The The Cardinal Wiseman School | Newsletter to parents | April 2009 | page 1 Cardinal Wiseman School Newsletter 75 April 2009 Mission Statement The Cardinal Wiseman School believes in education for all. We aim to achieve this in a caring Catholic community based on the Gospel values of equality and justice. Our community seeks to follow the example and teaching of Jesus Christ to love God and help one another. We live by our motto: ‘All things for Christ’. ‘Education for all = Achievement for all’ Dear Parents, Wiseman Geographers debate triumph! Thank you for your support during the last term. I am thankful for the A team of Cardinal Wiseman All four students represented positive feedback and remarks made Sixth-Form Geographers our school brilliantly and proved to staff, at recent parent’s evenings. triumphed recently at an themselves deft debaters, easily On 11th March the schools International Climate Change demolishing questions from Religious and Spirituality Inspection Festival hosted by the illustrious the floor and some even from took place. I am delighted to inform Royal Geographical Society. important environmentalists The team consisting of Ben such as David Bellamy, the you that our school was graded Durkin, Robert Magin, Seamus acclaimed botanist and as ‘outstanding’ in each category the packed Ondaatje auditorium. Reilly and Connor Watts were naturalist. of inspection. I will forward the invited to participate in the In the run up to the debate, the As an endnote, all the complete Inspection Report to debate, joining opponents from team was groomed by student Geographers involved gained you as soon as it is released by the Graveney School, Tooting, members of the highly regarded invaluable experience that will Westminster Diocese. south London. Oxford University Debating Club, provide them with a great story to Finally, I wish you all a happy The motion for the debate, Dr. Lucy Cummings from Hong tell when completing their UCAS Easter. proposed by the Wiseman team Kong University and our very personal statements in Year 13 Yours sincerely, –‘that climate change is the own Wiseman debaters lead by and should help distinguish them greatest threat facing humanity’ Ms Murphy, English Department in the eyes of classy universities. required our students to invest a and Mr Bird, MFL Department, A special word of thanks also to good many hours preparing for not forgetting the Geography Ashleigh Willis, Eleanor Murray the showdown during the winter department itself. The debate and Amy Tobia from Year 12 months. Needless to say, all the was chaired by the renowned debating – thanks for your Michael Kiely effort paid off as the motion was Polar explorer Ben Saunders encouragement and support. Acting Headteacher carried comfortably following a pictured with Robert Magin and Mr Cassidy vote thrown open to the floor at Connor Watts above. Sixth Form News Congratulations to our new Head Boy, Billy Forshaw and Head Girl, Gitanjeli Kler along with Deputy Head Boys Conor McMahon and Dominic Sowa and Deputy Head Girls Connie Simmonds and Amy Tobia on their appointments in January. They all have demonstrated Head Boy and Head Girl Deputy Head Girls Deputy Head Boys excellent leadership skills and booths is seeing a lot of action! process. have also started collaborating have carried out their duties Year 13 students have been Many Sixth Form students with some of our local schools, with great enthusiasm and given conditional offers from have been involved or are about e.g. Greenford High and Drayton professionalism. Congratulations universities with many hoping to go on visits, e.g. Cuba and Manor by exchanging Able also to those Year 12 students to be accepted into Russell Lourdes. and Talented students and who have become prefects Group (leading universities) There have been wonderful offering appropriate workshops and are giving up their time to institutions. fundraising efforts for HCPT to challenge and develop our help the school in a number of Thank you to Year 12 parents and I would like to personally students further. different ways. who attended an information thank those Year 13 students Finally, the Sixth Form Ball is As we approach the public evening on 11th March focussing who washed my car so well for on Friday 8th May and we will exams in May, Year 12 and Year on the introduction of UCAS. It charity! Thank you to tutors be preparing a leavers assembly 13 students are busy working was lovely to see so many of you and students for all their efforts. and presentation for Year 13 the towards achieving or surpassing there, including Year 11 parents, A number of our students following week. I wish all our their minimum target grades. who are keen to find out how are involved in the Duke of students success in their exams The Sixth Form study area, to support their son/daughter Edinburgh award scheme and – keep revising! with its new carpet and study through the higher education other enrichment activities. We Ms Somrah The Cardinal Wiseman School | Newsletter to parents | April 2009 | page 2 From Cecilia, School Chaplain Paris Trip This February half term Mr Quinn, LITURGY London a better place to live in. Miss Harris, Ms Bhana and I took Our Lenten The results were taken to a Youth a group of 42 Year 8 and Year 9 Seasons began Delegates Assembly on Friday 6th students to Paris. with our usual March, where Primary and Secondary The coach left London at 8am Liturgy of Schools came to debate the issues. and despite a minor case of sea- the Word and It was an excellent day and the sickness the ferry journey passed Communion, results of the debate – top three uneventfully and we arrived with the priorities for London’s young people in Paris in time to watch the Distribution of will be presented to MPs, Mayoral sunset from the top of the Arc de Ashes. As in past years, the school hall representatives, business people and Triomphe – a beautiful first view was packed for this voluntary service lead people in the Met Police at a large of the city. The second day saw which holds deep meaning for many rally (1,500 students) in the 02 Arena an action packed sightseeing schedule, starting off with in our school community. on 1st April.. Fifty of our students will a cruise up and down the River Seine to see some of the Our Morning Prayer is well attended be there to represent our community. best known buildings in the city by boat. Next stop was and we are following the Diocesan 4TH MAY 2009 The Louvre and we were able to see the Mona Lisa and booklet ‘Lord, Giver of Life.’ Keep this date in your diary – many other priceless works of art. From there we went on Our Holy Week Services will include RALLY IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE to Sacré Coeur, situated at the top of Mont Martre – lots of a presentation by performing arts – MORE DETAILS LATER!! steps to climb up, although everyone felt it was worth it to students, based on ‘Godspell’, the experience the atmosphere inside the famous cathedral. musical. These will be held on the last CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING Many students had their portraits drawn in the nearby day of term for all year groups. CONFERENCE square, which resulted in some lovely drawings and some A special Mass was held in the Trinity Catholic High School, very funny caricatures! school Chapel for John Heffernan, Woodford Green, Essex, hosted a Other highlights of the trip included a visit to the Eiffel Headteacher of Gunnersbury School, brilliant Conference for Secondary Tower and a day spent at Eurodisney – a lot to fit into three who died recently. Prayers were Catholic students on the topic of days but students seemed to really enjoy themselves and also offered for his family and the Catholic Social Teaching and how behaviour was excellent. Many thanks to the teachers who Gunnersbury School community. this is lived out through our actions in accompanied the trip and to the students too, who were a We also had special prayers for London Citizens. credit to the school and a pleasure to take. Martin East, teacher in Our Lady of Ms Shepherd the Visitation Primary School, who WEST LONDON CITIZENS also died recently and very suddenly. NEWS YEARS 8 & 9 MADRID TRIP SEASONS for GROWTH Following our action to get a A reminder for students who have not yet brought in Mr Bird, from our Modern Languages better wage for Ealing’s canteen their passports, EHIC cards or consent forms should do department, trained last year to staff (mainly in Primary schools) so ASAP. deliver the Programme. He ran a last year, we are now working to The meeting for parents and students will take place on very successful group this year challenge Medirest to get the living Wednesday 22nd April at 5pm in the main hall. and is a great asset to our team of wage for cleaners, porters etc in Mr Roberts Companions. Ealing Hospital. This action is being A reminder that this Programme is organised between ourselves and all Ealing member groups in Citizens. Library Resource Centre News for any student who is suffering a loss of a significant person in their lives The membership includes Our Lady On Tuesday 10th February, answer is through death, separation, divorce and St Joseph Parish, Hanwell, St two Year 7 tutor groups relatively or relocation. Please contact me if Anselm’s Parish in Southall, SS Peter and some other specially simple…. you think it might benefit your child/ and Paul Parish in Northfields and selected students were he weighs children. the Anglican Churches Consortium invited to a session of Pick & in Southall, CWS and Douay Martyrs puzzles and games with the Mix! LONDON CITIZENS School in Hillingdon. If any parent, Happy Puzzle Company. If you With the employment by London family member or friend would like The Company came to would like Citizens of a Secondary Schools to join this action, please get in touch the LRC to show us their a taste of Lead Organiser, a lot is being done with me as soon as possible. new range of entertaining the sort to recognise the contribution by I would like to take this opportunity games and puzzles. We of things students to the organisation and the to wish you all a prayerful Holy Week also discussed riddles and we did on local community. This term we have and a joyful Easter. problem solving and were the Puzzle surveyed KS3 and KS4 students for Cecilia shown that the simplest Day, we their top priorities on how to make and most obvious answer is have a often the right one. Puzzle Club in the LRC Year 11 MFL Revision targeted should attend every week. Try this: I have a friend every Wednesday before Revision sessions for French and All other students are free to come named James who works school. We hope to see you Spanish are now running as follows: along when they want to. Students in a Pick & Mix Shop. His there! French - Mondays at 1pm should bring their revision guides to height is 6 feet 4 inches Aaron Suresh and Spanish - Wednesdays at 1pm every session. and his shoe size is 12. Paramveer Bansal All students who have been Mr Roberts What does he weigh? The Year 8 Librarians The Cardinal Wiseman School | Newsletter to parents | April 2009 | page 3 6th Form Art and Music Trip to Cuba Sixth-Form Geographers Enjoy Scenic Splendour of the This was the fourth visit for the Art Jurassic Coast! Department to the prestigious San One of the exceptional benefits On the second and final day of the Alajandro School of Art in Havana. of studying Geography is the visit, the plucky geographers walked Yet again we took excellent students opportunity to get out into the world energetically for miles across the cliffs who soon made lifelong friends with and experience it firsthand. to view one of England’s most famous Cuban artists. Every night invitations Year 12 and 13 geographers spend coastal monuments - ‘Old Harry’ where from tutors and students to visit two days over half term getting to the devil himself is reputed to have their houses and studios for parties know the majestic Chesil Beach, home spent the night. The weather was were offered. This year we combined to some 90 billion perfectly rounded glorious as the mettlesome students with the music department, many Working in San Alajandro pebbles of all sizes stretching along gazed at the sensational views across of whom were on their second visit the south coast from Abbotsbury to Studland Bay to Bournemouth and to Havana. They worked with Cuban musicians, attended the Isle of