November 23rd 2018

 Dates for your diary

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

 Headteacher blog:

On Friday,  a group of our Year 13 students were given the opportunity to participate in a public speaking training session  delivered by the charity ‘Talk the Talk.’
 
Year 11 were invited to participate in The National Citizenship Programme and Year viewed the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet.
 
It was my pleasure to join Miss Robinson’s form group to share GCSEpod with them and to see so many of our year 11 and 13 students working towards their mock examinations. 
 
 
6th

 

What a success Year 13 Parents evening was. So many of you attended and we had apologise from many that could not attend. It is good to listen to the advice of their subject teachers and to reiterate how important it is to apply themselves early to their revision rather than leaving it to the last minute. We want our students to succeed and revision is one in which they can take control of their future. Encourage your son or daughter to speak to their subject teachers early if they are worried about a specific topic or question style.

Today we were able to give 21 Year 12 and 13 students the opportunity to gain skills and confidence with public speaking. Talk the Talk who support the idea of confident communication for life were able to share strategies to enable those that participated to enable them to stand in front of their peers and talk about themselves for three to five minutes. It is very difficult to find strengths about yourself but they managed it. All the Sixth Form Team were involved in the event and we all believe that it served them well. Mrs Dodd managed to take a photograph of them all completing an exercise on eye contact.

During lunchtime on Friday 23rd November Thomas Alleyne’s Senior prefects pulled off yet another successful “doughnut day”. The team of Prefects partnered up with the Derby branch of Krispy Kreme to order 600 donuts. All the effort was worth it as all 600 donuts were sold and over £220.00! profit was raised. The profits will be donated to the Sixth Form Forever Charity the Douglas Macmillan Hospice. The Senior Prefect’s would like to thank everyone who purchased doughnuts to help raise the money.

 

Winter Fayre

 
There was fantastic news last weekend from the Annual Winter Fayre.  The school farm took 7 pairs of sheep to the country show ground in Stafford to take part in the schools competition on Saturday and young handlers on Sunday.  We were competing against Abbotsholme and Rodbaston Agricultural college in the schools competition and came away with 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th prize out of 13 entries.  The students who showed the sheep were superb and a real credit to the school.
 
On Sunday, the students were back again to take part in the young handlers competition where they were competing against very experienced handlers.  Again our students, most of whom had never been in a show ring before, displayed confidence and competence and performed extremely well.  Particular praise goes to Ellie Roobottom who was placed 4th out of 23 entries.

Vet Skills

This week students were looking at livestock reproduction and the vet was able to bring in the uterus of cow for demonstration purposes.  The students learnt about the structure of the female reproductive system of a cow and how AI is used in livestock husbandry. One uterus was from a cow that was 3 months pregnant so students were able to see the development of the foetus as well. It was a fascinating session.

Mock Exams

  Please make sure you are using your revision guide, revision cards and practice questions in your pack.  We will be running a revision session on Saturday 8th December between 10 and 12. 33B will be a review of content of each area that is likely to be assessed.  33A will be available for practice questions, informal revision and the opportunity to ask any relevant questions to a teacher.   Please take up this support to prepare for your mock exams.  

JCQ Exam Contingency Day – Wednesday 26th June 2019

For the Summer 2019 exam series a “contingency” exam day has been arranged by the examination awarding bodies which all students need to be aware of. This contingency day for GCSE and/or A Level (or equivalent) examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the June 2019 examination series.” The decision comes following the tragic events of last summer, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Joint Council for Qualifications have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam in the event of an incident and rearrange for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance. The date that has been set aside as the contingency day is Wednesday 26 June 2019. This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday 26 June 2019. 

This decision is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in all schools. Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the new contingency exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its contingency plan. 

Summer 2018  – GCSE Certificates

These will be available for collection from the dining area at the following times:

 Thursday 6th December 9am -11am
 Friday 7th December 2pm – 3.30pm

Anybody unable to collect in person, can provide a short note to nominate a relative/friend to collect on their behalf. They must bring the note with them plus ID.

Interventions

Please see the latest interventions timetable under this link…. 

Interven TT Nov

MFL Mock Exams

Mock GCSE French speaking exams next week in room 26. Times outside room 23. Bonne Chance  

Science

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

Year 10

Anna Adams and Orla Hodgkinson for excellent effort in lessons.

Year 11

Charlotte McAteer, Georgia Cocke and Samantha Cotterill for excellent effort in homework tasks.

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

Year 10

Laura Backhouse, Felicity Burgess, Amelie Coyne, Saffron Forrester and Millie Hodges for excellent sheep handling at the English Fair held at the Staffordshire County Showground.

