AMSI Blog 2021-2022

Welcome to Arts & Media School Islington blog 2021-2022 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.

AMSI has closely followed the government guidance and therefore certain restrictions were placed on school trips during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our blog for the the year 2021-2022 will again reflect these restrictions.

July

Primary Dance Festival

It has been wonderful to see the return of visitors to the school. A prime example was the Primary School Dance Festival, hosted at AMSI by our Year 10 students. St John’s Highbury Vale, Morelands and Duncombe Years 3 – 6 pupils attended with their parents to watch the performance given in the afternoon at the end of a morning of rehearsals.

Our Year 10 Dance students led these sessions. They also hosted with great confidence and were a credit to the school. A video of the performances of our students will follow.


Rounders Session with Christ the King Primary School

Today we had our rounders session with Christ the King Primary School at Wray Crescent. Their year 5’s came for a game of rounders along with some of our sports leaders in year 9. 

The session was absolutely brilliant and the year 5’s enjoyed the game immensely and our sports leaders were great in supporting the younger students. The students who supported throughout were Remzi, Giulia, Kianna, Tiearra and Tianna (all year 9). A special mention to Tianna Prince who helped support 2 students in year 5 who were not confident to run but with her support they both hit the ball and ran with Tianna which was great to see. 

We think this could be an annual event and we’d love to welcome Christ the King students again.


Arsenal Stadium Careers Trip

Fifteen students from Year 9 went to visit the Arsenal stadium to get an insight into the ‘Life of an Arsenal staff member’.

Students went on a tour of the grounds followed by a presentation about how the grass is grown and maintained, as this is an important feature of the stadium, and the value of Science in Sports and playing fields. They also learned about how to finance a stadium and job opportunities.

“We had the opportunity to see the stadium from the point of view as a staff member and a fan and can now appreciate how much effort goes into producing a great pitch of grass!”
Eliza & Delina Year 9


Bikeability

11th July, we held All About the Bike workshop for students on Pupil Premium:

The project consisted of:

  • cycle maintenance session
  • two hour cycle training sessions to get them to Bikeability Level 3
  • Use of a reconditioned cycle for the training which they are able to keep on completion of the sessions.

They practised their cycling and bike maintenance skills in the playground before taking to the local streets to learn road safety with the instructors.Well done to all boys who participated.

A special mention also goes to Ms Angella Harris for helping out to organize the project.
We hope we can do it again next year!

Bikeability is the Government-recognised National Standard for cycle safety, aiming to improve cycle skills for all. Their cycle training is delivered by qualified instructors for all ages and abilities.


Traditional Clothing Day

Wow!! What a response from our AMSI students! On the final day or Cultural Week, we asked our students to wear the traditional clothing of their particular culture and did they ever embrace it!

The majority of the school community, students and staff, dressed up in widely different clothing on the warm summer’s day. The school has never looked so colourful. It was wonderful to see such an array of dress and then for each and everyone of us to find out which country was being represented. It truly highlighted the rich diversity that we have in our school and how that, in itself, complements the education that each of our students receives at Arts & Media School Islington.


Cultural Week Food Festival

Cultural Week also included two days of cultural cuisine as students cooked food from around the globe to highlight the diversity that we have within the school.

The food then went on sale to the students in the courtyard with music playing to create the atmosphere of travelling to countries around the world. Delicious!


Cultural Trips Day

As part of Cultural Week, all year 7, 8 & 9 students were taken out on a cultural trip in Central London!

One of the great things about living in the capital is the easy access that we all have to the many cultural and educational institutions and events that people from all over the country and world travel to see. At AMSI, we are more than aware of how fortunate we are, in this respect, and therefore seek to put in place as many opportunies to utilise what London has to offer.

Our Summer Cultural Trips Day has now been running since 2015 (with the exeption of the pandemic break). It is a day that the students enjoy and is a welcome break from the classroom. Many thanks again to Mr. Bethell for organising and coordinating the staff and events for this wonderful and educational day.


Year 6 Transition Day

It was lovely to meet our new Year 6 and, soon-to-be, Year 7 student for the Islington Primary/Secondary Transition Day! The young students took part in numerous activities throughout the day.

Thanks especially to @SitaBrahmachari (below) for an inspiring primary-secondary transition session.

