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THAMES VIEWS Thameview’s Got Talent 2011!

Inside the Issue: Headteacher’s letter




Challenger Community


Discovery Community

Business & Enterprise


Endeavour Community


Enterprise Community


Important Dates

The journey for these talented students started two weeks before half term. 21 acts where chosen from the 29 that auditioned and they began rehearsing for the Semi-Finals. The Semi-Finals took the form of a Talent Show on Tuesday 15th November. All the acts where entertaining and the level of professionalism surpassed that of all previous years. The judges where unable to narrow it down to 3 final acts so on Wednesday 16th November, four acts performed

in the Final after Thamesview‘s ‗Fashion Fix.‘ Our Finalists were Maha Forster singing ‗Me & Mrs Jones,‘ Amy Morris singing ‗Feeling Good,‘ Shannon Presland, Amelia Burgess and Frog who made up the ‗2 and a Half‘ Street Crew and finally our winner Laura Hobson who composed and performed her song ‗Perfect.‘ As always many people helped to put this evening together and thanks go out to the Performers, front of house team, Crew, Chaperones and finally our enthusiastic audience that support all our events. Mrs Beaumont


Special points of interest:Fashion Fix Achievos — Thamesview‘s Reward system Vocational Ventures Kent Youth Service Library Corner

Competition Win £15 i-Tunes Voucher! See Page 9 Enrichment. Don‘t miss it

Contemporary Art Textiles at Thamesview

This term in art, Year 8 have been looking at a renowned contemporary artist called Tracy Emin, who hales from our very own County of Kent. Emin, a graduate from the famous Goldsmiths University and a former member of the YBA art movement is well known for making large scale appliqué textile art pieces based on her own identity. These take the form of stitched letters onto domestic items like blankets and sofas and its one such Emin piece ―Theres A Lot Of Money In Chairs‖ that gave year eight the inspiration for their own work. Using second-hand, domestic fabrics and learning all about sewing techniques, students have produced small appliqué stitching samples, spelling out initials or a word that is personal to them in some way. Sumeyya Kose, DSFR, for example has created a piece that references her brother and sister‘s names and Harry Topsfield, EvSG simply used his own entertaining initials; HAT! K. Doolan, Art Teacher

A Sad Farewell To all the Parents, Carers, Students & Staff at Thamesview, As I say a sad farewell to Thamesview School I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for nine great years. After 376 trips and 89 residentials the support you have given me has been tremendous. Thamesview is a great school because of the support and guidance you give your children and the staff. Have a great and safe Christmas. Pauline Blayney

Sumeyya and Sophie Jeffrey, DKD, adorning their samples with buttons, and Bradley Hill, EpHP, carefully stitching on his letters!

The stunning work of Hannah Wells, EpSL, who spent extra time at home working on her appliqué art piece

A creation by Hannah Collins, CZD, a tribute to her best friend

Good-bye Janet On Friday 2nd December, Thamesview said goodbye to Mrs Bateson, who has worked in the main school office for 17½ years! During her time here, she has seen many changes and has always been happy to help, with a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed by all here and we wish her a long and happy retirement.

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Operation Christmas Child Appeal Once again we have run our Christmas Child Appeal this term. This is when we ask students, parents and staff to contribute to fill shoe boxes with small gifts for children less fortunate than ourselves. As usual our students, parents and staff have dug deep into their pockets and we have sent off 63 boxes. These were picked up on Wednesday 30th November to be shipped overseas in time for Christmas. Mrs N Sandy

Connexions As you may have heard on the news, or read in the papers the face of the careers service is changing and a lot of areas of England have already lost their local careers service. Connexions are still going strong in Gravesend, with the main office located by the Clock Tower, and will continue to provide their service in Thamesview School every Tuesday and Friday. At the moment appointments are being allocated for Year 11 students but students can request an appointment through either Mrs Head or Mrs Sandy in the B&E Office.

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Dear Parents, Carers, Staff, Governors, Students and Friends, When I wrote last term about how busy it had been with Ofsted, I was forgetting how hectic the term is toward the festive holidays! So much going on every single day: Fashion Fix, Talent Show, and in the final week, a fantastic Christmas Concert (more about that in the next newsletter) as well as our student Christmas lunch, and a whole host of other fun, educational and enriching activities. We have a whole page dedicated to all the enrichment activities available for your child at school—please encourage them to participate, and if that isn‘t enough, there is the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and library or charity events offering all sorts of events. One of our Year

Charity Christmas Card Winner Medway Maritime Hospital recently held a competition to design a Christmas Card. We are very pleased and proud to say that one of our Year 7 students, Cameron Edmonds DBB (pictured left), won this competition with his design which you can see in the above picture. The cards are now being sold to raise money for the Oliver Fisher Special Care Trust at the hospital. Well done Cameron for not only winning the competition but for also helping the hospital to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.

