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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|

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|

Headteacher’s Bulletin – Monday 4th April

Dear parents and carers,

It seems hard to believe that we have reached the final week of the Spring term and are nearly two thirds of the way through the academic year. I would like to thank families for their ongoing support for the school. Newsletter 432 sent home on Thursday highlights just how busy recent weeks have been and hopefully this parental bulletin will give further insight into all the exciting things that have been happening both inside and outside of school. A reminder that Friday 8th April is a Training Day so the last day in school for students will be Thursday 7th April.

We are very much looking forward to the Year 11 Revision Evening thus Tuesday as well as the Year 11 and Year 13 Group Photographs this week. I would also like to remind Year 10 families that Year 10 Parents Evening has moved to Wednesday 4th May. We look forward to seeing you at this event to discuss our child’s progress.

Wellbeing
Please find attached the edition 49 of our Wellbeing Newsletter. As ever, any feedback in terms of how we could further improve this resource is much appreciated.

Head of Year Awards
I am pleased that the Head of year Awards linked to our School and British Values continue to popular with students.

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Teddy Fowler7CyFor being fantastic in all of his lessons! Well done Teddy!Individual Liberty
Year 7 Florence Davis7ASuFor always being polite and friendly to all students and staff and living out the School Values. Well done Florence!Compassion
Year 8 Oliver Meakin8WNoFor developing increased resilience and confidence in a number of different situations. Well done Oliver.Individual Liberty
Year 8 Marley – Jay Farrar8LpFor developing increased resilience in the face of challenges. Well done Marley.Individual Liberty
Year 9 Poppy Vint9RDnFor continuously embodying the school value of compassion in everything she does; she not only cares deeply about those around her but also inspires others to be compassionate too. Well done!Compassion
Year 9 Keira Sharp9KMdFor being outstanding on the geography Field Trip last week – well done!Mutual Respect
Year 10 Ben Pomfrett10HuFor outstanding support given backstage during the performance of MatildaIndividual Liberty
Year 10 Martin Mogyorosy10HuFor outstanding support given backstage during the performance of MatildaIndividual Liberty
Year 11 Lewis Dawson11BDuFor showing admirable courage and compassion by taking part in the Teacher Discomfort Assembly to support his Form tutorsCompassion
Year 11 Ciaran Fleming11ERoFor showing admirable courage and compassion by taking part in the Teacher Discomfort Assembly to support his Form tutorsCompassion
Year 12 Emma Beale12AlaFor excellent support of main school clubs – well done!Mutual Respect
Year 12 Ben Reading12SReFor getting his head down and grafting – well done Ben.Individual Liberty
Year 13 Josh Reynolds13OsWorking really well and making excellent progress, particularly in IT Unit 6Individual Liberty
Year 13 Katy Douglas13BKiOutstanding dedication to her studies, long with excellent P6 attendance – well done!Individual Liberty

Head of Year Updates
Year 7 – Miss Kincell, Miss Powell and Miss Cooper
We are so proud of how fantastic Year 7 have been again this term. We are looking forward to our final week and hope that you all have a lovely Easter break. Here are a few ideas of some free activities happening in York this Easter:

Chocolate Festival in York – Chocolate market on Parliament Street with over 40 stands. There are chocolate making workshops, activities and demonstrations everyday. https://www.visityork.org/events/york-chocolate-festival
National Railway Museum – The museum is running activities where you can make your own railway out of recyclable materials. https://www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/easter-2022
Cypher Coding Lessons – You can have a free one hour ‘trial’ lesson this Easter. https://www.cyphercoders.com/online-coding-lessons-for-kids?aid=eau698
HAF – Holiday Activities and Food – The Easter sessions, which all include a meal, are available to children who are eligible for free school meals. They include schemes run by clubs, charities, schools and organisations including York City Knights rugby club, York City Football Club and York Theatre Royal. https://www.york.gov.uk/HAF.

Well done to our Students of the Week:
ANn: Vidya Bhattacharya – For being so conscientious, hard working and polite. A fantastic member of 7ANN!
ASu: Tudor Zmarandoiu – For settling so well into school!
Bl: Oscar Duncan – always engaging in form time discussions with good ideas and sensible opinions on issues being discussed.
Cy: Iysia Sargent For always keeping up to date with work and having an organised planner.
Gr: Jonas Norman – Thank you for always being so kind and thoughtful, it doesn’t go unnoticed.
Hf: Scarlett Harrison – for improving her punctuality and being a positive, smiley member of the form.
Hv: Brooke Cooper- superb performance in Matilda
MLn: Jenson Chipman – For his maturity, organisation and work ethic!
MPe: Nicola Ciachla – For her persistent positivity and being a superb member of 7MPe
Mr: Grace Lister – for her hard work ethic and positive attitude
SMf: Connor North – For fantastic strength and resilience in starting at Archies! Very quickly a big part of our form!

Well done to our Head of Year Awards:
Teddy Fowler 7Cy – For being fantastic in all lessons – well done Teddy!
Florence Davis 7ASu – For always being polite and friendly to all students and staff and living out the School Values!

Library Newsletter:
Happy National Rainbow Day!
A double/twin rainbow is a wonderful sight where you get two spectacular natural displays for the price of one. The second rainbow is above the smaller one and is fainter and more ‘pastel’ in tone than the primary rainbow because more light escapes from two reflections compared to one. This is why some people don’t notice the second one, but next time you see a rainbow, look above it and you might be surprised to see the second one. A key feature of double rainbows is that the colour sequence in the second rainbow is reversed. So, now you know most rainbows have a twin!

Recommendations

The Twins at St Clare’s
The Twins at St Clare’s by Enid Blyton (Quiz 211194. Level 4.9. Colour Purple) is about twin sisters starting a new school. Only a handful of people can tell them apart. Will they use this fact to their advantage? The twins say,

“People are going to know who we are, and what we do. The O’Sullivan twins are going to be SOMEBODIES!” You can read the first three chapters of the book by clicking on the link below.

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

Goosebumps

Help! We have Strange Powers!
Help! We Have Strange Powers! By R. L. Stine (Quiz 221111. Level 3.2 Colour Black) is about twins who after a visit a fortune teller, realise they can read other people’s minds. This is part of the Goosebumps Horror Land series. Read it if you dare…

“Jillian and Jackson freak out when they suddenly can read people’s thoughts. But the trick turns to terror when the twins are stalked by a strange scientist who wants to know exactly what’s on their minds. Will the twins ever lead normal lives again?”

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

Competition Time
When I was at primary school we were taught the colours of the rainbow by using the acronym ROYGBIV. We remembered this using

Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain, or Rountree’s of York Give Best in Value.

So, can you come up with anything better? You know I’m a true Yorkie, so if you can come up with something York /Yorkshire themed I’d be delighted.

York Book Awards
Six lucky students attended the York Book Awards on Friday. We were greeted by the lady mayoress and seated at a table with a white cloth and a balloon centrepiece. We met, via Zoom, five out of the six shortlisted authors. We were lucky enough to have all of our questions answered, and find out what inspires authors to write. We were absolutely delighted to receive an award for the artwork we sent in, redesigning the book covers. This has now been taken to York Explore for everyone to see!

The winning book was Boy Everywhere by A.M Dassu (Quiz 240508. Level 4.8. Colour Purple) This delighted us yet again, as Boy Everywhere was the favourite of our book reviewers at AHS. You can read the first thirty pages by clicking in the link.

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

Activities
Next week we will continue to make Easter cards and on Thursday we will have a mini pop-up Easter Fayre in the library where you will be able to purchase sweets, tasty treats and chance your luck on the chocolate tombola, where every ticket wins a prize. All treats and activities will be 50p.

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
We are pleased to say that, once again, attendance in Year 8 has been the best in the main school (this is a regular occurrence). We are really grateful for the support we receive from parents and cares in terms of attendance and that the importance of this is also emphasised at home. In order to keep highlighting the importance of attendance we will be running another attendance challenge for the second half of the school year. Form tutors have been getting weekly updates on their tutees’ attendance each week with the challenge being to improve on their attendance from the first half of the school year.

In our Year 8 Act Collective Worship this week, Mr Furniss took charge to update students on some key changes that will come into effect after the Easter holiday. Students have been updated on 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. We would encourage you to do so but more information will be provided about this soon. The link below is 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

This week in the character and culture section of form time students have been looking at the Monty Hall problem. This is from a game show in America a few decades ago where contestants were offered the choice of three doors, with an expensive prize behind one door. Contestants would pick a door and the host, Monty Hall, would show them a door they didn’t pick, reveal it was empty and give them another chance to stick with their original pick or switch for the other. This ended up causing a lot of disagreement between mathematicians about what is the best option – stick or switch. The now accepted answer to this is to switch doors as it gives you the best probability of winning the big prize. The first person who proposed this idea was called Marylin Vos Savant. Her suggestion seemed far-fetched to many and she received 1000s of letters of hatemail, lots of which followed the same theme of her being incorrect because she was a woman. Students were asked to consider people’s bias against her. Do we hold on to any biases of our own that might affect how much credibility we give someone? As per usual the students offered insightful feedback to this question.

Bikeability training has continued this week and it is clear the students have been really well engaged with this and their behavior and conduct has been exemplary. Again, when discussing how they have managed with the instructors they have been really impressed with the students that have taken part.

We hope all the students and their families have an enjoyable and relaxing time over the Easter Holiday when we get there. 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
So we have reached the final week of the term, and I find myself feeling an overwhelming sense of pride and joy that we have reached this marker. The end of this week marks the first time that students in Year 9 have completed two full terms at AHS back to back. This gives me so much joy that we are seemingly moving away from the restrictions that have limited our lives and the children’s education for the past two years. However, I also feel a great sense of pride as to how well students in Year 9 are coping with the demands of two full terms in school back to back. One more week to go. and then we have a well deserved break.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I just wanted to remind parents 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 this week. As you can see, there is a very tight turnaround for these, so please ensure your child are returns there ASAP (preferably THIS WEEK, before we break up for Easter) to ensure your child can take part in these exciting cultural experience visits.

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

Poppy Vint9RDnFor continuously embodying the school value of compassion in everything she does; she not only cares deeply about those around her but also inspires others to be compassionate too. Well done!Compassion
Keira Sharp9KMdFor being outstanding on the geography Field Trip last week – well done!Mutual Respect

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. Happy Easter, and thank you all.

Year 10 – Mr Avery, Miss Johstone and Miss Montagu
What a sudden change of weather we have had, from picnicking outside to snow showers. A real dusting of snow on the fields has kept most of our Yr 10s cooped up inside.

Matilda – The highlight of the past week was the school production of Matilda. We hope you managed to come. It was a real treat and very pleasing to see so many year 10s performing, singing and dancing in front of a large audience. The main actors got into the characters and all the hours spent rehearsing paid off.

Matilda, her parents, Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey are all in their different ways, for good or ill, memorable characters. The message of Roald Dahl’s book is simple: you can control your own story, and rebellion and protest can defeat the bullies.

Newcastle field trip – We took 14 year 10 students on a city cultural trip to Newcastle on Wednesday March 30th. All the students enjoyed the activities and were a credit to themselves and the school. I was proud of them. The activities included going to the interactive Life Science museum and a tour around St. James Park. The tour took us behind the scenes of the football club which was engaging even for those with little interest in football. The tour guide, a very passionate retired Geordie who had landed his dream job, made a point of commenting on how well the students behaved. Later on, it was heart-warming to receive this positive feedback from the Newcastle Football Club team:

Good afternoon, I hope this email finds you well.
We had some of your students on one of our public Classic Stadium Tours yesterday afternoon. I just wanted to drop you a short line to say how well behaved and courteous they were throughout the duration of the tour. The tour guide mentioned that they were a pleasure to take around. Please feel free to send any other groups our way for a tour.

English speaking exams – This past week we had the whole of Yr 10 sit part of their English speaking exam. Many teachers have told us how well they performed. They spoke in front of their classes, presenting information and responding to questions. They had all chosen such interesting and diverse topics. It was a delight to see so many students actively engaged in debating their ideas.

Important information

  • For your diaries: the Yr 10 parents evening will be held on 4th May. We look forward to seeing many of you there.
  • Thank you to all those parents who have helped in securing work placements for their child. Please can you continue to look if you have not yet been able to find one. We understand that there are added pressures this year with many potential places turning down students. Please get in contact if further help is needed.
  • A reminder that students need to be coming into school in the correct uniform. Students will be picked up on this.

HOY awards – Our awards this week go to Martin Mogyorosy and Ben Pomfrett for outstanding support backstage in the school play.

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

Year 11 – Miss Turvey, Miss Reeder and Miss Chambers
We have now completed our last full five-day week of the half term and it was a particularly enjoyable one this week with many memorable events.
We are very grateful for your engagement and support with Parents Evening. Being able to meet face-to-face was a great privilege for your child’s final Parents Evening and there were lots of positive and important conversations to be had. Please do get in touch if there is anything you would like to follow up from this evening.