The students were also thrilled to receive a copy of @jrichardsauthor’s brand new book ‘The Unmorrow Curse’ with a personalised video from the author. They were delighted at the prospect of meeting her in September (and getting their books signed!) Thank you Jasmine!

We can’t wait for our fantastic new Year 7s to join us in September.

Your letters are sealed and waiting for you!


Year 10 Careers Days

To support students in their career planning for Year 11, Year 10 students attended a Careers Fair in our school sports hall then met with employers and participated in Careers Activities the following day.

We were well supported by local providers and colleges who gave their time to bring this offer to our students who really took a great interest and it had the desired effect of getting students to think about planning for next year when they are thinking about their choices for when they leave AMSI and move on.  Working with Young Careers, who are supporting the school with employer engagement, students had the opportunity to hear from industry professionals and ask questions to enhance their understanding of the wider world of work and future opportunity.

Our Year 10 students took a great interest and made all efforts to get the most from these events and we will be offering them more focused opportunities next year to support them. We thank all our employers, providers and professionals who gave their time to invest in the students at AMSI.


Year 10 Dance Tutoring

Year 10 GCSE Dance students went to Beacon High for the Primary Sports Festival. Year 10 GCSE dancers worked extremely hard to create a warm-up and dance routine that was targeted for primary aged students. They also adapted movement to stretch and scaffold all ability dancers.

The AMSI students taught 120 primary students from a different primary schools; Hungerford, Copenhagen, Montem, Christ the King, St Peter and Paul, Winton, Drayton Park and St Johns Upper Holloway. 

We are immensely proud of our AMSI students, they represented the school in an extremely positive light. Primary school teachers were impressed with the students’ creativity and professionalism. One teacher commented on how the Year 10s had a strong ability to engage all learners with their enthusiasm and passion for dance. The primary students loved the Year 10s dance session and could not wait to show off their talent at the end of the session. 

Xirone also gave a special talk to the primary students about what life at secondary school is like. Xirone represented AMSI well and calmed a lot of primary students fears about attending secondary school. 


Physical Activity Focus Group

Islington council conducted research with teenage girls which focused on how girls in the borough feel about physical activity.

  • What they enjoy, what they don’t.
  • What the benefits of physical activity are for them.
  • What their perceived barriers are to engaging in physical activity and what motivates them to engage in physical activity.

The research was used to work with girls to increase their levels of physical activity; one of the recommendations of that research was to create a bespoke physical activity club for teenage girls in the borough and the club was designed collaboratively with girls in the borough who made the decisions on when the club was run, what time the club was run and what activities they engaged in.

Last week, we held our first focus group with year 8 and 9 girls at AMSI to talk to the girls who have taken part in Sole Sisters Girls’ Physical Activity Club. The girls talked to us about why they started coming to the club, what they did and didn’t enjoy about it and about their feelings around physical activity in general. The girls’ feedback is invaluable and will be used to help us shape future work with teenage girls.

We would like to say a big thank you to the girls for sharing their thoughts and insights with us and it was great to see the girls again a couple of days later at the girls’ club session. We are looking forward to having a similar conversation with the year 10 girls and hopefully (fingers crossed!) the year 11 girls soon.


This Girl Can Last Session

Last week’s Sole Sisters club was held at Highbury Leisure Centre. The girls were in two groups, one group was in the gym being put through their paces! The girls did 20 minutes of cardio and a range of challenging strength and abdominal exercises. The girls then finished this session with fun on the monkey bars whilst other gym users watched on enviously, remembering the days when they were still able to do the monkey bars.

The other session was in the pool, with the girls working on their swimming skills. There was a lot of progress made in the pool, a lot of laughter and loads of splashing! The girls sealed off the session by jumping into the deep end of the pool!

Well done girls, you’re all legends!

June

Cubitt Arts

For the past 6 weeks a group of Year 8 Students have been embarking on a creative project with Cubitt Arts. Cubitt Arts was awarded Lottery funding to deliver a 6 week interactive project with AMSI entitled “70 Conversations”. This project was inspired by conversations that make a difference to strengthen communities and bring everyone together.

Students had the opportunity to work with Nadia Josephs whose father worked with Nelson Mandela on the anti apartheid movement in South Africa. Nadia herself  led the Islington movement against apartheid. This led to the interaction between the younger and older generation though guided discussions and interactive creative projects. AMSI students also worked with artist Mai Omer to develop their skills in film making, photography, research and planning. 

