December 1999
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Attendance &

Healthy Eating = Healthy Staff?

School attendance  hit the national news headlines in September with the proposal that parents could face huge fines if their children play truant.
In Year 8 Learning for Life Lessons this issue was discussed  at length and all Tamworth students listened to an assembly about the importance of good attendance to school.
All Year 8 students were invited to take part in a poster competition to promote regular attendance and good time keeping.
Ten winners were selected by our school Educational Welfare Officer, Linda Tuckey, and their works of art were displayed for all to see in the main foyer.

Mrs. N. MacLeod

The two Year 11 GNVQ groups
ran a Food Fair on the 12th October 1999 at breaktime in the Youth Centre.  This was for our case study on 'Healthy Eating'.  It was the first Food Fair which had been held in Tamworth and it was a great success.
Each group chose a culture from around the world and prepared a popular snack and sold them to the other students and teachers in the school.  We only had 5.00 per group to do this.  We chose to prepare British Food.  We prepared
sausage in a roll, bacon 'butties' and chip 'butties' which we sold for 30p each.  Everyone thought our prices were very cheap but the aim was not to make a profit but to get back the original money paid out, so we did not need to make the prices any more expensive.  Other cultures which were chosen were American, Italian and Mexican.  Most of the other groups also managed to sell their snacks and make a small profit.  Some of the foods which were prepared were chilli burgers and chips, gateaux, cakes, pizzas and hot dogs.  We had to decorate our stalls with

STOP PRESS: The TMA are offering awards for students with the best and most improved attendance.

December 1999

Volume 4, Issue 2



When I first saw the Chamber where the Members of Parliament sit I was surprised to find that it is not as big as it looks on television.  I was shown round by a guide who told me many interesting  things.
The seats where the Members sit are green in colour, but visitors are not allowed to sit in them or take photographs.
The House of Commons is called the Lower Chamber, and  the Upper Chamber is the House of Lords.  The Members of Parliament are elected by voting from 650 different places all over the country.  The Parliament lasts for 5 years and this was decided in 1911, and ever since then the Members have been paid.  The Members elect a Speaker  whose job is to keep order in the House.
I also looked round the House of Lords, where the seats are red.  It is connected to the Commons Chamber by a passageway.  I was told that the Members walk through this when they go to listen to the Queen's speech at the beginning of the Parliament.

Riki Adams

This year's production was a departure from our usual style.  We chose to perform a modern, improvised version of Dickens' short story.  We explored sub-text work and different non-naturalistic staging techniques.
Approximately 70 people were involved in the production.
Once again, under Mr Craig's direction, we included some excellent
music and had a live band playing.
A big thank you  to everyone in the production team, and to our very loyal audience.  We look forward to seeing you at our next production.

Ms V Pridham

I really enjoyed doing the play.  It was hard during rehearsals but our work paid off on the night.  There was a great atmosphere back stage.  The sense of excitement and thrill, people laughing and whispering.  The cast was brilliant to work with and we pulled together as a team.  I would like to thank everyone involved.

Matthew Davies


On 23 November we hosted the
Mitcham Rotary Club Public Speaking Competition. Year 10 students spoke against a team of Year 11 students from Rowan. Robert Adjetey gave a highly polished speech on "Would you rather be an only child?" Emma Reygate was in the Chair, and Lamis Chetouani gave the vote of thanks.  Unfortunately we lost by just one point.  Our team worked well and our speeches were strong.

Mr S Aldis, Ms N Williams


Year 9 Maths Club has finally finished all the problems in this competition and our entry has been posted.  This is a very popular competition with schools in the UK.  We are trying to win a free trip for one class to the Challenge Learning Centre in Leicester.  Many thanks to Laura Baker SMs,Jonathon Dunn NWs, and Jenny Leggott SMs.

Mr S Maines

We held our Annual General
Meeting on  24 November.

The following committee was elected.

Chairperson - V Herbert
Secretary - S Guarino
Treasurer - D Hoy

Profits raised from previous events have been put towards the school minibus.  500 has been given to the
Library.  We have also funded vouchers to improve attendance.
A new venture this year was to
organise  a Year 11 leavers' party - which was most successful and
enjoyed by all.  We hope to do the same again.
The Headteacher thanked the TMA committee for all their hard work and support for the school.

