GCSE Success 2014
- Written by Maureen Igoe
It seems unbelievable that yet another school year is over and the summer break is here again. It has been a fantastic year with so much to celebrate and our position in Kent as one of its top schools has strengthened considerably for a number of reasons.
Our examination results last summer were the best of any non-selective school in Thanet and the early entry results in November were stunning, setting us on course to have another excellent set of examination results this summer. On July 5th we received the Sixth Form examination results which were superb. All our students managed to achieve the IBCC Certificate with top grades in all diploma subjects as well as the BTEC element of the course. The students from Year 13 all have the grades they need to go on to what they want to do in the future with the majority going on to University to study a wide range of degree subjects.
Following the success of Hey Mr Producer last year was always going to be a massive challenge. We had created a show which students and staff had all loved being part of and were immensely proud of and for months afterwards people were asking ‘how are you going to top that?’. With this question in mind, we set out on a quest to find our next big performance project. Some hours and a few coffees later we came up with a crazy idea which would see 60 performers taking part in an intensive 5 day ‘Fame Academy’- style experience. We wanted them to experience all areas of performing arts and so set about creating a huge programme of events which would involve singers, dancers, actors, musicians, technicians and film crew! We invited professionals from all areas of performance to come and work with the students inspiring them with tasters from Stomp, Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Circus and steel band skills to name but a few. We even took them all the way to London’s Westend to terrify them with a performance of Woman in Black!
Every day, our students do something to impress us, either helping another student or cheering someone (staff or another student) up when they are fit to burst or defusing a situation. Generally going the extra mile to help someone.
The ThumbsUp Award will be used to recognise these students. Their names will go on the School Website and they will receive a certificate.
Thumbs up to Callum Simpson — voluntarily picking up litter from the Hawks House area and putting it into the rubbish bags on Sports Day & Owen Sherred who helped all the other finalists present their project smoothly even though he was competing against them and finally thumbs up to Elliot Brunskill for finding and handing in some money today!