Kashmir Education Foundation
CONGRATULATIONS: John Kelly Girls’ Win
the Citizenship Foundations Mock Trial
Competition Attached is a message I received from a key member
of the Kashmir Education Foundation for whom we
have raised money for the last 2 years from our
International Week activities.
It is heart warming to know that we contributed in
some way to the building of this school and have
helped secure the future happiness of the children.
Thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause and I
hope that we can raise even more money for the
children of Kashmir next year.
On Saturday 14 March 2009 we took two groups of
John Kelly Girls’ students to the Brent Magistrates
Court for the Citizenship Foundations Mock Trial
competition. The Girls were up against groups from
Alperton, Kingsbury, Bushy Mead and John Kelly
Team A; Fariha Blaaza, Baiyan Al-Lameh, Arisha
Kadiri, Zarah Ashraf,, Sarah Khan, Cloe Ezechie,
Shannon Gordon, Fahmo Yusuf, Bushra Jaber,
Shiwangi Bagoan, Shanniqua Henry, Samana
Gurung, Safia Jaghoori.
The school’s first assembly
Team B; Juhi Navin Yasmin Warsame, Nur Kua,
Dear Mrs Shah
Freya Jewett, Nafisah Saraf, Amina Adan, Yasmin
Choaie, Asha Pindoria, Lahiruni Dantanaraya,
Mariam Mahmoud, Anushri Khetani, Hana Dahir,
It is a great opportunity for me to inform you
Aaliah Hector, Hansae Belhadj.
about another remarkable achievement of
The substitutes were Zahira Choudry, Natasha
KEF in the shape of Banjosa Valley Public
Shahriman, Shannon Davey and Frouzon Ahmadi.
School. It was set up in operational state on
Team B were the winners of the competition, and will 24th of March 2009. This has been
be going to the final at Enfield Magistrates Court on accomplished by your generous help,
encouragement and continuous support from
time to time.
Thank you to all the parents/carers who supported
the girls, the teachers who allowed the girls to
prepare and the students themselves. They worked Javed
extremely hard, helped each other and proved that Kashmir Education Foundation
JKGTC is the best school in Brent!
Mrs Shah Director of the Languages Specialism
Mr Kavieris Head of Citizenship
Year 10 Romeo & Juliet Trip ‘Designer of the Year’ Award
Pupils were nominated by their Technology teachers
On Monday, 9th March sixty-three Year 10 students
for a ‘Designer of the Year’ award. These students
made a trip to the Globe Theatre to watch 'Romeo
were outstanding in Technology:
and Juliet'. The performance was really inspiring and
Year 10 represented JKGTC very well. Everybody
was standing in the Courtyard as a real 'Groundling'
Laura Bruzaite 8K
Niveeta Vijayakumaran 7J
true to a real Shakespearean performance! A great
Amelia Newton 8T
Maryam Tellia 7K
start to their GCSE 'Romeo and Juliet' coursework
Kubra Shah 8C
Karishma Magan Bica 7C
Bushra Nasir 8C
Bunsi Vekaria 7C
Thanks to Ms Kittoe, Ms Xamdi, Ms Aziz, Ms
Nicole Ramsay 7C
Georgina, Ms Dhillon and Ms
Daria Avram 7C
Najma and Ms Nicholls for all their help on the day!
Aruni Palamandadige 8T
Hanin Kua 7T
Noreen Khokhar 8K
Yuser Abaes 7G
Aviarme Ramachandran 8C
Pana Ahmadzai 7K
Shilan Ahmad 8K
The criteria for ‘Designer of the Year’ was:
Is their book/folder well organised?
Do they complete homework regularly?
Do they show excellent ‘model’ behaviour at all
Are their practical work and skills outstanding?
Do they show initiative and work independently?
Do they have the ability to help/teach others during
During DT week in June, as a reward, we will be
organising an educational visit to London design
museums and exhibitions. This will only be available
to our award winners.
Congratulations to these girls. Keep up the great
Ms Vekria KS3 Coordinator of Technology
Cheerleading Performance at Dance
JK Exclusives performed brilliantly at the Capital Cross Country Competition
City Dance Showdown on Thursday 26 March.
There was a packed audience and the girls were the rd
On Tuesday 3 March 16 girls from years 7-10 took
final performance of the first half. They closed the
part in the Brent cross country competition at Fryent
first session superbly and got the theatre all cheering.
country Park. It was a horrible day, cold, windy and
There were a variety of performances from ballet, to
raining - not ideal for cross country running! However
street, to cheerleading.
all the girls made it around the course in one piece.
