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  • 1. Newsletter February 2009 Stop The Clock Day – Designing Our Future One of the finished designs for a new school Year 7 Football pitch Swimming pool As part of their new curriculum, all of Year 7 had a “Stop the Clock” day on 16th December. With the help of visiting architecture students and designer Clare Burnett they discussed the future of the school and what features a new building might need. The students were split into 14 groups, and each group had to plan, design and build a model of their ideas. Many great ideas were put forward, and the 14 teams competed against each other to produce the best design and model. Some designed entire schools, while others concentrated on one part of the school which they felt needed the most improvement. Learning objectives: students proposed practical ways forward, in manageable steps. They generated their own ideas and explored possibilities, and communicated what they had learned in relevant ways to a new audience. The students collaborated with others in groups to work towards a common goal – designing a future school. Glass tubes lead between departments Students working on a design for a new block of toilets Student Feedback The winning design for a new school! The girls really enjoyed the chance to have their Student Feedback say on what a new school might look like and what features they would like to see. “We want to study law, dance, cheerleading, football, acting, astronomy.” “I liked being able to adapt our funky ideas into models” “More recycling, maybe solar lighting” “We worked together and voted on everything “Our building now is not suited to our learning fairly” needs” “I didn’t think it would be fun for architects, but it With many thanks to Noushaba Jaffrey for student was!” support and Angus Gulliver for technical assistance and photography throughout the day “Now we know we have to keep our own Mr Moore and Ms McCann History and Science environment tidy”
  • 2. Following our successful OFSTED report in November 2008, part of our action plan is to develop learning and teaching and moving the standard of ‘good’ lessons to ‘outstanding’. In order to achieve this, we invited John Bayley, an educational expert to come and speak to members of staff who work in the learning and teaching committee. We met with him on 5th February 2009. Our first session was fantastic and exciting! Staff gained many ideas and left the meeting feeling very enthused. One of the ideas we are developing across the college is sharing positive messages with students to improve relationships and the learning environment. We have included an example of positive messages below and a photograph of the committee working with John Bayley. http://www.jbayley.co.uk/ Students’ Comments “We want to learn Food Technology.” “We need a new playground, and benches to eat outside; more apparatus, running track, field, climbing wall, swimming pool. More sports, tennis, football, cricket.” “Signs in corridors so you know where you are and where to go.” “More toilets, sensors on taps and dryers.” “Bigger building with automatic doors.” Helping you learn. What can I do to help my teacher? “Gardening club with a pond” Make me happy! 1. I can sit down at the start of the lesson and ‘get ready’ to learn. “Library – more books than computers.” 2. I can listen to all instructions, questions and answers. “Plant trees to reduce the carbon footprint.” 3. I can be responsible for myself and respectful to others. 4. We can all help each otherby wanting to learn and achieve. “We want a fun, clean, happy school. So we look forward to going to school” 5. We can work hard to complete objectives and support each other. Garden 6. We can think about our work outside of the classroom. Welcome sign in multiple languages house 7. Sir can work hard to ensure we have exciting lessons. 8. Sir can listen to each of us individually and help me! Thank you. Mr McGill / Ms Shah Assistant Principals Technology and Languages Practical block & Dining Humanities building room Moving from good to outstanding!
