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10/12/19

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We’re at today with wonderful volunteers acting as business advisors to Y8 students working on plans for educational apps https://t.co/8PrUJxJR5m

09/12/19

We are currently experiencing some issues with our phone lines and are working hard to resolve this. Please email info for assistance with any issues

06/12/19

Some images from yesterday's boxing session with Fight for Peace. Students really enjoyed themselves! https://t.co/m3Z4TfOp7d

06/12/19

This week Year 10 GCSE Media students were invited to to learn more about the broadcasting world & careers. Students are studying on the . This was exciting & rewarding! https://t.co/wIZNsNLifo

06/12/19

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Well done to the year 8 & 10 boys football teams as they have both progressed to the quarter finals of the cup after wins against Harris Academy Ockendon & Harris Academy Rainham. Well done to all 👏⚽️ https://t.co/N5DafSX7qS

05/12/19

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Really exciting to launch the Harris Experience Advanced programme in Year 12 for our HUB 2 academies at tonight. I greatly look forward to working with you all throughout this year and the next! https://t.co/UPdUlMG402

04/12/19

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If you want to , we will be in on Tues 21st Jan. We can answer your questions about our course, funding, eligibility, placements, and and anything else you need to know! Book tickets here. https://t.co/Zr5Ks3cPUb https://t.co/FS9kUW67Br

04/12/19

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Don't forget, the Christmas lights are being turned on in tomorrow! 🎄 Special guests, East 17, will also be performing! 🙌 https://t.co/yxbYRh0w6Q

04/12/19

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Another massive achievement for the year 10 boys football team as they have now reached the last 32 of the English Schools FA cup after a 4-1 win against Windsor Boys school. Well done boys 👏⚽️ https://t.co/TJ6sykTIQD

04/12/19

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The year 7 boys football team were in action this afternoon in their 2nd Newham League fixture. The boys battled hard and managed a 3-1 victory against Lister Community School. Well done to all 👏⚽️

02/12/19

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With today being “No Pen Day” the year 13 CTEC Sport students focused on officiating football matches through the roles and responsibilities of the referee and assistant referee. ⚽️ https://t.co/4VwV9z8mA0

02/12/19

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In addition to today’s success story, the year 10 boys football team travelled to St Matthews school in the London cup were they were victorious in a 5-3 win. This win takes the Chobham U/15 boys into the last 16 of the competition. 🙌👏⚽️ https://t.co/Etb73rhMmL

02/12/19

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This afternoon the year 7 and 8 boys football teams visited Eastlea Community School for their first Newham league football fixtures of the year. The year 7’s battled hard in a 1-1 draw. Whilst, the year 8’s were triumphant in a 6-0 victory. ⚽️ https://t.co/kpXKahzefo

02/12/19

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To round off a successful day, the u12s Girls Football team are into to round 2 of the ESFA after a 5-2 win against Oakland School!! https://t.co/RH42AgFlSe

02/12/19

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Y9 students sorting positive and negative statements to debate in Spanish about their use of phones. yesterday at https://t.co/MmSQBbEnuE

02/12/19

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To round off an unbeaten week of footballing fixtures for . The staff football team were victorious this afternoon in a 4-2 win against School 21 staff. ⚽️ Goal scorers: Mr Tem, Mr Bale, Mr Hone & Mr Mihaes. The unbeaten run continues. Who’s next?👀 https://t.co/fMRjm1bR6O

02/12/19

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Well done to 6th form football academy students Fama and Kieran in assisting to a 3-1 victory earlier this afternoon. 👏⚽️ https://t.co/D7RxMo7xpM

28/11/19

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Our amazing interns Meagan and James are leading our session at today, along with volunteer Claire and Y8 students from 💫 https://t.co/6daKAg15hi

28/11/19

Early pictures from No Pen Day at Chobham. Some great learning activities going on! https://t.co/3XAqBpMGo0

27/11/19

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Join our evening with and Philip Barker in Stratford Library on the 12th December 2019 https://t.co/kIWcTbOjP0

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Welcome from the Executive Principal

Chobham Academy is an Independent Academy for students aged 3-18. We are based at the heart of the East Village; a focal point for generations to come. We believe in the unlimited potential of every child, and our 'Chobham Pillars' reflect that relentless aim to secure outstanding outcomes for our students. Our wonderful team of dedicated staff ensure that innovative teaching and learning is at the heart of our agenda.

