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It was a privilege to join so many thoughtful, giving staff and students in donating our hair to the Little Princess Trust at the end of last half-term.

The support from everyone at the College was overwhelming and it feels great to be able to send away not only a box full of hair to be made into wigs for children suffering with cancer, but more than £1,200 to fund those wigs.

Mrs Webdale
Thurston Teacher


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Principal's Message

Please ensure that your child brings suitable outdoor PE clothing for their PE lessons.  There will be some continued disruption to PE lessons for the early part of next week, due to the indoor sports facilities being used for Year 11 G.C.S.E. mock examinations.  The facilities will be back to normal as of Thursday 5 March.

The half term drew to an exciting climax with a number of events and achievements worthy of celebration.

The Drama and Dance department followed up their amazing performance of ‘Cabaret’ with a production of ‘A Comedy of Errors’.  Year 9 Drama Club students rose to the challenge of performing Shakespeare with great enthusiasm, with the audience laughing out loud at their hilarious interpretation.  One parent commented: “I really enjoyed the production last night.  I thought the students performed brilliantly; the comic timing was superb!  Please pass on my congratulations.”

Our Year 8 Girls Basketball Team are Suffolk Champions!  After beating Thomas Gainsborough School 53-13 in the final, Jo Chapman, PE Teacher and Team Coach said: “The girls stepped up to a whole new level today and played their best ever basketball.  They were highly competitive yet retained their composure and worked as a team, which for 13 year old girls demonstrated maturity beyond their years!”

Y8 Girls Basketball Team

‘Tuesday Club’ began.  Over 100 Year 6 students who currently attend Thurston Partnership Primary Schools will join us for the next six weeks to experience some outstanding after-school enrichment.  Science and Drama workshops were led by Thurston students and in Mathematics, code-breaking skills were employed to open a safe and win a prize.  As one Year 6 student commented: “I can’t wait until next week!”

On Friday 13 February, students and staff boldly decided to cut a substantial length of their hair and donate it to The Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes real-hair wigs for children suffering with cancer.  The haircuts took place on the auditorium stage in front of a fantastically supportive crowd, with hairdressers from the local area giving up their time and expertise to wield the scissors.  The event is on track to raise £1,000, which far exceeds our initial hope of £350, the average cost of one wig.

The Educational Visit to New York proved yet again to be a fantastic opportunity for Year 12 PE and Psychology students to enjoy the delights of a fast paced city, experiencing sites to enhance their understanding of topics relating to their current and future studies.  Running annually since 2000, the visit provided countless highlights including time spent at Waldwick High School in New Jersey where students immersed themselves in a typical USA high school day.

Thank you for your continued support.

Helen Wilson


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