Last Day of Term Arrangements

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Last Day of Term Arrangements

    April 2009

    PARENTAL ACCESS STUDENT ACCESS TO MOODLE VLE TO STUDENT PROGRESS Students are reminded that they can access our Parents are reminded that they can access their Virtual Learning Environment by going to child’s progress by going to Please use Please use your school login details. Many resources are the login details that you have been sent by the now available for revision. school. If you do not have these you can obtain these from main reception for a Year 7-11 student and the 6th Form office for a Year 12 or 13 student.

    SUMMER UNIFORM SENIOR HEALTH ADVISOR It’s that time again summer uniform can now My name is Maria Rayner and I have recently be worn. However, the school badge must be started work at Barking Abbey as a Senior visible at all times. Blazers can be worn with the Health Advisor based above the Dance Studio at polo shirts no cardigans/jumpers are permitted. Upper School. No t-shirts should be worn under the polo shirts. If students are cold they should continue to wear My role is to offer a confidential support and the winter uniform. advice service to pupils, parents and carers. I

     can offer support and advice on a number of

    areas, including: Failure to wear the required uniform will result

     in students being sent home to get changed into

    full school uniform. ? Drugs and Alcohol

    ? Sexual Health

    ? Emotional Health and Wellbeing

    ? Healthy Eating SCHOOL POLICE OFFICER I would just like to take this opportunity to If you need to contact me to discuss any health introduce myself to you all. I am the school’s related issues please contact me via the school or new Police Officer, PC Carol-Anne O’Dwyer. I on 07944 327147 am based permanently at the Upper School (office next door to Mr Edwards) and am available to support and advise your children if needed. Please feel free to discuss any matter Drop in Times with me which you feel I may be able to help Lower School Tuesday lunchtimes with. I can also be contacted by e-mail on Upper School Monday after school 3-4pm PC Carol-Anne O’Dwyer


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    GIFTED & TALENTED TRIP TO THE Those students representing their school were: TOWER OF LONDON ARMOURY


    Nalisha Patel Luke Fenton Ever wondered the difference between ‘dumb’ Taylor Mitchell Mehmet Ozpembe (materials) and ‘Smart’? Nisha Patel Khaled Uddin Nayyerah Ahmad Chagish Gnanaranjan thOn Tuesday 24 March the Technology Alia Kaleem Nikhita Bonigala Department took 20 Year 9 students to the Hanya Benotmane Mohsin Mahmood Tower of London Armoury for an investigation Balraj Sohal Shahriyah Hassan of ‘Smart’ materials. These are materials that Nickesh Patel Sam Golding react with their environment in a specific BIG BANG FAIR way (those old enough

    may remember the Students from Year 9 Science and Engineering ‘global Hyper colour’ T Club attended The Big Bang Fair on the 4, 6 and

    shirts of the Eighties). 7 March. It was a magnificent event showcasing

    Their use represents the work of UK’s future Engineers and Scientists.

    some of the most 6,500 people attended and we were one of only

    exciting and innovative two school clubs amongst 180 schools present at

    inventions of the the event.

    Investigating shape Engineering and

    memory metals Science fields. The Club Examples include members materials in space suits, Kevlar and ‘shape displayed memory metals’ that are used in eye glasses that their can be bent and will not snap. projects

     from science The students got the and chance to carry out engineering scientific club and experiments on a also pictures variety of materials taken from their past events and trips on all three

    and explore their days. The stand gained the interest of people

    properties. They from all over the country.

    learnt about the

    design and The students had a great time and got to meet

    various technology involved in Finding out about VIPs and items such as riot bullet proof glass shields, bullet proof

    glass, stab proof ‘hoodies’ and control buttons

    on space suits. The instructors were very

    complimentary about the knowledge and

    conduct of our Year 9s.

    celebrities. Rianna Carr, Jessica Lloyd and To finish the day, the students were taken on a

    Lucy Murphy got the opportunity to be in the tour of the Tower of London where they were

    presence of royalty on Wednesday, as involved in a mixture of History and Design

    Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, officially Technology looking at old weapons as well as

    opened the event just metres away from us. The seeing the Crown Jewels.


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    boys, Andrew Warwick, Pupils took part in the following:

    The Launchpad,

    the Science

    Museum's most

    popular hands-on,

    brains-on gallery.