This week also saw the success of our Prom Fundraiser events. The Netball match on Thursday was a fantastic event organised by Mrs Reeder and both the staff and student teams were impressive and formidable forces to be reckoned with! After a fast-paced game the final score was 16 – 11 to staff, however we will gracefully concede that owing to the pre-agreed rule that the ‘final shot takes all’, the student team did ‘technically’ win this… We were very pleased and grateful for the large number of students who opted to show their support by coming to watch the match in their own time after school.

On Friday, we held our Teacher Discomfort Assembly, led by Miss Turvey and co-ordinated by Mrs Reeder and myself (Miss Chambers). This was another great success and everyone had huge amounts of fun – except perhaps for Mr Bryan after eating his Scotch Bonnet chilli, and Mr Limbert who might need to hide his somewhat patchy leg-wax job for a while… Clearly though, Mr R Williams thoroughly enjoyed his chance to take the stage for his singing duet alongside Ms Dugdale. Both of these light-hearted events have helped to finish off the term on a high and our year group feels more tightly-knit than ever. Donations are still coming in, but we have raised over £110 and counting this week for our Prom fund. This money will go towards Prom ‘Extras’ including the Photo Booth, balloon arches and venue decorations.

This week, our most important event is the Year 11 Revision Skills Evening which will be taking place on Tuesday 5th April. The evening will run from 5.00pm to 7:00pm and students are invited to attend alone or, ideally, with their parents to access a plethora of helpful information and resources ahead of their GCSEs. The key focus of the evening is to gather revision resources and strategies: there will be a number of stalls running in different subject areas; presentations from core subjects; wellbeing, self-care and time management advice; and tailored resources for students of all abilities. This is an excellent opportunity to seek advice and training for the weeks ahead and we hope to see lots of students and parents in attendance. A further breakdown of events is below:

TimeActivity
5:00pm – 5:15pmIntroduction to the evening in the Main Hall. Refreshments available
5:15pm – 6:00pmChance to visit a number of stalls in the Studio to collect information and goodie bags
6:00pm – 7:00pmOpportunity to visit four presentations from the Leaders of English, Maths and Science, as well as presentations of revision skills and strategies

Also on Tuesday 5th April, Year 11 will be off timetable during Period 1 with their Form tutors to have their official Year Group Photo taken. This will be taken by a professional photographer and will be available to purchase after development. This is usually taken outdoors and we will be hoping to see more good weather to facilitate this.

By the end of this week, students will receive their individual Exam timetables for their GCSE exams and will be able to map out their remaining revision time according to when they will sit these. Over the Easter holiday, we want to encourage all of our students to enjoy a period of rest where they are able to ‘switch off’ from schoolwork and spend important time rejuvenating with friends and family. We should be mindful that this has been the first unbroken school year since 2019 and all of our children are feeling very tired, particularly given the exam pressure of Year 11. Equally though, we would also expect Year 11 students to dedicate part of their Easter holidays towards revision. We advise that all students begin by finalising their Revision plan for the upcoming 5-week half term to map out when they will attend Period 6s, revise particular subjects and where ‘days off’ will fall. All research shows that last-minute ‘cramming’ is largely ineffective and, ideally, any revision or homework completed should be chunked into shorter time slots and spread across a longer period of time. Your child is currently receiving lots of support on how to revise in school, but please do get in touch if you feel they need more guidance.

Thank you for the return of Boggle Hole reply slips for next half term’s residential. If your child has received an invitation, we would strongly encourage attendance. This is a FREE trip that provides an amazing Revision and enrichment opportunity for students to stay overnight by the sea accompanied by their teachers, the Y11 pastoral team and Mr Daly. Your child will access small group intervention, 1:1 tuition and a range of revision activities as well as trips down to the beach and opportunities to relax. All costs will be covered by school, including transport, accommodation and food and drink. The trip will depart school at approximately 3.30pm pm on Friday 13th May and will return to school at approximately 5:30pm Saturday 14th May (one night). We do have some places to be filled so if you/your child is interested please enquire with the Year 11 team (or find one of us on this week’s Revision Evening) to discuss the suitability of the trip for your child. If you have any questions or enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to our final four days of half term and hope that our Year 11s will continue to model the excellent behaviour and conduct we are accustomed to. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 11, please do get in touch with Miss Turvey (Head of Year 11), Miss Chambers (Assistant Head of Year 11) or Mrs Reeder (Year 11 Pastoral Support Worker) or contact school reception. Thank you.

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
Sixth Form Dress Code – As you are aware from the communication sent home this week, I am pleased to say that our Student Leaders were successful in negotiating their preferred dress code for September. Minor changes will take place including the use of sportswear. Due to the warmer weather and a focus on dress code we felt it appropriate to reinforce the standards that are highlighted at the start of each academic year, and usually are adhered to. The reminders sent home and communicated with students last week are really important and students that choose not to continue not to follow these reasonable requests will face sanctions. We thank you for your support with this, including our successful Student Leaders.

BTEC Winter Exam Results – Meetings have taken place with those in Y13 that say exams in January and most have been receptive to the benefits of resitting where applicable. We continue to remind them that we cannot stand students down that are not yet on target when there is valuable lesson time to support them in meeting target. We thank you for your support.

Y13 Final Interim Data Report – These will be distributed on Monday 4th April with a most likely grade for the Summer results. Of course, there may be some change but these are based on previous performance, where they were in the most recent mocks/Jan BTEC results and the professional judgement of their teachers. They are very exciting in the most part but indicate that some may benefit from some gentle nudging on the home study.

Y13 Attendance – We continue to be concerned about the poor attendance of some in Y13. It had certainly impacted on predictions for the summer with some missing valuable lessons and support. We thank you for your support on this.

Shoutouts

StudentStaffSubjectDescription
Hannah ReynoldsMr KnoxHistoryYou’ve done an amazing job so far on Kansas 1854-1857! Keep going!
George PyeMr KnoxHistoryWonderful attitude to all homeworks and essays! Keep smashing them!
Sophia MackenderMr KnoxHistoryYour work remains outstanding and your contributions continue to be superb! You deserve success!
Dominic BeenMr KnoxHistoryExemplary attitude and behaviour in lessons… well done Dom!
Mia SimpsonMr KnoxHistoryThere is no doubt you are working very hard to improve on the American Civil War. Be resilient, don’t give in, enjoy it!
William FrostMr KnoxHistoryCome on Will! You can definitely do this! You’ve done good, finish greater!
Jacob WatkinsonMr KnoxHistoryYou’re doing a fantastic job Jacob! Keep working hard… finish strong!
Mia RankMr KnoxHistorySensational effort on her recent pieces of homework – you know you can do it! Well done Mia!
Luke ThompsonMr KnoxHistoryYour contributions are getting stronger! Get more involved! Well done Luke.
Olivia TunnicliffeMr KnoxHistoryGreat contributions in lessons! Keep your head up… you will win in this!
Evin BlundellMrs HolmesEnglish LanguageWell done on an excellent exam response to Paper 2 Question 4!
Mrs Balmer’s EPQ classMrs BalmerEPQGreat presentations so far! Well done!
Josh RiddellMrs halifaxArtBrilliant 3D work this week Josh – well done!
Philo Derbyshire, James RudlingDr OsmanChemistryMaking lots of progress!
Emma BealesMrs ParkinsonComputer ScienceThank you to Emma for giving up her lunch and volunteering to help at Year 8 CS club every week.
Malak Hashem 12DaMrs CoxThank you for all your support helping with the ‘Afternoon Tea’
Jaeho Jung 12ALaMrs CoxThank you for helping with the ‘Afternoon Tea’
Yunjoo Park 12ALaMrs CoxThank you for your support at the ‘Afternoon Tea’
Mr Charlton’s EPQ ClassMr CharltonEPQGreat presentations so far! More to come next week, well done!
Elin Alias 13GSwMrs CoxThank you for helping with the ‘Afternoon Tea’
Fungjee Chan 12AlaMrs CoxThank you for your help with the ‘Afternoon Tea’ much appreciated.
Rebecca Teasdale 12SReMrs CoxThank you for your support with the ‘Afternoon Tea’, a great help!
Lily EwenMr YoungSociologyYou are on point in every lesson and working really hard in your own time. Really proud of you, well done.
Eldho Alias 13GSwMrs CoxThank you for your support at the ‘Afternoon Tea’
Marcin CzechowskiMr YoungSociologyYou are consistently producing high quality work and it is very impressive.
Wiktoria Kwiecinska 12GlMrs CoxThank you for your support with the ‘Afternoon Tea’, it was very much appreciated!
Year 13 Applied ScienceMr NorrisApplied ScienceFantastic results in your Unit 3 exam.
Emily Johnson, Adam Peters, George Burt, Peter Carr, Oliver Wootten, Arthur Sharpe, Hannah Leach, Rowan FearnleyMrs MorrisonMatilda ShowWell done and thank you to you all for your contribution in a fantastic school production.
Gabby Moore, George Morter, Alix ColinMrs MorrisonMatilda ShowWell done and thank you to you all for your fantastic contribution in our school show.
Joshua ReynoldsSarah RedmanBTEC ITWorking really well and making excellent progress in unit 6
Joe ConnellSarah RedmanBTEC ITWorking really well and making excellent progress in unit 6

Collective Worship
This week the theme of our Form Tutor Collective Worship is entitled Be Forgiving. This is part of the Way Maker series. It will take us on a journey through Lent, reflecting on Jesus’ ministry and his example of being a “way maker” and serving others.

Quotes
Monday: “He who forgives ends the quarrel.” – Author unknown
Tuesday: “He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.” – Thomas Fuller, 17th century English church man and historian
Wednesday: “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” – Martin Luther King, American civil rights activist and Baptist Minister
Thursday: “I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.” – Henry Ward Beecher, 19th century American Christian leader
Friday: “Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” – Billy Graham, 20th century American Christian leader and world wide preacher

The Wellbeing Newsletter Issue 49

4 April 2022|

Headteacher’s Bulletin – Monday 28th March

Dear parents and carers,

I would like to start this update with a massive well done to everyone involved in the School Show. We are really proud of the efforts of students and staff and the support we have received from families. Thank you. It was not lost on us that the opening night was almost exactly two years from the beginning of the first lockdown and it is really gratifying that the school community is now able to come together and focus on those vital extra curricular opportunities that are so important to school life.

I would also like to thank families for the positive feedback around British Science Week and the ‘EAL Afternoon Tea’ event that was held last week, both of which were really positive occasions. We have also been impressed with the uptake from both Year 7 and Year 8 for Bikeability and the conduct and effort of the Year 7 students who visited the University of York last week to be part of the technology conference. I would also draw families attention to all the extra curricular PE achievements that are discussed in the latest copy of the AHS Newsletter. We are also extremely grateful for the generous donations we have received for the York Food Bank, thank you.

We are very much looking forward to the second Y11 Parents Evening this week which will be held in person. We would really encourage as many families as possible to attend this event as it provides another key opportunity to support young people as they approach the summer exams. We also have our revision skills evening taking place on Tuesday 5th April at 5:00pm, which should provide some helpful resources and information to support parents and students trying to manage GCSE revision.

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Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7Hollie Brierley7HvFor her efforts swimming 200 lengths to raise money for Ukraine! Well Done!Compassion
Year 7Jacob Ashby7CyFor brilliantly leading the news during form time!Individual Liberty
Year 8Ava Gane8ApFor an excellent assessment response that was equal to a Grade 9 GCSE response in RE and for general fantastic attitude to work and support of others.Compassion
Year 8Leah Ishmael8KCeFor an excellent response to feedback, showing great improvement in effort, punctuality and organisation.Individual Liberty
Year 9The Year 9s Involved in MatildaFor being a significant part of such a wonderful AHS Production – we will be arranging a lunchtime get together for you all!Individual Liberty
Year 9The Year 9 Girls Rugby TeamFor representing the school so brilliantly – an Easter treat will be on its way to you shortly!Individual Liberty
Year 10Holly Armitage10BMoFor outstanding performances in the school playIndividual Liberty
Year 10Kate Newton10BMoFor outstanding performances in the school playIndividual Liberty
Year 11Finley Saunders11BDuFor his excellent effort in revising for his Media examsIndividual Liberty
Year 11Jay Darke11JLiFor great independent study in her BTEC Art exam and German revision preparationsIndividual Liberty
Year 12Rebecca Teasdale12SReFor supporting with the EAL afternoon tea and doing a great job!Mutual Respect
Year 12Sophia McKender12GlFor being an absolute grafter and a joy to have in sixth-form.Individual Liberty
Year 13Marcin Czechowski13NcOutstanding effort in History by attending and contributing to Year 12 lessons, along with excellent Business exam results!Individual Liberty
Year 13Grace Edmondson13NcWonderful mock outcome in Biology mock and 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, bright and busy week in Year 7, we have so much to be proud of!

33 of our year 7’s attended a trip to The University of York on Wednesday. They learned about how important technology is and all the opportunities it can open for us in the future, as well as how to stay safe when using technology themselves. In the afternoon, they had an opportunity to put their tech skills to the test and made their own websites using coding and TV advertisements.

We rounded off our Bikeability training, and now we have over 70 children trained in safe and effective bike riding in York. The cycling course has now began with Y8.

