National Schools Poetry: QE Student Wins 3rd Place
We are delighted to have received the news that Tito Molokwu has won third place in the Age 15-17 National Schools Poetry Competition 2017. Her poem can be read below.
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We are delighted to have received the news that Tito Molokwu has won third place in the Age 15-17 National Schools Poetry Competition 2017. Her poem can be read below.
The Art department recently led a visit to The National Portrait Gallery. Below is a review from some Year 8 students.
"I loved going to The National Portrait Gallery as the whole experience was very well organised, fun and educational. All instructions given at the beginning of the day were clear and well-structured so we (as students) knew what to expect. When we arrived we went inside the gallery and were given an interesting and interactive lecture in the Ondaatje lecture theatre, about what portraits are. The extremely kind member of the gallery staff made us think and share our opinions. Additionally, she encouraged us to expand on our answers in order to express ourselves fully. Then we got the chance to view and embrace the pieces of art, which was fascinating as we got to see art from the Stuart and Victorian eras. We also saw work by artists such as Julian Opie who we are studying in class. Over all, my year and I had an incredible time visiting the National Portrait Gallery."
- Holly Travi, Hannah Brewer, Eva Culverwell. 8AEA
The Art Department are delighted to announce that we are now part of the National Art and Design Saturday Club.
The club is run by Middlesex University as one of over 50 Universities and colleges across the UK offering Saturday morning art classes and expert tuition. The year long programme includes Photography, print, and 3D workshops and ends with a fantastic exhibition and private view at Somerset House. Students will also be awarded with a certificate by Sir John Sorrell, internationally renowned designer, founder of the Sorrell Trust and the National Saturday Clubs.
We look forward to sharing their work with you later in the year.
At Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School, we have focussed on diversity in its widest sense during the month of October, which has coincided with the 30 year anniversary of Black History Month in the UK. To celebrate this, students have been learning about the achievements and contributions of British people of African and Afro-Carribbean heritage.
All Students have had an assembly on the theme of equality; where topics such as the lives of Martin Luther King and Harriet Tubman, have been explored. In addition, students have had the opportunity to take part in different initiatives across the school in a variety of subject areas, notably English and Art. We have held literary and creative quiz competitions and would like to congratulate Jasmine Salt in Year 7 who won the whole school quiz, which had over 100 entries.
The Art department would like to congratulate Jessica Adu-Wiate from 10PKI for winning their competition. Her entry used a range of materials including, paper, fabric, felt pen and collage. The poster she designed gave information about Yaa Asantewaa, Queen mother of the Ashanti people. She wins the first prize of a bag of art goodies which includes: Sketch book, paints, brush and colouring pencils. This should certainly help foster Jessica's creativity! Her winning entry is shown below.
Olivia Wariso 11JRN and Antigone Stockbridge 11TTH, both attend 1374 East Barnet Squadron. They have been members of the Air Cadets for over two years now, and have recently been promoted to the rank of Sergeant, within 5 months of becoming Corporals. The rank system is: Cadet, Corporal, Sergeant, Flight Sergeant and Cadet Warrant Officer and the promotion time between each of them normally ranges from 1-3 years, so to reach this milestone in such a short time is a significant achievement. They have clearly demonstrated strong leadership as well as a sense of maturity throughout their cadet careers. This has been echoed in their approach to their GCSE studies and we are incredibly proud of Olivia and Antigone's approach. Congratulations to both of you and we look forward to reading about your continued success!
Our GCSE Art students have spent some time focusing on observational drawing as part of their course. Below is an account from two Year 10 students.
During Year Group assemblies this week, we have been celebrating achievements by issuing some of the much covetted "Commitment" and "Reslience" badges. Resilience badges were awarded to students whose attendance last year was between 99.73% and 100%. The Commitment badges were awarded to the large marjority of students who maintained their excellent behaviour records by achieving zero negative behaviour points.
Many congratulations to all. Full details of award winners can be found in the attachments below.
Talented golfer and current QE student, Elle Gibson, has been featured in The Evening Standard recently. Elle is passionate about encouraging girls to consider playing golf. She has also been incredibly successful, with a particular highlight being winning the American Golf Junior Championships earlier in the year. We are very proud of Elle and look forward to celebrating her continued success in golf.
To aid their studies in GCSE Business, 30 Year 10 students worked with representatives from Young Enterprise during a special half day workshop session. Students participated in a number of engaging activities throughout the day in order to help them develop an entrepreneurial mindset as well as improve their employability skills. There were various activities, with talks on careers and employability skills. The final activity was an innovation challenge, in which students were tasked to develop and market a new product using only a wire clothing hanger. The task required a lot of creativity and team work, which all 5 teams displayed in abundance. There were some very unique uses of the clothing hanger and so judging the competition was tense! The winning team, known by their Business name SALFAR, comprised of Fiona Rrudhani, Sally Pankhurst, Rebecca Ansah, Arwa Kamoka, Liya Ali and Andrea Ghasemy Doost. They successfully created and pitched a prototype shoe freshener called "Step Fresh" which is designed to freshen the smell of worn shoes whilst they are stored.
