Year 8 Dropdown Day

At the end of the last academic year, the Geography Department organised a dropdown day where all year 8 students were off timetable so that they could expand their geographical knowledge and understanding outside of their normal geography classrooms.

Half of the year group were working in the multipurpose hall with an architectural firm called John McAslan and Partners from Central London, crafting some fantastic ideas and producing some beautiful photo collages of what they believe certain areas of Tottenham should look like in the future. Regeneration was the theme and this was a workshop that utilised the recent field trip that this group of students went on down Tottenham High Road several weeks previous to this date. The presentation the students produced on the day was of a very high calibre which was highlighted by the architects. Who knows? We could have some budding architects in our midst.

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“I did a presentation on Tottenham which highlighted the importance of Geography in the local community.”  – Kalender

The other half of the year group spent the main part of their day focussing on natural disasters, with an emphasis on Typhoons/Hurricanes. It was clear that there are some born leaders in our school with multiple students taking a lead of their group who had to build towns that were located in the Philippines, an area that is no stranger to natural disasters. The students showed amazing creativity in the building of their towns, as they were only allowed to buy a certain number of strong durable buildings, while using cardboard and paper to create the rest. We had some unimpressed faces when the students had arrived back after break to find out that parts of their towns had been destroyed by a Typhoon and some of their hard work was ruined. Very deep discussions took place after this as the students compared how they felt to the families actually living in an area such as the Philippines and it was clear that the understanding of such disastrous effects on the people in those areas was enhanced greatly. The students showed this in the large posters they created exploring how they could change their town so that it was more durable during a natural disaster as well as thinking about what are the most important buildings to try and protect in order to minimise damage.

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“I learnt that natural disasters can affect people in different ways. Natural disasters can transform someone’s life!”  – Nathan

Finally, the whole year group met together in the theatre to receive a fantastic presentation from real life volunteers working for Disaster Aid UK who are making a massive difference in the lives of the people who are affected by the Natural Disasters throughout the world.  Students were given the opportunity to explore the tents that are sent out to disaster zones that people live in and got to see the different equipment that is sent out also. Hopefully it will entice our students to get involved with volunteering in the future as well as possibly raising money for organisations such as Disaster Aid UK.

More ‘record-breaking’ Exam Results for Year 11

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We released yet another set of outstanding results today.

Following on from last year’s record-breaking performance, our Year 11 leavers have done even better and once again produced the best exam results recorded at Northumberland Park.

The proportion of students attaining A*-C grades in English & Maths has risen steeply once again and now stands at 57%, having been at 41% in 2012 and 51% in 2013.

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Of particular note are the outstanding results achieved in English Language: 69% of the Y11 cohort gained A*-C grades, up 9% from 2013 and up 24% when compared to 2012.

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Individually, there were many fine performances but the ‘standout’ student is undoubtedly Ali Aydemir who achieved no less than 7 A*s and 5 As. He was closely followed by Nazifa Uddin who gained 3 A*s and 6 As. A further 19 students achieved 4 or more A or A* grades.

A number of our students have won scholarships to prestigious Independent Schools, where they will undertake GCE A level studies:
Bradfield College- Maconde Caba and Hasan Chowdhury
Bedales School- Chelsea Chu
King Edward’s School- Ryan Pessoa

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Headteacher, Monica Duncan, commented:

“The year-on-year rise in our results is testimony to the commitment and hard work of students and staff who have worked tirelessly to achieve these results.

I also want to acknowledge the outstanding support received from parents.

We wish all the year 11 students of 2013/14 every success in their future studies

NPCS ‘Rocks’!

On Tuesday 8th July the Music Department held an end of year summer concert to bring the academic year to a musical close. The concert involved a number of students and staff performers showcasing their various talents to parents, dignitaries and peers._DSC0545

Joseph Nicholson-Porter (Year 10) said: ‘I think it was a thrilling experience and I learnt a lot. I would like to do it again. I enjoy playing the piano it makes me happy to perform.’

The concert programme included a diverse range of artists including; Bach, Randy Crawford and Bon Jovi. The performers came together to create a vibrant night that satisfied the eclectic musical palettes of the audience.

Ms Harvey created a wonderful array of photos and videos that really enhanced the performance.  The evening was made evermore vibrant by the dynamic lighting display compliments of Mr Bawden._DSC0584

‘It was an outstanding showcase enabling students and staff to show off their untapped potential. Being a part of the concert was an excellent way to relax after a hectic but fulfilling year.’ – Mrs S. Bailey

‘It was a wonderful concert and it was lovely to see a mix of students and staff working together and enjoying themselves. The audience thoroughly enjoyed it. Same time next year!’ – Ms E Scoggins

The Music Department would like to thank all of the staff and student performers together with all of the people that supported us to organise and facilitate the show. You did an excellent job and we could not have done it without you. Thank You!_DSC1031

‘Whilst the rain threatened to dampen the evening, nothing could spoil
the electric atmosphere in the theatre. We rocked!
Thank you to the staff who bravely joined in the NPCS music spirit
with the choir and band performances.
The students as always did themselves proud.
Thank you to Mr Blair and Mr West for orchestrating an evening of quality, talent and fun.
Thank you to all the staff members who contributed to the success of the evening.’
- Ms M Duncan, Headteacher

 

Be the Change Day

On Wednesday 9th July, our Year 7 and Year 9 students took part in Be the Change Day.

This was a unique and special day with our students volunteering their time to make a difference in the community. It was so inspiring to see and hear about the fantastic work our students and staff were carrying out and the difference they were making in the community. With so much going on during the day, some highlights include supporting the community gardening at Back2Earth, working with Lancasterian Primary school to create table top murals, painting our school external walls, building a flowerbed and building and supporting our local elderly in a number of homes. IMG_9198

It was a truly inspirational day and our students are eager to do more! We certainly are being the change we wish to see in the world! Well done to everyone involved and looking forward to more exciting projects next year.

‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.‘ Aesop.

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A shupe or a sheep?

A learning curve for the students began with a scenic drive through the Kent countryside early one Wednesday morning. Our literacy target was achieved with the complexity of grammar surrounding sheep: how many were in the field? It was definitely not 23 sheeps, and one sheep does not equate to a shupe! With everyone’s grammar corrected and in order, we arrived at Pett Level, a small coastal village 5 miles from Hastings on the East Sussex coast.

The students enthusiastically carried out a number of investigations on the beach whilst the tide was on the rise. They measured the rate at which sediment was moving along the beach, a process called longshore drift; they measured the amount of sediment that had built up against man made groynes; they measured the profile of the beach; and completed field sketches of a number of coastal management defences.

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Ergen Hoxhaj: ” I enjoyed the group work that was given on the beach. This trip helped me to understand longshore drift and the effects of coastal erosion.”

After lunch, eaten in the glorious sunshine on the beach, we moved from Pett Level to Hastings. The students had the opportunity to explore the old town of Hastings and investigate how tourism was affecting the area. The students have done NPCS proud and we look forward to seeing their project write up completed over the final couple of weeks of term.

FREE Aqua Workout Sessions

FREE Aqua Workout sessions for girls (aged 12-18yrs) at Northumberland Park Community School Pool for 4 weeks starting 15th June. Come and unwind. You don’t need to be able to swim – this is keep fit to music.
Sessions are on Sundays at 12 noon or 12.55pm
For more information phone 07853 906380