LOXFORD IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

Within the month of September our students took part in the following activities:-

  • Year 12 had an Induction Day which consisted of different sessions:
    • Creating the ideal university candidate & citizen
    • Achieving your goals
    • Literacy & plagiarism
    • Growth mindsets
    • Team building
  • During the summer holidays, 101 of last year’s Year 11s attended the NCS Challenge (National Citizen Service is a government-funded programme for boosting CV experience, personal statements and UCAS forms and includes adventure to develop confidence and team building etc). We are one of the best performing NCS schools nationally
  • Global Ambassadors were selected across the year groups. They meet every Wednesday Period 6 to engage in the following activities:
    • writing to MPs to campaign for change on global issues (eg climate change), supported by petitions
    • decorate key areas (eg notice boards, Reception area) during key times (eg Christmas, Chinese New Year, and when we host international visitors)
    • help to promote global themes in the school (eg Fair Trade)
    • host international students
    • produce global-related work and complete questionnaires to measure global awareness and action
  • Week beginning 25th September was European Day of Languages Week and various activities were held at lunchtime for KS3 students eg Scandinavian cartoons, Bollywood movies, Japanese Manga cartoons
  • Student Council Meetings were held across all year groups and they discussed Election of Cabinet Members and shared any concerns they had externally and internally
  • Parental Surgeries were held across all year groups

We visited the following places:-

  • The Sociology department arranged a trip for their Year 11 students to visit the Houses of Parliament. They were given a tour of the different houses, a Q&A session with local MP, Mike Gapes and attended a workshop on “Voting and Elections” where they engaged with key concepts they need for their sociology GCSE.  The trip also helped their wider understanding of politics, which will prepare students for the topic “Power”
  • Our Year 10 & 11 Drama students watched a performance of “Antigone” at the Redbridge Drama Centre. This trip was important for Year 11 GCSE Drama students as they got to see their Unit 2 text onstage and the performance gave the lots of ideas
  • A group of Year 11 GCSE PE students attended a residential trip to “Wide Horizons” The Adventure Learning Charity in Kent. The aim of the trip was to learn and complete one of their ‘individual practical assessments’ for their GCSE PE qualification in Rock Climbing

Loxford took part in many sporting fixtures:-

  • Year 7 & 8 football trials were held
  • Netball Club for Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 starts on Tuesdays
  • Year 9 Boys had an interform competition. Great sportsmanship was shown throughout the week and 9H were the overall winners with 9D in 2nd place, 9L in 3rd place and 9N in 4th place

 

LOXFORD IN THE MONTH OF JULY

Within the month of July our students took part in the following activities:-

  • The Parents and Year 6 students were invited to attend the “Induction Evening” where they listened to a talk given by the Headteacher and met their new tutors – it was an enthusiastic evening
  • The Year 6s from local Primary schools came in for their taster lessons
  • We held a GCSE Art, Photography & Textiles Exhibition of all the wonderful things the students have produced
  • The whole of Year 9 attended a performance of “Comedy of Errors” in-house by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art which everyone enjoyed. RADA were impressed with our students and said they were the best school they had visited
  • Six Year 12 Art students took part in a webinar lead by lecturers at Goldsmith’s University on the theme of ‘Psychological Values of Visual Art’. This was an engaging and valuable opportunity for them to gain information on career choices ahead of their upcoming UCAS period next year. All students enjoyed interacting with other students from Bacon’s College, Bedford Girls’ School, QK Academy and Woodford County High School
  • Our Year 12 6th form taster days were attended by 160 students
  • Alex Wheatle, children’s author, came to talk to the Year 9s and held some reading and creative workshops and brought in some of his books to buy. It was an outstanding day and the children were reading their writing which was of an exceptional standard
  • We launched our First Story Anthology and the students read out their work
  • A Youth Leader from St John’s Ambulance came in and gave a talk about volunteering to KS3 students and Year 12
  • Years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12 held their Achievement Assembly where they were addressed and congratulated by the Headteacher and received various certificates

