July 2016

Thank you, well done and good luck! We would like to thank all of our students for everything they have done this year. It has been an amazing year with so many wonderful achievements by our students. We would also like to wish our Year 11, 12 and 13 students the very best of luck with their examination results. All of those hours of hard work and revision will pay dividends! We also wish our departing Year 13 students the best of luck in the next stage of their lives whether that be at university or in employment. The summer holidays can be an amazing time but please do encourage your son or daughter do be careful; the summer can be a time when accidents and injuries can occur especially on the roads so do take care. We look forward to seeing our students back in September. Best wishes Heads of School Dates for your Diary Week Commencing – Monday 18th July:- Tuesday 19th July Year 12 Induction Day Year 10 Vaccinations (pm) Wednesday 20th July Year 10 Vaccinations (pm) Friday 22nd July School closes at 12.00 September 2016 – Return to School Dates Monday 5th September Teacher Training Day (no students) Tuesday 6th September – Year 7 – 8.50am Assembly in the hall 9.10 am – tutor time 10.10 am – Normal lessonsYear 12 Joiners – 9.45 assembly in the hall, followed by enrolment in the sixth form centre. Year 12 Returners – 1.30 pm assembly in the hall followed by Enrolment in the Sixth Form Centre. Wednesday 7th September Year 7,8,9,10,11 – Registration and Tutor time, period 1, normal lessons period 2,3,4,5 Year 12 – 9.45 Assembly, Normal lessons Period 2,3,4,5 Thursday 8th September Year 7, 8, 9, 10,11, 12 – registration, Normal lessons Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Year 13 – Assembly, enrollment / confirmation of courses in the hall followed by normal lessons p2, 3, 4, 5 Friday 9th September All Years in normal lessons EXAMINATIONS We share lots of information on the exams section of the school website: https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/ 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. EXAM RESULTS DAYS CLICK HERE for information GCE AS/A Level Thursday 18 August 2016 in the Hall 8.30 am – 10.30 am GCSE Thursday 25 August 2016 in the Hall 8.30 am – 10.30 am Students unable to collect results can nominate someone in writing to collect them (ID required) or provide a SAE ENVELOPE to Exams by Friday 22 July, please ensure correct postage is used. Thank you. POST RESULTS When results are released some students may want to make an enquiry about results or request an examination script back, please note there is a fee for a post results service. Further information and application forms are available on the school website, please click on the following link Post Result Enquiries GOOD LUCK!! Payments to School As a result of us successfully taking online payments via Parentpay for several years now for items such as dinner money, trips etc. we are aiming to become completely cashless from September 2016. More than 90% of our parents are currently using Parentpay and we would appreciate your support in helping us to achieve our aim by September. If you need your login details for Parentpay please contact our finance department by email:finance@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk or via the main school telephone number and we will be happy to help. We will continue to accept cheque payments for the foreseeable future but no cash payments will be accepted from 1st September 2016. Students will be able to continue to top up their lunch accounts with cash at the machines in school but as we do not take cash we are unable to provide change for this purpose. Thank you for your continued support. Students lead the way More than thirty dedicated students from across the Arthur Terry School took the lead by attending a celebratory praise event in honour of their hard work throughout the year. Students from all year groups – who sit on a number of leadership teams that organise and help out at numerous events across the school calendar – came together to receive personal thanks and certificates from their headteacher. They also celebrated with the odd treat or two. The students who attended, along with some of their fellow classmates, work together in their spare time to ensure that events, shows and other key activities run smoothly, both inside and outside of school hours. Headteacher Neil Warner commended the students’ “generosity of spirit” and praised them for their commitment to school life and strong work ethic. He told the young leaders: “The best ambassadors for this school are our students – you are all brilliant and I congratulate you on your achievements. You will look back on this year with great pride and the school would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ for your hard work and dedication.” Year 10 student, Hannah Farmer, who is a year group leader and member of ‘Big School’ said: “I love working with the school. It’s great that we can represent Arthur Terry at events like open days and parents’ evenings. It’s a chance to be engaged and contribute to the school.” Hannah, whose duties have included speaking to primary school pupils from neighbouring schools, added that the responsibility and experience has been of enormous benefit to her personal and career development, ahead of her work placement at Birmingham Hippodrome this summer. Fellow year 10 student Elliot Perlic, is involved in the junior leadership team and year group leaders. This term he has been involved in organising events for Arthur Terry’s America and Canada Day and directing the school’s production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. “It’s great to get together with all the student leaders and to celebrate with them. Being part of these groups has been beneficial on many levels, in terms of responsibility and enjoyment. There has been such a positive response to recent events that we are planning even bigger and better for next year!” Sixth Form News – Degree Results : Firsts! It’s that time of year when the degree results from some of our leavers of three or four years ago are beginning to filter through. Congratulations to the following : David Smith who gained a First in Geography at Selwyn College Oxford. Libby Franklyn who gained a First in French and History at Warwick. Ellie Goodman who gained a first in Occupational Therapy at University of East Anglia Norwich. Jordan Grant who gained a First in Journalism at Nottingham Trent University. This will come as no surprise to anyone at school who taught these wonderful students. David is the third consecutive Arthur Terry student at Oxford who gained a First. Ellie is now already working within the NHS as an occupational therapist in Sparkbrook Birmingham. Jordan, on the strength of his A grade pass in A-level French, has planned a gap year working in France, with the prospect of then doing an M.A. in French to enable him then to do a PGCE and become a secondary school French teacher. In September we expect to be able to report back on the progress and successes of many of our former A-level Art students. We would love to hear from any other former 6th form students : keep the news coming in ! Roger Townsend Staged@ Do you enjoy acting, singing and dancing? Do you love performing? Do you want to make new friends? Do you want to build your confidence? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then Staged@ is for you! Staged@ is a Performing Arts school that takes place on a Saturday morning at Arthur Terry School. Each term students will devise a performance, whilst developing their skills as performers, which will be performed to parents and friends. We are also offering a summer school over the holidays. The school is led by a team of Performing Arts Specialists, who are highly experienced and passionate about the Arts. For more information please see the Arthur Terry School website, using the summer school tab on the right hand side. School staff shine at outstanding awards ceremony More than 100 outstanding staff and other guests from seven schools in Coleshill, Erdington and Four Oaks came together last week at an annual awards ceremony to celebrate excellence in education. Hosted at Sutton Coldfield’s prestigious New Hall Hotel, staff and guests from the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership’s schools enjoyed an evening of dinner and prize-giving at the second ‘Outstanding in Education Awards’. Staff from the multi-academy trust’s Arthur Terry, Coleshill and Stockland Green secondary schools and Brookvale, Hill West, Mere Green and Slade primary schools, attended the evening event. The awards aim to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution staff make to their learning communities. Shortlisted nominees were voted for by their colleagues in a range of categories, including ‘Outstanding Teacher’ ‘Education Support and ‘Community Champion’ and recipients were invited on stage to receive their awards. The final prize of the evening ‘The Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Education’ was presented to one staff member, from each of the seven schools, who each accepted an award from their headteachers. The evening began with an introduction by Tim Sewell, chair of the ATLP Trust Board, who welcomed guests to the awards and applauded the “immense contribution that the partnership has on the lives of children.” He added: “Together we are really making a difference with our activities.” Interim CEO, Sally Taylor, who compered the event, spoke of the successful teamwork across the schools. She said: “Thank you all and to the school communities that make up the ATLP, for your hard work and dedication – we will assure all our children’s futures.” Richard Gill, CEO designate closed the event by thanking everybody for their dedication to education. He said: “All of our staff work incredibly hard to ensure our children receive the very best education. These awards are a snapshot of what is going on across all of our schools day in day out and we want to commend and acknowledge their invaluable commitment to the partnership and the communities they serve. “It was a wonderful evening and many people contributed to its success. We are especially grateful to all of our sponsors who made this fantastic event possible.” The Achievement of Student Leaders – Class of 2015/16 The Student Leaders have been back at it again with another busy year! The representatives chosen were from a diverse background, with different ages, gender and colour, reflecting the diversity of the Arthur Terry students. We began by looking at the importance of showing ‘tolerance’ and ‘stereotypical behaviour’. We looked at this topic quite closely as it was trending with some of Arthur Terry’s students. Coming into the end of the first term we decided to send a questionnaire out to everyone in the school. After gathering the views of the school we shared our ideas and thoughts in our Student Leaders assembly where we challenged, informed and educated. Reminding everyone that these core values should be demonstrated at all times not just in school but outside as well. Finally our last activity on this topic was a tutor time ‘apprentice style’ game, testing ones level of tolerance and understanding. It was a big hit! Later in the summer term we started to aim at trying to help younger children so we set out to make two presentations for year5 and 6’s on internet and road safety. We went to Hill West School and showed them what to do in emergency situations. We hope we they learnt from this experience and won’t make the mistakes when they come to our school in the years coming. All in all we have been very busy trying to help the school, its pupils and potential candidate pupils coming up into our school as well. Elliott Perlic – As a student leader this year I have been a part of many events around the school that I have helped to organize, taken part in, or have simply discussed in meetings. One that especially springs to mind the Student Parliament, a fantastic idea put forward by Will Kirby. Student parliament involved all student leader factions coming together for a period of time one morning to discuss and share ideas that each and every committee has had over the days running up to it. Each committee would give feedback and present ideas so as the entire student leader could help each other along and, as a result, I firmly believe- an know in some cases- that the committees this year have been very successful in what they have set out to achieve and have clear targets to continue their great work next year. UKMT Junior Maths Challenge In April 2016 133 students from years 7 and 8 and some of our partner primary schools took part in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Junior Maths Challenge, a nationwide competition involving over 650,000 students from more than 4,500 schools. Success rates among Arthur Terry pupils were high, with 39 students gaining a Bronze award and 17 gaining a Silver award. Thomas Wilson, year 8, and Belal Makhzoum and Annie Tse, both year 7, all scored very highly and were given the Gold award. Thomas Wilson was also awarded ‘Best In Year’ for year 8, with Belal Makhzoum earning both the Best In Year award for year 7 and Best In School. Students from local primary schools also scored highly, with three year 5 pupils gaining a Bronze award and two gaining a Silver award. Well done to all! School games champions! Arthur terry took 3 teams to the school games at Edgbaston last week. Selection for the teams was tough as the qualifying age groups became combined age groups for this level 3 competition. Our para athletics team competed and won the silver medal Our yr 9/10 rounders team finished 6th Our 7/8 netball team finished 1st!! Many congratulations to all students involved. A special mention to Mrs Stonebridge for completing her final fixture after a 37 year career at Arthur Terry. Arthur Terry Swim We are hoping to add to our trophy cabinet next year by introducing an Arthur Terry Swim team!!! I know there are lots of swimmers who compete outside of school, but can you encourage them to come and sign up in P.E please. I am looking for swimmers who are joining us in September right through to Yr 13! Please can they come and speak to Miss Horspool as soon as possible or email me at dhorspool@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk Depending upon the amount of interest, we may have to do trials, or send in PB’s etc. Exciting times ahead!! Miss Horspool