    The Launchpad

    is packed with

    over 50 Jordan Femi-Famakinwa and Mehmet Oxpembe

    represented on Thursday and met

    Lord Sainsbury. Aanisah Zaman, Lara Duhig interactive

    and Nayyerah Ahmad all met the adventurer and exhibits, plus

    television presenter Ben Fogle and had their electrifying

    picture taken with him. shows and

     lively demos,

    All the students who went all from the wonderful

    did an amazing job in world of physics.

    representing Barking

    Abbey and telling people Feel the force show is a fast-

    all about our wonderful moving and

    Science and entertaining

    Engineering Club. demonstration

    They all had a

    fantastic time at the



    On Friday, 13 March, as part of Science &

    Engineering week Technology and CEME that arranged an educational and fun day to Science explores forces and Museum. Eighteen of our Year 8 & 9 Science & motion. Pupils were encouraged to Engineering (G&T) girls attended the trip and take part in a forces demonstration and explore took part in many exciting activities. the science and engineering of rockets.

    Year 8 Year 9

    Ellie Leftley Jordan Surety

    Gerda Jokymaityte Nikhita Bonigala

    Maggie Hyde Nisha Patel

    Yewande Ogunbote Nalisha Patel

    Ganga Aji Alia Kaleem

    Natasha Kinsella Hanya Benotmane

    Fasia Faley

    Leanne Kelly

    Priya Patel

    Sumaiya Yasmin

    Esme Moore

    Nabeela Rahman


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    BARKING ABBEY TECHNOLOGY Those attending were:

    Sukrit Sood Eseosa Isaac-Ozemwogie STUDENTS ARE REWARDED FOR THEIR

    Scott Wilson Martin Banning HARD WORK AND ATTENDANCE AT

    Joe Childs Andrei Smantana THE CEME SATURDAY CLUB Gurpal Matharu Trusha Mistry

    At the end of March, 14 of Barking Abbey’s Tayma Escoffery Krishane Maisuria

    Technology Students were rewarded for their Fahid Syed Jack Ling

    DuShaun Alderson-Claeys hard work over the preceding 16 weeks. They

     all attended the regular intensive course at the

    SIXTH FORM LANGUAGE STUDENTS ON CEME (Centre for Engineering &

    WORK EXPERIENCE IN FRANCE Manufacturing Excellence) from 9am to

    12.30pm every Saturday for 16 weeks. In the half term break during February 2009, Sereta Venkanah and Alexandra Palma Long, During this time they learnt and practiced a great both students of AS French, spent an exciting range of skills including ultra modern lathe work, and rewarding week in the beautiful historic advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD), sheet town of Avignon, France. Here is Alexandra’s metal work and electrical installation, amongst report. other skills. Mrs Brinck-Johnsen, Modern Languages Dept Their tutors remarked that this is one of the best behaved and motivated groups from the Barking French Work Experience 2009 & Dagenham area for a long time. The students

    This February, I went to Avignon in the south of all did their school and themselves very proud.

    France for a week of work experience. The trip They were part of a group comprised of students

    was put together by a company specialising in from other schools.

    organising exchange and work experience trips

    abroad for language students, and although only Receiving their 2 of us from Barking Abbey went, there were prizes and also about 30 other A level French students from certificates

    all over the country on the trip. When we got to

    Avignon, we took the evening to explore the city

    and find our work placements, ready for our first Their achievements

    day of work. I was allocated a placement in a were recognised at a

    small travel agents’ near the heart of the city. presentation evening

    Although initially I wasn’t able to do much, it attended by Barking

    was really helpful talking to the people who Abbey Staff

    worked there, 2 of whom were French students including Mr Lloyd. Here they received a special

    on work experience, and by the end of the week surprise gift and certificates acknowledging their

    I was able to do tasks such as running documents hard work.

    to the post office and bank and taking tickets to

    clients in hotels. As well as the work, we also They all took home a

    had had free time, and during our time off we number of very useful

    were free to explore the city at our leisure, do practical items that

    some sightseeing and go out in the evening as they produced over

    we pleased. Overall the whole experience was the course.

    great- meeting new people, having independence,

    experiencing work in a foreign country and

    improving my French as well. I would highly Trusha Mistry recommend the trip to anyone taking French, or receiving her prizes any other language as an A level! and certificate


