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December 2012

Newsletter

ed many er of 2012. We have celebrat Welcome to our final newslett being as 2013 to ard , and I look forw achievements during the year successful. a 2 day inspection. Newsletter, Ofsted arrived for As we were producing our last have made the sfactory’. Since that time, Ofsted In May 2011 we were judged ‘sati e, so to keep twic e difficult for schools, not once but inspection framework they use mor now called ’, tory sfac ress. Our final outcome of ‘sati pace we have made much prog it is our fact, In ed. y good features was not unexpect ‘required to improve’, with man said have they t we would agree with much of wha job to know our school well, and the ut abo e mad were the very positive comments in the report. Particularly pleasing ed Ofst ntly, ifica Sign and loyalty towards the school. students and their enjoyment of, y ssar nece ns actio leaders have already taken the recognised that I and my senior not have you If ol. ney towards being a great scho to continue and complete the jour things we do. My d goo y man the es brat cele as it done so, please read the report ed terms, we will s are that at their next visit, in Ofst hopes, dreams and expectation know we are! be at least ‘good’. We already er chef provides end of term. On Tuesday 18 Decemb Now for the arrangements for the are entitled to free Dining Hall for all students who our annual Christmas Lunch in the r food will be have purchased a ticket. No othe school meals and for those who available as usual at but sandwiches and rolls will be served on that day at lunchtime, fair in the Sports December, the Sixth Form hold their break time. On Wednesday 19 Pantomime at er we have our annual trip to the Hall, and on Thursday 20 Decemb of term with student ay 21 December is the last day The Marlowe, Canterbury. Frid wish to make arrive as scheduled but you may dismissal from 1.00pm. Buses will return on Monday son/daughter to go home. We alternative arrangements for your at some stage. If have to anticipate bad weather 07 January 2013. As always, we carr y news of the school is open, local radio will there are any doubts as to whether site. you will be to check the school web school closures, but a shor t cut for achievements. I er which showcases some brilliant Please read the rest of the newslett Christmas and enjoy a well-deserved break over do hope students, parents and staff l 2013. happy Christmas and a successfu New Year. I wish you all a very

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The PiXL Club The school is a member of an organisation of schools called the PiXL Club. PiXL consists of over 300 schools across the country who share a common vision to have high quality leadership and support for our Year 10 & 11 students to attain the best exam results they are capable of achieving.

LIONHEART 2012 Congratulations to Nesrene Boumnijel, Rose Mukuze, Elizabeth Peacock, Kate MacDonald, Louise Lilley, James Hopwood, Scott Long, Aidan Curtis, Rabin Bhandari and Aaron Taylor, who all took part in the LionHeart 2012 Business Challenge. The brief in the national final was to create a sustainable business solution to help tackle the current issue of cyber-crime involving the misuse of technology which directly impacts upon young people. Our students pulled out all the stops, producing a fantastic amount of work in just one day! The team thought outside the box and decided to offer a service, rather than creating a product. Their service, ITS (Internet Safety Training), would see a team of specialist mentors go into a school, working with a whole year group over a week long period, giving them in depth training on safe use of the internet, as well as fully educating them in the potential dangers of information sharing online. The team from Towers School walked away with the LionHeart National trophy for Best Concept, presented to them by Anthony Creely, Detective Chief Inspector of Manchester Police Service.

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Furley Learning Community have pulled together in a Christmas charity effort which has seen them stuffing Christmas treats into shoeboxes for our troops who will be touring Afghanistan over the festive period. A representative from ’Forces Support’ came into school to collect the shoeboxes from delegates from each Furley advisory group, although she was a little unprepared when she saw 108, more than the quota they had hoped to receive from the entire area.

On 4 October the annual celebration evening was held at the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. We were pleased to have Rose & Fennie Mukuze, Melisa Rangarira, and Mrs St.Ville in the 100-strong PiXL Choir, led by Bazil Meade, who is musical director of the London Community Gospel Choir. The main part of the evening was to award special certificates to students who had risen to the challenge and benefited most from the strategies we developed from PiXL ideas. Three students and their parents accompanied Mr Ralph and Mrs McVey for what was a wonderful evening attended by 2000 people. We were proud of Towers certificate winners; Josh Havell, Rhianna Barron and Weronika Kedzierska. Inspirational guest speaker, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, presented over 300 students with their certificates.

