May 2009 - Issue 01
elcome to the first of our newsletters
which will be published towards the end
Food for thought...
of each half term. We hope this will be en- For the past 10 weeks, Hackney Free has been
joyable and informative reading and act as a running an exciting cookery club called 'Stir It
showcase for the many achievements of students Up'. Funded by Family Learning at The Learning
at Hackney Free and Parochial. Trust, eight families from Hackney Free and local
As I reflect on just over a year as Headteacher of primary schools attended the school every
the school, I remember with pride taking a group Wednesday evening and prepared their favourite
of students to 10 Downing Street who were part of meals for each other.
a demonstration of sports for the Prime Minister The programme enabled those who took part to
as part of National School Sports Week. Last week, learn more about healthy eating and food from
I joined five Year 10 students who were being ho- different cultures. Dishes included Jellof Rice,
noured as part of a ‘Trailblazers’ event at the Saltfish and Stuffed Vine Leaves. “I’ve enjoyed
House of Lords. socialising with new people and learning how to
These are just two highlights of many, but, there is even greater cause for prepare dishes from different countries which I
satisfaction when considering the progress our students are making on a daily wouldn’t usually try” said Peter Tulyahikayo who
basis. When I joined the school many of you were concerned about poor be- attended the club with son Yusuf, Year 7.
haviour disrupting learning. Students are now much better behaved as a result All those who attended the programme will be
of having clear guidelines to follow. Visitors, including those from the Learning offered the opportunity to gain their Basic Food
Trust and the DCSF, comment on the pleasant, secure learning environment we Hygiene Certificate.
The Extended School Office at Hackney Free cur-
Partly as a result of these improvements we are expecting much better GCSE rently offer a varied programme of community
and end of Key Stage 3 results this summer. On behalf of all of the staff I learning activities from youth worker and sports
would like to wish good luck to Year 11 in their exams and beyond. They have coach training to pottery and aerobics classes.
worked very hard, including attending additional classes after school, on Sat- Please call Helen Connor or Jean Clarke in the
urdays and during the half term and Easter holidays. I would also like to thank Extended School Office to find out more.
everyone on the staff for their efforts in supporting Year 11.
Helen Connor, Extended School Manager
Many current Year 11 students will be joining our new Sixth Form, set up in
partnership with Hackney Community College, which means that some Hack-
ney Free staff will continue to teach them on A level courses next year. We will
give you some more information about the ‘South Hackney Sixth’ in a future
One of the most significant improvements at Hackney Free and Parochial is
that we no longer have any timetables being taken by supply teachers. It is im-
portant that whenever a member of staff leaves we are able to recruit high
quality replacements. At the beginning of this term Ms Jodie Hassan joined
the school as Deputy Headteacher. Jodie joins our Senior Leadership Team
who you can read more about in each edition of this newsletter
It is important that learning continues throughout the Summer Term, even
when the sun is shining. Please continue to support the school by ensuring
your child arrives on time at 8.30 am, equipped to learn with the Planner and
other equipment. Students may carry and drink from a bottle of water during
the school day. All other food and drink must be consumed in the canteen.
Thank you for your continued support for the school.
Richard Brown, Headteacher Margaret Browne and daugher Chanice ‘Stir it Up’
Philip helps stop the trafﬁk 8
Student Philip Luu, 17, left Hackney Free
after completing his GCSEs in 2007.
Since then he has become involved with
several charities including Stop the Traf-
fik, a charity which campaigns to put an
end to human trafficking.
Philip first became involved with the charity
when he enrolled on a fashion course at City
and Islington Sixth Form College last year. He
made friends with a group of students at the
college who formed their own business, Free-
dom Bags, selling bags with an ethical theme. S tu d e
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r fo r m
“We now sell Stop the Traffik bags which are produced by ex-pros- a t th e
A lb e r t
titutes in India. By selling bags for Stop the Traffik we are able to H a ll
raise money for the charity and help those producing the bags to
earn a better living” said Philip. “A large percentage of the money
raised goes towards helping children out of human labour, allowing
them to gain control of their lives” he added. July
While Philip is a keen fundraiser he remains focused on his studies
and plans to continue studying fashion at university. “I want to get
in to Central Saint Martins School of Art because so many famous
and amazing contemporary designers have graduated from there,
like John Galliano, Chief Designer of Dior and Hussein Chalayan, a
contemporary designer who bases his work on science and technol-
ogy.” he said.
