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Cranford Review 2014 / 2015


EDITORIAL

2014 / 2015

Yet

again, this has been a very

impressive year for Cranford on

many fronts. Our examination

results continue to rise and our GCSE headline figures

are now significantly above the national average. The

government is introducing new measures for pupil

progress and the progress that the students have

made in this summer’s examination results is also

significantly above the progress for pupils across the

country. This means that students at Cranford achieve

stunning results in every respect.

Our A level students were no exception with superb

outcomes, and this is the first year that one of our

Sixth formers, Gugandeep Banga has been awarded the

highly prestigious Fullbright scholarship, and he will

start at New York University this Autumn. Needless

to say, the track record of Cranford students going on

to the best universities continues, with this summer

seeing our students secure places at the top Russell

Group universities including Kings College London,

University College London and Durham University.

Cranford has continued to achieve a number of awards

for excellent achievement including yet again two

awards from the Specialist Schools and Academies

Trust. We were also invited to become the Lead

School for the Southwest London Science Learning

Partnership as we take the forefront in training and

developing science education across eight London

boroughs.

As a newly designated Teaching School, we have this

year added to our impressive portfolio partnerships

including with Kingston University and the London

Diocese to provide school based training for many

teachers particularly in shortage areas where it has

often proved difficult to recruit.

Our partnership work with Berkeley Primary continues

to flourish and Berkeley was cited in HMIs annual

report to Parliament for the extraordinary journey

of improvement made which we at Cranford have

supported.

Creativity at Cranford has reached new levels

particularly in Drama where we had a stunning

performance of Richard III as part of the Shakespeare

in Schools project. More recently we were treated

to an amazing theatre production of the Caucasian

Chalk Circle showing the immense talents of Cranford

students.

Numerous high profile visitors have come to

Cranford this year and in particular we welcomed

the US ambassador who met with our Sixth Formers

in December. Cranford hosted the Hounslow Young

Citizens scheme where most primary schools in

the borough attended a training event at the school

designed to raise pupil awareness of risk and their

ability to make the right choices in a range of different

situations. This is on the back of a great deal of

involvement and support from Seema Malhotra, our

local MP, on a wide range of equalities issues that are

vital for this community and beyond. She also took

part in the borough Sixth form RE conference that

took place at Cranford.

I remain immensely proud of the amazing achievements

of our students and the many successes of Cranford.

The school continues to go from strength to strength

and I am delighted to remain so deeply involved with

this school and the community.

Kevin Prunty

(Executive Headteacher, National Leader of Education)

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Cranford

High

Achievers

Programme

in Full

Bloom

After 3 years the High Achievers Programme, is now in full bloom; seeing some of its first participants

achieving far beyond expectations. The High Achievers Programme has enabled students to adopt a new

perspective on learning, seeing it not as something that they can gain just from lessons but rather by

participating in the wider world. After our trip to Oxford University we were told that learning had to be intrinsic,

that a student’s innate love for their subject is what makes them stand out. This is what I and Mr Biggs have

encouraged in students over the past few years.

Such a desire can be found by considering our first young fellows group which is now embarking on new and

exciting journeys to some of the best universities in the UK and Worldwide, I am especially proud of Gugandeep

Banga who achieved a full international scholarship to New York University after completing a Sutton Trust

International Summer School. Our second year young fellow participants have been spending much of their free

time attending summer schools at the top universities: Oxford, Cambridge, Eton and University College London,

They gained knowledge that will be passed on through young fellows’ dinners next year, while our young year

9 scholars have been accepted onto the year 10 UCL scholars programme after completing both their first and

second years with flying colours. Here they will be able to explore medicine, astro physics and engineering in

greater depth and our year 8 scholars will follow suit.

Three of our High Achiever writers have won themselves a place at the First Story writer residential this summer,

an opportunity to work with prestigious published authors. We have also been lucky to have taken part in an

exploration day lead by a PhD student from Cambridge, where our AimHigher year 12 students were able to discuss

in-depth ‘Platos Meno’ and whether in fact goodness can be defined.

The High Achiever group has taken part in the prestigious Benjamin Franklin debates at the US Embassy, and

the participated in the prestigious international essay writing competition for the Living Rain Forest. We have

also been out of school on several discovery days with year 9 students at University College London, looking at

engineering, physics and humanities, to encourage learning through exploration. Such a desire to learn has been

furthered through the key stage 3 Theology Book club and Philosophy Boys and Girls who over the past three

years have grown in true awareness of the ultimate questions that surround us.

For me the High Achiever Programme continues to be a driving force behind my love of education and indeed

behind my belief that through encouragement and opportunity a child regardless of background or ability can

achieve far beyond their own and others’ expectations.

Katie Hibbins (High Achievers Co-ordinator)

Jacinta Noel

(Law)

Roshini Lal

(English)

Mumtaza Ahmed

(Biological Chemistry)

Nabila Hiyati

(Biological Chemistry)

Alexinder Riyat

(Chemistry)

Janvi Poddar

(Chemistry)

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Cranford Careers Programme

Another busy year in the

Careers Department saw

161 UCAS applications,

the whole of year 11 visit the

Skills London Careers Show, in

school careers days for year 9

and 12 students, and successful

periods of work experience for a

variety of students in key stage 4

and 5. In addition we took part in

the inaugural Kickstart Express

project run by ‘Spark’, numerous

trips as well as visits to businesses

supported by guest speakers from

a range of industries who came to

talk about different careers and

pathways.

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In December 2014, all year 9

students took part in a variety

of activities including the play

“Choices” to help them decide about their GCSE

options for 2015.

On Tuesday 17th March 2015, a team of year 9

students visited IT giants Cognizant Technology and

were involved in the exciting wearable technology

challenge where they designed a wristband which

enables you to monitor your health. They worked very

well together as a team and had a thoroughly enjoyable

day.

Barclays Bank Dragons Den challenge in the spring

term 2015, was set in the daunting surroundings of

their head office in Canary Wharf, but undeterred, the

Cranford team of Baljinder Padda 10U, Ashika Kapoor

10T, Saugaat Banskota 10W and Arun Sharma 10X

presented their “Unity” community health and fitness

app with confidence and enthusiasm and ended up

winning the competition.

“Thank you for enabling me to attend this helpful

workshop, I was able to enhance my team work,

presentation and confidence skills. I appreciate the

opportunity”.

Gurgina Sidhu (year 12)

Closer to home again we visited the Heathrow

Careers Fair, IConnect, organised by

Connexions, and took part in Kickstart

Express. This three day project in the summer

term 2015, saw year 12 students visit several local

companies for example, Sky, Discovery Channel,

Worley Parsons, Metrobank and the Heart of

Hounslow clinic to find out more about what they

do and learn about careers in that sector.

The students entered a competition to write the best

blog about their experiences. This was followed

by a year 12 Higher Education and Careers day on

2nd July 2015, where students took part in various

workshops including: writing personal statements,

choosing your university and course and student

finance as well as alternatives to university such

as apprenticeships, speed networking and interview

skills.

A very busy but exciting year for careers which we

hope will make the difference for Cranford students

when thinking about their future aspirations and

career pathways.

Cath Goold (Head of Careers Co-ordinator)


We

Now

We All Have a Favourite Day ...

all have a favourite day, for some it is Friday which jubilates in the weekend’s commencing,

the hope of a Saturday morning lie in and a fragrant coffee that revivifies the fatigue of the

past week’s marking. For others it is Monday that holds them; the simple hope of a new beginning,

a once-again chance to renew past wrongs and get to it. But for me Wednesday holds that draw. It

smells of cherry blossom damp on out-stretched arms and sounds like the giggles of children hiding

in the bushes at Cricket matches. It looks like a warm open fire that crackles with the innate feel

of warmth and companionship and finally it feels like home.

On a Wednesday at 3:30pm (sharpish) S7 morphs into a literary paradise of friendship and

challenge. A place where the students aren’t held to any particular literary technique but rather are

asked to give into the joy that can be found from simple writing… because full stops can be thought

about in editing. It is a place where happiness and sometimes sadness are shared in the joys that

can only be expressed through prose. It is a place where invigoration is openly celebrated and

cultivated knowingly by lovely Ross who is always enthused with epic ideas. Finally, it is my

favourite day because it is the day where I realise once again that away from the normal humdrum

education system of results and exams that students’ minds really are a beacon of inspirational

hope for the future. Their minds are really so inquisitive given the chance… so able to think out

of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. My lovely students have simply astounded me with their

ability to think and create and for that I will be eternally grateful, because that is why I became a

teacher in the first place.

I am and always will be a very proud Ms Hibbins so thank you for your time and dedication.

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in my third consecutive year participating in the First Story writing

group, I felt comfortable pouring my innermost feelings and sparks

of ingenuity on paper and using this with guidance from the group, Ms Hibbins

and our resident writer, Ross Raisin. I was the only year 13 student in a group

filled with students from years 10 and 11, which was refreshing and I got to

know them quite well. They interacted well as a cohort of literary creativity

and inspired our amazing anthology ‘It Always Seems So Simple’. Our refined

masterpieces were centred around this recurring theme and it made for some

very dark but also light-hearted material.

As a safe-haven of friendship and challenge, the group was able to freely

express themselves and delve deeper into the extraordinary world of

creative writing away from revision for exams. As a collective, we

have become a beacon for future originality in writing. Personally, having the

opportunity to support the First Story scheme at Cranford for the last 3 years has greatly

improved my self-esteem and inspired my love for creative writing and reading novels. It enabled

me to make great friends through this shared passion of writing and it just feels like home, a

place where we go to get away from the anxieties of modern life. I am all the more thankful that

I was able to be a part of it and extremely grateful for the time and dedication everyone has put

in over the last 3 years, in particular to Ms Hibbins and Ross for their phenomenal efforts and

contributions to First Story for the amelioration of the students.

Kishan Shah (year 13)

Katie Hibbins (First Story)

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Foreign Languages Spelling Bee Competition

The

Spelling Bee competition in the summer term 2015 was a great experience. We started by having

an interschool friendly competition in German and Spanish and we were selected by our teachers to

attend the regional competition, which was held in Essex. We left school at 2pm by mini coach with Ms Williams

and Mr Dobison. Ms Williams kindly brought snacks for us and we ate and practised on the long 3 hour journey.

Once we arrived at the Cooper’s Company and Coborn School in Upminster, we were separated into a German and

Spanish pair. Ms Williams went with the Spanish students and Mr Dobison stayed with the German

students. We then competed against 20 students from other Greater London schools. Almost all

of us went to the semi-finals, which was a great achievement. Despite being very nervous at

the beginning, the whole day was very exciting and a lot of fun and we learnt a lot.

German competitors:

Guy Boonyarakyotin (7z) and Ayisha Mahmood (7z)

Spanish competitors:

Ricardo Oliveira (7z) and Anjali Bhambra (7x)

The German Christmas Market in Hyde Park

We

left school by coach on a cold winter’s morning in December 2014. It took a long time to get to Hyde

Park, but the journey was interesting and it was worth the wait. Once we were there, we were told the

expectations and that the meeting point was by the huge Christmas

tree. We then split up into groups of 4 or 5, given a German quiz to

complete and went exploring the Christmas market looking for all the

answers to the quiz. The quiz was very good as it helped us find out a

lot about German food and drink. The food was amazing and delicious.

Some of us bought really nice presents for our family and we had a lot

of fun. The winners of the quiz won a box of chocolates which we all

shared. Everything went really well and we all met up on time at the

meeting point and left to go back by coach to school. Overall the day

was brilliant, because it was thrilling and a lot of fun.

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Jack Blandford, Adam El-Kosbi, Jahsean Williams, Abraham Mathews, Zahra

Mahmood, Gargi Jadhav, Shabnam Uria, Zena Rehman, Suadi Barri, Octavia

Madej, Prabhdeep Nijjar & Atanas Aleksandrov (year 7)


Duke of Edinburgh

2015

This

year we had fifteen year 10 students completing their Bronze Award,

and seventeen year 11 students completing their Silver Award.

Students have all undertaken periods of volunteering, learning a new skill and

taking part in a physical activity. The activities have included coaching year 2 and

3 children football, supporting students in the ASD centre, dog walking, learning

cross-stitch, British sign language, tyre fitting, badminton, and much, much more.

The final part of the award was an expedition where students plan and navigate a

route including camping overnight, carrying all equipment and cooking on trangia

stoves. The Bronze Award assessed expedition to Box Hill took place on Friday

3rd and Saturday 4th July 2015 and the students

had a fantastic time and all navigated their way

without too many detours; even camping in a

thunderstorm didn’t stop them. The Silver Award

assessed expedition ran from Thursday 9th to

Saturday 11th July 2015 and the students walked from Beachy Head around the

South Downs. The glorious weather and beautiful setting by the coast helped

keep their spirits up over the 3 day expedition through the blisters, sore shoulders

and a couple of wrong turnings.

Thank you to Ms Ledlie, Mr Biggs and Ms Hibbins for

leading both expeditions.

We hope that all

these students will

continue on to Silver

or Gold next year and that their success will inspire

lots of the other students to get involved for the first

time next year.

Eleanor Stokes (Assistant Headteacher DofE Co-ordinator)

“As tiring and difficult the expedition maybe, carrying

on is essential for success even if you take the wrong

route because the feeling of knowing you completed it

is worth it the most”.

Onkardeep Sahota (year 11)

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After

a five year absence the Junior Citizen

Programme returned to Hounslow on Monday

15th June 2015 hosted by Cranford Community College. The

programme targets year 6 pupils transferring to secondary school

and encourages children to make the right choices as they

develop into young adults. The

two week event took place in a

tented village on the 30 acre site at

Cranford Community College. 31

primary and junior schools from

the whole of Hounslow and over

2200 children took part in the

interactive event.

