June 22nd 2018

Tuesday 26th June: Art & Photography exhibition 5:00-7:00pm

 

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Thought for the Week 

 

No assemblies due to the continuation of exams in the theater
You can not miss that the World cup is on and we wanted to share a few quotes that show how sport can transcend all, politics & racism to name but two below. But as Sir Matt Busby says we should be gracious in victory and defeat – but let us hope Gary Lineker is wrong…..
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 Headteacher blog:

As we approach the end of the school year, my thoughts have turned to the opportunities our students have been involved in and will be involved in during the year.

 

In July, students will participate in a World Challenge Expedition to Vietnam and Laos. As preparation for the trip, each person has had to raise £4350.  This has been a great test of the students’ commitment and ingenuity.  Notable fund raising achievements include, Tom Brittlebank receiving a £200 donation from a Young Explorer’s Trust, Iona Barron, the Head Girl,  raising £450 through participation in the Safford Half Marathon and Bea Egerton,  Harvey Grills and Freya Barkas raising over £1000 when they organised a sponsored swim at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre and swam 6377 metres. This is the distance between Uttoxeter and Hi Chi Min City in Vietnam.

 

In April, the Under 16 Football team reached the final of the prestigious Sentinel Cup Final held at Port Vale FC.  The competition has featured a host of future professionals in the past such as Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross and Manchester United’s James Wilson. This was the third time in 4 years that the school’s footballers have reached the final and although they were defeated by Biddulph High School, they performed very well and gained a lot form the experience.  Staying with sport, May 2018 saw the Thomas Alleyne’s Girls’ Athletics Team crowned as District Champions.  In addition, one of the school’s Year 9 students and budding sports reporter, Max Hayes reached the final of the Young Blogger of the Year as one of only 10 finalists and he attended a ceremony at the Alexandra Palace in London.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an exciting programme of activities for young people aged 14 to 24. Thomas Alleyne’s offers the award at three levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold. Candidates select and complete activities in four sections (five for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential. Participants find themselves helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity.  Candidates pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

 

In February, a group of four Year 12 students took the opportunity to visit the Auschwitz Concentration camp in Poland.  Rachel Clemett, Jess Poole, Adam Burrows and Lydia Grocott were able to visit the camp with the Holocaust Educational Trust.  As part of the programme, they were required to share their experiences with other students.  In March the group delivered a powerful series of assemblies to the rest of the school and in doing so they helped the Trust in their mission to educate as many people as they can about what can happen when society turns its back on humanity.

 

In the 6th form, Thomas Alleyne’s students enjoy a wealth of opportunities, which support them in planning their future intentions.  One of these opportunities involved Year 12 students travelling to Manchester for a UCAS convention to gather information from over 140 higher education providers.  Students enjoyed the chance to find out detailed information about the huge variety of courses on offer to them.

 

At the other end of the age group, Year 9 students had an opportunity to take part in the BBC’s annual School Report Day.  This was an event during which students worked together to research and create a news bulletin, which they eventually performed to camera.  Year 9 student Elli Robothan said, “Overall, I had a really fun day and leaned lots of new skills”.

 

A key priority at Thomas Alleyne’s is working with our Middle Schools.  On that theme Year 7 and 8 students, this year worked with the Alleyne’s business studies department.  The work involved participating in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge to develop a new concept for Kidzania in London.

 

Student leadership is an important part of the philosophy at Thomas Alleyne’s.  In February, the School Council held a meeting at Uttoxeter Town Hall during which they met Uttoxeter Mayor Alison Trenery and Borough Councillor Sue Mcgarry.  Students learnt about local democracy and fedback their views on how the town could be developed to meet the needs of young people.

 

In November 2017, Thomas Alleyne’s was visited by a group of ex-students, who left the school in 1961.  The group enjoyed their visit to the school and the trip down memory lane.  The art department made a lasting impression in that the member of the group, Graham Penning, organised for an award for ‘Original Thought in Art’ to be made available to students at prize giving events.  The first recipient of the award was Livia Robinson, who achieved a grade A* in her GCSE art exam.

 

I firmly believe that the experiences described above, combined with high academic standards mean Thomas Alleyne’s students are well prepared for their futures.

 

Dates for your diary

  
Week commencing  25th June year 10 & 12 Exams
26th June Art Exhibition
29th June Year 11 Celebration Day
3rd July Year 8 Induction Evening
4th & 5th July Year 8 Transition Days
10th June Junior Prize Giving

 

gcsepod

 As a reminder, parents can view the benefits of gcsepod by clicking on: https://www.gcsepod.com/parents-benefits/   gcsepod has a proven track record in helping students make progress and achieve their best, whilst developing independent learning skills. 

YEAR 10
 
This is a good time of year to start to think about what has gone well in your recent exams and what you found difficult.  Making a note of these areas and starting to use gcsepod to revise these will support you as enter Year 11 and make your final progress towards your GCSEs.
 
YEAR 9
 
As you are about to start your GCSE courses in your option choice subjects, gcsepod can help you get ahead of the game!  Start early to boost you knowledge and skills.  gcsepod is a really valuable way of revising the work done in Year 9 in English, maths and science too.  

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Inside GCSEPod – work experience:
During July, students can contact GCSEPod in a Twitter Q&A to ask any career questions surrounding particular jobs in the office i.e. web development, marketing, design, accounting etc.

This can include questions such as ‘how did you get into the job you’re doing?’ ‘what do you do on a day to day basis?’ ‘what do you love most about your job?’ ‘what’s the worst thing about your job?’

 

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Year 9 Maths Exams

The Year 9 end of year maths exams will take place on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June. The first paper is a non-calculator paper and the second paper is a calculator paper. All students have been sent, via Insight, a list of all the topics they have covered in Year 9 to use as a revision list.

The following equipment is needed for the maths exam: Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator.  Students without equipment will be issued an afterschool detention

 A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com

username: normal school login with @tahs at the end 

eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

 

Art Success

Young Photographers Winners!!!
Youngsters from a range of local schools were invited to participate at the Uttoxeter Rotary Club Young Photographer of the Year Competition,
We have been thrilled to receive  1st, 2nd & 3rd place in BOTH the colour and Black and White 6th form Categories, with TAHS students receiving a further 7 x highly commended and 11 x commended in the 6th form.
In the Years 9-11 category one of our students secured 3rd place and another commended in the colour category, whilst  TAHS students also gained 2nd and 3rd in the black and white section for this age group.
Winners are being  presented certificates and Placed students will receive an awards during a presentation at our Art exhibition on Tuesday 26th June at 6:15 in the theatre.
Well done to all who entered, it was a strong competition as always and the judges must have had an incredibly hard time deciding!
 

 

If you would like to have a look at what we`ve been doing this year in Photography- you may want to look at bit.ly/flickrTAHS it has our rotary photography entries inside- and we will also be uploading images for our show on the 26th June.

 

News from PE

Year 10 Rounders 

This week’s fixture was against John Taylor. They had several big hitters who were hitting to all area of the pitch. they amassed a score of 21 rounders from there two innings. In reply TAHS could not score as freely due to some accurate fast balls from there bowler, Alleyne’s scored 11 1/2. 
Team Jess Eardley, Vicky Catterall, Shani Wright, Ellie Alcock, Jemima Pope, Lily Ede, Lottie Cooper, Katelyn Emery, Libby Fry. 
Lottie Cooper was awarded player of the match thanks to some big hits and some accurate long throws towards fourth post. 

 

House Rounders

Placings for year 10 

1st Orme

2nd Elkes 

3rd Torrance 

4th Whitmore 

Placings for Year 9 

1st Whitmore 

Joint 2nd Elkes & Torrance

4th Orme 

Girls Cricket Staffordshire Finals
Finals day saw TAHS face St Joseph’s in the first semi final. Losing the Alleynes were put into bat, Lucy Carr & Lottie Cooper got the team off to a positive start, confidently running 1’s and hitting the boundary. Lucy retired from the time Ning’s having scored the maximum 20 runs, Katie Hartley & Eve Bednall got the score up to 48 from the 7 overs. The bowling and fielding was solid from Alleyne’s with Sam  Cotterill bowling there opener for a golden duck. St Joseph’s Kept the run rate high scoring a run a ball. They reached our total with an over to spare to reach the final. 
Blythe Bridge were our opposition in the bronze medal match, batting first Alleyne’s followed a similar pattern to the first game. Lucy retiring again having scored the maximum, Lottie and Eve steering the total to 55 runs. No wickets were taken in the game but TAHS managed to restrict Blythe Bridge’s scoring with Lucy managing the fielding positions. At the close of play Blythe Bridge had scored 49 runs, meaning Alleyne’s had finished 3rd in the County. 
Team – Lucy Carr, Lottie Cooper, Katie Hartley, Sam Cotterill, Amelia Hadget, Holly Chatfield, Freya Hadgett & Eve Bednall 
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Congratulations to Torrance on winning the House Cricket Championship.

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Year 9 Cricket.
 
Congratulations to the year 9 cricket team who beat De Ferrer’s in the league on Tuesday evening.  De Ferrer’s won the toss and chose to bat first.  However with some fine bowling from captain John Ball, Freddie Whitehead,  Alfie Clewes and Harry Ashton’s 4 wickets in 2 overs Alleyne’s reduced the visitors to 72 runs. An excellent unbeaten30 from Freddie Whitehead put Alleyne’s in a commanding position, with some careless bowling and more robust batting from the middle order, Alleyne’s won the match with 4 overs to spare. Well done.  Next league game is on Thursday at home to Abbott Beyne.

Science News

 

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

Year 9

Tom Reddington – working hard in chemistry and cleaning up without being asked

Freya Hadgett – making excellent progress in chemistry

Year 10 –

Grace Gadsby – for working very hard and answering lots of questions

Jalen Doughty – for making superb revision resources for chemistry

Well done!

 

Girls in STEM

On Thursday this week we had the pleasure of year 7 and 8 girls from Oldfields, Ryecroft and Windsor Park. They joined us to hear about careers and opportunities in engineering, science and maths.
The girls listened to Sally Parker from Capula talk to them about female engineers and the sorts of jobs that they do. We heard that only 11% of engineers are female.
We then built a paper roller coaster between us. It was a very good effort girls!

During the day the girls also designed and created in DT and took part in maths games and science experiments. It was great to see the girls taking charge, working together and gaining confidence. Lets hope this is the first of many days like this.
It was a pleasure to have the girls here and we are very much looking forward to welcoming them on the transition days and in September.
Thank you girls. Mrs Payne.

 

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French Festivals

Year 9 French students did an amazing job presenting French festivals to Y3/Y4 children from Hutchinson and Picknalls. They looked at the Monaco Grand Prix, the Maple Leaf and Music festival, Fête des Rois and Carnaval, as well as the St Ambroise Fruit festival. The first school children really enjoyed the activities and our students were excellent ambassadors and MFL teachers.

News from your Canteen

Come on down on Tuesday 26th June for chocolate pudding day…..

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

An ex student who is working in renewable energies has sent in this guide to getting into offshore wind aimed for young people. Have a look and see if it for your particularly if you have an interest in STEM.

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June 15th 2018

Thought for the Week 

 

No assemblies due to the continuation of exams in the theater
A centenary honour to the  women’s suffrage movements
Women who were householders over the age of 30 (6 million womengot the vote in 1918women over 21 did not get the vote until 1928.
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 Headteacher blog:

As parents and carers will be aware from reading recent editions of the Headteacher’s Blog,  I will be acting as Headteacher for the remainder of this term due to Mrs Rudge having an operation.  I have been in touch with Mrs Rudge,  she is now on the road to recovery and I know you will wish to join me in passing on our best wishes to her.
Years 11 and 13 are now approaching the end of their exams and I wish to congratulate them on their hard work and dedication and the mature  way in which they have approached their exams.  We look forward to welcoming Year 11 back for their Celebration Day on June 29th.  This is always an enjoyable day and a very important Thomas Alleyne’s tradition. We also look forward to celebrating with students from Years 11, 12 and 13 in August as they receive their exam results.  The GCSE exam results day is 23rd August whilst Post 16 students receive their results the week before on 16th August.

 

Next week sees the beginning of trial exams for Years 10 and 12 and I would like to wish all students every success in them.

Whilst for students in Years 11 and 13, this time of year is very much about completing a journey,  our thoughts also turn to those students who are about to begin their time with us at Thomas Alleyne’s.  On Tuesday of this week the SEN department held a very enjoyable evening, during which we were able to meet with families and students from Year 8 who will be joining us in September.  On 3rd July we will be holding our transition evening for the incoming Year 8 and on 4th and 5th July we look forward to meeting all the Year 8 students as they attend their transition days.
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Dates for your diary

  
Week commencing 18th &  25th June year 10 & 12 Exams
26th June Art Exhibition
3rd July Year 8 Induction Evening

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Moving into the last half term our focus is on preparing Year 12 students for their mocks and starting discussions about their future intentions. I am working with a number of students who are currently undertaking further research into apprenticeships and university courses. Each Year 12 student is encouraged to use Unifrog to help this search at home and at school and to speak to any member of the Sixth Form team for further guidance.

