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Science Technician

Salary: Grade 5 – Permanent, Part Time (6 hpw)

Term Time/Full Year—negotiable, 2 hpd during afternoon Mon, Wed, Fri—negotiable

We are looking for a Science Technician to coordinate the use of practical resources and facilities, provide assistance and advice in meeting the needs of the Science department to deliver the Science curriculum.

We believe that Archbishop Holgate’s is ‘no ordinary school’ and is an excellent place to work, a view confirmed by Ofsted in our recent inspection, “Staff are incredibly proud to work here.”

Our staff are friendly and supportive and our students are polite, hardworking and keen to succeed.  As such this post represents an exciting opportunity to join a very successful, high-achieving, forward looking and fully-subscribed Church of England comprehensive, a school judged Outstanding in all areas by both Ofsted and SIAMS.

Successful candidates will be fully supported to develop in the role, benefiting from bespoke CPD opportunities both at Archbishop’s and as part of the Pathfinder Teaching School Hub.  In addition, colleagues will benefit from being part of the Pathfinder Trust Career Pathway and through working with colleagues across other Trust schools to develop skills and share innovative teaching and learning experiences.

Job Information Pack

Application Form

Recruitment Privacy Notice

Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust is an equal opportunities employer, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Enhanced DBS check required.

As part of our due diligence process an online search will be carried out on all shortlisted candidates. These checks are carried out to determine suitability to work with children and keep them safe. If you wish further information regarding these checks please contact 01904 806000.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 22 February at 8am

6 February 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 6 February

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

Last Friday we had the privilege of hosting a visit from Dominic Barrington, the Dean of York Minster. As part of the visit, the Dean of York Minster led the morning reflection for staff and met with students currently acting as guides for the Anne Frank exhibition.. The students spoke about being peer educators alongside sharing their knowledge and understanding of the Anne Frank exhibit which is currently in our school Chapel. Prior to touring the school with our School Captains and visiting students in lessons, the Dean met with our RE Ambassadors to find out more about their role and the excellent work they are doing in school.

Last week, our Year 7 students took part in the Big Talk where they explored themes including safeguarding, reproduction, puberty, relationships, body image, gender and reliable sources of information. The ‘Big Talk’ company visit hundreds of schools around the country and spoke very highly of our young people in Year 7, they emailed us especially to say what a fantastic day they had working with Year 7.

This week sees our Year 11 students will be busy with the additional mock examinations for English, Maths and Science. We wish them all the best in these assessments as they further prepare for their summer examinations.

Alongside this, we have a number of trips running this week including Sixth Form visits to the Courts, Edinburgh as part of the A level Art examination and a Year 9 trip to see the Inspector Calls play.

Finally, I would like to wish you and your families a restful break over half term and I am very much looking forward to hearing from our students who are attending our ski trip on their return.

Year 9 Pathway Deadline
Thank you to all Year 9 families for their support during the pathway process. There have been lots of meaningful conversations about Year 9’s future aspirations and their next steps. A reminder that the deadline for completing the online form is Friday 10th February. If your child has an issue accessing this form, please ask them to speak to their form tutor in the first instance.

Library Book Donations
If you have any children or teenage books at home which are no longer needed, we would be happy to take them off your hands and put them to use in one of our libraries. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the school reception.

Library Book Returns
A reminder to students and parents that overdue library books need to be returned to the library to ensure records are kept up to date and students are not restricted from further loans in the future.

Wellbeing
Health and wellbeing is an important part of life at Archbishop Holgate’s School, in order to read the wellbeing newsletter for this week – please click here.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Andra Mulvenna7ZBLWorking really hard at school and at home – well done Andra!Individual Liberty
Year 7 Joseph Bastow7BLFor being so welcoming to members of the AHS Community. Well Done!Compassion
Year 8 Payton Donnelly8ECnFor showing good resilience and having amongst the most merits in the year group this week.AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Carys Briggs8SBlFor topping the merits chart across the whole of Year 8 this week – excellent effort in lessons, well done!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Millie Robinson9DBsFor helpfulness and compassion. Well done Millie!Compassion
Year 9 Billie Lobley9JDlFor consistently being hardworking, conscientious and reliable. Well done Billie.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Ella Mae Norman10KMdFor showing compassion to other students by helping them to complete their studies. Well done Ella!Compassion
Year 10 Sharanyo Mazumdar10RDnWorking hard in class and coming top of the merit weekly leaderboard by a mile! Well done Sharanyo!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Daniel Clarke11SMRWell done for showing much more effort and showing progress. Keep this up!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Ruben Wood11CFrFor consistently showing effort and determination! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Bianca-Marie Sirbu12HGaFor being a great help at Year 9 progress evening and for such a positive approach to her studies and from time.AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12 George Edwards12HGaFor being a great help at Year 9 progress evening and for such a positive approach to his studies and form activities.AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
 
 Year 13Niamh Foster-McGlynn13DaDetermination, resilience and a fantastic work ethic. Niamh embodies our school values and demonstrates an outstanding attitude in all areas.AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’
 Year 13Adam Peters13JJyAdam has committed himself to his studies and achievement, showing incredible focus across all subject areas. Fantastic attitude.AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’

Year team messages to parents and carers

Each week, the pastoral year teams will communicate any key messages, successes and upcoming dates to be aware of in this section of the parent bulletin.

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

BTEC External Assessment Results
These will be issued on Thursday 16th March. Each Year 13 student will receive a 1-2-1 on results day to discuss current position, likely end point and second sitting requirements. Year 12 students will be spoken to in departments about the same information but over the following week.

TEFL
We are excited to be hosting a two-day certification TEFL course on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th April (first two days of the Easter break). We have hoped to offer this opportunity for a number of years but there is a min requirement for student numbers that have never reached before now. The course is open to all Year 12 and Year 13 students and targeted at those keen to travel or gain employment teaching English as a Foreign Language. There is a fee which is set by TEFL but if the certification is utilised this will be a small amount compared to the earning potential. Students that have shown interest have been issued letters requiring a response. If there are any other students interested, there is still time to collect a letter detailing more information.

REMINDER Year 12 Mock Exams
Students will have received their mock results by the end of this coming week at the latest. The Sixth Form team will collate the raw mock results and plan intervention for each student requiring intervention. This will result in some parental meetings to communicate those plans. Parent’s Evening is in March following the release of the Full Report.

REMINDER Year 13 March Mocks
These take place wc 6th March and will be the final chance to have exams in exam conditions before the summer exam series. Students will be directed to focus their attention on specific topics/units in the coming weeks but independent revision should be ongoing.

REMINDER Year 13 Subject Support
Please continue to encourage your son/daughter to attend P6 for their subjects. This is an invaluable opportunity to get guided tuition in their ongoing revision. All opportunities should be seized whilst still in school for the short-term remaining.

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
LunchP6LunchP6LunchP6LunchP6LunchP6
Health and Social Care
L32 – Coursework
Hga
Psychology Y13 SF Workroom
De
Textiles
TE4
Hv
Politics drop-in
L32
Hga
Sport PE1
Gs
Health and Social Care
L32 – Coursework
Hga
Chemistry Y13
L25/L18
Os/Ha
Politics drop-in
L32
Hga/Smf
Health and Social Care
L32
Hga
Drama and Theatre Studies
EN11 ABt
Health and Social Care
L32
Hga
History
Hi5
Kx
Maths/Further Maths
Ma1
Bl/BKi/Dd
History (Tudors)
Hi2
Bs
Physics Year 12
Sc8
Wb
Chemistry Y12
L25/Sc1
Os/NTh
Geography
Geography Officer 1:1 tuition
Travel and Tourism Y12
L34
Music
L40
ZBl
Health and Social Care
L32 – Coursework
Hga
Art
Ar1
Hf
Music
L40
ZBl
Applied Psychology
Y13
Kke
Business
SF Library
Cn
A Level Psychology
Y12
L17
Edn
Y13 English Language
EN6 Hm/Ed NEA
Protective Services
L34 Ewt and Kt
Biology
Sc4
Da, Es, Lv, Wa
History
HI5
Kx
RE Y13 RE6
History Coursework Support
Hi2
Music
L40
ZBl
Applied Law
L32
Sl
Physics Y13
Sc8
Wb
IT
IT3
Sre/Ap
Politics
L32
Hga/Smf
Computer Science
IT3
SRe/Ap
Applied Psychology
Y12
L17
Edn
Geography
Gg3
Pl/Ry
Sociology
Y13
L9
Jjy/Yg

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team
This week I have been really pleased with the time and preparation that Year 11 have shown toward their mock exams next week. In particular on Wednesday the students conducted themselves really well, and had a very productive day. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this week was the impromptu game of basketball that occurred between staff and students at lunchtime. Mr Arthur, Mr Green-Harding and myself gave a good account of ourselves until age (and lack of skill!) got the better of us and the students snatched victory at the end. A really good moment and hopefully we will get a chance for a rematch before the end of the school year.

Another success story this week has been the students who completed their BTEC exams in Health and Social Care, Engineering, IT, Business and Travel and Tourism. These were real BTEC exams that counted toward their final grades. The students conducted themselves impeccably throughout and it was lovely to see some smiling faces after the exams were over. I have also been impressed with the students who have spent the last six lessons completing their controlled assessments in Food Technology. I have been in lessons to see the students writing away and making the most of gaining all the marks on offer before their practical cooking exam at the end of February. A huge well done to all our students involved in any form of exam this week, we are very proud of you all.

Next week sees the beginning of mock exam week, this time the students will spend a week focussing on the core subjects. These mock exams will allow the students to see the progress they have made since their previous exam in November/December and give a good indication of where they are before the summer examinations. Please see below a copy of the exam timetable for that week. The students have been sent home with a copy of this exam timetable and it can also be found in their Year group Google Classroom.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team
Another half term has quickly passed and what a great half term Year 10 have had with some great report results and the School show and Duke of Edinburgh is well underway which is great to see.

I love to start with positivity and as a year group last week Year 10 got a great 3306 merits – well done!
Our top 5 students for merits this week:

4th – Callum Patterson (10SLa) – 38
4th – Thomas Smith (10MHe) – 38
3rd – Caitlin Casey (10MHe) – 41
2nd – Ruby Watson (10Ha) – 46
1st – Sharanyo Mazumdar (10RDn) – 51
Congratulations to them all.

I will on Friday be popping to form rooms and giving the top forms and students for the whole half term some prizes for merits and attendance. I will also report on these results in my bulletin before we come back after the holiday. You can track your young person’s individual progress on ClassCharts, please do contact us if you haven’t downloaded the app to do so.

Another positive to share is students that have done well in their school reports have been invited to join Mr Green-Harding and I on Monday break time for a small celebration, these aren’t always the top grades but students with the most improved performance or effort, well done to the below students, a fantastic effort. There are still a few more reports this year and a range of opportunities for students to achieve rewards this year, which I love to do! Please see our students who have been invited this time below, well done to them:

Olivia Perry
Kornel Kotlarski
Declan Childs
Austin Currie
Clementine Ensor
Harry Glaves
Jimmy Hendon
Mac Kadela
Joshua Lai
Sarah Norman
Freddy Peel
Reuben Stockdale
Edon Taylor
Nada Zahira

A few dates for your diary which I think is worth noting:

  • Next report home is the end of March
  • Y10 parents evening is the 10th May
  • Y10 mocks exams start on the 19th June
  • Final Y10 report with mock results for Y10 is sent home on the 17th July

Just a reminder that students will also be completing work experience in May, which will bring breadth and diversity to their curriculum as they work to learn exam skills and new knowledge. The deadline has now passed so please check with your young person they are sorted and have submitted details on GroFar (login details have been sent to students school email) it is crucial this is sorted as it is such a valuable experience for our young people.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself or Mr Arthur (who is organising the work experience), I know a number of students have approached me and asked questions about it which is great to see.

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy), Mr McPaul (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@ahs.pmat.academy) or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you, have a lovely half term – Miss Deacon

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team
Another fantastic week from Year 9. Attendance has been improving and behaviour has been excellent since returning from Christmas and they have had a fantastic.

Full reports have been sent home with students or have been posted out if there has been any absence on the day they were given out. These will hopefully give you a clear indication of the progress being made in school and any areas of strength and where there is room for improvement.

This is followed by a delayed progress evening, which has been moved to the 8th of February because of the industrial action. As it is such an important evening to talk to subject teachers about how students are progressing in lessons and any further questions about options, it was decided to postpone it by a week so that all teachers will be present for the evening. Students have been given a letter and sign up sheet in form time to seek out teachers and arrange appointments. The evening runs from 15:45 – 19:15. If you would like to speak to any of the pastoral team please get in contact and we can arrange to see you on the day.

Friday the 10th of February is the deadline for GCSE option choices. Students will have their individual pathway booklets with all the information required to help them make this important decision. Business is referred to as “Enterprise” on the pathway forms. It is also called “Enterprise” in the booklet, there has been some confusion over this after the taster day so anyone wanting to take business should select Enterprise.

On Monday a small handful of students were taken to Scarborough for the day by Mr Stevens and Mrs Mennell. They students had the opportunity to explore some of the culture of the South bay and received glowing reports from both members of staff about just how amazing they had been and that there had been a credit to the school and everyone involved.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team
Here we find ourselves again in the final week of half term – it has flown by yet again! As always, we are very proud of all our Year 8 students have achieved with lots of hard work and new content learned in lessons.

Last week, students did well to keep up their enthusiasm and positivity around school despite the end of half-term tiredness setting in. A big thank you also from the Year 8 team to our students and families for your support and understanding around the change of routine on Wednesday. There was some fantastic online learning taking place in adaptation to this day as well as many other students using the day to learn new skills or reconnect with friends and family.

This week and the first week back after half term, we have the Swimming Fundraiser taking place in PE lessons. All students will take part in their normal scheduled swimming lessons with their usual classes, so there is no disruption to your child’s normal routine. Students have taken some time in their Forms to set themselves a target number of laps they will try to swim during the lesson and they will also be awarded a merit for every lap they manage above this. We would really value your support at home in encouraging your child’s efforts to engage in Swimming and celebrating their aspirations to achieve the personal target. We have taken the decision not to make this a sponsored swim as part of our poverty-proofing plan, however we will have a donation bucket in each Form as a show of support for the event. Any spare change you have to donate is much appreciated.

All the funds we raise for the Swimming Fundraiser will be rolled back into Year 8 Rewards for the end of the Spring and Summer terms. We have raised £219 so far from our Christmas Fayre and Quiz fundraisers and the first reward (as voted on by the Year 8 Student Council) will be an after school Pizza party and Disco to take place next half term.

Our Act of Collective Worship this week will be led by Form 8CBn who have been working hard to prepare during Form time – we very much look forward to this.

