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TKA Times - Friday 24th March 2017
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FROM YOUR HEAD TEACHER

Dear Parents and Carers, 


Another eventful week at TKA with visits from Metro, a charity specialising in diversity and equality, and Kingston College students, Year 7 parents' evenings and the celebration of Red Nose Day.

You will have received letters about a range of exciting overseas trips being organised for our current Year 8 pupils.  Do send in your reply slips promptly so that we can gauge precise numbers.  Year 7 will soon be receiving information about Summer Camp taking place towards the end of next term.

The Year 7 parents' evening was a great success and it was most gratifying to see so many parents attending to hear what was overwhelmingly positive feedback from the class teachers. I recognise that the demand for appointments to see teachers outstripped number of slots available.  I would encourage Year 7 parents to email individual subject teachers should they wish to have a consultation about their child's progress by either phone or email.

Pupils will be taking part in our Science Discovery Days next week, run in conjunction with Kingston University.  These were a huge success last year and enabled our pupils to experience a wide range of hands-on science activities.  Our links with our Trust partners continue to go from strength to strength.  We were very happy to welcome in make-up artists from Kingston College who will be back stage at our production of Midsummer Night's Dream. You can see more on the results of their creative work below.

Our pupils will be enjoying a fantastic variety of activities at school next week, from drumming workshops to Flamenco dancing to caligraphy, as we celebrate Cultural Week. Given recent events in London, it is more important than ever that we open our pupils' eyes to diverse cultures, so that they appreciate and value their differences and embrace the fundamental British values of respect and tolerance.

Next week I will be returning to the topic of school funding and providing you with guidance on how our parents might support the national campaign to protect school funding.

Remember that clocks go back on Sunday! 

Ms S Cavanagh
Head Teacher

Upcoming Dates for your diary

Week beginning Monday 27th March - Cultural Week.
Activities will include Drumming workshops and Caligraphy tutorials

Money raised this week will be donated to the East Africa Crisis via the Disasters Emergency Committee 
https://www.dec.org.uk/appeals

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

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

 
Please check
lost property as all being disposed of on Friday 31st March - before the Easter holiday.
Wednesday 10th May
half day 

INSED is
postponed until further notice.
Stage Makeup Workshop


On Tuesday we were lucky to have Kingston college students come in to teach us how to do makeup for our play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' They were coming to test what the makeup would be like on the day of the performances. Eight students came with their teacher. They did make up for Puck (Alys), Oberon (Raph), Titania (Mariam), Bottom (Ben), Snug/ lion (Megan) as well as six fairies.

There are also three pupils who will be assisting hair and Makeup on the day. They are: Domile, Noufel and Lena.

Everybody looked amazing at the end. We were allowed to keep it on so that we could work out what we would look like in full costume. Even the staff and parents couldn't recognise some of us!

Pictured above are: Nesha, Sarah, Ophelia, Alys and Mariam

Written by Lena and Alys
Discovery Days

 
Our Discovery Days, run in conjunction with Kingston University, start next week and families are reminded to ensure their child has a packed lunch and coat for the trip.
 

Monday 27th March - Penryn Road, 7 Exa 10.00am - 14.30pm

Dr Keaney (trip leader), Mr Allport and Miss Cole

 

Tuesday 28th March - Penryn Road, 7 Tera 10.45 - 15.15pm

Ms Wade (trip leader), Mr Stenning and Ms Williams

 

Thursday 30th March - Penryn Road, 7 Peta 10.15 - 14.45

Ms Negrotti (trip leader), Mr Stenning and Ms Housego-Woolgar
 
Metro charity


During Thursday's special assembly Heather, from Metro charity came to visit school to introduce herself and the work of METRO charity. It is a leading equality and diversity charity, providing health, community and youth services across London and the South East. METRO promotes health, wellbeing, equality and participation through youth services as well as mental health and wellbeing services. 

They will be with us during Cultural Week and more information can be found at: https://www.metrocentreonline.org/
Fourth Plinth competition


 
Pictured above are the winners from the Fourth Plinth competition run by Mrs Linch, Art lead. Ophelia came 1st, Joshua B 2nd and Ida 3rd. The staff enjoyed voting on their favourite designs and were impressed with how pupils had used the core values of the school as inspiration for their designs.
Click Photography Club


Last week members of Photography club had the opportunity to celebrate Easter early with some baby chicks! 

The club also enjoyed a trip to Teddington Lock and you can see the pictures here: 
http://www.clickphotographyworkshops.com/kingston-academy.html

Philip, who runs the club, is keen for more pupils to join, but book your place fast at Pupil Services, as spaces are limited.
 
Red Nose Day


 
Thanks to all pupils and staff who donated to Comic Relief charity on Friday. Pupils wore red accessories to show their support.
The Marsden Charity March



Last Sunday, several TKA pupils took part in the Marsden March, a sponsored 5 mile walk between The Royal Marsden's hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton.

Frankie (pictured above) said he was, "proud to have taken part to support Marsden hospital because the hospital helped my friend".

We are proud that TKA pupils are willing to show our core value of generosity both in and out of school. 

https://www.royalmarsden.org/march
School Production


If you have bought a ticket for the school play via Parent Pay, then please collect from Pupil Services. Tickets are limited, so please do book your seats asap!
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