AMSI Blog 2015-2016

July


Sports Day

Just before the baking sun arrived in July we had our annual sports day at the New River Stadium on White Hart Lane.

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Despite the rain at lunchtime the day saw some outstanding performances and great spirit!


Year 10 Art Residential Trip to Littlehampton

On the 4th and 5th July the Art department took 14 year 10 GCSE students on a residential trip to Littlehampton and the Cass Sculpture Park.

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We spent the Monday walking on the beach, collecting natural forms and sketching before having traditional fish and chips for dinner! After an early start on Tuesday and another visit to the beach we spent the day exploring, sketching and photographing in Cass Sculpture Park.

It was a brilliant trip and well done to all students who came!


Year 10 drama students explore drama with the Barbican Box.

Each year, Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning commission a theatre artist or company to design and curate the Barbican Box to provide an artistic starting point from which teachers and students devise their own play.

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Each year we pose the same question to our artistic partner – ‘what would you put in the Barbican Box?’ Inspired by the theatre work presented on the Barbican’s stages every year, imagination and creativity are at the heart of Barbican Box.


June


First Story Book Launch

On Wednesday 29th June we hosted the launch of the First Story Anthology, which was produced by the First Story Writers’ Group at Arts and Media School Islington during the Autumn term of 2015.

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‘A Pocket Full of Madness’ is an anthology of new writing by the First Story students at Arts and Media School Islington who took part in creative writing workshops led by writer-in-residence Edward Platt. First Story believes there is dignity and power in every person’s story, and here you’ll find young people expressing themselves in their own unique voices.

The event was held in the school theatre and copies of the book are available to buy and features writing by:

Abdul • Jamal • Marlon • Shania • Viktoria • Akeal • Aliya • Anecia • Ania • Basak • Dilan • Jack • James • Josiah • Miski • Rezwanna • Sabrina • Salman • Turac • Zilan


Midsummer Night’s Dream Performance

As part of our Shakespeare Focus Week to commemorate the death of William Shakespeare, we staged a cut down version by the RSC of one of the bard’s most famous plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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With fantastic costumes and set, the students’ performances were an absolute triumph and a wonderful display of the talent of our greatest ever writer. It was performed to over 300 primary school children, Year 7 and friends and family and included dancers, singers and lots of comedians!

Well done all!


RADA Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Also as part of our Shakespeare Focus Week to commemorate the death of William Shakespeare, RADA came in to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream for our Year 10.

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The play was particularly beneficial to our English and Drama students who were enthralled with the performance.


Tea Dance In the Park

Each year our KS3 students serve tea and cakes to local senior citizens in Wray Crescent park and this is followed by dancing for all.

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EU Referendum

On Thursday 23rd June, Arts & Media School Humanities Department conducted its own EU referendum after presentations made by the students to their peers in assemblies throughout the week.

  

The arguments were presented by Jack and Race with both sides, Remain and Leave, represented by Abdiaziz and Lawrence.

The students were then given their voting slips to cast their vote. Here are the results:

Key Points:

  • High turnout 75%
  • High proportion of spoilt ballots 25%
  • Overwhelming Vote to Remain 80%!
  • Highest year group turnout Year 7  – 79% voted
  • Highest voter apathy amongst Year 8 & 9 – 28%

The students listened to the arguments, made up their minds and entered their decisions and it was a great result. A special thank you must go out to the vote counters, Loushian, Jamie, Louis and Peter.

Now how did the adults do?…


Geography Field Trip to Norfolk

From the 17th June, 30 Year 10 Geography GCSE students spent 4 days at an 18th century residential centre on the Norfolk Coast gathering data for their Controlled Assessment on coastal defences.

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On the Norfolk Coast in Cromer the students spent two full days of academic research studying coastal changes and sea defences. It wasn’t all analytical research though and highlights of the trip included fish & chips, fencing and archery lessons, team building activities, high wire climbing and beating teachers at football!

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The weather was very harsh which made data gathering extremely difficult but students were very conscientious and everything was achieved.

Next trip planned is Iceland!


