May 2012

ARTHUR TERRY: AN ACADEMY FROM 1st MAY 2012. Check out our web site next week for a letter from our Chair of Governors. Reminders Summer 2012 Examinations Provisional examination timetables for the Summer 2012 Examinations have been distributed to all students. If you are concerned your child does not have their timetable or there is an error on their timetable please ask them to go to the Data Office, B3.9. Summer 2012 external exams start 11th May and finish 27th June 2012. Please click here for further information. Please ensure that students have the appropriate equipment for their exams, for example calculator, maths equipment and a BLACK ink pen or ballpoint pen. Sixth form students are expected dress smartly for their exams, failure to do so may result in them not being permitted entry into the exam hall. Please note trainers, flip flops, sportswear including hoodies, shorts, crop tops etc are NOT appropriate. It is recommended that students do not bring mobile telephones with them when they have an examination timetabled, however if students need their phones they must be turned off with the battery removed for the duration of the examination, alternatively students can hand their phones in at the start of the exam. The school can take no responsibility in the possibility of loss or damage. Exam Clashes If a student has more than one examination scheduled on the same date at the same time and the exams TOTAL length are longer than 3 hours they will receive a letter with further instructions. Revision Calendar Please click here for the revision calendar for Years 10 and 11 for sessions running before and after school. Maths Revision Due to staff availability pupils need to see their Maths teacher to find out when their revision session will be taking place. Year 10 Philosophy and Ethics Examination, 15th May All students have been given revision guides but they can also be accessed by clicking here Revision sessions are being held on the dates below: Tuesday 8th May 12:45-13:15 C1.9/10 Marriage Family Wed 9th May As Tuesday Believing in God Thursday 10th May As Tuesday Life Death Friday 11th May As Tuesday Social Cohesion Monday 14th May As Tuesday Sikh views and ideas on all topics Monday 14th May 3:30-4:30pm C1.9/10 Any topic! EXAM DAY Tuesday 15th May Pre-school from 8am in C1.9 Lunchtime session in DS 2 (Drama Studio under the sixth form centre) from 12:35pm Any topic! Heads of School Director of Sixth Form The exam season begins on Friday 11th May and ends on Wednesday 27th June. We would like to wish all our students in Years 9-13 every success in their exams. Please encourage them to revise in a suitable environment at home and to seek support from their teachers if needed. The exam timetable for each Year group is available on the school web-site. Year 11 study leave starts on Thursday 31st May at 3.25pm, they must wear usual school uniform for all of their examinations and are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes early, i.e. 8:45am for a morning exam and 12:45pm for an afternoon exam. Year 12 study leave starts on Friday 11th May at 3.25pm and they then return for Enrichment Day on Monday 11th June. Year 13 study leave starts on Thursday 17th May and Leavers Celebrations are on Friday 18th May at 10.00am. Collecting Exam Results Year 12 13 A Level results will be available on Thursday 16th August at 10.00am in the School Hall. Year 11 GCSE results will be available on Thursday 23rd August at 10.00am in the School Hall Results can only be given to the student directly or someone can collect on behalf of a student if they have full written permission. Year 9 10 GCSE module results will be given to students on their return in September. Proms Year 11 Prom is on Thursday 28th June 7-11pm at Drayton Manor Park Year 13 Prom is on Saturday, 30th June at The Orange Studios in central Birmingham Thank you, Heads of School and Director of Sixth Form Holidays and Trips During School Term Time Time off in school time is not a right. In special or exceptional circumstances Headteachers can allow a small amount of time out of school. Special or exceptional circumstances do not include the following: · Availability of cheaper holidays · Availability of desired accomodation · Poor weather in school holidays · Overlap with the beginning or the