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Thamesview School

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July 2011

THAMES VIEWS Grand Opening Inside the Issue: 2

Headteacher’s letter Summer Concert


Challenger Community


Discovery Community


Endeavour Community


Enterprise Community


Important Dates

Do you know how long we have looked forward to this day...July 1st 2011? We didn’t know the exact date back in 2005, but we had been eagerly awaiting our opening for 6 years. Yes, it took 6 years to get from ideas on paper to the fantastic school we now have. It has been an incredible journey and hundreds of people have been involved in the process of giving their creative talents to Thamesview. So many, many official builders and architects, students, governors,

and staff members have been with us on this journey, which is why it is really fitting that we have a plinth dedicated to everyone involved, so that in years to come, they can return and see their name etched in our lasting globe centre piece now sitting at the main entrance to the school.


Special points of interest:-

Broad Steps to Broadstairs

 Armed Forces Day  Year 11 Prom  Grand School Opening  Trips to NY and Germany  Viva La France  Aimhigher News

Answer at least one of the Numeracy Questions on p18 and win cinema tickets. Entries to Miss Hughes by Sept 9th 2011.

Families & friends enjoy the summer concert see p.17.

The postman has just delivered 15 postcards to school from Broadstairs to Ms Arndt! Who? What? Where? How?........Why, you might be thinking.... The Enquiry topic this term for Year 8’s is the Victorians. A small group went to Broadstairs to investigate this Victorian seaside holiday destination. Students enjoyed a range of tasks including taking photographs of the Victorian architecture and sending a postcard back to school. As the weather was so fantastic, some free time was also spent enjoying ice-creams and games on the beach. The students had lots of fun and were great ambassadors of the school throughout this trip! Mrs S Lok, EBL Learning Facilitator

Not only does our entrance now have the full ‘wow’ factor, but the outdoor learning spaces are incredible too; our solar dome is erected, the i-play fully functioning and the trim trail is now accessible for PE and play times. The whole school environment is amazing. See p14 for full grand opening story.

Music in the Park Didn’t attend our Summer Concert on Friday 15th July? Well, you missed a brilliant show! A spectacular evening was had by everyone as the summer evening drew to a close. Families came early and glorious picnics adorned the tables laid outside.

Staff and student performances rocked the house. From comedy to breath-taking solos, to bands and dancing groups and everything in between. This was a brilliant way to round off the term and I want to congratulate everyone involved and thank all the staff who gave their time and talents to the show. If you want to see more of the photos, do turn to p.17. I know that one day we will see at least one of these performers on some famous stage somewhere in the UK; absolutely spell binding talent to really enjoy in our school. Don’t miss out next time!

Nathan Nails It The first Junior Champion to ever win two major European and World Champion Titles in the same year, is one of our Year 10, soon to be Year 11 students, Nathan Hales. Already shooting a range of disciplines, he is being targeted (forgive the pun) for possible Olympic selection. Nominated for a TryAngle Award, and to be one of the Olympic Torch Bearers, we know Nathan is prepared for more successes in his sport in the years to come. Turn to Endeavour pages (p.9) to read more on how Nathan and his dad are leading British teammates.

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Charity Cake Sale! On Monday 4th April, the admin team held a cake sale to raise money for two very important charities – Macmillan Cancer Support and the Wisdom Hospice in Rochester which cared for Maureen Lines (LSA at the school) in the latter stages of her illness. The admin ladies (as well as exam invigilators and various other members of staff) kindly gave up their spare time over the preceding weekend to mix, bake and ice a variety of cakes and biscuits which were sold to staff and students during break and lunchtime on Monday. They proved so popular (and there were so many) that they were also sold on the Tuesday. Mrs Reilly also persuaded her local bakers, ‘Icing on the Cake’ to donate an Easter cake which was raffled to staff. Staff and students were very generous and as a result £600 was raised (which was shared equally between the two charities). The admin team intend to hold their next Macmillan cake sale on Monday 3rd October and will again welcome all donations. Ms Evans Data Analyst

VIVOs Are Changing Thamesview has been using a reward system called Vivo this year. There has been a significant improvement in rewards and praise, however the students have voiced that the rewards are quite difficult to redeem, due to the amount of Vivo’s that need to be collected and that the rewards are ‘ not that great’. Students have enjoyed having a rewards system to work towards but have asked for a reward system ‘that is unique to Thamesview’. In September we will be launching a brand new rewards system with a new exciting name which will take into account all of the students’ views. WATCH THIS SPACE!! Mrs Gordon Rewards Coordinator

Caring Student Supports Community Charity On the 1st May I took part in a fun run in aid of Cancer Research. I ran / walked many laps of Gravesend rugby club field and managed to raise £125.00 for this charity. I take part in this event every year as this run is organised in memory of a family friend. I like taking part in this run as it reminds me of my friend and also we get to meet famous people like Frank Bruno and Joe Pasquale - we also have lots of fun. Ellie Lawson

spending an evening sharing in the amazing talents of our school body. It was also a lovely opportuI can’t believe that we have now nity to savour the school students’ been in our new school a complete art work, with the imaginative academic year, and how incredible each of the 190 student filled days has exhibition in the Heartspace. Other exciting events have been. included a great variety of trips (the I remember a year ago being reflective, but excited at the prospect of Big Apple; New York no less), Business & Enterprise activities moving in to our new school; much throughout the year, a splendid like when you move from your comfortable old house to an unknown, Prom, our Annual Awards Evening, a range of celebrities visitng our larger, freshly decorated and brand school (including Sir Ian McKellan, new one. It was clear from Day 1 though that Sir Steve Redgrave, and Anna Hemmings); our new library opening; and this was the most incredibly positive more recently a magnicifent formal move for everyone involved as the occasion for our Grand Opening. learning opportunities have become Sometimes I need to re-read all even better and the environment lends the newsletters just to think, is this itself fully to improved teaching and really happening for all our staff and learning experiences. students—unbelievable! So much Last night, for example, I attended going on, there is no time to be bored Thamesview’s first outdoor Summer Concert; a real concert in the park type or to sit back here at Thamesview; 24 pages of news is one heck of a experience with families across the bumper issue! grassy banks, and many varieties of Our Year 11 have now left and it picnic hampers adorning the outdoor is in the hands of the examiners as to benching and tables. Fatboy, bean how well our students have achieved, bags were a favourite for groups of friends and families to huddle together but I wait with anticipated excitement at the prospect that we and enjoy the warm evening and fabulous entertainment. Each time we may have helped facilitate even more students exceeding their potential in have a concert from our Creative Arts faculty I think this can’t get any better, reaching fantastic examination results. We shall wait with baited and then they all produce something new and different which is also superb. breath for August 25th, the ExaminaWe had some 70-80 students involved, tion Results Day—do join us if you wish to savour the opening of those not to mention some outrageously all important brown envelopes. brave staff performances. In the meantime, with only a At the end when the lights shone on our outdoor walls with the school logo week to go before the Summer and our motto underneath, I thought it holidays, I wish for you and your families a safe and happy holiday was something out of the Oscars and with much fun and laughter. Hollywood performances. I look forward to seeing you all in We were all itching to dance, join in September; please support students, the singing, and laugh out loud at the particularly in GCSE subjects, using variety of acts. Britain’s Got Talent the time to revise key topics. may be the popular favourite on TV, Best wishes, but Thamesview has Talent is the favourite for me. I thoroughly enjoy Rhiannon Hughes Headteacher Dear Parents, Carers, Staff, Governors, Students and Friends

First Day Back!!!

Return for students...…Years 8 -11 will be expected back for 8.30am on Monday 5th September, ready for learning! All students are to go to their Community Tutor base as usual. The new Year 7s will join us on Friday 2nd September.

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Aimhigher works with students to help them learn more about Further and Higher Education. Here are just a couple of the events we have run this term:

Page-Turner Art Competition Thamesview Finalists

Short-listed for the final Above: Bethany Caller’s entry, entitled ‘My Life...’

