March 2016

One way system Can we please remind parents, carers and visitors to the school that access by car must be via the one-way system; please use Beaton Road to enter the school and Kittoe Road to exit. Please do not use Kittoe Road to drop off students and then turn around at the end of Kittoe Road. This one-way system has been introduced to reduce the risk of accidents; by turning around at the end of Kittoe Road it significantly increases the risk of a child being hit by a car. Last week, a vehicle dropping off an Arthur Terry student parked on the zig-zag lines which is a motoring offence and then after dropping off the child, almost knocked over a group of students whilst turning. The driver then misjudged the turn and needed to reverse and a group of students needed to take evasive action to avoid being struck. This could have been a potentially very serious accident and thankfully no one was injured on this occasion. We would very much appreciate your support in this matter by not turning in Kittoe Road and using the one-way system to keep all of our young people as safe as possible on their way into school. We would also like to encourage more of our students to walk to school where possible; Reasons to walk ( It’s good for our health – 150 minutes of physical activity a week dramatically cuts the risk of developing heart disease, obesity and some cancers. It also reduces cholesterol, lowers high blood pressure and is good for our sense of wellbeing. But that’s not all… Walking Burns as many calories as jogging over the same distance. Is good for your heart and lungs. Strengthens muscles, bones and joints. Improves your mood and boosts confidence. Helps maintain flexibility and co-ordination as you get older. It’s great for our planet. Walking doesn’t leave a carbon footprint, just your own. And, if we all swapped one weekly drive for walking, traffic would reduce by at least 10%. Imagine that! Safer and quieter streets for children to get to school safely. We understand safety of students as they walk to and from school is extremely important and we would advise students walk together in small groups to facilitate this. Heads of School 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: 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. EXAMINATIONS We share lots of information on the exams section of the school website: 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. SUMMER 2016 EXAMINATION SERIES External written exam series dates 2015/2016 Monday 16 May to Wednesday 29 June 2016 Timetables Students sitting external exams this summer will have their personalised exam timetable issued via their form tutor from 1 March 2016*. Please ensure personal details (legal name, date of birth) and the list of exam entries are checked, any student with a query should go to the exams office as soon as possible. Any change to personal details notified to us AFTER the certificates have been prepared by the exam boards will result in you being charged for replacements. *PLEASE NOTE – students with a clash of exams that exceed 3 hours in the same session have been asked to collect their exam timetable from the exams office, this is because there may be a change to their timetable. Any students with a clash of exams that total 3 hours or less will sit their exams in the same session. Exam Results Days GCE AS/A Level Thursday 18 August 2016 Time to be confirmed GCSE Thursday 25 August 2016 Time to be confirmed Dates for your Diary Sunday 6th March – Wednesday 9th March Year 12 Dorset trip (Geography) Thursday 10th MarchSchool Show – Opening Night Friday 11th March – Monday 14th March Spanish Trip Saturday 12th March Bronze D of E Expedition Training Day (in school) Tuesday 15th March Year 8 HPV Vaccine Friday 18th March Year 11 Reports home Friday 18th March Year 11 and Year 13 Leavers photographs Tuesday 22nd MarchPraise Event Wednesday 22nd MarchSchool finishes at 3.30 pm for Easter Break Thursday 23rd MarchTRAINING DAY Thursday 23rd March Year 12 Reports home Monday 11th April Back to school – Summer Term Little Shop of Horrors 2016 March is a really exciting time for the cast and crew of this years school production of Little Shop of Horrors. As we gear up to opening night, the finishing touches are being applied to what is promising to be a really exciting show. The set has been erected, the costumes have been ordered, Audrey 2 is on her way and the tickets are ON SALE NOW!!! There has been a high demand for tickets, so make sure you get your order in now. Booking forms can be found by clicking on the following link; Purchasing Tickets To order your tickets, please make payment via ParentPay where you will see all the dates/options available to you (if not please click ‘pay for more items’). Adult and Concession tickets need to be ordered via the separate listings. As there are limited seats for each performance Parent Pay is the quickest way to secure your booking (all staff and students do have an account – please contact Finance if you do not have your login details). Tickets are only available through the Finance Department. Tickets will be £10 per person, with concessions/U18 at £8.00. The request for tickets before the Box Office opening has already been extremely high and history tells us that tickets will sell incredibly quickly, we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. If you do not have access to Parent Pay payments can be made via cheque. If paying via cheque, please complete the booking form and hand in to Finance. Please do not send cash as your order will not be processed. For a copy of the letter and booking form please CLICK HERE Do not panic if there is a delay in receiving your tickets – please remember that the Box Office Team have a day job as well!!! So give us your hands, give us your hearts, we’re ready! Roadshow:- Following on from last years success, the Little Shop of Horrors Roadshow took place on Friday 5th March; students and staff visited 7 schools in 6 hours for what was a truly amazing day for all! For more information about the show, or to follow our progress please see the school show blog or follow us on twitter. Blog: Twitter: Yours