Crown News Celebrating Achievement Crown Woods students raise £1000 March 2009 www.crownwoods.org.uk Edition: 28 RND09/75 Photography credit: Ray Burmiston. Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland). for Comic Relief 2009! Crown Woods managed to raise an astounding £1000 for comic relief this year! A non-uniform day was requested by Year 10s during charities week before Christmas, and this was the main fundraiser, but other things were going on as well! The Citizenship Club sold 100 red noses, and Ms. Heron was sponsored to Mitchell and Webb come to school wearing a school uniform. Overall, students and teachers had a fun day, and hopefully our money will really help children in some of Africa’s poorest communities, as well as children living in challenging circumstances here in the UK. BTEC Field Trip to Cyprus ll che bb Mit We an d Read the report on page 7 Crown Woods School A Humanities College Riefield Road, Eltham SE9 2QN Phone: 0208 850 7678 Fax: 0208 294 1921 March 2009 www.crownwoods.org.uk Page 2 Message from the Headteacher...... Jack Petchey Achievement Awards Last term was a long half term where all staff and students worked hard together on raising achievement. Year 11 and their teachers have been doing everything possible to ensure that students meet their targets in the Summer. I have been very impressed with the work of the Year 11 team and all staff and students in rising Award Winner Giorgia Year 11 RGA. to the challenges that we have set. This has involved, amongst a comprehensive range of initiatives, additional classes in Maths Giorgia is a school prefect and has tirelessly supported and English, a residential, coursework clinics and observation of and helped BEST throughout the year. She frequently teaching and learning. We are not there yet and the next few weeks mentors younger students and is constantly involved in are critical. This is why we have taken the decision that Year 11 afterschool clubs. Even though she is about to sit her students will attend all their normal lessons until they have sat the GCSEs, she has continued to show dedication and sup- GCSE - to maximise outcomes in the Summer. We are also very port for this area of the school. pleased with the achievements of both Year 9 in Science, English and Giorgia has decided to spend her £200 on additional Maths and Year 10 in their GCSE courses. On reading this latest equipment for all the BEST Team and students to use. edition of the newsletter I hope that you will feel proud of all the achievements of students and staff during the term- it makes impressive reading. Please do not hesitate Award Winner - Nadine 7 FMK. to contact any of my staff if you have a concern or wish Nadine has only been at the school since September to discuss any matter with us. but already she plays a vital role in so many Year 7 Mr. M. Murphy. activities. As a School Councillor and member of Coming soon........ the year leadership team, she has already proven to be reliable, hardworking and extremely enthusiastic student in all aspects of her work. The revamped and relaunched school website.......at: Nadine has decided to spend her £200 on Year 7 School Council and equipment for the PE depart- www.crownwoods.org.uk Crown Year News ment to use for Year 7. Year 7 Welcome back! We hope you had a very restful Easter Year 8 Welcome back to what is going to be another important, Year 9 exciting term. We had a very busy term in Year 9 which included a break. We unfortunately had to say goodbye to two very successful Options Evening despite the snow trying of our tutors at the end of last term: Ms Malik and Mr All parents/carers should now have a copy of their to put a halt to everything. The evening ran with a new Amin. Ms. Malik will return after her maternity leave. child’s latest progress report, indicating pupil’s current format which, according to the feedback we have had We wish them both the best of luck. Teacher Assessment levels for all National Curriculum from parents and staff, was very helpful for parents and Last term saw the launch of “Lucky Ticket” where stu- subjects. Please feel free to contact any of your son/ students when making decisions about their choices. dents are rewarded for 100% attendance. daughter’s teachers if you wish to discuss the progress that is being made. There is a clear link between at- Another great success of the term was the fantastic prog- At the end of last term, we had a number of guests come tendance and academic success. Thank you to parents ress of the Year 9 boys football team, who after a thrill- into work with groups of Year 7s: Kevin the Bowman for continuing to support the Year 8 team in our drive to ing semi final against Eltham Green went through to the and The Inquiry Drama Group came into do a perfor- ensure pupils attendance is above 95%. final of the London Cup. This is a major achievement as mance to a group of students about gun and knife crime. they are one match away from being the best team out Additionally, a group of students, Tennesse Villiers-Lac- Last term saw two important weeks, both Science and of London schools for their age. Well done to the squad ey, Nadine Spence and Caitlin Lockyer-Barrett in Year Reading week. Congratulations to all of Year 