Week Commencing 9th October

Thought for the Week

Assemblies week beginning 16th October

Theme: Celebration

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

Thought for the Week

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

Dates for your diary

17th October Year 5 Open Evening Ryecroft Middle School

18th October Year 5 Open Evening Windsor Park Middle School

19th October Year 5 Open Evening Oldfields Middle School

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

1st November Year 9 Tutor Evening

7th November Year 11 Tutor Evening

Headteacher blog:

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

Staff Training

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

Music Rehearsals 

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

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

Do we have Your Correct Details?

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

Have you moved?

Has there been a change regarding any medical information for your son or daughter?
If so, it is vital that you alert school so we can change the details on our system. Please contact us with the updated details as soon as possible.

Absence Policy

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

Absence Policy Update

Online Safety

The impact of social media can be amazing – the promotion of events, the re-connection with friends from times past and the sharing of memories – are all fantastic ways of communicating.
Unfortunately social media is not always used in such a positive way.
Advice regarding uploading pictures:
Only upload pictures that you’d be happy for a parent to see (the internet is a public place). Don’t post pictures of you or your friends wearing school uniform (this lets people know where you will be). Tick the “no pic forwarding” option on your settings page – this will stop people forwarding your pictures to anyone without your consent. Who are you communicating with? Do you know? Do you really know?? Have you met them? If you know someone… who knows someone… who knows someone….. it doesn’t make them your friend.
Advice for students:
What you put on social media sites is there forever. Consider the information you share – you don’t know who your friend’s friends are… or your friend’s friends’ friends… Be aware that information on your profile could potentially be viewed by anyone. Consider you photo – what info does it give about you? Understand the meaning of ‘joint enterprise’ Be aware that university admissions and employers WILL check your internet activity.
Students/Parents & carers please visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for further information

Childline advice app for young people

 

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

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

6th form

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

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

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

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

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Latest Interventions Timetable

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

Intervention 30 Sept

Revise Health & Social Care

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

 

H&S Revision

 

Art Collection LAST CHANCE!

 

**URGENT-DON’T MISS OUT!**

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

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Pastoral students of the week

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

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

Well done to all for you contributions.

Science News

 

We have a winner!!!

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

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

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

Year 9

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

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

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

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

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

Very well done!

 

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News from PE

Cross-Country

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

 

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

 

U16 Football Staffordshire Moorland League and Cup

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

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

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

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

Man of The match Joe Haywood

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

Sixth Form County Football

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

Next Week

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

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

Year 13 History – the end is nigh!

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

Literacy

Please practice this week’s key spellings:
DISAPPOINT
EMBARRASS

 Careers

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

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

Direct Page Link

 

Ski Trip Evening

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Year 11 Revision Evening

Tuesday 7th November 6pm-8pm

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

Hope to see you there!

Join our team

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

See our website for further details.

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Week Commencing 2nd October

Headteacher blog:

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

Thought for the Week

Assemblies week commencing 9th October

Theme:

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

These assemblies will be led by Mr Washbourne

Thought for the Week

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

— Loesje

Dates for your diary

10th October Year 12 Open Evening TAHS

17th October Year 5 Open Evening Ryecroft Middle School

18th October Year 5 Open Evening Windsor Park Middle School

19th October Year 5 Open Evening Oldfields Middle School

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

Very Busy Maths Department!

Year 9 Maths Super Starters

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

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

 

Mathswatch

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

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

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username: schoollogin@tahs

password: triangle

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

Maths Assessments

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

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

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

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

Year 11 practice papers

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

 

6th form

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

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

Year 12 Parents Talk 2017

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

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

Latest Interventions Timetable

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

Intervention 30 Sept

‘Year 10 Food Science

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

 

World Mental Health Day

Tuesday 10th October 2017. Non uniform day.

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

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

Linguist of the Week

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

 

Science News

 

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

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

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

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

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

Year 9

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

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

Well done!

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

Open Evening Photos 2017

News from PE

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

 

U15 Rugby  v John Taylor (home)

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

U14 Football v Wolgarston County Cup.

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

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

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

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Buffalo need not apply.

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

Literacy

Please practice this week’s key spellings:
word1word2

Careers

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

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

Direct Page Link

 

Ski Trip Evening

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

News From Art

 

Year 11- Dates for Diary

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

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

Art Dept Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join our team

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

See our website for further details.

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Week Commencing 25th September

Thought for the Week

Assemblies week beginning 2nd October

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

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

Thought for the Week

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

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

Dates for your diary

4th October 6.30pm Year 9 Open Evening TAHS

10th October Year 12 Open Evening TAHS

17th October Year 5 Open Evening Ryecroft Middle School

18th October Year 5 Open Evening Windsor Park Middle School

19th October Year 5 Open Evening Oldfields Middle School

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

Head Teacher’s Blog

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

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

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

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

A few details are listed below:

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

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

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

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

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

Duke of Edinburgh Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Hull – Director – Talk The Talk

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

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

Student Teachers?

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

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Numeracy Problem

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

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

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6th form

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

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

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

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

Latest Interventions Timetable

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

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Year 11 Revision Toolkit

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

ICT & Computing

Sessions that are running this week are as follows:

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

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

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

World Mental Health Day

Tuesday 10th October 2017. Non uniform day.

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

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

Macmillan Coffee Morning

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

 

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Science News

 

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

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

Year 9

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

Year 10

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

Year 11

Jordan Elcock and Sophie Howe for persistent effort in Science

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

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

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

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

Well done!

 

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News from PE

U14 football v Cheadle

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

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

Year 10 Football

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

Year 11 Football

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

Leadership

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

Fixtures – Team Lists linked below

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team Lists

Don’t miss our school quiz night

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

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

Tickets selling fast!

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History

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

Geography Musings

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

Careers

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

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

Direct Page Link

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Linguistic Stars

French

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

German

Year 11 Emma-Jo Gilbert and India Edwards

European Day of Languages

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

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

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

 

Maths – Year 11 Opportunity

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

News From Art

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

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

Year 11- Dates for Diary

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

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

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

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

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

Art Dept Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Warm Welcome

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

Pastoral team – Students of the week

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

Links

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

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Week Commencing 18th September

Thought for the Week

Assemblies week beginning 25th September
Theme:
“Don’t count the days, make the days count”
These assemblies will be led by Claire Catterall
Monday: Year 9
Tuesday Year 10
Wednesday Year 11
Friday: Sixth Form (Led by Carol Dodd)
Thought for the Week
‘Let us never know what old age is.
Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.’   Ausonius
 
‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek.‘ 
Barack Obama
‘Time is more value than money.
You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.’  Jim Rohn

Dates for your diary

28th Sept Year 10 English information evening for  parents

4th October 6.30pm Year 9 Open Evening TAHS

10th October Year 12 Open Evening TAHS

17th October Year 5 Open Evening Ryecroft Middle School

18th October Year 5 Open Evening Windsor Park Middle School

19th October Year 5 Open Evening Oldfields Middle School

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

Head Teacher’s Blog

Our Head Girl and Head Boy, Iona and Ryan spoke some wise words on Friday as they led our Year 9 service at St Mary’s Church. Our thanks to Reverend Margaret Sherwin for hosting Year 9 and sharing her thoughts with us. Thanks also to our Year 10 and 11 girls who led the singing – we couldn’t have done it without you!

By lunchtime on Friday, our sixth formers had raised over £500 pounds on their ‘bring a pound’ day for Douglas MacMillan, their chosen charity. Not satisfied with this, they then went on to run a cake sale. The final total raised was over £600. Sixth form prefects have also been out supporting the school by taking on duties at lunchtime and break time. Thank you for your generosity.

​We have now been back three weeks and it is fantastic to see that so many students are ​fully engaged with all that they do at our school. On Friday evening, students were still working on their art coursework and Year 9s were preparing for their football match against Moorside – we hope they have a great game. The cast for our school show ‘Woman in Black’ has now been set and the first rehearsal took place this week. We can’t wait to see the production. A ghost story just before Christmas – it couldn’t be better timed!

Our PTA met on Monday finalising the arrangements for the Quiz. It is an evening for adults and students alike and there are always a few family tables. If you would like tickets, please speak to a member of the PTA or contact our reception.

Finally, I would like to mention the first meeting of our School Council. We had over 34 students attend and are looking forward to seeing how they will be supporting the school.

The GCSEpod link is below – we have paid a subscription for every student in the school. Please take a look with your son or daughter and if you have any problems logging on​,​ please speak to the ICT team or your child’s form tutor. Accounts for Year 9 are​ now​ live.
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Year 9 Welcome Service

Thank you to St Mary’s Church for hosting our Y9 Welcome Service this morning.
It was wonderful to see our y9 students take part in this formal welcome to life at Thomas Alleyne’s.
After introductions from Mrs Rudge our Head boy and girl spoke to year 9 about their journey through Thomas Alleyne’s.
An impressive version of “He’s got the whole world in his hand” was sung before Mr Hawthorne delivered the the reading “Footprints” and we concluded with a blessing from the Reverend.
Thank you to all year 9 students.
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Extra Curricula

The school year is well underway and extra curricular support is available to all pupils.  Please see the link below to see what is on offer this half term.

Intervention Timetable

These two letters have also been sent home with pupils today, Friday, regarding after school activities. Just in case you did not get them simply follow these links and print them off as required.

PE transport Letter

Extra Curricular Clubs Letter

English Evening

An English evening will be held on Thursday 28th September for any year 9 or 10 parents wanting to find out more about English at TAHS. 

