Cranford Review / June_2018

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On<br />

7th March <strong>2018</strong>, <strong>Cranford</strong> welcomed for the third time<br />

a delegation of 9 students and 3 members of staff from<br />

our partner school, Joto Senior High School in Okayama, Japan. A<br />

former member of <strong>Cranford</strong>’s staff, Mr Christopher Baxter, now<br />

lives and works in Japan and it was through his good offices that<br />

the link with Joto SHS, a designated Global High School in Japan,<br />

was established in 2016. Year 12 students from <strong>Cranford</strong> spent the<br />

day with their Japanese peers in an integration programme, which<br />

started with presentations by the Japanese on a range of subjects<br />

from recycling plastics to how small agricultural holdings survive<br />

in Japan and continued into solving riddles and a quiz on the UK<br />

and Japan. During their tour of the school, the Japanese were<br />

blown away by the <strong>Cranford</strong> SuperDome and were very envious<br />

of our fields and facilities.<br />

These visits present a unique opportunity for students from<br />

both schools to experience first-hand exchanges with their<br />

counterparts. We look forward to continued opportunities for<br />

students to meet their peers from across the Globe and are<br />

preparing for the annual visit by Ocheon Senior High School<br />

from Pohang, South Korea in July <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Philip Dobison (Consultant)

Alumni Event <strong>2018</strong><br />

Having been worked on the idea for months, I was<br />

able to organise a careers event with a twist.<br />

I had been reflecting that at times careers events with<br />

representatives from organisations far and wide, who the students<br />

couldn’t necessarily relate to wasn’t the best for them. The<br />

rationale was it would be far more beneficial and motivational if<br />

we used our own amazing former students (who are involved in<br />

careers ranging from apache pilots, pharmacists to risk analysts<br />

in the City of London) as they would have been on very similar<br />

journeys. Some of them have remained in the local area, in roles<br />

such as teaching, others have gone further afield and are working<br />

in consultancy with global firms such as Deloitte. One thing they<br />

do have in common is the desire to give back and support the<br />

school that supported them, by sharing their expertise and the<br />

lessons gained from their experiences with the next generation.<br />

The event was an astounding success; it was so oversubscribed<br />

that we are already thinking about how to make the next one even<br />

bigger. There was a real buzz about the room with every former<br />

student making genuine connections with the <strong>Cranford</strong> students,<br />

who shuffled around the room in a cross between musical chairs<br />

and speed dating. The event was a roaring success, a reminder of<br />

the impact we have on the lives of young people and something<br />

that was most definitely worth the time and effort invested in<br />

it; something that we envisage will become bigger and better in<br />

future years.<br />

The careers event was followed by an Alumni only reception.<br />

This was a wonderful opportunity for former students to catch<br />

up with each other as they mingled over refreshments, excitedly<br />

sharing stories with each other about their exploits and adventures<br />

since leaving school. There was perhaps even more excitement<br />

amongst staff to catch up with their former students, beaming with<br />

pride listening to all that they had accomplished. This was the<br />

embryonic start of what we hope will be a blossoming <strong>Cranford</strong><br />

Community College Alumni. Given their enthusiasm for this<br />

event and their obvious commitment to supporting the school,<br />

we imagine the stunning individuals who gave up their Friday<br />

evening for this event will spread the word to help ensure that<br />

happens.<br />

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Mehmoona Yousaf (Senior Teacher)

“The Alumni conference<br />

was one of the most useful<br />

and most informative<br />

event I have attended. I<br />

had many conversations<br />

with the alumni (such as<br />

a pilot, an accountant, a<br />

lawyer, an army cadet and<br />

many more) and knowing<br />

that they pursued their<br />

careers in different<br />

fields through various<br />

pathways allowed me<br />

to get an insight into<br />

different industries after<br />

education”.<br />

Armeen Junaid (year 13)<br />

“The alumni conference was an event which gave me a<br />

broader insight into life after post-16 education. I was<br />

able to converse with a number of previous students who<br />

shared their experiences with us and shared advice on<br />

adapting to university life; being able to talk to these<br />

students was a motivating experience since they talked<br />

of their A Levels and the opportunities they had taken<br />

after leaving the school, having previously been in our<br />

position as A Level students”.<br />

Carmen Gaur (year 13)<br />

“The event taught me that life can take you in any<br />

direction, don’t see your plans as set in stone”.<br />

Karamveer Tamna (year 10)<br />

“The event was eye-opening for me<br />

especially, because I never thought<br />

there were that many people in different<br />

industries such as piloting and<br />

journalism who went to <strong>Cranford</strong>, and<br />

who are of the same background as<br />

me. It was also motivational because<br />

you learn and hear things that the<br />

teachers don’t necessarily say, so it<br />

gives you that moral boost needed<br />

to work hard and not give up,<br />

because they went through the same<br />

experiences and managed to get to<br />

their goals”.<br />

Abdulhakim Mohamed (year 13)<br />

“They showed me not to underestimate<br />

yourself – you can do whatever you want<br />

in life”.<br />

Arsida Dukaj (year 10)<br />

“The event was inspirational, as<br />

it taught us that you can achieve<br />

anything you want to if you try”.<br />

Fatima Hussain (year 10)<br />

“I learnt not to stop trying, as<br />

some of the Alumni didn’t have<br />

the most amazing grades at the<br />

start, but they didn’t let that<br />

stop them from achieving their dreams”.<br />

Gursharen Pannu (year 10)<br />

Faiza Ali, now working as Project Officer for the Anti-Tribalism Movement wrote: “It was so nice to be back at <strong>Cranford</strong><br />

with old friends and to meet current students. I really enjoyed hearing from students about their experiences at school<br />

and their future aspirations. I’m looking forward to this being something <strong>Cranford</strong> hosts every year.<br />

