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Year 10 Geography Field Trip - Walton-on-the-Naze

Please be advised that as part of their GCSE course, all students are required to complete two

compulsory field work studies as part of their exam preparation. As part of their Paper 2 assessment,

students are required to investigate coastal change and conflict in the UK.

In order to support this learning and meet the course requirements, we have planned a field work visit to

Walton on the Naze. Whilst at the site, students will be taking part in a variety of activities to measure

coastal processes and assess the impact of coastal management techniques, led by members of staff

from The Naze Education and Visitor Centre. We will also have time in their indoor learning area to begin

writing up and evaluating the results of our findings.

Group 1 will visit on 12th June

Group 2 will visit on 13th June

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7:00 PM19:00

Year 11 Prom

Dear Parent/Carer,

The Year 11 Leavers’ Prom Committee has been working really hard to bring together a memorable end to Year 11 for all their fellow students at the Thomas Alleyne Academy. Year 11 Prom – Friday 5th July 2019 This year the Committee are delighted to inform you that they will be holding the Leavers’ Prom at the Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel, Letchworth on Friday 5th July 2019.

Tickets for the prom will be charged at £35 per person (TAA students only) which includes the following:

 Drink on arrival

 2 course buffet dinner

 Disco and DJ

The Committee are hopeful that as many Year 11’s as possible will attend the Prom, to make wonderful memories to a great end of the year

 Payment of £35.00 due by 1st March; this is non-refundable

 Payments can be made to “The Thomas Alleyne Academy” by cash, cheque or Wisepay. Please confirm, on the attached form, if your son/daughter would like to attend.

I must remind you that at all times students are required to adhere to the academy's behaviour expectations for trips and visits, this will be expected of all our students when attending the prom. We do have the right to revoke attendance of a student if we feel their behaviour has been a concern to the academy and I must inform you they will not receive a refund if it is deemed they are not permitted to attend the prom.

In the lead up to the prom the committee will be working hard to raise funds towards the event, e.g. decorations, photo booth, balloons etc, should you feel you would like to make a donation towards the Year 11 Prom, please email swainl@tas.herts.sch.uk to enable me to let the committee aware, any donations are greatly appreciated.

If you have any queries regarding this prom, please do not hesitate to contact me at the Academy.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs L Swain

Key Stage 4 Student Support Worker

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5:00 PM17:00

Year 6 into Year 7 Transition Evening

On Monday 8th July 2019. On this date we are holding Year 7 Transition Evening for all our new Year 7 students and their parents to provide you with important information about starting at our academy. To allow families to be seated comfortably in the Main Hall, we will present the information in two sittings and have allocated time slots according to your child’s surname:

  • 5.00pm students and their families with surname beginning with A-L

  • 6.00pm students and their families with surname beginning with M-Z

If you are not able to make the appointed time you can come to the alternative presentation.

You may visit the uniform shop on the Parents’ Evening in the school Gym from 3.30pm where your child can be measured for the correct size and you may take home items purchased that night:- blazers, our navy skirt and/or trousers, tie, the optional jumper or cardigan, and our PE kit.

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12:00 PM12:00

KS5 Media Trip: Movie Marketing Lecture & Warner Brothers Studio Tour (16+)

Dear Parent/Guardian

I am writing to inform you of an extra-curricular opportunity for current and prospective A Level Media Studies students. They are invited to attend an interactive Movie Marketing workshop and tour of Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden. As well as being extremely enjoyable, this experience will enable candidates to develop their understanding of complex media language and concepts prior to mock examinations and public examinations in June.

The cost for each participant is £20.50 per ticket and approximately £5 for school minibus transport. We are therefore asking for a voluntary contribution of £25, to be paid via each school’s Wisepay system by 3rd April 2019.

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8:30 AM08:30

Whole School Fun Run

The Fun Run is a fundraising event for the PE department and any funds raised will go towards improving current facilities or buying new equipment. Fun Run money has paid for the outdoor table tennis tables, new athletics vests, the bowling machine, trampolines, refurbishing the weights room and more.

Students pay a £2 entry fee into the race which will cover their non-uniform for the day, their medal as well as entry into the best costume competition. Students have also been given sponsorship forms to try and get friends or relatives to sponsor them in the run.

All students will report to their afternoon registration at 1.40 and be dismissed from school at 2.00 p.m.

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6:00 PM18:00

Year 7 PGL Information Evening

Dear Parents and Carers,

 We are inviting you to an information evening for the Year 7 Residential to Osmington Bay in June. This will take place on Wednesday 15th May from 6pm- 6:45pm in the Dining Hall. During this evening you will be given information about timings, groups, room allocations and activities, as well as information regarding what your child will need to pack for the trip. Members of staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. 

 Please note, if you have not already paid in full, the last payment is now overdue and all monies need to be paid as soon as possible. If you have any issues in clearing the balance, please contact Miss Honeygan at honeygan-matthewm@tas.herts.sch.uk


Kind Regards

Miss Monique Honeygan

Year 7 Student Support Worker

The Thomas Alleyne Academy

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2:00 PM14:00

Y10, 12 & 13 - VIP Guest Speaker Tom Toumazis, MBE

Our ref: KBE/GNY

29th April 2019

Dear Parents, Students and Carers,

Re: VIP Guest Speaker Tom Toumazis, MBE – Wednesday 8th May 2019, 2.00 to 3.00 pm

Venue: Drama Room

We are delighted to announce that Mr Toumazis will be visiting our Academy on Wednesday 8th May 2019. Mr Toumazis will be speaking to students about careers in the highly competitive media and creative industries.