 
This time of year always amazes me, Year 11 students finishing their GCSE’s and showing their high level of maturity and the BTEC and A Level students in Year 13 finishing their full-time education with either coursework or exams. The manner with which these students arrive at school and enter their exam shows their commitment to their subject and themselves. As teachers, we encourage our students to share their experience of the paper with us, to give them support and to show them how much we believe in them and their ability. Our Year 12’s have their mock examinations starting on Monday and must ensure that they arrive promptly to their exam venue with the right equipment and in the correct uniform. Students are expected to be in school as normal during these two weeks and to be in lessons when they do not have an exam. All registers will be taken as normal during this time. There will be revision sessions offered by subject teachers and we encourage students to attend these to complement their independent revision. If any student in Year 12 has lost their exam timetable then they are encouraged to see the school exams officer.

 
Year 13 BTEC students have yet again risen to the challenge of displaying their work of the past two years for members of staff to see. Each year I see it I cannot believe the time and commitment they have given to their subject to have produced such substantial documents. The imaginative and unique way with which they show their knowledge, the amount of written work that is undertaken, sitting exams and then completing over 100 hours of work experience fills me and the Sixth Form team with immense pride. Mrs Blair has also provided photographs of this work for you to see.

 
As a reminder to parents and students in Year 11 the Sixth Form taster sessions do run next week, we are aware that there is a clash with some of the sessions and exams. We will run an information session for these students. If your child is interested in some of the other subjects on offer then they are more than welcome to attend those taster sessions as well. They must ensure that they sign in and out of school on the days that they attend, that they are quiet when moving around the school as there will be mock examinations and they do not need to wear school uniform. If your child is unable to attend then please email Sixthform@tahs.org.uk. We have attached the timetable for these sessions if one is not at hand.

Taster Session table June 18

World Challenge

We are officially on count down until we leave for Vietnam and Laos on July the 10th. I hope everyone is excited and getting all their packing started with the kit from kit list.
As the lead teacher on this trip I wanted to highlight and commend some of the students and their conduct towards their fund raising. Students have had to raise £4350 to attend the trip and then add on their spending money and injections, they have raised a huge amount of money. Firstly Tom Brittlebank has received £200 and a Young Explorers Trust award for his participation in this expedition. Excellent work Tom, well done. Iona Barron, our Head Girl, took part in the Stafford Half Marathon in April. She completed 13.1 miles, raised £450 pounds and earned herself a shiny well earned medal. Congratulations Iona.
Also in April Harvey Grills, Bea Egerton and Freya Barkas organised a sponsored swim at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre. The centre donated the time needed for them to swim the distance between Uttoxeter and Ho Chi Min City in Vietnam. This equated to 6377 meters and when divided between the 3 of them they needed to complete 85 lengths each, which they all completed and a little extra as Harvey had been sponsored by the length by his Grandad. In total they raised over £1000 which will have helped massively in their fund raising. Fantastic idea guys, such a good job. These are only a few of our students stories and I will be adding more as we get closer to our departure date.
Not long now.
Tốt (that’s well done in Vietnamese!!)
Tom Brittlebank, in 11E3, is a recipient of one of this years Young Explorers Trust awards for his participation in the World Challenge expedition.
They also awarded him £200 to help towards his expedition costs.

Year 10 GCSE Maths Exam

The Year 10 end of year maths exam takes place on Monday 18th June. It is one non-calculator paper worth 80 marks.  The exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

All students have been sent, via Insight, a list of all the topics they have covered in Year 9 and 10 to use as a revision list.

The following equipment is needed for the maths exam:  Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor and compass.  Students without equipment will be issued an afterschool detention.

A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com

username: normal school login with @tahs at the end 

eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

Year 9 Maths Exams

The Year 9 end of year maths exams will take place on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June. The first paper is a non-calculator paper and the second paper is a calculator paper. All students have been sent, via Insight, a list of all the topics they have covered in Year 9 to use as a revision list.

The following equipment is needed for the maths exam: Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator.  Students without equipment will be issued an afterschool detention

 A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com

username: normal school login with @tahs at the end 

eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

 

Art Exhibition 2018-

TUESDAY 26th June 5pm-7pm 

SNEAK PEAK…..

Just over a week left until the Art department opens its doors to the friends and families of our students and our supportive community to see some of the interesting, intriguing, skillful and time consuming work that has been occurring over the last year. 
We will have selection of Year 9-13 Art & Photography work on show for you to look at. It would be especially useful for those doing GCSE or A Level art next year to see whats in store!

 

Art Dept Proud!

In the midst of another hectic week we are pleased to pause to celebrate with past Art students Ella Kasperowicz and Richard Holmes. 
Ella Kasperowicz studied Art and Photography along side maths at TAHS- gaining A*,A*,A*, then graduated last year from Falmouth University with a First Class BAHons in illustration. She is now forging a career as an author and illustrator and has just received a first copy of her soon to be released adult giftbook #squadgoals.
The Art department staff are so pleased to hear of her success and loved the vibrant and witty illustrations, and it’s great to see someone loving the work they get to do and hear of the design process and publisher support from octopus books. Ella is going traveling in September around Asia otherwise known as ‘the book tour’ and will no doubt find inspiration along the way for future projects!
Another past student is Richard Holmes who has just this week found out he too has a first Class Degree in Photojournalism from Staffordshire University. Richard Studied A level photography whilst here at TAHS and has been working at Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium and beyond as part of his development in Photo journalism. 
Richards work can been seen below and is printed on to aluminum taking pride of place in his degree show exhibition. 
We wish all of our past Art & Photography students the best of wishes and look forward to hearing from others who are far and wide across the country and beyond!

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THE PTA HAVE ORGANISED DISCOUNTED TICKETS FOR ALL TAHS PUPILS & RELATIVES OF PUPILS

THURSDAY EVENING 21ST JUNE 18

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TICKETS WHICH INCLUDE ENTRANCE POPCORN AND & DRINK ONLY £8.50 PP

Usually almost £12-13.50 depending on age

ENTRANCE ONLY TICKETS WILL BE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR

£5 PP (normal price £6-£7.50 depending on age)

TICKETS AVAILBLE FROM FINANCE OFFICE

STUDENTS WILL NEED TO TAKE CASH OR CHEQUE (payable to Thomas Alleyne’s High School PTA) INTO THE FINANCE OFFICE IN AN ENVELOPE WITH THEIR NAME, TUTOR GROUP AND AMOUNT WRITTEN ON WITH WHETHER THEY WANT TICKET ONLY OR FOOD & BEVERAGE PACKAGE

TICKETS GIVEN OUT WEEK OF THE FILM

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News from PE

Cricket

On Wednesday Mrs Fletcher and Miss Jones took a Year 9 and Year 10 combined team to John Taylor for a tournament. The games were one innings each, made up of 18 good balls. We played Robert Sutton first and it was a well matched game, we batted first and put up a score of 5 rounders in total, they then managed to equal our score so the game ended in a draw. Vicky Catterall was woman of the game due to her great rounder on her second bet of the game. Second game of the evening was against the hosts John Taylor. They batted first and put up a score of 2 rounders for us to chase. In reply we scored 9 rounders resulting in strong win for Thomas Alleyne’s. Eve Bednallwas awarded woman of the game thanks to her long throws when fielding and her huge hits and rounders scored when batting. Last game was against De Ferrers and this time we got to bat first. We scored a respectable 4 rounders but they scored 6 in their innings. Even though we lost, Scarlett Smister performed brilliantly when batting scoring 2 rounders with her big hits. Well done to all that took part.

 

U15 County Cup Cricket
Thomas Alleyne’s County Cup run came to an end on Thursday after defeat to our Alleyne’s cousins Stone.  Batting first the excellent Stone bowlers restricted us to 88 for 7 of 20 overs.  Openers Gregor Hayes (19) and Alex Ford (12) top scored but after that runs were hard to come by.  Stone began their innings by peppering the boundary and hittng some huge shots.  Uttoxeter Stuck at it though and wickets came for Belcher (3), Hayes (3) and Bussell, as the wickets fell the runs dried up and we took the came to the 19th over before the winning runs were hit.
House Cricket.
School House Cricket Competition took place this week.  The first Semi Final was Torrance v Whitmore, Whitmore mad 2 early break throughs before Harvey Belcher (38) and Frankie Bussell (24) began to find the boundary at regular intervals.  Freddie Whitehead took 2 late wickets but Torrance had a challenging score of 96 runs.  Whitmore began well with pinch hitter Callum Ward (15) hitting Belcher for 6 but they could not keep up with the run rate and finished 26 short.  The second semi final saw underdogs Orme v Elkes. Orme’s captain Callum Dreher (40 n.o) batted brilliantly to steer his side to 82 of 16 overs, with Lottie Cooper taking 2 wickets for Elkes.  Elkes had little trouble knocking off the runs in just 11 overs with Hayes (24 n.o) and Thornton (17 n.o)  batting well.
On Friday the 3rd/4th place play off was won by Whitmore, despite Orme putting up a good fight.  Dreher again top scored (27) and there was good support from Reuben Kenny (16). Freddie Whitehead (3 wks) and Alex Ford (2wks) were the pick of the bowlers, Ethan Archer stole the show though by removing the Orme captain.  Archer continued his good form by opening the batting and hitting 16 before excellent batting from Owen CArrington (24 n.o) and Charlie Cope (15 n.o) saw Whitmore home.
The final saw Elkes bat first and make 87 off 15 overs, Hayes top scored on 14 with wickets taken  in pairs by Bussell, Belcher, and Bosworth.  For Torrance Belcher dominated the batting hitting 74 not out to guide Torrance home off 11 overs.  Lucy Carr taking the solitary wicket of Lewis Dawson (10).
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BTEC Sport Visit To Staffs University
On Wednesday our Yr12 BTEC Sport level 3 students had the excellent opportunity to visit Staffordshire University’s Sport Science department.  This gave our students the oportunity to experience lab fitness testing, question staff, see athlete testing in action, tour facilities and gain a greater understanding of energy systems. The day also gave students the opportunity to research Sport employment and the courses and pathways available.  This will be a great advantage for units studied in yr13.
 

Staffordshire Schools’ AA Track & Field Championships 

Thank you and congratulations to all those Thomas Alleyne’s athletes who represented East Staffs at Northwood last Saturday. Overall East Staffs came 3rd in the event which is their highest finish for a number of years.  Well done.  Special mention must go to Lucy Carr and George Foster as they qualify to represent Staffordshire  to compete for the Mason Trophy held at Alexander stadium, Birmingham.  George will run in the Junior boys 100m and 200m races, whilst Lucy will be throwing the javelin in the Intermediate girls competition. Good luck and well done.

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Girls Cricket

The Under 15 girls team enjoyed a great day at the South Staffordshire Cricket tournament, held at Wolverhampton Cricket Club. 
First match saw a great bowling and fielding display against Wolverhampton Girls High School, restricting them to 43 runs off 7 overs. Unfortunately our efforts were not matched with the bat and the game was lost by 5 runs. Katie Hartley batting well to make the final over very competitive. 
Lucy Carr captained the side brilliantly over the course of the day. She won the toss in the second game and put Erasmus Darwin in to bat. Another excellent bowling and fielding display saw EDA score 36 runs. Reversing the batting order with Hadgett twins,  opening the run chase went well, with Holly Chatfield coming in at number 3 and also scoring freely,  Amelia scoring 12, Freya 8. The total was reached with 3 and a half overs to spare. 
Newcastle under Lyme School were our next opposition and another comprehensive victory Lucy Carr & Lottie Cooper opening and reaching the retirement figure of 20 runs and Eve Bednall also coming into bat and not losing her wicket. The bowling saw Sam Cotterill, Freya Hadget, Lucy and Lottie all take wickets. 
The final game to secure qualification was against St Chad’s. TAHS batted first and set there highest total, over 80 runs. Again Lucy and Lottie dominant scoring 19 and 18 runs. The fielding was again excellent with St Chads only able to amass 38 runs from their 7 overs. 
The finals for the Rachel Heyhoe Flint trophy take place next Wednesday at Wolverhampton Cricket Club 

Special Needs Open Evening

On Tuesday evening the Special Needs department welcomed year 8 pupils and parents from our middle schools.  It was great to see so many in attendance.  The visitors were invited to look around the department and take tours of the school. Teaching assistants and parents got to know each other over a tea or coffee, whilst pupils enjoyed playing games or petting the range of animals which had be bought up from the farm.  Thank you to all those who attended and to the staff who worked hard to ensure that the evening was a success, a special thank you must go to the current Alleyne’s pupils:  Jamie, Joe C, Gemma F, Izzy and Amelia B.
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Science News

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

Year 9

Zack Hedgcombe and Caitlin Beardsley for consistent hard work in Chemistry.

Year 10

Amy Latchford and Eleanor Turner for excellent effort in preparing for the Biology mock exam.

 

This week’s Year 10 Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

Thomas Clayton for care and pride in all of his work.

Rachel Spence for conscientious work.

Well done!

BTEC Health & Social Carre

TToday saw the culmination of 2 years of hard work for the BTEC Health & Social Care students.  As well as sitting 4 tough examinations, they have completed 9 comprehensive portfolios of work.  Staff who visited the presentation were very impressed and overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of work they have produced. They are moving on to further education in subjects such as Primary Education, Psychology, Criminology and Midwifery. 


We wish them all the very best for the future.


Mrs George, Mrs Blair, Mr Brunt and Miss Beevor.

 

 

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

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June 8th 2018

 Headteacher blog:

Year 11 and Year 13 students are continuing to show great resilience, ambition and determination in approaching their examinations.