On 29th June AMSI students, and Cubitt Arts planned a celebration party for all in the Islington community. It was lovely to see so many AMSI staff and students be part of the celebration and interact with the elderly residents. Thank you to all of the staff members that attended the party in the park, I hope you had as much fun as the students.


TGC Basketball

Another great session in the ‘This Girl Can’ programme, this time a basketball session in Finsbury Park where 19 girls showed up. They were totally into the basketball, loved every minute and proudly represented the school.


IntoUniversity trip to AllianceBernstein

Year 9 students at Into University spent the day in Central London at AllianceBernstein, a global asset Management firm providing investment management and research services worldwide.

Our 29 students had introductions to the company and an overview of all the interesting
job roles that make up a global company. They took in a small lecture on key investment terms to include Financial Investment, Stock Markets, Interest and Liability and the value of Business Planning as being a key feature for success.

Working in teams and with the support of employers, students put forward a proposal for a
‘Robot that would be useful in Society’. The proposal had to include project and financial
planning as well as its purpose and production.  All students participated and had a really good go at it presenting their final proposal to the employers who then chose the winning pitch.

Students worked in teams and developed their communication, listening, planning and presentation skills and grew in confidence as the day went on. They were well provided for with snacks, lunch and a chocolate treats at the end.

Well done to our students and many thanks to Into University for organising the opportunity and to
AllianceBernstein for their time and commitment.


TGC Spin and Gym

The Sole Sisters Girls’ Club last session was a Spin Bike session and a Junior Gym session at the Sobell centre. The girls were put through their paces on the bikes. The class emulated a challenging road cycling session. This session although challenging was fun as it was set to music for the girls to sing along to, along with lighting creating a party atmosphere.

After a sweat inducing session, the girls were taken through a junior gym induction, after which they were free to use the cardio machines, free weights and gym equipment. The girls ran, cycled and lifted weights for the remainder of the session.


Into University Year 8 Cambridge Trip

Our Year 8 students, who are part of the Into University programme, enjoyed a day trip to Cambridge, arranged by Into University and supported by AMSI staff on a joint venture.

Students had already attended a two-hour preparation session with Into University, who are based on the site next to AMSI, to introduce the offer of University as an option for future career planning.

Students met with current University students for a Q&A session and asked them about thier University choices and motivations and what it is like at University. This was followed by lunch in the wonderful dining area, which really is spectacular and looks like the set of Harry Potter,  and then a tour of the building as well as the history of the historic educational establishment.

Students on the Into University programme attend sessions 2 or 3 times per year until they leave at the end of Year 11 however they can still receive support from them Post 16.

May

Middlesex Dance Accelerator

The students have been embarking on a six week programme, working with University Dance lecturers and students to create a performance piece. The performance consisted of two pieces, one contemporary based piece, choreographed by Bryony Cooper (a Release based dance lecturer), and a hip hop routine created by Leroy Dias Dos Santos (a member of the dance group Flawless) who is also an Urban lecturer are Middlesex University. Alongside the lecturers three first year students, Dominica, Katie and Eden worked with our students on performance techniques and learning about the different career paths that dance can lead to. They also worked with two past University students Teresa and Matty who documented the project and got our students to think deeper about the reasons behind why they dance.

Year 9 & 10 AMSI students performed the curtain raiser for Middlesex’s New Horizons End of Year show. They performed alongside third year students. Our students gave an amazing performance and represented the school in a really positive way. The University lecturers, students and audience members were extremely impressed with the standard of their work, commitment, behaviour and work ethic over the past six weeks. They received a multitude of positive comments and I am extremely proud of their journey and how far they have all come.

I have also recorded and photographed the event, but I am sure you would all love to watch it live at our end of year summer showcase in July.

A huge thank you to Dr Radzka and Trude Lamptey for supporting the project, especially on the day of the performance. Thank you to Tracey Warner and Louise Graham and the English department. Without you all the project would not have been the success that it was.

Ms Stephanou: Head of Dance


Lord’s Cricket Ground Trip

A group of our Year 9 students were invited to the annual Lord’s Cricket school engagement event based at Lords Cricket grounds in St Johns Wood. They were amongst many other Primary & Secondary Schools who attended. 

Students watched a cricket match from the grandstands and also visited the Cricket Museum to see the Trophies and the Ashes. Students also participated in a range of ball throwing activities which were organised circuit events.

