June 2016

Dates for your Diary Thursday 16th June Year 12 – 13 UCAS Parents Information Evening Friday 24th June South Africa Concert Monday 27th June Year 11 last day of exams Tuesday 28th June Year 7 Parents Evening (Core) Wednesday 29th June Year 7 Parents Evening (Options) Year 6 Induction Day (1) Summer exam series ends Thursday 30th June Year 6 Induction Day (2) Year 11 Prom Friday 1st July Year 13 Prom Mon 11th – Fri 15th July Year 10 Work Experience Water – During the warm weather please can we remind students to bring a bottle into school to re-fill with water as we do not have enough plastic cups to hand out daily. Many thanks. The Duke of Edinburgh The national DofE website contains a wide range of information which you may like to look at – http://www.dofe.org/ DofE dates for your diary:- June 18th – 19th Year 10 Bronze Assessment Expedition July 2nd – 4th Year 11 Silver Assessment Expedition July 6th – 10th Year 12 13 Gold Expedition The Arthur Terry School Curriculum Update (from September 2016) An update to our curriculum policy will be published shortly on the school website. In advance of this publication, we have included an excerpt from the policy below and a summary of the school curriculum from September 2016 for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 following a significant period of government led change. Arthur Terry School Vision – “Where everyone achieves” The Arthur Terry School is committed to providing excellent teaching and learning in an environment that enables individuals to gain the highest possible academic and personal achievements. The school actively supports the development of social responsibility and self-worth. Our vision is to create outstanding, personalised learning and enrichment opportunities that develop our young people into confident, independent, lifelong learners, who are equipped to make a positive contribution to the local community and beyond. Planning has been undertaken to develop a coherent, broad and balanced 11-19 curriculum that inspires and challenges our students. The curriculum enables the vast majority of students to study subjects from the academic core as well as subjects from the Performing Arts, Art, Design and Technology, Business and Computing. The curriculum has been carefully planned so that it will : lead to qualifications that are of worth for employers and for entry to higher education. fulfil statutory requirements. enable students to fulfil their potential. meet the needs of students of all abilities at the school. provide equal access for all students to a full range of learning experiences beyond statutory guidelines. Enriching students’ experiences through extra-curricular, non-qualification activity at all key stages including : sport, drama, music, expeditions, visits etc. prepare students for adult life through a programme of Personal, Social and Health Education which includes a clear focus on British Values and Local-Global Citizenship. prepare students to make informed and appropriate choices at the end of KS3, KS4 and beyond. help students develop lively, enquiring minds, an ability to question and argue rationally and an ability to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills. include the following characteristics: breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation, progression, continuity and coherence. ensure continuity and progression within the school and between phases of education, increasing students’ choice during their academy career. foster teaching styles which will offer and encourage a variety of relevant learning opportunities. help students to use language and number effectively. help students develop personal moral values, respect for religious values and tolerance of other races’ beliefs and ways of life. help students understand the world in which they live. meet the needs of the national curriculum and provide for a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3. Developing the key skills, knowledge and understanding to provide the building blocks for the new reformed GCSE qualifications and secure high levels of progress for students in the academic core subjects with a clear focus on embedding the key literacy and numeracy skills needed in the world of work. All subjects are delivered by specialists who are best equipped to accelerate students’ progress through the 2 years that students have in KS3 before they progress to KS4. provide a range of suitable qualifications at KS4 to ensure all students can succeed and reach their goals for the next stage of their education at KS5 or training. Ensuring the vast majority of students achieve qualifications from the academic core and EBacc subjects supplemented by a broad and balanced curriculum from the Performing Arts, Art, Design and Technology, Business and Computing.. deliver a comprehensive post-16 curriculum which enables student to tailor a programme of study that is appropriate for them, providing the necessary academic and vocational qualifications for future study in Higher Education, employment or apprenticeships. Enabling a seamless transition from KS4 and preparing students for when they leave school. At Key Stage 3 all students will study : English Maths Science History