One important reminder to students this week will also be about our school’s Hands Off Policy: we are currently seeing a lot of pushing, kicking and playfighting at social times and between lessons. This does often become a trend in Year 8 (especially among the boys, unfortunately)… However, we know that this “banter” behaviour can escalate and lead to upset very easily and therefore cannot be something we tolerate in school. Any help you can offer at home in reminding your child of our Hands Off Policy and why it is important to avoid being physical would be very much appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any queries or concerns about your child in Year 8, please contact school reception to speak to someone in the Year 8 team, or you can email reception@ahs.pmat.academy.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team
It has been another great week in year 7 as we creep towards half term. Our Year 7’s have been busy attending lots of clubs, representing the school at sporting fixtures, enjoying exciting lessons and working hard. We have enjoyed watching students make pizza in food tech and they have enjoyed eating them during lunch too! The year group were brilliant during The Big Talk on Tuesday, they were respectful, inquisitive and showed great maturity during their sessions. This week has also seen us reflecting on Holocaust memorial day. During their RE lessons students have visited the Chapel where we have our Anne Frank exhibition. Once again, they showed their maturity and showed respect whilst discussing such an important topic.

In assembly on Thursday we had a visit from The Bikeability Team. Bikeability will start after half terms and letters will go out this week. Please return these to reception or to the year 7 office if your child wishes to participate. This is a free opportunity for all year 7 students to get involved in. They will complete a 2 hour session during school time either on their own or in a pair with one instructor. They will learn how to navigate roads and junctions. Most of our students will be completing their level 3, if your child does not yet have their level 2 please let us know so we can arrange this for them.

If you do not do so already please do follow us on twitter @AHS_Year7 to keep an eye on all the exciting things our year 7’s are getting up to. Should you need any support please contact the year team via school reception reception@ahs.pmat.academy or email the team directly. Miss Cooper acooper2@ahs.pmat.academy, Miss Powell hpowell@ahs.pmat.academy or Mrs Halifax jhalifax@ahs.pmat.academy.

Well Done to our Students of the Week:
7ASU – Favour Ojo – for always being a polite and cheery member of the form.
7CMM – Penny McDermott- for always bringing plenty of personality and humour to our time in form, and for providing some great reflections during DEAR time this week,
7PI – Natty Greenhouse – a constant calming presence who works hard and is kind to everyone. You are a pleasure to have in the form.
7HV – Seb Wilford- Excellent and thoughtful contributions during form discussions, well done!
7MPE – Anna Davies – For getting involved with the school netball club. Well done.
7CST – Numan Ahmed- for settling in really well to year 7, joining in and making some great friends. Well done Numan!
7MLN – Evie Wilkes – For your excellent contributions in form, well done Evie!
7JHE – Lilly Thompson for living our school values. Well Done!
7BL – Seth Stagnell – showing a positive attitude in his learning in all lessons and engaging in form time discussions. Well done!
7ZBL – Esmee Mason – For being a kind and supportive member of our form, always!
7CY – Frances Lilley – excellent contributions to “The Big Talk”, provided lots of amazing answers during group discussions. Behaviour was brilliant as always! Well Done!

Well done to our Head of Year Awards this Week!
Andra Mulvenna 7ZBL – Working really hard at school and at home – well done Andra!
Joseph Bastow 7BL – For being so welcoming to new members of the AHS community. Well Done!

Word of the week
The word of the week for week commencing 6 February is:

Justification
Noun: The action of showing something to be right or reasonable
“He made a speech in justification of his career.”

Collective Worship
Theme
This week our form tutor collective worship is linked to Childrens Mental Health Week and the theme of connecting well to each other. Our daily quotes are all bible quotes that link to positive mental wellbeing.

Quotes
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
The Bible – the letter to the Philippians ch4:v13

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
The Bible – the Gospel of John ch14:v27

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
The Bible – the book of Isaiah ch41:v10

“…God has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
The Bible – the letter to the Hebrews ch13:v5

“Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
The Bible – the first letter of Peter ch5:v7

6 February 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 30 January

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

Last week we had the pleasure of the WaterBear University delivering Music careers workshops to our Year 9 students alongside GCSE and A Level Music students. Our Key Stage 3 students took part in the Inter House Swimming Gala and it was great to see them getting involved. All students were off timetable for an extended form tutor PSHCE session which centred on friendships, relationships and marriage. Finally, on Thursday evening it was brilliant to see our Year 9 families at the Pathway Evening. Should you have any questions regarding the process for selecting your child’s subject choices then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Mr Williams, our Curriculum Deputy Head, would be delighted to help answer any queries that you may have.

We have a busy week ahead, especially in terms of Year 11 as there are a number of BTEC examinations running throughout the course of the week. I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the Year 11 ICT BTEC examination that takes place at 9am on Wednesday 1 February will go ahead regardless of the Industrial Action.

Year 7 students will be off timetable on Tuesday 31 January as they take part in the Big Talk where students will explore themes including proactive safeguarding, reproduction, puberty, relationships, body image, gender and reliable sources of information.

Industrial Action – Wednesday 1 February

Last week, we wrote to inform you of the arrangements that we are putting in place to cover the Industrial Action on Wednesday 1 February. I thought it important to reiterate some of the key messages below:

Unfortunately, the school will only be open for Vulnerable and EHCP students, and for those students in Year 11.

Year 12 and 13 students will be at home accessing live lessons via Google Classroom.

Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students will be at home and will have work to complete on Google Classroom.

Further detailed information for each year group is provided below:

Year 11 students
Year 11 students will follow their timetable as normal, this includes arriving promptly for morning registration in full school uniform. Lessons unaffected by the industrial action will be taught by the student’s usual teacher and where possible in their normal timetabled room. In the case that a student’s teacher is absent due to the industrial action they will take part in one or more of the following sessions which will be staffed by the Senior Leadership Team:

  • Study skills
  • English revision
  • RE revision (all students will need to bring their RE revision materials)
  • Independent revision (all students will need to bring revision materials)

It is important that students in Year 11 bring private revision resources with them to school.

Food and refreshments will be available to purchase in the main hall at break and lunchtimes.

Vulnerable and EHCP students on site
Vulnerable and EHCP students who are accessing education on site should arrive promptly for morning registration in full school uniform. On arrival, they will be guided into the main hall for morning registration. After students have been registered they will be taken to computer rooms to access their online learning. Students meeting this criteria will be contacted by school in advance of the industrial action.

Food and refreshments will be available to purchase in the Courtyard Cafe at break and lunchtimes.

Students in Year 12 and 13
Students in Year 12 and 13 will work from home but will follow the lesson timings for their normal timetable. At the start of each lesson they should log into their subject Google Classroom to access ‘live’ teaching from their teachers who are not taking part in the Industrial Action. If their teacher is not present then they will need to complete independent work or work that has been set in advance by their teachers.

Students in Years 7-10
Students in Years 7-10 will work from home and have access to resources through their Google Classroom. Students should first log in to their subject Google Classroom. If their teacher is not on strike there will be work posted and their teacher will be there to support them with completion. If there is no work in a student’s subject Google Classroom, they can log into their year group classroom which will contain resources students may wish to access. Students in Years 7-10 will follow the lesson timings for their usual school day.

Additional information
Please note, these arrangements are for the industrial action taking place on Wednesday 1 February only. We will contact parents and carers regarding arrangements for the other strike days nearer the time.
Children in receipt of free school meals who will not be in school on Wednesday will be able to collect a packed lunch at the end of the day on Tuesday. We will contact families by text message to ask if lunch is required. Please respond to this message if you would like a lunch to be made for your child.

Buses will run as normal.

Technically the school is closed for all year groups other than Y11 and therefore there will be no formal attendance on that day. We are providing work because we think it’s the right thing to do but individual families will decide how this is engaged with.

Wellbeing

Health and wellbeing is an important part of life at Archbishop Holgate’s School, in order to read the wellbeing newsletter for this week – please click here.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Arlo Gane7ASUFor super organisation and being a fantastic house captain in the school swimming gala. Well DoneAHS Journey – ‘Joining In’
Year 7 Phoebe Beard7JHEFor super organisation and being a fantastic house captain in the school swimming gala. Well DoneAHS Journey – ‘Joining In’
Year 8 Iris Muinonen-Martin8BDuFantastic contributions in swimming gala. Represented Derwent House very well.AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Lily Anderson8DTkFantastic contributions in swimming gala. Represented Derwent House very well.AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Nicola Ciachia8MSrFantastic contributions in swimming gala. Represented Derwent House very well.AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Emily Cundall8ERoFantastic contributions in swimming gala. Represented Derwent House very well.AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 9 Leo Crossman9WNoUnsolicited thoughtfulness and compassion. Well done Leo. Living our values into being.Compassion
Year 9 Tayla Langham9EvFor being a great team player and stepping up to swim in the Year 9 gala. Well done TaylaAHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Aidan Fewlass10HaFor living the school values consistently, well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Libby Roe10KMdFor living the school values consistently, well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Sophia Matravers11CFrFor going above and beyond with extra curricular activities and stepping out of your comfort zone. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Harley Robinson11HuFor a fantastic week and P6 attendance. Keep this up!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Ananya Valuri12SWrFor the fantastic mentality she has in approaching her studies and sixth form life, well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12 Laura Wilkie12 HGaFor her fantastic approach to her studies and always being happy to help out fellow students. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
 
 Year 13Matthew Barber13BKiFor his fantastic performance in Lithuania during the Euros Futsal Competition. Congratulations!AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’
 Year 13Robyn Darwin13BKiFor incredible resilience, determination and work ethic in the run up to Y13 Summer exams. P6 attendance has been outstanding! Well done.AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’

Year team messages to parents and carers

Each week, the pastoral year teams will communicate any key messages, successes and upcoming dates to be aware of in this section of the parent bulletin.

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

REMINDER Year 12 Mock Exams
Data will not be sent specifically home as we are currently collating data for Full Reports due beginning of February. The Sixth Form team will collate the raw mock results and plan intervention for each student requiring intervention. This will result in some parental meetings to communicate those plans. Parent’s Evening is in March following the release of the Full Report.

REMINDER Year 13 March Mocks
These take place wc 6th March and will be the final chance to have exams in exam conditions before the summer exam series. Students will be directed to focus their attention on specific topics/units in the coming weeks but independent revision should be ongoing.

REMINDER Year 13 Subject Support
Please continue to encourage your son/daughter to attend P6 for their subjects. This is an invaluable opportunity to get guided tuition in their ongoing revision. All opportunities should be seized whilst still in school for the short-term remaining.

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
LunchP6LunchP6LunchP6LunchP6LunchP6
Health and Social Care
L32 – Coursework
Hga
Psychology Y13 SF Workroom
De
Textiles
TE4
Hv
Politics drop-in
L32
Hga
Sport PE1
Gs
Health and Social Care
L32 – Coursework
Hga
Chemistry Y13
L25/L18
Os/Ha
Politics drop-in
L32
Hga/Smf
Health and Social Care
L32
Hga
Drama and Theatre Studies
EN11 ABt
Health and Social Care
L32
Hga
History
Hi5
Kx
Maths/Further Maths
Ma1
Bl/BKi/Dd
History (Tudors)
Hi2
Bs
Physics Year 12
Sc8
Wb
Chemistry Y12
L25/Sc1
Os/NTh
Geography
Geography Officer 1:1 tuition
Travel and Tourism Y12
L34
Music
L40
ZBl
Health and Social Care
L32 – Coursework
Hga
Art
Ar1
Hf
Music
L40
ZBl
Applied Psychology
Y13
Kke
Business
SF Library
Cn
A Level Psychology
Y12
L17
Edn
Y13 English Language
EN6 Hm/Ed NEA
Protective Services
L34 Ewt and Kt
Biology
Sc4
Da, Es, Lv, Wa
History
HI5
Kx
RE Y13 RE6
History Coursework Support
Hi2
Music
L40
ZBl
Applied Law
L32
Sl
Physics Y13
Sc8
Wb
IT
IT3
Sre/Ap
Politics
L32
Hga/Smf
Computer Science
IT3
SRe/Ap
Applied Psychology
Y12
L17
Edn
Geography
Gg3
Pl/Ry
Sociology
Y13
L9
Jjy/Yg

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

I would first of all like to start by saying how lovely it was to meet you all at the Y11 Progress Evening. It was an excellent opportunity to hold those very important conversations, give praise where praise is due and to generally gain some feedback. It has been a pleasure and I look forward to seeing you all again at the end of March.

It has filled me with joy to see the vast majority of the year group at period 6 last week; with a significant number of students attending all three sessions! As a reminder, we still have another set of period 6s happening this week: English (Monday), Science (Tuesday) and Maths (Thursday), in preparation for the Y11 mocks. Every bit of information gained has a significant impact on future progress.

Additionally, we have a quiet study space open to all Y11s on Thursdays afterschool, until 5pm, where they can engage in some private revision (and eat some fresh snacks made specially by our wonderful catering team).

Year 11 February Mock Timetable
Monday 6thTuesday 7thWednesday 8thThursday 9thFriday 10th
Morning 9am

Period 1 & 2

English Literature
2hr 15m
Science
Combined 1hr 15m
Mathematics Paper 1
Non-Calculator
1hr 30m
Mathematics Paper 2
Calculator
1hr 30m
Mathematics Paper 3
Calculator
1hr 30m
Break
Midday 11:10am

Period 3 & 4

English Language
1hr 45m
Science
Triple 1hr 45m
Combined 1hr 15m
Lunch
Afternoon

Period 5

Next week sees a full week of formal BTEC examinations. We start the week with Health and Social Care on Monday. Tuesday we are doubling up in Business and Engineering. Wednesday it is IT. On Thursday our Applied Pathways students will be sitting their Maths Functional Skills exam; and then we finally finish off the week with Travel and Tourism, as well as another Engineering exam.

We wish all of our students, sitting the exams, the best of luck. They may feel a mix of emotions, and that is absolutely normal at this moment in time. A combination of purposeful revision and rest, a healthy diet and plenty of water should support their wellbeing during this intense week.

As always, thank you for your support in the busy but crucial period for Year 11 students. If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact the Year 11 team.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

This week year 10 have had another great week! As a year group they have raked up an outstanding 3891 merits this week, the vast majority of which were from a positive attitude towards their studies. As a year team Miss Deacon, Mrs Robinson and myself have been so impressed by students going above and beyond in commitment to their studies. It’s amazing to see the year group flourish as a collective group, but also shine as the lovely individuals that they are.

Our top 5 students for merits:
5th – Catlin Casey (10KGn) – 38
3rd – Poppy Hearld (10KMd) – 42
3rd – Carter Sanderson (10MHe) – 42
2nd – Toby Hassall (10MHe) – 47
1st – Thomas Smith (10MHe) – 49

Congratulations to them all. You can track your young person’s individual progress on ClassCharts, please do contact us if you haven’t downloaded the app to do so.

Continuing the half term’s theme of the British Value of tolerance, the year 10 collective worship was addressing racism. I was so impressed at the maturity shown by the year group when addressing a topic which is so important but must be dealt with sensitively. I am sure that year 10 will continue to show this compassion and maturity this week when we discuss the holocaust in the Collective Worship. As a school we have a zero tolerance regarding all forms of discrimination. If your young person witnesses or is a victim of discrimination we ask that you encourage them to complete a ‘REPORT IT’ form. Please see the link below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSQIjR3XhWprrujQIRdqalduVl1kkgGYvc8qEoZGmOY6xh-Q/viewform

Just a reminder that students will also be completing work experience, in May, which will bring breadth and diversity to their curriculum as they work to learn exam skills and new knowledge, as previously mentioned students should be trying to arrange their work experience placements now for one week commencing on Monday 15th May and will run until Friday 19th May. This is hopefully now sorted for every pupil. Please can you make sure you are arranging this with your young person at home and they must log all their details on the work experience website of GroFar. There are drop in sessions in the careers office on Monday and Friday this week during lunchtime.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself or Mr Arthur (who is organising the work experience), I know a number of students have approached me and asked questions about it which is great to see. Mr Arthur’s email is aarthur@ahs.pmat.academy

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy), Miss Deacon (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@ahs.pmat.academy) or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you – Mr McPaul

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

Another fantastic week at school for Year 9. With four weeks of the half term completed it has been great to drop into lessons and see so many motivated students who are working hard despite the dark cold days and being so far through the half term.

