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Academy News S P R I N G


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Goodbye Mr Baigent Dear Parents, Carers and friends of the academy As you will know this is my last newsletter to you as Principal of Globe Academy. I am leaving Globe Academy after Easter to establish a new all-through academy on the Olympic site in Stratford. I have been at Globe Academy since it opened in September 2008 and as Principal since January 2009. My three years as Principal have brought me nothing but huge satisfaction, pride and joy and it is with a very heavy heart that I say goodbye. Globe Academy has come a very long way with much to celebrate. Our examination results continue to grow each year and we expect excellent results again this year. We had a very good OfSTED report which is a tribute to the hard work of all our academy community, celebrated winning the Outstanding Academy of the Year at the Education Business Awards as well as playing host to a great many celebrities and dignitaries, who can forget President Obama! I have been privileged to have worked with a dedicated and motivated team of staff who share my passion for raising standards, driving improvement and ensuring an excellent education for the young people of our community. I must ‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’

also thank the Governing Body and ARK for their constant support and absolute commitment to ensuring Globe Academy is an outstanding place of education. My thanks also go to you, our families, for your trust in us as a team. Your faith that we would provide a great school for your children. Your commitment to playing a part in the life of the school has been appreciated greatly and I urge you to continue to be involved as much as you can. This is a community school dedicated to you and your children. Most of all I would like to thank the pupils. I have said it many times and say it again, the children that attend Globe Academy are exceptional. They are the nicest and warmest pupils I have had the privilege to work with. Every day they inspire me with their commitment to their learning, their wish to succeed and their drive to be the best they can be. From our very youngest to the very oldest, all have their sights set high and all know that they can and will succeed. I will miss them all very much.

As a school with a great many cultures, all of which we celebrate daily I leave you with a traditional salutation from my culture: “Kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, Kia tere karohirohi i mua i tou huarahi. Kia Kaha” “May calm be spread around you, may the sea glisten like greenstone and the shimmer of summer dance across your path. Be Strong”.

Thank you all for your support and best wishes. I know that Globe Academy will continue to go from strength to strength. Mr Jason Baigent Principal 1

New Principal announced Dear Parent / Carer

Thamesmead and earlier taught in Essex.

I am writing to tell you that we have appointed an outstanding candidate to take over from Jason Baigent as Principal of Globe Academy this summer. Matt Jones is currently Deputy Principal at Oasis Hadley Academy in Enfield, an all through academy for 4 – 18 year olds, which he and his colleagues have made one of the fastest improving schools in London.

Having led an all through academy facing similar challenges to us, Mr Jones is strongly committed to Globe Academy’s vision and ambition for all its pupils. He shares our belief that we can make Globe a truly outstanding academy, offering exceptional opportunities to our pupils. I am convinced he will be a New Principal, Matthew Jones great asset to Globe at this Mr Jones has been teaching for important stage in our his huge contribution to Globe’s nineteen years, the last seven in development. achievements so far. He has senior leadership roles. He has played an important part in been Deputy Principal at Oasis Mr Jones hopes to join us Globe’s development and we Hadley since it became an this summer and will wish him every success in his academy two and a half years arrange to meet parents as new role. ago. In that time, the school has he settles in. He intends to raised GCSE attainment by 20 spend some time meeting With best wishes percentage points and increased staff before he starts the proportion of higher grades formally and I’m pleased achieved. He has had wide that this gives us the responsibilities for raising opportunity to arrange a attainment across the smooth transition. curriculum. Before joining Oasis Paul Marshall Hadley Academy, Mr Jones was I would like to take this Chair of Governors Deputy Head of Woolwich opportunity to add my Polytechnic School for Boys in thanks to Jason Baigent for

Head girl wins Scholarship As usual, Kilimanjaro pupils have been impressing us with their achievements in a range of areas. We must however, firstly congratulate our Head Girl, Olamide Ajala who has won a $7000(U.S) summer school scholarship, to attend the Phillips Exeter Academy in Boston, USA. Olamide is the first girl from Globe Academy to win this prestigious opportunity. She was awarded this scholarship because she has such outstanding academic results and is expected to pass all her GCSEs with A*-C grades. Well done Olamide we are so proud of you and look forward to hearing all about it on your return!

