October 12th 2018

Dates for your diary

16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

09/11/2018 – PTA Quiz night details below

20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day

 Headteacher blog:

This week, was the week of our Year 9 service at St Mary’s church. It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our first month together at Thomas Alleyne’s and to consider the opportunities ahead of our new Year 9 students, the vast majority of whom, have made a fantastic start to their school lives with us. 
I briefly visited the sixth form assembly on Friday to thank them for their support at the Church and at Year 9 and Year 11 open evenings. We have always appreciated having a sixth form attached to the school, and having them by our side or leading speeches in departments, was a real privilege on both evenings. 
Finally, I would like to thank our staff. We appreciated that many parents commented on the passion of the teachers when delivering their subject talks. 
If any Year 11 needs further support please talk to your form tutor. Whilst you may have selected 5 subjects on Thursday evening, there is plenty of time to reflect and find out more about other subjects. 

 

6th

‘Oh what a night’. Our Year 12 information evening was wonderful. Thank so much to all the Year 12 and 13 students who helped last night. We had so many helpers that we were able to provide a fabulous service to all the external applicants that came for their first look around Thomas Alleyne’s. Many parents provided feedback and stated how mature, helpful and knowledgeable they all were. Mackenzie Smith, Maisy Bettany, Elliot Jones and Amanda Clough spoke confidently to all parents and students about their experience at TAHS. These talks posed many questions for our new cohort; should they take a blended route – BTEC and A Level, would they choose BTEC’s, either Triple or a Double Award and a Single Award or should they take three or four A Levels as the EPQ sounded so interesting. The extra-curricular activities that Mrs Dodd, Mackenzie and Amanda spoke of were inspiring; Gold Duke of Edinburgh and World Challenge.
We were able to provide an insight into all subjects that will be available at TAHS from September 2019.
If you would any further information on this or would like to see a copy of the prospectus then please contact Mrs Walton at Sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

A huge thank you to Maisie Bettany and Mackenzie Smith for raising around £80 for the Uttoxeter Lions Indonesia appeal by selling bangles kindly provided by Mrs Fisher.  
If any students wish to take part in the Lions Young Leaders In Service community service award, please see Mrs Bell for a log book.  Certificates are available for 25, 50 and 100 hours voluntary service over a year’s duration.

Maths

 
All Year 9, 10 and 11 students will have a maths assessment during the last week of this half term.
This will take place during their normal maths lessons.  Students will need the following equipment for their maths assessment: black pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass, Year 10 and 11 will also need a scientific calculator.  All equipment can be purchased from the online shop (see link at bottom of the newsletter) or from the maths department.
A list of topics to revise will be put on Insight. 

Year 9 Photographs

Any parent or carer that have purchased a Year 9 Photograph should be receiving their order over the next couple of weeks. An order came into school today and they have been distributed into form trays ready for Monday. If you do not receive your order by Wednesday 24th October, please contact Mr Hawthorne (Head of Torrance House).

Year 9 Welcome Service

On Thursday 11th October, it was a pleasure to welcome Year 9s to Thomas Alleyne’s High School in our traditional welcome service at St. Mary’s Church. It consisted of a talk from Mrs Rudge, a welcome from our Head Boy and Girl, a well participated hymn and a reading by Mr Hawthorne. The following students shared their thoughts:

“The welcome service at St. Mary’s church was a special day to welcome us to Thomas Alleyne’s! We all sung a hymn and were told about all the opportunities by the Head Boy and Girl and other teachers. To finish, we sung a hymn one more time and said the Lord’s prayer. Overall, I found this event very enjoyable!” – Tilly 9W1

“Year 9 walked down to our local church to celebrate the start of our first year at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. Mrs Rudge started the service with a speech to work hard and not give up before our Head Boy and Girl encouraged us to take advantage of the opportunities the school has to offer. We finished off by singing ‘He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands’ when Mr Hawthorne claimed we were the best Year 9 singers yet!” – Isabelle 9W1

“I felt it was welcoming and I really enjoyed it, particularly the part where we all sang together at the end” – Ava 9T1

Year 9 Tutor Evening

Bookings are now open on insight, http://www.thomasalleynes.org
Login details have been sent to the registered email address we hold on our system, please check you mail, including junk for an email from insight@tahs.org.uk.
If you have not received this please email insight@tahs.org.uk stating:
The email address you wish to use
Your name
Your child’s name and tutor group
The first line of your address

PTA Meeting

 

Monday 19th November, 7pm in the staffroom.
All welcome.
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Science

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

 

Year 9

Ben Ogden and Isla McFadzean

Year 10

Isabel Watts and Matthew Jackson

Year 11

Max Edwards and Aaron Gwynne

All of the students were selected for their recent Physics assessment grades.

 

Well done!

PE

 

Girls Fixtures & Practices
Tuesday – U14 & !6 Netball Vs Robert Sutton (A), also netball club for students not involved in fixtures
Wednesday – Girls football club on astro.
Thursday – U6 netball Vs Deferrers (A)

U16 Moorlands Football League & Cup double header.

On Thursday we made the short trip to Rocester FC to take on JCB. With the pitch in great condition we were able to play some of our best free flowing football. Harvey Belcher in goal played like a quarter back pinging the ball around to start our attacks. Lewis Dawson enjoyed the wide pitch and created numerous chances but was unable to score himself. Charlie Martin seemed determined to dribble the ball in but when he did shoot scored 2 excellent goals. Man of the match was 2nd half substitute Max Hunt who was on fire with his mazy dribbling frightening the JCB defenders and deservedly scored the third to cap a 3-0 win.
u16 FB
U16 Rugby
East staffs district tournament – team photo below.
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Year 9 Football County Cup
On Tuesday night the year 9 team aheaded off to Biddulph High School. A very good first half saw Alleynes dominate with George Arnold settling the visitors nerves with an excellent strike from outside of the box. Unfortunately Alleynes were unable to capitalise and went in at half time 1-0 up. The second half started similar to the first half with Alleynes dominating Leighton Thomas scored from a very good break down the right wing. Biddulph fought back very well and scored 2 quick goals. The last 10 minutes was a tense affair with neither team being able to break the deadlock. It took a solo effort from captain Charlie Ratcliffe to decide the match. Well done. Next game is on Tuesday against Paulette in the Burton and District cup. Players need to get their own way there.

National Inter County Swimming Gala

Congratulations to Ben Year 9, who has represented Staffordshire last weekend at the National Inter County Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. He was one of a quartet of swimmers in his age category. He swam the individual 100m freestyle, narrowly missing a personal best time and swam the anchor leg in the medley relay to help his team finish third in their heat. 

Maths Puzzle October 2018

How Old is John?
Mum’s age in two years’ time divided by John’s age now , then added to John’s age comes to two-thirds of what Mum was when John was born. And today it is Mum’s and John’s birthday.
How old is John?
Answers with solutions to Mr.Askey (Maths department – room 47) by half term.

 

 

 

English News

 

Year 9 will be involved in an oracy project with an outside provider called Talk the Talk.  All of the pupils will be involved, with each of the English groups taking part in the project for a whole day instead of following their usual timetable.  The training will be delivered by the visiting experts, with Thomas Alleynes teachers assisting them in doing this.  When the project has taken place in the past, pupils have reported that it has been really enjoyable, and beneficial to both their oracy skills, and their overall self-confidence.  I am sure that this  year will be no different.  Pupils will be informed which day their group is taking part, and the room that is their venue, by their form tutor.
English Pupil of the Week: Izzie Mcleavy, in 10U4.  Since beginning Year 10 Izzie has shown a mature, hard-working and positive approach in all of her lessons, and should be very proud of herself.

Tesco Bags of Help

Thomas Alleyne’s High School calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund to Save the School Pool

Thomas Alleyne’s High School is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School Save our Pool is one of the groups on the shortlist.

We have been raising funds to bring our swimming pool back into use and we really need your support to make this happen.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £60 million to more than 18,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

 

Revision Tips

With Year 11 and 13 Mock exams in a matter of weeks, we want to support students as much as possible with preparing for exams.
 
Further to revision workshops held recently in school – please see the link below showing how to make great use of post-it notes in revision.  Further clips will be shared weekly to support students.
More tips will be shared at the Year 11 Revision Evening on Tuesday 16th October.

Revision Evening

English, Maths and Science Revision Evening on Tuesday 16th October, TAHS Theatre 6pm.
There will also be a section on revision tips and how to help your child revise.
We very much look forward to seeing you there.

 

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October 5th 2018

Dates for your diary

11/10/2018 – Post 16 Open Evening

16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

09/11/2018 – PTA Quiz night details below

20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day

 Headteacher blog:

 

 

 

For me, the reason why teaching is such a fantastic career is that students frequently take my breath away with the work that they produce. Today, I had the privilege to meet Tom Ellis one of our sixth formers, who was part of the 2018 World Challenge Expedition to Vietnam and Laos. Tom shared with me, a book that he has created of photographs from the trip. It is truly stunning and made me wistful to travel again, to these countries which are so different to ours and from which we can learn so much. I can only offer you a taster of some of the photographs from his book, and it was impossible to choose my favourites, but I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. If anyone wishes to purchase a copy of Tom’s book please email Mrs Dodd who will put you in touch. We will be purchasing a copy for the school so that all students can share a little of his experience. Tom intends to study Photography at Falmouth in the future and is currently completing his A levels with us. 
Mr Gilson has offered to lead our next World Challenge trip and has chosen Botswana as the destination. More details will follow. 
On Wednesday we held our open evening for Year 9. I would like to thank all the students who supported us during the evening. It was fantastic to see so many students here supporting staff and talking to our prospective Year 8 students. I would particularly like to thank our Head girl, Maisy, Head boy, Mackenzie, Year 9 students Freya and Duncan who shared their journeys through Thomas Alleyne’s with  our guests during the evening and Zakk who played guitar for our guests on their arrival.
We realise it is a busy time for parents of Year 11 students. We have our open evening next week starting at 6.30pm on the 11th October closely followed by our core subjects revision evening on 16th October. This evening is always well attended as it offers parents an insight into how they can support their sons and daughters over the coming year. We hope you find both evenings informative and helpful. It is led by our Heads of English, Maths and Science departments. 
Finally myself and Mrs Maingay look forward to a question and answer session for Year 8 parents on the following evenings at 4.00pm.
9th Oldfields Hall Middle School
15th Windsor Park Middle School
22nd Ryecroft Middle School

 

6th

All Year 13 students are busy getting their statements finished and refined- please visit our resources @   – and make the most of tutor and Enrichment sessions to get your draft as super as possible.
The Sixth Form were visited by a representative from the Uttoxeter Lions today (http://uttoxeterlions.co.uk/) and were encouraged to raise funds for the Indonesian Earthquakes.  Please support in any way you can.
The Unidays app is ready (https://www.myunidays.com/GB/en-GB/content/about)- and is full of discounts and benefits for students- Please ensure you have your office 365 email address if you want to sign up.  If students havn`t accessed their 365 email for a while they may need to reset their address.  Due to the high demand for the email reset- please see Mrs. Walton (instead of the IT technicians) to put your name down for and email re-allocation- thanks 
A massive thanks to all Y12 and Y13 helpers at the Open Evening this week- We are very grateful.  We are looking forward to the next Sixth Open Evening on Thursday the 11th October and would really appreciate the same level of support from our lovely students again.
If you would like to see one of our gifted A-Level Photographer`s work (Tom Ellis) featuring stunning images from their World Challenge Journey to Vietnam and Laos please visit his site @ https://tomjohnellis.wixsite.com/photography

 

Our Sixth Form were pleased to welcome Mr Graham Dow from Uttoxeter Lions on Friday.  He gave an assembly to introduce the Young Leaders In Service Award which encourages community service.  Students can gain a recognised award for completing either 25, 50 or 100 hours of service.  Our students are expected to complete at least 5 hours community service as a minimum.  Graham explained that service covers a wide range of activities such as helping with lawn mowing or cooking, childminding, running errands, hospital visiting, helping others to learn ICT skills, teaching children cycle safety, helping students with literacy or numeracy skills, plus schemes such as Duke of Edinburgh and health and social work placements.  The Lions are always looking for new members or young people to support them at events such as the Christmas Cracker or helping to organise their annual prostate screening.  We are also looking for students to organise spectacle recycling as part of a wider Lions scheme.  Graham threw down the challenge for us to raise as much as possible within a week for their Indonesian disaster fund.  We are encouraging as many students as possible to take part.  As well as benefitting the community, students can use the Lions Award in apprenticeship or university applications to show more about their personal attributes.  Please see Mrs Bell for further information and get involved.

News from English

English Pupil of the Week

Layla Thomas in year 10W1 ( 10U1 English). She volunteered for Open Evening and talked to visitors in room 20 for 2 hours about the power and conflict poems and contextual tasks my students had completed.
She was brilliant!
Running from Monday 15th October through to Thursday 18th October, all Year 9 classes will be taking place in a public speaking project run by an external provider called “Talk the Talk”.  These sessions will last all day instead of normal lessons and will take place in school.  Details of dates, rooms and times will be passed onto form tutors this week.

