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Headteacher’s Bulletin – Monday 13th June

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we begin another busy week at school I would like to take a moment to congratulate all those students who were either completing or preparing for examinations/assessments last week. Their mature and dedicated approach has been really good to see, ranging from students in Year 8 completing their assessments to some young people in Year 11 who had no fewer than three GCSE examinations on Friday. Well done to everyone and we look forward to more of the same this week.

Pre-loved uniform shop
We have been really encouraged by the response to both our new ‘UNIFORMD’ store and the new Unity Fund Hub. A reminder that the pre loved uniform shop can be accessed via the link below and if your family requires support from the Unity Fund please email either gstainsby@ahs.pmat.academy or krobinson@ahs.pmat.academy for more information:

https://app.uniformd.co.uk/items/172

Wanted – Uniform donations
A reminder that the shop stocks a large range of good quality second hand items, starting from 50p, ranging from PE kit to School Bags to ties. To continue supporting as many children as possible we kindly ask that if families have uniform that children, particularly Year 11 leavers, no longer need that it be donated to school at reception. In the few short weeks of the shop being open we have already supplied a large number of families with shirts, school jumpers and trousers.

AHS SEND Coffee morning!
We are delighted to invite our SEND parents to our very first SEND coffee morning, for both parents/carers and students to be held in our brand-new Library and Resource Centre on Saturday 2nd July from 10am-12.00pm.

During the morning, you will get a chance to:

  • Meet with many of the staff who are part of our inclusion and intervention team
  • Network with other parents of SEND students
  • Play games, explore the library and inclusion centre, do quizzes and have fun!
  • Access important resources about our SEND offer at AHS and find out how you can support students outside of school too
  • Enjoy refreshments
  • Ask any questions you might have about SEND at AHS

We would love to see as many of you there as possible!

Y10 Mocks
Between Monday 13th June up to your mock exams on Monday 27th June, there will be the opportunity to revise after school in preparation for your mock exams. The ‘Revision Room’ will be in Hi6 and run between 3:10pm and 5pm Monday-Thursday. We hope that some students will find this helpful.

ClassCharts
Thank you to everyone who has signed up and who are using the ClassCharts App. If there is anyone who requires support in setting up the App and how to use it, please contact your childs Head of Year. Remember, ClassCharts allows parents to access the following via the App:

  • Merits and certificates to celebrate the successes of your child
  • Behaviours
  • Detentions
  • If your child is on report
  • Attendance (including allowing you to report an absence)
  • Your child’s timetable
  • Your child’s classes
  • Any ‘Announcements’ from the school (ie messages)

Please visit: https://archbishopholgates.academy/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/ClassCharts_-A-guide-for-parents_carers.pdf for a full guide on how to download and use the App.

Reporting Absences
Please report every absence to school via ether:

  • The absence line 01904 411341 Option 1
  • Send a message using the ClassCharts App
  • Email reception@ahs.pmat.academy.

If an absence is not reported and is unexplained, parents/carers will be contacted, as it is our duty to Safeguard. We ask that school is kept up to date with changes to contact details.

Holidays
Please do not take holidays during term time. Any request from parents will be recorded as unauthorised unless in very exceptional circumstances (unfortunately previously cancelled holidays due to COVID is not an exceptional circumstance). All holidays taken during term time will be referred to City of York Council who will likely issue with a Fixed Penalty Notice to each parent. School is only 190 days a year, this leaves 175 non-school days a year to go on holiday in. We appreciate the ongoing support.

Head of Year Awards
Please find below the Head of Year Awards for the Parent Bulletin. Year 11 and 13 won’t now feature until September.

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Ellie Murphy7HFFor consistently living our school values – Well Done!Compassion
Year 7 Finlay McIntyre7HVFor consistently living our school values – Well Done!Compassion
Year 8 Jonathan Middleton8KCeFor driving the school value of compassion into and being of service to the community. Well done Jonathan.Compassion
Year 8 Owen Bartholomew8CBrFor consistent diligence and hard work and consistently getting everything right day by day. Well done Owen.Individual Liberty
Year 9 Isla Grant-Craven9PlFor being kind and welcoming to another member of the school community! Well done!Compassion
Year 9 Hyejoon Yoon9ABtFor achieving the most merits on ClassCharts last week – Well done!Mutual Respect
Year 10Ruby Holland10PsFor being a good supportive friend to others in her formTolerance
Year 10Verity McDonald10HuFor receiving very positive feedback from employers during work experienceIndividual Liberty
Year 12 Dom Been12AlaFor showing dedication to studies and making the most of Period 6.Individual Liberty
Year 12 Evie Hayes12DdFor hard work and effort across the board – well done.Individual Liberty

Head of Year Updates
Year 7 – Miss Kincell, Miss Powell and Miss Cooper
We have had a very exciting first week back this week- Year 7 have been introduced to what their first ever Enrichment Week will look like. We were lucky to have been visited in assembly by Mr Gladstone who talked us through all of the exciting activities in the last week of term. We want our last week to be a reward and celebration and will include everything from curriculum enrichment to a day out a flamingo land and a full day of one-off fun sessions with teachers. Soon students will receive a booklet with all of this key information and the different options for their Friday fun sessions. The sessions are a true variety with everything from Karaoke and war hammer to mindful colouring and nail art!

We are excited to see you all at our Parent’s evening on Wednesday 29th June. Please know, we appreciate that making appointments is new to Year 7, rest assured they will have lots of support from their teachers and be guided with their timings. If you have any concerns about this, please contact the Year 7 team and we will be more than happy to support.

Well done to our Students of the Week:
ANn: Oli Dilsworth – Fantastic first week back. Well done Oli!
ASU: Dylan Connolly – For being a fantastic presenter of the news this week and guiding thoughtful discussions.
Bl: Hannah Shaw – taking part in the cricket tournament at Ampleforth College.
Cy: Kaydee Roberts for her fantastic show and share this week
Gr: Bryanna Martyn- Thank you for all your hard work in lessons and during form time. You are a great role model.
Hf: Alexander Wilson for consistent excellence in form time discussions. Well done.
Hv: Amira Benchouir- A fantastic attitude to learning
MLn: Bobbie Taylor – For being such a great member of the form: polite, kind, helpful and compassionate!
MPe: Nicola Ciachla for living the school values and being a wonderful member of MPE.
Mr: Isla Hanlon for being such a positive role model
SMf: Will Godbold – Joining our form so late in the year but immediately becoming a part of our character and form journey. Well done on such an enthusiastic and open start.

Well done to our Head of Year Awards:
Ellie Murphy 7HF – for consistently living the school values. Well Done!
Finlay McIntyre 7HV – for consistently living the school values. Well Done!

The Library Newsletter
I hope you all had a lovely half term break. Y7 have had their end of year assessments and can now enjoy the final weeks of a full school year in secondary school. It goes very quickly, but no doubt you have all achieved great things. However, school is not all about lessons. School is a place where you make lifelong friends. Two of my best friends are people I met in Y7 over 45 years ago! This week is National Friendship Week, so why don’t you think about all the fantastic people you have met this term. If you would like to send your friends a card/post card to tell them how much you value their friendship, call into the library to make one and I will make sure they receive it.

Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson (Quiz 207233. Level 4.5. Colour Purple) tells the tale of Gemma and Alice who have known each other all their lives, but when Gemma reads Alice’s diary at a sleepover, it eventually leads her to discover Alice is moving away. Because of their distance, will Gemma and Alice struggle to stay friends, when they have to make new friends. The story’s theme throughout the whole story is that true friends will be together until the end.

Alice and I are best friends. I’ve known her all my life. That is absolutely true. Our mums were in hospital at the same time when they were having us. At night time we were tucked up next to each other in weeny little cots. You can read over 20 pages by opening the link. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/Best_Friends/43EsiVMSbIMC?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

About a Boy by Nick Hornby (Quiz 222622. Level 5.5. Colour Green) is about finding friendship in unlikely places. The book is both happy and sad, but a good friend can help make things better. He got to school early, went to form and sat at his desk. The kids who had given him a hard time yesterday were probably not the sort to arrive at school first thing. There were a couple of girls in the room, but they ignored him, unless the snort of laughter he heard had anything to do with him. You can read the first six chapters by opening the link. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/About_a_Boy/vBtXDIPDQaUC?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

My friend Walter by Michael Morpurgo (Quiz 204087. Level 4.8. Colour Purple). Remember Sir Walter Raleigh who laid his cloak in a puddle so Queen Elizabeth 1 could walk across? Well, Bess meets his ghost and finds out that he is her ancestor! Living with a ghost has its difficulties, I discovered, even if he is your friend. If he appeared too long he would become hazy at the edges. Ghosts need time to recharge themselves. Listen to the beginning of the book by clicking on the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7Xud_jC2rY

Refugee Week
This week and next we will be writing messages to welcome refugees to York. Lots of people have left their friends in foreign lands and moved to York, so our messages will be written on paper and made into York Roses and hand cut-outs. We are hoping to have some visitors to the library during refugee week, who are currently studying at York College. More details to follow next week, but please come to the library to write a welcome message, the more the better…

Poetry Competition
The Jubilee poetry competition is still open. We have lists of rhyming words available in the library. I know some of you are coming to the library as part of your English lesson to finish off your poems and enter them into the competition. The one we wrote between is in the library is;

My mum worships the queen devotedly, and so to celebrate the jubilee,
she’s dressed me up like the queen, in pearls and a dress of velveteen.
At first I didn’t want to take part, but now the party is about to start,
by mum opening all the tinfoil, uncovering cakes fit for a royal.
I look at the food hungrily, and decide I like this jubilee!
I can’t wait to see what you have written.

Unfortunately, we now have over 500 overdue books. The cost of these books will be over £3,500, so as you can imagine we really would like these back. Strangely, books that are part of a series usually have book two missing. This is very frustrating for students who want to read a whole series in order. Please have a good root around at home to see what you can find. Please don’t worry about bringing back a late return.

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
We’d like to congratulate Year 8 for all the effort and hard work through Assessment Week. Although it has been busy, the Year 8 students have conducted themselves excellently this week and we have been really proud of them. Students will begin to get feedback on their assessments which will include a review lesson on what they have done well and how they can improve on areas they have found more challenging. This will give students a good idea on how to progress further moving forwards into Year 9. If any students were absent and missed an assessment their teachers will attempt to get them caught up this week. If you have any questions please get in touch with the year team.

Attendance last week was yet again the best in the main school but still below what we’d like to see. As ever we are grateful for your support in ensuring students are attending school and making the most of the opportunities on offer to them.

This week in our whole year Act of Collective Worship, the students were given more details about enrichment week (Monday-Friday 18-22nd July). There will be more to follow about this soon as students will be given a booklet of exactly what they will be doing and a more in-depth timetable will follow in this week’s Newsletter article for Year 8 – sent out on Thursday 16th June. Students will be doing a theatre themed activity day called ‘The Haunted House’, a trip to Flamingo Land, a day dedicated towards the Young Leaders Award and a day of sport and activities. Enrichment week takes place at the same time as the MFL trips to Spain, France and Germany which will be a really enriching experience for the students attending those.

The Flamingo Land Reward trip (Tuesday 19th July) is fast approaching and we’d like to encourage parents/carers to complete and return the electronic reply slips to the school reception (reception@ahs.pmat.academy). The cost of the trip covers entry to the theme park but the school is covering the cost of transport to and from. If you need another copy of the letter or are concerned about the cost please get in touch and we will be able to help. We appreciate students going on the MFL trips will not be taking part but they will be accessing rewarding activities on their trips abroad and there will be future reward theme park trips in Year 9 and 10.

On Friday 14th July all of Year 8 will be taking part in ‘The Trading Game’. This is an additional careers enrichment activity for all of Year 8 and letters should have already been received about this. We also need reply slips for this day returning to the school reception so please can these be returned as soon as possible to aid the organization of the day. If you need another letter about this please do get in touch and ask.

The year group section on week’s school Newsletter is Year 8 and there will be more detailed information about Enrichment Week and others Year 8 relevant topics so please do look out for that on Thursday.

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

Year 9 – Mr Arthur, Mr Deamer and Mrs Deacon
Just like that we are already one week down in the final summer term with six weeks to go! It is great to see Year 9 keeping the standards high and I look forward to seeing this continuing over the last few weeks.

ClassCharts seems to be working really well in school and it is great to see that so many households and our young people are engaging with it. I would encourage you if you haven’t already to make sure you’ve downloaded the ClassCharts app and also encourage your young person to download one too, there is one for parents/carers and one for students. This helps encourage students to take ownership for their progress which is a great life skill and we’ve also seen ClassCharts facilitating a range of positive conversations at home. If you have any issues downloading the app and getting logged in please get in touch with the year team and we can resolve this, additionally we’ve helped students get sorted with the app also, please just ask them to come and see us if they are unable to logon.

End of Year Assessments are taking place this week in school across most subjects for Year 9. Students have been given revision guides in Maths for what they need to revise as well as completing revision in lessons. This is a great opportunity for our students to show off what they have learnt this year as well as prepare for their GCSE work in Year 10, any queries please get in touch, so far when talking to students they seemed prepared with positive attitudes which is great to see. Students will then get results and detailed feedback in lessons with their teachers.

For the last week of this half term (week commencing 18th July) it is enrichment week. Students received information on it in assembly this week and it was great to hear their excitement about activities which are as follows:

  • Monday – sports activities (sports day is seperate).
  • Tuesday – English activities around the play An Inspector Calls.
  • Wednesday – Flamingo Land trip, please return permission as soon as possible. If your young person has lost their slip or you have not received it, please ask them to come and see us in the Year 9 office and we will give them another one.
  • Thursday – Industry Day, external business experts come into school to work with students in teams to produce a range of things such as products. Students are asked to come into school in smart business wear to get them in the right frame of mind for the business world!
  • Friday – Activity day, students will be given the opportunity in advance to choose a number of different activities to complete with students, these range from tag rugby, quiz of the year to bingo!

Any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with the year team.

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

Year 10 – Mr Avery, Miss Johstone and Miss Montagu
Well done to all our students who have jumped straight back into good habits of study. Everyone looks refreshed and ready to complete the final term before the summer holidays. Many Yr 10s have been outside trying to make the most of the sunshine when it’s there.

In our Act of Collective Worship this week we shared some exciting plans for ‘Enrichment Week’, the final week of term. Because of the pandemic, our Yr 10s will not have experienced this properly since Yr 7. We want this week to be a rewarding time after the completion of mock exams and something enjoyable to look forward to. The highlight will be a trip to Alton Towers on Thursday 21st July. During the week there will be fun sporting activities with two Olympian athletes to help, and other special events delivered by members of staff.

In form time this week we looked at the importance of not just standing by if we witness racism. We considered the story of Moses Ingram who is starring in the new Disney franchise, Obi-Wan Kanobi, and has faced online abuse for being a black actor. If we say nothing when we see or hear racist acts or speech, we are normalising it and letting the person responsible think it is OK. So it is really important that we STAND UP to racism – we should be sure to tell that person that it is not OK, and, if we are students, to speak to a trusted adult about what happened.

Finally, congratulations to Ruby Holland and Verity McDonald for excellence in upholding our school values and successful work experience placements. They receive our Head of Year awards this week. Well done! Should you have any concerns please feel free to contact the Yr 10 team.

Year 11 – Miss Turvey, Miss Reeder and Miss Chambers
A huge well done to Year 11 for a fantastic performance in their exams last week. Last week was the busiest section of the exam period with lots of high-profile exams taking place and Year 11 definitely rose to the challenge. We are so proud of the consistently excellent conduct we have seen so far – well done Year 11.

This week, Year 11 will be expected to be in school as normal on Monday and Tuesday due to the revision sessions taking place between exams on these days. This will also provide a final opportunity for students to check in with their teachers, friends and Year 11 team as well as being given important information about Prom and final farewells next week.

By Wednesday 15th June, students will have completed the majority of their full-cohort exams and, from the end of Period 2, we will recommend students go home to revise for their remaining exams. This date has been chosen as it marks the point where all students have completed the majority of their exams and their school timetable can no longer be tailored to the revision individuals most need. There are a small number of teacher-led revision sessions remaining as the exception to this which students will be informed about in advance. For the small number of students who are unable to revise at home, we will continue to provide a quiet working space for them (likely in the Resource Centre) for private revision.

We will continue to offer breakfast for Year 11 in the Courtyard Café on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week when full cohort exams are taking place. The Year 11 team will continue to be on hand at the start of each day from 8:15am and at the start and end of exams to offer support. Students will be able to find a member of the Y11 team in the Year 11 office from 8am each day until the exam period ends.

On Thursday 23rd June, there will be an ice-cream van and celebrations on the front field during Period 3 after the exam ends where students will be invited to sign shirts and say goodbye to their Form tutors and teachers. The Prom will take place on the same day at the York Racecourse, with students invited to arrive from 6:30pm for a 7pm start. The evening will end around 10:30pm. Thank you to parents and students for your support in returning medical forms for Prom. Please remind your child to return their photograph permission slip for the professional photographer if they haven’t already.

As a charitable endeavour in school, we have opened a “pre-loved” school uniform service for our remaining students to access. If your child in Year 11 would like to donate items of their school uniform, they should speak to their Form tutor and can bring this to school reception. Thank you for your support with this.

Please find this week’s timetable overview below. Where students are in “normal lessons”, these largely correlate to an upcoming exam:

DayOverview
Mon 13th
  • Students go to am reg as normal.
  • Full cohort Maths exam Period 1 and 2.
  • For most students, they will follow their normal timetable during Period 3.
  • Period 4 will be Science revision for all students.
  • For those who study Geography, Period 5 will be a revision session. All other students will go to normal lessons.
Tues 14th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • For students who study Geography, students will have their exam during Period 1 and 2. The rest of students will go to their normal lessons.
  • Period 3 will be a normal lesson.
  • Period 4 and 5 will be bespoke Science revision.
Weds 15th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Full cohort Science exam Period 1 and 2.
  • After their Science exam, students who do not study French or History will be encouraged to go home to complete private revision.
  • For students who study History, Period 3 will be a History revision session. All other students in school will complete private revision.
  • Students who do French will have their exam during Period 5 and will go home when finished.
Thurs 16th
  • Students only need to come into school if they have a French exam or a History exam. All other students will be encouraged to revise from home.
  • Students who study History will have their exam during Period 1 and should be in school for 8:45 and go to am reg.
  • Students who study French should be in school for 11:10am. They will have a teacher-led revision session during Period 3, lunch during Period 4 and will have their exam at 1pm.
Fri 17th
  • Students only need to come into school if they have a Spanish exam or wish to attend the teacher-led Science revision session. All other students will be encouraged to revise from home.
  • Students who study Spanish should arrive in school by 8:45 and go to am reg. The exam will take place during Period 1 and 2.
  • Science revision will take place during Period 3; students who wish to attend should be in school by 11:10am.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 11, please contact school reception who will alert the Year 11 team: Miss Turvey (Head of Year 11), Miss Chambers (Assistant Head of Year 11) Mrs Reeder (Year 11 Pastoral Support Worker) or Miss Short (SLT). Thank you.

