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:

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 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).

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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:

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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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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October 26th 2018

Dates for your diary

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

09/11/2018 – PTA Quiz night details below

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:

We are now at an exciting stage in the planning of our new build which will be located on the site of our current pavilion. The new block will include a multi/gym or dance studio, 3 new classrooms, new changing rooms and toilets for students. As you can see from the artist impression below, it is a exciting addition to the school environment and one which we hope to have ready for students and staff in 12 months time. The work we did to extend the canteen over the Summer has proved popular with students and we have found that the sixth form are increasingly using it as a place for them to complete their independent work. We are close to finalising the work on the swimming pool in the hope we are able to re-open it in Easter next year. 
Thank you to all parents and students for your support this half term. We hope you have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 6th November. 

 

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Year 11 Pre Mock Interventions

Interventions will be starting in earnest after half term and the full timetable can be seen below:

Interventions Oct 18

History

Year 13
Well done to all the students who have met the coursework completion deadline. Year 13’s next task is revision for mock exams. If this has not already started then it must be begun during half-term – make sure that you refer to the year 12 topic revision document given to you in lessons.
Year 11
All year 11 have been set a holiday homework of reviewing and learning the answers to the GCSE quiz sheets. Recap knowledge tests based on year 10 work will begin after half-term in class. Don’t forget that if there is anything students don’t understand, then revision classes are available at lunchtime and after school – see Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young for details.

World Challenge

 

world

It’s exciting to hear that your child is keen to join the Thomas Alleyne’s High School expedition team to Malawi in July 2020. Mr Gilson has an information pack for your child to bring home about the trip, and if you click on the pictures below you will be able to watch the “Safety” and “Our traveller” video’s that were played as part of the information evening.

Malawi is known as the warm heart of Africa, its people are incredibly friendly, and it has excellent travel opportunities and fascinating cultures for a student led expedition. While in Malawi the team will trek through tea plantations to reach the high Zomba Plateau and hike the Mulanje Massif to reach 2684m with fabulous views. They will take part in a community project learning about Malawi life and culture first hand and giving something back by improving facilities at a local school. The boat and land safaris at Liwande National park will be a highlight, and there will be time to relax at Monkey Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi too.

The Cost of the 4 week expedition is £4350 this includes Flights to and from Malawi, all transport during the expedition in country, all accommodation costs (tents are provided), all food, a 2 day training weekend in the UK next year, full safety and backup including expedition leaders, and comprehensive medical insurance. Other costs to consider include personal kit and equipment eg clothing, rucksack and boots, pre departure withdrawal insurance, Vaccinations and Visas, kit insurance, UK transport and pocket money for treats and souvenirs (max £200).

A tradition has grown at World Challenge over the last 30 years for students to raise as much of their own expedition fee as they can themselves. Popular ideas include getting a part time job, baby sitting, or mowing lawns, making and selling things at Christmas craft fayres or bake sales, team car washes and supermarket bag packing or big theme nights raise lots too.

There will be meetings in school to help with organising fundraising events for the expedition fee. It is important that your child has some ideas of their own too, as we can’t do it for them. World Challenge have lots of resources and ideas on the members area of our website to help your child with their fundraising, which you will have access to if they sign up.

If after looking through the information you would like your child to participate, please apply following the instructions below or on the paper application form in the information pack by the 9th November.

To Apply online

  1. Go towww.myworldchallenge.com/bookingcodeand enter the booking code ZVJZ92Z5
  2. Verify your email address by clicking the link in the verification email we send you.
  3. Complete the online application in full and pay your first instalment, you will have full access to My World Challenge straight away.

There is lots more information in the pack your child will be bringing home, if you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of the expedition please call our customer support team on 01494 427600.

 

The deadline for signing up for World Challenge (Malawi 2020) is Friday 9th November.  Applications can be made through postal application from the brochure handed out on the parents’ evening or more easily completed online by going to the World Challenge website, again full details of how to apply are also outlined in the brochure.  If you require a brochure or further help please do not hesitate to contact Mr Gilson.

MFL News

Congratulations to all those Y9 who did well in the family assessment – praise cards to follow.
Y11 French are choosing and writing up their chosen theme for the speaking exam to be handed in the first lesson after half term.
5 Y10 students are are waiting to find out their exchange partners. 
Y10 French should be preparing their holidays questions to hand in in their first French lesson after half term and revising for an assessment.
Bonnes vacances

Geography

Geography year 13
Students should have handed in chapter 1 and 2 of their coursework – the introduction and methodology sections. Over half term students should spend time on collecting their primary data and its presentation. Please see Mr Washbourne or Mrs Goodwin if there are any questions about this. 
Geography year 11
Well done to the 14 year 11 pupils who stayed behind last Friday to spend time revising urbanisation. There will be after school revision every Friday from 3:10 – 4pm to help pupils prepare for their mock exams. All pupils welcome. 

 

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Science

 

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

Year 9

Louisa Page and Jack Smart for two fantastic assessment test scores in Chemistry.

Year 10

George Foster and Saffron Forrester for continually working hard in Chemistry.

Year 11

Tya Messer and Leyton Tyers for consistently being above their target grade in Chemistry.

 

Well done!

 

PE

 

Girls Rugby
On Thursday the girls travelled to Burton Rugby to compete in a festival which also involved players from Robert Sutton and Pingle.
The competition started with a full 15 a side game which was played to a really high standard with some big hits, great runs and solid ball distribution. The experience and power from TAHS meant that we dominated the score line but scoring 6 tries Maddie Porritt x 2, Molly Beresford x 2, Heather Leech & Lucy Calladine, finishing off some strong runs from their team mates.
The festival then broke down into smaller sided games again TAHS were dominant but this allowed for more development of individual players.
A fantastic performance backed up by lots of singing on the minibus journey home.
Chatfield, Porritt, Jones, Reilly, Beresford, Yates, Calladine, Peaty, Clarke, Baldwin, Horsfall, Perry, Leech

Girls football
The first 11 a side game of football this season ended in a crushing 8-0 defeat from Westwood.
However there were many positives to take away from the game with every player improving and becoming more confident on the ball as the game progressed.
Team – Klaudia Siwek, Courtney Bogacki, Jemima Pope, Ava Shenton, Harriet Bebbington, Charlotte Ward, Mia Beavan, Phoebe Lawrie, Isabel Rose, Ellie Avery, Millie Yates, Georgia Edwards
Year 9 Boys Rugby
On Wednesday last our year 9 rugby team travelled to Burton Rugby Club for the district tournament. This was the teams debut for school and some excellent rugby was played. In great conditions we got through to the 3rd / 4th playoff against Paulet. Our experience of earlier games began yo pay off as we scored some scintillating tries and racked up a good score.
U16 County Cup Rugby v St Josephs College

Report to follow after half term.
District Cross Country- First day back. All runners selected should have received a parent text.
Year 9 Basketball- practice first day back 3.05. First fixture Wednesday 7th Nov
Year 11 Football – Semi final v Repton at home Thu 8th Nov

 

A Thank You

Please see the letter below from the Lions Club….

Lions letter

 

You can now train to teach at the Uttoxeter Learning Trust Teaching School

Have you always had a desire to teach ?  Would you like to inspire and shape lives for the future ?
Is this something you have considered in the past, but don’t know where to turn to for advice ?
 
Come along and chat with us at the forthcoming Train to Teach event –
Wednesday 14th November 2018  (4pm – 7pm)
Staffordshire University,
Science Centre,
Leek Road,
Stoke-on-Trent,
ST4 2DF
 
More information can be found on the Train to Teach web site :
 
 
For further information about the opportunities to train to teach please e-mail – teachingschool@tahs.org.uk  or telephone 01889 561820 please ask for the Teaching School, where we will be happy to offer guidance.

Maths Puzzle October 2018

You have until the end of this coming week to get your answers in…..
How Old is John?
Mum’s age in two years’ time divided by John’s age now , then added to John’s age comes to two-thirds of what Mum was when John was born. And today it is Mum’s and John’s birthday.
How old is John?
Maths Puzzle – Solution Mum 37 John 13 or Mum 26 John 2 
Winners ‘How Old is John?’
Peter Taylor (Governor)
Mrs BA Davies (Governor)
Well done – See Mr Askey for your prize

 

Your Staffordshire Card

The Your Staffordshire Card scheme is ending on 31 August 2019
Staffordshire County Council like many councils are facing unprecedented financial challenges not of our making due to the increasing costs of funding adult social care and children’s care – at a time when national funding to councils continues to fall.
The decision has been made to phase out financial support for the Your Staffordshire Card (YSC) youth scheme. In the past you have helped to promote the scheme and we would like you to display the attached poster and let your students know of the closure if possible.
This means that from 31 August 2019 the pass will no longer be accepted for discounted travel on buses. We will honour passes to that date.
If people wish to comment they can  email yourstaffordshirecard@staffordshire.gov.uk  by 30 November 2018.
Individual responses will not be provided but all comments will be noted.

House Trophy

The House Trophy competition for this half-term is incredibly close, with each house having a success in at least one event. There is still plenty to play for, especially with regards to achieving credits and attendance to school. Elkes house have come 2nd in 5 competitions so far, which is a fantastic achievement for where they stand at the moment. Orme house came first in the Y9 Girls Cross-Country and Attendance, whereas Torrance have been first in Y9 Boys Cross-Country, Y9 Handball and Credits. Whitmore have been equally successful in coming first in Y10/11 Girls and Boys Cross-Country as well as the Y10/11 Handball Competitions. The leaderboard stands as follows:

1st Elkes – 40 points

2nd Torrance & Whitmore – 39 Points

3rd Orme – 32 Points

Could this be the closest year yet for the Thomas Alleyne’s House Competition? Plenty to play for in the next half-term with:

Credits

Attendance

House Hockey

House Rugby

 

Art

Year 9 Sculptures!
In year 9 art class this term we have been looking at key visual elements such as colour, patttern, space, shape and form. Also investigating the artist Hundertwasser, and had our drawing assessment from direct observation of a shoe. Drawing with line and using tone to emphasise the illusion of form and texture. At home we have been looking at our design work from imagination and referencing Hundertwasser’s work, ready to challenge ourselves with a 3D construction. 
Well done to those groups who have already finished their first independent learning task based on the artist Hundertwasser. 
We have had some super inventive designs, creative use of reclaimed materials such as crisp tubes, drinks bottles, lollipop sticks and one even made entirely from crochet! 
We are looking forward to seeing the rest of year 9 art groups completing their own sculptures shortly. If you are not sure what date to hand in your work please check INSIGHT.
These works will be photographed for your sketchbook, left on display then all being well returned home for you to keep. 

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Reports

Year 11 & 13 reports are available on Insight.

 

Respect Programme – Autumn 2

The themes for the next half-term now moves onto some current challenges that young people are faced with day-in, day-out. It is vital that if you have any concerns about the material, that you contact your child’s Head of House or Form Tutor to discuss any of these issues. All students will be studying e-safety, however each Year group will focus particularly on:

Year 9:

Safeguarding

Consequences of Cyber Bullying

Social Media and the Law

Cyber Bullying Situations

Being Impersonated on Social Media

Fraping

Sexting

Year 10 & 11:

Web Evaluation

Filesharing and Copyright Infringement

Digital Footprint

Ratings and Responses Websites

Creative Commons Licesing and Copyright

How to Avoid Fraud

Hijacked Videos

Year 11 will also have a focus towards their Mock examinations as we get closer to Christmas. So may look at revision techniques with their Tutors.

Links

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October 19th 2018

Dates for your diary

24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

09/11/2018 – PTA Quiz night details below

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:

This week, Year 9 students, have had the opportunity to attend ‘Talk the Talk’ training sessions to develop their own public speaking. The ‘Talk the Talk’ facilitators said it was a pleasure to work with them and have selected a group of 20 to meet with me next week to share what they have learnt from the experience. 
Because of the importance of public speaking, and our desire to make sure that Thomas Alleyne’s students can compete against the very best, we have decided to offer 30 Year 12 senior students the opportunity to complete the Talk about the Future course. They will have the chance to identify employability skills, develop interview skills, nurture their presentation skills and make sure they are ready to take their next step into employment, apprenticeships or Further Education, with confidence and a positive mindset. 
On Friday, I attended the World Challenge assembly for Year 12 students inviting students to attend an information evening on Thursday next week, to find out more about the expedition to Malawi. It looks like an incredible opportunity for our young people and it was wonderful to share Tom Ellis’s book of photographs with them from last year’s trip
Thank you for a fabulous turn out for our Year 11 revision evening. So many of our young people are getting prepared already and making sure that they are ready for their mock examinations. We are always keen to help them with the techniques they use to revise.  
I can never keep up with all the news from our PE department but I did hear that our girls had been victorious in netball this week against DeFerrer’s Academy. Congratulations to the whole team. DNA (school production) rehearsals continue after school and I can’t wait to see the play just before Christmas. 
I also had the privilege of joining one Year 9 form this week to show them GCSEpod. Year 9 are using the podcasts to revisit learning from their lessons so make sure they have understood the content. As parents we suggest you encourage them to stream a minimum of 3 pods a week. Year 11 students have now streamed over 16,500 podcasts in preparation for their final exams.

