TKA Times - Friday 24th February 2017
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Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope you all had a relaxing half term holiday.
Year 8 Assessment Week has gone well with many pupils working hard to reach their potential and Year 7 have been working hard to make improvements on their assessments, reflecting our Growth Mindset; we can always strive to make improvements.

On Wednesday, Mr Deveson launched our Flight Path model with Year 7 pupils in a special assembly. Our assessment and reporting system is, of course, being developed and adapted in accordance with national changes. However, we feel the system is robust in its nature, reflecting the concept of Growth Mindset, and that progress is ongoing and not always linear. Our GPA (grade point average) approach will hopefully give a more accurate picture of progress across a year.

We hosted a visit from educational consultant Penny Sharratt this week. She spent time observing the routines of the day, observed lessons and interviewed a range of pupils about their perceptions of behaviour. The feedback we received was extremely useful. 

Although the vast majority of TKA pupils conduct themselves with integrity, politeness and respect, we still find ourselves being challenged by those who are not yet invested in the vision of our school. And it is that challenge that we continue to analyse and as a result refine our practice.

Enjoy the weekend

Sophie Cavanagh.

Upcoming Dates for your diary

Wednesday 1st March 2017 - Year 6 Secondary offer day.

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - World Book day - Staff and pupils dress as favourite book character.

Tuesday 7th March 2017 - New Year 7 parents Welcome meeting - Kingston University, Penhryn Road campus, 5-6pm.

Monday 20th March - Half day training day - pupils leave at 1.05pm.

Wednesday 22nd March - Year 7 parent subject progress meetings - 5-8pm.

Friday 24th March - Red Nose charity day.

Week beginning Monday 27th March - Cultural Week

Wednesday 29th March - Year 8 parent tutor progress meetings - 5-8pm.

EASTER HOLIDAY - Monday 3rd April - Friday 14th April

INSET (school closed to pupils) - Tuesday 18th April
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday 21st April performance - tickets on general release from Tuesday 28th February
CLAPA assembly 

On Monday, the charity CLAPA (Cleft Lip and Palate Association) visited assembly to inform the pupils about the work they do in the Kingston and Surbiton area. Mike Hey, head of Fundraising, spoke about the condition and informed us that three babies are born with a cleft lip and/or palate every day in the UK.

This charity provides services for families who are affected by the condition as well as volunteer training for parent and peers. We hope School Council will work with the charity in the future.

More information can be found 

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Pupils and staff will be dressing as their favourite book character on Thursday 2nd March. Please bring in a donation of £1 for charity.

More information can be found at:

As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) school we have excellent links with Kingston University and Kingston College. As part of Kingston University Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme, 3rd year Chemistry undergraduate, Zahurah, has been working with us on a 10 week placement to develop her understanding of STEM teaching. 

She has had hands on experience of Science teaching and has also conducted research on the perception of STEM careers with girls. 

In the light of the national shortage of Science teachers, we are delighted to have hosted Zahurah and hope this scheme will develop more links with our trust partners and ensure TKA adheres to the highest possible standards in science teaching.

On Tuesday the TKA table tennis team visited Canbury Park to play in a tournament, accompanied by Ms Briggs. The team was: Frank, Rhys, Leo, Alistair, Archie and Jean Alain (not pictured)

The games were best of 3 and Frank won his matches 11-3, and 11-9. Rhys won 11-4, 11-2. Archie won his matches 11-3 and 11-3. Rhys also played in doubles with Frank and they won. Archie played doubles with Leo and won 11-8. Archie even had to play the table tennis coach! He put up a good fight but lost by only 3 points. 

TKA ended up winning the tournament by 62 points.

Rhys said afterwards, "I like playing table tennis because it's fun, sporty and gets you moving."

Archie said, "I've been playing table tennis since I was 4 so to then have 4 tables at TKA is a privilege!"

By Archie B

Join the Kingston cast of Disney’s Peter Pan JR this Easter and perform live on stage at Hampton Hill Theatre.

Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up with much-loved classic Disney songs, such as You Can Fly, The Second Star to the Right and Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me. 

7 - 16 year olds
Mon. 3rd to Sat. 8th April.

9.30am - 5.00pm Mon. 3rd to Thur. 6th Apr. Tiffin Girl’s School, Kingston
(registration from 9am – 9.30am)

Tech. & Dress Rehearsal Fri. 7th Apr. 9.30am – 4.00pm at Hampton Hill Theatre (registration from 9am)
Perf. 2.30pm Sat. 8th Apr. at Hampton Hill Theatre 

£250 for six days (includes 2 free tickets to the show)

To book your child’s place email or call 020 8408 0245

For further information visit

Mention your school and receive £25 off the project fee!
Police Cadets

Kingston Police are starting an after school club at Kingston Academy.

We would be looking to recruit current year 7 and 8 on Thursday’s and this would be directly after school until 1630. The programme will include various police related lessons and activities, learning how things work and how to spot a crime - all the while building positive relationships with the police. This would be combined with games and initiative exercises. It would run for 3/4 hour and the cost is just £1 per week, which only goes back into our activities.

The programme will be led by police officers and cadet leaders who have been coached and trained in mentoring and leadership. It involves the children working together to learn about police officers and how they can help us and will provide an insight into the different areas, skills and specialist groups within the service.

Junior Cadets will begin on Thursday 20th April, after the Easter break (subject to sufficient interest) If you would like to know more, discuss with the school. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you and kind regards

PC Juliet Saunders

Youth Engagement Team

Kingston Police Station

Tel: 0207 161 8457

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Rehearsals for the school production 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' are in full swing. The new lighting in the Drama studio has really enhanced the performances and the set that was built by members of the Drama club 'Stage Stealers' is in position. 

An additional evening performance on Thursday 20th April has also been added to the Friday 21st April 2pm and 7pm performances.
Kingston University Discovery Days

Kingston University Discovery Days aim to raise pupil awareness of university life, through a showcase of interactive and engaging activities. Our Year 7 pupils will spend a day on the university campus working in small groups alongside their friendly and experienced student ambassadors.

The activities include:
  • The opportunity to interview their student ambassador to find out more about university/student life.
  • Exploration of various current undergraduate prospectuses to discover the breadth of courses available at university.
  • A campus tour challenge!
  • A group activity where pupils design their own university campus, then give presentations to their peers (to include an award to the group voted the best!)
Here are the dates of the visits before and after the Easter holidays:
Monday 27th March -  Penryn Road campus (7 Exa)
Tuesday 28th March -  Penryn Road campus (7 Tera)
Thursday 30th March -  Penryn Road campus(7 Peta)
Monday 24th April - Kingston Hill campus (7 Kilo)
Tuesday 25th April - Kingston Hill campus (7 Mega)
Wednesday 26th April - Kingston Hill campus (7 Giga)

If you have already ordered a school lunch you will be credited. Pupils in receipt of free school meals will be provided with a packed lunch.
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