Carnegie Awards

On Monday 20th June, we played host to Islington Primary and Secondary schools who took part in this year’s Carnegie/Greenaway Awards. The book entitled “One” by Sarah Crossan has won the Carnegie medal for 2016!

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I was particularly thrilled because our Year 8 girls who took part in the Carnegie reading scheme, chose the book “One” as their favourite book and nominated the book to win! It is a fantastic book and was one of the most popular books of the year along with “Lies we tell ourselves” by Robin Talley. We have copies of both books in the library.

The girls did a presentation at the ceremony, and they were superb! The other schools also presented some excellent and creative presentations. The standard and the confidence was really high and our girls rose to the challenge, well done.

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Faisa Awow will be Prime Minister one day, she is amazingly talented and has a great vision. The Carnegie awards will return next year.

Sonia Swaby

Librarian


Year 10 Trip to Barcelona

Local business Davies & Davies kindly offered to sponsor our Year 10’s Spanish GCSE trip to Barcelona in June. Their generosity ensured that every student who signed up could attend.

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Ms Rose, Head of MFL and Mr Castillo Acosta who lead the study week, organised a fantastic range of activities including gallery visits, a flamenco lesson and food tasting from the different regions. Students who have been on previous trips have achieved A and A* at both GCSE and A level, with several going on to read Spanish at top Universities.


Alumni University Success

Arts & Media School would like to congratulate one of Alumni Students. Jake Head, who attended our school from 2004-2009 is currently graduating from University of East Anglia with a first degree in drama.

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Jake credits Arts & Media School with inspiring his love of drama and literature and it is fantastic to see him doing so well in this field. Well done Jake and we wish you the very best for your future.


May


Business Mentoring

A group of our year 10s are now coming to the end of the East London Business Alliance Mentoring Works programme. The 10 month programme, which commenced in September, saw students from a selection of schools across the boroughs of Islington and Hackney travel independently to city offices to meet their business mentors.

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For some students, this was their first experience travelling to these parts of London. Meeting every 2 or 3 weeks, the flexible and student-led mentoring sessions covered a variety of topics from university choices and career paths to personal budgeting, political manifestos and whether a man really did land on the moon! Some mentoring groups decided to get creative with their sessions with mock interviews, debates and trips. As well as building practical skills such as CV writing, interview techniques, exam revision and time management, many students reported the sessions also helped to increase their confidence, independence and ambition.

In May, the students and mentors got the chance to take a break from the books and hit the bowling lanes. As well as a bit of friendly competition, the bowling trips to Rowans Bowling in Finsbury Park was an opportunity for mentors and students to get together and share experiences and ideas.


Year 8 & 9 Assembly with Guest Speaker Igor Mongulu

Our years 8 & 9 were delighted to listen to one of our Alumni students, Igor “Shakii” Mongulu, who attended Arts & Media School from 2006-9.

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After leaving Arts & Media School, Igor went on to work as a stockbroker in the City of London and then onto Wall Street. He then left the world of finance to return to something which he discovered a passion for whilst at school. With the help of an inspirational teacher, Igor discovered a love of writing and in particular, poetry.

After telling the students of the path that he has followed since he was sat in their seats he was happy to recite a few of his poems, much to the delight of the students, hopefully inspiring some of our budding writers in the process.

Igor’s Alumni Story


Champion Young Reader – Ramadan

Ramadan is an avid reader, his favourite author is Liz Pichon (Tom Gates series)

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As Ramadan has a natural love of reading, I often gauge from him which books are popular.

Last week Ramadan noticed I had ordered two of the latest Tom Gates books in the series, he got excited when he saw the books and begged me to quickly process/catalogue the books so that he could borrow them. Touched by his love of reading and enthusiasm, I duly did as Ramadan requested and processed the books for him on the spot!

Ramadan’s chest rose with delight and confidence, so much so that he bragged he could read both books in two days!

Intrigued by his assertion, I challenged him to do just that and I also said I want a direct quote from a chapter from both books, but I would not tell him which chapter…

He not only rose to the challenge, he smashed it!

I can confirm Ramadan has read both books, in two days.. Mr Ashorobi, this young man, has done you, and himself very proud! As the late great James Brown once said… “Makes you wanna jump back and kiss yourself”!