There will a presentation on the new GCSE and what you can do to support your child at home. This will be followed by a presentation on literacy.

6.30pm-7.30pm in the Theatre.

6th form

Raising funds for our chosen charity

Great work from our sixth form today raising £652.00 for Douglas MacMillan.

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We would like to shine the light this week on a student who has had incredible success gaining a Higher Apprenticeship. We are thrilled that Sam our previous Headboy was successful in competing against 21,000 candidates to secure one of just 340 apprenticeships at Ernst & Young.

To find out more about Sam’s Apprenticeship visit the Ernst & Young website for further details.

 

Do you have the skills for the future?

Disruptive technologies are turning the world of work on its head – which means the skills you need for future success are changing fast.

Using the World Economic Forum as our guide, we have defined the five key skills you’ll need to succeed in the workplace of the future – cognitive flexibility, collaboration, creativity, emotional intelligence and complex problem solving. And we’re here to help you develop them. Take a look at our website now to see how we’re helping you get ready for the world of work.

#EYFutureSkills

Disruptive technologies are turning the world of work on its head – which means the skills you need for future success are changing fast.

Using the World Economic Forum as our guide, we have defined the five key skills you’ll need to succeed in the workplace of the future – cognitive flexibility, collaboration, creativity, emotional intelligence and complex problem solving. And we’re here to help you develop them. Take a look at our website now to see

how we’re helping you get ready for the world of work.

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High Flying Kristi

Not only do our students thrive academically and socially at TAHS they also go that extra mile to find new experiences to enrich their lives, and that of others. One of our Year 13 students, Kristi Epple has recently completed a Skydive for World Challenge: this is her account.

In Summer 2018 I am participating in the national program ‘World Challenge’ travelling to Vietnam and Laos. In July this year I organised to participate in a SkyDiving event to help raise funds for this wonderful life- changing trip. On Wednesday, 20 September at the North London SkyDiving School I made my tandem jump with my instructor, Kevin. As flying and para-gliding are family pursuits I’ve been fortunate to try these out in the past. But …. SkyDiving was just that one step further and, I have to say, it’s THE best crazy experience I’ve ever had! This experience would not have been the same without my amazing instructor, who let me take control and fly the parachute down because of my enthusiasm and previous experience. It was wicked!!

I am incredibly grateful for all the sponsorship I’ve received so far and am working hard at Tescos to fund as much of the trip as I can. But if anyone would like to make a donation to help me along then my JustGiving page is still active, many thanks.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kristi-epple

We are all so very proud of her.

Revision

All 6th formers are reminded to check with their subject teachers when revision sessions are available.

Mr Wright and Mrs Lindsay will be running weekly revision sessions to support students in preparation for the A Level RE exams; it is essential that we offer this support from the start of the year in order to revise as much as possible with students prior to the mock and summer exams.

Currently, we are running a session on Tuesdays after school – students are told in advance what the session will entail so that they can re-read their notes from last year as preparation. Sessions will run from 3.15 until 4.15.

We would be very grateful if you could support us by encouraging your daughter / son to attend, especially if they did not achieve their target grade in the Y12 Mock Exam. It is likely that we will change the revision to Thursday after Christmas as we are trying to accommodate students who have Senior Prefect responsibilities and who are committed to the school production.

Equipment for Maths Lessons

All students need to bring the following equipment to their maths lessons:
black or blue pen, green pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and scientific calculator.
Maths sets (£1.00), casio scientific calculators (£7.80) and revision guides (£2.50) can be purchased from the online shop (see link at bottom of this newsletter)

Literacy

Join us in our drive to improve literacy! 

Mrs Fisher and Mrs Bell from the English department have introduced two key spellings each week to be practised during registration.  These are from a list of the 30 most commonly misspelled words.  Please encourage students to learn these spellings using the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method at home.  Now that vspag (vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar) is so important across the curriculum, we feel it is ever more important for students to brush up on their spellings.

This week’s words are: ‘beginning’ and ‘business’. There are some great tips under the link below that you can print off and refer back to at any time….

Hints & Tips for this weeks words

Science News

 

This week our Year 10 Biology students have been studying the rate of oxygen formation during photosynthesis using Elodea pondweed. The students investigated the effect of light intensity on the rate of photosynthesis by varying the distance of a lamp to the pondweed. The rate can be measured by counting the oxygen bubbles rising in water from the cut end of a piece of pondweed.  Increasing the light intensity by moving a lamp closer to the pondweed produced an increase in oxygen bubble formation; indicating an increased rate of photosynthesis.

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

Year 9

Trinity Green and George Foster for their hard work at the start of the term

Year 10

Neve Hall and Isaac Pattinson-Lycett for continued hard work in their Biology studies

Year 11

Amelia Murray and Harry Broome who are also selected for continued hard work in their Biology studies

Well done!

House Cross Country

In great conditions for cross country the races were conducted in a fantastic spirit.

Results below.

Year 9 Boys
1 Whitmore
2 Torrance
3 Orme
4 Elkes

Winner Ed Smith

Year 9 Girls 
1Whitmore
2 Elkes
3 Torrance
4 Orme
Winner Liv Gregory

Year 10/11 boys
1 Whitmore 
2  Orme
3 Torrance 
4 Elkes
Winner Kieran Coates

Year 10/11 girls
1 Torrance
2 Elkes
3 Orme
4 Whitmore 
Winner Josie Nelson

Don’t miss our school quiz night

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

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

Tickets selling fast!

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Free Support with Food Lessons 

A food magazine recommendation – and it’s free!

Some of Y9 have been starting to make their swiss rolls this week with some good results. During my weekly shop, I noticed Tesco have a recipe for a patterned swiss roll in this month’s issue to have a go at.

Their magazines are free every month to pick up from the store and contain a range of recipes, information on ingredients and monthly vouchers. This is an excellent resource for students to practise their cooking at home and develop their food knowledge outside lessons. Please pick one up or the online magazine can be found at:

https://www.tesco.com/tesco-magazine/

Art News

6th FORM ART & PHOTOGRAPHY VISITS
Next week the Art department will be taking students to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Calke Abbey to gain valuable ‘on location’ photography and drawing opportunities for their coursework. We will be drawing the architecture, the plant and exhibits such as birds and animals from the collections in Calke Abbey.Photos from our adventures will be uploaded onto Facebook and in next weeks bulletin.
Students don’t forget: a packed lunch, sensible footwear and coats for walking across gardens, sketchbooks/pencils for artists and cameras for photographers if you have them.
 
Y10 GCSE ART
Fantastic start from both groups- we are delighted with the great start made to this. Don’t forget to use art club before school from 8:10, at lunch or after-school on Wed, Thurs, Fri til 4pm to help you develop your skills!
More images on our art dept instagram accoun: tahs.art
Year 9 HUNDERTWASSER BUILDINGS
Over the next few weeks ALL year 9s will have a 2 week independent sculpture homework on the artists studied in class. (Check INSIGHT FOR DETAILS FOR YOUR CLASS)
Please try to recycle packaging and be creative- we can’t wait to see what you do! So far we have had great use of ‘pringles tubes’ and even one made from wood!”
Support from art staff,  such as using our paints/ glue etc is available at lunchtimes or after school Wed, Thurs or Friday til 4pm. 

Old Art/Photo Work Collection Date

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Careers

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

New this week a link to a fantastic website all about the apprenticeship program. 

Direct Page Link

MFL News

MFL Linguist of the week
Year 9 Jess Price/ Harrier Bebbington
Year 10 Callum ward/ Katie Hartley

European Day of Languages Tuesdays – look out for J’ai un rêve in lessons

Interventions have started for year 11. Don’t forget Tuesday lunchtimes room 25 and Friday after school for writing and speaking skills.

Sets 9U4 and 9H5 French celebrated the Day of Peace on Thursday with some vocabulary revision based around the letters of the words “le jour de la paix”. They used words from our most recent lessons on family, numbers and descriptions.

Year 9 Photographs

If you wish to make any final orders for your child’s Year 9 Photograph, your order form needs to be handed into reception (with arrangement for payment) or completed online through Tempest by Monday 25th September at 9:00am if you wish to qualify for free postage and packaging. After this date, Tempest will charge £4 for this. All students have received their order forms containing a sample and the information on how to order. Orders are processed gradually over the next two months, when any photographs arrive into school they will be handed to your child immediately.

The Woman in Black

The show is cast and rehearsals are now underway for this year’s production! 
The Woman In Black will be showing at TAHS on the 6th 7th and 8th December.
Save the date…..

Links

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

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Week Commencing 11th September

Thought for the Week

Assemblies w/b 18th September

Theme: Peace: (Links with 21st being international day of peace)

Assemblies will be led by Mr Brunt

Thought for the Week

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dates for your diary

7.00pm 18th Sept PTA

18th-21st Sept House Cross Country

22nd Sept Bring a Pound Day

28th Sept Year 10 English information evening for  parents

4th October 6.30pm Year 9 Open Evening TAHS

10th October Year 12 Open Evening TAHS

17th October Year 5 Open Evening Ryecroft Middle School

18th October Year 5 Open Evening Windsor Park Middle School

19th October Year 5 Open Evening Oldfields Middle School

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

Head Teacher’s Blog

Incredible talent in our midst:

At the weekend I love to go cycling in the Peak District and can completely understand why the sport has become so popular after the performance of our British cycling team in the Olympics. I cycle however purely as a hobby.

