of creating the option groups based upon the options that students have chosen.
 
 We hope to get confirmation of option subjects out to students by Easter. If parents/carers have any questions about the options process, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Washbourne.

 

 

MOMO Safeguarding

You may be aware of a harmful po-up that appears during YouTube videos aimed at children, on Fortnite and other social media called Momo. It shows disturbing images and encourage viewers to hurt themselves.

A statement on the National Online Safety website said:

“There have been recent reports that some seemingly innocent videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids (such as ‘surprise eggs’, unboxing videos and Minecraft videos) have been edited by unknown sources to include violence provoking and/or other inappropriate content. Even though YouTube monitor and remove videos that include inappropriate content, clips can be uploaded and viewed thousands of times before they get reported and removed. As a parent, it’s difficult to spot these videos as the harmful content doesn’t appear until partway through the video.”

Please be aware if this and talk to your children about clicking on unidentified links.

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Puzzle of the Month 

 
 
For March the adventures of Ian and Chris continue and this month they are off on a coach trip:
 
Ian and Chris decided to run a coach trip to Windermere. Charges were –
 
All the way and back £15 and children half price.
 
For an extra payment of £13.25 (£11 for children) there was an extra additional attraction of a trip on a steamer to Bowness.
 
Chris said ‘ I have taken exactly £2000
 
One – quarter of the bookings for the steamer had been adults.
 
1. How many tickets did they sell for the steamer
 
2. How many adults and children went to Windermere
 
Answers and solutions to Mr. Askey
 

 

Year 11 Geography

 
This week’s knowledge organiser is focused upon the Physical landscapes of the UK. This topic involves understanding how there are a variety of upland and lowland areas of the UK and then focuses upon two specific landscapes – coasts and rivers. Students will need to understand how different processes result in different types of landforms in these two environments. Students will also need to understand the different ways in which we can manage these environments. This is an optional part of Paper 1 so there will also be a section in there that looks at glaciation but students DO NOT have to do this section.
 
 
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Also just a reminder that Yr11 students will be completing their primary data collection in Uttoxeter next week. Students will be collecting river data and pedestrian counts for their Paper 3 exam. The letter regarding the trip is attached. Can students please make sure that they are in uniform but dressed appropriately for the weather and that you have completed the consent form. Students are to register first and then go to room 7. 

 

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Intervention Timetable

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

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Ski Trip Parents Evening New Date

As emailed please be reminded that we have had to move the Parents evening to Thursday 7th March at 6pm.

Please ensure you bring your child’s passport with at least 6 months validity and a valid EHIC card. Order your EHIC here…..

https://www.nhs.uk/…/apply-for-a-free-ehic-european-health…/ 

As it stands we are planning for the status quo to maintain post Brexit day at the end of March. Thus the need for you all to still have a valid EHIC card, should we leave with a deal then these will still be valid. I have been in constant consultation with Interski and should we crash out with no deal the insurance policy already in place covers all participants on the trip for medical expenses. 

 

English Evening

On Tuesday 5th March, from 6.30pm until 7.30pm, Mr Hulme will be delivering a presentation to parents about the content and structure of the two English GCSE examinations, GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.  The presentation will also include advice on how to help pupils best prepare for these examination.  The presentation will take place in the school theatre. 

All are welcome.

 

Business Studies Trip To Prague

 
This week we took 30 A level Business Studies students to Prague. It was a busy schedule!
 
We started with a walking tour of the city which enabled us to see the castle and many of the key attractions of the city. After a lunch break at Hard Rock Cafe we then made our way up to the Pietron watch out tower where some of our students climbed to the top to see the view across the city.
 
After a day of being tourists we then had two days of trips to see some Czech Businesses. We were given a tour around the Skoda Factory and Museum where we were able to see the cars in manufacture. We visited a Brewery, where we learnt about how the brand had been affected by nationalisation after the war and how it had grown since being privatised again in 1989. We saw the beer being bottled and met their brand mascot, a goat!
 
