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July 2018

  • Year 8 Visit Boulogne-sur-Mer

    Published 19/07/18

    "On Wednesday 18th July, we travelled by coach and ferry to Boulogne-sur-Mer on a school trip which was organised by Mme Brett. 

    Shortly after arriving, we started the day with a visit to a bakery in the countryside where we learned how to make croissants and traditional bread.  We were taught by a couple who spoke French to us the entire time (especially the husband!) and so we were able to practice introducing ourselves in French.  At the end of the workshop, we were given croissants and pain au chocolat to enjoy outside in the sunshine.

    Learning to make croissants

    Next, we went to the Old Town which was full of cafes with people sitting outside and small shops, some selling souvenirs eg berets, key chains, bracelets.  The Old Town was very pretty and we were able to see the sights and eat our lunch outside before heading to the beach.  The beach was sandy and a few of us went into the water as it was a lovely hot day, then most of us ate ice cream!  Finally, we went to a shopping centre on the way home for some last minute shopping before arriving back at school at 11:15pm.  

    It was the best school trip that I have ever attended. I would definitely go again!"

    - Jessica 8ASZ

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  • 'Quality Fish, North Finchley' support Year 10 students to fillet a fish

    Published 16/07/18

    Following a very informative workshop, one of our Year 10 students has written a brief summary of her experience when learning how to fillet and prepare fish:


    "On Thursday 12thJuly 2018, Mrs Doel’s Year 10 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition class were privileged to take part in a special workshop where we learned how to fillet a fish.  Elias, a fishmonger from Quality Fish North Finchley Ltd, came to school to demonstrate and support us in filleting a fish.  

    As a class, we had the option to fillet Sea bream, Sea bass and Mackerel.  At first we were all very nervous, excited and overwhelmed by the sight of an actual fish in front of us!  We soon, however, overcame our nerves and whilst it was challenging at first we all eventually succeeded in successfully filleting the fish.  Overall we learned a lot and we were very happy to have been given the opportunity to learn such a skill, which will no doubt help us in developing our dishes as part of the GCSE course."

    - Nadine 10MBE

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  • Year 12 English Literature Students visit Bath

    Published 16/07/18

    The English Department led a Year 12 English Literature A level students to Bath in order to complement the study of Jane Austen's 'Sense & Sensibility'.  Austen herself spent a number of years in Bath and drafted many of her books there, with Bath being mentioned in all her novels.

    After arriving in Bath via the train from Paddington, we walked to the Jane Austen Centre and were taken on a guided tour to key venues within the city. We learned a great deal about Austen and her influences, information which will be invaluable when we have to write about the context of the text.

    Throughout the course of the day, we estimated that we walked close to 9 miles which, for teenagers, is surely a record! We then spent some time exploring Bath before travelling back to Paddington. 

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  • Year 9 Mathematicians visit the Royal Institution

    Published 13/07/18

    On Sunday, 1st July we went to the Royal Institution, in Mayfair, for the Mathematics Masterclass.  After signing in we were able to explore the building. The lectures started at 11:15am, but there were many puzzles to try in the different rooms for those arriving early, like us. When it was time for the first lecture, everyone made their way to the historic lecture hall and we both took our seats.


    The first lecture was by Prof. Julia Gog from the University of Cambridge. Prof. Gog, a specialist in mathematics and infectious diseases, taught us how mathematics can stop epidemics from breaking out. One particular topic Prof. Gog talked about is the



    R0 tells you the average number of people who will catch a disease from one contagious person. It applies to a population of people who were previously free of infection and haven’t been vaccinated. When R0 ≤ 1, the existing infection causes less than one new infection, then disease will decline and eventually die out. Whereas when R0 ≥ 1, the disease will spread between the population, and there may be an epidemic.


    Prof. Gog ended the lecture with a statement, “We don’t know if mathematics can prevent the outbreak of epidemics, but with the help of different specialists from different areas, we can still reduce the chances of epidemics happening.”


    After the talk, it was lunch. All the rooms were open for us and a competition was held. Anyone could enter (solo or as a team) and it was a booklet of questions very similar to those in the UKMT maths challenge. It was just a challenge for us to attempt during our break and there would be prizes that would be handed out to those who did the best at the end of the day.


