February 2014

STRANGER DANGER MESSAGE West Midlands Police are urging parents to reiterate ‘stranger danger’ messages to their children following reports of suspicious activity near schools in north Birmingham. A teacher at Perry Beeches School raised concerns this morning (Jan 22) after parents reported a white Transit-type van cruising the area – it followed reports in previous weeks of a driver trying to strike up conversations with passers-by in Streetly and Sutton Coldfield. Police traced the driver a van from a reg plate noted down by a parent – and found him to be a scrap metal trader who was trawling the streets looking for metal items to recycle. However, despite the false alarm, police are reminding parents and teachers to drive home ‘stranger danger’ messages to children. Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Julian Harper, said: “We treat any reports of this nature very seriously, though incidents of child abduction or attempted abduction are extremely rare.” “It’s important children are reminded about safety messages: never to get into strangers’ cars and to always report suspicious behaviour so we can investigate. But at the same time it should be stressed that no children have been injured, or indeed physically touched, and there is no evidence that attempts have been made to abduct children.” West Midlands Police has issued the following advice: • Never go off on your own with a stranger, take things from them or get in a car with them. • Make sure you tell your parents where you are. • If someone scares you, or makes you feel uncomfortable go somewhere safe, which could be your home, your school or a police station. Remember to tell someone what has happened straight away. If you would like to discuss any other policing matters please contact your local policing team on 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency. EXAMINATIONS We now have a dedicated page for exams information on the school website – please visit the page. We hope you will find it very useful. In additional to seasonal information you and your son/daughter will find documents from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) which includes all of the regulations pertaining to examinations. 6th FORM TRIAL EXAMS Year 12 – Monday 10 to Friday 14 February 2014. Please click on the following link for the Trial Exam web page: Anyone with an exam clash or school trip must see the Exams Officer in B2.11, as soon as possible. NOVEMBER 2013 – POST RESULTS SERVICE Students have been informed of their results for the November Exam Series. Please click on the following link should you be interested in making an Enquiry about Results or request an exam script back: JUNE 2014 EXAMINATION SERIES – TIMETABLES Personalised exam timetables will be issued shortly before Easter break. The Department for Education website holds exam dates for GCSE and GCE AS/A Level exams provided by the awarding bodies AQA, EDEXCEL, OCR and WJEC and students can build a timetable for revision purposes, please note this would NOT be in lieu of the personalised timetable issued by the Exams Office which is expected to be available shortly before Easter break. RESITS The re-sit form for the summer exam series is available and we would urge students to complete and return these to the Exams Office as soon as possible. Please note re-sit entries will not be made unless full payment and an authorising staff signature is received. If payment is made by ParentPay the receipt must be submitted with the re-sit form to the Exams Office or an exam entry will not be made. Please click on the following link for the re-sit form which is also available from the Exams Office and the 6th Form Centre: A2 GENERAL STUDIES Please note students will only be entered for A2 General Studies if they achieved Grade E or above in AS in 2012/2013. If students who received ‘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 £20 per unit. YORK At half term we will be saying thank you and goodbye (from York) to Mr Simmons. For the past two years Mr Simmons has supported our York B students and tutors in his role of Progress Leader. He’s been such an integral part of the team and has continually gone above and beyond to ensure that our students are happy, healthy and secure the success they deserve. We’re so pleased that he is remaining at Arthur Terry in his new role as Geography subject route leader for the SCITT team. We know that he will always remain a York Unicorn at heart and will be a regular visitor to the York office to see how students are getting on. A big congratulations and welcome to Mrs Jennings who is already working closely with Mr Simmons to ensure a smooth transition. Mrs Jennings has previously undertaken the role of Progress Leader in Lincoln and is looking forward to becoming a York Unicorn just as much as we’re looking forward to having her as part of the team. Mrs L Hurn – Head of School for York SUTTON STUDENTS GO FOR GOLD AT BIRMINGHAM SCHOOLS WINTER GAMES As the Olympic Winter Games kick off, sporty students from Sutton Coldfield have secured their place at Birmingham Schools Winter Games’ own version of the event next month. Arthur Terry School has three PARA Sports teams – Indoor Athletics, 5-a-side Football and Boccia – who have qualified from the Level 2 events through to the Level 3 Birmingham School Winter Games, which take place at Birmingham’s Futsal Arena and Nechells on 6th February 2014. The Sainsbury’s School Games were launched in 2012 as an Olympic and Paralympic Legacy project, with hundreds of pupils from across Birmingham Schools expected to compete at the Winter Games. Arthur Terry’s – PARA Indoor Athletics teams are the latest students to reach the Winter Games. Year 7 and Year 8 students scooped Gold and Silver at the Level 2 Para Sports Indoor Athletics event at the BMET Sutton Coldfield on 14th January 2014. They will join the Boccia team, the sport -which is similar to bowls and the U16s 5 a side football team. Coach Adrienne Halfpenny said: “Our Alternative Sports teams are all set for further progress at the Birmingham Schools Winter Games. They’re hard working and determined, cooperating extremely well together as a team, and we’re quietly confident we can continue our success next month.” ACE REPORTING BY A SUTTON COLDFIELD SCHOOL HAS SCOOPED A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FROM A NATIONAL BROADCASTER Roving reporters from year eight at The Arthur Terry School scooped the BBC’s website of the week award for their news