8 for the - many of whom had to play at very short notice. Also a 7, also completed the Bridges to Africa Charity walk in building of some rather creative rockets. This week saw big thank you to Mr Davey who has stuck by the boys Central London. Tennesse said, “The walk was thrilling. many high flying and colourful designs and provided since coaching them from year 7 and has put many long We enjoyed making money for Bridges to Africa and huge excitement during the launches. hours in to bring them to this high standard. hope to schools benefitting from this in Africa!” “Crown Woods Loves Readers” saw Dan Freedman, The long awaited recipe book has been produced and a author of many sporting novels, sharing his work and big thank you must go to Ms. Brown and all the pupils Following the Chinese New Year celebrations, a pizza experiences of working with the England Football Team. who took part. It was wonderful to see such a profes- party was held for LHU who produced some fantastic Thank you to Ms. Holmes for organising this. sional publication and I am still amazed at the skill of work on the history of China. Naomi Ariama of LMY Success has continued in Year 8 in many forms. Well our Year 9’s producing such wonderful food. You can was also invited for the incredible work she put into done to the Year 8 boy’s football team for their convinc- purchase a copy of this from the library at a small cost. her tutor group’s presentation. A pizza party was also awarded to MDY for their amazing work during Science ing 5-1 victory over the Year 7 team. Goals from Paul On the academic side, Year 9’s have started their GCSE Week – so much pizza we could be in Italy! Gnadou (2), Jake Cardoso, Frankie McCann and Emrah courses in Maths, English and Science and have settled Kirici ended the season in style. Huge congratulations well into the new curriculum. This bodes well for the Well done to all Year 7s who have been involved in to Isabel Hollingum (Annie) and Chloe Weller (Boylan future. activities to date. We are very proud of you all! sister) for being successful in the Annie auditions claim- ing major roles. The school play is one of my favourite Last term was a long but rewarding one and I would Ms. K. Long events on the school calendar and I look forward to like to thank the teachers and you, the parents/carers, Year 7 Learning Manager watching the students perform. for your support; can I remind you of the importance of Well done to pupils from JNL and DHS who are in the attendance - just one days absence can make a huge dif- process of providing evidence to complete their COPE ference to their success. qualification, an accredited course equivalent to a GCSE B. Special congratulations go to Peter Hodgson for his Finally, a group of Year 9 students took advantage of a outstanding “Managing Home” project. trip to the Isle of Wight, details next time! As always, if I can assist you or your child in anyway Mr R Macdonald please do not hesitate to contact me. Year 9 Learning Manager Mr I Hockey Year 8 Learning Manager March 2009 www.crownwoods.org.uk Page 7 Year 11 Residential at Fulmer Grange 2009 A warm sunny March weekend saw fifty Year 11 students accompanied by Ms Blayney, Ms Floate, Mr Osborne, Mr Lumsden and Mr White to Fulmer Grange in Buckinghamshire for a study weekend in Maths, English and Study Skills plus some outdoor pursuits. On arrival we were all welcomed by the Kingswood staff and by the Japanese Bursar of the Teikyo School who we shared the grounds with. After settling in to our accommodation the fun began with outdoor pursuit’s activities like Leap of Faith, Zip Wire, Archery, Climbing, Nightline and Scrap Heap Challenge, Mr Osborne decided to brave the elements by attempt- ing to complete the Leap of Faith. Gentle persuasion by some of the Year 11 saw him jump off an 18 foot pole in mid air to grasp a trapeze. Well done Mr Osborne! In the evening challenges did not stop with Scrap Heap Challenge - making a container to hold a water balloon before it is propelled into the air and of course a visit to High Wycombe for Tenpin Bowling. However, the object of the weekend was not only to have fun but to study and all students took this on board very well. As the last trip with Year 11 before their ex- ams next term we all agreed that it was one of the best. Ms Blayney Drama News Design & Technology BTEC Field Trip to Cyprus A very busy Spring Term full of practical exams, theatre trips and rehearsals. Year 10 BTEC year 13 health and social care and public Product Design News service, and Travel and Tourism students have just returned from a one-week field trip to Cyprus. The TRIPS On Tuesday the 3rd March Year 12 and Year13 A’level purpose of the trip was to allow learners the oppor- September saw the introduction of Product Design tunity to experience a range of public services in Drama students went see a production of “Spring Awak- in Year 10. ening” at The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. The perfor- an international context. The field trip was packed mances were outstanding and students have gained real full of various activities including a visit to Nicosia Styling and function are crucial to commercial suc- to the ‘Green Line (where learners learned about