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Parent Bulletin – Monday 3 October

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

As we start October, I would like to reflect on September. It has been a great month at Archbishop Holgate’s School and we have got the academic year off to a very positive start. We have enjoyed getting to know our new students who have joined us in Year 7 and Year 12. The last four weeks have been superb in the way that students have settled into school life. All things extra-curricular are now in full swing and students continue to approach their learning with enthusiasm and positivity.

In terms of this week, I’d like to remind families that Thursday 6 October is a training day and as such the school will be closed to all students. It would be brilliant if our students could help us to give prospective families a warm welcome to Archbishop Holgate’s School through acting as guides or helping out in subject areas. If your child is interested please encourage them to return the reply slip that was part of the associated letter that was sent home to parents/carers.

In the remainder of the bulletin this week you will find information from: the wellbeing team, each Year team and the Chaplaincy team alongside other key messages to be aware of.

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

Library Newsletter
To access the most recent library newsletter which includes book recommendations and competitions to get involved in, please click here.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Morgan Smith7JHeFor being a compassionate and kind member of the year group, involving everyone and going out of your way to make others smile. Thank you and Well Done!Compassion
Year 7 Lily Robinson7HvFor being resilient, kind and “joining in” especially helping out at dance clubs. Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 8 Katy Ward8LAyFor the most improved behaviour percentage on ClassCharts. Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Maisie Waites8ERsFor her fantastic contributions at Y8’s first student council meeting. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 9 Evie Price9LpFabulous contribution to tutor group cohesion! Well done Evie!Mutual Respect
Year 9 Evie Hawksby9LPFor tolerance and forgiveness and for a great attitude to learning in all lessons.Forgiveness
Year 10 Kieran Rooke10JLiFor being very positive towards his studiesAHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Sarah Norman10DIFor going above and beyond within the school values!Compassion
Year 11 Henley Huller11SMrFor a fantastic start to Y11! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Kate Newton11BsFor showing resilience and a positive attitude. Well done – you are doing so well!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Dan Ridden12EDnVolunteering to take a lost lower school pupil all the way to his lesson from SF main school, well done!Compassion
Year 12 Lana De Souza12EDnSupporting a new student and helping her catch up a new student in Psychology and explaining key terms to her.Compassion
Year 13 Will Leonard13GlExcellent attitude to Y13 – Both in lessons and out of lessonsIndividual Liberty
Year 13 Sophia Mackender13GlSupport of extra curricular sport and great attitude to learningCompassion

Year team messages to parents and carers

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

Year 11 IAG Day
Please note that our Year 11 IAG Day is on Friday 14th October where Year 11 ‘taste’ 5 Sixth Form subjects for the day. This means there is no school for Year 12 and Year 13 on that day but they will have work set to continue their study. Year 11 have made their subject choices and will receive their individual timetables in the week commencing 10th October.

Student Leaders
Year 12 have made an excellent start to the term and now we are ready to recruit the next team to lead the student body. Year 13 Student leader’s will move to focus on their progression planning and final important year and Year 12 will take over. Applications have now been submitted and we are consulting staff on student recommendations. Information regarding School Captain recruitment to follow.

Upcoming Key Dates
Staff Training Day Thurs 6th October
Y11 IAG Day (no school for Sixth Form) Fri 14th October
Post-16 Open Evening Tues 8th November
Y12 Form Tutor Evening Weds 16th November

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

This week marked the halfway point for the half term and Year 11 continued to impress. The students are working hard in their lessons and the team is really pleased to see students begin to take up the opportunity for further support in their subjects this week. Coursework subjects such as Music, Drama and Art are running lunchtime and after school Period 6 sessions to help support the students with their coursework and compositions. On our visits this week it was great to see so many students making the most of this. In the coming weeks, the more formal Period 6 timetable will be available to parents (including English Maths and Science) before the mock exams in November.

This week saw the release of the provisional timetable for Year 11 GCSE examinations next year. This can be found online, however please be aware that these dates are only provisional and may be subject to change! The exam boards will release the finalised timetable later this term. As soon as it has become official we will be informing parents of this as we know many want to get ahead planning holidays next summer!

We are also pleased to announce that we have booked Prom for next year. This will take place at the Racecourse Ground next summer following their GCSE examinations and we are sure the students will be excited to attend the event. Following half term, there will be an opportunity for students to join the Prom Committee to help organise and run the event. Much more information regarding the prom (including dates and times) will be announced in the coming weeks.

Finally (without wanting to sound like a broken record!) we really want to continue to highlight the importance of good attendance in school. As a year group we are currently tracking at 92% which is below the 95%. When analysing the data, it is students who are having the ‘odd day off’ here and there that concern the most. Please can you continue to reiterate the importance of attendance to your child, and challenge them to attend school even if they are not feeling a hundred percent. We have a dedicated pastoral team who can support students in school, and a qualified nurse on hand to assess them throughout the day if need be.

Finally, the Year 11 team would like to thank you, the parents, for your support in making the return to school so successful for Year 11. The support you give from home and effective communication means we can get the best out of the students while they are in school. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 11 team.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

The Year 10 team have been so impressed with this year group’s first month of Year 10. There has been a sense of maturity and determination when we have popped into classrooms, which is to be celebrated as we come back to studying after summer.

We are keen to relay an exciting message from our P.E. Department that Year 10 will be offered access to some brand new sports equipment for break and lunchtime use. This equipment will include footballs, table tennis packs, cricket sets, frisbees, netballs and tennis balls. If a pupil wishes to use some of this equipment, they should see the member of staff standing next to the gates between the field and black square. One student will have to give their name in exchange for their item of choice, this then becomes that student’s responsibility and they must return it in the same condition that they were given it. This is a great opportunity for our fantastic Year 10 pupils to engage in some physical exercise with their peers and enjoy the benefits that go along with that. Whilst this is very positive, it is worth reminding pupils that the school has a strict ‘Hands Off’ policy including at break and lunch time. This means that no play fighting or slide tackling should be seen at break, lunchtime or at any point in the school day.

We would also like to shout out one of our lovely students, Sarah Norman, who this week played flute for the elderly at Meadowbeck residential home. Residents and team members were delighted to welcome Sarah, who kindly offered to come in and give a flute performance, just completing her grade 5. Sarah played a selection of wonderful pieces including “Boogalie Woogalie and The Mexican hat dance” with residents clapping and tapping along with their toes. Residents loved hearing Sarah play, thanking her afterwards saying how well she played. Well done, Sarah!

A quick reminder that Geography field trip letters have gone out to pupils. The trip is to Maybeck on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October, so please return and give permission on ParentPay, we are really looking forward to taking our Geographers to a river to experience their GCSE topic UK Physical Landscapes in action.

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

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

Week 4 has been another overwhelmingly positive week for Year 9. The year group have settled into Year 9 in an excellent manner and have impressed staff with how well they have been working individually and as a year group.

Attendance, as always, is a big focus this year as we have our first “normal” year of school since Covid-19. The attendance figures last week have dipped. There is definitely a whole range of illnesses prevalent at the moment, but it is always best to try and have students in school, even if they have a cold or a headache. It is obviously understandable if they are not well enough to be in, but we would like to see them in as much as possible, so they don’t miss out on too many lessons. The winners of the form attendance this week are 9Ev, with a brilliant 99%!

Extra-Curricular clubs are up and running and in full swing. There is a wide range of clubs on offer at both lunchtime and after school run by members of staff. Lunchtime activities vary from girls’ football, music technology, cross stitch club and computing club. After school clubs include Warhammer club, badminton, backstage club, netball, and drama club. There are many more to choose from than just these, and they are an excellent way to meet new people and create friendships across your own, and other year groups. Students can see the poster in their form rooms for more information.

Thursday the 6th of October is a training day and school will be shut to students. This is due to the open evening. It would be amazing to see as many Year 9 pupils as possible attending this open evening as volunteers in departments, to be able to talk to prospective parents and students about their school and how they find their experience here. If a student would like to take part and be an ambassador for the school, please fill in the permission slip that has come home indicating where they would prefer to help and that you are happy for this to happen.