Talented Chefs A Year 7 Enquiry class has shown lots of talent and enthusiasm when working in the Technology food room. No challenge that Mrs Lok presents them with, phases them, whether it be learning a new skill or cooking a complex dish. The theme in Enquiry this term is The Human Body and students have been involving friends and families in questionnaires about healthy eating and finding alternative options. The Food Room saw some amazing results when students made tasty pizzas having decided upon a variety of toppings (and they successfully made the dough from scratch -no cheating with pre-bought dough!) Lots of fun, lot of skills learned and lots of team work. Well Done! Mrs S Lok, Enquiry Learning Facilitator

7s, Cameron Edmonds, entered a charity card competition; what a fabulous design he has created, and we were proud to send it out as our electronic card to all our friends of Thamesview; making a donation to the worthy charity for the design. We have sadly had to say good-bye to a number of wonderful staff this term, not least Ms Pauline Blayney, who I would personally like to commend on her role in making our Vocational Centre a centre of excellence across the area. She will be missed by everyone for her enthusiasm and dynamism, together with her great sense of fun. She always has the students‘ best interests at heart and we will miss her, but wish her well in her new ventures. Enjoy the holiday merriment and festivities, but please encourage Year 10/11 to revise during the holiday. Best wishes to you and your family and I look forward to seeing everyone return for a really prosperous and successful 2012 at Thamesview! Rhiannon Hughes Headteacher

Pub Quiz! On Wednesday 2nd November over 60 Year 11 students took part in a revision ―Pub Quiz‖. They took part in 2 hours of revision covering Maths and English and then devoured numerous pizzas and drinks. Finally it was rounded off with a ―Quiz‖ covering serious question but also fun rounds. Competition was fierce but the team led by Francis Meakins came out as the victors. Students said it was great fun but they also felt better prepared going in to the GCSE exams the following week. Thanks to Mrs Sesay, Mrs Lowe, Miss Howe and Miss Skipsey. Mrs S Dance

Enterprise Day On Friday 2nd December we held an Enterprise Day for Health and Social Care students. The day focused on communication and students had to produce a training guide to be given to new members of staff entering the Health and Social Care industry. Some teams designed posters and others used flip cameras to film themselves. The winning team was: Tigi Barry, Victoria Dongo, Phoebe Norris and Kathrine Bagshaw who produced a very clever game show and film. Lia Mercer won most focused student and Rikki-Lee Reece was the professionally best dressed student.

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The Achievo reward system has been a success this term. Many students are rewarded Achievos in their lessons for attainment and effort and are collecting Achievos quickly. The shop has now opened for business and students can access what is available in the shop using the school website.

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TWO competitions have run this term to promote Achievos. The first competition was amongst each Community. The highest earner in the Community had their rewards doubled. This ran for two weeks. The second competition is running at present and is across all Communities. The first person across all four Communities who has their name given to me by their form tutor, for being the highest earning achiever in that week, will have their rewards doubled and the form will also As you can see Discovery have achieve a reward. Community spirit is at its very best earned the most Achievos in at the moment, each Community trying to be the first Term 2. Well Done Discovery! to report the highest earner and the highest amount Will it be the same next term? across the school! Sarah Gordon

Imperial War Museum Trip On Friday 25th November, 47 Year 9 students departed Thamesview for the Imperial War Museum. The trip was arranged to support the current scheme of work being studied by the students in English and was so popular that we had to turn down many students (sorry guys). After leaving school at 9.30am, and taking an unusual route into London, we eventually arrived at the Museum. Being able to view the various artefacts really helped to develop their understanding of the war. On seeing the ‗parachute bomb,‘ one student Oh look, it’s Miss! Smile Deep in and thought! wave.


was overheard as saying, ‗ Sheesh, I didn‘t think the bombs were so big, how did the planes stay in the air?‘ Such comments resulted in a very interesting discussion between the students as they dwelled on other facts and figures. The main reason for the trip was to allow the students to access the Holocaust Exhibition and they took part in an Audio Guided Tour and discussion. This was a very sensitive and emotional part of the day and the majority of the students demonstrated maturity and empathy as they walked around the exhibition. Many were shocked by the glass cabinet of shoes and even the toughest student was subdued as the realisation sank in that these shoes ranged in sizes from adults to very young children. Mrs J Dean

On the 2nd December, some eager, fit and healthy students from Years 7-11 took part in a cross-country competition at Hextable. The whole crosscountry team did very well; team congratulations to Georgia Reece, Katie Ingram, Scarlett Vine, Liam King, Alex Cross, Zak Both and Matthew Raff. Special mentions go to Chloe Sharp in Year 7 who won her race (by about 150m!) and Charlotte Harwood, who won her race (by about 200m). Cross-country Club takes place on a Friday after school, and there is another race event coming up in January, so come along to practice and join the winning team! Miss Rogers

Boys will be boys!