But the biggest treat was the Year 7 team attending our school musical Matilda, we were absolutely blown away by the standard of the show, but especially the performances of Year 7s. This includes those on stage and those supporting back stage or on tech support. You were all incredible, a huge well done to:

Brooke Cooper as Alice
Emily Bower as Hotensia
Tilly Hendon as Amanda
Kartikeya Pulakanam as Eric
Thomas Bettany as Tommy
Lily Anderson
Elinor Bevan
Aden smith
Amie Shaw
Lily Goldsmith
Amelie Hetherton
Olive Edwards
Sam Bastow
William Gelisson
Finlay Mcintyre
Sophie Bolwing
Poppy Cooper

Well done to our Students of the Week:
ANn: Lucy Norman – For all of her hard work with backstage club to support the production of Matilda this week. Well done.
ASU: Lily-May Hartley – For always being keen to engage in class discussions.
Bl: Elinor Bevan – Well done for taking part in the school play ‘Matilda’
Cy: Laila Stuart For always keeping up to date with work and having an organised planner.
Gr: Amie Shaw & Tommy Bettany – For being fabulous in the school play Matilda!
Hf: Daniel Ajulo for an excellent start to AHS. Very polite and kind to others.
Hv: Emily Brown- Superb listening during form time
MLn: Olive Edwards – For always volunteering and “joining in”, especially with your involvement in Matilda!
MPe: Bryan Biji – for being helpful during drift-in. Well Done!
Mr: Jeannie Lamb for living out the school values
SMf: Jake O’Connell – For his fantastic character, humour and approach to all form discussion. Well done!

Well done to our Head of Year Awards:
Hollie Brierley 7Hv – For her efforts swimming 200 lengths to raise money for Ukraine! Well Done!
Jacob Ashby 7Cy – For brilliantly leading the news during form time! Well Done!

The Library Newsletter
This week we have been making Mother’s Day cards, colouring in diplomas and bookmarks for our mums. Mother’s Day began in the 16th century. On this day, three weeks before Easter Sunday the tradition was for every one to return to their ‘Mother Church’ for a family celebration. The gatherings reunited families and gave children who worked as domestic servants, or as apprentices away from home (from as early as ten years old), the opportunity to have the day off to join their family and see their mother. The service would give thanks to the Mother Mary. Usually those away in service would visit their nearest church, known as their ‘daughter church’ so everyone looked forward to Mothering Sunday as this day meant they could spend a rare day with family. This day has now changed into what we know as Mother’s Day, when we can appreciate all mothers, nannas and anyone else who looks after us.

The Illustrated Mum
The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson (Quiz 203047. Level 4. Colour Purple) is a touching tale about two daughters coping with their unconventional Mum. Dolphin thinks her intricately tattooed mother is amazing, but Star, the older sister finds her mum cringingly embarrassing. You can read the first thirty pages by opening the following link. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/The_Illustrated_Mum/ndP5agDNMHQC?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

National Scribble Day
Ah, me and my national days! National Scribble Day (March 27th) encourages children to be artists. We had a go in the library this week by creating a scribble circle and adding googlie eyes to make it into a character. That’s what’s so wonderful about scribbles – anyone can make them no matter their ability. This means everyone from nanna to the youngest family member can join in. Why not have a go on Sunday if you are spending time with your family and you are among a wide age range of people.

National Shakespeare Day
It is also National Shakespeare day this week. Normally we look at a mixture of Shakespeare lines and hop-hop lines to see if we can distinguish between the two, however, we have had a really busy week in the library so we haven’t had our usual week-long Shakespearian event. If you would like a Shakespeare/hip hop sheet I can either give you one, or email one to you.

Shakespeare was also the king of the one liner and insults. “You have such a February face, So full of frost, of storm, and cloudiness.” Much Ado About Nothing (Act 5, Scene 4). Have a listen to author Michael Rosen reciting his ten favourite Shakespearian insults, including one from Macbeth by opening the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDI_gFMCsq0 Have a go at writing a couple of insults in the style of William Shakespeare. I’d love to hear what you can come up with!

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
Firstly we’d like to inform parents and carers that attendance in Year 8 has yet again been the strongest in the main school (this is a regular occurrence). We are really grateful for the support we receive from parents and cares in terms of attendance and that the importance of this is also emphasised at home.

This week in the character and culture section of form time students have been looking at gender stereotypes. This involved an in depth look at the colours blue and pink and why they are associated with boys and girls. The students learned the history about how these colours became associated with these respective genders and how this has changed from many decades ago. This led into a longer talk about gender stereotypes in general and students discussed problems around stereotyping based on gender. As ever it was great to be able to pop into forms and witness mature discussions taking place with the school values of compassion and justice at the heart of it all.

This week has also brought the school’s production of ‘Matilda’. This will be mentioned in many other sections of communication home to parents but it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge the hard work that has gone into the school show from a large number of year 8 students. The show was excellent and the hard work put into it has absolutely paid off. We hope as many parents as possible were able to get along to see it – the Year 8 team thoroughly enjoyed it. We want to pass on a massive well done to the Year 8 students involved: Band: Yoonroh Lee; Carine Ko and Max Moody. Backstage: James Dillon; Edward Smith; Alfred Davies; Blaine Wright-Smith; Alex Driffield; Hannah Birkenshaw; Alex Grist; Jack Lawrence; Noah Smee-Brown; Thomas Bate. Cast: Thomas Graham; Sam McBride; Hannah Mcfarlane; Angus East; Jess Wray and Aiden Smith

We are really pleased to have been able to get students started on their Bikeability training this week as well. The first group started on Thursday 24th and really impressed the instructors with both their skill level but also their manners and attitude. This will continue into next week – students have been made aware in forms when it is their turn but if any parents would like to enquire about when this will be please do get in touch with the Year 8 team.

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
On behalf of the Year 9 Pastoral Team, I very much hope this bulletin finds you and your family safe and well, and that you have enjoyed the lovely weather this Mother’s Day.

The second week back after Easter sees the final round of the Year 9 Cultural Experiences Visits. As I have mentioned previously, Year 9 is an important transition year within school and we firmly believe it is important that every child has the opportunity to explore their personal development and deepen their cultural experiences. These trips are an opportunity for students to not only review a local arts exhibition as part of the Silver Arts Award, but help students to progress on their AHS Journey, with the focus for Year 9 being on ‘Understanding yourself and others’.

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 will be posted home sometime this week. Please ensure these are returned ASAP to ensure your child can take part in these exciting cultural experience visits.

I wanted to also take this opportunity to mention homework, which is a significant part of academic life at AHS. Not only does homework allow students to make progress outside of the classroom environment, but it will get students into good working habits that will be extremely beneficial as they move up through the school (not forgetting that student’s have already begun preparing for their GCSE during this Year 9 transition year). Staff are also working hard to make sure students are sufficiently supported with homework, and that it is purposeful and recognised through marking and feedback in lessons. The majority of the year group are coping with the demands of homework extremely well, and the shift to using Google Classroom – and this is excellent to see. Myself, Miss Deacon and Mr Deamer are keen to maintain the highest possible standards with homework, and we are continuously supporting students in order to make sure they are meeting deadlines and producing homework of an excellent standard. We thank you for your continued support as we strive to instill a strong work ethic at home that will help students to make continued progress as they progress through the school. If your child in Year 9 needs any support with their homework, or if there is any problems regarding access to homework through Google Classroom, please do get in touch.

Finally, a big congratulations to the students winning the Head of Year Award last week – this has been the toughest week yet to pick winners, and has prompted the team to think a little creatively about how we can reward so many students in Year 9 who did fantastic things last week…

The Year 9s Involved in MatildaFor being a significant part of such a wonderful AHS Production – we will be arranging a lunchtime get together for you all!Individual Liberty
The Year 9 Girls Rugby TeamFor representing the school so brilliantly – an Easter treat will be on its way to you shortly!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.

Year 10 – Mr Avery, Miss Johstone and Miss Montagu
The good weather always seems to lift the mood around school and now Spring seems to be here. I hope we have more good days moving forward. I have spent this term popping into Y10 classes to keep an eye on their academic engagement and progress, and It was really nice to see the students working hard and engaging in their lessons. I keep reminding them in assembly that ‘hard work pays off’ and I hope they keep this in the forefront of their minds over the next couple of months before the mock exams. The students have responded really well to the ‘5 fundamentals’ we have been promoting since the start of the new term, and I have noticed a significant improvement in uniform, timekeeping and conduct across school.

The Act of Collective Worship this term has been focussed on ‘Individual Liberty’ a core British value. We have come together as a year group to focus on the invasion of the Ukraine as I felt it was important to explain to the students the origins of the conflict, who NATO are and what the people of Ukraine had been experiencing since the invasion. By doing this I hoped they can engage further with the stories they are seeing on the news. This also links well to our British value for the half term which is ‘individual liberty’ and the students were informed that we must never take our democracy or individual liberty for granted. I was delighted with the response of the students, who seemed equally horrified, compassionate and angry about the situation in the Ukraine. I know that many of our students and families are working hard to collect medicines, food and aid for Ukraine, which is absolutely fantastic. The students were informed that should they have any worries, concerns or questions about the ongoing war in Ukraine, they can speak to any teacher or member of the Year 10 pastoral team. Linking to the idea of ‘Individual Liberty’, we have also looked at the idea of being a feminist, and what this word means. We dispelled myths about the word, and explained the importance of equality in society between genders. The students we then taught about the evolution of feminism, and how women’s rights had made significant progress across the 20th century, but more was needed to be done even now in 2022. I was really pleased with the impact this had on our students, and enjoyed discussing the matter further with a few of them after the assembly.

I am really pleased to see the student’s uptake in extracurricular activities continue in a variety of areas. I was delighted to see that a number of students in Y10 were in the school production of ‘Matilda’ which has been running this week. I really enjoyed seeing the show, which was one of the best productions I have seen during my time at AHS. I congratulate the students involved, as I know the extensive commitment of their own time they have put toward making the show so spectacular. Many of our students are also taking part in a range of sports both in and outside of school. I always look forward to hearing how they have got on, competing against the other schools in the district. I have enjoyed watching the boys play football this half term, despite a disappointing loss! It has also been great to see the boys playing rugby (combined with y11 students) and putting up a valiant effort against Manor school in rugby union (which I am assured is the wrong code!) I know that the girls have also had success playing in an indoor cricket tournament this term, and representing the school impeccably. I congratulate all our students involved in representing the school, in any format, and I am proud of the commitment they are showing to our school community.
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
As we approach the Easter holiday, students are continuing to work hard and it’s great to see so many of our Year 11s beginning to revise consistently at home as well as in school.

A particular shout out this week to Media students who have been completing their BTEC exam. Well done to the following students for all of their hard work in rising to this extra pressure: Freddie Boardman, Harry Bostock, Imogen Bradbury, Minnie Cotton, Kimberley Ellis, Jack Farrow, Brodi Garrett-Craig, Damyi Kim, Ben Kinder, Isabelle Marron, Beth Mason, Noah Metcalfe, Grace Morris, Jonte Robinson, Finley Saunders, Georgia Sutcliffe and Joe Taylor.

This week we have our Year 11 section in the School Newsletter so there will be more individual subject shout outs to follow.

Media BTEC exams will continue this week on Tuesday 29th March (morning), Thursday 31st March (morning and afternoon) and Friday 1st April (morning) which will be the final day.

Our most important event this week is Parents Evening taking place on Wednesday 30th March. This is a face-to-face event taking place in school and you will be welcomed to sign in via Main Reception. There will be staff and students on hand to greet you with appointments taking place in the Main Hall, Gym and Courtyard Café. The evening will run from 3:45pm – 7:15pm and students have made appointments with their subject teachers. As usual, students are invited and encouraged to attend alongside their parents where possible – we appreciate that a small number of students will be away on a Drama trip. We are very appreciative of all of your efforts to ensure you are able to attend; please do let us know if are unable to come or have any queries or concerns.

On Friday 1st April we will be running the ‘Teacher Discomfort’ Assembly for the year group for which Form Tutors have generously volunteered to take part in. Students are currently voting with donations in their Forms for which members of staff they would like to see being involved. Form tutors who receive the largest donations will undergo the ‘discomforts’ of Karaoke, Leg Waxing, Pie in the Face and Eating Challenges on the school stage. This will hopefully provide a light-hearted and fun assembly for the end of term, however we are also looking to raise money for the ‘extras’ for Prom such as decorations, photo booth and balloons. There is no minimum or maximum (within reason) donation here and we are urging all students to bring in loose change they might have lying around to support this event. A reminder that the school has committed to paying for the Prom itself, with a Free ticket for all those who have over 300 merits and 90% attendance.

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
BTEC Winter Exam Results – A huge congratulations to our BTEC students across Year 13 and Year 12 that received results this week. Results were excellent and testament to hard work and commitment at a challenging time. These results are the first real exams for most of them. Results were for all Y13 BTEC subjects and Y12 Health & Social Care, Applied Law and Uniformed Protective Services. Meetings are still ongoing to ensure that students, and in many cases parents, are clear on what we advise to receive the best possible outcome. We do not expect anyone to stand-down unless they are on target due to there still being another opportunity to improve their grades in the summer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Y13 position – Students will continue to receive results for their March Mocks. These will inform us as to how best to support our next steps for intervention. The final interim data report for Y13 will be sent home next week predicting positions for the Summer.

