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Parent Bulletin – Monday 30 January

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

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

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

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

Industrial Action – Wednesday 1 February

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

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

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

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

Further detailed information for each year group is provided below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buses will run as normal.

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

Wellbeing

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

Head of Year Awards

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

Year team messages to parents and carers

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

Period 1 & 2

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

Period 3 & 4

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

Period 5

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

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

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

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Word of the week

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

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

Collective Worship

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

Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

30 January 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 23 January

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Head of Year Awards

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

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

DAYSUBJECTWHERE
MondayEnglishEnglish Block
TuesdayScienceScience Block
ThursdayMathsMaths Block

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

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

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

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

Word of the week.

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

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

Collective Worship

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

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

23 January 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 16 January

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

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

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

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

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

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

Year 9 Pathway Process Update

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

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

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

Wellbeing

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

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

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

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

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

Head of Year Awards

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

Year team messages to parents and carers

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

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

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

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

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

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

Our top 5 students for merits:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assure

Verb: tell someone something positively

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

Collective Worship

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 January 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 9 January

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Head of Year Awards

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

Year team messages to parents and carers

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

Our pupils with the most merits this week were:

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

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

Our Head of Year awards this week have gone to:

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Momentum

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

The students’ progress gained momentum in the spring term

Collective Worship

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

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

9 January 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Tuesday 3 January

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trousers/Skirts

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

Jewellery

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

Makeup

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

Trainers

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

Hoodies

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

Ties

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

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

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

Break and lunchtime arrangements

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

Year team messages to parents and carers

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

Welcome Back!

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 January 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 12 December

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Head of Year Awards

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

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 December 2022|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 5 December

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

We had a very busy and productive time in school last week. Our Year 11 students started their mock examinations, we are really proud of their conduct, attendance and excellent attitude shown to these assessments. On Monday we hosted a visit from the Bishop of Selby, as part of this visit the Bishop met students and staff and delivered an Act of Collective Worship to our students. It was a superb way to start off the week and students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to speak with Bishop John.

Alongside this, Manny Duku and Max Kouogun from York City football club visited AHS on Thursday. Manny and Max spoke to our Year 7 students and delivered a fantastic Collective Worship to them.

Finally, we rounded the week off with a brilliant Christmas Fayre which was open to the wider community. I’d like to offer a huge thank you to all who helped make the event such a success. It was fantastic to see staff, students, parents and the wider community coming together as part of this event.

In terms of this week, our Year 11 students continue their mock examinations and the BBC are back in school working with our Year 10 students as part of our careers provision.

We also extend a very warm invitation to everyone connected with our school community to join us for the school’s Carol Service in York Minster on Wednesday 7 December.

On Thursday, we have our annual Christmas lunch happening for students across our school community.

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

Christmas Roller Skating Reward
As we have done in previous years, students will have a whole-school reward for all of their hard work in the last week of term. This year, it will be a Christmas themed Roller Disco in the Sport Hall!

Students will need parental consent in order to participate. If you child would like to participate, please CLICK HERE and follow the link to the Google Form to consent for your child. Please try and do this before Wednesday 7th December. If you are unable to use the link to consent, we will accept a note in your child’s planner as consent on the day of the event. Thank you!

Year 10 and 12 work experience
For those of you who couldn’t join our Yr10 and Yr12 work experience evening please click here to watch the presentation.

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

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Lillymae Hardcastle7CMMFor living our school values every day and for a fantastic start to her time at AHS. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining In’
Year 7 Georgia Ross7JHeFor living our school values every day and for a fantastic start to her time at AHS. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining In’
Year 8 Scarlett Wheatland8DTkMost improved – great week. Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Theo Chung8ByMost positives in the year group. Well done!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Dilil Kiribamuna9EvFor being the most conscientious and thoughtful buddy, generous with his time. Well done Dilil.Compassion
Year 9 Hannah Birkenshaw9ECeFor representing our school so brilliantly in the recent Public Speaking Competition. Well done Hannah.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Felix Gomes10DiConstantly meeting high standards and working hard, with focus in lesson.AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Harrison Moore10KGnWorking hard in lessons and being a positive role model around school.Mutual Respect
Year 11 Anna Wells11CFrFor showing superb resilience during the exam period. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Imogen Lansbury11WaFor showing excellent attendance and commitment to the mock exams this week. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Joseph Gibson12GSwConstantly meeting high standards and working hard, with a focus in lesson – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12 Jaymee Holmes12RMrConstantly meeting high standards and working hard, with a focus in lesson – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 13 Isla Lister13GlFor consistent hard work and dedication to your studies – well done.Individual Liberty
Year 13 Ben Reading13JjyFor consistent hard work and dedication to your studies – well done.Individual Liberty

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
Sleep Rough
Our Sixth Formers braved the cold on Friday night and slept outside on site to raise money for Carecent, a homeless charity. It was particularly cold but they remained in high spirits and had a sober experience together. A huge well done and thank you to them.

Year 13 Parents Evening
On Wednesday 14th December we will be holding our Year 13 Parents Evening to discuss next steps in supporting students to meet their progression goals following the Year 13 mock exams and in advance of the BTEC January external assessments. Letters will be distributed this week and so that students can start to make their appointments. For those students that we are the most concerned about following their recent mock exams, we will be holding parental meetings prior to parents evening so that Parents Evening can remain a subject specific focus.

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

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

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

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team
This week has seen Year 11 undertake their first week of mock exams. This has been a challenging and tiring week for the students, but they have conducted themselves very well and shown resilience to the demanding exam timetable. It’s been lovely to see so many students come in early to have a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate in the morning before their exams. I know many have been grateful for the time with their friends, or to get some last-minute revision done. I am pleased having spoken with them that many of the students have not found the exams to be as gruelling as they had thought, and many seem to have taken confidence from their experience in this first week. I know they will build on this excellent foundation in the second week of exams and continue to access the support where needed.

I am delighted to announce that as a very well-deserved end of term treat, Year 11 will have the opportunity to take part in roller-disco! I know that many of them enjoyed this experience last year, and I hope the students get as much enjoyment out of it this year. This will take place in the final week of term before the Christmas break, and consent forms have been sent home to parents via google link. Should you have any trouble accessing this then please contact school as your child will not be able to take part without the required consent.

As I am sure you are aware, there is now opportunity to pay for your child’s end of Year Hoodie and Prom ticket via parent pay online. We have launched this early to give opportunity for the cost to be spread over a long period of time to try and ease the burden of it. We will also be providing each of the students with a year book at the end of the academic year, with pictures of their journey through school and some messages from students, teachers and even the headteacher! We are determined the cost of these events will not stop students from attending, and therefore should there be an issue with paying for these events then please contact the school finance team and we will look to help in any way we can.

As always, thank you for all the hard work you are doing at home to continue to support your child, this is having a very significant impact toward their success at school. The Year 11 pastoral team are always available to help with any questions or queries you may have.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team
We are now on the final countdown to Christmas – two weeks to go until we are a third of the way through the year already! It was so lovely to see so many Year 10 students participating in the schools Christmas Fair on Friday both in the Orchestra and Choir. I always get a real sense of pride to see our young people engaging in these activities, so a big well done to them! Furthermore, I love seeing our students every week in the Duke of Edinburgh Award sessions, there is some really good engagement going on and students seem to be taking the challenge in their strides, so a further big well done to them also!

I am going to start adding into our parental bulletin the top 5 students who got the most merits in the previous week, the year group know I always try to push the positive aspects with our young people, so I think it is really important to celebrate our achievements please see our top 5 students from last week below:

Caitlin Casey 10MHe
Toby Hassall 10MHe
Callum Patterson 10SLa
Mishi Vida 10SLa
Ruby Watson 10Ha

A massive congratulations to these students. They are clearly living the school values into being every single day which is great to see! Well done! I will also add to the bulletin next week the top 10 students from the half term.

This weeks Act of Collective Worship is around work experience as we’ve mentioned in previous bulletins please can you have conversations at home about work experience we encourage all young people to start organising their placements now so they get something they are happy with, information is here on the school website: https://archbishopholgates.academy/curriculum/careers-education/work-experience/
Work experience is week commencing Monday 15th May and will run until Friday 19th May. Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself or Mr Arthur (who is organising the work experience).