Yr 10 Cruise to Victory in the Schools’ Challenge Cup! Our Year 10 football team finally played their long awaited game against St. Georges in the Cup and managed to beat them 3-1. Despite going down to an early goal from the visitors, Thamesview managed to equalise soon after, before going on to score twice more each side of the break. Goals came from Harry Cook, Louie Percival and Sam Oluwasegun to send Thamesview into the next round. Well done Year 10 and good luck for the next round! Mr Chapman, Year 10 Coach


Community Positions

The trip is given the thumbs up!!

Community Points Name Challenger








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As we draw near to another Christmas, and the end of Term 3 there have been a number of great things that have occurred in Challenger. We have a published poet (see article below), the red carpet event has produced some really good work and Year 11 November exams. We have also had the Talent Show and Fashion Fix, which was again well supported by Challenger students. But next term brings even greater challenges as year 11 have English exams, and the final push for vocational courses starts. The end of this term is also a time to say good bye to some special people from the community. We say goodbye to 2 members of staff (see article below), but we also say goodbye to one of our Year 8 students who is moving to Australia. Ella Gammon is moving to sunnier shores, and I am sure she will continue to be the fantastic student she has been in the time we have known her here at Thamesview. All the Challenger team wish you a safe and happy festive period. Mr M Hodges Assistant Headteacher

A number of Challenger students have 100% attendance since the beginning of this academic year—is this you? CMD = 7 students CCSP = 6 students CLF = 9 students CPF = 10 students CZD = 6 students CWG = 5 students CNS = 9 students CRF = 7 students CJD = 3 students Well done to CPF who so far have the greatest number at 100%!

A few sentences in a newsletter are never going to be enough to sum up our thoughts and feelings about loosing two valuable members of staff, but Mrs Lewis and Mrs Leadbetter will sadly be leaving Thamesview this term. They have served over 30 years at Thamesview between them, and seen hundreds of students go through the school. They have celebrated many students in their successes and supported them in their lows, and I know that they will be greatly missed. Thank you for all you have done, and happy retirement!

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Well done to the following Year 7 students in Challenger who were on or above target in English, Maths and Science at the end of Term 2.

Benjamin Adams, Dan Belcher, Chelsea Gibson, Grace Elder, Kevin Hanley, Jason Harrison, Liam Hubbard, Jake McDonnell, Jack Arnold, Osasumwen Obasohan, Rebecca Hollowell, Scott Harrison, Chloe Clerkson, Leah Hamilton, Jakob Adams, Paris George, Stefan Thorne.

Excellent progress, keep it up!

The following students have gained the most amount of Achievos so far within Challenger Community: 1. Lewis Lancaster-Usher = 93 2. Rebecca Attree = 62 3. Katie Ayres = 56 Well Done to all of you!

Topic: Organising a Red Carpet Event The aim of the current project for students has been to research and organise a red carpet event. They have been completing many tasks in order to cover all aspects of such an event, for example: Design an invitation Write a newspaper report describing their event Calculating the cost of holding the event Writing an acceptance speech for a specific award Researching types of red carpet events that already exist It has been great to see students really getting creative. In particular one of our Year 7 students even made their outfit which is currently on display outside of the Community Office. I decided to make a dress instead of drawing one as you can see it better than a drawing (see picture right). Jessica Fish ,Year 7

Now and Then They see friends, family falling. We see children having play fights. They saw people getting shot. We see water fights. They saw bodies, dead on the horizon, We see a luxurious view. They saw war. We see peace. They saw rubble, mess and nothingness, We see beautiful houses on the sea front. They saw darkness, We see brightness, sun. They saw no hope. We see a relaxing place to sit, They saw a war zone. We see a lovely calm beach, They saw blood. We see crystal clear water, They look into a mirror, and see themselves. We look at them and see heroes. Emily Rush

Emily Rush (Year 8) has written a poem whilst on holiday in Normandy reflecting on the D Day landings. After completing her poem it was sent to a publisher that she had researched herself and as a result has been published in an anthology: ‘A Symphony Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry’. What a fantastic achievement for Emily, well done. A budding writer by the looks of it!