Another great show, well done girls!
We even had Jawahir Roble in year 10 complete the
course in second place. This means she is now
entered into the mini marathon in central London on
Well done girls and congratulations Jawahir!
Miss Naisbett Head of PE
Miss Naisbett Head of PE
Science University Ambassador Programme Science Live!
The Science Department welcomed Jumina Qureshi
once a week during the spring term to work with Year
8 students. Pupils greatly enjoy her stimulating
experiments and demonstrations. They saw that
learning Science can be fun. Here are Jumina’s own
I am a final year undergraduate at Kingston
University studying Pharmaceutical science. I am
doing the University Ambassador scheme because I
am interested in teaching science, and it is part of my
final year project.
The aim of the scheme is for me to have experience Dr. Maggie Aderin talking to a packed Great Hall
in teaching and to provide a role model to younger
students. I wanted to choose a subject/theme which th
On Friday 6 March, 15 Year 10 students attended
would interest younger students and chose to do 'fun “Science Live!” at Westminster Central Hall.
with science' chemistry experiments. My aim was to
try and make science appealing to younger students Westminster Central Hall is a spectacular building
by showing them practical demonstrations, and opened in 1912. It has seen meetings of the
allowing them to do experiments themselves. I also Suffragettes in 1914 and the first ever General
taught them why these reactions happen. We have Assembly of the United Nations in 1946. Famous
looked at flame tests and volcano experiments and speakers at the hall include Mahatma Ghandi in 1931
experiments with luminous chemicals. and Winston Churchill in 1945. More recent speakers
include Prince Charles. The domed ceiling is said to
I have enjoyed my experience at John Kelly and I be the second largest of its type in the world.
hope that the students have learned something
interesting. I have definitely found John Kelly a During the event at this historic location the girls
very friendly and helpful place to be in and would like attended a day of lectures by top scientists, given in
to thank the Science Department for giving me this the Great Hall, which included spectacular
opportunity. demonstrations and the opportunity to ask the
The lectures included Ben Goldacre, who writes the
Mentos mints to
“Bad Science” column in The Guardian newspaper
bottles of Diet Coke. A
demonstrating how a little basic research can show
you that some ‘scientific’ stories in the media are
reaction makes a
fountain higher than
some of the pupils!
Dr. Greg Offer heads a team at Imperial College who
are researching hydrogen fuel cells and other
Don’t try this indoors!!
alternative ways of powering cars. He gave a talk on
alternative fuels and showed how an electric car can
accelerate faster than a Ferrari.
Dr. Andrea Sella of University College London
demonstrated various chemistry experiments while
Two students the day finished with Dr. Maggie Aderin excitedly
making a explaining what inspired her to become a scientist
volcano by and the amazing places she has worked during her
mixing water, career working for the European Space Agency.
sodium, The students
bicarbonate and sat awaiting
vinegar the next
Sweet Science Pancake Day
On Friday 27 March, a group of 14 Year 7 students
visited Brunel University for a whole day’s activities
on how we taste things. The girls joined pupils from
John Kelly Boys, Wembley High and Capital City
Academy and were split into groups so that students
from different schools worked with each other.
The House students on Pancake Day
For the first experiment the students had to taste
various unknown substances. They learned how we
Come Dine with JKGTC
taste the difference between sweet and sour, and
which parts of your tongue detects different tastes.
Thank you girls for signing up for the cooking club,
Next was an experiment to see if you can still taste
we will be giving you the opportunity to learn new
things as strongly if your pinch your nose, so you
skills, make new friends and entertain each other
while you enjoy a healthy meal. Why come dine with
JKGTC? Well for those of you who have not seen
Then the students had the chance to make popcorn.
the channel 4 programme. It is a group of four or five
They had four different types of unpopped corn and
people who cook for each other. You cook a starter,
found out which made the most popcorn. They could
main and a desert for the other guests. Then you all
eat the regular popcorn after they had popped it!
give the person who has cooked a score out of ten
and the person who has the most marks wins. We
In the afternoon the students designed and made th
have had our first group of students on Friday 13 .
their own sweets. They melted milk, dark and white
Kamesha and Cloe (yr 10) cooked for Rianne and
chocolate together and added colouring, hundreds &
Renee (yr 11).
thousands and coloured icing to make their own
unique sweets which they could eat.
“I liked it because we did lots of experiments and
even got to see Mentos mints fizz up in a big bottle of
coke. We melted chocolate in hot water and made
our own sweets, that was cool” Osnia 7K
Starter Main Dessert
“I liked the whole trip; learning to work together with
new people from different schools was the best thing”
The girls are
The girls cooked all three meals themselves from
scratch and received positive feedback for the menu
choice, presentation and for being great hosts. We
are looking forward to the next group.
