TKA Times - Friday 20th January  2017
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Dear Parents and Carers, 

As you may know, the pupil premium is additional funding for schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

At TKA we receive a considerable amount which is spent in ways which we believe will have the maximum impact not only for those pupils in receipt of the grant, but for all pupils.

Some of the pupil premium initiatives have included targetted revision sessions, revision guides, books, equipment and trips. We also know that effective feedback on pupils' work has the greatest impact and that's why staff are working hard to refine their marking and feedback in books and on Google classrooms.

If you have any further queries about Pupil Premium, then do contact Dr Keaney, who is championing this area of work across the school.

One of the issues that has been raised by parents via the Parent Surveys is homework and the clarity around deadlines. We have therefore launched PenStripe which is an online homework organiser. The pupils have been given details of how to use this and we hope it will make the homework process transparent and convenient for all parties involved.

Have a good weekend


Sophie Cavanagh
Head Teacher 

Upcoming Dates for your diary

Year 7 vs Year 8 Football Fundraiser - Thursday 26th January at 4pm at Tiffin Astroturf - £1 donation.

Holocaust Memorial Day - Friday 27th January 2017

February Half Term - Monday 13th February to Friday Friday 17th February 2017

Year 7 assessment week - Week beginning Monday 6th Feb 2017.

Year 8 assessment week - Week beginning Monday 20th Feb 2017.

Penstripe, a homework app, has been launched with all pupils.
This is to support the streamline homework. All parents have been emailed.
Harry Potter Studios trip

On Monday, a group of pupils went to the Harry Potter studios to explore how the different aspects of the movie were produced. When we first arrived we went into a cinema where we watched a video of the three main actors in the films talking about their experience creating the movies. We were all given passports and while we went around we had to look out for golden snitches and stamps. From there we continued into the great hall and then to a workshop where we had the chance to see particular scenes and costumes such as: Dolores Umbridge and Rubeus Hagrid.

Also, we saw the different sets that were included within the film and the props that were used in the different scenes during the movies. In the workshop we were also told about the process of making a set design. They showed us how you can add the characteristics from the characters into the scenery, for example how they had made the shape of Hagrid's house to show how tall he was and because the windows were so high you could tell that he obviously doesn't want anyone looking into his house. We could also tell he isn’t very wealthy because of the size of house. After the workshop we looked around “The Big Room”. It was full of props and items and there were green screens where you could pretend to fly on a broomstick or be in the Weasley's Ford Anglia.  

We continued and saw more of the amazing props and scenery and explored Diagon alley and platform 9 ¾ where we went on the Hogwarts Express. Finally, we made it to the shop where we had the opportunity to buy anything from wands and robes to Bertie Bott's every flavour Beans. We had an amazing time seeing how one of the greatest movies was created!

By Zoe and Molly PD 
Sports fixtures
Monday 23rd Jan - Under 13 Girls netball 
Weds 25th Jan -  Year 7 Indoor Athletics
Thursday 26th Jan - Under 13 Boys cricket v Richard Challenor
Tuesday 31st Jan - Under 13 Indoor Boys cricket 
Wednesday 1st Feb - Under 13 Boys cricket v Southborough
Monday 6th Feb - Year 8 Girls Netball vs Tolworth
Tuesday 7th Feb - Year 7 & 8 Netball vs Chessington Community College
Wednesday 8th Feb - Under 13 Boys cricket v Coombe
Thursday 9th Feb - Tiffin Netball Tournament 
Thursday 9th Feb -  Rugby 7’s Y8 (To be confirmed)
Thursday 16th Feb -  Rugby 7’s Y8 (To be confirmed)
Friends of TKA News

The Year 8 Valentine's Disco is on Thursday 9th February from 6-8pm in the School Hall. Tickets are available from Pupil Services for £6.00. Pupils in receipt of the Pupil premium grant will not have to pay.
Introducing Lily Krause - Health Link worker

We would like to introduce our Health Link worker Lily Krause who will be working with pupils on a Thursday morning. She has extensive experience in pupil welfare and will be developing resilience based tutorials with individual pupils. 

Mr O'Brien.
Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and Feel Good Friday

Our Anti-bullying ambassadors meet every fortnight and regularly communicate with Mr O'Brien. Their role is to identify and report on any incidents that may involve any pupil interactions that cause upset. On Monday in School Council, it was agreed that these ambassadors, and members of the School Council, will be involved in pupil led break and lunch time duties to ensure that all our members of TKA are upholding our core values.
NHS parental consultation

Achieving for Children would like to hear your views on proposed changes to NHS healthcare.

NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been asking local people for their views on the following proposed changes to local healthcare:

  • to reduce the prescribing of gluten free foods, Vitamin D for maintenance, baby milk and self-care medications.
  • to reduce the number of IVF cycles offered from one to on an exception only basis
  • to help increase patient readiness or fitness for planned operations by supporting patients to stop smoking and/or reduce their weight.
Visit to read the proposals and fill out a short survey by 3 February 2017. Email or call 020 8734 3001 if you would like to receive information by email, and to ask for information in an alternative format.
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