It is surprising how many games there are just throwing a ball around and how much the students enjoyed those activities!!

Well done to our Year 9 students who made the most of the day.


TGC Tennis

Our ‘This Girl Can’ project saw the girls pick up tennis racquets for part one of Tennis Club. The girls met at Finsbury Park Tennis Courts, where they had exclusive access to all of the courts.

The girls were given tennis racquets and tennis balls and were let loose on the courts! The coach gave them drills to do and games to play for the hour. There was a lot of smiling, running around the court and chasing tennis balls that were shooting off in all directions!

Watch this space for part two this week, where the girls will improve on their newly acquired skills!


TGC Teen Yoga

Last week’s session was Yoga, led by Denise Lake, a Teen Yoga teacher. The yoga practice was designed with teenage girls in mind, with the combination of postures complimenting their physical and psychological development.

The girls were taken through a series of limbering postures, before doing warming sun salutations, with the final round of salutations being taught by one of the girls from AMSI! The girls were introduced to various standing and balancing postures and worked towards the peak postures, both Tree (a standing balance) and Crow (an arm balance), with ALL of the girls achieving a version of these.

Throughout the practice, the girls were engaged and approached the postures with a combination of curiosity, humour, concentration and calm. The session ended with a relaxation session and 6 rounds of Bhramari (bumble bee breath), which had the girls in fits of giggles, but left them all feeling calm, grounded and happy!


KS3 Athletics

On 5th May we took a large number of KS3 students to the annual Islington athletics event at the Finsbury Park track.

Our students performed admirably and every single one gave maximum effort in each event that they participated in. The teamwork and support they gave each other was exactly what we want to see. In addition their behaviour was outstanding throughout the day.

Well done to all the students who represented AMSI! 


Danish School Visit 2022

On 3rd May our Danish partner school Ugelbolle Friskole came to visit AMSI after two years of Covid restrictions. The Danish school were greeted and met by Year 9 students and Ms Stephanou who gave them a tour of the school, it’s facilities and were introduced to specific departments who showed them the UK National curriculum. 

After the tour, the Danish school took part in a PE lesson with Year 8 students planned and led by Mr Panayiotou, Mr Owusu-Aborah and Dr Radzka.

Year 10 GCSE dancers led a Street Dance workshop to 36 students where they led a warm-up and taught them a routine that they had created. 

The teachers were shown the Pupil Support department where they were met by Ms Angella Harris who gave them a tour of the SEN department and our two sensory rooms. Inge, one of the Deputy Heads of the Danish school was extremely impressed with the excellent work of the Pupil Support department. Inge and her team of teachers left the Pupil Support department with lots of ideas, strategies and shared resources to take back to Denmark to support their SEN students.

At the end of the visit Danish and AMSI students created a time capsule full of memories of the activities of the day. This time-capsule will be opened in years to come when we have a joint reunion. 

Thank you to the students who planned and supported the day. All the Danish teachers gave comments of praise to the Year 9’s for representing the school so well on the tours. 

April

MFL Students Visit Institut Francais

On Thursday 28th April, students from Year 8 and Year 9 attended a film workshop at the Institut Français in South Kensington working around the film La Famille Bélier by Éric Lartigau. After completing some activities around the plot, actors and scenes used in the film, the students watched the film in the comfort of the Cine Lumiere.

We had an amazing time and the Institut staff commented on how well behaved and polite AMSI students are.
I want to say a huge thank you to the students for attending and a special mention to Miss Galvez and Miss Allan who helped make the trip run smoothly!


ARK Studios Exhibition

It was fantastic to see a selection of our Art students’ displayed at ARK Studios, a local community art studio, close to the school.

We look forward to an ongoing collaboration with ARK Studios.


TGC Rollerskating

Last Thursday afternoon, the TGC (This Girl Can!) roller skating session took place on the basketball courts in Finsbury Park. It was a beautiful sunny and warm afternoon and all the participants had smiles on their faces, helmets on their heads, protective gear on their bodies and roller skates on their feet!

We had beginners to seasoned veterans and everything in-between! The beginners learned to move with the skates, how to fall safely and how to stop. The courts were full of girls gliding and shuffling around on their skates. We are looking forward to seeing those skills develop in this week’s roller skating session and look forward to seeing more of the participants gliding and probably less shuffling across the courts! Well done crew, you all did really well!