We would like to thank Young Enterprise for their time and we are looking forward to continuing to explore entrepreneurial skills as part of our current topic.
Our Music department recently visited the Barbican Centre with a group of Key Stage 3 students to listen to the London Symphony Orchestra. Below is an account from two Year 8 students who were in attendance.
"On Thursday 18th May, a selection of students were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to listen to the London Symphony Orchestra perform at the Barbican Centre, one of London’s greatest concert halls. Accompanied by our music teachers Mr Levy and Mr Verma, we travelled in anticipation via the underground (sheltered from the pouring rain) to Moorgate station.
From there, we were only to walk through a couple of London’s busy streets in the heart of the City, past the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, to enter the Barbican Centre. In the entrance hall, that was modern and displayed details for all of the performances to be held there, we were privileged to meet Mr Colin Paris, sub- principal Double Bassist of the London Symphony Orchestra. We asked questions about the life of a musician which was highly inspiring. After a photograph, we enjoyed exploring the grand building before proceeding to listen to the orchestra play works by Vaughan Williams, Brahms and Holst’s ‘Planets Suite’ in the concert hall.
We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and feeling of a professional concert. It was amazing and we hope to go there again in the future."
Our Year 9 students all had the opportunity to visit the British Museum. Below is an account from one of many students who enjoyed this visit.
"A trip full of breath-taking artefacts and wonderful culture; the Art department visit to the British museum was a wonderful opportunity for Year 9. We learned about the history and culture of various different countries and how this influenced artwork of the time. We also looked at the symbolism reflected in the artwork and connected this to some of the topics we have been studying this year.
On Wednesday 17th May, our Deputy Headteachers, Mr Duffy and Mr Jones, collected two SSAT awards on behalf of Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School. The awards are in recognition of our best ever examination results at GCSE level in summer 2016. We were awarded:
This year marked 129 years since Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School was founded and we celebrated it over a two day period.
On the 18th of April, six students from Year 8 went to the University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, to take part in a competition against 12 other schools from the London area. This STEM competition was coordinated by EDT and the event was sponsored by Network Rail. It was simply called 'Stations of the future' and students were invited to redesign an existing railway station, developing it to make it sustainable and safe, incorporating the latest and upcoming technologies.
For over 10 weeks, a group of students worked hard to create an architectural model, a presentation, and full report of their research, design ideas, final solution and testing. The competition was tough and there were many creative ideas but our team's hard work and original ideas paid off as they won the competition for their innovation and practical solution to problems at London Victoria.
The award was presented by a very senior engineer from Network Rail who said that the reason the QEGS team won was because they listened very clearly to what the judging panel were looking for, but also had managed to design real solutions to real problems that Network Rail are trying to address with London Victoria. He also took photographs of the model as he was going to bring it to the table when discussing long term plans for London Victoria incorporating Crossrail 2, which the girls included in their design work.
The "QE Girl" magazine is the product of our Journalism club, led by Chair of Governors, Rebecca Hanley. A number of staff and students have supported the Journalism Club to produce the first edition of what we hope will be a popular glimpse into life at the school.
With thanks to Maya, Amelia, Jessica, Jeannie, Kirstie and Christina, Anne-Eve, Tito and Niamh, Mikaela, Ella H, Cheryl and Rayan, Dana, Mathilda, Grace H, Dila, Mina and Grace A, Amnah and Sarah, Khouria and Katherine, Abigail, Rachel and Precious, Sienna, Cheryl, Rachel, Maddie, Eve, Ella P, Zara and everyone who came along to Journalism Club - even if it was just once!
Having entered the "Big Bang" Science competition for the first time, Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School not only had a particularly large number of groups entered into the finals, but we also left having won a national award! Two Year 10 students have shared their experience of the process below.
We are delighted to announce that Victoria Bishop-Laggett has secured a place on the Under 15 Middlesex Hockey team. This is an amazing achievement for Victoria and we hope to hear of her successes in the coming weeks.
We are also thrilled to be able to congratulate Lidia Kyriacou and Pearl Thomas-Bocking for achieving a place in the London Mini Marathon. They will be representing Barnet, where only 6 runners were selected from the entire borough. We wish them all the best of luck with their training and indeed their marathon.
QUEEN ELIZABETH’S GIRLS’ SCHOOL STUDENTS THROUGH TO UK FINAL OF THE BIG BANG COMPETITION
23 Year 10 students from Queen Elizabeth’s Girl’s in Barnet are through to the UK final of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition after wowing judges at the regional heats.
Year 10 Students Niamh Quinn, 14, Kirstie Harrison Dunne, 14, Sophie De Naeyer, 15, Zara Ahmadzai, 14, Muna Badiudeen, 15, Nima Nor, 14, Zahrah Khan, 14, Loraine Benedict, 14, Paris Baheer, 14, Scarlett Schulz, 14, Sophie Peerless, 14, Akua Asare, 15, Anna Mason, 14, Ana McKenna-Ochoa, 15, Anna Campiani, 15, Emily Siu, 15, Rebecca Rajapakse, 15, Rosalind Cross, 14, Olivia Smith, 14, Maricar Armodia, 14, Ilia Sediq, 14, Dilan Cekin, 14, Afia Antwi, 14 and Riona Mustafa, 14 impressed the judges with their studies into:
· Mars: Is it Possible?
