Filtering by: Year 9

9:00 AM09:00

Macmillian Coffee Morning

Year 7 parents and carers are invited to our Macmillan Coffee morning at The Thomas Alleyne Academy on Friday 27th September. The coffee morning will run from 9.00 – 11.20am in the main hall and all of the family are welcome.

Students will be allowed to purchase cake in return for a donation.

This event is organised by our Sixth Form students to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and your donations will help Macmillan nurses give medical, practical and emotional support to people living with cancer.

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8:30 AM08:30

Year 9 Ventura Design Competition, The Design Museum, London

I am delighted to inform you that the Academy has been given the opportunity to visit the ‘Ventura Design Competition’ workshop at The Design Museum, Kensington High Street, London, on Friday 27th September 2019.

The event will introduce the Ventura Design Competition and encourage students to develop design ideas that meet real life needs and could be sold at the Museum for £10 or under. Using various design elements, students will be able to interact with contemporary designers and experiment with some design resources designing a product to meet such needs. In addition, and during the time of the competition, students will have opportunities to meet, hear about the ideas and see the works of innovative business tycoons and inventors.

We will travel together by train and tube from Stevenage station. Parents will need to make arrangements for their child to meet Academy staff at Stevenage train station by 8.30am where we will travel by train to London. Parents will need to make arrangements to collect or give their permission for the student to make their own way home from the station, our estimated time of arrival at Stevenage Train Station will be 4pm. Students will be required to bring a packed lunch and must wear school uniform. If your child is in receipt of free school meals a packed lunch will be provided.

Although the workshop is free, the cost of the trip will be £21.00 per student to cover the cost transport and other expenses.

If you would like your child to attend this visit please complete and return the attached permission slip, together with your payment of £21.00, to Mrs O’Rourke in Reception by Wednesday 18th September 2019. Payment may be made via cash, cheque (made payable to ‘The Thomas Alleyne Academy’) or via WisePay.

If you know your son/daughter needs any medication (e.g.inhalers, travel sickness medication etc) please ensure they bring this with them before departure – it is imperative to indicate any medical details on the permission slip.

We are proud of our excellent record of exemplary behaviour on trips and visits. Students will be representing our Academy and we expect all to behave and act responsibly. If staff have any concerns about your child’s conduct, their place on the visit will be reviewed.

Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me. We are looking forward to an enjoyable day.

Yours faithfully,

Mr S. Makinde

Design & Technology

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9:30 AM09:30

Year 9 - Airbus Flying Challenge Launch Event

We are pleased to be able to invite parents to join us for the official launch of the Airbus Foundation Flying Challenge on Wednesday 25th September, 10.00 – 11.00am. At the launch you will hear more about this fantastic initiative, meet the volunteers as well as hearing from three times Olympic Medallist Kriss Akabusi MBE and Space Scientist, Explorer, Mountaineer and the winner of the 2017 BBC production ‘Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?’ Suzie Imber. Due to limited space we are only able to offer two places per student and this includes siblings.

On the launch day students should attend school as normal and we will walk across to the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space together. Students must bring a packed lunch and drinks with them for the day. If your child is in receipt of free school meals a packed lunch will be provided.

The outline for the day is as follows:

9.00am: Students meet at the school carpark gate and walk to Airbus accompanied by Thomas Alleyne staff

9:30am: Arrival at Airbus

10.00 – 11.00am: Launch Event (with parents)

11.00am: Introductory session and lunch

12:30: Motivational session with Kris Akabusi

3:30pm: Debrief

4.00pm: Dismissal from the Discovery Space

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12:20 PM12:20

Early Close (12.20pm)

On this day school will finish at the end of period 3 (12.20pm) when students will be allowed to go home. Any student entitled to free school meals must collect their food at break time.

Many students are being invited to come back and help in the evening and we very much appreciate this. All students who are requested to stay late as classroom helpers or who would like to be tour guides will receive a letter over the next few school days. If your child plans to help then please can you sign and return their permission slip as soon as possible to help us with planning.

 On Friday 15th September students should come into school at 9.30am. This late start is to enable staff to ensure the school is ready for teaching. All students must be in school on Friday morning for registration at 9.30am. This will be followed by period 2 lesson at 10.00am.

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8:30 AM08:30

Year 9 Innovation Day at North Hertfordshire College, Hitchin

We are pleased to invite your child to visit North Hertfordshire College, Hitchin Campus for an Innovation Day on Wednesday 12th June 2019. The aim of the day is to introduce students to apprenticeship and college courses that are available and inspire students to succeed. These courses include Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Carpentry and Sports Studies.

The visit will be taking place on Wednesday 12th June 2019. Your son/daughter will need to arrive at The Academy on this day at the normal time of 8.30am and register in their forms. Students will return to The Academy by 1.00 pm and will have a late lunch during Period 4. Students will then go to period 5 as normal and finish school at 3.00pm. Students are required to be in full school uniform.

We expect that this will be a very popular opportunity 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 50 students. Should your child be successful they will be notified via their form tutors. Please return the reply slip below to Miss Proto by no later than Tuesday 21st May 2019.

What to bring:

Please note that your child will be required to bring a packed lunch and a bottle of water with them to The Academy on this day. (The canteen will not be open due to early lunches over the exam period). If your child is entitled to free school meals and you wish The Academy to provide your child with lunch, please fill out the permission slip below. We ask that parents ensure their child bring with them any medication that they require and that school staff are aware of any medical needs. Students should wear their normal school uniform on this day.


Members of school staff Miss Kwiatkowski, Miss Proto and Mr Crowley will be accompanying students on this trip. We are proud of our excellent record of exemplary behaviour on trips and visits. Students will be representing our Academy and we expect all to behave and act responsibly. If staff have any concerns about your son/daughter’s conduct, their place on the visit will be reviewed.

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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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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 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.

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.

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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