As I have done in this bulletin previously, I 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. If you have any concerns around your young person’s attendance or how we can support them in school to get them in please do not hesitate to contact any of us in the year team.

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

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team
In the run up to Christmas we are hoping as many students as possible can continue to attend school to fully enjoy the activities that will be happening in and around school over the next two weeks. As always, the health and wellbeing of our students is our top priority, so if a student does come in and is not feeling 100% then there are multiple ways that we can support them to help them through the day. Well done to 9JDl and 9Ap for another excellent week of attendance.

Friday saw an excellent turnout for the AHS Christmas Fayre. It was lovely to see such support for this after its suspension because of COVID. Thankyou for all donations towards this event and it was lovely to see such support from Year 9 there.

If homework is becoming an issue because of broken/malfunctioning computers, it is possible to buy a Chromebook from school to help with this. There is an option of buying them outright for £190, or to pay £10 per month towards the value of them until they are paid off. If you would like more information about this please get in contact with the year team.

The Minster service will be held on Wednesday 7th December at 7:30pm. I am delighted to extend an invitation to attend the Archbishop Holgate’s School Carol Service in York Minster. Our carol service is a very important occasion in the school year giving students, staff, and their friends and families, the opportunity to celebrate Christmas together. This is an important expression of our Christian distinctiveness and commitment to Christian values of our community.

The year 9 rewards event of Roller disco is fast approaching. Each form group will be off timetable for one lesson during the day on Thursday 15th December for half an hour of Roller Disco, and half an hour of hot chocolate. A consent form has been sent out in the newsletter, so please could we ask for the return of these ASAP so we can finalise the details for the event.

As always please don’t hesitate to contact the Year team if you have any questions.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team
Firstly, we would like to thank all parents who came to parents’ evening on Wednesday evening. It was lovely to see all of you and I hope the conversations you had were beneficial. Overall, we are very proud and pleased with our year 8 students and parents’ evening is always a lovely opportunity to praise those that are doing well, as well as it being a time to discuss ways we can all work together to support your child better. Please continue to discuss any issues with behaviour and effort that cropped up in your child’s appointments to ensure both home and school are reiterating the same messages.

Thank you also to everyone who came to the Christmas Fayre on Friday evening. The evening was a wonderful success and has certainly got us in the Christmas spirit! A special thanks goes to our amazing team of form tutors who have worked with their forms to create either games, stalls or items to sell at the fayre. The fayre overall raises money for the Unity Fund, some of which will help our disadvantaged students access the year 8 Easter reward day we are planning. Thanks again to our student council who have demonstrated the school values of compassion and trust in their efforts towards the fayre.

We have our Christmas term reward taking place in the final week of term. Once again, the roller disco is back. Last year this was a lovely way to end the term and reward the students for their hard work and good behaviour this term. A reminder that this reward will therefore not take place for any students whose behaviour or effort is not good in these final weeks of term. You should have had an email detailing this reward with a link to a consent form. We have had a few parents and students speak to us about this link not working; if it is not then please just write a note in your child’s planner for them to show to their form tutor. No consent either via the link or a note in the planner means they will unfortunately not be able to take part. We are really looking forward to spending time with our year group during the roller disco.

A polite reminder that students must come to school in sensible shoes and outerwear. We have a number of students coming in trainers that do not align with our school policy (they are allowed plain black Nike Air Forces for this year) and are not waterproof. There are also still a number of students walking around school in just a hoodie or even just their school shirts and we have had some pretty chilly days recently! They must have something warm and waterproof to protect them at breaks and lunchtimes. If you are struggling to source something, please let us know and we will do our best to help.

Finally, we have the Christmas carol concert taking place at York Minster next Wednesday night. The service begins at 7.30pm but it is advised you get there at 7pm to ensure a good seat! You do not need to book a ticket; just come along. The Minster service is always fantastic and showcases the talented students we have in the school. Well done to any year 8s who have taken up the opportunity to take part. We look forward to seeing you there!

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team
It has been another fantastic week in year 7, we are now well and truly in the countdown to Christmas and the end of Year 7’s first term at Archbishop Holgate’s School. The year group has shown resilience, courage and determination throughout the term and we are very proud of everything they have achieved so far. World Cup fever has also hit the year group, with high hopes for football to come home before Christmas.

This week, we had two exciting visitors in school. On Monday, The Bishop of Selby, John Thomson, spoke to the year group about the meaning of Advent and God’s involvement in our world. Students engaged brilliantly, answering questions and discussing how they can “wake up to God” during the Christmas period. On Thursday, Manny Duku and Max Kouogun, two York City Football players, visited us in assembly and caused great excitement amongst the year group, particularly our football enthusiasts! They spoke with us about their faith and journey in football and handed out some books to our lucky prize winners!

The year group’s musical talents have been shining brightly this week in preparations for our Advent Service. This will take place on the 7th December in York Minster, doors open at 7pm. It is truly a wonderful event and we warmly invite all of you to attend. Well done to all of those in the year who are participating in any way.

Our end of term treat, the Roller Skating disco will take place on the 13th December. Please can you ensure that you have consented to your child participating in this by filling out the Google Form. If you are having problems with this please write a note in your child’s planner or email the year team to give your consent.

Please remember all detentions are logged on ClassCharts app, if you need support with the app please contact school.

Thank you for all of your support, if you need anything please do not hesitate to contact the year 7 team by emailing reception@ahs.pmat.academy.

Well Done to our Head of Year Awards this week:
Lillymae Hardcastle 7CMM – for living our school values every day and for making such a great start to AHS. Well done!
Georgia Ross 7JHE – for living our school values every day and for making such a great start to AHS. Well done!

Well done to our Students of The Week:
7ASU – Arlo Gane – for setting up the World Cup sweepstake and making sure everyone is involved.
7CMM – Harley Thompson – for working hard in his lessons, and really pushing himself in Maths. Well done!
7PI – Lily Croft – always polite and helpful in form time
7HV – Arjun Vellanki – Excellent and thoughtful contributions during form discussions, well done!
7MPE – Evie Glaves & Molly Mahon – For winning the year 7 cross country competition by such a massive lead.
7CST – Aaishah Surve – For always being polite and smiley in form, and always engaging in form time activities. Well done Aaishah!
7MLN – Harvey Bennett – For always being positive, helpful and polite. Well done Harvey!
7JHE – Ellisiya Dickson – for being a good friend to others
7BL – Daisy Bradley – taking part in the Unity Choir for The Christmas Service at York Minster. Well done.
7ZBL – Delphi Cashdan – for being brave and auditioning for the ‘Once in Royal David City’ solo which would be performed in front of 2000 people!
7CY – Oliver Gray – for supporting a new student joining our form this week.

Word of the week
The word of the week for week commencing 5 December is:

Lucid
Adjective: Expressed clearly; easy to understand.
The student’s essay provided a lucid account.

Collective Worship
Theme
Our form tutor collective worship this week uses material produced by the Archbishops’ Young Leaders Award to be used in the Advent journey to Christmas. This third week is called an Invitation to Follow. Our quotes are about Following God.

Quotes
Monday – “To trust God in the light is nothing, but to trust him in the dark, that is faith.” – Charles Spurgeon; 19th C. English Baptist preacher
Tuesday – “Great moves of God are usually preceded by simple acts of obedience.” – Steven Furtick; American pastor
Wednesday – “Follow your heart, listen to your inner voice, stop caring about what others think.” – Roy Bennett, African politician
Thursday – “God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He’s working on you too.” – Rick Warren; American Christian pastor and author
Friday – “If you follow the will of God, you know that in spite of all the terrible things that happen to you, you will never lose a final refuge. You may go on, trusting in the One that loves you.” – Pope Benedict XVI; former head of the Catholic Church

5 December 2022|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 28 November

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

Last week, we were delighted to celebrate being awarded BTEC School of the Year 2022 at the BTEC Awards. To have this recognition from a key stakeholder in the education system is fantastic. We are proud of the hard work and achievements of both the students and staff and we welcomed the opportunity to highlight the significant value BTEC qualifications have brought to our students over the years. To read the York Press article celebrating this achievement please click here.