On the final day we visited the Rukl glass factory in Nizbor. This visit was my favourite! The students were able to watch glass being blown, cut and polished by hand into trophies, vases and ornaments. Our guide explained how the employees need to work as a team to ensure the quality of their piece, as one mistake means the item has to be destroyed and noone gets paid.  We watched as one employee worked on a vase which only he is trained to make, it takes 50 hours in total and the final piece is sold for £6000! It was very beautiful.
 
The students also enjoyed a trip on a tour bus, a boat cruise and we successfully navigated the metro and tram lines!
 
Thank you to Mr Brunt and Miss Beevor for coming along too.
 
 

 

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Parents Evening to help support your son/daughter with revision

 6th March 6.00pm. Tim Benton

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

Learning about the English Language in London

A Level English Language students attended the EMC Student Conference on Tuesday this week. The students travelled by coach to London, braving a 6am departure, and were treated to a range of talks by academics from all over the country.

Alongside 700 other students, they learned how analysis of someone’s text message style helped solve a murder in Stoke; how someone’s accent changes subtly according to the different functions within a conversation; and how online anti-social behaviour becomes normalised. After a quick lunch out in the city, they were then able to listen to the country’s pre-eminent linguist, David Crystal, explain how babies understand the rudiments of language from in the womb, to one year old. This talk was highly enjoyable, with Prof. Crystal being cheered by the auditorium.

There was a final presentation from a contemporary poet, Luke Wright, who demonstrated how words can be chosen to shape a voice and a mood in poetry, including an impressive demonstration of a “univocalic lipogram” – a poem which uses only one vowel (in this case, o). Although everyone was somewhat tired when we returned to school at 8pm, students have come away with a deeper understanding of the multi-faceted nature of language study, and some have even chosen coursework ideas based on what they learned during the day. 

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Fairtrade Fortnight 

 
Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from 25 February to 10 March. The There will be many events during Fairtrade Fortnight to highlight the importance of Fairtrade as a way of supporting poorer people in the developing world. These will include:
 
Fairtrade Coffee Morning 27 February Friends Meeting House: This will take place at the Quaker Meeting House, 39 Carter Street on Wednesday 27th February and will run from 10.30 to 12.00.  Fairtrade drinks and cakes will be served. All proceeds will go to charity. 
Mayor’s FT coffee morning 8 March 10-12 noon – Uttoxeter Town Hall
 
Information Stalls at Tesco (25 February) and Waitrose (29 February)
 
Both Tesco and Waitrose will be running Spot the  Fairtrade logo children’s competitions
 
There will be Fairtrade displays throughout Fairtrade Fortnight at Uttoxeter Library, the Town Hall and St Mary’s Parish Church
 
The  Lenten Lunches. These will take place 12-2 pm at the United Reformed Church – Fridays in Lent from 8 March onwards offering FT refreshments.”
 
 
 
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News from PE

Girls County Rugby Festival
 
Jess, Holly, and Lucy were all selected to represent the County at the U15 rugby festival held at  Lichfield Rugby Club last Sunday. The girls enjoyed a fantastic day playing full sized games in the morning session and having their first experience of rugby 7’s in the afternoon. Courtney also played representing at Under 18 level. Well done!

 

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U16 Football

 
Congratulations to our year 11 footballers beating Endon 5-2 with goals from McNair (2), Dawson, Thornton, Martin. Reaching 2 more finals!

 

 
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Year 9 Football
 
Year 9 football won 8 – 4 in staffs cup to reach final.
 
Whilst Mr Godwin has been in Aberdovey, Mr Askey took temporary charge of the team, now will Mr Godwin get his position back after such a thumping victory!
 
 
Rugby Success
 
Fantastic to hear of the success of Lewie, Ben and Dan all of whom have made it to the final of The Staffordshire U16 rugby final this year. Great story here from Staffordshire Live. 
 

Science

sci week

Next Friday 8th March will be the start of our celebration of British Science Week.  We begin with our Millionaire Quiz for our Year 9, 10 and 11 students.

The following week will feature a range of activities and demonstrations at lunchtime. Details will be revealed soon; look out for the Science Week posters around the School!

 

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

Year 10

Saffron Forrester, Ruby Taylor-Caine and Anna Adams

Year 11

Rachel Spence, Samantha Cotterill and Rachel Holloway

All of the students were selected for excellent recent results in biology assessments.

