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T E A M Welcome to issue 16 of the Edonian. It has been 1 whole year since our last edition and the world has turned upside down. We have revamped the Edonian, with a brand new team, new layouts, new logo and now in digital formal. This edition is themed around Coronavirus and it's impact on all of us.





LEADERSHIP & learning



CHARITY Winter Warmers




MENTAL health



T O U C H Web: www.edengirlswalthamforest.com Email us at: theedonian@egwf.staracademies.org

T E R M D A T E S S P R I N G 2 0 2 1 School re-opens : Mon 4th January 2021 (Staggered timings for Yr 7 - Yr 11) Feb Half Term: Mon 15th Feb - Feb 19th Feb School re-opens: Mon 22nd Feb (Staggered timings for Yr 7 - Yr 11)




12 AROUND THE world

14 READING at Eden

s a y s Dearest students and parents, Reflections on the Autumn Term All praises to the Almighty, Lord of the Worlds and the Master of our fortunes and salutations to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the seal of the Prophets and the guide for all our actions.

Welcome to our first edition of The Edonian this academic year! This last year will go down in history as one of the most difficult times we have faced as we live through this dangerous and harmful pandemic. It has been a challenging term in ensuring that the school is safe, all health and safety procedures are adhered to, hand washing and social distancing rules are followed and the wearing of masks becomes habitual. The school, staff and students have worked extremely hard to offer a high quality, engaging curriculum to all learners, in school and remotely for students who are self - isolating. I

This change that happened very quickly has meant students and staff have had to learn and adapt, the change has been very exciting for all involved. The school’s commitment to students , their appreciation in turn for the school, is demonstrated by the high levels of attendance that are in keeping with last year’s record. Students are so pleased to have returned to meet with their teachers and friends after many months of isolation…normality is highly valued when taken away. The school has continued to offer high quality Careers Advice, Fundraising Events, continued with Leadership Days and interventions after school for students in Year 10 and Year 11 to offer curriculum catch up because of the impact of lockdown. We hope to continue with these activities and more after the Winter Break. I would like to remind you to keep safe during the holidays- please make sure that you stick to the government guidelines and look after yourselves. A huge thank you to staff who have shown great resilience, commitment, and courage during this very difficult term, Wishing Everyone a Restful Break and be safe, Best Wishes, Shahina Ahmad Principal

UK Bebras Yr 7 Gold Award Winners


On Wednesday 26th November we took part in another Leadership Day. This Leadership day was very different! We usually have lots of visitors in, this time was a little different. We still had a lot of people in - virtually of course. Year 7 looked at Climate Change, Year 8 got to work with the Police Force and Naaz Legacy Foundation on bullying and their social media image. Year 9 did First Aid workshops, followed by careers workshop with ELBA (East London Business Alliance) and finally a mental health workshop. Year 10 spent half of the day catching up on missed learning and then received a visit from the Police force. Year 11 also spent half the day catching up on missed learning, followed by a mental health workshop. The photos on the right are a snapshot of just some of the fantastic opportunities we have taken part in this term.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM ANNOUNCED After a gruelling selection process that left the students and panel exhausted we are proud to announce your Head Girl, Delisha Naaz & Deputy Head Girls Ayshia Naveed and Shamaem Zainab




Thank you BOOTS for your generous donations

Charity Hampers

BBC Children in Need This term we raised over £3200 for charity despite facing tough Covid restrictions. We started the year with Macmillan Coffee morning. This year staff led the way by sharing their culinary talents and bringing in dishes to sell. The event was so successful that it followed another staff cooking event in December for the Winter Gift Campaign. We took part in our Annual Harvest Collection and donated our collection to Christian Kitchen. We shared our difference and raised money on Odd Socks Day. Blush Bear joined us for Children in Need and everyone took out their best knits for sparkly jumper day. For the Winter Gift Campaign we have teamed up with Mesut Harvest Collection Ozil to create hampers for the least fortunate this winter. All forms in school worked together as a team to put together special hampers.

Odd Socks Day

Harvest Collection

Sparkly Jumper Day

Maha Raises £50

SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH Year 10 student Maha Noor took matters in to her own hand and raised over £50 to help raise mental health awareness in the school. It started off as a Citizenship project to make thought boxes to put in each form so pupils could anonymously write how they're feeling and put it in the box . Maha asked teachers and pupils to sponsor her for a day and this proved a largely successful idea. She held her tongue, even when being questioned by Ms Rafiq in the corridor. Next time Maha maybe we should get you a sign! Congratulations.