Portland. Surprisingly and beyond to the Isle of Wight. Salsa classes and performed for the art tutors and students despite the enormous number of To put the icing on the cake, the at San Alajandro. It was a superb event and both socially pebbles, it is actually illegal to remove return drive to London was a dream and professionally, Wiseman students were ambassadors any of them, as the beach forming with a completely clear run back not just for our school but for Britain as well. Remember, this process that put them there millions to Greenford where the euphoric is the first time since the revolution that our two countries of years ago is no longer operating. students piled out onto the school car have worked together like this. Thanks to Paul Patrick, we Chesil Beach is therefore classified park and headed off into the sunset to have created an exchange and dialogue that politicians officially as a ‘relic’ beach – a remnant enjoy the remainder of the their half could never achieve. from the past. term respite. How successful this twelve day visit became can best be The next stop for the stout-hearted A special thanks to Mr Sutherland demonstrated by the attendance of forty Cuban students at geographers was the sensational for doing a splendid job organising the our hotel to bid us farewell. Many also came to the airport. Lulworth Cove, an almost perfectly visit and the solicitous Ms Gorlej for There were many tears shed from both sides. However, formed haven of calm water virtually keeping us all talking! Cuban students will make the journey to London this surrounded by cliffs. Mr Cassidy summer for the return visit. My thanks go to Marjorie, Chris, Mat, Mike, Aliette and Tristan who all worked to help make this the most successful Year 7 History Trip To The Tower of London visit. Many thanks also to the music and art students and On Friday 13th February, a number most particularly Shirley, who tirelessly organised the trip of Year 7 History students visited the from her office. We all know that we have made history and Tower of London, with Ms Fletcher, Ms brought greater understanding to our countries. Haughey and Ms Carlin. The trip was Mr Davies a fantastic success and we all came away from it having learnt even more Medical Ethics Seminar about the most famous ex-prison in On a cold sunny morning a patient can be forced to Great Britain. groups again and visited other parts of 6th December 2008, six have medical treatment, We started off with simply of the Tower, such as the green where of our best Year 10 science abortion and the use of wandering around the castle, in small the execution block once stood and the pupils (Orit Addous, Marta stem cells in biomedical groups and each teacher was able to part of the prison that held the most Granatir, Hannah Plant, research. Although the point out the significance of various famous prisoners in Tudor times. We Grzegorz Oleniacz, Eric seminar was aimed at 6th buildings or points e.g. Traitors Gate, also examined the memorial to, among Pradhan, and Justyna Form students and our the original water entrance to the others, Anne Boleyn and Katherine Pleszynowicz) headed pupils were the only KS4 tower, by which Princess Elizabeth, Howard, victims of their husband’s off from Ealing Broadway students there, they more later Elizabeth I, entered, to be tried harsh punishment i.e. Henry VIII. tube station with Mr than held their own in the for heresy. We then met our guide, a We had a fantastic day out and the Martinez to a seminar debates and discussions. servant girl, in original Tudor costume teachers really enjoyed themselves, on Medical Ethics taking It was an extremely and she brought us to three parts of even if it was absolutely freezing. place at the University of interesting and thought- the Tower of London and told us about Naturally we ended up with a visit to London Union in the West provoking day out and three different escape attempts over the gift shop – what’s a History trip End. each of the students was the centuries, from this prison. We without a bit of shopping! Thanks to The aim of the seminar presented with a book had to work out which one succeeded the Year 7 students who accompanied was to give students on medical ethics by Mr and it did take some clever thinking us and to Ms Carlin also for being part interested in studying Martinez to help them on the part of our students to get this of the trip. medicine an insight into gain an even deeper right. After lunch, we split up into our Ms Haughey & Ms Fletcher some of the decision- insight into the issues they Congratulations to Megan making processes doctors encountered on the day. Schiavino-Rigler (Year 8), on have to go through on a Finally, let me just say winning a gold medal at the day-to-day basis. that the behaviour of the British National Ice Skating The students discussed students was exemplary Championships in February. the ethics of various topics and they were excellent Megan has been skating for four including euthanasia, the ambassadors for the years and only competing for one right of a patient to refuse Wiseman. year, therefore this is a wonderful medical treatment, when Mr Martinez achievement. The Cardinal Wiseman School | Newsletter to parents | April 2009 | page 4 Partnership with Local Schools and the Community “In our role as a Specialist School we are aiming to provide learning opportunities through sharing the school facilities and resources including our teachers with pupils and teachers in partner schools and local community groups”. Here is a taste of some of the activities, as we continue to work with our partner schools and the community, with a particular focus on sharing our specialisms in Science, DT, Mathematics, ICT, Geography and R.E. The ‘WISE’ way to Health Programme Twentieth Century Philosophy for Adults The ‘WISE’ way to health, By popular demand Andrew O’Neill is offering a follow-up to the ‘Introduction to Cardinal Wiseman’s very Philosophy’ course which ran last year on Tuesday evenings. People said that the own health, lifestyle and course was “fantastic” and “easy to understand”. This year’s course will be focusing fitness programme got off on Philosophers of the Twentieth Century. As before, the course will be an informal opportunity to discuss these philosophers and their ideas – there will be no formal to a ‘jumping’ start, with essay writing and no prior knowledge is required. many eager and keen The four week course begins on Tuesday 21st April, between 6pm and 8pm. There health enthusiasts from are still places available. To book a place call Christine Plant on 0208 575 8222 the local community. The programme which started Ext 411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org leaving your name and contact in January 2009, runs every Tuesday evening 6.30 to telephone number or email address. 