 

6th

As we approach Half Term I would like to pass on to parents and carers that we are very proud of the work of our students. Over the break we would like to remind students that this is a time for reflection. Think about what has gone well and what can be improved upon. The mock examinations for Year 13 are before Christmas this year so creating flashcards, mind maps and completing past papers would be a useful way to spend the days. For those working towards Maths and English Resit examinations then use this time well. Before next Friday speak to your teachers and collect a range of materials that you can use to support your independent revision. Remember that there is an exam on the 5th November, which is an inset day, so if you normally come to school on a school bus then you will need to find alternative travel arrangements.
At TAHS we promote the ethos of supporting and also being part of the wider community. We are pleased to announce that we have been asked to help support the Uttoxeter Lions. They are a worthwhile charitable organisation who help many causes across the Uttoxeter area. As a member of the Uttoxeter and wider area community I have always supported their charitable efforts and as a school we have now been asked to help from within the school. We would like to ask if you would like to help.
Uttoxeter Lions has given us a recycling bin for old specs, hearing aids and mobile phones. It is in the reception area outside Mrs Walton’s office where Sixth Form students can put their items; students in lower school can bring their items to Mrs Bell in room 11. We will giving credits for every item received. We do ask, and this is very important, that all phones have all the data deleted from them and that the passcodes are removed. If the passcode is still on them then the Uttoxeter Lions will not be able to use them.

Below is a statement that the Lions Club have provided:
Recycling Spectacles & Hearing aids is a long established Lions Club International project. It goes under the banner of “Recycle For Sight”. It is aimed at improving the sight & hearing of people in countries around the globe. What we collect in Uttoxeter is sent to our Chichester branch who sort & do simple repairs before dispatching them to organisations on the ground.
There is no “sale” involved at any stage. Spectacles etc are donated free, repaired free, fitted with prescription lenses free & passed to the new recipients free of charge. Transport, packaging & labour etc is all donated by the local lions club involved in the recycling. Broken, precious metal, frames (e g Gold) are sold centrally and the income from this finances the purchase of new lenses etc.
In Uttoxeter we started recycling in October 2014 & so far have recycled 5000 pairs of spectacles. The UK annually dispatches over 300,000 pairs and globally this figure rises to around 1 million pairs.

If you would like to find out about schemes similar to the Uttoxeter Lions’ who have helped many people across Africa with their sight bus that performs minor surgery (eg for cataracts) as well as giving out spectacles then please follow the links provided.

http://lionsclubs.org/blog/page/5/?s=recycle+for+sight

History

Year 11
All year 11 have now sat their end of unit exam on the American-West, 1835 – 1895. Well done to those who achieved their target grade or higher.
The big lesson for everyone from the exam is the need to use precise examples in written answers. You can help students to do this by ensuring that they have revised thoroughly at home and have learnt the material in their exercise books. All students have quiz questions and answers which you can use to test their knowledge.

World Challenge

Please come along to the school theatre on Thursday 25th October from
18:30 to 20:00 hrs where there will be a presentation from Karen
Holloway and Mr Gilson about the next World Challenge Expedition to
Malawi in 2020.   Kindly note, there will be a question and answer
session following the end of the presentation.  We look forward to
seeing you there.

MFL News

Year 9 French have an assessment next week on the self and family topic – revision is on Insight
Year 10 are preparing holiday extended answers
Year 11 are preparing t=for mock speaking exams
Bonne chance à tous

Year 9 Tutor Evening

Bookings are now open on insight, http://www.thomasalleynes.org
Login details have been sent to the registered email address we hold on our system, please check you mail, including junk for an email from insight@tahs.org.uk.
Heads of House will also be available on the evening on a drop in basis.
If you have not received this please email insight@tahs.org.uk stating:
The email address you wish to use
Your name
Your child’s name and tutor group
The first line of your address

PTA Meeting

 

Monday 19th November, 7pm in the staffroom.
All welcome.
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Science

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

Year 9

Leanne Painter and Millie Yates for attainment in Physics.

Year 10

Honor Christie and Chloe Yates for effort and progression.

Year 11

Charlie Cope and Korey Brammer for effort and attainment.

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

 Year 10

Millie Hodges and Isabelle Smith for making a positive start to the Animal Care course.

Year 11

Joe Porritt and Josh Buckley for working well inside and outside the classroom.

Well done!

PE

 

Netball
The Year 10 netball team started their league competition with a double victory against Deferrers. Playing against their Year ‘s first TAHS were full of confidence and raced to a 2-0 advantage, the score was soon back level but now TAHS were settled into a rhythm controlling the mid court play with a range of short and long passes. The ball was frequently finding Anna and Freya who rarely missed their chances. Frankie, Eve,  Alice, Holly & Caitlin kept the tempo high but also showed composure on the ball to keep possession high.
TAHS ended the game victorious winning 16-11.
The girls were straight back on court to play against Deferrers Year 10’s in a dominating 15-0 win. Holly, Jess & Amelia all took turns in shooting positions, Anna played half a game at centre running tirelessly between the two D’s. The most pleasing aspect of the game was the Second half performance where Eve, Amelia, Freya and Frankie defended fantastically to prevent Deferrers from entering their own D.
Team -Boothby, Bednall, Chatfield, Banner, Jones, Hadgett, Adams, Tooth, Hadgett 
This coming week:
Tues- girls football vs Westwood (h)
Wednesday – Netball club
Thursday- Girls Rugby festival @ Burton Rugby Club 
Year 9 District Cup
On Tuesday the year 9 football team travelled to Paulet. The team started well with moments of very good football being played by both teams. Unfortunately after 20 minutes there was some careless play from the lads and Alleynes were 3 – 0 down within 4 minutes. Despite this the lads never dropped their heads and finished the half strongly. The second half saw Alleynes dominate possession and playing down hill Paulet struggled to get out of their half. Constant pressure failed to result in Alleynes being able to score. As the half ticked away it was clear that a three goal deficit would be difficult to pull back. With 10 minutes to play Alleynes did pull a goal back, only to allow Paulet to score. Again Alleynes rallied but could not find the net. The clock was against them until finally losing 4-1. We still have the league and county cup games to play.

Free Level 2 Qualification in Sports Leadership

The Level 2 Qualification in  Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to lead groups of people in sport/activity, under indirect supervision.

The qualification teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport within the community. It is a fun and practical qualification with no entrance requirements or final examinations to sit.

