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House Music 2016

This year saw our first ever House Music competition! Each House was given the same brief: to arrange and rehearse three pieces, including a choir piece, an instrumental piece and a piece of the House Captains choice. The Year 12s and 13s were given a time period of two and a half weeks to work on everything ready for the final concert on 11th February. The results were fantastic! Claydon kicked off the evening with a brilliant instrumental rendition of a Bastille song. Congratulations to llina Jha who was awarded ‘Best Female Performer’ for her energetic singing in the Claydon choir piece.  Claydon were followed by Halton, featuring our winning male performer, bass player, Patrick Scahill. Waddesdon’s choir piece won ‘Best Arrangement’– well done to Immy for her work on this. The overall winners were Ascott, with a particular mention going to Laurie for all his hard work. The evening was absolutely brilliant and it was such a pleasure to see Year 7s working alongside Year 13s– student leadership at it’s best. A big thank you to all the Sixth Form for your hard work. Well done everyone and congratulations to Ascott House!

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Dancing Their Way to Success

Since September we have run a lunch time dance club for students of all year groups. Just after Christmas we then had the opportunity to enter the Dacorum Dance Competition! With a keen group of girls full of enthusiasm we decided to put an   entry together.

The theme of the competition was ‘Sports’ and we decided on a Basketball themed entry, depicting two teams going into battle against each other, along with the support of their cheerleading teams. Rehearsals took place during lunchtimes and we worked hard to put together a routine using different genres of music and dance.

The girls helped with Choreography and worked hard to perfect our routine. Many the girls took leadership roles whilst working on the dance and had choreographic input in the piece along with helping each other to learn the routine.

As the competition grew closer so did our nerves, we had timings issues to perfect and odd spots of choreography to fill, not to mention  costuming, hair and makeup.The team pulled together lending each other dance shoes, sharing ideas and purchasing costumes, so by   Friday 18 March we arrived at Hemel Sportspace all ready to go.

The competition saw entries from JFK, Kings Langley, Longdean, Cavendish and Tring, with some schools having multiple entries. We entered our group piece named ‘The Battle’ and a Duet performed by Lola Pates and Lauren Burnell.

Nerves were running high as we entered the main hall and took our places ready for the competition to begin, we were the sixth dance to perform. The dancers really did themselves and the school proud with an absolutely   stunning performance, all in time and with smiles on their faces. And we were thrilled as the results were announced and we found out that with our group entry we had won the competition. We are very proud of the performers and that all their hard work paid off. Congratulations to all of the amazing dancers!

Special thanks must go to:

Chloe Randal’s dad for mixing our music

Lola Pates and her mum for purchasing the tops

Miss Bullock for supporting us at the event

 

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Headteacher’s Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

During this month we have seen numerous interventions and revision sessions take place for examination groups.  Year 11s have also had their Sixth Form interviews following their mocks from earlier in the term.  As always the reality hits home that everyone needs to be working incredibly hard over the next few weeks to give themselves the best advantage for their futures.  I know you will also work hard with your children over the Easter break ensuring that they complete past papers, practice their skills for each subject and have post-it notes all over your homes to reinforce their learning.

Our Christian ethos is an essential part of our lives in Tring and The Rev Jane Banister and The Rev Graham White have been sharing many thoughts around Lent, Easter and Mothering Sunday.  Students have respectfully considered the messages that have been shared and as always our chaplains show huge empathy and understanding of the needs of our students. This was amplified further on our Extended Learning Day when the Year 7s had many reflective thoughts building on their beliefs and values.

World Book Day saw the staff dressed up in book characters!  It was the second time that the staff participated in this event and they read a story across all of the lessons for the students.  Then we followed this with Sport Relief Day. Charity is very important for the school and I want to thank all our Head students for the many events they hosted.  The money raised is a by-product of our community working together for all students and staff.

At the end of this term we say farewell to Mrs Vasudha Mathur from Maths as she pursues new interests in education; we thank her for her time in our school. Mrs Fiona Champness from PRS is taking a promotion within Learning Support at Lord Williams School in Thame.  She has been at Tring for 12 years and will be very much missed.  She has helped Tring School achieve the RE Gold Mark, been a Head of House and has jointly lead PRS.  We wish her well as she pursues her new role. Mr Rob Edwards is retiring and moving to the Isle of Wight.  He has been a well-known colleague in the school and town for 25 years and has lead PE, lead all of our teacher training and assisted all new staff into the school.  Mr Edwards is very well known for his sporting excellence and his rugby training is a hallmark of his career.  We know that Mr Edwards is looking forward to purchasing a boat and sailing in the Channel, but I’m sure that when the 6 nations are playing he will be across that Welsh border and in Cardiff very swiftly!  We wish Mr Edwards a peaceful and enjoyable retirement.

I hope everyone has a lovely Easter break.  For many of our students this will be a working holiday with exams being imminent in the summer term.  Hopefully there will be some time for rest and relaxation with your families and then on return to school we can look forward to another vibrant term of activity.

Sue Collings