P O W E R F U L ‘The Hate U Give’: Film Review



The Hate U Give is novel about police brutality and the flaws of the criminal justice system, mostly focusing on the bias towards those of a paler complexion. Written by Angie Thomas, the novel was later turned into a 133 minute film in late 2018. Using emotional scenes and inspirational words, it is indeed a movie to consider watching. Starr Carter, a young African American teenager, is faced with the harsh reality of discrimination, prejudice and violence. Already feeling somewhat of a social outcast, Starr develops two personalities when her mother moves her and her older halfbrother to a majority-white school. While she speaks in a somewhat polite manner in her school, she speaks slang with her family members - she feels as though if she were to change that the other side would not approve. She later reunites with one of her childhood best friends, Khalil, who is later faced with a primary example of police brutality. However, with Starr being the only witness to Khalil’s incident, her eyes are opened to how the people around her really are; some for the better and some for the worse. Not to mention, by speaking up about the life Khalil was experiencing, she dragged herself into the chaos of some angry drug dealers. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that some people today suffer from the things The Hate U Give portrays. It shows how even the people closest to you can end up being the ones who betray you; or that police brutality has slowly become a norm in society, with guilty police officers walking free after innocent civilian deaths. By Nawal Karim Yr 9

‘I Am Malala’: Book Review “I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is the story of many girls.”Malala Yousafzai was only 10 years old when the Taliban took domination over her region. Her life was forever changed at age fifteen by a Taliban bullet on the 9th of October 2012. This book was written by Malala herself in which she retells the traumatic events that occurred in her hometown, Swat, Pakistan. This book is sure to take you on a journey and is filled with family ties, justice, and most importantly, equal rights. Her book displays the advantages of being able to get an education, as many people around the world are unable to receive this privilege for many reasons. Some of these reasons include: child labor, conflict, cost, health, natural disasters, and gender bias. Malala has given a voice to so many who previously had none. She has and continues to raise awareness of issues like gender equality in education and empowerment for women everywhere.I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it makes women feel empowered and reassures us that we have a voice. It also expresses equality between men and women. Overall, it is just a very captivating and pleasurable book I would recommend. By Aleesha Amir Yr 9



Black History Month To celebrate BHM we took part in a variety of different activities through October.

Black History Month in the UK is celebrated to recognise the Black presence in Britain, dating back as far as the 16th century. Here at Eden, we take pride in acknowledging all religious faith, beliefs, cultures, and backgrounds. This year, the Black Lives Matter movement is particularly important. In light of all the events that occurred since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, equality has been brought to the forefront on a global scale. Ever since the death of George Floyd in May, people around the UK have challenged themselves to spread the Black Lives Matter movement. There have been moments of extreme tension and this has affected people worldwide. However, here at Eden, Year 7 and 8 took part in a Black History Month competition. They had the chance to create a model of a British Black Leaders and write about how successful they were.

Many students went above and beyond with their designs and the school celebrated in many other ways too. Staff were recruited to create a short Black History video in which they explained what Black History means to them. Ms Greenidge educated us about a prolific female slave warrior Solitaire, Ms Saleban explored the spread of Islam in ancient Africa, Mr Jasat reminded us of the well-known Bilal who was vehemently praised by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Mrs Attas and Miss Mensah both shared Spoken Word pieces, Ms Abdulrahman celebrated the life and successes of Dr Hawa Abdi (Human Rights Activist), and Mrs A Ahmad explored the responsibility of others to ensure History of all ethnicities are promoted, researched and taught throughout the UK through various media.

Ms Dauhoo works with GCSE Art students on this BHM tribute



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Lockdown has had a profound impact on the lives of young people. Fears of uncertainty, loneliness and worries about the future are just some of the issues experienced. In this article we explore the impact on young people.

2020: The year of the pandemic. I know you’ve heard this many times, and it’s been a crazy year: but we’ve all managed to get through the madness. We look forward to starting a brandnew year, which will (hopefully!) be much less chaotic. We spent most of the year under national lockdown; ears attentively attached to the five o’clock broadcast for scraps of news, informing us when we will next be able to leave our homes. We endured an agonizing year without seeing our beloved family members; we experienced a Ramadhan like no other; we spent half of the school year at home, and the list goes on! Despite all the chaos, we found pockets of peace that helped make every day during quarantine better than the last. We've all heard the saying ‘every cloud has a silver lining', and in many ways, we feel as though the lockdown brought a whole lot of goodness to our lives.