  • 3. Year 8 trip to Amazonia at the Young Vic Year 11 students participated in a curriculum theatre enhancement afternoon which involved a trip to the British museum on Tuesday, February 10th. The students visited the special exhibition: Babylon: Myth and Reality which gave them a basic understanding of the great civilisation of Babylon where modern Iraq stands now. They learnt about Cuneiform writing, Babylon’s Hanging Gardens (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) and In January a group of ten Year 8 geography students the Tower of Babylon. They also viewed a copy of the accompanied by Mr McKenzie of the Modern Foreign earliest map of the world devised by the Babylonians and Language department went to see the play ‘Amazonia’ at watched a video about how the city of Babylon (situated the Young Vic Theatre and to attend a theatre workshop south of Baghdad) has been destroyed over the last few afterwards. The tickets were generously donated by decades by wars and negligence and what the Canning House, a Latin American cultural and social non international community is doing to protect it. profit organisation, as part of their schools programme to promote and create awareness of issues and The students even had time to visit the Egyptian wing developments in Spain, Portugal and South America. where they viewed real mummies and human bones but it Students in Year 8 study Brazil as part of their Geography didn’t spoil their appetite for snacks! syllabus. They look at the importance of the Amazon ecosystem, the issues surrounding its destruction and the attempts to conserve it. Ms Hemamda The play tells the story of a period of momentous change in the lives of the villagers of ‘Todos Os Santos’, a community in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. As new destructive forces confront the villagers, the solution is to be found amongst more traditional ways being and adherence to the knowledge of indigenous peoples and their belief in the spirit world. The students found out that the play was also inspired by Ms Hemamda and Mrs Jawad Modern Languages the real life Brazilian people’s hero Chico Mendes. He was a rubber tapper and Brazil’s first real ecologist who John Kelly Cookbook brought our attention to the forest’s destruction due to greedy and exploitative practises. He was murdered by a I would like to extend a massive thank you to all of you powerful landowner for being too outspoken. who have contributed recipes for the cookbook. All of them sound delicious and I look forward to trying them The girls enjoyed the play and patiently waited for an hour out. We are still in need of more recipes however, so afterwards to begin the workshop. A group of Year 7 girls’ please keep them coming in. from a school in a South East London was also involved in the workshop. Our girls showed a lot of patience and To celebrate the John Kelly half-centenary we intend to good will, participating enthusiastically in all the activities. design and publish a John Kelly Girls’ Cookbook, with recipe contributions from staff, students, parents and carers. The intention is to have the cookbook split into sections by country, so as to celebrate the many cultures represented at the school, and to be published by July in a similar, professional way to our yearbooks are. Please donate any tried and tested recipes you would like to be included in the cookbook; they do not have to be typed or written out neatly as we will do that. Many thanks. Amazonia and Chico Mendes Mr Jayapal Maths Mr MacKenzie Modern Languages Year 9 Combined Cadet Force Babylon Exhibition: Myth and Reality
  • 4. In January John Kelly Girls' first ever combined cadet force began their training programme. After an extensive A group of girls from year 10 and the sixth form were selection process seven year 9 students were chosen given the opportunity to go to Lovells law firm. The visit after proving they were prepared to commit to the was organized by Ms Mngaza and made possible by the programme for a minimum of two years. Mosaic network group of mentors. At the law firm we were talked to by trainees and qualified lawyers. We During their time in the cadets the girls will learn various discussed our career aspirations with them and gained a skills such as, survival skills, weaponry skills, map better understanding of the different paths laid out by law reading, communication and leadership. as a career option. After the group presentation we were given a tour around the building and we were able to talk The cadet training takes place every Tuesday after school to the lawyers and trainees one on one, and ask them at Highgate school, where the girls are working closely questions about their lives and how and why they chose with pupils from Highgate. law as a career. It was a fantastic opportunity for all the girls to broaden Well done girls and keep up the good work! their views about a choice of career. We also learned a variety of different aspects of law that we did not know existed. Overall it was a very worthwhile experience. Thank you Ms Hamdi, Ms Waseem and Ms Akbar for taking us to Lovells. Salwa Abdulrahman Sixth form