AMSI Blog 2017-2018

Welcome to Arts & Media School Islington blog 2017-18 where, along with our News Page, we keep you up to date with all the fascinating events that are taking place each week at our school.


Filming of Tennis Advertisement

AMSI had an exciting opportunity last week in which some of our pupils helped out! The Camden based advertising company (Y&R) visited the school to create a mini film as part of an ‘active life’ campaign. The idea was to show how easy and free it is to play tennis and keep fit… No court hire necessary! The company cleverly designed a simple ‘tennis wall’, where the minimum amount of players needed is just one, and the maximum..well, that depends on how big the wall is! Here are some great action shots of our wonderful pupils here at AMSI giving it their best effort. We definitely discovered some tennis related talent… watch out Wimbledon!


To say thank you, Y&R London have not only donated brand new tennis rackets and balls, but will also be visiting the school after the Easter break to give a workshop on the TV and film industry! This will be an amazing professional insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

Well done to the following excellent pupils! Thank you for showing us your skill and talent!

Porshia • Dilon • Kamarie • Salmon • Amina • Qiana • Sabrina • Adrian • Samir • Sumaya 

Charity Runs in Finsbury Park

Well done to all the students from Year Groups 8 & 9 who took part in the charity runs around Finsbury Park to raise money during Sport Relief 2018!

We were grateful that the weather was very well behaved for us as the students set off to run, or walk, the entire lap around the park to raise as much money as possible for the charities.

We are still counting up the cash and waiting for it all to come in so we will publish the total as soon as we know. Whatever the final figure, the students had a lot of fun and it was great to see them getting out of the classrooms and getting some exercise and vitamin D whilst raising funds for some great causes.


Y11 Unsung Heroes – Rewarding exceptional effort in Y11 for English & Maths

What better way to battle the ‘Beast from the East’ than with a warming mug of hot chocolate?


That was the reward for our Year 11 Unsung Heroes who have been recognised for their exceptional effort in English & Maths.

Of course the welcome treat is just the beginning of their just desserts as the real reward will come on 23rd August, results day!

Science Trip to the LookOut Centre

On Wednesday 7th March, a group of year 9 students visited the LookOut centre in Hyde Park where they were able to plan and carry out their own ecology investigations.


Students carried out stratified sampling of a pond and found a range of specimens, including a newt! Ipads with microscope connections were used to see the diversity of aquatic organisms they found up close and in detail. In the afternoon, students did their own systematic sampling using a path transect. 

International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Accenture sponsored a fantastic STEM NETWORKING LUNCH for our girls.

We were joined by 12 amazing professional women from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. They generously shared their stories with Year 10 students and after lunch 10 students were awarded prizes for outstanding achievement and progress in Science & Maths.   Then girls from Year 8, 9 and 10 watched the film ‘Hidden Figures’, the untold story of the Afro-American women who worked for NASA in the 1960s.  Thank you to everyone involved for an incredible day!


“It was a really good experience because I had lunch with a Genetic Researcher who studies DNA. It showed me that women can have amazing careers  We can actually get there – it’s not just a dream!”  Thalia age 15
” It was great fun being together with girls and talking to STEM professionals. On our table was a Pharmaceutical specialist. She told us that she had no idea these professions existed when she was our age, so I am definitely going to start looking at what courses I can do.”  Aaliyah  age 15  (Award Winner)
” I was really inspired!  Next year I would like it to be a whole day and to meet women working in History & politics as well because those are my interests”  Netta age 15
” They are amazing role models for girls and they showed how strong and confident women can be.”  Honey age 15 Islington’s Young Mayor


Honey in Year 10 Elected as Islington Young Mayor

Islington’s new young leaders have been elected and are ready to speak up for young people across the borough on the issues that matter to them most.


Congratulations to Honey in Year 10 on her election to the position of Islington Young Mayor!

“I want to focus my time as Young Mayor on promoting sport and getting more coaches into schools. Sport is really important for giving young people opportunities.”

Islington Gazette

BAE Systems Roadshow

Year 7 reached for the sky last week when the British Aerospace Engineering Roadshow amazed them with Robotics; iphone Technology and Royal Navy Battleships which are all programmed through Mathematics!

Students participated on stage in exciting experiments which explained gravity, balance and flight!

Year 7 First Aid Course

The British Heart Foundation haw awarded our school special CPR (CALL/ PUSH/RESCUE) kits, which we are using in PE lessons to train students how to SAVE LIVES by using the CPR technique.

