March 2015

Sutton Coldfield Choirs Sutton Coldfield Choirs’ (SCC) are delighted to announce that its junior choir, the Four Oaks Cluster Choir, won 1st prize at the national Manchester Amateur Choral Competition’s (MACC) Youth category on Sunday 22nd February. This competition is a national (UK) amateur singing competition for choirs, held in the renowned Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, providing a competitive and fun platform for amateur choirs around the UK. Four Oaks Cluster Choir (FOCC) competed against nine other youth choirs from around the country, many of whom are in the older teenage age range of 16-18 years. The Choir has been progressively increasing their national and local reputation in particular with their calibre of singing: Category finalists in Choir Of The Year 2012 Choir of the Year 2014 ‘Choir of the Day’ Midlands heat 3rd place at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2013 and 2014. Additionally, the Choir have again been selected for the International Eisteddfod singing competition this year in the Junior and Folk categories, so will be going for an English gold on 7 8 July! Last year, they competed in this prestigious festival against internationally renowned choirs from Poland, USA and Russia, so members are looking forward to this exciting challenge again. Furthermore, the Choir has been chosen to perform at the Opening Ceremony, singing for an audience that includes Suzi Digby OBE, a judge on BBC’s Song of Praise Choir of the Year, and Paul Mealor FRSA, who wrote a piece for the Duke Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding and the number one hit ‘Wherever you are’, both in 2011. The musical directors are clearly very pleased with Sunday’s result: “We are absolutely thrilled with the win at the MACC. It was such a special day, and we are particularly proud of the youngsters’ performance against such stiff and diverse competition”, says Richard Jeffries, one of SCC’s three musical directors. Liz Birch, another musical director, is equally delighted: “It makes all the hard work so worthwhile. Much of the music we perform is musically very difficult, so securing a first prize makes this a massive achievement for all of us at Sutton Coldfield Choirs.” SCC also entered The Accidentals, the adult choir, and Sutton Coldfield Youth Voices, the teenage choir and although they didn’t win overall, both received very positive comments. In particular, both piano accompanists, Matt Walker and Chris Hall, were singled out and praised for their sensitive and complementary accompanying playing, enhancing the choirs’ performances. Sutton Coldfield Choirs, a family of four choirs originating in the Four Oaks area of Sutton Coldfield in the Midlands, runs choirs for all ages (6-96 years), ranging from a Training Choir for little ones aged 6-9, to an adult choir The Accidentals. Having secured Suzi Digby OBE’s support in 2014 as Patron, the choirs are currently in the process of registering as a charity, operating on the basis that singing and performing are for fun and friendships. 2015 is a very special year because in April it’s the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of Four Oaks Cluster Choir, the original choir of SCC; from this seed, all other choirs grew. A special 10th Anniversary concert is being held on Saturday 25th April, 7.30pm at Four Oaks Methodist Church, and tickets for this and a ‘Big Raffle’ will be on sale soon. They look forward to celebrating in style! Find out more about what SCC does or how to join one of SCC’s choirs via their website Master-classes Departments here at Arthur Terry already offer a wide variety of curriculum enrichment opportunities for students who are working so hard to gain very good grades at GCSE. During this half term, we are going to offer a series of ‘master-classes’ in addition, in a range of subjects for students in Year 9, 10 and 11 who want to know how to achieve A* or A grades at GCSE in the respective subjects. All ‘master-classes’ will take place from 8am until 8:30am in the main School Hall. The respective departments will be speaking to the students about the content of the sessions and will be guiding students to sign up to guarantee a place. Subject Masterclass session Date Music How to get an A*/A grade in the Creative Task examinationMr Williams Wednesday 4th March French(Year 9 and 10 only) How to get an A*/A grade in a Speaking Controlled AssessmentMr Gannon Monday9th March History(Year 10 and 11 only) How to get an A*/A grade in the American West examinationMs Silvey Tuesday 10th March History(Year 10 and 11 only) How to get an A*/A grade in the Medicine Through Time examinationMr Harrison Wednesday11th March Spanish(Year 9 and 10 only) How to get an A*/A grade in a Speaking Controlled AssessmentMrs Shenton Thursday12th March English(Year 10 only) How to get an A*/A grade in the Literature ExaminationMr Warner Wednesday 18th March Geography(Year 10 only) How to get an A*/A grade in a Geography Controlled AssessmentMiss Webster Thursday19th March French How to get an A*/A grade in a Writing Controlled AssessmentMr Gannon Friday20th March EnglishYear 11 only) How to get top marks on Questions 2,3 and 4 in the Higher ExaminationMr Warner Wednesday25th March Drama(Y11 only) How to get an A*/A grade in Unit 1Ms Beech Thursday 26th March Creative and Media create Original Stage Adaptation of famous novel The Creative and Media students have been researching and staging an original children’s stage adaptation of East of the Sun and West of The Moon by Jackie Morris. This has