Dates: Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November 2018

Time: 9.30-4pm each day

Location: Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent

Cost: FREE! (Terms and Conditions apply and can be found on the booking page)

Age: 16+

To book a place on the course please click here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-level-2-qualification-in-community-sports-leadership-csl2-or-sports-leadership-sl2-tickets-50587365171

Allergies

Please see the following regarding allergens and special dietary requirements & for information on how you can log these with our catering supplier, Chartwells.

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Well Done Sixth Form….

Our Sixth Form showed their generosity and community spirit by raising almost £150 for the Uttoxeter Lions Indonesian earthquake appeal.  Many thanks to Maisy Bettany, Mackenzie Smith and Grace Pennell for their support.  We have also received a letter of thanks from the Uttoxeter Lions which said the following:
Dear Mrs Dodd,
 
I wish to say a huge thank you, for both your and Mrs Bell’s superb support on the launch of the Uttoxeter Lions Young Leaders in Service Scheme (YLIS) in your school. The response to date has been extremely positive. I would also like to thank the schools Head Girl Maisy and Head Boy Mackenzie, for rising to the challenge following my visit on Friday 5th October and their subsequent visit to our monthly Lions Club meeting on Thursday 11th October. The club and all Lions members were delighted that the two students took times out of a busy evening to come along and give an update on the Indonesian appeal collection being held in the school. Kind regards Mr Dow

Maths Puzzle October 2018

You have until the end of this coming week to get your answers in…..
How Old is John?
Mum’s age in two years’ time divided by John’s age now , then added to John’s age comes to two-thirds of what Mum was when John was born. And today it is Mum’s and John’s birthday.
How old is John?
Answers with solutions to Mr.Askey (Maths department – room 47) by half term.

 

Your Staffordshire Card

The Your Staffordshire Card scheme is ending on 31 August 2019
Staffordshire County Council like many councils are facing unprecedented financial challenges not of our making due to the increasing costs of funding adult social care and children’s care – at a time when national funding to councils continues to fall.
The decision has been made to phase out financial support for the Your Staffordshire Card (YSC) youth scheme. In the past you have helped to promote the scheme and we would like you to display the attached poster and let your students know of the closure if possible.
This means that from 31 August 2019 the pass will no longer be accepted for discounted travel on buses. We will honour passes to that date.
If people wish to comment they can  email yourstaffordshirecard@staffordshire.gov.uk  by 30 November 2018.
Individual responses will not be provided but all comments will be noted.

 

Revision Tips

Further to revision evening please find a second link to an effective revision strategy. Last week we shared a tutorial on how to use post-it notes to support revision. This one is designed to help complete effective mind-maps. 

http://lifemoreextraordinary.com/study-skills/revision-posters-and-mind-maps-to-boost-your-grades/

Art Winner

Congratulations to Lizzie in year 10 who won first prize in her age group in a ‘Spirited Arts’ competition.  This is an art competition run to support religious, ethical and philosophical themes.  Lizzie’s work was one of 20,000 in this category and was submitted for the ‘Where is God?’ category.

Please see her work below and the explanation of her piece.  This is an excellent achievement, well done.

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Does God exist?

The artwork suggests different things depending how you look at it. I created it in the image of my views on ‘Does God Exist’. I drew a pair of hands controlling almost everything that I could think of, giving the artwork a jumbled, almost overwhelmed sense. I did this to represent the world and all the things us as humans’ control, and that it is only us that can make an influence on our lives. One section is filled with influential quotes to show that it is no other force than the power of the human mind that controls success, and maybe inferring that it is out minds that come up with a God to reassure ourselves.

However if you look at it from another perspective it could be said that the hands are actually the hands of God, or a supernatural being that is controlling everything, including the human mind.

 

Links

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October 12th 2018

Dates for your diary

16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

09/11/2018 – PTA Quiz night details below

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:

This week, was the week of our Year 9 service at St Mary’s church. It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our first month together at Thomas Alleyne’s and to consider the opportunities ahead of our new Year 9 students, the vast majority of whom, have made a fantastic start to their school lives with us. 
I briefly visited the sixth form assembly on Friday to thank them for their support at the Church and at Year 9 and Year 11 open evenings. We have always appreciated having a sixth form attached to the school, and having them by our side or leading speeches in departments, was a real privilege on both evenings. 
Finally, I would like to thank our staff. We appreciated that many parents commented on the passion of the teachers when delivering their subject talks. 
If any Year 11 needs further support please talk to your form tutor. Whilst you may have selected 5 subjects on Thursday evening, there is plenty of time to reflect and find out more about other subjects. 

 

6th

‘Oh what a night’. Our Year 12 information evening was wonderful. Thank so much to all the Year 12 and 13 students who helped last night. We had so many helpers that we were able to provide a fabulous service to all the external applicants that came for their first look around Thomas Alleyne’s. Many parents provided feedback and stated how mature, helpful and knowledgeable they all were. Mackenzie Smith, Maisy Bettany, Elliot Jones and Amanda Clough spoke confidently to all parents and students about their experience at TAHS. These talks posed many questions for our new cohort; should they take a blended route – BTEC and A Level, would they choose BTEC’s, either Triple or a Double Award and a Single Award or should they take three or four A Levels as the EPQ sounded so interesting. The extra-curricular activities that Mrs Dodd, Mackenzie and Amanda spoke of were inspiring; Gold Duke of Edinburgh and World Challenge.
We were able to provide an insight into all subjects that will be available at TAHS from September 2019.
If you would any further information on this or would like to see a copy of the prospectus then please contact Mrs Walton at Sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

A huge thank you to Maisie Bettany and Mackenzie Smith for raising around £80 for the Uttoxeter Lions Indonesia appeal by selling bangles kindly provided by Mrs Fisher.  
If any students wish to take part in the Lions Young Leaders In Service community service award, please see Mrs Bell for a log book.  Certificates are available for 25, 50 and 100 hours voluntary service over a year’s duration.

Maths

 
All Year 9, 10 and 11 students will have a maths assessment during the last week of this half term.
This will take place during their normal maths lessons.  Students will need the following equipment for their maths assessment: black pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass, Year 10 and 11 will also need a scientific calculator.  All equipment can be purchased from the online shop (see link at bottom of the newsletter) or from the maths department.
A list of topics to revise will be put on Insight. 

Year 9 Photographs

Any parent or carer that have purchased a Year 9 Photograph should be receiving their order over the next couple of weeks. An order came into school today and they have been distributed into form trays ready for Monday. If you do not receive your order by Wednesday 24th October, please contact Mr Hawthorne (Head of Torrance House).