PC Michael Purvey and PCSO Anna

Madden are the driving force behind

re-establishing the Junior Citizen

Programme. They are determined

that the children of Hounslow should

be as well informed as possible

about the dangers around them to

make good choices, stay safe and to

have bright futures. With the support

and sponsorship of the Metropolitan Police,

London Borough of Hounslow Community

Partnership Unit and Cranford Community

College the programme has returned on a scale

larger than ever before.

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Each

participating school

spent a whole day at Cranford engaging in a

range of Junior Citizen activities such as internet safety,

road safety (Hounslow Highways), behaviour on public

transport (TfL), kitchen and fire safety (London Fire

Brigade), seaside safety (RNLI), stranger danger, Prevent

(anti-terrorism), stop and search, drugs and alcohol dangers,

anti-bullying, train and platform safety (British Transport

Police), knife and gun crime, etc.

On Friday 19th June 2015, the Mayor of London Borough

of Hounslow, Nisar Malik, Seema Malhotra Member

of Parliament for Feltham and Heston, Ruth Cadbury

MP for Brentford and Isleworth along with many LBH

Councillors and senior Met police officers joined in the

activities with the children and toured the Junior Citizen

Programme. Seema Malhotra commented, “The Junior

Citizen Programme at Cranford is delivering a crucial

message to our children and I would strongly encourage

all Hounslow primary schools to attend this event”.

It was not just the year 6 children of Hounslow who

enjoyed the experience. Cranford students in years

7, 8 and 9 undertook the role of Junior Citizen

Ambassadors guiding the year 6 children around

and acting as role models for the younger children.

The programme ran until 26th June 2015 and

Sue Sampson, Lead member for communities was

delighted to support the programme. “London

Borough for Hounslow is proud to have been part of

the re-launch of the Junior Citizen scheme. We are

also proud of our children who have attended and

enjoyed the scheme. Those yet to come will equally

find the scenarios excellent. This scheme has my full

support”.

Kevin Prunty, Executive Headteacher said;

“This event is of enormous value and

relevance to the needs of our young children

in being prepared, skilled and equipped to

make a positive contribution to shaping

our society and becoming successful and

committed British citizens. Planning has

already begun for an even bigger event next

year”.

Alan Fraser

(Assistant Headteacher)

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Holocaust Survivor Uri Winsterstein visits Cranford

On

20th March 2015 we were privileged to have Uri Winsterstein visit to tell us about his

experiences as a holocaust survivor and the impact this had on him and his family. This

was a unique opportunity, which allowed year 9 students to engage with a personal account of

such an historic time period. The aim of the testimonies is to preserve and record the life stories

of these special people. Our students were able to gain a more comprehensive understanding of

the events that contributed to the holocaust and importantly the impact on people in Germany and

across Nazi occupied Europe. The students had the opportunity to ask Uri probing questions in

order to further advance their understanding and seriously consider a challenging and emotional

topic with maturity. During period 5 a group of students were able to work with a specialist and analysed sources

and historical documents to further enhance their historical skills.

Michelle Cousins (Head of Humanities Department)

Visit to Hampton Court

The

year 12 A’ Level history students visited Hampton Court on

Wednesday 1st July 2015 in support of their studies on Henry VIII.

The day turned out to be the hottest so far this year with temperatures soaring to a

sweltering 32C. Despite this, students still had an excellent time and the trip was

successful in bringing their studies of Henry VIII and the English Reformation to

life. We toured the Palace using the audio guides to learn more about the kitchens,

state apartments and great hall before (unsuccessfully) attempting the maze.

Rachel Thorpe (History Department)

AS Geography

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Year

12 geography students are required to participate

in fieldwork in preparation for an end of year AS

examination, so eleven budding geographers took the minibus down

the M3 to the world heritage site that is the Jurassic Coast.

The group visited many different places along the Jurassic Coast

like Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door applying practical fieldwork

techniques to enhance their understanding of physical processes.

The students undertook sand dune transects in Studland Bay and

completed a bi-polar analysis at Swanage Beach focusing on the

success of coastal defences.

We also visited Boscombe beach in Bournemouth to consider the

human impact on the coast and assess an area that had undergone

rigorous rebranding and then evaluate the rebranding success back

in the classroom.

Both I and Mr. Myers were very proud of the way the students

approached their investigations and their hard work throughout

the day.

Rory Clifford (Teacher of Geography)

Field

Trip to

Swanage

In

Field Trip

to Windsor

June 2015, year 10 GCSE

geography students went on a trip

to Windsor to discover the negative and

positive impacts of tourism on the town,

as part of our Geography coursework

During the trip, we collected numerous

types of evidence such as: the amount of

litter in certain locations, the amount of

congestion and the amount of pedestrians

going towards or away from certain

well known attractions such as Windsor

Castle and The Long Walk. Collecting

this evidence assisted us in supporting

our reasoning and also made our data

presentable with accurate results.

In addition we gathered answers by

questioning members of the public as

a part of primary research about their

thoughts and opinions on Windsor.

Although the weather was not always

the best, the trip was still enjoyable

and educational as we still managed to

accomplish our task.

Divan Odedra (year 10)


Year 8 - IT

Kingswood Adventure

April 2015

Going

up and down the curved hills of

a white cliff bay with a group of

fifty excitable year 8 students is quite an experience

especially when they first caught sight of the

Kingswood Centre.

On arrival the students familiarised themselves with

the campus and then were challenged to unpack and

make their beds. Some students struggled with this as

they had never done it before. Mohsin Ahmed in 8W

said ‘Sir, should I go and help some of the students

that are stuck, I can’t believe they have never done

this before?’

It was a chilly first evening as the students ventured

to their first activity; some took part in the abseiling

and others on the ‘leap of faith’, so it was nice to get

inside and watch a DVD with a room full of giant

bean bags and popcorn before going to bed. Having

slept late, Ms Kudhail gave everyone an

enthusiastic wakeup call

advising them to get ready

quickly for breakfast and

an exciting day ahead.

Students drove Go-karts on the

race track, zip wired across a

trench and also ‘flew’ on the 3g

swing. After dinner one group

went on the team challenge.

Students were blindfolded and had

to communicate with each other in

games. They were taken down to the

beach to look at the landscape and

discover living creatures in the rock

pools. When they competed in the

assault course blindfolded Mr. Healy

turned this into a 4D experience for

his group, he showered them with water

and made them jump by sneaking up

and throwing water on them.

In the evening everyone took part in

a scrap heap challenge, where they

had to make the longest marble track

which they really enjoyed as a wind

down activity. They used card and

paper to compete against each

other.

The following morning it was

time to pack up and make our

way to the ferry and sadly our

adventure weekend had come

to an end. Everyone had a

wonderful time and it was nice

to spend time in a centre on the

beach. The centre was delighted

with the students’ and the staff’s

enthusiasm and sent a letter of

thanks to the school inviting us

to come back again next year.

Sukhjeet Kudhail

(IT Department)

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Jamie’s Farm - A Unique Experience

Cranford

Community

College has enjoyed a

successful partnership with

Jamie’s Farm for three years

and over 70 students and a

dozen staff have enjoyed this unique

experience tucked away in the hills outside Bath.

Jamie’s farm combines family, farming and therapy and

both students and staff have benefitted in a huge range of ways:

re-engaging with education, building self-esteem and allowing our

predominantly urban students to flourish in a rural environment

that fosters independence and enables them to engage with

themselves and their environment in a completely different way.

Rob Ind (Assistant Headteacher Pastoral)

This

year, I was very lucky to be

given an opportunity to go to

Jamie’s Farm with the students to help boost my

confidence. Our Cranford students were very well behaved and friendly, I had so

much fun with them, taking part in the activities without any hesitation such as; going on a swing,

wood chopping, cleaning out the pig’s pen so that it looks clean and brand new for another pig,

herding sheep from one field to another at Steve’s farm, cooking, breakfast, lunch or dinner etc.

I made friends with the staff too; Jake, Rachael and Sue.

Sue helped with cleaning the pig’s pen and was nice to chat

too. What I learnt about myself from this trip is; always give

something a go rather than just saying no first, I can socialise

with students and animals very well now. I was also involved

in telling the students who did well when we were doing a

check in where we also rated out of ten how we felt after what

we did. They loved to go for a swim in the river during the

warm weather during our long walks in the evenings.

It’s been a while since I have been on a residential trip such

as this, and is the first time as an adult. I had a lovely time,

as well as the students, and hope they do well

in school now after having been given the

opportunity to go on this trip and prove that

they can change and do well in future. I have

seen a few of the students back in school and

we say hello. I, too, am surprised that I have

also been told that I have changed and would

like to see how this goes.

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Alwin Sandhu (Reprographics and postal services administrator)


Jamie’s Farm, Cultivating Change

That’s

what the logo says and that is

exactly what it does. A place that

helps young people flourish in education, at home and

in the community. Twice a year Cranford takes two

groups of 12 students for 5 days. They all feel at home

at the farm very quickly and love being there and

without exception are all very sad when it’s time to

come home. Every child I have ever taken would jump

at the chance to return.

The working farm aspect of the visit means that all

of the animals have to be tended to and cared for

– in the morning the animals are fed

and cleaned out before we have our

breakfast. The students all have to

take part in even the most smelly

and dirty of jobs. When asked the

children would say that cleaning out

and feeding the pigs is the smelliest

– however they all just tackle the

job without complaint and always

do a complete and thorough job

and usually with a lot of smiles and

laughter. As well as the feed round

everyone takes part in herding sheep and moving

them from field to field, helping with the delivery

of lambs and bottle feeding any orphans, grooming

the horses and learning to horse whisper, clipping the

chickens wings, collecting eggs and herding cows.

There is always work to do in the organic garden which

produces a lot of the fruit and veg that we eat at the

farm and chopping wood which helps heat the house

and barn and provides us with hot water.

The students are not allowed to bring sweets, crisps,

fizzy drinks or any other snacks to the farm. Instead

all food is produced from scratch and is healthy and

plentiful. Even the fussiest of eaters do not go hungry

and become much braver in their food choices. All of

the students have a turn at preparing breakfast, lunch,

afternoon tea and the evening meal. This includes

collecting fruit and veg from the garden, making bread,

preparing vegetables, and cooking meals for about 25

people. They really take pride in serving

the delicious food and then we all sit around a huge

table and eat as a family.

In addition to the no junk food rule the students are

not allowed to have mobile phones, iPads or any other

electrical device. They often find the thought of being

away from social media, texting etc. very difficult but

as soon as we arrive at the farm it is so busy they don’t

even mention it. They very quickly learn to actually

have face to face meaningful conversations rather than

looking down at a phone and text talk.

At the end of mealtimes (after clearing the table,

washing up and clearing away), we sit at the table

and all take part in a shout out and check in. This

involves everyone (students and staff alike), when we

think about how we are feeling. The shout out is when

we recognise that someone has done something well,

has been kind to someone else, has been helpful etc.

It is often a very moving time and on occasion there

are tears, positive tears. One of the students said “it’s

weird, the louder kids become quieter and the quiet

ones start to speak up”.

Every afternoon we all go on a very long hike which

always involves a lot of hills. The students really enjoy

the walk; we take the farm dogs, if the weather is fine

we stop at the river and go in for a swim.

The walks are a great opportunity to

really get to know the students.

By bedtime the students are all very

tired and it’s straight to sleep ready for

more of the same the next day.

The whole trip is absolutely amazing,

exhausting, fun filled and really gives

students the chance to reflect and think

about how to make positive changes to

their lives when they return. As one

student said: “I love it here, I can

just be me”.

Jamie’s Farm, Cultivating Change.

A place that helps young people

flourish in education, at home

and in the community; yes I truly

believe it does just that.

Vanessa Tutt (SEND Department)

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The

National Saturday Art club is an

exciting opportunity for young people.

As well as more than 100 hours of specialist

tuition, they benefit from visits to museums and

galleries, Master classes from leading art and

design practitioners and an exhibition of their

work in London’s Somerset House. The Saturday

Club nurtures talent, builds confidence and raises

aspirations. It helps young people gain qualifications

and gives them an insight into studying at college

or university and an understanding of careers in the

creative industries.

This year Kavlin Arora and Jaslin Arora (year

11) attended the Saturday club, showing real

commitment to the Arts. They attended a Master

class with Jim Sutherland.

Jim Sutherland was co-founded of Hat Trick Design

in 2001, which became the most awarded agency

in 2010. He has worked for clients including the

National History Museum, Royal Mail, Land

Securities, Rambert, AHMM Architects, Imperial

War Museums and Williams F1.

At the Master class Kavlin and Jaslin learnt about

his passion for graphic design and typefaces and

about his career path to success. They learnt about

projects at Hat Trick Design and his current work

and produced their own work inspired by this based

on the letters in their names. The students really

enjoyed looking at type in a new way.

The whole experience culminated in a final show

where students exhibited their work from the

Master class and an additional project. The final

design of ‘the lady’ made from willow, papiermâché

and mixed media was a show stopper and

was Kavlin and Jaslin’s big idea for the group. The

light from the heart and brain gave ‘the lady’ life

and the images displayed a wealth of living.

Kavlin and Jaslin Arora received certificates from

Lord and Lady Sorrell at the awards ceremony at

Somerset House. Their parents and I are very proud

of the dedication they have shown; how they have

matured and grown as individuals and the work

they have produced.

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Permjeet Hunt (Second in Charge of ADT)


“Going to a Saturday art club seemed at first to be just another school art class; well this was my first but last

misunderstanding. National Saturday Art School opened my eyes not only to new techniques of art, but brought

about a new definition for art. Here someone’s art skills weren’t judged for perfection, but as an opportunity for

everyone to express themselves through art. I made new friends, built my confidence,

developed my skills and changed my perspective towards art and design.