end of term It is not true that students can “catch up” · Research shows that by missing lessons, pupils soon fall behind · Lessons they miss are not repeated at a later date. It is not true that you are entitled to 10 days extras holiday a year – SCHOOLS ARE QUITE WITHIN THEIR RIGHT TO SAY THAT HOLIDAYS IN TERM TIME ARE NOT ALLOWED Parents who take their children out school during term time without the Headteachers permission risk being issued with a penalty notice or being taken to court. The Arthur terry school is governed by strict Local authority guidelines with regard to authorising such absences and will continue to be guided by the local authority and current legislation with regard to Holidays in term time. School cannot prevent you from taking your holiday however, parents should be aware that the absence unless authorised by the Headteacher will be recorded as a period of unauthorised absence. Uniform As the weather begins to improve, please be aware that the school uniform includes blazers and ties for Years 7 to 10 and polo shirts and sweatshirts for Year 11. Whilst we may decide to have ‘blazer- off’ days, students are expected to come to school in full school uniform everyday. Sixth form dress code is still business wear during the summer term. Annual Census – Service Children The annual schools census requires us to report on all parents with children in state schools in England whose parents are serving in the armed forces. The Annual Schools Census does not link names to data so there will not be any security risk to families when completing the census return to indicate a Service child. If your child is a service child with parents serving in the armed forces please inform the school by email to There is no need to reply unless this affects you. For those that do reply you are assured that this data will be kept secure. Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions Training Dates Bronze Assessed Expedition – Stratford area – 16th-17th June 2012 (Students will travel by coach from Arthur Terry) Silver Assessed Gold Expedition – Snowdonia – 5th-9th July 2012 Year 10 Work Experience Once you have found a placement please submit all of the details online via the school website by clicking on the Work Experience Iink, complete the form and press submit. If you are having difficulty finding a placement or have any queries please contact Lucy Meade on Year 12 and Year 13 Students need to make sure they are checking both school emails and the 6th Form Blog for information about any Apprenticeships and Job or Career Opportunities which school receives. Students should check the notice board in the 6th Form Centre for the details of 11 apprenticeship opportunities which have been advertised. Click the link below for more details. Year 11 Prom This will take place on Thursday 28th June 2012 at Drayton Manor Park, Tower Suite, Staffordshire. Students have received their invitations to purchase a Prom ticket for £20.00, these can still be purchased as the deadline for payment has been extended. Yearbook The deadline for purchasing a copy of the Year 11 Yearbook has passed and it is now currently being printed. It will be available for collection at reception on Thursday 24th May for students. Battlefields Trip Year 8 students attending the Battlefields Trip 2012 will be invited along with parents to a Pre Departure meeting taking place on Monday 28th May 2012 at 5:30pm to give final pieces of information, such as a contact telephone number at the centre and to allow us to collect in any outstanding documents. Please ensure that your child’s Personal Information (containing emergency contact details) and Code of Conduct Forms are completed and returned to Mrs S Humphries in the School Office by Friday 11th May. Payment Deadlines 25th May – Year 8 France Trip final payment of £155.00 28th May – Year 7 Lichfield Cathedral (Gloucester and Hereford students) payment of £7.00 31st May – Year 9 Ullswater payment of £71.00 The Arthur Terry Times The Spring Edition is available here. Hockey Every Monday at 4:00-5:00pm for Years 7, 8 and 9 boys and girls. Want to learn a new sport? Need another GCSE sport? Need to learn a new skill for Duke of Edinburgh? Want to improve your fitness levels? Why not come along on Monday. Contact Miss Romaine for further details.
