March 30th 2018

 

Did your ancestor serve in WW1 or WW2?

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

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

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

 

Dates for your diary

16/4/2018 School Reopens

 Headteacher blog:

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

6th form

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Easter Revision

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 EXAMS

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

News from PE

CUP MAGIC!

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

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Science News

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

Year 9

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

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

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

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

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

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

Well done!

History Easter Egg Competition

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

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Respect Programme

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

Careers

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

This week information on:

Trainee Quantity Surveyor position in Burton

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March 24th 2018

 

Did your ancestor serve in WW1 or WW2?

Uttoxeter Town Council is looking for a student who is a descendant or relative of a serviceman named on the town’s War Memorial.  We’d like to invite them to read a poem at the dedication service for the new plaques being placed on the memorial.  This takes place on April 25th in the morning.  If you think you can help us with this please let Mrs Rudge know as soon as possible.
 
Alison Trenery, Uttoxeter Mayor
 
Tuesday is a whole Y11 assembly led by the National Citizen Service (NCS).  This will give students a further opportunity to sign up for the tremendous opportunity offered this summer by NCS
Due to the House Drama rehearsals and performances there are no assemblies on Wednesday or Thursday
Thought for the Week
May the message of hope that Easter brings, give us support in times of need.  May the Easter message of loving sacrifice tead us to love others without counting the cost to ourselves

 

Dates for your diary

29/3/2018 End of Term

16/4/2018 School Reopens

 Headteacher blog:

The House assemblies this week were compelling. 
It is a testament to our sixth form students, who led the assemblies, that they were successful in compassionately and creatively reminding us of the importance of learning from the actions of the past. I would like to thank them for such a thought provoking piece. They are so committed to sharing their message that they will be visiting our middle schools in the coming weeks.
I also had the pleasure of seeing over 50 students take part in a piano master class on Wednesday. Those involved, showed courage and ambition as they were individually and publically  coached on their technique.
Finally thank you to all parents who supported year 9 and 10 parents evenings.
 

6th form

Tash Young and Jack Golicki, are running an Easter raffle in aid of the sixth form charity  prizes are hampers of Easter eggs, 25p a ticket or £1 a strip of 5. Please support them if you can. 

The final preparations for the year book are going well, see the images below for a sneak preview.

 

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

The next round of GCSE+ starts straight after the Easter break for Year Eleven pupils.  This time the focus will be predominately on English, Maths and Science, with pupils spending 20 minutes every morning working with specialist subject teachers.

Easter Revision

 

 

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 EXAMS

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

News from PE

U15 County Rugby 7’s
On Tuesday we travelled to St Jo’s in Trent Vale for the county finals to take on the best 15 teams in the county.  We were drawn in a tough pool with our first game against the home team who are a selective school who award places based on rugby ability.  St Jo’s started with a bang scoring from the kick off and we were unable to recover losing by 4 tries to nil.  The second game saw an even contest against Westwood from Leek. Errors allowed Westwood to take a 2 try lead before Charlie Martin scored a length of the field try, Alleyne’s had the chance to draw the game with the last play but knocked on with the line beconing.  This left Alleynes the task of winning their remaining 2 pool games to go through to the next stage.  We got a win on the board in the next game over a strong Walsall Academy side. Alleyne’s used their squad well and won a tense game against St John Fisher which was sparked by a length of the field try saving chase by Charlie Cope, which Alleyne’s then counter attacked to score through captain Ben Simon.  This result saw us qualify for the bowl semi-finals and were srawn against Blysthe Bridge.  This proved to be a miss match as Alleyne’s racked up a huge score, which allowed us to rest players for the final.  The final saw a convincing win over a tired Graham Balfour side with the final score 48-0.
All the 12 man squad contributed to a great day of Rugby.  Captain Ben Simon led the team well with 2 tries and a number of drop goal conversions.  Joel Grout was at his creative best and was back to full fitness finishing 2 tries and kicking 8 goals.  Up from Lewis Brown and Ed Fradley set a great platform, Gregor Hayes decided to show us he could play every position on the field and kicking 2 conversions., Will Bowyer refused to come off until he had scored a try which he did despite having to remove his lucky earing. Louie Thornton put in the biggest hits of the day and got himself on the scoresheet in the final. George Hill showed great Athleticism out wide to score 3 tries, Max Hunt scored 3 well taken tries in front of his uncle and then managed to make  a supporter cry with a miss judged kick.  Charlie Cope made good contributions in attack and defence when on the field. Charlie Martin probably had the performance of the day scoring 9 tries with some blistering pace and Jenson Bosworth looked after the Jewellery safely after forgetting his gum shield. 
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GCSE PE
Reminder all GCSE practical videos and assessments need submitting before Easter.  Students taking handball on Tuesday have been sent coaching videos on Insight which we advise them to watch.  GCSE revision guides are still available to buy at Thomas Alleyne’s online shop.
Cheerleading
Cheerleading club is still going strong with the girls learning even harder skills than before, they’re not perfect, yet, but we are certainly getting there. The club isn’t on next week but will return after Easter if anyone wants to join us.

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Girls Cricket Tournament

The Staffordshire Indoor cricket tournament took place at Fenton Manor on Thursday. Lucy Carr, Lottie Cooper, Sam Cotterill, Katie Hartley, Eve Bednall, Holly Chatfield, Amelia & Freya Hadgett were selected to represent Thomas Alleyne’s. 
The tournament started with two narrow defeats to Denstone A & Abbotsholme, there were some notable strong performances from Lucy Carr who retired from both innings not out. Next up were Painsley, TAHS shared the bowling out between 7 players and 
wickets fell quite regularly, with a tight field. Lottie, Lucy & Katie were dominant with the bat to record the first win by 11 runs. Eve, Sam, & Katie were disciplined with their bowling taking wickets and conceding very few extras. Amelia and Freya both showing good agility in the field. 
Last up were Newcastle – Under- Lyme School who batted first, again all fielders bar bar wicket keeper Holly bowled an offer & 7 wickets were taken by the 7th. Many of the shots played by Newcastle went straight to Lottie who took 2 catches and a run -out. 
Katie & Lucy soon met the total with the bat for a second victory by 6 wickets. 
The competition is a promising start to the season, anybody who is interested please attend girls cricket practice after school on a Friday. 

Science News

Following on from last week’s British Science Week activities, we have continued to celebrate all aspects of Science with a Geoscience talk to our Year 9 students given by Mrs Gouldsmith.  The students had the opportunity to look at a display of rocks, minerals and fossils and heard accounts of how Earth’s formation and ancient climate can be gleaned from the evidence in the rocks.  The 4.6 billion year old piece of meteorite was of particular interest to students; when they considered that it is the oldest thing they will ever hold in their hand!

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

Year 9  

Molly Bettson and Matthew Jackson for excellent effort at all times

Year 10

Jenna Timmis for scoring above target grade in the last two chemistry assessments

Jude Longley for putting the maximum effort into his work in chemistry

Year 11 

James Lomas for scoring above target in a recent chemistry assessment

Oliver Stainsby for working very hard in all science lessons

Well done!

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Piano Masterclass

On Wednesday 21st March, Thomas Alleyne’s School Music Department hosted a very special visitor, the concert pianist: Richard Meyrick. http://www.pianomanscholarships.co.uk/.

Details of his work are available on the website link where you can see performances and links to his scholarship work with students he selects from all over the country. This was a fantastic opportunity for not only the 8 piano students I selected for him to listen to but for the audience of budding pianists and musicians who were lucky enough to hear his 90 minute masterclass. He stunned the audience with his performance of Khachaturian’s Piano Sonata in F given on our very own Ibach Grand Piano in the theatre and then went on to coach our selected piano pupils of: Robert Fuller, Natasha Painter, Bradley Rolph, Lily Bekker, Hannah Quirke, Rachel Clemett, Sarah Page and Lucy Vickers.  His method of teaching challenged the pupils and promoted deep independent thinking. Resilience was needed to take the feedback on board but all pupils were brave and responded brilliantly. I would like to thank Richard for this opportunity and he has promised to return in the future to follow up the progress of the students.

Lilly Bekker and Bradley Rolph, two of our GCSE music students, wrote this report about their experience:

This week, Richard Meyrick, a concert pianist, visited our school to educate 8 amateur pianists, whilst entertaining a group of music students from our school. To begin the masterclass, he performed a five minute piece which impressed all of us. The advice he gave us was thorough and helpful and gave us an insight into a professional musician’s level of talent. We are very grateful for this opportunity and thank Mrs Todd for arranging it.

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A Big Thanks

MANY THANKS FROM ELLIE ROOBOTTOM FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF HER BAKE SALE ON MONDAY. SHE RAISED £164 TOWARDS THE FUND THEY HAVE SET UP TO HELP SEND HER BROTHER,WILL ROOBOTTOM, TO SRI LANKA WITH THE BRITISH LIONS INDOOR CRICKET TEAM.

Pastoral students of the week:

Sam Barker
Chloe Cartwright
Tom Johnson
Isobel Watts
Connor Cockerham
Leon Bareham
Ellie Roobottom
 

Careers

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

This week information on:

A catering apprenticeship here at TAHS

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March 16th 2018

Assemblies w/b 19th March
Theme: Auschwitz: not to be forgotten
These assemblies have been planned and will be delivered by 4 year 12 students who visited Auschwitz earlier in the year. (Adam Burrows, Rachel Clemett, Lydia Grocott, Jess Poole)
Thought for the Week
Some of the worst selfies I’ve ever seen are at Auschwitz or Ground Zero. (Brad Paisley)

Auschwitz stands as a tragic reminder of the terrible potential man has for violence and inhumanity. (Billy Graham)

 

Dates for your diary

22/3/2018 Year 10 Parents Evening

29/3/2018 End of Term

16/4/2018 School Reopens

 Headteacher blog:

Business leaders frequently cite teamwork, problem solving, and communication skills as qualities they look for in employees. Therefore as well as developing students subject knowledge, we also look to develop their ‘soft skills’. Last week, we took part in the Business and Enterprise Challenge led by the Business Studies department. This week, Mrs Lindsay built on this work developing students teamwork and public speaking skills by leading the BBC School Report Day with Year 9 form tutors. The performance of students was superb.

We have also been notified that a number of our students have been successful in the Rotary Creative Writing competition. Mrs Fisher organised these entries and as a result 5 students will be invited to attend the awards ceremony at the town hall. 

I had the pleasure of attending the BTEC results day on Thursday. Many students who received these results, have achieved beyond their expectations. They now have their coursework to complete to ensure that the grade they have attained in their examination is also achieved in their coursework. 

Finally well done to everyone who attended the French GCSE session on Saturday morning. 

Message from GCSEpod for all TAHS parents

There are now approximately  10 weeks until the examination season begins for Year 11. This means that if your child is not following a well structured revision strategy, it is time to start.

GCSEPod provides over 6,000 3-5 minute bursts of visual learning ‘Pods’. The way in which GCSEPod maps content can help revision be much more manageable as your child can see their revision displayed in a logical way. Each Pod is exam board specific, so you too can be reassured your child is only learning what they need to learn. 

At this time of year, we ask you to encourage and support your child to engage in revision in any way you can. Whether you’re staying at home this Easter or going on holiday, GCSEPod is your child’s go to revision resource to help reduce stress and pressure that inevitably accompanies this period in their lives.

