WW1 Centenary at Longdean School 9th November 2018
To commemorate the centenary Longdean held a ceremony in our atrium. Invited guests included representatives from the Royal Legion, Sir Mike Penning, The Revd Lizzie Hood from Trinity Church, representatives from Epson and soldiers from the British military who had also been with us all week giving talks on WW1 to History, English, Learning Skills and Art classes.
The whole school held a two minutes silence to remember all those who had fought in the wars and gave the ultimate sacrifice. The school was very pleased to hand the RBL a cheque for over £1000 raised through non-uniform donations and we have yet to total the amounts raised through poppy donations.
The atrium was full of poppies made from recycled plastic, that year 7 art students and technology classes had made as well as projections of footage from WW1. The displays extended throughout the school with each form creating their own Thank you display. The forms with the top displays were invited to the event and the ceremony was also live streamed to the whole school.
We are very proud of our students for their generosity and gestures of respect to our veterans.
Longdean Highlighted in Best Practices Review
Over the summer holidays we received the exciting news that Longdean had been approached to appear in the annual Parliamentary Review of Education. This publication identifies schools who have undergone a period of transformation, resulting in sustained improvement over a number of years or who are engaged in leading and interesting initiatives. Longdean was approached because of our new building, innovative curriculum and strong examination results.
It is a real honour to be part of this publication and for Longdean School to be recognised in this way. I am delighted to be able to share the full article with you alongside a photo of me with Eddie Jones (England rugby head coach) who spoke at the launch event last week. If you have friends who are currently considering sending their child to Longdean, please do feel free to forward this to them so that they can find out more about the school.
Update - We have now recieved a fundraising certificate available here.
Longdean are County Cup Champions
8th May 2018, our Year 11 Boys Football team played in the Hertfordshire County Cup final. We have had an unbeaten season at this age group and the boys had a once in a lifetime opportunity to play the final at the home of Watford Football Club (Vicarage Road).
The final was a close game, the opponents were last years’ county cup finalists St Joan of Arc School. Playing on one of the hottest days of the year (so far) on a huge pitch was a test for all of the boys, who rose to the challenge in front of a crowd of 400 family and friends.
The first half ended with no goals, but then Longdean came out after the interval determined to increase the pressure, with the first goal scored after 62 minutes by L Swindells. Subsequent goals at 72 minutes T Twardochleb and 78 minutes J Mantle for Longdean led to a period of domination.
The opposition replied with a late consolation goal a minute from time but too little too late and the game ended in a 3-1 victory for Longdean.
Mr Gilder would like to thank all of the boys that have contributed to this magnificent achievement.
Sponsored Sleepout for DENS
As a school project 5 students decided to do a sponsored sleep out for homeless people in our area and with the money raised being donated the local DENS charity. This will benefit our local community as it will help those who are less privileged.
ThanksTo donate, please visit the DENS GoFundMe page
U14 Girls Football
The U14 girls (year 8 and 9) have made it to the Hertfordshire county cup final which is a massive achievement. They played several games to get to this point and will face John Warner School in the final. The game will played at Parmiters School in Watford on Monday 14th May, kick off at 5pm. All staff and students are welcome to attend to cheer the girls on. Any questions please don't hesitate to ask. It would be great to have your support.
In March, we held a non-uniform day and also allowed pupils to wear their own PE kit in PE lessons, both of which to raise funds for Sport Relief.
I am delighted to report that we raised £1,213.45 for the charity, who will use the funds for improving mental health in the UK and around the world and for treating malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa https://www.sportrelief.com/where-your-money-goes
A big thank you to all the pupils and families who supported our fundraising efforts that week!
Sports Relief have provided us with a Certificate of our fund raising, available here.
Mrs G Segal
Hertfordshire Maths Challenge
Sir Mike Penning MP visits Longdean school in Hemel Hempstead to see pupils’ campaign to end to the global education crisis that’s keeping 263 million children out of school
Sir Mike Penning MP went back to school at Longdean on Thursday 25th January 2018 to hear from pupils calling for increased investment to ensure every child across the world receives a quality education. Hundreds of MPs will be taking part in the Send My Friend to School campaign during 2018, which will involve thousands of young people across the UK.
World leaders have made clear a promise to ensure every child in the world gets a quality education by 2030. But a key piece of the puzzle is missing – the money to pay for this education – leaving the global picture with 263 million children missing out on school, and many of those in school not learning.
2018 is the year to change this education funding crisis - in the coming months world leaders will be pledging support to the Global Partnership for Education, the world’s joint fund for education. Students at Longdean School want to ensure that the UK government pledges big and so have been getting creative to get their MP’s attention.
Mrs Redwan at Longdean School said: "Our fantastic group of Year 8 students have been finding out about the limited resources preventing millions of children across the world from receiving a quality education and now they are so passionate about doing something change the situation.”
Students presented their Campaign to Sir Penning MP: “To get our MPs attention the children have created eye-catching paper jigsaw piece schools symbolising that there is a missing piece in the global education puzzle – the money to pay for good quality schooling. They decorated their paper jigsaw pieces with the elements they feel are most important for a quality education and have added their own messages about why they think the UK should invest in the power of education. They gave these to Sir Mike Penning MP, who agreed to take the message to the government.”
The Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning MP said afterwards:
“I very much enjoyed visiting Longdean School to learn about students’ work on the Send My Friend to School campaign. Education gives children and young people the opportunity to improve their lives and their country. I firmly believe all children have a right to a decent education no matter where they live.
“We can all be proud that between 2011 and 2015, the UK has used our overseas aid money to help over 11 million children, including 5.3 million girls, attend primary and lower secondary schools in developing countries. We will also help another 11 million children get a decent education by 2020.
“I look forward to meeting the students again when we present the campaign to 10 Downing Street.“
Ema Jackson, Campaigns Manager for the Send My Friend to School campaign said: “Education is powerful and transformative, and a basic human right for all children but despite this, 236 million receive no education and many more are in school but not learning. The world is experiencing an urgent education crisis. So I am delighted that pupils at Longdean School are engaging with Sir Mike Penning MP to demand the UK invests in the future of the world. They are joining thousands of young people across the country - we are expecting MPs to be inundated with thousands of these creative jigsaw pieces covered with important messages! We hope this will push them in to action.”
All schools are invited to get involved with the Send My Friend campaign - visit sendmyfriend.org for a free teaching resource pack with everything needed to take action on this important issue.
We recently attended a Lion King music and movement workshop at Studios in London before going to see the West End show at the Lyceum theatre.
The trip was with 20 Year 8s who are also participating in a 12 week course of English and Art that is using elements of The Lion King as inspiration.
The YSC will be coming in to Longdean to perform Romeo and Juliet for Year 8s (Wednesday 7th February) and Macbeth for Year 9s (Monday 19th February). They will work through various aspects of the play to enhance students' understanding before performing an abridged version.