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Next Steps Careers Event

We thought the event was excellent and there was a real positive buzz and some many enthusiastic students to talk to along with their parents.
Well done. Morrish Consulting Engineers

Many thanks for allowing the WSFT to participate in your Next Steps event.  It was an extremely busy evening with lots of interest in healthcare careers.  As always it was well organised and your team were extremely helpful and welcoming.

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

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Miss Helen Wilson, Principal
Principal's Message

30 November 2017

On Saturday 25 November, the Friends of Thurston College held their first Festive Family Fayre at Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus.  Beyton Sixth was filled with Christmas spirit, delighting in an array of local crafts people and festive food.  The afternoon culminated in an exciting raffle draw, with all stallholders having donated a raffle prize.  All proceeds from the event will go towards making the Thurston Campus courtyards more welcoming for students.  I would like to thank the Friends of Thurston College for all their hard work in making the Fayre such an enjoyable and successful occasion.

On Tuesday 28 November, we were pleased to welcome students and their families to a celebration of Duke of Edinburgh endeavour.  Almost 90 people attended the event, which celebrated the success of more than 30 students who have completed their Bronze Award over the past year.  A Bronze Award represents accomplishment in a range of activities including community volunteering, participation in a physical activity and the learning of a new skill.  In addition, students organised and completed a two day self-sufficient expedition in East Suffolk, including an overnight camping experience. As a College we are very proud of our high completion rate for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Programme which places us amongst the top within Suffolk.

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, Dan Pipe, said: “I have been impressed with the variety of activities undertaken, the number of organisations that have benefited from the time and dedication of our young people, the diversity of skills acquired, and the students’ determination to complete the expedition.  I would like thank the staff team, without whom it would not be possible to offer this opportunity to so many students: Robert Gwilliam, Wayne Stevens, Jess Debnam, David Webdale, Helen Symonds, Tony Germany, Nathan Davis, Carol Thornton, Sarah Webdale, John Whitehead and Becca Widdowson.”

Finally, we are very much looking forward to welcoming Year 6 children from our local schools to the forthcoming Thurston Partnership Christmas Celebration on Friday 1 December.  Children will enjoy a delicious Thurston Community College Christmas Dinner, followed by an inspirational Christmas Carol Concert, at which we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to appreciate solo vocalists, inspirational readings and rousing collective carol singing!

Have a great week!

Helen Wilson


Week 1

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