This couldn’t have happened without the amazing teachers who put their time and effort<br />

in to it so thank you...”<br />

Nila Deda, working as a Management Consultant for Deloitte commented “I was really<br />

impressed with the questions the students were asking, the levels of engagement we<br />

got and how they were using our experiences to plan for their own time at university. I<br />

was also impressed that year 10 students turned up! So amazing that you arranged the<br />

evening! This is why you are an amazing teacher! Because you care so much”.<br />


Beat The Street<br />

Tour Bus<br />

On<br />

Monday 5th February <strong>2018</strong> we were fortunate to be<br />

visited by Glen Rowe, Managing Director of Back<br />

Stage Academy with a massive 18 metre tour bus. The<br />

purpose of the visit was to introduce year 9 students to careers in<br />

the music industry and to learn about what it is like to go on tour.<br />

Glen Rowe, Tour Director for Muse and now Managing Director of<br />

Backstage Academy, gave students an insight into the world of live<br />

events production, life on the road and answered questions on his<br />

twenty-year career in the industry. Students then got the opportunity<br />

to spend time on the Beat the Street tour bus to get a glimpse of the<br />

touring lifestyle.<br />

The students really enjoyed the experience and were very impressed<br />

by the tour bus. It certainly changed their views of the rock star life<br />

style.<br />

Luke Joyce and Rory O’Hare<br />

(Creative Arts – Music)<br />

“I really enjoyed<br />

going on the tour bus and seeing it<br />

all in person. I want a career in music<br />

and seeing it all up close has really<br />

inspired me and the rest of my band<br />

members. I’ve always wanted to go on<br />

tour and perform songs for people and<br />

now I’ve had a taste of what that could<br />

actually be like and I want to continue<br />

working with my band and hopefully<br />

at some point have our own mini tour.<br />

The people that came in to talk about<br />

what it’s like in the music industry<br />

have also helped as now I know what<br />

to expect for the future”.<br />

Corben Smith (year 9)<br />

“I really enjoyed that day, particularly<br />

walking into the tour bus. As an<br />

aspiring musician in a band this<br />

has been a wonderful, inspiring and<br />

educational lesson. It showed me how<br />

life is on tour and how it is not as bad<br />

as it seems, because I’m in a band,<br />

I want to go on tour and this shows<br />

how life is like on the road. Glen who<br />

worked with Muse, showed us how<br />

there is more to the music industry<br />

than just bands and producers. He<br />

really enlightened me on the subject<br />

and I really am pleased having<br />

learnt that”.<br />

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Zayia Berum (year 9)

Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evening <strong>2018</strong><br />