· Hydro Electricity
· City Venture- The Future Of City Journeys
· Research into the different types of bionics
· Smart Materials, can they help medicine, transport and infrastructure in the future?
· The possibility of inserting solar panels on the moon to provide a green source of electricity on the Earth.
· An app to help people contact each other without using the Internet after a natural disaster
They will go on to join over 200 other project teams from across the UK in the finals, which take place during The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at the Birmingham NEC, in mid March 2017.
The Big Bang Competition is an annual contest designed to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), as well as helping them build skills and confidence in project-based work.
The competition is open to 11-18 year olds, and gives participants the chance to compete for top prizes such as international experiences worth over £50,000 and prestigious awards such as UK Young Scientist and UK Young Engineer of the Year.
Commenting on Niamh, Kirstie, Sophie, Zara, Muna, Nima, Zahrah, Loraine, Paris, Scarlett, Sophie, Akua, Anna, Ana, Emily, Rebecca, Rosalind, Olivia, Maricar, Ilia, Dilan, Afia and Riona’s success, Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, which organises The Competition said:
“This year’s entries to The Big Bang Competition highlight how talented the UK’s young scientists and engineers are. It’s easy to see why this project has secured a place at the national finals. We’re now excited about seeing all the finalists come together at The Fair in March, where they will have the chance to impress the judges and inspire other young visitors.”
“Congratulations to Niamh, Kirstie, Sophie, Zara, Muna, Nima, Zahrah, Loraine,Paris, Scarlett, Sophie, Akua, Anna, Ana, Emily, Rebecca, Rosalind, Olivia, Maricar, Ilia, Dilan, Afia, Riona and good luck for March.”
Mr S Randhawa, from Queen Elizabeth’s Girl’s, said:
“Having the opportunity to put theory into practice has been great fun and has given the girls an idea of just how interesting a career in the sciences could be. The project has also helped the students develop technical skills and learn how to work well together as a team. To be through to the national final is the icing on the cake – the girls can’t wait to show off their projects again and hope to come back from the UK finals in March with an award!"
For more information visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/competition
Four Year 11 students, Tiffany Connolly, Nina Longman, Bethan Nugent and Elissa Wallace took a break from their GCSE revision on Saturday 4th March to attend a Jack Petchey Award ceremony at Kensington Town Hall. They were each presented with awards by the Mayor of Barnet for their contributions to 1st Barnet Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association. As well as their commitment to the group, they were honoured for volunteering within the Anchors age group (5-8 year olds), which otherwise would have had to close down last year due to a lack of forthcoming volunteers needed to run the group. We are incredibly proud of the thoughtfulness and commitment demonstrated by this group of student leaders.
During half term, three members of the English Department visited Copenhagen with 29 of our wonderful sixth form students. A review of this study visit can be found below.
We set out at 3.30am from school and arrived bleary eyed in Copenhagen by 10.00am to settle in to our welcoming hostel, The Generator. The first day was spent recovering from a lack of sleep, exploring a brand new city and reassuring ourselves that the wi-fi worked and that Dominoes and TGIs were open. On the second day, we embarked on the main reason for our visit, the trip to Kronberg Castle, the inspiration for Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. We enjoyed a breath-taking guided tour of the castle with the ‘real’ Horatio and speculated as to whether Shakespeare actually visited the castle in his younger life – it looked increasingly likely and pleased us to think so. The third day was spent in Copenhagen. A group of our students enjoyed a bus tour of the city, some intrepid girls ventured out on bikes and the rest of us walked around the city, visiting attractions like the Design Museum and the Little Mermaid. We had lunch in ‘Paper Island’, a wonderful venue full of street food and warmed ourselves on the braziers outside. We left our hopes and dreams on the trees within the art work of Yoko Ono. Never have teenagers walked this far without complaint! The final day was time for final sight seeing, shopping and eating as many pastries as possible.
Overall, it was a wonderful trip spent in the company of our fantastic girls; as always they were a credit to the school, themselves and their families. Special credit to Ms Kenney Dwyer and those who had to stay for an extra day, coping wonderfully with this unexpected challenge.
Students from our A-Level Psychology classes visited the Freud Museum on 8th February 2017 in Hampstead. The aim was to learn more about Freud’s theories of personality and psychoanalysis; two themes that have been explored during recent lessons. The Museum’s education team offered a discussion session tailored around the A-Level specification to complement our study of the 'Biological Psychology' and 'Issues and Debates' strands of the course. This was then followed by a question and answer session where many interesting points where made. There was an opportunity for a tour the Museum, where Freud and his family resided during the final years of his life. A particular highlight was seeing Freud's psychoanalysis couch (pictured above).