IMPORTANT NOTICE GCSE EXAMS This year, GCSE exams will commence on 9 May and end on 27 June. All pupils entered will have letters and an exam booklet sent home. Pupils have already been given their individual timetable and should keep this in a safe, visible place. All speaking exams will start on 16 April and end on 30 April. It is very important that pupils do not take holidays during these times and turn up on time for every exam.

Ms Andrea Smith, Deputy Head Kilimanjaro ‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’


Year 4 pupils meet Royalty The one I got put into made silk heads with Erica (the professional artist on the project). We chose the patterns that we wanted and then chose the colour we wanted. Then we ironed the silk.

This year, year 4 have been taking part in The Great Art Quest, a project funded by ‘The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts’. It has brought together the pupils with professional artists and storytellers to look at what experiences they have had and how they might express these experiences through art.

Photo credit of Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts event at Dulwich Picture Gallery © Dulwich Picture Gallery

When the royal visitors (Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge) arrived, some people showed them their work and they decided to have a go themselves. The two Duchesses and the Prince of Wales followed the pupils’ instructions and some were lucky enough to speak to them and asked them questions which were answered. Oh, and there was a lot of press!

On Thursday 15 March 2012, year 4 went to the Dulwich Picture Gallery to take part in a very special occasion, a royal visit. Two of the pupils have written about the After a few minutes, the royal day ... visitors left to see more of the children’s work from the project. We travelled by bus to Dulwich I was in the room that Lee Library. We then made our way Brown’s class artwork was in. We through Dulwich Park to reach the had to wait for ages and ages for Dulwich Picture Gallery. the royals to come but they did We each got sorted into groups. come finally. I was so happy when they came and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, looked gorgeous. She looked prettier each time I saw her. She was so kind and friendly and she has a beautiful smile. Kate, asked me how I made my unrealistic face and I replied “I made it out of felt and Photo credit of Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts

fibre, Maam.” After Kate had spoken to me, Prince Charles also asked me some more questions which I answered fully. Then finally, Camilla came to me and asked even more questions. Then unfortunately they all had to leave. I was upset but I was able to shake all of their hands (yippee!) After that, we had to get ready to say goodbye to our visitors. We did so by waving Union Jack flags that we had been given. Three children were chosen to give a special present to each of the visitors. When they had gone, we went home late. We had a chat on the bus ride home. Then we got all our stuff and went home.

By Kevin Lam and Asma Al Annie Lee Brown Class

event at Dulwich Picture Gallery © Dulwich Picture Gallery

‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’


International Evening Success

On 12 February 2012, Globe Academy experienced community cohesion at its peak. The International Evening, which was planned by the Whole School Academy Council was executed with great success as staff, pupils, parents and community members worked together to celebrate the diverse cultures in our school. Visitors started arriving from 6:00pm to view stalls and rooms with displays from many different countries which had a competitive but friendly feeling as everyone tried to highlight the best things about their countries. Pupils later entertained their audience in a packed assembly hall with fashion, music, song and dance. A large variety of food was contributed by parents and staff from all the continents.

The aim of the event was to bring the school community together. This was achieved as pupils and staff from the four small schools worked together to share the warmth and experiences from the different cultures in our school with our community members. This highlighted the fact that when schools open their doors to the community they can achieve great success. The feedback from staff and pupils was very positive with the hope that the event becomes an annual one in a much bigger venue. We made over £400 for charity. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the evening. Ms Andrea Smith Deputy Head , Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro pupils are Jack Petchey Regional Winners in Southwark

The annual Jack Petchey competition for the Borough of Southwark was held on 22 March at St. Michael’s R.C. College in Bermondsey. Globe Academy’s winner, Chiemelie Odukwe and Erhuvwu Wanogho-Oweka the runner up competed against 16 other representatives from Southwark Schools. Erhuvwu was selected as the winner from the runner up segment to compete against the first place winners and did an excellent job with her speech entitled “The Human Mind” She captivated the audience with her message and got everyone on their feet cheering as she walked off the stage. Chiemelie started his performance before he was even on stage which gave the audience a hint that he was already a star. His steps, his body language, acting skills, oratory skills, humour and a clear message about “Hard work” showed everyone why there should be no trouble in selecting him as the winner. Chiemelie won the Southwark regional finals and will now prepare for the national finals to be held in July. Congratulations Chiemelie and Erhuvwu, you did us proud. Ms Andrea Smith Deputy Head , Kilimanjaro

‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’


Money Skills Workshops for Years 5 and 6 Staff from Barclays Bank visited Tronador school on Tuesday 13 March to run Money Skills workshops for years 5 and 6. The pupils had the opportunity to test their skills by tackling mathematical challenges about money and to ask the visitors any questions they had about life in the banking world. The workshops were very enjoyable and afterwards, Unaisah described the visit as “fun, fantastic and magnificent”.

later revealed that she nearly said yes because of the hairstyle of the leader! Once we had established the identity of the visitors, the pupils used their maths skills to work on various money challenges including learning about profit and loss in the context of buying and selling items at a Car Boot Sale. The Barclays staff were impressed with the maths skills of several pupils who were able to answer even the most challenging questions correctly.

