December 2016

A New Year message from your Heads of School We would like to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and New Year with your friends and family; It’s this time of year when people often set resolutions for the forthcoming year. You may have heard the joke that ‘a New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other!’ We have probably all set resolutions in the past that have been broken all too soon; perhaps these goals were unrealistic or perhaps we just didn’t give them the attention they deserved? A famous American country music singer, Brad Paisley, once said that ‘tomorrow is the first blank page of 365 page book; write a good one!’ We think this is a lovely message for all of your students. 2017 is a fresh start and the perfect opportunity to put the past behind us, learn from our mistakes and make this next year a roaring success. Happy New Year everyone and whatever your goal is for 2017, get out there and make it happen! Head of School Dates for your diary Friday 16th December Christmas Jumper / Non-uniform Day £1 donation (Students finish at 12 midday) Tuesday 3rd January Staff Training Day Wednesday 4th January Students return to school at normal time Tuesday 17th January Year 9 (2nd) HPV Vaccine (pm) Tuesday 31st January Year 10 Parents Evening (core) Thursday 2nd February Year 10 Parents Evening (options) School closure in the event of severe weather There can be occasions when severe weather can cause disruption to travel, most commonly occurring to snowfall. Our policy, in these circumstances, is as follows: Always assume the school is open. If a decision to close (due to severe weather) is made, the following will apply: We will update our website as soon as a decision is made A text message will be sent to parents/carers (priority 1 contact only) Local radio stations will be notified We will always try to keep the school open To ensure that our telephone system does not become clogged with traffic, could we please ask that: You visit the school website as this can be updated very quickly and will display the most up to date news Ensure that we have your current mobile number so that a text message can be sent to you Bus Service 757 – Update We have received confirmation from National Express that the school bus service 757 will be terminating with effect from December 2016; therefore, it will not be continuing in the new year. National Express have provided details (please see below) of alternative routes for students to travel. Stop Alternative Route Court Lane 15A/C to Sutton or Erdington, then X3 Chester Road Central Buses 88/89 to Erdington then X3 OR Central Buses 88 to Foley Road, then Central Buses 78 Horse Jockey 907, 77, 5 to Suttton, then X3 OR 77 or Central Buses 88 to Foley Rd, then Cen Buses 78 Jockey Road 5, 77, 907 to Sutton, then X3 Monmouth Drive Walk to Chester Rd North or Jockey Rd catch the 5, 77 or 907 to Sutton then change onto X3 Banners Gate Road, George Fredrick Road Sutton Oak Road 77/935 to Foley Road, then Central Buses 78 Chester Road 77 or Central Buses 88 to Foley Road, then Central Buses 78 Remainder of route Central Buses service 78 For any enquiries relating to the alternative routes, please could we ask that you direct all calls through to National Express on 0121 254 6567. Please can we take this opportunity to thank parents/carers who campaigned earlier in the term to keep this service running.ATTENDANCE MATTERS As we approach Christmas, school will be taking the opportunity to celebrate with students their successes, including those students who have achieved 100% attendance and also those who have shown resilience. Winter months can be challenging, on top of mock exams and preparation for assessments we are facing numerous bugs! In spite of this the efforts of our students, with the support of parents, means they have strived to attend school every day regardless. Can I remind parents however, that in the event your child is too ill to come to school it is the parent’s responsibility to report an absence on each day their child is not in school, providing a reason for this before 9.00am. If your child is absent for longer than 5 days’ school require medical evidence for this unless previous discussions have taken place notifying school about the underlying reasons. Our school attendance figures are above the national average which correlates with our results. Therefore, in recognition of our student’s efforts we are rewarding them with Head teacher’s lunches in assemblies and in their tutor groups throughout the week. We look forward to this and to next term when there will be further opportunities to celebrate. Mrs L Meade Attendance and Inclusion Lead CASHLESS CATERING MACHINES From January 2017 students will not be able to be top up their accounts using the cashless catering machines in school, this is due to the machines not being compatible with the new £5 notes and the forthcoming new £1 coin. Please login to your ParentPay account to top up your child’s allowance online. If you need support in accessing or using your ParentPay account please email who will be happy to help you. Machines will continue to be available for students to check their balance. Celebration Evening On 14th December we will be holding our annual Celebration Evening. We are extremely proud of our school and our students and all of their achievements. This is a memorable evening where we have the opportunity to acknowledge outstanding contribution by students to our school and community and celebrate all of their successes. Head Teacher Awards Congratulations to the following students on their Head Teacher awards this month: – Ella Bowkett, Gabriel Newey, Sophie Taylor, Sophie Varnish, Charlie Freeman, Eve Harber, Reece Shearer, Sophie Lewis, Lorenzo Wiggins, Harry