Natasha Smith House Mentor
Mrs McCann and Mr Gulliver Science Faculty
Teens & Toddlers Combined Cadet Force Expedition
Three students from JKGTC completed the project
and attended the graduation ceremony in Brent Town
Hall on 10 February 2009. Kamesha Francis,
Shanice Akoto and Carmel Lucien all committed
Thursday afternoons to work with toddlers at
Braincroft primary school.
Tired students at the end of the expedition
The cadets from John Kelly Girls’ and John Kelly
Boys along with Highgate went on a field day on the
17 March to Brown down camp.
Although we were tired after the coach journey we
managed to survive that and the late night and the
Year 7 Tea Party very early 5.30am start. Then we had to cook our
own breakfasts from ration boxes. Then we were split
The Year 7 Tea Party took place on Thursday 26 into teams with Forest School cadets. There was a
March in the hall and was a fantastic event. The girls mixture of students from year 9 to year 12. We
had worked hard to produce a range of participated in activities and worked together all day.
performances, including poetry, drama, music and
dance. Some parents and siblings attended, as did We did field craft, an obstacle course, orienteering,
some teachers. Our Y7 students proved themselves weapon handling and shooting and drill.
to be confident and talented individuals – with a love
of biscuits and juice! A special well done to Yuser By the end of the day we had all made many new
and Koloud who presented the event and to the friends and we can’t wait for summer camp.
students who helped to clear away after the event –
your help was much appreciated. Shannon Davey Year 9
I have just watched one of the best performances I
have seen at John Kelly (and I have seen many over
the 17 years I have been here).
The opening piece was by The Stunners, performing
La Bamba, with the fantastic Steel Pan Band
accompanying them. Chante and Sarah were word
perfect, using their excellent Spanish skills. This was
followed by Sadia Masood, introduced as the ‘Queen
of Bollywood’. Sadia’s dancing was mesmerising,
every twist and turn enthralling. The next act was a
Ms Halaka Year Director of Learning complete change of pace with Shannique, Chloe and
Chelsea rapping with such enthusiasm, never
College Council missing a word. Next were Shokan and Anatasyia
and their band, they are all very talented.
One of my favourites was the Cheetah Girls; the
dancing was entertaining with an infusion of
Nafeesah Saraf who has been elected as new Head
traditional and modern dance – an interesting twist
of College Council. Nicole Hughes is Deputy Head
on traditional Indian dance – loved it! How brave of
and Asha Abdullah is secretary.
Dujarana to sing a solo, watch out X Factor!
Watching Siham perform her solo on keyboards ‘In a
Strange Land’ by Schumann brought goose bumps to
my arms, everyone listened in awe.
Crisis – Natasha, Yasmin, Ethel, Anastasiya, and poem off by heart (remember it)? If you do, it can
Safa again are a very talented band (even if one of stay with you all your life like a song you know really
the girls did get the giggles). Kerry-Ann and Lasharn well, only you get to choose the tune.
(Hardest Crew) rapped at an alarming speed. The
mood mellowed with Midnight Roses performing ‘A Ms Geddes Librarian
Love Story’ and the ‘Case of the Ex’ with Riffet,
Nafisa and Asha. ICT Outreach Team
The final act was everyone’s favourite, the
Cheerleaders, JK Exclusives – they were simply The ICT Outreach was set up by John Kelly Girl’s
AMAZING! What a fantastic way to finish off the Technology College as a result of becoming part of
term. We are so lucky to have so much talent at an Educational Action Zone in 2001 involving seven
JKGTC. schools. Since then the project has grown to
encompass a total of 30 schools in the London
Ms Welstead Admissions officer Borough of Brent. The remit for the team is to
provide front line ICT technical support for the
Mad About Books Club schools who buy into the scheme.
ICT Outreach is made up of six ICT Technicians
The Mad About Books club tried making their own
namely; Godfrey Oti (Manager), Veren Vaja (Deputy),
plays, and finished the term with book charades.
Youcef Ouldbezieou, Hassan Berrouane, Rajesh
Next term they are writing poetry. Just to get you in
Patel, Salah Al-Daheri.
the mood try the following sites:
The British Library has a free exhibition of old poetry
books entitled quot;Twinkle Twinkle little batquot;. The library
is near Kings Cross and any one can visit the Our work involves supporting and fixing ICT related
galleries and see rare and original books. issues in up to 30 Primary schools, within the
borough of Brent.
