Strong start to the tennis season


Our Lister U13 and U15 tennis teams had their first fixture of the year last week and their commitment to training over the winter months has definitely paid off. Our U15’s came first out of 3 schools winning 11 out of 14 matches. The U13’s did even better winning 11 out of 11 matches. Darbaz was particularly impressive. Having played over 140 hours of tennis since September he won all 3 of his matches – hard work definitely pays off!

Coach Faris



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As part of our rewards system, we selected 8 students to attend the Mile End Climbing Wall. The Mile End Climbing Wall is maintained by the registered charity ‘DEVELOPMENT through CHALLENGE’ – promoting personal development through challenging physical activity, especially to the young person. All students said that they enjoyed it more that they thought they would and said that they had learnt valuable skills that they can take onto further life. One student said ‘Miss I am glad I came and missed football, I can play football every day but this was really cool.’

Ms Moore

BBC Newsround with Lister Film and Media dept

On Friday 9th March the Film and Media dept was visited by BBC News as part of a project to investigate the impact of ‘fake news’ on young people. Caira, Tyrese, Nasra and Usman took part in a game that involved making judgements about news content. They all agreed that ‘fake news’ is often hard to spot and many of us become victims of lies and misinformation. Sometimes this is done as a harmless prank but other times there a ‘dark forces’ at work trying to influence how we think and behave. After this the Year 7 Specialist Curriculum students were also given an opportunity to comment on ‘fake news’ for BBC Newsround. We hope you enjoy viewing our contributions to BBC School Report this year. You can find us on the BBC News, BBC School Report and Newsround websites.

Mr McNicol

Dance Open Day at the University of East London

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Several students had a great opportunity to go to UEL, Stratford Campus.  The students had a tour of the facilities including various recording studios, editing suites and dance studios as well as participating in a Dance Master class.

‘It was a great experience’ said a year 10 student

‘Good environment and great facilities’ said Prisca

‘Good tour and nice music production studio’ said Jovita

‘The day was a useful and eye-opening experience’ said Aiyana

All students were well behaved and represented the school in a positive way.


On Friday the year 7 PE specialist students embarked on their first rowing session this year, a very good start and lots of progress to make. Students will be on the water next week, weather permitting.

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World Book Day Celebrations

Well done Lister for a fabulous celebration of World Book Day on Friday 2nd March! Despite the freezing weather conditions lots of people donned some fabulous book character outfits. The prize for the most terrifying definitely goes to Ms Connell, who donned a Dementor costume! Special mention should also go to Mr Ahmed for spending most of the day with his entire head bandaged to be the Invisible Man. An extended tutor time in which all tutor groups participated in our challenging book quiz got everyone talking about books – both ones they’ve read and ones to put on those ‘to read’ lists. Mr Hawkins, Mr Kristiansen and Mr Dos Santos inspired us over the tannoy by sharing their favourite books and how these changed their lives. Later on in the day Readathon participants and Library Prefects had a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party lunch to reward all their hard work – a lot of pizza and cake were consumed!

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The amount of money raised for Book Aid International is to be confirmed. Book Aid’s website explains their mission and where the money will go: ‘Through reading, people can change their own lives for the better and shape their own futures. In places where books are scarce, libraries are often the best places for people to discover the joy of reading. By supporting libraries, we can provide access to books for around 29 million people each year. We work with UK publishers to supply brand new books to over 3,000 libraries. Every year, we send around one million brand new, carefully selected books each. Most of our work takes place in Africa but we also work in other locations where the need for books is great.’ To find out more about Book Aid International visit:


Ms Rowe

Year 9 Globe Theatre trip

On Tuesday 6th March, Year 9 enjoyed a hilarious performance of Much Ado about Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre,

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Tickets were free courtesy of the Every Child a Theatre Goer scheme. There were a few short rain showers but we were lucky to be seated in the sheltered upper gallery where we remained  dry! The modernised performance was complete with comical dabbing, mistaken identity, superhero costumes and sarcasm! Jizelo from Da Vinci commented “it was an interesting adaptation and I really disliked the character of Claudio, who couldn’t trust the innocent Hero.” We know year 9 have gained a lot from the experience and thank you to the Drama department for organising.

Ms Careswell 

Staying Alive!


As part of our PSHE curriculum we have been lucky to secure First Aid Training with British Red Cross for all Year 7 and Year 8 students this year. Each student will receive 1 x double lesson of simple first aid skills to equip them with the confidence and willingness to act in a first aid emergency. The first sessions had positive feedback from staff and students and finished with a hands only CPR relay race, inspired by Vinnie Jones and the Bee Gees! Thank you to staff who have supported these sessions so far.

Miss Maxwell