Monday, 30 June 2014

Year 9 career enrichment day

Tomorrow (Tuesday 1st July) Year 9 will begin three days of career enrichment, including lots of valuable information and educational activities to take part in.

The day will start with a year assembly, followed by special speakers visiting the students to discuss qualifications and grades required for different careers within their own industries.  Students will then carry out Visual Audio Kinaesthetic self-assessments to see what type of learner they are – visual, audio etc.

Parents are then invited in to school in the evening at 7:00pm to see a program on the transition to GCSEs and how to support their child.  We will also share how to use the Show my Homework website, along with other valuable information.

More updates on the day to follow.

Live-N-Learn at Townsend

Today “Live-N-Learn” visited Townsend to run a day’s workshop for the year 1 students who are coming back to Townsend to study for their A Level qualifictations as part of our sixth form.  Live-N-Learn are a franchise who travel the country delivering workshops to students based on study and training skills.  They visited Townsend today to introduce Year 11 to the next stage of their education, increasing their thinking skills and creativity.  One of the final activities of the day was to “make a creation out of the pieces provided”!!  Mr Parker was present throughout the day and explained that it had been a fun yet valuable day of skills awareness and helping students think about the next stage of school.

Good luck to Year 10 languages students!

Good luck to all year 10 students taking their oral languages exams today!

Sixth form induction - Day two

Today is the second day of the sixth form induction at Townsend, with more tasters for Year 11 students of what Townsend Sixth form will be like for them next year.  We hope students enjoy the second day of sessions and get an idea of life in Townsend's Sixth form community.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Sixth Form Dinner Dance tonight!

The Sixth form dinner dance will be held tonight to celebrate the end of the AS and A2 level exams.  To all the students attending, have a lovely evening and enjoy your meal!

Year 10 exams finish today

Well done to all year 10 students who have been carrying out their end of year exams this week.  All students have approached the exam period with a brilliant hardworking attitude and can now relax over the weekend after finishing all exams today.  Well done!

The end of a very successful assessment for sports leaders

From one Margaret Wix pupil to two of Townsend's PE staff: "When you two retire, you should have these three Year 10 students as PE teachers or teachers at our school, they are EPIC!!!"

Final day of National schools sports week

For the final day of National Schools Sports week celebrations, the PE department hosted a game of mini golf, at lunchtime opening out an exclusive inland Links course on the field.  During the afternoon, as part of their Sports Leaders award, Year 10 students carried out a Sports Festival.  Students from local primary school Margaret Wix were invited in to Townsend, where they carried out a carousel of sports activities devised by the Year 10 students themselves.  The primary students were split into small groups, each working their way round each of the activities.  A lot of fun was had, as well as practical advice and skills provided from the Year 10 Townsend sports leaders.  Well done all who took part!

Here is Mr Armitage showing off his golf skills (thank you Mr Turkentine for supplying the photo!)  Photos of the Sports festival just below!


Year 10 complete Duke of Edingburgh award

Yesterday evening Year 10 students visited St Albans Fire Station to complete the skills section of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.  A pass out parade took place, along with a demonstration of skills they have learnt over the duration of their 10 week course.  Family and friends were invited along to watch the parade and demonstration, along with Headteacher Mr Wellbeloved, Deputy Head Miss Lingwood, Head of Year 10 Mr Turkentine, Miss Gibbons, and Mr McNeillis.

Well done to all Year 10 students who completed the award, we at Townsend are all very proud of you and all your work!

From Mrs Forster and Mrs Liddington.

Sixth form induction day for new students today

Today any students wishing to return to our Sixth Form in September will be attending a trial day, where they receive five taster lessons of Sixth Form subjects throughout the day, as well as being introduced to life in general as part of the Townsend Sixth Form.  Have a lovely day everyone and please do share your experiences with parents and teachers.

Photos from the Year 11 Prom

The official photos from the Year 11 prom on Wednesday are now available to view and purchase!
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For any enquiries please speak to Miss Ismail, or to pick up a form to order prints, these are available from reception, or you can download the form from the website page.

(Even Mr Glanville got in on the fun!)

Year 7 work shadowing today

All year 7 students are out of school today carrying out the work shadowing programme at various companies, experiencing what life in the workplace may be like after they finish school.  We hope they all enjoy themselves and look forward to hearing all the stories of their day on Monday!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

National School Sports Week - Staff vs. Students rounders match

As part of the ongoing National sports week celebrations, today a rounders match was held between staff and students on the school field, with both teams performing incredibly well!!  The students definitely gave staff a run for their money, with an amazing diving catch from one year 9 student!  However the teachers eventually won 15-9!  Well done to everyone that took part

Year 11 NRA ceremony 2:00pm today

The Year 11 NRA ceremony takes place later this afternoon at 2:00pm.  We look forward to seeing the students one last time (after the fun evening of the prom yesterday!) to celebrate, saying goodbye and good luck for the future, whether you are staying at Townsend for further study or moving on to pastures new.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

National School Sports Week - Ultimate Frisbee and golf

Today year 7 students took part in the Sports week activities of Ultimate Frisbee and Golf!  Students were introduced to the skills and rules of each game, with a Frisbee competition on the tennis courts and a game of golf with a specially set up golf course on the field!  Well done to all who took part!

Year 11 prom tonight

Year 11 students have their school prom this evening starting at 7:00pm.  We look forward to seeing everyone dressed up and ready to have fun to celebrate the end of exams!!

Pictures to follow soon!

Bake off club after school on Wednesdays continues


Every  Wednesday after school since half term the bake off cooking club has run for Years 7, 8 and 9 students to practise their baking skills!!
The club is in conjunction with the children's trust and the “Let’s Get Cooking” children’s programme which promotes baking healthier products.  The club is also joining in a national record to try to beat the current record of 3 million children cooking in the UK

The bake off club is also part of a competition, with teachers from Design and Technology judging and selecting a Master Baker each week!

Last week, students made Scones with fresh strawberries, and today they will be baking Fatless gateaux with peaches!  Look out in the future for more bakes from the team!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

National School Sports Week Tennis match Teachers vs. students!

As part of Townsend's celebrations for National School Sport Week, Miss Gibbons and Mr Turkentine took on some student doubles in tennis at lunchtime today! There were some good competitions, with 2 pairs beating the teachers! Well done if you took on the challenge!

Year 10 Exams Begin

Year 10 have begun their end of year exams this week, with all students working hard in preparation for this.  Good luck to all students and remember, keep revising!

Year 11 Exams completed

The GCSE exams have now all been completed, with the last exam taking place yesterday.  Well done to all the Year 11 students for working very hard through this tough time.  We hope to see all of you in your beautiful dresses and smart suits at the school Prom tomorrow!

Monday, 16 June 2014

In Hindsight band visiting Townsend

Townsend C of E School hosted the up and coming band ' In Hindsight' today for a small gig in the Discovery Centre.  Year 8 students were treated to a private gig with a Q and A session, followed by a lunchtime performance for the whole school.  The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed their music and interaction with the students they performed to. They were asked to perform because they deliver a strong anti-drink and drugs message for young people. Having worked in the industry for a while they have had experiences of seeing the pitfalls of how substance misuse affects people and they were able to communicate this to the students in a positive way. As lead for PSHE/LFL in school, Miss Dan explained "This was a powerful and alternative way of educating our pupils about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and it really worked!  The Question and Answer session was well received, as well as the music of course!"

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