Attendance – Year 12 have turned a corner and are really showing a mature approach to study and a commitment to being in school. Year 13 are still struggling to appreciate the impact that absence has on their progress and staff ability to support. Please continue to support us with this. Last week saw many Year 13 students take appointments during the school day. It is very difficult to support them during this really busy period leading to their final exams.

REMINDER: Sixth Form Challenge TRIPLE continues

  • Y13 – We are offering a prize for any student with 100% attendance between now and Easter. This is still going strong with over 100 in the running
  • Y13 – we are offering a prize for any student with 100% attendance to P6 between now and Easter. Students are attending more and more sessions. This could still be improved.
  • Y12 – we are offering a prize for the most read books alongside a brief review on our National Book Tokens challenge. Book are being borrowed, I eagerly await the reviews.

REMINDER: Y13 Leaver’s Celebration

Thank you for the reply slips coming in to confirm your attendance to this evening. We are delighted that the Archbishop of York has been able to accept our invitation to the evening (Thursday 19th May) and so we have moved the start time ever so slightly to accommodate (7pm-8pm). It is an honour and I hope you can join in celebrating your son/daughters.

It’s not too late to book tickets for prom!

Shoutouts

Who…?By…?Where…?Why…?
Lily Ewen, Oliver Vas, Daisy Taylor, Joseph Connell, Alice Dungey, Grace Pickering, Jess Merrington, Marcin Czechowski,Mrs Hopkinson-KearneyBusinessWell done on completing your Unit 8 Assignments. They’re excellent!
Ben SoulsbyMrs CrabtreeMathsWell done on a perfect score on your Stats Chapter 7 assessment!
Mollie OvendenMiss MontaguGeographyWell done on being very independent and catching up on work when necessary.
Connor SimpsonMrs BeardBTEC SportFantastic work completing his coursework to a high standard.
Fran Knight; Niamh Foster-McGlynn; Tala HalawaniMr Hepplestone and Miss BrownAHS Pride AwardWell done to Fran, Niamh and Tala on winning the Archbishop Holgate’s School Pride Award with their hand made, hand written, and hand illustrated book of Pride Icons throughout History!
Grace EdmondsonLv/WaBiologyWonderful, wonderful mock outcome! Well done, Grace – We know how hard you’ve worked to achieve this! Mr L and Mr W.
Tarik SemicMrs EdmondsonFor going above and beyond with homework and revision! Well done!
Megan RamshawMrs EdmondsonEnglish LanguageWell done for your phenomenal essay on Global Englishes!
Fran Berry-MichallatMrs EdmondsonEnglish LanguageWell done for such a fantastic Global Englishes essay – Brilliant!
Karen WaltersMr NihillChaplaincyWell done for creating the Prayers for Peace collective worship and coordinating the prayers for Ukraine paper chains.
Livi WigginsMr KnoxHistoryExcellent work on those sources Livi!
George AtangMr KnoxHistoryKeep going George! You’ll nail the exams!
Sophie WarburtonMr KnoxHistoryOutstanding effort consistently shown on Paper 2! Well done Sophie!
Niamh Foster-McGlynnMr KnoxHistoryAmazing hard work on your work in Paper 2! Well done
Liv GoldsmithMr KnoxHistorySuperb work on your 1850-1857 timeline! Hats off to your hard work!
Brent MellowsMrs BhogalA level MathsWell done on your commitment to stay on target with your work.
Karen WaltersMrs BhogalA level mathsWell done in always doing your best and meeting deadlines.
Peter MacfarlaneDr OsmanChemistryReally focussed and asking great questions.
Marcin CzechowskiMr KnoxHistoryOutstanding effort in History, also attending and contributing to Year 12 lessons!

Collective Worship
This week the theme of our Form Tutor Collective Worship is entitled Be Bold. This is part of the Way Maker series. It will take us on a journey through Lent, reflecting on Jesus’ ministry and his example of being a “way maker” and serving others.

Quotes
Monday: “If we are to better the future we must disturb the present.” – Catherine Booth; 19th C, co-founder of The Salvation Army
Tuesday: “The Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” – The Bible; Deuteronomy 31:6
Wednesday: “Surely God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” – The Bible; Psalm 54:4
Thursday: “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray at all times and not lose heart.” – The Bible; Luke 18:1
Friday: “Put a grain of boldness in everything you do.” – Baltasar Gracián; Spanish priest, writer and philosopher

The Wellbeing Newsletter Issue 48

28 March 2022|

Headteacher’s Bulletin – Monday 21st March

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend, especially the welcome return of some sunshine.

As ever, life in school is extremely busy and families can get a full insight into this through the weekly Newsletter (edition 430 this week) which we send out each Thursday. In terms of brief reminders, I would point to the value of Period 6 attendance for Y11 and Y13 as well as flagging up the School Show which runs from Tuesday to Friday this week. There are still tickets remaining which can be purchased via ParentPay or from main reception at break and lunchtimes or on the door at performances. Performances are:

Tuesday 22 March, 7pm and Thursday 24 March, 7pm – CAST A
Wednesday 23 March, 4pm and Friday 25 March, 7pm – CAST B
Prices: Adult £5; Child/OAP £3; Family ticket £15

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7Iker Martinez-Chanvana7BlFor always being kind and helpful to others. Well Done Iker!Compassion
Year 7Charlie Roe7MPeFor your fundraising efforts for The Little Princess Trust and Save The Children’s Ukrainian Appeal. Well Done – we can’t wait to see your new hair!Compassion
Year 8Lily Walker8ApFor an excellent assessment response that was equal to a Grade 9 GCSE response in RE and for general fantastic attitude to work.Individual Liberty
Year 8Annie Wedgewood8LpFor excellent attitude to work; consistently conscientious and hardworking.Individual Liberty
Year 9Sarah Norman9PiFor being consistently hardworking and positive – a real unsung hero. Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 9Eloise Burn9SLaFor being consistently hardworking and positive – a real unsung hero. Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 10Maya Deckers10SMrFor excellent work in the Speak Out ProjectJustice
Year 10Ella Mae Kegg10BrFor excellent work in the Speak Out ProjectJustice
Year 11Brooke Brandon11BDuFor continued hard work and commitment across her subjects and Period 6Individual Liberty
Year 11Matthew Dalgliesh11RGIFor showing great compassion in helping another student after schoolCompassion
Year 12Jasmine Lee12GlFor being proactive in catching up with missed work – particularly in RE.Individual Liberty
Year 12Klaudia Romanska12SReFor your hard work and diligence, and polite attitude towards others.Mutual Respect
Year 13Oliver Pugh13HGaExcellent ambassadors for sixth form and the whole school at the Commonwealth Service in Westminster AbbeyCompassion
Year 13Gabby Moore13HgaExcellent ambassadors for sixth form and the whole school at the Commonwealth Service in Westminster AbbeyCompassion

Head of year Updates
Year 7 – Miss Kincell, Miss Powell and Miss Cooper
We have been so proud of so many students engaging in extra-curricular activities this week. We have lots of students in the school show Matilda and we know how tough rehearsals alongside school can be but you have been amazing, The Year 7 team will be attending on Tuesday and we can’t wait.

We have also had glowing feedback from the instructors from Bikeability, students have been listening well and representing our school beautifully whilst learning fundamental cycling skills.

Students on Friday had an extra special treat and attended some fantastic science extra-curricular, including a chemistry lecture watching experiments and then biology, where some students even got to hold snakes, cockroaches, and even a tarantula!

Well done to our Students of the Week:
ANn: Lucy Norman – Excellent, thoughtful contributions to form time discussion.
ASU: Lexi Meldrum – for making excellent and thoughtful contributions to the Ukraine prayers.
Bl: Alicia Thackway – Making a big effort to get positive comments and showing improvements.
Cy: Lily Anderson – for bringing lots of donations to the foodbank! Thank you
Gr: Keira Taylor – For being positive and early in the mornings!
Hf: Ellie Murphy – Cheerful, helpful and polite – always!
Hv: Gracjan Malecki- Always polite and helpful during form time
MLn: Summer Perry – For your sense of humour and for always being kind to others.
MPe: Ivan Linley – For being an excellent, dependable member of 7MPe
Mr: Alex Lines for his excellent form time contributions
SMf: Mia Lofthouse – For outstanding resilience in her school work and fantastic character in her friendship groups. Well done Mia!

Well done to our Head of Year Awards:
Iker Martinez-Chavana 7Bl – for always being kind and helpful to others. Well Done!
Charlie Roe 7MPE – for her fundraising efforts for the Little Princess Trust and Save the Children’s Ukrainian appeal. Well done Charlie. Charlie really wants to help support the children of Ukraine in some way and has decided that she will have her hair cut short to raise some money for them. Whilst doing this she is also having enough cut off so that she can donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust at the same time! Two charities will benefit from her efforts. If anyone would like to support Charlie her just giving link is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charlieroe101

Library Newsletter
We celebrated St Patrick’s Day on Thursday by having a selection of worksheet activities such as crossword puzzles, working out on a number sheet where the pot of gold was, colouring pages and a match the joke to the punchline sheet. These worksheets were put out alongside the usual activities that we partake in during our Thursday Lunchtime of Calm. If you didn’t make it and want to have a go at the guess the punchline activity, just open the link: https://www.education.com/download/worksheet/120446/st-patricks-day-jokes.pdf

Recommendations
Keeping in with the Irish theme, some of our favourite authors are Irish. Eoin Colfer and Derek Landy to name but two.

Skulduggery Pleasant
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (Quiz R09795X2546. Level 4.9. Colour Purple) is the first book in a long series. We have placed it on the Horror Shelf, as the main character is described as; “With his sunglasses gone there was no denying the fact that he had no face. All he had was a skull for a head.”  However, the series could sit quite happily among other genres such as comedy, fantasy and mystery. Don’t let the fact that we’ve classed it as horror put you off reading it. “He was standing under the shade of a large tree, away from the crowd, the coat buttoned up all the way despite the warmth of the afternoon. A scarf was wrapped around the lower half of his face and even from her position on the far side of the grave, Stephanie could make out the wild and frizzy hair that escaped from the wide brimmed hat he wore low over his gigantic sunglasses. She watched him, intrigued by his appearance. And then, like he knew he was being observed, he turned and walked back through the rows of headstones, and disappeared from sight”. You can read the first three chapters by  opening the link: https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/Skulduggery_Pleasant/SoDAJpKZvaYC?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl by Owen Colfer (Quiz 222623. Level 6.6. Colour Blue) is the story of a ruthless criminal mastermind, but he is only 12 years old!  Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous—and extremely high-tech—fairies. He kidnaps one of them, Holly Short, and holds her for ransom in an effort to restore his family’s fortune. But he may have underestimated the fairies’ powers. You can read the prologue and chapter one by opening the link below: https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/Artemis_Fowl/n–nctZDw3AC?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

York Book Awards
All your artwork, reviews, book scores and questions to the authors have now been sent. Six lucky students will be attending with myself and Miss Woolerton. I’ll let you hear all about it upon our return. Those of you who wish to borrow any books from the shortlist may do so, now that the final voting papers have been sent.

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
Firstly, we would like to inform parents and carers that attendance in Year 8 has yet again been the strongest in the main school (this is a regular occurrence). We are really grateful for the support we receive from parents and carers regarding attendance and that the importance of this is also emphasised at home.

This week our Act of Collective Worship as a year group was taken by 8ECe. The theme they chose was ‘Easter’ seeing it is close on the horizon. It was very clear that a lot of hard work went into this and every member has contributed in some way. The assembly focused on Easter. This included facts about the origins of Easter, Easter traditions around the world and also some of the negative impacts of Easter including worrying statistics on how much

This week in school it has been Science week and there has been some fun activities that some of our students have been able to become involved with. Some lucky students were able to take part in ZooLab as part of science week. This included a talk on a selection of different and exotic animals including millipede, a cockroach, a grass snake, a tarantula and a scorpion. It was excellent to see the students involved fully engaged, many being brave enough to hold a selection of the animals.

Science Week has also brought the AHS Science Lecture at the University. Several year 8 students gave up their time to act as guides for the evening which demonstrates. The students were very helpful on the night and engaged excellently with the lecture, even asking some very well thought out questions. We’d like to say massive thanks to these students – Suntornsawet, Livvie Curran, Kira Precious, Georgina Richardson, Mazin Khalifa, Isabella Schiller and Olivia Overhill-Cossu.

Our school librarian Miss Murphy has held a St Patrick’s Day competition on Thursday (17th) entered by a selection of Year 8s. The challenge was to complete different puzzles. Despite some strong attempts the winner of this was Stephanie Ajulo who has taken home the main prize – a plentiful amount of chocolate. Congratulations!

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
We have now reached the midpoint of the half term, with only a few short weeks remaining until a substantial break at the Easter holidays. Soon we will be embarking on the summer term with longer, brighter and warmer days – something that we can all very much look forward to! Students in Year 9 have really been leading the way in terms of our recent focus on the fundamentals, and this makes me very proud as a Head of Year.