Well done to Ramadan!

Sonia Swaby

School Librarian


Success at the District Athletics and Cross Country

We have received the results from the district athletics meet where our girls athletics team won overall. Also in the district cross country, the boys team were declared the overall winners.

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Congratulations to both teams for their outstanding effort and commitment!

Girls team: Davina Y10 (1st 300m and 1st in javelin, pictured), Oyin, Shernelle and Anais.

Boys team: Adam Y10 (pictured), Tyler Y10, Abdul Y8, Kaine Y10.


John Jones Art Award 2016

Now in it’s 3rd year the John Jones Art Award is a celebration of the partnership between John Jones and the Art Department at Arts and Media School Islington. Every year there is a school wide competition to encourage students to submit their art work which they have done either in school or outside. A team from John Jones then visits the school and picks the winners.

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This year out of over 50 entries the John Jones team selected 6 winners: KAIRA, MUSTAFA, JOHN, CORRINNE, SHEYLA, SHANNEL .

Congratulations to all the winners and a huge Thank You to John Jones. We look forward to 2017!

Full Story & Images


April


Cut Films UK anti-smoking competition challenge

Congratulations and good luck to Aisha, Aliya, Aliya, Anecia, Annisha, Basak, Elvis, Fathiya, Marlon, Miski and Rezwanna!

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On 25th April, Cut Films with financial support from the British Thoracic Society, delivered a one-day workshop, for Y10 Science students who are interested in following a career in the health industry. Competitors were specially selected by A&MSI Science department, from a long-list of twenty four students.

Cut Films is an anti-tobacco short film competition and the workshop gave students the opportunity to learn about the health risks of smoking, the chemical properties of cigarettes and media promotion of cigarette and e-cigarettes. With guidance from filmmaker Henry Blake on filmmaking techniques, students produced three films for competition in a bid to save lives.

You can see entries to this national competition at http://competition.cutfilms.org/ Voting opens on 7th May and closes at midnight on 20th May 2016.

And there’s more! Four of A&MSI CUT FILMS competitors will be selected by Mr Lawson to take part in the Department of Health’s 2016 work experience programme, from 27th June to 8th July.

Thank you to Mr Truman Lawson (Key Stage 4 Advice and Guidance Manager), Ms A. Henry (Head of Science), Mr Jason Wheetman (AV) and parents/carers for their support of this project.


Almeida Spring Residency

Congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 Almeida Theatre Drama Group who devised and performed their own original piece of Drama at the Almeida Theatre.

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They spent six weeks devising their piece, with the help of a director and a script writer. The result was their play called ‘Something’. All fifteen of the actors were extremely focussed and professional throughout the whole project. Their behaviour and performance was commended by all the other performing groups due to their maturity and enthusiasm.

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Well Done! – You were all a pleasure to have involved in the project.

Miss Dodson

Head of Drama


BBC 500 Words competition success

Congratulations to Sarah Williams of 7B for making it through to the next round of Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans’  BBC 500 Words competition with her story, ‘Holly”!

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Sarah is just 1 of 4,500 chosen from over 123,400 entries to make it to the second round where she will go to the Reading Agency for the second round of judging.

We will find out in May if Holly has been shortlisted for the final 50.

Well done Sarah!


March


Spelling Bee 2016

Just before the Easter holiday break we staged the final of the Arts & Media School Spelling Bee in the school library. Like last year the standard was very high but unlike then we had a clear winner.

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The two runners up with impressive scores were, in third place, Ramadan 7A who scored 17/20 and, in second place, Khalil also 7A who scored 18/20.

And we are proud to announce that the winner of the 2016 Arts & Media School Spelling Bee was…

MOHAMED SHARIF 7C who scored an amazing 20/20!


Charity Darts Competition

Let’s play darts!! Joining the students for a month of charity fundraising for Comic Relief and Sport Relief, the Arts & Media School staff took part in a staff and student darts tournament.

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Each round of the tournament was played throughout March during lunchtimes between teams of teachers and students. A total of £85 was raised for Sport Relief to go with the £486 raised from the Charity run. Well done to all contestants.


