Week Commencing 4th December

Thought for the Week

Assemblies w/b 11th December

All House assemblies will be led by their respective Head of House on the theme of ‘Celebration’

During these assemblies students will be reminded that on the last day of term (Tuesday 19th) it is an optional Christmas jumper day. Students who wear a jumper are asked to contribute £1. If wearing a Christmas jumper they will not be expected to wear a blazer. This will be split equally between a local foodbank and the funding of counselling for Thomas Alleyne’s students who are experiencing any emotional difficulties

Thought for the Week
‘The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate’

Dates for your diary

13/12/2017 Music Concert
19/12/2017 End of Term
4/1/2018 Start of Term for Pupils – this will be a continuation of week 1

Headteacher blog:

This evening I will attend the final night of our school production of Woman in Black. The work of the staff and students has been truly inspiring. They have given us a wonderful, challenging and thoroughly professional piece of theatre.

When I look back at my own school years, I have precious memories of being part of the backstage crew in our school production of The Tempest, completing my Duke of Edinburgh Award and playing in school sports teams. I could not have done any of these without the staff who gave up their time and my parents who supported me.

I know that all of the young people who performed or supported tonight will remember this production as a highlight of their school life.

They have worked incredibly hard, formed bonds between each other which will last and have developed skills of teamwork, resilience and creativity.

Thank you to everyone involved but especially to Mrs Wheildon, Mrs Fletcher and Mrs Krausse.

It has been our privilege to be able to be your audience!

 

Quiz Child

Could you have a hidden talent for cyber security?

Cyber Discovery, HM Government’s Cyber Schools Programme, is an extracurricular learning programme for students in years 10-13 across England. Its goal is to ensure that many more people enter the cyber security profession in the coming years.

If you are in year 10 – 13 and interested please click here:

https://www.joincyberdiscovery.com

Last Day of Term

School will close for students at 3.05pm on Tuesday 19th December. Students can wear Christmas jumpers on the last day. Please donate a £1 and all monies will be donated to a local food bank and YESS counselling services for TAHS students.
School will re-open for students on Thursday 4th January 2018.

Think You Know?

Help and advice for you as a parent on the way your child uses the internet, the risks and what you can do to prevent these occurring can be found on the fantastic Think You Know website. Follow the link under the logo for more information. 
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News from the Farm

Last week saw the arrival of our first batch of piglets. Our sow gave birth to 11 healthy piglets and despite the cold weather they are all doing very well. During vet skills on Wednesday, yr10 students watched as the vet showed them how to castrate the male piglets, a process which is necessary on small holdings where we keep all our pigs together. They then learnt how to check the other sow to see when she is due to farrow (give birth). They found it a fascinating, if not slightly unnerving, experience.

Year 10 Animal Care students have also been very busy preparing turkeys and wreaths ready for Christmas – there are still a few large turkeys for sale and wreaths can be made to order. Please email the farm manager on allenm@tahs.org.uk if you are interested.’

 

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6th form

The Sixth Form are eagerly anticipating ‘Donut Day’, which is Friday 15th, these can be pre-ordered on ParentPay and a link has been set up for each student if you wish to purchase them. Why not get some bought home to share over a cup of tea, all money goes to Dougie Mac and another fund raising idea that the Senior Prefects are working hard on is the ‘Snow Ball’ which will be held on Tuesday 19th, all money raised from this event supports their Sixth Form Leavers events that they organise themselves. They are committed to making this event the best yet.

We have seen an abundance of UCAS forms being checked and sent this week, the enthusiasm among the students is increasing and we hope to get the majority completed by next Friday. Please ensure that all have made an appointment with the Form Tutor or Sixth Form Team member to ensure that suitable time is allocated to check through it and for it to be sent.

Those that have applied for competitive courses have been invited for interviews over this past week at Oxford and we have some interviews coming up next week for Cambridge, and an abundance of other prestigious universities offering conditional places to the 40 that have applied so far.

Remember that the 6th Form application deadline for Year 11’s is Friday 5th Jan 2018.

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 Busy in Music!

 

The Music Department Christmas Concert is this Wednesday 13th December at 7pm. Tickets are available from the online shop, or see Mrs Todd directly.
The pupils have been working incredibly hard as they always do! Please come along and enjoy the annual festive celebration.

A reminder about rehearsals tomorrow (Saturday 9th December)

Choir 10 until 12
String ensemble 12.15 to 12.45
Wind Band 1.30 to 2.30
Rehearsals are in room 67, the main music classroom.

Rehearsals are also taking place all day on Wednesday in the theatre;

Period 1 Wind Band
Period 2 String and Jazz Band
Period 3 and 4; solos, duets, small groups
Period 5 Choir

Snow information; Rehearsals on Saturday  will go ahead unless it is unsafe to do so and we get more snow than currently expected. If for any reason there is a problem, I will put a notice on the School Facebook page.

Thank you to all the pupils and parents for their continued support. As always, I’m very excited about the concert and I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!

Safeguarding

Please be advised that a student has reported concerns about 2 males potentially taking photographs of students catching service buses at the end of school day. 
This has been reported formally to the police and as a school we have also informed our local PCSO team. 
If students have any concerns please return to school and inform a member of staff immediately.
Thank you.

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.
thanks

Hoodies/Sweatshirts

Now that the weather is turning colder can we please remind students and parents that hoodies and sweatshirts should not be worn in school as part of our uniform policy.
We would really appreciate your support with this.

Christmas Lunch

Our annual Christmas Lunch will be served in the canteen on Wednesday 13th December – now who will Santa’s little helpers be this year on the servery?

 

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Science News

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

Year 9
Joshua Newbon and Mia Ashcroft for excellent work in chemistry

Year 10
Danielle Ashmore and Jemima Pope for excellent assessment scores in biology

Year 11
Wanicha Promrak and Alexander Hylton for consistent effort in science

This week’s BTEC Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:
Lorten for masterfully weighing the enormous turkeys that even the big lads couldn’t manage! Some weighed above 15kg! And for producing a lovely Christmas Wreath Harry  for all round excellent practical skills

This week’s Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week also selected by Mr Gilson are:
Jemma and Libby  for wanting to finish their course work to the best of their abilities

Well done!

Teaching and Learning

On 11/12/17 Thomas Alleyne’s Staff will be meeting as Teaching and Learning Communities for the second time this year. Over the last two years, the school has been part of a prestigious national research project focusing on the effectiveness of Assessment for Learning. The project ended in July this year, but we have chosen to continue working in Teaching and Learning Communities in order to apply the skills we have developed to areas such as meeting the needs of the most able students.

Summer 2017 Exam Certificates

These will be available for collection from TAHS on:
 
Thursday 14th December 11am -1pm
Friday 15th December 11am -1pm

News from PE

Congratulations to Courtney who made her debut for Staffordshire Ladies Rugby Union against Worcestershire this week.
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Under 16 Netball

John Port travelled to TAHS on Tuesday with their A & B team. Ellie, Lottie, Jess, Vicky  Abigail  Belle  Jaz  Tilly & Abi Chilvrs played two matches back to back. Some strong defensive work from Tilly and Jaz in the circle and some strong shooting in the final two quarters from Ellie, Lottie & Abi saw TAHS win 10-4. The second game against the A team resulted in a 14-6 defeat, with some great inter court play but Alleynes were unable to get into good shooting positions due to the John Port GD and GK.
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Girls Rugby

Under the floodlights at Shobnall TAHS played John Taylor. Alleynes took control of the first half scoring early tries and reaching the interval 5-1 up. John Taylor made a resurgence second half but Alleyne’s remained in control winning the game by 8 tries to 5. Courtney , Amy , Amelia , Holly  & Beth  all getting on the score sheet.
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  Careers

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

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UPDATED PAGE TO BE SENT OUT ON MONDAY

Links

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Week Commencing 27th November

Thought for the Week

Assemblies w/b 4th December
Theme: Friendship
All House and sixth form assemblies will be led by Damian Godwin
Thoughts for the Week
There are loads of cheesy quotes on friendship, I’ve tried to choose some non-cheesy ones!
‘When a friend makes some mistake, do not forget all the good things they did for you.’
‘The best time to make friends is before you need them.’
‘Fake friends are like shadows, always near you at your brightest moments, but nowhere to be seen at your darkest hours.’

Dates for your diary

6/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
7/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
8/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
13/12/2017 Music Concert

Headteacher blog:

Woman in Black will be performed next week. We have some tickets available on Wednesday evening. It promises to be an excellent show. If you are able to join us please phone the school office who will be able to organise a ticket for you.
Thank you to all parents who attended the Year 11 parents evening. Attendance was 76% this year. We would be interested in feedback from parents as we are currently reviewing the insight booking system. Please email comments to office@tahs.org.uk.  If you were unable to get the appointments you needed and have not been able to speak to your Head of House please use the email address above so that we can organise appointments for you.
Year 11 students will be completing their mock examinations in January. We have 10 students who have already streamed over 140 GCSEpods to support their study. Congratulations to Jack, Poppy, Laura, Niamh, George, Oliver, Wanicha, Fred, Freya and Tom. 
The average number of podcasts streamed is 33 for students in Year 11. However we do have 38 students who have not yet used the resource. Help is on hand for any student in school. It would be much appreciated if parents could watch the following video to support their sons/daughters.
We have also put links to below to documents designed to support parents.

Next week is production week! 

The stage is set and we are excited to say that TAHS’s production of Woman In Black starts Wednesday 6th December and runs both Thursday 7th and Friday 8th also.
The play tells the ghost story of the solicitor Arthur Kips, who takes on much more than he bargains for when instructed to sort the papers of Mrs Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House.
With lots of tension and scares, come along for a ghost story with a twist! 
Tickets £5 from school office or lunch times outside the theatre.
Show starts at 7.30pm and ends at approximately 9.30pm
See you there!

Could you have a hidden talent for cyber security?

Cyber Discovery, HM Government’s Cyber Schools Programme, is an extracurricular learning programme for students in years 10-13 across England. Its goal is to ensure that many more people enter the cyber security profession in the coming years.

If you are in year 10 – 13 and interested please click here:

https://www.joincyberdiscovery.com

Absence from School

Please find below the letter from our local authority in relation to Changes to Penalty Notices for Absence from School that we shared with you in September. 
Could we please remind you that these changes come into effect from 1st January 2018.
The changes specifically relate to the following areas,
Penalty Notice for leave of absence (holiday) in term time
Penalty Notice for persistent lateness
Period of time used to measure persistent absence and lateness 

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GCSE History – preparing for Year 11 Mocks

Helping your American-West revision
The history department strongly recommends watching Episode 2 of Ray Mears BBC4 ‘How the Wild West was Won’ on the BBC i-player about life on the Plains.
The first five minutes of Episode 1 and the last 25 minutes are also useful about the Donner party, gold rush and mining towns.
We will also be showing these programmes during lunchtime in room 16, so bring your lunch and watch then.

Art News

Year 11 Art GCSE Mock Exams & Dates to Remember!
Coursework deadline is Monday 18th December at 3:05pm– ALL work from Y10 and 11 should be submitted to their art teacher in paper folders. This is worth 60% of your GCSE grade.
 
To support students we expect you to be putting in hours at art club– every mark counts, this is a new specification and the standard is high to achieve levels. usually More effort = More marks!
Art Exam Parents Evening 
 
January 9th 6:30pm-7:15pm Ede Studio
Art staff will be presenting advice and tips for the exam element of the GCSE worth 40% of the students Art GCSE grade. The Exam papers will be released on this date. Preparation for the exam starts immediately during the January Mock Exam period and students will be able to attend art club at lunch or after school til 5pm most days as per usual. 
Calling Budding Artists/Designer- LOGO Competition
Year 9 students are invited to design a logo for  Croxden Parish Council, this exciting opportunity is run as a competition across the locality and would be great for a TAHS student to have a go. Details on are Year 9 INSIGHT. 

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6th form

DONUT DAY 15th December

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 Interested in Teaching? 

£15,000  available for sixth form students planning to study Maths or Physics at University.

Future scholars … sign up here

https://www.futureteachingscholars.com/users/sign_up

 

Pastoral Students of the Week

Pastoral students of the week are those pupils who helped out on Yr 11 parents’ evening:  Grace Harvey, Matthew Payne, Vicki Catterall, Katie Lawerence, Owen Carrington, Alex ford, Andrew Pye, Okyanus Ari, Neve Hall, Annie White and Tom Johnson. Your help was greatly appreciated by both parents and staff!

Science News

I’m A Scientist Get Me Out of Here – The 25 Genome Project

As part of their biology A level, year 13 students have been studying how genome sequencing is carried out and why it is so important. This week during their lesson, they were able to take part in a live chat with three scientists.  The scientists are all working at the Wellcome Sanger Institute which, as part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations, will fund the genome sequencing of 25 new species. The scientists participated in the chat room with our students during which time they championed the species they felt should be sequence.  We were fortunate enough to be able to ask questions to world experts on three potentially dangerous species. 

One scientist was championing sequencing the genome of the Asian Hornet, an invasive species that is currently making its way over to Europe and competing with our bee population.  Another was keen to learn more about the Lion’s Mane jelly fish with its 36m long tentacles which is threatening to spread throughout the oceans in part due to overfishing reducing predator numbers.  One of the students asked: ‘Do you think that by sequencing the genome of the jellyfish the information can be used to control its population?’ This reply came straight back: ‘Sequencing the genome is the only reliable way to control populations. We can use the genome sequence to try to create sterile males which can be introduced into the population.  Manually controlling the jelly fish is too expensive.’ Finally, Daubentons bat is able to incubate rabies virus without coming to any harm.  The final scientist hoped that by sequencing the genome of this bat, it would give scientists a clue to this ‘superimmunity’ to lethal diseases which could then be used to help humans.

Overall it was a very enjoyable experience and the students learnt a great deal in preparation for their A level exam in the summer. This project is running for three weeks across the whole country and so we are now able to join hundreds of other schools across the country to vote for which genome should be sequenced.

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

Year 9

Darius Blurton and Isabel Watts for excellent attainment and inquisitive questions in lessons

Year 10

Tara Wilkins and Poppy Chatfield for excellent work in lessons and pleasing test results

Year 11

Kim Burgess and Nicolas Lamb for excellent progress

Well done!