We began the programme with a series of activities including doing unusual selfportraits,

typography and the attitude towards women in art. We

explored modern art, art with stories and art created by

many other artists across the nation. I was overwhelmed

and felt I could really achieve. In addition we were able

to engage with professionals in this field who have chosen

art and design as their career.

The Sorrell Foundation provided us with ‘master classes’

giving us guidance through the path of art and design which was

a real privilege. I think I was indeed fortunate to be offered this opportunity and to

be recognised for something so prestigious. I have been left with such memorable

experiences and I am extremely grateful to Ms Hunt who gave me this opportunity that

has changed how art is for me, forever”.

Kavlin Aurora (year 11)

“The twins have been amazing!

They have attended sessions and

the idea for the final lady was

their idea”.

Linda Newcombe (Lecturer

University of West London)

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Activities

Week

2015

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Week

beginning Monday 13th July 2015,

Cranford transformed itself into

a Sherlock Holmes type investigation as the school

collapsed its usual timetable and embarked on our

annual Activities Week. Students developed new

knowledge and investigative skills in different subjects

in order to explore an imaginary murder mystery

and solve the crime. The week provided an exciting

chance for students to forge links between subjects and

explore careers linked to the theme. The rich learning

experience saw students work in five main areas;

Under the Microscope, Crime Scheme Investigation,

Code Breaker, The Mystery of Harris Burdick and

Agent Training.

Under the Microscope

Students worked with mixed media in the ADT

department and developed and ‘explored’ pieces of art

work. Students took microscopic images and enlarged

them to create pieces of art based on cells and viruses.

Crime Scheme Investigation

Working with science and humanities students spent

time exploring a crime scene and using scientific

investigation to explore evidence and solve a given

crime. Once the evidence had been collected they

used this to find further evidence around the school

site. Students then presented their findings at a panel

hearing and discussed who was responsible.

Code Breaker

The ICT, Business Studies and Social Science

Departments provided students with the chance to

explore the world of surveillance where students had

to work with imaginary CCTV footage to discover

through an imaginary scenario who had broken into the

school. Once the footage had been analysed students

looked into using computing software to crack the

code and gain further digital evidence to find the

culprit. This was followed by a number of debates

and discussions about the use of eye witness accounts

and living in a surveillance society.

The Mystery of Harris Burdick

The Mystery of Harris Burdick provided the next

challenge based in intrigue and fantasy to explore

different mysteries and as a stimulus to create their own

mysteries. The responses ranged from dance routines,

drama and board games to pieces of creative writing,

poetry and song. The creative output was amazing as

students independently selected their own medium of

response; this work was created with the English and

Performing Arts Departments.

Agent Training

During this day students were set the challenge of

becoming agent ready. The day was split into four

main areas to ensure they were ready for the challenge

of the week. Activities included archery and caving

which tested their accuracy, dexterity and focus.

Students then moved on to develop their problem

solving and powers of logic with the maths and PE

department working on tackling different challenges

and completing “escape the room” style trials. Finally

they finished the day testing the linguistic skills with

the Modern World Languages team where they had

to complete ‘the 39 steps’ a series of coded messages

which had to be decoded and translated in order to find

secret locations around the school.

Throughout the week students and staff were allowed

to wear non–uniform to raise money for our two

nominated charities The Terrence Higgins Trust and

the National Aids Trust. We raised a grand total of

£1126.96.

The week concluded with our DREAMS rewards

day where students enjoyed a day of visits, trips and

sporting activities and year 12 held a pizza party in

the Memorial Garden with our guests from Korea, to

round off a very successful week and celebrate the end

of another amazing year at Cranford.

Kevin Biggs

(Senior Teacher Activities week Organiser)


“Collecting evidence was fun because we

were independently working.”.

Kinza David (year 10)

“Code breaking is particularly

interesting because it challenged

me to be mathematical and

logical”.

Ismaeel Abdul (year 7)

“It was interesting learning about

the World War II code breaking and

how it influenced computer theory”.

Frank Smith (year 7)

“Caving was something different;

you have to overcome challenges like

being in the dark and getting through

small gaps”.

Brendan Fernandez (year 9)

“Archery was good because I was taught

how to aim and hit the bullseye”.

Alex Lamb (year 10)

“We did an MI6 test to see how

observant we were, we had to learn

a cover story and pretend we were

someone else, it was different,

fun and challenging”.

Arjun Bansal (year 9)

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On

Sunday 12th July 2015, Humza Arshad aka bad man star of

Diary of a Bad Man attended an anti-radicalisation event along

with former members of extremist groups hosted by Cranford

Community College, and organised collaboratively by Hounslow’s prevent

team and West London Initiative. Diary of a Bad Man is a satirical take on

British Asian culture, with a twist: the videos all end with a moral message.

The aim of the event was to highlight the distressing

impact of travel to Syria and Iraq on families, to

dissuade people from travelling and to undermine ISIS and other

organisations’ propaganda. The event allowed younger students to meet a hero of their

times and they were extremely excited to ask him a range of weird and wonderful

questions including which football team he supported and what his favourite food

was. For older and former students it was more an opportunity to ask Humza what

inspired him to use his comedy to promote a very serious message. The more serious

and hard-hitting panel discussion about the very real techniques used by radical

groups in grooming youngsters had everyone captivated and all the students wished

the discussions could go on for longer. One bit of advice given by Mr Muhammad

Manwar Ali (Abu Muntasir) applicable to all people from all walks of life was that

common sense and your conscience have a very important part to play in life, and

whatever goes against both cannot be a good thing.

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Mehmoona Yousaf (Senior Teacher SMSC & Head of RE Department)


“The anti-radicalisation event targeting the youth of Hounslow hosted by

Cranford Community College was one which was truly enlightening and very

much needed. The event addressed current issues surrounding the dangers of

ISIS and other such groups and ways to better ourselves and society. Humza

aka Diary of a Badman added an entertaining comedy element whilst still

addressing a very serious issue. Events like

this are amazing and spread a message

not just to a specific religion, but to teach

everyone how to be a better person.

Cranford was an amazing, brave host willing to

tackle this sensitive subject rather than shy away like others do. We were

provided with great food and an amazing environment which allowed everyone to

feel comfortable and safe in asking their questions. I am especially grateful that

despite being former students myself and others are still invited to these events”.

Susan Adam (Former student currently reading English Literature at Queen Mary)

“The diary of a Badman antiradicalisation

event was amazing!

I loved the way Humza Arshad

explained everything in a fun way.

It made me think about how some

Muslims are being treated because

of the media”.

Michael Rodrigues (year 8)

“On Sunday 12th July 2015 I came to school

to see the Humza production. The event was extremely helpful and

interesting because he talked about his own experiences. His humour made

me completely engaged. The panel discussion at the end was helpful as they

spoke about issues that I could relate to and have personally experienced,

for example the way in which all Muslims are labelled by the media when

something bad happens”.

Sabrina Ahmed (year 9)

“The conference served as a means to bring to light a very real and prevalent

issue which is overlooked in modern day society due to focus on extremist

groups themselves - radicalisation which frequently takes place under our

noses even to people close to us. Although the discussion by the panel

was brief, it was insightful in showing how vulnerable individuals are to

indoctrination not only by extremist groups, but also by the media and so a

question was posed “Who do we put our faith in if no one is to be trusted?”

Humza Arshad’s performance allowed a serious message to be delivered in an

intuitive and unconventional way, which appeals to the youth; comedy”.

Al-Enzeli Ramji (year10)

“It was a wonderful thing to see a famous person coming into a

secondary school and talking to us about a major issue in our society,

ISIS. Radicalisation by such groups is a massive problem which is

causing teenagers from the UK to join ISIS in Syria. The event attended by Humza Arshad

(Diary of a Bad Man) and people who were involved in extremist groups in the past was designed to show how

these groups groom young minds. It is essential that students of this age are made aware of the dangers and

consequences of even thinking about travelling to one of these terrorism

groups. Apart from Humza’s humour and jokes, the event made the students

realise how such terrorism groups brainwash children and lure them into

joining them. We certainly need more of these events so that children are

aware of the dangers and also to prevent any adults and young adults from

joining such groups”.

Aadil Awan (year10)

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Stephen Kelman Workshop

On

Friday 19th June 2015, the English

Department organised an author event

with Stephen Kelman, author of “Pigeon English”

who delivered an inspiring workshop to students at

Cranford. Firstly, he introduced himself and told the

story of how a young boy felt isolated in his new

town. Not all students had heard of his novel, but

we were all so intrigued by the stark reality of this

storyline.

We then completed a writing task in groups, thinking

about how we would feel in the boy’s shoes and to

write from the perspective of someone outside their

comfort zone, having moved to a new place.

The groups came up with lots of different ideas for

a story about moving to a new place, from an alien

on a new planet, to a student in a new school. I

really enjoyed it because we were able to work on

teamwork skills and Stephen was there, helping us think of ideas and making

suggestions for our stories. He encouraged us to brainstorm and create new

ideas so our stories could be exciting and interesting.

He spoke to us at the end to encourage us to read widely, visit the library

and write short stories in our own time. I’m really glad I went. Here are

two stories written by students who attended the workshop.

Ayisha Mahmood (year 7)

I

swam off into the rubble

peacefully residing on the

seabed, it was almost frightening.

The scale of destruction came

overhead. Miniscule pieces created

a sandstorm like movement. The

movement was not violent, just

beautiful. “Wow!” I said to myself. I

laid back to float and waited. I did not wait

for anything but myself. My relaxation was shortlived

as I hit my head on an arched door. I cursed. The

door was corroded heavily through time and sea water. I wandered

through that very door and found myself in place more beautiful than

that meatloaf from earlier. It was the little remains of parliament,

it was just a mixture of rooms and halls with no roof, I sighed in

disappointment. Looking down, I found an unusually old container;

it looked to be a box of importance - yet if I were to open it,

anything inside would be destroyed. While investigating I was

covered by an ominous shadow, my heart skipped a beat. I dare not

look up. At that moment, I hated everything. If I looked up, I felt

everything I sought after would have ended. I expected something

of goliath proportions. I had repeated those lines. My fate and my soul

were up to me. I looked up and I was right. Everything I had wanted in life ended right there,

thousands of fathoms below sea level. The shadow was, I whispered “Big Ben” in all its glory.

Karan Kumar (year 9)

Big Ben

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Healing ...

Today

it’s his birthday. A very special day for

all of us but no one has said a word about

it; I would like it to stay that way. I don’t want the past to

perpetuate itself in the present. It has been three whole months

since my father’s death and our family is still – healing. More

pain grows into our hearts with each passing day. We’re all in

the same place, on the same plane, heading towards the same

country but we live in different worlds, on different planets,

dealing with our own frustrations. My mother has died on the

inside. She has built her walls so that no one could climb themand

now she’s alive – but her soul isn’t. I’m so much like my

mother. I have the same dark, brown eyes, the same short, brown

hair, the same nose, hands and face but a completely different

attitude. When I look at her I see the pain in her dark brown eyes.

However, my eyes don’t show pain, they show enormous

hatred for the people who killed my father. The

people who have caused so much misery

into our lives, but in a way they have

managed to open new doors for

me and my mum, and my

sister. We’re heading to

London today.

Looking around the

plane, I spot my sister talking to her

teddy bear and I envy her with all my heart. Her brown

eyes are gleaming with joy and her long, light brown

hair is suffocating the teddy

bear’s face. She’s not aware

of what is happening in the

world because she lives in her

own colourful world. Unlike

mother who’s in a world of her

own too, full of pain and misery,

my sister Lana, is in a happy place

full of dreams and beautiful things.

For her, father is still alive. ‘When is

father coming back from work?’ she asks

sometimes, when her mind can’t

think of anything else to say. How

lucky. I close my eyes, lean my head on

one of the hundreds of blue, tiny chairs on

this massive plane. I hope I can get some sleep

before we arrive but it seems impossible as too much

excitement mixed with pain is running through my body. This

is the first time I am travelling on a plane and I have to say

that it’s very fascinating as well as scary. The scariest thing

so far was the take off because it felt like the plane was

attempting a backward flip and it got stuck in the middle but

now everything is fine. In London I’ll finally get a chance

to go to school and get the education I need to support my

family. I’ll get a home. My home; away from the bombs and

the tears, and the wars; away from all the agony. Thanks to

my aunt, who has offered to do everything she can to bring

us here, all my dreams are now possible, but I still think

about Syria. I still think about my friends, my burnt down house and

most of all, my dad.

Christiana Eftenoiu (year 9)

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On

a lovely summer’s evening, Thursday June 25th 2015, the

Gypsy Roma Traveller community of Cranford Community

College and Berkeley Primary School gathered together in the Memorial

Garden to celebrate their history month. Students showcased their work

and created a display of all their achievements throughout the

academic year. In addition they performed to celebrate

their rich heritage. Celia Green from 7Z sang a song

by ‘Adele’ alongside younger students from Berkeley

Primary. Students’ younger siblings took part in a number

of fun activities, one of which was to create their own

Crown Derby designs on paper plates.

This was a great family event and the parents really

appreciated the BBQ (ably cooked by Mr Fraser) and

refreshments that were provided and look forward to

joining together again next year.

Cara Cannon

(Teaching Assistant)

“The BBQ was

lovely. It was

nice to see the

younger children

performing in front

of other families

and teachers.

They loved joining

in with the activities and

games. Making their own

Crown Derby on paper plates

was their favourite. We have them

on the shelf at home”.

(Parent comment)

“I had fun at the

BBQ, the singers

were really good and

the food was nice”.

“I liked looking at

all of our photos on display,

I was showing my Mum and Dad and

they liked seeing them too”.

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“My Mum really liked reading my piece

of writing about ‘who inspires me’; she

wants a copy of it for at home”.