Michael Whitworth - Principal

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12 December 2019Classes and Corridors Help the East in the EastStudents from Chobham are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to study the world’s most ancient language, a vernacular deeply intertwined with the culture of the mysterious oriental country from where it comes from. An increasing number of Chobham students are showing their interest and passion in China, embracing her culture and her language. In the Mandarin department, we believe the key to developing highly competent Chinese linguists is through fostering confident speakers - a crucial skill which directly impacts the development of student’s listening, reading and writing skills. Through focusing on the oral aspect of the language, Chobham students are much more comfortable when faced with mastering supposedly complex Chinese characters. Chinese language lessons at Chobham involve a variety of strategies to help student build up their speaking skills for both short- and long-term purposes. As Year 9 students were feeling the pressure of their assessment dates looming nearer, a fun speaking activity by the name of ‘Verbal Tennis’ was carried out in class for students to revise the knowledge they had covered since the start of the year amongst themselves. Students took turns to name vocabulary from a given topic they had studied until their partner was unable to produce an answer. Sarah and Deborah from Miss Shen’s class enjoyed this revision activity, stating “The game is useful as it helps us with our listening and speaking skills, and helps us remember the key vocabulary”. In Miss Ali’s class, students are given a speaking activity simulating a real-life conversation based on the vocabulary and sentence structures students have learnt in class. As questions are displayed on the whiteboard in English, students are required to work in pairs to translate and give a response in Chinese, before presenting their conversation to the rest of the class. During the presentation, other students must listen carefully and simultaneously translate key words into English. Fionn commented on this activity as being “…really useful as everyone is engaged and we are working on all of our skills”. “I find the speaking games we do in lessons help me learn the language faster. When we do reading activities in class or for homework, I can guess what how to say some characters because I also think about what we practised in the lesson.” – Daniel, Year 9. Students are exposed to authentic language in the lesson which has proven to be fruitful as students enjoy applying what they have learnt to various contexts both within and outside of the school. Students are always eager to eavesdrop on conversations between the Mandarin teaching staff in the classroom and corridors, and attempt to translate what they heard, or thought, they heard. Students arrive in the lesson and ask keen questions about Chinese culture, and even try to replicate a variety of Chinese words they have heard outside of the classroom, asking their teacher for its meaning. “It’s so relaxing when I hear the teachers speak in Chinese to each other. Sometimes I can figure out what they’re saying because they say things we have learnt in class which is really cool.” – Uzma, Year 7.   Chobham students are not afraid to show off how much they can say in Chinese, and are even less afraid of showing how much they want to learn. Students are driven by their confidence, and it is not unusual for students to ask questions such as “How many characters do I need to learn to understand Chinese?” and “How long will it take me to become as fluent as Miss. Ali?”. Every day, students question the possibility of ever using the language they are learning in the outside world, from as young as Year 3 all the way up to Year 13. Fortunately at Chobham, students are offered the opportunity of exploring the culture rich country of China and putting their well-learnt Chinese language skills and knowledge into practice. During the recent school trip to China, students were able to have a first-hand experience of the rich culture, ancient history and vast landscapes of China. Students visited the country’s most iconic attractions such as the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Wild Goose Pagoda, Temple of Heaven and the Terracotta Warriors, whilst also enjoying a variety of cultural activities such as calligraphy and Kung Fu. Students also embraced the culture by using the language to get to know the local people. Maya and Sameer enjoyed using his Chinese skills to make new friends during a visit to a partner school in Beijing and was pleasantly surprised as “They can actually understand me!” Students became the Mandarin teacher as they gave Mr. Stander a master lesson in numbers so that was able to carry out head counts in Chinese. It was the norm to find students turning ears when seeing a conversation between the teacher and the tour guide as they tried to decode what they heard in order to find out what the next stop will be or how long the journey would be. Feedback from students, parents and carers about the trip have been overwhelmingly positive and speaks of a genuine sense of accomplishment, a new-found respect for China and hopes of visiting this extremely interesting country again in the future. “Going to China has opened up my eyes about the country and the language. I really enjoy my lessons and had a feeling of success when I could understand and read things in China by myself.”  Skye, Year 13. Xuan Gao, Subject Lead: Mandarin What a vibrant year it has been for the Spanish department! Studying Spanish has more than a cultural and linguistic purpose, it promotes global citizenship. Spain trip 2019. In front of the Royal Palace, Madrid.   