Good news @ IAMS

Battle of the Bands 2014

On 2nd July we held our annual Battle of the Bands competition in the theatre which was judged by Jermain Jackman, Alex McCuaig from Live Nation and Jonathan Dow, the new Head of Creative Arts.

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After six intense weeks of songwriting, practicing, rehearsals and sore guitar fingers, over 30 students in 8 bands finally took to the stage in front of a full theatre audience. They overcame the nerves and stage fright to perform their songs with passion and professionalism to give the judges an unbelievably difficult decision. But after 20 minutes of debate, they finally emerged to announce that Charlie Raphael-Campbell and Andrew Fisher aka ‘Ribless Rampage’ were the IAMS Battle of the Bands 2014 winners followed closely by ‘Out Of Order’ and ‘Sound Byte’. It was an amazing night which showed to everybody there what creative talent we have at IAMS. Congratulations to all the musical talent in this school!

Almeida Theatre Performance and Theatre Trip 

On 25th June, Year 10 Drama GCSE students went to the The Almeida Theatre in Angel to see the play ‘Mr Burns’ (as part of their exam students must produce a piece of coursework, 2000 words, reviewing a live theatre performance).

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Then on 26th same group took part in a schools festival performing publicly to a paying audience. They had worked with workshop leaders from The Almeida for the past six weeks devising a performance based on storytelling and how social media has an affect upon our communication with others.

“They did incredibly well. They worked with focus and dedication throughout the devising process and performed with confidence and skill in front of an audience of about 100 people bringing a tear to the eyes of some audience members with their truthful character interpretations.”

Year 11 Leavers Prom

The Year 11 Leavers Prom took place on Friday 27th June to mark the end of the GCSE exams.

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It was a fantastic evening, organised by the year 11 team. The students arrived to celebrate their hard work and achievement at IAMS as well as to acknowledge the end of their journey through the school. With music provided by DJayR the students and staff who attended all had a lovely time and said it was an event that they will all remember.

Awards Evening

Our annual awards evening took place on the 25th June with all the pomp and ceremony that goes with these prestigious events.

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Accompanied by musical performances from the students, the attendees at this red carpet evening also enjoyed food in the school courtyard which was supplied by volunteers from the parents group and Nando’s who also sponsored the event. Awards were given to students who have excelled in each year group in each subject or faculty. There was then a special film award for the year 9 media students who entered the two competitions in film making. The winners in each category were presented with the award for their creativity and technical skill. Awarded or not the fantastic evening was enjoyed by all and we look forward to next year’s event!

Arts Award Mural

As part of their Silver Arts Award Omar, Mo, Clive, Tonino and Evan have been working on an outside Mural Project for Islington Pensioners Forum.

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After meetings with IPF the group of Year 9 students came up with a variety of ideas and then returned to the IPF to present to them. Over one weekend Clive Edwin and Tonino O’Leary painted the Mural, braving poor painting conditions, the two have done amazingly in realising the ideas and the mural is now only a few hours from completion! Congratulations to Clive and Tonino for the painting as well as Omar, Mo and Evan who have been raising the funds for the painting through the selling of Battle of the Bands Tickets.

Chess match vs Highbury Grove

The chess team comprising of Y7,8&9 took on Highbury Grove School where IAMS proved too strong for their opponents.

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En route to the match there was an air of confidence about the players. However on arrival at the school, the confidence quickly turned to nerves when the players had their first realisation that they were about to take part in a competitive chess match. Once in the school we were ushered through the immense corridor which added to the already mounting pressure and nerves. For the team it was like walking into a Roman amphitheatre not knowing what lies ahead. After a quick team talk they were ready to go. After two hours of play, we finally prevailed victorious beating Highbury Grove by 84 points to 42.

Well done Gabriel Malric-Smith, Owen Osagie, Oscar Woz, Abdi Rashid, George Schevchenko, Enkil Ceron Alavrez, Bulent Duyer, Tyresse Sergeant Fagan, Nassim Bellataf Moreno, Amir Khanefer, Brandon Lingham, Fabian Ruci and Kevin Horvath!

Tea Dance in the Park

Year 7 and 8 students showed off their hospitality skills when they hosted a Tea Dance in the Park for Senior Citizens on Friday 20 June. 

