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TKA Times - Friday 31st March 
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FROM YOUR HEAD TEACHER

Dear Parents and Carers, 

This week our pupils have experienced a positive whirlwind of cultural activities as we celebrated cultural week.   There was a real sense of energy and enthusiasm throughout the school, as pupils embraced the opportunities on offer.  A particular highlight was the international food sale, which really showcased the cultural diversity of our school and allowed pupils to sample a huge variety of unfamiliar dishes - many thanks to all of you who contributed to this and to the members of FoTKA who ran the sale.  I applaud Mr Martin O'Brien for all his hard work in organising the programme of activities.  These were much appreciated by pupils, staff and members of the Board of Trustees, two of whom could be seen taking part in the Salsa workshop!

Our pupils have also benefited this week from the Discovery Days, run in conjunction with Kingston University.  These are always a fantastic opportunity for pupils to interact with students and broaden their STEM horizons.

At TKA we are committed to going beyond and will continue to seek unique and creative ways to provide a rich tapestry of experiences for our pupils and wider community. This may prove challenging in times to come with the emerging concerns around school funding as we await the outcome of the National Funding Formula. Many parents have written in support of my statement of concern regarding national school funding. Let me re-assure you that our Trust and I are doing all we can to protect our financial stability, yet we always believe we need more. As a new school it is possible to build in efficiency early but we are also mindful that there are aspects of our vision that we will not compromise on and we will need to be creative in how we source additional funds if the Government proceed with funding plans as set out in the National Funding Formula.

I know many of you want to do more to campaign on this very important issue. If you do wish to do more, please follow this link to a local parent group who are keen to hear from other parents who wish to voice concerns.

Following on from my letter regarding behaviour, I have spoken to the whole school this morning, and to individual pupils, about the challenge we face. We look forward to a fresh start after the break and a concerted effort from all pupils to meet our expectations on behaviour, attendance and punctuality. As ever, I value your support in communicating this message.

As school finishes for the holiday, I wish you all a relaxing break, spending time with your family and making the most of our beautiful surroundings in spring.  Happy Easter!

Ms S Cavanagh
Head Teacher
 

Upcoming Dates for your diary

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

Staff Training (school closed to pupils) on Tuesday 18th April

Thursday 20th April - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' performances at 2pm and 7pm, Arthur Cotterell theatre.

Friday 21st April - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' performances at 2pm and 7pm. Arthur Cotterell theatre, Kingston College.
 
Tuesday 25th April - meeting for parents involved in the Year 8 Spanish Exchange 6-7pm in School Hall.

Friday 5th May - Parent Drop in - 4-5pm
 
Wednesday 17th May - Wales residential trip parent information evening 6-7pm in the School hall

 
Parents are reminded that hybrid shoes and trainers are not considered appropriate school uniform.

Many thanks.
Salsa workshops


Canela Finca kicked off Cultural Week with some Salsa workshops with Year 8. Pupils had a presentation of the History of Salsa, the instruments used and joined in on a whole year dance. Then in classes they enjoyed dance workshops.

http://canelafina.co.uk/
International Food Sale



Thanks to Friends of TKA who helped out at the hugely successful International food sale on Tuesday. There was an array of cuisines from around the world, celebrating our truly international school community.
FOTKA Cake and Snack Stall for the Summer Term
 
After the success of the Cultural Food Stall this week we thought it would be nice to have a more regular snack and cake service for pupils and a great fundraiser for the school too! 

We have decided to organise it in Houses and will start off with a HAWKING HOUSE sale during the first week back after Easter. So please can Hawking parents please send in donations on the morning of Wednesday 19th April. The sale will take place at morning break and any parents helpers would be very welcomed - you would need to arrive at school by 10.30am and it would take about an hour (please let Kath Williams in the School Office know if you can do this). Items will cost 50 pence. We are hoping pupils will get into some healthy competition amongst their houses and do some baking themselves - we will provide some fruit to sell too (no nuts please). 

Dates for the other House sales to follow soon. 

FOTKA Summer Quiz on Friday 23rd June @ 7.30pm - Please save the date for this fun evening event for parents
Comic book artist visit 



For TKA Culture week on Wednesday we had a manga artist visit to show us how to draw manga. We had to draw a manga character and then gave us a template of faces to draw emotions. We drew, sad, happy, embarrassed and shy faces. We were then given a template of a boy or girl and drew things on the template. We added whatever we liked; she also talked to us about different types of manga and how in Japan the section is just called comics not manga or anime. The facts she gave us were really helpful tips! 

By Courtney - 7Co

More information about Lauren can be found on her website: 
http://karenrubins.com/
Flamenco workshops



Year 7 enjoyed Flamenco workshops from the wonderful Canela Fina. Ulises, the singer, Pablo, guitarist and Noelia, the dancer, inspired pupils to perform an energetic dance sequence, punctuated with clapping, stamping, clicking of fingers and ending with a resounding Ole!
Japanese workshop


 
The costume workshop from the Japan Society saw Year 8 pupils dress in traditional Japanese costumes. Pupils were involved in a number of different workshops which included origami, manga art and calligraphy. These sessions gave pupils an insight into Japanese culture which will be particularly helpful during the summer term when Japan is studied in Geography. 
LGBT workshops

On Thursday the charity METRO spoke to pupils about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues. METRO Charity will be working with TKA over the coming year to deliver various sessions to staff, pupils and parents on the help and advice that is available to the LGBT community. Pupils particularly enjoyed learning about how people who are LGBT are treated in other countries and the relationship between religion and sexuality. 

https://www.metrocentreonline.org/
Assembly from Kingston Synagogue



On Wednesday morning, Sandra from Kingston Synagogue visited school to deliver an assembly to educate pupils about Judaism. She talked about the Star of David, the history of Jewish people in the UK, synagogues and festivals throughout the year.

More information can be found at: https://ksds.org.uk/
Kingston University Discovery Day



On Tuesday 7 Tera went to their Discovery Day at Kingston University. The day was fun because we had lots of activities like interviewing our student ambassadors, having a tour of the university and designing and building a university.

Our team was: Aquib, Charlie, Callum, me and Tommy.

We worked with Bee and designed Saturn's Ring University. At this university, you could study xenology which is the study of alien biology and cultures. Also, you could learn how to fly spaceships and what made it unique was that we move the sun for comfort and we can teleport to different planets for our accommodation.

The day was really enjoyable and I definitely want to go to university in the future!

By Dillon - 7 Ti (Berners-Lee House)

Met Police F.C. football trials

 

Met Youth FC are currently looking for new players (both boys and girls) for the forthcoming season.
As you all know when playing a sport, children have the opportunity to show their skills, gain greater self-awareness and keep fit and healthy at the same time.  Team sports commits a child to regular exercise, which helps boost immunity and contributes to overall physical health. Children build friendships with other children and their coaches, which is a great way for your child to expand their social skills and understand expectations. Children who play team sports are more apt to stronger academic achievement. Through sports, kids learn the importance of time management and discipline. Participating in team sports gives kids the opportunity to gain an understanding of both winning and losing, as well as to recognise the value of every teammates’ abilities in contributing toward a shared goal.  In team sports, children learn to respect other authoritative figures, such as coaches, referees and umpires, as well as their peers. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for your support.
 
Kind regards,
Daron Blenkley
Met Police Youth FC Girls Section Secretary

daronblenkley@virginmedia.com
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