Issue No. 286 Friday, 20th May 2011
Thank you to those who have responded to my request for parental feedback regarding mobile
phones, there is still time to submit a response if you have not already done so – as I explained in
last week’s newsletter:
For a number of years we have maintained the same policy regarding mobile phones ( and all other
electronic messaging devices) – namely that they should be switched off and out of sight at all times in
school. Regrettably, with the passage of time and the increase in the variety of devices available, this rule
is becoming more and more abused in school with lessons being disrupted by the use of phones and many
more phones being confiscated daily. Before making any changes to our current regulations, I would like
to seek parental views on our current rules regarding mobile phone and seek suggestions for improvement.
Please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (or write into school marking your
letter for the attention of the Headteacher) by Wednesday 25th May
Year 11 Mass: By Fr Dzadagu
On Friday 13th May 2011, the Year 11s came together in St Ignatius Church for a pre-Exam Mass.
This was under the theme Confidence in God and in Ourselves. The hymns that were lined up
for the occasion were Do not be afraid, Bind us together Lord, This is my Body, and How lovely on the
mountains. I encouraged the girls to go beyond the tunes and reflect on the words of the hymns,
which in context were inviting them to be calm in confidence that God was with them and their
efforts over the past five years would be rewarded, that they still needed one another’s support
emotionally and socially as they approached each exam, and so on. This echoed Jesus’ exhortation
to his disciples to remain calm, in Jerusalem, till they received the Holy Spirit, after which they
would witness to him around the world. The girls needed to approach their exams with similar
calmness, and after doing well, they would be witnesses wherever they went, to the good things
they had benefited from Our Lady’s Convent High School.
Charity Collection – update from Sancia Da Costa 12A
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our collection last week for Make A Wish Foundation
we raised an excellent sum of £71.79.
Olympic Book Project
Our geography teacher selected five year 8 students (Ourselves, Taiwo Oyebola, Kehinda
Oyebola and Kaitlin Joseph) to take part in the Olympic Book Project. In this project we got the
chance to work with famous author Tony Bradman on a new childrens’ book about the Olympics.
The story is based on “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” which will be published in book stores
and given out to all schools in Hackney. On the 4th May we went to the Tomlinson Centre for
our first session, where we discussed and created the plot. On our next session we will be
designing the cover for the book which will be very exciting. Overall we had an enjoyable day and
look forward to the next one.
Written by Lauren Hands and Martina Neunie
Our Lady’s Convent High School, 6-16 Amhurst Park, London N16 5AF
Upper School site (Years 9-13), Mount Pleasant Lane, London E5 9JG
Telephone: 020 8800 2158 Fax: 020 8809 8898
E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.ourladys.hackney.sch.uk
Headteacher : Mrs Jane Gray
Theatre Company Visit Our Lady’s, by Stephanie Coelho, 7M
On Wednesday 27th April 2011, as part of our LeaP Citizenship lesson, year 7 watched a theatre
production about ‘Relationships’ played by the cast of the TenTen Theatre Company. We
thoroughly enjoyed the act and it inspired us to look into the eyes of God as well as ourselves. It
also broadened our knowledge on love and relationships. We thank the TenTen Theatre
Company and Miss Barrowcliff for organising it. Thank you!
Vikki Barrowcliff Head of Citizenship
Year 9 & 10 Hackney Athletics Championship
On Wednesday 11th May a group of 25 Year 9 and 10 pupils represented Our Lady’s at Mile End
Stadium in the Borough athletics Championships.
There were many good performances especially in the field events. In Year 10 Izabela Jaszczyszyn
won the Javelin and in Year 9 Natalia Swierzbinska won the Javelin and Taiwo Walcott was
second. In the discus in year 9 Benie Waku came second and Kehinde Walcott was third. In year
10 shot-put Vanessa Aglagoh came in second place and in year 9 long jump Melissa Namubiru
narrowly missed out on a win by 4 cm.
In the track events there were some good runs with many athletes placing in the top three, but
only one first place medal which went to Marta Ziolko in year 9 for the hurdles. Overall
everybody gave it their best and the school came in second place in Hackney which is a great
result. All the girls who attended were a credit to the school. That’s hope year 7 and 8 can do as
well next Wednesday.
Attendance and Punctuality – Information from Dr Blackwell
The table below shows the Form within each year group achieving the best attendance and the
form achieving the best punctuality for the week ending 13th May.
Form % Form %
Year 7 7M 97.2 7H 98
Year 8 8M 98.3 8P 99
Year 9 9J 98.4 9H 97
Year 10 10H 98 10P 97.4
Year 11 11P 99 11M 94.5
Mrs. Jane Gray