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More than 50 older people enjoyed a cream tea in the sunshine and were entertained by students running bingo, a raffle and performing on the Steel Pans. This is the 5th year that we have staged this event in partnership with Islington Greenspace. 

“Thank you to everyone for another year of outstanding help to make the tea dance a great success. The students were fantastic and I know the attendees enjoy having them be such an integral part of the event.”

Shan Burgess (North Area Parks Manager )

“I would like to thank you both for inviting our service users at Alsen Day Centre to Tea In The Park event today. They had a wonderful fun time, and asked could you thank the students as well for organising it and inviting them.”

Lloyd Coombes Manager of Alsen Day Centre

Year 11 Leavers Assembly

To mark the last of the year 11 lessons at IAMS we held the Year 11 leavers assembly on Friday 23rd May.

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It showcased the pupil’s talents in the arts with live music and dance performances. Mr Wheetman produced some amazing videos of the pupils from their induction day in year 6 right up to them taking their GCSE’s. It was an emotional assembly enjoyed by all with plenty of fun and laughter throughout, whilst remembering the pupil’s time here at IAMS. There were a few surprises thrown in with the premiere viewing of the IAMS staff music video – Pharrell Williams’ Happy. Hopefully this is a new tradition. But the show was stolen by the pupils who arranged for USA and Saracens star Hayden Smith to come and surprise Mr Noble with a signed Saracens rugby shirt. In his 9 years at the school this is the first time he has been speechless! The assembly was rounded off with the pupils receiving their year books and form class photos being taken in the courtyard. Special thanks go to all the staff that made the event so successful and to Emma Banks and Melanie Green from 11D who masterminded the Saracens player visit and bought the staff a lovely cake.

Mr C Noble

Associate Assistant Headteacher

Head of Year 11

IAMS students feature in TV show for the CBBC channel

Nine of our year 7 students were selected to appear in a Match of the Day Kickabout show shown on the CBBC channel on the 7th June.

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Filming on location in the school the students were hand picked for their proven abilities in drama and also their knowledge of football and the the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. Well done to Jules James, Jake Harrow, Rayan Bassadi, Rihad Hussein, Isaac Madden, Kimberley Onen, Alexandra Qosja, Maryam Sharif, Murede Obayemi – Uttille and Lathevia Jones. To see the programme, click on the below link.

Match of the Day World Cup Kickabout

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Multi-Award winning film maker, Asif Kapadia meets Y10 GCSE Media Students

Asif Kapadia, director of BAFTA award winning films The Warrior and Senna, visited Y10 GCSE Media students to support teaching and learning in film promotion and marketing.

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Asif answered questions from students and staff, sharing valuable insight into his professional and creative journey into the film industry. The visit was a great success. Thanks to Helen Duffy of film education charity Into Film and Martina Attille, Media Film Enrichment Coordinator, for organising the event.

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AYV Live! London 2014

The 9B and 9E Media students who took part in the Adobe Youth Voices film-making competition attended the AYV Live! event held at the BFI on the London Southbank.

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The students introduced a compilation of their work that they had already loaded up to the AYV website and also watched the film entries made by a number of schools and colleges from around the country. Celebrated and Clive were chosen as ambassadors for the school to take to the stage at the BFI and present the selection of excerpts from the videos exploring and commenting on real life issues. In doing this they displayed the confidence that is one of our cornerstones at IAMS and were a credit to the school. The students will next be presenting their work at our own year 9 awards evening later this month. Well done 9B and 9E!

Islington Word Festival

As part of the Islington WORD Festival on Thursday 22nd May, Year 10 students celebrated the publication of their Anthology that they have created over the year with acclaimed Author Anthony Cartwright.

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Friends and family were invited to join us at this event to watch students present their work and receive their Award. This was the fifth year that Islington Arts and Media School had participated in the Creative Writing initiative organised by educational charity First Story.

Year 10 Presenting Yourself Day

On Friday 2nd May, all Year 10 students participated in a whole school day event focusing on developing their personal skills and preparing them for the years ahead.

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Students met with volunteer professionals from public and private sector positions, who shared their experience and knowledge by leading a series of sessions throughout the day.  Students developed skills in creating their own CV, writing a Personal Statement, practice interviews with feedback from the professionals as well as having the opportunity to interview their session leaders on how their own careers developed and their route to success.