Staying at Home this weekend and at Easter?

GCSEPod is available on desktop and mobile devices. If you’re not planning on any trips this Easter, why not challenge your child to watch 10 Pods a day, that’s approximately 40 minutes of revision! GCSEPod helps to make revision seem much more manageable with organised Exam Specific Playlists, which you can find in the My Courses area of your child’s account.  

Planning an Easter Trip away?

One of the remarkable things about GCSEPod is the ability to download the content to your child’s mobile device so it’s like they are carrying text books in their pockets without the need for internet! If you’re planning any trips with long journeys this Easter, ensure to download the GCSEPod app from the App Store (Apple and Android are supported) and download the content straight to your child’s device. GCSEPod is the perfect resource to ensure your child isn’t missing out on their key revision time.

Your child has already been registered with GCSEPod and if they’ve not yet activated their account they will need to follow the instructions below. If your child has already activated but can’t remember their username and password, please ask them to contact a member of staff.

1)      Go to www.gcsepod.com and click “Login” in the top right-hand corner

2)      Click “New here?  Get started.”

3)      Select “Pupil”

4)      Enter your child’s name, date of birth and confirm the school name.

5)      Create a username, password, and a password hint to help you remember the password.

For more ways you can help support your child using GCSEPod, please visit www.gcsepod.com/parentswhere you’ll find lots more information and resources.

If your child is in Years 9 – 10 you may want to encourage them to get in good habits early. 

 
 

6th form

 

This week was an important step for our Year 12’s. Manchester Convention Centre was the location for the UCAS convention and we were lucky enough to be able to take the majority of our Year 12’s to speak to over 140 University providers.  As we walked round and observed our young adults asking pertinent questions we, as usual, felt a sense of pride. This, for many, was the first step in looking at the future.  It’s a big world outside of Thomas Alleyne’s and for them to be able to talk to so many providers in one place and to see the variety of courses on offer could be daunting. Chatting to them, however, we realised that this was exciting for them.

As well as the Manchester trip Year 12 were introduced to Unifrog. It is a one stop platform for Apprenticeships and Universities and has proved so worthwhile for our current Year 13 students. If your child has not come home and spoken to you about it then please ask them to show you. It is easy to use and allows all students to access all current Apprenticeships in the UK and view all university courses and providers, not only in the UK, but across other countries as well.  All their form tutors can see what they have been looking at, so they can keep a supportive watch over them. It is also a portal to upload their personal statement to so that their form tutor can access it a provide feedback.  We really do value Future Intentions at Thomas Alleyne’s and this is just two ways that we support our students.

On a completely different note, Year 13 have had their leavers photo taken today. Traditionally there is a formal photograph and then there is the ‘silly’ photo where they are able to wear silly hats amongst other props.  We, as the Sixth Form Team, look forward to seeing the finished photographs.

 

BBC School Report Day.

Thanks to all Year 9 students for their contributions to the BBC School Report Day.  This involved students working in their forms to create a news bulletin.  These were very impressive.  We are very grateful for the visitors who attended our press conferences as this greatly helped the students to get a real flavour of working in the media.  Ellie Roobottom has written the following summary:
“On Thursday the 15th March all Year 9 students took part in the BBC School Report Day.
We had one day to produce a news bulletin with our form.  This began finding news stories for our report then typing them up of computers and finally performing our report in front of the cameras.
In my form all the roles were split up. Some of us attended press conferences, some of us were researching stories and some of us were typing stories up for our reports.
My role was to help produce our report so I had to sort out what stories we were going to do and in what order.  Overall I had a really fun day and would happily do it again.”

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BTEC Results Day

Over 100 students in school got the results from their January BTEC exams this week.  Students in years 10-13 achieved results in Applied Science, Children’s Play, Learning & Development, Health & Social Care, ICT and Sport.  A particular well done Shannon Davies in year 10, who scored the highest mark in the school on her Children’s Play, Learning & Development exam beating year 11 students who also took this paper. In all subjects our students did really well and this is a step closer to some excellent BTEC results again this summer.

 

French Intervention – Saturday!

Well done to everyone who attended the French intervention on Saturday 17th March.

News from PE

Year 9 Futsal County Final

Thomas Alleyne’s yr9 boys qualified for the Futsal School Games Level 3 County Final at Fenton Manor by being the best placed East Staffordshire School.
The finals saw us play the winners of the 9 other Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent districts. All games were close contests ending as 1-0 wins, 1-0 defeats or 1-1 draws. Goals were scored by Jed Brunt (2), Sam Cope, Callum Stockbridge and Tommy Mangon.
After 9 close games Alleyne’s finished i  3rd place.
A great effort by all.

Science News

This week in Science we have been celebrating British Science Week with a series of activities.

Students visited the department at lunchtime throughout the week.

  • On Tuesday Mr Melland looked into all forms of motion and the science behind rocket propulsion. Carbon dioxide powered film canisters, a model steam engine, soap boats and hydrogen rockets were all used in the demonstrations.

Soap boats revealed the force encountered due to water tension.  Adding soap to the centre of the boat disrupts the arrangement of the water molecules, decreasing the surface tension behind the boat.  The boat is pulled towards areas of high surface tension by the water in front of the boat; resulting in the boat moving quickly across the water tank.

When the gas was ignited in the model hydrogen rocket it moved a little faster than the soap boat as it was launched across the room!

  • On Wednesday Mr Crum created lots of noise with an impressive display of combustion and explosions. Balloons filled with a hydrogen/oxygen mixture produced the loudest explosion.  An ethanol-oxygen fuelled ‘whoosh’ bottle proved to be impressive and the methane-oxygen fuelled rockets moved with incredible speed.  The students made their own methane fuelled ‘Pringle Tube’ rockets.  And the students particularly enjoyed ‘setting fire’ to Mr Crum’s hand!

 

  • On Thursday Mrs Swinson had a captivated audience for the rat dissection. The students were fascinated by the internal organs of the rat and were amazed at the length of the small intestine!

Check out the pictures:

Science Week Photos March 2018

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

Year 9

Zack Hedgcombe and Caitlin Beardsley for excellent work in Chemistry

Year 10

Rowan Hall and Charlie Martin for excellent Biology assessment scores

Year 11

Amelia Murray and Heather Forsyth for excellent Biology mock scores

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

Ellie Matthews and Matthew Payne for excellent course work

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

Megan Miller and Charles Frogatt for attending after-school sessions for completion/improvement of course work

Well done!

Geography Revision

Please see the attached calendars of when Geography GCSE and A Level revision will take place in the coming months. A Level and GCSE Geographers will also recieve a revision guide before Easter to ensure they have a full set of revision notes. GCSE Geographers should also be aware that there are new resources on GCSEPod on the economic section of the exam. Sets of exam questions for both A Level and GCSE will be sent out via Insight and Edmodo. It is essential that students practice past questions as part of their revision. 

TIMSS 2018

9U3 and 9H3 Maths groups will be completing the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study on Friday 23rd March. This study involves 50 countries and we are one of 360 schools in the country to be involved in this test and will involve the students completing a number of tests and questionnaires based on Maths and Science.

Year 9 Options 

Thank you to all parents and Year 9 students for submitting your 8 preferred subjects for the options process. We have now begun the process of mapping individual choices against the school timetable. At this point, it is clear that we will be able to offer all students 4 of their 8 preferred subjects. We will notify all students of their KS4 subjects by 4th June.
 

Bake Sale

TO RAISE FUNDS TO SUPPORT FORMER PUPIL

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 Art News

Year 13 A level Exams
These 3 day exams start from 30th April for Art students and May 8th for Photographers. If you study both subjects please be ultra aware of your dates and prepare accordingly. As as soon as you start your exam, your prep work will stop.
Please use the art rooms during your non-contact study periods and ensure the minimum of 5 hours independent study is completed each week to work towards your estimated grades or above!
 
Year 11 Art GCSE
The final countdown! Art Exams start on Tues May 1st- only 2 weeks after the Easter Break. Please ensure you have all work completed and you are prepared for the 10 Hours element of your GCSE exam, this project is worth 40% of your overall grade. It has been great to see some students making lots of effort to develop their ideas, and use photography to support their investigations- keep it up Year 11!
Art Club after school is Wed, Thurs, and Fri til 5pm (check teachers available to supervise)
Year 10 Artists
It has been a pleasure to see our Year 10 Artists improving all the time in their studies. Please see photographs for a sample of what is going on in the Art department currently.
Mrs Robinson and Mrs Cornell class have been working on their colour and pattern abstract patterns based on Natural Forms. 

Careers

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

This week information on:

Medicine Taster Days @ Keele

Direct Page Link

Links

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

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March 9th 2018

Assemblies week beginning 12th March
Theme: Litter
These assemblies will be led by the school Council
Thought for the week

‘I hate the hand that comes out of a car and just drops litter in the street. I hate that! For some reason, it just fills me with fury! It’s just utter laziness, lack of interest in other people, lack of interest in the planet, in the hedgehog who might eat the plastic bag, it’s a lack of concern.’  Joanna Lumley

Dates for your diary

13/3/2018 Year 9 Parents Evening

22/3/2018 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:

This week, year 7 and 8 students from Oldfields, Windsor Park and Ryecroft Middle Schools joined us for our Business and Enterprise day. At the end of the day, they took the stage to promote the individual businesses they had developed during the day. Public speaking is always challenging, and I would like to congratulate all involved: the children spoke with passion and conviction. Thank you to Mrs Featherstone, our Head of Business Studies, for organising such a fantastic opportunity. 
 
I am fortunate to be able to attend the Association of School Leaders’ National Conference this weekend along with a number of the senior team members from Thomas Alleyne’s. One of the keynote speeches focused on the challenges which social media presents us as parents and teachers.
 

Mrs Catterall has recently delivered an assembly to support students’ understanding of the importance of their online profile and how anything posted, or ‘liked’,  or ‘retweeted’ will be visible to companies who look to employ them in the future. Before they post anything online, students should consider whether they would be comfortable if their parents and teachers were to see what they are posting. If the answer to this question is no – we urge them not to post. 

When listening to Andy Burrows from NSPCC, he asked us to ask for parental support in protecting children online. He explained, “That means parents talking to their children about their online lives.” Please feel confident in taking an active role in your child’s online behaviour and supporting them in how they post and how they act online. No post is ever deleted. 

 

Finally a couple of parents have asked whether GCSEpods streaming is compulsory. We are keen for students to develop strong habits of independent learning: some will have alternative techniques which they wish to use. GCSEpod,  however is one of the many strategies that we recommend.  Thank you to all parents who attended the revision evening with Tim Benton this week we hope you found it supportive. 

6th form

 

As I have been moving around the school this week I have been filled with pride to see so many of our Year 12 and 13 students working independently.  They are ensuring that they are in the best position to succeed by making the most if their time at school.  I would like to encourage all students to ensure that they have a revision plan in place if they are in Year 13 and that all students are creating revision materials on a regular basis. Some of the students that I have taught in recent years have been successful in their A Levels due to the commitment to their studies. This is a positive way to move towards their exams rather than leave all revision until the last minute.
Next week we at taking all the Year 12 students to Manchester to the UCAS convention.  This will give all students the opportunity to speak to over 100 University providers as well as organisations offering Advanced and Higher Level Apprenticeships. 
All information on how the Year 12’s can register is on Insight, all students must have a pass either downloaded on to their phones or print the ticket out.  We encourage all students to explore both of these pathways to ensure that they are fully informed in preparation for Year 13 and the UCAS application.  I have provided a link for you to look at which explains all information needed to understand the function and the benefits of the schemes.
I have shown my Year 12 History group the wonders of Unifrog and given them a brief demonstration as to the benefits of this programme.  When we brief the students on this we will also invite parents in to the school to give you a demonstration to show you how wonderful it is. It is a one stop shop to students who are interested in Universities or Apprenticeships.  