Trampoling Club Every Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm for all Year 8. Contact Miss Morgan for further details. Lost Property and Valuable Items Another reminder that PE kits will not be accepted after the start of the school day. Unclaimed items will remain in lost property until half term, after which they will be disposed of. Please be advised that valuable items brought in by students are at their own risk and the school will not be held responsible for them. PTA Quiz Night Four Oaks Children’s Centre Activities Timetable From May 2012 Call 0121 323 1121 for more information or to book. * subsidised charge ** full charge Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday New Birth Registrations 11:00-1:00pm Four Oaks Medical Centre 07584233492 Toy Library “Stop and Try” 9:00-12:00pm Loan of toys* Cluster Room, Mere Green School 07824365980 Four Oaks Childminding Group and First Steps Network* 9:45-11:15am All Saints Church 07596241627 Toy Library “Stop and Try” Loan of toys* 1:30-5:30pm Mere Green Cluster Room, Mere Green School Baby Signing* 9:45-10:15am The Hub, Mere Gre en Next 6 week course – 11th May 07596241627 “Family Guys” Dads and Kids Sports and More 10:00-11:30am 10:00-11:30am Arthur Terry School Cost £1.50 per family Sat 26th May Sat 30 June Family Support Pop In 9:30-11:00am The Hub, Mere Green 07584233492 Bumps Babies* 9:00-10:30am Four Oaks Pre School Playgroup 0121 353 7212 Milk Bar Breastfeeding Support 10:00-11:30am The Hub, Mere Green Community Centre Four Oaks Toddler Group 1:15-3:15pm Four Oaks Pre School Playgroup 07811468790 Pyjama Drama ** 9:30-11:30am Weekly ages 2-5 years Arthur Terry School 07875237361 for details Terrific Tuesdays During school holiday times Call for more info 0121 323 1121 New Birth Registrations 10:00am-12:00pm Leyhill Surgery 07584233492 Aquarius Alcohol and addiction support at the Hub Fortnightly 2:00-5:00pm 0121 622 2165 Parenting Courses Newhall Children’s Centre (0121 464 5170) Triple P plus creche June 2012 First Aid Courses* Save a Baby’s Life parents of babies under 1 yr old and parents-to-be Sat 30 June Call to book 0121 323 1121 ENTA Employment Support 1:00-2:00pm at The Hub, Mere Green Community Centre 2:30-3:30pm at New Hall Children’s Centre Midwives Postnatal Group 1;30-3:00pm Mere Green Community Centre Yoga Bugs Ages 1-3 years Cluster Room, Mere Green School 10:00-11:00am Emma 07785522550 Baby Sensory Coming soon!! Young Parents Group 1:30-3:00pm The Hub, Mere Green Community Centre NCT Early Days 6 week course Starts 25 April 10:00-1:00pm at The Hub, Mere Green Contact 08446873 to book or for more information Parents with Prospects 20 week course (for parents aged 16-24 years) 10:00-2:00pm The Hub, Mere Green Start date tbc Contact 0121 323 1121 Weaning Group with Health Visitors (by appt) The Hub, Mere Green 10:00-11:00am Every Fourth Tues monthly Call 07584233492 Grandparents Coffee Afternoon 1:30-3:00pm Every Fourth Tues monthly Toddler Club 9:45-11:45am All Saints Church 0121308 5002 Baby Toddler 9:30-11:30am Four Oaks Methodist Church 0121 682 6385 Parent Toddler 9:30-11:30am Mere Green 0-5 Pre School 0121 464 6910 Parent Toddler 9:30-11:30am Four Oaks Methodist Church 0121 682 6385 Parent Toddler 9:30-11:30am Mere Green 0-5 Pre School Staged @ Drama Club at Arthur Terry School NCT Antenatal Classes Mere Green Community Centre 0844 243 6054 Pre School Praise 2:30pm St James Church Rhythm Time All Saints Parish Church 10:00am Babies 10:40am Toddlers Call 07823550321 Little Sutton Toddlers 1:45-3:10pm Four Oaks Baptist Church 0121 241 8831 Pop in and Play 9:30-11:30am St James Church Bollywood Dance Classes at Arthur Terry School Sunday Club Four Oaks Methodist Church Children of all ages 10:30am Buggy Walking 11:00am SE Fitness at Wyndley Leisure Centre Call 07788628755 Rhythm Time Mere Green Community Centre 07823550321 Jo Jingles 1:00-2:00pm Four Oaks Primary School 01922 420878 NCT Antenatal Classes Harvest Fields Centre 08442436054 Sunday Club St James Church Ages 4-12 years 10:00am NCT Antenatal Classes Mere Green Community Cente 08442436054 Tumble Tots Various classes Mere Green Community Centre 07969675444 Jo Jingles 