This week, we look forward to another busy and productive week at Archbishop Holgate’s School. Our Year 11 students start their mock fortnight and we wish them all the best for these exams. This week we host a visit from the Bishop of Selby, we look forward to feeding back to you next week regarding this. As part of this visit the Bishop will meet students and staff and deliver an Act of Collective Worship to some of our students. Alongside this, Manny Duku from York City football club is visiting AHS. Manny will meet students and be involved in delivering Acts of Collective Worship to students. On Wednesday we welcome our families of Year 8 to the progress evening and we finish the week on Friday with the Christmas Fayre. We would love to see you at this event which runs from 5-7pm.

I would like to flag up that all students will be working towards the roller disco that takes place in the final week of term as part of our rewards programme. If you haven’t it would be great if you could please complete this short consent form for your child so that they can take part in the event by clicking here.

We also extend a very warm invitation to everyone connected with our school community to join us for the school’s Carol Service in York Minster on Wednesday 7 December.

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

York Civic Trust Secondary Public Speaking Competition
Last week, Simeon Dean (8SMf) and Hannah Birkinshaw (9ECe) represented Archbishop Holgate’s in the York Civil Trust Secondary Public Speaking Competition. The participants were provided with a list of topic questions, and Hannah and Simeon chose the following to investigate the following question.

‘When the Amazon Rainforest is being destroyed, is there any point in aiming for zero carbon emissions in a small city like York?’

Hannah and Simeon argued that whilst York may be a small city, it could and should be a beacon of hope for other cities across the world in helping to reverse the impacts of climate change. Furthermore, the pair discussed how we can take inspiration from York’s past, present and future to promote green sustainability across the UK and beyond.

Both Simeon and Hannah had worked very hard in preparation for the event; researching, structuring, writing and rehearsing their speech. We are so proud of their performance, and they were outstanding ambassadors for the school! As you can appreciate, public speaking is something that takes a lot of courage, and Hannah and Simeon not only performed exceptionally well, but they took a lot of confidence out of the experience. Following the event, both students received a certificate from the Lord Mayor of York for their participation.

Their speech is also the introduction to a recent York Press article about the event, which can be found by clicking here.

We are incredibly proud of both Hannah and Simeon, and they represented the school superbly throughout the course of the evening.

Work Experience Launch Presentation Video – Year 10 and Year 12
A video recording of the Work Experience Launch is now on the school’s website – CLICK HERE in order to watch it.

Also, Year 10 students should have been sent their links to log into our new Work Experience portal, GroFar on their school email account (all of this is explained in the Work Experience Presentation on the website). Students can now start submitting Work Experience Placements on GroFar when they have secured them. They can also look at our log of placements we already have approval for if they so wish. For Year 12 students, they should receive their login email at some point next week.

Year 9 Pathway Process (Spring 2023)
Our Year 9 students will soon start to consider which subjects they will study at Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11). We are keen that students are given as much support and guidance as possible as they make these key decisions. There are certain subjects that all students must study by law and the Department for Education makes additional recommendations about some of the other subjects a student should study up to the age of 16. Nationally each student must study Mathematics, English Language & Literature, Science, Geography or History and where possible a Modern Foreign Language. At Archbishop’s all students will also study RE at GCSE. However, the school recognises that every child is an individual and as such offers different pathways and course combinations to allow all students to be successful in their studies at KS4. Further information regarding the pathways will be provided later in the year, at the GCSE Pathway Information evening as outlined below.

The dates below summarises the steps that are in place to provide support to parents, carers and students through the option process. Further details will be sent out to all Year 9 families after Christmas.

Key Events
Monday 5th December:
Students will have a “Taster Day” assembly. During this time, they will be introduced to the different subjects available and will have the opportunity to select subjects which they would like to experience. At this point, students are simply selecting subjects they might wish to take; they are, in no way, making any firm choices at this point.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Hugh Jones7HVFor being so caring to others in the year group, well done for making such a great start to Year 7.Compassion
Year 7 Seb Wilford7HVFor taking initiative and running an extra-curricular chess club for other students. It is fantastic that you are helping other Year 7s to join in! Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining In’
Year 8 Simeon DeanSMFFor his amazing contribution in the YCT public speaking competition – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Lily GoldsmithSMFFor her outstanding achievement of winning 1st place in the KS3 York Interfaith Group competition.AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Emily Bower8BDuFor being an amazingly supportive and compassionate friend.Compassion
Year 8 Jemima Drant8BDuFor being an amazingly supportive and compassionate friend.
Year 9 Shenuki Patabandige9JDlSettling so quickly and effectively into the year group and already being involved in school activities on offer. Well done Shenuki.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 9 Ruby Overhill-Cossu9NThDemonstrating excellent teamwork skills and much compassion. Well done Ruby!Compassion
Year 10 Aza Mustafa10JLiFor showing great resilience this week, as well as your compassion towards other students by helping them with their learning. Well done Aza!Compassion
Year 10 Jasmine Lowe10ABtFor showing compassion to others consistently. Well done Jasmine!Compassion
Year 11 Kathlen Butler11KxFor consistently working hard and showing amazing positivity!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Erven Colin11HuFor excellent focus, dedication to personal studies and effort towards mocks. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Daniel Laheney12SWrFor his volunteering work in GCSE Maths, in particular outstanding efforts with the Y11s in their last lesson before mocks with a cover teacher!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12 Grace Wilson12LvFor being the first student in Year 12 to pass 100 Praise Points – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 13 Ishmal Khurram13SlFor being a great friend and showing compassion for fellow students when in need!Compassion
Year 13 James Rudling13SReFor consistently working hard and being well mannered around school.Mutual Respect

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

REMINDER Mock Results:
Please be reminded that those students in Year 12 and Year 13 that take BTEC mock exams will receive these promptly to allow preparation for the real external assessments in January. Year 13 students that sat A Level mock exams will receive results on Monday 12th December followed by Year 12 Parents Evening on Wednesday 14th December. Students requiring meetings to discuss intervention to support progression plans will take place wc 5th Dec.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team
The weather this week has been awful with lots of rain and fog, putting an end to the lunchtime football games or having lunch on the outside picnic benches. However the spirits of Year 11 do not seem to be too dampened, with the buzz very much around the mock exams next week. The students have prepared really well, working hard in their revision lessons this week and making the most of the expert guidance they receive from their teachers prior to the exams. This week saw the students in Year 11 Art and Textiles undertake a 5 hour exam on Monday. I am pleased to report all the students did exceptionally well and their teachers were very proud of their achievements.

Mock exams were very much the theme of the assembly this week, where students were taken through the last important messages before the exams begin next week. Students were reminded that although these mocks are important, they should use it as a way to see where they are performing well and where they may need a little more focus before the real exams next summer. The students were reminded of the expectations of their conduct during the exams, and how we are very much going to mirror the conditions of the exams next summer. The students were reassured that the year team, form tutors and SLT will be there every step of the way to support them during the hectic two weeks, including offering early morning coffee, tea and hot chocolate at 8am for some last minute revision with friends.

Away from mocks it was brilliant to see the students in Year 11 competing in the cross country competition this week. Archbishops did exceptionally well, winning both the girls and boys events in Year 11. The conditions were cold and wet yet the students ran with exceptional skill and discipline. I am really proud of the students involved and delighted for their achievements this week. I also know many Year 11 students are hard at work practising for involvement in the minister service. I managed to get a sneak peak at a rehearsal earlier this week and it sounded excellent. I am really looking forward to seeing the students performing on the 7th December.

As always, should you have concerns or questions for the Year 11 team, please feel free to get in touch with a member of the Year 11 team.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team
This week marks over the halfway point for this half term and it is flying by!

This week during the Year Ten collect worship a group of Post-16 students celebrated the wonderful achievement of our year group during Year 9. The Arts Award offers students an opportunity to excel and live our values of justice, compassion, forgiveness and trust into being. It’s so amazing to hear of pupil’s success stories in this area and the positivity from other members of staff celebrating achievement and progress. Students worked really hard to make the most of the Arts Award and I am delighted by their achievements! Well done Year 10!