 

Year 10 Future Intentions Day

Year 10 experienced their first Future Intentions day on Monday. Despite the remnants of the previous weeks weather, speakers from the business community along with the Armed Forces and a big yellow bus all gathered at school where students took part in activities designed to develop their skills when looking at and deciding on future career paths. Activities included team-building, engaging with employers and further education providers as well as challenges on the apprenticeship bus. The day finished with past students sharing their journeys from GCSE to apprenticeships and degrees.

School Council

The school council are busy this term working on ways we can improve our school. The school council meeting on the 26th February saw students going to Uttoxeter town hall to meet Town Mayor Alison Trenery and Borough Councilllor Sue Mcgarry. Students learnt about local democracy and held their meeting in the council rooms where they were able to discuss issues that concerned the town regarding young people. They discussed the need for shops and market stalls for young people, the need for a shelter or space for young people to meet in the town centre, issues of poor behaviour by young people and policing, school and service buses and a range of holiday activities for teenagers. School councillors have also been busy preparing for assembly next week which they are delivering on the theme of picking up litter.

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Kidzania National Enterprise Challenge!

On Thursday 150 year 7 and 8 students from Windsor Park, Oldfields and Ryecroft came to Thomas Alleynes to participate in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge. The four facilatators from the organisation were great fun and the students worked on developing a new concept for Kidzania in London. All students worked exceptionally hard and all of their ideas were fantastic, with ten teams being selected to present their ideas at the end of the day.

The presentations put together by the students were of a high standard and it was tough for the judges to choose a winning team.

The winning team had two students from each middle school and they had put together an idea to collaborate with Apple! This team will attend a National final in June and we will be working with them to develop their idea in preparation for this event. Watch this space for photos of the challenge next week!

Thank you to all our sixthform and year ten volunteers who helped run the day and to the staff from the middle schools for bringing them along! It really was an enjoyable day!

News from PE

Versatility Netball Champions

Thomas Alleyne’s participated in Miss Jones’ favourite netball tournament of the year at Deferrers on Tuesday. The versatility tournament involves students from multiple year groups making up the team positions for an interesting tactical battle. Tilly Edwards, Jaz Sutton, Ellie Allcock, Lottie Cooper, Eve Bednall and Freya and Amelia Hadgett were selected for this battle. 
First up saw Paget and Robert Sutton which were games won by convincing score lines 15-2 and 13-2 allowing all girls to play different court positions. The remaining four fixtures saw Jaz and Tilly putting in some gigantic performances in the D, rotating around the roles GD, GA & GS. Eve was a constant as centre where she controlled the game with a range of passes and composure with the ball. The goals rained in with wins against John Port 12-5, Deferrers B 12-2, John Taylor 13-0 with Ellie, Lottie, Jaz and Tilly gaining good positions to shoot. The toughest game was the last round robin match against Deferrers A the Hadgett twins put in fantastic defensive performances winning the ball from Deferrers centre pass and in the Goal third. The game was never in doubt as the team played with the same confidence seen in the previous fixtures and soon built a gap in the score and then continued to score off our own centre pass to amass a 12-8 victory. 
It was a fitting tribute to Jemima Millican who finished her TAHS umpiring career with a winners medal along with the rest of the girls. 
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 Cheerleading
Another really successful week at cheerleading practice on Wednesday with over 30 pupils attending. We learnt a difficult and scary new skill, called prep and cradle but everyone was really hardworking and most of all safe! Well Done everyone.
Check out this fantastic video of the group showing off thier skills:
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GCSE PE Practical Assessments
These are well underway – next weeks activities
Netball Tuesday 13th March 3.05-4.30
Swimming Wednesday 14th March 1.20-2.30
Trampolining Wednesday 14th March 3.05-4.30
Badminton Wednesday 14th March 3.05-4.30
Basketball Thursday 15th March 1.20-2.05
Rugby Thursday 15th March 3.05-4.30
Table Tennis Friday 16th March 3.05-4.30
Futsal County Final
On Tuesday Year 9 Boys are in the Futsal county finals at Fenton Manor- qualifying team are,

Freddie Whitehead, John Ball, Harry Van Hoek, Callum Stockbridge, Tommy Mangon, Jed Brunt, Sam Cope, George Beech, George Twigge

Uttoxeter Bulls Basketball Club – Are running an Easter Camp
W
HAT? Junior & senior basketball camp 
AGES? 9-15 and 16+ 
WHEN? 31st Mar – 2nd Apr
WHERE? Uttoxeter Leisure Center 
TIME? 11am-3pm
HOW MUCH? £25 PP or £10 per day
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Science News

British Science Week has already begun in the Science Department with the ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ style quiz for Year 8 students from our Middle Schools and house teams from Thomas Alleyne’s. 

The overall winner of the Middle school quiz was the team from Windsor Park Middle School and the runners-up were Ryecroft Middle School.

The Thomas Alleyne’s House competition was won by Elkes, the runners-up were Whitmore, and in third place was Torrence and fourth place Orme.

The overall winning Thomas Alleyne’s team consisted of Jay Huges-Ratcliffe and Kieran Coates.

Very well done!

 

A range of fascinating, intriguing and explosive activities will take place next week in the Department. 

Join us at lunchtime on:

  • Tuesday 13th March for some real Rocket Science with Mr Melland in Room 50 at 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 14th March for Explosive Chemistry with Mr Crum in Room 52 at 1.30pm
  • Thursday 15th March for a rat dissection with Mrs Swinson in Room 55 at 1.30pm

 

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

Year 9

Gabby Johnson and Sophie Whieldon for excellent effort

Year 10

Bailey Holder and Isabelle Warlow for attainment and good test scores

Year 11

Maddie Woodfield and Nick Jakes for excellent effort

Well done!

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Online Safety

Advice for parents and carers in starting conversations about on line safety 

 Also please see the assembly delivered by Mrs Catterall here for further information and guidance:

Tim Benton Addresses Pupil & Parents

On Wednesday  year 11 and a number of parents were fortunate enough to listen to Tim Benton.  He was very well received as he gave the parents and pupils advice on how to be successful in the next few months. Tim appreciated the attitude of many of our pupils as they engaged with him. Please find attached a summary of his key points and ideas.
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Up Coming Parents Evenings

YEAR 9 PARENTS EVENING – Tuesday 13th March, from 4.00pm.
This Tuesday we look forward to welcoming Year 9 parents to our consultation evening.  Please ensure that you son / daughter has made appointments with their teachers through the Insight booking system.  If you have any difficulties please contact their Head of House.
YEAR 10 PARENTS EVENING – Thursday 22nd March, from 4.00pm.
Bookings are now being made for Year 10 Parents evening.  Please make bookings through Insight, if you have any concerns please contact your child’s Head of House.

Your Staffordshire Card

We have received the following information regarding Your Staffordshire Cards:….

From the 1st April 2018 there will be a change in the bus fare charges for holders of  Your Staffordshire Card bus passes, which some pupils use to travel to and from school on local bus services at a set lower fare.

 From the 1st April 2018 the fare for the under 16 Your Staffordshire Card holders is increasing to £1.30 in line with the fare for the 16 to 20 card holders.

 Please could you advertise this increase in bus fares on your school web sites etc. Where possible there have already been e-mails sent to card holder applicants and the bus companies have been informed. Further information and details of how to obtain or renew a card can be found on the web-site  yourstaffordshirecard.info  

 Please direct any queries from card holders and parents to the web site not to school transport.

Careers

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

This week information on:

Medicine Taster Days @ Keele

Direct Page Link

Links

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

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March 2nd 2018

Please note that will not be an assembly on Thursday 8th due to the theatre needing to be set up for a transition event taking place.
Assemblies w/b 5th MarchTheme: the power of words (written and spoken)
These assemblies will be led by Mrs Harris
Thought for the Week
Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.””Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten.”

Dates for your diary

7/3/2018 Tim Benton Motivational Speaker

7/3/2018 Ski Trip Parents Meeting 2
13/3/2018 Year 9 Parents Evening

22/3/2018 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:

Having had 2 days when we had unforeseen closure we are impressed by the fact that many students have chosen to work independently.
It is always difficult to gauge how engaged students are with their independent work, in fact the only real measure we have are the numbers of GCSE podcasts they stream. 
We are therefore reassured that GCSEpod have notified us that Thomas Alleyne’s students have been working very hard and that over the last few days have streamed more pods than any subscribing school  in the country. For this reason we have been moved into the Grand Finals.
We have also been impressed that a number of students have popped into school during the 2 days to collect work which they wanted to continue with at home. 
We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday and hope that students will use some time at the weekend to access the materials which have been sent to them by their teachers via insight. We are conscious of compensating for valuable missed time. 
GCSEpod usage over the school closure period:
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Year 10 Future Intentions Day 2018:

This week sees the start of National Careers week and National Apprenticeship week and here at Thomas Alleyne’s we are engaging our year 10’s in a Future Intentions day on Monday as part of our CEIAG provision. The day will see our students tackling team-building challenges, attending employability skills workshops and catching up with ex-pupils in their journeys into the world of work. In addition, all students at our school will have the opportunity at break time to visit a purpose built roadshow bus where they can access information and seek guidance on all aspects of apprenticeships. 

For more information about the activities our year 10 students will be undertaking please click here:.

For more information about national careers week, please visit the following link:http://nationalcareersweek.com

There are also a number of careers events running over the next few weeks, which may be of interest to our students. Keele and Cambridge universities are holding events for students wishing to experience life at a university in a short residential plus sessions in History, Economics and Medicine. There are also events at local colleges including taster sessions at Derby and an Apprenticeship Information evening.  Please see the links in the careers section for details. 

Respect Programme

The themes for this half-term now moves onto more thought-provoking topics from PSHE.

Year 9 will be studying Diversity, looking into:

What is Diversity?
The History of Diversity in the UK
How Different Are We
How has Diversity Shaped Britain?

Year 10 will be studying Teenage Pregnancy, looking into:
Social Issue of Teenage Pregnancy
Student Perceptions
Exploring Social Issues
Myths
Year 11 will be studying Alcohol, looking into:
Short and Long-Term Consequences
Links Between Alcohol and Mental Health
Binge Drinking
If you have any thoughts or questions about these themes, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s form tutor or respective Head of House.

Year 11 Photographs

Anyone that has made a purchase for an individual student photograph should receive their order over the next few weeks. Please be patient as the orders do arrive into school sporadically, but it will be passed onto your child as soon as it is received. If you do not receive your order, or an update on it’s status, please contact the school directly.

We have also received sample order forms for the Year 11 Group Photograph that also took place before half-term. These are available to collect from Reception or from your child’s form tutor, and again we have a deadline of Friday 9th March to have orders submitted to the school to avoid postage and packaging charges (£4). There are many fantastic products available from Tempest on these order forms and also online. If you wish to ask any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Hawthorne (Head of Torrance House).