French Students Visit AMSI MFL

Amazing couple of days sharing experiences @AMSI_school with Institut Lluís Domènech i Montaner from Canet de Mar.

Our students had the chance to increase their cultural capital and realise how important is to learn a foreign language.


AMSI Easter Radio Show

March

TGC Ice Skating

For the latest week of Girls Physical Activity club sessions, the activity was Ice skating. The session was held at the Sobell Centre and the girls were on the ice for an hour accompanied by an instructor.

They had lots of fun and were very engaged in the activity! This was the final session of the spring term, next term we will have new activities for the girls to do such as roller-skating, tennis and yoga.


Years 9 & 10 Drama Trip to The Globe Theatre

The year 10 drama class and a few lucky year 9 pupils visited the Globe on 17th March to watch a production of Macbeth.

The pupils enjoyed the show especially the stage fighting and all the blood!


TGC Seated Volleyball

In this week’s This Girl Can Activity Club session the activity was Seated volleyball.

The girls expressed that they had not done this activity before and that they were very eager to take part. The session was held at The Platform and we had a brilliant sports coach from Access To Sports who ran the session.

The girls from each school were mixed and split into 4 teams to do the activity. The girls were really engaged and they had lots of fun, many of them were quite competitive!

The next session will be the final session of this term and the activity will be ice skating.

February

AMSI Valentines’ Day Radio Show


Arsenal Stadium Tour

Recently, Siham and I had the opportunity to attend a tour of the Arsenal Stadium. It was educational and inspiring – we got to see the various awards Arsenal received over the years, artwork that fans created, and even a painting a blind person made. We toured the many luxurious rooms, as well as the stadium itself, which was immense (although it didn’t look like it had that many seats, we learned it has over 60,000).

Outside, we sat on the manager’s seat and then we made our way to the changing rooms of both the home and away teams. Arsenal’s changing rooms were grand – they had various places to participate in physical therapy as well as a cold pool. The central area had each player’s shirt hanging up in order, where we took pictures. Afterwards, we went to the museum, where a copious amount of medals, trophies and other awards were displayed. 

We were able to attend this tour due to the fact that Sonam, Siham and I took part in helping in a race at Arsenal Stadium in October, where we had to organize and distribute water, and provide encouragement to the runners by cheering, whistling and clapping.

Mia – Year 11


Year 8 Win Penalty Shootout!!

Our year 8 football team took on COLA Highgate Hill in the cup. After being 4-2 down with 5 minutes to go they scored 2 late goals and drew 4-4. The game went straight to penalties and we won 6-5 in sudden death to go into the next round. Our goals were scored by Eyman, Marley (2) and Reon. 

Not only did the team play incredibly well but they showed great resilience and then demonstrated great sportsmanship to the losing team.
Special mentions go to Shano, Eyman and Ezana who played very well despite being in year 7!

Rio, Shano, Abdul-Jabbar, Eyman, Marley, Lukas, Andri, Thomas-Ryan, Reon, Saeed, Haytham, Lewis, Ezana & Batuhan. What a team!!!


Alumni Assembly at AMSI

Students in Year 10 had a special presentation from an ex-student who left AMSI in 2008.
Shedeanna Clarke shared her experience of school and her career paths since she left AMSI or IAMS as it was then known.

Shedeanna had a further message for students to understand ‘Only you can build your future’ and to be ‘confident, kind and focused’.  Shedeanna told students that if someone had told her she would be working on an airline, flying around the world, speaking to a whole plane full of people and now speaking with a whole year group of students, she would never have believed it.  
Shedeanna is a local resident and her mother also came along and spoke with students about being focused and that parent and carer support should be appreciated as it will support them to be successful in the future.
This was a great opportunity for our students, who really engaged, and we hope to work together again in the future.

January

This Girl Can Project

TGC Dodgeball & Basketball

This week the activities were Dodgeball for year 8 and Basketball for 9, 10 and 11. It was nice to see so many KS/3 and KS/4 girls from our school and from St Mary Magdalene Academy.

Starting next week, we will be doing karate lessons at the Sobell Centre in the Sobell Karate Club dojo. Girls will be taught by a female karate teacher (Lara). Girls will have three weeks of Karate, 27 January, 3 & 10 February 2022, at the usual time of 4.30-5.30pm.

t is important that students arrive at least ten minutes before the class and that girls have a bottle of water and that they wear suitable sports clothing. These will be really good sessions and will teach girls some really useful skills.

