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    • Newsletter has left me feeling extremely proud of each and every December 2008 one of you. I have been inundated with requests from girls who wish to join the college, so as we enter our next stage of OFSTED SUCCESS working towards becoming OUTSTANDING! YOU HAVE ALL MADE MRS BELL VERY PROUD!! A very proud Mrs Bell!! Well done to you all, thank you and I wish you all a very I am delighted to be able write to all merry Christmas. our parents/ carers, students, staff, governors and partners in the community. By the time Mrs Bell you receive this newsletter, our college community will all have received the Ofsted Inspection Mosaic Awards Ceremony Report which took place 12th/13th November 2008. Our Academic Mentoring overall grade was GOOD with OUTSTANDING features. I want to share with you all some quotes from the report: John Kelly Girls’ Technology College provides its students with a good quality education where students thrive both academically and personally. As one parent commented, ‘ I am really proud that my daughter goes to this college, as it provides so many opportunities for her to become an independent adult in later life’. ‘A major strength of this college is its sense of community…As one of the students commented, ‘one of the best things about this school is its diversity’. This is one of the outstanding features of this college’. ‘Care, guidance and support is outstanding… Excellent transition arrangements ensures that new students…..settle quickly and happily into college life’. The Mosaic Network Group (part of the Business in the ‘Much of the college’s provision for extending community links is innovative Community and the Prince’s Charities) continues to work and well targeted to meet the needs of the local population’. with some of our Year 11 students. The professional expertise and mentoring support they bring is invaluable. It goes without saying that the overall judgement was down to every single member of our JKGTC community and the wider community of our South Brent Education On Wednesday 26th November HRH The Prince of Improvement Partners, Central Brent Education Wales, founder of Mosaic, was Improvement Partners and all our feeder primary schools. joined by HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan, During the inspection, many partners supported us in to celebrate the particular, those who gave up their time to come in to achievements and positive contributions made to society speak to our Lead Inspector: by young emerging Paola Riddle- Headteacher from Brentfield Primary Muslim talent at the Mosaic Talent Awards at the Natural School, Tariq Ahmed – CBEIP Director, Rocky Dean- History Museum. Traveller Support Worker, Easter Russell – our The first of its kind, the evening was held to mark Inclusion Officer, Pat Harrison and Barbara Mosaic's inaugural Hammond – Governors who were interviewed, Sue year and showcase the outstanding successes of the Kayser – Chair of Governors who came in both to finalists. greet the team and to support the Senior Leadership Team during the feedback session and Margaret HRH Princess Badiya said of the Awards, quot;These awards Craig – the college School Improvement Partner recognise the talent (SIP) that can be unlocked through the types of initiatives Mosaic develops, and Thank you to all the parent/carers who returned their I hope you will see for yourselves that this is very much questionnaires, the inspectors were overwhelmed by your deserved.quot; commitment and dedication to our college as well Ms Mngaza and Icram Serroukh (Deputy Head Girl) attended the award ceremony. This is Icram’s account of her meeting with His Royal as being truly amazed by your support of the college. Highness Prince Charles. Many of our staff were selected for interviews as well as the girls themselves, and everything that was said was “I felt extremely privileged to have received an invitation taken very seriously by the inspection team. to attend such a prestigious award ceremony. I enjoyed The four inspectors left our college very envious that they the night immensely and to be amongst such amazing were not working at JKGTC, and the whole experience people was a real honour. I was also lucky that His Royal