The Year 11 Team

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
Y12 Mock Exams – Year 12 will sit their mock exams wc 4th July. They have been issued timetables. There are some clashes between subjects which also happens in the real thing. Those students with a clash will sit their papers consecutively across the two exam sittings within the day and be supervised in-between. They will be told in which order they will sit the papers. There is a provisional visit to Cambridge that we are waiting to be confirmed due to covid restrictions. If the trips goes ahead for our potential Cambridge students, they will be issued a personalised timetable in due course. They should prepare to sit their exams in the days prior to the visit (the visit is anticipated to be the Tues and Thurs of mock week).

REMINDER reply slips:
Please return reply slips for the events below if you have not done so already:
– Y12 Admissions Test tuition for BMAT, MAT, UCAT
– Y12 HE Visit Tuesday 21st June
– Y12 Introduction to UCAS Evening Tuesday 12th July

Exams this week

DateSubjectLengthSubjectLength
Monday 13th JuneChemistry Paper 12hrComputer Studies Paper 12hr 30
Japanese Paper 32hr 15
Sociology Paper 32hr
Tuesday 14th JuneReligious Studies Paper 22hrMaths Paper 22hr
Wednesday 15th June
Thursday 16th JunePhysics Paper 32hr
Psychology Paper 32hr
Friday 17th JuneBiology Paper 22hrFurther Maths (stats)1hr 30
Politics Paper 32hrPolitics CLASH2hr

Sixth Form Rewards

Wk ending 20th MayY12
1stIvy Tegetmeier
2ndEleanor Hyde
3rdKatie Suchomska

Collective Worship
This week our Form Tutor Collective Worship is inspired by events in the world of international football and looks at whether sport can make the world a fairer place. Our daily quotes are all on the theme of equality.

Monday – “I believe in unconditional love and equality. Jesus Christ exemplified these qualities.” – Jack Canfield, American author and motivational speaker
Tuesday – “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back” – Malala Yousafzai, Nobel prize winner
Wednesday – “Happiness comes to those who are fair to others and are always just and good.” – The Bible, the books Psalms, 106:3
Thursday – “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” – Hilary Clinton, former US presidential candidate
Friday – “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, civil rights activist

The Wellbeing Newsletter Issue 55

13 June 2022|

Headteacher’s Bulletin – Monday 6th June

Dear parents and carers,

I hope families have had a safe and enjoyable half term break. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all students back on Monday for the final seven week half term of this academic year. I would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support, this important partnership working remains incredibly helpful in ensuring that as a school community we can continue to provide the best possible care for all our students. Families are aware that as a school we work hard to prioritise additional capacity within our extended pastoral team and I am delighted to say that prior to half term we were able to appoint a second School Counsellor who will work alongside existing colleagues on a part time basis.

As we return from half term many students will continue to have important external examinations. Please do not hesitate to contact the Y11 or Post 16 team if you require any additional support. We hope that the timetabled programme of specific revision lessons will continue to prove beneficial in the weeks to come. To date we could not be more proud of the effort, conduct and determination of students.

Pre-loved uniform shop
We are really pleased to share that we now have an online shop for good condition second hand uniform which we hope will prove helpful for families. I would like to thank Mrs Robinson, Mrs Willsden and the team who make up the Unity Fund for their efforts in getting this endeavour up and running. Details of our ‘UNIFORMD’ store can be accessed via the link below:

https://app.uniformd.co.uk/items/172

All purchases through the shop will be available to collect from reception within a few days. Whilst we encourage all families to make use of this service, please note in the interest of fairness items will be limited to one per child in the first instance.

Unity Fund
Over the last few weeks we have been busy creating our new Unity Fund Hub where we keep the uniform for the new online shop along with a small food and toiletries bank. If we can help support you and your family please email either gstainsby@ahs.pmat.academy or krobinson@ahs.pmat.academy for more information.

Building work over half term
I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the ongoing contributions to the school that Mr Stone and his team make in continually updating and maintaining the school environment. They work tirelessly to ensure that the school facilities are always there every best. Work over this half term has included:

  • Installing a canopy over the Corner Cafe entrance
  • Moving the bike racks from the side of the English block to the side of the front field in preparation for the installation of a new Geography block over the summer break
  • Additional shelving to support new ‘Unity Hub Store’.
  • Improvements to the schools allotment
  • On going decoration of classrooms throughout school

This is on top of the usual deep clean that Mrs Smith and her team complete every holiday of the whole school. I look forward to sharing all our plans for summer improvements to the site in the weeks to come.

Head of Year Updates
Year 7 – Miss Kincell, Miss Powell and Miss Cooper
I hope you have had a restful break and enjoyed our final half term break. As we approach our final half term, we are so proud of the students and all of the positives we receive regarding this outstanding year group. An example of this was on the last Friday when three of our forms attended chapel and we received this message:

“I just wanted to send an email to say how impressed I was with the Year 7 forms in chapel this morning. Some of them were waiting a while, and waited in silence. They were focused and listening. Even when the form tutors had to leave, they still sat excellently listening. I told them I would email you to let you know I was impressed with them. They were a real credit”

Our focus as a year group at the moment is encouraging kindness and using kind words to one another. We focused in our assembly this week on protected characteristics with a focus on racism. It is really clear to students how they should speak to one another. We want to ensure everyone in our school community is treated with kindness.

Well done to our Students of the Week

7ANn – Lucas Allitt – For always being so polite and a wonderful member of the form.
7ASu – Riley Brooksbank – for always beating me at Noughts and Crosses!
7Bl – Jules Clarke – A delightful member of the form Always polite and considerate.
7Cy – Daffa Muhammad – For being the top merit scorer for the form so far
7Gr – Lilly Draper – Thank you Lilly for helping out other students and showing compassion!
7Hf – Hugo Mander – for being organised with planner signing and for excellent contributions to discussions.
7Hv – Gracjan Malecki- Always considerate and very helpful during form time
7MLn – Sewnaz Timur – For volunteering to read the prayer so often and for getting the most merits this half-term.
7MPe – Sonny Love – For being a fantastic member of 7MPe and living the school values through his actions
7Mr – Sid Smith for his incredible punctuality and politeness
7SMf – Allen Alex – Excellent extra-curricular commitment, brilliant effort in lessons and a very welcoming personality in form time. Well done.

Well done to our Head of Year Awards:
Tiffany Hardcastle 7BL – For much improved attendance! Well done, we are so proud of you!
Oscar Dawson 7MLn – Outstanding bravery performing his history song in class but also in front of an external visit. You represented us well, well done

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
The Year 8 team hope that our Year 8 students and their families have had an enjoyable half term break. With one more half term to go we are getting closer now to the end of the school year and to the exciting final week of term that will offer excellent enrichment opportunities to all students in Year 8.

Attendance has once again been good for Year 8 again in the last week and for the half term with an average of just below 95%. Year 8 have the best average attendance for the whole main school for the academic year so far. Thank you for all the support in ensuring that your children’s attendance is high – it does make a difference. You can use Classcharts to track attendance day by day as well as other positives/negatives. We’d also like to remind parents again that if you need any help getting logged on and using their ClassCharts account please do get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Assessment week and homework – although homework may have been set by subject teachers in the final week of last half term in preparation for assessment week, students will not be sanctioned if they have not completed it. This message was given to form tutors, teachers and students of Year 8 before the holiday. KS3 students are not normally set homework over holidays except the optional reading (DEAR) homework. Please get in touch if you have any questions about this.

In the final week of half term our Act of Collective Worship was delivered by 8Lp. Their theme was something they love as a form – football. They focused on several examples of acts of kindness of footballers and within the football community. This included many humbling stories of where football and footballers have helped their own communities or done something to give back. As a year team we really appreciated the strong links to our school values. The Act of Collective Worship was excellent and 8Lp should be really proud – each member of the form contributed in some way.

The next half term includes some important events for the whole year group and for the whole school. We wanted to update parents/carers on some of the key dates. More information (if needed) will be provided shortly for the following.

  • Assessment Week (Monday-Friday 6-10th June) – all of year 8 students will be completing their end of year assessments across this week.
  • The Trading Game (Thursday 14th July) – this is a day off timetable for all of Year 8 to take part in the trading game. The trading game is an exciting opportunity for the students of Year 8 to experience a fast paced, interactive game themed on the stock market and is part of the school’s careers enrichment.
  • Sports Day (15th July) – This involves all students in school. It is a fantastic day in the school calendar and we look forward to seeing Year 8 students getting involved and trying their best.
  • Trips to France/Germany/Spain (Monday-Friday 18-22nd July) – For the students going, these trips will offer an enriching cultural experience and a great opportunity to practice the language they have been learning in school. Students should have all the information they need for these trips but please do get in touch if you need anything additional. There are information evenings for two of these trips on the following dates at 5pm – Barcelona on 21st June and Paris on the 23rd June.

Year 9 – Mr Arthur, Mr Deamer and Mrs Deacon
And just like that, we are set to embark upon the final half term of the academic year. This has been an incredibly successful time for Year 9, and we hope the final seven weeks are as successful as the previous thirty-two!

It is important that standards in Year 9 remain as high throughout the final half term as they were in the first. I therefore want to take this opportunity to highlight the issue of uniform. It is vitally important that, as members of the AHS community, students are wearing the correct uniform each and every day they attend school. With this in mind, I have itemised some key points regarding uniform below…

  • Students must be wearing an AHS tie when they come to school and throughout the day. Whilst we do have spare ties that we can lend to students if they lose their tie or the clasp breaks, an increasing number of students are borrowing ties and then not returning them. Please can you ensure your child comes to school with a tie, and returns their borrowed tie to Mrs Christian in the Inclusion Centre. Unfortunately, with the volume of ties that we are giving out that are not being returned, we will need to charge for ties that are not returned.
  • Students should be wearing an AHS jumper to school each day. As we progress into the summer term and temperatures increase, we understand that students may not wish to wear their jumper throughout the entire school day. However, students must ensure they bring their jumper to school with them each day. This is particularly for if we have Act of Collective Worship or Chapel where students need to be wearing their jumpers. Further to this, students should not be wearing any other jumper or hoodie other than the AHS school jumper, and this includes the AHS hoodie which students are no longer permitted to wear in lessons. If a student is wearing a non-school jumper or hoodie around the building, they will be asked to remove it.
  • In terms of jewellery, students are permitted to wear one plain stud earring in each ear, and a small plain studded nose piercing. If a member of staff sees a student wearing other earrings, nose studs or bracelets/rings, students will be asked to place these items in an envelope and then they will be taken to reception for students to collect at the end of the school day.
  • Students must be wearing correct school shoes each day. If a student is not wearing correct school shoes, we have a stock of shoes in reception and they will be asked to change their shoes so they are complying with the school’s uniform policy. If a student needs to wear trainers for medical reasons, please send your child into school with a note explaining the situation. Alternatively, please email the Year 9 Pastoral Team – the email address’ have been added to the bottom of this letter.
  • Students must be wearing correct school trousers. Like with school shoes, we have an extensive store of trousers and skirts in school for students to borrow if there are any issues. If a student is wearing incorrect school trousers (e.g. leggings) they will be asked to go to Intervention where they will be given some school trousers to wear.

Many thanks for your support – it is very much appreciated. As you will appreciate, we want to maintain the highest of standards when it comes to uniform and we hope this bulletin provides some clarity on how we wish to achieve this.

Thank you for taking the time to read this parent bulletin. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 9, then please do get in touch by emailing aarthur@ahs.pmat.academy (Head of Year), mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy (Assistant Head of Year) and/or rdeamer@ahs.pmat.academy (Pastoral Support Worker); or alternatively, you can call Main School Reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you!

Year 10 – Mr Avery, Miss Johstone and Miss Montagu
I hope the students and families of Y10 have had a well earned rest over half term. The period between Easter and breaking up may have only been 5 weeks, but there has been so much packed into it I don’t blame any of our students for needing a rest!

This week we welcomed back the year 10 students from work experience. From speaking with themI am delighted that they took so much from their time in the world of work. Many have grown in confidence and self-esteem, and developed new skills they can use in the future. I am very proud of the resilience they have shown toward their new environments, with many students finding the early starts and long hours very tiresome – a nice reminder that school is not always that bad!

During the two week period of work experience, my colleagues and I enjoyed visiting the students in their place of work, and speaking with employers on the phone about how well the students were doing. I believe following the difficult two years we have had; the year group needs to be very proud of taking themselves out of their comfort zone and putting themselves into an environment of which they have no experience. As Martin Luther King once said “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just climb the first step”.

Over the two weeks I have received nothing but positive praise from employers, who stated how well the students represented themselves and the school impeccably. It would take me too long to single out all the students I received praise for, but I know many have secured part time jobs either now or in the future, and some students are being accepted back in the summer to complete internships that will look fantastic on student records. Even the very few students that did not enjoy their placements left with more clarity about the future, key work-related skills and a new appreciation for alternative opportunities that lay before them. I know how difficult many of our students found securing two weeks work experience and I hope the vast majority feel the effort was worth it in the end. On that note I would like to mention the students that joined us in school over the two weeks. For some, securing a full two weeks work experience was not an option, so they were in school following a collapsed timetable and being taught engaging one off lessons from a variety of teachers. They were hard working, cheery and a pleasure to have in school. This was not easy while some of their peers were out at work, so I am just as proud of their achievements.

I also want to commend our Year 10 students who took part in the recent Duke of Edinburgh expedition working toward their Bronze award qualification. Mr Goldsmith was quick to praise all who took part, showing a determined spirit and resilience toward aches, pains and getting lost along the way! I Know many came back to school proud of their own achievements, and it’s another important step on their own journey.

I hope all our parents received the letters home regarding the upcoming mock exams on the 27th June and the exam timetable for the week. These mock exams will last one week, with students completing at least one full paper (in each of their subjects) in exam conditions in the sports hall. This time is invaluable in getting students ready for the formal examinations they will be sitting in Year 11, and gently introduces them to what a week of exams feels like. The students will complete revision in lessons prior to the mock exams taking place, and will be given excellent revision resources to complete at home in order to give them the best opportunity for success. I will stress to all the students in the build up to mocks that there is no pressure on them, and all we require is for them to do their best. I will make it clear to them that the mocks allow us to assess where they currently are in terms of their progress, and put any necessary support in place in Year 11. The mock period will begin on Monday 27th June to Friday 1st July, and more detailed information will be sent to parents in the coming weeks, including any specific access arrangements your child is entitled to.

As always should you have any questions please feel free to contact a member of the Year 10 team.

Year 11 – Miss Turvey, Miss Reeder and Miss Chambers
We are very much looking forward to welcoming back Year 11 for their remaining weeks at school and hope everyone has managed to enjoy a well-earned break. We are so incredibly proud of our students after their outstanding conduct during the first part of the exam period. A huge well done and a big thank you to all of our students for acting as responsible role models and for all of their hard work. It has been pleasing to see students leaving their exams feeling resolved and confident and we are looking forward to a smooth three weeks ahead.

On Friday before half term, we were fortunate to spend Period 5 off-timetable in the sun as a “half-way there” celebration. This was organised as a pleasant surprise for students and we all felt fortunate to enjoy a blissful period outside playing games, eating ice-cream and socialising in the sun. It was a great reminder of how fantastic our Year 11 cohort is and we will truly miss them when it is time for them to leave. Thank you for a lovely afternoon, Year 11!

This week, we will continue to expect students to be in school at the usual times. In the next five days there are several high-profile exams and revision sessions taking place in school and we strongly advise that the best place for students to be is in their teacher-led sessions following the bespoke timetable tailored to their exams. As a school, we cannot give authorisation for students to go home after exams. This is in line with government guidance from the DofE and supported by an increasing body of research suggesting that year 11s who are given prolonged periods of study leave do not perform as well as those who are kept under the more formal tutorage of a school environment (DofE School Attendance guidelines, 2022; One Education, 2017). Students should remain vigilant to ensure they are in school on time every day, punctual to all of their exams and keeping mobile phones switched off in their bags. We request that, if your child has a valid reason to leave after their exam (e.g. a medical appointment), this is communicated via a signed note in your child’s planner or a phone call into school before 9am in the morning. We very much appreciate your support with this.

We will continue to offer breakfast for Year 11 in the Courtyard Café each morning where there will be a selection of breakfast pastries, fresh fruit, cereal bars, hot chocolate and fruit juices. Students may also look forward to a Friday bacon sandwich at the end of the week. The Year 11 team will continue to be on hand at the start of each day from 8:15am and at the start and end of exams to offer support. A huge thank you to our regular breakfast attendees for their ongoing camaraderie, politeness and positivity each morning.

By Wednesday 15th June, students will have completed the majority of their full-cohort exams and it is at this point that we will recommend students stay at home for private revision for their remaining exams (with the exception of a small number of teacher-led revision sessions left to take place in school). Students who choose to stay in school for private study will be able to access quiet spaces to do so. For the vast majority of students, their final exam will take place on Thursday 23rd June.

On Thursday 23rd June, there will be an ice-cream van and celebrations on the front field during Period 3 after the exam ends where students will be invited to sign shirts and say goodbye to their Form tutors and teachers. The Prom will take place on the same day at the York Racecourse, with students invited to arrive from 6:30pm for a 7pm start. The evening will end around 10:30pm.

The deadline for handing in medical forms and photograph permission for the Prom has now passed; if your child wishes to attend prom but hasn’t handed in their slips, they should hand these to their Form tutor and Year 11 team as a matter of urgency so we can inform the venue. Thank you for your support with this.

Please find this week’s timetable overview below. Please note: there are several important exams and bespoke revision sessions taking place this week, including full cohort, teacher-led English, Maths and Science revision:

DayOverview
Mon 23rd
  • Students go to am reg as normal.
  • For students who study German, they will go to their German writing exam during P1 and likely return part way through Period 2.
  • For most students, they will follow their normal timetable during Period 1, 2 and 3. All students have lessons timetabled that correspond to upcoming exams.
  • All students will be in bespoke Maths revision during Period 4 and 5 for Maths Paper 2 the next day.
Tues 24th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Full cohort Maths Paper 2 exam Period 1 and 2.
  • For the majority of students, Period 3 will be normal lessons (in English or Science).
  • For the majority of students, Period 4 and Period 5 will be bespoke English Literature revision for the exam the following day.
  • For students who study Geography, Period 3 will be a bespoke Geography lesson followed by an early lunch Period 4. Geography students will go to their exam at the end of Period 4 for a 1:15 start.
Weds 25th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Full cohort English Literature exam Period 1 and 2.
  • For the majority of students, Period 3 will be a normal lesson followed by bespoke Science revision Period 4.
  • For students who study Further Maths, Period 3 will be a bespoke Further Maths lesson followed by an early lunch Period 4. The Further Maths exam will commence after Period 4.
  • Students who study History will have a bespoke revision sessions Period 5. Others will go to their normal lesson slot.
Thurs 26th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Students who study History will have their Paper 3 exam during P1 and 2. Others will go to their normal lesson slots (lessons in these periods correspond to upcoming exams.)
  • All students will be in bespoke Science revision Period 3.
  • All students will have an early lunch during Period 4.
  • Students will have their Physics exam at the end of Period 4 and will be allowed to go home when the exam is finished.
Fri 27th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Full cohort English Language exam during Period 1 and 2.
  • The majority of students will be in bespoke Maths revision during Period 3 to revise for their exam on Monday morning.
  • The majority of students will be in normal lessons during Period 4 and 5 (the vast majority of students have Maths and Science lessons at these times so will be revising for their next exams).
  • For students who study PE, Period 3 will be a bespoke PE session followed by an early lunch during Period 4. The PE exam will commence at the end of Period 4.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 11, please contact school reception who will alert the Year 11 team: Miss Turvey (Head of Year 11), Miss Chambers (Assistant Head of Year 11) Mrs Reeder (Year 11 Pastoral Support Worker) or Miss Short (SLT). Thank you.