8.30pm. To date, classes have been a great success with Fireworks, flame-testing and fire-writing numbers increasing week to week. Those on the course What colours of the fireworks. have shed excess pounds, increased fitness levels and gives With the first part of the session toned the ‘essentials’ ready for the summer. fireworks going off with a bang, we were ready to The emphasis of the programme is setting realistic their re-enter the warm science laboratory goals to achieve optimum health. Participants have brilliant and do some fire-writing. This involved learnt the basics of good health, nutritional guidelines colours? lighting a trail of dried potassium and how to implement positive lifestyle changes. How can you reveal a secret message chlorate solution to reveal a secret They are coached and supported by health experts by burning paper? In January, Year 6 message letter-by-letter. weekly and many are reporting significant weight loss students attended a Cardinal Wiseman The students enjoyed learning about and improved wellbeing. The classes have structured science masterclass to investigate. the science behind fireworks and fire- Students started by safely using the writing. We should see them again teaching on specific health topics and include a ‘high beloved Bunsen burners to heat small when they are part of the next Year 7 at energy’ funky aerobics class, focusing on cardiovascular, drops of metal salt solutions. Each Cardinal Wiseman. flexibility and toning. metal gives off a different colour flame Many thanks to my science With only one week left of the current programme, when burned, e.g. potassium is lilac colleague Katarina for expertly participants are ‘begging’ for more!! and sodium is bright orange. Working providing the chemicals and equipment For details of this or any of our adult courses please in groups, the students found the flame and helping the pupils safely perform contact Christine Plant on 0208 575 8222 Ext 411 or colours of a few metal salts. They then their experimental work. Thanks also to email email@example.com successfully used their detective skills Joe Martinez for donating the fireworks Ms Omisore to find the metal compound present in that went up in smoke. mystery solutions by using the flame This session followed from a series Textiles for Adults test technique. of masterclasses, where the students The very first Textiles Fireworks contain metal compounds enjoy coming to the school to extend evening class for adults ran which give them the stunning colours their investigation skills. The scheme seen when they ignite. The students is one of the many Specialist Schools for 10 weeks from October to were taken outside to see some Roman initiatives our school runs with its January. During that time candle fireworks being let off. As well partner primary schools: St John Fisher, many exciting projects were as the excited ooh-ing and aah-ing the St Joseph’s, St Anselm’s and Our Lady of completed by using the heat students correctly called out the names the Visitation. transfer press and the computerised sewing machine. of the metal compounds matching the Mr Davies These eager students completed projects ranging from block printed cushions, curtains, bags, a personalised Maths Masterclasses patchwork quilt and a child’s fully lined cape. The maths masterclasses for the Year 5 and Year 6 primary school children The course “has allowed me the time and freedom to have been a great success. Students from St Anselm’s, St John Fisher, St Josephs pursue a long time dream to master my sewing machine and Our Lady of the Visitation all participated in the sessions as part of our of 20 years old. I found it very enjoyable. The difficulties Specialist Schools Partnership Programme. The children were very engaged while investigating relationships between areas and surface areas of various shapes and I encountered were soon solved by the ever wonderful solids. They also took part in some investigations into the Legend of the 64 Disks teacher who encouraged and cajoled and supported which is said to predict how long we have until the end of the world! through every stitch” enthused one of the participants. Assisting the teachers in the delivery of the masterclasses were a number of Another commented, “With the ‘credit crunch’ upon us Cardinal Wiseman students: Gitanjeli Kler, Fuad Mosis, Jue Chen, Joshua Paulinus knowing that I can make cushions or handbags or print a and Owen Keating (Sixth Formers) and Rianna Wright (Year 9), who all did a design on a shirt has been a worthwhile experience” fantastic job and the pupils found them very helpful and approachable. Some of A further course is planned later in the year. For details of the students from the primary schools said: “I really enjoyed meeting up with other this or any of our adult courses please contact Christine schools” “It wasn’t good, it was brilliant!” “I liked making the hats as it contained art Plant on 020 8 575 8222 Ext 411 or email spadmin@ as well” “I liked calculating the end of time!” wiseman.ealing.sch.uk Ms Mercurius The Cardinal Wiseman School | Newsletter to parents | April 2009 | page 5 International School News St. Patricks Day Parade Sixteen students from Cardinal Singapore Visit Wiseman’s Gaelic football On the 2nd December 2008 The teams attended the St. Patricks Cardinal Wiseman School were host Day parade on Sunday 15th to Senior Leadership team colleagues March. This was one of the from First Toa Payoh Secondary most successful parades to date School, Singapore who were looking with 50,000 people in attendance. Many of the students had at comparative