Just a quick reminder that Flamingo Land will be happening on 14th of October as a rewards trip that has been carried over from last year. We would like as many students to participate on this trip as possible and we would be grateful if we could get the student information forms back into school as soon as possible for anyone wishing to enjoy the day out.

As always, we, as a team, are here to resolve any problems so please feel free to contact us for any help.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

The end of this week sees us over halfway through the first half term. We can’t believe how quickly it has gone! With three weeks left, we want to congratulate the students once again on what a positive start they have made to year 8 and ask them to continue having high standards and good behaviour until the October holidays.

As tiredness and cold and flu season sets in, this is also an important reminder of how important attendance is. Whilst it’s never particularly pleasant to be in school when you’re feeling under the weather, students should always aim to be in unless it is completely unavoidable. To reiterate what was said in the parent bulletin last week, a student has a higher chance of success if their attendance is 90% or above. A big well done to Miss Rogers’s form who has won our attendance trophy for highest overall attendance in the year for the third week in a row – this is a fantastic achievement! Will they win for a fourth week in a row or will another form beat them? I am looking forward to finding out next week.

This year, once a fortnight, students are having a focus on wellbeing in PM registration. With the arrival of dark mornings and dark nights, students have been thinking about how they can still get out and get some sunlights and fresh air which is so important for our overall mental health. On this same topic, if your child cycles to school, please ensure they are equipped with a helmet as well as a bike light to keep them safe in the coming months. If you are struggling with this then please do get in touch and we will do our best to help.

On the topic of health and wellbeing, we are still seeing a number of students choosing just a cake for lunch rather than having a savoury option first. We ask that you please have conversations with your child about what they have had for lunch and encourage them to make healthy choices. Students in year 8 have their lunch an hour earlier than they did in year 7 which means that they have two lessons and form time in the afternoon which is a long time if you’ve only had a piece of cake for lunch!

A polite reminder that there is a training day next Thursday and students will not be in school. This is to allow for important staff training as well as for us to prepare for year 6 open evening that night. We would love it if year 8s got involved by coming to help out in one of the departments and to speak to parents and prospective new students about what it’s like to be at AHS. A letter should have gone home last week or students can ask their teachers for a consent form as well. I look forward to seeing lots of our year 8’s lovely smiley faces on the evening!

Finally, we had our first student council meeting on Thursday after school. It was great to see so many students taking part and they have lots of exciting ideas for things our year can get involved in in the year ahead! The more the merrier so if your child would like to take part, please encourage them to do so. There will be reminders on the notices.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We have had another fantastic week with Year 7. There are some key dates coming up in the next few weeks which are all exciting parts of the Year 7 journey.

Thursday 6 October: Open Evening. Year 7 will not be in School this day – it is a training day. Some of our students have signed up to be classroom helpers in the Evening. They will be in with subject teachers and talking to parents and potential new students about the subject they are representing, and perhaps talk about wider school life as well. These students will need to be in School at 5pm in School uniform.

Tuesday 11 October: Bewerley Park Information Evening 6pm. This will provide all of the key information you need for when your child goes to Bewerley Park. You should have received a kit list, if you need any support regarding this please do get in touch.

Wednesday 19 October 3.45-7.15: Parents Evening. This Parent’s Evening will just be with your child’s form tutor to discuss your child’s initial settling in and the first steps on their journey. If you would like to arrange a meeting with either the SEND team or Year 7 Team please do get in touch. Please ensure students make appointments with their form tutor during form time, there is no need to contact school unless you would like an appointment with the Year 7 Team or Miss Holmes (SENDCo).

And just a reminder of Bewerley Park Dates:
A/B Band (Forms: ASu, CMm, Pi, Hv) Wed-Fri 2-4 November
C Band (Forms: MPe, CSt, MLn ) Wed-Fri 9-11 November
D Band (Forms: Cy, JHe, ZBl, Bl) Wed-Fri 16-18 November

Well done to our Students of the Week:
7ASu – George Payne – for presenting The News so well this week!
7CMm – Sophia Newstead Louth: For her excellent attendance, her outstanding attitude in form, and the general energy and positivity she brings to life at school.
7Pi – Dougie Molyneux – for a fantastic start to the year.
7Hv – Harrison Stagnell- Excellent contributions during form discussions, well done!
7MPe – Tess Arundel – For settling in fantastically and just get on with the year. Well done.
7CSt – Savannah Seymour- An excellent start to the year and a lovely part of the form, alway eager to contribute and always asks useful questions.
7MLn – Evie Langan – For joining in and contributing in form, for showing compassion to others and for your hard work in lessons!
7JHe – Dora Escombe – for trying her best in every homework task and ensuring her friends are feeling OK each and every day.
7Bl – Joanna Alfaida – for settling in well and following the school values in everything that she does. A lovely member of the form.
7ZBl – Ruby Smith – For getting stuck into lots of extra curricular clubs, and embodying our school values each and every day. Well done!
7Cy – Poppy Jack – for contributing to class discussions in form time.

Well done to our Head of Year Awards:
Lily Robinson (7Hv) – Helping out at Clover School of Dancing
Morgan Smith (7JHe) – for being a compassionate and kind member of the year group, involving everyone and going out of your way to make others smile. Thank you and well done!

Word of the week

The word of the week for week commencing 3 October is:

Advocate
Noun: A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.
Solicitors may act as advocates in Crown Courts.

Verb: to publicly recommend or support:
Voters supported candidates who advocated an Assembly.

Collective Worship

Theme
The theme for our form tutor collective worship is Change; looking at the changes as we head into Autumn, Jesus’ parable about wineskins and clothing, and the changes we might need to make in our lives. Our daily quotes are also about Change.

Quotes
Monday – “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
Tuesday – “Everyone wants to change, but change demands desire and discipline before it becomes delightful. There is always the agony of choice before the promise of change.” – Larry Lea
Wednesday – “If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.” – John A. Simone, Sr
Thursday – “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.” – Leo Tolstoy
Friday – “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

3 October 2022|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 26 September

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

The academic year is certainly well and truly underway, with students settling well into school life. It was a privilege to walk around the school visiting lessons, form times and the extracurricular activities last week. Students are full of enthusiasm and positivity towards all aspects of school.

Last Wednesday, we were fortunate enough to host a visit from the new Secretary of State for Education, Kit Malthouse, who spent time at Archbishop Holgate’s School as well as New Earswick Primary School, both of which are part of the Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust family of schools. It was a fantastic opportunity to share our school values and the AHS Journey, alongside discussing our commitment to the wider school community. Students within our school had the chance to talk to the Secretary of State, who was extremely impressed with all the young people in our school community.

Whilst this week sees a more regular school week, it is worth flagging up to families that Year 7 students will have their CATs testing taking place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Details of this have been sent home.

Finally, I’d like to remind families that Thursday 6 October is a training day and as such the school will be closed to all students. We would however encourage students to join us as part of our Year 6 Open Evening that takes place later that evening. It would be fantastic if our students could help us to give prospective families a warm welcome to Archbishop Holgate’s School through acting as guides or helping out in subject areas. If your child is interested please encourage them to return the reply slip that was part of the associated letter that was sent home to parents/carers.

In the remainder of the bulletin this week you will find information from: the wellbeing team, each Year team and the Chaplaincy team alongside other key messages to be aware of.