We are pleased to see that Year 10 and Year 12 students are following their lead and have adopted comprehensive revision for their Year 10 examinations. If you feel your son or daughter needs more support with revision, please speak to their form tutors and encourage your son or daughter to access GCSEpod. The school has purchased access for all students in the school. Together, students have streamed over 129,000 pods.

As we approach the end of the year, many students have attained their Bronze, Silver, Gold and even Platinum Credit Badges. I would like to offer my personal congratulations to these students and thank them for their hard work and commitment to the school.

On Thursday and Friday of this week, staff from across the school collaborated to develop the School Improvement Strategy for 2018 – 2019. We are looking forward to building on work already started to ensure we offer the highest quality education to your daughters and sons.

As you may be aware, I will be out of school for the remainder of the academic school year, as I will be having an operation on my leg. During this time, Mr Brunt will be Acting Headteacher and Mrs Maingay will be Deputy Headteacher. I wish the staff and students a productive and enjoyable half term.

Dates for your diary

 
 
12th June SEN Evening
Week commencing 18th &  25th June year 10 & 12 Exams
26th June Art Exhibition
3rd July Year 8 Induction Evening

GCSE Revision Sessions

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Maths GCSE Revision

Well done to everyone on all their efforts so far.

To help with your preparation for paper 3 here is a link to a website with revision lists, demonstration videos and practice papers. These papers and revision checklists are based on the topics that either haven’t appeared or usually have a higher profile. As there are 3 papers, it is likely that topics from paper 1 or 2 may appear again, so definitely make sure you revise everything.

https://corbettmaths.com/2018/06/07/aqa-paper-3-material/

Year 10 GCSE Maths Exam

The Year 10 end of year maths exam takes place on Monday 18th June. It is one non-calculator paper worth 80 marks. The exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

All students have been sent, via Insight, a list of all the topics they have covered in Year 9 and 10 to use as a revision list.

The following equipment is needed for the maths exam: Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor and compass. Students without equipment will be issued an afterschool detention.

A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com

username: normal school login with @tahs at the end

eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

Year 9 Maths Exams

The Year 9 end of year maths exams will take place on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June. The first paper is a non-calculator paper and the second paper is a calculator paper. All students have been sent, via Insight, a list of all the topics they have covered in Year 9 to use as a revision list.

The following equipment is needed for the maths exam: Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator. Students without equipment will be issued an afterschool detention

A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com

username: normal school login with @tahs at the end

eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

 

Year 11 GCSE History

Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany is on Tuesday.
Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young are around for any questions on Monday. On Tuesday pre-exam revision classes are available with Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young periods 3 and 4. – come up to the history rooms.

Art News

Photography Competition WINNERS!
As you may recall our students enter the Rotary Club Young Photographer Competition each year, and this year we were very proud to have success  the DISTRICT Level. 
At a wonderful prize giving ceremony hosted and  by the Rotary Club including Rotarians David and Janet  Stubbs,  It was a busy evening, with a lovely buffet provided by Barr Beacon School and attended by the student winners,their proud parents and teachers.
The photography competition had over 1000 students enter at different age ranges from the huge geographical area including Telford and Wrekin, Wolverhampton, Ludlow, Stafford, Stoke on Trent and Walsall as well as Uttoxeter. The finalists all had a lot of competition to make it to this level and it is a testament to the work our students do in the Art department with a particular thanks to Mr Robinson-White’s dedication to helping students achieve their potential and for helping to compile the entries. 
Here are some of the results TAHS Students achieved
Senior (up to Y11)
HIghly Commended: Lucy Parker
Highly Commended: Millie Eaton
3rd Prize: Chelsea Bowden
College (Up to Y13)
Black and White:
 
3rd Place: Erica Poyser
2nd Place: Rhiannon Kenny
1st Place Jade Dyche
Additional Governors Award: Jade Dyche
College (Up to Y13) 

Colour:  

1st Place: Mel Davis

Additional Governors Award: Mel Davis
 
Special Award: A Years Youth Membership to the Royal Photographic Society
Awarded to Mel Davis
Placed winners all received certificates and mounted professional prints of their work. 1st place also received a book from the Royal Photographic Society, and Governors award included a £25 voucher. 
Huge congratulations to all concerned.  
Please come to our Annual Art Exhibition on Tuesday 26th June 5:00-7:00pm to view these and many other fantastic examples of Art and Photography across our 5 art rooms.
 
 
Look at the link below to see a taster of the work done in the Art dept !

 

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PTA FUNDING RAISING EVENT – SAVE THE DATE

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THE PTA HAVE ORGANISED A CINEMA NIGHT FOR ALL TAHS PUPILS

THURSDAY EVENNG 21ST JUNE 2018

JURRASIC WORLD

Summer HamperRaffle

News from PE

U15 Cricket County Cup

On Tuesday Thomas Alleyne’s played Erasmus Darwin at Uttoxeter Cricket Club. Erasmus Darwin won the toss and batted- Harvey Belcher and Frankie Bussell removed the openers with the score on just 9. Darwin’s number 3 batted well and scored a well crafted 29 but there was a flock of ducks that followed. Gregor Hayes produced a magical over taking 4 wickets including a brilliant caught and bowled. Lewie Thornton bowling for the first time this year took the final 2 wickets with off stump yorkers.

Set Just 49 to win- skipper Alex Ford reversed the batting order and despite a couple of early wickets, Alleyne’s reached the target off just 9 overs with Owen Carrington top scorer with 9.

The next round is a home game against Stone Alleyne’s on Thursday 14th June 2pm start.

HOUSE CRICKET 2018

 

Rules- 11 aside, timed innings- one teaching period per team batting.

             You may select boys and girls from both Yr 9 and Yr 10.

Captains:

Elkes: Gregor Hayes

Orme: Callum Dreher

Torrance: Frankie Bussel

Whitmore: Alex Ford.

Tuesday 12th June – P2 & P3 Torrance v Whitmore

Thursday 14th June – P3 & P4 Elkes v Orme

Friday 15th June – P1 & P2 3rd v 4th place play off

Friday 15th June – P3 & P4 Final

 

Science News

Year 11 students preparing for their second GCSE exam papers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, please be reminded of the warm-up sessions at 8am on Monday 11th, Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th June.  Good Luck!

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

Year 9

Gabby Johnson for continued excellent effort

Saffron Whittingham for effort and progress

Year 10

Bailey Holder for progress and effort

Kiera Chell for excellent effort

Well done!

SEN EVENING  – TUESDAY 12TH JUNE 4PM – 6PM.

We are looking forward to welcoming the year 8 parents and  pupils from the middle schools as well as our own parents and pupils.  The evening will be based in Keeling house and parents will be given the opportunity to speak to teaching assistants and see pupils work as well as join in with activities and games.  Please join us for refreshments and an insight into Thomas Alleynes Special Needs department on Tuesday.

Year 9 Vaccinations

The Immunisation Team have changed the vaccinations on the dates previously stated.

Now –

3rd July – All Year 9 – ACWY & DTP

12th July – Year 9 Girls only – HPV

If you have not returned your consent form please do so as soon as possible so we can pass it to the Immunisation Team.

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

Harper Adams University open day on 16th June.  Courses range from Agriculture, Animal Behaviour, Engineering, Land Management, Geography and Conservation.
There is also a summer residential open to 16 and 17 year olds from July 8-9th.
Visit harper.ac.uk/open for more details

beau

Please see the attached information about 6 year old Beau. With many other organisations TAHS would like to support this charity on Friday 15th June.
Staff & students are invited to donate  £1 to wear silly socks for the day, with all funds going to the Beau’s Boots charity.

Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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May 25th 2018

Dates for your diary

 
4th June School Reopens

 Headteacher blog:

It has been a busy final week of term this week. Teachers and classroom support staff have been completing their final formal lessons with year 11 and 13, working hard to make the most of the final lessons and offering before school and after school interventions. We have been impressed by the turnout in many of these warm up sessions before examinations. Mr Hawthorne for example, reported that 23 of his class of 28 turned in for his Maths ‘warm up’ session at 8.00am earlier this week. Staff will continue to offer lessons during study leave to support any student who feels they would prefer to revise with their teacher. At points when they wish to revise in school, but not be in lessons, we ask that they base themselves in the canteen or library and sign in at reception. 
You may have been made aware that due to a bird entering the exam hall on Friday we had to put in place contingency plans to move  a number of students from Year 11 to a new venue. Thank you to all staff, students and particularly our examination officer, Mrs Soskinski, who worked together to provide the best possible alternative solution. The regulations around exams are strict and therefore we had a very short window to put in place an alternative venue. 
Saying a formal good bye to Year 13 is always difficult. They have been a superb asset to the school – leading by example and creating a real sense of community in the sixth form. When our Head Girl, Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl and Boy have visited other schools or community events, we have received letters letting us know how well they have represented the school. I would like to take this opportunity to offer my personal thanks to Iona Barron, Ryan Wiggens and their team for the fantastic support they have provided for the school.  Thomas Alleyne’s is better because of the work you have done.  We will miss you and wish you all well for your future. I would also like to mention 2 student leaders who introduced new online packages to the school which have been valued by our students: Anna  Sykes for persuading me that the purchase of Unifrog could only benefit our sixth form students; and Tom Hollins for taking the usage of GCSEpod to a level which places us in the top 10 nationally, and for running Year 11 revision sessions after school. Mentioning names is always difficult and there are so many other students who have raised money for charity, supported younger students in mentoroing, organised the wonderful sixth form leavers event  and supported us as staff by completing duties. Thank you to you all.
This week a team of non-classroom based staff and external consultants led by Mr Storer (our Business Manager) and Mr Mirams (our Site Manager)  have been working on our plans for site development. We are currently exploring the possibility of refurbishing 8 classrooms over the next 12 months and also extending our school canteen. These refurbishments will mean that all of these classrooms will be increased in size, so that they are in line with recommended classroom size, improving the environment in which all our students learn and our staff work within.  In addition to this, the plans for the replacement for the pavilion and mobile blocks are now past the initial design stage. In the very near future, we will be able to share images with you of the plan for the new build. We will also hold a meeting for any parent or member of the community to attend, so you can ask any questions you wish to pose to us and so that you can see the plans. Finally, work has already started on the replacement of the boilers and pipework over a significant part of our school site. 
We are very mindful that as a school, we will need to put in place comprehensive plans to be able to carry this work out on a busy school site. We will be beginning the work next half term and much will be taking place over the Summer, however some will run into the next academic year. Therefore we are working hard to minimise the impact on our current students. 
All of this work has been funded through succesful bids to the Department of Education or provided as a result of local housing development. 
The final piece of work, which we have not yet been successful in securing funding for, is the re-commissioning of our school pool. If you have any contacts, who you feel would like to see this resource for the school and community re-opened, please put us in touch with them. We do not want to lose this facility.
We have now staffed our Teaching School and are thrilled that Mrs Maingay, our new Deputy Headteacher, will be the strategic lead. She has vast experience of leading a teaching school. Mrs Lindsay, currently Assistant Headteacher and Head of RE, and Mrs K Goodwin, our newly appointed Assistant Headteacher, will be the Co-Directors of the teaching school.  Both have significant expertise of leading teacher training and Initial Teacher Training. We look forward to our first strategic team meeting when we will be working with other schools to develop our action plan for the coming 12 months. 
Finally, I wanted to mention my Year 9 classes. It has been a pleasure to teach them this year and due to me not being in school next half term, I have now had my final lesson of the year with them. During my time with them, I have particularly enjoyed studying poetry  from 1500 to the modern day, public speaking and more recently, Shakespeare. Having worked with them over the 12 months, I am excited by the potential they have shown in lessons and also the support they offer each other. The very experienced and knowledgable Mrs Fisher, Mrs Baldwin and Mr Hulme, will be taking on my lessons after half term. 
I wish you all a lovely half term and a safe expedition to all our Gold Duke of Edinburgh students. 
To year 11 and 13, get some rest but keep on with your revision – a very long holiday awaits you all! It will be well deserved. 

 

 

Exams

We are now two weeks into the external examinations and incredibly proud of the hard work, dedication and attitude of our students.
Keep working hard with revision, especially over half term. Stay motivated. We know you can do this!
Please see dates for examination results collections below:
Post-16 : Thursday 16th August from 7am
GCSE: Thursday 23rd August 9am-12pm
Ensure contact is made with the school exams officer if you need to arrange for your results to be posted, or you need an alternative arrangement.
Wishing you every possible success!

Year 10 Study Skills

Year 10 students should be starting revision for their mock exams now!  The more you do now, the more prepared you will be for these exams and for Year 11.
Please see the attached video clips from Lucy Parsons – who will be working with some of our students next year.  Find a style of revision that works for you!
Please ask your subject teachers if you would like more support.

GCSE Warm-up & Holiday Revision Sessions

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Year 11 GCSE History

History half-term revision
Mrs Johnson is running a drop-in session for anyone who wants to discuss any aspects of GCSE history (content or exam technique) on Thursday 31st May from 10.00am until 2.00pm.
Remember!  
Paper One examines The British Sector of the Western Front and Medicine Through History (4/6/18) 
Paper Two examines American West and Anglo-Saxon and Norman Society (8/6/18)
Paper Three examines Weimar and Nazi Germany (12/6/18).
Pre-exam pep talk for Paper One
Monday 4th June in Rooms 15 and 16 from 8.00am.

