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Thames pupils out and about

May 20, 2019

Thames pupils take advantage of many interesting and exciting opportunities in and around London to broaden their experience.

  • Year 7 visited the Horniman Museum and took part in a workshop on evolution as part of their Biology curriculum.
  • Artists from Agora Arts visited Year 8 art to lead a project that explored shape and colour. Agora Arts Circle is an organisation that aims to support emerging artists and bring the arts to different audiences.
  • Year 9 greatly enjoyed their trip to Brooklands Museum, the birthplace of British motorsport & aviation, to study forces, speed and flight to enhance their Physics curriculum.  
  • Year 10 Spanish class cooked paella in the kitchen of Caius House, with the session being run entirely in Spanish.
  • Our GCSE Drama pupils visited the Young Vic to see Jesus Hopped on the A Train, a play by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis.
  • Year 9 and 10 Geography pupils undertook a field-trip on urban regeneration. They explored the local area around Clapham Junction and collected data to answer the question ‘Does Clapham Junction need regeneration?'

Tanzania fundraising success

May 10, 2019

Our sell-out fundraising dinner in aid of our Tanzania team’s projects with Go MAD was enjoyed hugely by our parents and their guests and the most successful so far. Attendees bid on an amazing array of auction prizes including tickets to Royal Ascot, an apartment in Tuscany and a night at Belvoir Castle courtesy of the Duchess of Rutland, patron of Go MAD. The evening raised £8,600, considerably more than the target. The proceeds will go towards development aid projects during our pupils’ trip to Tanzania with Go MAD in October. Having worked with the charity for a number of years, we have now raised over £50.000 for girls’ education, provision of clean water, a health clinic and small scale sustainable economic schemes such as building water tanks and goat sheds. The two week trip to Tanzania gives our pupils the unique opportunity to carry out the life changing projects around the town of Musoma. The trip earned the ISA 2015 Award: “Outstanding Contribution for International Understanding” in recognition of its educational value. To find out more about the work of Go MAD and how you could make a difference visit http://gomakeadifference.co.uk

Questions about God Week

February 17, 2019

A new introduction this term was Questions about God, a week of lunchtime drop in sessions designed for pupils to investigate, should they wish, more about faith. Pupils could come and listen to guest speakers on: the purpose of humanity; what it means to be a Christian; Science and God; whether God exists and why God would allow suffering. Speakers included Jake Moores, Hillsong Church, Lucy Green, The Stewards’ Trust, Josh Moxon, Holy Trinity Clapham, and Joel Hughes, youth pastor at St Mark's Battersea. The week’s highlight was Joshua Hansen from RZIM giving a talk on suffering. His talk stimulated many questions from pupils such as why wars are started in the name of religion and what does God think of the way we are treating the earth. The talks did not assume a Christian faith and discussed the perspectives of other religions and worldviews

Careers education at Thames

February 16, 2019

Each year our Year 10 have a week’s placement in various business organisations to gain valuable work experience. This year pupils worked in structural engineering, medicine, education, nursing, retail and city farms amongst others. One of the most important benefits of work experience is its potential for pupils to learn more about their own abilities, helping them explore their strengths and weaknesses and identify gaps in their skills. Work experience is also viewed favourably by future employers and can help pupils decide future careers.

Coming soon at Thames is our biannual Careers Fair for all Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 pupils where they have the opportunity to meet professionals from 40 different backgrounds including medicine, banking, fashion design, architecture, law, performing arts, youthwork, IT and many more.

 

A new school

February 15, 2019

After three and half years of development work, we have now reached a pivotal point in our quest to see Thames rehoused in a new purpose built building where all pupils have the space, facilities and support to thrive. As part of the York Road/Winstanley regeneration, Wandsworth Council has offered us a unique opportunity to relocate to a spacious new site much closer to Clapham Junction Station during the academic year 2020/2021. The building has been designed, planning permission granted and subject to us finalising legals, construction should start in April.

 The new building, a stunningly creative design by architects Henley Halebrown, will include three science laboratories, a well-resourced library, versatile music, drama, art, design, woodwork and textiles studios, computer science and home economics classrooms as well as a combined performance/dining/sports hall and a kitchen enabling us to provide excellent lunches.