Taylor, Alex Wardell, Brad Pugh, Matthew Quarless, Miles McSheffrey, Lydia Don, Daniel Pitt. James Archer, Oli Jenkins. Mia Williams, Nikisha Kudhail, Gabby Godsell, Ross Lewis, Jude McCallion-Bowen, Daisy Hewins, Oliver Whitby-Hayes, Isobel Millington New Arthur Terry Website We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new Arthur Terry website. The website will move over to the new look on Tuesday 3rd January. We are very excited about this and would like to say a big thank you to the parents and carers from our Parent Development Group who have been instrumental in the changes. The Parents Development Group have researched other school websites, taken the best bits and then looked at how we can incorporate them into Arthur Terry. Please see below a screen shot of what the website will look like. We will of course be sending you further information in the new year, but thought we’d share this snapshot with you now. Groupcall Update We have been having some issues with Parents’ not receiving emails from Arthur Terry School via Groupcall with PDF attachments. Groupcall have suggested the following:- Please can all Parents put these 2 email addresses into their email address book, it will help with emails getting through. 1st the main school email 2nd is the school/groupcall email Leon ‘Cook’ Competition Calling all budding chefs aged from 11-15 years old Leon Restaurants are running an online competition to find a winning chef! What does it involve? It involves cooking and photographing 5 savoury dishes and uploading them onto the website, you can get friends and family to vote and the winner at the end of the month gets a £50 cash prize! All participants who reach the target of cooking five dishes will receive a Cook5 certificate and a little Leon e-book. They will also be entered into the a Grand Annual Prize Draw at the end of this year, they can also upload again in January for next year’s prize draw. The school that has the most applicants will get a cash prize of £2000. Prizes include: Dish of the Month Cash Prize: £50 Grand Annual Prize Draw Winner: £500 Cook5 School of the Year Winner: £2000 All you need to do is sign up on their website, it’s so easy to do: This competition is ideal for all students aged 11-15 years old, especially KS3 who are currently cooking savoury dishes in their Food preparation and nutrition classes, they can photograph these and use them in the competition. Warm regards, Miss Patterson Ninja Warrior Challenge! Although somewhat chaotic, this first attempt to organise a linked sixth form lower school tutor group, ‘fun’ enrichment activity, gave a number of forms, across the age range, the opportunity to test their wits and agility against a demanding assault course during the lunchtime of Friday 25th November. The course included climbing wall bars, rope swings, elevated balance beams and vaulting boxes. A huge thanks to the many staff who supported the event, ensuring that those who were able to attempt the course enjoyed themselves tremendously. THESE GIRLS CAN!!!! I feel compelled to write a short article to celebrate the success of a truly brilliant squad of players. Arthur Terry Girls Football team has gone from strength to strength so far this season, emulating the success experienced last year in retaining the accolade of Sutton Schools champions! The Arthur Terry team has welcomed ‘new signings’ from an influx of year 7 players to turn a successful team into a truly amazing one. This year, competing against year 8/9 girls from other Sutton school (NBA, John Wilmott, SGHS, Bishop Walsh, Highclare) our year 7/8 team scored 35 goals and only conceded 2 goals in 15 games…165mins of football!! Our team had the tournament’s top goal scorer Lexi Edwards!! (Using the bottom team photo L-R) The team consisted of the following players:Olivia Woodstock, Georgia Hughes, Maddie Hughes, Lois Sercombe, Katie Guest, Leah Larkou, Miss Horspool! (Front row Jess McGrath, Martha Mcphail, Lexi Edwards, Raphie Larkou, Paige Clynch and Amelie N-W The squad progress on to the school games finals in February and in the meantime are training and preparing hard for the semi-final of the district cup after Christmas. They are a great team to watch and play such great football. We thank all the parents who have supported the team so far this year and hope to have more fans at our next match. A huge well done and massive high five from me. Mrs Horspool Sixth formers attend Anti-Hate Crime Conference On Tuesday 22nd November the year 12 Government Politics students spent the afternoon in the Birmingham City Council Chamber participating in an anti-hate crime workshop and debate hosted by BCC cabinet member for Transparency, Openness and Equality, Waseem Zaffar. A handful of schools from across Birmingham’s cultural backgrounds and age groups were personally invited to participate in the workshop delivered by anti-islamophobia charity, ‘TellMAMA’, as well as to find out about some of the workings of local government. A number of Arthur Terry sixth formers contributed to the debate with Lily Barker the standout orator. With a 14% national spike in hate crime, post-Brexit vote, the event was a timely reminder of the need for us all to remain vigilant and stand in solidarity with communities susceptible to hate crime. Birmingham City Council Leader, John Clancy also took part in the event and praised the students for their active engagement with this pressing issue. “Sixth Formers collect for the Women’s refuges” Our wonderful Sixth Formers have been working hard over the last few weeks, not only on their studies but in supporting those who are in need over the Christmas Period. Students have spent a number of weeks in the run up to the appeal raising the plight of the women’s refuge in our local area amongst staff and