December 7th 2018

 Dates for your diary

 
 
 
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
 
21/12/2018 – Inset Day
 
7/1/19 Inset Day
 
8/1/19 School reopens for students
 
 

 Headteacher blog:



In a school week when I had the privilege of watching over 50 brilliant young people, led by our fantastic team of drama/dance teachers, perform the play DNA, and when I had the chance to watch our Year 10 girls’ victory in netball, I feel incredibly proud of our young people. In both drama and sport, the students embodied the essence of teamwork beautifully.
 
Our RE staff will be opening up on Saturday, welcoming in their Year 11 students to support them in  their final preparations for their mock examinations. 
 
I would like to pass on my thanks to all staff for the opportunities they are offering our students both academically and in Sport, Art, Drama and Music. 
 
We wish everyone well with their trial examinations next week
 

Uniform 

 
A reminder to all students,  parents and carers.
 
 Hooded sweatshirts are not part of the uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. We encourage all students to wear a v necked blue or black school sweatshirt over their shirts, especially now that the weather has turned cold. 
 
We encourage them to also bring outdoor coats, and gloves. If they do bring hooded sweatshirts to school and wear these beneath or over their blazers these will be removed from them to be collected by parents as they are not part of the school uniform. We appreciate parents support with ensuring these sweatshirts, which are not part of our uniform are not brought to school. 
 
 
6th

 

On Tuesday 4th December we welcomed Andy Grant to speak to our Yr 12 students.  He came in to tell his story and share his experiences.  Andy has delivered motivational talks all over the world – from talking to Nike Marketing Team in China to the England Football team before the World Cup. Andy was in the Royal Marines as a member of the Green Beret.  During active service 5 months into a tour of Afghanistan Andy got blown up. After suffering horrific injuries he spent 18 months in and out of hospital. Andy eventually decided to have his amputated from the knee down. From the moment he started talking the students and myself were completely transfixed by what he has gone through and how he had turned his life around.  Andy is the fastest single leg amputee in the world over 10km with a time of 37.17. Andy’s story is a rollercoaster of emotions.

After the talk students said that it was very humbling listening to his talk and that it brought them to tears.  It was an absolute privilege to listen to Andy’s presentation and to see the effect it had on the students.

We look forward to welcoming Andy to Thomas Alleyne’s again.

 

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We have had a busy week! External visitors willing to share their wealth of knowledge and to impart wisdom upon our Year 12 and 13 students.  Last week I talked about enrichment and how we have a commitment to our young adults, the feedback I have had from our students this week is that we are helping them see life from many directions. Mrs Walton has provided an account regarding the inspiring words he imparted on the Year 12’s on Tuesday. It seems that Commando humour is something we all need and humility and courage will always serve you well, I wish I had been able to listen, I hope we are lucky enough to have him back. 

On Wednesday, staff from T3 Drug & Alcohol Advisory Unit visited Year 13 as part of their wellbeing programme and our commitment to our educate on matters where we know we are not always the specialist.  I was not teaching so I was able to listen to this talk, I found it interesting but also very concerning about how many illicit substances there are.  Adam was able to speak clearly about the dangers surrounding drug misuse and also explained how useful the T3 programme is.  T3 is a free and confidential service for young people up to 18 years old in Staffordshire.  They help young people make informed choices about their alcohol and drug use, and to raise awareness of all the risks involved. This includes providing high quality and responsive support and assistance to parents and carers, schools and colleges, reflecting an inclusive approach to care co-ordination.

AS you know we are committed to helping within our local community and one way which we are doing this is by donating unwanted glasses to the Uttoxeter Lions, today they collected 13 pairs of glasses from our school.  They stated that this is ‘an impressive result on top of the 21 pairs collected last month’. Thanks to all those people who donated and thank you to Mrs Bell who helps organise these events..

We are looking for Year 12 students who would be interested in being an accelerated reading mentor.  This will involve being assigned to a lower school student who is struggling with their reading and literacy skills.  They will listen to them read and give them strategies to improve (training will be given).  This is a very worthwhile project and they will get to see their mentee improve in reading age (students take an online test after reading each short book).  It will take place during registration once per week in the library.  This is also excellent to put on their personal statements/job applications about a time when they have made a difference, overcome obstacles, helped others etc.  If anybody is thinking of becoming a teacher or healthcare worker, there are also opportunities to learn about dyslexia and other special needs.  We have run this support to Lower school for many years and feel that it is beneficial and worthwhile.

