July 2014

Welcome to the July Edition of the school newsletter To all our Parents, Carers and Neighbours, It is difficult to believe that here we are coming to the end of another school year. The exam period is now very much concluded but the school is still very much buzzing. Last week we welcomed our new Year 7 cohort who will be joining us in September. They had a fun filled two days where they had opportunity to make new friends, meet their new teachers and get more familiar with what will be their new surroundings. We also had over 300 students in who will be joining our Year 12 in September drawn from over 40 schools. It doesn’t matter how old you are as for many, this experience would have been approached with as much anxiety as some of our new Year 7’s. Hopefully by the end of it, they were much better prepared for September. Today we have 220 primary school children on site drawn from primary schools within the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership enjoying a day full of maths challenges. With the ‘Big Gig’, Newly Qualified Teachers Celebration Evening, new parents’ evening, induction for our new trainee teachers and farewells to staff who are leaving, the term is still very much alive! Arthur Terry lies at the heart of the community and we are so very grateful for all the help and support we receive from our partners and friends in the locality. We are so grateful to all staff and parents from our partner primary schools who support a range of activities throughout the year, in particular bringing and fetching students from the numerous Gifted and Talented sessions held at the school. PC Farrington and WPC Smith give the school excellent service supporting our school assemblies and other events in and around school: thank you! Thank you too to our neighbours in Kittoe Road and Beaton Road for all your help and support and accommodating us when we have large functions on. A special thank you of course to our Parents, Carers and Governors for your unstinting support in helping us make Arthur Terry the special place it is. Our final thanks go to our wonderful students and amazing staff who give so much during the course of the year that makes our job an absolute privilege. With very best wishes for a happy, safe and hopefully warm, sunny summer, Richard Gill and Neil Warner Headteachers PS Talking of our wonderful Community Police Officers, we send our very special wishes to PC Rachael Smith as she takes up a similar role within the Castle Vale Community Team. Thank you to Rachael for everything she has done. Our loss is Castle Vale’s gain. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end Our partner primary schools received their KS2 SATs results last week and there were some excellent results. We congratulate the young people and staff. You may have seen the Headteacher from Barrowford Primary School, Lancashire on the evening news. She has sent letters home to her Year 6 students which include their SATs results. She thanks them for their hard work and commitment but then goes on to say, ‘We are concerned that these tests do not assess all of what it is that makes each of you special and unique.’ The letter continues to list all the special qualities that we see in young people every day before finishing with, ‘So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.’ Schools are judged in the current educational landscape through the use of league tables which only measure academic performance. Yet, schools are much more than this. Not every young person is going to achieve five GCSEs including English and Maths; the success of some is not recognised or celebrated at all by such tables. The Headteacher at Barrowford is quoted as being ‘amazed’ at the reaction she has received yet she is right, in our view, to recognise qualities that will never be captured in any league table. The person who can speak two languages is important; the person who can play a musical instrument should be valued; the good friend; the dancer; the artist; the one who has to care for their little brother and sister; those who’d prefer to spend time with their elderly Grandparents than friends because they are old and need companionship … you will find these, and others, in every school. Such qualities make a school the special places they are. As we come to the end of the year, we look forward to an exciting (hopefully warm) summer. Thank you for the excellent support we receive from all of our parents and carers. To our neighbours and community partners, thank you for your loyalty and your friendship. To our Governors, teachers and non-teaching staff, thank you for your tireless commitment and hard work. A special thank you to our wonderful students; working with young people is not a job but a privilege. We wish every one of you a very happy holiday. There may be trepidation and nerves about the new school year. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end and we are certain that through our home/school partnerships, our effective school support systems and our curricular focus on developing the whole child, exciting and successful times really are ahead for everyone. The following students have been invited to a celebration lunch with the Headteachers as part of the schools rewards scheme for Outstanding effort and achievement in lessons and extra curricular activity
Congratulations to … Oliver Hill Chirstine Tse Maddy Underwood Summer Fun at Four Oaks Tennis Club Don’t forget to Visit our News Centre, which includes lots of stories featured in and out the press. Click on the image below to see the news. Work Experience Update Wow what a successful two weeks work experience we have had…. Here’s what our students said ‘Having a good work experience at Capital and Equity Finance has influenced me to work hard to enhance my career opportunities. Being independent has really challenged me and I love being able to look after myself. I recommend work experience to anyone and would advise people to try something different!This period of independent work, whilst gaining the impetus to continue studying, are just two advantages of this time away from school. For others, networking with potential future employees and establishing new relationships are the most beneficial outcomes of this time away from the classroom” Sofi Robinson “I went to a local primary school (which wasn’t my own school) and I was made to feel very welcome from the start, I met some amazing teachers and made some good relationships with students. If I was asked to go back I would go back straight away.” Jasmine Bashford. “For my work experience I went to Rolls Royce, whilst there I carried out different activities including visiting several companies, looking at their processes. I really enjoyed my work experience, even though I was hard work and tiring, I would love the opportunity to do it again” Sam Griffiths Three Peaks challenge Three Peaks Challenge – Sir Chris Stone will be