involved them working with Birmingham School of Acting Applied second year theatre students on a piece about gang culture and gender identity called Dem Boyz at The Drum, with third year acting students at Midland Arts Centre on a piece called Heterophobia and with The Playhouse Theatre on a play about Extremism called Tapestry. As part of their Performance and Campaign module they then created, performed and completed all the technical roles for the production which was performed to year sevens. EXAMINATIONS Remember please see the exams section on the school website for up to date information: 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. DECEMBER 2014 – YEAR 9, 10 and 11 TRIAL EXAMS GCSE trial exams for Year 9, 10 and 11 will be taking place Wednesday 3 – Friday 19 December inclusive, please follow the link below for further information: Parents can expect a letter to be emailed to them during November There will be no study leave. Students will return to their timetabled lessons when they are not in exams EXCEPT year 11 students will be allowed home if they have an afternoon exam finishing during Period 5 (2.25 – 3.25 pm) Trial exams result may determine students’ level of entry for the Summer exams. Year 11 students will finish school for the Christmas holidays at 11.10 am on Thursday 18 December UNLESS they have a Food Technology exam on the afternoon of Thursday 18 December and/or an RE exam on Friday 19 December. Students who have missed a Trial Exam will be expected to sit the missed exam on the morning of Friday 19 December. The exams will be conducted according to the procedures set out by the Examination Boards. This is so students are familiar with the correct procedure in the summer. A copy of the JCQ guidelines can be found on the JCQ Exam Notices Please ensure your child is familiar with the regulations in particular the following document, information for written exams: Equipment should be carried in a clear pencil case. There will be no spare equipment available for students to use. Students must use a black ink or ballpoint pen for all exams (gel pens are not permitted) and under no circumstances should mobile phones be taken to the exam desks. No food or fizzy drinks are permitted in the exam room, and candidates are not expected to need to leave the exam room to use the toilet during individual exams. If necessary, water can be brought in a clear, unlabelled bottle, which should be kept under the exam desk. SUMMER 2015 EXAMINATION SERIES – AS/A Level Re-sits AS/A Level re-sits are available in the Summer 2015 exam series; the re-sit form is available on the school website: Please note that re-sit forms will only be accepted with subject leader signature and full payment. If payment is made by ParentPay the receipt must be submitted with the re-sit form to the Exams Office. A2 General Studies (Year 13) Students will only be entered for A2 General Studies if they achieved Grade ‘D’ or above at AS in 2013/2014 (Year 12). If students who received ‘E’ or ‘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 £22 per unit. FOUR OAKS CHILDRENS CENTRE NEWS (Sutton Locality Children’s Centres) Children’s Centres provide services and activities for children aged 0-3 years and their families, as well as training and volunteering opportunities for nurseries, childminders, other professional and parents. Volunteering is a buzz word in the Big Society and we all depend on and benefit from volunteering. Giving up your time, skills and expertise can launch (or revamp) a career, nurture a skill or turn an interest or passion into a viable business. Children’s Centres in Sutton Coldfield encourage volunteers of all ages and many, of varying ages, have gone on to studies or employment following a volunteering opportunity within one of our Centres. This year a new local scheme has had wide ranging effect. The Birmingham Buddies scheme, run by the NHS Infant Feeding team, has turned the experiences and commitment of Mums into a whole network of breastfeeding peer supporters and groups. Support is surely needed. Breastfeeding has research based benefits for immunity, nutrition and bonding translating into benefits for reduced obesity and improved educational outcomes long term. In December a new group of Birmingham Buddies completed their training at the Hub in Mere Green, and now provide weekly sessions across Birmingham’s Children’s Centres supporting pregnant, new and experienced mums with their breastfeeding journey. Their main aims are to encourage and support mums to breastfeed from birth and exclusively for the first six months of their baby’s life, and to encourage them to breastfeed for as long as they like, while gradually introducing other foods into their diet. For further information on this visit their website: For more information on Breastfeeding Buddies sessions in Sutton Coldfield, or to find out more about other volunteering opportunities, please contact Fiona Godwin, Four Oaks Children’s Centre Manager, on 07747 755497. Praise Event We continue to be proud of our students in terms of their effort and their attainment. To celebrate their achievements this term, we will be taking the 15 students that have earned the most praise points this Easter term to Drayton Manor on Wednesday 25th March. Invites will be coming out on Friday March 13th and we hope that students will enjoy this reward. Unwanted Arthur Terry School Uniform If anyone has any unwanted school uniform, the PTA would really appreciate all donations. Please hand into reception any items that are in good/reusable condition.