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H Wilson, PrincipalSchool transport cuts are ‘rural discrimination’ says Thurston Community College headteacher as parents protest plans

Parents and teachers are preparing to fight cuts to school transport in the Thurston catchment area, as claims it amounts to discrimination against Suffolk’s rural communities.  Yesterday saw a group of pupils and parents walk more than six miles, taking two hours, from Felsham to Thurston Community College in protest against planned cutbacks. The protestors have the full support of Thurston headteacher Helen Wilson, who claimed the school would have to cut £1.4million from its education budget to fund transport.

Mrs Wilson said: “They would be denying pupils and parents in Thurston catchment the freedom to choose their school.  88% of pupils may already make their own way to school, but we are a rural school serving more than 75 villages."

“People living in 45 of those villages will be affected by the changes. Why should we use a budget meant to educate children – and provide a good start in life once they get inside the school gates – and spend it transporting them to the school.”  She said the policy of sending a child only to their nearest school represented a broken promise made by the council when they ended three-tier schooling.

The policy would mean an estimated 812 students would no longer be able to attend Thurston school and get their transport funded.  “In my opinion this is rural discrimination,” she said. “Why should those who happen to live in our towns have the freedom to choose without the extra issue of cost.  “I have had hundreds of emails from parents who are really concerned about it. One from parents in Great Barton, who quite rightly pointed out that is not their fault the new school [Sybil Andrews Academy] was built nearer to them.”

The majority of Thurston catchment students affected by the proposals would only get transport to Ixworth Free School.

14 September 2017

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TeenTech Award  2017TeenTech Awards 2017

In the first year of entering, Thurston Community College students Ryan Denton 9G1, Abigail Greenfield 9G1, Max Berry 9A3 and Alex Richardson 9W3 attended the TEENTECH Awards 2017 at the Royal Society on Monday 26 June 2017.

The pioneering teens competed in the 2017 TeenTech Awards, an initiative run by TeenTech with leading industry partners that challenges young people aged 11-18 to develop solutions to key societal, health and environmental issues using the power of science, technology and engineering.

Since October, forty students from Year 9 took on the challenge to design something with the wow factor. With approximately 2000 nationwide applications, 143 became TeenTech finalists from 35 schools (many private or funded schools) 12 categories were entered of which Thurston Community College was selected to enter 2: energy and design & construction. 

Thurston Community College’s winning team of Max Berry & Alex Richardson won the Energy category with the E-Den, an innovative project for affordable and ecological micro-homes to tackle the world’s housing crisis.

The finalists had less than a week to hone their innovations before presenting them live at the Royal Society to a panel of judges made up of celebrities, journalists and eminent academics, including Channel 4’s Dr Christian Jessen, BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Click reporter Kate Russell, and science and tech reporter Dallas Campbell. The winning teens received a fitbit each and will be presented with their awards by HRH Duke of York, KG at Buckingham Palace.

Ryan Denton and Abigail Greenfield entered Design & Construction, with mouse house and were mentioned on the TeenTech website (http://www.teentech.com/floating-city-anyone/) and Maggie Philbin OBE, who knew these students personally spoke at length to them. Sponsor Atkins also showed keen interested.

More details about the Awards can be found at http://www.teentech.com/2017-teentech-awards-results/

The Thurston students can be seen at 2.35 on the video below:

 

12 September 2017

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Phoebe MercerFormer Army Cadet proves she can

Former Army Cadet Phoebe Mercer, and ex Thurston Sixth Form student, has been appointed a This Girl can ambassador to promote physical activity among Suffolk women.  As company sergeant major of Suffolk Army Cadet Force's A Company, based in Bury St Edmunds, she excelled  in sport.  As she is now 18, she has left the cadets but has gained a place to study Physical Education at the University of East Anglia.  This Girl Can is a nationwide campaign backed by Sport England.

Phoebe said "I currently compete in both athletics and cross country, training up to five times a week to enhance by physiological and psychological well-being.  Along with my one training I also carry out personal training sessions to help others develop their own health". 

12 September 2017

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Chinese Exchange ProgrammeChinese Exchange Programme

This is the second year of our partnership with Jardine’s School in Shanghai and we were very happy to welcome their staff and students along with students from Yu Hua School also in Shanghai.