 

Summer 2017 Exam Certificates

These will be available for collection from TAHS on:
Thursday 14th December 11am -1pm
Friday 15th December 11am -1pm

News from PE

Boys Badminton
The KS4 badminton teams travelled to Paulet for the East Staffordshire tournament on Wednesday.
The team have trained regularly with Milly Radley & Alice Smith and have greatly improved their knowledge and skillset. The B team of Seb Hancox,Tommy Mangan, Isaac Hawley & Ethan Bungar were in the more difficult pool facing John Taylor A and Paulet A. Unable to win a game some long rallies were had and some good points won in the match.
The TAHS A team comprised of Alex Bennett, Thomas Page, Alex Done & Owen Carrington who were in pool B. Their 3 fixtures
against Pingle, Paulet B and Robert Sutton all ended in defeat but each match could have gone either way with the score being 3-2.
House Hockey
In cold conditions the year 9 House hockey competition took place. It was a high scoring event compared to the senior competition the previous week.
Whitmore ran out winners after 3 victories Frankie Tooth, Mya Dain & Amie Renshaw all scoring. Torrance finished second on 5 points with Alyssa Shaw
scoring. In third place were Elkes and fourth were Orme.
 
Rugby World Cup Final
Dont forget to support England in the morning 9am kick off on BBC in the Rugby League World Cup Final v Australia.
U16 Badminton District Winners
Congratulations to the girls under 16 A team who on Tuesday night fought of local competition to progress through to the county stage of the tournament. The team played a series of singles and doubles matches against Burton schools. Without losing a game the girls progressed easily into the next stages of the competition. Well done to: Scarlett Simister, Alice Radley, Emily Barton and Sophie Lomas.
Year 9 House Rugby
1st place- Torrance
2nd place- Whitmore
3rd place – Orme
4th place- Elkes
Year 10 House Rugby
1st Place- Torrance
2nd Place- Elkes
3rd Place- Whitmore
4th Place- Orme
Yr11 House Rugby
1st Place- Torrance
2nd Place- Whitmore
3rd Place- Orme
4th Place- Elkes
House Swimming Gala Teams

  Careers

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

New this week Nestle applications are open. 

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Interested in Medicine, check out this day at Keele:

https://www.keele.ac.uk/medicine/newsevents/medicinecareersday/ 

Links

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Week Commencing 13th November

Thought for the Week

Assemblies w/b 27th November
On Monday there will be a whole Year 11 assembly where students will have a presentation from the National Citizen Service about the opportunity next summer to take part in a 4 week programme of activities.
The rest of the week will be House and sixth form assemblies led by Mr Hulme on the theme of ‘success and adversity’
Thought for the Week
‘Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune’  (William James)
‘Develop success from failures.  Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success’ (Dale Carnegie)

Dates for your diary

30/11/2017 Year 11 Parents Evening
6/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
7/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
8/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
13/12/2017 Music Concert

Headteacher blog:

On Wednesday, I was able to attend the Academies show with the Headteachers of schools within the Uttoxeter Learning Trust.​ Windsor Park Middle School, Picknalls First School and ourselves were the founder schools of the trust and we are thrilled that All Saints Church Leigh, Hutchinson Memorial, Oldfields Hall and Ryecroft plan to join our trust in January. We are working together  to ensure we provide the best possible education for our students from the age of 3 – 18.
This week we have also been working on a bid which we are submitting to the DFE to become a Teaching School.
Please find below some information from the DFE about teaching schools:

Teaching schools have an important role to play in a school-led system and school improvement. Teaching schools are centres of excellence, taking a more focused role that prioritises:

  • co-ordinating and providing high-quality school-led initial teacher training (ITT)
  • providing high-quality school-to-school support to spread excellent practice, particularly to schools that need it most
  • providing evidence-based professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their network
If successful, we believe this will provide us with further opportunities to improve the quality of the work we do with our young people and ensure that we are at the heart of educational developments in the area.
​If you have any questions or would like to discuss the application, we will be holding an information briefing for parents on 17th January at 6.00pm – 6.45pm. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.
  
​Finally, there are only a few tickets left for Woman in Black. Watching the rehearsals I feel it will be a thoroughly professional show and at only £5.00 a ticket it is a wonderful opportunity to see high quality theatre locally. 

Absence from School

Please find below the letter from our local authority in relation to Changes to Penalty Notices for Absence from School that we shared with you in September. 
Could we please remind you that these changes come into effect from 1st January 2018.
The changes specifically relate to the following areas,
Penalty Notice for leave of absence (holiday) in term time
Penalty Notice for persistent lateness
Period of time used to measure persistent absence and lateness 

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Summer 2017 Exam Certificates

These will be available for collection from TAHS on:
 
Thursday 14th December 11am -1pm 
Friday 15th December 11am -1pm

Hamper Donations

Donations gratefully received for a Christmas Hamper at the front office.

Proceeds of the raffle will go to our PTA who continue to be a huge support to the school.

Parents Evenings

It is year 11 parents evening on 30th November. Bookings for these are to be made via insight, thus you as parents will have to have activated your account. Look out for an email from insight@tahs .org.uk with your details. If you have any issues please email the same address.

A reminder again that appointments can only be made via a PARENTAL login and not via the students.

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6th form

Thank you to all those parents who attended Parents Evening on Tuesday, if you were unable to attend then please contact the Sixth Form team on sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

The Student Finance Talk for parents took place this week, again this was received very well. If you were unable to attend then please visit this web address for further information https://www.gov.uk/student-finance.

Work Experience is an asset. It enables young people to view, participate and contribute to the running of a business. It can take many forms and often we here of very bad examples where the participant has had a very negative experience.  At Thomas Alleyne’s we encourage students to arrange their own work experience. We help sign post them to organisations that we know will be beneficial to their future career aspirations and lastly we facilitate the opportunity to access the work experience placement by allowing, if necessary, them to partake in the learning during term time. There has been an abundance of research to show how important Work Experience is. So far this year we have had students working in schools, nursing homes, hospitals (on the wards with the doctors) and within companies who specialise in design and technology.

We received an email from a company this week that spoke so highly of one of the Sixth Form students, who had been on Work Experience that I felt it needed to be shared so you could see how valued our students are both in and outside of the school.

‘Ellie is a most marvellous young person and a credit to Thomas Alleyne’s. We are no slouch to work experience and have 6-10 young people each year coming in for a few days. What sets someone apart however is the thirst and passion they throw into their time here, we are a fun, ambitious and fast paced business and Ellie has shown such energy, engagement, openness, innovation and a wonderful spirit which I am sure is her nature but should also be considered a trait of the school’.

They go on to state that they feel that all young people should ensure that while they are in the Sixth Form that they should find the time to ‘try out’ industry and to make the most of these types of opportunities.

If you would like to find out more about Work Experience then please contact the Sixth Form Office.

An update on UCAS applications: we are approaching December which means that all UCAS forms must be completed and sent before the end of this term. A number of students have already started to receive offers from universities. We have students sending off portfolios of work and essays to assist in their application, a few have been for interviews and have come back feeling very positive and not to forget those that have had to sit exams to gain entry on to their competitive courses.  Some of the universities who have offered places, out of the 35 students that have applied so far 29 of them have received one or more conditional offer from universities such as; Nottingham Trent, Durham, Derby, Chester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and York to name just a few.  We are very proud of these students and cannot wait to see more offers flooding in for other students when their applications have been submitted.

Harry Alcock, a past student who currently works for the Fire Brigade, delivered a ‘hard hitting’ assembly to Year 12 and Year 13 students today. It was on road safety and road awareness.  It was difficult to listen to the encounter that was shown about a firefighter who had been called to the scene of a Road Traffic Accident. He described what happened and the cause of the crash and then went on to explain that he knew the injured driver of the car. The short film has been produced to make young people aware of the dangers of driving at speed, using their phones or concentrating on what music to listen to or chatting with friends in the car instead of focusing on the very important task of driving safely. The message was to ensure that all people in the car have their seatbelts on, to be focused on driving and arriving safely, and lastly if you are running late then speeding may not get you to your destination any quicker.  We hope that the students took on board what Harry said and we, the Sixth Form Team, feel that this assembly was very important as we have many students that have passed their driving test or who are currently taking lessons.

Champion Sheep

Last weekend, some very nervous Animal Care students arrived at the Winter Fayre at the Staffordshire County Showground, preparing to show some of the Thomas Alleynes sheep.  Prior to the event they had spent a great deal of time washing and trimming the sheep and also halter training them.  They were entered in a number of different competitions but the main event was a show down against Abbotsholme in the schools competition.  Thomas Alleyne’s students entered the ring with confidence, presented the sheep well and answered all the judge’s questions articulately. Despite Abbotsholme having ten entries to our four we managed to secure first, third and fourth places!  A very big thank you to the students and congratulations on their achievements.

Hair Today ….

Mr Robinson-White (Art teacher) and Year 13 student Mollie Fowell had their hair cut during lunchtime in the Ede Studio in order to raise money for charity. Donations are still coming in but as it stands they have raised over £200.00 which is to be divided between the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and Katherine House. They are donating their hair to the Little Princess Trust.
Well done Mollie and Mr Robinson-White.

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Art News 

Year 11 Art GCSE Mock Exams & Dates to Remember!
 
Coursework deadline is Monday 18th December at 3:05pm– ALL work from Y10 and 11 should be submitted to their art teacher in paper folders. This is worth 60% of your GCSE grade.
 
To support students we expect you to be putting in hours at art club– every mark counts, this is a new specification and the standard is high to achieve levels. usually More effort = More marks!
Art Exam Parents Evening 
 
January 9th 6:30pm-7:15pm Ede Studio
Art staff will be presenting advice and tips for the exam element of the GCSE worth 40% of the students Art GCSE grade. The Exam papers will be released on this date. Preparation for the exam starts immediately during the January Mock Exam period and students will be able to attend art club at lunch or after school til 5pm most days as per usual. 
Calling Budding Artists/Designer- LOGO Competition
Year 9 students are invited to design a logo for  Croxden Parish Council, this exciting opportunity is run as a competition across the locality and would be great for a TAHS student to have a go. Details on are Year 9 INSIGHT. 
 

World Challenge Craft Fair – Sold Out!

Luke and Tom have had local artisans and craftsmen and women eagerly booking stalls for their event which is now fully booked. It promises to be an excellent opportunity to buy unique Christmas presents along with enjoying homemade cakes and a hot drink. The boys will also be serving homemade soup and crusty bread if you fancy lunch whilst you browse. The festive atmosphere will be created by a local youth group choir, along with the opportunity to buy handmade fresh door wreaths. Each stall holder is donating to the raffle which will ensure there is an excellent selection of unusual prizes to be won. Entry to the fair is free. There is ample parking at Alton village Hall.

Science News

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

 

Year 9

Max Hayes and Callum Mee for excellent marks in their first biology assessment

Year 10

Georgia Cocke and Rachel Spence for excellent class work and homework in biology

Year 11

Sophie Howe and Oliver Stainsby for being above target in all their biology assessments to date

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

Shannon Davies and Richard Wason for an excellent start to the course

This week’s Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week also selected by Mrs North are:

Charles Froggatt and Chloe Brown for excellent class work and test results

Well done!

News from PE

St George’s Park trip

As a reward for their commitment to the extra-curricular girls football club, 12 girls traveled to St George’s Park to watch an open training session. The England women’s team have spent the week there preparing for the World Cup Qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina. The girls gained an insight to elite level training having observed the team competing in some defensive drills and both small and large sided games. They were also able to ask the Head of Nutrition questions about the dietary requirements of professional footballers.  As the session came to a close the players came over to sign autographs, answer questions and have photos taken. 
Attending the trip were Sophie Howe, Heather Cockeram, Libby Fry, Tya Messer, Jemima Pope, Sophie Gibson, Laura Backhouse, Maddison Perry, Molly Calladine, Maria Loaring, Courtney Bogacki and Evie Sidwell
The girls were pleased to meet Euro 2017 top goal scorer Jodie Taylor and Miss Jones was keen to catch up with her distant cousin Sue Smith. The game will be screened on Friday night BBC2. 

Girls House Hockey – Year 10 & 11 combined. 

A low scoring competition with Lucy Greatrex being the only goal scorer saw many of the games being decided by the number of short corners awarded. The results are as follows
1st Torrance
2nd Orme
3rd Elkes
4th Whitmore 

Literacy

 Please practice this week’s key spellings:
 [ersuadequeue

  Careers

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

New this week Nestle applications are open. 

Direct Page Link

Links

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Week Commencing 13th November

Thought for the Week

Assemblies w/b 20th November

Theme: Fire Safety

Monday and Wednesday’s assemblies will be led by Harry Alcock

Community Safety Officer

Burton Community Fire Station

Monday: Year 10 assembly,

Tuesday: Orme House assembly

Wednesday: Year 11 assembly

Thursday: Whitmore House assembly

Friday: Sixth Form assembly 

Thought for the Week

Fire destruction is one person’s job, fire prevention is every body’s job.

No safety knows fire, know safety no fire.

Dates for your diary

21/11/2017 Year 13 Parents Evening
30/11/2017 Year 11 Parents Evening
6/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
7/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
8/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
13/12/2017 Music Concert

Headteacher blog:

One of the great privileges of being a Headteacher is that I ​am frequently able to watch lessons from all subject areas.Today I was fortunate to observe a Year 11 Geography lesson focused on developing understanding of ​hazards. The attitude of the students in the class was exemplary as was the quality of work within their books. With so little time left for them before their GCSEs,​ it was reassuring to see that they are clearly working hard.

After school​, ​I ​popped into the Maths revision sessions. With students attending from Year 9 – 13 all Maths teachers were on hand to support students in clarifying their understanding. 

On Thursday evening​, Mr Wright​ – supported by Mrs Turner and their team of young chefs – baked cookies, brownies and cupcakes in aid of Children in Need. 

The key event for us this week was Prize ​G​iving. Thank you to all parents who attended. It was ​fantastic​  to see students who have now moved on from our school​,​  return​ing​ to celebrate with us. Taking a moment to pause ​and celebrate students​ achievements​,​ was a lovely way to spend our evening. We were thrilled that our guest speaker was Mr Graham Penning OBE who attended Thomas Alleyne’s in 1961. 