Sandie Camilleri, an ambassador from the University of Creative Arts, visited the school in February to deliver an art master-class and to launch the Page Turner art competition. A number of Thamesview students entered the competition, producing an extremely high standard of art work. In total, there were 950 competition entries from schools and colleges in Kent. A panel of prestigious judges short-listed 170 pieces for the final and Kathleen Irwin (Yr 8) and Bethany Caller (Yr 10) were among those finalists. Well done to both girls and to all students who participated in the competition.

Short-listed for the final Above: Kathleen Irwin’s entry, ‘Nothing in the World but Youth’

Robotics Workshop at The University of Kent Last term, some Year10 students had the opportunity to attend a Robotics event at the University of Kent. This was a hands-on workshop which allowed the students to build Lego Mindstorm robots and learn about computer programming. During the morning, the students designed and built their robots and in the afternoon they had the opportunity to try them out on the ‘competition table’; modifying and improving their robots all the time. The day ended with a big team competition; the robots had to be programmed to complete a variety of challenges on the competition table. Well done to the Thamesview students, who thrashed the opposition and secured first and second places, winning themselves a selection of Lego prizes!

Right: Jaimi Basson, Simon Bardo and Daniel Percy with their winning robot

Left: Harry Cook and Jack Danton build their robot

Animate & Create Easter School at UCA During the Easter holidays, four lucky students had the opportunity to attend a five day animation workshop at the University of Creative Arts. Oliver Saward, Neil Thanasinkasetchai, Lauren Rogers and Chris Hutchinson all said they had a great time and learnt so

much during the week. UCA often offer great opportunities for students; if you might be interested in attending one of their events come and have a chat with me and I’ll let you know about any offers that come up.

Andrea Head, Aimhigher Mentor

NASA Vegetable Patch The PTFA were kind enough to donate £100 for us to start our own vegetable patch! A big thank you to Mrs Todd for arranging this. We are growing our own lettuce, carrots, peppers, tomatoes and much, much more. NASA (Nurture and Support Area) students are responsible for planting, growing and watering the plants with me and are having great fun in doing so! Miss Weedon, Learning Mentor

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The end to another exciting and challenging year is upon us, and we have been involved with many brilliant students, who have done some great things over the course of this year. I am very proud to be leading Challenger community, and take great pride in seeing students develop both academically and socially. I saw that happen with the year 11 students who have just left. They worked really hard during the course of this year, and hopefully they will achieve the results that this hard work deserves. The movement of students up a year in term 6 has led to a clear focus in all year groups as students start GCSE/ Vocational courses. This again shows our clear commitment to learning, and making sure that everyone has the time to reach their potential. We look forward to the induction days which will have taken place by the time this newsletter goes out, and welcome our new year 7 students. Sports day will also have taken place, and hopefully students like Ryan Campbell, Billy Luker and Georgia Reece will have led us to victory! We shall see! Hope you have a great summer break, and make sure you come back refreshed and focused on the year ahead. Mr M Hodges Assistant Headteacher Head of Challenger

Attendance is a big thing at school. Reduced attendance can lead to lower attainment at the end of year 11, and means that lessons are missed and learning is affected. So it is brilliant that we have 8 students in our community who have had 100% attendance at school this year. This is an increase on last year where we had 6 students with 100% attendance. So well done to the following students;  Katherine Bagshaw  Ryan Campbell  Beth Collins  Hannah Collins  Ewan Greenway  Lewis Lancaster-Usher  Alex Terry However a special mention needs to go to Ron Belcher who has now managed 2 years in a row of 100% attendance, so very well done Ron.

Well Done to our Challenger cooking team who finished joint first in the recent competition. They had an £8 budget to cook 2 summer starters, and the food was great! Well done and thank you to; Julia Johnson, Connor Watson, Olivia Pinder and Shanelle George. (see pictures below)

During the course of the last few terms, students have been teaching some of our older community members from out of school how to use new technology and the internet. During these sessions Alex White (pictured) has gone above and beyond expectations and worked exceptionally hard with the course attendees. Well done Alex!

After a process of application, we would like to congratulate the students pictured below for being appointed the senior students for Challenger. We look forward to working with them over the next academic year. From all the Challenger team...well done!

Natasha Hollowell

Jonathan Wood

Julia Johnson

Connor Watson

Year 11 students went onto study leave in May, and have now finished their exams. Now is the most nervous time as students wait for their results, and hope that all the hard work over the last 2 years has paid off. I was particularly sad to see this group of year 11 students leave us as there are a number of students who have been a real help around the community, and have livened up our days. I particularly wanted to thank the out going senior students; Shaun Grimes, Jade Dellbridge, Pembe Osman and Alyce John. They have all been extremely helpful members of our community and will be missed. It is also in this year that students mature and realise the importance of this year to their future. Students such as Connor Martin, Callum Owen, Bradley Bowden-Coleman and Kayne Steele who all realised this and upped their efforts throughout the year. It was also pleasing to see Rajan Suman mature and see that over all these years we have been trying to help, not just moan for the sake of it! Good luck to all the ex year 11 students in their future careers, and I am sure I will be hearing about University places, jobs and apprenticeships in the near future.

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Topic: The Arts The aim of the project was for students to be able to comment on two areas from ‘The Arts’. They had to create two of the following:  Magazine review  Album review  Artist review  Film review  Book review  Theatre performance review It was great to see students taking an interest in these different areas, including a much higher interest in reading a variety of books. Most of which were borrowed from our brand new library. In order to complete their review they had to:  Plan how they would spend their own time in form and at home  Reading/researching chosen review material  Gathering relevant information  Looking at example reviews  Drafting reviews  Researching others opinions of chosen material  Visiting the library  Discussing with others their opinions of their chosen material e.g. a particular film.

Topic: Environment: National Climate Survey Students completed tasks as part of the OPAL climate survey in which they carried out experiments investigating aspects of the way human activities affect climate and the way in which the climate affects us. Activities involved observing clouds and contrails left by high-flying aircraft, bubble races to measure wind speed, measuring the wind and identifying environmental factors that affect our thermal comfort. As you can see from the photos students particularly enjoyed the bubble races. Once all measurements were recorded students where able to use this information to take part in the national climate survey in which the results are to be used by OPAL scientists to gain a better understanding of how people, weather and climate interact. We have some action photos below for you. Miss L Howe - Learning Stage Leader

Each week students are put forward for Challenger of the Week by tutors. This is awarded for their extended learning in the following areas:  Consistent effort week on week  Outstanding pieces of work  Going above and beyond

 Challenging themselves with the next level

50 Vivo’s are up for grabs each week! Recent Challenger’s of the Week have been Amy Niblett CPF Callum Finch CZD Cerys Parnell CMD Conner Simpson CCSP Ella Gamman CLF Katherine Bagshaw CCSP Well Done and keep up the fantastic work!

Over the last two terms students have been taking part in community challenges in which they compete against our other communities. Challenger always have a fantastic turnout. We never knew we had so many competitive students! One of the latest events involved a quiz covering various topics including a staff ‘Guess the Baby’ picture round. We are pleased to announce that Challenger came out as WINNERS!!! Well Done to all those taking part, earning a number of points towards the Challenger total.