CACH Assemblies for years 9,10,11

On Monday we welcomed CACH Assemblies for years 9,10,11
We welcomed Anna Mclaughlin form the Staffordshire charity, Communities against crimes of hate to speak to our students in extended assemblies. 
We will be following up this education with students in our Respect programme.
Please follow the link below to their website for further information form the Staffordshire charity, Communities against crimes of hate to speak to our students in extended assemblies. 

 

https://www.cachpartnership.org.uk/index.htm

 

 

Elevate resources

‘After Elevate’s visit last week, we now have access to the student activity pack which leads on from the first session ‘Study Sensei’. Please see link below to support students in their revision.’

INSIGHT

We have been sending out the parental login emails to all year 9 parents that we hold a valid email address for. Please check all of your inboxes, spam, promotions etc for an email giving you your login details.
It is especially important a on the 24th October we have the year 9 tutor evening and bookings will be made via insight. We will be re sending emails throughout next week.

Canteen Prices

Here they are…..

Click on each one to enlarge….

 

 

PTA Meeting

 

Monday 19th November, 7pm in the staffroom.
All welcome.
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News from MFL

Thank you for all the support at open evening. We looked at comparing similar Eurepean Languages with our prospective Y9 students.
French for all years has included a lot of verb revision.
Y12 are revising all tenses
Y11 are preparing school speaking questions.
Y10 are revising perfect tense with avoir and être.
Y9 have been learning reflexive verbs.

Science

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

Year 10

Alyssa Shaw and Harriet Bebbington

Year 11

Gregor Hayes and Ellie Brown

 

All of the students were selected for their hard work in their chemistry lessons.

Well done!

PE

 

Year 9 Football

Congratulations to the year 9 football team who put on a excellent display to beat Cheadle High School, 15 – 0 last week.  It was a very good all round team performance well led by Ethan Hudson and hat trick scorers Harry Clarke and Charlie Ratcliffe.  Next weeks opposition will be a sterner test in the District Cup against Painsley at home on Thursday.   
Also well done to Harry Clarke who has been re signed by Everton for the up coming season, we wish him well.
U16 Football
Very busy week for our U16 footballers.
On Tuesday we hosted Blessed William Howard in the county cup, winning a tight fought game 3-2.  Alleynes took a 2-0 lead through Max Hunt with a lovely chip into the net but were then pegged back in the second half.  Archie McNair put is back in the lead before BWH equalised again.  Our attitude and character shone through though with Alex Ford finding Lewis Dawson to tap home the winner.
Wednesday saw a trip to Deferrers in the Burton & District Cup with two well matched sides.  Deferrers scored first through poor marking at a corner, but we hit back with 2 well taken goals from Harvey Belcher. Lewis Dawson completed the scoring to make us comfortable 3-1 winners.
Thursday proved too much as tired legs in the 2nd half turned 0-0 into a 4-1 loss in the league at Painsley, With Dawson scoring to make it 2-1.  The boys character stood out as they kept working for each other and stayed positive but it was clear the previous games had taken their toll.
Squad- Callum Dreher, Alex Shaw, George Walker, Mitchell Ball, Alex Ford, Jenson Bosworth, Asher Topliss, Ethan Archer, Harvey Belcher, Frankie Bussell,
Next Thursday we make the short trip to JCB in a league and cup double header.
U16 Rugby
Next Wednesday 10th October is the District tournament at Burton RFC 4pm-6pm.  Team list is on the PE notice board and has been text out.

House Handball

Open evening on Wednesday saw the annual handball competition which was well represented by both girls and boys from Year 9-11.
The year 9’s soon picked up the rules of the game and played some entertaining matches.
Torrance won all of their fixtures winning all of their group matches and the grand final, Elkes finishing 2nd, Torrance 3rd and Orme 4th.
The senior competition was a solid tactical display with Whitmore and Elkes participating in the final and Whitmore winning by one goal. Torrance were 3rd & Orme 4th.
Many thanks to the Btec sports students who officiated the games.

Maths Puzzle October 2018

How Old is John?
Mum’s age in two years’ time divided by John’s age now , then added to John’s age comes to two-thirds of what Mum was when John was born. And today it is Mum’s and John’s birthday.
How old is John?
Answers with solutions to Mr.Askey (Maths department – room 47) by half term.

 

 

Thomas Alleyne’s High School Merchandise Shop

This is an online shop where you can purchase the following school items:
uniform – school ties, school badges
stationary sets
maths sets
scientific calculators
overalls and boots for Animal care
folders and sketch books for Art
revision guides for various subjects
Please add items into your basket and then proceed to payment.  Please then print off a receipt – students will need to bring this into school to collect their item(s)
Please note – there is always a link to the online shop at the bottom of this newsletter

The staff raised £130 in the Macmillan Coffee morning held last Friday

Pastoral Students of the Week

Pastoral students of the week – there are too many to name, but we owe huge thanks to all those students who came and helped at open evening this week! 
We’re also proud to have 35 students through the Bronze threshold for credits so far this half term – special mentions to Alyssa Whitehall, Duncan McGarry, Ben Craven and Jack Smith who’ve all passed 40 credits already.
Well done!

History

First of all a big thank you to the students from years 11 and 13 who helped out the department at Open Evening. They were excellent ambassadors for the subject.
GCSE – Year 11
All groups have now started our final unit, ‘Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 – 1939’. However, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young would like to remind everyone  that we have not completely finished with the American West because there is the big end of unit exam for groups in the week starting 15th October.
Therefore, all year 11 have revision as homework.
A level – Year 13
Make sure that you are balancing your history study time between coursework, homework and also reviewing year 12 work ready for mock exams in a few weeks time.

News from the Farm

We had a very successful vet skills session on Tuesday with over 15 students learning about how to carry out a health check on rabbits and guinea pigs. We also managed to fit in a visit to the school calves and check their eyes because we had noticed a bit of discharge around them.  Luckily they were given a clean bill of health.  The session was made even more exciting because of the arrival of our baby guinea pigs.  We now have 10 babies from our three proud moms and the students are fussing over them and making sure that they stay safe.

 

 

Year 9 Prize Draw from Open Evening 2017

After receiving the department postcards from last year’s open evening from a number of Year 9 students, the winner of the draw made on Wednesday 3rd October was Harley Stanton (9T1) who was presented with a £10 Amazon voucher. Congratulations to Harley.

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September 28th 2018

Dates for your diary

03/10/18 – Y9 Open evening

11/10/2018 – Post 16 Open Evening

16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

09/11/2018 – PTA Quiz night details below

20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day

 Headteacher blog:

This week, our staff have hosted our first revision session to support parents as Year 11 enter their final GCSE year. Whilst the turn out for the session was not as high as we would have hoped, the feedback was very positive. We will make sure we advertise these evenings better for parents in future. 
Our next event, for Year 11 students and parents, is on the 16th October when we will be sharing revision tips for our core subjects. Every year, parents feedback to us how useful they have found the evening. I do hope you are able to join us, when we share, what your sons and daughters will be working on over the next few months. Parents of any other year group are welcome to attend as much of the information will be relevant to all year groups. 
In addition to the revision session, thank you to all the parents who came to our Year 12 induction session. It was excellent to see so many people present on the evening. 
Year 12 have settled in well to the sixth form, and chatting with them today, it was excellent to hear how much they are enjoying the opportunity to focus their study on their 3 or 4 chosen A levels or BTEC qualifications. Many of them are in well established habits, already utilising their study periods to read widely around their subjects, so that they can attain the higher grades. 
I am very much looking forward to our open evening next week and to meeting Year 8 students from our middle schools. Following that, on 11th October, we have our Year 12 open evening when our year 11 students can start thinking about which subjects they wish to study post 16. 
Finally my thanks to Mr Wright who organised staff coffee and cake at break time today to raise money for MacMillan. 

 

6th

On Thursday evening many parents of Year 12 students joined myself and Mrs Dodd for an informal guide to the Sixth Form. Mrs Dodd explained about expectation, enrichment, EPQ’s, charity work and much more.  We would like to reiterate some of the point raised last night to parents of Year 12 and Year 13 students.

  • The school day starts at 8.40 and finishes at 3.05. All students are expected to be in school all day, they are allowed to sign out to ‘pop’ into town but they are expected to return.  Students should not be signing out and going home before 3.05, if they do not have a lesson then they should be using the time in school to complete super-curricular activities, homework or just wider reading.  All students have on their timetable enrichment time, this is where they can complete MOOC’s or an EPQ, EPQ is worth half an A Level. 

 

  • All Female students have been reminded about their Sixth Form uniform. It must be a suit, so trousers and a jacket, skirt and jacket or dress and jacket. Skirts must be of an appropriate length, we have had to remind some female students that wearing a micro-mini skirt of any material is not acceptable; we ask that you reiterate this message to them.  Students who continue to wear the wrong style of skirts to school may be asked to go home and change.

 We have started to ask Year 12 and 13 students to volunteer for events within school, we like to see our Sixth Formers give a little something back to the school. It is very nice to see the helping out at open evenings for new Year 9 intake.  Dates have been given to students.  If they would like to be considered for a role on the Senior Prefect Team in Year 13 then these sort of events are a great way to be noticed.

 

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Power Hour!

Thanks to all the students who took part in a revision workshop with our visiting expert Lucy Parsons.  Even though we are four weeks into the term we, want to support Year 11 and Year 13 students to prepare for the mock exams that will be sat in December and it is not that far away!  
Some students noted that it was really helpful to see that revision can be added to daily, from; even if only 5-10 minutes.  Understanding specification content and making plans to plug gaps in knowledge is also really important. The key message of the day is to start now, even if in smaller bursts. Build in time for exercise and relaxation but make a plan.
 
Lucy introduced students to the ‘Power Hour’ explained in the diagram below – which we will refer to again at our Revision Evening in October.
 
Please see the link to Lucy’s website for further details.

See the presentation here

 

Vet Skills Sessions Autumn Term 2018-2019

Date

Year 10
02/10/17 Handling, sexing and care of rabbits and guinea pigs
16/10/17 Condition scoring of sheep ready for tupping
06/11/17 Reproductive systems and AI
20/11/17

Care of poultry including checking turkeys ready for Christmas

We are very lucky to have a vet from Glenthorne’s practice coming into school on a fortnightly basis to work with our students and livestock. All sessions will take place on Tuesday from 3.10-4.00pm and are open to yr10 students who are taking Animal Care as an option subject.  These sessions can be used to achieve the ‘skill’ section of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. If you require any more information about these sessions please contact Mrs North

Internet Safety Advice

This site is suitable for parents/carers, take a look and see what help and advise it can give you

Business Education

Local Business owners needed please! 

Year 12 and 13 will be completing some investigations into Small Local Businesses to help them with their Unit 1 paper at A Level. 

If there are any local businesses owners who would be happy to help them with their studies then please contact Mrs Featherstone on the school contact details. We would love to hear from you. 

Experience in Change Management? 

Year 13 are currently looking at Change Management and would love to hear real life case studies of change within large organisations to help them with their Unit 2 and 3 papers. If anyone has any experience with this part of the syllabus we would also welcome your help! 

PTA Meeting

 

Monday 19th November, 7pm in the staffroom.
All welcome.
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Elevate Visit

On Wednesday this week we had Elevate visit to work with a group of 35 students looking at revision techniques and strategies to support them in their upcoming exams. Study Sensei was the first of three sessions and introduced students to key revsions tips such as making a note-taking planner, using exam board specifications and practise questions from past exam papers.
There will be two more sessions for these students later in the year as follows:
Friday 9th November – Time Management

Monday 21st January – Ace your exams

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

Science

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

Year 9

Charlie Hallam and Abbi Hewlett for an excellent start to their GCSE Science courses.

Year 10

Caitlin Beardsley and Melanie Birch for continued hard work in GCSE Science.

Year 11

Tobias King and Rachel Spence for working hard on preparing for GCSEs in Science.

 

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

Year 10

 Alex Pope and Felicity Burgess for both making a positive start to the course.

 Year 11

Oliver Davies and Rachel Spence for working hard to complete their course work.

 

Well done!

