Ruislip High School NEWSLETTER FIRST AID COMPETITION On Thursday 23rd June 2016 four Ruislip High School students competed in the St Johnâ€™s London Region First Aid competition for secondary schools. The competition was held at Bounds Green Scout Park and was designed to allow students to demonstrate their competency in realistic scenarios.
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CONTENTS First Aid Competition Continued
News from the Headteacher
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Year 7 News Page 6 and 7 Learning Resource Centre (LRC) News
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Maths News and Gardening Club
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Sixth Form News Pages 12 - 17 Battlefields Trip
Summer Fair Page 19 Activities Week Page 20 10k Sponsored Walk Page 21 Sports Day Page 22 and 23 Rounders Success Page 24 Sports News and Family Learning Evening
English News Pages 26 - 28 Modern Foreign Languages News
Panathlon Page 30 Learning Support Faculty News
Geography News Page 32 and 33 Autumn Term Dates Page 34
FIRST AID COMPETITION Continued from the front page.... Harry, 10S, Esme, 10S, Lily, 10B, and Lucy, 10A, competed in several events. They had three assessments on their first aid skills and team working abilities. In the team assessment they dealt with two unconscious casualties and a non-breathing casualty. The team was able to work together and prioritise treatment, as well as calling for an ambulance. The students then worked in pairs to treat bleeding to the hand and a burns incident. Various other workshops filled the time between assessments, the favourite being casualty make-up. When all tasks were completed all the teams gathered in the hall. Lucy was selected as the best first aider of the day. The assessors said, “She showed good communication skills and competency.” Ruislip High School won the competition and was invited to the National Competition. The St John’s Schools First Aid finals were held in Leicester on Saturday 9th July. The four Ruislip High students competed against other schools from across the country in three challenging scenarios, allowing the students to practise their knowledge in simulated situations. They had three assessments which looked at their team building and first aid knowledge. For the team tests the students had to treat a drowned casualty and a severe bleed. The students were able to smoothly change between each other when practicing CPR. The pairs test was conducted separately, with Esme, 10S, and Lucy, 10A, treating a casualty with a severe allergic reaction and a witness who was having a panic attack. Lily, 10B, and Harry, 10S, treated a nosebleed and a casualty having a seizure. The students were then invited to watch the other competition for the St John cadets, primary schools and Army Cadet Force who were also competing that day. When all the competitions were completed and the scores collated, all the teams were gathered in the presentation area. Ruislip High School placed second, with an invite to compete next year.
First Aid Club The First Aid club has seen a number of students pass various levels of St John’s Schools First Aid. The course is designed to allow students to learn first aid skills throughout the year. Parts of the course includes: fainting, bleeding, how to cope in an emergency, allergies and CPR. The course gives the students confidence and a life skill. Congratulations to: Shpana, 7W, Lois, 7S, and Armaan, 8C, who all passed level one; Heather, 8F, Katie, 9W, and Lydia, 9W, who all passed level three; Macey, 9B, and Reem, 9B who passed level one and two; Jay, 10S, Samantha, 9W, Kayleigh, 9W, Danni, 7S and Chanel, 7F who all passed level two and three; and Saraneyaa, 9S, Matthew, 9C, Lucy, 10A, and Esme, 10A who passed all three levels. Page 3
RUISLIP HIGH SCHOOL’S REVIEW BY THE 2006
• Saddam Hussein sentenced to death by hanging • Pluto demoted to the new category of ‘dwarf planet’ • Google pays $1.65 billion for the website YouTube
• Madeleine McCann disappeared • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series, released • First Apple’s iPhone sold in the USA • Gordon Brown succeeded Tony Blair as Prime Minister
• Stock markets around the world crashed • After 49 years as president of Cuba, Fidel Castro resigned for reasons of ill health • Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton to win the nomination as presidential candidate for the Democratic party
• Senator Barack Obama inauguration • Michael Jackson died • Usain Bolt set a World Record of 9.58 seconds for the Men’s 100m • Operation Iraqi Freedom ended bringing the war to a close
• Haiti earthquake killed over 230,000 • Icelandic volcanic ash cloud disrupted air traffic across northern and western Europe • Cave-in at copper-gold mine in Chile; 33 miners survived underground for a record 69 days • Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi released after almost 15 years of house arrest
Ruislip High School is now ten years old. When the school opened its front doors to its first cohort in September 2006, the founders and staff had the responsibility to establish a school ethos to allow students to ‘reach for the sky’ in order that they could fulfil their potential. I believe the early years reflect the community spirit that was established with the school being described as ‘one big family’. The passing of ten years is a helpful benchmark to consider what has been achieved and whether the school has lived up to the founders’ expectations. Cllr Eddie Lavery, Chair of the Governing Body, was part of the core group that established Ruislip High School and has reflected on our tenth anniversary: “The school was founded to ensure that families in Ruislip had access to a highquality comprehensive school, providing opportunities for all regardless of ability or background. I am proud that the school continues to support this vision. I know all of those who originally fought to establish the school would be proud of what has been achieved in the first 10 years.” As the headteacher for the past five years, I am really proud of how well the school has remained a strong and cohesive community whilst the student population has increased by a third. Our older students take responsibility in many ways to help create a
• Arab spring began in Tunisia and Egypt • US forces killed the al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden, in a raid on a house in Pakistan • Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi killed by rebels in the wake of a Nato air strike • Prince William married Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey • English riots hit their peak in London and spread to Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool Page 4
FIRST TEN YEARS HEADTEACHER 2015
caring and calm atmosphere for our younger students, in particular our Year 11 and Sixth Form prefect teams. I continue to be enormously grateful for the staff’s commitment to provide our students with a well-rounded education including offering numerous experiences that broaden their horizons. The additional activities, which include Above and Beyond provision, day and residential trips, theme day, activities week etc., require an enormous amount of time and effort from staff; and reflect the staff’s trust that students will embrace new experiences and have the willingness to take on new challenges. At this November’s Presentation Evening, I will take the opportunity to reflect on Ruislip High School’s first decade and am delighted that the school’s first Head Boy (both in Year 11 and Sixth Form), Karan Sagoo, will be our guest speaker. I believe the three words that summarise Ruislip High School’s first decade are: Community Inclusion Aspiration
Dr Martina Lecky 2012
• Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl, shot in the head by the Taliban • The Diamond of Jubilee of Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her succession as Queen of the UK and Head of the Commonwealth • The Olympics Games were held in London. • CERN announced the discovery of a new particle, possibly the much anticipated Higgs boson, in the Large Hadron Collider Page 5
• Terrorists struck France as the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were targeted. • A German co-pilot was thought to have deliberately crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, including three Britons • Birth of Princess Charlotte • Conservative Party win the General Election and David Cameron returned to Number 10. • Tunisia terrorist attack; Thirty Britons lost their lives. • Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour Party leader. • Migration in Europe from Asia and Middle East caused huge concerns across the continent. • Terrorist attacks in Paris; over 130 people died.