Geography Religious Education Modern Foreign Languages – French and Spanish Design and Technology Art and Design Drama Music Physical Education Computing PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education). This will include Citizenship and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) At Key Stage 4 all students will study the following compulsory subjects : English (Language and Literature), Maths, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Physical Education, Religious Education and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education); this will include Citizenship and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) Students will also choose : At least one humanities subject from Geography or History At least one modern foreign languages from French or Spanish Two subjects from the list below : Art and Design Business Studies Computer Science Dance Drama Design and Technology – Product Design Design and Technology – Textiles Economics Food Preparation and Nutrition Health and Social Care (BTEC Level 2) Music Physical Education (GCSE) At Key Stage 4 the grading system is changing : New GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G, with grade 5 considered a good pass and grade 9 being the highest and set above the current A*. The new system is intended to help provide more differentiation, especially among higher achieving students. The grades 9-1 will be given for the first time in 2017 exam results for English Language, English Literature and Mathematics. All other subjects will be graded using the familiar A*-G grades, By 2018, the following subjects will be graded 9-1 : Art and Design, Computer Science, Dance, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Geography, History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish), Physical Education, Religious Studies and sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Double Science). By 2019, all remaining GCSE exam results will be using the new 9-1 grading system. How are GCSEs changing ? The specifications are now planned to be more rigorous and challenging with the following common features : Most exams will be taken at the end of the two-year course rather than on completion of modules. There will be fewer ‘bite-sized’ questions and more essay-style questions. The content will be more challenging, with more substantial texts in English Literature and a number of new topics in Maths. Coursework and controlled assessment will disappear from most subjects, apart from practical ones such as Art, Dance and Drama. The Key Stage 5 curriculum is currently undergoing significant government led change. New AS and A levels have been taught in schools in England from September 2015. The first results for the new AS levels will be this summer, and for the A levels in 2017. Further subjects will be introduced over the following two years. From September 2016 the following subjects are all reformed : Art and Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English Language, English Language and Literature, English Literature, History, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Dance , Drama and Theatre, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish), Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies What will the new AS and A levels look like? The main features of the new qualifications are: Assessment will be mainly by exam, with other types of assessment used only where they are needed to test essential skills. AS and A levels will be assessed at the end of the course. AS assessments will typically take place after 1 year’s study and A levels after 2. The courses will no longer be divided into modules and there will be no exams in January. AS and A levels will be decoupled – this means that AS results will no longer count towards an A level, in the way they do now. A levels will be linear in nature, all of the content taught across the two full years of study will be assessed at the end of Year 13. The content for the new A levels has been reviewed and updated. Universities played a greater role in this for the new qualifications than they did previously. The KS5 curriculum is currently under review at Arthur Terry School and further details of any changes will be published in forthcoming newsletters and in the sixth form prospectus. Mr Bowater. Assistant Headteacher Tutor Group Updates From September 2016, vertical tutor groups are changing in structure to enable us to target the personal development and progress of all students. Specifically, we will be providing a bespoke programme of support and personal development in recognition of the unique preparations required for students related to their Key Stage. Year 7,8,9,10 and 11 will continue to attend vertical tutor groups in their respective houses. The make up of each tutor group will change and there is also a possibility that the identified staff tutor will change. Year 12 and 13 will attend new vertical tutor group with a specific sixth form tutor and they will work closely with the lower school tutor groups to provide mentoring and support as required. Each house group will have three vertical tutor groups for sixth form and seven vertical tutor groups for Year 7 to 11 (see