LPGS Music Tour visit Slovakia
On the morning of Thursday 18th October, 35 students together with the LPGS Music Department staff and Dr Sheppard, set off on the LPGS annual music tour which this year was to Slovakia. After a crazily long coach journey (24 hours in total), we made it in one piece (ahead of schedule) to the capital Bratislava. We were able to make a cheeky stop at a shopping mall for some breakfast/lunch.
The week flew by with a packed schedule of three concerts, a day trip to Vienna, a boat trip on the Blue Danube, a trip to Bratislava Castle, Bratislava Zoo & Dino Park, Mozart's House, Beethoven's Grave, Vienna Cathedral and not forgetting the all important quiz, bingo night and student talent show! Friendships were made, audiences were wowed, new food was tried (we will never forget the poppy seed gnocchi!) and an unforgettable experience was had by all. We may not have got a rest in half term but it was worth it!
Miss G Sheppard
The National Young Mathematicians' Awards
On the Thursday 8th November a Year 8 team entered the first round of the National Young Mathematicians' Awards. The team members were Claire S, Anna M, Sopie P and Sophie S. I am pleased to confirm that LPGS has made it to the Regional Final on Thursday 6th December!
The judges feedback: “We were really impressed with their team work skills in both the competition and the feedback session, it was lovely to see them allowing each other to speak, further demonstrating their excellent team work. On top of this they presented us with systematic workings out which demonstrated the logical and practical thinking needed in this challenge. Moving into the Regional Final, we would like to see the girls improve on their time management skills, always making sure they have one eye on the clock.”
LPGS student Claire said: “I think the afternoon was a great challenge and really fun. We worked together really well as a team and enjoyed ourselves. Some of the problems were quite challenging, but we all helped each other and tried our best to get them all done. We were a bit short of time but made up for it at the end. It was really entertaining and I had so much fun...although my favourite part was the biscuits! It was a really good experience and I can't wait to see how we do in the Regional Finals.”
We will keep you posted on the outcome of the Regional Final!
Languages and the Spanish Exchange with Cisneros Alter in Tenerife
Visual Arts and The Big Draw
October marked the national campaign for drawing in which the Visual Arts Department looked to explore and celebrate drawing as a tool of expression - various workshops took place within the department such as Ms E Antoniou's experimental drawing techniques - see link below
A-Level Music Recital
The first A-Level recital evening of the academic year took place on Wednesday 21st November and it was a fantastic chance for all A-Level Music students to run-through their chosen programmes. The standard was impressive and parents and other students also enjoyed the chance to come and support those working so hard on their performances. The students are required to perform a 10 minute programme to the best of their ability and I am already very much looking forward to their final recitals that are taking place in March next year.
Miss G Sheppard
English & Media Centre
Students studying English Literature A-Level in Year 12 thoroughly enjoyed their full day conference at the ‘Friends House’ in Euston on 13th November. The English and Media Centre put together a most inspiring and broad-ranging agenda for anyone interested in the power and future direction of Literature. There was a highly enlightening panel-discussion, and the lectures ranged from an analysis of the rhythm of language in Shakespeare set texts to the emergence of new poetry, via John Donne and Oedipus The King.
The closing lecture was a particularly energetic delivery from Natalie Haynes, the writer and presenter of Radio 4’s ‘Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics’, a fascinating mix of the intellectual and the comedic, honed from her previous experience in stand-up comedy.
Women of the Future Ambassadors' Reception
By Rebecca A, Year 13
On Monday 12th November Ms Sunman arranged for a students to attend the Women of The Future Ambassadors’ Reception in London by Lloyd’s Bank. To start with, we participated in a practical puzzle: building a tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows. Our speaker for the event was Alix Fox, and she shared some personal insight on her own journey before the talks began. We were then lucky enough to listen to a variety of speakers, one whom was our age and who spoke to us about the importance of kindness within the workplace. There was also a Q&A, which allowed us to ask further questions. It was interesting to hear about different women’s experiences; such as those who worked for the bank itself or CEOs. Finally, we had the chance to network, and in order to do this we were given a ‘network bingo’ activity. We had to ask questions and this prompted discussion. It was so valuable to learn about our opportunities as women and to be able to keep in touch with many of them in the future if we have anymore questions. I feel very inspired and grateful to have had this opportunity!
Oxbridge here we come!!
Ambitious year 13 students
Our aspiring medics and Oxbridge candidates have been busy preparing for their university interviews. We have 18 students who have applied this year.