Year 11

Rachel Spence and Joe Porritt for determination in Animal Care.

Well done!

PE

Another of our House matches took place during Thursday. This time it was the turn of Girls House Hockey. First up was the Year 9 girls who all turned up with full teams, meaning over 45 students were involved. A special thanks goes to Tom Reddington who helped to umpire both sets of house matches. All teams played each other and 1st place went to Orme who won 2 matches and drew another. Torrance and Whitmore got joint second place after getting 6 points each, leaving Elkes to take last place. Then the mixed Year 10 and 11 teams took to the astro. Again all houses presented full teams meaning nearly 100 girls took part in House Hockey in total. Unfortunately there were very little goals in this set of matches. The first 5 games were 0-0 meaning the last game had everything to play for. Elkes scored in the last minute to not only win the game but also the competition. Whitmore and Torrance were again joint second with Orme in last place. Well done to all students involved, everyone has received credits for participating and representing their house.

Netball 

The Year 9 netball team played their first game on Thursday against John Taylor. The result did not go TAHS’ way, suffering a 15-3 defeat.John Taylor played some excellent netball and controlled possession of the ball having the experience of playing together longer than TAHS.Our girls showed composure when in possession of the ball and tried to keep the passing range short to reduce interceptions.Player of the match was Evie Robins. Next game is on Tuesday against John Port away. 

U14 House Rugby 

On Thursday the next round of the House Competition took place with boys Rugby Union.  Results Elkes 7 – Orme 0, Torrance 0 – Whitmore 7, Elkes 12 – Whitmore 0, Orme 5 – Torrance 0, Elkes 0 – Torrance 0, Whitmore 0 – Orme 0 

1st Elkes, 2nd Whitmore & Orme, 4th Torrance 

U16 House Rugby 

1st Torrance, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Elkes  

U14 County Cup Basketball 

Thomas Alleyne’s beat Clayton High

Geography news…

  Well done last week to the 23 year 11s who stayed after school to attend a revision session for their mocks. All year 11s welcome to attend. Every Friday 3:10 – 4pm in 6b and 6a.    Year 13…Reminder that the next part of your coursework – Data presentation is due in on Friday November 23rd. Any student needing help should pop into 6b and see Mrs Goodwin on Tuesday lunchtime.  

Maths Puzzle October 2018

  Mr Black wanted to buy a piece of land. However, he is eccentric and wants the plot of land to be   1. Triangular – a right angled triangle   2. The area in square metres must be exactly ten times the perimeter in metres   3. The perimeter must be less than 240 metre   4. Each side must be an exact number of metres(an integer)   So what are the dimensions of the plot   Solutions to Mr Askey

History 

Year 11 have been completing knowledge quizzes in class and at home as part of preparation for mock exams. You can support students by asking to see the quiz they are currently working on and testing them on their subject knowledge.   Year 13 students should, by now, have a good overall knowledge of all aspects of Year 12 and 13 work and be concentrating on learning precise pieces of evidence to include in written work. You can support students by using their exercise books to test them on their subject knowledge.   It’s really encouraging that lots of students are attending after school revision sessions. Mrs Young and Mrs Johnson are available Tuesday – Friday after school and every lunch time.   Year 9 have been looking at World War One propaganda. Follow the link to see some very lovely examples of their work.

yr 9 propaganda posters

Geography News!

  Well done to our year 11 pupils…A great turn out at the last 2 revision revision sessions. 32 and 36 pupils! Lets make it 40 next week. Come to 6a and 6b at 3:10 – 4pm, next weeks topic will be the Holderness Coast. 

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November 16th 2018

Dates for your diary

 

19/11/2018 PTA Meeting
20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day

 Headteacher blog:

On Thursday evening, I had the pleasure of attending our Senior Prize Giving. It was a privilege to celebrate students’ achievements and to listen to our guest speaker Mrs Liz Abram.
At the end of Liz’s talk, she shared with us these tips:
Trust your instincts. If it feels wrong don’t do it.
Say exactly what you mean. 
Never speak badly of, or to yourself.
Don’t be afraid to say no.
Don’t be afraid to say yes.
Be kind to yourself.
Stay away from drama.
Don’t be a people pleaser.
Stay away from negativity.
Let go of what you can’t control.
Love.
If you can be anything, be kind.
Stay patient and trust your journey.
Choose your habits with care; they decide your future.
The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.
My thanks to Liz for her inspirational speech. Thank you also to our chair of governors, Mr Mike Prescott, to our talented musicians  and Oki our lighting crew!
We are now just 20 school days away from Year 11 and Year 13 mock examinations. You will see an intervention schedule later in the newsletter to support students. In order to provide resources for all subjects, we continue to fund GCSEpod for students. Whilst many students have clearly put in place a detailed revision plan, some have not streamed any podcasts. Please encourage them to do so as we know it leads to building good habits and subsequent success. 
Finally well done to the staff and students who are working incredibly hard on our school production of DNA. It will be a fantastic show dates for your diary are for the 4th, 5th and 6th December. 

