Week Commencing 13th November

Thought for the Week

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

Dates for your diary

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

Headteacher blog:

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

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

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

Absence from School

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

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Summer 2017 Exam Certificates

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

Hamper Donations

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

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

Parents Evenings

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

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

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6th form

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Champion Sheep

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

Hair Today ….

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

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Art News 

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

World Challenge Craft Fair – Sold Out!

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

Science News

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

 

Year 9

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

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

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

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

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

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

Well done!

News from PE

St George’s Park trip

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

Girls House Hockey – Year 10 & 11 combined. 

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

Literacy

 Please practice this week’s key spellings:
 [ersuadequeue

  Careers

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

New this week Nestle applications are open. 

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Week Commencing 13th November

Thought for the Week

Assemblies w/b 20th November

Theme: Fire Safety

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

Community Safety Officer

Burton Community Fire Station

Monday: Year 10 assembly,

Tuesday: Orme House assembly

Wednesday: Year 11 assembly

Thursday: Whitmore House assembly

Friday: Sixth Form assembly 

Thought for the Week

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

No safety knows fire, know safety no fire.

Dates for your diary

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

Headteacher blog:

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating hard work and dedication
Our Budding Olympians:

Absence from School

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

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News From the Farm

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

Hamper Donations

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

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

Parents Evenings

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

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

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

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6th form

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

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

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

Interventions

Please see the latest interventions timetable under this link:

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

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

 

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

Year 12 are also Revising in RE

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

 

Cake Sale for Children In Need

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

 

 

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

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

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Pastoral students of the week

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

Science News

 

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

Year 9

Aidan White and Chloe Yates for consistent high effort

Callum Plant for excellent work

Year 10

Torin Noble and Sophie Brown for consistent high achievement

James Moore for excellent effort

Year 11

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

Abigail Podmore for consistent excellent achievement

Well done!

News from PE

U16 netball v DeFerrers

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

Literacy

 Please practice this week’s key spellings:
 nervopp

  Careers

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

New this week JCB applications are open. 

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Busy in MFL

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

Year 13 Literature on Tour

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

 

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Week Commencing 6th November

Thought for the Week

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

Dates for your diary

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

Headteacher blog:

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

Student Video Blog Sports Report

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

The Sports Reporter’s Man Of The Match:

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

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

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It’s never too early to start revising!

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

 

 

Hamper Donations

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

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

Parents Evenings

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

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

6th form

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

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

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

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

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

Interventions

Please see the latest interventions timetable under this link:

Latest from “Down Farm!”

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Non Uniform Day for Children In Need

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

Cake Sale for Children In Need

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

 

Pastoral students of the week

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

Science News

 

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

Year 9

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

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

Well done!

News from PE

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

Cross Country

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

Literacy

 Please practice this week’s key spellings:
 necneigh

  Careers

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

New this week JCB applications are open. 

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Music Rehersals

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

Parent Governor Election

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

Links

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Week Commencing 30th October

Thought for the Week

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

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

Dates for your diary

7th November Year 11 Tutor Evening

Headteacher blog:

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

School Council

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

Luke Hardwick and Tom Barraclough invite you to their

World Challenge Christmas craft fair

3rd December Alton Village hall. 11 till 3.

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

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

Barrow Hill Visit

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

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

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

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

 

6th form

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interventions

Please see the latest interventions timetable under this link:

Year 11 Revision Evening

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

New Developments on the Farm

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

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

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

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

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

Pastoral students of the week

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

Science News

 

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

Revision session outline Physics

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

Year 9

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

Year 10

Lucy Greatrex and Benjamin Seaman for a fantastic start in Science

Year 11

Matthew Simpson and Gabriel Eastwood for excellent calculation work in Chemistry

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

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

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

Paul Finney and Olivia Bennett for their commitment to ELBS

Well done!

News from PE

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

 Please practice this week’s key spellings:
 minuteimmediatly

 Careers

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

New this week JCB applications are open. 

Direct Page Link

Maths – Year 11 practice papers

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

MFL Revision

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

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