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Dear Parents, Carers and Friends, It is hard to believe that another year is coming to a close. It has been a momentous year for us all at Thamesview, not least with the move into our wonderful new building. Your sons/daughters never fail to amaze us with their achievements and, in particular this year, with their maturity and adaptability in getting used to working in their new school environment. We in Discovery Learning Community have been filled with pride with the achievements of our students—be that their high levels of attendance , excellent engagement in lessons, their results and academic achievements and other things outside of the classroom. They can go off for their Summer Holiday knowing they have earned a rest! This time of year is also tinged with sadness. We are sorry to be saying goodbye to one of our tutors, Mr Cutler. He is off to broaden his horizons by travelling the world. His uniqueness and passion for literature and literacy will be greatly missed. We have obviously said goodbye to our Year 11 students. They have now completed their exams and we wait with baited breath to celebrate their results when they are released in August. But as one cohort leave, we welcome another into the Thamesview family. Our new students joined us for Induction Day on Friday 8th July. We look forward to them being with us full time in September. Term 6 is always a busy time. We have Sports Day and our Community Day in the final week of term. You will be able to read about these events in the next edition of the newsletter. A successful end to another successful year. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing you all again in the new academic year. Yours faithfully, Mr M Sorby Assistant Headteacher—Head of Discovery Learning Community

In previous editions of the newsletter we have told you about Bradley Stoneham (Year 8) and his success in Tennis. We are pleased to inform you that he has recently won a international tournament in Spain. An outstanding achievement and we know he will go from strength to strength. Congratulations Bradley

With Year 11 leaving, we had to select a new group of Senior Students. We were pleased to receive so many applications. However, this meant we had a difficult task on our hands to select our final four. Those interested in becoming a senior student had to write a letter of application outlining why they thought they should be selected and then go through an interview. I am pleased to announce that our Senior Students for 2011-12 are Amy Ford, Robyn Stevens, Jack Tomkinson and Arthur Harrison-Burbridge (pictured above ). They have already hit the ground running. As well as acting as role models for our younger students and generally supporting staff in the community, each has a specific responsibility. We will hear more from them and what they have been up to in future editions of the newsletter. We are also very

On Friday 8th July, we had the pleasure of meeting the students who will be joining Discovery Learning Community in September. Students met their tutors and tutor groups, and experienced some of the lessons that they will be doing from September. They had a thoroughly enjoyable day and they are looking forward to starting at Thamesview more than ever. Pictures below show students in a Drama and EBL lesson. From what we have seen they will all be a welcome addition to Discovery Learning Community.

As we have already mentioned, Mr Cutler leaves us at the end of term. He has taught at Thamesview for the past two years. He will be missed by colleagues and students, in particular the students in his tutor group DJC. Here is what they had to say about him: “He is a legend!” - Bret Hill. “He is a really, really good teacher and we will miss him loads.” Jamie Fenton. “He is really funny and I will miss his sense of humour.” - Charlie Abrey. “He makes our tutor sessions enjoyable. We look forward to coming in to school each morning.” Brett Hutson. All of us in Discovery would like to wish Mr Cutler all the very best for the future.

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96 We all know that attendance is vitally important. If students are not in school, they cannot learn which means they will not achieve. I am pleased to say that our attendance for the year so far is 94%. How has your tutor group done? The graph shows the overall percentage for each tutor group in Discovery for this academic year. Well done to DAW for the best attendance—95.4%.

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A number of students have been in school every day this academic year and therefore have 100% attendance. This is a terrific achievement. Well done to Connor Abrey, Jamie Atkin, Stewart Atkin, Harry Clark, Leanne Gabbitas, Charlotte Hall, Jasmin Lunn, Anthony Massey, Charlie Neal, Oliver Saward and Robyn Stevens. A special mention must be given to Jamie Atkin. He has now left but in his five years at Thamesview, he has never had a day off! Especially well done to you, Jamie.

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Earlier in the year it was decided that we would support the British Heart Foundation as our charity this year. This was largely due to the passion of Jordan Meade who has been raising money for the BHF for many years. So far we have raised approximately £140 from a non-uniform day. However, our target has been at least £1000. This figure would enable the BHF to buy a defibrillator on our behalf which could then be donated to a local hospital. Below are some of the reasons why we wanted to support this charity: Heart disease is the biggest killer in this country; In 2009, one in three deaths was related to heart disease; Approximately 2.7 million people suffer from heart disease in this country; Approximately 124000 people have a heart attack each year; The British Heart Foundation fund research into the prevention, cure and treatment of heart disease;  The BHF aim to spend £50 million on research over the next ten years. (Facts and figures from the BHF website)     

Some of our 100% students—Stewart Atkin, Anthony Massey and Charlie Neal (back row), Harry Clark and Charlotte Hall (front row).

In order to raise at least £1000 we will be doing a sponsored walk in and around Shorne Country Park on our community day (Thursday 21st July). Some tutor groups have decided to complete the walk in fancy dress. It looks like it will be a colourful affair with some in tutus and some dressed as superheroes! Students have been set a target of raising at least £10 in sponsorship. I am pleased to say that a number of students have already got sponsorship of £50 or more. We would like to thank you in advance for helping us to meet our target for this extremely worthwhile cause.

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It is a lot different to primary school but in a good way. You get more homework. I really like being in a tutor group with other year groups. My favourite lesson is Dance. And I’m really looking forward to Sports Day and the Community Day. Sophie Jeffrey

Some reflections from Year 7 on their first year.

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A huge well done to the following students for achieving the highest amount of Vivo’s in our recent competition. The competition was open to all students at Thamesview to earn as many Vivo’s as they could for effort and achievement in their lessons.

Harry Flatman—EVSG 350 Vivio’s Nintendo DS

Danny Coyne—EVSG 238 Vivo’s £50 Bluewater Voucher Well done to the other students in Endeavour who also achieved well during the competition.

Joe Nightingale— EVJEC 190 Vivo’s £25 Bluewater voucher

Mrs Gordon Learning Director

I can’t believe that I am writing the final newsletter of the year. How time has flown by since we first moved into our new school building. Its such a privilege to be teaching in a state of the art school. We said goodbye to the Year 11’s on the 12th May. We had a fun-filled assembly for the Year11 Endeavour students with numerous awards been given out—some serious, some funny! There were many tears at the end of the assembly. That evening the students had there prom. Wow! What a transformation the students underwent from school children to grown up’s. The prom was held in the stunning grounds of Oakwood Manor. Congratulations to Chris Donoghue for being named Prom King! We have recently appointed our new senior students for the next academic year. The Year 10 students had to write a letter of application and then were interviewed. Congratulations to Megan Limbert on being appointed Headgirl! I was very proud of Tigi Barry,Jodie Bundock and Jamie Gilbert who took part in the Community Challenge Cooking Competition and achieved 1st place. The students cooked smoked salmon blini’s and scallops with chorizo. The Year 8 students had an interesting talk during PSHE on the new bike track on the site of the old A2. As we finish the term off we still have a number of things to look forward to — Year 10 students out on work experience, Sports Day (as we make a valiant attempt to move up from last place) and our community day out at Gillingham Ice Rink! I wish you all a safe, enjoyable and relaxing summer! Miss Arndt, Head of Learning Community

I am pleased to announce that Miss Skipsey is now the Learning Stage Leader for Endeavour Community. She joined the leadership team from May 2011. Miss Skipsey is responsible for the monitoring and educational progress of the students in our Community. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, please contact her on.

Extended Learning: Move over Ramsey! No room for Nigella! Endeavour have proved to have the next chef generation! This terms topic of ‘Design a Restaurant’, has delivered some fantastic efforts and ideas from the Endeavour Community from seabed platter to spiced frogs’ legs! The level of professional menus that have been created is simply irresistible. Wonderful! Congratulations to Thomas Honeyman (EvJEC) and Eleanor Lawry Johns (EvPR), who have delivered an outstanding effort throughout the topic. Miss Skipsey, Learning Stage Leader

Congratulations to our Senior Student Team. We are delighted to have these students represent out community and are proud to formally introduce them..... “Hey. My name is Megan and aside from being a Senior Student, I am also Thamesview’s Head Girl so if there are any ideas or concerns you would like to share with me, I will be happy to listen”. “Hello, I’m Daniel and aside from taking part in activities inside of school, I enjoy free running and scootering. I am also known to be a bit of an artist and actor”. “Hi everyone, my name is Chay and I am the sporty one of the Senior Student Team so what with Sports Day just around the corner, you will be seeing quite a bit of me....” “Hello. My name is Francis and I enjoy spending time socialising with friends in the local area as well as putting effort into my studies, especially English and Music.”