 

Original Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts

On Friday 23rd November Thomas Alleyne’s Sixth Form are organising a ‘Doughnut Day’.  All profits made will go the 6th Form’s Forever Charity – Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Famous Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts will be on sale at break time and lunch time where students and staff will be able to purchase them. The Doughnuts will be sold at £1.00 each or £10.00 for a box of a 12, considerably cheaper than retail price! 

We hope we can rely on your support for the fundraiser and that you make the most of the opportunity to taste some fantastic doughnuts and raise some ‘dough’!

Thank you 6th Form 

On Friday 16th November, 4 members of Uttoxeter Lions came to school and presented students with a certificate of appreciation for their support raising money for the Indonesia appeal. 
Other Lions news:  please continue to bring in old spectacles, hearing aids or mobile phones for the Lions recycling scheme.  Well done to students who are already logging hours as part of the Young Leaders In Service scheme.  If you require any further information about these, please contact Mrs Bell.

Mock Exams

Please make sure you are using your revision guide, revision cards and practice questions in your pack.  We will be running a revision session on Saturday 8th December between 10 and 12. 33B will be a review of content of each area that is likely to be assessed.  33A will be available for practice questions, informal revision and the opportunity to ask any relevant questions to a teacher.
Please take up this support to prepare for your mock exams.

JCQ Exam Contingency Day – Wednesday 26th June 2019

For the Summer 2019 exam series a “contingency” exam day has been arranged by the examination awarding bodies which all students need to be aware of. This contingency day for GCSE and/or A Level (or equivalent) examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the June 2019 examination series.” The decision comes following the tragic events of last summer, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Joint Council for Qualifications have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam in the event of an incident and rearrange for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance. The date that has been set aside as the contingency day is Wednesday 26 June 2019. This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday 26 June 2019. 

This decision is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in all schools. Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the new contingency exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its contingency plan. 

 

Interventions

Please see the latest interventions timetable under this link….

Uttoxeter Iceskaters

This year Sean and Carl in our sixth form have been succesful in winning the inclusive and paired category of the artistic iceskating competition in Uttoxeter which was judged by professionals from Dancing on Ice. Carl then went on to win the national artistic competition.
On Saturday 8th December Carl and Sean, along with many of our students, will be performing in their 5th Christmas Show at Uttoxeter, Cinderella on Ice.  
Ice skating is clearly a fantastic way to develop teamwork, communication, health, determination, confidence and friendships .

PTA

See the latest news from the PTA here:

PTA News

Science

 

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

Year 9

Maddy Capewell for consistent excellent effort and attainment

Isla McFadzean for smashing her target grade in her first assessment

Kacper Wielechowski for excellent performance in his assessments

Year 10

Kyle Elcock for his really positive attitude to Science

Aiden White for a massive improvement in Science

Year 11

Dan Hensman for consistent excellence in Chemistry

Danielle Ashmore for superb effort in Chemistry

Well done!

PE

 

U16 County Cup Football 2nd Round
On Thursday we travelled to Sir Graham Balfour in Stafford for the 2nd round of the county cup. In great Autumn weather conditions we began well but conceded from a direct free kick.  We fought back well and a scored an equaliser via a corner from Archie McNair which was slid home by Frankie Bussell.  The game was then end to end with it being clear that the score was going to be close.  Sub Lewie Thornton made a great impact holding the ball up and won a penalty which captain Bussell slotted into the bottom corner.
Man of the Match – Bussell
Team- Belcher, Simon, Ford, Bosworth, Shaw, Archer, Bussell, Dawson, Martin, McNair, Hunt, Thornton.
Boys House Rugby & Girls House Rugby
Next round of House Matches is on Thursday. See your Head of House for team lists.

 

 

Geography news…

Well done last week to the 23 year 11s who stayed after school to attend a revision session for their mocks. All year 11s welcome to attend. Every Friday 3:10 – 4pm in 6b and 6a. 
Year 13…Reminder that the next part of your coursework – Data presentation is due in on Friday November 23rd. Any student needing help should pop into 6b and see Mrs Goodwin on Tuesday lunchtime.

