has left me feeling extremely proud of each and every
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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.
Cross Curricular French and Geography
Trip to France.
Languages Spelling Bee Competition
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
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
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
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
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
Ms Van Der Walt
The Science Department would like to share these
projects with other departments as cross-curricular
Medical Ethics Master Class
Nobody ever thinks about the right
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
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!
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
“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
“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
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.
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.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org (magazine contributions)
The award winners were: Icram Serroukh and Premila
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
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
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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 email@example.com 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
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
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