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
skills.

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
possible.
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.

Parents Meet the Tutors

posted 16 Nov 2017, 04:16 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 16 Nov 2017, 04:17 ]

Year 7 students proudly showed their parents the work they have completed since joining secondary school.
Families took the opportunity to visit Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, to see how their children are settling in, to look at their work and to meet their teachers. The annual Meet the Tutors event also enables families and the school to continue building close links for the benefit of students and their development.

Alec Laing, assistant vice principal, said: “This is a very informal opportunity for students to showcase the work they have completed since they joined Nightingale in September. “We were pleased to have such a good turnout and for parents to be impressed with the work which has already been done. They were also pleased with the feedback they received from teachers.”
During the event, parents also found out more about the online maths homework system and the Accelerated Reader scheme.
A parent questionnaire completed on the day also revealed 98 per cent of students are happy at Nightingale.

Libraries Week

posted 16 Nov 2017, 04:05 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 16 Nov 2017, 06:18 ]

Libraries Week is about discovering the range of things you can do at your library and so the school held read aloud sessions where students and staff read chapters from their books to their peers.

Local primary school pupils also visited and took part in reading activities and were challenged to design a new logo for the library, known as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC). Librarian Colin Jean-Louis said: “This is the first time we have celebrated Libraries Week. “We encouraged people to come in to see what’s on offer in the LRC. The space is used for English lessons, but other subjects are starting to utilise the facility more and more. 

We have so much in the way of resources for students here, including computers, laptops, iPads, cameras and iMacs, and this was aboutpromoting that fact.

“We are trying to create a friendly atmosphere and letting everyone know they are welcome to come in. We are open from 7am until 4.30pm and encourage students to come in and do their work before and after school and during their lunch breaks.
“The LRC is about having somewhere safe to come and develop their ability to be independent learners.”
Pupils from Bowes Primary School are visiting the Nightingale LRC each week to read with Year 12 and 13 students.

Erasmus trip to Turkey

posted 16 Nov 2017, 03:42 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 16 Nov 2017, 03:42 ]

Business-minded students hit the streets of Turkey to brush up on their sales technique.
The team of eight Year 10 to 12 students from Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, took the foreign trip as the next stage in Y2BE Erasmus.
The project exposes students to the world of work and enterprise, taking trips to the Netherlands, Romania, Alicante, Paris, Turkey, Slovenia and Poland before a finale at Nightingale in 2018. At each location, the project takes on a new theme to teach students how to become entrepreneurs.
In Turkey, they were put through their paces in sales. The latest leg of the project saw the team first present their finance plans after the summer trip to Poland on the theme, before they spent a week focusing on sales.
Avni Aliaj, head of languages and Erasmus organiser, said: “With sales, you just need to get out there and do it; it’s not something you can learn in a classroom. So, the students were sent out into the marketplace in Karaman where they had to haggle to get the best discount on apples. The teams were a mix of students from each of the seven countries taking part and so the language barrier meant they had to improvise to
communicate what they wanted to achieve.

“Another day, they were up at 6am to buy and sell Turkish bagels. They went onto the streets and into offices and schools to sell them in an area where English isn’t spoken by many. “They learnt so much in terms of the real life of a business person; what it takes to set up a business and the personal and practical skill set needed. What they have learnt on this trip about sales will also help them to sell themselves when it comes to university
and work. They have done so well; the confidence has been seeping out of them. “The aim of Erasmus is to produce a business plan which could be presented to a bank for investment in the product. The judges will take on the role of the banker at the final visit here in Edmonton.”
The team, which changes for each trip but returns to school to share what they have learned, also visited factories and attended a sales talk by an economics expert at Karaman university where they learnt about the emotion involved in buying and selling. The Nightingale product is a colour-changing gym top called HeatGale which shows which muscles are being exercised.
The next trip will be to Slovenia in March.

NTA Open Evening

posted 15 Nov 2017, 08:03 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 15 Nov 2017, 08:13 ]

Families flocked to see for themselves the transformation taking place at Nightingale Academy.
This year’s open evening at the school, in Edmonton, saw prospective students and their parents take the opportunity to have a look around.Visiting pupils were able to sample lessons around the school, meet teachers and Nightingale students who acted as guides on the night.
The school has been on a journey of improvement since the arrival of principal Ann Palmer two years ago with a wealth of radical changes to achievement, expectation, standards and behaviour.
Alec Laing, assistant vice principal, said: “People were telling us they could not believe the quality of what they were seeing around our school. One parent even said they had been to three school open evenings and had picked a school for their child, but that they were going to change their choice to Nightingale after what they saw. “We are working hard to change the mindset of what people think about Nightingale.
The Nightingale of a couple of years back is no more. Things have changed massively with new members of staff from the top down, including a new head and Senior Leadership Team and new heads of faculty; that alone has made a huge different across the whole school.
“The community is starting to talk positively about the school. I am proud of the work which has gone into the change and we want as many people as possible to come and see it.
“We are a good school getting better.”
Those who missed the open evening, but are keen to see the school in action can book in for a tour on a Monday or Wednesday.
Get in touch on contactus@nightingaleacademy.org to make an appointment for a personal tour.

Students Excel in EU Programme

posted 15 Nov 2017, 07:56 by Timothy Williams


Children's University Graduation

posted 9 Jul 2017, 08:47 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 9 Jul 2017, 09:04 ]

Around 35 Year 7 and 8 students recently took part in this year's Children's University Graduation. This is the fifth year Nightingale has attended and the event was a complete success. 
The graduation celebrates those students who have participated in the greatest amount of extra-curricular activity 2016/17. 

Our Y7 and 8s were taken on a tour of the University's facilities before lunch. 
Afterwards they got to take part in an enjoyable storytelling session with author and entertainer, Tony Dallas. Before receiving their awards, 6 of our students recited favourite poems. 
The organisers of the event commented on how well they had read. 

A huge thank you to Mr Ducker, Mr Bishop and Ms Stylianou who escorted the students through the ceremony. 
All our students were a credit to the Academy.

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