We’ve had a few parents contact following the work experience launch and the work experience information is now live and on the school website. Please take the time to read the ‘Work Experience Launch Presentation’ if you would like to know more information. Work experience will be lasting for one week and will be running from Monday 15th May to Friday 19th May. For pupils to make the most of this week they should seek out an employer who works in a field that pupils feel they would benefit from knowing more about. It is recommended that pupils make contact with employers as soon as possible so that pupils are able to get their first choice of placement and are not disappointed.

As the weather turns more cold and wet, I would like to remind students and parents of our uniform policy. Pupils should wear a coat or their AHS hoodies. These should not be worn during lesson time. Non-AHS hoodies are not in line with our school uniform policy and should not be worn on school site. If you feel that you are not in a position to purchase a suitable coat for your child, please contact school and we will try to rectify this.

The Unity Fayre will be open 5PM to 7PM on Friday 2nd December in the school hall. This is a lovely evening and couldn’t happen with the kindness and generosity of people in our community making donations, so a huge thank you to our wonderful families who have kindly donated to help this event run. This money goes to people in our community who really need it and can make all the difference when students get to wear a prom dress or get vital pieces of equipment. Please come and support this event that we as a school community are so proud of!

Please be aware that on 12th December pupils will be given their school reports to go home to update parents/carers on their child’s academic progress.

As always please contact me via phone or email (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy) with any queries or issues relating to your child. Alternatively Miss Deacon (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy) and Mr Deamer (rdeamer@ahs.pmat.academy) are available via email – thank you, Mr McPaul

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team
There is an air of excitement amongst many of the year group with this week seeing the World Cup kicking off. Year 9 have handled this excitement excellently and you can hear many conversations being had about Argentina, Brazil, or can the men do what the Lionesses did, and finally bring men’s football home. Year 9 have shown a maturity around the whole World Cup, both with games not being played during lessons and accepting that they can’t watch them, to being able to discuss some of the ethical implications about the hosts of the World Cup and the issues that have occured. This has provoked some interesting discussions about the impact of the World Cup in Qatar and if it should have been held there.

As usual we would like to highlight the importance of attendance. There are links between time missing from lessons and exam performance, so we would like as many students in school and learning as possible. However, looking after yourself and making sure you are well enough to be in is also just as important. You should not be worried about having time off school if you are ill, you should focus on your wellbeing and making sure you are getting better, ready to come back to school when you are well enough. Attendance last week was 90%. Well done to 9 NTh and 9CBe for a great week of attendance.

On Monday there was an extended form time through Period 1 lessons to explore our next PSHE topic. This time round forms were looking at consent. There were discussions about the asking of consent, about how to give consent, withholding consent and withdrawing consent. It was talked about in a wide variety of situations, from asking to borrow something, to asking someone to keep a secret. This then moved onto what happens if consent is broken and who could be considered a trusted adult to be able to talk about any of the situations that may arise from this happening.

Friday’s act of collective worship for the year group was taken by 9WNo looking into the history and traditions of advent around the world. We travelled from Denmark, to Germany via the Philippines and Mexico.

As always, if you need any questions answering please contact the year team.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team
Our Year 8 students are continuing to brave the cold weather and impress us each day with their effort, kindness and extra-curricular achievements. We have also seen a lovely sense of camaraderie this week as many of our students share their enthusiasm for the World Cup!
This week is significant as we have Parents’ Evening taking place on Wednesday 30th November from 3:45pm-7:15pm. Students have been making appointments in preparation for this with Form tutors supporting where needed. On the evening, parents are invited to arrive via main reception to speak to teachers who will be gathered in the hall, gym and courtyard café. Parents’ Evening is an important event for school and home, providing a golden opportunity for you to gather information about how your child is doing in school and express your own views and priorities to each of your child’s teachers. Research has shown that good communication between school and home leads to improved attainment as well as a range of other outcomes, such as better attendance, behaviour and homework (Education Endowment Foundation). These outcomes are also more significant when the communication is positively framed from both sides, recognising our shared, long-term goal: to secure the best possible outcomes for your child. If you cannot attend Parents’ evening, we would politely request that you call school reception to let school know. Your child’s teachers may choose to call home if they have importation information they need to share.
On the evening of Parents’ evening, our Year 8 student council have designed and created a Christmas quiz for parents to complete at Parents’ Evening whilst you wait for your appointments. It will cost £1 to take part (please remember to bring £1!), with all proceeds going towards an additional Easter Reward for the year group. There will be a prize of a family Christmas hamper for the lucky winner!

On Friday December 2nd, we have the AHS Christmas Fayre taking place from 5-7pm in the main hall. This is always a lovely event with lots of fantastic stalls, games, food and raffles. All proceeds will be going towards the Unity Fund – an AHS charity collection which supports disadvantaged AHS students to access the same opportunities, uniform and basic necessities as their classmates. Year 8 will be doing our bit by running a games stall with the proceeds going specifically towards covering the costs of rewards experiences this year for disadvantaged Year 8 students who would otherwise miss out. Our students have designed and created some of the games for our stall from scratch during Form times, and members of the Y8 student council will also be running the stall alongside the Y8 team. We hope to see you there.

Finally, as the weather grows colder we would politely request that you prompt your child to wear a coat and/or an extra layer underneath their school shirt. Several individuals, many of whom we know have coats at home, have opted to go without at break and lunchtimes when it has been very wet and cold. Students are reminded that we have several indoor options available to them at break and lunch including the Courtyard café, main hall, Resource centre, Y7/8 library, or classrooms hosting extra-curricular lunch clubs where they can stay warm and dry.

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

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team
It has been lovely to walk around school this week and see our year 7’s so settled into their daily routines. We are very proud of how they have taken all the new challenges they face in their stride and how they have gained their independence.

This week, many of our year 7’s received a certificate from Mr Williams (Deputy Headteacher) and Mr Green-Harding (Head of School) to celebrate their achievement completing the DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) homework over the half term break. The quality of the work produced by these students was exceptional and it is fantastic that year 7 are engaging with their learning in such an enthusiastic manner. Well Done to all of those who received a certificate!

We are delighted that so many students are representing our school in sporting fixtures, this week some of our Year 7’s represented our school this week in a Cross Country competition. Well Done to Hannah Lovett who won her race for our school! If any students are keen to get involved, please check our extra curricular timetable.

On Monday morning the whole school enjoyed a PSHCE hour, our year 7 form groups discussed friendships, emotions and trusted people in our community. The students engaged brilliantly and it was a pleasure to see them discussing ideas. On Thursday we invited some visitors to our weekly assembly from Good News for Everyone, with new testaments for year 7’s who wish to receive them.

As the temperature continues to drop and we are having more rain please ensure that your child wears a coat to school. Please also remember that if your child has a detention these are logged on the ClassCharts app.

Overall, it has been a fantastic week. As always, please remember to get in touch with any queries or concerns and follow our twitter @AHS_Year7 to keep updated on events and year 7 in school.

Well Done to our Head of Year Awards:
Hugh Jones 7Hv
– for being compassionate to other students and living our school values in all you do. Well done, you have made a great start to year 7.
Seb Wilford 7Hv – For taking initiative and running an extracurricular club and helping others in year 7 to “join in”. Well Done!

Well Done to our Students of the Week:
7ASU
– Archie Grant Pipes – for being a polite and chatty member of the form!
7CMM – Isabel Thomas- for always being so willing to contribute thoughtfully in our form time discussions-. This is greatly appreciated by all the members of our form.
7PI – Grace Buch – for doing exactly what she is meant to do all the time with no fuss or drama. Your calmness is appreciated Grace
7HV – Lily Robinson. – Excellent contributions during form discussions, well done!
7MPE – Joana Sola Farrus – For being voted as one of the year 7 school council members. Well done!!
7CST – Mamadou Bah- For being a lovely member of the form, Mamadou is coming out of his shell and really getting involved in form which is lovely to see. Well done Mamadou!
7MLN – Abbie Preece – for living our school values every day in all you do. Well Done!
7JHE – Courtney Naylor – for resilience over the week
7BL – Madeline Keel – for living our school values every day. Well Done!
7CY – Rowan Sharp – for being voted in as one of the school council members!
7ZBL – Daniel Patterson for his work during PSHCE this week.