PE

 

U16 Football – Staffordshire Moorlands League
Cheadle 1 – Thomas Alleynes 7
On Thursday Alleyne’s travelled to Cheadle in the 2nd league fixture of the season.  After the apocalyptic weather of last week the sun shone and Alleynes enjoyed the conditions to put in a dominant display.
An early goal from Charlie Martin put us in charge but with many chances wasted Alleynes began to become frustrated eventually further goals came with the introduction of Charlie Land (2), and captain Frankie Bussell found the bottom corner with a drive.  Second half playing into the wind Alleynes didnt have the same dominace but scored further goals through Max Hunt and 2 from Harvey Belcher late on.
next week see’s 3 games –
Tue Home v Blessed William Howard (County Cup)
Wed Away v Deferrers (Burton & District Cup)
Thu Home v Painsley (League)
Team- Dreher, Shaw, Ball, Ford, Bosworth, Bussell, Belcher, Hunt, Martin, Topliss, Bowyer, Archer, McNair, Simon, Land
Josie Nelson Cycling Update
Josie Nelson is combining her international cycling ambitions with studying BTEC sport at Thomas Alleyne’s sixth form.
In August Josie competed in the European championships at Valle D’Aosta in the Italian Alps.  The course was 6000ft above sea level and was Josie’s first experience of competing at high altitude.  Riding for team “Ride for Charlie” Josie was 5th in the time trial and 15th in the XC race against the best riders in Europe!.
Last week, closer to home, Josie was selected to ride for the West Midlands in the inter regional’s at Hadley on the Olympic course.  The West Midlands came 2nd overall.  The competition was a 3 day team event with teams consisting of 4 boys and 4 girls, with skills events, relay race, Hill Climb which Josie won and XC race which Josie came 4th in.
Next up is the cyclo-cross season beginning on the 7th October in Derby as part of the national cyclo cross series.

 

 

Arts Society 6th form Visit to Birmingham

 
Our Year 12 Art and Photography students were privileged to go to visit the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery,drawing and Photographing artifacts and paintings, and went on to view the stunning architecture of the New Library and visit the Sealife center after the generous support of the local branch of the  Art Society facilitated travel arrangements for the group on Wednesday.
Staff commented on the exceptional effort and fantastic attitude of all those involved. It was a pleasure to see our students fully engaged and absorbed with soaking up the prestigious collections of the museum and gallery; drawing in their sketchbooks or taking reference photography. There is no comparison to see artworks up close and ‘in real life’ compared to the internet. Our aspiring Artists now have a rich source of reference materials to work from as they return back to TAHS and progress with their A Levels.
Outside students made use of the locality where massive amounts of regeneration funding has enabled the library to now be housed in an award winning building with distinctive exterior circular features. This suited the Photography students in particular who were able to compose images within the city and its architecture. This work will be developed further when back in school. 
Finally after an already full day, students were able to spend a couple of hours in the Sealife Center and try to capture drawing creatures such as jellyfish from life. Although a tricky task, its working from direct observation will enhance the students skills. 
A huge thank you from the staff and students to the Arts Society for their generous funding. More details of their organisation can be found https://theartssociety.org/

Thomas Alleyne’s High School Merchandise Shop

This is an online shop where you can purchase the following school items:
uniform – school ties, school badges
stationary sets
maths sets
scientific calculators
overalls and boots for Animal care
folders and sketch books for Art
revision guides for various subjects
Please add items into your basket and then proceed to payment.  Please then print off a receipt – students will need to bring this into school to collect their item(s)
Please note – there is always a link to the online shop at the bottom of this newsletter

European Day of Languages

 

MFL students worked hard on the European day of languages completing work looking at different languages and designing Une recette du bonheur – a recipe for happiness which will be on display at open evening.
Vocab express should be working again now – apologies. Please continue to support and monitor your child’s progress. 

History

Year 12
Year 12 have received their first A level essay questions. You can support the completion of these essays by asking students to explain to you the argument they are making in their writing and asking them what facts they are including to prove their argument is correct.
Year 11
Exam dates have been set for an end of unit test on the American West, 1835 – 1895. You can support revision by asking to see the American West quiz question sheets, which students should have written the answers on, and then use them to test subject knowledge.
Get ahead! Our new GCSE unit will be on Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 – 1939. Students can always listen to GCSEpods relating to the start of the Weimar Republic before this unit starts to help their understanding in class.

Vacancies

We have vacancies available within our support staff, please see our school website linked below for further details.

Links

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September 21st 2018

Dates for your diary

03/10/18 – Y9 Open evening

11/10/2018 – Post 16 Open Evening

16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day

Opportunities ahead!

Girls Rugby
Girls Rugby Training – Monday until 4:30
Year 10/11 Netball – Tuesday afterschool
Year 9 Netball – Wednesday afterschool
All years netball – Friday 5:30

 Headteacher blog:

After seeing students compete in House Cross Country  this week, it struck me how lucky we are to have all the  opportunities we are given to be successful. Just three weeks into term, students are getting themselves involved in all aspects of the school life. They have also turned out in good numbers, to audition for our next school production D.N.A. 
It was a privilege to spend time with our new Head girl, Maisey and Head boy, MacKenzie, and learn a little more about their journey to date through Thomas Alleyne’s. They are clearly passionate about making a positive difference to our school and, having listened to them, I am confident they will do just that. 
Finally, a thanks to our PTA. We met on Monday, and I was struck by the generosity of the group to give up their time to support the school. Last year the money they made a significant difference to our school and I am already looking forward to the first event of their year – the PTA quiz. I hope you can join us. 

Uttoxeter Learning Trust CEO Welcome

Welcome everyone, to what I am sure is going to be another busy and exciting year. Everyone involved in the Uttoxeter Learning Trust is looking forward to building on the successes of last year and really bringing the Uttoxeter Learning Trust to the centre of the community.

The Uttoxeter Learning Trust has been on an incredible journey from April 2017 when the 3 founding schools started the Multi Academy Trust. We have since grown with 4 more local schools and now consist of 7 strong schools:

Thomas Alleyne’s High School

Oldfields Hall Middle School

Windsor Park Middle School

Ryecroft Middle School

Picknalls First School

Hutchinson Memorial School

All Saints First School        

We continue to look for other like-minded locally geographic partners so that we can further develop our educational journey. We have all found that working together for the benefit of all children in and around Uttoxeter has really focused us on designing, delivering and continually evolving the education we offer. We firmly believe in the vision of delivering the best education from the ages of 3-18 in a seamless 3 tier system.

I am honoured to be the acting CEO of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust and the Headteacher at Picknalls First School. I will continue to put my heart and soul, alongside the other headteachers, into establishing and developing the Uttoxeter Learning Trust outstanding educational offer further.

I look forward to keeping you informed about the continued successes of our Multi Academy Trust. We strive to live up to our motto ‘Inspiring Teachers, Inspiring Children.’

Anne Tapp

 

6th

This week is a week where I can look back and feel grateful. Grateful so that so many of our wonderful students are working hard in their lessons and in their non-contacts. Grateful that our Sixth Formers have so many wonderful spaces that they can work in outside of the classroom. Grateful that we have a wonderful team that can offer a multitude of support to each one of our students. 

Tutor times are full of activities. Year 13 are looking at future intentions; working on personal statements, completing UCAS applications, looking at Higher Level Apprenticeships and at future employers. It is vital that all Year 13 students complete their personal statements as soon as possible as they have mock exams before Christmas, by completing them early they allow themselves more time to revise and prepare for the mocks.  Year 12 are still using some of their form time getting to know each other.  12A completed a task which was to build the tallest structure using just spaghetti and very small marshmallows.  They mostly did a fab job, although I did need to tidy the floor a little after they had left. 

Today the National Citizenship Service came to speak to our Year 12 students, this is a great opportunity for all students to take advantage of, and each student was given a form to fill in if they were interested. If you would more details.

We have started to ask Year 12 and 13 students to volunteer for events within school, we like to see our Sixth Formers give a little something back to the school. It is very nice to see the helping out at open evenings for new Year 9 intake.  Dates have been given to students.  If they would like to be considered for a role on the Senior Prefect Team in Year 13 then these sort of events are a great way to be noticed.

 

European day of Languages 26th September.

There will be a celebration of languages in lessons.
Well done to everyone who has worked hard on vocab express – keep it up. Any problems see your French teacher

 

Respect Programme

As we begin this academic year, students at Thomas Alleyne’s are understanding the meaning of “Respect”. Their core focus is about respecting themselves, each other and the environment. During this first half-term Year 9 students will be studying British Values, looking into democracy, the Rule of Law, freedom of faith and challenging discrimination. Year 10 students are tackling some challenging topics on e-safety, including safeguarding, consequences of cyber bullying, use of social media and sexting. Year 11 students will be driven by their GCSE studies and what they want to do in the future, so their focus for this half-term will be on Applying for Jobs. This includes how to write a CV, conducting themselves for interviews and how to write a covering letter of application.

If there is anything further that you wish to discuss about these themes, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor or Head of House.

Year 9 Photographs

If you wish to make any final orders for your child’s Year 9 Photograph, your order form needs to be handed into reception (with arrangement for payment) or completed online through Tempest by Wednesday 26th September at 9:00am if you wish to qualify for free postage and packaging. After this date, Tempest will charge £4 for this. All students have received their order forms containing a sample and the information on how to order. Orders are processed gradually over the next two months, when any photographs arrive into school they will be handed to your child immediately.

History

Year 9

Many of Year 9 have been busy this week completing their first GCSE style assessment. Mrs Young and Mrs Johnson are really impressed by how well pupils have applied themselves to the questions and started developing GCSE skills.

GCSE – Year 11

We are nearing the end of our unit on the American West, 1835 – 1895, which we started in May. There will be an end of unit examination for all groups at the beginning of October so start revision now by listening to GCSE Pods, completing your revision quiz answers and coming to lunch-time or after school history if there is anything you are unsure about.

A level

Well done to everyone who is meeting their interim coursework deadlines in Year 13. The good news is that one person has nearly finished their coursework – well ahead of schedule! Year 12 students can make the coursework process easier for themselves by completing independent research on any aspect of 20th century American history. Books are always available in the history library.

Run, Hide, Tell

At Thomas Alleyne’s High School we are committed to safeguarding our students both in out of school. Therefore we have shared the Governments “Run, Hide, Tell” video resource with our students this week, as we have done since the guidance became available.
We spent time to reassure students that there are no new or specific concerns for our community and they responded in a very mature manner. 
Should anyone wish to view the video themselves, it can be found via the link below,

Science

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

Year 9

Erin Hough and Jessie Johnson for making an excellent start in Chemistry

Year 10

Eleanor Webster for continued hard work in all lessons

Brandon Kirkham for showing real interest and effort in Chemistry

Year 11

Ellis Barkas and Jenson Bosworth for consistently high levels of effort in Chemistry

 

Well done!

PE

 

Year 9 Football

Congratulations to the Yr 9 football team.  After 3 fixtures this week they remain undefeated.  On Monday they played in the County Cup against Trentham High school.  Playing against a strong wind in the first half the team produced a very good display to be only 1 – 0  down.  In the second half the boys took full advantage of the conditions, scoring virtually straight after the restart from a long range effort by Ethan Hudson. From that point on Alleynes dominated with Harry Clarke and Charlie Ratcliffe scoring a brace each.  Alleynes went on to win 5-1. 
Wednesday saw the team progress into the next round of the Burton and District cup without kicking a football! Robert Sutton could not raise a team so Alleyne’s progress into the next round. 
The final game of the week saw Alleynes take on Moorside.  A very strong Moorside team had the better of the first half.  In torrential rain and a howling gale both teams battled very hard in the conditions. At the end of the first half Alleynes  were 2 – 1 down.  again with the wind behind the lads made good use of the conditions and scored to quick goals. Unfortunately through a quick break in midfield Moorside equalised.  The last 20 minutes were battled out and the scored remained 3-3. 
Well done to all the players who have made a strong start to their football career at Thomas Alleynes.  (No photos unfortunately, due to water damage!)
House Cross Country

On Wednesday the first house competition of the year took place with over 200 taking part in the annual house cross country.  
In the Junior competition the individual winners were Jodie Birks and Leighton Thomas in a time that would have won the senior race! 
In the Senior Races the champions were Kieran Coates and Ella Barbour.
Well done to all that took part  (see form tutor for credit)
The team results were as follows
Year 9 Girls
1st Orme 
2nd Torrance
3rd Elkes
4th Whitmore
Year 9 Boys
1st Torrance
2nd Elkes
3rd Whitmore
4th Orme
Senior Girls
1st Whitmore
2nd Orme
3rd Elkes
4th Torrance
Senior Boys
1st Whitmore
2nd Elkes
3rd Orme
4th Torrance

U16 Football

Thomas Alleynes 6 – Moorside 1

On Thursday in monsoon conditions Alleynes began their league season with a home game against Moorside. Alleynes were very professional in their build up with captain Frankie Busssell leading the team excellently. Alleynes began strongly and took the lead through a cross from Alex Shaw. The lead was doubled by centre back Jenson Bosworth who scored on his debut. The score at half time was 3-0 with Charlie Martin rounding the keeper.

The second half saw more of the same with Harvey Belcher who had kept a clean sheet in the first half showing he is the complete football by playing centre forward and scoring 2 as well as hitting the post. Archie Mcnair finished the scoring with a well deserved goal.