We visited the following places:-

  • A group of Year 10 went to the Milton Keynes iFly Indoor Skydiving and they learnt the physics of flight, basic airflow principles and skills and techniques needed to jump safely. Students experienced wind speeds of 90-120mph as they ‘defied gravity’ for what was a thrilling and adrenaline filled experience.  We received a lovely letter from iFly stating how “impressed they were with the outstanding behaviour of the group and their politeness; they were a credit to Loxford”
  • Some Year 9s went on a reward trip to Greenwich Park, The Observatory and the Cutty Sark and thoroughly enjoyed themselves
  • 18 Year 12 Economic students attended a lecture and a workshop at Middlesex University and their behaviour was outstanding; they were a credit to the school
  • Our Year 9 and Year 10 Food students went on a reward trip to Jimmy’s World Grill at the O2 and had a meal
  • A group of 12 Spanish speaking students went on a 4 day trip to Barcelona. They visited “The Sagrada Familia” and the Barcelona Football Club.  They also attended a 2 hour lesson at the Inlingua Calella school .  They had an awesome time and enjoyed speaking Spanish
  • Another trip was held for more of our Year 9s to visit the Imperial War Museum. This was an exciting opportunity to visit a selection of exhibitions on the two World Wars and participate in a workshop exploring personal perspectives on the Holocaust
  • Year 12 Business students went on a reward trip to the All Star Bowling, Stratford
  • 17 of our Year 12 A Level English students visited the “Queer British Art” exhibition at the Tate Britain Art Gallery
  • Year 11 & 13 enjoyed their Prom which was held at Woolston Manor, Epping
  • 23 Year 12s went on a reward trip for the hard work to central London and become tourists! They walked around Tower Hill, Southbank and Trafalgar Square, visiting a number of important London landmarks as they completed a team quiz
  • A large cohort of Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 went on an achievement trip to Thorpe Park as a celebration day. The purpose of the visit is to reward consistently high levels of behaviour, effort and achievement and they had an amazing time
  • 11 Year 9 girls’ competed in a Beach Tag Rugby Tournament at Loxford Park. This was part of a new festival organised by the Essex Rugby Football Union and involved other schools in Essex
  • Our Year 12 English students watched a production of The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Company

Loxford took part in many sporting fixtures:-

  • In the first week of July we had our Sports Week and each year group held their Sports Day on a different day. The results are on our website with pictures
  • A staff vs 6th formers football match was held and the score was 2-2. After a penalty shootout the staff won!!

 

LOXFORD IN THE MONTH OF JUNE

Within the month of June our students took part in the following activities:-

  • Year 7 Parents’ Evening had a staggering 97% attendance
  • Our school received some visitors from the Dutch Ministry of Education. They were warmly welcomed as they came to see how our school operates
  • Our Year 13s and Year 11s went on study leave – we wish them all the best with their exams and their future
  • A student form York University came and delivered an Engineering talk to a group of interested students
  • A selection of G&T Year 10s took part in a Dragon’s Den where they had to pitch an idea, make a product and sell it to the judging panel. We came first against three other schools.  This was done over the video conference with Reading University
  • The Student Council meetings were held across the year groups

We visited the following places:-

  • 40 Year 8 students, along with a few Year 7s, attended an achievement reward trip to London Zoo and had a great day. This was because of their exceptional results in all of their subjects and their continued hard work hard throughout the course of the year
  • The Year 12 English students spent the day at the Oxford University Open Day. The trip gave the students a fantastic opportunity to spend a whole day in Oxford, attending events, talking to staff and students and getting answers to any questions they had.  They were able to attend subject specific lectures, as well as going on a tour of some of the colleges of the University and meet with tutors
  • A group of Year 10 Maths students visited the Sky Academy Skills Studio to take part in a workshop called “World of Money” which helped to enhance their problem solving and analytical skills
  • Students from Years 7-9 went on a trip to Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster and thoroughly enjoyed themselves
  • Year 10 Geography students went on a trip to The London Docklands Museum. The trip was an excellent opportunity for students to collect a range of data and skills which will support them in their Urban Environments Unit and support in fieldwork techniques required for Paper 3
  • Also a group of our Romanian students visited the same Museum of London
  • Our Year 12 students attended a “Futures” event at the University of East London. The exhibition included stalls with representatives from almost all UK universities and also hosted a number of seminars for students to attend on how to apply for university and how to target Oxbridge and the Russell Group
  • 22 Year 12 English students attended a Taster Day at Queen Mary University
  • A mixed group of Year 12 & 10 students attended TFL’s Head Office for a “Inspiring the Future Apprenticeship” event. This event allowed students to learn about the different jobs and apprenticeships and to give them the opportunity to speak to current female engineering apprentices from across TFL and Siemens. The apprenticeship programme at TFL offers many exciting opportunities and covers a range of functions including: Engineering Design, Cyber Security, Civil Engineering and Finance.  With Advanced, Higher and Degree apprenticeships on offer, this shows brilliant alternatives to University.
  • Our Year 10 Prefects went on a reward trip to Fairlop Waters, Fairlop High Ropes
  • A group of Year 9 History students went to the Imperial Museum. This was an exciting opportunity to visit a selection of exhibitions on the two World Wars and participate in a workshop exploring personal perspectives on the Holocaust
  • The Redbridge Children’s Book 2017 Ceremony was held at Ilford Town Hall and six of our Year 7 students had the opportunity to meet some of the authors of the books they had been reading this term. They learnt about up and coming authors and expressed their opinions on novels they think are worthy of recognition for students of their age