Over the next two weeks we have our Year 13 mocks.  All Year 13 students should be ready to sit these exams. Please reiterate to them that it is ok to feel nervous and anxious, others will be feeling the same.  We ask that all students turn up to the exam in plenty of time, all students are expected in lessons if they are not in an exam. All students must bring the correct equipment to their exams and behave accordingly. After Christmas there are some BTEC external exams, again ensure that they are revising for these, they are important and do count towards their final BTEC qualification.

“On Tuesday 4th December, the Y13 A Level English Language group were lucky enough to have a session delivered by Dr Barbara MacMahon from Derby University.  They learned about advanced Theory Of Mind as enrichment towards their Child Language Acquisition module.  We look forward to continuing this successful partnership with Derby University.”

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. 

Christmas Dinner

 
We are proud to announce that all the turkey provided for this years Christmas lunch in the school canteen has come from the school farm where they have been cared for by the Animal Care students. Our turkeys have also been sold to other local schools in the area for their Christmas lunches.
 
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History

 
Year 9 have reached the end of their first unit of work and are completing assessments on this. It is clear that there has been a lot of revision, and, as a result of this, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young have marked some excellent examination papers. Revising properly for Year 9 history assessments is an important part of learning which revision strategies will work at GCSE.
 
After school revision sessions are continuing for Year 11 and it is lovely to work with students in small groups to help them consolidate their understanding and practice examination skills.
 
Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young are also available after school or during non-contact lessons for Year 13 students.

Science

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

Year 9

Elizabeth Shaw and Josh Ratcliffe for consistent hard work and progress in Biology.

Year 10

Josh Rogen for excellent scores in the Biology test.

Freya Hadgett for excellent progress.

Year 11

Jess Bailey and Tara Wilkins for excellent effort and good progress.

This week’s Animal Care news and star students selected by Mrs North:

Thank you to all the Year 10 students who have worked so hard this week plucking and dressing the turkeys as well as making Christmas wreaths. In particular, Taylor-Jane Bailey and Issy McLeavy have been brilliant.

Year 11 have been working very hard towards their external assessment in Animal Care after Christmas, in particular Jenna Timmis and Kensie Paterson who have produced some excellent revision materials.

Well done!

PE

Netball
 
Our first home game of the season saw our Year 10 team extend their unbeaten run in the East Staffordshire district league with wins against John Taylor’s A and B team. 
Bolstered by a big home crowd TAHS soon settled and got over any early nerves and made their mark on the game. John Taylor A were put under great pressure whilst they were in possession of the ball, with the girls allowing very few passing options, with great positioning marking their opponents and strong arms in front of the ball. TAHS often won the ball back through interceptions or winning a penalty for a held ball. 
Amelia and Eve showed great team work in their circle defending to restrict the John Taylor shooters efforts at the net. Together with Jess and Frankie the ball was moved quickly upcourt to our own shooting third. Alice & Holly fed the ball effectively into Freya & Anna who were hungry for goals & delivered scoring from different areas of the D. The final score was 15-4 to Thomas Alleyne’s. A thoroughly enjoyable watch as both teams displayed a high standard of netball. 
 
Fortunately there was another game for the crowd to enjoy as the girls then faced the John Taylor B team. Determined to gain the full 6 points TAHS continued with the same levels of intensity and raced to 18-3 victory. A result which has left Miss Jones beaming all week. 
 
 Squad – Hadgett, Bednall, Banner, Tooth, Boothby, Chatfield, Adams & Hadgett
POM – Eve Bednall
 
 
 
Gifted & Talented Netball Coaching Session
 
Evie, Holly, Halle, Eve, Anna, Amelia & Freya travelled to John Taylor to participate in a coaching session. Commonwealth gold medal winner Beth Cobden delivered some fun warm-up activities and some technical drills on how to beat a defender, followed by some games. All the girls thoroughly enjoyed the session, which ended with a Q & A session and some photo opportunities with the gold medal & Beth Cobden. 
 