'This Girl Can' was developed by Sport England in order to help women overcome the fear of judgement which often stops many women and girls from joining in when it comes to sports. Two sisters from Queen Elizabeth's, Bleta and Londrita, have been involved with This Girl Can and have gained a lot from the experience by achieving much success in Jui-Jitsu. Londrita (in Year 12) took up the sport four years ago and is currently a brown belt, whilst her sister, Bleta, (in Year 11) is a black belt, having been developing her martial arts skills for nine years. They will both be starring in a poster campaign for 'This Girl Can' and have recently appeared in the local press (click here).
Bleta: "I am thrilled to be part of the 'This Girl Can' campaign and to be able to work with other amazing women. It was a very prestigious experience, and I have so many special memories from my involvement with the scheme. Even though being in the limelight was intimidating at times, I managed to stay strong and remember the inspiring cause my sister and I were promoting."
Londrita: "Taking part in an empowering and inspirational campaign, such as the one of 'This Girl Can', will not be something that can be easily forgotten. I was able to meet and work with incredible women of all ages, but with whom we all shared a common goal- which was to encourage more women in sport through this campaign."
Many congratulations to Laura Lopez in Year 10 for winning a Jack Petchey award which she was recently presented with in assembly. We are delighted that her caring approach has been recognised. Below is an excerpt from her award nomination.
"Laura is an encouraging friend who is always there when you need her. Her consistent hard work during class influences others to work harder.
When a fellow student was in severe pain due to a stomach condition on the local bus, Laura asked the bus driver to stop and handled the situation remarkably well. Laura called the friend’s mum as well as the school, all the while remaining calm. She is exceptionally caring and she can make friends very easily.
Laura has kindly chosen to spend her £250 to fund a GCSE English school trip to the theatre to see “An Inspector Calls”. "
The Music department recently visited the Barbican to attend the "Soviet Sensibilities" concert by the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. The theme of this sell out concert was music that had been written under the shadow of communist dictatorship. Some reports from students who attended the visit:
We were delighted to be able to take some students to the Abbey Ravenscroft nursing home in order to perform for the residents. Here is some feedback from students who were in attendance:
"On Tuesday 6th of December, we (the school choir) went to Abbey Ravenscroft Park Nursing Home. When we arrived, the staff greeted us kindly. After setting up, we began singing! It was heart-warming to see all the older people smiling and singing along with us! Plus, the staff treated us with drinks and snacks afterwards! Before leaving, we all chatted with everyone there – they were all so kind!"
- Anna Fearnhead
"The choir went on a trip to Abbey Ravenscroft Nursing Home. We all sang Christmas carols to the older people and it was really fun! We even got to eat biscuits and talk to the older people afterwards. They were all very knowledgable about the local area and had some good stories to tell us. It was a lovely experience"
- Laizina Aikebaier
"In early October this year, a competition was set to see who could design the best trophy based on volunteering for the European Volunteering Capital 2017. Every student in Year 8 was given the chance to enter, but only seven could be shortlisted. Miss Davis (Head of Year 8) chose the designs submitted by the following students: Verona (8ANZ), Brigette (8EWT), Amy (8EAO), Yan (8HWN), Madeline (8MEA), Mathilda (8MEA) and Temilola (8MEA). These seven designs were sent forward to the sculptor of the trophy, Mr Guy Portelli. He decided which designs provided him with the most inspiration. Out of many schools from London, Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School was chosen as the winning design.
Our seven students and Miss Davis were invited to attend a special conference in City Hall on Monday 5th December. We left school feeling excited and travelled to Central London by tube. We were taking many photos as we walked along the south bank of the River Thames towards City Hall.
When we arrived, we were welcomed by an official and taken through security to meet Mr Portelli, who created the European Volunteering Capital 2017 trophy. We sat down with him as he talked to us about his innovative design, which consists of all colours of the Union Jack and the Irish flag. He explained the influence of our designs on his final model. The trophy is “Hands up for volunteering” which was based on people wanting to help. Two of our students were chosen to help in presenting the trophy to Sligo, Ireland, on stage later in the conference.
After the meeting and group photos with Mr Portelli, we were taken to our seats in the front row of the Chamber at the bottom of the helical stairway. The conference started with speeches from Laura Brown (Member of Team London) and Matthew Ryder (Deputy Mayor of Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement). Prior the presentation of the 2017 award, the announcement of 2018 winner was made – Aarhus, Denmark.
Finally, it was time to present the trophy to the winner of the European Volunteering Capital 2017. Madeline and Brigette were on stage to witness the presentation. After the conference was over, we ate our lunch and started to make our journey back to school, reflecting on the great experience that we all had."
By Amy Li (8EAO) and Yan Lee (8HWN)
Former students Naz and Ella are about to release their debut single "Love is Love" after having been recognised by the BBC and chosen to be 'single of the week' on a local radio station. Naz and Ella started collaborating after working together in GCSE Music here at Queen Elizabeth's over 6 years ago. They are excited to be releasing their debut single and will follow this up with an EP which is available in the new year.
