Theale Green Community School
Connecting Classrooms Across Continents
Mrs Marshall spent the February holiday visiting our 8 'Connecting Classrooms'partner schools in Rajasthan, India. She went with Mrs Booth, Assistant Head of the Castle School and teachers Miss Slatter from St Nicholas’ Junior School and Miss Richards from Park House School representing the West Berkshire partnership that also includes Woolhampton Primary School. Our Indian partner schools are all government run boarding schools for secondary aged students from rural backgrounds. “Many of these youngsters come from poor backgrounds without any education. For them school is transformational. We met students who have come from real poverty and are going on to become doctors and lawyers. It was a real privilege to meet them,” said Mrs Marshall. “They made us so welcome. We were treated like royalty. I hope we can extend the same hospitality when our Indian partners visit next year.” The visit was part of a three-year project sponsored by the British Council. We have already exchanged work with the Indian schools including a DVD produced by Media Studies students, film of the year 9 dance unit on Bollywood and a geography project on our local area. Mrs Marshall was able to share her experiences in assemblies and Theale Green students were impressed by how seriously the Indian students take their education. “It makes you realise how spoilt we are,” commented one student in year 10. Look out for the Connecting Classrooms display in the school canteen and in the English link corridor.
Diary Dates. . . . Friday 30th March
Saturday 31st March - Sunday 8th April
Monday 2nd April - Monday 16th April
Tuesday 17th April Tuesday 24th April Thursday 26th April Wednesday 2nd May Monday 7th May Tuesday 8th May Sunday 13th May Monday 14th May
Wednesday 23rd May Tuesday 29th May Friday 1st June
Monday 4th June - Friday 8th June
Monday 11th June Tuesday 12th June
Wednesday 13th June - Friday 15th June
End of Term - 3.00pm Ski Trip
School returns (Week 1) Year 8 Parents Evening Dance Show
Parents Consultation Evening May Bank holiday
HPV (3rd ) Injection Year 8 Girls GCSE PE Revision Day
A Level and GCSE Exams start New lunchitme begins for Exam period. It will be from 12.15-1.00pm
Year 7 Parents Evening Science Mystery Plays School Ends
Half Term Holiday
School returns (Week 2) New Intake Evening
School Summer production - Night of the Living Dead for Kids!
New lunchtime from 14th May for exam period.
It will now be from 12.15-1.00pm.
Stop press! Last week, children took over the media for the day! Children aged from 11-15 took schools by storm across Berkshire. Theale Green Community School students were among the thousands taking part, covering stories from The Olympics to zombies and Sport Relief to tuition fees. Year 7s created the bustle and urgency of a real news room. Andrew one of the students said “learning how to shoot different camera shots is the most difficult but it’s exciting to be able to film.” Head of Media studies Mr Leyburn said “it’s a fantastic experience for them and hopefully it will lead to some of them going into the media in later years.” These students all had the passion to create and report each story. The excitement of the students grew as they started to film their news stories. During the day they each interviewed a teacher or senior staff at the school, then started to edit their news report, that is when their creation came to life. The students were mentored by BBC South’s Allen Sinclair who said “I love being a reporter; it’s very exciting to see the enthusiasm of the students taking part. It reminds me how lucky I am to be a journalist.” The students have been on a creative adventure which they thoroughly enjoyed. BBC School Report is a highly effect way for students to put across their ways of creation of the media. Theale Green School Report will be published on the BBC School Report website and on the schools own website: http://www.thealegreen.org.uk/news/BBC2012.php
Reported by Amy Lafford.
New Inclusion unit opening!
Following the piece in our February edition of the TG Times, our Inclusion unit is now open and the students are settled in! Fully furnished and equipped, the students and staff were delighted with their new home and held an open lunchtime to celebrate! They welcomed back Mrs Watkins, PR Ambassador from Sainsbury's, alongside members of school staff.
Mrs Marshall and Mrs Booth photographed with dancers from the JNV Churu School, India.
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