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I can not believe that another year has flown by. A what a year it has been.
In addition to the all-important learning that has taken place over the past twelve months, as always this academic year has been jam-packed with events and activities. Congratulations to all those students here today who have grasped the opportunities offered and make the most of their time.
Many of you try your hardest all the time and there is no more than that, that anyone would ask. Many of you have shown great resilience and have made the most of each and every day.
Year 7, have been involved in a wide variety of opportunities; numerous sporting opportunities, a night at the musicals, a day trip to the Opal Coast in France and the Kingston town geography trip. A very recent trip to see ‘The Lion King’ was a huge success, with overwhelming demand for tickets. The lucky Y7 and 8 students who won a place thoroughly enjoyed seeing the incredible puppetry and were delightful company. I hope that lots of you will be inspired to pursue a career in theatre, having experienced the many and varied job roles that contribute to creating such a spectacle
Year 8, all took part in the STEM day challenge last month. They made fantastic fan propelled vehicles, which they raced across the MUGA! Year 8 ‘Young Mariners’ trip was a great success where students braved wet hair and muddy toes to kayak, climb, build and paddle their own rafts at the Young Mariners watersports centre.
Congratulations to the three Y8 students who took part in the finals of the Modern Foreign Languages 'Poetry Live' Competition at St Mary's university, on Tuesday 19th June. The girls- Georgie Thorne, Maya Rhoades and Mia Caruel all performed their poems with enthusiasm, confidence and aplomb. A special congratulations go to Georgie who came first in the German section! Well done to all of you.
Year 9 deserve a huge congratulations for all of their hard work and contributions towards Enterprise Week. It was an intense week but the girls raised over £600. A massive congratulations goes to Team Rainbow Warriors, The Ooh La La's and eDot who have achieved the highest profits in Food, Textiles, and Product Design. A cheque for £600 saw its way to Macmillan Cancer Support who were the nominated beneficiaries of a portion of the proceeds by the winning team. Well done to all students who took part in researching, designing, manufacturing, promoting and selling their products, but also a huge thank you to all students and staff at Coombe who supported our year 9 cohort which made the annual Enterprise event such a success.
A significant number of Year 9 students participated in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze award requiring dedication over the year to complete a number of skills. The year 9’s really rose to the challenge. The students involved in Year 9 team for National Mock Trial competition came very close to winning, getting all the way through to the national finals held in Birmingham in May.
Thanks also goes to all the Year 9 sports leaders who very recently supported Christchurch primary school with their sportsday. Mrs Day sent a lovely email thanking you for your help, your confidence and for expertly managing activities. She finished off her email stating you were a real credit to Coombe, so well done.
Well done to year nine students Daisy Whitle, Maddie Rose-Hill and Georgie Hayley for regularly attending debate club throughout the year and taking part in 'friendly' debates with other schools. A particular well done for taking part in the Rotary Club Youth Speaks Public Speaking competition and receiving special commendations from the judges.
In extra-curricular Drama, an amazing company of Coombe actors have been working together with Mrs Keevil on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ which will be performed at the Rose Theatre as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival in November. I understand you are already proving to be a really creative and inventive ensemble, and I cannot wait to see what promises to be an exciting and highly entertaining production.
Auditions for The Sound of Music gave the drama and music staff another tough test to try and cast the masses of Coombe talent. As always, I look forward to seeing how you explore the script and find creative ways to get all 100 of you onstage and in the spotlight! I look forward to seeing the production next year.
Congratulations and thank you must go to students involved in the summer concert at All Saints Church in Kingston, it was fantastic to witness high calibre musical performances from a whole range of students. Over the past few months students have been rehearsing tirelessly at lunchtimes and after school to prepare for the evening. Students worked very well with Coombe Boys' School and should be incredibly proud of their achievements.
Year 10 GCSE Drama students recently completed their Devised Performances, and created high quality work exploring a range of challenging themes, proving again that Coombe students really are enquiring, global-minded, caring citizens. They rose to the challenge of the devising process with tenacity and resilience, and performed with passion.
It has been a very busy year with lots of exciting events that have taken place in the PE department, from Sports Relief to the London Youth Games, the indoor cricket, Borough trampoline and football competitions, Surrey Schools cross country and netball matches to name but a few.
Now, a few additional mentions regarding events in the English Department and the spoken word events over the course of the year. Firstly, well done to Lucy Turner (next year's debate captain), Shaoor Ahmed, Anna Smart and Fatima Qaid from year 12 who took part in the Imperial Debating competition. Also well done to Lucy Ferguson in year 11 and Anna Smart for taking part in the Oxford schools debating competition. Lucy Turner and Anna Smart with Emily Green from year 11 also took part in the Senior Youth Speaks competition, for which they were highly commended by the judges. Lucy Turner and Anna Smart got through to the second round of the highly competitive ESU Mace debate competition.
Congratulations to Annalise Spahr for being one of the winners of the national Simon Powell Poetry prize competition.
Thank you, to 39 Y12 students as reading mentors, 25 of which have taken on the exciting new role of being reading mentors to primary students at King's Oak Primary School.
A special mention to Georgina Proctor, Jess D'Urso, Sylvie Homewood, Beatrice Osbourne, Alice Dehghanzadeh and Maya De Souza for taking over from the Y11s in helping gather information and write stories for the school website and Newsletter. As well as developing a confidence in liasing with staff in a formal capacity and developing literacy skills in writing for a specific purpose and audience, their work really helps ensure that as many of the exciting and educational extra curricular events as possible are acknowledged throughout and beyond the school community. Mr Miller is looking forward to working with this particular team of Coombe Correspondents over the next academic year.
Esmee James and Farwa Haider in year ten took part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out public speaking competition, in which they represented the school excellently.
Rose Mansfield, Asia Campagna, Lola Rose Bell, Yushra Hamuth, Gaia Hill, Tanveen Kaur, Mehvish Khan, Abi Kohler, Alia Walsh Samira Marshall and Maya Sandhu all took part in LAMDA exams, which they took at the beginning of the summer term. All passed, and the majority gained merits. Special mention should be given to Alia who gained a distinction. None of this would be possible without the support of your teachers. Thanks to Ms Shahab (who ran the poetry performance exam) and Miss Porcheret, Mr Miller and Miss Chrlesworth who volunteered their time to help students with the Speaking in Public exam.
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