December 2012

ARTHUR TERRY PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE The Arthur Terry School has been recognised as the highest performing school in the city based on the government’s benchmark of 5 A*-C including maths and English, something of which our school community is very proud. We are grateful to you for your on-going support and your views are invaluable in helping us achieve our priorities and address the issues that matter to you. The on-line questionnaire below has been designed to help us with this and we would be very grateful if you could complete and submit this on-line. We do not expect this to take longer than 10-15 minutes. School Questionnaire link We believe that school is about creating a climate where you can be the very best you can be and we will continue to strive to achieve this. Thank you to all the parents who have already taken the time to complete our school questionnaire. The school is encouraged by the excellent responses so far. For further details please contact Mrs L Meade at lmeade@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk PRAISE EVENT Our praise event is scheduled for 17th December at Jimmy Spices. Good luck to all the students who have just two weeks left to earn as many points as they can in lessons and extracurricular activities. END OF TERM Term finishes for Year 11 at lunchtime on Thursday 20th December except those students who have an exam in the afternoon. Years 12 and 13 will leave at 3:25 pm. For years 7 – 10, term ends at 12:30 pm on Friday 21st December. This will be a non-uniform day with a collection of £1 for Disaster Emergency Committee. START OF TERM All students return on Tuesday 8th January 2013, Monday 7th January is a staff training day. EXAMINATIONS We now have a dedicated page for exams information on the Arthur Terry website, please click here to visit the page. We hope you will find it very useful. In addition to seasonal information you and your child will find documents from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) which includes all of the regulations pertaining to examinations. DECEMBER 2012 YEAR 11 TRIAL EXAMS Year 11 students have trial exams over the coming weeks, some subjects will take place in lesson time under exam conditions however others will take place in December. Year 11 parents have been written to, detailing the trial exam arrangements. If you have not received the letter please contact the Exams Officer. Please click here to follow the link for the Trial Exam Timetable which can also be found on the website. SOCIAL SCIENCE AS OR A2 LEVEL REVISION SESSIONS Please encourage your child to come along to the after school support sessions which run on Tuesdays after school every week from 3:30-4:30 pm on a drop-in basis in room G1.4. Please email Miss Lakin or Miss Geillis at hlakin@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk and rgeillis@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk Year 11 GCSE ENGLISH REVISION SESSIONS GCSE English revision sessions will be taking place every Tuesday and Thursday morning on the English corridor from 8:00 am till 8:30 am. Please arrive promptly to receive some valuable advice and practice ready for the exam in January. YEAR 10 PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS TRIAL EXAMINATION In preparation for the external GCSE examination in the summer, ALL Year 10 students will sit a trial examination on Friday 11th January at 9:00 am in the Sports Hall. The topics that will be examined are: Marriage and Family, Believing in God, Life and Death, Revision materials are available from the department share – humanities – religious education – handout – revision. ARTHUR TERRY WINTER CONCERT The Arthur Terry Winter concert is on Wednesday 12th December at 7:00 pm and promises to be an excellent showcase of our talent here at the school. Tickets are available for £1 each and are selling out fast, they are available from the music department. If your child is performing in the concert it is important that they are aware of when they are rehearsing during the day. We hope to see you on the 12th! For further information please contact Mr K Williams (Subject Leader for Music) at KWilliams@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk WORK EXPERIENCE 2013 This year the dates are 1st July 2013 – 12th July 2013 inclusive. A deadline for finding a placement has been set as Friday 21st December 2012, For more information please click here and to complete the form for the placement click here. Please contact Jane Humphreys at jhumphreys@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk if you require any further information or help. DRAMA The Royal Ballet School In the summer term Miss Beech applied to be involved in a collaborative project with The Royal Ballet School. Only 5 schools/colleges in th e country would be offered this opportunity and Miss Beech is pleased to announce that Arthur Terry School will be one of them. The project is is designed to support the students study of Dance by; developing theoretical understanding, technique training, developing choreography skills and enhancing performance ability. This is a very prestigious opportunity as we will be linked with professional artists from The Royal Ballet School who will work with the students developing a piece of work that will be performed at The Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden on Sunday 23rd March 2013 alongside students from The Royal Ballet School. The next stage of the project begins in January when we will have 4 workshops on site at Arthur Terry with one of the professional artists from The Royal Ballet School on the following dates; Wednesday 9th January Wednesday 30th January Wednesday 27th February Wednesday 13th March 2013 The final performance of the work produced will be at The Royal Ballet School’s theatre in Covent Garden on Sunday 24th March 2013. Please keep an eye out for updates on the project on the school website, the Arthur Terry Times and in the local press. KS3 Drama Club On Tuesday 18th December KS3 Drama Club will perform ‘What Christmas is all about’, a devised piece created all by themselves. Please join us in the atrium from 4pm for Tea/Coffee, mulled wine and mince pies and sing along to some carols. The Drama club performance will take place at 4:30pm. The show will take place in the atrium so please wrap up warm. Tickets are £1 and can be purchased through the drama department. All money raised will be for ‘Teenager Cancer Trust’. We look forward to seeing you there. Mrs Wadsworth Subject Leader of Drama DECEMBER 200 CLUB WINNERS 36 T. Bennett £50 73 H. Brown £25 90 E. Gass £15 191 J. Meek £10 NETBALL FOR ALL Netball For All (formerly Little Sutton Netball) Club is now open to all girls in years 4, 5 6 across the cluster. We train on a Saturday morning at Arthur Terry. The cost is £3 per session paid termly. Initially the girls are put into the first session which begins promptly at 9:15 am, after Christmas they will be put into ability groups (loosely speaking this is likely to be year groups). Initial costs will be club t shirts £5 (this has their name on) and affiliation to England Netball £5 which is their insurance (this runs September to September). All volunteers are CRB checked. In the summer months all girls will be included in the little league competition which involves them being put into a team for the term and competing against one another in league fixtures. We are not a league club, we want the girls to learn and develop the basic skills of netball in a fun, relaxed all inclusive environment; we do however have club links to Newhall (key stage 2) and trial dates for Boldmere and Parkside will be given out to Year 6s. After Year 6, if the girls decide not to enter league netball, they can stay on with us at Arthur Terry – we currently has girls in Years 7, 8 9 – at this stage, in addition to participating, they will be encouraged to assist coaching the youngsters and develop umpiring skills (if they wish). Due to restrictions in place at Arthur Terry, girls will have to be dropped off and collected from the front door of the main reception. They will need to bring a drink, hair must be tied back and absolutely no jewellery is allowed – if they have recently had their ears pierced, they must arrive taped over (this is the single biggest time waster we face and detracts from the netball). We look forward to meeting you all over the next few weeks and if you have any questions at all please contact us at netballforall@virginmedia.com CHRISTMAS CHOIR


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