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spring 2014

World Book Week T

he 6th March was World Book Day. This was celebrated by a ‘Design a Book Cover’ competition and a ‘Dress as Your Favourite Book Character’ competition. The fancy dress was judged in the Library at lunchtime. There were entrants from children’s books, traditional books and modern ‘classics’. Each winner received a £10.00 WH.Smith voucher and a box of chocolates, with thanks to the English Department. Many of the staff dressed up and there was no problem finding a ‘Wally!’ Apparently there was also a member of staff who had a ‘Licence to Teach!’ There is a photo display in the Library of this event. This was the first time this event had been run for World Book Day and with the success of it we are sure to host another one next year at Hall Mead.

In this issue... • Pancakes • Spelling Bee • National Apprentice Week • West Ham Trip • Jack Petchey Award • London Dungeons

• ‘Our Day Out’ • E-Safety Workshop • Harry Potter • Sports • Hydrogen Challenge • Skiing Trip • Community News

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Welcome to the Spring Edition of ‘Hallmeadia’. These are exciting times for the Creative Arts Faculty as we have at last been able to open our new Drama Block, ‘The James Brooks Centre’. This great new resource will enable Drama to truly flourish and has been fittingly named after Mr Brooks, former Deputy Headteacher, in recognition of his immense contribution to Hall Mead School and his personal involvement in the building project. It’s great that we can open this new building only a couple of months after the brilliant production of ‘Our Day Out’ which features in this edition. Simon London, Headteacher

Pancakes! As part of marking Shrove Tuesday, pupils in year 7, 8 and year 10 working in the learning support department made pancakes for Mr London and Mrs Bint. Before making the pancakes they learnt why Christians make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday; to prepare for Lent when Christians have to give up eating meat, eggs and foods containing fats such as milk. Pupils and staff discussed what they would give up other than meat, as they ate pancakes specially made by pupils.






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Hall Mead Spelling Bee Hopefuls Go Through To The Regional Finals! On Thursday 13th February, Hall Mead held its first Spelling Bee competition in German. Fifteen Year 7 pupils took part in the second round of the competition, after having successfully completed the whole-class competitions in December. The competition was tense, as the pupils had to recite as many words as they could in a minute – the highest number was twelve! The four pupils who will go through to the regional finals are Andrew Bell (7WJ), Mitzi Harris (7TS), Euan McDonnell (7CB) and Molly Sweetman (7DM). The London regional final will be held shortly before the Easter holidays and we wish the pupils lots of luck in the next round! Miss Hilmi

National Apprenticeship Week Student Futures at Hall Mead marked National Apprenticeship Week 2014 (#NAW14) with a specially constructed Careers POD set up in the Sports Hall. Approximately 100 Year 9 pupils had the opportunity to visit the

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We  travelled  by    mini  bus.  On  the   bus  we  completed  a  ques=onnaire     on  different  types  of  transport  such   as  bus,  taxis  and  tube  sta=ons.  

We met  the    tour  guide  who  gave  us   a  tour  of  the  stadium.  

We went  to  the  players’  sea=ng   This  is  my  group  standing  by  the   area  and  had  a  rest.   pitch.    You  weren’t  allowed  to   walk  on  the  grass.    

The bus  parked  and  we  met  Mrs   Wood.  

We sat  in  the    interview  room   and  also  sat  on  the  chairs.  it   was  great  fun.  I  was   delighted.  

West Ham Trip On 5th December, 7 pupils had the chance to visit West Ham Stadium as part of a Humanities project organised by The Learning Support Department. They were given a tour inside the stadium, venturing into the players’ changing room, the interview area and even the pitch! They learnt some interesting facts about West Ham FC and enjoyed the experience.

Year 7 History trip to The London Dungeons In January, Year 7 went to the London Dungeons. It was an amazing trip, where most of us were left screaming. Although it was scary it was also an educational trip too where we learnt about scary facts of London’s past; from Henry VIII’s time to the 1800s. The Dungeons was a great trip for the start of 2014 and it went off with a bang! From the start to the end we were entertained and thrilled by the amazing performances of the actors and many of us forgot it wasn’t real! It was a dead-tastic experience! By Robert Hedges & Tyler Brown 7DM


January/February 2014 Nominations for Jack Petchey Award Is it the BROWN OR THE BLUE?

Cassandra Leeson (10CDK) – nominated by Mrs Drew Cassie has been a Health and Safety Monitor since the Health and Safety Team was set up three years ago. She is an excellent role model for the younger students and assists me in supporting them in all aspects of the inspection we regularly carry out. She is a vital member of the team and communicates with her peers and members of staff in a polite and efficient manner. I think it would be nice for her dedication to be recognised with a Jack Petchey Award.

The Design and Technology/ Construction Department will be offering taster sessions starting in February 2014 in Basic Electrical Installation, it is expected to run for approx 6/8 weeks, this short course will be designed for Year 10/11 Pupils who are considering going to College or even on to an Apprenticeship in Electrical Installation and will give them a basic understanding In the safe Installation of circuits. Spaces are limited but if you would like to know more contact Mr Clark on email pclark@ or come and have a chat.