Enthusiastic groups of Year 8, 9 and 10 students have taken part in a range of activities with their Chinese ‘Buddies’ including a leadership course and a number of co-curricular projects where each learnt about the way in which subjects are taught in the respective countries.

We hope to have a return visit to China in 1018.

17 July 2017

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TeenTech AwardsSuccess at TeenTech Awards

Two teams of Design Technology enthusiasts from Year 9, Ryan Denton and Abigail Greenfield, along with Max Berry and Alex Richardson, travelled to The Royal Society in London as finalists in the TeenTech Awards.  Both teams had to pitch presentations to judges from workplace sponsors and industry specialists, Ryan and Abigail, pitched their Mouse House presentation for the ‘Design & Construction’ category to Atkins, while Max and Alex pitched their E-Den concept, affordable, ecological and mobile micro-homes to tackle the world's housing crisis.  After a tough day and stiff competition from other schools, imagine our delight when we were pronounced winners of the “Energy” category.  Max and Alex received a fitbit as a prize and have been invited to Buckingham Palace where they will be presented with their awards by His Royal Highness The Duke of York.

TeenTech runs the year-round initiative with leading industry partners to challenge young people aged 11-18 to develop solutions to key societal, health and environmental issues using the power of science, technology and engineering.

The winning projects were chosen by a panel of judges made up of celebrities, journalists and eminent academics, including BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Click reporter Kate Russell and Scientist and TV Presenter Fran Scott. Dragon’s Den host Evan Davis, Channel 4’s Dr Christian Jessen, Sky presenter Gemma Morris, and celebrity physicist Brian Cox, also met students on the day.

5 July 2017

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Spinning TalesCharacterful tale will unfold in College's production

A cast of characters from fairy tales and fables and a mystery figure leading forces of evil against a kingdom is the storyline for Thurston Community College's production 'Spinning Tales'.  Some 100 pupils took part in Spinning Tales, writtten by members of staff and showcased a wide of range of young talent aged 11-15.

Inspired by the musical Into the Woods, Matt Boreham, Louise Cowen and Simon Fenn co-wrote the piece in a bid to involve as many pupils as possible.  Goldilocks, Snow White, Robin Hood and a host of others come together as the story unfolds with everyone sworn to secrecy as to the identity of the mystery character who is revealed at the end of the story.  Mr Fenn, assistant director and stage manager, said "It took us three months to write and we have some fantastic talent in the young people performing."

3 July 2017

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Any Questions PanelBBC Radio 4: Any Questions hosted by Thurston Sixth, Beyton Campus

BBC Radio 4's political panel show Any Questions, hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby, came to Suffolk last week.  Paul Potter, head of Thurston Sixth at is Beyton Campus, hosted the event at the school.  Paul greeted the audience and panel, the panel discussed topics including the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Conservative Party's possible deal with the DUP.  After the broadcast was complete there was a chance for the audience to meet the panel for drinks and a buffet.  Student Ellie Gooch, said "I'm studying politics, philosophy and economics and I did some work experience with Rachel Reeve's team, I didn't get to meet her at that time so getting to meet with her was a real highlight of tonight for me.

28 June 2017

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BFestivalBFestival: Fundraiser for Ben Wragge Skatepark

Thurston Community College multi-talented Year 10 students did themselves proud as they performed at their very own summer music festival, complete with pitched tent, deckchairs and mellow coloured lanterns.

The show kicked off with a group number to warm up the already enthusiastic crowd, and there was a good mix of performances including some stand out solos.  Josh Green charmed everyone with his sweet melodic voice and ability to switch between a variety of instruments.  Other original pieces came from Caitlyn Taylor and Megan Daisy-Bishop, both gifted singers and clearly blossoming songwriters. 

All of the young students involved should be congratulated on producing a truly entertaining show.  To end the night, all the performers gathered on stage for an emotional rendition of 'Flashlight', dedicated to their friend and fellow pupil, Ben Wragge, who sadly died last year.  Their music teacher Rebecca Widdowson, who organised the event, was full of praise.

22 June 2017

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Wimbledon trophyWimbledon trophy visits Thurston Community College

Thurston Community College was incredibly fortunate to have had Andy Murray’s Mens Wimbledon trophy visit the school this week. The trophy tour organised by one of Andy Murray’s key sponsors Jaguar is taking in various destinations up and down the country, and what makes the visit to Suffolk even more special is that Thurston are the only secondary school in the whole country to have had a trophy visit, and further to this the school was the only venue selected from across the whole of the Eastern region where the trophy has been seen this year.

