I am immensely proud of the U16 Boys Badminton Team for all of their efforts throughout the year.
The boys face the same pressures as other 15-16 year olds with the rigour of exam preparation, yet they have stayed fully committed to their sport and excelled at both school and club level.
To even qualify for the finals was a terrific achievement, so to finish so highly has exceeded our expectations.”
Head of PE
As a College community, we are relentless in our pursuit of excellent learning opportunities for all of our students. One vital factor in this mission is to provide an outstanding learning environment for all subject areas. The Performing Arts, as many of you will know, is a great area of strength for Thurston Community College. We are therefore delighted that we have recently celebrated the opening of our new state of the art ‘Black Box’ Performing Arts space on the Beyton Campus. This facility will greatly enhance our ability to develop new and exciting performances and was inaugurated by the return of two former students, Jazz Bullen and Amber Kuti-Smith, who are both studying Music at University. Jazz and Amber ran a series of workshops with Year 8, 10 and 12 students which culminated in a concert celebrating the work they had completed.
Many of you will remember our spectacular production of ‘Cabaret’ last December, which was nominated for a National Operatic and Dramatic Association Award. Two members of staff attended the awards dinner last Sunday and were delighted to receive the runners-up award in the ‘Best Youth Production’. Thurston Community College was praised by the NODA Area Representative for our achievement in our first year of membership of this organisation.
Our sporting success reached new heights last weekend with our Under 16 boys’ Badminton Team playing at the National Schools Badminton Finals in Nottingham. The team of Ryan Newcombe, Tommy Hunt, Josh Barker and Ben Bennett Day have dominated this sport at Suffolk Schools level over the past three years. After facing stiff opposition from teams who included boys currently playing in the junior England squad, our team finished in fourth place; an incredible achievement! During the event, the boys received 1:1 coaching from former Olympian Anthony Clark and Nottingham based National Badminton League players.
On a final note, I would like to congratulate Mr Adamson, Head of Mathematics, for his heroic efforts to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, by completing the London Marathon in an incredible time of 3hrs 45mins. Mr Adamson’s commitment to raising money for Prostate Cancer was taken to another level by the College Council, who galvanised the whole community to raise money through a non-uniform day, a ‘combined’ marathon, a mocktail bar and more.
Mr Adamson said: “My final figure, including Gift Aid, sits at a whopping £5794.98 for Prostate Cancer UK!! Everyone's amazing efforts on non-uniform day raised £2,322.08. I honestly feel over-whelmed by the support I have received and can't thank everyone enough for their encouragement and donations. Please accept my sincere thanks, what an emotional experience this has been!”