As we approach the half term break we have produced a colourful edition of our newsletter, in electronic form, to share some of the news stories and photographs from Hornsey School for Girls. information is available on the school website regarding exams, revision and additional half term lessons that we will be running over the holidays.
We are in full examination swing at Hornsey. Year 11 and the Sixth Form are already half way through their public examinations and are doing really well. We will continue to run revision classes throughout the half term holiday and the timetable is available in the Curriculum area of our website, on the exam information page. I hope the sun shines for you over the half term
As we approach the summer half term break, and in the midst of a busy examination season, we take a look at our news stories and some upcoming events.
break and that Year 11 and Post 16 students will continue to revise for their examinations. from September 2014 students must wear black shoes for school. Trainers will only be allowed for PE activities. More details can be found on Page 9.
Our Steel Pans musicians represented the school with excellence on Saturday at Weston Park Primary Spring Fair. The community spirit and camaraderie between our students and members of the community was truly delightful. Best of all, they played wonderfully from start to finish, our girls were a key highlight at the fair! Mr Austin
Also in attendance at the Spring Fair were 4 Hornsey students who kindly volunteered to help and represent Hornsey School for Girls, which did not go unnoticed. They were Kenoly 8E, Austina & Moressa 8A and Aiseosa 7E Thank you, you were a credit to the school and have been rewarded extra points. Please see the thank you quote below from one of the organisers. Ms Chapman Senior Assistant Headteacher
â€œThe girls were perfect ambassadors for the school! The volunteers were polite and were willing to turn their hands to anything that needed doing. We really appreciated their helpâ€? Lisa Finch Weston Park Home School Association
Pendarren House Outdoor Education Centre, owned by Haringey Council, is a large country house set in the Brecon Beacons National Park providing residential adventurous outdoor education courses since 1972. Wow, what an amazing weekend! It's hard to pick out exactly what the highlights were as it was all beyond our hopes and aspirations! We went to stay from the 2nd-4th May with 40 Year 11's. The aim? Revision, intervention, more revision and more intervention! The focus was on English, Maths and Science and wow did we see the benefit and impact! It was tiring, hard work and packed full of mock exams, question papers, and revision and it was worth it. At the time of writing, and Ms Crosbie having marked the mock English papers, all bar 3 students secured a 'C'. Maths is in progress... We await the results! It wasn't all classroom based though and we had time set aside for climbing, problem solving and team games. I think if I could pick out what the girls have most gained from the weekend it would be having an opportunity to ask questions, delve deeper and understand concepts which normally would be addressed to the whole class without the opportunity to individualise. Students have developed their sense
of responsibility, camaraderie, trust and belief in themselves.
“I really enjoyed the trip, it helped me learn how to focus on where I need more help. I also managed to conquer my fear of heights!” We were all tired but it was worthwhile, the students’ evaluations reflect that. Staff have been called inspirational and amazing and that makes the difference. The student’s behaviour was impeccable and we are proud of them. We have a saying at school, 'whatever it takes...' and this really goes to show that if students are willing and able, we really will do 'whatever it takes' to ensure that they have the best opportunities in life to fulfil their potential and succeed. Ms Barulis Senior Assistant Headteacher
Hornsey Since September, Year 7 and 8 students have been fundraising for the charity Gambian Educational & Medical Services (GEMS). On the last day of the Spring Term a Spring Fair was held for students and staff to attend. It was also a non-uniform day with money collected for the charity.
