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Careers Statutory Guidance 2015 

Statutory Guidance (updated 2015) April 2014 places schools under a duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for their pupils in school years 9-11. Careers guidance secured under the new duty must:

  • be presented in an impartial manner
  • include information on the full range of post-16 education or training options, including Apprenticeships
  • promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.

Headteachers, school staff and governing bodies must have regard to this statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State in exercising their functions under this section.

Schools have a role to play in supporting their pupils to make well informed and realistic decisions by providing access to impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of education and training options that are most likely to help young people achieve their ambitions. This information has become increasingly important as young people are now required to participate in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18.

In fulfilling their new duty, Notre Dame School will secure access to independent face-to-face careers guidance where it is the most suitable support for young people to make successful transitions, particularly children from disadvantaged backgrounds Notre Dame School will consider a range of wider careers activities such as engagement with local employers and work-based education and training providers to offer all young people insights into the world of work and with local colleges and universities for first-hand experience of further and higher education. This will include mentoring, workplace visits, work experience, work shadowing, enterprise events, employer talks and links with higher education institutions.

The Statutory Guide for Careers Education in line with Section 42a and Section 45a of the Education Act 1997 states that schools must secure independent careers guidance for young people. Notre Dame School employs an independent careers advisor, Debra Bean, who comes into school one day a week to work with students.

The duty of schools is to expand advice and guidance for young people so that they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. Pupils should have high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.

Notre Dame School in line with the statutory advice and guidance has sustained contacts with employers, mentors and coaches who can inspire pupils to fully achieve their potential.

We work in partnership with local employers and other education and training providers like colleges, universities and apprentice providers ensuring that pupils benefit from experience of the world of work to help them make decisions about education and training options.

Careers Guidance is about inspiration and aspiration. Contacts with employer networks, FE Colleges, HE institutions, mentors, alumni or other high achieving individuals can motivate pupils to aim higher and consider wider ranges of education and career options.

Work Experience plays an important role in encouraging and inspiring students to aim higher giving them a taste of the world of work.

Year 10 students in school go out on placement for two weeks in the summer term. Students are encouraged to ask for help from family and friends to secure a placement. The school offers workshops for curriculum vitae writing and work experience preparation helping students prepare for their placements.

All students are helped and supported while finding a placement and all students are visited on their placements by a member of staff. We ensure that students are given the opportunity to be successful on their placements.

If you have any queries about Careers or Work Experience please contact Teresa Crowley.

Organised by Careers 2016/17

Year 11
Fit for Exams Study Workshop
Mace Construction Careers session in the Library
Next Step Evening 
One to One interviews with Careers Advisor
Southwark Careers Invention Session  
St Francis Xavier College PSHE Lessons & Assembly
STEP Booklets
Subject Matters Course at Cambridge University
What If sessions held by Debra Bean Careers Advisor 

 Year 10
Bristows Mentoring Scheme for 24 students
The Brokerage Working in the City Programme
Careers Session with Ian Powell from Tuckers Solicitors
CV Writing – Making the Leap 
Fantastical Creatures Art Project with Contemporary Applied Artists & SE1 United
Food Matters session with charity sponsors
Noreena Hertz from ITV talk in the library to MAC students
IBM E Mentoring and Employability Sessions
Interserve Mentoring Project
ITV Project 15 students spent 10 weeks on a media project
Learn to Earn Workshop
Livery Art Project ‘Echoes around the World’ including presentation to HRH Princess Anne the Princess Royal Ambassador training for livery company project at The Guildhall
2 students on Work Experience at The Guildhall Hall curating the project
2 students attended the Lord Mayors Show
MACE Mechanical Engineering Day
Merrill Lynch/Bank of America Employability Networking Session
One to One interviews with Careers Advisor
Peabody Dine and Discuss careers session at the Hoxton Hotel
Two visits to the Royal Courts of Justice taking part in a mock trial and appeal court hearing
Shell E Mentoring and Employability sessions with 15 students
South Bank Student one to one interviews
15 students trained as Southwark Young Pilgrims
STEP Booklets
St Georges Development talks about Women in Construction
Stones End Day Centre visit for Health and Social Care students
What if Assembly held by Debra Bean Careers Advisor
Work Experience Preparation Day with one to one interviews for all Year 10 students with employability sessions in form classes
127 students on Work Experience placements for two weeks 