taking part in the 3 Peaks Challenge in July for Alzheimer’s Society. If anyone would be kind enough to donate then please visit his just giving page www.justgiving.com/Christopher-Stone3 Sports Awards 2013/14 Earlier this year the Arthur Terry PE department received the Sutton Coldfield Secondary School of the Year Award for Sport, for the second year in succession! …naturally, we were delighted with this accolade! To receive such an award, we are fully aware that many factors play a huge part in making such an achievement possible. We are particularly thankful to the many talented students at the Arthur Terry School, who give up their free time, offer their commitment and display outstanding effort and performances within their respective areas of sport! …continuing to add to our list of sporting successes year after year! We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful students at the Arthur Terry School, and tonight we are pleased that you can join us in celebrating the achievements of many of our talented young people that have flourished in the domain of physical education and sport this year. Sportsperson of the year 7Harry Brophy and Anusha ChauhanSportsperson of the year -8Joseph Maguire and Fabrianna Brown Sportsperson of the year 9Harry Palmer and Chloe Harrison Sportsperson of the year 10Scott McCombe and Molly Shuttleworth Sportsperson of the year 11Max Craven and Georgina Longhorne GCSE Excellence – 9 Daniel Kamel GCSE Progress – 9 Kyriacos Iezekiel GCSE Excellence – 10 Becky Parsons GCSE Progress – 10Max Harvey GCSE Excellence – 11 Elliott Walker GCSE Progress – 11Tom Hartland A-level Excellence – 12Natassja Longstaff A-level Progress – 12Rhys Walker Sports Team of the YearU14 Boys Football Team (BSSF ESS Cup Champions) Dylan Mandaracas, Jack Pearson, Jack Logan, Harry Palmer, James Burdock, Oliver Lewis, Matthew Thomas, Harry Swift, Styliano Fatta, Qeyrhan Coughlan-Haywood, Josiah Francis, Reece Hutchinson, Daniel Taylor, Samuel Watts Sports Official of the Year Hannah Cook – Y9 National Sporting Honours Becky Parsons (U18 GB Ultimate Frisbee Vice Captain) Sports Leadership Gold Award Olivia Ambris, Ophelia Charles, Demetrios Iezekiel, Tom Hartland, Matthew Hurrell, Kitkay Orejola, Rory Smith, Becky Parsons Careers Fair Arrangements for Year 11 returning students – Enrolment Friday 22nd August – “Enrolment Day” Following results day, you will be expected to formally enrol on your chosen courses on Friday 22nd August. This will be a simple case of confirming subject choices as we expect the majority of the students to study the AS subjects agreed as part of the application process and as such enrolment will be a formality; however there will be some students who wish to change their mind regarding their options following the GCSE results day. Any changes to subject choices can be requested but cannot be guaranteed and where possible and if appropriate changes will be made and confirmed in writing before the start of term. The returning student enrolment day will take place in the dining hall and will follow the timetable outlined below : 9:30 – 10:30 – Gloucester 10:45 – 11:45 – Hereford 12:00 – 1:00 – Lincoln 1:30 – 2:30 – York If you are unable to attend enrolment in August please attend the joining student enrolment day on the 2nd September from 10:10am. Dates for the diary It is non-Uniform day on Friday 18th July – students are required to donate £1.00 to charity and should hand this to their tutor The last for this term is 18th July student finish at 12-00pm. School reopens to Y7 and Y12 students on 2nd of September. The rest of school return on 3rd of September. Throughout the summer, school will be open to summer schools which are running 21st July to 1st August, with soccer schools on alternate weeks. Exam results days are 14th August and 21st August. Open Evening is on 10th September and as with previous years, school finish at lunchtime on that day Information from West Midlands Police Please click here to view important information from West Midlands Police Community Fair This years Community Fair will be held on Saturday 20th September at Arthur Terry School, 10.00am – 1.00pm. If you know of a business, charity, sports club or organisation that would like to have a stall at the event please contact Amanda Lansdown, 0121 323 1121, alansdown@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk. We are also looking for sports clubs to run ‘have a go’ activities, and clubs or groups who would like to perform a display (dance groups, choirs, musical bands, etc.) at the Fair – please get in touch! Fieldtrip On Monday 7th July Year 7 A Block students will be going on a Geography fieldtrip to Carding Mill Valley. On Tuesday 8th July Year 7 B Block students will be going on the trip. Students will be asked to meet in the canteen after registration and will be returning to school by 4pm. Please remind tutees to ensure their consent form and payment has been completed. Outward Bound 2014/15 There are three exciting Outward Bound trips running next year for those students with a love of the great outdoors Year 12 – November 14-16th 2014 Aberdovey Year 7 – December 5-7th 2014 Aberdovey Year 9 – June 12-14th 2015 Ullswater Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Good Luck to the Year 12 students who will be on their Gold Practice next Wednesday to Friday (9th-11th July). Year 12 Information UCAS Apply 2015 is now open http://www.ucas.com/apply/undergraduate When you first use the website REGISTER then write down your username and password. THEN.. You can start completing the UCAS application form Y12 students. Please come and ASK in the 6th form office if you have any problems making a start with the UCAS application form PTA/Friends of Arthur Terry News June 200 Club Winners Prize Winners No. £50 J Kelly 16 £25 Selena Evans 96 £15 J O’Reilly 180 £10 J Farmer 127 We still have a few draw numbers available. Entry to the draw costs £1.35 taken by direct debit each month. All profits to the PTA fund to buy equipment for our students. Click on the PTA link box on the school website or contact us at arthurterrypta@gmail.com for an entry form. Future Events: Family Quiz Night – Friday 26th September EXAMINATIONS Remember we share lots of information on the exams section of the school website: http://sites.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. RESULTS DAYS http://sites.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2014/06/Exam-Results-Days.pdf ‘A’ Level Results can be collected from the Hall on Thursday 14 August, 9.30 am – 11 am. GCSE Results can be collected from the Hall on Thursday 21 August, 9.30 am – 11 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 18 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 click on the following link for more information, please note there is a fee for a post results service: http://sites.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/post-result-enquiries/ GOOD LUCK!!