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Ruislip High School Newsletter Winter 2016


The school was proud to mark ten years since the opening of Ruislip High with a special event on the evening of Thursday 8th December. The event was split into two halves. The first half was led by Mr Rich, Deputy Headteacher, and Ms Cotton, Assistant Headteacher, with presentations on the themes of “In the beginning” and “Traditions” looking back at the first five years of the school’s life. There were musical performances by former students Sarah Stapleton (vocal solo) and the school’s first Head Boy Karanjeet Sagoo (violin). Current Year 13 students George and Hattie also performed an excerpt from last year’s Romeo and Juliet production. The second half was led by Headteacher, Dr Lecky, and Mr Davies, Deputy Headteacher, focussing on the second half of Ruislip High’s first decade. Presentations were delivered on the themes of “The Sixth Form”, “Community”, “In and out of school”, and “Inspiration”. Student performances included Jamie and Sofyah (Year 9) performing a comedy and magic routine. There was also a poetry reading of “10th Anniversary” by Jamini in Year 11. (continued on page 3)

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CONTENTS Ten Year Anniversary continued

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News from the Headteacher

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Badminton Club

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Sixth Form News

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Learning Resource Centre (LRC) News

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Jack Petchey Page 14 History News Page 15 English News

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Enrichment Day

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Geography News Page 20 and 21 Year 11 News

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Sports News Page 24 Munich Trip Page 25 Music News and Year 7 News

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MFL News and Theme Day

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Year 10 News and Media Studies News

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Year 8 News and Photography Competition

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Gardening Club News

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Year 9 News

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Let’s Think Science

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Science News

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Spring Term Dates

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TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY Continued from the front page.... The school was delighted that its first Headteacher, John Goulborn, was able to attend the event and he was thanked by Cllr Eddie Lavery, Chair of Governors. At the end of the evening, audience members were invited outside to see ten lanterns being lit to represent the students, parents, staff and governors who have helped make Ruislip High the excellent school it has become.

John Goulborn said: “Leading RHS was without doubt the most exciting and rewarding period of my long teaching career. When I took on the position of Headteacher I had vision for what I wanted to achieve; I remember saying at the very first open evening held at Winston Churchill Hall in September 2005, before the School was even built; “I believe this school will be an excellent school and one which people will want to come to not only next year but in many years to come. It’s going to be the best school in the Borough” I believe, after its first ten years this has been achieved. The continued success of Ruislip High has been a result of team work and partnership – students, teachers, support staff, governors and parents. On a personal note I would like to mention a few individuals who I believe laid the foundations for RHS - Sue Taylor and Sue Bristow who helped me create the original team before the school was even built; David Rich, the architect of the school’s fantastic pastoral system and Douglas Mills for his vision and support in the early years. I was extremely proud to have led RHS and delighted it has become the fantastic school it is today under the leadership of Dr Lecky.”

Dr Martina Lecky said “It was a wonderful evening, showcasing our students’ talents; it marked our first decade by reflecting on our collective achievements to establish and develop a successful school both in, and for, the local community.”

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HEADTEACHER’S NEWS The introduction of the Headteacher’s award for students who have been selected by their respective Head of Year for supporting our school’s values has been one of my highlights for this term. I have enjoyed meeting the students individually and congratulating them on being selected for their exemplary conduct which relates to our core values. I know they have been very proud to have been chosen and recognised by the school for their conduct which supports our school’s ethos. As well as receiving a Ruislip High School Headteacher Award pen, new this year, students were presented with a certificate at the end of term celebration assemblies. Next term, students will be selected for the school’s values of self-discipline and learning. The recipients this term have been as follows: Respect 21st September, 2016

17th October, 2016

Akos G Year 7 Lauren P Year 8 Lily M Year 9 Harmony H Year 10 Parveen G Year 11 George A Year 12 Matthew F Year 13 Integrity

Oscar M Adam D Elle F Saraneyaa G Berzin D Jordan M Ben F

14th November, 2016

12th December, 2016

Angelina U Emily C Matthew G Aleksa P Maya U Heather M John B

Harry H Chanel C Courtney W Charlie B Reece W Zac N Sophie O’Connell

Year Year Year Year Year Year Year

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Year Year Year Year Year Year Year

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7 8 9 10 11 12 13

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The tenth anniversary celebration on Thursday 8th December was a wonderful event. We had student performances from both current and ex-students and presentations marking the school’s journey over the past decade. A number of special guests attended including my predecessor, John Goulborn, and the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Carol Melvin.

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At the end of the event, we shared with our guests the launch of our Ruislip High School journey which was written by a number of staff, primarily Mr Randall and Mrs Hill; it is as follows: The green is the grass, The blue is the sky, We wear it like a medal, We wear it on our ties, We stand at grass roots, We reach for the sky, We strive to progress: Hard work makes success, The green on the ground, The blue that’s up high, It stands for our school, We are Ruislip High! I continue to be extremely proud of our Ruislip High’s achievements over the past ten years and believe we will continue to be a school both in, and for, our community.


Ruislip High School’s annual Presentation Evening took place on Thursday 17th November. It was a wonderful evening celebrating students’ attainment and hard work during the last academic year. The order of proceedings included opening remarks by the Chair of the Governing Body, Cllr Eddie Lavery, and a review of the year by Headteacher, Dr Martina Lecky. Musical performances included a vocal solo by Lauren (Year 13), the Year 7 choir and the Ruislip High ukulele band. There were also poetry readings by the Key Stage 3 poetry competition winners, Aaron (Year 7) and Tamara (Year 9). The guest speaker was the school’s first ever head Boy, Karanjeet Sagoo, who reflected fondly about his time at Ruislip High. He has recently graduated with a BSc honours degree in Biomedical Science, and is now fulfilling his life-long ambition as a medical student. Over 150 students received either form, subject or bestowed prizes and the hall was full to capacity with family members supporting their children’s achievements. Page 5

BADMINTON CLUB The first Eclipse doubles tournament of the new academic year took place on Friday 21st October. The students have been playing in knockout rounds to compete for a chance to go forward to the final rounds of the tournament throughout the term. During the final matches the students showed great teamwork whilst also showing their individual skills learnt from their training sessions with coach, Mr Nakama. The winners were Daniel and Aaron, both 9S. The second Eclipse doubles tournament of the autumn term took place on Friday 16th December. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the school sports hall as students and staff came down to support the finalist after school. Gold Medal Daniel - 9S Aaron - 9S Silver Medal Rushil – 10F Adam – 9C Bronze Medal Christopher – 11F Ella - 10S All the students were playing for the opportunity to win brand Eclipse trophies for their form and to have their names engraved on the new badminton shield, which will be displayed within the school. The next Eclipse tournament will be held on Friday 10th February 2017.

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Borough Badminton Competition On Wednesday 30th November eight students from the Badminton Club took part in the Key Stage 3 Borough Badminton Competition at Harlington School. All of the Ruislip High students made it through to the semi-finals of their competitions beating a number of very good players along the way. As well as this, Daniel, 9S, won the boys ‘A’ player singles final and Aaron, 9S, won the boys ‘B’ player singles final to both become borough champions. Congratulations to everyone that took part on such a fantastic achievement. A massive thank you to Mr O’Neill who runs the Badminton Club and took the students to the competition. The team: Tamara, 9W Aaron, 9S Daniel, 9S Kye, 8F

Gene, 8F Sophie, 8S Katerina, 8B Tania, 8C

Quotes from students “This is my second time at this competition. I’m proud that I have achieved better results than last year. Well done to everyone participating.” Katerina, 8B “I am proud of all of my achievements and even though I didn’t win, I am leaving as a winner.” Tania, 8C “I have only been doing badminton for a little bit and I am very proud of myself for getting to the semi-finals and everyone else.” Tamara, 9W After the success in the Borough Tournament, Ruislip High has been asked to represent Hillingdon at the next round of the London Youth Games on Friday 3rd February. The selected students will be chosen shortly.

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SIXTH FORM NEWS Sixth Form students have continued to prove themselves as a hard-working and committed cohort, who are keen to contribute to their community. Sixth Form students are never afraid to get involved in whole-school events such as the annual Theme Day. This year’s theme was Unity, based on a scenario where Ruislip High School had been overtaken by a menacing dictator who promoted selfishness above all other values. The Year 13 students had great fun in the role of ‘The Resistance’ throughout the day, creating many of the set-pieces that made the day so memorable such as the lunchtime attempt by Comrade Pritchard to overthrow Mr Elsby. The Year 12 students assisted brilliantly in tutor groups for the younger years throughout the day and their efforts were much appreciated by staff.