Year 9
Air Quality Project visit to The Crystal Building
Mentoring and Inspirational session with Elizabeth Ajagbe
Bristow’s Solicitors Mentoring Project
Christmas Debate at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Fantastical Creatures Art Project with Contemporary Applied Artists & SE1 United
Fareshare Food Distribution Warehouse Visit
Fast Tomato Careers Programme Sessions
Noreena Hertz from ITV talk in the library to MAC students
International Day of the Girl at the Southbank Centre with 8 students
Livery Schools Link Careers Fair at the Guildhall
Livery Art Project ‘Echoes around the World’
After School MACE Project with for 12 weeks designing a Virtual café being visited each week by a professional from the construction industry
MACE sessions across the year talking about women in construction
MACE Construction cycle safety session
Making the Leap University Event with 25 students
Open House Project in the City with UBS Bank
Open House Project in the City with Markel
Peabody lunch time link up careers session
Organised a Pedometer Challenge for Years 7, 8 & 9
Fourteen Students were awarded OCN accreditations for Reflective Learning and Progression
Remembrance Day Service at Archbishop Tenison School
Soup making Project at the Borough Market for 23 students
Southwark Council Careers Event at London South Bank University  
St Georges Development Co visit to One Blackfriars
St Georges Medical School Workshops – Radiography and Healthcare Science
St Julies Garden Project with SJ Group
Two St George’s Medical School Workshops one on Radiology and one general medical   
Bronze STARS Accreditation to Youth Travel Ambassadors
STEP Booklets 
Teentech Event at Copper Box Arena Stratford 
Youth Travel Ambassadors Project with 12 students – ran a design an oyster card competition
2 Youth Travel Ambassador Presentation events where students made bids for funding for their projects   

Year 8
Christmas Bags project with Stones End Day Centre
Christmas Debate at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Food Matters Picnic at Westminster Abbey
Noreena Hertz from ITV talk in the library to MAC students
IBM/Shell STEMENT all day event with 8 students
Kings Scholars Design a University Day
Kings Scholars Spring up School for 4 days 
Kings Scholars Subject Love Letter Competition
Visit to Lendlease site at the Elephant & Castle
Livery Art Project ‘Echoes around the World’
Ambassador duties at The Guildhall for a visit by the Worshipful Association of Educators
16 Students were awarded OCN Accreditations for their Young Leaders Project
STEP Booklets
Team Ambassadors Volunteer Project 
Teentech Event at Copper Box Arena Stratford
18 students attend WE Day at Wembley

Year 7
Cyberbullying Workshops for all students
Fantastical Creatures Art Project with Contemporary Applied Artists & SE1 United
Launch of Kings Scholars Programme involving 25 students lasting for 3 years
Kings College Taster Day
Kings College Study Skills workshops after school for 6 weeks
Livery Art Project ‘Echoes around the World’ during Activities Week for 3 students
Making the Future Event at Stratford with 25 students  
STEP Booklets
7M participated in an Art Project with Stones End Day Centre and Pool Reinsurance
7C Easter egg donation day for Stones End 

Good News
We are extremely grateful to the Newcomen Collett Foundation for the grant awarded to the school to sponsor the Year 10 Interview Day, the day is only possible due to the grant and we are thankful! 

