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‘Let your light shine before men;
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father who is in heaven.’ (Matthew 5:16)


Updated 1st June 2020

Our Wonderful Online Work (June 2020)Certificates towards students' Tenison's Awards

Every term we reward our students for the way that they have shown our four values of Hope, Wisdom, Community and Dignity. Students then log this in their rewards book which leads to them being able to get their bronze, silver or gold Tenison's Award, at a presentation evening later
in the school year.

Despite this challenging time, students have continued to produce wonderful work, and have been rewarded for their excellent effort in their online learning across all subjects. One of our winners in Year 10 was awarded a certificate for demonstrating hope in her poignant and beautifully written description of suffering for her Religious Studies GCSE work on Good and Evil. She wrote: 'suffering makes us appreciate the good things in life, it's like the the dark with a light. The darker it is, the brighter the light.' 

We are so proud of the resilience that our students have shown at this time, and the know that they will continue to live out our values in their independent learning, enabling them to continue to letting their lights shine as they move towards their next academic year at our school. 


Getting Ready For Our New Year 7s (May 2020)  

This week we have been in contact with the children who will be joining our Year 7 in September - we cannot wait to meet you!

All the children have received as copy of Wonder which we have chosen to base our transition project around; click here to see the first activity to get children ready for their new school.

Our new Year 7 children will also have the opportunity to have free music lessons for the first year.

If you would like your child to join our school, get in contact with the school straight away.


Breakfast Boxes for Children (May 2020)

The school value of community has been shown through the school teaming up with the 'School Food Matters' charity to provide free breakfast boxes for our students. Members of staff volunteered to put together food boxes including baked beans, a loaf of bread, 2 pints of milk, cereal, and a selection of fruit.

The boxes are designed to provide two weeks worth of nourishing and healthy breakfasts for a each child. This forms part of the school's plans to support families that may be facing financial difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mr Wilson, Headteacher expressed his gratitude to the charity, saying "with Free School Matters help, we have been able to provide much needed support to 50 of our students and their families."

"This is another example of our school's determination to live out its  vision from Matthew 5:16 of letting our 'lights shine' in order to 'glorify your Father in Heaven'. Our community of students and their families are in our hearts and prayers as we look to God for strength at this difficult time." 


Laptops for Children (May 2020)

The school has begun to provide laptops to children who are not able to access the school's learning platform from home.  

The laptops have been funded by the Worshipful Company of Dyers and are central to the school's plans to reduce the risk of children falling significantly behind as a result of the forced closure. This is an example of our school partnerships helping us to put our faith into action and live out our vision of Matthew 5:16: for every child to let their lights shine in order to 'glorify our Father in Heaven.' 

"We're very grateful to the Worshipful Company of Dyers," SIAMS Leader, Miss Gregory said. "Not every family has a computer and these laptops will make a massive difference." One student expressed his appreciation that the company had shown 'hope in his future' by providing these laptops.


Lockdown Reading (May 2020)

As part of our digital classroom, we have launched a series of videos featuring members of staff, children and friends of the school reading chapters from our favourite books.

The first book is Louis Sachar's Holes and the video of every chapter being read will be available on our website.

The first chapter is read by our Headteacher and can be watched by clicking here.


Virtual Act of Worship (April 2020)

The whole school community have embraced Zoom to come together for virtual Acts of Worship which are supported by Hillsong who are a worldwide contemporary Christian church who have moved online during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hillsong recently explored the story of David; while he was looking after sheep he made sure his 'waiting' time wasn't wasted time. He was creative in designing a sling, committed to developing his skills of firing a rock from the sling, which allowed him to be courageous when he overcame Goliath. 

Mr Mwambazi remarked that the message from the assembly was ‘uplifting to everyone…the message of courage touched me a lot – especially as it was linked to Joshua 1:18 which teaches us to follow God’s Law to prosper and be successful’. We encourage all member of our school community to ensure this 'waiting' time during this pandemic is not wasted and be creative to develop new skills so that we can be courageous in the future. Our Head Boy Denzel said that during this time he has been running a ‘Sunday School’ on Zoom for the children at his church in order ‘to keep them entertained and to strength their bond as well as my own with God’.


GCSE Mock Art Exam (March 2020)

Year 11 recently spent an uninterrupted day in the Art studio working on their main pieces. The studio is at the top of the school and boasts incredible natural light and phenomenal views across London.

