July 2012

Reminders Message from Heads of School and Director of Sixth Form Dear Parents/Carers, Despite the grey skies and rain, we have had an exciting and successful summer term. Please see the Arthur Terry Times for evidence of all of the activities that students have taken part in. For example, we had a thrilling afternoon when an Olympic Torch came to Arthur Terry following its journey from our partner primary schools. We were able to celebrate our students’ sporting achievements, both nationally and internationally as the sporting teams completed a lap of honour in our Atrium. Our continued success is only possible through working in partnership with you. Please reference the uniform list, which accompanies this newsletter, to ensure your son/daughter is properly dressed in September. We pride ourselves on high standards and expectations both inside and outside school and excellent uniform is an important element of this. Sixth Form students are also expected to adhere to the Sixth Form dress code which can be found on the school internet site. You will see attached a link to a document that subject teachers have compiled for your son/daughter. This gives them the opportunity to undertake some activities in their subjects to enable them to consolidate their learning and prepare for their studies in September. These are optional and students are free to choose which activities are applicable to them. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy holiday and are looking forward to welcoming all our students back in September. Start of Year Arrangements Tuesday 4th September – School re-opens for Year 7 and Year 12. Wednesday 5th September – School re-opens to all students. Thursday 13th September – Open evening. Students leave at 12:30pm. Exam Results – Results Day The Summer 2012 results days are: GCE AS/A2 – Thursday 16th August 2012 from 9:30am – 1:00pm GCSE Year 11 – Thursday 23rd August 2012 from 9:30am – 1:00pm GCSE Year 10 – Thursday 23rd August 2012 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm Results will be available for collection from the Dining Hall. We wish you all the best of luck as you receive your results and prepare to move on to the next chapter of your lives. The whole Data Team and Arthur Terry teachers will be here to help and support you all. If you are unable to collect your results you may nominate a family member/friend to collect your results on your behalf and they must bring in a letter of authorisation signed by the student No results will be given out by telephone Any results not collected will be posted to the postal address held on file. If you would like your results posted to a different address please inform the Data Office before results day For any emergencies please call Mrs Philips, Exams Officer, on 07980305412. Post Results Deadlines Priority copy of script (GCE only) Friday 17th August 2012 Priority remark (GCE only) Friday 17th August 2012 Remark Thursday 13th September Uniform Reminders As the shops begin their “Back to School” promotions and you start to make purchases for September, please take some time to remind yourself of our school uniform policy as outlined in this link below and on the school website. We have also provided some handy suggestions of suitable skirts and where they can be purchased, as we understand that finding appropriate skirts with current fashion trends can be a challenge. At Arthur Terry we pride ourselves on our high standards and this extends to school uniform. This is just one of the areas where it is vital that parents and school work in partnership to assure success! Please ensure that your child is dressed in the appropriate uniform at all times to avoid disruption to their learning. Parents must consult the attached document before you purchase any uniform. Please Click here for the link. Peripatetic Instrumental/Vocal Tuition 2012/13 Students who currently have music tuition must respond before end of half-term for lessons to continue in September by completing our online form. Please click here. Year 12 and Year 13 Students need to make sure they are checking both school emails and the 6th Form Blog for information about any Apprenticeships and Job or Career Opportunities which school receives. Students should check the notice board in the 6th Form Centre for the details of 11 apprenticeship opportunities which have been advertised. Click the link below for more details. Sixth form trip to Auschwitz and Krakow During February half-term, 2013 – An information meeting will be held Friday 7th September, 2012 in room C1.9. All students are welcome! It really makes you appreciate the worth of human life! An experience you will never, ever forget! Work Experience 2013 This year the dates are 1st July 2013 – 12th July 2013 inclusive and on Tuesday 25th September 2012 a Year 10 Parents Information and Work