inspiration. cess. Through product design pupil’s gain a thor- the political division between the Greek and Turk- PRODUCTIONS: ough understanding of the processes involved in ish parts of the Island), and visited a byzantine Our Year 11 Drama students have just completed their turning ideas into attractive and useful designs. church. On Wednesday learners were up and ready GCSE course ending with a 30 minute piece of theatre at 05.00 for the visit to the British Army base in created and performed by them in front of an external examiner. Students worked incredibly hard in the lead Dhekelia where they took part in an assault course, up to their final performances and we wish them all the various drills, lectures, and a range of water-sports. best in their exams and for the future. The pieces were Thursday evening was spent at a traditional Cypriot both creative and inventive. taverna where learners tasted a range of Cypriot dishes, tried out their dancing skills joining in the Our Year 12 and 13 students are reaching the final ‘syrtaki’ (Zorba’s dance), and the ‘zembetika’, and rehearsal stages for their exam productions. Year 13 will Mr Atmore and Ms Anderson displayed their belly perform “Much Ado About Nothing” on Wednesday 22nd April at 4pm in Drama Studio 3. Year 12’s per- dancing technique. Other trips included a visit formed ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Bed’ on 30th March. to the Larnaca Fire Station a private hospital, and a traditional craftwork centre, where they were Our Year 10 GCSE Drama students are currently creat- shown how to make ‘Cypriot coffee’. ing their own pieces of Theatre In Education which they will then tour to our local feeder Primary schools Learner’s behaved impeccably throughout and including Wyborne, Eltham C of E, Alderwood and other elderly guests in the hotel were impressed Deansfield at the start of the Summer Term. with their conduct stating that Crown Woods learn- ers had changed their perceptions of British youth ANNIE: abroad, and had ‘made their holiday’. Our learn- Annie rehearsals are now underway and going well. ers were polite, courteous and friendly at all times, Singing rehearsals are taking place at lunch times and fully participating in all activities, and interacting acting rehearsals after school, so everyone is extremely with everyone they met, and were a real credit to busy. themselves, families, school and country per se. Daniella Svrdlin 10 APY has entered a competi- tion organised by Greenwich Education Business Much learning took place on this trip on an histori- Partnership with ‘Winning Moves’ cal, geographical, political, cultural, social and economical level. Learners are currently prepar- Good Luck Daniella. ing their reflections of what they learned on their Mr. M. Vaughan Cypriot adventure, and importantly, what they learned about themselves too. 16th & 17th June 2009 Ms. C. Anderson March 2009 www.crownwoods.org.uk Page 6 Y11 ‘xl’ Celebration Day The Prince’s Trust invited our xl group Crown Woods National Science Week National Science Week (9th to 15th March) is to take part in the annual xl Celebration celebrated in schools across the country. Crown Day on Tuesday 3rd February 2009. Woods celebrated Science Week with a variety of However, the snow prevented the day activities and events across the year groups. going ahead. Fortunately the day was expertly rearranged and eventually Each tutor group in Year 7-11 took part in the our students attended on Tuesday 24th National Science Week Quiz. The winners of this February. quiz were 7SFH, 9SWD as well as Charlie Henry [9VAT] Daniel O’Brien [11JCY], Megan Blower Held to mark our students’ achievement [11JNN], Lauren Mayes [7LHU] congratulations this day was fun and vibrant, full of to you all!!! interesting activities for our students to choose from. During the week, there were lots of excitement with projects occurring across Years 7 and 8. The During the day, our students partici- Year 7s took part in a week-long project on the pated in three 75-minute workshops. ‘Hot Topics’ in science at the moment such as Starting with the ‘Ultimate Challenge’ rockets, famous scientists, space, recycling, evolu- our group challenged other schools in tion, animals, human body, etc. The projects were and singing. Tom Edwards performed an very colourful and informative and displayed amazing ‘rap’ and displayed a skill we did for the Year 7 assembly. Congratulations and not know he had and Joe Wakeling showed Well Done to 7MDY for their fantastic Human a depth of knowledge in how to mix the Body display, Ms. Long described it as having all sounds on the computer. aspects of a perfect display, it was informative, creative, and very Human like. During lunch, there was a showcase per- formance of artists and an excellent hot meal served. Unfortunately, the R&B singer Jamelia arrived too late to perform, but she visited all the groups in the afternoon and discussed the students’ work. Mary Msem- buri was able to spend a few minutes talking to her and a photo was taken by the press. After lunch, the final workshop was T-Shirt Screen Printing and our students, Neil and I showed off our creativity. We expressed our style and personality by designing and Pupils Year 8 screen printing