Blog week ending 12th March

Posted on: 12/03/2020

Please join me in congratulating Keziah of 70 who has won a gold award in the BBC Young Reporter of the Year competition.  Keziah feels strongly that everyone should be able to see themselves represented in the books that they read and would like to see more diversity in the books being published for young readers.  Keziah provided compelling evidence for her piece commenting on how she struggled to find diversity in the books at primary school and her hopes for more black authors to have books published for younger readers.  Mrs McKenna, Keziah’s English teacher is justifiably thrilled for her, “Keziah is a confident and capable student so I am delighted her hard work has been recognised by the BBC! We are currently reading ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Keziah’s contributions to our class discussions have been insightful and impressive. Well done Keziah! What an achievement!”

Mrs Davey, our Librarian added “Keziah is a wonderful student and role model for her peers.  We offer a range of diverse books in our Library, which we will continue to grow using the recommendations of our students.  Moving forward, we will ensure that our diverse books stand out more and are easy to find so that all our students can see themselves represented in literature”

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To see the full article and to hear Keziah’s recording please click here

Team 50, is our newly launched Y11 GCSE Support & Aspire Group.  The group are challenged to make positive changes to their learning and revision practices, which are monitored and new small challenges are added at regular meetings.  The group have all achieved significant improvements to their revision techniques and mindset ahead of the GCSE’s in the summer – and crucially, all have seen improvement to their predicted grades.  Congratulations to Mrs Dhaliwal whose team (collectively) made the most improvement.  Well done ladies, we are incredibly proud of your endeavours – your successes over the course of the last few weeks has seen you adopt a number of small positive changes that have collectively made a big difference to your predicted grades and mindset.

Pictured below - I was delighted to present so many “Most Improved” Certificates and prizes.

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The International Women’s Day theme this year was #EachforEqual – an equal world is an enabled world.  A series of assemblies were delivered to explore the aims of International Women’s Day and to celebrate ‘The Female Lead’ – where women support, encourage and inspire other women to reach their potential.  As part of the activities around school students created their own motivational and uplifting quotes, these include;

“Never give up, look for the sun on a cloudy day”

“You miss 100% of shots that you don’t take”

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The below quotes and image were shared on our twitter account – but are worth sharing here too.

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On the theme of International Women’s Day, A Level Art student Hannah B has completed a piece of work that makes relevant comment and exploration on feminine and feminist themes

Hannah B completed a large-scale installation piece to address and explore the question of ongoing female stereotyping and a continuum of gender expectations. She says:  'I wanted to comment on the relevance of the feminist movement today and create a piece of work that highlights how little girls are still dictated to as to what to like and what they should play with, the continuum of pink and fluffy items for girls is not representative of every girl, as we are all multifaceted human beings.

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Our Music GCSE students are currently finalising and recording their final pieces. Mrs Dent is thoroughly enjoying the recording process and hearing all of our students perform.  Pictured below is Lucy performing ‘I Giorni’ by Einuadi.

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Congratulations to Clara V of 7B who won the Bronze medal with the London squad in the National Synchronised Swimming Event (12 and under age group).  It was a tough competition with clubs from across the UK, including swimmers from the GB National Team.  Additionally, Clara won 4th place in the Duet Competition with her partner and placed 14th out of 67 swimmers in the overall technical figures competition.  Clara is a dedicated and talented sportswoman who spends between 15 and 20 hours a week training with her club Erith and District, and separately with the London Squad.

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We continue to take advice from the Department for Education to maintain the welfare of our students and staff.  Following the latest advice we have cancelled the following overseas trips, the History Battlefields trip, netball tour and the ski trip.  The latest letters home regarding these cancellations and further advice can be viewed on our website under Correspondence here

Best wishes

Michelle Lawson

 

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