I’m not total philistine; I have read some of the classic novels. However, Treasure Island is on the list of the many that I haven’t. So I was doubly excited to go to see Thornden’s Schools’ production of Treasure Island on Friday (10 February). Partly to top up my “blagger’s guide to the classics”, but mainly for the chance to see another of the school’s productions. [Read more…] about Review: Treasure Island by Thornden School
Students at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College are celebrating another outstanding set of exam results.
The 1,225 students who sat A Level exams at the college this summer have performed even better than their predecessors. [Read more…] about Outstanding A Level and Vocational Results at Barton Peveril – 2016
It was back to the 1920s at Thornden School last week.
I don’t mean that slates and the 3 R’s were reintroduced, or that poor performance in class was admonished with a cane across the hand.
No, I mean that this was the decade in which the school’s summer performance of “Singing in the Rain” is set. [Read more…] about Review: Thornden School – Singing in the Rain
What’s the secret of comedy?
Yes, but what else do you need for a play to be funny. A witty script – maybe with some running gags. Visual gags to complement the verbal ones; possibly a bit of intentional confusion caused by misunderstandings and/or mistaken identity – particularly when the audience are in on the joke and the characters aren’t; and slapstick, done well, will always amuse an audience. [Read more…] about Review: One Man, Two Guvnors by Thornden School
You may have noticed that Britain’s Got Talent is back on our screens.
I’ll admit to having an ambivalent attitude to the programme. It’s not something I go out of my way to watch but when I do I find it generally entertaining. [Read more…] about Not Britain’s Got Talent
This year’s Thornden School GCSE production was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, performed at Thornden Hall last week.
As expected from these talented pupils, it was a delight to watch and stretched the talents of the GCSE students – for both the Drama Acting and Drama Design and Technical courses. [Read more…] about Review: Thornden School: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Parenthood changes your outlook in many ways. One way is when it comes to secondary school education and beyond, with exams in the offing, you can be guaranteed every August without fail your blood will boil. You will be annoyed. Why?
Because, without fail, somebody will claim, as the national exam results are much improved, the exams must be getting easier. That same old tired mantra comes out every August. Your blood boils every August. QED. [Read more…] about Always Annoyed in August (Are Exams Easier?)
Chandler’s Ford Today has published nearly 800 posts in two and a half years.
Today’s summary post celebrates local theatre reviews written by Chandler’s Ford writers. [Read more…] about Best of Chandler’s Ford Today: Top 12 Theatre Reviews
The 1160 students who sat A-level exams at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh this summer have maintained the excellent results of recent years. [Read more…] about Consistently Outstanding Results at Barton Peveril – 2015
It must be slightly daunting when planning to perform a well-known and loved musical. Everyone knows the story. Everyone knows what the songs are supposed to sound like. Can we do it justice? No such qualms need to have worried the cast and crew of who treated audiences to a feast of entertainment with Thornden School’s summer production of The Sound of Music last week.
The production required a large cast of over 100 performers – [Read more…] about Thornden Hall: Alive with the Sound of Music
There’s been a lot of talk on social (and other) media about “that maths question”. A problem in last week’s GCSE Maths paper that stumped a whole cohort of candidates.
I suppose the resultant Twitter storm is the modern day equivalent of sitting outside the school gates discussing the exam that we had just taken. [Read more…] about GCSE Maths Problem: Hannah’s Sweets
The early 1980s.
Telephones were attached to the wall by lines; an international call meant going through the operator – and was very, very expensive; a television remote control meant getting your child to walk over to the set to change the channel; the Intercity-125 was the epitome of modern train travel; Torville and Dean ice skated to victory; Sheffield was famous for its cutlery; children sat O-levels and CSEs – and organised protests to complain about school rules that they didn’t like; people who were out of work were “on the dole” and claimed “social security”; [Read more…] about Theatre Review: Thornden School: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾
20 years ago John Wilson wrote a letter to himself at Thornden School in Chandler’s Ford.
Now, a 33-year-old journalist from the University of Winchester, John opens the letter, which was kindly corrected by his teacher 20 years ago.
You now have the privilege to follow John while he takes a hilarious and poignant trip back to 1994, [Read more…] about John Wilson’s “Dear John” Letter – 20 Years After Thornden School
Yesterday I left work early to attend the carol service of Age Concern Chandler’s Ford at the Methodist Church.
Thornden School Wind Band and Toynbee School Choir, with their youthful energy, enthusiasm and talents, impressed the senior members of our community, making the carol service a much cherished event. [Read more…] about Age Concern Chandler’s Ford Carol Service 2014
We watched Frankenstein – National Theatre Live at Thornden Hall last night.
Frankenstein featured Benedict Cumberbatch as the ‘creature’ and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein.
The performance was powerful and thought-provoking. Benedict Cumberbatch wore a loincloth at the start of the emotionally charged show. [Read more…] about Frankenstein – National Theatre Live At Thornden Hall
The amount raised has enabled the Charity to purchase golden retriever Heskey and put him through the early stages of his training to become a canine partner and change the life of a person with disabilities. [Read more…] about Thornden School Pupils Raise £7,500 To Support Canine Partners
Thornden Tennis Club will be holding an LTA event called the Great British Tennis Weekend. It will run from 1pm till 4pm on the 29th of June (Sunday).
The Play Tennis For Free event intends to encourage children, adults and families to give tennis a try. It is hoped that we will raise the profile of our fantastic club. [Read more…] about Play Tennis for Free – Thornden Tennis Club
Laura Dyer from Chandler’s Ford will be abseiling the Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower to raise money for the Stroke Association on the 16th of March (Sunday).
Who is Laura? Why is Laura supporting the Stroke Association?
Laura grew up in Chandler’s Ford. She went to [Read more…] about Support Laura: Abseiling For Stroke Association
Musicale Winchester is running a Summer Music Course at Thornden Hall, from Monday to Friday 11th – 15th August, 9.30 – 4pm daily.
- Instrumental music for players of String, Woodwind and Brass Instruments aged 7 – 16, of any ability; [Read more…] about Musicale: Summer Music Course At Thornden Hall
Don’t miss The Wind in the Willows production at Thornden Hall from this Thursday to Saturday!
Students from Thornden School in Chandler’s Ford get hands-on for school production of The Wind in the Willows.
It’s been a busy few months for Year 11 B.T.E.C. and Year 10 GCSE students [Read more…] about Thornden Hall Presents The Wind In The Willows