    • Highness took time to talk to us about the support the We had an early start 5 o’clock in the morning and a late college receives from the Mosaic mentoring group. Before return to school. It was very cold by the sea but some he spoke to us we were terrified but once he started girls managed to go on the beach with Mrs Sheehy. talking to us it was like we had known him for a long time. The girls had a great time shopping and buying lots of I believe the award winners and all those nominated were presents for their friends and family. very deserving and I hope this recognition continues with many award ceremonies taking place in future.” Icram Serroukh (Deputy Head girl Sixth Form Jack Petchey Award Ceremony November 2008 Mrs F Hemamda, Mrs E Sheehy, Mrs M Shah, Mrs P Webber, Mrs F Amao and Mrs A Mngaza. Year 9 Languages workshops with HSBC Bank On November the 28th, all y9 students were involved in a really exciting workshop with HSBC employees. They all use languages in their working life and they talked to the girls about the importance of languages in the world of work. The girls took part in different activities using languages in work place scenarios. All the girls had a good time and in their evaluation said that they now understand the value of learning a Winning pupils from John Kelly Girls’ and 13 other language. Many of them said they enjoyed learning secondary and special schools across Brent were “Happy birthday” in Chinese and some even learnt a few presented with medallions by the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Italian words. Ralph Fox, for their individual achievements at the third This was a worthwhile experience and we shall be Jack Petchey Achievement Awards on 6th November 2008 running this again next year. at the Advait Cultural Centre, Wembley. Just to let you also know the year 9 this year are following The students received their awards in front of their parents the GCSE course so could you support them by buying and Mrs Bell and Mrs Webber. them a dictionary and making sure that they complete the We were all very proud of them. homework set. Mrs Webber Cross Curricular French and Geography Trip to France. Languages Spelling Bee Competition nd On Saturday 22 November forty two year 10 and 11 On November the 18th, ten students from year 7 went to students went to North of France. They visited the seaside town of Wimereux to look at the coast and river Capital City Academy for a spelling competition. They mouth and at the way the town is protected by a sea wall competed against four other schools; John Kelly Boys, which is part of their GCSE Geography coursework, then Queen’s Park, Claremont and Capital City. The girls did they visited the Christmas market in Lille . extremely well and knew how to spell all the words. We came an honourable third.
    • • Prior to the competition, the girls came during break, Climate Change lunch time and after school to practise their spellings. • Migration Thank you to Nejla’s dad who came to support his • Food safety and Genetically Modified Organisms daughter and the school. (GMO) Well done to all of you. After their initial research we contacted the Portuguese Embassy. Our contact there, Silvia Raposo, gave us invaluable information that helped consolidate the girls’ research and enabled them to present a very strong and well structured case on the day of the event. Neil Kinnock – the former Labour Party Leader and current Chairman of the British Council, chaired the first meeting and commented: “You (the students) have discussed the issue in an excellent manner! It is a privilege for me to have chaired this “mock” council. Having been in many “real” ones, this council is more diverse, livelier and considerably better looking!!!” Mrs Hemamda and Mrs Shah This was a fantastic experience and I would like to thank Faduma and Fathima for all their great effort and Mock Council of the European Union excellent conduct on the day. They made the college proud. We would like to thank the Portuguese Embassy for the information they gave us and Mrs Webber for insisting we participate in the activity. Mr E Kavieris On Thursday 27th November 2008 the college participated in a Mock Council of the European Union in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The event was organised by the British Council, the Foreign Office, the Office of the European Commission in association with the French Embassy and the cooperation of a number of other European Embassies. The event was aimed at 16-18 year olds and allowed students to debate key EU issues as well as getting an insight into the way member states participate in decision- making in the EU. The event was held in the prestigious Locarno Rooms of the Foreign Office and its structure was this of a formal EU meeting. Twenty eight schools participated, each representing an EU country and the European Commission. John Kelly Girls’ Tech College represented Portugal. Our two “ministers” were two of our sixth form girls - Faduma SSAT Autumn Conference Hassan and Fathima Haider. The girls worked exceptionally well. They researched the Ms. McCann and Ms. Mngaza attended the SSAT three issues that were going to be discussed on the day, meeting at the Ellen Wilkinson Specialist Science College prepared notes and presentations and tried very hard to this Tuesday 2nd December 2008. Both teachers were present the Portuguese positions on the issues as proud to represent John Kelly and gave a presentation on accurately as possible. The issues were: the STEM project (for which the Science Department was