To listen to Naz and Ella's debut single please visit their website: http://www.nazandella.com/music-tracks
View a recent news article on the Times website: click here
Follow Naz and Ella on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nazandellamusic
On 25th November we held workshops for our Year 10 students to learn about public speaking and to experience working as part of a group. Students were challenged to devise and deliver a persuasive talk on given topics and were coached by experts on body language, voice and delivery style. The day was very interesting for all concerned.
"I would never have imagined that within a normal school day I'd be given such an opportunity. We were taught how to speak in public with structure and confidence. These were just a few of the many skills I gained during my time at the Speak Out Challenge workshop. With these atrributes, the foundation on which to build my future is made stronger."
Igochi Elechi 10NAL
"At the Speak Out Challenge we started by getting to know the other people in the group. We did this by each standing up and stating our names and ambitions for the future. The group leader would then interject every couple of mini speaaches and give us tips on how to interest our audience, such as tellling personal stories and keeping eye contact. By the end of the workshop we were all much more confident at public speaking. After lunch we each delivered a short speech on a topic of our choice. During the day we all became much more confident. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity."
Sara Khafife 10NAL
Students from our A-Level History classes visited the AIM History conference in the Camden Centre on 25th November 2016 to learn about the Tudors. Here is some feedback from two members of the group.
In Business Studies, our GCSE students in Year 10 were tasked with investigating a female entrepreneur (UK or US) that they admired. They had to write at least one page about them, explaining their:
All students completed this task and in groups of four they decided which female entrepreneur they wanted to present to the class and why. Each group held a 5 minute timed presentation on the above criteria and answered questions about their entrepreneur. This project was very well received and the contributions were very strong, with some very positive student feedback:
"Everyone was included and took part in all presentations as we had clear roles. It was inspiring looking at their (female entrepreneurs) backgrounds and learning about the key to their successes"
"I loved it! I feel as though women are not valued enough in society and given opportunities to be independent and to be able to set up a business, so studying this topic made me feel proud and I had a feeling of satisfaction to see women who proved societies expectations wrong"
"The presentations were strong and researching about entrepreneurs was interesting, as I found out the secret behind a successful entrepreneur".
"I thought doing the presentations in class was fun and it was good working in groups, because it is a different way of learning and I learned from working with others"
Well done to the Queen Elizabeth's Girls School cross country teams, who all performed incredibly well in the recent Barnet Schools cross country league events. These were held at Allianz Park sports fields and we competed against a number of local schools.
Our Year 7 team came 3rd overall and the combined Year 8/9 team came 5th (and this is a fantastic result as they did not field a full team in race 1 due to last minute illnesses). We are delighted by the performance of all of our students, in particular our Year 10/11 team who won the Barnet League.
Thank you to our PE department for their support of our athletes and also many thanks to Victoria Peters 11SKT who has been coaching the cross country team every week as part of her GCSE PE course.
We look forward to further further successes in the Barnet Schools cross Country Championships on 12th January 2017.
A group of our Year 10 students were recently invited to attend a STEM themed learning day which was held in the impressive office of Accenture, in the heart of The City. Below is an account from one of our students, Akua.
In their Science lessons during this half term, Year 7 have been studying cells as part of the "Building blocks of life" topic. Each student was asked to make a model cell in order to appreciate their 3D nature and to incorporate some of the learning from this topic. As can be seen from the image above, our students have been incredibly creative, making cells from fabric (to look like a cushion), paper mache, sponges, plasticene, modelling clay and even cake ingredients! The types of cells made varied from red blood cells to palisade leaf cells and a range of facts from the topic had been used in the final design.
The Science department would like to thank Year 7 for their impressive efforts during this project.
Our Year 10 Art students visited the Natural History Museum in Tring on 4th October 2016. Below is some feedback from two students.
Our English Literature Year 13 students recently enjoyed a visit to London to complement their study of Virginia Woolf's novel 'Mrs Dalloway'. The novel is set in central London and during the walk, the group visited key locations and read and discussed specific extracts. It was a wonderful way of immersing students fully into the context of the novel and it made everyone realise what a fantastic resource we have on our doorstep!
After months of work, the final stage of our upper courtyard redevelopment commenced today; the planting of box hedging around the perimeter of our new sheltered seating area.
With the kind support of Mrs Lane, a member of our Governing Body, six students braved the weather to both prepare the soil and do the planting itself. Mrs Walker planted the very first box hedge and our team of budding gardeners planted the remaining plants (over 100 of them!) whilst learning about horticulture with Mrs Lane. Following the completion of the gardening, the upper courtyard area has now officially reopened with our new snack pod opening to serve hot and cold snacks at break and lunch time.
"We were very excited to be part of the team who were planting in the courtyard, knowing that in a few years time we can see the results of our hard work as the hedge grows. We learned about gardening and most importantly about working as an efficient team. We had to come up with a system to ensure that the job was completed well and that we prepared the ground and spaced the plants effectively. We can't wait to see others enjoying this space over the next few days."
