Thomas Alleyne's High School
Weekly News Roundup

Week Commencing- 22nd June 2015

Headteacher's Blog

As reading week approaches I feel free to advocate a book which I think everyone should read! For me it has to be ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens’ by Sean Covey. Teenage years, whilst described by some as the best years of our lives, can also be the toughest. The time when we are called on most to: work out who we wish to be; decide how we want to handle our friends or peers; how to develop and protect our self image; achieve our dreams; and get along with adults whose views we may not understand at times. It may be a while ago but I remember that time keenly. For those parents of students in our feeder schools you have the advantage of getting to read it before your sons or daughters become teenagers!

I wrote at the start of the year about Mr Hulme’s fantastic assembly about the value of books and I want to return to it again. There is much that we do in life where there is no tutorial or lesson and perhaps the best way can be to learn from others – sometimes that is easiest done through reading. So unapologetically for your family I recommend you buy a copy of Sean Covey’s book.

We are very fortunate this week to have had a group of experts working with 25 of our students and 8 of our staff on how they can realise all we are capable of. I watched them working for just 15 minutes today and was inspired by the maturity, honesty and courage shown by our young people involved. I wish them well for their year of coaching and hope that they achieve the goals they have set for themselves.

On Friday we had our Year 11 leavers day - you will see from our collection of photographs what a wonderful day it was. I am very proud of them all and wish them well in their futures. We look forward to seeing many of them back in September.

Advanced Planning...

You may already be thinking about the school holidays for the academic year 2016 / 17. Well they are available on the Staffs County Council Website. To help with any planning you may have the following INSET dates have been agreed meaning that pupils will not be in school on the follwing dates:

September 6th 2016

October 31st 2016

January 3rd 2017

July 24th & 25th 2017

Parent Workshop

The parent workshop on E-Safety took place on Thursday evening with around 25 parents attending from across the pyramid.

The presentation and useful links can be found here:

Be Proud!

If your child is responsible for collecting any younger siblings from any of our First or Middle Schools could you please remind them that it is essential that they conduct themselves in an exemplary way whilst at these schools.

We want to be proud of our students at all times and would appreciate your support in reiterating this message.

10W1's New Mascot....

10W1 have adopted a new form mascot. Strawberry the Kune Kune piglet had to be taken away from her mother when she failed to thrive. Since then she has been bottle fed, enjoying lots of attention from staff and students alike. She loves having her tummy stroked and enjoys strolling around the department getting under everyones feet. When she is strong enough she will be put back with her mother and 4 siblings.

Non Uniform Day

On this coming Friday, 3rd July we will be holding a non uniform day to raise funds for two charities close to the schools heart, YESS and the the Douglas MacMillian Hospice.

Simply come to school in non uniform, pay £1 and you are doing your little bit to help those less fortunate than yourselves.

School Walk

The School Walk is fast approaching and thank you to all of those students who have already brought in their sponsor money. The School Walk has proved to be a massive success in previous years and we hope to do even better this year. If students haven't got their sponsor money in yet, there is still time so please support this fantastic, community event. Just a reminder that it is important that students wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the walk. The majority of the walk is along footpaths so sensible, comfortable shoes/trainers will be ok, flip flops won't be! Also you will be outside for the majority of the walk so sun cream is advisable. Refreshments are available along the route but it is adviable to take a packed lunch and drink with you on the walk. If parents have any questions, then please don't hesitate to contact the school.

The Week in Science

On 23rd June, 36 Year 12 Biologists ventured to Formby Point near Southport to complete two ecological studies. The students gathered data along a Sand Dune to investigate Ecological Succession by estimating the percentage cover of Marram grass and the rate at which the water infiltrated into the ground.

The students also gathered data for a piece of their A2 coursework on a study of Lichen distribution and whether they preferred north or south facing surfaces. Despite the coach breaking down on the way home, a good day was had by all.....the weather was great and we all had ice creams!!!

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

Emily Cole and Josh Pirie in Year 9

Codi Swinson and Josh Owen in Year 10

Well done to all.

Year 11 Celebration Day

Last Friday the 26th June was our Year 11 Celebration Day for the class of 2012-2015. The day marked the end of compulsory full time education. Students arrived in their finery looking incredibly smart and mature. It was a wonderful day during which the Headteacher and Heads of House spoke to the students wishing them success and happiness in their future. Some very humorous presentations were given by year 11 form tutors recollecting memories of the time they have spent as their tutors. Not only did all students receive a year 11 completion certificate but many received individual awards voted for by year 11 students for such accolades as 'comical genius', 'book worm', 'Olympic kid', 'most luscious locks' and ''cheesy grin' to name but a few. The day concluded with a magic show that left many amazed.

Thank you to Mr Robinson White who has created the memory book below

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Derby College are holding an Apprenticeship Day on 24th June with over 100 jobs up for grabs. See the link below for further details.

Apprenticeship Opportunities in the NHS

The NHS are currently recruiting for  level 2 Health and Social Care Apprentices to Start in September. These apprenticeships are open to 16-24 year olds and offer valuable practical experience alongside a qualification for anybody wishing to pursue a career in care. The link to the advert for the job is below.

Meet the Teacher

OK this week it is me, Mr Cartwright

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Sports News

Girls Cricket Staffordshire Champions

Having qualified for the finals last week, the girls cricket team headed to Penkridge Cricket Club on Wednesday. Our semi-final saw us up against Thomas Boughey, where we won the toss and chose to field first. Our bowling was much improved with very few 'extras' being given away and 4 wickets being taken. The opposition were restricted to 45 runs. Tash Hall and Ellie Carr opened the batting and they started the run chase well but after 2 overs we had already lost 2 wickets. With a larger boundary than last weeks competition, Tash & Antonia Lee-Jones soon found the gaps and were regularly scoring singles & hitting the boundary. With two overs to spare, we had taken the lead but continued to play out the fixture to get some batting practice.

The final saw us play Birches Head, we batted first. Antonia & Tash opened the batting after both survived the opening over they both started to score freely. Tash got her timing right and was able to score a 6 off a no ball, doubling the value. Eventually we lost a wicket by keeping the pressure on Birches Head and running singles. Ellie Carr came in and kept the run rate high. Tash had to retire having reached 20 runs but Maisy Bettany & Hannah Whittaker saw us finish with 69 runs. The opening pairing from Birches Head were very competent batsman who had scored freely in their semi final. Ellie, Karris Gordon and Tash restricted their run rate in the first 3 overs. Birches Head had a good spell in the following 3 overs to take them to 60 runs. Antonia delivered the final over and did not crumble with the pressure, with only conceding 5 runs and taking two wickets.

Congratulations to Tash Hall, Ellie Carr, Antonia Lee-Jones, Hannah Whittaker, Jasmine Jeffrey, Rhiannon Kenny, Charlie Eley, Chloe Kerr, Maisy Bettany, Karris Gordon who have now qualified for the regional cricket finals at Moseley Cricket Club

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