<strong>Cranford</strong> Community College was<br />

well represented at the Borough<br />

Awards Evening for the Duke of<br />

Edinburgh Awards on Thursday<br />

14th March <strong>2018</strong> at Heston school<br />

with over 40 students gaining their<br />

Bronze award and 6 students gaining<br />

their Silver. Students completed their<br />

volunteering, physical, skill and expedition to gain the<br />

awards for a sustained period of time. From cooking and<br />

computing to archery and athletics students gained skills<br />

and physical development. What was most impressive<br />

was the hours and hours students spent volunteering for<br />

others, this included working with the elderly, helping<br />

others in libraries across the borough or coaching others<br />

in sports. The students gained their expedition element<br />

this year on the North Downs and complete an overnight<br />

camping experience and extended walk being completely<br />

self-sufficient. Students who gained the award are<br />

amazing members of the school and local community<br />

show many skills throughout the programme. On the<br />

evening students were immaculate and represented the<br />

school exceptionally well.<br />

Congratulations to all our award winners;<br />

Silver awards: Navneet Ghttora, Aditya Kumar, Sumit<br />

Mehra, Shahzain Nooruddin and Tajinder Gill.<br />

Bronze awards: Aliza Abbas, Shaan Abbasi, Rameez<br />

Ahmed, Ilays Ali, Nimra Anjum, Manleen Arora, Nicole<br />

Atouguia, Bhanuya Balendran, Rheana Bhalsod, Anjali<br />

Bhambra, Jack Blandford, Harit Boonyarakyotin, Gurvir<br />

Brar, Laura Chicharo Freire, Manisha Dhamrait, Arsida<br />

Dukaj, Adam El Kosbi, Rajmit Ghttora, Jaineet Gulabzada,<br />

Aadam Hasnain, Syed Jaffery, Ajeet Kang, Yashveer<br />

Kang, Mashal Nejrabi, Adelaide Nunes - Samgi, Reeya<br />

Patankar, Elvis Pun, Aryan Raicar, Aeyman Saeed, Taran<br />

Saggu, Gurpreet Sahota, Manbir Sekhon, Danyal Shah,<br />

Mehir Singh, Rajvir Sran, Karamveer Tamna, Mithushala<br />

Thanabalasingam, Shabnam Uria, Kimran Virk, Dua-E<br />

Zehra.<br />

Kevin Biggs (Assistant Headteacher – Duke of Edinburgh Lead)<br />


The<br />

trip was amazing. It took us two hours<br />

on a Saturday to get to the Royal<br />

Shakespeare Theatre, but it was worth it. The<br />

production was magnificent and it will definitely<br />

be helpful in my A level exam; trips like this one are<br />

beyond great when it comes to helping students in<br />

their exams and this production specifically was one<br />

of the best I have seen in theatre. The Duchess of<br />

Malfi is a thrill to watch, there are so many different<br />

interpretations of the play on YouTube ranging<br />

from controversial to outstanding, but being able<br />

to watch the play live is a whole other experience.<br />

Seeing the play come to live was phenomenal, it<br />

explored so many social issues that society has yet<br />

to overcome: patriarchy, sexism, classism, rape etc.<br />

Reading about these issues and linking them to how<br />

the audience would have felt in the 17th century<br />

and would feel today cannot compare to the ways<br />

in which we reacted whilst watching the play. Some<br />

of the scenes were horrific and shocking to watch,<br />

like Julia’s rape scene and the second half of the<br />

production in which blood is poured all over the<br />

stage from a decapitated bull and all the actors walk<br />

through it and drag each other around it like it’s not<br />

there – so gory but so intriguing. Every scene had<br />

a plot twist and I couldn’t help but lean forward<br />

on the edge of my chair surprised and delighted at<br />

the Maria Aberg’s directorial choices about which<br />

aspects of the play to keep in and which ones to take<br />

out. The fact that politics was only in the background<br />

of this play and wasn’t as prominent as it is in the<br />

original play made this one appear as a soap drama.<br />

It was so interesting and so helpful that I included it<br />

in my essay for Monday. We should most definitely<br />

encourage young people to go to the theatre and<br />

watch modern interpretations of old plays, because<br />

they truly do leave you with a message about our<br />

society today as well as society then.<br />

Mary Stuart at the<br />

Duke of York’s Theatre<br />

On<br />

Monday 5th February<br />

<strong>2018</strong>, year 11 GCSE<br />

and year 12 drama A-level<br />

students went to see Mary<br />

Stuart at the Duke of York’s<br />

Theatre in London in support<br />

of their exam. Although we had<br />

researched the production we had not anticipated<br />

what we were about to see would be so different and<br />

so exciting, keeping us on the edge of our seats right<br />

until the end, even though we knew that Mary Stuart<br />

would be executed.<br />

The coin, deciding each actress’s fate for the night,<br />

is spun right at the start. With the aid of two extra<br />

screens, we see the result: heads. Julia Stevenson is<br />

appointed queen, whilst Lia Williams prepares for<br />

her harsh imprisonment as Mary Stuart. From this<br />

moment on, the play becomes a constant cycle of<br />

uncertainty, deceit and betrayal.<br />

Decisions made at the flip of a coin, accentuated<br />

melancholy through song and a divine timelessness<br />

created through scenes which lack words; those are<br />

the elements which left us in awe. Robert Icke’s<br />

innovative adaptation brought this iconic story in<br />

history to life engaging younger audience members<br />

like myself and making my understanding of what<br />

happened more accessible. Icke’s production strips<br />

away all the unnecessary elements that have been<br />

added onto the train of theatre travelling through<br />

time, with such simplicity that the story and the<br />

relationship between these two queens becomes<br />

central to the action.<br />

His awareness of the “big problem… the industry’s<br />

going to have to address and sort out” regarding the<br />

lack of interest in theatre for younger audiences, is<br />

what gave his production a nuance of timelessness.<br />

It is because of directors like him, that theatre has<br />

not faded into a fond memory of the past, but rather<br />

embarked on a boat towards the future that will<br />

carry a younger audience forward with its magic and<br />

possibilities.<br />

This production has opened my eyes to the possibility<br />

of theatre and how it can inform my practice as an<br />

A-level drama student, which is so exciting.<br />

Cristiana Eftenoiu (year 12)<br />

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Jessica Atouguia (year 13)

Spring <strong>2018</strong><br />

Another fantastic term of Physical Education at <strong>Cranford</strong>. We’ve entered so many more<br />

competitions, increased participation of extra-curricular sport and provided other<br />

schools with a base to facilitate sport. The PE department have been working hard to<br />

ensure all students receive a great experience of sport and exercise. We have a number<br />

of year 8 girls leading the way with Brunel University and the Youth Sport Trust on the Girls’ Active<br />

Programme. Our school’s games organiser is developing the name of <strong>Cranford</strong> Sport in Hillingdon<br />

schools by leading sporting events across primary schools. We have also been facilitating sporting<br />

tournaments for behavioural schools across West London in the <strong>Cranford</strong> SuperDome. Our sports<br />

leaders continue on their Youth Sport Award course, whilst we also celebrate national individual<br />

sporting success. We are truly making every student have a positive experience of sport and PE at<br />

<strong>Cranford</strong> Community College.<br />

Interform<br />

Throughout the year students have<br />

been representing their form groups<br />

as part of <strong>Cranford</strong>’s Interform<br />

competition. There has been a fantastic<br />

turnout with students arriving before<br />

school to furiously compete in football,<br />

dodgeball and basketball. The enthusiasm<br />

and appetite for the competition have been<br />

huge and it’s been great to have form<br />

tutors come down to support their forms.<br />

As the points currently stand W tops the<br />

table in year 7, T in year 8 and T in year<br />

9. However, this could all change as the<br />

competition continues culminating with<br />

Sports Day at the end of the year. A special<br />

thanks goes out to the Youth Sports Leaders<br />

who volunteered a lot of their time to help<br />

out with running the competition.<br />

Rob Notley<br />

(Director of Community Sport)<br />

Winter Sport Update<br />

Throughout the winter of <strong>2018</strong>, <strong>Cranford</strong><br />

Community College students were involved in a<br />

wide range of sports. The school has participated<br />

in football, netball, rugby, basketball, cricket, weight<br />

training, badminton, dance, dodgeball and trampolining.<br />

Both the female and male fixtures within these sports<br />

had a lot of success throughout their season. There was<br />

a range of football and netball tournaments where the<br />

girls’ teams won many games competing against other<br />

schools within the borough. Special students to mention<br />

are year 9 students, Karolina Mucko and Avneet Bagri,<br />

who joined Grasshoppers Netball Association. Some year<br />

9 boys have also advanced their skills within athletics<br />

and have been training at the Osterley Athletics Centre<br />

since the start of this year. <strong>Cranford</strong> is very proud to<br />

offer such a diverse range of sports that students can<br />

either play at a recreational level or a competitive level.<br />

The PE department and students are looking forward to<br />

a strong summer ahead in the borough athletics, cricket<br />

and rounders season.<br />

Diane Masters (PE Department)<br />


Creative Arts Spring Term<br />

During the spring term the creative arts team<br />

have been working with students in year 8<br />

on the topic of health and well-being with<br />

a particular focus on mental health and healthy life<br />

styles. The chosen theme of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice<br />

in Wonderland” has underpinned creative work in all<br />

arts areas with specific focus on the Mad Hatter’s Tea<br />

Party which will take place as part of the Cranbury<br />

Festival on Saturday 14th July <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

