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Bishop Douglass 24 June 

There have been many highlights this week culminating in the wonderful Creative Arts Evening on Thursday which is featured in this newsletter. The Art Department must be congratulated for the end of year Art and Design showcasing a spectacular display of GCSE and A level art and design work. Exams are now finished and we commend all our young people for their application and work ethic. We now look forward to Wider Horizons next week when pupils will enjoy a range of enrichment and extended learning activities outside the classroom. Bon Voyage to all pupils and staff going to Amsterdam and PGL.


Yesterday we held a mock referendum for pupils in school to encourage debate around the political issues and further pupils’ understanding of democracy. Results of the Bishop Douglass referendum were: Remain 75% Leave 25%. The students voted to stay in the EU exercising their right of democracy under British Values.


On Tuesday the Year 7 Athletics team took part in the Barnet Schools Competition. Although the final team results are not yet known there were some key stand out performances from a number of athletes. 3 athletes per event (A, B, C in order of ranking) ensured there was plenty going on at Copthall stadium and with places for the main tournament next month they were keen to impress. Edward Gidisu, the boys team leader, came first in his heat of 100m and 70m hurdles. Also scoring a 9m shot put throw. Derek Osimen put his hand up to run in the 'A' heat of hurdles and finished a respectable 4th and was close in his 200m race where he finished 3rd. Mali Moore Halliday impressed in his 'A' heat for 100m finishing 2nd. Jevonte Wright and Devant Sagay stewart both finished 3rd in their respected heats for the 200m. Special mention to Kyro Taylor Guthrie who was the only Bishop Douglass pupil to complete the 800m event and received a well earned applause from the crowd in the stadium. The girls team were just as impressive in their results. Vanessa Owusu Fordjour and Caoimhe Poku just missed out on 3rd spot in the 70m hurdles both getting a respectable 4th spot. Attoyah Moore Dingwall came 4th in the 'A' heat of 200m and narrowliy lost out on 3rd. Andrea Opoku and Vanessa Owusu Fordjour entered the 100m coming away with a 4th and 3rd place respectively. The star of the event was without doubt Manuela Mbundu who entered both the 800m and 100m 'A' races and stormed to victory in each finishing 1st. This is a phenomenal achievement as there are very few athletes that can run strong in both 800m and 100m events. This girl has a bright future in athletics! The effort among all the pupils was fantastic and behaviour was exemplary. Mr Hart


Various activities followed. A team building exercise saw pupils building structures using wooden building blocks - a real test of listening skills. A detonation session got pupils very excited as they were given the opportunity to build a device and then fire it. Another session saw pupils running backwards and forwards working in groups to gather as many pairs as they possibly could followed by a challenging sorting activity, which put the pupils under pressure to work effectively as a team with very little time. Finally pupils had the opportunity to work in teams to build the tallest tower using just newspaper and cellotape. The Army commented on how creative the students were, wrapping themselves in newspaper and then creating lances to make the tallest towers that they had ever seen at this type of careers event. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the event and learned a great deal about just how many different careers there are available in the Army and also that there are plenty of jobs for the girls too! We would like to thank the Army recruits for taking the time to come in and work with our pupils and look forward to arranging a similar event for our Year 10 pupils in the very near future. Miss Townsend