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Modern Foreign Languages

My daughter has really come on leaps and bounds with her French.

She has absolutely loved learning German this year and I feel has learned more than a year's worth of German in only 2 and a half terms.

You are doing an amazingly effective job.

Parent of a Year 8 Student

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Principal's Message

Miss Helen Wilson, Principal24 May 2018 

As the half term comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our talented and hardworking students whose commendable achievements have been recognised within our community over the past 6 weeks.  I would like to thank all members of staff for inspiring and encouraging our students in their pursuit of excellence. Finally, credit must go to parents, carers and wider family and community members, without whose support our students would not have the foundation from which to achieve their success.

Two recent successes are particularly worthy of a mention.  Firstly, it has been another successful year for our students taking part in the national Teen Tech Competition.  Four teams have been selected to represent the College at the Finals of the Teen Tech Awards at the Royal Society in London on 25 June.

Initially, 48 students from Thurston Community College applied and took part in afterschool sessions, where they created innovative solutions to some of the vital problems and challenges that affect our day to day lives.  The four teams who have qualified for the finals include: Isobel Mawdsley and Emily Dunsdon with their project ?Afrapak? which explores some of the challenges that face the future of food; Felix Charters and Thomas Brewster who have been tackling some of the issues surrounding energy with their project ?Eco-Tent?; and Nathan Somerville and Ronan Somerville who have submitted A level projects ?Stock Storage Aid? and ?Integrating Flora into the Contemporary Artificial? which explore both functional and conceptual challenges with everyday design.  The students will be expected to present their ideas to a range of mentors, including companies such as Airbus, Atkins, Marks and Spencer's and Rolls Royce.  The clip below from the 2017 finals shows what the students can expect on 25 June:

TeenTech 2017 Final

Our second recent success was in the realm of Chemistry.  On Thursday 17 May, Kierran Flack, Sophie Pointer and Robbie Pointer participated in the Royal Society of Chemistry School's Analyst Competition at UEA University. 

Royal Society of Chemistry School's Analyst Competition

During the day they were required to work as a team to undertake some practical analytical exercises based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs.  Some of the tasks were familiar, using equipment and concepts used in school such as titrations.  Other tasks used techniques and equipment not available in school, such as spectroscopy and high performance liquid chromatography.  Although the team narrowly missed out on a top three place, it was both a fun and educational day, giving them the opportunity to experience life as a Science Undergraduate. 

Finally, I would like to wish all members of our community an enjoyable and refreshing May Half term Break.  My particular good wishes go to students in Years 11 and 13 as they continue to prepare for their external examinations.  Keep going; we are so proud of your achievements so far!

Thank you for your continued support.

Helen Wilson


Week 1

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