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Hallmeadia

SUMMER 2013

Class of 2013 T

he Class of 2013 got dressed up in all their finery and celebrated the end of a gruelling exams season with the annual Leavers’ prom at Stock Brook Manor on Tuesday 2rd July. As ever, students conducted themselves

admirably and staff joined in their celebrations. We look forward with eager anticipation to what promises to be an excellent set of GCSE results.

In this months issue ... Farewells Sophie Hosking - Olympian Prom Bollywood Day Sports Day Paul Hanniford Corsica Castle Comp Science Comp Young Writers Competion Shape The Future Speak Out Challenge St Omer Trip Uel Trips Jack Petchey

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elcome to the latest edition of this year’s Hallmeadia and what a year it has been! With our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement, so

much sporting success, an incredible production of ‘Grease’, public speaking performances of which to be proud and so much more. However, this is also a time to reflect and in these pages we take time to acknowledge the amazing contribution that Mr Brooks and Ms Tucker have made to Hall Mead. It only remains for me to wish all our readers a safe and enjoyable summer and to wish Year 11 luck with Simon London Headteacher

their results and for their futures.

Farewell to two Hall Mead Greats... A t this time of year, we usually have to say farewell to one or two long

serving staff members as they head off to retirement. This year however

we have two true ‘titans’ of Hall Mead to recognise. Mr. Brooks and Ms. Tucker have taught at the school for a combined total of over 70 years and have seen 4 different heads come and go as well as countless Education Secretaries during that time. As Head of Girls P.E. and having co-ordinated school sport across the Borough for many years, Ms

Mr. Brooks may have the accolade

and the hours he has invested in the

Tucker has never lost her energy,

of being the strictest teacher in

Academy can be measured by the

enthusiasm or dedication to promoting

Hall Mead history but the care and

young people he has influenced to the

and developing sport and young

compassion he has felt for every

good; from the pupils to whom he has

sportsmen and women. Her personal

pupil has underpinned his philosophy

taught Technology to those he has

investment in the young people she

of education. Whilst he has never

helped turn their fortunes around. His

has worked with and her drive to have

shied away from tackling a difficult

Hall Mead sport recognised across

situation or taking on a pupil who

the Borough and even the country

is in challenging circumstances, his

have been relentless. We know she

motivation has always been for the

will continue to stay involved and thank

individual pupil to succeed. Mr. Brooks

her for all she is done for the Academy

has Hall Mead running through his

and Havering.

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Castle Competition Y ear 7 students were invited to take part in the History department’s annual castle building competition. Following their research in lessons they were given the brief - make your castle historically accurate and provide a leaflet explaining the strengths, weaknesses and features of your castle. Yet again the imagination of students was incredible. 2 castle cakes were brought in and the teachers resisted the urge to nibble away at the turrets.... just! We had a runner up’s castle covered in

sesame seeds and even a computer designed castle game. After much deliberation the History department was able to reduce the huge amount of entries to the best 8 (the highest number of finalists in the history of the competition). Mrs Shearing then handed the responsibility of picking a winner over to Mr London who easily picked out Lucy Elkin as this years champion. A huge well done to her and all of this year’s entries. Lorraine Shearing Director of Humanities

Sophie Hosking M.B.E and Gold Medallist (London 2012)

Sophie Hosking came into Hall Mead in May. Sophie is a ‘lightweight’ pair’s rower and won a Gold Olympic medal which she bought into school to show staff and pupils. Sophie spoke in a Year 7 & 8 assembly and was very inspirational, talking about her experiences in the London 2012 Olympics. She then joined a Year 8 P.E lesson and then took a seminar with 30 Gifted & Talented Sports pupils (selected by the P.E. staff). Sophie talked about her gruelling training schedule and how her goal in life was to win a Gold medal at the Olympics. Now she has achieved her

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Corsican Visit O

n the 15th and 17th of May our partner school in Corsica, Lycée Fi’ambouro came to visit us. They have been visiting Upminster for the last three years but it is only recently that we have started to forge links with their school. Over the last year Miss Wooton’s Year 10 class using videoconferencing sessions to boost their language skills.

Then in the afternoon I took my Year 10 class to Madame Tussauds so that they could spend time chatting to the Corsican students. Both groups of students enjoyed Madame Tussauds. Students especially enjoyed the 4D cinema experience and the Chamber of Horrors, where they were chased by actors in scary costumes! On the Friday morning the Corsican students came back to Hall Mead and spent more time in classes, helping students to improve their language skills.

Overall it was a really positive experience for both groups of students and certainly helped to increase their confidence when

speaking French. If you would like to go to Corsica next year then speak to your French or Spanish teacher about our Corsican Exchange Programme.

