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The Whitstable School - IB World School

19/07/19

The Whitstable School are delighted to announce that we are now an authorised IB World School and will be offering the International Baccalaureate Career Programme (CP) from September 2019. We are excited to add this additional pathway to accompany our established and successful BTEC and A level pathway at Post-16. The CP was specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.

In an official letter to confirm the result of the International Baccalaureate verification process, The Whitstable School was given the following feedback: ‘We commend your school’s educators, administrators, students and families for their active roles in choosing to offer the CP. The positive results of this choice will become evident in your community as classes of CP students graduate and undertake activities that enhance social, cultural and economic environments locally, nationally and, perhaps, internationally’.

Mrs Gibson, Headteacher, said ‘Becoming an IB World school affirms our school culture of “Learn Locally, Think Globally”. It encourages both personal and academic achievement. It challenges students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.’

IB International Day—18th July 2019

The school celebrated this achievement by having an International Day, where students could take part in different activities such as talking Italian, Olympics and sports events, Day of the Dead mask making, origami, landmark building and an international film. Students really enjoyed the afternoon and there was a real buzz around the school.

There are limited places available at The Whitstable School Sixth Form for  September 2019. 
Call Mrs Brown (Assistant Headteacher/IBCP Coordinator) on 01227 931300 for more information.

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Going the Extra Mile

17/07/19

Please see below, a lovely, positive message from Mrs Scott, a parent governor at TWS:

Going the Extra Mile

It has struck me more than ever this term how lucky we are to be part of a school which is so clearly on an exciting journey. 

Let's reflect for a moment on how far we have come as a school community in the last few years. Already blessed with a beautiful location in a unique and creative community, gradually the elements have been coming together term by term, and it feels as though our school is now blossoming before our very eyes!

As a Parent Governor for the last three years, I am now more than ever aware that these things don't just happen. The work behind the scenes is immense and tireless. The planning, the evaluating, the analysing, the constant challenges. Securing the right team, delivering the right lessons, responding in the best way to the very individual needs of a diverse mix of students. Teaching and inspiring, managing and engaging, coaching and moulding. The day job for our teachers is intense. 

 

At the end of possibly the busiest term of the year, I want to just think about those teachers who do even more, beyond the day job. Spending evenings and weekends with our children purely for the love of it! In the last few weeks my two kids between them have been to the university for a day, travelled to Eastbourne for a Shakespeare festival (a late night all round), performed in a new rock band in the school studio, been on stage at the Marlowe, performed in Bugsy Malone... plus of course started their new timetables and sat mock exams. I know there have also been countless sports events, a Duke Of Edinburgh expedition, the annual art exhibition, and the list goes on.

The programme of work and the constant evolving of our school is no mean feat to manage. The number one priority for TWS is improving outcomes for all our children. The fact that at the same time, we are witnessing the flourishing of a new creative school which celebrates the talents of everyone, is pretty amazing. There is plenty more work to do. But aren't we lucky to have children blooming in a school that appreciates the individuality of them all, with incredible teachers who are going the extra mile?

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Private Music Tuition

15/07/19

Does your son/daughter want to learn a musical instrument, or can they play something already?

Well, did you know that at The Whitstable School we offer a range of private music tuition, such as guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano and singing?

All private tuition is during the school day and are 30 minutes in length. These private tuition sessions are all delivered by professional musicians, who have extensive knowledge and skills in their musical area. We are also looking into expanding tuition to orchestral instruments, such as flute, violin, saxophone and trumpet, just to name a few.

If your son/daughter is interested in learning an instrument, please contact Mr Richardson via email at luke.richardson@swale.at

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COLLABORATE 2019: Inter Trust Visual Arts Show

02/07/19

You are invited to the Trust's annual art exhibition, hosted at The Whitstable School. 

Collaborate celebrates the high standard of visual art from Year 11s and sixth formers across Swale Academies Trust schools and concludes with prize-giving, judged by local guest artists.

All friends & family are welcome to this Trust event. 

Thursday 11th July, 4-6pm.

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Activity Day 2019 (Years 7-10 only)

03/06/19

Today pupils were given their options forms for Activity Day (Friday 28th June). These need to be filled out and returned to the Admin Office by no later than the 10th June.

Should your child wish to choose the Go to Work option, then a disclaimer form will need to be signed by yourself. These are available from the admin office, as are spare options forms.

Please note that a signature is not necessary for the options form, only for the disclaimer form.

We hope this will prove to be a really fun day, with something for everyone.

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The Term 5 & 6 Knowledge Booklets are now available.

03/05/19

The Term 5 & 6 Knowledge Booklets are now available. Please click here to view.

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‘Digital Learning and Online Safety’: Wednesday 13th February 2019 at 6pm.

07/02/19

‘Digital Learning and Online Safety’: Wednesday 13thFebruary 2019 at 6pm.

Click here for invitation letter

During this session, we will demonstrate the multiple digital learning platforms that are available to students both in school and outside.

Our main presentation will be on internet safety and social media. This will help to inform you about steps you can take to keep your children safe while using the internet.

All parents and pupils welcome – book a place through the email below.

 sscales@ccw.kent.sch.uk

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GCSEPod

17/01/19

We are delighted to announce that The Whitstable School has recently invested in GCSEPod, the award-winning digital content and revision provider used by over 1,200 schools worldwide. 

As a result, all pupils now have access to GCSEPod’s library of over 6,000 ‘Pods,’ 3-5 minute videos designed to deliver knowledge in short bursts. GCSEPod makes learning and revision much more manageable: every Pod is mapped to an exam board, and contains all the right facts, quotes, keywords, dates and annotated diagrams that your child needs for GCSE success – all neatly organised into topics and exam playlists. 

One of the best things about GCSEPod is that you can download any Pod to your child’s mobile device, and then they can watch them at any time, in any place: with or without internet. It’s like they’re carrying a whole set of text books in their pocket! Make sure you download the GCSEPod app from the App Store (Apple and Android are supported) to access this feature.

Click here to visit the GCSEPod Website.

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