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WELCOME We’ve changed the format of BEVIN magazine so that we can include a greater variety of reports about the many activities that pupils here at Ernest Bevin College get involved in. On pages 2 and 3 there is a selection of some of the highlights from the academic year so far. In 2016 we became one of only a handful of schools to receive STEM Assured status in recognition of the excellence in teaching of STEM subjects and our commitment to forging strong links outside the classroom: see pages 4 and 5 for more information about STEM initiatives. The U15 volleyball team became National champions in 2016 and their success was recognised at the Active Wandsworth Awards. This and other sporting successes are featured on pages 6 and 7. We will once again be holding Open Days in June, so please come and visit and see for yourself what a vibrant, exciting school Ernest Bevin College is. Rukhsana Sheikh, Principal


Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, MP for Tooting paid her first visit to Ernest Bevin since being elected last year. She spoke to Sixth Formers and answered questions about politics which ranged from Trump to Brexit, strikes and corruption in politics. Dr Allin-Khan also had a tour of the college and visited a Year 8 French lesson. As Shadow Minister for Sport, she was impressed with the sports facilities.


Well done to the 60 Yellow Ties who had the chance to try public speaking when they took part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. Six students were selected to speak in an assembly of their fellow Year 10 students in a bid to represent Ernest Bevin at the Wandsworth final. Audiences don’t get much tougher than a hall full of your peers, so big congratulations to Kamran Bell and Rayyan Akram who have been chosen as the college’s speakers.


Ernest Bevin has once again been awarded International School Status by the British Council. The college was first awarded this status in 2011 and this is the third time the award has been renewed. The award recognises the international links across the curriculum and international ethos embedded across the college. A number of trips and events are held throughout the year including the European Day of Languages in September; staff and students in Year 9 wore stickers for the day showing what languages they spoke in addition to English. Red Ties were treated to a special show to celebrate Chinese New Year by performers from the Confucius Institute of London Southbank University in February. The Year 7 pupils also had a chance to practise the Mandarin they have been learning with Mr Huang at the end of the show. Lui Franco Pereira said, “It was very exciting to watch and I loved the people who performed. My favourite person was the nun-chuk man; he could spin his metal nun-chuks really fast and never got hit.” Szymon Dar said: “My favourite part was when the Kung Fu fighters performed at the start because it was very exciting to watch. I wish I could do that!”



Members of the History Club attended Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall and were welcomed by the Mayor, former Ernest Bevin pupil, Sadiq Khan and Assembly Member Leonie Cooper. The boys were guests of the Summerstown 182, a Heritage Lottery funded project telling the story of the SW17 community through the 182 names on the World War 1 memorial in St Mary’s Church, Summerstown.

CADET FORCE The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at Ernest Bevin was launched in October 2016 as part of the Ministry of Defence’s Cadet Expansion Programme for State Schools and is being supported by the Royal Marines. Ernest Bevin’s CCF is currently one of only two Royal Marine CCF units in London – the other is at Harrow School. Following on from the taster day held in October, 14 boys were selected for Senior Cadet leadership training and attended a Leadership Training Day at the Royal Marine Reserves base in Southfields. The boys had a tour of the base, met the Colonel and listened to a leadership presentation. They then took part in a series of practical leadership tasks. The expansion of the unit continues and new cadets are beginning the process of being trained to be the next group of leaders. All cadets are now preparing for the First Parade which will mark the official launch of the CCF at Ernest Bevin.

TEST A 4am alarm call may not be everyone’s idea of a prize but Subhaan Ahmad clearly didn’t mind the early start when he joined the other finalists in the Wandsworth Young Chef competition on a tour of Billingsgate Fish market. Subhaan, who had a fish starter in the menu that won him the heat, said: “The fish was so fresh it didn’t smell at all. I am thinking about using fish again in my menu for the final.”


A group of twelve Yellow Ties are taking part in the Urban Scholars Programme 2016-17 at Brunel University. This programme is a series of workshops on a Saturday morning targeted at Gifted & Talented pupils, giving them advice about continuing their studies at university. Hassan Khodabocus said, “My favourite part of the session was the speaker Action Jackson. He gave a very inspirational speech that made me question ‘what IS my goal in life?’ “



STEM TRIP STEM covers the subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Computing and Art are also often included, so at EBC we refer to the ‘STEAM’ subjects. Gaining STEM Assured Status is recognition of our sustained excellence in these subject areas and our commitment to forging ever stronger links with employers and universities in this key sector. Ernest Bevin College is one of only a handful of schools in the country to be awarded this accolade.