Hayden Byrne (11 DM) – nominated by Sarah Garred Hayden is a talented actor and can always be relied upon to attend rehearsals whenever asked. He finds written work more challenging, but has learnt his lines and is already performing to a very high standard (the show is not until February). He sometimes gets overlooked by more ‘vocal’ members in his GCSE Drama and it would be lovely for him to be recognised for his achievements.

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‘Our Day Out’ On the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th February, Hall Mead students performed our latest school production, ‘Our Day Out the Musical’. The play is about a group of kids from Liverpool who are treated to a day out by their kind-hearted teacher Mrs Kay. Along the way, they get into lots of trouble, much to the dismay of strict teacher Mr Briggs. The show was great fun and very entertaining, as can be seen by the pictures on this page! Details of our next school production and how to audition will be given after Easter.

HBBS - 7CR Pupils from 7CR have chosen to raise money for Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service (HBBS). This charity specifically helps and supports children in the local area who have lost a loved one. 7CR said ‘We have selected HBBS as our chosen charity as it is a local charity helping people in our community.’ Some of the pupils have experienced the death of a loved one and said ‘We understand how the

support of a charity like this could have made losing someone special easier.’ 7CR want to enable other young people to get the help and support they need when they lose a loved one. The pupils in 7CR are running the LV=Brentwood Fun Run on behalf of the Children’s Bereavement Service. The team of runners will be sporting


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Harry Potter On the 5th of March, 15 members of the Creative Writing Group went on a fantastic and creative trip to The Harry Potter Studios. We were mesmerised from the start. Not only were we welcomed by the fantastic staff at our mini-bus but we were thrown into the magical world of Harry Potter from the very beginning. We were first introduced to the famous characters on the ‘big screen’ and it didn’t take us long to get through the amazing expedition; the Great Hogwarts Hall; the real costumes; beautifully built models; the dress studio; the magic bus; the tasty and famous Butter Beer; the colourful wizard street... the list continues! The students had a lesson on ‘pitching’ and writing too. The students had a fantastic time, finishing the day with some memorabilia from the studio gift shop. We hope the magic of Hogwarts to materialise in their own creative writing.

E-Safety Workshop A theatre group called ‘Broadcast’ visited Hall Mead School on Thursday 23rd January to work with students in Year 8 on ‘sexting and cyberbullying’ Broadcast is a new programme funded by the London Borough of Havering that is designed to visit Secondary Schools to inform young audiences of the facts, figures and dangers surrounding sexting.

When I first heard about the ‘E-Safety workshop’ coming into school, I honestly thought ‘oh no!’ as I assumed it was going to be awkward, but it definitely wasn’t like that. They had fun, showed a jokey play scene and were very good at getting their points across in a way

Within the workshop, the characters explored the very real and damaging consequences of cyberbullying. The programme raises awareness of the law and the legal implications and it equips young people with basic communication tools and reasoned arguments to enable them to make real change in their own choices and behaviours. Our Year 8 pupils were able to explore difficult and sensitive issues in a sensible and mature way throughout the day and staff commended our pupils for their exemplary behaviour and contributions. They were a credit to Hall Mead. N. Afteni, Associate Assistant Headteacher 7

that we understood. It was very good and I really enjoyed it; it was very well presented and so much was well squeezed into an hour. Overall, I really enjoyed the workshop and learnt so much from it....and it certainly wasn’t awkward. By Sarah Rumsey

Swimming Gala Congratulations to Waltham House on the success of the House Swimming Gala! As a team, we managed to obtain the Overall Cup for the 5th year in a row!! As well as this, we are proud to say that we won the Relay Cup for another year!!

You made our jobs as Games Captains a lot easier and we would like to thank you for being a part of the great event as well as playing a crucial part in the team, we couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for making our last year one to remember!!

Well done to the other swimmers for your participation, we hoped you enjoyed it and again, best of luck for the future!! Your Waltham Games Captains

Christian Wall, Scarlett Hollick, Stephanie Tomlinson & Amy Marren

U13 Havering Hockey Rally The U13 Havering Hockey Rally was held at Sacred Heart School. Five schools competed in a round robin league, with games lasting 9 mins in duration. The results for Hall Mead were as follows:Hall Mead 0 Coopers 6 Emily Martin scored4 goals and Hall Mead 3 Sacred Heart 2 Danielle Drake 2. The Albany 0 Hall Mead 2 Brittons 1 Hall Mead 1 Hall Mead finished in second place to Coopers Coburn School, Sacred Heart took third place. Well done girls!

Maisy Wyer is currently playing football at the Essex player development centre in the under 13s squad . It is Maisy’s 2nd season at the centre where they are trained by professional coaches every Friday evening and compete against other centres from different counties during school holidays . The aim of the centre is to progress young female football talent to a higher level . Maisy also plays for UPR U12 girls team at the weekend.

