September 2012

Progress There is always some furore following the publication of GCSE or A Level results in the Summer. Reports of ‘dumbing down’ exams or grade threshold changes permeate the media amidst the real life stories of the students who are receiving the fruits of their labours. The emotions of those that really matter, our students, are often diluted by government rhetoric; talks of league tables, comparisons, floor targets and gender gaps. So, let’s get back to the students. The real issue is one of progress. What does this mean? Yes, of course it means striving for the very best examination results they can get, but school is also about ensuring progress in other ways. It is about nurturing talent, building confidence, raising self – esteem. It is about creating opportunities for young people to succeed, to lead, to develop a lifelong love for learning. It is about creating a climate for risk taking, for letting youngsters make mistakes, learn from them and come back stronger, more measured, more aware. It is about promoting equality, sensitivity, tolerance and determination – all qualities that mark out one individual from another. We were delighted with our examination results. They are a real endorsement of what we hold dear at The Arthur Terry School. The results represent the culmination of effective working with parents, governors, partner schools, students and staff. Every student achieved qualifications which mean something. At GCSE, 90% achieved a Grade C or higher in the core subjects of Maths and English. 86% achieved 5 or more A*- C including Maths and English. Amongst the debates about higher grade reductions, 40% of our students achieved at least 3 A* or A grades. There are many more individual successes, of those who achieved a Grade D or an E when they may have been predicted to fail. Our post 16 results meant that almost 50% of entries were at the higher grades. Progress comes in all guises. It is about moving forward, taking into account individual starting points. Many schools will espouse how they achieved success, what the ‘secret’ is or the special ‘formula’. For us, there is no secret. It is all about forging strong, lasting relationships that are built upon mutual trust and understanding between staff and students and parents. It is about outstanding teaching that promotes a thirst for knowledge and key skills. Above all, it is about creating a climate where you can be the very best you can be and aim for the stars. I am minded of the quotation by Pablo Casals, a very influential Catalan Cellist, Conductor and Composer who talked about what we should be teaching our children. “We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?” So, the new term will begin in earnest. We are so looking forward to continuing to strive for the very best for those students we serve and to ensure they enjoy it along the way! Neil Warner and Richard Gill Associate Headteachers Uniform Reminder At Arthur Terry we pride ourselves on our high standards and this extends to school uniform. This is just one of the areas where it is vital that parents and school work in partnership to assure success! Please ensure that your child is dressed in the appropriate uniform at all times to avoid disruption to their learning. Parents must consult the attached document when purchasing any uniform. Please Click here for the link. The school has a strict policy on the wearing of jewellery and body piercings, can you please also ensure that you read the ‘Wearing of Jewellery and Body Piercing Policy in school and PE lessons’ letter by clicking here. Arthur Terry Open Evening School will be closing early at 12:25pm Thursday 13th September at 7:00-9:00pm Executive Headteacher Christopher Stone will speak at 7:15-8:15pm Music Instrumental/Vocal Tuition 2012/13 Instrumental Lessons will start up again from the week beginning Monday 17th September. Students need to check the notice board outside B1.3 to find out the day and time of their first lesson. Many teachers have swapped days – student should not assume that lesson will be on the same day as last year, please check! Parents please remind your child to remember to tell their class teacher at the start of the lesson and ask to be excused 5 minutes before your instrumental lesson is due to start. If bringing an instrument from home into school, please make sure that it is clearly labelled with your childs name and tutor group. All instruments need to be taken home on the same day and should not be left in school over night without informing a member of Music staff first. All students who will be receiving instrumental lessons for the first time (Year 7 students, new GCSE students) will be required to attend a short meeting in B1.3 on Friday 14th September at 11.10am to explain how timetable rotations work. Any problems, please come and talk to Miss Swift in B1.2. Work Experience 2013 This year the dates are 1st July 2013 – 12th July 2013 inclusive and on Tuesday 25th September 2012 a Year 10 Parents Information and Work Experience Evening will be held at school at 6:00pm. This will be a valuable opportunity for you to learn more about the work experience process, a deadline for finding a placement as Friday 21st December 2012, For more information please visit the school website. Residential Trips This year there are a number of residential, UK and international trips planned for students to enjoy and look forward to. Aberdovey, Wales, Year 7 – 7th to 9th December 2012 Auschwitz and Krakow, Sixth Form – 18th to 21st February 2013 (Expressions of interest by 14th September) Iceland 2013 (Subscription closed), Years 10, 11 and 12 – 16th February to 19th February 2013 Dorset 2013, Year 12 – 24th to 26th March 2013 Ski 2012/13 (Subscription closed), Years 7, 8, 9 10, 11 and 12 – 29th March to 6th April 2013 Spain 2013, Year 8 – 29th March to 6th April 2013 (Information to follow) France 2013, Year 9 – 12th July -15th July 2013 (Information to follow) South Africa 2013 (Subscription closed), Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 – Summer 2013 Belgium 2013, Year 8 – Dates to be confirmed. Outward Bound, Ullswater, Year 9 – Dates to be confirmed. India 20 14, Years 9, 10 and 11 – February 2014 Half Term A Level Design Technology Textile Revision Guide If your child is currently studying A level Design Technology Textiles. We recommend that in order for them to maximise their potential for success in both the coursework and exam modules, they have full access to the textbook that is written specifically for this qualification. Mrs Hart has contacted the publisher for this text and they have agreed to let her have a discount on the price, when buying in bulk of £20 per book. This will save £4.50 off the already discounted price that Hodder education retail the book for. There will also be no postage charge. The Parent Pay system on the Arthur Terry web site is the easiest way in which to pay, or alternatively you can write a cheque for £20 made payable to “The Arthur Terry School”. The final date for payment is Monday the 8th of October. If you have any questions you would like answered please feel free to email Mrs Hart at PE Hockey experience doesn’t matter! Whether you’ve never held a hockey stick or play it every week come and join us! It’s all going to be done by a professional coach so your skills will improve and so will your confidence and self esteem! Come and join us every Monday at the Astroturf starting Monday 17th September! Autumn Term PE Extra Curricular Timetable Speak to a member of PE staff for more details! Y11 Art extra curricular programme New Contact Us Email Addresses For non urgent general enquires please email: Enquiries about music tuition should be emailed to: For enquiries about Duke of Edinburgh please email: For enquiries about parent pay or payment schedules for trips please email: If you wish to report an absence or have an enquiry regarding attendance please email: For enquiries about teaching schools please email: Four Oaks Community Fair 60 stalls confirmed including Children’s Centre and Schools, Childcare and Health services, Libraries, Children’s activities and clubs in the area, Local businesses, health and beauty, hotels, fitness clubs and restaurants, charities, sports clubs, churches and many more….. Lost Property and Valuable Items Another reminder that PE kits will not be accepted after the start of the school day. 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. Payment Deadlines 12th September – Year 7, Hereford Bowling £3.00 14th September – Year 11 Geography, Stratford £10.00 14th September – Poland 2013 £160.00 14th September – Ski 2012/13 £200.00. 20th September – South Africa, third instalment £250.00 21st September – Year 12/13 Business Economics, Star City £24.00 21st September – Year 11 Religious Studies, Coventry Cathedral £4.00 28th September – Year 7, Aberdovey £60.00 deposit Local Youth Choir Sutton Coldfield Youth Voices. For Year 8 and above the Sutton Coldfield Youth Voice are starting rehearsals again from next Monday, and throughout the year take part in numerous concerts, competitions and festivals. We’d love to recruit some new members, both boys and girls, who love to sing to perform. Training Choir – Year 2 upwards This takes place on Fridays from 5:15pm-6:15pm at the Arthur Terry School. This new choir gives a fantastic opportunity for younger pupils in the area to benefit from vocal training and singing tuition. It also means that when they reach Year 5, they will have the chance to earn a place in the main choir that meets each Wednesday. The children will learn a variety of pieces, and will also gain experience in areas such as breathing techniques, posture, singing in parts and good diction – as well as general commitment and attendance. This will be good preparation for the main choir itself, where commitment is expected for a whole year. As always, lots of fun will be at the heart of what we do! Subscriptions are £25 per term. If your child is interested in joining, please get in touch by contacting Richard Jeffries or Helen Willetts on 07736 318 340 or 07981 957 061. Or visit our website We look forward to hearing from you! Cluster Orchestra Calendar The school calendar can be found on the Arthur Terry website. It has all the update to date information about events taki ng place throughout the year. Click on the link to view current and future events for the 2012-13. The calendar is updated regularly to keep you informed and can be referred to at anytime. Dates for your Diary 13th September – Open Evening at 7:00pm 13th September -Year 12 Soho House – All Day 14th September – Open Morning at 9:15am 19th September – Year 11 ‘Wicked’ Theatre Trip in London 19th and 20th September – Year 11 Stratford-Upon-Avon 20th September – Year 12 BTEC Business Trip at Birmingham International Airport 20th September – Year 7 Natural High Presentation 22nd September – Community Fair 25th September – Year 10 Parents Information Evening Work Experience at 6:00pm 25th September – Year 11 Coventry Cathedral Trip 26th September – India Trip Parents Introductory Evening at 6:30pm 27th September – Year 12 Parents Information Evening Four Oaks Children’s Centre Activities Timetable From September 2012 For a timetable of events being held please click here for the link to the website. Call 0121 323 1121 for more information or to book. Save a Baby’s Life First aid session for parents of babies under 1 year, and parents-to-be Saturday 29 September 10.00am – 12.15pm. Contact Amanda 0121 323 1121 to book your place Family Guys Saturday 29 September Multi-sports session for Dads, Grandads, Uncles and Male carers and their children aged 3-11 years At Arthur Terry School, 10.00am – 11.00am, £1.50 per child