Student learns to ride bike for charity event

posted 5 Dec 2017, 03:14 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 5 Dec 2017, 03:15 ]

A teenager who has never ridden a bike is taking on a 46-mile charity cycle. When the opportunity arose for students at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, to take part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 46, Gualter Amando volunteered without hesitation. It was only later he confessed he had never learnt to ride a bike. The Year 11 student said: “I want to try something new. I’m a little bit nervous, but am looking forward to learning to ride a bike. “I had a bike when I was about seven, but it got a puncture and so I never learnt to ride it.”
The school has secured 11 places in the exclusive, balloted event which will see riders journey from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The Mall in July next year. Students will each receive a £700 bike set up to their personal specifications, training and motivational talks and food nutrition courses. Nightingale spectators will be able to watch from a VIP both on the day. The preparation begins with a launch party in December at Prudential head office, before fitness testing and a visit to the velodrome in January.
The ride was created specifically for newer and younger cyclists and offers an introduction to cycling on traffic-free roads. Simon Hoang, Greenhouse Sports coach who works at Nightingale, said: “This is an exclusive event. “It’s all part of our mission to develop our students as a whole. It will help them with social interaction and the discipline of organising a training plan and sticking to it. It will be a great team-building experience as well as giving them a taste of success which will be brilliant for them.
“I am proud of them all, but particularly of Gualter who, on top of all of this, has to learn to ride a bike to begin with.”

National sport contest at school

posted 4 Dec 2017, 02:30 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 02:31 ]

A national sporting tournament is being held at Nightingale Academy.
Table tennis teams from 20 schools around the country are gathering in Edmonton for the National Cadet
League. Sponsored by Table Tennis England, the competition is running at the school on four Sundays between now and March, with the first one on held on November 26. The under-15s league is aimed at grass roots players looking to experience a competition early on in their career.
Nightingale has been working with London-based charity Greenhouse Sports for more than a year and benefits from an inhouse table tennis coach as a result. The charity targets schools in deprived areas to give coaching and mentoring with a focus on social, emotional, thinking and physical development.
Simon Hoang, who coaches table tennis as well as developing students’ life skills, is confident students he has been training at Nightingale will find themselves near the top of the England ranking after the tournament.
The school will enter 18 students in four teams to the contest. Mr Hoang, whose full-time teaching services are given to Nightingale free by the charity, said: “Students at Nightingale come in for team training before and after school and I give them mentoring and one to one coaching during lesson time and lunch breaks. They also attend training and competitions on the national circuit at weekends.
“We have students at Nightingale who are capable of winning one of the divisions in the tournament. They will set the standard for upcoming year groups and teams.”

Radical new approach to teaching

posted 4 Dec 2017, 02:17 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 02:17 ]

A radical new approach to teaching is set to transform achievement at an Edmonton school.
Olenga Ossembe, lead practitioner at Nightingale Academy, has carried out extensive research into the science of memory and the best ways to retain information. As a result, he is overhauling teaching at the school with a focus on knowledge recall and memory tricks.
Mr Ossembe, a science teacher who specialises in cognitive science, said: “The issue we found is students devote time to after-school clubs and Saturday schools and do their very best, but that isn’t necessarily reflected in their results at the end of the year. “So, it got me thinking about what the issue might be.”
Research found that at some schools there was no link between knowledge delivery and knowledge recall. While students believed they knew a subject well, their test results did not reflect that. Mr Ossembe said: “The national curriculum encourages four lots of teaching with one test at the end, whereas what works for knowledge recall is one lot of teaching and four tests. Students were becoming familiar with a topic, but were not assessed on each lesson. “Now, we start lessons with open text books; we teach and talk and put key words on the board. Then, we close the books and recall the lesson working only from the key words. The last five minutes of each lesson is a test. As this will be repeated for weeks and weeks, it will give students a confidence 
boost and they will experience less stress when it comes to their exams as they will be used to sitting tests.
“I am already seeing students simply writing down key words during lessons as that is what helps them to
recall the knowledge they are learning.”
To get his colleagues on board, Mr Ossembe has held training sessions to explain the science of short-term,
long-term and sensory memory. Each faculty is now putting together six-week plans to help students to develop their long-term memory. At the end of term, staff will compare notes and share best practise.
Mr Ossembe said: “The good thing about these techniques is it can be used outside of school. It’s not just
about passing their GCSEs, it will help them with anything in life they want to retain. The skills are