Trixie, Year 8 and Georgina, Year 9
We are very grateful to Mrs Lane and to our student volunteers for their efforts in creating what will be a beautiful outdoor space to be enjoyed by many in the months and years to come.
Our Head Girl, Samantha Felton, recently won a Jack Petchey award for her service to the school community. As part of her award, she received a grant for a school based project which would bring a positive impact to a group of other students. Passionate about dance and keen to reach out to our younger students, Samantha decided to use her Jack Petchey grant to run a masterclass in contemporary dance with the Rambert Dance Company. A lot was learned and the workshop was fast paced and energetic, with students being incredibly eager to learn; something which was commented upon afterwards by the Rambert Dance Company.
Here are some accounts from students who participated in the workshop:
We are thrilled to congratulate Elle Gibson for winning the American Junior Golf Championship for under 18s. Over 500 people entered the championships and of these 500 people, 36 managed to qualify. At the finals, Elle appeared live on Sky Sports and after winning she was also interviewed by the Barnet Times, appearing on their front cover (details below).
The shoebox project is a Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School tradition and this year our new Year 7 students have really impressed us with their creativity and hard work. The project forms part of our transition programme; in July we asked all Year 7 students to create a shoebox which they would then present to their tutor group during their first week of school. Here are some accounts from two students along with some of the many shoeboxes which are currently on display in our school.
"Our shoe box project theme was 'looking back and looking forwards'. I created my shoebox in the summer holidays all by myself and I included pictures of my friends and family as well as some objects which meant a lot to me. I chose to include my first ever swimming goggles as well as my tap shoes. When other students presented their shoe boxes, I really learned a lot about their Primary School experience and their ambitions. It was very interesting to find out more about my class mates and I enjoyed creating my shoe box."
"My experience at QE so far has been amazing and the best part of it was presenting my shoe box. In a nutshell we had to take a shoe box, decorate it and then put objects that meant something to us inside the box. This project allowed me to find out something about the other people in my tutor group. We have lots in common and I learned a lot about other people's personalities, hobbies and interests."
We are delighted to announce that our 2016 examination results were our best ever set of results at both GCSE and A-Level for students of all abilities and backgrounds.
At GCSE level, 81% of our students achieved 5A*-C grades including English and Mathematics and our results place us well above the national average and also above the Barnet average as well.
53% of our A-Level grades were A*-B grades, with one student, Rachel Berlingieri, gaining three A* grades at A-Level.
Our value added is very strong at GCSE and A-Level which tells us that students at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School achieve better than expected results and results which are above the national averages.
For further details about our examination results, please click here.
One of our Year 8 tutor groups, 8CBS, organised a charity fundraising event which was held on Saturday 16th July 2016. Not only did the girls have to wake up early on a Saturday, but they also baked and decorated a large quantity of cakes to sell. The event was held at a local market and the girls had to arrive particularly early in order to secure a good stall. During the day they sung to shoppers in order to raise awareness of their stall and to gain the support of those who passed by.
Whilst we have many charity fundraising events here at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School, we are particularly proud of 8CBS who organised their event during the weekend. All proceeds are being donated to Breast Care UK and although we are yet to receive final sales figures, we are confident they will have raised an impressive amount of money and that it will go to a very good cause.
Year 9 had the privilege of listening to the testimony of Holocaust Survivor George Vulkan. We would like to thank our students for being a true credit to the school and for thinking of some excellent questions that made for an even more worthwhile experience. We would also like to thank the Holocaust Educational Trust for helping to organise the event and most importantly, we extend our sincere gratitude to George Vulkan for retelling his very moving story and for delivering some very inspirational messages about prejudice and discrimination to our students. The accounts from students below demonstrate just how much they learned from the experience.
A number of our Year 9 students have taken part in The Girls’ Network mentoring scheme this year and had their last session this week. The students involved have travelled into central London once a month to visit very successful businesswomen from the Level 3 company and have been given guidance in ensuring that they are able to achieve the career paths they want.
Last week, all students involved were invited to attend their graduation ceremony and received awards for taking part in the scheme. They also received life-long membership to The Girls’ Network which will mean that they will continue to have aces to work experience opportunities and guidance on how to achieve their goals. Please see below some of the students’ comments about the evening and thank you to everyone at The Girls’ Network for making it such a memorable evening!
“I found the graduation ceremony very enjoyable. Throughout the year I learned that I should never give up and I should always work hard. I also learned that it’s okay to not know what you want to do in the future. Instead, you should be open minded and take up as many opportunities as possible then choose what you love to do”
Candice Kini 9HCR
“At the graduation ceremony, I was privileged enough to be able to listen to a few successful women who taught me how to be more ambitious in my career choices. The women inspired me by teaching me that it is alright not to be 100% sure of your future, and to always keep your options open. I would definitely recommend this programme to other students as it gives you more skills and knowledge for the future”
Dilara Guzeller 9JPR
“When we went to the graduation ceremony for The Girls’ Network, the thing that really stuck in my mind was Pinky Lilani’s speech. To hear how far she had come and all the things she had done was really inspiring. What was even more inspirational is that she is still herself and still has the same morals from when she started her very successful career”
Rosalind Cross 9TTH
On Tuesday 12th July, we celebrated the individual achievements of a variety of students in the school who have won Jack Petchey awards this year. In addition, Mr Clarkson (Head of History) gained a leadership award having been nominated by his Year 11 tutor group. Full details for all award winners can be found below.
