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Thamesview School

Autumn Term 1 October 2012

THAMES VIEWS Inside this Issue: Headteacher’s letter


Awards’ Evening


Scroll of Honour


Transition Day


Community Youth


Important Dates




Special points of interest:Awards’ Evening Transition Day BT Rangers Forthcoming Productions

School Uniform Reminder Please remember to write your child’s name in their school uniform, including PE kit and blazer. As a school we know how expensive school uniform can be and we therefore urge you to name ALL items.

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Business & Enterprise

Thamesview’s Annual Awards’ Evening North Pole - Everest - Thamesview! What do these have in common? Bonita Norris was our guest of honour at the Awards Evening. She was the first British woman to stand at the two Tops of the World, the summit of Everest and The Northpole and presented our prizes and certificates at Awards Evening. The Heart Space was transformed for the evening with staging, lights and flowers. Guests were warmly welcomed by our Head Boy, Michael Bruford. Awards were then presented to the best performers and most improved in all subjects for all Years by Councillor Derek Sales the Deputy Mayor of Gravesham. The Choir then beautifully sung “Read all about it”. Year 11 students from last year who gained 5 or more GCSE at A*—C Grades also received awards presented by Miss Hughes, our previous Headteacher who had been responsible for them throughout their time at Thamesview. Bonita Norris then presented all our special awards including those who achieved 100% attendance, The IMI Motor Vehicle and Construction Skill Awards. Awards were also given for high achievement in Literacy, Numeracy , Science, Modern Languages and for outstanding service to the school and overall academic excellence. Bonita then gave a motivational address to all students and parents/carers using her experience of climbing Everest. We had the benefit of a slide-show to demonstrate the demands of the climb and the difficulties overcome as an illustration of accepting the challenges of life and succeeding. A very special award was then given to Mr Cooper for thirty years continuous service to the students of Thamesview School. The Head Girl, Alexie Leech, offered a vote of thanks to all our guests and presentations were made. There then followed photo opportunities and light refreshments to bring an end to a very special evening at Thamesview. Mr J McBean

Got to Dance… Sixty lucky students took up the fantastic opportunity of a day trip to London to see the filming of SKY TV’s hit show ‘Got to Dance’. The students were blown away with some of the auditions and thoroughly enjoyed their day in the iconic white dome. As well as watching a variety of acts the students got to see stars including presenter Davina McCall, Ashley Banjo from the dance group Diversity, Aston Merrygold from JLS and Kimberly Wyatt who shot to fame in the Pussycat Dolls. The day was a huge success and many thanks go to Mrs Beaumont for arranging the day and also to Miss Hardy and Miss Salmon who helped supervise the trip. Mr Ferguson Drama Teacher

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Gravesham Council Business Networking Event

On Tuesday 25th September Gravesham Borough Council held another networking event. This time instead of an early morning breakfast meeting it was held during the evening, 6:00pm—8:00pm. Once again, Thamesview was asked to supply two students to support the welcome desk and to sign in guests, hand out information sheets and issue name badges. Jodie Bundock and Tyrone Osi-Efa, both Year 11 Business students, volunteered for this role and once again they provided an excellent service and received personal thanks from members of the council and local business people. Once the meeting was underway the students had the opportunity to listen to businesses ‘pitch’ their companies as well as network and find out what is happening locally in the business world. These meeting are a fantastic way for students to see first hand what happens at business meetings. As an example during their course they have looked at ways businesses attract new customers and have now seen, first hand, this in action. Nerys Sandy Business and Enterprise Coordinator

Thamesview’s Snowflake Showcase (an evening of Music, Dance and Drama)

Wednesday 12th December 7.00pm

Dear Parents and Carers We have all had a very positive start to a busy year. I have really enjoyed getting to know as many of our students as possible and have been very impressed by the hard work and positive attitude that students have shown at the beginning of this year. It has been a real pleasure to meet so many parents at the parents’ evenings we have held so far this term. Awards Evening was a particular highlight for me as it was an opportunity to find out more about the inspiring young people that make up our Thamesview community. So many awards recognised the diligence, skills and abilities of many of our students and it was great to have parents/carers there to celebrate with us. Our special guest, Bonita Norris proved to be a very interesting and inspiring speaker. Events like this really inspire our local community and young people. I would like to thank parents and carers for ensuring that your children come to school in the correct uniform as this is really important in upholding the reputation of the school and in presenting a positive attitude to learning. It has been really pleasing to see that all students have followed the guidelines concerning facial piercings, hoodies and unnatural hair colourings and thank you again for your support here. Staff and students have been extremely busy this term and the preparations for October and November exams have really gathered pace this term. Please make sure your child takes advantage of the revision sessions taking place before the exams so that they have the best chance possible. I would like to personally thank our teachers who have stayed behind on a regular basis to tutor groups of students; attendance to revision sessions has been very good, even on Friday afternoon! Finally, thank you to all the parents/carers who have made me feel very welcome in Gravesend and for your support in helping us continually improve the education that we offer to our young people. Kind regards Harry Ingham Headteacher

Year 10 Construction Enterprise Day On Thursday 27th September we held our

first Enterprise Day of the year. This day was designed for our construction students in Year 10 and will support their BTEC coursework. The day was delivered by Andy Brading, a consultant who Thamesview have worked with for a few years. The students took part in various workshops throughout the day including a challenge to build the longest bridge out of newspaper and sellotape which would be strong enough to support four bars of chocolate (the Winners’ prize). Skills used during the day included communication and team work as well as numeracy to work the area, costs and volume of supplies required for their design. The main challenge was to design a visitor centre for Cyclo Park. Students designed plans from the original design to work with. They had to build a model, draw a side elevation as well as an aerial plan. As this is a real local development the students were able to see the location on the maps and realise they know the area and some of the students have indeed already been to the Cyclo Park. The winning team on the day was: Matthew Marsden, Reece Butler, Reece Isted and Jordan Liquorish. Also Jordan and Max Sullivan were nominated as students who stayed on task and focused throughout the day. All of these students received WHSmith vouchers. Nerys Sandy, Business and Enterprise Administrator

Macmillan Cake Sale On Monday 1st October, the Admin Team held their annual MacMillan Cake Sale. The Admin Team (as well as various members of the teaching, invigilating and cleaning staff) spent the weekend before, mixing, baking and icing various treats which were sold to students and staff at break and lunchtime. There was so much on offer that the remaining delicious treats were sold on the Tuesday! At the last count, the cake sale had raised a grand total of £530!! The Admin Team would like to thank all those who donated their time and money to such a worthy cause. The Admin Team

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Work Experience 2012 Once again Thamesview students have spent a week working with businesses to gain a valuable insight into the world of work for our annual Work Experience Programme. As usual the school had a fantastic amount of support with Gravesham Borough Council leading the way and offering almost twenty placements to students. Two students really gained an insight into the world of work at Southern Valley Golf Club and were kept busy from dawn to dusk. We had students in London, Poole and Derby as well as more locally. Some students have had offers of extra work experience during the holidays, a few have been told they can apply for part time jobs and there have also been discussions for two students about apprenticeships next year. Work Experience is not about career choices but about meeting new people, learning new skills and developing confidence and self esteem which will help whatever career path you follow. Nerys Sandy, Business and Enterprise Coordinator

What an Itinerary‌. What Fun!

Head Girl: Alexie Leech - Endeavour Community Hello my name is Alexie Leech and have been awarded Head Girl. Within my time at Thamesview I have had some amazing opportunities and have been involved in a wide variety of activities. Thamesview has allowed me to discover a confidence that I did not realise I had. I have also been part of school productions which I really enjoyed. Outside of school I have a hobby of figure skating. I've been skating for a few years and enjoy it more than anything! Being part of a team, both inside and outside of school is what I enjoy being a part of and I hope to work with many students during my time as Head Girl. Deputy Head Boy - Challenger Community Hello. My name is Ben Rush and I am part of the Challenger Community. It is a great privilege for me to be able to write this as your new Deputy Head Boy of Thamesview School. I have taken part in many school productions and feel that this has helped me work with a range of ages. I feel honoured to be Deputy Head Boy and look forward to working as part of the team to develop our school further.