Stefan Lewis, Head of PE at Thurston, said “we are really honoured to have been selected as the East Anglian host venue for the Wimbledon trophy nationwide tour. The organisers of the tour were keen to only select schools and clubs from up and down the country that have made a long term commitment to recreational and competitive tennis and this underlies our determination to offer to students in our area the opportunity to take up this fantastic summer sport outside of lesson time.

20 June 2017

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Handball ChampionsThurston school sports stars crowned national handball champions

The under 15's team were crowned champions in Worcester, following a thrilling final.  The team overcame Cardinal Griffin School 6-5 and lost just one game on their way to victory.

It was a physically demanding day of sport at the England Handball Association tournament at Worcester Arena, with the team playing more than 20 matches in the day. For the most of the day, they only had a three minute turnaround between games.

Jo Thompson, Second in PE, said "For us it feels like we have finally got the title, and the recognition these girls deserve.  They are such talented sportswomen."

19 June 2017

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-------------------------------------Team captain Jess Horn, 14, said: “It was really good fun. “We took part last year but didn’t get as far, it’s great to have won the school its first national title in a long time too. “There was a bit of extra pressure as captain but not much, the whole team felt it as the competition went on I think. We were all so happy at the end.” It was a physically demanding day of sport at the England Handball Association tournament at Worcester Arena, with the team playing more than 20 matches in the day. For most of the day, they only had a three minute turnaround between games. Jo Thompson, second in PE at the college, said: “For us it feels like we have finally got the title, and the recogni

Read more at: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/more-sport/thurston-school-sports-stars-crowned-national-handball-champions-1-8010634

Beth MoselyThurston Community College is leading the way in mental health education in schools

 

 

Thurston Community College is one of the only schools in the country to appoint a full time expert to support students with mental health issues including anxiety, lack of self-esteem, eating or behavioural disorders and bereavement.

The College appointed Dr Beth Mosely to take up the role based at Thurston earlier this year, after approaching NSFT to ask how mental health support could best be offered to its 1,750 students. Although some schools in England do have some psychological support hours on offer, Thurston is one of the very few to invest in a full time psychologist.

The role not only offers direct face to face sessions to students, but also offers support to teachers and other staff within the College in identifying issues as well as advice on how to best help a young person with mental health concerns.

NHS Foundation Trust Article: Thurston Community College is leading the way in mental health education in schools

BBC Radio Suffolk Interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p050z8cj     (Interview starts at 1:25:46)

EADT Article: School leads the way in giving mental health support

12 May 2017

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Bury-based basketball coach Amy Linton believes England Under-16s star Esther Little could make it all the way to the top. The Thurston Community College pupil top scored with 26 points for the Ipswich Under-16s Girls as they edged a thrilling National League Play-Off quarter-final 74-70 against Surrey Goldhawks on Sunday.

Read more at: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/more-sport/thurston-college-pupil-little-is-tipped-for-the-top-by-her-coach-linton-1-7914888
Bury-based basketball coach Amy Linton believes England Under-16s star Esther Little could make it all the way to the top. The Thurston Community College pupil top scored with 26 points for the Ipswich Under-16s Girls as they edged a thrilling National League Play-Off quarter-final 74-70 against Surrey Goldhawks on Sunday. It was the first time a Suffolk junior female basketball team had progressed through to the semi-finals in 21 years, with Little producing a starring role in the historic win. And Linton, who is the coach of the Ipswich Under-16s Girls, said: “To be honest with you, Esther is the best player I’ve ever coached. “She’s only 15, but watching her play in our team, she’s a great captain. “I could see her going over to America and playing at a very high level. She works hard and has got the talent.” Linton, a former pupil at Westley Middle School and County Upper School, described reaching the last four of the national competition as a dream come true. “I’m just unbelievably proud,” the 2010 Suffolk Sport Junior Volunteer of the Year said. “I could see how much the players wanted it. It was just brilliant and I had no idea of the stat, 21 years, which is quite good to know.” Little, a winner of the 2015 Suffolk Sport Young Sports Personality of the Year and People’s Youth Champion awards, was joined by her fellow Thurston Community College pupil, Kenzie Day, in the Ipswich team. The duo both played key roles in the win against the Goldhawks, which finished with Ipswich just four points ahead at the final buzzer. Ipswich club chair, Kathryn James, said: “Amy never made the ‘final fours’ but she was part of a great junior team and if Ipswich launch a senior women’s National League team next year, I can see her being tempted back to play, possibly with these girls she has coached!” n Elsewhere, County Upper Under-14s Girls were beaten 61-50 by Sevenoaks Suns in their National League Elite 8 fixture. See next week’s print edition for report and reaction.