education. Our visitors the privilege of meeting the London Mayor, Boris Johnson at Trafalgar Square. Our school were also awarded a cup for were welcomed by Acting Headteacher “Outstanding Contribution to the Parade”. Mr Keily and Head of Specialist and Next year, Cardinal Wiseman School will be leading the International Schools, Ms St Valle. The enriching learning environment with parade and hope to have more students, a float, Irish dancers and visitors spent an interesting morning great teachers”. Overall they felt that musicians. Many thanks to the parents who accompanied us for interacting with staff and students and their visit had been “a great trip for their help on the day. described Cardinal Wiseman as “an them all”. Mrs McLaughlin Mi experiencia de Pedagogía 2009! Senior Maths Challenge The Maths department are very pleased to announce the results What a Collaboration and the Classroom’ for the Senior Maths Challenge. Pupils in Years 12 and 13 were fascinating that was met with much enthusiasm awarded 2 Silver and 6 Bronze awards. experience it was! and generated enormous interest. The entrants were chosen from the top Mathematical Scientists meet Papers on ‘Building Schools for the performers in Years 12 and 13. The challenge consisted of a scientists and Future’, ‘Satisfactory to Outstanding variety of questions which tested problem solving skills to the medical doctors Leadership styles’ and ‘Teachers highest level. Special congratulations go to Neeraj Karwal who achieved the best score in the school. and dentists and students becoming authors of Well done to everybody that participated, especially the meet their peers Multimedia through constructivist following students: to discuss their findings, experiences strategies’ were delivered by a cross Silver and various research ideas and phase of other British colleagues Neeraj Karwal, Connor Byrne methodology, so why not the same for from Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Bronze us in Education? sector and the Education Consultants Chevone Barretto, Daniel Gregory, In January I had the most Navigant Consulting. Ravinder Ghattaura, Jue Chen, fascinating five days at an The Conference was an ideal Joseph Shamimi, Jennifer Li Yan Neeraj Karwal (Best in International Conference held at opportunity for teacher to teacher Hui school and Silver award the Palacio de Convenciones de contact. Delegates had the winner) and Connor Byrne Ms Fitzgerald would also like la Habana, Cuba. Six thousand opportunity to take part in activities, to thank all the Year 12 Maths (Silver award winner) educationists from forty three visit schools and various educational students who have been taking countries around the world spent a establishments depending on their part in the Maths mentoring scheme. Over the past half term, a week sharing their pedagogy, trials number of Year 8 and Year 9 students have benefited from their and errors in the classroom with one “Education is like expert help. It has been really pleasing to see so many Year 12 another in nineteen different silos students effectively helping younger members of the school and a tree, you plant a sharing their skills. I know that all students on the scheme are under one roof. They were also able to exchange ideas on their research and seed and it grows benefiting considerably from the extra help they are receiving. A BIG THANK YOU. their various visions for educational and opens with many The Intermediate Maths Challenge took place on the 5th practice in their respective countries and for the world as a community. branches.” February. Pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 were invited to take part. Results will follow in the next newsletter. Pedagogía, a biannual education Jose Marti Miss Fitzgerald forum founded eleven years ago For more information on the UKMT Maths challenge visit the by the Cuban Government as a interests. It was a chance to exchange website: www.mathcomp.leeds.ac.uk conference for the unity of educators, ideas on pedagogical experiences and did not fail to live up to its reputation form relationships with educational MFL Able and Talented Mandarin Clubs for excellence. This forum has been authorities, teachers and students. The Languages’ department is pleased to offer our Able and Talented linguists the opportunity to learn Mandarin during well known in the Latin-American Pedagogía 2009 was one of the lunch break each day. Year 8 attends on Tuesdays, Year 9 world for years. It is equally well the better Career Professional on Wednesdays and Year 10 on Thursdays. These classes have known in the Caribbean islands Development sessions that I have been taking place since October 2008. A new Year 7 beginners’ and among African nations as a experienced to date. I hope other course in Mandarin began immediately after the February half place for interesting, stimulating British educators can experience term on Monday lunchtime with many students attending. In the and sometimes heated pedagogical Pedagogía in two years’ time. MFL department, we are delighted that our students are given debate, as I found out. It is now fast Local Headteachers who attended: an opportunity to learn such a useful language from beginners’ becoming so for some of us in Britain. • St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School level in a fun and informal setting. The benefits of being able Along with Canadian, European - Mr B Cassidy to converse in Mandarin will have a major impact upon the future careers of our students. The clubs take place in classroom and other British colleagues from • Elthorne Park High School – Mr M P1 from 12.45pm to 1.30pm. We hope that many of the clubs’ education and the teaching Unions, Sabur members will go on to study Mandarin at GCSE level. The clubs my head teacher Paul Patrick, a Ms St Valle-Smith are taught by a native speaker of Mandarin, Ms Wang, whom we national leader in education and I, Head of Specialist and thank for her dedication and enthusiasm. delivered a paper on ‘International International Schools Mr Bird The Cardinal Wiseman School | Newsletter to parents | April 2009 | page 6 Public Speaking and Debating News It has been competition with his speech on the credit On 