The lockdown provided us with so much time to reflect on and observe the kind of people that we are. It also gave us months of time that we wouldn’t have been privileged with otherwise. These months allowed us to make changes for the better: whether that be working on becoming more organised, or learning to be less stubborn and exercising patience. We were also able to take time off our usual, busy routines and just – take a break! From exercising self-care more frequently, to just spending hours relaxing and doing nothing. We have found that the lockdown has allowed us

to adapt and show everyone the ‘new’ us, when it was finally over. Moreover, the large amount of time we were granted enabled us to rediscover pastimes we enjoy, such as painting, crocheting, and reading. Some people we know even launched their own online businesses and blogging websites! The quarantine was an amazing time to be able to master a new skill and keep yourself occupied for hours whilst doing so! During the lockdown, we often found that we desired to escape the comfort of our homes, we regularly went on walks to our local park, and could witness a noticeable change in the diversity of wildlife: there were so many more butterflies of all shapes and the most beautiful colours, a few goldfinches dotted around and we even once saw a hedgehog. On those boiling hot summer days, whilst relaxing in the garden, we could see robins, crows, seagulls –just to name a few! We also heard that all over the UK, animals were taking over the streets, and some people even found wild mountain goats wandering across the urban roads of Wales! Therefore, creating cleaner air for us to live in was created due to the significant drop in the global carbon emissions produced. Like many of us, we also had to give up our overseas holidays, and as much as this pained us, we collectively managed to reduce the carbon emissions produced by planes by 60%!

Furthermore, technology has become a lifesaver during the lockdown: used for all sorts of activities, whether meeting up with family at weekly Zoom meetings (since we couldn't see them in person) or using it for all our schoolwork. We benefited so much from it! Using websites and apps for online meetings meant a lot less travelling, reducing the need for the large amount of greenhouse gases we use in the process and again, helping our planet become the green space it was meant to be! Surely we can understand that, despite its ups and downs, lockdown was in fact a blessing in many aspects of our lives. For example, it provided us with a great deal of time to relax, time to do the things we love, and helped us protect our environment for just a little longer. I hope we all got a glimpse of a 'silver lining' in that dark 'cloud' called coronavirus. By Saba Afzali & Hafsah Vawda

UK BEBRAS In total 241,348 students worldwide took part in this year's competition. Grade Boundaries for this year were as follows: Distinction top 25%, Merit Next 25% Gold Certificate (top 10%).

COMPETITIONS 80 out of 290 Eden students (27%) achieved Distinction) 72 out of the remaining got Merit i.e. (34% 3 students got Gold Certificate by making it into the top 10%

The following three students from year 7 achieved the Gold certificate. Assia Yahiaoui, Maimunah Kola, Aila Ahmed. All students with Distinction and Merit will go into the next round which will be in February.

ENGINEERING BRIDGE COMPETITION Pupils in KS3 were challenged to an Engineering Challenge this Autumn. They were asked to design and build a bridge that would be strong enough to hold people. The entries came in thick and fast!

We were particularly impressed by the efforts of Year 7 students. The designs were very resourceful. The winning entry was by Zubeda Landi in 7A who built a hydraulic drawstring bridge. In second place was Mariya Sami, whose bridge paid great

to detail. In joint third place Eraj Aziz 7C and Rumaisa 7C. Well done to everyone who took part! A special mention to Natasha Noman Yr 8 for her creativity. Prizes are on their way to the winners.




By Maulana Muhammad Dalvi



A person’s relationship with their closest friend can perhaps be measured by their trust in them. The greater the trust, the greater the bond. It is for this reason Allah, the Exalted, exhorts His creation to befriend and rely solely upon Him. The Qur’ān highlights, “And place your trust in the Ever-Living who cannot die, and celebrate His praise.” (Qur’ān 25:58) Likewise, He further states. “Whoever is mindful of Allah, He brings forth a way out for him, and will provide for him from where he does not expect. Allah will be enough for those who put their trust in Him.” (Qur’ān 65:2-3). Thus, if one was to take a glance at the life of the Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessings be upon him), it would quickly become quite evident that he would place all his trust in Allah. He would counsel his younger companions, “Be mindful of Allah and he will protect you. Be mindful of Allah and you will find him before you. If you ask, ask from Allah. If you seek help, seek help from Allah.” (Tirmidhī #2516).

The Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) would give hope to his community by highlighting Allah’s kindness towards lesser creations, “If you were to rely upon Allah with reliance due to him, he would provide for you just as he provides for the birds. They go out in the morning with empty stomachs and return full.” (Tirmidhī #2344) If Allah’s mercy extends to even a sparrow, what then can be said of His compassion to the one who lifts their hands, supplicating earnestly to Him? As such, our current situation implores us to seek out this Friend whom we seem to have forgotten. The greater the trust, the greater the bond. When one relies on Him, He will provide; when one asks of Him, He will respond; and whoever is mindful of Him, Allah will remove them from their darkness, and place them upon avenues of solace. May Allah, the Exalted, grant us His love and the ability to place our trust in Him. Āmīn.


INTERFAITH Interfaith aims to promote the core understanding and tolerance of all religions and members within it. As Mother Teresa once said, “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” At Eden, a lucky group of year 9’s took part in an interactive workshop with Imam Mohammod, the man who is well-known for his bravery during the Finsbury Park attack in 2017. He led an inspiring talk on extremism within religion and the stereotypes placed upon Islam of terrorism.

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” Mother Teresa His speech perfectly reflected the concepts of Interfaith Week and the group took away a lot from his talk which reminded them of the effects of the media and how Islam is presented on the Internet. We are very proud of our diversity here at Eden. We celebrate and mark the main religious festivals from all world religions. We invite guest speakers when we can and use the experience of our staff and students to lead in assemblies. This term Mr Janoff and Ms Phull have given us great insights into both Judaism and Sikhism.

Lest We Forget


This year the History department put together a virtual remembrance day on November 11th. We usually commemorate the lives lost during wars by attending a local service, working together with other schools and inviting speakers in. This year we continued to fundraise, held a virtual assembly where we observed a 2 minute silence and took part in creative writing projects such as a poetry competition. Hira Mirza Yr 8 wrote a beautiful poem titled 'Unknown Warrior'




UND THE WORLD SWEDEN: Can you believe that Coronavirus has disrupted the norms everywhere - even in the Royal household? Princess Sofia of Sweden has swapped her tiara for hair nets and scrubs by volunteering as a medical assistant at aStockholm hospital to aid staff dealing with the Corona virus Pandemic.

USA, CHICAGO: When the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago closed, staff at the centre decided it was a good time to show Edward and Annie the (penguins) the grounds. The two penguins toured the grounds for the first time and were exposed to dolphins and sharks on the other side of the glass and the staff’s reception area for a wander. USA, NEW YORK: NYC's governor Andrew Cuomo announced that 6,000 Mental Health professionals had signed up to volunteer for a new programme aimed at supporting the city's mental health amid the pandemic.

BRAZIL: The iconic Rio De Janeiro Christ the Redeemer sculpture has just recently changed from paying its tribute to countries affected by the coronavirus in March, to being illuminated in a medical uniform. As a commendation to the medical workers risking their lives treating patients, the statue also had 'thank you' inscribed at the bottom of the illumination.


Morocco: The COVID-19 crisis has not discouraged the Moroccan textile and clothing sector from mobilising and committing to aid the population. Many Moroccan companies reoriented their production to produce masks to meet national needs and to support local communities, and are ready to export masks to Europe.

India: Locals in the Punjab region of India have been able to see the Himalayas for the first time in decades, due to reduced levels of pollution since India's Covid-19 lockdown. Delhi experienced a 44% reduction in air pollution levels early on in the lockdown.

Phillipines: Due to the reduction of pollution and human travel an endangered species of megabat only found in isolated parts of the rainforest has been sighted. The golden fruit-bat, also known as the giant golden crowned flying fox has taken the internet by storm as this rare species, the size of a human, have come out in daylight and rested on a tree near neighbouring gardens.

Austrailia: Remember supermarket toilet paper panic buying shortage? Two young friends liaised their pocket money to buy toilet roll to disseminate to their elderly neighbours in their Queensland community after being aghast at the lack of toilet roll in the shelves in their supermarket.

Ghana: KAEME, a small cosmetics business in Ghana, is staying optimistic through the crisis and supporting its employees, despite losing 95% of its sales. “We feel it's the right thing to do because our employees are our biggest assets. We invest in training them, so of course we would like them to stay with us as long as possible.�


READING AT EDEN National Poetry Day Our annual poetry competition was very popular with many engaging and inspirational entries. Predictably, our poets were influenced by this year’s events: Black Lives Matters and Covid19 were the most popular topics for poems this year. Our winning entry was a joint effort and showcases two valuable lessons that we have learnt this year: working together is the best way to success and it’s important to speak out for what you believe in. Congratulations to all of our talented poets and especially to our winners: Suhayba Ali Abdullahi and Aleesha Amir in Year 9. We look forward to hearing much more from you. The Men In Blue I'm a father. I have a daughter just two years old with auburn curls and big brown eyes. My daughter helps me see, Helps me become the man I am. She always has faith in me Even when I'm drowning in a vast sea. She has me wrapped around her finger With her cute little smile, Saying 'Daddy please stay for a while’ but this life was merely a trial. It was that same day after work when I took a wrong turn. The next thing I knew I was lying face down on the floor. The sound of sirens rang in my ear and I looked up at the men in blue. Aren’t they the ones who are supposed to protect you? Why me? Because I’m black. They say racism does not exist yet I’m being hurled to the ground and my heart does not pound SILENCE!! I WAS a father. I HAD a daughter just two years old with auburn curls and big brown eyes. My name: Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Michael Brent Charles, Daniel Prude and many more. II speak for the children who lost their father, the wives who lost their spouses, the fathers who lost their sons and the mothers who lost the apple of their eye.


STAR READER CHALLENGE Since September, our students have restarted the Star Reader Challenge. The Trust-wide initiative challenges students to read as many of the recommended books as possible. There is great excitement about discovering new books and authors which will allow them to experience new worlds and ideas. Our students have accepted the challenge and are off to a flying start. Eiliya Khan and Maimunah Kola, both in year 7, are already over halfway towards achieving the goal of reading 10 books! This is impressive reading and we thought they might have some insights to inspire other readers. Maimunah shared her thoughts on reading and the Star Reader Challenge: “I love reading because it transports me into different worlds. It is the ideal way to travel around the world without waiting for a flight, which has proved rather useful during this pandemic! It is the perfect thing to do when you feel bored or to relax after a busy day. My favourite place to read is curled up with my cat. I will read anytime, sometimes even when I should be fast asleep! I read everything that comes my way, I can spend hours poring over recipe books and then jump into an adventurous tale set long, long ago. The best book I have read so far from the Star Reading Challenge is Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver. I love the imagination put in to making this book. It takes you from a dense forest to a snowy mountain. You follow the adventure of a boy who goes through hardships and friendships to save the world he knows. Would you like to join me in my next adventure?”

Word Millionaires

Eight students have each read over a million words. This is a huge achievement and shows great dedication to regular reading. A huge congratulations to our First word millionaires of the year: Sowda Mahamed, Eiliya Khan, Saeeda Amidu, Maimunah Kola, Nusayba Mohamed, Zainab Chamad, Anisa Islam, Malaika Khan

R E V I E W S Death Note: Review Yagami Light is an intelligent student in high school - son to loving parents, brother to a little sister, and nothing short of a genius. So how would everyone react, when they discover that he has now become a famous figure in society, going by the name ‘Kira’? How would they react when they discover he is able to kill anyone by writing their name in the Death Note, as long as he knows their name and face? How would his policeman father react, when he discovers that his beloved son, is the most wanted criminal in society, notorious for murdering many other people, in the name of justice? It is not long before Light has made himself an enemy – the detective known simply as L. Similar to Light, L is an intellectual with a staggering IQ in the range of 165-185. Once both individuals wage war on each other, Ryuk, the god of death who blessed Light with the Death Note, is entertained by the complexities of humans, and is eagerly watching to see who will be exposed first. win. The popular manga known as Death Note was first released on 1st December 2003, and later became an anime on 3rd October 2006. The fights between the two intellectuals, one involved with supernatural beings, while the other fights with pure logic and suspicion, leaves viewers on the edge of their seat to see who will. By Nawal Karim Yr 9

First released on 15 June 2018, the game ‘Among Us’ has blown up tremendously during the long, painful period, known as ‘lockdown’. Despite the struggles of online schooling, gamers around the world managed to salvage time to play this entertaining game of murderous colourful astronauts. Published by Innersloth as an online multiplayer game, ‘Among Us’ is used to heighten one’s suspicions as any player could be an imposter.

While the fear of Covid 19 strikes the hearts of many, ‘Among Us’ is surely a game of treachery and manipulation which would equal any entertaining night of gaming. Aimed at children 10+, many users have undeniably enjoyed playing ‘Among Us’ as a captivating break from both society and reality. But beware, one impostor remains... By Nawal Karim Yr 9


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Edonian Magazine Issue 16 Autumn 2020  

The new revamped school magazine from Eden Girls' School, Waltham Forest. This is issue 16 Autumn 2020

Edonian Magazine Issue 16 Autumn 2020  

The new revamped school magazine from Eden Girls' School, Waltham Forest. This is issue 16 Autumn 2020

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