• The Malaysian Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens • Russia sent troops into Crimea, leading the way to the peninsula’s annexation after a controversial referendum • The war in Afghanistan came to an end • Scotish referendum for independence from the UK; vote to remain won by 55% to 45%. • Ebola virus became a world-wide concern.
• Barack Obama inaugurated for his second term as US president • Pope Benedict XVI resigned and was succeeded by Pope Francis. • Oscar Pistorius, charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp • Margaret Thatcher, prime minister from 1979 to 1990, died aged 87 following a stroke. • Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936. • Prince George of Cambridge was born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. • Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s ex-president, died, aged 95.
YEAR 7 NEWS The Year 7 cohort’s first year as high school students has come to an end. What a great adventure it has been! Ruislip High School staff would like to congratulate them all for everything they have achieved this year and hope they are looking forward to next year’s new challenges.
Family Learning Evening Second Edition The school would like to thank all the parents who joined Year 7 to celebrate learning in the second family learning event of the school year. Parents, students and teachers showed some amazing determination playing badminton and also had the opportunity to learn the beautiful language that is Japanese. Parents and students joined their talents to build a mobile phone holder in the Design and Technology workshop and were able to enhance their curiosity in the Science workshop. The evening was a great success and another event to remember!
Summer Fair The Year 7 team were very proud of the Year 7 students for their first Ruislip High School Summer Fair. Being around their stalls was a quantum leap into the 1970s. The whole school was taken back to the times of flower power and of artists like Kiss and David Bowie, and students in 7F transported everyone to a ‘galaxy far, far away’. Year 7 students demonstrated a great deal of imagination and creativity to build impressive stalls and invent enticing games and activities. Some students also cooked delicious cakes, made beautiful lavender bags of the 1970s, greeting cards and notebooks. Without the engagement, determination and community spirit of many of the Year 7 students, the Summer Fair would not have been such a success. It was absolutely wonderful to watch students and their families meeting up, having fun and creating unforgettable memories. Congratulations to 7B who won the stall competition for the year group. The hard work, team spirit and good humour are a credit to you all. Well done!
Isle of Wight Trip On Friday 27th May, 140 students jumped on a coach that took them to the Isle of Wight where they stayed in Little Canada, a very scenic PGL site (and no Josh, it does not mean Parents Get Lost!). Little Canada is the perfect place to try out a large range of activities on land and water. Amongst other activities, students were able to try out archery, ride on a zip wire and giant swing. It was also a great opportunity for students to get to know each other better and to spend time in the fresh air. Staff believe these experiences are crucial in the students’ development and the reinforcement of the community spirit. Once more, the students did the school proud with their impeccable behaviour and enthusiasm. Thank you to the Year 7 students for making that weekend an unforgettable trip.
“It was amazing! I really enjoyed the giant swing, it was the best activity!” Charlie, 7W “I absolutely loved the dragon boat race!” Gracie, 7W “I could not get any sleep – I was far too excited!” Jack, 7W
Sport News It has been another term where the Year 7 students have showed beautiful sportsmanship and determination. Staff would like to congratulate every student who has taken part in games and sporting activities during the term. The students have been great in victory and defeat and they can all be extremely proud of themselves and the way they represented Ruislip High School. A special mention goes to the Year 7 Cricket Team. All of the players have shown an incredible dedication to the sport and their teammates, with many experiencing playing cricket for the first time. Well done to the whole team, next year will surely be a very successful year!
The Year 7 tutors, Miss Kidd and Mr Elsby would like to salute this wonderful cohort. The students did themselves and the school very proud this year and the staff are confident that they will be exceptional role models for new Year 7 students next year. Now it is time for the students to relax, enjoy the holidays and get ready for another wonderful learning journey starting on 6th September.
Miss Lucas on behalf of Mr Elsby, Miss Kidd, and the Year 7 Team Page 7
LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE (LRC) NEWS Learning Resource Centre (LRC) NEWS The LRC has had an exciting and busy year. An increasing number of teachers now use the LRC regularly to hold lessons and other school events; with the vast space and resources available, it is the perfect venue. In the past year there have been a number of different events hosted by the LRC from chess tournaments to parent and student coffee mornings which included: student talks and presentations; end of term quizzes; Maths 24 game, which involved many of the local secondary schools; and, of course, the main event which Ruislip High always looks forward to, ‘World Book Day’. This is an event which is celebrated worldwide with a record number of schools taking part this year. On World Book Day, students across the world go to school dressed as their favourite book, comic or film character. Ruislip High had a record number of students and teachers participate this year and it was amazing to see the creativity of some students and staff and the effort that must have gone into producing the finished costumes. An amazing achievement! A number of prizes were also awarded and the LRC is looking forward to next year’s World Book Day event and hopes it is as exciting as in previous years.
Hillingdon Book of the Year 2016
The LRC was fortunate to be invited to attend the Hillingdon Book of the Year again this year, an annual event hosted by the Hillingdon Secondary Library Service at the Civic Centre. Students from several local schools meet and greet authors, have discussions and brainstorm ideas for presentations based on six shortlisted titles; these are then presented to an audience, which includes the Mayor and Mayoress. Eleven Year 7 students represented Ruislip High School. During the event, students were placed into mixed groups with students from other schools and were provided with props and a helper who assisted the group in putting together a short presentation, which was then performed in front of the judges. Although Ruislip High did not win, the students put together some remarkable performances that the judges enjoyed immensely. Students involved: Kye, 7F, Tyler, 7F, Samuel, 7S, Reece, 7C, Lewis, 7W, Shiyan, 7A, Danni, 7S, Trecy, 7A, Amelia, 7D, Lydia, 7B and Hodman, 7D accompanied by Miss Caesar (HLTA) and Mrs Austen (LRC Manager).
‘We Are Writers’ at Ruislip High
Following the success of the ‘We are Writers’ 50-word flash fiction book that the LRC was lucky enough to have produced last year, the LRC produced a second book this year. Students were able to write their own stories in 500 words and each student featured in the book got Page 8
the opportunity to show his/her talent. The students were set the task as homework by their English teachers who then had the difficult task of selecting the shortlisted stories to feature in the book. The stories the students have written are excellent and show some remarkable talent at Ruislip High. The LRC also held a competition for students to design the front cover of the book, a difficult task to judge as there were some fantastic designs submitted. With a lot of deliberating the chosen winning design was produced by Liberty, 7D. Well done to Liberty, who will be receiving a selection of prizes.
A big thank you
The LRC is such a busy environment and values all the help and commitment shown by some dedicated students at Ruislip High. A number of students across the years give up their free time on a daily basis to help out in the LRC before school, during the school day and after school. A big thank you to the following students for all the hard work and dedication shown:
Year 7: Danni H, Megan H, Sophie F, Hollie F, Emily C, Elliot G, Vimukthi J, Roxanne P, Evie M, Alfred C, Nikita K, Gabriela G and Isabella N; Year 8: Ross E, Ellie C, Suakshi G and Sivanathan S; Year 9: Jack E, Harry W, Thomas C, Aidan W, Aoibhin E, Jasmine C and Saraneyaa G; Year 10: Altay S, Amy S, Jay B, Berzin D, Marcelo B, Lucy G, Kyle C, Ellie K and Aiden K; Year 11/LRC Prefects: Josh R: Jordan M, Jonathan G, Lily S, Pireyanha S, James S, Katie D and Aaron L; Year 12: Iain E and Ben F. Also a big thank you to all the staff who help in the LRC; your hard work and commitment are much appreciated: Mrs Kotak, Mr Oâ€™Neill, Mrs Hudson, Mrs Evans, Mrs Crowther and Mrs Dowsett.
