Art

This term has been a fantastic term for Art. A highlight was the annual Together We Create week where we created some amazing pieces linked to the 4 elements: fire, air, water and earth. There were trips into London to visit the V&A museum, walk The Line – an art public walk – as well as take a trip on the cable cars over the Thames. The outcomes created have been displayed around the school and a big installation has been hung in the school study room. A massive well done to everyone who took part!

Grow & Thrive

This month has been Disability Awareness Month. We had the privilege of hearing Chloe in Year 10 speak to the school about her autism and how she uses strategies to cope with challenges.

Her speech was a great opportunity to discover more about other people’s abilities and ways of communicating and interacting. Mr Barrett received a diagnosis as an adult and he also spoke to us about his experiences.

During Hearing Impairment Week Dunia from Year 7 spoke to pupils about how hearing aids help her as well as how microphones help block out other noises. Her speech was an inspiration to us all.

Bradley in Year 10 coordinated activities for us on World Diabetes Day. Over £100 was raised for Diabetes UK from his bake sale.

We loved learning how to play Wheelchair Rugby when Saracens Wheelchair Rugby Club came in to run training sessions for us!

Computer Science

What an exciting half term it has been in Computer Science!
Year 7 have had a great time learning all the computational thinking needed to be a successful Computer Scientist. Year 8 have been creating their first webpages using HTML and CSS. Year 9 have had a great start to their GCSE Computer Science. We have also had the Year 7 and 8 girls take part in the new Girls’ Coding Club.
Well done to all!

PE

Saracens sport has started with a flourish with competitions against local schools in football, basketball, rugby, netball and cross country. There has been more participation in netball this year and also some fantastic wins. The basketball season has just begun with the Year 11 pupils eager to get back to training after the mock exams.

With support from Saracens Foundation, rugby started to pick up, with some fantastic performances in the games at the StoneX. However, it must be the motivation of the World Cup that has inspired so many victories for our boys’ and girls’ football teams.

We will continue with winter sports after Christmas and have the summer sports to look forward to.

PRE

In PRE we are excited about the opportunity to explore different cultures and beliefs.

This term we have enjoyed developing a greater understanding of Christianity and Islam in all year groups. Year 7s, in particular, have done great work  looking at belief and worship in the six major world religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

We don’t shy away from controversial topics either. Some of our pupils have begun to look at the ethical issues posed by peace and conflict and how religions respond to these. Pupils have had great fun expressing their viewpoints and uncovering the opinions of others around them.

Year 11

This past term, the Year 11s have been busy preparing for their GCSE examinations and deciding their curricular choices for the Sixth Form. It has been a challenging term, and I am proud to report that the pupils have risen to the occasion and embraced the task wholeheartedly. I would like to advise them to continue with the same pace through this Christmas and New Year period and I’m sure they would appreciate your support to keep the momentum up during the break.

Science

This has been a very eventful term in the Science faculty, including welcoming new staff Mrs Clyne, Mrs Thakur, Miss Howard and Mr Lika.

In Key Stage 3, Years 7 and 8 have studied forces, matter and organisms, and have conducted lots of relevant practical work to enhance their learning.

In Key Stage 4, Year 9 have begun their GCSE studies by looking at cell structure and transport, atomic structure and energy.

Year 10 combined science classes have been studying chemical calculations and disease, with the single science class looking at photosynthesis, respiration, chemical changes and radioactivity. They have also begun their CREST award.

Year 11 sat their mock exams and applied themselves well during this intense period. The combined science classes have studied forces and homeostasis, with the single science class doing reproduction, variation and evolution, chemical changes and electromagnetism.

Next term promises to be exciting with another new member of staff joining in January and Science Week in March!

Food Preparation and Nutrition

We have had a very busy term in Food. All year groups have continued to develop their nutritional knowledge and improve their practical skills. The Year 11s have been practising their final exam dishes for the practical exam in February. They will have to work independently to cook three high-skilled dishes in 3 hours.

We have finished this term with a Bake Off won by Cheryl and Jenny in Year 10 and a biscuit decorating competition won by Radeyah in Year 7. Congratulations to all those who took part.

From the Principal

This term we welcomed another 20 members of staff, we had our official opening for the new building, our Year 11s sat their GCSE mock exams, we launched our new Sixth Form, and we had our first large scale school production using our new theatre. I should also mention that prior to the new term we received our first ever GCSE examination results for the 20 pupils who sat exams in their community languages. We were delighted that 50% of pupils earned a grade 9, and 95% were grade 7 or higher. Congratulations to all of those pupils.

Mr Olufola and Ms Green have been working hard with other staff to develop our exciting Sixth Form provision, which offers four different pathways. The traditional A Level route will be the most popular, with a broad range of subjects being offered. We are also offering two T Levels (in Health and Digital Production), as well as a Pre-Apprenticeship course, which will prepare pupils for an apprenticeship and give them significant work experience. Finally, there will be a Sports Performance pathway, where pupils can study A Levels or a T Level and make use of Saracens high performance coaches to develop their sporting prowess.

We had anticipated about 130 pupils joining our sixth form in the first year, but we already have applications from 170 young people, with another 9 months to go before they start! I can understand the enthusiasm, particularly around the A Levels being offered, and T Levels which can lead to university or an apprenticeship. Our relationship with Middlesex University means that pupils studying a T Level at Saracens will be guaranteed a place on a related Health or Digital degree course, and students who study health-related degrees at Middlesex are all offered jobs within the NHS.

The formal opening of the new building was a wonderful occasion with the Lord Lieutenant of London, the King’s representative for London, declaring our main building open, and Owen Farrell of Saracens and England men’s rugby teams opening our sports facilities. Some video highlights of this event, along with the recent visits of Maro Itoje and Richard Hill, can be found here: https://saracenshigh.org/videos/

We are so fortunate with our relationships with individuals and organisations linked with the wider Saracens family, which provided funding for our new gym equipment and our theatre staging, curtains, and lighting. At the end of term our creative team, led by Miss Nicoll, created our first large scale school production. Over 50 pupils and staff contributed to The Grinch pantomime which was a lot of fun for all who saw it. What a great way to end the term.

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday period, and look forward to seeing everyone back in school on January 4th (Year 11) or January 5th (Years 7-10).

Dr Stevens