Read more at: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/more-sport/thurston-college-pupil-little-is-tipped-for-the-top-by-her-coach-linton-1-7914888

Phoebe MercerFantastic achievement for Sixth Form Student

Phoebe Mercer has been chosen out of thousands of youngsters across the country to take part in the prestigious Duke of Westminster Award.  This week she received the fantastic news that she has been selected for the final 10.  This is a fantastic achievement of which we are all immensely proud.

The Duke of Westminster Award runs from November to July each year, the final 10 candidates will attend a ceremony at the House of Lords on 29 June, as well as go on a two-week trip to South Africa.

“I was surprised and pleased at the same time to get through” said Phoebe. “To reach the final 10, I had to complete assignments illustrating how to overcome adversity, taking on new challenges, helping those in need and being good citizen. “I made a video to cover each of the topics including how I got back to full fitness after being knocked off my bike, devised the slogan: the spirit of leadership drives you to success, and demonstrated what I had learned through the army cadets about leadership and teamwork.”

             Finalists          Finalists

9 May 2017

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Rotary Club Awards Dinner for Service Above Self

Bury-based basketball coach Amy Linton believes England Under-16s star Esther Little could make it all the way to the top. The Thurston Community College pupil top scored with 26 points for the Ipswich Under-16s Girls as they edged a thrilling National League Play-Off quarter-final 74-70 against Surrey Goldhawks on Sunday.

Read more at: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/more-sport/thurston-college-pupil-little-is-tipped-for-the-top-by-her-coach-linton-1-7914888
Bury-based basketball coach Amy Linton believes England Under-16s star Esther Little could make it all the way to the top. The Thurston Community College pupil top scored with 26 points for the Ipswich Under-16s Girls as they edged a thrilling National League Play-Off quarter-final 74-70 against Surrey Goldhawks on Sunday. It was the first time a Suffolk junior female basketball team had progressed through to the semi-finals in 21 years, with Little producing a starring role in the historic win. And Linton, who is the coach of the Ipswich Under-16s Girls, said: “To be honest with you, Esther is the best player I’ve ever coached. “She’s only 15, but watching her play in our team, she’s a great captain. “I could see her going over to America and playing at a very high level. She works hard and has got the talent.” Linton, a former pupil at Westley Middle School and County Upper School, described reaching the last four of the national competition as a dream come true. “I’m just unbelievably proud,” the 2010 Suffolk Sport Junior Volunteer of the Year said. “I could see how much the players wanted it. It was just brilliant and I had no idea of the stat, 21 years, which is quite good to know.” Little, a winner of the 2015 Suffolk Sport Young Sports Personality of the Year and People’s Youth Champion awards, was joined by her fellow Thurston Community College pupil, Kenzie Day, in the Ipswich team. The duo both played key roles in the win against the Goldhawks, which finished with Ipswich just four points ahead at the final buzzer. Ipswich club chair, Kathryn James, said: “Amy never made the ‘final fours’ but she was part of a great junior team and if Ipswich launch a senior women’s National League team next year, I can see her being tempted back to play, possibly with these girls she has coached!” n Elsewhere, County Upper Under-14s Girls were beaten 61-50 by Sevenoaks Suns in their National League Elite 8 fixture. See next week’s print edition for report and reaction.

Read more at: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/more-sport/thurston-college-pupil-little-is-tipped-for-the-top-by-her-coach-linton-1-7914888
The Rotary Club invites each of the Headteachers/Principals of the six upper schools and colleges to nominate a young person who exemplifies the Rotary concept of ‘Service above Self’, given their age and the opportunities open to them.  These six young people, their parents and representatives of the School or College are invited to the Dinner hosted by the Rotary Club to celebrate their achievements.