Year 7 were set the challenge of devising a new sandwich, packaging and logo to be sold at the Honey Bee cafe on Barnet High street. The project was a combined Food and Graphics project and required students to undertake an analysis of the current products sold at the Honey Bee and to then create branding related to the seasons. In addition to this, our students utilised the practical skills they learned this year, for example, bread making, sauce making, en-robing (coating) a sandwich filling, taste testing, and nutritional analysis to create their product. The results were excellent and Miss Slee and Mr. Petrie were impressed with the results, particularly the level of bread making skill given the time constraints. Judging the competition was very difficult indeed but we are pleased to announce the following winners:
1st - Serena Shah
2nd - Rachel
3rd - Annie Lang
1st - Clarice Hitner
2nd - Daisy Fischer
3rd - Katy Smith
Cut Films is a peer to peer film and social media project educating young people about the dangers of smoking and Queen Elizabeth's have had a long standing involvement with this project for several years.
Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School was one of 15 schools competing in the Barnet championships on Tuesday 5th July 2016. The competition required students to compete in heats before qualifying for finals where the competition for medals began. We are incredibly proud to have been represented very well by our students; many personal bests were achieved and performance was strong in all categories. In particular, we won an incredible 8 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 5 bronze medals. Very well done to all students who participated and thank you very much to our PE department for their support of our students. A list of medallists is below.
We were fortunate enough to host two author visits this week; one from Siobhan Curham and another from Nat Luurtsema.
On Friday 24th June Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School were invited to the Local Awards Event for a Year 7 project we took part in earlier in the year during PSHCE lessons. The project involved producing, filming and editing a short information film about the dangers of smoking alongside the charity CUT Films and the Media department.
Our annual "Presentation Matters" day is always a highlight for Year 9 as they learn presentation skills and find out more about the workplace. Below is some feedback from one of the students involved in the day.
To mark the referendum on whether or not Britain should remain a part of the European Union, we held a mock election on Thursday 23rd June 2016. Students took part in a secret ballot in our mock polling station with an impressive 66% of the school community casting their vote.
On Wednesday 22nd of June members of our sixth form represented the school at the “Women of the Future Ambassador’s Programme” conference which was held in The City. The US Ambassador, Matthew Barzun, spoke of his work in supporting relations between the UK and the USA. Below is some feedback from a student who attended the conference.
Grace Bryceland in 8SVA took part in the BMX London Youth Games last weekend, representing team Barnet for the 12-15 age group. Grace placed highly in her qualifying rounds, making it through to the extremely competitive final, racing against older and some elite performers. In the final, Grace placed fourth overall which is a fantastic achievement and one that she is quite rightly very proud of. Her dedication and passion towards BMX racing is very inspiring and we wish her continued success.
In preparation for their first GCSE mock examinations, our Year 10 students had a seminar from Elevate Education on the topic of "memory and mnemonics". Below is some feedback from our students.
Three top catering companies vied with each other to be in charge of the dining experience at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School.
Each company explained their exciting new ideas and menus. Three lucky students were part of a panel also comprising of staff, governors and parents. As well as the quality and taste of the food we thought about the price - and we also examined ways to reduce the queues. One of the students involved in the session commented:
"We had a lot of fun trying all of the new and interesting food. My favourite dish was the traffic light jelly but I also liked the drinks on offer as well." Sophia Year 7
Once we have considered, cogitated and digested we will let you know the outcome but we were all very excited about the changes which are in the pipeline.
On Friday 10th June, Barnet Libraries held the annual Carnegie Shadowing Event at Hendon Town Hall. The guest speaker was Tanya Landman, the winner from last year for her book 'Buffalo Soldiers'.
The 8 short listed books were discussed by students and after much discussion a vote was taken with our chosen book being 'Lies we tell ourselves' by Robyn Talley. Some students from 9ABL spoke about the event...
Our Science department organised a study visit to Kew Gardens on Monday 13th June 2016. Below is some feedback from one of the students who participated in this event.
Our English department have been working with LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Art) to deliver a qualification in communication and performance.
Our Year 10 students took part in their qualifying expedition for the bronze Duke of Edinburgh award this weekend. A large number of students were involved this year and there was a great atmosphere on the campsite, particularly given that the weather was not ideal this weekend! A brief report from two students is below.
The London knowledge quiz is a competition introduced by the Mayor of London in order to help students learn more about the capital city. Each participating school can enter one team of up to four students and the quiz itself must be taken online and without any teacher support. Below is some feedback from team QE!
On Wednesday 8th June, Paralympic gold medallist Tim Prendergast visited our school to conduct workshops with Year 10 students in conjunction with the Sky Sports “Living for Sport” programme. He also spoke to Year 7 about his experience as a paralympian during a special assembly. Students involved in these activities have written about this below.