below) Gloucester A Year 7,8,9,10 and 11 in 7 vertical tutor groups Year 12 and 13 in 3 vertical tutor groups We will be writing home before the summer break to confirm the new tutor group allocation for your son/daughter if they are currently in Year 7 to 10. Sixth Form students (current Year 11 and 12) will have their tutor groups confirmed during the admissions process in September. Parent Surveys During the Year 9 and Year 10 Parents Evenings, parents and guardians were asked to complete a short ‘Parent Survey’ to give the school valuable feedback so that we can further improve the learning experience here at Arthur Terry for our students. There is obviously a myriad of responses on a wide range of different topics so it would be impossible but to refer to them all but please find below a short summary of most common points of feedback and what we as a school are doing about it: Year 9 Parents Evening Surveys: A number of parents requested more information on their child’s progress. As part of our online system, the introduction of Go4Schools has meant that you can view your child’s progress at any time, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. This is live data that gives you a precise update on exactly where your child is in their progress at any time. Other parents commented that there was not enough data in the interim reports and that there were few comments. Interim reports are only designed to be brief snapshots at a particular point and comments in interim reports are only added when there is a need to improve progress or attitude to learning. The target offered in relation to this should give specific guidance as to how a student can improve. One of the key reasons that we have moved to the online system using Go4Schools is that if gives you a wealth of data at any point during the academic year so you do not need to wait for a Parents Evening to find out how your child is progressing. Some parents stated that they were unaware of homework being set. Some parents felt that their child did not get very much homework whilst others said that they felt they received too much. In order to clarify how much homework your child receives we trialling from September 2016 that homework will be recorded on Go4Schools so parents and students can check what homework they have at any point. Some parents asked for further information on new specifications for GCSE. Mr Bowater is currently producing a document that summaries the key points regarding specification changes for GCSE and A Level and this will be shared with all parents in due course before the end of the current academic year. A small number of parents commented that they unaware of extra-curricular activities. Parents and students can find information on extra-curricular activities on our school website. Please click on the ‘Students’ tab and then select ‘Extra-Curricular Clubs’. Year 10 Parents Evening Surveys: A number of parents discussed friendship issues. Inevitably, there will be friendship issues between students. We would like to remind parents and students that there are many avenues of support here at Arthur Terry to help students if they are experiencing friendship issues. Students can discuss such matters with their tutor, their Progress Leader or their Head of School who may seek additional support or guidance for a student from our wider STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES team. Some parents stated that their child received too much homework or they were unsure how much homework they received. As above, Go4Schools will be trialed from September 2016 to make information clear on what homework your child has. If you have any concerns about the amount of homework, this can be discussed with your child’s tutor or Progress Leader. New ATLP chief heads key education leadership event The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership’s CEO designate, Richard Gill, took centre stage at a very important date last month (18 May) when he addressed education leaders from across the region at a prestigious conference in Droitwich. The National leader of education attended the ‘Through the Looking Glass – The School Led System in Focus’ West Midlands School Leaders Annual Conference, which took place at the Regent Centre, Chateau Impney, in Droitwich Spa. Richard, who is also a regional member of the Teaching Schools Council (TSC) joined fellow respected movers and shakers: national schools commissioner, Sir David Carter; Ofsted regional director, Lorna Fitzjohn; regional school commissioner Pank Patel; chair of the NCTL, Roger Pope, and the first woman in the world to sail non-stop around the world three times, Dee Caffari, MBE. The high profile event focussed on the progress of the school led system over the past 12 months and examined how collaboration has led to its healthy development across the West Midlands. With a variety of keynote sessions, parallel workshops and peer2peer clinics this provided delegates with a chance to exchange ideas, share successes and voice concerns with fellow education leaders from across the region. A school led system is based on giving schools the freedom and responsibility for managing their own school improvement, a concept that Richard