Thurston College were delighted when our nomination Ruby Last was selected as one of the six finalists to attend the dinner and receive an award.  Ruby was nominated by Paul Potter, Vice Principal and Head of Sixth Form for her weekly mentoring of Year 8 Science students; her volunteering work at St John Ambulance where she works with the Cadets, younger Badgers and teaches basic first aid do the youngsters; alongside volunteering at West Suffolk Hospital.  Ruby was also the driving force behind the project to gain Lottery Funding to install a Community Access Defibrillator at Beyton Village Green.

To say that Ruby is an inspirational young person falls so far short of how the College would describe Ruby, in three words this would nowhere near sum up the influence and impact she has had over the course of the past 2 years in particular, as a Year 12 and now as a Year 13 student.  Ruby’s positive attitude and approach, to her studies, her commitment to the College and the wider community is outstanding in every aspect.  She inspires students, staff and members of the community in all that she does and that she stands for in the roles she continues to take both within College and in her life outside of College – she is without any doubt a role model to us all.  Ruby knows the value of living life to the full in service of others; she is committed to knowing how to act in an emergency situation to save a life and to teaching others to be able to do the same.  The world would be an amazing place if every individual was ‘a Ruby’, she is always willing to give of her time, energy and expertise to the benefit of those who are fortunate enough to meet and get to know her. 

The Awards were presented by Robin Wraight – the driving force for the past eight years behind the annual residential one-week Rotary Youth Leadership Awards course held each year in September at Grafham Water centre.  Each recepient received books to the value of £60 chosen with their future studies in mind and sponsored by a member of the Club.


Rotary Club Awards Dinner


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Ben Hutton and Rebecca CookeSuccess for past Thurston Community College Students

Bury-based basketball coach Amy Linton believes England Under-16s star Esther Little could make it all the way to the top. The Thurston Community College pupil top scored with 26 points for the Ipswich Under-16s Girls as they edged a thrilling National League Play-Off quarter-final 74-70 against Surrey Goldhawks on Sunday.

Read more at: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/more-sport/thurston-college-pupil-little-is-tipped-for-the-top-by-her-coach-linton-1-7914888
Bury-based basketball coach Amy Linton believes England Under-16s star Esther Little could make it all the way to the top. The Thurston Community College pupil top scored with 26 points for the Ipswich Under-16s Girls as they edged a thrilling National League Play-Off quarter-final 74-70 against Surrey Goldhawks on Sunday. It was the first time a Suffolk junior female basketball team had progressed through to the semi-finals in 21 years, with Little producing a starring role in the historic win. And Linton, who is the coach of the Ipswich Under-16s Girls, said: “To be honest with you, Esther is the best player I’ve ever coached. “She’s only 15, but watching her play in our team, she’s a great captain. “I could see her going over to America and playing at a very high level. She works hard and has got the talent.” Linton, a former pupil at Westley Middle School and County Upper School, described reaching the last four of the national competition as a dream come true. “I’m just unbelievably proud,” the 2010 Suffolk Sport Junior Volunteer of the Year said. “I could see how much the players wanted it. It was just brilliant and I had no idea of the stat, 21 years, which is quite good to know.” Little, a winner of the 2015 Suffolk Sport Young Sports Personality of the Year and People’s Youth Champion awards, was joined by her fellow Thurston Community College pupil, Kenzie Day, in the Ipswich team. The duo both played key roles in the win against the Goldhawks, which finished with Ipswich just four points ahead at the final buzzer. Ipswich club chair, Kathryn James, said: “Amy never made the ‘final fours’ but she was part of a great junior team and if Ipswich launch a senior women’s National League team next year, I can see her being tempted back to play, possibly with these girls she has coached!” n Elsewhere, County Upper Under-14s Girls were beaten 61-50 by Sevenoaks Suns in their National League Elite 8 fixture. See next week’s print edition for report and reaction.

Read more at: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/more-sport/thurston-college-pupil-little-is-tipped-for-the-top-by-her-coach-linton-1-7914888

At the recent Eat Suffolk Awards, Ben Hutton and Rebecca Cooke were awarded 'Field to Fork' Award for Ben's Restaurant. Ben’s Restaurant was established by Ben Hutton, with his dream to supply his restaurant with the established, and growing, pig herd and sheep flock from his smallholding. Ben and his team source additional produce for the restaurant from a list of impressive local suppliers, and direct from the farmer where possible. Ben’s is developing a sustainable ‘field to fork’ supply chain.