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Endeavour would like to congratulate Carly Woodger on the safe arrival of Georgie born on 31 May and weighing in at 8lbs7oz

Star Students of the Week

Endeavour staff and students would like to say goodbye to Mr Rahman. We wish him well at his new school and would like to thank him for all that he has done for ICT and Endeavour Community over the last 6 years!

Endeavour is extremely proud of the following students that have been nominated for the Kent Tryangle Awards: Georgia Torres—Saving a man’s life David Cox - Volunteering Nathan Hale s– Sporting Achievement The students will be competing against other students from all over Kent. The winners will be announced on Monday 4 July.

Chay Bellingham, David Cox, Laura Hobson, Nathan Hales, Johnnie McFarlane, Cameron Lawanson He competes in junior competition with other competitors up to an age of 21 years old. Colts are up to 16 years old. Can you tell which staff This year so far he has won the World Helice Championship member from Endeavour Gold (junior) becoming the youngest person to ever win this this is? championship held in Seville in Spain. And another first was that 50 VIVO points to the he and his father were in the British Team. students correctly identiHe then went on to win the Gold in the juniors at European fying the staff member! Helice Championships in Bologna Italy, becoming the first to win both titles in the same year. He is quite unique as he shoots more than one discipline, mostly people stick to the one they do best in. He has come 1st twice, 2nd once and 3rd twice in another discipline called Fitasc this year and has be asked to represent Kent in this discipline at the Intercounties Championships. He has also been asked to represent Kent this weekend in another discipline called Olympic Skeet. He has not shot this before so we'll have to see how he fairs. Olympic Skeet is one The following students are to be conof only two disciplines that are shot in the Olympics the other being Olympic gratulated on achieving 100% attenTrap. There's a possibility that he will also be asked to represent Kent in that dance for this academic year: competition as well. If we are to see him in the Olympics at some stage this is what Zaynab Bankole, Zack Carroll, Matthew he will be shooting. Douch, Joel Garcia,Jason Haigh, Tom He is sponsored by a cartridge company and there are three gun companies Honeyman, Lewis Rossiter, Amy looking at him at the moment and so hopefully there will be a sponsorship deal coming his way fairly soon. Nathan has been nominated for a Kent TRYANGLE award Spillett, Jodie Spinks, Joe Standen, for personal sporting achievement. He has also been nominated to be a torch bearer Kathryn Twitchett, Hazel Williams for the Olympic flame.

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The end of one year, the start of another

Hello and welcome to the final Enterprise newsletter page this year, which feels weird saying because we have actually started the next school year earlier. Year 7 are now Year 8, Year 8 are now Year 9 and so on... This year has been very interesting with lots of fantastic events and successes. In my first year as Head of Community I have been amazed at how hard the staff and students in Enterprise work for each other and others. I am proud to have such as fantastic Community. In this final edition, I thought that it would be great to celebrate some of our student’s latest achievements. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the Enterprise staff, students, parents and carers a safe and enjoyable Summer holiday and look forward to seeing you all again in September. Mr G Robinson

Enterprise has the X-Factor On Thursday 31st March and

Friday 1st April 2011, 5 up-andcoming stars stepped onto the stage at Thamesview’s version of Glee. ‘Gleek’ saw Amy Costas, Kelsey



Hirst, Mia Ovenden and Ellie Loft





dance and music routines along with some fantastic acting.

Notably the star of hit TV


Rachel was played by Ellie who did an amazing job. Miss Lima, our Enormous dresses, fake tan, bling and suave looking boys made for yet another enjoyable Prom night. Each year the dresses get bigger and more beautiful and the students look impeccable. This year was no different. The highlight of the night (other than Mr Sorby’s speech) was seeing Enterprise students winning the majority of the awards:     



added “Ellie had a really strong

Prom Night 2011







presence.” Well done to all the girls and we look forward to free tickets when you are performing on


Maria Watkins: Best Hair and Tiara Blake Palmer: James Bond Cerri-Anne Steer: Ladette to Lady Sophia Hussey: Biggest Dress Jack Crabtree: Prom Prince Holly Turner: Prom Queen

A very suave looking Lewis Gibbins Lauren, ‘Prince Jack’, Melissa and Maria

Two of our Enterprise winners (Sophia Hussey and Cerri-Anne Steer)

A very proud Miss Lima and Mr Robinson

Bond, James Bond, 007 (AKA Blake Taylor)

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Oxford UniversityCloisters’




When I was chosen for a Summer School event at Oxford University, I was very nervous as I was the only person going from my School. I really enjoy TV programmes such as ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘CSI’ so the thought of solving a murder was exciting. The campus was beautiful and the rooms were really spacious. I spent most of my time looking at the sights and spending time in two huge museums, which were featured in the TV show ‘Lewis’. Even though I was homesick I learnt many new things and would recommend this to anyone. Elizabeth Martin

Charles Simpson and Katie Ingram

Scarlett Vine and Amber Gillingham

Courtney Clare and Sophie Hart

Sporting Stars of the Future

Kyra Watson and Clare Fearne Jack Crabtree

In recent Athletic meets, Enterprise students have had some fantastic success in individual and team events. The list below shows some students in Years 7-9 who have represented Thamesview School and achieved some outstanding results:  

Macey Malyon (800M: 2nd, 100M Relay: 1st) Scarlett Vine (High Jump: 1st&2nd, 100M: 1st, 100M Relay: 1st)

Other students who have represented Thamesview are: Charles Simpson, Amber Gillingham, Sophie Hart, Katie Ingram, Courtney Clare, Jack Crabtree, Clare Fearne and Kyra Watson

Community Competition A big well done to the following students who represented Enterprise in the Community Quiz. Unfortunately we came 2nd overall but it was great to see so many students there: Reece Butler, Bradley Hill, Harry Brooks, Charles Simpson, Molly Higgs, Kelsey Hutchinson, Mary Ann-Owen, Louis Palmer, Tyrone Osi-efa, Jack Danton, Lee Harvey, Michael Carey, Jessica Goldsmith, Mia Ovenden, Arron Peckett and Ben Sizer

Senior Students I would like to congratulate our new Senior Students on their fantastic achievement. We had some excellent candidates but Dominic, Jessica, Amy and Nathan really stood out as great role models for Enterprise Community and Thamesview School. I look forward to working with these mature students over the coming school year. Mrs Hennessy

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With the hair curled, tiaras gleaming, bodies tanned, suits bought, bow ties tied and dresses flowing glamour hit Thamesview School..... On Thursday 12th May Year 11 students ended a very teary-eyed day with their spectacular celebrations to end their time at Thamesview. Parents, family and friends were invited to a pre-dinner reception in the heart space where pictures were taken by our very own ‘David Bailey’, Mr Chapman. It was a spectacle to see the students walking down our new drive way with such maturity and pride. Students were then taken to their secret location for a celebratory evening of fine dining and disco dancing. As the students arrived they were greeted with a walk down the red carpet to an applause from Thamesview staff. Lots of pictures and videos were taken as a lasting memory of our students as they go off to pastures new. Students sat down to a two course meal before the speeches and awards began. There were a number of students recognised for their creativity, efforts and glamour. The main awards for the evening were eagerly anticipated as the announcements were made for Prom Prince and Princess and Prom King and Queen. The award went to Jade Dellbridge (Prom Princess) and Jack Crabtree (Prom Prince). The final award going to Holly Turner (Prom Queen) and Chris Donoghue (Prom King). Mr Sorby (the compare for the evening) met this with a rendition of God Save Our Queen which was followed by a wild applause from both students and staff. As the sun came down, the lights dimmed and the music got louder the party was in full swing. The sight of students and staff in posh attire taking part in ‘Oops up Side your Head’ and the ‘Cha Cha Slide’ was one to behold, many of the staff needing assistance back to their seats afterwards. A memorable night was had by all with farewells and good lucks still echoing in our ears. I am sure the students will be forever thankful to Thamesview staff for arranging such a wonderful evening. Mrs Lima and Miss Howe

Sending best wishes and luck for the future for all students in Year 11 from all at Thamesview School

Mr Sorby congratulates our 2011 Prom King,, Christopher Donoghue and Queen, Holly Turner.

