Dear Parents and Carers,

It seems hard to believe that we are approaching the final four weeks of the academic year! Last week saw both the Year 11 and Year 13 Proms with students (and staff) having the opportunity to come together and celebrate all that they have achieved during their time at Archbishop’s. On Thursday evening I had the privilege of watching Year 11 students arrive for their prom and it was really heartening to see both how happy they seemed and how proud all the family members in attendance were. After the difficulties of recent years this was especially pleasing. We look forward to supporting students in the summer when results arrive and working with families to make sure that next step transitions are successful for all young people in Year 11 and Year 13.

We have another busy week ahead, highlighted by Year 7 Parents Evening on Wednesday evening. We are looking forward to seeing families and sharing all the positive things that students have achieved this year. Young people across the year group have certainly been successful in ‘Joining in’ and can be rightly proud of their first year at Archbishop’s.

Year 6 Induction
On Monday 4th July we will be holding our Induction Evening for our new students and their families. In September we will have young people joining us from some 45 different primary schools and are very much looking forward to welcoming them into our school community. This evening is then followed on Wednesday 6th July with our Induction Day where our new students will spend the whole day in school. We have written to all families explaining the timings and the plan for each event. If you are the parent or carer of a Year 6 student who is coming to Archbishop’s in September and have not received a letter, please do contact reception on 01904 411341 or email in order for us to be able to help you. Please also remember that there is a wealth of useful transition information available on our school website and via our transition twitter account.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Tilly-May Hope7HvFor collecting litter and looking after our school community – Well Done!Compassion
Year 7 Fraser Currie7ANNFor consistently living our school values. Well Done!Mutual Respect
Year 8 Shannon O’Donovan8CBrFor being observant, caring, compassionate and inclusive. Well done Shannon.Compassion
Year 8 Eva Southall8WNsFor consistently living our school values into being. well done Eva.Individual Liberty
Year 9 Alyana Veldhuizen9PiFor outstanding resilience and consistently doing well in school.Individual Liberty
Year 9 Kieren Rooke9RPrFor fantastic work in mathsMutual Respect
Year 10Cassie Staines10BrWorking consistently hard in lessonsIndividual Liberty
Year 10Oisin Maloy10HuFor helping other students settle into school life at AHSCompassion
Year 12 Ellen Morrell12JJyFor consistent hard work – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 12 Billy Hearld12DdFor saving a bird when it flew into SFS – hero.Compassion

Head of Year Updates
Year 7 – Miss Kincell, Miss Powell and Miss Cooper
We have have had a lovely week of sunshine in Year 7, it is feeling very much like Summer! As such, we have some key reminders and dates.

1. Please remember students should have hats, sun cream and water bottles.
2. Next Wednesday 29th is Parents Evening, if you have any concerns about appointments please call us as soon as possible.
3. 30th June, 1st and 4th July are our Geography Trips to Flamborough Head, if you have any questions or concerns about this, please do get in touch.
4. W/C 18th July- All things Enrichment. Monday is Flamingoland, please complete consent forms and payment via ParentPay. Students must have selected what they are doing for their Friday activities as soon as possible. These are all in their Enrichment week Booklets.

ANn: DJ Ford – Excellent presentation of the news last week and for always being engaged and enthusiastic in form time.
ASU: Kaiyrah Holdsworth – for being an extremely kind and compassionate member of the form. Well done!
Bl: Poppy George – a lovely member of the form who always follows the school values.
Cy: Scarlett Wheatland – for always following expectations in form time
Gr: Jacob Godson – Well done Jacob for being considerate and working well with others, thank you.
Hf: Jemima Drant for being compassionate to others and super organised.
Hv: Freddie-Jae Nicholas-Excellent contributions during thought for the day
MLn: Olive Edwards – For being a fantastic buddy and for showing compassion and empathy.
MPe: Faith Long – For improved attendance and for making the msot of her time in school
Mr: Malachy Bennet for being a kind and compassionate member of the form.
SMf: Amelie Hetherton – For being so incredibly personable, compassionate and helpful for so many members of our form. Amelie has shown great character, motivation and creativity in all lessons.

Well done to our Head of Year Award
Tilly-May Hope 7Hv – for collecting litter and looking after our school community! Well Done!
Fraser Currie 7ANN – for consistently living our school values. Well Done!