report with St Giles Hospice. NEWSHOUNDS at a Sutton Coldfield school have been singled out by a national broadcaster for their sharp reporting skills. Talented students at The Arthur Terry School received the Website of the Week accolade for their work on the BBC School News Report, which sees 11 to 16-year-olds making news reports for a real audience. The year eight youngsters were chosen from hundreds of schools across the country for their charity report, which featured an interview with Helen Relihan, head of fundraising at the St. Giles Hospice in Whittington, Lichfield. Neil Warner and Richard Gill, joint headteachers at the Arthur Terry School, said: “This recognition is well deserved. The students’ outstanding attitude and commitment to the project is impressive. They’re great ambassadors for the school.” To read more click here. SOCIAL SCIENCES SUPPORT Social Sciences would like to use this opportunity to promote the wide range of support we put on for students beyond the lesson. A summary of what is on offer is below: Miss Lakin – Psychology AS/A2 – Drop-In: EVERY Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm in room G1.4 Miss Geillis – Psychology AS/A2, Sociology A2, HSC A2 – Drop-In: EVERY Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm in room G1.1 Miss Blake Mrs Darby – Sociology AS/A2, HSC GCSE/AS/A2 – Drop-In: EVERY Wednesday at 3:30-4:30pm in room G1.3 Miss Leggett – Psychology AS/A2 and HSC GCSE – Drop-In EVERY Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm in room G1.1 Mrs Whelan – Law AS/A2 – Week 1: Wednesday P5 G1.2 and Thursday P2 SF1. Week 2: Wednesday P2 and Thursday P5 G1.2 YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE 2014 Work Experience next year will commence on Monday 30th June – Friday 11th July 2014 inclusive. Whether your child leaves at the end of Year 11 or continues at Arthur Terry in the Sixth Form they will inevitably decide on a career path and work experience can sometimes help young people with that decision making process. Work experience is mandatory and forms part of the curriculum in year 10, but more than that it gives young people an opportunity to find out what it’s like to go to work. Expectations for students and for employers vary greatly but students who benefit the most are the ones who are able to secure placements in an environment which is completely different to school presenting new and different challenges. Communication between school, the employer and yourselves is vital to make this work best for your child. In the meantime you are strongly recommended to encourage and support your child with securing a work placement by approaching employers as soon as possible. We have spoken to all of the students in year 9 during an assembly where they have been given a booklet to help with the process, a copy of which is available; to see a copy please Click here. The deadline for finding a placement was Friday 20th December 2013. Please submit your child’s work experience by completing the on-line form which has been emailed home to you. Reminders will be sent out on a regular basis via email. If you would prefer a paper copy please contact Mrs Humphrey’s. If you are having difficulty finding a placement or have any queries please contact Jane Humphrey’s on jhumphreys@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk or 0121 323 2221 (ext. 2227). SOCCER SCHOOLS 2014 Soccer Schools will be taking place between Monday 17th February and Friday 21st February 2014 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 call 08006120970 or you can check out the website or complete a booking form. PARKSIDE NETBALL CLUB Parkside Netball Club are looking for players, they train at Stockland Green Leisure Centre in Erdington on Fridays at 6.15 -7.45pm. Please contact Tony Pimlott on 07758365324 if you have any questions. FOUR OAKS CLUSTER CHOIR Please click here for the latest edition of the Four Oaks Cluster Choir newsletter. NEWS FROM FOUR OAKS CHILDREN’S CENTRE Boogie Beat – free taster Free taster session running on Saturday 8th February at Arthur Terry School. 10.45 – 11.30am. Music, dance and singing session based on Fairy Tales / Nursery Rhymes. This is a parent/carer and child class for ages 6 months – 4 years and is a taster session possibly leading to an ongoing course. Please book with Lindsay on 07881 654008. February half term activities – Tuesday 18th Feb: Toy Library open 9.30 – 11.30am – contact Lynda 07824 365980 for details – Wednesday 19th Feb: Drop in at Four Oaks Hub – information /advice / refreshments and toys – Thursday 20th Feb: Storytime sessions at Mere Green Library – contact 0121 464 4592 to book (10.30am for ages 1-3 years, 2.30pm for ages 3-5 years) – Friday 21st Feb: Drop in at Four Oaks Hub – information /advice / refreshments and toys Training for Parent / Toddler Group Leaders Do you volunteer at or attend a parent / toddler group? Would you like to be able to have diet advice and a weigh-in within the group? Please advise your leader of our WellMoms training running on Friday 28th February at the Four Oaks Hub (next to Mere Green Community Centre), 1.00 – 4.00pm. To book contact 0121 323 1121. No costs involved. Job vacancies Mere Green 0-5 Pre School have a vacancy for a Level 3 qualified Early Years Practitioner, for 2 morning sessions per week. Please contact Jenny Marsh for more information on 0121 464 6907. NEF Funded Places Do you have 2 year olds eligible for NEF funded places? We are advised that there is availability at the following settings: (please contact the settings for more info) Twiglets Nursery: 0121 378 0514 Holy Trinity Pre School: 0121 355 0790 Save A Baby’s Life /Save a Child’s Life Sessions Our next scheduled dates for these popular sessions run by the Royal Life Saving Society are as follows: – Save a Baby’s Life: Saturday 15th March – Save a Child’s Life: Saturday 10th May – Save a Baby’s Life: Saturday 14th June – Save a Child’s Life: Saturday 5th July Save a Baby’s Life (suitable for parents of babies under 1 year and parents-to-be) Save a Child’s Life (suitable for parents of children aged 1-8 years) All sessions are held at Arthur Terry School and run from 10.00 – 12.30pm (arrive at 9.45am). There is no charge for the session, however attendees are invited to make a voluntary donation to the charity running the sessions to cover cost of materials etc. (suggested donation £5.00). To book on any of the sessions please contact Amanda on 0121 323 1121 or alansdown@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk.