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We will offer an education that prepares pupils for the future world. The professions may not yet be known. But the skill sets are.


THINK BIG Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I write with exciting news of changes and plans for Talbot Heath as we look ahead to 2017/18. We welcome four new members to our Senior Leadership Team who bring with them expertise and experience. I know that they are looking forward to their new positions and will approach their roles with great commitment and energy. Read about them on page 2. You may well have seen our THINK BIG campaign which ties in with our strategic vision for the school looking ahead.While retaining high standards and rigour, Talbot Heath will be introducing a groundbreaking new interdisciplinary approach across the whole school, focussing on the creative and digital arts, as well as STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, the Arts


and Mathematics). We will work in partnership with the Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth and Southampton universities, pioneering schools and institutes across the globe, as well as local technology companies, to provide unique learning opportunities for your daughters that will prepare them for the exciting future they will face.

At the heart of the vision lies a new state of the art flexible learning centre which will incorporate a large auditorium, gallery space, studio space for Drama, Art, Textiles, Design Technology, Computing and Robotics, as well as Food and Nutrition. In addition we will be creating a covered swimming pool and linking this facility to our sports hall. Having just received governor approval, the strategic vision is being put into action, with all facilities going live within a two year period.

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It is a tremendously exciting time for Talbot Heath School as it grows and develops. We look forward to welcoming you to a launch event about the vision which will take place in the main hall on Wednesday 1st March, 7pm. I hope that you and your daughters will be excited by our vision and the opportunities that it will bring.

Talbot Heath was founded with the aim of being liberal, progressive and pioneering. Mary Broad believed in inspiring the girls and preparing them for futures without boundaries. Our THINK BIG vision will ensure that we stay true to our original aim. It is perfectly fitting that we should announce that Talbot Heath has been selected to be an Apple Regional Training Centre at the start of 2017. We will become a lead school in the region with regard to the development of digital learning and proficiency. See page 3.


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LIZ PUGH, JUNIOR SCHOOL DEPUTY HEAD I am thrilled and very privileged to have been appointed to the SLT as Deputy Head Junior School. I am passionate about education and see the primary phase as fundamental in shaping a child’s attitude to life and learning. I started my teaching career in 1990. After teaching from Reception to Year 7 in a variety of settings, I joined Talbot Heath as a Year 2 teacher in 2007. After three very enjoyable years I moved into the Junior Department as SEND coordinator, Gifted and Talented coordinator and a Year 5 form tutor. As Deputy Head and Pastoral Lead I see a crucial element of my role as one of support; for Mrs Weber-Spokes, the staff of the Junior School and of course, the girls. Being a caring, empathetic person I

am looking forward to using my skills in the service of the Talbot Heath community. My role also involves the overseeing of many of the day to day aspects of the Junior School and I am excited to be looking at these with a questioning mind, in order to ensure we develop interested, inquisitive and resilient learners who are fully prepared educationally and emotionally for Senior School and all the opportunities that offers. Having come to Talbot Heath as a child to swim in our pool, watched my daughter pass through the school, and taught here for almost ten years, I am committed to treasuring the traditions of TH, whilst having the passion, dedication and drive to help ensure TH remains innovative in order to create confident young women who are able to contribute positively to society.

The TH Senior Leadership Team

Chris Evans (Director of Support Services), Martin Gibson, Helen Chapleo, Ian Cradick, Gerry Ives (Director of Finance), Sally Weber-Spokes (Junior Head), Angharad Holloway (Head), Cat Stone (Deputy Head), Liz Pugh.

HELEN CHAPLEO - ASSISTANT HEAD (TEACHING AND LEARNING) Eight years ago I started at Talbot Heath as a teacher of Geography and was promoted to Head of Geography/ Humanities the following year. My daughter, Katherine, is in year 4 and is loving her sixth year at the school, having been a pupil since Kindergarten. I have enjoyed seeing Geography grow in popularity in recent years and was consequently extremely proud to collect the Geographical Association's SGQM and Centre of Excellence Awards on behalf of the department last March. In my new role I aim to build on Talbot Heath's strengths, supporting staff in the delivery of new specifications, whilst encouraging reflective practice and effective pedagogy. IAN CRADICK – ASSISTANT HEAD (ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT) My first position of responsibility at Talbot Heath was as Physics Coordinator. This proved to be a highly rewarding role and a post I held with pride. Four years ago I took on the additional responsibility of Examinations Officer which has given me a thorough insight into the whole examining process. My new role as Assistant Head (Academic Management) presents many new and exciting opportunities. I look forward to managing the school’s database system and producing the whole school timetable, meeting the needs of the Junior and Senior Schools. Above all I am delighted to be joining the Senior Leadership Team, working to continue to provide a first class education for our students. MARTIN GIBSON – ASSISTANT HEAD (CURRICULUM and PROGRESS) Having been Head of Science for the past 17 years I have become one of the oldtimers of the school. Both my children have spent time at the school with Lucy leaving the Upper 6 last summer. In my new role, I am looking at curriculum and progress across the school. With regard to the curriculum, I shall be looking at provision across the entire school liaising with the Junior School, Head of Faculty and other relevant staff. I will be particularly interested to be involved in adapting the curriculum to best suit pupils' needs in an ever-changing world. I have also been tasked with developing interdisciplinary learning to ensure effective teaching and learning across the school and e-learning as we continue to move into a digital age. I am looking to develop a more pupil centred system for tracking the progress of pupils across the entire school.