Post-18 Success!

Year 13 have been working hard on their UCAS applications and many students have had a great amount of success already. Amongst the success stories are: • Hattie, Eddie and Matthew F who have all secured interviews at either the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge • Amanda O who has secured an interview for Pharmacy at the University of Manchester • Catherine W who was offered a place to study Politics at every institution she applied to, including two Russell Group universities • John B who has been invited to audition for the Acting programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama • Carys and Olivia who have both received offers from Russell Group universities

Festive Fun!

Throughout December, Year 12 and Year 13 have been involved in a variety of festive activities focused on the local community. Firstly, each tutor house collected non-perishable food items, which were donated to local Hillingdon food banks. House Poseidon took on the challenge very enthusiastically, collecting the most items to be donated. On Wednesday 14th December, members of the local community joined the Sixth Form students for the third Sixth Form Community Christmas event. Guests attended from a variety of community led ventures, which work hard to support Ruislip’s senior community. This included: The Tudor Club, Ruislip Baptist Church and St. Paul’s Church in Ruislip Manor. The event began with a brand new feature – the alloriginal Sixth Form Pantomime (full details below) which was well-received and thoroughly enjoyed by both guests, students and staff members in attendance. This was followed by a delicious festive buffet, served to guests by the Sixth Form students. The evening ended with a guest favourite: the Christmas sing-a-long, which both guests and students got enthusiastically involved in. Overall, the evening was a huge success, summed up best by Senior Head Boy, Samuel (C68): “The evening was a brilliant way to connect with the local community and we all really enjoyed sharing our Christmas spirit!” Well done to all of the Sixth Formers who participated in the event and helped to make it a memorable evening.

Sixth Form Pantomime: The Fairytale Forest

Oh no they didn’t! Oh yes they did! For the first time ever, the Sixth Form teamed up with (brave? Mad?) members of staff to perform a pantomime. Written by Mrs Turner, the pantomime focused on students, Zac and Jane, who accidently found themselves in the ‘Fairytale Forest’ on their way to the exam hall. The only way to get out of the forest? Page 8

Complete a series of challenges to show you possess the qualities of a worthy hero: respect, unity, integrity, self-discipline, learning, independence and perseverance. That’s right – the Ruislip High School values! Jane and Zac find they must win the challenges with the help of some familiar panto faces. Highlights included: Mr Gould playing ‘crazy-old’ Maurice the misfortunate inventor; Ms Loizou who dazzles as Aladdin’s genie; Mr Maud’s bizarre madhatter and Ms Keenan’s slightly sinister Red Riding Hood. Of course, the real stars of the show were the student cast members, who have worked incredibly hard all term to ensure the performance would be one to remember! The Sixth Formers were even joined by two fantastic Year 11 students, who made cameo appearances with Head Girl, Lucy, 11A, appearing as Snow White and Hannah, 11S, providing her spectacular voice to sing out the importance of independence! The experience was summed up by cast member and Year 12 student Tanya: “Being a part of the panto team has been a fun, bonding experience. Everyone in the cast has thoroughly enjoyed it; the hours spent rehearsing flew by and we can’t believe it’s over! We are very proud to be part of the firstever pantomime cast.”

The pantomime was performed both at the Christmas Community event on Wednesday 14th December and then in the Year 11 Celebration Assembly, as a treat for the Year 11s after all their hard work in their pre-public examinations. Full cast below: Jane: Ella, C61 Zac: Zach, C67 Rapunzel: Emma, C63 Buttons: John, C65 Sarah/The Wicked Witch: Emma, C66 Rumpelstiltskin: George, C66 Snow White: Lucy, 11A The Christmas King: James, C61 Ariel: Sophie, C68 Aurora: Olivia, C63 The Dormouse: Tanya, C63 The Hare: Zac, C66 Alice: Harriet, C64 Dave: Khushal, C63 The Cow/The Servant: Daniel, C61 Prince Charming: Ilyas, C65 Cinderella: Sabrina, C66-

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Maurice: Mr Gould The Genie: Ms Loizou Jack: Mr Pritchard Jack’s Mother: Mr Randall The Mad Hatter: Mr Maud The Cheshire Cat: Ms Cullen Fairy Godmother 1: Ms Horton Fairy Godmother 2: Ms Turner Leroy the Wolf: Mr Elsby Steve the Wolf: Mr Ryan Red Riding Hood: Ms Keenan Hansel: Mr Mclean Gretel: Ms Winer Mr Davies: Mr Davies Directed by: Mr Alexander Written by: Mrs Turner Set Design: Joseph Szeweleski Sound and Lighting: AMP Solutions

SIXTH FORM NEWS Ruislip High Students celebrate Brilliant Club graduation at Russell Group University

will help me to do well at A Level”. Year 13 student, Matthew F, said: “I really enjoyed the day at Southampton, I am considering this university as one my two choices next year, and the day gave me an excellent insight in to study at Southampton”. Head of Sixth Form, Mr Reynolds, accompanied the students on the day and could also see the benefits of the programme, “It was an excellent day. The students got the recognition they deserved for all of their hard work, and the sessions on study skills and aspiring to go to a top university will stand the students in good stead for the future.”

Year 11 and Year 13 students celebrated completing prestigious research projects that were supervised by university PHD students. As a reward for success, they were invited to a graduation event at Southampton University, a member of the elite Russell Group universities. Students were given a taste of student life at university and further guidance on how to prepare for A Levels or an undergraduate degree. Year 11 student Marya said: “the project was lots of work but I have improved my study skills, and I feel the programme

Britain in Europe, What Lies Ahead? - Brunel University Debate, 13th October 2016 We attended a talk with a question and answer session at Brunel University focused on the subject of Britain outside of the European Union (EU), specifically how the result of the June referendum would affect various aspects of life in the UK. Panel members included numerous university professors, professionals and activists from campaign groups. In general the range of opinion on issues such as politics, finance and youth representation, proved interesting and the opportunity to attend was one that is valued by us. There were many expert guests, including Professor of Law, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who stressed the importance of Brexit not interfering with existing employment and social laws that currently protect all European workers from discrimination in society and the workplace; and also a talk from Matteo Bergamini, founder of the youth organisation Shout Out UK, who spoke about the importance of 16-17 year olds and their views being represented by the government during the process of the UK leaving the EU. The event was an excellent opportunity for us to be introduced to ideas beyond the topics covered in A-level Politics. Listening to academics and professionals from various areas of modern Britain was interesting and increased our understanding of what Brexit really means to the UK. Joe S and Alex S, Year 12

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A-LEVEL SOCIOLOGY TRIP On 23rd November, Ruislip High School’s Sociology students made their way to the Emmanuel Centre, Westminster. Sophie, C68, and Jessica, C66, wrote the following about their day: The day consisted of a series of lectures. The first speaker was Dr Lyndsey Harris, who talked us through the theory behind criminology. She covered the historical development of criminology and introduced some theoretical debates such as, ‘Nature and Nurture: why do individuals commit crime?’ She also explored the arguments regarding crime as a social construction. Frank Furedi followed, with a presentation titled, ‘The Rules of Fear’. His explanation of cultural indifferences regarding crime, such as financial or ancestral, was fascinating. After a short morning break we proceeded to listen to an eye-opening presentation from Dr Irene Zempi, who told us about her covert participation experiment wearing a niqab and recording any reactions to it. Her findings were upsetting and deeply thought provoking. Dr Zoe Walkington gave a talk on crime and policing after lunch. We learned how to lie and how to detect lies, which interested us all greatly. She explained how the best people to detect lies were the criminals themselves and that the rest of us have only a 50% chance of detecting lies correctly, despite those who reported gaining full marks on the test. The final speaker shocked us all a bit. His name was Andrew and he was sentenced to twelve years for committing a

murder. He explained the story of his crime and told us his opinions of prison. According to Andrew, prison does not rehabilitate convicts, but gives them the opportunity to train as better criminals. He ‘jumped through the hoops’ to enable him to leave as soon as possible as he thoroughly hated his time in prison. The question and answer session with Andrew was interesting, as we challenged him to come up with an alternative to prison, which he struggled to do. We finished the insightful day with a photo in the marbled foyer. “It really helped me to understand more about Criminology and I know that I made the right choice in deciding to apply to study this course at university.” Jessica, C66 “It was really interesting and made me want to discover more about Criminology.” Sophie, C68

RAG Week The week beginning Monday 17th October was the annual RAG (raising and giving) week for the school’s charities. Organised by the Sixth Form, the event raised money for Orchyd, Young Minds and ActionAid. There were events taking place for every year group, including a break time penalty shootout, a silent disco and the Great Ruislip Bakeoff. Sixth Form students also washed staff cars to raise money. A big highlight of the week was in Thursday 20th October’s Year 8 assembly where a “lip sync battle” took place, with students miming with dance routines to pop songs. One of the stand-out performances was 8D’s medley of ‘Thriller’, ‘I Really Like You’ and ‘Miss Me When I’m Gone’. Page 11

‘The Year 7 students really enjoyed playing the football tournament. Running the tournament has really helped me with my organisational skills and it was great to raise money for charity. It has been a really good week.’ Ibrahim, Year 12


It is hard to believe that the autumn term is nearly over; it has been an exciting term in the LRC. Being the hub of the school and having such a large space with a projector and IT facilities, the LRC is often the chosen venue for many teachers’ daily lessons and school events, from school debates, Theme Day activities, parent coffee mornings, Maths 24 challenge, World Book Day, student quizzes and treasure hunts to name a few. The LRC calendar is always full and this term was no exception.