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

Library Newsletter
To access the most recent library newsletter which includes book recommendations and competitions to get involved in, please click here.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Jack Birkinshaw7BlJack Birkinshaw – for an amazing start to Year 7 and learning new routines so brilliantly. Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 7 Maria Cardosa7BlFor helping in the community at weekends at St Nicks and Hull Road Park, picking up litter and planting flowers.Compassion
Year 8 Tilly-May Hope8ByFor having the best Year 8 effort score in the year group so far – an amazing achievement!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Lily Goldsmith8SMfFor her amazing contribution to extra-curricular opportunities as seen in her Netball performance this weekAHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 9 Joe Furness9CrFor outstanding thoughtfulness, kindness and care. A wonderful example to others. Well done Joe.Compassion
Year 9 George Redpath9CrFor being nominated in a number of subjects for diligence and hard work and also for compassion to others. Well done George.Compassion
Year 10 Olubusola Ojo10JLiFor an excellent start to the year and being a great buddy to a new starter.Compassion
Year 10 Cameron Rennison10DiFor being resilient and making massive strides towards personal goals.AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Will Vincent11GsFor a great, positive start to Year 11! A good foundation to build on throughout the year. Well done Will!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Lily Hazzard11PsFor consistent hard work, focus and engagement with learning. Well done Lily!Individual Liberty
Year 12 Imogen Brown12GSwFor a fantastic attitude to the start of the year. Displaying maturity, resilience and cheerfulness every day. Well done Ellie!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12 Ellie Easton12RMrFor a hugely positive attitude to school, her peers and 6th form life and involvement in Sixth Form Netball team.AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’

Year team messages to parents and carers

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team.
Year 11 IAG Day
Please note that our Year 11 IAG Day is on Friday 14th October where Year 11 ‘taste’ 5 Sixth Form subjects for the day. This means there is no school for Year 12 and Year 13 on that day. Year 11 have made their subject choices and will receive their individual timetables week commencing 10th October.

Student Leaders
Year 12 have made an excellent start to the term and now we are ready to recruit the next team to lead the student body. Year 13 Student leader’s will move to focus on their progression planning and final important year and Year 12 will take over. Applications are to be submitted via the Year 12 Google Classroom with information regarding School Captain recruitment to follow.

REMINDER: School Agreement
Please return your reply slips from the School Agreement your son/daughter received on Tuesday 6th September. Should you wish to speak to anyone concerning the content of the agreement please do get in touch with your son/daughters Head of Year. Martin Charlton Y13 mcharlton@ahs.pmat.academy Charlotte Williams Y12 cwilliams@ahs.pmat.academy

REMINDER: Upcoming Key Dates

  • Staff Training Day Thurs 6th October
  • Y11 IAG Day (no school for Sixth Form) Fri 14th October
  • Y12 Form Tutor Evening Weds 16th November

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team
Another successful week for Year 11, with lots of hard work going on in lessons and excellent participation in extra curricular clubs. We have really enjoyed visiting some of our after school music clubs this week, and seeing the hard work that goes into some of their brilliant performances throughout the year. We are also proud of the boys football team that secured a very comprehensive 5-1 win earlier in the week. Hopefully they can continue this run of good form across the season.

Year 11 had a very informative assembly this week led by Mrs De Lashley, the Head of Sixth Form. The students were spoken to about the upcoming Sixth Form taster day, where students will have the opportunity to experience some A-level lessons and ask questions regarding the different courses. The students were informed of the different curriculum options they have in the Sixth Form, and further information about what the day will entail. During the talk Mrs De Lashley was keen to stress that students should not prioritise the subjects they are confident of taking at A-level, but those that they needed to find out more about, as this is often more useful on the taster day. The students were informed they need to select their choices for the day ASAP, via the google form they can access in the Year 11 google classroom. As parents, should you have any questions about the day or A-Level choices moving forward, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Sixth form team (or the subject teacher) and we will be happy to help. There will also be an A-level open evening after October half term, which parents can attend to find out more about the Key Stage 5 provision at AHS. Further information will be sent out nearer the time regarding this event.

Friday this week was photo day for year 11, with the students very excited about having their last formal photograph taken in school. As they are in Year 11, we also enjoyed the opportunity to have a year group photo taken including all students and staff. As you can imagine getting 320 students and staff organised in height order for a photograph was challenging, but we got there in the end! The students were superb and very patient as we set up for the photograph and hopefully it will be a lovely momento for them to keep. More information will be coming out to parents about purchasing the individual and year group photographs in the coming weeks.

This week I have written to parents regarding the importance of attendance at school, and the impact having the odd day off across the year can have on a student’s education and outcomes at GCSE. We are delighted to say that the year group attendance was improved last week, but in case you missed the letter on the email I have outlined the key takeaways below:

Academic research carried out by the DFE, shows that attendance that drops below 95% can have a significant impact on a Year 11 students’ outcomes in their GCSE examinations. A student achieving 95% attendance will not miss more than 10 school days throughout the academic year.

Research carried out by the DFE in 2019 found the following:

  • Pupils with higher attainment at Key Stage 4 had lower levels of absence over the key stage compared to those with lower attainment.
  • Pupils who did not achieve grade 9 to 4 in English and Maths GCSEs in 2019 had an overall attendance rate of 91.2% or below over the key stage, compared with 94.8% among pupils who achieved a grade 4 and 96.3% among pupils who achieved grade 9 to 5 in both English and maths.
  • Of students who were persistently absent, only 35.6% of pupils achieved a grade 9-4 in English and Maths.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 11 team.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team
We just want to send a fantastic well done to Year 10! The year group have done themselves so proud so far completing their first three weeks of the school year. They all know that we are the positive train with them and we truly feel they are doing themselves proud and we have so many excellent students who are working hard and consistently meet our expectations.

As we have done in this bulletin previously in Year 9, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight 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. We would very much appreciate your support to ensure your child is in school as much as possible to give them the best chance of success in the future. We know that all the students in the year group have so much potential so anything we can do to ensure this we certainly strive towards.

We spoke to our Year 10s in our Act of Collective Worship this week about how it is ingrained in us as humans that we are social creatures and want to feel like we belong. We discussed how it is important to try and spend time with positive groups of people and make positive choices which isn’t always easy but we can turn to each other for support and try to encourage friends to make positive choices also. We discussed this with an example of a young man called Robert who had turned to knife crime but has now turned it around and spends time talking in schools about making positive choices which aren’t always easy.

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

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Year 9 again for another great week. They have shown a consistently high standard of behaviour across all lessons and are a credit to the year group.

Attendance has once again been good at 95%, but this is a figure that we hope will improve over the coming weeks. As I mentioned last week, last year we had the best attendance of all year the groups in school last year, and this is again the target for this year. 9JDl lead the way last week with an attendance of 99.6%, which is fantastic, but have just unfortunately missed out on the 100% form prize, there is always next week.

This week Year 9 had an extended form time on Tuesday for PHSE, looking at healthy routines. During this session pupils looked at routines that will help keep themselves, our teeth, and our skin in good condition. Students were fully engaged in this session, and hopefully it has inspired some interesting discussion amongst them.

Another big day for the students this week was photograph day that took place on Thursday. Again, behaviour across the year group was fantastic and it was great to see students being proud of how smart they looked throughout the day.

We would like to remind you that we would be grateful for any responses for Flamingo Land. The day is to reward students for how well they represented themselves and the school last year. We require details for any students who were not on the trip in enrichment week last year who would like to go. As this is a rewards trip, we would like as many students as possible to be on the trip. Please contact us if you have any questions about the visit, either via form tutors or the year team directly.

As always, we, as a team, are here to resolve any problems so please feel free to contact us for any help.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team
Thank you for your support over what has been a busy but really enjoyable first few weeks for us in school. It has been lovely getting to know students better each week and seeing the vast majority of individuals settling into their new lessons beautifully.

Please look out for our school Newsletter this week for the Year 8 feature; each of our Form tutors have provided a short introduction so you can begin to put some faces to their names.

To pull out some key strands, we would like to remind all parents and students that we have a wide array of enriching extra-curricular clubs on offer for students and we hope to see lots of Year 8 students making the most of these fantastic opportunities. Alongside this, the first meeting of the Year 8 Student Council (chaired by Mrs Reeder, Assistant Head of Year 8) will be held on Thursday 29th September in EN1. All students are invited to join so they can contribute to discussions and issues in their Year group and help to plan Year 8 trips and events. We are also recruiting Year 8 student helpers to take part in the school Open Evening on October 6th; the evening will run from 5pm-9pm and will give your child a great opportunity to engage with their favourite subject area and chat to prospective Year 6 students and parents.

Last week, we also had our first Form time PSHCE session on healthy routines for puberty which took place on Tuesday Period 1. This is in-keeping with national statutory guidance. The session provided an opportunity for students to spend an extended period with their Form tutors and engage in discussions on what good personal hygiene looks like, including learning about dental and skincare. I cannot stress enough how impressed we were with the excellent behaviour we saw in each Form this period; all students across the year group engaged with the material very maturely and benefited hugely from the learning opportunity.