The LRC staff wish you all a great summer and looks forward to another busy school year in September.
Mrs Austen LRC Manager Page 9
MATHS NEWS Year 5 Primary Maths Challenge A fresh new initiative was launched this year, creating additional links with Ruislip High’s local feeder primary schools with a view of further preparing the younger students for a smooth transition into secondary school. On the afternoon of Friday 24th June, Ruislip High hosted a Primary School Maths Challenge for Year 5 students. The participating schools were Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Lady Bankes, Warrender Primary School, Whiteheath Junior School, Deanesfield, Bishop Winnington-Ingram CoE Primary school, Bourne Primary, and Field End Junior School. The inter-school competition tested the students’ numeracy skills; it also tested their application of number and lateral thinking skills. To prepare the Year 5 students for the challenge, a team of six top set Year 8 Ruislip High students went into each primary school to run taster sessions. They explained the format of the challenge and they explained the theory behind the lateral thinking tasks, giving tips on how to approach those questions. Additional pressure was applied as questions had to be answered within thirty seconds. The Year 8 students listed below acted maturely as they conducted the sessions and were excellent role models. It was clear that they were an inspiration to the younger learners as they directed and facilitated throughout. The Year 8 team wore the t-shirts that they designed which read ‘MATHS IS BAE’ – urban speak for ‘Maths is Before Anything Else!’ On the back of the T-shirt were rotated numbers which spelt out “The Maths Team RHS”. Ruislip High students wore the t-shirts with pride and were pleased to explain its meaning when staff and students enquired. The taster sessions were filled with excitement and healthy competitiveness. The Year 5 students were keen to do well and were fully engaged. The Year 8 students involved were: Fionnuala, 8S, Alexander, 8D, Georgina, 8D, Callum 8D, Jemima,8A, Lily, 8F, Robert, 8D, Joe, 8F, Elle, 8F, Brandonne, 8S, Alex, 8A, Amy 8A, Matthew, 8F, Matthew, 8S, Alfie, 8A, Louisa, 8F, Ben, 8A, Nathan, 8A, Mollie, 8S, Emma, 8S, Warsame 8S, Lily, 8F, Mark, 8S, Hung, 8A, Jamie, 8F, Tia, 8F and Victoria, 8A.
“Today we attended the Maths Challenge and the first thing our pupils said was that it was really great fun. They also really enjoyed your pupils coming to visit them the week before to help them prepare.” Deputy Headteacher, Sacred Heart Once
“It was nice to hear all of their different ideas and chat about the answers.” Lily, Year 8 “It was a really interesting session.” Robert, Year 8 “It was really fun.” Maddy, Year 5 “I really liked the lateral thinking because I had to think outside the box.” Scarlett, Year 5 the taster sessions were over, it was down to the primary school teachers to select their most academically able Year 5 students to form an A team and B team to represent their school at the final challenge. The challenge took place in Ruislip High’s LRC; there were three rounds, each round gradually increasing in difficulty with a bonus timed question and a lateral thinking task. As the different schools arrived there was a real buzz of excitement. The Year 8 ambassadors met and greeted the visitors. They continued to facilitate throughout the entire event which required them to: issue and collect the quiz answer sheets; mark the answers; record the answers on a flip chart; serve refreshments to both students and staff; and finally once the winners were announced, issue the prizes. Warrender A team were the victors with their B team coming second and Deansfield’s A team finishing in third position. The winning pair was awarded with a special prize and there were sweet treats for all those who participated. Here is an example of a lateral thinking question. See if you can figure out the solution…
A man marries twenty women in his village but isn’t charged with polygamy. How come? The solution can be found near the end of the newsletter.
GARDENING CLUB The Ruislip High School Gardening Club set up a stall outside the Ruislip branch of Waitrose on Friday 24th June. They raised £63, which will be re-invested in September. Owen, 8F, and Isabella, 7C, were excellent ambassadors for the school, encouraging customers to buy items from their stall. They sold tomatoes, Marigold plants, beetroot, Cosmos flower plants and freshly picked strawberries all grown in the garden areas at Ruislip High School. A big thank you and congratulations to everyone involved.
SIXTH FORM NEWS Mock Referendum Thursday 23rd June 2016 was a pivotal date in British politics as the UK held a referendum on whether it should leave or remain a part of the European Union. In the build up to the referendum, I, along with others from the Year 12 Politics class, took part in a number of activities related to the referendum, even organising our own mini referendum at Ruislip High. Firstly, the Year 12 Politics class was separated into the two campaign teams, vote leave and Britain Stronger in Europe (arguing for leave/remain respectively). Each side was then tasked to design a campaign stall that would be showcased in the atrium as the students entered the school in the mornings of the week leading up to the vote. Two students were on each stall for the respective campaigns, handing out leaflets and explaining to students why they should vote in favour of either leave or remain. We were also trying to get students who were not interested originally to take up an interest in the referendum. After trying to swing voters in favour of their campaigns, representatives of both campaigns made final speeches to the Ruislip High students in assemblies. Ryan, 12A1, and I, both from the leave side, attempted to get the main points of our campaign across to students along with Catherine, 12A4, and Matthew, 12A1, who did the same for the remain side. Finally, on the day of the actual UK referendum, there was the Ruislip High School vote. Students from both campaigns helped to set up a polling station where upon arrival to school, students from across all years, voted to either leave the EU or remain. Credit must go to the students who voted as turnout in the referendum was higher than we expected with over 72% of students voting (higher than in the country as a whole). In a closely fought contest, the Ruislip High students voted to remain a part of the European Union by 52% to 48%. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Ruislip High School version of the EU referendum and was thrilled to see so many students take an interest in such an important event in Britainâ€™s political history.
Sixth Form UN Day Review With the results of the recent general election and the EU referendum that happened a few weeks ago, there is no better time to be studying politics. In decades down the line, it is very likely we’ll see A-level and GCSE History and Politics courses looking at these two events. Therefore, the UN day quickly became dramatically more interesting. The day was divided up into two main activities. Firstly, we listened to Baroness Ruth Henig, a member of the House of Lords. She gave a detailed and thorough talk about her job in the House of Lords and what functions, roles and responsibilities the House of Lords has. As an A-level Politics student, I found the talk very interesting. Baroness Henig also explained how and why she became a member of the House of Lords, as well as giving an insight of her previous careers. At the end of the talk we were given an opportunity to ask Baroness Henig various questions. Baroness Henig said that the House of Lords may have a much bigger role than it did due to the outcome of the EU referendum. The second part of the day was a debate between the whole of Year 12 regarding the migrant situation in Europe. Each student was given a country and told to express the country’s view of the migrant crisis and how it should be solved. At the end of this debate we discussed how Europe as a whole should deal with the migrant crisis, by coming up with various different options, ideas and even possible solutions to this. Overall, I along with the whole of Year 12 found the day really interesting; everyone contributed to the debates and they were enthusiastic. We also thought that Baroness Henig’s talk was very interesting. Therefore the UN day was a fantastic day during activities week and I would strongly recommend to the Sixth Form and other year groups to do a similar style day.
