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January 2018

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January 2018

May I start by wishing each and everyone of you a happy 2018 and I hope the year ahead will bring with it success and happiness. 

The Autumn Term at Coombe is always a busy one and ends with our federated Carols by Candlelight. Thank you also and many congratulations to all the students who were involved in the spectacular event at St James’s Church in New Malden. The level of musicianship and the quality of singing really was superb, so thank you once again. Each year at Coombe we set the Key Stage 3 Coombe Christmas Challenge.

At the start of December Miss Mitchell challenged each tutor group in Year 7, 8 and 9 to create a Christmas hamper of non-perishable food items which were picked up by the charity AgeUK and delivered to the senior citizens in the local area. One million older people in the UK haven’t spoken to anyone in the last month! Can you imagine being in that situation? Age UK are a charity that have a vision for a world where everyone can love later life. They do this by inspiring, supporting and enabling in a number of ways such as through the food gifts you have provided.  Thank you to everyone here who has contributed towards the hampers and considered our local senior citizens this Christmas. The hampers look quite amazing and you should be very proud about the generosity you have shown.

The Autumn term is always a key time for learning and most of us will have experienced the start of new courses and potentially new ways of assessment. For Year 11 the most recent focus has been the mock exam period – well done on getting through the exams.  Learn from those experiences and I wish you all the best for the year ahead.

We’ve also seen a number of trips and visits, both locally and oversees, day and residential this term.  Thanks to all of the staff and students involved. I would like to particularly thank the 97 Drama students who took part in the theatre trip to see The Play That Goes Wrong - you were fabulous ambassadors for the school and Drama Department. Students were really lucky to have a private post-show Q&A with the actors, and Coombe students asked superb questions, showing real understanding of the form and style of the play and the challenges of the performance.   Well done also to the Y11 GCSE Drama students who devised and performed some very thought-provoking pieces of theatre at the beginning of November, and the Y13 A Level Drama & Theatre group who shared their work with an audience at the end of the month. We are very proud of all students involved, as they rehearsed intensively both in and outside of lesson time to create high quality performance work exploring some challenging issues.

Finally, from the Drama department are thanks to the company of the school production who have worked together beautifully for the last term to create performance work from some of their favourite musicals. As well as developing their acting and singing skills, students have been contributing to the direction and choreography of the show, and demonstrating real leadership skills. We look forward to seeing their work in February.

Similarly, Mrs Cannon would like to congratulate the fifty Year 9s who attended the WorldWar1 Battlefields residential for how they represented the school in what I know was a really thought provoking visit.

Year 7 enjoyed their annual rocket making day at the boys’ school and there are a number of other joint days coming up for everyone to enjoy.  

Congratulations to the public speaking teams under the leadership of Mr Williams, who have taken part in numerous competitions this term.

Well done to the cast and crew of Hamlet, our entry into this year’s Shakespeare Schools Festival who performed at the Rose theatre last month and were commended for their maturity, professionalism and team work. They were fantastic ambassadors for the school during all of the SSF workshops and performed brilliantly at the Rose Theatre.

On Sunday 12th November, Miss Mitchell and I, along with a large number of Coombe Girls took part in the Remembrance Day Parade in New Malden. Students walked alongside students from other Kingston schools and members of the public to the New Malden War Memorial, where poppy wreaths were laid. Thank you to all those students who represented the school on that occasion.

As always the Autumn term has seen a focus on reading. Because reading, without doubt, is your way into uncovering, discovering and finding out about the amazing world that’s around us. 8 Year 8 girls supported by the LRC, participated in the National Kids Literature Quiz at King’s College Wimbledon and received certificates for their fantastic work

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any queries, concerns or successes that you wish to share.

Best wishes,

Andy Platt