    • awarded £10,000) and CPD project for which the TDA have provided £12,000 funding. The STEM project aims to offer innovative and exciting events to give pupils positive experiences of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. It also aims to build Ms Van der Walt, Mr Fabian and Mr Akintunde took 30 A- teachers’ confidence and have long term impacts on level Biology and Chemistry girls to see the Body Worlds raising the achievement of students. exhibition. The students learned about the anatomy, physiology and health by viewing real human bodies. The The CPD project is designed to explore innovative ways bodies have been preserved by a process called to support professional development of teachers, outside plastination – a groundbreaking method for preservation the traditional approach of sending them on courses. The invented by Dr Gunther von Hagens in 1977. Science department has been able to improve teaching practise, and the students say the lessons are better! Comment by one of the G&T students: “A really enjoyable and educational travelling exhibition! We would like to thank the Science Club for sharing their It is definitely worth seeing, especially if you are fascinated by the video for the presentation, and Nizba Khan & Nadia intricacy of the human body and the anatomical structures Rachid for their student voice feedback. Thanks also to within.” Nagina Mangal Angus for technical help putting together the video clips and presentation. Ms Van Der Walt The Science Department would like to share these projects with other departments as cross-curricular Medical Ethics Master Class events. Nobody ever thinks about the right Ms McCann to live and the right to die when you want to be a doctor. What does a BA Crest Award doctor do? Try to alleviate pain and try to prolong the quality of lives’ of patients. So why argue about who dies? I was given the opportunity to attend a Medical Ethics master class at the University of London. During the class I learnt that patients always come first; so if a patient says ‘I wish to die, the pain is too much’- the doctor really has no right to object, if the patient is of sound mentality and are mature enough to make a decision. The class helped me understand why Hannah Jones was able to refuse a heart transplant - because she’d rather die at home with her family where she would be happy. It also prepared me for the dilemmas doctors have to face The Science Faculty would like to congratulate the on a regular basis and has opened my eyes to the difficult following year 9 girls on achieving their BA Crest Bronze ethical decisions I may have to face in my chosen career. Award from the British Association for the Advancement of Science: Fareeda Sohrabi 13S Madiya Amin, Samaira Ashraf, Zohra Ebrahimi, Sunna Hussain, Iram Khan, Kamila Wafai, Zanera Zafar. The students completed work on electromagnets, and felt Year 9 Make a Mint the project was fun and educational. “I really enjoyed the project with the electromagnet, I really Ten students from Ms. Amao’s Year 9 Science class took learned a lot” Zohra Ebrahimi part in an event designed to inspire young people. “Make “I really enjoyed this project. I would like to do a lot more projects a Mint” by NESTA took place on 20th November 2008 and in the future, it was really interesting” Sunna Hussain required students to come up with a product and business plan, which was pitched to a team of judges just like in “I learned a lot about electromagnets. I hope to do a project in the Dragon’s Den. The John Kelly girls ended up as the future again” Madiya Amin overall winners of the event, they received trophies and the Science Department will get £300 to buy new A-level TRIP sponsored by Aim Higher: equipment. You can see a video of the event at BODY WORLDS EXHIBITION at the O2 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=SxYGj5oHjcM
