Good News 2014-2015

Welcome to IAMS Good News! Here we keep a blog of all the fascinating events that are taking place each week at our school.




On Saturday 21st February a group of our students competed in the semi-finals of the XLP Showcase.

Tchissola  1994

Isaac (dance), Tchissola (spoken word), Masud (rap) and 1994 (band consisting of Andrew, Charlie, Fotis) battled it out against some very talented students from other Camden and Islington borough schools.

We can very proudly announce that Tchissola came first and 1994 second.

Both acts are now through to the final on July 5th!

Year 9 Badminton Team Represent Islington

Congratulations to the year 9 boys who represented Islington in the North London Youth Games. They finished a very respectable 4th narrowly losing to Alexandra Park in the 3/4th place playoff.

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Unfortunately only the winners qualified for the main event at Crystal Palace in the summer but it was the first time IAMS pupils had qualified to represent Islington in such an event, so we’re immensely proud of them!

Art Club with John Jones Project Space

In continuation of IAMS’ work with John Jones Year 7 ART CLUB re-visited the John Jones Project Space this time to look at the work of Ruth Proctor. We were lucky enough to meet Ruth at the space alongside curator Cassandra Needham, where the students asked some pertinent questions before going into the gallery. For this exhibition the floor had been covered with synthetic ice and in order to look at the work visitors have to wear ice skates!! This was obviously a totally original and fun way to look at the work and all the students had a great time moving around the space a lot better than any of the staff!!

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The following week Ruth and Cassandra came to IAMS during Art Club and gave the students a workshop focusing on another issue of Ruth’s work: Traces. During the workshop the students worked on some of their own ideas before experimenting with tossing powder, bouncing balls, party crackers and bubbles and attempting to capture the moment on polaroid film.

The partnership between Art Club and John Jones has been excellent and it will continue throughout the future exhibitions there.

Business Mentoring event with Expedia

A great time was had by all as students from Islington Arts and Media School and their mentors from Expedia enjoyed an afternoon’s bowling at Rowan’s in Finsbury Park. Throughout January and February most of the students and mentors on the Mentoring Works programme Islington had the chance to get competitive on the lanes.

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The trips are a chance for students and mentors to socialise outside of their mentoring sessions, swapping CV and interview skills practice for strikes and spares.

One mentor commented, “It’s a great opportunity to socialise and be competitive together”.

While a student said, “I feel very privileged working with Expedia mentors and bowling today was great fun!”

Gifted & Talented

Innovation Lab

On Saturday 31st January, 7 Year 9 Gifted & Talented students came into school to take part in the first stage of our project, measuring and analysing the difference between internal and external temperatures of many different makes and materials of kettle. They were led by Chris Arnold of Creative Orchestra, Ashley Grey, Stephane Lambert and myself.

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Students worked very hard and enjoyed the challenge of making predictions, setting up the lab, recording results and concluding, whilst developing communication, teamwork and analysis skills.

Vincenza De Falco, G&T Co-Ordinator

Gifted & Talented Parents Coffee Morning

On Friday 16th January we welcomed parents of our Gifted & Talented students for a coffee morning. The turnout was fantastic, with around 20 parents attending to find out more about what it means to be Gifted & Talented at IAMS, for any questions to be answered about how to further support students and home and to reveal upcoming projects and partnerships.

Project leaders were also invited in as guest speakers from the various different projects that will be launching this term, including the ‘White Water Writers’ Project, where students write a book and get it published in a week and our exciting Innovation Lab (see above), where students will work on an entrepreneurial project to develop a top secret product for the market.

All in all the morning was a great success, with one parent even commenting: “What a fantastic event!”.

Year 9 visit to Holocaust Memorial Day event at Islington Town Hall

10 year 9 students spent the day listening to speakers and thinking about the importance of remembering terrible historic events that have shaped our modern lives.

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We listened to incredible first-hand accounts from survivors of the Holocaust and the Bosnian Genocide. The students were excellent representatives of the school and took a lot from the day.



Extended Schools Cultural Development Experience

As part of the schools KS3 extended learning programme, students participated in a variety of cultural experiences to develop their understanding of the local community.

