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'This is Therfield' Autumn 2017

Friday 8th September 2017

It’s always enjoyable to come back to school after the long Summer break, but I think we have had an exceptional start this year.  I’ve been particularly impressed with our new Year 7 students who have impressed with their hard work, care for each other and terrific enthusiasm this week.  You can see a selection of photos from their first week below.

It’s also been a pleasure to visit lessons from all year groups and seeing excellent learning across the school.  I promised at the end of last year that I would update you in this Blog on the final events of 2016-17 which culminated in our trip to Borneo and Curriculum Enrichment Days.  I’m sure you agree that the visits and activities they participated in, fully enabled students to embrace Therfield’s motto – “Excellence. Leadership. Opportunity.”

Mr Jenkins who helped lead our group of students in Borneo describes their journey from the beginning -

A group of Year 11, 12 and 13 students, Miss Rolfe and I set off on an incredible expedition to Borneo with Camps International. The students undertook a year’s worth of fundraising for this once in a lifetime experience; they came up with ingenious ways of raising the money needed, ranging from cake sales to staff quiz nights. Before we arrived in Borneo, we met our composite school group, which we would spend the next month with. Our two groups blended seamlessly, and overcame every obstacle as one team.

On the trip, we took part in a variety of community projects. We dug ditches for a drainage system of a market square in Camp Narawang; plastered, painted and cemented a community centre in Camp Bunakon; participated in a reforestation project in Camp Bataputeh which involved being waist deep in mud (We planted 700 trees in 3 days and got the record); Painted the walls of a community centre and laid the foundations of a toilet block in Camp Gana. At every stay, we were welcomed by the community with local dances, and on departures were met by the whole village, with entertainment, presents, a lot of dancing and song. Throughout community projects, we had the opportunity to be involved in numerous activities. Three highlights, in order of fun to extremely fun are as follows:

1. Taking a river cruise in crocodile infested waters to see a range of animals that resided on the banks of the river, the edge of the rainforest.

2. Going to a fish spa where hundreds of fish as big as your arm congregated to munch on the dead skin on your feet and legs (It hurt when they caught a hair).

3. Seeing Orang-utans in the rehabilitation centre, and seeing them in the wild! Other animals spotted included: A scorpion, variety of spiders, a flying lizard, sun bears, crocodiles, eagles, snakes, massive beetles, massive millipedes, bats, and birds that made nests out of their spit.

One part of the trip that pushed everyone to their limits was the unforgettable 5 day trek into the deep jungle. We slept in hammocks, walked in the night with head torches, climbed mud slopes and rock faces and got extremely dirty and sweaty, where washing was mostly done in a river, which was bliss after an average 8km trek each day. Within the jungle we got to learn traditional hunting methods, drank water from trees, made bamboo cups, went on night walks to spot nocturnal animals, and learnt how to make a fire using traditional methods. This experience built resilience, and displayed strength in every person, showing what they could achieve. After all of the work, we were rewarded with a trip to go snorkelling where we saw an abundance of fish and a few giant clams, and then a zipline experience, two at a time racing each other, across water, between two islands.

The trip was highly successful, with memories I’m sure everyone will never forget.

For the curriculum enrichment days 50 Year 7s embarked on the European Experience trip, led by Mr Mackula and accompanied by Miss Ashburner, Ms Turton, Mr Maclaren and Miss Devonshire. The group stayed in the lovely town of Colmar near the French/German border, and spent a day in Strasbourg, a day in the Black Forest, and a day at Europapark. The group had to deal with all sorts - long journeys, hot weather, long walks, language challenges, mass games of football and unfamiliar food, and they did it all with smiles and good humour. They were an absolute pleasure to spend time with and were a credit to their school and their country.

150 students descended upon Tilgate Park, Sussex. Students were able to take part in a range of fun and adventurous activities such as canoeing and kayaking where they were taught basic skills but also set challenges such as to walk along a row of canoes often ending up in the water, the whole experience was a lot of fun. Students then went onto take part in navigational challenges developing the students’ map reading, teamwork and problem solving skills. In addition to this students worked as a team to build their own raft and race against other teams across the river. This took a huge amount of team work, cooperation and determination. Overall the day was a complete success and the students had a lot of fun.

Year 8 spent two days exploring the scientific world around them. The first day was an opportunity to experience the huge variety of career paths that open up through science studies.

In one session, the students looked at how engineering can be applied to the real world. The students got into the role of a Royal Engineer and had to design and build a bridge as part of a team. They then built their design using nothing but straws and tape, and some very impressive structures were made!