Barbican Photography Project: Glimpses of the Everyday

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The Barbican Photography Project is something that Arts and Media have been involved in for the last 3 years resulting in 3 professionally printed photography books. This year’s theme was based upon the exhibition of Charles and Ray Eames at the Barbican art gallery and specifically their work on close-ups and abstractions.

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In October the Art Department took the Year 10 GCSE group to the Barbican in order to look at the exhibition and receive a workshop by professional photography Laura Braun as well as take photographs around the Barbican itself. From this visit, 10 students chose to take part in the project which required them to photograph things in their everyday life from an angle and composition more unexpected than the ‘normal photograph’. This required the students to work independently, to take photos in their spare time, at home, on special visits and places personal to them the point being that what they photograph represents something about their world (away from school).

Once the photographs had been taken and critiqued by fellow students and members of the Barbican team they were sent off with photos from 5 other participating schools to be professionally printed. During the project the students also attended a spoken word and public speaking workshop in which they really shined with the organisers personally offering Arts and Media special praise!

The whole project culminated in a launch event on 22nd March, which was attended by senior members of the Barbican, artists and family members. During this event all schools had a chance to speak and once again our students spoke honestly, personally and confidently representing Arts and Media in the best possible way!

The final publication is available to buy in the Barbican shop, online and for free reference in the school library. There is also an exhibition of the photographs in the cinema café at the Barbican, which will continue for 1 year.

The students involved were: Asier, Davina, Ilia, Jack, Shange, Finn, Liam, Etswerke, Fatima and James.


British Science Week Activities

During science week we aimed to inspire our pupils, showing them what’s possible through science and the exciting careers and opportunities STEM subjects can present to them.

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Throughout science week year 7 and 8 pupils participated in two STEM challenges:

The ‘egg drop’ challenged pupils to design and build a container that would prevent an egg from breaking or cracking when dropped from a bridge.

The ‘spaghetti tower’ challenged pupils to design and build the tallest tower using only 50g of spaghetti and 25g of mini marshmallows.

More on British Science Week


Sport Relief 1 mile Charity run 2016

On the 18th March a grand total of £486.15 was raised this year through personal fund raising efforts by pupils. Congratulations to all year 8 and 9 pupils!

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Pupils ran 5 laps of our local park as part of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief 1 mile. I was delighted to see the range of fancy dress outfits which included Mexican cowboys, strange incarnations of Harry Potter and an array of outlandish pyjamas and onesies. What a sight!

Thank you to all staff who made the event so successful.

Dan Bethell – Head of Extended School


Art Now Exhibition 2016

From the 18th March until 23rd April, Arts & Media upper school art students have their work displayed at the Art Now 2016 exhibit at Islington Museum.

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Art Now 2016 is an exhibition showcasing the work of young artists attending five of Islington’s secondary schools and colleges. The students are:

Year 10s Ilia, Davina, Etswerke and Fatima.

Year 11s Ruth, Khadija, Eloise, Sheyla, Fotis and Job.

More details


February


8B Trip to the Life Sciences Museum at Guys Hospital

Our wonderful dancers in 8B are participating participate in a Creativity across the Curriculum Project with Electric Voice Theatre and several primary schools.

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The project began with a day investigating DNA at the Life Sciences Museum which is part of Kings College London in SE1.

Students learned about Rosalind Franklin and DNA and will interpret their findings through dance and music.


Barbican Photography Project

ON Tuesday 23rd February year 10 students involved in the Barbican Photography Project took part in a public speaking workshop in preparation for the official launch event.

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At the end of the session the workshop leaders came over to our students to congratulate and thank them for engaging so brilliantly in the day. Well Done to those students!

Ilia, Jack, Liam, Asier, Davina, Etswerke, Shange, James and Finn.


Year 11 Boys Badminton

Well done to our year 11 boys who represented Islington in the London Youth Games. They did the school proud and were unlucky not to win more matches.

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The boys were David Mehmeti, Aleksy Antosik, Adedade Adesoye and Ricardo Price. The standard was very high in our group. We beat Wren Academy from Barnet 3-2, lost to Tiffin Boys School 3-2 and lost to Hall School Wimbledon who won the tournament last year. The boys performed superbly. They were really unlucky not win in their games playing against two private schools from which the boys had been playing badminton since 4 years old and some of whom had represented England.