Geography Revision

Year 11
Year 11 Geographers still have 65% of the total marks available in Paper 2 (Tuesday 5th June) and Paper 3 (Monday 11th June) so there is everything still to revise for! In order to help revise and prepare for these exams, the PPT below is a useful summary of the topics for Paper 2. Students are also welcome to come to a warm up session on Monday 4th June at 3.15pm in room 6. Students can also use the attached word document in order to help prepare for the Paper 3 decision making exercise on the new reservoir at Abingdon.
Year 13
Just a reminder that if any students have any queries or questions regarding revision or exam technique over the May half term, Edmodo is the best way to ask. Good luck with the revision and think like a geographer!

Y11 German Revision

Room 23 
Monday 4th June lesson 4 listening reading 
Thursday 7th June lesson 4 listening reading 
Tuesday 19th June lesson 3 writing 

Maths GCSE Revision

Well done to everyone on all their efforts so far.

To help with your preparation for the calculator exams here is a link to a website with revision lists, demonstration videos and practice papers.

These papers and revision checklists are based on the topics that either haven’t appeared or usually have a higher profile. As there are 3 papers, it is likely that topics from paper 1 may appear again, so definitely make sure you revise everything.

Higher tier – https://corbettmaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Paper-2-and-3-Checklist-AQA-Higher.pdf

Foundation tier – https://corbettmaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Paper-2-and-3-Checklist-AQA-Foundation.pdf

Remember revision sessions in school are as follows

Paper 2 revision sessions:

Wednesday 6th June 11.20-1.20 (periods 3 and 4) and after school
Thursday 7th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Paper 3 revision sessions:

Monday 11th June 11.20 – 12.20 (period 3) and after school
Tuesday 12th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Equipment needed for the maths exam:

black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator for paper 2 and 3.

A-level Maths Revision

All A-level maths students have been given a timetable when each of the maths teachers are available.
There will be a revision morning for Core 3 and 4 on Thursday 31st May 9am – 1pm in rooms 104 and 105.

Respect Programme

 

The respect programme will now move onto exploring different life skills for Years 9 and 10. Extra form periods in the week may be used, particularly with Year 10 preparing for their exams towards the end of June.

 

Year 9 will be studying two themes, Volunteering then Drugs, looking into:

Why Volunteer?

Conservation Volunteering

Conservation Issues

Volunteering Abroad

Information and Advice

Messages about Drugs

How do you feel about drugs?

Year 10 will be spending the next half-term revising to prepare for their end of year exams. Afterwards, they will be moving onto building life skills. The topics include:

Why Revise?

Getting Prepared

Revision Techniques

Exam Techniques

Positive Mindsets

Affirmations

Role Models

Confidence Building

If there is anything that you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Form Tutor or Head of House.

Art News

Have you taken Art/ Photography as an option for GCSE/ A Level?
 
Any aspiring artists and Photographers (and their families) are welcome to join our Annual Art Exhibition on 26th June 5:00-7:00pm.
This is a great chance to see a showcase of work completed by students in years 10-13 as well as some examples from Y9.  Every year we are taken back by the time and dedication, effort and perseverance our students exhibit towards their studies.  
Uttoxeter Rotary Club Young Photographer competition
Look at the link below to see a taster of the work done in the Art dept !

Rotary Club Young Photographer of The Year- DISTRICT competition
We have just had news that the following Y11 and Y13 students’ photographs have been shortlisted  to go through to represent Uttoxeter in the district Rotary Club Young Photographer Competition at Senior and College level.  The results will be announced at a presentation evening held on the 7th June in Aldridge and we will let you know results after the event. This competition is held across several counties and students work from different Rotary Clubs as far afield as Ironbridge, Ludlow in Shropshire, Stoke on Trent, Stafford and Walsall are also competing, so to have 6 students represented is a testament to their creativity and high caliber of photography.
If you want to see more of our fantastic students photography and artwork in general, our exhibition is open on Tuesday 26th June 5-7pm.
Y11 :
Lucy parker, 
Chealsea bowden
Millie Eaton
Y13:
Mel Davis 
Jade Dyche
Rhiannon Kenny
Erica  Poyser
7th June doors open 6:30pm
Barr Beacon School, Old Hall Lane, Aldridge WS9 0RF 
Good luck everyone!

 

PTA FUNDING RAISING EVENT – SAVE THE DATE

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THE PTA HAVE ORGANISED A CINEMA NIGHT FOR ALL TAHS PUPILS

THURSDAY EVENNG 21ST JUNE 2018

JURRASIC WORLD

Summer HamperRaffle

News from PE

U15 County Cup Cricket
On Thursday Thomas Alleyne’s began their county cup cricket campaign against Cheadle High at Cheadle Cricket Cricket Club.  It was a perfect summers evening for cricket with a good smattering of supporters and the speaker system set up.  Alleyne’s were elected to bat first and began explosively with Harvey Belcher targeting the short boundary. Alleynes kep the run rate at around 8 per over but wickets fell at regular intervals, Belcher (14), Hayes (11), Bussell (3), Bosworth (11), Ford (4), Thornton (1), Carrington (0), Walsh (0).  Callum Dreher kept the innings together with 18. But the loss of wicket meant Alleynes were restricted to just 11 off the last 7 overs.  Mathew Payne and Lewis Dawson dug in well to ensure Alleynes batted out the overs.
With a target of 82 off 16 Alleynes had something to bowl at but were now second favourites.  Hostile and accurate bowling from Belcher and Bussell put the Cheadle batsmen under pressure but they were unable to make the breakthrough. The sole wicket being a run out.  Alleynes worked hard in the field though and kept the run rate below the target.  Captain Alex Ford and spinner Gregor Hayes were introduced and Cheadle required 11 runs off the final over.  Hayes held his nerve and Alleynes won by 1 run.
Next week we take on local rivals JCB in the district cup on Tuesday  and Erasmus Darwin on Thursday in the 2nd round of the county cup.

Year 10 Rounders Vs De ferrers

TAHS played a competitive, tough fixture against Deferrers in the glorious sunshine. 
The girls met their first objective of batting out the whole 10 minutes with three girls remaining for the final 3 minutes. Amassing a total of 4 1/2 rounders. The half time break saw Deferrers lead by 2 1/2 rounders. The second innings saw TAHS score at a similar rate against an excellent fielding side. Vicky Catterall, Jess Eardley and Libby Fry completed the game as TAHS top scorers all gaining two rounders. 
Alleyne’s kept a tight field for the last innings but were blown away by one Deferrers player who hit big into different regions of the pitch on each of her turns to allow Deferrers to extend their lead to 16 1/2 – 10. 
Team – Vicky Catterall, Shani Wright, Ellie Alcock, Jess Eardley, Libby Fry, Lily Ede, Katie Lawrence, Lucy Rogers,  Maddie Whalley,  Grace Harvey, Katelyn Emery

Cricket

U15 Moorlands Cup Home v JCB

On Thursday Thomas Alleyne’s hosted JCB in the district cup first round. JCB won the toss and chose to bat, a decision they were soon regretting when Harvey Belcher rattled the stumps first ball. JCB did then put up some resistance up with a couple of well struck boundaries. Excellent bowling by Belcher (3 wickets for 6 runs), Gregor Hayes ( 2 for 12), Callum Dreher (2 for 7), and Jenson Bosworth (2 for 2) saw JCB bowled out in 13 overs for 39 runs. Alex Ford captained the side well and ensured the overs were bowled quickly. In reply Belcher hit a quick fire 19 and the winning runs came in just the 6th over. In the next round Alleyne’s will face Moorside.

After half term we will entertain Erasmus Darwin in the next round of the County Cup on Tuesday 5th June 2pm at Uttoxeter Cricket Club.

Athletics

Congratulations to the following who have been selected to run in the County Athletics Championships at Northwood Stadium on Saturday 9th June.

George Foster 100m, 200m
Lewis Dawson 400m
Euan Walsh Shot
Owen Carrington 1500m
Lily Ede 300m
Shani Wright 800m and Long Jump
Abbie Hulbert 1500m
Ellie Allcock Shot and Discus
Lucy Carr Javelin

 

Year 9 Rounders 

The second rounders fixture of the year 9 season took place on Thursday evening in the glorious sunshine. De Ferrers came over to play against Alice Boothby, Holly Chatfield, Amelia Hadgett, Freya Hadgett, Scarlett Simister, Abby Moore, Jess Banner, Frankie Tooth and Jazz Hardisty. We batted first and lost some early wickets meaning we were bowled out early after scoring 5 rounders. De Ferrers then batted and we caught 3 out within the first 9 balls and used that momentum to bowl them out before their time restriction. They finished the first innings with 6.5 rounders. During the second innings we were again bowled out early but put up a good fight. Our girls again bowled well to stop De Ferrers using the extra time gained and giving us 2 mins 17 seconds to try and catch their target of 13.5 rounders. We delivered a strong performance and finished on a total of 12 meaning we lost by 1.5 rounders. All the girls played really well and Amelia Hadgett was nominated as Woman of the Game. Well done girls. We have two fixtures first week back on Tuesday and Wednesday at home, see you there!!!

Science News

This week Mr Gilson’s A Level Biology students have been investigating mitosis or cell division in garlic root tips.  Cloves of garlic are suspended in a small beaker of water until they develop roots, which grow extremely quickly.

The roots were prepared by the students with ethanoic alcohol and hydrochloric acid, placed onto a microscope slide and stained blue – revealing the cell detail, including the chromosomes within the nucleus.

The photograph, taken looking down the microscope, shows the cells undergoing all the stages of mitosis – prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase.

This superb slide prepared by Ruby Woollard, Isla Stubbs and Bryony Hall is the finest example of mitosis ever seen at School – very well done!

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

Year 9

Ruby Taylor-Caine and Lewis Taylor for excellent recent biology results

Year 10

Ellie Clayton and George Hill for a much improved performance in their biology recently

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

Jessica Bailey and Aimee Wild for outstanding effort in Animal Care course work

Well done!

 

 

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.

Teaching & Learning

On Monday, all teaching staff participated in the last Teaching and Learning Community to feedback on the projects they have been involved in over the year.  These have covered a range of areas including supporting post-16 learners and student leadership in learning.  Lots of good practice was shared to help staff to prepare for the next academic year.  Thanks to all teaching staff who have contributed to these projects over the year.

 

 

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Attendance

As part of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust we are please to inform parents that we are working with “Attend EDC” in maximising the attendance of our students.
This arrangement will not change any of our current practices & procedures. Our key Education Welfare Worker is Mrs Marie Shananahan.
Please direct all normal correspondence and questions to school using attendance@tahs.org.uk and 01889 561820

 

Year 9 Vaccinations

Please note the following dates for Y9 vaccinations.
 School Nurse Team to visit school on –
12th July –
All Y9 pupils for Meningitis ACYW and Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio
Consent forms must be returned asap if not already sent in.  Replacement forms available from school office.
3rd July
All Y9 girls 2nd vaccination for HPV (consent will have previously been given at Middle School).

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

This weeks new additions are Staffordshire Police Open Day and opportunities at Juniper Training in Burton over half term.

Direct Page Link

beau

Please see the attached information about 6 year old Beau. With many other organisations TAHS would like to support this charity on Friday 15th June.
Staff & students are invited to donate  £1 to wear silly socks for the day, with all funds going to the Beau’s Boots charity.

Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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May 18th 2018

No assemblies as exams continue.
Thought for the week
Accomplishment
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519

 

Dates for your diary

 
25th May Last full day of school for year 11 & 13
4th June School Reopens

 Headteacher blog:

Huge congratulations to Max Hayes in Year 9 who has taken home the National Award for Young Football blogger of the year. A phenomenal achievement. 

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Well done also to Year 11 and 13, many of whom have sat over 8 examinations in just 5 days. It takes real stamina and resilience to cope with the pressure and they have shown just that. If any parent or young person needs support please let us know. 

​Finally, I wanted to let our parents and students know that I will be having a knee operation on the 12th June. Whilst I will be keen to return to work as soon as possible, we have planned for my absence for the the rest of this academic year.  
We are very fortunate that Mrs Maingay, our new Deputy Headteacher, has been able to start with us early to cover my absence. Therefore I have been able to work closely with both Mr Brunt and  Mrs Maingay as they take on the roles of Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher respectively from June 8th. ​
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. 

 

6th form

Exam Support:

The theatre and other venues are now set up in readiness for the busy exam season ahead. When your child faces examinations, often scheduled close together, they will undoubtedly feel under some pressure. I therefore thought it would be useful to offer the following sources of advice and guidance to support both you and your child during this important time in their educational journey:

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you feel that your child requires any additional support during this time. In addition, I will be sharing some resources with the year 13 students to support them in undertaking their BTEC and A-level exams – please ask them to share them with you.

A momentous day for Year 13 today, this was their last taught Friday at TAHS.  Next week they will be participating in their Year 13 Leavers Day. Below is the schedule for the day,

Order of the Day

–             9:30am – 10.15am:         Common Room & 6th Form Area

–             10.15am:                          Students to Bradley House.

–             10:40 – 11:30am:            Formal Leavers’ Session – Bradley House.

–             11.30 – 11.45am:            Short break to get a drink, photos etc

–             11:45am – 1:00pm:         1st Section of Entertainment: Awards and Prize Giving

–             1:00pm – 1:45pm           Everyone back to Common Room for food and Yearbooks / Hoodies.

–             1:45pm – 2:30pm           Back to Bradley House for 2nd half of entertainment

–             2:30pm (approx.)            Year 13 Depart

Exams

The first full week of examinations took place this week. Students have conducted themselves well. We are all very their hard work and effort. Keep going now and keep revising.