VR LESSONS The Science Department has been working with a company called Nano SimBox to create a stimulating virtual reality lesson around photosynthesis for the whole class to experience. The process has allowed students to dive into the nano-scale of what photosynthesis looks like, which enables them to create their own scientific mental models in their heads. Head of Science Ms Munday won a competition to enable the collaboration and she has presented the project at BETT2017, an exhibition that showcases the best use of technology in education.


Sixth form Mathematicians attended MathsFest and listened to mathematicians talk about where maths can be found in the most unexpected places. Tarik Corrodus said, “What I found particularly interesting was all of the advanced mathematics hidden inside The Simpsons, which is a show that is seen as uneducational and immature.” They have also taken part in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge and all ten boys who took part achieved either silver or bronze levels. Students in the lower school have also taken part in the Intermediate and Junior Maths challenge events, designed to challenge the most able mathematicians with problems they wouldn’t normally encounter in lessons or exams.


One of the advantages of gaining STEM Assured status is that it encourages the college to form stronger links with universities and employers. Kingston University recently hosted a group of students in Years 9 and 10 for a STEM activity day. Syed Nalian Naqvi said: “It was a really inspiring day because we got to see the range of options we could study at university. I really enjoyed the forensic science murder investigation because the evidence from finger prints, cloth and hair that we looked at pointed to a very unexpected murderer.”

FORmULA 1 A team of engineering students have been working towards the Formula One in Schools competition and have been designing, building and testing a model car to race. They took their finished design to the regional finals and raced their prototype against cars from other school teams. Under the team name ‘Alpha Tech’ they raced in the Professional Class, a category that had some really strong teams with plenty of talented individuals and some jaw-dropping pit displays. Not to be outclassed, the team from Bevin managed to put up an amazing display which really showcased what the boys are capable of through hard work and determination. At the end of the day the team from Bevin came 5th, but the margins between 1st and 5th were down to margins of a second... just like in ‘real F1’.


DYSON VISIT A group of Design Technology students visited Dyson in central London. The boys were given an introduction to the design firm and some of its innovative designs, such as the Dyson Vacuum cleaner & hair dryer, by Head of Test, Mike Wittke. They were then given a challenge to design a prototype of something that would help around the house. Faisal Black said: “We designed a prototype of a machine that would dry and press clothes. It was interesting to hear how Dyson had built up his company and how they go about designing new products that either solve a problem or are a big improvement on available products.”

Students interested in learning how to code have been attending a club after school run by coding company Blueshift. The students involved have been working collaboratively and creating their own projects to build up a portfolio of their work. Naquibullah Azizi in Year 9 said: “Learning about Bootstrap today was really interesting. It has inspired me to make a personal website during the holidays.”

The inaugural STEAM award winners with Amy Butt, Associate Director of BPR Architects and Mark Weatherhead, Vice Principal. Back row: Moses Kalango Semakula, Nawal Majeed, Michael Aamer, Ali Zubair, Amit Matharu. Front row: Darcy Crecan- Harris, Hisham Omer, Sinan Saleem, Joshua Lamb Oakley and Sujinthan Sivanesan.

STEAM CELEBRATION EVENT The college held a STEAM celebration event to officially mark being awarded STEM Assured Status. The inaugural STEAM awards (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) were presented to boys who have excelled in STEAM subjects by Amy Butt, Associate Director of BPR Architects. She spoke about the awards and the work that was on display around the college: “We were fortunate enough to have an Ernest Bevin student in our office for work experience earlier this year, and I am delighted to be able to congratulate Moses on his award this evening. This is my first time visiting Ernest Bevin College, and I can see where his enthusiasm comes from: the work which has been on display this evening is absolutely inspiring.” Mr Weatherhead, Vice Principal, said: “During the process of gathering evidence for the application and STEAM inspection visit, I was genuinely surprised by just how much STEAM related work we did in college. It has created the best opportunity for our students and staff to build on strong foundations and is the start of a journey to improve opportunities and ensure successful outcomes.”


ACTIVE WANDSWORTH AWARDS 2016 A massive thank you to Harlequins FC who donated last year’s Academy rugby shirts. This Year 9 team were the first to wear them in a fixture against Wilson’s Grammar.