The schools we support include:
Braintcroft, Brentfield, Chalkhill, Donnington,
Fryent, Gladstone Park, Kensal Rise, Kingsbury
quot;Giggle poetryquot; is an American site but good for a
Green, John Kelly Media, Lyon Park, Mora,
laugh. The poetry library is on the South bank and
Mpower, Newfield, Northview, Oliver Goldsmith,
welcomes children, there is a poetry trail. Or if you
Park Lane, Stonebridge, Uxendon, Wembley,
prefer to do your learning from a computer chair try
Wykeham, Convent of Jesus and Mary Infants, Our
the Children's poetry Bookshelf, or quot;poetry classquot; if
Lady of Grace Infants, Our Lady of Lourdes, St.
you want tips on writing poetry.
Josephs Infants, St. Mary’s CE, St Mary’s RC, St.
Robert Southwell, Woodfield and Wembley
Don't forget you can also borrow poetry books from
the library at number 821.
The support we provide includes maintaining a
We also have a post it note board in the LRC where school’s networked and stand alone computers. The
you can display book titles on post it notes, under the network suppliers vary from RM Community
headings cool read, ughh! or whatever. Ask the Connect3 / Community Connect4, Cannon Network,
library staff for the post it notes and stick on your Beebug Network, Viglen Network, CSC Network and
suggestions, or check out other people's ideas to Mac operating systems.
help you decide what to read next.
Recently, primary schools have been installing laptop
It's been great to welcome the primary school trolleys. The number of laptops can vary between 40
children to after school reading and more are – 100 laptops per school. These are usually
welcome if they wish to come. It's lovely to see lots wirelessly linked to the school’s main network.
of students reading together from other years too.
We have also been busy changing individual schools
from Web mail to the new Staff mail, in order to meet
Some of you will have revision to worry about but for
the July deadline.
the rest of you don't let your brain cells vegetate feed
them with reading. Have you ever tried to learn a
Smart boards and Promethean boards have also Christmas Cards
been installed in every classroom and are among the
peripherals we support. Printers, scanners and all Thank you to all students and staff who brought in
ICT tools that help Teachers perform their duties their Christmas cards into College for collection after
efficiently are also supported by our team. the Christmas break.
We also advise individual schools on software and The cards were collected by Brent Council staff and
hardware available, thus ensuring that these are taken to Tesco Brent Park, who provided cages to
relevant to their needs. store them until The Woodland Trust picked them up.
Mr Godfrey Oti 31 Brent schools took part and a combined weight of
674.5 kg was collected. Although John Kelly Girls
did not collect the most cards we can be proud of
how well we did in helping The Woodland Trust and
Environment diverting waste from landfill.
Year 11 recently had an Active Tutorial about As a multi faith school we celebrate many different
Environmental Crime given by Mrs Crace of Brent festivals so from September 2009 I hope to be able
Council. to collect all greeting cards (birthday, Eid, Diwali etc)
ready for next years collection by Brent.
Although those attending may not have thought
everything they were told was of relevance, how we Ms M Shepherd Environment Officer
treat the environment is relevant to us all.
Environment crime is illegal and those who are
caught face a fine or the possibility of a court
Dropping litter and leaving chewing gum all over the
Help John Kelly Girls’ Technology College
place is an environment crime which is not only
costly to clear up but spoils where we live and work.
In the last edition of Student News I asked for help in
Take a few moments to look around the playground
earning Leaves from Generation Green for JKGTC.
on a nice sunny day as break or lunch time ends and
see how much litter has been left behind! The only
Generation Green is a schools and community
reason the seagulls and pigeons flock there is
programme from British Gas, which encourages and
because of the food that is dropped.
supports ‘green’ behaviour through a combination of
green lesson plans and activities.
Each and every one of us should take pride in
ourselves and our environment which includes our
College and where we live. There are plenty of litter Each school which registers for Generation Green is
bins in the playground and in the College please use given a leaf goal and once the appropriate number of
them. leaves have been achieved they can then be
exchanged for green rewards.
Ms M Shepherd Environment Officer
If you have not yet completed the British Gas Energy
Savers Report please take a few minutes to do so.
The report can be found under the heading “Families
and Friends” on the Generation Green website on
www.generationgreen.co.uk. Possibly your daughter
might like to practise her computer skills and
DIARY DATES complete the report with you.
Tuesday 21st April – First day of term You will not only be helping the College but you could
also save some money on your gas bill.
Tuesday 5th May – Year 10 Work Ms M Shepherd Environment Officer
Friday 22nd May – Break up for half term
Monday 1st June - Return to School