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End of Autumn Term 2013

Inside this issue: Winter Fun Fair

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Community Christmas Lunch

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Inspire Engineering

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History Club

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Jack the Ripper Tour

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Cookery Club

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Paintballing Trip

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Meet Your New Head Boy & Girl

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BBC Music Makers

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Taking the Stage at the Donmar Warehouse

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The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

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Hilary Benn MP

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Charity Football Tournament

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Coming Up

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KEY DATES: Monday 13th January 2013 Sixth Form Applications Deadline Wednesday 16th January 2014 Year 10 Parents‘ Evening Wednesday 22nd January 2014 Year 9 Option Evening Thursday 30th January 2014 Year 12 and 13 Parents‘ Evening 6th

Thursday February 2014 Year 11 Intervention Evening

Headteacher’s Message The second half-term of this year and run, in both cases largely by has again been a time of students. development at Acton High School. This half-term has also seen us reaching out to the community to Our teaching staff have been engage them in our celebrations. focused on a drive to accelerate Many visitors from the local st udent pr o gr ess thro ugh c o m m u n i t y a t t e n d e d o u r providing effective feedback on Remembrance Day service, which work. There is a great deal of was a memorable occasion for evidence to suggest that the staff and Year 7 students improving feedback to students, if p r e s e n t . A t t h i s w e e k ‘ s a school can consistently get it Community Christmas lunch, over right, has a bigger positive impact sixty senior citizens from local on progress than any other community groups were served initiative. This will continue to be and entertained by our students, a focus for the whole school who were able to benefit greatly throughout this year, and beyond. from this contact with people whose life stories are long, varied We have had a number of and impressive. fantastic events this half-term, including the Winter Fun Fair, We have also been busy with the which was full of energy and fun, first ever round of university and the Talent Show, which applications by Acton High School showcased the range and depth Year 13 students. For most of talent in the school. Both students, the deadline for events were very well-organised application is in January, but

several of our early applicants have already had a number of offers from very prestigious universities, and one student has sec ur ed a n i nter v i ew a t Cambridge. We will work with our students throughout the year to ensure that they get the grades required to make their aspirations a reality. I hope that all of our students and their families experience a time of peace and togetherness over the festive period.

Dr. Andy Sievewright PhD Headteacher

Winter Fun Fair Thursday 5th December was an exciting time for Acton High School as we launched our very first Winter Fun Fair. Run by our Year 7 and 8 students, with the support of their tutors and Sixth Formers, the event included an array of exciting and fun stalls. Staff and students enjoyed all the fun of the fair in our School Hall, and it was especially good to see members of our local community join us either to participate in the festive fun, or to help out with the event. It was also great to see some of our Primary School children attend, have their faces painted and meet our resident Father Christmas! A big thank you to all parents and carers who supported the event by coming along on the day, or by generously baking cakes or giving prizes for our tombola stall. Our students and Parent‘s Association raised an impressive £300 for a local children‘s charity in Acton. Please visit the school website for a full photo gallery.

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Community Christmas Lunch

Inspire Engineering

For two double lessons at the end of November Miss Taylor‘s Year 8 Science class were set a challenge by the London Transport Museum of finding transport solutions for cyclists, motorists and commuters, that are sustainable and will meet the needs of London in the year 2025.

Students from Acton High School welcomed over sixty elderly guests from our community for a very special Christmas lunch and concert on Wednesday 11 th December. Our guests included members of the Acton Asian Association, patients from Acton Care Home, friends of The Centre for

Armenian Information and Advice, residents of Ealing Sheltered Housing and members of the United Anglo-Caribbean Society. The lunch was concluded by carols sung by the Silver Singers Choir, formed of Acton High School students Morwenna Spencer (10O), Shakira Bernard

History/TVA G+T Club

(10O) and Caitlin Murphy-Page (11H), and residents of Bakers H o u s e S h e l t e r e d Accommodation. The Silver Singers Choir is a term long project run by the Music Department, and they will be performing again at the Winter Festival on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December.

Acton High School students came up with some really inventive solutions, such as underground cycle paths on very busy junctions, magnetic cars and complicated locks to overcome the problems of the tides on the Thames. Their problem solving skills proved to many of them that they have the skills required to consider engineering as a career.

Jack the Ripper Tour

The History/TVA G+T club have started the academic year by delving deeper into the history of Acton. Once again we have been working closely with local historian Maureen Colledge to find out about local famous people and places. The group were lucky enough to have talks on the History of Waitrose and how shopping has changed over the 20th century, as well as finding out about artists like Caulfield and Gainsborough and their links to Acton.

