March 2014

Congratulations and well done to .. Year 8 UKMT team who took part in a Maths team challenge last week – including Niamh Taylor, Maddy Underwood, Sophie Davies, Aimee Grainger. Frisbee News Well done to our Frisbee teams who competed in the National Championships last weekend the girls finished 21st, Artic 2 team 19th and the first team came 4th. Well done to all the students who took part Rugby Congratulation and well done to the Rugby team who played the Friary school last week, winning 29-12. EASTER REVISION The dates for Easter revision classes are 14th and 15th April. Further details will be sent students and parents shortly. Reminder as well that Y11 students and parents are to attend the important information evening on 25th March at 6.15pm. EXAMINATIONS We now have a dedicated page for exams information on the school website – please visit the page. We hope you will find it very useful. 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. JUNE 2014 EXAMINATION SERIES TIMETABLES The Summer 2014 Examination Dates for KS4 GCSE external exams are available on the school website, please click on the following link: An Exams Booklet and personalised timetable will be issued for Year 11s at the Intervention evening on Tuesday 25 March 2014. REVISION TIMETABLES The Department for Education website holds exam dates for GCSE and GCE AS/A Level exams provided by the awarding bodies AQA, EDEXCEL, OCR and WJEC. Students can build a timetable for revision purposes using the information provided. Please note this personalised timetables will be issued by the Exams Office shortly before Easter break, follow the link for further information AS RESITS DEADLINE – 13 MARCH 2014 The re-sit form for the summer exam series is available and we would urge students to complete and return these to the Exams Office as soon as possible. Please note re-sit entries will not be made unless full payment and an authorising staff signature is received. If payment is made by ParentPay the receipt must be submitted with the re-sit form to the Exams Office or an exam entry will not be made. Please click on the following link for the re-sit form which is also available from the Exams Office and the 6th Form Centre: A2 GENERAL STUDIES Please note students will only be entered for A2 General Studies if they achieved Grade E or above in AS in 2012/2013. If students who received ‘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 £20 per unit. EXAM INVIGILATORS We are looking to appoint invigilators to join a strong team. The team’s purpose is to support the Examinations Officer in the administration and supervision of internal and external examinations. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the following competences Be reliable Be able to work independently but also as part of a team Have good communication skills Be accurate and pay attention to detail If you know of anyone who would be interested please confirm their name and contact details to Mrs Gardner, SOCIAL SCIENCES SUPPORT Social Sciences would like to use this opportunity to promote the wide range of support we put on for students beyond the lesson. A summary of what is on offer is below: Miss Lakin – Psychology AS/A2 – Drop-In: EVERY Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm in room G1.4 Miss Geillis – Psychology AS/A2, Sociology A2, HSC A2 – Drop-In: EVERY Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm in room G1.1 Miss Blake Mrs Darby – Sociology AS/A2, HSC GCSE/AS/A2 – Drop-In: EVERY Wednesday at 3:30-4:30pm in room G1.3 Miss Leggett – Psychology AS/A2 and HSC GCSE – Drop-In EVERY Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm in room G1.1 Mrs Whelan – Law AS/A2 – Week 1: Wednesday P5 G1.2 and Thursday P2 SF1. Week 2: Wednesday P2 and Thursday P5 G1.2 Sixth Form Leaving Dates Friday 9th May – Year 12 Last Day in lessons Monday 9th June – Year 12 Return from study leave Thursday 15th May – Year 13 Last Day in lessons Friday 16th May – Year 13 Leaving Day Celebration PARKING ON SCHOOL SITE Parents are reminded to be mindful of student safety when driving and parking on site at the beginning or end of the day. At peak times there are large numbers of students moving across site, particularly near reception and the front of school area. Vehicles moving and parking pose a considerable risk to the safety of students, a risk that is heightened during the busiest times of day. Drivers are asked to please manoeuvre and park vehicles with sensitivity and consideration to all pedestrians entering or leaving site, allowing them to do so as safely as possible. Sainsbury’s (Active Kids Get Cooking) Vouchers The Food Technology Department would really appreciate as many vouchers as possible so that we can get some new equipment. If you, or anyone you know shops in Sainsburys, please could you collect the vouchers and send them into school or put them in the box in reception. FOUR OAKS CLUSTER CHOIR – NEWS UPDATE! International Eisteddfod, Llangollen 2014 We’re excited to report that both the Four Oaks Cluster Choir and Sutton Coldfield Youth Voices have been invited to perform at the prestigious International Eisteddfod this July. We sent off recorded entries last November, and have been accepted as a result – and according to the organisers, the standard of entry from hundreds of choirs was ‘extraordinarily high’, so we’re chuffed to bits. Across the two choirs and their are15 schools are represented, and 100 singers altogether. Over 30 of these are from Arthur Terry school! We will be performing over two days, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th July, in three categories: Senior, Junior and Folk. It will be a fantastic experience for all involved, with an overnight stay in prospect, and also participation in the ‘Parade Of Nations’ – a real cultural feel. We’re hoping for good results after the success last year, when the Four Oaks Cluster Choir made its debut at the festival, coming 3rd with 86.0 points – narrowly 2nd place, with Lindley Junior choir gaining 86.3! We will keep you posted on our progress, which also includes Choir Of the Year 2014 auditions. We are also undertaking a series of fundraising activities to raise money for the trip. These include a Quiz Night, Barn Dance and Variety Show. Please log onto our website where you can find out more about all events, and our family of choirs in general, which include a Training Choir, and also The Accidentals, our choir for adults. Richard Jeffries and Liz Birch Vocal Workshop – Saturday 15th March Helen Willetts and Richard Jeffries are running a Vocal Workshop on Saturday 15th March, at Four Oaks Methodist Church, from 9.45am-2.45pm. A fun day, where you’ll learn all the secrets of becoming a better performer! All details on the accompanying poster. Four Oaks Cluster Orchestra This growing group of super musicians is open to anyone who plays a musical instrument and would like to develop further in their musical skills. We currently have 25 members, many of which come from Arthur Terry school. We rehearse at Arthur Terry school from 4pm-5.15pm. Contact Richard Jeffries for further details: 07736 318340.