Snowdonia Girls 24 girls from Years 8-10 and 4 staff went on the annual trip the Kent Mountain Centre in Snowdonia. As always, it was very successful. The girls set themselves targets and goals, which enabled them to acheive and grow in confidence. They had a fantastic time climbing mountains, gorge walking, sea level traversing, rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking. To balance the week, they also had a calmer time visiting Caernarfon castle and being creative at Piggery Pottery. All the girls had a go at everything and their teamwork and friendships made the staff really proud. They all had to dig deep at times but the moral support given and received made it much easier to overcome all challenges along the way.

If you think this is the kind of trip for you next year come and speak to Miss Newington or Mrs Clarke.


Return to the

Forbidden Planet

of An out rld this wo ance! m r o f r e p The performance was enhanced by a very clever set, built with the support of Ashford Youth Theatre, and some dazzling lighting and theatrical effects, which all combined to make the production truly out of this world. The enjoyment of the audience, which totalled about 1000 over the performances, was all the greater for the new theatre style seating. Towers now have facilities that rival many theatres, lighting, sound, staging, and now comfortable seating, but this is all to support the amazingly talented and enthusiastic students who take part.

In recent years the Towers school has developed an outstanding reputation for its annual show. This year’s production of ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ will only have enhanced that reputation. By far the most challenging show the school has attempted, it is based on Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest’, written in a Shakespearian style and interspersed with music taken from the hits of the 60s and 70s. The cast rose to the unique challenges that this presented and they performed with style and confidence.

Get Caught Reading! The library has recently been transformed into a book emporium full of timeless classics, which, along with competitions and fun activities, is encouraging a generation to pick up a book and read. Students can even write or tweet reviews on books they have enjoyed reading. £300 worth of Amazon vouchers are up for grabs (£10 per prize draw) by winning various competitions. One of these is the ‘Get Caught Reading’ competition. By getting “caught reading,” students are awarded a ticket and the more times they are caught reading, the more tickets they get, therefore gain a greater chance of winning. Students also gain 5 points when they take out a book, so are “earning while learning.” The 6th form librarians are always there to help other students find a book. Gradually students are realising which books are where, with the fiction labels such as a question mark for mystery and a ghost for supernatural. Also, with students now reading in advisory with the ‘Drop Everything and Read’ campaign, the world of books in Towers School is growing.

Amy snaps to success Towers 6th Former Amy Plewnik entered a recent competition held by the Ashford Photographic Society. The judges awarded Amy’s beautiful piece, “Sea Love” 3rd place in the Pictoral Category.

Well done to Amy!


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Low cost - high quality adventure opportunities for all Return to Skern As part of our Outdoor Adventure Education

North Devon

programme, we are able to offer five days of watersports and beech activities at Skern in North Devon where we will stay in an old farmhouse overlooking the shore. This is a high quality activity centre with a network of tunnels to and cavities to explore, high ropes, river kayaking, cliff hiking, crabbing, swimming, surfing and superb food.

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Residents from The Grange, St Valery and Heathfield care homes in Ashford were treated to a three-course meal prepared by the hospitality and catering students, as well as seeing some first class entertainment from students studying performing arts. The annual event was hosted by Mrs Rita Hawes, Chair of Govenors, and once again organised and run by the Years 10 and 11 Towers ASDAN groups, gifts for the visitors were donated by staff.

Bushcraft Following last summer’s unforgettable three day and two long nights experience in the forest near Penshurst, Mr Pegg & Mrs Gravell are going again with 20 young people to develop survival skills. Next summer’s highlights will include bushcraft cookery and butchery!

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Year 7 Adventure

For the fifty five Year 7s interested in solar systems, planets, rockets, forces and physics, Wednesday 28th November was an inspirational day! On arrival at the Observatory, we were shown four large telescopes in their Equatorial Group: one specially built for tracking satellites & missiles in the 1960s and two huge refractors used for photographing stars. Our students were enthralled, especially as they lay on the floor whilst the domes rotated, shutters opened and the telescope swivelled up to the sky.

For Year 7s seeking overnight adventure,

The day included bridge and tower building competitions and we had lots of time for the hands on exhibits before one final exciting rocket championship. Unfortunately we had to return to earth and make our way back to school, but it was a great experience and not to be missed by the rest of Year 7.

Dates 20th – 22nd March 2013 Cost £145*

Next departure: Wed 6th Feb 2013. Booking Now! Contact Mr Barham

*Financial assistance available, please apply.

Year 7 Adventure

fun activities and a confidence boost away from home, we have arranged a three day stay at Swattenden in March 2013. This will include a full day of Canoeing and challenges at Bewl Water, staying in the Mansion at Swattenden, an evening out swimming, Archery, climbing towers and a visit to Bodiam Castle. u re ent Outdoo r A dv

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