The event was organised in partnership with the School Business Links Manager at Islington Council, and IAMS wishes to thank all those volunteers who invested their time with the students at IAMS.

“The students were fantastic ambassadors for IAMS and individual business people remarked throughout the day that it was a very positive learning experience for all. The young people were a credit to IAMS”

Diana James – Business Development at Islington Council.

IAMS Crew take part in Step Into Dance Event at Camden School for Girls

Step Into Dance is a dance program for young dancers run by the Royal Academy of Dance in partnership with the Jack Petchy foundation. The event saw schools from all over London come together to showcase their dance talents, some being chosen to go through to the end of year showcase at Sadlers Wells in July.

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Although nervous the ten IAMS students were excited to perform at the event which was, for some of them, their first ever performance! Although the novices did not get through to the final showcase in July, they all fully enjoyed the experience, and gained a lot of experience of performing in front of a live audience. Well done to Aleksandra Qosja, Rayan Bessadi, Isaac Madden, David Tabala, Lisa Gruber, Kelsey Cassidy and Kimberley Onen from year 7 and Sami Bessadi, Marlon Wade and Hasan Alsheiko from year 8!

Barbican Book Launch

In conclusion to the Photography Book Project with The Barbican, there was a large launch event held in the conservatory of the Barbican before Easter. This event included more than thirty students (from six different schools) involved in the project including six from IAMS. The audience was made up of Barbican curators and partners as well as friends and family.

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All of our year 9 students made an incredible effort to dash from IAMS, straight after choosing their G.C.S.Es on options evening, to the Barbican in time. On arrival Rita, Isabella and Ayesha were whisked straight onto stage to give a speech about their photographs to nearly 100 people. Brimming with confidence, they all spoke articulately and impressed the audience with their individual experiences. A parent unrelated to the school even called the next day to say how impressed she was with our IAMS representatives. On the night the students all received 2 copies of the book, we have several in the library and they are also available to buy online and at the Barbican Book Shop. Congratulations to Sophie, Rita, Maddi, Lilly, Isabella & Ayesha who have made IAMS very proud!

Architect inspires students to live sustainably

IAMS in partnership with FREEWORD hosts a Guest Lecture by renowned Architect Patrick Dillon. Year 9 students studying Geography are involved in a project with FREEWORD through which young people think about how we can use literature and storytelling to engage ourselves and others with the real, local and global issue of climate change and sustainability.

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Patrick Dillon’s latest book is The Story of Buildings, a history of buildings and architecture in collaboration with the artist Stephen Biesty.

Alongside his writing and broadcasting interests, Patrick Dillon works as an architect specialising in historical buildings. He restored the Benjamin Franklin House near the Strand and led the team regenerating Snape Maltings which is the home of the Aldeburgh Festival. He is currently working on the masterplan for the National Theatre in London.

Media Students attend the ‘Business in the Community’ conference in central London

Business in the Community invited a group of our year 10 media students to document their conference at the Goldman Sachs building on Fleet Street.


Working in two teams, the students in the photo team took journalistic photographs of the proceedings to document the day through their eyes and took images that told the story of the day from their perspective. The video team conducted short ‘face to face’ interviews with Business Class stakeholders and delegates during the event. This footage was then brought back to school for the students to edit into a short video story. The BITC Education and Communications Team worked with the students throughout the day to make sure that the project fitted in with our curriculum and sought to develop their interview, filming and editing skills and how to meet a photography brief as well as their creative and social interaction skills.

Guitar Presentation to Charlie Raphael-Campbell

Local Charity XLP, that supports and celebrates talented young people, has nominated IAMS to be the beneficiary of a beautiful electric guitar, which is donated by the fantastic american guitar company, Taylor Guitars.

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Naomi Lee of XLP said that they had nominated IAMS because of their work with Year 9 student Charlie Raphael-Campbell who, although having recently undergone a major operation, had triumphed at a regional talent competition and in June will compete in the London final at The Mermaid Theatre.

Mr Brotherhood, her Head of Year, said “I am very proud and happy to see Charlie being given such an amazing and thoroughly deserved gift for her and the school’s use. Charlie is an excellent musician and extremely talented and a wonderful member of our school community.”

