Thamesview School with Bus iness & Enter pr i se Sta tus Autumn Term 1
THAMES V IEWS
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Inside the Issue:
Headteachers letter 2
Community Points 11
Enterprise Community 4
Challenger Community 6
Endeavour Community 9
Discovery Community 8
Important Dates 10
Eco News Sam Learning After School Activities Year 11 Take to the
Thatcher Mug Award (for achieving the best GCSE results 2009; 15 GCSEs) Residential Trip Award New Leaf Award Skills for the Working Life CITB Construction Award Glass 2000 Peer Mentor Award Welcome Desk Award Christchurch College Award
Work Experience Award Work Experience Diary Year 7 Friendship Award Literacy Achievement Governors Challenge Cup Griffiths Rose Bowl
Charlie Goddard Jordan Sesniak Stephanie Weir & Mark Stapley Colin Owen & Amy Wood Emma-Louise Huckstepp Harriet Ferris Tom Allen Harry Souten Sam Costin Kirsty Gibson Natalie Woods Lewis Foreman Aaron Mills Robyn Stevens Craig Hammond
The 2009 Awards evening took place on Thursday 24th September. Well over 100 outstanding students received awards for their hard work and contribution to school life. Proud parents, staff and governors attended this fantastic Awards Evening, which was very successful. A special thanks goes to James Hemming and Gemma Shepherd DJs from Heart
Breakfast Radio, who were our inspirational guests of honour.
Congratulations and well done to all the students for their fantastic achieve-ments!
Halloween themed disco for Years 7-9 on Friday 13th November from 6.00pm9.00pm. 2 per ticket; half the money will go to the British Heart Foundation. Event organised by the students who run the Health, Care, Advice (HCA) Zone! Buy your ticket soon before numbers run out!
Win, win, win an I-Pod - see page 10
Fun with Maths
motivate and enthuse students with Maths, as this is an area that we definitely need to promote. Too many students join us with a lack of confidence in Maths, and it is our aim to improve aspirations and enjoyment in Maths this year through offering inspirational maths teaching and special events. We now have a Maths teacher dedicated to 1-to-1 tuition for specifically targeted students to raise their numeracy skills, we have a link forged with the Grammar School and look forward to 13 of their Year 13s joining us to work with students in the after school Maths sessions on Mondays and Thursdays, and we are about to offer a 12 week Saturday Maths Club for Years 10 & 11, which will undoubtedly help increase knowledge, understanding and confidence in Maths. We have a range of events planned for this curriculum area, but we ask parents to support this too by ensuring every KS4 student uses the ICT out-of-hours access to compliment the learning from lessons. These are: Maths Watch, MyMaths and SAMLearning (good for most subjects). At least 2-4 hours a week will make a big difference in your childs results if they start now in readiness for final examinations. If you want to know more about them, please contact your childs Maths teacher. The new school is still on track for a July completion, and we are hoping for a general public open day early in the New Year. We are excitedly planning for the move across to ensure that every child is familiarised with the set-up before they move into the school permanently in September 2010. There are many learning and social events coming up in our calendar so I look forward to seeing you at these.
Best wishes, Rhiannon Hughes
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A New PA for the Vocational Centre
The Vocational Centre welcomes Paige Green our new PA for one day a week. Paige is in Year 11 and is working on her administration and communication skills. We look forward to her
improving the office efficiency in the Vocational Centre!
Amy Wood Galloping to Success
Amy Wood, who for the last year has been working at Hadlow College completing a BTEC Certificate in Horse Care, has just been awarded 2 Bs for her hard work. She is continuing this course in Year 11 and hopes to obtain a further two GCSEs at a higher grade (Hopefully A*s). Well done Amy! Pauline Blayney
Thamesview School has joined Fronter as part of the Building Schools For the Future programme. This is a new virtual learning environment (VLE) that enables teachers to share with their students class work, revision activities and much more. It is a web-based learning environment, which provides access to school work and key school messages anywhere in the world. All you need is a web connected device. Using Fronter allows students to be associated to all their classes virtually. This means they can retrieve work, hand in assignments and homework and communicate directly with their class teacher. When at home, Fronter is easily accessible from the school website via a link at the bottom of the home page (scroll all the way to the bottom and click on the link). This is a good way for students to show parents what they have been up to in school and for parents to see key messages and marked work, so they
have an idea of the progression their child is making in daily lessons. This is an ongoing, and developing VLE at Thamesview. Not everything will happen at once. Parts of the VLE will be introduced over the year ready for the move to the new school. At the moment we are developing the front pages for the rooms that students have access to, so that students can get relevant information and guidance to help them progress in each of their subjects. Example of a room front page:
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our two ex-Year 11s, now employed as Fronter administrators in school, whilst they are carrying on their studies in the local sixth form. Jack Smith- email@example.com or Craig Hammond- firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Parents, Carers, Governors, Teachers, Students and Friends Another Term has flown by again, and we are half way to Christmas, incredible! We had another record year of examination results, where 2/3rds of our students left with at least 5 x A*-C passes, and our highest achieving student, Charlie Goddard achieved an amazing 15 GCSEs above C grade, including English and Maths, which is really something to make us proud. We are delighted that more students are acquiring good passes at least a year early, with many of our current Year 11s having already banked their Humanities, Maths, English and Religious Studies at a minimum of a C grade, so that we can give them something different in their final year at Thamesview; we are running AS Level English and also Statistics. Our students who jumped Year 9, and are finishing their 2nd year of KS4, will also be anticipating what curriculum offer we have planned with them next year; we are looking into possibilities such as Psychology, Astronomy, Leisure & Tourism and of course some time for independent study and peer support programmes, where they assist with the education of the younger students to help raise levels of literacy and numeracy, The learning cycle is not just thick and fast for students, but also staff. We have a large number of support and teaching staff gaining further qualifications in an effort to enhance their own development, but also their knowledge so that they can impart this to our students. The Staff Honours picture on the back page was taken at the recent graduation ceremony for many TAs and LSAs, who achieved Level 2 & 3 qualifica-tions. We congratulate them all on their hard work and determination to reach these higher levels of qualifications. We are having a huge drive this year to
Link on the school website;
Working Beyond the Walls of School Students from Year 10 have this year branched out to other schools within Grave-sham as we continue to personalise each students education: Zoe Appleton Young Apprentice in Sport at Meopham School Tim Saunders Higher Diploma in Society Health and Development at NFSG Jodie Gibbs Higher Diploma in Society Health and Development at NFSG Jessica Dawkins Foundation Diploma in Society Health and Development at NFSG Connor Aubrey Higher Diploma in Business and Finance at NFSG Mark Smith BTEC Diploma in Land Based Studies
Whilst some students go o ut to other schools for their chosen courses, we have all the other Gravesham Schools come to The Vocational Centre for Construction and Hair and Beauty courses Some of our own students follow these
courses at either Young Appren-ticeship Level or on the Diploma. These students are listed to the left:
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Subjects Covered ICT, Leisure and Tourism, Science, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Citizenship, Design and Technology, Drama, English, English Literature, French, Geography, German, History, Ita