students. Items of need included boxes of toys, toiletries and other gifts suitable for not only the children in the refuge but their parents too. Natasha Pullen who collects on behalf of the different refuges visited Arthur Terry to thank the students and collect the gifts. Natasha was touched by the generosity of them all, explaining to the students that the gifts would be split between four refuges Caldmore Accord in Walsall, Pathway Project in Lichfield, Staffordshire Women’s Aid in Staffs and a refuge in Tamworth, supporting over 150 children and adults who reside in them. Natasha also explained that the parents are able to wrap the presents for their children, making the gift more personal and special. Any surplus gifts will be kept until Christmas Eve/day when those who come to the refuge at the last minute can benefit from them. Thank you all who donated and supported this very worthy cause! The Duke of Edinburgh Award – Dates The national DofE website contains a wide range of information which you may like to look at – Information and documentation is also available on our DofE Website Click Here Duke of Edinburgh Dates for your diary. Silver Assessment Expedition 1st – 3rd July 2017 Silver Planning Expedition 14th Jan 2017 10am – 2pm Year 11 Gold Planning Expedition 6th February 2017 3.30pm – 7pm Year 12/13 Award Presentation Evening 6th March 2017 6.30pm – 8pm Year 11-14 Aberdovey! The Aberdovey 2016 Video is now live on the school website. EXAMINATIONS Remember we share lots of information on the exams section of the school website: EXAM ASSEMBLIES Exam assemblies will take place as follows: YEAR 12 Thursday 5th January YEAR 13 Friday 6th January TRIAL EXAMS GCE Level trial exams will be taking place between 23rd January – 1st February inclusive, for information, including the trial exam timetable, click on the following link In order to maintain a strong work ethic amongst students during the trial exams, there will be no study leave. This will provide them will excellent revision opportunities with their subject teachers prior to trial exams. During these exams students will return to their timetabled lessons when they are not in exams. Further information to follow regarding afternoon finishing time. The exams will be conducted according to the procedures set out by the Examination Boards. This is so students are familiar with the correct procedure in the summer. A copy of the JCQ guidelines can be found on the JCQ Exam Notices page Please ensure your child is familiar with the regulations in particular the following document, information for written exams: Equipment should be carried in a clear pencil case. There will be no spare equipment available for students to use. Students must use a black ink or ballpoint pen for all exams (gel pens are not permitted) and under no circumstances should mobile phones be taken to the exam desks. No food, fizzy or coloured drinks are permitted in the exam room, and candidates are not expected to need to leave the exam room to use the toilet during individual exams. If necessary, water can be brought in a clear, unlabelled bottle, which should be kept under the exam desk. Sixth formers will also need to wear their school ID badge at all times. Therefore, we would ask for your support to ensure your child is fully prepared for their trial examinations. RE-SITS – AS/A Level AS/A Level re-sits will be available in Summer 2017; the re-sit form/fees are available on the school website AS legacy units will count towards the overall A2 grade. AS reformed subjects will not count towards the overall A2 grade. Please note that re-sit forms will only be accepted with subject leader signature and when full payment has been made. Payment should be made using ParentPay and the receipt must be submitted with the re-sit form to the Exams Office. Cash cannot be accepted. Please note an exam entry will not be made without proof of payment. A2 General Studies (Year 13) Students will only be entered for A2 General Studies if they achieved Grade ‘D’ or above at AS in Summer 2016 (Year 12). If students who received ‘E’ or ‘U’ want to enter for A2 they must complete and return a re-sit form for either or both of the units they did last year at AS Level which are £23.00 per unit. Events Committee update Over the past half term, we have successfully supported students and staff in and out of school including; Lichfield Cathedral Carol Concert, the Christmas Bake-off, the Red Bag appeal, Sparkle-off, parent’s evenings many more. We are all set for the New Year, very much looking forward to supporting new events throughout the rest of the academic year, helping teachers, students and leadership group. Hannah Balem Events Committee Member Refugee Crisis Workshops Between 3rd and 6th December 2016 British Red Cross’ Youth Education Co-ordinator, Anne-Marie Allen attended Arthur Terry School to deliver interactive workshops to hundreds of sixth form and lower school students regarding the global migration crisis. Students were provided a ‘safe space’ to explore their fears and anxieties, hopes and aspirations regarding one of the world’s most pressing crises. Students investigated why over a million people abandoned their home countries in search of safe haven or better economic opportunities for their families last year and imagined what they would do in similar circumstances. With 4000 men, women and children drowning in the Mediterranean last year attempting such crossings, it is crucial that Arthur Terry students of all ages engage with this complex global concern. Anne-Marie said of Arthur Terry students that, ‘they are amazing and some of the nicest students I have come across’. She added, ‘Arthur Terry is my favourite school to deliver in’. We look forward to welcoming the Red Cross and Anne-Marie again next year.