Thirteen Year 8 students were awarded OCN Accreditation Certificates for their work on the Christmas Bags Project. The students were: Josephine Ayodele, Lydia Berhe, China Brown, Jacqueline Brown, Claudia Caires Sousa, Oghosa Ensure Okuoimosa, Tehillah Honny, Nosiou Kondeh, Magdalene Nuhu, Juliet Oghenekevwode, Anne Rushwinga &  Maya Santos Talvera 

Fourteen students were awarded OCN Accreditations for Reflective Learning for their work on a lunchtime link up mentoring programme. The students were: Rheanna Atterbury, Zainab Bangura, Italia Chambers, Chelsea Diez, Jada Gayle, Christina Gurdas, Samantha Jalloh, Faith Sharon Ntua, Deborah Ogunwusi, Faith Okeke, Timilehin Owolabi, Lois Owusu, Sarah Pearson & Maisie Uyigue.

The SJ group have been working hard in the garden this year and for the first time we have a sunflower grown in our garden!

Echoes around the World
Echoes around the World took place in thirteen different schools resulting in ten projects which were a joint enterprise between livery companies and schools. The project was based around the goods and services supplied by the city livery companies to soldiers fighting in the First World War. The centre piece of our project was a saddle lent to us by the Worshipful Association of Saddlers that actually went the Somme! The saddle was owned by Major Wayling and was used throughout the war.

 The project was exhibited at the Guildhall Art Gallery for three months, this gave students further opportunities:

Six of the students along with Ms Somers the Head of Art, Jane Churchill the Heritage Artist who created the project and Teresa Crowley the Project Manager were invited along to Saddlers Hall to be presented to HRH Princess Royal as part of the Apprentice Awards conducted by the Saddlers.

  • two students Nicole Mitoraj and Nohran Yinka spent three days on work experience helping to curate the project
  • two students were invited to the Lord Mayors Show by the Worshipful Association of Insurers – Mabel Sodengbe and Erica Aguiar attended and watched the procession

Lord Mayors Show
We were very lucky this year to be invited to the Lord Mayors Show as guests by The Worshipful Association of Insurers; we were given seats in the Grandstand alongside St Paul’s Cathedral and from where we watched the procession lead the new Lord Mayor Andrew Parmley to Parliament to be sworn in. Erica Aguiar, Mabel Sodenbge and Teresa attended the parade on Saturday 12th November 2016.

 

The parade was a celebration of Livery Companies, established city businesses, charities, banks and members of established corporations. It was a wet day but the rain did not dampen the atmosphere or the occasion, everyone enjoyed themselves, people enjoyed the marching bands and displays.

  • five students were taken to The Guildhall to be trained as ambassadors and tour guides
  • students were invited to a presentation evening where they met the Lord Mayor of London Andrew Parmley
  • students were invited to the opening ceremony of the project with the Worshipful Master of the Saddlers

We have been very Fortunate to be part of the project and are grateful to the Worshipful Association of Saddlers in particular Patrick Burns, Alison Trupet from theLivery Company Schools Project and Jane Churchill whose enthusiasm and energy drove the project.

The project was funded by the Lottery Heritage Fund.

The SJ Garden
The SJ group have continued to work hard on the garden the PTA gave the students £151 for plants and the garden is beginning to take shape! We are very grateful to the PTA for their funding to purchase some new plants.

 

Fifteen students from the Year 10 Media class were invited to take part in a ten week course with ITV Studios, students followed a creative idea and saw how it was made into a television programme and had speakers each week from the stage of the project. We met scriptwriters, commissioning editors, cameramen, lighting professionals, producers, studio mangers and creative editors.

The project was inspirational to see how many professionals work in the Media industry and to be able to see how their jobs work and how everyone has to work together to produce a programme.

The students were split into two groups and filmed magazine segments, one ‘what is hot and what is not’ and one interviewing a celebrity. The students were all given roles on the day of filming and wrote their own scripts!

We filmed the news articles in the This Morning studio sitting on the same sofa as Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

The project was wonderful and we are very grateful to ITV for their time and commitment especially Susie Greenwood who was the facilitator over the 10 weeks.