Unique cinema trip

posted 22 Nov 2017, 08:24 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 22 Nov 2017, 08:24 ]

A unique cinema trip gave students an insight into the film industry.
Year 11 BTEC performing arts students from Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, were invited to a special screening of Murder on the Orient Express at the Odeon, Covent Garden. After the screening, the great grandson of playwright Agatha Christie, Mathew Prichard, held a Q&A session with students.

Robyn Marsden, head of faculty, said: “When we arrived at the cinema, there was a copy of the book on each person’s chair and students were also given badges. The event was being filmed and some of our students were interviewed after they had watched the film. “They enjoyed the film and really liked the trip.”
The students were taken on the trip, organised by Film Festival, as a reward for completing their final performance assessment in front of Year 9.

Uni trip inspires sixth formers

posted 22 Nov 2017, 02:40 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 02:19 ]

A whole year group has been inspired by a visit to university.
Year 12 students from NTA6 at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, visited the University of Hertfordshire to have a tour of the campus, take part in workshops and to meet with students. They also listened to talks on 
finance and were given advice on putting together their personal statements as part of their university 
Nicola Hunt, careers advisor, said: “The idea of this trip was to get our sixth form students thinking about university. It was an inspirational trip which exposed our students to university life. For some, it was the first time they had had the opportunity to get this kind of experience. “The trip was really good and gave them an insight into what it might be like to study at university.
“We have already taken students to visit universities in London and hope to also get them along to Cambridge to expand their experiences and widen the variety of universities they sample.” Student Ghufran Hashimyar said: “I enjoyed going and seeing people studying at university. It helped me to understand the variety of different options I have in the future.”

Teens learn road safety

posted 22 Nov 2017, 02:20 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 22 Nov 2017, 02:20 ]

The dangerous reality of hitting the road has been driven home to teenagers.
Year 12 students at NTA6 at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, took part in the Safe Drive Stay Alive road safety campaign. The 16 and 17-year- olds watched a hard-hitting performance and listened to talks from 
emergency service personnel about their experiences of attending road accidents.
Ms Hunt, pastoral lead, said: “Safe Drive Stay Alive was a very emotional event as it was all about real life situations. Students heard stories from the emergency services about life or death situations or examples of when people have died in their arms as the result of a road collision. “Someone in a wheelchair who suffered brain damage spoke also about how it had affected their life.

“It was very intense, but really hits the message home to be safe drivers as they are getting to the age where they are starting to have driving lessons. They were also reminded how to be safe as pedestrians and passengers.”
The initiative, delivered by Enfield Road Safety Team, will be followed up with a workshop next year to see the impact it had on the young drivers.

Wellbeing sessions get children healthy

posted 17 Nov 2017, 03:47 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 17 Nov 2017, 03:48 ]

Teenagers are learning to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Wellbeing sessions are helping students at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, to look after themselves better and to get fit.
Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 are being taught about healthy eating, learning to cook nutritious meals and
taking part in physical activities, including boxing. It’s the first time the school has offered to give families support and guidance in this way.
Mr. Williams, lead co-ordinator behaviour for learning, said: “We are getting together with the students
once a week and the gym is open to them three times a week after school.

