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.
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.
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.
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.
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