 

Pele
Two Year 7 students met Pele at the Olympic Park in Stratford as part of the Making the Future exhibition organised by Shell. Josephine Ayodele and Keliss Nesbitt Morgan took part in a competition around Kinetic Energy which saw eight students from four schools run on a kinetic pad to produce energy which converted in time that could be spent shooting goals at a target, we were in a live competition with Lagos and were pleased to say England actually did win a cup at football this summer!

The students were given England football strips that they were allowed to keep and signed Brazil shirts from Pele; we were also accompanied on both the rehearsal day and the event by Andy Akinwolere, a former Blue Peter presenter who coordinated the event.

The girls had a day they will never forget and Pele is iconic and it was such a privilege to meet him!

 

 

Kings Scholars
We are very fortunate now to have two Kings Scholars Schemes running in school in total there are fifty students involved in the programme which supports students over three years giving them opportunities and access to university life.

This year the Year 8 students have taken part in a Design a University Day which saw them designing a university creating a history, setting up marketing programmes and establishing student societies and they spent four days in May at Kings College taking part in a Spring up School which saw them studying alternative subjects such as Law, Politics, English Literature and Alternative Sciences. Students were taught by lecturers from the university and spent four days working in groups with student ambassadors including Josephine Agyemang who was a former student of this school

The Year 7 students this year had a university taster day on Wednesday 25th January. Twenty five students who will now be part of a three year programme spent the day at Kings College Campus in the Strand. They took part in activities including creating a university society; we also watched a performance by the Ukulele society. The students also took part in a six week after school club with student ambassadors based around study skills.

On Saturday 1st July Year 7 students who are part of the Kings Scholar Programme and their parents were invited to spend the day at the Strand Campus of Kings College. Ms Hine and Teresa also took part in a very interesting and informative day which was split into two programmes, one for adults and one for students. There was a series of workshops around going to university, a visit to the Courtauld Art Gallery, taster sessions and a campus tour. There was also a very tasty lunch provided!

Southwark Young Pilgrims
Fifteen Year 10 students were trained as Southwark Young Pilgrims during the Easter holidays they spent a week attending classes learning about the history of Southwark this included walking around the area getting to know all the attractions 

The students were split into three groups who then worked on a stand at London Bridge helping tourists, handing out leaflets and giving directions. They also all completed a First Aid certificate.

The project is sponsored by The London Bridge Experience, City Cruises, Borough Market, Big Bus Tours, The Golden Hinde, the Monument, The Tower Bridge Exhibition and The Clink Museum.

Unfortunately the summer programme was cancelled due to the major building works at London Bridge which lead to concerns about safety after the incident at London Bridge earlier in the year.

The Crystal Building
The group who completed the project with the London Sustainability Project were invited to a workshop at the Crystal Building in the Royal Victoria Dock. The building is one of the most sustainable buildings in the world it also has an exhibition of how cities will look in 2050.

The students spent time watching two DVD’s of how they see the world developing we then spent tie visiting the various areas Water, Smart Buildings, Creating Cities, Healthy Life and Clean and Green taking part in the interactive exhibition.

The students who took part in the Sustainability Project were: Shantell Mears, Emily Melzer, Julia Motcho, Aysia Mullings, Christle Nwabunor, Oluwakemi Ogundeyin,Deborah Ogunwusi, Wealth Ohenhen, Anastacia Otesanya, Larrissa Oviawe, Simisola Oyegbite, Josephine Oyelami, Tiane Peters McLeod, Alexia Powell Williams, Passion Riley, Lucia Rodrigues, Mariam Sesay, Prada Squire, Davina Tetteh, Johanna Tewolde and Beverly Zouzoua Wassia

 

 

Twelve Year 9 students took part in a project with St Saviours and St Olave School with MACE Construction. The project was run after school each Wednesday, some of the classes were held at St Saviour’s School and some were held here, the aim of the project was to design a virtual café.

The students were fortunate to have a professional visitor each week, someone from the construction industry who helped the students to design their café. Each week the students focused on an area of the project that was in line with a professional project, we had visits from an architect surveyor, feasibility study manager and sustainability officer. We also went on a site visit to their Newington Butts site.