After three busy weeks, understandably some of our students are becoming tired and we have seen more students complaining of minor illnesses and ailments. We all know how important excellent attendance is in school and that students who keep their school attendance above 90% are statistically far more likely to achieve well – but also to maintain better friendships too. We would encourage all students to persist in attending school if they are feeling a little under the weather; the year team, school reception and school nurse are all on hand to support if needed through the day. We have also noticed that, at break and lunchtimes, we are needing to remind a number of students to eat a substantial meal and have a drink. Your help and support in reiterating this at home and engaging in conversations with your child about what they had for lunch and making healthy choices is very much appreciated.

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

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team
Our students have had another excellent week in their journey here at AHS. From outstanding attendance, to brilliant behaviour and organisation on the recent photography day; we are really proud of them in so many ways. They are now finding their way to lessons independently and are getting used to our routines and high expectations around school. It’s been a pleasure to watch them enjoying the September sunshine outside at lunch and break, making new friends and living life to the full.

Inevitably some students lose equipment as they move around school and we understand this can be worrying for them. All lost property is taken to reception and, if clearly named, is easier for students to find. Students can go to reception at break or lunchtimes to check the lost property boxes.

In assembly this week the students learned about the role of ambassadors from Mr Arthur and were encouraged to volunteer for our upcoming Open Evening as classroom helpers. You will have received a letter about this; if your child wants to help please fill in the slip and return or scan the QR code on the letter and complete a form online to give permission. We look forward to seeing lots of our fantastic Year 7’s joining in and representing our School.

A huge well done to our Head of Year Award students this week:
Jack Birkinshaw 7Bl – for an amazing start to year 7 and learning new routines so brilliantly. Well Done!
Maria Cardosa 7Bl – for helping in the community at weekends at St Nicks and Hull Road Park, picking up litter and planting flowers.

Well done to our Students of the Week this week:
Safi Lalowski-Cumberland 7ASu – for giving some very mature and thoughtful contributions to class discussions
Lucas Ripley 7CMm – For being such a bright and cheerful member of the form, and collecting loads of merits around his lessons as well!
Rosie Mellor 7Pi – for being so enthusiastic and polite every day
Ethan Day 7Hv – For contributing to form time discussions and being a polite and enthusiastic member of the form.
Alessandro Garofalo 7MPe – For reading the news so eloquently during form time and for making a great start to your time at AHS
Alex Rodgers 7CSt – Having a great start to the term and being really mature during the PSHE form time lesson. Well done Alex keep up the good behaviour and work.
Kai Chapman 7MLn – For your beautiful reading of the prayer during our collective worship and for your many thoughtful contributions to form discussions.
Nelith Perera Padukkage 7JHe – for quiet resilience and consistent high standards
Aleksander Kurt 7Bl – For making a good first impression in form time by engaging enthusiastically in class discussions.
Vinny Scoreby 7ZBl – For being the best version of himself by contributing thoughtfully and engaging in all areas of AHS life.
Harrison Southall 7Cy – For being so enthusiastic about joining in with the extra curricular activities.

Word of the week
The word of the week for week commencing 26 September is:

Accumulate
Verb: to gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity .
Her goal was to accumulate a huge fortune.

Collective Worship
Theme
The theme for our form tutor collective worship this week is inspired by the Jewish New Year festival of Rosh Hashanah. We will use this to reflect on our lives and interactions with others. Our daily quotes are on hope.

Quotes
Monday – “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie
Tuesday – “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” The Bible, the Gospel of Luke 1:37
Wednesday – “Life with Christ is an endless hope, without Him a hopeless end.” Anonymous
Thursday – “Hope… is one of the ways in which what is merely future and potential is made vividly present and actual to us. Hope is the positive, as anxiety is the negative, mode of awaiting the future.” Emil Brunner
Friday – “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Corrie Ten Boom

26 September 2022|

Parent Bulletin – Tuesday 20 September

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

It was a pleasure and a privilege to visit students in form time and lessons last week. It is clear that the students have returned with the enthusiasm and the commitment necessary to make this year the very best it can be. Last week, I wrote to encourage students to get involved in the wider aspects of school life through sharing the PE extra-curricular timetable. I’m delighted to now be able to share the wider extra-curricular activities timetable for half term one.

The copy of the extra-curricular timetable below highlights the wealth of different activities for students to choose from and we strongly encourage students to participate  as much as possible.  Not only are there merits on offer for attending, but going to extra-curricular clubs is a great way to live into being the words of John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The timetable is updated live on the school website by clicking on the ‘AHS Journey’ button on the top banner, then ‘Curriculum Opportunities’ and scrolling down to the bottom of the webpage.

This week begins with an extended form time on Tuesday morning as part of our PSHCE programme. Years 7, 8, and 9 are completing the Key Stage 3 lesson on Healthy Routines for Puberty; Years 10 and 11 are completing the Key Stage 4 lesson on Teenage Pregnancy and Years 12 and 13 are completing the Key Stage 5 lesson on Menopause. All topics covered are in line with the statutory DfE curriculum for Relationships, Sex and Health Education. 

As a reminder, we round off the week with school photographs on Tuesday and Friday. As ever, it is important that students attend in full school uniform.   If there are any concerns about school uniform, please do get in touch with the relevant pastoral year team.

In other news, I’d like to flag up that the postponed rewards trip to Flamingoland for Year 8 and Year 9 will now take place on 14 October. Further details will be provided to families about this visit.

Finally, as we start the week off remembering the life and legacy of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, I’d like to reinforce that if students are struggling with this, or anything else, they are welcome to speak to a member of their Year Team. This could be their Form Tutor, one of the two Assistant Heads of Year or their Head of Year.

In the remainder of the bulletin this week you will find information from: the wellbeing team, each Year team and the Chaplaincy team alongside other key messages to be aware of.

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

Library Newsletter
To access the most recent library newsletter which includes book recommendations and competitions to get involved in, please click here.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Poppy Simpson7CyFor an excellent start to Year 7, showing great resilience, independence and compassion to others. Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 7 Oliver Stewart-Stevens7CMmFor being caring and kind to others in the year group, thank you and well done!Compassion
Year 8 Oli Dilsworth8SBlFor making so much personal progress in the last year!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Olive Edwards8ERoFor being really kind and caring towards new studentsCompassion
Year 9 Angus East9KCeFor amazing maturity, resilience and cheerfulness. A fantastic example to all. Well done Angus.Mutual Respect
Year 9 Tom Cain9CBeFor wonderful, compassion, thoughtfulness and maturity. Well done Tom!Compassion
Year 10 Mathew Martindale10JLiFor an excellent return back to school and hard work! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Alice Dixon10DiFor consistent focus, resilience and hard work. Well done, Alice!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Stacey Edgar11KPeFor a strong and positive start to the year. Well done – keep up the hard work!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Erin Hawkins11PsFor consistent focus, resilience and hard work. Well done, Erin!Mutual Respect
Year 12 Aiden Sadd12LvFor a strong and focussed start to Year 12, and for kindly supporting other students. Well done Aiden!Compassion
Year 12 Ellie Holliday12LvFor a fantastic attitude to the start of the year. Displaying maturity, resilience and cheerfulness every day. Well done Ellie!Individual Liberty
Year 13 Jasmine Lee13BKiFor a superb start to the term – well done.Individual Liberty
Year 13 Kasper Kaluza13SlFor a strong start to the term – on time and good work in lessons. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’

Year team messages to parents and carers

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team.

Punctuality:
Please be reminded that the school day starts at 08:45 which means that we expect students to be in their form bases ready to receive the notices and Thought for the Day as a collective, for that time. Students arriving on site at 08:45 are considered late. We welcome your support in encouraging students into habits that will enable them to avoid sanctions and a negative start to the day.

Year 13 UCAS support:
Following our UCAS launch and evening for Parents in July we are focused on supporting Year 13 to meet our UCAS deadline of October half-term. This ensures that we can process all applications prior to the Christmas break and encourage early offers. Students should be spending time at home working on drafts of their Personal Statements. They are submitting drafts weekly to their form tutors for corrections and have some time on afternoon registrations to work on them.