Experience Evening will be held at school at 6:30pm. This will be a valuable opportunity for you to learn more about the work experience process, a deadline for finding a placement as Friday 21st December 2012, For more information and to complete the form for the placement please click here. Lost Property and Valuable Items Another reminder that PE kits will not be accepted after the start of the school day. Please be advised that valuable items brought in by students are at their own risk and the school will not be held responsible for them. Tiny Terry If you are a budding artist, interested in building, architecture or Maths then this might be the thing for you. We will be building a small scale model of our school – Tiny Terry. Please see Mrs Kaur or Mr Bradshaw in the Maths department to find out more Maths Newsletter – We are looking for budding photographers, writers, editors, researchers and designers to help launch and run the “Maths Matters” newsletter from September. Please see Mrs Kaur and Miss Oglesby for more information. Birmingham Young Readers Trip Are rap music and song lyrics a valid for of personal expression? Are they as valid as more traditional poetry? This is an issue that we had to discuss at our teen debate on the 12th June. Ten Year 8 students alongside Miss Goode, Mr Francis and Miss Gibson attended the event held at the Central Library in Birmingham. We were met by the fabulously funny characters of Geoffrey Chaucer and the former Birmingham Poet Laureate Spoz. We had to argue for and against the statement: ‘Rap music and song lyrics are not poetry.’ Our super speakers were Emily Joeres, Florence Williams, Molineux Webb and Christie Jones. They all articulated their views confidently, expressing some very insightful ideas about the statement and drawing some inspirational conclusions. In the battle of the wills our students held up effectively to quirky questioning from other schools. It was a great morning that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We even managed to secure our unanimous decision that song lyrics and rap music are a form of poetry despite the fantastic counter-argument of the very sophisticated lyrics of the Crazy Frog tune: ‘ring ding ding ding d-ding baa aramba baa baa baaroumbab!’ Well done! India Trip February 2014 There are thirty-five student places available for the ‘Incredible India’ trip taking place over the February half-term 2014. The eligible year groups will be next year’s year 9 – 11 students. The trip may sound like a long way off but before we know it, it will be a year and counting! Mr Zarifeh, Arthur Terry’s Citizenship Subject Leader, will be launching the trip application process to students via house assemblies Monday 17th – Friday 21st September. The application process will simultaneously be published on the school website. We are also hosting a parents information evening which will provide parents with an introduction to this exciting trip and will take place on in the school hall on Wednesday 26th September between 6.30 and 7.30pm. the application process will run until the a date to be confirmed in October, following the initial launch in September. PE Department Competition Structure The PE department are developing our intra school house competition structure. Our aim as a department is to ensure as many students as possible are able to take part in Physical Education in a variety of roles. This will see some exciting opportunities for your child to become involved in, not only in the context of the physical participation but in the roles of organising and leading key sporting events, in and out of school. Ultimately, this will help to develop your child’s independence, confidence, ability to work collaboratively with other students whilst nurturing life skills required within their school years and beyond. Click herefor further information. Students interested in applying for positions should complete their application form and hand them to the PE department during the first week back in September. Any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself lromaine@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk. L Romaine Teacher of PE Payment Deadlines 10th September – Iceland £200.00. 11th September – Beautiful Burnout (New year 12 and 13 drama and theatre studies students) £25.00. 14th September – Ski 2012/13 £200.00. 