Every student will receive a certificate and wristband to acknowledge their life-saving skills.

Year 11 Drama Trip to see The Woman in Black

Mrs Harris took her year 11 drama students to see The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden.

There was a few screams from the audience but the students really enjoyed the spooky performance to a packed theatre. They will now be required to write about the dramatic elements of the play in their drama exam in a few months. 

KS3 Badminton Team Represents Islington Borough at the London Youth Games

Well done to our KS3 Badminton team who represented Islington at the London Youth Games tournament.

Well done Jude, Joshua, Robert & Nahem! We are very proud of you.


Year 7s take part in SCIP Career Showcase

The entire year 7 students took part in workshops organised by the School Career Intervention Programme.

The showcase gave the students a chance to talk to professionals about their careers choices working in the service industry such as the police, nursing and the Royal Air Force. It also introduced them to people working in the private sector such designers, music lawyers and hip hop artists, who then gave a performance for the excited year group in our theatre.


It was a wonderful day and certainly would have given our youngest year group food for thought.


KS4 watch performance of Shadow Games

Our KS4 students watched a hard hitting drama performance titled ‘Shadow Games’ in the theatre performed by the Second Wave youth theatre company.


Taking care not to single out any religious or minority group, the play tackles the subject of online manipulation and bullying, extremism and radicalisation. The Shadow Games project is a Home Office supported initiative looking at the ways in which young people can be influenced and drawn into risk taking situations without realising it. The students were then engaged in a discussion into online radicalisation and were able to ask any questions that they might be concerned about.

Sobell Centre trip to the new trampoline extreme park.

As a reward to our KS3 scholastic programme students, we took the top 40 to the new trampoline park at the Sobell Centre.

The trampoline park has only just opened and our students were some of the first to try it out as they had worked so had to complete various stages of the Scholastic Programme which runs alongside and enhances the school curriculum.

The challenge is now on to see who will be the next group to be rewarded for the work that they put in and to gain the recognition that they deserve.


Labour Leader praises student’ Active Citizenship

We were delighted that Jeremy Corbyn made time to visit AMSI because constituents had praised our partnerships with Crisis at Christmas, Solace Women’s Aid and the British Heart Foundation. 

Mr Corbyn met a group of young people who are actively involved in raising awareness and funds for charitable organisations which address inequalities in health; homelessness and violence against women. Students spoke about their causes with pride and passion, impressing Mr Corbyn with their understanding of the wider world. They discussed the importance of basic human rights and how young people need to engage with issues facing their communities. He presented the students with Active Citizenship certificates in recognition of their involvement and commitment and urged them to continue their good work.


Headteacher Ms Susan Service who chaired the discussion with Mr Corbyn, welcomed his visit:

“We are a caring community and this is recognised by Ofsted. The nurtured ability of our students to empathise with the social concerns that charities champion is a credit to their development into respectful and responsible young citizens in society. I am very proud of them as they are a credit to our school“.


Christmas Jumper Day

Mr Cohen, our new Head of Year 10, helped to get the school in to the festive spirit by getting everyone to take part in Christmas Jumper Day and to raise money for the wonderful charity, Save the Children.


Staff and students alike joined in the fun donating money to Save the Children and wearing all sorts of colourful Christmas Jumpers. The spirit and atmosphere around the school was bubbling over with excitement of the holiday season just around the corner.

End of Autumn Term Music Concert

On 14th December Arts & Media School presented another wonderful evening of classical and contemporary music to a thrilled theatre audience. With just under sixty performers on stage it was a spectacle to behold.


What we are particularly proud of is, not only the range of of musical talent but the range of year groups from seven through to eleven showing their passion for music and the amount of work that they have put in. We now look forward to the next concert in the following term to see how they have evolved.


Videos to follow

Christmas Card Making Workshop

On the 12th December Art Club students had a fun and festive evening making their own Christmas cards.


As well as creating cards for their family and friends, students also worked together to design this years AMSI Christmas card. So with as much glitter, sequins and pompoms we could get hold of the students got crafty!

The AMSI Christmas card – made up of mini artworks from each of the students.

Well done to all the students who took part!

Miss Wood & Miss Di Maria

Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch and Entertainment

For the past twelve years we have provided a special Christmas lunch and show for local elderly residents of nearby nursing homes.

This year, along with the delicious meal provided by our wonderful catering people and the amazing singers and dancers from the creative arts department, our guests were treated to a drama performance by the KS3 Drama Club. The short play was based on the famous Christmas truce on the battlefield in World War 1.