“We are working with about 18 students at the moment, but will add more to the wellbeing group as and
when the need arises. All of those who have been chosen to take part are loving the opportunity. They all
wanted to do something about their personal wellbeing as they worried about what people thought of them.
“It’s about making a few changes to things like their eating habits, which can be a real challenge when we are surrounded by fried chicken outlets. But, we will teach them about the benefits of choosing healthier options, including grilled chicken over fried, for example, and help them to make the right choices in future.”
The sessions, which started three weeks ago, are also helping students with their numeracy and literacy

NTA Saturday School

posted 17 Nov 2017, 03:45 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 17 Nov 2017, 03:45 ]

Determined students are spending their weekends in school preparing for their exams.
Year 11 students, who will sit their GCSEs in May, are giving up their Saturdays to attend special revision
sessions at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton.
The science revision classes are aimed at ensuring students reach their full potential and get the top grades
For the first six weeks, students are going over everything they learnt in science in Year 9 before moving on
to content taught in Year 10 for another six weeks.
Mr. Ossembe, lead practitioner in science, said: “The turnout has been amazing for our science Saturday
school. It runs from 9.30am until 12.30pm, but it never ends at that time as they want to stay and do more
work, which is great.
“By the end of December, students will have mastered everything they learnt in Year 9 and 10. We are
already seeing a lot of improvement in their tests as a result. Tests they got 40 per cent in last year, they
achieved 90 per cent in this month because of the revision sessions.
“It’s mainly about tackling their self-confidence and making them realise they can achieve. By the time they
sit their exams, they will be confident of the content they have been taught.”
During Saturday school, students are learning exam skills and sitting practise papers. The extra focus is also having a knock-on effect in normal lessons.
Mr Ossembe said: “Students are so much more focused now. Our set three and four students are asking for
as much work as the set one and two groups and they are all more able to answer questions in lesson. They
are asking for the Saturday sessions themselves now which means they are more in charge of their own
learning. That’s the key to attainment.
“It is really exciting to see the extra effort is paying off. Just for the sake of self-confidence and motivation, it
has been more than worth it.”

Year 8 Carbon Cycle

posted 17 Nov 2017, 03:30 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 17 Nov 2017, 03:31 ]

The carbon cycle has been brought alive in lessons through model-making.
Year 8 students have been getting practical in their science lessons at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, by making 3D models.
Science teacher Shanaz Wahid Ahmed said: “Part of the new Key Stage 3 content is to cover the earth’s climate. Since most students have covered global warming and greenhouse gases in Year 6 and 7, I focused on the causes of climate change and affect which lead onto the carbon cycle. “With the many challenges teachers face, particularly teaching complex science to students with English as an additional language or those with special educational needs, I wanted to find a way of breaking the lessons down and making learning more independent and creative. 
Students in my classes learn and engage with lessons which are visual and with models, so I got students working on creating their own carbon cycle models with stories to describe and explain the cycle.
“The aim was to engage and enthuse the students and break down complex information using visual and kinaesthetic models.”

Holocaust Educational Trust Programme

posted 16 Nov 2017, 04:27 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 16 Nov 2017, 04:31 ]

Auschwitz lessons came to life for students when they took a trip to Poland.
Year 12 students Zainab Sheikh and Meryemcan Meydan, from Nightingale Academy in Edmonton, took part in the Holocaust Educational Trust programme Lessons from Auschwitz. They attended an orientation event with 200 other students from across London to discuss why they were attending Auschwitz and to hear from a Holocaust survivor. They then flew to Poland for a day.
Elizabeth Mullan, humanities teacher, said: “The aim of this programme is to allow both teachers and students to see and learn about Auschwitz for themselves, rather than reading about it in text books. “The day in Poland consisted of deconstructing images and objects of people who had been murdered in the Holocaust to remember the lives of those who had died. It reinforced the fact the lives of those murdered were very similar to our own.

“The day started with a visit to a town close to Auschwitz which inhabited Jewish people before the war. Today, there are no Jewish people left in this town. We visited both Auschwitz and Birkenau camps, before the day ended with a memorial service.”

A follow-up seminar in London allowed those who attended to discuss how they can use what they have learnt in future.

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