GCSE Warm-up Sessions

A large number of departments are offering pre-exam booster sessions and the full program is outlined below:

 

ABC Mentors

Year 11’s who have applied to Sixth Form should have now received their offer letter and taster session information via their form tutor and their invitation to apply to become ABC Mentors.  Any problems, please see Mrs Walton in the 6th Form office or email Sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Year 11 Celebration Day – Friday 29th June 2018

 May I take this opportunity to congratulate our Y11 students on a successful and positive start to their final GCSE examinations. They have impressed all members of staff with their maturity and positive attitudes.

Year 11 students will complete their full time attendance at school and timetabled lessons on Friday 25th May. After this date, they are expected to attend scheduled revision sessions and GCSE examinations only. Full school uniform must be worn for all of these occasions.

We understand that students may need to catch the bus to and from school during the examination period and it is not possible or appropriate for them to study at home. Therefore when there are not supervised lessons, if your son or daughter needs to study in school they are invited to use either our school canteen or the library. This is also the case if they have 2 or 3 exams in a day and need somewhere to study between examinations. If they do choose to study in school, after May half term, they will need to sign in the visitors book.

We look forward to celebrating the end of the examination season with our students with the traditional Leavers Celebration Day.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to celebrate with their friends and teachers. Formal attire is expected for the day. We begin at 10am and conclude at 2.00pm, with a buffet served at lunchtime and a morning service at St. Mary’s Church. Parents are welcome to join us for the Church Service, should you wish. It will commence at 10.30am.

On arrival at 10am, students are expected to go straight to the following rooms, where their Tutor will meet them. We will leave at 10.20am for the Church Service.

11E1 – 20, 11E2 – 19, 11E3 – 18, 11O2 – 16, 11O3 – 15,

11T1 – 13, 11T2 – 12, 11W1 – 11, 11W2 – 10

On our return to school, students will be expected to remain in the Theatre. This is our base for this day, to avoid any disruption to lessons and internal examinations for the rest of our students in years 9.10 and 12. We also respectfully request that all students do leave the school site at the end of the celebrations at 2pm.

Celebration Day is an enrichment part of the school year & is therefore by invitation only. I must stress that we continue to expect high standards of behaviour throughout the examination period & would still reserve the right to remove any invitations to this day. Individual Heads of House will contact parents as appropriate should this affect your child.

I look forward to a happy and successful day on Friday 29th June. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of House if you have questions.

Advice for female students

The Pastoral team would like to recommend the following website any parents who have daughters in school. You may wish to take a look at the website and then introduce your daughter to it. It contains a lot of useful advice and guidance.
 https://agnesforgirls.com

Year 11 Geography

Thank you to those students who attended the revision session this afternoon, this wil be repeated on Monday 21st at 3.15pm in room 6. If any students were unable to get hold of the revision sheets , these are below. There is a sheet for each topic that will be in the exam plus a case study/exam technique help sheet. These are a useful summary of the Paper 1 topics and will help with that last minute revision! Good luck!

English Revision

The GCSE English Literature examinations take place next week on Tuesday 22nd May and Friday 25th May.

Warm up sessions will run as follows:

Tuesday 22nd May 8:00am-8:40am

Room 13 Mr Hulme
Room 18 Mr Parker
Room 19 Mr Brassington

Room 20 Mrs Harris (inc Mrs Baldwin class/other students if required)

Friday 24th May 8:00am-8:40am

Room 13 Mr Hulme
Room 18 Mr Parker
Room 19 Mr Brassington

Room 20 Mrs Harris (inc Mrs Baldwin class if required)

Please also note that revision takes place after school next week on Tuesday 22nd May, Wednesday 23rd May and Thursday 24th May. Please speak to your English teacher or Mr Hulme for more details.

We know you have worked hard. Well done, keep going with revision and we wish you every possible success!

Maths GCSE Revision

After school revision sessions continue to take place every Wednesday (rooms 48, 102, 103 and 105), Thursdays (rooms 48 and 102) and Fridays (rooms 46, 47, 102, 103 and 105)
In addition to these the maths department will be putting on some extra sessions before each of the GCSE maths exams.

Paper 1 revision sessions:
Wednesday 23rd May after school
Thursday 24th May 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Paper 2 revision sessions:
Wednesday 6th June 11.20-1.20 (periods 3 and 4) and after school
Thursday 7th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Paper 3 revision sessions:
Monday 11th June 11.20 – 12.20 (period 3) and after school
Tuesday 12th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Equipment needed for the maths exam:

black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator for paper 2 and 3.

There are also unconfirmed rumors that a lobster was seen teaching maths this morning, but it has to be said that she (there is a clue) was rather camera shy. We will see what we can do for next week!!!

A-level Maths Revision
All A-level maths students have been given a timetable when each of the maths teachers are available.
There will be a revision morning for Core 3 and 4 on Thursday 31st May 9am – 1pm in rooms 104 and 105.

Save the Date!
Tues 26th June 2018- Art department Exhibition

Please note that the Art Department Exhibition will be open to the public on Tuesday 26th June 5-7pm, and is a great chance to see a lot of the wonderful work that our students have produced. There is hours and hours of dedicated work in Art, Craft & Design, Photography from Year 9-year 13 on display and a chance to talk to some of the 6th form artists about their work.

PTA FUNDING RAISING EVENT – SAVE THE DATE

cinema

THE PTA HAVE ORGANISED A CINEMA NIGHT FOR ALL TAHS PUPILS

THURSDAY EVENNG 21ST JUNE 2018

JURRASIC WORLD

DISCOUNTED TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE

MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Summer HamperRaffle

News from PE

Here is reporter Max and his report from the Sentinel Cup final:
Rounders Vs William Allit
The Year 10 rounders team travelled to William Allit to compete in an epic opening fixture. A decent start was made by TAHS restricting the big hitting opposition to 8 rounders after the first innings. At the half way point Alleyne’s trailed by 1 and half rounders.
A much improved performance was seen in the field with Vicky Catterall, Shani Wright and Jemima Pope taking great catches. Communication was great from all of the girls so the correct decisions were made when fielding the ball. Katie Lawrence, Grace Harvey, Lucy Rogers, Ellie Alcock  & Katelyn Emery made solid throws into 2nd and 4th post. Whilst Jess Eardley delivered some quality bowling and Lily Ede covered the backstop and 4th post areas.
The batting also improved in the 2nd Innings with Shani, Jess, Grace & Katelyn taking chances and keeping the score board ticking with 1/2 rounders. The final score being TAHS 15 – William Allit 14 1/2.
East Staffordshire District Athletics Championships
After 2 weeks of competition at Shobnall our Year 10 Girls Athletics team has been crowned district champions.  The boys came a creditable 4th out of a total of 16 schools.
This week on the track – Lottie Cooper was 5th in the 100m, Vicki Catterall 2nd in the 200m, Lily Ede 2nd in 300m, Shani Wright 1st in 800m, Abbie Hulbert 2nd in 1500m.  For the boys George Foster who was making his debut won both the 100m and 200m by sizable margins.  Lewis Dawson was 2nd in the 400m.  In the Field- Shani Wright was first in Long Jump, Ellie Allcock 2nd in both Shot and Discuss, Lucy Carr 3rd in Javelin, Euan Walsh was 3rd in Shot, 4th in Discus.  Well done to all that took part.
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Science News

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

Year 9

Ben Wain and Sam Cope for excellent effort

Year 10

Rachel Agnew for excellent achievement and Annie White for consistently high effort

Year 11

Joe Hayward for enthusiasm in revision and Chloe Clayton for a diligent approach to revision

Well done!

Attendance

As part of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust we are please to inform parents that we are working with “Attend EDC” in maximising the attendance of our students.
This arrangement will not change any of our current practices & procedures. Our key Education Welfare Worker is Mrs Marie Shananahan.
Please direct all normal correspondence and questions to school using attendance@tahs.org.uk and 01889 561820

 

Year 9 Vaccinations

Please note the following dates for Y9 vaccinations.
 School Nurse Team to visit school on –
12th July –
All Y9 pupils for Meningitis ACYW and Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio
Consent forms must be returned asap if not already sent in.  Replacement forms available from school office.
3rd July
All Y9 girls 2nd vaccination for HPV (consent will have previously been given at Middle School).

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

How about this for budding vets….

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beau

Please see the attached information about 6 year old Beau. With many other organisations TAHS would like to support this charity on Friday 15th June.
Staff & students are invited to donate  £1 to wear silly socks for the day, with all funds going to the Beau’s Boots charity.

Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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May 11th 2018

No assemblies for next two weeks due to Year 11 examinations taking place in the school theatre.
Thought for the week
w/b 14th May is Mental Health Awareness Day

 

Dates for your diary

 
14th May First GCSE Examinations
25th May Last full day of school for year 11 & 13
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 Headteacher blog:

We are thrilled to be able to share with you that Thomas Alleyne’s High School has been selected to be a national teaching school. I would like to thank Mr Brunt and Mr Osborne-Town for their work on securing this status for the school.

 

Please see below a press release from the Department for Education:

The headteacher and staff at Thomas Alleyne’s High School  part of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust, have been selected for top roles supporting schools in challenging circumstances and training new teachers.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School  is one of over 40 schools that has been selected to become a national teaching school in the latest recruitment round, taking a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession.

Mrs Julie Rudge is one of more than 50 headteachers to be appointed to the role of national leader of education in the latest recruitment round

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools in an alliance to provide high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.

They raise standards through supporting other schools, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Julie Rudge Headteacher said:

“It’s an incredible honour to receive this designation on behalf of Thomas Alleyne’s High School. Our commitment to securing the best quality of education for children in the Uttoxeter area is unwavering.

 ‘’We look forward to building on the work already in place within Uttoxeter Learning Trust to further develop teaching and learning, both across our trust and beyond.’’

Mr Brunt said:

“The designation of Thomas Alleyne’s as a Teaching School, is a wonderful recognition of the significant work that had been undertaken over the last four years to develop the quality of teaching and learning in the school.”

Alison Trenery Chair of governors said:

The Governors are delighted to hear this news which is a tremendous achievement for a comprehensive school in a semi-rural area like Uttoxeter, and which is the result of the impressive progress made by Julie Rudge and her colleague staff in taking the school and the Uttoxeter Learning Trust forwards.’’

Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, said:

“I’d like to congratulate Thomas Alleyne’s High School and Julie Rudge on being appointed as a teaching school and a national leader of education. They should be very proud of this achievement.

“Teaching schools and national leaders of education are supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders.”

 Successful headteachers will be invited to attend a regional induction event.


 GCSE Warm-up Sessions

A large number of departments are offering pre-exam booster sessions and the full program is outlined below:

RE Revision

Please see the attached Presentation with information about the Saturday Revision session 10-12.

Please note that there will be also warm up sessions from 8am on Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th May in room 33A and 33B.  All Year 11s welcome.

Year 11 – RE Revision plan

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Computer Science & ICT

The first written papers of the 2018 GCSE Season are the Computer Science Paper 1 & the ICT written paper on Monday morning.
A large number of revision resources, question papers and websites have been shared with the students via social media and insight for both qualifications.
Please can you encourage these to be used over the weekend.
A breakfast session will be held on Monday morning at 8 am for both subjects. This will be an ideal opportunity to focus the mind, go over some quick-fire knowledge based questions and fully prepare the students for the exam.
They have all the resources and knowledge at their fingertips and they need to go in full of confidence and attempt every question, that is the only way they will get marks!!
The students have all worked incredibly hard and the end is insight – so please pass on our best wishes to them all and we hope to see them at 8am on Monday.

 

Year 11 Geography

The first geography paper is on Tuesday 22nd May. This is the Physical Geography paper and the topics to revise are Natural Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms and climate change), the Living World (Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts) and the UK Physical Landscape (Rivers and Coasts). The GCSEPod resources for these topics have been reassigned to all Year 11 Geographers in order to help with revision. The following YouTube clips are also useful for revision but also for exam technique on how to answer the questions.
 
Students will also need to ensure the know how to read an Ordnance Survey Map as one of these is likely to come up in this paper. This link is to the BBC Geography – Get Lost series and is a quick explanation of grid references but there are also clips on scale and contours.
Paper 3 is on Monday 11th June, a month from today! This paper focuses on Geographical skills, fieldwork and the Pre-release material. Every student will have been given a copy of the Pre-release material for them to read over and annotate. They will be given a new copy for the actual exam. The Pre-release material is a decision making exercise based upon the construction of a reservoir. The following mind map gives some structure on how to prepare for this exam. There is also a mock paper with answers to help students prepare and some questions regarding the fieldwork.
Revision warm up sessions will be taking place on Monday 21st May, Monday 4th June and Friday 8th June from 3.15 to 4.30 in room 6.
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GCSE PE EXAMS

The GCSE PE exams take place next week. Paper 1 on Fitness and Body Systems is on Wednesday 16th May and paper 2 Health and Performance is on Friday 18th May.  Reminder GCSE POD and GCSE bitesize have been updated with new content,  Students have all been issued with practice questions and have revision work on insight.  There will be a final warm up session for the exam at 8am on Wednesday 16th May in room 83A.  Good Luck.

Maths GCSE Revision

After school revision sessions continue to take place every Wednesday (rooms 48, 102, 103 and 105), Thursdays (rooms 48 and 102) and Fridays (rooms 46, 47, 102, 103 and 105)
In addition to these the maths department will be putting on some extra sessions before each of the GCSE maths exams.

