Thank you so much.
May I thank you for taking the time and effort to communicate with us so promptly over the various issues concerning my child this year.
It's been so refreshing and helpful to be able to communicate with you and I have really appreciated it.
Wishing you a relaxing break this summer. Thanks again from us all.
Parents of Year 8 Student
Wow! What an amazing year it has been for Thurston Community College! The pace of activity has certainly not slowed down as the end of term approaches. On the contrary, we have finished the year on a resounding crescendo of student endeavour and success!
Deep Learning Week provided an opportunity for students in Year 7, 8 and 9 to enjoy a whole host of exciting and challenging activities, ranging from Garden Design and Jewellery Making, to kayaking in Snowdonia and sightseeing in Paris. There was something for everyone and the success of the week was blatant in the personal achievements of our students and the parental tributes which flooded in at the end of the week. One parent commented:
“Our son has returned home with nothing but good things to say about the trip and how brilliant it was. Even though we had a few concerns about various issues to do with him going away, he seems to have had the best time ever and obviously felt extremely safe and confident with all the staff involved.”
Year 10 students experienced the world of work during their Work Related Learning Week, where students were based in a variety of work placements, both locally and for some, much further afield. It was an enlightening week for students and a pleasure to hear from employers about how impressed they were with Thurston Community College students.
Thurston Sixth held a week-long series of events to prepare Year 12 students for life ‘Beyond Thurston’. As well as workshops on how to write personal statements for UCAS, student finance, and health and well-being, the College also organised a careers event where students found out about a whole range of careers, including medicine; law; apprenticeships; business and enterprise; and engineering. Students were also offered advice about ‘what to do if you’re just not sure what you want to do!’ Dawn Ford, Head of Sixth Form, said:
“‘Beyond Thurston’ is a really important event for our students. We want to provide them with as much information, support and guidance as possible in order to empower them to make decisions about their future, to help them to build upon their academic and personal successes, and to achieve the immense potential that is within them all.”
Prospective Year 7 students and their parents and carers were welcomed into our College community at our recent New Intake Days and Evenings. Without exception, every student I encountered across the two days was bursting with excitement at the prospect of coming to Thurston Community College! Parents and carers, too, were unanimous in their praise for our transition arrangements which continue to ensure a smooth and positive move from primary to secondary education.
As the academic year draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank every member of staff at Thurston Community College for their dedication and hard work, which has ensured another outstanding year of success for our students. I would also like to express my appreciation to members of our Governing Body and of course to all parents and carers for your ongoing support.
Finally, congratulations to the most important people in our organisation: our students! I am so immensely proud of everything you have achieved this year in the classroom, during enrichment activities and through the positive contributions you have made to the College and to our wider community.
I wish all of our students, staff, parents, carers and governors a happy and restful holiday.