Bringing learning to life through arts and culture
Arts & Media School Islington are to be commended for their ongoing commitment to arts and cultural activities for pupils. It is good to read how you are continuing to engage with over twenty partners including; Platform, Urdang Academy, Dance is an area of strength at the school, Big Creative Education, Italia Conti and STEM, to help inform pupils of future career choices within the arts and that creativity week is now a standing feature your school calendar. You have also developed cross curricular projects such as, Global Warming, where students have built a large whale to represent the effect of plastic consumption on our oceans, which has helped to both enhance pupils learning environment and understanding of these global issues. It is good to hear that you are sharing best practice, including the attending borough meetings and secondary school transition events, it would have been good to hear more about what impact this had on the schools that attended these meetings and the subsequent impact on pupil outcomes. Your partnership with Cubitt Art is developing well and you may wish to develop a bank of case studies which outline the positive impact on pupils learning. Although there have undoubtedly been some challenges over the past 2 years, including the Covid-19 Pandemic, you have continued to find creative solutions and identified ongoing areas of development in your Statement of Impact.
Congratulations on your Artsmark Gold Award!
“Exciting”, “Educational”, “Cool” and “Inspirational”: Alexandra Sheppard visits AMSI
A lucky group of students had the opportunity to meet local author Alexandra Sheppard whose debut novel ‘Oh My Gods’ was published in January.
Of the students who attended Alex’s engaging talk on Greek mythology in popular culture, many had never had the chance to meet an author before. Our students were very interested in the process of taking a book from idea to publication and were surprised to hear that Alex grew up just around the corner in Holloway.
Some of the group had been working on their own creative writing inspired by the opening chapters of ‘OMGs’ during their English lessons. They were excited to hear that Alex would actually be reading their work and choosing her favourite piece. Daniella’s vivid description of living with a modern-day Poseidon impressed Alex and won Daniella a signed copy of the book.
At AMSI we place great value on reading for pleasure and meeting an author can be the spark that ignites a young person’s love of reading. We are incredibly grateful to Alex for being so generous with her time and also for the beautiful books that she has donated to the school library.
Alex is currently working on her second novel and we can’t wait to read it!
On Tuesday 21st May 2019, all our Year 7 students took park in a National Numeracy Day. This is an event celebrating Numeracy Skills in all schools across the country. One of the world’s largest accountancy firms, KPMG agreed to send 3 volunteers along to support each Year 7 class. Each class was given a presentation focusing on how much numbers affect our every day lives.
The KPMG staff told the students how they were using their numeracy skills to help businesses to be more successful. Each lesson ended with a tower building competition. Students had to consider what shapes helped to build the tallest and strongest towers.
The KPMG staff and our PGCE Trainee teachers helped to make it a great National Numeracy Day enjoyed by all and highlights our commitment to using creativity across the entire curriculum.
MFL Drama Workshop
Our years 7&8 MFL students enjoyed a day of drama and role play whilst furthering their knowledge of French and Spanish.
Using the stories of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, our visitors brought costumes and incorporated role playing whilst engaging the students in the language of the text.
It was a lot of fun but also a highly effective way of teaching and bringing to life not only the language but the literature of these two classic texts. It was a perfect example of how we are committed to bringing creativity to as much of our teaching at Arts & Media School Islington as possible. Thank you to our head of MFL, Mr Castillo, for organising this event.
Artists in Residence @ AMSI
We are delighted to welcome to our school community, 4 Artists in Residence – Janetka, Louise, Betsy and Esther – who are working in their new Studios in C block. This initiative is a unique partnership with Cubitt Arts which has revived our old woodwork room. In exchange for affordable rent the Artists will be working with students and staff on lots of exciting creative projects.
As a result of this new partnership, this week we hosted St. Martin’s School of Art and Brazilian Artists who collaborated with our more able MFL students in a workshop to develop a dialogue with young people in Sao Paulo through the arts.
The Artists have also converted a small kitchen in to a Photographic Darkroom which will run after-school sessions in January 2019.
Year 7 Anti Bullying Week Winners
November 16th: ‘Respect’ goes out to Year 7 students from Arts and Media Islington Secondary school (AMSI) who have won Islington’s Anti Bullying Week competition for schools.
The students produced their own version of the News at Ten on the theme ‘Choose Respect’ using Aretha Franklin’s song ‘Respect’ as inspiration.
Heather Vaccianna said: “A huge round of applause to the Year 7 students at AMSI for their fantastic entry for this year’s borough-wide creative competition. The students created a really entertaining piece that was fun to watch whilst reminding us of the serious impact of bullying and the importance of treating each other with respect to prevent it happening – well done!!”
Hansel and Gretel at the Barbican
On October 12th, a group of Year 8 and 9 students attended a special production of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ at the Barbican Theatre as a rewards trip for their work during the Autumn Term.
‘Hansel and Gretel (A Nightmare in Eight Scenes) ‘was a reimagining of the famous tale, with specially commissioned poetry, chamber music, puppetry and animations, all projected live onto a large screen.
Students were also lucky enough to participate in a live Q&A session with poet Simon Armitage, who wrote the poetry for the production. He told students: “If you want to be a writer, you need to be a reader.” Excellent advice indeed!