Open Evening

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Art in Action – Artist Lecture Visit

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'This is Therfield' Summer 2017

Friday 12th May

Whilst it hasn’t quite felt like summer over the last few weeks we’ve had some important events that are always associated with this important half-term for the school. We were able to celebrate our older students’ achievements at Presentation Evening on 26th April. 125 students from Years 10-13 were awarded prizes with the special awards going to students who have been at Therfield for nearly seven years. Each individual’s journey through a secondary school is a special one – you only get to do this once!- and the students who were awarded these prizes have made a telling contribution at Therfield over many years. On Friday we held our Inspire Awards where our Sixth Formers presented an award for a similar category to students in Years 7-9. I was inspired by the achievements of our Year 13 students and I know that they are significant positive role models to our younger students too.

We had a very enjoyable evening last week for our “Meet and Greet” with our next year’s Year 7 parents. It’s a privilege to hear about the hopes and dreams of the 10 and 11 year olds who are about to embark on their own “7-year Journey” at Therfield. For these youngsters a lot will happen between this evening and their final Presentation Evening in April 2024, but I’m confident that they will become mature, caring and passionate learners and leaders who will make their own significant impact at school and beyond.

Next week sees the start of the formal GCSE exams in the Hall, but it’s true to say that our Year 11 students have already made great strides with their exams. The Art exam saw some amazing pieces of work produced as you can see from the photos below. The Drama exams were also a huge success. Students explored events of the past decades including powerful interpretations of Hillsborough, the 7/7 Bombings and social issues of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Although students said they were nervous it didn’t show and the audience was treated to a terrific afternoon of powerful theatre.

Google Expeditions visited last Friday and created an exciting day for Therfield students when they took them on a stimulating journey around the world using virtual reality headsets. The students started in Iceland, travelled to Hawaii, stopping off at the 7 New Wonders of the World, before climbing Everest, swimming underwater in the Galapagos and even going to the moon. It allowed the students to experience places around the world and immerse themselves in these amazing different cultures and scenes.

As part of the widening participation and engagement activities of Surrey University, eight local schools each sent ten students to participate in a week of activities designed to give a taste of the huge variety of degree courses, sports and societies available. Our students behaved brilliantly and were enthusiastic about experiencing life as a university student. All the students were in groups with students from other schools and at the end of the week the Surrey University Student Ambassadors selected three Therfield students for awards in recognition of their contributions. These awards were given at the end of the week graduation ceremony. It was a genuinely excellent week and we would not hesitate to take more students when the opportunity arises.

The PE and Sport department took 43 Year 9 and 10 students to compete in the annual Surrey School’s District Sports, now in their 85th year! All those who took part deserve real praise for their efforts up against some incredibly strong competition, they were impeccably well behaved and showed true sportsmanship.

Particular highlights and congratulations must go to Archie Lowery in 10CIE after gaining 2nd place in the Intermediate Boys 1500m with a Personal Best and gaining 3rd in the Intermediate Boys Triple Jump with a distance of 10.19m. And to Marcus Austin 9ELM who gained 2nd place in the Junior Boys 200m and 5th in the Junior Boys 100m.

The desks in the Main Hall ‘go up’ over this weekend and the RS exam on Monday heralds the start of the formal GCSE and A Level Exams. I hope that every student who has worked hard fulfils their potential. From what I’ve seen in school in recent weeks a lot of our students should feel very proud of their efforts and I’m sure that they will meet with great success. Of course exam season does come with some fun attached too and for our Year 13s next Friday is their Prom. I know that this will provide a wonderful evening of celebration, sharing great memories with peers and staff and a chance to ‘let their hair down’ before the serious business of A Level Examinations commences later in the month.