Our students applying to medicine have been lucky to have the benefit of being mentored by Mr Jennings who is a surgeon currently retraining as a teacher. Mr Jennings has been running mock interview sessions after school and presenting the students with many challenges which they might face on the ward. Together with Mrs Singh he also conducted one to one intensive interviews for each student and gave each student useful feedback. With his support and expertise the students have made great progress.
In November we hosted Oxbridge applicants from three local schools for an interview practice session with Helen Brooks an Oxford University Admissions Tutor. It was impressive to see the students working together to solve and discuss complex questions.
We also teamed up with the Boys’ School. We interviewed their Oxbridge candidates and they interviewed our candidates. This gave students a more realistic interview: an unfamiliar building and an unfamiliar interviewer. We sent the boys off with detailed feedback. Teachers at both schools were impressed at the calibre of our candidates.
The interviews started in early December and we await the results of the interviews in January. Apart from medicine, we have students applying to study PPE, History, Physics, Geography, Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Some sample Oxbridge interview questions: how would you answer them?
PPE: Enoch Powell said that all political careers end in failure. Is that right?
History: Whose reputation in history would you most like to change?
Physics: Why does a boomerang come back?
Year 10 Textiles Visit -Victoria and Albert Museum
On Friday 7th December, the Year 10 Art Textiles GCSE group visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London.
The purpose of the visit was to gather primary research for their coursework including photos and drawing studies.
The group were able to look at a range of historic fashion and costume pieces on display from the permanent Fashion collection and explore the Asian section before the lunchbreak. The patterns, shapes and colours from the artefacts on display were a rich source of inspiration.
In the afternoon we looked at the Theatre and Performance rooms where we saw brightly coloured and elaborate costumes worn by celebrities like Elton John and pieces seen in stage performances such as Aladdin.
The group found it very valuable and enjoyed the opportunity to see and study a range of pieces that they can take lots of inspiration for their 2nd project ‘past, present and future’ later in the Spring term.
Year 10 GCSE Fine Artists explore aspects of London for their coursework.
Ms Antoniou took her year 10 GCSE Fine Artists on a coursework research trip to Borough Market and Tate modern. Students were able to gather vital primary source material based on the formal elements to help them with their developing coursework material; see the link below for further detail and images.
Year 8 and Year 9 visit to Inspire Engineering at London Transport Museum
On Monday 5th November, a group of 60 Year 8 and Year 9 students visited London Transport Museum’s Acton Depot for an Inspire Engineering event to mark Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.
Maryam E (8SG) wrote the following: “The TFL trip was an amazing experience and quite fascinating. I enjoyed particularly the eggs-periment and trying out new ideas to help the egg (the passenger) to get to its destination like an engineer. We learned that engineers help solve everyday problems that let us go to school, work or our new adventure! I really hope there are more trips like this in the future for us and more Year 8s and Year 9s to come who are also interested in science and as curious as ever.”
Year 12 STEM career's evening
On Thursday 22nd November, Year 12 STEM students had the opportunity to ‘speed network’ with people from a range of STEM based careers, during our annual STEM career's evening. This year, the evening was attended by 13 STEM ambassadors in careers such as engineering, biomedical science and accountancy from companies including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Transport for London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.
During the evening, students were able to speak to the STEM ambassadors individually and ask questions about what their job involves and what pathway they followed to get there. They could also find out about what a typical day is like in their role and the qualifications needed to pursue a career in their field.
The feedback from students was extremely positive with all stating that that they have a greater understanding of STEM professions as a result of attending the evening and commenting on how useful it was in informing them of the different pathways that are available to them after A-Levels. One student commented “it was very interesting. I learnt about roles I’d never heard of and am now considering them as a possible career path.” Another said, “It was really interesting to meet people that actually do the job that I want.”
The STEM ambassadors were very impressed with our students, commenting on how well prepared they were for the evening and how engaged and articulate they were during the discussions.
Thank you to all the students, ambassadors and staff who took part or helped with the preparation for the evening and for making it such a great success.
Laura Smith, Whole School STEM Coordinator
Sixth form and the 'Careers Academy' led by Joanne Carroll
“Helpful, useful, informative and ‘top tips’” were some of the words used by the sixth form when commenting on the CV session run by Joanne Carroll from the LPGS Careers Academy this week. 50 of them came along to hear what employers are looking for in a student’s CV and Joanne’s top tip – it is a sales document – sell yourself! Include all your experiences, school, volunteering, work experience, any employment at all and most importantly, no spelling or grammar mistakes!