​His speech contained three key messages: the first was to continue the pursuit of knowledge throughout life; second, was to stay up-to-date; and finally, to treat others as you wish to be treated.​

Celebrating hard work and dedication
Our Budding Olympians:

Absence from School

Please find below the letter from our local authority in relation to Changes to Penalty Notices for Absence from School that we shared with you in September. 
Could we please remind you that these changes come into effect from 1st January 2018.
The changes specifically relate to the following areas,
Penalty Notice for leave of absence (holiday) in term time
Penalty Notice for persistent lateness
Period of time used to measure persistent absence and lateness 

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News From the Farm

We would like to say a big thank you to Waitrose, Uttoxeter for their continued support in supplying us with their ‘wasted’ food which can be used to reduce our animal feed bills.  It is also great to see this food being put to good use.  We are  one of their chosen ‘good causes’ this month so if you are in the store please pop your green counter in our slot and help us to raise more funds to continue with our redevelopments.
Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat, so are the ducks and turkeys.  If anyone would like to order one of our beautiful birds for their Christmas table then please email north@tahs.org.uk with your order.  In addition, the students will be making Christmas wreaths which can be ordered on the same email address for £10.

Hamper Donations

Donations gratefully received for a Christmas Hamper at the front office.

Proceeds of the raffle will go to our PTA who continue to be a huge support to the school.

Parents Evenings

It is year 11 parents evening on 30th November. Bookings for these are to be made via insight, thus you as parents will have to have activated your account. Lookout for an email from insight@tahs .org.uk with your details and if you have any issues please email the same address.

A reminder again that appointments can only be made via a PARENTAL login and not via the students.

This will go live for bookings on Monday 20th November.

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6th form

Please don’t forget that Parents Evening is on Tuesday 21st November from 4.00pm – 7.00pm. Year 13 Parents Evening has been placed on Insight, all parents are asked to log on to Insight and follow the instructions in the letter which was brought home by students last week, this will allow you to make the appointments with the classroom teachers.  If, for any reason, you are not able to attend, then could you let Mrs Walton know (sixthform@tahs.org.uk) and we will request information from the teachers and give you a brief overview of progress so far this year.  Parents Evening is vital to the success of our students, it allows us to share minor concerns or worries about your child and on a more positive note express how pleased we are with the progress that they are making. We look forward to seeing you there.

On Thursday 16th November, we had an external speaker talk to all our Year 13 students about student finance, This was held in the theatre during period 5. In order to support parents of students wishing to attend university we have asked the same organisation to deliver an information evening on Wednesday 22nd November at 6.00pm in the school theatre. We hope to see many of you there so that you can ask your questions and hopefully alleviate any fears you may have at this time about Student Finance.

We would like to thank all those students in Years 12 and 13 that contributed to non-uniform today. I am aware that many gave more than the £1 donation that was requested, their generosity will help another student who may be less fortunate and need further support to help them get through the week, half of the money donated will also be sent to Children In Need.

Interventions

Please see the latest interventions timetable under this link:

The Class of 1961 Prize for “Original Thought in Art”

 
We were thrilled that a group of past students from Thomas Alleyne’s High School  came to tour the school last academic year. During their time they commented on the improvement and variety of facilities students now have since they were here in 1961,  in a range of subjects we offer across the school. In particular the art department, which appeared to leave a lasting impression with the impact of rooms full of creative original artwork from our students!  The group, through Graham Penning, have sponsored two trophies for ‘Original Thought in Art’ for Senior and Junior students to aspire to. It shows a continued commitment to our school community and wish to see others thrive.  The first trophy was awarded when Graham Penning presented the award to Livia Robinsonat the prize giving event on Thursday this week.
We are delighted that Livia  achieved an A* in  her Art  GCSE alongside other TAHS students this year, but excelled to achieve full marks which puts her in the top 1% of students for Art GCSE in 2017. Her originality in her exam work, responding to the theme ‘Details’ meant she produced intriguing work based on the details found in hands, and related it to the idea of palmistry. Livia now is studying towards A levels in Art, Photography and Design Technology, so is set to take her creative passion and skill further as a career in the future.
Well done Livia and our other students at prize giving- we are very proud of so many students working hard to achieve their personal best.

 

Year 11 Art GCSE Mock Exams & Dates to Remember!
 
Year 11 Art students will be completing their 10 hour mock exams after the weekend on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st November– they should be prepared and ready for the challenge!
Coursework deadline is Monday 18th December at 3:05pm– ALL work from Y10 and 11 should be submitted to their art teacher in paper folders. This is worth 60% of your GCSE grade.
 
To support students we expect you to be putting in hours at art club– every mark counts, this is a new specification and the standard is high to achieve levels. usually More effort = More marks!
Art Exam Parents Evening 
 
January 9th 6:30pm-7:15pm Ede Studio
Art staff will be presenting advice and tips for the exam element of the GCSE worth 40% of the students Art GCSE grade. The Exam papers will be released on this date. Preparation for the exam starts immediately during the January Mock Exam period and students will be able to attend art club at lunch or after school til 5pm most days as per usual. 
Calling Budding Artists/Designer- LOGO Competition
Year 9 students are invited to design a logo for  Croxden Parish Council, this exciting opportunity is run as a competition across the locality and would be great for a TAHS student to have a go. Details on are Year 9 INSIGHT. 
 

Year 12 are also Revising in RE

Have a look at some of the comprehensive revision materials that Year 12 Ethics students have been making.  It doesn’t matter what form revision takes, the more comprehensive it is the better it will help you to consolidate your knowledge and support your post-16 studies.

 

Cake Sale for Children In Need

On Thursday evening a number of students, under the supervision of Mrs Turner, baked cookies & cakes to sell today to raise money for Children In Need.  Well done to them all as they managed to raise £91

 

 

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Students have produced over 30 shoe boxes full of gifts that will be given to some of the most disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe. Well done and thank you.

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Pastoral students of the week

Josh Tortonesi and Josh Nicholls for exemplary community spirit.
Niamh Collins, Jenny McKendrick, Maisy Jeffrey, Ben Collier and Georgia Cocke – culinary expertise preparing for the Children in Need cake sale. 

Science News

 

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

Year 9

Aidan White and Chloe Yates for consistent high effort

Callum Plant for excellent work

Year 10

Torin Noble and Sophie Brown for consistent high achievement

James Moore for excellent effort

Year 11

Carl Hallam and Amelia Barnacle for effort above and beyond for extra-curricular work

Abigail Podmore for consistent excellent achievement

Well done!

News from PE

U16 netball v DeFerrers

The U16 netball team traveled to deferrers for the first league game in the East Staffordshire league. 
Thomas Alleyne’s were disappointed that the game was being played on the outside court and this was reflected in their first quarter performance conceding 9 goals. 
Things improved in the next 3 quarters with positional adjustments and reducing the number of soft passes. Thomas Alleyne’s were unable to catch Deferrers and the score finished 23-12. 
Team – Ellie Alcock, Aimee Wild, Libby Fry, Abbie Harrison, Jaz Sutton, Tilly Edwards, Freya Barkas & Belle Hancox
Many thanks to Jemima Millican for umpiring 
House Matches
 
The next round of house matches are coming up.
Yr10 Boys rugby- Monday 20th November P2
Yr11 Boys rugby – Monday 20th November P5
Yr10 & 11 Girls Hockey Thursday 23rd November P3
Yr9 Boys rugby Wednesday 29th November P3 &4
Yr9 Girls football Wednesday 29th November P3 & 4
House Swim Gala Thursday 7th December P3 & 4
See your head of house to find out who the captains are.

Literacy

 Please practice this week’s key spellings:
 nervopp

  Careers

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

New this week JCB applications are open. 

Direct Page Link

Busy in MFL

MFL mock speaking exams start Monday 27th November. Make sure you are revising your topic questions, role-plays and photo card skills. Support room 25 Tuesday lunchtimes.
Intervention after school on Friday translations and writing skills room 23 and room 10.
Linguists of the week 
Year 9
Will Lane, Harry Lunn, Caitlin Palmer, Orla Hodgkinson, Sam Spooner, Honor Christie
Excellent understanding and detail about ma maison
Year 10
Vicky Catterall, Aaron Gwynne
Excellent listening and reading comprehension results in assessment.
Year 11
Kieran Coates, Stacey Harrison, Georgia Bessey, Alex Brain, Chloe Brown 
Excellent school mock speaking preparation

Year 13 Literature on Tour

By Tom Hollins, Year 13
Over the past week, Year 13 literature students have had 2 trips to London to enhance their studies.
On Friday 10th November, Mrs Baldwin’s class 13B, visited London to attend a day of lectures on War Literature. This day involved a number of interesting and thought-provoking talks, concluding with a session with author of the ‘Regeneration’ trilogy, Pat Barker. 13B have studied Pat Barker’s excellent novel and thoroughly enjoyed getting to put forward questions about the text. The day concluded with a trip to the National Gallery to see some of the stunning artwork on display. All of 13B would like to thank Mrs Baldwin for organising this highly useful trip.

 

Links

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

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Week Commencing 6th November

Thought for the Week

Assemblies w/b 13th November
Theme: Volunteering
Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri …these assemblies will be led by Ian Cartwright
Tuesday 14th will be a whole Year 11 Apprenticeship assembly
Thought for the Week
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” 
― H. Jackson Brown Jr. Author

Dates for your diary

16//11/2017 GCSE Prize Giving
21/11/2017 Year 13 Parents Evening
30/11/2017 Year 11 Parents Evening
6/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
7/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
8/12/2017 Woman in Black Performance
13/12/2017 Music Concert

Headteacher blog:

On Wednesday evening, ​over 150 parents and Year 11 students attended our revision evening. Thank you to everyone who attended: we were pleased to receive so much positive feedback. If you were unable to attend, you will find attached, the PowerPoint used on the evening. As Year 11 students approach their mock examinations, it is vital that they have a clear revision plan.
We know how challenging GCSEs are. In Science alone there will be over ten and a half hours of examinations, which we need to prepare students for both academically and emotionally. Please check the dates of the revision sessions.
We hope you enjoy the first edition of a new sports report this week. The report was put together by Max who is in Year 9. He was supported by Reuben who recorded the footage for him.  We would like to wish Max well in his entry for the BBC Young Sports Commentator of the Year. In a future report, he will cover the story of Josie and Lucy who are competing at National level in cycling.
This week, ‘Marchington Singers’ have offered a very generous bursary of £500.00 for any student interested in working and performing with them.
If you are interested in applying for this bursary, please see Mrs Todd.
 

Student Video Blog Sports Report

The year 9s faced Sir Thomas Boughey in the cup, semi final. It was a hard fought game, which the lads often dominated, however the result didn’t reflect this and unfortunately it finished 3-1 to Sir Thomas Bowen.

The Sports Reporter’s Man Of The Match:

Callum Stockbridge, who scored from a Set Piece after a fantastic cross by Eddie Smith.

Take a look at the video below (click the link) which includes: Game Footage, Player Interviews and Reports, your reporter is Max Hayes.

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It’s never too early to start revising!

Year 10 CPLD students have been preparing for their external exam in January which is worth 25% of their final grade. They have found innovative ways to revise and consolidate the learning that has taken place so far this term. 
A reminder that the next after school revision session scheduled is on Thursday 16th November – it would be great to see any year 10’s or year 11’s who are sitting the exam on 10th January 2018 attending.

 

 

Hamper Donations

Donations gratefully received for a Christmas Hamper at the front office.

Proceeds of the raffle will go to our PTA who continue to be a huge support to the school.

Parents Evenings

As mentioned above we have parents evenings coming up for both year 13 and 11. Bookings for these are to be made via insight, thus you as parents will have to have activated your account. Lookout for an email from insight@tahs .org.uk with your details and if you have any issues please email the same address.

Neither evening is open to parents yet, year 13 will be the first to go live on the afternoon of Monday 13th November.

6th form

A letter has been sent home today to explain about Parents Evening which is on Tuesday 21st November from 4.00pm – 7.00pm. Year 13 Parents Evening will be placed on Insight from Monday 13th November, all parents are asked to log on to Insight and follow the instructions in the letter, this will allow you to make the appointments with the classroom teachers.  If, for any reason, you are not able to attend, then could you let Mrs Walton know (sixthform@tahs.org.uk) and we will request information form the teachers and give you a brief overview of progress so far this year.  Parents Evening is vital to the success of our students, it allows us to share minor concerns or worries about your child and on a more positive note express how pleased we are with the progress that they are making.

All Year 13 students are aware of the upcoming  mock examinations in January and we would ask you to encourage that they start revising at home as soon as possible so that a true picture of their progress can be captured at this time.  The mock examination process is key to establishing a beneficial pathway to the end of the course, which allows students to focus on weaker topic areas and improve on essay skills or examination question structures.

Next week, Thursday 16th November, we have asked an external speaker to come in and talk to all our Year 13 students about student finance, This will be held in the theatre during period 5, this is a mandatory event and all Year 13 students are expected to attend. In order to support parents of students wishing to attend university we have asked the same organisation to deliver an information evening on Wednesday 22nd November at 6.00pm in the school theatre. We hope to see many of you there so that you can ask your questions and hopefully alleviate any fears you may have at this time about Student Finance.

Many our Year 13 students are well on their way to sending their UCAS applications, why not ask to look at their application and talk to them about their choices. It is nice to see how far they have come. I have spoken to many students this week on why they have selected specific courses and universities and the reasons they have given are varied.  Are they making the choices for the right reason?  I would expect all students to look at courses that are aspirational as well as safe choices so that on results day they have the opportunity to select the right place for them.

Thanks to all our Year 12 volunteers who have helped support Remembrance Day and have visited all registration groups selling poppies, without them the school would not be able to make this as successful as we do. It also with gratitude that I thank those in the Senior Prefect team for reading the names of past students who have died in battle from 1914 to present day.

Interventions

Please see the latest interventions timetable under this link:

Latest from “Down Farm!”

The redevelopment of the site continues apace with the enclosure for the rabbit and guinea pig hutches built and steps repaired.  Mrs Lyon even brought in her old clothes so she could try her hand at brick laying. A big thank you this week goes to Carillion for their continued support and expertise as well as R.P George and TFD for supplying wood, mesh and screw fittings for the hutches. Students are now eager to get their hands on the paint so that they can practise their artistic skills on the wall to produce a rural themed mural.

