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End of Term Newsletter - March 2018

Last Updated: 26/03/2018 13:12:28

Dear Parents,

What a very full term we have had. So much to celebrate as a house. We have achieved a great deal. Your girls have worked very hard in many areas of school life. They are brilliant, they give up their weekends for Drama, Music, Sport and Charity. The 5th and 6th forms have had to work particularly hard this term. They have been finalising coursework, taking mocks and considering options; for both extended school careers or University. I know you know your child is busy but as a house we accomplish a great deal.

We have had the most wonderful term. Not only have we enjoyed plenty of food together in terms of House Breakfast, House Pancakes and the House Easter Egg Hunt. We have also had more select dining with the 6th form Ball, L4th Pizza and DVD night and Pizza Lunch for the U4th. All these events have been funded by the PA and they have worked extremely hard on behalf of the girls this term (more on that later).

There has been lots of drama this term. We have had Senior and Junior House drama. Alongside the Senior play, the Pierglass, and the junior play, the Grimm Tales. Many of the TC girls have been involved and they are to be commended on their performances. In terms of House Drama the 4th forms portrayed a scene from ‘The Crucible’ which was very dramatic. Francesca Mellor, Lucia Goodwin, Emily Clark, Tori Kemp, Anna Connell, Mia King and Iris Tang were brilliant in their roles. Francesca Mellor won best actress and she is to be congratulated on all her performances this term. The Senior House Drama included Elina Agrawal who had also been the director of the Junior House Drama. Elina not only performed well on the stage but has been wonderful with the younger ones in terms of organisation and enthusiasm. In the Senior representation Elina was well supported by Suzanna Walters, Holly Heslop, Holly Nicholls, Katie Burke and Paulina Geus. A few weeks later we also had House Debate where Holly Nicholls was very effective in arguing her case and persuaded the audience that she was absolutely correct and they all voted for her – Well done Holly!
Music has once again been a key theme of this term. We have had music in a group and a solo performance. The group sang ‘Iris’ by the Goo Goo Dolls. They were Isabel Kemp, Elina Agrawal, Layla Raine and Emily Lyle. They sang a piece especially composed by Isabel and they sounded brilliant! Unfortunately they were out sung by Housman, but I am sure we will be back next year with something just as fantastic.

In sport the girls have competed in House Netball, House Badminton, Cross Country, 1.2s and House Table Tennis. This term, no matter what the competition may be, we have come second. Nevertheless it takes skill to beat others and we have shown we have plenty of that. The ‘A’ Junior House netball was particularly close with Hazeldene just getting two goals ahead. In the 1.2s we were ahead all the way round only to be beaten on the last leg by Abigail Saker from Oakley. Olivia Turner and her team were amazing. They worked so incredibly hard on what is, a very gruelling race. Many of the girls find Cross Country a challenge and I have been very pleased with everyone’s efforts this term to bring teams together and try their best.





I would just like to make a few thank yous: firstly to all my tutor team. Without them TC would not function with the efficiency and precision that it does. They were particularly amazing when it snowed. I could not get to school and four tutors came into TC to open the house for four girls. Definite one to one care.

Secondly, the PA, who have organised the most wonderful Ball this term and supported me in everything I have tried to do for the House. They are always at meetings, willing and enthusiastic to ensure the House has enough funding to give the girls a good time. If you would like to join the PA please just come along to our next meeting. It is in TC, on Tuesday 8th May at 7.30pm.

Finally, the TC Housekeeper, Lorraine, works very hard to ensure TC is kept clean and tidy. Not only that, but she is on hand at all times to help the girls should they need assistance.

Just a reminder that girls should return to school in their summer uniform. Please can you ensure that skirt are knee length. Girls should also not wear nail vanish and only have one pair of earrings. The PA are organising a Gazebo for Commemoration and a BBQ later in the Summer term. More information coming out at the start of term.

I would like to wish you all a restful and productive Easter. I know many of the girls are revising. I am sure they will have time for a little fun somewhere in the Holidays. Happy Easter to you all.

Kind regards

Kay Hannah

Junior Ties
Anna Connell
Bethany Lawson
Lucy McLoughlin
Keira Sehdeva
Alex Shakes
Iris Tang
Millie Goulden-Page
Hannah Batham
Mia King

Senior Colours
Hannah Barwell
Katie Burke
Ruvarashe Madzingo
Paulina Geus
Layla Raine

End of Term Newsletter - December 2017

Last Updated: 18/12/2017 08:23:40

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26th May 2017

Last Updated: 26/05/2017 09:38:44

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End of Term Letter - 29th March 2017

Last Updated: 29/03/2017 13:58:58

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End of Term Newsletter December 2016

Last Updated: 15/12/2016 15:30:08

I have been very proud of the girls and their achievements throughout the term. Having watched many of them participate in many areas, I know they are very talented. Not only do we have individual talent in a number of differing areas but also strong teams and great competitors. That makes them a joy to watch and congratulate. Due to this talent, they are some of the most productive and involved girls in the school. Many of them are members of several teams and involve themselves in various areas around the school. As a consequence of this Thomas Cookes often has some of the most rounded and committed girls.