REMINDER: School Agreement
Please return your reply slips from the School Agreement your son/daughter received on Tuesday 6th September. Should you wish to speak to anyone concerning the content of the agreement please do get in touch with your son/daughters Head of Year. Martin Charlton Y13 mcharlton@ahs.pmat.academy Charlotte Williams Y12 cwilliams@ahs.pmat.academy

REMINDER: Year 12 Competitive Admissions
Those students that received 8x 8 or 9 GCSE grades will be targeted as Competitive Admissions applicants for September 2024. Competitive Admissions are those students applying for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or any applications to Oxford or Cambridge. There will be students that do not meet the criteria stated that wish to apply for these areas, that is welcome, and they must make themselves known to Mr Charlton. Those that meet the criteria above have been spoken to flag their potential Post-18 options.

Reminder: Upcoming Key Dates

  • Staff Training Day Thurs 6th October
  • Y11 IAG Day (no school for Sixth Form) Fri 14th October
  • Y12 Form Tutor Evening Weds 16th November

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

It has been another brilliant week for Year 11. They have made an excellent start to the new academic year and have responded well to the transition from Year 10. Walking around the classrooms, it is a pleasure to see our students engaged within their lessons and taking responsibility for their learning.

Our focus this year lies closely with our stage in the AHS Journey – Next Steps. We wish to ensure that our students strive towards their potential and leave secondary education as happy, healthy and well-rounded individuals. We wish to draw your attention to the support network that we have within school. In addition to the Year 11 team, we have an experienced safeguarding team, a school counsellor, wellbeing worker and a highly trained nurse on site.

This year may feel difficult for some students in terms of personal expectations and expectations placed on them. It is important that our students are getting into good habits of attending school on time, focusing during lessons and completing work to a good standard. Setting healthy boundaries and getting into good routines, with homework and revision, can save time and energy; and allow pupils to still do the things that they enjoy. In school we have a homework club available Monday – Thursday after school, for personal study and revision.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, please feel free to contact a member of the Year 11 pastoral team y11team@ahs.pmat.academy and we will be happy to help in any way we can.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

It has been another successful week for Year 10 and it is clear across the year group they have all taken on the challenge of settling down to their GCSE work and are working hard in a range of subjects, it has been a pleasure to walk into so many classrooms where I can see great engagement from our students, keep it up Year 10!

This week in our Act of Collect Worship we discussed a number of elements including the amazing opportunities Year 10 have this year, the Duke of Edinburgh staff members came to talk to our students about what that entails including how they plan their own expedition as well as further options for volunteering. We have had the most interest in any year group, which makes me extremely proud that our students are committed to extending their portfolio of experiences. They are currently looking at if we can take all students as there is a limit on capacity so please be aware of this.

I also spoke to the students about work experience which more detail will follow later this year, due to it being later in the school year, where students get the opportunity to go and work in the real world of work for two weeks as well as the extra curricular opportunities in school which can be found on the school website.

Furthermore in our Act of Collective Worship we discussed having a positive attitude and a difference it can make, Year 10 is a fresh start for the full year group and they are all so capable of achieving, having a positive attitude can help get through those moments of challenge, whether that’s a difficult concept in English or a tough questions in Maths, if students try and push through the challenge with a positive attitude and support they will succeed. It is also ok for students to ask for support whether that is in the classroom or outside with us as a pastoral team. I just want to reiterate that message that growth often comes from challenges and helps to build resilience in our young people and I can see this happening in classrooms daily.

Just a polite reminder about jackets and coats we ask that the only hoodies worn in school are school hoodies – students shouldn’t be wearing other branded jumpers or hoodies but should bring a coat or jacket. Form tutors will be checking this especially with the weather getting colder. If you have any concerns about this or getting hold of a winter coat please don’t hesitate to contact us in the pastoral team.

Finally we’d also recommend making sure you are logged in/ have downloaded the ClassCharts app, this shows all students merits and I know a large number of families use it for positive conversations at home. If you need your login details again, please drop us an email or your young person can get it from their form tutor.

Thank you for taking the time to read this parent bulletin of the year – we as a pastoral team are very excited for the school year ahead, we know all our Year 10 students are fantastic young people and I cannot wait to see them on their journeys this year. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing Miss Deacon at mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy, Miss Clark sclark@ahs.pmat.academy and/or Mr McPaul at cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

We are pleased to be able to say Year 9 have had an overwhelmingly positive start to the school year, continuing the high standards that they set themselves as a year group last year. It has been a pleasure to drop into lessons and form time and see such high standards of behaviour, excellent uniform, and a great attitude to learning.

As a reminder attendance will be a big focus this year and we are hoping to build on the strong attendance shown by the year group last year. The Year group has had a good start this year, with 95% attendance, but we would like to see this increase through the year. We were regularly the highest attending Year group last year and we would like to retain that crown moving forward.

We will also continue to focus on correct uniform in school, challenging those who are not. One of the main issues we have faced is alternate jumpers and hoodies being worn instead of school jumpers in the school buildings. We will continue to remind students of this, and we once again, very much appreciate the support we have had from parents with uniform as a whole. If you have any questions or concerns about uniform, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the Year 9 team and we will be happy to help.

We would also like to collect in the student-home-school contract responses as soon as possible. 9Ap have led the way with this, being the first form to bring them all back into school. This is an important document that helps us to all work together.

It is with great pleasure that we can also say that the cancelled Flamingo Land rewards trip has been rearranged for the 14th of October. This was cancelled in enrichment week at the end of last year with the heat, so it is excellent news that we can celebrate the achievement of last year. It will also allow any students who were on a foreign trip to participate and not miss out. Further information will be sent home in a letter.

As always, if you have any issues you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact the pastoral team.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

What a fantastic impression Year 8 have made on their new team! It has been so lovely to see so many smiley and positive faces as myself, Miss Chambers and Mrs Reeder have been walking round the school.

Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to our student buddies who have helped the new year 7s navigate their way around the school for the last couple of weeks showing compassion and that they are trustworthy members of our school community. It is really pleasing to see members of our year group being role models for the younger students in the school.

Year 8 is all about opportunities so what better time for our students to take part in one (or more!) of the many extracurricular activities we have on offer here at AHS. The extracurricular timetable has been sent out in this week’s newsletter as well as paper copies being up around the school and on form room noticeboards so please do encourage your child to take a look and choose something they’d like to get involved in. There really is something for everyone whether it be a sporting activity, dance or drama, puzzles or mindful activities and is a great way for students to meet new people in their year or in other years in the school.

Next week will see the first of our half-termly PSHCE sessions led by form tutors. PSHCE covers a range of important topics such as how to manage friendships and other relationships as well as a recap on puberty and how to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Having one session per half term led by form tutors also allows our form tutors (most of whom are new to our year group and will remain with them until year 11) to get to know our students better. We encourage parents to ask their child about these sessions and continue these important conversations at home.

We have had many students asking us about the rearranged FlamingoLand trip which sadly did not go ahead last year due to the heatwave. We are pleased to say that a date has been set for 14th October. If your child was signed up for this in July there is nothing more for you to do; if your child was unable to attend last July or your child is new to the school, you will be receiving a letter next week with details on how to sign up. We are really looking forward to this trip (which is a reward for good behaviour and hard work in year 7) and hope that a fun day will be had by all.

Please remember if you have any issues or queries about your child in Year 8, please get in touch with us at Y8team@ahs.pmat.academy

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We are absolutely delighted with our second week with Year 7. Students have now experienced their full timetable, started to understand new routines, their way around school and are bonding as a year group.

Students have also started to show their independence around school and it has been a pleasure watching them make new friends and get involved in school life. We were delighted to see so many of them enjoying the year 7 library space, attending lots of sports clubs and completing their homework at homework club.

Our extensive extra-curricular programme is a very important part of the journey of making friends and joining. This week the full timetable will be released, it will include exciting clubs ranging from Science Club to MFL film club, as well as a variety of musical and sports clubs. We are so excited to visit these clubs and see more of our students excelling in their AHS journey.