Head Boy: Michael Bruford - Challenger Community Hello. My name is Michael Bruford and I have been selected as Head Boy. There are many things that I enjoy about Thamesview including the variety of activities and opportunities available to students. Outside of school, I enjoy sports and have played for a local football team for five years. I have two guinea pigs called Peppy and Ozzy. I also like theatre and am a member in a local theatre company and have performed in shows at the Orchard Theatre. In the future, I would love to become an actor and hope after Thamesview I will continue to pursue that ambition. Deputy Head Girl - Enterprise Community Hello. My name is Keeley Gibbins. I am the Deputy Head Girl at Thamesview School. There are many reasons why I enjoy being part of the Thamesview community. I enjoy the social element of the school as well as the supportive and encouraging environment. Out of school, I am a keen swimmer. I compete in many Kent, regional and national competitions. I have recently reached national level at lifesaving. I am working hard to achieve the required qualifications so that I can go on to college and train to work within the beauty industry.

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Scroll of Honour: Awards Evening 2012 Each year our special award recipients are acknowledged for personal endeavour, outstanding contributions to the school or the local community, and this year’s winners are acknowledged below in our ‘Scroll of Honour’. We know that these students will go on to great things in their next ventures, and we are delighted to congratulate these commendable individuals!

Thatcher Mug Award (for student achieving the best GCSE results in 2012 with the highest grade average) Julia Johnson Residential Trip Award Michael Bruford New Leaf Award Shannon house IMI Motor Vehicle Award David Cox Construction Skills Award Aston Gray Salon Services (Hair) Award Natasha Hollowell 100% Attendance Award (throughout the student’s school life) Connor Murphy, Aaron Greenway, Jack Tomkinson, Leanne Gabbitas, Ben Hopson, Ryan Hutchinson, Nathan Clout, Joseph Cooper, Mia Ovenden, Alicia Gigg, Amy Stevens, Amy Costas, Peter Caffell, Steven Edmeades, Courtney Percival Work Experience Award Lia Mercer Foreign Language Award Michael Bruford Year 7 Friendship Award (In memory of Luke Squires) Conor Balne

Enterprise Outreach Programme This term we took our Enterprise programme to Chantry Primary School and spent the morning with Year 5 class. We ran two workshops during the morning: Lego Challenge and Jewellery Jangle. Two Year 10 students, Chloe Parfitt and Morgan Cullen came with us on the day to help out. Thamesview students supported the younger students during the first part of the morning and then acted as Jewellery buyers for the second task. Both Chloe and Morgan are studying Business, so the experience will help them with their course. Our Enterprise programme encourages team work, communication and numeracy among other skills and Thamesview staff and students support the younger students throughout the morning.

Excellence Through Inclusion Award Tim Hanniford Literacy Achievement Award Emma Addy Numeracy Achievement Award Charlie Collier Science Achievement Award Shannon Niblett Library Awards (Accelerated Reader Millionaires’ Club for reading over 1 million words) Georger Broadhurst, Tao Andrews, Caitlin Turner, Kellie Homewood, Tanya Hils, Lauren Yates Library Arts Awards (awarded by Trinity College London’s Arts Award Program in Literature) Mary-Ann Owen, Lewis Foreman, Kelsey-Lee Relf, Stephanie Tunnicliffe, Kayleigh Homden, Amiee Goddard Governors’ Challenge Cup (Outstanding personal endeavour in various areas) Nathan Hales Griffiths Rose Bowl (Outstanding service to the school) Jack Tomkinson, Natasha Hollowell Headteacher’s Award Bethany Daines