Lauren Skyers, Ms Pankhurst, David Walton


Well done to the ASDAN group of Year 11 students who have received Certificates towards their ASDAN Bronze Award.  This Award is achieved through planning and completing a series of challenges designed to develop young people's independence and perseverance.  Last term the group examined leisure provision for young people in Merton.  They visited Leisure Centres and two local businesses.


We were very pleased to welcome back last year's Year 11 for our Certificate Presentation Evening.  GCSE and GNVQ Certificates were presented by the Director of Education, Mrs. Jenny Cairns.  A special award was given to Nikki Wooders-Reynolds for his achievement in music.  This was presented by our former Headteacher, Mr. David Giles.




All Year 11 students were given the opportunity to visit Merton College on the 3rd November.  The day  was well attended and most enjoyable and informative.
Students took part in two workshops in the morning ranging from Motor Cycle Mechanics to Florestry.
Students had the opportunity to visit the canteen at lunch-time and had a tour of the College during the afternoon.
We were all impressed with the improvements recently made to the buildings and with the new ICT area.
It was also interesting to learn more about the amalgamation between Merton College and Phoenix College which will take place next year.

Mrs N MacLeod

It was a pleasure to welcome parents to our first Post 16 Workshop Evening on 21 September.  Over 60 families were represented.
The focus of the evening was to inform parents about the types of courses and qualifications available post 16.  Three representatives from SEARCH - our local Careers Service talked and gave parents the opportunity to ask questions.  The workshops were about A/AS Levels, GNVQ's and NVQ's, as well as one about work based training.
Comments from the parents were extremely positive and encouraging.  All found the evening most enjoyable and informative.  As it was such a success it is sure to be a regular evening on our School Calendar.

Mrs N MacLeod

On 12th October our annual Post 16 Evening was held in the school hall.  A large number of local colleges were represented and were able to give up to date information about courses, entry requirements and possible future careers.
Students and their parents were able to collect Prospectuses and ask questions.  In addition they were able to find out when colleges have their open days and about the application process.
This was an extremely well attended and successful evening - over 75% of Year 11 students and their parents attended.

Interactive Week 2000

Next year's Interactive Week will take place between 11th and 14th July 2000.  This is one of the highlights of the school year will all students from years 8 and 9 participating in 4 days of exciting activities,  many of which take place off site.
Activities for next year's programme will include Camping, Water sports, Mountain biking, a trip to Euro Disney in Paris and visits to London, with many other activities being planned.
Further details of all activities will be distributed after the Christmas break.  Included in the information booklet will be a reply slip on which students must select 2 activities.  This should be returned by the date specified.  A first come first served policy does not apply.

Mr. A. Lammas


Dates For Your Diary

Dec 21  Mufti Day and last day of term
Jan 5       Spring Term:  School returns
Feb 1                  Yr. 11 Academic Tutoring                   
Feb 8                  Yr. 10 Work Experience
Feb 9                  Academic Tutoring Day
Feb 18-25           Ski Trip
Feb 21-25           Half Term
Feb 29      Yr. 9 Options Evening
Mar 10               School Closure
                           Staff  Training
Mar 16              Yr. 9 Community and
                           Industry Day
April 7               School Closure
                           Staff Training
April 11              Yr. 9 Parents' Evening
April 12-18         French Trip
April 14              Mufti Day and last day of term

*The Newsletter is a valuable source of information for students, parents/guardians and friends of Tamworth. Please check the dates to make sure you get your copy on time. If you do not receive a copy please contact the school office. Tel: 0181 764 5112.

The Fun Run continues to be an essential annual event in the school calendar whereby students can be involved in raising money for a worthy cause.  This year the charity 'Dreams Come True' was selected by the Year 8 student council, a charity that enables terminally ill children to have one last adventure, for example swimming with dolphins in Florida!
The Fun Run was due to take place on the 24th September, unfortunately wet weather prevented this and even after relocating the event a week later, the poor weather continued.  This left us with no option other than to run it over a week in Games lessons.  This however did not dampen some students' enthusiasm!  Students were still able to run in fancy dress and a selection of interesting characters lapped the field during the week including 'jolly hockey sticks', St. Trinians students, soccer superstars, babies and even a few friendly aliens.
A total of 750.00 was collected by our students.  Congratulations and "Well  Done!"  to all who took part.

Mrs. R. May

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