‘Game, Set and Match’

As a result of many student requests, the LRC has purchased several new board games for students to play during break and lunch in the LRC. This is extremely popular in all year groups with many students interacting with each other in healthy competition. A number of students are currently brushing up on their chess skills, getting ready for the upcoming chess tournament which will take place early in 2017 in the LRC.

An Alternative Read

The magazine section in the LRC seems to be growing day by day with a large quantity of magazines and newspapers for the reluctant readers or students who would like a fun alternative read, many containing crosswords and puzzles for students to complete at break or lunch times, catering for all different age groups.

Above and Beyond After-School LRC Homework Club A large number of students from all year groups are taking full advantage of the LRC after-school homework club and using the extra time to remain in the LRC to complete homework, especially as the LRC has computers and laptops available and teaching assistants (TAs) to support. The LRC Homework Club is open every evening at the following times: Monday – Thursday 3:00pm – 4:20pm Friday 2:35pm – 4:20pm

‘Keeping Up With The Times’

The LRC was fortunate enough to be given one of the new digital signage screens, definitely an improved way of displaying notices and important announcements of upcoming events taking place in the LRC. It is now a key feature on the wall, one you simply cannot miss.

Accelerated Reading Success

Accelerated Reading is going from strength to strength under the direction of Mrs Scanlon and Mrs Austen; many students are benefitting from attending Accelerated Reading on a daily basis and the LRC now has over 3000 Accelerated Reader titles to choose from which the students can read and complete quizzes the results speak for themselves with lots of students scoring 100%.

HALF PRICE SALE ‘Sale of the Century’! The LRC hosted an exciting event in December, the annual Book Fair.

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Following the huge success of previous Book Fairs, the LRC was fortunate enough to be granted special permission to host another Book Fair, but this time all the products were on sale for half the recommended retail price. There was a large selection of brand new books, stationery and posters, providing a fantastic opportunity to buy some Christmas presents.

Time for Thanks

A big thank you to the LRC teaching assistants (TAs) and lunchtime supervisors. Mrs Kotak, Mr O’Neill and Mrs Hudson: the students all benefit from the help and support offered by the TAs and it is a great help to the LRC to have such a dedicated team; Mrs Evans, Mrs Crowther and Mrs Dowsett: with all the help during lunchtimes in the LRC, the library shelves have never looked so organised. Mrs Scanlon: A big thank you for all your help with Accelerated Reading.

The Amazing LRC Student Team

The LRC has a number of dedicated students from all year groups who give up their free time to help out in the LRC; the students do a fantastic job in helping run the LRC on a daily basis. A big thank you to all LRC Student Team: Year 7: Kyle M, Luke E, George H, Sonia H, Sakina A, Kaacey M, Nicolas B, Jamie G, Max L, Nathan U, George F, Chloe H, Sophie H, Ellis W Year 8: Vimukthi J, Emily C, Sophie F, Elliot G, Hollie F, Nikita K, Evie M, Roxanne P, Megan H, Danni H, Hodman B, Isabella L, Constantina L, Jessie B, Chanel C Year 9: Ellie C, Sivanathan S Year 10: Jack E, Callum E, Harry W, Thomas C, Saraneyaa G, Aoibhin E, Isabella A Year 11: Altay S, Kyle C, Marcelo B, Berzin D, Aiden K, Lucy G Year 13: Iain E, Ben F (for their ongoing help and support in the LRC)

Jack Petchey Surprise:

An additional thank you to Biheshta, 8B, who kindly donated half of the Jack Petchey money awarded to the LRC. This money was used to purchase resources for Accelerated Reading, which will benefit a number of students.

Missing Books

Although a large amount of overdue books have been returned, there are still many past their return date despite numerous reminders. It would be very much appreciated if all parents/guardians could have a good look at home to see if there are any books belonging to the LRC, as the cost of replacing these books is extremely high. If books are found, they should be returned to the LRC and placed in the return box.

Don’t miss out!!

For Hillingdon residents who own a Hillingdon First card there are special discounts and privileges available, cardholders are entitled to special rate parking at the shopping centre and parking meters in the borough of Hillingdon. Cardholders can also get discount in many shops; the card also acts as a library card and allows Hillingdon residents to become a member of any of the seventeen libraries in the Hillingdon area which were recently refurbished and updated. Residents simply show their card at the library of their choice and the card will be activated; they can start borrowing books immediately and use all the library facilities. Page 13

LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE (LRC) NEWS Also, as an added bonus throughout December, Hillingdon Borough residents will be able to park for free in selected car parks when using the Hillingdon First Privilege card.

A Christmas ‘Cracker’of a joke: Question: What do Santa’s little helpers learn at school?... Answer: The ‘Elf –abet’!!

Christmas Wishes

The LRC wishes you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year and looks forward to another exciting year ahead. Mrs Austen LRC Manager

JACK PETCHEY AWARD Following on from the school’s success in the Panathlon competition, Ruislip High were asked to nominate one of the team members to receive a Jack Petchey outstanding achievement award. The Learning Support Faculty chose James P, 11S, as not only was he a fabulous and enthusiastic team member in the final at The Copper Box Arena, but he also he did all four laps of the relay as the school’s sole manual wheelchair user. Last year at school James inspired Mrs Nurmohamed to start a wheelchair football club at Ruislip High of which he is a key player and role model for other students. He is also a sports prefect in school. On 23rd November 2016, James was invited to attend The Panathlon and Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement awards and was very proud to receive runner-up in the Hassan Ahmed Outstanding Achievement Catergory. Paralympian Liz Johnson and Young Panathlon Achiever Scott Pope presented the award. Further information about Panathlon Competitions can be found by visiting Ruislip High students are now preparing for the 2017 Panathlon and the first heat will be at Featherstone High School on 20th January.

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HISTORY NEWS The History Department has had an extremely busy term with students working incredibly hard both in and out of the classroom. The students have been engaging in a variety of different topics and Year 10 have been tackling the new specifications of the GCSE head on.

Key Stage 3

The new Year 7 intake have worked hard to acquire the skills needed to improve their knowledge of history and performed admirably in their baseline assessments showing off their newly acquired skills such as their understanding of bias and interpretations. They used their interpretation skills to analyse the reasons why Julius Caesar was murdered in a new style assessment thanks to the work of Ms. Horton. Furthermore the year group took part in an exciting trip to the old Roman town of Verulamium in St. Albans on 7th December. Here they were able to analyse real Roman artefacts in order to make inferences about the Roman way of life. Year 8 have been working equally as hard and have been getting to grips with the significant changes made to England during the Tudor reign. They have engaged extremely well with an essay on the changes brought to England by Henry VIII thanks to the hard work of Ms. Barlow. Ms. Barlow also led a trip to The Tower of London on enrichment day where the students were able to witness some of the horrors that the perpetrators of crime faced in the early modern period. Year 9 have been discovering how Great Britain got its name and how we became the world’s first industrial superpower during the industrial revolution. They have been investigating, amongst other things, the lives of children during this time and found out that children didn’t always have it as good as they do now! More recently they have also been investigating why the metropolitan police were unable to catch Jack the Ripper in nineteenth century Whitechapel.