2:15pm Whitehouse Common School 01922420878 Rhythm Time Mere Green Community Centre 9:50am Pre School 10:30am and 11:15am Toddlers Call 07823550321 Rhythm Time Mere Green Community Centre 1:20pm Toddlers 2:00pm Babies Fun Art for Toddlers (ages 2-4 years) 10:00-11:30am Mere Green Community Centre 0121 464 6910 Tumble Tots Various Classes Mere Green Community Centre 07969675444 Fun Art for Toddlers (ages 2-4 years) 10:00-11:30am Mere Green Community Centre 0121 464 6910 Triple P Parenting course at New Hall This course was previously advertised as starting in April, however this has now been postponed until June. We will be in touch as soon as we have a confirmed start date. Family Guys Our next Family Guys session, for Dads, Grandads and Uncles and their children aged 3-11 years, is on Saturday 26th May, from 10.00am -11.30am. There will now be a small charge for this session of £1.50 per family, cash payable on the day please. Yogabugs (for children walking to pre school age) Don’t miss these special offers for our Yogabugs sessions happening at Mere Green School (Toy Library room) on Thursday mornings 10.00am – 10.30am:- · Childminders pay for one child but can bring up to three · Siblings come free · Recommend a friend and receive a free lesson You can reserve your place, and get more details, at Other information As a Children’s Centre we receive lots of information about other events going on in the area which may be of interest to you, our families. I have summarised some of the recent ones here. Please note that Four Oaks Children’s Centre are not affiliated with these providers and activities, but are merely passing the information on. · Oxfam ‘Birth Rights’ campaigning event at Good Hope Hospital on Friday 11 May, 2pm – 4pm. To raise awareness in the local community of the conditions of maternity care in third world countries. For more information contact Adriana at Oxfam Midlands on 0121 634 3611 / 07931 596900 / email: · Baby Children Market – Saturday 23 June at Harvest Fields Centre, Sutton Coldfield. The opportunity for parents to buy and sell quality pre-loved baby and children’s items for ages up to 6 years. Details: · Top Score UK – Early Years Activity Centre. New activities including Little Feet (dancing), Gymfants (gymnastics) and Mini Kickers (football skills) for children aged 2-5. Call 01827 896115 for more details or see We look forward to seeing you and your family soon. Four Oaks Cluster and Children’s Centre Administrator We Are Collecting Tesco And Sainsbury Vouchers Please hand any that you have into the School Reception. Many thanks Dates for your Diary 4th May – Year 13 Study Leave begins at 3:25pm 7th May – Bank Holiday 8th May – PTA meeting at 7:15-9:00pm 8th May – Year 7 Parents Evening (Core) at 5:00-7:30pm 10th May – Year 7 Parents Evening (Options) at 5:00-7:30pm 11th May – Year 12 Last day in lessons 11th May – Exam Season Starts 14th May – 11th June – Year 12 Study Leave 14th May – Year 12 Start of UCAS Application Review 14th May – Sports Leadership (Frisbee) at Coppice School 17th May – Year 13 Last day in lessons 17th May – North and South Birmingham Schools Athletics Trials at 12:15pm, Solihull Track 18th May – Year 13 Leavers Assembly and Fancy Dress BBQ 21st May – Sports Leadership (Frisbee) at Coppice School 28th May – Battlefields Pre Departure Meeting at 5:30-6:00pm 28th May – ASDAN Group at 9:00-13:30pm 30th May – Year 11 Last day in lessons 30th May – Year 11 study leave begins at 3:25pm 31st May – Year 7 Lichfield Cathedral (Gloucester Hereford) 1st-4th June – Battlefields Trip 4th June – Spring Bank Holiday 5th-8th June – School Closed 10th June – Great Midlands Fun Run 11th June – Back to School 11th June – Year 12 Enrichment Day 12th June – PTA Meeting at 7:15-9:00pm 12th June – Year 8 Participation in Teenage Debate at 9 :00-12:00 Summer Term 2012 Monday, 16th April – Friday, 1st June Half Term: Monday, 4th – Friday, 8th June Monday, 11th June – Thursday, 19th July Main Summer Break: Friday, 20th July – Monday, 3th September (Training day) Tuesday, 4th September (Year 7 and 12 Induction) and Wednesday 5th September (Remaining students). Term Dates Subject to Training days