Back Row. Charlotte Reidie, Victoria Walker, Georgia , Danielle Drake, Sarah Kennedy (Capt)(GK). Front Row. Amy Sexton, Gemma Stubbles, Emily Martin. 8

Hall Mead pupils tipped for success at London Schools Hydrogen Challenge Final A few weeks ago around 40 pupils took part in the London Schools Hydrogen Challenge which was run in partnership with the Mayor of London and Arcola Energy. The challenge was to design, build and test a hydrogen fuel cell car that could travel the furthest distance.

Our pupils showed excellent problem solving skills. The lower school winners were Adam Coleman (7CR), Jack Walker (7CR) and Harry Cardwell (8CS). Their car travelled an impressive 29 meters – the furthest in the London competition so far! Samraj Kambo (9WA), Aaron Williams

(9WA) and Edward Hails (9WA) won the upper school competition. All 6 pupils will be taking part in the London final at City Hall against 19 other schools in March. Well done so far to our finalists and good luck in the final! Mrs King

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Skiing trip

During the Spring half term 49 Year 11 pupils and 8 members of staff enjoyed a Ski Trip to the 1976 Olympic venue Axamer Lizum, south west of Innsbruck, in Austria. The group experienced amazing skiing conditions in the resort with lots of snow and blue skies! Their hotel was situated in a prime location in the centre of the resort and next to the ski lift, making the mornings that little bit easier and allowing easy access to the slopes. Not only did pupils enjoy the five hours of skiing each day, but the evenings were action packed, with quizzes, discos and visits such as being able to skate in the 1976 Olympic Ice skating venue.


8DL - Wish Upon A Star Before the Christmas holidays, 8DL put in hours upon hours of work to produce a range of products to sell at the Hall Mead Christmas Fete. They made friendship bracelets, garden twisters and bird boxes, all to raise money for our chosen charity “When you Wish Upon a Star” - a charity that raises money for children with severe illnesses.

had fun! Different members of our form were good at different things, so we put their skills to the test. Some people assembled products, others who were more artistic spent the time painting and decorating the items.

We spent lunch time after lunch time, making everything, then we had to decorate them, as well as tidy up before period 4! Not only were we raising money for our charity, we also

to thank all the people that helped in making this charity sale happen and all the hard work they put in. It was a mad rush to finish them in time, but we did, and on the day we managed to sell almost all of what we made and in turn raised over £250. We would like to thank all of the staff that supported us and bought a bird box, as well as the other items!”

We wouldn’t have got as far as we did if it wasn’t for ‘C&C Contractors’ who kindly donated the materials as well as pre-cutting all the pieces as pre-drilling the parts. We kindly got donated a selection of knitted soft toys for our stall too. We would like

Cricket This term the U13 Girls Cricket team played in The County Indoor Competition at The Essex County Ground in Chelmsford. They played matches against Saffron Walden and Gable Hall School, winning both convincingly. We then played St. Martin’s in the semi-final and even though we batted, fielded and bowled well, we lost by just 18 runs. In the play off for 3rd and 4th place, we beat Clacton Community College to become 3rd best in the County. Well done! Tess Catherall, Liza Ager, Leah Stratton, Shannon Boyce, Madeline Burnett, Amy Sexton, Jessica Scrace, Emily Martin and Victoria Walker.


On Saturday 15th February, some year 7 Hall Mead students joined members of the Cranham Safer Neighbourhood Team at the Crime Awareness Event at Cranham Community Centre. They were successful in recruiting a record 14 new members to the Neighbourhood Watch, as well as raising money for charity. Well done to the 7 students who took part. Charlie Wright, Maisie Harrington, Emilie Osborne, Harry Richards, Deen Khan, Jack Picchi and Todd Surridge

Updated crime news... We have seen a spike in burglaries in • Secure your rear garden the area and all over the metropolitan lock your shed, shut and lock area and car crime also. The any gates and keep fences following advice will help target the maintained. Don’t leave ladders criminals and stop yourself from and tools outside - they could be becoming a victim used by a burglar If you see anyone acting suspiciously around a property then please call police immediately via 999. • M  ake sure you double-lock any UPVC doors by lifting the handle and locking it (to engage the security features) before you go to bed or leave your home (if you remove the key make sure you have a fire escape plan). • C  heck all doors are locked and all windows, including those upstairs, are secure before you go out DO NOT leave keys in doors. • C  onsider installing alarms and ‘dusk to dawn’ security lighting

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• C  ar theft - switch off the ignition. Lock your vehicle before you leave it and keep your keys somewhere secure. • H  ide it lock it or lose it - Always remember to move your valuables out of sight before locking your vehicle • K  eep it out of sight and remove all evidence when you remove your Sat Nav

• A  t home, keep all loose valuables • Remember - Do not leave car out of sight of any would-be keys by front door thieves. • Police Contact Advice Telephone • Post code marking your valuables 999 in an emergency where there with a UV pen and registering is a danger to life or a crime is in them on a free property database progress. like can work as a deterrent to thieves Telephone 101 for nonand can increase the chances of emergencies where police your property being recovered if it attendance is required, to report is stolen. a crime or to report any other incidents.

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Hallmeadia Spring 2014  

The termly newsletter for students and parents of Hall Mead