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Cambridge Chemistry Award

September 16, 2019

It is always good to hear about former pupils’ achievements. James, who left Thames in 2018, recently competed in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge against 9000 A level chemists from around the country. He won a Roentgenium Award - the highest level which is only awarded to the top 0.6% of entrants. He was invited to attend a three day course at St Catherine’s College Cambridge, to have lectures and practical lab sessions, which he enjoyed greatly.  Many congratulations to James!  James’ foundations in the sciences were established at Thames where he achieved grade 9s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as in Maths, Geography, Computer Science and Religious Studies, 8 in English Literature and 7 in English Language.

Mark Bright Thames rugby coach

September 16, 2019

In line with our philosophy of seeking out professional teachers and coaches we’ve signed up Mark Bright to coach our Friday afternoon rugby club. Mark was the 2017 Rugby Players Association Championship Player of the Year and is currently playing for London Scottish. Teachers with real world experience make a huge difference to the quality of our curriculum.

Mark was born in Nelson, New Zealand, and played number eight for Nelson Bays, Tasman and Cornwall at provincial and county level. Bright was a member of the England Sevens team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where he helped them achieve victory over Wales in the Plate Final. He currently plays for London Scottish in the RFU Championship, which he rejoined in 2018, having played for them from 2011 to 2016. He has played 150 games for London Scottish and 52 for Ealing Trailfinders (16/17 and 17/18 season) and has scored 93 tries in 202 matches. He was inducted into the London Scottish Hall of Fame in 2016.

The Pajama Game

September 16, 2019

Our production of the musical The Pajama Game at The Clapham Grand in July was a real hit. The show was directed and choreographed by Mrs Alice Burnett who trained in Musical Theatre at Bird College and is herself a past pupil of Thames and co-directed by Mrs Rhian Treloar who trained at The Birmingham School of Acting. Musical Director was Head of Music, Dr Paul Mitchell, assisted by professional opera singer, Ms Madeleine Holmes. The choreography, colourful costumes and set were enjoyed by parents, community groups and pupils from local schools.

Success in Drama

July 10, 2019

Our Year 10 drama class took part in the showcase at the ISA Annual Conference in Eastbourne in May. After their performance at the ISA drama competition earlier in the spring where they won the Nancy Griffiths Prize, they were thrilled to perform as part of a dance and drama showcase that was aimed to celebrate pupils’ talents in the arts across ISA schools. 

Athletics

July 10, 2019

Sports Day this year fortunately coincided with one of the few fine days this month!  Held at Tooting Athletics Track, pupils enjoyed the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and gifts. Among the disciplines were sprinting, long jump, shot, discus, javelin and high jump. New records were set by Avigail, Cecilia and Nepheli in Year 7, Freya and Charlie in Year 8 and Tsion in Year 9. Many parents came to support their children and enjoyed sampling the strawberry cream tea on offer.

After qualification at the SW London Regional competition, Jimmy, Year 9, put in a very creditable performance at the ISA National Athletics in Birmingham. He came fifth in a field of 14. “If I had equalled the time I ran in the regionals,” commented Jimmy, “I would have come third.” At the regionals, Jed, Year 10, won gold in the 800m final.