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     - 5 - SPANISH CLUB COMES TO UPPER! Mark also stayed after school to speak to a new,

    all boy, club. This has been set up by the English If you are currently studying Spanish at GCSE department to encourage reading and literacy level or if you have some basic Spanish, why not within Year 9 boys. They all received a novel by come along to Spanish Club every Monday Mark and were able to listen to how he became a 3-4pm in Room 61. famous writer and publisher. This boys group will next meet on the 18 May at 3 o’clock, If interested speak to Mrs Wallace or send her an outside History room 1. We will be discussing email his books, writing reviews, eating food and plan our next event. Any boy from upper school who A VISIT FROM NII PARKES, wishes to come along is very welcome. DIANE HOFMAYR AND MARK ROBSON On the 26 April, some groups from Year 9 were NETBALL lucky enough to take part in a workshop run by Barking Abbey under 17 netball squad showed a Nii Parkes. Nii has published many books and fantastic display of netball in the under 19 poems and uses his Ghanaian background as Schools National Finals at Oundle School inspiration for much of this. Throughout the Northamptonshire finishing 2nd overall in the workshops, Nii was able to teach the pupils how UK. to write poetry similar to his own. He also gave enthusiastic readings of his poems, some of To reach the finals they had to compete in which were written with a mixture of English knockout tournaments at County and regional and Ghanaian words. Pupils were shown through level where we meet some tough opposition his teaching that they don’t necessarily need to along the way. speak a language to understand its meaning! By the end of the session, pupils had created their During the rounds the girls showed lots of own weird and wonderful poems and had been determination as they have only been together able to hear each others’ creations. since September 2008 as well as having to cope with different players throughout the pre stages Diane Hofmayr also visited the school on this due to England/Super league commitments. day and worked with two large groups from our Humanities Gifted and Talented cohort. She was They started the day strongly even though we able to teach the pupils all about her South had two squad members very poorly but played African culture and inspired pupils in their on despite this. creative writing. She also read extracts from her novels and helped pupils with their fantastic We played mature netball throughout the day stories. Diane stated after this event that: ‘To with victories against Broxbourne (11-3) John produce a short story at the best of times is tough Cleveland College (13-8) QE Sixth for college and takes some talented effort. They rose to the (7-4) Brokenhursts College (15-3) Maynards challenge superbly. (16-6) Wrekin College (11-7) Harrogate Grammar School (17-10) which resulted in us The third author to visit groups of Year 9s was finishing top of our group with out losing a game. Mark Robson (author of The Imperial Spy series). This took us into the semi finals, where we He worked with the groups on their creation of would face King Edwards School (Bath). snappy, exciting story openings. This involved the tearing, ripping and sticking of magazines to We knew this was going to be a tough create an ideas board for story inspiration. This challenge. The nerves kicked in a little and with produced some very creative and imaginative the games being just 7 minutes each way we stories from all pupils. made to many mistakes which led to us trailing by 5 goals at half time.


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    The squad knew they all had a job to do as we INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

    needed at least 3 turn overs from the oppositions Hello, centre pass with us converting from them as well Our International Events section of the as having to convert from all our centre passes. newsletter this month features poetry and articles The team certainly raised the level of netball in written by pupils at our partner school the 7 minutes they had left and we were battling KVAGCR in Delhi, India. Pupils and staff from for everything which led to a great win for us KV will be with us in late June and we will keep (12-9). It was a great team effort!!!! you posted about this. In the final we then faced the Cardinal Newman Enjoy! (Manchester) who had held the title for the past Manju Nair, International Co-ordinator 3 years. They proved to be the better side on the day and were worthy winners but we have learnt Cricket in examination hall so much from this competition and will be back

    This was sent in by Neha Jain a pupil at next year competing in the same age category.

    KVAGCR Delhi, our link school in India. A

    funny take on exams through the eyes of a The girls did themselves, parents, coaches and

    cricket fan! their school proud on and off the court and

     worked hard to achieve a fantastic result.

    Bat pen Congratulations!

    Ball question paper

    Bowler paper setter They are now preparing for the Essex Cup Final

    Batsman examinee 23 April and the National Sports College Finals

    Four thinking and on the 9 May.

    then writing

    Sixer writing without thinking Squad

    Bouncer most difficult question Kadeen Corbin (capt) Hat trick able to answer three Sophie Howard consecutive questions Lauren Leach Maiden over unable to answer six Meg Middleton consecutive questions Frankie Gray Bowled shocked after seeing the Marsha Clarke question paper Rebecca Rollinson Catch out caught while looking around Adeva Bryan Stumped caught while trying to take out Jessica Greene (Yr 10) paper from…. Rochelle Gittens (Yr 10) Run out caught while trying to peep into others paper Also well done to Meg Middleton for attending Retired hurt fainting in examination hall Regional Development training, Kadeen Corbin after seeing the question paper (GD/GA) England U/19 and National Talent Century passing exams with flying League (Brunel) and winning the title with her colours squad, Ella Clarke (GA) Mavericks Senior Super Third umpire requesting teacher to re-check league and finishing 2nd overall this season answer sheet Byes grace marks given by teacher