It was a big week for Year 9 students as options evening was held on Thursday 26th January. This was an opportunity to be able to talk to teachers of option subjects more about the subjects, including the structure of the course, the difference between a BTEC and a GCSE and the future opportunities that these subjects could lead to. It is hoped that this helped you to make informed decisions about the choices that students may be deliberating about, especially after the taster sessions. If any questions have arisen from this evening, please contact us or Mr Williams for further information. If there are any subject specific questions it would be a great opportunity for students to talk to the heads of department around school and maybe build some confidence about approaching unusual situations.

Options evening will be followed by full reports being sent home and then a delayed progress evening. Reports will arrive home with students, although if they are absent from school on the day they are given out they will be posted.

Progress evening has been delayed until the 8th of February because of the industrial action. As it is such an important evening to talk to subject teachers about how students are progressing in lessons and any further questions about options, it was decided to postpone it by a week so that all teachers will be present for the evening. Students have been given a letter and sign up sheet in form time to seek out teachers and arrange appointments. The evening runs from 15:45 – 19:15. If you would like to speak to any of the pastoral team please get in contact and we can arrange to see you on the day.

Friday saw students remembering the Holocaust in their act of Collective Worship. Students listened respectfully and had many moments to ponder the wider repercussions of this huge historical event and why it shouldn’t ever be forgotten.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

This week has seen us recognising and reflecting on Holocaust Memorial Day. Year 8 students had the opportunity to learn about this important day in our Act of Collective Worship on Tuesday and watch videos of testimonial accounts of victims’ experiences. We reflected on how hatred can easily spread and looked at some ways in which we can prevent this from taking place in our school community, linked with our school values of compassion and justice. I hope students found this interesting and took away the important key messages from it.

On this note, we are beginning to see some tired faces in our year group as the end of the half-term approaches. This can then sometimes lead to disengagement and poor behaviour in lessons and also some unkindness amongst the students as well. It is important that students are getting the recommended eight hours of sleep at home and are in good routines before bedtime: minimising access to phones and computers an hour before bed; going to bed at consistently the same time each night and having softer lighting in the hours leading up to bedtime as well.

As always, we promote acts of kindness within school and you may see your child receiving ‘values merits’ linked to our school values of compassion, justice, trust and forgiveness. We also ask that you speak to your child about kindness at home and encourage them to speak kindly to others and be helpful. Miss Waines asks form tutors to nominate students each week who have performed an act of kindness and we have a celebration of this in PM registration on Fridays. We hope to see your child being nominated in the near future!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do email or phone reception who will put you in touch with the Year 8 team.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We continue to be impressed with our year 7 students, and have had another great week. The year group have shown excellent behaviour, attitude to learning and are building resilience every day. It was a pleasure to watch them all getting involved in our swimming galas on Tuesday and fantastic to see them cheering, supporting one another and getting to know new students in their house (Ouse, Esk, Derwent of Foss). Well done to all those who took part and a huge well done to the house captains who were superb at organising their teams and making sure everyone was involved.

In assembly on Thursday we had an exciting visit from our Sixth Form School Captains, Ethan and Milly. They spoke about their vision for the school and encouraged our Year 7’s to complete their student voice surveys to make a difference to our school community. We also looked at all of the available clubs for year 7 and encouraged our students to attend one club (at least) a week.

Next week is also full of excitement for Year 7. On Tuesday we will be having some visitors in school who will be completing The Big Talk with each year 7 form group. This is an introduction to Secondary RSE (Relationship Education). The basis of knowledge of year 7 pupils can vary considerably depending on the quality of their primary RSE provision or lack thereof. This lesson is designed to establish knowledge levels, ensure consistent accurate knowledge of core topics and back fill gaps. Themes covered include proactive safeguarding, reproduction, puberty, relationships, body image, gender and reliable sources of information. Students will be told when this is taking place for their form in the notices on Monday.

A polite reminder that all students are expected to wear school shoes that are leather or leather look. Trainers are not suitable school shoes and students can swap these at reception should they need to. If you need any support with uniform please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please remember that you can contact main reception if you have any queries regarding your child in year 7 or email the year team directly: Miss Cooper (acooper2@ahs.pmat.academy), Miss Powell (hpowell@ahs.pmat.acdemy) and Mrs Halifax (jhalifax@ahs.pmat.academy).

Well Done to our Students of the Week:
7ASU – Alex Dunlop-Gibson for winning girl of the game in her netball match!
7CMM – Eloise Niven – for representing the school in a netball match and playing WD to help the team secure a win! Well Done!
7PI – Brody Holmes – for some excellent contributions to PSCHE!
7HV – Esme Robson – Excellent contributions to PSHCE, well done!
7MPE – Isaac Smith – for always putting his hand up and making some excellent contributions to PSCHE.
7CST – Hannah Lovett- For being a great member of the form who works really well with Aaishah and interacts in form time discussions. Hannah has settled really well into form. Well done Hannah!
7MLN – Charley Ayre – For you thoughtful contributions and reflections about friendships during our PSHCE session.
7JHE – Charlie Summers – for brilliant contributions to form time PSHCE!
7BL – Lola Rooke – a delightful member of the form who is now beginning to engage in form time discussions with some good ideas. Well done. Keep it up.
7ZBL – Aiden Marsh – Being such a responsible and reliable student following routines. Well Done!
7CY – Lexi Glancy-Bennett – Provided brilliant answers in group discussions during the PSHCE lesson and created a stunning piece of work. Well Done Lexi.

Well Done to our Head of Year Awards:
Phoebe Beard 7JHE – for super organisation and being a fantastic house captain in the swimming gala!
Arlo Gane 7ASu – for super organisation and being a fantastic house captain in the swimming gala

Word of the week

The word of the week for week commencing 30 January is:

Harmony
Noun: The quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole
Despite their viewpoints, they existed in harmony.

Collective Worship

Theme
Our form tutor collective worship this week is entitled Unique. It encourages us to consider how God created each of us uniquely and equally, and that he loves us just as we are. We will look at the story of Nick Vujicic and also Psalm 139. Our daily quotes continue this theme.

Quotes

Monday: “You are God’s masterpiece” – Ephesians 2:10

Tuesday: “An original is worth more than a copy.” – Suzy Kassem, American writer, poet, philosopher, and multi-faceted artist of Egyptian origin

Wednesday: “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – Walt Disney

Thursday: “We are all born originals – why is it so many of us die copies?” – Edward Young, 17th Century English poet

Friday: “Isn’t it amazing that we are all made in God’s image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

30 January 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 23 January

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

We enjoyed a productive week last week, which included our Year 11 students receiving their mock results and having their mock assembly. We then had the opportunity to talk to our Year 11 families as part of the Year 11 Progress Evening to discuss how we can work collectively to help every child achieve their aspirations and fulfil their potential. English, Maths and Science P6 sessions started last week and will continue in the lead up to the Year 11 additional mock examinations (which take place in the final week of this half term). These sessions continue this week and they remain a great opportunity for our staff to further support our Year 11 students and we are delighted with the number of young people in the year group making the most of this additional teaching and revision.

This week we have the WaterBear University visiting on Monday in order to deliver Music careers workshops to Year 9 students alongside GCSE and A Level Music students. On Tuesday, the Inter House Swimming Gala takes place for students in Year 7, 8 and 9. Also happening on Tuesday is a visit to Bradford University for our Year 12 forensic scientists as part of their curriculum. During period 1 on Wednesday, all students will be off timetable for their next form tutor PSHCE session. Students will stay in their forms to complete activities centred on friendships, relationships and marriage. On Thursday evening all Year 9 families are invited into school for the Pathway Evening. During this evening, there will be a presentation from the Deputy Head in charge of Curriculum about the process and pathways; the opportunity to speak to Heads of Departments and the opportunity to discuss your child’s individual needs with a member of the senior team if needed.

Finally, linked to the NEU industrial action we will write to you by Friday 27 January to confirm if school is open on Wednesday 1 February and inform you of any changes to the school day.

Silver Arts Awards Cultural Experience Visits Rotation 1, Friday 13th January
A week ago last Friday saw the first rotation of Cultural Experience Visits for Year 9 – here is a nice summary of each visit from our trip leaders.

Royal Armouries Visit
A third of Year 9 journeyed to the Royal Armouries for their first rotation of the Cultural Experience visits. Student’s rotated around exhibits focussed on ‘War’, ‘Hunting’, ‘Tournaments’ and a very interesting ‘Oriental’ exhibit. The students engaged with the installations very well, filling in their booklets and reviewing the exhibits as part of the Silver Arts Award. After breaking for lunch, the day was rounded off with a brilliant two-handed sword demonstration from two of the Armouries staff, which really caught the attention of the students! After a busy day, we made our way back to the coaches and departed back to school. The students were a credit to the school, and certainly had a great cultural experience!

National Science and Media Museum Visit
The second third of Year 9 visited the National Science and Media Museum for their first rotation of the Cultural Experience visits. Students completed a range of interactive, multimedia activities in exhibits such as ‘Kodak Photography’, ‘Animation’, ‘Science Wonderlab’ and ‘Experience TV’. The students were a credit to the school and really made the most of all the activities and exhibitions that the museum offered. Many of the students noted that their highlight of the day was the IMAX 3D screening of ‘Wild Africa’, which followed a family of elephants across the continent on their epic search for water. After stopping for lunch, students visited their final exhibitions before returning by coach, to round off a very worthwhile and successful day that forms part of the student’s Silver Arts Award.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park visit
Students battled with the elements to have a great day at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We were lucky enough to see some incredible, large scale sculptures, ranging from a bronze Pikachu to a 10m tall, 13 ton woman, to the bronze Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads where students were able to take photographs with their year of the Zodiac animal. We managed to hide from the weather for a short period of time and enjoyed looking round the Robert Indiana exhibition. Here, his use of found objects and large scale light displays grabbed the students’ attention. We were really impressed by how the students left both the area we had lunch in and the coach – disposing of all rubbish and leaving equipment neat and tidy – really good examples of showing our school values of compassion and trust.

Year 9 Pathway process
All of Year 9 attended an extended pathway assembly on Friday afternoon where the process was outlined in detail and they were provided with a personalised pathway booklet. As outlined in the assembly, considerable time has been spent ensuring your child is on the correct pathway for them.

Families of Year 9 students will have the opportunity to discuss subject choices further at the Pathway Evening on Thursday 26th January at 6:30 onwards, as outlined in the letter last week.

The Pathway Option Forms will be a Google Form, sent directly to your child’s school email address. This will go live on Thursday 26th January.

Wellbeing
Health and wellbeing is an important part of life at Archbishop Holgate’s School, in order to read the wellbeing newsletter for this week – please click here.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Oscar Bell7MPEFor looking after our school community and picking up litter, thank you and Well Done!Compassion
Year 7 Esther Button7ZBLFor having the most merits in the year, Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Taylor Blogg8DTkFor excellent effort and contributions in lessons this week which has earned an exceptional number of merits – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Kaydee Roberts8DTkFor excellent effort and contributions in lessons this week which has earned an exceptional number of merits – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Natalie Bowler9CrFor just being consistent, hardworking, well behaved and reliable. Living our school values into being. Super helpful on the school trip. Well done Natalie!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Heather Ashby9NThFor just being consistent, hardworking, well behaved and reliable. Living our school values into being and showing quality work and leadership skills in PE. Well done Heather!AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Alana Thompson10KMdFor consistently living the school values – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Jihyun Park10ABtMost merits on ClassCharts – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Mo Boudjema11PsFor consistently working hard in and out of school. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 James Young11PsFor consistently working hard in and out of school. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Tom Wilson12NcFor his quick thinking and action in the community. well done!Compassion
Year 12 Grace Wilson12LvFor her quick thinking and action in the community, well done!Compassion
Year 12Matthew Dalgliesh12SWrFor his fantastic help at Y11 Parents Evening on WednesdayAHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’

Year team messages to parents and carers
Each week, the pastoral year teams will communicate any key messages, successes and upcoming dates to be aware of in this section of the parent bulletin.

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

Year 12 Mock Exams
A Level mock exams took place for our Year 12 cohort last week and results will be issued by departments when available. Data will not be sent specifically home as we are currently collating data for Full Reports due beginning of February. The Sixth Form team will collate the raw mock results and plan intervention for each student requiring intervention. This will result in some parental meetings to communicate those plans. Parent’s Evening is in March following the release of the Full Report.

Year 13 March Mocks
These take place wc 6th March and will be the final chance to have exams in exam conditions before the summer exam series. Students will be directed to focus their attention on specific topics/units in the coming weeks but independent revision should be ongoing.

Year 13 Subject Support
Please continue to encourage your son/daughter to attend P6 for their subjects. This is an invaluable opportunity to get guided tuition in their ongoing revision. All opportunities should be seized whilst still in school for the short-term remaining.

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
LunchP6LunchP6LunchP6LunchP6LunchP6
Health and Social Care
L32 – Coursework
Hga
Psychology Y13 SF Workroom
De
Textiles
TE4
Hv
Politics drop-in
L32
Hga
Sport PE1
Gs
Health and Social Care
L32 – Coursework
Hga
Chemistry Y13
L25/L18
Os/Ha
Politics drop-in
L32
Hga/Smf
Health and Social Care
L32
Hga
Drama and Theatre Studies
EN11 ABt
Health and Social Care
L32
Hga
History
Hi5
Kx
Maths/Further Maths
Ma1
Bl/BKi/Dd
History (Tudors)
Hi2
Bs
Physics Year 12
Sc8
Wb
Chemistry Y12
L25/Sc1
Os/NTh
Geography
Geography Officer 1:1 tuition
Travel and Tourism Y12
L34
Music
L40
ZBl
Health and Social Care
L32 – Coursework
Hga
Art
Ar1
Hf
Music
L40
ZBl
Applied Psychology
Y13
Kke
Business
SF Library
Cn
A Level Psychology
Y12
L17
Edn
Y13 English Language
EN6 Hm/Ed NEA
Protective Services
L34 Ewt and Kt
Biology
Sc4
Da, Es, Lv, Wa
History
HI5
Kx
RE Y13 RE6
History Coursework Support
Hi2
Music
L40
ZBl
Applied Law
L32
Sl
Physics Y13
Sc8
Wb
IT
IT3
Sre/Ap
Politics
L32
Hga/Smf
Computer Science
IT3
SRe/Ap
Applied Psychology
Y12
L17
Edn
Geography
Gg3
Pl/Ry
Sociology
Y13
L9
Jjy/Yg

REMINDER: BTEC January External Assessments
These take place for our Year 13 students and some of our Year 12 students across January. Students have examinations at 9am and 1pm each day.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

This has been a very important week for students in Year 11, who have received their mock exams results following their special assembly on Monday. The message to the students from Mr Green-Harding and Miss McDermott was one that the students who have worked hard should feel very proud of themselves and seek to maintain this as we enter the run up to exams, whilst the students who have not worked hard enough should use this moment as a learning curve, with plenty of time left to recover before the real GCSE exams. The students seemed to respond to this very well, and I hope they take the advice of the Head of School on board over the coming weeks and months.