Loxford took part in many sporting fixtures:-

  • A mixed group of Year 7 & 8 students participated in the District Athletics competition at Ashton Playing Fields with other secondary schools from Redbridge with the following results:
    • Derek Avenuga came 2nd in the Year 8 Boys Long jump
    • Godiva Buabeng came 4th in the Year 7 Girls Discus
    • Jenae Diggs Year 7 and Joseph Mahele Year 8 made their 200m final’s respectively
  • 11 Year 9s took part in a District Mixed Rounders competition with other schools from Redbridge at Frenford Sports Centre and they won 6 out of 7 matches and came 2nd out of 8 teams losing to Chadwell Heath
  • Our Year 9 athletic students took part in a district athletics competition in which all the schools in Redbridge took part with the following results:
    • Jennifer Quansah finished 2nd in the 800m
    • Gabija Zakaraite finished 5th in the 100m
    • Perrance Bokole made it into the 200m final

 

LOXFORD IN THE MONTH OF MAY

Within the month of May our students took part in the following activities:-

  • Year 8 Parents’ Evening had an excellent attendance of 99%
  • Jeanette Kwayke is a retired British sprinter and part of the Sky Sports Ambassador Programme. She visited our GCSE PE students and delivered an inspirational talk regarding achieving success
  • Student Parliament Meetings were held across all year groups
  • Student Cabinet Meetings across all year groups
  • Year 8 Girls’ had their HPV vaccinations

We visited the following places:-

  • Our Year 9 Maths students took part in the Mayor of London Count On Us Challenge at Mayfield school and they came 3rd
  • A mixed group of students watched a performance of “Twelfth Night” at The Globe Theatre. This was an exciting opportunity to see one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies.  Students taking A Level English literature class have studied this as part of their course and seeing the production helped them to fully understand and appreciate the play
  • Our Year 10 Textile students visited the British Museum
  • Some Year 9 students are attending a 4 week after school programme with the British Canoeing & Redbridge Sports Activation Team. They are participating, for free, in the U-Canoe Programme which will develop their canoeing fitness and technique via a canoeing ergometer machine (indoor).  One session involved an actual water based experience at Fairlop Waters

Loxford took part in many sporting fixtures:-

  • Our Year 7, 8 & 9 boy swimmers participated in a School’s Borough Swimming Gala at Fulwell Cross Swimming Pool, Barkingside and Mohanprasad Baskaran 9C came 3rd in the backstroke and Mirresan Sasikumaran 8R came 2nd in the backstroke – well done
  • Lee Samson after school, girls rounders and boys football

 

LOXFORD IN THE MONTH OF APRIL

Within the month of April our students took part in the following activities:-

  • Year 10 Parents’ Evening had a tremendous turnout of 98%
  • An independent educational consultant came to school to deliver a workshop to our Year 12 RE students
  • Student Council Meetings were held across all year groups
  • Year 7 & Year 8 students took part in the UK Maths Challenge
  • A group of students took part in a Cycling Course “Bikeability”. This involved a free maintenance check of their bikes and training to give the students confidence and the skills for cycling on the road

We visited the following places:-

  • A group of Year 10 Speak-Out Challenge students visited the Houses of Parliament focusing on debating and the law making process. By participating in group work and video analysis, the students were able to draw out successful debating techniques while learning about Parliament’s particular styles of discussion.  They debated topics like capital punishment and life skills in schools
  • Year 10 Food & Nutrition students enjoyed a visit to Borough Market in Southwark, London
  • The SEN department took some Year 11 students to Barking & Dagenham College to gain experience of the appropriate Post-16 courses