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Life-changing trip to Tanzania

October 31, 2019

Giving out mosquito nets

In October a team of 20 Year 10/11 pupils went to Musoma on the shore of Lake Victoria to work with the charity Go MAD in Tanzania for a fortnight. They started the trip with a Dirty Water Walk where they were taken to see the water sources from which villagers drink. This could be a nearby waterhole or from Lake Victoria, a two hour walk each way. In either case the water is unclean from diluted sewage and diseases such as bilharzia, typhoid and parasitic worms. A water tank to capture rainwater transforms the health of a family. Pupils funded the building of three water tanks and helped to build them by mixing concrete and tying together reinforcing mesh. 

Many families have almost no income so the provision of a goat shed and an Irish milk goat to generate an annual income of £200 is equally a life-changer. The team funded and built six goat sheds and bought them goats. The villagers welcomed us into their communities in a way that was profound. We were challenged by the smiles, despite the poverty - so much happiness and so few possessions.

The team also funded a malaria education day at a village primary school and gave out 300 mosquito nets. Some pupils used a drone to map the area as part of a reforestation initiative - Go MAD is working with local farmers to plant 20,000 trees by the end of the year.

There was also time for relaxation with visits to the beach, the local church and a short safari in the Serengeti National Park. 

Stephen Holsgrove, Head, commented: “This trip is one of the most valuable educational initiatives we undertake as a school. Pupils return changed: more mature, open-minded and focused. The trip really does take them out of their comfort zone and challenges what they take for granted.”

Success in the ISA Art Competition

October 31, 2019

Scottish Landscape by JamesIn the ISA London West Art Competition James won first place with his Scottish Landscape in the KS3 2D Art category. This qualifies for his painting to go forward to the national ISA competition in November. Three other pupils, Georgia, Gianluca and Margot, were highly commended for their artworks.

Year 7 Activity Camp

October 18, 2019

Year 7 went to the Horstead Centre, on the edge of the Norfolk Broads, for three days earlier in October. At this Christian activity centre pupils have the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities led by an excellent team of instructors. The focus was for the pupils to get to know each other better and to develop their relationships at the start of their school life at Thames. There were many teamwork activities including a night walk, climbing, zip wire, crate stacking and raft building. They had sessions on our Thames values and ethos, the importance of building positive relationships, and how to overcome fears with the support and encouragement of each other. It was a very successful three days with many pupils saying it was the best activity centre they had ever been to.

 

GCSE geographers field trip to Seaford Bay

October 7, 2019

Fieldwork at Seaford Bay

Year 10 and 11 geographers enjoyed a great day out to Seaford Bay, East Sussex, on their recent Geography field trip. Led by Miss Dennis-Smith, they investigated longshore drift. The pupils were learning to develop their understanding of coastal landforms and erosion and how to manage them.   

The weather was perfect as they completed their tasks on the pebbly beach with glorious blue skies with canoeists and windsurfers gracing the sea in the background. Students worked really well in teams all day to learn and practise new skills, and consolidate their existing knowledge ... as well as making sure to enjoy an ice cream in the sun at lunchtime!

New building for Thames

September 24, 2019

Our new building on Grant Road

We’re delighted to have finally exchanged contracts on the new school building in Grant Road. This gives Thames certainty over its future and will give the school a state of the art building that reflects the ethos and standards that have been built up over its 19 year history. Construction of the new premises on Grant Road adjacent to Clapham Junction Station has already started and the foundations were put in place over the summer. It will be ready for September 2021. With space for a three form entry and a sixth form for A levels, this represents a significant step in our journey. 

Specialist facilities will include: three science laboratories and four science classrooms; art, graphics and textiles studios; DT workrooms; food technology room; assembly hall/theatre; dance/drama studio; music facilities including a recording studio; library; school kitchen; sixth form centre and use of an adjoining multi-use games area. The innovative design has classrooms around courtyards to create a light and spacious feel to reflect our ethos and will drive our vision by providing a contemporary, fit for purpose environment, where our pupils will be able to achieve and succeed to an even greater level.