Following this, it was lovely to see students and parents together at the progress evening on Wednesday. At this point in the year I know the students were receiving some important messages from their class teacher, as well as praise for their hard work and efforts so far. The evening was really positive and I hope parents managed to take a lot from it, with further ideas of how to support your child in the coming months. Should you have any questions following the parents evening, please feel free to contact a member of the year 11 pastoral team.

I am sure one of the main talking points from Wednesday night was the upcoming mock exams at the end of this month. The students’ response to their results on Monday has been to focus very hard for their next set of exams between the 6th and 10th February. These mock exams will allow the students to see the progress they have made since their previous exam in November/December and give a good indication of where they are before the summer examinations.

Over the next three weeks, the students of Y11 will be working hard in preparation for their additional mock exams, between the 5th- 10th February. To support your child with the preparation for these exams I am pleased to announce that Period 6 will be up and running again in each of the core subjects. Please see the table below to find out the day of the session. All students are welcome at these sessions and I highly recommend your child take full advantage of the additional support offered. Period 6 in previous years, has been one of the reasons for significant student progress in the run up to their GCSEs. Following February half term, Period 6 will also be offered in other subject areas.

DAYSUBJECTWHERE
MondayEnglishEnglish Block
TuesdayScienceScience Block
ThursdayMathsMaths Block

At the end of this month, students in Year 11 who study BTEC qualifications, will be undertaking formal examinations that will count towards their final GCSE grade. Your child will be well aware of the upcoming exams and parents have been written to regarding this, just before the Christmas break. The students will be well prepared for these exams, however it is really important that you support your child by making sure they attend each exam, on time, in the correct school uniform, and with the correct equipment.

BTEC QualificationExam Date
Health and Social CareMonday 30 January
EngineeringTuesday 31 January
BusinessTuesday 31 January
ITWednesday 1 February
Maths (FS)Thursday 2 February
EngineeringFriday 3 February
Travel and TourismFriday 3 February

As always thank you for your support in the busy but crucial period for Year 11 students. Should you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact a member of the Year 11 team.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

This week I was so impressed with year 10. I had the pleasure of having a look at every year 10 lesson on Period 5 on Thursday. I was so impressed by the hard work going on, the focus and the clear progress that pupils are making in lessons. It was truly exceptional and I felt very proud of the year group!

Last week Year 10 were awarded an amazing 4207 merits – well done!
Our top 5 students for merits:
5th – Michael Wong (10KGn) – 36
3rd – Reuben Stockdale (10KMd) – 40
3rd – Rafi Garcia (10KMd) – 40
2nd – Jihyun Park (10ABt) – 41
1st – Ronnie Thompson (10KGn) – 42

Congratulations to them all. You can track your young person’s individual progress on ClassCharts, please do contact us if you haven’t downloaded the app to do so.

Last week our collective worship was led by Mr Furniss who was discussing bullying. The school has a zero tolerance policy about bullying and staff work very hard to allow all young people to learn in a safe and secure education setting. The message to pupils is clear that bullying will never be tolerated at Archbishop Holgate’s School. The research shows that bullying can be stopped most effectively when young students are brave and stand up for their peers. I would like to encourage our lovely young people to show kindness and to call out bullying when they see it. It is believed that over half of bullying incidents do not reoccur when this happens. This is difficult for some pupils, who may not feel confident in calling out peers, in this case we would ask pupils to fill out a ‘REPORT IT!’ form. QR codes for this can be found all over school. During collective worship the different roles of bullying were discussed. In many scenarios we see ringleaders and reinforcers who directly bully the victim with bystanders being aware of the bullying, referred to as ‘outsiders’. It is key that the outsiders report bullying so that the young people bullying the victim can be sanctioned and educated. I would like to encourage parents/carers to hold conversations with their young person in year 10 and help them to feel empowered to report bullying, as we do in school.

All bullying incidents can be reported anonymously via the REPORT IT! form. Please see the link here.

Just a reminder that students will also be completing work experience, in May, which will bring breadth and diversity to their curriculum as they work to learn exam skills and new knowledge, as previously mentioned students should be trying to arrange their work experience placements now for one week commencing on Monday 15th May and will run until Friday 19th May. This is hopefully now sorted for every pupil. Please can you make sure you are arranging this with your young person at home and they must log all their details on the work experience website of GroFar. There are drop in sessions in the careers office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week during lunchtime.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself or Mr Arthur (who is organising the work experience), I know a number of students have approached me and asked questions about it which is great to see. Mr Arthur’s email is aarthur@ahs.pmat.academy.

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy), Miss Deacon (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@ahs.pmat.academy) or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you – Mr McPaul

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

It is fantastic to be able to say just how proud we have been for the conduct of Year 9 in their GCSE taster sessions this week. We have had staff commenting on just how well behaved, enthusiastic, and eager students were in their sessions and that they were a delight to teach for the lessons they tried out. We hope that these sessions have helped to inform students about the choices that they are about to make for their upcoming GCSEs and that they enjoyed the sessions as much as the staff running them.

Students had the opportunity to try subjects that they may not have been able to before, ranging from Business Studies, Engineering, Health and Social and Travel and tourism, with a couple of favourites such as Art, to help explain the choices that they are about to make.

For more information about these upcoming choices there will be the options parent evening on Thursday 26th January. This is an opportunity to be able to talk to teachers of option subjects more about the subjects, including the structure of the course, the difference between a BTEC and a GCSE and the future opportunities that these subjects could lead to. It is hoped that this will help you to make informed decisions about the choices that child might be deliberating about, especially after the taster sessions.

This week Year 9 have had two assemblies, one led by Mr Arthur talking about Racism and Discrimination in society and how we as a school community can make sure that this can become a thing of the past.

Mr Williams took the usual Friday afternoon slot to explain the options that we have previously mentioned in this email. Booklets were given to every student present and the choices that were to be made explained in great detail. As always, please contact the year team if you have any questions or concerns.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

We have enjoyed another busy but productive week in school and our priorities continue to be focusing on settling back into routines and building on the strong foundations laid in the Autumn term.

This week, we had an important Anti-Bullying assembly led by Mr Furniss to outline national statistics, educate students on bullying roles and reiterate our own school’s position on this. We would really appreciate you having conversations with your children about this important topic and promoting tolerance and kindness as we do in school. Students were reminded of the need to report any issues either directly to a member of staff or use one of our QR code ‘report it forms’ – there are posters around school and in classrooms highlighting how to do this. Students responded positively to this and we hope to see more acts of kindness around school as a result.

On that note, this is a good opportunity to remind students and parents of our ‘hands-off’ policy in school. Whilst we love to see students playing sports and other games at breaks and lunchtimes, students must stay away from one another during other times of the day. Students are sometimes being too rough with one another and what starts off as harmless ‘playing’ can sometimes turn a bit nastier. Again, please continue to reinforce our messages of ‘hands-off’ and kindness at home with your child.

Next week sees PSHCE being delivered by form tutors during Period 1 on Wednesday. We are looking forward to our year group continuing to explore key topics linked to personal development. This half-term’s topic is focusing on fostering good friendships, which leads on nicely from the points made above. We are always really pleased at social times seeing the lovely students we have in our year group being good friends with one another.

Finally, please do read the year 8 section of the newsletter that went out at the end of last week for more info on what’s been going on in year 8 as well as a short piece from each of our form tutors.

As always, if you have any issues, please do get in touch with school either by phone or email.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We have had another lovely week with Year 7. This week we had an assembly on the importance of online safety and using social media appropriately. The following websites provide information that your families might find useful:

  • Think U Know – a website aimed at young people which contains very useful information about how to stay say online
  • Safekids – an internet safety resource for children
  • CEOP – website where you can report concerns if you are worried about the way someone is communicating with you online
  • NSPCC Net Aware – have reviewed the most popular apps, games and social media sites that students may be using and provided important information about the risks with each of them.

Next week our Year 7s will have the opportunity to take part in the swimming gala. This will involve students competing in their houses (Ouse, Foss, Derwent and Esk) and trying to win points for their teams. Please remember your swimming kit on Tuesday if you are taking part.

Well done to our Students of the Week
7ASu – Martin Schiller – for presenting The News very sensibly and adding his own opinions.
7CMM – Mia Mainprize – for alwasy being, polite, kind, and doing so well to get really settled now in school.
7Pi – Rosie Atkins – For trying hard all year and knowing when to admit she needs help. Well done Rosie.
7Hv – Ruqiaya Imran – For an amazing start at AHS and making a great first impression, well done!
7MPe – Erin Holton – For living John 10:10 and getting involved in the school show. Well done.
7CST – Joe Burt- For always being happy and smiley in form. Joe is a great member of 7CST who always gets involved and joins in. Well Done Joe!
7MLN – Conor Flanagan – For your kindness and compassion, thanks for being such a great member of our form!
7JHE – Phoebe Rankin – for always bringing a smile to AM reg
7BL – Thomas Jobling – for being a kind and thoughtful member of the form. Always organised and making good progress in lessons.
7ZBL – Lily Owen-Wright – for being a polite and friendly member of the form!
7CY – Phoebe Burgess for always doing the right thing and being such a positive member of the form

Well done to our Head of Year Awards
Oscar Bell 7MPE – for picking up litter and looking after our school community. Thank you and well done!
Esther Button 7ZBl – for having the most merits in the year! Well Done!

Please remember you can contact main reception if you have any queries involving your child or email the year team directly: Miss Cooper (acooper2@ahs.pmat.academy), Miss Powell (hpowell@ahs.pmat.academy) and Ms Halifax (jhalifax@ahs.pmat.academy).

Word of the week.

The word of the week for week commencing 23 January is:

Infer
Verb: deduce or conclude something from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements.
It is possible to infer a trend from the figures.

Collective Worship

Theme
Our form tutor collective worship is entitled Rest, Relax & Recuperate. It looks at what spiritual ideas and practical habits might be a recipe for good mental health. Our daily quotes are all on the theme of rest & relaxation.

Quotes
Monday – “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Jesus, The gospel of Mathew ch11 v28
Tuesday – “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese proverb
Wednesday – “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – The Bible, The first letter of Peter – 1 Peter ch5
Thursday – “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” – Sydney J. Harris, 20th Century American journalist
Friday – “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.” – Corrie Ten Boom, Dutch Christian who helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II

23 January 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 16 January

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

We have had another fantastic week in school culminating in all of our Year 9 students attending cultural trips to the Media Museum in Bradford, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield and the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

We start off this week, with our Year 11 students having their mock assembly on Monday morning. As part of the assembly students will receive the grades for the mock examinations that they sat prior to the Christmas break. This is a key opportunity for students to reflect on their progress and celebrate their achievements. As part of this reflection students will identify areas that they wish to develop. These will be then discussed in the Year 11 Progress Evening in which colleagues will talk through how working collectively we can help to support every child achieve their aspirations and fulfil their potential. The evening takes place on Wednesday and we very much look forward to seeing you there. Finally, in the lead up to the Year 11 additional mock examinations in Maths, English and Science (which take place in the final week of this half term) our staff are running P6 sessions as further support for our Year 11 students.

Again this week, our students in Year 10 – 13 continue their vocational examinations or controlled assessments. Whilst our Year 12 students sit their subject assessments this week having spent the past fortnight preparing for these.

On Tuesday we have the Year 9 taster day where our students will experience a selection of KS4 lessons they are interested in finding out more about prior to studying the courses at GCSE. Within these lessons students will also find out about the course content and the assessment structure.

Finally, in other news, it is York Residents’ Festival 2023 on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January 2023. To find out more, please click here.

Year 9 Pathway Process Update

Year 9 parents and families are invited to the Year 9 Pathway Evening on Thursday 26th February at 6.30pm. Families will be directed to different locations depending upon the time of arrival. All families will have the opportunity to hear a presentation linked to their child’s pathway and speak to the Curriculum Leaders across our options subjects about the courses on offer. We’re really excited to welcome parents and students into school and know that we have a brilliant range of courses available for our young people to select from.

The table below summarises the steps that are in place to provide support to parents, carers and students through the option process.

DateEventPurpose/Aim
17th JanYear 9 Taster DayYear 9 students will experience a selection of KS4 lessons they are interested in finding out more about prior to studying the courses at GCSE. Within these lessons students will also find out about the course content and the assessment structure. Students have previously selected these courses.
19th JanExtended assembly to students and pathway booklets distributedMr Williams talks to all the students about their choices, takes them through each subject on offer and highlights how to use the pathway booklet.
26th JanYear 9 Pathway Evening for parentsParents and carers are invited to a presentation to explain the process, the pathways alongside taking questions before finally meeting subject staff.
30th JanYear 9 full reports are issuedFull reports will be sent to parents to support families making decisions.
1st FebYear 9 Parents’ EveningParents and carers meet each of the teachers for their child and discuss their progress and sound out the potential to take the subject to GCSE standard.
8th FebYear 9 option form deadlineAll option applications must be given to Mr Williams by this date.

Wellbeing

Health and wellbeing is an important part of life at Archbishop Holgate’s School, in order to read the wellbeing newsletter for this week – please click here.

As part of our ongoing commitment to support student’s wellbeing across the school, we are continuing to develop the programme of activities that contribute to their physical and social wellbeing at lunchtimes.

The latest addition is the two new basketball hoops on black square for the year 9 & 10 students to use at lunchtime. The 3 v 3 games have proved very popular so far. This, along with the outdoor table tennis tables, give students options if they don’t wish to go on the field. There are still footballs, cricket sets and frisbees available for use on the back field.

The Year 7 & 8 students are making great use of the climbing wall as well as their footballs, cricket sets and frisbees. There are also skipping ropes available for groups to use on the concrete to build their aerobic fitness, as well as teamwork and cooperation with the long rope activities.

The wide variety of equipment available to them allows them to add vital minutes to their recommended 60 minutes a day of moderate physical activity. There are also a huge number of extra-curricular PE clubs on offer this half term, so make sure you check the google classroom for the timetable.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Abbie Preece7MLNFor living our school values in all she does and for quiet resilience since the start of the year. Well Done Abbie!Individual Liberty
Year 7 Savannah Seymour7CSTFor living our school values and for including everyone during lunch time. Well Done!Compassion
Year 8 Nathaniel Kong8ERsFor being a fantastic buddy to our new student. Thank you!Compassion
Year 8 Alex Briggs8LAyFor the most positives in the year group. Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Matthew Real9CBeFor just being consistent, hardworking, well behaved and reliable. Living our school values into being. Well done Matthew!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Felix Lovett9CBeFor just being consistent, hardworking, well behaved and reliable. Living our school values into being. Well done Felix! Individual Liberty
Year 10 Oliver Bell10KGnFor consistently living the school values and commitment to studies!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Adam Knowles10SLaFor consistently living the school values and commitment to studies!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Evan Bartholomew11KPeFor consistently putting in the effort in and out of school. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Zoe Williams11PsFor showing resilience all this week. Well done!Mutual Respect
Year 12 William Abbey12EDnShowing excellent resilience and making a great start to the new year. Well done Will!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12 Lana De Souza12EDnShowing excellent resilience and making a great start to the new year. Well done Lana!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 13 Ben Bellerby13BKiFor delivering an excellent Sports presentation with the confidence to go first, in addition to winning the Law Quiz last week. Well done!AHS Journey -‘Your Future’
Year 13 Joe Merrison13GlFor showing incredible commitment to his studies, focus in his lessons, and attending Period 6. Well done!AHS Journey -‘Your Future’

Year team messages to parents and carers

Each week, the pastoral year teams will communicate any key messages, successes and upcoming dates to be aware of in this section of the parent bulletin.