SIXTH FORM NEWS Lumina Course Day 1 The Lumina course began on the morning of Monday 4th July at Harrow School. We registered into groups of around ten students, all of similar positions when it comes to academic progress and mindset, with each group being led by a current Oxford or Cambridge undergraduate, with a specialty in a particular subject area. Subsequently, we were given an introductory talk by the head of the course, and we were led by our undergraduate around Harrow School on a tour, making sure we felt welcome and knew where we needed to be in the coming week. After a short break, we embarked on a session to “demystify Oxbridge”; this was an informal small group engagement with our undergraduate who led us through the process of applying, answered any questions we had and dispelled many misconceptions we may have picked up around the Oxbridge process. After lunch, the afternoon was dedicated to the application process itself. In two talks, one general and one more subject specific, the admissions tutors from both Oxford and Cambridge led us through how we would go about getting to Oxbridge, and in a session I found particularly useful, gave out some insider tips and tricks into the process and how to really get the best chances of getting into such a prestigious environment. I found the talks to be the most helpful portion of the week as they really detailed the dos and don’ts of a successful application. Having someone who has seen so many statements, good and bad, discussing what makes him or her pick a certain applicant over another was of great value to me, and really set us in good stead to have applications that could set us apart from others. The second talk, a more specific, subject based talk, also mixed in a feel for the subject itself, as the professors went into great depth about what the course is like. Overall, I found the day to be a great help to me, both in setting me up in a good way for the future, and in meeting like-minded, friendly people whom I got along with well.
Day 2 Day two began with various university-style tutorials in the different subjects that we each applied for. For me, this was chemistry and biochemistry. A tutor who had completed a PhD in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge led the chemistry tutorial. He gave us valuable advice for university interviews; a key piece of advice that stood out, in particular, was to research your interviewer beforehand as it is likely that they will specialise in a specific area of the subject, and therefore be more likely to ask you questions based on that area. We then did several activities, including identifying functional groups, learning about orbital theory and sigma and pi-bonding. The biochemistry tutorial involved looking at amino acids and the acid-base behaviour of these “zwitterions”. After lunch, we were offered a selection of different subject lectures, from which I chose law. This was a very informative lecture, given by a partner at Ashurst global law firm, detailing lots of information about the differences between solicitors and barristers, the processes in becoming either of these, and much more. To end the day, we listened to a very inspirational speech from Wayne Hemingway, who has been very successful, not only as a fashion designer (co-founder of ‘Red or Dead’), but also in social design, the highest profile project being designing an 800 property mass market housing project. He and his wife went from selling items from their wardrobes in Camden market (paying £6 rent for the stall), to building up ‘Red or Dead’ into a designer label, to setting up HemingwayDesign. Yet the most impressive thing about Hemingway wasn’t all of these achievements – it was the growth mindset he had. The only reason he (and his wife) became so successful was because they were courageous and took risks.
Day 3 On Day 3 we were separated into groups with two undergraduates from Oxbridge per group. We spent the day in computer rooms and worked through a booklet, which gave us pointers of how to write our personal statements. It contained examples of personal statements for various subjects and gave us detailed planning grids and techniques to make our personal statements good. We were also given sheets to write down potential university courses we liked, which gave us space to write the university, the course, entry requirements and what we liked about the course. This was very helpful as it gave us insight into the different courses out there and gave us an easy tool to compare them and the subtle differences between universities. Having Page 14
the undergraduates there was really beneficial as any time we got stuck they would help and point us in the right direction. The long lunch (1 hour 30mins) gave us time to talk to the various people on the course and have intellectual conversations with like-minded people. It also allowed us time to talk to the undergraduates about specific courses. For me, someone who wishes to study geography, I found the undergraduates who studied geography by looking at the list in our folders given at the beginning and finding the relevant person. I spent the afternoon talking to him and had a one-to-one on how to tailor my personal statement for geography and how to make it impressive and stand out from the rest. For me this was very helpful as I learned exactly what I needed to do and it was tailored specifically to my needs. Throughout the day everyone had a mock Oxbridge interview. This was an interview with professors with relevant knowledge of the subject you wished to study. They asked questions, which would be asked in a real Oxbridge interview and afterwards gave you detailed notes of what you did well and what could be improved to make you stand out from the rest. This really helped us understand what an interview would be like at the universities and made us better prepared to face the real one and how to make our interviews good. It also was confidence building as you realise the interview is not as scary as first thought.
Day 4 Day four was our trip to Cambridge University. The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest universities and leading academic centres. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known worldwide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students. Many of us began our day by visiting various different colleges scattered around the town. For me, this was a visit to St Catharine’s College. St Catharine’s was an extremely welcoming, medium-size college, situated right in the centre of town. The college offered excellent facilities for studying and recreational use; it had a small auditorium as well as a larger venue and a student bar. The sports facilities also included extensive playing fields: squash, badminton and tennis courts, a gym and an all-weather AstroTurf hockey pitch. The array of ‘busy’ recreational activities was heavily complemented by the luxurious green spaces that enclosed the college, portraying a spectacular view. For the remainder of the day, we were excused to freely wander the colleges and town centre. From my observations, it was evident to see that this ‘easy-going’ vibe around Page 15
SIXTH FORM NEWS Lumina Course Continued... the area presented the perfect environment for students to relax and pause from their studies; from the plethora of parks to the phenomenally unique market stalls, Cambridge as a whole was a brilliant combination of true beauty with a bohemian aura. The course culminated with a trip to Oxford so that prospective students could visit various colleges, tour the city and therefore gain an insight into university life at Oxford - deciding on whether they deemed it an appropriate location to continue their studies. Upon arrival, the undergraduate group leaders accompanied us to various colleges as well as pointing out places of interest, including a library that (allegedly) contains every book ever published. My group leader took us to Saint Catherine’s, a modern college in which he had completed his human science degree, and (without being biased in any way) he explained to us why ‘St. Catz’ was the best college in Oxford. This included the quality of teaching, the wide range of leisure activities on offer and the ‘secret luxurious toilets’ that we had the privilege of using; there was great excitement over these toilets by the students. After this, we were given free time to discover the area. We explored the city centre and noted the vast array of old shops present on the high street, but this wasn’t without seeing fellow Lumina students hungrily roaming the streets for a fast-food restaurant. After walking down the Victorian Holywell Street, whose houses were all light shades of different colours, we explored ‘Bath place’, a cul-de-sac, which leads via a small winding footpath to the historic ‘Turf Tavern public house’ close to the old city wall. This wall remains in some places. We visited a large amount of prestigious colleges including Wadham, St. Johns and Worcester. There was mutual acquiescence that studying in these colleges would be amazing, a dream come true as well as being ‘#lifegoals’. For many students on the Lumina course, studying at Oxford was indeed their ‘goal in life’. As one of the undergraduates on the course had studied chemistry at Oxford, prospective science students were given the rare opportunity to visit the chemistry labs. These contained equipment used for mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy as well as a (very expensive) nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy machine. It was very engaging to see equipment covered in our chemistry syllabi with our own eyes. Before we knew it, it was time to head back to Harrow School and on our return we shook hands with the undergraduates thanking them for their help throughout the past week and the words ‘good luck with your Oxbridge application’ seemed to echo around Harrow School. Over the week friends were made with the undergraduates and fellow Sixth Form students and we will definitely keep in touch. It had been a successful, insightful week and many were sad it had reached the end.