Collective Worship

Theme
Our form tutor collective worship this week uses material produced by the Archbishops’ Young Leaders Award to be used in the Advent journey to Christmas. This second week is called an Invitation to Search. Our quotes are about searching for Truth.

Quotes
Monday – “Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself.” – St Augustine, 5th C. Christian philosopher and theologian
Tuesday – “One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.” – Blaise Pascal, 17th C. French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, and Catholic writer.
Wednesday – “God’s truth judges created things out of love, and Satan’s truth judges them out of envy and hatred.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Lutheran pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi. Died 1945
Thursday – “Truth and love are two of the most powerful things in the world; and when they both go together they cannot easily be withstood.” – Ralph Cudworth, 17th C. English priest, theologian and philosopher
Friday – “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” – The Bible, John 14:6

28 November 2022|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 21 November

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

Last week concluded the Year 7 trips to Bewerley Park – it was great to hear that students have thoroughly enjoyed their time there. Alongside this, we welcomed families of Year 10 and Year 12 students into school to share information about the future work experience placements that take place later this year. If you couldn’t make the event and you wish to find out more, we will be uploading a recording of the event as well as providing key information on our website. Last week students also became more informed about key topics linking to bullying and politics as part of the Anti-Bullying and Parliament week.

This week starts with an extended form tutor session in which students in KS3 are looking at Talking about Emotions and Feelings; KS4 are considering Digital Minimalism; KS5 are learning about Blood, Organ, and Stem Cell Donation. In terms of other key things happening this week, our Year 11 students continue to prepare for their mock examinations which start the week commencing 28th November. The exception to this is the Year 11 GCSE Art and Textile mock exam which takes place Monday 21st November. Alongside focussed lessons tailored to their revision we continue to run period 6 sessions to further help support students. I’d also like to highlight that the Sixth Form application deadline for our Year 11 students is Friday 25th November. Should any student have any concerns or queries our Sixth Form team would be happy to support them during this transition period.

I would like to flag up that all students will be working towards the roller disco that takes place in the final week of term as part of our rewards programme. If you haven’t it would be great if you could please complete this short consent form for your child so that they can take part in the event by clicking here.

Finally, we would like to extend a very warm invitation to everyone connected with our school community to join us for our Christmas Fayre on Friday 2 December and the school’s Carol Service in York Minster on Wednesday 7 December.

Work experience launch – Year 10 and Year 12
Thank you to everyone who came to the Work Experience Launch on the evening of Thursday 17th November. A video recording of the event will be going on the school’s website in the first half of the upcoming week, along with all the information needed for students to help them find a Work Experience placement, and register this with us with our new system, GroFar.

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

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Caden King7CMMFor supporting other students in the year group. Well Done, you have made a great start to AHS!Compassion
Year 7 Hannah Lovett7CSTFor amazing work in cross country and breaking the school record! Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining In’
Year 8 Maisie Bone8ERsResilience when in school plus fantastic contributions in netball.AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Bryanna Martin8RGiFor putting in lots of effort in lessons and receiving lots of merits.Trust
Year 9 Ronald Huri9CBeRepresenting the school and delivering a lesson in a superb fashion. Well done Ronald.Mutual Respect
Year 9 Tom Cain9CBeWonderful contribution to the school community and the year group community on Remembrance Day. Well done Tom.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Emma Lyons10ABtFor consistently living the school values and having excellent commitment to your studies! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Carter Sanderson10MHeFor real resilience and commitment to school. Well done Carter!Individual Liberty
Year 11 Antonia Geldard11WAFor strength. resilience and compassion. Well done!Justice
Year 11 Leo Atang11WAFor excellent effort and focus toward mock exams. Well done!Justice
Year 12 Fin Lorimer12LvFor successfully competing in the World Kickboxing And Karate Association World Championships in Wales last week.AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12 Erin Uttley12GSwFor her wonderful help with the Christmas Fayre preparations – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 13 Sophia Mackender13GlFor a full sweep of university offers – congratulationsAHS Journey – ‘Your Future’
Year 13 Oliver Wooten13SlFor taking responsibility in form time. You’re a starCompassion

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 Sixth Form Applications:
Please be reminded that the deadline for applications is this Friday (25th). This is so that we can gauge subject numbers. It does not mean that applicants are obligated to take up their place if they are still undecided and applicants can change their subject choices if, and when they wish.

Mock Results:
Please be reminded that those students in Year 12 and Year 13 that take BTEC mock exams will receive these promptly to allow preparation for the real external assessments in January. Year 13 students that sat A Level mock exams will receive results on Monday 12th December followed by Year 12 Parents Evening on Wednesday 14th December.

Year 12 Form Tutor Evening:
Thank you for your attendance and I hope you found the opportunity informative. Parents Evening is in March following Winter mock exams where you will meet your son/daughters’ subject teachers. If you were unable to attend last week and hope to have an update, please get in touch.

Year 12 Work Experience:
Year 12 all take part in compulsory Work Experience for a week from Monday 17th July 2023 (last week of the Summer Term). There was an information evening last week for the launch of a new system we will be using for Year 10 and Year 12 Work Experience. This was primarily targeted at Year 10, we will be having our usual launch assembly with Year 12 students prior to Christmas. Followed by information being sent home.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team
World Cup fever seems to have gripped the year group this week, and it has been lovely to chat with the students about their sporting predictions for the next few weeks (I am more pessimistic than most of the students having experienced over 30 years of disappointment!). It has also been really interesting to hear their views on the decision to host the tournament in Qatar, with many of our students articulating their concerns over human rights records and LGBTQ rights. This has led to some really engaging discussion in form time, with many students expressing their views really well.

I have been really pleased with the students’ engagement in the IAG meetings that have been held with SLT (which will continue over the coming weeks). The feedback has been encouraging, with many colleagues telling me how mature and focussed the students have been while discussing their next steps. I hope the students have found it useful and have cleared up some questions they may have about their options post GCSE. Linked to this it was lovely to see so many students and families attending the 6th form open evening last week. I hope those in attendance found the information useful, and that the discussion with the subject teachers led to more informed choices regarding next year. If you were unable to make the evening, or require more support about your child’s post Year 11 options, please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or a member of the 6th form team.

Next week the students will continue to focus on revision in the build up to mock exams. By now the students have received their revision folders that they continue to work through in form time, and I hope they have found them useful. I have really encouraged students to use their resources to build a revision timetable, as this is vital in keeping them organised and allows for even coverage of all their subjects (as well as building in rest breaks and wellbeing time.) In lessons it has been good to see the students working hard and covering the knowledge they will need to perform well in the mock exams next week. It has also been excellent to see so many students accepting the additional support in period 6. We had over 200 students access at least one P6 last week, and I hope this continues as we approach mock week. I know that some students have found the clash of subjects on certain nights frustrating, however I can re-assure them that period 6 will continue after Christmas as we build toward summer exams, allowing for students to spread their time evenly between their subjects. I am confident that the professionalism and focus the vast majority have shown will mean they will do very well in these exams, and lay a strong foundation for achievement next summer.

As always, should you have concerns or questions for the Year 11 team, please feel free to get in touch with a member of the Year 11 team.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team
It is lovely to walk round Year 10 classrooms at the moment and see the focus coming from students to their studies, it is clear to see they are now well underway with their GCSE learning and this is reflected in conversations I am having with staff, including emails I get every week about how individuals are progressing. I am always so proud to be the Head of Year 10 and I love seeing how our young people are progressing well already, keep it up Year 10!

First a brief announcement that Miss Clark our non-teaching Assistant Head of Year has gone to pastures new outside of AHS, the students have all taken this news well and were extremely kind to Miss Clark in her last week, which I know she was so grateful for. In the meantime we have recruited someone who will be starting with us in January so therefore Mr Deamer has returned to us temporarily until then as our non-teaching Assistant Head of Year, therefore we have a fully staffed Year Team. Again, the students have been excellent welcoming back Mr Deamer who has worked with the year group since Year 8 and knows the students well.