Year 9 Welcome Service

On Thursday 11th October, it was a pleasure to welcome Year 9s to Thomas Alleyne’s High School in our traditional welcome service at St. Mary’s Church. It consisted of a talk from Mrs Rudge, a welcome from our Head Boy and Girl, a well participated hymn and a reading by Mr Hawthorne. The following students shared their thoughts:

“The welcome service at St. Mary’s church was a special day to welcome us to Thomas Alleyne’s! We all sung a hymn and were told about all the opportunities by the Head Boy and Girl and other teachers. To finish, we sung a hymn one more time and said the Lord’s prayer. Overall, I found this event very enjoyable!” – Tilly 9W1

“Year 9 walked down to our local church to celebrate the start of our first year at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. Mrs Rudge started the service with a speech to work hard and not give up before our Head Boy and Girl encouraged us to take advantage of the opportunities the school has to offer. We finished off by singing ‘He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands’ when Mr Hawthorne claimed we were the best Year 9 singers yet!” – Isabelle 9W1

“I felt it was welcoming and I really enjoyed it, particularly the part where we all sang together at the end” – Ava 9T1

Year 9 Tutor Evening

Bookings are now open on insight, http://www.thomasalleynes.org
Login details have been sent to the registered email address we hold on our system, please check you mail, including junk for an email from insight@tahs.org.uk.
If you have not received this please email insight@tahs.org.uk stating:
The email address you wish to use
Your name
Your child’s name and tutor group
The first line of your address

PTA Meeting

 

Monday 19th November, 7pm in the staffroom.
All welcome.
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Science

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

 

Year 9

Ben Ogden and Isla McFadzean

Year 10

Isabel Watts and Matthew Jackson

Year 11

Max Edwards and Aaron Gwynne

All of the students were selected for their recent Physics assessment grades.

 

Well done!

PE

 

Girls Fixtures & Practices
Tuesday – U14 & !6 Netball Vs Robert Sutton (A), also netball club for students not involved in fixtures
Wednesday – Girls football club on astro.
Thursday – U6 netball Vs Deferrers (A)

U16 Moorlands Football League & Cup double header.

On Thursday we made the short trip to Rocester FC to take on JCB. With the pitch in great condition we were able to play some of our best free flowing football. Harvey Belcher in goal played like a quarter back pinging the ball around to start our attacks. Lewis Dawson enjoyed the wide pitch and created numerous chances but was unable to score himself. Charlie Martin seemed determined to dribble the ball in but when he did shoot scored 2 excellent goals. Man of the match was 2nd half substitute Max Hunt who was on fire with his mazy dribbling frightening the JCB defenders and deservedly scored the third to cap a 3-0 win.
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U16 Rugby
East staffs district tournament – team photo below.
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Year 9 Football County Cup
On Tuesday night the year 9 team aheaded off to Biddulph High School. A very good first half saw Alleynes dominate with George Arnold settling the visitors nerves with an excellent strike from outside of the box. Unfortunately Alleynes were unable to capitalise and went in at half time 1-0 up. The second half started similar to the first half with Alleynes dominating Leighton Thomas scored from a very good break down the right wing. Biddulph fought back very well and scored 2 quick goals. The last 10 minutes was a tense affair with neither team being able to break the deadlock. It took a solo effort from captain Charlie Ratcliffe to decide the match. Well done. Next game is on Tuesday against Paulette in the Burton and District cup. Players need to get their own way there.

National Inter County Swimming Gala

Congratulations to Ben Year 9, who has represented Staffordshire last weekend at the National Inter County Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. He was one of a quartet of swimmers in his age category. He swam the individual 100m freestyle, narrowly missing a personal best time and swam the anchor leg in the medley relay to help his team finish third in their heat. 

Maths Puzzle October 2018

How Old is John?
Mum’s age in two years’ time divided by John’s age now , then added to John’s age comes to two-thirds of what Mum was when John was born. And today it is Mum’s and John’s birthday.
How old is John?
Answers with solutions to Mr.Askey (Maths department – room 47) by half term.

 

 

 

English News

 

Year 9 will be involved in an oracy project with an outside provider called Talk the Talk.  All of the pupils will be involved, with each of the English groups taking part in the project for a whole day instead of following their usual timetable.  The training will be delivered by the visiting experts, with Thomas Alleynes teachers assisting them in doing this.  When the project has taken place in the past, pupils have reported that it has been really enjoyable, and beneficial to both their oracy skills, and their overall self-confidence.  I am sure that this  year will be no different.  Pupils will be informed which day their group is taking part, and the room that is their venue, by their form tutor.
English Pupil of the Week: Izzie Mcleavy, in 10U4.  Since beginning Year 10 Izzie has shown a mature, hard-working and positive approach in all of her lessons, and should be very proud of herself.

Tesco Bags of Help

Thomas Alleyne’s High School calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund to Save the School Pool

Thomas Alleyne’s High School is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School Save our Pool is one of the groups on the shortlist.

We have been raising funds to bring our swimming pool back into use and we really need your support to make this happen.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £60 million to more than 18,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

 

Revision Tips

With Year 11 and 13 Mock exams in a matter of weeks, we want to support students as much as possible with preparing for exams.
 
Further to revision workshops held recently in school – please see the link below showing how to make great use of post-it notes in revision.  Further clips will be shared weekly to support students.
More tips will be shared at the Year 11 Revision Evening on Tuesday 16th October.

Revision Evening

English, Maths and Science Revision Evening on Tuesday 16th October, TAHS Theatre 6pm.
There will also be a section on revision tips and how to help your child revise.
We very much look forward to seeing you there.

 

Links

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October 5th 2018

Dates for your diary

11/10/2018 – Post 16 Open Evening

16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

09/11/2018 – PTA Quiz night details below

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:

 

 

 

For me, the reason why teaching is such a fantastic career is that students frequently take my breath away with the work that they produce. Today, I had the privilege to meet Tom Ellis one of our sixth formers, who was part of the 2018 World Challenge Expedition to Vietnam and Laos. Tom shared with me, a book that he has created of photographs from the trip. It is truly stunning and made me wistful to travel again, to these countries which are so different to ours and from which we can learn so much. I can only offer you a taster of some of the photographs from his book, and it was impossible to choose my favourites, but I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. If anyone wishes to purchase a copy of Tom’s book please email Mrs Dodd who will put you in touch. We will be purchasing a copy for the school so that all students can share a little of his experience. Tom intends to study Photography at Falmouth in the future and is currently completing his A levels with us. 
Mr Gilson has offered to lead our next World Challenge trip and has chosen Botswana as the destination. More details will follow. 
On Wednesday we held our open evening for Year 9. I would like to thank all the students who supported us during the evening. It was fantastic to see so many students here supporting staff and talking to our prospective Year 8 students. I would particularly like to thank our Head girl, Maisy, Head boy, Mackenzie, Year 9 students Freya and Duncan who shared their journeys through Thomas Alleyne’s with  our guests during the evening and Zakk who played guitar for our guests on their arrival.
We realise it is a busy time for parents of Year 11 students. We have our open evening next week starting at 6.30pm on the 11th October closely followed by our core subjects revision evening on 16th October. This evening is always well attended as it offers parents an insight into how they can support their sons and daughters over the coming year. We hope you find both evenings informative and helpful. It is led by our Heads of English, Maths and Science departments. 
Finally myself and Mrs Maingay look forward to a question and answer session for Year 8 parents on the following evenings at 4.00pm.
9th Oldfields Hall Middle School
15th Windsor Park Middle School
22nd Ryecroft Middle School