    • We hope the day has opened your eyes up to some of the activities that are available to you and that we see you taking GCSE PE next year! Ms Naisbett The girls representing John Kelly were Fariha Blaaza, Ayan Farah, Mariam Mahmoud, Colby Gnagbo, Alaa Shamsi, Ethel Fuenzalida, Asha Abdullah, Safa Haji, Yasmin Warsame and Kinga Pilarska. “I loved the trip, it was hard work and challenging and makes you think. You will know what hard work it is in business” Fariha Blaaza “I think the NESTA experience was one to never forget, I totally enjoyed every moment. I was proud of myself for taking part with my classmates, and our business was very successful” Ayan Farah “We all learned a lot about mints, and how the products are made. Launch Anti-Bullying Week, Diversity I enjoyed making our own product, and wining!” Kinga Pilarska –“Being different, belonging together” Monday 17th November saw the Brent Launch of Anti- Bullying week at CSD Brentfield Road. I attended with our two Brent student anti-bullying council reps. It was a great launch with over 100 staff and student representatives from all education establishments in the borough. The afternoon started with an inspiring talk from Cheer leading Competition in Brentwood. Sophie Allen – Head teacher at Stonebridge Primary School and presentations by four year 6 students about the work that they do to celebrate diversity, working On Saturday 29th November JK Exclusives took part in together to enable every member of their school the Future Cheer Winter Wonderland Competition in community to feel that they belong and are valued. Brentwood. We then split up into various workshops and students The girls were fantastic and did John Kelly Girls proud! looked at how they can help to promote anti-bullying work The crowds roared as we performed both the pom dance within their schools and staff had a choice of 3 and the cheer dance. workshops: JK Exclusives came fourth in the pom category and third - Bullying based on race, religion and culture in the cheer. It was a great result and proved all the hard - Bulling of students with SEN/learning difficulties work and training had paid off. - Tackling Homophobic bullying Well done girls! Ms Ayles Girls Active Day Year 9 Many schools were impressed that here at JKGTC we have Peer Mentors which we train ourselves and On Wednesday 3rd December the whole of year 9 spent the use of the bully box and the fact that it is placed in the day at Willesden sports centre for Girls Active Day. a prominent area of the school so students are aware The day involved trying out lots of different activities that that we take bullying seriously. Some of the we do not get to do at John Kelly. The activities included secondary students want to take this idea back to tae-kwondo, boxercise, dance, cheerleading, tennis, ice their school and start their own Peer Mentoring blading, skateboarding and a gym induction. programme. Each group had forty five minutes on five of the activities. Ms N Prussia (Learning Mentor) All the girls worked extremely hard and were well and truly exhausted by the end of the day! We hope you had fun during the day, if there are any clubs that you would like to be started at school, come and see Miss Naisbett in the PE office. Brent Active Citizens Project Volunteers Awards ceremony
    • past and present (these may include- short stories, photographs, poetry, and photographs/profile of what you This event took place on Monday 1st December 2008 at are doing now, success stories and celebrations). Any Brent Town Hall. contributions you would like to make should be emailed to kma_eng@jkgtc.brent.sch.uk (magazine contributions) The award winners were: Icram Serroukh and Premila Kerai We are also putting together an international JKGTC cookbook. Please email any recipes etc to Mr Jaypal at Icram has represented John Kelly Girls' Technology mja_math@jkgtc.brent.sch.uk College at the Dollis Hill Safer Neighbourhood Ward meetings for the last two years. She attends the Angela Mngaza will be working with faculties on meetings once a month and has made many valuable recreating lessons from the past. If you were a student at contributions, including helping to set up a website. JKG at any time and would like to share experiences- or In college she was a volunteer co-tutor for a year 7 form. are in possession of any artefacts that you feel would be She is always available to help at parent’s evenings, to useful please let Angela know on organise events and is an excellent ambassador for the am_sci@jkgtc.brent.sch.uk college. The International Cultural Fair through the decades will Although Premila has now left John Kelly to attend take place on Saturday 4th July. The PSA, Mrs Webber college she still returns every Tuesday as a voluntary and the Year Directors of Learning will provide you with worker in the crêche. Her help is invaluable to the staff, further information on how you can all contribute towards and she is willing to undertake any task. The children look this nearer the time. forward to seeing her every week because she is kind caring and fun. Finally don’t forget that we will be hosting a magnificent Banquet to mark our half centenary. This will take place Congratulations to them both. on Saturday July 11th. We are hoping to give opportunities to students past