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

REMINDER: Year 12 Mock Exams
These will take place this week for our A Level students. It is a rigorous process but one which will work to establish what support is needed and to commend the hard work that has been demonstrated over the Winter term. When results are released they will be followed by parents evening in March (further information to follow).

REMINDER: BTEC January External Assessments
These take place for our Year 13 students and some of our Year 12 students across January. Students have examinations at 9am and 1pm each day.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

It’s a busy period for the Year 11 students as we enter the third week of the Spring term. On Monday the students will be called into the hall during period one for a special mock results assembly. The aim of the assembly is to congratulate the students who worked hard toward their mocks exams, and to encourage them to keep going until the summer. A message will also be given to those students who will feel that they have not reached their full potential in the mock exams, and how important it is between now and the summer to up their effort levels across their subjects and access the additional support on offer to them. The students will then receive their mock results in a brown envelope from a member of the teaching staff, in an attempt to replicate the feeling of the results day in the summer. Following the results being given out the students will return to lessons period two. Members of SLT will then meet with individual students throughout the day to offer further advice and guidance to them.

The students results day will be followed by a parents evening on Wednesday 18th January. The evening will run between 3:45pm and 7:15pm and attendance is strongly recommended following your child’s examination results. Your child should be making appointments with their teachers in preparation for this. Should you require any further information or assistance regarding parents evening, please feel free to contact a member of the Year 11 team.

Over the next three weeks the students of Year 11 will be working hard in preparation for their additional mock exams between the 5th- 10th of February. The exams will cover the core subjects of English,Maths and Science and will give a good indication of progress prior to the summer examinations. In addition to this I am also pleased to announce that period 6 will be up and running again for the students this week in all of the Core subjects. English will run on Monday, Science on Tuesday and Maths on Thursday. This will be open to all students, and I highly recommend they take full advantage of the additional support on offer. Period 6 in previous years has been one of the major reasons for significant student progress before their summer GCSE’s.

As always thank you for your support in the busy but crucial period for Year 11 students. Should you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact a member of the Year 11 team.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

Another fantastic week in Year 10 with some great work going on in classrooms, I love walking round Y10 classrooms (and with my own Y10 classes I teach) and seeing the commitment to studies, it is clear students are focusing and I would encourage our young people to ask ‘is this my best work’ when studying in lessons and so many of our young people are already doing that.

I love to start with positivity and as a year group last week Year 10 got a staggering 3994 merits – well done!

Our top 5 students for merits:

5th – Harry Speak (10ABt) – 34
2nd – Jimmy Hendon (10KGn) – 36
2nd – Finley Evans (10ABt) – 36
2nd – Joseph Coyle (10ABt) – 36
1st – Oliver Bell (10KGn) – 39

Congratulations to them all. You can track your young person’s individual progress on ClassCharts, please do contact us if you haven’t downloaded the app to do so.

It is clear Year 10 are focusing on their GCSEs, through learning new knowledge and developing new skills and our students are doing well at this, we will continue to encourage them to do so and it has been great to see the positive start they have made and I look forward to seeing this continue. Students recently got their latest academic reports home, there were some fantastic results and some students will be receiving further recognition, well done to them. I am very proud of how many students are succeeding. If you do have any queries in regards to your young persons report please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would encourage families at home to talk through their reports with their young person and understand how they are feeling/progressing with their academic journeys so you and they are aware of where they feel they need to focus on and what they are doing well at.

Just a reminder that students will also be completing work experience, in May, which will bring breadth and diversity to their curriculum as they work to learn exam skills and new knowledge, as previously mentioned students should be trying to arrange their work experience placements now for one week commencing on Monday 15th May and will run until Friday 19th May. Please can you make sure you are arranging this with your young person at home and they must log all their details on the work experience website of GroFar.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself or Mr Arthur (who is organising the work experience), I know a number of students have approached me and asked questions about it which is great to see.

I just wanted to remind our Year 10 families about the importance of attendance and how even being 5 minutes late every day equates to 3 days of school missed. Thank you for the ongoing commitment to good attendance, such as arranging appointments outside of school time. We are aiming for 96% as a year group, to put this into further context, if your child has lower than 95% attendance, this means that they are attending school less than the average child across the country. We would very much appreciate your support to ensure your young person is in school as much as possible to give them the best chance of success in the future. We know that all the students in the year group have so much potential so anything we can do to ensure this we certainly strive towards.

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy), Mr McPaul (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@ahs.pmat.academy) or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you – Miss Deacon

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

Once again a fantastic week in Year 9, Students have conducted themselves well throughout the whole week and it is a pleasure to be part of the year group. Friday saw the first of three Cultural Visits taking place this year. Each student will get the chance to visit the Media Museum in Bradford, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield and the Royal Armouries in Leeds throughout the course of the year.

Overall the conduct of students was excellent and they represented the school superbly.

9Ap, 9CBe and 9ECe visited the Royal Armouries. Whilst there they had the chance to visit all four areas of the museum. Students learnt about various periods of warfare, weapons and armour through history, from historical warfare such as Vikings, Anglo Saxons through to the mediaeval period, the weapons used in hunting, oriental weapons and armour, and the armour and weapons used in jousting tournaments.

9Cr, 9DBs, 9Ev and 9JDl visited the National Science and Media Museum. Whilst there students were able to think like a Scientist in Wonderlab, learn about the history of photography in the Kodiak gallery and experience some retro games. Students also had a chance to experience the 60 ft tall IMAX cinema learning about the importance of water to African wildlife.

9Lp, 9KCe, 9NTh and 9WNo visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park where they, against all the elements, had a chance to experience works by Damien Hirst, Robert Indiana, Alex Clegg and Annie Montgomerie amongst many others.

As mentioned before, GCSE taster day will be happening on Tuesday. Students have already made the four choices of what they would like to try during these taster sessions and timetable for the day will be handed out on Monday in form. This is a day for students to be able to get a taste of a subject they may not have studied before to further guide them in choosing what they would like to study for GCSEs.

This will then be followed by the options parent evening on Thursday 26th January. This is an opportunity to be able to talk to teachers more about the subjects that your child might be interested in to further inform any decisions going forward.

As always, please contact the year team with any questions you may have.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

Year 8 have had another fantastic week as they settle down into the routines of school after the Christmas holidays.

On Tuesday, our Act of Collective Worship focused on the damaging and long-lasting impact of derogatory language on those who experience it; particularly homophobic language. The aim was to educate where negative stereotypes may have come from and how we can overcome them in our school. We have a zero tolerance approach to such language in our school and we appreciate you having an open dialogue about topics like this with your child at home.

It has been really enjoyable for us as a team to walk around lessons and see what students are learning as we enter the new Spring term. It has been fantastic to see students in science conducting practicals, problem solving in maths and there were some pretty delicious looking cookies being carried round this week! It is great to see students engaging in their subjects and making the most of the opportunities and time they have here. On this note, please do also check the extra-curricular timetable found on the school website and encourage your child to take part in some.

We experienced some pretty wet and windy weather at the beginning of this week. A polite reminder that students should be coming to school with a warm and waterproof coat to keep them dry in the inclement weather. Please get in touch if you are struggling to source a suitable coat and we will do our best to sort something out. We are all looking forward to the lighter nights and hopefully better weather in the coming months!

If you have any questions or queries, as always please do get in touch with the school or email us directly at y8team@ahs.pmat.academy.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

Please congratulate your child on their excellent start to the New Year. Year 7 have been continuing to shine and are exemplary in terms of attitude in school and uniform.

As part of a whole school campaign, this week we have had an assembly from Mr Furniss about bullying; what it is and how we can all help to combat this in school. He also talked about friendship issues and how they are different from bullying. Students know that they can always speak to a member of staff if they think they are being bullied or can complete a ‘Report it’ form via the link on our website. There are posters around school which highlight this.

Next week sees the start of the new extra curricular activity timetable so please look out for this, talk to your child about their interests and look at which clubs they want to continue or join. it really does make a difference to their journey in school. If you need any support please do not hesitate to get in touch with the year 7 team by contacting reception.

Well done to our Students of the Week:
7ASu – Douglas Tasker – for being the form encyclopaedia!
7CMm – Oliver Stewart Stevens- For a huge improvement in attendance and being such a positive influence to the school
7Pi – Harley Pedley – for being consistently polite and hardworking since the beginning of September
7Hv- Hugh Jones – For living our school values and for always being a polite and delightful member of the form.
7MPe – Verity Kerns – For giving fantastic answers during form time and always volunteering to read.
7CSt – Charlotte Brannan- You have settled really well into school and have joined lots of sports clubs which is lovely to see. You are always so kind in form and work really well with the people around you, encouraging and supporting them. Well done Charlotte!
7MLn – Leila Gell – For always being hardworking, patient and polite in form and in lessons.
7JHe – Bethany Snowball – for always trying her best and living out our school values
7Bl – Caitlyn Plummer – Being a polite and helpful person in form and in lessons. Keep it up!
7ZBl – Louie Hawksby for working hard to ensure he is living the school values each and every day!
7Cy – Rocco Dunne for improved punctuality this week, keep it up please

Well done to our Head of Year awards:
Abbie Preece 7MLN – for living our school values in all she does and quiet resilience since the start of the year. Well done!Frances Lilley 7Cy – for an amazing performance in the Minster singing the solo verse of Once in Royal David’s City. We are so proud of you!
Savannah Seymour – for living our school values and including everyone during lunch time. Well Done!

Word of the week
The word of the week for week commencing 16 January is:

Assure

Verb: tell someone something positively

Tony assured me that there was a good chance they would win.

Collective Worship

Theme
Our form tutor collective worship this week is entitled The Hunt for Happiness. It explores general ideas about this theme, as well as what the bible has to say, in particular how happiness can come from serving others. Because Monday is Martin Luther King Day in the US, our quotes are all by him.

Quotes
Monday “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?” – Dr Martin Luther King Jnr

Tuesday “Everybody can be great…because everybody can serve. You don’t have to be highly educated to serve.” – Dr Martin Luther King Jnr

Wednesday “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do what is right.” – Dr Martin Luther King Jnr

Thursday “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Dr Martin Luther King Jnr

Friday “Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service.” – Dr Martin Luther King Jnr

16 January 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 9 January

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

It was a pleasure to welcome students back last week after the Christmas break. Students have returned well to school and I have especially enjoyed talking to students as part of my Chapel, which has a focus on new beginnings. As ever, I would encourage students to become involved in the extracurricular activities available to them. To see the full range of opportunities that are available to students please click here.

We have another busy week ahead of us which includes our Year 12 students working hard in and out of lessons to make sure that they are fully prepared for their subject assessments next week. Our students in Year 10-13 who study vocational qualifications have real BTEC examinations starting this week. Letters have been sent home to the families of these students to inform parents and carers. Students will need to continue to work hard in lessons and to spend time fully preparing for these examinations outside of school.

On Tuesday, families of children attending the Austria ski trip are invited into school in the evening to find out key information linked to the trip, whilst on Friday, every child in Year 9 will take part in one of three cultural trips linked to the Arts Award. Over the course of the year, every student will get the chance to visit the Media Museum in Bradford, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield and the Royal Armouries in Leeds. We look forward to updating you on these trips next week.

As a reminder, this half term is especially important for students in Year 13 and Year 11 who are working towards being exam ready ahead of the summer examination season. Students in both of these year groups should be encouraged to attend the additional after school taught P6 revision sessions run by subject teachers. Year 11 will have their mock assembly on Monday 16th January in which they will receive the grades for the mock examinations that they sat prior to the Christmas break. This is a key opportunity for students to reflect on their progress and celebrate their achievements. As part of this reflection students will identify areas that they wish to develop. These will be then discussed in the Year 11 Progress Evening in which colleagues will talk through how working collectively we can help to support every child achieve their aspirations.

Our Year 9 students will continue through the GCSE Pathway process which culminates in them selecting a number of courses to supplement their core GCSE qualifications. A timeline for key events linked to this process can be found below:

Tuesday 17th January: Year 9 Taster Day. Students have already chosen the subjects they will sample on this day. They will have an alternative timetable for half of the day where they will have the opportunity to attend different lessons, as selected in the Taster Day assembly. This provides an opportunity to understand what some of the new subjects entail.

Friday 20th January: Students are provided with a Pathway booklet and accompanying letter that provides details about courses and the process for students during a further Pathway Process assembly.

Thursday 26th January: Pathway Evening for students and parents. Further details for the timings of this evening, specific to your child, will be sent out next week. During this evening, there will be a presentation from the Deputy Head: Curriculum about the process and pathways; the opportunity to speak to Heads of Departments and the opportunity to discuss your child’s individual needs with a member of the senior team if needed.

Monday 30th January: Year 9 full reports are sent home. Reports will give parents/carers and students an indication of the subjects which are strengths.

Wednesday 1st February: Year 9 Parents Evening Parents and carers meet each of the teachers for their child and discuss their progress and sound out the potential to take the subject to GCSE standard.

Wednesday 8th February: Year 9 Pathway Options form deadline. All option applications must be given to Mr Williams by this date.

Wellbeing
Health and wellbeing is an important part of life at Archbishop Holgate’s School, in order to read the wellbeing newsletter for this week – please click here.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Kai Chapman7MLNFor amazing charity work outside school and raising lots of money for Shine21! Well DoneCompassion
Year 7 Sofia Boudjema7HVFor helping a new student feel welcomed into our school community. Well Done!Compassion
Year 7Finlay Price7CSTFor living our school values every single day and showing quiet resilience in everything he does. Well Done Finlay!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Hetty Doney8ECsFor being amazing and really helping Miss Collins settle in at AHS.Compassion
Year 8 Aaden Luk8SBlFor receiving lots of values merits this year – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Erin Smithson9EvFor amazing resilience and conscientiousness. A credit to the year group. Well done Erin.Individual Liberty
Year 9 Lauren Dunlop9LpFor just being consistent and hardworking and well behaved and reliable. Well done Lauren!Individual Liberty
Year 10 Lewis Armatige10PlShowing excellent resilience and making a great start to the new year. Well done Lewis!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Josh Eaton10DiFor an amazing start to the new year, taking responsibility of learning and being a positive influence round school. Well done Josh!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Amber Hardy11WbFor an amazing start to the term and showing resilience. Really proud of you!Compassion
Year 11 Amy Holmes11PsFor consistently working hard in Year 11. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Declan O’Donovan12OsFor voluntarily helping staff to rearrange furniture following assembly.Compassion
Year 12 Ben Crossman12OsFor voluntarily helping staff to rearrange furniture following assembly.Compassion
Year 13 Klaudia Romanska13SReFor just being consistent and hard working – you don’t get told how great you are enough!AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’
Year 13 Ellie White13SlFor fab mock results after pure hard graft – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’

Year team messages to parents and carers

Each week, the pastoral year teams will communicate any key messages, successes and upcoming dates to be aware of in this section of the parent bulletin.

