Month: October 2016

News & EventsWhole School

Sherwood Central

Welcome back Sherwood to John Taylor, and welcome to those of you that have just joined us! Firstly we want to start by saying thank you to those of you who bought a Sports Day water bottle and for those of you who constantly bought a doughnut from the doughnut sales, it really helped boost the total for our Sherwood House Charity, St Giles. We hope that this year we can raise even more money for St Giles Hospice and earn even more merits than we did last year!

For those of you who don’t know or who need a reminder, there are four Sherwood house leaders; Jordan is our Senior House Leader, Cathleen is our Deputy House Leader who is also in charge of helping with the Sherwood House Charity, Jaime is the  House Leader who organizes the inter-form competitions and I am the House leader. My name is Katie and I am the Sherwood Mentor who helps out with the Anti-Bullying Committee. You will probably see us all in assemblies and when we are selling doughnuts for St Giles every Thursday in the lower link block. Doughnut sales started on the 22nd of September, they are only 50p and all the money goes towards the House Charity.

Sherwood house is also hoping to raise some money for an ex-pupil from John Taylor who was in Sherwood house for five years. 17 year old Rhiannon Pope is raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust which is an absolutely amazing cause, and not only that, Rhiannon is also donating her hair to the Princess Trust. The Teenage Cancer Trust offers so much support to young people aged between 16 – 24 ensuring the best quality care is given so that young people are treated as a young person first, and a cancer patient second. She has already raised over £1,200, which is over twice the amount of her target value. However every further donation is a huge help for the Teenage Cancer Trust, so please support this amazing charity and help us to help Rhiannon raise even more money!

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Well done to Max Bird! He started a game for Derby County Under-18s last Saturday.

We wish Elizabeth Beaver luck for her County rugby and England Under 19s trails! We are sure you will make Sherwood proud!

Sherwood is very proud of Ella Jones who had 9” cut off her hair and donated it to the Little Princess trust. You have done an amazing thing for a child in need!

We hope that Ben Revill had a lovely time in Finland on his scouting trip In July!

Congratulations to Ellie Smith who won the Annual Devonshire Talent Show! She wowed with her cover of Defying Gravity!

Well done to Jack Triptree for participating in county tennis!

Fantastic work to Henry from S11! He had now gained a yellow belt in karate!

Congratulations to Miss Bale and Mr Davis who completed the 10K mud run on September 9th in aid of St Giles Hospice, our House charity (photo right)


CommunityNews & EventsWhole School


We hold an evening meeting each half term; these meetings are different to those that you may have attended at primary school. It’s a platform for school news to be relayed to parents, opinions from parents are welcomed from Mr Donoghue and his team. 

We briefly discuss fundraising events but we hold a separate fundraising committee when we organize the events. We are always looking for more ideas for events and help is always welcome; you can be involved with every event or maybe just one. Come along and meet new parents, and have a say how we spend the money for ‘extras’ for our children at JTHS.

Our treasurer gives an update on our financial situation and the 50/50 draw takes place at the meetings. (There is still time to join 50/50. See right)

Our present committee:

Chair – Emma Thompson (

Vice chair – Vacant

Secretary- Judy Tjon Soei Len (

Treasurer – vacant

50/50 – Heather West

If anyone is interested in becoming the Treasurer please feel free to contact our outgoing treasurer Sara Shipton (, for more information; otherwise contact Emma or Judy.

Are any parents able to get match funding through their employer?? If so please let us know as this can double our funds with little effort on our part.


Come and join us at our next meeting in the Training Centre on 16th November at 7.00pm.




CommunityNews & Events

50/50 Club

The start of the school year also means the restarting of the school PTA’s 50/50 Club. The 50/50 Club has now been running for almost 20 years and forms a large part of the fundraising work the PTA carry out to help the various departments within the school obtain the additional extras that would not normally be provided but can make a big difference to the students’ learning and enjoyment.

The 50/50 club is a simple concept of giving £1 a month which is collected annually and from this, 50p goes into the PTA funds and the remaining 50p goes into a prize fund. Each member is given a lucky number which is entered into each monthly prize draw. Last year the 50/50 Club raised £1,740 donating £870 to the PTA funds. The remaining £870 was given out in monthly prize cheques of £36 for first, £20 for second and £16.50 for third. (With one very lucky member winning five times in the year with a total prize pot of £128.50!)

Renewal forms for existing members have been sent out and new Y7 parents should have received an invitation letter to join. The 50/50 Club is open to all parents, carers and anyone within the school community and is a very simple way to support the school’s fundraising and at the same time have a chance of winning monthly prize cheques. IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN IN. Prize draws are made within the PTA meetings so the draws for September, October and November will all take place at the next meeting of the PTA on 16 November 2016. If you would like to join please complete and return the form which is available from the school office or can be found on the school website under “School Life : PTA : 50/50 Flyer” or alternatively contact Heather West directly via email at who will be able to provide you with all the information you will need.

We have only had a few new members join so far this year so please do support us if you can so we can then help support your child.

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Office 365 for Students

John Taylor High School is proud to announce the new Microsoft Office Pro Plus Program to students. This program provides free access to Office 365 Pro Plus for students enrolled at John Taylor High School.

Any student who is currently enrolled may download and install Office 365 Pro applications on up to 5 devices (PC, MAC, and/or mobile device).

Students will be entitled to this benefit as long as they are on roll (in our Student Management Information System) at John Taylor High School; when they leave John Taylor the software will be deactivated automatically.

What is Office 365?

Office 365 is a set of applications that includes email, document and file creation, and collaboration tools. The good news is you have been using these tools for years.  What will be different for many of us is the introduction of new versions of your old favourites.  This includes the Outlook application for accessing email; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access); OneNote, a note-taking function; and SharePoint, a storage and application platform that permits file storage, application development, and collaboration.

Office 365 is referred to as a cloud-based service, and access to many of the tools is over the internet.  For the majority, the Microsoft Office application you utilise regularly will continue to be accessed through your computer (in school); however by using Office 365, those applications and your documents will also be accessible over the internet and accessible from anywhere.

5 free copies of Office Pro 2016 (including mobile apps)

To check how many installs you have used visit

  1. Go to the following website:
  2. Enter your school email address
  3. On the next screen ensure your email address is correct and enter your network password
  4. You should now see a page like this:
  5. Click Install Office 2016
  6. A file will now be downloaded to your computer
  7. Once installation begins, the installation program will scan your computer for any previous versions of Microsoft Office
  8. If you have a previous version of Microsoft Office installed already, you will have to remove it from your system before continuing the installation.
  9. If you do not have to remove Office, your installation of Office 365 ProPlus will begin.
  10. Once the application is loaded, a progress box will appear as the software downloads the final settings. Please note that the speed of your connection will determine the speed of this part of the installation.
  11. Once all loading is complete, follow the steps (wizard or online prompts) to personalise your Office 365 ProPlus and begin using your software.

If you wish to download office on to your mobile devices follow this link

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This service is provided ‘as is’ and help is available via the Microsoft website, and respective help documentation within programs. We cannot accept any responsibility for an issues you have with the installation, loss of data or compatibility issues.