Paper 1 revision sessions:
Wednesday 23rd May after school
Thursday 24th May 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Paper 2 revision sessions:
Wednesday 6th June 11.20-1.20 (periods 3 and 4) and after school
Thursday 7th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Paper 3 revision sessions:
Monday 11th June 11.20 – 12.20 (period 3) and after school
Tuesday 12th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Equipment needed for the maths exam:

black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator for paper 2 and 3.

There are also unconfirmed rumors that a lobster was seen teaching maths this morning, but it has to be said that she (there is a clue) was rather camera shy. We will see what we can do for next week!!!

Save the Date!
Tues 26th June 2018- Art department Exhibition

Please note that the Art Department Exhibition will be open to the public on Tuesday 26th June 5-7pm, and is a great chance to see a lot of the wonderful work that our students have produced. There is hours and hours of dedicated work in Art, Craft & Design, Photography from Year 9-year 13 on display and a chance to talk to some of the 6th form artists about their work.

PTA FUNDING RAISING EVENT – SAVE THE DATE

cinema

THE PTA HAVE ORGANISED A CINEMA NIGHT FOR ALL TAHS PUPILS

THURSDAY EVENNG 21ST JUNE 2018

JURRASIC WORLD

DISCOUNTED TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE

MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Summer HamperRaffle

News from PE

The district athletics saw victories on the track for Shani Wright in the 800m and Lily Ede in the 300m. Lottie Cooper and Vicky Catterall were 2nd Place in the 100m & 200m. Lewis Dawson completed the same events for the boys and also finished 2nd. We are still awaiting the final placings for the field events but there were some creditable performances with Ewan Walsh & Ellie Alcock in the Shot & Discus, Frankie Bussell in the triple jump, Shani Wright in the Long Jump and Lily Ede in the high jump. 
Round 2 is next Wednesday also at Shobnall
The Year 9 team played their first rounders game of the season on Tuesday evening. We played William Allitt at home and there were a few nervous faces before we played. By the end of the game those faces were smiling and victorious. The girls won 16 – 3 1/2 after being 10 1/2 – 2 at the end of the first innings. The team were led by captain Alice Boothby and made up of Freya Hadgett, Eve Bednall, Holly Chatfield, Frankie Tooth, Jess Banner, Abby Moore, Jazz Hardisty and Scarlett Simister with Amelia Hadgett being given Girl of the Game for her excellent bowling. Well done ladies, lets keep the wins coming!!

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Science News

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

Year 9

 Eleanor McCarthy for excellent practical skills dissecting the heart. 

Amelia Hadgett for super assessment scores. 

Year 10

Matthew Payne and Maisy Jeffrey for continued dedication and success in assessments. 

Year 11 

Alfie Bednall and Brad Cope for showing a continued excellent level of revision and subject knowledge.

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

Year 10 

Tom Clayton and Morgan Perry for both producing course work above their target grades.

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

Year 11

India Edwards and Sian Rendell for hard work, resilience and dedication to the subject. 

Well done to all students!

Attendance

As part of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust we are please to inform parents that we are working with “Attend EDC” in maximising the attendance of our students.
This arrangement will not change any of our current practices & procedures. Our key Education Welfare Worker is Mrs Marie Shananahan.
Please direct all normal correspondence and questions to school using attendance@tahs.org.uk and 01889 561820

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

University tasters at Keele, a cracking website and information on Nursing & Midwifery at Burton.

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Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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May 4th 2018

These are the last assemblies in the theatre for a number of weeks due to exams.
Assemblies w/b 8th May
Tuesday is a whole Year 9 assembly led by Julie Rudge
Wednesday is a whole Year 11 assembly led by Tim Brunt and Rebecca Lindsay
Thursday is a whole Year 10 assembly led by Tim Brunt and Rebecca Lindsay
I thought that the saying below would be apt for Y11 students as they approach their exams, they may sometimes feel that the revision is defeating them but they must not give up on it and be defeated!
Thought for the Week

“We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was one of the top civil rights activists and embraced a spirit of positive thinking and sheer determination.

 

Dates for your diary

 7th May May Bank Holiday
14th May First GCSE Examinations

 Headteacher blog:

The team spirit and determination shown by our Year 11 Football team at the Sentinel Cup Final was impressive this week.  Despite being up against a very challenging team, they persevered through to the end of the match and should be very proud of their achievements.
The Athletics team had superb success on Friday at the County Athletics Championship with the boys taking the title and the girls finishing 3rd. Congratulations to all involved. 
This week, I met with the Headteachers of our first and middle schools. We looked at ways in which we can further improve transition, the plan for school improvement across the pyramid and also received feedback on a Maths project which has been led by Mrs K Hanson from Richard Clarke school. 
As year 11 enter their final 10 days before their examinations, we would like to wish them all well. We know hard work will be rewarded and that many have applied themselves effectively. We urge all students to use these last few days well. Year 10 students will also be preparing for their end of year examinations. GCSEpod is an excellent resource for students in Year 9 and 10 to start their revision please urge them to log on this weekend.

6th form

 

Our wonderful Sixth Form Administrator, Mrs Walton, has worked wonders yet again. She has printed and collated all the letters to be sent to prospective Year 12 students regarding their conditional offer for a place within our Sixth Form and information regarding all taster sessions. These will be sent out at the start of next week. Please read then carefully and if you have any questions please email Sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

Linked to this we will be sending letters out to students regarding the opportunity to become ABC Mentors (Anti Bullying Campaign). We ask for a number of volunteers from our new Year 12 to work with the new intake of Year 9 students. They will need to be available for the intake evenings and on the Middle School Transitions Day.

A quick reminder that the school day for all Sixth Form students is 8.40 and we do expect them to attend all tutor registrations wearing the correct uniform.
The Year 13 are working very hard towards their qualifications and we hope that if they have any questions or queries then they speak to the subject teachers for specialist advice. Using a variety of revision tools is recommended by all staff and we encourage past papers to be completed as part of this process.

 Interventions

Please be reminded of the interventions available to pupils as listed below:

RE Revision

Please see the attached presentation regarding a revision session on Saturday 12th May:

Year 11 – RE Revision plan

Maths GCSE Revision

After school revision sessions continue to take place every Wednesday (rooms 48, 102, 103 and 105), Thursdays (rooms 48 and 102) and Fridays (rooms 46, 47, 102, 103 and 105)
In addition to these the maths department will be putting on some extra sessions before each of the GCSE maths exams.
Paper 1 revision sessions:
Wednesday 23rd May after school
Thursday 24th May  8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)
Paper 2 revision sessions:
Wednesday 6th June 11.20-1.20 (periods 3 and 4) and after school
Thursday 7th June  8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)
Paper 3 revision sessions:
Monday 11th June 11.20 – 12.20 (period 3) and after school
Tuesday 12th June  8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)
Equipment needed for the maths exam:
black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator for paper 2 and 3.

 

Year 11’s – We Need You!
As an ABC Mentor you will

We will be sending letters out to students regarding the opportunity to become ABC Mentors (Anti Bullying Campaign). We ask for a number of volunteers from our new Year 12 to work with the new intake of Year 9 students. They will need to be available for the intake evenings and on the Middle School Transitions Day.

You will work with at least two other Year 12 students and you will be expected to attend one weekly tutor session with the Year 9 form you are assigned to. The hope is that over the course of the year, you will get to establish a relationship with the students in that form and be a source of support to them.

Some sort of community service is an expectation of all students in the Sixth Form and this is an ideal opportunity, this could also be used for the volunteering section of your DofE.

If you would like more information please come and see Mrs Young in room 15.

Save the Date!
Tues 26th June 2018- Art department Exhibition

Please note that the Art Department Exhibition will be open to the public on Tuesday 26th June 5-7pm, and is a great chance to see a lot of the wonderful work that our students have produced. There is hours and hours of dedicated work in Art, Craft & Design, Photography from Year 9-year 13 on display and a chance to talk to some of the 6th form artists about their work.

beau

Please see the information below about 6 year old Beau. With many other organisations TAHS would like to support this charity on Friday 15th June.
Staff & students are invited to donate  £1 to wear silly socks for the day, with all funds going to the Beau’s Boots charity.

News from PE

County Combined Athletics

On Friday Thomas Alleynes travelled to Northwood stadium for the County Finals of the Combined Events Athletics.
The event consists of teams of 4 boys and 4 girls who all compete in 5 events.
The boys did 100m hurdles, Long jump, Javelin, Shot and 1500m. The girls do 80m hurdles, Long Jump, Javelin, 200m and 800m.
Alleyne’s started well with good solid performances.
The boys finished first as County Champions after a dramatic 1500m which needed our team to beat all of JCB’s team to take the title. The was achieved thanks to an outstanding piece of front running from Owen Carrington and a great last lap from Joel Grout. 
This result moved Owen up to 3rd place overall and Joel maintain 2nd in the county.
Lewis Brookhouse had got us off to a good start in the hurdles and Alex Shaw performed consistently all day.
The girls faced stiff competition including a former Australian athlete. Lucy Carr was our leading hurdler and javelin thrower, Shani Wright the highest scoring long jumper, 200m and 800m runner. The rest of the team were Lottie Cooper and Lily Ede who worked hafd to give Alleynes an overall finish of 3rd.

 

 

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Sentinel Shield Final

Interviews and report to follow from Match day Max…
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Yr9 Options – Update

Year 9 students will receive letters next week regarding their Year10 optional subjects. The curriculum that we offer is a broad and balanced one, that allows students to make progress and be successful in the future. We would like to remind students and parents that when we allocate subjects, we follow a process that aims to meet as many of the students preferred 8 subjects but also to create a curriculum that balances individual student choice with the choices made by the wider student body.
 

Yr11 GCSE Geography

As we fast approach the exams I would like to remind students and parents that students will sit 3 exams for GCSE Geography. Paper 1 is Physical Geography and focuses upon Hazards, The Living World (Ecosystems), River and Coasts. Paper 2 is the Human Geography and focuses upon Cities, Development and Resources. Finally, Paper 3 is a skills based paper and focuses upon the pre release material on the proposed development of a reservoir and the students fieldwork. This link is to the campaign groups website on which the pre release material is based. It useful to have a skim read of some of the opinions in order to develop your knowledge and understanding.
I am sure many of the Yr11 students will have visited Carsington or Blithfield so they will have their own knowledge and understanding of some of the impacts of reservoirs.
The following images are examples of mind maps that might be useful in focusing students revision. I would also like to remind students of the revision resources on GCSEPod. If it is exam technique that students think is an issue the following YouTube clips are useful in how to answer exam style questions.

 

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Science News

Higher tier Physics students are invited to attend a ‘walking-talking mock exam’ on Wednesday 9th May at 3.10pm in Room 54 to watch how a teacher attempts examination questions.

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

Year 9

Sam Barker and Helena Barton for outstanding commitment to Chemistry

Year 10

Mackenzie Paterson and Joe Collier for being on or above target in all Chemistry tests

Year 11

Jenny McKendrick and Hannah Malelu for excellent effort with GCSE Science revision

Well done!

Art/Photography EXAMS

A Level Photography EXAMS (15 hours)

From *Tuesday 8th May- Tuesday 15th May inclusive.
*Students will be advised on which days that they are doing exams. Check with art staff if not sure.

Please be aware ALL Preparation work will be submitted at the START of your exam, and CANNOT be added to, although you are allowed to refer to it in the exam.
Your 15 hours is under controlled conditions- no phones/music players etc (these will be handed in at start of exam sessions and returned at break/ lunch/home times)
Silence is expected at all times, (exam rooms will have relevant documents displayed.)
Supervising staff are to ensure controlled conditions are met and for TECHNICAL help only should any camera/ lighting/ printer and ICT issues occur.

GCSE/ A Level Art Exams FINISHED!

Well done to all those who have completed their 10/15hour exams this week!
image shows just a couple of the folders we will have the pleasure of marking over the next week. it is always great to see the variety of work our talented students produce each year.
Now that the GCSE and A Level Art exams have finished, students will be expected to attend art lessons to study for their other exams coming up. Please bring appropriate study guides, revision notes, text books GCSE pod etc, every hour counts and the additional 2/3 hours a week using art lessons is a real bonus for your other subjects!

 

Year 11 – Health & Social Care

Congratulations to year 11 students who completed their Health & Social Care coursework this week. The students worked really hard with many putting in additional hours at lunchtimes and after school and they have produced some excellent work analysing how health and care workers can offer personalised care to individuals in different health and care settings. We are so pleased that many of these students are looking to continue with Health & Social Care in the Sixth Form. For most students this was the last piece of assessment for this qualification and we are sure they will achieve some really good grades. Well done!

Origami Club

​Origami club has been continuing on a Tuesday Lunchtime. We have made mothers day flowers, kites and cats, to name but a few. You are welcome in room 104 – bring your lunch.

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

University tasters at Keele, a cracking website and information on Nursing & Midwifery at Burton.

Direct Page Link

Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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April 27th 2018

 Assemblies w/b 30th
Theme: Positive mental Health
Assemblies are led by Simon Wright
Thought for the Week
“A wise therapist taught me that anger is the emotion we snatch up to avoid less comfortable feelings – confusion, fear, sadness.”
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”

 

Dates for your diary

 7th May May Bank Holiday
14th May First GCSE Examinations

 Headteacher blog:

We thought parents may find it helpful to receive an update of the work completed by the Governing Body. 
 