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We felt very proud to be part of the opening of our school. There was a wide range of speakers that made the day feel important and interesting. It was fantastic to see our senior students take on such an important role in representing both the school and their peers. Mrs L Collier and Miss H Wray

"It was a pleasure and

privilege to be invited to the official opening of the Thamesview School; the new building is truly incredible and a fantastic space for students to learn and thrive." Anna Hemmings MBE, 6 x World Champion Canoeist

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Mrs S Thompson, Headteacher’s PA

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Thamesview on the Thames Learning is not all about looking in books or listening to speakers. Three students from the Public Service Group had the opportunity to spend a day with the Fire Brigade on the River Thames. With the support of Mrs Helen Goodwin and her husband Michael Goodwin, who is a Fireman on the River Thames, these students were given a first -hand insight into life on the river, its dangers and the hard work carried out by this hard-working

uniformed service. As expected, Jonathan Wood, Kieran Manning and Ryan Lynch McKeon were excellent representatives for the Vocational Centre. Pauline Blayney

Congratulations to Ex-student Farren left Thamesview in June 2010, and achieved an apprenticeship at A Plant. On Friday 1st July 2011 he was awarded Apprentice of the Year. Well done to Farren from all at Thamesview.

Environment Community Project We approached Thamesview Vocational Centre to re-design and create an unused outside space into a teaching area. As we cater for a larger than average cohort of EAL children we wanted to use the area as a sensory environment to promote speech and language. Thamesview were fantastic, they came to visit us and were able to turn our visions into a usable teaching area. They assigned the Year 11 Young Apprentices (supervised by Jim Rowe of the Vocational Centre), to carry out the project. The first step was the production of drawings and images, as we told them what we needed and they came up with some realistic and creative plans. The work began with the hard job of clearing the area of paving and debris. Chantry had timber kindly donated by a local building supplier. Over a period of a few weeks the Young Apprentices were able to transform from a gardened area finished with peas shingle, to lay decking , form a timber framed structure and construct seating areas for our students and staff. The final task was to lay roof tiles to make the structure waterproof. The Young Apprentices and Jim Rowe worked so hard and were excellent ambassadors for Thamesview School and the Vocational Centre and we cannot thank them enough. We are arranging an opening ceremony and hope that they can showcase their hard work to their tutors and families. Tereza Boyd, Chantry School

Life Beyond 4pm: Adult Evening Classes The Vocational Centre has started evening classes in various disciplines. One such class is bricklaying which has been a great success. Comments from the class members include: If you are interested in evening classes please contact Pauline Blayney or Martin Francis in the Vocational Centre.

‘Coming to the class I had no experience at all in bricklaying. Within the first lesson I learnt to build my first small wall and how to use the tools correctly. During the last few weeks I have become confident in building other projects such as corners and soldiers. I am now half way through the course itself and I can say it has been extremely worthwhile and by the end of the ten weeks I am confident I will be able to take on small projects at home’ Mr Miles Fuller

Foundation Learning

‘I highly recommend this course to all. Being the only female was no problem and I have learnt a lot. The tutor Malcolm Machin and the staff are very helpful and friendly. Shame my school was not as good as this when I was at school’ Ms Theresa Theophanides

Year 10 and Year 11 Foundation Learners have been busy this past year. The Year 11’s completed a Customer Service course at Bluewater, visited Cascades Leisure Centre and learnt how to use the gym and how to play golf. The Year 10’s have had a full year doing a carousel course in our Vocational Centre. This has included: learning brick-laying, painting & decorating and motor mechanics. They also went out of school to the TGB Training Centre, Key Training at Westcourt and North West Kent College. Carol Turton, LSA

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Photography at Thamesview

An impression of emotion, using Nan Goldin and women’s war photography to inspire Coursework: ‘Portraits’ By Molly Brett

An image based on the work of graffiti artist Bansky Exam work: ‘Evidence of Human presence’ By Hollie Payne

Photography which describes the essence of where the artist grew up- ie Gravesend Coursework: ‘Me, Myself and I’ By Molly Brett

Looking at how reflection and distortion can be captured in still images Coursework: ‘Portraits’ By Hollie Payne

In the last academic year, Photography at A Level has been introduced to Thamesview as a brand new Art and Design course. A class of talented students created three fantastic projects over the time, including an assignment called ‘Me, Myself and I’, where the young photographers had to produce a set of images based around their own life in some way. In the process of studying the course, students came up with some truly amazing and diverse images, utilising their Photoshop and design skills. The strength of their work has meant that Photography can now be taught for many years to come at the school, their wonderful photography being used as a great teaching and learning resource for all future students. Some of the students’ work is shown here. Miss Doolan, Art Teacher

Student Enquiry and Research Committee SERC, which stands for ‘Student Enquiry and Research Committee’ is a student voice group here at Thamesview. The group have been working really hard since September trying to combat issues within the school - this is done through research; students look at a problem, examine and investigate thoroughly into all aspects and come up with solutions and recommendations. These solutions are based on the evidence they acquire during the research and so are very valid and wellfounded. At the end of every research project, the students present the findings to Miss Hughes and the school leadership team so we can all work alongside each other to make some solid and workable improvements. This year we have completed two research projects; ‘How open plan spaces have affected learning” and “How can Literacy and Numeracy be used more effectively throughout all areas of school life”

Charlotte, Abbey and Louise in the packed conference suite, ready to make their presentation!

During the latter research project on Literacy and Numeracy, students have been working closely with Dr Anna Carlile, who is a professor at Goldsmiths University in London. Dr Carlile had pioneered this kind of student voice research activity and will use SERC’s current research in order to help other schools’ develop such a group and will also help her own doctorate work. Goldsmiths also arranged for two degree students from Goldsmiths to come to Thamesview once a week for twelve weeks to aid the research taking place. To celebrate the success and hard work of SERC, Dr Carlile invited our students, along with similar groups from eight other schools across the South East to the University to partake in a big presentation evening on Friday 1st July. Here, students prepared and showed a five minute presentation of their work and received a fantastic certificate with the University’s

Danny, Louise, Abbey and Charlotte presenting SERC’s findings on Literacy and Numeracy

stamp. The evening was a real success and our students; Danny Coyne, Anastasia Kravcenko, Abbey Niblett, Louise Martin and Charlotte-Jay Cox held a talk, networked with other schools and received their much deserved certificates. Well done to all of the members of SERC, past and present; your hard work and commitment has been fantastic and your work really will benefit the whole school in many ways. IMPORTANT!! As of September, SERC is looking for more committed and talented students to help lead some really important research projects. If this is something you feel is right up your street, please come and have a chat with me! Your involvement would be very welcomed, it’s a great addition to any CV and a trip to Goldsmiths will be repeated next year!

SERC holding their much deserved certificates with Dr Anna Carlile from Goldsmiths University

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THAMESVIEW’S SUMMER CONCERT The Creative and Performing Arts team at Thamesview have shone once again through Thamesview's first outdoor summer concert on Friday 15th July. The audience were delighted with an array of dancing, acting, singing and visual art from both staff and students. Over 70 staff and students represented the Arts faculty in what will

What a team! Picking your picnic spot!

certainly become an annual event. The audience were able to watch the talent outside on the grass or from a bean bag with a picnic. A huge thanks must go out to Mr and Mrs Beaumont, Mr Ferguson, Miss Cormack and Miss Doolan for organising the superb evening. Miss K Hudson Photographer

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CPF – This term’s top reading Form! CZD & EpJC – Tied for 2nd place DZC & EvLCO – Tied for 3rd place It has been a fantastic first year for the library. Newly released and requested books are continuously appearing on the shelves. Students are also enjoying the new space during break and lunchtimes, where board games and computers are available in addition to books, magazines and CD books. This term a pilot run of the Accelerated Reader Program was launched with a few of the Year 8 students. This ICT based program encourages students to read books upon which they are later quizzed. The results have been amazing Community so far and the success of this program will hopefully be further proven in September Library Points: when all Year 7s are enrolled. A reading challenge was given to all Challenger – 8 Forms to see who could read the most Endeavour – 6 books. I would like to congratulate CPF Enterprise – 4 for being the top reading Form in the school two terms running. Well done! Discovery – 2 I hope everyone has a safe and well-read summer. See you all in September. Well done everyone! Ms. Hall Librarian

Other high reading tutor groups in order: EpGS EpJR & CCSP EvCW & EvLS CJD, DMJS, EvHW & EvPR EpMC & EvAR EpED DSFR CBE, DJC, DJP, DKD, EvJEC & EvSG EpEA CLF & CMD EpSL EpMP DSFL & EvMY CRF DBB CSFI & EpGF DAW

Maths Games Workshop

Four Cube Outlines

The following group of students have been participating in a maths games workshop during form time with Miss Weedon, Learning Mentor for Discovery. All students have been trying really hard and have been having great fun competing against each other! A special well done to Tommy Cook 7DJC who is currently in the lead with most points!

In the illustration four flat cube-like shapes are shown. Their patterns are drawn with bold black lines. Which of them can you draw without taking your pencil off the paper or going along the same line twice? Which of them can't be drawn in this way?

24 from 8,8,3,3 Puzzle How can I get the answer 24 by only using the numbers 8,8,3,3. You can use the main signs add, subtract, multiply and divide.

Choose the Right Symbol Puzzle What mathematical symbol can be put between 5 and 9, to get a number bigger than 5 and smaller than 9?

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Armed Forces Day

Battle of Crete Memorial Service

Supporting the Armed Forces Day has become very important for the Foundation Learning Group. The group were invited into school to discuss their role in many different wars and there were some very interesting people from all walks of life. Great discussions were held about what is was like to fight for your country both in the past and in the present day; these included a serving soldier’s wife whose husband is serving in Afghanistan, and also the oldest person in Gravesend who fought in many wars. This experience gave the students from Years 10 and 11 a great insight into the meaning of serving with honour! After our meeting, the one key point that stayed with the visitors was the kindness and thoughtfulness shown by these students. Pauline Blayney

On 20th May 2011, I was privileged to attend a Memorial Service in Crete to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete. The battle took place on 20th May 1941 on the island of Crete and was the first German airborne parachute invasion codenamed ‘Operation Mercury’. Greek and Allied Forces, along with Cretan civilians, attempted to defend the island. I attended the service with my Dad, who is the South East Representative for the veterans. This year there were many veterans from New Zealand, Australia, England and Germany attending as it was the 70th Anniversary. We got the chance to chat to many of them and hear about their experiences during their time on the island. HMS Gloucester was in Souda Bay and the Duke of Gloucester was also at the ceremony. I met the Duke. At the ceremony, I was asked to lay a wreath in remembrance of the Australian and British soldiers who fought in the battle and lost their lives. This was a great experience for me and although I was nervous, I felt honoured to be asked to perform this duty. At the end of the service, HMS Gloucester fired a 21 gun salute to mark the anniversary. Later that evening there was a meal on board as well. The following day the Red Arrows performed a display in the harbour for all the veterans, friends and families. The whole experience is one that will probably never be the same again and one I will never forget as the veterans are now getting too old to make the trip to Crete. I made many new friends and had a great time! Oliver Jarvis EpGS

Thamesview Athletics

This term, Thamesview have fielded teams in all age groups into athletic competitions around Gravesham. This is all in preparation for the District competition on 14th July at Dartford Harriers Track against 12 other schools from Gravesham and Dartford areas. There have been many noticeable performances amongst girls and boys from Years 8 to 11 with many 1st place finishes. Outstanding contributions have come from Ryan Campbell, Scarlett Vine and Charlotte Harwood, who have won several events at different competitions. There have been many others students with outstanding performances to take 1st, 2nd or 3rd place finishes and Thamesview have had their best ever season. We have also had our highest levels of attendance at practices, which has contributed to our success. It has been good to reward consistent attendance by students such as Amber Gillingham with places in the team. I would like to thank all students that have taken part in competitions and attended training every Tuesday. I would also like to thank Miss Rogers, Mr Robinson, Mr Frame and Mr Pascoe for their help with transport and support this term. Mr Franks, PE Learning Facilitator

District Successes

Ryan Campbell 1st in 100m/ 200m/ long jump Charlotte Harwood 1st in 200m/ 1500m Chloe Oakley 1st in Shot Putt Scarlett Vine 2nd in 100m Gaby Hutchinson 2nd in Shot Putt Zak Both 2nd in Shot Putt

Lottery Funding Jackpot

Thamesview have been fortunate to obtain £9,900 in Lottery Funding for our new Outdoor Gym supplied by FreshAir Fitness. There are 8 elements including a Hip Twister, Air Skier, Elliptical Cross Trainer and Balance Beams. Students and staff will be able to exercise using the new equipment whilst enjoying the fresh air in our wonderful new grounds.

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Brilliant Bolougne

We walked up to the new town and had an hour to take some pictures of the shops and signs. There were shops such as Claire’s Accessories, Markets and many more. Next we went to the Cité Europe, it was like an Asda with Bluewater as well. It was very easy to get lost... There are many people selling things in the middle of the shopping centre such We arrived in Boulogne at 9.45am French time and as bracelets, which I bought stood at the port for a couple of minutes while and food such as ice-cream Mrs Edwards took some photos. which Hayleigh and Stephanie bought. By Katie Hart Overall we had an amazing day, and would definitely love On Saturday I got up at 4:30am, and was at school by 5:45am. We to go again. left school at 5:55am and went to pick up Mr Frame near Leeds Castle before making our way to Folkestone to get the Euro Tunnel to Calais. The Euro Tunnel was pretty boring, but at least we could get out of the coach and stretch. We arrived at Calais at roughly 9am French time. When we arrived, we were meant to be going to the beach, but it was raining so we went straight to the new town in Boulogne. It took us about 30 minutes to get to Boulogne, and when we were there we parked straight away and had a picture next to the River Liane. The new town was very interesting and had a variety of shops. We then went back to the mini-bus...but when we tried to leave the car park space we were stuck! Luckily some nice French people helped us by telling us where to go.

I just about managed to crawl out of my bed; we all had to meet at 5.45am and it was already 5.15am, we had to be at school ready to leave for 6am! When we arrived in Boulogne we parked in a car park next to the port. The weather was miserable and quite cold. We were told to go off in groups and take pictures of French signs. I was in a group with Max and Jack. We went off around the town in search of signs. We had to stop at a cheese shop as Jack needed to buy some cheese for his dad. We took around 30 photos and returned to the café where the teachers were waiting. We then went to Cité Europe. As we got off the mini bus to go into the hypermarket Mrs Edwards gave us all €5. Max, Jack and I decided to find a nice present for Miss Syrett, and Mrs Edwards as a thank you to them both. We came across a glass engraving stall and after a while of trying to communicate with the stall owner we managed to buy two glass ornaments, I would like to thank Mrs Edwards, Miss Syrett and Mr Frame for arranging this trip as it was very enjoyable. Matthew Raff Miss Syrett taught Mrs Edwards how to play Rock, Paper, Scissors, which was really funny. This was good because I have never been in the Euro Tunnel before... I bought a fridge magnet in France which was very nice...Although when we got to Port upon returning, we had to stop at border control, where we all had to get off of the minibus to have all our passports checked. It was funny though as the border control man was asking me some questions about where we went for the day and my mind just went blank and I didn’t know what to say to him. Although our ears kept popping on the way back, this was even worse when I had my earphones in. Molly and Keely and I thought it was funny going through the doors on the train to get to the end of the train. We got on the Euro Tunnel train at 3:30pm (French Time) then we arrived back home at 4:30pm (English Time.) Talk about time travel! By Charlotte Hall

It was Lunch time but Mrs Edwards gave us a challenge to take this photo and the first to get back to her with it won a prize. After everyone had eaten lunch and returned back, it was about 1pm French time. In surprise everyone got this exact picture so Mrs Edwards gave us all €5 each.