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Another year has passed and it‘s once again time to hang up the Advent calendars, decorate the Christmas tree and brave the shops for the last minute gifts. Which superhero would you be? Which super power would you choose? Endeavour students have spent this term creating their very own superhero complete with capes and gadgets. From cleaning up the Community to saving the world, Endeavour has proved they have what it takes to be truely super. Congratulations to Thomas Bateman and Ejemen Ebosele for completing the term‘s Extended Learning Project to an exceptionally high standard. Miss L. Skipsey Learning Stage leader

Sam Pay and Bianca Winder— helpfulness on the Welcome Desk

Another student that has proved that he has talent is Jason Rawlins. Jason has been chosen to audition for Britain‘s Got Talent. Jason will be doing a dance routine and we are holding thumbs that Simon Cowell thinks that he has talent and that no buzzers are heard. Good luck Jason!

George HowlettTop Goal Scorer Laura Hobson (winner of Talent Show) Maha Forster & Amy Morriss (finalists)

Zaynab Bankole— excellent work and progress in French

Jade Hooper— collecting and making up 2 boxes for the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Endeavour students have continued to shine and show what talented students they are. We are very proud of Laura Hobson for winning the Talent Show. Laura wrote and sang her own song for her number. Laura blew the audience away with her music and has definitely showed us that Bruno Mars had better watch out! Well done Laura we are very proud of you. Congratulations must also go to Maha Forster for his rendition of ―Mrs Jones‖ and Amy Morriss for getting through to the finals of the Talent Show.

Whilst we may be talented on the creative arts scene we are also making a name for ourselves on the political scene. Congratulations must go to Cerys Knowles for being elected onto the KYCC. Cerys will be our voice for the young people in Gravesham. Endeavour students have done their part for charity and have been collecting shoe boxes and filling them for disadvantaged children. I would like to congratulate Kieran Stoneham and Thomas Bateman for making the most progress in Year 7! I would like to wish you all a very blessed Christmas with family and friends. Miss I. Arndt Head of Endeavour

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Aisha Leggatt and Tigi Barry for being in the winning team for the Fashion Fix KS4—Abbie Ward 55 Cerys Knowles newly elected KYCC member. Jason Rawlins— auditioning for Britain's Got Talent

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Dear Parents, Carers and Friends, Well, Christmas is upon us once again. This term is fast approaching its end, with everyone looking forward to the celebrations to come and a well-earned rest. As it is a time for celebration, much of what you read on these pages is about the successes of our students over recent months. Both inside and out of the classroom our students, your children, have done us all proud. They continue to achieve both academic and sporting success, make positive contributions to the school and wider community, and strive to do their very best to set themselves up for the brightest of futures. From Year 7 who are now fully settled into their new school to Year 11 who are looking towards what they are going to do once they leave us next year, it has been a busy time for all. Well done not just to those who receive a special mention on these pages but to all of our students. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our parents and carers, for your ongoing support and to wish you all a safe and happy holiday. As the New Year approaches, we look forward to further successful times ahead. Mr M. Sorby A very Merry Christmas and Head of Discovery Learning Community

a Happy New Year to you all! With best wishes from everyone in Discovery Learning Community.

We have recently received information on how our students are progressing in their lessons. Each term, students‘ results from assessments in all subjects are analysed and compared to their targets. This shows exactly how much progress they are making and allows us to celebrate success (and identify any areas for concern). So, are they on target? Through hard work, most are our students are at least meeting, or even surpassing their targets. The following students made the most progress, across all subjects, since September: Year 7 = Cara Broad DAW and Jay Alexanda DBB Year 8 = Kayleigh Newson DMJS and Ben Drynan DTS Year 9 = Stewart Atkin DJP Year 10 = Daniel Large DJP Year 11 = Joshua Balne DZC Congratulations to them especially for their hard work. They were all presented with a certificate in assembly to recognise this achievement. Further updates will be brought to you in the New Year.

Further evidence of our students‘ success can be found in the number of Achievos they have earned this year. They are given for a range of reasons: producing outstanding work; exceptional effort in lessons; making positive contributions to the school and community. Discovery have earned the most Achievos since September, testament to the hard working nature of our students and their willingness to help and contribute to school life. Our Top Ten Achievo Earners are:

No. of Achievos Danny Gildea Mevlu Terlemez Georgia Nee Jake Cant Chelsea Reader Cara Broad Ben Drynan Caitlin Turner Lewis Robbins Charlie Rayfield

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Three of our students who have made the most progress since September: Jay Alexanda, Cara Broad and Ben Drynan.