In a second session, intrepid scientists had the opportunity to explore the Martian landscape and learn how science can help us develop bio-habitats on Mars. They learnt how we can use knowledge of heat transfer to construct an efficient yet cosy environment on the red planet.

Investigator hats were put on to help solve a murder case by looking at fingerprints, chemicals found at the scene and ink analysis amongst other techniques as the students explored the world of forensic science.

Other sessions then showed the students how skills they had developed in lessons could help them in the roles of Environmental Scientist, Medic and Oceanographer!

Day two allowed us to explore the past, present and future of scientific theory and design through a trip to the Science Museum. There were some fantastic exhibits which showed students just how many areas of our lives is touched by the work of scientists. Interactive activities enabled the students to explore alternative energies and how we can do our part to live more sustainably although the dress made of drinks cans may have been a bit too fashion forward for some of us!

 

Year 9 students visited Ypres, Belgium to remember those who had fallen during the First World War. The day began with an early start as we made our way to Belgium. Our first port of call was an incredibly informative guide around the Menin Gate, German war graves, war graves from the British Empire and a section of the trench system. We were shocked to see that the German men had been buried in group graves and had black headstones which lay flat on the ground. It was clear not many people visited here due to the lack of flowers and crosses left at the grave. By comparison, Tyncot cemetery was full of flowers and symbols of remembrance for those who had lost their lives. The number of graves at Tynecot stunned us all and graves were found from men who were as young as 14 years old.

We held a remembrance ceremony during which Charlotte Dentus and Jack Parkinson read poems and Charlie Duffell, Charlie Mellish, Ellen Awcock and Katie Palmer all laid flowers at the memorial to the unknown soldiers. A number of students had family members who had fought in the Great War. Charlie Mellish found his Great Uncle’s name at the Menin Gate and Charlie Duffell found his Great Grandfather’s grave at Tynecot, these were moving and poignant moments for us all.

On 18th July Year 9 continued their journey to Musee La Couploule. Built by slave labourers it is a symbol of the Nazi oppression and taught us about the conditions in the nearby concentration camp, Dora. Then used as a Nazi bunker, it is now home to displays on Nazi developments of science and technology including the V2 rocket. The Nazis had intended to launch V2 attacks from this base which were mass-produced here. Following this visit the group had the exciting opportunity to watch a 3D film about the D-Day landings. It taught us about the movement of the Allied troops and the technology they used to regain a foothold in mainland Europe.  The group then went to visit one of the landing beaches which shows no indication of the horror or heroism that once took place in the same spot.

Year 9 were a delight to take on this residential trip and represented the school beautifully, showing integrity and respect for those who lost their lives in both wars.

On 13th July we saw around 180 Year 5s from Leatherhead Trinity, West Ashtead and Oakfield descend on the school for the annual Sports and Languages Festival. Miss Ashburner and Miss Rennie coordinated the day but all the activities were run by students. The Year 9 MFL Sports Leaders prepared and taught three different French sessions, each with a sports-related theme, and meanwhile the Year 10 Sports Leaders ran football and handball training and matches out on the astro turf. The Year 5s were escorted throughout the day by trainee leaders from Year 8. We really enjoyed hosting the Year 5s and hope they all had a great day at Therfield.

After a stressful couple of weeks of GCSE mocks, the Year 10 German group ended the term on a lighter and tastier note by experiencing some German cuisine first hand. The class divided into 7 teams, each of whom selected, researched and then prepared a typical German main dish or dessert. There were a few moments when it looked as though we would have to go to the canteen after all but in the end we all shared a very tasty and varied lunch. Many thanks to Mrs Sime, Mrs Sandy and Mrs Galvin for letting us invade the food rooms and keeping an eye on us.

This week it was enjoyable to meet with Year 10 parents and carers as their youngsters embarked on their two year GCSE courses.  There was a lot of information for everyone to take on board, but it was a great opportunity to reflect on the all-important partnership between the students, the teachers and other adults at school and parents and the wider family.  By working together we will ensure that everyone can be successful in those all-important exams in the summer of 2019!

 

Next Thursday is Open Evening.  It’s always a really enjoyable occasion and I’m looking forward to meeting some of our future students and their families.  Everyone is very welcome and the doors open at 5.30pm.

 

“Be Kind.  Work Hard.  Play Hard.  Enjoy Yourself.”

 

James Malley