On Wednesday 11th February a group of 25 Year 10 students went to Lovell’s Law Company in Farringdon to get more experience about being a lawyer. One of the trainees gave us an introduction about studying to be a lawyer. One of the International Finance lawyers told us about the different business trips they get to go on. At first I wasn’t sure about what I was going to do in the future but after this experience I have thought long and hard about being a lawyer. The visit was extremely interesting, especially when they gave us a tour of the building and Breathing Places update provided us with lunch. I was surprised about how much lawyers can earn even when they start. Very posh I must say! Our work on our patch of land at the side of the college is really getting underway now that spring is just around the Krishna Pindoria 10G corner. We are very keen on getting as many of our community involved as we possibly can and are looking SAMLEARNING for volunteers to help us develop plots of land, get our allotments started, plant, and prune or simply give us advice on anything to do with good gardening. It is that time of year again when revision is high on the agenda and here at John Kelly Girls’ we are trying If you are interested in hearing more please contact me everything we can to make that process easier and more via email at kma_eng@jkgtc.brent.sch.uk achievable. For the fourth year running we have invested a substantial amount of money into SAMLEARNING, this is an online revision tool and has proved very popular in the past. All students at JKGTC have access to this resource, we are able to monitor their use and have found that many students in Year 11 are currently not using this very valuable tool. We would like to ask for your support and encourage your daughter to use the online revision for the various subjects Ms Aylott Assistant Principal The YES project NW2JK Date of birth, month of birth, year of birth, first letter of Ddmmyyaa name, first letter of surname. Password is the same. Mosaic ‘World of Work’ visit to Lovells LLP
  • 5. As Year Director of Learning for year 10, I was asked to learnt to move away from situations as I could be select a group of thirty students to take part in a series of equally to blame or equally as guilty even if I was Active Tutorial lessons. During one 50 minute lesson standing by. When we saw the violent crime video each week students are introduced to a variety of what surprised me was that even the friends of stab/ activities, bus safety, emotional intelligence and Healthy shooting victims do nothing to help stop the eating are some examples of the topics covered. We bleeding, next I think all students should learn first have asked a number of agencies to come into college to aid.” explore aspects of our community that are not normally taught in schools. Ms Nicholls (Lead Year Director of Learning) One of the most exciting Active Tutorials is the YES Project. Different units of the Police Force have come into college to encourage discussion around the serious issues that face our young people today. Here are some comments from the students involved: Michaela “I have been to three sessions so far and I am looking forward to the next one. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the police dogs, how they are trained and the relationship between the handlers and their dogs. I learnt a lot from the ‘Fire Arms’ session, especially the long sentences given for just being in possession of a gun and about the need to licence guns. We saw real and replica guns and I can understand why the Police cannot tell the difference, we were asked if we could and seriously a replica gun cigarette lighter looked identical to the real thing.” Alicia “It’s been interesting so far because I have learned to see things from the police point of view and I never have before. They are not being ‘dread’ on you if they stop you, they usually have a good reason and I never thought about this before. I was interested in the sniffer dogs, they are very well trained but they frightened some of our group. These dogs can sniff out guns and drugs and we were taught how this is done. We were introduced to the police dogs and given a demonstration of an attack, we were then asked to stroke the dogs. I want to continue this course and recommend that all students get this opportunity; I see the police in a different light.” Intifaac; “I enjoy it, it’s about being safe, its educational. It’s taught me not to get involved in weapons as this gets you arrested. Its amazing how the dogs can be trained to attack a human by biting the arm and not attacking any other part of the body; they keep a person pinned down until the police come. The video clip on knives showed you that by having a knife you could end up using it and the serious consequences of this. Real crime and excellent video footage made sense to me!” Dorontina “It was ‘sick’ in other words it was really good. I loved the police dogs, they looked vicious but were well controlled; the police officers love their dogs and do not want anything to happen to them. I have certainly learnt not to carry a knife or be with anyone who doe,s it’s just not cool. I have also