The visit nearly got off to an unexpected start when the staff from Barclays Bank challenged the The pupils were full of questions for pupils to decide whether or not they the visitors about Barclays Bank Globe Academy had been visited by were car mechanics. Rose Ebony about their interests and ambitions none other than Barack Obama! and what their jobs involved day to day. The Money Skills workshops were a great opportunity for pupils to think Sead wanted to know about how they might manage their if any of the visitors money in the future and to find out had ever met anyone about careers in banking. important whilst working at Barclays. Catherine Blackham Unimpressed by the Every Child Counts Teacher answer that all the customers were important, he made sure that the visitors were aware that

Tronador pupils excel in debating Over the past two terms, year 5 and 6 pupils have been working really hard in the Debate Mate Programme. The pupils have taken part in a total of eight debates on a range of subjects and have won seven of them in the London regional competition. Out of 27 schools across London, Tronador school have come second place. This is a fantastic achievement and a credit to all the hard work the pupils and adults have put in. We are incredibly proud of them all and they represented Globe Academy brilliantly. Miss Colburn , Deputy Head and Miss Field, Year 6 Teacher ‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’


Year 5 Visit to The Ragged School Museum "Victorian teacher”, Miss Perkins, which took place in the original and distinctive Victorian classroom. Pupils were transported back to the 1880s and experienced first-hand what Victorian schooling was really like! The second part took place in the reconstructed Victorian East End kitchen, On 11 January 2012, year 5 took a where our pupils trip back in time to the Ragged were lucky School Museum in Mile End. The enough to handle museum was opened as a school by different artefacts Dr Barnado in 1887 and ensured from the Victorian that poor Victorian children went to period. school. The pupils thoroughly Whilst at the museum, the pupils enjoyed the visit took part in two exciting workshops. but it was made One was a school lesson led by a even more special as every child

made a fantastic effort to dress up as a poor Victorian child coupled with black face paint to make them look like they had not washed for weeks! Ms Sam Colburn Deputy Head

Year 6 visit to Hampton Court On 23 February, a Thursday, the magnificent year 6 from Globe Academy went on a fantastic trip to the wonderful Hampton Court Palace. We had to walk, then take two trains, then walk again! However when we arrived we walked prudently to the eminent Hampton Court Palace. But that’s not the full story, this is...As we entered the palace, we felt like we were kings. We went to the kitchens and there were six! Then we walked around touring the rest of the great palace. We did some drama, I was Cardinal Wolsey. My teacher (Miss Field) said that my acting was brilliant. We then had lunch in Henry VIII’s garden! Shocked, we all stood looking at the size of the green wonderland! We had our lunch, which was yummy, then played around the garden. After a while, we went back into the Palace and then got to go to the gift shop. We bought toys and then it was time to go. We walked to the train station and got on the train. We returned to school and I remembered what a great day it had been. Raihan Uddin Bhaskara class, Year 6 ‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’


The Library in focus Science Club at the Library Pupils can now do science experiments in the library! A science student from University College London visits the library every week to help Globe Academy pupils carry out their own science investigations. Pupils use the books in the library to get ideas for experiments and then carry them out. So far they have blown up balloons using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda! Science Club is every Friday from 3.30 – 4.00pm. All secondary pupils are welcome.

Heroes Mentoring Programme

War Horse Cinema Trip 7M have been reading War Horse by Michael Morpurgo and have researched what life was like for soldiers and horses during World War I. When the film adaptation was released the class were very excited to see it. A trip was arranged, including a visit to Pizza Hut! Here are some of the pupils’ reviews of the film; “War horse is a very interesting movie. It teaches a lesson and shows what happens to people in war.” “This film is an experience that might stay with me forever because it taught me something that might change my life and the way I think.”

