Thomas Alleyne's High School
Friday Roundup - 18th July 2014

Junior Prize Giving

Monday saw the school celebrate the success that have been attained by our year 9 and 10 pupils throughout the year. In the presence of the Mayor and our guests of honour, Mr David Bell and Rev Charles Dale numerous pupils received prizes for excellence and commitment to their studies.  A full list of winners can be viewed here.

Mr David Bell, Governor and Chief Corporate Development Officer for JCB gave a thought provoking speech where he challenged the pupils in 3 main areas; firstly to do things now, secondly to travel, and finally to ask questions. We also heard from Mrs Rudge as she reviewed the year, and as she admitted that was hard to do as she is only 10 weeks into the job! There were musical interludes and David Brisbourne from year 10 stole the show with a fantastic juggling routine.

Well done to all and ensure you keep up the good work in the next academic year.

French Exchange

During this last week of term, we had the pleasure of welcoming seven French exchange students to TAHS. They enjoyed a variety of different lessons and cultural activities, including the House Music Competition, the Uttoxeter Town Challenge , a tour of the school farm and a day at Shugborough Hall.

Thanks to staff and students for integrating them into lessons and making them feel so welcome.

House of Bread Speaker in RE

This week and last we were delighted to having an outside speaker visit RE classes to discuss the question of whether we should help the homeless or not. Pupils created houses and annotated their thoughts about how important a home is and why people are made homeless. Will Morris from the organisation House of Bread helped us explore this ethical issue by telling some real life stories of young people who had become homeless. House of bread serves over 100 free meals every Wednesday in Stafford to those that find themselves below the poverty line. It is is run by volunteers who care passionately about the most vulnerable people in our society. We debated whether it was morally right to help those who find themselves without permanent accommodation. It was challenging to think whether when we see people selling the big issue is it OK to just walk on by. One pupil response was 'how would you feel if it was you? You would want someone to help you!'

Summer Concert

Wednesday night saw pupils from across all houses and years join together in the celebration of music talent at Thomas Alleyne's for the end of the year. All the participants were an absolute credit to the school and a huge 'thank you' to those who packed out the Theatre to support the pupils, even ending the evening with a standing ovation and a demand for an encore!

World Challenge Borneo

Mr Johnson and Mr Parker have accompanied a small band of intrepid sixth formers on their month long World Challenge expedition to Borneo. As you can image communications back 'to base' is spasmodic but we can assure you all that they arrived safely after a 16 hour flight! Full report and pictures upon our return in September!

House Music

Over 100 pupils took part in the House Music Competition, some amazing performances were given and the breadth of talent across the whole school was brilliant to see. There could be, however only one winner in the end and the House Music trophy was awarded to Elkes House. Congratulations to Tom Hawley and Jonathan Mackey the music captains for Elkes, and a special well done to everybody on stage and off for their hard work and dedication.

Final House Placings

1st Whitmore 141 points

2nd Elkes 135.5 points

3rd Torrance 129 points

4th Orme 105.5 points

CONGRATULATIONS TO WHITMORE

CHAMPIONS 2013/14

For a full list of all winners in all competitions this academic year please click here.

Drugs Awareness Talk

As part of Operation Nemesis Staffordshire Police have been into school to talk to years 9 and 10. The talk centred around the drugs that are in the community, the health, social and legal implications of drugs, along with the affect on your future should you be caught in possession and gain a criminal record.

The talk was both informative, shocking and though provoking and will hopefully go along way to ensure that if pupils come into contact with drugs they will make the right choices.

PTA News

The first meeting of the new school year is 10th September and it will be a meet the Headteacher session, all parents are welcome - 7.30pm in the staffroom.

The PTA Quiz is on 10th October - this is a fun filled family evening, entry is £1 per person and it is a team event.

We are losing some long standing members of the PTA this year and would love some new members - can you spare a bit of time to help us raise money for the benefit of the pupils. The PTA are a very supportive group of helpers - if you can help selling raffle tickets or serving drinks at an event that would be greatly appreciated.

Exam Results Collection

A Level results day on Thursday 14th August.

Year 13's collecting their A2 results can do so from 7.30am in the morning.

Year 12 students collecting AS results can do so between 9.30am and 11.30am on the 14th.

GCSE results day on Thursday 21st August, collection is between 10.00am and 12.00pm.

Staff Leavers

Along with the excitement of the school year ending it is always tinged with the sadness of saying goodbye to colleagues.

This year we say goodbye to Mr Carl Gliddon who has started in the school back in 1995 and has worked his way up to the position of Deputy Head. Along the way he has held numerous positions including Acting Head Teacher. In this instance the loss to Thomas Alleyne's by Carl's departure is to the gain of education in Uttoxeter as he leaves to take up the position of Head Teacher at Oldfields.

We also see the departure of Ed Barker from his role on the school farm. Many a pupil has passed through Eds care and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the farm has been infectious. He has been at the school since 2002 and again will be greatly missed.

We are also saying goodbye to the following colleagues and we wish them well in what ever they choose to do next:

Tina Mizen - ICT

Tina Hughes - TA

Cherry Overton - TA

Sonia Beacham - English

Chris Wright - PE

Ian Johnson - MFL

Charles Dale - Clerk to the Governors

September

A reminder that term starts for pupils as follows:

Years 9, 10, 11, 13 - Wednesday 3rd September

Year 12 - Thursday 4th September

Have a happy, safe and enjoyable summer........