Team-
Belcher, Ball, Ford, Bosworth, Shaw, Dawson, Archer, Bussell, Martin, Hunt, McNair, Thornton, Simon, Bowyer

Man of the match- Shaw

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U15 Football

Alleynes were knocked out of the Burton & District Cup by a well drilled Repton side 5-0 in what was a poor performance all round. Back to the drawing board on Tuesday in the county cup.

Team- Whitehead, Cope, Beech, Ball, Stockbridge, Kenny, Brunt, Jakes, Clarkson, Mangon, Hocking, van Hock, Hall, Twigge

Next Weeks Fixtures

Monday U18 v Wolgarston away county cup.

Tuesday U15 v Moorside away county cup

Thursday U14 & U16 v Cheadle away League

Vacancies

We have two vacancies available within our support staff, please see our school website linked below for further details.

Links

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September 14th 2018

Dates for your diary

03/10/18 – Y9 Open evening

11/10/2018 – Post 16 Open Evening

16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day

Opportunities ahead!

Girls Rugby
Girls Rugby Training – Monday until 4:30
Year 10/11 Netball – Tuesday afterschool
Year 9 Netball – Wednesday afterschool
All years netball – Friday 5:30
Congratulations to Eve Bednall, Freya Hadgett & Evie Robins who have been selected for the County Netball Team. 
School Football Fixtures
Monday 17th September U14 Home v Trentham – County Cup
Tuesday 18th September U15 Home v Repton – Burton & District Cup
Wednesday 19th September U14 Home v Robert Sutton – Burton & District Cup
Thursday 20th September U14 & U16 Home v Moorside – Staffs Moorlands League.
Team lists will be on PE noticeboard.

 Headteacher blog:

All students in Years 10 and 11 have been set 2 pieces of homework. These are both to access podcasts ,on subjects of their choice, from GCSEpod. 
Following 9 days at school, 501 podcasts have been streamed by our students, which is an excellent start for many.  However, there are also students who have not yet used this online revision tool. 
We are keen to get them into good habits early, by asking them to fit in small amounts of revision regularly into their daily routines. The homework should take less than 25 minutes. 
The most important part of this, is that they do not simply listen to the pods but share what they have learnt. Either, by completing a revision card, a mind map or teaching a parent, carer, grandparent or sibling what they have learnt. 
If you are able to ask them which pods they have accessed, and what they have learnt from each one then this would be a huge help in ensuring they put themselves in the very best position at the start of their GCSE courses. 
The pods they choose can either, re-visit previous information that has been covered in lessons, or prepare for future  lessons. 
On a very different note, I am fortunate to receive many positive comments about our students from members of the local community. An example of some fantastic work that one of our students,  Alyssa, has done for their community is in the story below.
However, this week, I received a complaint about some students’ conduct in Uttoxeter Town Centre after school. We are reminding all students of the importance of being aware of other members of the community when they are in town, and to show respect at all times. 

 

6th

Well done to our sixth form boys and their charity event last week where they had their legs waxed. Ouch!!!
They raised just over £40.00 from people paying to watch.

Equipment for Maths Lessons

All students need to bring the following equipment to their maths lessons:
black or blue pen, green pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and scientific calculator.
Maths sets (£1.20), casio scientific calculators (£7.80) and revision guides (£2.50) can be purchased from the online shop.

Year 11 – GCSE Maths

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 28th September 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 before Christmas.

Greeters

Students are being encouraged to focus clearly on what they are learning about in lessons, and to focus on what success in the lesson will look like though the role of class ‘greeter’.  When a visitor, for example a member of the senior leadership team, visits a classroom, a student will be selected by the class teacher to greet them and explain what they are learning about.  So far, students have been excellent in talking about their learning, showing and talking about the work in their books. 

BTEC Success

 In addition to the success of our A-level and GCSE students, this week we wanted to share with you our BTEC successes.

Great outcomes were achieved in Extended Certificate in IT with 25% year 13 students achieved a distinction grade and a second student from Thomas Alleyne’s has taken up an apprenticeship at Total Enterprise Solutions in Rugeley, further strengthening the links with the school. We look forward to welcoming Chris from TES into school later in the year to talk to our ICT and Computer science students about careers in the sector.

In Extended Certificate in Applied Science 50% students gained a distinction and one student gained the top grade available of distinction star. The students are going on to study subjects such as Forensics and Criminology at University as well as another taking up an apprenticeship at JCB.

Our first cohort of students taking BTEC Sport accomplished amazing results with 33% achieving the top distinction star grade and a further 44% getting a distinction with students continuing their sports based careers studying Sports Science at University.

Fantastic results were achieved by our level 2 (GCSE level) students with 26% Health and Social Care students and nearly 20% of Children’s Play, Learning & Development students achieving the top grade – distinction star. In Sixth Form Health and Social Care students continue to do well with 60% students on the Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A-level) achieving distinction grades. All students taking the triple award (3 A-level equivalent) Extended Diploma achieved at least two distinctions with one reaching the top award of three distinction star grades.  Students are going on to study midwifery, psychology and teaching. These students also made an outstanding contribution to the community in their work placements with students working in nurseries, care homes, special needs schools and hospitals.

We wish all of our BTEC students the best for the future and know the combination of vocational content, individual study, examination preparation and managing assignments that BTEC courses entail will help them in their future endeavours.

School Crossing Patrol

 
We have been notified that there will be no crossing patrol person on Monday and Tuesday next week – 17th & 18th – students must use the pelican crossing.

Science

This academic year the Science Department will continue to reward students in Years 9, 10 and 11 for outstanding achievement in GCSE Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and also in BTEC Animal Care.  Students will receive a certificate to acknowledge their success.

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

Year 9

Macy Curran and Reece Archer for effort and attainment

Year 10

Harry Van Hoek for achievement and high scores

Caitlyn Woodings for excellent effort

Year 11

 Rob Davenport and Oliver Davis for a very positive start to the term and excellent classwork

 

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

Ellie Roobottom and Max Hayes for an enthusiastic start to the course

 

Well done!

MFL

 

The MFL department has a new resource which we will be using for vocabulary learning homeworks. It is called Vocab Express. www.vocabexpress.com school code UKTAHS. Each student has a personalised login and password which is displayed on the noticeboard outside the MFL office and room 23. Homework will be set on insight and completed on Vocab Express. Teachers can access students’ progress in learning vocabulary. Any students without a computer at home can use room 25 on Monday and Thursday lunchtimes. It ia also available as an app for phones. Please support your child’s vocabulary learning. Any problems please contact Mrs Clemett. 

Community Work

It is always inspiring when a pupil from Thomas Alleyne’s High School takes on a challenge within the local community and makes it a success.  Alyssa Shaw in Year 10 did just that.  Due to recent family circumstances, Alyssa decided that she wanted to give back to the organisation that had helped her family members, so she made all the arrangements for a Macmillan Cake sale at Oldfields Sports and Social Club in Uttoxeter.

It was a wet day and the family were worried that this would dampen Alyssa spirit. When they arrived at Oldfields they were ‘blown away’ by the amount of cakes that had been donated by friends, family and the local community.  There were two sporting games on that day, rugby and football, which also added to the amount of people that contributed towards this wonderful event.

Alyssa and her family where overwhelmed by the amount of money that was raised that day, just over £1200.  This is a staggering amount of money and I am very proud of Alyssa’s achievement.  I know that her family would like to thank Oldfields Sports and Social Club for letting her hold the event there and to Evan Richardson for looking after the money during the day. I have added some photographs of the event so you can see what our wonderful Year 10 Torrance student achieved. This is a lovely example of students putting themselves ‘out there’ for others and it goes to show that our students really are the best.

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Insight

Insight is up and running for all students at thomasalleynes.org/insight. Parents with an account can continue to use their existing login and if you now have an additional child in year 9 they should be visible by clicking on the picture icon top left whereby you can switch between children.

Year 9 parents will start to receive their logins as soon as possible and an email will go to the registered email address held in school. Please keep an eye out for an email from insight@tahs.org.uk, in particular your junk / promotions tabs as it may get redirected there.

 

History

Years 9, 10 and 12

Well done to everyone who is successfully making the transition to year 9, or from Year 9 to GCSE and GCSE to A level by working hard in class and completing homework to a high standard and on time. However, don’t forget that if anyone is finding any aspects of new history lessons a challenge then Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young are always happy to go over work at break time, lunchtime or after school.

Year 12 

Get a head start in A level history by using your free time to read a book, chapter or magazine from our ‘Post 16 Stretch and Challenge’ library in room 16. Why not introduce yourself to a bit of American 20th century history in preparation for coursework after Easter?

Year 11 and 13

Mock exams are closer than you think! Make it easier for yourself by starting to review last year’s learning.
Need some help? See Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young about lunchtime and after school revision sessions.

PTA Meeting

Monday, 17th September, 7pm in the Staff room.
All welcome.
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September 7th 2018

Thought for the Week 

Assemblies: w/b 10th of September

Mrs Dodd will be leading assemblies this week on the theme of ‘Emotions’.

Thoughts for the Week on the theme of ‘Emotions’

‘Emotions have taught mankind to reason.’ Marquis De Vauvenargues

Emotions are the fuel to really move you along – that’s the only way you can create music. If you don’t feel any emotions, it’s not going to happen.  Jan Hammer

 Headteacher blog:

I have very much enjoyed welcoming students back to the start of our Academic Year.

Year 9 students have settled in very quickly, finding their way around our large school site and making new friends. Our initial assemblies have focused on encouraging all students to aim for their personal best and to take up the opportunities offered to them across the school. Be that, spending their lunchtimes in the art or technology rooms, or getting involved in sports, drama or music.

Many of our Year 10 and Year 11 students are clearly inspired by the work of last year’s students. They are applying themselves well in their lessons, and have been preparing for lessons by accessing over 200 podcasts on GCSEpod in the first 4 days back at school. We know that, the students who made the most progress last year, started their revision from the first week back and some accessed over 1200 podcasts over the year.

Over the summer, our students celebrated some outstanding performances at GCSE this summer for the fourth year in a row. My congratulations to them all and also for the wider achievements. Year 11 and 12 students contributed to many charity events throughout their school career alongside events such as the National Citizenship Programme, Duke of Edinburgh and a trip to Vietnam with World Challenge. 

At GCSE 76% achieved a pass in English, compared to 74% in 2017 and 74% achieved a pass in maths, compared to 69% in 2017. The strong performances in English and Maths followed on from the success in A levels in the previous week.

Performance in science was particularly strong with 33% of students, who studied physics, chemistry and biology, achieving an equivalent of an A/A* known in the new measures as a 7, 8 or 9 grade. History students also performed well with 28% of students achieving 7, 8 or 9 grades.

These results are based on the new GCSEs, which are graded on a one to nine scale. The grade 9s have been designed to recognise the top 3% of students in individual subjects across the country.

Within the headline figures lie some highly impressive individual student performances with 18 students achieving at least 8 grades at the equivalent of A/A*.

Thomas from Uttoxeter achieved an incredible 8 grades at the equivalent of A* or above with six 9s and two 8s, one A.

Matthew from Uttoxeter achieved five 9s, two 8s, two 7s.

Lorna from Uttoxeter achieved a superb three grade 9s, two A*s and five grade 8s.

Alfie from Denstone achieved four 9s, four 8s, one A and one 7.

Thomas from Uttoxeter, achieved five 9s, one A*, one 8, one 7.

Elliot from Uttoxeter achieved four 9s, four 8s.

Emelia from Uttoxeter achieved four 9s, two 8s, three 7s.

Emma-Jo from Doveridge achieved four 9s, two 8s, three 7s.

Georgia from Stowe by Chartley achieved one 9, one A*, one Distinction*, four 8s, two 7s.

Reece from Cheadle achieved four 9s, two 8s, two 7s.

Carys from Kingstone achieved one 9, one A*, three 8s and five 7s.

Emmaley from Tean achieved two 9s, one D* three 8s, two 7s.

Megan from Bramshall achieved one A, two 9s, three 8s, and three 7s.

Emily from Denstone, achieved two 9s, three 8s and four 7s.

Elliot from Alton achieved one 9, and four 7s.

Ellie from Abbotts Bromley achieved one 9, one A, three 8s, three 7s

Laura from Denstone achieved three 8s, two A grades, and four 7s.

Similarly, Thomas Alleyne’s High School sixth form students produced another fantastic set of individual results in their exams this year.

The pass rate was 95% which has once again enabled students to secure top university places including Cambridge University and Higher Apprenticeships in companies such as Barclays Bank as well as enter into the world of work. Vocational subjects have continued to secure superb results with a 100% pass rate.

A high proportion of students achieved exceptional A-level results, with 47% of all grades being achieved at grades A*- B and 69% of all grades at A* – C. The vast majority of students have been successful in securing places at their first choice university.

There have been some exceptional individual performances:

Trudy from Rugeley, senior prefect and sixth form council leader,  has been successful in securing a place to read History at Cambridge University. Trudy achieved A* in History, English and Extended Project as well as an A grade in Biology. Trudy has been awarded a bursary from OCR for when she commences her studies at Peterhouse College.

