Thomas Alleyne's High School
Weekly News Roundup

Week Commencing- 1st June 2015

Headteacher's Blog

Half term over and it was fantastic to see students back on site on Monday. Students from Year 11 continue to attend revision sessions before and after school. The next week is perhaps most challenging as they have now been involved in examinations for 6 weeks and some are coming close to the end of their examinations. When I asked one young lady how her half term was she said it had been tough as she had been revising and really wanted the exams over now. Thank you to the parents who are supporting their sons and daughters at home during these final days when some of them are finding it difficult; as I said to the young lady I was speaking to it will be a fabulously long Summer break at the end! With Year 10 students they have now downloaded an staggering 20,000 podcasts and the company has asked us if we can be ambassadors for them by showing other schools how our students have used the resource. We are already beginning our preparations for results days on 13th and 20th August.

Students have been busy on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and as you will see below participating in the County show - with great success - and participating in sports activities. I urge all Year 9 students to ensure they are involved with one of our extra curricular activities as it a perfect opportunity to develop the skills of teamwork and resilience.

Finally I would like to thank Glenn Handforth one of our governors for his work in supporting us with our school improvement work this week. We are pleased to be welcoming a new parent governor to our committee for our final meeting of the year.

Please ensure that you support us with ensuring that your son and daughter arrives at school on time, well dressed and equipped and that you avoid taking holidays in school time. Thank you to parents who are supporting their sons and daughters through their examinations at the moment. I know how hard many students are working and as I have said there is a long summer holiday ahead and all the hard work will be worth it. Thank you also to staff and governors for their work this half term. Have a lovely half term.

School Walk

The Bi-Annual Thomas Alleyne’s School Walk will take place on 10th July 2015. The walk is approximately 13 kilometres long; whilst a challenge, we do feel this is within the capacity of nearly all our students. The walk takes students through the impressive scenery in the Peak District National Park and is a memorable experience for all students On previous school walks students thoroughly enjoyed the day and do feel a sense of achievement at the end of the walk so we hope that all will take part.

Each student has been given a sponsor form. We would ask that each child has a target to raise £10 sponsorship. The form also has a gift aid tick box. Please tick this box as it means we can get additional funds; last time this was over £1400. This money would be used to support house charities and cover the cost of transporting over 600 students to and from the Peak District. We would be grateful if your child could bring their sponsorship money in before the 26thJune 2015. If the money and form could be put into an envelope with the students name on it and taken to the student finance office.

When your son/ daughter is collecting sponsorship, we advise against calling on strangers door to door and we would expect them to obtain sponsorship from friends and family. There will be a prize this year for the most sponsor money raised by an individual student.                         

Revision & Warm up

Monday 8th June

Maths 7.30 am

Hospitality 11.20 am

RM 11.20 am

Tuesday 9th June

Child Development 7.30 am

Add Science unit 3 11.20 am

Physics 11.20 am

Wednesday 10th June

History 8.15 am

Thursday 11th June

Health and Social Care 2.05 pm

Friday 12th June

ELBS 10.00 am

Add Science unit 4 11.20 am

Biology 11.20 am

School Crossing

There is still no crossing patrol on Bradley Street due to illness. Can all pedestrians who usually cross from the direction of the bus park, please continue to cross at the Pelican Crossing Point with care.

Success at County Show

Well done to all our students who took part in this years County Show during half term. They were fantastic ambassadors for the school, scooping a wide range of certificates. One judge commented 'it is fantastic to see young people from a school farm showing an interest in livestock; they have conducted themselves extremely well and the school should be very proud of them.' Will Nicholls in year 10 was showing his own livestock and won the young handlers competition as well as prizes for his pedigree heifer and commercial beef cows.

The school Shetland sheep, shown by Harry Buckley and Joe Watson in year 10, came second and fourth overall in the primitive breed category. In addition to this our students won rosettes in the young handler competition for both sheep and calves. Well done to Joe Plant, Sophie Taylor, Taylor Milward, Jessica Richards and Tom Buxton who all worked very hard preparing the animals for the competition and performing in front of the judges.

The school has raised £411 for UNICEF Nepal Earthquake appeal by a bring a £1 to school appeal. I am sure you will all agree that this is a very worthwhile cause and is going to help people in dire need.

Thank you to all who donated.

Nepal Appeal

Year 10 French Speaking Exams

10B2, 10A1 and 10A3 all have their French speaking exams next week worth 15% of GCSE. Keep revising!

Support sessions are after school on Tuesday and Thursday at 3.05 in room 23.

Parent Governor Election Result

The Governing Body are pleased to announce and welcome Mr Dave Thomas the new Parent Governor onto the Full Governing Body. The school received no other applications, therefore he is elected unopposed.

He will bring some excellent skills to the Governing Body as he comes from an educational background and he hopes to combine his experience as a senior lecturer and knowledge of information technology systems to support the continued improvement of the school.

Scientists of the Week

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Blake are:

Hannah Whitaker and Dan Thacker in Year 10.

Very well done!

Sports News

We've had highs and lows this week in rounders.

On Tuesday the Year 10 rounders team took on Paulet and had a comfortable win of 21 1/2 to 10. Then on Thursday both Year 9 and 10 rounders team went to Paget and played very well. The Year 10 team lost 25 1/2 to 21 1/2 after a fighting second innings and the Year 9 team lost 15 to 11. Well played by all.

Next week is super busy with the following fixtures;

Tuesday 9/6/15 - Athletics meet at Shobnall

Wednesday 10/6/15 - Year 9 Rounders against Abbots Beyne @ home - Year 10 Rounders against Robert Sutton @ home - Year 10 Cricket against JCB @ home

Thursday 11/6/15 - Year 9 and 10 Rounders again William Allitt @ home

We also have house fixtures next week, on the following days;

Tuesday 9th June - P1 and P2 - Year 10 Boys - Cricket Semi Final 1 - Elkes v Whitmore

Tuesday 9th June - P3 and P4 - Year 10 Boys - Cricket Semi Final 2 - Orme v Torrance

Wednesday 10th June - P3 and P4 - Year 10 Boys - Cricket Plate Final

Friday 12th June - P1 and P2 - Year 10 Boys - Cricket Final

Please encourage your children to take part and earn points for their house for a chance to lift the house trophy at the end of the year.

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