Key Stage 4

The new GCSE specifications came into effect this year and the department staff have all been extremely impressed with the way that Year 10 students have taken up the challenge. They have really taken the bull by the horns in an effort to understand the complexities of Nazi Germany and have been tested vigorously by their teachers. Mr. Maud’s class have been working on their debating skills in a lively class debate on the reasons for Hitler’s popularity in Germany. Well done to Amber, Harry, Jacob and Matthew for demonstrating some high level debating skills! The recent focus for Year 11 has been the December PPEs that took place on 5th December and 12th December. They diligently learned course content in the classroom and engaged in revision activities at home using class clips and multiple choice questions available online on the GCSE pod. Furthermore during the half term fifty-five students spent four days in Germany coming face to face with the legacy of Hitler’s Germany and getting some invaluable experiences designed to enhance their learning in the classroom. On this visit the students were superb ambassadors for the school and all took the time to reflect carefully on their experiences. The staff on the trip were particularly impressed by Emma, Maya, Harry and Hugh for their commitment and endeavour.

Key Stage 5

The Sixth Form students have also been working hard this term. Year 12 have been getting used to the step up from GCSE and have been engaging very well with the new course content and the wider reading needed to succeed as an A-Level historian. It was particularly pleasing to see so many Year 12 students at the Year 11 Sixth Form open evening sharing their experiences of VI form history in order to help the Year 11 students make important decisions about their future studies. Year 13 have also been continuing in the same vain as last year and have also been doing some independent research on the new course area for them this year which is an extended 3,000 word project. Congratulations to Lauren on completing her application to study history at University. Page 15


On Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 November, students in Year 10 took part in the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge for a second year running. The programme is run by the Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation. The event is based on the belief that everybody should have the skills, confidence and desire to speak in public, and is dedicated to helping people of all ages and levels achieve this. The programme is organised by the English faculty and following their involvement, students are able to: • • • • • •

Deliver and present with confidence and impact Master the art of speaking without notes or extensive preparation Give and receive written and verbal feedback Understand the importance of structure Speak in front of a group Understand the importance of structured arguments

Following two one-day workshops, four students battled it out in an assembly final. Reece (10D) performed a hilariously animated re-telling of a childhood scrape with danger; Leah (10A) gave a brave and inspiring speech about bullying based on her own experiences; Callum (10W) impressed with his articulate and confident teenager’s perspective on politics and Amber (10D )warmly engaged us with her feelings on being yourself. Dr Lecky and Mrs. Hill had the agonising task of choosing a winner and Callum won the day with his mature delivery and timely content. Mrs Hill said “The four students were all amazing and it was very close. Callum Bowers was incredible and a worthy winner”.


The new digital signage has been a great and colourful contribution to the English corridor. The display is updated weekly to show Student of the Week for English and Media Studies, important reminders about deadlines, teachers’ favourite books, fun facts, and quick-fire revision tasks. Students are also encouraged to take part in challenges, understand jokes or solve riddles based on English language skills.


The VLE has been updated with new resources for Key Stage Four students in line with the new English Language and English Literature specification.


The English faculty has been grateful for the positive feedback from parents about the email updates for Year 10 and Year 11 students, informing parents about the new specification and giving links and ideas for revision. We are glad that parents are finding the information useful, in addition to the parent bulletin. Due to the positive reaction, the plan is to keep our Key Stage Four parents posted with half-termly updates in future.

CURRICULUM NEWS KEY STAGE THREE Year 7 Year 7 students have made a fantastic start to the year, writing exciting ‘autobiographies from the future’ detailing ambitious visions of world domination in a range of careers including politics, popstardom, swimming, ‘youtuber’ fame and football, all as part of our ‘Autobiography’ unit. They have also been extending their wider reading and comprehension and revising key grammar skills as part of the Autobiography booklet created for students.

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Since Autumn half-term, students have been exploring and analyzing a range of Famous Speeches, from speakers such as Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King and Malala Yousafzai. Inspired by these famous speakers, Year 7 students’ final task this term will be a persuasive speech detailing their plans for what should go on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Selected Year 7s in need of additional English support have benefited from extra tuition, including both one to one and small group support, provided by the English and Literacy team, to boost literacy skills during this crucial first year at secondary school. The Accelerated Reader programme, which supports reading skills for selected students, has also been running in the LRC, led by Ms Austen.

Coming up in the Spring and Summer terms, Year 7s will be studying Shakespeare, poetry and the Philip Pullman play adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic text, ‘Frankenstein’. Year 8 Year 8 students have been reading Susan Hill’s ‘The Woman in Black’ in class and producing some thoughtful analysis of the Gothic features and language techniques she uses to create fear, suspense and tension in the reader. Since studying the spooky Gothic Horror genre, students have been producing some truly terrifying creative writing themselves in their end of term Gothic Short Stories. Read them at your peril!

Coming up in the Spring and Summer terms, students will explore a range of texts on London, from Blake and Dickens to Zadie Smith, in the ‘London Through the Pages’ unit. They will then move on to study War Poetry and Adeline Yen Mah’s novel ‘A Chinese Cinderella’. Year 9

The Year 9 course has been adapted to reflect the challenge of the new GCSE specification. Students have been introduced to the new specification through a unit of work on the book and film ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’, producing some excellent research project homework on the historical context of the ‘Stolen Generation’ in Australia. Since half term, students have read and studied the classic text, ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck, exploring symbolism and structure. Year 9 students are already sharing thoughtful ideas about the text in class and producing analytical essays of a high quality, showing the skills required for the upcoming GCSEs. Coming up in the spring and summer terms, students will be exploring dystopian fiction and the classic Shakespeare tragedy, ‘Romeo and Juliet’. KEY STAGE FOUR Year 10 Embarking upon their GCSE studies with dedication and determination, Year 10 students started the year with a drama text, reading J.B.Priestley’s 1945 play ‘An Inspector Calls’. As the play was set in 1912 but written in 1945, students have explored the social and historical context of both time periods in addition to studying dramatic techniques and exploring how the author creates dramatic tension through the use of language and structure. Since half term, students have been exploring the Robert Louis Stevenson classic ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’: the perfect introduction to the Victorian Gothic style. Their interest in the Victorian context of the novella has been notable and students’ analytical Page 17



essays are already showing great promise. In the New Year, students will be introduced to the English Language Paper 1, one of two Language papers they will take in Year 11. Year 11 As the first year to take the new specification GCSE, Year 11 students have shown maturity and dedication to their studies in preparation for the summer challenge ahead. In Year 10 students covered Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B.Priestley and English Language Paper 1 and the ‘War and Conflict’ Poetry anthology. This Autumn term, students completed the poetry unit and have been exploring the dramatic and murderous Shakespeare tragedy ‘Macbeth’. The Young Shakespeare Company will be attending Ruislip High in the spring to give Year 11s an exciting taste of ‘Macbeth’ in action, which always brings the play to life. After the December PPEs, students will complete their studies on the English Language Paper 2 and then move on to revising all the course content in preparation for the summer exams. As there is no coursework and the exams are closed book, memorisation and revision up to the exams will be key, alongside exam skill preparation. Year 12 English Language The students have spent the first half term learning the content of the two units of work they will be examined on: Textual variations and representations and Language Diversity and Change. With Ms. Kidd the students have taken part in debates around Language and how it relates to gender, ethnicity, region, age and social status. With Ms. Winer, they have been learning advanced grammar and focusing genre. Year 12 English Literature In English Literature, students have been studying Larkin and Duffy poetry in detail as well as a range of poetry from the Elizabethan era to the present day. Their novel reading has focussed so far on ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ and ‘Atonement’. Year 13 English Language Year 13s have been studying the development of children’s speaking, reading and writing and analysing how language has changed over time for the forthcoming A2 examination. They have also been completing their own fascinating coursework investigations. They are investigating topics of their own choice which include: the way propagandist language was used during WWII, the language used in children’s story books and an investigation into language used to represent disabled people. English Literature Year 13 English Literature students have been preparing for the Unseen Prose paper, focusing on late Victorian and Edwardian literature (1880-1910). We have covered the topics of gender inequality, science, colonialism, the Industrial Progress and its effect on the rich and the poor, aestheticism, and attitudes towards mental health. We have examined how these topics are reflected in the novels by Elizabeth Gaskell, R.L. Stevenson, Joseph Conrad, E.M. Forster, H.G. Wells, Oscar Wilde and other writers. We have discussed different narrative methods, including the use of different parts of speech, sentence types, and symbolism. The students have enjoyed watching the film version of E.M. Forster’s A Room with A View. They are also beginning revision of Donne poetry and ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. Next term they will need to learn a lot of quotations from both these plays.

