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TKA Times -  Friday 13th January 2017
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FROM YOUR HEAD TEACHER

Dear Parents and Carers, 

This week we have been conducting effectiveness and impact assessments with teaching staff. This process is a way of quality assuring the standards and consistency of teaching, learning, marking, feedback and pupil performance in all lessons and across all subjects. Only a relentless focus on teaching and learning and a willingness to reflect and refine our own practice will mean secure and excellent progress for all our pupils.

You will notice that in this week's edition there is a follow-up feature to the funding challenges article I mentioned in an earlier edition last term. Clearly parents share my concerns about the crisis we face, not only in Kingston and Richmond, but nationally. Do take the time to write to your MP - you can find the links below.

Our recruitment process continues, so do please check our website under the recruitment tab if you know of anyone who would like to join the growing TKA family.

During this cold snap we are experiencing, the PE staff have requested that TKA PE kit must be worn for all PE lessons.  Layering is good in this weather but it must be skins under the TKA kit and not anything over the kit.

Have a good weekend

Sophie Cavanagh
Headteacher
Upcoming Dates for your diary

Thursday 2nd February—early finish at 1.05pm for staff training

Week beginning Monday 6th Feb—Year 7 A2 assessments

Monday 13th—Friday 17th February half term holiday

Week beginning Monday 20th Feb—Year 8 A2 assessments

Monday 20th March—early finish at 1.05pm for staff training

Wednesday 22nd March—Year 7 Subject parents’ meetings (4.30- 7.30pm)

Wednesday 29th March—Year 8 Tutor progress meetings (4.30- 7.30pm)

Monday 3rd April—Friday 14th April Easter holiday
 
Wales residential 

Monday 26th - Tuesday 27th June 2017

The first instalment is due via Parent Portal today.
 
Year 7 Yoga Assembly

On Tuesday morning all Year 7 pupils took part in a Yoga and Mindfulness assembly. Sarah Tucker led the session; she has previously worked with the England Rugby team and elite tennis players.

The benefits of yoga for children are building concentration and increasing resilience. It can also manage stress through breathing and lead to positive confidence.

A Year 8 yoga assembly is planned for next week.

Mr O'Brien.
Investing in our children's education



Dear Parents of Kingston and Richmond,

Happy New Year.

We would like to start 2017 by making the Government take note of the impact of the funding and recruitment crisis in our local schools. They need to hear your voice. Listen to the words of local parents who have already signed our petition. Add your voice now, and share with others by following the link and signing below.
 
If we don't invest in children's education what kind of future do we expect for our country?

Reducing the net funding for schools [is]…not sustainable. We should be spending more on education, not less.

If, like me, you believe that good education is one of the bedrocks of a decent society, please sign and share.

When head teachers warn that education is at a tipping point due to funding then they must be listened to.
 
Please sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/ministers-education-gov-uk-justine-greening-act-now-on-funding-before-our-children-s-education-is-compromised?source_location=petition_nav

If you have already signed and would like to do more, you can:

Write to your constituency MP
Sarah Olney for Richmond Park and North Kingston (sarah.olney.mp@parliament.uk)
James Berry for Kingston and Surbiton (james.berry.mp@parliament.uk)
 
Respond to the Government’s formal consultation on the National Funding Formula (Stage 2), which is open until March 22nd 2017 and you can respond here: 
https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula2/

 
 
Friends of TKA - Valentines Disco
 
Year 8 pupils are invited to celebrate the end of their first term at TKA with a disco on Thursday 9th February in the School Hall from 6 until 8 pm. Tickets are £6.00 Last year this was a great success so we are using the same company again. There will be a laser light show and a professional dancer to organise competitions and get everyone moving. The ticket price includes a drink but extra snacks will be available to purchase. If pupils are in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant, there will be no charge for the ticket but do collect it from the office.

We are very keen to find some helpers for the evening to serve refreshments from 6-8pm please email catherinemabb@yahoo.co.uk if you can help. 

Many thanks, 
FoTKA.
 
 
'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time' theatre trip

Christopher John Francis Boone is a 15 year old boy who has Aspergers. He and his Father live together alone after Christopher’s mother supposedly dies. One night, the neighbour’s dog (Wellington) is murdered with a garden fork and Christopher promises to catch the culprit of the murder so he starts to write a book about what he has done in his ‘detective work’. Little does he know, he’s going to make the most life changing discovery...

On Thursday the 12th of January, 37 of us had the opportunity to see the West End play ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ at the Gielgud Theatre. When we got to the theatre, we took our seats and waited for the play to start. Then out of the blue, the set turned into a haze of blue lights and people in orderly lines appeared, as Christopher’s emotional roller coaster began. The set was covered in LED lights to create images that Christopher was either drawing, or thinking about while the play progressed. The use of lights and loud, confusing music perfectly portrayed how I think Christopher would’ve felt if he was feeling threatened or overwhelmed. The actor who played Christopher was always very energetic and moved around all the time, depicting Christopher’s condition extremely well.

The production was well scripted and captured the theme of sensory overload with the amazing sound effects and lights. One of our favourite aspects of the play was how smoothly the scenes changed.

All in all, this was an amazing experience and we loved every part of it. We’d all like to thank Ms Cruz, Mr Allport, Ms Wade and Mrs Dowling for arranging this and taking us up to London to see this mindblowing play!

Theo, Sophia and Henrietta - 8 Mega

 

TKA Art club
 
 
In Art club, pupils have been working on large scale drawings (pictured) and using charcoal to sketch pine cones in Year 8 lessons.



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