Thomas Alleyne's High School
Friday Roundup - 17th October 2014

Headteacher's Blog

This week we held our sixth form open evening. It was fantastic to meet parents and receive so much positive feedback. During the evening a number of concerns were raised regarding the structure of the option pools. Given feedback from parents we will be reviewing the structure of the pools. Any students who feel the current structure does not meet their needs please write to Mrs Dodd to explain what the clashes are.
Whilst we cannot guarantee that every student is able to do their first choices we will seek to meet their needs as far as possible. Following the evening during November students will be supported in choosing their options through meeting with Senior Staff and Heads of House . During these meetings we will also discuss with them their current progress.

Also this week the SEN team held their SEN open evening. Thank you to all the parents who supported the evening. The atmosphere during the night was excellent as parents and students discussed their son/daughter's progress and needs. We hope you will be able to join us a future events.

Finally in a previous round up I sent links to past papers and exam boards, these are again linked below. These may be particularly useful for Year 11 and 13 students who wish to access past papers over the October half term as part of their preparations for exams. With less than 100 days before the first Year 11 exam every day of revision used will make all the difference.

Music Secure Funding

The music department have secured a bid from the EMI Music Foundation to the sum of £1000.

It will be used to upgrade the ICT provision of the Music Department by purchasing more Apple Macs and soundproofing for the Recording Studio, which will enabling our GCSE and A Level Students to complete recording and composition coursework tasks in a professional standard environment using state of the art software and also enabling greater use of ICT in Thomas Alleyne's Key Stage 4 Music Curriculum.

Poetry Cafe

You are invited to annual Thomas Alleyne's Poetry Cafe on Thursday 23rd October, between 6 and 8pm in the Theatre, admission is free.

Hosted by local poet Alan Barrett, there will be poetry readings from our pyramid schools and many others. Coffee, squash and cake are on sale as well as a raffle and Halloween games. The theme is Halloween or Autumn. Please contact Mrs Bell at the school if you would like to read a poem on the night.

PTA Events

The Annual Christmas Gift Market takes place on Thursday 27th November between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm. Please contact the school if 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.

Get Safe Online Week

Next week is the national Get Safe Online week. Lookout for hints and tips coming your way via the school social media, the roundup and the frog notice board.

As the internet becomes more entwined in our day to day life it is essential that we all understand the risks and how to minimise them.

Follow the school on Facebook or Twitter for more information over the coming week. Also if you click the image below you can see the Get Safe Website.

Careers Website

Further to us publicising the entrust careers service website last week, here is another very useful site to help you with your choices.

Career Kick Start

Morrisons Let's Grow

Please remember to bring in your Morrisions Let's Grow vouchers. Collection box is in reception.

For more information on the scheme please follow this link:

Let's Grow Information

Sports News

Cross Country - the Year 9 girls team all improved their placings in the final meet. Well done to Emily Merrison, Mylene Bepole, Bryony Hall & Tia Tilley. The team finished 5th overall.The senior team finished 3rd overall, congratulations to Charlotte Goodwin who attended every meet and was in the top 3 runners every race. Also to Hannah Whittaker who improved her place each race.

Girls football - The Year 9 & 10 football team started their league with a 2-0 defeat to Blythe Bridge and a 2-2 drew against Painsley. Goals came from Alisha Hudson & Emily Beech.

Versatility netball tournament - A mixture of Year 9's and 10's played in a tournament at DeFerrrers on Thursday. The girls played magnificently and defeated John Taylor, William Allitt and Paget. Well done to all involved.

Farm Fresh Christmas Food

It is getting close to that time of year again on the School Farm where we
start to think about Christmas. We have for sale again this year the turkeys
and packs of sausages also Christmas door wreaths which will be ready for the
beginning of December.

If you would like to order any of the above please would you fill out the
linked slip and return to Mrs Ellis, please be as
specific with weights of turkey as you can and quantities of meats required.

Please note that the turkeys will be dry plucked and can be either picked up
on the day they are plucked and placed in your own freezer or can be put in
the school freezer and picked up in the last week of term, then defrosted 48
before you intend to cook it.