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Children’s Author Sam Hepburn visits Bonus Pastor

Sam Hepburn Visit

Interview by Student Voice members Emily D’Apice and Emily Shanthakumar

Sam Hepburn- Interview

Would you help a young author with their story writing if they asked you?

"Like we have done today, I would do workshops with them to help with the structure of their writing. I would advise them to read because reading helps with your own writing as well. When young authors get their books published, the editors go through their book with them. I would also give them my email so they could send me their drafts and I could give positive feedback and improvement suggestions."

What are the stages of publishing?

The stages of publishing is when you stop with your manuscript, go back to the beginning and re-edit each page to improve it. Your work can always be better.

Do you think young authors have a chance of writing stories and publish them?

The editors and publishers only care about the manuscript, not how old they are. If young authors' stories are to a great standard and the editors like the work, they will publish it.

When you were in the BBC, did you think about writing again?

I’d started to write before joining the BBC but I had to stop because I have a husband and two children which needed care. When you start to write, you need full concentration and commitment to writing books. It’s difficult to just start to write a book in two hours, writing books takes a long amount of time. I’d missed writing books and I wanted to start again. I feel like my books are a great success and I couldn’t be happier.

Summary: We have had an amazing time with Sam Hepburn, her determination and ambition inspires us with our writing. She showed us her passion and commitment to her manuscripts and has inspired us to think that our work can be the best of our capability.  We have had a great time interviewing about her writing and advice for young people who are interested in becoming an author. 

- Emily D’Apice and Emily Shanthakumar

 

Jack Petchey Achievement Awards

Each year student voice and the staff are given the chance to nominate students to receive a Jack Petchey Achievement award for their contribution to the college. Congratulations to the following students for their dedication, hard work and great attitude – you are role models for other student. All students are given £250 to spend on something that will impact the students and all are invited to attend an awards evening in November.

Mariatu Davies

Mariatu is a student who is so dedicated and committed to her studies that she uses every spare moment to revise, produce extra work and redrafting assignments – very important for a Year 11 student. Mariatu is a self-motivated and independent learner who is going to do well in her future hopefully as an engineer. Mariatu is also a talented creative writer and wrote a powerful poem as Lady Macbeth which she entered for a creative writing competition and her work was chosen to be published.

Elimeda Mensah

Elimeda has played a vital role in the English as an Additional Language (EAL) department. She has been a brilliant ambassador for other EAL students in the school, helping them to reach their potential and have more confidence within themselves. She is a polite and friendly student and others have said how approachable she is and welcoming. A brilliant role model for EAL students and proof that if you work hard you will see the benefits.

Anthony James

Anthony, a year 7 student in Barton House is one of our future Leaders, he is diligent, helpful, keen to participate in all house events and is a good role model to his peer group. He consistently works hard in all lessons and takes pride in his uniform and presentation of work. He is an asset to his house and year group, always setting a great example and with a positive attitude to match. This young man is a pleasure to teach and we look forward to seeing what he achieves in future years.

Thalia Dougorou

Thalia has made an outstanding contribution to extra-curricular clubs including netball, football, badminton, trampolining and rounders. Thalia has also been involved in helping at primary school festivals and she works well with younger students acting as a great role model. Thalia has also demonstrated excellent performance within GCSE PE lessons showing her dedication to getting better at sports and understanding the theory work too. She is a fantastic student and a pleasure to teach.

Chidi Ikwunze

Chidi has is a fantastic student and is committed to extra-curricular sport. He is an asset to any team and is always organised and ready to play. Chidi gives 100% in every game and training session, he never gives up and is a fantastic team player. Chidi works hard and is good at sport, he is only in year 7 and already he has made a great impact. We look forward to seeing what he will achieve in future years.

Vinceray Ikegbunam

Vinceray is a fantastic ambassador for the school and simply everything you would want a student to be; kind, helpful and hardworking just to name a few!  He is always eager to be involved in things, whether academic, sporting, or creative, and always with a huge smile on his face.  Vinceray is also a fantastic friend and peer who raises students’ confidence in themselves by encouraging them to succeed. 

Student Voice News – TfL Presentation

tfl presentation

Recently, student voice members who took part in the campaign 'Just Think, Don't Judge' were invited to TFL's Headquarters in Southwark to present their video, that portrays negative stereotypes on buses between different age groups, and their ideas on how to further the campaign. We presented our campaign in front of high ranked employees from TFL, such as the head of the bus operations team, other members from TFL’s offices and the Lewisham police force.

The presentation went extremely well as we got positive feedback from everyone, also even being mentioned in the local TFL magazine and on their Twitter! After presenting the campaign we had an exclusive tour around the building which included seeing a worker controlling the bus times and how the police have access to thousands of cameras across London. It was a phenomenal experience.