Year 7 St Omer Trip June 2013

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here to start? The French trip We did many things in St Omer this year was my first, and including going to a bakery, the possibly my favourite trip abroad beach, we even went to Belgium with the school. Our favourite to learn about World War I one day. During that day we went places were the ones that involved to a museum called In Flanders chocolate (obviously). It was Fields Museum and two different especially the chocolate shop that cemeteries (German and English). made the trip ten times better, we We also went into a genuine WWI got lots of free gifts each with the trench which was small, cramped things we bought. We also found and dirty, especially when you went the chocolate factory interesting, because they showed us the stages into the dingy tunnels. of how they make their delicious, In our opinion the trip was so fun mouth-watering French chocolate. and filled with many fun memories Also, there were three huge melted that we will never forget! chocolate wheels (one for each type) spinning in front of ourMead - S) Lauren New Century (Hall 15:40 Mead-M)-V1 Page 1 Davenport B.F.5/12/12 Mulley (Hall 12/4/10 and 2:30 amazed faces. Charlotte Whistler

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National Science Week Competition T he Science department celebrated National Science Week this year by running a competition. Pupils in Year 7 and 8 were challenged to invent something that is made from recycled or reused materials. All 186 pupils submitted an entry!!!!! In order to enter, pupils had to design a poster to showcase their invention, explain how it works and why people would buy it. Competition between pupils was fierce and the staff in the science department found it tough picking the best designs. So many pupils showed excellent inventive skills. In the end the following winners were selected: 3rd Yr 7 – Maddie Burnet for her invention of Henry the Hungry Hippo Yr 8 – Gurminder Bains for his method of transportation called Eric 2nd Yr 7 – Sophie Lockey for her Plastic Fantastic Planter Machine Yr 8 – Sarah Kennedy who designed a toy called ‘Rengo’ 1st Yr 7 – Anya Smyth for her amazing ‘plastinsulate’ machine Yr 8 – Hadrian Cajic-Signeur for his car made of recycled materials Well done to all Yr 7 and 8 pupils for

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St George’s Day A s the 23rd April was St George’s Day, Hall Mead School invited the Billericay Morris Dancers to visit to do a workshop with some year 7 and 8 students. To begin, they showed us some of their routines and some of the history of Morris dancing which dates back hundreds of years – if not more! Morris dancing is a traditional English dance which has been performed all over England. Each village used to have its own dance performed by men in the village; women used to have their own form called step dancing). There is a lot of symbolism involved in

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aisy Asante (7CS), Lucy Elkin (7WB) and Megan Wood (10TP) were chosen to have their work published in “The Young Writers: Around the World in 80 days” anthology.

Morris: the white represents goodness; the clashing of sticks suggests the battle above us between good and evil. The reason why they wear the bells on the ankles is so that they are fighting off the evil spirits. We danced for an hour but by the end of it we had learned one of the dances. Overall, I think that the Morris dancing workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by all, there were certainly many laughs. It was good to get to know about part of our traditions but also have a lot of fun!

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Speak Out Challenge 2013

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noises that we made and the actions that we had to do. We had a chance to do Dhol drumming, Bollywood dance, Rangoli art and we even got to try an authentic Indian curry and learnt about what is traditionally put in it. If I had the chance I would love to do Bollywood day again as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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“I enjoyed the Indian food and the dancing because the food was tasty and the dancing was very energetic. My favourite thing was the story telling because the man who led it was very inspiring and said some really nice things to me that will stay with me forever.” Charlie “I really enjoyed the music and dance as it got people involved with the different instruments. Improvements could not be made to this day. Overall, it was a fun and enjoyable.” Tom “What I really enjoyed was the Indian food lesson. I liked how interesting and different the food was and how it had so many different ingredients which made it interesting to watch.” Hayden “It was great fun. We did Bollywood dancing which was fun. This taught us how different some cultures are to ours just through the way they dance – although every culture loves to dance! It was a good day and we participated in things we had never heard of or seen before.” Gemma

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Parents Education Evening – Thursday 6th June 2013 O

n Thursday 6th June, the Academy organised its first Parents’ Education Evening. This was designed to increase parents’ knowledge of a range of subjects, including Internet safety, alcohol and drugs. This complements work that the Academy does with pupils in PSHEE and ICT lessons.

Mr Lucas led the session on Internet Safety, explaining the new ways that young people use social networking sites and other technology, the benefits to using them and also the risks involved. Technology and young people’s use of it is moving so fast

that it is sometimes hard to keep up. Mr Lucas’ session helped everyone involved come up to speed.