We are also very excited to be making preparations for the year group trip to Bewerley Park and look forward to seeing you all at the information evening on the 11th October. If your child does not intend to attend to travel to Bewerley Park please let the year team know. Thank you.

Well done this week to our Head of Year award students
Poppy Simpson 7Cy – For an excellent start to Year 7, showing great resilience, independence and compassion to others. Well Done! Oliver Stewart-Stevens 7CMm – For being caring and kind to others in the year group, thank you and well done!

Well done to our Student’s of the Week
7ASu – Amelia Hanks – for being a polite and enthusiastic member of the form.
7CMm – Kester Revilious- Outstanding start to the year- real leader in form supporting others, and picking up loads of merits along the way.
7Pi – Lorna Smith – for always being proactive in asking for help
7Hv – Charlie Stringer – An excellent and well organised start to the year
7MPe – Amelie Rutherford – For making great first impressions and being polite and friendly.
7CSt – Finlay Price- For always being friendly and getting on with reading straight away and participating in form time activities. Well done Finlay good start to the year!
7JHe – Phoebe Beard for helping other children who had lost their belongings
7Bl – Imogen Hall – for making a good first impression in all areas of the curriculum.
7ZBl – Johann Morgenroth – for making a fantastic start in all areas and taking pride in his work.
7Cy – Juliette Ried – for getting lots of merits already this term. Well done
7MLN – Isaac Tyson – For being always prepared, polite and resilient, and for having the most merits in the form!

Word of the week

The word of the week for week commencing 19 September is:

Acquire
Noun: To buy or obtain something for oneself. Learn or develop a habit, quality or skill.

He was quick to acquire the knowledge needed for the test.

Collective Worship

Theme
The theme for our weekly Form Tutor Collective Worship is inspired by the Queen’s funeral and how in times of grief and loss we can have faith & hope. Our daily quotes are bible ones on hope.

Quotes
Monday – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” The Bible, Romans ch15: v13
Tuesday – “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” The Bible, Psalm 31: v24
Wednesday – “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – The Bible, Jeremiah ch 29: v11
Thursday – “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” – The Bible, Romans ch12: v12
Friday – “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – The Bible, Isaiah ch40: v31

20 September 2022|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 12 September

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

It was fantastic to welcome our students back to school last Tuesday and we especially enjoyed offering a  warm welcome to all of the students who are new to our school community. Our Year 7 and Year 12 students are already settling in well to school life and we hope that they have enjoyed their first week.   We look forward to getting to know the students and working with them throughout their journey at Archbishop Holgate’s School. The students have returned exceptionally well to school and it has been great to see them being so positively engaged in lessons and during their form tutor programme. That said, I would strongly encourage students to get involved in the wider aspects of school life and look for the opportunities we offer beyond the classroom. The PE extracurricular timetable for Autumn half term 1 can be accessed here. Shortly, we will be sharing our full extracurricular timetable that includes a broader range of activities for students to access. We are lucky to have two school libraries with lots of activities and resources for students to enjoy – our school library newsletter offers more details about these opportunities and can be accessed here.

We are saddened by the sombre news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last week. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Royal Family and everyone in our school communities as we process this news. The Church of England have produced a prayer which we would like to share with you:

Gracious God, we give thanks
for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,
for her faith and her dedication to duty.
Bless our nation as we mourn her death
and may her example continue to inspire us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

On Friday, we spent time with students and staff to reassure them and to reflect on the life and significance of Her Majesty the Queen. We started the day with a whole staff reflection and a time of prayer in morning registration time for students. At midday we participated in the national two-minute silence and this afternoon students viewed this morning’s dedicated BBC Newsround programme that explores this momentous event. Next week in Form Tutor Collective Worship we will continue to reflect on the Queen’s life and faith. During this period of national mourning there will be a small space set aside in both the School Chapel and Reception, which will contain a book for recording thoughts and reflections. As part of the mourning period, the school will cease any social media posts.

Students may find this period of mourning difficult and as such I would like to flag up two resources that offer advice to support children who are finding this difficult:

  1. Winston’s wish
  2. Thrive

I’d also like to reinforce that if students are struggling with this or anything else that they should speak to a member of their Year Team who they feel most comfortable to talk to. This could be their Form Tutor, one of the two Assistant Head of Year or Head of Year.

Since the letter that we sent to you on Friday we have received guidance from the government that Monday the 19th of September is to be a bank holiday as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral arrangements. During this time, the school will be closed as directed by the government.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bank-holiday-announced-for-her-majesty-queen-elizabeth-iis-state-funeral-on-monday-19-september

In the remainder of the bulletin this week you will find information from: the wellbeing team, each Year team, the Chaplaincy team alongside other key messages to be aware of.

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

Student Medication
We would encourage all students who require medication throughout the school day to keep this at main school reception. A form will need to be completed by a parent or guardian and is available by emailing reception@ahs.pmat.academy or by calling 01904 411341.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Riley Castle7PiFor a fantastic start to Year 7 and always being so polite to all teachers. Well done Riley!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 7 Dora Escombe7JHeFor a great start to Year 7 and making a real effort to include all students. Well done Dora!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 8 Eddie Eastaugh8SBlFor helping another student in the year to settle inCompassion
Year 8 Oliver Temple8ERsFor being so kind and polite to other studentsCompassion
Year 9 Amira Logan9KCeFor strength and compassion. Well done AmiraCompassion
Year 9 Emily Nelson9ApFor an unsolicited act of kindness. Well done EmilyCompassion
Year 10 Tommy Simpson10MHeFor living the school values and being resilient. Well done Tommy!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Kieran Lambert10KGnFor having a fantastic first week back in school. Well done Kieran!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Josh Crosby11KxFor a strong and focussed start to Year 11. Well done Josh!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Jace Stacpoole-Ryding11KxFor a consistent and resilient first week of the Year. Well done Jace!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Omar Hanish12LvFor a strong and focussed start to Year 12. Well done Omar!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12 Elizabeth Middleton12RMrFor a consistent and resilient first week of the Year. Well done Elizabeth!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 13 Curtis Thompson13SReFor giving a fantastic presentation to finish his internship over the summer.AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’
Year 13 Libby Golton13DaFor a great, consistent start to Year 13 – well done!For a great, consistent start to Year 13 – well done!

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team
We have had an excellent week in the Sixth Form welcoming back our Year 13 students and new Year 12 students. We also welcome students brand-new to the school, not just Sixth Form. Students have been exemplary in their conduct and have thrown themselves into their academic study. We look forward to the coming weeks whilst we get to know the cohort.

School Agreement
Please return your reply slips from the School Agreement your son/daughter received on Tuesday 6th September. Should you wish to speak to anyone concerning the content of the agreement please do get in touch with your son/daughters Head of Year. Martin Charlton Y13 mcharlton@ahs.pmat.academy Charlotte Williams Y12 cwilliams@ahs.pmat.academy

Year 12 Competitive Admissions

Those students that received 8x 8 or 9 GCSE grades will be targeted as Competitive Admissions applicants for September 2024. Competitive Admissions are those students applying for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or any applications to Oxford or Cambridge. There will be students that do not meet the criteria stated that wish to apply for these areas, that is welcome, and they must make themselves known to Mr Charlton. Those that meet the criteria above will be spoken to this week.

Upcoming Key Dates:

  • Staff Training Day Thurs 6th October
  • Y11 IAG Day (no school for Sixth Form) Fri 14th October
  • Y12 Form Tutor Evening Weds 16th November
  • A message from the Year 11 pastoral team.

It’s been wonderful to see the students in Year 11 this week, and to hear about their experiences over the summer holidays. The students seemed well rested and very eager to get the term off to a positive start. Upon their return on Monday, the students received a short assembly from Mr Daly and Mr Green-Harding about the opportunities that this academic presents, and how they are in a very strong position to do well after such a successful Year 10. The Year 11 pastoral team have visited a number of Year 11 classes this week, and it has been excellent to see them settled and working hard. The team has also been informed by new teachers of Year 11 classes how impressed they have been with their attitude in the first lessons this week.