 

6th

All Year 13 students are busy getting their statements finished and refined- please visit our resources @   – and make the most of tutor and Enrichment sessions to get your draft as super as possible.
The Sixth Form were visited by a representative from the Uttoxeter Lions today (http://uttoxeterlions.co.uk/) and were encouraged to raise funds for the Indonesian Earthquakes.  Please support in any way you can.
The Unidays app is ready (https://www.myunidays.com/GB/en-GB/content/about)- and is full of discounts and benefits for students- Please ensure you have your office 365 email address if you want to sign up.  If students havn`t accessed their 365 email for a while they may need to reset their address.  Due to the high demand for the email reset- please see Mrs. Walton (instead of the IT technicians) to put your name down for and email re-allocation- thanks 
A massive thanks to all Y12 and Y13 helpers at the Open Evening this week- We are very grateful.  We are looking forward to the next Sixth Open Evening on Thursday the 11th October and would really appreciate the same level of support from our lovely students again.
If you would like to see one of our gifted A-Level Photographer`s work (Tom Ellis) featuring stunning images from their World Challenge Journey to Vietnam and Laos please visit his site @ https://tomjohnellis.wixsite.com/photography

 

Our Sixth Form were pleased to welcome Mr Graham Dow from Uttoxeter Lions on Friday.  He gave an assembly to introduce the Young Leaders In Service Award which encourages community service.  Students can gain a recognised award for completing either 25, 50 or 100 hours of service.  Our students are expected to complete at least 5 hours community service as a minimum.  Graham explained that service covers a wide range of activities such as helping with lawn mowing or cooking, childminding, running errands, hospital visiting, helping others to learn ICT skills, teaching children cycle safety, helping students with literacy or numeracy skills, plus schemes such as Duke of Edinburgh and health and social work placements.  The Lions are always looking for new members or young people to support them at events such as the Christmas Cracker or helping to organise their annual prostate screening.  We are also looking for students to organise spectacle recycling as part of a wider Lions scheme.  Graham threw down the challenge for us to raise as much as possible within a week for their Indonesian disaster fund.  We are encouraging as many students as possible to take part.  As well as benefitting the community, students can use the Lions Award in apprenticeship or university applications to show more about their personal attributes.  Please see Mrs Bell for further information and get involved.

News from English

English Pupil of the Week

Layla Thomas in year 10W1 ( 10U1 English). She volunteered for Open Evening and talked to visitors in room 20 for 2 hours about the power and conflict poems and contextual tasks my students had completed.
She was brilliant!
Running from Monday 15th October through to Thursday 18th October, all Year 9 classes will be taking place in a public speaking project run by an external provider called “Talk the Talk”.  These sessions will last all day instead of normal lessons and will take place in school.  Details of dates, rooms and times will be passed onto form tutors this week.

CACH Assemblies for years 9,10,11

On Monday we welcomed CACH Assemblies for years 9,10,11
We welcomed Anna Mclaughlin form the Staffordshire charity, Communities against crimes of hate to speak to our students in extended assemblies. 
We will be following up this education with students in our Respect programme.
Please follow the link below to their website for further information form the Staffordshire charity, Communities against crimes of hate to speak to our students in extended assemblies. 

 

https://www.cachpartnership.org.uk/index.htm

 

 

Elevate resources

‘After Elevate’s visit last week, we now have access to the student activity pack which leads on from the first session ‘Study Sensei’. Please see link below to support students in their revision.’

INSIGHT

We have been sending out the parental login emails to all year 9 parents that we hold a valid email address for. Please check all of your inboxes, spam, promotions etc for an email giving you your login details.
It is especially important a on the 24th October we have the year 9 tutor evening and bookings will be made via insight. We will be re sending emails throughout next week.

Canteen Prices

Here they are…..

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PTA Meeting

 

Monday 19th November, 7pm in the staffroom.
All welcome.
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News from MFL

Thank you for all the support at open evening. We looked at comparing similar Eurepean Languages with our prospective Y9 students.
French for all years has included a lot of verb revision.
Y12 are revising all tenses
Y11 are preparing school speaking questions.
Y10 are revising perfect tense with avoir and être.
Y9 have been learning reflexive verbs.

Science

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

Year 10

Alyssa Shaw and Harriet Bebbington

Year 11

Gregor Hayes and Ellie Brown

 

All of the students were selected for their hard work in their chemistry lessons.

Well done!

PE

 

Year 9 Football

Congratulations to the year 9 football team who put on a excellent display to beat Cheadle High School, 15 – 0 last week.  It was a very good all round team performance well led by Ethan Hudson and hat trick scorers Harry Clarke and Charlie Ratcliffe.  Next weeks opposition will be a sterner test in the District Cup against Painsley at home on Thursday.   
Also well done to Harry Clarke who has been re signed by Everton for the up coming season, we wish him well.
U16 Football
Very busy week for our U16 footballers.
On Tuesday we hosted Blessed William Howard in the county cup, winning a tight fought game 3-2.  Alleynes took a 2-0 lead through Max Hunt with a lovely chip into the net but were then pegged back in the second half.  Archie McNair put is back in the lead before BWH equalised again.  Our attitude and character shone through though with Alex Ford finding Lewis Dawson to tap home the winner.
Wednesday saw a trip to Deferrers in the Burton & District Cup with two well matched sides.  Deferrers scored first through poor marking at a corner, but we hit back with 2 well taken goals from Harvey Belcher. Lewis Dawson completed the scoring to make us comfortable 3-1 winners.
Thursday proved too much as tired legs in the 2nd half turned 0-0 into a 4-1 loss in the league at Painsley, With Dawson scoring to make it 2-1.  The boys character stood out as they kept working for each other and stayed positive but it was clear the previous games had taken their toll.
Squad- Callum Dreher, Alex Shaw, George Walker, Mitchell Ball, Alex Ford, Jenson Bosworth, Asher Topliss, Ethan Archer, Harvey Belcher, Frankie Bussell,
Next Thursday we make the short trip to JCB in a league and cup double header.
U16 Rugby
Next Wednesday 10th October is the District tournament at Burton RFC 4pm-6pm.  Team list is on the PE notice board and has been text out.

