November Newsletter

Welcome to the November Newsletter We would like to thank parents and carers for all your support in ensuring that our students are arriving to school dressed so smartly in full school uniform. This year has seen the introduction of the new year 7 school skirt which has been really well received by staff, students and parents – its great to see the students looking so smart! As we are now starting to experience some inclement weather we request that you please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the colder and wetter weather. When the weather is very cold, extra layers under shirts are advisable and students should be wearing an outside coat to keep warm and dry. We request that hoodies are NOT worn; they are not waterproof and are therefore not suitable outer wear and hence are not part of our school uniform. In order to keep warm, students are of course permitted to wear a jumper under their blazers but the jumper must be an official school jumper with the Arthur Terry logo and must not replace the blazer. Students also need to wear appropriate footwear to keep feet warm and dry. Canvas shoes should not be worn as they are not appropriate in cold, wet weather so we kindly request that you ensure that your child is wearing suitable shoes. As always, Sixth form students should not wear blue jeans to school and should clearly display their lanyard. In very wet weather, we would recommend that all students walking to school bring an umbrella to protect them from the rain. We very much appreciate your support in this matter so that our students remain warm, dry and comfortable during the school day. Let’s hope the next few months are not too cold and wet! Mr Gannon Mrs Oliver Mr Hanlon Mrs Hurn Head of Hereford Head of Gloucester Head of Lincoln Head of York ————————————————————————————————————- Our Teaching School Alliance is now recruiting motivated graduates and career changers who would like join our training programme in 2016-17. We have primary and secondary places available in a range of subject areas, and for the first time this year we are able to offer part time salaried training routes in Maths and Physics for career changers balancing other commitments. There are excellent benefits of being an Associate Teacher within our Teaching School Alliance:- Excellent employability – last year 100% of our trainee teachers secured jobs both within our Teaching School Alliance and further afield. A highly personalised programme enabling 100% of our trainee teachers to be rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ A supportive programme of ‘on-the-job’ training based in outstanding departments in a range of schools complimented by Friday training sessions. Local placements, where possible close to your home Subject Knowledge enhancement courses for those who need to brush up on their subject knowledge We offer prospective trainees the opportunity to undertake school experience and find out more about the programme and we have an open evening scheduled for Wednesday November 11th 6pm – 8pm at the Arthur Terry School . Please come along or get in contact if you would like more information. Website: Contact: Tel: 0121 323 1128 ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Travelling by train We are very fortunate to have a train station so close to school. This helps to provide convenient travel to school for many of our students. The Arthur Terry School work closely with the British Transport Police to ensure the safety of our students when using this form of transportation. In support of their work, we have been asked to communicate the following to parents and students. Students travelling by train must ensure that they purchase a train ticket for their journey, before boarding the service. If the ticket office is closed, students must obtain a permit to travel, from the machine at the station, by paying the ticket fare. This alerts the railway staff the station travelled from. Students who are unable to do either should board the service or find the train guard, who will sell them a ticket. Failure to do this could result in students being issued with a Penalty Fare Notice, PFN. This is normally a £20 fine or twice the single fare, whatever is the greater. The train guard may ask students to record their name and address on a piece of paper, in order to issue the ticket. If false details are provided, this is an offence of travel fraud, which is a criminal matter and will be dealt with by the Police. The British Transport Police are keen to ensure the safety and security of passengers travelling by train. There is a text number 61016, which can notify them of any anti-social behaviour witnessed whilst travelling by train, this can be done discreetly. If students wish to speak to an officer they can contact 0800 40 50 40, or in an emergency 999. We thank students for their co-operation in supporting the British Transport Police in helping everyone to travel safety. Heads of School —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Arthur Terry Sixth Form Dress Code Parent Consultation The Sixth Form dress code has long been a subject for discussion and disagreement. With the change to Sixth Form tutor groups next year, we are considering bringing in a new dress code, introducing a smarter look for our Sixth Form students, which should be easy to wear and affordable for everyone as well as improve the perception of our students in the community. It also means there would be less worry when deciding what to wear every day and less cost involved over the course of the two years in Sixth Form. We would like to have your opinions on this potential change. Please click on the hyperlink below to complete a brief survey : Please CLICK HERE to complete the survey Thank you. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— EXAMINATIONS Remember we share lots of information on the exams section of the school website: 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. EXAM ASSEMBLIES Exam assemblies will take place as follows: YEAR 9 – Tuesday 24 November YEAR 10 – Wednesday 25 November YEAR 11 – Thursday 26 November TRIAL EXAMS GCSE Level trial exams will be taking place 3 – 18 December inclusive. Further details and the timetable is available on the exams section of the school website In order to maintain a strong work ethic amongst students during the trial exams, there will be no study leave. This will provide them will excellent revision opportunities with their subject teachers prior to trial exams. During these exams students will return to their timetabled lessons when they are not in exams. Further information to follow regarding afternoon finishing time. Trial exams result may determine students’ level of entry for their Summer exams. Therefore we would ask for your support to ensure your child is fully prepared for their trial examinations. 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 page 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, fizzy or coloured 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. RE-SITS – AS/A Level AS/A Level re-sits will be available in the Summer 2016 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 when full payment has been made. ParentPay is the preferred method of payment and the receipt must be submitted with the re-sit form to the Exams Office. Please note cash cannot be accepted. A2 General Studies (Year 13) Students will only be entered for A2 General Studies if they achieved Grade ‘D’ or above at AS in 2014/2015 (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 £22.50 per unit. CERTIFICATES – Summer 2015 School returners, i.e. current years 11, 12 and 13 are to collect their certificates from the exam office, B2.11, before school, during tutor time, break time or lunch time only as follows: GLOUCESTER – Monday 23 November HEREFORD – Tuesday 24 November LINCOLN – Wednesday 25 November YORK – Thursday 26 November —————————————————————————————————————– NETBALL RESULTS ARTHUR TERRY 4 – 0 SUTTON GIRLS ARTHUR TERRY 13 – 0 JOHN WILMOTT ARTHUR TERRY 3 – 6 SUTTON GIRLS ARTHUR TERRY 4 – 2 PLANTSBROOK ARTHUR TERRY 3 – 0 FAIRFAX ARTHUR TERRY 6 – 0 PLANTSBROOK 2 ARTHUR TERRY 8 – 0 BISHOP WALSH CONGRATULATIONS TO – ELLEY CRIDDLE, ELLOISE STAIRMAND, SOPHIE WILCOX, SOPHIE WESTLAKE, SUMMER NORTHOVER, KATIE GUEST, ANTONINA LATINO KELLY, FRANCESCA PIMLOTT, EMMA POUTNEY, MADDY SHELTON ————————————————————————————————————- Student leaders – November update Hi all! It’s Lola Sherwin, media manager for the student leaders, here with our November update for you all. October was a busy month for the Junior Leadership Group, with our assemblies, new applications, and decisions on our new focuses for the academic year. This month I’m going to fill you in on what we’ve got coming up for this half term. Following our successful week of JLG assemblies towards the end of the last half term, we received lots of applications in response to our campaign to recruit student leaders, which was great to see! During the first week of the new half term, Mrs Meade will be sending out letters to all successful applicants, so make sure to keep an eye out for them. It will be lovely to have some new faces on board! On the second Tuesday back at school, the JLG will be meeting with the leadership group to discuss our progress and what we hope to achieve over the coming few months. I’ll bring everyone up to date with what is discussed in the meeting when the December newsletter is published, as it is important that you all know how we are working to meet the individual committee aims. Also, I thought it would be good to remind everyone that the Student Development Committee will be focusing on stereotyping tolerance, so there will be a big push on that this year. It is an important issue which we need to tackle, as nobody should be made to feel like they are worth any less than anyone else. We have to remember that everyone is equal, and therefore everyone should be treated with the same respect, it’s not fair to judge someone on their background, because you never know what someone has gone through to get to where they are today. And finally, I’d like to welcome Mr Johal to the Teaching Learning Committee, we hope he will be a key part in achieving the TL Committee’s aim of improving the school’s resources. Thanks for reading! ——————————————————————————————————————– Year 9 GCSE RS Trip to Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Walsall ‘The Gurdwara was fascinating and I would love to visit again in future!’ – Year 9 student Over four days the whole of Year 9 visited the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Walsall and as Sikhism forms a major part of their GCSE in RS visiting a Gurdwara to see the faith in action was a must. Students were given a tour around the building and told about Sikh history, culture and beliefs; they observed the worshippers at prayer and listened to the traditional ragas and sacred songs; all students were also offered hospitality in the Langar hall (Sikh kitchen and dining room) where many sampled the traditional foods on offer. The students were respectful and were an asset to the school! Many very much enjoyed their visit and one commented: ‘The bit I liked the most was when we went into the dining room and tried their food. It was delicious!’ The RE Team ————————————————————————————————————- Little Shop of Horrors The Performing Arts department are happy to announce that next years show will be Little Shop of Horrors, which will open on Thursday 10th March and run for two weeks! Mere Green Christmas Fayre – Friday 27th November starting at 2.45pm