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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. 

Challenging ageist misconceptions

July 10, 2019

Over the past two months, 10 Thames pupils worked with eight elderly members of the local community, using art and photography to challenge age stereotypes. The project was directed by visiting artists Sam Haynes and Alejandra Carles-Tolra and aimed to address prejudices and misconceptions between different generations. Over seven workshops Thames pupils and elders confronted ageist attitudes, getting to know each other through the creative process. One group considered why the elderly can sometimes think that teenagers are lazy instead of considering whether they are thinking, tired or even shy. Art and photography was used to try and challenge those misconceptions. At the closing celebration participants and members of the community came together to view the displayed artwork and share concluding thoughts.

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