Maths Puzzle October 2018

Mr Black wanted to buy a piece of land. However, he is eccentric and wants the plot of land to be
1. Triangular – a right angled triangle
2. The area in square metres must be exactly ten times the perimeter in metres
3. The perimeter must be less than 240 metre
4. Each side must be an exact number of metres(an integer)
So what are the dimensions of the plot
Solutions to Mr Askey

News from the MFL Department

Y11 French should be revising for their mock speaking exams week beginning 26.11.18 -three themes especially the chosen theme as well as vocabulary and structures.

Bonne Chance!

History 

In the run up to mock exams, it is great to see Year 11 students attending lunchtime and after school revision sessions. These run every lunchtime and after school Wednesday to Friday with Mrs Young and Mrs Johnson. We are available to answer any questions and help students learn the content of the course. If students are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the task ahead of them then these sessions are a good place to find help with planning revision and identifying key areas to focus on.

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November 10th 2018

Dates for your diary

16/11/2018 Own Clothes Day for Children in Need (£1)

 

19/11/2018 PTA Meeting
20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day

 Headteacher blog:

On Friday evening, our PTA organised their annual Quiz night. In just one night, they managed to raise over £1000 for pupils in school. Thanks to everyone involved. As many people will know, funding for schools is incredibly tight and the funds the PTA raise are much valued by our staff and the students who benefit. 
 
On that note, if you are shopping in Tesco next week, we would appreciate your support in helping us raise funds for the repair of the swimming pool. We are thrilled that we have been selected as one of the charities supported by Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme. A local community grant scheme, which uses the money raised from carrier bag sales to fund local projects across Britain. Each time you shop you will be offered a blue token at the checkout and be able to vote for the project they want the money to go to. Every two months they hand out grants of up to £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000. We are hoping to raise £4000 towards the refurbishment of the changing rooms so please pick up a token and vote for us!
 
Twice this week, I met with students who have been excelling in their work. Initially, I met with a small group of about 12 students who have streamed more podcasts than anyone else. What they all had in common, was that have incredible work ethics and have been quietly working at home to ensure they understand all that they have been taught. Then at the end of the week, I joined 40 of our Year 11 ,12 and 13 students who have stood out for their attitude and the progress they are making. It was a pleasure to share a Headteacher breakfast celebration with them. 
 
On Sunday, we have been invited by the Uttoxeter Branch of the British Legion and The Town Council to join the Remembrance Parade. I look forward to accompanying two of our sixth formers who will be laying our wreathe on the Town’s War Memorial. This follows a week of remembrance assemblies which have been led by our sixth formers and Mrs Fisher. 

 

6th

 

Well done to the Year 13 students who delivered a wonderful and thought provoking Remembrance assembly this week. The mature level in which they spoke in front of all year groups and the composure they showed when speaking about the three Alcock brothers who died in World War One was admirable.

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As this Autumn term continue we would like to remind parents and carers that the Year 13 mock exams will be before the end of term this year which means that all students should be creating revision materials and preparing to be as successful as they can.  To start now and to continue after the exams in December will certainly have a positive impact on their A Level exams in May and June of next year.

With this in mind I must also remind you that personal statements for UCAS and Apprenticeship applications should be completed. Their form tutors, subject teachers and EPQ teachers are there to read them through and give advice. We have sent some UCAS applications off already and I am aware that there will be more ready to be sent on Monday morning. 

Monthly Parents’ Pack
full of apprenticeship resources!

Take a look at the very first National Apprenticeship Service Parents’ Pack.

The monthly pack, designed to be shared through school channels, is full of resources aimed at helping parents understand the benefits of apprenticeships.

October’s edition includes translated resources, dates for your diary and a useful guide highlighting 6 easy ways to keep informed about apprenticeships.
There are also links to more packs with apprenticeship information.

The pack can be downloaded for free on the Amazing Apprenticeships website:https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resource/parents-pack-october-201

As you are aware we recently started collecting spectacles, hearing aids and mobile phones on behalf of Uttoxeter Lions. They came to empty the recycling bin for the first time this week and we are pleased to say that we have collected the following:
Spectacles – 21
Hearing Aids – 8
Uttoxeter Lions are extremely pleased with the start the school has made.  The recycling bin is located outside the 6th Form office. Lower school students can take their contributions to Mrs Bell in Room 11.

