Thomas Alleyne's High School
Friday Roundup - 4th July 2014

Sports Day

Hot off the press Sports Day results:

1st Whitmore 449.5 points

2nd Torrance 416.5 points

3rd Orme 415.5 points

4th Elkes 390.5 points

Full details next week.

ABC Form Helper Training

On Monday 30th June, 22 year 11 students who will be joining our sixth form in September took part in some training with Mrs Forrester and Mrs Bird as part of the school's ABC (Anti-bullying Scheme), in order to prepare for being year nine form helpers next term. After some initial discussion and training work, the student volunteers completed various ice breaker activities, games and even participated in a competition to be the fastest team to dress their willing volunteer as Cinderella or a pirate in a full head to toe outfit using nothing but newspaper and sellotape. The resulting outfits were amazing!!

TAHS @ St Georges Park

13 year 9 and 10 boys took part in a football tournament at St George's Park, the FAs National Training Centre, on Monday. The sun shone all day, unlike the snow & hail the girls had in February!

11 teams from Staffordshire  Schools took part, with our A team doing well coached by Mr Overton, and the B team winning all matches with Mr Hunt as their coach. We had a great day out, meeting other teams and both competing, and being sporting about playing too.

Thanks also to Mr Lacey & Mr Waddington, who kept the teams supplied with goodie bags and Mars Bars!

6th Form Future Intentions Week

This week was Future Intentions week which is a programme tailored to support year 12 students in making an informed decision about their future post 6th form.

During this packed week the students attended personal statement and UCAS training workshops. Two past Thomas Alleyne’s students came in to give a talk on “what university is really like” and their experiences. On Wednesday author Paul Cookson came in and led the students for a Literacy Day. Thursday saw Year 12 attend the Higher Education Conference at Birmingham University. On Friday David Hyner, a motivational speaker came in to give the students an inspirational talk.

A great week was had by all.

6th Form School Transport

Please can Year 11 students who currently use school transport and are planning to join our 6th Form in September apply for school transport via Staffordshire County Council's website.

Their current provision expires on 18th July and transport will only be considered upon receipt of the relevant application and contribution payment. Current Year 12s should also apply to continue their transport provision. Early application before 18th July is advised to ensure the best chance of transport being in place at the start of the Autumn Term.

Staffordshire Young Teen Fiction Book Award 2014

6 books, 220 students, 48 Teachers and Librarians, 30 Public Library Staff, BUT ONLY ONE WINNER!

Eight students from our YTF group, Michael Meakin, Laura Allen, John Harley, Beth Collins, George Johnson, Rhys Langley, Niamh Miller and David Winters performed a dramatic interpretation of ‘ While the others sleep by Tom Becker’ during the County Celebration Day on 1st July. The Uttoxeter celebration, held on Friday 27th June, with our Middle Schools voted ‘ Butter’ by Erin Lange as the ‘Uttoxeter winner’. Traditionally the ‘Uttoxeter’ winner and the eventual county winner have always been the same.

BUT, following a breathtaking ,dynamic, and totally outstanding performance that had the audience ( and guest author Tom Becker) give a standing ovation, when the results were announced at the end of the day – Tom Becker and ‘ While the Others sleep’ was announced as the Winner of the Staffordshire Young Teen Fiction Book Award 2014.

Comments from other schools following the presentation were

”It scared me and was scarier even that the book”

“Outstanding performance, the best of the day”

“It changed my vote!”

And from Tom Becker “ I might be biased but I thought this was excellent, original interpretations and an artful melding of media. As an author it was a real privilege for other people to intelligently perform ( and build on) your world. Well done all!”

ELBS WW1 Project

The Students of 10C/Environmental Land Based Science group have been taking part in a WWI project where we have visited the Library in Uttoxeter to look at some of the memorabilia from WWI. The pupils were filmed for the project as they showed off their skills on the organic plots and explained the horticultural techniques used on the school farm. Last week the students visited Shugborough Hall Farm where they took part in filming for the project looking at the waterwheel and mill and the many animals that are kept on the farm. Next week sees the final visit from Born Communications where the whole project will be put together. The final project will be available to view on the internet.

Year 9 Vaccinations

Letters have gone home regarding the vaccinations taking place on 11th July.

Please ensure that all consent forms are returned by 7th July at the latest

Credits - win a laptop!!

Remember to get your credits in to be in with a chance of winning a laptop........

Prizes available:

  • 10 Credits: Bronze Award - Blazer badge and certificate
  • 25 Credits: Silver Award - Blazer badge and certificate
  • 50 Credits: Gold Award - Blazer badge, certificate and a 5 pound WHSmith voucher
  • 75 Credits: Platinum Award - Blazer badge, certificate and a 10 pound Cinebowl voucher
  • 100 Credits: Entry in to the prize draw for a brand new Laptop!

Future Intentions Evening

Parents and students had the opportunity to discuss their Future Intentions on Wednesday evening at the Careers Fair. A good mix of Universities, Colleges, Businesses and Training Providers were on hand to give advice and guidance.

It was particularly noticeable to see lots of Year 9's thinking about their future plans already! It is hoped that a subsequent event planned for the Spring Term will further enable pupils to make the correct decisions for their future.

Summer Concert & Music News

The Summer Concert is on Wednesday 16th July, 7pm until 8.30.

Tickets cost £2, available from the admin office, and refreshments are available.

House Music competition is Tuesday 15th July. The house music captains are:

Whitmore: Victoria Clinton and George Hulley

Torrance: Aislyn Hall and Howard Bradley

Orme: Hero Gough and Eve Abram

Elkes: Tom Hawley and Jonathan Mackey.

Music department rehearsals for the week commencing 7th July:

Wednesday lunch -choir

Friday lunch-Jazz band

National Consultation on Curriculum Change

Currently there is a national consultation regarding GCSE and A level reform this may impact on some subjects which are delivered at Thomas Alleyne's. If you would like to contribute to the consultation please follow the link below.


Expressive arts

Environmental science

Environmental science land based science

House Competition

Year 10 Boys Cricket

1st Whimore 4 House Trophy Points

2nd Orme 3 House Trophy Points

3rd Elkes/Torrance = 1.5 House Trophy Points

Year 9 Boys Cricket

1st Torrance 4 House Trophy Points

2nd Whitmore 3 House Trophy Points

3rd Orme 2 House Trophy Points

4th Elkes 1 House Trophy Point

These results leave the placings prior to Sports Day as:

1st Whitmore 110 points

2nd Elkes 103 points

3rd Torrance 102.5 points

4th Orme 85.5 points

Year 9 Cricket

The year 9 cricket team bowed out of the Staffordshire County Cup last Friday at the semi final stage. In a hard match at Wolverhampton the boys tremendous run finally came to an end.

This is the furthest the school has ever got in the county cup for this age group and the boys can be proud of their achievements and the matches that they have won to get to this stage.

Fire Cadets

Are you looking for an evening activity?

Are you considering being a Fire Fighter?

Are you aged 14 to 17?

If so the Fire Cadets could be for you.

Follow this link for an application form & see the poster below for more information.