Thamesview has been selected as one of only 100 schools nationwide to take part in the National Theatre’s Newviews playwriting competition. The National hope to introduce youngsters to the art of writing plays with the hope of discovering a future generation of writers with a love of the theatre. The competition is a fresh platform for the opinions of todays youth, whilst simultaneously creating an outreach programme which incorporates literacy that is inter-linked with the Arts award. Ten lucky students will represent Thamesview as they strive to write a thirty minute play that will capture the judges imagination and be chosen as the winning play. The students will complete a playwriting course designed by writer Jemma Kennedy which includes lessons on story, characters, plot, speech, scenes, style and stagecraft. As well as the opportunity of completing a free course run by the National Theatre, the students will also receive two visits from the writer Matt Hartley who won the coveted Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting for his play ‘Sixty Five Miles’. Matt will be delivering a two hour workshop with the students before Christmas and will then return in the new year to give one to one feedback on the students’ plays before they are submitted to the National. Students will receive two trips to the National Theatre in order to give them an insight into live productions and allow them to experience live theatre at its very best. The winning play will be professionally produced by the National and performed at the Houses of Parliament in 2013 and the ten shortlisted runners up will receive a rehearsed reading at the National Theatre in London. As well as all of these wonderful opportunities students will have the chance to achieve the gold element of the Arts Award as they complete the course which equates to 35 UCAS points. The competition is a wonderful chance for the students to write about what they want to change and to have their views heard on a national forum…. let’s hope they Believe, Achieve and Succeed! Mr Ferguson, Subject Leader for Drama

Newviews: National Theatre Playwriting Competition

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I would like to officially welcome Year 7 to Thamesview School! I feel as though we have known you all for a very long time and we hope you now feel settled and part of the Thamesview Family. The transition process began back in April when members of staff and Year 7 students went out into the primary schools to meet the next cohort of students who were going to be joining us. Students then were offered more opportunities to come into Thamesview to experience lessons, meet staff and new students who would be joining them in September. This was through stepping stones sessions, ‘jumping for joy’ day and also induction day. Year 7 had an unusual experience this year of meeting two Headteachers! Miss Hughes welcomed the students as well as Mr Ingham on their visits to Thamesview. I believe from speaking to some of our students that they were quite excited to be starting Thamesview at the same time as their Headteacher! They enjoyed finding out about how Mr Ingham would be feeling about starting Thamesview as well as their peers from other primary schools. Finally, the students were offered the opportunity to attend summer school where they could develop their friendships, gain confidence by meeting more members of staff and their new environment they would be spending their week in come the new academic year. The students participated in Drama workshops, sports activities, vocational lessons and also offsite activities such as swimming. Enjoyment was had by all involved over the two weeks and I would like to thank the staff who gave up their time during the school holidays to run the event. Students have now been with us for eight weeks and have hopefully settled in to the next stage of their education. I know all members of staff and students within each Community have enjoyed getting to know the Year 7 students who have joined them. It is now up to all of you to make the best of your education here at Thamesview and if you follow our school motto, Believe, Achieve, Succeed, then you will! “The transition could not be Mrs Melanie Smith “I was nervous but I did any easier, the school is so Learning Director Discovery Community not need to be as it has welcoming, you instantly beall been fine. All the come part of the family.” teachers are really kind “After my first few weeks I am and helpful.” very comfortable and have plenty of friends. I was glad I took part in Summer School.” “I thought it would be scary “You really because of all the older stufeel like part of Thamesdents. Now I have been here view. It’s cool, I had lots of for a while I know they are all people who helped me, kind and caring.” especially the teachers like Mr Manktelow (who is really tall, but not scary).”

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Community Youth Tutor – Penny Stotesbury 01474 566552 ext 8081249 Mobile 07920 526546

Duke of Edinburgh News


After months of planning, Thamesview young people who are doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award met with 42 members of the Gravesham U3A ( University of the 3rd Age). This visit to Thamesview School enabled the visitors to have afternoon tea and meet the young people who will be supporting them; they were also offered a tour of the school and couldn't believe how much schools have changed since they last visited one. During afternoon tea members of U3A met with the school Governors, teaching staff and the Headteacher, Mr Ingham. They were invited to attend to find out more details of Thamesview’s new IT training programme. BT Internet Rangers was the idea of Ms Sandy, (Business and Enterprise Co-ordinator), Mr Davis (IT Teacher) and Penny Stotesbury (Community Youth Tutor). The project will be offering members of Gravesham U3A the chance to learn IT Skills at a range of different levels to meet the need of group members. Running every Thursday after school this project will also break down community barriers that may exist between the different generations of the community and gives young people the chance to learn about their community and gain confidence talking to different people. Through doing this they are also able to gain their 3 or 6 month Volunteering section of the Duke of Edinburgh's’ Award. ( Below) Mr Ingham ( Headteacher) with young people and Mr Davis welcomes visitors to Thamesview .