Gill, who opened the conference contextualising the current landscape within the West Midlands, supports rigorously. He said: “As a region it’s encouraging to see how more schools are embracing a school led system. We’re seeing more examples of what outstanding practice and school improvement looks like and collaboration is at the very heart of this work. “This was an excellent opportunity for key leaders to share the progress that is being made in this area and to discuss what the future may look like. A self-improving and sustainable school led system is built on collaboration. Given the rapidly-changing educational landscape and the challenges that lie ahead, there has never been a better time for schools to take control of their own destinies by drawing strength from others.” The conference – now in its second year – has generated positive responses from delegates. National schools commissioner, David Carter, has praised the success of the event. Roger Pope, chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) said: “The sense of engagement on the part of the audience was extremely high. This was very much the school-led system in action, and very much the school-led system being very ably supported by the Teaching School Council. “ For further information please visit http://www.wmschoolled16.eventreference.com Year 10 Work Experience: – Monday 11th – Friday 15th July (1 week) Work experience is almost upon us, can we remind all parents of the following points. Special Requirements/ Medication: – please ensure that your placement provider is clear on any special circumstances that may need to be considered for your individual child. It is the parent’s responsibility to divulge this information to the placement. Also please ensure any medication your child currently needs is sent with them to their placement. Health and Safety: – all students will be attending a health safety presentation in school on Monday 27th June; we would also recommend you read the Health and Safety booklet the students will bring home set out by the learning skills council. We also urge students to remind their placement provider to run through their own health and safety rules and regulations on the first day that they arrive, most placements do this as a matter of course. Absence: – If you know your child has an appointment (medical) or any music commitments through the week please again ensure the placement provider is made aware of this before they set the programme for the week. The school also need to be made aware of all appointments. We also need to be informed if your child is ill, please ring the placement provider and the school before 9am. Hours / Dress Code – In addition we would ask that your child checks the dress code, hours of work and who they should report to on their first day. The school also recommend that student’s trial the journey beforehand to estimate the time needed to arrive on time. Diary:-All students will be given a diary to complete, their supervisor will be asked to complete this as well and add any relevant comments. Where possible we also visit or phone the students whilst they are on their work placement and obtain feedback. This can be used for references in the future. We do hope your son/daughter is looking forward to their work experience! Please contact Jane Humphreys on 0121 323 2221 (ext 2227) with any queries. School Uniform Evenings – Arthur Terry Logo Skirts The Arthur Terry logo skirt will be compulsory for all year groups (7 – 11) with effect from 1 September 2016. With this is mind we have organised for Clive Mark to set up a ‘pop up’ Uniform Shop in our school dining hall on Thursday 14th July 4.30pm – 6.30pm. The logo skirt will be on sale at a 10% discount, together with other items of uniform. (Girls still have the option to wear trousers). There is also a Year 6 Uniform Evening on Thursday 7th July 4.30pm – 6.30pm. This evening is specifically for Year 6 parents whose children will be joining us in September 2016. Wizard of Oz Year 7 and 8 students have been hard at work this term rehearsing for their very own production of the much-loved classic, The Wizard of Oz. The show is at the Arthur Terry School on 12th 13th July, 2016 which will show the cast of around 50 students showing off their talent on the stage. Rehearsing twice to three times weekly since Easter, the cast are excited for the upcoming date, and are all keen to make sure their show is perfect before performing in front of their friends and family. Through rounds of auditions which involved reading from a script in the character you have chosen, the selected students taking part in this production are set for great talent in the drama department for later years. Rebecca Wadsworth is directing the show, and has provided a double cast, which will alternate on the days of the show. This gives as many people as possible the chance to participate through the long list of characters and lines, getting everybody involved. Speaking to the Dorothy, who is played by Lavinia Barnsley, she said: “The show is definitely coming along a lot, and it’s great to have enough time to make it perfect.” Alongside the Y7 and Y8 cast, Hannah Farmer, Milly Allcock and Elliott Perlic from Year 10 also help