Elevate

This week Elevate came in again to do a session with our students on Time Management. They looked at how to create a revision timetable and focussed on fitting in their hobbies and fun activities first and putting revision time around it to encourage motivation.
They also recommended putting a photo above your desk of what you are aiming for. For example displaying a photo of the college or apprenticeship you want to go to in order to keep motivated.
The last session will be on Monday 21st January  and is titled ‘Ace your exams’
Please have a look at the student portal on the elevate website where you can download resources to support your child with their study. The website link and password is as follows:
Password – rondo

Business Studies – Year 11 Revision

There will be a Business revision session on a Tuesday after school in Room 45 for the next four weeks to help prepare students for their mock exams.
The session will run from 3.10 until 3.45.

 

Worthy Mentions

Hannah Davis is a competitive cyclist and part of Derby Youth Track league and is currently 2nd in the league. Her ambition and commitment to cycling has been fantastic, especially being able to manage this around her studies. Well Done Hannah!
Many of the Thomas Alleyne’s girls are involved in the Girls Under 15’s Burton Rugby Club team. Jess Banner,Holly Sutton, Madi Porritt, Neve Peaty, Lucy Caladine and Holly Chatfield are currently unbeaten in the season’s games so far, showing grit and determination alongside great communication and team play. Well Done to these students!

MFL News

MFL Y11 are continuing to work on speaking topics in preparation for their mock speaking exams week beginning 26th November.
There is revision after school on Fridays after school in room 10 3.05-3.45 week 1 higher, week 2 foundation. In addition there will be a challenge group on Tuesdays at 3.05 in room 23 looking at grammar, skills and structures to aim for grade 8 or 9.
Y10 are revising for an an assessment on the topic on holidays in lesson next week.
Bonne chance.

Train to Teach

Train to Teach Event 4pm – 7pm Wednesday 14th November 2018
Staffordshire University Science Centre, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DF

We will be on hand to discuss how you can now train to become a teacher at the Uttoxeter Learning Trust Teaching School”

For more information please contact the Teaching School at teachingschool@tahs.org.uk or visit our web site – http://www.ultteachingschool.org.uk”

Science

 

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

Year 9

Abbey Holgate and Danny Bekker for achieving excellent results in their first “Cells” assessment.

Year 10

Ben Salt and Oliver Taylor for achieving consistently excellent results in the “Bioenergetics module”.

Year 11

Natasha Painter and Jack Wright for achieving consistently excellent results in the “Infection and Response” module.

 

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

Year 10

Annabelle Jones for excellent work halter training the sheep.

Tammin Hudson for excellent coursework on handling rabbits.

Year 11

Rowan Hall and Lydia Heath for excellent homework and commitment in Animal Care.

 

Well done!

 

PE

 

East Staffs Cross Country Championships

On Tuesday we made the short trip to Oldfields for the district cross country championships. We took full teams in the Year 9 boys, year 9 girls, year 10/11 boys and year 10/11 girls competitions. Star performer in the year 9 race was Leighton Thomas who came 2nd overall.

In year 10/11 Owen Carrington finished in 3rd place but it was the team that took the glory finishing in 1st place overall.
The team was Richard Wasson, Nathan Winstanley, Euan Walsh, Max Houghton and Owen Carrington.

 

Burton & District Football Association Cup Semi Final U16 Boys

Thursday saw Thomas Alleyne’s host Repton in the U16 B&D cup semi final. With Repton’s rich pedigree in the sport we were clear underdogs but went into the game full of confidence. The first half saw us have the better of the play but apart from a goal mouth scramble that was cleared off the line we couldn’t create any real clear cut chances.

In the second half the wind became much stronger and made it hard for us to get out of our own half. Repton built pressure but we defended well and were always a threat on the break and at set pieces. Eventually the pressure told and Repton took the lead, we carried on fighting to the end but it was not to be our day.

Man of The Match- Harvey Belcher
Team- Belcher, Ball, Shaw, Ford, Bosworth, Archer, Dawson, Bussell, McNair, Hunt, Martin, Thornton, Walker, Simon

 

Here is the latest video report from our budding sports reporter Max….

https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aht3vJDGRXZpaeIW7inCW9HRHq4

 

Data Collection Sheets

Please can you return the completed data collection sheets to the school as soon as possible.

Maths Puzzle October 2018

Mr Black wanted to buy a piece of land. However, he is eccentric and wants the plot of land to be
1. Triangular – a right angled triangle
2. The area in square metres must be exactly ten times the perimeter in metres
3. The perimeter must be less than 240 metre
4. Each side must be an exact number of metres(an integer)
So what are the dimensions of the plot
Solutions to Mr Askey

Non uniform day next Friday 16th

£1 minimum donation please.

Half of the money will be going to Children in Need and half will be going towards providing emotional well-being counselling for Thomas Alleyne’s students.

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