Written by Hattie, Eddie, Daniel, Dante and Grace in 12A1
Oxford University taster day A group of Year 10 students had the opportunity to visit Oxford University on Thursday 16th June. Oxford University offers taster days to give students an opportunity to develop an appreciation of what it would be like to study at one of the top universities in the world. Seven students from Ruislip High School along with approximately eighty students from ten other secondary schools in Hillingdon spent the day at Oxford University. The visit included a tour of St Anne’s College, an undergraduate Q&A panel and an academic taster session on Alphabetising the Greeks delivered by Dr Peter Haarer, a tutor in Ancient History from Trinity College; this session covered the origins of writing and the alphabet. The same students also attended a follow-up half day seminar at Haydon School in July aimed at route mapping preparations for Oxbridge in light of their University visit in June. Altay, 10S, said: ‘the day was really useful, particularly in the way that we were encouraged to think about what we should be doing to extend our studies beyond out GCSEs and A Levels to make a university application as strong as possible’. Hannah, 10S, really enjoyed the day saying ‘it was really helpful to have explained to me so clearly what Oxford and Cambridge are looking for in application, I understand much better how I need to prepare now.’ Page 16
Post 18 Options Year 12 students had two days of preparation for their plans after Ruislip High School on the 7th and 8th July. Students were given advice on how to complete their university application forms through UCAS and also how to go about searching for university courses. Mr Alex Blower (pictured) from the University of Southampton, a member of the prestigious Russell Group, which represents top performing UK universities, came to speak to students about how to write a personal statement. The feedback from students on sessions was very positive with many making an excellent start to their applications so that they can be sent early next academic year. Other activities over the two days included a talk from the step forward apprenticeships organisation that work with prestigious companies in the media and finance sectors such as Bloomberg and Thompson Reuters. Students were also signed up to an apprenticeship search tool, Unifrog, and were shown how to access a national database of jobs by the company’s regional manager Mr N Weir. Ms Horton, Head of Year 12, felt the event had been a success, “Both days were very useful and students really enjoyed beginning to think about the path that they will take once they have left Ruislip High whether that be going to University or the world of work.”
PHYSICS ON THE RISE AT RUISLIP HIGH SCHOOL It has been a successful year for the Physics department especially because of the continued development of the Girls in Physics group. From the group of Year 11 girls, three have chosen to continue with Physics at A Level and the others have said that they view Physics as a ‘doable’ subject and have enjoyed being part of the project. This year’s Year 10 girls have participated in a number of activities as well as their ongoing research on investigating the radiation of soil samples across the UK (RISE-UK). At the beginning of term, they attended a workshop day about Physics in medicine organised at Oxford University. There, they had the opportunity to ask questions to undergraduate students during a tour around the Corpus Christi campus. This was a hugely rewarding experience for the girls as, for most of them, it was the first time they had been inside a university. Other activities in Physics have included a Sixth Form visit to CERN and a Year 9 visit to the Heathrow Aviation Engineering centre for a presentation given by a NASA Space Commander. At the end of this term, two Year 10 students were nominated for physicist of the year award by Brunel University.
Students in Year 9 took part in the annual Battlefields study trip to France and Belgium from Friday 25th March to Monday 28th March. Lydia in 9W, who attended the trip, gives her account below: “I thought the Battlefields trip was great for providing in-depth knowledge about World War I. We visited sites such as Tyne Cot cemetery, Vimy Ridge and the Somme, and some famous cities like Ypres. All these sites gave us a sense of how appalling the lives of the soldiers were and the historical context of achievements and failures. The many cemeteries we visited were moving emotional experiences that will stay with me for the rest of my life.” “Personally, my favourite sites we visited were the Sanctuary Wood preserved trenches and Talbot House [a soldiers’ rest and recreation centre at Poperinghe, Belgium]. The Sanctuary Wood trenches offered many items of information about World War I in its museum, as well as having trenches that reflected what they would’ve been like in the war. I enjoyed going to Talbot House since it gave me a different view of the war, and that it wasn’t always a miserable life for the soldiers.” “Ypres had many chocolate shops and gifts to choose from. Paris is an amazing city filled with rich culture! This trip helped me with my French diary project, helping me to understand the war in a deeper context, and learning about the conditions the soldiers fought in. I recommend this trip for its amazing sites, experiences and enjoyment.” As outlined by Lydia above, the students visited several World War I sites including preserved British trenches at the Sanctuary Wood Museum in Belgium. Here, the students had the opportunity to go in the trenches to get an idea of what the soldiers would have experienced one-hundred years ago. Students also visited notable memorial sites such as the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Langemark Cemetery and the Canadian war memorial at Vimy Ridge. Ruislip High students laid a wreath at the nightly Last Post ceremony at the Menin gate in Ypres. The trip was a great success and the students were fantastic ambassadors for the school.
SUMMER FAIR Ruislip High held its annual Summer Fair on Friday 17th June. It was a wonderful community event, with hundreds of students and members of their families attending. Musical performances on the day included the following students: Lily, 10B, Emily, 10C, Hannah, 10S, Megan, 10S, Tilly, 10S, Zariel, 10S, Vim, 7B, Katerina, 7B, Elizabeth, 7C, Chloe, 7S, Rachel, 7W, Cerys, 7W, Ellie, 8B, Emily, 8C, Amy, 8C, Dylan, 8W, Marwa, 8W, Ellie, 8W, Aiobhin, 9C, Aimee, 9F, Sara, 9F and Ella, 9S.
The event featured funfair rides for a variety of ages, a barbecue run by Friends of Ruislip High School, inter-form competitions and stalls run by individual tutor groups from Years 7-10. The theme for this year was four decades in four hours. Tutor groups prepared their stalls around one of the following topics: music, fashion or cultural events from the 60s (Year 10), 70s (Year 7), 80s (Year 8) and 90s (Year 9). As usual, judging the best stalls was a very difficult decision but the final results are below: Year group winners 7B 8F 9W 10C
Overall winner 10C A special mention goes to 10B for bravery!
