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Helen Wilson, Principal

Principal's Message

11 February 2017

As this half term draws to a close, I would like to congratulate our Year 11 and Year 13 students on rising to the challenge of their Mock Examinations.  I have a perfect viewpoint from my office of the Year 11 students lining up to go into their exams in the Sports Hall; their behaviour has been exemplary.  I would also like to thank the staff who take time out from their breaks to be with students before their exams to offer them support and last minute words of advice and reassurance.

On the final day of the half term, the College Council and Mrs Webdale led fundraising events for both Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Little Princess Trust.  Although Friday 10 February is the official date for the Great Ormond Street Hospital’s ‘Bad Hair Day’, we decided to move it back a day to coincide with the fundraising activities for the Little Princess Trust, which included haircuts for willing volunteers. This was such a happy coincidence as it meant no one could feel too self-conscious about their whacky hairdo for the day!  For ‘Bad Hair Day’, students were encouraged, on this occasion, to come into College with wigs, hair-dye and eccentric styles and to give a donation towards Great Ormond Street Hospital.  The haircuts for the Little Princess Trust and the variations on a theme of ‘Bad Hair Day’ all blended into one joyful event. 

At break time in the Auditorium, twenty two students and two members of staff had their plaits cut off on stage by local hairdressers (two from Bliss, two from John Michael and local mobile hairdresser, Hair by Katrina).  The atmosphere was fantastic with fellow students and staff showing support for their plucky peers.  We take our hats off, so to speak, to the willing volunteers who had all been sponsored to take part in this fundraising activity. Our students and staff gave generously, making donations to watch the haircutting and to indulge in the cakes which could be purchased at the Bake Sale. 

We fully expect to raise more than £1,000 and I will confirm after half term the final sum for the day.  The Little Princess Trust collects hair and money in order to supply wigs for children suffering from cancer.  If you would like to give then you will find our Justgiving page at:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hair-raisingFundraising2017

What a fun way to raise hair, money and awareness!

I would also like to take this opportunity to offer an open invitation for everyone to attend the Launch Event for Friends of Thurston College at 7:00pm on Thursday 23 February, which will take place in Wolsey Hall, Thurston Campus.  This is the start of our very own Parents and Friends Association and we welcome all parents, carers and family members to come along and find out more about this exciting new venture for the College.   

Have a great half term!

Helen Wilson

Principal

 

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