Library Newsletter
This weekend it is Armed Forces Day in Scarborough. It is a huge event that lasts all day. The highlights for me will be seeing the Red Arrows, and a typhoon fighter jet. All eyes will be on the skies, marveling at the showmanship of the red arrows. We will all be in awe at not only the sight, but also the sound of the fighter jet. It must have been a very scary flying one, and even more scary hearing one above you. Lots of our soldiers and cadets, old and new will gather on the seafront and are always happy to have a chat.

There are lots of books in the library in the historical fiction section that contain more than a grain of truth about past wars. The majority are based on real events. Why not give one or two a try.

Under a War-Torn Sky by L.M Elliot (Quiz 211735. Level 4.8. Colour Purple) Tells the story of Henry, a 19-year-old bomber pilot, who was shot down, and didn’t know if he was in Switzerland or Germany. Henry is alone in a treacherous land. Desperate to get back to his family and the girl he loves. He is forced to rely on the kindness of strangers to survive this deadly journey. You can read the first five chapters by clicking on the link.

You can listen to the author talking about her book by opening the following link. She starts reading from the book at about six minutes into the clip.

Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden (Quiz 202734. Level 5.3. Colour Purple) tells the story of Carrie and her little brother Nick who are evacuated to Wales. Carrie and Nick are taken in by a cross old man Mr Evans. Their friend Albert is staying with My Johnny who tells them wonderful stories. Just as they are settling in Carrie does the worst thing she has evet done in her life… You can read the first two chapters by opening the link

You can listen to the whole book by opening the link below. Be prepared to settle down as the reading is over four hours long!

Library Monitors
A huge thanks to all of those who helped out in the library in this past school year. Some of you came and went, others dipped in and out, and of course there are those who join us every day. I’m thinking already about September! So, those of you in Y7 who have enjoyed working in the library, please let me know if you would like to continue to do so when you move up to Y8. We can start thinking about a rota, although I won’t finalise anything until the lunchtime clubs list comes out. I don’t want you missing out on an activity or sport that interests you.

Refugee Week
Unfortunately, our Refugee week event was cut short due to factors beyond our control. However, Allen Alex who went to school in The United Arab Emirates, Daffa who went to school in Indonesia, Aiden who went to School in Hong Kong and Samuel who attended school in Canada, had time to tell us about their experiences attending school in a different country. I was very proud of them, and very proud of the audience who listened in fascination and asked loads of splendid questions. We will hold this event again on Thursday 30th June, Y7 library at lunchtime.

We are hoping to do a stocktake of both our libraries before the summer holiday. So, it is really important that you return your overdue books as a matter of urgency. Also, if you have a clear out at home, please could we have any books that you no longer want. They can be anything from age nine and above. Last summer I bought some of our library books back from a charity shop in York! We really appreciate donations of books.

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
Attendance last week was below what we’d like to see. Even during these last few weeks of the school time spent in school and in lessons is helping to set students up to make a positive start in Year 9. As ever we are grateful for your support in ensuring students are attending school and making the most of the opportunities on offer to them.

This week our whole year act of collective worship was taken by 8LWs. This was about the Summer Solstice, the day with the longest period of daylight each year (21st June). Information was presented about the history and traditions from different parts of the world and the different beliefs and traditions caused by the Solstice. We really enjoy seeing forms take the act of collective worship and value the effort and work they put into it. This was excellent again this week and all those involved in 8LWs should be proud, there were some brilliant contributions.

Thank you for sending students into school with return slips needed for the Trading Game (on Thursday 14th July). This is an event before Enrichment week and involves all of Year 8. Please continue to send reply slips back for this. It will be a really positive experience for Year 8 students. If you need another letter about this please get in touch or ask your child to speak to the year team or their form tutors.

We have also had lots of returns now for students attending the Flamingo Land Trip (Tuesday 19th July) which is great. There are a few instances where students have paid for the trip but not returned the reply slips with emergency contact information. It is really important that all students return the reply slip so we have up to date emergency contact details and medical information. If you have not returned the reply slip and need to, please get in touch and we can get a paper or electronic one sent to you to return. We are not able to take any student who has not provided appropriate contact and medical information.

As part of Enrichment week students are taking part in a community coffee morning which will contribute towards the Young Leaders Award. We’d like to give a bit more information about what this is:

  • Students will be completing the final section of their Young Leaders Award by contributing to our Jubilee High Tea for the local community.
  • Students will be involved in a mixture of activities from creating decorations. organising games, decorating cakes to serve the local community.
  • Students will be working both on their own but also as a team practicing their creative skills as well as organisational and for some their presenting/performing skills.
  • Students will also have the opportunity to perform live music or a talent of their choice if they want to.