YOUTH COUNCIL School Sports Team of the Year: Bevin’s U15 Volleyball Team

Four Bevin students who regularly participate in Greenhouse Sports at the college have been elected to Greenhouse Sports’ Youth Council. Many congratulations to Rayyan Akram, Ashton Whitter-Dwyer, Sundeep Dhamrait and Romanie Hylton, who were all elected. The council’s purpose is to provide a vital link between young people and Greenhouse, providing feedback and influencing its decisions. They will also serve as ambassadors for the charity.

Coach of the Year: Greenhouse Volleyball Coach Ashley Trodden

Junior Sportsperson of The Year nominee Jaden Kennedy

The Active Wandsworth Awards is an annual event which celebrates the very best of sporting achievement in the borough. A glitzy award ceremony is held every year at Wandsworth Town Hall. This year’s ceremony was held in February and hosted by Sky Sports Presenter David Garrido (pictured above right). The 14 awards were presented by the British Olympic Gold medal winning cox of the men’s eight, Phelan Hill and by Aaron McKibbin, the Table Tennis player who won bronze medals at both the London and Rio Paralympics. The nominees from Ernest Bevin College got off to a good early start when the U15 Volleyball Team won School Sports Team of the Year for their numerous successes in 2016, which included winning the national title in May. There was further cause for celebration when Greenhouse Volleyball Coach Ashley Trodden was one of two nominees named Coach of the Year. Our final nominee, Jaden Kennedy, was up for one of the top awards of the evening, Junior Sports Person of the Year. Although he was pipped at the post on the night, he is definitely one to watch for the future.


HOCKEY FIRST Sixth Form students have been playing hockey with enthusiasm despite a 7.30am start; and this year they played their first external fixtures against local men’s teams. According to player Talha Ahmed, despite “blood, sweat and tears being spilled”, their enthusiasm remains undented.



Ernest Bevin squad who played in the Jack Petchey regional team finals


Table Tennis Players Reach Nationals The Table Tennis squads have had a great year so far. The U13 & U16 teams have each become one of only four teams to qualify for the National Schools table Tennis finals. This is a major achievement for the players who faced stiff opposition in the Regional finals to secure their place for the first time in over five years. In the individual competition players from Bevin swept the board in the U16 competition taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, and in the U19s they secured the top three spots. In the U13 competition Kamal Annich came runner up, losing in the final to the current national champion having already beaten lower ranked players. This means eight players from Bevin have qualified for the Jack Petchey finals and two boys, Nahom Goitom (U16) & Kudjo Kpordje (U19), qualified for the ESTTA Individual National finals.

National U19 Finals qualifier Kudjo Kpordje

Nahom Goitom serves against teammate Howard Onwen


Winning Ways The Year 7 football team have made an impressive start to their Secondary school football careers with a number of wins against other schools. They had an unbeaten run in the Wandsworth tournament but were unlucky to lose on penalties in the semi-final.


Produced from mixed sources and the process is chlorine free. Photography: Adrian Pegg

U13 National Cross Country Champion Year 8 student, Jaden Kennedy, has become U13 National Cross Country champion. Jaden trains with Herne Hill Harriers Athletics Club and has represented the college in 800m, 1500m and cross country events. Jaden (pictured right with Head of PE, Dale Dapaah) also won Golds in the London Schools 800m and Surrey Championships 1500m. In 2016 he was named Bevin’s Sportsman of the Year.


Judo Medals Eight members of the judo squad have qualified for the British Schools Championship. This is impressive as many of Bevin’s judoka are no longer eligible to compete, having won competitions at a higher level. Ayoub Dafallah has been on fine form this season, building on a bronze medal at the British Championships and winning a number of subsequent competitions. Mohammed Alif Nawaf won Best Player of the tournament at the Southend International and took a gold medal in the Junior age group. He also managed to win his second national bronze medal and the British Junior Championships despite having an injury on the day. The judo squad had a boost recently when Olympic Taekwondo medallist Lutalo Muhammad came into the college to record interviews for a BBC5 Live radio programme about whether combat sports should be taught in schools.

Contact Fiona Wilkins, Ernest Bevin College, Beechcroft Road, London SW17 7DF T: 0208 672 8582 E:

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'Bevin' is the school magazine for Ernest Bevin College in Beechcroft Road, Tooting

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'Bevin' is the school magazine for Ernest Bevin College in Beechcroft Road, Tooting