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Students worked using the medium of clay to create<br />

various teapots, cups and saucers. A tea party is a<br />

social occasion where people can gather together and<br />

have a discussion. The clay work was made by year<br />

8 students based on current social issues they feel<br />

strongly about. Some of the diverse issues explored<br />

include racism, inequality, privilege, gang culture<br />

and world conflict. In addition, students have made<br />

“Mad Hatter” hats. In the 19th century, hat makers<br />

were exposed to the mercury used in manufacturing<br />

and many were poisoned by it. Mercury poisoning<br />

causes neurological damage, including slurred<br />

speech, memory loss and tremors, which led to the<br />

phrase “mad as a hatter”. Lewis Carroll was familiar<br />

with the conditions at asylums and visited at least<br />

one. Besides staging theatre plays, dances and other<br />

amusements, such asylums also held tea-parties.<br />

Year 8 students have been exploring the symptoms<br />

associated with different forms of mental health and

Health and Well-being Project<br />

have made hats reflecting these symptoms. This opened<br />

a discussion about the social stigma and discrimination<br />

faced by people who suffer from mental health issues.<br />

Additional large scale portraits of the characters and<br />

bunting will create a colourful background for the party.<br />

In drama year 8 students focussed on mask making and<br />

physical theatre, using masks in performance whilst<br />

looking at how our face represents us and who we are<br />

on the outside but how maybe we hide behind the mask.<br />

In addition, they looked at food stories considering how<br />

what we eat can affect our health and wellbeing. In<br />

music the year 8 bands have created original songs on<br />

the theme of mental health as well as composing original<br />

soundscapes in music technology reflecting the theme<br />

and these will be performed on the live stage<br />

at the festival.<br />

The issue of mental health is a difficult<br />

topic to cover. Using the creative arts<br />

as a means of talking and learning about<br />

this topic and how young people feel has<br />

made it more possible for them to share<br />

their stories, their concerns and their<br />

questions and made them more confident<br />

in dealing with the day to day issues<br />

surrounding this ever growing problem.<br />

Jessica Joyce<br />

(Consultant – Creative Arts)<br />


at the Palace of Westminster<br />

To<br />

celebrate the end of the first cohort of<br />

mentor’s mentees and welcome the next<br />

cohort, Hounslow’s Promise organised a<br />

celebration networking event at the Speakers House<br />

at the Palace of Westminster on Thursday 22nd<br />

February <strong>2018</strong>. The Speakers House is the official<br />

residence of the Speaker of the House and Hounslow’s<br />

Promise was delighted to be given permission to use<br />

it by the current holder of office the Rt Hon. John<br />

Bercow. The event was an opportunity for business<br />

leaders such as John Holland Kaye CEO Heathrow<br />

Airport and politicians such as John Bercow Speaker<br />

of the House, Seema Malhotra MP for Feltham<br />

and Heston and Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and<br />

Spen, to mix and network with <strong>Cranford</strong> staff and<br />

students. Our students displayed some high level<br />

networking skills and made some great contacts both<br />

personally and on behalf of the school.<br />

Speeches were made by John Bercow, Seema<br />

Malhotra and a mentor Amina Khayyam but the<br />

star of the show was undoubtable Carmen Gaur<br />

who made a stunning and inspiring speech about<br />

her year being mentored.<br />

Alan Fraser (Assistant Headteacher – Director of<br />

Community Development)<br />

“Being able to visit the Speaker’s House in<br />

the Houses of Parliament was an amazing<br />

experience. I was able to talk with various<br />

individuals attending the 1st anniversary<br />

of ‘Hounslow’s Promise’ about their own<br />

endeavours and the benefits of such an<br />

initiative being implemented in schools.<br />

We heard great speeches from both John<br />

Bercow (Speaker of the House) and MP<br />

Seema Malhotra at the celebration event<br />

and met many influential people who<br />

were MPs, Lords and business leaders.<br />

The opportunity to give a speech in the<br />

company of these influential people was<br />

an unforgettable experience and I was able<br />

to give a personal example of how much<br />

this initiative has helped me through its<br />

mentoring scheme. It was a great evening<br />

which I’m glad I was able to be a part of”.<br />

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Carmen Gaur (year 13)