It was a wonderful and moving performance which the audience enjoyed where the performers were joined on stage at the end of the play by a local veteran from the second World War. We are very proud of our young actors, not only for their amazing talent, but for the maturity and respect that they showed today.


A kind message from Joe Hagland who joined us for the Christmas lunch

Azana from Year 10 Wins Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Islington Region Final

We are incredibly proud to announce that Azana of Arts and Media School Islington Year 10 was crowned the winner at the 2017-18 “Speak Out” Challenge! Islington Regional Final with a speech entitled ‘Kiss My Teeth’. Congratulation Azana!!

Well done also to Honey of Year 10 who delivered her speech at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school in front of a panel of judges and audience.

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Voting in the Islington Youth Councillor Elections

Arts & Media students took to the polling booths on Wednesday 29th November to vote for their candidate for the Islington Youth Council.

Honey from year 10 has held the post for the last two years and was hoping for re-election for another term but faced stiff competition from Nicole and Aaliyah. Good luck to all the candidates and we look forward to hearing the results.


Year 7 watch the Riot Act performance on road safety

Our year 7 students enjoyed our PSHE drop down day as they watched a performance in the theatre by the Riot Act about road safety. 

Year 8 & 9 Art trip to the Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition

The Art department took a lucky group of year 8s and 9s to the sold out exhibition at the Barbican showing the work of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.


They discovered the explosive creativity of one of the 80s most famous, and ultimately tragic, art and graffiti pioneers who worked alongside other great artists such as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. It was a great day and the students learned a lot from the exhibition and even managed to pop into the Museum of London before returning to school.


A massive WELL DONE to our Islington Badminton Champions, Nathan, Jude and Joshua, who played in the Key Stage 3 badminton tournament on 13th November.


They were undefeated and have now earned a place at the London youth games in February where they will represent the borough!

Black History Month Celebration

Another great evening was had by all at the, ahem.. slightly late, Black History Month Celebration.


We had some wonderful performances from our pupils as well as a graceful dance from Ms Mcleod and another show stopper from Mr Wallen. We also had the pleasure of a surprise performance from MOBO award winner, Lupine Cato and what a performance that was. Lupine blew the roof off our theatre, repairs are currently under way. This was all followed by some deliciously spicy Caribbean food; Ms Swaby’s Uncle Alfred’s patties were a particular highlight. Well done to all the organisers and performers of the evening and Mr King for pulling it together.


Danish Cultural Exchange

We would like to thank parents for their support and encouragement that enabled us to take 24 students from Years 8, 9 and 10 to Denmark at half-term.

Students experienced a very different culture and lifestyle; they developed new friendships, they shared their skills and exchanged ideas with confidence and performed to a very high standard which impressed everyone who saw their showcase of music and dance.


Families were ‘delighted’ with their ‘host’ student and this was evident on the day of the performance when the Theatre was packed with ‘host parents’ excited to watch ‘their children’ perform.

We are now starting to plan the exchange visit when the Danish school visit London in April 2018.

Year 10 Art Trip: Soul of a Nation

As part of Black History Month the Art Department took the Year 10 GCSE students on a trip to visit the Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power exhibition at the Tate Modern. 


The students spent the day exploring the gallery learning about Black History through Art. A very enjoyable and thought-provoking day was had by all.

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District 6-a-side Tournament

Nahum and Robert from Year 9 performed very well at the district 6-a-side tournament on Wednesday 13th September and have been invited to attend the first Islington and Camden district side training session coming up soon.

Well done lads!

Whittington Park Big Day Out 2017

On 9th September, Whittington Park hosted its annual Big Day Out! The Big Day Out is a community festival with all sorts of fun activities, shows and craft stalls for all the family.


For the second year running, Arts & Media School joined in the fun with music and dance performances from our students and a wonderful musical performance from our ex-student, Charlie.


Well done to our dancers, Karina and Shanice, and musicians Merian, Brendan, Max!


Rosie Kay Dance Company

During the summer holidays, Isaac 11D, Nicole 7A and Olivia 7F auditioned to be part of the Rosie Kay Dance Company. Rosie Kay Dance Company was looking for young talented dancers to be part of their next performance piece entitled “5 soldiers”; a thrilling and humane portrait of army life telling the stories of five men and women serving on the front line.


All three students performed exceptionally well and had their first glimmer what it takes to be a professional dancer on stage in front of live audience.

I am so very proud of these students and all of what they have achieved.

Head of Dance: Ms Stephanou

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