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Number: 09 | 16 November 2015
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Tallis students laid a special wreath of remembrance at the Menin Gate during their trip to France last week. We were able to share a special video, showing the laying of a wreath by two Tallis students, with everyone back at school on Remembrance Day itself, prior to the whole school community observing a very respectful minute's silence on the concourse. You can also watch the film of the Last Post ceremony in France attended by the students and see photographs of the trip.
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We have had another exciting week at Tallis with trips, visits, events and what not. We held our silence for Remembrance on the concourse on Wednesday, and it was a spellbinding moment as usual.

Shaun Brown and I are meeting with the local anti-social behaviour officer tomorrow as we continue to discuss the Dover shops issue. We will send more information to parents after this, but may I please ask you once again to impress upon your children the need to behave well in public spaces? A young person in a Tallis uniform represents Tallis wherever they go, and we would like behaviour to be as good outside school as it is inside school.

I was at the Royal Greenwich Instrumental Gala at the Blackheath Halls on Thursday night, hearing our Karen Yim play the piano so beautifully. We have more performers – guitarists – there on Friday night.  It was really wonderful to take part in such a huge event with children of all ages learning the lifelong pleasure of musicianship and performance. In a later newsletter I’ll tell you about how you could support the work of the Music Hubs in Greenwich!

Carolyn Roberts, Head

Our TALLIS Habits focus for this half term is Collaborative. You can support this process by asking your children to reflect on the ways in which they are developing their ability to be collaborative in and outside school.

 16 November - 20 November: Week A

Monday 16 November
Year 12 Trip - Coriolanus Live Screening

Tuesday 17 November
AM Reg - Year 10 Assembly
PM Reg - Year 11 Assembly
Open Morning 9.30 am - 10.30 am
Fabulous World of Jules Verne 18.30 

Wednesday 18 November
PM Reg - Year 8 Assembly
Year 12 English Literature Taster Day at Goldsmiths University
Year 13 Trip - Macbeth

Thursday 19 November
AM Reg - Year 13 Assembly
PM Reg - Year 12 Assembly
Year 12 and 13 Performance Evening 18.00 - 20.00

Friday 20 November
AM Reg - Year 7 Assembly
PM Reg - Year 9 Assembly
Year 7,8 and 9 Trip - Reach Climbing Centre
Wine Tasting Evening 19.00
Marking and Feedback Policy
We are implementing a new marking and feedback policy. If you would like to know how frequently you can expect your child's book to be marked, the kinds of feedback you can expect to see and how we use feedback to encourage our students to craft and improve their work, please click here

New Version of Show My Homework
Starting this week (w/b Monday 16 November) we are switching over to a new version of Show My Homework, which we are promised will be 'the same site that we know and love, but a more intuitive, simpler, sleeker and faster system.’ To introduce us all to this new version, SMH have provided short tutorial videos for parents and students demonstrating the basic changes to come: 

Supported Browsers 
To ensure all goes smoothly for the switch over, please ensure that you are using one of the recommended browsers listed below.

  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer 10 and above.
Show My Homework will no longer support Internet Explorer 9 or below with the new design. If you are not sure which internet browser you are currently using just click here.

The Show My Homework App
Show My Homework have also introduced an App which is available on both iOS and Android platforms. The Show My Homework App provides an easy way to monitor your child’s homework on the go using a phone or tablet. The user guide here explains how to download and use the App.

In GCSE business today, Year 11 students were summarising what they had learned about business plans by creating an informative poster aimed at entrepreneurs thinking of starting their own business. It had to inform the reader about what information a business plan should contain, why an entrepreneur should produce one and who would want to see it. The photo attached show the work of Ellie Green who produced the best poster overall in the given time.

Reading Time
This year at Thomas Tallis, we are committed to help promote reading with our students. Over the past few weeks, students in Year 7 - 10 have been voting for a classic book to read in tutor time.  The winners are as follows:

Year 7 - War of the Worlds by H G Wells
Year 8 - Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
Year 9 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Year 10 - Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Students will be reading these during tutor time starting after Christmas. I really hope that students engage with and enjoy these books, as they have ben enjoyed by many before them.

Big Book Sale

Please join us on Thursday 3 December for the Big Book Sale, which will be taking place in the school canteen after school, from 3.15 pm until 4.30 pm. We will be raising money for the National Literacy Trust, a charity which helps give disadvantaged children across the UK the literacy skills they need to success.
If you have any books to donate, please ask your son or daughter to bring them into school by Friday 27 November. They can drop them off either in the library or in the English office.

For more information, please visit the website:
Looking forward to seeing lots of you there!
Please note that there is no parting onsite.

Elizabeth Church, Literacy Coordinator, Sheila Kelly, School Council Coordinator

Languages Day
Salut! Cześć! Merhaba! On Thursday 5 of November Thomas Tallis celebrated Languages Day in order to embrace the many languages spoken by pupils and teachers in our school. We had lots of fun activities – tutor groups did Guess the teacher and their language activity, Year 7s were served continental breakfast, took part in a language quiz and got their faces painted with international flags. At lunchtime, many pupils participated in language workshops such as Bengali, Italian, Spanish, German, Punjabi, Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese and Flamenco Dance.