out in terms of directing the show. Having participated in these shows themselves when they were that age, the students have direct knowledge of what needs to be done and what looks good on stage. Whilst viewing one of their rehearsals, two girls in the cast, Jasmine and Olivia, were seen teaching the rest of the cast the dance movements to “Ding Dong the Witch is dead”. The cast were obedient and respectful of their fellow cast member, and eager to learn the new routine to perfect their show. Year 7 student, Eve, said: “It’s very scary, but you get a rush before you go on stage, and your legs shake like jelly. It’s great fun though.” The students are extremely excited to showcase their hard work and hope to see as many people there as possible to support them. Tickets for this production will be £5, and can be bought through parent pay via the finance office. Ready NET Go! The first Arthur Terry sports tour was held over the weekend of 20th May-22nd to Condover Hall, Shropshire. Miss Horspool, Mrs Stonebridge and Rachael Pimlott (Netball Coach) took 25 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 to represent the school in a Netball Tournament at the JCA activity centre. Within the grounds of the beautiful manor house, these were by far the most picturesque courts we have competed on! Upon arrival Friday afternoon students checked into their rooms, had dinner and then set their sights high by attempting to climb to the dizzy heights of the high ropes courses on site. Netball was the main focus of the trip, however students were able to take part in a series of onsite activities such as climbing, tunnelling, laser maze, leap of faith, archery and many more. The evening activities were a great opportunity for team bonding, seeing students encourage and challenge themselves by stepping outside of their comfort zones. High on adrenaline, students enjoyed the freedom of sharing rooms with team mates and preparing for the tournament ahead. Rising early for breakfast at 7.15am were the Year 7 team who were first to step out onto the courts. Captained by Georgia Holdcroft, and looking super smart in their new netball dresses they started to pass the ball down court well and showed the others schools how to play the game properly!! From the outset, Emily Archer and Chloe Davey were on target with their superb shooting, centre court players (Alice Garrad, Georgia Holdcroft, Niamh Bevan) were sharp and first to the ball, getting it to our shooters effectively. Our solid defence (Maddie Hughes, Thea Criddle and Bethany Ostrick) contested every ball, slowed play down and turned over the play with great success. A real team effort especially as most players were playing out of their preferred positions!! Winning every game on their first day, they really were the talk of Condover and the team to beat. Results were 13-0 win over Harrogate, 20-1 win over Hans Price, 14-4 win over Cross Fields, and 12-1 win over Castle Manor School! Starting later on Saturday were both our 8’s and 9’s teams (although many Yr 8s played up in the Yr 9/10 competition). Following in the footsteps of their younger team, the Year 8 team saw off Woodchurch, Herts and Essex, St Martins and Hans Price!! Winning every game on day 1!! Attacking players (Elouise Stairmand, Sophie Westlake) were on target, with excellent movement within the circle. Centre court players Nina Latino-Kelly (vice-captain), Summer Northover (captain), Nikisha Kudhail and Katie Lane created lots of opportunities to get the ball into the circle attacking and defending with great success. The Year 8 defence (who were actually Yr 7 students playing up an age group) Leah Fox and Georgia Hughes demonstrated what great players they were by successfully marking their opponents out of the game. Year 9’s got off to a great start, facing hard opposition immediately. In what was a nail biting game, Elley Criddle’s team managed to see off Ketteridge 6-5 to bag their first win. The team managed to move from strength to strength with some amazing shooting from Emma Poutney, Chloe Cook and Emily Ashford. Centre court players, Francessca Pimlott, Elley Criddle and Sophie Wilcox really did teach teams how to play with tenacity and desire. Playing up 2 age groups, Year 7 student Katie Guest defended with a mature attitude alongside teammates Yasmin Baliban and Maddie Shelton. After a tough starting match, Year 9’s beat Holihead, Herts and Essex (10-1) and Castle Manor (…) to finish top of their group and qualify for the cup completion! By Saturday evening we were #100% SUCCESSFUL! #TALK OF THE TOWN! #THE TEAM TO BEAT! Like real athletes, the girls enjoyed an evening of activities celebrating their successes together and discussing tactics for day 2; #playing for the cup! Some students were a little anxious on the final morning of competition, knowing that these games really did matter in our quest to win the cup. Year 7 got off to a flying start, seeing off Longsands 9-1, followed by a closely fought comeback and win against Harrogate 9-4. Stepping onto court in the semi- finals with tired legs, the girls were determined to make it to the final. Going 1-0 down we held our nerve and stuck to our game plan and went on to win 7-1 with excellent performances