Every other Tuesday, Joanne is organising presentations for any sixth former who would like to come along during tutor period. So far they have heard about Apprenticeships and CV writing, but in the pipeline are other speakers talking about accountancy, nursing. Law, recruitment and other occupations.
Sixth formers should look out for the morning session titles on the noticeboards and if you are an employer or have experiences in the workplace you think our sixth form would like to hear about, please contact Joanne on firstname.lastname@example.org and volunteer to come and tell us about them.
Bromley Dance Showcase
LPGS dancers took to the stage to perform in the very first Bromley Dance Showcase; a show which brought schools from the Bromley borough together under one roof to celebrate their love of dance. Leading Edge and Look See, two dance companies from LPGS, came together to learn and perform a high quality contemporary dance performance. It took hard work and dedication for over a month, each week coming together on a Tuesday afterschool to rehearse for two hours. After the performance, everyone was proud of all the effort that went into this dance. It felt amazing to show the other schools what the LPGS dance companies were made of!
Charlotte B - Year 10
A LEVEL DRAMA TRIP
Lorca’s ‘Yerma’ at Cervantes Theatre, London
On the 29th of November 2018, our A Level drama class (year 12 and 13) went on a trip to see the performance of Lorca’s ‘Yerma’ at Cervantes Theatre, London. Before the play began, we had the opportunity to do a workshop with director, Jorge de Juan, where he taught us the 6 breathing techniques (anger, fear, happiness, tenderness, eroticism and sadness) that he had incorporated into his adaptation of the play. This enabled us to use breathe to convey different emotions and atmosphere’s which we will later be able to apply in our written drama exam. After watching the amazing performance, we then were able to sit down with Leila Damilola, who played Yerma, and ask her questions about her experience playing the part and how she was able to ‘become’ Yerma. We were also able to ask Jorge questions on his inspiration and experiences as director of the adaptation, which inspired us as drama students for the directing question we will have in our exam. The whole day out was a great experience that inspired us greatly and helped us fully understand the play and actors
By Florence T
Media - inspirational guest speaker Jo McGrath
Sport Team News
A new academic year has brought a new flood of sports events and fixtures. In September we not only welcomed our new Year 7 students into the school teams but also two new members of PE teaching staff, Miss McGovern and Miss Morgan. All quickly found their feet and our sports teams got off to flying starts in netball and hockey. Year 7 A and B netball teams both qualified for Division 1 in the borough leagues following a qualifying tournament. The Year 7 hockey team finished 2nd in their Kent tournament earning a place in the East regional finals in Ipswich in November. Following a long journey the girls played six matches and performed well against some tough opposition from the private school sector. LPGS were the only state school in the competition and were pleased to cheer on fellow Kent school Sevenoaks in the final. Our U14s played some excellent hockey during their Kent tournament visit and managed to secure 4th place following a nerve racking penalty shoot out.
Our netballers have been making good use of the new courts and have consistently finished in the top three in borough tournaments so far this year. With all our A teams in the top borough leagues and a lot of netball left to play this season, we are hoping for a strong season of development and results across the board.
Since September, the LPGS PE students and staff have competed in:
- 31 netball fixtures across 6 year groups
- 6 netball tournaments at borough and county level
- 34 hockey fixtures across 4 year groups
- 7 hockey tournaments at local, county and regional level
- Bromley Borough Trampoline competition
With plenty more to come in the New Year!
Sports Awards Evening
PTA MEXICAN QUIZ NIGHT FUND RAISER!!
The recent 'Mexican themed' Quiz night by the PTA was a great success and raised over £1600 pounds for the school. A fun evening was had by parents and teachers alike. Much chilli, tortillas, beer and Prosecco was consumed and yet again, the Science teacher's table won. Keep an eye out for the next Quiz night so you can enter a winning team!!
Thanks to the PTA and the IT Department
The Visual Arts Department would like to express their huge gratitude and thanks to the PTA for funding our new computer project in T104. We now have 25 new computers set up to run the full Adobe Creative Suit which enables our students to use this industry standard software not only here at LPGS but also at home. We would also like to thank Ragu Rajesh and the IT team for their professional expertise in ensuring our recent transition to the new K12 Adobe package which now means our Visual Arts students have access to all Adobe apps both desk top and mobile. We now have two fully functioning computer rooms T104 and T003 fully equipped to teach creative aspects of Visual Arts and Creative Digital Media. It has taken a while but we can now say that in the Visual Arts Department we are now fully immersed in the digital era of visual technologies and the future really does look very bright for all our young, inspiring creatives!!
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