Mrs Roberts, Mr Davies and Ms Davison, who led the organising of the fair, would like to thank all those who came and the staff and students who worked so hard to make the fair a resounding success. Page 19
ACTIVITIES WEEK The week beginning Monday 4th July was a busy one at Ruislip High as students in Years 7-10 enjoyed special events as part of the annual activities week. On Tuesday, 3rd July, the annual 10km sponsored walk took place in and around the Willow Tree Centre, Harefield, Ruislip Lido and the surrounding woodland. Students spent the afternoon having a barbecue lunch and taking part in sports activities before returning to school. All students completed the walk and their sense of achievement was obvious by the support they received as they crossed the finish line. The annual sports day took place at Hillingdon Athletics track on Wednesday, 6th July. Despite a little bit of rain, the day was very much enjoyed by students in Years 7-9, with many Year 10 students taking on supervision roles with the younger students. In addition, on Monday 4th July, Year 7 students visited the Launchpad zone of the Science Museum, Year 8 visited religious places of worship, Year 9 enjoyed a team activity day at school, while Year 10 students took part on the Geography field trip to Swanage or made a start on their ECDL (European Computer Driving licence) qualification.
10K SPONSORED WALK
SPORTS DAY RESULTS Year 7
SPORTS DAY 2016
Rounders Success This term has been a huge success for Ruislip High’s rounders teams. There has been a total of seven wins, one loss and one draw. This is the best set of results Ruislip High has ever had for rounders since the school opened. All results will be submitted on 29th June 2016 and finals of the league will be played in the last week of term. The school hopes to be in at least two finals.
Year 7 The Year 7 team started off the season with a convincing win over Stockley Academy (7-1). Their second game was against a strong Vyners team and it was a game of two halves. Vyners battled well in the first innings to score well; however, in the second innings Ruislip put on a great fielding display to get all nine players out. The game ended with a draw (6-6). Their final game was a difficult one for the team and unfortunately they lost to Haydon (14-4). This team has huge hopes for the future and have done themselves proud. Danni, 7S Amy, 7C Chloe, 7S - star player Rose, 7S
Lily, 7S Isabella, 7F Abdul, 7B Brodie, 7C
Grace, 7S - Captain Helmy, 7C Alfie, 7C
Year 8 This season a number of Year 7 students played up a year to help the Year 8 team, as many of the Year 8 team had cricket commitments. This is a great achievement and really shows the strength of the players in Year 7. Unfortunately the Year 8 team only played one game due to the other schools in the pool pulling out; however, the team did a great job and beat Haydon 11-6. Maya, 7F Naysa, 7A Lily, 8F
Ella, 8A Brandonne, 8S Charlotte, 7F
Aaron, 8S Anya, 7A Matt, 8F
Year 9 The Year 9 team has had the most successful term winning all three games against Vyners (6-4), Stockley (10-3) and Haydon (6 ½ -2 ½). Congratulations!
Stephen, 9S Ethan, 9S - Captain Niamh, 9B
Nicole, 9B Naomi, 9C - Star Player Ella, 9S Lewis, 9S
Sherwin, 9S Sebastian, 9S Luke, 9W
Year 10 The Year 10 team, which is made up of GCSE PE students, has gone from strength to strength. At the Hillingdon Borough Tournament the team placed a close fourth out of seven schools. Although they ended up losing they played a great match against Queensmead who went onto to be the tournament winners. Within the league the team beat Vyners (11-2 ½) and Stockley (10 ½ - 12). Charlie, 10B Dan, 10W Charlie, 10B Samisek, 10A
Cameron, 10A Marya, 10D Caitlyn, 10S Missy, 10W Nancy, 10S
Olivia, 10D Daniel, 10B Byron, 10C Harrison, 10S
PE Reward Trip
Lily in 7S has written an account of the PE reward trip which took place on Tuesday 10th May. Students visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London to watch the European Aquatics Championships. Lily writes: “When we went to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, we saw synchronised duet swimming and men’s diving. It was absolutely amazing! My favourite was the men’s diving as they were doing lots of different types of flips in the air which I found really cool. We also saw Tom Daley diving which was a dream of mine and he also said hello to us as he walked past! To sum up the whole day, I really enjoyed it and I would love to go again!” The students taking part in the trip were: Year 7: Aleeyah A, Constantina L, Isabella R, Lily T, Emily T, Monika K, Kye L, Toby E, Joshua I, Tom B, Hekmat A and Amit S. Year 8: Ruby F, Amaris K, Rosie H, Lily W, Rachel S, Matt J, Warsame M, Jacob J, Daniel Driscoll and Tamara K Year 9: Niamh R, Nicole L, Olivia G, Abi B, Tariq A, Luke M, Jamie S, and Naomi H. Thanks to Ms McGuigan for organising the visit.
FAMILY LEARNING EVENING Thank you to all the parents, guardians, students and teachers who took part in the Year 7 family learning evening on Tuesday 24th May. Highlights included Ms Cullen’s session on learning Japanese, Ms Chahwala and Mr Pritchard’s science lesson, Mr O’Neill and Ms Lucas’s badminton, and Mr McManamon and Mr Ryan’s hands-on design and technology session. Mr Elsby, Head of Year 7.
Here are some quotes: “It was great family fun and also a really good and challenging evening.” “Really proud of my niece. Excellent evening had.” “It was a lovely hands-on experience making stands in DT.”
ENGLISH NEWS Jekyll and Hyde trip In preparation for their English Literature GCSE, on May 11th a group of 121 students from years 9 and 10 travelled to the Theatre Royal, Windsor to watch an adaptation of the novel ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. The atmospheric production stayed true to the language of the original and the students enjoyed seeing this classic, gothic tale come to life on the stage.
Year 7 and Year 8 Accelerated Reader trip to Waterstones On Friday 10th June, 26 Year 7 and Year 8 students were rewarded for all of their hard work in the Accelerated Reader programme with a visit to Waterstones, Piccadilly. Students spent time browsing the selection over six floors before choosing a book which the school purchased to recognise their hard work and achievement. The students behaved exemplary and all agreed that it was a fantastic trip. Sofyah, 8W, said ‘I had an amazing time’ and Craig, 8A, said he can’t wait to go back!
KEY STAGE 3 Year 7 Year 7 students have been studying Shakespeare’s last play, ‘The Tempest’, and creating their own magical islands. The unit was timed to coincide with the BBC Shakespeare Season celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, which has allowed us to explore a range of events and resources around Shakespeare’s life and work, illuminating the texts for the students. Towards the end of Year 7, students started reading the Philip Pullman adaptation of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, exploring the choices the writer made to adapt this classic gothic novel into a play, and debating some of the moral issues raised by the play in the context of current scientific experimentation and invention.
