Blog week ending 23rd October
We are all very excited to finally be able to move into our new Sports Hall, The Dame Kelly Holmes Sport & Learning Centre. Dame Kelly Holmes is an aspirational yet relatable role model for our students, she grew up on a council estate in Kent with her mum and like so many, suffered self-doubt, yet with natural ability, focus and an (awful lot of) hard work achieved record-breaking greatness in her field (quite literally!) Dame Kelly was awarded an MBE in 2005 for ‘services to athletics’ and is the president of The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust which is a UK youth charity supporting 11-25 year olds who are harder to engage in education and in the community.
Sadly, as with so much else at the moment, we aren’t able to have an opening event for our new building which is disappointing .. but certainly, won’t detract from the exciting plans we have for the activities and sport that will take place!
Mrs Iles, Head of PE added, Our PE Department now boasts a beautiful full-sized Sports Hall and an outside MUGA (Multi use games area) as well as additional tennis courts. The Sports Hall and MUGA can be adapted for a variety of sports and activities. Both facilities will enable us to expand our sporting offer across both our PE lessons and our extra-curricular clubs. New clubs and activities due to start once we return after half term We are now lucky enough to have the facilities and equipment to set up for some new and exciting activities including Trampolining, Volleyball, Basketball and Handball, to name just a few.
The below images are taken from our new Open Evening film.
Our School Open Evening film is now live! We are thrilled with the finished presentation as it captures so well the feel and ambition of our school. I would like to thank all of the students who made so many wonderful, confident contributions to the film. From those presenting sections to speaking about their experiences of our school .. everyone, students and staff alike, were brilliant and I couldn’t be more proud. Please do take the time to watch the school tour film – please click here to view
Pictured, student presenters from the film including our Head Girl, Jessica and Head Boy, David below.
Our GCSE Art students have been working on ‘Fractured Forms’ coursework. This topic explores drawing and painting using the grid method for an accurate transcription. Artists use transcription to learn how another artist worked: how they constructed a painting, produced brush strokes and visual effects, and how they mixed colours. When you transcribe a painting, you come to understand the work far more deeply than you ever could just by looking at it.
Our Year 13 Chemistry students have completed a required practical in which students are synthesising aspirin by alkaline hydrolysis of oil of wintergreens.
Our librarian, Mrs Black has put together a specially themed reading list. If you’re looking for a book to get you in a spooky mood this Halloween, why not try some of these:
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder/Good Girl, Bad Blood – Holly Jackson
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn't so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden.
One of Us is Lying/ One of Us is Next – Karen McManus
On Monday afternoon, students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
Death in the spotlight – Robin Stevens
Someone will take their final bow . . . Fresh from their adventure in Hong Kong, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are off to the Rue Theatre in London to face an entirely new challenge: acting. But the Detective Society is never far away from danger. Jealousy, threats and horrible pranks quickly spiral out of control - and then a body is found. Now Hazel and Daisy must take centre stage and solve the crime . . . before the murderer strikes again
Undead Girl Gang – Lily Anderson
Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There's not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley's favourite activity: amateur witchcraft. So, when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone's explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Half Bad – Sally Green
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Amageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right.’ People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea?
You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could just try to do something about it. It’s a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in.
As we come to the end of our first term we have a few farewells to make. One of our Science technicians, Mrs Hurtt will unfortunately be leaving us. Mrs Hurtt volunteered with the London Ambulance Service (pictured left in her uniform!) as soon as we went into lockdown, and I knew then that our days of having her at school were likely numbered! Liz has been a phenomenal support to the school providing expert knowledge and assistance to the science department as well as being a student first aider ‘par excellence’! Our great loss is very much London Ambulance’s gain as she joins them on a full-time contract from half term. All our thoughts and thanks go with you as you return to the role of paramedic, keeping us all safe!
Sadly, Ms Hellen of our Art Department will be leaving us over half term. Ms Hellen’s support of the students and development of their incredible talents can be seen in the artwork on display all over the school – this, and the enrolment of our students in the Artmark scheme demonstrate her commitment to the arts and cultural education. We are all going to miss you hugely.
And finally, Mr Friar our Premises manager will also be leaving us over half term. Mr Friar has been invaluable in ensuring our school remained open to vulnerable and the children of key workers during lockdown as well as managing the plan and necessary upgrades required for a safe return for the whole school this September. I have tried to make him stay, but sadly even we cannot compete with the arrival of his first grandchild with whom he plans to spend more time.
Improvements to Lunch Ordering. To help support the introduction of Hot Food in to the school in a COVID-secure manner, we are looking to roll-out a new lunch ordering system after half term. This will simplify the ordering process for you and mean you only need to log in to ParentPay once to order and pay for lunches.
Rather than using the form that the schools have been sending out, lunch orders will be placed using your ParentPay Account, using a new facility that will be switched on over half term.
All parents (including those of Free School Meal eligible students) wishing to order lunches will need to have activated their ParentPay account, so please ensure you have done this. [Please contact the school Finance Office (email@example.com) if you need help with activation.] Of course any lunches ordered for Free School Meals eligible students, within the daily allowance, will not be charged.
Look out for the launch email which will be sent out over the half term!
Please note that the *order deadlines* for ordering meals for 5/11 and 6/11, and the w/c 9/11 WILL OCCUR OVER THE HALF TERM BREAK, so please look out for communications from the school regarding this.
I hope all of you manage to take a break, to relax and enjoy your half term. We will see students back at school on Thursday 5th November.