 

6th form

 

On Wednesday 14th March we are taking all the Year 12 students to Manchester to the UCAS convention. They will have access to over 170 providers, universities and apprenticeships. It is such a great opportunity and I hope that they all take advantage of it. We will be leaving school at 9.00am and returning by 4.00pm. Last year we had amazing feedback and we expect this to just as good.
We have also had letters from the Year 12 students who are applying to become Senior Prefects. All letters have been read and we are putting together a schedule and will be inviting each candidate to come for an interview with a member of the Sixth Form Team and members of the current Senior Prefect Team. This may be their first interview so we do encourage each candidate to think about questions they may want to ask us as well as answers to questions about being a Senior Prefect. 

Year 9 Options and Parents Evening

Just a reminder that the year 9 options process will close on Wednesday 7th March at 9am. Thank you to all of those students who have already completed this process and if students are still undecided about what options to take then please speak to subject staff or form tutors for guidance. Can we also remind parents and carers that the year 9 Parents Evening has been rescheduled to Tuesday 13th March starting at 4.00pm. There is no need to re-book appointments as the original ones are still valid. We look forward to seeing as many parents and carers as possible.

Options Presentation

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Catch-up Work

Please can students make sure that they check insight as staff will have set catch up work due to the fact that the poor weather has meant that the school has been closed.  In addition all students in Years 9 to 11 have been set a task in which they are asked to access GCSE Pods covering the areas which they would have been taught on Thursday and Friday.

Year 12 – Business Live Trip

Last week 19 Business Students visited Disneyland Paris to attend the Business Live Conference where we enjoyed presentations from British Airways, Pret a Manger and Disney! The presentations were informative and allowed students to apply some of the theory they have learnt so far to real business contexts!

As well as the conference we spent some time in the theme park! Students also enjoyed dinner at the Buffalo Bill Wild West show and even got themselves involved!

The students were all a credit to the school and even at temperatures of less than -7 degrees we managed to have a good time! 

Thank you to Mr Parkes and Mr Washbourne for supporting the trip!

Tim Benton Motivational Speaker

NEW DATE  : Wednesday 7th March 6.00pm.
We are pleased to announce that Tim has rearranged his visit for Wednesday 7th March.  He will be speaking to year 11 pupils on Wednesday afternoon and then to parents at 6.00pm.  Please com along to find out how you are able to support your son or daughter through their GCSE exams in the coming months.

GCSE+

The first round of GCSE+ finished this week.  All of year 11 benefitted from 20 minutes extra revision over the last 3 weeks. Thank you to all staff who taught the sessions.  The next round will start after Easter.

 Online Safety Advice

Advice for parents and carers in starting conversations about on line safety can be found here…..
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/have-conversation?utm_content=buffera1e0e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Interventions

The latest interventions timetable is under the link below:

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News from PE

GCSE PE
 
Revision Trip
On Wed 7th March we are taking 26 students to a PE exam revision day in Coventry.  Check with Miss Jones that you have secured a place.
Revision Guides
At students request we have ordered 2 types of GCSE PE revision guides both available at half price £2.50 each.  See attached letter. They can be paid by Thomas Alleyne’s Online shop and then collected from the PE department.
GCSE Practical Assessments
GCSE practical exams began this week. Due to the weather some activities will have to be arranged. If you are doing an activity outside school such as Horse riding, Golf, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics deadline for video evidence is Monday 12th March. Please make sure you follow criteria and ensure video includes you stating your name and candidate number. Any questions ask Mr Barrow. See attached activity lists.

Science News

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

 Kieran Wild and Joe Porritt for all round commitment to the course.

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

Olivia Bennett and Chrystal Malelu for producing very good coursework above their target grade.

Well done

Maths Feast

On Wednesday this week, Mrs Lyon and myself took 8 year 10 students to participate in the maths feast at DeFerrers High school. There were lots of challenges to complete in teams of 4.  Both teams put in a fabulous performance and did the school proud. Many thanks to Mrs Lyon for taking us there and back safely.
Once again it was a pleasure to take our students out, we thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
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School Report Day

School Report Day is on Thursday 15th March.  This is an opportunity for all Year 9 students to take part in National Broadcasting event run by the BBC.  In school we will be running mock-press conferences and challenging each form to prepare their own news bulletin to be recorded.  Please return your consent slips.  These were sent home via form tutors but have also been sent out to all year 9 parents via Insight.
Here are a few pictures from last year…

Your Staffordshire Card

We have received the following information regarding Your Staffordshire Cards:….

From the 1st April 2018 there will be a change in the bus fare charges for holders of  Your Staffordshire Card bus passes, which some pupils use to travel to and from school on local bus services at a set lower fare.

 From the 1st April 2018 the fare for the under 16 Your Staffordshire Card holders is increasing to £1.30 in line with the fare for the 16 to 20 card holders.

 Please could you advertise this increase in bus fares on your school web sites etc. Where possible there have already been e-mails sent to card holder applicants and the bus companies have been informed. Further information and details of how to obtain or renew a card can be found on the web-site  yourstaffordshirecard.info  

 Please direct any queries from card holders and parents to the web site not to school transport.

Careers

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

This week information on:

Medicine Taster Days @ Keele

Direct Page Link

Links

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

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February 16th 2018

Assemblies for the week commencing 26th February will be led by Mrs Rudge

Theme: Your Future

Thought for the Week

‘The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.’

‘People always find it easier to be a result of the past rather than a cause of the future.’

Dates for your diary

26/2/2018 School Reopens 8.40

27/2/2018 Year 9 Parents Evening

1/3/2018 Tim Benton Motivational Speaker

7/3/2018 Ski Trip Parents Meeting 2

22/3/2018 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:

When we reflect on the core purpose of our school and the words ‘Progress, Individuality and Opportunity,’ the importance of the work of the Future Intentions team is clear.
It was fantastic to see so many parents and students at the Future Intentions Year 9 options evening and then at the Careers Fair. Speaking to students, it was evident that the evening had offered them the opportunity to meet potential colleges, universities, employers and to discuss possible apprenticeships. They also commented that they welcomed the chance to speak to our own staff about GCSE courses for next year.
It was an exceptional Careers evening.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Lyon who organised and led the entire event.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable half term and wish all our Year 11 and Year 13 students well as they continue with their revision. As we keep reminding them it will be worth it in the end!
 

Arts Society- Outstanding Artist of the Year Award

The Needwood and Lichfield branch of the Arts Society have kindly donated a beautiful glass trophy to add to our collection of Awards in school. 
This award will be presented to the student who is considered the most dedicated to their art form over the last year. It joins two other recent significant trophy donations from the ‘Class of 61’ a group of past students who were impressed with the variety of work our students do here.
We think it is wonderful that the Arts are recognized here at Thomas Alleyne’s for the positive contribution they make to the individual, society, and even the economic productivity in the UK. 
Did you know that the Creative Industries is the largest growing sector in the UK generating over £92 billion to the economy and employing almost 2 million people? *
 
* statistics from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

 

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6th form

 

We have counted, checked and verified and the votes are now in!  Students in Year 12 who have had the most number of votes from students and staff have been asked to apply in writing to Mrs Dodd for the prestigious role of Senior Prefect. All students on the list must see Mrs Walton to collect their application letter. It is a lovely task to post the list of names but we are very aware of those that would have loved an opportunity to apply for the role of Senior Prefect but were unable to secure enough votes and therefore may feel dejected. I would encourage those students to speak to a member of the Sixth Form Team upon their return after half term.

Last night we saw a tremendous turn out at the Careers Fair, and it was so nice to be asked such a varied range of questions. To speak to so many that I teach in Year 9 and to answer their questions about entry requirements for the Sixth Form and what A Levels we recommend for their career choices was a pleasure.  If there are any more questions that you would like answering then please email the Team at Sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

Letters have been sent out to prospective Year 12 students from our current Year 11 cohort.  On the letter, there will be a date, time and location for the interview. We are looking forward to meeting all of these students but also welcome the opportunity to meet their parents/carers.  It is recommended that parents do attend, as there may be some questions that you may want answering. If for some reason you are not able to attend on the time and date given then please let us know as soon as possible so that we can reschedule the meeting.

With my Year 13 group this afternoon we have worked out that they have ten weeks and four teaching days left. I recommended that they ensure over the next couple of weeks that all their subject content is transferred in to revision materials. The sooner the students complete this the longer they have to learn and remember. A student who has learnt the content inside out and back to front is a student that will feel confident when walking in to an exam venue. A student who is disorganised and has not spent the correct amount of time learning their content may feel apprehensive and therefore not perform as well as they could in the exam.  It seems logical to advise at this point that if any student needs support with managing their time in and out of school then they need to speak to their subject teachers as well as the Sixth Form Team.

Year 9 Options

Year 9 students are now able to complete their option choices via Insight. The diagram below shows how to complete this. If students have difficulties accessing the options form or the options information that has been sent to them via Insight over half term, just let your tutor know when you return. Thank you to those students who have already completed their choices but if you are unsure of what to choose there is no rush to complete the form as the deadline for completion is Wednesday 28th February. It is important to think carefully about the options that are open to you so please read through the options booklet and use the Fast Tomato website (https://www.fasttomato.com/) to help you make an informed decision.

Options Presentation

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Careers Fayre

The annual Thomas Alleyne’s Careers Fair took place on Thursday 15th February. There were over 40 different stands representing a variety of employers, colleges, universities and school departments present. Students and parents were able to get advice and guidance regarding A Level, BTEC and GCSE subjects and what career opportunities are open to them.  We would like to thank all of the organisations involved and Mrs Lyons for her fantastic organisation. We’re looking forward to next years already!

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Tim Benton Motivational Speaker

“I want you to live at your best”

Thursday 1st March, 6.00pm at Thomas Alleyne’s

For the fourth consecutive year we are fortunate to have Tim to come talk to year 11 pupils and parents.

Tim has the knack of challenging you to be better than you were before but without you really noticing. Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, he helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely.

Parents who have been to his talks always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant to their own careers and personal development.

Come on Thursday 1st March 6.00pm in the Theatre in order to support your child over the next few months in order for them to achieve their full potential.

Dates for Holiday Revision

These are the dates so far for your child to attend revision.  There will be more to come .

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Interventions

The latest interventions timetable is under the link below:

Interven TT Feb18

News from PE

Another great cheerleading session happened on Wednesday with the students learning a new dance routine and new stunts. Feel free to come along to the sessions, it’s not too late.

