May 2015

Spotlight on Safety Fears for student safety are a concern, due to the number of vehicles that are waiting on Kittoe Road at the end of the school day. To date, thankfully, there have been no incidents, however things could easily become quite dangerous and for this reason concerns have been discussed with the local police. Signage on Kittoe Road does indicate that there should be no waiting between 3pm and 4pm – only drivers with a disability, displaying relevant badges, are permitted to do so. With this and the concern for the danger posed by vehicles in mind, no waiting signage will be enforced by the local police in the coming weeks. ATTENDANCE – STUDENT ABSENCES As I’m sure all parents/carers are aware, as a school we take attendance very seriously and work with you to ensure that students maintain a high level of attendance to ensure they get the best out of teaching and learning. We address our daily absences via a text message going out to you, the parents/carers informing you of your child’s absence. Failure to reply to this text message currently results in a letter being sent home, asking for a reason for their absence. We will no longer be sending letters home, so can we please urge you to respond to the text message, otherwise the absence will be coded as unauthorised. Can we therefore ask that if you change your mobile number or email address, that you notify the school as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support. Lincoln Charity Day The 13th February saw the whole of Lincoln come together to put on a fantastic charity day. Students from across Lincoln worked hard to ensure that there was a positive atmosphere and that students from all houses where able to enjoy the day. Forms across Lincoln organised a range of activities from ‘pick and mix’ and cake stalls, to radio requests all leading to an exciting atmosphere in the atrium. It was brilliant to see students from Year 7 to Year 13 coming together to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust raising a whopping £840 for these charities, both of which are very worthy causes. Well done Lincoln Lions, your hard work has meant that a substantial amount of money can really help benefit both charities! (Written by LB4) School Prom On Thursday, 25th June Year 11 will be celebrating five years at Arthur Terry with their School Prom at Drayton Manor. Tickets are now available via Parent Pay or with a cheque via the school office. It will be another wonderful evening to see Year 11 arriving in all manner of spectacular transport dressed in all their splendour. Year Book Year 11 have been requested to make their entry into the Year Book and up-date their photo and profile. They can also upload photos from trips and leisure time with their peers. The deadline for student entries is Friday 22nd May. Prom Awards, voting is now open via the Year Book. Year Books can be reserved and purchased via Parent Pay/cheque for £13.60. They will be available to collect on GCSE results day, Thursday, 20th August or from Reception in September. Praise Event At the end of last term, we celebrated the successes of our students with the Easter praise event. The 15 students with the most praise points between Christmas and Easter were invited to spend the day at Drayton Manor. With the park having been opened for only a couple of days, there were only a small number of visitors. This was brilliant as it enabled all our students to enjoy the park fully and experience all the rides on offer. Some students even braved the cold and went on the river rapids numerous times and Storm Force 10; getting soaked through in the process. A great day was had by all and we look forward to celebrating students’ achievements in the future. EXAMINATIONS Remember please see the exams section on the school website for up to date information: Exams 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. EXTERNAL WRITTEN SUMMER EXAM SERIES DATES 2014/2015 Monday 11 May to Wednesday 24 June 2014 TIMETABLES Students sitting external exams this summer will now have their personalised exam timetable. Please ensure personal details (name, date of birth) and the list of exam entries are checked, any student with a query should go to the exams office, B2.11, as soon as possible. EXAM CLASHES 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 will 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. For further information regarding whole school exams or for the practical exam timetable please see Exam Timetables. EXAM PREPARATION A new page has been added to the exams section of the school website Exam Preparation This page includes the following: Information and video clips for help to understand and combat exam anxiety and stress Tips and Guidance document to assist with revision Exam Equipment Checklist The Exams Booklet issued to Year 11s at the revision evening EXAM EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST Ensure your child arrives fully equipped for their exams. Equipment needs to be in a see through plastic bag or transparent pencil case. ESSENTIAL ITEMS Black ink or ball point pens (no gel pens or blue ink are permitted) Pencil Pencil sharpener Rubber Ruler ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED DEPENDANT ON EXAM Calculator Coloured pencils Pair of compasses Protractor Set square OPTIONAL ITEMS Highlighter pen (to highlight text in the question paper only – cannot be used in answer books) LEAVING DATES Year 12 Friday 8 May at 3.30pm, to return Monday 8 June Year 13 Thursday 14 May at 3.30pm Year 11 Thursday 21 May at 12.30pm RESULTS DAYS GCE AS/A Level Thursday 13 August 2015 in the Hall Time to be confirmed GCSE Thursday 20 August 2015 in the Hall Time to be confirmed Students unable to collect results can nominate someone in writing to collect them (ID required) or provide a SAE ENVELOPE to Exams by Friday 17 July, please ensure correct postage is used. Thank you. KS3 Show Rehearsals are now under way for this years KS3 show ‘An Ogres Adventure’. Watch this space for further information on show dates and tickets. English Revision There will be an English revision session on Monday 1st June for all Year 11 students (the day before their examination). During P1, we will be offering a session to students who are not taking their History exam and then during P4, the session will be repeated for those who missed P1’s session due to History. Arthur Terry ‘Teaching School’ Update As most of you know ‘Arthur Terry’ is also a ‘Teaching School’, whereby we train and recruit highly motivated graduates and career changers and train them to become outstanding teachers. This year’s trainees are now well on their way to gaining their QTS (with PGCE) and are now in their final assessment period. Lots have already gained employment, many within the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. We are also well on our way to recruiting next year’s cohort of future teachers! We do still have a few places left in all subjects so please contact us if you would like to know more, or take a look on our website – In addition, there are some further excellent benefits of being as Associate Teacher within The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership; Excellent employability -last year 100% of our associate teachers secured jobs from both within our Teaching School Alliance and further afield. A highly personalised programme enabling 100% of our associate teachers to be rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ A structured programme of ‘on-the-job’ training based in outstanding departments in a range of schools. We offer perspective students the opportunity to visit the school on a Friday morning, so please get in touch if you would like to have a look around and discuss the course in more detail. Cathryn Mortimer Course Director Congratulations to James Holloway Having attended his first World Karate Championships in Italy last half term, James has recently re-quaified and won a place on the England Karate A Squad and has been invited to participate in the 2015 World Karate Championships in Spain, 3-8th November. James qualified at the Midlands Open Karate Championships back in March (winning two gold and one bronze medal) and has now been selected as part of the Zen Shin Karate Academy, representing England at the event. Fantastic achievement James – Well done!! Exciting Library Visit The award winning author Annabel Pitcher will be visiting school on Monday 18th May to speak to Year 8 students about her work and how she became a writer. Year 8 are currently reading her moving and funny book: My sister lives on the mantelpiece. It will be a great opportunity for students to question Annabel about the book and gain a deeper insight into the story. Students can buy copies of Annabel’s books from the Library ready for a signing session on the day. Books are priced at £6.99, cheques can be made available to The Arthur Terry School or cash sent into school Library. ​Sixth Form Performances This may be referring to old news now, but it is worth congratulating again Sophie Harding and Oliver Seymour for being the team that won the Sutton Coldfield Schools’ and College Debating Competition last term. You must all have read about this event, with photos and comments splashed across several pages of the Sutton Observer (the event sponsor), which also included pictures of Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell who set up the competition thirteen or so years ago. The context is interesting. First of all it is great that two Year 12 students, only a quarter into their 6th form career, can perform so confidently, with such quick wittedness, and with such a good grasp of their subject material. Secondly, this is at least the third time our 6th formers have won this competition, compared to Bishop Vesey School who had won for the first time the previous year. Such successes as these by Arthur Terry justifies all the confidence we have in our comprehensive school and the same goes for our A-level results. Our last most recent team winners were Lauren Baker who last summer graduated from Nottingham University with her degree in Biology, and Laura Barrett who has recently graduated from the London School of Economics and now works for a leading Finance company in London; Laura has recently been in touch offering work experience placements for Y13 students. It’s great that our alumni keep in touch with us in such a constructive way. The message is : you do at least as well at Arthur Terry as you could anywhere else. Congratulations to Alana Eaton who has been accepted for membership of the National Youth Theatre. Alana came in excitedly to tell us this news just as the annual Sixth Form Charity Entertainment Evening was about to begin and to which she contributed with her own performance. The NYT is the top organisation for drama talent at this age and Alana will be called up to take part in rehearsals and performances – probably in London – throughout the summer after her A-level exams. The Sixth Form Charity Entertainment Evening is our annual talent showcase event and usually takes place, as this year, soon after Easter. Basically, it’s an event organised by the sixth form for the sixth form and with only sixth form performing, compered by representatives from within the head boy/girl/deputies team. Of course, our Performing Arts Department does a huge amount in promoting music, dance and drama and these brilliantly come together in the school show and other performance opportunities.. However , we know that there are always talented 6th form students out there – the secret performers – who have not already been swept into performing arts activities at Arthur Terry, particularly amongst the large number of joining students in the sixth form. This is their opportunity. “Sir. Dad’s been home during the day and I’ve not been able to practise!” This delightfully amusing plea for rehearsal space illustrates the point. In fact, Faye very nicely performed two songs this term but she is too shy even to sing in front of parents. This year we had lots of new talent appearing, in the words of Head Boy Will Bennett and Deputy Charlie Stableford , “on the Arthur Terry stage for the first time.” For the first time ever we had a rapper: how does he remember all those words! And with a bit of guidance in class from Mr Galley, the Y12 Music Technology group set up their own band for the occasion : their finale performance left us in no doubt that they ought to become a regular set-up – there were loud shouts of “More!” from the audience. On such occasions as this we do like our established performers to come forward. This year we had class acts in solo dance from Bella Danks and Isabelle Holmes – who next year will be studying Midwifery and Radiography respectively, so this could be their last occasion for showcasing this their favourite activity before professional preoccupations take over their lives. Where, for a tiny few a school performance will be just a blur in the memory in the context of a lifetime of professional stage and screen appearances, for the majority their school performance will shine in their memory for ever as their lives move on, out of the encouraging and protective framework of the school. Well done and thank you to everyone for a fabulous evening!! Social Sciences Support Timetable KS5 Maths Revision Timetable