and present who may wish John Kelly Cookbook to perform any special talents that they might have. Please contact Sharon Hyare on I would like to extend a sh_emtap@jkgtc.brent.sch.uk if you want to contribute. massive thank you to all of you Tickets for this very special event will go on sale in who have contributed recipes for the February. If you want to attend and would like to make cookbook. All of them sound group bookings please email Sharon Hyare. Price of delicious and I look forward tickets to be confirmed. to trying them out. We are still in need of more recipes Finally please spread the word to anybody you know- however, so please keep them coming in. face book seems to be a good place!! and Friends reunited. Together we can make this a year to remember To celebrate the John Kelly half-centenary we intend to in the history of our very special school. design and publish a John Kelly Girls’ Cookbook, with recipe contributions from staff, students, parents and Mrs S Hyare carers. The intention is to have the cookbook split into sections by country, to celebrate the many cultures represented at the College, and to be published by July. Library News We are starting a drop in session for parents in the library Please donate any tried and tested recipes you would like on Friday mornings, 9am-11am run by Zainab. Come for to be included in the cookbook; they do not have to be a coffee and a chat. You can also get help with form filling typed or written out neatly as we will do that. and advice or reading. If we do not speak your language Many thanks. we will try and find someone who does. Mr M Jayapal Year 7 students have received their free books. We have been filming students reading aloud for a competition. Half-centenary Celebrations. Our seasonal tree has been covered with suggestions for books for the library which we will try and buy in the New During January and February 2009 each year group will Year. be celebrating a decade in the school’s history. If you We now have some board games available to use. yourself were at John Kelly or know somebody who attended the school who would like to take part please Next term we will be quot;Shadowing the Carnegiequot; If you are could you contact pw_mfl@jkgtc.brent.sch.uk as soon as very good at reading and would like to try reading and possible. discussing some unusual books see Mrs Geddes. The school is also setting up a journalism club and they Ms Geddes will be putting together a bumper addition of the JKGTC magazine. Contributions are welcome from any student-
    • Parents/Carers Saturday Environment News Beginners ICT and English Brent Council will be collecting Christmas Cards again classes from schools within the Borough. In January we will be running a Beginners ICT and The money raised from this scheme helps the Woodland English course for any interested parent/carers or Trust to create new woods and save existing ancient community members. This course will provide you with a woods in the UK which is very important for the firm foundation of basic ICT and give you the confidence environment as trees absorb CO2 and help combat global to either seek employment or go on to take accredited warming. ICT courses. The school that collects the most cards will receive a tree The course will begin on Saturday 17th January at for their grounds and it would be great if we could win, so JKGTC. Each three hour lesson will cost £5. I’m hoping we can improve the amount we collected last year. If you are interested in joining please contact Sharon Hyare immediately, either through your daughter or by All greeting cards can be collected (birthday, Eid, Diwali email sh_emtap@jkgtc.brent.sch.uk or leave a message etc) so please send any cards with your daughter when on 0208 452 4842 ext 232 she returns to College in January. Mrs S Hyare Ms M Shepherd Environment Officer DIARY DATES Lost Property Monday 5th January 2009 Even thought winter is upon us we currently have 9 coats/ 1st day of term start: 8.35am jackets which have been handed into lost property together with jumpers, gloves and pencil cases. Tuesday 13th January 2009 If your daughter has lost any items please ensure that Year 11 Parent’s evening *NEW DATE she asks if it has been handed in or telephone the college on 020 8452 4842 between the hours of 10am to 3pm to Wednesday 11th February 2009 check 6th Form Open Evening Ms M Shepherd Win a Voucher for Claire’s Accessories! The College counsellors, Sue and Lesley, will be running a poster competition. We would like you to design a poster which will tell students about the counselling service. How can it help you? Why might you come? What difficulties might you want to talk about? Watch out for more details at the beginning of next term. Sue and Lesley