On Saturday 25th June, we went to Boulogne (which is situated in France), along with Mrs Edwards, Mr Frame, Miss Syrett and some other students whom attend Thamesview. We had to be at school by 5:45am, ready to leave for the journey ahead. We travelled to Boulogne by the Euro Tunnel which took approximately 45 minutes. Once we arrived in Boulogne we were told to explore the town; taking photographs of as many French signs as we could find. This was interesting and helped develop our language skills. Once done, we returned to the cafe where we had to meet up; we then returned to the minibus as we drove up to the old town. The old town was very large and had so many adventurous places located in it; such as a skate park, local shops and bicycle track. As a task, Mrs Edwards divided us into small groups; she had given us a picture of an old cathedral; we had to find that same cathedral and take a similar photo of it. My group found it rather quickly, and the picture was very accurate. As a reward, Mrs Edwards gave each of us €5 which we were able to spend later on at Cité Europe. I had remembered what Cite Europe looked like from previous trips as it is gigantic; people flood through the entrance doors in huge crowds waiting to get their shopping. I purchased some souvenirs for my friends and family in the small gift shops available. Overall the day went great, everyone (especially me) enjoyed the trip. I would definitely recommend going to France to anyone else who is interested. It was a fantastic way to spend my weekend. Harry Souten I didn’t get to sleep until gone 11 the previous night because I was filled with excitement. I woke up at 4:30am with hardly any sleep, showered and dressed within 10 minutes, ran downstairs waking everyone up, and sorted my breakfast and bag out. I had half an hour to spare, I ran and threw a pillow at my dad who was still sleeping. We left at 5:15 and found that only a few people were on the bus. We waited for everyone to board the mini-bus, waved to my dad and we were off! We stopped before we boarded the Euro Tunnel, and I bought a Costa Coffee hot chocolate (large) for only £1.95! It kept me awake and lasted the whole journey into France. We boarded the Euro Tunnel and set off to France. When we got to France we parked in a Port where loads of nice Boats were docked. By Jason Rawlins

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On Tuesday we spoke to people from a French school. It was a great opportunity to get to know them and to get to know their lifestyle. It was also good fun as they were learning English and we are learning French. Although they stayed for only one day, it was a really fun opportunity. Anjali Sooknanan


On Tuesday 21 June we met French people. They were nice and it was fun talking to them. I was sitting next to a French girl called Matilde, so we introduced ourselves to each other. At lunch, I was talking to Matilde and now we’re friends on Facebook. Tonicha Gilbert

When the French people came in on Tuesday 21st June it was a very joyful day. It was amazing because they were really testing our French speaking skills but we knew exactly what they were saying and we were also testing their English speaking skills. They were all nice and polite, so nice that one of them called Johanna bought me a present. It was lovely. I would love for them to come to Thamesview again so that I could get to know them more. Sumeyya Kose

When I first met the French students I was quite nervous as I thought it would be hard to communicate but it was surprisingly easy. Most of the French students spoke quite good English. They were all really nice and weren’t too shy. I enjoyed their visit and met my pen pal who was really nice. I also learnt some words in French and they helped me pronounce some of them. I think they were really friendly and it was great fun meeting them. We still keep in contact on Facebook. Whitney Macfarlane

I think the French students were very nice. I interacted with most of them and I sat with some of them at lunch. Georgia Bevan

When I first met the French students at lunchtime I thought they were very kind and nice. They were trying their best to speak English and most of us tried our best to speak French. Jade Percival

I really enjoyed the day with the French students. Some of them were really good at speaking English. My favourite part was when we did the quiz and they helped us and we helped them. I think I got on well with one girl called Matilde Stride, because we now have each other’s phone number! I hope that they will come and visit again. Olivia Devaney

I really enjoyed the day ...I made friends with 2 or 3 of them and I’ve got their contact details so now we can talk over the Internet. We had to introduce ourselves and say what we liked and didn’t like in French and they had to do the same in English. After that task we went and did a quiz with Miss Phillips, which was really good fun and that is when I met my friend, Mickella, because I was working with her. I think that now we should go to France and look around some of their schools. Olivia Pinder

I really enjoyed it when the French people came. I liked it when we all talked about things we enjoy. I think we had a lot in common. I really enjoyed seeing them. I hope to see them again. Hayley McGrath

On Tuesday 21st June we welcomed 45 students and 4 teachers from Collège Michelet in Lens, France. The students who came over were all in sixième (Year 7) and for many it was their first trip to England, as well as being the first time they had ever been in an English school. Our Year 10 and 11 French groups helped organise drinks and biscuits on arrival and then gave the visitors a guided tour of the new school in French to help them feel at home. Many of our Year 7s came upstairs in Challenger at break time to meet the visitors. One of our Year 7 classes had already received letters from, and written to some of these French students and were keen to find their penpal. After break, Mr Ferguson, accompanied by Madame Cousin, took half the French group and engaged them in some exciting and, for them, totally innovative drama activities. Two other groups worked with our Year 7s to do a French / English quiz with Miss Phillips and a conversation class with me. Our English students were pleasantly surprised to discover that the French had no difficulty understanding them and that their French was as good as the French students’ English! The French students stayed over lunchtime and had their packed-lunch in our canteen. This gave both sets of students more time to mingle and make friends. After lunch, sadly we had to say goodbye; however some students exchanged e-mail addresses and mobile phone numbers and have since been in contact with their new friends. It was a delight to receive the students from Collège Michelet and the day was a huge success thanks to the Michelet and Thamesview staff and of course the students! Barbara Edwards, MFL Learning Facilitator

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Date : Tuesday 2nd August2011 Time: 1pm to 4.30pm Place: AMF Bowling, Gravesend Details: Young people need to be at AMF Bowling Centre, Imperial Business Park, West Mill, Gravesend DA11 0DL at 12.45pm. Young people need to make their own way to/from venue. Cost: £7 per person (This will include 2 games of bowling and lunch)

Places are limited for all activities so it is a first come, first served basis. Interested? Contact Penny Stotesbury or Lionel Okonkwo Community Youth Tutor on 07920526546 or 01474 556552, Ext 8081249

25/07/2011 27/07/2011 28/07/2011 29/-7/2011 01/08/2011 02/08/2011

Snowboarding Fishing –Monks lakes Fishing –Monks lakes Thorpe Park Trip Kayaking –Bewl Water Bowling AMF Gravesend

03/08/2011 04/08/2011

Fishing -Shorne Fishing -Shorne


-Riverside MCing /DJ / Graffiti arts workshop BBQ


MCing /DJ /Graffiti arts workshop Westcourt BBQ


U Chooz taster Riverside


Fishing Match – Darenth

Open to all young people aged 11-19 years old. Book early as places are limited!

SNOW BOARDING Summer Holiday Activity DATE: 25th July 2011 TIME: 1.30PM TO 5PM PLACE: Chatham Ski&Snowboard Centre Alpine Park, Capstone RD. Gillingham ME7 3JH


Come Along And Have The Time Of Your Life.

