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Number: 30 | 1 July 2019
We were treated to two fantastic evening events last Thursday. First, the Year 13 BTEC Art & Design group curated their end of year show entitled 'Ego'. This is the culmination of their course and required them to collaborate with each other and several other groups to present a diverse, witty and engaging exhibition, including live music, located in reception, the concourse and the main hall. Following this, we enjoyed the Media & Film showcase. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of these prestigious awards which celebrate the talents of our media and film students. Thanks to our wonderful colleagues in the Visual and Media Arts faculty for supporting the students to be creative and produce work of such a high standard.
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Dear Tallis Family

An eventful week with exhibitions, showcase and a parents’ evening! Thank you for being alongside us as we help our young people develop in so many different ways.
 
Please may I remind parents that the end of term is as important as any other time? Full attendance is expected. It goes without saying that year 10 are effectively year 11 now with less than a year until their exams. There’s no time to lose.
 
As I write, we have our final formal occasion with year 13 after school tonight, when we award prizes and say good bye. At the other end of the scale, it is Headstart Day for the new year 7s on Wednesday, the start of their Tallis journey. Year 11 are formally recognised in our Leaving Ceremony next week – before which it is, of course, the Prom. Important rituals!
 
Thank you for your support. 

Carolyn Roberts, Head
Don't forget to read the latest blog post in Mrs Roberts writes, a regular column about school life.
The final half term of the year provides an opportunity for students (and staff members) to reflect on their habits strengths and further develop those dispositions that need additional extra practice. Each area in school has been looking after a Habit dog (a Tallis Habit is for life, not just for Christmas!) and below you will find some selected stories about how these dogs have been nurtured and exercised this year. Look out for more stories next week!

Calendar
1 July- 5 July: Week A

Monday 1 July 
Taster Day (Sixth Form)

Tuesday 2 July
Taster Day (Sixth Form)
09:00-15:00 Year 8 London Zoo Trip

Wednesday 3 July
Headstart Day (Year 6)
 
Thursday 4 July
14:15-16:15 School closes Early For Staff training

Friday 5 July
14:00-17:00 Year 11 Leaving Celebration

We put all these trips and visits in by year group so you can see the scope of our activities. 
Your child will know if he or she is involved!

Fly The Flag
Somerset House, Monday 24th June

On Monday 24th June we were fortunate to be able to take 40 students from across years 7 to 10 on a reward trip to the launch of Fly the Flag at Somerset House. The students had all been chosen as those who had done outstanding work of different types on Community Day, recognising the importance of human rights across the world. Thank you to all of the students, Mr Hier, Ms Shortt, Mr Field and Ms Oloruntomi for a wonderful day out. The Fly the Flag launch was inspiring and we had a nice picnic on South Bank and wander around Tate Modern afterwards. Read this moving piece from Kate Penny (8HA), about the trip:

Fly the Flag launch, June 2019
 
It’s very hot, despite the lack of sun. Michael Morpurgo is giving an impassioned speech, and if you look closely, you can see someone who might be Ai Weiwei watching from a high balcony on the facade of Somerset House. Later, someone will give you a small flag with the footprint of a Rohingya refugee on it.

A refugee who has travelled miles, walking barefoot on muddy ground. Would you be brave enough to do that? If you could not, how can you condemn someone who is braver than you as a coward?

People like asking why we must help them. The answer to that is that if you were a refugee - if you had no shoes, no food, no allies, no home...
Would you not wish that someone, anyone, would help you?
It is a lonely world, after all.
A flag lies at your feet. It isn’t the flag of the artist who might or might not be there. It isn’t the flag of the woman who is hosting it, who has red lipstick and sleek hair and looks as if she’s never wanted anything in her life.
It is yours. Whether you want it or not, whether you believe that human rights are for everyone or if you just don’t care, it is yours.
It will always be yours.

A choir sings, first the articles of the UDHR then a protest song called Bread and Roses. There is a shuffling of feet the third time the song starts- we must always wait for film, and the camera people are not ready.
Together, you lift the flag. Hands clutching the fabric, you lift, people clustering to grasp it. It symbolises hope in a world where there is very little left.

When Michael Morpurgo makes his speech, he says that his generation have done terrible things, and now it is up to us to fix them. It might not seem fair. It really isn’t. But who is going to fix it otherwise? Not the next generation. We’re better than that. We must be.

So, let’s fly the flag, if not in its fabric, then at least in spirit.

Interview with Ai Weiwei

Many of you will already know that three of our students had the amazing opportunity to interview Ai Weiwei about his work, human rights and the Fly the Flag programme prior to Community Day last week. The interview is now available and you can watch it here. Congratulations to Libby Maidment 7HA, Khadra Abdalla 7HA and Taslima Khanom 10KB for being excellent ambassadors for Thomas Tallis.

Post 16 Leavers' Ceremony pictures
You can view and download pictures from our Post 16 Leavers' Ceremony on Friday 28 June from this Flickr gallery.

​Just click on the picture(s) you wish to download and find the 'Download this photo' button bottom right. You can then choose the size of the image you wish to download.
Kew Gardens School trip

Year 12 AS Biology went to Kew Gardens on June 27th to do their Field Studies research. They sampled different areas in Kew Gardens with quadrats, line and belt transects. Students collected a lot of data, data they will now analyse in class during the next few Biology lessons. We walked through the gardens to different areas so students discovered the beauty of the park, they got to see the diversity of the plants and trees there, and they got to enjoy the sunshine that day.