    Follow-on failing in March and re-

    appearing in September

    Innings failing in September too

    Neha Jain, 15 years old, Delhi, India


    April 2009

     - 7 - Deforestation opportunities are given to students. If one has the

    spirit of achieving something then he/she can Means in itself: uplift his/her life by participating and taking interest in them as I am trying to do. I hope we D Do not cut trees students and Barking Abbey students can have E Endure to improve the environment more interaction and get to know each other and F Failure to replant trees will result in the join hands to solve all issues. destruction of animal life O Organise afforestation programmes Global warming R Restore a home for wild life

    E Educate one another about green Global warming is a serious concern

    revolution Earth is sending warming signals S Show you care about the environment To the young generation in India T Trees are homes for birds and animals Be aware of global warming A Allow them to grow And understand the message T Trees act as barricades to soil erosion Of golden beams of the rising sun I Increase tree planting in water shed areas Let’s not pollute the water of Ganga

    O Oceans, trees, rivers, source of water life Let Brahmaputra cultivate the

    savers fertile soil of the north-east N Nitrification results indirectly from The Gangas, the Sutluj and the Brahmaputra

    deforestation Are the symbols of our Vedas

     And the preserver of beauty of mother India Sadhana 13 years old Let there be no harm done to it

     Let’s control the global warming……………..

    Video conferencing with UK students! The weather, the plants and animals

    Are signalling and alarming the mankind I was curiously waiting to change this thought in Let our environmental temperature be cooled reality and then 13 February came. By the snow of the Himalayas Let’s control the global warming………………. It was the time to get into bus and reach the British council at Connaught Place for video by Shahbaz Ali age 14 conferencing. I was obviously very excited but nervous also because it was a new experience for

    me. During the video conferencing I tried my

    best to take up and decorate our area to give a

    good performance making video conferencing

    successful. When the conference ended I was

    satisfied with my performance and thanked god

    as well as prayed to him to continue giving me

    such opportunities so that I can give more good

    performances as practice can only change a

    person from good to better. Today one more

    thing that I have learnt is that English language

    is very important in my life. If we have to

    express are views then we should be fluent in

    English because every where in offices,

    interviews, schools and also in this conferencing

    also conversation takes place in English. It is

    like a window through which we can look at the

    whole world. I feel very lucky to be a student of

    this school because various types of


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    Blood shed, violence, sufferings are all in the bold.

    Somewhere lies a word called Peace untold. Why is Man so blind.

    To ignore the key of happiness from mind. Gandhi, Nelson, Desmond have one thing in common

    They gave call for peace to fight the demon Do not allow yourself to stand in a trance Rise and give peace a chance

    Happiness and Prosperity go hand in hand Only if your let peace prevail on land Remember the sufferings of the families torn Come join hands and let peace dawn

Shobha Sharma

    Link Teacher, KVAGCR, Delhi, India


    I think that I shall never see

    A poem lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose greenery refresh

    All those who feel the stress.

    A tree that looks at God all day

    And lifts her leafy arms to pray,

    A tree that may in summer wear

    A nest of robins in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

    Who intimately lives with rain.

    Poems are made by fools like me,

    But only God can make a lovely tree.

Himanshu Mathur

    Year 6, Delhi, India


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    Mobile phones


    Large amounts of money

    are allowed in school

A mobile phone can be given to the office staff at the beginning of the day to

    be put into the safe and collected at 2.40pm if needed for a safe journey home.

    The school staff and police officers cannot take any responsibility for items listed above which have been stolen during school hours.

All classrooms and areas within the school are being monitored by police

    officers and crime prevention staff.


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    Helping you to talk to your

    children about sex, relationships

    and growing up

    Barking Abbey PARENT/CARERS

    th WHEN: Wednesday, 29 April 2009

WHERE: Barking Abbey Upper School; Sandringham Road

     Conference Room

TIME: 9:30am-12:30pm

If you have any questions OR would like to book your place please contact

    asap as places are limited;

    Kristin Doneski, Parent Support Advisor; School-Home


    @ 0208 270 6845


    April 2009

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