The PSHEE sessions were led by two outside organisations: the Alcohol Education Trust and Young Addaction, who spoke about drugs and young people. Although most young people do not drink or take drugs, it is a worry that many parents share and these sessions gave parents the chance to ask questions and find out more about the situation locally. Those who attended the drugs workshop voiced their surprise at how little some of the

most common drugs cost and the effects they can have. The Alcohol Education Trust also gave parents more information on how to speak to young people about alcohol so that they can make responsible choices. We will be running more sessions like this in the new school year so that more parents can come along and those that have been can attend the other sessions. If you want any information, or to speak to us about our own education programmes in PSHEE and ICT, please contact Mr Hales at the school. Mr Hales

Year 8 University Trip On Wednesday the 5th of June some Year 8 pupils attended their final visit to the University of East London (UEL). We had previously been two other times to the university for a better look and to do a photography project. On the first visit we got a better understanding of university life by being able to see the whole university itself and even eating with the fellow students at UEL. We also found out information such as the fees and living expenses etc. On that second visit we arrived with happy faces and were

brought up to one of the many computer rooms the University has to offer. In that room, we got into our groups and we were given a camera to go out and take some pictures to match some words the staff had given us. For example, one group had to match the word friendship so they took a picture of two people talking to each other smiling. Afterwards, we then got on to starting our projects taking hundreds of photographs to create our story. On the most recent visit, on 5th June, we worked all day on our projects’, each group in the

end having something unique to show. One group did something to do with a drink that gave them superpowers, another doing something on a boy playing with magical toy soldiers. Some of the pupil’s parents even attended the final visit to have a taster of the university just like the pupils on the first day. Thank you very much to all the staff at UEL that helped on the trip and thank you to Mr. Hales, Mr Cole and Miss Dockrill that helped set up the trip. Written by Mason Taylor, 8TR

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Visit from Paul Hannaford O

n April 18th, Year 9 had a visit from Paul Hannaford. Paul is a drugs educator who comes into school in Havering and around the country. Paul shares his story with pupils to educate them on the dangers of experimenting with, and using, drugs. He spoke about his early days at school when he experimented with smoking tobacco and cannabis with older students. Over the years, this led to regular use and the experimenting with other drugs like cocaine, crack and heroin. Paul’s story is an extreme one but one that started with using cannabis, which is the most commonly used illegal drug in the UK and the drug that young people are most likely to be exposed to first. The message was clear: stay away from cannabis and the path your life takes will be happier and more successful. Paul explained how his choices took him down a path of crime, violence and estrangement from his family. Luckily, he managed to kick the habit and is now doing his best to help others learn his lesson.

Although Paul’s message is a dramatic and powerful one, pupils listened well and responded maturely to his talk. This assembly complements work that pupils have carried out in PSHEE and Citizenship lessons. Paul’s website can be viewed at paulhannaford.com. Mr J. Hales Head of PSHEE and Citizenship

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y time in BTEC Construction has been one of my favourite subjects through out year 10 and 11, I chose this subject because of the practical work that was sold to me via options evening. Throughout the two years I have learnt a great deal about the construction industry and how to build your way up the industry via qualifications and even the courses that are needed to get those qualifications. In my opinion the construction industry is a big part of the world today I feel that by learning all about that industry and how to ‘work your way up the ranks’ has given me the suitable knowledge that I would need if I was to go into that industry. My first year was brickwork, there I was suited up every Tuesday morning and given the task of the day, some may be put off because you might have to come in early if your lesson is first period. Practical work has never been so enjoyable

when you spend your mornings or evenings in full overalls with mates laying bricks and in a whole having fun. The lessons are very relaxed in practical as long as you get the work done; I had no trouble completing the tasks because I enjoyed the subject a great deal. My first year was brickwork and my second year was woodwork, in my opinion brickwork was the best because I enjoyed the new type of practical. Year’s 7-9 woodwork is the main focus but brickwork is a whole lot different and in my opinion was the best practical at Hall Mead. I feel that if you were to take this subject (or any subject) and hope to do well in it you need to be dedicated to the work that is given to you and complete the tasks to the deadline. My two construction teachers Mr Clarke and Mr Bussell have always been supportive and inspired me to do my best on each of the units. Construction has been one

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of my favourite subjects because it doesn’t expect more than dedication and potential, I have always aimed high in construction and through my work in practical and theory, I was able to achieve high. Gary Humphries – Year 11


Sport Summing up......... It’s been a ‘Champion Year’ 2012-2013 has been a memorable year. Hall Mead girls have dominated the borough in many competitions. We are Havering Champions in U14 indoor hockey and the team went on to win

the U14 outdoor league. On more than one occasion, we had to play in the sleet and snow but won all our matches. Congratulations to the girls on a fine and consistent performance. Thanks also to a loyal set of parents that were regular spectators, braving the cold winter from the sidelines. Hall Mead U16 (outdoor) Hockey team also completed their season by beating

Drapers Academy 6 – 1 in the final. Because of our consistent commitment to the team and the school, we only lost one game all season and concluded the season as U16 champions. Hall Mead achieved ‘the double league champions status within the borough. A remarkable achievement!