11th February, Cynthia Otote (speaker), a busy crunch. Reece will potentially go onto Katherine Tyler (chairperson) and Laurel term for Ms represent Ealing in the London final of the Dunne (vote of thanks) in Year 9 went to Murphy competition in July 2009. St. Benedict’s School for the Ealing Youth and Mr On 31st January 2009, Nathan Byrne, Speaks Rotary Club semi final. The students Bird’s public Katherine Tyler, Cynthia Otote and Laurel won the competition for our school and also speaking Dunne in Year 9 went to Cambridge won individual awards for best speaker, and University for the International Competition best chairperson and best vote of thanks debating teams. A large number of local and for Young Debaters. Both teams did respectively. These students will go on to national competitions have been entered by extremely well and had to debate against the district final to represent the borough teams from the Cardinal Wiseman. some of the top debating students in the of Ealing. Their title is: ‘Body image: body Before Christmas, our school hosted country. Katherine Tyler was positioned suicide.’ the Institute of Ideas ‘Debating Matters’ highly in the individual speaker’s tab for Well done to all students involved in these competition. We had two teams who worked the way that she put her ideas across when competitions. on this project and represented our school in debating for our school. A great deal of time and effort goes into a professional manner. They were: Dominic On 4th February 2009, our Year 12 competing at such a high level and you Sowa, Declan McCloskey, Sarah Lonergan debating team went to Latymer Upper should be duly proud of your achievements. and Anisha Kochhar from Year 12. Whilst School for the Oxford Schools’ Debating Our Year 12 team travelled to Durham we did not win the competition, the students Competition South West round. These University for the Durham Schools’ Debating argued in a lively and mature manner. students were: Ashleigh Willis, Dominic competition on the weekend of 21st March Ashleigh Willis from our school won an Sowa, Amy Tobia and Eleanor Murray in 2009. Details of our achievements will follow award for best question from a member of Year 12. The students learnt a great deal in the next newsletter. If you want to find out the audience. from taking part in this competition. more about debating, please speak to Mr Bird Immediately after Christmas, Reece Miller On Saturday 7th February 2009, members or Ms Murphy. Ms Murphy has experience at and Lorna Byrne in Year 10, went to Acton of all year groups from our debating clubs training teams who compete at the highest High School for the Ealing final of the Jack went to Thames Valley University for the level in debating competitions across the Petchey Speak Out Challenge. Both students Ealing Youth Action Annual Conference. The country. We would both like even more were great ambassadors for our school. The young people had a chance to express their students to join our debating and public Cardinal Wiseman won a special award views on issues such as: crime, health and speaking clubs in the future. for most supportive school. Reece won the education. Mr Bird and Ms Murphy ICT Trip to New York City During the The Statue of Liberty and We also visited Ground Zero, trip we learnt Ellis Island. This provided an the former site of the World about how interesting insight to the history Trade towers which provided a ICT impacts of both New York and migration point in the trip to reflect and on different into America. The records remember the tragic events of places, companies and the city kept by the then Immigration September 11th. Sadly the ICT as a whole. An example of this department and Shipping New York trip came to an end During February half term, 45 was during our visit to Madison companies, who brought over as we made our goodbyes to Wiseman students studying ICT Square Garden. We learnt how the immigrants from around the our amazing tour guide Geoff, embarked on a trip to New York the HD Scoreboard systems world, were amazing considering Kaz our patient coach-driver City accompanied by Ms Ah- are completely dependent it was all recorded by hand. Just and New York, departing on a Sam, Ms Murray, Ms Kennedy, on IT as well as the cash imagine the endless possibilities flight bound for Heathrow and Mr Brown, Mr O’Neill and Mr registers being linked together we have now with records being home, which gave many a much Adofo. The six day excursion to to allow any member of staff kept electronically and the needed opportunity to rest and New York was to allow students to process transactions. The legislation that we now have to look back on another excellent to see the impact of ICT on same automated system was keep that information safe and ICT trip! society and people and where used in Macy’s, the world’s secure. J Impey (Year 10) else to see this than in the “Big largest department store. We Apple”. Our group visited all of also managed to learn a few of Quotes from New York the major attractions including the trading secrets as to what “I’m the world’s greatest!” – Mr Brown as he held back the famed Statue of Liberty, Ellis makes Macy’s so successful the tears and stood on the same scales that had weighed Island, Empire State building, as – something for the budding Mohammed Ali at Madison Square Garden. well as Madison Square Garden entrepreneurs’ in our group! and Macy’s – both of which were The biggest example of ICT “Is there shopping there?” – Year 10 girls as they were given seen from “behind”. We also being used was Times Square the day’s itinerary. managed to attend Sunday mass which was alive with people “The view is amazing, but it’s freezing up here!” – Joshua at St. Patricks Cathedral, where and vibrant advertisements and Hawkett-Jones at the top of the Empire State building. we were welcomed openly and signs all controlled through IT. even got a special mention by Our last day was probably “WOW! It’s even cooler up close than on TV” – Shami Banga at the Priest. the most poignant as we visited Times Square The Cardinal Wiseman School | Newsletter to parents | April 2009 | page 7 Boys PE News Gym’ll Fix It Year 10 Football!! “Gym’ll Fix It” is into Once again, the