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House Matches
Baminton
Thanks To Alice Smith for scoring the house baddminton competition.  The competition consisted of a round robin singles and doubles format.  Overall Orme proved far too strong with 14 points, the rest were evenly matched with Torrance on 8 points, Elkes on 7 points and Whitmore on 6 points.
1st- Orme
2nd- Torrance
3rd- Elkes
4th- Whitmore
Table Tennis
Thanks To Charley Eley for scoring the house table tennis competition. The competition was a seeded singles round robin. 
Whitmore 3- Orme 1
Elkes 2 – Torrance 2
Whitmore 0 – Torrance 4
Elkes 2 – Orme 2
Whitmore 2 – Elkes 2
Orme 3 – Torrance 1
1st – Torrance
2nd- Orme
3rd- Whitmore
4th- Elkes

Girls Handball

A mixture of year 9 and 10 girls made their handball debut in the district tournament held at Robert Sutton. Similar to the boys competition last week, the girls began with limited tactical knowledge but improved great as the competition progressed. 
First up were Pingle who quickly scored two goals against us, through copying their defensive tactics and reverting to zonal defending when not in possession Alleyne’s looked more solid. More gaps appeared and the girls clawed back the 2 goals. Next up were Robert Sutton A, who were well drilled and had a firm defensive set up on the edge of the D. They also took a two goal advantage which was again matched by TAHS. Robert Sutton then broke and scored a winner in the dying minutes. The third match against Robert Sutton B saw Alleyne’s execute a successful game plan, looking to get people back behind the ball when defending and breaking quickly to through our high lone striker. 
Squad – Ellie Roobottom, Harriet Bebbington, Freya Hadgett, Amelia Hadgett, Holly Chatfield, Eve Bednall, Courtney Bogacki, Shani Wright & Grace Harvey
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Science News

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

Year 9

Willow Gregory for bringing in a myriad of interesting artefacts

Aryan Khunti for constant enthusiasm for Science

Year 10

Aaron Gwynne for consistent excellence in achievement

Rachel Agnew for superb effort and attainment

Year 11

Heather Forsyth for exemplary effort in Year 11

Amelia Graham for consistent excellent effort in her work

Chloe Sherlock and Abigail Podmore for excellent effort and attainment

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

Mackensie Paterson and Jenna Timmis for excellent effort in course work

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

Raeley Hall and Chloe Brown for excellent results in their trial exams

Well done to all students!

Valentine’s Cake Sale

Thank you to all the students of 13B that made and bought items for our cake sale and a HUGE thank you to all the staff and students that bought the cakes, cookies and other lovely goodies. We managed to raise over £150 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice. Well done to all!!!

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Year 11 Computing Revision Schedual

Starting after half term the Computing sessions on a Wednesday evening will move from NEA support to revision for the examinations. The schedule of topics is outlined below:
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Year 9 Parents Evening

Mr Sabin is unable to attend the year 9 parents evening on 27th February, from 5:30 onwards. However he will be available for appointments between 3 and 5:30. If anyone would like to make an appointment with Mr Sabin before 4pm, please email him directly at sabin@tahs.org.uk, and he will make a booking. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience.

GCSE+

GCSE+ has completed it second week.  Year 11 pupils should now be establishing very good revision habits and have a clear view of what is expected over the next few months.  After half term GCSE+ will continue for one more week. After easterGCSE + will run again for three weeks.

English Interventions

Please see the link below for full details of the English revision sessions available for year 11 students.

English Interventions

Careers

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

This week information on:

An Army Open Day in Newcastle…

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Links

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

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February 9th 2018

Assemblies w/b 12th February
Theme: Celebration
Assemblies will be led by the respective Head of House
 
Thought for the Week
“The reason most people give up so fast is that they look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have come.” (Anon)

Dates for your diary

15/2/2018 Careers Fair 6 – 8pm
27/2/2018 Year 9 Parents Evening
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Headteacher blog:

You will see later in our newsletter the advert for our Careers Evening next Thursday
There are not many times when 50 potential employers come together to share careers information and guidance – in Uttoxeter, we believe it only happens once a year and that is at Mrs Lyon’s inspirational Career’s Fair. 
We want to support our young people in finding the right route, and so we urge everyone to join us for the evening. Please don’t worry if you can only drop in for half an hour. Year 10 will then have a Careers Day on March 5th where they will get to develop their CV and interview skills. 
Year 11 mocks results day went well, and we are now holding revision sessions for our Year 11 students introducing them to the wonderful free app: https://getrevising.co.uk 
They are also well underway with their GCSEplus sessions. Please continue to encourage all your sons and daughters to access at least 10 GCSEpods a week to reinforce their learning in class. We know it makes a difference. 
Finally a note from me to my English class. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you on writing performance poetry this week, and look forward to seeing what you produce over the weekend. We looked at the work of the performance poet Sarah Kay, and as a parent myself, I thought some readers may be interested in her work. It is just a couple of minutes long!
 If poetry isn’t your thing then look out for Year 9 Max Hayes’ sports report below!

Year 11 Photographs – Wednesday 7th February

On Wednesday, all of Year 11 had a group photograph to mark their third year at Thomas Alleyne’s. Details on how to purchase this photograph along with the various packages available by Tempest will be provided when it becomes available. Each student have also received a sample individual photograph together with an order form, these photographs always prove incredibly popular to celebrate a student’s time in Year 11. In order to qualify for free postage and packaging to the school, please ensure that orders are made either online or via the order form and handed into main reception by Friday 16th February at 3.05pm. Any orders received after this date will require a charge of £4 delivery. All the Year 11 students took these order forms home immediately after having their photograph. We will expect the delivery of any photographs ordered to arrive in school sporadically over the next two months. If you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Hawthorne (Head of Torrance House).

 

 

6th form

 

It was an excellent turn out to Year 12 Parents Evening last night with 83% attendance.  As a teacher of Year 12 and Deputy Head of Sixth Form it is also rewarding to answer questions, posed by parents, about Post 18 options.  All Year 12 students will be participating in an annual event next term where they will be able to find out about their options Post 18. There will be opportunities for parents to come in and ask questions at an event in the evening. We hope that many parents are able to attend, as this will enable you to support your child at home.  I would also like to thank you also to those parents who sent their apologies for Parents Evening and requested feedback.

Sometimes there is an event or a situation that arises where we feel, as a school, that we must highlight and celebrate the achievements of students that go the ‘extra mile’.  We are very proud of all our Sixth Formers but wanted to share with you a Good Samaritan story concerning one of our Year 12 students.  Last Friday, 2nd February Hannah, Jeffers was on her way back to school after her work experience at St Joseph’s when an eldery gentleman who was walking along the pavement fell and banged his head on the road. This was a shock for Hannah to see but she stopped and gave assistance along with another member of the public. Hannah stayed with the gentleman and held his and hand and talked to him to keep him calm until the ambulance arrived.

The member of public was so touched by the fact the Hannah stopped and stayed with him that she has brought Hannah a voucher as a thank you for her kindness. After the gentleman was taken away in the ambulance Hannah came back in to school.

This ‘golden moments’ show me that we truly are a community school and that we all want to give back to our local community, whether it is through charity work or this single act of kindness.

The assembly this week was focused on social media and the important role that it plays in our everyday lives. We highlighted the importance of using it safely and to ensure that all students think about what they are typing and what images they are sending. We would like to urge all students to use social media positively, to start a twitter debate about a point of interest that they may feel passionate about and to link it to their studies. As parents and adults, we may know less about the social media platforms that they use but we should also keep channels of communication open about the dangers, worries and concerns linked to social media but also to see it for what it can be which is a direct link to future employers or university courses.

All Year 11 students who have applied to the Sixth Form will be receiving their interview letters next week informing them of the date and time of their interview. We urge parents to attend this interview as it helps to answer many questions that you may have about the process and the Sixth Form in general. 

Year 9 Options

The Year 9 Options process has begun!

A reminder of the series of information events designed to inform parents and students of the subjects available to them at GCSE and A Level and how the options process works.

These events include:

• Year 9 Future Intentions and Careers Evening is on Thursday 15th February at 6pm in the Sports Hall with option talks in the Theatre starting at 6.15pm and 7pm. This is fantastic event has a range of subjects, universities, colleges and employers to help students make the right decisions regarding their future and is open to all students in TAHS and the Middle Schools.
• Year 9 parents evening is on Tuesday 27th February starting at 4pm.

Year 9 students will receive a letter next week detailing these events. We understand that this is a very important set of decisions that you and your child need to make and if you have any queries regarding these events please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Health & Social Care Taster Sessions

Students in year 9 have had a great time this week in the Social and Health Studies department learning all about the courses they can choose to take in years 10 and 11.  Students looked at Health and Social Care and looked at local services and different types of development.  They looked at life events and health issues in the U.K.  Whilst in Children’s Play, Learning and Development students explored how children learn and the different types of development that children by playing with Lego blocks with students producing some fabulous 10 minute Lego models. If students would like any more information about these courses they are welcome to come to room 63 at break or lunch. We look forward to working with you next year. 

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Staff Training

 
Staff training this week involved staff leading sessions on specific strategies that are successful for a range of learners in the classroom.  It was great to see some Y12 students leading sessions on the most successful teaching strategies that had helped them to make progress at GCSE.

 

Tim Benton Motivational Speaker

“I want you to live at your best”

Thursday 1st March, 6.00pm at Thomas Alleyne’s

For the fourth consecutive year we are fortunate to have Tim to come talk to year 11 pupils and parents.

Tim has the knack of challenging you to be better than you were before but without you really noticing. Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, he helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely.

Parents who have been to his talks always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant to their own careers and personal development.

Come on Thursday 1st March 6.00pm in the Theatre in order to support your child over the next few months in order for them to achieve their full potential.

GCSE+ 6th February – 2nd March.

The first round of GCSE + started this week, all year 11 students had specialist subject staff working with them at the start of the day.  This first round continues until 2nd March.

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Dates for Holiday Revision

These are the dates so far for your child to attend revision.  There will be more to come .

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Interventions

The latest interventions timetable is under the link below:

Interven TT Feb18

News from PE

U16 Basketball County Final
On Monday Thomas Alleynes played host to Robert Sutton in the Staffordshire Basketball final.  Robert Sutton started on fire scoring the first 5 baskets.  Captain Harrison Bott fired back to put Alleyne’s back in touch.  The game then took off as a contest with some of the best basketball seen in a school game for many a year.  Great driving from Jordan Elcock started to draw fouls to change the tempo.
Alleyne’s took the lead in the third quarter and began to gain confidence.  The final quarter saw Robert Sutton increase the intensity further and push in front. They then showed good experience to control the finish of the game.  Man of the match Harrison Bott with 40 points.
Team-Bott, Elcock, Loaring, Thorley, Bednall, McLoughlin
Sports report from Max
U15 Handball
On Wednesday Thomas Alleynes played their first ever competitive Handball games.  After a slow start Alleyne’sbegan to get the rhythm of the game and began to score and defend with vigour.
The East Staffs final saw the powerful Robert Sutton who were hosting the competition beat Alleyne’s.  Our man of the match was Joel Grout, rest of the team, Gregor Hayes, Lewis Dawson, Owen Carrington, George Hill, Max Hunt, Isaaac Hawley, Ethan Archer, Callum Ward, Alex Ford, Frankie Bussell. The competition was a great learning experience for the boys who will be able to use it for GCSE PE.
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Science News

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

Year 9

Thomas Johnson and Chloe Cartwright for fabulous assessment scores.

 Year 10

Shani Wright and Natasha Painter for consistently excellent assessment scores.

 Year 11

Reece Heathcote and Ellie Wilson for impressive Trial Exam results in Biology.

Well done!

  SEN OPTIONS WORKSHOP 

Tuesday 27th February.
On Tuesday throughout the day the Sen department will be working with Year 9 students on their Options Forms.

Year 11 ICT & Computing Support

It is essential that all ICT & Computing students are using the extra time available to them after-school. This weeks sessions are:
Wednesday Computer Science NEA Programming support
Thursday ICT Coursework Catch-up om unit 2 or 3
ICT students will have now received a letter re the half term session! Computer Science will be at Easter.

