Taiwanese Students Visit Therfield

Before half term we said good-bye to the 19 Taiwanese students who had visited Therfield for the t...

Therfield School Careers Fair

One of the busiest and the most important events of the year is our Careers Fair, which took place...

Year 8 Visit to Surrey University

12 Year 8’s visited Surrey University and got to experience what University life could be like. T...

Year 7 Castle Competition

Year 7 took part in the annual Inter-House Castle Competition. This year saw an amazing selection ...

  • Taiwanese Students Visit Therfield

  • Therfield School Careers Fair

  • Year 8 Visit to Surrey University

  • Year 7 Castle Competition

  • Sixth Form Applications

'This is Therfield' Spring 2018

Friday 9th February

One of the busiest and the most important events of the year is our Careers Fair, which took place on Wednesday 31st January. It was a fabulous turn out with over 106 volunteers who gave up their valuable time to share their views and experiences with our students. All of our students attended and there was a real buzz in the air as they found out about potential careers from many different industries, roles and educational institutions. It’s always pleasing to receive so many comments from the visitors saying how thoughtful, engaged and focused the students were.

For the second year running Therfield School had Stopwatch Theatre Company in to perform the play: #I Love You Mum - I Promise I Won't Die.

‘On the evening of Friday 17th January 2014, Dan persuaded his mum to let him go to a party, with a group of friends. As Dan was usually responsible, Fiona agreed that he could go. Dan and his friends went to an illegal rave in Hillingdon instead of the party. It was the first time he'd been to a rave. At the rave Dan took MDMA, along with four of the others. He had no way of knowing that there was a lethal amount of MDMA in the bag he had. The other four were fine, but whichever of them had had that bag would have died. It happened to be Dan.’

In May 2014, just months after Dan died, the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation commissioned award winning playwright Mark Wheeller to write a play about what happened to him.

For ‘I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won’t Die’, Mark conducted a huge amount of research and used actual words of Dan’s family and friends, recorded in a series of interviews, which were painstakingly transcribed and then turned into the script to which these raw words were transformed into a stunning performance.

Following the play there is an interactive drama workshop in which the whole audience participate. This focuses on informed decision making and risk awareness. The ultimate aim is to leave no student in doubt that they always have a choice about the decisions they make and that the risks associated with illegal substance misuse are incredibly high. In addition to this we hope that they learn some facts that will help them make informed decisions and some tools to put their decisions into practice in a pressured situation.

 

On Thursday once again Therfield school collaborate with Peer Productions and bring a take on Relationships and Sex Education as never been seen before - “Because there’s a bit more to it than sperm meets egg."

‘This musical play tells the story of a group of 18 year olds as they look back on their 7 years at secondary school. Developed in partnership with young people from a range of schools, this frank and inclusive, large scale 90 minute production addresses the questions young people really want answered ‘.

The play includes topics such as;

• Healthy/unhealthy relationships

• Same sex and different sex relationships

• A transgender character

• Sexting

• Internet grooming and child sexual exploitation.

• Internet pornography

• Consent and Rape

• Contraception and STIs

Supported by Thomas Flack foundation, Heathrow Community Fund, Surrey Police and Surrey County Council and Community Matters.

 

Last week 12 Year 8’s visited Surrey University and got to experience what University life could be like.

There was a tour of the University campus and students learnt about what was on offer, experiencing taster sessions in Law, Psychology, Engineering, Physics, Careers, Drama, Nutrition, Maths and Media. The extra-curricular activities, such as the clubs and societies included Martial Arts, Dodgeball, Nursing and British Sign Language. Each day was also filled with games during the breaks and everyone got given lunch on campus too.

Throughout the week they filled in memory books to reflect on their time at the University and what they had learnt and experienced. There was a motivational speaker who also talked about memory techniques which the students really enjoyed.

On the final day students took part in the Mini Graduation Ceremony where they wore graduation gowns, had their names read out to collect their very own graduation ‘scroll’. Many of our students were given special awards by the group leaders for such things as being ‘extra enthusiastic’.

It was a great week and the students had a fabulous time learning about their future options and opportunities.

This week we have had Teletubbies, Leprechauns and other unusual sightings in the school. It can only mean it’s Rag Week! On Monday the Sixth Formers held a quiz, Tuesday a cake sale and Wednesday saw a group of Leprechauns having a leg wax. Other events include a lip sync battle and talent shows organised by the Sixth Form Committee. They have done a sterling job in organising this event which brings the school community together while fund raising.

Today we say good-bye to the 19 Taiwanese students who have visited Therfield over the last two weeks. They have been paired with Therfield students and attended lessons.  They return home to Taiwan having enjoyed their time with us and learning in a British school.

 

 

 

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

 

James Malley


Monday 25th January

Sometimes a half-term seems to fly by in a ‘flash’ and, with four out of its six weeks already completed, this one has felt like that to me so far. It’s been a very busy time with sporting success, early stage 'hard yards' on our exciting "School of Rock" production combined, of course, with some very important ‘learning’ events too.