It is only over the last couple of months that I have become aware of the incredible talent that Josie and Lucy Nelson have in the sport of cycling.

On the 9th September Josie and Lucy both came 2nd in their age groups in the Welsh National Circuit Championships. Josie also came 2nd in the British National Cross County Mountain Biking Championship in July. Lucy has been undeterred by a knee injury and after 18 months off her bike returned to competition this Summer and was placed in the top 10 in the UK for her age group. 

What is most inspiring about both Lucy and Josie is that they appear to balance their lives so well. Despite gruelling training schedules Josie managed 100% attendance last year and both girls continue to do well in their studies at school.

They are an inspiration.

Similarly in Derby this week you may have seen that 3 of our sixth form students performed in West Side Story at Derby Theatre.

Head boy Ryan, who is currently studying ICT, Drama and English, took the lead as Tony.

The review below gives us an indication of how special the performance was.

”This is the first full theatre production that I’ve seen for well over a month, due to the theatre season pause, and this company re awakened my love for this wonderful, and very energetic musical. It actually left me quite drained of emotion because of the emotion these actors put into their performances.

Tony is played by Ryan Wiggins, a young actor I’ve seen on several occasions. He fits this role so well; he’s good looking and has that “boy next door” attitude which is just what Tony should be. He also has the most wonderful voice with such range. I’ve seen Ryan’s Raoul, and that that was good; this performance bettered that. His control, especially in his falsetto, was spine tinglingly magical.
Tony’s “Juliet” is Maria, sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, and played by the lovely Mia Mitchell. Having met Mia a few weeks ago, I knew what a gorgeously talented teenager she is. What I hadn’t been aware of was what a beautiful voice she owns. Crystal clear and those notes just flow effortlessly from her mouth. These two, Ryan and Mia, are a theatrical match made in heaven.”

 
Like Josie and Lucy, Ryan manages to balance his commitments outside school, his academic studies with his work as our Head boy. He is clear about his ambitions and we wish him all the best in achieving these.

We know that we do not have the chance to celebrate all of our students’ achievements outside school as sometimes we are simply not aware of their success. If your son or daughter has been successful on the track, field, in dance, poetry, drama or music please let us know.

Equally if they are one of those very special young people who are young carers or who volunteer for charity work we would love to recognise the contributions they make to our community.

Lucy will race again at the end of September in Holland and will complete against the World Champion Kirsten Wilde whilst Josie will be competing in the British inter regional championships at the end of the month. We wish them all the best for their races.

This week Mrs Wheildon has been auditioning for Woman in Black which I know will be a wonderful treat for us all just before Christmas. To be honest I can’t wait to see their version of this ghost story. 

Ryan in West Side Story

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A round of applause for BTEC Health & Social Care Students

Last week saw the end of the induction week for BTEC Health & Social Care students who were giving presentations on the theme of equality.  The range of ideas and formats they chose to present in were amazing and the themes of respect, celebrating diversity and non-judgemental attitudes were so inspiring for the group and also a reminder for everyone, that we all should be treating people with respect, irrespective of any differences between us. 
The winning presentation comes from Rosie Pettitt who worked meticulously to create over 500 stills which, when played together make a great film about equality.  Please take a few minutes to watch the film by clicking the vimeo logo below, and I’m sure you will agree.
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MFL Revision

Year 11 are starting their revision in earnest. Revision sessions are already underway in many subjects. The times for revision sessions in languages are below.

French and German vocabulary and grammar revision will be held in room 25 at 1.20 on Tuesday lunchtimes

French and German speaking and writing support will be on Friday at 3.10 in room 10 or room 23 starting week beginning 18th September.

Finally

Look out for the European day of Language competition -“j’ai un rêve” coming next week.

MFL department

From  your pastoral team:

Attendance update – holidays in term time

On 6 April 2017, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the father who had won an earlier legal battle in relation to a fine imposed following a term-time holiday taken without permission.

The Magistrates’ Court and the High Court had previously decided that the father had no case to answer because his daughter had attended school regularly, in that her attendance was over 90% for the academic year to date as at the end of the period of unauthorised absence.

The Supreme Court however disagreed, stating that ‘regularly’ did not mean ‘evenly spaced’ or ‘sufficiently often’ but instead ‘in accordance with attendance rules’. A leave of absence may only be granted by the school in exceptional circumstances (Education Regulations 2006.)

The most common response to an unauthorised leave of absence is a fixed penalty notice, which is issued in Staffordshire by the local authority, depending on the local code of conduct, and which has a £60/£120 limit ( per parent / per child), depending on when the fine is paid. If the fine is paid then no further action is necessary. The Staffordshire Code of Conduct for issuing a penalty notice can be found at: https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/welfareservice/ Attendance/home.aspx
Please do not hesitate to contact bus in school with any enquiries.

Our school attendance policy is also available for all parents and carers on our website, http://www.thomasalleynes.uk

Sexual Health Week 11-17th September

Should a young person require advice about sexual health the school nurse team had advised Staffordshire schools on the website http://www.fpa.org.uk/SHW17

Sixth form update

6th form

The assembly this week is about change from Year 11 and GCSE to Year 12 and A Levels and how to deal with the pressures that this may bring. Mr Wright explained that it is useful to find an outlet and that a positive attitude and acceptance of change will allow each person to deal with the transitions. It is also advised that if your son or daughter is finding the change from GCSE’s to A Level’s difficult then they should speak to their subject teachers sooner rather than later.

Please can we remind parents that all visitors must sign it at reception if they need to speak to a member of the Sixth Form Team. This will allow the correct person of contact to be notified and allow us to deal with your query more efficiently.

Reminder parking: Students are encouraged to park in the B&Q carpark as we are not able to have student cars on site during the school day.

Engineering apprenticeship opportunity

We have been given notice of an exciting event which allows all budding engineers to see first-hand what an Apprenticeship in Engineering would be like.

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Insight Parental Logins

A reminder that you as parents have access to the Insight website, thomasalleynes.org  where staff set homework for your child. You also have access to a multitude of other information regarding school, timetables, reports, parents evening books to name but a few.

Emails regarding logging in will be sent to all year 9 parents for whom the school holds a valid email address requesting you to access your account. This is also available as an app on The App Store and Google Play Store. Simply search TASC Insight.

Any issues please email insight@tahs.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Whole School Charity Event – Friday 22nd September – Dougie Mac Hospice Bring a Pound Day.

During registration on the morning of the 22nd September the 6th Form Charity respresentatives will be visiting the form groups to collect the £1’s. £570 was raised in just 20 minutes during registration time last year. We are looking to top that amount this year. 

Please be advised that this is NOT a non uniform day, simply bring £1.

RE Key Words

Don’t miss the new key word display in RE​. 

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Science News

This week Mr Gilson’s Year 11 Biology groups have been exploring how the characteristics of offspring are inherited from their parents. The students constructed ‘Reebop’ models; which are imagined animals, made from marshmallows, pipe cleaners, pins and cocktail sticks.

Reebobs have 16 chromosomes (in 8 homologous pairs) in their body cells. The practical is intended to illustrate meiosis – the two stage process of cell division that reduces the chromosome number of daughter cells thereby forming the gametes or sex cells.
Students work in pairs – one student has a set of ‘mum’s chromosomes’ and another student a set of ‘dad’s chromosomes’; the genetic make-up of the ‘New’ offspring is randomly selected.

Once the genotype (genetic make-up) of the offspring has been determined, the students build their offspring to achieve the phenotype (what the offspring actually looks like).
Students then place their ‘baby Reebop’ into the crèche and discuss the differences between each of the Reebop offspring and the differences with their Reebop parents.
The lesson illustrates the way in which meiosis is responsible for the tremendous variation in offspring in any species.

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

Year 9
Isobel Watts and Martha Murray

Year 10
Tara Wilkins and Anton Davidson

Year 11
Chloe Clayton and Elliot Jones
All students have been selected for their good start to the academic year and continued hard work

This week’s Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:
Tom Cooper and Heather Cockeram for extra work on their course work

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:
Rosie Howe, Tara Wilkins and Courtney Bogacki for an excellent start to Animal Care on stock duties

Well done!

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PTA AGM

Our PTA will be holding their AGM on 18th September at 7.00pm. They would welcome new members. If you could join them please come to school reception at 7.00pm. The annual quiz is to be held on the 6th October. We always have a great night and hope you can join us. 

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Year 12 Enrichment

Some pictures of year 12 Enrichment presenting their ideas on how Enrichment lessons can contribute towards their learning and development through the 6th form.
They can follow many routes including EPQ (Extended Project Qualification),
completing a series of MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) and even use the time to develop a Learning Passport.

Click on the link below to find out more about EPQ!

AQA EPQ Link

School Gateway App

Have you downloaded the school gateway App yet?

This is  free app that is linked to our school communications system and has many benefits:

  1. The school can send you text messages for free via the app. You still get a notification on your phone.
  2. You can reply for free!

So download it now and save both of us money!

You will simply need your email and mobile phone number as held by the school to register on the app & it then sends you an access code. If you have issues logging in please email schoolcomms@tahs.org.uk stating:

  • Your name & relationship to the child
  • Child’s name
  • Child’s tutor group
  • Child’s DOB
  • The email address and mobile number you wish to use

We will then update our records and the app will work.