Well done!

 

 

MFL Revision

 
French intervention 
 
Foundation  room 10 Tuesday after school
 
Getting to a 9 room 23 Tuesday after school
 
Higher room 10 Friday after school
 
GCSE speaking exams are the week beginning 1st April.

 

Respect Spring Term 2

 
The in school respect programme followed every Friday registration moves onto the following topics from 1st March: 
 
Year 9: Diversity
Year 10: Teenage Pregnancy
Year 11: Financial Capability

 

Year 11 Group Photograph

 

We are pleased to let you know that we now have a web collection for the school. We have password protected your image using your account number 380431. 

Please note these images are available for viewing only, ordering takes place via the order forms available from your tutor.

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February 15th 2019

Dates for your diary

 

15/2/19 School breaks up for half term

25/2/19 School reopens 

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

14/03/2019 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:



Stars of the week this week included ice-skaters, rugby players and house leaders. It was a pleasure to meet the nominated students today to learn a little more about their individual ambitions.
 
We hope to have a busy half term on site, with the pavilion being demolished to make way for our new build. When we went to look at the current building there is no doubt that our students deserve a better facility and we are looking forward to bringing these plans to life. Please remind your sons and daughters to be mindful that we will have contractors on site and they must stay out of any fenced off areas.
 
Finally, a message to Year 11 and 13. This half term is important for you to rest and re-charge alongside this you will also want to schedule in times for revision in order to prepare for your final examinations. It is always shocking how quickly these exams come round. Year 9 – the options process is now open but if you have any difficulty please don’t worry just contact us on our return. 
 
I hope everyone has a lovely break and look forward to seeing you back on 25th February. 
 

 

 

6th

 

I would like to draw your attention to our behaviour and attendance policy, we require all students to have at least 96% attendance and ask all students that they adhere to our school behaviour policy. We have made the decision to send letters home to students who are not in school to explain the negative impact that this is having on their education.

All Sixth Form students are aware of where they can and cannot study during their non-contacts and what they should be doing during those times. The library is only for quiet study and it should be respected. 

 

The Sutton Trust School deadline: 28th of February 5pm for applicants.

 

All Year 12 students have been given information on their personal statements, slides have been sent to students and staff on Insight so that you can have discussions at home. 

 

 
6th

 

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

 
Thank you to all the parents and staff who attended last Tuesday afternoon. It was an excellent opportunity to meet with parents and to discuss how best to support their child in the coming months.  Tutors were introduced to parents and resources were shared. We look forward to the next meeting which will be held in the second half of summer term.

 

Puzzle of the Month 

 
Murder on the River
 
The solution for February and the murder on the river was; the stream was running at 2mph and the boat at 3.
 
For March the adventures of Ian and Chris continue and this month they are off on a coach trip:
 
Ian and Chris decided to run a coach trip to Windermere. Charges were –
 
All the way and back £15 and children half price.
 
For an extra payment of £13.25 (£11 for children) there was an extra additional attraction of a trip on a steamer to Bowness.
 
Chris said ‘ I have taken exactly £2000
 
One – quarter of the bookings for the steamer had been adults.
 
1. How many tickets did they sell for the steamer
 
2. How many adults and children went to Windermere
 
Answers and solutions to Mr. Askey
 

 

Post 16 Digital Success

 
As part of their 6th Form 7 extended work, post 16 BTEC ICT students have been working towards their Digital Enterprise Award, endorsed by the Duke of York. 
 
Congratulations to Jamie who is the first ever student from Thomas Alleyne’s to receive his Bronze Award certificate.
 
The first of many…
 
 

 

 

Intervention Timetable

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

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Ski Trip Easter 2019

Diary date for all those skiing at Easter.

Final parents evening is Wednesday 6th March, 6pm.

Please ensure you bring your child’s passport with at least 6 months validity and a valid EHIC card. Order your EHIC here…..

https://www.nhs.uk/…/apply-for-a-free-ehic-european-health…/ 

As it stands we are planning for the status quo to maintain post Brexit day at the end of March. Thus the need for you all to still have a valid EHIC card, should we leave with a deal then these will still be valid. I have been in constant consultation with Interski and should we crash out with no deal the insurance policy already in place covers all participants on the trip for medical expenses. 

