Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Bake off finale!

Today for the last week of term, the bakeoff club culminated in a staff vs students bake off!  The individuals had to each bake a batch of muffins (any flavour of their choice), with many staff and students taking part.  The surprise judges then carried out blind tasting to select their winner!  More details and photos to follow tomorrow!

Enrichment day tomorrow!

To all students, we hope you have a lovely day out having fun on your enrichment day trips wherever you may be going!  Don't forget it will be extremely hot tomorrow so take plenty of water, hats and sun cream!  We look forward to hearing all about your trips on Friday for the last day of term!

Battle of table tennis against staff!

Today a table tennis match took place with both Mr Turkentine and Mr Armitage taking part!  Lots of fun was had by all who came to watch, with money being raised for charities.  Well done to both staff, you played an excellent game!

Year 7 celebration ceremony

Year 7 students will be out of lessons this afternoon to take part in their first Townsend Celebration Ceremony.  All parents are welcome to attend, with the service beginning at 2:00pm in the hall

Former student signed for the England college rugby squad

A former student of Townsend School, Josh Lawrence, has been signed up to the 2014 England College rugby squad.
To read the full article please follow the link to the Herts Advertiser page below:

Well done Josh!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Year 8 Celebration ceremony

Today year 8 students took part in their Celebration Ceremony at 2:00pm, with parents also attending the event.  Well done to all of you who received an award!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Year 10 celebration ceremony

Year 10 students will be out of lessons this afternoon to take part in their Celebration Ceremony.  All parents are welcome to attend, with the service beginning at 2:00pm in the hall

GCSE Art Exhibition

Miss Bailey is hosting the Townsend GCSE Art Exhibition on Tuesday July 15th  3.30pm - 6.30pm in AR3. Please do come along and see all the artwork the students have prepared for their GCSE exam.

World Cup challenge door decorating

Miss Bailey's class door gave the others a run for their money!

Friday, 11 July 2014

And the winner is......

Above is the winning door of the World cup competition which is 8P Mrs Buckland representing Germany. Head students have said it was a tough competition as there were many forms who have put in loads of effort to show their support in the world cup. Ms Buckland's door won because it was not only decorative but informative. Maybe it's the current German lucky streak?

Well done to all forms - we will be sharing more photos of your form room doors next week!

Summer 2014 Newsletter

Mrs Bailey and the team of newsletter workers have been busily constructing the Townsend newsletter over the past few weeks and Issue 1 is now available to view!!!

Below is a preview of it, but to view the newsletter in larger format, please visit the "News" section on the Townsend website!

A big thank you to Mrs Bailey and all of the team who worked on the Newsletter!  Mrs Bailey is looking to expand the team next year and add more students, so if you are interested in joining please speak to her straight away so she can plan for next year!


Year 9 Celebration ceremony this afternoon

Year 9 students will be out of lessons this afternoon to take part in their Celebration Ceremony.  All parents are welcome to attend, with the service beginning at 2:00pm in the hall

World cup door decorating challenge

Miss Bailey's Art room door is also getting a make over as part of the World cup challenge.....

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Year 6 Taster Day Thursday

Today year 6 students who will be attending Townsend in September are visiting the school for a taster day.  The day will consist of five taster lessons, to give them an idea of what lessons will be like at secondary school, as well as an idea of the format of the school day, moving from room to room for lessons - very different to primary school.  Welcome to all new students and we look forward to seeing you all in your purple uniforms in September!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Visit to Christchurch primary school, Barnet

Today our primary schools ambassador team from Townsend went to visit the Year 5 students at Christchurch primary school in Barnet.  The Townsend students helped to deliver a Transitions to secondary school workshop, where the Year 5's took part in a carousel of activities, all related to being in a different secondary school environment.  The students also had the opportunity to ask the ambassadors any pressing questions they had about secondary school, or to air any worries they had.  The visit was a great success, a massive thank you to all the Primary School ambassadors!

Year 12 celebration ceremony

Well done to all Year 12's who will receive a prize in their Achievement ceremony today.  Parents and carers are welcome to attend the ceremony, which will start 2:00pm

Hearing Dogs ambassador visit

Today you may have noticed an extra student walking into some of your lesson!

A representative from the charity Hearing Dogs came into school today, along with a demonstration dog, in order to get the dog used to a busy social educational environment, ready for it's new owner to take them to college with her.  The dog, Daley, was immaculately behaved and the visit was a great success for the work involved.  Thank you to any teachers who may have had unexpected visitors!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Princess Diana Award for Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

CONGRATULATIONS to the 12 students who received the anti- bullying ambassador award today on a visit to the special event in Buckinghamshire.  The group are passionate about well-being, safety and anti-bullying and they will be asking for your ideas over the next coming weeks.  If you want to know more or would like to speak to one of the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors then you can speak to Miss Scott or look out for the students wearing the blue Anti-Bullying Ambassador badge.  Next year we hope that many more students will get involved in this exciting project.