This week in vet skills students were fascinated to see the reproductive organs of both a bull and a cow which fitted in well with their class work on reproduction.  They were able to use the proper AI equipment to have a go at artificial insemination. The students impressed me with their willingness to get stuck in and the vet was impressed with their knowledge and understanding of some quite difficult scientific concepts.

Finally, we said a temporary goodbye to Rosie, our farm manager, this week as she starts her well-deserved maternity leave.  However, as is always the case when working with children and animals, her work is never quite finished and she is hoping to support our students next weekend when they are showing the school lambs at the Winter Fayre. The lambs have been washed and trimmed and are currently enjoying a life of luxury inside the barn with shelter, warm bedding and copious amounts of food. They should be in perfect condition ready for next weekend and we wish them the best of luck at the show.

 

 

 

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Non Uniform Day for Children In Need

On Friday the 17th November all students are welcome to wear their own clothes and make a donation of £1.  We hope that all students are able to support this worthy cause.

Cake Sale for Children In Need

On Thursday evening a number of students, under the supervision of Mrs Turner, will be baking cookies to sell on Friday to raise money for Children In Need.  Please encourage your son or daughter to bring some money in on Friday to purchase what will be mouth-watering cookies

 

Pastoral students of the week

Honorable mentions to our sixth formers this week for their roles in the Remembrance assemblies, and for leading our lower school by example:
Karl Stanley, Chloe Lee, Maddison Hill, Kirstyn Williams, Lydia Grocott, Iona Barron and Ryan Wiggins. 

Science News

 

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

Year 9

Alice Boothby, Chloe Cartwright and Thomas Johnson for excellent Biology Assessments

Year 10

Finlay White and Callum Dreher for their continued high levels of curiosity and interest in Biology

Year 11

Amy Burrows and Tom Smith for making a superb start to year 11 Biology

Well done!

News from PE

House Matches
 
The next round of house matches are coming up.
Yr10 Boys rugby- Monday 20th November P2
Yr11 Boys rugby – Monday 20th November P5
Yr10 & 11 Girls Hockey Thursday 23rd November P3
Yr9 Boys rugby Wednesday 29th November P3 &4
Yr9 Girls football Wednesday 29th November P3 & 4
House Swim Gala Thursday 7th December P3 & 4
See your head of house to find out who the captains are.

Cross Country

During the week we played host for the year 3 – 6 cross country – please see below for a report and pictures from this event.
Don’t forget to view the fantastic sports report from Max Hayes on the year 9 football…..

Literacy

 Please practice this week’s key spellings:
 necneigh

  Careers

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

New this week JCB applications are open. 

Direct Page Link

Music Rehersals

Monday lunch: Choir 
Wind Band is changed to Thursday after school this week to accommodate those who have other commitments on a Tuesday
Thursday lunch; Jazz Band
Thursday after school: Wind Band
Friday lunch; String ensemble 

Parent Governor Election

Students have been issued with ballot papers for the election to the post of Parent Governor. Two positions are available and we have three candidates!
Please can ballot papers be returned to the main office no later than 3.30pm on Wednesday 22/11 in a sealed envelope – marked Parent Governor Election.

Links

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Week Commencing 30th October

Thought for the Week

Assemblies W/b 6th November
Theme:  Remembrance
Assemblies will be led by Simon Wright
Thought for the Week
“The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.”

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (she was an Indian diplomat and politician)

Dates for your diary

7th November Year 11 Tutor Evening

Headteacher blog:

This week I met with our new GCSEpod student-leader Kirsten and her team. I am convinced they will do a fantastic job and over the next few weeks, they will be developing their plan to ensure they support Year 11 and younger students in their revision. 
We have also appointed Max, one of our Year 9 students, to the post of Sports Reporter for Round up. I am excited to have him on our team of student leaders, and am looking forward to his first report which we will share with you through this newsletter. If you want to know why we appointed Max, please click on this link:
It is time for us to thank Tom Hollins who has been leading the GCSEpod team. 
When I asked Tom to take on the post, I could not have imagined what he would do with the responsibility. He has led a team who have led form periods, delivered assemblies, run parent training sessions on GCSEpod and most importantly, supported students individually in school. At the end of his tenure, students at our school have streamed or downloaded over 93,000 podcasts to support them in their GCSEs: more than at any other school of our size. 
I know Tom will make sure he supports Kirsten in her new role, so that what he has created continues after he has left. We would like to say a huge thank you and wish him well in these final months of study for his A levels.
On a different note, we would like to congratulate everyone involved in the National In Bloom Awards where Uttoxeter was awarded the Silver Gilt. Since then, there has been a huge amount of work completed on our school farm led by Helen Lyon and Carillion. The work done is transformational and a huge support to Justine North who runs the farm with her team. 
 

School Council

A busy and successful student council meeting included the election of student leaders for this academic year. Tom Page is the student council chair, vice chair is Emma Jo Gilbert and secretary is Carys Barker.  We look forward to hearing their plans.
If anyone would like to get involved in the council please see their tutor or Mrs George.
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World Challenge Christmas Craft Fair

Luke Hardwick and Tom Barraclough invite you to their

World Challenge Christmas craft fair

3rd December Alton Village hall. 11 till 3.

Selected local craft stalls providing a great chance to do Christmas shopping for those unique gifts. We have a fully booked fair with a fantastic selection of seasonal and unique items.

Refreshments will be available serving cake and drinks but also soup and crusty bread for lunch. Put the date in your diary- See you there.

Barrow Hill Visit

Year 13 BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care students were invited to spend the day in at Barrow Hill Hall Dementia Care Home.  They took along a range of creative resources and planned a number activities to do with the residents.

Louise Fowell from Barrow Hill Hall said everyone who participated in the experience from the school were fabulous  I would  like to thank them as they were brilliant with the residents each person was patient, understanding and very helpful to each individual that they helped support.

The students had a fantastic day and learnt a lot.  Mollie (year 13) said it was very inspiring to see how much hard work and passion goes into caring for those less able to care for themselves.

Health and Social Care is available in Sixth Form as a single award (one A level equivalent) and a triple award (three A level equivalent).  If you would like any further information please contact Mrs George or Mrs Blair.

 

6th form

We have created a work friendly environment in the Common Room this week, we have thrown away any furniture that we have deemed ‘tatty’ and replaced them with work pods. This is to support and encourage a positive learning environment within the Sixth Form area. We have been pleased to see these pods used frequently.

This week there have been a number of students that have completed their UCAS forms and sent them off. Speaking to some of them after they had sent it, they stated that they felt relieved and that a weight had been lifted. This has enabled them to re-focus on their lessons and start making changes, if needed, that will allow them to be successful and have choices on results day.

We like to champion the variety of pathways open to our students once they have left Thomas Alleyne’s. Alex Rock is going to become a primary school teacher, most students leave Sixth Form and attend university full time, Alex has chosen a different pathway. I think that this is fabulous opportunity for Alex and one that I would recommend other students investigate.

Alex Rock: During my time at Thomas Alleyne’s sixth form I had settled on the idea of becoming a primary school teacher. I had taken a wide variety of A-levels and was looking at getting into teaching. I undertook work experience at a local primary school at the start of year 12 and continued all the way to the end of year 13 to get a better understanding of my chosen career path and gain experience that I could reference when it came to applying for university. At the time a full time university degree seemed to be the only option available to me to become a teacher but this did not completely suit me as I would be gaining no real experience whilst I was studying. I then began looking at different routes into teaching and through speaking to different people I found what I am doing currently. I knew that I would need a degree to become a teacher but I was informed that I did not have to get this through the traditional university route.

Instead of going to university full time I attend Staffordshire University at the Burton College campus one night a week on a Thursday evening. I am completing a BA Honours Degree in Education and despite being part time, this course will still only take 3 years to complete. As part of my degree I must have a placement in an education setting for at least 10 hours a week that can be either paid or voluntary. This is what swayed me to undertake this degree as this placement means that I can gain valuable experience while I study.

For my placement I work as a teaching assistant at Leasowes Primary school in Stafford. I work 3 full days and 2 half days at the school which allows me time to complete my university work, however most of the work links with experiences I gain from the school meaning that I am constantly learning.

This post 18 route has provided me with the perfect balance between a university degree and paid work which, for a while, I did not even know was possible. I would strongly recommend looking at a variety of routes into different career paths and talk to different people before settling on one as you may find a route that is perfect for you that you had never heard of.

Interventions

Please see the latest interventions timetable under this link:

Year 11 Revision Evening

Tuesday 7th November at 7pm
School Theatre
The purpose of this evening is two-fold. Firstly, an opportunity for us to explain how you can best support your child through Year 11. Secondly, the Heads of English, Maths and Science will present advice and guidance on how to prepare for GCSEs in these three subjects.
The evening starts at 7pm in the Theatre and will last for about an hour.
Your son/daughter is welcome to attend with you.
We look forward to seeing you there!
 

New Developments on the Farm

We are delighted to say that, with help from a number of local businesses, we are in the process of re-developing part of the farm. So far a large area has been cleared to make way for a new small animal enclosure.  A pen has been erected for grazing as well as a bricked area for the hutches. 

BTEC Animal Care students have designed some new hutches and the winning designs are now being built for us. 

We would like to extend our gratitude to Carillion Tarmac Partnership, ATM and T&M for all their time and dedication to this project.

In order to continue with our improvements we have asked for donations of construction materials from local businesses. 

If anyone could provide skilled labour or donations please contact the school office at office@tahs.org.uk

Pastoral students of the week

Fred Warlow
Tara Wilkins
Robert Wilkins
Carl Hallam
Jamie Painter   all nominated for their help with interviews within the SEN department
Carl Hallam & Amy Mellor for having the highest number of credits in Whitmore house so far this term

Science News

 

The Physics revision timetable is available here for you to view:

Revision session outline Physics

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

Year 9

Harry Cope and Elizabeth Holden for gaining the highest marks in the first Chemistry assessment

Year 10

Lucy Greatrex and Benjamin Seaman for a fantastic start in Science

Year 11

Matthew Simpson and Gabriel Eastwood for excellent calculation work in Chemistry

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

Lorten Flemming and Rachel Spence for enthusiasm and effort in practical and classroom work

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

Paul Finney and Olivia Bennett for their commitment to ELBS

Well done!

News from PE

Year 9 Football
 
On Wednesday the year 9 football team played against Repton in the Semi Final of the Burton and District cup.  From kick off Alleynes dominated the first 10 minutes of the match. There was some very good play by Callum Stockbridge and Tommy Mangon supporting Jed Brunt and Ashton Baggley up front.  A number of chances were created but unfortunately Alleynes couldn’t score. In the following 15 minutes Repton started to come into the game, they were denied chances to score from some courageous keeping by Freddie Whitehead and unfortunately scored with a break away goal.  This did not phase the lads and they continued to play attacking football and created a number of chances only to be prevented from scoring by the wood work and an excellent goal keeping display from the Repton keeper.  In the closing minutes of the first half Jed Brunt  had an excellent opportunity to level the game, only to be denied, once again by an outstanding save from the keeper.  Immediately after his save Repton attacked and were awarded a penatly, which was converted. Going into half time Alleyens were 2 – 0 down. The second half continued much the same as the first with Alleynes continuing to create chances, only to be denied by the Repton keeper and Freddie keeping Repton from scoring.  Unfortunately Alleynes were unable to score and lost 2 – 0.  Overall this was a very good game and  there were strong performances from Freddie Whitehead  Reuben Kenney, Callum Stockbridge and man of the match Will Jakes. 
U16 Basketball County Cup Round 1
As featured on facebook on Thursday:
Thomas Alleyne’s hosted Kingsmead from Cannock in the first round of the county cup.  This was the teams first match of the season and they didnt know what to expect from their experienced opponents.
Alleynes’s began strongly with Harrison Bott who was captaining the side scoring 5 baskets in a row.  At quarter time Alleyne’s were 14-2 up. The second quarter was more even and lower scoring with good baskets from Danny Cleary, Alex Tomlinson and Jordan Elcock. In the second half Bott dominated the scoring again with good support play from Alfie Bednall and Lewis Loaring.  Score at the end of the third quarter 32 – 7.  In the final quarter with the game won Alleyne’s used the time to practice some set plays and Sam Thorley got on the score sheet with 2 baskets and Bottpulled off a dunk to impress the supporters.  Final score Alleyne’s 47- Kingsmead 9.  MVP Harrison Bott.
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U15 Rugby County Cup v St Joseph’s College
On Tuesday Thomas Alleynes hosted the mighty St Joseph’s college from Trent Vale.  St Jo’s are a regular county cup winner and as a selective school often have the pick of the rugby players from Stoke-On-Trent and beyond.  After our win over John Taylor confidence was high, but it was apparent in the early stages that this would be a much greater challenge.  Alleyne’s played some good attacking rugby and forwards Gregor Hayes and Anton Davidson carried well.  In the back row Jenson Bosworth matched anything the opposition had and made 2 clean breaks.  Alleyne’s inability to convert their chances cost them, with a lack of discipline and decision making.  When Charlie Martin went over in the corner and Ben Simon converted, Alleyne’s were in the game only 2 scores behind, but as we pushed to get back into the game the game became more open which suited the well organised St Jos’s who put on several scores as Alleyne’s began to tire.
Individually Alleyne’s players all made positive contributions and St Jo’s team manager said it was the toughest game they have had this season.
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Literacy

 Please practice this week’s key spellings:
 minuteimmediatly

 Careers

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

New this week JCB applications are open. 

Direct Page Link

Maths – Year 11 practice papers

These have arrived in school and all Year 11 students who ordered them should have received them this week in their maths lessons.
If you didn’t order them but would now like to we will be putting another order in next Friday 10th November – please pay by Parentpay by requesting a barcoded letter in order to pay via paypoint. The pack contains 6 practice maths exam papers with markschemes and costs £2.50. 
This is a great way for students to revise for their maths mock exam that will take place after Christmas

MFL Revision

MFL GCSE Revision restarts next week.
Tuesday lunchtime room 25 Speaking support for mock speaking exams
Friday 3.10 room 10 French/room 23 German translation and writing support.
Linguists of the week
Y9 Thomas Haines Max Houghton
Year 10 Natasha Painter Shani Wright
Year 11 Chloe Brown Georgia Bessey

Links

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

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Week Commencing 16th October

Thought for the Week

Assemblies w/b 31st October
Theme of the assemblies: Reeping and Sowing
These assemblies will be led by Julie Rudge
Thought for the Week
“Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.”
“Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.”