Cranford’s budding mathematicians

have had an outstanding year, with

amazing success in the junior,

intermediate and senior maths

challenges. The sixth form students made an

excellent start in November 2014 with the

Senior Maths Challenge, where 6 students won

bronze awards, with Mariyum Mahmood and

Meharpaul Gill gaining the highest scores in

year 12 and year 13.

In March 2015, there was further success with

the Intermediate Maths Challenge. Our year 9,

10 and 11 students achieved magnificent 5 gold

awards, 12 silver award and 23 bronze awards.

Particular congratulations are due to our gold

award winners: Sachin Ranadev (Best in Year

11), Harjit Singh, Arun Sharma (Best in school),

Anjitha Anilkumar and Teodor Jetvic (Best in

Year 9). Because of their excellent results for

their respective year groups, Arun, Anjitha and

Teodor, along with Hudaifa Mohamed from

year 9 were also invited to take part in the

Europe wide Kangaroo Maths Challenge, and

Teodor was also invited to attend a special

Royal Institution Maths Master class for the

best year 9 students in the competition.

“The Rock Star trip was amazing.

We went to a radio and TV station

and it was brilliant. We saw

many things there such as how

they worked and what they did

as well as seeing many fish as

they have the biggest amount

of fish in Europe. We met many

people from different schools

who were also there and who

were playing with us on the

computers. It was amazing

going there”.

Shariq Ahmed (year 8)

In April 2015 it was the turn of year 7

and 8 students who achieved wonderful

results in the Junior Maths challenge,

with 20 students attaining silver awards

and 28 students attaining bronze awards.

Neha Hussain (year 7) and Jaijiten Hundal

(year 8) did exceptionally well, scoring

the highest scores in their year groups.

Congratulations to all students who

participated in or won awards in the Maths

challenges. The Maths Department is very

proud of you all.

We are also happy to announce that four of our

wonderful year 8 students competed in the first

ever Times Tables Rock Wrangle. Parminderjeet

Tamber, Subhan Jaura, Shariq Ahmed and

Zakariya Abdullahi, accompanied by Mr Andrews,

travelled into central London to compete in this

prestigious competition involving many other

schools from across the country. They all did

extremely well and Cranford came in 17th out

of the 38 participating schools.

Sarah Brackley (Head of Maths Department)

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Internationalism

in action

at Cranford

The

A submission has now been made for a record sixth time. The feedback

from the reaccreditation application was:

“The collaborative work you have conducted with your partner schools

and plan to conduct in the future is impressive and your relationship with

them is very well-established, as shown by your achievements, which

speak for themselves”.

Academy Trust Board ratified the new internationalism policy

at Cranford in November 2014, which confirmed our mission

to educate students for the future, which is ever changing and as yet

unknown, providing them with the skills, knowledge and outlook required

in the new world order and enabling them to grow into global citizens.

Cranford’s success in developing strong international links for the benefit

of its students and staff has been

recognised since the International

School Award first began in 1999.

Ocheon High School, Korea

In July 2015, we welcomed, for the first time, a group of

24 students and 2 members of staff, including the Principal

Mr Park, from the Ocheon High School, Pohang in South

Korea. Their stay of just one week was packed with things

to do. Some of the group from Korea already have pen pals

at Cranford and this was a great opportunity to meet face to

face. The students were integrated into year 12 and joined

in their activities during the final week of term. A high

point of the week was on the Thursday when the Korean

students were awarded certificates in front of their year 12 Cranford colleagues in recognition of their time at

Cranford. During the week, Mr Prunty, Executive Headteacher and Mr Park , Principal, signed a Memorandum

of Understanding between Cranford Community College and Ocheon High School with a view to deepening this

new and exciting relationship.

Cranford has established strong

links with Korea and has

hosted many visits by senior

educationalists, eager to see how

Cranford works. They always

leave very impressed by the

students and the staff.

Napoli, Italia

In June 2015, we welcomed

a group of 12 students from

the Naples area in Italy for a 5 day integration programme with year 10

students. Each Italian student was buddied up with a Cranford student and

attended their lessons. This first-hand experience of visiting lessons in an

English school is second to none and every student was very appreciative

of the support and help from both Cranford staff and students. We look set

to work directly with the Italian school to ensure this kind of opportunity

occurs again. Berkeley Primary School was also involved and hosted 2

Italian students who worked with year 4 and 5 pupils for the week. They

were absolutely delighted with the experience and this opportunity gave both the Italians and Berkeley pupils a

wonderful opportunity to get to know each other more.

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Tianjin College of Commerce

In September 2014, we played host to a group of 10

students and 6 staff from our long-standing partner

college in China, the Tianjin College of Commerce.

This was their annual visit to Cranford, during which

they experienced school life as well some of the sights

and sounds of London, Oxford and Brighton. This link

goes from strength to strength and was reinforced by

the re-signing of the Partnership Agreement earlier

this year between the two institutions. In addition, one of their teachers, Ms Qi Wang stayed on at Cranford

to further develop her English skills as well as see how Cranford does outstanding teaching and learning. I

am delighted to announce that this coming October, a group of 37 year 12 Cranford students and 5 members of

staff will be flying to China to visit the new campus of the college, which is now located in the enormous Haihe

Education Park, in Tianjin, which houses all types of education institutions.

South Dong Chang Middle School, Shanghai

Once again at the end of June 2015, we welcomed a group of 14 students and 4 members of staff from our partner

school in Shanghai, the South Dong Chang Middle School. This relationship has flourished since Mr Prunty,

Executive Headteacher, first made contact with the school in March 2012. The students participated in the music

concert on the Wednesday evening, when the rain, rather kindly, held off. The group, as last year, visited Berkeley

Primary School and gave a wonderful assembly covering many aspects of music, dance and recital, from a Chinese

fan dance, a fusion music piece with a clarinet and traditional ocarina (xun, pronounced a little like soon) to full

western rock. The pupils at Berkeley were enchanted and welcomed the visit with

open arms. The Chinese students were able to visit Cranford and learn about the way

the school works as well as visit London, Oxford and Windsor. We look forward to

Cranford visiting Shanghai.

Matsumoto, Japan

In April 2015, a group of 32 students from Japan were with us for one day.

They were also buddied up with Cranford students from years 9 and 10.

Japan scores very well in the PISA ratings and as an outstanding school,

we are keen to learn from the best of their system, whilst sharing what

we do very well too.

The list goes on and on: visits from Finnish students and teachers came

to Cranford in May 2015, a group of Lithuanian teachers keen to learn

from us visited for a day, we have a new link with the Lebanon, which

focusses on Arabic, we have had a number of year 8 students involved

in webconferences with Russian students in Moscow and St Petersburg and we are always seeking ways that we

can enjoy international relations with a view to learning from each other.

Cranford, a truly international school.

Philip Dobison

(Assistant Head of School / International Relations))

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“Excellent people don’t

believe in excellence

- only in constant

improvement and

constant change”.

Tom Peters

Targeted Intervention Days have again been a

huge success this year with students experiencing

challenging and diverse learning experiences. The

aim of these days is to provide ‘deep learning’ opportunities for

students to explore new topics or revisit subjects to embed learning. In addition

students have opportunities to develop as citizens with activities designed to prepare

them for the world beyond school. This year has seen students taking part in a rich

variety of activities from personal development, educational visits

and subject specific intervention all of which have supported

students in making excellent progress and experiencing new

things that they have never done before.

Personal Development Days

Year 7 focused on improving communication and team building whilst

challenging bullying and anti-social behaviour. There was a focus on

cyber bullying and e-safety.

Year 8 explored risk and making informed choices, in particular looking

at drugs and alcohol. They also spent time exploring the impact of the

media on their decisions and thinking.

Year 9 explored positive relationships and careers; they focused on domestic violence,

sexting and e-safety. In addition they explored different options and pathways as part of

their careers education.

Year 10 focused on health and wellbeing learning about healthy bodies, sex, relationships

and pregnancy.

Year 11 learnt about mental health and preparations for their

examinations. Time was spent exploring managing their

workload and stress whilst being ready for the future.

The primary aim was to provide them with strategies to

cope with future challenges and exam stress.

Year 12 spent a great deal of time revisiting key topics

such as the impact of drugs and alcohol as well as

positive relationships. In addition students looked to

the future, preparing for life after secondary school

discussing their life and positive skills they have.

Students contributed to key debates linked to the

wider world debating topics such as plastic surgery and

the impact of tourism on society.

Year 13 “Healthy Mind and Healthy Body” day explored just that but also focussed on

UCAS and strategies to prepare them for life after school including cooking for one.

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“Computers let people

avoid people, going

out to explore. It’s so

different to just open

a website instead of

looking at a Picasso in a

museum in Paris”.

Raf Simons

Subject Days

Targeted Intervention Days have provided an excellent

opportunity for departments and year groups to get out of school

and continue the learning on educational visits. Through the TI

Day programme we have seen students set foot on foreign soil

and have experiences very different to that offered

in the normal curriculum at Cranford.

This year we have seen TI Days provide students

with access to learn new skills at the London

Careers fair at the Excel Centre and explore

human evolution at the Natural History Museum.

They have studied great artistic works at Tate

Modern, the National Gallery and even ventured

to Barcelona and the Eden project to study the natural form

and creative expression. Students have analysed artefacts and

sources of evidence at the Museum of London and travelled

to Bletchley Park to see some of the first computer systems

that helped crack codes during World War Two.

Within the creative arts, students have spent time on theatre and ballet trips,

studio tours and creative workshops to develop their dance, drama and media

talents. Students have studied the impact of time and people on the country with

a trip to the south coast and navigated the countryside with the Duke of Edinburgh

residential trip. Year 8 students have had their nerves challenged with outdoor pursuits

activities at Kingswood and created games in the computer lab. This is just a flavour

of the exciting challenges students experience outside of the classroom and beyond

the blue gates of Cranford.

Targeted Intervention Days are an excellent opportunity for students to

revisit and boost their understanding of key topics within subjects so that

they are in top shape to approach their exams. This year saw teachers’

creativity go into overdrive with activities

taking place for all year groups and with all

subjects giving students that little something

extra to ensure they make the best progress.

From coursework clinics and external visitors

to no pens day Wednesday and a whole school

numeracy focus students feet hardly touched

the ground as they moved from one fantastic

learning experience to the next.

Let’s see what TI Days hold in store next year.

Kevin Biggs (Senior Teacher Developing High Attainers)

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On

Tuesday 30th June 2015 as London

basked in glorious sunshine and

temperatures soared to 25°C Cranford

Community College hosted the ‘Art, Design and

Technology Exhibition 2015’. The fantastic exhibition

of work showcased the talents of exam

students in years 11, 12 and 13.

Exhib

The theme was based on Barcelona in

recognition of the year 12 and 13 trip in

March 2015 with the ADT Department.

The range of work on display this year was

excellent with a more creative element

on 3D Design and Textiles. Students and

parents who visited the exhibition were very

impressed by the work on display and many

people commented on the high standard

this year. Students are commended for the

dedication and commitment they have

clearly shown in producing the work.

There was a special area set aside for our

very own year 8 artist Zahra Sadiq

who has a keen interest in art and

design, working during her spare time to

produce beautiful Manga pieces for the

exhibition.

This year the prestigious Tracy

Fletcher Art Award, created in

memory of Tracy Fletcher, a former

Head of Art and Design who sadly

died at the age of 49 in 2009, was presented

to this year’s recipient Noorish Hussain by

Mr Prunty along with some art equipment.

Five outstanding pieces of key stage 5 artwork

were selected by students and staff. Students

voted to choose the final five pieces of work

by: Nida Malik, Amarpal Singh Kharay, Lyba

Fatima, Tahir Hussain and Noorish

Hussain.

Thank you to the ADT staff who helped

to set up the exhibition to make it a

great success. Your contribution and

tireless motivation made the day run

smoothly and definitely made it the

best Art Design and Technology

exhibition to date.

Thank you to all the staff in whatever

capacity you contributed, it made the

day run smoothly. It was great to see

so many colleagues at the exhibition

as it makes a big difference to our

students for other teachers to see

their work. Many of you said really

lovely comments to me in passing

during the evening.

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Ruby Qureshi

(Head of Art Design and Technology)


ition 2015

When

I was given a set of

questions to choose

from an exam paper I considered various

topics relating to them. However,

‘Significant events’ stood out to me and

inspired me to produce something which

had a strong, influential and effective

meaning behind it. I started to brainstorm a

few ideas for this particular question which

resulted in me choosing World War

One as a significant event.

As I researched more about World War I,

I came across an idea which inspired me to

create this particular final piece; research

of the fallen soldiers. I felt the need to

express this unit with a final piece which

told a story. When I was researching fallen

soldiers and their lives I discovered that

the soldiers carried many possessions with

them, in their helmet, while fighting for their

country. This created the basis of the ‘story’ I

wanted to present through my final piece and

I wanted to closely look at a particular soldier

and his life. After further research I included

and made the following items placed in the

helmet: a letter to the soldier from home,

a tin of cigarettes, medals, a prayer card, a

field manual and a picture of his sweetheart.

I came across a poem, ‘For the Fallen’ by

Robert Laurence Binyon, which inspired

me to base my whole final piece on a fallen

soldier. This final piece represents this poem

and shows how WW1 is expressed through

a 3D art piece.

“They shall grow not old,

as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them,

nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun

and in the morning

We will remember them”

Noorish Hussain (year 13)

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On

Feltham and Heston Youth Engagement Conference 2015

Friday 13th March 2015, Cranford’s sixth form

students attended a Heston Youth Engagement

Conference. The event involved a discussion about politics

and Q&A with Seema Malhotra MP as well as a panel debate

with external guest speakers. With an election looming it was

an opportune time to listen to both MPs and other experts

about how to make society a better place. More importantly

this event provided our students with an opportunity to have

their say and to share their concerns and ideas with people

that need to better understand the local community.