The gift was presented by the XLP team to Charlie on Tuesday the 1st April and again in the year 9 Assembly where she was further commended and applauded by her year group after watching her breath taking audition. 

‘Sounds Creative’ Day for Music Scholars 

On Tuesday 1 April, talented Year 8 Music Scholars participated in a day of music composition with professional Musicians from Sounds Creative.

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Alongside pupils from local primary schools they developed rhythms, wrote melodies and harmonies which culminated in a spectacular performance for parents in the afternoon. Instrumentalists included a wonderful mix of Cellos, Violins, Flute, Trumpet, Drums and Piano.  IAMS Music Scholars are currently taking their Bronze Arts Award, which requires them to shadow professional musicians and share their skills so this event was a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate their skills.  The next Sounds Creative Day is in July.

Transport for London ‘Youth Travel Ambassadors’ IAMS wins Award

10 Year 8 students represented IAMS at the DRAGON’s DEN style Youth Travel Ambassadors Awards last week.

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Over the last 5 weeks they have worked as a team to design a campaign that could address a Safe Travel issue.  As part of their project development they interviewed our local Community Safety Officer PC Matt Fletcher and made their own film of how inappropriate behavior on the streets can lead to accidents.  Their research and confidence blew the panel of Judges away – and they were awarded £300.00 to implement the next step of their campaign.  TfL liked their idea so much that they are going to track the campaign idea to see if it could go London wide!

You heard it here first – SOS = Safe on the Streets!

Sport Relief: Staff vs Year 11 Basketball Match & The Great IAMS Bake Off

On Friday 21/03/14 there was a “clash of the titans” in aid of raising money for Sports Relief. Students were able to make a donation and witness a world class sporting event under their own roof as year 11 took on a staff team in a “friendly” game of basketball.

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The match was very competitive from the outset with year 11 pitting their youth and athleticism against the experience and tactical nous of the staff team. Despite their superior fitness and speed the year 11 team struggled to break down a stubborn staff defense, and experience started to tell as the staff team took a commanding early lead through the “hot hand” of Mr Errington. The Year 11 Team came back into the game in the latter part of the first half, as the staff fitness levels started to tell. Tariq Lee and Calvin Francis were driving year 11 forward and certain members of staff were struggling to keep up. The second half was a tense, cagey affair with both sides struggling to add to their lead. The game was sealed for the staff team by a couple of well executed lay ups from Mr Smith as he rolled back the years to put the game beyond doubt. The final result was 12-06 to the staff team. Well done to all of those involved and all the students and staff who donated money to come and watch.

There was also a staff ‘Bake Off’ competition to raise money for Sport Relief.

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Members of IAMS staff baked some delicious treats to be entered into the Bake Off competition. The rest of the cakes were then sold at break time to raise money for Sport Relief. First prize in the competition went to Mr. Smith for his Easter themed Rice Crispy cakes. Well done to all the entries for their help in raising money for this great charity event!

IAMS welcomes pupils from Gillespie, Duncombe and St. Mark’s Primary School to take part in Science and Engineering Week

Here at IAMS we are committed to building strong partnerships with all of our partner primary schools and through our unique Primary Transition Programme we regularly organise a number of activities, workshops and taster days. These sessions are aimed at primary school pupils, giving them an introduction to IAMS, and to support them with their transition from primary to secondary school.

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After our fantastic Friendship Event earlier this month (see our news archive for full Friendship Event article) our Primary Transition Programme continued this week when we welcomed Year 5 pupils from Gillespie, Duncombe and St. Mark’s Primary Schools to IAMS to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week. Working in partnership with our DT department, we offered the pupils a fun filled week of engineering activities, master classes in construction and structure design and inspiring presentations on civil engineering, by a group of Ove Arup engineers, one of the UKs leading structural engineering companies.

The main highlight of the week culminated in our Building Bridges Competition;  three teams made up of pupils from each primary school went head to head to design and build their own bridge from a set list of materials provided. Each bridge was then ‘tested to destruction’ by the Ove Arup engineers in front of their friends and classmates.  After an anxious wait, St. Mark’s Primary School triumphed over Duncombe and Gillespie pupils to be declared the winners. Each pupil was commended for their efficient use of materials and economic design.