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
Welcome back! – A busy half-term ahead with the remainder of the summer exam series and the lead up to Year 12 mock exams wc 4th July. We will revise in class with Year 12 for the two weeks prior to the mocks to support their ongoing independent revision. Results will be issued in August alongside invites to 1-2-1 meetings with parents and students prior to the start of the Autumn term – letters detailing this will be issued shortly. Year 12 parents should have received a letter introducing them to the next steps in progression for Year 12 and an invite to our Parent Introduction to UCAS Evening being held Tuesday 12th July. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Exams this week – A Level exams

9AM1PM
Mon 6th JuneEnglish Language Paper 22hr 30
Tuesday 7th JuneEnglish Literature Paper 12hr 30Japanese Paper 22hr 40
Sociology CLASH2hrSociology Paper 22hr
Maths Paper 12hr
Wednesday 8th JunePsychology Paper 22hrMedia Paper 22hr
Geography CLASH2hr 30Geography Paper 22hr 30
Further Maths (core pure 2)1hr 30
Thursday 9th JuneTheatre CLASH2hr 30Theatre Studies2hr 30
Religious Studies – Paper 12hrPolitics Paper 22hr
German CLASH2hrGerman Listening, Reading & Writing2hr
Biology CLASH2hrBiology Paper 12hr
*Friday 10th JuneHistory Paper 22hrPhysics Paper 22hr

Exams this week – BTEC exams

9AM1PM
*Friday 10th JuneBTEC IT Unit 1 (Y13 resit)2hr

Sixth Form Rewards

Wk ending 20th MayY12
1stOlivia Starkey
2ndPhaedra Wright
3rdJosh O’Neill

Collective Worship
This week our Form Tutor Collective Worship is inspired by the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and what lessons we can learn from her life. Our daily quotes are her thoughts on God and faith.

Quotes
Monday – “I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad… I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right… to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God!” – The Queen
Tuesday – “God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general (important though they are) – but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.” – The Queen
Wednesday – “For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.” – The Queen
Thursday – “The life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role-model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing.” – The Queen
Friday – “Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none… God’s love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach.” – The Queen

The Wellbeing Newsletter Issue 54

6 June 2022|

Archbishop of York joins Year 13 Leavers Celebration

Archbishop Holgate’s School were delighted to welcome the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, to take part in the school’s Year 13 leavers celebration.

Attended by students, parents and teachers, the evening was an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the students’ achievements and time at school before they sit their A Level exams.

Head of the Sixth Form, Francesca De Lashley, said: “We were delighted the Archbishop was able to attend the evening and share in celebrating our Year 13’s time at school. For many of our Sixth Form students this marks the end of seven years at Archbishop Holgate’s and was the last time they will all spend together in school. It was a lovely evening, sharing memories with friends and teachers and was also an opportunity to thank the Year 13 students for the many contributions they’ve made during their time at school.”

The Archbishop shared many words of encouragement telling students to use the gifts they’ve been given to the full and to pursue their dreams to benefit themselves and the world.

He also said the school values of Justice, Compassion, Forgiveness and Trust are beautiful things that not just the school needs but that the world needs and encouraged students to let them shine out of their lives.

The evening also included prayers and readings from students and staff and musical pieces performed by the school’s Unity Choir.

Headteacher, Andrew Daly, said: “I would like to thank the Archbishop for taking the time to join our leavers celebration and for his inspiring words of encouragement. The students have shown an incredible amount of resilience and determination over the past two years and it was a real pleasure to celebrate their time at Archbishop Holgate’s as a school community.”

Watch a video from the evening below.

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23 May 2022|

Headteacher’s Bulletin – Monday 23rd May

Dear parents and carers,

This half term has flown by with only one week remaining of what has been a very busy five weeks.

It was a real pleasure to welcome the Archbishop of York to our Year 13 Leavers Service on Thursday evening and to share in the celebrations of what students have achieved during their time at Archbishop’s. We wish Year 13 the very best of luck as they begin their A Level examinations on Monday and I feel certain that their hard work and determination will help them succeed in the weeks ahead.

As we reflect on the first week of GCSE examinations I would like to congratulate Year 11 on the mature way that they have approached these examinations both in terms of their preparation and conduct and the way in which they continue to make the most of the bespoke revision timetable that is in place each day. We look forward to more of the same this week.

We are also looking forward to welcoming Year 10 back to school on Monday after their two weeks of Work Experience, I know that Mr Avery and his team have been very pleased to hear lots of positive feedback about how students have conducted themselves during this time. A reminder that we expect Year 10 to return in full school uniform on Monday.

We hope that those students (and staff) involved in the Duke of Edinburgh expedition this weekend had a good time, I know a great deal of hard work has gone into preparing for this endeavour.

Weekly Update – ClassCharts Merits for Week 31
Another excellent (and record!) week for merits on ClassCharts – this seems to be working very well and we have had ‘buy-in’ from staff and students across the school which is brilliant. Merits have taken on a much greater value since we started issuing them on ClassCharts, and we very much hope that this will go to another level when all the rewards initiatives begin in September, including the AHS Rewards Store!

Here is the data from this week (Week 31)…

Year GroupAvg MeritsTop ScoreStudent Name
Year 7 18.1347Lucas Berry-D’Arcy (7Hv)
Year 8 14.7537Tayla Langhorn (8Ob)
Year 9 47.84* 49Gajindu Abesinghe (9SLa)
Year 10 WORK EXPERIENCE
Year 11 2.769Frankie Garcia (11RMr)

*This Year 9 total was helped by bonus merits added for a positive Interim Report!

Congratulations to all the students on this list of top performers this week. We may yet have another record week next week when we welcome Year 10 back from Work Experience!

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Amie Shaw7GrWell done for consistently living the school value of justice with integrity!Justice
Year 7 Oscar Duncan7BlWell done and thank you for taking your role of helping our visitors in school so seriously!Trust
Year 8 Edward Shakeshaft8LpAwarded for being thoughtful, helpful, showing initiative and being a volunteer as well as being hardworking. Well done.Compassion
Year 8 Libby Lynch8LpConsistently polite and hard-working. Libby strives for a high standard in everything. Well done.Individual Liberty
Year 9 Ed Candlin9ABtFor showing great compassion and respect in welcoming another student to the AHS school community. Well done!Compassion
Year 9 Bailey Sargent9ABtFor showing great compassion and respect in welcoming another student to the AHS school community. Well done!Compassion
Year 11 Rudi Connolly11IMAFor showing fantastic determination and resilience at the start of the GCSE exams.Individual Liberty
Year 11 Louie Mantovani11EvFor showing fantastic determination and resilience at the onset of the exam period.Individual Liberty
Year 12 George Pye12JjyContinued effort in SociologyIndividual Liberty
Year 12 Leah Wright12WbnExcellent approach to written assessments in Sociology.Individual Liberty
Year 13 Lucy Austin13GSwFor her music performance at the Yr13 Leavers’ Evening – it was wonderful!Mutual Respect
Year 13 Oliver Pugh13HGaFor his reading at the Yr13 Leavers’ Evening – well done!Mutual Respect

Head of Year Updates
Year 7 – Miss Kincell, Miss Powell and Miss Cooper
We are now approaching our final week of our penultimate half term, and it is incredible to think about the progress which has been made since we joined back after Easter.

We are having a big focus upon kindness at the moment and looking at how everyone in our school community should be treated. An element of this was our assembly this week based on Women’s Rights, a series which will develop over each year. We talked about Women’s Rights before 1800 and lots of our students were really surprised. Year 7 were really grateful for the development of Women’s rights.

7ANn – Layla Calvert – For being a supportive and reliable friend to others.
7ASu – Asir Alwafi – For consistently showing kindness to all around him.
7Bl – Tiffany Hardcastle – Improved attendance this half term
7Cy – Edith Hardy – For being more organised in form time at the start of the day
7Gr – Darcey Brown – Well done on working hard over this last term Darcey, you have been a great example to others.
7Hf – Joe Molloy – Always smiling, polite and friendly to all.
7Hv – Reuben O’Donovan – Great work in Textiles
7MLn – Isabella Baumann – Great contributions in form time, well done for following the news so well!
7MPe – Isabelle Wayman – For always contributing to class discussions not matter the topic.
7Mr – Ryan Walker for his great start in 7MR
7SMf – Simeon Dean – For being so welcoming to our guests, particularly Mr Inskip. You really embodied our school values!

Well done to our Head of Year Awards:
Oscar Duncan – Well done and thank you for taking your role supporting our guests in school so seriously.
Amie Shaw – Well done for consistently living the school alue of justice with integrity.

Library Newsletter:
Well, we are about to live through a historic event. The queen has reigned for 75 years. So, us, our parents and most of our grandparents will not remember a time when Queen Elizabeth wasn’t on the throne. I don’t think you have to be a royalist to get caught up in an historic event. I was in London when Charles and Diana got married. It was a scorching hot day and I jumped in the fountain in Trafalgar Square to cool down. Bad move, as I caught the coach back to York not long after, and sat like a wet dog all the way home.

We have been getting into the swing of things in the library, as this week we have been making bunting, crowns, bookmarks and having a go at crosswords and colouring pages. All with a jubilee theme.

We have lots of books about royals, in many different genres, from Historical Fiction and Young Adult Read through to Fantasy.

Recommendations
The Beast of Buckingham Palace – The Beast of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams (Quiz 237462. Level 4.3. Colour Purple) is one of many books you are currently enjoying. He is one of our most popular authors, and we can supply several titles as part of our ongoing Book Club. London is in ruins, the people are hungry, and darkness has fallen across the land. Prince Alfred, a poorly and bookish child, has never left the safety of Buckingham Palace. But now there are strange goings on inside the palace walls – and Alfred’s life is about to change forever.

In the dead of night something terrible stalks the corridors. When Alfred’s beloved mother the queen is dragged off to the Tower of London, the boy must summon all his courage to embark on an epic quest to save her… and the entire world. You can read about the characters and read up to chapter three by opening the following link and clicking on ‘open preview’. https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/48735076-the-beast-of-buckingham-palace

The Red Queen – The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Quiz 230560. Level 5.2. Colour Green) is the first book in a series of four. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite who have god-like superpowers. Mere, is a Red girl living in poverty who assumes that her life will never change. But Mare possesses a deadly talent of her own, one that could destroy the balance of power. The Silvers hide Mare in plain view, claiming she is a long-lost Silver princess. However, one false move could lead to her death.You can read the first five chapters by opening the following link. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/Red_Queen/EPO9BQAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

Handwriting
It’s the time of year when you will be completing end of year assessments, and writing a lot more than usual. Do you think we should be handwriting in this digital age? Most phones now have an option to dictate a message/note/email, so some people don’t even type messages and emails any more. I think writing has its place. I know that I can remember things if I write them down, really enjoy sending and receiving handwritten notes, and leave myself post-it notes.

If you would like to improve your handwriting, we have some sheets in the library that can help you. You could also try writing out the sentence ‘The quick sly fox jumps over the lazy brown dog’. This sentence contains every letter of the alphabet and was used by secretaries to help them type faster. You can listen to a podcast titled ‘Does Hand Writing Have a Future?’ by opening the following link. https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/does-handwriting-have-a-future/7574590

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
Although it has been a short half term we are really pleased with how Year 8 have been conducting themselves. We have seen lots of examples of students living the school values into being and are proud of them. With only one week to go before the half term break we’d like to wish families of our Year 8 students a peaceful and relaxing break when it comes.

Attendance has once again been really strong for Year 8 this week – well done. The year group has averaged just above 95% which is an improvement on the last couple of weeks. As we said last week, we’d love to see another form manage to get up to 100% for the whole week and earn a Pizza Party.

This coming week is the Year 8 revision week in preparation for the assessment week in the first week back after half term. All students should have received a revision booklet that includes for all their subjects, the topics that will be covered in their assessment as well as revision-based homework and strategies to help them revise. This will be a really helpful resource that students can use. We understand that the assessment week will be stressful for some but teachers will do all they can to support students in the buildup and during the week itself. If you have any questions please get in touch.

This week our Act of Collective Worship was about friendship and the role that students have in supporting their friends and vice versa. Students were asked to think about what it looks like to be a good friend and what they value in their friendships. Following on from this 8KCe have set themselves the challenge doing a random act of kindness for another person. The aim is to spread joy through little gestures. Some of the acts of kindness include paying someone a compliment, holding a door open or even just smiling at someone. Hopefully this will prove what a big difference small acts can make to another person.

We’d also like to give a special mention to Jonathon Middleton in 8KCe. Jonathon decided to forgo getting birthday gifts recently for his birthday instead opting to raise money for York’s Environmental Centre and Nature Reserve. This is a really selfless act that shows compassion and we wanted to recognise this in our Bulletin. Jonathon managed to raise over £300, a brilliant achievement and an ultimate act of kindness.

We’d also like to remind parents again about getting logged on and using their ClassCharts account. If you have any issues or need any support with using ClassCharts please do get in touch and we will be happy to help.

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

Year 9 – Mr Arthur, Mr Deamer and Mrs Deacon
I cannot believe we are beginning the last week of the first summer half term, it really has flown by and I have been really proud of year 9s efforts, a lot of our young people are excellent exemplary students. I hope the lovely weather continues for their well deserved week off!

ClassCharts has had a really positive impact on the year group and it is great to hear the students debating how many merits they’ve got and when they tell me about the positive praise they receive at home due to the app. Please get in touch if you haven’t downloaded it already and if you are having any issues logging in and we can help resolve them. Form tutors are chatting with students to just check their access at home as well as for themselves. I’ve heard reports from a number of households that it’s encouraging positive conversations at home which is fantastic and some have even put their own rewards in place! Well done to 9RPr who got the most merits in one week in the whole school as well as year 9 with staggering 1518 merits between them! I know the other forms are on their heels though with the merits they are achieving also!

In Collective Worship this week Mr Williams will be talking to our young people about their end of year Assessments, more information will follow after half term but I wanted to make home aware they are coming up and it is a great opportunity for our students to show off what they have learnt this year as well as prepare for their GCSE work in Year 10, any queries please get in touch.

Furthermore after half term we will be talking to our students about enrichment week, the last week of the year, and I am excited for the opportunities available this year, more details to follow (which I’m finding hard to keep to myself!) with the amazing activities staff have planned.

Just a reminder on uniform as the weather is getting warmer and Year 9’s uniform has been excellent, and I really want to see this continue as we progress throughout the rest of the year, if you need any support in acquiring a uniform please let the pastoral team know and we are more than happy to help. School jumpers need to be worn in Collective Worship and Chapel, therefore students need to be bringing them with them everyday even if the weather is warm so they have them ready to go for our time together as a year group. Any queries please let me know.

Finally, a big congratulations to the students winning the Head of Year Award last week…

Year 9 Ed Candlin9ABtFor showing great compassion and respect in welcoming another student to the AHS school community. Well done!Compassion
Year 9 Bailey Sargent9ABtFor showing great compassion and respect in welcoming another student to the AHS school community. Well done!Compassion

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

Year 10 – Mr Avery, Mrs Johstone and Miss Montagu
This week we welcomed back the year 10 students from work experience. From speaking with them I am delighted that they took so much from their time in the world of work. Many have grown in confidence and self-esteem, and developed new skills they can use in the future. I am very proud of the resilience they have shown toward their new environments, with many students finding the early starts and long hours very tiresome – a nice reminder that school is not always that bad! During the two week period of work experience, my colleagues and I enjoyed visiting the students in their place of work, and speaking with employers on the phone about how well the students were doing. I believe following the difficult two years we have had; the year group should be very proud of taking themselves out of their comfort zone and putting themselves into an environment of which they have no experience. As Martin Luther King once said “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just climb the first step”.

Over the two weeks I have received nothing but positive praise from employers, who stated how well the students represented themselves and the school impeccably. It would take me too long to single out all the students I received praise for, but I know many have secured part time jobs either now or in the future, and some being accepted back in the summer to complete internships that will look fantastic on student records. Even the very few students that did not enjoy their placements left with more clarity about the future, key work-related skills and a new appreciation for alternative opportunities that lay before them. I know how difficult many of our students found securing two weeks work experience and I hope the vast majority feel the effort was worth it in the end. On that note I would like to mention the students that joined us in school over the two weeks. For some, securing a full two weeks work experience was not an option, so they were in school following a collapsed timetable and being taught engaging one off lessons from a variety of teachers. They were hard working, cheery and a pleasure to have in school. This was not easy while some of their peers were out at work, so I am just as proud of their achievements.

The recent parents evening we had was a really positive experience, and I hope parents found it both informative and useful. With Year 11 very close to completing their exams, I want to stress to year 10 that they now have become the main focus of the school with their exams only twelve months away. With this in mind over the next few weeks I will begin to address they very important mock exams that are approaching at the end of June. These mock exams will last one week, with students completing at least one full paper (in each of their subjects) in exam conditions in the sports hall. This time is invaluable in getting students ready for the formal examinations they will be sitting in Year 11, and gently introduces them to what a week of exams feels like. The students will complete revision in lessons prior to the mock exams taking place, and will be given excellent revision resources to complete at home in order to give them the best opportunity for success. I will stress to all the students in the build up to mocks that there is no pressure on them, and all we require is for them to do their best. I will make it clear to them that the mocks allow us to assess where they currently are in terms of their progress, and put any necessary support in place in Year 11. The mock period will begin on Monday 27th June to Friday 1st July, and more detailed information will be sent to parents in the coming weeks, including any specific access arrangements your child is entitled to. Should you have

As we welcome back students from Work experience, I wanted to remind parents and carers of the expectations around uniform. Our goal is simply that students should feel confident, look smart and be safe. With this in mind, we will continue to focus on 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: these will be swapped at reception for school shoes.
  • Hoodies: no hoodies should be worn around school in the summer term, including AHS hoodies.
  • Ties: these will be issued to students if necessary, but any that are not returned will be charged.

The improvement in uniform standards has been excellent, with the vast majority of our students being compliant toward this. Your support has been greatly appreciated and we thank you in advance for your continued support. Your help in this area is making our job very much easier!

I am delighted to see an uptake in attendance this half term, with many of our students attending school on a more regular basis. Prior to work experience, we are tracking attendance at an average of 93%, a significant increase from the winter and spring term. However, we still have some work to do if we are to reach the all important 95% mark I set as a minimum for our students. Studies have shown that attendance below this can significantly impact on student progress. With Year 11 just around the corner, I want to get all our students into good habits with attendance before the hard work starts next year.