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

GCSE Maths and English Resit Results
GCSE resit results will be distributed on Thursday 12th January between 8-8:40 in the Sixth Form Foyer. Please do get in touch if you wish for any further information regarding their results once they have been received.

Year 13 Competitive Admissions Success
We are delighted to congratulate so many of our competitive admissions applicants on their invitations to interview and their efforts in preparing for interviews prior to Christmas. It is extremely competitive to get onto such academic and demanding courses and certainly at Oxford and Cambridge, we are so proud of all of their efforts in the application process. We eagerly await further communication regarding offers.

REMINDER: Year 12 Mock Exams
These will take place wc16th January for our A Level students. It is a rigorous process but one which will work to establish what support is needed and to commend the hard work that has been demonstrated over the Winter term. When results are released they will be followed by parents evening in March (further information to follow).

REMINDER: BTEC January External Assessments
These take place for our Year 13 students and some of our Year 12 students across January. Students have examinations at 9am and 1pm each day.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

The first week in January is always tough, especially with the dark mornings and Christmas holidays seeming like a distant memory. However I have to say Year 11 have been in good spirits this week, continuing the excellent start they have made to the spring term.

This week SLT have been completing regular ‘learning walks’ into different lessons, and I have been pleased with the positive feedback on the conduct of Year 11. I will continue to promote this in Acts of Collective Worship, and how ‘every minute matters’ between now and the summer exams.

Just a reminder to parents that students in Year 11 will be receiving their Year 11 mock results on Monday 16th January in a special assembly period 1. This will be followed up with a parents’ evening on the 18th January, which will give parents the opportunity to speak to teachers regarding their child’s progress and how to continue this before the exams in the summer. The year 11 team will be there to answer any questions you may have, as well as members of the senior leadership team. I look forward to seeing you all there.

As you will be aware through the letter we sent home prior to the Christmas break, students in Year 11 who study BTEC qualifications will be undertaking real exams this half term, which will go toward their final GCSE grade in the summer. This will begin with the OCR Sport exam and English functional skills exam on Tuesday 10th January. If your child is due to take part in these exams, you will have received a text message with a reminder about it. I know the students have been working hard in preparation for these exams, and the Year 11 team will be on hand to support them every step of the way on Tuesday.

On Wednesday 11th January students in Year 11 studying GCSE music will be undertaking their performance examination. I wish them all the best of luck with this, and the team will be focussing on supporting the students who are undertaking this exam.

As always, the Year 11 pastoral team are here to support parents and students. Should you have any concerns or queries, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help in any way we can.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

I am so pleased to be able to say that this week has been hugely successful for our brilliant Year 10 students! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing lots of lessons with students hard at work and showing progress, this is fantastic as our students slid seemingly effortlessly back into excellent habits and routines following the Christmas break.

Students will have noticed that Mrs. Robinson has joined the year team and will be working closely with them and their families. We would like to welcome her into our amazing school community and are really excited to have her join the team!

Our Act of Collective Worship this week was led by our school captains. I hope that the school captains will be seen as role models by year ten students who may already aspire to be a school captain when they are in year 12. As I get to know individuals in the year group better, I see so many candidates who would be outstanding in the role.

As we continue to report on merits every week in the bulletin I would like to remind parents that you can look at l merits on the ClassCharts app – if you haven’t downloaded this please let us know and we can help you to do so.

Our pupils with the most merits this week were:

  1. Poppy Heard
  2. Alex Fowler
  3. Alice Dixon
  4. Freya Curzon
  5. Alyana Veldhuizen & Abigail Perring

It is really exciting for the year team to see so many positives coming through on ClassCharts and as always we want pupils to bug members of staff to celebrate achievements by adding merits to ClassCharts.

Our Head of Year awards this week have gone to:

Lewis Armatige (10Pl) – Showing excellent resilience and making a great start to the new year. Well done Lewis!
Josh Eaton (10Di)- For an amazing start to the new year, taking responsibility of leaning and being a positive influence around school. Well done Josh!

I would also like to take a moment to remind families to help us to maintain high standards with regards to footwear, jewellery, nails, appropriate trousers and skirts, and that students should always be wearing an Archbishop Holgate’s School tie, including at break and lunchtime. We very much want to work with families to make sure that students meet the basic uniform expectations of the school so please get in touch if you have any concerns.

Finally, a massive well done to year ten for coming back into lessons and making an excellent start to the year! I hope this continues for the rest of the half term!

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy), Miss Deacon (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@ahs.pmat.academy) or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you – Mr McPaul

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

What an absolutely fantastic first week back from Year 9. It has been an absolute pleasure to see everyone back in after Christmas, we hope that they are all rested and ready for the next six weeks of school.

There is a lot packed into this Spring half term, starting with the first of our cultural visits. On Friday 13th January, all of Year 9 will be out of school taking part in the first round of the series of Cultural Visits. Students will be going on these trips as they are linked to the arts award that they have begun studying for this year. Each student will get the chance to visit the Media Museum in Bradford, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield and the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

  • Students will be wearing school uniform, but you can wear trainers/comfortable footwear
  • They need to bring a packed lunch with you – lunch will be provided for students who are Free School Meals)
  • Please remember a PEN as students will be expected to complete tasks throughout the day.
  • Remember to bring any medication/inhalers with you on the day
  • Students will arrive to school at the normal time, and go to AM Reg as normal
  • After AM Reg (8:55am), students will head to the Main Hall and sit down in a designated area depending on which trip you’re on.

Friday will see 9Ap, 9CBe and 9ECe visit the Royal Armouries. 9Cr, 9DBs 9Ev and 9JDl will be visiting the Media Museum, and 9Lp, 9KCe, 9NTh and 9WNo will be visiting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The bus lists have been shared with students and we are expecting students to be back in school by 3pm to be able to make their normal way home.

As mentioned before, GCSE taster day will be happening on Tuesday 17th January. Students have already hopefully made the four choices of what they would like to try during these taster sessions. This is a day for students to be able to get a taste of a subject they may not have studied before to further guide them in choosing what they would like to study for GCSEs.

This will then be followed by the options parent evening on Thursday 26th January. This is an opportunity to be able to talk to teachers more about the subjects that your child might be interested in to further inform any decisions going forward.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact the Year 9 team with any questions.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

Thank you for your support through what has been a hugely successful first week back in school. It has been lovely to welcome our Year 8 students back to settle into their school routine following the excitement of the Christmas period.

In our opening Assembly last week, we reviewed all that had been achieved so far and reminded ourselves of school expectations for another successful term. This began by celebrating the strengths of our year group: the enthusiasm and engagement we see in Year 8 lessons; the acts of compassion that define us as a year group; and the willingness of our students to join in with extra-curricular and leadership roles outside of the classroom. This has involved students joining clubs in and out of school, developing sport and music interests, leading in the Year 8 Student council, forms leading Acts of Collective Worship, attending external trips and events, and students acting as buddies or meeting with Year 12 mentors. It is these Opportunities that are helping to shape our young people and build the life skills and experiences they will take through their Year 8 Journey and beyond.

An important part of coming back to school has also been to reset expectations. On Tuesday, all students were reminded of their rights in school: the right to excellent, high quality lessons, a broad extra-curricular programme, a safe, welcoming environment, individual care and opportunities for next steps. Students were also reminded of their responsibilities which include arriving on time to school and lessons, being kind to other staff and students, wearing the correct uniform and showing excellent behaviour in lessons. We have also reminded students of the importance of our Hands Off policy: play-fighting and hands on games are not appropriate behaviours in a secondary environment. Students continue to have access to footballs, cricket equipment (in dry weather) and the climbing wall to stay active at break and lunch.

It has been pleasing to see students respond so well to our renewed expectations and we are thankful for the steps that have clearly been undertaken by parents over Christmas to ensure students are arriving at school on time in the correct uniform. We appreciate the vast majority who always meet these responsibilities.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any queries or concerns about your child in Year 8, please contact school reception to speak to someone in the Year 8 team, or you can email reception@ahs.pmat.academy.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

It has been lovely to welcome our Year 7s back to school this week. We spoke in assembly this week about how impressed we have been with Year 7’s first term at AHS. Students have managed excellently with the Five Fundamentals and the uniform focus. Remember our Five fundamentals are:

  1. We turn up to school and to every lesson
  2. We speak kindly and appropriately to people
  3. We wear the correct uniform
  4. We work hard to meet the deadlines we are given
  5. We care for our school and the people in it

Uniform standards in Year 7 have been really excellent. Just a reminder that our students need to bring their jumpers with them everyday. They might not need to wear them in every lesson but they should have them.

Please remember if you have any questions or problems you can contact the y7 team by calling main reception or via email: Miss Cooper (acooper2@ahs.pmat.academy), Miss Powell (hpowell@ahs.pmat.academy) and Ms Halifax (jhalifax@ahs.pmat.academy).

Well done to our Students of the Week:
7ASU – Amelia Hanks – for presenting The News so well!
7CMM – Lillymae Hardcastle- for her excellent contributions and reading in form!
7PI – Ala Cheung – You had an amazing first term, keep up all your hard work.
7HV – Seth Stewart- For contributing to form time discussions and being a polite and delightful member of the form.
7MPE – Emma Kemp – You had an amazing first term, keep up all your hard work. You are a fantastic member of 7MPe. Well done.
7CST – Scarlett Sunter- You have settled in really well the first term and have worked really hard. Well done Scarlett!
7MLN – Josh Blades – for living the school values in all he does.
7JHE – Morgan Smith – for an amazing start back after Christmas
7BL – Joshua Calpin – Showing improvement in arriving on time for form and taking part in class discussions in a mature way.
7ZBL – Edward Watkins – for making a fantastic start to 2023 and getting stuck in!
7CY – William Johnson for always trying your best and being super organised so that you are ready for the day ahead.

Well Done to our Head of Year Award this Week!
Sofia Boudjema 7Hv – for helping another student feel welcome in our school community. Thank you and Well Done!

Word of the week
The word of the week for week commencing 9 January is:

Momentum

Noun: The driving force gained by the development of a process or course

The students’ progress gained momentum in the spring term

Collective Worship

Theme
Our form tutor collective worship this week is entitled The Doorway to the Year. It encourages us to think about how January is a doorway; one through which we can both look backwards and forwards. It also uses doors as an inspiration for reflecting on our lives.

Quotes
Monday – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Jesus in the gospel of Matthew, ch 7: v 7
Tuesday – “Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.” – Alexander Graham Bell, 19th C. Scottish-born scientist, inventor & engineer
Wednesday – “When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.” – Bob Marley, 20th C. Jamaican singer-songwriter
Thursday – “God has made many doors opening into truth which He opens to all who knock upon them with hands of faith.” – Kahlil Gibran, 19th C. Lebanese-American writer, poet & visual artist
Friday – “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” – Jesus in the book of Revelation, ch 3: v 20

9 January 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Tuesday 3 January

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

I hope that you have had a safe and happy Christmas break. Staff at Archbishop’s are very much looking forward to welcoming your child/children back to begin the new term. As a reminder, all students will be returning back to school on Tuesday 3rd January. Students will need to arrive in full school uniform ready for their morning registration which starts at 8:45am.

Typically the Spring half term 1 is a very busy and productive time for students particularly in the upper years of school. The Year 9 students will continue through the GCSE Pathway process which culminates in them selecting a number of courses to supplement their core GCSE qualifications. Of particular note to families of Year 9 students is the Pathway Evening which takes place on Thursday 26th January. During this evening, parents and carers will have the opportunity to speak to Heads of Department as well as listening to a presentation from Mr Williams who is our Curriculum Deputy. This is a key evening in helping to support and guide families through this process.

Students in Year 10-13 who study vocational qualifications have BTEC examinations this half term. The first of which starts in the second week back after our return. Letters have been sent home to the families of these students to inform parents and carers. Students will need to continue to work hard in lessons and to spend time fully preparing for these examinations outside of school.

This half term is especially important for students in Year 13 and Year 11 who are working towards being exam ready ahead of the summer examination season. Students in both of these year groups should be encouraged to attend the additional after school taught P6 revision sessions run by subject teachers. Historically, these sessions have been a good way in helping students to gain confidence, skills and subject knowledge to help supplement their own independent revision.

Year 11 will have their mock assembly on Monday 16th January in which they will receive the grades for the mock examinations that they sat prior to the Christmas break. This is a key opportunity for students to reflect on their progress and celebrate their achievements. As part of this reflection students will identify areas that they wish to develop. These will be then discussed in the Year 11 Progress Evening in which colleagues will talk through how working collectively we can help to support every child achieve their aspirations.

Students in Year 12 will shortly be taking their in-class assessments to help benchmark their progress at the start of their Sixth Form journey. These assessments are an important part of each student’s academic journey and they should be taken seriously by them. Staff are working with students in lessons over the next two weeks to help prepare them for these assessments. However, students will need to continue with their preparations outside of school.

Whilst there is a particular focus on academic achievement this half term, I would like to remind families to encourage their child/children to engage in the many extra-curricular activities available to them. It is important that students find a balance with their studies and taking part in the opportunities available to them will help with this.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Happy New Year!

Inclusion corner
Each half-term, our new Inclusion Corner newsletter will aim to: share important information and links to inform parents/carers on Special Educational Needs, shining a spotlight on a different area of need; celebrate our students’ achievements, both in and out of school; publicise news and events that may be of interest to our SEND parents/carers; and finally, introduce parents/carers to each member of our inclusion team here at AHS. To access the latest newsletter please click here.

Personal Development Autumn 2022
Last term there was a vast array of brilliant opportunities regarding Personal Development for students to be involved in. We are delighted that so many students had the chance to engage in additional enrichment outside of the classroom. To get a sense of what has been happening please read the latest Personal Development article please click here.

Uniform
As we approach the new school term, we would like to remind parents of the renewed focus around uniform standards in school. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Senior Leadership Team or your Child’s Head of Year.

As students return after the Christmas break, there will be a renewed focus in the following areas:

  • Trousers and skirts
  • Jewellery
  • Makeup
  • Trainers
  • Hoodies
  • Ties

Trousers/Skirts

  • Trousers and skirts will remain unbranded due to our continued commitment to poverty proofing uniform.
  • Leggings, Jeans, short skirts and bodycon skirts do not meet the school’s uniform standards. Any student wearing these items will be asked to change into uniform provided by school.
  • School skirts should sit just above the knee.
  • Trousers and skirts will be purchased by school to offer students the chance to change, should they arrive to school in inappropriate uniform.

Jewellery

  • Two plain studded earrings will be allowed, no more. A single plain nose stud will be allowed; however, this must not be in excess of 0.5mm.
  • In the case of new piercings, students must wear a plastic temporary stud until they are able to wear the smaller nose stud.
  • Any additional jewellery will be confiscated by any member of staff who sees the student wearing it. It will then be handed into main reception. Students will no longer be allowed to ‘put away’ their jewellery.
  • Students can collect their item of jewellery from main reception at the end of the school day.
  • Please note that nose bars, nose rings and septum piercings are strictly prohibited.