A very busy week this week in Year 10, one example of this is a number of students partook in the ‘Speak Out Challenge’ where an expert came in and did some training on how to speak well in public. So many students took this opportunity and really pushed themselves out of their comfort zone to gain new skills and it was clear to see this paid off with many students standing up in front of 30 others at the end of the day who were adamant in the morning they wouldn’t, well done to all those who took part.

In addition, the work experience launch meeting happened this week, led by Mr Arthur on Thursday after school, please don’t worry if you missed it. A full video recording of the evening will be put on the school’s website by the end of this week and in the upcoming weeks we will launch it to the students in our Act of Collective Worship also. We are encouraging students to start looking now and organising their own work experience placements. Work experience will be one full week and is the week commencing the 15th May 2023 for Year 10. Any queries please just contact myself or Mr Arthur.

Furthermore, this week in our Act of Collective Worship it has been anti-bullying week, we therefore discussed the differences between ‘banter’ and bullying. Often we hear that ‘I didn’t mean it like that’ and that ‘What I said wasn’t meant to upset anyone’, but actually we have to remember that what we say or do can make people feel differently about it.

We discussed that there is often 3 types of banter:

  1. Friendly Banter – no intention to hurt or upset anyone, everyone knows the limits
  2. Ignorant Banter – ‘Crosses the line’ with no intent to hurt or upset, people often say sorry.
  3. Malicious Banter – Done to humiliate a person, often in public, picking up on insecurities or worries of someone. This is often where it can cross into bullying.

We discussed the importance that just because our young people may not find it offensive, doesn’t mean others will feel the same and they have to be conscious of the words they are using. I do think our Year 10s are switched on to this and will often report unkindness or come for advice which I would continue to encourage them to do. We also have the Report It form that students are reminded of regularly to report any issues: https://forms.gle/ioWaoMYPuFPfGAKi8

Finally, the Big Talk was meant to start this week for Year 10, where our young people have some health care experts come and talk to them about sexual health, we have decided due to a clash in activities to move these to February as it is so crucial all of them attend, I will remind parents closer to the time.

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

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team
Another excellent week from Year 9 despite the cold and wet weather restricting the amount of running about at break and lunch time. Definitely time to dig out the winter jacket. It has been lovely to see so many well settled and enthusiastic classes when walking around the school and dropping in on lessons. They can be proud about how they have started this new half term and we hope to see this level of conduct and dedication continue until Christmas. With the increasing level as we work towards GCSE there is homework club on Monday to Thursday after school until 4pm with Mr Stabler.

As always we would like to see as many students in school as possible, but we are well aware that there are some illnesses going around at the moment which mean it could be difficult for students to attend. If this is the case please inform school on the days when attendance isn’t possible.

Attendance this week was 91% which we hope will improve in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas. Well done to 9Cr and 9Ap for their attendance this week.

This week has seen form tutors exploring the role of the Government in Parliament week. Throughout form time students have been learning about how Parliament and the Government work and why voting is an important part of our British Values. Collective worship this week focussed on how we can make a change together and the news has been looking at stories related to Government and politics.

Alongside Parliament week it has also been anti bullying week. Staff were wearing odd socks on Monday to highlight that there are differences in everybody and students were encouraged to do the same. The roles around bullying have also been explored in form time as well as the differences between bullying and friendship issues. If you have any concerns around this, students can use the ReportIT form on the student hub to alert staff, or alternatively can speak to any member of staff.

Next Monday sees an extended form time for our half-term PSHE lesson. This time the focus will be on consent and how this can affect any conversations about tricky subjects we might have to hold.

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
We are nearly halfway through our busy half-term and what a half-term it has been so far! Whilst the sun has not exactly shone bright this week, our students have remained sunshiney and positive when we have seen them around school. However, there are many of our students who have been without a suitable waterproof jacket this week and as a result, have got very wet! Please can you ensure your child has a good waterproof jacket; we can help provide one if you are unable to get one.

A polite reminder that Year 8 parents evening will take place from 3.45pm-7.15pm on Wednesday 30th November. Your child will have received an appointment booking form for parents evening this week in form time. Please have a conversation with your child about which times would be most suitable for you to come to this and keep asking them and reminding them about making appointments; the year team and form tutors will also be on hand to support as well.

On the subject of parents’ evening, we would love it if you could bring £1 along to take part in a Christmas quiz that our student council have made. All proceeds will be going towards our year 8 rewards day at Easter with the lucky winner of the quiz receiving a Christmas hamper to enjoy over the holidays! This rewards day is something additional to the usual rewards days we have at Christmas and in summer and something that we as a year team really feel we want to do to acknowledge the hard work and good behaviour from our students. Therefore we would really appreciate your help in supporting this.

Along with the quiz, there will also be a year 8 games stall at the Christmas fayre. Students have already started working on designing these games with their form tutors and many of the games have links with each form tutor so it will be a nice way for you to get to know our form tutors as well! Again, we would love to see you there.

Overall, we have been really pleased with the way our year 8s have conducted themselves this term. We are beginning to see some friendships changing slightly as everyone begins to find their feet after starting a new school in year 7. We kindly ask that you continue to have positive conversations with your child around maintaining healthy friendships reiterating key messages we give in assemblies and PSHCE sessions such as being kind to one another and coming and reporting anything of a serious matter to the year team.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team
It has been another great week for Year 7, we are delighted that many of our students are adjusting to their new routines and have settled in. It has been great to drop into many lessons and see our students working hard, and living our school values. Our final trip to Bewerley Park took place and it was fantastic to see our final 4 form groups joining in, getting into their stretch zone and making new friends in the year group.

In school there have also been lots of things to celebrate this week. We have been promoting Anti-Bullying Week, thinking about all of the different roles we play to combat bullying in school and beyond. It was lovely to see so many odd socks on Monday! Many of our students also attended the auditions for our school musical, Fame. They showed such courage and we are very proud of all those that auditioned, well done. Two of our year 7’s were voted to be the Year 7 representatives on the student council this week. This is a fantastic achievement and was voted for by staff. A HUGE congratulations to Rowan Sharp 7ZBl and Jo Sola Farrus 7MPe. We are sure you will represent the year group brilliantly.

Further celebrations are in order for some of our students who excelled brilliantly in cross country. Well done to Hannah Lovett 7CST for coming first and breaking not only her house record but the Year 7 school record too. Well done to Brodie Barrow who came second and also broke the Foss house record and Florence Kitney who came third and broke the Ouse house record. Finally, well done to J Ferreira for coming 1st for the boys.

There are many exciting events coming up in the run up to Christmas that our year 7 students can get involved in. We have our Christmas Fayre after school on the 2nd December from 5pm onwards, the Christmas Carol Concert will take place in the Minster on the 7th December and we will have Christmas Dinner in the hall for lunch on the 8th December.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any queries or concerns about your child in year 7, please contact school reception (reception@ahs.pmat.academy) and ask for the year 7 team. You can also see what our year 7 students are up to on twitter, please follow our account @AHS_Year7.

Well done to our Head of Year Awards this week:
Caden King 7CMM – for supporting other students in the year group. Well Done, you have made an excellent start to AHS!
Hannah Lovett 7CST – for amazing success in cross country and breaking the school record. Well Done!

Well done to our Students of the Week this week:
7ASU – Douglas Tasker – for leading discussions on The News – well done!
7CMM – Charlotte Crowe- so supportive in form, so enthusiastic around school, and just generally being a positive influence on everyone’s day!
7PI – Ryan Pang – for his thoughtful contribution to the news discussion. I was really impressed with your idea Ryan
7HV – Sofia Boudjema- An excellent, well organised planner
7MPE – India Duffy – For smashing on even when she was massively ill. Well done. Great dedication.
7CST – Jennifer Abernethy for always making such an effort talking to new people and really reaching that stretch zone at Bewerley Park. Well Done!
7MLN – Blossom Barrow – I have enjoyed seeing you contribute more and more in form, well done and keep going!
7JHE – Hannah Wray – for her honesty and friendly attitude in form time and amazing work in swimming in PE!
7BL – Archie Harris for showing such resilience and positive attitude at Bewerley Park and Rebecca Ulliott for helping others when they needed it at Bewerley Park. Well Done both of you!
7ZBL – Mohammad Araba – for getting stuck in at Bewerley park and showing excellent team spirit!