Thank you for all the hard work you are doing at home to continue to support your child, this is having a very significant impact toward their success at school. The Year 10 pastoral team are always available to help with any questions or queries you may have.

Year 11 – Miss Turvey, Miss Reeder and Miss Chambers
Our first week of GCSE exams is now complete and we would like to say an enormous well done to our Year 11s for overcoming this hurdle. The conduct of Year 11 has been exemplary and we couldn’t be more impressed with the way in which students have approached their exams and revision sessions. It has been gratifying to see so many individuals coming out of exams feeling proud and confident of their performance after working so hard. Hopefully, everyone has been able to enjoy a well-deserved rest this weekend. Well done Year 11!

This week, students will continue to be in school at the usual times to follow their bespoke timetable of exams and revision sessions. Students should remain vigilant to ensure they are in school on time every day, punctual to all of their exams and keeping mobile phones switched off in their bags.

We understand that, following exams, students will be feeling tired and some may be tempted by the prospect of going home. As a school, we cannot authorise this and will continue to recommend that students remain in school. Given our outstanding exam results (best in the city and in the top 4% nationally in the last exam season) we feel confident the revision package we offer in school is the best option for your child. This approach is in line with Government guidance which states that ‘study leave should not be granted by default’ given that ‘some pupils do not have the skills, or are not inclined, to make the best use of unsupervised and unstructured revision time’ (DofE School Attendance guidelines, 2022). Increasingly, there are statistics to suggest that year 11s who are given prolonged periods of study leave do not perform as well as those who are kept under the more formal tutorage of a school environment (One Education, 2017). This is something that has been strongly advocated by the Government since 2004, when it was published that ‘study leave may be a very positive experience for some students but it can be lost time for others. Successful preparation for examinations needs to be a deliberate and carefully planned experience for students’. A case study was cited in support of this whereby Year 11s were 21% more likely to achieve 5+ A*-C grades when they did not go on study leave (Beyond Study Leave, DofE/SSAT, 2004). If you would like to hold a further discussion about this or the revision sessions in school, the Year 11 team would be happy to speak to you.

We will continue to offer breakfast in the Courtyard Café each morning where there will be a selection of breakfast pastries, fresh fruit, cereal bars, hot chocolate and fruit juices. Students may also look forward to a Friday bacon sandwich at the end of the week. The atmosphere in the café each morning has been really uplifting and once again has left us feeling very privileged to have such lovely and well-mannered individuals in our year group. The Year 11 team will continue to be on hand at the start of each day from 8:15am and at the start and end of exams to offer support.

Please find this week’s timetable overview below. Outside of exam time, Tuesday and Wednesday will be particularly important given the RE and English bespoke revision sessions taking place:

DayOverview
Mon 23rd
  • Students go to am reg as normal.
  • For students who study Geography, they will be in their exam during P1 and P2.
  • For most students, they will follow their normal timetable, revising in lesson in preparation for exams (subjects include English, Maths, history, Computing, Science, RE, Geography which are all preparing for exam still to come)
Tues 24th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Students who study French will have their Listening & Reading exam during P1 and 2. Others will be in normal lessons.
  • Period 3 and 4 will be bespoke English revision sessions for the exam the following day. This will be for all students except for those who study GCSE PE.
  • For students who study PE, they will have a bespoke PE revision session during P3 and an early lunch during P4. The PE exam will commence at 1:15pm.
  • Period 5 will be normal lessons.
Weds 25th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Full cohort English Literature exam P1 and P2.
  • P3 and P4 will be bespoke RE revision sessions for the exam the following day. Applied learning students who do not sit this paper will be in their normal lessons.
  • Period 5 will be normal lessons.
Thurs 26th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Students who study Spanish will have their Listening and Reading exam during P1 and 2.
  • Period 3 will be normal lessons; this will likely be private revision for students ahead of their afternoon RE exam.
  • All students will have an early lunch during Period 4.
  • For students who have a Drama exam in the afternoon, P3 will be a revision session and students will have an early lunch during P4.
  • Students will go to their RE exam at 12:50pm and the exam will start at 1pm.
  • Students will be able to go home after completing their RE exam. This will be a 15-20 minute early finish.
Fri 27th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Full cohort Chemistry/Combined Science exam during P1 and 2. Combined Science students will return to their P2 lesson to be registered; Triple students will go straight to break.
  • For most students, P3, P4 and P5 will be in normal lessons.
  • For students who study Computing, P3 will be a bespoke revision lesson, P4 will be an early lunch and they will go to their exam at 12:50.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 11, please contact school reception who will alert the Year 11 team: Miss Turvey (Head of Year 11), Miss Chambers (Assistant Head of Year 11) Mrs Reeder (Year 11 Pastoral Support Worker) or Miss Short (SLT). Thank you.

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
Y13 Farewell – Last week was a lovely occasion to mark the journey and effort that Year 13 have put in over the last two years. The celebration evening was packed with happy faces and an engaging, moving, and thought-provoking sermon from the Archbishop of York. A true honour. We look forward to seeing them over the coming weeks taking exams and completing coursework.

Exams commence on Monday and students are required to be in black Square 20mins before the start time to ensure that they have time to check the seating plans in Black Square and get to their exam location in good time to prevent delayed starts.

Exams this week – A Level

 9am 1pm 
DateSubjectLengthSubjectLength
*Monday 23rd MaySociology Paper 12hr
*Tuesday 24th MayPsychology Paper 12hr
*Wednesday 25th MayEnglish Language Paper 12hr 30Further Maths (core pure 1)1hr 30
Politics Paper 12hr
*Thursday 26th MayJapanese Paper 12hr 30Physics Paper 12hr
History Paper 12hr 30
*Friday 27th MayGeography Paper 12hr 30
Media Paper 12hrMedia CLASH2hr

Exams this week – BTEC exams

DateSubjectLengthSubjectLength
*Monday 23rd MayBTEC H&SC Unit 4 (Y13 resit)3hr
BTEC Engineering Unit 3 (Y13 resit)1hrBTEC Engineering Unit 3 (Y13 resit) P4&52hr
*Tuesday 24th MayBTEC App Sci (Y12 first sitting) 09:3040minBTEC App Sci (Y12 first sitting) 14:0040min
*Wednesday 25th MayBTEC Engineering Unit 3 (Y13 resit)3hrBTEC App Sci (Y12 first sitting) 14:0040min
BTEC App Psych Unit 3 (Y13 resit)1hr 30
*Thursday 26th MayBTEC Engineering Unit 3 (Y13 resit)3hrBTEC Engineering Unit 3 (Y13 resit)3hr
BTEC Engineering Unit 1 (Y12 first sit)2hr
*Friday 27th MayBTEC Engineering Unit 3 (Y13 resit)2hrBTEC Child Dev (Y12 first sitting)1hr 45

Sixth Form Rewards

Wk ending 13th MayY13Y12
1stAlice DungeyFran Knight
2ndHannah O’ConnorEleanor Hyde
3rdRoxanne WilsonEve Young

Collective Worship
This week our Form Tutor Collective Worship is about the idea that how we treat creation reflects how we feel about the creator. Our daily quotes look at the theme of Creativity.

Quotes
Monday “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein, Nobel prize winning scientist
Tuesday “Creativity is hardwired into our DNA by God himself. All of us were made to be creative people.” – Stephen Altrogge, Christian writer and blogger
Wednesday “Creativity is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God.” – Bob Moawad, American author and motivational speaker
Thursday “Creativity is not simply a property of exceptional people but an exceptional property of all people.” – Ron Carter, Professor of Modern English Language at the University of Nottingham
Friday “The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvelous display of his craftsmanship.” – The Bible – Psalm 19:1

The Wellbeing Newsletter Issue 54

23 May 2022|

Headteacher’s Bulletin – Monday 16th May

Dear parents and carers,

I hope families had a safe and enjoyable weekend. Monday represents the beginning of the full GCSE examination season, followed by A Level next week. We are extremely proud of the dedication and resilience that students have shown over an extended period of time and wish them all the very best in the weeks ahead. As ever, our staff have also worked incredibly hard to help prepare students for the demands of these examinations and we will continue to do so over the coming weeks. If families feel that there is anything further that you need from us please do not hesitate to contact school.

Weekly Update – ClassCharts Merits for Week 30
It’s been another excellent week for merits on ClassCharts. 14,341 merits were awarded across the school last week in recognition of all the fantastic things, both big and small, that students are doing every day in school – we as a staff body are all very proud!

Here is an interesting breakdown of the average merits awarded to students in each year group, and the names of some exceptional performers…

Year GroupAvg MeritsTop ScoreStudent Name
Year 7 15.532Poppy Cooper (7Hv)
Year 8 12.2334Caspar Farrell (8LWs)
Year 9 12.5533Harry Glaves (9RPr)
Year 10 WORK EXPERIENCE
Year 11 4.9928Kayleigh Gledhill (11By)

Well done to Year 7 for achieving the highest average merit score last week, and a very well done to those individuals who achieved the highest number of merits in each year group!

Many more students have now crossed there 50+ merit marker, and you as parents should have received a message home through the ClassCharts up in recognition of this. If you are yet to download the ClassCharts app or require support in doing so, please contact your child’s pastoral team. When further thresholds are crossed in this final term of the year, parents will be receiving letters home from the school in recognition of these excellent achievements.

Just another reminder – in September we will be launching the Archbishop Holgate’s School ‘Rewards Store’, where students can exchange their merits for prizes, and even make charitable donations in their name if they so wish. We will also have a new systems of letters and certificates ranging from the ‘Bronze Award’ to a ‘Special Commendation’ based on how many merits students achieve. For this first term of Merits on Classcharts, you will receive a notification when your child crosses certain merit thresholds, as well as letters home as recognition for their achievements. Thank you!

Head of Year Awards
Please find the Head of Year Awards for Week 30…

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Oliver Temple7BlFor outstanding resilience in assessment week. Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 7 Ismay Ambler7HvFor supporting other students and living the school valuesCompassion
Year 8 Tayla Langham8ObTayla consistently demonstrates a conscientious, diligent and exemplary attitude to both school work and behaviour. her Dera Work was outstanding. Well done Tayla.Individual Liberty
Year 8 Goutham Sunil8ECeGoutham lives the school value of compassion into being: he is compassionate to others, thoughtful, inclusive and a real team player. Well done Goutham.Compassion
Year 9 Harry Glaves9RPrFor getting the most merits on ClassCharts last week – Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Thomas Leonard9RPrFor getting the most merits on ClassCharts last week – Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 11 Brad Grant11BDuFor showing a positive attitude to learning and being a delight to take to Boggle Hole – Well done!Trust
Year 11 Angelique Marie11RMrFor showing a positive attitude to learning and being a delight to take to Boggle Hole – Well done!Trust
Year 11Eloise Sharp11AlFor showing a positive attitude to learning and being a delight to take to Boggle Hole – Well done!Trust
Year 12 Arthur Sharpe12SReFor delivering a great chapel on the environment!Justice
Year 12 Abbie Driffield12DaFor delivering a great chapel on the environment!Justice
Year 13 Katy Douglas13BKiFor continued high efforts in all aspects of Sixth Form life, and being an excellent role model to other students.Individual Liberty
Year 13 Tom Ventress13GSwRelentlessly polite and hard-working. Strives for high standard in everything. Well done 🙂Individual Liberty

Head of Year Updates
Year 7 – Miss Kincell, Miss Powell and Miss Cooper
We are so proud of Year 7 this week, their work ethos and resilience has been absolutely incredible. This linked very well to our assembly this week about soft employability skills and the importance of learning valuable skills such as reliability and punctuality.

This morning students engaged with their extended form time and took part in a PSHE lesson based on the importance of Diversity, Inclusion and Equality. We discussed how we can base this on our school values, justice, compassion, forgiveness and trust as well as what we can do better to ensure all are protected, respected and celebrated within our school community.

Well done to our Students of the Week:
7Ann – Lucy Norman – For helping others in the form and for being a fantastic partner for other students.
7ASu – Ben Buzasi – For showing great effort and resilience by presenting the News this week!
7Bl – Oliver Temple – always willing to read the prayer in form collective worship.
7Cy – Scarlett Wheatland for being compassionate by helping and guiding a new student
7Gr – Emily Graville – Always being conscientious and hardworking, it does not go unnoticed! Thank you
7Hf – Macie Allan – for an excellent start and learning new school routines. Well Done!
7Hv – Liam Shepherd- Great reading during thought for the day, well done!
7MLn – Emily Cundall – For your humour, your resilience and your positive attitude.
7MPe – Rocus Leung – for living the school values
7Mr – Caio Pereira for his much improved punctuality
7SMf – Lily Casey – Outstanding resilience, humour and intellect shown in all class conversations and Y7 Assessments.

Well done to our Head of Year Awards
Oliver Temple 7Bl – for outstanding resilience during assessment week
Ismay Ambler 7Hv – for living the school values and supporting other students

Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness week is an annual event which focuses on achieving better mental health across the UK. Taking place across 9-15 May, the theme this year is loneliness. Loneliness can affect many of us at one time or another and it has had a huge impact on our mental and physical health during the pandemic. You can feel lonely even when surrounded by others, but you feel disconnected and misunderstood. This week in the library we have been making cards and postcards with positive messages and thinking about who might like to receive one. Lovely cards have been sent to friends and family, others have been pushed through the door of a neighbour. Plus, don’t forget that most everyone enjoys being read to, so if you have a friend/relative that you don’t get to see very often, why not read them a chapter of your current book over Zoom. Even better, read them something you have written yourself.

Congratulations to Isabel Weyman 7Mpe who won the Odd Sock poetry competition. Isabel won a chocolate orange, and you can read her entry below.

Odd Socks by Isabel Weyman 7Mpe

I have odd socks, they are in a box,
‘cause my mum does say, (or rather shout)
You should throw them out.
I love odd socks and know mum does too,
‘cause all her yellow ones are paired with blue!
When someone has a pair, I can’t help but glare
at their feet as they walk down the street.
And, I always think, when my feet are at rest,
That odd socks really are the best.

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
Attendance has once again been really strong for Year 8 this week – well done. A couple of forms are getting closer to 100% – the reward for which is a Pizza Party.8Ob are the only form to have managed this so far – we’d love to see some of the other forms in Year 8 achieve this before the end of the school year.

This week in our Act of Collective Worship Mr Williams, the Deputy Head for Curriculum, delivered an assembly on the assessment week for Year 8 in the first week back in the next half term. The Assessment week is something all year groups will do and is an opportunity for students to show off what they have learned this year. Teachers will give feedback in the weeks after in a supportive capacity to help students in any area they have found challenging. We understand an assessment week will bring with it some stress for students. Teachers will be giving students plenty of revision beforehand and will support students in their preparation. If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

In form time this week students completed the extended PHSCE session for this half term. This session was about diversity, equality and inclusion. This follows on from our Act of Collective worship last week and is an important part of the education offered to developing students beyond the curriculum. Our school community is diverse and we are proud of this and proud of our students for being inclusive and accepting of others. This links to our school values of compassion and justice. As ever, the contributions made by students really showed their compassion and understanding of how equality plays a vital role in justice, one of our school values.

We have been asked to invite Year 8 students (as well as Year 7 and 9) to take part in a wellbeing survey being offered by the University of Cambridge. We will highlight this in form time to students but parental consent would be needed for students to take part. A flyer will be handed out in form time. Please do get in touch if you would like more information about this.

The Year 8 team would also like to recognise the hard work of some Year 8 students and of Miss Wheater in the PE department for a project they have completed on Leadership. The students involved on this have been working on this since February and are currently completing a presentation about their future aspirations. The work the students have completed has been excellent. Well done to the following (and a massive thanks to Miss Wheater):

  • Elisabetta M
  • Tamara A
  • Aela M
  • Sophie B
  • Caitlin M
  • Hannah B
  • Jessie K
  • Lilly-Jo H
  • Ruby H
  • Anna R
  • Poppy S
  • Ava G

We’d also like to remind parents again about getting logged on and using their ClassCharts account. If you have any issues or need any support with using ClassCharts please do get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Year 9 – Mr Arthur, Mr Deamer and Mrs Deacon
In the blink of an eye, we have reached past the halfway point of the half term! Yeah nine I’ve had an excellent half term so far, and long may it continue!

I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the issue of bullying. In 2020, our Deputy Head Mr Furniss invited volunteers to contribute to a ‘working party’ on updating our approach towards the issue of bullying and make it more ‘student-friendly’ and easy to understand. The outcome has been extensive, and posters on the working group’s outcomes have been placed all around school. Students will certainly have noticed the rising profile of our approach to bullying, and we regularly address to students through how we can collectively tackle this issue during our weekly Act of Collective Worship. Every student at AHS has the right to feel safe and happy in school, and we are committed to tackling bullying in all its forms within the school community. First, students were taken through a carefully worded definition of ‘bullying’, which we have set out as…

“the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.”

This definition comes from the Anti-Bullying Alliance, and we made sure we took the students through this carefully. Key aspects of this to highlight include the deliberate and repetitive nature of the behaviour which happens over a period of time, and how it usually involves an imbalance of power between the perpetrators and the victim. Further to this, we discuss the reasons why people bully and how this is important to tackling the issue. Whilst these reasons do not excuse the behaviour, they certainly help us understand the behaviour in a productive way to help tackle the issue effectively. If we understand why people engage in these sorts of behaviours, it is much easier for us to address directly and prevent it from happening in the future. Finally, we often discuss the different roles that individuals have within instances of bullying, and this terminology is something we will continue to use when addressing these issues with students. There is the initial perpetrator who initiates these behaviours; referred to in this case as the ‘ringleader’. They are supported by the ‘assistant(s)’ who are also involved in perpetrating these unsavoury behaviours. Whilst these roles will be fulfilled by a very small minority of students in school, we also explained the importance of the role of ‘reinforcer(s)’ – these people will not stand up to bullying when they see it, and may even laugh or encourage people to continue their negative behaviour. It is important for students to realise that we need to work as a community to tackle these issues, and we ended with the quote to this effect from Archbishop Desmond Tutu…

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

It is vital that we have more students who perform the role of the ‘defender’ in these instances – someone who stands up for someone who is being bullied. This could be something as small as discouraging another student from engaging in this behaviour, or preferably telling an adult in school so the issue can be dealt with in a timely and productive fashion. If your child has been a victim of verbal, physical, emotional or social bullying, please do either get in touch yourself, or encourage your child to speak to an adult in school and we will work to get to the bottom of the issue.

I also want to take this opportunity to stress the importance of punctuality. Punctuality is also a key contributor to the success of students . It is important that students are sat in their form rooms ready to start the day before 8:45. This means that students must ensure they arrive on school site well before then – form rooms will be open from 8:30 for them to ‘drift in’ on a morning, and there are wellbeing resources available for when they arrive. This will also ensure that any important messages that are passed on to students during morning Tutor Time are given to all of the students. Furthermore, it is also vitally important that students arrive to lessons on time. Studies have shown that re-capping on old content through low-stakes testing is crucial to consolidating their learning. The first few minutes of a lesson is where most recaps take place. It is therefore vitally important that students arrive to lessons promptly and ready to learn to ensure they maximise the input that is given to them by teachers across all subjects. If students are persistently late to lessons, they will be placed in a lunch detention on ClassCharts.

