Black History Month

Thank you to the Year 10 students who wrote and delivered an interesting an informative assembly to celebrate black history month. They covered figures from history that had made a significant contribution to history throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Bushey Academy China Trip 2018

Saturday saw the return of The Bushey Academy 2018 China Trip who had spent half term in Beijing and Shanghai. Thirty students and four staff spent five days travelling with Dragon Tours around the historical sights of this amazing country.

The tour started with Beijing and our tour guides Christina and Susie who took us on a tour of the Great Wall. We visited a little known part of the wall which was very quiet and allowed the students to explore a vast untouched stretch of this marvel of engineering.

Whilst in Beijing we also visited the Olympic Park and saw the buildings constructed for the 2008 Olympics. The water-sports centre was particularly eye catching with its’ bubbled glass surface.

Next stop was Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City. Many of the buildings in Tiananmen square had been built at break neck speed by a mostly volunteer workforce and the size and scale was impressive. Our group garnered much attention from the Chinese tourists as, despite the country opening up in recent years, most Chinese have never met or seen a foreigner before. All through the holiday Chinese people asked to have their photos taken with us and school children would run up to us and say hello.

The forbidden city was a marvel with wide squares and ornate buildings. The view from the hill was exquisite and truly breath taking when looking back across the complex.

From here we visited a traditional tea shop and learned the masculine and feminine ways to hold a tea cup. The food in Beijing was exceptional and most of us were getting to grips with using chopsticks quickly.

We travelled from Beijing to Shanghai by sleeper train with rooms holding four people on bunk beds. It reminded me of the set of the film Murder on the Orient Express, although a little rougher around the edges!

Shanghai was a lot more of a hit with the students due to its’ modernity and lack of “squatting” toilets. The river cruise passed the unbelievable light show projected on to the glass buildings of the city’s sky line is something I will never forget.

Whilst here we visited a culture museum dedicated to the ornate jade carvings prevalent in much of China. They was a display of all the national costumes from the many ethic groups of china as well as their masks and religious ceremonial items. Another museum we visited a few days later was full of wax works and street recreations of old Shanghai from the ancient to colonial times.

We were welcomed to Jincai High School one of the top eight schools in Shanghai. The students spent the day with Chinese students in their English and Art lessons as well as playing football with them and using their amazing facilities. Some of the students were lucky enough to experience the schools virtual reality equipment and photography studio. We also took a volley ball lesson from a former Chinese Olympic team captain who now works at the school as a PE teacher.

We visited the TV Tower in Shanghai and ascending in a vertigo inducing glass lift the the observation deck. Plenty of shopping was also to be had after a visit to one of Shanghai’s traditional Chinese gardens in the old market district. Students and teachers alike had the opportunity to haggle with local street vendors for tea, jade, bracelets, paper cut sculptures and the like.

All in all a great trip was had by all.

Year 10 Football

Year 10 celebrated a much deserved victory tonight (23 October). They won in epic fashion,  12-1 versus Emanuel School. The boys were fantastic, played with maturity and professionalism. They were also praised by the opposing manager for their politeness and good behaviour.
They were ecstatic after this win and should be.
Year 10 Football Team
Sam H – scored 1
Jay – scored 2
Daniel P – scored 1
Chris M -scored 2
Darrell T – scored 1
Jayden -scored 3
Josh C – scored 1
Kent A – scored 1

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.