June 24th, 2011
Day two of the Higher Education workshops for the Sixth Form was focused on personal statements. Yesterday began with a talk by Mr Will Carver from Greenwich University. Mr Carver gave a presentation on what a personal statement involves, looking at where you start when making one and what should be included.
Lawyers from Slaughter and May were paired up with a Sixth Form student for the second session. The volunteer lawyers offered assistance in personal statement writing and gave an overview of what universities look for.
The next Sixth Form workshop concludes our insight into higher education.
June 23rd, 2011
The first of a series of workshops for our Sixth Form students began yesterday with a presentation by Niaomi Collett from the London School of Economics. The workshops aim to alienate fears and better prepare our students for study in higher education.
Yesterday’s workshop looked at what university meant to the Sixth Form students, from life on campus to budgeting techniques. Student ambassadors from the LSE then shared their experiences from their time at the university and how higher education life was in general.
The next session was spent looking at UCAS with the student ambassadors providing support. The rest of the week’s workshops will guide the students through the other various stages of the higher education application process.
June 17th, 2011
Title: Debate Mate Nationals
Location: The Royal Institution of Great Britain
Start Time: 13.30
End Time: 19.30
The school debate team will be competing against schools from across the country at the end of the month. The competition is the DebateMate Cup, which has involved various regional events from which the winners go through to the grand final to be held at the Royal Institute of Great Britain.
The team won the regional on 28th of March this year against 30 schools from in and around London. We wish the team the very best of luck in the competition and thank them for being such inspiring ambassadors for the school.
Further info: http://www.debatemate.com/
June 13th, 2011
Mini Sagas is a writing competition aimed at getting young people throughout Britain writing. As the name suggests, pupils are required to write a short story, or ‘saga’, in under 50 words, taking into account the traditional narrative writing structure of a beginning, middle and ending.
Sounds simple enough, but achieving all of this in under 50 words can present quite a challenge. A number of boys at the School have been successful in this writing competition, and their work has been selected for publishing in the annual Young Writers’ anthology. This anthology will be kept at the British Library and further libraries across the UK and the Republic or Ireland, providing a lasting record of their achievement.
Congratulations to all our pupils!
Find out more: http://www.youngwriters.co.uk/
June 10th, 2011
One of the songs performed at the Music Department’s Formal Concert last month are now available to download for your hearing pleasure.
The song features Year 11 student Kamal Bernard’s performing George Michael’s “Amazing”. There are two versions of the track, the composition and solo, to select. We hope you enjoy listening the track as much as we did on the night.
Please click the links below to download the song.
June 9th, 2011
Yesterday Year 12 Hospitality Diploma students hosted the opening ceremony of their restaurant ‘The Globe’ in the school. The team transformed a classroom into a fully-functioning restaurant for the event, preparing and serving food to the VIP guestlist of selected school staff.
The group gained experience in all aspects of running a restaurant, from concept and design, purchasing the ingredients, producing a menu, to cooking and serving the food. The restaurant was founded by the 8 friends who shared the same vision and dream to provide mouth-watering, tasty food from around the world.
The guests were treated to a 3-course meal, as listed below:
Bruschetta – a delicious crispy slow roasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with extra olive oil, salt, pepper, mozzarella and tomatoes.
Chicken Chow Mein – a mouth-watering combination of succulent pieces of chicken, noodles and fried vegetables
Chocolate Fudge Cake with Raspberry sauce and Vanilla Ice-Cream - indulging chocolate fudge cake with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, drizzled with raspberry sauce
Each course was happily eaten up by staff, with few empty plates to be seen. Second helpings were even requested, particularly after finishing the dessert! In fact, demand was so high that even Department Heads’ Mr Costello and Mr Van Deemter had to be politely turned away when they asked for a table at the fully-booked restaurant.
The entire service went without any mishaps, with the whole experience leaving a calming effect on the guests. Frederick’s Restaurant London owner and manager Matt Segal, a Globe Restaurant VIP guest, had this to say:
“I thought yesterday’s Globe Launch was a true success - the way reservations, meeting & greeting, table mise en place etc was handled was all perfect. Obviously customer service (ladies first and topping up drinks!) was also brilliant. And that’s without mentioning the food - which matched the menu description perfectly in that it was delicious. Punctuality was also perfect…”
Congratulations to the Hospitality staff and students for such a smoothly-executed event. We hope they will have the opportunity to host another service in the future.
June 9th, 2011
Next week is Year 7-10 exams week. This year we have made significant changes to the format.
In previous years the students had a day or two days off school for study and finished each day that they were in school at an earlier time. We have decided that this is not the most efficient use of students’ time. Instead, school will run at its normal times with the students sitting exams in their lessons.
For all students in Year 7 to 9 who are present for all their exams, school will finish at lunch time on Friday. Any Year 7 to 9 students who have exams to complete will do these on Friday afternoon.
Year 10 students have a GCSE Science exam on Friday afternoon.
The two INSET Days that occur during the academic year are taking place on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st June.
Students, I am sure, will enjoy their extended weekend. Teachers will, however, be working very hard, being involved in training and development to ensure that the provision for the students is continually improving . The INSET days are placed at this point in the year as exams are finished and it allows teachers to focus on developments for the next academic year.
You can download the letter we have sent out to parents, which further details the arrangements discussed in this post, here: Exams Week Letter
June 9th, 2011
Please note the Year 6 Induction Day will now be taking place on Wednesday the 29th of June.
This is a day earlier than it was previously due to take place.
Please check the school calendar, which displays all the school events for the year, to note this amended date.
June 2nd, 2011
Science Virtual Textbooks for Year 7-9 are now available to view on the website via our VLE.
As the VLE is currently still under development Science students will be able to access these documents using a temporary username and password.
These are as following:
- You can log into the VLE from the homepage via the login box on the right.
- Once you are logged in you can select your desired Science classroom using the drop-down menu on the top left.
- All Virtual Textbooks are located there in the Course section.
Please Note: If a pop up box appears click ‘No’.
We ask that only the Science students in question use this facility and that other students and visitors refrain from logging into our VLE.
If there are any difficulties accessing the VLE please contact our Web Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org