TGC Azontoboxercise

I know, it’s a bit of a mouthful but just before the break this physical activity was attended by our die hard girls activity club goers and by some year 8 pupils, who attended the club for the first time.

The girls took part in a fun session of Azontoboxercise, which is an Afro beats-inspired aerobics routine. It’s a high impact fitness class mostly done with Afro beats music and dance moves intertwined with Boxercise, Kickboxing and Taebo moves.

The session in the Sobell boxing studio was like nothing they have done before and was loud, lively, energetic and great fun! Everyone got involved, even the session organisers were freestyling their dance moves!

The girls filled the studio with their dance moves, their energy and their laughter. Make no mistake, Our Girls Can!!


December

AMSI Christmas Radio Show


Careers Fair

We had our annual Careers Fair in school for our Key Stage 4 students on Friday 10th December 2021. Our sports hall was well represented by opportunity providers from Colleges & 6th Forms as well as University, Apprenticeship and extracurricular offers.

This is a really valuable opportunity for our students to have access to future opportunities and whilst they visited briefly during a lesson time they were also encouraged to visit independently during their break time, which many did, which was great to see.

Year 11 students responded very well and took a very mature approach to making the most of this event and took away information, asked questions, registered an interest directly and some even enrolled on the day.

We Thank all those opportunity providers that attended for their commitment to our students and who made the day useful and such a success


This Girl Can Project

Last week’s session was a non-contact kick boxing session in the boxing studio at the Sobell Centre. The girls were put through their paces, learning kicks, punching and kicking combinations and drills. New skills were learned, sweat was shed and laughs were had! It was the last session of the year and we will be starting again in the New Year, with new activities.

We would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to the girls for taking part in the sessions this term and we hope you have enjoyed being physically active with your friends, doing all of the different types of activities that you told us you wanted to try. We are really proud of the girls for their commitment, their energy, their positive attitudes and levels of engagement and we are also proud of their efforts in the pool and the gym this term. So proud in fact that we have created individualised certificates for those individuals that took part in the activities and they were handed out to the girls at the end of the last session.

All that leaves me to say is happy holidays to you all and we are very much looking forward to sharing fun, fitness and laughter with you in 2022!

November

Centre of the Cell: Year 9 Trip

To support our Year 9 students thinking about career ideas and supporting them in making their Option choices to
study in KS4, 24 of our students spent the day at Centre of the Cell in Queen Marys University.

Based in Whitechapel, the students participated in a ‘Science Pod Experience’ and a workshop based around Careers in Science. Centre of the Cell is a science education centre and it is the first science education centre in the world to be located within working biomedical research laboratories. They seek to have a positive impact on the
educational, career and health choices for young people.

The STEM Pod Experience is an interactive science experience using the state-of-the-art immersive show featuring films, gaming and learning. The workshop is a presenter-led experience which includes challenges and tasks for the groups to complete as they go through the workshop. Students had the opportunity to think about the range of Careers within Science, materials that may be used, skills and personal qualities that would be useful and the range of entry routes into Scientific careers.

The foundation of the learning is based on the trillions of Cells within the body. In the picture above, the group is
standing under a very large replica of a single human Brain cell and the white strands are the receptors.


SKANSKA – Construction Engineering Year 9 student trip

To support our Year 9 students, think about career ideas and support them in making their Option choices to study in KS4, 16 of our students spent the day at SKANSKA 20-22 Ropemaker project  office, based in Moorgate, with a range of professionals learning about the various roles within the  construction industry.  

They met with those in project development, planning, management as well as Health & Safety and  skilled operatives. Students had the opportunity to observe the build from a viewing station and  also experience Health & Safety training via 4D visual visors. Students heard about different career  paths and asked questions to further understand the opportunities available in the ever-growing  sector of Construction. 

Arts & Media School Islington thank SKANSKA for ensuring that students gained as much as they  could from the day and the time the company invested in career education. 


KS3 Girls Badminton

Competition was strong from 4 schools across Islington in the KS3 Girls Badminton competition at EGA school. Congratulations to the following girls who were part of our successful team.

AMSI team (1) Tula 9E, Liana 9E, Amy 9E & Maria 9E who played extremely well in all matches.

  • 1st Beacon (1)
  • 2nd AMSI (1)
  • 3rd EGA (2)
  • 4th SMMA (1)

Congratulations also to AMSI (2) Rosheen 9A, Malkoeser 9A, Larissa 9E, Ilaph 9E who were 4th in group 2.