Good evening, I am Carmen<br />

Gaur, a year 13 student at<br />

<strong>Cranford</strong> Community College.<br />

I would like to start by saying that<br />

I am grateful, grateful to have been<br />

a part of the Community Mentoring<br />

programme created by Hounslow’s<br />

Promise. The opportunity that<br />

Hounslow’s Promise has given<br />

students within the community<br />

has been very beneficial for all;<br />

personally it has allowed me to<br />

develop a better version of myself.<br />

The decision to have mentors, who<br />

are normal people just like us, and<br />

who have volunteered their spare<br />

time for us is what makes this so<br />

special, because we have people<br />

involved who care and want to<br />

become mentors and offer guidance<br />

to help young people develop.<br />

This initiative has allowed me to<br />

be paired with someone who is<br />

currently working in a field similar<br />

to the one I aspire to enter. She is<br />

a dancer whilst I aspire to go into<br />

writing. Although it may seem<br />

difficult to see the similarity between<br />

dancing and writing, both are merely<br />

different modes of telling beautiful<br />

and creative stories. Each fortnight<br />

for the past year I have been able<br />

to meet with my mentor and have<br />

sessions ranging from just talking to<br />

each other, pen and paper in hand,<br />

to doing physical activities such as<br />

focusing on breathing techniques.<br />

I believe that the best part was just<br />

being able to talk to someone who<br />

could give me advice. Even though<br />

it cannot be expected that our issues<br />

can be solved in a single sitting,<br />

over the months, with the help of<br />

my mentor, I have been able to break<br />

down that brick wall holding me<br />

back from doing what I want to do.<br />

As I mentioned earlier, one of<br />

the elements we focused on was<br />

breathing. Breathing is seen as such<br />

a mundane thing that we all do, if we<br />

didn’t then we probably wouldn’t be<br />

seated in this room right now. But it<br />

was one of the things that actually<br />

helped with my confidence. My<br />

mentor taught me that the function<br />

of the body allows for the positivity<br />

of the mind. Just taking a few<br />

deep breaths and controlling your<br />

breathing can have such a significant<br />

effect on your well-being, especially<br />

before an exam or at events such as<br />

this one involving public speaking.<br />

The young adults within our<br />

community have the potential to<br />

do amazing things, be whatever<br />

they want to be, and opportunities<br />

like this are what will aid them in<br />

finding their path to reaching these<br />

goals. For me, it has helped me work<br />

towards the development of skills I<br />

listed almost a year ago when this<br />

scheme started.<br />

I would like to end my speech by<br />

again thanking the creators of<br />

Hounslow’s Promise for providing<br />

such an opportunity for young people<br />

like me and thanking Ms Khayyum<br />

for agreeing to mentor me this past<br />

year. Having access to programmes<br />

such as this can help both the student<br />

mentees and mentors to grow and<br />

learn from each other, changing their<br />

perceptions and making it known<br />

what they are capable of.<br />

Even relatively simple programmes<br />

like this can make a big difference<br />

in the minds of our young people.<br />

Thank you.<br />

Speech by Carmen Gaur (year 13)<br />


Tom Hovey “BakeOFF” Illustrator comes to <strong>Cranford</strong><br />

Students in year 9 have been making recipes of food that have cultural meaning<br />

to them in their creative arts lessons in preparation for the forthcoming<br />

Cranbury Festival in July <strong>2018</strong>. The recipes originate from special occasions,<br />

festivals or memories of childhood. In addition, they have been drawing the food<br />

and illustrating the stories that go with them to create a recipe book.<br />

To support their work, we were delighted to welcome Tom Hovey, illustrator for<br />

“The Great British Bake Off” who shared his tips and techniques for creating<br />

delicious looking drawings.<br />

Angee Ayres (Creative Arts)<br />

My day with Tom Hovey:<br />

Tom<br />

helped all of us one at a time asking<br />

about our food stories. My one is<br />

about a Portuguese custard tart called Pastel<br />

de Nata. Whenever I eat it I’m reminded of<br />

Portugal. He told us about his story of becoming<br />

an artist. He showed us some of the pictures he<br />

drew like the delicious ice cream and the rose<br />

cake and the giant burger. He also showed us<br />

some of his techniques, for example sketching.<br />

He bought some of his cake designs and they all<br />

were sketched. He said sometimes he would draw<br />

on the computer. Then we started to draw food<br />

from our food stories and some of us copied his<br />

drawings too. It was a pleasure having him with<br />

us and it was a great opportunity. Maybe I could<br />

be a great artist like him.<br />

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Iman El Fartas (year 8)