Mr Toumazis is a portfolio director, investor and adviser, focused in technology, media and the arts. He is a founder investor of three start-ups, Tagsmart, Fusebox Games and TVbeat as well as a Trustee of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and an external Director at PRS for Music. He is Chairman and Founder of the Childline Board, (part of the NSPCC). Mr Toumazis was awarded the MBE for services to children and in October 2018 appointed a Trustee of the NSPCCs Chair of the Childline Board for his contributions in helping to raise over £8 million for Childline. Childline has worked with TV shows such as ‘Downton Abbey, Britain's Got Talent, X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, and I'm a Celebrity.’ He is a public speaker, sharing his work/life experiences and encouraging young people to explore careers in the world of media and entertainment.

Students who are genuinely interested in humanities subjects, particularly a career in arts, film, design or media are encouraged to attend. Should you wish your son/daughter to participate in this excellent enrichment opportunity, please complete the reply slip and return it to the sixth form office by no later than Friday 3rd May 2019. We expect that this will be a very popular presentation and in the interest of fairness, names will be entered into a ballot and chosen at random if oversubscribed. Places will not be secured on a ‘first come, first served,’ basis. Please be advised that places will be limited to 20 students. Should your child be successful they will be notified via their form tutors.

Please complete and return the reply slip to the Sixth Form Office by no later than Friday 3rd May 2019. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

G Newbery

Mrs G Newbery

Outreach Coordinator

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8:00 AM08:00

Breakfast & Meeting with Mr Lewis Wednesday 1st May 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

 This week we have started our breakfast scheme, offering every student the chance to grab a free breakfast every morning. On Wednesday 1st May you are welcome to come along to the Dining Hall between 8.00am and 8.25am to join your child for breakfast.  Mr Lewis will be available in the Dining Hall between 8.30am-9.15am on this day to meet parents. This will be a chance to talk generally about all aspects of academy life.

 I hope that some of you will be available to join us on Wednesday for some or all of the time. Please can you let me know if you are planning to attend by filing in this form.

 For those of you that are only available after work the next evening Parent Forum will be on Thursday 23rd May at 6.00pm.



 Mrs Kate Prince

PA to Mar Mark Lewis, Head teacher

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8:30 AM08:30

Year 10 GCSE Music - BrightSparks School’s Concert

Dear Parents and Carers

The LPO will perform a programme specially designed for GCSE students, focusing on music as a storytelling tool alongside other genres, specifically film and dance.

Important features of the music will be highlighted by a presenter alongside detailed projection for

students to take notes, and their attendance on this trip will be highly beneficial for their GCSE music


The total cost is £18.10 per student, which includes the concert ticket and return train fare.

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5:00 PM17:00

Year 10 & 11 Drama GCSE - Woman in Black

An evening performance of the play ‘The Woman in Black’ for all Year 10 and 11 Drama GCSE students.

Seeing live theatre is a mandatory part of the course as it is part of the written exam. Ideally students should see a wide range of theatre in order to enable them to fully prepare them for their exam so attending this performance, as well as ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ this term, will have a significant impact on our drama students’ ability to be successful in their GCSE exam.

The cost of the ticket, including transport to and from the theatre, will be £30.50.

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8:30 AM08:30

Year 9 & 10 - R.E. Visit - Holocaust Memorial Day Workshop

I have organised a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Day workshop on Wednesday 31st January 2018. The morning will be spent at the Jewish Museum in North London with a focus on The Holocaust gallery which provides an interesting and enlightening insight into Jewish life and history. The afternoon will be spent at Northwood United Synagogue listening to a survivor’s story and participating in the accompanying workshop.

This trip is open to all year 9 and 10 students and would be beneficial with regards to the Religious Studies GCSE in particular. As well as understanding the historic facts relating to the Holocaust, this is an ideal opportunity for students to recognise the relationship between the Holocaust and contemporary issues such as racism, bullying and discrimination.

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6:30 PM18:30

Parent information on online safety - led by Freedom From Abuse

We have a session for parents which covers, keeping your children safe online, child sexual exploitation, grooming, and risky behaviours in general, how to help your children stay safe.

If you are able to we would encourage you to attend. Freedom From Abuse have already been into Barclay and Barnwell, the parents feedback was overwhelmingly positive with many parents, students and staff saying it is the best training they have ever had.

More about the trainer can be found here. http://freedom-abuse.org/about/our-people/marilyn-hawes/

We are running a crèche on Monday for any parents that have children whom they need to bring as they don't have childcare available, if this something you need please let Mrs Dowle know so she can add you to the list. dowlel@tas.herts.sch.uk

The session is from 6.30-8pm on Monday 21st January 2019.

Any parent that would like to discuss this further, the Safe Guarding Team will be available at Monday's session.

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8:30 AM08:30

Christmas Jumper/ Non-uniform Day

We are holding a non-uniform day to raise money for the Schools chosen charity and TASA this Friday.

Students are asked to pay £1.00 to wear a Christmas jumper as part of their non-uniform or £2.00 to wear non- uniform without a Christmas jumper.  Students should hand their money into their Form Tutors in morning registration.

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