Hot Chocolate Celebrations

One of the joys of working in a school is being able to celebrate the achievements of individual students.

The academy has run Hot Chocolate Celebrations over the last two weeks for students in the following categories:

  • Students who helped out at Open Evening last month
  • Students in Years 7 and 8 who have significantly high levels of Above and Beyond Achievement Points

Hot Chocolate (with cream!) is provided free of charge at the end of the day as a small way of one to one recognition for the notable efforts of individual students.

Hot Chocolate Celebrations for students in Years 9-10 will take place next week, and the academy will also be shortly hosting a Celebratory Tea for parents of students with an excellent positive behaviour record – further details to follow!

Mr Bilton – Deputy Head

Goldsmiths Confucius Institute Come to the Academy

The school is offering a Martial Arts and Chinese Pop Singing club organised by the Goldsmiths Confucius Institute which will run on a two week rotation on Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 for the next few months. Students will have a chance to use the Mandarin they have learned in lessons and experience Chinese culture.

Apprenticeship Insight Day – Willis Tower Watson – 27.9.2018

Eleven of our Year 11 students experienced the opportunity to attend an Apprenticeship Insight Day at Willis Tower Watson looking at careers in risk and the insurance industry.

It was an amazing day and the students really enjoyed the event. After entering the incredible offices in the City of London, the event started with a talk from three panellists, all of whom worked for the company. Their experience included backgrounds in; risk, taxes, currency, venture capital, digital distribution and insurance brokerage.

The speakers talked to our students about the opportunities available to them in insurance, as well as technological advances in in their field, for example robots, driver-less cars and planes. Our students learnt that there is so much more to risk and insurance than just home, life and car insurance. They discussed all other aspects of risk management from ships, planes, rockets and cyber-attacks.  Next students had an inspiring talk from the CEO of the company. He spoke about his experiences and career path. He also talked about the longevity of insurance companies as a business and how they presented a rich, sustainable and profitable enterprise needing a diverse, passionate workforce with access to a global market.

Students then had a networking lunch and spoke to industry experts questions about their jobs and they broke in to the industry. After lunch students listened to a current apprentice who spoke about his experiences so far and how much he enjoyed working for the company. He spoke about what was involved in an apprenticeship, about earning while you train and the importance of being able to balance work and study. He explained that their company could support you all the way up to a Master’s degree.

Finally, they saved the best for last. They had a tour of the building from people who work for Willis Tower Watson. Students saw the market place where insurance deals take place in Lloyds of London. A place where the Queen gets her insurance! They saw donated gift to Lloyds of London from Lord Nelson. Winston Churchill was even a Chairman of the company. They even saw a copy of the insurance document for the Titanic.

Closing thoughts from our students:

“It was a really interesting day” S.L

“Could you imagine if we never came here, we would never know about any of this” J.D

“My favourite part of the whole day was the tour” E.M

Anjana Ahuja – Speakers for Schools

This week Anjana Ahuja, contributing science writer for the Financial Times visited the academy to talk to year 7 about a career in journalism. She talked about her favourite story, the discovery of a fossil of a 570 million year old “blob”-like creature, fossilised in sandstone. This story seemed part investigative journalism and part 1950’s B-movie! Anjana also talked about how she made her way into journalism and the resilience required. There were lessons on how to embrace failure and Anjana also talked about her experiences of being an ethnic minority in a mostly white school.

The question and answer session at the end of the assembly showed how engaged the students had been.

Meet the Tutor Event 2018

It was wonderful to welcome so many of our year 8 and 9 parents to the academy on the evening of the 25th September. This new event was very well attended, with parents and carers taking the chance to have an informal meeting with the form tutors of their children. Feedback on the event was very positive from both parents and teachers, with both learning valuable information about the young people they are supporting.

Tomorrow will see years 10 and 11 have their chance to meet with tutors and a year 7 evening timetabled for the 2nd October. As part of the schools ongoing mission to engage and communicate with parents and students as early and frequently as possible, we hope that all concerned are able to attend.