Finally, a big congratulations to the students winning the Head of Year Award last week…

Harry Glaves9RPrFor getting the most merits on ClassCharts last week – Well done!
Thomas Leonard9RPrFor getting the most merits on ClassCharts last week – Well done!

Thank you for taking the time to read this parent bulletin. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 9, then please do get in touch by emailing aarthur@ahs.pmat.academy (head of Year), mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy (Assistant Head of Year) and/or rdeamer@ahs.pmat.academy (Pastoral Support Worker); or alternatively, you can call Main School Reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you!

Year 10 – Mr Avery, Miss Johstone and Miss Montagu
Year 10 are currently on Work Experience.

Year 11 – Miss Turvey, Miss Reeder and Miss Chambers
After all of the hard work and commitment our students have put in over the past few months, we have finally reached the start of full cohort GCSEs. As always, we are so proud of our Year 11s for how exceptionally well they have done this year and we want to wish them the best of luck for the exam period ahead. All of the groundwork is now in place and we know they are going to absolutely smash it!

A special shout out this week to students who went on the Boggle Hole trip this weekend. This was a roaring success with plenty of sun, some lovely memories made on the beach and lots of meaningful revision completed too. Our students made us immensely proud and Mr Avery has asserted it was “the best group of students he has ever taken” – well done Year 11!

This week, we will be doing all we can to support students for their GCSEs ahead. Students will be in school at the usual times following a bespoke timetable of exams and revision sessions. Students should continue to wear full school uniform as normal with the addition of their Leavers hoodies if desired. We will only ask students to remove their hoodies for the exams.

An overview of this week in Year 11 is attached below. The key message to students here is that they will be arriving in school and going to AM registration as normal every day this week. We feel this will be really valuable to allow students the opportunity to check in with their tutors, ensure they have the equipment they need for their exams and be reminded of what will happen on the day ahead. As these are external examinations, students must be vigilant to ensure they are in school on time every day, they are punctual to all of their exams, they turn their mobile phones off and leave them outside of the exam hall, and they demonstrate impeccable behaviour. If students do not arrive on time or breach the code of conduct for exams there is little we can do to intervene at a school level. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns and we will do all we can to put in place preemptive support.

DayOverview
Mon 16th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Full cohort RE exam during P1 and P2
  • For most students, P3 and P4 will be in normal lessons
  • Period 5 will be a bespoke timetable Science revision session
  • For students who have Computing and Sociology exams in the afternoon, P3 will be a revision session and students will have an early lunch during P4.
Tues 17th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Full cohort Combined Science/Biology exam during P1 and P2. Students sitting Combined Science will return to P2 to be registered.
  • Period 3 will be in normal lessons
  • P4 and P5 will be a bespoke timetable English revision session.
Weds 18th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Full cohort English Language exam P1 and P2.
  • For most students, P3 and P4 will be in normal lessons.
  • Period 5 will be normal lessons or bespoke History revision sessions.
  • For students who have a German exam in the afternoon, P3 will be a revision session and students will have an early lunch during P4.
Thurs 19th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Students who study History will have their exam during P1 and will return to lessons part way through P2. Others will be in normal lessons.
  • For most students, P3 and P4 will be in normal lessons.
  • Period 5 will be bespoke Maths revision sessions.
  • For students who have a Drama exam in the afternoon, P3 will be a revision session and students will have an early lunch during P4.
Fri 20th
  • Students go to am reg as normal
  • Full cohort Maths exam P1 and P2. Students will be told by exam invigilators if they need to return to P2.
  • For most students, P3, P4 and P5 will be in normal lessons.
  • For students who study Geography, Friday P5 will be a bespoke revision lesson.

We are aware of how stressful the GCSE exams are for students and it is important to remind your child that it is normal to feel anxious and tired during this period. Getting a good night’s sleep each night at home, having plenty to eat and drink and having time and space to wind down will be important. In school, we will be providing breakfast every morning in the Courtyard Cafe from 8:15am. The Year 11 team will also be on hand here each morning to answer questions and offer support before AM registration begins. We will also be present at the start and end of each exam as well as break and lunchtime to offer support and resolve any arising issues. Students can also speak to their Form tutors during am and pm registration. If you feel your child is struggling during the exam period, please do let us know and, together, we can discuss a plan to mitigate this.

Once again, we wish your child the best of luck in their exams and hope they will undertake them with confidence and self-belief after all of their hard work this year.

If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 11, please contact school reception who will alert the Year 11 team: Miss Turvey (Head of Year 11), Miss Chambers (Assistant Head of Year 11) Mrs Reeder (Year 11 Pastoral Support Worker) or Miss Short (SLT). Thank you.

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
Exams this week

DateSubjectLengthSubjectLength
Monday 16th MayBTEC H&SC Unit 1 (Y12 resit)1hr 30Sport Unit 1 (Y12 first sitting)1hr 30
Tuesday 17th MayBTEC App Psych Unit 1 (Y12 first sitting)1hr 30
*Wednesday 18th May
Thursday 19th MayBTEC Business unit 3 (Y13 resit)2hrBTEC Sport Unit 22 (Y12 first sitting)
*Friday 20th MayBTEC H&SC Unit 2 (Y13 resit)1hr 30
BTEC Travel Unit 1 (Y12 first sitting)1hr 30

A Level Exams – Exams commence Monday 23rd May and students are required to be in Black Square 20 minutes before the start time to ensure that they have time to check the seating plans in Black Square and get to their exam location in good time to prevent delayed starts.

Y13 Stand-down – A reminder that Year 13 stand-down to commence their A Level exams this Friday. Friday is a full normal day following their celebrations the evening before. Following Friday students are not to attend school unless for exams with the exception of BTEC students that will remain in school until coursework is completed.

REMINDER: Y13 Leavers

  • Y13 Leavers Celebration Thursday 19th May (Main Hall 7pm). The archbishop of York is joining us to host the initial part of the evening. Please join us to celebrate Year 13 completing a tough two year
  • Prom Friday 24th June (Hilton, York)

Sixth Form Rewards – As we have transitioned to Class Charts we have moved with the rewards system and no longer collect student shoutouts. Below are this week’s rewards. These are positive acknowledgments from staff. When we have been using this a few more weeks we will establish an appropriate set of rewards suitable for our cohort. So far it has been used well and students are receiving lots of acknowledgement. If you have not yet signed up for Class Charts, please do. You can track these rewards live.

Wk ending 13th MayY13Y12
1stPeter MacfarlaneIvy Tegetmeier
2ndZach LightfootJosh O’Neill
3rdKaty DouglasLiv Goldsmith

Collective Worship
This week our Form Tutor Collective Worship is all about our attitude towards the poor and whether it is one of genuine concern and care. Our daily quotes are all wisdom from Mother Teresa of Calcutta..

Monday – “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Tuesday – “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Wednesday – “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Thursday – “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Friday – “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

The Wellbeing Newsletter Issue 53

16 May 2022|

Inclusion Corner Newsletter – Issue 1

In this half term’s Inclusion Corner Newsletter:

  • Celebrating SEND at AHS
  • SEND Spotlight – Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • Autism Awareness at AHS
Read More
12 May 2022|

Headteacher’s Bulletin – Monday 9th May

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are rapidly approaching the summer exam season at school. If as a family you require any kind of additional support please do not hesitate to contact school. As well as the important GCSE, A Level and BTEC examinations this also applies to students in younger year groups, who have, or will shortly be having, their first proper assessment week since we were impacted by COVID-19. The message for all our students is the same, one that was delivered in Collective Worship to Year 11 on Friday, that we are very proud of their hard work and resilience and are here to help and support in any way we can. This is echoed below from the Year 11 pastoral team:

With only 5 school days left until we start the GCSE exams, each day counts. Wake up each morning with determination and go to bed each night satisfied that you are one step closer to showing all your hard work is worth it. Good Luck- Y11 pastoral team are all behind you.

I would also like to thank Year 10 families for attending Parents Evening in such large numbers last week, this partnership working is very much appreciated. Year 10 students have two exciting weeks of Work Experience ahead and Mr Avery has included important information in his section below that families should read carefully. Thank you.

Inclusion Corner
We are delighted to tell you about our brand new, half-termly inclusion newsletter coming very soon. 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. Please look out for the first edition coming soon.

Just as we did last year in terms of adding additional pastoral capacity through the appointment of Assistant Heads of Year, a School Nurse and a School Counsellor we are pleased to say that we have further strengthened our support for students by appointing an Assistant SENDCo to work alongside Miss Holmes as well as the additional capacity Miss Woolerton offers as the Senior Leader overseeing Inclusion. All parents of students with an EHCP will have received a letter home last week/early this week, providing more detail and inviting you to a Meet & Greet in the final week of term.

Weekly Update – ClassCharts Merits for Week 29
Many thanks for the ongoing communication in terms of ClassCharts and how we can ensure that this works as effectively as possible for all families.

It’s been another good week for merits on ClassCharts. Staff have continued to take to the new system well, and a whopping 14,867 merits have been awarded across the school this week (and that’s even taking into account the shortened week with the bank holiday!)

Here is an interesting breakdown of the average merits awarded to students in each year group, and the names of some exceptional performers… (bearing in mind that we have had a shortened week, and Year 9 were out of school on Thursday!)

Year GroupAvg MeritsTop ScoreStudent Name
Year 7 13.6226Ellie Kirkham (7Hv)
Year 8 10.0139Jessica McDonald (8CMp)
Year 9 6.2322Finn Greenhouse (9KMd)
Year 10 7.6118Isaac Moore (10Ps)
Year 11 10.2138*Moon Phoenix (11RMr)
 
Students with 50 merits and receiving a message home through the ClassCharts app… *Merits added for excellent report
Finn Greenhouse9KMd
Libby Roe9KMd
Jayden Castle8LWs
Darcey Brown7Gr
Olivia Barton11Cr
Domonic Charlesworth7Gr
Tayla Langham8Ob
Shannon Smith8KCe
Joshua Ainley8KCe
Alex Briggs7ASu
Sydne Bates7ASu
Jessica McDonald8CMp
Caspar Farrall8LWs

Well done to Year 7 (again!) for achieving the highest average merit score last week, and a very well done to those individuals who achieved the highest number of merits in each year group!

You will also begin to notice that messages will be coming through on the ClassCharts app when certain merit milestones are reached – we have a select few already that have achieved 50+ merits in the first two weeks which is excellent! When further thresholds are crossed in this final term of the year, parents will be receiving letters home from the school in recognition of these excellent achievements.

Just another reminder – in September we will be launching the Archbishop Holgate’s School ‘Rewards Store’, where students can exchange their merits for prizes, and even make charitable donations in their name if they so wish. We will also have a new system of letters and certificates ranging from the ‘Bronze Award’ to a ‘Special Commendation’ based on how many merits students achieve. For this first term of Merits on Classcharts, you will receive a notification when your child crosses certain merit thresholds, as well as letters home as recognition for their achievements.

Head of Year Awards
Please find the Head of Year Awards for Week 29 we will have a bumper week for Year 10 when they return from WEX.

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 8 Robert Wilkinson8WNoWonderful support and fantastic ambassador for our school.Compassion
Year 8 Phoebe Riley- Ennis8LWsWonderful support and fantastic ambassador for our school.Compassion
Year 9 Jasmine Lowe9ABtFor being an amazing and compassionate friend – really wonderful to see!Compassion
Year 9 Finn Greenhouse9KMdFor getting the most merits on ClassCharts last week – Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 11 Haoyu Wang11ByFor showing great confidence and independence in completing his English Speaking assessment this week – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 11 Alfie Chapman11EvFor showing great confidence and independence in completing his English Speaking assessment this week – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 12 Khadeeja Faisal12DaFor showing compassion towards staff and setting up the school wide Arabic classes!Compassion
Year 12 Tala Halawani12DaFor showing compassion towards staff and setting up the school wide Arabic classes!Compassion
Year 12 Malak Hashem12DaFor showing compassion towards staff and setting up the school wide Arabic classes!Compassion
Year 13 Alice Dungey13OsFor her continued high efforts in all aspects of Sixth Form life, and being an excellent role model to other studentsIndividual Liberty
Year 13 Ellie Willcox13GSwFor her outstanding effort in all subject areas and supporting fellow students with revision sessionsCompassion

Head of Year Updates
Year 7 – Miss Kincell, Miss Powell and Miss Cooper
We have been so impressed this week with how maturely students have approached their revisions for their End of Year Assessments next week. Walking around school we have seen both lessons and form time abuzz with productivity and an eagerness to succeed. It is clear students have enjoyed a year of much-less disrupted learning and are keen to show what they have achieved.

We would like to take a moment to again reiterate that next week should hopefully feel like a mostly normal week, there shouldn’t be any high stress environments in lessons or a significant increase in personal revision. If any students are worried please ask them to come to see a member of the Year 7 team.

Well done to our Students of the Week this week:
7Ann – Will Gelissen – For being a supportive and reliable friend and for your excellent involvement in extra curricular activities.
7ASu – Katy Ward – for making an excellent effort on her school work this week!
7Bl – Maisie Bone – delightful and helpful member of the form
7Cy – Taylor Blogg for always being prepared for the school day
7Gr – Dominic Charlesworth – for living the school values. Well Done!
7Hf – Mason Fleetham for excellent contributions in Chapel.
7Hv – Hollie Brierley- for living out the school values every day
7MLn – Charlie Taylor – For always being considerate and helpful, well done and thank you!
7MPe – Eva Krauca – for always being compassionate and caring
7Mr – Tom Wilson for living out the school values
7SMf – Lexi Thompson – For her incredible effort to live out our school values in her dance competition in America! Congratulations.

Well done to our Head of Year Awards:
Well done to Charlie Taylor 7Gr – for being so supportive to our year 10 students who are going on work experience!
Well done to Florence Davis – for being an excellent student and so helpful and caring to others!

Library Newsletter
It’s national lost sock day. We have been chatting about what we could do with an odd sock, as well as wondering where they all go. Suggestions for the odd socks were to use it as a duster, make a puppet or a phone case, or even use it as somewhere to hide your pocket money. Don’t forget we have an odd sock day later in the year as part of our anti bullying week. You will be encouraged to wear your favourite odd socks. It’s to symbolise that we are all different and that you should be yourself, accept one another and celebrate difference. So, if you have a single sock, don’t throw it out! As it was Great Poetry Reading Day at the end of April, we thought we’d have a go at combining the two days. We tried to write poetry about a lost sock. Here’s one we came up with;

What has happened to my sock?
The pair went well with my new frock.
I started off with a brand-new pair,
but now one’s gone I know not where.
If I go barefoot you’ll get a scare,
because on my toes there’s lots of hair!

Please let me know if you can come up with a better one. Some of our favourite books have the word lost in the title, here are a couple that you have enjoyed, so thought I should recommend.

City of Lost Souls – City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (Quiz 222923. Level 5.1. Colour Green) Is book 5 in the Mortal Instruments series. We continue to learn about Jace, who is now bound to be a servant of evil. He needs to be rescued, but only a handful of Shadow Hunters believe that he can be saved. The series is located on the Dark Romance shelf. Many of you overlook this genre, but this book would sit quite happily alongside Fantasy or Horror. The Dark Romance section is definitely worth a look. You can read an extract by clicking on the link below. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/City_of_Lost_Souls/G7VLzk6pDP4C?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

The Lost Stories – The Lost Stories by John Flanagan (Quiz 225017. Level 6. Colour Blue) is the second book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. These books we recommended to me by a Y8 pupil, who wanted to borrow them during lockdown. Luckily, he lived locally and I could deliver them by bicycle! The whole set is now available from the library.

Professor MacFarlane is overseeing an archaeological expedition when his assistant, Audrey, finds a little house in an area which is outside the village limits. Inside, Professor MacFarlane finds stories that tell what happens to the Rangers on their return from Nihon-Ja.

As usual you can read an extract by opening the following link. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/The_Lost_Stories/pItNqfpHtPAC?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

Free 10 Minute Reads with Audio
Excited to have found this one. Why not take a look, and find one to read to a younger sibling? They can look at the images whilst you read to them. Fantastic if you have already read all of the story books in your house. Just use the link below. Most all of them have a link for you to listen to the audio version, so, either close your eyes, relax, and listen, or sit with a youngster in your family and read along together, listing to the audio at the same time. The books available are suitable for readers aged seven to twelve. https://www.storyberries.com/category/10-min-stories-free-bedtime-stories-poems-fairy-tales/

Free 10 Minute Classic Reads
I’ve just checked that the following link still works. I have sent this out before, but it’s worth having a look at if you didn’t sign up last time. The 10 Minute Read is free, and you will be sent ten minutes of a classic novel every day. Sometimes classics can seem a bit daunting, so a ten minute ‘chunk’ is ideal. You may want to read it on your phone. If so, you can either use the link, or just google free 10 minute read and the link will come up. Perfect for the bus journey home! The first book is picked for you, after that you can choose your own. https://www.10minutereads.com/?fbclid=IwAR0xW-KHf0fDythHRiAT4BTh4st3vD2MYFYWi3CATrq-Qo-Y0fUEuF_UPu4

Book Suggestions/Donations
We will be looking at a book order to restock the library ready for September and need your help. Maybe you’ve read something amazing, or borrowed a series from York Explore that we don’t currently stock. If you have any suggestions of what you think students would like to read, please let me know.

Also, if you have any books that you no longer want to read, but think that someone else will enjoy, remember that we are always happy to accept donations. We currently stock books from the reading age of nine upwards.

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
Well done to our Year 8s who have continued their successful start to this half term. We’d like to give a massive congratulations to 8Ob who have achieved their second week of 100% attendance the week before and were able to celebrate together as a form on Friday with a pizza party. 8Ob are currently setting the attendance bar high – well done!

This week in our Acts of Collective Worship we looked at finding common ground as a Year Group. We want students in Year 8 to think about and focus on what they have in common with others as opposed to what makes others different. This is really important in developing an inclusive year group and is an important part of our school values compassion for all, justice within the year group as well as helping to build trust

Extended form time this coming week on Friday for this half terms PHSCE session. Year 8 have responded really maturely to these sessions and have really impressed their form tutors. So far already we have looked at healthy relationships, emotional wellbeing, puberty and careers and aspirations. These sessions are invaluable to the wider education students receive here at AHS.

We’d also again like to remind parents about getting logged on and using their Classcharts account. If you have any issues or need any support with using Classcharts please do get in touch and we will be happy to help. If the code that was sent home does not work we will be able to send out one that will that will enable you to access the profile for your child

Following on from our long list of PE award winners in last week’s bulletin there was a Girls Rugby Tournament held at our school this week. The girls gave it their all and played very well and represented the school with Pride. Also, in a show of real compassion, some of the girls also played for another school who had not managed to fill a full team. Well done to the following:

  • Aela Moore
  • Ruby Holland
  • Lilly Hemmings
  • Jessie King
  • Hannah Birkinshaw
  • Lilly Walker
  • Sophie Beard
  • Danuli Jayawardena
  • Angela Hettiarachchige

We would encourage parents to read this week’s School Newsletter sent out on Thursday. This includes a big section for Year 8 with updates from each form tutor on how their forms are getting on.