from Chloe Davey, Emily Archer and Thea Criddle in the circle. Facing a towering and daunting Bryn Celynnog team our girls were in the cup final!!! In what was an end to end exhausting match with great performances from the whole squad, Arthur Terry went on to win 9-6 and were crowned CHAMPIONS!!! YAAAAYYY Lunchtime saw the start of the finals for Years 8 and 9. With depleted teams due to Elley Criddle, Francessca Pimlott, Summer Northover and Katie Guest representing the satellite teams at the regional finals, the newly formed teams were up against tough opposition. Year 8’s drew their first game 6-6 and lost their second match against the team who were eventually crowned champions 9-3, finishing a respectable 2nd in their group. Year 9’s were under pressure from the start, with Sophie Wilcox sustaining a nasty finger injury. The squad were depleted and falling like flies! With no other option, our team had to concede the competition as we were left with 5 fit players! Holding their heads high knowing they were second on goal difference at the end of day 1, it could have been such a different story had we played our full squad and avoided injury. Celebrating in style, they Year 7’s collected their cup and medals and the Year 8’s and 9’s enjoyed their success. Such a great experience and some amazing team performances. I must take this opportunity to thank Rachael Pimlott (Netball Coach) for her commitment and time in coaching the girls in preparation for the trip. Hard work really does pay off! Nets start planning our next adventure together! Congratulations to all students, you were an asset to your family and school. Yours in sport Miss D. Horspool Sutton Students speak up to lead town’s EU debate A highly articulate year 12 student from the Arthur Terry School pitted his “spectacular” speaking skills against some of the country’s political heavyweights at a controversial EU referendum debate on Saturday. Seventeen-year-old Tim Clark was chosen to represent his school and asked to argue the case against Britain’s membership in Europe at the packed Sutton Coldfield Town Hall event. He shared the stage with leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, Gisela Stuart MP, chair of the Vote Leave Campaign, Michael Heseltine, former Deputy Prime Minister and Lord Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats. The politically-savvy student – who currently remains tight-lipped about his true stance on EU membership – gave a compelling ‘Brexit’ argument, to rapturous applause, after he stepped up to debate the advantages of leaving Europe. Isabella Copplestone from Sutton Grammar School for Girls, argued the case for remaining in Europe. Tim told the audience: “We will be far better served being out of the EU. We have a once in the lifetime opportunity to reinvigorate our long-standing democracy. To return sovereignty to Westminster and to re-establish transparency and accountability to Britain. He added: “I cannot vote yet, but you can, you have the opportunity to create the sovereign state it once was.” Speaking post event, Tim said: “It went really well! It was very daunting initially, but after that first round of applause I relaxed and became more confident.” In preparation for the much-anticipated event, the studious sixth former, who is studying three sciences at A-Level, read widely on the topic of Europe and had support from parents and teachers (who were also in the audience). Arthur Terry School’s government politics subject Leader, Alexander Zarifeh, said: “Tim was amazing and sounded very much like an accomplished statesman – well done, Tim.” The event has had an impact on Tim and he has received many positive comments about his debating skills. It also gave him the opportunity to meet some inspirational figures. Tim said: “It was great to meet all of those well-known and influential people – it’s not often you get to meet a Deputy Prime Minister. It was an honour to meet the likes of Paddy and Gisela, who gave me some great advice about following a career in politics.” When asked about meeting Brexit campaigner, Nigel Farage, Tim described the controversial leader as “chatty.” The star student remains ambiguous about whether he really shares the politician’s opinions about leaving the EU – although he may reveal all once the votes are in. Headteacher Neil Warner, who attended the lively debate, said: “It was an absolute privilege to be in the audience, seeing our school take part in such a prestigious event. Tim did an outstanding job and spoke with real passion and conviction. It was wonderful to see the youth of Sutton Coldfield contributing to the debate and I would also like to particularly praise to Isabella Copplestone from Sutton Girls, who was excellent too. “At Arthur Terry, we always try to ensure our students are prepared for topical issues, as well as academic excellence. This was a great opportunity for Tim to experience first-hand debating on such an important subject. It was a privilege to be in the company of some widely regarded political figures. I would like to thank Andrew Mitchell for organising such an entertaining and informative event.” Following the event, Andrew Mitchell MP said: “It has been a subject that has raised many passions