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PE News

Monday Girls Football
House Cross Country is on Tuesday 19th September Year 9 P2 and Year 10/11 P3
See below for team lists
Tuesday Year 9 Girls Netball
Wednesday Year 10/11 Girls Netball, Swimming Club
Thursday Climbing, Year 10/11 Grls Netball match
Friday Badminton Club

Old Art/Photo work collection date

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

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

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

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

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

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Careers

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

New this week a link to a fantastic website all about the apprenticeship program. 

Direct Page Link

Reminder to parents

In case of an emergency with your child, especially for our new school year

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

Links

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

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Week Commencing 4th September

Thought for the Week

Assemblies week commencing 11th September

Theme: Managing change (Led by Mr Wright)

Thought for the week

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress – Charles Kettering

Change has a bad reputation in our society. But it isn’t all bad – not by any means. In fact, change is necessary in life – to keep us moving … to keep us growing … to keep us interested … Imagine life without change. It would be static … boring … dull – Dr. Dennis O’Grady

Head Teachers Blog

It has been fantastic to welcome students back to school this week. I have been impressed by the way in which they have applied themselves in lessons and around the building. Year 9 seem to be finding their way around school quickly. If you have any queries please contact your child’s form tutor or Head of House.

Over the Summer the school has been far from quiet. In August Year 11 and Year 13 students collected their examination results. Once again students at Thomas Alleyne’s have made more progress than in schools nationally.

74% achieved a pass in English and 69% of the cohort achieved a pass in Maths. In Maths 18% of the cohort achieved the highest grades 9 or 8 on the newly designed GCSEs. Performance in Science was also strong with 28% of students, who studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology, achieving an A or A*. Similarly over 25% of PE and Art students attained an A* or A grade.
These results include the new GCSEs for English Language, English Literature and mathematics which are graded on a one to nine scale. The grade 9s have been designed to recognise the top 3% of students in individual subjects across the country. This year Hannah Brown from Marchington achieved an incredible 10 GCSEs at the highest possible A* or above which includes 3 grade 9s. Ruby Wollard from Tean achieved an impressive set of GCSEs with 8A* and 1 A grades; along with Joanna Thornett from Hollington 7A*and 2 A, James Cooksedge from Doveridge 7A* and 4As; Lauren Walker from Uttoxeter 3A* and 8As, Callum Perett from Tean 4 A* and 4As, Phillipa Dale and Hannah Ufton achieved 8 A grades or above. Joseph Martin from Uttoxeter 2A* 7As, and Isla Stubbs 2A*, 6 A grades and 1 B.
They were amongst a large group of 32 students who all achieved at least 5 A/A*s the group included​: Katie Hall, Milly Radley, Livia Robinson, Sara Coxon, Georgia Cumming, Zachary Wright, Rachel Clemett, Katie Arnold, Ewan Haas, Abbie Keeling, John Simister, Alice Smith, Bryony Hall, Adam Richards, Euan Rodger, Laura Stones, Harry Thorne, Harry Whitehouse, Mackenzie Smith, Lydia Grocott, Jessica Poole and Adam Burrows.
In the first year of the new GCSEs 99 students, 40% of the cohort, achieved at least 1 A*/A in an area of their specialism.

Sixth form students have similarly produced another fantastic set of individual results in their exams this year.

The pass rate was 98% which has once again enabled students to secure top university places including Oxbrdige and Higher Apprenticeships as well as enter into the world of work.

Vocational subjects have continued to secure superb results with a 100% pass rate which will place students in the top 1% nationally for their achievement.

A high proportion of students achieved exceptional A-level results, and the vast majority of students have been successful in securing places at their first choice university.

There were some exceptional individual performances:

Alfie Holmes A* A* A* A*. Alfie has been accepted to study Maths at Oxford Univeristy

Harry Cooper A* A* A A. Harry is planning to study computing at Imperial College London.

Ben Woodhead A* A* A. Ben has secured a place at Durham university to study Geography.

Hayley Winstanley A* A A. Hayley will be studying make up for media and performance at University of Bournemouth.

Megan Jones A A A. Megan has been successful in securing a place to study Geography at Lancaster University.

Alex Canning A A A. Alex has been accepted to study Medicine at Keele University

Harvey Marples A A B B. Harvey will be studying Physics at Nottingham University.

Megan Gardiner A A B. Megan has secured a place to study Physiotherapy at Birmingham university.

Lucy Ormiston-Lee A A B. Lucy has secured a place to study Pharmaceutical Sciences.

William Pennell A A B. William has secured a position to study Physics.

Martha Taylor A* B C. Martha will be studying at fine art at Manchester Met university.

Peter Walker A B B. Peter has secured a place at to study engineering.

The following students performed exceptionally successful across both vocational and academic qualifications.

Johnathon Mackay Distinction*, Distinction*, A, B.

George Simister Distinction*, Distinction*, B. George has been accepted to study broadcast journalism at Salford University.

Tyler Williams Distinction*, Distinction*, C. Tyler has secured an apprenticeship at Total Enterprise Solutions

Luke Orzechowski Distinction*, A, B. Luke will be returning to Poland to continue his studies.

Jack William Hall Distinction*, Distinction*, B. Jack will be studying Computer Systems at Nottingham Trent University.

In addition to this Eve Abram, Victoria Clinton and Aislyn Hall secured places to study music at the prestigious Birmingham and Leeds Conservatoire schools of music.

Academic success is important in our school, however along with it we are passionate in providing opportunities to ensure students have chance to develop skills in teamwork, independence, resilience and creativity. In August over 70 community-minded Year 11 students took part in the National Citizenship project, spending time in a local University, raising significant amounts for charity and completing a range of outdoor activities. Experiences like this give our students the opportunity to understand the world around them a little better and also helps them foster confidence, tolerance and perseverance.

Whilst the main school have been away our Site staff and ICT team at the school have been busy improving facilities for students return. We have replaced our central server at school which supports our computer network. This will provide us with an improved service. We know parents may have had to change passwords and apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any unresolved queries please contact the school directly. During the Summer our site team had a substantial amount of the school lighting replaced to improve the environment in classrooms.
We wish all students a happy and productive year with us this year.

 

School Bus Service

We are aware of a number of concerns around the bus which services the Marchington and Draycott route. The school has shared their own concerns with School transport regarding this service. We urge parents to contact School transport directly.

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SSAT Celebration Conference

Mr Brunt and Mrs Lindsay were delighted to attend the celebration conference in London on Friday to celebrate the work all teaching staff have contributed to over two years with Assessment for Learning with a national ‘Embedding Formative Assessment Project’. The school has been awarded a certificate for their contribution to developing teaching and learning nationally and in school.

School Canteen Service

Free school meals allowance is £2.25, this covers a meal at lunctime with a pudding, anything else needs to have money put on the account.
From next week any student who is overdrawn will have service withdrawn unless the office have had contact with the person who tops up the account.
please can parents/carers make sure that any top up on parent pay has been moved across to ‘pay dinner money’

6th form

What a great first week back we have had in the 6th Form. We have talked endlessly about the success of our previous year group and where the next chapter of their lives is going to be and how incredibly proud we were of all of them. You will have read some wonderful stories about some of our students in the local press, especially about Adam. His father became seriously ill just before his A level exams, and he worked tirelessly to ensure he achieved the best grades possibly. Well done. He is an inspirational to us all that can we achieve if we want something enough.

We have had an excellent start in Year 12. Tuesday saw all of our lovely new Year 12 students have their induction day with Mrs Dodd and receive their new academic timetable. They looked confident and ready to learn.

Below you will see an example of a document that they will receive next week.

Welcome Document – Click Here

Insight Parental Logins

A reminder that you as parents have access to the Insight website, thomasalleynes.org  where staff set homework for your child. You also have access to a multitude of other information regarding school, timetables, reports, parents evening books to name but a few.

Emails regarding logging in will be sent to all year 9 parents for whom the school holds a valid email address requesting you to access your account. This is also available as an app on The App Store and Google Play Store. Simply search TASC Insight.

Any issues please email insight@tahs.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

PE Extra Curricula

The PE department have hit the ground running with year 10 and 11 Boys Rugby and year 10 and 11 Netball as well as swimming all taking place on Wednesday. Year 10 & 11 boys football began on Thursday and as I write badminton and Year 9 football is taking place.

Next Week-

Tuesday – Y9 Boys Rugby
Y9 Girls Netball

Wednesday – Y10 &11 Boys Rugby
Y10 & 11 Girls Netball
Swimming

Thursday – Y10 &11 Boys Football
Indoor climbing

Friday – Y9 Boys Football
Badminton

See Mr Barrow for more information on any of the above.

Science News

As in previous years we will be running our coveted Science Students of the Week Award. Each week two students from Year 9, 10 and 11 are nominated by their Science teachers in recognition of outstanding effort and positive attitude towards their Science studies.
We will also be running our fortnightly Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week Award for our Year 11 students, and an award for our Year 10 students studying the new BTech Animal Care course.

Respect Programme

Students at Thomas Alleyne’s High School will be studying a range of issues and topics in their Respect Programme. To start with, they will be trying to understand what the word “Respect” means to them as well as celebrating themselves by decorating their own tutor group posters so that they take pride as a collective. After this, Years 9 and 10 will be studying British Values and Year 11 will be studying Work Related Learning. British Values looks into the idea of Democracy, the Rule of Law and Challenging Discrimination. Work Related Learning looks at Job Applications, Letters of Applications, CVs and Interviews that will prepare young people for their future endeavours. Further information about the Respect programme can be found by your child’s form tutor, Head of House or Mr Hawthorne (Leader of Respect Programme).