We are delighted that a very large number of our students chose to take part in the UK Mathematics challenge this year. We are particularly pleased to share their successes in what is our best year yet. Certificate winners are shown below.
We were invited to participate in the UK Automotive 30% Club Inspiring Women event which was held on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at the Silverstone Race Track. The event was organised by a number of managing directors and CEOs from organisations connected with the automotive industry who seek to close the gender gap in the industry. Below is some feedback from two students who attended the event.
Our annual commemoration day cake competition proved to be incredibly popular yet again with some very imaginative cakes this year!
On Thursday 5th May a group of Year 13,12 and 11 Drama Students were fortunate enough to attend a performance of The Caretaker by Harold Pinter at the Old Vic.
On Friday 22nd April, 17 A Level Biology Students along with Ms Myrtle and Mrs Robertson headed off travelling by tube, train and then bus to the wilds of Surrey and Juniper Hall, a Field Studies Council Centre.
As part of their PSHE lessons, our Year 10 students have been learning first aid. The sessions were incredibly popular and it is clear that our students have learned a lot.
Ten of our Year 8 students demonstrated strong team working skills and commitment through writing a novel which has recently been published. The novel explores many themes including friendship, grief and coping with mental illness and it is currently being sold online to raise funds for charity.
Now there is just one and only one word to describe Seville and that word is beautiful...
Four of our Year 10 and 11 students were selected to represent Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School and to learn about the democratic processes at Barnet Council. Over a number of weeks, our students attended various council meetings and took part in debates with local councillors as part of follow on workshop sessions. The following is an account of Maisie's experience.
An impressive number of students from Year 9 have been working towards gaining a national qualification in judging gymnastics. This week they utilised all of their learning through leading and officiating a gymnastics competition for Primary School students.
On Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th March parent's and friends' had the opportunity to see the GCSE drama pieces which had been examined on the previous Friday.
Sixth Form Product Design students visited the Coca-Cola manufacturing plant in Edmonton today in order to experience the production line and put what they have been learning in lessons into a real life context. Students were able to see several automated processes including how the bottles were produced and stacked. They were also able to find out more about the sophistocated logistical software used to manage how stock is sent to major retailers across the country.
On Thursday 25th February, Year 12 English Literature students and half of the English Department teaching staff visited the Rose Theatre at Bankside to view a production of Hamlet.
Early in the morning on the 13th February, 44 pupils and 4 staff travelled to the Ski Resort of Prato Nevoso in Northern Italy. The trip had been planned over fourteen months and the students were extremely excited to be finally on their way for a week’s great skiing.
Seventy of our girls spent six months preparing and rehearsing for a spectacular production of The Sound of Music which ran for three nights from February 10th - 12th 2016.
On Wednesday 3rd February, over seventy Year 9 students travelled with staff to Belgium, for a three day visit to further their our knowledge of the events of World War One. The following is an account compiled from extracts of students’ journals:
We are delighted that Year 8 students have been able to work with the artist Sonia Leong who has introduced them to the world of Manga. Her presentations are lively and informative and her workshops in the Library have been very well received.
All of Year 10 attended various talks and workshops regarding women's health and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. It was a very enjoyable day where our students also received some nutritional treats to take away.
Year 13 Drama and Theatre Studies students were fortunate enough to take part in 'The Tomorrow Project', run by The Donmar Warehouse Theatre.
Did you know that the first state school Queen Elizabeth II visited was Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School?
We are proud to announce that at the cut films award ceremony we won 3 awards.
To encourage our students to take an interest in the Election we held our own in house Mock Election Day
Our Year 8 students were lucky enough to take part in filming for a new CBBC television show to be broadcast as part of the Cinemaniacs series.
On National Safer Internet Day our students were one of only three schools invited to visit the Microsoft Offices in Victoria, London. Read on for Nancy's report on their vist.......
Following their ongoing peer education work on e-safety, our Year 11 Digital Leaders were approached by Childnet International to take part in a national campaign for next month's Safer Internet Day - http://www.saferinternet.org/safer-internet-day.
A huge Congratulations to the Year 7, 8 and 9 Combined and Senior QE Cross country Teams who have shown great commitment and have worked tirelessly this year, often contending all kinds of terrible weather to train exceptionally hard and quite deservedly WIN first place in the Barnet League Competitions.
We are delighted to report that our Year 7 student Ella's review was selected by the Guardian for their 'Young Critics Award' recently.
She chose to write about 'We Were Liars' by E.Lockhart. It was an amazing achievement to be selected in this national competition.
A massive well done to the Year 11, 12 and 13 students who helped to make the MiCommunity programme run so well this year.
The ageUk programme has always been successful, however, this year was the most successful yet, with a record 16 elderly learners in one session and all of us struggling to fit into the computer room.
Author Phil Earle visits QEGS
Another year of Fantastic Commemoration Day Cakes
Read how team 'Purity' won an award for 'The Best Team Report'