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May2012 - Edition 17
Half Term Information Inside
Featuring: All the results from the
Head & Deputy Head Girl Elections
and our Mock Mayoral Election
Message from the Headteacher:
What an exciting time to be in London!
What an exciting time to be at Hornsey!
As we begin the half term summer holiday we celebrate all that is about to happen
and this edition of Hornsey News tells you more.
This weekend our students will be joining the Diamond Jubilee Pageant to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.
They are Her Majesty's guests, invited because of the school's work with the charity, Plan: Because I am a
Girl campaign. We wish our girls and staff, who will be joining the pageant, a joyful celebration.
We also look forward to the Olympics this summer and are very proud to announce that Erica Kouassi in
Year 11 has been selected as a Torch Bearer for the Paralymics Torch Relay in London. Congratulations to
Erica. We look forward to seeing Erica with the torch in August.
This edition of Hornsey News also provides our parents, friends and students with information about our
new Student Leadership Team. We are delighted to announce our new Head Girls and Deputy Head Girls
Deputy Head Girls:
Congratulations. We look forward to you leading the school along with staff leaders.
Visits outside of school continue to flourish and in this edition of Hornsey News Mr Scott, Head of
Chemistry, reports on the Chemistry Challenge that our students participated in at Imperial College, as well
as Year 9 students visited Oxford University and, of course, Year 8 students have been on the annual Year
8 Pendarren trip.
You can read all about all of these events in this edition of Hornsey News.
Public Examinations have been going exceptionally well this year and we anticipate outstanding results in
August. Well done to KS4 students and Sixth Formers.
So, as we welcome the sun at last and begin the half term holiday, we wish all of our parents, carers,
friends & students a happy holiday.
We return to school at the normal time of 8.35 a.m. on Monday 11th June.
With warm regards
HORNSEY STUDENT CHOSEN AS TORCHBEARER
Erica Kouassi (right), Year 11, has been selected as the torchbearer for the Paralympic Torch Relay
in London! She will be involved in the relay alongside a Young Leader from our partner school
Speyside High School in Trinidad &Tobago, as well as another young leader from another
International Inspiration partnered country, plus 2 young people from London's Organising
Committee for the Olympic Games' (LOCOG) Get Set Programme.
Erica was selected by the school due to her contribution towards leadership, dance leaders and the
house student leadership team.
Details about Erica's torchbearing run and the relay map for the Paralympic Torch will be available
on the London Olympic website.
OLYMPICS WEEK & SPORTSDAY 2012
As part of the school's celebrations of the London 2012 Olympics we shall be
holding an Olympic themed week at the end of the summer term and Sportsday
will be held on Thursday 19 July
Further details will be available in the next edition of Hornsey News
Individual Portrait Photography Shots - Thursday 14 June
Kittle Photographic Ltd will be conducting a student portrait photo shoot
on Thursday 14 June.
Your child will be individually photographed. This will be available as single
mounted pictures or as mounted dual framed packs as well as numerous
other gift products.
Proof cards will be sent out after the shoot and will be available to buy only
online (details will be on the proof card).
Students need to arrive at school in full school uniform and be neat and
presentable. Any student not in correct uniform will not be able to have
their photo taken.
At Her Majesty's Service
As part of our work with Plan UK students are set for a right Royal knees-
up - invited to attend the spectacular Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
Students from Hornsey School for Girls will take their place on London's historic Waterloo Bridge on June 3rd,
to mark the passing of the 1,000-vessel flotilla.
They will be joined by hundreds of young people raising awareness of the Because I am a Girl campaign, run
by international children's charity Plan UK.
"We're delighted to be getting this opportunity to continue to raise awareness of Plan's work to help some
of the world's poorest girls," says Ms Carol Jones, Headteacher. "It's going to be a big family atmosphere and
we'll be witnessing a piece of history - and catching a glimpse of Her Majesty as well."
Plan is campaigning on behalf of 75 million girls around the world not in school - and aims to help four million
girls into education by 2015.
The floating cavalcade will be part of four days of celebrations to mark the Queen's 60 years on the
throne.The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family will travel on the Royal
Barge, The Spirit of Chartwell.
Organisers say the procession route is about seven miles long and will be decorated with 14 miles of bunting.
"We're honoured to be involved in such a momentous occasion - and it's especially poignant that we'll be
joined on Waterloo Bridge by hundreds of schoolgirls from around the UK," says Plan UK's chief executive
"We've been working with the Commonwealth to try and raise awareness of the millions of girls in the
world's poorest countries who don't go to school and the jubilee will help bring their plight to a global
Lord Salisbury, Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, says: "A key consideration for the
Pageant organisers was that as well as making the Pageant an unforgettable day of celebration, we wanted
to contribute to The Queen's Diamond Jubilee legacy by supporting charitable projects that improve the
lives of Commonwealth citizens."