Year 9 Photographs

Year 9 students will be having their individual photograph taken on Wednesday morning, further details on purchasing these from Tempest Photography will follow in due course. The photographs will be taken on the morning of 13th September.

School Gateway App

Have you downloaded the school gateway App yet?

This is  free app that is linked to our school communications system and has many benefits:

  1. The school can send you text messages for free via the app. You still get a notification on your phone.
  2. You can reply for free!

So download it now and save both of us money!

You will simply need your email and mobile phone number as held by the school to register on the app & it then sends you an access code. If you have issues logging in please email schoolcomms@tahs.org.uk stating:

  • Your name & relationship to the child
  • Child’s name
  • Child’s tutor group
  • Child’s DOB
  • The email address and mobile number you wish to use

We will then update our records and the app will work.

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Old Art/Photo work collection date

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

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

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

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

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

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Careers

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

New this week a link to a fantastic website all about the apprenticeship program. 

Direct Page Link

Reminder to parents

In case of an emergency with your child, especially for our new school year

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

 

Year 11 Maths Revision

The maths department were really pleased to see so many year 11 students starting their revision so early in the year. Long may this continue. Well done to all those who came along.

ULT Finance Director

New Trustee Needed for the Uttoxeter Learning Trust

Want to give something back to help your local community? Have you the financial/audit experience and expertise required to lead the trustees in supporting and challenging the schools in the Uttoxeter Learning Trust? This is like the role of the chair of the finance committee of the school governors, but it covers all of the schools in the ULT multi-academy trust. The ULT Board of Trustees sits above the school Governing Bodies and holds all of the schools to account. Like a school governor, it is a voluntary, unpaid, but very responsible, role. You would be expected to chair the ULT Finance Committee at their half-termly meetings and to report back at the Board of Trustees meetings which are also half-termly. Both start at 5.30pm and last no longer than 2 hours. It’s a challenging role, but very rewarding.

If you are interested in the role, please email the ULT Chief Executive, Mike Osborne-Town, on osbornetown@tahs.org.uk.

Links

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

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Week Commencing 17th July

Head Teachers Blog

Before I ‘Round up’ our year I would like to offer some important thank-yous.

Firstly to all our parents and carers, I would like to thank you for sending your children to our school and trusting us with them everyday. I especially want to thank you for supporting and encouraging them to achieve their personal best and for the support you offer us as a school.

​ T​hank​ you to​ all those parents/carers who have sent messages of thanks for our teachers and support staff. It was my privilege to be able to read these to our staff at our end of year celebration on Friday evening. Your words mean everything to ​us​. We know how important our responsibility is to educate and take care of your daughters and sons. Thank you also to our fabulous PTA – I hope you can join us for their quiz night next term​They are a tremendous support to the school. ​
Secondly I would like to offer my own personal thanks to our staff. Thomas Alleyne’s runs smoothly because of the teamwork between a huge group of dedicated people and I appreciate all of their work. Our site staff and their team of cleaners ensure the buildings and grounds are safe and the right environment for our young people; the ICT team continually look for new solutions to improve our communications and systems; our administrative team manage everything from first aid through to exams, our budget, attendance and the members of this team are often the first people you speak to when you phone our school. In addition to these teams I would like to thank our teaching assistants, curriculum area supervisors, and one-to-one tutors who provide such important support to our students. Finally to our teachers who have worked tirelessly this year to ensure they learn new specifications to ensure they can place your sons and daughters in the strongest possible position. They have also offered wider opportunities such as World Challenge, Duke of Edinburgh, Agricultural shows, Art Competitions and visits, House Music, House Drama, House chess, Maths challenges, Reading weeks and World Book Day, Public Speaking training, Coaching for Success and an incredible range of sports.

I would also like to thank our governing body led by Mrs Alison Trenery. We are fortunate to have such a strong and experienced governing body who continually reflect and challenge the school to ensure that we provide the best we can for our students. I appreciate both the challenge and support they offer the school.

This year we became one of the founder members of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust and now work under the leadership of Mike Osborne-Town – our CEO​ and the Trust Board chaired by Sid Slater​. We are looking forward to other schools joining our trust and feel fortunate to have such expertise at CEO and Trust level to support us in continuing to improve our school.

Finally to our students.

When we ran our celebration assemblies today we shared with your sons and daughters how proud we are of the way in which they take care of each other and ​of ​their aspirations ​and determination ​to be the best they can be. To all our student leaders across the school thank you for all the work you have done supporting others this year.

We look forward to seeing Year 8 for our Summer school next week, Year 13 on the 17th August (from 7.30am) for their A level results and then Year 11 on the 24th August (from 9.00am). ​GCSE pod is always there for students who want to get ahead for next year as we have purchased a license for every student in the school. ​

If ​during the break ​you have any questions or concerns please email headteacher@tahs.org.uk.

We hope you have a wonderful Summer and look forward to seeing everyone back on ​Tuesday 5th September for our next academic year.

House Competition 2017

Congratulations to Torrance House for winning the House Trophy in this academic year. Many thanks goes to all staff that have ran a competition, supporting the students in making our house system truly unique. The final standings are as follows:
1st Torrance      138 points
2nd Whitmore    130 points
3rd Orme             98 points
4th Elkes             88 points

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Peer Learning

This week in year 12 Ethics students have been leading the learning of their peers, delivering content on modern ethics through a range of activities.  It is great to see this preparation and participation.

Year 10 District Rounders Winners

The girls rounders team won the district rounders league without dropping a point. Victories came against Granville, John Port, Abbot Beyne, John Taylor, Deferrers, Paget, Pingle, Robert Sutton, Paget & William Allit. Well done to all of the girls involved, Emelia Lowe, Jaz Sutton, Sophie Howe, Freya Barkas, Belle Hancox, Abby Chilvers, Elsie Howell, Lillian Ford, Heidi Woodward, Tilly Edwards, Abigail Walters, Sophie Lomas, Emily Barton & Kim Burgess.

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GCSE and Post 16 Exam Results Days August 2017

Please note the following dates and times for the collection of results:

Post-16 Thursday 17th August
Students can collect results from 7:30am

GCSE Thursday 24th August
Students can collect results from 9am

Any student who is unable to collect their results in person may send a nominated person to collect on their behalf. The nominated person must bring with them a written letter of permission from the student and photo ID.

Alternatively, a stamp addressed envelope can be left at the school office.

We are unable to give results over the telephone.

Teachers will be on hand to support on the day. Alongside the results sheet, forms will be placed in all envelopes should any student wish to discuss an exam paper review of marking.

Post-16 priority appeals will be discussed on Post-16 Results Day.

Due to the amount of students collecting results on GCSE Results Day, Mrs Harris will be available on Friday 25th July between 8am and 12pm to collect marking review paperwork/payment. This will be in the theatre and on a first come first served basis.

Future Olympians?

 Good luck to Josie and Lucy who will be competing in the National Championships for Cyclo-Cross, Mountain biking and Track cycling next week. Currently they hold the positions of 1st and 2nd for their age group nationally!

Business Enterprise Challenge

Congratulations to all the Year 12s who took part in the Business Enterprise Challenge at ‘Indulgence’ last week. The students all presented their unique business ideas and plans to judges David Hunter and Dawn Shirley. The ideas were all excellent ranging from Luxury Popcorn bars to Infant Sports clubs to an employment app for young people. Will Cooper, Alex Hayes and Johnathan Duckworth impressed the judges with their idea to create a youth employment app to match up Businesses with potential employees. Their prize, an opportunity to network at the Uttoxeter Business Breakfast club and some chocolate!

All the ideas were fantastic and the quality of Business plans produced by all the other groups was outstanding.

Thanks to David Hunter and Sue for hosting the event at Indulgence and thanks to Dawn Shirley for coming to be a judge.

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Sports Day 2017

Once again sports day was a great success with Torrance emerging the overall winners. There were some fantastic performances and full list of the winners is below. Thanks to all the staff and competitors form making this such a great event.

Sports Day Results Certificates 2017

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Science Transition Work at Windsor Park

As part of our continued commitment to provide students with a smooth transition, science staff from TAHS and Dr Jones, a senior lecturer in organic chemistry at Keele University, provided a work shop on molecules for yr7 pupils at Windsor Park Middle school. The ‘Make it Molecular’ activity involved the students learning the molecular structure of common substances such as caffeine, salbutamol and even skatole, the ‘smell of death’. The students had great fun building all of these molecules using the molymod kits and then learning about the similarities and difference between their different structures.

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Coaching for Success

Last week twenty pupils from our current yr10 cohort successfully completed the ‘Coaching for Success’ programme.  It was a challenging, but enjoyable two day course which took the students out of their comfort zones so that they could identify strategies that would enable them to improve their motivation, social skills and self confidence with a view to gaining higher exam results at the end of yr11. The programme empowers them to take increased responsibility for their learning and their school work.  At the end of the two days each student was matched with a member of staff from school, who has also been trained as part of the programme, to coach them over the next year.  Coaching will consist of regular meetings which will allow students to work towards goals that they have set themselves.

 

Network Upgrade

Due to a major network upgrade in school a Insight will be unavailable to all for up to the first three weeks of the holiday.

School Gateway App

Have you downloaded the school gateway App yet?

This is  free app that is linked to our school communications system and has many benefits:

  1. The school can send you text messages for free via the app. You still get a notification on your phone.
  2. You can reply for free!