The day will start and end at the usual time and will involve break and lunch as normal. Students will also need to be in their school uniforms as normal. As part of the day there will be a raffle and Year 8 students have been asked, if they are able to, to bring in small prizes suitable for a school raffle. Any donations will be very helpful and we’d be really grateful. More information about this will be given to students in their PSHCE lessons soon.

We are really pleased to see that a selection of Year 8 students have been continuing their amazing leadership work with Miss Wheater and the P.E. Department. The following students have been leading sports events at local primary schools and hosting events here at AHS too. All of these students should be really proud for all their hard work that has gone into preparing for and delivering these sessions:

  • Elisabetta Micheli
  • Poppy Sullivan
  • Aela More
  • Jessie King
  • Sophie Beard
  • Hannah Birkinshaw
  • Cailitin Moffatt
  • Ruby Holland
  • Lilly Jo Hemmings
  • Tamara Alahendrage
  • Anna Roberts
  • Ava Gane

We’d also like to congratulate one of our Year 8 students, Ryan Thompson for qualifying for the Yorkshire Under 13s cricket squad. This is a great achievement and we are really proud of Ryan.

We’d like to remind again of the importance of students keeping hydrated with the hot weather we are having. Dehydration can really impact a student’s concentration and ability to focus and can lead to feeling unwell. It is important however that students make sure they use break and lunch times to fill up their bottles so they can help to stay hydrated throughout the day.

As ever, thank you for your continued support. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 8, please do contact school reception to get in touch with Mrs Avey (Head of Year 8), Mr Handley (Assistant Head of Year 8), Mrs Mennell (Year 8 Pastoral Support Worker) or Miss Clarke (Year 8 Pastoral Support Worker on Friday).

Year 9 – Mr Arthur, Mr Deamer and Mrs Deacon
We are over the halfway mark for the final half term of this school year and it seems to be disappearing very quickly (like the rest of the year!). Year 9 has been excellent and I’m reflecting on the progress they have all made.

Year 9 should be very proud of themselves for completing a successful End of Year Assessment week, I know students are starting to get feedback on these in lessons and it is great to see so many success stories in the year group, well done Year 9! It is a great opportunity for students to get detailed feedback on what they are doing well and where they can improve in Year 10. I know I often tell the students that learning comes from when we challenge ourselves to try our best and review on how to improve and it is great to see our students doing this in preparation for next year.

Just a reminder, enrichment week is fast approaching (last week of school) and please can you return Flamingo Land trip letters back as soon as possible if not already, I know the students are already excitedly talking about enrichment week including the range of activities offered on the last day of school. Furthermore, they also need to make sure they’ve selected and returned their activity options for that last day to their form tutors or reception if they haven’t done so already.

Other activities that are fast approaching in this final half term is the London trip that Mr Stevens is running (please feel free to get in touch with him if you have any questions) as well as sports day in the second to last week where students will partake in a range of sports including athletics, cricket and rounders which I loved last year due to the support the students gave each other, I know I look forward to seeing them all cheer each other on, I know the Year team certainly will be!

Just a reminder with the weather getting warmer uniform standards still need to be high as always, please make sure your young person is coming in the correct uniform this includes making sure they have their ties on appropriately as well as the correct shoes and trousers, jumpers need to be with them even if it warm, especially because the weather can change quickly. Any issues please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

A big congratulations to 9SLa which is the first form to have all parents/carers signed up to ClassCharts, I am currently running an inter-form competition to see if all parents can be signed up and there are still prizes for 2nd & 3rd. I would encourage you if you haven’t already to make sure you’ve downloaded the ClassCharts app and also encourage your young person to download one too, there is one for parents/carers and one for students. This helps encourage students to take ownership for their progress which is a great life skill and we’ve also seen ClassCharts facilitating a range of positive conversations at home. If you have any issues downloading the app and getting logged in please get in touch with the year team and we can resolve this, additionally we’ve helped students get sorted with the app also, please just ask them to come and see us if they are unable to logon.

Also well done to our Head of Year award winners this week as below a £5 Amazon voucher will be winging its way to both of you!