GCSE art required students to develop three projects; each project requires research of artists and techniques before developing a main piece of their own.


Introducing the Sports Leaders (March 2020)

Following the successful completion of the Level 1 Sports Leader Award, a group of students were given the opportunity to demonstrate what they had learnt and introduced badminton to students at local primary schools.

The badminton session was supported by Badminton England who said that they were really impressed with our students; 'they were great with the primary kids and were excellent role models.'

To find out more about our Sports Leader click here.


Shining the Light through our new Reward Cards (March 2020)

The recently launched Reward Cards have been positively received by students, who believe it helps them to focus in lessons and try harder. 

Ira in Year 8 said she loves the reward cards because: 'they remind us of our values and and really acknowledges the good things that we have done.'

Stephane in Year 7, who received an incredible 11 cards in the first week, agreed. He said that the cards 'show off the school's potential' and he feels proud taking them home to show his Mum.


World Book Day (March 2020)

Staff and students celebrated World Book Day, and their love of reading, by dressing up as their favourite fictional characters.

The most popular characters included Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory


 Students visit WE Day at Wembley Arena (March 2020)

Students took part in WE day as a reward for their work in the FirstGive charity project.

The FirstGive project allows students to compete to raise money for local charities and live out the school vision of letting their light shine before others. The winning group are able to donate £1000 for a local charity of their choice; a clear example of students' good works glorifying our Father in Heaven.

The project has been running for three years and has supported the Vauxhall Foodbank and Brixton's Raw Materials music project.


Tenison Award Presentation Evening (Feb 2020)

The first cohort of students were presented with their Tenison Awards at a special presentation evening at the Foundry Conference Centre.

Azeez Omolewa in Year 10, who received a Gold Award for demonstrating the school's values of Wisdom, Hope, Community and Dignity, said 'I really liked how the awards evening brought together members of the school community.'

Guests at the presentation evening included representatives from all of the school's partners, friends and supporters and they were able to see the impact of the school's wide ranging extra curricular programme.

For further information regarding the Tenison Award click here.


Penguin Brings Author to School (February 2020)

Students were given the opportunity to listen to a conversation between American life coach Marie Forleo and author of Skint Estate Cash Carraway in a unique programme supported by Penguin books.

As part of the event students were able to ask questions and received copies of the author's books.


Level 1 Sports Leader Award (February 2020)

A collection of Year 8, 9 and 10 students gave up their half term to complete their Level 1 Sports Leader Award; and were treated to an inspirational presentation from former professional footballer Craig McManus.

The award develops leadership skills and builds confidence; the students will have the chance to demonstrate these by leading sport activities for younger students in the coming months.


Speaking Out!! (February 2020)

 Year 10 Speak Out finalists performed their speeches in front of their peers; hoping to go through to the regional final.

The Speak Out programme is organised by the Jack Petchey Foundation and gives children experience of developing and delivering a speech on a subject of their choice.


Humza Arshad Surprises Year 9 and 10 (February 2020)

As part of a Department for Education 16 school national tour, famous You-Tuber and creator of Diary of a Badman Humza Arshad visited the school to promote his new video HATE.

The hard-hitting video tackles knife crime and radicalisation and will be released on Monday 10th February.

Students heard Humza's experiences of growing up in London and the dangers of radicalisation and knife crime and were able to ask questions about his career and his relationship with global sports brand Nike!


Anti-Bullying Ambassadors (January 2020)

Following training provided by The Diana Award, students in Year 9 and 10 have become our school Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

The ambassadors, who have been equipped with the skills to tackle bullying head on, are part of our commitment to ensure bullying is not tolerated at Archbishop Tenison's School.


Playground Development (December 2019)

As part of the school's relationship with the construction firm MACE, members of the school community spent the day with a team of architects and engineers to develop a vision for what the school playground should look like.

The construction of the new playground is expected to be ready by Easter 2020. 


New Behaviour Policy (November 2019)

Following the student voice exercise on behaviour, the school has launched its new Behaviour system. 

The school staff will adopt the 'C' language and issue C1s and C2s as warnings and C3s if appropriate; the C3 will result in a detention that night and is our commitment to ensure no lessons will ever be disrupted by others.


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