    We handed the booklet in just before the second lecture. The second lecture was taught by Prof. Felix Flicker, a specialist in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford. Prof. Flicker stated the lecture by telling Hilbert’s theory of the grand hotel, which is a paradox. A paradox is a statement that sounds reasoning but leads to a self-contradictory or logically unacceptable conclusion.


    There are four types of paradox. Veridical paradox, the ones that appears absurd but is mainly true, falsidical paradox, the ones that contains mainly falsehood, antinomy, the ones that is neither veridical or falsidical but reaches a self-contradictory result with accepted ways of reasoning, and dialethia, which are the ones that are veridical and falsidical at the same time.


    Prof. Flicker showed us many ways paradoxes can be used in math and science. If paradoxes are made into 3D shapes, the “veridical” side of a shape is where the shape finds its equilibrium and stays, whereas the “falsidical” side of a shape is where it doesn’t find its balance and falls to the veridical side. Most shapes have multiple veridical and falsidical sides. However, there are some exceptions. A sphere has an infinite amount of points of equilibrium, meaning an infinite amount of veridical points.


    A shape with only one point of equilibrium is suggested by a Russian mathematician Vladimir Arnold in 1995 and proven in 2006 by Hungarian scientist and mathematician Gábor Domokos and Péter Várkonyi. The shape, gömböc has one point of equilibrium, meaning one veridical point and one falsidical point, therefore the shape will always turn back to the veridical point. The shapes unique design can trace back to the shape of shelled animals such as tortoise.


    Prof. Flicker then linked the idea of paradox with the angular momentum of electrons and visual illusions. After that, we ended the day with the awarding of the prizes.


    We didn’t get awarded the prizes, but the experience we had gain that day was amazing and unique, we also met students from other schools with incredible knowledge of mathematics. We hope to go back next year!

    - By Jia-Zih Yuan & Amy Li (9NDD)

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  • Fine Art & Technology Exhibition 2018

    Published 06/07/18

    On Tuesday 3rd July, we held our annual exhibition of GCSE and A-Level student work.  As always, the standard was incredibly high, showcasing hours of work and a great attention to detail.

    Below is a small selection of what we had on show.  Sadly, much of the work will soon be adorning the homes of the students who created each piece but thankfully the exhibits are available for our students to view for a few more days.

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  • Book Club take part in Read4Barnet event

    Published 05/07/18

    Last Thursday, a group of 19 students from Book Club attended the Read4Barnet event, joining 8 other Barnet schools.  A total of 4 authors were present and each took some time to discuss their books and to take questions. In attendance were Anthony McGowan, who was shortlisted for this years Carnegie award with his book 'Rook', and Non Pratt (Truth or Dare, Unboxed and Trouble) who was very humorous during her talk.


    Some student feedback:

    "I enjoyed meeting Nat Luurtsema because she was funny and interesting. She wrote the books "Girl out of Water" and "Lou out of Luck".  I also liked the author panel because it was inspiring hearing how each author became so successful. I enjoyed being with other schools as well. It was great that we got to vote for our favourite author. I voted for Nat Luurtsema, and she was the winning author as well."

    - Morsal 7SKT


    "At Read4Barnet we listened to authors tell stories about their experiences. I found it interesting and learned a lot more about books and the whole publishing process. We got a chance to vote for our favourite author, which was a good ending to the day as well as a good talking point."

    - Madina 7JPR


    "We got to meet amazing authors and ask them questions about their books. I found Non Pratt inspiring, she has encouraged me to write. It was good to meet people from other schools as well."

    - Juliet 7JPR

    Nat Luurtsema


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  • Year 10 Geography Field Trip

    Published 03/07/18

    This week the Year 10 Geographers visited East Finchley High Street as well as The Bishops Avenue to undertake fieldwork investigating variations in urban quality of life which is required for their Geography GCSE. The field trip involved students completing a variety of fieldwork techniques. For example an Environmental Quality Assessment was completed whereby students scored each site on features such as the quality of street furniture, levels of pollution and variety of shops. In addition a pedestrian count was completed at each location whereby the number of people walking past in a minute was recorded. Students also made use of a free decibel app downloaded on to their phones to record noise level at each site. Finally students had to be brave and complete a questionnaire asking members of the public their opinions on environmental quality in East Finchley as well as whether they believe there to be a sense of belonging and community spirit in the area. Despite the weather being extremely hot, the fieldwork was undertaken successfully, ensuring that they are well prepared for this aspect of their exam.

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