Alyana Veldhuizen9PiFor outstanding resilience and consistently doing well in school.Individual Liberty
Kieren Rooke9RPrFor fantastic work in mathsMutual Respect

We have also started doing form tutor awards every week where two students in each form will get a certificate and it has got off to a really positive start, well done to all students who have got one so far.

Thank you for taking the time to read this parent bulletin. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 9, then please do get in touch by emailing Mr Arthur (Head of Year), myself (Miss Deacon); (Assistant Head of Year) and/or Mr Deamer (Pastoral Support Worker) and/or Miss Clark (Pastoral Support Worker); or alternatively, you can call Main School Reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can, thank you – Miss Deacon.

Year 10 – Mr Avery, Miss Johstone and Miss Montagu
We wish all our students good success in their mocks this week. Just a reminder that we are providing breakfast for students who would like to come in early and sit and chat with their friends before heading over to the exam. Although Mocks are important, we most definitely do not want students to become stressed and anxious. This is an opportunity to see how they are doing and to prepare the way for Yr 11. It is an experience to learn from and build on – and, we hope, to be encouraged by progress made.

Our trip to Alton Towers is on Thursday 21st July. If you have not already done so, please complete the form on Parent Pay. If you would like a paper copy, please come and speak to anyone in the Yr 10 team who will happily help.

Looking ahead to the summer holidays, York Explore Libraries have both a Summer Reading Challenge and opportunities for students aged 14 and above to help with children’s events and other activities. A great way to help and to learn at the same time. Contact ‘York Explore’ or Miss Murphy in the library.

Congratulations to Oisin Maloy and Cassie Staines. The way they have helped new students settle in to AHS has been much appreciated. They receive our Head of Year awards this week.

Should you have any concerns please feel free to contact the Yr 10 team.

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
Year 13 Prom – What a night! The students looked incredible and had such a good time. It was full speed right up until the doors were being closed. Please be reminded that if you have any queries about results day on Thursday 18th August from 9am then do get in touch. If your son/daughter is unable to attend but you/they have not yet informed us, then please let us know.

Year 12 Mock Exams – Year 12 will sit their mock exams wc 4th July. In lessons and for homework students will continue to receive guided revision for a final week. Your son/daughter should be busy at home preparing for these with the exception of BTEC subjects that sat a summer external examinations.

Monday 4thTuesday 5thWednesday 6thThursday 7thFriday 8th
08:50 startEnglish Lit 2hrs
Computing 1.5hrs
French 2hrs
RE 2hrs
Biology 2hrsPhysics 2hrs
Geography 2hrs
Chemistry 2hrs
Media 2hrs
11:10 startHistory 2hrsMathematics 2.5hrsPolitics 2hrs
Psychology 2.5hrs
Eng Lang 2.5hrs
Further Maths 2.5hrs
Sociology 2hrs

GCSE Results Day and Sixth Form Enrolment – Invitations to results day on Thursday 25th August will be distributed this week detailing what to do to collect result and how to enrol in the Sixth Form. All applicants to AHS Sixth Form will be issued an appointment for a progression meeting with a member of the Sixth Form Team and SLT to finalise subject choices. These meetings will take place once results have been received.

REMINDER of upcoming events:

  • Y12 Progression Days Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th July
  • Y12 Introduction to UCAS Evening Tuesday 12th July
  • Y10 Introduction to Sixth Form Evening Wednesday 13th July
  • Y12 Work Experience wc 18th July
  • Y13 and Y12 Results Day Thursday 18th August
  • GCSE Results Day Thursday 25th August

Sixth Form Rewards

Wk ending 20th MayY12
1stKitty Lewis-Ogden
2ndIvy Tegetmeier
3rdMegan Ramshaw

Collective Worship
This week our form tutor collective worship is on the concept of ‘Value’. We will consider how we value things, how we value ourselves and others, and how God values us. Our daily quotes continue this theme.

Monday – “Our value to God is more than anything else this world can offer.” Crystal McDowell, Christian Author, Editor and Blogger
Tuesday – “God sees us with the eyes of a Father. He sees our defects, errors and blemishes. But He also sees our value.” Max Lucado, Christian author and church minister
Wednesday – “Too many people overvalue what they are not, and undervalue what they are.” Malcolm Forbes, American businessman
Thursday – “You are valuable because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done – but simply because you are.” Anonymous
Friday – “Man does not see what God sees, for people see what is visible, but God sees the heart.” The Bible, the 1st book of Samuel ch16:v7