Emma Adesenya, Student Voice

 

Jack Petchey Speak Out Regional Final at Pregergast Hilly Fields, 11 May 2016

 

Matteo JP Speakout

Matteo Bongiovanni in Year 10 was selected to represent the school in the annual Jack Petchey Speak Out regional final in which students from across Lewisham compete to represent their borough at the national competition with a 3 minute speech on a topic of their choice. Matteo performed his speech, ‘How to Solve Any Problem’ with confidence and feeling, encouraging the audience to look within themselves to find an answer to the problems they face (because the human mind can compute at a much faster and more intelligent rate than the world’s greatest super computer) and to remember that they are “exceptional, without even trying”. The audience cheered loudly and all enjoyed Matteo’s lively performance. He ended with the sound advice, “if you’re having a bad day, just hold your off switch for 3 seconds and reboot”. Facing stiff competition Matteo did his very best but, the judges chose the winning speech to be - ‘The Anti-Social Network’ from the engaging Akinpelu Lasisi-Agiri from Addey and Stanhope School. Very well done to Matteo and thank you for your passionate speech

 

International Women’s Week Event

International Women's Week event

A group of female students attended a ‘Representing Women's Voices' event at Catford Civic centre to celebrate International Women’s Week. The students heard talks from the Mayoress of Lewisham Kris Hibbert, Councillor Janet Darby and a lady from the Nicaraguan Fair Trade Organisation about how they obtained their roles in leadership and what they think are the key issues for women today. Students had a chance to talk to them and find out more as well as thinking about their own futures. It was a fun afternoon for students and a good chance to talk about the role of women today.

 

Jack Petchey Awards Evening

JP awards

Last week the Jack Petchey nominees attended an awards evening at the Catford Broadway Theatre with their parents. It was a wonderful evening of celebration of all the young talent across Lewisham with musical performances. Students were given their awards by Lewisham councillor Paul Maslin. Well done to Francisca Nagam, Emma Adesenya, Danny McCormack, Kiara Bailey, Jorge De Souza Pontes and Matteo Bongiovanni for being at the event to receive their awards and to making the school proud of their achievements. Thank you also to the parents who attend and supported the students

 

Student Voice is the Student Leadership Team for Bonus Pastor College.  It is elected by the students, for the students and 141003 student voice logorepresents the whole student body of the College.  Student Voice gives the student body:

The Student Voice Team works together with the College staff to build upon the successes of the College and to give all students an opportunity to raise issues that are important to them.

Student Voice have been given a page in Pastorale each week to update you on their work in the college, and also to explain and comment on the issues from the wider community and in the world which impact on the students lives.

 

Speakers for Schools, Michael Liebreich Visit

Student Voice IconWe were very fortunate to be approached by Speakers for Schools to host another event where we welcomed Michael Liebreich to our College.  He talked to a group of Year 9 and 10 students about his work and his path to success.  Students found his talk, in their words, fascinating, educational, interesting and thought provoking.  During the talk Anthony Scully and Christian Mulhall-Bittner, two students representing Student Voice, took notes and have written the following article.

 

 

 

On Thursday 8th of October 2015, Michael Liebreich came to Bonus Pastor to talk to about 60 students mostly from year 9.  He Student Voice Picgoes around the world to talk about clean energy finances meeting with top politicians and explaining how he managed to get through his road to success.

Before he came, everyone was very excited to meet this successful businessmen. He gives statistics about the world’s energy finances such as ‘10% of the world’s economy is energy’.  He talks about the way energy was created by power stations, and also about the major disasters this caused, for example; the oil spill in Mexico which caused wildfire and the oil spread throughout the sea killing wildlife. He explained how the pollution is effecting the air we breathe in, in major cities across the world.

He tries to avoid wasting time although he admits he has had many distractions throughout his life, but he said that these distractions lead him to the job he has now and they have all lead to a successful life.  As Michael Liebreich said ‘Distractions lead us to the road to success’.

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Student Voice interview with Marcus Alexander

Matteo Bongiovanni and Brian Kenemo, both very active members of Student Voice, were given the opportunity to interview the author Marcus Alexander when he visited our College recently.

Take a look at their review; they had a 10 minute slot for their interview and found out some amazing facts about the author.                                        

Mrs Baverstock, Librarian

 

Marcus AlexanderMarcus Alexander as a person is entertaining, adventurous and had many intriguing answers to our questions.  We have both read his books and felt a mix of the stories Alice in Wonderland and Narnia inspired Marcus to start writing.  We were very wrong, the real inspiration for his books were countries he had visited such as Thailand, one of his favourite countries to visit.

