Inspire US 2016

DSC_0393The Transformation Trust is offering a truly once-in-a-lifetime work experience opportunity for sixth-form students. Inspire US 2016 will see 20 sixth-formers from five different schools travel to the US to be campaign interns for the final two weeks of the US elections. Working in the swing state of Florida, the students will work alongside seasoned political campaigners from both national parties.

We have reached the final interview stage and are looking forward to hearing if we are successful. From the hundreds of applications we are down to the last 12 schools in the competition. Three students from year 12 Aiyush, Hamza and Naveed were interviewed over Skype. They presented a campaign which they hope to run if they are successful in getting a place. This will focus on getting young people to be involved in political activities and have their voice heard.

The trip is a repeat of the highly successful 2012 trip run by the Transformation Trust. Day to day, students will get involved in canvassing voters, attending rallies, and getting the vote out on the all-important election day on Tuesday 8 November, 2016. Before travelling home, the students will stop off at Washington DC, to take in some of the main political landmarks, including the White House and Capitol Hill.

Waste Week Campaign Award

A group of our year 12 Prefects took part in the EDF Energy Waste Week campaign. They raised awareness of the need to recycle unwanted electrical items, took part in litter recycling and are planning more activities throughout this year.

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Work Experience with PWC

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Today was the beginning of a fantastic career inspiring programme for ten high achieving Loxford Year 12 students.

On Friday 23rd October 2015, ten Loxford Year 12 students began their first day of a two year work experience programme with PWC, the multinational professional services network. It is the largest professional services firms in the world, and is one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, EY and KPMG.

Students will be taking part in a wide range of activities including networking with employees and other students, creating development plans and presentations and writing blogs on current business affairs.

The aim of this programme is for students to gain a valuable insight into the world of financial services through the eyes of employees within Tax, Auditing or Consultancy. The application process was extremely competitive with over 150 students across London applying. The selection process was very rigorous and this is the second year running where Loxford students have secured more than the 5 spaces available per school. This is an outstanding achievement for our students and we wish them the very best of luck on their two year journey with  the PWC classroom programme.

image_1445862672_562e1d10dcfa0[1]Elevate Seminar

On Monday, 21st of September, our year 12 students attended a study skills seminar.  The seminar was run by Elevate Education. The speaker’s delivery was dynamic, sharp and focused and provided the students with a range of strategies and practical skills that can be used immediately to increase self-efficacy, minimise levels of stress and increase motivation. Students particularly enjoyed the tips on how to get the high marks in exams and assignments and they realised that low marks are not a reflection of them as people, or a reflection of their ability, but simply a reflection that something can be wrong in their recipe.

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Speaker’s School Council Award

image_1425310078_54f4817e81ef7[1]The School council made up of students from Year 2 – Year 12, were given the opportunity to enter the School Speakers Council Award. They presented their idea of Disney, and the ways in which young people have to grow up too fast.

The school council were given support by members of senior management in order to go ahead with their projects to get Disney running throughout the school.

We have organised a trip for students to see Disney on Ice at Wembley Arena, this also supports the schools SMSC policy and ensuring that our students are rounded when they leave at the end of year 11 or 13.

We have also organised Disney viewings of films, the most recent being ‘Frozen’ as the student council decided that this would be a film which they would all like to watch. – We also have plans to organise more Disney viewings in the future, to support our project of keeping young people, involved in their childhoods.

We have also supported the school in showing more Disney / pixar animated films during wet lunches, this has supported our idea on keeping students as children and young.

We have also encouraged older students in the school, to sing Disney songs for example ‘Let it go’ to younger students which has helped them with starting the school day in a positive way, as well as ensuring that students are aware that these older students are role models and able to support younger students should they have issues.

The schools assemblies for achievement had the song ‘Let it go’ from Frozen sang, this became a song for all year groups within the school. This was also emphasised as the final song in the Winter Concert, which was supported by the schools orchestra and music department.

image_1425376175_54f583afcc3f4[1]Students Council Update:

  • We have been able to get more top up machines located in the school to reduce the time trying to load money onto our fingers.
  • We have started out Disney club.
  • We have all had the opportunity to vote in Redbridge Youth Election.
  • Students have supported the celebrations for Chinese New Year, with Chinese food being served in the canteen.
  • We have worked with the police to raise issues which affect young people.
  • We have looked at ways to complete the school pledges to become well rounded individuals.