The Tale<br />

Of The Unknown Island<br />

On<br />

Wednesday 21 March <strong>2018</strong>,<br />

<strong>Cranford</strong> Community College<br />

students performed The Tale of the Unknown<br />

Island to an eagerly-awaiting audience.<br />

Set in the round, actors brought to life the<br />

adapted novella by José Saramago, taking the<br />

audience on one man’s journey to discover<br />

an unknown island. The “Man”, played by<br />

nearly all the actors onstage at one point or<br />

another, comes up against various challenges<br />

on his journey, from needing a boat to having<br />

to find a crew, and even the challenge of not<br />

knowing how to sail. In life we often learn that<br />

it is not the end result which matters, but the<br />

journey we go on to get there; this is reflected<br />

in Saramago’s tale as we see the “Man” realise<br />

that his unknown is not an island, but love,<br />

and this love was in front of him as soon as he<br />

started his quest.<br />

The young actors, from years 7-9, worked<br />

tirelessly on this piece to imbue it with a<br />

sense of storytelling akin to how we heard<br />

stories when we were younger – excitement,<br />

mystery and intrigue were all conjured<br />

throughout the event. Engendering a sense of<br />

intimacy and relaxation on stage is one of the<br />

most challenging tasks for any performer, as<br />

Helen Mirren describes in her MasterClasses<br />

in Acting, however, this is exactly the skill<br />

demonstrated by our actors during the play.<br />

The result of the students’ work was not only<br />

a play in which the audience were treated with<br />

samosas and juice half way through, but a real<br />

plunge into the unknown as well as the creation<br />

of Orbit Productions, <strong>Cranford</strong> Community<br />

College’s very own theatre company. Orbit<br />

Productions is in its infancy, but we will strive<br />

to champion inclusivity, raise diversity in<br />

the arts and push the boundaries of what we<br />

understand theatre to be. Our next project will<br />

explore storytelling, with tales from our own<br />

lives and cultures and will be performed at the<br />

Cranbury Festival in July. Watch this space.<br />

Katie Turner (Creative Arts –Director in Residence)<br />


The<br />

Spring Term <strong>2018</strong><br />

W Factor offer was exceptional<br />

during the spring term with<br />

students gaining opportunities to explore<br />

creative arts, physical activities and broadening<br />

horizons. The creative arts team had students<br />

working on designing sets for plays, a drama<br />

performance, a singing group and jewellery<br />

making for the forthcoming festival. The<br />

physical activity offer provided many sporting<br />

challenges including swimming, ultimate<br />

frisbee, street dance and elite sports people<br />

gathering to develop their understanding of<br />

sports science and being prepared by peak<br />

physical fitness. Students were challenged and<br />

stretched with activities that included debating,<br />

film making and STEAM activities. Projects<br />

also ran that continued to engage student on a<br />

wider level with students visiting different local<br />

attractions, exploring local folklore during an<br />

international school project.<br />

Kevin Biggs (Assistant Headteacher - W Factor)<br />


<strong>Cranford</strong> Science Week <strong>2018</strong><br />

National Science Week was celebrated in<br />

style by <strong>Cranford</strong> students, who turned<br />

out in record numbers to attend sessions<br />

hosted by the Science Department. The week<br />

began with a special session hosted by Danielle,<br />

a presenter from ZooLab, who brought with her<br />

a bag full of insects and animals for a workshop<br />

called ‘Discover the Rainforest’. Students from<br />

years 7 – 10 were able to touch and hold animals<br />

such as a Madagascan hissing cockroach, a corn<br />

snake and a Chilean rose tarantula – animals<br />

that up to this point they may have just seen on<br />

television. Everyone was amazed by the session<br />

(although they were less willing to test whether<br />

giant snail slime actually makes a very good<br />

face moisturiser…) and upon leaving Danielle<br />

commented on how enthusiastic and willing to<br />

learn our students were.<br />

Period 0 workshops continued this year with<br />

sessions focusing on space, food and magic.<br />

Students took part in activities such as making<br />

their own satellites, magically giving life to<br />

gummy worms and finding out how much sugar<br />

is in ‘healthy’ drinks (the results may surprise<br />

you). These sessions were hugely popular and our<br />

students were exemplary, with many arranging<br />

to come back during break times to finish their<br />

activities.<br />

Year 7 and 8 students all took part in our STEM<br />

Challenge, where they looked at and tackled<br />

the problem of ocean plastic waste. They were<br />

pitched a challenge; should we be able to collect<br />

plastic from the oceans, what could we do with it?<br />

Students marketed their ideas back to their classes<br />

in true Dragons Den style, with winning ideas and<br />

models ranging from a workable fishing rod, water<br />

filtering system and mini lifeboat. It was inspiring<br />

to see how hard our students worked at tackling<br />

such an important world issue and who knows –<br />

one of them could be the scientist who develops<br />

the solution one day.<br />

To finish Science Week, we ran<br />

two school-wide competitions.<br />

Firstly, we held a poster<br />

competition where students<br />

could show off their creativity,<br />

artistic talents and inquisitive<br />

minds to produce a poster on<br />

any topic that comes under<br />

the theme of ‘Exploration<br />

and Discovery’. We had over<br />

40 entries, all of such a high<br />

standard that narrowing it<br />

down to just five winners was<br />

a near impossibility. However,<br />

the eventual winners were Dua<br />

Abbas, Safiyya Ansa (both 7T),<br />

Shreyas Shikhare, Harsimran<br />

Bath (8U) and Ayesha Kaur<br />

(8Y). All their posters have<br />

been submitted into the<br />

national finals and they won<br />

an Amazon gift voucher.<br />

The final activity of the week<br />

was the Elemental Hunt. On<br />

Thursday and Friday teachers<br />

became elements for the day<br />

and with form groups, working<br />

in small teams, hunting around<br />

the school to discover the teachers’ elements<br />

and then answer questions such as ‘What do you<br />

bond two Ms Jenkins to one Mr Dhokia?’ and<br />

‘Why would you find Ms Atwal near volcanoes?’.<br />

It was great to see every form in the school<br />

participating in the challenge – 10Y were the<br />

winners, impressively beating off competition<br />

from two Year 13 forms to win. What an amazing<br />

way to end a superb Science Week at <strong>Cranford</strong>.<br />

We will be back next year for an even bigger and<br />

better week. Thanks to all students and staff who<br />

all worked hard in participating.<br />

Bradley King (Science Department)<br />


Design Museum Trip<br />

On<br />

Wednesday 27th March 20 A-level<br />

students embarked on a journey to the<br />

Design Museum in London. The Design Museum<br />

showcases the best of design and how it influences<br />

the world. Design is about innovation, technology,<br />

creativity and ideas. It was a great<br />

opportunity to allow our students<br />

to look at design in a different way<br />

and also to see how design affects<br />

and is integrated into our daily<br />

lives. The students really benefitted<br />

from looking at how design has<br />

changed and also it forged a basis for<br />

inspiration for their work. We were<br />

especially lucky to have visited the<br />

‘Ferrari Under the Skin’ exhibition<br />

where we are able to see designs<br />

spanning 7O years. Students were<br />

in awe of how initial design sketches<br />

were transformed into models, before<br />

the final product was made. Sculpturelike<br />

models and engines made the<br />

experience of Ferrari more dynamic<br />

for students with an interest in<br />

engineering.<br />

Pam Hunt (Creative Arts – Art and<br />

Design)<br />

We<br />

had a trip to the Design Museum to view<br />

the exhibits of the Ferrari Collection and<br />

the actual products displayed. These products were<br />

displayed as innovations along a timeline of human<br />

knowledge. We were first presented with beautiful<br />

architecture in a building that had already set our<br />

standards. As we walked in we were welcomed by<br />

one of the staff members. On arrival we were all in<br />

awe looking at the design features in the museum,<br />

such as the architecture of the stairs that had fitted<br />

seating and a full sized Ferrari in the middle of it<br />

all. We began our tour with the timeline of products.<br />

We were first introduced to a bright flip board<br />

probably used for advertising. We then walked into<br />

the transition of products going from shoes to chairs<br />

to vehicles, showing us the evolution of each and<br />

every major product. This section really influenced<br />

our mind maps to inspire our possible project. We<br />

then moved on to the Ferrari exhibit where we were<br />

greeted with a dim red light leading to old isometric<br />

drawings of cars that Ferrari had produced. We<br />

were shown the step-by-step production to making<br />

one of their iconic cars which helped us understand<br />

what we may have to do and what aspects we had<br />

to consider in our project. Overall this trip really<br />

improved my knowledge and broadened the thinking<br />

for my own project and what I would have to do to<br />

achieve a product of the highest standard. As well<br />

as the knowledge gained the experience was also<br />

amazing.<br />

Simranjeet Arora (year 12)<br />

The<br />

visit to the design museum was an<br />

inspiring and pleasurable experience<br />

for many of us were able to get ideas and further<br />

develop our projects. Aa a graphics student I took<br />

a lot of inspiration to challenge my work. It has<br />

prompted me to take the designs they have created<br />

to produce amazing initial ideas. I was moved by<br />

the process of the designs that huge well-known<br />

companies have created to produce the product<br />

that we all buy and adore today. In addition, we<br />

were lucky enough to go to the Ferrari exhibit that<br />

enabled us to see not only the famous cars but to be<br />

able to take design ideas and adapt them into our<br />

work. This was a great opportunity that the school<br />

was able to provide us to further our passion for<br />

art and design<br />

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Rebecca Alfred (year 12)