boys in the Year 10 areas of the pitch, its third session this team have had a fantastic season. David Sobers, Zak year, with 6th Formers Unbeaten in the Ealing League, they Joseph and recently Michael, Alex and have also reached the final of the Meridian Reason, Hayley introducing Middlesex Cup. After a couple of close all proving to be valuable assets to the street dancing (hip hop games in the opening rounds, they went team with their keen eye for goal. and popping). Physical on to sail through the quarter final 5-0. All that is left is to wish them the fitness activities The semi-final was a much anticipated very best of luck for the final (date to be have been led by the game against St Thomas More, (a repeat arranged). Having won the Middlesex dynamic Debbie the Determinator, whose boundless energy of last year’s final which was eventually Cup in Years 7 and 9, this final is and enthusiasm affects all those present. Specialist activities won by Cardinal Wiseman on penalties, becoming a regular occurrence. I have include line dancing, kick boxing, self defence and judo. after going 2-0 down at half time). enjoyed every moment as manager Sessions take place at Gurnell Leisure Centre after school on The game got off to a tense start, and have no doubt they will continue Wednesdays and have been well attended and enjoyed by all. with neither team wanting to take the to succeed! Good luck to the following Ms Martin and Ms Fruzza initiative. However, after composing boys: Jack Middleton, Kieron O’Connor, themselves mid-way through the Bradley Simmonds, Edwin Osejindu, LONDON ZOO first half, they went on to win 6-1. Elliott Dobbs (Captain), Jordan Brennan, On Thursday the 12th February, It has been impossible to single out Oliver Duffy, Danny McDonnell, James Year 8 students went to London an individual player throughout the Vella, David Sobers, Zak Joseph, Shane Zoo to support their Geography season, but special mention has to go to Fahy, Keegan Wilkinson, Meridian topic “Tropical Rainforest and Bradley Simmonds, Oliver Duffy, Danny Reason, Ryan Powlett, Fraser Naughton. Deforestation”. It was a beautiful, McDonnell and Captain Elliott Dobbs Mr Brown sunny day perfect for exploring. for their tireless work rates and effort. The purpose of our trip was to Goals have come thick and fast from all learn about the different types of animals and their natural habitats. Basketball Ealing Schools Junior and Inter Leagues We achieved this and had great fun at the same time. The This has been a record season for games played and training sessions. Coach Carroll Gorilla Kingdom was the most exciting area due to the playful and Mr Doyle have helped us play well over twice as many games as any other nature of the monkeys. As we were going around the Zoo, Miss Ealing school. We entered four teams, one in A and B divisions of both the Junior and Monahan was telling us to pay attention to room temperature Inter Leagues. This is tough on our Year 8’s and 10`s who, although they compete and choice of plants, as this should reflect their life in the wild. in the B division, have to do so against Year 9’s and 11’s in a sport where the goal is Lunch time was fun; we all got together near the restaurant ten feet off the ground and height advantage is significant. It is to their great credit and shop, took photos and talked about our day. This was therefore that the Year 10’s won their league. It is great experience for them and the followed by shopping for mouth-watering candy cane and current Year 9’s who had to work so hard in the B league last year have won all their souvenirs. After some more walking about, it was time to go games this season. back to school. We would like to thank Miss Monahan and the other teachers for organising such an enjoyable and Week Junior A KS3 Junior B KS3 Inter A KS4 Inter B KS4 successful trip to London Zoo. 10th Nov Elthorne (W 36-32) Villers (Not played) L Goodman and F Marago (Year 8) 24th Nov Greenford (W 45-21) Dormers (L 29 -18) Northolt (L 64-62 Ot) Dormers (W 58-25) 8th Dec Twyford (L) Drayton (L 56-42) London Zoo Comes To Cardinal Wiseman! 5th Jan Acton( W 29-7) Brentside (W74-5) Acton (L by 18) Staff from London Zoo have been visiting Year 8 students 19th Jan Brentside ( W 77-12) Northolt (L) Elthorne( L 48-36) Villers (W 58-26) in their Geography lessons, to help enhance the student’s 26th Jan W.L.A. (L) Greenford ( L 22-15) understanding of animal adaptations and deforestation 9th Feb F`Stone ( W 20 -0) Drayton (L 70-7) F`Stone ( W 70 - 6) Twyford (L) issues. They brought in a ferret, a corn-field snake and 5-0 Ealing Champions 0-5 4th 2-4 3rd 2-2 Ealing Champions a giant Madagascan cockroach, to help illustrate their points and discuss how humans have changed the The County Cup competition has stalled at the quarter final stages while we wait for habitats of different species. All our opponents to play their third round games. Full details will follow on completion. the students were enthusiastic Our thanks to Coach Carroll. He is a superb coach and has made a real positive participators in the sessions, impact on over 70 students in Years 8 to 11. asking some very advanced He has signed up the Year 10 and Year 11 squads to his local team. questions and they were great He has secured the free use of a quality court at Southall sports centre from 4pm to ambassadors for the school. 