The money raised, close to ÂŁ1000, will be used by the charity to fund the education of six girls whose families are not able to afford to put them through school. The funding will cover such things as uniforms, school fees and the purchase of their books. Following the Spring Fair GEMs included a write up in their newsletter, downloadable below and expressed their gratitude at the amazing effort of the students. For more information about the work of GEMs and to donate please visit their website: www.gemsgambia.webs.com
Fundraising Activities! Hi teachers & pupils of Hornsey School for Girls, on behalf of the teachers, parents & pupils of GEMS nursery school in sinchu Baliya village, Banjul, The Gambia I wish to THANK YOU so much for the wonderful support you gave to the teachers & pupils of our school. We highly welcome this wonderful gesture & we pray for your school's good health, long life & prosperity and pray that this collaboration & relationship continues to maintain. I can't express our happiness when I got this exciting news as this support came on time & we really appreciate it. Once again a BIG THANKS to each & everyone who supported in one way or the other. I wish you all the best. Fatou Barrow, Headteacher Life in Gambia has become increasingly difficult over the last few years. We have noticed that staples, such as a bag of rice, have increased dramatically in price. By sponsoring these girls you are making a remarkable difference to their life chances and well-being. As research shows, where families have limited resources, their boys will often take precedence in terms of paying for education. Hornsey have helped address a key Human Rights issue for these girls. Our children are extremely grateful. To all of the Year 7 and 8 students, and teachers, who put a huge effort into organising and running the Spring Fair: our sincere thanks. Jane Snow, Treasurer, GEMs
The Importance of Women’s & Girl’s Issues Hornsey School for Girls’ students, studying Citizenship, have been learning about, and campaigning on, women’s issues including: gender inequalities, forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and violence against girls and women (VAGW). In turn, the school has worked with several charities such as: Plan UK, FORWARD and Womankind Worldwide as well as hosting visits from: local MPs, BBC local news and national Radio.
On 10th to 13th June the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, and the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, will join forces to host the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict at the London ExCeL Centre. Students in Y10 have organised a “Design a Placard” campaign for Womankind Worldwide to exhibit at this summit. By Elis 10A
By Sarah 8E
By Fatma 100
The placards are contain a message to governments attending the summit asking them to tackle the root causes of violence towards women and girls and to support women’s rights organisations.
By Kiara 10E
By Lisa 10U
What is violence against women? ‘Any act of violence that leads to physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, or the threat of such acts, including the use of force and the arbitrary deprivation of liberty, in public or private situations.’ UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Facts & Figures Worldwide: ● 140 million women/girls have suffered Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) ● 70% of female murder victims are killed by their male partner ● 1 in 3 are beaten, coerced into sex or are abused ● Violence against women causes more deaths and disabilities than war, cancer, malaria or traffic accidents.
Womankind is asking the UK government to: 1. Prioritise tackling the root causes of violence against women – rather than simply waiting to prosecute the perpetrators. We want to ensure that no woman endures the trauma, both physical and mental, of violence 2. Support women’s rights organisations with the funding and support that we need to carry on playing a key part in tackling VAWG 3. Eliminate violence against women and girls For more information about Womankind Worldwide and their campaign against VAGW and to donate please visit: www.womankind.org.uk
Summer Art/Design Technology Show You are invited to come and see the achievements and successes of our KS3 GCSE & A level students
Thursday 12 June 2014 3.45 pm - 6.45pm Everyone is welcome Nyousha Movagharzadeh Year 12
6-15 JUNE 2014
You are all invited to come to
THE CROUCH END FESTIVAL LOCAL SCHOOLS EVENT Saturday 7th June 12pm- 4pm Outside the Crouch End Town Hall (by Barclays Bank) Watch our superb students singing and delightfully dancing, be serenaded by the steel pans and rock on with our brilliant bands. Listen to whether our students have won the Festival’s students’ creative writing competition (they won the older age group category last year!) Go and look at our awesome art work being displayed in the centre of the Hornsey Library (in Haringey Park Road, N8) and enjoy looking at our students’ art work as part of a joint Art Exhibition in the Upper Gallery, also in Hornsey Library. These exhibitions will be up for two weeks from the 7th June until the 20th of June. Go to the Festival website for further information about these, and other creative events taking place in Crouch End: www.crouchendfestival.org
The theme this year was
International Languages Day 2014 Hornsey School for Girls held its annual International Languages Day on Wednesday 30th April. As usual, this was eagerly anticipated by students and staff alike! The day began with the enduringly popular Languages Quiz in Community Time where all students in Years 7-13 listened to teachers who speak a language, other than English, expressing how their language is part of their identity. Students were asked to guess the language and who it was speaking it. 10 languages from all over the world were included and many students approached me around the school afterwards to say how much they had enjoyed taking part in the quiz! Teachers enjoyed the opportunity to speak in their own languages too. Specialities from French, German and Spanish gastronomic traditions were available throughout the day in the school Restaurant and catering staff, students and teachers all spoke in one of Hornsey's taught languages to purchase their food. Menus in French, German and Spanish were on display to provide assistance. The theme of International Languages Day this year was and how this relates to languages. With this in mind Year 8 students took part in activities across the curriculum with French or Spanish. Modern Foreign Languages staff assisted staff from other subjects in the production of resources to support this and the cross-curricular theme provided an exciting dimension to the day's proceedings. We are very proud of our multicultural and multilingual heritage at Hornsey School for Girls and I am sure that International Languages Day is a great way for us to celebrate these. We to thank all students and staff who took part in another successful International Languages Day and thank you for supporting your daughter's language learning.