 

I’ve been able to catch up with parents at recent Year 7 and Year 11 Parents Evening. These were hugely positive evenings where all the adults involved in shaping and guiding a young persons learning and development as a leader can reflect on the success and decide on key next steps. It’s always a pleasure to talk with parents; I hugely value both your unwavering support and, where it’s needed, any constructive criticism.

 

A hugely important event (although one which doesn't actually involve any students) is Therfield's TeachMeet.  Colleagues from schools across Surrey and surrounding areas came together for three hours sharing excellent teaching and learning strategies, reflecting on the joys and pressures of the job, and having fun.  I think in a great school teachers strive to improve their own teaching as much as they aim to support their students with their learning.  I'm privileged to lead a special group of teachers and support staff who do so much to deliver outstanding lessons and their contribution to the TeachMeet was fantastic.

 

Year 8 and 9 girls had an NSSSA football tournament against 5 local schools on 25th January 2018. The team worked well together to finish a very close 2nd behind Ashcombe, there was 1 point in it. The girls will now go through to the next round which will be held at Blenheim.

 

Year 7 took part in the annul Inter-House Castle Competition. This year saw an amazing selection of Motte and Bailey, Stone Square Keep and Wild Card entries. It was clear that students put in an immense amount of effort and creativity into their designs. Each class held a competition during their lessons and the winner went through to the final Inter-House event held in the New Dining Hall. It was fantastic to see hundreds of votes from students in all year groups, which finally led us to crown the following students as the winners, Kasia W (Stone Square Keep), Ethan L (Motte and Bailey) and Raghad E (Wild Card). A huge well done to all of Year 7 for their outstanding work, and thank you for the brilliant support from parents.

Last week Therfield students took the time to remember those murdered during the Holocaust. Our assembly reflecting on “the power of words” and “diversity” was led by two of our erudite sixth formers who spoke about their experiences following a memorial trip to Auschwitz Birkeneau, run by the Holocaust Memorial Trust in November 2017. Noor M and Lauren C spoke about how it felt to take part in this moving trip, and expressed their reflections with clarity and maturity beyond their years. They led all year groups to consider how the Nazis gradually eroded democratic values eventually leading to such a tragic event, whilst considering our role today in ensuring that divisive language does not allow History to repeat itself.

Headstogether are currently leading a series of Workshops for Parents and Carers at Therfield. They recognise how difficult it can be to support young people who are experiencing emotional difficulties. The aim of the workshops are to give a better understanding of mental health issues and to introduce strategies for supporting young people. Each workshop has a different focus from Anxiety, Depression, Anger and Self-Harm. The workshops have proved to be popular and the feedback has been really positive, therefore Therfield school are planning to offer more workshops such as this so watch this space.

 

Earlier in January we welcomed ‘Learning Performance’ into school to deliver three sessions with our Key Stage 4 and 5 students. Years 10 and 11 had a two hour workshop which looked at the different learning theories, different revision methods and useful memory techniques. In the afternoon, we had the Sixth Form do a similar workshop aimed to help them with the demands of Key Stage 5 linear exams in the summer. All the students involved were extremely positive about the experience and said they had gained some specific strategies to use. In particular, there were some interesting techniques such as LOCI, which encouraged students to attach meaning to locations around them, for example in the Main Hall where they will sit the exam. The students have been extremely positive about this and Mr Thornton has been incorporating this into his English revision sessions with walking tours of the school to help students remember the Shakespeare classics!

On Friday 26th January we set up our own revision skills ‘market place’ for the Year 10 and 11 students. The tutors and some volunteer members of staff set up stalls on different revision techniques. The students then circulated and spoke to staff about the different ways they could revise. The big advantage of this market place for the students was that it gave them clear ways that each revision technique was applicable to different subjects. Often, revision skills are generic but in this case the students were able to see how different techniques would work in Maths, Geography, Science and Music among other subjects. There was a really purposeful atmosphere in the two sessions and the students were highly engaged throughout. We hope they found it useful!

 

At the end of last week I attended the latest Trust meeting. On behalf of all staff and students I am very grateful for the fundraising the Trust undertakes. Following the very successful Winter Wonderland it was great to hear about the upcoming events including a quiz night and some coffee mornings. I also thought I’d pass on the opportunity for you to get involved with the Trust’s Lucky Numbers scheme. That’s a great way to support the School whilst giving you a chance of winning some money too. If you are interested in anything the Trust is doing please contact them at [email protected]

 

The Trust are contributing to a very exciting project which is happening in the next few months. The school has been successful in securing a grant from the Savoy Trust to develop our food teaching room. This significant revamp will mean that the room will be totally renovated with the purchase of ten new ovens and hobs. That will give even greater opportunities  to students in this important aspect of school life. I will keep you posted with some photos in future blogs.

 

The final fortnight of this half-term is an important one. The week beginning 29th January is our annual careers and futures week. The Careers Fair on Wednesday is the set-piece event and I look forward to writing about this in the next Blog. In terms of key learning events we have Year 10 Mock exams and a Year 8 Parents Evening before the break.

 

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

 

James Malley