Joe WoosterJoe Wooster received an award for 'Best Newcomer' for the family bakery Wooster's. Wooster’s bakery have an amazing skill for baking. They have achieved a great deal from their small bakery in a very rural area and have won over local people with their amazing bread and cakes.  Their passion shines and they manage to include a family heritage and a great humour in all that they do along with a good business brain for expansion plans

 28 April 2017

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Esther LittleTipped for the top by Linton Coach

Bury-based basketball coach Amy Linton believes England Under-16s star Esther Little could make it all the way to the top. The Thurston Community College pupil top scored with 26 points for the Ipswich Under-16s Girls as they edged a thrilling National League Play-Off quarter-final 74-70 against Surrey Goldhawks on Sunday.

Read more at: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/more-sport/thurston-college-pupil-little-is-tipped-for-the-top-by-her-coach-linton-1-7914888
Bury-based basketball coach Amy Linton believes England Under-16s star Esther Little could make it all the way to the top. The Thurston Community College pupil top scored with 26 points for the Ipswich Under-16s Girls as they edged a thrilling National League Play-Off quarter-final 74-70 against Surrey Goldhawks on Sunday. It was the first time a Suffolk junior female basketball team had progressed through to the semi-finals in 21 years, with Little producing a starring role in the historic win. And Linton, who is the coach of the Ipswich Under-16s Girls, said: “To be honest with you, Esther is the best player I’ve ever coached. “She’s only 15, but watching her play in our team, she’s a great captain. “I could see her going over to America and playing at a very high level. She works hard and has got the talent.” Linton, a former pupil at Westley Middle School and County Upper School, described reaching the last four of the national competition as a dream come true. “I’m just unbelievably proud,” the 2010 Suffolk Sport Junior Volunteer of the Year said. “I could see how much the players wanted it. It was just brilliant and I had no idea of the stat, 21 years, which is quite good to know.” Little, a winner of the 2015 Suffolk Sport Young Sports Personality of the Year and People’s Youth Champion awards, was joined by her fellow Thurston Community College pupil, Kenzie Day, in the Ipswich team. The duo both played key roles in the win against the Goldhawks, which finished with Ipswich just four points ahead at the final buzzer. Ipswich club chair, Kathryn James, said: “Amy never made the ‘final fours’ but she was part of a great junior team and if Ipswich launch a senior women’s National League team next year, I can see her being tempted back to play, possibly with these girls she has coached!” n Elsewhere, County Upper Under-14s Girls were beaten 61-50 by Sevenoaks Suns in their National League Elite 8 fixture. See next week’s print edition for report and reaction.

Read more at: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/more-sport/thurston-college-pupil-little-is-tipped-for-the-top-by-her-coach-linton-1-7914888

Amy Linton Bury-based basketball coach believes English Under-16s star Esther Little could make it all the way to the top.  Esther scored with 26 points for the Ipswich under-16 girls as they edged a thrilling National League Play-Off quarter-final  against Surrey Goldhawks on Sunday.  It was the first time a Suffolk junior female basketball team had progressed through to the semi-finals in 21 years, with Esther producing a starring role in the historic win.

 

16 April 2017

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TT RockstarsTimes Table Rock Stars

Students in Years 7 and 8 took part in “Times Table Rock Stars” competition.  Top performing students from each class, selected by their maths teacher, competed in front of their peers on the auditorium stage, answering as many times table questions as they can in one minute! Across the three days, approximately 600 students competed, wearing wigs and sporting inflatable guitars, thereby emulating their favourite rock star.  Winners received a prestigious Times Table Rock Star pin badge, to wear with pride, in recognition of their supreme mental maths skills.

We are very pleased to announce are winners are:

Mollie Parkin, Lucy McDonald, Ashton Richardson, Daisy Shipperley, Jude Christie, Emily Boreham, Olivia Coe and Sam Ellis

17 March 2017

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Leadership is key to success for Ixworth army cadet

Pheobe Mercer has been chosen out of thousands of youngsters across the country for the final stage of the prestigious Duke of Westminster Award, 2017.  Phoebe Mercer received the news this week after earlier qualifying for the final 60, she is now down to the final 30.