In class, we encourage our students to have a wider appreciation and understanding of the target language and to be able to initiate and develop conversations, to cope with unfamiliar language and situations, and to develop creative expression as well as use an increasingly wide range of structures to express their own views. We also encourage students to build their resilience and apply new and known vocabulary in a variety of contexts. What better reward and concrete application of their hard work during the year than our annual trip to Spain? Last July, we took our students to Valladolid in Castille and León and the photos do not do justice to the success the trip was. On the flight to Spain, many were excited; some were worried. On the way back to the UK, all were saying how great an experience it had been and how much they wanted to go again. At Palace of Santa Cruz, Valladolid. (down) About to get into the canoes for our two-hour stroll down the Pisuerga River. (up) “The canoeing on the river was so good.” O.M. “Sir, you’re running the trip again next year? I’m so going!” L.N-S. “I had so much fun! Can’t believe we had a water fight in the park!” M.C. It is true we had an amazing time. Five days. Eighteen students. Far too many tapas. Loads of fun. We visited the cities of Madrid, Salamanca and Segovia. We canoed down the Pisuerga river. We went to see the most amazing Flamenco show in Madrid. Our students stayed with host families. What better way to immerse in the Spanish culture? The experience was authentic for our students and many understood that Spanish is more than just “a language I do at school” but is part of a rich culture that textbooks simply cannot teach. They did us proud and represented Chobham and our values every step of the way. So no need to wait: register today for this year’s trip! 13-16 July 2020. £499. Four days of guaranteed fun! Info below.   Stephane Theau, Subject Lead: Spanish A truly amazing department, with truly amazing staff and students! Tinus Stander Assistant Principal
2 December 2019Chobham No Pen DayIn our every changing social milieu. In a world dominated by tweets, emails, instant chats – for students stabbing digits into a keypad all day has become as everyday as a political scandal. So, on Thursday, the whole academy took the conscious decision to embrace the art of oracy! “It was so different! Exciting – kind of made me think about my answers in a different way,” claimed Chloe in YR9. “We debated everything from the environment, to impact of Victorian literature to euthanasia. It really opened up our class and helped me learn a lot about my peers’ and opinions on the world we live in.’ No Pens Day is now a movement. Recent studies show it has reached a total of over 7,000 schools and settings since it started in 2011. A recent poll of the some of the inner-city schools that participate 80% of respondents said that taking part in No Pens Day Wednesday raised their awareness of speech, language and communication needs, whilst 96% said they'd do things differently around school as a result of their involvement. Moreover 19% of respondents they had identified pupils who were struggling with spoken language that they'd not known about before. Chatting to the English Department, a myriad of planning and thought went into “No Pens Day” and the consideration of what they wanted to achieve from these innovative English lessons proved quite enlightening. “Considering the traditional structure of a large amount of English, predominately students will end up picking up a pen to finalise their thoughts or analysis. However, the freedom of this day has really allowed my students to consider their answers in a much more ontological, wide reacting and original manner. The results have been genuinely fascinating and have really reflected upon how I can incorporate this further into my pedagogy!’ Ms Osman stated. ‘I used Drama in my lesson! I forgot how much fun it was for out student in KS4 to bring a play to alive. It really helped them consider what a particular character’s motivations are?’ Ms O’Donnell, beamed after teaching her YR10 “An Inspector Calls.” A recent study states, “one of the largest barriers for students getting on in life is a lack of eloquence or inability to order or express their thoughts. Employers put confident oral communication at the top of their requirements, however, it’s seldom taught in schools.” Oracy is a skill. It can be taught and honed. Through discussion, debate students are more equip to not only to deal with their GCSE answers in a more critical and evaluate manner, but to prepare them for their future employment. “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” The importance of them being able to debate, argue and get their point across on the global issues facing our planet have never been more vital. “Next year we would like to have a parent workshop where they could join in some of the activities. “Mr Ward suggested, hoping the freedom and fun in the lessons would encourage parents really come and join in some debate, discussion and discourse. So, is Chobham mightier than the pen? On Thursday 28th November, for one day only at least, we think was…
15 November 2019Exciting Opportunities in HumanitiesIt has been an exciting first half term in Humanities so far this year. Here are some of our highlights: This Autumn our Politics A level students attended the yearly 'Congress to Campus' talk on contemporary US politics. Hosted by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. Speakers included leading academics from UCL and Oxford Universities; also in attendance were former members of US Congress, Republican Luke Messer IN-06 and Democrat Nick Rahall WV-03. Students questioned the panel in the energetic style popularised by shows such as the BBCs 'Question Time. Our young political scientists spent the day at the conference enthralled in a forensic oral examination of current political events i.e. Donald trumps tweets, which the politics department at Chobham refer to as the US Executive's media age neo-imperial project; impacting international money markets in less than 49 characters! And symbolised in the political cult mantra 'Make America Great Again'.  