Mehmoona Yousaf

(Senior Teacher SMSC and Head of RE Department)

“I enjoyed the different activities ranging from

sports workshops to feminism. I liked the fact that

I got to have my say on how people our age should

be treated”.

Simran Gill (year 12)

“The event was truly eye-opening as we discussed

the involvement of young people in politics. I was

also informed about the many youth clubs and

activities arranged for us. Most of us were unaware

of these and so we are now more enthused about

getting involved in local events and clubs”.

Sofia Rahimi (year 12)

Sixth Form attend a debate on

the future of Britain’s Constitution

On

Wednesday 26 November 2014, students in years 12 & 13 attended a deliberative event to engage with

a significant parliamentary consultation focused on the future of Britain’s constitution.

This event was to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, held at Royal Holloway

College, University of London. In this debate we explored various arguments for and against having some form

of written constitution. This allowed us to recognise that although the unwritten nature of the constitution is

distinctively British and reminds us of our history, it is necessary and can become a symbol and expression of

national identity and a source of national pride. With a panel of experts in the field of politics, we discussed three

options for the ‘New Magna Carta’ and concluded that due to the practical problems with preparing a written

constitution, there is limited support for implementing one and is a low priority even for those who support the idea.

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Simran Mehra and Gursharan Seera (year 13)


Trinity

School

RE Debate

with the

former

Archbishop of Canterbury

In

the spring term 2015, I was contacted by

Trinity School in Croydon and invited to a

seminar held by the former Archbishop of Canterbury,

Dr Rowan Williams. This was an alumni event and so

former pupils of all ages were able to attend. Eager

to broaden my pupils’ horizons as much as possible

and provide them with excellent opportunities, it was

agreed I could take three students with me; Ashwin

Thakur, Zahra Butt and Gurpreet Wadhwa (year 12)

were selected to come on the trip. The event allowed

them to reflect upon the wider impact of RE and its

relevance to our society, and it proved to be enjoyable

as well as informative.

Sam Hodge (RE Department)

“I had the opportunity to visit the Trinity School to listen

to the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

The workshop about God questioned many topics such as

what if religion was still as strong as it used to be? The

workshop was good fun and useful as it gave a wider insight

into the significant impact religion has on society. We also

considered what it really takes to be connected with God”.

Ashwin Thakur (year 12)

“I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to

meet the former Archbishop of Canterbury. He spoke about

religion in society and there was a question and answer

session which I found interesting as it allowed me

to understand things from more of a religious perspective.

It was a great experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it”.

Zahra Butt (year 12

Local Women and Girls

Safety Summit

In

February 2015, Cranford played host to a girls’

safety summit that was led by Seema Malhotra,

MP for Heston and Feltham and Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence against Women and Girls. Approximately

70 students of both genders attended to discuss challenging topics including (female genital mutilation), sexual abuse

and harassment of females, especially amongst young people. We explored

the media portrayal of women with many students highlighting the role of

the music industry in perpetuating negativity towards women, both in their

physical appearance as well as the language used to describe them and the

influence this has on them. Many of the girls were brave in sharing their own

personal experiences of unwanted attention when out in local areas and these

were noted by the local councillors who were present.

We felt privileged to have had the chance to voice our opinions and to have a

say in improving the safety of young women in Hounslow.

Kishan Shah (year 13)

A Visit to the US Embassy

On

a

hot Thursday in June 2015 we were invited to attend a very special event

at the US Embassy in London. The evening, celebrating the life of Herman

Bernstein, gave us an insight into the history of Albania during World

War II. In fact Albania was the only

country in Europe that had more Jews

after the war than before showing how

much of a safe haven they offered

the persecuted Jews of Europe escaping Nazi terror.

The conference opened our eyes to the harmonious

relationship amongst followers of the Abrahamic faiths

in Albania and we learnt a lot about Bernstein’s life and

contribution to this end.

Gurpreet Wadhwa (year 12)

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usic Department in partnership

The Mwith The DJ Workshop

Company ran a series of DJ’ing workshops

with students from years 7, 8 and 9 throughout

the spring and summer terms 2015. This was

an opportunity for students to gain valuable

experience and build skills in the art of DJ’ing.

Students attended the sessions once a week and

learnt a new skill at each session. They learnt to

use state of the art equipment, build skills and

gain knowledge of the history and techniques of

DJ’ing.

In addition, all students gained an Arts Award

qualification upon successful completion of the

course.

This has been a fantastic experience for all

students involved.

Julie Sacre (Workshop leader) said: “The students

love the workshop. They learn something new

each week and it’s wonderful to see them achieve

so much in such little time”.

Lewis Tirahan (year 9) added: “I learnt so much

in the workshop. I’ve never used these mixing

desks before and it was really cool to get my mix

on a professional CD. I also got a qualification

from it and my parents are really proud of me”.

The Music Department look forward to

working with The DJ Workshop Company in

the future to continue to provide workshops

of such high quality.

Mo Wasiq

(Head of Music)

“I think it is fantastic that this is on your

qualifications. There are lots of songs

that I liked. The teacher was very helpful”.

Humza Jeylaani (year 9)

“I found the course really interesting and it

is not something you would usually get the

opportunity to do especially like this. This

course really interested me as I engaged

with the teacher really well.

I would now love to do the silver award as

I am now enthusiastic about D’jing”.

Paula Antougia (year 9)

“The teacher was extremely encouraging.

She explained the work incredibly well.

I understood fully. I would really like to

carry on and get the silver award in

this course”.

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Lina Imam (year 9)


continues to make Cranford’s students truly shine

Factor Team are responsible for organising activities focused on improving personal

The Wand social development whilst learning new skills and gaining new experiences. Our

aim in WFactor is to provide our students with a rich set of experiences that serve to inspire them to be

engaged citizens who can effectively interact with peers and adults whilst enjoying and learning about

the wider opportunities available to them beyond the taught curriculum. We set our students apart from

the crowd when moving on from school not just making them outstanding on

paper but as individuals that truly shine.

We are now in our fourth year of running this unique initiative

and this year we have delivered a comprehensive enrichment

programme as well as a wealth of other opportunities for students

to make new friends, gain new experiences and learn new skills.

Our activities are open to all students and

over 75 different experiences have been on

offer, including volunteering in the local

community, kick boxing, Latin, BBC

Schools Radio project, creating the

props and set for the school production,

and classical civilizations alongside

some old favorites, to name but a few .

WFactor continues to provide an

afternoon of activities to make

Cranford students truly shine.

Kevin Biggs (Senior Teacher / WFactor)

“My first WFactor was robotics and I chose it because it was interesting

and I love learning about technology. We first started by building a Lego

Mindstorms® robot and there was an assortment to pick from which had

different abilities. I learnt about teamwork and helping others since there

were a lot of parts and we had a deadline by which to finish the complex

construction. During the last 2 weeks we had permission to use the iPad with

a compatible app to control the robot and move it wherever we wanted, our

robot worked and we had a lot of fun”.

Oussama Zemry (year 10)

“Bollywood dancing was the best WFactor I’ve had this year as it

was very entertaining, fun and I love Bollywood dancing. Exploring

comedy was just unbelievable, there were times I was laughing so

much that tears came while laughing so much”.

Gracey Mehra (year 7)

“Over the years I’ve had many WFactors but my favourite

by far was crafts because I was with all my friends and I got

to make a vase spray painted gold and silver. WFactor is a

chance to meet new people and have a chance to relax”.

Ehlaama Ahmed (year 9)

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Cran

Community

Over the past year Cranford has developed a strong relationship with Queens

Park Rangers. The school delivers the education programme for their

academy players and the Cranford Superdome is now ready and will open autumn

2015. Cranford students and the wider community are also benefiting from a

number of initiatives led by QPR’s Community Trust.

QPR run two very successful Premier League for Sports clubs at Cranford. The

clubs are free and open to anyone from the local community. Currently QPR

run tennis and basketball but are proposing to introduce a new sport in the

new academic year. The club runs weekly with regular

tournaments involving other premier league

teams. The basketball students recently

showed their determination by getting

up at 4:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning to

take part in the National Premier League

Basketball Finals in Sheffield. Sadly they

lost in the quarter finals to Stoke but they

did beat the Manchester United team on

the run up.

Tennis has also proved popular with young

people taking advantage of our excellent

indoor facilities during the winter. Some

of our students had the opportunity to take

part in their first tournament at Roehampton

National Tennis Centre. This was followed by a trip to Wimbledon which

was enjoyed by all.

Friday evening sees the busiest QPR club with 50 to 60 young people aged

between 16 and 19 having a coached football session. This has proved so

popular that students who have left school and gone to university still come

along.

In addition students have benefited from one-off events such as a

coaching session for year 9 girls and boys led by Les Ferdinand and

Charlie Austin.

This has been an excellent first year and we are confident that our

partnership will continue to grow and develop in the future.

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ford‘s

Partnerships

What a wonderful first year it has been, working with our partners Brentford

Football Club Community Trust and Motivate Hounslow, part of the Mo

Farah Foundation.

The key to the success of our partnership has been the training of twenty year 10 students as part of the Games

Force programme. This has enabled them to move beyond the Sport Leaders’ work in primary school to

running clubs at Cranford and even going out into the community and running

sports activities at events. Recently four of our Sports Leaders were

praised by organisers and members of the public for the work they

did at a sporting event in Chiswick.

The Games Force leaders have now

established a number of highly successful

clubs at Cranford, in particular Dodgeball

and basketball. The dodgeball session is

amazing and not for the faint hearted with

over 70 children aged 11 to 15 playing

and loving it. Our Sports Leaders are

now trained coaches in dodgeball and are

confident in running session both in and

out of school.

Our strong relationship with Brentford has

enabled them to run free football sessions on

Mondays and Wednesdays for boys aged 11

to 16 and a free girls session on Wednesdays.

Another highlight of our partnership was

the athletics events at Brunel and St Mary

University in July 2015. Over 60 of our year

9 and 10 students took part in these events

which enabled our students to receive top

class coaching from university coaches.

It also gave them the opportunity to

visit two of the best athletics training

facilities in the country. Everyone said

they were suitably inspired.

Alan Fraser (Assistant Headteacher)

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Science

Department

Activities

2014 / 2015

The Drayson Project

“We found this WFactor really

interesting, educational and fun. During

this WFactor, we had the opportunity

to visit Brunel University which was an

unforgettable experience for all of us.

It helped us notice the unconscious bias

between both genders around us.”

Devyani Greentilal and

Juhi Kumar (year 9)

There is a huge issue currently

in the UK’s STEM (science,

technology, engineering and

maths) workforce as less women

are opting for careers in this

industry.

Cranford Community College is

currently involved in the Drayson

Project. This is a pilot project run

by the Institute of Physics. The

main aim is to try to get more girls

studying A-level physics. We are

doing this through a variety of

methods, such as:

• Training for Science teachers on novel ways of teaching

concepts like forces or energy

• Increasing girls’ exposure to more STEM careers (trips,

WFactor etc)

• Training whole-school on unconscious bias and gendered

teaching methods

• WFactor “Girls in Physics”

Three year 10 classes took part in “I’m a Scientist - Get me out

of here” (IAS). This is a live chat with physicists around the world. The impact of IAS

on the student groups was measured and the girls showed an increase in confidence and positive associations with

physics/physicists and a decrease in negative stereotypes. The boys showed a decrease in negative stereotypes.

Additionally, staff and students have been invited to take a test produced by Harvard University to test their own

unconscious bias:

A WFactor session named ‘Girls in Physics’ taught the girls about unconscious bias, career opportunities and

how to boost their confidence in this subject. One way of doing this was by setting the girls a task of designing

a physics toy for an 11 year old. This included market research with a group of year 7 students and conducting

presentations on their toy and, describing the physics of the toy in detail. A group of year 9 girls also attended a

day at Brunel University aimed at trying to encourage more girls into the industry.

For more information on the Drayson Project you can visit the link below:

https://www.iop.org/education/teacher/support/girls_physics/drayson/page_63799.html

The Egg Drop Project

As part of the mechanics unit in A2 physics, Students have

been undertaking a project to design an impact container

that would protect an egg when dropped from a considerable

height. Students were required to bring together their

knowledge of how force is related to acceleration and the

steps that can be taken to reduce the impact force in the

event of a crash. There were some excellent designs with

most students’ opting for spongy materials that increase

the impact time and reduce the overall force felt.

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The Algae Fuels Project

At the start of this year, a group of year 9

students were engaged in a research project

between UCL (University College London)

and The London Steam Museum involving

the use of algae as a biofuel at UCL alongside

members of the UCL research team. They were

investigating different methods of extracting

biodiesel from Algae.

London Water and Steam

Museum Trip

On the 20th March 2015, the Science Department took 15 gifted

and talented year 8 pupils to the London Water and Steam

Museum in Kew. Here they attended a master class on energy

by the Institute of Physics. The master class was in the context

of how steam was once used to generate energy for much of

London in the 19th century and the challenges facing us now

and in the future as the demand for energy gets higher.

Trip to Kendrick School

On

Monday 9th March 2015 the Science Department

took nine year 10 students on a “Cutting Edge

Science” trip to Kendrick School (Reading). Our year 10

students took part in two workshops:

Drug Discovery - Through a range of activities, students were

introduced to drug discovery and learnt key concepts used by the

pharmaceutical industry and academia to develop

new medicines. A case study involving current

research into malaria treatment at Imperial College

was used as the context.

Current & Biosensors - In this workshop students

explored how electricity works in both solid and

liquid. We also looked at the use of this knowledge

in biological sensing applications.

In addition, we got to meet the eminent scientist

Professor Lord Robert Winston who gave an

inspirational lecture to a hall packed with

students from various schools.

