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Thank you so much for your help over the past 2 years, without you we would not have reached this far!

We really appreciate everything you have done for us.

We will miss you lots.

Year 13 Health & Social Care


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Principal's Message

Last week was a busy and successful week for the community of Thurston College.  On Monday evening, students, staff, parents and governors were treated to a stunning display from our A-Level Art, Textiles & Photography students, at Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus.  A governor who attended remarked: “I visited the exhibition this evening and have to congratulate staff and students on their really excellent work. Many of the students were there to present their work and talk about their plans for the future and I met many members of staff who were all most welcoming; a real showcase of talent!”

On Wednesday evening, it was the turn of our A-Level Performing Arts students to reveal their final performance pieces in the Thurston Campus Auditorium.  First on stage were the musicians who rocked out their interpretation of Woodstock to a very appreciative audience.  The music chosen, the execution by the performers, and indeed the set and costume were very evocative.  The second half of the evening saw Dance students performing their own interpretation of two works.  The students danced beautifully, assisted by an excellent choice of music, costume and coloured paint!  A very moving performance indeed!

Our annual Learning Conference took place on Thursday, providing a fantastic opportunity for parents, carers and students to have an extended meeting with their Academic Tutor.  Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many parents enthusiastically commenting that Thurston had “changed their child” and “brought them on in so many ways”.  Parents spoke of the quality of teaching being “fantastic” and tutors being “outstanding”.  One parent summed up the mood by saying: “I am so pleased we chose Thurston for our child; it was absolutely the right choice and we couldn’t be happier!”

Thurston Community College Sailing Club, which forms part of our Enrichment programme, has run six evening sessions at Alton Water Sports Centre since April this year during which time students from Years 7 and 8 have been working hard in all weathers to progress through the RYA levels of competency.  On Thursday, the team of nine students, joined by three further Thurston students from Years 11 and 12 and Mrs Sophie Jones as Team Manager, competed in the Suffolk Schools Regatta hosted by Alton Water Sports Centre.

Sailing Club

The racing was marred by an almost total dead calm, but despite this handicap, the team triumphed and came home victorious, with Rebecca and Emily Mitchell finishing a strong third in the 420 Fleet and Oscar Grieveson and Max Berry finishing first in the Topaz On-board Fleet.  Special mention must go to Freya Davis and Tyler Johnson who were awarded the Most Improved On-board Sailor of the Day trophy coming eight, eight, sixth, third and then first in their races.

Have a great week.

Helen Wilson

Week 2 Timetable