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Beyond the classroom

Curriculum enrichment
• Years 8 and 9, on separate afternoons, see the Italia Conti Graduate year perform a Shakespeare play in the Hall
• The Shakespeare Schools Festival play is performed in rehearsal to Years 7 and 8, as well as to all-comers in its ‘Homecoming’ performance
• Visits to galleries for creative writing stimulus.

Extra-curricular activities
• Theatre trips, with special links with the Unicorn (the Young Reviewers project) and the Young Vic
• The Shakespeare Schools Festival: 30 pupils rehearse a 30-minute version of a play and perform it in a professional theatre
• Debating: supported by the English Department.
• Creative Writing Club, run by subject prefects who also contribute to the
• Department’s termly creative writing publication Inprint
• Lower School Reading Group
• Sixth Form Reading Group
• Her Lady’s Voice: the termly journalistic magazine produced by Sixth Formers
• Hammersmith Mock Trial (for Sixth Form).

House competitions
• Year 7 Spelling Bee.
• Year 8 Reading Aloud Competition. 
• Shakespeare Schools Festival, with Art, Music and Modern Languages
• Debating, with Science, Religious Studies and others
• Year 8 Science Poetry Competition
• Readings in Church and Assemblies – especially Carol Service, Remembrance Day
and Holocaust Memorial Day services.

Other competitions:
We enter these as they arise, but recent examples include Young Food Writer, LSE First Story, UNESCO competitions


Her Lady's Voice 

Please click here to read the latest edition of Her Lady's Voice. 

Poem of the Fortnight

Break Free - by Safiya Jackson 7AMB

The wild wind calls and leaps long strides,
“Come with me to the clouds,” it cries
But I cannot break free for I am me.

The white gulls stall and dip and stall,
“Come with us to skim the foam”
But I cannot break free for I am me.

The roaring waves claw out the cliffs,
“Come with us to the open sea”
But I cannot break free for I am me.

The solid cliffs confronts the sea,
“Stand with me and resist the free”

I turn my back on the wild wind,
I hear no more the gulls and the sea,
I’ll find my own path from now on, 
It’s being me that makes me free.

English and History Competiton

Congratulations to our competition winners! Over the summer holidays, Year 11 students were encouraged to interview somebody who was older than them about an experience or period of time in their past and reflect on what they have learnt. All of the entries provided a fascinating, personal insight into a number of hugely significant historical events. Mr Godowski and Mrs Fullbrook really enjoyed reading all of the reflections and were impressed by the level of historical detail and flair which students demonstrated in their writing. 

The competition winners were:

Joint 1st place - Evie Soames  11MK and Jemima Webb 11VG
2nd place - Isra Saker 11MK
3rd place - Poppy September-Peters 11JLL

Please do take some time to read the winning entries - they are all very impressive!

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