20th September – South Africa, third instalment £250.00 Forthcoming trips Next year there are a number of overseas trips planned for students to enjoy and look forward to, further information will be available in the new year. Year 7 Aberdovey, Wales – December 2012 Year 9 – France 2013 (12th July to 15th July) Year 8 – Spain – 2013 (29th March to 6th April) Year 8 – Belgium 2013 Arthur Terry Open Evening Thursday 13th September at 7:00-9:00pm Executive Headteacher Christopher Stone will speak at 7:15-8:15pm Calendar The school calendar can be found on the Arthur Terry website. It has all the update to date information about events taking place throughout the year. Click on the link to view current and future events for the 2012-13. The calendar is updated regularly to keep you informed and can be referred to at anytime. Dates for your Diary 18th July – Year 12 G T Career Fair, 9:30-12:30 at Aston University 20th July – Training Day 3rd September – Training Day 4th September – Year 7 and Year 12 Back to School 5th September – All students in school 6th September – Year 12 Theatre Studies Trip, ‘Lion, Witch and Wardrobe’ 11th September – Friends of Arthur Terry (FOAT) at 7:15pm 13th September – Open Evening at 7:00pm 14th September – Open Morning at 9:15am 19th September – Year 11 ‘Wicked’ Theatre Trip in London 19th and 20th September – Year 11 Stratford-Upon-Avon 20th September – Year 12 BTEC Business Trip at Birmingham International Airport 22nd September – Community Fair 25th September – Provisional:Year 10 Parents Information Evening Work Experience at 6:00pm 26th September – India Trip Parents Introductory Evening at 6:30pm 27th September – Year 12 Parents Information Evening Main Summer Break: Friday, 20th July – Monday, 3th September (Training day) Tuesday, 4th September (Year 7 and 12 Induction) and Wednesday 5th September (Remaining students). Term Dates Subject to Training days Friends of Arthur Terry 200 Club June Winners 90 E. Gass £50.00 117 M. Lane £25.00 154 S. East £15.00 161 R Dyte £10.00 200 Club July Winners 123 J. Williams £50.00 135 A. Ray £25.00 65 A. Moore £15.00 175 L. Ledbury £10.00 Four Oaks Community Fair At Arthur Terry School, Kittoe Road, Sutton Coldfield, B74 4RZ Saturday 22 September 2012 10.00am – 1.00pm This is an opportunity for local residents to find out what is going on in the community:- Childcare, Sports clubs, Charities, Volunteering opportunities, Local schools, Local tradespeople and businesses….and much more….! We look forward to seeing you there! If you would like a stall at this event please contact Amanda Lansdown, alansdown@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk, Tel: 0121 323 1121 Four Oaks Cluster Choir Joining the Main Choir! Membership is from Years 5-8 inclusive, and from September 2012 termly subscriptions will be £25 per term. This is very competitive; in return the choir receives quality vocal and choral tuition from trained directors, as well as opportunities to perform in some fabulous venues! We meet every Wednesday from 4-5.30pm at Four Oaks Primary School in term time. If your child is interested in joining from September 2012, see the contact details below! Joining the Training Choir This new choir gives great opportunity for pupils in years 2-4 to benefit from vocal training and singing tuition. When they reach Year 5, they can earn a place in the main choir that meets each Wednesday. Cluster Training Choir meets every Friday at the Arthur Terry School from 5.15-6.15pm and costs £25 per term. There are still spaces for Summer Term. Contact Information If you would like to find out more about our Cluster Choirs, please contact us through the website: www.fouroaksclusterchoir.weebly.com Or alternatively contact the musical directors: Richard Jeffries on 07736 318 340 or Liz Birch on 07716 305 033. For the Training Choir contact Richard as above, or Helen Willetts on 07981 957 061 For info on our other choirs, visit www.suttoncoldfieldchoirs.weebly.com Four Oaks Children’s Centre Activities Timetable From July 2012 For a timetable of events being held please click here for the link to the website. Call 0121 323 1121 for more information or to book. Four Oaks Children’s Centre News Healthy Start Vitamins Did you know that we stock Healthy Start Vitamins at the Hub? These are free to all pregnant women and women with a baby under the age of one, and also to children under the age of four. You will need to contact Ranjan Hoath to make an appointment to go along to the Hub to receive your free vitamins, so please call her on 07584 233492. You will need to be living in the Four Oaks Children’s Centre reach area, and also bring along with you an item addressed to yourself with the postcode on. In August there will be two Jo Jingles taster sessions:- Tuesday 21st August: 10.15am – 10.45am 3 months – walking 11.00am – 11.45am walking – 4 years Friday 31st August: 10.15am – 10.45am 3 months – walking 11.00am – 11.45am walking – 4 years New Jo Jingles Music and Movement classes will be starting at the Cluster Hub, Mere Green Community Centre on Monday 10 September. Places are limited so register your interest now by emailing jojingleswalsall@yahoo.com. Classes will be 9.45am – 10.30am (walking to 2 years), 10.45am – 11.15am (3 months – walking), 11.30am – 12.15pm (2-3 years). For more information contact Sarah on 07948 375621.