News and Dates
Fundraising for Children In Need
On November 16th, Brent Knoll School took part in lots of fundraising activities for Children In Need.
A big part of why the school got so involved with fundraising was because one of our Year 11 cohort from last year – Abby-Jo – was chosen out of thousands of young people to be one of the rickshaw challenge riders!
Students had lots of fun buying cakes, taking part in fun activities all day and dressing up as superheroes! Even some of the staff got involved and dressed up!
Working together, we raised over £300! Well done to everyone who got involved.
Bike Ability Week
Students from Years 7 to 11 took part in a week of cycle confidence and road awareness in October.
The course started in the playground, progressed to the park and then onto the road so that students could practice their skills and develop respect for other road users.
All the students who took part achieved at least a level 1 and nine students achieved a level 2.
Everyone worked very hard and enjoyed learning how to take responsibility for themselves on the roads.
New School Prayer
The school has been working towards embedding our vision to ‘Be the best that we can be’ underpinned by our values of kindness, respect, honesty, responsibility and fairness. We had four prayers drafted to include the vision and values and after much deliberation and discussion the overwhelming majority of staff and pupils decided upon the following version.
Here in our school
Let us treat one another with kindness and respect.
Let us help one another to be honest – with others and with ourselves.
Let us trust one another to be fair and to take responsibility for our actions
Knowing that by working together we can
Be the best that we can be
At our Friday afternoon weekly assembly, where we celebrate the achievement that pupils have made over the week, share work done by classes or reflect upon issues form the world around us the end is marked by the whole school community reciting the prayer to remind us of our vision and the values that underpin achieving it.
First Pupil Forum meeting of the year
On October 5th, the newly formed Pupil Forum met for the first time this school year. The members were elected by their form groups and came from years 6 to 11.
As the year goes on, the Pupil Forum will meet once each half term to discuss issues affecting the students and the school. They will have a small budget to work with and as a group will decide how best to spend that money in order to best affect change in school.
The Pupil Forum will also decide on a big issue outside of school to focus on for the year.
You can read the minutes from this meeting here –
Brent Knoll becomes a Music Mark School Member
We are pleased to announce that Brent Knoll School has now become a 2018/19 Music Mark School Member!
Music Mark is an organisation for Music Services and Hubs, their teaching and support teams; Schools; Individuals; Hub and Corporate Partners. They aim to enable their members and the wider music education sector, to deliver high-quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people.
For more information you can visit the Music Mark website.
Year 11 Student standing for Young Mayor of Lewisham
We are very proud to announce that Jade, one of our year 11 students will be a candidate standing for election in this year’s Young Mayor of Lewisham Election.
Anyone aged between 11–17 years who lives, works or studies in Lewisham can vote in the young mayor election. Everyone in a secondary school or sixth form college is allowed to vote in a polling station at their school or college on polling day and is given a ballot paper and asked to cast their vote for first and second choices for young mayor.
Jade will be speaking at Brent Knoll School and some other Lewisham schools about her manifesto and her plans for Lewisham should she be voted the young mayor. You can read more about the election and read all of the candidate’s manifestos by visiting the Lewisham Council website.
Rocks and Fossils with Sycamore class
Sycamore Class went to The Natural History Museum on Wednesday 9th May to look at and handle different rocks, crystals, fossils and bones. They learnt how to use microscopes to zoom in and get a very close up view of these natural resources.
On April 18th, Secondary students were visited at school by the #benicebus – an initiative launched by the transport company Stagecoach in association with The Diana Award Charity.
The #benicebus will be travelling around schools in the UK and getting young people to think about how they can be more kind online.
Sport Relief 2018
On March 23rd, staff, students and parents at Brent Knoll School took part in fund raising activities on Sport Relief Day. With help from the wonderful Parent Forum, students from Primary and Secondary were able to buy cakes and try their hand at games and activities. There was hook-a-duck, bubble popping, bean-bag throwing, biscuit decorating, goal scoring and lots more! In the afternoon, the students took on the staff in a dodgeball match – and won! Well done to everyone who helped out and got involved – particular thanks to our guests from Watergate school who joined us for the fun.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition
Students from Key Stage 4 at Brent Knoll have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award as part of our Out of School Hours Learning programme. Recently, a group of undertook the practice run of the expedition part of their Award.
