Before Easter, the Y12 Spanish A-level class went on an amazing trip to the BFI to have an in-depth conversation about the legacies of the Franco and Pinochet dictatorships in Spain and Chile respectively through watching “El silencio de otros” or the silence of others and then having discussions about topics in the film.
We looked into how the amnesty laws in Spain after the fall of the regime was a model for many Latin American countries coming out of violent dictatorships, but ultimately led to the lack of justice for survivors of the crimes of the regime and freedom for the perpetrators.
We had the wonderful opportunity of asking survivors of the Franco dictatorship questions (in Spanish)! We as a class are so grateful to Ms Mañas for taking us on the wonderful trip and giving us her own insight of how the dictatorship and amnesty laws are now viewed in Spain.
Assembly Speaker, Dr Mark Fuller - Imposter syndrome
In our assembly, the sixth formers had the pleasure of being given some important insights on the topic of imposter syndrome by Dr Mark Fuller, an Outreach Coordinator & Ogden Science Officer expertising in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
He began his lecture explaining his journey into his research on this subject where he found that only 25% of females apply for a physics / higher science degree contradictory to the fact that on average females tend to excel compared to males based in science pre-university. It was after his debacle that he found the key underlying problem : Imposter syndrome.
With only around 60% of the audience aware of imposter syndrome, Dr Fuller began to explain that imposter syndrome is essentially “the crippling thought that people like us could not possibly triumph given what we know of ourselves, which holds us back from prospering further in our personal and professional life”. He added that people who experience imposter syndrome leave the possibility of success to others, because they do not seem to themselves to be anything like the sort of people we see celebrated around us. When faced with responsibility or prestige, they quickly become convinced that they are simply this: Impostors
After this explanation, Dr Fuller unfolded the root cause of why individuals experience imposter syndrome was down to “A hugely unhelpful picture of what other people are really like”. We feel like impostors, not because we are uniquely flawed but because we fail to imagine how deeply flawed everyone else must be beneath the ‘polished surface’. It is part of the human condition, he continued to explain, where because we know ourselves from the inside but only know others from the outside we're constantly aware of all our anxieties, doubts and idiocies. This heightened awareness causes us to doubt ourselves and our abilities inevitably leading to the feeling of imposter syndrome
To call it a syndrome is to downplay how universal this feeling is. A Ted Talk video revealed that even Albert Einstein himself experienced this feeling of fraudulence, where he described himself as an ‘involuntary swindler‘, that his work didn't deserve as much attention as it had received. Feelings of being an imposter were shown to be much more widely prevalent, confirmed after around 80% of the audience was shown to have felt this at some point in their lives.
It is through the ability to humanise others and understand that our feelings of anxiety and confusion are (the majority of the time) what others feel, is when we are able to combat imposter syndrome. Quoting the 16th century French philosopher Montaigne, "kings, philosophers and ladies all use the bathroom!” Dr Fuller emphasised that underneath the facade we polish ourselves with, we all have our own setbacks and failures that essentially make us human. It is through this understanding that we are able to build confidence, move forward and reach our full potential.
This lecture was truly eye opening especially for those of us who are prone to be experiencing these feelings in our day to day lives. Thank you to Dr Fuller for taking the time out to join us and educate us on this matter. I am positive all the students were very grateful for this insight on imposter syndrome which directly affects people of our age.
Sixth Form Senior Prefect
Spring Social and AGM - Tuesday 16 May, 6pm
We’d like to invite everyone to the CASCA Spring Social and AGM – there will be a free bar and plenty of opportunity to meet other parents and hear more about what we have been up to over the last year and plans for the coming year.
We will also be keen to meet anyone interested in helping at SummerFest (23 June 6-9pm).
Could you be our next Bar Leader? During the year, we are asked to provide a number of bars at concerts and other events. They raise very good funds for the school and provide a much appreciated service at school events. It’s also a lot of fun and a great way to get to know other parents. We are looking for someone, or perhaps two people who would be happy to take on the management of the bars, emailing volunteers and making sure there is sufficient stock - not too much work with a good team behind you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Annabel and Sandra, Co-Chairs of CASCA.
CSG Alumni Raising Money for Teens Unite
Dorothy Hoskins and her friend Freya (alumni of the sixth form, 2013-14) are raising money for Teens Unite, an amazing charity that supported one of their schoolfriends through her battle with cancer. They will be embarking on the Teens Unite Thailand Cycle Challenge in November, a 200-mile cycle along the cost of Thailand from Bangkok to Chumphon. They are hoping to raise £7000 for Teens Unite.
Many of the staff may remember Leana (as well as Freya and Dorothy) and might want to make a donation to Teens Unite.
The challenge isn’t until November, but they need to raise 50% of their target by September, and the full amount by the end of October. There’s plenty of time but they are keen to get the ball rolling!
‘Shout Out’ is our annual event we hold in order to increase participation amongst the youth, as well as hear what they have to say, and their concerns for anything relating to their life in Camden. This year we have workshops for very significant topics including: gangs and grooming; mental health and support; CV writing; and the environment and sustainability. The date and time for Shout Out is Tuesday 2nd May 2023, from 5.30 - 7.30pm.
Camden Youth Council (CYC) cooperate with Camden Council, Councillors and the community to make Camden a better, safer and more ideal borough for the youth to grow up in. CYC is split into four sub-groups, where each group tackles a topic that has been put forward by our Youth MPs to help the youth and these topics are debated: Youth Safety; Mental Health and Well-being; Education and Opportunities; and Environment and Climate Change.
CYC Logo Redesign Competition:
Our logo redesign contest is a chance for people to win a £100 voucher of their choice if they submit a logo that meets our requirements. This for the Camden Youth Council, and we've set up this contest so anyone can present their design and be as creative as they want with it. The deadline for this is: Sunday 2nd April 2023
As our Council’s aim is to strengthen the youth, and if you are looking to help the community, the Camden Youth Council is a great place to start!
Camden Clean Air Cycle Ride
Camden are actively promoting this event which is dedicated to family and friends. We aim to encourage active travelling.
Camden have designed a route that encompasses the cycle lanes around the Borough of Camden to demonstrate how cycling is a lot safer and doable. We can make an impact on air quality by encouraging more and more people to give up their motorised journey.
The success of this event means a lot to us and to the wider community.
When: 20 May 2023 from 9:30 (staggered departures from 09:30am - 11:30am)
Where: Start and Finish line will be in Granary Square, King Cross