House Handball

Open evening on Wednesday saw the annual handball competition which was well represented by both girls and boys from Year 9-11.
The year 9’s soon picked up the rules of the game and played some entertaining matches.
Torrance won all of their fixtures winning all of their group matches and the grand final, Elkes finishing 2nd, Torrance 3rd and Orme 4th.
The senior competition was a solid tactical display with Whitmore and Elkes participating in the final and Whitmore winning by one goal. Torrance were 3rd & Orme 4th.
Many thanks to the Btec sports students who officiated the games.

Maths Puzzle October 2018

How Old is John?
Mum’s age in two years’ time divided by John’s age now , then added to John’s age comes to two-thirds of what Mum was when John was born. And today it is Mum’s and John’s birthday.
How old is John?
Answers with solutions to Mr.Askey (Maths department – room 47) by half term.

 

 

Thomas Alleyne’s High School Merchandise Shop

This is an online shop where you can purchase the following school items:
uniform – school ties, school badges
stationary sets
maths sets
scientific calculators
overalls and boots for Animal care
folders and sketch books for Art
revision guides for various subjects
Please add items into your basket and then proceed to payment.  Please then print off a receipt – students will need to bring this into school to collect their item(s)
Please note – there is always a link to the online shop at the bottom of this newsletter

The staff raised £130 in the Macmillan Coffee morning held last Friday

Pastoral Students of the Week

Pastoral students of the week – there are too many to name, but we owe huge thanks to all those students who came and helped at open evening this week! 
We’re also proud to have 35 students through the Bronze threshold for credits so far this half term – special mentions to Alyssa Whitehall, Duncan McGarry, Ben Craven and Jack Smith who’ve all passed 40 credits already.
Well done!

History

First of all a big thank you to the students from years 11 and 13 who helped out the department at Open Evening. They were excellent ambassadors for the subject.
GCSE – Year 11
All groups have now started our final unit, ‘Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 – 1939’. However, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young would like to remind everyone  that we have not completely finished with the American West because there is the big end of unit exam for groups in the week starting 15th October.
Therefore, all year 11 have revision as homework.
A level – Year 13
Make sure that you are balancing your history study time between coursework, homework and also reviewing year 12 work ready for mock exams in a few weeks time.

News from the Farm

We had a very successful vet skills session on Tuesday with over 15 students learning about how to carry out a health check on rabbits and guinea pigs. We also managed to fit in a visit to the school calves and check their eyes because we had noticed a bit of discharge around them.  Luckily they were given a clean bill of health.  The session was made even more exciting because of the arrival of our baby guinea pigs.  We now have 10 babies from our three proud moms and the students are fussing over them and making sure that they stay safe.

 

 

Year 9 Prize Draw from Open Evening 2017

After receiving the department postcards from last year’s open evening from a number of Year 9 students, the winner of the draw made on Wednesday 3rd October was Harley Stanton (9T1) who was presented with a £10 Amazon voucher. Congratulations to Harley.

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September 28th 2018

Dates for your diary

03/10/18 – Y9 Open evening

11/10/2018 – Post 16 Open Evening

16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

09/11/2018 – PTA Quiz night details below

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:

This week, our staff have hosted our first revision session to support parents as Year 11 enter their final GCSE year. Whilst the turn out for the session was not as high as we would have hoped, the feedback was very positive. We will make sure we advertise these evenings better for parents in future. 
Our next event, for Year 11 students and parents, is on the 16th October when we will be sharing revision tips for our core subjects. Every year, parents feedback to us how useful they have found the evening. I do hope you are able to join us, when we share, what your sons and daughters will be working on over the next few months. Parents of any other year group are welcome to attend as much of the information will be relevant to all year groups. 
In addition to the revision session, thank you to all the parents who came to our Year 12 induction session. It was excellent to see so many people present on the evening. 
Year 12 have settled in well to the sixth form, and chatting with them today, it was excellent to hear how much they are enjoying the opportunity to focus their study on their 3 or 4 chosen A levels or BTEC qualifications. Many of them are in well established habits, already utilising their study periods to read widely around their subjects, so that they can attain the higher grades. 
I am very much looking forward to our open evening next week and to meeting Year 8 students from our middle schools. Following that, on 11th October, we have our Year 12 open evening when our year 11 students can start thinking about which subjects they wish to study post 16. 
Finally my thanks to Mr Wright who organised staff coffee and cake at break time today to raise money for MacMillan. 

 

6th

On Thursday evening many parents of Year 12 students joined myself and Mrs Dodd for an informal guide to the Sixth Form. Mrs Dodd explained about expectation, enrichment, EPQ’s, charity work and much more.  We would like to reiterate some of the point raised last night to parents of Year 12 and Year 13 students.

  • The school day starts at 8.40 and finishes at 3.05. All students are expected to be in school all day, they are allowed to sign out to ‘pop’ into town but they are expected to return.  Students should not be signing out and going home before 3.05, if they do not have a lesson then they should be using the time in school to complete super-curricular activities, homework or just wider reading.  All students have on their timetable enrichment time, this is where they can complete MOOC’s or an EPQ, EPQ is worth half an A Level. 

 

  • All Female students have been reminded about their Sixth Form uniform. It must be a suit, so trousers and a jacket, skirt and jacket or dress and jacket. Skirts must be of an appropriate length, we have had to remind some female students that wearing a micro-mini skirt of any material is not acceptable; we ask that you reiterate this message to them.  Students who continue to wear the wrong style of skirts to school may be asked to go home and change.

 We have started to ask Year 12 and 13 students to volunteer for events within school, we like to see our Sixth Formers give a little something back to the school. It is very nice to see the helping out at open evenings for new Year 9 intake.  Dates have been given to students.  If they would like to be considered for a role on the Senior Prefect Team in Year 13 then these sort of events are a great way to be noticed.

 

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Power Hour!

Thanks to all the students who took part in a revision workshop with our visiting expert Lucy Parsons.  Even though we are four weeks into the term we, want to support Year 11 and Year 13 students to prepare for the mock exams that will be sat in December and it is not that far away!  
Some students noted that it was really helpful to see that revision can be added to daily, from; even if only 5-10 minutes.  Understanding specification content and making plans to plug gaps in knowledge is also really important. The key message of the day is to start now, even if in smaller bursts. Build in time for exercise and relaxation but make a plan.
 
Lucy introduced students to the ‘Power Hour’ explained in the diagram below – which we will refer to again at our Revision Evening in October.
 
Please see the link to Lucy’s website for further details.

