Early March saw the launch of Phase 2 of an academic access initiative called the Scholar’s Programme at Lister for a group of Year 10 students. This programme is run by an educational charity called The Brilliant Club. Twelve students will pursue an avenue in Biology and focus on genetic engineering and the remaining twelve from Humanities will explore medieval literature.
The programme is delivered by trained PhD students from a research university or institute, and involves two university trips and four in-school tutorials.
The tutorials follow a course which has been written by the PhD student around their own, cutting-edge research, and are designed to push the students to develop the academic skills they will need to secure places at highly selective universities. Students finish the course by producing an extended essay assignment, which is marked using criteria from the Key Stage above their current level and given a university-style grade (1st, 2.i etc.), along with extensive feedback from their tutor to allow them to reflect on and improve their performance.
Photos show our students hard at work during their first tutorial.
Lister’s partnership with Barclays Bank saw nineteen Year 10 students attend their first mentoring session, at their headquarters in Canary Wharf. Surrounded by investment banks and international companies, our students got a glimpse into their potential future.
The mentors from Barclays have volunteered their time to inspire and encourage our students, to aim high and achieve at least 5 A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths. The programme spans over six focused sessions exploring a range of issues including career guidance, problem solving and organisation, managing stress and building confidence. There will also be a final celebratory session to mark the students accomplishment.
This is the second year Lister has partnered with Barclays to offer this programme to our students. Last year’s programme was a huge success with pupils and mentors, saying they found it to be very beneficial and supportive.”
Students listen intently as Mr Cohen reads a ghostly tale to end the week long storytelling celebration in the library.
National Storytelling Week was celebrated with members of staff reading short stories, ranging from the story of Chinese New Year to grim and ghastly horror stories. Thanks to all the members of staff who volunteered to read; students are already asking when the next storytelling sessions will be.
Lister’s Year 7 Sports Hall Athletics Team ended the Newham League on a high note when the Boys Team took first place and the Girls Team second. This now means the Boys Team have qualified for the East London finals which take place at the Copper Box on the 4th March. Well done boys!
Lister’s Girls Team was made up of Prisca Ntumba (who took Gold in the 2 lap and 4 lap individual, Silver in the relay and Bronze in the standing long jump and triple jump); Vanessa Adegoroye (who took Gold in the 2 lap individual, Silver in the standing long jump, four lap individual and relay); Michelle Hammond (who took Bronze in the shot); Bryanna Bondzie (who took Gold in the speed bounce and shot, and Silver in the relay); Nayab Shazad (who took Gold in the vertical jump); Naomi Mble (who took Silver in the relay and Bronze in the vertical jump); Fatimah Zamoul (who took Bronze in the shot). Well done girls!
Lister’s Boys Team were outstanding on the day with superb performances from Ortega Sinclair (who took Gold in the 2 lap individual and Silver in the relay and shot); Sergio Tavares (who took Silver in the 4 lap individual and relay); Abubaker Sharif (who took Silver in the 2 lap individual and relay); Nur Nur (who took Gold in the 4 lap individual, Silver in the relay and Bronze in the speed bounce); Farhad Umar (who took Gold in the standing triple jump); and Shorab Hossain (who took Bronze in the standing long jump).
“The boys were absolutely amazing and a credit to Lister, through their behaviour and team spirit” said Ms Strachan. “I look forward to preparing these talented boys for the East London finals taking place at the Copper Box in March” added Mr Rashid.