Makeup

  • Makeup is not allowed to be worn at school. This includes false eyelashes, painted nails and eye makeup.
  • Students will be provided with makeup wipes to remove any obvious signs of makeup. Students with painted or acrylic nails will be asked to remove them at reception.

Trainers

  • School shoes need to be smart, black, leather like or leather shoes with no obvious colouring, patterned designs or metallic bars on the shoes.
  • The wearing of trainers is strictly prohibited in school.
  • Students who wear the wrong type of shoe to school will be sent to reception to change their shoes.
  • Upon return to reception, shoes will be thoroughly disinfected ready to be worn again.
  • For the time being, branded school shoes will be allowed, however this will no longer be the case in September 2022 in line with our commitment to Poverty Proofing.

Hoodies

  • Hoodies are not to be worn around school, or at break and lunchtime. A ‘Hoodie’ is classed as a hooded jumper or an item of clothing that resembles a jumper like garment.
  • The only exception to this is the AHS hoodie, which is allowed to be worn over the standard shirt, tie and Jumper across the winter period until February half term.
  • Should a student come to school in a hoodie, parents will be called and asked to provide an alternative item of clothing for their child and an agreed deadline will be put in place. Should the student continue to wear the hoodie to school, it will be confiscated from the student and an AHS school jumper will be offered as a temporary alternative.

Ties

  • Students who attend school without a tie will be lent one at main reception. The students name will be taken and they will be expected to return the tie at the end of the school day.
  • Parents of students who do not return ties will be contacted by school in order for the tie to be returned. Lost or damaged ties will be charged at a price of £7.
  • Students will be able to purchase a tie at the price of £7 from reception at any time.

It is also essential that all students bring a school bag each day and have their planner with them. The planner is viewed as part of our school uniform.

Wearing the correct school uniform is a vital part of school life. Should students choose to refuse a reasonable request to change their school uniform, or comply with the standards set out above, they will of course be supported to make the right decision. However, should students still refuse to meet the uniform expectations set out by the school, they will work in our reflection room until they agree to change their uniform. Any student who refuses to work in reflection may risk an escalated sanction.

Break and lunchtime arrangements

Year 9 and Year 10 are switching their break and lunch slots from Tuesday. This is to help identify the different year groups on the backfield (through their different coloured jumpers) and to help with the logistics of running the school. In summary, Year 10 will change to the first sitting of break and lunchtimes (9.55 and 12.15) and Year 9 will change to the second sitting of break and lunchtimes (10.55 and 1.15). Apart from this change of time there will be no other difference to the arrangements for break and lunchtime.

Year team messages to parents and carers

Each week, the pastoral year teams will communicate any key messages, successes and upcoming dates to be aware of in this section of the parent bulletin.

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

Welcome Back!

We hope you had a restful and happy break and that students are ready for the new term. It’s a busy one. We welcome Mr MacFarlane as Head of Year 13 whilst Mrs Williams is on maternity leave.

Year 12 Mock Exams
These will take place wc 16th January for our A Level students. For the first two weeks of this term there will be in class guided revision to support their ongoing independent revision.

BTEC January External Assessments
These take place for our Year 13 students and some of our Year 12 students across January. Mock exams have taken place and feedback issued. Students have individual timetables.

REMINDER Year 11 Sixth Form Applications
Thank you to all those that that have applied to date. Late applications are welcome. It does not mean that applicants are obligated to take up their place if they are still undecided and applicants can change their subject choices if, and when, they wish.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

I hope all students and families in Y11 have had a very relaxing Christmas break, and are full of energy for the term ahead. I am really looking forward to seeing them next week, and hearing about all the exciting things they have done over Christmas. The students of year 11 had an excellent first term, and their hard work toward mock exams have laid a very strong foundation for success across the rest of the year. Hopefully the students can hit the ground running and build on the success of the first term. It was really nice to see our students enjoying themselves in the last week of term, taking part in the roller disco and enjoying their form Christmas party on the last day of term. This was certainly a well earned reward and I hope students made some memories they will keep with them for life.

Before the start of the new term and a new calendar year, I wanted to remind parents of the most important areas of focus for Y11 students. As always, the best results come when there is a strong home/school partnership, guiding the students to success. I thought outlining the key priorities for the Spring term would be of use to parents, in order to support your child’s return to school.

Uniform
As you will have seen from communication by the Head of School there is a renewed focus on school uniform standards when we return to school. The focus will be in the following areas:

  • Trousers/Skirts – Jeans and Leggings will be a particular focus.
  • Jewellery – two plain studs in each ear and a single plain nose stud are allowed, but nothing more.
  • Makeup – any obvious signs of make up will be removed.
  • Trainers – will be swapped at reception for school shoes.
  • Hoodies – any jumper that is not AHS branded or a coat.
  • Ties – will be issued to students, but any that are not returned will be charged.

Uniform standards across Y11 are often very good, and I fully expect there to be no major issues when we return in January. However should you have any questions regarding uniform expectations, please feel free to contact either myself or a member of the Year 11 pastoral team.

The Fundamentals
With regard to Year 11 being successful on their return to school, this term we are focussing on the fundamentals to ensure students make the most of their time in school before their exams this summer. We ask that, as always, parents are supportive in assisting their child to meet these reasonable expectations on a consistent basis. Should you have any concerns about your child’s welfare or education, please feel free to contact either myself or a member of the Y10 pastoral team.

  1. Attending school regularly (aim of 95% and above attendance)
  2. Arriving to school on time
  3. Wearing the correct uniform
  4. Behaving and working hard in lessons
  5. Completing homework
  6. Attending Period 6

By sticking to these very basic principles, it puts our students in the best possible position to reach their full potential in their GCSE examinations this summer. I wish all our parents and families a very happy and healthy new year, and I look forward to the continued success of Year 11 in 2023.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team
Another term begins at Archbishop Holgate’s School, and I’m looking forward to welcoming Year 10 back after a lovely two week break. I hope all our families have had a lovely few weeks and our students have enjoyed a rest, I know I have and I feel excited to get back to the swing of AHS!

In our last Act of Collective Worship we celebrated a number of achievements in the year group including us delivering prizes to forms and individuals on the last day of term.

Well done to 10EWh for the highest attendance for the last half term!

Our top 5 forms for merits:
5th – 10SLa 2349
4th – 10MHe 2405
3rd – 10ABt 2442
2nd – 10RDn 2625
1st – 10KGn 2770

Our top 5 students for merits:
5th – Poppy Hearld (10ABt)
5th – Lilly Mae Carrington (10Di)
4th – Caitlin Casey (10MHe)
3rd – Sharanyo Mazumdar (10RDn)
2nd – Toby Hassall (10MHe)
1st – Ronnie Thompson (10KGn)

The year group as a whole got a staggering 23,181 just in one half term!

Can I just say a massive well done to these individuals they consistently live the school values and are dedicated hard working lovely young people. I am also proud of the whole year group and the consistently positive attitude they have.

I will continue to report on merits every week in the bulletin as it is crucial to celebrate our successes as a year group! Remember you can look at your individuals merits on the ClassCharts app – if you haven’t downloaded this please let us know and we can help you to do so.

It is in Year 10 that students really start to focus on their GCSEs, through learning new knowledge and developing new skills and our students are doing well at this, we will continue to encourage them to do so and it has been great to see the positive start they have made and I look forward to seeing this continue.

Students will also be completing work experience, which will bring breadth and diversity to their curriculum as they work to learn exam skills and new knowledge, as previously mentioned students should be trying to arrange their work experience placements now for one week commencing on Monday 15th May and will run until Friday 19th May.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself or Mr Arthur (who is organising the work experience).

We will continue to be consistent as always as a Year Team and I will be speaking to students in our Act of Collective Worship on Tuesday about ensuring that we all get the fundamentals of school right in order to ensure we are all successful. This includes ensuring students maintain the highest standards of attendance and punctuality, as well as working hard in lessons and ensuring homework is completed to the best of their ability.

Further to this, the school uniform is also a key part of our Archbishop Holgate’s School community. It was wonderful to see the Year 10 students arrive on Tuesday morning in excellent uniform. Students must also ensure they maintain high standards with regards to footwear, jewellery, nails, appropriate trousers and skirts, and that they are wearing an Archbishop Holgate’s School tie. We very much want to work with families to make sure that students meet the basic uniform expectations of the school so please get in touch if you have any concerns.

We are also excited to announce Mrs Robinson will be joining us as our new non-teaching Assistant Head of Year along with our current team of myself (Miss Deacon – Head of Year) and Mr McPaul (our teaching Assistant Head of Year) in the Year 10 team, she will be a real asset and I look forward to her joining the team.

Thank you for taking the time to read this first parent bulletin of the new term – we as a pastoral team are very excited for the term ahead, we know all our Year 10 students are fantastic young people and I cannot wait to see them continue on their journeys this year.

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy), Mr McPaul (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@ahs.pmat.academy) or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you – Miss Deacon

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

It is a great time to look back and celebrate what a fantastic start to Year 9 our students have had and look forward to the exciting opportunities 2023 will bring.

Year 9 students have represented themselves and school fantastically well since September and have worked very hard throughout all subjects, impressing members of staff throughout the school. They have also represented themselves well in sporting events through the term as shown by Miss Wheater’s many updates.

There have been some bright spots to look back at; the re-arranged rewards trip to Flamingo Land, open evening guides from the year group,the interhouse cross country with Lydia Scott and Loic Clegg leading the way, the AHS rugby girls team walking out with the flag at the world cup, Christmas Fayre, Minster Service with some fantastic contributions from YEar 9 Students, Roller skating reward, and of course the last lesson with form tutors before Christmas.

GCSE taster day will be happening on Tuesday 17th January. Students have already hopefully made the four choices of what they would like to try during these taster sessions. This is a day for students to be able to get a taste of a subject they may not have studied before to further guide them in choosing what they would like to study for GCSEs.This will then be followed by the options parent evening on Thursday 26th January.This is an opportunity to be able to take to teachers more about the subjects that your child might be interested in to further inform an decisions going forward.

Cultural trips will also be starting in January. Trips to the Media Museum in Bradford, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield and the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Students will be rotating through these three places throughout the rest of the year looking at some cultural aspects of history, media and art that they may not have been able to in lesson time.

We can also look forward to full reports coming home and the Year 9 parents evening following this

From all in the Year 9 team, we hope you have had a restful Christmas and we look forward to having a fantastic 2023 together with you.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

We hope you and your families managed to have a restful break over the Christmas holidays. We know that it won’t have been a happy time for everyone so please do get in touch with us if you feel there is anything we need to be aware of to support you and your child after the Christmas break.

We are so looking forward to a fresh new term with our year 8s after having a fantastic end to the term in December. Thanks goes to Mrs Dugdale and her form for delivering a brilliant assembly about Christmas films and their messages of hope in the final week of term. It was clear they had worked hard on this and those who stood up on stage and spoke should be particularly proud of themselves.

We will begin the term with an assembly in the hall where we will be reminding students of the high expectations that we have for them and that they should have of themselves including reminders about working hard in lessons and on homework, following reasonable instructions from teachers and being kind and compassionate to each other around school. As always, we will also be going through our students of the week and Head of Year awards. We look forward to welcoming them back in this assembly and would kindly ask that you reiterate the same messages of high expectations with your child at home.

It will still be very cold this half term so a polite request that you send your child to school in appropriate outerwear. We were still seeing a number of students without a coat on and bare legs for some girls in skirts even in the cold spell just before Christmas! If you need help sourcing anything then please do get in touch and we will do our best to get your child sorted.

We have lots of fun activities coming up this term in line with our part of the AHS journey of ‘opportunities’. We look forward to it and hope our year 8s are too!

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

Happy New Year and we hope that you all had a peaceful and restful break. We are so excited to welcome our Year 7s back for another really exciting term at AHS. This half term we are looking forward to having the ‘Big Talk’ in Year 7 where we invite external speakers to talk to our year 7s about healthy and safe lifestyles.

A few reminders for January:
In Year 7 we ask that all students wear black shoes with no branding or logos on them. Students will be asked to change their shoes if they are not in line with our uniform policy.

We would encourage all year 7s to be wearing their coats whilst the weather is still cold. Please let us know if you need any support with this. We have lots of spare hats and gloves in the y7 office which students are welcome to use.

Well done to our Students of the Week:
7ASU – Archie Clennan – for always being a bright and cheery member of the form!
7CMM – Leona Koay- for her outstanding attendance throughout the first term, her constant positivity in the classroom, and her outstanding effort in accelerated reading quizzes.
7PI – George Arbini – for a great first term at AHS
7HV – Jason Bi- For contributing to form time discussions and being a polite and delightful member of the form.
7MPE – Camille Whatling – For having an amazing first term. You are an asset to 7MPE!
7CST – Henry Taylor- For always being helpful in form and contributing great ideas in form time discussions. Well done Henry!
7MLN – Gerrard Humphrey – For always being so positive, helpful and compassionate in form. Well done and thanks for being such a kind member of our form!
7JHE – Ethan Hawkins – for holding himself to high standards across all lessons
7BL – Tia Farrar – an improvement in attendance. Well done! I hope it continues in to the next term too.
7ZBL – Leah Ward – for making the most of all opportunities available at AHS!
7CY – Jessica Abbott – for having a fantastic first term at AHS. You have lived our school values every single day!

Well done to our Head of Year awards:
Kai Chapman 7MLN – For amazing charity work outside school and raising lots of money for Shine21! Well Done
Finlay Price 7CST – For living our school values every single day and showing quiet resilience in everything he does. Well Done Finlay!

Collective Worship
Theme
Our form tutor collective worship this week is linked to the arrival of the wise men to visit Jesus and themes contained in their story, as well as the new hope and fresh start of a new year.

Quotes
Monday: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him’ – (The Bible – The book of Romans chapter 15, verse 13)
Tuesday: Every moment is a fresh beginning. – T S Eliot
Wednesday: On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. – Matthew 2:11
Thursday: As it was for the Magi, so it is for us. The journey of life and faith demands a deep desire and inner zeal. – HH Pope Francis I
Friday: Truth, by which the world is held together, has sprung from the earth, in order to be carried in a woman’s arms. – St Augustine

3 January 2023|

Inclusion Corner Newsletter – Issue 4

In this half term’s Inclusion Corner Newsletter:

  • Celebrating SEND at AHS
  • SEND Spotlight – Parents and carers!
  • SEND Universal Offer: Spring Term 2023
Read More
13 December 2022|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 12 December

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

It was a festive week at Archbishop Holgate’s school with much happening. We were delighted to celebrate our annual carol service in York Minster last Wednesday. This was the first full return since the pandemic and we were very pleased that we had almost 1400 people in attendance which is unprecedented in the history of this partnership between the school and the Minster. All those involved, both staff and students, should be congratulated for their collective efforts. An excellent way to start Christmas. The link to the press release can be found here. We also enjoyed Christmas Dinner on Thursday thanks to our brilliant catering team and the help of our Sixth Form student leaders.

In terms of this week, our Year 13 students have their mock assembly today followed by individual form tutor meetings to discuss their next steps. We then look forward to seeing families of Year 13 students on Wednesday for the progress evening. This is a great opportunity to talk to subject teachers about the year ahead and current progress in the lead up to formal examinations and assessments.