This<br />

year we have had an exciting<br />

opportunity for 5 students to<br />

attend a 4-day course at London College of<br />

Fashion as part of UAL insights spring school.<br />

Ausra Andr, Harpreet Kaur, Amrita Tar, Zaina<br />

Nooradin and Rehmaan Naeem (year 12) were<br />

successful applicants and were all offered a<br />

place on the course. It was such an amazing<br />

opportunity for them to gain a place at such a<br />

prestigious Arts University and I am very proud<br />

of them. They really enjoyed the experience and<br />

came back energised and full of inspiration. It<br />

has been an invaluable experience for them.<br />

Pam Hunt (Creative Arts- Art and Design)<br />

“On<br />

26th March <strong>2018</strong>, I and a<br />

couple of my peers attended a<br />

textiles insights workshop at the University of Arts<br />

London. I really enjoyed this experience as I learnt<br />

many textiles-based techniques varying from making<br />

an outfit out of paper to knitting or even making a<br />

pocket using an industrial sewing machine - quite<br />

the challenge this was. Nevertheless, I had the<br />

opportunity to make new friends, and spend a week<br />

like a university art student; I’m also glad I got to<br />

share this experience with a few of my friends. I hope<br />

to go back for the summer workshop as I’m just eager<br />

to learn new things”.<br />

Amrita Tar (year 12)<br />


Book Week <strong>2018</strong><br />

Darkness and a chill filled the<br />

Library. It got colder little by little<br />

every minute. On a snowy and gloomy<br />

morning students were excited that<br />

horror author Leo Hunt was visiting.<br />

He was bringing along the chilling<br />

tales in his books and the eight ghosts<br />

his character, Luke Manchett inherits<br />

from his father upon his death. This<br />

year, every year 7 and year 8 student was invited to<br />

meet Leo in a specially-arranged assembly. Students<br />

really enjoyed meeting the author. Leo said ‘My visit<br />

to <strong>Cranford</strong> Community College was a pleasure and<br />

I’ve rarely encountered such enthusiastic and engaged<br />

students. They knew my books inside out and it was a<br />

joy to speak to them.’<br />

Students nationally were celebrating World Book Day.<br />

This year during Book Week <strong>2018</strong> we very fortunate to<br />

have secured popular teenage fiction author Leo Hunt.<br />

A week packed full of activities was organised and<br />

seeing from the students’ enthusiasm there was going<br />

to be a tough battle for the prizes. The week kicked off<br />

with a Spoken Word Poetry Workshop which was led<br />

by a talented and enthusiastic 6th former – Huzayma<br />

Khamis. Students dove into the workshop by creating<br />

their performance poetry pieces using the skills and<br />

techniques Huzayma had taught them. After the huge<br />

success of the Manga Workshop last year, students<br />

were very lucky that year 11 student Zahra Sadiq came<br />

back again. She impressed the students with tips on<br />

‘How to do Manga Drawings’ and showcased some<br />

of her amazing drawings. All the students thoroughly<br />

enjoyed this oversubscribed event.<br />

The Book Shop was very popular with students, they<br />

had the opportunity to purchase Leo’s books for<br />

signing, other new books, book marks and stationery<br />

too. During the week we also had several competitions:<br />

three writing competitions, a creative book cover<br />

competition and a fact-finding treasure hunt. Students<br />

entered in their hoards. Students particularly found<br />

the fact-finding treasure hunt a challenge, it involved<br />

students following a series in the Library to complete<br />

all questions. All the students were invited to the Leo<br />

Hunt event after-school where the prizes winners<br />

were announced and prizes awarded: DVDs, books,<br />

vouchers, chocolate and lots more to award. It was a<br />

memorable week; now I need to start making plans for<br />

next year.<br />

Mahavir Ladva (Library and Study Centres Manager)<br />

Hounslow Teen Read Award<br />

I<br />

was<br />

chosen along with a few others to<br />

enter the Hounslow Teen Read Award<br />

which gives young readers 6 newly<br />

published books to read and review. We then<br />

vote and find out who everyone voted for in<br />

the borough. My group and I got kindles which<br />

was really cool and made it so much easier<br />

to reach the deadline. We read books like:<br />

After The Fire- Will Hill, We Come Apart-<br />

Sarah Crossan, Margot and Me Juno Dawson<br />

Superpowerless – Chris Priestley Contagion –<br />

Teri Terry and Cuckoo- Keren David.<br />

When we went on the trip, we went into a<br />

theatre and learnt all about the Teen Read<br />

Awards and we got to meet an author, Marcus<br />

Alexander, and we got to buy his books and<br />

get them signed. After the launch event, we<br />

had two months to read all the books. We then<br />

cast our votes collectively and then went to<br />

the theatre to find out who the winner was. At<br />

the event we met last year’s winner- author<br />

Richard Kurti. His book “Monkey Wars” was<br />