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Elthorne Park Noel Baker Peace Garden, symbolic planting began on the site in August 1983 when five cherry trees were planted in the central lawn around a circular stone commemorate the devastation of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs in August 1945.

Platform Dance/Parkour International Dance Workshop to develop mind and body in a session led by a professional performer.

Emirates Stadium – understanding the international cultural diversity of this traditional sport, celebrating integration and achievement.

Liberties –London’s Iconic Department store celebrating the rich historical culture of London.



Art Club Trip to John Jones Project Space

On Tuesday 9th December Year 7 Art Club visited the John Jones Project Space to see the work of Ludovica Gioscia, have a talk by in-house curator, Cassandra Needham as well as a tour of the new building.

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All students were enthusiastic, asking pertinent questions about art and we all came away with loads of photos and sketches. The visit is the beginning of an exciting partnership with the Project Space, who have offered more exhibition visits and in-school workshops.

Well Done again to Cyprus, Sky-Rose, Thalia, Tiana, Arianna, Aaliyah and Adrianna.

Year 7 Christmas Card Competition

Year 7’s were asked to design a Christmas card and write a poem about Christmas.

There are actually two winners! Zuzana Bieszke 7A and Kasha Konsowicz 7B

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Zuzana not only designed a lovely card but she wrote the following poem.


Kasha designed a lovely Christmas card. Both girls were presented with a giant belly busting tub of Quality Street!

Christmas Lunch for local Senior Citizens

Over 100 senior citizens joined us from Age UK Islington, Anchor Care Home, Lennox house and Osborne Grove Day Centres along with the Mayor of Islington and other Community Leaders for the 9th Community Christmas Lunch.

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We collected lots of tinned food for the elderly and made up some beautiful hampers for them to take away after the Christmas Lunch.  We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Godfreys Butchers for donating the Turkey and to Mr Fuller and his team of students for cooking the meal.

There was lovely presentation to Mr Fuller by Joe Hagland who has been to every single lunch!

“Many thanks for a lovely time we had at the Christmas dinner on the Friday the 12th Dec 2014. We also would like to thank each and everyone who worked so hard and especially the pupils for a wonderful show. We wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Happy Healthy Peaceful New Year.”

Barbara and Michael

Primary Partnerships

Montem Year 6 pupils joined to bake BOREK, a Turkish pastry, as part of the new primary Food Tech curriculum.

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Montem Teacher:

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your hospitality on Friday. The children thoroughly enjoyed their cooking and nutrition session, they learned new skills and also had a tasty (and healthy) treat to take home with them! If you could also pass on our thanks to all the technicians who were so helpful in ensuring that we had all the equipment we needed.”



Weather Stations

Weather Stations is a new international project that places literature and storytelling at the heart of discussions about climate change.

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Organisations in Berlin, Dublin, London, Melbourne and Warsaw are working together to explore how literature can inspire new ways of living with our changing environment. Each Weather Stations partner has a Writer in Residence and has established a school engagement programme called a Substation.

The aim of this dynamic arts and education programme is to discover with young people how our own knowledge, motivation and imaginations can lead us in adapting to the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents. Work created will be shared at and presented as part of a Youth Summit on Climate Change at the 2015 International Literature Festival Berlin.

IAMS is working with Free Word on Weather Stations to discover how we might nurture responsible young citizens with the knowledge, motivation and tools to fight for a more sustainable future.

IAMS take joint first place in Badminton Tournament

Year 10 boys came joint first in the Islington and Camden KS4 Badminton Tournament.

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We entered two teams, the IAMS Year 10 and a the IAMS year 11. The Year 10s ended up joint top of the league against teams from St Aloysious, Central Foundation and Highbury Grove. Unfortunately they lost in a one off doubles play off against St Aloysious.

The successful year 10 boys were Archie, Tyrane, Jhainzaib, Alexsy and Adedade.

Artist, Morag Myerscough workshop with Year 7 Art Club

On Tuesday 21st October Artist Morag Myerscough visited IAMS to run a workshop with Year 7 Art Club.