Mechanical Engineering Day
Three students were invited to an event at Mace Headquarters which focused on careers around mechanical engineering; the students heard talks from professionals including an engineering apprentice and then visited a Mace site.

There was a competition set over the day to complete a work book and Audrey Roua won an n IPAD!

 

International Day of the Girl
Eight students:  Shyrah Jane Campbell, Nicole Costa, Carolina Dias Fragosela, Maxine Kamara, Trinity Kelly, Marie Lyss Lecourt, Agatha Sampong and Prada Squire spent the day at the International Day of the Girl at the Southbank. The day started with a speed networking event on the London Eye, eight mentors spent time with the students discussing their careers and giving advice on how to succeed in life.

We then had inspirational speakers including Fatima Manji (Channel 4 Newsreader) Frances Morris (Director of the Tate Modern) Chi Chi Nwamoku (founder of the Chineke Orchestera) and Jude Kelly Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre. There were also two workshops one around women in the media and one making badges with sayings about women’s rights.


CV Writing Classes 
Five volunteers came into school with the organisation making the Leap to run CV writing classes for Year 10 students in preparation for their work experience in July. The volunteers visited for two sessions on Mondays during the PSHE lesson and showed the students how to best write a CV. The sessions also focused on skills needed for employment showing students how to develop these skills. 

Year 10 Interview Day
All Year 10 students participated in an interview day in March held in the library, all students had a one to one interview with a professional in preparation for work experience. Students were allocated time with the volunteers talking about how to conduct yourself on an interview, showing students how to present themselves and give a good first impression. We had fifteen trained volunteers in school including a Spanish speaker!

 They were very fortunate to be awarded a grant by The Newcommen Collet Foundation to help cover the costs for the day.

Subject Matters – Cambridge   
Six Year 11 students attended a subject matters course in Cambridge on Saturday 29th October, they spent time learning how to ensure that they make applications to the right university, how to write a personal statement and more importantly to make the right ‘A’ level choices. 

Christmas Debate at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
We were invited as part of Debate Mate with Mr Charalambos to attend the Christmas Debate the motion was: ‘This house believes that school is bad for your mental health’. The debate was a lively time with interesting arguments and the MAC Year 9 students enjoyed the afternoon.

Cyber Champions
All Year 7 students took part in a workshop about cyber security, volunteers from the Whitehall Industry Group came into school to work with the students talking about how to stay safe online, how to protect themselves and the legal guidelines around the internet.

We are very grateful to the Whitehall Industry group for their continued support particularly to Roy Johnson who organised the volunteers.

Speakers for Schools
On Monday 9th January we were very fortunate through Speakers for schools to have a visit from Noreena Hertz who spoke to the MAC Students in the Library.

Mr Charalambos interviewed Noreena and spoke to her about her career, background, her interests, her challenges and what advice she had for students who wanted to succeed in their chosen careers.

 

Noreena was awarded a PHD by Kings College Cambridge and was voted by Vogue Magazine as one of the most inspiring women of the world.

Noreena Hertz is the Economic Editor at ITV and appears on News at Ten three times a week talking about her predictions for the economy, Noreena spoke to students about the problems linked to Brexit and how the American presidential election had affected the world economy.

Students heard that Noreena is also a professor at University College London where she teaches two days a week.

Noreena has written three books called Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy, Eyes Wide Open and IOU The Debt Threat and why we must defuse it, she very kindly donated copies of her books to the school library. 

The session was very inspiring and we were very grateful to Noreena for visiting the school

Allen & Overy
Sarah Garvey who is one of our Governors is a senior partner at Allen & Overy Solicitors came into school on Monday 23rd January with three of her colleagues to give an inspirational assembly about careers in law and how to achieve your goals in life. One of the solicitors, Philip was a trainee and he explained how he had worked to achieve his dream.