Edyta Salci, Modern Foreign Languages

Year 13 Drawing Exhibition
Last week Year 13 Art and Design BTEC class curated their very own drawing exhibition.  They exhibited a wide variety of working showing the diversity and possibilities of what drawing they can offer.  This also coincided with celebrating the Big Draw.
A huge thanks to all the students, staff and parents who came to show their support!

Gina Braden, Visual and Media Arts

Barbara Hepworth Exhibition 
The AS and A2 Music students went on a trip to the Barbara Hepworth exhibition at the Tate Gallery. This trip was to gain inspiration for a composition task. Barbara Hepworth was a  leading sculptor of the 20th century. This retrospective of one of Britain’s greatest artists features many of her most significant and beautiful sculptures in wood, stone and bronze alongside rarely seen works. Students analysed and discussed the sculptures, particularly focussing on the different mediums and the holes that were related to silence in music. Students have chosen a sculpture as a musical stimulus and the results of this work will be shared on the school website shortly.

Clare Gould, Music

Year 12 History Trip - 17th Century London

Students in Year 12 received a flying start to their new History course in thinking about 17th Century Britain. They walked in the footsteps of giants at the epicentre of Britain’s most dramatic century, down the most powerful street in the British Isles - Whitehall. Starting inside Parliament at Westminster Hall, the scene of the Charles I trial in January 1649, they travelled to the Banqueting House where he was subsequently executed on the 30th January 1649. After a stopover in Trafalgar Square, overlooking Charles' beleaguered statue peering ominously toward the place of his execution, time was given to consider portraiture and how important 17th Century characters were represented on canvas. Check out the film we made of our big day out.

 Tony Hier, History

Football and Netball

Wednesday 4 November
Year 7 3-2 Sedgehill Away

Wednesday 5 November
Year 8 4-3 Pimlico Home
Inner London Cup Round 2

Year 8 Girls 15-16 St Paul's Academy

Tuesday 10 November
Year 11 2-3 Highbury Grove Home
Inner London Round 2


Thursday 11 November
Year 9 vs John Roan Away
Blackheath Cup
Kick off 2.30
Return time 3.45

Year 7 Girls vs Harris Academy Greenwich Away
Tip off 3.30
Return time 5.30

Tuesday 12 November
Year 8 Boys vs  Heathside Away
ESFA Round 3
Kick off 2.00
Return Time 6.00

Friday 13 November
Year 7Boys vs Goffs Away
ESFA Round 3
Kick off 2.00
Return time 5.45


Monday 16 November

Year 8 Girls vs PLFC Away
Tip off 3.30
Return time 5.30

Tuesday 17 November
Year 7 Girls vs Highbury Fields Home
Inner London Round 2
Kick off 2.30
Return time 4.00


Well done to our Year 9 students who took part in the Greenwich School's Basketball tournament on Friday 16 October:

Bishal Pachabaiya, Dylan Bushiri, Toby Araba, Eni Ogunfemi, Simeon Brown, Luke Duong, Tesean Carney, Ishaq Ajami, Shamarke Nor, Tayo Walker-Allen, Seyi Fagohun, Sean Stewart.

The boys won all three of their games in convincing fashion. Ishaq Amed and Shamarke Nor were good additions to the squad with impressive performances and Captain Bishal Pachabaiya was outstanding!

The team have now made it to the London Heathrow Youth Games as representatives for the London Borough of Greenwich!!!

The results were as follows:

Thomas Tallis 27-2 Corelli College
Thomas Tallis 29-4 St Paul's

Thomas Tallis 22-14 Woolwich Polytechnic

Parent Skills Audit Survey
We would like to enrich our young people’s knowledge and understanding of the world by parents sharing their skills through a variety of projects across the school. 

If you would like to be on our Parent Skills List and support our young people on their Tallis journey, please click on the link below and complete the Parent Skills Audit Survey. We will then be able to contact you based on the support you would like to offer.

Lisa Sproat, Community and Outreach Manager

You are invited to a wonderful evening of wine tasting at Thomas Tallis School. The cost is £20 per person and includes a glass of Prosecco upon arrival, 8 tasting glasses of wine accompanied by a selection of cheeses, bread and other nibbles. Tickets can be booked via Lisa Sproat and Stephen Henderson.

Once all of the wine has been tasted you will have the option to purchase your favourites for the coming festive season. There will also be a raffle drawn with some beautiful prizes to be won.

You are warmly invited to the screening of The Fabulous World of Jules Verne, a wonderfully surreal movie adventure, with a live musical score composed and performed by The McCarricks (Mr McCarrick teaches music at Tallis and is also one half of the musical duo). All money raised at the performance will help to fund our summer extravaganza ‘We Will Rock You’ so please come along to support the Performing Arts team and our talented students. Tuesday 17th November at 6:30pm in the Main Hall. Adults £5, Concessions £2.00 Not to be missed!

Performing Arts

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