Word of the week.
The word of the week for week commencing 21 November is:

Enable
Verb: To give someone the authority or means to do something; make something possible
The teacher is leading the class to enable the students to progress

Collective Worship
Theme
Our form tutor collective worship this week uses material produced by the Archbishops’ Young Leaders Award to be used in the Advent journey to Christmas. This first week is called an Invitation to 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 – “The word advent means “expectation.” What advent can do for us is create a sense of hope.” – Louie Giglio
Friday – “It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope” – Pope Benedict XVI

21 November 2022|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 14 November

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

It was great to see so many Year 11 families at our Sixth Form Open Evening last week. We hope that students and parents found the evening informative, however should there be any questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Year 11 pastoral team. Linked to this, the individual meetings between senior colleagues and Year 11 students continue this week. It has been great to spend time with our students as we look to support them in their next steps after Year 11. 

Our second group of Year 7 students enjoyed their visit to Bewerley Park last week and our final group of students will take part in their trip towards the end of this week (Wednesday to Friday). In terms of the rest of this week, we have the Year 12 form tutor evening taking place on Wednesday and our Year 10 and 12 families are invited to the work experience launch on Thursday. Year 11 students will be busy preparing for their mock examinations in lessons this week. Whilst students who study vocational qualifications in KS4 and KS5 will have mock examinations in these subjects this week.

I would also like to take this opportunity to flag up our Christmas Fayre that takes place afterschool on Friday the 2nd of December. Currently, we delighted to be making plans for our Carol Service in York Minster on Wednesday 7 December when the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, will be preaching during the service. We look forward to inviting friends and families to this special annual event.

Extra-curricular timetable – Autumn term 2

I’m delighted to now be able to share the wider extra-curricular activities timetable for half term two.

The extra-curricular timetables below highlight 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 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.

School Meal Payments

We really hope that your child enjoys the variety of meals and snacks on offer each day. As parents will be aware we use ParentPay as our online payment system which provides flexibility to parents to top up their child’s account when it is convenient for them. 

In order to meet the needs of all students, children’s accounts are limited to a maximum daily amount of £5.00 – However it is really important that you talk to your children about how much you expect them to spend each day. Remember that every child can access a break item, main meal and desert for £2.70!

In order to support families with the balance of their ParentPay account from December 5th when a child goes £20 overdrawn or more we will limit their lunch options to sandwiches only. 

We do understand that the current financial context is challenging and we do not want to prevent any child from accessing school food – If you would like to talk to someone about payment options please email financialsupport@ahs.pmat.academy or phone 01904 411 341.

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

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Morgan Smith7JHeFor taking initiative and running an extra curricular club and helping others in year 7 to “join in”. You are an asset to year 7 and AHS. Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 7 Erin Holton7MPeFor being a fantastic ambassador of our school at the Rugby League World Cup last Sunday. Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 8 Maisie Bone8ERsResilience when in school plus fantastic contributions in netballAHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Bryanna Martin8RGiFor putting in lots of effort in lessons and receiving lots of meritsTrust
Year 9 Annie Wedgewood9LPFor being a fantastic role model to others; diligent, hard working and conscientious. Well done Annie.Individual Liberty
Year 9 Francesca Battison9KCeFor having a great start to year 9, growing in confidence and showing resilience and self determination. Well done Fran.Individual Liberty
Year 10 Emily Barber10KMdFor pushing through in a challenging situation, well done Emily!Mutual Respect
Year 10 Mathew Martindale10JLiExcellent commitment to studies in IT!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Keisha Holding11BrFor being a fantastic role model and working hard. Well done!Compassion
Year 11 Michaela Lynch11PsFor consistently working hard and giving it your absolute all. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Ethan Clifford12GSwFor his appointment as School Captain, following an impressive application and interviewAHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12 Millie Cartmail12LvFor her appointment as School Captain, following an impressive application and interviewAHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 13 Daisy Hardy13DdFor demonstrating an excellent work ethic, which has been commended by teachers.AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’
Year 13 Matthew Drummond13DdFor demonstrating an excellent work ethic, which has been commended by teachers.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

Sixth Form Open Evening:
If you were unable to attend our Sixth Form Open Evening please do get in touch if you have any questions. Your son/daughter will receive a copy of the prospectus and application form during their IAG meeting, these continue this week and next.

Year 12 & 13 BTEC mocks this week:
BTEC results will be shared by class teachers as they are marked to support intervention for the external January exams.

08:5011:10
MondayY12 Child Dev 1hr 45Y12 Travel 1hr 30
Y13 IT 1hr 30
TuesdayY12 Protective Services 2hrs
WednesdayY12 H&SC 1hr 30
ThursdayY13 H&SC 1hr 30
FridayY12 Applied Psychology 1hr 30
Y13 Applied Psychology 1hr 45

REMINDER: Year 12 Form Tutor Evening
We will be hosting an evening on Weds 16th November for families of Year 12 to meet their son/daughter’s form tutor by appointment. Interim data will be shared alongside behaviour and attendance. We hope this will be an informative evening in advance of the January A Level mock exams and formal external BTEC assessments. Interim data will be sent home Monday 14th November.

REMINDER: Upcoming Key Dates

  • Y12 Form Tutor Evening Weds 16th November
  • Y13 A Level mock results Mon 12th December
  • Y13 Parents Evening Weds 14th December

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team
Another excellent week for year 11 students who have made a strong start to their revision lessons. I was really pleased going around the classrooms to see students dedicating themselves to doing well in their upcoming mock examinations. This was further evidenced by the excellent attendance at Period 6, with over 150 students attending on Monday alone. Thank you for your support in getting students to attend these extra revision hours, in order to support their revision, help manage their time effectively and ultimately benefit their outcomes at GCSE.

This week we have launched the form time revision packages, aimed at giving students the skills to revise independently. The revision programme students will be competing with form tutors will run for three weeks in the build up to their mock examinations. The students will be covering the following:

  • How to build a revision timetable and plan their time effectively.
  • How to make notes from large amounts of information.
  • How to create flashcards and mindmaps.
  • How to look after their wellbeing and ‘switch off’ when having rest breaks.

Please ask your child about this and any help you can offer in revising with your child at home would be greatly appreciated.

I was delighted to see so many of our students at the sixth form open evening this week, and hopefully they all left with a little more clarity on what the A-level courses are about and the topics they will cover. I know this can seem like a daunting decision for many young people, but please be aware that support will be on hand every step of the way in choosing their A-level options. Should you have any further questions about A-Level options please do not hesitate to contact a member of the sixth form team who will be happy to help.

Finally just a reminder about the importance of attendance. Last week the year group was at 93% which was a pleasing increase from the last week of term. However, with so much important work going on in lessons toward mock exams, I would really like to see this go up to 95% by the end of this week. Once again thank you for all your support in getting your child into school regularly, this is the most important step in ensuring success at GCSE.

As always, should you have any further concerns or questions, please feel free to contact a member of the Y11 team.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

I am delighted to start the bulletin with a positive message that Year 10 has had another amazing week! I have been in several lessons this week and have seen some fantastic progress being made across all subjects. From studying a Christmas Carol in English, to investigating particle theory of matter in Science and celebrating some amazing assessment results in maths, we as a school community can be really proud of what our inspirational year group are currently achieving.

This week Year Ten had an assembly on ‘Fake News’ and how it can appear in various forms. We addressed how fake news can look on the internet and particularly on social media. In an age where almost anyone from across the world can have access to a platform, it is really important that our young people are educated in how to assess the sources of social media content. As a year team we hope that a collective worship may serve as a reminder for our lovely young people and we politely ask that parents hold honest conversations where necessary about any ‘fake News’ they may come across.