 
 

Year 9 East Staffordshire Futsal Championship.

 

The pictures tell the story… 1st and 2nd in the district.

 

Year 9 Rugby

On Wednesday 12th December Year 9 have a boys rugby fixture against St Josephs college away. Team list below. Team will require parents to arrange lifts meeting at 1.20 at school and getting to St Josephs for 2pm. Game will finish at approx 3.30pm.

Address of pitch is – Rose Tree Avenue Trent Vale Stoke On Trent ST4 6NL

Team to see Mr Barrow Monday registration to confirm availability.

Tim Hensman, Toby Minshall, Charlie Ratcliffe, Ben Ogden, Connor Buxton, Blake Plant, Adam Bulmer, Leo Hemmings, Driss Chouhibi, Lewis Tomlinson, Luke Watt, Charlie Allcock, Duncan Craven, Toby Patterson, Hal Thornton, Aiden Moorfield, Ben Pagett, Ethan Hudson

 

Maths Puzzle

Answers to November Puzzle 65,72 and 97. There were no correct entries.
 
This months puzzle for December is
 
Christmas Car Sales
 
‘How’s the motor business’ asked Ian. Chris smiled ‘Its not usually good leading up to Christmas but sales have picked up again. We sold 56 in the first 3 weeks. The difference between the number we sold in the first and second weeks, multiplied by the difference between the second and third weeks, comes to the same as the number we sold in the first week’.
 
Ian was stuck as he was not in a top set maths class at school.
 
How many cars did Chris sell in the third week of that month?
 
Answers to Mr Askey
 

 

Christmas Concert

  Mr Power is after more acts. If you have what it takes to be in the Christmas Concert this year please pop and see him ASAP!

Tickets are available from the online shop and also from Mr Power. £5 each (£3 concessions).

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SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY!

We are excited to be able to offer parents and students an exclusive offer at TheBookPeople.co.uk. This offer will get you £5 off a £25 spend. The Book People offer a large range of books priced well below RRP and every purchase you make will help raise funds for our library!

To activate this offer, visit this page:

http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/school-fundraising

Enter this code:

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And we’ll receive a commission on your order and you’ll receive £5 off your order (when you spend £25)!

For orders over £10, you’ll get free delivery too with the code:

ELF10

 After school drop-in session

Struggling with how to revise? Want a quiet revision space? Academic referencing boggling your mind?

The library will now be opened after-school on Wednesdays from 3:05 to 4 from now until the end of term for students to get help with their studies. Many different types of support can be offered, including:

Tips for effective revision

A quiet workspace

Academic referencing support

Essay writing tips

Exam timing

Establishing a revision culture

Sourcing wider reading

And more!

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November 30th 2018

School Play 2018

 
This year’s school play sees approximately 50 TAHS students take a role as cast or crew in an adaptation of Dennis Kelly’s DNA. The play is the GCSE Drama set text. 
DNA tells the story of a group of teenagers who do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover up unites them, and brings harmony to their once fractious lives, where’s the incentive to out things. Right?
 
TAHS continue with their annual style of a fusion of dance, drama and live music for this hard hitting piece of performance that highlight’s today’s youth culture.
 
Tickets on sale on the school online shop or outside the Theatre every lunch time. Make your payment, get your receipt, reserve your seats. 
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
DNA

 

 Dates for your diary

 
 
 
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
 
21/12/2018 – Inset Day
 
7/1/19 Inset Day
 
8/1/19 School reopens for students
 
 

 Headteacher blog:



Thank you to all parents who joined us for year 11 parents evening this week. We were pleased that 3 out of every 4 parents were able to join us for the evening this year.
 
We hope you found the evening helpful as your daughters and sons prepare for their trial examinations. There are already a significant number of Year 11 and Year13 students who are showing maturity and wisdom in the way in which they are organising themselves. We had one question from a parent hoping that her son hadn’t peaked too early: it was a good question. We would like to reassure you that all the advice we give students is to the contrary – the more they commit to these examinations, the increasingly expert they become in managing their time. What is asked of students in 2018, is well beyond what was asked of me when I completed my GCSEs. Many of them will sit over 25 exams in just over 5 weeks. It takes real stamina and, just like preparing for  any race or competition, they can only acquire stamina through practice and taking good care of themselves and each other. 
 