Ann Bijnens, Science
Inquisitive in History

We have been very Inquisitive in History this year, especially with Year 8. Some particular examples include the previously-mentioned visit to Royal Holloway, led by Ms Turner. On this visit, a number of year 8 students were given an opportunity to work with Dr Claire Kennan to widen their understanding of Historical skills and the process of practising Historical study at university.

Dr Kennan ran a 2-hour session during which the pupils were given a range of sources without any context. The emphasis was given to the students to try to make links between the sources in order to work out the theme of the Historical Enquiry. The pupils did very well, drawing upon their Historical knowledge to make connections between the sources. At times this was a very frustrating task, but their desire to be inquisitive kept them going! They were able to conclude that all of the sources linked to the struggle from the vote, particularly the Chartists’ attempts to gain wider suffrage. Once they had identified the topic area, they were tasked to design their own enquiry into the Chartists, forming 5 questions that they wanted to investigate further. By the end of the two hours, all groups had not only created their investigation but also interrogated a range of further sources to find the answers to their questions! Having thoroughly enjoyed the session, the pupils then filmed their findings and explored university life. Their final piece can be viewed here.

As well as this small group of expert History detectives, all of our Year 8s have undertaken research projects into Warfare through Time, and their own family history. While researching Warfare as a thematic topic throughout the spring term, students selected a war, or aspect of warfare, that interested them to research at home. Armed with a list of key features, students went about creating informative and beautifully-presented projects on topics ranging from the Korean War to the practices of the Japanese Samurai, the role of women in the World Wars to early modern piracy. With the freedom to select their own topics, students were enthused and engaged in their work, and rose to the challenge of a term-long and comprehensive project admirably. Some of their work can be seen below.
For the final weeks of term, students have been exploring their own family history. This project encourages students to interview family members from different generations and conduct online research using census records among other sources to discover more about their past. In the past students have made fascinating discoveries and have been kind enough to bring in wonderful artefacts, photos and stories from their families to show us. Hopefully we will be privileged enough to share some exciting new findings this year.

The History Department
Imaginative in Year 9

Year 9 students have been looking after Imaginative dog this year. World Book Day saw another superb display of fancy dress. Shannon from 9RB was a very convincing (and gruesome) Carrie. Terrifying to Stephen King himself, no doubt. 9FA took the group award with an imaginative take on Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. 

Our Environmental Action Group have been coming up with new ways to tackle issues relating to sustainability around the school. We’ve got plans for a wildflower meadow to help encourage bumble bees and other pollinators to stay healthy and busy around our green spaces. Pollinators are vital for keeping our growing global population fed. 

Year 9 students were instrumental in the organisation of our Tallis mock MEP Elections. Musab and Ethan in 9OA were particularly rigorous Polling Clerks, helping students make connections between their vote and changing the world for the better.  
Disciplined at Post 16

Post 16 students have been exceptionally disciplined this year. Two stories.

The first is a story about Jannell A., who came to Tallis for her sixth form work. She had a fair journey to get here every day, but the lure of Tallis’s reputation as a creative hub drew her as a good image draws the light in the room where it is displayed. She learned a range of photographic techniques with us and her work began to call her to itself. She spent long hours in study here, using the studio and the Private Study Area, reflecting, experimenting. As time grew on, she learned to learn more, more quickly, and took what she had learned and made it her own. Her discipline was extreme, and her knowledge of her chosen discipline became profound because of it. Sustained effort frees the self to rigorously experiment, and so, when we hung final work for the photography A-level exhibition in a continuum beginning with the very best, Jannell’s oeuvre was quite literally off the room’s for its excitement, technical sophistication, independence of mind and engagement with issues of social justice. Discipline rewarded, a good job well done.
 
The second is about Tom M., a mathematician. Mathematics when done properly is hard, and Tom was very proper about it indeed: he made a clean sweep of our syllabus, choosing every subject, four,  involving pure mathematics in any shape, size, dimension or application. Four A-levels is a lot of work, but Tom already had a habitually critical and reflective approach, and for the six terms that followed his beginning he refined and clarified his understanding, spending long hours in private study and reaching a point where the nature of the subjects he was pursuing became second nature to him and the deep connections between them surfaced. Hence his personal discipline was such that he came to make the hard look easy, and for this the school has sent him to Coventry: he begins a Maths degree at Warwick University shortly, one of the best places anywhere to do that. Discipline rewarded, a good job well done.
Inquisitive in R.E.

There was an RE dog named Iqbal
He was as inquisitive as ones’ pal
 
He travelled on the tube to London
To be inquisitive about holy spots and have fun
 
He chilled out in Westminster Abbey
And then the East London Mosque, not too shabby  
 
So if you like hearing about my religious travels
Tune is to Iqbal’s story marvels.
 
Invicta Debating Mentoring
 
A huge well done and thank you to the five Year 8 students who volunteered to support Invicta students from Years 1 - 6 with their debating preparation on Wednesday 26th June. Zion, Melissa, Finley, Astrid and Matty spent 30 minutes in each class, answering questions on their debating experience and sharing top tips. They were absolutely brilliant, and presented confidently and enthusiastically – a real credit to our school.
 
Invicta students will be using our main hall for their debates during the week of 10th July. We can’t wait to see how their hard work has paid off!
 Word of the Week

Our next Word of the Week is PHENOMENON
Word of the Week
Elizabeth Church, English 
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