To receive the Duke of Edinburgh Award, students must complete activities involving volunteering, physical activity and developing skills as well as a two day expedition!
Although the practice expedition was hard work, all the students involved gained valuable skills in orienteering and survival. The final expedition will be later in the year.
10B Climbing Trip
On March 13th some of our Year 10 students visited The reach climbing wall in Woolwich as part of their work on The Prince’s Trust Award.
Students had the opportunity to test their physical skills working independently and also to support their friends, working as a team to help each other in getting to the top of the wall.
Year 11 CV Workshop
At Brent Knoll we are committed to ensuring that our young people transition to appropriate destinations with the skills and qualities needed to be as independent as possible. On March 9th our year 11 students took part in a CV writing workshop provided by The Princes Trust.
The workshop was aimed at developing interview skills ahead of applying for college placements and joining the workforce. We feel it is important for our leavers to be able to make informed choices and decisions independently and this workshop really helped the year 11s to gain a broader understanding of how to present themselves in an interview and how to make the best of themselves when writing a CV.
All the students enjoyed themselves and learned valuable skills that they will be able to put to use in the near future!
Jack Petchey Award Winners
On Thursday March 15th, Some of our Jack Petchey Award winners from 2017 were celebrated at the Catford Broadway Theatre in an exciting awards ceremony.
The Jack Petchey Achievement Award is a peer recognition scheme operating in grass roots youth clubs, youth organisations, secondary schools and uniformed organisations aimed at recognising the positive contributions young people make to society and assisting them in achieving their potential. We are extremely proud of all of our Jack Petchey Award winners.
8B Visit to Forest Hill Fire Station
On Tuesday March 13th, 8B walked up the road to Forest Hill Fire Station. They were lucky enough to be shown around the station and gained a new respect for the work of the fire fighters in our community and all over the country. The local fire station showed 8B how the fire hoses work – and even gave them a chance to try them out!
8B learned a lot about how to take responsibility for their own fire safety at home and in school. Thank you very much to the staff at Forest Hill Fire station for taking the time to speak with our students and show them around.
Brent Knoll Students at the WE Concert
On March 7th, some Brent Knoll students were lucky enough to attend the WE Concert at the SSE Arena for an exciting event bringing together world-renowned speakers, A-list performers, and tens of thousands of young people to celebrate a year of action that transformed communities and changed lives.
A lovely day was had by all and huge thanks to the staff involved!
Movement Works Research Project
For the last few years, Primary and Year 7 students at Brent Knoll School have been visited by Movement Works, a dance and movement therapy company. Students took part in dance and movement workshops as part of a research initiative into their impact on children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. We have now been awarded a certificate for our role as a key research partner! Well done to everyone involved.
Brent Knoll School Building shortlisted for Architecture Award!
Now that we are settled into our brand new, state of the art school building it was nice to hear that it was nominated for the prestigious Architects’ Journal School Building of the Year Award!
School designs were considered from all over the country for the inaugural AJ Architects Awards and the Brent Knoll School building was selected for the final shortlist.
To see the other finalists, visit the Architects’ Journal website.
Christmas Dinner and a visit from Father Christmas!
At the end of the Autumn term, the students at Brent Knoll enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner with crackers, turkey and all the trimmings. Many thanks to the staff members who put so much effort into organising it!
Our younger students were also treated to a visit from a VIP! Father Christmas himself dropped in to hand out some gifts and spread some Christmas cheer. The fabulous Parent Forum also got involved, putting on some fun activities and games for children who were waiting to see Father Christmas.
The event was a great success and fun was had by all concerned – thanks so much to the Parents and Carers who came in to make sure that a little magic visited Brent Knoll just before Christmas.
River Clean Up
As part of the new Princes Trust Achieve programme, pupils in year 11 spent a morning in October picking rubbish out of the River Ravensbourne in Lewisham. Pupils also took part in a River survey to check how healthy the river was by using nets and buckets. Pupils were kitted out in waders and really enjoyed the experience.