So download it now and save both of us money!

You will simply need your email and mobile phone number as held by the school to register on the app & it then sends you an access code. If you have issues logging in please email schoolcomms@tahs.org.uk stating:

  • Your name & relationship to the child
  • Child’s name
  • Child’s tutor group
  • Child’s DOB
  • The email address and mobile number you wish to use

We will then update our records and the app will work.

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Unused Uniform?

If you have any good quality uniform that you can donate to the school please ask your child to drop it into the student support base any morning next week.
As a thank you we will issue 5 credits per student  in September.

 

Old Art/Photo work collection date – 

Extra date added

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

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

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

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

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

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School Production 2017

December’s school production will be The Woman In Black!

Auditions will be advertised on Insight in the 1st week back. We will be looking for actors dancers and designers to be part of the show…

English News

It has been a busy year in the English Department. Teachers, students and pupils have worked hard to prepare for, and take, the new specification GCSE English Language, English Literature as well as A-level English Literature and A-level English Language. The positivity, endeavour and high-standards displayed by everybody involved were impressive from start to finish, and whatever outcomes pupils and students achieve, they can be proud of the way that they have conducted themselves. We wish them every success on results day, and for the future beyond.

Last week the whole of the school, both teachers and pupils, participated in Reading Week. During an extended form time of half-an-hour, pupils left their usual forms and joined reading groups comprising of pupils from all years and teachers. The purpose of the week is to raise the profile of reading for pleasure amongst the pupil body, and for them to see with their own eyes pupils of all ages and adults engaged in the activity. I would like to thank all of the pupils, students and staff who contributed to making the week a success.

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One of our students did last year – it could be you….

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Careers

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

New this week a link to a fantastic website all about the apprenticeship program. 

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Advice from Staffordshire Police

 

As we approach our summer break please be advised of this guidance from Staffordshire police about keeping children safe. Do please also access the website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for all kinds of safeguarding advice for young people.

Staffs Police Parental Presentation

Uniform

Please ensure you checkout the uniform list linked below. Also if you require any uniform for September have a look at our last blog post advertising the uniform Pop Up Shops over the summer – http://bit.ly/2gPyd74 

Reminder to parents

In case of an emergency with your child, especially for our new school year

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

 

Attendance Update

 On 6 April 2017, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the father who had won an earlier legal battle in relation to a fine imposed following a term-time holiday taken without permission. 
The Magistrates’ Court and the High Court had previously decided that the father had no case to answer because his daughter had attended school regularly, in that her attendance was over 90% for the academic year to date as at the end of the period of unauthorised absence. 
The Supreme Court however disagreed, stating that ‘regularly’ did not mean ‘evenly spaced’ or ‘sufficiently often’ but instead ‘in accordance with attendance rules’. A leave of absence may only be granted by the school  in exceptional circumstances (Education Regulations 2006.)
 The most common response to an unauthorised leave of absence is a fixed penalty notice, which is issued in Staffordshire by the local authority, depending on the local code of conduct, and which has a £60/£120 limit ( per parent / per child), depending on when the fine is paid. If the fine is paid then no further action is necessary. The Staffordshire Code of Conduct for issuing a penalty notice can be found at: https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/welfareservice/ Attendance/home.aspx
Should you wish to discuss any issues in relation to your child’s attendance in school, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

 

Childline advice app for young people
Please encourage your child to download the childline app as a relevant source of help and advice for young people. 

 

Childline Advice App for Young People

Please encourage your child to download the childline app as a relevant source of help and advice for young people. 

Behaviour for Learning 

As we approach our summer break please find a reminder below of our behaviour for learning policy to ensure all our students can enjoy successful learning at TAHS.

Links

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

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Uniform Pop Up Shop Summer 17

There are three options to enable parents and students to purchase uniform over the summer holidays:

  1. A uniform shop will be open at school in the Ede Studio during the summer holidays on the following dates from 10am to 3pm (see map below):
  2. Order online – full details further down this post.
  3. Visit the Sportsland shop, address details at the bottom of the post.

Monday 24th July                 

  • NEW year 9s ONLY
    • Elkes & Orme boys 10-11.30am
    • Elkes & Orme girls 11.30-1.00pm
  • 1-3pm  Any years, any House
    • Including: Oldfields, Windsor & Picknalls full uniform
    • Ryecroft PE kit.

Tuesday 25th July                  

  • NEW year 9s ONLY
    • Torrance & Whitmore boys 10-11.30am
    • Torrance & Whitmore girls 11.30-1.00pm
  • 1-3pm  Any years, any House
    • Including: Oldfields, Windsor & Picknalls full uniform
    • Ryecroft PE kit.

Wednesday 9th August       

  • 10-2pm – All years TAHS
    • Oldfields, Ryecroft and Windsor PE kit.

Wednesday 23rd August     

  • 10-2pm – All years TAHS
    • Oldfields, Ryecroft and Windsor PE kit.

The shop will be staffed by Sportsland Ltd staff and will operate as an ordinary shop with facilities to take card payments etc.

Sunday 20th August will be the online deadline for purchases. 

No guarantee of delivery after this date.

Uniform can be purchased online at http://www.trutexmeir.com with direct delivery to your home.

The Sportsland shop also stocks our uniform. It is located at:

41 Weston Road
Meir
Stoke on Trent

ST3 6AB
Telephone: 01782 310111

Website :  www.Trutexmeir.com

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Week Commencing 10th July

Thought of the Week

Assemblies week commencing 17th July
There are Year 9 and Year 10 Celebration assemblies on the last day of term
Thought for the Week
Given that it is the school walk on Tuesday the thoughts for the week are on the theme of ‘walking’
“When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep on walking.”
― Michael Patrick King
“Always walk as if you’re running late, it’s healthier.” 
― Benny BellamacinaPiddly Poems for Children    
“I am extremely happy walking on the downs…I like to have space to spread my mind out in.” 
― Virginia Woolf
“It is solved by walking.” 
― Latin proverb

Head Teachers Blog

As we complete our school year we have had the pleasure of seeing our students perform at Sports Day and as part of the House Music competition. ​In both events staff have commented on how impressed they have been by the way in which students have participated in the events and supported each other throughout. We are looking forward to celebrating with them in our celebration assemblies on Friday. A group of over 25 students set off on their Duke of Edinburgh expedition today we wish them well for their weekend.
We are very much looking forward to the Thomas Alleyne’s school walk on Tuesday. Unfortunately we have not received all letters of consent. Please can all parents/carers speak to their sons and daughters to ensure these are brought in on Monday. It should be a fantastic day. We will keep you updated about our progress on the school twitter feed.
If you have any questions regarding the next academic year please send them in to headteacher@tahs.org.uk and I will address these in next week’s newsletter.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School Farm – Runner up in National Award

We are very pleased to announce that our school farm came runners up as Community School Farm of the Year in a national gala award ceremony at the School Farms Network Education Alliance (SFNEA) Conference, held at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester last week. Students and staff from school attended the 2 day conference which included the inaugural SFNEA Gala Awards Dinner on Friday night. This celebrated the very best of school farms from across the UK. The award was presented to students and staff at TAHS by TV presenter Adam Henson.

RAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Jo Price said: “Congratulations to all of entrants; the standard was incredibly high. We are so impressed by the achievements of all of the schools, teachers, and their students. Without all of your hard work, passion, and dedication, none of this would be possible – and for that, we sincerely thank you. The conference was a wonderful opportunity to meet staff and pupils from schools in the School Farms Network, and to exchange knowledge, hear success stories, and discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

The Conference was attended by 100 teachers, students, and education practitioners from across the UK, and it was a golden opportunity for those passionate about school-based farm learning and developing pathways to higher education to come together and share knowledge and expertise. The conference explored the role of rearing farm livestock in schools, and the value of land-based education, including the areas of agriculture, business, technology, food security, and the environment. Justine North, the Head of Department at Uttoxeter Community Farm, ran a popular workshop during the conference on using the school farm in the curriculum. Meanwhile the five students were given a tour of the facilities on the campus as well as attending lectures and activities that introduced them to the possibilities of further study in the land based industries.

There were a number of key messages which shone through all of the sessions:
– We need bright young people in the future of the agri-food and wider land-based sector.
– School farms help students to become passionate about animals and farming practices.
– School farms enable students to build confidence and improve their academic performance.
– Young people are interested in where their food comes from, and the food supply chain.
– Conservation is a key part of agriculture, the two must go hand in hand.
– Education must be fun and hands-on, that’s when students learn and become inspired.
– Once inspired, we need to help students select the appropriate progression routes
– We need to promote the vast career opportunities in food and agriculture to young people.

Derby Theatre

This week Mrs Wheildon took the year 12 Drama and Theatre A Level students to Derby Theatre to work with their ‘in house’ designers, to understand the craft of stage design. 
They worked with lighting designers, set and costume designers and directors to understand the process of stage design from ground plans to execution. Part of their complex new A Level specification requires them to write ‘as a designer’ so this was a fab spring board to start that area of study.
Mrs Wheildon was thoroughly impressed with the maturity and creativity of the students. A really interesting day.

End of Year Reports

Please be aware that Year 9, 10 and 12 reports will be available on Insight from 10am on Monday 17th July. These reports will include a pastoral report.

Year 10 Mock Exams & Results Day

Thank you to all Year 10 students for their hard work in preparing for the mock exams, and also for their excellent conduct throughout. We are all very proud of you.
Also, thank you to all parents/carers for the additional support and encouragement you have given. Your child will be handed their mock examination results in an envelope during an extended form period on Wednesday 19th July.
Good luck! 