It was a very enjoyable and successful week, with our gratitude extended to the Ove Arup Engineers who we were delighted to have join us throughout the week. Congratulations to all of the pupils involved and we look forward to welcoming them back again soon for the next event in our Primary Transition Programme.

Shakespeare comes alive for our Year 9’s at The Globe Theatre

On Thursday 6 March, as part of their English curriculum, our Year 9 students got the opportunity to watch one of Shakespeare’s most respected plays at the impressive Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.

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Having studied the play last year, our students saw The Merchant of Venice; a tale of comedy and romance set in the marshy Venetian city in Italy. As with many of Shakespeare’s plays, the complexity of the language and writing style often causes difficulty when studying his work. By visiting the Globe, the performance not only gave our students a little taste of our nation’s history, but enhanced and developed their understanding of the famous play, bringing the text to life.

 “It was amazing to see and hear students engaging and repeating some of the characters lines as they were being echoed by the characters on stage. I felt and sense of pride and elation that Shakespeare’s language has had the effect that he had intended.” Ms M McCleod – English Teacher

Adobe Youth Voices at Islington Arts and Media School

This year, we have been delighted to welcome Adobe Youth Voices (AYV), an international digital and media company, to host a series of master classes and seminars with our Year 9 media students.


Working in partnership with our Year 9 media students, the AYV programme looks to improve communication and problem solving skills, exploring and commenting on real life problems through a range of multimedia techniques such as video, digital art, animation and audio tools. Working with a mentor, Mmoloki Chrystie best known for playing roles in BAFTA award winning TV show Press Gang and Grange Hill, the AYV programme has been helping our students develop and identify an issue of personal concern, and express their perspectives through film and audio.

Students are currently finishing their last editing session in order to submit their work to the AYV website, where it will be showcased alongside work from students all over the world such as Mexico, United States and India. Two of our students have been lucky enough to have been selected as IAMS Media Ambassadors, representing the school at the AYV National BFI event this summer; where they’ll be given the opportunity to attend a screening of the AYV work completed on a global scale.

Congratulations to all of our students involved, and we look forward to not only the AYV Nation BYI event this summer, but our very own IAMS Media event; where we will be showcasing all our Year 9 Media projects in front of students, parents and guests.

Your Future, Your Ambition

IAMS students explore careers at Shell, Deloitte and EDF Energy

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On Friday 14 March, 20 Year 9 students were invited to attend ‘Your Future, Your Ambition Event’ held at the Emirates Stadium. The aim of the event was to educate, excite and inspire our students with the prospect of embarking on a career path in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related subjects. Our students engaged in a range of planned activities and interactive breakout sessions related to each subject, hosted by participating companies including, Shell, Deloitte, Barclays and EDF Energy.

International Evening

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Students, parents, staff and siblings gathered together to celebrate International Evening as part of our Parent Engagement Week on Wednesday 19 March.

Parents group, Friends of IAMS, ran a stall, organised a fantastic raffle and prepared food for our World Café.  Students performed in the theatre and we were treated to a wonderful demonstration by the London School of Capoeira.

Year 7 & 8 participated in a mini World Cup in which final the score was 1-1 after extra time and 8A won on penalties.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated.

Public Speaking Workshop

On the 14 March, as part of the ongoing project between IAMS Art Department and the Barbican Art Book, we were delighted to see some of our most talented art students attend a Public Speaking Workshop at the Barbican Art Gallery.

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Our students had the opportunity to practice their public speaking, delivering speeches on their own photographs and projects, conveying the meaning and significance of their pieces, as well as discussing their experiences of being involved in the project.

Congratulations to Sophie Crook, Rita Paz, Maddi Jolliffe, Lily Dickson, Bella Amodeo and Ayesha A. Abdul-Raheem, who executed their speeches with professionalism and confidence and composure.

Six Mix Exhibition

Now in our third year of partnership, and comprising of six schools and colleges throughout the borough, Islington Arts and Media School are delighted to be involved in the annual SIX MIX exhibition.

