February 2013

THE NATIONAL LEAGUE TABLES FOR GCSE PERFORMANCE The National League Tables for GCSE performance have been published and it makes outstanding reading for our school, our students, our parents, our governors, our teaching and support staff, our partners and our community. ‘Our’ is the key word here, because these results are a collective culmination of outstanding partnership working with everyone who cares for their local school. Arthur Terry has been placed top of all mixed comprehensive schools in Birmingham. Furthermore, of the some 3,500 comprehensive schools nationally, Arthur Terry has been placed 16th for Key Stage 4 attainment, placing us in the top 1%. This is your achievement. Our post 16 results also place up top of all comprehensive schools in Birmingham. Thank you to our wonderful students who continue to make the most of the opportunities afforded to them. Thank you to our supportive parents and carers who collaborate with us so well. Thank you to our innovative, creative teachers who make learning so much fun. Thank you to our dedicated support staff who work tirelessly to support learning and teaching in so ways. Thank you to our hardworking governors who challenge and support us as critical friends. Our success is your success. The strength we have together is immense. To be at the top of league tables is truly wonderful, but knowing that we did it together, as a community, is the best feeling ever! Sincere thanks and congratulations to you all, Neil Warner and Richard Gill Associate Headteachers YEAR 8 OPTION CHOICES 2013 Over the next half term, Year 8 students will be making their Option Choices for GCSE. The current Coalition Government continues to place great importance on the need for students to study a broad range of academic subjects in order to fully prepare them for the demands of further study or employment. Last year they introduced an English Baccalaureate which will be awarded to students in recognition of their achievement of A*-C in English, Maths, Science, MFL History or Geography. We would urge students to think carefully about choosing subjects to enable them to achieve this qualification. To assist students with making their choices there will be an Options link on the school web-site which will include an Options booklet and videos of the Option subjects and this will be available from 8th February. Other support is detailed below and you can find a copy of this letter on the website now. The key stages in the Option Process within school are: 1. YEAR 8 OPTIONS MONTH At the start of this month, Option booklets will be issued to Year 8 students during an assembly on Friday. 8th February. Class teachers will discuss what GCSE courses involve during lessons, and workshops will be available on ‘new’ GCSE subjects that students have not previously studied. Students will be able to discuss options with their tutor and members of their vertical tutor group. Monday, 4th March will be the deadline for Year 8 students to select 4 Option choices for GCSE. A box will be placed in Reception on Wednesday, 27th February for students to place their option forms. Option forms are on the final page of the Options Booklet issued to students in the Options Assembly on Friday, 8th February. A copy of this will be available online on the Options link on the school web site from that date. Option forms CANNOT be handed in until Wednesday, 27th February. 2 YEAR 8 FULL REPORTS – These will be sent home to parents on Friday 15th February. 3. PARENTS INFORMATION EVENING On Wednesday 13th February, parents are invited to a 45 minute presentation outlining the Year 8 Option Process. The presentation starts at 7pm in the Hall. 4. YEAR 8 OPTIONS WORKSHOP EVENING Parents and students are invited to a series of small workshops/talks in subject areas about all of the Option subjects on offer. This evening will take place on Tuesday 26th February. The first talks will begin at 6pm and the evening will end at 8pm. Please confirm you are able to attend these important events by using the online booking system by clicking here. It would be helpful if replies could be submitted by Friday, 8th February 2013. 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. There is a new email address for parents to contact us on exams@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk GCSE MATHS EXAMS GCSE Maths exams will take place for some students on 28th February and 4th March, students will need to come to school equipped to sit their exams. On Thursday 28th February students will be dismissed from their examination at approximately 3:00 pm and will be permitted to go home. YEAR 11 MFL Year 11 students are working hard on controlled assessment at the moment. We are running the following support sessions to help students achieve their potential. Spanish – Thursday 3.30pm with Mr Hunton (D1.1) French – Thursday 3.30pm with Miss Westwood (D1.5) German – Friday lunchtime with Mr Hunton (D1.1) Parents can help students preparing for controlled assessment by ensuring that they complete drafts and reminding them to bring their support sheets to the lesson itself. 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. INDIA TRIP 2014 Nine additional places on the India 2014 trip have become available and are now open to new applications from years 8 to 12 inclusive. These limited additional places will be awarded to applicants most deserving of a place so please answer each question carefully using no more than 250 words per answer. The deadline for applications is Friday 8th February. Successful applicants will be informed during the week beginning Monday 11th February. Click Here to complete the Application Form DRAMA CLUB We are so proud of Drama club who have been working really hard to produce their own films this half term. Students were given a fairy-tale and have had to modernise the story and create their own characters, costumes and props. We will be recording the films in the last week of term around various locations at school, and we’ll be sending them home on a DVD. Once the project is complete we will start preparing for our Key Stage three show in the summer! So watch this space! Thank you, Miss Denton YEAR 8 DANCE WORKSHOP From a parents/carers perspective, in an ever changing educational landscape where the pressures on which subjects students should be taking at GCSE seem to be continually growing, I can understand that some parents may be hesitant about supporting the decision of their child to opt for a subject that does not feature in the ‘Ebbac’. Obviously for students who want to go on to study and have a career in the Performing Arts, choosing GCSE Dance would be a sensible option. But what about those who do not wish to teach or pursue a career, how does Dance enhance their education? Dance enhances creativity and the mental capacity for problem solving; it promotes discussion and opinion; it encourages a healthy and active lifestyle; it supports collaboration, sympathy and empathy; it demands independent thinking; it also highlights social and cultural awareness all of which are vital for success in any subject. The workshop will take place on Saturday 9th February in the Dance Studio at Arthur Terry. It is free for students to attend and there will be a free showcase of the work students have produced for parents at the end. The workshop is being led by freelance choreographer and Dance director Helen Mason, who has devised a workshop to capture the essence of GCSE Dance. Students should wear clothing they can move comfortably in (jeans are not appropriate) and should bring water with them as they will be working practically. Students should arrive at 8:45am and the final showcase will start at 12:30pm. Natasha Beech – Subject Leader of Dance KS3 CREATIVE WRITING CLUB Calling all Year 7 8’s – the fabulous and wonderful KS3 Creative Writing Club will start this coming Monday at Lunchtime (12.30) in C2.7. Students should bring their own lunch with them! Thank you, Miss Stewart S.T.E.M CLUB Students have currently been involved in S.T.E.M club which integrates subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Our students have recently been participating in many sessions where they can have a fun learning experience and expand their knowledge in particular subjects. Students have recently been involved in a fireworks EXTRAVAGANZA and building bridges but there are more FUN and EXCITING activities yet to come! Please keep an eye on the school website for more information. Next session is on Bath bomb explosives, Fizzy sherbet and Jewellery making. If your child would like to get involved please ask them to speak to their Science teacher. SIBLINGS WORKSHOP SOCCER SCHOOLS FEBRUARY 2013 Soccer Schools will be taking place between Monday 18th February and Friday 22nd February 2013 offering your child the following: – Technical Coaching, – Opportunity to participate in tournaments, – Competitions and – Opportunities to win special awards at the presentation on the final day. Courses are taught by FA Qualified CRB checked coaches. All coaches have Emergency First Aid and Safeguarding Children Certificates. For more information and to book call 08006120970 or check out the website www.avfc.co.uk