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all of those Year 9 students performing in the Archbishop Holgate’s School production of Matilda this week. It is wonderful that we are able to put on a show for the first time in three years. Myself, Miss Deacon, and Mr Deamer will all be in attendance on Friday evening, and we are very much looking forward to cheering on all the wonderful and talented Year 9s in this performance.

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.

This week, Year 9’s Act of Collective Worship was focused on careers as the previous week had been National Careers Week. For Year 9, the main focus was on STEM careers – related to science, technology, engineering and maths. Students were presented with lots of information about careers in the STEM field, and the benefits of following a path towards a STEM related career. For example, many of the world’s leading national superpowers are globally successful due to their proficiency and accomplishment in the STEM fields, and there are a wealth of careers in this area as a result. Modern discoveries and revelations in science, technology, engineering and maths are precisely what makes society progress and improve for the future. There is huge growth in the STEM sector as well, with the expectation that science, research, engineering and technology jobs will grow at double the rate of other occupations creating 142,000 jobs between now and 2023. Furthermore, we highlighted that women and girls are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields despite their talent and potential to be successful in these areas. Whilst women make up half of the population, they account for only 24% of the STEM workforce. In the UK, currently only 17% of jobs in the technology sector are held by women. We also linked STEM careers to our half termly British Values focus of ‘Individual Liberty’ – that we are lucky to have the right to an education, and the freedom to choose our own career path. Hopefully, through Year 9s ‘AHS Journey’ of ‘Understanding yourself and others’, students considered the relevance of STEM subjects to their own lives, and how the subjects may lead to a rich and rewarding career in the future.

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

Sarah Norman9PiFor being consistently hardworking and positive – a real unsung hero. Well done!Individual Liberty
Eloise Burn9SLaFor being consistently hardworking and positive – a real unsung hero. Well done!Individual Liberty

Congratulations, and a £5 Amazon gift card will be on its way to you ASAP!

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
The sun has been shining this week (apart from Wednesday!) and it’s been really nice to see the students enjoying themselves playing football and chatting on the field. The good weather always seems to lift the mood around school and now Spring seems to be here. I hope we have more good days moving forward. I have spent the week popping into Y10 classes to keep an eye on their academic engagement and progress, and It was really nice to see the students working hard and engaging in their lessons. I keep reminding them in assembly that ‘hard work pays off’ and I hope they keep this in the forefront of their minds over the next couple of months before the mock exams.

It was really exciting to welcome the ‘speak out’ project into school this week. 25 lucky Year 10 students were selected to take part in the project, where they worked on their speech writing skills and ability to speak publicly. The expert who came in to train them was very impressed with their ability to write and speak passionately about a topic that was important to them, and impressed with the progress they made across the day. Hopefully this will provide the students with some important skills for later life and increase their confidence and resilience. We have another workshop booked for later in the year, so if you feel this is something that would interest your child please feel free to speak with a member of the Y10 team.

In this weeks Act of Collective worship we looked at the idea of being a feminist, and what this word means. We dispelled myths about the word, and explained the importance of equality in society between genders. The students we then taught about the evolution of feminism, and how women’s rights had made significant progress across the 20th century, but more was needed to be done even now in 2022. I was really pleased with the impact this had on our students, and enjoyed discussing the matter further with a few of them after the assembly.

A quick reminder about Work Experience –  if your child is still unable to find a work experience placement, please feel free to contact the school for assistance. We cannot call/email or arrange a placement for every student, but we can try and point you in the right direction. For example, I know for a fact the designer outlet is often a good place to find work experience, with students in the past going from shop to shop until they found a placement. Some students ended up getting a part time job out of this when they turned 16! I think it’s also worth bearing in mind that Work Experience is often about the skills students develop in a place of work, and not always about securing their ‘dream’ placement.

As always, should you have any worries or concerns about your child, please feel free to contact a member of the Y10 team. I hope all our families have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

Year 11 – Miss Turvey, Miss Reeder and Miss Chambers
Thank you for your continued support as we reach the midway point of half term. We have had a lovely first week much helped by the arrival of some sunny weather which has given everyone a boost!

Parents Evening on Wednesday 30th March is fast approaching and we are very much looking forward to this important and informative evening. The evening will run from 3:45pm – 7:15pm and students should now be making appointments with their subject teachers. This will be a face-to-face event taking place in school and you will be welcomed to sign in via Main Reception. As usual, students are invited and encouraged to attend alongside their parents where possible – we appreciate that a small number of students will be away on a Drama trip.

We hope that everyone is able to attend Parents Evening and benefit from the important conversations taking place. Unfortunately, we cannot offer telephone appointments in place of face-to-face meetings as teachers won’t have access to phones or electronic devices during the directed time; any alternative contact made in place of missed appointments will be at the discretion of your child’s teachers. If you are unable to attend Parents Evening, please contact School Reception and let us know; we will do our very best to collate and communicate any important feedback. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact School Reception and ask to speak to the Y11 Team.

Our Assembly this week was an important one delivered by Mrs De Lashley, Head of Sixth Form, about Sixth Form options. Prior to Christmas, students submitted their Sixth Form applications and preferred subject choices. The Sixth Form team then create timetables around the subject choices students have made to try and ensure everyone is able to study their preferred options. This is always a complex and time-consuming process which unfortunately does not work for every student. Equally, there may be a small number of subjects that will not run if they haven’t generated enough interest. We understand that this can be disappointing; individual meetings have already been held with those students who have been most affected by this in advance.

Students have now received a letter detailing the option blocks and should indicate their firm options choices. Students should select ONE subject from EACH block (i.e. they would not be able to choose two subjects from Block A as the lessons for these will run at the same time). For subjects that appear in more than one option block, this means there is more than one class running for this subject and students can choose either to fit around their other options. If there are any unexpected clashes or disappointments, students should speak to their Form tutor in the first instance.

Sixth Form Subject Options:

Block ABlock BBlock CBlock D
ArtBiologyChemistryHistory
BiologyFurther MathsComputingMaths
English LiteratureHistoryEnglish LanguagePhysics
GeographyMediaHistoryPsychology
MathsMusicPoliticsSociology
PsychologyREPsychologyTheatre Studies
GeographyTextiles
Applied Law (S)Applied Law (S)Applied Psychology (S)Business (S)
Business (S)Child Development (S)Business (D)Health & Social Care (S)
ICT (S)Engineering (S)Health & Social Care (D)Applied Science/Forensic Science (D)
Sports Science (S)Uniformed Protective Services (S)Travel (S)Sports Science (D)
Applied Science/Forensic Science (S)

Finally, if your child would like a Y11 Yearbook as part of their leavers package, payment can now be given to secure their order. Yearbooks cost £20 and there is now an option on parent pay to deposit this. The deadline for Yearbook payments will be Friday 25th March. This will be communicated to students through Form time next week; please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 11, please do get in touch with Miss Turvey (Head of Year 11), Miss Chambers (Assistant Head of Year 11) or Mrs Reeder (Year 11 Pastoral Support Worker) or contact school reception.

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
BTEC Winter Exam Results – Results for the external results will be made available to students on Thursday 24th March. We are holding an assembly on Monday to explain the process to students and outline next steps.  Each student will have a 1-2-1 meeting with a member of the Sixth Form Team on Thursday 24th March to discuss current position, resits and stand-down dates.

Sixth Form Challenge TRIPLE continues
Y13 – We are offering a prize for any student with 100% attendance between now and Easter
Y13 – we are offering a prize for any student with 100% attendance to P6 between now and Easter
Y12 – we are offering a prize for the most read books alongside a brief review on our National Book Tokens challenge

Y12 Parent’s Evening – Thank you for your attendance last week. It was a very positive evening and the one of many steps to ensure collectively we get the very best outcome for these young people. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Balmer cbalmer@ahs.pmat.academy

Y13 Leavers Celebration – Thank you for the reply slips coming in to confirm your attendance for this evening. We are delighted that the Archbishop of York has been able to accept our invitation to the evening (Thursday 19th May) and so we have moved the start time ever so slightly to accommodate (7pm-8pm). It is an honour and I hope you can join in celebrating you son/daughters.

Reminder: Y13 Mock Next Steps – Students will receive results over the next two weeks in class. These will help inform our next steps for intervention. If your son/daughter missed a mock they will be expected to complete them on their immediate return.

Shoutouts

Who…?By…?Where…?Why…?
Aycan Akarsu  13SlMrs CoxY13Helping me to translate a letter. Thank you!
Lento YamagataDr OsmanY12ChemistryModel student
Chloe FirthMiss JennawayY12SociologyFor always approaching the subject with your very best effort and maintaining excellent levels of progress.
Tala HalawaniDr OsmanY12ChemistryConsistent hard work and enormous progress through Y12.  Fantastic!
Ben Bellerby, Owen Wing, Ben ReadingMrs AmosY12SportExcellent leadership when delivering your sessions to the year 7’s yesterday. Well Done
Grace MartinMiss JennawayY12SociologyExcellent verbal contributions in class!
Arthur Sharpe and Abbey DriffieldMr NihillY12ChaplaincyExcellent ambassadors for sixth form and the whole school at the Commonwealth Service in Westminster Abbey
Oliver Pugh and Gabby MooreMr NihillY13ChaplaincyExcellent ambassadors for sixth form and the whole school at the Commonwealth Service in Westminster Abbey
Amelie NobleMiss JennawayY12SociologyShowing great progress in your written work!
12B and 12D HistoryMr KnoxY12HistoryBrilliant bunch of students, all of you. Well done.
13B and 13D HistoryMr KnoxY13HistoryWell done on your recent marks – push until the end now!
Victoria MartinMiss JennawayY12SociologyExcellent verbal contributions in lesson!
Emily DilgerLinda HarveyY13TextilesExcellent attendance to period 6
Emma Walton & Millie StevensMr SkeltonY13PsychologySterling work in PAL, providing excellent support to the Yr12 Psychologists!
Marcin CzechowskiMiss JennawayY13SociologyExcellent verbal contributions in class, showing great AO1
Lily EwenMiss JennawayY13SociologyFor making notable progress and working hard in class, well done!
Alex KempMiss JennawayY13SociologyConsistent enthusiasm and great knowledge in class, well done.
Lucy Austin, Ellie Willcox, Aliya Georgi, Marta GarofaloMr GibsonY13GermanGreat work in their mocks
Chloe RowanMrs HolmesY13Theatre StudiesAmazing work in lessons and P6 working on your scripted monologue – superb attitude to the practical exam!
Hannah ReynoldsMrs DobsonY12Child DevelopmentAlways puts in 100% effort. Exceeds deadlines. Well done Hannah!
Liv TunnicliffeMrs BalmerY12English LiteratureGreat contributions in class – well done!
Joseph ConnellMiss RedmanY13BTEC ITWorking really hard to complete all coursework to a very high standard.
Rhys O’DowdMrs DobsonY12L2 PathwaysEnglish P6 was cancelled due to illness but Rhys chose to stay back anyway and do his revision homework and help another student. Well done!
Aiden HootonMrs DobsonY12L2 PathwaysChose to stay back after school and work with another student to complete his revision homework. Well done!
Jasmine LeeMrs LambertY12REFor diligence and effort in trying to catch up.
Rebecca TeasdaleMiss RedmanY12Form TimeFor her generous community spirit with donating to the food bank.

Collective Worship
This week the theme of our Form Tutor Collective Worship is entitled Be Accepting. This is part of the Way Maker series. It will take us on a journey through Lent, reflecting on Jesus’ ministry and his example of being a “way maker” and serving others.

Quotes
Monday: “The older I get, the more I believe that the greatest kindness is acceptance.” – Christina Baker Kline; American novelist
Tuesday: “I think tolerance and acceptance and love is something that feeds every community.” – Lady Gaga; American singer, songwriter, and actress
Wednesday: “To make a difference, understand differences.” – Syed Sharukh, spiritual writer
Thursday: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa; nun and Indian missionary
Friday: “The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” – Brian Tracy; Canadian-American motivational speaker and author

The Wellbeing Newsletter Issue 47

21 March 2022|

Headteacher’s Bulletin – Monday 14th March

Dear parents and carers,

We are very much looking forward to the upcoming School Show. Tickets for ‘Matilda’ are now available via ParentPay or can be purchased from main reception at break and lunchtimes or on the door at performances. If your child is part of the cast please be mindful as to whether they are part of Cast A or Cast B:

Tuesday 22 March, 7pm and Thursday 24 March, 7pm – CAST A
Wednesday 23 March, 4pm and Friday 25 March, 7pm – CAST B

Prices: Adult £5; Child/OAP £3; Family ticket £15.

Y11 Period 6
This is the time of year when teachers across school give up time after school to put on additional lessons for students and we are delighted that our staff are willing to do this. Take up for Year 13 Period 6 is already strong but I would encourage parents of Year 11 students to discuss attendance at these sessions with your children in the weeks to come. Numbers are currently lower than we would expect and attending these additional sessions can make a real difference. On Monday in form time, Year 11 students will also be given an intervention rewards booklet – this means when they attend a lunch time session or a P6 session, they will receive stamps that work towards a choice of rewards. Period 6 sessions are outlined below:

NightSubjectRoom
MondayMathsMaths Block
RERE
GermanML3
TextilesTE4
DramaStudio
MediaL16
ITIT1
TuesdayHistoryHI 5 & 6
SpanishML2
H&SCL32
FrenchML4
EngineeringTE1
WednesdayScienceScience Block
PEIt4/PE1
ThursdayTravelL34
EnglishEng Block
Thursday (lunch)PESports Hall
Friday (lunch)PESports Hall

Year 11 Revision Skills
There will be more to come regarding this over the coming weeks, but we are really pleased that on Tuesday 5th April we will run a revision skills evening for parents and students from 5:00pm- 7:00pm.