Philip will be competing in the Dragon Boat race at Crossharbour,
Docklands, on the 21st of May when he will be raising money for The
Child Concern Consortium, another charity he supports.
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S tu d e n ts
Meet the Leadership Team er
Jodie Hassan, Deputy Headteacher, is the
newest member of our Senior Leadership Team.
Jodie started teaching in 1995 and worked in
schools in a number of London boroughs includ-
ing Greenwich, Waltham Forest and Tower
Hamlets before joining Hackney Free at the start
of this term.
Why did you decide to work would like to play a part in offering
at Hackney Free? As soon as I the same high quality experience to
saw the advert for the Deputy Head- today’s young people.
ship at Hackney Free I knew I Hackn
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wanted to work here. When I came Which subject(s) do you n H a ll
teach at Hackney Free? I trained Hoard
to visit I became convinced that this in g s P
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would be a brilliant place to work, to teach Humanities and during my t
everyone is very friendly and there teaching career I have taught His-
is a great atmosphere around the tory, RE, Citizenship, Geography and
school. even Travel and Tourism. At Hack-
ney Free I will be concentrating on
Which year group do you teaching RE and Citizenship, some-
support and what are your thing I’m really looking forward to.
main responsibilities? An impor-
What are your first impres-
tant part of my responsibilities is
Bilingual parents experience
working with Key Stage 3. I’m really sions of Hackney Free? I have
looking forward to working with stu- loved my first few weeks at Hackney university life
dents, staff and parents/carers to Free. I’ve been so impressed by the
ensure that learners do their very really warm welcome I’ve received In March, parents of some of our bilingual and EAL students visited
best during their first three years at and all the interesting people I’ve the University of East London to gain an insight into university life.
secondary school. I’m specifically met. I’ve had a really positive intro-
working with Ms Rzymek, Head of duction to Hackney Free and I’m re- The group attended a series of sessions designed to help raise their
Learning, and the current Year 8. ally looking forward to working as own expectations and the aspirations of their children. They took
part of the community for many
Have you always taught in years to come. a tour of the campus, looked at the Halls of Residence and tried out
London? I’ve always worked in the university’s outdoor gym equipment.
London. I come from London, have How do you like to spend
always lived in London and always your free time ? I’m the mother of This was a great experience, particularly for parents and carers
want to work here too. I feel really two young children so a lot of my who have not had the opportunity to go to university themselves
grateful for my personal experience time is spent keeping them enter- or who are not familiar with the university system in the UK.
of being educated in London and I tained!
Lamia Hamdoun, EMA Co-ordinator
Staff return from Kenyan expedition
Students and staff outside Kiriani School, Kenya Rachel Kelly with Kenyan children
Three members of staff have returned from a introduction to life in Hackney and an insight diving off the coast of Mombassa and learning
two-week expedition to Kenya, run by the into the differences between schools in the UK the traditions of the Masai warriors.
Dorset Expeditionary Society. and in Kenya.
The main focus of the trip will be to work on
Rachel Kelly, Assistant Headteacher, Tina Hackney Free has been involved in the the expedition group’s largest project, the
Caruso, SENCo and Claire Hooper, Teaching Kenyan expedition for six years. Students Baragu Health Centre. The centre has been
Assistant, joined 20 other teaching staff from regularly raise money for projects by selling built and developed by the group over the
around the UK to develop relationships with Kenyan jewellery and take part in an annual past 10 years and currently treats up to 80
the Kenyan community and work on projects 22-mile walk in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. The patients a day. A dental unit is planned to be
already established by the Society. money raised enables more orphans to go to completed this summer.
school and guarantees they receive at least
The trio spent five days working at Kiriani “It is a fantastic opportunity for students, es-
one nutritious meal a day.
School, a school Hackney Free has developed pecially in Hackney, to see a developing coun-
strong links with, where they taught lessons Rachel Kelly will be returning to Kenya in the try and live within a Kenyan community,” said
on origami, Australian wildlife, Maths and PE. summer with Year 11 student Alex Cobb and Rachel Kelly, “they grow in confidence and de-
staff and students from other schools across velop an awareness of the global climate and
A DVD designed and produced by Year 8 stu-
the country. The group will have some unfor- economy”.
dents at Hackney Free was played to students
gettable experiences, including climbing
at Kiriani. This gave the Kenyan students an
Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak,
Spring Concert Year 7s get ecoACTIVE
Last term we held our Spring Concert where over 70 students
performed dance and music to a packed hall. All students in-
volved took part in an audition process before beginning five
months of rehearsals.
