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Je Suis Charlie

Good morning next tomorrow,

From where our troubles lay.

We sit beneath your cherry tree

To watch it rock and sway.

But winter soon, the leaves will swoon

And fall upon the ground.

The winds will turn and snow will fall

Though scarcely make a sound.

The future lies before us

Like a field of frozen snow.

Be careful how you tread it,

For every step will show.

A Poem by Penelope Bentham 9PL


So praise upon a nation,

Bare it in your soul.

Spread the glow to all who’ll heed.

Embrace the frost and cold.


Stand hand in hand together,

Ring bells of liberty.

Recite the words that bind us,

These words: Je suis Charlie.



Nunhead Cemetery

Imagine a huge Victorian cemetery with creeping ivy, cold, damp stone, tall majestic trees and a gentle mist – now describe it!This term in English Year 7 students have been learning about how to effectively describe places and FullSizeRender 3create atmosphere in their writing. In preparation for their final assessment students went on a research trip to the beautiful and Victorian Nunhead cemetery where they took in the eerie atmosphere and made notes on the sights, sounds and smells they experienced.

Students enjoyed the trip and in particular an encounter with a woodcutter who showed them how to make furniture from wood found in the cemetery. It was a great trip and if you haven’t visited Nunhead cemetery before the Year 7s would recommend a trip!




Debate Club

141106 debatemateOn Tuesday 4th November 2014, students from Debate Club attended the Debate Mate launch in Westminster.

This was a great opportunity for them to experience what the programme is about and find out about how they can use their voice to get more involved in debating and competitions. Students also got the opportunity to watch a brilliant show debate with some of the top debaters in the country. They got involved in the discussion and were keen to share their opinions on the topic.

Debate Club continues every Tuesday after school (3.15-4.14pm) so come along and get involved.


Published Poets

Yr 9 students were entered for a competition run by Young Writers:

Students were asked to submit a poem on the theme of war and conflict. Several Year 9 students were successful and have had their poem published in an anthology. They will receive a copy of the book with their poem published in it. There is also a copy of the anthology in the College Library. The winners were:

Ashley Buckle Natalia Wieckowska Raphael Ajasa Alashe Brian Kenemo Penelope Bentham Pelumi Onasanya
Hannah Olatunbosun Monay Thomas Thenushan Sivanesan Charis Bechan

Congratulations, you are all now published writers.  Here is Hannah Olatunbosun's winning entry

She rises with a silencer on her tongue
Crouched and at the ready
Air rattling in her lung Her lips are poppy red
Bitter-sweet she is,
Unfortunately her love is dead

On this marked day she enters the field
The bomb ticking away behind her eyes
Hoping her luck has healed All guns blazing her words shoot you straight in the heart
Like wounded soldier you feel the bleed
And she's adding to her body art

She sings what she calls a lullaby to pass the time
"Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag"
But her innocence doesn't excuse the crime You can't see she's fighting each day
A blade in between her fingers
She's slipping away

At full action it is
Debris falling down her face
The exploding of rockets across the sky-"whizz" Finally she ends it  all
Silence no crackling crimson on the wall
She doesn't answer the call

English Achievement Badges

The English Achievement badges will be awarded to students who are making outstanding progress in English lessons or taking part in English after school clubs. The first students to wear the special English badge will be Hannah and the other published poets above.

We have also introduced special Creative Writing badges, which will be awarded to students who have produced a really interesting or imaginative piece of creative writing or who have made progress with their creative writing. Talk to your English teacher if you want to try for an achievement  badge.

Debate Club badges are also available

English Language GCSE Coursework

All Year 11 students have now completed their GCSE English Language coursework.  The students have
completed 3 assignments showing their skills in

These assignments count for 40% of the total GCSE grade. Nearly all of Year 11 have achieved an A*-C grade for their finished coursework folder.

Remember that it is still possible to improve your coursework! Coursework Clinic runs every Friday in WF04. It is a drop in session where you can  work on redrafting your coursework on the laptops.

Author visit.

On Tuesday 21st October, Fourteen Year 8 students from Mr McGregor and Ms Fourie's class were chosen for their hard work141106 principal2 and progress with reading to meet best selling children's Horror Author Darren Shan.  The famous author of the Zom B  horror series.  The students went to Forest Hill School with Mrs Baverstock , to meet and chat with the author, hear him read from his Zom B books and get a chance to buy a signed copy of his latest book.   You can read more about DarrenShan on his website: www.DarrenShan.com

Or read a review of the book from the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/children_sbookreviews/9568888/Zom-B-by-Darren-Shan-review.html

Raspberry Pi and the BBC

140612 Raspberry PiThis week, students were invited to Langley Park School for Boys to take part in a joint project aimed at getting students to operate a relatively inexpensive device called a Raspberry Pi to calculate and write code for computers to measure weather wind speeds, temperatures and precipitation.

This was also filmed by the BBC as part of their ongoing school’s programme. The students were very knowledgeable about using the device and worked excellently with a number of organisations throughout the day.

Mr Young
English Department

As part of the BBC school report we went to Langley park boy’s school to meet the creators of one of the cheapest computers in the world, The Raspberry Pi. We learnt how to use a programing language called python which is easy to use and available to anyone. We learned how to make a weather station using this programing language and how to collect and visualise this data into an easy to use monitor.

We had to learn how to convert rotations from the weather station and calculate the wind speed. For that we had to use some140612 Study Day2 maths to find out the speed and we found out that you can use a ‘code’ which does all the calculations almost instantly and that a computer is a more efficient way of calculating the data. Also this shows us the real world applications of using ‘code’ for example being able to collect data from many weather stations across the country and using this to predict what the weather will be and how it can help get more accurate weather predictions.

As well as this, we presented an item for BBC school report on this topic, explaining it. I think learning how to program is becoming more and more vital in our ever advancing world and now that computers are being integrated into more and more devices, it is becoming more important that the future generation understands and are able to program.

Sean Bermingham Year 9

140612 Raspberry Pi3On Tuesday 10th of June, some other students and I from Bonus Pastor Catholic Collage went to Langley Park School for boys as a part of the BBC school report to do some reporting and weather coding. We had to use a coding programme and a piece of technology called Raspberry Pi to find out the weather. We had to hook up equipment that measured the weather  up to the Raspberry Pi to find out the weather the programme measured the air quality, amount of rainfall, humidity, wind speed and wind direction.  I then had to memorise a little script and recite it in front of the camera.

I really enjoyed my experience as reporting as it was fun and it gave me a taste of what reporters go through. When we were doing coding I found it interesting as the Raspberry Pi could do so many things.  Throughout the course of the daymy partner and I had to enter codes into the computer database and dissect what the codes did, the codes performed a multiple amount of tasks like predicting contact between wires, calculate wind speed and provide visual data.  I was lucky enough to have the chance to report outside. I found it fun and exciting I had to do a multiple amount of takes to get it perfect some takes needed to be repeated because of lighting, background voice projection and most of all keeping my eyes on the camera. To conclude I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Langley Park School for Boys. The students and the teachers at the school were ever so nice and gave us a warm welcome I would without a shadow of a doubt do it all over again.

Tahira Olokun Year 8