See the presentation here

 

Vet Skills Sessions Autumn Term 2018-2019

Date

Year 10
02/10/17 Handling, sexing and care of rabbits and guinea pigs
16/10/17 Condition scoring of sheep ready for tupping
06/11/17 Reproductive systems and AI
20/11/17

Care of poultry including checking turkeys ready for Christmas

We are very lucky to have a vet from Glenthorne’s practice coming into school on a fortnightly basis to work with our students and livestock. All sessions will take place on Tuesday from 3.10-4.00pm and are open to yr10 students who are taking Animal Care as an option subject.  These sessions can be used to achieve the ‘skill’ section of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. If you require any more information about these sessions please contact Mrs North

Internet Safety Advice

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Business Education

Local Business owners needed please! 

Year 12 and 13 will be completing some investigations into Small Local Businesses to help them with their Unit 1 paper at A Level. 

If there are any local businesses owners who would be happy to help them with their studies then please contact Mrs Featherstone on the school contact details. We would love to hear from you. 

Experience in Change Management? 

Year 13 are currently looking at Change Management and would love to hear real life case studies of change within large organisations to help them with their Unit 2 and 3 papers. If anyone has any experience with this part of the syllabus we would also welcome your help! 

PTA Meeting

 

Monday 19th November, 7pm in the staffroom.
All welcome.
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Elevate Visit

On Wednesday this week we had Elevate visit to work with a group of 35 students looking at revision techniques and strategies to support them in their upcoming exams. Study Sensei was the first of three sessions and introduced students to key revsions tips such as making a note-taking planner, using exam board specifications and practise questions from past exam papers.
There will be two more sessions for these students later in the year as follows:
Friday 9th November – Time Management

Monday 21st January – 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

Science

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

Year 9

Charlie Hallam and Abbi Hewlett for an excellent start to their GCSE Science courses.

Year 10

Caitlin Beardsley and Melanie Birch for continued hard work in GCSE Science.

Year 11

Tobias King and Rachel Spence for working hard on preparing for GCSEs in Science.

 

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

Year 10

 Alex Pope and Felicity Burgess for both making a positive start to the course.

 Year 11

Oliver Davies and Rachel Spence for working hard to complete their course work.

 

Well done!

PE

 

U16 Football – Staffordshire Moorlands League
Cheadle 1 – Thomas Alleynes 7
On Thursday Alleyne’s travelled to Cheadle in the 2nd league fixture of the season.  After the apocalyptic weather of last week the sun shone and Alleynes enjoyed the conditions to put in a dominant display.
An early goal from Charlie Martin put us in charge but with many chances wasted Alleynes began to become frustrated eventually further goals came with the introduction of Charlie Land (2), and captain Frankie Bussell found the bottom corner with a drive.  Second half playing into the wind Alleynes didnt have the same dominace but scored further goals through Max Hunt and 2 from Harvey Belcher late on.
next week see’s 3 games –
Tue Home v Blessed William Howard (County Cup)
Wed Away v Deferrers (Burton & District Cup)
Thu Home v Painsley (League)
Team- Dreher, Shaw, Ball, Ford, Bosworth, Bussell, Belcher, Hunt, Martin, Topliss, Bowyer, Archer, McNair, Simon, Land
Josie Nelson Cycling Update
Josie Nelson is combining her international cycling ambitions with studying BTEC sport at Thomas Alleyne’s sixth form.
In August Josie competed in the European championships at Valle D’Aosta in the Italian Alps.  The course was 6000ft above sea level and was Josie’s first experience of competing at high altitude.  Riding for team “Ride for Charlie” Josie was 5th in the time trial and 15th in the XC race against the best riders in Europe!.
Last week, closer to home, Josie was selected to ride for the West Midlands in the inter regional’s at Hadley on the Olympic course.  The West Midlands came 2nd overall.  The competition was a 3 day team event with teams consisting of 4 boys and 4 girls, with skills events, relay race, Hill Climb which Josie won and XC race which Josie came 4th in.
Next up is the cyclo-cross season beginning on the 7th October in Derby as part of the national cyclo cross series.

 

 

Arts Society 6th form Visit to Birmingham

 
Our Year 12 Art and Photography students were privileged to go to visit the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery,drawing and Photographing artifacts and paintings, and went on to view the stunning architecture of the New Library and visit the Sealife center after the generous support of the local branch of the  Art Society facilitated travel arrangements for the group on Wednesday.
Staff commented on the exceptional effort and fantastic attitude of all those involved. It was a pleasure to see our students fully engaged and absorbed with soaking up the prestigious collections of the museum and gallery; drawing in their sketchbooks or taking reference photography. There is no comparison to see artworks up close and ‘in real life’ compared to the internet. Our aspiring Artists now have a rich source of reference materials to work from as they return back to TAHS and progress with their A Levels.
Outside students made use of the locality where massive amounts of regeneration funding has enabled the library to now be housed in an award winning building with distinctive exterior circular features. This suited the Photography students in particular who were able to compose images within the city and its architecture. This work will be developed further when back in school. 
Finally after an already full day, students were able to spend a couple of hours in the Sealife Center and try to capture drawing creatures such as jellyfish from life. Although a tricky task, its working from direct observation will enhance the students skills. 
A huge thank you from the staff and students to the Arts Society for their generous funding. More details of their organisation can be found https://theartssociety.org/

Thomas Alleyne’s High School Merchandise Shop

This is an online shop where you can purchase the following school items:
uniform – school ties, school badges
stationary sets
maths sets
scientific calculators
overalls and boots for Animal care
folders and sketch books for Art
revision guides for various subjects
Please add items into your basket and then proceed to payment.  Please then print off a receipt – students will need to bring this into school to collect their item(s)
Please note – there is always a link to the online shop at the bottom of this newsletter

European Day of Languages

 

MFL students worked hard on the European day of languages completing work looking at different languages and designing Une recette du bonheur – a recipe for happiness which will be on display at open evening.
Vocab express should be working again now – apologies. Please continue to support and monitor your child’s progress. 

History

Year 12
Year 12 have received their first A level essay questions. You can support the completion of these essays by asking students to explain to you the argument they are making in their writing and asking them what facts they are including to prove their argument is correct.
Year 11
Exam dates have been set for an end of unit test on the American West, 1835 – 1895. You can support revision by asking to see the American West quiz question sheets, which students should have written the answers on, and then use them to test subject knowledge.
Get ahead! Our new GCSE unit will be on Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 – 1939. Students can always listen to GCSEpods relating to the start of the Weimar Republic before this unit starts to help their understanding in class.

Vacancies

We have vacancies available within our support staff, please see our school website linked below for further details.

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