 

Year 9 Parents Evening

Mr Sabin is unable to attend the year 9 parents evening on 27th February, from 5:30 onwards. However he will be available for appointments between 3 and 5:30. If anyone would like to make an appointment with Mr Sabin before 4pm, please email him directly at sabin@tahs.org.uk, and he will make a booking. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience.

Social Media.

Following on from our school assemblies to compliment Safer internet Day this week please find below internet links with advice for parents/carers, staff and students.

 Origami Club

Cross curricular Origami this week.  Many frogs of differing sizes were made and raced but​ some students felt paper was an inferior material for the bounce and that card would be better.  Interestingly the card gave too strong a bounce so determining the position to create an “optimal spring” became the new task.  Well done to the students.  Hearts next week in time for Valentines Day.

Careers

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

This week information on:

Working in Cyber Security & an opportunity for females in engineering.

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What better way to say ‘I Love you’ than with cake!!!!

As part of the 6th Form’s commitment to raising money for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, 13B will be having a Valentine’s Bake Sale. This will be held on Wednesday 14th February at break time and lunchtime. There will be stalls outside the theatre as well as in the 6th Form common room.

There will be a vast array of delicious cakes homemade by members of the form. Buy one for yourself, or for that special someone in your life!!!

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Updated Policies

We have recently reviewed and updated our attendance and behaviour for learning policies.  The new policies can be found in the Parents and Carers section of the school website www.thomasalleyenes.uk we would be grateful if you could read and familiarise yourself with them.

Links

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

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February 2nd 2018

Assemblies w/b 5th February
Theme: Internet safety and use of Social Media
These assemblies will be led by Mrs Catterall
Thought for the week

‘Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent’

‘Carelessness doesn’t bounce; it shatters.’

Dates for your diary

8/2/2018 Year 12 Parents Evening
15/2/2018 Careers Fair 6 – 8pm
27/2/2018 Year 9 Parents Evening
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Headteacher blog:

 This morning I met with a group of 6 Year 10 and 11 students who will be taking the lead in working with ‘Routes to Languages’ to design a programme for young people to encourage them to study languages. The students involved have first-hand experience of the benefits of studying a language. At a point in time when the number of UK languages learners is reducing, whilst international commerce and travel increase, they are working on spreading the message of the importance of learning languages and promoting intercultural awareness. We will keep you updated on their work, which we hope to share with our middle schools this Summer.

Spending a lot of time in classrooms this week, I would like to commend students on the conscientious attitude they demonstrate in class. Many of them have also been working hard outside of school; with some of our most ambitious year 9 students using GCSEpod to revisit lesson content or to understand the subjects they are looking at choosing at GCSE in more depth. 5% of Year 9 have streamed over 40 podcasts. They have attended a future intentions assembly to support them in selecting the subjects they wish to choose for Years 10 and 11. Please encourage them to talk to their teachers if they need any support in selecting the right subjects for them.

We have been asked by students to provide a simple list of topics in each subject area to support them in organising their revision. A couple of examples of this are below. We will provide a full booklet for students next week.

Sample Revision Booklet – Full Version Next Week!

Year 11 Photographs – Wednesday 7th February

Year 11 Photographs are due to take place on Wednesday 7th February, where each student will have the opportunity to have a Year group, an individual and friendship group photographs. Details regarding how to purchase photographs will be provided afterwards, with a variety of options provided by Tempest Photography.
Friendship group photographs will take place from 8:00am until 8:35am and 11:00am until 11:15am, operating on a first come, first serve basis. Students that require a group photograph will need to provide £7.00 per student in the group (for example 2 students = £14 and 4 students = £28) which will be payable by cash only to the photographer in a Tempest envelope. Each friendship group can collect a Tempest envelope from the main reception. Each person in the friendship group photograph will receive a 7×5.5 photograph in a mount. Please note that we will not be able to accommodate any student from Year groups other than Year 11.
If you require any further information regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Hawthorne (Head of Torrance House).

 

 

6th form

 

Year 12 Parents Evening is on Thursday 8th February from 4pm until 7pm.  Please use Insight to make appointments to see your child’s subject teachers. If you would like an appointment with any of the Sixth Form Team then please email Mrs Walton at sixthform@tahs.org.uk.  This is a perfect time to ask questions about Post 18 choices as well as what you can do to support your child’s learning at home. 

We encourage that all students use their non-contact time with subject teachers effectively; we are actively talking to students on a daily basis to ensure that they are choosing to be part of a positive learning environment and actively seek further work, wider reading and super-curricular activities.  We promote a professional environment towards learning and therefore request that all students adhere to the Sixth Form uniform policy.  This is a smart dark suit and blouse for the ladies and a smart dark suite, shirt and tie for the gentlemen. We have noticed that some students are choosing to come to school without suit jackets, most of these have been spoken to today and have been informed that a jacket will be required from Monday.  Generally the majority of our students do conform with our uniform regulations and we hope with some gentle persuasion those who have fallen in to poor habits will be back on track from Monday.

As there are a lot of sickness bugs at TAHS could we please ask that you let the Sixth Form Team know first thing in the morning if your child is unable to attend school. Sixthform@tahs.org.uk.  This helps us to keep on top of attendance and saves you, as the parent, receiving a text from the school asking you to confirm a reason for absence.

Year 9 Options

The Year 9 Options process has begun!

A reminder of the series of information events designed to inform parents and students of the subjects available to them at GCSE and A Level and how the options process works.

These events include:

• Future Intentions week beginning Monday 5th February till Friday 9th January.
• Year 9 Future Intentions and Careers Evening is on Thursday 15th February at 6pm in the Sports Hall with option talks in the Theatre starting at 6.15pm and 7pm. This is fantastic event has a range of subjects, universities, colleges and employers to help students make the right decisions regarding their future and is open to all students in TAHS and the Middle Schools.
• Year 9 parents evening is on Tuesday 27th February starting at 4pm.

Year 9 students will receive a letter next week detailing these events. We understand that this is a very important set of decisions that you and your child need to make and if you have any queries regarding these events please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Year 9 Student in National Cyclist Event

 
Hannah Davis from 9T3 took part in the National Icebreakers at Newport, South Wales, last Saturday for the first time.  It is also her first year as an under 16 competitor and there were 24 Youth A (U16) Girls taking part. The day’s event consisted of 3 races:
  • 20 lap scratch
  • 40 lap points race
  • Elimination (otherwise known as the ‘Devil’)

In the first race, Hannah rode off the front with a friend and they managed to stay out by half a lap for 15 of the last 16 laps.  Unfortunately, they were caught on the last lap and finished unplaced.  In the second race, Points, Hannah came 11th and in the final race Hannah finished 6th.  Her overall position for the day was 8th.

Both her parents and her classmates are exceptionally proud of her achievements and her sportsmanship. Well Done Hannah!
If any other students have news they would like to share with us about their outside achievements please inform their tutor- we would love to celebrate with them!

 

hannah

 

Tim Benton Motivational Speaker

“I want you to live at your best”

Thursday 1st March, 6.00pm at Thomas Alleyne’s

For the fourth consecutive year we are fortunate to have Tim to come talk to year 11 pupils and parents.

Tim has the knack of challenging you to be better than you were before but without you really noticing. Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, he helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely.

Parents who have been to his talks always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant to their own careers and personal development.

Come on Thursday 1st March 6.00pm in the Theatre in order to support your child over the next few months in order for them to achieve their full potential.

GCSE+ 6th February – 2nd March.

On Tuesday year 11 pupils start an intensive revision programme.  This is a programme delivered during form time to provide ‘little and often’ intervention.  It targets individual students, in individual subject areas to improve progress.   Pupils will be working with specialist subject teachers for 20 minutes each morning over a period of 3 weeks.  This  approach will provide over 6 hours of revision time.   This will be repeated nearer the examination season too.

Dates for Holiday Revision

These are the dates so far for your child to attend revision.  There will be more to come .

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News from PE

Basketball
U16 County Final is on Monday when we host Robert Sutton.  Good luck to the team. Support welcome.
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Handball
Year 10 boys play their first handball tournament on Wednesday.

Cheerleading

Another successful cheerleading session this week with 39 students coming along to try something new. The effort and enthusiasm is contagious from all that attended and as you can see they are progressing really quickly. Well done.
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Football Refereeing Course

During half term FA Level 1 Referees Course from Monday 19 February – Wednesday 21 February is being run at Robert Sutton school.  The cost of the course is usually £125 per person but will be free to any students who will referee at school.    You need to be 14 years old to attend the course (albeit if they are 14 within a couple of weeks of the course this is acceptable) and the course will qualify them to referee mini and youth football matches. If they referee the Burton Junior League for example on a Saturday morning once qualified they would be paid for this! Places are limited so see Mr Barrow asap.

 Girls Football Opportunities.

Female Referee Course

FA Girls’ Football Week is a national campaign aimed at raising the profile of female football and supporting the FA’s aim of doubling the number of women and girls playing and supporting football by 2020.

The week has and continues to be a great opportunity to showcase female football at every level and inspire new players and volunteers.

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing accessible opportunities for all in football, there will be 2 x Female Referee’s Courses running in both the North and South of the County. With these courses running during the Easter holiday’s the course is designed to target, inspire and provide further knowledge for all females aged 14+.

As part of FA Girls’ Football Week the Female Only Referee Courses will cost £45 for all candidates, and each candidate will be provided ongoing opportunities to be part of a self-tailored Female Development Group to ensure extended support and guidance during the first steps into a career of refereeing. For more information or to book on a course please go to… http://www.staffordshirefa.com/news/2018/jan/30/female-only-referee-courses 

Female FA Level One

Staffordshire Girls & Ladies League Continue To Support The Female Workforce In Staffordshire, And Following The Successful Delivery Of A Female FA Level One In 2017, We Will Be Working With The League To Provide The Same Opportunity This Season.

Through the leagues commitment in supporting their clubs to retain Charter Standard, and help identify female role models – the league are offering £50 bursaries for females to attend the FA Level One Course at Wyrley Juniors FC starting in June.

 

Details of the Female Only Level 1 course are as follows:

Venue: Wyrley Juniors FC

Price: £50.00 DISCOUNT

Dates:

Day 1 – Sunday 17th June

Day 2 – Wednesday 20th June

Day 3 – Sunday 24th June

Day 4 – Wednesday 27th June

Day 5 – Sunday 1st July

Day 6 – Wednesday 4th July 

To be eligible for this bursary you must actively play, volunteer or coach at a club/team within the Staffordshire Girls & Ladies League. However, the course itself is open to all females aged 16+ wanting to take their first steps on the coaching pathway. For more information please go to…

http://www.staffordshirefa.com/news/2018/jan/31/female-only-level-one

House Football Results

Year 9- 

1st Orme
2nd Torrance
3rd Whitmore
4th Elkes
Year 10-
1st whitmore
2nd Elkes
3rd Torrance
4th Orme
Year 11-
1st whitmore
2nd orme
3rd Torrance
4th Elkes

 

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Science News

As GCSE science specifications have changed please note the following course structure, which applies to all Y9, Y10 and Y11 students:

Triple science (sets 1 and 2)

There will be 6 examinations at the end of year 11. Each examination lasts for 105 minutes. Students are studying the AQA triple science specifications.