Already many of our students in Year 11 are starting to think about their future and post 16 opportunities. As part of their AHS journey, Year 11 will receive plenty of support regarding their ‘Next Steps’ across this academic year. The students will have the opportunity to take part in taster days for the sixth form and other providers in York, have speakers in assembly for information regarding apprenticeships (and other careers pathways) and the opportunity to attend a careers fair with local employers. By doing this I hope to give Year 11 a sense of purpose toward the academic pressures that will come in Year 11, as well as broaden their aspirations for the future.

Due to the importance of Year 11 and in order to support the students further, We are delighted to inform you we have extended the pastoral team even further this year. Mrs Johnstone will remain in the role supporting me as Assistant Head of Year, but we also welcome Miss Stocks and Mr Deamer into Assistant Head of Year roles to expand capacity in the team. Mr Deamer is a very experienced colleague who has worked with Year 11 in the past, supporting students to reach their full academic potential. He will play a specific role in supporting students with their attendance and helping students make the most of the opportunities on offer to them this year. Miss Stocks has joined us and will support students with their resilience and wellbeing as they reach difficult points throughout the year. Miss Stocks was an integral reason for the school being awarded the national wellbeing award last year, and I know her work will have a very positive impact on the students in our year group.

A big focus this year for the students in year 11 is attendance at school. Although we saw an improvement to attendance figures in Year 10, we encourage all students to attend school each day. It is clear that time away from school has a direct impact on their academic outcomes at GCSE, as the graphic below clearly shows. By raising the significance of absence on academic performance, we hope that it will encourage the students to attend school.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, please feel free to contact a member of the Year 11 pastoral team, and we will be happy to help in any way we can.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team
Another year begins at Archbishop Holgate’s School, and it has been wonderful to welcome Year 10 back after a lovely six week summer break. Whilst many things will stay the same in this new school year, there will hopefully be some welcome differences that students will be able to take advantage of. In terms of key differences you may notice, we welcome Mr McPaul to the Year 10 Pastoral Team as Assistant Head of Year, he is very much looking forward to getting to know the year group, and supporting your children in any way he can. Mr McPaul joins myself (new to the Head of Year role) and Miss Clark (who joins the team permanently as our non-teaching Assistant Head of Year), who continues to do a sterling job for the year group. Students are welcome to come find us during the school day if they are having any issues that they want to raise with the pastoral team.

A further change this year is that students in Year 10 have progressed onto the next stage of the Archbishop Holgate’s School Journey. Last year, the focus in Year 9 was on ‘Knowing Ourselves and Others’, this year students will be asked to work towards the goal of ‘Responsibility & Resilience’. On the first day, students were each given an AHS Journey Passport, where they could record their favourite memories from last year, and then set themselves goals and aspirations for the rest of the year. These will be revisited throughout the year to see how students are making progress to achieving their AHS Journey Target. We aim to empower students to take ownership of their decisions and actions to set themselves in good stead for their futures.

It is in Year 10 that students really start to focus on their GCSEs, through learning new knowledge and developing new skills. Students will also be completing work experience, which will bring breadth and diversity to their curriculum as they work to learn exam skills and new knowledge as well as the opportunity for the Duke of Edinburgh award.

While some things this year have certainly changed, some things will remain consistent as always. We will be speaking to students in our first Act of Collective Worship on Tuesday about ensuring that we all get the fundamentals of school right in order to ensure we are all successful. This includes ensuring students maintain the highest standards of attendance and punctuality, as well as working hard in lessons and ensuring homework is completed to the best of their ability. Further to this, the school uniform is also a key part of our Archbishop Holgate’s School community. It was wonderful to see the Year 10 students arrive on Tuesday morning in excellent uniform. Students must also ensure they maintain high standards with regards to footwear, appropriate trousers and skirts, and that they are wearing an Archbishop Holgate’s School tie. We very much want to work with families to make sure that students meet the basic uniform expectations of the school.

Thank you for taking the time to read this first parent bulletin of the year – we as a pastoral team are very excited for the school year ahead, we know all our Year 10 students are fantastic young people and I cannot wait to see them on their journeys this year. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy, or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team
The Year 9 team would like to offer students a warm welcome back. We hope that families have had an enjoyable summer break and were able to spend some time with family and friends. We have been really looking forward to seeing the Year 9 students and we are looking forward to a fantastic year together.

We would like to take this opportunity to update you on the new structure of the Pastoral Team. Mrs Avey remains Head of Year, Mrs Mennell is now Assistant Head of Year to the year group, and replacing Mr Handley, Mr O’Brien is also Assistant Head of Year to the year group.

The first full term in school is always busy but we are looking forward to seeing Year 9 continue to be excellent ambassadors to the school and we are expecting the same high standards that were set by pupils in Year 8.

Attendance will be a big focus this year and we are hoping to build on the strong attendance shown by the year group last year. We will also continually be focusing on students wearing the correct uniform in school and challenging those who are not. We very much appreciate the support we have had from parents with this. If you have any questions or concerns about uniform, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the Year 9 team and we will be happy to help.

Year 9 is time to focus on the next steps of the AHS journey. Having reflected on Year 8 on the first day back in extended form time, we are encouraging students to think about the next step, to understand ourselves and others. We are hoping students will think about ways to be of service to others, without always thinking about the benefit to themselves, to help them grow as individuals. This will be revisited throughout the year.

For those wanting to get ahead with homework, or an extra helping hand, homework club will be starting on the 12th September and will be run by Mr Stabler. There will be an extra-curricular timetable on the school website in the coming days.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team
As we embark on our new academic year, the Year 8 team would like to warmly welcome our new cohort who have made a fantastic impression this week. We hope that all our Year 8 families have had happy and restful summers and that students have thoroughly enjoyed their first week back in school.

As the new Year 8 team – Miss Chambers (Head of Year), Mrs Reeder and Miss Waines (Assistant Heads of Year) – it has been lovely to see students returning to school so excited and keen to get stuck into their lessons. We are fortunate to have an immensely strong and experienced team of Year 8 Form tutors this year who have begun building the supportive relationships that will last throughout the AHS journey. Unlike in Year 7, the Year 8 team will largely remain the same until students leave in Year 11, so the start of Year 8 really does mark a moment of lasting commitment as we care for your child throughout their time in school.

Our Year 8 journey is all about OPPORTUNITIES and, throughout the year, we pledge to do all we can to create these opportunities for our students to thrive and grow. During Year 8, we hope to see students pushing themselves to make the most of the fantastic opportunities in lessons, through rewards, involvement in assemblies, school trips, extra-curricular clubs and the Year 8 student council (which will begin later this half term). Our extra-curricular clubs will recommence next week and Form tutors will be strongly encouraging students to join a club. There will also be more information about the Flamingo Land Rewards trip (postponed from the summer term) in the coming weeks.

In the first weeks back, our priorities lie in ensuring every child feels happy, settled and supported in their new Forms and routines. As part of our duty of pastoral care, we will hold high expectations of our Year 8 students’ behaviour, attendance and uniform and we will be guiding every member of our year group to meet these high standards. Throughout Year 8, we will also support students to foster greater resilience and independence, which will serve them well in their developing relationships and as they take the next tentative steps towards being responsible members of a future society.

As with Year 7, students have a comprehensive pastoral support system in place for Year 8. Our Year 8 Head of Year office is based next to the Year 8 social area by the Courtyard café and our team is available before and after school and each break and lunchtime to hold conversations with students. We are on hand throughout your child’s school experience to support and we want to work closely with families to ensure the best outcomes for your child.

If parents have any queries or concerns, you should call school reception to speak to someone in the Year 8 team, or you can email Y8team@ahs.pmat.academy to contact Miss Chambers, Mrs Reeder and Miss Waines.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team
We have been so impressed with how excellent Year 7 behaviour has been this first week. From outstanding attendance, to being highlighted by the lunch staff as having the best manners in school – it is an absolute delight to be their Head of Year. In Assembly this week we spoke about our Journey through Archbishop Holgate’s School. In Year 7 we are right at the beginning of our Journey and J stands for ‘joining in’. Form time is a great opportunity to join in and make friends. Students are already getting to know each other and really engaging with our form time activities. Year 7 experience a variety of reading, cultural capital, News stories from around the world and collective worship. Form time is the ideal time for our form groups to bond, as our ‘sixth lesson of the day’ students can learn, give their opinions and share their views with each other.