  • 6. Recycling presentations in Active Tutorial lessons Help John Kelly Girls’ Technology College Over the last few weeks Years 7, 8 and 9 have attended earn prizes presentations on recycling given by Mrs Crace from Brent Council. Generation Green is a schools and community programme from British Gas, which encourages and Mrs Crace explained both the environmental and financial supports green behaviour through a combination of green implications of not recycling and how it affects each and lesson plans and activities. every one of us. Many of the students were surprised to learn that every 90 minutes the Borough of Brent Each school which registers for Generation Green it is produces enough rubbish to fill a swimming pool and that given a leaf goal and once the appropriate number of the energy taken to produce each aluminium can from leaves have been achieved they can then be exchanged raw material is enough to run a TV for 3 hours. for green rewards. In college it is very important that we all play a part in Both schools and parents/carers can also receive free recycling, ensuring we only recycle the correct items. advice on saving energy through easy to take actions for Cans, plastic bottles and tetra packs in the playground which they will earn “Green Leaves” for their chosen and canteen and white paper in the classrooms. There school. are many types of plastics, some of which are not recyclable and therefore we do not want plastic cups and yoghurt pots put in the bins. John Kelly Girls’ target is over 98,000 Leaves and so far we have earned 6,503. It would be great if the College If you have any used batteries from a game or camera could earn enough to get a reward, which can range from please hand to your Form Tutor as we are now collecting educational kits to the top reward of solar panels. these in the staff room. Please help us earn Leaves and help us reach our goal. It Mrs M Shepherd Environment Officer takes about 10 minutes to complete the British Gas Energy Savers Report which can be found under the heading “Families and Friends” on the Generation Green website on www.generationgreen.co.uk. Possibly your daughter might to improve her computer skills and complete the report for you. You will not only be helping the College but you could also save some money on your heating bills. Please ensure that you donate your Leaves to the Girls’ College. Mrs M Shepherd Environment Officer Lost Property Since the last edition of Student News the number of items being held in lost property has increased Students watching the presentation in the Hall considerably. Even though the weather has been freezing cold none of the coats or jackets we are holding have been claimed. If your daughter has lost any items please ensure that she asks if it is being held or telephone the college on 020 8452 4842 between the hours of 10am to 3pm. Each Form Tutor has told their Tutor Group to make sure they check as the items currently being held will be given to a local charity by the end of March. Mrs M Shepherd Environment Officer
  • 7. Year 9 Make a Mint CORRECTION Library / LRC Library Catalogue (list of books)can now be found by following these links on any school computer. Departments, This article was printed in the last edition of the Library-LRC, click on the link. newsletter, but with the wrong photograph! With apologies to the students involved. Braintcroft children from year 6 are now coming to a reading club after achool and using tha Accelerated reader Ten students from Ms. Amao’s Year 9 Science class took programme. part in an event designed to inspire young people. “Make a Mint” by NESTA took place on 20th November 2008 and Don’t forget the library is open late until 6.30pm on a required students to come up with a product and business Tuesday if you need to revise or finish course work. plan, which was pitched to a team of judges just like in We are also open from 7.45am until 8.15am daily. Dragon’s Den. The John Kelly girls ended up as the overall winners of the event, they received trophies and the Science Department will get £300 to buy new equipment. You can see a video of the event at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=SxYGj5oHjcM The girls representing JKGTC were Fariha Blaaza, Ayan Farah, Mariam Mahmoud, Colby Gnagbo, Alaa Shamsi, Ethel Fuenzalida, Asha Abdullah, Safa Haji, Yasmin Warsame and Kinga Pilarska. DIARY DATES “I loved the trip, it was hard work and challenging and makes you think. You will know what hard work it is in Wednesday 4th March business” – Fariha Blaaza Year 9 Parents Evening 5.30 – 8.00pm “I think the NESTA experience was one to never forget, I totally enjoyed every moment. I was proud of myself for 16th – 20th March taking part with my classmates, and our business was Healthy Schools week very successful” – Ayan Farah “We all learned a lot about mints, and how the products Thursday 26th March are made. I enjoyed making our own product, and Year 7 Tea Party 4.00 – 5.00pm wining!” – Kinga Pilarska Tuesday 31st March 09 Options Evening 5.30 – 7.30pm Friday 3rd April Break up for holidays Monday 20th April 1st day of term .