In the summer term Year Ten students will have some time off timetable for work experience, which is a fantastic opportunity to get a taste for the world of work. The work experience launch date is on 17th November with more details to follow on how pupils are to secure work experience placements. For now I would recommend that conversations are held at home about how Year 10 pupils can make the most of this unique opportunity. It is also beneficial for pupils to get their work experience placements confirmed as early as possible as many of the popular places of work are filled up very quickly. Please look out for more information very soon!

Another exciting opportunity has taken place in Archie’s this week, with Year 1o students being involved in the Speak Out Challenge. The first of two groups participated in the workshop where students practised public speaking, a skill that is difficult for many people and can require lots of courage. The program was enjoyed by those who took part in it and the second session will take place this Friday and there are still places up for grabs for those still interested. If you would like your child to be considered for a place, please ask them to speak to Mr Arthur.

With the festive period just around the corner, our unity fund team have been making plans for our Christmas Fayre. This is a lovely evening and couldn’t happen with the kindness and generosity of people in our community making donations. We kindly ask that students drop chocolate and sweets off at reception over the next few weeks. This money goes to people in our community who really need it and can make all the difference when students get to wear a prom dress or get vital pieces of equipment. Any donations go a really long what to making a significant impact.

Finally I am sad to inform you that our amazing Assistant Head of Year Miss Clark will be leaving AHS and moving on to pastures new this week. Miss Clark and the year group built up great relationships and I’m sure she will be missed. I know I speak for all the Year Ten students when I wish her the best and thank her for her kindness, good humour and professionalism.

As always please contact me via phone or email (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy) with any queries or issues relating to your child. Alternatively Miss Deacon is available via email (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy).

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 new half term, continuing the high standards that they set themselves as a year group from the beginning of the school 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.

Attendance continues to be a big focus, students over the past fortnight will have received their attendance breakdown so they can see how well they have been doing with it this year so far. This will be reviewed with them in form time every half term to see how they are improving, how well they have done, or to see if they can spot patterns in their own attendance to school. The Year group had a good start this year, 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. The attendance for this week was 91% for the year group which definitely needs to be improved moving forward. Well done to 9Lp and 9NTh who both had fantastic attendance this week.

There was a fantastic effort from the whole year group and the results from the interhouse cross country are in. For the girls, Derwent were the winning house, with an average of 1832m of running between them, Lydia Scott came in first overall with an amazing 3050m. In the boys competition Foss were in first place, with an average of 2221m, Loic Clegg being the standout with 3350m. Well done Lydia and Loic.

Sunday night saw a selection of AHS students be present, including representatives from Year 9, at the LNER stadium for the women’s Rugby League World Cup matches. Miss Wheater has said “The girls embraced the opportunity to walk on the pitch with the World Cup flag and be a part of the pre-match presentation, they represented their school fantastically, very proud of them!”

This week saw the new extra curricular timetable being released, this can be found both in form rooms and online, please remember to check for details about any clubs that students may be interested in attending. Homework club is also running Monday to Thursday with Mr Stabler in BS2.

As always, if you require any assistance about anything, please get in contact with us and we will resolve any problems that you may have.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team
As we delve deeper into the Autumn term, we are reaching the point where we are beginning to see the majority of students become nicely settled into their lessons and growing more confident with their routines. Last week, our Year 8 Newsletter recapped many of the positive experiences and opportunities students have enjoyed so far which is well worth a read if you have missed it.

We have some important upcoming events in our calendar this month and would like to politely remind you to keep your evening free on Wednesday 30th November for Year 8 Parents Evening which will take place from 3:45pm-7:15pm. Students will soon begin making appointments with their teachers in school and there are some very important and valuable conversations to be held at this event.

We will also be taking the opportunity to undertake some important fundraising during the Christmas Period. The rewards opportunities we offer in AHS are valuable to all students and important for their wellbeing and social skills, which is why we wish to introduce an additional Year 8 reward experience in the Easter term. To fund this, we are hoping to raise money through a number of charitable endeavours between now and the Easter term, with the money going towards the experience – particularly for some of our disadvantaged students whose families may not be able to afford to make a contribution. This endeavour will also allow students to engage in charity and fundraising in-keeping with our Christian values.

We have two fundraising events in our calendar for Year 8 in the next few weeks:

Firstly, our Year 8 students have designed and created a Christmas quiz for parents to complete at Parents’ Evening whilst you wait for your appointments. We would really appreciate it if you are able to take part by bringing in £1 on the evening, with a prize of a family Christmas hamper for the lucky winner!

Secondly, there will be a Year 8 games stall at the Y8 Christmas Fayre, with the proceeds being used to cover the costs of rewards experiences this year for disadvantaged students. We are always very proud of our AHS Christmas Fayre which is a wonderful school community event, but this year in particular Year 8 students would very much value seeing you there: our students have designed and created some of the games from scratch during Form times, and members of the Y8 student council will also be running the stall alongside the Y8 team on the evening of December 2nd. We hope to see you there.

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

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team
We have had another fantastic week in school. Our C band went to Bewerley Park and it was great to see them all joining in and getting involved in all the activities. The year 7’s have certainly entered their stretch zone whilst reaching new heights at high ropes, climbing and scrambling at Brimham Rocks, and enjoying the slides in the gorge walk. Our final trip for forms 7JHE, 7CY, 7BL, 7ZBL will take place next week on Wednesday, please remember to meet in the hall at 8:30am with all of your bags. Any medication needs to be labelled and handed in.

In school, our students enjoyed our new games equipment at lunchtime and it was brilliant to see them all playing together and keeping active.

Next week is Anti-bullying week in school and our students will be discussing what bullying is and how we can all play a part in combating it. To celebrate Anti-bullying week students are invited to wear odd socks on Monday and it would be great to see as many year 7’s joining in with this as possible!

As always, if you need any support please do not hesitate to contact The Year 7 Team.

Well done to our HOY awards this week:
Morgan Smith 7JHE – For taking initiative and running an extra curricular club and helping others in year 7 to “join in”. You are an asset to year 7 and AHS. Well Done!
Erin Holton 7MPE – For being a fantastic ambassador of our school at the Rugby League World Cup last Sunday. Well Done!

Well done to our Students of the Week:
7ASu – Skyler Sullivan – for always putting her hand up and contributing to discussions. Well done Skyler!
7CMm – Thomas Allen- for his excellent attitude to school work, every day. Has had an excellent start to the year.
7Pi – Grace Rennison – for being so positive and smiley all the time
7Hv – Evie Sullivan – Young – Showing resilience by coming to school even when feeling under the weather
7CSt – Jackson Pratt – for being super helpful and encouraging at Bewerley park and for being brave and pushing himself out of his comfort zone. Well done Jackson!
7MPE – Nilesh Ghimire for being the last one standing doing the hoovering in the dorm at Bewerley park! Well done!
7MLn – Liam Barker – for outstanding teamwork and not being afraid to get his hands dirty at Bewerley Park! Well done, great joining in!
7JHe – Nathaniel Wade – for remembering the little things really add up to success
7Bl – Tom Sullivan – for a positive change in attitude and effort in all areas of the curriculum. Great to see Tom engaging in form time discussions.
7ZBl – Oliver Eaton – for asking really thoughtful questions and wanting to know more about what is going on in the world around him.
7Cy – Reagan Walker for helping in form time.

Word of the week
The word of the week for week commencing 14 November is: debate

Noun: a formal discussion on a particular matter in a public meeting, in which opposing arguments are put forward and which usually ends with a vote

The students were keen to debate the issues in class.

Collective Worship
Theme
The topic for our form tutor collective worship this week is Parliament Week. Our daily quotes are inspired by this year’s theme of “Let’s make a difference together”.

Quotes
Monday – “Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican bishop & human rights and anti-apartheid activist
Tuesday – “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”
Mother Teresa, nun and missionary in India.
Wednesday – “There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it.”
Amanda Gorman – an activist and the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate in America.
Thursday – “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States & co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU.
Friday – “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.”
Maya Angelou – Maya Angelou was an American memoirist, popular poet, and civil rights activist.

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