Week Commencing 16th October

Thought for the Week

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

Dates for your diary

30th October INSET day school closed to pupils

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

1st November Year 9 Tutor Evening

7th November Year 11 Tutor Evening

Headteacher blog:

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

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

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

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

 

Year 9 – Tutor Evening.

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

World Challenge Christmas Craft Fair

Luke Hardwick and Tom Barraclough invite you to their

World Challenge Christmas craft fair

3rd December Alton Village hall. 11 till 3.

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

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

Online Safety

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

The impact of social media can be amazing – the promotion of events, the re-connection with friends from times past and the sharing of memories – are all fantastic ways of communicating.
Unfortunately social media is not always used in such a positive way.

Advice regarding uploading pictures:
Only upload pictures that you’d be happy for a parent to see (the internet is a public place). Don’t post pictures of you or your friends wearing school uniform (this lets people know where you will be). Tick the “no pic forwarding” option on your settings page – this will stop people forwarding your pictures to anyone without your consent. Who are you communicating with? Do you know? Do you really know?? Have you met them? If you know someone… who knows someone… who knows someone….. it doesn’t make them your friend.

Advice for students:
What you put on social media sites is there forever. Consider the information you share – you don’t know who your friend’s friends are… or your friend’s friends’ friends… Be aware that information on your profile could potentially be viewed by anyone. Consider you photo – what info does it give about you? Understand the meaning of ‘joint enterprise’ Be aware that university admissions and employers WILL check your internet activity.
Students/Parents & carers please visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for further information

Childline advice app for young people

 

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

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

6th form

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

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

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

Josh Ball – Medicine

Ellie Emery – Dentistry

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

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

Trudy Yates – History at Cambridge University (Peterhouse College)

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

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

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

Lucy Vickers – PPE at Oxford University (Balliol College)

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

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

Harry Taylor – Physics at Oxford University (Queens College)

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

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

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

Application Guidance

Sixth Form Application Guidance

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

Subject Guidance

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

Notes:

-They should choose a minimum of 3 subjects to study

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

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

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

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

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

Personal Statement – Guidance

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

Students should cover 4 main areas in their statement:

– Describe themselves & their personal qualities

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

– Involvement in school and community life

– Future plans and ambitions

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Linguist of the week

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

SEND Evening

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

Future Business Leaders?

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

Pastoral students of the week

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

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

Science News

 

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

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

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

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

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

Year 9

Amelia Hadgett for outstanding physics assessment results

Tom Johnson and Jimmy Wilson for excellent class contribution

Year 10

Jazmine Freeman for performing significantly above target in her physics assessment

Year 11

Emily Oliver for excellent contributions on Medical Physics

Georgia Morris for being well above target in her radiation assessment

Well done!

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News from PE

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

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

Year 13 History – the end is nigh!

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

Literacy

 Please practice this week’s key spellings:
extremleyfriend

 Careers

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

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

Direct Page Link

On The Farm

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

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

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Year 11 Revision Evening

Tuesday 7th November 6pm-8pm

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

Hope to see you there!

Join our team

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

See our website for further details.

Links

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

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Week Commencing 9th October

Thought for the Week

Assemblies week beginning 16th October

Theme: Celebration

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

Thought for the Week

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

Dates for your diary

17th October Year 5 Open Evening Ryecroft Middle School

18th October Year 5 Open Evening Windsor Park Middle School

19th October Year 5 Open Evening Oldfields Middle School

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

1st November Year 9 Tutor Evening

7th November Year 11 Tutor Evening

Headteacher blog:

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

Staff Training

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

Music Rehearsals 

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

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

Do we have Your Correct Details?

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

Have you moved?

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

Absence Policy

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

Absence Policy Update

Online Safety

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

Childline advice app for young people

 

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

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

6th form

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

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

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

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

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Latest Interventions Timetable

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

Intervention 30 Sept

Revise Health & Social Care

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

 

H&S Revision

 

Art Collection LAST CHANCE!

 

**URGENT-DON’T MISS OUT!**

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

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Pastoral students of the week

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

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

Well done to all for you contributions.

Science News

 

We have a winner!!!

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

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

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

Year 9

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

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

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

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

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

Very well done!

 

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News from PE

Cross-Country

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

 

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

 

U16 Football Staffordshire Moorland League and Cup

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

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

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

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

Man of The match Joe Haywood

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

Sixth Form County Football

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

Next Week

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

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

Year 13 History – the end is nigh!

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

Literacy

Please practice this week’s key spellings:
DISAPPOINT
EMBARRASS

 Careers

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

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

Direct Page Link

 

Ski Trip Evening

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Year 11 Revision Evening

Tuesday 7th November 6pm-8pm

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

Hope to see you there!

Join our team

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

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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.

mathswatchlogo
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.

cow

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
tahs.art

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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