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Summer Reading Recommendations from Joint Book Clubs - TGS & Southborough

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April 3rd 2019  - Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge


 

 

 

What a great way to end this term. 

It was an evening of  great speeches from young people across Kingston Borough, hosted by Southborough High School for the Kingston Regional Final  of the Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge. 

Earlier this year we had held two days of interactive workshops in our School Library for over fifty Year 10 students with Michael Ronaye, our Speakers Trust trainer.  This helped to develop the skills and confidence necessary to present their point of view in front of others and to listen to their peers.  Each workshop included a competitive element and the top students went on to practise their speeches in a Year 10 assembly with the pastoral team choosing our speakers for TGS - Kitty and Beyza.   

On the night both Kitty and Beyza delivered their speeches to rapt applause. The competition was fierce, with 17 speeches on a diverse range of content from ‘Growing up Arab’ to ‘ the Volume of a sphere’.  However it was Kitty of Tolworth Girls School and Sixth Form who was crowned the winner for 2018/19 Kingston, with her brilliant speech on ‘Bee Kind and Keep the World  Buzzing.’

In July we hope that Kitty will represent Kingston at the Grand Final in London’s West End to speak out to an audience of over 1000 people.

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TGS School Library Book Fair - Monday 25th March 

  • TGS School Library Book Fair begins Monday 25th March and is open every day until 3.30pm Friday 29th March.
  • Students and staff can visit, browse the brilliant selection of new fiction. (Free books for our school when you buy a book)
  • All students will also receive £1 World Book Day Tokens to use at any bookshop or our Bookfair.
  • Following school policy, the Book Fair is cashless using the secure scholastic payment line 0333 305 2963.
  • Alternatively why not take advantage and purchase  an extra value Book Fair Gift Voucher? see below for details. 

Please note we do not use ParentPay for Scholastic Book Fair purchases.

Parents can pre purchase Extra Value Book Fair Gift Vouchers online for their child here: https://bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/gift-vouchers

Get a £6 Gift Voucher for £5
Get a £24 Voucher for £20
Get a £30 Voucher for £25

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PFA Letter

The PFA are supporting the science department to provide a valuable and enjoyable learning experience about exotic creatures for ultimately year 9 students. For 25 years many students have had the opportunity to interact with various “creepy crawlies” in conjunction with their studies. 

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GCSE Press Release August 2018

Following our outstanding A level results last week, we are pleased that we are also able to celebrate record breaking GCSE results today. Our year 11 students have been a pleasure to work with throughout school; They are ambitious and conscientious and have once again shown that hard work will be rewarded. 

.....Click here to open 'GCSE Press Release August 2018'.pdf

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Tolworth Girls’ School  - A level Press Release August 2018

We are delighted to announce that our sixth students achieved a recording breaking set of results this summer, with 25% achieving A*/A, 50% achieving A*-B and 75% achieving A*- C. 25% of our students achieved at least two grade As at A level.  We are particularly pleased as for many subjects this is the first time students have sat the reformed A level examinations, recognised as being more challenging. We would like to congratulate all our students and staff who worked so hard to achieve these grades. 

......Click here to open 'Tolworth Girls' School - A Level August 2018'

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Tolworth Girls' School & Sixth Form – PRESS RELEASE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 10 Tolworth Girls’ School & Sixth Form student Rianna Hodgson is on her way to becoming our very own GB Gymnast and we couldn’t be more proud of her!
She has been selected to represent Great Britain in the U18s Junior Women’s Team at the 2018 European Gymnastics Championships in Portugal, from 15-21 October 2018: an amazing achievement! Here she will perform in the TeamGym competition, where athletes are required to demonstrate a host of skills (flexibility, balances, jumps and acrobatics) in three disciplines (Floor, Tumbling and Trampette/Vault).

.....Click here to open 'Tolworth Girls' School & Sixth Form Press Release'

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Totem Pole

Recent improvements to the playing fields and outside space at TGS have included the creation of a new nature conservation area – a corner of the site where wild plants, insects and wildlife will be nurtured and allowed to flourish.  The area is fenced off from the main field with a shelter and seating, providing a place for quiet relaxation at break times and for outside study for subjects from biology and geography to art or photography.

Last summer Year 10 GCSE art students worked with professional chainsaw sculptor Andy O’Neill to create designs for some outdoor art to give the conservation area a special character and make it unique to the school.  A day of workshops and design sessions gave many ideas, and Andy worked these up to produce 3 final sculptural elements – a totem pole portraying the school houses and windmill logo, a sculptural bench decorated with local fauna and commemorative acorns, along with a cherry stone, to remember past pupils from the school.  The pieces were carved by Andy from specially sourced oak and cherry wood during autumn 2017 and installed just before Christmas._______________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Royal Society of Biology's Intermediate Biology Olympiad

Five students from Tolworth Girls’ School and Sixth Form took part in the Royal Society of Biology's Intermediate Biology Olympiad; a one hour exam covering many aspects of biology extending far beyond the A-level syllabus. 
Angela Dolamulla Hewa Kankanange (pictured left) did extremely well, finishing in the top 7% in the country and achieved the highest honour of the gold award. The prize is attending a free Ecology day in October with the National Field Studies Council with the other gold award winners.
 

  • 'We are extremely proud of Angela's amazing achievement, finishing in the top 7% in the whole country for the Biology Challenge' Miss Davidson - Teacher of Science

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Press Release Battlefields 

Tolworth girls school visited the battlefields of France and Belgium at the end of June this year. As part of this they visited the grave of Private F.C Butler from Beaconsfield road who is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium. .....Click here to read Press Release Battlefields

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Talented Rider at Tolworth Girls' School

Tolworth Girls' School & Sixth Form is pleased to be supporting one of their year 9 students, Rhiannon who has qualified to compete at AL SHIRA'AA  Hickstead Derby Meeting. .....Click here to read the full story

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Students Ruby and Lucia have had their art work selected for Young Kingston Artists Open Studios Competition

 

Students from across the borough entered their work for the annual competition held under the patronage of the KAOS and CASS Art as part of their commitment to supporting young artists. .....Click here to Read the Full Story

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New Build Newsletter

This is a short summary newsletter to keep parents/carers up to date with our new building plans here at TGS. Our plan is to regularly update you on our progress .....Click here to open New Build Newsletter.pdf

 

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The pupils stuck in GCSE resits

Online article: Almost 80% of pupils in England who do not achieve a C grade in GCSE maths or English fail to attain this mark during their resits. It is leaving hundreds of thousands of students stuck in a cycle of exams.....Click this link to watch Georgina's full interview

 

Full Flim: Hundreds of thousands of pupils in England are stuck in a cycle of resits, as they try to achieve a grade C in maths and English. Schools and colleges say it is putting pressure on their teachers, and their budgets.....Click this link to watch James Longman's exclusive report

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Governors' Newsletter

Please find below our Christmas Governors’ Newsletter. It has been another busy term for
the school as we welcomed many new students and embarked on new curricula that
resulted from the various and continuing changes imposed on our education system.

Link to Governors' Newsletter

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Sad News

It is with great sadness to announce that David Hickman, a former Deputy and much valued friend and colleague passed away on Wednesday 14th September. We were aware that he was unwell and that the prognosis was not good, but it was very quick in the end. David worked at TGS for 22 years and gave so much to our school, students and the Training school in particular. We are all very sad and will miss his friendship, excellent food, good humour, terrible jokes and his support. 

Siobhán Lowe
Headteacher

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Memories of David Hickman

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