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

Year 9 – Mr Arthur, Mr Deamer and Mrs Deacon
It was an absolute pleasure to take Year 9 out for their final cultural experience trips! I really feel that our young people had a great day and represented Archbishop Holgate’s so well, I am extremely proud of their attitudes to the experiences on the day and their manners to the general public as well as staff at the Royal Armouries, Media Museum and Sculpture Park, they should be proud of themselves.

Now we are two weeks into the Summer term I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students about our uniform expectations. As you may already be aware hoodies are now no longer to be worn during lesson time. I very much want Year 9 to be the leaders in the school for driving these standards forward. It is vital students are turning up on time, and wearing the correct uniform – these are basic standards within school which I know the vast majority of our students meet consistently. If a student struggles with either of these, as a pastoral team we can of course offer support. However, students must ensure they are compliant, and follow staff instructions to follow a reasonable request in making sure they meet these most basic of standards. So far, Year 9’s uniform has been excellent, and I really want to see this continue as we progress throughout the rest of the year, if you need any support in acquiring a uniform please let the pastoral team know and we are more than happy to help.

Just a reminder we ask all parents/carers to download the Class Charts app for both themselves and our young people to download it also, it is a great tool to utilise to see your child’s attendance, rewards, messages from teachers and detentions, if you are unsure on how to download/get set up please get in touch and we can help. It really is a vital tool and we appreciate your support. Those who have already downloaded it and are using it I hope are already seeing the benefits, any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With the weather being nicer and the summer term comes a revision of the extensive extra-curricular programme which has been updated for the next half term. I know how enriching these clubs can be for our young people including learning new skills as well as meeting new people, please feel free to encourage your young people to attend.

Please find a copy of our extra-curricular programme here: https://archbishopholgates.academy/ahs-journey/enrichment-opportunities/

Finally, a big congratulations to the students winning the Head of Year Award last week…

Year 9 Jasmine Lowe9ABtFor being an amazing and compassionate friend – really wonderful to see!Compassion
Year 9 Finn Greenhouse9KMdFor getting the most merits on ClassCharts last week – Well done!Individual Liberty

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

Year 10 – Mr Avery, Miss Johstone and Miss Montagu
It’s been a really positive atmosphere from Year 10 this week, as they look forward to undertaking work experience over the next fortnight. It has been really nice chatting with the students about where they are going and what they hope to get out of the placement, and I hope they return to school with a better idea of how the world of work operates!

The students have done very well to secure their placements, as I know they have faced many challenges, much uncertainty and consistent rejections in a post Covid world. I hope the resilience they have shown in finding work experience adds to their experience and helps build important life skills for the future. After a massive push over the last fortnight, we currently have 290 students ready to go on their work placements.

I sent an important letter home with the students this week, however I thought it would be useful to put some extracts in this bulletin focussing on the frequently asked questions we have received.

What if my child is too ill to work during the placement?
Please ring the employer to explain that your child will not be able to work on that day. Please also contact school, so we can keep a record of this and not visit the student on placement that day.

What if my child does not have a placement?
We are running a timetable in school for the students who have been let down or have not secured a placement. They will undertake a two week timetable where they will be taught one off lessons by teachers across a range of subjects. They need to register every morning in HI5 at 8:45am.

What if my child only has a one week placement?
If your child has only managed to secure a one week placement, please send them into school to follow the curriculum we are running in school during the week they are not on placement.

Who should I contact with any safeguarding concerns while my child is on placement?
Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s happiness, welfare or safety while on placement, please contact out designated safeguarding lead Gaynor Stainsby, or a member of the Y10 pastoral team immediately.

Should you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact either myself, or the Careers Administrator Meg Overton and we will be happy to help. Despite the students being out on work experience over the next fortnight, the Year 10 pastoral team is still very much available to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. I hope our Y10 students enjoy their work experience placement, and continue to build their skills in preparation for their future ambitions. I can’t wait to hear all about their experience when they return on the 23rd May.

Year 11 – Miss Turvey, Miss Reeder and Miss Chambers
Our Year 11 students continue to work hard and make fantastic accomplishments each day. They continue to make us exceptionally proud of them and we keep wishing them all the best in the run up to their exams. This week will be Year 11’s final week before their exams begin and we wish to say a huge thank you for all that they have done so far; they just need to keep going as they are – we are nearly there now!

Early this week, students will receive a letter detailing their invitation to Prom. Throughout the year, students have been aware that getting a prom ticket for free is a reward for high achievement, effort and attendance. For those students who have achieved over 300 merits or 100% attendance, they have been rewarded with a free Prom ticket (the majority of students over this threshold will have received this already). Well done to all of our students who have made this excellent achievement and earned a very well-deserved reward! If your child is required to pay for their ticket, this will be payable on Wisepay from the point your child receives their letter up to the deadline of Friday 10th June. If your child has been asked to pay and is unsure about why this is, please do encourage them to speak to their Form tutor or one of the Year 11 team and we will hold a conversation with them about this.

The final student Prom Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 10th May after school in EN1. This will be led by Mrs Reeder to settle some important final details, including arrangements for the Prom Awards on the night.

We are also excited to share that Y11 Leaver’s Hoodies and Yearbooks have arrived and tutors will begin distributing these on Monday morning. Students were told in Assembly that they will be able to wear their Leaver’s hoodies over their school uniform in all lessons and around school for the remainder of their time here. The only time students will be asked to remove their hoodies will be for their exams. We do expect that the rest of Year 11 school uniform should be upheld to the usual high standards whilst students are in school and acting as role models to all of our younger students. We are grateful in advance of your support with this. The Y11 Yearbooks look fantastic with lots of photos and tutor comments. A huge thank you to Mr Smith in reprographics for his fabulous contribution here. Students can begin to get these signed by their friends and teachers (if desired) as soon as they receive them. After students complete their final exam (Thursday 23rd June), they will be invited to the front field where there will be an ice-cream van for final goodbyes, shirt signing and a last opportunity to collect Yearbook signatures.

Year 11 students will continue to be in school as normal this week and are expected to attend all of their lessons. This remains very important in the build up to the exams as teachers go over final important information and consolidate revision. Last week, Miss McDermott (Deputy Head) led an important assembly detailing information for exams. When exams begin, students will attend morning Form time as normal every day over their exam period to ensure they are equipped for the day ahead and know where to be. As part of the assembly, it was made clear to students that, as these are external examinations, the Y11 team and school staff have little power to accommodate or intervene when students deviate from exam stipulations. Students are reminded of the vital need to be vigilant throughout the exam period to ensure they are in school on time every day, punctual to all of their exams, ensuring their mobile phones are off and left outside the exam hall, and demonstrate impeccable behaviour. We will be providing breakfast for Year 11 students every day during the exam period from 8:15am in the Courtyard café where the Year 11 team will be on hand to answer questions and resolve any issues. Attendance to this is not compulsory, just an extra layer of support for those who want it. If your child has any questions ahead of exams, please encourage them to speak to their Form tutor or Year 11 team this week.

Next week, students will have their final Friday assembly which will be an Act of Collective Worship led by Miss Turvey. Friday assemblies will be suspended during the exam period to give students some breathing space and wind-down time in their Form rooms.

This Friday will be the Boggle Hole trip for those students who are going. We have been excitedly preparing for this and are looking forward to an excellent period of revision and important social/wind down time ahead of the exams. Students involved selected their menu choices on Friday; we will eat an early dinner when we arrive followed by takeaway pizza later in the evening. On Saturday, students will be provided with breakfast and lunch. We will be departing straight after school on Friday 13th and expect to be back at school on Saturday 14th around 3pm (although we anticipate it could be earlier). Students will attend a short assembly with Mr Avery this week to go through a detailed itinerary and have the opportunity to ask any final questions. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact school reception who will put you through to the Y11 team.

If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 11, please contact school reception who will alert the Year 11 team: Miss Turvey (Head of Year 11), Miss Chambers (Assistant Head of Year 11) Mrs Reeder (Year 11 Pastoral Support Worker) or Miss Short (SLT). Thank you.

The Year 11 Team

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
Exams this week

9am1pm
DateSubjectLengthSubjectLength
Monday 9th MayBTEC Sport Unit 2 (Y13 resit)2hr 30
BTEC Business Unit 2 (Y12 resit)2hr
Tuesday 10th MayBTEC Business Unit 2 (Y12 first sitting)3hr
BTEC Travel Unit 2 Unit 2 (Y13 resit)3hr
Wednesday 11th MayBTEC Applied Law Unit 3 (Y13 resit)2hr
Thursday 12th MayBTEC IT Unit 2 (Y12 first sitting)3hr
Friday 13th MayBTEC Child Dev Unit 2 (Y13 resit)3hr
BTEC IT Unit 2 (Y12 first siting)2hr

REMINDER Punctuality – We are pleased with how many of our Post-16 parents have downloaded and are using Class Charts since the migration over Easter. It allows prompt communication and you can track your son/daughters attendance and punctuality amongst other things. Since ‘Lates’ to school are communicated home via Class Charts it is important to highlight that if a student is not in their form room on the morning registration bell (08:45), they will be entered on the register as late which will trigger the related sanction if no good reason is given. Students cannot just be in the building, they must be in form.

REMINDER: Y13 Leavers

  • Y13 Leavers Celebration Thursday 19th May (Main Hall 7pm)
  • A Level stand down Friday 20th May
  • Prom Friday 24th June (Hilton, York)

Sixth Form Rewards – As we have transitioned to Class Charts we have moved with the rewards system and no longer collect student shoutouts. Below are this week’s rewards. These are basically positive acknowledgments from staff. When we have been using this a few more weeks we will establish an appropriate set of rewards suitable for our cohort. So far it has been used well and students are receiving lots of acknowledgement. If you have not yet signed up for Class Charts, please do. You can track these rewards live.

Wk ending 6th MayY13Y12
1stLuke HindleBen Soulsby
2ndMolly BakerKatie Suchomska
3rdOliver VasJames Rudling

Collective Worship
This week our Form Tutor Collective Worship is entitled ‘Teflon – how to clean up the mess’. This and our daily quotes reflect on how we need to accept responsibiltiy in our lives and try to create strong, healthy non-stick relationships.

Quotes

Monday – “The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behaviour lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behaviour.” – M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and author

Tuesday – “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln, 19th century American president

Wednesday – “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the USA

Thursday – “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” – Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker

Friday – “The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” – Joan Didion, American author

The Wellbeing Newsletter Issue 52

9 May 2022|

Headteacher’s Bulletin – Tuesday 3rd May

Dear parents and carers,

I hope families have had an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend. Thank you for the ongoing support in terms of ensuring that students are in the correct school uniform, this is much appreciated. A reminder that from this week the AHS Hoodie will no longer be allowed to be worn in lessons but can continue to act in the same way as a coat in terms of coming to and from school and at break and lunchtimes. We also appreciate all the helpful comments we have received in terms of the new ClassChart system we have started to use. This feedback will help us to fine tune the system to ensure that it works as effectively as possible for all families.

Merits on ClassCharts – Week 28
Whilst we hope that there will be numerous benefits to this educational tool, one in particular that we are very excited about is how easy it is for staff to reward students and recognise their accomplishments. This is something that students really wanted to see in recent Student Voice Surveys we have conducted.

Staff have taken to the new system extremely well, and 3,026 merits have already been awarded across the school in the first week alone!

Here is an interesting breakdown of the average merits awarded to students in each year group, and the names of some exceptional performers…

Year GroupAvg MeritsTop ScoreStudent Name
Year 7 16.1234Darcey Brown (7Gr)
Year 8 14.2442Caspar Farrell (8LWs)
Year 9 11.5935Libby Roe (8KMd)
Year 10 11.8929Hannah Commins (10MSt)
Year 11 10.4738Olivia Barton (10Cr)

Well done to Year 7 for achieving the highest average merit score last week, and a very well done to those individuals who achieved the highest number of merits in each year group!

Just a reminder – in September we will be launching the Archbishop Holgate’s School ‘Rewards Store’, where students can exchange their merits for prizes, and even make charitable donations in their name if they so wish. We will also have a new systems of letters and certificates ranging from the ‘Bronze Award’ to a ‘Special Commendation’ based on how many merits students achieve. For this first term of Merits on Classcharts, you will receive a notification when your child crosses certain merit thresholds, as well as letters home as recognition for their achievements. We very much look forward to seeing how this develops over the weeks and months – roll on Week 2!

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Jiwon Shin7MLnFor outstanding effort in all that you do. We are so proud of you!Individual Liberty
Year 7 Lily Speak7CyFor your outstanding cycling accolades! Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Liam Dobson8NThFor superb resilience and determination!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Stephanie Ajulo8LWsFor making an excellent start at AHS and already living out the school’s values.Justice
Year 9 Libby Roe9KMdFor getting the most merits during the first week of ClassCharts – Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Reuben Stockdale9KMdFor getting the most merits during the first week of ClassCharts – Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 10 Melisa Montgomery10GsFor living out the school values and working hard in lessonsIndividual Liberty
Year 10 Oliver Archibald10GzFor working to the best of his ability in all areasMutual Respect
Year 11 Frankie Taylor11BDuFor his positive attitude towards revision and exam preparation, and for working hard in the Easter holidays. Well done!Trust
Year 11 Jess Taylor11CrFor showing great resilience and maintaining 100% attendance. Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 12 Eve Young12WbnFor outstanding effort across the board – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 12 George Pye12JjyFor lots of 6th form positives across all lessons – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 13 Isaac Hill13HgaFor an excellent EPQ presentation – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 13 Aliya Georgi13GswFor an excellent EPQ presentation – well done!Individual Liberty

Head of Year Updates
Year 7 – Miss Kincell, Miss Powell and Miss Cooper
We have had a lovely first week back and are so proud of the start Year 7 has made. We hope that the transition to Class Charts has been successful overall and that you are enjoying seeing all of the merits and positive comments your children are receiving. We are really encouraging all parents to ensure they have signed up for Class Charts so they can keep up with each child’s achievement, behaviour and attendance. We are running a competition, the first form with all parents signed up will get a chocolate bar each. Please let us know if we can support with log on codes or anything else.

Well done to our Students of the Week this week:
7Ann – Vidya Bhattacharya – for always living out the School Values.
7ASu – Sydney Bates – for doing an excellent job presenting the news this week!
7Bl – Joe Limbert – for always trying his best.
7Cy – Misty Haworth for having excellent attendance.
7Gr – Baker, James, Well done for showing how well you can listen and respond to your teachers, thank you.
7Hf – James Mellows for extra effort with joining in form time discussions
7Hv – Imogen Monks -Always helpful and polite during form time
7MLn – George Sellars – for standing up for others and showing compassion.
7MPe – Calum Lister – for always being a positive member of the form
7Mr – Malachy Bennett – Great start and fantastic resilience with homework
7SMf – All of SMf – for fantastic History lessons

Well done to our Head of Year Awards:
Jiwon Shin – for outstanding effort in all that you do. We are so proud of!
Lily Speak – for your outstanding cycling accolades! Well done!

Library Newsletter
April is National Pet Month. I’m sure many of you have pets, and I know that a lot of you like to read about them. We have an animal story section in the library. The colours range from Black through to Blue, so there is defiantly something for everyone. Have a look at the recommendations below, and read the excerpts to see if an animal story might be something you’d like to read.

One Dog and His Boy – One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson (Quiz 220213. Level 5.6. Colour Green). Hal has wanted a dog for as long as he can remember. His very house-proud mother claims that dogs make too much mess. Hal’s parents rent a dog, Fleck, for the weekend, but how will Hal feel when the time comes to give him back?

Albina was on her hands and knees looking for dog hairs. She could see a hair on the half landing, possibly a speck of mud on the bottom stair. Thank goodness this was the last day of having a messy animal in the house. Tomorrow, Fleck was going back to where he came from.

Imagine being able to rent a dog! I’m sure it would be very difficult to hand it back. Or maybe, you get to realize how much hard work they can be and you are happy to wave them off at the end of the weekend. I wonder what happens to Fleck? You can read the start of this book by clicking on the link below. https://www.banburystmarysschool.co.uk/uploads/9/5/4/0/95408552/page_1-7_one_dog_and_his_boy_extract.pdf

The Chocolate Dog – The Chocolate Dog by Holly Webb (Quiz 224881. Level.4.6. Colour Purple). Choc is a dog the colour of chocolate with large soulful Malteser eyes. What will happen to the family with a third child and a dog in the house?

Amy and Laura aren’t looking forward to the arrival of their new brother or sister. There doesn’t seem to be any room for them anymore. But at least they still have their gorgeous dog Choc – he always knows how to make them feel better.

You can read the first couple of pages by opening the link. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/The_Chocolate_Dog/vr9oBAAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

Another Good Reason to Read – You might nor realise it, but the more you read your better your vocabulary gets, as does your use of punctuation. One small grammatical error can give a simple sentence a very different meaning. Such as

A woman: without her, man is nothing.

If you are reading out loud, maybe in class, take note of the punctuation to slow you down, making sure your audience understand the correct meaning. Had you rushed the sentence above, ignoring the punctuation, what you read and what they hear could be,

A woman without her man is nothing.

Fund Raising – A massive thanks to all of you who helped out with and bought tickets for the chocolate tombola. We managed to raise just over £100 during a lunchtime in the library. The money has been given to the Unity Fund. We were delighted with the result, and with ticket prices at just 50p, we won and ate a lot of chocolate!

Please Return Your Library Books – Again, we have 500 overdue books. This number doesn’t include books that are currently on loan within their due date. Books can be returned to either library and remember, we will always be pleased to see both you and the book.

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
Well done to our Year 8s who have had a successful start to this term – the first week back has gone well. Year 8 have again had the best attendance in the main school with just over 95%. As ever we are grateful for the support in terms of encouraging good attendance. We’d like to say well done to 8Ap who won this week’s Attendance Trophy with an impressive 99.1% attendance. Uniform is still a key focus at the moment and as a year team we will be challenging those who are not in the correct uniform.

This week in out Act’s of Collective worship we look at discrimination as a Year Group and the history of the civil rights movement in America. They key message is that an individual can make a difference and that in our Year Group we will not accept discrimination in any form. Students are also reminded of the importance of not being a bystander and making sure they report things if they see bullying or discrimination. They are able to do this by speaking to their form tutor, the Year 8 pastoral team or by using the school’s ‘Report it’ form which they can access on the Student Hub.

In form time Students looked at the history of the United Kingdom in accepting migrants. This covered past instances of how we have supported others but also where we have made mistakes, such as the Windrush Scandal. With the ongoing conflict in Ukraine it is important that everyone within our community are mindful of offering a welcoming and supportive environment – something we believe our Year 8 students will be excellent at.