At our full Governor meeting last week, the Governors received reports on a range of areas. These included an update on staffing and Uttoxeter Learning Trust. Governors then received one of the termly presentations from a Head of Department on current initiatives and interventions in their subject area. Following this, the plans for improving the building were discussed. Finally, the County Council catergorisation of schools was shared.  For 2017/2018, Thomas Alleyne’s High School has been judged to be a category 1 school. This is the highest category that any school can be placed in and is based on academic achievement, safeguarding and finance.
 
On a different note, we were thrilled to hear that one of our students, Max Hayes from Year 9, has reached the final of  ‘Young Blogger Awards’. Max is one of only ten finalists and has been invited to the awards presentation at Alexandra Palace in London on May 17th. Please consider voting for Max at https://www.footballbloggingawards.co.uk/about/vote-now-football-blogging-awards/ . It would be wonderful to see him win the competition! If you have never seen Max before then please take a look at what he achieved at Christmas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZCsomwPo08  Whenever my husband and I watch Match Day with Max, we are well entertained.
We would also like to congratulate Maddie Andrews, Alex Ford, Abbie Hulbert, Ewan Lunn and Caitlin Palmer for their success in the Rotary Young Writer competition and our footballers for winning the Sentinel Shield semi-final. We look forward to seeing you in the finals!
Finally, we wish our ‘TAHS Olympic Readers Team’ luck in shadowing the Carnegie Book Award over the next 5 weeks. Their challenge is to read the 8 books which have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Book Award. See more at http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/carnegie-current-shortlist.php
 

6th form

 

It has been a busy week, lots going on which will have a long lasting impact on our community as well our students.  It is always a privilege for the school to support the local community and this week we know that we have done that.

Mrs Walton helped to make history this week by being involved with the Dedication Service of the new plaques at the local Uttoxeter War Memorial.  This is her account:

On Wednesday 25th April I had the pleasure of accompanying our Head Boy – Ryan Wiggins and Head Girl – Iona Barron to the Dedication Service being held at the Uttoxeter War Memorial.

Ryan and Iona were invited to read the poem Flanders Fields during the service.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

By John McCrae May 1915

The dedication service was being held to honour the memory of 46 servicemen whose names had been omitted from the original bronze memorial panels.

Also involved in the service was Year 13 student Karl Stanley.  He was playing as a member of Uttoxeter Brass Band and also played the Last Post.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School are proud to have been a part of this is dedication.

Mrs Walton – 6th Form Administrator

Living locally I know that there can be certain issues that we may discuss with family and work colleagues, as a sixth form we have taken positive steps to address one of those topics. Safer driving. By giving our Year 12 the opportunity to see the dangers of driving inconsiderately and driving at speed we hope to encourage to be more thoughtful when using the road and to think of others.

On Thursday 26th April Kevin Wilcox from Staffordshire County Council came in and gave a presentation to Year 12 students. This included talking about many issues relating to young drivers and passengers, focusing on the use of mobile phones in cars, the use of seatbelts, and peer pressure. The presentation also included a film which is a true story about Cassie Cowen.

Also on the theme of community Burton Albion Community trust gave a presentation to the Year 12 and 13 students to raise awareness of the celebrity football match that is taking place at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton on Sunday 29th April. To help promote the game they were able to bring James Argent, from The Only Way Is Essex, to talk to the students about the charity and to allow the students, if they want, to have a ‘selfie’ with him.  He Tweeted  about his visit to the school and posted a picture to the account. Photographs to follow.

Lastly I would like to promote the opportunity for two of our Year 12 students to be involved in an amazing opportunity to be enrolled on Rotary Youth Leadership Course.  The dates for the course are August 12th until August 17th, and it is being held near Stone. He course will challenge students physically as well as mentally in a variety of events testing their problem solving and communication skills. During the week long course you will receive a mentor from within the Rotary Club.  It can be used to towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award but it will also help you stand out on job and apprenticeship applications as well as UCAS applications.  If you child is interested could you please ask them to come and see Mrs Young to get further information. 

GCSE+

The latest round of GCSE+ continues for one more week,  All year 11 pupils attended 20 minutes intensive revision sessions during form time.  The core subjects are the main focus of the sessions this time around.  

Interventions

Please be reminded of the interventions available to pupils as listed below:

Pastoral Students of the Week

Harry Meredith-Wood for helping his fellow students.
Eve Bednall, Sarinder Kirkham, Alice Boothby, Eleanor McCarthy and Holly Chatfield for delivering excellent assemblies to middle school students about their transition in September.

 

German Speaking Exams

Good luck to all students taking their German speaking exams next week, revise hard!

Save the Date!
Tues 26th June 2018- Art department Exhibition

Please note that the Art Department Exhibition will be open to the public on Tuesday 26th June 5-7pm, and is a great chance to see a lot of the wonderful work that our students have produced. There is hours and hours of dedicated work in Art, Craft & Design, Photography from Year 9-year 13 on display and a chance to talk to some of the 6th form artists about their work.

beau

Please see the information below about 6 year old Beau. With many other organisations TAHS would like to support this charity on Friday 15th June.
Staff & students are invited to donate  £1 to wear silly socks for the day, with all funds going to the Beau’s Boots charity.

News from PE

Sentinel Cup Semi Final

On Tuesday Thomas Alleynes hosted Sir Stanley Matthews Academy from Blurton in the prestigious Sentinel Cup semi final. The competition is open to all schools in Staffordshire and South Cheshire and has featured a number of future professional footballers including Port Vales Nathan Smith and Ross Davidson. Stoke City’s Ryan Shotton and Oli Shenton, and Manchester Uniteds James Wilson to name a few.

Despite being underdogs Alleynes started strongly but squandered a number of chances. Kieran (Jessie) Coates managed to get his studs to a drive across the keeper to put us 1-0 up, playing up the famous slope. Alleynes were well on top but when Brad Cope went to ground to concede a penalty in what was his only error of an excellent performance the scores were back level. The pace of Alfie Bednall was then introduced from the bench and as he had done in the quarter finals he had an instant impact with a fantastic run and goal, scoring off the far post. In the second half Alleyne’s played the conditions to perfection- Harry Johnson who had limped off in the first half returned to score a magnificent hat trick and Bednall added his second. Final score 6-2. Team – Young, Cope, Minshall, Gregory, Hughes-Ratcliffe, Bussell, Wallis, Coates, Broome, Whitehead, Johnson, Brain, Bednall

The final will be next Thursday at Vale Park. Please keep an eye on our facebook page for ticket info.

See you at the game!

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Science News

Higher tier Chemistry students are invited to attend a ‘walking-talking mock exam’ on Thursday 3rd May at 3.05pm in Room 54 to watch how a teacher attempts examination questions.

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

Year 9

Josh Newbon and Sophie Whieldon

Year 10

Amy Latchford and Gregor Hayes

Year 11

Georgia Morris and Luke Whitehall

All students were selected for their excellent effort and attainment in the field of Physics

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

  • Lydia Heath for excellent practical work
  • Rowan Hall for detailed written work
  • Tish Fry and Grace Gadsby for an excellent start on their new coursework

Well done!

Art/Photography EXAMS

All the Art department exams for GCSE and A Levels start very soon, in accordance with the specification, ALL PREPARATION work students have been doing over the last few months MUST be submitted on the day their exam starts. 
A Level Art
Mon 30th April, Tues 1st May and Wed 2nd May.
Art GCSE
Mrs Robinson’s group- Tuesday 1st May and Wednesday 2nd May
Mrs Derby’s Group- Thurs 3rd May and Fri 4th May
A Level Photography-
From Tuesday 8th May- Tuesday 15th May inclusive.
Students will be advised on which days that they are doing exams. Check with art staff if not sure.
ART CLUB- Years 11 &13
Art Club is available to support students with their exam prep. Please check there is teacher supervision before staying after school.
It is vital evidence for the 4 assessment areas is shown in their submission. Each area is worth 25% the areas are the same for GCSE and A Level.
A01- research and develop ideas
A02- experimenting and selecting media
A03- recording ideas and drawing
A04- realising intentions (in exam)
Year 10 Art
We have been so impressed to see lots of year 10’s in at lunch/ after-school working on their coursework- keep this up.  The image shows one of the many fantastic pieces from 10C/Ar1.   More artwork can been seen on our instagram page tahs.art too.
Jazz

French Revision

GCSE French revision 10.00-12.00 Saturday 21st April room 23. GCSE French speaking exams 23rd-27th April room 26. Bonne chance!

School Council

The School Council meeting was held on Wednesday this week.  There was quite a lively and vibrant discussion about the credit system with lots of different views expressed, the students also discussed the insight homework system and made some clear suggestions for improvements.  Finally the students looked at what the school does to raise money for charity and a brief discussion was held about how the different houses could get more involved with raising money for good causes.

Next meeting we are looking for year 9 and/or year 10 students to take over the roles of leading the school council into the next academic year and moving on to even more success in leading events and changes to improve our school.

We must also thank Tom Page, Carys Barker and Emma Jo Gilbert for their hard work on leading the council this year and wish them all the very best for their GCSEs.

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

University tasters at Keele, a cracking website and information on Nursing & Midwifery at Burton.

Direct Page Link

Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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April 20th 2018

 
Assemblies w/b 23rd April
Assemblies will be led by the respective Head of House on the celebration of student attendance and the achieving of credits
Thought for the Week
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
George Bernard Shaw

 

Dates for your diary

 7th May May Bank Holiday
14th May First GCSE Examinations

 Headteacher blog:

We are thrilled that the school has been successful in securing two ‘Condition Improvement Grants’ which means that over the next 2 years, £2.5 million pounds will be invested in the school building.

The first bid is to improve heating across the school. The boilers and all associated pipework will be replaced over the next 12 months.

The second bid was for the replacement of our mobile blocks and the Sports Pavillion with a stand alone new block. This 2 year project will significantly improve the environment for students as the dilapidated buildings are replaced.

​These grants have been secured through​​ Mike Osborne-Town​’s​ work on academy conversion​,​ and Andy Storer and I​an​ Mirams​’​ develop​ment of​ the bids.​ My thanks to all of the team for their hard work.

Whilst we do not know exact numbers​,​ we are aware that in our county​,​ less than 30% of bids were successful.

On a connected but separate area, our campaign to address the essential repairs needed on the swimming pool continues. Approximately £125,000 of the funds received from the Condition Improvement Funds could be used for the school pool boilers. The estimate for repairs is £270,000​: therefore we continue to work with Andrew Griffiths MP, the LA, Staffordshire County council, local pool groups and the Borough Council to prevent closure.

It has been wonderful to see everyone back after Easter.

Year 11 are currently receiving additional tuition in English, Maths or MFL in the form of our GCSE+ programme.We have less than 20 days left before their first examination and want to ensure they are all ready for the papers they will be sitting. They have received their examination timetable and will be able to share this with you so that it can go on the family calendar/diary. Some days are particularly challenging as students have more than one exam in a day.

If you need advice or guidance in supporting their son or daughter with their revision, please contact your Head of House.

 

6th form

 

The sun has finally arrived in Uttoxeter and with this we need to remind our students about the uniform that we require all out students to wear. Smart work wear is require everyday. Our Year 12 and 13 students are seen as role models by our younger students so could we ask that this is adhered to. Skirts must be of an appropriate length and tops must be not be ‘bardot’ tops nor must they be ‘shoe string’ straps.

The beautiful weather of the last few days seems to make everything seem better, revision and exams included it seems when talking to my Year 12 and 13 students. I encourage all to continue to use their non-contacts correctly and to make use of time out of school. A delicate balance needs to be found to achieve ‘mindfulness’. A rich mix of family and friends time, a pinch of work and then a good helping of revision is what we recommend.

We are proud of each of students when they achieve a milestone such as passing their driving test. With this huge responsibility and with this in mind we have invited an outside organisation to come in to school and deliver a talk about safe driving. The aim is to make students aware of the risks of speeding and lack of concentration when they are behind the wheel. If we can provide them with the tools to make the right decisions then we have fulfilled a duty of care. It can be hard hitting and can stir memories and trigger reactions but we feel that we can not avoid the topic. Some extra details are below:

‘COW’ is for year 12 students and investigates many issues relating to young drivers and passengers, focussing on the use of mobile phones in cars, the use of seatbelts, and peer pressure. The resource includes the ‘Cow’ film, a true story re-enacted, with some scenes that some might find uncomfortable, although not too graphic. The total time for the resource is 1 hour.

​Students will be receiving a letter about this beginning next week.

The “COW” presentation is taking place for all Yr 12 students on Thursday 26th April at 10.00am.

To continue on theme of support, all Year 12 students now have access to Unifrog. This is a valuable tool when looking at Post-18 options. I recommend that you ask them to share the platform with you so that you can see the benefits when looking at universities and also apprenticeships.

www.unifrog.org

GCSE+

The latest round of GCSE+ started on Monday,  All year 11 pupils attended 20 minutes intensive revision sessions during form time.  The core subjects are the main focus of the sessions this time around.  GCSE+ runs until the 4th May.

Saturday Year 11 Revision Sessions.

French Saturday 21st April 10 – 12 in Room 23
RE Saturday 12th May 10 -12 and then 1 – 3 in 33B

 

Photography Competition

Well done to all the students who have entered work for the Uttoxeter Rotary Club Young Photographer of the Year competition which have now been submitted to be judged by an expert panel. The art department had a difficult job selecting the work for submission on the portfolios and a particular big thank you to Mr Robinson for uploading the images onto the Flickr website so we can share these with you.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/georgerobinsonwhite/albums

We are of course biased, but we think they have done a pretty good job! We will let you know if any of our students are successful later on in the year.