Dates for your diary

30th October INSET day school closed to pupils

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

1st November Year 9 Tutor Evening

7th November Year 11 Tutor Evening

Headteacher blog:

Completing my student voice activity for this half term on Friday was an absolute pleasure as I met with a group of articulate, thoughtful year nine students.

Over the half term,  I have met with 25 students in total and they have shared with me their views on how we can further develop the school. In general they seem satisfied with the replacement of the school planners with Insight homework portal .

They also shared with me the wide range of extra curricular activities they have been participating in. GCSE pod clearly remains a popular resource. Many students shared with me that they are planning to use it over half term for their revision.

We hope you all have a wonderful half term and look forward to seeing students back on Tuesday, 31 October.

 

Year 9 – Tutor Evening.

On  Wednesday 1st November we are looking forward to meeting our year nine parents for their tutor evening.  The evening is held in the theatre from 4.00pm – 6.00pm.  Please ensure that you have made an apppointment to meet your son/daughters tutor, this is avaliable on Insight.  During the evening there will also be an opportunity to attend a presentation on GCSE Pod and Insight.
We look forward to meeting you.

World Challenge Christmas Craft Fair

Luke Hardwick and Tom Barraclough invite you to their

World Challenge Christmas craft fair

3rd December Alton Village hall. 11 till 3.

Selected local craft stalls providing a great chance to do Christmas shopping for those unique gifts. We have a fully booked fair with a fantastic selection of seasonal and unique items.

Refreshments will be available serving cake and drinks but also soup and crusty bread for lunch. Put the date in your diary- See you there.

Online Safety

We are aware that snapchat has been used to create a TAHS story. This has been closed down and the police have been informed. All students must not load up images of staff or students in school uniform on to any social media site. We appreciate your support with this.

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

Childline advice app for young people

 

Please encourage your child to download the childline app as a relevant source of help and advice for young people.
The link is – https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/for-me/

Further social media advice for students, parents and carers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40382876

6th form

It is always surprising how quickly the end of term creeps up on us, this week we have been talking about celebrating the successes that we achieve. It could be handing in a piece of work that has been particularly difficult, and the sense of achievement that it can bring. It can also be achieving their highest score yet in a test or end of unit exam. Whatever it is, each student should reflect on how they feel when they have achieved and accomplished this, regardless of how other students have done.  All our students in the Sixth Form are unique, and it is clear to us that as long as they work to achieve their goals then they are succeeding.

This week we were given the news that one of our Year 12 Students, Natasha Young. Tash Young and Ella Harrod have just been awarded a Distinction in their Grade 5 ballet exam.  They both have lessons with Spotlight Academy. Tash has shown a great commitment to her dance as she has attended since the age of 3 and does all 4 types of dance with them: Ballet, Tap, Modern and Street.  They both also dance with UtoD, which is also a very successful dance group.  Well do ne to both of them.

As you are aware out Year 13 students are in the process of applying for University, looking at Higher Level Apprenticeships and looking at other pathways. We have had 13 students apply for competitive courses, which means they have to apply earlier than most other students do as they have interviews and exams in order to gain access on to these courses. 

Josh Ball – Medicine

Ellie Emery – Dentistry

Oliver Roberts – Veterinary Medicine (Ex-Student left last year)

Laura Allen – Natural Sciences at Cambridge University  (St Catherine’s College)

Trudy Yates – History at Cambridge University (Peterhouse College)

Laura Wilson – Mathematics at Cambridge University  (St Johns College)

Michael Meakin – Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University (Jesus College)

Sarah Page – English Language and Literature at Oxford University (Worcester College)

Lucy Vickers – PPE at Oxford University (Balliol College)

Lowri Spear – English Language and Literature at Oxford University (Wadham College)

Anna Sykes – English Language and Literature at Oxford University (Mansfield College)

Harry Taylor – Physics at Oxford University (Queens College)

As well as this we have had a further 8 students complete their UCAS application early, well done to these students as they can now concentrate all their time towards their studies. We do recommend that all students complete their Personal Statements as soon as possible, so that they can arrange an appointment with their personal tutor to have it checked and sent.  If you, as a parent, would like to know anything then please contact us at the following email address sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

All Year 12 and 13 students have been given a data collection sheet that needs to be completed and returned to school as soon as possible.  This ensures that we have the correct contact details on our system, which does make home-school contact much more efficient.

We would like to share the Sixth Form application process with all parents of students in Year 11.  If students or parents have any questions about the application process then we would like them to contact us and we will talk them through it. 

Application Guidance

Sixth Form Application Guidance

Thomas Alleyne’s Sixth Form application can be downloaded from the school website – www.thomasalleynes.uk.

Subject Guidance

 For example if a student wanted to study : Psychology as your 1st choice indicate this as choice 1, History 2nd choice as choice 2 etc.

Notes:

-They should choose a minimum of 3 subjects to study

-Some courses are full time and so cannot be combined with others.

Please refer to the 6th Form prospectus for further information.

We will endeavour to accommodate preferred subject choices whenever we can. We will update applicants on any change to their subject choices if and where necessary.

If you have any queries regarding subject choices or completion of your application, please speak to your Form Tutor or a member of the Sixth Form team. Alternatively you can email any questions to sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Once completed, your form needs to be returned to either your Form Tutor or to the School Office.

Personal Statement – Guidance

On the school website students can find a hyperlink to help with the application process. It is recommended that students keep a copy of their personal statement as this will form the basis of the discussion at their interview in March.

Students should cover 4 main areas in their statement:

– Describe themselves & their personal qualities

– Explain their work experience and any other courses they have completed and the          skills gained from this

– Involvement in school and community life

– Future plans and ambitions

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Linguist of the week

Year 9 = Chloe Yates
Year 10 = Cem Coban and Jessica Eardley
Year 11 = Tom Smith

SEND Evening

Thursday evening saw the SEND department host their year 9 and 11 ‘drop – in’ event for parents. It was an opportunity for parents to meet the team and discuss their child’s SEN needs. The evening was a success, and parents enjoyed refreshments and the chance to share knowledge and information with the Learning Support Assistants.
There will be a similar evening for year 10 parents later on in the year.
 

Future Business Leaders?

Business leader Chris Windley talked to some of our y9 and y10 students about social media, personal branding and how to make an idea into a business. The talk was motivational and helped students think more about how to achieve in school and business. Two important tips were, “Be confident enough to have patience” and “You should be using your eyes and ears more than your mouth” in order to succeed. 

Pastoral students of the week

Nominated by the House team, for a range of contributions to school life:

Josie Nelson – for being selected as an Olympic Development Apprentice for Cycling representing Great Britain
Kane Allsup, Kayden Holder, Max Houghton and Maddison Perry – for achieving their Gold credit badges
Alfred Bednall 1103 and Harriet Thompson-Smith 1103 for representing Orme House on Thursday with our interview process for the post of Student Support Assistant.   (All candidates commented on your maturity and positive attitude about our school.)

Science News

 

On Monday our students were amazed and intrigued by the appearance of the Sun in the morning sky.

The Sun appeared as a red disc and produced an eerie orange glow in the sky around the School.  The cause of this unusual spectacle was ex-hurricane Ophelia which originated in the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean to the west of Portugal.  As the hurricane moved north it dragged with it dust that had been drawn high into the atmosphere from the Sahara Desert in North Africa.  The recent forest fires in Portugal and Spain also resulted in dust and debris rising into the atmosphere, which also contributed to the effect.

Mr Melland explained that the Sun’s visible light is part of the electromagnetic radiation given off by the Sun.  The visible light is made up of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet and these colours combine to make white light.

The red sun phenomenon was a result of the particles in the air causing shorter-wavelength blue light to scatter leaving longer-wavelength red light to shine through.   

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

Year 9

Amelia Hadgett for outstanding physics assessment results

Tom Johnson and Jimmy Wilson for excellent class contribution

Year 10

Jazmine Freeman for performing significantly above target in her physics assessment

Year 11

Emily Oliver for excellent contributions on Medical Physics

Georgia Morris for being well above target in her radiation assessment

Well done!

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News from PE

U16 Football Moorlands League V Painsley H
After last weeks 7-1 win over JCB confidence was high.  This was a completely different proposition though with Painsley providing a stern test.  The name was end to end in the first half with Painsley being far more clinical at both ends of the field.  The half time score was 0-3.  At half time Alleyne’s were positive that they could get back into the game and 2 quick goals from man of the match Harry Johnson brought the score back to 2-3 and Alleyne’s pushed for more.  Sadly as Alleyne’s attacked they were caught with two quick sucker punches and the score blew out to 3-8.
U14 Football Moorlands League v Painsley H
Alleyne’s were coming off the back of 3 wins in a row, but the first half was back to the drawing board as a lack of communication and team work saw Painsley go into a comfortable 0-3 lead.  The second half saw John Ball get on the score sheet and  and then Jed Brunt make it 2-3.  Alleyne’s played much better second half and pushed for an equaliser but had left themselves too much to do.
U14 Rugby County Cup v King Edward Stafford H
You may have seen on facebook that on Thursday year 9 played their first school rugby match.  We had a very keen and enthusiastic squad of 28 players and began very well.  We were caught cold by a breakaway try but after that Alleynes matched the experienced opposition well. Lewis Caparas playing his first ever rugby match made a great break but then ran over the dead ball line, Alleyne’s follwed this up with good pressure and were rewarded by a try to scrum half Seb Hancox.  The second half saw Alleynes make full use of their squad and all players aquited themselves very well. The weather played a huge part with continuous torrential rain falling. The final score was 5-12 and but for a couple of errors we could have secured a win.
Man of the match – Reuben Kenny
Team-
Hayden Fisher, Harry Lunn, Ricardo Goncalves, Finley Ashton, Charlie Beckett, Jack Bennett, Archie Fountain, Harry Van Hoek, Will Jakes, Arron Curtis, Sam Brown, Seb Hancox, Kane Allsup, George Beech, Reuben Kenny, Kamron McCutcheon, Josh Rogers, Freddie Whitehead, John Ball, Tommy Mangan, Harry Ashton, Jimmy Wilson, Connor McLaughlin, Lewis Caparas, Will Hocking, Will Lane, Jake Wildridge, Joshua Tortonesi
Fixtures After Half Term
On The First Day back Tuesday 31st October The Year 9 boys football team travel to Repton in the semi final of the Burton & District Cup.
Team
Freddie Whitehead, John Ball, George Beech, Callum Stockbridge, Sam Cope, Harry Van-Hoek, Reuben Kenny, Jed Brunt, Tommy Mangan, Will Jakes, Ethan Clarkson, Ed Smith, Ashton Bagley
Also on the first day back Year 10 Rugby Team host St Joseph’s College in the 2nd round of the county cup.
Team

Gregor Hayes, Charlie Cope, Alex Done, Ben Simon, James Seaman, Ben Seaman, Anton Davidson, Lewis Brown, Ed Fradley, Jenson Bosworth, Daniel Hensman, Will Bowyer, Euan Walsh, Lewie Thornton, Jack Nicholls, Charlie Martin, George Hill, Max Hunt, Owen Carrington, Tom Hollingsworth

Year 13 History – the end is nigh!

The final coursework deadline is fast approaching. Students should have handed three copies of their completed coursework (with bibliography and footnotes) to Mrs Johnson by next Friday.

Literacy

 Please practice this week’s key spellings:
extremleyfriend

 Careers

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

New this week information on an Aim Higher Evening at Newcastle College. 

Direct Page Link

On The Farm

Students harvested the last of the produce from their vegetable plots this week.  Some of the pumpkins were so big that they had to be transported around in a wheelbarrow and collected from school by car!! Congratulations to Haydn Hatton and Laura Simister who grew a staggering 18kg of potatoes. These were all weighed so that students could complete course work comparing the growth of potatoes using organic and inorganic fertilisers.

Our vet skills sessions are now in full swing with vets from Glenthornes practice coming in after school on Wednesday to provide extra support to our BTEC Animal Care students.  They have already covered sessions on companion animals including guinea pigs and rabbits and this week did a very informative session on exotics. They made full use of the animals available on the farm including our corn snakes, bearded dragon, leopard gecko, terrapin and tarantula. All BTEC Animal Care students are welcome to attend, check the timetable attached for the sessions.

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Year 11 Revision Evening

Tuesday 7th November 6pm-8pm

An opportunity to hear talks from the English, maths and science departments providing revision tips and information on how to prepare for these examinations. General revision advice to help parents support their son or daughter with revision will also be presented will also be presented.

Hope to see you there!

Join our team

We currently have vacancies for:
  • Inclusion Support Assistant
  • Exam Invigilators
  • Cleaners

See our website for further details.

Links

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

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Week Commencing 9th October

Thought for the Week

Assemblies week beginning 16th October

Theme: Celebration

All House assemblies will be led by the respective Head of House

Thought for the Week

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.    Oprah Winfrey

Dates for your diary

17th October Year 5 Open Evening Ryecroft Middle School

18th October Year 5 Open Evening Windsor Park Middle School

19th October Year 5 Open Evening Oldfields Middle School

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

1st November Year 9 Tutor Evening

7th November Year 11 Tutor Evening

Headteacher blog:

For the third year in a row, we are thrilled that the Department for Education has just named Thomas Alleyne’s as one of the 10th highest performing schools in Staffordshire for student progress.
Thank you to staff, governors and students for all of their hard work. 
On Thursday evening, the Uttoxeter volunteer Duke of Edinburgh group celebrated students’ achievements by awarding Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates. It was wonderful to see over 70 students at the event and to be invited to listen to an inspiring speech from ex student Emma, who is now working as an Engineer on Wind Farms on the South Coast.
 
The award for 2017/2018 has been  significantly oversubscribed this year and therefore, the group are working hard to ensure that all students are able to take part. We will be in touch on Monday with any students who have not had a place confirmed as yet.   
 
 
I very much appreciate all of the work of the volunteers who make this happen for our young people. 
 