January


Year 7 Boys Meet the F2 Freestylers

Our year 7 boys football team jumped at the opportunity to meet and have pictures taken with the F2 Freestylers who happened to be filming an Adidas commercial on the pitch where the 7s were playing.

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Luckily, our head of PE used to play football with one of the stars, Billy Wingrove, and so they kindly agreed to an impromptu photo and selfie shoot, signed autographs and performed tricks with the boys. Bonus.


Crafting The Line

“Crafting the line” is a project by Art on the Underground in collaboration with artist Jasleen Kaur. The TFL sponsored project engages one school in the area of each of the 16 stations on the London Underground Victoria line.

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Arts and Media School were selected from over 50 applications to take part in the day long workshop. For this session the afterschool ART CLUB made up of Year 7 students took part, designing machines, objects and contraptions to deal with a future world where only re-usable materials are possible. The concept related to Jasleen Kaur’s own practice, which focuses on craft making and makers both unintentional and professional. During the workshop the students learnt about local craft makers and suppliers around Finsbury Park, discussing the skills of people who have become more and more obscured and less visible in how we consume and use objects. The work will be on display in Finsbury Park Underground Station in spring.

The students who took part were:

Mariam 7D – Hayaam 7C – Lusheen 7D – Khalil 7A – Ranika 7D – Diana 7C


9A Tour the Emirates Stadium

Mr Dilaver rewarded his tutor group, 9A, with a tour around Arsenal’s home ground, the Emirates Stadium.

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The students got to see behind the scenes of one of the football Premiership’s biggest and most successful teams. They also saw where they would like to watch all future matches from… the hospitality suite. Very nice.


IntoUniversity Workshops

On Friday 15th January, Year 8 and 9 students took part in aspirational workshops, facilitated by IntoUniversity.

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The students showed engagement, focus and really represented our school wonderfully. Our Year 8 students learnt about methods of retaining information, revision and using research skills effectively, whilst our Year 9 students began to think about their options and their future paths into university.

It was a fantastically valuable morning, and the same students will be having a follow up session in 2 weeks time on Friday January 29th.


December


Arvon Foundation Residential

Fourteen Year 10 talented students headed off at the beginning of December for a whole week of creative writing in the beautiful Devon countryside as guests of the Arvon Foundation.

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Ms. Renton organised the residential trip because the previous one in 2014 had been such a success “The students are completely immersed in thinking, writing, analysing and reflecting. They are coached by professional writers and work in a university style with one to one tutorials and small group discussions. They also live together and cook for each other which is an amazing experience in such a unique setting miles from anywhere”.

The results of the week are now published in an Anthology and the students’ feedback was glowing so we hope to make this an annual event!

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Christmas Fun and Fundraising

We had an action-packed couple of weeks at the end of term with our first Winter Fair on Friday 11th December which was hosted by our fantastic PSA.

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There were lots of stalls selling homemade gifts and treats and great fun activities such as a giant Trainer Pinata made by the Art Club! The PSA sold mulled wine and mince pies and the afternoon was rounded off with a fantastic Talent Show which was won by a Year 7 student – Keji 7C who gave an amazing performance of a Jesse Glynne song. We raised £189.00 which will go towards our fundraising for a new trampoline!


Christmas Lunch for Local Senior Citizens

For the past decade we have hosted a free Christmas lunch for 100 local senior citizens and this year it was very special. Several of our guests, who have been coming since we started, made speeches to the students about how much they appreciate the event.

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Year 8 students prepared all the vegetables with our Caterlink Chef and Year 7 served the meal to the pensioners. After lunch in the Theatre they were entertained by the G&T Dance Group, Music Scholars and a Raffle.

It is always a lovely event as we are also joined by Trustees, Governors, Alumni and Partners.


Jeremy Corbyn Meets Student Council

It’s not every day that we get a call from the Leader of the Labour Party asking to be interviewed by our students! But on Thursday 3rd December that is exactly what happened and we were delighted to host local MP Mr Corbyn so that students could quiz him about his new role in government.