Plan's `Because I am a Girl' campaign aims to highlight the plight and potential of the world's girls by
securing them an education and support. For more information visit: www.choicesforgirls.org
Taking time out of school during term time - An important reminder as we approach the
Reducing absence from school is a key priority nationally because missing school can seriously affect a
student's learning and life opportunities. Because of this the school will not authorise any holiday for any
reason. Haringey Education Authority considers that regular attendance in school is of such importance that
Fixed Penalty Notices may be used where excessive holiday is taken in term time or return from a holiday is
Any request for time out taken in term time must be made in writing and will only be authorised in
Hornsey School for Girls Hosts a Mock Mayoral Election to Educate Students on the Importance
Every year, Hornsey School for Girls holds a mock election which reflects
current affairs on the political stage. As the London Mayoral Elections were
happening and people are always more willing to get involved with events
closer to home, we decided to take a London-centric approach ourselves.
The battles to appeal to the voters were long and hard-fought, but in the
end there could only be one victor.
The journey was taken by Year ten students in AS Government and Politics ,
who organised the election. Year 9 Citizenship students stood as candidates.
When they saw the colourful characters involved in this year's London Mayor and Assembly elections, the
students were absolutely chomping at the bit to have a go themselves. It started out with the dividing of the
Year 10 class into three groups: the returning officers, the campaign managers and the policy advisers. These
jobs were each distinct and held an equal weight of importance. Many of the students chose to become
returning officers, running the election on the day that it was held. They were in charge of many areas, from
counting votes to collecting classes. Without them, the election would not have been able to go ahead.
Others split off into two-women "wonder" teams consisting of a campaign manager and a policy adviser. They
formed close links with the candidates, helping them to do the very best that they could - policy advisors
making sure they knew their parties inside-out, and campaign managers ensuring that their posters and
speeches were sparkling.
However, the true protagonists of this narrative are the brave Year 9's who had the guts to stand up in front of
the whole school to tell them all about their political parties which even they themselves were barely familiar.
What an admirable job they did and the turnout was amazing!
The winner was Aneesa, Labour, with a total of 544 votes. Congratulations Aneesa and to all students who took
For more details about the voting and photos please check the school website.
By: Aoife McCarthy & Matilda Tempest
Abigail Morris Visit
On Thursday 26th April Year 11 students were visited by
Abigail Morris, a professional theatre director who has
worked on three productions of the Literature GCSE text
"Kindertransport". Abigail brought her young daughter Shifra
out of school for the afternoon to read the play's main
character Eva who is just 9 years old at the start. After
reading some key scenes (with the help of Bella Burton and
Ms Wildish, as well as Emily Thornton's shoe!) Abigail took
questions and led a large discussion about the characters, themes and possible interpretations of the play.
Year 11 behaved with exceptional maturity to make the most of this opportunity. Abigail said afterwards "I
thought the girls were fantastic - so respectful, intelligent and charming. I loved that they listened to each other.
Thank the girls for me for making Shifra so comfortable. She enjoyed herself a lot and says she wants to go to the
school." Good luck Year 11 with your forthcoming Literature exam!
Teacher of English
Our Year 10 Chemistry Challenge Team did an absolutely fantastic job representing Hornsey at the final. The
girls were singled out for praise by the judges for their engaging and fun presentation and their
excellent public speaking skills. They were the youngest team and the only team who didn't use cue cards,
the majority of the other teams being A Level students and from independent schools. 'Team Tiger' (as they
named themselves) more than held their own and were one of only two teams to show real passion about
their chosen discovery. They handled their Q & A session, fielding questions from the heads of the Royal
Chemistry Society and Imperial College London's Chemistry Department exceptionally well, displaying
chemistry knowledge way above their own Key Stage and engaging in humorous exchanges. The parents who
came to lend their support were extremely proud of them and what they achieved.
Although they didn't win the competition they had a fantastic experience that will benefit them in the future.
They also had a chance to visit The Natural History Museum and meet Lord Robert Winston (pictured above),
who was another member of the judging panel. Over 300 teams participated, with invites going out to every
secondary school in London, so just getting to the final was an accomplishment itself. The fact they handled
the occasion so well and put on such an entertaining show is a credit to them and an excellent advert for the
Excellent work, well done girls
Mr Scott - Head of Chemistry
History becomes a potential future at Queen Mary University
It's in the Russell Group, rated as one of the top 15 universities in the country,
and offers courses beyond compare. So it comes as no surprise that the Queen
Mary University is such a sought after educational establishment for students
aspiring to a brighter future.
Here at Hornsey School for Girls, an assortment of Year 10, Year 11 and Sixth
Form students were given the privilege of attending a lecture about the History
course offered at Queen Mary, which took place in school. The lecture, held by Dr
Daniel Peart, who is a lecturer at Queen Mary, gave GCSE and A-Level students the opportunity to have an
in-depth look at university life, and more specifically History at Queen Mary.
Dr Peart gave us an insight as to the benefits of studying History and the opportunities this leads to. The first
year of History at the university would mean students would have to take compulsory courses, as well as a
broad range of modules, like Renaissance and early Modern history. The second year would give students a
free reign of courses, to study whatever appealed them the most, allowing them to develop a closer
understanding of the time period they chose to study. The university also promotes extra-curricular activities,
ranging all the way from the debating club to cheerleading. With its own campus newspaper run entirely by
the students, Queen Mary allows young people to thrive in a learning environment fit for a successful
tomorrow. The way Dr Peart described it, Queen Mary University seemed like an appealing path for many
Hornsey students to take.