Talk the Talk concluded this week with the company nominating 20 students for Best Speaker and Most Improved Speaker awards. Congratulations to all award winners who will receive a certificate to recognise their achievements before half term. They have also received credits for their House.
​Finally, thank you to all students who supported us on Open Evenings this week and last.
If you are aware of anyone who missed the open evening, they can make a booking to tour the school directly from our website.​

Staff Training

On 16th October, Thomas Alleyne’s staff will be involved in training which looks at the risks posed to young people online and considers the steps we can take to protect  our students.  The training will be led by Mrs Young and Mr Brunt.  Mrs Young is training to be a CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Champion and she will, in the near future, be sharing her expertise with our partner schools and parents and carers.

Music Rehearsals 

All music groups will begin rehearsals for the Christmas concert the first week back after the half term holidays. To prepare for this there will be a CHOIR meeting in room 67 (the music classroom) at lunch time. ALL pupils are welcome, new and existing members. Please bring your lunch with you.

Details of all groups and rehearsal times are on the Music Notice Board in room
67.
I look forward to seeing you Monday

Do we have Your Correct Details?

Reminder to parents In case of an emergency with your child
Have you got a new phone number (especially mobile)?

Have you moved?

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 us with the updated details as soon as possible.

Absence Policy

Please see the document linked below for the very latest on the school absence policy:

Absence Policy Update

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

Childline advice app for young people

 

Please encourage your child to download the childline app as a relevant source of help and advice for young people.
The link is – https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/for-me/

Further social media advice for students, parents and carers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40382876

6th form

Here at Thomas Alleyne’s we want to champion all our students past and present. We were sent some news this week from one of past students, Zoe Broad. She was a successful applicant on the apprenticeship scheme. This apprenticeship scheme offers a unique opportunity to learn and work in a multi-national company alongside industry experts. Many of their apprentices go on to enjoy full-term positions both in the apprenticeship department and other areas of the business. As well as gaining valuable work experience, they have the opportunity to study towards a professional qualification, depending on their chosen department.

It is important to state that there is no ‘right’ pathway for our students to follow, only the one that suits their needs and gives them the best opportunity to shine. All our students in the Sixth Form are encouraged to embrace all pathways into further education and employment post-18. Over the next few editions, we will be celebrating many more student success stories.

I would like to say an enormous thank you to all our Year 12 and 13 students who gave up their time on Tuesday for our Year 12 Open Evening. Mrs Dodd, along with the rest of the Sixth Form team, and myself are very grateful. These evenings are a great way for students to accumulate community service, which can then be used when writing their personal statements.

Two weeks ago we sent home Code of Conduct letters. These need to be signed by parents and returned to us: we are still a few missing. If you have not seen one yet, please would you remind your sons and daughters that it is an expectation that a form must be completed each year? We have spare copies available from Mrs Walton.

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Latest Interventions Timetable

Follow the link below to see the latest and updated interventions timetable

Intervention 30 Sept

Revise Health & Social Care

Revision sessions for Year 10 & 11 students who are sitting external exams in January 2018 for Health & Social Care and Children’s Play, Learning & Development begin after 1/2 term. Please see below for dates and times.
 

 

H&S Revision

 

Art Collection LAST CHANCE!

 

**URGENT-DON’T MISS OUT!**

The LAST CHANCE to collect Old GCSE ART/Applied Art will be TUESDAY 17th OCT 3:30-6pm
11D- Mrs Derby’s class in room 34
11B shared by Mrs Derby and Mrs Cornell in Year 11 will be in room 31
11A- Mrs Cornell’s class will be in room 30.
Applied Art- in the Applied studio store room on your shelves
ANY work left will be disposed of!

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Pastoral students of the week

Nominated by the House team, for a range of contributions to school life:

Owen Carrington; Holly Wilson; Heather Forsyth; Elsie Howell; Carrigan Horne; Sarah Page; Evie Degg; Amelia Graham

Well done to all for you contributions.

Science News

 

We have a winner!!!

Mrs Faizey’s Year 13 A Level Chemistry students have produced the longest nylon thread ever seen in the Chemistry Department!

The process of making nylon involves a condensation polymerisation reaction; whereby two immiscible chemicals are added to a beaker. At the interface of the chemicals a strand of nylon can be drawn out using forceps and wound onto a glass rod. The nylon can be unravelled to discover which students have produced the longest single thread.
Matthew O’Farrell and Gabe Wild produced an extremely impressive thread of nylon 4.7 metres long.

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

Year 9

Brad Cantrill for being a very enthusiastic physicist, especially at Open Evening
Alfie Clowes for fantastic effort and an excellent first assessment

Year 10

Alicia Mountford, Bobby Samuel and Aaron Gwynne for achieving 100% in an assessment and still being willing to complete extension work

Year 11

Katie Keeling and Isabella Parkes for brilliant improvement in their physics assessment

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

Chloe Sherlock and Chloe Brown for excellent work in class and recent test results

This week’s BTEC Animal Care Students of the Week also selected by Mrs North are:
Letitia Fry and Grace Gadsby for making an excellent start in Animal Care

Very well done!

 

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News from PE

Cross-Country

Seven year nine students battled the heavy rain and strong winds whilst competing in the Rowley Park cross country championships on Wednesday. All students completed the relatively flat 3,500m course. In the girls competiton there were just under 50 competitors, Olivia Gregory was first home for TAHS finish 9th, the remaining team members of Ella Barber, Freya Bettany, Madison Perry and Eleanor McCarthy place well to enable the team to finish in the bronze medal placing. In the boys race made up of 60 competitors Edwards Smith finished 12th and Tyler Pobiarzyn 32nd. Both Olivia and Edward have been selected to run for the County at a race in November.

 

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Girls Hockey
Friendly fixtures were held against QEGS of Ashbourne on Thursday night. Kim Burgess, Emily Barton, Sophie Lomas, Meghan Geofferson, Courtney Bogacki and Lily Ashmore enjoyed a 1-0 victory against the B team and a 2-2 draw against the A team, with Courtney scoring all the goals.
Emma-Jo Gilbert, Shani Wright, Eleanor Punchard, Bea Egerton, Jemima Pope and Ellie Wilson beat the A team 3-1 and drew 1-1 against the B team. Both games were great for development and we look forward to hosting QUEGS in a return fixture soon.

 

U16 Football Staffordshire Moorland League and Cup

You may have seen on Facebook that on Thursday we made the short trip to Rocester FC to play JCB in a league and cup double header. After his penalty saving exploits in the last game Kyle Young was named captain, their was increased pressure on Kyle as the reserve goal keeper was ruled out at the last minute with an as yet un-diagnosed injury.

We made a strong start creating a number of chances which Robbie Minshall nearly converted. Harry Johnson put Alleyne’s in the lead, with a well taken header and shortly after Harry Broome making his first appearance of the season as he recovers from injury, fired in a second. Alleyne’s were in control at the back with Alex Brain and Owen Gregory communicating well thanks to extra time in English last week.

The only time JCB got into the Alleyne’s area they were awarded a penalty for handball against usual skipper Archie Whitehead. The JCB player sent Young the wrong way to make it 2-1 but it was only delaying the inevitable. Alleyne’s were soon back on the attack and restored their lead through Joe Haywood who was having a great game at left wing. A great cross then saw the leaping Johnson head in his second for a half time score on 4-1. At half time the focus was on improving our goal difference. Matthew Wallis was introduced to provide more ammunition on the left now his bus had arrived but an error by his kit man meant Jack Edge could not be used.

Alleyne’s dominated the possession and territory with Whitehead and Jay Hughes Ratcliffe dictating the play. After a brief flirtation up front for Alex Brain who celebrates his birthday today, Alleynes went to 2-4-4. An Alleyne’s supporter said they had never seen a formation like it! It proved effective though as Alleyne’s scored further goals through Haywood and Broome with Minshall finally getting on the score sheet. As full backs Brad Cope and Kieran Coates pushed further and further forward the score threatened to get bigger until the referee called time early. Final score 7-1

Man of The match Joe Haywood

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Year 11 County Rugby
Last Wednesday saw the first run out of the season for the Year 11 rugby team. They were draw against last years County Champions, Leek Westwood. Right from the kick off it was clear that Alleyne’s were up against a very strong outfit. Leek dominated the first half scoring a number of tries through their very strong back line. The Alleyne’s boys put up a great fight but the forward dominance was too much for them. At half time the team regrouped and put up a much better performance, there were strong performances from Gabriel Gorman, Tom Bagnall and Tylor Wood. Unfortunately Westwood’s power and fitness at the allowed them to win the game., and go on to the next round.

Sixth Form County Football

Last Thursday the 6th played in the first round of the Staffs cup. They were drawn against Walton High School, Stafford. The game was one of 2 halves. In the first half Alleyne’s were down 1 -0 within ten minutes through a lucky deflected goal however 2 minutes later they were awarded a penalty, which Ben Dreher hit straight a the keeper. From that point on the boys heads seem to drop and they allowed Walton to dominate. At half time the team took stock, the tactics were changed and a couple of substitutions made. This seemed to have the desired affect. Josh Pirie scored….. but was deemed offside and then hit the bar. Alleyne’s dominated the rest of the half, unfortunately unable to score until Jonathan Duckworth broke free to get a goal back. Despite relentless pressure from Alleyne’s attacking force they still were unable to score. The second half finished 1-0 but the game ended 4-1 to Walton.

Next Week

On Wednesday we host Painsley in the league at U14 and U16

On Thursday our year 9 rugby team play their first game with a 3.30 kick off against King Edwards Stafford in the county cup.

Year 13 History – the end is nigh!

The final coursework deadline is fast approaching. Students should have handed three copies of their completed coursework (with bibliography and footnotes) to Mrs Johnson by next Friday.

Literacy

Please practice this week’s key spellings:
DISAPPOINT
EMBARRASS

 Careers

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

New this week information on an Aim Higher Evening at Newcastle College. 

Direct Page Link

 

Ski Trip Evening

See you all on Wednesday 6pm in the Theatre. Please remember to bring the completed forms that have been emailed out, fill in the online form linked in the email & bring 2 passport quality photographs.
The sample clothing has arrived in school for you to try.
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Year 9 Visit

 

Year 9 English Department Visit to Imperial War Museum North on Thursday 19th October 2017

To support the AQA GCSE English literature work on conflict poetry, Year 9 students have the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum North (Manchester) on Thursday 19th October.

The coach will leave school at 8:45am and return at 2:55pm (in time for the end of the school day/buses).

47 places are available and the cost is £7. A packed lunch will be required. Students will need to wear school uniform.

Letters have been handed out to all Year 9 students with additional information on/medical forms for completion and return.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and payment is through ParentPay.

We realise that this will be a popular trip and apologise that on this occasion places are limited. If your child does not get a place, we will consider another trip like this later in the academic year.

Thank you for your support.
Mrs Harris and the English Department

Year 11 Revision Evening

Tuesday 7th November 6pm-8pm

An opportunity to hear talks from the English, maths and science departments providing revision tips and information on how to prepare for these examinations. General revision advice to help parents support their son or daughter with revision will also be presented will also be presented.

Hope to see you there!

Join our team

We currently have vacancies for:
  • Student Support Assistant
  • Inclusion Support Assistant
  • Maths Intervention Tutor
  • Exam Invigilators
  • Cleaners
  • Farm Worker

See our website for further details.

Links

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Week Commencing 2nd October

Headteacher blog:

On Tuesday 10th October we will be holding out post 16 open evening. We hope you can join us to find out more about the courses on offer and the extra curricular provision.

Thought for the Week

Assemblies week commencing 9th October

Theme:

Fair Trade (this links with it being ‘chocolate week’)

These assemblies will be led by Mr Washbourne

Thought for the Week

“Fair trade. Would it not be more logical to label unfair products?”

— Loesje

Dates for your diary

10th October Year 12 Open Evening TAHS

17th October Year 5 Open Evening Ryecroft Middle School

18th October Year 5 Open Evening Windsor Park Middle School

19th October Year 5 Open Evening Oldfields Middle School

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

Very Busy Maths Department!

Year 9 Maths Super Starters

Congratulations to all of the following Year 9 students who have made an excellent start to maths at Thomas Alleyne’s:

Chloe Cartwright, Tommy Mangan, Lucy Sutton, Robert Fuller, Jimmy Wilson, Gabby Johnson, Jack Sidwells, Jed Brunt, Harry Ashton, Callum Stockbridge, Abi Baldwin, Mia Mason, Kayden Holder, Millie Hodges, Leo Hulme, Laura Backhouse, Kane Allsup, Alfie Clowes, Charlotte Cocke, Beth Dunn,
Evie Sidwell, Spencer Reeves, Joseph Walton, Euan Lunn, Mya Dain, Sam Brown, Eve Rigby, Martha Murray, Harry Lunn, Harriet Bebbington, Joe Wilcock, Beatrice Anne Crawford, Connor Cockeram, Dan Beech, Cormac Johnson, Josh Newbon, Lewis Turner, Isabelle Hunt

 

Mathswatch

Mathswatch is an excellent maths website for students to use for extra practice and revision. It covers all topics on the new GCSE maths syllabus. It explains the topic, gives worked examples and then gives practice questions to try.

All students in Years 9-11 have a login, click the logo to access.

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username: schoollogin@tahs

password: triangle

Once logged on click on ‘videos’ and then ‘search’ for the topic you want.

Maths Assessments

All students will have an assessment for maths in the last week of this half term. Students are required to bring all their own maths equipment for the assessment – black pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass and students in Year 10 and 11 will also need a scientific calculator.

Year 9 – the assessment is non-calculator and is based on the topics they have studied this half term: number calculations, factors, multiples and prime numbers, angles, scale drawings and bearings and algebra.