our own original t-shirt. The completed proj- thought-provoking, larger-than-life puzzles and ects on rockets. prints were varied, positive and imaginative. Aiden games in the style of Crystal Maze. They proved This involved Dunn, especially, reinforced his inventiveness and they had logic, skill, tactics and teamwork. In all creating pre- flair for originality. The shirts were impressive and these activities, the school was voted the best, by sentations, then a great ‘souvenir’ of the day. the providers. This came as no surprise, to Neil making their very and I, as our students have worked extremely Finally, Joe Wakeling collected achievement own rockets. hard in improving their personal, inter-personal certificates for all our students, presented with by The weather was and team skills. Even so, Alphy Lawrence, Ryan a director of the Bank of America. We were espe- nice as students Harris and Sarah Mason were nominated for an cially proud of Alphy Lawrence who was awarded reached for the award. a special prize for displaying initiative, excellent sky, firing rockets leadership skills and resourcefulness. It was a great high. Next our students were treated to a ‘hands on’ day and now the students are working hard to finish music production. They created and mixed their their modules and wider key skills. own original MP3 track to take away on CD. Featured on the mix was rapping, beat boxing Ms. J. Floate During the Carbon Challenge, stu- 7NFZ, 7LMY, and 60 Year 9 learn- with hunting for fossils in remains The workshop was run by a charity dents worked together over a two- ers had the opportunity to be in- collected from Abbey Wood. Despite called Carbon Descent and repre- hour session to examine the school’s volved in two workshops: Carbon a slow start, all pupils managed to sentatives expressed how impressed carbon footprint and learn about Descent and the Carbon Road show leave with at least one shark tooth, they were with the standard of work carbon reduction through a variety of Challenge. A fun-packed day was and some with even fossilised fish produced. It was a tough decision activities using film, websites, inter- had by all of the specially-chosen poo! but eventually the winners were an- active calculators, 3D-style mats and Year 8 pupils at the UCL Grant mu- nounced: other visual material. This was a great Well done to all the pupils who at- seum, the only remaining University opportunity for the students to learn tended the museum for their great 1st Place: Harvey Johnston, zoological museum in London. The more about the causes and effects of work and mature behaviour. Ken Diep, pupils were selected for their contin- climate change. The session ended Ted French uous effort and excellent behaviour Carbon Descent 2nd Place: Pip Reed, with some fantastic presentations, in science over the past term. The including an Oscar winning perfor- Year 7 spent part of Science Week Toby Shrimpton event began with handling many of mance of an energy saving light bulb! trying to reduce their Carbon Foot- 3rd Place: Ellise Dolby the 62,000 specimens covering the print by designing “Eco Houses”. The The science department would like to whole of the animal kingdom, in- BP Carbon Challenge thank all the students that took part in cluding an extinct mammoth’s tusk. aim was to be as creative and inven- tive as possible and they certainly Roadshow science week. This was followed by an expert-led workshop where the pupils created were! Entries included “The House of 60 Year 9 students were invited to Congratulations to all participants for their own weird and wonderfully- Fraser”, “The Tyre House”, “Bite Size take part in an exciting road show exceptional work and behaviour! adapted species! The day finished Bungalow” and “The Eco Igloo”. run by Enterprising Science and BP. Ms. F. Fida March 2009 www.crownwoods.org.uk Page 3 Crown Year News Year 10 As we look forward to a busy Summer term, it is an opportunity to reflect on given first hand advice from professionals whilst gaining a valuable insight what was a productive spring term. All pupils have now undertaken their Year into the everyday running of a building site. The Music department recently 10 mock exams and the results of this will be used to produce target grades took a number of Year 10 pupils to the O2 centre in Greenwich to look at the for the rest of the year and Year 11. brand new music exhibition. The feedback from the visits was extremely posi- Early in the spring term over 50 pupils had the opportunity to attend pub- tive and I thank both the Music Department and the DT Department for orga- lic speaking workshops. As a result of this three pupils were put forward to nising these visits. compete in the school final, which took place during a Year 10 assembly. On the sports front, my congratulations go to Malachi Bailey, Esosa Iremiren, I’m delighted to say that Nikenna Okonkwo and Deborah Ogunyemi (both Julian Tanega and Aaron Corbin for competing in the recent cross country 10 DHN) went on to represent the school at the Greenwich Borough Finals. championships at Sparrows Den, Bromley. In all my years both as a PE teach- The finals were held at the University of Greenwich, Maritime Site and the er and playing sport myself, I have seen few