TKA Times - Friday 10th March
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Dear Parents and Carers, 

This week we were delighted to host our next Year 7 parents at a welcome evening on Tuesday. I know that the choice of a secondary school is a very important decision and one that local parents will have thought long and hard about.  I am, therefore, pleased to report that the school is over-subscribed for September 2017.  This is a clear demonstration of the confidence that the local community has placed in us and an affirmation of all the good work of our staff and pupils since we opened our doors in September 2015.  

On Thursday, we hosted Year 6 pupils from Latchmere Primary who took part in a STEM Forensic Discovery day, delivered by students from Kingston University.  We very much value our partnership with Kingston University and are continually looking for opportunities for collaboration.  Latchmere teachers also visited this week to observe our outstanding Maths provision and were impressed.

We are experiencing a big increase in issues arising from our pupils' use of social media outside of school time.  This is clearly a difficult area and all of us are in somewhat uncharted waters.  However, I would urge you all to be vigilant about what your children are posting on any online platform.  I would like to remind parents about the acceptable use of mobile phones in school. Pupils must have their phones switched off at school and they must not be used in lessons, in toilets or at break or lunch time. This message has been reinforced with the pupils and we would appreciate your support in reminding your children.

Behaviour is still not up to the exacting standards that we set ourselves.  I will be writing to parents early next week to provide further advice on children's use of social media and also with an update on how we are working to achieve excellent behaviour from all.

At last the sun seems to be coming out and plans are being finalised to plant up our flowerbeds and install the long awaited artificial grass!

Have a good weekend.

Kind regards,

Sophie Cavanagh.

Upcoming Dates for your diary

Monday 20th March - Half day training day - pupils leave at 1.05pm. All lunches have been credited.

Wednesday 22nd March - Year 7 parent subject progress meetings - 5-8pm. Online booking available soon.

Friday 24th March - Red Nose charity day - pupils may wear a red accessory with a donation.

Week beginning Monday 27th March - Cultural Week

Wednesday 29th March - Year 8 parent tutor progress meetings - 5-8 pm. Online booking available soon.

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

INSED (school closed to pupils) on Tuesday 18th April

Tuesday 25th April - meeting for parents involved in the Year 8 Spanish Exchange 6-7pm in School Hall.

Wednesday 17th May - Wales residential trip parent information evening 6-7 pm in the School hall
Charity update:
raised for charity so far this year
SKI TRIP 2018!
3rd Feb - 10th Feb 2018
Year 9 (current Year 8)
£850 per place
Details to follow
Police visit

On Tuesday, PC Parkes visited school for two reasons. Firstly, she was informing pupils about the dangers of malicious communications via the internet. She outlined the dangers of these actions and that the police have a duty of care to investigate any allegations which could mean handing over phones. In addition they have the right to seize any equipment in that household which may help with their investigations.  She also spoke about joint enterprise, which means standing by and allowing a crime to occur and the implications this may have on you and your family. The issue of sexting was also mentioned.  This involves taking and/or sharing photographs of someone under the age of 18 partially clothes or not clothed.  

This was not a one-off assembly and is part of a school wide strategy and the Chrome code to keep TKA pupils safe and fully informed of the facts.

On a more positive note, she was promoting the Police Cadet group which will be meeting at TKA after Easter. We would like as many TKA pupils to attend. If you would like more details then please contact: 
PC Juliet Saunders, Youth Engagement Team, Kingston Police Station, Tel: 0207 161 8457

Pictured above with PC Parkes and Ms Cavanagh are our Chrome Captains and Anti-bullying ambassadors.
School Council: Head's lunch


On Monday, Ms Cavanagh met with School Council to discuss many issues. It was agreed that there will be a Sports Day this year and the request for a film club was verified.

It was reported that the new building should be complete by September 2018 and that the changing facilities before then will be temporary. The current Construction Captains will continue in their duties by inspecting the site and the progress of the building. This new building will have its own on-site catering facilities and there will be areas for food technology too. The architects plan to visit assembly to give us more information about the STEM facilities we will have. It was confirmed that the sixth form would be part of the main building too.

Queries about the structure of tutor groups next year meant the concept of vertical tutors groups was explained; both Year 8 and Year 9 will be in the same form groups. 

International Women's Day

Wednesday 8th March was International Women's Day. In History lessons, the role of women in Medieval times was explored and in Geography inspirational women in the Middle East and Africa were studied. In English, pupils read poetry by Maya Angelou and wrote about women who had influenced their lives. In Maths and Science, pupils researched women who made significant contributions to the world of STEM. In Music, Year 7 pupils listened to Alison Bolsom playing the Haydn trumpet concerto and in Year 8 pupils were appreciating Bessie Smith, the famous jazz and blues artist. 
Netball Match vs Tiffin

We were all quite scared to play Tiffin! We thought we might be beaten by a lot. But we decided to give it our best.

The match was split into 4 quarters of 6 minutes each.They scored in the first quarter but we showed resilience and in the second and fourth we scored. In the third Amelie fell over and we had to stop for a few minutes. The goalkeepers were excellent at marking and we couldn't get around them.

We thought Amelie was a standout player because she was always on the ball and showed resilience when she got hurt. 

The result was 3-2 to Tiffin.

After the match we had 3 cheers for each team and we made sure team player felt appreciated for their hard work. Tiffin hosted us with orange juice and biscuits. Next time we won't be so scared about playing them.

By Mia, Ire and Ruqaiya

Pictured above are: Back row - Ire, Jolie, Amelie, Mia and Tilly
Front row - Leah, Alice, Ruqaiya

**Latest news - We had a victory of 8-1 against Coombe Girls on Thursday**
This Girl Can

This week pupils in PE have been designing their own This Girl Can campaign posters. They came up with slogans like: 'There is nothing stopping me achieve my goals' and 'Don't judge gender, nor by age, she’s having a wheelie’ good time' and used images of the gymnast Simone Biles and tennis player Venus Williams. 
STEM outreach work: Latchmere Primary

On Thursday we hosted 60 Year 5 Latchmere pupils to participate in a Forensic Science day, delivered by Kingston University STEM outreach. Pupils carried out a series of investigations including finger print analysis, microscopy and chromatography to identify the culprit in a heinous hypothetical crime! 

Dr Keaney said, "We feel it's important that pupils at our feeder primaries are inspired by STEM as early as possible so they see the exciting opportunities we offer in science at TKA"
The Curly Hair Project

On Wednesday, we hosted over 40 people to a presentation on the Curly Hair project which was a community outreach event. The session focused on ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) anxiety and shut downs. We plan to continue our work with the Curly Hiar project to build upon our knowledge of ASD with future events.

More details can be found at:
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