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ENRICHMENT DAY It was an exciting day at Ruislip High School on Wednesday 7th December for the autumn term Enrichment Day. Students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 took part in trips and activities different to the usual timetable. Year 11 students continued with their pre-public exams, while Year 13 had lessons as usual. Year 8 students had a Humanities and Science-based day, with half of the year group visiting the Tower of London and the other half going to the Natural History Museum. The reverse will take place on the 26th May 2017 Enrichment Day. The Natural History Museum trip leader Mr Askin said: “The trip was a huge success and the students loved it. The behaviour of the students was immaculate and they really represented Ruislip High well. Highlights included the Investigate Centre and the Variety Show, as well as the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery.” The Year 10 English GCSE speaking and listening day saw the students giving presentations, choosing from one of these themes: overcoming a challenge, gender, racism or sport. Year 12 students were able to experience life as a university student for the day, with half of the year group visiting Royal Holloway, University of London, and the other half visiting the University of Reading. Those visiting Reading had a packed day, starting off in a lecture theatre in the Department of Meteorology. Here they played “the University Game”, led by current Reading University students, learning about day-to-day life as an undergraduate. Students were also led on a tour of the campus, students’ union building and some of the halls of residence. One Year 12 student said about the University of Reading: “It was really useful to hear about how you can finance going to university and see what the academic departments are like. It was interesting to see how the big the lecture theatres are and all the clubs and activities university students can get involved in.” Mrs Turner, who led the Royal Holloway trip, said, “It was a pleasure to take the Year 12 students to see the Royal Holloway campus. The students asked fantastic questions and were thoroughly engaged throughout the day. I hope it has inspired them to consider applying to university next year. Full list of activities: Year 7: St Albans and Hazard Alley (History and Cultural Studies) Year 8: Tour of London (History trip) Year 8: Natural History Museum (Geography and Science trip) Year 9: Coca-Cola Challenge Business and Careers Day Year 10: English Speaking and Listening Year 12: University of Reading Year 12: Royal Holloway, University of London

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GEOGRAPHY NEWS The Geography Department has been busier than ever planning lots of new lessons for the revised GCSE and A Level specifications. The department is also proud to show some recent photos of Year 8 work below. The department is looking forward to the four-day Year 12 field trip to Norfolk in June 2017, and the three-day Year 10 field trip to Swanage in July 2017.

Year 7

Year 7 students have made an impressive start, studying atlas skills and the UK’s longest river, the Severn. The final Year 7 topic of this term has been map skills. Students have become proficient map readers, being able to recognise symbols, use grid references and understand scale. They can also use distances and direction to describe routes. The map skills topic will be assessed in the Year 7 exam in the spring term of 2017.

Year 8

A highlight for Year 8 this term has been the visit to the Volcanoes and Earthquake gallery of the Natural History Museum (one half of the year group will go on this visit in May 2017). Trip organiser Mr Askin said, “The trip was a huge success and the students loved it. The behaviour of the students was immaculate and they really represented Ruislip High well. Highlights included the Investigate Centre and the Variety Show. Two students from each group won a Humanities Award ruler in the end of term celebration assembly.” The museum visit linked to Year 8 students studying plate tectonics. In the first half term, students studied the effects of ongoing volcanic eruptions on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. In the second half term, Year 8 have learnt about the causes and effects of earthquakes in the USA. They then studied the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and how efforts are being made to make sure people living in coastal locations are forewarned should an event of this magnitude ever happen again. Here are some photos of some amazing tsunami warning signs made by Daniel, Biheshta and Emily in 8B.

Year 9

Year 9 students started the term by studying why countries are in different states of development, and the reasons behind this. They particularly enjoyed playing the Trading Game, through which they learned about how a country’s imports and exports can affect its overall level of development. Students then carried out a detailed assessment on why shanty towns exist around Cape Town in South Africa, and how these can be improved over time. Page 20

Year 9 students are now studying South America, focusing on Brazil. They have studied the history of Brazil being colonised by Portugal, and why four million slaves were used in the past to cut sugar cane. They have also learnt about some of the key issues facing the country today, such as the burning of rainforest to provide cattle pasture to meet world demand for beef.

Year 10

The four new GCSE classes are focusing on the new specification physical geography topics in Year 10: Physical Landscapes in the UK, The Challenge of Natural Hazards and The Living World. Students should start revising now for their Year 10 exam using their PLCs (personal learning checklists). Year 10 students will then move onto the human geography topics: Urban Issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World and The Challenge of Energy Resource Management. For the third GCSE unit, students will carry out fieldwork in human and physical environments on the residential field trip to Swanage in July 2017. Study sites will include Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Swanage Bay, Studland Bay and Barton-on-Sea.

Year 11

The four Year 11 GCSE Geography classes have spent much of this term producing their coursework projects – a study of the River Wey based on the field trip to Swanage in July 2016. They have learnt many new data presentation and analysis techniques. Students will know their provisional coursework results by the end of January 2017 (subject to moderation). Year 11 students have two exams to prepare for in the summer: Unit 1 Physical Geography (22nd May, 2017) and Unit 2 Human Geography (6th June, 2017). Both of these exams are worth 37.5% of the final grade, with the coursework project making up the remaining 25%. The department has created several GCSE revision tasks for the VLE. It’s never too early to start revising the six GCSE topics using your folders and the VLE!

Year 12

The new Year 12 A Level class is studying the Hazards unit with Mr Peacock (new to the department), and the Resource Security unit with Mr Alison. The end of unit assessments will take place in January 2017. Students will then study Changing Places and Coastal Systems and Landscapes, as well as statistical skills, before the residential field trip to Norfolk in June 2017. Mr Peacock said, “Year 12 have been making a fantastic start to the new A Level course, understanding and evaluating the various factors that impact how different communities experience natural hazards. They are fast becoming very impressive analytical geographers.”

Year 13

Year 13 students have been making progress towards their two A2 exams. This term they have been focusing on four compulsory topics for Unit 3, Contested Planet: Water Conflicts, Energy Security, Biodiversity Under Threat, and Superpower Geographies. Students study these topics as discreet units while also considering their synoptic links for the exam. Year 13 students will have their Unit 3 trial exam on 5th June 2017, and have already started their preparations analysing the ‘pre-release’ document on the Water Conflicts topic. In the spring term, students will start work on Unit 4, Geographical Research, where they will read from a wide variety of books, journals and news publications in preparation for writing a 70-mark report. Mr Alison Associate Assistant Headteacher of Humanities

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YEAR 11 NEWS The first term for Year 11 has certainly been jam packed. Year 11 have really stepped up to the challenge of their GCSE exams taking it in their stride. They work incredibly hard and are ambitious. Students are carefully considering their futures and striving to achieve their best. They have already made a great start with their brilliant exam results as seen below.

Exam Success

Year 11 have really done themselves proud with the success of their RE examination at the end of last term. Students achieved 72.83% A*-C grades and 24.86% A*-A. The following students deserve a special congratulations as they achieved A* grades: Alex, 11D, Max, 11S, Jake, 11F, Cameron, 11A, Altay, 11S, Sophie, 11D, Mishkaat, 11F, Amy, 11D, Hugh, 11W, Zoe, 11B, Charlotte, 11F, Sagal, 11C, Khadra, 11B, Donaldo, 11W, Ellie, 11C, Lauren, 11B, Stacy, 11S, Hannah, 11S and Phoebe, 11F. There were also several students who took a language GCSE and achieved the following results:

Preparing for Pre-Public Exams (PPEs) Emily, 11C, Japanese, A* Klaudia, 11D, Polish, A* Aleksandra, 11B, Polish, A* Natasha, 11D, Italian, A* Maya, 11B, Portuguese, A Hager, 11C, Arabic, C Altay, 11S, Turkish, A Altay, 11S, also sat his Turkish AS Level last term achieving a grade A.

Year 11 have come back to school after summer focused and ready to work. They have already demonstrated how committed they are to being successful. Many students are already attending revision sessions that are being run by members of staff. Others have been working hard to ensure that all of their coursework meets deadlines. In preparation for the PPEs, Year 11 have been working to ensure that they have a positive outcome in order to move forward to their GCSEs at the end of the year.