Mr Field Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Peer Mentoring Programme It is that time of year again, when we recruit and train students from Year 9 to take up Peer Mentoring duties in Year 10. The current year 10 Peer mentors have presented a Year 9 Assembly and also provided information and application packs during CoCo time. Peer Mentors are active role models in school and it provides the opportunity for students to promote their own personal development, enhance their educational achievement, promote employable skills. Peer Mentoring activity also contributes to positive attitudes towards diversity, inclusivity, anti bullying, student voice, healthy schools and International links.
The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation supports us at Hornsey School for Girls. This is a long and well established provider which has enjoyed media coverage, as well as local, national and international recognition. We have also received special accolades from many awarding bodies, for the role and contribution of our students, including a special award from the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, a Medallion Award from the Jack Petchey Foundation and a Diana Award.
June Dates: Session 1 - 5th
Session 2 -10th
Session 3 - 12th
Session 4 - 17th
Session 5 - 19th
Session 6 - 24th
Thank you for your support with this programme and please remind your daughter of the dates if she is a Peer Training for new Peer Mentors will Mentor. start after half term in June on the following dates, between 3.15pm and Ms George IAL Learning Support Assistant 4.15pm:
Hornsey School for Girls began working with The Access Project in September 2013. The Access Project is an educational charity working in schools to provide free one-to-one tuition for motivated students in Years 10 to 13. Students qualify for the project by demonstrating motivation and are matched with a volunteer tutor. Hornsey students attend tutorials at institutions including: The Wellcome Trust, Addleshaw Goddard, BCG, The Key and UCL, as well as many others. Over forty students from Year 11 and 12 have been attending tutorials each week.
The Access Project has opened up a wealth of opportunities for our students, both in and out of school, which has made a difference to raising aspirations and achievement from Years 10 to 13. Ms Douglas,
Everything has been positive between me and my tutor. I genuinely feel as though I’ve learnt a lot as the tutorials are very helpful.
Students also show commitment to the programme by attending professional training sessions and study skills after school. They have been encouraged to develop their skills outside the curriculum through attending workshops run by Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) ambassadors and participating in debating clubs. Our Year 10 Debating Team has competed with students from St Aloysius College and volunteers from Boston Consulting Group. Year 10 and Year 12 have improved their knowledge of university applications through trips to University College London and workshops with Oxfizz. For more information about The Access Project and to view the case study on Hornsey School for Girls please visit their website: www.theaccessproject.org.uk
Elizabeth, Year 11
Case Study - Shifa Year 12 Student Shifa is tutored by Nina at RLM Finsbury, a global leader in strategic communications and a trusted adviser to many of the world's most successful companies, institutions and organisations. RLM Finsbury is a great environment for tutorials as everyone is very focused. I’d never been to an office before but now I’ve got used to it and it feels normal. My tutor’s very knowledgeable and helpful. She said I can email her whenever I have any questions or need help. She quizzes me twice every session. At the start of each tutorial she’ll explain a new topic to me and at the end I have to explain it back to her. She’s really nice and I definitely know much more than when I started the tutorials with her.
Our School Uniform for Next Year As part of our drive to ensure that our girls have a smart uniform to wear, which reinforces our high expectations of their work and behaviour, we have decided that from next year students will not be allowed to wear black trainers to school. Students will be expected to wear completely plain black flat shoes (not hi-tops or boots of any description) and only wear trainers for PE activities. See allowed and non-allowed shoes below We really appreciate the support you give us with our uniform rules. If you are unsure of what is, or what is not allowed, then please visit the school website: (about us section, school-uniform webpage), students also have the full details in their planners. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school rules.