The Duke of Westminster Award runs from November to July each year, and the final 10 candidates get to have lunch at the House of Lords, as well as go on a two-week trip to South Africa.

“I was surprised and pleased at the same time to get through and will now attend a third selection event in Somerset in April, for the final 10,” said Phoebe. “To reach the final 30, I had to complete assignments illustrating how to overcome adversity, taking on new challenges, helping those in need and being good citizen. “I made a video to cover each of the topics including how I got back to full fitness after being knocked off my bike, devised the slogan: the spirit of leadership drives you to success, and demonstrated what I had learned through the army cadets about leadership and teamwork.”

3 March 2017

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EADT ArticleCollege students are a cut above in their charity efforts

Twenty two students and two members of staff lost their locks in a mass hair cut on Thursday 9 February in aid of the Little Princess Trust.  Their hair will be used to create wigs for boys and girls across the country who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.  There were five hairdressers who came in on the day to cut all the hair.  Ixworth-based Katrina Page from Hair by Katrina came along as well as two hairdressers from Bliss in Bury St Edmunds and two from John Michael in Bury.

21 February 2017

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Students get to grips with garden office furniture challenge

Students from the College have been taking part in a competition to build a work desk for a garden office.  The competition was jointly organised by the College and Thurston's Smart Garden Offices.  First the students were taken on weekly visits to the company's showroom to see the manufacturing process, before being asked to design an ergonomic desk which could be manufactured in MDF.  The winners were Isabelle Turpin, Alfie King and Emily Silkstone who were praised for their creativity.

8 February 2017

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Romeo and JulietCollege Production: Romeo and Juliet

Thurston Community College for the third consecutive year, the College production has been nominated for a NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) Award in the category of Best Youth Production of 2016.  We have only been a member of NODA for three years, so have in fact been nominated for every show they have seen!  Congratulations to all involved.

 

5 January 2017

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Thurston Tree Festival

Thurston Community College were delighted again this year to be asked to be part of the Thurston Village Tree Festival.  Treatt, a local company very kindly donated the 'Thurston Christmas Tree' which was decorated by the College students using the College Production: Romeo and Juliet as its theme.

          Thurston Tree   Thurston Tree

20 December 2016

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Charity Day

Charity Day

The College Council decided to support AGE UK for the first Charity Day of this year.  They did this in 2 ways:

A BAKE OFF! Students were invited to participate in a BAKE OFF competition and to bring in cakes to sell.  The BAKE OFF was judged by Jo Reeder the Eastern Region Fundraiser for AGE UK and Graham Jones (Chair of Beyton Parish Council) and Peter Robinson (Chair of Thurston Parish Council).  Judging took place during period one and the SELL OFF! took place at breaktime in the Courtyard.  MAGIC SQUARES!  Students in each form group were invited to ‘buy a numbered square’ for 10p.  Winning numbers were selected at random to receive one of five prizes. There was a competition between the Houses to see who could sell the most tickets and this formed the Interhouse Competition.

20 October 2016


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Beyton Defribillator: Thurston Sixth StudentsCall to install Defribillator at Beyton Village

The Suffolk village of Beyton will soon be home to a Community Access Defibrillator.  As part of the campaign which aims to provide hard to reach villages with this lifesaving equipment. 

The defibrillator will be installed in a phone box on the village green. Aptly located in the heart of Beyton village, the phone box has been newly refurbished by members of the community and staff and students from Thurston Sixth: Beyton Campus. It may not serve its original purpose, but the village’s newest asset could one day answer the call to save lives.

Beyton Defribillator: Thurston Sixth StudentsThe idea was devised by members of the community including Beyton Parish Councillors, led by the Chairperson, Graham Jones, Matthew Caldwell-Nichols and Lynn Johnson of the Beyton Village Association, Jean Wheeler, Assistant Principal at Thurston Community College along with Ruby Last, a student at Thurston Sixth in Beyton village, who led the project by applying for Lottery funding. 

Ruby, who is currently studying Health & Social Care, Psychology and Biology at Thurston Sixth was keen to help the village in their application for funding for this life saving equipment.  She is hoping to study Paramedic Science at University, so may well go on to have first-hand experience of using a defibrillator in a real life saving situation.

14 October 2016

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