November 2014

New School Website We are very excited to have launched our new website this term! Please click here to access the new site The website will look very different from the last, but we are sure that you find it informative and easy to navigate your way around. Much of the information available will remain the same with important information regarding Pupil Premium, Parent Pay, Parent View and School Governors, but you can also view some our Department Blogs which provides you with up to date information in some of our faculties. Please be sure to access the website regularly to check the school calendar of events (which can be found under ‘parents’) will include upcoming trips, parents evenings, training days and so much more. The website also has links to to here, our school newsletter and the Arthur Terry News Centre which celebrates all the fantastic achievements that take place here in school . Social Sciences Music The Music department is thriving with lots of bands and groups on throughout the week. We feel there are lots of pupils who are out there who could get involved. We’d love to see you! Monday Lunchtime: Choir String Group Wednesday Lunchtime: Concert Band . After School: Funk band Friday Lunchtime: Jazz band GCSE Music ​We would urge all of Year 11 and 10 students to obtain a CGP revision guide. The correct one can be located at the following link:​ EXAMINATIONS Remember please see the exams section on the school website for up to date information: 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. DECEMBER 2014 – YEAR 9, 10 and 11 TRIAL EXAMS GCSE trial exams for Year 9, 10 and 11 will be taking place Wednesday 3 – Friday 19 December inclusive, please follow the link below for further information: Parents can expect a letter to be emailed to them during November There will be no study leave. Students will return to their timetabled lessons when they are not in exams EXCEPT year 11 students will be allowed home if they have an afternoon exam finishing during Period 5 (2.25 – 3.25 pm) Trial exams result may determine students’ level of entry for the Summer exams. Year 11 students will finish school for the Christmas holidays at 11.10 am on Thursday 18 December UNLESS they have a Food Technology exam on the afternoon of Thursday 18 December and/or an RE exam on Friday 19 December. Students who have missed a Trial Exam will be expected to sit the missed exam on the morning of Friday 19 December. The exams will be conducted according to the procedures set out by the Examination Boards. This is so students are familiar with the correct procedure in the summer. A copy of the JCQ guidelines can be found on the JCQ Exam Notices Please ensure your child is familiar with the regulations in particular the following document, information for written exams: Equipment should be carried in a clear pencil case. There will be no spare equipment available for students to use. Students must use a black ink or ballpoint pen for all exams (gel pens are not permitted) and under no circumstances should mobile phones be taken to the exam desks. No food or fizzy drinks are permitted in the exam room, and candidates are not expected to need to leave the exam room to use the toilet during individual exams. If necessary, water can be brought in a clear, unlabelled bottle, which should be kept under the exam desk. SUMMER 2015 EXAMINATION SERIES – AS/A Level Re-sits AS/A Level re-sits are available in the Summer 2015 exam series; the re-sit form is available on the school website: Please note that re-sit forms will only be accepted with subject leader signature and full payment. If payment is made by ParentPay the receipt must be submitted with the re-sit form to the Exams Office. A2 General Studies (Year 13) Students will only be entered for A2 General Studies if they achieved Grade ‘D’ or above at AS in 2013/2014 (Year 12). If students who received ‘E’ or ‘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 £22 per unit. Sutton Coldfield Youth Voices win competition to perform with world-class singer This local youth choir, which is made up of local students aged 13-18, has won a competition to perform at the LG arena as part of Andrea Bocelli’s UK tour, in front of 16,000 people. The choir entered the competition in August when video footage was sent off showing the ensemble performing at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod earlier this year. It was announced at the end of October that Sutton Coldfield Youth Voices was chosen to be the star’s chorus for part of his performance. The choir is so exited to be taking part in such a high-profile performance – and one that is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They are working hard to learn pieces in Latin and Italian in time for the performance on Friday 21st November. the group has several members from the Athur Terry School and is always looking for talented singers to join. Find out more here: The ‘Sutton Coldfield Choirs’ umbrella has groups and ensembles for all ages – of which the Youth Voices is a part. Find out about all our choirs here: KS3 Christmas Show Please come along, everyone is welcome. The show starts at 4.30pm on the 12th December. There will be mince pies and hot drinks available but please do wrap up warm! Finance Payment deadlines: Yr 7 Aberdovey – final payment due 14th Nov Struggle for Identity – AQA English – 17th Nov Spain/France 2015 – final payment due 28th Nov Marking and Assessment SCITT PLACES Applications to train to teach on our SCITT course opened last week. We have places in all subjects for a September 2015 start, and applications can be made through UCAS. For more information please visit or email Y7 and Y12 Settling in Week Students in Year 7 and our new Year 12 joiners should of by now received appointment letters from their tutors inviting parents/carers to attend ‘Settling in Meetings’ after school next week. Appointments will take place between Monday 17th and Friday 21st November from 3.45 – 5.45pm. Hereford Charity Day On Wednesday, Hereford held their annual Charity Day and was a great success. The amount raised is yet to be confirmed, but all proceeds will be shared between two worthy charities – Helping Harry Help Others and The Kelly Smith Appeal. Junior Leadership Group The newly appointed Junior Leadership Group is now well under way with work all ready taking place. Exciting times for all our Student Leaders here at Arthur Terry. Please click here to access their website