Lowri from Uttoxeter, achieved A* grades in History and English Literature and an A  grade in Drama. Lowri will be reading English at Oxford University. (More needed here Richard)

Laura from Mayfield, secured A grades in Chemistry, Further Maths and Physics alongside an A* in Further Maths. Laura has been accepted to study History at Loughborough University.

Peter from Alton, achieved an A* in Biology, and A grades in Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths. Peter is planning to study Biochemistry at York University.

Sarah from Uttoxeter, who is an outgoing senior prefect, achieved an A* in English Literature, A grades in History and Maths and a B grade in Physics. Sarah will be studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Nottingham University.

Lucy from Doveridge, achieved an A* in Geography, grade As in Biology and Maths and a grade B in Chemistry. Lucy will be taking a year out before commencing her studies at university.

Laura, outgoing deputy headgirl, from Kingstone achieved an A* in Maths and grade As in Further Maths and Chemistry. Laura will be taking a year out before commencing studying Maths at university.

Kirsten from Denstone, achieved A grades in Psychology and Maths and a B gradw in Chemistry. Kirsten will be studying Maths at Lancaster University.

Ellie and Amy both from Uttoxeter, secured A grades in Biology, Chemistry, and Maths. Ellie will be studying Pharmacy at Cardiff University whilst Amy will be studying Biomedical Sciences at York University. 

Holly achieved 2 grade As and a grade B in History, English and RE respectively. Holly will be studying Classical Civilisation at Nottingham University.

Louise of Uttoxeter, achieved A* in Maths and B grades in Further Maths and Physics. Louise will be reading Mathematics at university. 

Niamh from Tean, Harry from Church Leigh and Anna  from Doveridge achieved 2 A grades and a B. Niamh will be studying Forensic Science, Harry and Anna, senior prefects, will be studying Physics and English respectively. 

Tom and Kate both from Uttoxeter, achieved an A*, B and a C grade. Tom will be studying English at Derby University and Kate has been accepted to study Illustration at Sheffield University.

Deputy Headboy Ben from Tean has secured a highly competive apprenticeship at Barclays Bank. Chloe has secured an apprenticeship at Unilever.

Joshua from Leigh, achieved A grades in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Joshua will be studying Medicine at Queen Mary University of London.

Niamh from Uttoxeter, achieved a triple starred distinction in Health and Social Care. Niamh will be studying Midwifery at Nottingham University.

Jess from Uttoxeter, achieved a starred distinction in Sport and distinction grades in Applied Science and Health and Social Care. Jess has accepted a place in Sports Coaching at Loughborough University.

Matthew from Hixon, achieved A* grades in Chemistry and Physics along with an A grade in Maths and a B in Geography. Matthew has secured a place at Leeds University to study Mechanical Engineering.

Saul from Leigh, who is an outgoing senior prefect and led a team who raised over £3000 for Dougie Mac Hospice achieved A grades in Maths and Physics and B grades in Chemistry and Further Maths.  Saul intends to study Aerospace Engineering at Bristol University.

Laura from Mayfield, secured A grades in Chemistry, Further Maths and Physics alongside an A* in Further Maths. Laura has been accepted to study History at Loughborough University.

As we welcome our new Head Girl, Maisy Bettany and Head Boy, Mackenzie Smith to their roles in our school, we are thrilled that the outgoing Head Girl, Iona will be studying Law at Manchester Metropolitan University and Head Boy, Ryan, who I am looking forward to seeing playing Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde at Derby Theatre this weekend, will be studying Acting at Drama School.

Finally I wanted to thank our support staff and site staff.  Over the summer, we have also been focusing on further developing the environment in school. The site staff have led the refurbishment of 6 classrooms and extended our dining facilities by over 70 places. I encourage all students to try out the food in our canteen which is excellent.

Thank to parents, governors and school staff for the support they have given to our young people last year. We look forward to another successful year at school.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your son or daughter.

Mrs Rudge

 

6th

Welcome back to all our Year 13 students and a very big a welcome to all the new Year 12 students.  It has been a very busy week; all day induction for Year 12 and handing in summer work for Year 13. 
Within the first week back we have seen, as usual, a sense of community amongst both Year groups, working along side each other in the Common Room and Canteen as well as supporting each other with charitable events. I won’t give too much away this week as photo’s are needed to see the commitment these wonderful students have for our forever charity Dougie Mac. 
All Year 12 have now completed their first week and are proving to be a lovely cohort of students. A few grumbles or teething problems with aspects of uniform but nothing that can not be quickly rectified.  
21 Year 12 students have signed up to be an ABC mentor which helps to support Year 9 in their tutor group. Thank you to all that offered this valuable level of support.
We still have places available in the Sixth Form and if you would like more information the  please contact Mrs Walton at Sixthform@tahs.org.uk

INSET Day 3rd September

On 3rd September, school staff had their first INSET day of the new academic year.  As well as looking at the exam results and celebrating the wonderful achievements of the Year 13 and 11 students, staff also had training on various issues such as the new national safeguarding changes, first aid and meta-cognition.

Teachers know that if students reflect on how they learn, they become better learners.  For example, learning strategies that work for maths may be different from those applied in the study of a foreign language. For some, it takes more time to understand biology than chemistry. With greater awareness of how they acquire knowledge, students learn to regulate their behaviour to optimise learning. They begin to see how their strengths and weaknesses affect how they perform. The ability to think about one’s thinking is what neuroscientists call metacognition. As students’ metacognitive abilities increase, research suggests they also make progress at a faster rate.  Teachers will be focussing on strategies to help support metacognition.

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Pastoral students of the week

There are too many to mention, but we want to thank the ABC mentors, the House Captains and all of those students who have assisted our new year 9s settle in by helping them get around our site this week.

Dates for your diary

03/10/18 – Y9 Open evening

11/10/2018 – Post 16 Open Evening

16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day

History

 
A level results
Congratulations to our A level historians who secured some excellent results in 2018. We wish you all well for the future and are really pleased with the success of those who are going on to study history at university.
 
Post-16
Congratulations to last year’s Year 11 on excellent GCSE results and welcome back to those taking A level history.
Well done to those Year 13 students who worked hard on their coursework during the summer holiday – a special mention goes to Rachel Clemmet, Sara Coxon and Aimee Deacon.
GCSE
Follow in the footsteps of last year’s Year 11 by making revision notes, using our revision knowledge quizzes, GCSE Pod and quizlet to consolidate your learning each week.
Year 11
Mock exams are closer than you think! History lunchtime revision is held everyday in rooms 15 and 16 – why don’t you bring your lunch, bring a friend and make a weekly date with either Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young? Alternatively, come after school. Talk to us to choose a day which is best for you.
Year 10
Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young are always available at breaktime and lunchtime if there is anything you are unsure about whilst you make the transtion from Year 9 work to GCSE.
Year 9
Welcome to all our Year 9. This year we will be focusing on 20th century history and will begin with events at the start of the century. If you want to get a head start, find some images of early 20th century Britain to help you think about similarities and differences between then and now.

Science

Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 Science students are strongly encouraged to purchase the appropriate Revision Guides, which will help with their studies throughout the course.

Students studying the three separate science courses require three GCSE AQA Complete Revision and Practice Guides: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students studying the Combined Science course require one Revision Guide, Foundation Level: GCSE Combined Science for AQA.

Revision Guides are available to purchase from the School Online Shop, please click on the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

 

Canteen

Our new and improved larger canteen is open for business and is busy at both break and lunchtimes. Can we remind all parents to ensure that accounts are regularly checked and kept up to date via parentpay. 

Insight

Insight is up and running for all students at thomasalleynes.org/insight. Parents with an account can continue to use their existing login and if you now have an additional child in year 9 they should be visible by clicking on the picture icon top left whereby you can switch between children.

Year 9 parents will start to receive their logins w/c 17th September and an email will go to the registered email address held in school. Please keep an eye out for an email from insight@tahs.org.uk, in particular your junk / promotions tabs as it may get redirected there.

Sports News

 
Barton hocky club have asked us to promote their sessions, so if this is of interest to you please see this link:

Uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s

Please see the specific details of our uniform policy. It is a clear expectation that this is followed correctly and we ask for the support of parents and carers with this. Please note skinny fit trousers are not accepted as part of our uniform policy. Any student who wears incorrect uniform will be asked to change and parents/carers will be contacted. 
Your support is very much appreciated, particularly to ensure we all make the best start possible to the new school year.
Any questions, please do contact your child’s Head of House.

Links

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Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. If there are any changes you would like to see to it please let us know.

 

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July 20th 2018

A Note from the Chair of Governors

Change of Chair of Governors

After being a Governor at Thomas Alleyne’s for around 22 years and Chair of Governors for 6 years I’ve decided to step down when my term of office expires in September.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with such a strong and committed group of governors, such a tremendously dedicated staff group, and of course a body of students who are a credit to our school and the town. 

It has been a demanding 6 years, dealing with Ofsted visits, with tough challenges as funding for schools reduced year on year, with decisions on academy status, and, most importantly, with the responsibility for appointing a new headteacher four-and-a-half years ago when we welcomed Mrs Rudge to the school. 

Now I am delighted to see Alleyne’s going from strength to strength as a founder member of The Uttoxeter Learning Trust, a Teaching School, a school rated ’Good’ by Ofsted and, most importantly, a school giving its students an excellent academic and extra-curricular experience.  Achieving funding for classroom building work is the icing on the cake, and I hope the funds can be raised to save the swimming pool for future generations.

My successor is Mike Prescott who will bring a wealth of wisdom and experience to the role.  I wish him and all students, parents, staff and governors well, and look forward to hearing of the school’s future successes. 

Alison Trenery

Thought for the Week 

Assemblies week beginning Tuesday 4th September
Tuesday: Mrs Rudge (Welcome assemblies)
Wed-Fri: Mrs Maingay will lead assemblies on the theme of ‘New Beginnings’
Thought for the Week
“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” ~ Mary Pickford

 Headteacher blog:

As we come to the end of the academic year, we would like to thank you for your continued support this year. We know that it is by working together with you as parents, that we are able to support our young people most successfully.

I would also like to remind students that in addition to having a break, the summer holiday is an opportunity to review the learning from last year and to prepare for the year ahead. For Year 10 students who received their mock exam results this week, it is very important that the areas of development revealed by the mock exams are addressed. I would recommend GCSE pod as an excellent resource as a starting point for this exercise.

When students return in September they will see the benefits of an extensive programme of building work, which will have allowed us to remodel some of our classrooms and our dining facilities.

A number of staff will be leaving us this year. We would like to wish Mr Sabin, Mrs Blair, Mrs Ingram, Mrs Bracebridge, Mr Beeley, Mr Allen and Mrs Lyon all the best and thank them for their work during their time at Thomas Alleyne’s High School.

We are pleased that we are fully staffed for the start of the Autumn term and look forward to welcoming new colleagues to Thomas Alleyne’s High School in September.

Mrs H Khan MFL teacher

Mrs R Pavey – Physics teacher

Mr B Lloyd – Maths teacher

Miss S Robinson – Geography teacher

Mrs K Goodwin – Geography teacher and Assistant Headteacher

Mrs D Ainsworth, Teaching School Administrator

Ms A Bates, Inclusion Support Assistant

Ms R Rodi – Maths 1:1 teacher

Mrs L Massey English 1:1 teacher

Mrs A Grief – Curriculum Area Learning Supervisor

Ms E Oliver – Animal Worker

Mrs Rudge is looking forward to returning to the school in September.

Last week I mentioned that I am stepping down from my role as a Senior Leader and I would like to wish my successor, Mrs Maingay, every success in her role next year.

Mr Brunt

Examination Results Days

Please note the dates for examination results collections in the school Theatre:
Post-16 : Thursday 16th August from 7am
GCSE: Thursday 23rd August 9am-12pm
Ensure contact is made with the school Examination Officer if you need to arrange for your results to be posted, or you need an alternative arrangement.
I will be available alongside the school Mrs Sosinski on both days to discuss reviews of marking, if required. I will be based in the school library and Mrs Sosinski will be based in her office.
Wishing you every possible success!

Swimming Pool Crowd Funding

We need your help to save our school Swimming Pool.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-uttoxeter-swimming-pool-/

Here is our award winning vlogger Max telling you why we should save our pool.