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It showcases some of the most talented student art creations from across the borough.  A big well done to Abdirashid Aden, Grzegorz Gorczynski, Marwa Ismail, Shani, Shani McGuire-Burton (all Year 10) and Avigela Abdiu, Cristina Caramanuta, Yae-lee Kim, Joshua Rosa, Louise Scott and Seda Unek (all Year 11) whose stunning artwork and design pieces have been chosen to be displayed at Islington Museum Art Exhibition, from Thursday 13 March until Monday 21 April. This is an incredible achievement, for which our art department have worked very hard. Congratulations!

Year 10 Drama Trip


On Wednesday 5 March, our Year 10 drama students visited the UK’s leading professional theatre for young audiences; The Unicorn Theatre, London to watch the critically acclaimed play ‘Hannah’. This fast paced and poetic script by Chris Thorpe, is a tail of power and influence, using today’s language in traditional verse form. The trip proved to be an exciting and inspiring opportunity for our Year 10 students to practice their evaluation and assessment skills, before sitting their Drama GCSE module in September 2015.

 “This theatre trip gave us a great taste of a live theatrical experience; it was an inspiring and educational experience” Year 10 drama student.

Year 7 students showcase their computer coding skills to Montem Primary school pupils.

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We were delighted to welcome 50 Year 4 pupils from Montem Primary School to our ICT department this week; running an action packed day of computer based activities, games and workshops; introducing them to computer design and visual programming.The pupils, with the support of our current Year 7 students, spent a full day in our state-of-the-art ICT suite, making good use of our Xbox and Kodu Game’s Lab to aid their learning of sequencing, coding and software design.

This is a the first in a series of visits arranged with Montem pupils as we look forward to welcoming them back on Monday 24 March for their second visit; where they will apply their knowledge of Kodu Game Lab to plan, design and create their own games and sequences which they can then share through the Xbox Live.

“It was a brilliant day where all pupils left with more of an insight of visual programming using Kodu Game Lab. I look forward to welcoming back the pupils later this month and seeing what they will be creating next!” Ms Ajayi, ICT Deputy Head.

Dream it… Do it!

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This is the workshop that will help release the successful business owner, the awesome talent, or the powerful leader, that you always knew you could be!” Elston Ruddock and Ali S Chowdhry, key speakers.

On Wednesday 6 March, IAMS held a motivational careers workshop for our Year 9 year group; the first in a series of events aimed at helping prepare and inform our students ready for choosing their GCSE subject options in a few months’ time.

The workshop encouraged and inspired our students; challenging them into considering all merits of early planning, organisation, goal setting and becoming business minded – removing any apprehensions and overcoming any objections and barriers they may have surrounding their future career choice. The idea of the workshop was to make a shift in the default thinking of some students, raising aspirations and putting entrepreneurship on their radar.

Students received coaching on overcoming barriers, prepared and lead presentations in front of fellow students and teachers, and listened to advice and guidance from key speakers, including Ali S Chowdhury an ex-police officer and Elston Ruddock.

“It was a fantastic day that captured the interest and thinking patterns of all our students with drive and focus on how to succeed and not give up.” Mr Lawson, KS4 Curriculum Support Co-ordinator.

Year 9 rugby boys excel at prestigious tournament

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On Wednesday 5 March, our Year 9 boys’ rugby squad were invited to take part in the Developing Schools Rugby tournament at Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood. Our participation in the competition marked the culmination of a programme in which the Year 9s were trained by a fully-qualified Rugby Football Union coach in their PE lessons. The scheme aims to promote rugby in areas where the sport is underdeveloped, giving more youngsters the chance to try their hand at a new sport.

Given the opportunity to test their skills against some high-quality sides, the boys put on a superb show. Winning two of their five matches and suffering only narrow defeats in the other three, the squad were fantastic ambassadors for the school, excelling against teams with much more experience than their own. For most of the students, this was their first taste of competitive rugby union, making their achievements all the more impressive.

The students had a fantastic time at the tournament, and are eager to get back onto the rugby pitch as soon as possible. Well done to all the boys involved, for their impeccable behaviour and dedication throughout.

Pakeman Primary School Art

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After a busy autumn term filled with activities and events for pupils from St Marks Primary School, this term we are delighted to welcome pupils from Pakeman Primary School every Thursday, to take part in a six week creative art project in partnership with our art department. Within the project pupils will learn about art movements, try a variety of printing methods including collage, drawing and painting, take part in photography master classes, as well as maintaining a sketchbook. There will be a final exhibition in May, with parents and families invited to come along.

