A level results Our Lady’s Mixed Sixth Form have just received their best ever set of results, which has enabled students to achieve places at Oxbridge and other Russell Group Universities, to study courses as diverse as Medicine to English Literature to Dance and Criminology.
Jenna Colaco achieved an A in Classics, A in English Literature, A in History and an A* for her Extended Project. She is now studying Classics at Oxford University. Mandy Tan achieved an incredible A* for Biology, A* for Mathematics and an A in Chemistry. She is now at University College London studying medicine. Mary Karayel achieved an A* in English Lit, A in History and a B in Politics. She is now studying English at York University. Diana Sufaj achieved A* B and C and is now studying at Goldsmiths University.
GCSE results Katie McCaughey achieved 10 GCSE's including six 9s, and an A* in French. She is now studying Art, English Literature and French A Levels. Faith Babatunde spent roughly one fifth of her Year 11 education in hospital due to a medical condition. Despite this she achieved x9 GCSE's including x3 9s, and an A in Mandarin. She is now studying Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Psychology A Levels at Our Lady's Sixth Form, and plans to go into medicine. Brooke Bolcho (pictured at top of page) achieved x1 9, x4 8s, x3 7s and x1 6. Beauty Odeyemi was overjoyed with her A in Mandarin and has stayed on at Our Lady’s Sixth Form to study Computing, Geography and Business Studies.
Edition 6: December 2018
95% to University
14% to Russell Group Universities
Average Point Score:
27.6 to 32.2
27.6 to 32.2
HEADTEACHER'S MESSAGE It was such an immense privilege to witness the joy and excitement of our students as they received their examination results in the summer; with great pride, and just a little sadness, we said farewell to our A Level students and we have welcomed wonderful, vibrant and dynamic new students into Year 7 and Year 12.
The Our Lady's family has settled into the routines of the year and this term has been incredibly successful and busy, as you will see from the reports in this edition of the newsletter. We are now in the middle of our Christmas Hamper Project where the whole school community works together to prepare hampers to bring cheer, love and care to those in need this Christmas, you'll find more details in the Marian section of the newsletter.
The students of this school of ours never cease to inspire me; they show such compassion for others and such care for each other - it gives me great hope for the future!
Ms Justine McDonald Headteacher
We need your help! We are running a Careers Carousel at Our Lady's and need volunteers to come in to speak to our students about all the different types of jobs out there. We would love to know how you got into your chosen career and teach the students that there is not one set path to getting anywhere in life! To find out more and to give us your details, please fill out the short form on the website under 'Careers Carousel'.
OUR LADY'S IN THE NEWS
BLAST FROM THE PASTThe lovely Eileen Hynes (nee Kelly) expressed a wish in her 80th year to visit her old school, and along with the help of her daughter and Sr Dom Savio OSM, they made this happen. On entering the school, Eileen noticed how the school had changed immensely from when she studied here nearly 70 years ago! She said, 'The peace and love that we felt as we enjoyed our tour was amazing. We found, as we moved around the school, that all the pupils and staff were so friendly; smiling and saying ‘hello’ when passing us in the corridors. We felt very welcomed. The school has a lovely feeling and you should all be so proud.' Ann said, 'My mum was overwhelmed by how welcome you made her feel; she had the most wonderful day, may God bless you.'
london youth games
Our very own athlete Clara Ojiako competed in the London Youth Games earlier this year, and came second in the 50m freestyle swimming gala. Well done Clara!
GREAT OUR LADY'S BAKE OFF
Report by Marylucy Padula Year 8
The cooking competition was so much fun! At home we all cooked something sweet for the judges including cupcakes, cakes, biscuits and cookies, I cooked cakepops. When the judges tasted the food they thought they were all very good and told us that we could all be winners.
The Winner was Aishah, Abena came second and I came third
The contestants were Aishah, Mary Lucy, Abena, Serwah and Courtney. I am excited to do another Bake Off soon! Thank you to the judges Ms Sowden and Ms Gosia and Ms Abbey for setting everything up.
biology challenge Report by Ms Ray Students carried out a nationally recognised competition run by the Royal Society of Biology during Our Lady’s Science Week. This required them to complete two half hour Biology papers online. A total of 134 students took part in their own time, from which an amazing 76 of them received a gold award certificate.
Year 11 prom
Our girs had a fatastic time for their Year 11 prom at the Regency Banqueting Suite.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD Report by Ms Stanton
A group of girls completed their 12 hours skills challenge culminating in the preparation, cooking and presentation of a three course meal to 20 guests. Their creativity, team work and timing throughout has been impressive and I am very happy to award them this part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The girls who completed their Skills Test are: Kimberley Alves Nicholson, Chantelle Kyriacou-Kweya, Ijeoma Nzeema, Merveille Ossumani, Meghan Cahill and Renee Morgan.
Our students had a wonderful time at the Wellcome Collection for their Science trip. They discussed and discovered different types of Scientific enhancements such as medical, aesthetic, mental and sensory developments through time.
Holocaust survivor visit Report by Ms Rose Year 9 had the opportunity to listen to the testimony of Holocaust survivor Harry Olmer. He spoke eloquently about his experiences, and the students had a huge amount of questions for him. Students have really appreciated learning about the experiences in person, rather than in a textbook, as it 'puts a face to the story', as one student said. We would like to thank the Holocaust Education Trust and Harry for working closely with the school in the weeks leading up to this visit. A message Harry left the students was, 'To keep faith, stay compassionate and never give up hope. Above all, be human'. It is a privilege for us to welcome Harry Olmer to our school and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced.