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Morag, who has made a number of large scale installations including the sign at the Platform Theatre and the large balloons on Old St. Roundabout, has been commissioned to make an art work for the bridges on Stroud Green Road and Seven Sisters Road. The workshop with the Year 7s is part of a wider process in which Morag is collaborating with the local area to gain designs that will make up the eventual installation. The year 7s were engaged throughout and it was really exciting to see how well they responded to the brief and process. Well done to all of them.

Barbican Photography Book Project 2014

The Art Department is really excited to announce that we are taking part in the Barbican Photography Project again this year!

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On Saturday 11th October 20 year 10 Art Students visited the exhibition, Constructing Worlds, had a seminar by Barbican curators and artists and took their own photographs. The students will be working on the project for the next few weeks culminating in a professional publication next year… Watch this space!

IAMS take first place in Badminton Tournament

We are delighted to congratulate the boys badminton team who came joint first in the Islington and Camden KS3 Badminton Tournament.

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We entered two teams and came joint top of the league against teams from St Aloysious, Central Foundation and Highbury Grove. Well done to Steve, Sami, Julian, Finn, Davey, Daniel & Jack!                       

Primary School Partnerships 

Sharing our skills, expertise and facilities with our community is very important to us so we are delighted that our partnerships with local primary schools are once again underway.


FutureZone Football League

On Friday we hosted the first Future Zone Football League 1st Fixture of the Season with pupils from:

Canonbury, Montem, Pakeman, Ambler, Gillespie & Drayton Park

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The schools were competing for the prestigious FUTUREZONE CUP which was won last year by Pakeman primary school.  The organiser is Ben Corbyn, a TA at IAMS, who emphasises that the League not only about winning but also enjoyment, participation and character development. To help create a nice environment players are encouraged to shake hands after the game.


Gifted and Talented Programme

As part of our commitment to ‘Raise Achievement Together’ we run a G&T programme which ensures feeder primaries are challenging their most gifted academic students.

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20 Year 5/6 pupils will join us for the next 6 weeks to participate in our English and Maths Programme. Pupils are encouraged to problem solve, work co-operatively, understand concepts and evaluate their findings. We received fantastic feedback from primary Head teachers on last year’s programme so are running it again this academic year with pupils from:

Montem, St. Mark’s, Ambler, Gillespie, Duncombe & Grafton


Golden Time

We began GOLDEN TIME last year with Christ The King Primary School and have extended it to other local feeder schools.

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Reward your pupils achievement by using some of our fantastic facilities for FREE. 65 pupils from Duncombe Primary arrived on Monday afternoon clutching bags of popcorn!   An unusual sight, but this was because they were celebrating 100% Attendance for the 1st half-term and were being treated to our Secret Cinema! The excitement was palpable as they were ushered into the Theatre where Head teacher Barrie O’Shea acknowledged their achievement and awarded prizes.

For more information on how your school can get involved please contact Ashley Grey, Community Outreach Coordinator or phone 020 728 5511 ext. 230

Danish Teachers

We hosted a delegation of 60 Teachers from a school in Denmark which is looking at different strategies to integrate EAL students into mainstream school.

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They were greeted by six fantastic IAMS Student Ambassadors who all started with very little English and are now amongst our high achievers.

Julian Cuartas, Year 9

Asier Lobede Mediko, Year 9

Rita Paz, Year 10

Zario Daniel, Year 10

Jessica Noque, Year 11

Diana Tirlea, Year 11

Feedback was very positive so we hope to pay a return visit next year!

“I love the way you seem to all have a common understanding of what is important in order to give children  aspiration “.

“You have seen and understood the challenges and done something about it. Congratulations! ”. 



Mentoring works

Last term, Year 10 students entered into a working partnership with East London Business Alliance and are now enrolled onto a programme called Mentoring Works.

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IAMS has linked up with Expedia and the company is providing Business Mentors for each individual student who wanted the opportunity.  Students will be paired up with different businesses according to the career path they would like to gain knowledge and experience in.

On Wednesday 1st October 2014, students travelled to Expedia Business Office located in Angel N1 to meet with and begin working with their Business Mentors.  Students will meet with their Mentors once a fortnight as part of IAMS Inspiration/Aspirational Thursday KS4 programme.