Theme Day

Ruislip High School hosted another successful Theme Day this term with a focus on the theme of unity. Year 11 were extremely positive about the guest speaker James Ketchell with 11A saying that he was “the best speaker we have ever had.� Year 11 students learned about his incredible journey rowing across the Atlantic solo and climbing Everest. James was truly inspiring and left Year 11 feeling motivated. As well as the opportunity to hear such a great story, Year 11 were also able to test their agility in the parkour activity. Students threw themselves into what proved to be an energetic and exciting activity. Page 22

Munich Trip

Fifty-Five Students were lucky enough to travel with the History Department to Munich. Ms Barlow said: “It was the best school residential I have ever been on. The student’s enthusiasm and thirst for learning was exceptional. Their behaviour was exemplary”. Students visited Nuremburg, a museum outlining the rise of the Nazi party, and a tour to Dachau Concentration Camp. They had an insightful trip which will be a great aid to their History GCSE as they have been able to see first-hand a place that has been a major part of history.

Panathalon Champion!

The Panathalon Challenge is run by the Jack Petchey foundation. Over 500 schools across the country take part in ‘mini Paralympic’ multi-sport competitions for secondary or primary school children, along with dedicated football, boccia and swimming programmes. Year 11 student James P took part in the Panathalon and was awarded the very prestigious honour of runner-up in the Sporting Achievement Award. He held his own and beat 10,000 other competitors for this title. He received his award from gold medal winning Paralympian Liz Johnson. James says that it was a: “great day spent in a really posh suite in John Lewis, Stratford overlooking the Olympic park. I feel really proud to represent my school and the borough. The whole experience has been really, really amazing.”

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Sports News

Indoor Athletics

The athletes of Ruislip High School competed in their first entry in an Indoor athletics competition this term. The competition was held at Haydon School where the students competed in a variety of events. Stand out performances were Emily, Maya, Monika and Aleeyah in the obstacle race where they placed first. Toby Ellmore in the boys six lap race where he placed third and Emily Tardi in the girls four lap race where she also placed third. The athletics team: Tom Barber Hekmat Alizai Toby Ellmore Haydon Bigot Adam Dwyer Luke Edwards

Courtney Chapman Anya Palmer Aleeyha Arieef Emily Tardi Monika Konceviciute Maya Parmer


The netball teams have had many successes so far this season and still have a number of matches/ tournaments to play in 2017. Year 7 and 8 The Year 7 and 8 netball teams have started the season with great wins against Queensmead. Year 7 won 4-3 with Chloe Hackett scoring the winning shot on the whistle and the Year 8 team won 9-6. Star player from the Year 8 match was Lily Tricker with fantastic shooting. For the second match of the season the Year 8 team beat Harlington High School 11-1 and the Year 7 team lost 2-0. The Year 8 students were brilliant and completely dominated from start to finish. Player of the match Maya Palmer. Year 7 definitely should have won their match but just couldn’t capitalise on their attacks. Player of the match was Cody Shiner. Zoe Buckham Aleehya Arieef Charlotte Woosman Kamila Bieg Lily Tricker Amy Donoghue Maya Palmer

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Fifty-five students in Year 11 studying GCSE History took part in a residential visit to Munich from Saturday 22nd October to Wednesday 26th October. The itinerary included: visiting Nuremburg; taking in the sites of the mass annual Nazi rallies; a visit to a museum documenting the rise of the Nazi party in Germany; and a tour around the courtrooms where the Nazi war criminals were tried. The pinnacle of the tour was a visit to Dachau Concentration Camp just outside Munich, which was liberated by the US Army on the 29th April 1945, the day before Adolf Hitler shot himself in an underground bunker in Berlin, signalling the end of WWII. Mr Maud, Curriculum Leader of History, said that the Ruislip High students were fantastic ambassadors for the school throughout the visit. Mr Maud said, “Whilst I watched our students learn about the concentration camp and pay their own respects to those that died there I was left with a real feeling of pride. Every student and teacher was left humbled by the visit and seeing history first hand is an experience that even years of study in the classroom cannot rival.”

Student Quotations

“I really enjoyed the enriching and educational experience; my favourite part was visiting the town centre in the evening. Munich was fantastic and I am so glad I went.” Emma, 11F “I think that the trip to Munich was both fun and educational. I learned a lot about the concentration camps in Dachau. My highlight of the trip was going round Munich with my friends. I also enjoyed going to the Allianz Arena.” Aleksandra, 11B “The history trip to Munich was a very interesting trip. I enjoyed learning about the concentration camp as it really put the horrors of war into perspective and made me feel sympathy for the victims.” Luke, 11W “The trip was amazing. A personal highlight was meeting David Alaba. We learned a lot. Dachau was a great learning experience as it was a really powerful place.” Alex, 11F

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MUSIC NEWS Mrs. Coltman and Mr. Stent have been most impressed with the amazing progress Years 7, 8 and 9 have made in their music studies so far this year. This article celebrates the success of some of the school’s music students, as well as giving an overview of the topics covered in lessons and extra-curricular opportunities found within the Above & Beyond programme. Units of work: 1st Half of term Year 7 Elements of music Year 8 African drumming Year 9 Variations

2nd Half of term Jazz Blues Reggae

Students have enjoyed studying a variety of topics that explore the role and importance of music within a diverse range of cultures.

The Wall of Fame

To supplement and support students’ understanding of topics, the Music Department have issued each student with an ‘Extension Sheet’ which outlines silver and gold extension tasks for each topic. All students who complete an extension task are acknowledged on the digital signage outside the music classroom and are praised for their discretionary effort. Over 80 Key Stage 3 students have completed an extension task and the following table shows the top five performers. Forename Year Silver Challenges Completed Gold Challenges Completed Katerina 8 6 3 Isha 8 6 2 Lottie 7 3 2 Mia 7 2 1 Cerys 8 2 1

Above & Beyond

The Music Department offers fantastic opportunities for any budding musician. Weekly tuition is available to all students in singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, brass and strings. These lessons can be booked via the Hillingdon Music Service website found at

Ukulele Band

This extraordinary group of young musicians meets each Wednesday in D308, learning and rehearsing popular songs on the ukulele. The group is aimed at beginners and is very popular. Amy Murphy, Emily Wilkins and Katerina Reguretska have shown fantastic leadership in the group and their skill on the ukulele has improved dramatically. Eloise Nelder, Oliwia Michon and Sonia Hampton have stood out this term as ones to watch as they have shown amazing Page 26

aptitude and enthusiasm for the instrument. The Ukulele Band performed ‘Stand By Me’ at the school’s Presentation Evening. Their performance was so good that they repeated their rendition at the Ruislip High School 10th Year Anniversary!

School Choir

The choir meets every Monday in D308 and is led by the school’s vocal instructor Ms Phillips. Students have been learning choral and popular songs with a focus on close-harmony and vocal technique. Hannah Alcock has shown fantastic leadership of the group through conducting rehearsals and supporting younger students to reach their potential. Rachel Davidson, Dylan Levien and Elizabeth Pittaway have all developed their exceptional talent and are showing real promise as future leaders in the school Music Department. The choir’s performance at Presentation Evening showed impressive ensemble work and they also repeated their performance for the Ruislip High School 10th Year Anniversary.

Year 7 Choir

Mr. Stent and Mrs. Coltman chose a selection of Year 7 students to perform for the Ruislip High School 10th Year Anniversary celebration. The choir worked very hard in rehearsal to ensure that their performance of ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’ was a success and the audience enjoyed the highly anticipated performance.

YEAR 7 NEWS Congratulations to the Year 7 Primary to Secondary School Transition Competition Winners Bookmark Best Effort – Nour, 7F Bookmark Winner – Jarrar, 7C Book Review Best Effort – Amy, 7C Book Review Winner – Yasmin, 7W Overall Winner for Bookmark and Book Review, 7W Overall Winner for Bookmark and Book Review, 7B Best All About Me Project, 7S

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MFL NEWS Latin Prize

For the first time in the history of Ruislip High School, a Latin prize was awarded at Presentation Evening. On Thursday, 17th November, the Boris Johnson Prize for Latin was awarded to Ellie, 11C. Ellie showed a lot of courage when she took a leap of faith and chose Latin as a GCSE option at the end of Year 9. Since her first lesson, Ellie has worked extremely hard to master Latin vocabulary and grammar. She never gives up, always trying to tackle even the hardest texts. She is also a great example and inspiration for all of the students in the class who recognise in her the embodiment of resilience and dedication. Ellie is also considering Latin as an A Level option for next year. Well done Ellie, you are a fantastic example of discipline and commitment!

Ruislip Cuisine

On Wednesday 30th November, students taking part in the Above & Beyond French Club boarded the ‘the Gourmet Train’ with French Assistant, Graziella. For an hour, Ruislip Francophiles gave French crêpes a try.