Book Review

“This film is not for the faint hearted Two Weeks with the Queen by because it has a lot of excitement Morris Gleitzman is a thrilling book and death” about the protagonist Colin Mudford and his family. This story The class have produced an amazing starts with an event on Christmas display of work relating to War Day with jealously, anger and Horse, including some paintings sadness, A devastating event occurs inspired by scenes from the book. which leaves Colin and his family shocked and frightened. Ms Charlotte Barton Colin is on a mission, his brother has Learning Resource Centre Manager cancer and the doctors in Australlia can’t cure him. His family sent him to London to stay with his Aunty Iris. Penguin have kindly provided books He wants to find the best doctor in for the pupils to read and discuss, the world. including some brand new titles. At the end of the programme pupils I would give this book four out of will have produced a portfolio of five stars! work and will be inspired to aim for a top job at an organisation like Clement Dankyi 7K ‘Penguin Publishing’. Globe Academy library has teamed up with Penguin Publishing Group to provide a mentoring opportunity for our year 9 pupils. Eight year 9 pupils have been selected to visit the Penguin offices every week. There they meet their mentor (people with a range of interesting jobs at Penguin) and discuss reading, books, academic achievement and career aspirations.

‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’


BBC School Report On 15 March 2012, a group of pupils in McKinley School took part in the BBC School Report. The experience gives pupils a glimpse into the world of journalism, and hopes to inspire young people. Over 10,000 pupils participated in over a 1000 schools across the country, and Globe Academy produced a live radio broadcast.

On the day of the broadcast we played out our pre-packaged reports, on topics such as Facebook and cinema audiences. On the School Report day, the pupils met for breakfast and then got stuck into the papers for the day, writing reports on news, sport, and entertainment. The group had fantastic support from Mr Barker, and his GCSE music group, who produced jingles for our radio show. It was a great project to be involved with, and will be available to listen to via the school’s website after Easter.

reader on the day, alongside her Justin Martin, a year 8 Mckinley partner, Shaquille McKay. She wrote pupil wrote ‘We had to work to a ‘Being the main presenter, well, it deadline, and finish the work at a was a bit of a buzz and I was set time. The editors (including me!) nervous before the broadcast. did exceptionally well, as we had to Normally I am not a fan of sort out the order of the stories, improvising, but all news read over other pupils’ finished broadcasters have to think on their The whole thing started back in reports, and then escort them to feet, and I liked it. I also liked January, with our first visit from our the recording studio. Overall, it was writing scripts for the pre-recorded mentor, Dan Whitworth, a BBC a fantastic project to get involved packages, recording it, and adding journalist for Radio 1 Newsbeat. He in, as it is an opportunity to be part sound effects.’ is the technology reporter and can of a professional sounding news often be heard on Radio 1 talking report.’ about the latest gadgets. He wanted us to produce a radio show, as the Renata Ferreira, another McKinley intimacy created through the pupil wrote ‘I have been working medium of radio, cannot be with Jahmila and Monique, for a matched through television. Radio report on Facebook, and why it is broadcasts require a certain style, not allowed for under 13s. We and Dan was quick to offer advice to started work in February and Dan, the group on how to pick a story the BBC journalist, helped us to and develop the work. shape our story. I have learnt to write scripts for radio. I worked really hard to write my entertainment report on the day of the broadcast. I worked Congratulations to all pupils who well with others to make a good took part. We look forward to report. I spoke loudly and clearly building on this experience for next on the live broadcast, and was year! proud of my work.’ Mr Simon White Zareen Roy-Macauley, who only Dean of Mckinley School started school at Globe in January, became our main news ‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’


Globe Fundraising parents across the school. The cake sale was a huge success, as you can see by the photos. We raised a grand total of £107. This is a fantastic amount and we would like Friday 4 May will be a ‘Coming to thank everybody who Together Day’ of fundraising. All contributed and came along to the classes will be involved in raising cake sale. We would like to money in order to enhance our especially thank all the parents and playground. Each class has set a teachers that took the time to make target amount that they aim to raise. There will be a variety of stalls some wonderful cakes for us. As this was so popular we will be to attract buyers of all age groups having more cake sales in the future and prices will be in line with so watch out for the next date! inflation. We ask that you put this date in your diary and you will be given further information at a later Ms Lucia Apicella Nursery Manager date. Thanks in advance for your continued support and we hope to see you on that day.