We are very grateful to Philip Engel, Helen Lightfoot , Alexandra Pedder and Sarah Garvey for giving their time up to come and speak to Year 11.

Borough Market -Young Marketeers Project
We were very fortunate to once again be involved in a project with Food Matters.

Fareshare Recycling Project came into school to deliver an assembly about their work showing students how food is recycled and used to feed the homeless, they showed how food is rejected for various reasons such as misshapen vegetables, items with the wrong bar codes and supermarkets rebranding goods.

Six students went along to the Fareshare Distribution Warehouse in Deptford to see how the charity redistribute the food, students packed an order and then followed the order to the Crossways Centre at the Elephant and Castle to see how the Southwark Asylum Seekers Day Centre make meals for the homeless.

Six students then went along to the Borough Market to take part in Soup and Bread Making Master classes, students went to Bread Ahead to make ciabatta bread and spent time with Nicole Pisani a celebrity chef and made two soups, one with butternut squash and the other with assorted vegetables.

We had to have a trial run of making the soup to enable the Borough Market to come into school to have a food tasting to ensure that the soup was of the quality to be sold at the market.

We made soup in school to be sold at the market and went along on Tuesday 7th February to sell in aid of the Fareshare project.

We raised enough money to pay for 40 meals for the homeless.

The whole project was a great success

 

Food Matters – 10th Birthday Picnic
On Thursday 16th June ten Year 8 students, Miss Philpot and Teresa went along to Westminster Abbey to attend the above event.

Food Matters are a charity that works to improve eating habits encouraging us all to eat healthily and sensibly.

The gardens of Westminster Abbey were wonderful in the beautiful weather students took their own lunches so that each school ate a picnic on their designated picnic blanket.

The students took part in activities in the gardens including riding smoothie bikes, making salads with the Borough Market, guessing what fruit and vegetables were with ISS Catering, making pizzas with Wholefood Markets and making a great hanging basket with the celebrity gardener Chris Collins (who created the Blue Peter Garden). There was a world record attempt at crunching carrots – we all particaped and ate a carrot at 12.20pm

There was a short talk and welcome from Tom Aitken the celebrity chef who cut the celebration cake which everyone received a slice of 

The students who took part were:

Mary Ademoyegun, Angel Ankrah, Adewubim Areago, Favour John, Emmanuella Johnson ,Gabrielle Lutumba, Emily Marial, Judith Marunga, Amyah Perkins and Brianna Reid

It was a lovely event which was enjoyed by all – we also all learnt a lot about organic food and growing vegetables.

Teentech – 2017
On the 12th January eight students: Adelina Godinho, Megan McDonagh, Melody Mendez Suaznabar, Jessica Uzoh, Fatima Bangura, Daniella Karikari, Oluwakemi Ogundeyun and Tiane Peters McLeod along with Emma from the Science Department and Teresa went Teentech at the Emirates Stadium. Teentech was established in by Maggie Philbin to introduce students to careers in Science, Technology Engineering and Maths by holding an event with large corporations including The BBC, Hewlett Packard, JVC, Siemens, Thames Tideway.

The exhibition was in three sections, The Challenge Zone, The Insight Zone and The Innovation Zone; Students were split into groups and visited all the three zones over the course of the day.

Notre Dame Students visited NPL Tideway Tunnels, Creative Skillset, JVC Kenwood, Middlesex University, Maplin and NPL. They were given goodie bags which included pens, notepads, headphones and literature about the businesses they visited.

The students were also asked to come up with innovative ideas to put onto the ideas wall and to draw a picture of a scientist.

 

In the afternoon session the students had to come up with an innovative idea – the students designed a Digital Home Window which was the centrepiece of a new home and all the controls of the house could be activiated from the window, householders could order their shopping, turn on electric appliances, watch television, conduct research and send emails.

The students won the award for the Most Useful Invention.

Kemi also won a Raspberry Pie Kit in a prize draw on the Maplin Stand.

We all had a very enjoyable day and learnt a lot about companies involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Maggie Philbin who founded Teentech was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours. 