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Eight students from the Student Council prepared a wide range of questions about his leadership skills; advice on being an advocate, and his policies on immigration and austerity.
Mr Corbyn praised their maturity and encouraged them to stay involved in the democratic process by making their voice heard in school and in their local community.


November


Step Into Dance Competition

On Saturday 28th November, our dance teacher Ms. Stephanou, took thirteen students to The Place Theatre to compete in the Step into Battle street dance competition.

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The students performed and represented the school well. They came fourth in the competition in the mixed battle category.

Congratulations to the following students on their performance.

Kyrell: Kyrell was labelled the star performer from our group by one of the judges.

Keji, Sashi-Elle, Eryk, Frania, Thalia, Dalha, Cyprus, Honey, Olivia, Julia, Diaz & Ashanti.


Rock School

Mr Deane and the Maths team organised a day of creative learning for Year 7 thanks to Nationwide. Students became Promoters, Producers, Managers and Set Design- ers in a range of fun, numeracy based activities that used their maths skills to stage a rock concert.

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In the afternoon they built model stages and designed promotional items such as T shirts for their imaginary event. Mr Deane said it was a great way of demonstrating how maths is used in everyday life to problem solve, calculate risk and inform 3D design.

As you can see, the students enjoyed it enormously and were very proud of their final stage sets.


Kindness Day

Did you know that there is a national day to celebrate Kindness in the UK? Well this year it was on Friday 13th November and our Student Council decided to use the day to thank ‘Hidden Heroes’ who do an amazing job but often go unnoticed.

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Members of staff, Jason (AV Technician) and Bev (Receptionist) received a surprise thank you from Agents of Kindness and were delighted to have been chosen for special treatment. Faisa (Y8) one of the Kindness Agents gave a short speech to the Year 7 Assembly.


Jack Petchey – Speak Out Challenge

Thousands of secondary students participate in the Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ Challenge! which encourages young people
to believe in themselves, to stand up, to speak out and to make a difference to our world.

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Thirty Year 10 students took part workshops on speaking, listening and presentation skills. Well done to the finalists below and good luck to Darren, Turac and Adam who go through to the next stage at Mount Carmel in mid-December.


Inspiring Women Conference

We were delighted to be invited by Islington Children and Young People’s Voluntary Sector Forum to participate in their Women Making a Difference Conference.

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The event was held at the Almeida Theatre on 3rd November where the guest speaker was Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty. Our Year 10 girls interviewed local charity worker and play campaigner, Denise Ward, for an exhibition that will tour local libraries, while our Year 11 girls performed their presentation ‘Stop the Silence’ about climate change, which premiered in Berlin earlier this year.


Careers Fair – Y10 and 11

Thanks to our careers co-ordinator Mr Lawson’s hard work, there were more than 20 organisations sharing information and promoting post 16 opportunities at our Careers Fair on Friday 6th November.

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A wide range of colleges and 6th Forms from Hackney, Islington, Camden, Walthamstow and Finchley spoke to Y10 and Y11 students about Courses, Career paths and admissions criteria. Everyone found the day really helpful and inspiring. Now all they have to do is get the required grades and write their personal statements!


Barbican Art Trip

On Thursday 12th November, Yr 10 Art Students went on a trip to the Barbican Art Gallery to see the new exhibition by Charles & Ray Eames and take part in a day long photography workshop.

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Over the next 2 months students will work towards contributing to a professionally printed photography book.


October


Year 8 and 9 Cultural Trips

As part of our Extended Schools programme Mr. Bethell arranged for Tutor Groups to visit local cultural sites, such as The Elthorne Peace Garden and Kenwood Park, to show young people the hidden treasures on their doorsteps.

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Students lit floating candles in the Peace Garden to commemorate Hiroshima.


Year 7 Creative Writing Competition

The winner of the Hallowe’en Short Story competition is Finn who thrilled the panel with his piece about The Reaper.

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His use of grammatical techniques and mature style wowed the judges and he takes home a Darren Shan box set of books.


Parent Engagement Week / International Evening

The week before half-term we opened our doors to invite parents in to school for lots of different activities. The Coffee Mornings gave parents the opportunity to meet each other and discuss how their children are settling in to school. There was a very positive atmosphere with everyone feeling that their child felt safe, happy and was making good progress.

