November 2013

EXAMINATIONS We have a dedicated page for exams information on the school website. please click here to visit the page. We hope you will find it very useful. In additional to seasonal information you and your child will find documents from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) which includes all of the regulations pertaining to examinations. November 2013 Series Examination Results – GCSE Maths, English and BTEC Science results will be available on 9th January 2014. December 2013 Year 9, 10 and 11 Trial Exams Year 9, 10 and 11 students have trial exams during the last two weeks of term in December. Parents can expect a letter to be emailed to them during November. If you have not received this information by the end of November please contact the Exams Officer. Please click here for the link for the Trial Exam Timetable. June 2014 Examination Series – Resits 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 here 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. WINNER OF ‘BEST MEMBER OF SCHOOL STAFF 2013’ – SUTTON COLDFIELD LOCAL COMMUNITY AWARDS Our school mission statement is ‘Making a difference’ and Elaine Johnson (Senior Learning Mentor), lives and breathes this ethos every minute of every day. Elaine is our school’s full time Learning Mentor, a role essential in an ever changing world fraught with emotional burdens for both families and children. The difference she has made to so many of our children lives has manifested itself in their successes. To name but a few; Elaine ensured a child who was emergency rehoused had a bus pass and was provided with breakfast every day, as well as being his significant person in his life emotionally. She has supported a single parent in a housing crisis to apply on line for social housing. She has collected children from their home early in the morning to provide them with breakfast and a social group to ensure a positive start for their day; and on a daily basis works in class with a group of disaffected boys supporting them with their learning and ensuring they achieve their very best. Elaine facilitates a parent group to provide support, networking and signposting opportunities for hard to reach groups; and daily provides an additional lunchtime provision inside for identified children to access a quiet, social environment. The difference that Elaine has made to a huge number of our children from age 3 to 11 has been vital to their emotional growth and self esteem, as well as being a pivotal figure in the life of many of our parents who have Elaine as a source of opportunity and an approachable, supportive professional. Mere Green Primary count our blessings to have such an amazing professional on our staff who always puts others first, and works tirelessly to ‘make a difference’. We all owe Elaine a huge thank you for her dedication and her drive and passion. Elaine is ‘Mrs Team Mere Green’! YEAR 10 ETHICS AND PHILOSOPHY REVISION SESSIONS Session 1 – 7th November – Intro to exam styles Family Life Session 2 – 18th November – Contraception Session 3 – 3rd December – Sex and Marriage Session 4 – 16th December – Divorce Session 5 – 9th January – Homosexuality Session 6 – 22nd January – Why people believe in God – Upbringing and religious experiences Session 7 – 4th February – Why people believe in God – design and cause arguments Session 8 – 25th February – Why people do not believe in God – evil and suffering, unanswered prayers and scientific explanations of the world Session 9 – 13th March – Christian responses to the issues mentioned above Session 10 – 27th March – Media and Belief in God GCSE DRAMA EXAMS: Tuesday 19th November Wednesday 20th November Thursday 21st November All at 5.30 pm in room DS1 or B1.4. Tickets are £1 and can be purchased through your child’s subject teacher. Any queries please contact Mrs Wadsworth, Subject Leader of Drama at BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL OF ACTING WORKSHOP On Friday 15th November Year 13 Theatre Studies students will be taking part in a workshop with Birmingham School of Acting. The workshop is during one of their drama lessons and gives students the opportunity to experience the work and opportunities of the BA Applied Performance Course and an opportunity to ask any questions regarding the programme and possible careers. It will also help students creativity and knowledge in preparation for their upcoming Devised exam. YEAR 11 DANCE A/A* Group and Step To Success Group Lunch Meetings: Monday 18th November Monday 25th November Monday 9th December Students may have additional time if they wish, they just need to book in with Miss Beech and/or their 6th form mentor. Students may bring their lunch with them and should bring leggings to work practically. DRESS FOR THE COLD WEATHER! Thank you for all your support in ensuring that students arrive to school in full uniform. Autumn is here and winter approaches. Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather that we have currently experienced and will have to endure over the next few months. When the weather is very cold extra layers under shirts are advisable. Hoodies are sometimes worn as coats, we request these are not worn. They are not waterproof and therefore not suitable outer wear. Canvas shoes are also not advisable and not recommended school footwear. They are certainly not appropriate in cold, wet weather so we kindly request that you ensure that your child is wearing suitable shoes. Similarly, as we are just a small island in the Atlantic we do tend to get our fair share of rain! In order that your child is comfortable and dry, we request that your child is wearing a suitable coat that is waterproof on rainy days; umbrellas are also a good idea. YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE 2014 Work Experience next year will commence on Monday 30th June – Friday 11th July 2014 inclusive. Whether your child leaves at the end of Year 11 or continues at Arthur Terry in the Sixth Form they will inevitably decide on a career path and work experience can sometimes help young people with that decision making process. Work experience is mandatory and forms part of the curriculum in year 10, but more than that it gives young people an opportunity to find out what it’s like to go to work. Expectations for students and for employers vary greatly but students who benefit the most are the ones who are able to secure placements in an environment which is completely different to school presenting new and different challenges. Communication between school, the employer and yourselves is vital to make this work best for your child. In the meantime you are strongly recommended to encourage and support your child with securing a work placement by approaching employers as soon as possible. We have spoken to all of the students in year 9 during an assembly where they have been given a booklet to help with the process, a copy of which is available; to see a copy please Click here. This year the school has set a deadline for finding a placement as Friday 20th December 2013. Please submit your child’s work experience by completing the on-line form which has been emailed home to you. Reminders will be sent out on a regular basis via email. If you would prefer a paper copy please contact Mrs Humphrey’s. If you are having difficulty finding a placement or have any queries please contact Jane Humphrey’s on or 0121 323 2221 (ext. 2227). WINTER CONCERT The Winter Concert will be taking place at Arthur Terry on Thursday 12th December at 7:00 pm. Tickets will be going on sale in two weeks time. ARTHUR TERRY SIXTH FORM AND STAFF POETRY GROUP – TUESDAY LUNCHTIMES The Shadowing Scheme introduced students to the best new poetry and allows them to read and develop their critical faculties by shadowing the judges. Two poems from each of the shortlisted collections will be available to download from the PBS website at Individual students can enter by writing a 500 word rationale for their choice of poet, explaining, on the basis of the sample poems, why they think that poet should win. The rationale should be sent by email to by 16th December. Students can also take part in the nationwide student poll, by recording their individual choice on the emagazine webtsite. The winner of the students writing competition will: – Win three tickets to both the T S Eliot Prize Readings and the Award Ceremony, – Receive a full set of all 10 shortlisted collections, – Win a year’s subscription to emagazine and a year’s membership of the Poetry Book Society, – Have their rationale published in emagazine and on the PBS website, Two runners up will have their rationale published in emagazine and win a year’s subscription to the magazine. CHARTWELLS CATERING Chartwells Catering have a vacancy for a General Assistant to work 25 hours per week, occasional overtime, September through to the end of May, Nil hours contract. The role will cover general catering duties and would also be required to operate a cashless till (training will be provided). Previous catering experience preferred but not essential as training will be given. We are looking for a reliable person who is able to work well in a busy environment, must have good customer service skills and be able to work well as part of a team. Please contact Julie Teale for further information at SUTTON COLDFIELD YOUTH VOICES Love to sing? Enjoy performing on the stage? Want to develop and stretch your vocal skills further? We need you! SCYV meets every Monday from 4.30-6pm at Four Oaks Primary School, and is aimed at students 13-18. We work towards several performances each year, including festivals and competitions. We also contribute to an annual CD. Our repertoire is wide and varied, and want to recruit further members from January. Subscriptions cost £25 per term. To find out more, visit or contact Richard Jeffries on 07736 318 340, or Liz Birch on 07716 305033 FOUR OAKS CLUSTER CHOIR November sees both choirs helping to raise money for the NSPCC. Firstly the Training Choir perform at Bishop Vesey School on Friday 22nd November at 7:15 pm, along with Sutton Coldfield Youth Voices. Tickets are now on sale for £5.00 and there will be opportunities to purchase raffle tickets too. On Saturday 30th November, the Four Oaks Cluster Choir perform at Birmingham’s ICC in an event organised by the NSPCC called the Festival of Trees. This takes place from 4:00-5:00 pm and includes the big switch on and special guests. The Annual Christmas Concert will be on Wednesday 4th December at Lichfield Cathedral at 7:15 pm. Both the Training Choir and Four Oaks Cluster Choir will be taking part and this also features all the combined school choirs from the cluster of schools we work in, as well as the Cluster Orchestra and Staffordshire Band. Tickets are £5.00. Family Christmas Concert on Sunday 15th December at Sutton Town Hall at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm. It is always a special event and includes performances by the Sutton Coldfield Orchestra and the Sutton Musical Theatre Company. These concerts sell out very fast. Tickets are £10.00 and £4.00 (11 years old and under) and are available to order now. If you would like to find out more about the Choirs or the Orchestra, please contact us through the website: or alternatively contact the musical directors: Richard Jeffries on 07736318340 or Liz Birch on 07716305033.