Well done everyone who played. All the girls enjoyed themselves and had an unforgettable day.   


WildEd Action Group

Action for Conservation is a charity that runs youth environmental action projects with 12-18  year olds across the UK. These workshops consist of  3 two-hour sessions run by WildEd workshop leaders, building environmental knowledge, project management and teamwork skills.

The workshop is run by a team of young conservationists from across the world who bring their real-world experiences to the classroom and show students what being a conservationist can look like. The main purpose of the programme is action for conservation. These WildEd workshops help schools focus on ways to improve not only the environment within the local community, but also the school environment; as a healthy school environment benefits learning.

At AMSI, we are currently working on designing and leading our own environmental action projects, for example: tackling our use of plastic waste within the school.

The current group members names are: Jason, Craig, Luca, Malak, Grace and Harun

We are still recruiting other students to come on board to work on these exciting projects around our school community this term..


AMSI Girls Football Tournament

On Wednesday 6th October 2021 KS/3 and on 4th November 2021 girls enjoyed a school football friendly tournament.

It was an excellent occasion and the girls represented themselves well. It was a great opportunity for students to lead themselves, forming their own teams, and all the girls showed a great level of independence.

The KS3 team played very well. Giuliarose led the team from the front, as well as being an excellent role model as captain. Azariah also put in excellent performance.

The KS4 team played with a positive attitude and work ethic as they always do, especially Sila, who was an excellent captain.

Their best players were Luna, Rhianna and Yezda.

Well done!


‘This Girl Can’ Project

At Arts & Media School Islington our PE Department is taking part in the ‘This Girl Can‘ project with KS3 & 4 girls. The girls have been enjoying a whole host of exciting sports and activities provided by the project and led by our PE Teacher, Dr Radzka.

TGC Trampolining

The girls attended a free trampoline park session at the Sobell Leisure centre. They were greeted by the women who run the club and then taken to the trampoline park area, where they were given free trampoline socks and were shown a safety demonstration video.

The girls then had an hour in the trampoline park, where they spent time bouncing together, making up games and laughing and chatting together.

TGC Platform dance

There have been 3 dance classes, one Zumba and two street dance sessions. The girls were led through a warm up session and taught a dance routine, which was broken down and built back up.

They also had the opportunity to choreograph a dance step themselves in small groups, which they designed and performed together as a group.

TGC Tag Archery

Tag Archery equipment was provided for this fun session. Girls were given masks and were taught how to shoot with the bow and arrow. They were split into teams and then had battles against each other, with girls having to leave the game if they were shot.

This was a really fun session and the girls absolutely loved it!

TGC Swimming

The swimming sessions started on 4th November and there are 4 weeks of sessions and what they do during those 4 weeks will depend on what the girls want to do.

With swimming equipment provided free of charge, the sessions will depend on the current skill set of the individual girls, but may include being taught to swim, getting over fear of water, improving swimming techniques and tips on breathing in the pool.

The sessions will also include water polo and synchronized swimming techniques. The girls that cannot go do the swim sessions for whatever reason, will be taken into the studio and will do some activities there or in the gym.

TGC Boxing

We ran two boxing sessions, due to the popularity of the class. The session was a box fit class, involving some HITT and paired work, where the girls were partnered to do pad work. The sessions were high energy and full of hard work, fun and laughter.

The session included a whole session team game and the girls gave it their all. This class has given them the opportunity to spend time with girls from other schools and through this, new relationships have formed and classes like these have united the girls as a group.


Badminton Teams’ Success

On 2nd November, we hosted the KS3 Islington badminton boys tournament at AMSI and AMSI were the winners!

Congratulations to Jaiden, Toby, Oliver and Namkha (all year 9) who came out on top and only lost 1 out of 12 games throughout the tournament!

In addition, our B team finished 2nd overall and only lost to our A team! Congratulations to Matteo, Ahmed, Mohamed and Lukas (year 8) on their performances.


October

Present Yourself Day 2021

It was great to see the return of Present Yourself Day where our Year 11 students swap their school uniform for formal business attire and speak to volunteers from a variety of industries to gain insight and experience of life beyond education.

The volunteers were impressed at the manner in which the AMSI students took part in the day and took on board the advice and instructions on how to navigate their way into further education and employment.