Making the dough is easy, you just need a bit of water, flour, eggs and sugar. But once you have obtained a nicely coloured and smooth dough, here comes the tricky part: shaping the crêpe! Armed with frying pans and spatulas, the French Club students fought valiantly to flip the crêpes. The prize for their great efforts was to devour the fruits of their work with some tasty “confiture de framboise” and “un peu de sucre”. If you are curious and want to brush up on your French vocabulary, see what the chefs stuffed their crêpes with! Well done to Nathan, 7A, Noémie, 7W, Ria, 8A, Jasminder, 8B, Sarita, Alisa and Amelia, all 8D, and Mélina, 8W, for sharing their cooking skills with the teachers.

A-level French

This year, three students have been given the opportunity to take A-level French. It is a great challenge for Izabela, Martina and Ilyas in Year 12 to carry on after their fantastic results at GCSE last year. The three students are very dedicated and curious about French culture and language and will learn about a variety of contemporary and engaging topics. “La langue de Molière” is not the easiest language to learn but the students are keen to perfect their knowledge and use of a foreign language.

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Year 12 student Ilyas said, “I have always found it striking how English people are reluctant to use a foreign language when they are abroad while foreign people always speak English when they come here. When you are young, you want to experience as many things as you can: travelling and studying abroad is a great experience, valued by employers. Learning a foreign language is also a way to open your thoughts, and in the context of Brexit, I think it is important not to curl up on one vision of identity and self.” Year 12 student Izabela said, “I think learning a new language enables you to connect with the word. It also opens many doors, professionally and culturally. I love the challenge of learning a language. It is itself a very useful skill to have, but I do believe that we are developing other transferable skills like attention to detail. I want to study Law and French at university so I can study in France, Canada or any French speaking country.”

Theme Day This year’s Theme Day took place on Friday 21st October. Based around the year’s school theme of unity, this exciting whole-school event saw students in every year group taking part in activities away from the usual timetable. The day was based around students building unity as a team to overthrow the evil Lord Elsby who wanted the world to be as selfish as he was. The day also featured students taking part in a special assembly with guest speaker James Ketchell. Following a serious motorcycling accident in 2007 that nearly lost him the use of his legs, James Ketchell became the first British person to row single handed across the Atlantic and climb to the summit of Mount Everest. In 2013, James embarked on an 18,000 mile unsupported global cycle, through 20 countries and cycling on average 100 miles a day. His key message is that we can all potentially set ourselves difficult goals and achieve them: the capability to succeed is within everyone.

Quotes by students: ‘James Ketchell’s talk was really motivational. It has made me want to push to do what I want to in my life.’ Matthew, Year 11 ‘I’ve learnt never to give up from the speaker James Ketchell.’ Emily, Year 8 ‘The day was amazingly challenging.’ Jessie, Year 8 ‘I loved it!’ Kyle, Year 7 ‘Lord Elsby was funny.’ Chelsea, Year 7

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YEAR 10 NEWS This term seems to have gone by in a flash with many exciting activities and students working extremely hard in their first full term of GCSEs. It was tremendously pleasing to see the level of maturity that Year 10 came back with after life in Key Stage 3 (KS3), ready, able and willing to take on all the new obstacles that Key Stage 4 (KS4) would bring. The challenge of the work has greatly increased, but with this, so has their thirst for knowledge. Whilst there have been many stand-out achievements, events and activities taking place this term, here are a few of the highlights:

Year 10 Speak Out Challenge

On Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th November, students in Year 10 took part in the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge for a second year running. The event is based on the belief that everybody should have the skills, confidence and desire to speak in public, and is dedicated to helping people of all ages and levels achieve this. Just under fifty students took part over two days, tackling a range of challenging tasks and overcoming personal obstacles. Ms Kidd and Mr Randall were hugely impressed and moved by the students’ honesty and courage. Some students made them laugh and some even made them shed a tear. The students themselves thoroughly enjoyed the day, reporting back that it improved their confidence and made them feel more prepared for public speaking in the future. Dylan, 10S, said: “I’ve found a passion for speaking”. At the end of the two days, four students were chosen by Ms Kidd, Mr Randall and Chris Billington from the Speakers Trust to go through to an assembly final: Reece (10D) performed a hilariously animated re-telling of a childhood scrape with danger; Leah (10A) gave a brave and inspiring speech about bullying based on her own experiences; Callum (10W) impressed with his articulate and confident teenager’s perspective on politics and Amber (10D) warmly engaged us with her feelings on being yourself. In a close competition judged by Headteacher Dr Lecky and Head of the English Faculty, Mrs. Hill, Callum eventually emerged victorious and will go through to the next stage of the competition, the Hillingdon regional heats. Ms Kidd would like this opportunity to thank all the Year 10 students who took part in the “Speak Out” Challenge. “The students were a real credit to Ruislip High School over both days.” She said. “They were impeccably behaved, showed real integrity and completely engaged with the whole experience. I’m so proud of them all and I can’t wait to see what Callum can do in the regional heats.”

Girls’ football U16s

Another successful season is drawing to a close for the girls U16 football team. Having displayed unity, respect and determination throughout the season, the girls are a real credit to Ruislip High School. Miss Barlow said: “The girls are really doing RHS proud. Never giving up and always working hard for one another”. Despite getting knocked out in the third round of the FA Schools National cup (which the girls were rightly disappointed about), the girls have had great success in the Hillingdon Futsal league, Playing 6, winning 6! Beating Queensmead, Harefield, Haydon, Bishop Ramsey, Bishopshalt and Vyners. The best game of the league, coming against Haydon when the girls beat a very good Harefield side 10-1 playing some outstanding football. The girls are also through to the semi-finals of the Hillingdon Borough cup and are hoping to become champions for the fourth Year on the bounce! Not content with just one trophy, the girls are also through to the quarter-final of the FA Middlesex Cup, beating Hatch End 7-0. Miss Barlow wanted to also take this opportunity to award, Lillie Martin, MVP for this term for her exceptional progress, developing in confidence and technical ability to lead the team from the back

Panathalon Finals 2016

James (10C) and Samantha (10W) represented Hillingdon in the Panathalon Challenge at the Copper Box arena in the Olympic Park. Hillingdon ended up finishing fourth overall and Year 10s very own James took gold in the powerchair slalom while Samantha won gold for the table cricket. Page 30

Boys Football

The Year 10 boys’ football team have been taking part in professional coaching sessions during the winter term. A QPR youth coach has been in to train the boys on a weekly basis for a four week slot. The training sessions have been thoroughly enjoyed by the team and has helped the boys develop some of the key football skills that they need to apply in matches. The improvement in the boys’ performance in games has improved and the quality of their football has been outstanding. It is hoped that these training sessions will continue in the spring term when the school competitions begin again. Year 10 are now looking to repeat this terms success and hard work during the new spring term. There is every confidence that all of the fabulous students will return with the same grit and determination to succeed that they did at the beginning of Year 10. I trust Year 10 students have a wonderful break and return, refreshed and ready to start again! Mr Alexander

MEDIA STUDIES NEWS It has been a busy start to the academic year for the Media Studies students! Firstly, in Year 10 students have been busy completing their music magazine controlled assessments. Mrs Turner has been very impressed with the completed results, with Lewie in 10C deserving a special mention for completing his project in record-time and to a good standard. However, all of the finished products display the students’ creative flair, with students using some of the best quality photography ever seen in the department. Well done! Year 10 students are now moving on to exploring the representation of women in advertising since across history. Meanwhile, our Sixth Form students are also busy creating their portfolio pieces; in Year 12 students are producing an original opening sequence and in Year 13 students are producing a music video. Mrs Turner set all her students the challenge of thinking outside the box (stalkers in the woods and break-ups were strictly prohibited from featuring in the projects!). As always, the work being produced is exciting and reveals the students’ creative flair for the practical element of the course.

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YEAR 8 NEWS What another great start of the year for the Year 8 students! Since they have been back, they have demonstrated a fantastic sense of unity and have been amazing role models to the new Year 7 students. In lessons, they are still incredibly focused, engaged and creative and are making the Year 8 team very proud. Well done to all of you. Keep it up next term! Here are just some of the things the year group should be very proud of.

Youth Travel Ambassador Ruislip High will be working with Transport for London within the frame of the Youth Travel Ambassador Programme (YTA). The aim of the programme is to create a safe and healthy Travel Plan for schools by encouraging more walking and cycling to school, sharing key road safety messages, promoting responsible behaviour on the transport network or giving young people the skills and confidence to travel safely and independently.

