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    This week: Goodbye and good luck to Y11 and Y13, Y9 Public Speaking Competition.

    Goodbye and good luck to Y11 and Y13 students

    Last week we said farewell to our Y13 and Y11 students, as they approach the start of public examinations and face the next important transition in their lives. Y13 enjoyed the beautiful surroundings at The Holiday Inn on Camden Lock - a light, spacious and welcoming space for around 200 guests and many of their teachers. Our students arrived looking stunning, and they danced, took pictures and chatted as they celebrated the end of their time at Camden School for Girls drawing closer.

    Y11 enjoyed their traditional Leavers’ Lunch on Friday with pizza, cake, balloons, messages from teachers who have left but who still remember them very fondly and some very witty ‘Girl most likely to…….’ goodbye messages. Like the Y13 students, they wanted to enjoy a final opportunity to take group photos, receive their copy of the Yearbook and thank their form tutors and subject teachers.

    Both occasions were sad, as we say goodbye to some really wonderful students, but also cheerful, as these two groups of young people move forward into the next phases of their lives.

     

    Y9 Public Speaking Competition

    Congratulations to students in Y9 who have been preparing for our annual Public Speaking Competition with their English teachers in lessons. I was delighted to act as a judge with Ms Scott, and we were faced with an exceptionally difficult task as we listened to the twelve finalists. The subjects students chose to talk about ranged from knife crime to the cultural significance of the hijab, and from capital punishment through to gender equality.

    In the end, our winners were Aurora, Stella, Yana and Yi Zhen for the quality of their ideas, the standard of presentation and the use of rhetorical devices and techniques to convey their ideas most powerfully. The winners delivered their speeches to the whole school on Monday morning.

    Congratulations to all who took part and many thanks to the English Department for running the competition. Please see below for more detailed information from Ms Fearnside, Head of English:

    The annual Year 9 Public Speaking competition is a fantastic event which demonstrates how much our students care about social, political and educational issues; it showcases their very powerful voices and their ability to speak articulately and from the heart.

    This year's winners are:

    Overall winner: Yi Zhen: Asian Stereotypes

    Best content: Aurora: The Shame of Sweatshops

    Best Delivery: Yana: The Food in my Fridge

    Year 9 vote: Stella: The School Dress Code

    Thank you to their teachers for preparing them and to Ms Scott for organising the competition.

     

    Elizabeth Kitcatt
    Headteacher