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I just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic  Welcome Evening.  

I was very impressed by all the students and staff.

The staff and students were exceptional in their knowledge of the College.

Ourselves and our daughter had a wonderful time, she cannot wait to join Thurston in September.

Parents of a Year 6 student

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Principal's Message

16 May 2016

Helen Wilson, PrincipalLast week brought home to me the amazing number of talented and inspirational students we have at Thurston Community College. Throughout the week, it was my privilege and absolute pleasure to award a total of forty-four Principal’s Awards, in recognition of outstanding achievement and/or contribution to the College and wider community.  

The first category of award winners was students who recently participated in an aspirational project, the Brilliant Club Scholar’s Programme. Twelve students from Years 9 and 10 each completed a 2,000 word assignment on the topic of Genetics, under the watchful eye of a PhD mentor from Cambridge University. The students’ work was marked against ‘A’ level criteria and graded according to university levels. Not only did they all pass, but the four Principal’s Award winners each achieved First Class Honours. All twelve students will be awarded their degrees at a graduation ceremony, due to take place this week at Cambridge University.

Six Year 10 students recently took part in the Suffolk Young Enterprise Final, presenting their business idea, “Jar of Joy”. One team member explained: “Our product is a decorated jar that can be used for storing all your happy memories and inspiring accomplishments. The purpose of this is so that if you are ever feeling down or depressed you can open the jar and remember all the happy things in your life. We chose this concept as it focuses less on materialistic objects but more on the one thing that matters in life…happiness.”   The group were delighted to accept the prize for Social Innovation and Green Environment, making them worthy recipients of Principal Awards.

Year 9 students have been considering how to make the best use of technology in their Science lessons. Three students were inspired to produce a brilliant three minute video, which I would strongly encourage you to watch: http://www.thurstoncollege.org/STEM-Science-Technology-Engineering-and-Maths/. The video has been entered for the Harry and Margaret Kroto Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in Science Learning and we look forward to hearing the outcome soon.

At the start of this term, Welcome Evenings for Year 6 students and their parents, carers and extended families were held. In addition to providing information, advice and support, we wanted to offer a friendly welcome for our newest students and families. This aim was undoubtedly achieved through the amazing canapés and drinks, prepared and served by a total of twenty-seven students from Years 7 to 11. Their culinary skills and professional service was enjoyed by all; again, deserving winners of Principal’s Awards.

Finally, on the same evenings, four Year 7 students gave inspirational presentations to a packed audience in the Auditorium, to excite and reassure our prospective students about life at Thurston Community College. Their brave contribution to the evenings, speaking with confidence and enthusiasm, was recognised with Principal’s Awards.

I am immensely proud of the efforts, achievements and determination demonstrated by each of these Principal’s Award winners; congratulations to you all.

Helen Wilson


Week 2