but by in large has been an excellent debate all round.” Read more: http://www.suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk/EU-referendum-Sutton-Coldfield-Town-Hall/story-29389310-detail/story.html#ixzz4BSklrbRV Follow us: @SuttonObserver on Twitter | sutton.coldfield.observer.official on Facebook Events Committee The Events Committee are busy at work ensuring that Arthur Terry School is run smoothly through their help and organisation at events. This team of helpful students is made up predominantly of Year 7s and Year 8s, with one Year 9 boy, Josh. Meeting once fortnightly, the committee strive to help out around the school and come up with ways of helping events run more smoothly. Jane Humphreys oversees these meetings for the committee, which has been set up by the Head Boy and Head Girl, Omar Schrouder and Clara Smith, as part of a body of sixth formers who set up different committees around the school to improve the organisation. These bright students have helped out with the interviews for the new deputy head teacher, overseeing the candidates and asking questions themselves to the interviewees. They posed as a panel set to put the applicants to the test of being able to win over the team. Alongside this, the committee are also keen to help out at Parents Evenings, and other events around the school taking part in after-school hours. The KS3 show, The Wizard of Oz, is set to hit the stage on July 12 – 13, which the Events Committee will be straight on board helping out with. As well as welcoming the audience and providing a helping hand, a raffle will also be run to make the evening one of entertainment all round. Open Evening is also a key date for this team’s diaries, where they will be showing potential students around the school, explaining the various departments and buildings, at the same time as providing a friendly welcoming face to nervous leavers. They have provided some great work already to the running of the school, and undoubtedly have many more events up their sleeve to continue their hard work! Great Midlands Fun Run Well done to the Arthur Terry Fun Team; many students were running for Teenage Cancer Trust supporting Stephens Story. We raised significant funds for the same charity last year through the Fun Run along with other events in conjunction with Jane Sutton, Stephens Sutton’s Mum. Jane also came into school to do a series of Assemblies about Stephens bucket list. Lots of students also ran for a number of other different charities, along with a large group running for our primary school in South Africa. Thank you also to the staff who ran, a wonderful effort by all! Maths Conference Day Our Year eleven students recently participated in an exciting Maths conference day. A small group of students attended the conference, which was held at St James’ Scout Hut in Mere Green, in order to prepare them for their much anticipated GCSEs. This 9am to 3pm event was held in order to support the learning of all of the students and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential, developing their maths abilities. Throughout the day, specialist workshops were held for the students and personalised support was governed to really focus in on the students’ needs for their upcoming exams. This conference offered the students an excellent opportunity for support and tutoring in the run up to their GCSEs, and hopefully feel ready to face their forthcoming exams. We wish them the best of luck. Students Raise Money in ‘Reaper Run’ for South Africa Arthur Terry students have been putting their best foot forward in order to fundraise for the Arthur Terry South Africa trip on July 15, 2016. The fundraiser, named as the ‘Reaper Run’, took place in Coventry at a local paintballing park, where students battled against obstacles, a lot of mud, and even the grim reaper himself jumping out behind bushes kept the students on their toes. The event took place on Saturday 9 April, 2016, where the students endured an intense 10km run, and tackled over 40 obstacles along the way. From sliding into lakes, to climbing over walls, the runners were certainly put through their paces. The fundraiser took place in order to raise money and sponsorship for the 42 students who are travelling to South Africa in July. The students will be away for two weeks, helping out at local communities such as the Rondevlei and Ruigtevlei primary schools, which hold strong links with Arthur Terry. Speaking to Kezia Swanwick, Y12 student, she has commented on the run: “You had so many obstacles to complete, like running and catching onto a wall, or sliding in to a lake. It was so muddy – I was covered from head to toe. If you didn’t keep running you’d be freezing! It took me two and a half hours to complete the run, but I was the first, so it took some people nearly four hours!” Congratulations to the students, and best of luck in South Africa! Year 10 Students Would you benefit from having some interview experience? I can help you prepare for any up and coming interviews you may have for jobs, colleges or apprenticeships. Please drop in and see me in G1.6 in tutor time – anytime – or email me you’re if you are interested: aharris@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk