Primary pupils spend time at secondary

posted 20 Jul 2018, 02:33 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 20 Jul 2018, 02:34 ]

The big move to secondary school is being eased for Enfield youngsters thanks to a month-long project at
Nightingale Academy.
More than 2,500 Year 6 pupils from local primary schools took part in the Junior Citizen Project hosted by
the school in partnership with the emergency services.

The Met Police, Enfield Road Safety Team, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London and London
Ambulance Service educated the youngsters on how to keep safe and aware of dangers around them, in
their communities and online.
Primary school pupils have been learning about keeping safe in various scenarios, including lessons on house
fires, internet safety, knife crime and using public transport. Year 7 to 9 students from Nightingale also gave
presentations on life in secondary school.
Zakariya Hussein, Year 7, said: “I have been showing pupils around as a guide, but also talking about what it
is like at secondary school. I told them there is nothing to be scared of and told them about the
opportunities there are to join lots of clubs. I hope it helps them to realise they may be nervous on the first
day, but they will make new friends and by doing the right things they will get places.”
PC Doris Ashitey, from the Met Police, explained to pupils about the dangers and consequences of abusing
the internet and carrying weapons. She said: “They couldn’t believe these things really happen or that they
could go to prison for simply carrying a weapon and not necessarily using it.”

For Claire Brennan, Year 6 teacher at St Mary’s School, the project comes at the right time for pupils. She
said: “At the age they are, when they are about to transfer to secondary school, it is good to highlight to
them the importance of being responsible for their actions and keeping themselves safe. It is not to scare
them, but to make them aware.
“Coming into Nightingale to do it makes them realise it is real and is happening.”
Organiser Nicola Hunt, operational lead at Nightingale, said: “The idea of this project is to help Year 6 to
prepare for the transition into secondary school when they generally start to have a little more freedom. It is
about getting them to think about travelling on their own and how to stay safe in various scenarios.”

European project culminates at London school

posted 18 Jul 2018, 10:47 by Timothy Williams

A three-year project which has seen students visit the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, France, Turkey, Poland
and Slovenia came to a sparkling conclusion in London.
Youth to Business Enterprise (Y2BE) Erasmus exposes students to the world of work and enterprise, with
trips around Europe to learn about every aspect of running a business, including marketing, product design,
sales and finance.
Teams were challenged to devise a business idea, start up a company and draw a viable business plan.
Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, played host to 70 students and staff from all eight European countries
last week.
Julia Nycz, 16, from Nightingale, visited the Netherlands, Romania and Poland for the project. She said: “I
was fortunate enough to be part of the Y2BE Leadership Team from the outset and I can say, with
confidence, it has been the most rewarding learning experience of my life.
“The thing I am mostly amazed by is the fact people from so many different places and cultures, speaking
different languages, are capable of coming together and producing something as special as this.”
Jean-Doumer,18, of France, said: “The Erasmus Y2BE project has been a great opportunity for me to travel to
different European countries and has given me the chance to work and interact with other students from so
many nationalities.
“I believe learning about how to create a business will be very useful in the future. I will remember this for
the rest of my life.”
During the week in London, students visited the City of London for a guided tour of the financial district.
Students’ business plans were pitched to and evaluated by a panel of high profile business professionals in a
Dragon’s Den style setting at Westminster County Hall in central London.
The project culminated in a gala reception – attended by Deputy Mayor of London Joanne McCartney and
Mayor of Enfield Saray Karakus - before a farewell ceremony and evaluations.
The team from Paris, France, were crowned the overall winners for their Catering Employment app.
Avni Aliaj, head of modern foreign languages and international projects co-ordinator, said: “The entire week
was a whirlwind of activities for guests and Nightingale students, who assumed their hosting role with a
great sense of ownership, diligence and warmth.

“The teams showed exceptional confidence, presentation skills and business knowledge, especially during
grilling by the judges.”
Awards were given in 11 categories, including best business idea, best business plan and best finance plan.
The guests were also treated to sightseeing in London with a Thames river boat trip, dinner and a West End
Netherlands teacher Onno Ter Sluis said: “In a world of differences, prejudices and conflicts, it’s extremely
satisfying to see that cultures can overcome them and make friends for a lifetime. The Y2BE project is a
shining example of how to overcome personal differences and work together towards a common goal.”
Nightingale principal Ann Palmer said: “We are extremely proud of this programme which has been
incredibly successful.
“It has shown that young people, across a range of dimensions and cultures, can work together and create
“As a result of our great international work, we have been approached by the British Council to become a
lead school in the borough on the Connecting Classrooms Through Global Learning Programme; a real

Young gardeners learn to cook

posted 18 Jul 2018, 10:45 by Timothy Williams

Gardening club students had a masterclass in how to make use of their school-grown produce.
Year 8 students at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, are turning an overgrown area of the school grounds
into a functioning allotment and orchard.
They have already provided salad produce to the school canteen and set up stall at Enfield market.
To educate them further on living off the land, chef Ruth Quinlan demonstrated how produce grown by the
students can be used during a cooking masterclass.
The class cooked a healthy Indian-inspired dish using produce from the allotment.
Alec Laing, assistant vice principal, said: “It is showing students that we are growing for a reason and
demonstrating to them how they can make use of the produce.
“The smell in the room was delicious.”

Determined students are enjoying the challenge cultivating an allotment is bringing.
Ne’lli Coy Ramos said: “I was interested to learn about gardening as I live in a flat and do not have a garden
at home. We have got a balcony and I wanted to learn what I could grow on there. I am getting some good
ideas, such as growing tomatoes as it will look beautiful.
“We are so lucky to have this space at school. It will take time to work on our plans, but we are determined
to have a kitchen garden that has everything. We want to be able to provide everything the school needs for
“I am so glad I joined the gardening club. It is so interesting.”
Mr Laing said: “All of this is giving our students an insight into the importance of growing their own food, of
organic growing and of sustainability.
“A lot of our students live in high-rise buildings without gardens and so have expressed an interest in
learning about gardening at school. The gardening club gives them an opportunity to do something they
would not normally have the chance to do.
“They have shown a commitment to say they will look after the plot and the produce they are growing. They
are getting a sense of ownership because they have created something themselves. They love it.”
The long-term project includes clearing the rest of the site and setting up and outside gazebo to create
another learning space.

Anti-bullying ambassadors upskill

posted 18 Jul 2018, 10:42 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 18 Jul 2018, 10:44 ]

Anti-bullying ambassadors have undergone an upskill session with the Diana Award Anti-Bullying
Ambassadors Programme.
A group of newly selected Year 9 peer mediators from Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, were also able to
learn new skills during the workshop allowing them to see bullying from different angles and to discuss the
work they have been doing in school.

Tim Williams, lead co-ordinator behaviour for learning, said: “Students were able to learn new skills which
will come in useful as they go about their roles around school.
“The students showed a level of maturity when discussing sensitive topics and allowed me to see more of
their personalities which will help when selecting specific students for certain issues.”
Year 12 anti-bullying ambassadors have held assemblies in school, as well as visit local primary schools to
deliver talks on decisions and feelings.

Pupils try out big school

posted 18 Jul 2018, 10:40 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 18 Jul 2018, 10:40 ]

Primary school pupils got a taste of what a day in the life of secondary school is like, thanks to Nightingale
The school, in Edmonton, welcomed in Year 5 pupils from local primaries to experience a whole day of
secondary education.
The first project of its kind saw about 90 pupils each day follow a timetable which included maths, modern
foreign languages, IT, humanities, technology and art, as well as activities such as table tennis.

Alec Laing, assistant vice principal, said: “This is the first time we have held the day in the life event.
“It was an opportunity for Year 5 pupils to not only have an experience at secondary school, but to follow a
normal day here, including break times and lunchtime.”
The event gave pupils – from Eldon, Meridian, Starksfield, Fleecefield, Delta and Hounsfield primaries - a
flavour of what Nightingale has to offer before making their secondary school selection in Year 6 from

Exam Prep

posted 19 Jun 2018, 02:44 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 18 Jul 2018, 10:38 ]

Exam preparation took on a competitive edge for Edmonton youngsters.
A group of 15 Year 11 students from Nightingale Academy represented their school at the annual AET
Academy Maths Challenge Day.

The aim of the competition was to improve students’ maths skills and teamwork in preparation for their
GCSE exams.
The competition, held at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus, involved questions on composite
functions, inverse functions, proof, probability, vectors and surds.
Andrew Scott, associate senior leader, said: “Although Nightingale Academy did not win the competition, all
participants must be commended for their sterling performance throughout the day. Special mention must
be made of the winning team from Nightingale Academy consisting of Bailey Domin, Abdifitaah Mohamed
and Daniel Ansah.”

Rocket girls reach for the sky

posted 19 Jun 2018, 02:42 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 19 Jun 2018, 02:43 ]

It was all about the rocket girls when Nightingale Academy entered a national STEM (science, technology,
engineering and maths) competition.
Three Year 8 girls from the school, in Edmonton, made it through to the regional finals of the RAF Rocketeer
Rocketcar competition held by the RAF. They came fourth out of 16 schools.
Students were challenged to design, build and race an aerodynamic polystyrene car which could travel 15m.
They had to use scientific principles when designing the car, focusing on the types of forces which would be
acting on the car and how the shape could reduce the forces.

The team got to work with representatives from RAF Henley at school refining their designs before taking
part in the competition.
Alec Laing, assistant vice principal, said: “Our team thought to put laser cut, acrylic wheels on their car,
which nobody else had thought of and that made their car go faster.
“We were not allowed to help the team, so the pressure was on them to rise to the challenge and to meet
their deadlines. It was also a good lesson in teambuilding.”

School launches key messages

posted 13 Jun 2018, 05:15 by Timothy Williams

Integrity, gratitude and achievement are among the characteristics Nightingale Academy students possess.
The school, in Edmonton, has launched a series of key messages under the strapline The Nightingale Way:
It’s in our DNA to reflect the make-up of its community.
The 11 A2 posters around the school together spell out Nightingale, with key messages under each letter of
the name to demonstrate the culture, ethos and rules the school community lives by.
The posters highlight –
 N – nurturing and neighbourly
 I – integrity
 G – greatness
 H – hope
 T – teamwork
 I – improvement
 N – no excuse
 G – giving and gratitude
 A – achievement
 L – learning
 E – equality

The senior leadership team worked with students to decide which characteristics should be included.
Alec Laing, assistant vice principal, said: “This is our DNA, it’s who we are.
“We discussed the concept with students and asked them what they felt should be the key values for them.
This is the ethos which underpins the work we do and features in every lesson and tutor time.”
The DNA campaign – which was launched on social media - follows on from a recent investment in new
signage and banners to demonstrate the pride felt of the journey of transformation the school is on.

Lessons in health, wellbeing and wider world

posted 13 Jun 2018, 05:13 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 13 Jun 2018, 05:14 ]

Young people took time out of their usual classes to have a lesson in health, wellbeing and living in the wider
The personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHE) of students at Nightingale Academy, in
Edmonton, is carried out during a series of six drop-down days throughout the year.
Sessions tackle issues such as cyber bullying, sex and relationships, sexual health, mental health, cultural
diversity, smoking, drugs and alcohol.
Alec Laing, assistant vice principal, said: “Students in Year 10 to 13 came back from their half-term break a
day early to take part in their drop-down day as it enabled us to spend lots of quality time with them doing
the things that take time to work through.”

The most recent drop-down day saw –
 Year 7 look at keeping healthy by taking responsibility, decision-making, diet, exercise and sleep
 Year 8 focus on recognising and reducing risk, getting help in emergency situations and basic first aid
 Year 9 learn about contraception and sexually transmitted infections, sexual health services and safe
 Year 10 study mental health and emotional wellbeing
 Year 11 learn about personal finance, money and saving
 Year 12 find out about student and personal finance with HSBC
 Year 13 learn how to cope with stress and build resilience with the Royal Navy
Year 12 Sabina Duma, 17, said: “The session opened my eyes to real-life situations which an adult would
have to take on, such as taxes and having to deal with your own money. I had not really thought about that
yet; I hadn’t started to consider having to save for things and how much you have to think about it before
you do something.”
Year 13 Archie Loveday, 18, was inspired by the motivational speech from marine Al Morris. He said: “He
was motivating us to keep going and pushing through our exams. It gave me confidence and uplifted me.”

London teens survive countryside

posted 13 Jun 2018, 05:12 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 13 Jun 2018, 05:14 ]

Surviving in the countryside is second nature to a group of London teenagers.
Students from Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, are able to navigate their way through the wilderness to
The Year 13 students took part in a camping and orienteering challenge as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award bronze award.
In preparation, they learnt how to light a stove and basic cooking skills, as well as how to put up a tent
during a trip to Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning, in Essex.

They took part in a practise expedition involving a 13-mile walk to get them used to navigating with maps.
Nicola Hunt, operational lead for careers and employability, said: “During this practise run, students had to
put up their own tents and cook their own meals. They went off on their own in groups with maps and
compasses to follow a planned route around a series of check points. This work was all in preparation for
their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award assessment in June.
“The idea of the award is to develop the whole person while giving them experiences they would not
normally get to have. It gives them examples of when they have been able to communicate well and take
responsibility to use in interviews.
“It was a real eye-opener for a lot of them as they had to be self-sufficient, but they did so well and I was
very proud of them. It was a good experience for them.”
Seher Keskin, 19, said: “The most beneficial part of the trip was doing the walk as we had to work well as a
team to be successful. We did get a bit lost, so it was about teamwork and communication to get back on
“I had extra responsibility as I had to look after the first aid kit and phone. If anything had happened in terms
of an emergency, I was ready with the first aid kit. I want to be a doctor in future, so it gave me a taste of
what that responsibility would feel like.”

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