The evening will include a range of stalls giving parents and students information on health and wellbeing, healthy eating, memory and retention tips, a range of subject areas, supporting more able students, plus a range of other stalls. There will then be some key presentations that parents can choose to attend about examinations in the core subjects and how to prepare for these.

Google Classrooms:
We know that students are working really hard at the moment to balance their revision and homework – this is just a reminder that the subject Google Classrooms contain a wealth of excellent revision resources for students to access from their teachers, if your child is struggling with what or how to revise, this is a great starting point.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7Dylan Kettlewell7MrBeing kind and considerate to others. Well Done!Compassion
Year 7Fin McIntyre7HvFor being kind, generous and an excellent pupil in every way! Well Done!Compassion
Year 8Jayden Castle8LWsFor working extremely hard, finding time to help others whilst smashing his grades in geography.Mutual Respect
Year 8Holly Smith8LWsFor leadership and responsibility in relation to the form prayer.Individual Liberty
Year 9Connor Quinn9PlFor showing great resilience in swimming Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 9Henry Leites9KMdFor showing great resilience this week and for being an excellent Anne Frank guide. Well done!Tolerance
Year 10Hannah Commings10MStFor the huge effort put in for her health and social care coursework.Individual Liberty
Year 10Lukas Ford10PsFor being kind and helpful during form time.Compassion
Year 11Noah Metcalfe11ERoFor excellent improvement shown in his most recent mocks and ongoing hard work across his subject areas.Individual liberty
Year 11Oliver Park11IMaFor showing great improvement in his effort across his subjects and for attending Period 6.Individual liberty
Year 13Anna Pattichi13LvExceptional quality of work in Chemistry – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 13Daisy Taylor13BKiWell done on a tremendous piece of coursework in HSC Unit 14! You should be so proud of your efforts here.Individual Liberty

Head of Year Updates
Year 7 – Miss Kincell, Miss Powell and Miss Cooper
We have had another exciting week in Year 7 with bikeability beginning this week. Our students who have completed it this week have been fantastic and all received a medal and certificates. The instructors were very impressed with Year 7 and told us that they have been very polite and a credit to our School. Year 7 can check their emails or the notices in the morning to see when they will be completing bikeability.

This week in assembly we looked at the benefits and dangers of social media. Below is some advice that we shared with our students about safely using social media:

  • If you are unhappy or angry think before you respond
  • Take some time out from social media – go for a walk or do something different
  • Think about the reason you are posting something
  • Block people that don’t have a positive impact on you
  • Don’t believe everything you see on social media

If you have any questions or concerns about safely using social media then please contact the Year 7 team.

Well done to our Students of the Week this week:
7ANn – David-Thomas Baker – For improving his punctuality this week. Well done!
7ASu – Leon Barlow – for having great organisation so far this term (even better than me!)
7Bl – Jules Clarke – engaging in discussion during form time and attending clubs.
7Cy – Scarlett Kitson – for always being so polite and kind to others
7Gr – Charlie Taylor – thoughtful contributions to PSHE and helping others in form time. Well Done!
7Hf – Ethan Oliver for being brave about his shoulder and for helping Daniel settle in to school.
7Hv – Ismay Ambler – Always helpful, polite and a delightful member of the form
7MLn – Alice Sunter – For excellent contributions during PSHE, well done!
7MPe – Charlie Roe – for being caring, kind and always looking out for others. Well Done!
7Mr – Malachy Bennett – for sharing his wonderful art work with the group
7SMf – Lily Goldsmith – For her hard-working and compassionate character! Also for fantastic contribution to the school production.

Well done to Our Head of Year Awards:
Finlay McIntyre – for being kind and generous to others and an excellent student. Well Done!
Dylan Kettlewell – For being kind and considerate to others. Well Done!

Library Newsletter:
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is: “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” We spent the day making bookmarks using the image above to give to anyone who has inspired us in any way. Some with a personal message, others with a simple ‘Happy International Women’s Day.’

Opal Plumstead
Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson (Quiz 227508. Level 5.4. Colour Green) navigates us through key moments in history. We learn about the suffragette movement and how the roles of women changed during the war.

Fourteen-year-old Opal must start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory to support her family. She struggles to get along with her other workers, who think she’s snobby and stuck up. But Opal idolises Mrs Roberts, the factory’s beautiful, dignified owner. The best thing about Mrs Roberts? She’s a suffragette!

Opal’s world is opened to Mrs Pankhurst, and the fight to give women the right to vote. However, the first world war is about to begin…

If you have read Opal Plumstead, or even if you haven’t, have a go at some of the worksheets in the link below. It’s mainly aimed at teachers, but you can skip down to the extracts and the worksheets.

https://www.worldbookday.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Opal-Plumstead-TeachersResources.pdf

If you would like to read more, and see a photographic time line of women who have shaped our history, then open the link below.

York Book Awards
A small group of students have been invited to the York Book Awards. Unfortunately, we can’t take everyone who read the books. However, if you have a question or a comment that you would like to address any of the authors, please let me, Miss Murphy know. We can send in those questions/comments beforehand and the author will give us their answer on the day. It’s very exciting to be part of this. One question we will be asking Tom Palmer is,

“We read that every scene in the book is based on real events told to you by the survivors. Out of all the stories you heard, how did you choose which to put in the book?”

You can watch the trailer for the book, and read the first chapter by clicking in the following link

I dropped off all of your artwork and reviews to St Peters School on Monday, so hopefully some of it will be used to decorate the room. All of it will eventually be presented to the authors.

Anyone A Budding Poet?
I have been sent a free 30-day poetry prompt which I would like to share with you. You can download a poetry journal using the link below. You will be given ideas, prompts and tips to write poetry. Some poems are ‘free writing’ including a drabble and a memory poem, others are more complicated. You can learn how to write ‘form’ poetry from a humble haiku to a strenuous sestina!

I thought I might have a go at writing 30 poems in 30 days, until I saw some of the more complicated forms. However, I will defiantly download the journal and have a go at them all but this task will take me longer than a month to complete. Why don’t you open the link and have a go at a couple? I’d be really interested in reading what you come up with.

https://www.localgemspoetrypress.com/uploads/1/1/6/6/11665847/a_30_day_poetry_prompt_journal.pdf

Book Returns
I’m sending out another plea for overdue library books. We are just short of 500 on the late return list. This number does not include those still within their loan period. Please have a look at home if you suspect you might have one of these books, especially if it is part of a series that other students are waiting to read

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
The second week of this half term has been a successful one for Year 8 and they have settled well into this fourth half term of the Year. Attendance in Year 8 has again been the strongest in the main school (this is a regular occurrence). 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 emphasized at home. We’d also like to correct the record and confirm that 8Ob did actually manage an attendance of 100% in the first week which was an excellent achievement – well done.

The focus of both Collective Worship in forms and as a Year group this week was centered around International Women’s Day. Our whole group assembly focused on how women were given the right to vote in 1918. This is historically and culturally significant and links to the work students do in History on women’s suffrage.

In Form time students focused more on societal bias with regards to health and fitness. Students were talked through some real-life examples of teenagers and women who had faced prejudice based on their gender when taking part in sport and other activities. In the forms I was able to observe students were showing an excellent awareness of the issues being raised and make smart links between these issues and our own school values of justice and compassion. This also links in with our half termly focus on the wider British value of Personal Liberty. The session also gave extracts from a book called ‘Stronger: Changing Everything I Knew About Women’s Strength’ by Poorna Bell.

This week also saw this half term’s form time PHSCE session. For Year 8 this was about Careers and Aspirations. Hopefully this has given students a good opportunity to contemplate what options they may have when they leave school and what early steps they may need to take. It is also important to acknowledge that there is no expectation for any Year 8 student to know what their future aspirations may be. Through their Journey at AHS all students will be offered support on making decisions for their future. This will start in Year 9 when students make their first big step in picking their GCSE choices.

As with last week we have had more students representing our school in Sport. This week the Boys cricket team took part in an indoor tournament in Northallerton. They performed very well and represented the school admirably.

Again, we’d like to add, if your child has any achievements you’d like us to know about please do get in touch. We love to hear about what our students get up to out of school.

Finally, we also wanted to point parents in the direction of the school Newsletter. This week the Year Group section is Year 8. There is plenty more in there about the Year group including shout-outs from teachers, key updates and advice on dealing with difficult news (like Ukraine news stories).

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
We are now a third of the way into the half term and it has been a pleasure to see how well Year 9 are continuing to focus on the fundamentals in school. It is lovely now we are having longer days and students are arriving and leaving in the light and slightly warmer weather!

Firstly I just want to take the opportunity to remind parents about attendance and Year 9 have certainly been improving which is great to see. 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. We greatly appreciate support from families with attendance, thank you. Please contact the Year team if you’d like any support with attendance.

This week in our Act of Collective Worship it was held on International Women’s Day and it was a pleasure as a woman to host this Act of Collective Worship, we discussed all the positive changes that have happened in the UK such as the right for women to vote as well as examples of challenges that women still face in the UK and across the world. Our British Value focus for this half term is Individual Liberty and we discussed that it is important for all genders to be able to express who they are as individuals and as a community we celebrate each other and our differences.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind families about the school’s production of Matilda, as a year team we are extremely proud of the students in Year 9 who are in the production and I cannot wait to see it myself! Tickets are on sale via reception or ParentPay and the show is on from Tuesday 22nd March – Friday 25th March.

We are also looking forward to taking our Geography students in Year 9 out on fieldwork in Leeds at the end of this month classes will be going on either the 28th or 29th March, letters will be given out this week in Geography lessons. The aim of this trip is for students to gain a better understanding of the ‘Urban Issues and Challenges’ unit of work, putting theory into practice in a real-life context and to prepare them for their third GSCE paper ‘Geographical Applications’. Students will be taking part in a number of data collection techniques such as land use surveys, environmental surveys and field sketches.

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
Well done Yr 10 for hitting the ground running this week and making lots of progress. We are all enjoying the lighter mornings, being outside and the warm weather.

Askham Bryan College – At this week’s assembly students listened to guest speakers from Askham Bryan College and learnt about the apprenticeships which the College offers. There is a wealth of opportunities!

Apprenticeships are available in: Agriculture, Environmental Conservation, Equine Studies, Game and Wildlife Management, Horticulture (Sports Turf, Golf Greenkeeper, Landscape), Land-Based Service Engineering, Plant Maintenance, Arboriculture and Veterinary Nursing.

All apprenticeships are run from the York site and lead to valuable, nationally recognised qualifications with a range of levels. Students are supported by a Course Manager. Assessment is carried out through ‘on-the job’ observation and questioning and students produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their competence.

We would strongly encourage students who are interested in these areas to find out more. Visit https://www.askham-bryan.ac.uk/apprenticeships/

We are also very excited to welcome the Speaker’s Trust which will be visiting to provide a workshop, focussed on oracy skills, on Monday 14th March. It will be led by an expert communications skills trainer who will guide a group of students through a range of activities designed to improve their communication skills. They will be returning at a later date to carry out another workshop.

The Speaker’s Trust is an impressive organisation that has worked with over 600 schools around the country to help improve young people’s confidence to speak in public, ability to work under pressure, and to hone skills that will help them in the next phase of their lives – whether that be work based training or further education.

HoY awards – Congratulations to Hannah Commings and Lukas Ford for making the most of the opportunities given to them at school. 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
Another week has passed and our students continue to make incremental and meaningful steps in their lessons and around school.

Students should now have received their English, Maths and Science mock results from their teachers in lessons and there is certainly lots to celebrate in these results. Parents will receive a new set of report data in the coming weeks which will include behaviour, effort & homework scores as well as teacher predicted grades for ALL subjects. The English, Maths and Science mock grades will be included separately on these too. This will be a full report so it will also include a detailed written comment from your child’s Form Tutor. Parents Evening taking place on March 30th will provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s report with their teachers.

Period 6 is taking place in earnest across the school and we are encouraging strong attendance across the board. Period 6 will always be our first port of recommendation for students wishing to seek extra support in a particular subject area; the opportunity for an extra hour in a taught session with a specialist cannot be understated. To reward students for their commitment to Period 6, we have put the following in place:

  • Attending 3x P6 or lunchtimes per week will be rewarded with 50 merits towards a free prom ticket.
  • Attending 2x P6 or lunchtimes per week will be rewarded with 20 merits towards a free prom ticket.
  • Attending 2x P6 or lunchtimes per week will be rewarded with free pizza lunch on Thursday 7th April.
  • Attending 2x P6 or lunchtime sessions in total before Easter will be rewarded with a free stationary pack for upcoming exams. We feel that all students can achieve this one.