Year 10 – the assessment requires the use of a calculator and is based on the topics they have studied this half term. Sets 1 and 2: percentages, measures, surds and statistical measures. Sets 3 and 4: standard form, percentages, measures

Year 11 – the assessment requires the use of a calculator and is a practice exam paper. It will contain questions from across the syllabus on number work, algebra, shape and measures, ratio and proportion, statistics and probability

Year 11 practice papers

All Year 11 students have received a letter about the opportunity to purchase a set of maths practice exam papers. The set contains 6 papers with mark schemes and costs £2.50. The deadline for ordering the practice papers has been extended to Monday 9th October and payment is by parentpay or by requesting a bar-coded letter in order to pay via paypoint. The school will pay for any students eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
This is a great way for students to revise for their maths mock exam that will take place after Christmas

 

6th form

We, the Sixth Form team, were over whelmed by the amount of Year 12 and Year 13 students who gave up their free time to volunteer at the Year 8 Open Evening on Wednesday. All of them were amazing; students were supporting parents to ensure that they saw all that the school had to offer, assisting the smooth movement of all visitors around the school and answering a whole range of questions that were posed to them from students and parents alike. It is so nice to see that they are willing to give their valuable time to the school. This type of event gives us the opportunity to see who are the potential Senior Prefects of the future. We are also seeking volunteers to assist on Tuesday 10th October for the Year 12 Open Evening where, I’m sure remember, our current Year 11 students will listen to A Level talks from subject teachers and also find out about the criteria for entry to the Sixth Form.

Last night we held our Year 12 Pastoral Open Evening. Mrs Dodd presented information to those in attendance about the structure of the Sixth Form and our expectations from the learners. I have attached the presentation so that you can access if you were unable to attend. I have been asked to provide the extracurricular activities for Year 12 and Year 13 and this will commence form next week.

Year 12 Parents Talk 2017

There is a non-uniform day on Tuesday and it is to raise awareness about mental health, we would like to encourage our students to wear an item of yellow, however if they are volunteering at the Open Evening then we would ask that they attend that in full school uniform please.

I would to ask you to encourage your son or daughter in Year 13 to complete their personal statement for UCAS as soon as possible, we will be sending our first applications next week and the deadline for completion is that last week of the Christmas term.

Latest Interventions Timetable

Follow the link below to see the latest and updated interventions timetable

Intervention 30 Sept

‘Year 10 Food Science

Year 10 have been learning about fruits and vegetables in Food and Nutrition this half term and with the changes to specification they need to understand the theory of the commodity as well as the science related to the ingredients and processes. This week they conducted their first experiment where they investigated enzymic browning on fruits and explored how this can be slowed down or stopped. 
They showed excellent organisation and recorded detailed notes – an impressive first attempt, well done year 10.
 

 

World Mental Health Day

Tuesday 10th October 2017. Non uniform day.

To support Mental Health Day this year we are inviting students to contribute a £1 on our non uniform day.
All monies will go to supporting YESS counselling for students attending Thomas Alleyne’s.

We will also be introducing Amy Milner to our students over the next few weeks who will be working as a well-being practitioner with some of our students. Please contact your child’s Head of House should you require any further information.

Linguist of the Week

Year 9
Max Houghton
Llewellyn Blackshaw
Excellent understanding of present tense
Year 10
Vicky Catterall
Tya Messer
Excellent understanding of perfect tense
Year 11 
Carys Barker 
Alex Brain

 

Science News

 

The Science Department welcomed Year 8 students during this week’s Open Evening.  A variety of exciting experiments and demonstrations were on display in the laboratories.

In the Chemistry Department Mr Crum encouraged visitors to ‘set fire’ to his hand with his methane bubble demonstration.  Our students put their slime-making skills into action and flame tests produced an array of colours in the Bunsen burners. 

The Physics Department displayed the Jelly Baby Wave Machine, which proved to be very popular demonstrating transverse wave motion. Our standing wave demonstration produced a series of fascination wave forms.  The Van de Graaff generator proved quite hair-raising for many students! 

The Biology Department displayed an array of biological specimens and looked at life ranging from the very small under the microscopic to the real-life respiratory system of a sheep.

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

Year 9

Saffron Whittingham and Levi Gill for performing well in their first biology test

Year 10

Mason White and Ellie Turner for excellent results in their first chemistry test

Year 11

Lewis Loaring and Hannah Willmott for excellent results in their first chemistry test

Well done!

For a wide range of images from the night including a teacher on fire and marshmallows have a look at this document:

Open Evening Photos 2017

News from PE

Year 9 Netball
Tuesday night saw our Y9 netball team play the first game of the season against De Ferrers at home. We played exceptionally well considering the girls had never played together before, which shows how strong our middle school’s sport is and how hard they’ve worked since starting at Thomas Alleyne’s to become a team. Our girls managed to keep a clean sheet and won 14-0 with 6 goals from Caitlyn, 5 from Freya Hadgett, 2 from Holly and 1 from Jess. Amelia got player of the game as nominated by De Ferrers for her fantastic keeping. Well done ladies. 
A massive thank you to Louise Finnie and Lydia Musk for umpiring and coaching the Year 9 team and running the weekly training sessions. 
The team was Anna Adams, Sammy Adams, Jess Banner, Eve Bednall, Freya Bettaney, Holly  Chatfield, Amelia Hadgett, Freya Hadgett, Caitlyn Jones and Frankie Tooth. 
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Football Vs Westwood Lost 4-1
TAHS battled hard against Westwood’s year 11 team. Westwood had a great start scoring within the first two minutes, with a top corner effort from 20yds. The lead was doubled 5 minutes later with a goal straight from the corner. Alleyne’s were under constant pressure, another goal was scored on 17 minutes to put TAHS 3-0 down. Dreher pulled off several saves to keep the scoreline respectful. The boys did not give up and as the defensive line became more settled, they enjoyed more possession.  Alleyene’s did not give up in the half and enjoyed some good passing moves going forward. Their persistence was rewarded on the stroke of half time with Frankie Bussell converting a free kick from about 20yds out. 
The second half saw TAHS control the defensive more effectively with Ball moving to right back to keep pace with the Westwood winger. TAHS restricted the number of shots from Westwood and looked to break forward through Bussell, Dawson, Thornton and Land. Westwood scored right at the end of the game to make it 4-1. 
Alex Ford was named player of match. 
Squad – Dreher, Ford, Archer, Flanagan, Shaw, Bussell, Simon, Land, Martin, Dawson, Thorton, Walker, Bowyer, Ball
Handball
Open evening saw the annual handball competition being held for the year 9’s and 10’s. 
Both Year groups were well represented and participated in some high scoring and entertaining games. 
Results
1st Whitmore 2nd Orme 3rd Elkes 4th Torrance
1st Elkes 2nd Whitmore 3rd Torrance 4th Orme 

 

U15 Rugby  v John Taylor (home)

On Wednesday year 10 played their first school rugby match at home to county finalists John Taylor.  Alleynes began well but were held up in the tackle a number of times. A try from captain Ben Simon which he then converted put Alleynes in the lead and settled any nerves. Although at times being guilty of being too flat and not passing the ball down the line. Alleynes dominated and scored further tries by Gregor Hayes and a second from Simon. Final score 19-0.
Man of the Match Ben Simon
Team:
Davidson, Bowyer, Hayes, Bosworth, Brown, Fradley, Simon, Thornton, Martin, Cope, 
Done, Carrington, Hardy, Hill, Hunt, Dan

U14 Football v Wolgarston County Cup.

On Thursday year 9 began their county cup campaign against Wolgarston of Penkridge. In windy conditions the away team started the better with Alleyne’s defending well. Against the run of play Alleynes took the lead through Jed Brunt who ran from his own half before lifting the ball over the keeper and into the net.  Poor marking from another corner led to an equaliser before half time. At the start of the 2nd half a mistimed clearance hit Jed on the head for his 2nd goal of the game. Wolgarston height paid off as they scores from another corner. The pattern of scoring continued with Brunt scoring his hat trick before Wolgarston took the game into extra time with a looping strike.  Extra time was nip and took until centre midfielder Will Jakes ran through and put the ball in the corner of the net.
Final score 4-3. Captain John Ball, man of the match Jed Brunt.
Team:
Whitehead, Van Hoek, Cope, Ball, Mango, Clarkson, Smith, Jakes, Stockbridge
Hocking, Kenny, Bagley, Twigge, Fountain, Hooker-Myles
U14 Football 
On Friday we traveled to Robert Sutton in the Burton & District Cup. Playing on a large 3G pitch we were able to show our skill and passing game. Robert Sutton scored 1st against the run of play. Jed Brunt scored a well taken half volley to make it 1-1 at half time. A first time strike from Will Hocking made it 2 nil before Brunt scored his 5th goal in 2 days. Reuben Kenny then scored a 4th from long range.
Man of the match Sam Cope. Captain Callum Stockbridge.
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U16 Football v Pingle A Burton & District Cup.
On Tuesday we travelled to Swadlincote to play Pingle. On a busy night for Alleyne’s year 11 who were also playing football and rugby against Westwood.
With one centre back unavailable due to a change in time zones Alleyne’ s tried a new formation of 3-4-3. The game was very even and played in a competitive spirit. Alleyne’ s inability to score despite creating a number of chances as Pingle scores the only goal of the game from a corner.
Man of the match Alex Brain. Captain Archie Whitehead. 
Team
Young, Minshall, Hughes Ratcliffe, Edge, Whitehead, Cope, Bednall 
Coates, Brain, Wallis, Haywood, Johnson

Year 11 history: can ‘moo’ help the history department?

Do you have any toy farmyard cows in a box somewhere around the house, forgotten for years? If so, why not get them out this weekend and, as part of your history revision for your upcoming American West exam, graze them on the open range before bringing them on a trail to the history department next week. Will your cows survive the ‘Great Die Up’ of 1886-7? Let’s hope yours are not part of the unlucky 15%, but go on to live a happy life on our departmental ranch.

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Buffalo need not apply.

EXAM REMINDER – students should be revising for their end of unit examination on The American West, c1835 – c1895. Parents can help by talking to students about this unit and using exercise books and revision materials to test subject knowledge.

Literacy

Please practice this week’s key spellings:
word1word2

Careers

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

New this week a link to a fantastic website all about the apprenticeship program & an opportunity at Rolls Royce. 

Direct Page Link

 

Ski Trip Evening

Advanced notice for those of you skiing at Easter next year. The first parents evening will be on Wednesday 18th October, 6pm start in the Theatre. I will be sending out forms that will need completed prior to the evening and I will also have sample hire clothing available to try on.

News From Art

 

Year 11- Dates for Diary

Art Exam Parents Evening and on 9th January 2018 6pm Ede Studio

In preparation for the GCSE Art Externally Set Task (exam) we will be first releasing the exam papers at the Art Exam Parents Evening and on 9th January 2018 6:00-6:30pm in the Ede Studio. We will have exams from previous years on display and talking about the assessment objectives that students will be expected to cover as this is the first year of the New Specification. Students and their parents should attend if possible, letters will be sent closer to the date.

Art Dept Instagram

We regularly update the school Facebook and twitter feeds with images of students work- but also if you wish to see just the art dept images, feel free to follow
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Old Art/Photo Work Collection Date

Old year 13 Fine Art/Photography/Applied Art and year 11 GCSE work can be collected on Wednesday 11th October 2017 between 3:30-5:30pm as previously noted. Mr Robinson and Mrs Derby will be around to help

However, Old Y11 Art GCSE work can now ALSO be collected on TUEDAY 17th October 2017 3:30-5:30pm Mrs Cornell will be available.

If you cannot come in person to collect your work, please send a note with a family member or friend to collect on your behalf.

Please note that some work will be retained by the Art Department for the impressive displays in the art rooms and around school. Also the AQA exam board may have requested examples too.

Any work NOT collected or on display will be disposed of- Don’t miss out!

Join our team

We currently have vacancies for:
  • Student Support Assistant
  • Inclusion Support Assistant
  • Maths Intervention Tutor
  • Exam Invigilators
  • Cleaners
  • Farm Worker

See our website for further details.

Links

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Week Commencing 25th September

Thought for the Week

Assemblies week beginning 2nd October

We are back to normal House assemblies and a sixth form assembly on Friday

Theme: Given it is national work/life week, the theme is finding balance in your life. Assemblies will be led by Carol Dodd

Thought for the Week

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.: (Harriet Braiker)

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. (Stephen R Covey)

Dates for your diary

4th October 6.30pm Year 9 Open Evening TAHS

10th October Year 12 Open Evening TAHS

17th October Year 5 Open Evening Ryecroft Middle School

18th October Year 5 Open Evening Windsor Park Middle School

19th October Year 5 Open Evening Oldfields Middle School

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

Head Teacher’s Blog

Thank you to all parents who joined us for our English evening on Wednesday. We were glad that people found it helpful in understanding the new GCSEs for English. If you were not able to attend but would like the information please contact the school office and we will forward the powerpoint used during the evening to you. On the same evening it was excellent to see the first rehearsals of Woman in Black now that the cast has been set.

Next week we are looking forward to our open evening and are very appreciative of all the students who have offered to help on the evening. For Year 11 parents we will be holding our sixth form evening on October 10th.

On Monday evening we will be visiting Ryecroft school at 4.00pm to give an introduction to Thomas Alleyne’s and answer questions from parents with children in Year 8. We will repeat this at Windsor Middle School on Tuesday evening.

During the day over the next two weeks we have Talk the Talk visiting our school once again. Last year they worked with our Year 9 developing their public speaking skills and they received excellent feedback. Each student is offered a full day workshop.

A few details are listed below:

‘Talk The Talk is an engaging confident communication masterclass run over a full school day.

Individual, pair and group activities teach and develop the use of structure in presentations, essay writing and exam answers.

Talk The Talk is a classroom-based workshop that highlights and nurtures employability skills, interview techniques and key presentation methods.

Every pupil is provided with a comprehensive workbook that they will use within the workshop and keep as a valuable revision resource for the future.’

We hope they will share their workbook and some of what they have learnt with you at the end of their day.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Enrollment for Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award is now open. Forms and information letters can be found in the homework section on Insight.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to further yourself outside of the classroom.
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Year 9 Talk the Talk

On 2nd,3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th October Year 9 students at Thomas Alleyne’s High School will work with expert trainers from the education charity Talk The Talk. The company will work with 2 groups on each day. Each group will be based in a separate room.
Talk The Talk’s mission is to improve students’ communication skills to enable positive interaction in all life situations.

Talk The Talk has trained over 12,000 Year 9 & 10 students in the past twelve months in England and Wales and nearly 50,000 since we first started – using a programme developed over the past five years.

This exciting and engaging master-class in essential speaking and listening skills within a creative classroom environment teaches students how to use persuasive language techniques to get ‘their message’ across. The day highlights and nurtures employability skills, interview techniques and key presentation skills. Via numerous speaking opportunities, students are coached and supported throughout the day to deliver a structured two-minute presentation, on a topic for which they have a genuine passion, to their peers.