Report by Mr Duran Core RE students have been busy in term one preparing for their new year of Servite Community Service placements. The training covered a broad number of activities including, board games workshops, flower arranging for older people and reading mentoring for primary school children. As part of CoreRE we also welcomed a variety of guest speakers, including MIND and the Hackney Alzheimer's Society. The students begin making their weekly visits in the community between November and April of this current academic year. September also marked the second year of our Cardinal Appeal (Westminster Diocese's) funded programme of activities and community engagement.
christmas hamper appeal The Year 12 and 13 CORE RE Christmas 'Community Service' Project is now in its eleventh year and continues to be a significant way for all members of the school to come together and support people in the local community by putting our faith in action. Each year we forge new relationships with some of the most vulnerable and isolated members of our community. Your contributions are needed as your support is vital for the success of the project.
As part of Core RE we welcome a variety of guest speakers including MIND and the Hackney Alzheimer's Society.
Our lady's flying high Report by Bobbie
This year a group of us had the amazing opportunity to have a flying experience. We were chosen to go on the flying trip because of good behaviour in PE lessons and the way we have successfully represented the school in tournaments and competitions this year. We were all very delighted to be going. We took a minibus to Dunstable Downs. On our arrival we were all a bit nervous but excited at the same time. The instructors were really nice and told us what we had to do to keep safe up in the air. Once we were up and away it wasn’t as scary as expected. Some of us even took control of the plane. It was an amazing experience. Thank you so much Ms Wilburn and Ms Lopes for taking us. We had lots of fun.
news and updates
The RE department work with Mr Duran to create a ‘Community Service’ programme as part of the Core RE course in the Sixth Form. This programme places our Servite values at the centre of the students’ development—providing service to our local community in a variety of ways:
Openness/ Respect for Diversity
Our Servite values underpin all the work we do as a school, "Shaping Tomorrow, Inspired by Faith".
% Punctuality to date
Year 8 are in the lead with 189 points more than Year 9. Year 10 and 11 need to work harder next term to beat Year 8.
Congratulations to 7J—form group with the most achievement points!
School attendance has always been excellent here at Our Lady’s.
In Year 7, Form 7J have the highest attendance at 98.56%. in Year 8, Form 8M have the highest attendance at 96.75%. In Year 9, Form 9M have the highest attendance at 95.52%. In Year 10, Form 10H have the highest attendance at 97.69%. In Year 11, Form 11H have the highest attendance at 96.93%.
Year 10 you’re attendance has been exceptional, keep this up!
The national figure for accepted attendance is 94.8% (RAISE online) - we use this as a benchmark but always strive to do better. Currently Year 7, 8, 10, 11 12 all have above this.
Although there is no official national figure for punctuality, we are always aiming as close to 100% as we can reach.
Well done to Year 11 who have stayed consistently at the top of the Punctuality race since the start of the year. Year 9 and 10 you have some catching up to do!
Achievements, Attendance & punctuality
% Attendance to date
black history month
Throughout the month of October we celebrated Black History Month. This year we decided to celebrate heroines of the Black Community, women who have made a real difference to the Black and the wider community. The Art department welcomed Hackney artist (and former pupil) Ese Akpojotor. Ese ran workshops based on Black Heroines. The aim of the workshop was to show the girls that Black women have made lots of positive contributions not just to the Black community but to the world. The students took inspiration from Ese’s work and designed pieces that reflected the women that they respect and admire. Students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and the opportunity that it gave them to really think about the Black women in the world who have made a difference.
Musuem of London performed ‘Black History in Britain’ for the whole school, where they took us on a journey through the past for their 'Respect Awards.'
pantonic steel pan Hackney orchestra
We had the pleasure of welcoming Pantonic UK for Black History Month. They brought lots of sunshine on a very rainy Monday morning.
Our lady's factor
On Friday 2nd November, Our Lady's hosted a singing competition for Black History Month. All the songs were originally written and performed by inspirational black artists and the chosen charity we decided to raise money for was The Sickle Cell Society Charity. The evening was hosted by our very own amazing Linda Samba Year 13. Well done to all the incredible singers who took part.
Sixth Former's Day Spent At Vogue
Sixth Former's Day Spent At Vogue
year groups will get to watch this performance.
Friday 2nd November- Whole school singing contest.
Also the charity of the month will be the Sickle Cell Society. Sickle Cell disease is an illness that is unfortunately quite common in the Black Community and it affects a number of our students and their families. Your support for this charity would be very much appreciated.
I will also be coming to Year group assemblies during the month to talk more about Black History and to launch a competition that will hopefully see a number of students get involved.
Health & Social Care
Report by Head of H&SC Ms Stanton
The year 12 Health & Social Care students visited St Joseph’s Hospice and had a tour of the facilities, wards and departments. The Hospice offers internal and external palliative care to people with life limiting and terminal diagnosis, this unique and invaluable service touches the lives of so many people. The Health & Social Care students were able to discuss and feel within this exceptional space. Our school will continue to work with St Joseph's through voluntary and charitable work, we are truly blessed to be working with such an inspiring group of people.
Report by Ms Begum
Last term, a small group of 12 Health and Social Care students had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children. It was an amazing experience for us all. It is a small school with around 40 members of staff and 30 students. The school employs a mixture of deaf and hearing members of staff and each classroom has a 50/50 split of staff that hearing and deaf. This is to ensure that the students are receiving 100% support in their language abilities – both English language as well as BSL. The students have access to a very comprehensive curriculum tailored to their needs and as a result make great progress. We really enjoyed engaging with some of the students in their lessons and we even learnt how to sign a couple of words.