Headteacher's End of Term Newsletter - May 2020
I hope you are all well and safe. Thank you for the continued messages of support - it really does mean a lot and gives us all a boost.
The students are working exceptionally hard and much of this newsletter is a celebration of their work. Even though times are difficult, we are proud of their commitment to their school work as well as their involvement in activities at home and within their own communities. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, all of whom are working so hard. They have been tremendous in their resilience and response often whilst juggling their own commitments at home.
Behind the scenes work continues on many aspects of the school with the build project making good progress, despite the limitations of lockdown, as well as our fundraising and plans for the new Sixth Form Centre.
At the time of writing there has still been no secondary guidance issued regarding the partial re-opening of schools so we will continue to do our best in terms of the educational and pastoral support we have in place. Equally, we do not know yet what September will look but we, like you, will all be grateful when some sort of normal returns.
As you know there is a weekly school podcast, but for those of you who perhaps do not have an opportunity to listen to it, we have summarised much of it in this newsletter.
Have a lovely half term. Please stay safe and well.
Sixth Form Leavers' Assembly
We were delighted to be able to broadcast a live Y13 Leavers' Assembly on 20th May. This is a wonderful school tradition for our Sixth Form and an opportunity for staff and students to remember and give thanks for their years at TWGSB. The Sixth Form team were determined to still give the students the send off they deserve. In normal times, this is followed that evening with the School Prom at The Salomon's Centre, however we have postponed that until December.
The assembly included messages from the Sixth Form tutors, A Level teachers and support staff, as well as a moving tribute to a much loved student in this year group who sadly passed away last year, created by his friends. The Senior Student team announced their fantastic fundraising total and we were delighted to receive a recorded message of thanks to the school community from Air Ambulance: Kent, Surrey, Sussex. There was also a year group rendition of 'Back Street Boys' - while singing may not be their strength, we certainly enjoyed their zoom performances! If you would like to find out about the fundraising total, or see the students in Y13 over the last 7 years on their TWGSB journey, see the video excerpts from the assembly below.
The Year 13 students are a phenomenal group of young people; we are very proud of them, it has been a pleasure and privilege to work with them over the last two years in the Sixth Form and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
Assistant Headteacher - Key Stage 5
Today. Tomorrow. Together. Campaign for a new Sixth Form Centre
Many of you will be aware we are in the midst of a campaign to build a new Sixth Form Centre and that we have made significant progress on the project to date. This new centre is still of vital importance to the school and our development.
Given the current circumstances we have paused our fundraising activities, however, we have been working away in the background to ensure the project remains on track. Activities are underway to ensure we are ready to make a comprehensive and compelling planning application at the end of June and we will continue to update the website with our progress.
Have a look at the school website page here for information about the campaign.
Below you will see a 'show' of work for those of you who have not had a chance to watch Mrs Rose's podcasts. This is just a very small representation of the work that the students have been submitting since the Easter break.
Absolutely delighted with the entries for HOUSE COMPETITION 3! I present to you the runner up: Max K in 9F. Mr Joris
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