 

English Support

Summary of Year 9 English Study

From February half term, Year 9 classes will be working on completing their GCSE Speaking and Language presentations and will be either beginning, or continuing, their study of ‘The Sign of Four’, which is s set text for the GCSE English Literature examination.    The purpose of this is to introduce pupils to the plot, characters and themes of the novel, in preparation for more detailed study in Years 10 and 11.

Resources: ‘The Sign of Four’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Available from the school online shop, at a discounted cost of £1.50

Also see the GCSE Pod resources.

 

Summary of Year 10 English Study

From February half term, Year 10 classes will be completing their study of non-fiction writing from the Victorian Era and the present, or commencing study of J.B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’, which is the set text for the GCSE English Literature examination. The purpose of this is to introduce pupils to the plot, characters and themes of the play, in preparation for more detailed study in Years 10 and 11.

Resources: Copies will be provided by the school from after February half term, although you are welcome to acquire a copy for your child to use if you wish to.

Revision guides will be added to the English School shop from after half term.
Also see the GCSE Pod resources.
 

Summary of Year 11 English Study

From February half term, Year 11 classes will be revising all units in the lead up to the examinations. After school classes are in full swing and we encourage all students to attend.

See GCSE Pod resources to support revision.

Additional revision guides will be added to the English School shop from after half term.

 

On Tuesday 5th March, from 6.30pm until 7.30pm, Mr Hulme will be delivering a presentation to parents about the content and structure of the two English GCSE examinations, GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.  The presentation will also include advice on how to help pupils best prepare for these examination.  The presentation will take place in the school theatre.  All are welcome.

 

Parking outside school when dropping off students

A polite request that all parents dropping off children pull in to the marked bay area, and not to stop on the double yellow lines outside of school.  This puts children crossing the road there at risk.  
 
Thank you for your co-operation.
 
 

JCQ Exam Contingency Period – Wednesday 26th June 2019

Please see clarification on the notice previously issued – this was initially misinterpreted by many as ‘one day’.  On the basis of this, JCQ have now issued clarification that there is to be a ‘contingency period’ ending on Wednesday 26th June.

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

 

Parents Evening to help support your son/daughter with revision

 6th March 6.00pm. Tim Benton

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

Fairtrade Fortnight 

 
Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from 25 February to 10 March. The There will be many events during Fairtrade Fortnight to highlight the importance of Fairtrade as a way of supporting poorer people in the developing world. These will include:
 
Fairtrade Coffee Morning 27 February Friends Meeting House: This will take place at the Quaker Meeting House, 39 Carter Street on Wednesday 27th February and will run from 10.30 to 12.00.  Fairtrade drinks and cakes will be served. All proceeds will go to charity. 
Mayor’s FT coffee morning 8 March 10-12 noon – Uttoxeter Town Hall
 
Information Stalls at Tesco (25 February) and Waitrose (29 February)
 
Both Tesco and Waitrose will be running Spot the  Fairtrade logo children’s competitions
 
There will be Fairtrade displays throughout Fairtrade Fortnight at Uttoxeter Library, the Town Hall and St Mary’s Parish Church
 
The  Lenten Lunches. These will take place 12-2 pm at the United Reformed Church – Fridays in Lent from 8 March onwards offering FT refreshments.”
 
 
 
FT 2019

News from PE

Rowing

On Sunday 10th February the Punchard sisters entered the JIRR trials at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham on behalf of Trent Rowing Club, Burton on Trent in the double sculls event. They both had really good times but Isabel was selected to represent the East Midlands at Peterborough in April as part of a Junior 15 quad with Nottingham Union rowing club. They have both been invited to join a training camp at Nottingham on 2nd and 3rd of March, Eleanor as a reserve in J16.

 

 

U16 House Football winners Elkes.