Everyone had a great day working with Early

Career Researchers from Imperial College

London to explore the role of a scientific researcher

and hear inspiring contemporary research issues explained

and demonstrated. Our students were able to acquire and

learn new scientific vocabulary working in groups to

discuss ethical considerations and acquire problem solving

analytical skills.

Kirsty Foale (Science Department)

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GCSE Music

Showcase

2015

NOfA

Summer

Concert

2015

Cranford Community College’s Music

Department held its final GCSE Music

Showcase of this academic year on 1st

July 2015 in the Concert Hall. The showcase has

been running successfully for the past 2 years

and this event was once a again a celebration of

the talented musicians at Cranford.

This year we decided to include students from

years 8 and 9 who will be studying the RSL Level

1 course (GCSE equivalent) from September

2015, to showcase some of the music they have

been working on. The repertoire was chosen by

the students and gave them a chance to perform

and as ever, it was very diverse, challenging

and exciting. For some of the students, it

was the first time they’d performed live to an

audience and they took up the challenge with

great enthusiasm.

Mr Seijas (teacher of Spanish) said: “It was

fantastic to see the students perform to such a

high standard. They really looked like they were

enjoying themselves. I certainly did”.

Mr Fraser (Assistant Headteacher) said: “It’s

really refreshing to see such talented and

dedicated students performing with confidence”.

The students involved were: year 10 GCSE,

Tatyana Baiden, Mercedes Blake, Ahmed

Fadhluddin, Amir Hashemi, Raul Plahe, Zohaib

Salam, year 9 RSL, Teodor Jevtic, Shubdeep

Sethi, Jaiman Bhalsod, year 8 RSL, Shariq

Ahmed, Daniella Bic, Onkar Riyat and Nathan

Thongkom.

The Music Department would like to thank

everyone that came along and look forward to

holding more events like this next year.

Mo Wasiq (Head of Music)

On Wednesday

8th July

2015, musicians from

years 7-11 celebrated

their incredible year

at Cranford with a

packed out concert in

the Memorial Garden.

Despite rain clouds

earlier in the day, the sun

was shining as students

showcased their work in bands, as soloists, with featured

performances from our Chinese visitors from our partner

school in Shanghai, the South Dong Chang Middle School,

the Year 7 Choir and the school NOfA ensemble, who played

music by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

The National Orchestra for All (NOfA) is an organisation that

aims to provide any enthusiastic student, regardless of ability,

with opportunities to participate in ensemble music making.

We have been working closely with the organisation for two

years as part of its Conductors for Change (CFC) project

which supports schools in expanding these opportunities and

performing music together. Students spoke at the event, about

the impact this opportunity has had on them both musically

and personally, helping them develop confidence and team

working skills.

Earlier in the term, our students had met with other young

musicians from across the country to rehearse and perform at

the Alexandra Palace at an event organised by NOfA. They

worked with professionalism and dedication, on music we had

learnt here at Cranford, and music they saw for the first time

on the trip and the results were amazing. The students on the

trip, and those taking part in the concert really were a credit

to the school.

Our concert was the perfect opportunity to showcase the

hard work from this trip, as well as the hard work of many

other young musicians at Cranford. In the past two years,

the Cranford music department has really taken on board the

NOfA spirit, and students, particularly in the lower school

have grown hugely in both confidence and skill. I’m sure

those parents and staff who have been at concerts for the past

two years will agree that the students have been going from

strength to strength.

The school’s NOfA ensemble will continue to rehearse and are

looking forward to another year of brilliant trips, activities

and concerts. For more information please contact Mr Wasiq,

Head of Music.

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Leah Mirsky (Music Department/NOfA)


NOfA

Unforgettable Opportunities

My name is Cristiana, I play the keyboard and I

want to tell you about

NOfA. NOfA, for

those of you who don’t

know, is the National

Orchestra for All

and it is a wonderful

organisation that gives

young people like me

great, unforgettable

opportunities. NOfA

allows us to perform at

several different events

and learn many musical pieces written by amazing

musicians.

Recently, some of us in NOfA went on a trip to Alexandra Palace where we got

to rehearse various different pieces throughout the day and have a concert at

the end. I want to say how great it felt to be part of an orchestra and

how amazing all these different melodies and instruments sounded

when they were put together in order to play as an ensemble.

One thing I love about NOfA is the fact that anyone can join, no

matter how talented you are or whether

you’ve never played an instrument before,

if you’re willing to put in the effort and

you enjoy music NOfA would be pleased

to have you.

Another thing that I love is the noncompetitive

environment

that you join when

you’re part of NOfA. For

example, when we went to

Alexandra Palace, during

the rehearsals everyone was helping each other

and the staff were just brilliant, always there to

give you a hand because we weren’t working

individually, we

were working as

an ensemble.

One last thing I’d like to

say is “ Thank You”. Thank

you NOfA for giving us

great opportunities, thank

you to all the parents and

people for attending this

concert, thank you to the

Performing Arts

Department for

offering so much

support and last but

not least thank you Ms Mirsky for helping us become

such a great orchestra because without her this concert

wouldn’t be taking place.

Cristiana Eftenoiu (year 9)

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Cranford Hosts

Annual Hounslow

Sixth Form

RE Conference

2015

On

Friday 19th June 2015 Cranford Community College hosted the annual RE conference for sixth form

students in Hounslow.

All secondary schools in Hounslow were invited to bring sixth

form students to participate in the daylong conference. The day was

hugely stimulating for both students and staff alike, offering excellent

learning and reflection plus great professional development.

The theme for the day was: Is Britain still a Christian Country?

The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Ranvir Singh with closing remarks by

Seema Malholtra M.P.

The conference was sponsored and supported by Hounslow SACRE

(Standing Advisory Council on RE), Cranford Community College,

UCL Institute of Education and the EiP RE group.

The day began with a Keynote Speaker, Dr Ranvir Singh, who was

formerly a member of the RE department at Cranford. Ranvir always

offers a unique perspective to stimulate minds. He is involved in Religious Studies as a teacher, an examiner, a

teacher trainer, a producer of resources, a member of a faith group, an activist in

interfaith relations, a member of SACRE and as a parent. Most recently, he has

been involved in the curriculum and qualifications review as a member of the

board of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales.

The day included lively, interactive workshops as well

as a ‘Question Time’ style panel, with members of

religious and non-religious belief systems responding

to questions made from the floor. The carousel of

different workshops was run by teachers who have

just completed their PGCE in Religious Education at

the UCL Institute of Education.

RE is currently very much in the spotlight, with Ofsted giving the subject renewed

attention and the current government’s emphasis on the importance of young people

understanding what it means to live in a religiously diverse society and there is also

the opportunity in terms of fundamental British values that these type of events offer.

This annual conference was an extremely worthwhile event and very well received by

all those students and colleagues who attended.

Mehmoona Yousaf (Senior Teacher SMSC and Head of RE Department)

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“I enjoyed many activities in the Borough RE

Conference, including debating about the design

argument and references to it in many religious books. It

was interesting looking at how the universe was created

and we considered different theories”.

Shagufta Bibi (year 12)

“The Annual Borough RE

Conference was good as the

workshops allowed me to increase

my knowledge of ethical and

philosophical issues. Listening to

the opinions of others increased

my awareness, in particular

the workshop on terrorism was

intriguing as we debated the

definition of a terrorist and it had

me constantly thinking”.

Adil Hassan (year 12)

“Running a workshop at the Annual

Borough RE Conference enabled me

to understand students’ perceptions

about whether Britain is a Christian

country. Leading the workshops was demanding but

valuable as we were constantly trying to challenge

students about their mind-sets. Overall the conference

was very interactive and enabled everyone to develop

their views and learn not to accept everything the media

reports at face value”.

Nabila Hiyati (year 12)

“The annual Borough RE Conference was kicked off by

Dr Ranvir Singh’s key note speech which was amazing in

exploring international history and politics in addressing

the key question: Is Britain still a Christian country?

He made the speech very interactive and highlighted

for instance how Christian beliefs dominate our legal

systems. I learnt to appreciate life as a teacher as I led a

workshop on the problem of evil”.

Gurgina Sidhu (year12)

“The Annual Borough

RE Conference allowed

students from different

faiths to interact and

communicate in an

academic setting. It was

largely to engage with

controversial themes

and international

problems which have

connections with

religion. The highlight

of the event was the panel discussion because all major

faith groups were represented including Humanism and

the fact that two students stepped up to represent

their beliefs”.

Mariyum Mahmood and Faisa Samater (year 12)

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DRAMA 2014 / 2015

An Amazing Year of Opportunities

“All

Our Heroes” is a community arts

project touring schools and public

venues in Hounslow and Birmingham. The project

which began in September 2014 and will be

touring for two years, evolved through workshops

and discussion with Cranford students in creating

the piece working alongside professional actors

from Zero Culture Theatre Company. The play

opens your eyes to a wider world that is not part

of the regular curriculum. It delves into the lives

of villagers in a distant land but soon brings home

to you the thing that connects us all, the theme of

loss, longing and suffering.

When you have productions like this performed in

school you can see the impact immediately. Some

of the comments made by the younger audience

were profound: “It has made me think of history

in a different way. The effects of war on the lives

of real people, not just soldiers, but families and

children like me”.

Seema Sethi (Head of Performing Arts)

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Having received in September 2014 the

recognition of Arts Mark Gold for outstanding

arts opportunities across the school, we started the

academic year with the success of “Richard III”

and the Shakespeare in Schools project, with a cast

mainly comprising of year 11 students. We knew this

was going to be an amazing year of opportunities

for students in drama, either as a participant or as a

member of the an audience.

This academic year we took 8 trips to the theatre

including “Richard II” at the Trafalgar Studios with

year 9, 10 & 11 students and “Red Earth” at the Unicorn,

London. Year 13 drama students, in support of their A

Level drama studies saw “The White Devil “ at the

RSC, Stratford Upon Avon, “Woyzeck” and “Othello”

at the Lyric, Hammersmith and at The Globe and some

year 10 and 11 students joined them to increase their

theatre experience. In addition we took year 10 and 11

students to see “The Curious Incident of the Dog in

the Night-time at the Gielgud Theatre and “Woman in

Black “at the Fortune Theatre, London.

In the summer term students from year 9 performed

to 120 primary school students from Berkley Primary

School as part of their Theatre in Education project that

they have been working on in lessons. They tackled

themes that are relevant to younger audiences; bullying,

peer pressure, SATs, friendships, and family. The

young children engaged with the performances and

asked some very pertinent questions along with giving

some very positive feedback. This experience fired up

the year 9 students and had a direct impact in lessons.

We finished the year with our stunning school

production, “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” where

students from across the school got involved either

onstage or back stage in making this an outstanding

end to an amazing year of opportunities.

I am delighted these experiences in drama this

year both in lessons and beyond have captured the

imagination, enthusiasm and love of drama amongst

so many in our student population. Our focus for the

new academic year will be building upon the success of

2014-2015 including even more opportunities for key

stage 3 students to visit the theatre and participate in

performance, with the introduction of the Arts Award

and a KS3 drama club and our planned new production

for the Shakespeare in Schools Project in October 2015.

There is much to look forward to... ...So get involved.

Seema Sethi (Head of Performing Arts)


“All

Our Heroes” play was very dramatic and engaging as it was based on

people’s lives which then made you feel more connected to the play. The

fact that the main story was about war and from the perspectives of the people who

lived in India made the play even more powerful as it has not been spoken on it before

about how some countries just got pulled into the war without having a choice. It went

into depth and detail about how this war affected different classes in India. The piece

was presented with only 3 actors; who played many different characters, who made the

switches through the use of costume. The use of limited props but made it even more

effective and in depth because of their symbolic meaning for example the ladder that

was symbolic of the how the farmers sowed their land and then it was used as the barrier

between the countries who were at war and finally as a look out post on the rooftop of

a home in a village where a young boy looks out for his father and then a look out post

in England where they are looking for enemies approaching.

Zara Choudhry (year 11 GCSE drama student 2015)

“My personal

response to this

play is that I think

the play was really

good; it had a lot of

passion to it but I

think it could have

been longer because

I wanted to get

more engaged in the

play because it was

really intense”.

Nia Morgan Herman

(year 11 GCSE

drama student)

At

first I believed that the play

would be created around the

topic of war only; that it would be dull

like all the war plays I have reviewed,

however when the play started I was

grabbed by the performance skills and

I found it very interesting as it was

from a different perspective. Their aim

was to mark the centenary of the First

World War; ‘All Our Heroes’ explores

the stories and perspectives of men and

women from the Indian sub-continent

far, far away.

I think that it was thought-provoking

because it was from a complete different

perspective, one that is never told to us in schools and we had never learnt; for example we are always shown

the British side of the war and how they felt during the war. These performances showed us that people living in

Asian countries, who I thought, were not in so much tension and were in good living conditions were suffering

badly from the war.

Personally I think that the play was valuable to watch, this is because it makes all of us aware of the things

happening in other countries and reminds us of how much we have developed during the past centuries. Also

it reminds us the role that was played by each country during the world war. The message of the play probably

was to show that life was not easy for anybody and that they were also suffering throughout the world war. From

this performance I learnt that I should view different things from a different perspective. I understood the play

very well and enjoyed it a lot due to there being only 3 main actors which made it easier for you to focus on. The

theatre and stage being small made the audience feel closer and connected to the actors.

Diba Sarvari (year 11 GCSE drama student 2015)

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The

Performing Arts Department’s summer production this

year, “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” was performed as

a traverse piece to a sold out audience. The original play by Bertolt

Brecht is a play within a play and one that comments on the politics

and what was going on in society in 1944, in the lead up to the World

War II: the divide between rich and poor and the issue of corruption

and lawlessness.