Baking with Margaret Wix students

Today year 5 students from Margaret Wix primary school came in to Townsend to receive a baking bread workshop from Food Technology Teacher Miss Zabecka.  This was to help them with a current project they are undertaking on baking methods.  The workshop was packed with good advice and the students got the opportunity to bake their own bread and rolls.  All of them came out absolutely perfectly, even to shop bought standard much to their teacher's surprise!!  Thank you to Miss Zabecka and Mr Timpson for running this workshop, and for all of the helpers from Townsend as well!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Sports Day a great success!

Last Friday was Townsend School's Sports day, with all students taking part in activities.  Everyone worked really well, with some great results from the day.  Thank you and well done to all involved, we hope you enjoyed Mr Glanville's running commentary throughout the event!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Head Girl nominated for Young Person Of The Year Award

Congratulations to our new Head Student Annie who has been nominated for the Young People of the Year Awards 2014.  Mr Parker, Head of Sixth form, nominated Annie, explaining “Not only is she gifted academically but she has also made a significant contribution to the school and her local community through her charitable work,“ he said.

“She is passionate about helping other people and she uses her well-developed interpersonal skills to enhance her effectiveness in this area.”

Good luck for the finals Annie, all of the details of the award and Annie's nomination can be found here:'14&page=featuredentries


Door Decorations celebrating the World Cup!

Mr McNeillis's classroom door is giving Mrs Buckland's door a run for it's money in the World cup challenge.....

New Intake Evening last night

Thank you to all of those who attended the new Year 7 intake evening last night, as well as all the staff that helped at the event.  It was lovely meeting you all and we look forward to seeing you again next week for your taster day!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Sports Day tomorrow!!

Just a reminder that Sports day takes place tomorrow.  Students will have lesson 1 and 2 as normal, then have an early lunch to start games out on the field.  Please make sure you bring all of your summer PE kit, as well as your normal books for lessons should the rain arrive that day.  And don't forget your water bottles!!

Year 9 final day GCSE preparation

Today was the final day of the Year 9's three day careers programme.  Today students have been having taster lessons of their GCSE subjects, in preparation for returning to start the courses in September.  We hope all students have enjoyed the day and will be prepared for the hard work to being in the new academic year!

New Year 7 students

Tonight we will meet our new Year 7 students for the first time!  We look forward to welcoming you all to Townsend and starting your schooling with us in September!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Sports Day Friday - Reminder

Just a reminder that Sports day takes place this Friday.  Students will have lesson 1 and 2 as normal, then have an early lunch to start games out on the field.  Please make sure you bring all of your summer PE kit, as well as your normal books for lessons should the rain arrive that day.  And don't forget your water bottles!!

Bakeoff club today - Healthier cookies!

Today students in the after school bake off club are making healthier chocolate chip cookies as part of their course for the Let's Get Cooking club.  Staff can't wait to trial the biscuits, with the star baker being announced at the end of the session!

Below are photos of last week's fat free peaches gateaux!

Door Decorations celebrating the World Cup!

To celebrate the World Cup tournament, every form in school has picked a country participating in the event. They are asked to decorate their form room door and the doors will be judged on Friday 11th July. The winning form wins a prize!
Here is a photo of Mrs Buckland's form door so far....

Year 9 Curriculum day part 1

Yesterday Year 9 took part in career activities, listening to guest speakers talk about different parts of studying and career paths.  They were visited by Paige Hutchinson and Veronica Hutchinson.  Paige is a fellow student, speaking about independent learning and thinking.  Veronica works within schools and spoke about career paths and enthusiasm for learning.  Veronica is also in the process of setting up a charity herself, which was also very inspiring to hear.  These speakers were followed by Mr Grzesiczek who spoke about education turning into a career, as well as Mr Ballard who spoke about his teaching of psychology at A level and as a career after.  To finish the day the sixth form Head students gave a talk and activities about working hard, inspiring the students to work as best they can to achieve their goals.

Today Year 9 students have a day of activities from national company "Live-N-Learn" details to follow later today....

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Upper School Performing Arts group - lunchtimes

Tomorrow lunchtime (Wednesday 2nd July) Miss Dan will be holding a meeting for anyone interested in creating and joining an upper school performing arts group starting in September, with future practise sessions being held during lunchtimes.  This will then work towards organising a Summer time performance.

If you would like to be involved, please see Miss Dan lunchtime tomorrow 12:45pm in the Drama studio!