It's Official ~ Best in East London!
Tug of Paw (Young Enterprise Team)
Five representatives from this year's Young Enterprise team, Tug of Paw, competed against other school teams in the East London Finals of the Company Programme competition on Tuesday 9th May. Students travelled to the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP offices in London where they showcased their company. Students had already completed a detailed business report for the previous round of the competition and judges were quick to comment on the professionalism and passion shown. As with the previous round, students needed to set up a trade stand to demonstrate and give information on their product - dog toys made from recycled clothing. The judges interviewed the five representatives at their stand where they needed to explain the inspiration behind the product and the problems that both plastic or rubber dog toys and fast fashion are causing for our planet. The team were then taken off to a separate interview room where judges quizzed them on the Company Programme process, their experiences and next steps. After this, the team were greeted by other members of the team, parents and Mr Gilmore who had travelled to London to show their support. Finally, the team needed to give a presentation to everyone at the event. They were the last to present in a very warm room but soon had the audience participating in discovering just how much of a problem plastic dog toys present to the planet, cooing at photos of their happy canine consumers and laughing as Mason and Isabel danced along to the sounds of “who let the dogs out” playing as background music to the video of their products in action. They did a fantastic job of keeping their cool throughout the day and singing the praises of the whole team, who have all worked so hard to bring this business to reality. Once again, the most prestigious award was given to Tug of Paw! The team were commended on their terrific performance in all aspects of the competition and judges felt that this was a product that could be a real success. Marketing, finance and HR skills were highlighted as key areas of success and Daniel’s managerial talents were complimented.
Well done to the representing students; Daniel Austin, Spencer Cox, Aisha Jokomba, Isabel Lilley and Mason Mckenna for their exceptional performances. They represent a large team who are also responsible for the ideas, acumen, report writing and organisation of the business. Tug of Paw go on to compete in the London Finals next week, and we wish them all the very best of luck.
Mrs Harris Head of Economics and Business
ReedSmith Law Insight and Work Experience Day
I recently attended an insight day with the international leading law firm ReedSmith. Throughout the day I was able to learn about the different branches within the legal sector and the alternative routes to a career in law such as a degree apprenticeship.
I spent the day with other individuals who also wish to pursue a career in law post sixth-form. I was able to expand my network and pick up transferable skills such as working in a team when tasked with providing a dispute resolution presentation to the rest of the group. Additionally, as part of this experience, we were taken down to the office floors where we could watch the partners and associates working on big deals in real time. This was very exciting and gave me a taster into what the corporate world is really like.
Overall, I found this experience really insightful and a very productive use of my day as I am now more confident in my future career choice to become a corporate solicitor.
I applied for this work experience through SpeakersForSchools and would really recommend their website for students of all ages looking to gain experience in any field that they find interesting. Gaining experience as early as possible will be beneficial both now and later as it will provide you with many transferable skills that can be applied in both academic and professional settings. It will also help with university, apprenticeship and job applications in the future!
Rhianna Parry, Year 12
Congratulations to Rosie Bellamy in 12THW who has been offered a place on the IoPPN Youth Awards run by King's College London.
It was a highly competitive field where applicants are shortlisted based on relevance of written answers. This is all the more impressive as the company received a very high number of excellent applications; Rosie clearly stood out!
The awards are held in person at the IoPPN to gain first-hand experience of university and research. Each award does vary; however awardees will get the opportunity to meet a range of researchers and academics and gain insight into what further study and careers in STEM subjects entail. Successful applicants are also offered a £50 book voucher and a certificate of attendance; great for an UCAS application!
Well done Rosie!
Director of Studies, Year 13
Year 9 Exams Information
The season of assessments is approaching for Year 9 - their end of year exams will be held between Tuesday 16th May - Friday 19th May.
The timetable for these is set out below. All exams will be 40 minutes in length.
The students will be off timetable for the duration of the exams - where there are nominated revision sessions they should bring their own revision materials to work independently and in silence - not on their phones.
In readiness for the exams in KS4, students will be required to hand mobile phones to the teacher at the start of the exam & collect them at the end.
Normal lessons will resume from period 2 on Friday.
Students should ensure they come to school equipped with adequate pens/pencils for the exams, plus any specific equipment (e.g. calculator) for subjects such as Maths & Science.
Some suggestions for revision techniques have been shared with the students, plus guidance on managing exam stress. These have been shared on their form google classrooms and can be accessed there.