Tronador Student Council

Ms Marie Williams, Year 3 Teacher and Tronador Student Council

Foundation Stage Cake Sale

It’s time to start emptying out your draws and cupboards again!

Valentine’s Cake and Card Sale

On 9-11 February, the GCSE and BTEC Dance pupils held a Valentine’s cake and card sale. This fundraising activity was designed to raise money for the residential dance weekend taking place in March 2012.

The pupils worked extremely hard to organise this event. It was a true success as we raised £200! At the beginning of this month the Foundation Stage held a cake sale to raise money for resources. The pupils worked very hard making lots of yummy treats to sell. We also had lots of contributions from

Bag 2 School

A big well done to all those who helped and thank you to those who contributed. Miss Derya Maci, Dance Teacher and Key Stage 4 Dancers

‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’

After the success of the last Bag2School collection, we will be holding another collection after Easter. Please donate any unwanted bags/shoes/ belts/clothes/coats/ sheets/soft toys to the Main Reception before 20 April to help raise funds for the school. For every kilo of items donated we get 50p! Mrs Harriet Stokes Marketing & Fundraising Manager


Year 9 learn about becoming a QC On Monday 19 March, QC Martin Forde came to speak to year 9 pupils about what it was like to be a barrister. The pupils gained a lot from this talk and really enjoyed trying on the wig!

During your visit, you explained to us what your job as a Barrister entails, and it was a real treat for us to hear such accounts from someone who is so experienced in their field.

See the letter below from the Student Leaders who wrote to thank QC Martin for giving up his time to come and talk to them.

This gave us all an idea of what being a barrister is, and what types of jobs are waiting for us when we finish school. And it has renewed our motivation to excel in our studies.

‘Dear Mr. Forde, We are writing to thank you for your visit to Globe Academy this past Monday. As a whole group, we’d like to thank you again for coming and are extremely grateful that you took time out of your very busy and important schedule to come and speak to us.

system of our country. Yours sincerely, Abigael and Samantha Student leaders McKinley School’

We would love for you to come back and work with us and we would truly value the opportunity to see what your working day is like. Please let us know if your offer still stands as we would be really keen to set up a visit one day to learn more about the judicial

Pathways to Success On Thursday 15 March, year 9 pupils took part in a workshop called ‘Pathways to Success’ which was all about helping them to choose their GCSEs and get on the right path for university. The feedback from the pupils was great. Please see their comments below. ‘The best thing was the Venn Diagram of GCSE options and careers because it helped me for my career’ Shaquille

‘I learnt about the way that my GCSEs will help me’ Ke ‘I now know what steps I need to go through, to get to university’ Yassine ‘I learnt that every part of your learning counts’ Abdi

‘After this programme I know about what I want to be when I’m older’ Amy

‘I’m very happy about today because my mind is set about what I want be’ Mariah

‘I learnt what I need to do enter a certain career’ Abigael ‘I developed my understanding of university’ Fatimah

‘The best thing about this programme is that it has given me more confidence’ Denzel

‘The best thing about this programme is that it guides This workshop was very well timed before the year 9 pupils to their career choices and gives them a clear idea GCSE options evening and we hope it will become an on how to get there’ Akua annual event. ‘I learnt about the courses I need to take to achieve my goals’ Rejah

‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’

Ms Natalie Sheppard Head of McKinley School


Visit to Surrey Docks Farm On Thursday 8 and 9 March, Pascal and Thales classes went on a visit to Surrey Docks Farm and we were quite fortunate as we had good weather. The pupils were quite excited about their trip to the farm on the bus and kept asking the questions, ‘When are we getting there ?’ or ‘Are we there yet?’. On arrival, the pupils were excited at seeing the big pig drinking water by the fountain. Other animals that the pupils saw were two cows, called ‘Ant and Dec,’ sheep, goats, ducks, turkeys, frogs, donkeys chickens, rabbits, and guinea pigs. The pupils were very enthusiastic when they were given an opportunity to touch and stroke the goats. During the visit the pupils were able to see the different types of vegetables and herbs being grown at the farm. Some of the vegetables included onions, spinach and different varieties of cabbage. As well as the animals and plants, the pupils got the chance to look at the river to see what it looked like. They were very happy about this. Finally it was lunch time (their favourite part of the day) and the pupils were able to sit outside on picnic benches to have their lunch surrounded by greenery which was quite idyllic. Soon it was time for the visit to come to a close and to get the bus back to school. Overall it was an enjoyable trip for the pupils who came back to school and were able to write and draw pictures about what they saw on their visit. Ms Tricia Minlah Foundation Stage Leader