GCSE and Post 16 Exam Results Days August 2017

Please note the following dates and times for the collection of results:
Post 16 Thursday 17th August
Students can collect results from 7:30am
GCSE Thursday 24th August
Students can collect results from 9am

School Gateway App

Have you downloaded the school gateway App yet?

This is  free app that is linked to our school communications system and has many benefits:

  1. The school can send you text messages for free via the app. You still get a notification on your phone.
  2. You can reply for free!

So download it now and save both of us money!

You will simply need your email and mobile phone number as held by the school to register on the app & it then sends you an access code. If you have issues logging in please email schoolcomms@tahs.org.uk stating:

  • Your name & relationship to the child
  • Child’s name
  • Child’s tutor group
  • Child’s DOB
  • The email address and mobile number you wish to use

We will then update our records and the app will work.

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Unused Uniform?

If you have any good quality uniform that you can donate to the school please ask your child to drop it into the student support base any morning next week.
As a thank you we will issue 5 credits per student  in September.

6th form

As we approach the last week of term I would like to suggest that all Year 12 students are prepared for any summer work that needs to be completed before they return in September, it could be books to read, essays to write or even documentaries to watch to in order to be prepared for the topics in Year 13.
On Monday there is an assembly in the Common Room to explain about registrations and Health and Safety for the school walk. All Year 12 students must be there.
Tuesday is the school walk and unless a valid reason is given to a member of the 6th Form Team we will expect all students to attend as this is a compulsory school day. Some of the students have volunteered to Marshall and others are walking, all students must return a consent letter to their form tutor on Monday. If we do not have a consent letter they will be in school working on a set programme of learning.
Wednesday is Mock Results Day, in extended form they will be given the results of their mocks. This is to coincide with the Year 10 results morning. Members of staff will be available to discuss the results if needed. Hopefully your child has achieved their predicted grade, if not then it would beneficial for them to speak to their subject teacher and a member of the 6th Form Team before the end of term.

Summer Concert

Have you got your ticket yet for the end of year musical extravaganza?

Do so now – tickets available via the school shop linked at the bottom of this page.

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Biology Field Trip

On Tuesday our Year 12 students visited Formby sand dunes and pine forest to carry out a required practical as part of their A Level Biology course.

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

The light-level conditions in the pine forest were studied with respect to the location of lichen on the tree bark. The students concluded that the most favourable growing conditions were on the north facing tree trunks away from direct sunlight.
The students are now back in the lab analysing their data and presenting their findings!

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GCSE Computer Science Evening

On Wednesday Mr Cartwright & Miss Smart welcomed the year 9 pupils and their parents into school for an induction to the new Computer Science qualification.
Students were left in no doubt about the rigors of the course and the dedication to their own learning required to be successful in this challenging yet rewarding subject.
Pupils were also given some summer bridging work to complete in preparation for September. For those unable to attend all resources have been posted home.

 

 School Walk 2017

Tuesday 18TH July is the bi-annual TAHS School Walk. This will involve all Year9, 10 and 12 students undertaking a walk around the Peak District, starting at Dovedale and finishing at Hulme End. This is a whole school charity event and in 2015 raised a total of £2400 for Cancer Research, The Douglas Macmillan Hospice and YESS charities. I am sure this year we can do even better and a big thank you to those students who have already handed in their sponsor money. Sponsor money can be paid in cash into the Finance Office or via ParentPay before Thursday 20th July. The forecast is for warm dry weather so we would advise all students to wear appropriate footwear and clothing and to wear sunscreen. Refreshments are available at Wetton Mill but we would still advise all students to bring some food and drink for along the walk. Can we also remind all students to return their consent forms before the walk on Tuesday.

A copy is linked below for you to print should you need to do so.

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Careers

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

New this week a link to a fantastic website all about the apprenticeship program. 

Direct Page Link

Advice from Staffordshire Police

 

As we approach our summer break please be advised of this guidance from Staffordshire police about keeping children safe. Do please also access the website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for all kinds of safeguarding advice for young people.

Staffs Police Parental Presentation

Afternoon Tea Challenge

Year 10 students this week took part in an afternoon tea challenge in food. They were given 1 hour to choose and plan 3 items to make within their group. They were then given 2 hours to cook them where everything had to be made from scratch. This was an excellent opportunity for students to practice their time keeping, presentation and team working skills as well as give them an idea what their practical exam will be like next year. Well done year 10 and keep practicing over the summer.

Reminder to parents

In case of an emergency with your child, especially for our new school year

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

 

Attendance Update

 On 6 April 2017, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the father who had won an earlier legal battle in relation to a fine imposed following a term-time holiday taken without permission. 
The Magistrates’ Court and the High Court had previously decided that the father had no case to answer because his daughter had attended school regularly, in that her attendance was over 90% for the academic year to date as at the end of the period of unauthorised absence. 
The Supreme Court however disagreed, stating that ‘regularly’ did not mean ‘evenly spaced’ or ‘sufficiently often’ but instead ‘in accordance with attendance rules’. A leave of absence may only be granted by the school  in exceptional circumstances (Education Regulations 2006.)
 The most common response to an unauthorised leave of absence is a fixed penalty notice, which is issued in Staffordshire by the local authority, depending on the local code of conduct, and which has a £60/£120 limit ( per parent / per child), depending on when the fine is paid. If the fine is paid then no further action is necessary. The Staffordshire Code of Conduct for issuing a penalty notice can be found at: https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/welfareservice/ Attendance/home.aspx
Should you wish to discuss any issues in relation to your child’s attendance in school, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

 

Childline advice app for young people
Please encourage your child to download the childline app as a relevant source of help and advice for young people. 

 

Childline Advice App for Young People

Please encourage your child to download the childline app as a relevant source of help and advice for young people. 

Behaviour for Learning 

As we approach our summer break please find a reminder below of our behaviour for learning policy to ensure all our students can enjoy successful learning at TAHS.

Links

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

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Week Commencing 3rd July

Our thoughts and condolences are with the families, students and staff of John Taylor High School following the tragic accident on Friday last week.

Thought of the Week

There are no assemblies w/b 10th due to it being reading week. Therefore some ‘Thoughts for the Week’ on the theme of ‘Reading’

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
― Margaret Fuller

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
― J.K. Rowling

“The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”
― Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Head Teachers Blog

It has been a busy but inspiring week at TAHS this week.

Year 11 returned to the school on Monday to celebrate the official end of their year. It was wonderful to see them all and to have the opportunity to share in some of their memories of their time at Thomas Alleyne’s. We are thrilled that so many intend to return to join our sixth form next year.

On Tuesday and Wednesday Year 8 students joined us for their induction days. They made an excellent first impression on the school and we hope that they managed to get all their questions answered! If any parent does have any further queries please let us know.

Throughout the week Mrs Dodd has been running her comprehensive ‘Future Intentions’ programme for Year 12 students and parents. Students have had the opportunity to listen to a wide range of talks ranging from a talk on student finance to one which introduced them to the fantastic new resource ‘Unifrog’. We are excited by the support this will offer parents and students. Whilst we are only introducing the package to Year 12 initially we will be sharing it more widely with other students over the next academic year.

The Art exhibition on Thursday was an absolute joy to be able to visit. The work was inspiring and highlighted the dedication of the staff and students. We know how much hard work goes into preparing these final pieces. Uttoxeter Rotary held their Photographer of the year competition during the evening and I would like to congratulate all the students who took part – it was wonderful to see them collect their certificates.

Year 10 mock marking is well underway and results will be shared with students in the final week of term. Over the Summer some students will want to start some preparations for next year. GCSEpod is available for them to revisit topics they performed less well on or to support them in the more challenging work. We have just received a yearly report from GCSEpod and were amazed to find out that this year, in preparation for GCSEs, 39,000 podcasts were watched. This works out at about 3000 hours of study!

Finally I wanted to share with parents that I am delivering some very difficult assemblies to our students at the moment. I hope parents will be able to watch the video we are sharing with your sons and daughters so that you can discuss it with them .The link is below. The video is guidance on recommendations of how people should respond if there were a terrorist incident. If you have any questions please contact us.

Year 9 have already had their assembly. I will be speaking with Year 10 and 12 next week. Please reassure your sons and daughters that this is being shown as we have been advised by the Local Authority that school children should be briefed on the school plans if there were an incident.

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Snapchat Upgrade

Further to our message about a warning for parents about safety concerns about a new feature on the social media app Snapchat  please see the article below for further details.

BBC News Article on Snapchat Upgrade

End of Year Reports

Please be aware that Year 9, 10 and 12 reports will be available on Insight from 10am on Monday 17th July. These reports will include a pastoral report.

Sports Day

Sports day (House Athletics Championships) is next Wednesday 12th July.
Please see below timetable and team lists (Elkes yr10 girls missing at time of going to press). Please check what time your event is and arrive at the start of that lesson. You must still arrive at school in uniform and bring full PE kit to compete in.

Changes can be made to teams up until the day- see your Head of House if you think you should be competing and are not listed for an event!

Please bring- sun cream, plenty of water. If it is cool/wet you may bring track suit, water proof to wear when you are not competing. Break and lunch will be at normal times.

