St Aloysius' College Newsletter
Autumn 1 - October 2023
Our Headteacher's Message
This half term, St Aloysius can look back with immense pride at the enriching and myriad opportunities afforded to our students at the College: trips to the financial district, the parliament buildings, the inauguration of the first boxing club, to the coding and robotics sessions in the afternoons at Channing. It certainly has been a bit of a whirlwind and no wonder! We have been bursting with clubs since September.
Of course, this half term is all about welcoming our prospective families into the school – there was an unprecedented response from our local community. I am so delighted the decision to bring girls into the lower school was met with, evidently, overwhelming positivity and warmth. Hundreds of families passed through the doors for our open events – once again our magnificent students displayed the generosity of spirit which has become a trademark of the young Aloysian. Indeed, we also look forward to our upcoming Open Evening for our highly successful Sixth Form.
And so, we ready ourselves for the upcoming mock examinations in Year 11 and 13. Our work for your sons and daughters never stops; for that is the Aloysius way. Our continuing academic success reflects the dedication and hard work of our teachers.
May I wish all our families, a restful, peaceful and contended half term break.
Ms P Whyte
GCSE results 2023 lift St Aloysius into Top 3 Schools for Progress
Duke of Edinburgh Award: We're in
We're proud to join the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, offering our students even more extra-curricular opportunities! There is a long list of skills they will be able to strengthen in themselves:
- Self-belief and self-confidence.
- A sense of identity.
- Initiative and a sense of responsibility.
- A real awareness of their strengths.
- New talents and abilities.
- The ability to plan and use time effectively.
- Learning from and giving to others in the community.
- Forming new friendships.
Honestly, we can't wait to get started and open up the many exciting adventures and challenges the DoE has to offer across all year groups.
Open Events 2023 draw big crowds
Our Open Events continue with an Open Evening in our Sixth Form college: it will take place on Thursday, 23rd November between 4:00 and 6.30pm. For more information on how to register for a place, please go to www.sta.islington.sch.uk
Year 11 venture to the centre of power
Here is their report:
"As part of our Citizenship course, Ms Doorly and Ms Hunter took us to Westminster - we walked in the footsteps of inspirational leaders like Queen Elizabeth and Barack Obama and witnessed politics live in action - MPs rushed to Prime Minister's Questions and the intimidating doorkeepers glared around ensuring law and order was maintained. Our wonderful guide also showed us buildings damaged in World War 2 - the Houses of Parliament are a piece of living history!"⠀
Year 9 discover the calming effect of pencil drawing
Bursting with Clubs: BOXING
The extra-curricular opportunities at our college are coming in thick and fast this autumn term! We now offer a Boxing Club to our Year 7-11 students, every Thursday after school. And the take-up has been impressive so far: 35 boys put on their boxing gloves and worked on refining their technique.
During the last session, the boys worked on delivering the perfect jab - which is all about using your weight and power efficiently. Our boxers learnt that the power is coming up all the way from the toes into the legs, shoulders, and then fist. Throwing a jab is a real whole-body exercise!
Science department dazzles Open Evening visitors
The brilliant team of St Aloysius' science teachers pulled out all the stops to entertain our visitors on Open Evening: their labs were turned into buzzing hubs of scientific activity, with lots of mind-boggling displays and live experiments on show.
There was an activity station on photosynthesis with different coloured lights. Ms Bude presented a live dissection session, exposing the components of an animal heart and lungs. Mr Wahid's display was all about Titration, the process of finding the concentration of a solution. Mrs Clarke (pictured) offered an insight into acids and alkali, and where they are found in everyday cleaning an cooking products.
It's fair to say that our visitors left the science labs a little bit wiser and safe in the knowledge that the subject is taught in an innovative and very hands-on way at St Aloysius.
Deanery Mass unites Islington schools
Earlier this half-term, we warmly welcomed our colleagues from Islington's Catholic schools to the annual Deanery Mass. We were also delighted to see a familiar face back on our grounds: Aloysius alumnus George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, led the ceremony and delivered a thought-provoking sermon. In it, His Grace talked about the fast-moving nature of our lives, that often prevented enriching and soul-nurturing moments of meditation and stillness. He called upon the many teachers in the congregation to use their unique platform and remind pupils of the value of silent contemplation.
Blossoming new partnership: St Aloysius' is Growing Green(er)
Team member Jeska sees a lot of potential for a green St Aloysius: 'The aim is to increase the flora and fauna within the school, connect pupils and staff with nature and improve mental wellbeing for the school community, she tells us, adding: 'We would like everyone to
get involved, so please look out for updates, changes taking place around the school and for
chances to help with planting!'
Watch this space for regular updates on how our partnership with Growing Green is blossoming, with more and more students getting involved, too.
Year 13 smash Maths Challenge
Could you do it? Here is an example question:
Wenlu, Xander, Yasser and Zoe make the following statements: Wenlu: “Xander is lying.”; Xander: “ Yasser is lying.”; Yasser: “Zoe is telling the truth.”; Zoe: “Wenlu is telling the truth.” What are the possible numbers of people telling the truth?
Answers on a postcard.