Twenty Year 9 students took a trip back in time to Victorian London as they embarked on a whirlwind guide to the ‗look-over-yourshoulder‘ period, where Jack the Ripper tormented the public.

Lastly, students were given a talk on ‗Dr Who‘ locations in Acton, exploring sites that were used for filming in and around the area. Students then tried their hand at making their own Tardises and Daleks!

The students visited East London in conjunction with their English studies as they were reading Robert Louis Stevenson‘s tale of terror, ‗Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde‘.

Mr Archer, the student‘s English teacher, said: ―It was a pleasure to take the children out as their behaviour was impeccable (even on the tube at rush hour!). The tour helped the students to write Nawaf Alakeel (9H), who went on about the context of the book and to produce a fantastic essay on bring it to life.‖ the book, said: ―It was great to

Next term we will be doing a research and design project on ‗Dr Who‘ and uncovering the links they have with Acton High School.

Cookery Club Each week students from KS3 and volunteers from KS4 have enthusiast ically waited in anticipation for selection into the Food Tech room Cookery Club. Wednesday lunchtime Piccadilly truly comes alive with an array of vibrant smells of authentic cuisines.

visit where Jack the Ripper roamed. It helped to visualise the book. Not that I want to be trapped down any of the dark alleys with our crazy tour guide again!‖

around the world, from the Caribbean to Mexico, America to China and back to our homes in the UK.

Special thanks to Chaniqa Mitchell James in Year 11 who has volunteered and supported the club every week. We look forward to making more dishes Students have learnt a range of next year as we continue to skills to create a number of explore more cultures around the dishes, taking our taste buds world.


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Paintballing Trip

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Meet Your New Head Boy & Girl

On Friday 29th November, the Ambassadors were given a treat for all their hard work and support they give to Acton High School. Everyone arrived with bundles of energy ready to head down to Surrey for a day of paintballing. The day saw team work at its best, with strategic plans being thought out and motivational speeches to keep everyone‘s fighting spirit alive and kicking throughout the day. Muddy, bruised but still smiling, the blue team came home with the winning title, but not after an impressive display of combat on the field from the red team. A tremendous effort by everyone involved!

Fayzan Mir (12A) and Zara Siddique (12A) will be the Head Boy and Girl of Acton High School for the next year.

They will be ably assisted by Deputy Head Boy and Girl Yusof Daoud (12H) and Emily Gamston (12C).

Both were selected after being nominated by their fellow peers and having been interviewed by the Headteacher, Dr Sievewright, and Deputy Head, Ms Straughn.

All four students did extremely well in what was an impressive and competitive field of students who had applied. All four spoke of their aspirations they wanted to achieve in the lower school and felt pride in ―their school‖.

BBC Music Makers Performing at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre On the 18th November, nine Drama and Theatre Studies students from Year 12 performed their own show at the world famous Donmar Warehouse. The show, inspired by watching Arnold Wesker‘s ‗Roots‘, went down extremely well with experts and teachers, emphasising what a good start the new course has had at the Sixth Form.

Acton High School were invited to participate in a BBC Learning music pilot workshop series. The objective of the Music Makers project was to introduce a generation of children to ten classical masterpieces and encourage them to respond creatively to the music via a series of challenges. The project was launched with a screening for students at Fulham Broadway Vue Cinema and was followed by a composition workshop that ran in school on Wednesday 27th November. Thirty students were selected to participate in the workshop run by BBC facilitators designed to encourage children's creative responses to the music - e.g. their own classical or pop compositions, dance, art, storytelling and animation. It was a very successful day with very positive feedback about the students‘ contributions.

Linda Bassett, who plays Mrs Byrant in ‗Roots‘, had this to say: ―Acton High School‘s performance at the Donmar Warehouse was witty, funny and confidently performed by the students. Fascinating to watch and to think that our play inspired it‖. Lisa Ellis, who plays Jenny in ‗Roots‘, commented: ―Such an amusing performance by Acton High School students. Taking the Norfolk slang heard in ‗Roots‘ and making it relevant to West London was genius. Such warm and witty students. They should be very proud‖.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas On Thursday 5th December, our Year 11 BTEC in Performing Arts group took a performance of ‗The Grinch Who Stole Christmas‘ to Derwentwater Primary School on Shakespeare Road. One group performed for the very first time in front of a live audience of a hundred and twenty Year 5 and 6 students, and went down a storm with a superb performance from all, notably our Grinch for the day, Nasir KhaderMahamoud (11T1), whose grumpy physicality and voice really epitomised the character. Jerard Ocitti (11I2), playing the role of narrator, also delivered a wonderful rendition for the students. Afterwards the second