Changing rooms
Boys Pavillion – Boys Elkes & Orme
Girls Pavillion – Boys Whitmore & Torrance
Sports Hall Top – Girls Elkes & Orme
Sports Hall Bottom Boys and Girls – Girls Whitmore & Torrance

To see the teams click on the house names below

Elkes Orme

Torrance Whitmore

RE Debate

Last week the RE Department hosted an ethical debate day with year 8 students from Windsor Park and Oldfield’s. This was a great opportunity for students to get to know each other, think critically and collaborate in a series of short debates. Many thanks to all who took part. It was lovely to see sixth form students work supporting students to develop ideas.

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House Cricket

Thomas Alleyne’s house Cricket began on Monday, with Whitmore batting first against Torrance. Whitmore batted brilliantly hitting 141 off 13 overs with Archie Whitehead retiring on 52 and Joe Haywood 31. Lucas Rodgers came in and hit a quick 12 not out with Tom Bagnall and Jenson Bosworth taking deserved wickets for Orme. Torrance began well with Bosworth and Frankie Bussell scoring at a good rate. Whitehead caught Bosworth at slip off Haywood and Whitmore restricted the other batters with Jack Edge taking 2 wickets. Bussell batted superbly for 46 not out but Orme could only manage 98 off their allocation.

The second game saw Elkes bat first against Orme. Pick of the bowlers was Samantha Cotterell with 4 wickets. Top scorers for Elkes were Brad Cope with 10, Rob Minshall 9 and Jasmine Sutton 8, while all 3 hit good shots they couldn’t stay in Long enough to build a score. Elkes were all out for 57.Alfie Bednall 14 and Callum Dreher 18 knocked the runs off with ease after just 10 overs. The most pleasing thing about this year’s competition was the number of girls making a positive contribution with 6 girls in this game alone. This is credit to the work done by Miss Jones and Checkley coach Gavin Carr.

The 3rd, 4th place game took place on Tuesday morning with Torrance restricting Elkes to just 75 off 17 overs. Cricket debutant Chris Kitson took 3 wickets after excellent bowling from Frankie Bussell and Jack Bond who took 2 wickets each. Highlights for Elkes included a well struck 4 by Kyle Young and captain Kieron Coates not out on 11 and Lucy Carr 7 not out. Torrance had little trouble with the target with good hitting from Jenson Bosworth and Harvey Belcher. An excellent catch by Coates off the bowling of Cope at least gave Elkes a wicket.

The final began on a hot and sunny Wednesday with Whitmore batting. Orme bowled outstandingly with Bednall bowling Haywood and Thornton bowling Whitehead, when Thornton bowled Rodgers next over, Whitmore were in real trouble. Man of the match George Whitehurst then came to the rescue with 25 before he was caught behind by Dreher off the bowling of Sophie Lomas. Alex Ford then overcame a lean spell to push singles to get 15 not out. Whitmore finished on a competitive 90 off 16 overs. Whitmore depth off bowling paid off though with Orme struggling too score. Callum Dreher batted through the innings for 22 not out, with wickets shared between Whitehead, Ford and Matthew Meakin. The pick of the wickets came with an outstanding diving catch from Owen Carrington to dismiss Dylan Morley. Orme finished on just 68.

Final places 1st Whitmore, 2nd Orme, 3rd Torrance, 4th Elkes.

6th form

Wow, what a packed week this has been! Future Intensions really is intense.
Our Year 12 students have been brilliant, we have had outside speakers presenting about a range of topics which will give each and every one of the 6th Formers something to think about over the weekend and also in the months ahead.
On Tuesday we invited previous Head Boy, Dale Spratt, to give an insight into the application process and what students should expect when they attend university. Then Suki Thandai from WorkPays Organisation explained about the Apprenticeship scheme and showed each and every student how to log on to the government website so that they could see what was available to them. It was nice to see so many listening and asking Suki questions when they broke off into forms to research the Apprenticeships further.
Jason Turner gave advice on practical finance for the future and may have scared some when he talked about pay day loans, but this was the desired effect. We want our students to know about credit cards and loans and how they may have an impact on their credit rating in the future. Mr Robinson-White gave an inspiring talk which focused upon their personal statements and what they should include but also what they should not include, this inspired many to set off straight away and start planning their statement and Mrs Dodd has already been asked to check a first draft. Well done.
Mrs Walton and Mrs Young spoke to some about becoming a prefect and what this entails and Mrs Dodd trained the Senior Prefects in their role and her expectations of them. On Thursday Future Intentions was handed over to our students, Ellie and Saul who explained why we have Dougie Mac as our chosen charity and how important it is that we support them. They are our ‘forever’ charity.
Each form was then given 45 minutes to come up with suggestions that they could do to raise £50 per full term, the ideas that were fed back to the 6th Form Team and the students were excellent, amusing and also inspiring and we hope to see many of these materialise in the Autumn term.
Other events that happened this week were; Spelling Bee which was delivered by Mrs Bell and Mrs Fisher with some help also provided by Michael, student finance and budgeting which was provided by Staffordshire University and then on Friday all Year 12 were given the option to log onto UniFrog.
Please speak to your child and ask them what they learnt this week, all have now registered with UCAS so we would like to see them filling in their application as much as they can. First draft of the personal statements is due on the 17th July, this will give form tutors a chance to look over them and see what needs to be amended or included over the summer holidays ready to apply around October to December 2017.
It may seem scary but we hope that we have given them the tools to navigate their way through.
It was nice to see parents on Thursday for the HE Information Evening, remember your parent login for Unifrog is important, it will help you support your child in their journey.
If you would like further information, then please contact the Sixth Form office where we will be able to assist you.
Lastly the Senior Prefects organised a sporting activity to wind down the week, some of our students were playing rounders, others football and those that were too worn out were able to sit and enjoy the sunshine on the sports field and have some cake or ice lollies which were sold to help support the sixth form fund.

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Sports Success

In March the trampolining team went to Paulet and competed in the first round of the school games. Our intermediate team qualified to attend the Level 3 Summer Games held at Keele University at the end of June. These are the only trampolining competitions held within the school year, so all their hard work and training comes down to performing a 10 bounce routine, twice. The best 3 scores are then taken from round 1 and the best 3 scores from round 2 and added together to create the team’s final score. The girls, Elsie Howell, Tilly Edwards, Abby Chilvers and Abby Walters, all performed fantastically and can use the competition towards their GCSE PE grade. Not only did they do themselves and the school proud, they also came 3rd in the county, which is a fantastic achievement. They attended a full day of competition, including opening and closing ceremony and also got to meet Sam Quegg, an Olympic gold medalist for hockey. Well done ladies and a huge thanks to Mrs Millington for helping to get them there and back.

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Science Students of the Week

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

Year 9
Emma Allen and Jack Wright for continual excellent effort!

Year 10
• Amelia Murray for superb effort in Chemistry
• Amelia Barnacle for phenomenal hard work
• Carl Hallam for continual enthusiasm in Chemistry

Well done!

Languages Festival 7th July

Year 9 students did an amazing job teaching First School children a guided tour of Paris, a trip to the doctors and body parts, a market and directions​ and a Pizza parlour and fruit and veg market, as well as a fruit song. Picknalls First School and St Mary’s First School had a really good experience and they all learnt some French which they will continue with back at school. Thank you to all the Year 9 students who organised and presented activities in a mature and thoughtful way.
Vous êtes magnifiques!

Old Alleynians Reunion – Class of 61

This week Mrs Harris and Mr Mirams welcomed back the class of 1961! It was wonderful that they took the time to return to the school and share with us their memories of their school days.

Art Work

Check out some fantastic art work in the gallery linked below from the exhibition & Rotary Competition.

 

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Summer in Music

Summer events for the Music Department are fast approaching. The House Music Competition rehearsals are in full swing and it promises to be a hotly contested competition this year.

The Summer Concert on Wednesday 19th July will this year be a showcase for the House Music competition and give parents the opportunity to see the amazing achievements of their children. The event starts at 7pm in the theatre and tickets are available on parentpay.

Full details are available on the letter going out to pupils on Monday 10th July. I look forward to seeing you there.

School Walk 2017

The bi-annual school walk is fast approaching and all pupils will receive a letter and sponsor form during registration on Monday morning. For prior information the letter is attached below:
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Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com This week featuring a fantastic opportunity from Rolls Royce.

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Advice from Staffordshire Police

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I am sure that you are only too clear of the risks associated with the carrying of knives in public and want to do everything you can to protect your child(ren). Unfortunately the majority of knives and bladed articles that we find young people in possession of have come from their own home, so anything you can do to make sure your knives are as secure as they can be could make a huge difference.

Staffordshire Police are conducting a week long knife amnesty which starts on Monday 10th July to encourage those storing knives that could be dangerous to hand them in without any risk of prosecution. In every home in the county you will find knives. The amnesty is about getting rid of those that are surplus to requirements, particularly those that are ornamental, ex-military or combat styled which could easily end or ruin a life if used recklessly. If you don’t need it – just bin it.

You can hand them in at our Knife Amnesty bins that will be found either at your nearest police station or in some locations at your local waste and recycling centre. The full list of bin locations can be found at www.staffordshire.police.uk/bintheblade

You are not receiving this letter because your school has a problem with knives. We are working with schools across the County to educate children and parents as to the dangers associated with the carrying of knives.

Please spread the word of the amnesty and encourage everyone to get involved so that together we can reduce the risk of knife injury in Staffordshire.

Best wishes

Wayne Jones
Chief Superintendent of Local Policing and Operations
Staffordshire Police

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