Bonding brings Year 7 boys together
Our youngest and newest students enjoyed a very special lesson this half-term. During a so-called Icebreaker session, Mr Thomas came up with lots of activities which all centred around team building. The idea was to encourage the Year 7 students to look at themselves as one big team and help boys have confidence in speaking to others who they didn't go to primary school with. These Icebreaker sessions aim to help the boys practice listening skills and self-regulation. "It also just gives the boys an opportunity to have some fun as the start of Year 7 can be a bit overwhelming," as Head of Year Ms Bude explains.
Sports fixtures promise busy run-up to Christmas
It's going to be an action-packed run-up to the festive season in the PE Department. The following competitions will keep our boys busy in the second autumn half-term between end of October and mid-December:
* Year 7 Indoor Athletics
* KS4 Volleyball
* KS3 & KS4 Table tennis
* KS3 & KS4 Badminton
You can keep up-to-date with results, pitch-side news and more fixture announcements by following us on Instagram, X and Facebook. Our PE department also have their own separate account on X @AloysiusPE
Year 11 board a coach to the countryside for a PGL adventure
Our Year 11 boys enjoyed a jam-packed weekend of English, Maths and Science revision, as well as energetic physical activities at PGL Liddington, Wiltshire. It formed part of our support package of preparing the students for their GCSE exams next summer.
Ms Doorly, Ms Toprak, Ms Kisten and Mr Mahon accompanied the group.
On the activities side of things there was axe-throwing. Riyaz turned out to be an expert in the sport, a real natural. The giant swing raised of few pulses too, as Ms Doorly reports: 'Some tough brave young men were reduced to shrieks as they were hoisted 32ft into the air by their fellow classmates and launched into a hurtling swing.'
Another challenge was found in crate building: students had to engage teamwork and communication to save their team members from falling from their self-built perch!
Year 11 also enjoyed access to the site’s Astroturf for a few challenging games of football with the Head Boy Emmanuel’s team emerging victorious!
All in all a fantastic weekend of learning, revising, soaking up the countryside sunshine and getting stuck in some invigorating sports challenges.
Sizzling September highlights importance of hydration
The new school year started with exceptionally high temperatures. A mini-heatwave kept us sweating well into the beginning of autumn. That's why we launched an internal campaign, focusing on the importance of keeping hydrated. Did you know that regular water intake can have a direct impact on your learning? A well-watered brain is a more active and powerful brain as H2O helps its cells communicate with each other. Water also clears out toxins and waste that can impair brain function. There are water fountains all around our school so you're never too far away from your next hydration hit.
Speak Out Challenge brings empowerment to Year 10
Exceptional academic results bode well for year ahead
Everybody is a star in their own right at St Aloysius, and every now and then, there is a superstar emerging: it's fair to say that David (pictured) fits that particular accolade, having secured a whopping ten grade 9s! Talking of sweeping the board :) We're very proud of David and his cohort and can't wait to see what they'll do next.
Further reading: St Aloysius in Top-3 for GCSE progress in Islington (see above).
Year 11 prefects ready to be beacons of exemplary conduct
We are pleased to invite you to the annual Remembrance Sunday Mass at St Aloysius.
The Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Michael Thomas, a former pupil of the College. It will be followed by a procession to the War Memorial in Hornsey Lane where wreaths will be
laid on behalf of the Governors, staff, students and Old Aloysians and a two minutes silence will be observed.
After the Remembrance Service there will be the opportunity to meet in the College over a cup of tea or coffee. Following that you are very welcome to join Aloysians and others at the College Playing Field Pavilion in Hurst Avenue, N6 5TX, where the bar will be open.
We look forward to welcoming you to this important annual event in the College calendar.
Sunday, Nov 12, 2023, 10:00 AM
St Aloysius' College, Hornsey Lane, London, UK
Bursting with Clubs: CHESS
There are also chess boards coming out in the library during lunch breaks: it's especially heartening to see that our youngest cohort is getting into the spirit with lots of Year 7 boys sitting down to make their moves on the chequered board.
[Picture credit: Channing School]
Year 10 explore the World of Work
Here is his report on an eye-opening trip to the City:
"What a brilliant day today was for St Aloysius' College as I took a group of Year 10 students to Fitch Ratings and their offices in Canary Wharf. Facilitated by MyBigCareer, students met the generous volunteer employees of Fitch Ratings networking and undertaking a Negotiation and Interview task and Workshop. The day really engaged our Year 10s, who asked some very insightful questions and demonstrated how career-savvy they already are as a group. A massive thank you to Ash Watts who was a superb coordinator for the day and Jayne Lyell for arranging the day. Also a massive thanks to Fitch Ratings and their magnificent employees for giving up their time to inspire the next generation."
'Excellent' essay in Spanish rewarded
Congratulations to Chrishna in Year 9 who absolutely smashed it with his first essay of the academic
year in Spanish!
Building on his strong knowledge acquired in years 7 and 8, Chrishna produced an impeccable essay on free time and healthy living, with an excellent quality of expression, achieving all 11 features expected at this stage.
His piece of writing has been used as a model for other students to follow. As a high-achiever, Chrishna was of course given a stretch-and-challenge task to prepare him for a GCSE grade 9!
Chrishna tackled complex sentences using 'If' with subjunctive imperfect and conditional tense!
When interviewed, he gave the following advice to his peers: ” Never stop learning, even when you are making mistakes.”
Well done Chrishna! Keep up the excellent work in Spanish!
As the Spanish proverb goes “ ¡Querer es poder!” ( = Where there’s a will, there’s a way!)
Head of MFL