Registers are taken by staff during Period 6 to verify attendance and students will collect staff signatures in a booklet we have provided for them to exchange for rewards in Form times.

We recognise that, for some students who live further away and are dependent on catching a bus at the end of the school day, attending after school Period 6 sessions may not be a possibility. As such, students will also be able to qualify for the Rewards by attending lunch sessions as well as after school. Students may attend for part of their lunch before or after getting something to eat, as with a lunch club. The following spaces are now open for Y11 students at lunchtime as designated ‘quiet spaces’ for private work and reflection until the end of the year:

WeekdayMonday
TBC
Tuesday
IT3
Wednesday
BS2
Thursday
BS2
Friday
IT4
MOSAy
Bl
Md
CMP
Kx
Sl
SMF
FHK
KMd
ERO

This week, our year group Assembly was taken by an external speaker representing York College, who spoke to students about the courses and opportunities available for students who choose to study there next year. Next week, Assembly will be taken by Mrs De Lashley, our Head of Sixth Form to talk about Sixth form option blocks with students. It is important to stress that Sixth Form subject choices made by students prior to Christmas are not set in stone and your child should let their Form Tutor know if they have since reconsidered and wish to make changes.

Students who have exceeded 300 merits and kept their attendance above 90% have begun to receive their Free Prom Tickets – a fantastic achievement which hopefully awaits many other students who are *almost* there with this. Our student prom committee is also continuing to plan fundraising events to help to cover these costs: there will be a Staff vs. Student Netball match taking place on Monday 28th March straight after school with refreshments for spectators to purchase. All donations will go towards the prom. We will also be running a ‘Teacher Discomfort’ Assembly for the whole year group on Friday 1st April for which Form tutors have very bravely volunteered to engage in. Students will be invited to make small donations up to a pound to sponsor staff to take part in Karaoke, Leg Waxing, Pie in the Face and Eating Challenges. This will also be a great opportunity for a fun and light-hearted final assembly of the half term (the following Friday 8th prior to Easter will be a Staff Training Day). A huge thank you to Mrs Reeder for coordinating these events.

Thank you for your support in returning Hoodie and Yearbook slips and payments. Please contact school reception if you have missed this but your child still wishes to be included. Orders are being placed imminently so we will require this information as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 11, please contact school reception to speak to a member of the Year 11 Team: (Miss Turvey, HofY), Miss Chambers (Assistant HofY), Mrs Reeder (PSW) and Miss Short (Y11 SLT).

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
The Y13 carrot – Since we are weeks away from stand-down we have a series of challenges to encourage the best of habits in the lead up to the exam season

  • We are offering a prize for any student with 100% attendance between now and Easter
  • We are offering a prize for any student with 100% attendance to P6 between now and Easter
  • We are considering a range of awards for the leavers ceremony to celebrate successes, big and small

Y13 Mock Next Steps – Students will receive results over the next two weeks in class. These will inform us as to best next steps for intervention. If your son/daughter missed a mock they will be expected to complete them on their immediate return.

Reminder: BTEC Winter Exam Results – Results for the external examination will be available to students on Thursday 24th March. We will provide more details shortly regarding where they will be issued. Each student will have a 1-2-1 meeting with a member of the Sixth Form Team on Thursday 24th March to discuss current position, resits and stand-down dates.

Reminder: Y12 Parent’s Evening – Y12 Parent’s Evening will be taking place on Wednesday 16th March in school. Appointments will be made this week. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mrs Walton swalton1@ahs.pmat.academy or Mrs Balmer cbalmer@ahs.pmat.academy

Shoutouts
A special shoutout to those that have 100% attendance in Y12 and Y13. Not easy in the current climate – a massive commitment that we recognise and admire.

Year 12Year 13
Jaeho Jung
Abbey Driffield
Fenton Griffiths
Evie Hayes
Hannah Leach
Sophia Mackender
Josh O’Neill
Onett Perera
Ben Reading
Aimee Reed
Ben Soulsby
Abbi Calpin
Kasper Kaluza
Sophie Watkins

Katy douglas
Eleanor Bulmer
Connor Gillies
Caitlyn Harrison
Cliona Synnott
Oliver Vas
Emily Dilger

Who…?By…?Where…?Why…?
Lucy Austin, Ellie Willcox, Aliya Georgi, Marta GarofaloMr GibsonY13GermanDoing a great job with preparing for these tricky mocks. You guys are so hard working
Karen WaltersMr NihillY12N/ATaking a very mature and proactive attitude towards being the 6th form student leader for all things concerning Chaplaincy and Ethos
James Rudling, Sam Skelton, Finley Ensor, Bailey Walker, James Saunders, Johnathan WilsonMiss BarrattY12EnrichmentThanks for being your usual confident, charismatic- albeit controversial- selves in Debate!
Malak HashamMiss GavinY12PoliticsFor consistently excellent work that is well researched
Will LeonardMiss GavinY12PoliticsFor responding so well to feedback and improving every week in Politics! Well done Will.
Robyn DarwinMiss GavinY12PoliticsFor showing excellent dedication to your studies in Politics
Sophia MackenderMiss GavinY12PoliticsFor offering such considered and thoughtful contributions to classroom discussions.
Joshua RobinsonMiss GavinY13PoliticsFor offering valuable contributions to classroom discussions!
Mabel CarringtonMiss GavinY13PoliticsFor winning the end of half term prize for best presentation! Well done for the effort and the memes.
Hannah TownsonMiss GavinY13PoliticsFor winning the end of half term prize for best presentation! Well done for the effort and the memes.
Taylor Barrett GoodwinMiss GavinY13Health and Social CareFor conducting excellent research for your unit 14 coursework! Well done TBG.
Daisy TaylorMiss GavinY13Health and Social CareWell done on a tremendous piece of coursework in unit 14! You should be so proud of your efforts here.
Paris CoopMiss GavinY13Health and Social CareYou are a legend. Well done for just getting on with it and producing such an excellent piece of work in unit 14.
Jasmine HuntonMiss GavinY13Health and Social CareYou have been working so hard on your unit 8 and unit 14 coursework! Well done.
Katie HillyardMiss GavinY12Health and Social CareYour work in unit 5, 7 and 10 is consistently excellent! Well done you!
Yr 13 Eng LitMiss CooperY13English LiteratureWell done to Yr 13 English Literature students for showing real resilience in your Paper 2 mock exam. Three hours is a really long time!
Ben Hields, Bobby Mortimer, Matthew Drummond, Chloe Whitwell and Josh O’NeilMrs AmosY12SportFor fantastic effort and leadership delivering their football sessions to the year 7 today! Well done you all did a fantastic job.
John MonkMiss JennawayY12SociologyJohn is always looking to make continuous progress by challenging concepts and making synoptic links between topics. Great work, keep it up.
Emma HurstMiss JennawayY12SociologyFor always being so polite, upbeat and for showing a positive attitude towards learning.
Hannah TownsonMiss JennawayY13SociologyAlways demonstrates excellent subject knowledge and effort in lesson.
Fenton GriffithsMrs ArmesY12FrenchFor being an absolute trooper!
Anna PattichiDr OsmanY13ChemistryExceptional quality of work.
Isla ListerMr YoungY12SociologyYou are working at an incredibly high standard. Well done!
Arthur Sharpe, Rebecca Teasdale, Ben Soulsby and James RudlingMiss RedmanY12Form TimeA big thank you for writing an excellent prayer for the Easter service.
Amelie NobleMiss RedmanY12Form timeFor always helping in PM form time to deliver the resources.
Sophie ConlonDr KingY13FormAmazing response to the call for donations to the local food bank!

Collective Worship
This week the theme of our Form Tutor Collective Worship is connected to Ukraine, we are reflecting on and praying for peace there. It has been created by one of our 6th form students. We are pausing the Way Maker series. There is a creative element with the form making paper chains for peace.

Quotes

Monday: “Peace begins with a smile. – Mother Teresa; 20th C. Roman Catholic nun and missionary
Tuesday: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.” – The Bible, Psalm 46: 1
Wednesday: “Peace is more than just the absence of war. True peace is justice, true peace is freedom. And true peace dictates the recognition of human rights.” – Ronald Reagan; 40th US president – 20th C.
Thursday: “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” – The Bible, Psalm 9:9-10
Friday: “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” – George Washington; 1st US president – 18th C.

The Wellbeing Newsletter Issue 46

14 March 2022|

Headteacher’s Bulletin – Monday 7th March

Dear parents and carers,

As we begin the second week of the new half term I would like to thank families for their ongoing support. I would also like to draw your attention to the forthcoming School Show, Matilda, which we are all very excited about. The interest from students wanting to be part of the production was incredibly high and this is why Mrs Newton and the team have double cast the show so that as many young people as possible can be part of this important whole school event:

Inspired by the genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Tickets for the show will go on sale from Friday 4 March and are available via ParentPay. If you don’t have a ParentPay account, tickets can be purchased from main reception at break and lunchtimes or on the door at performances. Prices: Adult £5; Child/OAP £3; Family ticket £15.

Performances are as follows: Tuesday 22 March, 7pm and Thursday 24 March, 7pm – CAST A Wednesday 23 March, 4pm and Friday 25 March, 7pm – CAST B

Change to Year 10 Parents Evening Date
We have made the decision to move the Year 10 Parents Evening to Wednesday 4th May. This is to ensure the evening takes place before Work Experience. The Year 10 full reports will therefore be issued on Tuesday 3rd May.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7Karthikeya Pulakanam7ASuFor a great demonstration in food tech – Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 7Bryanna Martyn7GrFor Being an excellent member of the AHS community and always being polite and kind to others. Well Done!Mutual Respect
Year 8Emma Guarino8LWsFor making the most of opportunities and contributing widely to sports teams.Individual Liberty
Year 8Kate Weatherall8LWsFor making the most of opportunities and contributing widely to sports teams.Individual Liberty
Year 9Oscar Rosen9PlFor showing great compassion and supporting a new member of our school community to settle in. Well done!Compassion
Year 9Isla Grant-Craven9PlFor settling in extremely well and living the school values into being! Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 10Caitlin Webster10SMrFor working hard in her subjects on a consistent basis.Justice
Year 10Henley Huller10SMrFor improved attendance and extra curricular contribution.Justice
Year 11Kyle Noddings11ByFor his excellent achievement of securing his future in the Army and role modelling excellent manners around school.Individual Liberty
Year 11Molly-May Stephenson11AlFor her renewed focus on her studies and commendations from her teachers this week.Individual Liberty
Year 12Fenton Griffiths12DdFor fantastic wider participation in the school community.Democracy
Year 12Gabe Smyth12SReFor some great work in RE – well done!Individual Liberty

Head of Year Updates
Year 7 – Miss Kincell, Miss Powell and Miss Cooper
We have been delighted to welcome back our students this week who have had another excellent start. Despite the unpredictable Spring Weather we have been so happy to see students reunited with their friends and enjoying their social times and clubs.

We had a very exciting assembly this week with Mr Gibson regarding international trips, Spanish classes will visit Barcelona, French classes will visit Paris and German classes will visit Koblenz. Students who do not study any languages will be able to choose between the three destinations. All of the trips will cost between £550 and £590, and once letters are distributed in two weeks the places will be first come first served. If you would like to know more about financing or payment support please call main reception and ask to speak to Mr Gibson Head of Languages.

Well done to our Students of the Week:
ANn: Lily Thompson – for being helpful and supportive of other students.
ASU: Matthew Cook for always being polite and contributing in discussions.
Bl: Tilly Rhodes – Improvement in behaviour in lessons and social time.
Cy: Maxim Baumann – having a fantastic attitude every day and living out the school values.
Gr: Gabriel Whitehead -Thank you for being polite and respectful.
Hf: Leia Watling for excellent organisation and for her kindness to others.
Hv: Abdulbari Khadra – helpful during form time
MLn: Hannah Coventry – for being an excellent student. Well Done!
MPe: Sebastian Ostrowski – for settling in brilliantly and having a great first week!
Mr: Zak Leckenby for his improved punctuality
SMf: Benjamin Dale – Consistently pleasant, approachable and hard-working! Ben has done incredibly well in Y7 so far.

Well done to our Head of Year Awards
Bryanna Martyn – For being an excellent student and always being polite and kind to others.
Karthikeya Pulakanam – For a great demonstration in food tech! Well Done!

Year 8 – Mrs Avey, Mrs Mennell and Mr Handley
We would like to thank Year 8 for a successful first week back this new half term. They have quickly settled back into school routines. Attendance this week has been really strong at 94% – the best in school. We’d like to give a special mention to 8Ob who were one registration mark away from our first 100% attendance in a full week. We will also be continuing our focus on uniform and this has been overall excellent in Year 8.

Our weekly year group Act of Collective Worship this week was about the current conflict in Ukraine. We feel as a school it is very important to address this with students as many will have concerns about what it could lead to. There will also be members within our school community that could be personally affected by it. In the assembly we discussed what was going on and gave suggestions and advice as for any students who are worried. We’d like to remind all parents and carers that if they or the children need any help or support to please get in touch with the Year 8 Team and we will help any way we can. In the Year 8 section of the newsletter next week we will include some links to helpful articles on helping young people to deal with difficult news.