We have had some parents/carers get in touch to ask about Classcharts. If you have any issues or need any support with using ClassCharts please do get in touch and we will be happy to help. If the code that was sent home does not work please let us know and we will ensure that you can access the profile for your child. The link below also provides some useful information on how to use the parent version of the Classcharts website/phone app. We strongly encourage you to use ClassCharts as it is a really effective way of monitoring how your child is getting on and will be used as a way of communicating by the school and Year Team.

https://pages.classcharts.com/wp-content/uploads/Class_Charts_for_parents_guide.pdf

In our assembly this week on Friday we celebrated many students who have achieved an Award from the PE department for their involvement in Football, Rugby and Netball. The list of students involved was very long and is a credit to the many students in Year 8 involving themselves fully into the extra-curricular side of school life – well done to those who won an award listed below:

Football:

  • Sasha Crosby
  • Caitlin Moffatt
  • Ava Gane
  • Aela Moore
  • Sophie Beard
  • Maya Holmes
  • Scarlett Shaw

Rugby:

  • Aela Moore
  • Hannah Birkenshaw
  • Ruby Holland
  • Lily-Jo Hemmings
  • Sophie Beard
  • Jessie King

Netball:

  • Tamara Alahendrage
  • Danuli Jayawardena
  • Angela Hettiarachchige
  • Emma Guarino
  • Kate Weatherall
  • Evie Simpson
  • Elisabetta Micheli
  • Anna Roberts
  • Hannah Birkenshaw
  • Millie Robinson
  • Ava Gane
  • Poppy Sullivan
  • Aela Moore
  • Sophie Beard
  • Lily Matthews
  • Ruby Holland
  • Cream Suntansawet
  • Evie price
  • Annie Wedgewood
  • Poppy Keogh
  • Erin Smithson

The newsletter this week will feature the Year 8 section for this half term and there will be additional useful updates and key information included in that.

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

Year 9 – Mr Arthur, Mr Deamer and Mrs Deacon
It has been lovely to see Year 9 back in school after the Easter break, and they have done well settling back into the school routine. We hope you have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, whatever you may be doing!

I just wanted to remind parents (for the final time, as this is the last of these visits) about the upcoming Cultural Experience visits that will be taking place for Year 9 the second week back after the Easter holidays. As you will already know, the locations for these three trips are…

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
  • The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford
  • The Royal Armouries, Leeds

The final rotation of these trips will take place on Thursday, 5th May and all students in Year 9 will be out of school for the day. This is a mandatory visit as part of the student’s Silver Arts Award Qualification. Here is a reminder of the important things for students to remember in preparation for their final visit…

  • Students must arrive to school in their uniform, however they can wear comfortable footwear (trainers) if they so wish.
  • Students travelling to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park will need to ensure they wear boots/wellington boots or footwear they do not mind getting muddy as they will be outside on grass for most of the day. Students on this trip must also ensure they wear plenty of warm clothing (although I am very much hoping that for this rotation, the weather will be sunny and dry!).
  • Students must bring their own packed lunches to school for the day. Students who are Free School Meals will have a packed lunch provided for them by school. Students must also not bring any food with them that contain nuts as some students on the trips do have allergies to nuts.
  • Students arrive to school at the normal time, and they will register in their form rooms. Students will then be making their way to the Main Hall where we will head off to the buses for the different trips.
  • Each coach will have a supply of face masks and we strongly encourage that students wear face masks on the coach and in crowded indoor spaces. However, the wearing of masks will not be mandatory on this trip in line with government guidance.
  • Students must bring any medication/inhalers etc… they need with them – they will be their responsibility for the duration of the trip. If they need support from a member of staff, they should let the bus/trip leaders know as soon as possible.
  • The buses will return to school for 3pm in time for students to make their usual way home from school.

Medical and consent forms have been posted home. Please ensure your child are returns there ASAP to ensure your child can take part in these exciting cultural experience visits.

As I have done in this bulletin previously, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the issue of attendance. Attendance at school is crucial to the success of students. Recent studies have shown that absence from school has a significant impact on the success of students, and can have a long-term impact through to their GCSEs. In one of these studies, it has shown that of those students that have 100% attendance, 79% of them achieve 5+ good GCSEs. At 95%, this figure falls to 69%. At 90%, this falls even further to 53%, and by 85% attendance, this figure for success becomes 36%. When considering that 5% attendance is around 7 days absence, it really is crucial that students are in school every single day. 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.

As a school, we fully understand that there are appointments that cannot be moved, or emergencies that mean a child may have to take some time off school. However, wherever possible, please can non-emergency appointments be made outside of school time, or ensure that students return to school in the afternoon if their appointment is in the morning (or vice versa). With regards to illness, the message that has been given to students is that if they are feeling unwell, the question they should be asking themselves is not “Do I want to come into school?” Of course, if you’re feeling unwell the answer will be no! However, what they should be asking is, “Can I be in school?” In this instance, the answer is almost always “Yes”. We do have the Intervention Room for students that are feeling unwell, but we would very much appreciate your support in ensure your child is in school as much as possible to give them the best chance of success in the future.

Further to this, punctuality is also a key contributor to the success of students . It is important that students are sat in their form rooms ready to start the day before 8:45. This means that students must ensure they arrive on school site well before then – form rooms will be open from 8:30 for them to ‘drift in’ on a morning, and there are wellbeing resources available for when they arrive. This will also ensure that any important messages that are relayed to students during morning Tutor Time are given to all of the students. Furthermore, it is also vitally important that students arrive to lessons on time. Studies have shown that re-capping on old content through low-stakes testing is crucial to consolidating their learning. The first few minutes of a lesson is where most recaps take place. It is therefore vitally important that students arrive to lessons promptly and ready to learn to ensure they maximise the input that is given to them by teachers across all subjects. If students are persistently late to lessons, they will be placed in a lunch detention on ClassCharts.

Finally, a big congratulations to the students winning the Head of Year Award last week…

Libby Roe9KMdFor getting the most merits during the first week of ClassCharts – Well done!
Reuben Stockdale9KMdFor getting the most merits during the first week of ClassCharts – Well done!

Thank you for taking the time to read this parent bulletin. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 9, then please do get in touch by emailing aarthur@ahs.pmat.academy (head of Year), mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy (Assistant Head of Year) and/or rdeamer@ahs.pmat.academy (Pastoral Support Worker); or alternatively, you can call Main School Reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you!

Year 10 – Mr Avery, Miss Johstone and Miss Montagu
It has been good to welcome everyone back from what turned out to be a well deserved rest. We always enjoy hearing about what students have got up to during their two weeks off – a great time to relax with friends and family. Now it’s encouraging to see them well rested and keen to get stuck into lessons. Yr 10 students returned to improved outdoor eating facilities, with more outdoor benches available, and everything ready to take advantage of the better weather. They are also looking forward to the extra bank holiday!

In Assembly this week we looked at ‘Multi-culturalism’: what is it and how can the UK become more integrated? Students learnt that multi-culturalism is the co-existence of diverse cultures and ethnic groups in one place. Britain has become increasingly multi-cultural ever since the 1948 Immigration Act. At that time all members of the British Commonwealth were granted British citizenship and so could come to Britain to live and work. As a result of immigration Britain has become a much more diverse nation. But have we become a truly multi-cultural society and what does that mean in practice?

People have also come to the UK as refugees. Last term we looked at the 1930s, when Britain accepted 60,000 Jewish refugees escaping Nazi Germany. As time went on, it became harder for Jews to leave Germany, and so the government looked to focus on transporting children. Parliament removed the requirement to have a passport, allowing over 8,000 Jewish children to come to Britain without their parents on the Kindertransport. As a result, they were saved from the horrors of the Holocaust during the 1940s.

More recently, the UK has welcomed refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and many other places. It has been heart warming to see people opening their homes to give shelter to women and children fleeing from the war in the Ukraine. Many factors have contributed to our becoming a multi-cultural society.

Work experience is fast approaching, with students out of school between the 9th and 20th May to complete this. The students have done very well to secure their placements, as I know they have faced many rejections post Covid. I hope the resilience they have shown in finding work experience adds to their experience. Currently we have 270 students placed and ready to go on their work placements. Despite the deadline being long passed, If your child is still without a work experience placement, there is still time to secure one. Please feel free to get in touch with me to discuss this further should you feel the need to do so. Due to the unique circumstances of work experience this year, we will be running a curriculum in school for those students who have not managed to secure a placement.

Important information:
A reminder that the Yr 10 parents evening on 4th of May is fast approaching. Please let us know if this is something your child has not yet made appointments for. The Yr 10 team will happily let teachers know if this is the case. We are really looking forward to seeing many of you there.

HOY awards
Our awards this week go to Melissa Montgomery and to Oliver Archibald for upholding the school values and always working hard in lessons.

Year 11 – Miss Turvey, Miss Reeder and Miss Chambers
It has been lovely to welcome our Year 11s back into school this week and they continue to impress us with their resilience and hard work.

Many students this week have been busily preparing for and completing their GCSE Speaking Exams which will continue until the 10th May. These have certainly been a source of nerves, however students are managing this impressively with some excellent performances so far. Well done and good luck to all of our French, German and Spanish students!

Students in Food Technology have also completed their controlled assessment cooks this week and the standard of the final pieces has been truly phenomenal this year – all of these students should be feeling incredibly proud of their amazing talents!

Throughout the year, the Year 11 team have continued to feel very proud (and a little smug too) of how fantastically our Year 11 students work in lessons and this trend continues. For all students, we know that continuing to regularly revisit learning to embed knowledge ahead of exams is crucial. The combination of regular revision in lessons at school, during Period 6s and at home is so important in the remaining weeks and could still make all the difference to exam outcomes. We will continue to have high expectations for the quality and amount of revision being completed and will do all we can to facilitate and support this.

For the remaining weeks, we do also continue to expect high standards of uniform, behaviour and punctuality and would like to say a big thank you to parents for their efforts in ensuring students wear their uniform and avoid any prohibited piercings and hair colouring until exams have ended. As outlined to our students this week, they are currently the focal point of our school community and very visible to our younger students which makes the standards they set as role models incredibly important. The act of following our school rules is also helpful preparation for following codes of conduct that will be in place at Sixth Form, College and in the world of work, even if these may look a little different. We very much appreciate your support with this.

Our Act of Collective worship this week focused on some ‘back to basics’ self-care advice promoting the importance of getting 8 hours of sleep each night, eating a balanced diet and looking for opportunities to stay active and exercise over the exam period. We know that our students want to be independent, however sometimes they also need our support to ensure they are getting enough sleep, eating breakfast before school and exams, getting outdoors and turning mobile phones off in the evening. As always, please let us know if you feel your child is struggling during the exam period so that we can offer support. Students are always welcome to talk through any worries twice a day with their Form tutors, as well as coming to seek pastoral or medical help before school, after school and during break and lunchtime.

The week ahead will see a final push in securing 300 merits for free Prom tickets with the cut off being this Friday and students will be notified by letter if they are required to pay for the prom by the beginning of the week commencing 9th May. A huge thank you to Mrs Reeder and the Prom Committee who will be meeting to determine some final details (including Prom Awards students wish to see) this week.

If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 11, please contact school reception who will alert the Year 11 team: Miss Turvey (Head of Year 11), Miss Chambers (Assistant Head of Year 11) Mrs Reeder (Year 11 Pastoral Support Worker) or Miss Short (SLT). Thank you.

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
Upcoming exams – We are entering a very busy period in the Sixth Form and we have attached a copy of the exams that commence shortly. The exams concern some Y12 and all Y13 students. There are BTEC external assessments for some Y12 students and Y13 students, GCSE resits for some Y12 and some Y13 students and A Level exams for most Y13 students. Your sons/daughters will have received personalised copies of their exams timetables with a small minority experiencing clashes that have been resolved and communicated clearly with them. Please see the attached for your reference. Students are expected to attend 20 minutes before exam start times to allow them time to ensure they are at the right location. Any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Punctuality – We are pleased with how many of our Post-16 parents have downloaded and are using Class Charts since the migration over Easter. It allows prompt communication and you can track your son/daughters attendance and punctuality amongst other things. Since ‘Lates’ to school are communicated home via Class Charts it is important to highlight that if a student is not in their form room on the morning registration bell (08:45), they will be entered on the register as late which will trigger the related sanction if no good reason is given. Students cannot just be in the building, they must be in form.

REMINDER
Y12
– BTEC students will have real exams this May. Personalised timetables have been distributed.
Y12 – A Level mock exams are wc 4th July for one week prior to Work Experience in the final week of the summer term.
Y12 – Competitive Admissions support will become more focused as we return this term with tuition being offered from June for those sitting admissions tests. More information to follow.
Y12 – Progression Planning information for all will follow after the May half-term break including a UCAS evening for parents.
Y13 – stand down reminders are below. BTEC and A Level exams commence in May. Personalised timetables have been distributed.

REMINDER: Y13 Leavers

  • Y13 Leavers Celebration Thursday 19th May (Main Hall 7pm)
  • A Level stand down Friday 20th May
  • Prom Friday 24th June (Hilton, York)

REMINDER: Sixth Form Dress Code
We continue to appreciate your support with maintaining dress code standards across the Sixth Form. Below is a reminder of what is expected and those that will be challenged and asked to address their apparel immediately.

  • Cover midriff
  • Cover tops of thighs including if wearing leggings
  • Cover cleavage
  • Remove hats indoors
  • Remove coats/jackets in classrooms

Y13 Attendance Challenge Recognition – The below students were exemplary in their attendance last half-term and have been rewarded. We hope they continue their efforts and that others follow their example. Well-done to them!

Atang, George13BKi100Barrett Goodwin, Taylor13Nc100
Clarke, Aidan13BKi100Edmondson, Grace13Nc100
Douglas, Katy13BKi100Gilroy, Ben13Nc100
Garofalo, Marta13BKi100Price, Tyler13Nc100
Hanson, Lewis13BKi100Tait, Finlay13Nc100
Macfarlane, Peter13BKi100
Mellows, Brent13BKi100
Parsley, James13BKi100Ashby, Abi13Os100
Swift, Alistair13BKi100Bridge, Tizzy13Os100
Clarkson, Lucy13Os100
Colin, Alix13Os100
Alias, Eldho13GSw100Dilger, Emily13Os100
Austin, Lucy13GSw100Hadrami, Idris13Os100
Doyle, Ella13GSw100Hindle, Luke13Os100
Fells, Adam13GSw100Ogbemudia, Shalom13Os100
Lightfoot, Zach13GSw100Reynolds, Joshua13Os100
Parsley, Matthew13GSw100Sunil, Gaurie13Os100
Scott, Joseph13GSw100Wardman, Myrddin13Os100
Ventress, Tom13GSw100
Weld, Lucy13GSw100
Willcox, Ellie13GSw100Blundell, Evin13Sl100
Ewen, Lily13Sl100
Wijeratne, Devnara13Sl100
Bazira, Sean13HGa100
Carrington, Mabel13HGa100
Lofthouse, Izzy13HGa100Bell, Zach13Lv100
Morter, George13HGa100Childs, Callum13Lv100
O’Connor, Hannah13HGa100Harrison, Caitlin13Lv100
Pugh, Oliver13HGa100Harwood, Abbie13Lv100
Stevens, Millie13HGa100Lightfoot, Brad13Lv100
Townson, Hannah13HGa100Mandle, Roshan13Lv100
Tyler, Morgan13HGa100Pattichi, Anna13Lv100
Walton, Emma13HGa100Semic, Tarik13Lv100
Wilkie, Ewan13HGa100Synnott, Cliona13Lv100
Wright, Isobel13Lv100

Collective Worship
This week our Form Tutor Collective Worship is entitled Dealing with Injustice. It reflects back to the events of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, and how this might speak into injustice in our own lives and the world around us.

Quotes

Monday – “In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” Albert Einstein, German-born physicist

Tuesday – “Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.” Martin Luther King Jnr; Christian leader and civil rights campaigner

Wednesday – “The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” Albert Einstein, German-born physicist

Thursday – “Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Jnr; Christian leader and civil rights campaigner

Friday – “Believe there is light at the end of the tunnel. Believe that you might be that light for someone else.” Kobi Yamada, US author

The Wellbeing Newsletter Issue 51

Summer Post-16 Timetable 2022

3 May 2022|

Headteacher’s Bulletin – Monday 25th April

Dear parents and carers,

I hope families have had a good Easter break and have made the most of the recent sunshine. We are really looking forward to welcoming students back to school for what is a short (only five weeks) but important half term. I know that students in Year 11 and Year 13 are busily preparing for their forthcoming exams and I would like to reiterate that everyone at school will continue to do everything possible to support students in the weeks to come. If you have any questions or have specific concerns please do not hesitate to contact school where a member of the Year 11 or Post 16 team will be available to help. A reminder that the first GCSE examination is on Monday 16th May and the first A Level examination on Monday 23rd May with BTEC exams for both Year 12 and 13 starting the week beginning Monday 16th May.

We are also looking forward to the forthcoming Year 10 Parents Evening on Wednesday 4th May. I have spent some of Easter writing SLT comments for the Year 10 full reports that will be coming home shortly and I am extremely impressed with the effort and progress of young people across this year group.

Thursday 5th May also sees the third and final Year 9 Cultural trip, linked to the Arts Award, which all students have had access to free of charge. I would like to thank Mr Arthur and Mrs Newton for their efforts in ensuring this has been an ongoing success and a key part of enriching our Year 9 curriculum.

As more families have been returning to school for various whole school events it has been really pleasing to receive lots of positive comments about how good school looks and the range of resources we continue to prioritise. Linked to this I am happy to say that over Easter we have had another outside canopy fitted at the back of school to provide further additional outside social space for the summer months. As ever I will keep families up to date with our plans for further improvements over the summer break.

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Covid update
Following on from my letter sent just before the holiday, we would like to take this opportunity to remind families of the new Covid-19 guidance. All children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.

From this Monday asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended by the Government for children or adults, if you have any unopened boxes of test kits we kindly ask that these are returned to school.

The government’s rationale behind the change in guidance is that the population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections thanks to the success of the vaccination programme alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage the virus. As ever we appreciate the ongoing support from families.

ClassCharts
After much research over the last year we have decided to move to a new system called ClassCharts that we feel with further support both students in school and communication with parents. As such we are asking all parents to either download the app from their phone store (search “ClassCharts, Parents”) or regularly visit the ClassCharts website. We will also be using whole school events such as Parents Evenings to support families to do this.

Remember the app will allow you to…

  • See how well your child is performing each day by tracking the merits they are awarded.
  • See your child’s attendance. Please remember that for anyone with attendance below 90% this is classified as ‘Persistently Absent’ by the government and as a school we need to be doing everything we can to improve it. We do know that for some students these absences will be unavoidable.
  • Report any absences from the phone.
  • See any detentions your child has received.
  • See any messages (announcements) from the school, including the weekly newsletter.

If you would like any support please do contact your child’s pastoral team who will be very happy to help.

We would like to thank all the parents who have already accessed ClassCharts and would very much welcome any feedback to help us ensure we use this new resource as effectively as possible. If you have any feedback or useful suggestions for how we can use ClassCharts, please complete the feedback form: https://forms.gle/TmHN99kpyARwfw3m8

New school lottery!
We have also recently registered for a new school lottery. The new lottery allows you to support the school whilst having a chance to win weekly cash prizes.

To sign up please go to: https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/archbishop-holgates-school

Please forward this link to any family and friends (over 16) who may also want to play our lottery

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Head of Year Updates
Year 7 – Miss Kincell, Miss Powell and Miss Cooper
We are very excited to welcome all of our year 7 students back to school after the Easter Break for the summer term.

