News & Events 2013 - 2014
Britain’s black and minority ethnic politicians: The next generation
6th December 2013
Recently, myself and other Year 13 politics students attended an event organised as part of Parliament Week titled 'Britain’s black and minority ethnic politicians: The next generation’. It was a round table discussion celebrating the contribution of both women and people from racial backgrounds in politics over the last few years. The speakers included the following extremely influential women: Diane Abbott, the first black woman to be elected into Parliament in 1987 (Labour MP) and Meral Hussein-Ece, an English Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords. The speakers were very motivating, and spoke to us about the importance of getting women and people of different cultures involved in politics in our increasingly multicultural society. The discussion held on whether positive discrimination was the right way to increase the diversity of politicians in Parliament was extremely engaging. It was interesting to see that each speaker had a different opinion, and our views were broadened by listening to the different arguments which both advocated and condemned the use of positive discrimination to favour people of certain backgrounds over others. We also discussed how young people of our age group can participate in politics simply by voting on simple matters, signing petitions and becoming actively involved in local and national politics. It was inspiring to hear that by doing so, in greater numbers, we can encourage our friends to join in and in this way, continue combating the lack of social diversity within both daily politics and Parliament today.
Armeena Atwal Year 13
6th December 2013
On Monday 2nd December, our Year 12 and 13 Politics classes attended the A Level Politics Student Conference at Westminster Central Hall. We were fortunate enough to hear from a wide range of politicians and political figures such as John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, Neil Hamilton from UKIP and Nadine Dorries from the Conservative Party. With more than 2000 students present, the conference included speeches on issues such as the economy, university fees, the 2015 General election and unemployment rates. There was a very enthusiatic atmosphere, with questions ranging from 'How will the parties combat youth unemployment?' to 'Does the speaker of the House of Commons' wife have twitter?' with others passionately expressing their opinion. The conference was informative, interactive and very useful for our studies in Government and Politics.
Alex Otubanjo Year 12 and Charlotte Amuzie Year 12
5th December 2013
We were privileged to welcome back Professor Sarah Churchwell from UEA to talk about ‘The Great Gatsby’. This was a wonderful opportunity for Year 12 and 13 English students to learn more about one of their set texts, and to hear an internationally acclaimed academic talking about her book Careless People – Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of ‘The Great Gatsby’. Sarah discussed the context surrounding the novel (set in 1922) and some of our misconceptions about the period (flapper dresses and the Charleston do not appear until much later). She stayed to take questions from the more than 50 students who attended.
This was the final English Extension for the term. With many thanks to Mrs Garth for setting up the whole programme.
Year 7 History Trip
2nd December 2013
Year 7 enjoyed a visit to the Museum of London, where they participated in a Medieval Study Day. They had the opportunity to handle and discuss artefacts that have survived from the period, and this helped them gain a keener appreciation of what life was like for ordinary Londoners in the Middle Ages. They also spent time in the newly-refurbished galleries, where they were able to deepen their knowledge of medieval religious life and of the impact of the Black Death.
2nd December 2013
This week Geography Society welcomed Dr Jan Axmacher, from UCL, who gave a talk on "Biodiversity and Conservation". Especially fascinating was his own research that he has conducted, in China and Kenya. More sobering was the realisation that numerous species are being killed off due to climate change, including it is thought, species that have not even been classified yet.