There are some simple ways to support your child through the exam week - ensuring they are getting an adequate night’s sleep, having breakfast to aid concentration, bringing a bottle of water to school, and arriving promptly to school for these exam days, since they will be starting immediately into period 1 at 8.35am.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Mrs Spencer Director of Studies, Year 9
Well Done Year 10 Sports Leaders!
Our Year 10 sports leaders did a brilliant job at their first event of the year: officiating at the borough Year 3/4 tennis tournament that we were hosting. They did a fantastic job of keeping the event flowing smoothly and were a credit to the school.
We'd like to offer huge congratulations to Louis Spicer (Year 9) who has been an integral part of the North Kent district football team which won the national cup this week, beating Sefton 2-1 at Stoke City's ground. Winning such a competitive competition is a fantastic achievement for Louis and his teammates.
Well played Louis!
Year 7 Cricket
The Year 7 cricketers lost their first round Kent Cup match on Thursday, but played really well against a strong New Beacons side. Half of them were playing their first ever hard ball match, and they acquitted themselves very well. Lots of reasons for optimism.
Mr Lines, Head of PE
Britain's Got Talent ~ Well Done Louie!
Louie Sanford of 8FTM performed on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday evening. He has also been involved in performing a video to celebrate the King's Coronation with teacher/children’s author, Banji Alexander. It's a very uplifting song to capture the mood of the Coronation. Please see it here: https://youtu.be/aFm6InUai0k
I am going to be running a stall selling books at the fayre, and would gratefully appreciate any donations of books to sell, in particular children's books and young adult books. Any donations can be dropped at Reception or the library.
Mrs Carey, School Librarian
Usborne Published Author Visit
When? Monday 15th May 3:15pm
Open to Years 10-12
Please notify Mrs Watkins if you are interested in attending
Debut author Ayaan Mohamud’s YA novel You Think You Know Me is inspired by her experiences of Islamophobia and a desire to write about Somali culture. Publishing in February 2023, You Think You Know Me tells the story of schoolgirl Hanan who, 10 years after her father’s death helping his family to escape the civil war in Somalia, finds herself the target of vicious Islamophobia when a local man is murdered.
The publisher says: “Mohamud’s fresh, authentic and unforgettably powerful novel shines a light on the lives behind the ever-present headlines about racist attacks and immigration.”
Native speakers of French, German, Italian or Chinese…
We are looking for members of our school community, who are native speakers of French, German, Italian, Spanish who would like to join our amazing team of Modern Foreign Language teachers in September 2023 to maximise the exposure our sixth form students have to authentic conversation in their chosen language of study.
The Language team would organise a schedule around your availability, which would allow for small workshops and conversation classes of 2–5 students. We are looking for native speakers who could ask students questions and support them to articulate and develop their responses accurately. Our Language teachers would support you with the planning of the workshops and topics for discussion. Topics of interest include: Identity, Traditions, Tourism, Food, Culture, School Systems, Equality and The Environment.
If you would like to know more, please email@example.com. We would welcome the chance to include our wider community in our mission to continue to provide an outstanding curriculum.
The MFL Team
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Dates for your Diary
Wednesday 10th ~ PA Meeting 7.30-9pm
Monday 15th ~ Booking system closes at midday for the Year 7 Virtual Parents' Evening Tuesday 16th ~ Year 7 Virtual Parents' Evening 4-7pm
Tuesday 23rd ~ Year 8 Diploma Evening (see notice) Friday 26th ~ Last full school day before half-term
Friday 26th ~ KS3 Orchestra Showcase 4-5pm (see notice)
MONDAY 29th - FRIDAY 2nd JUNE HALF-TERM SCHOOL CLOSED TO STUDENTS
Monday 5th ~ First day back at school following half-term
Saturday 10th ~ BGS Summer Fayre & Sports Day (see notice)
Saturday 10th ~ PA Pre-loved uniform sale (see notice)
MONDAY 12th ~ SCHOOL CLOSED DAY IN LIEU OF SUMMER FAYRE & SPORTS DAY
Wednesday 21st ~ PA Meeting 7.30-9pm (see notice)
Wednesday 28th ~ GCSE EXAMS CONTINGENCY DAY
Tuesday 4th-Friday 7th ~ The Addams Family Musical 7pm (watch this space)
Wednesday 12th ~ Jazz Evening 6pm (watch this space)