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Sporting success has been a dominant theme of this week’s celebration of student achievement.
Amelia Hadjinastasi has become the first Suffolk volleyball player to be selected for England’s Junior Camp since 2007. Amelia, who is still just 16, has secured a place in the U19 category.
Amelia plays for Bury Bobcats Volleyball Club and Suffolk Three Ladies Team. She also attends Boswells Junior Volleyball Academy in Chelmsford where she regularly trains and competes at National U16 and U18 level.
On Wednesday, our U16 Boys Badminton Team was crowned Eastern Region School Champions.
Craig Newcombe, Tommy Hunt, Josh Braker, Ben Bennett-Day and Elijah Rout (left to right in the photo) were outstanding throughout the competition. Beating Thomas Deacon Academy 4-1 in a comprehensive victory, they went on to play Davenant School from Essex (who had been Eastern Region champions for the previous 12 years in one or more age groups). Initially, our boys went 2-0 down but, displaying tremendous character and skill, came back to triumph 3-2, securing a place in the final against a very talented group of players from Verulam School in Hertfordshire. The final was level at 2 games each when Ben and Tommy stepped up to play, capturing the title for Thurston by winning their game 21 points to 15. The team has qualified for the National Schools Badminton Finals at Center Parcs in Nottingham in May.
On Tuesday, our U13 Girls Basketball Team, having previously gained the title of Suffolk Champions, played in their regional play-off against St Martins School of Brentford, Essex. Despite some excellent play and steadfast defence against a robust and energetic St Martins attack, our relatively inexperienced team were unable to answer some of the St Martins tactics and sadly lost 35-58. We are all very proud of how the girls in the team have represented Thurston Community College throughout the competition and look forward to seeing them progress further in the competition in future years.
Our boys have enjoyed success this week in rugby and football. On Monday, the U16 Boys Rugby Team took part in the Suffolk Championships, narrowly losing in the final to Bungay High School. In football, our U18 Boys Football Team beat St Benedict’s 2-1 and is now through to the Suffolk Final. On Thursday, the U16 Boys Football Team played St Albans School in the semi-final of County Cup. In a tight match which saw two goals from Chris Amoah, with Callum Dongray and Jordan Sylvester scoring one apiece, the final score of 4-1 earned the team a place in the County Final.
On an individual note, Libby Walshe in Year 8 ran at the National Cross Country Finals in Blackburn last weekend. In an age-group event where she competed mostly against Year 9 girls, Libby finished a fantastic 6th place out of the runners from Suffolk and in an overall position of 284th out of over 600 girls in her race.
Continuing with individual mentions, Callum Power in Year 11 competed as part of an 8 man crew in the Schools Head on the River Thames. This is a 7km row which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Callum’s team raced in a championship division against a Great Britain team and the Italian National Champions! Callum is the youngest member of the crew, the rest of whom are 18 years old.
I am sure you will agree that this represents fantastic sporting achievement and I would like to congratulate all of our talented students who have achieved victory! Well done indeed.
The Summer Term is shortly upon us, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers for your continued support. For those of you with sons and daughters who are about to sit public examinations, please encourage them to make the most of their time at home over the next two weeks for revision. However, please ensure that they also take the opportunity to rest and unwind.
Have a relaxing and enjoyable break! I look forward to welcoming our students back for the start of the Summer Term on Monday 13 April.