Quite apart from all the school events that have taken place this term, there have been a number of house events. Not only have we had Pizza and DVD nights for the L4th, U4th and the L6th, we have also competed extremely well in many sporting, musical and debating competitions. Hockey, Badminton and Swimming have been the focus. I know we played well in the hockey and put up strong opposition against the other houses. Badminton has been slightly more successful as we won the ‘B’ team competition in Year 9. However, swimming is the area where most of the house excel. The girls were impressive in the junior house swimming team where we beat all the other houses in many of the races. The senior house swimming team was impressive in its formation. There were many who were prepared to support TC even though swimming is not their first sport, which was really encouraging.


On the subject of coming together as a house – I was impressed with the way the girls all came together for House Song. Much time and effort went into rehearsals and I know many of the sixth form-especially Nanci Burbidge-made every effort to make sure it was brilliant on the day. House Song is a very subjective competition so it is very difficult to judge. However, I thought the girls were all fantastic. It takes courage to perform at your best, in front of the whole school.


I think the most impressive win of the term must go to the junior debating team. This was a joint effort from Francesca Mellor and Elizabeth Aston. Both girls prepared very well for what was two difficult debates. In both instances I would have immediately wanted to defend the opposing argument but the girls did very well thinking carefully about the alternatives and ensuring they were able to defend themselves under pressure. The outcome was that they won! They beat every house in the school. This is rare as most of the time the girls just compete against the girls’ houses. I am so proud of them as this is their first year in the senior school. I look forward to watching them, perhaps in debating teams of the future.

A number of the girls have been the organisers and helpers of teams or other house related events – such as committees. This is brilliant as it takes leadership, initiative and objectivity. Many of the girls worked very hard to support the cake sale we had right at the start of term. Not only at home but also during the day. I was very impressed with the commitment shown for Macmillan and we raised a record sum of £265. Can I also thank all those who collected shoe boxes? Ms Diver’s tutor group had some great pictures.
Many of the girls have also had individual success this term. Kate Morrice is excelling in netball in the Wasps U17 team and I know Lauren Brown is in the same club at U19. I also know many of the girls are playing for clubs and counties. It always impresses me how well the girls balance their academic work and their extra-curricular activities: it is a difficult juggling act and requires considerable time management.


Towards the end of term we have had a number of festive events. The girls had a wonderful Christmas Dinner on Friday 2nd December. This was a well-attended, fun event for all. The girls were able to sit with their friends and we all had a festive meal. Towards the end I was able to give out some ‘silly’ awards. I was also able to give out house ties and presentations to those who had represented the house this term.


On the following Wednesday the house was also able to celebrate Christmas with mulled wine and mince pies. This was a lovely evening with photos of the girls, Christmas music and lots of food and wine (for parents!) There was also a fantastic raffle and I would like to thank all the parents that donated an item. The PA raised a considerable amount for the house and I would like to thank them for all their efforts not only here but also at the cheese and wine event earlier in the term.

On Monday of this week. We had the first house drama competition at Bromsgrove whilst I have been here. I believe it had been removed from the calendar some time ago and has now returned. Nanci Burbidge directed a short extract from ‘Daisy Pulls it off’. Holly Heslop, Holly Nichols, Isabel Kemp and Rhiannon Idczak performed brilliantly. Unfortunately, we did not win but I have to say the standard throughout was brilliant. Well worth going to watch next year if you have time.

There are many people I would like to thank in this letter. Katie Neales and Rhiannon Idczak and all the monitor team who have really helped out in lots of ways. Jackie who has been the Housekeeper while Lorraine has been away.

The tutors are amazing they are always there for the girls and will help in any way possible. I could not do my job without them. They look at careers, they advise on development and they listen if your daughter has a problem.

Finally, I would just like to thank you for all the wonderful gifts you gave me. I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

TC Awards.
Ties go to :
Francesca McCaig
Francesca Mellor
Elizabeth Aston
Libby Smith
Lucia Goodwin
Lucy Jenkins
Shona Mills
Ruby Hanke
Emily Clark
Tavleen Toor

Senior Colours go to
Kathleen Taylor
Holly Bolger
Elyssa Jones
Emily Lyle

House Academic awards
Emily Williams – Senior Award
Georgia Doohan-Smith – Junior Award

There were also some very important awards given out in Mark Reading at the End of term.
Katie Neales
Sarah Firminger
Lauren Brown
Bethany Khan
Bryony Ralph all achieve their D of E Gold
Elouise Brookes Geography, Religious Studies and PE.
Nandini Bulchandani Drama and French award

Kind regards

Kay Hannah

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