Our version was set in contemporary India, against the backdrop of

the fast growing economy where the rich are getting richer and the

poor, poorer. Wanting to stay true to the original play we workshopped

around the themes and then looked at the original text and then changed names and

locations. This process was really useful because not only did I want the students to be performers working

towards a production, but I wanted them to engage in depth with the themes that the play raises, so that they can

think about them and act critically.

The cast began rehearsing in March 2015 during WFactor and after school on Fridays and some weekends in

the lead up to the performance. Students started the process with improvising around the text, where they were

given scenarios based on the original text. This proved to be a challenge, especially learning the lines. Three

weeks before the performance dates we had a full run through reading the play, which we had not done before and

discovered it was running at 4 hours and no audience was going to sit through a school play that was this long so

we edited more and more until we got the running time to 2 hours.

The first part of the production was filmed by professionals and starred our staff, Mr Ali, Mrs Bahra and Mr Ladva,

all of whom did a sterling job. We also took on the expertise of a professional lighting and sound technician,

because I wanted the students to have an experience of working with professionals.

The credit for the design and making of the floor cloth goes to two year 7 girls Gursharen Pannu and Arsida Dukaj,

who worked tirelessly to ensure that it was ready in time, seeking the help of others when the pressure was on.

During the production week, when we got into the performance space that’s when it began to feel like everything

was all coming together. Lights and sound, singing and acting... the true ensemble worked creatively to produce

a stunning show, one which the students will not forget in a hurry and neither will I.

The message in Brecht’s original play is about giving to those who are worthy and the message I wanted to

strongly portray was how much we need to preserve the arts within schools, communities, society so that we

are humanised. Productions always bring out the best in people, and the entire school community galvanised in

ensuring that the show went on, especially those friends and colleagues who gave of their time at weekends and

after school to make it a success.

Post-show feelings are always emotional, but the cast and technical crew have created a group chat family...

the chalk circle, and long may it live.

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Seema Sethi (Head of Performing Arts)


“It’s really hard to describe how I felt when I saw my name on

the board for the selected actors and singers. The feeling is

overwhelming as you know that taking part in a production at

Cranford is going to be amazing because the standard of drama is

phenomenal. I’m so grateful to have taken part in such a meaningful

play and as Ms Sethi said at the end of the three tiring days “the

arts are what humanises us” and only now have I realised how deep

those six words are; (Also my last lines in the play were “and the

land to the villagers so that we are humanised”). At the start of

the play, I didn’t know 90% of the people and now I can proudly

say that I know everyone. Now it is finished I miss the late night rehearsals,

endless learning of lines and giving it your all. I can’t thank Ms Sethi enough for

allowing me to be a part of this, and everyone who put so much hard work into it

This is one I definitely will not forget.”

Tatyana Baiden (year 10)

“I’ve just got in

from watching “The

Caucasian Chalk

Circle”. Please

could you pass my

congratulations on

to the pupils, they

were wonderful. Also

pass my thanks on

to the staff for their

inspiration and hard

work. Really enjoyed

the performance”.

Jenny Lewis

(School Governor)

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The LRC Buzzing

with the Spelling Bee

The

Learning Resources Centre was

a hive of activity on Monday 6th

July 2015 when Cranford hosted

the first ever Hounslow Primary Schools Spelling Bee

in the morning and in the afternoon the 3rd annual

Hounslow Secondary Schools Spelling Bee.

It was an exciting and nerve-racking morning and

three schools arrived for the Primary Bee.

Beavers Primary School,

Westbrook Primary

School and Berkeley

Primary School and, all

schools entered a team

of four budding spellers

having held internal heats

in their own schools. The

first activity was a memory

game. All students took it

in turn to go and look at an

image filled with words and

they then had to spell these

words back to their teams

who would then recreate the

image. All of the schools

were very competitive and

interestingly all scored 23

out of 25 in this game.

We then went to the first

round; the children had a choice

on spelling an easy, medium and

hard word. The harder the word,

the more points it was worth. The

teams all had to try and earn as

many points as possible to make

it through to the final. After all

the schools had taken part in this

round the children went on a break

whilst the scores were added up. Sadly,

Beavers missed out from being in the

final but only by a couple of points. All

the teams were gathered back and the

finalists Berkeley and Westbrook were

invited to take a seat on the stage. The

next round would be in the format of a penalty shootout,

the first school to spell two words incorrectly

would be eliminated and thus the other team would

be crowned a winner. The two schools took to the

platform and spelt words. The words got more difficult

but the students kept spelling them correctly. I became

increasingly worried I was going to run out of words

as the round progressed. There were gasps around

the room when Westbrook spelt their first incorrect

word but the round continued. The teams spelt a few

more words correctly but then Westbrook spelt another

incorrectly. This meant Berkeley had won the first ever

Hounslow Primary Schools Spelling Bee.

In the afternoon, eight schools had accepted an

invitation to attend and participate in the 3rd annual

Hounslow Secondary Schools Spelling Bee. The

competition is getting bigger every year; Cranford

Community College, Brentford School for Girls,

The Heathland School, Isleworth & Syon, Kingsley

Academy, Lampton School, Reach Academy and St

Marks Catholic School all challenged each other in

an attempt to win the prestigious and highly soughtafter

trophy. Councillor for Hounslow and author

Shaida Mehrban volunteered to sit on the panel and

award the trophy to the winning school. The students

battled it out in teams to try and accumulate the most

points. The first round was nerve-racking and all of

the students eagerly spelt the words they were given.

After all the teams had competed the students then

had a break whilst the points were counted. It was

then announced that Cranford Community College,

The Heathland School, Isleworth & Syon and Reach

Academy had made it into the final. The four schools

chose their best two spellers to represent them in the

final. The difficulty of words for the round was chosen

by the panel. At first all of the schools spelt their words

correctly, then after a few rounds Reach Academy

spelt their word incorrectly, this meant they were out.

The teams proceeded on and next to fall under the

pressure was Cranford Community College and soon

after Isleworth and Syon. This meant The Heathland

School won. Shadia Mehrban was invited to award the

trophy.

It was a very successful exciting day and Cranford

students can be very proud of their achievements again

this year. Roll on next year’s challenge.

Mahavir Ladva

(Learning Resources and Study Centre Manager)


On

Tuesday 9th June 2015, six year 7 students were selected to take part in the Poetry Slam competition

at the Paul Robeson Theatre. The competitors were St Marks, Brentford School for Girls, Kingsley

Academy, Isleworth and Syon and Cranford Community College. We were required to write a poem about transition

(moving from one thing to another) which we would later perform in a competition against the other schools.

The workshop was run by a poet called Adam. He was also a rapper; he performed one of his pieces to us about

his time wandering the streets and living on M&S rubbish from the bins. Our poem was called “Origins”. It was

based on a poem we heard about a man who moved into a new city. We made our poem about the things people

have said and things we did in the past.

Cranford Community College came 3rd. Some pupils were chosen as the most enthusiastic members and they

received a book that has not been published yet. Although we did not win the event we came in 3rd place and it

was a great experience taking part.

Harit Boonyarakyotin (year 7)

Origins

I’m from do your homework.

I’m made of average grades.

I’m made of don’t show you’re weak.

Just act like the hard guy.

I’m from konnichiwa.

I’m made of I’m not Japanese!

I’m made of sleeping in assembly.

I’m made of visits to the head of year.

I’m made of tuck your shirt in.

I’m from hidden insecurities concealed by confidence.

I’m made of the middle child.

I’m from get ready for your exams!

I’m made of all my friends.

I’ve lost fragments of a heart now cold.

I’ve lost life that made me the centre of the universe.

I’ve lost the comfort of youth but

I’ve found the hardships of growing up.

I’m made of trying to fit in a world that doesn’t want.

I’m made of belike your older sister

I’m from spit your gum out

I’m from turn your phone off

I’m made of you’re going to be late

I’m from a shadow that lurks behind confidence.

I’m torn between good and bad.

I’m from the back of the class.

I’m made of blending in with the crowd

I’m now from the scorching sun,

always shining bright.

We found ourselves in a community.

Written by Harit Boonyarakyotin, Zain Khan, Kimran Virk,

Abdulahi Awal and Yasmin Rabi (year 7)

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Cranford

Cricket News

McKenzie and Company Cup Winner 2015

The

Cranford force, managed by Mr Wain and Mr Rattu,

arrived at Regents Park. Having won the previous

tournament beating Twickenham Academy and Featherstone High

School and drawing against Isleworth & Syon in an intense match,

Cranford’s year 9 & 10 combined team qualified for the McKenzie

& Company Cup 2015. We met up at Southall Station early on

a hot Wednesday morning in July

2015, with our packed cricket kits.

We were ready to go and win the

competition.

The 7 over format favoured the

team with the two big hitters,

Hamza Hussein (year 9) and

Junaid Aurangzeb (year 10) who

were hitting everything out the

ground. There was no stopping

them. With the rules coming into

play, the batsman had to retire once they reached 20, which was disappointing

after seeing the big hits from the two openers. None the less Cranford could finish

off the game with the middle order batsman, Amaan (year 9) Vignesh Kannan

(year 10) and Aadil Awan (year 10). Our opening bowler Sahib put the pressure

early on the opposing team in every game after earning at least a wicket to his

name in all three games. With some awesome fielding by John and Ryan (year 9),

we were able to defeat Hayden and Stephney Green School in the two opening

group games of the day and win our group.

Cranford was in the final. One more win against Bethnal Green School (winners of group B) in the finals, would

crown Cranford champions. The team were on their toes on every ball, and with the encouragement and support

from one another, Cranford had won the McKenzie & Company Cup 2015. Winning a trophy, medals for each

of us, shirts, tickets to one of the Middlesex games, kit bags for the school and most importantly qualifying for

the regional finals and representing

Middlesex, it turned out to be a great

day after all. Without a team effort

this would not have been possible.

Aadil Awan (year10)

Cranford cricketers represent 6 counties

in the Regional Finals in Chelmsford

Cranford cricketers represented

6 counties in the regional finals

in Chelmsford. Winning their

first game by 7 wickets they were

boosted with confidence. Junaid,

Vignesh and Tawos each played a

beautiful innings to give Cranford the

win. Going into their second game,

the team were confident after they posted 68 runs from 7 overs. Hamza (year 9) getting 20 runs from 6 balls.

Unfortunately the opposing team had a few good starting overs getting 36 runs from the first 3 overs. Despite

the efforts from Akshat who only conceded 4 runs in his over and Aadil who got 2 wickets, Cranford lost the

game and was not able to reach the final game.

Even though they did not reach the final, Cranford still won their 3rd game and came 3rd in the competition. Well

done to the team and a special thanks to Mr Wain and Mr Rattu for supporting us all the way. Let’s make sure we

are better and even stronger next year round boys.

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Aadil Awan (year10)


Cranford

Girls

Boxing

Clever

“I can’t believe I

met a boxer”

“Great fun, thanks”

“Exhilarating”

“I am completely

exhausted but it

was so fun”

“Can we do this

every week?”

This

year Cranford has continued working

in partnership with Sky Sports Living

for Sport running the year 10 Sports Leaders Course.

The Sports Leaders have again stood out and shone

at all the primary schools they have visited and run

events for. We were incredibly lucky to

win a competition due to the leadership

training and won an additional visit from

a Sky Sports Mentor Hannah Beharry.

Hannah has boxed for England and Great

Britain, with a string of gold medals

under her belt aged just 23. She is an

inspirational role model and ambassador for the positive

influence of sport.

Hannah has been an Athlete Mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport

for several years. Speaking about her role as an Athlete Mentor,

Hannah commented: “I’m really looking forward to visiting as

many schools as possible and using my life story to inspire and

motivate others. It will be fantastic to support teachers, and make

a real difference to young peoples’ lives by talking about their own

stories and journeys.”

Hannah stayed in the Physical Education Department for the day and led 3

lessons on boxing training. Students were selected by the Physical Education

Department based on their effort during the year in their PE lessons. During

the lessons the students learnt a variety of punches and basic training

techniques with Hannah and were

a credit to the school

for their enthusiasm

and the maturity of

their questions they

asked at the end.

Anita Fiddess

(Second in PE Department)

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Jack Petchey Award

Abdiaziiz Sahal

September 2014

(nominated by

students)

Abdiaziiz Sahal was

given the Jack Petchey

Award in September 2014

because he participated

in the Regional Spanish

Spelling Bee, which was

won by Cranford, and

participated in the side that came in the top 5 in the

National Spanish Spelling Bee. Abdiaziiz has also

won the Hounslow English Spelling Bee which was

an amazing achievement for him. Abdiaziiz helps

our teachers after school helping us to go beyond

outstanding. He has chosen new books for the LRC

and he empathises with people’s genres. Abdiaziiz

has helped make the year 8 FROG page dedicating

hours at home and in school editing and creating

new ideas. He has been student leader two years in

a row and is a great role model for students.

Ashmita Kumar

October 2014

(nominated by

Ms Painting)

Ashmita is an incredibly

hard working young

lady whose homework

and classwork always

demonstrate an

outstanding attitude

to learning. She is

polite, helpful and respectful – in all ways a

model student. I am nominating her because of

her amazing ability and willingness to help other

students. Twice now, I have seated a new starter

next to her in German lessons – one student with

real literacy and confidence issues and another who

was an EAL beginner. She has managed to act as an

incredible TA to these students whilst never letting

the quality of her own work drop. She ensures that

they understand every element of their lessons and

these students’ success in German is in no small part

due to Ashmita’s fantastic help.

Sarah Mahmood

November 2014

(nominated by

Ms Mirsky)

Sarah has contributed hugely

to the Music Department in

the past year, not only being

dedicated to her own studies,

progress and performances,

but also supporting the

school community as a

whole. She has performed at prestigious events such as

the year 13 Celebration Evening, the NOfA project and

supported behind the scenes at extra-curricular events

giving up her free time before and after school.