Students raised a total of £200 through ticket sales which went
towards the school’s recent Kenyan expedition.
Geography Club students pose with their hand-made recycled products
Year 7 Geography Club students have been working with ecoAC-
TIVE, an environmental education service, to look at ways of reduc-
Students perfom musical and dance acts at the Spring Concert ing, reusing and recycling materials that would normally end up
dumped or buried in the ground.
The event was a whole-school effort with students and staff
The Club has looked at ways of making products out of recycled
working together. “All the performances were outstanding, I’m
materials and is hoping to raise money for charity by selling hand-
extremely proud of all the students involved.” said Rebecca
made wallets, necklaces and party bags.
Gough, Head of Music.
Enda Finlay, Head of Geography
Hackney Free Specialist Sports College news
Martial Arts Basketball Success
Congratulations to members of our Out of Hours Karate Club who suc-
cessfully completed their grading to new ranks in Kandoshin this term.
Christopher Bishop, Year 8, Sajad Sadiq, Year 9, Patryk Stefanowicz,
Year 10 and Tajgul Arab, Year 11, are part of a nine-member squad
of Hackney Free students who will be representing Hackney at the
London Youth Games this summer.
Leke Laguda, Educational Personal Development Mentor
Winning Basketbal Team (l-r) Stacy Baynes, Prisca Mboma, Elaine
Pinto, Vanessa Mbuyi, Carol Luu, Leah Drayton Weekes and Tamia-
Hackney Free’s basketball teams performed spectacularly in the recent
Borough Basketball Championships.
Our girls team finished first in the Girls Year 7 and 8 Championships
held at Clapton Girls School after winning every match they played
throughout the four week competition.
Hackney Free hosted the Year 7 and 8 Boys Championships at Queens-
Students recieve their karate belts and certificates of achievement
bridge Leisure Centre where our boys team finished as runners up.
Hackney Free Makes History A Message from Father Rob
In 2010 the school celebrates our 490th anniversary. We were to our students
founded in 1520 by Christopher Urswick, Rector of St John at Hackney
Church. To celebrate our position as one of the oldest schools in I am always impressed at this time of year
Britain we are staging a special exhibition about the history of Hack- when I see loads upon loads of teenagers
ney Free at the Hackney Museum in March 2010. struggling with revision. I remember
many times when studying for my GCSE's
Many of our parents and grandparents are also former students. We
and then latterly my A levels, that I
need your help! If you have any items of old school uniform, ties,
needed a rest having completed a revision
badges or medals we would be delighted if you could loan them to us.
timetable let alone any revision itself!
Equally we would be grateful for old photographs which we can copy
and return. I am constantly aware of the extra pres-
sures that young people feel when faced
If you have any special memories of the school pleas share them with
with examinations. Indeed, in the church,
us. Perhaps you remember the visit of Princess Margaret, or have
we call these "Gethsemane moments" as we remember Jesus pray-
memories of playing for one of our sport teams? Please write to me
ing in the garden of Gethsemane before his arrest and subsequent
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
trial and death. But these moments are hugely important for us, as
Richard Brown, Headteacher they help us to discover our hidden depths and our true identity as
people whom God loves. I am also aware that Gethsemane leads to
cut out and keep the ultimate resurrection for Jesus, and for us such moments can
be life changing as we realise our amazing potential.
Dates for your diary I hope and pray that you are supported through this time, and that
you discover your inner selves, and your capabilities. May these mo-
ments of tension and stress make way for glory and a new trans-
• Monday 1 June: Students return to school formed life. You can strive, because God loves you first and
foremost. Make Him proud, and make yourselves proud.
• Thursday 25 June: Sedgwick Service
Years 7, 8 and 9 go home at midday Father Rob
Years 10 and 11 go to St John at Hackney Church
and are dismissed from the church at 1.30 pm
• Monday 6 - Friday 17 July: Year 10 Work Experience
Hackney Free & Parochial C of E Secondary School
• Wednesday 8 July: End of Year Church Service
• Thursday 9 July: Years 6 & 9 Transition Day
No school for students
t: 020 8985 2430
• Monday 13 July: Sports Day (Years 7-9)
f: 020 8533 5441
• 13-19 July: Activities Week
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