This year, Hall Mead entered the Essex Cup football competition as well as the Havering Cup. We achieved a formidable performance by getting to the Essex Cup quarter finals in the U14 competition and also to the final of the Havering Cup. Unfortunately we were beaten both times by Marshalls Park. We finished Havering runners up champions at the end of a busy, tiring season. My thanks to Mr Rout who coached the team. For the first time in Hall Mead history, we fielded a team in the U16 Girls

Havering Cup. The league was a close finish on points and was decided on goal average. Hall Mead won the title. Havering Champions U16s Girls Football. Well done girls!

Table Tennis Year 8 girls became Havering Table Tennis Champions 2013. There were many schools who participated in the tournament. The girls took advantage of the weekly Table Tennis Club at school and were ready to participate to win!

Thank You I

would like to take this opportunity to thank all my teams that have done me so proud over the years. I have been overwhelmed with their success. Together we have brought many trophies to Hall Mead and for me an enormous amount of memories that I shall treasure forever. My thanks to all of you for your time, dedication and commitment – together we did it all! Miss M Tucker 11:08 P.E. DeptPage 1

Direct Cladding (Hall Mead-M) Head 14/7/11 of Girls

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Shape the Future Competition I n March, pupils entered a national competition to have an opportunity to effect a great change by suggesting ideas for how to make the world a better place. These suggestions were sent to the Centre for International Development, with the winning group having their presentation used by our Prime Minister, David Cameron, to help shape his address to the United Nations Development conference in 2014. The presentations created by

pupils at Hall Mead were exceptional and it was very difficult to choose who should represent the school. After much debate Olivia Weaver, Kamisha Ram, and Karisma Ram’s presentation was selected and sent off. They have received an official commendation from the Head of International Development. We congratulate them on their efforts and their success. Further congratulations also go to Neida Zelvyte, Eleanor Moore, Alice Mabbot, Leonie Armand,

Emily Holland, Faith Cole, Alev Omer, Ellie Giles, Harriet Isherwood, Phillipa Gill and Victoria Walker who all produced stunning presentations.

Dux Award Winner 2013

A

massive congratulations to this year’s Dux Award winners, Ellie

Giles and runner-up Simren Samra. The Dux Award Scheme aims to encourage, inspire and reward top performing pupils in Year 9 across all secondary schools in the country. The prize of this national and prestigious competition is a visit to a Russell Group university of their choosing, including Oxford and Cambridge,

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in order to offer pupils a chance to experience what studying and life is like at university. Ellie and Symi will be experiencing a taster session at the excellent London School of Economics and Political Science in June as reward for their exceptional efforts in Year 9.


Hannah Wright

H

annah Wright completed antibullying training a year ago and

became one of our Peer Support team. She chose the Beat-Bullying (BB) headquarters in Crystal Palace for her work placement in March this

ambassador for the BBteam because of her knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for stopping bullying. She has spoken at International conferences in Madrid and Belgium

year where she gained knowledge

and is currently assisting with the

and experience in all aspects of

training of mini mentors who will be

the work of the BBteam. In May,

part of our Year 7 from September.

Hannah was asked to become an

Congratulations Hannah!

Nominations

Chloe Adams 7TK (March)

Georgia Smith 9DG (April)

Daniel Weston 8CWL (May)

Hollie Casey 10 WB (June)

Chloe was nominated by her Form Tutor for the amazing strength she has shown in coping with her difficult personal circumstances as the same time as starting her new School. She always works to the best of her ability in School and maintains a positive spirit. In her spare time she and her family have raised large sums of money to support The Royal Marsden Hospital.

Georgia was nominated for the support she has given to a close family member who has cancer. She has been incredibly proactive supporting her cousin and her family as well as fundraising. She has organised various events in School and has also led assemblies to promote her charity and her fundraising events.

Daniel was nominated by his Form Tutor for exceptional amount of commitment he shows towards his swimming; he swims for two hours from 5.30-7.30 most mornings for his Swimming Club. He has chosen to be on an Effort Report as he recognises keeping up with his school work is difficult to do and as a result he achieves a higher effort score than the class average.

Hollie was nominated by Mrs Pennock for the work she undertakes in the 1 to 1 mentoring of a younger student. She arranges appointments on her own initiative and provides regular support for this Year 9 student. She is totally reliable and has built up a trusting relationship with her mentee, providing much needed support.

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