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It always surprises me how good this school is. Huge compliment to continued drive and consistency. Well done.

My son is very happy, very fast.  You've made him feel like a grown up.

Lovely start to College, very impressed with staff and how organised everything is.

Absolutely outstanding transition and settling in process.  A big thank you to Miss Wilson and all her fantastic staff for doing such a great job in helping my son feel more confident in starting his secondary education.

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Helen Wilson, Principal

Principal's Message

30 September 2016

Last week saw the launch of our Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Programme for the new academic year.  The Programme has enjoyed many years of success at Thurston Community College, with over 100 students achieving Bronze Award in recent years, some of whom went on to achieve both Silver and Gold Awards.

This year, we have again enrolled students for Bronze accreditation, but, for the first time in recent years, Thurston Community College will also be running a Silver Award programme.  The launch evening saw unprecedented attendance resulting in the registration of sufficient students to create seven Bronze groups and a Silver group.  There was a real buzz of excitement and energy as students started to look forward to their Bronze practice expedition in October to Thorpe Woodlands.  Other expeditions are planned to the Chilterns and the Cotswolds.

Also last week, we were delighted to welcome a group of Year 6 students, their parents and families to a Thurston Partnership Family Maths Pizza Night, where our Head of Maths, Billy ‘Paul Hollywood’ Adamson, demonstrated what can happen in a kitchen if you get the maths wrong!  The evening was great fun; it was wonderful to observe the children working in a sociable and collaborative way with each other, their parents, grandparents and siblings.

Thurston Partnership Family Maths Pizza Night    Thurston Partnership Family Maths Pizza Night

This week, we hosted our Year 6 Open Evening; it was a joy to welcome so many Year 6 students and their families. There was standing room only for the presentations in the auditorium and the car parks and field were packed with cars. Our student guides and demonstrators were superb directing and talking to all visitors.  However, special thanks go to Milly Ockmore, William Spark, Lucas Seaman, Adam Ryan-Self, Georgina Dawson, Phoebe Bryant, Cameron Elsworth, who spoke about their experiences at Thurston Community College.  All of the students’ speeches were personal and eloquent and very well received by the audience.  We gathered feedback from some of our visitors who said the evening was informative; engaging, super-duper, energetic, inspired, academic, and helpful.

Next week, we look forward to welcoming the parents of Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 for curriculum evenings.

Helen Wilson
Principal


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