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Dates for your diary

20/07/18 – Last day of Summer Term 2018

03/09/18 – Inset day

04/09/2018 – All students return to school – Autumn Term 2018 

03/10/18 – Y9 Open evening

11/10/2018 – Post 16 Open Evening

16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day

6th

I love the last week of term but probably not for the reasons you think. It is a hive of activity, lots to do and excited students at every turn. Teachers and students ensuring loose ends are sorted and that we are all prepared with our ‘to do’ list for over the summer break. I have been able to revamp my classroom displays and ensure that resources are prepared for September, although I still have quite a bit to do over the next few weeks. This year has seen many Year 12 students facing their fears. For many this year has been a roller coaster of emotions, bridging the gap between GCSE and A Level, the amount of work needed to achieve their target grade, the extra work put in by those that are reaching for the stars and lastly Mrs Walton who faced a very large and very real fear on Wednesday. Mabel was very well behaved, she did not answer back and she did as she was instructed. Mabel is a Tarantula. Mrs Walton is petrified of spiders and she saw Mabel being brought into the Sixth Form Common Room she did have a knee wobbling moment. Mabel looked at Mrs Walton and she seemed determined to help her overcome her fear. The pictures that were taken and that I’m sharing with you do not fully show how scared Mrs Walton was but I’m sure you will agree the look of relief when Mabel was given back to Mrs North speaks for its self. As well as Mrs Walton doing this for our forever charity, Douggie Mac, I held Mabel alongside some very brave students. Mrs Walton raised close to £100.

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This week Jess Poole and Rachel Clemett organised for a Holocaust survivor to come in and talk to all of Year 12 students. Martin Sturn works with the Holocaust Education Trust (HET) and delivers educational talks to students all around the country on his experience. It was clear from the account that Martin gave that he owes his life to luck, from his mother dropping anti-Nazi propaganda in front of a Nazi Brown Shirt on a train and him just helping her to pick up her leaflets without reporting her to his name being missed off a transport list which was destined for Auschwitz. As a child, Martin and his sister would have been sent straight to their deaths in the gas chamber. It was very thought provoking and Martin was also kind enough to relay some of his early life to four classes of Year 9 and 10 English and RE students. Euan Walsh in Year 10 spoke to his English teacher after and thanked her for the opportunity to hear Martin talk. This sentiment was relayed from Year 12 students. I would like to thank Rachel and Jess for all their work on the Lesson from Auschwitz programme; they have gone above and beyond in all aspects.

Holocaust

Finally I would like to share with you an extract that we received from a Year 13 student, Rhiannon Kenny. The words are very genuine and the message resonated with all of us in the Sixth Form Team.

‘My teachers have given me the most important and supportive life advice and the confidence and belief in myself that was sometimes missing. Now leaving Sixth Form, I’m going into a career I never thought I’d be confident enough to pursue…This would not have been possible without the careers advice and UCAS guidance that we were given during the most crucial times of the application process. And it’s not only me, I don’t think there’s a single one of my friends that hasn’t grown and achieved success during their time in the Sixth Form.’

So on this positive note I would like to wish all our Year 12 students a lovely holiday, but don’t forget to work on coursework and read through subject content during the holidays. We look forward to seeing them all return as Year 13

House Competition 2018

After 43 House Competitions, Mr Hawthorne is proud to announce that Torrance have retained the House Trophy. Mr Hawthorne, the House Captains and all Torrance students are incredibly happy to have won the trophy for the second year running. Three years in a row has only been achieved by Elkes in 2011, 2012 and 2013, can Torrance House match this record?
The final results are as follows:
Torrance – 192.5 Points
Whitmore – 165 Points
Orme – 135 Points
Elkes – 129.5 Points
Congratulations to all of Torrance House!

Sports Day

Results
Elkes
3rd
Orme
4th
Torrance
2nd
Whitmore 1st
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As we published last week the results are as above, but Max has been at it again and here is his report on the biggest sporting event of last week:

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Sports Day update.  
Well done to Max Haughton who won the Yr9 boys 80 meter hurdles.in a time of 12.88. Owen Birch was 2nd and Callum Stockbridge 3rd.

 

 

Girls Summer Coding Camp

For the 2nd year, Vodafone is running a 4-day coding workshop for girls aged 14-18, as part of a global programme spanning 26 countries. This programme will give girls the skills, confidence and encouragement to learn, develop and thrive in STEM fields and occupations. They will be taught the technical skills to build their own website including Html, CSS, GitHub and JQuery.

The Manchester course will take place at Atlas House, Monday 6th – Thursday 9th August.

Applicants must identify as a female/non-binary, be 14-18 years old, and have the necessary English language skills to complete the programme.

CLAG leaflet

A Maths Reunion

Six years ago as I said farewell to my year 13 maths class, they suggested we have a reunion in July 2018. They bought me a notebook and put the date in, clearly they had known me long enough to realise that my memory would fail over that length of time. Well that date was last Saturday. I was delighted and honoured that they took time out of their busy lives to travel back to Uttoxeter to meet up. They looked so well……and grown up! All working and incredibly successful. I heard all about their jobs, the different places that they are living, travel plans and career plans. How proud….and old I felt, what incredible young people. It was a lovely afternoon.

Thank you folks.

Jewellery Designer Visits Art Dept

 
Jewellery designer “Emily Jane” AKA Emily Deacon visited 9H3 art class this week to share with students her experience of the design process and experience in contemporary jewellery and fashion accessories design industry. 
As a one woman designer-maker Emily develops her designs through inspiration found in a variety of sources especially natural patterns and shapes. Often using her Photography  and drawing mark making skills to capture patterns and textures in her work. She uses a variety of materials such as aluminum, silver and wood to develop designs that are highly original and contemporary in style. 
Our students were able to see Emily’s portfolio and view images of her paper models she develops before using metals, so that she can work out any issues. Also paper is a quick way of generating lots of ideas. Our inventive 9H3 had a chance to develop their own paper designs, with Emily selecting her favorites at the end of the lesson.
Recently Emily has returned from Milan where her work was exhibited and her work has been advertised in Vanity Fair magazine, but is based in her studio at Spode in Stoke where she handcrafts every piece. Since graduating Emily has been working for individual commissions and for craft shops, her work is also available on the Etsy webite too.
Emily was a student at TAHS, studying Art and Photography gaining top marks before going to Staffordshire University too pursue 3D Design, where she gained a First Class hons degree. 
More of Emily Jane’s work and contact details for commissions can be found on her website www.jewellerywithlife.co.uk
instagram: @emilyjanedesigner_

 

Art Trophy Awarded to Lizzie Steele (Year 9)

 

Last week we shared with you the news of Lizzie’s award, so why did she win it? Well here are some examples of her work and I am sure you will agree they are fantastic!

 

20,000 Doves Project

 
The Art department have been accepted to be part of Lichfield Cathedrals upcoming  20 000 Peace Doves Project. We will be using the origami skills of TAHS students to make our target of 400 doves to contribute along with doves from school across Staffordshire.
The doves are a symbol of peace and will be an impressive sight in such numbers suspended in the Nave of Lichfield Cathedral. This will form part of the cathedrals centenary commemoration for the end of the First World War. 

We will also  personalise each dove with a message or drawing related to peace. 

The display are expected to be in Lichfield Cathedral from late November, over Christmas and January. 

Keep reading future Newsletters to see how we get on!

 

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Music Concert

Well done and thank you to all pupils who were involved in the music concert on Thursday night.  A range of talent was on show throughout the 2 hour performance, it was excellent to see all year groups working together to put on a great show.

 

Internet Safety

As we fast approach the summer holidays the students ill have more time to be on social media. Please see below parental fact-sheets for the main sites to assist you with your understanding.

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InteractiveSafer Internet Day 2018 –

Parents and Carers Pack – Factsheet

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Uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s

It is the time of year where school uniform begins to be replaced for the academic year ahead. Please see the details below of when the “uniform pop up shop” will be open in school over the summer holiday.
Please also see the specific details of our uniform policy. It is a clear expectation that this is followed correctly and we ask for the support of parents and carers with this. Please note skinny fit trousers are not accepted as part of our uniform policy. Any student who wears incorrect uniform will be asked to change and parents/carers will be contacted. 
Your support is very much appreciated, particularly to ensure we all make the best start possible to the new school year.
Any questions, please do contact your child’s Head of House.

Old Uniform

If you have any school uniform or PE kit that your child has grown out of we would welcome any donations in school. Students can drop this at their House offices.

Lockers for Students

Should you wish to hire a for your child over the next academic year, please see the details for this below.
If your child has rented a locker this year, please remind them to empty it before the summer break.

Students need to keep their locker key if they are keeping the same locker in September.

Careers

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

Links

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July 13th 2018

Thought for the Week 

Assemblies: w/b 16th July

Mrs Maingay will be leading assemblies on Wednesday and Thursday on the theme of ‘Change’.
On Friday we will have Year 9 and Year 10 end of year Celebration assemblies.
Thought for the Week on the theme of ‘Holidays’
Holidays have been commercialized. It has become about material things. But the holidays are about sharing stories and being in each other’s presence.
The fact is, we need markers in life, whether we subscribe to a religion or not. And the major holidays, such as Christmas, serve to remind us of the turning world.

The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can.

 Headteacher blog:

The theme of this week’s blog is reflections.
On Tuesday I had the chance to address students and their families at our Year 10 and Year 9 Prize Giving Evening. As always this was a hugely enjoyable event where staff and families came together to celebrate the impressive outcomes achieved by students this year. I would like to thank Mr Godwin and his team for organising the event, Mr Johnstone for hosting it and Vince Owen, our guest speaker, for his interesting and thought provoking speech.
A traditional feature of the evening is the Headtechers’ reflection on key events and activities taking place during the year. I was able to make reference to a host of opportunities that students have been involved in this year, including sporting successes, maths enrichment and participation in World Challenge.I was promoted to share some personal reflections which I would like to share here also.
At the end of next week I will reach the end of a 28 year long teaching career. 16 of those years have involved me working as a senior leader, 13 of them as a Deputy Head at Thomas Alleyne’s. As many will know, I am a Uttoxeter person through and through and have lived in the community all of my life apart from a few brief years when I was at university.When I began working at Thomas Alleyne’s in January 2006, I was excited and motivated to be part of a group of people who were determined to ensure that the children of the town had an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of an excellent education.
As I look back over those years I feel a sense of pride and feel very privileged that I have been able to make a significant contribution to the community that I am rooted in and I would like to thank all of the staff, students and parents I have worked with during my time at the school.I am delighted that my association with the school will continue as I will be returning in a very different role in September.
Mr Brunt

Swimming Pool Crowd Funding

We need your help to save our school Swimming Pool.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-uttoxeter-swimming-pool-/

Across Staffordshire we have significantly less access to swimming pools than is needed for our population. (In fact we are over 1000sqm of pool space short.) This is particularly acute in Uttoxeter where we risk only having one pool in our town. 

For this very reason back in 1974, the Uttoxeter community came together to raise sufficient funds to build an indoor 17 metre x 7metre swimming pool at our school. Since then thousands of children from the age of 5 to 18, have learnt to swim in our pool. Over the years the school has supported community use of our pool ensuring it has been open in the evenings and at weekends. Every Saturday morning prior to closure, over 100 children were able to make use of the pool to learn to swim and have been doing so for over 10 years.

As a school, we share our facilities with our local community at all possible opportunities. Our swimming pool has ensured that many young people and adults have had the opportunity to learn to swim. It has also been the venue for numerous swimming galas.

At a time when Adam Peaty is representing Great Britain in swimming, it would be a loss to see the pool, which is based at the heart of his home town, close permanently. He has inspired many to swim in our area, and yet the facility has been unavailable for 7 months.

We have been working tirelessly to secure a significant proportion of the funding we need to improve the fabric of the building and to upgrade the mechanical services. For instance, we have successfully secured £124,000 from the Education Funding Agency to replace the swimming boilers. We now need to raise funds for the changing rooms, air-handling units, pool side pipework and plant upgrade. The showers are beyond repair and the changing facilities are currently not fit for use. We are also working with East Staffordshire Borough council to get the support we need to keep the pool open but we need your support. 

In order to allow us to continue to offer this resource to our local community and to teach children to swim, we need to raise £100,000 to refurbish the pool.

If we are successful in this bid, our pool will become a sustainable facility utilised once again by the local community at the weekends and evenings. We would be able to recommence swimming lessons during the day for first, middle and high school students and return to our regular galas.

Here’s why so many people feel we need to save our pool:

‘As a swimmer, it’s great to have the chance to show off all of my efforts to get to where I am now. It’s also great to watch all of the non-swimmers and less confident swimmers progress and to be competitive in a sport that’s new to them.’ Jenson Hulbert, a current Year 12 student, House Swimming Captain and national swimmer.

‘Dove Valley ASC has used the Thomas Alleyne’s High School Pool for a number of years as it’s Swim School catering for young swimmers in their formative years. It is small and friendly, allowing swimmers and parents alike to have confidence at this early stage. Our Teachers find the pool excellent as a lot of time is spent in the water with swimmers giving them additional confidence. Having parents close on poolside also adds confidence to the swimmers.

‘To lose this facility would be a retrograde step for DVASC, stopping the most important roadway for new swimmers. It is imperative that swimmers are taught correctly at these early stages.’
John Plant Dove Valley Swimming Club
DVASC is Swim Mark accredited
 club, ensuring that all our swimmers and activities are carried out in a professional manners. Parents can be assured that their children are safe.