Students also considered the degree to which Civil Rights for some marginalised groups in the US may be being actively eroded by neo conservative joined up governmental thinking via recent Supreme Court appointments and state legislatures. Students had the added benefit of receiving first-hand, answers to their questions from former US policy makers on a number of specialist and controversial political issues.  Politics students Timi, Tohura, Summer and Isabella concluded post conference that 'partisan policy divisions between the GOP and the Democrats in some parts of the US are very difficult to pin down in the current climate! There's very little difference between them'.  Whilst Esosa, Rakib, Onate, Alex, Joshua and Adi came to the consensus that ''Some citizens are more equal than others in the US political system, Washington is increasingly the playground for marginal vested interests''. Government and Politics Department. Last week our Year 13 Historians went to Senate House Library to carry out independent research for their coursework. Our students were first shown by the university how to carry out independent research before spending the day making full use of the resources the library has to offer. Some absolutely fantastic research was achieved by all; at the end of the day, some even opted to stay behind to continue independently! Time flies when you are having fun! The History Department. On Tuesday 12th November members of the Humanities Department organised and ran ‘Faith Day’ for all Year 7 students. Students spent the day learning about a range of religions and beliefs different from their own to create active citizens who are more aware of the diversity which exists in their local community. All students had the opportunity to visit different places of worship across London, and learn about Hinduism or Humanism through external speakers and school based activities. Overall, it was a great day for all staff and students involved. We look forward to organising this again next year! The Humanities Team.  
14 May 2019Visit to Hampton Court PalaceThe Chobham Academy Cultural Capital Research Project is a series of field trips to sites of cultural relevance in and around our beautiful capital city, London. Designed to develop a wider perspective of what learning can be and also stimulate an appreciation of how subjects such as Art, Dance, history and even Ecology can interrelate, the selected students embarked on their first field trip of the research project on Tuesday 14th May. The visit to Hampton Court Palace proved a resounding success with both students and staff agreeing that they had an incredibly enjoyable and culturally rewarding day out in the sun.   Two of the students who attended the trip said the following -   Kinza – ‘I'd just like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing experience. It was a really nice, relaxed and calm day. The palace had amazing architecture, beautiful gardens and flowers and some gorgeous china. The art work in the galleries were really interesting as it was very different compared to the art I see more often e.g. more vibrant and more modern, so it was really interesting to see such art work that had completely different style and techniques. The architecture of the walls inside the galleries was also amazing, the walls had gorgeous designs as well as the frames of the art pieces and the stair cases, not forgetting the amazing ceiling windows we saw above one of the art galleries right before coming down from the 2nd floor. The water fountains and the vines were designed extremely well, making them really sink in with the environment of the palace. Not forgetting the china with the flowers inside, seems like an extremely elegant creation. And finally, I don't think there are many negatives about the trip as it was really relaxed and enjoyable. Once again thank you for the great opportunity’   Deborah – ‘I really liked the trip because it gave me a lot of historical insight and artistic out look to the grounds.’
14 January 2019New York Trip - January 2019Last week 28 students and 3 staff embarked on Chobham Academy’s first ever Performing Arts trip to New York.  On arrival at the accommodation, students were able to sample some local fast food before heading up to the Top of the Rock for stunning night-time views across New York City.  Bagels were then ordered and delivered the next morning before a guided tour of Manhattan with sights including Grand Central station, the Flat Iron Building, New York Public Library, Chrysler Building Lobby and finally Times Square. After some down time allowing students to change and get ready we progressed onto Ellen’s Stardust Diner where every member of staff is aspiring to be a Broadway performer. Whilst eating and socialising the staff all perform big Broadway numbers, entertaining students and allowing them to sing along! After an entertaining feed we went on to watch Avenue Q at the New World Stages Theatre with some uncontrollable laughs! Friday saw the students visit Lincoln Centre of Performing Arts, the largest Performing Arts organisation in the world for a guided tour. Students were then given an opportunity to visit Central Park and play on the Heckscher Playground before some retail therapy at Macey’s and surrounding area. We then ate at Planet Hollywood which showcased famous movie memorabilia including the original Annie bucket! On the last day we went on the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty and the beautiful New York skyline. All students had an amazing time in New York and I know it will be remembered forever. A special thanks goes out to all the parents/carers who supported with this trip and allowed their child to attend. Without your ongoing support none of this would have been possible. Also, a special thanks  to Ms Stewart-Parker and Ms Stephens for all your help! Let’s see what 2020 brings!
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