more gruelling races than this and audience contained such dignitaries as the Mayor of Greenwich and the MP the boys were a credit for taking part against a very elite field of runners, well for Greenwich. The competition was an exceptionally high standard and both done!! Deborah and Nikenna held their own in a As we move into the Summer term we have a vast amount going on. A number very competitive field of 17. Unfortunate- of Year 10’s will be sitting GCSE exams, and exam timetables for this will be ly neither of them won the competition sent home shortly. We will be undertaking the prefect and senior student elec- but in my eyes they are both winners for tions. Work experience will be taking place in June/July, so any pupil without speaking so confidently, pertinently and a placement needs to ensure that one is arranged as soon as possible. We will enthusiastically in front of such a large also be having the Year 10 Parents evening on Thursday 14th May, whereby audience. A special thank you goes to you will have an opportunity to speak with your son or daughters teachers as Mr Potter who worked tirelessly with the well as members of the Year 10 team. speakers both during and after school and who also supported them at the final. As always if you have any concerns or issues then do not hesitate in contact- ing me in the Year office. Last term also saw many pupils given the opportunity to go on numerous visits and trips. The DT department recently took over 30 construction Mr. S. Ball pupils to spend a morning at a real life construction site. The pupils were Year 10 Learning Manager Year 11 With just weeks to go the count down is now even closer to Year 12 University trips: Once again all students Post 16 dents will be required to return to school following completion of their courses to begin their second the years first GCSE exam. Practical exams are now under- on level 3 courses filled year of study. Students and Parents/Carers will be way in Drama and Art and it is important that all students three coaches to make informed of this in more detail nearer the time. now consolidate their learning in this final stretch. the annual visit to Kent University. The students Post 16 Graduation Ceremony and Boat Party: Saturday Schools, Coursework Excellence Evenings and had the opportunity to This years Post 16 Graduation Ceremony for our Easter Course have and are now being run to help support take part in lectures and Year 13 students and Year 12 BTEC first stu- the years learning. Recent mock exams in Maths and Eng- demonstrations from the dents will take place on Friday 22nd May (5pm lish have seen predicted grades of 65% A* - C and 42% forensic science department. This ranged from the – 7.30pm). We would love all family and friends of shooting of firearms to the use of dry ice in making these students to attend this important event, mark- A* - C including Maths and English - a real possibility. I home made ice cream. They followed a case of a ing the end of these students time with us here at feel the year is just beginning to see their true potential and Crown Woods. Students will shortly be receiving if we all work together there is nothing we cannot do. The woman found dead in an apparent hit and run acci- dent who due to forensics was shown to have been letters with regards to booking tickets. challenge has been set! the victim of a murder. After lunch they had a tour Following on from the Graduation ceremony, it On sale at the moment to support Year 11 are Study Packs of the campus and saw student accommodation and is Crown Woods tradition for all graduating stu- costing £1 and scientific Calculators for £4 - a bargain for lecture theatres. dents to celebrate by going on a river boat cruise all. Some other students were lucky enough to make (complete with disco!). The boat will be departing Congratulations also goes to David Preedy and Cara Reid a visit to Oxford University to experience what a from Greenwich pier at 9pm and returning at 1am. world class university has to offer and by all ac- Tickets cost £15. The sixth form committee are for winning the first of four weekly awards for having 100% counts the lunch provided was also world class! currently collecting a £5 deposit from all students attendance as well as Danny Berry for completing the most wishing to attend. Sam Learning hours to date. Year 13 Exam Results: It is with great pleasure that I write to congratulate Red Nose Day: George Taylor has won the To help raise our student’s for their excellent January examina- Borough award ‘Do the right money for Red tion results. The strength of the results is tes- thing’ Raising money for Can- Nose Day, our timony to the hard work and dedication of these cer Relief and organising staff students. Well done and keep it up for round two students spent Fri- football matches against Year in May/June! day 13th March 11. Within football Year 11 Up-Coming Events: New York: dressed in their are still in two major competi- The Post 16 trip to New York has already seen over Pyjama’s! All stu- tions – Outer London Cup and half the places taken after its launch 3 days ago. dents who joined Blackheath Cup. Team places The trip is £689 and includes flights on BA to New in contributed £1, are