Year 2 visit the Science Museum This term both year 2 classes had the fantastic opportunity to go to Imperial College London to take part in a Science workshop. This involved them making their own rockets and launching them a hundred metres into the sky; investigating viscosity by making their own slime and also using pipettes to mix chemicals and make their own gummy worms! They thoroughly enjoyed the workshops

which were run by real, young, enthusiastic scientists and lots of them! The day was rounded off nicely by popping next door to the Science museum, fuelling the pupils’ excitement for the subject even more! Roz Thistleton, Year 2 teacher ‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’


ARK Spelling Bee On Tuesday 20 March, three pupils Basirat Sanusi, year 8, Rida Siddique, year 9 and Tanzina Begum, year 9 went to compete in the ARK spelling Bee. This was a fun filled and nerve racking event as pupils were put to the test to find the ARK Schools spelling champion. Unfortunately, Globe didn’t win overall but thanks to the hard work and dedication of the team we came away with a third place medal won by Tanzina Begum in the ‘Year Group Play Offs’ Next year we will be on the lookout for a whole team of budding bees! Ms Tracey Marquis Director of English

Kilimanjaro Geographers out and about in London Docklands On Tuesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March, 84 year 10 pupils (and three year 11 pupils) visited London Docklands as part of their GCSE . With clipboards in hand, pupils were able to see this fantastic area of economic redevelopment for themselves, putting into practise their classroom knowledge as well as learning some important geographical skills. We visited the luxury flats and economic swagger of Canary Wharf and were able to contrast this with the residential community of Poplar by completing environmental quality surveys, field sketches, taking photographs and making notes of particular places of interest. During lunchtime, pupils were able to get some lunch in Canary Wharf shopping centre, while interviewing members of the public about what they thought about the quality of life in the area. Teayanna Barrett-Cheddie and Charlotte Pauls were the questionnaire queens, and I was exceptionally impressed with the 90 responses the whole group of pupils were able to get from the public - essential data collection for their report they are currently writing! Benjamin Mensah was particularly entrepreneurial, using his Ghanaian connection to charm a usually stern-faced security guard. All pupils were a credit to the school, and despite the moans from some (including Miss Baldwin!) of the large amount of walking, the good weather and excellent humour from everyone made for a couple of extremely rewarding days. This hard work will inevitably pay off when pupils receive their GCSE controlled assessment results. Thank you to Miss Baldwin and Mr Hewitt for their help in running these successful days, and I look forward to doing something very similar with the current year 9s next year. Mr Bonser Geography Lead Teacher ‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’


Laureus Foundation Sports Day On 6 February, sports pupils from year 9 and 10 took part in the Laureus Foundation Sports day at Millwall Football Club. Throughout the day, they had a chance to take part in a number of different sporting activities. However, the highlight of the day was meeting three sporting legends; Marcel Desailly (Ex Chelsea player and French World cup winner), Daley Thompson (4x world record holder decathlete and Olympic gold medallist) and Barry Mcguigan (former WBA featherweight champion). They had a fantastic time and were exceptionally well behaved.

Ms Laura Brown Director of Sport

Year 11 Prom, Graduation and Year Book Update The year 11 pupils are in their final stages of doing their controlled assessments as well as preparing for their exams. Amidst their academic preparations, the Yearbook committee led by Ellen Rodrigues, is trying to meet the deadline of putting their memories of pictures, stories and poetry together in their Yearbook. The year 11 Graduation will be held on Wednesday 27 June in the Pentagon. All year 11 pupils are expected to attend this event with guests (2-3 people). This will be their official last day at Globe Academy where they will receive rewards and school leaving certificates as a culmination of their hard work at secondary school. The Prom will be held on Friday 29 June to celebrate Kilimanjaro’s successes and dine at the luxurious Royal Garden Hotel in High Street Kensington. Pupils will be expected to dress appropriately for this formal occasion. Well done so far Kilimanjaro but the end is not in sight yet. We are aiming for the mountain peak so let's keep climbing! Kilimanjaro SLT ‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’