Congratulations to the following students who all have 100% attendance for this school year so far: Tao Andrews, Stewart Atkin, Sapphire Boyle, Harry Clark, Alfie Chambers, Thomas Congrom, Matthew Crowley, Charlie Ellis, Jamie Fenton, Amy Ford, Zak Ford, Lewis Foreman, Leanne Gabbitas, Danny Gildea, Charlotte Hall, Carly Hammond, Rachel Hammond, Ben Hopson, Shannon House, Daniel Large, Hannah Large, Ben Lockwood, Jasmin Lunn, Victoria Ly, Alfie McElroy, Charlie Neal, Georgia Nee, Demi Pedro, Millie Ramsey, Anthony Rice, Lewis Robbins, Ben Smith, Robyn Stevens, Blake Taylor, James Taylor, Megan Taylor, Mevlut Terlemez, Jack Tomkinson, Connor Ward, Callum Watson and Megan Williamson.

Two of our students were successful in the recent Kent Schools‘ Cross Country competition. Matthew Raff DJP came 11th out of 40 competitors in his race—despite running with an injury! Charlotte Harwood DMJS continued her successful athletics career by beating approximately 60 competitors to WIN her race. Well done to both Charlotte and Matthew. Tom Bailey DZC (pictured right) recently completed a beginners archery course in school. Tom, in Year 7, looks like he will join our long list of ―sporting greats‖ as he continues to develop his talent for this sport. Well done Tom!

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For Extended Learning this term our students have turned into Young Apprentices! Inspired by the BBC1 programme, students have had to design a product for the Christmas market. They had to choose to make either a new toy, decoration or treat. It is no surprise that most chose to design a new toy! As well as designing the product, they have had to conduct market research, produce an advert and write a sales pitch. We have been bowled over by the creativity of our students. You can see some images of the toys that they have produced.

Below: Fluffy the Snuggle Cat designed and made by Rebecca Higgins DZC

Above: Interactive robot designed and made by Chloe Gower DZC

Left: A motion sensored talking Father Christmas decoration designed and made by Harriet Finnigan DCG

Above: Box of Bones board game designed and made by Darcie Hankinson DMJS Left: a lamp with photo lampshade designed and made by Thomas Ellen DCG. It also ―talks‖ when you walk by it.

Above: Patch the Guinea Pig (complete with adoption certificate) designed and made by Bernince Wellard DMJS

Above: A new Teddy Bear designed and made by Kayleigh Newson DMJS

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

When the Duke of Edinburgh Award was first introduced to us by Penny, (CommunityYouthTutorThamesview/KCC Youth Worker) I was a little sceptical of it. All of a sudden I would be doing all these activities that I would never in a millions years have thought of doing of my own accord. However, once we started discussing it and planned what we were going to do, I started to get more into it. I recognised that it would be a good opportunity to try something new and to gain new

If interested in attending a One Day First Aid Course on 28th Jan 2012 9.304.30pm — Cost £20.00 per person . Please see Penny

skills. It was certainly a refreshing addition to our timetable, instead of sitting in a classroom doing written work. Although some ideas had to be compromised for the sake of the majority vote. I have no regrets going along with the final decisions that were reached. The snowboarding was something that I would never normally get the chance to do. I must admit I was terrified of trying it, but I soon got into it and am becoming more accomplished at the sport as the weeks go on. The first aid was something else, I have always been worried about finding myself in a situation where I would have to save someone‘s life. Before my training I had little or no idea on how to do it. Now my training is just about complete, I can now say with confidence I would be able to save someone‘s life if the situation ever arose. Aside from the seriousness of first aid, it has provided us with some laughs. I

D of E Skills Section As part of the Duke of Edinburgh‘s Award we taken part in a first aid course, with the British Red Cross this was so we could complete our skill section. This 12 week course lasted for 2 hours each week. During this time we were taught how to perform specific aspects of first aid, we were also taught how to dress different wounds, and how to bandage different parts of the body. The course has taught us many things, and we are now confident should an emergency arise, that we can deal with the casualty and help treat them. I would definitely advise you to take this course as it is a great fun course and you learn loads from this. Written by Lauren Bollingbrook and Lucy Dallimore

found it hard to stop laughing as I turned my mates into an Egyptian mummy when we were practising bandaging! First aid was made a lot easier by Eamonn (KCC Youth Worker), demonstrating his fantastic acting skills, to give us realistic situations. Overall the award was not something I expected it to be. It has been more fun than I first anticipated, and I will certainly be sad to see it end. With our charity day coming up and the expedition, I can‘t help but look forward to trying more new things. This award has helped me to grow in confidence, try new things, and to develop skills to use in later life. No doubt it will help me and the others when we go our separate ways and go off to college, six form or employment. It will certainly look good on our application forms. I would recommend this experience to anyone, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and so have my fellow class mates. By Oriana Bevan (Thamesview student)