There is no doubt that grades open the door to opportunity for our students. But when they walk through that door – it is a completely different set of skills. We are striving to ensure that all young people are suitably equipped with the essential tools and skills to communicate confidently in a variety of situations – both within school and in their lives beyond.

Young people are reluctant to stand up and speak out. They are reticent in voicing their thoughts and opinions due to the fear of being wrong or being ridiculed by their peers. One of the keys to the success of the Talk The Talk programme is breaking down these barriers by creating an environment of mutual respect with a supportive ethos within the classroom. When students stand up and voice their opinions, share their thoughts and present their ideas – they are applauded by their peers and congratulated by their workshop leader and school staff alike. We demonstrate that speaking out is not a ‘life or death’ experience – but one that we CAN do – and one that is no way near as daunting as we might think.

Richard Hull – Director – Talk The Talk

“The evidence points very persuasively to a highly successful intervention, in particular for shy and reticent students, helping to increase their skills and confidence.”
Professor John Macbeath – Cambridge University

“There is overwhelming support for the effectiveness of the Talk The Talk project…”
NET – National Education Trust

Student Teachers?

It has been excellent to see year 12 students leading the learning at the start of lessons just four weeks into their A Level studies.  Well done to a number of students in a range of subjects who are contributing to student leadership across the school.

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Numeracy Problem

Complete the problem below, bring your completed answer to your maths teacher.

Parents/guardians – ask the students how they would go about answering this question, although there is only the one answer, there different ways to get to it.

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6th form

Next week we are holding our Year 12 Parents Induction Evening on Thursday 5th October at 6.30pm in the theatre. The 6th Form team find it very beneficial to meet the parents in this informal environment. During the presentation, Mrs Dodd will be explaining the educational process and the pastoral support that is available to Year 12 students over the next two years. The focus of the presentation is to address issues raised by parents. This will be an opportunity for you to get an insight into life in our 6th Form, the expectations that we have of our students and for us to answer any queries that you may have. Primarily this is a parental event, students may attend, but most of the information I will cover formed part of their Year 12 induction. We look forward to seeing you there.

This week in form we have been pushing the urgency of Year 13 students to be working on their personal statements in preparation for their upcoming application to University, Apprenticeships or the world of work. I would hope that you continue with these conversations over the weekend and upcoming week. This will allow all staff involved to be able to spend time supporting them which should enable them to complete them sooner rather than later. The deadline for the UCAS application process is the week before Christmas. All teaching staff are currently inputting their tutor and subject references, which are also required to support the application.

The assembly this week, led by Mrs Dodd, was about making the days count from now until the end of the academic year for Year 12 and Year 13. All students have already had 90 hours teaching at school and there are 124 days left until Year 13 leave. It is important that all students make use of their time in school, as it is all valuable. We expect students to be in school from 8.40 until 3.05, we do not expect students to be wandering into town during their non-contact periods as we expect them to utilise break and lunchtime for this. We encourage all students to be using their non-contacts to complete work outside of the lesson, this can be super-curricular activities, wider reading, homework and also further research on their chosen subjects. We will be carrying out spot checks to ensure that this is happening.

We have also asked in any Year 12, who have ambitions of being a Senior Prefect, would like to volunteer on Wednesday 4th October at the Year 9 Open Evening. I’m sure many of remember looking round the school and we want our new Year 9 students to have a feel for the ethos and vibe of the school and our 6th Formers really help us to achieve a positive outcome.

Latest Interventions Timetable

Follow the link below to see the latest and updated interventions timetable

Intervention 30 Sept

Year 11 Revision Toolkit

 Year 11 revision toolkit started today in registration to start preparing good habits for the coming months.  Thanks to all students who are participating.

ICT & Computing

Sessions that are running this week are as follows:

Wednesday Evening until 4.15 – GCSE Computing Revision, come along and see what 5 a Day is all about!

Thursday Evening until 4.15 – GCSE ICT Unit 2 Catch-up Sessions – use this additional time to hit your deadlines and ensure your Unit 2 Controlled Assessment is at target grade.

Don’t forget to see your Insight page for links to GCSE Pod Playlists relevant to the current assessments we are doing.

World Mental Health Day

Tuesday 10th October 2017. Non uniform day.

To support Mental Health Day this year we are inviting students to contribute a £1 on our non uniform day.
All monies will go to supporting YESS counselling for students attending Thomas Alleyne’s.

We will also be introducing Amy Milner to our students over the next few weeks who will be working as a well-being practitioner with some of our students. Please contact your child’s Head of House should you require any further information.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

The staff enjoyed fantastic cakes and fresh coffee in the staff-room at break in the process raising £135 for the charity.  Many thanks to those staff who showed off their baking skills for the rest of us to enjoy.

 

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Science News

 

This week the students of class 10B Animal Care had a thoroughly enjoyable lesson on how to worm and then halter-train lambs.  The experience was made memorable by some of the lambs being very stubborn indeed and requiring plenty of gentle persuasion!  The purpose of the activity was to train young handlers and select suitable lamb side-kicks in preparation for the Staffordshire Winter Show at the Staffordshire County Showground later this year.

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

Year 9

Summer Hibberd and Dylon James for making a very good start in Chemistry

Year 10

Molly Coxon-Pinney and Isaac Pattinson-Lycett for making a superb effort in every lesson

Year 11

Jordan Elcock and Sophie Howe for persistent effort in Science

This week’s Year 11 Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

George Whitehurst and Hayden Hatton for continued effort and attending coursework catch-up sessions to finish their coursework

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

Lorten Fleming and Rachel Spence for excellence inside and outside the class room

Well done!

 

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News from PE

U14 football v Cheadle

On Thursday evening Thomas Alleynes yr9 boys began their high school football career. On a lovely warm evening the boys were able to go through a long warm up to prepare as they waited for their opponents. The first game for us is always challenging as our opposition schools have been playing together since yr7. The 2 teams were evenly matched and played some good football. Cheadles tactics were more direct and their long balls held up in the lush turf to create goals with indecision at the back for Alleynes. Jed Brunt who was given the honour of captaining the side scored a sublime goal with his left foot curling the ball past the outstretched keeper. George Twigge then prodded home from a Callum Stockbridge strike. Final score Thomas Alleynes 2 Cheadle 3.

Man of the match- Callum Stockbridge
Team Whitehead, Hooker-Myles, Ball, Evans, Van Hoek, Stockbridge, Jakes, Kenny, Mangon, Brunt, Hocking, Cope, Twigge, Fountain, Clarkson.

Year 10 Football

Last Thursday saw the year 10 football team have their first outing of the new season.  A familiar team lined up against a well organise De Ferrers side.  The game was a well fought contest with De Ferrers coming out on top with a 3-2 win.   The next game is a home fixture against Westwood on Tuesday 3rd October.

Year 11 Football

Thursday night saw the year 11 team open their campaign of the new season against Cheadle High School.  Led by Archie Whitehead, in central midfield the boys made an excellent to the game.  Some very good football led to the first goal with Jay Ratcliffe scoring after a number of well played passes.  Alleyne’s second goal came very soon after, with right back Brad Cope, player of the first half scoring from a deflected shot.  The first half saw the team in total control of the game.  Unfortunately the second half did not have the same result.  starting sprightly Alleyne’s were awarded a penalty thanks to the dramatics of Robbie Minshall.  Whitehead step forward to take the spot but missed!  From that moment on Cheadle took heart from the miss and began to dominate the game.  Alleyene’s dropped deeper and deeper into their half and conceded to quick goals.  A third goal for Cheadle struck with 10 minutes to go was too much for the battling year 11’s. despite a change in formation the score remained at 3-2 at the final whistle.  Next game is away to Pingle on Tuesday 3rd October

Leadership

Big thanks to Joe Lobosco, Josh Owen and Owen Carrington for refereeing school football this week.

Fixtures – Team Lists linked below

Year 10 boys Rugby have their first match of the season on Wednesday 4th October at home to John Taylor 4pm Kick Off.

Year 11 boys have a County Cup Rugby match on Tuesday 3rd October at home to Westwood team below- Kick off 3.30

Girls Rugby practice is on Thursday after school, new players welcome.

Football
On Tuesday 3rd October Yr11 boys travel to Pingle in the Burton & District Cup.

Also on Tuesday Yr10 play at home to Westwood in the county cup- team will be selected on Monday.

Year 9 begin their county cup campaign on Thursday 5th October at home to Wolgarston and on Friday they travel to Robert Sutton in the Burton & District cup.

On Thursday the 1st X1 football team face a trip to Walton High in the U18 county cup.

Team Lists

Don’t miss our school quiz night

6th October. £20 for a table – up to 6 people on a table.

Tickets from school reception or a member of the PTA team or simply contact Ella at halle@thomasalleynes.uk.

Tickets selling fast!

Quizzz

History

Well done to the year 13 history students who have already completed their coursework ahead of the final deadline.
Reminder – the next interim deadline is Monday 2nd October and the final deadline is Thursday 26th October, 2017.
Parents can support students at home by ensuring that the interim deadline is met: three sources and two historians should have been evaluated and students should have written over 3000 words in total.

Geography Musings

6th FORM ART & PHOTOGRAPHY VISITS
Year 11 Geographers have been studying the causes, effects and the management of flooding over the past few weeks, which is quite apt considering the weather we have been having recently. Students will be completing the exam question “Using a case study from the UK, describe a flood management scheme that you have studied and explain why it was needed in the area.” If any students feel they need more support with this topic or any topic they have covered for their exam, Mr Washbourne will be running revision sessions on a Thursday lunchtime in room 6 from 1.40 to 2.00.
Also, thank you to all of those students and parents who have paid for the GCSE/A Level Geography Revision Guides. The order will be placed next week and once the books have arrived in school students will need to collect their revision guides from either Mr Sabin or Mr Washbourne.

Careers

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

New this week a link to a fantastic website all about the apprenticeship program & an opportunity at Rolls Royce. 

Direct Page Link

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Linguistic Stars

French

Year 9 Thomas Johnson, Layla Thomas and Georgina Simpson
Year 10 Jemima Pope and Jessica Eardley
Year 11 Beth Millward and Josie Nelson

German

Year 11 Emma-Jo Gilbert and India Edwards

European Day of Languages

Tuesday 26th September was the European Day of Languages, celebrated as always by lesson activities within the Modern Languages Department. This year the theme was ‘J’ai un rêve’, (I have a dream).

We looked at this theme in the song “J’avais rêvé d’une autre vie” (I dreamed a dream) from the French production of Les Misérables, based on the epic story by Victor Hugo. This song tells a very sad story of dreams which were not fulfilled for the character Fantine. To brighten things up, we listened to “J’ai un rêve” from Raiponce, the French version of Rapunzel. Here we identified each character’s dreams for their lives.

Finally, pupils wrote out their own dreams for their lives in French using a variety of different sentence structures taken from the songs as well as a variety of tenses.

 

Maths – Year 11 Opportunity

All year 11 students have received a letter this week about the opportunity to purchase a set of maths practice exam papers.  The set contains 6 papers with mark schemes and costs £2.50.  The deadline for ordering the practice papers is Friday 6th October and payment is by parentpay or by requesting a barcoded letter in order to pay via paypoint. 
The school will pay for any students eligible for Puplil Premium funding.
This is a great way for students to revise for their maths mock exam that will take place after Christmas.

News From Art

After school art club is being used by all years to develop their skills, complete homework and refine their coursework.

Great to see year 9 and the new year 10’s hard at work. We have awesome students who work very hard- keep going everyone! (see photos of our students at work). Art Club is available to 4pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Friday- check with your teacher when they/ other art staff are available. Although we love to see eager students, please can we remind you students should not be staying behind after school without supervision.

Year 11- Dates for Diary

Very shortly, in November, the Year 11’s will be undertaking a 10 hour mock exam for their Art GCSE. This will be undertaken under strict Controlled conditions in the art rooms (no phones, no talking etc). This will give them an understanding of what they can/can’t do in the time allocated and the amount of preparation required for sucessful exam, in addition, the work done will also be supporting their art coursework.
Mr Robinson’s Class Mock Exam: Monday 20th and Tues 21st November in the Gallery
Mrs Derby’s Class Mock Exam: Monday 20th and Tues 21st November in the

Art Exam Parents Evening and on 9th January 2018 6pm Ede Studio

In preparation for the GCSE Art Externally Set Task (exam) we will be first releasing the exam papers at the Art Exam Parents Evening and on 9th January 2018 6:00-6:30pm in the Ede Studio. We will have exams from previous years on display and talking about the assessment objectives that students will be expected to cover as this is the first year of the New Specification. Students and their parents should attend if possible, letters will be sent closer to the date.

6th Form Art/Photo Visits to Botanical Gardens and Calke Abbey

Our A Level Art /Photography students have spent 2 days out at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Calke Abbey this week. Providing much need inspiration from the exhibits, artifacts and locations. the work created on the days will be used as part of their coursework development over the next few weeks. We will post more images in next wees newsletter

Art Dept Instagram

We regularly update the school Facebook and twitter feeds with images of students work- but also if you wish to see just the art dept images, feel free to follow
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Old Art/Photo Work Collection Date

Old year 13 Fine Art/Photography/Applied Art and year 11 GCSE work can be collected on Wednesday 11th October 2017 between 3:30-5:30pm as previously noted. Mr Robinson and Mrs Derby will be around to help

However, Old Y11 Art GCSE work can now ALSO be collected on TUEDAY 17th October 2017 3:30-5:30pm Mrs Cornell will be available.

If you cannot come in person to collect your work, please send a note with a family member or friend to collect on your behalf.

Please note that some work will be retained by the Art Department for the impressive displays in the art rooms and around school. Also the AQA exam board may have requested examples too.

Any work NOT collected or on display will be disposed of- Don’t miss out!

A Warm Welcome

We would like to welcome Mr Beeley to TAHS who will be working in the History and Geography departments. Mr Beeley is an experienced Humanities teacher who we look forward to working with for the rest of the year.

Pastoral team – Students of the week

Special mentions this week go to Maddie Hudson and Abi Dimelow, both of whom have demonstrated what it means to go the extra mile to support other people. 

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