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Genius bar pic

Talbot Heath Apple regional training centre

Our Digitus Geniuses pictured with Mrs Wakeling and Mrs Maule

This year Talbot Heath is proud to announce some exciting developments in IT. On the 16th January we launched our Genius Bar. Our Genius Bar is similar to the helpdesks found in Apple stores. This is a designated area in the Senior School where both pupils and staff will be able to receive help and training on a range of topics, related to both iPad and apps. Our specially selected Digital Geniuses will be staffing the the bar and will be trained on using a plethora of essential educational apps.They can be recognised by their distinctive badges. The Digital Geniuses are also available within lessons to assist other pupils and staff and receive special training, equipment and educational visits to help them to fulfil their role. The third application period to apply to become a Digital Genius will be open between 23rd January - 6th February. Pupils need to submit a written application (using the form available on the school intranet from 23rd January), and upload an instructional video on how to use a specific iPad app. Applications will be judged by Mrs Maule (E-Learning Manager) and Mr Reidy (Head of ICT) and successful applicants will be announced in assembly w/c 6th February.

Perhaps our most exciting announcement is that we have been selected as an Apple Regional Training Centre! This means that we are one of only a few schools in the UK and the only secondary school in Dorset to receive this accolade.

It displays our commitment to pedagogy, sharing best practice and displays our position in the the local community to support, enhance and transform teaching and learning outcomes, both at our school and other schools in the local community.

We look forward to continuing and enhancing our relationship with Apple and local institutions to develop our facilities further to mark our place at the forefront of educational technology.We look forward to working with pupils, parents, peers from other institutions and eventually the general public in future.

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NEW WEBSITE Our new website and parent app will go live this term with the aim of providing pupils, parents and staff with a ‘ one stop shop’ contact and information point that is up to date and captures the variety of life at Talbot Heath. Our combination of heritage, tradition and future vision can be seen in the holographic animations that will be embedded into our new site. We are working on one more of these shots featuring the arts, soon to be released. We hope that you like our website’s new look and format.

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Artist’s impression of our new site development

In the words of Mary Broad:

LIBERAL progressive pioneering



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Event dates

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Linguists Dinner Talbot Heath’s Modern Language Faculty invite you to their fabulous

for your diaries

LINGUISTS’ DINNER Fri 10th Feb, 7pm

Friday 10th February 2017, 7pm The Great Hall, Talbot Heath School £15 a head inc a glass of Prosecco


(Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Senior School Performance 24th March, 7-9pm

JAMBO AFRICA Junior School African Production 29th March 2 - 3.30pm 30th March 6 - 7.30pm EASTER FAIR 31st March, 3.30-5pm JUNIOR SCHOOL SUMMER FETE Fri 26th May, 3-5pm


On arrival Prosecco and tapas style canapés

Starter Asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto ham with gazpacho shot Vegetarian: asparagus tart with gazpacho shot Main Coq au vin with fondant potato and French beans Veg option: Lasagna verde with a seasonal garnish Dessert Trio of desserts Cheese board, Coffee and mints

PSS BALL Sat 17th June, 7pm - midnight



Singing, dancing, drama, poetry and music performed by girls from Year 6 to Upper 6 will delight you while you dine. With a special guest appearance from the staff band The Talbot Heathens.


RSVP via Google Form by Friday 27th Jan

Recruiting lovely people! We are looking for a band of merry helpers to assist with organising our PSS Easter Fair. This fantastic annual event raises funds for the school charity and will take place after school on the 31st March.




school. We will use all of the survey information ahead for the future, ensuring that we take into 0

There is no particular skill set required just a little time and a lot of enthusiasm! The PSS are a great team and you will have fun just being involved!

Please email our PSS Secretary, Liz Seery to volunteer your services. Thank you!

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