It is hard to believe how quickly our academic year has come to an end and already we have moved swiftly and smoothly to start our new one.
It was excellent to see our students eagerly starting their learning in their new year groups and already presenting themselves as more mature learners.
We had a very busy end to our May half term, with the beginning of our public examination classes and both staff and students still working to the very end of the term with revision classes and sessions during the half term. Again, we wish our students the very best of luck and certainly look forward to an excellent set of results, for all, in the summer.
Indeed, our new Year 11s have already been busy sitting public examinations this week and so this begins their run to their final exams next year.
In addition, staff have been advising me of the wonderful opportunities our students have been engaging with in conjunction with their learning. We had our Year 12 BTEC Music students recently arranging a wonderful musical evening attended by staff, students and parents, which resulted in them raising £600 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. With thanks to Ben Praag, Saskia Hirsh, Hope Feasey, Alisha Martin & Jamielee Sullivan for being the brains behind this.
Our Year 12 and 13 students took part in the British Biology Olympiad, with six of them achieving commended status plus! Navi Ponrajah achieved a Bronze award and has been invited to an awards ceremony at the Royal Society of Biology on the 26th June. Well done to Navi.
Building on that success the Year 9 and 10 pupils took part in the Biology challenge. They competed against some of the top schools in the country and again this year we did better than ever. A total of 43 students achieved commended status. Kobe Johnson, Varun Narayanan and Andrew Powell achieved Gold putting them among the top 5% of all competitors. Christina DeVenny, Yennie Chang, Kajal Dodhia, Eliana Hanton and Sarah Hastie achieved Silver and were among the top 10%. This is wonderful news for Bushey Meads and the future of science!
Some of our KS3 students, who, accompanied by students from Little Reddings Primary School, toured The London School of Economics as part of our Maths Master Class. It was a wonderful day in which our students learnt about the contrasts between school and university, to which they all aspire. They had a Q&A session with the LSE’s maths’ lecturers and finally took part in a maths challenge. The challenge consisted of a UKMT group challenge paper as well as a UKMT junior challenge paper. The winners of the challenge were Jake Zimmatore, Ellie Richardson, Amelia Farman and Arman Yodav. They also entered the lecture hall where they were given helpful tips and guidance to assist their preparations for exams.
Just before the end of half-term our Year 8 students increased their knowledge and understanding of France, its language and culture with a very enjoyable week. They all returned recognising the importance of gaining a second language, which I am sure will positively impact on their learning and progress within this subject.
As always, these trips and experiences would not take place without the time, effort, energy and emotion of our staff and I am sure you will all join with me in thanking them for affording Bushey Meads students these opportunities.
Ms H Morawska