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TKA Times - Friday 3rd February 2017
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FROM YOUR HEAD TEACHER

Dear Parents and Carers, 

This week TKA opened its doors to a range of visitors. Julie Ritchie from Latchmere Primary, Rosemary Hafeez from Achieving for Children and a number of prospective teaching professionals all in search of that golden ticket to become one of our colleagues in September 2016. I was so proud to show them around our school and introduce them to our fine body of pupils.

We received really positive feedback about our pupils and their attitudes to learning. Visitors remarked on pupils confidence and eagerness to engage. The learning environments was also commented on as purposeful and well resourced. Of course we must address the external areas so that our pupils have great spaces to socialise and play in. We are working hard with the EFA and local planners to reach a solution to the quad and front areas as soon as possible.

Next week Year 7 pupils will be completing their second assessments of the year. Please ensure your child has all the relevant equipment, a good night's sleep and a decent breakfast. Dried mango dipped in high end dark chocolate is apparently the food of choice for those Assessing pupils regularly is an important part of the learning journey and much of the material that is tested is not only recent learning but also topics they may have covered earlier on in the year. This is to reflect the nature of the GCSE exams pupils will sit in 2020. Pupils will have been given a range of revision strategies to use in these assessments, but if you have any further queries, then do contact your child's form tutor.
Wishing you all a restful weekend.

Sophie Cavanagh
 

Upcoming Dates for your diary

Week beginning Monday 6th February - Year 7 A2 assessments 
 
Thursday 9th Feb -
Year 8 Disco - 6-8pm, tickets £6.

February half term - Monday 13th February - Friday 17th February 

Week beginning Monday 20th February - Year 8 A2 assessments

World Book Day - Thursday 2nd March 2017 - Pupils and staff dress as 
favourite book characters.

 
The deadline for lunches for next half of term is Thursday 9th February.
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream



Rehearsals for the school production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' are in full swing. Director, Mr Allport, with help from his co-director and prompter, Arts Director Johanna, hopes this production will blow last year's performance of 'The Tempest' out of the water!

The picture above shows Mollie, Ed, Georgia and Oskar as the lovers fighting it out in the woods. The play will be performed at the Arthur Cotterell theatre at Kingston College in April.

The pupils involved have had to learn a considerable amount of Shakespearean language but are really enjoying the experience.  Ed says, "The acting is really fun because we get to be crazy but we're serious about the play." Georgia added, "There are many scenes that we can have fun with because of the madness of the play!" Oskar said, "It's a joy to learn the lines and to work with the History Makers who performed last year."

From Monday 27th Feb (the week after Y8 A2 assessments) Mr Allport has requested all cast members to register for rehearsals in the Drama studio on a Tuesday after school and Thursday after school. Not all pupils will be required every week, but they do need to make themselves available if needed.
 
Cricket victory!


 
On Tuesday 31st of January six members of the school cricket team made their way to Tiffin boys school to play an indoor tournament against five teams around Kingston. The whole team were very nervous because we had never been entered into such a big competition before so we were all feeling like the underdogs. When we arrived we saw the other teams and felt worried but we entered into the hall and we were all ready to win!

The first match was against Coombe boys who were a challenging side with many great players, but we won the toss and chose to field. Connor C opened up the bowling and kept a clean bowl to take a maiden over (which means no runs were scored). Next up it was Noah and he bowled it straight down the wicket to get the batsman out; the whole team was extremely excited! There were many great overs from Monty and Thomas B to keep the opposition under pressure. When it was our turn to bat Connor C and Thomas stepped up to open the batting. After a good spell  Connor was retired and Thomas and Noah  were left to finish the match and we did it with ease winning with two overs remaining. The whole team was really happy!

After another hard-fought win against a good Tiffin side we were into the final against Holyfield. Holyfield were a good side and managed to beat us in the final to win. Overall the whole team was happy to finish in the finals and get the first silverware for the school.

Connor C - Sports captain
 
Science club


This week in Science clube we have been learning about coke and diet coke and how they can affect our teeth. We know that over time coke decays and rots your teeth. We found out that egg shell has a similar substance that your teeth and bones have. When we found this out we poured a glass of diet coke and normal coke and put an egg in each one. We all then predicted what we thought was going to happen to the egg next week. As a group we thought that the egg shell was going to disappear and we would be left with an egg without the shell. I am really enjoying science club because we get to do lots of really interesting and exciting experiments.

By Chloe P
A Cappella club


 
This term we chosen 'Good Grief' by Bastille as our A cappella song. Although we've only had a few rehearsals it's sounding great and we look forward to performing very soon!

Mr Stenning.

 
Curly Hair project
 

The Curly Hair Project is a social enterprise group who are dedicated to supporting those on the Autistic Spectrum. 

A talk is being delivered by the project at The Kingston Academy on Wednesday 8th March from 6-8pm.

This is a free event for all, as we are keen to build a strong partnership of support for our existing families and local schools and community around the Autistic Spectrum. The session will be focusing on ASD and anxiety and will explore the coping mechanisms that can be used to support the transition from childhood to adolescence. 

Please confirm your place by Monday 27th February to the following email address: send@thekingstonacademy.org and state whether you require one or two places for the talk.

Many thanks.
 
Ms Briggs 
Specialist Resource Provision Lead. 
Sound design club
 

Work has started working on the sound effects for the school play with our professional musician parents Adam and Zia. Pupils are selecting sounds and music to accompany the play and will be cueing the sounds themselves when we perform at Kingston College in April.
 
Friends of TKA news
 
Here are the plans for the next FoTKA events. We plan to hold another fund raising quiz for parents in the summer term.

We also plan to support the charity Dreamflights. One of our TKA parents is involved in this cause which supports young people with a serious illness or disability to have a holiday of their lifetime.

Finally we would like to have a healthy snack / cake sale with the help of House leaders.

If you are interested in helping out at any of these events, then please contact Catherine on catherinemabb@yahoo.co.uk
Virgin Mini Marathon

Virgin London's Mini
Sunday 23rd April 2017


Registrations are open for any young runners who are at school, 
Marathonlive or were born in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Transport and T-Shirts are provided.

The fastest 6 Boys and 6 Girls registered in the age groups Under 13,15 & 17 will be offered a place representing Kingston Borough. (Timings from a park run between 2 Dec 2016 and 27 Feb 2017)

More information and to register on this link.

 

Table Tennis



 
We are looking forward again to running one of our Junior Coaching Camps at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham coming up soon on the 13th and 14th of February during half term.

Beginner to advanced level junior players welcome for boys and girls, the 2 day coaching camp will also include a tournament with prizes for all participants.

Our head coach Murray Wilson will be again leading the camp.

For more information see the below leaflet or contact myself on 07814907816 or Murray on 07506379215.

Best Regards,

Mark Smith
Director
Focus Table Tennis
07814907816
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