Dillon Chuhan

January 2015

(nominated by

Ms Qureshi and Ms Jaura)

Dillon is a committed student

who has given up a lot of

his time for art & design.

He consistently encourages

younger members of the

school with their work and

students look up to him as a

role model. He has grown independently by actively

engaging in the National Saturday Art Club. He

volunteers to mentor other students in the community

and has given up his time on Saturdays by becoming a

student leader at the University of West London. This

role ensures he is supporting students who would not

otherwise have the opportunity to explore art and design

in such an open and varied way.

Gugandeep Banga

February 2015

(nominated by student)

Gugandeep is an exceptional

individual, who always

strives to improve the school,

its ethos and the surrounding

community. Through his

work with the charity ‘Mind’

he has developed skills

central to his passion and

initiated some mental health lessons as part of the school

curriculum. His responsibility as a prefect provides

support and empathy for others who may need it. He is

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“We do the Awards because we want to

believe in themselves and make a con


Winners 2014 / 2015

the first person, within our school, to apply to the top

universities in the US and is very fortunate to have

received the opportunity to gain a scholarship to New

York University. He has taken part in various extracurricular

activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh

Gold Award. He participated in “First Story” last year

and wrote an inspirational and heartfelt poem that was

published in an anthology called “Fishing for Words”.

Gugandeep truly deserves recognition for his superb

efforts within the school and the community.

Kishan Shah

March 2015

(nominated by student)

Kishan is truly a

unique, inquisitive and

conscientious individual.

These attributes will only

strengthen his aspiration

of becoming a lawyer. His

completion of the Duke of

Edinburgh Silver Award

epitomises his endeavour to test his abilities. Kishan

has been an active member of the school community

with his 3-year-long contribution to the First Story

organisation. He endlessly aims to give back, evident

through his position as co-leader for this year’s cohort

for First Story, as well as expressing and sharing his

passion for creative writing.

Khalid Butt

May 2015

(nominated by Mr Fraser)

Khalid has been working

alongside another coach

teaching tennis to students

in years 9, 10 and 11 in

WFactor. He is a natural

coach whose style is

encouraging and positive.

The transformation of a

disinterested year 11 student into a keen enthusiastic

player is a testament to his coaching skills and was done

with continual praise. Khalid is a fantastic role model

and is keen to take further coaching qualifications.

Lucy Tirahan

June 2015

(nominated by Ms Joyce)

Lucy is an outstanding all

round student who involves

herself in the life of the

school whilst maintaining

excellent academic

standards. She is a credit

to her year group. Winning

the regional final of Jack

Petchey Speak Out competition recently is just one

example of why she should be given this award.

Josiah Mutupa

April 2015

(nominated by Ms Sethi)

Josiah is a conscientious

student who seeks out

opportunities that will

develop him both as a

person and as student of

drama. He independently

took it upon himself to enrol

at the Lyric Theatre and on

a film project. He has a quiet confidence and has

produced some excellent work in his drama lessons,

both individually and as part of an ensemble. Recently,

he sought out an organisation that volunteers in India,

and prepared an application and video to outline why

he wanted to go to help build a school. He was open

to the culture and the country and as a result had a very

positive experience.

Ms Katie Hibbins

Adult Leader Award

(nominated by students)

Ms Hibbins is an exceptional

teacher who goes above and

beyond her normal duties

in order to drive students

to succeed and engage in

enrichment programmes

such as High Achievers

and the Duke of Edinburgh

Award. She has enabled students to be involved in

visits to Oxbridge and Edinburgh Universities. Not

only is she a true scholar, but she also embraces

the World Challenge Scheme and took students to

Morocco last year to help build classrooms. As a kind

and genuinely caring teacher she encourages even the

most challenging students to behave appropriately. Ms

Hibbins is a true asset to this school.

help young people raise their aspirations,

tribution to their society.” Jack Petchey

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Cranford’s Rewards Day is the

culmination of the DREAM

rewards points system which

runs throughout the year. All students

attended a trip or activity with over

700 going offsite. New

trips this year included

the London Eye, Harry

Potter World and the

local bike track for a half

day’s BMX coaching and

races, as well as old favourites such

as Coral Reef, Thorpe Park and Brighton.

The DREAM system was imported from New York

in 2008 and is the focus of our positive behaviour

management strategy with students gaining DREAM

points for Discipline, Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement

and Maturity. Whilst individuals are rewarded on a weekly

basis and the leading form group in each year

wins a half-termly pizza party, the

end of year Rewards Day is what all

students are working towards and trips

are allocated on the basis of DREAM

points gained throughout the year.

Although competition for the top choices

is always stiff, every student enjoys a

fantastic rewards trip or activity and, as

always, much fun was had by students

and staff again this year.

So whether you are hoping to be sunning

yourself on Brighton beach, hurtling down Thorpe Park’s log

flume ride or gliding across the ice at Slough’s ice rink, the

competition starts again in September 2015 to gather those

all-important DREAM points. We can’t wait.

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Rob Ind (Assistant Headteacher Pastoral)


Message from Year 7

It

has been a wonderful past 9 months for

the year 7 cohort in all asepcts. 2014-2015

has seen students representing Cranford at Lord’s

Cricket ground, athletics tournaments and other

varied, activities including a whole year musical

performance in the very first term.

Therefore, it was no

surprise that the end of

term saw a tremendously

successful debate

between the different

tutor groups. Each tutor

group put forward teams

of two and thanks to the

support of their tutors,

as well as the students

themselves, the quality

of performance was

extremely high.

Eight teams were

whittled down to

two in an engaging

opening round, with only two teams entering the

final round. In the final, Aliza Abbas and Ajeet

Kang (7U) were pitted

against Ayisha Mahmood

and Shaan Abbasi (7Z).

It was a thoroughly

entertaining and tightlyfought

affair; 7Z’s pairing

of Shaan and Ayisha

came first by a margin

of just two votes. As

well as this,

presentations

and speeches

were given by

other members

of year 7 in an

evening that

did credit to the whole year

group, the tutors and the students

themselves. It has been, from start

to finish, a tremendously positive

year for the cohort and year 8 will no

doubt see further impressive work

from them all.

Aaron Sohi and

Yas Ashfaq

(Head of Year

7 and Year

Manager)

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Year 11

Record of

Achievement

and Prom

2015

On

Tuesday 16th June 2015, year

11 students together with their

parents, friends and family gathered

together to celebrate the achievements and

talents of the year group. The event began

with a dance group performing a dance

fusion piece which perfectly captured the energy and

enthusiasm of the year group and it was

clear that the dancers had spent a lot of time

preparing the performance.

Ms Gerber and Mr Stumpf made an excellent

opening speech which inspired the students

and was a perfect introduction to the

presentation of the Record of Achievement

folders. The tutors worked hard to ensure

the presentations were seamless and all

members of the year group looked smart and

mature when collecting their folder.

The Year 11 Band performed “Flashlight” by Jessie J

which mirrored the feelings of many within the room.

Ms Sullivan and Ms Kaher gave emotional speeches,

reminiscing on how year 11 students had grown up

since year 7 and considering what the

future may hold for all of the young

people who have been in their care. The

final part of the formal presentations

was the RoA video, created by

Shafla Sharaz and Rimsha Amjad. It

contained messages from former as

well as current teachers, photos from

year 7 to year 11, videos from drama

performances and time spent together; a fantastic

finale with many lasting memories.

“If there ever is

a tomorrow when we’re

not together…there is

something you must

always remember. You are

braver than you believe,

stronger then you seem,

and smarter than you think. But the most

important thing is, even if

we’re apart…

I’ll always be with you”.

“Do the things you love, not

the things others love”.

“Don’t think you know

everything, take other people’s

advice into consideration”.

“Never be afraid to ask for help”.

Everyone then set off for the Prom which was

held at the Riverside venue. The students looked

fantastic, with some very smart suits and beautiful

dresses. Their behaviour and attitude reflected their

appearances and it was wonderful to see

the entire year group dancing together

all night. Tutors made presentations to

students who had worked hard throughout

the years, and the prom king and queen

were announced. It was a fitting end

to a fantastic year group’s

hardest year yet and

they did it as they

had the last 5 years;

together.

Well done Class of

2015- the best is yet

to come.

Rachel Sullivan

(Head of Year 11)

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“Be yourself, respect yourself. Don’t be

afraid to stand up for what you believe in,

even if it means risking embarrassment”.


Year 13

Celebration Evening 2015

Year 13

Celebration Evening took place

at the Heston Sports Ground

Imperial College London venue on Thursday 7th May

2015, to acknowledge the culmination of our year 13

students’ academic careers at Cranford

Community College. Ms Prunty, Mrs Joyce,

Mr Wasiq, the Year Team and the students

put on an evening which was well attended

by students, parents, grandparents, siblings,

teachers, tutors, year managers (past and

present) and senior management.

The programme for the evening

got off to a spectacular start

with a Bhangra Performance

by Rimsha Jaffari and Mehreen

Nazimi, supported by KS3

students on the Dhol Drums. Then

the Student Leadership Quartet

(Bethany Johnson – Head Girl,

Surya Varatharajan – Head Boy,

Abrar Al-Habtari – Deputy Head Girl,

Ravi Mandalia – Deputy Head Boy)

introduced the evening and thanked

staff and peers for their support.

Mr Prunty, Executive Headteacher, then took

to the stage (in his red socks…) and praised the

year group for their commitment to Cranford and

strong work ethic. This led into the

second amazing performance of the

evening, with Kimran Mahal singing

“Killing Me Softly” accompanied by

Mr Singh on guitar.

The tutors from the Year Team then

introduced their Form Groups and

read out personal messages about their

tutees as they came onto the stage and

received certificates from Mr Prunty. In

the background a presentation displayed

pictures from years 7, 10 and 12, and each student’s

destination university or employer for next year.

The final performance of the evening was a passionate

performance of Sam Smith’s “Lay with Me”

beautifully sung by Bethany Johnson and

Ms Mirsky, also accompanied by Mr Singh

on guitar.

The formal element of the evening closed

with Mr Ryan (Head of Year) reminding

his year group they were a record

breaking year group. Before Ms Ledlie

(Year Manager) thanked the year group and

Ms Ashfaq (Year Manager / Year 7-12) said

an emotional farewell to her babies.

Then everyone got into the party spirit ate, danced and

partied a memorable evening away. We wish everyone

well for the future and hope they will keep us informed

of their progress at university and beyond.

Jonathan Ryan (Senior Teacher Head of Post 16)

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Welcome to the

Student Leadership

The

annual elections for the new Student Leadership quartet for 2015-2016 were held during the latter

part of the summer term 2015. The candidates went through a number of stages in the election process

which involved: writing a letter of application, presenting in assembly, supporting and presenting on year 7 Taster

Day, creating a manifesto and being interviewed by a student panel. Congratulations to all those students who

applied and to our elected team, and to Hanna Malik, Ashwin Thakur and Amit Asskoumi who also did really

well, but just missed out.

Jonathan Ryan (Senior Teacher Head of Post 16)

“I applied for the role of Head Girl because I’ve always been able to put my thoughts into

words, but this application process was harder than usual as I was enthusiastic to write down

everything I could possibly offer the role. I am currently studying A Level English literature,

history and religious studies and I hope to one day be a lawyer. This application process has

allowed me to practise writing for my UCAS personal statement. As a lawyer, you need to adopt

the position of leader in a court of law to achieve justice. The role of Head Girl will allow me

to lead a team to achieve the best possible outcomes for the school. I am extremely excited to

embark on this eventful journey as your Head Girl. I will put everything into making myself a

positive Cranford role model. Thank you”.

Diana Atougia (Head Girl)

“I applied for the position of Head Boy as I wanted to make a change that would last a lifetime.

When the position of Head Boy was first advertised with specific traits and characteristics, I

immediately felt that my personality and achievements met these requirements and with the

encouragement of my peers, I proceeded with the application and much to my delight was

successful. The application process stretched me because it was the first time I had ever been

through such a rigorous process. However, much like with everything I do, I gave it my best

effort. The first fence to jump was the letter of application. From this I learnt how to present my

achievements. The next hurdle was creating a unique manifesto that would inspire and excite.

Finally, the interview; this stretched me the most as it was a test of ability to vocalise my views

and ideas as well as answering questions under pressure. I currently study A level psychology

and sociology and BTec business. My career aspiration is to become an officer in the British

Army. Being Head Boy requires leadership, communication, resilience and perseverance, and this position will help

prepare me for my future career. That’s looking into the future. My priority, apart from getting exceptional grades, is

to be a Head Boy that Cranford can be proud of”.

Taylor Panesar (Head Boy)

“I applied to become Deputy Head Girl as I would like to be part of any challenges and

developments happening within our school. Applying for this post gave me experience of an

interview which helped my confidence along with other skills. I believe the position of Deputy

Head Girl will help me in the future because I know that it will make me stand out as a successful

student amongst others and will make others aware of the responsibility I have in this role. This

opportunity will help me to listen to students’ views and opinions and if there is anything I could

do to help them I will ensure to do so ”.

Maria Isaaq (Deputy Head Girl)

“I am Adil Hassan, the Deputy Head Boy. I’ve been a student in the school for 6 years and when

this opportunity arose I decided to aim for it. The application process stretched me but I discovered

I am skilled in speaking in front of big crowds as well as handling bigger responsibilities. The

role of Deputy Head Boy will allow me to increase my skills in being a leader and being able to

make decisions within a team which links to my career aspiration of being an Investment Banker

for which I am studying maths, physics, economics and geography. I am proud to be the Deputy

Head Boy and I aim to help keep Cranford at the top”.

Adil Hassan (Deputy Head Boy)

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