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At the Help Your Child with Maths Sessions, Year 7 parents went through the curriculum with Ms Dattani, Head of KS3 Maths and did some problem-solving so that they could better understand the steps to go through when help- ing children with their homework.

The week concluded with a fantastic Interna- tional Evening at which Year 7s played musical solos and the G&T Dance Group performed. Parents brought along amazing dishes which included Beef Biryani, Jerk Chicken and Albanian Sweet Cake. The PSA organised a Raffle and a Quiz so there was plenty for every- one to eat and enjoy!


Black History Month Launch

To launch Black History Month at Arts & Media School, Islington, we invited Professor Elizabeth Anionwu to give a talk on her experiences and the Mary Seacole statue appeal.

Elizabeth is the Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of West London. She has held senior executive roles at various organisations and was appointed as the first ever UK sickle cell/thalassaemia nurse counsellor and was Head of the Brent Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Information and Screening Centre from 1979 to 1990.

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Professor Anionwu talked about her life prior to becoming a nurse and then how nursing took her to America to work which led to her specialisation in sickle cell/thalassaemia. She then talked to our students about her interest in Mary Seacole and her involvement in the Mary Seacole statue appeal in which a team of our students are also involved in the campaign.

Professor Aninonwu, was heartily impressed with our school and the warm welcome she received from our community, especially our pupils, left her feeling humbled.


September


Creative Islington Education Event with Poet, Lemn Sissay

Our partnership with Creative Islington goes from strength to strength and we were delighted to host their 2nd Creative Education event for Teachers and 22 well-known arts organisations. The cafeteria became a vibrant Arts Market with our Year 10 prefects taking visitors around our facilities and helping with refreshments. The main event included Poet, Lemn Sissay, Official poet of the FA Cup Final, Associate Artist at Southbank Centre, Foundling Museum Fellow, Patron of the Letterbox Club and Dea Birkett, Creative Director of KIDS in MUSEUMS.

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Ms Osagie welcomed everyone by thanking them for giving our young people such rich opportunities and emphasised the importance of creativity in building resilience, independence and confidence.   Everyone left the event feeling enthused and positive about creativity in schools!


Drop Everything & Read – DEAR

DEAR is a new reading initiative led by our Reading, Writing and Communication Team. During the day, students receive a message over the school tannoy system to literally drop everything and read!

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This ensures that all students read for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, which can make a big improvement on their reading age levels. On Friday lunchtimes in the Library, Ms Swaby encourages students to share what they are reading and enjoy hearing about why their friends and teachers have chosen certain books that are special to them.


World Cup Rugby Trophy Visit

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Thanks to one of our wonderful school Governors, we were privileged to be included in the World Cup Rugby Trophy Tour on the same day that the Trophy visited Downing Street! There was an opportunity for students to have their photographs taken and our brand new Year 7 Rugby Team had a special session with coaches from the England Rugby Coaching Squad.

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At the end of the visit the students were offered tickets to the match between Ireland and Romania the following week. Teachers who accompanied them said that their behaviour was excellent at one of the largest Rugby turnouts (83,000) ever recorded in the UK!


Year 11 students trip to Berlin Literature Festival

A group of Year 11 students have spent 5 days in Berlin after they were selected by FREE WORD to participate in Weather Stations, an 18-month pilot project involving international partners. The programme which places literature and storytelling at the heart of conversations around climate change, also set up a global website as a scrapbook for writers and students to share their experiences: the discoveries, delights and frustrations they encountered over the course of the project.

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Our students performed their work at the Berlin International Festival of Literature, alongside young people from Berlin, Poland, Ireland and Australia.

Arts and Media School, Islington has felt incredibly privileged to be part of such an ambitious and creative programme as Weather Stations. Both students and staff have benefited from working alongside international writers; exchanging ideas, developing creative writing skills; exploring our environment and encouraging young people to voice their opinions. We are very proud of the five students who travelled to Berlin and are eager to see how their campaign ‘Stop the Silence!’ will contribute to raising awareness of climate change issues.


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