By Zahrah Latief
Year 7 Hornsey School Art Exhibition
Students from Hornsey School for Girls recently exhibited
their work at this year's Crouch End Festival. An exhibit of Year
7's art work based on the theme "The Built Environment" was
displayed at Hornsey & Crouch End Library from 4 - 17th May.
For the project students drew houses on Inderwick Rd from
observation. The drawings were developed into collage pieces
and clay relief tiles.
According to staff at the library the work drew a lot of
attention and was praised by many people who went to see
Congratulations to all students who took part
The Built Environment
Head of Art & Design
SUMMER ART SHOW
You are invited to come and see the achievements and successes of
Year 7 8 & 9, GCSE, AS & A level students in the Art Department
All family & friends welcome
Wine, soft drinks & light refreshments available
Friday 29th June 2012
(3.30 - 6.45pm)
Design & Technology
As part of a D&T class Imola 8T designed,
baked and decorated this wedding cake.
Of the cake she said: "As wedding cakes
are very expensive to buy I designed mine
to be an affordable alternative. It is smaller
but still very pretty".
Well done Imola
This year the year 8 Textiles group were proud to present to Ms Smith (Deputy Head) a wall hanging
for the new suite of offices. The theme was `To Bring Outdoors Indoors' and after some research the
students decided to interpret different kinds of trees in different seasons, using a variety of
decoration techniques. The result is an exuberant splash of colour that will keep spirits up no matter
how grey the weather outside!
But more importantly, the students have given something to the school that reflects their dedication
and hard work, and it will be there to inspire future students, long after they themselves have left
Well Done Year 8!
"This trip gave me
I learnt tha
more confidence that in
fact you don't need to go
to private school to
Oxford University Trip
Fifteen intrepid Year 9 G&T students set off early that morning, accompanied by Ms Wildish and
expertly driven by Ms Kent. Upon arrival at Keble College we were ushered in through a secret back
door, past magnificent views of the Victorian college buildings, through to the new lecture rooms
where an array of people came to welcome us.
We met the College Outreach Officer who explained how Oxford University is run and how to apply.
Then a Senior Tutor explained the interview process, and clarified the GCSE options that are required
for entry. Finally, three current undergraduates (university students) gave us the lighter side of life
there, including sports matches, plays, and parties. After this wealth of information we toured the
college in small groups before eating lunch in a bustling dining hall that looked as if Harry Potter
might walk in and join us at any moment.
A few photos later, we crossed the road to the Natural History Museum to explore the dinosaur
skeletons, the stuffed animals, and the live beetles - but only the bravest managed to pick them up!
The Education Officer let us handle some rare (and heavy) specimens before giving us free time to
roam amongst the collected curiosities. We headed home tired but buzzing from the excitement of
Teacher of English
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Year 7's Raise Money for Sport Relief
On the morning of the fundraising event (March 23rd) Ms. Hall our head of year
explained that each participating student was to complete 1 mile around the school
Astroturf field. She was a bit worried about the possibility of heavy rain disrupting
the plans she had made but it all turned out fine.
I had never raised money for a charity before and I thought we would just run and
someone will donate money later. But I had to ask people to sponsor me starting with my parents. I really
wanted to give it my best shot, have fun and run and I didn't really care about winning or anything. Lining up for
the event I walked past students tied together wearing pink rabbit costumes, another pair wore matching blue
t-shirts and another matching skirt with their feet tied up together with matching red and black trainers. I was
incredibly surprised about how much effort students put into something for charity and the dining hall was
buzzing with everybody having conversations regarding the techniques and strategies that might work during
Finally, the time had come when Ms. Hall arrived in the dining hall and told us what would happen, a year 11
sport leader told us the rules, and gave us some useful tips. As soon as we were ready to go we started to run,
walk, or jog and some even ran as fast as Dash in The Incredibles! On my 5th time running around the course I
was struggling to catch my breathe and a little glance around me showed some students were too tired to run
and wanted to stop. But what kept us going was the motivating words from the sports leaders and teachers.
They were shouting phrases such as "come on you can do this", "you're doing really well". Every time I heard
those phrases I would look around and see smiles and looks of determination on the student's faces.
In the end I didn't come first, second nor third, but at least I had the courage to run a mile and I'm truly proud
of all the other year 7's who did it too. In completing the mile we raised almost 1000 for Sport Relief and helped
less fortunate people. Words aren't enough to describe how tiring it was to most of us but one thing I have to
tell you, every single bit was absolutely worth it!
By Denvert 7C
Budding entrepreneurs of the future in Year 8 have been working incredibly hard in order to develop their
business ideas, as part of the "Business Enterprise Initiative". This involved students from the year group
pitching their idea to a panel of judges in a Dragons Den format. There were some wonderful ideas, brilliant
presentations and really creative thinking! More on this soon...
Head of Business, Careers & Work Related Learning