(Above) Duke of Edinburgh Young people escorting U3A members on a tour of Thamesview School at the recent Visit ‘look forward to starting the course with such lovely young people “

“I think this is a fantastic idea and cannot wait to start – the only problem is that the first course is full and I will have to wait until the next one”

“ Its been a really lovely afternoon – the young people have been a pleasure and so welcoming – I really enjoyed meeting them”

It was fun socializing with them (U3A members)

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Key Events:  Friday 26th October - Last day of Term 1  Monday 5th November - First day of Term 2  Tuesday 13th November - Talent Show  Wednesday 14th November - Fashion Fix  Tuesday 20th November— Yr 7 Parents’ Evening  Tuesday 11th December - Yr 8 Parents’ Evening  Wednesday 12th December - Christmas Concert  Friday 21st December - Last day of Term 2  Monday 7th January - First day of Term 3  Thursday 31st January - Yr 9 Parents’ Evening  Wednesday 13th February - Evening of Dance and


Diary Dates Staff Development Days: Tuesday 4th September 2012 Friday 19th October 2012 Monday 14th January 2013 Wednesday 13th March 2013 Monday 1st July 2013

Bank Holidays: Monday 6th May 2013 Please note that the school will be closed on these days for students.

Reminder Reminder - Free School Free School Meals Meals Entitlement Entitlement At Thamesview School we feel it is vital that all our children have the best chance to learn and achieve. A healthy diet is really important to all children and if free school meals are available for any child it is as important that they take advantage of this. At the moment there are some families who could claim free school meals but do not do so. Parents/Carers may not be aware but the amount of funding all schools receive depends on the amount of children a school has claiming free school meals. We will get extra funding for your child if they claim free school meals; you can see on our website (under the ‘parents’ section) what this funding is spent on. Free school meals for a child not only means a free meal every day but can also mean that they can benefit in other ways through targeted support and resource. Please apply for free school meals if you are entitled to them, even if your child will not eat a meal every day at school. At school there is no way to tell if a child is claiming free school meals as each child is given a lunch card and treated the same, so please do not be concerned that your child will be singled out for claiming free school meals. Please also remember that confidentiality will always be observed in these matters. If you wish to apply for free school meals please complete the form which is available on our website ( or from the school office and send it to KCC or to the main office of the school for us to submit.




Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December


Monday 7th January to Friday 15th February


Monday 25th February to Thursday 28th March


Monday 15th April to Friday 24th May


Monday 3rd June to Wednesday 24th July

Lord’s Taverners Wheelchair Basketball National Junior Championships 2012 I am delighted to inform you Lanre Sowami, of Challenger Community, was selected to compete at The Lord’s Taverners Wheelchair Basketball National Junior Championships 2012, at Stoke Mandeville, for a 3 day tournament. In one heat Lanre’s team beat the Yorkshire Team 32—9 with Lanre scoring a 3 point from outside the scoring ring. Lanre’s team came 4th overall and everyone agreed it was a fantastic day had by all! This is a fantastic achievement which reflects Lanre’s efforts. Well Done!! Harry Ingham Headteacher Left — Lanre with Paralympic Medallist, Ade Adepitan Right Lanre holding the Olympic Torch

Student Drop Off/ Pick Up Point

If you drive your child to, or collect your child from school, please remember to use the designated drop off/pick up points. Some parents/carers are choosing to drive into the main part of the staff car park which is proving to be hazardous. We, like yourselves, wish to keep our students safe and fear an accident may occur because parents/carers are not using the allocated areas. There are two designated drop off/pick up points; one at the front of the school car park by the bus stop and the second in the open area next to the View Point Centre off Cervia Way.