 

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Year 11
 
1st Elkes
2nd Whitmore
3rd Torrance
4th Orme
 
Year 10
 
Torrance 2 Orme 1
Whitmore 3 v Elkes 0

3rd/4th place play off Elkes 0 v Orme 1

Final – Whitmore  2 v Torrance 0
 
Year 9
 
Torrance v Orme Orme win on pens
Whitmore v Elkes Elkes win on pens
Final Elkes 5 – Orme 1
3rd 4th Torrance 2 – Whitmore 1

 

U16 Football
 
Great performance by our U16 boys reaching the county cup final with a 3 – 1 win over Codsall.  Played on a new artificial surface and at one of the county’s biggest football academies Alleynes made a great start taking the lead through Archie McNair and then were soon 2-0 up through captain Frankie Bussell who hit a half volley as sweet as a nut from 25 yards. 
 
A mistake at the back allowed Codsall back into the game and the match evened out. A second half header from Lewis Dawson from a Thornton cross sewed the game up and allowed the victory songs to be sung.
Man of the Match – Ethan Archer
 
Next Match – Thursday 28th Feb Home v Endon (League and cup semi final double header)

Science

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

Year 9

Wren Tilbrook and Rebecca Wooliscroft for excellent effort and consistent attainment in Science.

Sam Archer for excellent effort and enthusiasm in Science.

Year 10

Sam Cope, Max Hayes and Tazmin Jones for consistent excellence in Science throughout the year

Year 11

Emma Allen, Dan Hensman, Aaron Gwynne and Shani Wright for consistent excellent work and high achievement this year.

 

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

Year 10

Felicity Burgess and Isabel Smith for consistently good effort and positive attitude.

 Year 11

Rachel Spence and Morgan Perry for care and attention to their course work.

 

Well done!

 

 

MFL Revision

 
French revision Monday 18th February 10.00-12.00

 

Respect Spring Term 2

 
The in school respect programme followed every Friday registration moves onto the following topics from 1st March: 
 
Year 9: Diversity
Year 10: Teenage Pregnancy
Year 11: Financial Capability

 

Advice From Childline


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

Free for Safer Internet Day


TikTok: child-safety factsheet for parents 


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

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

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February 8th 2019

Dates for your diary

 

14/2/19 Year 9 Parents Evening

15/2/19 School breaks up for half term

25/2/19 School reopens 

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

14/03/2019 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:



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

Fire Alarm Activation

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

6th

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Year 9 Future Intentions

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

 

Puzzle of the Month January 2019

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

 

Year 11 Geography Revision.

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

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Intervention Timetable

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

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

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

GCSE +

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

Parents Evening to help support your son/daughter with revision

 6th March 6.00pm. Tim Benton

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

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

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

Science

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

Year 9

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

 Year 10

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

 Year 11

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

Well done!

 

Book Club

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

 

 

News from PE

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

 

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House Netball and Boys House Football Thursday 14th February

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

History

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

MFL Interventions

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

Congratulations!!!

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

 

 

 

 
 

Maths

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

www.vle.mathswatch.com

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

password: triangle

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

Children’s Mental Health Week

4-10 February 2019 

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

Advice from childline on sexting


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

Free for Safer Internet Day


TikTok: child-safety factsheet for parents 


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

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

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February 1st 2019

Dates for your diary

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

 Headteacher blog:



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

 

 

6th

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

 

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Ill Child Procedure During the School Day

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

 

 

Puzzle of the Month January 2019

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

 

GCSE+  28th January – 15th February.

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

 

Intervention Timetable

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

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Science

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

Year 9

Tom Keeling and Halle Young for improved effort in Science.

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

 

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

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

 

Well done!

 

 

Geography Revision 

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

 

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

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

 

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News from PE

Year 9 Netball Match

30/01/2019


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

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

 

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Girls House Football


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


Year 9


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


Year 10


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

Year 11


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

3 rd : Torrance
4 th : Whitmore

 

 

Year 9 Future Intentions

Dear Year 9 Students and Parents/Carers,

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

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

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

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

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

Regards

Mr Washbourne

 

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MFL Interventions

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

 
 

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January 25th 2019

Dates for your diary

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

 Headteacher blog:



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

 

 

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


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


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

 

Elevate Training

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Bad Weather Procedures

 

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

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Schools Shepherding Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Science

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

Year 9

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

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

Well done!