Marcus Alexander is a great example of a person who has not only achieved his goals in life, is also living it to the fullest. He not only promotes anti-bullying, understanding that everyone has a spiteful side, but promotes the use of
anger – only if you know how to use it properly. He was bullied in school and was jumped by a group in Thailand, consequently landing up in a stranger’s house with a headache for two weeks and with a jaw that he could not move for a month, but also had people doubting his ability to be an author.  He used anger to drive himself and reach his goals and he promotes overcoming personal fears as it comes with the development of you as a person.

Marcus is not a stereotypical author, he still needs to find inspiration, but he goes where no authors have dared to go and done things they would have never thought about; for example: gymnastics, parkour, pro-fighting, snowboarding and sandboarding. His most inspirational visits being walking across frozen waterfalls and visiting Mt. Everest in the Himalayas, as well as visiting India and Thailand. With his very wide knowledge of many types of martial arts, and extreme sports as a hobby, we too would doubt his competence to be an author before he created the Keepers of the Realm series, but he has proven otherwise.

With Bellania as well as all of the cheeky Tremen, inspired by his fun, funny and funky friends, and the keepers in his heart, he would like to move onto a new fantasy series so watch out!

Matteo Bongiovanni and Brian Kenemo, Student Voice

 

 

Youth Travel Ambassadors Project

Student Voice have been working with TfL as part of the Youth Travel Ambassadors and we were asked to create a film to show one issue with travelling on buses. We chose to highlight the negative stereotyping between young and old people on buses (as this is something we have all experienced) and to show that if people change the way they think then travelling can be a more positive experience for everyone – it’s called ‘Just Think, Don’t Judge’. We storyboarded the film, found a director to film and edit the film and rehearsed our parts. We arranged with Catford Bus Garage to film there and one of the bus drivers even had a part in the film! The filming went really well and we hope to show it at a Film night and discuss the impact of our behaviour and attitude while on buses.

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Jack Petchey Award Winners 2015

 

Kiara Bailey:

Kiara was a member of the Debate Mate club at Bonus Pastor during Year 10. She attended every session and competition, working as a team with other students to help the school win debates with her powerful summary speeches. Kiara's passion and calm demeanour proved her to be a valuable part of the team.

 

Kiara has decided to spend her £200 award money on taking last year’s debate team to a meal at a restaurant to celebrate their success.

 

 

Jorge De Souza Pontes:

Jorge de Sousa Pontes is the Fisher House Sports Captain. He’s excellent with younger students, comes to support at events without being asked and is always exceptionally polite. He is always willing to help carry out tasks for example, signing people up for sports events during registration time. He has been a great leader for some students and will continue to inspire and enthuse others with his passion for sports.

 

Jorge has decided to spend his £200 award money on new badminton equipment so students can continue to enjoy the club.

 

Emma Adesanya:

Emma joined the student voice group this year and played a vital part in helping the team create a film to highlight negative stereotyping on buses as part of their role as TfL's Youth Travel Ambassadors. Emma loves getting involved in all aspects of school life and is often seen helping out around school. She is a great team player and very supportive of young students.

 

Emma has decided to spend her £200 award money on oyster card travel wallets displaying the message ‘Just Think, Don’t Judge’ to go with the video TfL video campaign. These will be given out to students in January.

Student Voice News

Jack Petchey Award Winners 2015

 

Kiara Bailey:

Kiara was a member of the Debate Mate club at Bonus Pastor during Year 10. She attended every session and competition, working as a team with other students to help the school win debates with her powerful summary speeches. Kiara's passion and calm demeanour proved her to be a valuable part of the team.

Kiara has decided to spend her £200 award money on taking last year’s debate team to a meal at a restaurant to celebrate their success.

 

Jorge De Souza Pontes:

Jorge de Sousa Pontes is the Fisher House Sports Captain. He’s excellent with younger students, comes to support at events without being asked and is always exceptionally polite. He is always willing to help carry out tasks for example, signing people up for sports events during registration time. He has been a great leader for some students and will continue to inspire and enthuse others with his passion for sports.

Jorge has decided to spend his £200 award money on new badminton equipment so students can continue to enjoy the club.

 

Emma Adesanya:

Emma joined the student voice group this year and played a vital part in helping the team create a film to highlight negative stereotyping on buses as part of their role as TfL's Youth Travel Ambassadors. Emma loves getting involved in all aspects of school life and is often seen helping out around school. She is a great team player and very supportive of young students.

Emma has decided to spend her £200 award money on oyster card travel wallets displaying the message ‘Just Think, Don’t Judge’ to go with the video TfL video campaign. These will be given out to students in January.

 

Written by the Student Voice Team

 

The ‘Don’t Judge, Just Think’ film that student voice created as part of their campaign to combat negative stereotyping on buses is now on YouTube, see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAoy7hD9YfM