D of E Physical Section As part of their physical section, 19 young people have been learning how to snowboard at Chatham Ski and Snowboarding Centre Gillingham. Over the past 7 weeks they have learnt to use a snowboard safely with The Ski Way Code, Basic snowboarding stance; Walk uphill; Straight Run; Side Slipping including diagonal (They have also all learnt how to fall over!!!). I would like to wish them all well in the remaining weeks ; in time for the real snow! Congratulations to the following students who have completed their Physical Section Billy Mancini Shirley Smith Kathleen Jones Ms Stotesbury

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Creativity The next J.K. Rowling:

Presents wrapped? Decorations up? Turkey bought? Where has this year gone? It only seems like yesterday that the snow was falling and had once again caused havoc around Britain. Fingers crossed that the weather will be kinder this year! It has been another exciting term for Enterprise; Community competitions, engaging assemblies, puppet making, our annual fashion show and a talent show. Yet again there has been some fantastic achievements from Enterprise students. Finally, with Enterprise Learning Community ending the year on a positive I would like to say. ―Merry Christmas and a happy New Year‖ Mr G Robinson, Head of Enterprise

This term students took part in a creative writing competition organised by Mrs Fox, our librarian. Students were encouraged to write a creative story based around a series of pictures. Congratulations to the following students who all took part, which also meant that Enterprise were t he wi nne rs of th e competition: Charlotte Cox Louise Martin Amy Costas Mary-Ann Owen Ellie Loft Kathleen Jones

ABOVE AND BEYOND: Edward Backhouse has gone above and beyond in his contribution to Enterprise Community. During his own time he has designed and created an Enterprise TShirt, which we will now be using for Sports Day. What a great role model!

SUPERHEROES: Since September, Enterprise students have been working on their Superheroes Extended Learning Project. In Enterprise, we try to make our projects as engaging and as fun as possible. This term students have had to make puppet superheroes. These have proved a great success as they look fantastic. EPSL even made edible ones.

Gok Wan, Watch out: Our annual Fashion Fix was yet again an amazing event; with a packed Heartspace, guest judges, the Talent Show Final and of course some incredible outfits. Well done to the following students who took part: Courtney Harvey, Kelsey Hutchinson, Gaby Hutchinson, Keeley Gibbins, Shelley Murray and Grace Backhouse Special congratulations go to: Gaby and Kelsey who achieved 2nd place—brilliant!

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QES Success Monday 26th November saw the success of Thamesview School celebrate its Quality in Extended Services award. Amongst other schools, Thamesview was awarded the status at Emerged level. It was a real pleasure to see our ambassadors (Michael Bruford & Alexie Leech) carry themselves in a very mature manner and represent our school in a good light. Thamesview School will keep striving for success in every sense of the word. We will be starting to pitch at the next level up gaining in time the Established status. Thanks must go to the hard work and great organisation of Mrs Sandy, who played a huge part in gathering the required information for the Emerged folder. Mrs Sandy‘s involvement with this was priceless. Mr P Robinson, Enrichment Coordinator


This term has seen the launch of the new ARCHERY CLUB (Wednesday after school – invite only) organised and run by Mrs Moor. Her hard work has led to a very successful and enjoyable club. To know more details about the club go and see Mrs Moor.


Netball Club – Come along Thursday/Friday

Tap/Ballet club every Friday after school currently has a dedicated 6 students who develop their ballet dancing as well as their tap. 2 styles in one club, it would be rude not to join and get involved. Go and see Mrs Beaumont if interested.


Term 2 – COMMUNITY COOKING CHALLENGE Next terms newsletter will include updates and pictures from the challenges of this term. (DANCE, DEBATE, MUSIC, COOKING, CREATIVE WRITING) Find the words listed . You will be left with some letters that have not been used. Rearrange these letters to make two words. Please give theses with your name & Form to Mr P Robinson by the 20th January 2012 to be entered for the £15 i-Tunes prize.





























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Presentation Evening Challenge Troop Most people on a cold windy Thursday night would be indoors watching Eastenders or Coronation Street, but not the Challenge Troop Brigade. Thursday 8th December was their presentation night of various awards for the last two terms. Every student was given recognition for what they had achieved over this time. However, it did not stop there. With over 40 students on parade, students from Thamesview were given awards as N.C.O status, most improved person, and best leadership skills. Mrs Helen Goodwin and I, along with parents and relatives, were extremely proud of the whole group. Well done - Shannon House, Molly Green. Liam Allen, Jonathan Wood, Ryan Grimmond, Michael Grant, Daniel Bignell, Darryl Morris, Kieran Manning, Ryan Lynch McKeon. By Pauline Blayney and Helen Goodwin

Catering at Thamesview is provided by leading food service provider Sodexo. Dear Parents/Careers Halloween has been one of the recent promotions that we have participated in, to make dining more fun for the students. We feel these meal promotions encourage the students to enjoy their eating experience with Sodexo, and eat healthily at the same time. Remember to ask your child if they enjoyed our Christmas dinner! Tina Niyazi Catering Manager

Another Respected Poppy Appeal at Thamesview .