Performing Arts profile 7M visit the Globe Theatre In March, 7M were very lucky to be invited to see some of their peers perform at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Not only was this a fantastic opportunity for them to visit the landmark theatre, but also to witness their first performance of Romeo and Juliet on a professional stage. Year 7 will be studying Shakespeare in the Summer term and this was a fun way to introduce the topic. The pupils enjoyed the visit immensely and were very supportive of their fellow McKinley pupils who were performing the final scene of the play. It was a great day out and we were all very impressed with some of the performances. We would like to thank Ms. Emma Jones for the invitation, and Ms. Maci for coming with us. Congratulations to 7C for a fantastic performance! Ms. Paturaud Transition Teacher, McKinley

Final school production of the year! The final production of the school year will be Oliver. This is going to be a very special performance as for the first time, it will bring together pupils from the primary and secondary schools on stage. Rehearsals are already well under way and it promises to be another brilliant performance. More information will be sent out closer to the time but for now, make a note of the performance dates: Tuesday 10 July Wednesday 11 July Thursday 12 July Friday 13 July All performances will start at 6:00pm It would be fantastic for the pupils to see all the audiences as full as possible so keep your eyes peeled for tickets going on sale. ‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’

Date for your Diary

ARK SCHOOLS MUSIC GALA 27 June 2012, 7pm Barbican Performances from The One Voice massed choirs, SPARK choir, Fusion ensemble and school groups from across the ARK Schools Network For more information contact your Music Department. 14

Performing Arts profile Dance Trip to PGL On 9-11 March, the dance department took a selection of pupils from Key Stage three and four on a residential street dance weekend. The pupils were able to develop their street dance skills within a fun yet intense environment. During the weekend the pupils also faced their fear of heights by participating in activities such as the giant swing and the ‘Powerfan’.

Ms Derya Maci, Dance Teacher

Ark Schools Orchestra Residential Musicians from the Ark Fusion Orchestra spent a weekend in the beautiful Suffolk surroundings rehearsing for this year’s ARK Schools music gala concert. The 50 strong orchestra delighted the teachers involved with their professionalism and dedication to the task at hand. The quality of playing at the end of the residential weekend rivalled most youth orchestras in Great Britain and it was a delight to see the pupils progress throughout. As well as rehearsing, pupils took time out to take part in night navigation activities, golf, archery, the ‘Crate Climb’ and a ropes challenge. Pupils were also given the opportunity listen to members of staff perform at a Saturday evening recital. Highlights included a wonderful Flute duet performed by Ms Raven and Ms O’Shea as well as a six strong staff close harmony group, featuring Globe Academy’s very own Mr Barker that serenaded the pupils ‘Good night’. Mr James Barker Consultant Subject Lead Music

‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’


Performing Arts profile SPARK Choir Residential During the last weekend in January, The Spark Choir (elite singers from all of the Ark schools) enjoyed a weekend residential at Grittleton Hall, Chippenham. Pupils worked with some outstanding artists to rehearse the showcased works which will be featured in this year’s June concert at the Barbican. The weekend rehearsals culminated in a very professional, concert the results of which can be found on the ‘globeacademy1’ Itunes podcast. As well as singing, pupils took part in Tai Chi workshops, Music theory classes and a very good impromptu talent show which saw Kaiser perform an excellent rendition of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’, Mr Barker perform an aria from ‘Marriage of Figaro’, Karimot perform ‘Amazing Grace’ and Joshua perform ‘You are the Living Word’. The artists in charge of rehearsing the pupils were very impressed with their talents and professionalism which was very inspiring throughout the weekend. A special award was given to our very own Kaiser for his outstanding dedication to the Tenor section of the choir. Mr Barker, Consultant Subject Lead, Music and Ms Jones, Singing Teacher

Globe pupils sing in Italy

In March, two lucky pupils, Joshua Lavaly, year 11 and Kristy Fagbohun, year 10, were given the opportunity to go to Milan for a couple of days and take part in a special performance evening at the Oliver Twist Foundation. The foundation has links with ARK, and runs an arts programme for young people in Italy. They were two of six pupils chosen from across the ARK Schools network due to their strong contribution to the SPARK choir residential mentioned above. Whilst in Milan, they took part in workshops and rehearsals with Italian children before the final performance. They also had some time to take in the sights of the beautiful city. Kristy said; “It was an amazing experience. I especially enjoyed trying to communicate with the Italian pupils and it opened up my eyes as to what was available outside of the UK”. Ms Charlene Jones, Singing Teacher ‘No excuses. Achievement for all. Whatever it takes.’