‘We have run an after-school swimming session for staff on a Friday for many years. This has provided an important well-being service to reduce stress and is open to all members of staff.’ Sarah Jones, staff swimming club leader.

‘I’m in a privileged position within the school where I get to see the varying abilities of our pupils in regards to swimming. Over the past 7 years, the standard of swimmers coming into our school has fallen and there is a higher percentage of non-swimmers each September. We pride ourselves on the fact that no child has left Thomas Alleyne’s without being able to swim 25m and all have a basic idea on how to help somebody if they were in trouble.

‘Swimming is a life skill that no child should go without. All children should have the opportunity to learn in a safe and supervised environment and hopefully have the ability to stay safe in and around water through the rest of their lives. Without a pool at Thomas Alleyne’s, the ability to learn and develop the essential & potentially lifesaving ability to swim is being denied to the young people of Uttoxeter.’ Helen James, Life Guard and swimming teacher

‘We’re a keen swimming family (three of us are members of our local Dove Valley Amateur Swimming Club, including myself!) My youngest was having lessons with our club’s swim school at the TAHS swimming pool when it closed and I was also learning to teach. It was a real shame, as despite trying very hard, the club’s Swim School has been unable to find an alternative suitable venue. This is a big disappointment for: the kids learning to swim, I know my little girl missed her swimming lessons; the older kids, who had been gaining valuable volunteer experiences helping to teach the young kids; the families, who now have to search for comparable teaching and the club, who’s main source of young swimmers was their swim school. I sincerely hope that this local teaching facility will re-open soon.’ Parent and member of Dove Valley Swim School Helen McPherson

‘The pool has enabled Thomas Alleyne’s to provide water polo and triathlon to pupils both of which are Olympic sports that could not be delivered without a pool. The after-school clubs we ran proved popular with pupils and attracted pupils who weren’t already swimmers to come and get involved.’ Ian Cartwright, Triathlon coach.

‘Thomas Alleyne’s swimming pool has been invaluable for enabling young competitive swimmers to train and compete. The facility is vital to provide pool time to swimmers at a competitive level. I myself used the pool each week in the build up to the national championships.’ Laura Evans, national swimming champion. 

 

Dates for your diary

18th July Summer Concert 
20th July End of Term
4th September Start of Term

Mobile ‘phones

 

Many of you may have seen in recent weeks comments from Ofsted about mobile ‘phones adding to low lesson disruption and distractions during lesson times.
In response to this, some schools have changed their policies and no longer allow students to take mobile ‘phones into school.
We currently do not want to take that step at Thomas Alleyne’s. We recognise the benefits of students being able to contact family members, particularly on their journey to and from school.
However, we would like to ensure that mobile ‘phones, their notifications and alerts are not disrupting the learning of your children. 
Therefore, we wish to clarify our policy as follows,

  • Mobile ‘phones should be off or on silent without any vibrating or lighting alerts.

 

  • All devices should be placed in school bags or lockers before Form period. Students should not carry their mobile in their blazer pockets during Form period or lesson time. 

 

  • In the event of a student not complying with this, they will be expected to hand in their mobile to the member of staff and collect it from their House office at the end of the school day. 
  • In the event of a mobile phone being confiscated three times, we will contact parents/carers and ask you to collect the device and discuss the matter with your child’s Head of House.

    As ever, should you need to speak with your child urgently during the school day please contact the school on 01889 561820. Our Student Support Team are on duty through the day and will always support yourselves and your children with any urgent messages

 

Summer Concert

Thomas Alleyne’s Summer Concert will be held on Wednesday 18th July at 7PM.
Tickets can be purchased in the on-line shop or via Julie in the Finance Office at a cost of £5 each (£3 concessions).
Come and celebrate the end of term in style!

Non-Uniform Day

Staff & students are invited to donate a minimum £1 donation for a non-uniform day on Tuesday 17th July.
All donations will be in support of the crowdfunding for our school swimming pool.
Please note that non-uniform must be appropriate clothes for a school day, despite the warm weather. No crop tops, super short skirts or shorts & no flip flops.

Exams

Well done to our Year 10 and 12 students for their hard work throughout the summer mock examination period. The results will be handed out on Monday 16th July. Year 12 will get their results in form time and Year 10 will get their results period 5.
Use the results to prepare yourselves as much as you can over the summer holidays for Year 11 and Year 13. Speak to your teachers if you need any additional guidance.

House Music

As I type I am awaiting confirmation of the result, but here are a few images from the day:

 

Sports Day

Results
 
Elkes
3rd
 
Orme
4th
 
Torrance
2nd
  Whitmore 1st
  377   360   419   518

 For a full list of winners please see this document:

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Science News

On Friday last week, our Year 12 students visited Formby sand dunes and pine forest, situated on Merseyside, to carry out a required practical as part of their A Level Biology course. 

The sand dunes provided the ideal opportunity to study some of the plants growing along the coastline. The students investigated the growing conditions of marram grass – which helps to stabilise the sand dunes and prevent coastal erosion.  Older sand dunes were found to have a lower density of marram grass, but higher plant species diversity overall when compared to younger dunes.

The students also studied the plants growing in the adjacent forest. The light-level conditions in the pine forest were studied with respect to the location of lichen on the tree bark.  The students concluded that the most favourable growing conditions were on the north facing tree trunks away from direct sunlight.

After spending a glorious summer’s day by the seaside, the students are now back in the lab analysing their data and presenting their findings!

For a selection of images please click this link:

Photos 13th July 2018

 

Y10 Mock NEA 2 Practical – Afternoon Tea

This week our Y10 food and nutrition students had a mock NEA 2 exam where they had to cook 2 or 3 items in 2 hours to meet the brief of ‘Afternoon Tea’. This was an excellent oppportunity to practise dovetailing in order to cook more than one item and time management to fit their dishes in the time allowed as best they could. Have a look at the photos to see their finished dishes – they definitely show promise for their real NEAs next year!

Girls Summer Coding Camp

For the 2nd year, Vodafone is running a 4-day coding workshop for girls aged 14-18, as part of a global programme spanning 26 countries. This programme will give girls the skills, confidence and encouragement to learn, develop and thrive in STEM fields and occupations. They will be taught the technical skills to build their own website including Html, CSS, GitHub and JQuery.

The Manchester course will take place at Atlas House, Monday 6th – Thursday 9th August.

Applicants must identify as a female/non-binary, be 14-18 years old, and have the necessary English language skills to complete the programme.

CLAG leaflet

Art Trophy Awarded to Lizzie Steele (Year 9)

 

This Years Junior Prize Giving Presentation night had a very special award to give. The past students from a group who attended Thomas Alleyne’s in 1961, visited the school a couple of years ago and were so impressed by the vibrant art department they donated a trophy to be awarded each year to the Junior and Senior student who had demonstrated outstanding creativity and ‘Original Thought in Art’. This year was the first opportunity to present to the Junior winner, Lizzie Steele. Past Art teacher Mrs Mary Shemza (who taught some of the class of ’61) also returned to the school and was given a tour around the Art department with current Head of Art Mrs Derby. It was interesting to note that although Mrs Shemza was part of the design of the art block, she didn’t get to teach here. Mrs Shemza was delighted to see that the place was full of art works and the energy of the work on display palpable, as well as how the spaces have adapted for our current needs including the ICT suite dedicated for digital photography.

Year 9 student Lizzie Steele has demonstrated outstanding ability in and out of school, where she has been commission to create portraits and animal studies. She is a worthy winner indeed. Although Lizzie was unable to make the Presentation evening itself, we have presented her with the Trophy (please see picture) and she is very pleased to receive it! Further images of Lizzie’s portfolio will follow in due course.

 

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TV and Set Designer Visits Art Department.

 
Past TAHS A Level Art and Photography student Ellie Koszak, came back to visit and talk to our current students after graduating from Cardiff University with a First Class degree in TV and Film Set Design.
Ellie talked through her degree course, design process and the exciting opportunities she has worked on already including Disney’s Aladdin Film, Disney’s Aretmis Fowl (released soon) , BBC’s Doctor Who, CBS crime documentary- Murder by the Sea game show Big Heads to name a few. It is an impressive CV already and one where timekeeping, work ethic and creativity are vitally important. Some of the exciting 3D models and a portfolio Ellie kindly let our students look through of past work are testament to the hard work Ellie has undertaken, but also a great insight for our students to see how careers in the creative industries are varied in a thriving economic sector. 
Our students were interested to see how her creative skills have been used from initial research, concept, drawings models and presentation. Skills from A level art and Photography were useful in developing ideas, but other skills such as CAD design were taught from scratch at university. Also how contacts in industry are made and cultivated so you get more work in the future.
We look forward to hearing from Ellie and other Past Students in their Art & Design Careers.
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Internet Safety

As we fast approach the summer holidays the students ill have more time to be on social media. Please see below parental fact-sheets for the main sites to assist you with your understanding.

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interactiveInstagram Safety

InteractiveSafer Internet Day 2018 –

Parents and Carers Pack – Factsheet

Snapchat Checklist interactive

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French Exchange Students

 

Thomas Alleyne’s is welcoming four French students from the Limousin area. They have been to Birmingham and the Gladstone Pottery Museum. We hope they are enjoying our English weather!

 

Uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s

It is the time of year where school uniform begins to be replaced for the academic year ahead. Please see the details below of when the “uniform pop up shop” will be open in school over the summer holiday.
Please also see the specific details of our uniform policy. It is a clear expectation that this is followed correctly and we ask for the support of parents and carers with this. Please note skinny fit trousers are not accepted as part of our uniform policy. Any student who wears incorrect uniform will be asked to change and parents/carers will be contacted. 
Your support is very much appreciated, particularly to ensure we all make the best start possible to the new school year.
Any questions, please do contact your child’s Head of House.

Old Uniform

If you have any school uniform or PE kit that your child has grown out of we would welcome any donations in school. Students can drop this at their House offices.

Lockers for Students

Should you wish to hire a for your child over the next academic year, please see the details for this below.
If your child has rented a locker this year, please remind them to empty it before the summer break.

Careers

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

Another opportunity here for an Apprentice Electrician working in Rugeley
Also how about being a Business & Admin Apprentice at the Staffordshire Clinic Dental Practice in town:
The vacancy is currently advertised on indeed.com 

Links

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

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July 6th 2018

Thought for the Week 

 

No assemblies w/b 9th July due to the whole school taking part in reading during form time
Thoughts for the week:  on the theme of reading
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” 
― Groucho Marx
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” 
― Margaret Fuller
“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.” 
― Stephen Fry

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” 
― Carl Sagan

 

 Headteacher blog:

This has been an exciting week at Thomas Alleyne’s in that we have had the opportunity to meet with  next year’s Year 9 students and their families.  

On Tuesday students were accompanied by parents and carers as they attended their House Transiton Evening. Students took  the opportunity to meet key staff who will be looking after them next year and I hope the evening did much to soothe the natural nerves that will be apparent during a period of significant change.  The positive comments we received about the evening indicate that we were successful in meeting our aims for the evening.   I would also like to thank Mrs Catterall and her team  the organisation of a complex event that made it run very smoothly.

On Wednesday and Thursday,  the Year 8 students attended for a full day of education at Thomas Alleyne’s and will have got to know some of the teaching staff in addition to their tutors, Heads of Houses and Student Support Assistants.  
On the first day I welcomed the students to the school in an assembly in which I stressed the importance of making a positive first impression.  I am pleased to report that the students were successful in achieving this.
On 10th of July I am looking forward to participating in the Junior Prize Giving Event where we will be celebrating the achievements of our Year 9 and 10 students.  This is always a special evening and a wonderful way to mark the ending of the school year.  
Mr Brunt

Dates for your diary

  
10th July Junior Prize Giving
20th July End of Term

4th September Start of Term

 

6th

What a success Future Intentions has been this week. Despite the hot weather all students were fully engaged with the activities that were undertaken.  All our guest speakers were complimentary on how well our students presented themselves and reacted positively to all situations ‘thrown’ at them.  It was lovely to see the participation in the sessions and the feedback that has been given to the Sixth Form Team was very positive.  There is a parental session on July 11th at 6.30pm to provide information and advice on post-18 options. We look forward to seeing you there.  I have attached some photographs so can see some of the activities that were carried out.

Thursday 5th July saw two of our wonderful Year 12 students shaving their head for Dougie Mac, our Sixth Form Charity. John Dee and Thomas Barrclough are going on the World Challenge next week and decided that as they were going to have their haircut they have their heads shaved and donate all money to the charity. They raised £50. Students who either watched or paid to help shave their heads gave the money. Some photographs were taken and these have been attached.