 

 
parentview

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

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

 

RE Revision 

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

 

 

 

Learn About Lambing

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

 

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VET SKILLS

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

We are all going to the zoo…..

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

 

Computer Science Revision

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

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

 

History

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

 

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About Harry Spiro BEM and Robert Rinder

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

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

The Boys

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

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

 

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

Business Studies

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

MFL Interventions

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

 

PE

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

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January 18th 2019

Dates for your diary

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

 Headteacher blog:



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

 

 

6th

 

UCAS Update

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

 

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Uniform 

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

 

 

Bad Weather Procedures

 

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

bad weather procedure

 

ART UPDATE’s

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

 

Book Club

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

 

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Science

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

Year 9

Dylan McNair for his contributions to the chemistry lessons this week

Cole Moody for his progress in physics

Year 10

Callum Stockbridge for achievement in physics

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

Year 11

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

Well done!

 

 

 
parentview

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

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

 

Year 9 Future Intentions

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

 

Year 11 Geography

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

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January 11th 2019

Dates for your diary

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

 Headteacher blog:



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

 

 

6th

 

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

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

  1. Oxford and Cambridge Taster Conference:

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

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

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

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

Student finance and graduate prospects

Information for teachers and HE advisers

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

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

 

  1. Sutton Trust Summer school:

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

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

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

  1. Bremen Summer Camp 2019:

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

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

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

 Social activities like bowling, trampolining and outdoor adventures.

Visit to Coventry Cathedral & free time in Coventry.

Activities with local veterans and civic dignitaries.

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

Visit to National Memorial Arboretum.

 Civic events including a high-profile wreath laying ceremony.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Thanks to the Staff

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

 

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Safety Advice

 

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

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

Our advice is as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A50 Update

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

Year 9 Maths Exams

 

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

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

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

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

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

password is triangle

Happy revising and good luck!

 

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

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

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

To be eligible to stand for election you must be:

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

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

 

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December Puzzle of the Month – Car Sales

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

Art Exam Evening

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

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

Year 10

Eve Rigby and Felicity Burgess for commitment to chemistry lessons.

Year 11

Lucy Greatrex and Gregor Hayes for contributions to chemistry lessons.

Well done!

 

PE

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

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

 

Sixth Form Applications. 

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

 

 

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December 20th 2018

Dates for your diary

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

 Headteacher blog:



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

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

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

 

Uniform 

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

ART GCSE EXAM EVENING

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

ART GCSE COURSEWORK DEADLINE

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

Reports

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

 

Year 11 and 13 Mock Examinations

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

Year 9 English and Maths Internal Examinations

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

BTEC Animal Care

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

BTEC Applied Science

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

 

 

Online Safety

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


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


Advice regarding uploading pictures:


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


Advice for students:


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


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

Reminder to Parents


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

Need to Talk?

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

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

 

Help of Keeping Young People Safe Online….

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

PTA Thanks

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

 

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

Science

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

Year 9

Mollie Beresford and Sam Bennett

Year 10

Victoria Morut and Ashton Bagley

All students were selected for their excellent effort in Chemistry.

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

 Year 10

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

 Year 11

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

 

Well done!

 

PE

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

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

 

Business Studies

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

 

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Maths Puzzle

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

 

Christmaths!

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

 

Past Art Student Returns!

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


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


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

 

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December 14th 2018

 Dates for your diary

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

 Headteacher blog:



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

Uniform 

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

Thursday 20th December – Christmas Jumpers

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

Reports

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

 

Y9 Residential Trip to Aberdovey

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

 

Christmas Dinner

 

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

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

All this from Thomas Alleyne’s very own farm!

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

 

 
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Online Safety

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


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


Advice regarding uploading pictures:


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


Advice for students:


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


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

Reminder to Parents


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

Need to Talk?

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

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

 

Help of Keeping Young People Safe Online….

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

 

Class of 1961 Art Trophy Winner

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

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

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

 

Year 10 French Exchange

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

History

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

Science

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

Year 9

Josh Briddon and Freya Blackman for excellent Biology assessment scores.

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

Well done!

 

PE

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

Maths Puzzle

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

Year 10 Maths

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

 

Christmas Concert

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

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Excellent Year Year 13 Work

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

 

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