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  • Animatronics at Large

    Published 14/07/17

    Sixth Formers had the opportunity to learn about concept design in the film industry from an expert in the field, Chris Goodman.

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  • Inspiration from a BBC Producer

    Published 14/07/17

    Thank you so much to James van der Pool who came into the library on Friday 7th July to talk to some of our Year 7s about turning facts into stories.  James is a producer at the BBC and works on programmes like Horizon.  He showed how stories that can be complicated or serious can be made into something that grabs the imagination.

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  • Working in Publishing

    Published 12/07/17

    It was fantastic to welcome former student Eve Wersocki Morris back on Tuesday 4th July to talk to Year 12 English and Media students about working in the publishing industry.  Her talk was incredibly useful and she guided students through the process of getting work experience, and advised them of practical steps they can start taking now in order to plan for a career in publishing. 

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  • Shakespearean Stage Fighting!

    Published 12/07/17

    Many thanks to Louise Parsons who gave two fantastic high energy workshops in Year 8 English lessons on Tuesday 4th July.  Students loved finding out about Shakespearean insults and by the end of the session were performing the opening of Romeo and Juliet and stage-fighting like pros!  We were really glad Louise was happy to give up her time to work with students. 

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  • Performance Poetry

    Published 12/07/17

    Performance poetry in the library, with Steve Tasane.

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  • Author Visit: Helen Donohoe

    Published 12/07/17

    Year 8s and Year 9s meet author Helen Donohoe to discuss Ireland in the 1980s, amongst other things.

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  • Being inspired by Beano!

    Published 12/07/17

    On Friday 30th June we were delighted to welcome back our old friend, Kev Sutherland to the library.  Kev is a comedian and comic strip creator and has drawn for a huge variety of publications including Beano.   Working together, art students produced some amazing cartoons!

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  • Reading Champions!

    Published 12/07/17

    Our Reading Champions evening in the library on Thursday 29th June was glorious.  Since March, our Year 7 students have been reading books from a list originally created by S F Said (our Patron of Reading), English teachers and the librarians.  They had to present the book they enjoyed the most to their English classes and each class then chose their favourite. 

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  • Carnegie Award Shadowers

    Published 12/07/17

    On Thursday 29th June, our Patron of Reading, S F Said, spent the afternoon with our Carnegie Shadowers in the library.  Last year SF judged the Carnegie Amnesty Prize and enjoyed it so much that he read the shortlst this year specifically to be able to discuss the books with our Shadowers.  This was an incredible session.  Our students had so much to say and all views differed.  This is the essence of the Carnegie book group – students reading novels they wouldn’t usually pick off the shelves and then forming their own passionate opinions of them.  And not being afraid to voice them!

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  • Flash Fiction with SF Said

    Published 12/07/17

     

    On Thursday 29th June, our Patron of Reading, S F Said, worked in the library with one of our Year 9 classes on flash fiction.  He explained that the three things which most good stories need are characters, setting and plot.  He suggested ways to create these and then gave the students five minutes to write, without stopping, their first drafts.  He gave them a break, talked about his own writing and then got them to think about ways to improve their stories.  Five minutes re-drafting produced some superb flash fiction.

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  • Creative Writing Group

    Published 12/07/17

    On Thursday 29th June Fortismere’s Patron of Reading, S F Said, had lunch with some of Ms Massey’s creative writing group.  These lovely students have been working with Ms Massey in the library every Wednesday after school and have produced some phenomenally imaginative work which they then illustrated and which we have now made into a book to be on display in the library for posterity! 

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  • National Women into Engineering Day

    Published 30/06/17

    Celebrating National Women into Engineering Day

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