Tuckers Solicitors
Ian Powell a solicitor from Tuckers Solicitors came into school to talk to 10F about a career as a solicitor, he brought along two work experience students who are on placement with Tuckers and they were both able to tell us about their life experiences about ‘A’ Level choices, going to university and their future plans.

Tuckers have offered a student in Year 10 a work experience placement in July.  

Art Project with Stones End Day Centre 
We were very fortunate to be invited to take part in an Art Project with Stones End Day Centre; we worked with an artist called Elle Shipman who organised small workshops with the clients from the day centre and small groups of students from 7M. The students worked on subjects such as fashion, music and food. A newspaper was created showing the outstanding work that was done.

A mural was created after the students had created art work of their favourite things – Haribo sweets are part of the display!

A Time Capsule was created and filled by students and the elderly – we all took along an item that was an example of the present day – we took items such as a mobile phone, a school badge and a pencil case.

The Time Capsule was buried and the mural was unveiled by Charlie Smith the new Mayor of Southwark at a celebration event which saw the students singing and dancing in celebration with the members.

The project was sponsored by Pool Reinsurance

 

IBM/Shell Event
In November eight Year 8 students took part in a STEMNET Challenge at IBM this was run jointly with Shell. The event was to look at how technology can play a role in creating clean and efficient energy solutions. The students were working with mentors from IBM they had to come up with an innovative and creative idea solution to address the use of cleaner energy.

The students who attended were: Danique Anderson, Kaddsan Conteh, Laura Figueria Teles, Emma Kromah, Mariana Lopes, Shannon Rowe, Stephany Teles and  Rose Towler

There were inspirational speakers, a chance for the students to play interactive games and spend time with professionals from Shell and IBM. 

St Georges University
St Georges University came into school to present to workshops about careers in the medical industry workshopaswere held as part of the Year 9 science classes. One was on general Healthcare Science and the other was Radiography. Both workshops were very hands on and the students were shown how x-rays are used, how blood is taken and tested, general medical tests and how doctors diagnose patients. The sessions were delivered by student ambassadors and were very informative.

 

 

Youth Travel Ambassadors
A group of Year 9 students have become Youth Travel Ambassadors for the school, we were awarded a grant of £300 to enable us to hold a campaign in school encouraging more students and staff to walk to school. The campaign called ‘Walk to School’ is part of the Youth Travel Ambassadors Superstars programme.

YTA Pedometer Challenge
Twelve Year 9 students who are Youth Travel Ambassadors and from the 14th to the 25th November ran a campaign in school where fifty students and staff wore pedometers monitoring their steps daily. At the end of the first week everyone had to make a change and then see how that small change made a difference to their exercise levels. 

The winners were:
Year 7 - Brigette Bernal 7J
Year 8 - Josephine Ayodele 8J
Year 9 - Catarina Da Silva 9C

The winners were awarded £10 Cinema Vouchers

A new school crossing was installed after the campaign run in 2015 and we want to follow on from this so the focus for the group is to get more students to concentrate on crossing the road, there are distractions such as listening to music, playing on your mobile and not being aware of large vehicles and cyclists.

  • My friend saw the text
  • He didn’t see the truck
  • My friend heard the track
  • He didn’t hear the van
  • My friend saw her bus
  • She didn’t see the car.

The students gave a presentation about the need for more care crossing the road.  3,277 students aged 11- 16 were killed or injured on London roads in the last 2 years.

The students wrote and performed a Rap song called ‘Left and Right’

The students were awarded £250 to fund their campaign so ran a competition with Year 7, 8 & 9 students to design an Oyster Card holder. The competition was won by Georgia Boakye and we are pleased to announce that all Year 7 & 8 students will be given a free oyster card  holder

The Travel Ambassadors are:

  1. Merdie Akulu 9C
  2. Leonie Angol 9C
  3. Eternal Rose Ashford 9M
  4. Monet Castillo 9M
  5. Sharlene Fajamisin 9C
  6. Maxine Kamara 9F
  7. Nayeli Roncales Zabala 9M
  8. Hannan Zoubir 9F 

We will be recruiting new Junior Travel Ambassadors in September.

