October 2014

Sixth Form News The Arthur Terry Sixth Form Open Evening is on Wednesday 15th October 2014 from 6.00-8.00pm. We look forward to seeing Year 11 students there and giving them an idea of what post 16 study will be like. The entry criteria for 2015 is a minimum of 7 A*-C grades including English Language and Maths as well as some further specific criteria for certain subjects. Sixth Form Reminders May we take this opportunity to remind our sixth formers that the dress code states clothes that are appropriate for life in a 11-18 school and that you should be setting the example to younger members of the school. In particular we would remind you that blue jeans are not allowed and you may be sent home to change should you come to school wearing them. Lanyards will be issued to Year 12 and Year 13 next week. The expectation is that all sixth form students wear them at all times when on the school premises for safeguarding reasons. Finally, we would like to remind you that you must sign in and out of school if you leave at lunchtime. This is for health and safety reasons – it is important that we know at all times who is on the premises. WELCOME FROM HEAD BOY AND HEAD GIRL HI, I’m Will Bennett, the new Head Boy at Arthur Terry. Firstly, I would like to say thank you to all the teachers and students that voted for me to become Head Boy. So far, I have got involved with the student leadership group and have pitched in assemblies for new student leaders for this academic year. This is a great opportunity for all to get involved and make a real difference in school. If you are reading this as a parent/carer, please encourage your child to put themselves forward for this role, as not only will they make a difference to themselves, but also to the school as a whole! This year as Head Boy, I hope to start a school fund to raise around £10,000 for new computers within school. This will be achieved by fundraising events in and out of school, and also I will explore the possibility of getting a grant towards this. Although this is a big target, I know it can be achieved, if not this year, then next.I am looking forward to really getting stuck into my role as Head Boy and look forward to meeting you all at some point this year. Hello, my name is Ifeoluwa Asefon, but please call me Ife; I am the new head girl at Arthur Terry Sixth form. First of all I would like to formally thank all the students and teachers who voted for me it is an honour to be in this position. As Arthur Terry’s new Head girl I have one simple aim and that is to ensure the success of your children, although I will not physically be there in classes learning with students I will be there in mind. I want to help every student create a plan B, although you may think this is a dismal thought as it implies the failure of the original plan I strongly believe that in this economic climate a plan B is needed. There is more than one road to success and I would like to help you children discover these road. So far I have been able to participate in assemblies speaking about a great opportunity that we would like to get your children involved. Student leaders, as student leaders your children will be able to make a difference within the school and also develop themselves. Please encourage your children to apply for this role as leaders of today will surely be leaders of tomorrow. Once again Thank you and I look forward to meeting you in the year ahead. STUDENT LEADERS It has been an exciting week at Arthur terry with the newly formed Junior leadership group pitching to all year groups for the highly acclaimed position of student leader. Student leaders have always contributed to school life, helping support events, raise money for charity and generally get involved in aspects of school life that matter to staff, students and the community. This year the newly formed Junior leadership will be working much closer the schools leadership group. Through committees of student leaders, the view of students will be shared to help shape change in areas including Teaching and learning, Leadership and Management, Student development, Community and Progress. The sixth form committee will be chaired by Deputy Head Boy Charlie Stableford, and Deputy Head Girl Maria Hinis. There are lots of ways to get involved for all year groups across all the houses and it is not too late for students to apply. Before the 10th of October students will need to collect an application form, complete it and return it to reception. This is an opportunity for students to make a real difference to school and to themselves, whilst developing new and life long skills. The Junior Leadership Group The newly-formed Junior Leadership Group has been set up to oversee Student Leadership in school. The group is made up of students from across the school who organise Student Leaders and engage in Student Voice. They also provide a student link to the Leadership Group so they can make the important decisions on how school is run with input from students as well. As part of the role of organising Student