voted favourite last year. He spoke to us about<br />

his writing career and revealed this year’s<br />

winner of the award. We were so excited to<br />

hear who had won this year. Richard announced<br />

third place ‘Margot and Me’ second place was<br />

‘Contagion’ and first place was ‘After the<br />

Fire’.<br />

People were happy that ‘After the Fire’ won<br />

because at the end the tension in the book<br />

was amazing, my heart would skip a beat<br />

when I turned every page. The pain, anger<br />

and fear would all blend together to make an<br />

uncontrollable ocean of words.<br />

Sabrin Saeed (year 9)<br />


Book Week <strong>2018</strong><br />

Leo Hunt’s<br />

visit to<br />

<strong>Cranford</strong><br />

Community<br />

College<br />

a horror author who wrote<br />

Leo Hunt, “13 Days of Midnight”, “8<br />

Rivers of Shadow” and “7 Trees of Stone” came to <strong>Cranford</strong><br />

Community College on Wednesday 7th March <strong>2018</strong> during<br />

Book Week. I have read his books and I like them because<br />

they are funny and interesting. The books have twists with<br />

every turn of the page. For example, Luke Manchett’s dad’s<br />

lawyer - Mr Berkley turned out to be the devil. This<br />

surprised me as when he first appeared in the books he<br />

seemed like an innocent person. Leo Hunt’s series is<br />

unique and unlike most of the things I have ever read.<br />

He creates an image in the mind when he describes the<br />

ghosts in the book from “13 Days of Midnight”and<br />

also when he describes the other characters from his<br />

other two books.<br />

We met Leo in a specially-arranged assembly, he<br />

read an extract from “13 Days of Midnight”. He also<br />

showed us images of the ghosts in the book drawn<br />

by the illustrator who had drawn the front covers of<br />

the Leo Hunt books. Then he talked to us about his<br />

life as an author and the experiences he had in the<br />

past. He also gave time to ask him any questions we<br />

wanted to ask. We were asked if we knew any of the images<br />

displayed on the board and if we knew anything about<br />

ghosts in general. During the assembly, he told us about<br />

the books and authors that had inspired him to pursue<br />

the role of an author. After the assembly had finished,<br />

anyone who owned a book from the Leo Hunt series had the<br />

opportunity to get them signed by Leo Hunt. I own the 2nd<br />

book in the Leo Hunt series (“8 Rivers of Shadow”). It was a<br />

thrill to get one of the books I own signed by the author who<br />

had brilliantly written it. Soon after, I had finished the whole<br />

of the Leo Hunt series.<br />

Abdulkhaliq Powell (year 7)<br />


Book Week <strong>2018</strong><br />

Visit to the<br />

On<br />

Wednesday 28th March <strong>2018</strong><br />

thirty year 7 students were<br />

chosen to go to the Science Museum. We<br />

travelled by bus and tube. Mr. Ladva, Ms<br />

Ghazi and Ms Giga chose us to go with<br />

them as we have been good ambassadors in<br />

the Library. When we got there we<br />

saw an amazing IMAX 3D movie<br />

about some people who built a robot<br />

and then won; the film was about<br />

engineering. It was a jaw-dropping<br />

experience. Even though I’ve been<br />

there before I got to take my mind<br />

a bit further and learn a bit more<br />

about science. When we went to<br />

the ‘Wonderlab’ I was excited and ready to build,<br />

estimate and more. There were so many activities and<br />

things to learn from. We learnt about friction on various<br />

slides, on each slide the base was made from a different<br />

material. There was a plastic grass slide, a wood slide and<br />

a plastic slide; after trying them all I could see the wood<br />

slide had the least friction as it went the fastest. We had<br />

a walk around and took some pictures. One of the things<br />

I saw was a black cart and horses, I think that was how<br />

they travelled in the Victorian times.<br />

Manga<br />

Workshop<br />

Manga is a Japanese art style<br />

similar to the American<br />

comic. All manga is drawn<br />

by hand but can be drawn digitally<br />

now too. Some famous Manga series are<br />

Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Deathnote and My<br />

Hero Academia. To draw manga, you need<br />

to draw the anatomy but you need a lot of<br />

time and patience too. I was asked to do a<br />

Manga workshop again, there<br />

were so many students excited<br />

to see my skills. I really<br />

enjoyed teaching everyone<br />

the different techniques.<br />

Zahra Sadiq (year 11)<br />

Avneet Sandu (year 7)<br />

Spoken Word Poetry<br />

I was asked to run a workshop for Book<br />

Week, I am passionate about creative<br />

writing so I jumped at the opportunity.<br />

The spoken word has inspired me to<br />

express myself through words through<br />

performance. It has provided me with a<br />

platform to discuss social and political<br />

issues of the time. We had over 30<br />

students attend, they were all enthusiastic<br />

in learning a new skill and it was fantastic<br />

to see them perform their pieces.<br />

Huzayma Khamis (year 12)<br />

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