“Work Hard. Play Hard. Enjoy Yourself"


James Malley

Friday 21st April

I always enjoy the start of a new term. It’s great to catch up with students and staff and there’s a great vibrancy in the school community coming back together and looking forward to the events of the term ahead. It was fantastic to walk around the school during our first lesson on Wednesday seeing the students pick up their learning with enthusiasm, engagement and a healthy dose of hard work. Year 11 students completed their final set of English and Maths Mock Examinations this week and I’ve been hugely impressed by the commitment they’ve shown to revision so far. Of course there’s a lot of effort still to come on the ‘final straight’ but I know that each student’s hard work will pay off when they open their results envelopes in August.

I was privileged to be invited by Mr Thornton to be a member of the staff team that accompanied 68 students on the ski trip in the first week of the Easter break. We arrived in Austria with summer like weather of sunshine and 20C. However Mr Thornton had chosen our resort well as Kaprun has a ‘snow sure’ glacier with guaranteed skiing well into the Summer months. This was a beautiful panorama with the jagged and immense mountains surrounding the tranquillity of the lake at Zell-am-See. Learning to ski is not easy. However it’s true to say our students demonstrated all the qualities of resilience, patience and sheer determination so that by the end of the week everyone was skiing with growing confidence on the slopes. Some students were able to tackle the famous “Black Mumba” run and I think everyone left with the ambition of returning to ski it ‘one day’.

There was also lots of opportunity for students to experience life in a foreign country with events such as a Pizza night out, shopping in Zell-am-See and perhaps the highlight attending an Ice Hockey Match. This didn’t disappoint as a spectacle with a fantastic crowd, the requisite ‘fisticuffs’ that comes with ice hockey and a thrilling contest. Sophie Elphick and I were chosen to represent Therfield in the half-time entertainment! Having been told to put on the full ice hockey kit (though not including the skates which would have been a real disaster for me) our task was to run on the ice carrying a canister through a slalom run. I think it’s fair to say that we came last (and here I have to shoulder the responsibility - Sophie was excellent and very encouraging!) but it was a lot of fun.

On the final day the leader of the Kaprun ski school pulled me aside to say how impressed he had been by Therfield’s students and what a fun week that had made it for the ski instructors. Whilst that wasn’t a surprise to me I can say that it made me feel very proud. Any school trip does require a significant amount of work before and during the trip. I can assure you (as you can see from one of the photos below!) it’s very tiring! However it is a pleasure and a privilege to spend quality time with students in new and exciting environments as they take on new challenges. Thanks to Mr Thornton, Mr Wessell, Mr Blythman, Miss Ranford, Miss Butts, Miss Hill, Miss Byrne and Mr Chamberlain for making the trip so special for our students.

The final days of the Spring Term saw our brilliant production of “The 39 Steps”. I’ve always believed that high quality drama is a facet of a successful school and this play was a really great way to finish the term. Although based around themes of crime, conspiracy and a murder Therfield’s ‘take’ was light hearted with some amazing comedic performances which ensured a lot of laughs for the audience. Of course a final performance demonstrating such excellence doesn’t happen by chance. However ‘talented’ a performer may be quality drama requires every performer to put in an immense amount of concentration to learn lines and stage directions, resilience to overcome difficulties along the way and of course a time-commitment including lunchtime, after-school and weekend rehearsals. Therfield owes a lot to our Drama teachers Miss Miller and Miss Glide who directed “The 39 Steps” on top of their ‘day job’ of teaching which, at this time of year also includes significant preparation for A Level and GCSE performances. My congratulations go to everyone involved for creating such an enjoyable evening for so many people.

The next fortnight sees some important and special events. For our older students Presentation Evening is the opportunity to celebrate the success of students for demonstrating excellence and for showing character in their learning. For our Year 13 students who will be presented with special awards it’s a brilliant occasion to celebrate their “7 Year Journey” as Therfield Students. They will also make an appearance in our Year 7-9 Aspire Awards when, as inspirational role models, they will present KS3 students with awards. The week after next sees the GCSE Art and Drama exams which always mark the start of exam season. Although I’ve always believed in ‘making your own luck’ I wish all of our students good luck for their exams over the next couple of months.


“Work Hard. Play Hard. Enjoy Yourself"


James Malley