Save the Date!
Tues 26th June 2018- Art department Exhibition

Please note that the Art Department Exhibition will be open to the public on Tuesday 26th June 5-7pm, and is a great chance to see a lot of the wonderful work that our students have produced. There is hours and hours of dedicated work in Art, Craft & Design, Photography from Year 9-year 13 on display and a chance to talk to some of the 6th form artists about their work.

News from PE

Congratulations to Ben Simon and Gregor Hayes who have represented Staffordshire U15’s at Rugby Union. 
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U16 Football- Sentinel Cup semi-final
Tuesday 24th April against Sir Stanley Matthews Academy. Ko and venue will be confirmed on school facebook page.
GCSE Practical moderation
This will take place on Thursday 26th April.  Football 9am, Netball 10am, Badminton 11.20am, Trampolining 12.20, Swimming 1.20.
Cheerleading

Last cheerleading session of the year done this week. The girls worked so hard and have really enjoyed learning new skills. I’m very proud of how hard everyone has worked in these sessions, well done to all. Now the summer sports start, rounders club begins on Tuesday after school for all year groups. Please come along.

Science News

Students are encouraged to attend our GCSE revision sessions which take place each week:

Biology on Wednesday lunchtime in Room 55

Chemistry on Friday at 3.05pm in Room 52

Physics on Wednesday at 3.05pm in Room 50

Higher tier Biology students are invited to attend a ‘walking-talking mock exam’ on Tuesday 24th April at 3.05pm in Room 54 to watch how a teacher attempts examination questions.

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

Year 9

Freya Hadgett, Isobel Watts and Tom Haines for excellent test results in Physics

Year 10

Euan Walsh and Shani Wright for consistently high effort and attainment in Physics

Year 11

Niamh Collins and Joe Haywood for their commitment and effort to their exam preparation

Well done!

Art/Photography EXAMS

All the Art department exams for GCSE and A Levels start very soon, in accordance with the specification, ALL PREPARATION work students have been doing over the last few months MUST be submitted on the day their exam starts. 
A Level Art
Mon 30th April, Tues 1st May and Wed 2nd May.
Art GCSE
Mrs Robinson’s group- Tuesday 1st May and Wednesday 2nd May
Mrs Derby’s Group- Thurs 3rd May and Fri 4th May
A Level Photography-
From Tuesday 8th May- Tuesday 15th May inclusive.
Students will be advised on which days that they are doing exams. Check with art staff if not sure.
ART CLUB- Years 11 &13
Art Club is available to support students with their exam prep. Please check there is teacher supervision before staying after school.
It is vital evidence for the 4 assessment areas is shown in their submission. Each area is worth 25% the areas are the same for GCSE and A Level.
A01- research and develop ideas
A02- experimenting and selecting media
A03- recording ideas and drawing
A04- realising intentions (in exam)

French Revision

GCSE French revision 10.00-12.00 Saturday 21st April room 23. GCSE French speaking exams 23rd-27th April room 26. Bonne chance!

Spring News on the Farm 

Spring has definitely arrived on the school farm with lambing in full progress as well as new arrivals in the rabbit pens.  Students have been learning about the care of new born lambs including tail docking and castration.

We are also very pleased to announce that our application to the Tesco Bags of Help scheme has been successful.  We will be competing against two other projects from 1st May until 30th June and if we receive the most blue counters we will get a grant of £4,000.  This will go towards enhancing our outdoor areas for the guinea pigs and rabbits as well as purchasing more small mammals, including rats, to help with the teaching of our new Animal Care course. If you are in Tesco during this period we would be very grateful for your support.

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

This week information on:

Trainee Quantity Surveyor position in Burton

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Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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March 30th 2018

 

Did your ancestor serve in WW1 or WW2?

Uttoxeter Town Council is looking for a student who is a descendant or relative of a serviceman named on the town’s War Memorial.  We’d like to invite them to read a poem at the dedication service for the new plaques being placed on the memorial.  This takes place on April 25th in the morning.  If you think you can help us with this please let Mrs Rudge know as soon as possible.
 
Alison Trenery, Uttoxeter Mayor
 
 

Assemblies w/b 16th April are to be led by Mrs Rudge

Thought for the Week
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it annoys enough people to make it worth.

 

Dates for your diary

16/4/2018 School Reopens

 Headteacher blog:

Congratulations to the drama team, and House Champions Torrance,  for a fantastic House Drama competition which brought our school term to a wonderful conclusion today.
We wish everyone a lovely Easter. 
 

6th form

 

Easter is now upon us, I can imagine that this may be a time when the realisation of how close the exams are has hit home. This may help focus some but it may also worry others. We recommend that all students create a revision timetable for the two weeks so that they can utilise their timetable effectively.  It is not a time to ignore the revision that is required but it is a time for them to spend time with family and friends. A balance is required and a revision timetable will help with this. Looking at past papers and mark schemes is also going to be beneficial, revisiting old exams completed in lessons or mocks and re-visiting their Next Steps will add benefit to their revision, learning to not make the same mistakes is a good life lesson.

Our Sixth Formers have been working hard both in and out of lesson.

The winner of the Sixth Form Easter Egg Competition goes to Rachel Clemett.

I am amazed by the detail and imagination, which was shown in the creation of this scene. Well done Rachel.

Tash Young has made over £80 in her chocolate hamper raffle to raise money for our Sixth Form charity – Dougie Mac.  Mrs Walton was one of the lucky winners.

As part of our commitment to our students within the Sixth Form Mrs Dodd has organised a two weekly enrichment session for all Year 12 – Week 2 Tuesday Period 2.  This week the focus was on personal statements which will be needed for apprenticeship, university and job applications.

Mrs Dodd’s booklet is only a rough guide to get them started – there is also some information on the UCAS website about personal statements which they may find useful: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/when-apply/how-write-ucas-undergraduate-personal-statement, they may also find the information on UniFrog helpful too.

Mr Robinson-White also has a wealth of Personal Statement information that we will ask him to share with them and you via INSIGHT.

We can confirm that our next Enrichment Session is Tuesday the 24th of April P2.

For those students that applied for the role of Senior Prefect: Interviews have been completed and discussions have been had between the Sixth Form Team.  Successful applicants will receive a letter over Easter.

In my years of teaching I have never seen such a powerful assembly.  This was not a teacher led assembly or an outside speaker, this was led by four of our Year 12 students who wanted to share information on the Holocaust that they had learnt whilst on an education visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland.  Rachel Clemett, Jess Poole, Adam Burrows and Lydia Grocott were able to visit Auschwitz with the Holocaust Educational Trust and as part of this visit they have to hold an event where they share their journey with others. All students at TAHS have been able to watch this assembly and soon they are going to be delivering it to Middle School students as well. The images that they chose to show made us all question the morality of the Nazis as they willing sent so many to the gas chambers, it made us question the humanity of the Nazis as they willing sent so many to live in the ghetto.  None of the images shown were ‘disturbing’ as HET teaches us that we don’t always need to show these brutal photographs to allow people to see the barbarity of what happened.  HET’s purpose is to educate as many as they can to see what can happen when society turns its back on humanity and compassion is lost.

At the start of the assembly Rachel sang a fitting song in Hebrew, this was chilling as it made many of us think about those exterminated in all the camps within Nazi controlled countries. They also had a visual representation of grains of rice.  Each grain of rice on the stage represented one person who died in this cruel way.  192 bags of rice were on the stage, Tesco donated each of these bags and they will now be donated to a local food bank. 

‘In order for the Human Race to progress as a civilised society one must understand and learn from history. It is with utter distress that even in today’s world comparable atrocities are happening such as may Rohingya being forced into Ghetto-like camps alongside ongoing violence and persecution, causing hundreds of thousands to flee to flee to neighbouring countries, such as Bangladesh, either by land or boat’.

‘As we walked around Auschwitz 1 and 2 the temperatures were unbearable even with many layers. We were witness to mountains of hair, shoes, glasses, prosthetic legs and what seemed like miles of prisoner photographs. We learnt about the experimentation of twins, the brutal conditions, sterilisation, and starvation’.

The Holocaust Educational Trust in a valuable resource to all schools and teachers and we are grateful for all that they do in educating the next generation so that the legacy of remembering this atrocity can continue.

GCSE + NEXT ROUND  16th April – 4th May.

The next round of GCSE+ starts the first Monday of term.  Year 11 pupils will be revising and gaining exam techniques with specialist teachers for 20 minutes each morning.

 Easter Revision

easter revision

 EXAMS

 
Changes to the marking of exam coursework/controlled assessment in accordance with JCQ regulations, will be found on the school website (Policies) from Easter.

News from PE

CUP MAGIC!

On Thursday Alleynes U16 football team travelled to Blythe Bridge in the 1/4 final of the Sentinel cup. Our opponents were heavily fancied and the current cup holders containing a number of last years side. Preparations were disrupted by a number of unavailable players due to injury and illness. There was drama before we left as Alex Brain only just printed his coursework in time to be allowed to play, motivational speaker Jay Hughes Ratcliffe nearly missed the bus as he lost his lucky tie, year 10 star Frankie Bussell was drafted in and had to have his kit delivered and Captain Archie Whitehead was passed fit from suspected glandular fever with just minutes to spare. Once there selection was again disrupted as Alex had forgotten his inhaler. Frankie who had only been included in the squad at the last minute was now thrust into the starting line up.  Alleynes shocked their opponents by coming up with a new formation of 3-4-3 and began the brighter with some good early chances. We took a deserved lead as Kieran Coates smashed the ball in from close range. As both teams began to tire on the heavy pitch Alleyne’s introduced the pace of Alfie Bednall who ran with the ball from the half way line and dribbled past the defence to squeeze the ball in the near post. With a 2 nil lead at half time Alleynes were in control but knew their opponents would come hard. Alleynes game plan was perfectly carried out with Blythe being restricted to just 1 shot on goal. The Blythe keeper kept them in the game with some great saves including a penalty. Harry Johnson scored a great solo goal to seal the result. Alleynes maintained their discipline brilliantly as the Blythe players lost their heads. The whole squad played to their maximum with Kyle Young reading play well in goal. The back 3 of Brad Cope, Rob Minshall and Owen Gregory strangled the opposition, Out wide Harry Broome provided pace and width Matthew Wallis provided excellent service into the box. In midfield Jay Hughes Ratcliffe and Frankie Bussell controlled the tempo of the game and showed excellent positional skills. The front 3 of Archie Whitehead, Harry Johnson and Kieran Coates worked tirelessly and were a constant threat. As the game wore on Alex Brain shored things up at the back and Alfie Bednall provided good energy. The boys can now have a restful Easter (while revising) before the semi finals in April.
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Trampolining
The first round of the trampolining competitions were held on Wednesday evening at Paulet High School. We took 14 students to make up 2 beginners team and 1 intermediate team. All girls have been attending the after school practices, with some showing real determination and resilience in trying to learn the new skills needed for the routines. In the beginners competition we came 2nd and 3rd in the team event. The second placed team consisted of Jenna Timmis, Rachel Agnew, Evie Sidwell and Megan Gray and the third placed team consisted of Rosie Howe, Bekah ElkinEboney Robertson, Abbie Hulbert and Chloe Yates. Within the beginners competition individual awards were also given out with Megan Gray getting 2nd place and Chloe Yates getting 3rd. In the intermediate competition the team came 1st and was made up of Caitlin Emery, Katie Gilbert, Holly Irvin, Lucy Carr and Frankie Tooth. The individual awards for the intermediate competition were won by Lucy Carr, 1st, and Frankie Tooth 3rd. Well done to all those that competed and special mention to Rachel Agnew who has worked so hard throughout Year 9 and 10, she had never been on a trampoline in Year 9 and has now improved so much she made it to the competition.

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Science News

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

Year 9

Harriet Bebbington and Kyle Elcock for their leaflets on the greenhouse effect.

Year 10

Lucy Rogers and Sas Jaenprakhon for effort and commitment in chemistry.

Year 11

Laura Simister and Elliot Jones for their commitment and effort in chemistry.

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

Gemma Tomlinson and Jemma Thornett for completing their coursework to a high standard. 

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

Tom Clayton and Morgan Perry for working hard on their BTEC assignments. 

Well done!

History Easter Egg Competition

The winner of the Easter Egg competition was Amberleigh Hackwood-Williams from 11T1 with her creation. Martin Luther-King.

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Respect Programme

The themes for the Summer term now moves onto some current challenges that young people are faced with day-in, day-out. It is vital that if you have any concerns about the material that can be of a sensitive nature, that you contact your child’s Head of House or Form Tutor to discuss any of these issues. Year 9 will be studying Sex and Relationships, looking into:
  • Pornography
  • Young People, The Media and Sexual Identities
  • Sex and Social Media
  • Sexual Bullying
Year 10 will be studying Depression, looking into:
  • The Concept of Depression
  • The Symptoms of Depression
  • Supporting Behaviour
  • Information Available on Depression
Year 11 will be completing GCSE+ dor the first three weeks back and have now come to an end of their Respect Programme at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. They will still be discussing current affairs in their tutor period when they return, but they focus will primarily be on revision for their GCSE examinations.
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Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

This week information on:

Trainee Quantity Surveyor position in Burton

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