If you feel like your son or daughter is not in good enough habits as yet, please continue to encourage them and we will offer further guidance and support following the outcomes of their trials.
 
We wish everyone the very best, and hope that by placing the examinations before Christmas this year, everyone gets to enjoy their holiday.
 
If you were unable to attend parents evening, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of House for an update.
 
This week has been busy with rehearsals for our school production DNA, Duke of Edinburgh and World Challenge training evenings. These were well attended with the World Challenge Teams starting to plan their fund-raising strategies. 
 
We are excited to be able to share with you that we have been successful in securing 48 places on a character building programme with Outward Bound in February. Having been successful in gaining subsidies and sponsorship for the programme, it is likely we will be able to offer the week away for less than £150.00. We are also looking to acquire full funding for some families. Letters, and further details will be given to Year 9 students before Christmas. all of these activities give our students the chance to build skills in teamwork, independence and resilience: so important in the world of work.
 
 
Finally, a reminder to all students and parents. Hooded sweatshirts are not part of the uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. We encourage all students to wear a v necked blue or black school sweatshirt over their shirts, especially now that the weather has turned cold. We encourage them to also bring outdoor coats, and gloves. If they do bring hooded sweatshirts to school and wear these beneath or over their blazers these will be removed from them to be collected by parents as they are not part of the school uniform. We appreciate parents support with ensuring these sweatshirts, which are not part of our uniform are not brought to school. 
 
6th

 

Over the academic year we try to encourage our students to think of themselves and of others, this may be within the school, family or wider community. As a Sixth Form we want our students to be the best and to participate in as many activities as they can. With that in mind we have been lucky enough to secure a Para-Olympian, Andy Grant to come in and speak to our Year 12 students.

‘Andy Grant has been through a lot in a relatively short period of time. More than most will ever experience or will ever imagine. At 12 years old, Andy lost his mum to leukaemia, leaving him to help his dad bring up his two younger sisters. At 17, Andy decided after a year of A levels, that he needed a different challenge and was drawn into the Royal Marines by a single TV advert.

After completing the Royal Marine Commando training, he earned his coveted green beret and served in operation in Iraq and Afghanistan for nearly seven years, before being medically discharged after some very serious injuries in Afghanistan. Andy was blown up, five months into his tour to Afghanistan, which resulted in him spending two weeks in an induced coma and eighteen months in and out of hospital before Andy eventually decided to have his leg amputated for a better quality of life and for control of his future.

Since then, Andy has practiced what he preaches and lives each day like it is his last and certainly has got back the quality of life that he desired.  Andy has climbed some of the highest mountains in the world, learnt to ski and surf, and recently became the fastest single leg amputee in the world over 10km; clocking a time of 37:17.  He now plans to bring that 10km time down even further and plans to become the fastest single leg amputee over 5km.’               

As well as this we have organised for T3 to speak to our Year 13 students. This service is designed to be accessed by students and young people. It enables them to support those they are concerned about and give them the confidence to sign post them to the correct agency. It will help them recognise signs or triggers within friendship groups and help them stay safe whilst out with friends.  Nationally there is a trend of drug and substance misuse and to educate our students now is important as they make the move from a safe and supported Sixth Form to the unknown, such as university where they may mix with larger groups.

‘We help young people make informed choices about their alcohol and drug use, and to raise awareness of all the risks involved. This includes providing high quality and responsive support and assistance to parents and carers, schools, colleges, statutory services and other young person’s services and youth and community groups, enabling effective community treatment planning that reflects an inclusive approach to care co-ordination.’

 We are moving towards the school deadline for UCAS applications. Many students that have sent off their application have been offered places, condition and unconditional, please could you encourage your child, if they are planning to apply, to complete their form as soon as possible.

If students are looking at taking the Apprenticeship route then many of these Higher Level Apprenticeships are currently being offered online. You can view these on Unifrog as well as the government Apprenticeship website. If you would further information on these then please contact Sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

 

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.