Biology paper 1 (topics 1-4 from revision guide)

Biology paper 2 (topics 5-7)

Chemistry paper 1 (topics 1-5)

Chemistry paper 2 (topics 6-10)

Physics paper 1 (topics 1-4)

Physics paper 2 (topics 5-8)

Combined science (sets 3, 4 and 5)

There will be 6 examinations at the end of year 11. Each examination lasts for 75 minutes. Students are studying the AQA combined science (trilogy) specification.

Biology paper 1 (topics 1-4 from revision guide)

Biology paper 2 (topics 5-7)

Chemistry paper 1 (topics 1-5)

Chemistry paper 2 (topics 6-10)

Physics paper 1 (topics 1-4)

Physics paper 2 (topics 5-7)

Students will benefit from access to the correct revision guide at the correct tier. These can be purchased through the school shop…

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

Year 9

Tom Johnson and Alicia Roberts for outstanding commitment to their chemistry studies

Year 10

Nathan Winstanley and Korey Brammer for excellent end of topic test scores

Year 11

Nick Jakes and Lucas Rodgers for fantastic effort with revision for their trial exams

Well done!

 

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Dear staff and students

STOKE-ON-TRENT FOODBANK DONATION

On behalf of Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous donation. We will use your donation of £50.00 to help to feed the hungry in Stoke-on-Trent. 

Please know that your continued support and participation in this important work serves as a great encouragement to all of the volunteers of the foodbank.

You have made a difference in many people’s lives.

Thank you,

Yours Sincerely

David Gisborne

On Behalf of the Stoke-on-Trent foodbank

Year 11 ICT & Computing Support

It is essential that all ICT & Computing students are using the extra time available to them after-school. This weeks sessions are:
Wednesday Computer Science NEA Programming support
Thursday ICT Coursework Catch-up om unit 2 or 3
ICT students keep your eyes peeled for a half term session! Computer Science will be at Easter.

 

 

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care students in the Sixth Form continue to make a difference in our local community on their weekly work experience placements. The students are in a range of health and care settings from special needs schools to day care centres to the Royal Stoke hospital. The students have to compete an assignment about the skills they develop and how these will help them in their future careers. Below is Rosie Pettitt who is loving her time at Cheeky Monkeys Nursery.

 

RE News

This week a brand new free app has been released for all RE students and teachers. Brilliantly timed for year 11 students, you can build this into your revision plan for RE.
Any issues with the download please see Mrs Catterall in room 40 on Wednesday lunch times.

See links below to access/download the REdefinitions site/app

Website
 re-definitions.org.uk
iTunes itunes.apple.com/gb/app/re-defi
Android play.google.com/store/apps/det

 Origami Club

Thank you to everyone that came to Origami club this week.  We made a family of swans (with a few butterflies for those who missed last week).  Next week we will be making jumping frogs and having a race!

 

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Careers

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

This week information on:

Apprenticeship in Burton and Cambridge University Taster Sessions

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January 26th 2018

Assemblies w/b 29th January
Theme: Holocaust Memorial
Assemblies led by Simon Wright
Thought for the Week
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” 
― Elie Wiesel

Dates for your diary

8/2/2018 Year 12 Parents Evening
15/2/2018 Careers Fair 6 – 8pm

Headteacher blog:

If you child is in Year 9 or 10 you will be aware that we are seeking to build a habit of independent learning with students. Whilst they can access materials to support their learning in many formats, we have been promoting the use of GCSEpod. The podcasts can be used to extend their knowledge or to revisit an topic which they have found challenging in class. We urge them not simply to listen to the podcasts but also ensure they make notes. All parental support is appreciated. Just 20 minutes a day of independent study has the potential to make a huge difference to them long term. It will also enable them to get into good habits with their independent study.

 D of E Donation

This afternoon representatives of the Uttoxeter Area DofE Committee and TAHS DofE and were thrilled to be presented with a very generous cheque for £500. This money will go towards vital funds ensuring all local Duke of Edinburgh’s Award candidates are provided with modern, high quality equipment and resources.

The cheque was presented by Worshipful Brother Nigel Lowe on behalf of Forresters 456 Masonic Lodge Uttoxeter. All monies donated were raised by various functions supported by brethren, family and friends of the Lodge, who have given generously to a variety of local charities during Mr Lowe’s year as Master.

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6th form

 

So the Year 13 deadline for UCAS has been and gone, we are very proud of every student who as applied to further their education at University. We have a number of students that have applied for Higher Level Apprenticeships; we hope they are as successful in their applications. Earn while you learn is a great way to move forward with education. Post-18 Apprenticeships are supported by universities and offer another pathway to the same goal, achieving knowledge and excellence in a specific area.  Unifrog is a great ‘one stop platform’ where they can find out information on Apprenticeships, I recommend that all take a look. If you would like any further information on this platform then please email the Sixth Form Team on sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

All mock exams have now been completed and feedback is being given students on how they can improve on their performance.  One of the main issues is still lack of revision, it is so important that they find a way of revising that works for them and they have started a revision plan, which will take them up to their exams. Please encourage them to revise at home and to make use of their non-contact lessons as school. We would encourage all student to speak to their subject teachers and ask about ways to revise and types of revision.  In history, students have been pointed towards documentaries that are specific to a topic they have been learning.  They have been asked to watch the documentary as part a homework task and to complete research from an area that caught their focus, that research has then been emailed to the subject teacher, collated and the teacher will then pass back all research to the class as a ‘pack of knowledge’. This will then help secure their knowledge on this area. Students have fed back that this has helped them have a deeper understanding of the topic.   Finding ways to revise individually or as group can only benefit them, purchasing subject specific revision guides, making flashcards, or producing their own revision guide with quiz questions, which can be used both at home and at school will support their learning further. I would recommend that parents and carers ask to see revision notes to ensure that time is being used effectively at home.

If Year 12 students are planning on attending University Open Days can you ensure that a confirmation email is shown to their form tutor or shown to Mrs Walton so that we can code the register accordingly, it saves us sending unnecessary text messages home. Could we also ask that if your child is absent due to ill health or a pre-arranged medical appointment that the Sixth Form Office is contacted in the morning to make us aware, sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

Year 9 Options

The Year 9 Options process will begin next week on Thursday 1st February. This will begin a series of information events designed to inform parents and students of the subjects available to them at GCSE and A Level and how the options process works.

These events include:

• A Future Intentions assembly is on Thursday 1st February.
• Future Intentions week beginning Monday 5th February till Friday 9th January.
• Year 9 Future Intentions and Careers Evening is on Thursday 15th February at 6pm in the Sports Hall with option talks in the Theatre starting at 6.15pm and 7pm. This is fantastic event has a range of subjects, universities, colleges and employers to help students make the right decisions regarding their future and is open to all students in TAHS and the Middle Schools.
• Year 9 parents evening is on Tuesday 27th February starting at 4pm.

Year 9 students will receive a letter next week detailing these events. We understand that this is a very important set of decisions that you and your child need to make and if you have any queries regarding these events please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Battlefields Tour

Mrs Fisher and two 6th Formers will taking part in the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme on Friday 2nd February to Monday 5th February. This is the second year that TAHS has taken part in this national programme which is funded by government to commemorate the First World War. They will be travelling with students and teachers from 14 other schools to the battlefields of the Ypres Salient (Belgium) and The Somme (France).

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Tim Benton Motivational Speaker

“I want you to live at your best”

Thursday 1st March, 6.00pm at Thomas Alleyne’s

For the fourth consecutive year we are fortunate to have Tim to come talk to year 11 pupils and parents.

Tim has the knack of challenging you to be better than you were before but without you really noticing. Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, he helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely.

Parents who have been to his talks always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant to their own careers and personal development.

Come on Thursday 1st March 6.00pm in the Theatre in order to support your child over the next few months in order for them to achieve their full potential.

GCSE+ 6th February – 2nd March.

Straight after their mock results day on Monday 5th February Year 11 pupils will begin GCSE+. This is a programme delivered during form time to provide ‘little and often’ intervention. It targets individual students, in individual subject areas to improve progress. Pupils will be working with specialist subject teachers for 20 minutes each morning over a period of 3 weeks. This little and often approach will provide over 6 hours of revision time. This will be repeated nearer the examination season too.

Dates for Holiday Revision

These are the dates so far for your child to attend revision.  There will be more to come .

 

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News from PE

Girls House Football

On Monday the girls House Football competitions were held on the astro. The period 2 competition was hampered by a frozen pitch but some down to excellent work by Abbie Hulbert, Holly Irvine, Jenna Timmis & Makensie Paterson sweeping  away the slushy ice the pitches were soon playable. 
The Year 9 competition saw Whitmore run out as winners with two wins and a draw, Orme in second, Elkes third & Torrance fourth. 
The Year 10 competition was won by Torrance who were unbeaten in their three fixtures, Elkes second, Orme third and Whitmore fourth. 
Many thanks to Taine Grout, Jack Grant, Joe Lobosco & Callum Ward who refereed the matches. 
House Basketball Results

Year 9
1st- Orme
2nd- Whitmore
2nd- Torrance
4th Elkes

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

Year 11
1st Torrance
2nd Orme
3rd Whitmore
3rd Elkes

 

Cheerleading

This week was the first cheerleading session and 28 students attended. They all worked incredibly hard and achieved so much within only 1 hour. Next week we will still be accepting new members in preparation for a competition in March. Well done to everyone that came, I’m excited to see what you can all achieve.

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COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS UNDER 16 GIRLS BADMINTON

Congratulations to Scarlett Simister, Alice Radley, Sophie Lomas and Emily Barton in becoming runners up in the county championships held at Clayton Sports Centre.

The girls were part of a ten team county tournament and narrowly lost 3 rubbers to 2 to Clayton High School. In the groups stages both single players and doubles teams were very difficult to beat. The team beat 5 school 4 – 1 and the final school in their group 5 – 0. such a dominant performance put the girls in the semi final against Biddulph High school. once again they played some excellent badminton and dominated Biddulph 5- 0. This set up an exciting final against Clayton. Scarlett lost her singles game in a hard fought battle, to a player 2 years her senior 21 -11, in the next game Sophie and Alice got Alleyne’s back on winning ways with a 21 – 11 win. Alice unfortunately lot in the singles match. The next match would be a very tense affair with Clayton needing to win to become Champions. Scarlett and Emily came back from 10 -1 down to tie at 17 all. Unfortunately Clayton were too strong in the final stages and won 21 -17, winning the championship outright. Not to be out done Alic and Sophie finished the day off on a positive by winning the last rubber 21 -6. Well done girls a great days work.

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Girls Rugby

Thursday saw TAHS girls rugby team take on John Taylor in their annual fixture ran by Burton RFC. All of our girls got stuck in and we were 1 try down at half time. Through their grit and determination our girls pulled the game back and won by a try. It was a fantastic game and some of the girls then stayed for an inner warrior session to encourage participation in club rugby. Well done to all involved.

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Science Students of the Week

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

Year 9
Jess Smith and Summer Hibberd

Year 10
Mason White and Katelyn Pool

Year 11
Emily Oliver and Matthew Ockleton
All students were selected for their excellent contribution in class.

This week’s BTEC Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:
Kieran Wild for conscientious work and Morgan Perry for strong determination and motivation.