Year on year I am overwhelmed at how well our staff and students support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and this year was quite probably our best yet. For the two weeks leading up to the 11th November our Senior Students were hard at work promoting Poppies to staff and students to wear and show support for our fallen Soldiers. On Friday 11th November itself the students, staff and some of our governors took part in a two minute silence as the whole school stood to show their respect. A poem was beautifully read by Miss Arndt to start the two minute silence. Overall the school raised £153.11 in selling poppies. Mr Chapman

Next Instalment for the Challenge Group Residential from 22nd – 23rd November What were you doing on the 22nd November around about 6pm.? Obviously you may have been warm, eating your dinner and watching telly. Not the Challenge Troop Group!! At this time they were hiking through a wood with burgens (heavy rucksacks) looking for their camp site. This was not easy because it was pitch black, foggy and damp. Eventually on arrival -quote from Jonathan Wood - ―What have I let myself in for?‖ First task was to set up camp and prepare ourselves for the night to come. Eating was an experience with army rations. Quote from Liam Allen ―This reminded me of my youth — eating baby food‖ Night patrol involved evading the enemy vehicles and finding information on the enemy that we could use to our advantage. During the night which turned out to be the coldest of the winter so far, we found ourselves cold, damp and shivering but we did not give in!! Whatever nature threw at us we worked as a team and accomplished our missions. As we awoke in the morning we were given our next mission which was transporting decontamination equipment to a site of ‗nuclear attack‘. This included carrying medical supplies across a swamp via zip wire. If this was not enough we had a laser gun battle on the way with the enemy, before arriving at the scene of an ‗incident‘. We had to apply major first aid to three casualties. Oscar nominations at this point go to Mrs Helen Goodwin for her acting skills relating to a broken arm with an exposed bone. Please stay with the day job!! Exhausted, cold and hungry we struggled back to the bus for the journey home. We arrived back at 3pm on the 23rd November having survived our overnight residential. However, a medal goes to Jonathan Wood for then attending an English revision class. Well done to all! Report written by Jonathan Wood and Liam Allen Residential Members: Darryl Morris, Daniel Bignell, Michael Grant, Ryan Lynch and Kieran Manning

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Key Events: Wednesday 4th January — First day of Term 3 Thursday 19th January - Year 8 Parents‘ Evening Thursday 2nd February - Year 9 Parents‘ Evening Thursday 9th Feb - An Evening of Dance & Drama Friday 10th February - Last day of Term 3 Monday 20th February - First day of Term 4 Thursday 1st March - Year 9 Options Fayre Thursday 8th March - Year 10 Parents‘ Evening Thurs 22nd/Friday 23rd March - School Show Thursday 29th March - Year 11 Parents‘ Evening Friday 30th March - Last day of Term 4

A Governor’s View Hello to all students, parents and staff of Thamesview School, I have been a parent governor for 4 years now and have recently accepted the challenge of a second term on the board of governors. The last 4 years have been exciting times for the school and as we know, there have been some major changes to the school and school life. The biggest and most obvious being the new school itself, but also many other advances like vertical tutoring, more focus on enquiry based learning, new uniform, school communities and being awarded the specialist school status in Business and Enterprise. And so Christmas is nearly upon us and it is time to reflect on the past year‘s achievements and look to the New Year with much anticipation. With the new school came a genuine enthusiasm for learning and I believe the addition of the new library will be another major asset for the school. I would also encourage every student to take full advantage of all of the facilities that are now provided. Once again this year our GCSE results have been superb and my congratulations not only go to all of the students who did so well, but also to the hard working teachers and staff of Thamesview. Every year the school is improving, with our recent Ofsted report saying the school is good with outstanding areas. The level of teaching also seems to get better year on year. The general improvement in the school is highlighted with the school once again being over-subscribed and being classed as one of the best schools in the area. Being a school governor allows me to see from the inside how dedicated and hard working the staff are. I would encourage more parents to get involved, see what goes on and have your say. I am genuinely proud to tell people of my involvement with the school and the students should be proud of their school too. This next year will bring new challenges, as the benchmark for our exam pass rate has been set substantially higher than before, but I believe with hard work we cannot only meet these challenges but surpass them. Mark Harding Parent Governor

Diary Dates Staff Development Days: Wednesday 7th March 2012 Friday 29th June 2012

Bank holidays: Monday 7th May Please note that the school will be closed on these days for students.




