Michaelmas term 2019
Our Michaelmas term has seen exam preparation and university applications, alongside trips around London and our Japanese exchange, plus extra-curricular activities and many musical moments!
In September, we welcomed what is certain to be our largest cohort, with over 800 pupils and students, with links to more than 100 different cultures, joining Westminster City School. Our Re-dedication Service at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, saw the Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin (now Bishop of Dover) speak and our close links to the Abbey have continued during this term. Pupils and our Headteacher attended an historic event there in October, in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the building of the gothic church, while our cadets were at the November opening of the Abbey’s Field of Remembrance, in the presence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. A photo of our cadets before this event, above, became our most popular post on our School's Twitter account, with 95 likes and 25 retweets!
Michaelmas term saw our Years 11 and 13 undertaking their Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs), helping them prepare for their GCSE and A Level examinations next summer. As well as supporting our pupils and students for this, our staff have continued to provide advice and guidance on future plans, particularly around further study at university. This has been supported with talks by university representatives, each one of our Year 11 has undertaken a psychometric test and received a careers interview, a number of Year 9 pupils took part in a taster week at City, University of London, and there have been numerous visits to different universities by our sixth formers. We are particularly proud to announce that every single Year 13 intends to apply for university this year, and that five of our students have secured interviews at Oxford and Cambridge.
In addition, our four innovative pathways – in Law, Policing and Criminology, Finance, and Medicine – have been launched, helping our sixth formers explore a particular industry and discover if they would enjoy a career in that field. Those on our pathways have been attending lectures and conferences at universities, and have met representatives from different organisations at a high profile careers fair. Many more interesting and informative pathway events are planned for the rest of our academic year.
Beyond the classroom, our Japanese exchange took place, offering a life-changing opportunity to four pupils and their exchange partners. There have also been numerous excursions around and across London, from art classes at Buckingham Palace to geography fieldwork in Richmond Park and historical studies at the Churchill War Rooms, plus our wide extra-curricular offering. Our popular Key Stage 3 Science Club have been busy making sparklers for Bonfire Night, dropped their own parachutes carrying eggs from our King's building, and heard from Britain’s first astronaut, Dr Helen Sharman, at a lecture at Imperial College London. Alongside this, pupils have been keeping physically active, with sports like cross-country running, football and basketball, while many in Years 7 and 8 have tackled rugby for the first time.
Michaelmas term 2019 will certainly be remembered as a musical one! Whether it was the English National Opera taking over our playground, our Choir and musical ensembles entertaining a packed audience at St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square, to raise funds for our Inspiring Musical Futures programme, or our largest ever parental attendance at our annual Carol Service at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, there have been many opportunities for pupils, students, staff and parents/carers to enjoy and participate in music. It seems only fitting that our Michaelmas term ends back at St Margaret’s Church, for our end-of-term service.
Our Headteacher, Mr Peter Broughton, said: “Michaelmas term 2019 has been productive and successful, and I remain proud of the hard work of all our pupils, students and staff.”