Reflecting on all the wonderful endeavours and accomplishments of our students this term, I never cease to be amazed and moved by their energy, talent and commitment. Both in their studies and in their extra-curricular activities, the extent and breadth of success enjoyed by students of Thurston Community College is truly remarkable.
This half term has also seen our community come together to show its compassion, respect and generosity. I am always immensely proud of our students and no more so than at the recent remembrance events that took place on both campuses to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice. Students on the Thurston Campus spent reflective time in assemblies and tutor time remembering the young people from Suffolk who lost their lives during World War 1. Poppies were created and made into a beautiful display in the College gallery for all to see. Twelve of our Sixth Form students, some of whom are also members of the Air Training Corps, were asked to take part in the Beyton Village Remembrance Service by reading a tribute for each of the twelve men from the village who died in battle.
During a week of fundraising events at the College the generosity of our community has seen over £2,250 raised for St Nicholas Hospice Care, a local charity that is greatly supported by all. A fantastic achievement for everyone who took part.
Our success with the National Citizen Service goes from strength to strength with students from the College recently picking up the GOLD National Citizen Service Champion School and College Award for 2017/2018, in recognition of outstanding National Citizen Service engagement. There is still time to apply for the Summer 2019 programme if you are interested. https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/I would like to personally thank the many local companies, colleges and training providers who give their time to attend our hugely successful careers events here at Thurston Community College and at Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus. These opportunities are highly valued and we appreciate the time, effect and energy they give to inform, educate and expand students’ knowledge on working life and future opportunities. Students always enjoy the interaction and the chance to ask questions from professionals that are working in their field of interest. They love collecting resources and particularly enjoy the freebies!
On a final note, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of our extended College community a restful and enjoyable Christmas and New Year. I look forward to welcoming all students back for the Spring Term, which begins on Monday 7 January 2019.