Details: Meet at Thamesview School 1.30 pm Cost: £10.00 per person (Including transport and entrance fee)


WEDNESDAY 3.15-5pm Business and Enterprise Area at Thamesview

DETAILS: A day of artistic expressions. D.J – M.C Workshop, Graffiti Workshop Create design T- shirts, Bar.B.Q DATE: 9th August 2011 TIME: 1pm – 4pm PLACE: Westcourt Youth Club, St Aidan’s Church Hall St Gregory’s Crescent, Gravesend DA12 4JL OR DATE: 8th August 2011 TIME: 1pm – 4pm PLACE: Riverside Community Centre, Dickens Rd, Gravesend DA12 2JY

COST: £3 per person

KAYAKING AN EXCITING DAY OF WATER SPORTS AT BEWL DATE: Monday 1ST August 2011 TIME: 10.30am – 4.30pm PLACE: Bewl Water Outdoor Centre Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, Kent DETAILS: Transport to and from venue COST: £ 20.00 ( Cheques to be made payable to Thamesview School)

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Diary Dates


Thursday 1st September to Friday 21st October

Staff Development Days:


Monday 31st October to Friday 16th December


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

Key Events:  Thursday 25th August — GCSE Results Day  Thursday 1st September — Staff Development Day  Friday 2nd September — Only Yr 7 students in school  Monday 5th September — Whole school starts back  Friday 16th September — Individual school photos  Thursday 22nd September —Yr 11 Parents’ Evening  Thursday 6th October — Awards Evening  Friday 21st October — Last day of Term 1  Monday 31st October — First day of Term 2  Thursday 3rd November — Yr 7 Parents’ Evening  Thursday 17th November — Staff Development Day  Friday 18th November — Staff Development Day  Thursday 24th November — Yr 9 Parents’ Evening  Thursday 1st December —Parents’ Forum at 7.00pm  Friday 16th December — Last day of Term 2  Wednesday 4th January — First day of Term 3

A Governor’s View Another school year is coming to a close and what a year it has been. We started the year with record GCSE results as we moved into the new school building. I am sure most of you have now had an opportunity to admire the many new features and transformation in the way we now teach our students. We will have had, by the time you read this, our official opening. A time for us to thank all those involved throughout the “Building Schools for the Future” process. Some of the landscaping needs to mature a little longer before all areas are fully in use. So now we must look to the future and the challenges that schools face today. On an academic level, we will always strive to improve not only our exam results but the sense of well-being and a positive attitude that our students will need when leaving Thamesview. The budget crisis has left us with substantially less income but we are confident that with careful reorganisation we can manage this without a detrimental affect on the education of our students. I have just had the pleasure of sitting on the panel to elect our new Head Boy and Head Girl. The six short listed students were of such a high standard that reaching a decision was one of the most difficult that we have had. So it is a big congratulations to Jack Tomkinson and Megan Limbert, also to their deputies Dominic Burgess, Natasha Holloway, Julia Johnson and Francis Meakins; worthy ambassadors for Thamesview, who truly make me proud of my involvement with Thamesview School. David Gingell Chair of Governors

Thursday 1st September 2011 Thursday 17th November 2011 Friday 18th November 2011 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.


Students need to be aware that nasty comments posted on Facebook and other social network sites could amount to Cyber Bullying. Cyber bullying is the use of Information Communications Technology (ICT), particularly mobile phones, social network sites and the Internet, to deliberately upset someone else. Cyber Bullying could amount to a CRIMINAL OFFENCE. You could be arrested if the offence is serious. Police may attend your home and school and mobile phones and computers could be seized. If you are a victim of Cyber Bullying report it, block the bully and use the report abuse button. Always tell an adult you trust what has happened. Helpful sites include PC Sally Green, Kent Police Safer Schools Officer

Wanted - Parent Governor!

We have a vacancy for a new Parent Governor. This is a voluntary post and no experience is necessary, as training is provided. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the school, please contact Mrs Sheila Thompson on 01474 538112 or email:

Student ID Card Reminder Please remind your sons and daughters that they must bring their ID cards back with them in September as these cards do not expire. These cards cost £3 for parents to replace, so tuck it somewhere safe over the holiday period. Many thanks. a Healthy School, cycling is Cycle Safety As actively encouraged as a form of transport to and from school. We now have a secure bike barn, where students can lock their bicycles during the day. We have noticed a number of students do not wear cycle helmets, and must stress that as a school we promote students wearing approved safety helmets, however, it is parental choice, and therefore the school cannot accept any responsibility for students riding their bikes. Please ride safely!

Community Points Name Challenger








One more week to go, who will win Sports Day, and who will win the overall Annual Community Competition Shield?

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New York City "The Big Apple" On Wednesday 20th April 2011 our long awaited trip to New York city began. At 4.45am we met in Viewpoint car park, boarded our coaches and made our way to Heathrow airport and eventually on to Newark Airport in New Jersey. Early afternoon in the “Big Apple” we made our way to our hotel in Central Manhattan, and each building we passed just got bigger and bigger, gasps were all you could hear from the students as we passed fire trucks, yellow taxis and the tallest buildings in the world. We were finally in New York City! Once we were unpacked we headed out to find a restaurant for our first evening meal just off the world famous ‘Times Square’ and then on to the ‘Empire State Building’. Other places we visited were - Central Park, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, 5th Avenue, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Ground Zero, and Rockefeller Central. From start to finish this was an action-packed trip that had something for everyone! In three years of leading these trips this was truly amazing for me. Students and staff will never forget our adventure and it was a privilege to take such a wonderful group of people. Mr Chapman, Trip Leader

New York Trip…My Thoughts

 It was the biggest school trip ever.  It was like London, but much bigger and with

more light and colours.  It was quite cold so I had to make sure I had my coat.  The Statue of Liberty was a buzz kill as we weren’t allowed up to the top of Liberty’s head, but it was pretty high and if you fell you might do a bit more than graze your knee.  The empire state building was cool and as we travelled up the lift from floor 20 to 80 the ear popping pressure made me laugh; but what an experience it was to be on top of the world.  The underground was cool and it was quite different to London as there were more people, police and trains.  Seeing the police at the airport made me wary because they had a massive desert eagle in their holster and at one time a policeman had a machine gun in his hands, but they were “always there to help”.  Central park was big and we visited on one of the hottest days of the trip.  On our last day we were all sad as we were packing up our things and loaded them on to the bus and set off to the airport. I said my final good-byes to New York and said hello to the biggest airplane flight of my life so far, 10 hours long. Carter Smith (pictured left and artistic photographer), Year 9

Boppard, Germany Ouch! Hailstones, strong winds and heavy rain! Not the best way to spend a morning, especially when you are sitting on a chairlift going up the side of a German mountain. Oh, but what a view at the top, helped along with the welcome cafe with hot chocolate and chips. This was just the start of the first day in Boppard. Jamie Gilbert wrote in his report of the week that, “Germany was really amazing” and the views from the chairlift were “wicked and spectacular”. After the chairlift we visited the monument of William I at Koblenz and then onto Rudesheim to see the beautiful German town. In the evening we went bowling, everyone enjoyed the evening, especially Laura Hobson, who wanted to stay. On Wednesday we visited Cologne. We pigged out on Chocolate, then in the centre of the City we visited the Cathedral and shops. Laura in her write up said “the beautiful city of Cologne with the never-ending streets of shops were laid out before us”, it must have seemed like heaven to the shopaholics on the trip. The evening was one of the highlights for many of the group, a trip to the local park. The swings and roundabouts were an instant hit. Big Kids! And that was just the adults. On Thursday we visited Phantasialand. The queue for the Talocan called to the young and old. Mrs Curley and I watched from a safe distance as the brave were thrown up and down and spun at high speed. Some even went on twice. A great time was had by all. In the evening we sat by the beautiful fountain in the middle of Boppard, handing out Paper Plate Awards, followed by supper and bed. I would like to say a big “thank you” to Mrs Curley and Miss Jarvis for their contribution to the visit and to ALL the students who made this one of the best trips ever. Mr M Cooper, Pictures—Top: All students at Germany Corner, the conTrip Leader necting point of the Rhine and Mosel. Middle: Katie, Natasha, Nicola, Charlotte and Tom on the roundabout. Bottom: Outside the Chocolate factory at Cologne

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