Year 8 students were invited to take part in this initiative and eleven hard-working and imaginative students were selected to join the YTA programme. They will need to design a project to help make the commute to and from school safer and more enjoyable for the students and their families, but also for all members of the public. They will then be invited to attend a Dragons Den-style pitching event where they will present their ideas to a panel of transport experts, schools and colleges from their surrounding area. The panel will offer advice, support and funding to enable the teams to make their ideas a reality. Well done and thank you to Riapreet (8A); Joe, Devin, Katerina, Harveer, Haig and Abdul (8B); Jessie, Chanel, Constantina (8F) and Charlie Jones (8W). These students are going the extra mile this year in their display of unity to help the community be a safer and healthier place. They will also try their best to upgrade the School Travel Plan from bronze to Silver, and why not Gold!

Charity Work

Year 8 students have been incredible in helping the amazing Sixth Formers to raise money during RAG Week (17th – 21st of October). To do so, they enrolled in an inflamed LipSync Battle Competition and displayed some of the best dance moves Ruislip High has ever witnessed! Sixth Formers were given the hard task of judging their performances. Year 8 students entered two different competitions: the best Lip-Sync and the most donations. Congratulations to 8D who won both! What a fantastic proof of team-work, unity and kindness! Well done to 8B and 8C, runners-up for both competitions too! In addition to RAG Week, some Year 8 students took part in the Shoe Appeal on behalf of the Link Community Development association. As a form, 8B gathered books, school equipment, toys and shoe boxes to help make Christmas a happier time for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. The Year 8 team are extremely proud of you, of all your kindness and efforts to try to make the world a fairer place. For more information on LCD, visit: Page 32

Sport News

All of the Year 8 teams have been working very hard since the beginning of the school year and, as hard work always pays, they have been very successful. Well done to all students for wearing and defending the colours of Ruislip High School with so much pride and respect. The Year 8 team would also like to congratulate Katerina (8B), Tania (8C), Kai and Elliot (8F) for their participation and great performance at the Hillingdon Borough Badminton Tournament. The four Year 8 players reached the semi-finals of the competition, demonstrating great skills and sports(wo)manship. Once more, you made Ruislip High very proud.

Christmas Card Competition

The Year 8 team are also delighted to announce that a Year 8 student won the Christmas Card Competition again this year. Hollie (8S) deserves a gigantic round of applause for all her efforts and beautiful work of art. Year 8s, let’s try to make it a hat trick and win it next year! Miss Lucas, on behalf of the Year 8 Team.


Millie (9A) won the school’s Photography Competition. Millie’s photo, which is entitled ‘Colour’, captures a beautiful scene of coloured balloons against a black and white background. Millie’s photo was framed and presented to Karanjeet Sagoo at the school’s annual Presentation Evening.

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GARDENING CLUB The Ruislip High School Gardening Club is a popular Above & Beyond club run by Mrs Kotak. The students have been very busy this term preparing the grounds and planting a variety of plants and vegetables.

Quotes from students ‘The Gardening Club is extremely exciting because we get to plant fruits and vegetables. We water them every week and watch them grow over time. I enjoy digging the holes for planting.’ Sivathanushan, 9B ‘I think Gardening Club is great and an amazing club. It is a lot of fun and a great way to learn about nature and planting.’ Isabella, 8C ‘Gardening Club is an excellent experience and we are a great team. I have made lots of awesome friends from the club.’ Constantina, 8F

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YEAR 9 NEWS Year 9 Netball

The Year 9 netball team has made a great start to the season, with a committed group of girls winning their second game and earning positive comments about their sportsmanship. There is a wide range of experience in the team, with each player bringing in a different skill-set which complements the others’ on court. ‘It’s confidence-building when we work as a team.’ Suakshi (9B) ‘It’s so rewarding working together and building a team. We achieve as a team and have a bond with unexpected people.’ Tamara (9W)

SMSC Murals

To improve the students’ Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education, sixteen faculty murals on this theme are being created for display around the school. Invaluable in helping these to completion have been a keen group of Year 9 students who have offered up their time and artistic skill to excellent result. ‘I am really proud that the murals have become a talking point around school.’ Millie (9A) ‘It is nice to work with my friends and see staff and students work together on the murals.’ Rosie (9A) ‘It is a really good opportunity to get involved in Art outside of lessons. It is really nice to see our work around the school.’ Annabelle (9A)

Hannah Beharry visit

On Friday 11th November, a group of Year 9 students were visited by former GB boxer Hannah Beharry. This visit was as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport scheme, in which the students are developing their teamwork and leadership skills as well as improving aspirations. During this visit, the students were able to work very closely with Hannah, learning a range of new skills, before receiving a boxing master class. All the students found the visit inspiring with Rhys (9D) saying, ‘Hannah has shown that I can push myself more to achieve better’.

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LET’S THINK SCIENCE GAMES As part of the first five Let’s Think Science lessons, students focus on the advanced reasoning of the control, and exclusion, of variables. The students are given the challenge to create a game for Year 6 primary school students to help them understand variables and their respective values. The current Year 7 students have worked extremely hard on their games and have had the opportunity to play them in a lesson where they scored each other’s games. The results for the seven form groups are:

7A First: Sophie Second: Ramez and Piotr Third: Nancy and Holly-Mae

7C First place: Abigail and Amy Second: Skyla Third: Natalia and Chelsea-Leigh 7B First: Rebecca Second: Kayleigh and Molly Third: Monica

7D First: Olivia and Lucy Second: Alexander Third: George 7S First: Ceridwen Second: Akos Third: Anna

7F First place: Cody Second place: Nikolas Third place: Lottie 7W First place: Yasmin Second place: Evie Third place: Sonny

Next term the students, from each form who have come first, second or third will have the opportunity to take their game to Ruislip Gardens to allow the Year 6 students to play the games and judge the overall winner. The overall winner will be announced in the next edition of the newsletter.

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The Science Department has welcomed the new set of Year 7 students in this new academic year and the Science teachers have been impressed by the enthusiasm and effort displayed by the new cohort. The Science schemes of work have been updated and improved over the summer to introduce a greater emphasis on practical skills and to get our students ready for the changes that are taking place at Key Stage 4. Changes have included introducing an assessed piece of homework for every topic and a “working scientifically” topic, which all Year 7 students have now studied. Many Key Stage 3 students have also taken up the opportunity to be part of animal club and science club. Students have been attending the weekly sessions, carrying out a wide range of practicals in science club and caring for our science pets, which include gerbils, hamsters, a snake, baby tortoises and even a tarantula!

Key Stage 4

Year 10 students have impressed the Science Department with their maturity since the start of the year, which will prove important towards studying the new and challenging science specification. Current Year 10 students, and all the year groups to follow, will study this new specification. Coursework is no longer required; however, all students will carry out “required practicals” which will be assessed in the exams. There is a higher demand for mathematical skills and challenging new topics have been introduced, but the science department is confident that this year group will rise to the challenge! It has already been a very busy term for the Year 11 students who are now working towards their GCSE examinations. Several classes have completed their coursework and PPEs have been sat. Year 11 students have been introduced to the online revision tool “Tassomai” and the students have already made huge progress towards their revision goals. The program involves answering short quizzes in all the different science topics covered over the two years and it is a brilliant way for students to memorise the vast subject content.

Key Stage 5

Sixth Form students have also made a great start to the new academic year. Year 13 students are making good progress towards completing the new course. Similarly to the new specification in Year 10, there is no more coursework in science at Key Stage 5 but students must complete “required practicals” on which they will be assessed in the exams. Year 12 students have been positively engaged in the three science subjects with many students taking up the opportunity to attend free science lectures in central London, including at University College London, The Royal Society and the Royal Institution. As part of a school trip, the Year 12 Biology students attended the Francis Crick award-winning lecture on unstructured proteins, given by Dr Madan Babu Mohan. Although the content was challenging, it was an engaging evening, which will help the students further their knowledge of biological molecules! Page 37

SPRING TERM DATES Wednesday 4th January - Friday 31st March 2017 Spring term starts Wednesday 4th January Half term holiday Monday 13th to Friday 17th February Spring term ends Friday 31st March Staff training/INSET day Tuesday 3rd January

Parents’ Evenings Year 9 (Options) Year 11 Year 12

Thursday 12th January Thursday 26th January Thursday 2nd February

Trips and Events Year 7 family Learning Evening Belgium/France Trip

Tuesday 7th February Saturday 11th - Tuesday 14th February

For the full term dates for 2016-17, visit the website,

Ruislip High School, Sidmouth Drive, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 0BY Tel: 01895 464064 / Fax: 01895 675331

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Ruislip High School Winter Newsletter 2016  

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