MFL Mock Exams

Well done to Year 11 for their French speaking exams – keep revising those speaking questions to have with the writing

Science

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

Year 10

 Joshua Newbon for exemplary effort.

Year 11

Amy Podmore for exemplary efforts in revision sessions.

Well done!

PE

 

RE Revision

RE Revision next Saturday 10-12.  Room 33A and 33B.

Drop in to go through key content, practice questions and individual support.
 

 

 

Christmas Concert

  Mr Power is after more acts. If you have what it takes to be in the Christmas Concert this year please pop and see him ASAP!

Tickets are available from the online shop and also from Mr Power. £5 each (£3 concessions).

Flyer.png

SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY!

We are excited to be able to offer parents and students an exclusive offer at TheBookPeople.co.uk. This offer will get you £5 off a £25 spend. The Book People offer a large range of books priced well below RRP and every purchase you make will help raise funds for our library!

To activate this offer, visit this page:

http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/school-fundraising

Enter this code:

h1pqfcK       

And we’ll receive a commission on your order and you’ll receive £5 off your order (when you spend £25)!

For orders over £10, you’ll get free delivery too with the code:

ELF10

 After school drop-in session

Struggling with how to revise? Want a quiet revision space? Academic referencing boggling your mind?

The library will now be opened after-school on Wednesdays from 3:05 to 4 from now until the end of term for students to get help with their studies. Many different types of support can be offered, including:

Tips for effective revision

A quiet workspace

Academic referencing support

Essay writing tips

Exam timing

Establishing a revision culture

Sourcing wider reading

And more!

rafflr

 

Cookies and Cakes!

 
The Y12 English Language students will be selling a variety of cookies and cakes (many freshly baked) outside the theatre on Wednesday 5th December. This to help raise funds for them to go to London to take part in a Language Conference, where they’ll get to listen to some top linguists. Come and along and grab a sweet treat! 
 
 

Art Students work part of  Lichfield Cathedral Illuminations

 

 

 

Some of our very talented Art students and visitors from our Open Evening for Y8’s at Middle School have participated in this impressive Art instillation as part of Lichfield Cathedral’s year of Peace events. Each student considered what ‘peace’ meant and reflected on it being 100 years since the end of WW1. 

Around 20,000 children in total, of all ages, have added their decorations and messages of peace to the paper doves, which are not on display in Lichfield Cathedral. 

Peter Walker, Lichfield Cathedral’s Artist in Residence who created the project, said of the responses “We are extremely grateful for your hard work and look forward to welcoming everyone to see their doves at the cathedral this advent.”

The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, said “The messages you have written about peace have been extraordinarily thoughtful and moving, and all of us at the Cathedral are thankful that all of you have put so much effort into making these wonderful doves.”

The doves will be on display in the Cathedral from Tuesday 27th November until Saturday 5th January. We invite every child and teacher and their family and friends to come along to the Cathedral to see their doves on display.

Y13 Artist selected to Exhibit in London with RBA and ROSL

Livia Robinson, Thomas Alleyne's High,Skull, unframed 40cm x 50cm, watercolour pen and ink.jpg


The Lichfield and Needwood Arts Society
 approached TAHS in June to put forward exceptional students work forward for consideration for the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) ‘Star Student’ exhibition to be held in collaboration with the Royal Overseas League (ROSL).   Only 3 students from each society were eligible to enter so the standard was exceptional from the start. 

Livia Robinson from Y13 has had her work selected to form part of a prestigious exhibition in London Next Year. From a field of 247 entries extremely high caliber students from Arts Society’s across the country, only approximately 20 were selected for exhibition. The chosen students  will have their work exhibited along side professional artists and be open to the public after a VIP private view in April for the ROSL exhibition at Over-Seas House in London and July for the RBA exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London next year.

We are delighted that Livia has made it through as she is a dedicated Art and Photography student, who is currently in the process of gaining an undergraduate degree  BA Hons  in a  creative Arts course in either design or illustration at university, this has come at a great time for her to discuss at interview and to start of her future career in the Arts with such recognition of her talents.

Her image of a skull, created using water-colour, ink and pen is both an impressive observational study and a piece full of mood and atmosphere. Well Done Livia!

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