Tuesday, 29 September 2015


Friday 9th October 2015 7pm

All Parent/Carers and pupils are invited along to a get together for you to get to know each socially, while the pupils enjoy a fun film (U).
There will be free cheese, wine, and soft drinks available for parent/carers and popcorn and sweets for pupils.
If you need to bring other siblings please do.

Please sign the form previously given to your child to take home and return by by Tuesday 6th October at the latest

Thank you  From Friends of Townsend

Monday, 28 September 2015

Duke of Edingburgh expedition

Last weekend, 40 year 11 Bronze D of E students passed the expedition section of their award.  Their visit was from Berkhamstead station travelling to Dunstable Downs, spending one night at Hudnall Park outdoor centre.  The weather was lovely, with no rain at all.

Well done to all students and don't forget to complete your other sections.

Mrs Liddington

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Hertfordshire Model and Engineering Display at Townsend

Saturday and Sunday 26th & 27th September - Hertfordshire Model and Engineering Display at Townsend - Everyone is welcome, with just a small entry fee on the door.

It is a fantastic day out - Model Trains, planes, helicopters, drones, boats, trucks and much, much more!

Open Evening last night

Townsend School held their Open Evening last night, with a great turnout and lots of visitors!  The students all helped either in departments or as guides to our visitors, with each one doing incredibly well in their role.  There were a lot of lovely comments about the school from guests, which we love to hear!

If you missed open evening but would like to visit Townsend, please ring the office to arrange a visit on one of the tours which take place in the next coming weeks.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Open Evening his Wednesday 6-9pm

Townsend's open evening is coming up this Wednesday 23rd September from 6pm to 9pm.  If you know any children who are currently in years 5 or 6, please do suggest they visit for the night to get a taster of what Townsend is all about!

For Townsend students, the school day finishes at 12:30pm Wednesday, before coming back to help with open evening at 6pm.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Abbey Service last Wednesday

Townsend School held it's first Abbey Service of the year last Wednesday with the whole school visiting the Cathedral in St Albans for the afternoon.  A big well done to the choir and Mr Phelps who experienced conducting the service for the first time!

Monday, 14 September 2015

Supporting school

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for Friends of Townsend - St Albans? There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to Friends of Townsend - St Albans to say thank you for shopping with them.
It's really simple, and doesn't cost you anything.
All you have to do is:
2. Sign up for free 
3. Get shopping - your donations will be collected by easyfundraising and automatically sent to Friends of Townsend - St Albans. It couldn't be easier!
There are no catches or hidden charges and Friends of Townsend - St Albans will be really grateful for your donations.
Show friends and family how to sign up if they too would like to support our school.
Funds raised by the PTA are always spent on things to benefit the students and to support their learning.
Thank you for your support.
Townsend PTA

Friday, 11 September 2015

Year 7 Fun Run

Year 7 took part in their first sporting activity this week, the Year 7 fun run.  They all competed fantastically showing excellent determination, skill and teamwork.  We look forward to seeing them, and anyone else that is interested, taking part in more cross country events over the next few weeks. Well done to all of you. Mrs Brooks

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Year 11 Study Skills morning

This morning year 11 students too part in a study session, which included activities on revision skills, sessions on English and Maths, as well as sessions on emotional heath.  Students felt the benefitted greatly from these sessions being held so early on in the year to help them prepare.  One student said "I particularly enjoyed the activity on drawing your emotions -  where we think we are now compared to where we would like to be at the end of the year - it was very insightful!"

Accelerated Reader tests now completed

As part of our accelerated reader scheme, years 7 8 and 9 students carried out their STAR reading tests this week, in order to determine their reading level and to choose their first book to read for the scheme.

So far we have had some students complete their books already, taking quizzes and getting 100% of the questions correct!  Well done!

Please remember you need to have a reading book on you at all times for the 5 minute reading at the beginning of every lesson.  If you don't have a book yet, please see Miss Ismail at break or lunchtimes

Monday, 7 September 2015

Welcome back!

Today is the first day of everyone back at school for the new term.  We would like to welcome all year 7 students who had their first day of school last Friday with lots of team building exercises and meeting their form tutors.  Today we swathe rest of the school, with year 11 students in their new smart black blazers, ready to work hard in their last year of GCSE's.

The value of the month has now been launched at Townsend, with September's value of RESPECT:

September: Respect  
Our Value for the month of September is ‘Respect’. Firstly, self-respect– to know that ‘I am valuable’. We will identify our own qualities and encourage them to consider the qualities that others possess. Over the course of the month, we will discuss the richness that diversity offers and that by respecting and learning about others we can understand one another better.