Year 8 In Year 8, students have been studying Adeline Yen Mah’s autobiographical novel, ‘Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter’, which describes the ChineseAmerican author’s experiences growing up in China during the Second World War. As an introduction to Chinese culture, the study of this novel offers students an opportunity Page 26
to explore and develop social, moral, spiritual and cultural values. They have also been developing their analytical skills, writing essays about the writer’s choices and their effects upon the reader. To complete the year, Year 8 studied a ‘Grammar for Writing’ unit, in which they explored a range of texts, from poetry to prose, focusing on how grammar was used to create effects by the writers.
Year 9 have now embarked upon their GCSE studies in English, and have been introduced to the new GCSE specification for English Language and Literature. They will have their first experience of GCSE-style exams this summer with an exam paper based upon the new GCSE English Language Paper 1. Through the dystopian unit, students have explored extracts from a range of dystopian texts, from George Orwell’s ‘1984’ to Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. They have been studying how writers use language and structural techniques to affect the reader, while learning how to analyse writer’s techniques and evaluate the impact of writers’ choices. The challenging nature of the texts provides a good grounding for the types of texts they are likely to encounter as part of the new GCSE specification.
Let’s Think English in Key Stage Three We have also continued in Key Stage Three with the highly popular and engaging ‘Let’s Think’ English lessons, which introduce students to a range of challenging texts and use targeted questioning to challenge students’ thinking and develop their reasoning skills. The lessons cover fiction, non-fiction, poetry and film, and a range of new lessons have been designed specifically to support the new GCSE, with 19th century fiction and non-fiction texts in mind.
Year 9 debating Ruislip Students are Up for Debate On Tuesday 22nd March, three Year 9 students travelled to Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, South London, to participate in Ruislip High School’s first ever competitive formal debate. In a competition organised by PiXL, a leading educational organisation, and The Noisy Classroom, Stephen, 9S, Tiasha, 9A and Mohamed, 9F vied against thirty different schools from around London. The students’ debating journey began four weeks ago when the English Faculty began teaching students about the history, rules and skills of formal debate. Year 9 students have been honing the central tenets of structure, delivery, language, content and response in order to improve their oracy and make their voices heard. Topics that have been up for debate include the banning of violent video games, the justification of child labour in less economically developed countries and the abolishment of nuclear energy. All this hard work culminated in three students being selected to represent Ruislip High in the competition. The opposition was fierce, with many schools in attendance having far more experience in debating than the Ruislip High students. Despite this, the Ruislip High team won two out of their three debates, the third being an impromptu motion for which they had just twenty minutes to prepare. Judges, teachers and other students on the day commented on how remarkable it was that this was Ruislip High’s first outing in the debating arena and particularly praised their articulacy and rebuttal skills. Students have been overwhelmingly positive about the debating experience: Dylan (9S): “The lessons have been fun; I’ve enjoyed debating about different topics and learning the techniques. I’ve learnt that society sees things from two different points of view.” Dev (9S): “We have overcome the challenges of arguing points that we normally wouldn’t agree with ourselves and learned about the points of view of other people.” Khuram (9S): “Debating is a great way to express your opinions.” Ella (9S): “I think the debating lessons have really helped us to see how many potential elements there are to a certain topic.” Page 27
Teachers have also enjoyed embedding debate into the curriculum. Mrs Keenan, Curriculum Leader in English said “Despite being new to formal debate, our Year 9 students showed confidence, eloquence and a competitive spirit throughout the ‘Up for Debate’ unit studied in English this term. All their teachers were hugely impressed with the way Ruislip High students rose to the challenge of formal debating and the level of skill demonstrated. We will definitely be doing more debating in future!” Headteacher Dr Lecky, who observed some of the students’ debates said “I have been so impressed with the Year 9 students’ engagement and enthusiasm to debate formally challenging topics; this reflects their maturity and willingness to consider the complexity of contemporary issues facing our society.” Despite not placing highly enough in the competition to progress to the next round, Ruislip High students are excited about the next chapter of their debating story. This will include a brand new debating society in the summer term, the formation of teams and, of course, further competitions.
KEY STAGE 4 Year 10 Year 10 are working hard on their GCSEs and have completed pre-public examinations covering 50% of English Language GCSE and two English Literature texts – ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. We encourage all students to reread their texts regularly to help with learning of quotations.
KEY STAGE 5 Year 12 English Language English Language students are working hard learning about how children acquire language and are able to speak, read and write. Students have also been finishing off their learning about language diversity and change and are now busily preparing for their end of year exams.
English Literature Students have worked really hard throughout the year exploring a range of texts from different time periods. They are currently studying drama: ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ by John Webster and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams.
Lateral Thinking Question A man marries twenty women in his village but isn’t charged with polygamy. How come? Answer: He is a priest - he is marrying them to other people, not to himself. Page 28
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES NEWS Barcelona trip
28th May – 1st June 2016 Forty-nine students, made up of Year 9 and Year 10, visited Barcelona during the May half-term for five days. The group stayed in Salou, a beachside resort about an hour from Barcelona. On the first day students got to explore the hotel and use the swimming pool. On Sunday students visited Barcelona for the day. This included visiting the Camp Nou Stadium, viewing Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia from outside and having some free time on the famous Las Ramblas to soak up the Spanish way of life. On Monday students spent the morning in Tarragona, a picturesque town thirty minutes away from Salou. There they viewed a Roman Amphitheatre and spent time in the old town completing a task in small groups and writing postcards to send home. In the evening students had dinner in a typical Spanish Tapas restaurant to sample some of Spain’s culinary delights. On Tuesday students spent a full day at Port Aventura theme park followed by the last evening exploring the town of Salou collecting specific information about the area all in Spanish. The students worked in teams and completed the task with much enthusiasm. On the last day students visited El Poble Espagnol which is the fourth-most popular tourist attraction in Barcelona. Students discovered the architectural diversity of Spain by walking around 117 full-scale replicas of famous Spanish buildings. Quotes from students: “I liked the tasks where we had to go into shops and ask for items in Spanish. It made me feel like I was fluent.” Amy, 10D “I am thankful that I went and grateful to the teachers that went with us and made this trip one of the most amazing trips I had ever been on.” Klaudia, 10D “My favourite day was when we visited La Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. I can now say that I have been there and done that and that gives me a great feeling of accomplishment.” Jon Jon, 10S “I learnt about Spanish food when we had tapas which tasted really good!” Mark, 9B “The best thing about Barcelona was the Nou Camp. It was great fun and I also saw all the trophies and sat in the stadium, which was absolutely huge.” Berzin, 10F “The amount of Rayboons on sale in Barcelona was astonishing!” Nick, 9B
PANATHLON On Thursday 16th June, four Ruislip High students joined the Hillingdon Panathlon team to take part in the London final of the Multi-Sports Plate and Championship at the Copper Box arena, which is part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. The Hillingdon team reached the final after a very successful qualifying round earlier in the year. James P, 10S, James H, 9C, Samantha, 9W and Kavindu, 7C all took part in individual sports as well as relays. James H and Kavindu won silver medals for wheelchair slalom; Samantha took part in the table cricket and javelin and James P competed in the boccia and javelin. The competition was really tough but all the competitors gave it their all. It was all to play for in the relay races where students of all abilities took part. All of the Hillingdon team went above and beyond expectations. Although the Hillingdon team did not win the championship all the students were absolutely amazing and Ruislip High School staff were proud to be part of a truly wonderful competition. Ruislip High is looking forward to taking part in the Panathlon Challenge again next year. James H said, “The whole day was amazing.” Samatha said, “I liked being part of the team.”