6pm every Tuesday for coaching Wiseman students and for senior games. Miss Monahan He has found the funding for and has helped Year 11 students qualify as coaches with the aim of building a leadership cadre within the Sixth Form. NEW ROAD LAYOUT OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL He runs three club nights, an extra Monday senior session and an early morning After a long period of consultation with our School Travel KS4 circuit session. Plan team, Ealing Council and TfL have installed new He and Ms Galvin will again organise the Ealing schools teams at the London Youth crossing points outside Cardinal Wiseman and OLOV Games this year, details of the trials are on display in the new Gym. schools. There is also a northbound bus lane, with a re-sited bus stop opposite the School. Girls PE - New netball kit The Girls’ PE Department is pleased to announce the launch of the new Netball dresses. They Also, the stretch of Greenford Road from the School to the are navy and white with navy cycle shorts underneath (these need to be purchased from the PE town centre is a NO PARKING zone, with the exception of Dasprtment for £5). The dresses look smarter and the Year 10 girls say that they are much better to the recessed bays. We hope that the measures will increase play in.. road safety for our students and the local community. The Cardinal Wiseman School | Newsletter to parents | April 2009 | page 8 ‘Top tables’ for high flying Hospitality Year 12 Drama and Theatre Studies students AS Level Trip to Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic Theatre, London How do Wiseman Overall the day was an exciting and informative experience, throughout the students celebrate actor/director led workshops which was based on their successes on the themes of power, trust and conflict which were their courses, some evident in the play ‘Complicit’ and in the evening we run in our own watched a professional performance of ‘Complicit’ at amazing kitchen and the Old Vic Theatre. others on Saturday After arriving at this well renowned theatre mornings at TVU? and meeting the other two schools we began the workshops, whereby Answer: they go straight to the top! we did activities that stretched our imaginations, tested our acting and In fact, they were treated to (probably) the best tables improvisation skills and greatly encouraged teamwork with the other in London, for a very special lunch at Galvin – the famous schools. All of this was brilliantly done and we all really enjoyed the work. restaurant at the top of the Park Lane Hilton! One of the workshops tested how much we could trust others (even people Sponsored by the Forte Foundation and supported by that we had only known for ten minutes!) by literally allowing ourselves to Chef Chris Galvin’s team – who opened especially for our fall into their arms, another saw how sly we could be by luring people into students on a Saturday lunchtime – the aim was to show taking an unknown drink (which was later, quite disappointingly revealed to the students just how far a career in Hospitality could take be iced tea) whilst the final workshop saw us being deceived by the team- them. leaders themselves. This (the power workshop) enabled us to perform on the Certificates were presented by Mr Nick Scade MBE, the actual stage at the Old Vic that was later occupied by extremely well-known Director and Chief Executive of the Academy of Food and actors like Richard Dreyfuss (who starred in ‘Jaws’ and ‘Close Encounters of Wine Service Skills, who works with the Forte Foundation the Third Kind’) and David Suchet (most well known for playing ‘Poirot’.) to promote excellence in Hospitality training. Whilst these few hours were entertaining and enjoyable, they also left us Mr Scade was extremely impressed by the achievements with a great deal of information regarding the use of torture methods for of our students and commented most favourably on their suspected terrorists to reveal information, which is what the play ‘Complicit’ mature and impressive conduct. is about. Whilst this sounds fascinating and was so in the workshops, sadly His views were endorsed by the Wiseman and TVU staff the production was appalling. who helped organise the event and by Fr Tom Daly, who is The play which we were so excited to see was directed by Kevin Spacey himself a keen cook. (‘American Beauty, Se7en and Superman Returns) and was actually an utter disappointment. Unfortunately the performance was very dull and I JUNIOR CHEFS ACADEMY & JUNIOR am quite certain that if we hadn’t had the workshops prior to watching the RESTAURANT ACADEMY production, we wouldn’t have understood the plot at all. Nevertheless for all Our very successful programme of Saturday us aspiring actors and actresses it was an experience and a great opportunity morning classes, run in partnership with The to watch some extremely well known and talented actors and directors at London School of Hospitality at TVU, will continue work. in the Summer term. Overall the visit to the Old Vic was a success with us all leaving tired and For more details and to sign up – please contact hungry but equally inspired and motivated to pursue our own acting hopes. Mr Lawrie at the School, on 020 8833 2062. S Lonergan (Year 12) Dates for your diary Art Dept News offered and students compete from across the world, mainly from private April 2009 Jasmin and public schools. Mon 6th – Fri 17th April – Easter Holiday Chohan – Jasmin came to Wiseman two Year 13 years ago from Villiers in Southall. Mon 20th Students return to school Jasmin has She was passionate about art and May 2009 just earned through drawing and visiting the San Mon 4th Bank Holiday a place at Alajandro School of Art in Cuba; she Fri 8th 6th Form Ball the Courtauld Institute to study Art built a perceptive visual mind. She Year 11 Prom History. This is the most prestigious is a pure joy to teach and coaching Thur 21st TARGET DAY Art Historical Academy in the world her for these gruelling interviews has Fri 22nd TARGET DAY with Alumni boasting Ernst Gombrich, stretched me as a teacher. She has a Monday 25th – Friday 29th May – Half Tern Anthony Blunt and Charles Harrison. political awareness well above her age Originally founded by Roger Fry of the and I am convinced she will test the June 2009 Bloomsbury Group with money from professors at the Courtauld. Jasmine Mon 1st Students return to school Samuel Courtauld, it is dedicated to has certainly taken Wiseman into the Thur 11th Year 10 Celebration of Success modernist theory. Applicants number super league. With respect. Fri 26th Year 6 Induction Day 700 each year but only 20 places are Mr Davies Mon 29th Year 7 Celebration of Success Important Notice For Parents/Carers Tue 30th Year 8 Celebration of Success If your child is asthmatic, he/she should carry their inhaler with them at all July 2009 times. A spare should also be left, with Mrs Kearney, Pupil Care Assistant Wed 1st Year 9 Celebration of Success in the Medical Room. Please ensure the spare is clearly marked with your Fri 3rd Last day of Summer Term child’s name.