Year 11 Careers Fair

Yr11 had a dynamic careers fair hosted by IAMS which consisted of various colleges, 6th Forms and opportunity providers.

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The fair gave the students the opportunity to meet directly with representatives from our own partnership 6th Form City & Islington college as well as Woodhouse 6th form, Sir George Monoux 6th Form and Brook House 6th Form to name a few. Islington Business in The Community also attended allowing the students the opportunity to consider Apprenticeships and learn more about employment opportunities. 

“Students at IAMS will always have the opportunity to be influenced by employers and leading high performing colleges when considering their moving on plans from IAMS.”

Truman Lawson – IAMS Careers Practitioner



Open evening  30th September

GCSE dance students showcased a dance piece for prospective Year 6 parents at our Open Evening.

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The dance piece was an interpretation of ‘Invasion of personal and physical space’. The students have been working extremely hard outside of lesson time on the piece for their performance and gave parents an indication of the standard expected at Islington Arts and Media School.

“It was clear to me that all students were fully engaged and showed real dedication to the piece they created. They took pride when they were performing and discussing it with other students, staff and the visiting parents” (Julie Stephens). 

Islington Community Theatre

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Ned Glasier, Director of Islington Community Theatre, came into school to lead an acting workshop for a number of year 9 drama students. This was an excellent opportunity for students to work with an industry professional to improve their performance skills. The workshop allowed students to explore and experience how theatre is made through the devising process. They also had the opportunity to show off their acting talent during improvised scenes.

Any student who would like to develop their interest in drama can attend free drop in sessions at The Platform on Wednesdays from 6pm–8pm. Each week will focus on different techniques, including voice, physicality, working with scripts, articulation, building a character, and devising fresh material. The workshops are led by Mona K Lily and Ibrahim Shote, two of Islington Community Theatre’s Directors who were behind this summer’s smash hit Chicken Shop.

Ned will also be holding auditions for Islington Community Theatre soon. Watch this space!

Opening of Mural for Islington Pensioners Forum

After a 3 days of painting, the Mural at Islington Pensioners Forum was ready to be unveiled alongside the re-designed garden.

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Islington Labour MP, Jeremy Corbyn, officially opened the garden before Clive and Tonino performed the honours for the mural. As well as Mr Corbyn, the event was attended by Green Party Councillor Caroline Russell, Islington Gazette, members of IPF and local residents. Clive and Tonino have worked incredibly hard on the project, seeing it through to completion and have received just praise from everyone at IPF. 

Year 10 Triple Science Success

27 students who did GCSE Chemistry as part of the triple science award in Year 10 achieved fantastic results.  All students achieved A*- C grades and 37% of students achieved an A or A* result. 

Students participated throughout the whole year 10 in extra classes at lunchtimes and after school to achieve these grades.

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“This is an impressive start for these students especially in a challenging and academic subject – all of their hard work has paid off.”

Amma Nkansah – Head of Science

GCSE Art Exhibition

After IAMS’ most successful Art GCSE results, 95% A*-C, 34% As and A*s and 2 years of incredibly hard work the art department had the opportunity to exhibit the beautiful, talented and thought provoking work created by this year 11 group.

Probably one of the most talented groups in our experience the work on display was a range of 3D pieces including pencil sculptures, hand made books and clay hands painted to look like swans, print-making, photography, painting and collage. We are incredibly proud of the students and their work and we are very happy to see this reflected in our GCSE results. The exhibition was attended by students from across the school, school governors, teachers, SLT and our amazing past volunteers in the Art Department. Further images of the exhibition can be seen on the website image galleries.

Timon Davis-Blake published by First Story

There has been a fantastic result following the First Story summer residential in Cornwall which was attended by Joel Falconer and Timon Davis-Blake.

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Timon’s work was selected out of 80 students’ to be published on their website! The story titled, ‘Fat Old Rage”, can be found on the First Story website and was also sent out to subscribers of the Friday Story e-newsletter.

‘Fat Old Rage’ by Timon Davis-Blake

Good News 2013-2014

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