group delivered a workshop to develop some of the Year 6 student‘s physical and vocal performance skills. It resulted in an enjoyable and very productive afternoon. Thanks go to Derwentwater for the opportunity and the wonderful students there; Mr Wood for driving us to and from the venue as well as all of his help rehearsing the performance; and finally our BTEC group for being impeccable ambassadors for Acton High School. The final examined performance will be on the 17th and 18th December during the Winter Festival.


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Hilary Benn MP

Charity Football Tournament Sixth Formers £250 for the charity, which with serious illnesses.

Labour MP, Hilary Benn, visited Acton High School Sixth Form on Friday 6th December. Hilary Benn MP, currently the Shadow Secretary of State for Committees and Local Government, led an assembly on the news of Nelson Mandela‘s death and how students can draw inspiration from his life, before chairing a question and answer session with Government and Politics students. Hilary Benn MP enjoyed spending time with Year 12 and 13 students, commenting: ―Really good questions. Views firmly held and impressively argued. You should be very proud of all your students.‖

helped raise over Rays of Sunshine supports children or life limiting

The football on display ranged from being excellent to at times ridiculous, but everyone involved entered into the spirit of charity, including Headteacher, Dr Andy Sievewright, who put in an Sixth Formers organised a impressive performance out on football tournament between the field. different departments of teachers and a Sixth Form team. Visit the school website for Over one hundred students and photos and a full match report, teachers attended the games, written by Fayzan Mir (12A) and donating 50p each to watch. edited by Mustafa Khadr (12A).

Sixth Form Opening Evening and Applications Thank you to all of the Sixth Form students who contributed to a fantastic and welcoming Open Evening on Wednesday 27th November. If you missed the event then full Sixth Form Prospectuses, subject information and application forms are available on the school website:www.actonhighschool.co. uk/Sixth-Form-Prospectus Sixth Form Application deadline: Monday 13th January 2014.

Community Languages

Coming Up... Meet Your New Careers Advisor

You could have an extra GCSE!

If you are in Year 10 or 11, come and see Miss Parton. You could If you speak a foreign language be sitting on an A*! at home, don‘t miss this opportunity to do a GCSE in your home language.

Family Learning Programme

At Acton High School we offer a free Family Learning Programme to allow your family to learn together through fun and practical workshops. Next term, parents, carers and students are invited to come along and learn new skills in the kitchen.

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Saturday 18th January 2014: Caribbean Food Saturday 25th January 2014: Spanish Tapas Saturday 1st February 2014: Quick Family Friendly Meals Saturday 8th February 2014: Baking with Young Children

Hello all, my name is Ms. Agyei and I am Acton High School‘s new Careers Adviser. As a Careers Adviser my job is to provide young people with impartial (unbiased) information, advice and guidance on matters such as employment, education, training, future goals and any personal issues they may be experiencing. Over the course of this academic year, I will be seeing/interviewing many students on a 1:1 or group basis, especially those in Sixth Form, Year 11, Year 9 and Year 8. Interviews will last on average 30 minutes and will empower you with the knowledge, skills and tools you need in order to make informed choices. I am in school on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and you can find me in the Careers and Community Room (the old Duty Room), located on the 1st floor.

Every week slips are given to students I need to see for 1:1 guidance. Groups will also be informed in advance, so they are aware of any group session taking place. I am also available during break and at lunch time so if you need any advice then please do come and see me. I look forward to meeting you all!

Parents Association (PA) The Parents Association (PA) provides parents with the opportunities to meet and get to know one another through a variety of social occasions. We want to work with you to make our school more welcoming so that collectively we can support and develop the potential of every

child attending School.

Acton

High of this school community and currently have an opportunity to join the Parents Association as Every parent and carer is Committee Secretary. automatically a member of the Parents Association and is invited If you are interested in applying or to attend all PA events – or even would like more information, help to organise them! We p l e a s e c o n t a c t M s L o k : believe the PA is an essential part jlok@actonhigh.ealing.sch.uk

Future PA meeting dates: 20th January 2014 3rd February 2014 19th May 2014 30th June 2014 Meetings from 6.30 — 7.30pm in ICT5.

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