On Wednesday the 16th of July the City Year team took 12 Lister students to take part in a Community Action Day. They swapped their pens for paintbrushes, pulled on their overalls and got involved in renovating an inclusive adventure playground called ‘Arc in the Parc’ in Canning town.
The students painted anti-climb paint around the park, did some gardening and clearing and even had time to try out the adventure playground facilities. By seeing the difference they made to their community, we hope the day will encourage more Lister students to take part in volunteering. Well done to all the students who took part!
Moon Stone (Kevin Nguyen) reporting:
Last year, we were privileged to win 2nd place in the ‘Kodu Kup’, the experience was amazing and we learned a lot.
This year, on our return with a new fresh year 7 group accompanying us, we were determined to win again, sadly our groups didn’t exactly win this year but our experience has been amazing and we made it to the finals as well.
The experience has taught us to be organised and ready for the unexpected grand awesomeness every team had in which our surprised stance has taught us to prepare for next year’s event!
Many of the teams were very great and the judges had a hard time choosing, our teams were close but the overall winners were just too good.
Overall, it has been a great day, we may not have won the XBOX’s but we had a great fun time and after all, we did make it so far into the top 12 finals, our attempts next year will surely win and we’ll be ready, all in all, sure beats watching boring fish in an Aquarium.
Building on the success of lunch-time debate club, over the past few weeks the City Year team have been running an inter-house debate competition. Students in years 7, 8, and 9 represented their house by preparing and participating in formal debates on a number of topics, including violent video games and euthanasia. The debate competition culminated with a final debate on immigration in the UK.
The standard was high, with the Shelley House trio of Arune, Sulayman, and Eden winning the event. Galileo House were a close second, with the other houses just behind. Mr Wilson dropped by to see the debaters in action, and was very impressed by their confidence in public speaking. Hopefully the competition has encouraged lots more students to get involved with debate club after the summer break!
The year 9 Specialist group were congratulated by the Mayor, Robin Wells on leading the carnival procession. Despite it being a scorcher of a day on Saturday. They managed to keep their energy up but couldn’t wait to reach the water stops. The girls will be performing at the Olympic Park on 27th July as well.
On Saturday 5th July, Lister held its first annual Summer Fair. The day proved to be a fantastic success with over 700 attendees from the local community coming through the school. The fair was packed with free fun filled activities for both adults and kids alike to enjoy including sumo wrestling, pedal karts and bouncy castles to name a few!
With tongue tingling tasters provided by Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food as well as an on-site barbeque, attendees were shown a taste of Lister’s talent through music and dance performances scheduled throughout the day.
The support for the event was overwhelming with stalls being run by pupils, Lister staff and the local community from selfie booths to selling cosmetics, loom bands, stationery, cakes, henna and a book sale.
The highlights of the day included ‘sponging Mr Wilson’ as well as our fantastic raffle prizes of an iPad Mini (donated by Peabody) and Bicycles (bought for the event through donations from the local community).
A huge thanks to NAASA Basketball, BMX riding and Newham Swords for their support in running workshops and demonstrations and to Peabody for their contribution of an iPad. Thank you also to the local community and to Lister staff for the smooth running of the event.
As Lister continues to widen its outreach with the local community, we are already looking forward to next year’s fair which we hope will be an even bigger and better event.
See you all there!
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The bookmark competition winners with author David Gatward and Headteacher Mr Wilson
1st prize – Tanjim Badal – 8KPF 2nd runner up – Onamica Dhali – 9DED Runner up – Monesha Dhali – 8DSK
Of the winning entry, David said ‘it was the simplicity of the design and the idea of reading as freedom that appealed to me. It is very true that “we don’t need wings to fly” (written on the back of the bookmark) when it is our imagination that sets us free’.
Well done to Tanjim – and all the entries – in helping create beautiful, useful, bookmarks as part of Lister’s reading experience.
On Wednesday 2nd July we welcomed our new Year 6 students to Lister for the start of their year 6 induction programme. Our students have now spent three days with us and are already starting to feel that they belong at Lister. We have really enjoyed having our Year 6 students and look forward to welcoming them back next week.
Have a look at some of the photos showing the exciting activities that our Year 6 students have already been involved in this week.
Don’t forget our year 6 Induction programme continues next week until Friday 11th July which will be our whole school Sports Day.
Please note that Monday 7th July and Thursday 10th July are school closure days.
Making New Friends
Y6 Welcome Assembly
The Lister Mummy Challenge
The Year 9 Dance Specialist group have been rehearsing in earnest for the parade around the Newham streets that ends in Cheltenham Gardens before going into Central Park.
They have been taught a dance that incorporates the following styles- samba, salsa, reggaeton and reggae-salsa by Manuela Benini, the dance artist. The costumes were made by Chris from Emergency Exit Arts and the girls had a difficult time during the first rehearsal as they kept poking each other with their costumes. Let’s hope that they get it right on the carnival day or some students may spend some time in A&E!
The group are looking so good that Manuela, the teacher has invited them to perform in the Olympic Park on 27th July at the Anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Park to the public. As well as this samba piece they have been asked to perform their Carnival dance and their street dance.
Watch this space for more details.