Physically Disabled students should be dropped off/picked up in the specially marked bays. We ask that all parents/carers are mindful when dropping off/collecting your child from school. If improvements are not made, we may have to look for other ways to make Thamesview's car park a safe place for all our students, staff and visitors to use. Mrs Hilling Business Manager

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Art on show at the Summer Concert

Parents, students and guests enjoyed art by talented Thamesview students that went on show as part of the Summer Concert celebrations. Exhibits included painting, drawing, textiles, photography, computer based art and sculpture. Students from Year 7 displayed jungle landscapes and Art Nouveau style 3D work, whilst Year 8 exhibited friendship totems and surreal dream landscapes. Work from BTEC and GCSE examination groups highlighted work from Years 9, 10 and 11. Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, rounded off the exhibition. Heads of Community have each selected one piece of work from the exhibition to be framed for display in the Thamesview Meeting room. Congratulations to Seyjal Mahli (Discovery), Ben Durling (Challenger), Danny Coyne (Endeavour) and Bethany Caller (Enterprise) whose work has been chosen. J. Chester, Creative Arts

P6—Film Club...Are You Doing It? (Please read the following in a deep male film announcers voice...) At a loose end on Tuesdays after school from 3:00 to 5:00pm? Why not see the latest blockbuster releases in the state-of-the-art cinemalike lecture theatre for FREE? What am I talking about? Film Club of course! Bring snacks and drinks. You choose the movies! Films are advertised on the plasma screens every week so you only have to come to the ones you want to watch. Interested? Get a permission form from Mrs Fox. See you there!

P6—Enrichment has never been so rich! The Enrichment Cup This year a new community cup competition has started as part of the redesigned enrichment activities within the school. Each term Challenger, Discovery, Endeavour and Enterprise will do battle in a variety of different challenges in order to gain points for their community as they vie to be the first to lift the trophy at the end of the school year. The students have already taken part in three highly competitive activities, The Community Quiz, The Cook-Off and the Year 7 Football Tournament and are presently preparing for the Dance Challenge at the end of term. Challenger were the first community to pick up maximum points as they won the Community Quiz, but it was Endeavour who were victorious in the Year 7 Football Tournament. The Cook-off proved a real hit, both with the students and the teachers who had to sample the dishes when judging but after some serious deliberation it was Enterprise who got the majority verdict. The Enrichment Cup is all about points and there are plenty more points up for grabs in next term’s activities which include the Year 8 Football Tournament, The Lego Challenge, The Christmas Art Competition The Voc Block Challenge and The Christmas Treats. Right - Year 7 football champions, won by Endeavour. Below—Cook-off competition, won by Enterprise.

It has been a real pleasure to become the Enrichment Co-ordinator at Thamesview as extra-curricular activities have always been something which I have been heavily involved with, an area which I know gives students the opportunity to have a fuller and more enjoyable childhood. Thamesview has always had a strong ethos when it comes to extra-curricular activities due to the pro-activeness of the staff and the strong support from senior management and I am pleased to say that all staff have embraced the new P6 (Period 6) activities. It has been such a pleasure to work with such committed staff members who have aided me in creating an exciting and varied calendar which includes ICT Club, Football Clubs for all year groups, Glee Club, Film Club, Trampolining, TVS Singers, Badminton, Extended Learning Club, Archery, Zumba, TVAS Drama Club, Gaming Club, Music Club, Playwriting Zone, Cheerleading, Gardening Club, several revision clubs and a Language Club which studied Arabic this term. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teachers for giving up their own personal time but I would like to say a special thanks to Mr Davis our ICT teacher who has created a fantastic P6 register system. The new system has made the teachers lives easier and allows them to focus on the job of planning and teaching their clubs. So on behalf of all the teachers a huge thanks to Mr Davis. I look forward to another exciting year ahead at our fantastic school. Mr Ferguson Enrichment Co-ordinator






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