December 2015

End of Term Arrangements Years 7-10 Will finish school at 12.00pm – Friday 18th December Year 11 Will finish school at 11.10am – Thursday 17th December UNLESS they have a Health Social Care exam on the afternoon of Thursday 17 December and/or a Dance exam on Friday 18th December. Students who have missed a Trial Exam will be expected to sit the missed exam on the morning of Friday 18 December. Year 12 and 13 Will finish school at 3.25pm – Thursday 17th December Start of Term ALL years return to school on Monday 4th January 2016 Teacher training day on Friday 8th January – SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED ——————————————————————————————————————————- Celebrating Success! During the week commencing 16th November 2015, Arthur Terry held its annual Prize Giving assemblies to celebrate the successes of students last year in the range of different subjects studied by students. It was a real privilege to see so many students win awards for their efforts and achievements over the last 12 months. Well done to all of our prize winners. We would also like to say well done to all of the students who did not win an award on this occasion but worked so hard last year to make such great progress in their respective subjects. Subject Leaders had real difficulty in nominating award winners because there were just so many possible winners to choose from. It was a lovely occasion to celebrate in the success of all and to see the award winners’ peers join in those celebrations. Well done to everyone. We would also like to pay a special thanks to Nancy Sercombe who sang the latest Adele song so beautifully as a prelude to the ceremonies. Her performances were absolutely amazing each day and we could also see why it was graded as A* as part of her Music GCSE just a few weeks ago. Well done Nancy! Finally, we would like to say thank you for the contribution our Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl made to our Prize Giving assemblies last week. We are privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such talented students who took the lead with confidence, passion and enthusiasm and delivered the assemblies so professionally; it is clear that Omar, Clara, Oli and Fariha are incredibly talented and wonderful role models. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all students who are taking in part in Y10, 11, 12 and 13 Trial examinations in the near future the very best of luck! The examination period can be demanding but with hard work we are confident our students we will do themselves proud in those forthcoming examinations. Good luck everyone! Heads of School ——————————————————————————————————————————— Four Oaks Cluster Choir We would like to announce that the Four Oaks Cluster Choir have been selected for airplay on Classic FM next week. One of their pre-recorded carols, John Rutter’s ‘Colours of Christmas’, will be played next Friday between 6pm-6.30pm on the ‘drive time’ show. It would be lovely for people to tune in. Find out more about our community choirs on our website: www.suttoncoldfieldchoirs.org.uk ———————————————————————————————————————————- Student leaders – December 2015 Dear parents / carers It’s Lola Sherwin, media manager for the student leaders. I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to the festive season, and that everyone is looking forward to Christmas! Throughout November we welcomed a whole bunch of new student leaders to all of the committees, plus our wonderful newly-elected Year Group Leaders. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all for joining us, and to congratulate them on their new positions. We hope they’ll help the Junior Leadership Group to make a change within school this year! JLG now have our very own Twitter page! We’d like to encourage everyone to follow us at @ATS_Leaders. On our Twitter we will be regularly updating our followers as to what’s going on within each committee, so it would be great to know we have support from students, staff, and parents, as your support is what motivates us to want to make a change. It’s you that we want to make a difference for after all! Finally, I’d just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break. I’ll bring an update of our progress in the January newsletter! Thanks for reading! ———————————————————————————————————————————- Attendance to extra-curricular sporting fixtures/events Dear parents/carers, Parental spectatorship at our sporting events/fixtures has always been fantastic at the Arthur Terry school. Whilst we continue to look forward to receiving your support for future events, we would like to update you with our new protocols to facilitate spectator visitors on site. All visitors must report to and access the school via the main school reception In the event of a fixture taking place during school hours (up to 3.25pm), visitors will be required to sign in and receive a visitor ID pass which must be worn at all times. For fixtures/events taking place after 3.25pm – ID passes will not be required (…as per parents evening visits!) Visitors will be escorted from reception to the sporting fixture/event area and will be expected to stay in that vicinity at all times (Roaming the school site unattended, particularly during school hours is strictly prohibited!) When the fixture/event has concluded, visitors will exit the site via the main school reception (…ID passes to be returned if applicable) Regretfully, any visitors that arrive to school after 4.30pm will not be allowed on site. (NB: This is due to administrative working hours of our school reception staff!) Thank you kindly in advance for your adherence in following the above guidelines. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————– Reminder – Year 12 Parents Evening:- 5-7.30 pm – Thursday 10th December Year 12 reports will also be given out at this event on Thursday along with log-on details for our ‘Go4Schools’ which will enable you to track your son/daughters progress at any time of year. Please note:- Mr Townsend will be available on the evening to answer any questions. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————– York Charity Event Friday 11th December is our Annual York Charity event. York students have decided to raise funds for two charities this year – The Dogs Trust and Street Child. Each tutor group will take part in the event and students have worked hard with their tutors planning their stalls. We aim to make this the biggest York charity day yet and have a target of £1000! Thank you to all York tutors and students for their efforts so far and we hope that lots of students will visit the stalls and buy a treat or two. Thank you for your support Team York —————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Sixth Form Holiday Organisation Well done everyone on a very busy term! The step up from GCSE to A Level is a big one and it is good to see so many of our Year 12 students rising to the challenge and working so hard. Year 13 have been busy getting their UCAS applications in and many of our students are already getting offers coming through. Don’t forget that the final deadline is the 15th January 2016 so if you haven’t already sent your application off, you must have it ready for the first day of term to stand a chance of getting it completed and sent on time. With trial exams coming up in January and February for Years 13 and 12, the two week holiday will be the perfect time to get your folders up to date and organised. Redraft your notes, make revision aids, download and complete past papers and invest in some new stationary to have you ready for a fresh start in January. Maybe you could suggest text books, revision guides and shiny new stationary for your Christmas list…! Have a lovely holiday – we look forward to seeing you back ready for success in January! Best wishes and Season’s Greetings! Sixth Form Team ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————- ‘The Lucy Faith Well Trust – Keeping your child safe’ There will be a presentation on Tuesday 12th January from 7pm until 8.30 for all Year 7 and 8 parents. This is a presentation that comes highly recommended. Parents have said:- “This should be compulsory for all parents”” “I understand now how to keep my child safe” “I learnt so much….this will really help me” “I have been anxious as my daughter uses the internet so much now she is at secondary school” Refreshments provided. The presenter is an ex Police Officer and has years of experience to share. This presentation is not suitable for children. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ———————————————————————————————————————————– Coming soon!! Tickets will be on sale in the New Year.


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