Arsenal Charity Run

AMSI girls met at bright and early at 7am outside the Emirates stadium for the annual Arsenal Charity run. This involved 5 groups for runners doing laps of the stadium for 1 hour. The girls main duties were distributing much needed water to the runners and also being encouraging the runners as they passed.

They really excelled in this role and were by far the most vocal and enthusiastic cheerleaders present! They maintained this energy for the whole day until the last runner crossed the line at 3:30pm.

They really were a credit to the school and several organisers passed on their admiration to me during the day.

Mr Duffy


Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Workshops

The Jack Petchey team have returned to help out year 10 students find their voice for the annual Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.

Already, we have some serious contenders who are ready to take to the stage and present their chosen subject under the spotlight. We look forward to seeing all the presentations in the competition which AMSI has seen a lot of success in recent years.


Year 9 Football Team

Our year 9 football team played in the final stage. The team were competing in a final 4 group, unfortunately we did not finish in the top 2 but our boys gave everything in three tough games and it was a major achievement getting to the final in the first place.

Congratulations are thoroughly deserved to Arthur, Jaiden, Matteo, Damario, Ahmed, Ife, Salim, Luis, Nabil & Adam.

Well done Year 9 and also a special mention to the students who came and watched!


Year 8 Trip to the Globe

On Thursday 7th October, we embarked upon the first official AMSI school trip since the start of the pandemic!

Around 60 enthusiastic Year 8 students – accompanied by 7 members of staff – travelled to the Globe Theatre in Southwark to watch Shakespeare’s infamous A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Our students were exuberant when the Hackney Colliery Band, performing a brass instrumental, took centre stage in the opening of the play. The theatrical performance that followed was truly outstanding. Lucky enough to have standing seats in the ‘yard’ at stage-level, our students found themselves right in the heart of the action. The A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare Company comprised a diverse, talented, inspirational cast who created a genuine buzz amongst our students. The acting and costumes had us in stitches as the plot journeyed through its various twists and turns.

My Oberon! what visions have I seen!

Thank you to all the students and staff who attended for a fun day out – and a very welcome return to normality! 


Year 10 Football Team

On Tuesday 5th October our year 10s left school to play St Aloysius in their 2nd league game of the season.

Despite losing 4-0 our students played really well against a very good side. The students displayed wonderful attitude and behaviour even in defeat!

We are particularly impressed and proud of Nabil and Arthur who were playing up a year group and handled themselves fantastically. Well done team!

Jeremy, Richard, Wilmer, Arthur, Nabil, Malachi, Abdirahman, Isaiah, Sebastian & Ilyas


Year 10 Virtual Work Experience

Many thanks to everyone who contributed towards the Year 10 Virtual Work Experience.

This was the first time we have done anything like this in AMSI and so it was really exciting to see how it would go with employers linking in on live sessions. Students reflected positively on how the two days went and they have produced some excellent work.

The Careers & Enterprise Company, who are supporting us to develop our Careers program over the next 3 years, who provided the materials and employers were also pleased with how it all turned out. Working with outside agencies and employers is key to ensuring that students can see beyond the school walls and into the World of Work.


September

Key Stage 3 Homework Support

We are really happy to see so many of our KS3 students turning up, after school, to seek support or just to use the space in the canteen area to do their homework.

Homework support runs each day of the week from 2:15pm with teachers on hand to provide any support or advice where needed and it’s really encouraging to see the students taking the opportunity.


European Day of Languages

Hi! iHola! Salut!

26th September is the European Day of Languages. To celebrate the MFL department held a word treasure hunt for Year 7 where students searched the school for the word ‘Hello’ in as many different languages as possible.

Well done to our amazing winners for your participation and commitment!!

1st Shantae 7C (38 words) 2nd Ritaaj 7A (34 words) 3rd Eduarda 7D (31 words)


Year 9 Football Team

Wednesday 15th Sept saw our Year 9 football team successfully qualify for the semi-finals on 20th October.

In their group AMSI beat Beacon High 1-0 with Jaiden scoring. They then won their second game against COLA-I 2-1 with Arthur scoring both goals. AMSI lost the last game against William Ellis 1-0 but the 6 points were enough to qualify for the final four!

Congratulations to Arthur, Nabil , Matteo , Damario, Jaiden, Dominic, Salim, Ahmed, Adam & Ife.

Come on Year 9!!!


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