Wednesday 4th January to Friday 10th February


Monday 20th February to Friday 30th March


Monday 16th April to Friday 1st June


Monday 11th June to Friday 20th July

Reminders When on the school site...... Observe the 5mph speed limit to ensure safety on our site. There is a parent pick-up and drop-off point near the entrance; please use this, but do not proceed further into the car park, to ensure that students are kept away from moving cars on the site. Alternatively, Cervia Way may be used as a drop-off point. Disabled parking is located nearer the school building. There is an electronic perimeter fence to keep your child safe when in school. Cycling to school is encouraged and bikes can be locked in our bike barn. We recommend that when riding a bike, students wear helmets but it is parents‘ responsibility to ensure these are worn. Student cars or motorbikes are not allowed on the school premises. If you think your child is eligible for free transport (eg from Shorne or Higham), please contact the Local Education Office regarding Bus Passes. ALL ROADS CAN BE DANGEROUS – even Thong Lane—Please Be careful!

Facebook—and the school What the school will do The School will block/filter access to social networking sites. Newsgroups will be blocked unless a specific use is approved. Students will be advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them or their location. Students will be advised on security and encouraged to set passwords, deny access to unknown individuals and shown how to block unwanted communications. Students will be encouraged to invite known friends only and deny access to others.

They Nailed It!

There have been several incidents of girls wearing long, false nails, injuring themselves in PE lessons as they have been ripped off during games activities, causing pain and injury. Please keep this decorative fashion accessory for holiday times only. Please note that we will be requiring students to remove their nails in school if they are deemed to be too long.


We have some very acrobatic students who like to do flips, jump off objects (at height), run up lamp-posts, do stunts, tricks and all sorts of other athletic and potentially dangerous manoeuvres on outdoor furniture. Whilst this is showing good athletic talent, we have told students not to use equipment for this purpose unless it is during a PE lesson with correct H & S equipment and supervision. Please remind your child about safety on site during break times as we do not want any accidents. Thank you for helping to keep your child safe at school.

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Tom Drynan, one of our Year 11 Salon Service students, created this Mohican style for our model Gaby.

Throughout the day we had sound checks carried out by a very poorly Mrs Beaumont. Thanks again Mrs. B for all your help.

Over the last few years, dressing the Heartspace has became a big part of the event. Miss Hudson’s balloon arch has become legendary within the school, but somebody has to provide the hot air!

Part of the excitement is the make over, and this starts in the early afternoon. This year we had more parent involvement than previous years with hair and make up. Although our own hair salon was busy as usual (big thank you to Mrs Rundle and her team, including parents).

Overall, the evening was a fantastic success. We were very fortunate to have a lot of help and support from the wider community. This year we had judges from Gravesham Borough Council, The Learning Shop at Bluewater, including a student from the new Fashion Retail Diploma course and a student from University of Creative Arts who took some amazing photos. The winning team on the night was Crique J’adore. This team included Tigi Barry, Wade Manville, Aisha Leggett and Courtney Harvey. The ‗Best Model‘ award went to Julia Johnson (pictured in the striking yellow dress with purple leggings.. A big thank you to everyone who made the evening possible and such a huge success.

This November Gabriella Lepore, author of The Witches of the Glass Castle, visited Thamesview. She held two creative writing sessions where students were encouraged to write stories using ideas they got from a series of pictures. There were some fantastic story ideas. Well done to all those who participated! For a review of her book and an interview filmed by some students just go to and click on the Kent link. All year 7s are involved in a reading program called Accelerated Reader (AR). They have been given a challenge to read 20 MILLION words by the end of Term 6. They have read over 6 million already! So everyone please encourage the year 7 on this challenge. Fantastic work so far! This term I added the 5000th book to the school library catalogue. Our little library is slowly growing! Remember you can access all the stock on the catalogue by going online. Just click on the Library Website link on the school website. Keep reading! Mrs V Fox , Librarian

Thamesview’s 2011 Fashion Fix was bigger and better . The day began with general housekeeping duties, making sure everything is in pristine condition for the big night.

It’s Show Time!!

Congratulations to the individually pictured students for their exceptional work this term! Most Words Read (510,885) George Broadhurst Most 100% Quizzes (9) Toni Law

2011 Term 2  

Thamesview term 2 for 2011-2012 academic year