LEARNING SUPPORT FACULTY Wheelchair Football Club As an after-school club, Wheelchair Football has been very successful; it has provided a great opportunity for SEN students to participate in a sport against able-bodied students. All the students have been very eager and enthusiastic to play each week. The club is organised by Mrs. Nurmohamed and two qualified coaches from Disablement Association Hillingdon (DASH) deliver the sessions. This term they also got the chance to practise wheelchair basketball, which has given them a platform to improve their hand coordination, boosted their self-esteem and encouraged them to work as a team.
Comments from the students: James, 10S “This club is amazing and fantastic; it has been brilliant and has given me the confidence to compete at the Panathlon Challenge.” James, 9C “I just love it, it is brilliant. It would be great if more students joined in.” Kavindu, 7C “I like Wheelchair Football because it is fun and amazing. I like being involved in a famous sport. It has been very popular amongst the students.”
GEOGRAPHY NEWS It’s been a busy term in the Geography Department with two trips organised. On Friday 17th May, Year 8 students visited the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery in the Natural History Museum. Then the Year 10 GCSE students took part in the annual residential field trip to Swanage from Monday 4th July to Wednesday 6th July. The Geography staff (Mr Alison, Ms Prince, Mr Askin and Ms Mulqueeney) are proud of all the Year 11, 12 and 13 Geographers who have worked really hard revising for their exams.
Year 7 On the residential trip to the Isle of Wight in May, more than 125 Year 7 students enjoyed studying the Geography of Alum Bay. In this photo students are on a boat ride viewing the famous chalk stacks at The Needles. In class, in the Settlement topic Year 7 students have studied the growth of Ruislip and how this was linked to the expansion of the Underground network. They also examined how cities are growing around the world and why there is pressure to build on greenfield sites. In the Coasts topics, students learned about how people make a living from the ocean, and how goods are transported around the world through a network of container ports. Students then learned about coastal formations and how waves can both erode and create new land. This topic ended with a project on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England’s only natural World Heritage Site. In the final topic of the year, Ecosystems, students studied the plants and animals of deserts, the savanna and tropical rainforests.
Year 8 Year 8 students started the summer term by looking at issues surrounding the world’s rapidly growing population and how this is linked to our use of resources and energy. Students studied examples of renewable and non-renewable energy, including America’s Hoover Dam hydro-electric power station. Year 8 then studied weather and climate, particularly the key global issue of climate change. They studied evidence for the greenhouse effect and the reasons why the Earth’s atmosphere is warming. They studied the island nation of Tuvalu in the Pacific Ocean as an example of a country being adversely affected by the current sea level rise. They then studied the positive and negative impacts of climate change on the UK. Year 8 students’ final topic of the term has been to study our continent of Europe in depth. They have learnt about its physical and human features, and studied the workings of the European Union. They then learned some famous stories from Europe’s past such as the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy that destroyed the Roman town of Pompeii. Page 32
Year 9 In the summer term, Year 9 students have learnt about Geographical conflicts. They studied the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians; the conflict between BP and American citizens following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill; the debate over who should own the Falkland Islands; and the current controversy over a proposed third runway at Heathrow Airport. Year 9 students’ final topic has been the global tourism industry, for example learning about increasingly popular destinations such as Dubai. They learned about how this formerly desert area has been transformed and how this has had an impact on water supply. The department is delighted that so many students (four classes) in Year 9 have opted to continue on to study GCSE Geography in Year 10. They will start the new AQA syllabus and the department aim to make sure some students achieve the new top grade 9!
Year 10 GCSE The highlight of the term for Year 10 GCSE Geography students has been the residential field trip to Swanage. Students carried out a study of the River Wey. They collected data for their coursework project. On the Swanage field trip, students also carried out fieldwork in a number of locations helping them learn more about the current unit of study, ‘Coastal Zone’. As well as the town of Swanage, students visited Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Studland Bay. See here for a few photos!
At this point Year 10 students have now completed four units of study, ‘Water on the Land’, ‘The Restless Earth, ‘Changing Urban Environments’ and ‘Coastal Zone’. In September, the new school year will start with students completing their coursework project.
Year 11 GCSE Earlier this term, Year 11 students took their two exams, Human Geography and Physical Geography. Both exams are worth 37.5% of the overall grade, with the coursework project making up the remaining 25%. The department expects overall GCSE Geography results to be something to be proud of when they are released in August.
Year 12 A Level Year 12 students have taken both their AS exams: Unit 1 ‘Global Challenges’ and Unit 2 ‘Geographical Investigations’. For Unit 2, students had to draw on their fieldwork experiences from their London day field trip in January and the residential field trip to Norfolk in March. Many of the students intend to carry on to A2 Geography.
Year 13 A Level Year 13 students have taken both their A2 exams: Unit 3 ‘Contested Planet’ and Unit 4 ‘Geographical Research’. Both units involved students referring to pre-release materials provided by the exam board to act as a focus for the exam. Students had to write synoptic essays drawing on the studies of several Year 13 topics. The Unit 4 exam focussed on the formation of tectonic landscapes around the world, with students using information collected over a three-month research period. The department wishes its Year 13 students all the best for results day.
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EXAM RESULTS DAYS Year 13 (A Level Results Day) Thursday 18th August 2016, 9:00am to 12:00pm (noon) Year 12 (AS Level Results Day) Thursday 18th August 2016, 10:00am to 12:00pm (noon) Year 11 (GCSE Results Day) Thursday 25th August 2016, 10:00am to 12:30pm Year 10 (GCSE Results Day) Thursday 25th August 2016, 11:00am to 12:30pm
AUTUMN TERM DATES Monday 5th September - Tuesday 20th December 2016
Start of Term
Year 7 start of term Tuesday 6th September 2016 Year 12 and 13 enrolment Tuesday 6th September 2016 Years 8 to 11 start of term Wedneday 7th September 2016 Year 12 and 13 start of term Thursday 8th September 2016 (NB: Monday 5th September is an INSET day)
Year 6 Open Evening (5:00pm to 8:00pm) Thursday 6th October 2016 Sixth Form Open Evening (5:00pm to 7:30pm) Wednesday 19th October 2016
Late start P3 (10:45am) Friday 7th October 2016 Late start P3 (10:45am) Thursday 20th October 2016 Theme Day (Years 7 - 11) Friday 21st October 2016 Last day of half term Friday 21st October 2016 Half term holiday begins Monday 24th October 2016 Half term begins Monday 1st November 2016 Last day of term (12:00pm) Tuesday 20th December 2016 For the full term dates for 2016-17, visit the website, www.ruisliphigh.com
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