extremely competitive and York, 4 nights at the Hotel Pennsylvania and sight- leading to a grand Mr Field – Team Manager has seeing trips to Empire State, Statute of Liberty and total of £76 being a strong and talented squad NBC Television Studios in the Rockefeller Centre. raised. As our theme was a Pyjama party, students of 18 students. No position is A £100 deposit is required to secure a place. Book were invited to attend school early for breakfast! A safe. now to avoid disappointment! fun day was had by all involved! Finally I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Examinations and Study leave: Ms. S. Green & Mr. M. Wade the whole of the year group. Attendance is 92% plus and I This year there will be NO STUDY LEAVE for Year 12 & 13 Learning Managers really feel that finally students are now beginning to show our Post 16 students. All students will be required their full potential. to attend all lessons up until they complete the course (either by examination or completion of Ms. C. Blayney coursework). Year 12 AS and BTEC National stu- Year 11 Learning Manager March 2009 www.crownwoods.org.uk Page 4 Specialist Schools Update Year 7’s like you’ve never seen them before! We are currently just over half way Nelly (creative practitioner) said that At Crown woods School we to see that pupils had gone through the Creative Partnership she has enjoyed working with the dif- feel that it’s essential to cele- to every effort to make their Project. brate other cultures, therefore presentations as dynamic as possible. ferent members of staff and has been CWS became a wash with bright colours, It therefore gives me great pleasure to interested in how each teacher and dragons and sequins as Year 7 pupils congratulate 7LHU who produced fan- On Wednesday 11th March students each class works in a different way. celebrated Chinese New year in style. tastic presentations. Congratulations also from each Year 7 tutor group attended She has enjoyed seeing both staff and go to Naomi from 7LMY for her excel- a meeting alongside Citizenship and students grow in confidence when lent work on the project. RE teaching staff and Creative Part- working in a more practical way. nership practitioners to evaluate and On Tuesday 31st March, Year 7 reflect on the process so far. students will put on a performance in their Citizenship and RE lessons Students explained that they were based on what they have been learn- enjoying their lessons much more and ing about in their lessons over the last were finding that they were remem- two terms. Senior management and bering information better by working other staff will act as an audience. practically and creatively. Alongside this, Nelly will be offering an evening INSET session to staff on Staff commented that they liked how, how to make lessons more creative by asking students to work in a more and practical for the students. practical way, they witnessed new A full evaluation of the process will strengths and a different side to some take place at the end of the term. This of their students; students who are again will be carried out by students, normally quiet in lessons and don’t staff and practitioners Pupils enjoying tai-chi lessons and Lion dancing like to speak out, were being much and details will be more open and contributing to group given in the next news- work and discussions. Some teachers letter. have taken some of the exercises and ideas from these lessons and are using Ms. S. Westergaard them in other lessons across KS3. POETRY LIVE! Westminster Central Hall Year 11 Yr6 Moving on up! Poetry Live was a fantastic opportunity for some of our Year 11 students to travel to Westminster Central Hall, to see live performances from a selection of poets As adults we can remember our first that they are studying. The line – up in- scary day at secondary school, the cluded: Simon Armitage, Gillian Clarke nerves, anxiety over friendships and As part of the celebrations, pupils were Take a look at some of the photos which and Carol Ann Duffy, plus Imtiaz Dhark- settling in. Well no need to worry the entered into a competition in which they show year 7 pupils really getting er and the incomparable John Agard; all Crown Woods team are on to it. We are had to produce a presentation on China. involved. key poets from the students’ exam AQA running a series of lessons to help our Their presentations were then shown to Anthology. A particular highlight was primary students learn about what you the whole year during assembly and the Well done Year 7. when Gillian Clarke read the poem that study in secondary school and how to winners won pizza for their form. The Ms. F. Judge Book Club she was commissioned to write for Presi- deal with the giant leap into secondary results were outstanding! It was clear dent Obama’s inauguration; the atmo- school life. The Humanities team will sphere in Central Hall was incredible! be heading off to Wyborne, Deansfield, Alderwood, Gordon and Eltham C of E Balram describes the many injustices During the day, each poet read a selec- and teaching exciting and challenging of modern Indian society with hu- tion of their poems; then expressed their humanities lessons. So far these include mour and fury. As a group we gave The Crown Woods personal