faithfully, Mr C Jordan Miss N Beech Producer Assistant Producer Head of Performing Arts Faculty Subject Leader of Dance Specialist Leader of Education The Wizard of Oz We are excited to announce that his summer the KS3 show is ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Auditions have taken place and the final auditions for the main characters are happening as you read this. Rehearsals will start after the Easter holiday and tickets will be on sale asap, so please watch this space for more information! Drama Dance Department Team Arthur Terry nets a hat-trick of wins at town’s Sports Awards Celebrations are taking place at Arthur Terry after the school enjoyed a hat-trick of wins at the annual Sutton Coldfield Sports Awards The prestigious event – which recognises and celebrates the sporting achievements of schools and clubs across the area – saw students and staff walk away with three top prizes. Year 11 student Sam Perry was awarded Junior Sports Person of the Year for his outstanding judo skills; the school’s PE team, led by John Byrne, was crowned Secondary School of the Year; and PE teacher Keith Stonebridge was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to PE. Arthur Terry headteachers, Richard Gill and Neil Warner, said: “We’re delighted by this stellar result and proud of ‘the AT-Team’ for this sweep of victories. “Sport is very much part of the fabric of school life at Arthur Terry. These superb achievements are down to the hard work and commitment of our students and the staff, who are dedicated to giving our students the very best sporting opportunities. “Enormous thanks must go to the organisers and supporters of this fantastic event, who put on another spectacular evening – and for all the nominees and schools and clubs in Sutton Coldfield, who continue to inspire and cultivate the sporting talents of young people and allow them to shine.” The news comes in the same week that Arthur Terry’s Year 7 Year 8 girls have been crowned North Birmingham Athletics Champions, marking even more sporting success for the outstanding school. World Book Day Thursday the 3rd of March was World Book Day and in school we celebrated with a variety of competitions and events. Every Year 7 student will receive a £1 voucher to spend on either one of the specially produced World Book Day books or against the purchase of any other book. Vouchers can be used in most high street bookshops such as Foyles, Waterstones and WH Smiths. This year Foyle’s bookshops are supporting us by providing free bookmarks to go along with the vouchers. It is an ideal opportunity for our students to buy a book to read for pleasure. If you look at the school website you will see we are working with the online book supplier Scholastic Books: So that for every book you buy online through them we receive money to support our Library. They offer some great deals and WBD vouchers can be used against any online order. If you need any more information then please email me Kind regards Mandy Goode, Library Resources Manager Year 10 Work Experience – 2016 Work experience will run for 1 week this year, commencing on Monday 11th July and finishing on Friday 15th July 2016. We are now well underway with clearing all of the placements that have already been submitted. Please contact Jane Humphreys on or 0121 323 2221 ext 2227 urgently if you have not yet found a placement. Work experience is compulsory and forms part of the Year 10 curriculum with all students expected to complete 1 week. If you have found a placement and have not yet submitted the details please ask reception for a form or again contact Jane Humphreys on the email above for the link . Thank you Student leaders – March 2016 Before the February half term, we held our very first Student Parliament session! The session took place in the boardroom and saw all of the committees come together to share ideas and feedback to one another. This was an exciting opportunity, as it allowed each committee to find out what others are doing across the board, as well as to improve their own work by acting on the feedback that they received. Each group gave a short presentation on what they have been working on over the course of this academic year. Each of the other groups then gave their pre-prepared responses containing their opinions on the work of the presenting group, with suggestions on how to improve. The meeting was very constructive and allowed committees to see how other people felt about the work they were doing. The second week back after half term has also seen the Student Development Committee going into assemblies to discuss tolerance with the wider school. Tolerance and stereotyping are huge issues which need to be brought into the spotlight in order to eliminate prejudices. A tolerance article will shortly be released to enhance people’s understanding of the issues surrounding stereotyping. Student Parliament has also been explained in these assemblies to allow students to gain an idea of what the Junior Leadership Group have been up to since our last set of assemblies. Have a great month, and I’ll update you all in April! Lola Sherwin Media manager for the JLG Year 13 BTEC Business Visit to Waitrose As part of their research for the Human Resource unit we had the opportunity to visit Waitrose, to have a tour and a presentation from one of the managers about Human Resource Management at the John Lewis Partnership. We’ve been extremely fortunate over the past few years to have the support from the Waitrose store in Four Oaks, staff take the time to support enabling them to see how the theory they learn in lessons operates in practise. The students found the visit very useful and are now well on their way to completing their final unit of work. Mrs Hurn English revision sessions for year 11 Tuesday morning revision session starting from 15th March, from 8am-8.30am: Higher (in the hall) and foundation (English corridor). Date SESSION 1 (FOUNDATION) Session 2 (FOUNDATION) Session 3 (Higher- in hall?) Tuesday 15th March C.Stewart Reading question 1 A B E.Feasey Question 2 E.Woffinden Question1 22nd March E.Feasey Question 2 C.Stewart Reading question 1 A B A.Wadey Question 2