Leaders, the Junior Leadership Group went into assemblies last week to introduce themselves and encourage others to become Student Leaders this year. There’s still time to Apply! Students pick up an application form from reception. You can meet the team and follow their progress via their own website, which you will be able to access via our main school website, coming soon !! Will Kirby Junior Leadership Group DATES FOR THE DIARY Year 11 Parents Information Evening – Thurs 9th October 6.00pm start in the hall Year 10 Parents Information / Work Experience Evening – Thurs 23rd October 6.00pm start in the hall. TERM DATES Training days – school will be closed on Friday the 24th October for staff Training. PE DEPARTMENT http://ats-sport.blogspot.co.uk/ Forthcoming U15 Football Fixtures Thurs 9th Oct vs. Plantsbrook; Home at Arthur Terry; 4.10pm kick-off (League) Mon 13th Oct vs. North Birmingham Academy; Home at Arthur Terry; kick-off: 4.00pm (District Cup League) TBC vs. RSA Academy; Home at Arthur Terry (ESFA rd2) PE KITS Parents are reminded that all uniform including PE Kits must be labelled. Reception are unable to accommodate large amounts of unclaimed items. Lost property is disposed of at the end of each term so cannot be kept for reclaim after that. Please ensure that students are responsible for their items. SCHOOL SHOW We Will Rock You 2015 With the auditions complete and this years cast raring to go, We Will Rock You is showing all the promise of being a really exciting show! To see this years cast and keep up to date with all the ‘goings on’ – check out the Blog: http://schoolshow-ats.blogspot.co.uk/ and follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/ATS_WWRY If you’re ready to rock, we salute you! and …. Dance @ ATS With so much going on in Dance, we have embraced the digital age and create a blog. We are really keen for the blog to be the central place where all information is shared, including trips, performance opportunities and to support learning. We want this to be a tool for students, parents, staff and the community, so please have a look to keep up to date with what is going on in Dance. Blog: http://dance-ats.blogspot.co.uk/ Also follow us on twitter @: https://twitter.com/ATS_Dance DRAMA CLUB Could you please put in that Drama club has started and is taking place on Friday lunchtimes, working on our upcoming Christmas performance. Performing arts team RE Department – REVISION SESSIONS The RE department will be providing an opportunity for all year 10 students to come along on the dates listed below to C1.10 between 8:15 and 8:45 to begin recapping and revising for their examination later this year. 13th October – Intro to exam styles Family Life 5thNovember – Contraception 27th November – Sex Marriage 9th December – Divorce 7th January – Homosexuality 23rd January – Religious Upbringing experiences 10th February – Design cause arguments 27th February – Why people do not believe in God 11th March – Christian responses to the issues 26th March – Media and Belief in God Official Arthur Terry School Skirt Following consultation with our student leaders, governors and parents we are introducing, from September 2015, a new and compulsory Arthur Terry school skirt for all female students in Year 7 to Year 10 and to include Year 11 in September 2016. There will be two styles of black school skirt; one is a pleated skirt and the other is a straight skirt, both embroidered with a small grey school logo on the hem. They can be purchased from Clive Mark at a cost of £15.50 – 18.50. (Prices this year) The new school skirt should be available in Clive Mark to purchase from January 2015. Please be aware, if you need to replace your daughter’s skirt before the end of this academic year, that the logoed skirt will be compulsory from next September, so it would be worth purchasing the new official skirt in advance. We believe that the new school skirt will minimise discrepancies over skirt style and length and ensure that all female students are dressed smartly, whilst also providing a greater school identity. Should you feel that the cost is prohibitive we are allowing an alternative skirt to be bought, however it must be as similar as possible in style and material to the official ones and a logo badge must be bought from school and stitched on to the hemline. If you are in any doubt, please contact your daughter’s progress leader.Girls are of course also still permitted to wear trousers if that is their preference. We would like to welcome the following staff TEACHER APPOINTMENTS FOR 2014 Kath Prothero English Rachel Bashford English Chantelle Eccleshall Specialist Leader in Education for English Mandip Gill Specialist Leader in Education for English Katie Humpage Specialist Leader in Education for English Stephen O’Connor RE Celeste Clarke RE Reece Galley Teacher of Music/Music Tech Garry Mills MFL NQT APPOINTMENTS FOR 2014 Hannah Barnwell Geography Laura Sedgwick History, Government Politics Anna Watson Geography Isobel Cafferty Maths Clare Parton Maths Clare Fennell MFL Chelsea Page RE