Team Ambassadors
Thirteen Year 7 students have become Team Ambassadors which is a volunteer scheme set up by The Mayor of London after the success of the volunteer programme during the 2012 Olympics. The students attended WE Day at Wembley Arena on the 9th March where we spent a day celebrating volunteers with some very inspirational people. We heard speakers such as Rita Ora, Clive Owen, Princess Beatrice and Professor Brian Cox. We watched performances from Labyrinth, Nico & Vinz, Tallia Storm and many other great acts. Tickets for WE Day cannot be brought they have to be earned; the students took along bags of food for the Foodbank collection on the day.

Twelve students from Notre Dame School visited Stones End Day Centre for the Elderly at the Elephant & Castle after making thirty one Christmas Present Bags. Each bag consisted of a box of chocolates, a box of biscuits, fruit jellies, a box of tea bags, a box of cup a soups, a Christmas cracker and a Christmas card that all the students signed. The students also made a Christmas decoration for every member of the day centre.

The students worked hard collecting all the goods together and making the bags up.

They visited the centre on Wednesday 14th December to deliver the bags and spent time with the elderly who were very pleased with the visit and the bag.

 

7C Easter Eggs
7C along with Mr Charalambos collected Easter Eggs for the members of the centre; they were all surprised when we visited on the last day of the spring term to deliver the eggs.    

Mentoring
We continue in school to have two mentoring schemes with Bristows Solicitors matching mentors with students in Years 9 & 10, there is a total of forty eight students who take part in the scheme. Mentors come into school once a month and work in small groups in the library. We are very grateful to Bristows for their continued support of the school.

IBM continue to support the school with an online mentoring scheme, twelve Year 10 students met with their mentors in October and started an e mentoring scheme.

The students also visited IBM for an employability session the focus of the day was to encourage students to think about a career in technology. We were given a tour of the building, split into groups to work on an innovative idea

We are grateful to IBM employees for community programme which also makes a grant to the school to help with careers work. 

Fantastical Creatures
We had an opportunity through SE1 United and Contemporary Applied Arts to hold a series of workshops in school around the creating of fantastical creatures. We worked with an artist called Robert Cooper and over three weeks students painted, made clay models and used recycled materials to make a fantastical creature.The students involved were: Ana Anez Medina, Zainab Bangura, Ana Ciracao, Elizabeth Collard, Michelle Gil, Patricia Meneses, Emmanuella Okelabi, Gabriella Ordonez, Angelica papa and Sarah Pearson.

Royal Courts of Justice
In Year 10 both the sociology classes (36 students) visited the Royal Courts of Justice to take part in mock trials. The first group visited on the 30th September and took part in the trial ‘The Blazing Car Murders’ and the 2nd group visited on the 18th January and took part in an appeal hearing around ‘Joint Enterprise’.All students were given a talk about the justice system in Great Britain and learnt how courts work.All students were given a talk about the justice system in Great Britain and learnt how courts work.

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
On the 29th November nineteen Year 10 students in preparation for work experience visited The Bank of America for a speed networking event with professionals from the City of London. Students met bankers, lawyers, accountants, representatives from the marketing department and ICT specialists. It was a very inspiring session and students learnt a lot about the jobs available in large organisations.

The students who attended were: Delina Daniel, Kalane Deen Conteh, Emmanuella Demanya Obemeasor, Dayanna Duran, Nicole Duran, Olayemi George Williams, Bjanka Gjata, Maria Guaman, Nicole Ifeanychukwu, Fatima Jabbie, Kadijah Mansaray, Nicole Mora, Shaneen Ndege,  Chinonso Onyeji, Denysee Perez Llugsha,  Audrey Roua, Stephanie Vieira Coelho, Nohran Yinka and Serena Zamian Ballo