It was brilliant to see so many of our students “Joining In” last term in lots of different ways. Well done to all of our students who attended clubs such as trampolining, badminton, creative maths club, science club and many more, it was fantastic to see so many of you there and getting involved! The Year Team also had the pleasure of distributing a large volume of certificates to year 7 before Easter which celebrated all of their achievements in extracurricular sporting activities. Congratulations to those who attended training and represented the school in sporting fixtures.

Further to this, a number of our students successfully completed their Rookie Lifeguard Training with Miss Beard. They learned skills needed to be confident in water, valuable survival rescue and sport skills and learning about water safety. This is a fantastic achievement, well done to all those who worked extremely hard to complete this!

Well done to all of the students who were involved in the Choral Festival and those who performed as part of our Archies Boys Aloud group! Well Done!

All families should have now received their log in for Class Charts, our new school system. If you are having any trouble accessing this please get in touch with the year team and we can support you.

Well done to our Students of the Week for the final week of term:

7Ann – Evan Nobel – living our school values! Well Done!
7ASu – Adam Said – for living our school values! Well Done!
7Bl – Poppy George – for being a delightful member of the form who always takes part in form discussions.
7Cy – Xanthe Brown – for having a great half term, staying positive and keeping organised.
7Gr – Josh Niebniesniak – Thank you for being so generous on Bake Sale day!
7Hf – Libby Ogram – Always working hard and setting a good example to others.
7Hv – Lucas Pereira- Improved behaviour and punctuality, well done!
7MLn – Dexter Dowson – for helping to welcome new students into our school community! Well Done!
7MPe – Niall Turner Moore – for living our school values! Well Done!
7Mr – Isla Hanlon – for living our school values – Well Done!
7SMf – Jayden Thackway – For being positive, funny and engaged in all our form-time discussions. Well done!

Well done to our 2 Head of Year Awards for the final week of term:

Conor Reynolds 7ANn – For living our school values and being an excellent student, always polite to everyone. Well Done!
Leo Deighton 7Bl – For living the school values every day, contributing brilliantly to discussions and for being a fantastic, conscientious student. Well Done!

Library Newsletter
Well done everyone for another wonderful half term. So much has happened in the library. We’ve taken part in World Book Day including a book hunt, International Women’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, York Book Awards and Easter, including making Easter Cards and held a pop-up Easter shop. Big thank you to all of you who helped us get ready for the Easter pop-up shop that took place in the staffroom on the last week of term. We did really well to bag up lots of Easter treats without eating any of it. The total raised in the staffroom was a whopping £700! Of course, we will be having our chocolate tombola in the library, and I will let you know in the next library newsletter how much we raise.

We hope you all had an enjoyable well deserved break! Here is some recommended reading for the next half term.

Sundae Girl – by Cathy Cassidy (Quiz 210783. Level 4.4. Colour Purple) is an ideal ‘lazy’ read for when you want to relax with something not too taxing. Jude’s family are crazy, quirky, bizarre . . . her mum brings her nothing but trouble and her dad thinks he’s Elvis! All she wants is a hassle-free life but it’s not easy when she’s chasing a trail of broken promises. Nothing seems to go Jude’s way, until she realizes the floppy-haired boy from school could be her knight on shining rollerblades. Could be… You can read the first couple of chapters by clicking on the link below.

https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/Sundae_Girl/H6JiegTaMlQC?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

Millions – Millions by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Quiz 207463. Level 4. Colour Purple) won the CLIP Carnegie medal fifteen years ago. He has written many books since then, but this was his first, and the whole series is available from the library. The book is the tale of a strange mix of patron saints, brothers and a bag of money that fell from the sky…When a bag stuffed full of money drops out of the sky, Damien and Anthony find themselves rich. Very rich indeed. Suddenly the brothers can buy anything they want. They’ve got millions, but only 17 days to spend it. You can read the start of the book by opening the following link. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/Millions/p3pOaP9_ueQC?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

Spring Cleaning – As Spring has now sprung, some of you might get around to doing a bit of spring cleaning. If so, don’t forget to hunt down any overdue books. Don’t worry about late returns as you know my mantra is, ‘we are always glad to see both you and the book!’

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
We hope all Year 8 students and their families had an enjoyable Easter break. As a team we are raring to go and to start the Summer Term. We are really looking forward to seeing the students and hope they are eager to come back into school. When we do return, the Monday morning registration will be extended by 30 minutes in order to allow students to update and track the journey passports. This will a good opportunity to reflect on how much progress they will have already made through the year so far, both academically and in terms of extra-curricular. Our Year 8 students have much to be proud of so far this year.

We will also be using this time as a Year Team to check in on forms, speak to students and also check on uniform. As a whole school we will still be expecting all students to be correctly following our uniform policy. Year 8 have done well with this and we know that this will continue into this coming term.

We are pleased to say that attendance in Year 8 is still the best in the main school. We are really grateful for the support we receive from parents and carers in terms of attendance and that the importance of this is also emphasised at home. As a Year Team we will continue the Year 8 Attendance Challenge this term in which we are wanting to see students improve their attendance, if possible, from the first half of the school year.

The half term to come is a short one a relatively quiet in terms of activities for Year 8. There are a few key dates to be aware of over the half term however:

  • Extended form time Monday P1 to be able to go through their journey passports.
  • The final Bikeability session takes place on Tuesday 26th. The students involved should already know who they are but will be reminded in form time on Monday. Please remember to bring your bikes along for this.
  • Friday 13th May is this half terms form PHSCE session in forms.
  • The final week of half term (23rd-27th May) is a revision week for Year 8 as they will have an assessment week in the first week back in the following half term (6th-10th June.
  • There will also be the next Wellbeing session for our Year Groups Wellbeing Ambassadors (date to be confirmed). The work our Wellbeing Ambassadors do is excellent and we’d like to thank these students for their involvement so far. We will provide a further update on this in the near future.

We’d like to also remind parents and carers of ClassCharts – a new system the school will be introducing that will improve the way we are able to communicate with home and will give students and parents/carers more ownership in tracking positives and rewards but also with negatives such as detentions. There is an app that parents can download to also keep track of what is going on and it will be a key method of communication. If you have any issues accessing the app or website please contact the Year 8 team as we will be able to support. The link below includes a guide to what the Classcharts Parent app will have to offer.

https://pages.classcharts.com/wp-content/uploads/Class_Charts_for_parents_guide.pdf

In the final week of the last half term our school hosted a rugby tournament organised by York City Knights for students in Year 8. We want to thank Mr Norris and the PE staff for their support in organising our Year 8 team. 6 schools from across the city took part and our AHS team finished second – a fantastic achievement. The students involved represented the school extremely positively and should be proud of themselves – well done!

The students involved were as follows:

  • Ryan Thompson
  • Goutham Sunil
  • Joel Yates
  • George Redpath
  • Rhys Hutchinson
  • Will Lightfoot
  • Joe Turbine
  • Luca Long
  • Fraser McIntyre
  • Brandon Kovacs
  • Ben Hyde
  • Callum Cowling
  • Charlie Blades
  • Otto Kearns
  • Zane Hunter
  • Riley Barstow

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

Year 9 – Mr Arthur, Mr Deamer and Mrs Deacon
A warm welcome back to our fantastic Year 9 students for the final summer term! I hope our students and their families have had a relaxing and well deserved break over the Easter holidays! This year seems to have flown by so far and we are now two thirds completed! Credit is due to our students for their hard work of nearly completing a full school year with no home schooling and our students are doing very well and I am proud of how they have taken it in their stride. It has also been wonderful to see additional elements going on in school such as football and rugby tournaments as well as Matilda!

With the new half term comes a revision of the extensive extra-curricular programme which will be updated for the next half term. I know how enriching these clubs can be for our young people including learning new skills as well as meeting new people, please feel free to encourage your young people to attend.

Please find a copy of our extra-curricular programme here: https://archbishopholgates.academy/ahs-journey/enrichment-opportunities/

Furthermore if you haven’t already can you make sure you have downloaded the parents ClassCharts app on phones and encourage your young people to download the app for students also – this is a great way to interact with school to see all the rewards students are getting along with being able to communicate with school. I know information has already been sent out but if you are unable to logon or require further details please contact the pastoral team and we will be able to support and guide you through it.

With the return of students after a substantial break I wanted to take the opportunity to remind parents about our focus on the fundamentals. I very much want Year 9 to be the trailblazers in the school for driving these standards forward. At the start of this new term it is vital students are turning up on time, and wearing the correct uniform – these are basic standards within school which I know the vast majority of our students meet consistently. If a student struggles with either of these, as a pastoral team we can of course offer support. However, students must ensure they are compliant, and follow staff instructions to follow a reasonable request in making sure they meet these most basic of standards. So far, Year 9’s uniform has been excellent, and I really want to see this continue as we progress throughout the rest of the year, if you need any support in acquiring a uniform please let the pastoral team know and we are more than happy to help.

Final call in regards to the Cultural Experience visits that will be taking place for Year 9 the second week back after the Easter holidays, it is crucial we get permission back (if not already) due to how close the date is. As you will already know, the locations for these three trips are…

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
  • The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford
  • The Royal Armouries, Leeds

The final rotation of these trips will take place on Thursday, 5th May and all students in Year 9 will be out of school for the day. This is a mandatory visit as part of the student’s Silver Arts Award Qualification. Here is a reminder of the important things for students to remember in preparation for their final visit…

  • Students must arrive to school in their uniform, however they can wear comfortable footwear (trainers) if they so wish.
  • Students travelling to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park will need to ensure they wear boots/wellington boots or footwear they do not mind getting muddy as they will be outside on grass for most of the day. Students on this trip must also ensure they wear plenty of warm clothing (although I am very much hoping that for this rotation, the weather will be sunny and dry!).
  • Students must bring their own packed lunches to school for the day. Students who are Free School Meals will have a packed lunch provided for them by school. Students must also not bring any food with them that contain nuts as some students on the trips do have allergies to nuts.
  • Students arrive to school at the normal time, and they will register in their form rooms. Students will then be making their way to the Main Hall where we will head off to the buses for the different trips.
  • Each coach will have a supply of face masks and we strongly encourage that students wear face masks on the coach and in crowded indoor spaces. However, the wearing of masks will not be mandatory on this trip in line with government guidance.
  • Students must bring any medication/inhalers etc… they need with them – they will be their responsibility for the duration of the trip. If they need support from a member of staff, they should let the bus/trip leaders know as soon as possible.
  • The buses will return to school for 3pm in time for students to make their usual way home from school.

Medical and consent forms have been posted home prior to the holidays. As you can see, there is a very tight turnaround for these, so please ensure your child returns theirs ASAP to ensure they can take part in these exciting cultural experience visits.

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

Year 10 – Mr Avery, Miss Johstone and Miss Montagu
I hope all the students of year 10 have had a restful break and are raring to go for another term. I can’t believe that this is the final term before students enter the all important Year 11, time seems to have flown by over the last 18 months! The summer term always brings a sense of optimism, lighter and longer days seem to have a positive effect on the students (and the staff!).

This is an important term for our students, who will complete the first set of formal mock exams in July. The students will be well prepared for this, and will have plenty of time for revision in lessons and at home before the mock exams are upon us. As Head of Year, I will be finding a balance of stressing the importance of the exams while reminding students that this is their first go at formal examinations, and all we are asking is for them to do their best. The mock exam season is really useful, as we can get the students used to sitting exams as a year group in the sports hall, and use the outcome data to guide our intervention for year 11. There will be plenty more information about the mock exams sent home in due course, however should you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to get in touch with a member of the Year 10 team.

I would also like to remind parents about the upcoming parents evening on the 4th May. This will be a fantastic evening where parents will be able to hear about all the excellent work the students have been completing over the last 12 months. As part of the evening there is an opportunity to book an appointment with either myself or a member of the y10 pastoral team. More details of this will follow in due course.

It’s also hard to believe we are only two weeks away from work experience, and I know how excited many of our students are with the prospect of going on placement. 250 of our students have managed to find a placement, which is an excellent achievement under the current circumstances. I am aware that a minority of our students have struggled to find a placement, and would like to reassure parents that in the worst case scenario we will accept students into school to follow a curriculum for the two weeks when they should have been on placement.

As always should you have any concerns please feel free to contact the Yr 10 team.

Year 11 – Miss Turvey, Miss Reeder and Miss Chambers
We are very much looking forward to welcome Year 11 back for what will be their final term in main school and hope that everyone has had a safe, restful and enjoyable Easter holiday.

Our key focus this half term will be on the upcoming GCSE exams, which will commence for all students on Monday 16th May, starting with RE GCSE. We are feeling well-prepared for the busy and important upcoming half term and feel privileged to be supporting your child through these exciting next steps. In the last exam season (2019), our school was the top performing school in York for the third year running and in the top 4% of school nationally for exam results so we are feeling confident about the road ahead. At this point, we wish for all of our students to keep in mind just how much hard work they put in last half term; the vast majority of Year 11 are now in a very strong position indeed.

Crucially, the weeks ahead will now be an important time for final exam preparation. Research shows that learning should be revisited at regular intervals to embed knowledge deeper into the long-term memory and the even spacing of this greatly improves retention. As such, the combination of regular revision sessions in school and individual revision at home could still make all the difference to your child’s success in their exams.

Throughout this half term, Year 11 students will continue to be in school at the normal times to access the regular revision we know is effective and, for the next three weeks, students will attend their normal lessons. When exams commence, the timetable for Year 11 has been carefully arranged so that students will either be in exams, or in revision sessions for their next upcoming exams. Students will be informed of their timetables in advance of each week and Form tutors will be able to remind students of where they need to go every morning. For a more detailed overview of dates and arrangements, please see the information below which was shared on our Revision Skills evening:

16th MayGCSE and BTEC examinations begin
16th May – 15th JuneStudents will be in school each day, as the usual times. They will be doing either revision sessions with their teachers of in exams.
15th JuneStudents have a Science exam in the morning that all students will be in school for. After the exam, students who do French or History will have revision sessions. Other students will be able to go home after their morning exam, for private revision and study.
16th JuneStudents sitting French and History GCSE will be in school as usual. Those not sitting History or French will have a day to study at home.
17th JuneStudents with a Spanish exam will be in at 9:00am. All other students will be expected in school 11:10am – 1:10pm for Science revision.
20th JuneAll students will be in school for AM registration and to sit their Science exam at 9:00am. Students will be able to go home after this exam.
21st JuneStudents sitting BTEC Hospitality will be expected in school at 11:10am for a revision session at 2:10pm. All other students can study at home.
22nd JuneStudents sitting GCSE Music will be in school for AM registration and their exam at 9:00am. All other students are invited into school for Science revision from 11:10am – 1:10pm. Students sitting Further Maths GCSE will be in school for their Exam at 1:10pm.
23rd JuneAll students are in school for their GCSE Science exam. At the end of the exam they are invited to have ice cream on the from field with their form tutors. The Year 11 Prom will take place that evening.

Over the next few weeks, there are several things you can do to support your child in their revision efforts at home. Things that could be helpful include:

  • Asking them about what they are doing and offering to help by questioning or testing them
  • Encouraging them to use the techniques and ideas in their revision booklet
  • Talking to them about their revision timetable and how they will use it
  • Encourage them to think ahead about the very busy weeks during exam season and how they will use their time
  • Encouraging them to attend period 6 or lunchtime revision sessions
  • Trying to provide a quiet, calm space for them to work. If this is hard, students are welcome to use the library or Homework club space at school
  • Assisting your child to plan their time using their revision timetable and making sure that they take regular breaks to relax – don’t let them work too hard!

We have all worked hard collectively this year to ensure our Year 11s are equipped to manage exam pressure and feel resilient to normal levels of stress. Feelings of anxiety should always be acknowledged and supported, but we also want to provide gentle reassurance that it is completely normal and okay for your child to be feeling anxious about the weeks ahead. In school, students have access to an excellent package of pastoral care and if you feel your child is struggling please do get in touch so that we can discuss additional support your child may benefit from. Equally, we always welcome any feedback on how the upcoming exam season is going for you and your child.

The school Prom is looming ever closer on June 23rd and we will be handing out the final Free Prom Tickets in the coming weeks for those students who have achieved 300 merits and over 90% attendance. To give parents adequate notice for Prom ticket payments, we are going to set a final cut off date of Friday 6th May for students to meet the free ticket requirements. The cost of a Prom ticket will be £40 for students who have not met the necessary criteria. You will be able to pay for your child’s Prom tickets via Parent Pay and the deadline for payments will be Friday 10th June.

The Boggle Hole trip will be taking place on Friday 13th – Saturday 14th May and students attending the trip will be kept informed of any final details. It is not too late for students to return their reply slips for this free revision trip, however we would politely request that these are returned as soon as possible given the expired deadline. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.

If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 11, please contact school reception who will alert the Year 11 team: Miss Turvey (Head of Year 11), Miss Chambers (Assistant Head of Year 11) Mrs Reeder (Year 11 Pastoral Support Worker) or Miss Short (SLT). Thank you.

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
Welcome Back! – I hope all of our families enjoyed the Easter break and shared some lovely weather and deserved rest. We enter a pivotal term for both year groups but especially Y13. Both A Level and BTEC external assessments start in May including Y12 BTEC students. This means the coming weeks are potentially highly pressured and it would be sensible to expect students to have elevated levels of emotion. This is in fact an exciting time where all their hard work can be demonstrated in anticipation of their aspirations coming to fruition this summer.

Y12 – BTEC students will have real exams this May. Personalised timetables have been distributed.
Y12 – A Level mock exams are wc 4th July for one week prior to Work Experience in the final week of the summer term.
Y12 – Competitive Admissions support will become more focused as we return this term with tuition being offered from June for those sitting admissions tests. More information to follow.
Y12 – Progression Planning information for all will follow after the May half-term break including a UCAS evening for parents.
Y13 – stand down reminders are below. BTEC and A Level exams commence in May. Personalised timetables have been distributed.

REMINDER: Y13 Leavers

  • Y13 Leavers Celebration Thursday 19th May (Main Hall 7pm)
  • A Level stand down Friday 20th May
  • Prom Friday 24th June (Hilton, York)

REMINDER: Sixth Form Dress Code

We continue to appreciate your support with maintaining dress code standards across the Sixth Form. Below is a reminder of what is expected and those that will be challenged and asked to address their apparel immediately.

  • Cover midriff
  • Cover tops of thighs including if wearing leggings
  • Cover cleavage
  • Remove hats indoors
  • Remove coats/jackets in classrooms

Collective Worship
This week the theme of our Form Tutor Collective Worship is entitled Be a light in the darkness. This is the final session of the Way Maker series. We are now at the end of our journey through Lent and Easter, reflecting on Jesus’ ministry and his example of being a “way maker” and serving others.

Quotes
Monday: “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Christian leader and human rights campaigner
Tuesday: “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo; 19th C. French poet, novelist, essayist, playwright
Wednesday: “Why not dare yourself to become a shining positive light where darkness is the only thing known?” – Edmond Mbiaka; US writer and speaker
Thursday: “In the midst of darkness, light persists.” – Mahatma Gandhi; leader of the Indian independence movement
Friday: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.; Christian leader and civil rights campaigner.

The Wellbeing Newsletter Issue 50

25 April 2022|