Also this week, our students will have a whole-school reward for all of their hard work. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in the Christmas themed Roller Disco in the Sport Hall! If you child would like to participate, please CLICK HERE and follow the link to the Google Form to consent for your child.

I would like to remind families that Friday 16 December is our final day of term. School will close at 12:15pm on this day. We then look forward to welcoming students back to our school community on Tuesday 3rd January.

Finally, I wish you and your families a safe and happy break over the holiday period.

Wellbeing
Health and wellbeing is an important part of life at Archbishop Holgate’s School, in order to read the wellbeing newsletter for this week – please click here.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Frances Lilley7CyFor an amazing performance singing the solo in the Minster carol service, we are so proud of you. Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining In’
Year 7 David Gobl7BlFor living our school values every day and being so proactive. You have made such a great start to Year 7 well done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Meyra Mehmed8MSrFor amazing effort and contributions which has resulted in Meyra being awarded the most positives in the whole year group this week – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Brooke Price8RGiFor amazing personal progress with a full week of great effort in lessons – well done Brooke, we are very proud of you!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Elysia Aylett9ApFor superb leadership skills and creativity and going above and beyond. Well done Elysia.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 9 Ava Gane9ApFor a great term in which Ava has demonstrated continued conscientiousness, hard work and respect for her learning and that of others. Well done Ava.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Olubusola Ojo10JLiOutstanding independent work and taking the initiative to achieve something really impressive.AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Mirela Iordache10SLaLiving the school values and welcoming a new student, well done!Compassion
Year 11 Thomas Atterbury11BsFor consistently working hard and taking responsibility for own learning.AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Jess Mellows11SMrShowing fantastic resilience during the mock fortnight – well done.AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Kyle Taylor12SWrFor a great term in which Kyle has demonstrated maturity, hard work and has truly been an example to follow. Well done Kyle.AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12 Lucie Daniel12SWrFor such a positive attitude towards her studies and working incredibly hard, and for valuable contributionsAHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 13 Jess Chase13DaFor achieving the most Sixth Form merits last week – well done.AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’
Year 13 Mia Haendlemayer13DdFor consistent effort and excellent attendance – well done.AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’

Year team messages to parents and carers
Each week, the pastoral year teams will communicate any key messages, successes and upcoming dates to be aware of in this section of the parent bulletin.

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

Happy Christmas
It has been a long term but a very successful one for both year 12 and Year 13. There is much to be proud of and certainly warrant for a worthy rest. I wish all our families a restful break and a healthy start to the new year.

Sixth Form Attendance
We are currently experiencing concerning Sixth Form attendance, the lowest we have seen. Attendance is always an ongoing focus within the Sixth Form as Post-16 is a short, fast-paced period with high stakes. Every lesson is specifically planned in line with meeting assessment windows to support progress and Post-18 planning. As such, poor attendance can have a significant impact on student progress and is something we monitor closely. Please see the letter issued this week regarding attendance and support us in improving habits amongst the Sixth Form cohort.

Year 13 A Level Mock Results
These will be distributed on Monday (12th December). Students will have a results assembly followed by a 1-2-1 meeting with their form tutor to ensure that they are directed on next steps.

Year 13 Parents Evening
A reminder that this takes place on Wednesday (14th December). Subject teachers will discuss next steps in supporting students to meet their progression goals following the Year 13 mock exams and in advance of the BTEC January external assessments.

Year 12 Mock Exams
These will take place wc 16th January for our A Level students. For the first two weeks back after the Christmas break there will be on class guided revision but students are expected to commence their independent revision over the Christmas break.

BTEC January External Assessments
These take place for our Year 13 students and some of our Year 12 students in the first two weeks after the Christmas break. Mock exams have taken place and feedback issued.

REMINDER Year 11 Sixth Form Applications:
Thank you to all those that that have applied to date. Late applications are welcome. Receiving applications this early means that we can gauge subject numbers. It does not mean that applicants are obligated to take up their place if they are still undecided and applicants can change their subject choices if, and when they wish.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team
As the term draws to a close (and after a long couple of exam weeks) the students seem more than ready for a break, with a few tired smiles greeting me each morning on their way into school! Over the last few weeks the students have been outstanding in their conduct during the mock exams, with the exams office Mrs Tipping commenting on their maturity and dedication. Their uniform standards were excellent, and each student came equipped every day with the right stationary for each individual exam. I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for all your support in making the mock exam period so successful, and a strong platform has been created for achievement in the real GCSEs next summer. The students will receive their results on the 16th January following an assembly reflecting on the mock period and their achievements. More information regarding this will come after the Christmas break.

Next week sees the students take part in the Roller Disco reward day. This is a well deserved reward for the hard work and dedication the students have shown toward their studies this year, and for the overall excellent conduct around school. They will take part together as a form group on Wednesday next week, so please can you make sure the consent form that was sent to parents is filled out or they will not be able to take part.

To finish I would like to say a huge thank you to parents who have supported us across the term. It has been a really successful time for Year 11 students, and the support we have received is much appreciated. On behalf of myself and the Year 11 pastoral team we wish all our parents and students a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team
As I write this I can’t quite believe how rapidly this half term is drawing to a close. With only one week remaining until a very well deserved break for all I find myself reflecting on what has been a very successful term. I hope that Year 10 students will be as proud as I am (or even more so) of their amazing achievements over these last few weeks.

On that note, below are the top 5 students who got the most merits in the previous week. I always try to push the positive aspects with our young people, so I think it is really important to celebrate our achievements:

1st Jasmine Lowe 10ABt
2nd Abigail Perring 10RDn
3rd Grace Scott 10EWh
4th Poppy Hearld 10ABt
5th Lilly Mae Carrington 10Di

Furthermore, to keep the positivity focus going, I will be doing a celebratory act of collective worship this week. This will include top individual merits for the whole term as well as the top form group merits along with special shoutouts from staff for our Year 10 students who have been working hard. There may also be prizes!

I would also like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to all those students who have their time and effort to help out with the Minster Carol Service on Wednesday. It was a great night and I am very proud of all those involved. I also understand the cast list for our school production of Fame has been published and a good number of Year 10s are involved with this. Well done to these people also!

As you may already be aware, with it being the last day of term, school will be finishing early this Friday 16th December. Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm. If your young person gets free school meals then they can collect this from the main hall before leaving. Students will then return to school on Tuesday 3rd January.

Thank you for taking the time to read this parent bulletin. If you have any queries regarding your child in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (Head of Year) at mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy, Mr Deamer (Assistant Head of Year) at rdeamer@ahs.pmat.academy, and/or Mr McPaul (Assistant Head of Year) at cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you – Miss Deacon

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team
One week until we break up until Christmas and where has the time gone. It has been a busy one for Year 9 this week as they have had Mr Williams, our school curriculum lead, talking to them about GCSE choices. Mr Williams led an assembly about the future choices of the Year 9 students and the journey that they are about to embark on. As there is such a wide range of options for them to think about Mr Williams briefing the year group about an upcoming GCSE options taster day in January. In form time this week students have been discussing new subject opportunities and have been selecting four of them that they wish to try out on the day. The subjects vary from computing and PE to Hospitality and catering and Health and Social care. The day is intended to help inform students about subjects they may not have known about and to help them decide about which options will suit them best when students finally come to decide.

With one week to go we hope to see as many students as possible in school. It is a nice opportunity for teachers and students alike to wish each other a Happy Christmas and to enjoy their time off. Of course on Thursday (15th) Year 9 will have the opportunity to enjoy their Autumn term reward of roller skating. Students will have an hour off timetable in forms to enjoy with their friends. Hot chocolate will be available for those who just wish to spectate during this time. You should have received a text with a link to give consent for this to happen. Unfortunately without consent we cannot allow students to participate. A note in the planner is also welcome.

Wednesday saw the incredible Minster Service. It was fantastic to see so many people there to support all the hard work the students and staff have put into making a superb evening. A special well done to all the Year 9 students who took part, both performing, reading and behind the scenes.

Friday saw our slightly curtailed celebration assembly. The well done comments from staff about how well Year 9 students have performed so far will have to wait until the final day, and it was wonderful to be able to share these with the year group. Following this a friendly form competition, preceded by the embarrassment of Mr O’Brien and Mr Thompson, was held. Well done to 9KCe who were eventually victorious.

Finally, information for the final school day of 2022 should have been available for you to see. Students will be in school for the normal time in the morning. They will have Period 1 watching a recording of the Minster service, normally break time followed by their usual Period 2 lesson. Period 3 will be spent with their forms, saying goodbye for the break and enjoying some time together with each other and their form tutor.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team
As we enter the final week of term, it seems impossible to believe that we are already 1/3 of the way through Year 8! There have been so many fantastic achievements this half term, and last week was no exception.

In the penultimate week of half term, our students have thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in all things Christmassy. All of our staff and students stepped up their game this year for the school Minster Service – one of the most prestigious events in our school calendar – and we were immensely proud to see so many of our Year 8 students taking part in this opportunity. Everyone did so well in the evening and we are very grateful for their contribution.

We also had our school dinner day on Thursday and our catering staff stepped up to deliver the amazing feat of feeding over 1000 hungry people a delicious Christmas dinner and choice of pudding! Year 8 thoroughly enjoyed the extended lunchtime that came with this, and their behaviour was immaculate. We couldn’t be more pleased with the good manners we observed.

Next week will the our final week before we break up for half term, and we hope students will find their time in school before Christmas fun and stimulating:

  • Our final Act of Collective worship will be a celebration of achievements followed by a festive ensemble led by 8BDu.
  • All Year 8 students will enjoy some time off timetable to take part in a Roller Disco. Year 8 will do this on Monday (8BDu & 8By), Wednesday (8ERo and 8ERs) and Friday (everyone else).
  • Students will break up early for the Christmas holidays on Friday, finishing school at 12:15. Students will not have their lunch in school, however those who have free school meals may collect their food from the hall before going home.

As the weather continues to be very cold, we would like to politely remind students and parents of the importance of wearing a warm coat, and – for girls choosing to wear a skirt – we would advise tights would be best to keep warm. Thank you for your help with this.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any queries or concerns about your child in Year 8, please contact school reception to speak to someone in the Year 8 team, or you can email reception@ahs.pmat.academy.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team
We cannot believe there is only one week left of this term! We have had a great penultimate week before the end of term. Students have maintained their high standards and enthusiasm and it is lovely to see the Christmas spirit across the year group. We hope that our students continue to attend school and enjoy many Christmas activities taking place during our last week as it is an exciting one filled with more Christmas activities. On Monday we have our end of term celebration which is roller disco. Please remember to fill in the consent form if you have not already done so or write a note in your child’s planner. We know some students might not want to take part in the roller skating part, they can have hot chocolate and support their friends. On Friday school will finish at 12:15pm and our form groups will have some time together celebrating all they have achieved so far.

We hope that those of you who attended our Christmas Carol Concert enjoyed it. A HUGE well done to all of the year 7’s were involved, it was fantastic to see so many of you joining in. A special mention to Frances Lilley who bravely sang the solo, the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City, at the beginning of the service. You sang beautifully and we are very proud of you! As our students know, in year 7 we are the “J” in Journey and this stands for Joining In. The carol service was a fantastic example of how so many students have embraced the enrichment opportunities offered to them so far during their time at Archbishop Holgate’s School. Everyone involved was a fantastic representative of everything we want our AHS students to be. The Christmas spirit continued in school on Thursday with students enjoying their Christmas Dinner and singing along to Christmas music during lunch.

If you need any support please do not hesitate to get in touch with the year 7 team by contacting reception. We will continue to be active on our twitter @AHS_Year7 so please do follow us on there to see all of the exciting activities year 7 are getting up to in school!

We wish you all a safe and happy Christmas. Here are some ideas of free activities that are happening in York over the holidays:

  • Twinklepike Lights. These houses will be twinkling again from 11th December until 26th December from 5pm – 8pm every night. You can make a donation to the charities Twinklepike Way will be raising money for when you visit. You can find Twinklepike Way at Twinpike Way, Wigginton, York YO32 2FF
  • York Nutcracker Trail . Pick up a free map from the Visitor Information Centre, Musuem Street and seek out ten Nutcrackers across the city centre. Great free fun for all the family! Also, there is a chance to win a £500 York BID Gift Card.
  • York Minster Christmas: York Minster Christmas Tree Festival, set inside the Minster this year, with around 40 trees on display in the cathedral. Entry is free with general admission (York residents free with proof of address).
  • Christmas Crafts: Drop-in Christmas Crafts at Tang Hall Explore on Sat 3, Sat 10 & Sat 17 December from 12 – 2pm. Lots of festive fun making everything from Reindeer Headbands to Stained Glass Baubles!
  • Christmas at Mocks Cross: On Sat 3, Sat 10 & Sat 17 December from 12 – 4pm. Bauble decorating (3 Dec), Stocking decorating (10 Dec), Wooden Christmas Tree Decorations (17 Dec).

Well done to our Students of the Week:
7ASu – Theo Robbins – for always cheering the form up, even on a miserable day!
7CMm – Harry Fox – For excellent attendance recently, being very helpful in form, and for really settling into school life so well.
7Pi – Isabella Lewis – for reminding me of something I had forgotten!
7Hv- Evie Rycraft – Always willing to contribute to our form time discussions.
7MPe – Molly Mahon – For organising the form class world cup sweepstake.
7CSt – Sunny Mayor – For coming out of his shell and participating more in form and for always being really kind and helpful. Well done Sunny!
7MLn – Emily Chamberlain – For being an amazing student who had an excellent first term while living our school values so well!
7JHe – Lucia Nicolle – for everyday kindness and resilience
7Bl – Isaac Wade – a marked improvement in behaviour and now showing a positive attitude in all that he does. Well done!
7ZBl – Andra Mulvenna – for being in school every single day this term to achieve 100% attendance. Well done!
7Cy – Andrii Zalutskyi – for settling into school and routines so well.

Well done to our Head of Year awards:
Frances Lilley 7Cy – for an amazing performance in the Minster singing the solo verse of Once in Royal David’s City. We are so proud of you!
David Gobl 7BL – for living our school values in everything he does. You have made a great start to year 7 well done!

Word of the week
The word of the week for week commencing 12 December is:

Ideology
Noun: A system of ideas and ideals, especially one which forms the basis of economic or political theory and police.
The ideology of democracy.

Collective Worship
Theme
Our form tutor collective worship this week uses material produced by the Archbishops’ Young Leaders Award to be used in the Advent journey to Christmas. This fourth and final week is called an Invitation to Rejoice. Our quotes are about finding joy at Christmas.

Quotes
Monday – “The story of Christmas is the story of God’s relentless love for us.” – Max Lucado; American author and minister at Oak Hills Church
Tuesday – “Christmas is not just a day, an event to be observed and speedily forgotten. It is a spirit which should permeate every part of our lives.” – William Parks; American Christian writer
Wednesday – “At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God’s own love and concern.” – Mother Teresa, Catholic nun and missionary
Thursday – “When Christ was born so was our hope.” – Max Lucado; American author and minister at Oak Hills Church
Friday – “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale; leader in the Reformed Church in America

12 December 2022|