It has been a pleasure to see such creativity so far from all of the Pakeman Primary School pupils, and we look forward to the next few weeks!

IAMS Choir Vocal workshop

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On Tuesday 4 March, IAMS were delighted to welcome former student and BBC1 television show, The Voice, contestant Jermain Jackman back to school to  mentor three of our most talented Year 9 music students in a vocal workshop. Pheonix, Georgia and Rita are an exceptional singing trio, who are currently working towards achieving their Arts Award here at IAMS. The workshop with Jermain, who himself is an enthusiastic singer and performer, was organised to help inspire and stimulate their music.

Jermain was successfully selected to appear on the BBC 1 hit show in January, and has now battled his way through to the second round. We are extremely proud of all of Jermain’s singing and academic achievements, and wish him the best of luck in the competition. We also wish our gifted signing trio, Georgia, Phoenix and Rita the best of luck in achieving their Arts Award.

Year 9 students showcase their talent at XLP Arts Showcase 

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IAMS are delighted to announce that Charlie Raphael Campbell (Year 9) has been selected to go through to the XLP Art Showcase finals this summer, after her outstanding performance in the school auditions last weekend.

XLP (the Excel Project) is a registered charity that works with over 60 schools and communities across a number of inner-London boroughs, helping to develop talents, skills and confidence through a range of arts events and showcases. A project which Islington Arts and Media School are proud to be a part of.

On Saturday 22 February, XLP held an Arts Showcase at the LIFT Centre, Islington, where we were delighted to see several of our gifted Year 9 students take to the stage to perform their chosen talent. Despite all of our students showing remarkable confidence and incredible skill, it was Charlie Raphael Campbell who blew the judges away with her own song, composition and guitar accompaniment.  Charlie will now go through to the inter-borough final that will be held on the 5 July 2014.

Congratulations to all of our Year 9 performers, and we wish Charlie the best of luck in the final!

Barbican Art Book Project

Barbican Art Book project is an art scheme between the Barbican Art Gallery and six specially selected school art departments in London, of which IAMS is proud to be one of. The project focuses on photography as a way of seeing and engaging with each other’s perspectives and interpretations.

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Year 9 students studying Pop Art visited the Barbican’s Pop Art exhibition in October, where they discussed the exhibition, the effect of Pop Art on modern culture and participating in the Barbican Art Book project. In November, a Barbican curator, a photographer and an architect visited IAMS to give students an art school style ‘crit session’ and speak about design ideas for the book. A follow up seminar on book publishing and public speaking will take place on Friday 14 March, with the eagerly anticipated launch event of the final publication scheduled for early 1st April. The launch event will take place at the Barbican, and we are delighted to announce that some of our students will be given the opportunity to speak about their experience on the project and showcase their incredible Art Book achievements.

This is an incredible achievement for our art department, congratulations to Lily Dickson, Sophie Crook, Bella Amodeo, Ayesha A. Abdul-Raheem, Rita Paz, Madeleine Jolliffe, Laura and Julia Werlang for their continued hard work and inspiring art achievements.

The book will be on sale at the Barbican shop and online.

John Jones Art Prize

John Jones is a global centre of excellence in the preservation and presentation of fine art. The prestigious company has developed and sponsored The John Jones Art Prize at IAMS. A panel of experts chose eight winners from over 60 Islington Arts and Media School student entries, with the winners being invited to John Jones Gallery where their artwork was photographed and printed onto large canvases. We are thrilled to announce that the winning student pieces will be exhibited in our new IAMS gallery here at the school, with an official opening ceremony for students, staff and the John Jones team scheduled for March.

“We are excited to be working with Islington Arts and Media School to teach students about specialist career pathways in the Fine Arts & Exhibitions industry: professional photography, restoration, precious metal gilding, bespoke carpentry, joining and framing.” Katie Jones, John Jones Director

Huge congratulations to our winners; Hamzat Ojubanire, Tonino O’Leary, Brigita Naguleviciute, Ksanet Emanuel, Alex Lac, Dorcas Bokete, Nimo Ismail, Isobella Finotti and we look forward to the opening ceremony in March