Thomas Alleyne's High School
Friday Roundup - 3rd October 2014

Headteacher's Blog

On Wednesday evening the school was packed as prospective Year 9 students and their parents joined us for our open evening. What struck me during the evening was the generosity of spirit that was shown by our current students. They gave up their time freely to return back to school to support staff in sharing what is special about our school. This did not go unrecognised as our visitors commented on the helpfulness of the students, staff were equally full of praise for the young people who helped them during the evening.

I would like to pass on my personal thanks to India in Year 9 and Tom, Chloe and Jonathan in Year 13 who spoke with me in the hall to over 600 guests.

Today I met a retired lady from our local community who is seeking to join our classes to study computer science. We are looking into it as a possibility. What struck me was her deeply held belief in lifelong learning. On that theme, in our staff meeting next week, we will be looking at how as teachers, we learn from each other’s practice. We all know that the very best sports men and women seek coaching to continue to develop their practice and, having benefited personally from working with coaches during my professional life, I am excited that a programme of coaching is now available to us as teachers.

As you will see in the remainder of our newsletter it has been a busy week again including: numerous sporting fixtures; a theatre trip to see War Horse, and the launch of World Challenge 2016.

Finally the PTA quiz is not far away and we do hope you can join us. We would love to be able to replace the lockers for students but this is dependant on the PTA's fund raising. If you cannot come to the quiz but would like to donate, we would welcome any contribution to the PTA Fund.

Library News

Please remember the library is open before school and at break and lunchtimes for help with homework, ICT facilities and personal reading. Chess sets are also available.

The Staff and Sixth form book group began again this week we will be reading The Blighted Cliffs by Edwin Thomas

‘Not many men emerged from Trafalgar without an ounce of credit to their names, but courtesy of an over-fondness for rum and his habitual bad luck, Lieutenant Martin Jerrold managed it. In February 1806, he is given one final chance to redeem his reputation and dispatched to Dover.’ Copies are still available from the library .

The next meeting is Tuesday 4th November.

PTA Events

Friday 10th October sees the PTA Quiz, entry is £1 per person and you are free to make up a team from family and friends - all welcome. A bar is available on the night to help with the memory retrieval!

Prizes on the night!

The Annual Christmas Gift Market takes place on Thursday 27th November between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm. Please contact the school you would like to book a stall, the cost is £10 per table. There will be lots of stalls selling a wide variety of gifts and goods. More details soon.

Please do support our PTA events. The PTA work hard all year to raise money for the benefit all our students. The new fund raising project for this year is to purchase new lockers for use by the pupils.

Term Time Holidays

We are still receiving requests for holidays in school time. Whilst a week out of school may seem to some as having little impact on student achievement, research continues to show that students who have low attendance on average achieve less well at GCSE and A level.

Please be aware that the school is not able to authorise holidays and parents may receive a Penalty Notice for an unauthorised holiday in term time.

War Horse

73 Students and staff went to the Regent Theatre in Stoke on Trent to see the magnificent production of ‘War Horse’ , based on best selling author Michael Morpurgo’s book of the same name. The amazing puppetry had two year nine students asking for confirmation that ‘ they weren't real horses were they?’ The hissing goose and the minimal but very effective set al made for an enjoyable evening.

Uttoxeter - Best place in the world?

Thank you to all of those students and parents who completed the Geography Departments primary data collection activity during the Open Evening on Wednesday. The question was "Where is your favourite place in the World?" after careful analysis and dismissing stiff competition from Turtle Bay in Hawaii, Times Square and Narnia the most popular place in the world was ....... Uttoxeter!

Sports News

Netball v Abbot Beyne

Year 9 team won 16-4

Year 10 team won 6-2

Year 11 team won 5-4

Girls Cross Country

Well done to Charlotte Goodwin, Megan Jones & Hannah Whittaker who finished 3rd, 4th and 9th respectively in the Westwood Cross Country. Also congratulations to Emily Merrison, Bryony Hall, Tia Tilley, Amy Richards and Mylene Bepole who competed in the Junior Cross Country at Leek.

There is another meet on Tuesday 7th October, please check the notice board in the sportshall and tick next to your name to confirm your availability.

Emily Notman visit.

15 students from art and textiles attended an exciting workshop on Thursday 2nd October with local Ttxtile artist Emily Notman. They worked with inks and paints to dye fabrics which they then bonded with fabric glue to create landscapes. Embroidery techniques were then used to add detail to the compositions.

House Competition

Thursday saw over 170 year 9 pupils compete in the Cross Country House Competition.

All pupils did very well and here are the overall results;

1st - Whitmore

2nd - Elkes

3rd - Torrance

4th - Orme

Individual Winners

Boys 1st - Joe Lobosco (O), 2nd - Rob Hepburn (W),  3rd - Ross Etherington (E)

Girls 1st - Rachel Greaves (O), 2nd - Sasha Hawksworth (T), 3rd - Bryony Hall (W)