ARTHUR TERRY NEWS Don’t forget to visit our the Arthur Terry Newscentre, which includes the latest features on sports and community as well as up to date news. You can also keep up to date with events by following the school on Twitter @athurterrysch. Click on the image below or visit our school website www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk to read the latest news The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership The Arthur Terry School is proud to be part of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP). The Partnership is a co-operative of seven academy schools which either are, or have the capacity to become, outstanding. Heads and Governors are working together to provide an outstanding learning community for all children by improving teaching, mentoring staff and sharing best practice. All schools have the highest expectations and standards and are at the heart of their local communities. The schools in the ATLP are Brookvale, Hill West, Mere Green and Slade primary schools, and the Arthur Terry, Coleshill and Stockland Green secondary schools. Chief Executive Officer and National Leader, Sir Christopher Stone, said: “The Partnership is committed to giving our children the best possible chances in life. Together we are stronger: and by sharing our expertise, resources and support we can provide an even better learning environment.” The Learning Partnership has the support of the National College for School Leadership, the Department for Education as well as Birmingham Local Authority. For news about the ATLP please visit http://sites.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/newscentre/learning-partnership/ House News It is the annual Gloucester charity day on the 10th of October. This year we are raising money for Teenage cancer trust. Every year we enjoy this house event as we take on the task of raiseing as much money as we can for our chosen charity. On sale we will have cakes and sweets at breaktime and lunch. Students… come on bring in a few pennies to support this really valuable cause. See you there ! Hannah Cook Student leader – Gloucester House Work Experience 2015 – Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July (1 week) All students have been provided with a booklet for their forthcoming work experience placement which commence on Monday 6th July 2015. If you have not received this a copy is available on the website or from reception. In addition, support sessions for students who would like help and guidance in looking for work experience will be on a Tuesday Thursday morning in the Guidance and Support Centre during tutor time (8.50 – 9.10). Please ask your child to register first with their tutor. During these sessions help will be on hand for students letter and CV writing, along with providing ideas of placements they can apply to. When you have found your work experience, please ensure you have confirmation in writing. Please submit the information via the email link sent home. Regular reminders will be sent. More information will be available at the Year 10 information evening which is on Thursday 23rd October. Kind regards Jane Humphreys – Work Experience Coordinator CAREERS INFORMATION Click on the image below or visit our school website for more information careers MISSED OUT ON ENGLISH GCSE? Informal studies at Four Oaks Cluster Hub Wednesdays 9.15 – 11.45 Suitable for young adults (age 16 to 24.) Entry Level- basic skills upwards Qualifications – Level 1 Level 2 (GCSE equivalent.) This course is FREE. One year study course. Progress on to other courses at Sutton College. EXAMINATIONS Remember we share lots of information on the exams section of the school website: https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/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. TRIAL EXAMS GCSE Level trial exams will be taking place 8 – 19 December inclusive, timetable to follow. 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 the 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 https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/jcq-exam-notices/ Please ensure your child is familiar with the regulations in particular the following document, information for written exams: https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2014/09/Information-for-candidates-written-exams.pdf 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. RE-SITS – AS/A Level AS/A Level re-sits will be available in the Summer 2015 exam series; the re-sit form is available on the school website, link above. 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. Friends of Arthur Terry (formally PTA ) News On October 14 the school will be hosting the annual general meeting of the Arthur Terry School PTA and friends of Arthur Terry. The meeting will start at 8.00pm. Do come along and support us. This is an opportunity to mingle, enjoy a glass of wine and find out how you can make a contribution to school. Don’t forget as well there is a quiz night taking place on Friday 21st November. Further details to follow Chair – Mrs P Duffy