This week’s Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week also selected by Mr Gilson are:
Jemma Thornett for consistently good scores in assessments and India Edwards for dedication and perseverance.

Well Done!

 

School Council

Another successful meeting was run by the student council this week. The students invited Mrs Lister, the canteen manager, to answer questions on the sources of food in school, the costs, vegetarian and vegan options and queueing for food. Mr Brunt was also given a grilling about the year 9 options process and the students came up with some ideas for improving this process. The amount of litter around school was a big issue and the school council are going to lead an assembly to encourage other students to dispose of their litter in the right way.

If you would like to get involved with the student council please see your tutor and discuss with your form rep any issues that you would like the council to look at.

Year 11 ICT & Computing Support

It is essential that all ICT & Computing students are using the extra time available to them after-school. This weeks sessions are:
Wednesday Computer Science NEA Programming support
Thursday ICT Coursework Catch-up om unit 2 or 3
ICT students keep your eyes peeled for a half term session! Computer Science will be at Easter.

 

Art GCSE Exam Preparations

Year 11 students are getting well on the way to preparing for their project in response to ONE of the themes given by the exam board this year. It’s great to see some of our students making a strong start with moodboards full of inspiration images, concertina research sheets and considering how to respond through drawings/photographs etc.

Help for research/ inspiration can be found on the art department Pinterest Boards.
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/tahsart/

ART CLUB is available WED, THURS and FRIDAYS til 5pm- make use of it to help you.
Timeplans are available as homework links on INSIGHT

A level Art & Photography Coursework Deadlines

Our students have been very busy finalising their personal Investigations for the coursework submission deadline on Monday 29th January

The Art, Craft & Design Students have until 31st January to submit their Personal Investigation coursework.

Exam papers for A Level are released to students on February 1st, and then the process of choosing a theme and responding to it will begin again.

Keep going Y13- nearly there!

Y9 ART

We have Lots of great students in year 9

Eve B and Sam B from 9U1 have been particularly industrious working on their Bridget Riley and Aboriginal Art ‘merge’ pages.
Well done

Year 10 Artists

Just sharing some lovely work from a few of our talented members of year 10 Art

Rowan H, Annie W, Sophie B-E

Can’t wait til they get started on these designs! Watch out for more art updates.

Piglets

School born and bread piglets are now ready for sale.

Any inquiries please contact the school farm via the main school switchboard.

Origami Club

Thank you to all that came to Origami Club.

We made butterflies in many colours, they look fantastic!

Remember, Tuesday lunchtime in Room 104.​

Careers

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

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This week information on:

Work experience placements at UHNM.

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January 19th 2018

Assemblies wb 22nd January

Assemblies will be on the theme of ‘Freedom of Speech’ and led by Mrs Lindsay

Thought for the week

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Dates for your diary

8/2/2018 Year 12 Parents Evening

Headteacher blog:

What a week of sport!

Our U14 Futsal team reached the final of East Staffs/South Derby Futsal competition; our U14 boys basketball team competed in the semi-final county cup; and the U14 Boys Cross Country team competed in District cross county.

Champions!

Congratulations to the U14 Girls and U16 Girls teams who became District Cross Country champions. Finally, congratulations to Year 11 student Josie Nelson, who was the overall winner of the U16 East Staffs Cross Country Championship. Thank you to the PE team, to all parents for your support and to our young people for making us so proud. You are an inspiration to us all. Please see more details in the Sports report.

Teaching School

This week we held a parent information session on teaching schools. Thank you to the parents who attended, the questions asked were pertinent and helpful . If you were unable to attend and would like further information please let us know.

You will see later in the newsletter, an update from our PTA . The PTA, like our governing body, are a group of volunteers who work tirelessly to support our school. Whilst the governors role and the role of PTA may be very different they have one thing in common, which is the way in which they offer their time and expertise to the school. Thank you from Thomas Alleyne’s staff and students to all governors and PTA members.

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Following on from our Christmas Hamper Raffle before Christmas we have now allocated monies raised to those departments who submitted bids for help. We are delighted to have helped our students in so many different ways and look forward to helping them again in the future.

We will be purchasing 4 new radios for the Pastoral team. These radios are vital to the team when supporting our students around school.
A level English Literature students will be able to access a Webinar session in preparation for their summer exams. This will then be available for future students to access within lessons too.
The History department will benefit from a complete set of ‘Ready to go’ text books for A level coursework research.We are helping the Maths department build up sets of Scientific Calculators for use by our GCSE students as part of the new specification.
The farm as you will be aware have been very successful recently at Agriculture shows and students will now have smart white coats with the school logo on them so everyone will know who the winners are! We are also funding halters for the sheep and pig boards which are essential in handling animals safely and an integral part of their animal care courses.
Science get to benefit from a Boyle’s Law Demonstration Apparatus to replace the one purchased in the 1970’s and new light gates for measuring the speed of objects passing through them, welcome pieces of equipment for the practical sessions.

 

And finally, but no means least Geography will receive fieldwork equipment including a pH meter, tape measure, soil thermometer and a multimeter.

As always, all of this is only made possible by your donations, ticket buying and assistance at school events and the PTA along with all of the students are very grateful for your continued support of our school.

 

6th form

 

UCAS Deadline for the 2018 cycle passed on Monday 15th January at 6.00 pm .

Some Statistics…

· 97 full University Applications have been sent off by the Sixth Form Team since September of which;

· 92 are current Year 13 students have applied to University – 75% of the cohort.

· 50/92 students have at least one choice from a Russell group University (some have all five choices) – 54% of the cohort.

· 9 Oxbridge Applications, 7 Oxbridge Interviews and 2 secured conditional offers – Lowri Spear (Oxford) and Trudy Yates (Cambridge).

· 1 Medicine, 1 Dentistry and 1 Veterinary application – all have secured interviews.

Year 12 Parents Evening

Thursday 8th February
4.00pm – 7.00pm

Students have been given letters today to being home.
Appointment booking goes live on Insight from Monday 22nd January

TAHS in the News

Please have a look at this fantastic article in the Burton Mail:

https://www.burtonmail.co.uk/news/local-news/terry-terrapin-ethel-gecko-gertrude-1072421

Date for the Diary Thursday 1st March 6.00pm

We are delighted to confirm that Tim Benton, motivational speaker and mentor has agreed to come and work with year eleven pupils and parents. More details to follow.

Cinebowl Engagement Trip

Thirty-two students from all four houses were enjoyed a trip to cinebowl as a reward for their positive start at Thomas Alleyne’s. Students were selected on attendance, credit totals, effort levels in reports.

News from PE

East Staffordshire Cross Country

The short journey to Oldields was made for the cross -country championships. A brisk walk to the venue served as a warm up. The year 9 girls raced first with Olivia Gregory & Ella Barber finishing in the top 10 and the team finishing 3rd overall. In the senior girls competition Josie Nelson finished first and due to taking a large number of competitors TAHS won the team competition and many of the girls finished in the top 10.
The boys races saw the senior boys finish 2nd with Owen Carrington and Alex Shaw selected for the county race. Year 9 boys team finished 4th overall with Will Jakes finishing in 8th and gaining County selection.

Free Futsal Equipment

We would use the equipment to develop Futsal throughout Thomas Alleyne’s and the Uttoxeter Pyramid.  We would be able to host Futsal competitions from KS1- KS5 and would be able to use Futsal to develop leadership.  Our plan would be to use Futsal in the curriculum and as an intra school competition.  We have a growing number of girls wanting to play football but are put off by the cold weather at this time of year, Futsal would be a solution to this to increase participation.

U14 Basketball County Semi Final

On Tuesday the U14 basketball team finally played their first game after a number of teams cancelling on us.
The boys played some good basketball against their much more experienced opposition. Although the scoreline went away from us 19-25 the team learnt a lot and should be proud of their efforts.
Man of the match – Jed Brunt.

Team
Connor McLoughlin, Harry Taylor, Jed Brunt, Levi Gill, Lewis Caparis, Ethan Clarkson, Ricardo Goncalves, Ashton Bagley, Sam Cope, Jack Hooker-Myles, Ben Wain

U14 Boys Futsal
On Thursday we entered 2 teams into the East Staffs Futsal tournament.  Our B team began playing some good football and won their first 2 games with good play from all the team.  Their 3rd game saw a defeat by John Port to end the teams chances.
Team- Will Jakes, Ethan Clarkson. Reuben Kenny, Will Hocking, Ashton Bagley
Thomas Alleynes A team qualified for the county finals by reaching the East Staffs Futsal final on Thursday.  We had a beneficial draw playing Oldfields, Windsor Park, and Robert Sutton.  Jed Brunt was on fire scoring 7 goals in 4 games.
The final saw us play home team John Port, we took an early lead but as the game went on John Port took control and finished winning 3-1.
Team- Freddie Whitehead, Tommy Mangon, Harry Van Hoek, Callum Stockbridge, Jed Brunt.

Science Students of the Week

Students studying the GCSE Combined Science course are encouraged to purchase a Revision Guide available through the School Shop, priced at £5.50.

Please follow the link below:
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This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Bracebridge are:

Year 9
Rosie Mai Kellitt-Page and Madison Porritt for continued fantastic effort in Science

Year 10
Holly Pagett and Paul Chirimangombe for improvement in recent assessment results

Year 11
Amelia Graham and Kieran Coates for continued enthusiasm and hard work in physics lessons
Well done!

Canteen Price Increase

As mentioned in the previous edition of Round Up herewith the revised price tariff from Chartwells, the school’s catering provider. The revised prices will come into effect from the 1st February 2018.

Chartwells Price Increase

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Student Council

The next meeting will take place during period 2 on Thursday 25th January in room 65. Look forward to seeing form reps there!

Origami Club

Origami club is starting on Tuesday lunchtime in room 104.  This is open to both staff and students.  Please bring your lunch with you.
The first session will be making a butterfly!

 

 Year 13 Art & Photography Mock Exams in Full Swing

Students studying Art, Craft & Design or Photography in year 13 have been preparing for their 15 hour controlled conditions exam in May, with a trail (mock exam) over this week and next week.

Students have worked in exam conditions over 3 full days. -see the images below for some of the exciting work in progress from our dedicated students.

Art & Photography Year 13 coursework will be submitted and the end of the month and their Exam units start from February onward. For students to be successful in this subject, it is important all the assessment objectives are met in sufficient depth.

Effective use of your time is essential, remember art staff and spaces to work in the art department are always available during your non-contact times as well as after school Art Club on Wed, Thurs and Fri until 5pm.

Year 11 Art GCSE Exam Preparation

All students should now have their art exam papers (released from the exam board from January) and will be choosing one of the themes to respond to. To help students, we have lesson time plans, resources as well reminder notes from the parents/student meeting on 9th January which is shared via INSIGHT.

We do understand students have other subjects mock exams at the moment, but please feel free to talk to your art teacher for just 5 mins at lunch or after school at Art Club if you have missed lessons so that they are clear you have a great idea to get started on. It’s great to see lots of students getting a start with their mood-boards and research concertinas after discussing ideas with staff- There has been such exciting ideas

The art department Pinterest boards are being added to daily to help inspire you- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/tahsart/

Only 14 weeks (including 3 weeks of holidays) left from 22nd January……..

Careers

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

This week information on:

Work experience placements at UHNM.

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