interpretations and reasons for ecosystems and environmental issues, Book Club met in this readable book the thumbs up. writing each poem. The students were a Shakespearean literacy session and a then allowed to question the poets about historical glance at how war affected our February to discuss Our next meeting is on Tuesday anything! Being able to see these suc- ‘The White Tiger’, 31st March and we will be discuss- community and how to remember these cessful poets personally read their poems heroic soldiers. We are all very excited an extraordinary and ing ‘19th Wife’ by David Ebershoff. was inspirational. However, listening brilliant first novel If you have read this and have any at visiting and working with these won- to their personal interpretations of their by Aravind Adiga. comments, please send them to Julie derful primary schools. own poetry was also a valuable learning The book takes the Taylor via email experience. An excellent day, enjoyed by form of a series of (email@example.com). Ms. H. Wilson all! letters to the Chinese premier from Also, if you have any read anything Balram Halwai, a Bangalore busi- that you would like to recommend, Ms. H. Renson nessman. Both caustic and funny, we would love to know! March 2009 www.crownwoods.org.uk Page 5 Kevin the Medieval Bowman visits Crown Woods Although it was Comic Relief and Rewards trip – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas! By Tassia Longmore and Ken Diep - Yr 7 the sight of both students and staff in On March 5th, around 30 students is a farm, it is actually something far strange attire was not an uncommon ex- from Year 7 departed on a rewards more sinister! It is agreed that at least perience, the appearance of Kevin, the trip on. They were chosen because of they are a bit weird, as demonstrated Medieval Bowman, down the corridors their outstanding work and behaviour in their clothing; they wear pyjamas of Crown Woods, still managed to turn in English. They were accompanied all day long. Bruno befriends a Jew- heads and spark squeals of disbelief by Miss Fernandez, Mr. Coker and ish boy, named Shmuel, whom he from passers-by! Once again, our Year 7 historians were treated to a feast of stories about the medieval times. Some were even able to try on the armour and hold the weap- ons of a 14th Century knight and all witnessed Kevin’s brilliant skills with a longbow and a crossbow. Kevin entertained every Year 7 tutor group and managed to hold them spell- bound for an hour and a half. Kevin’s weird and wacky manner had students laughing, squirming and nervously giggling as he regaled tales from the Medieval battlefields, towns, villages and castles. The History department would Miss Hamilton-Brown. The reward? meets at the fence, and who is of the like to thank all year 7 students for A day off school to watch The Boy In same age. Bruno often returns to the being a great audience. Come and Striped Pyjamas at the Empire The- fence and he brings Shmuel food and look at the display board outside atre, Leicester Square. plays checkers with him through the the History office for a reminder of fence. Shmuel appears later in Bru- why History rocks! The film soon started! Nazi officer no’s home house as new servant and Ralf and his wife Elsa have a 12-year- their friendship is put to the test. This What 7LMY had to say about old daughter, Gretel, and an 8-year- film had many of us laughing but then Kevin’s visit: old son, Bruno were introduced to us. in tears – thoroughly enjoyable! “I found the session fun and in- The well-to-do family must move to teresting. It helped me understand the “countryside” when the father is Afterwards, the students got an amaz- medieval times in a fun way.” promoted .Unknown to Bruno, the ing opportunity to meet the director Nikki new house is near a Nazi concentra- and producer, David Heyman (who tion camp, and Ralf is the new com- produced the Harry Potter films and I mandant. Bruno initially dislikes the Am Legend) and Mark Herman. “My favourite bit was when Kevin new house as he always has to stay in On return the students completed a described how they blinded people the house or the garden; also there are quiz whilst walking through major by twisting a rope….gross!” no other children to play with, apart sights in London. Alfie from his sister. From his bedroom To sum it up, it was fantastic. Every- window, Bruno spots a barbed wire one enjoyed it including Ms. L. Massey fence with people in “striped pyja- myself. mas” behind it. Though he thinks it Crown Woods Book Week 2009 Ms. N. Fernandez Exciting Times in Humanities We enjoyed a busy and successful Book- week. Monday began with the unveiling and classes now visit every 3 weeks to change books and discuss what they have This term in Humanities we have The Humanities Faculty are also run- of our very own cookbook during Year 9 read. This has encouraged students to been celebrating achievement and ning an enrichment for Year 9 stu- assembly, which features ‘Recipes from read more and to broaden their choice of effort across the faculty. The students dents based around the question ‘Why Around the World’ created by Crown books. They really enjoy the visits, and named below have been nominated Woods students (copies are available I’m really pleased to report that book is- do we remember?’ This project is be- from the LRC). Each morning during sues have gone up dramatically! by teachers in both history and Ge- ing run with the help of the Imperial the week, the LRC hosted ‘Drop Zone’ On Tuesday, the LRC hosted Dan Freed- ography for their work in class. They War Museum, and students will get a relaxed and comfortable space where will all receive a certificate and a man, children’s author, who taught a the opportunity to examine memori- students could read books, newspapers workshop with Year 8 students – his book token in recognition of their als and monuments before designing and magazines before school, chilling out books include ‘Kick Off’ and ‘Shoot to achievement. their own. The students who complete with a drink and a snack before morning Win’ which are football themed stories the enrichment will then go out into registration. that are proving really popular with Indraj Birdi 7LHU the local community and work with Throughout the week Year 7 groups the boys. Jean Ure’s book ‘Sally To- Naomi Ariama 7LMY younger students in our partner pri- visited the LRC for reading lessons - they mato’ has been a huge hit here at Crown Gemma Paterson 8CHG mary schools. chatted about the books they like to read, Woods, with one group enjoying the borrowed books recommended by the Crown Woods Loves Readers! Brendon Gilhooley 8FJE book so much that they have even written Ausha Khan 9VAT teachers, the librarians, or other students, to invite het to visit in May! I look for- and read books. Also, they were given ward to welcoming her here in the LRC. Aaron Skinner 9AKA a reading log to record their comments, Ms. L Brown, Librarian March 2009 Crown Sport www.crownwoods.org.uk Edition: 28 Sportsability comes to Crown Woods! Year 11 GCSE: Important Dates Practical exam; 22nd April Saturday School; 9th May Theory Exam; 14th May There will also be scheduled sessions on a Thursday at 2.40pm in Room 106. Please see Ms Smith for more details. Year 7 Indoor Athletics Competition: 26th Feb at Eltham Green Congratulations to the following students who took part in the Indoor Athletics Competition at Eltham Green. There were some outstanding performances with our students really performing well against the 4 other Greenwich Schools. Jasmin Loyal Sarah Amara Tennesse Villiers Lacey Charley Pussey Bluebell Bonich Katey Crump Amy Bennett Molly Croden Josh Haynes Toby Shrimpton Richard Fagbo Charley Neve On March 10th a team of specialists provided coaching for VI students at Crown Woods and other schools Brandon Scott Nathan Clarke around the Borough. They will be offering a variety of different sporting activities throughout the Spring and Summer terms. The long term plan is to make Crown Woods a training resource for paralympians in 2012! Cross Country Here are some of students enjoying cricket during their first weeks coaching. 3 Students in Year 7 took part in the London Bor- Boys Football News ough Cross Country Competition representing Borough Trampolining Competition: Greenwich. Greenwich came 4th overall, but the 3 12th May 2009 students below did tremendously well against 300 This brilliant new competition if open to students students. Boys Football is still going well with the following year in Years 7-11. If you would like to take part please groups in the following Semi-Final and Finals; see Ms Blayney or Ms Allen. Toby Shrimpton; came 5th Do you like the new style newsletter? Tony Robinson; came 25th Year 9 boys are through to the semi-final of the Black- Josh Haynes; came 31st heath, and Final of the London Cup. Do you like the larger version? Do you prefer Year 11 boys are through to the final of the Blackheath receiving it at the beginning of term rather than Congratulations to all students from Year 7-10 that Cup. at the end? took part in the Invitational Blackheath Harriers Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org or Annual Cross Country event. We await results Well done to both Year 9 and Year 11 football teams. email@example.com Thank you! Community Learning Opportunities at Crown Woods School Summer Term 2009 Intermediate ICT Courses start Tuesday ICT For Beginners ICT For Improvers with Pam 28th April 2009 For those with a little more with Sandra with Graham experience. Learn the advanced features of Word, internet & email. Don’t be afraid! Come and join others This term we will be extending use who are as nervous as you. You’ll be amazed how quickly you are logging on of the internet, email and Excel Go ‘Bonkerz’ in the Community Learning at Crown Woods with confidence. A very friendly and Ever y Tue sday African Drumming Class! is funded through our Specialism, which supportive way to start surfing! means all classes are FREE of charge to you! 6.30pm - 8.30pm Any age welcome! PLUS - new this term: Where does the apostrophe go? To enrol on any of these classes or for further Do you want to know how to support your child’s learning? Crown Woods School working with information contact Julie Taylor 0208 850 7678 Literacy skills are useful for EVERYONE! firstname.lastname@example.org Learn in a friendly supportive class, have fun and maybe make some new friends!
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