Homework club will begin for Year 7 from Monday. It runs after School until 4pm on a Monday – Thursday evening. There is no need to sign up, students can attend as often as they like. Our extra curricular timetable will be available soon which will allow our students to join in with lots of new exciting clubs! Some of our Year 7s have already been to see the Year 7 Library. Students were queuing up at lunchtime to borrow books and take part in our Library activities which include, word searches, colouring in and quizzes!

A huge well done to our Head of Year Award students this week:

Riley Castle 7Pi – For a fantastic start to Year 7 and always being so polite to all teachers. Well done Riley!
Dora Escombe 7JHe – For a great start to year 7 and making a real effort to include all students. Well done Dora!

Also, well done to our Students of the Week this week:
7ASu Max Parker – for managing his first week at AHS so well.
7CMm Troy Dear- For excellent attitude in form and for being singled out by various teachers on how well he got on.
7Pi Ryan Pang – For achieving the most merits in form this week
7Hv Florence Kitney – For showing excellent leadership skills and compassion.
7MPe Isabella Ellisson – For having a superb first week and making a great start. Well done.
7CSt Leyla Traboulsi- For always being polite and saying good morning and good afternoon every form time.
7MLn Thandie-Lyra Rowell – for an excellent start to year 7 – well done!
7JHe Oscar East – for being exceptionally polite to everyone in our school community
7Bl David Gobl – Taking part in class discussions in a mature way and presenting good ideas.
7ZBl Oliver Duffil – For being brave and gaining developing your confidence in your first week of school!

Please get in touch if we can support your child further in any way.

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

Inspire
Verb: to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially something creative.
His commitment inspired everyone around him.

School lottery
Please find below information about the school lottery should you be interested.

School agreement
I would like to draw your attention to the wording in the school agreement which states “pupils should follow all instructions from a member of staff the first time of asking, without question”. I would like to clarify that the wording relates to students following reasonable requests from colleagues that link directly to the school rules. An example of this would be ensuring that students follow the one way system when asked. Mr Daly explained this to students in the assemblies last week but it is important to reiterate this message.

Collective Worship
Theme
The theme for our form tutor collective worship is the life of HM Queen Elizabeth II, looking at what we can learn from her Christian faith and her example of Servant Leadership. Our daily quotes are all her thoughts on faith.

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

12 September 2022|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 5 September

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

I hope that families have had a safe and enjoyable summer. I am delighted to write to you in my new post as Head of School. It is an absolute privilege to lead the student experience and day-to-day school life at Archbishop Holgate’s and I look forward immensely to the year ahead. The school is an exceptional place for students to learn and flourish, both academically and on their personal development journeys. Working alongside Mr Daly in his capacity as Executive Headteacher, I look forward to ensuring that every child is happy, safe, valued, known as an individual and has their future aspirations realised.

Recently, we have celebrated with our Year 11 and Year 13 students as they received their examination results. We are incredibly proud of their achievements which are borne out through their commitment, hard work and determination. We are very much looking forward to Year 11 students joining Sixth Form as role models to our school community and we wish our Year 13 leavers good luck in their next steps. We are grateful to these students for contributing so much to our school community over the last seven years and for making our school such a special place to be part of. We hope that they leave having made strong friendships and happy memories.

Staff at Archbishop Holgate’s are especially excited to welcome students who are new to the school. This includes our new Year 7 cohort, who we enjoyed meeting during their transition day prior to the summer break, and students joining Year 12 from schools across the City and beyond. I wish all new students the very best as they start their journey and I encourage them to get involved in every opportunity available to them.

Below is a reminder of the return to school arrangements Mr Daly sent out earlier this week. Alongside this, I have included important information regarding reading at Archbishop Holgate’s. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Our arrangements for the start of term are straightforward with all students returning on Tuesday 6 September following the staff training day on Monday 5 September. However, students in Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 will arrive slightly later to allow staff to welcome students new to the school. The details are below:

  • Year 7 arrive for 8.45am and go straight to the main hall
  • Year 12 and Year 13 arrive for 8.45am and and go to their form room (information for this is provided below)
  • Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 arrive for 10.05am and go to their form room (information is provided below)

The morning will consist of form time activities (for example issuing planners, timetables and discussing expectations) and a short assembly with myself and Mr Daly, before subject lessons start for all students at 11.15am. School will finish at 3.15pm for all students.

We ask that all parents/carers ensure their child knows their form room. This can be found on the attached document below ‘Pastoral Team 2022 to 2023’.

Pastoral Team 2022 to 2023

We hope that this is a helpful document and one that illustrates our ongoing commitment to pastoral care of the highest quality.  It includes:

  • Information about each year group (Head of Year, Assistant Heads of Year and Form Tutors) as well as some of what students can expect from the AHS Journey in each year group.
  • Information about our wider pastoral team that is in place to support students.
  • Information about who to contact if you have a concern you would like to discuss.

The document also outlines some of the key things that underpin effective partnership working. We are extremely grateful for the excellent support we receive from families which is essential to our ongoing success. I would reiterate the importance of these conversations being courteous and respectful at all times. On Tuesday 6 September every student will be issued with a copy of the ‘School Agreement’ and we ask that parents/carers discuss this with their child and the last page is signed by both student and parents/carers and returned to school as soon as possible.

A copy of the school day is included below. It is slightly amended from last year with all students finishing school at 3.15pm.

The School Day 2022-23

As we look forward to the start of term we would remind families of our uniform expectations and thank you in advance for your ongoing support in this area.  We wrote to all families prior to the summer break explaining both our commitment to poverty proofing our uniform and also our high expectations for all students to wear the appropriate uniform.  Details around school uniform can be found via the link below:

https://archbishopholgates.academy/parents/school-life/school-uniform/

A reminder about our pre-loved uniform shop and the school Unity Fund.  The pre-loved uniform shop can be accessed via the link below and if families require support from the Unity Fund please email either gstainsby@ahs.pmat.academy or krobinson@ahs.pmat.academy for more information: 

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

Reading 

Reading, in all its forms, is central to the success of all students across the school and therefore is a key teaching and learning priority for this year.  

A reminder that all students in Key Stage 3 and 4 should have a reading book with them each day.  This is an important piece of equipment which they will access throughout the school day.  If students need to borrow a library book, both the Year 7 and 8 Library and the Resource Centre will be accessible from Tuesday lunchtime.

All students in Key Stage 3 will read independently everyday, including for the first 5 minutes of each lesson, and therefore they should have an appropriate book which they are happy to read.  

Alongside this, all students in Year 7 and Year 8 will be taking part in the relaunched Accelerated Reader programme.  Students will learn more about this during their first English lessons and a more detailed guide will be provided once this starts.

The word of the week for week commencing 5 September is:

Assemble
To gather together in one place for a common purpose.
The students had assembled outside the classroom.

Collective Worship

Theme
The theme for our form tutor collective worship at the start of term is building firm foundations and looks at a parable Jesus told about doing this.  Our daily quotes are on the theme of Foundations for Success.

Quotes
Monday: “There is no excellence without difficulty.” – Ovid; Roman poet
Tuesday: “The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.” – Harold Taylor; Canadian politician
Wednesday: “A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.” – Kurt Lewin; German-American psychologist
Thursday: “To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France; French poet, journalist, and novelist
Friday: “Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.” – The Bible; Proverbs, chapter 16 verse 3

Finally…

Each week, I will write to you as part of the parent bulletin to share key information regarding school life, upcoming events, opportunities, student successes and year group messages. Mr Daly, in his role as Executive Head, will communicate to you via the weekly newsletter. As highlighted in recent communication, I will support Mr Daly with the day-to-day running of the school as he retains overall leadership.  As such, for any queries that can not be answered by the curriculum or pastoral leaders, I would be the next port of call.  Equally, if you have good news stories then I would warmly welcome them.  I look forward to writing to you next week to update you on our first week back in the new academic year.

5 September 2022|