Our focus in form time collective worship this week was around remembering the Holocaust. This is another sensitive topic for many but the Year 8s discussed this in their forms with impressive maturity making strong links to our school values and the wider British Values we teach in schools. It was a joy to walk into forms this week and see these grown up conversations taking place.

We also have some Year 8 sports updates from the past week. The girls netball team had a game against Manor school and performed very well and should be proud of how they performed. There was also a tournament in Girls cricket in which the AHS team placed 3rd out of 6. Both teams played well and deserve praise showing great teamwork throughout. Well done to all students involved for representing their school and making the most of the opportunities on offer.

Further to this there has been some sporting success outside of school for one of our Year 8 students Bea Garrett-Craig. Bea has taken part in a national competition and successfully secured a place in Team England for the Dance World Cup. This is a phenomenal achievement, especially considering there are only four places per age group in the national team. We would like to pass on our massive congratulations for Bea and wish her the best in the Dance World Cup competition.

We’d also like to add a congratulations to Sam McBride and Christopher Barnard for their excellent Rock God performances over the half term holiday at the Crescent in York. They both took part playing impressively in a band together. Sam on the Keyboard and vocals, with Christopher performing guitar and drums on different songs. The performance can be viewed on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/Rockgodacademy/videos/628085254964495

Finally, we’d like to add, if your child has any achievements you’d like to us to know about please do get in touch, we love to hear about what our students get up to out of school.

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 was a pleasure to welcome Year 9 back to school this week and to hear all about their half terms and see them all refreshed. Furthermore, it was great to see that Year 9 are certainly striving towards excellence with our school focus on fundamental standards and I know they will continue to do so. A reminder that our focus for this half term is for students to be organised with reading and their planners. Students in Year 9 need to bring with them an appropriate reading book to school with them every day. If a student is not sure what kinds of books they should be reading, please encourage them to speak to their English teacher, their form tutor or a member of the Year 9 Pastoral Team.

I would also like to take this opportunity of reminding parents about our extensive extra-curricular programme which has been updated for the current half term. I know how enriching these clubs can be for our young people including learning new skills as well as meeting new people. I love popping into the hall and seeing the progress of Matilda after school and I know quite a few of our Year 9s are partaking in the school production and it is a pleasure to see them flourishing.

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

There has understandably been a large amount in the news about Ukraine and Russia over the last few weeks and this is why we discussed it in our Act of Collective Worship with Year 9. Our British Value focus this half term is Individual Liberty, which we define as ‘having the freedom to make our own choices, say what we feel and not fear persecution or discrimination’. In our Act of Collective Worship we discussed how Russia wants to remove the freedom and individual liberty of the Ukrainian people and also highlighting the history of Ukraine and Russia to understand why the invasion has occurred. Understandable this news can feel scary to our young people especially when they may see news or information via social media regularly, we advise the following:

  1. Talk to your young person about the situation if you feel appropriate
  2. Keep yourself and them informed – watch the news or read reports from reliable sources like the BBC. Social media might not always have accurate information so might be important to discuss this with your young person.
  3. It is normal to feel upset, encourage your young person to do things that make them happy, including time away from devices!

If you’d like to discuss how to help your child further please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the pastoral team. A useful article if you’d like advice also can be found here: https://www.familyeducation.com/life/wars/talking-children-about-war-violence-world

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
This has been a really successful first week back for Y10 students. It seems they all had a good rest over half term, and seem really energised for the half term ahead.

This week I noticed the continued commitment to extracurricular activities that the students are showing in school. On Thursday after school I had the pleasure of watching some Year 10 students in their rehearsal;s for Matilda (which looks excellent) and I am really looking forward to seeing the full production when it opens in the coming weeks. There is really good participation from Year 10, both in the cast and the backstage crew. Following this I went outside to watch the Y10 boys take on Manor in a very exciting game of football. Despite the 3-0 loss, the students played well and it was great to see them represent their school with such pride. This was followed by the girls taking part in a cricket tournament on Friday, and playing very well and eventually finishing 5th overall. It’s great to see that these opportunities have returned, and I know the students are delighted to be able to take part again.

The Act of Collective Worship this week was focussed on the invasion of the Ukraine. I felt it was important to explain to the students the origins of the conflict, who NATO are and what the people of Ukraine had been experiencing since the invasion last week. By doing this I hoped they can agnge further with the stories they are seeing on the news. This also lins well to our British value for the half term which is ‘individual liberty’ and the students were informed that we must never take our democracy or individual liberty for granted. I was delighted with the response of the students, who seemed equally horrified, compassionate and angry about the situation in the Ukraine. I know that many of our students and families are working hard to collect medicines, food and aid for Ukraine, which is absolutely fantastic. The students were informed that should they have any worries, concerns or questions about the ongoing war in Ukraine, they can speak to any teacher or member of the Year 10 pastoral team.

A quick reminder about Work Experience – if your child is still unable to find a work experience placement, please feel free to contact the school for assistance. We cannot call/email or arrange a placement for every student, but we can try and point you in the right direction. For example, I know for a fact the designer outlet is often a good place to find work experience, with students in the past going from shop to shop until they found a placement. Some students ended up getting a part time job out of this when they turned 16! I think it’s also worth bearing in mind that Work Experience is often about the skills students develop in a place of work, and not always about securing their ‘dream’ placement.

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
It has been great to welcome Year 11 back into school this week. After a busy start, we have all begun to settle back into our routines and we commend the renewed commitment to their studies the vast majority of students have shown.

Many of our students have shown great enthusiasm in their engagement with Period 6 which has returned for several subjects this week. The Period 6 timetable for this half term is included below.

NightSubjectRoom
MondayMathsMaths Block
RERE
GermanML3
TextilesTE4
DramaStudio
MediaL16
ITIT1
TuesdayHistoryHI 5 & 6
SpanishML2
H&SCL32
EngineeringTE1
WednesdayScienceScience Block
PEIt4/PE1
ThursdayTravelL34
EnglishEng Block
Thursday (lunch)PESports Hall
Friday (lunch)PESports Hall

A huge shout-out this week to those Year 11s who have played in Netball matches against other schools. In particular, Brooke Brandon and Olivia Wong were incredibly impressive in their performance against the Mount, particularly given that they were playing as part of a Sixth Form team as volunteers – well done girls!

Our Friday Act of Collective worship this week was an important one. We have had a renewed focus on the five fundamentals this week which was introduced in January as a whole school incentive to keep our standards high. At AHS, all students have the right to (1) Excellent, high quality lessons, (2) a broad extra-curricular programme, (3) a safe, welcoming environment, (4) individual care and (5) opportunities for their next steps. In return, students were reminded of their responsibilities which include (1) arriving on time to school and lessons, (2) being kind to other staff and students, (3) wearing the correct uniform, (4) meeting reasonable deadlines (e.g. for homework) and (5) caring for the school and those in it. We appreciate all of the support parents have shown to ensure we get this right, particularly for ensuring children are in the correct uniform and arriving into school on time. We feel immensely proud of how the majority of our Year 11s act as role models to the lower school, and our younger students certainly look up to Year 11 to set the standards here.

During our Act of Collective worship, we also went on to focus on the war in Ukraine. Many of our students have understandably returned after half term wishing to discuss this topic and feeling worried about the ongoing situation. We used the Assembly to ensure all of our students have an essential understanding of the facts, including a brief overview of Ukraine’s history and independence from 1991, the reasons given for Russia’s invasion and the strategy of sanctions being imposed by NATO and the UK. We didn’t engage in speculation as to what might happen or extremes of opinion some might hold, but instead considered what we might do to have charitable involvement through UNICEF, Save the Children and the Red Cross. Living out school values of Compassion and Justice and British values of democracy also helps to show our solidarity. Students were offered support for any feelings of worry and anxieties and we encourage students to speak to their Form Tutor or Year 11 team in the first instance if they are affected. Students were also reassured that, whilst the conflict is going on, these feelings of worry are a very normal and justified response and, equally, students shouldn’t feel guilty about continuing to focus on their own lives, ambitions and happiness too. Our Year 11s have experienced a lot of disruption over the past two years and, whilst we want them to be educated on this topic, we also do not wish them to carry around additional emotional burdens. If you have any queries or concerns about how your child is processing the Ukraine crisis please feel free to contact the Year 11 team via reception.

This week, the deadline for reply slips for Hoodies and Yearbooks is Monday 7th March. I believe there was a misprint on the original letter citing this to be 8th March so we will accept reply slips handed in on Tuesday. If your child needs a new letter, there is a red folder with several spares on the exterior door of the Y11 office for students to help themselves. Your child may also ask their Form tutor. Thank you for your support in the timely return of these.

We have ART exams continuing this week taking place on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th March. MEDIA exams will commence on Tuesday 22nd March.

Thank you for your continued support and we wish you a safe and restful half term when it arrives. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 11, please contact school reception to speak to a member of the Year 11 Team: (Miss Turvey, HofY), Miss Chambers (Assistant HofY), Mrs Reeder (PSW) and Miss Short (Y11 SLT).

Post 16 – Mrs De Lashley, Mrs Walton, Miss Balmer and Mr Charlton
BTEC Winter Exam Results – Results for the external results will be made available to students on Thursday 24th March. We will provide more details shortly regarding where they will be issued. Each student will have a 1-2-1 meeting with a member of the Sixth Form Team on Thursday 24th March to discuss current position, resits and stand-down dates.

Reminder: Y13 March Mocks – These assessments take place this week during timetabled lessons. These are for A Level students and feedback will be given as and when papers are marked. The Sixth Form team will contact home for those that require some form of intervention to support progress.

Reminder: Y12 Parent’s Evening – Y12 Parent’s Evening will be taking place on Wednesday 16th March in school. Appointments will be made this week. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mrs Walton swalton1@ahs.pmat.academy or Mrs Balmer cbalmer@ahs.pmat.academy

Reminder: Y13 P6 – A reminder of the support in place for Y13 after school and on a lunchtime. Students are expected to attend these sessions to further support their progress and preparation for the march mocks and summer exams.

Shoutouts

Where…?Who…?By…?Why…?
SociologySean MawhoodMr YoungYou are doing exceptionally well in Sociology with your written work and the answers given verbally in lessons. Really well done.
History – Civil War12A HistoryCBNA huge thank you to 12A who have taken the timetable change like champions and have been ACE in their first week! Well done, historians!
GeographyJohn MonkMiss Montagusuch a positive attitude in Geography- always cheerful!
BusinessJessica MerringtonMrs Hopkinson-KearneyReally great work in Unit 8 Assignment 1 – very impressed with your continued excellent work ethic
Art & DesignHannah Sivro-WilliamsMr Nicholson & Mrs DugdaleFor your successful interview and uni offer that was very much well deserved.
Media and TravelOur group of amazing Disneyland Paris studentsMrs Kitney and Mr ShawWhat a credit you were to the school during our trip. Mr Shaw and I were privileged to take you. Wear your lanyard bling with pride 🙂
REGabe SmythMrs LambertFab 20mk Exam Question!
REFenton GriffithsMrs LambertBrilliant Cultural Roadmap re: Holocaust that’s being used to educate the whole school!
BusinessEldho Alias, Elin Alias, Jenny Burlison, Joseph Connell, Alice Dungey, Jess Merrington, Lily Ewen, Joseph Scott, Daisy TaylorMr CharltonConsistent hard work towards completing Unit 8 coursework – well done!
EPQGrace Edmondson, Caitlin Harrison, Luke Hindle, George Morter, Gabby Moore, Chloe Rowan, Maisie Thackway, Hannah Townson, Ben WedgeMr CharltonContinued hard work on EPQ as we approach the deadline! Great work
BusinessBader Almohimeed, Matthew Drummond, Rowan Fearnley, Arthur Hodgson, Eleanor Hyde, Qais Kurd, Ruben Milner, Caitlin Murphy, Max Myers, Samuel Perry, Lyncy Phattanavibul, Oliver Redhead, Aimee Reed, James Saunders, Joseph Smith, Curtis ThompsonMr Charlton & Mrs HopkinsonWorking hard on their Unit 2 assessment and Unit 1 coursework – keep it up!

Collective Worship
This week the theme of our Form Tutor Collective Worship is entitled Showing Compassion. This is the second session of the Way Maker series. It will take us on a journey through Lent, reflecting on Jesus’ ministry and his example of being a “way maker” and serving others. .

Quotes
Monday: “Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” – Dalai Lama; Spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism

Tuesday: “I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it.” – St. Thomas Aquinas; 13th C. theologian, philosopher and Catholic priest

Wednesday: “Action with and for those who suffer is the concrete expression of the compassionate life and the final criterion of being a Christian.” – Henri Nouwen; 20th C. Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian

Thursday: “Sympathy identifies with the problem, but compassion gets up, looks up, and says, I need to do something about this.” – Brian Houston; New Zealand-Australian pastor and evangelist

Friday: “The grace of God is not exhausted. His compassion never ends and it never fails.” – Pastor Mensa Otabil; Ghanaian theologian, speaker and church leader

The Wellbeing Newsletter Issue 45

7 March 2022|