A big thank you to all the PE teachers that went to Paris over Easter for the International Sports Tour.
It was a great opportunity for all of the students and it was very obviously highly organised with a lot of effort having gone in behind the scenes beforehand.
My daughter and her friends had a fantastic time. The trip was a great experience, that you all helped make happen.
Parent of Student on the International Sports Tour
21 April 2016
I would like to start by welcoming our new Year 6 students and their parents and carers into our Thurston College Community. Recently, we hosted two Year 6 Welcome Evenings, where I was hugely impressed by the focus and enthusiasm of the students. Parents, carers and students were unanimous in their excitement about the opportunities which joining Thurston Community College will provide. Staff are equally excited about meeting the next generation of Thurston students on our two New Intake Days in July and working with them once they officially join us in September. I would like to extend an enormous thank you to the courageous Year 7 students who spoke at the two events and to those who prepared and served canapés and refreshments to our visitors.
We also welcomed Year 5 and Year 6 students and families from the Thurston Partnership, alongside our own KS3 students, to the launch of the Thurston Partnership Reading Challenge. Anthony Irvin, local author and African adventurer, was the visiting speaker and he talked about his book, did some signings and answered questions. This was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative evening.
The excitement is never ending at Thurston Community College! I have just watched our U14 girls Basketball Team win their quarter final match of the National Cup, beating St Paul’s Catholic College from Sussex by 66 points to 37. The team is coached by our very own Jo Chapman who said: “I can’t believe how well all of the girls contributed to this winning performance. We have one or two students for whom basketball is their main sport and they lead the team. However, the magnitude of today’s victory was down to students who specialise in other sports, yet who were able to perform brilliantly as part of the team.” This is a huge achievement for our students and for the staff who have worked hard to train and develop the team. Through to the last four schools nationally, the girls now face a semi-final against Greig City Academy in North London. Good luck!
This victory comes on the back of some very recent success over the Easter holiday for our Netball and Football teams. Our PE staff took 60 students from Years 8-11 to France for a fast paced, fun filled Football and Netball Tour. Our students worked extremely hard, playing teams from Europe and beyond (Australia and Dubai). Many of the teams they played were club teams and county squads. In addition to matches, there were some high quality and unique training opportunities on offer, including coaching from the England Netball Coaching Team. Thurston Community College students were commended for their positive attitude and effort; this was confirmed when the U15 Football Team won the Fair Play Award for their conduct. The teams also enjoyed competition success, with teams from both football and netball winning in their age categories.
To keep up to date with all our match results and amazing sporting successes look at our @TCCPE twitter account.
Onwards and upwards!