I would like to say a personal thanks to the future Year 12 students who either gave up their evening on Tuesday or came into school to support with the Year 8 Transition Days. They were amazing. We have had such a wonderful response from staff who have complimented them on their commitment to the school, some of them even arranged activities for some of the students on their lunch break on Thursday. I look forward to working with them as ABC Mentors in September, letters have been sent home to these students thanking them for their time.

History News

Over the last few weeks Mrs Young has tasked her Year 9 students to complete homework projects, the results have been ‘out of this world’. Both projects were based around current topics of World War Two and the Sixties. It is lovely to see such a varied range of individual and group work. An open brief was given to the students and all students rose to the challenge as well as the homework that you can see on the images there were also cakes and biscuits made and then shared amongst their peers. We love this type of homework as it compliments the rigerous writing tasks that we complete in lesson, homeworks and assessments. In room 15 there is an abundance of work that can be viewed by all students and staff.

Sports Day

This years Sports Day is on Wednesday 11th July.  All Heads of House and Form Tutors have team lists.  Changes can be made up until the day to competitor lists.

Science News

 

This week Mr Melland’s Year 12 A-level Physics group have been studying projectile motion by rolling a marble off the edge of a desk.
The students investigated the relationship between initial horizontal velocity of the marble and the range, which is the distance the marble travelled.
The students used light gates to measure the velocity of the marble and used either a sand tray or carbon paper where the marble fell to measure the range.
The students concluded that the initial horizontal velocity is directly proportional to the range.
The School’s PTA funded the new light gates that the students used during this investigation; Mr Melland would like to thank the PTA for their generosity and support.

 

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

Year 9
Chloe Yates and Caitlyn Woodings

Year 10
Sasikan Jaenprakhon
Libby Fry

All four students were selected for excellent effort and attainment.
Well done!

 

Pastoral students of the week

So many to name, but we and our new year 8s could not have had such a successful couple of transition days without the following students from years 9 and 11, all of whom were outstanding. They guided and supported the year 8s, and stood as models for conduct and approach. Our tremendous thanks to them all!

Issy Watts, Holly Chatfield, Eleanor McCarthy, Scarlet Simister, Freya Hadgett, Alice Boothby, Dylan James, Amelia Hadgett, Eve Bednall, Jack Doyle, Jimmy Wilson, Grace Harvey, Matthew Payne, Vicky Catterall, Katie Lawrence, Tom Johnson, Sophie Gibson, Max Hayes, Millie Hodges, Joe Haywood, Archie Whitehead, Kieran Coates, Amelia Barnacle, Amy Burrows, Lilly-Ella Holgate, Dan Campion, Lorna Hill, Beth Millward, Abbie Chilvers, Lucy Parker, Chloe Cartwright, Ellie Roobottom, Samantha Cotterill and Andrew Pye.

Reports

Year 9, 10 and 12 reports are now ready for you to view on Insight.

 

 

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Message from the Fire Service

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to communicate to young people how to stay safe during the warm weather we are currently experiencing. The main points to cover are as follows:
• Deliberately setting grass fires is a crime. It could result in a prison sentence or a £5000 fine.
• Grass fires are very dangerous as they can quickly spread and get out of control.
• Deliberate grass fires can also put both firefighters and members of the public at needless risk of injury.
• When enjoying the outdoors put rubbish in a nearby bin or take it home.
• Open water can be dangerous. There may be unseen dangers including the risk of waterborne disease. Cold water shock can kill within one minute of being in the water.
Only swim at lifeguarded pools
More safety information can be found on our website at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk and we are also on Facebook ‘Staffordshires Fire and Rescue’ and Twitter ‘@Staffsfire’.
Please help to keep your pupils safe by sharing this information with them. It is really important that they enjoy the summer safely.

Reading Week

Next week sees our annual reading week whereby the whole school silent read for 30 minutes each morning. Students are required to bring in a book for this period, one that will captivate them and keep them engrossed for the whole week.

 

New Logo

Thanks to Mrs Turner in the D and T Department for designing the logo for the Uttoxeter Learning Trust Teaching School.  Her vision for this design is explained below:
The teaching school logo is based on the idea of a tree signifying growth and enrichment, the overlapping of the leaves show our collaboration as colleagues and schools work together to share strengths and skills; the colours used throughout Thomas Alleyne’s High School are reflected in the logo.

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Bake off challenge!

Our Y10 students are about to do their mock NEA 2 practical next week in preparation for next year. This week they bought cupcakes they had made at home and practised different decorating techniques focusing on piping and presentation skills.

Some lovely plates presented which is no mean feat in this hot weather!

They will be cooking their own version of afternoon tea next week.

 

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Uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s

It is the time of year where school uniform begins to be replaced for the academic year ahead. Please see the details below of when the “uniform pop up shop” will be open in school over the summer holiday.
Please also see the specific details of our uniform policy. It is a clear expectation that this is followed correctly and we ask for the support of parents and carers with this. Please note skinny fit trousers are not accepted as part of our uniform policy. Any student who wears incorrect uniform will be asked to change and parents/carers will be contacted. 
Your support is very much appreciated, particularly to ensure we all make the best start possible to the new school year.
Any questions, please do contact your child’s Head of House.

Old Uniform

If you have any school uniform or PE kit that your child has grown out of we would welcome any donations in school. Students can drop this at their House offices.

Lockers for Students

Should you wish to hire a for your child over the next academic year, please see the details for this below.
If your child has rented a locker this year, please remind them to empty it before the summer break.

Careers

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

Another opportunity here for an Apprentice Electrician working in Rugeley
Also how about being a Business & Admin Apprentice at the Staffordshire Clinic Dental Practice in town:
The vacancy is currently advertised on indeed.com 

Links

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

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June 29th 2018

Thought for the Week 

 

There will be House assemblies on Monday and Tuesday led by Mrs Maingay on the theme of ‘CHANGE’
Thought for the week
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 
― Nelson Mandela
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” 
― Rumi

 Headteacher blog:

Today saw the return of our Year 11 students in all of their finery as they attended their Year 11 Celebration Day.  The Celebration Day is a hugely important Thomas Alleyne’s tradition and a wonderful way to mark the end of the students’ time with us before they move on to their various Post 16 destinations.  
Of course,  many of our students will be returning to Thomas Alleyne’s to join our 6th form and we look forward to them beginning the next stage of their journey with us in September.  I would like to wish every success to all of the students who are moving on from Thomas Alleyne’s as they start their apprenticeships,  college courses and new employment.
I has the privilege of welcoming the students this morning to St Mary’s Church for their leavers service and took time to reflect on how quickly time passes since the students sat in the same venue at the start of Year 9 for their welcome service.  
Looking towards the future,  I am particularly looking forward to meeting next years’ families and students at our transition evening on Tuesday,  where there will be an opportunity to meet key staff and hear about new and exciting developments in school relating to our recently awarded teaching school status and building improvement programme. In addition,  I know our staff are looking forward to seeing the new Year 9 students on Wednesday and Thursday next week  as they attend their two transition days.
I would like to finish this blog by wishing everyone a nice weekend and I hope you get the opportunity  to enjoy the good weather while it lasts.
Mr Brunt

Dates for your diary

  
3rd July Year 8 Induction Evening
4th & 5th July Year 8 Transition Days
10th June Junior Prize Giving

 

6th

Monday 2nd July and Tuesday 3rd July is Future Intentions for Year 12. They will be off timetable for those two days completing a whole host of activities linked to their ‘next step’. They will be looking at Post-18 options such as work, apprenticeships and university courses. Attendance at these sessions is compulsory as is normal school uniform. All Year 12 students were informed of this in assembly today.   A schedule will be issued to students upon arrival at school on Monday and we will put it on Insight for parents to access.  Please contact us if you require further information. We would also like to inform you that will be a parental session on July 11th at 6.30pm to provide information and advice on post-18 options.
In assembly this morning, we made reference to school uniform. We have noticed that as the weather has improved that the uniform has become unacceptable in some cases. As a Sixth Form we do not accept short lycra skirts or off the shoulder tops to be acceptable for the girls. It must be smart work wear so we would remind all parents to support us on this. Unless stated by the Head Teacher ties must be worn at all times in school by the young men in Year 12, again we ask for your support on this. 

This week I led the ABC Mentor training for our future Year 12 students and was pleased with their attitude and commitment to the school by volunteering their time over the next week, these students are already showing potential to be on the Senior Prefect Team.

If any Year 11 students missed their taster sessions then can they visit the school website and all the information they need is in the Sixth Form section.

 

FI Plan 2018 – RR

Celebration day

With the GCSE exams  finished, we were today able to formally celebrate the achievements of our year 11 students. It was a glorious morning as the students arrived in their finery, and we started with the traditional service in St Mary’s Church. Many parents and family members were able to join us in the church, which the students really appreciated. Then it was back to school for presentations from their form tutors, lunch and ice lollies in the sunshine, musical performances and the student-led awards, before the students departed for the last time as year 11s. 
We would like to say again how proud we are of the year 11s, and of how they conducted themselves today. A huge thank you to all the students and staff who contributed, and we look forward to seeing many of you on results day. 

We will share images once they have been sorted & checked.

Art Show

See a sample of images for the fantastic art show below, further images can be seen under this link 

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Rotary Competition and Arts Society Awards Evening
Thanks to all who were involved, supported and took part in the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year Awards held at TAHS on Tuesday 26th alongside our A-Level Art Show.  Well done to all our winners who attended along with an extra big congratulations to Erica Poyser who won the Arts Society award for outstanding overall performance in her A-Level Art and Photography.
It was great to see lots of parents and students attending alongside past Alleynians from the Class of 1961 and our Mayor Mrs.Trenery.  As for our Artists and Photographers….we are all really proud of you!

Screen Addiction

 Do you know the signs…..

Screen-Addiction-Guide-May-2018 – all years

 News from PE

U15 Staffordshire Moorlands Cricket Semi-Final
 
On Thursday Thomas Alleynes travelled to Cheadle cricket club in fantastic weather to play competition favourites Painsley.   Alleyne’s lost the toss and bowled first. We made a great start with Harvey Belcher removing star man Degg with a good catch from Owen Carrington.  At the other end Frankie Bussell bowled a great spell getting the other opener caught behind by Dreher for a duck and then bowling number 3 Lowe for another duck and number 5 Lowe for 1.  The Painsley middle order though dug in and took the score from 19 for 4 to 98 for 6.
In reply Alleyne’s began well with Gregor Hayes finding the boundary regularly scoring 21 before chipping to mid off.  Then disaster struck as we went from 41 for 2 off 5 overs to 49 all out off 12 overs. A disappointing result after we gave our selves a great opportunity to win.
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Year 9 Cricket.

 
On Thursday year 9 played Abbott Beyne in the league.  Once again the team produced an excellent to beat them by 47 runs.  Electing to bat first Alleyne’s got off to a great start with 37 runs coming from the first four overs, a succession of wickets then feel with captain John Ball needing to steady the team. He came into bat and hit an unbeaten 30 runs.  This allowed Alleyne’s to score 120 runs off 16 overs.  Abbot Beyne’s opening batsmen resisted well against opening bowlers Whitehead and Ashton  but they could not match the scoring rate of Alleyne’s.  As Abbot Beyne’s need for runs increased wickets started to tumble, Alleyne’s bowlers bowled a steady line and length and eventually they were bowled out for 73.  That is 2 wins out of 2 in the league.  Well done. 

Science News

 

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

Year 9

Levi Gill and Alyssa Shaw for hard work in chemistry lessons.

Year 10

Mason White and Amy Latchford for hard work and revision in chemistry.

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

Mia Stevens and Rowan Hall for all their hard work in preparing to do the farm mural.

Well done!

 Summer Concert

Thomas Alleyne’s Summer Concert will be held on Wednesday 18th July at 7PM. Tickets can be purchased in the on-line shop or via Julie in the Finance Office at a cost of £5 each (£3 concessions).
I would really like to ask all who can sing to attend choir on Monday lunchtimes in Room 67 (as we don’t have enough singers for the concert). Also anybody who would like to offer a ‘humourous’ musical act in the concert should see Mr Power in Room 67 asap.

Year 9 Vaccinations

3rd July – all year 9 vaccinations in the old Gym
Form tutors will advise them of the time to attend for their vaccination.
If parents have not returned the form please do so asap.  Replacement forms available from the office.

 

 

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Vacancies @ TAHS

Come and join the team we presently have vacancies for:
Teaching School Administrator
Inclusion Supervisor
School Librarian
Inclusion Support Assistant
Further details are on the main school website

Hamper Raffle

These beautiful hampers are the result of your amazing donations and the PTA wish to thank you all for your magnificent efforts. Tickets are £1.00 a strip and are now available via reception and at the Junior Prize Giving on Tuesday 10th July and Summer Concert Wednesday 18th July.
Don’t miss out on the chance to win one of these fabulous prizes!
Thank you
PTA

Careers

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

Foxes are recruiting for Engineering aApprentices please see this link for further details.

APPRENTICE – Engineering

Links

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

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