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17/09/20

Chobham Academy A level student Kosar Ali's first feature film is released in cinemas tomorrow https://t.co/q1tQqh0sAa

16/09/20

To our students - can you remember what questions you most wanted answered before you joined Chobham in Year 7?

16/09/20

Hi, students can have their blazers off outside. Students can also remove their blazers in class with the teachers permission. Blazer sleeves should not be rolled up. Thanks

16/09/20

Retweetd From Chobham PE Dept

The 6th form football academy are back in action with pre season this week. https://t.co/zK2QrfDynK

08/09/20

Hi, we have written to all students today. You will know the outcome of your application within the next few weeks. Thanks

08/09/20

Good morning, can you please DM me your full name and I will check the status of this for you. Thanks

04/09/20

Morning views over Chobham! https://t.co/EDQFzAX5fi

03/09/20

The artwork that our students created during lockdown has been displayed outside Tate Modern as part of the Thames Festival. We focused on hand washing as our theme. https://t.co/kIf9KJkooC https://t.co/B2sgmRycn0

02/09/20

Retweetd From World Book Day UK 📚

Happy September, everyone! Why not wind down the summer by sharing stories with the whole family? We have lists of reading recommendations for all age ranges READS FOR 0-5 https://t.co/pbSTE4b1aW READS FOR 5-8 https://t.co/jVNSEGC2oG READS FOR 8-12 https://t.co/ObrV3vmyUx https://t.co/y5X5tAzFRP

02/09/20

Retweetd From Newham London

We are working to create people-friendly streets in the Forest Gate and Maryland areas with a . If you're a parent/carer to children at school in this area, leave the car at home, think about a healthy start to the day. Walk, cycle or scooter to school. https://t.co/yJQNYXpzmy

01/09/20

Retweetd From Newham London

Enforcement of the schemes for West Ham CoE Primary School, Lathom Junior School, , Woodgrange Infant School and will resume from 3 or 7 September. Visit: https://t.co/26RtIak9e2 https://t.co/6LqFotB39F

20/08/20

All the hard work has paid off. https://t.co/A7jFDLy27D

20/08/20

Well done to the year 11 students across the board. https://t.co/AyvMWEAIeN

13/08/20

Hi, this has now been resolved and you should be able to view. https://t.co/eEx0JfGX31

21/07/20

We are excited to find out we have received a grant from to enhance our enrichment offering with Latin next school year. Thank you !

16/07/20

Retweetd From Chobham PE Dept

We have extended the deadline for our Year 6 Virtual Sports Day!! If you want to get involved please send in your entries by THURSDAY 16th JULY! Well done to all who have taken part so far!! 🥇🥈🥉🏆

16/07/20

On Tuesday evening Mr. Whitworth hosted a back to school briefing for parents where he answered questions about September that had been submitted ahead of time, if you were unable to attend you can watch a recording on our YouTube channel https://t.co/cXJiGJw37C

13/07/20

Thank you so much for all your hard work over this school year. You have collectively answered over half a million questions on hegartymaths! A big well done to our top 8 classes. https://t.co/HYDNEAbUQ0

13/07/20

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Chobham Nursery is an Independent Academy. We are based at the heart of the East Village; a focal point for generations to come. We believe in the unlimited potential of every child, and our 'Chobham Pillars' reflect that relentless aim to secure outstanding outcomes for our students. Our wonderful team of dedicated staff ensure that innovative teaching and learning is at the heart of our agenda.

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24 March 2020Geography Department UpdateAn update from the Geography department- on behalf of Humanities! The Geography department has organised a range of field trips to support the learning of Year 12 Geography students. On all of these trips, students have worked incredibly well as a team, built some strong friendships and shown some extremely high levels of resilience. These field trips have been organised to support student learning and preparation for the Year 12s Geography coursework that they will be working on from now until Year 13. These trips started in January when fifteen Year 12 students went to Dorset for 3 days with Miss Chalkley and Mr Bale. We collected a range of data on place representation in Boscombe and a range of physical fieldwork including measuring beach profiles along Chesil Beach- students really did experience fieldwork in extreme settings with it being the first storm of the year, 50mph winds on the coast was very interesting! The students really were an asset to Chobham Academy and completed some excellent work coping extremely well in often difficult conditions- Miss Chalkley's waterproof trousers did provide some hilarity for the group! We then went on our next field trip in February, this time to Bradwell on Sea to allow us to have real world experience of our Changing Places case study with Mr Eyre and Miss Chalkley. This involved a presentation by the village vicar explaining the history of the village and answering any questions that we had. Next, the students worked in groups to complete a range of human fieldwork activities to support their understanding of fieldwork methods. This was finished off with a village tour in the minibus by Mr Eyre! Again, the weather wasn't on our side and students showed great resilience to complete the range of fieldwork activities planned to support their learning.  Finally, Mr Bale and Mr Khan took Y12 students on a walking field trip around Hackney Wick- it was nice and sunny this time! This trip was designed to support student understanding of their local area and give a real world experience of their other case study for the Changing Places topic that students are currently working on. The field trip also allowed students to develop their fieldwork techniques to support their NEA preparation over the coming weeks and months
9 March 2020Performing Arts UpdateIt has been a busy term in performing arts with lots of exams taking place. Wednesday 26th February saw the Year 11 GCSE Drama cohort complete their component 2 exam. Students performed duologues from a number of different texts to a visiting examiner. These performances had been rehearsed  by students for around 12 weeks and count towards 20% of their final exam. Unfortunately we will not find out the results of this until August 2020, however students performances were some of the strongest I have seen in my teaching career and they should be very proud! This was followed up with a celebration trip to see Cyrano de Bergerac staring James McAvoy with many students hailing it as ‘the best thing they have ever seen!’. This was followed by the Year 13 A-Level music exam on Monday 2nd March. We had three fabulous singers performing a recital of 12 minutes each for the Eduqas examiner, which makes up 35% of their A-Level. Repertoire included ‘Dido’s Lament’ by Purcell, ‘If I didn’t believe in you’ by Jason Robert Brown, ‘Turning tables’ by Adele and many more pieces across a variety of styles and genres. The students did a brilliant job, drawing the audience into different musical worlds and performing to an exceptionally high standard. They did themselves proud. Next up we have the Year 13 A-Level Drama exam taking place on Monday 16th March. Similarly to the GCSE in Drama, this is worth 20% of the final A-Level and will be assessed by a visiting examiner from Edexcel. Students will each perform a monologue lasting 2-3minutes, followed by a scripted group performance based on the play Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp.  They will have a mock performance of this on Tuesday 10th March at 16:30 where friends and family can attend. Please come along and support their hard work. If you can’t make it please wish them luck!
5 March 2020Alumni EventYesterday Chobham held its first Alumni event where past students liaised with our current students giving them honest and relevant advice about their further education pathways. Our students felt that it was useful getting genuine feedback from "people that had just been through the process, so really knew what they were talking about". The workshop consisted of one-to-one sessions tailored to the students specific pathway interests. Dialogue included student finance advice, the clearing process, realistic university choices, dealing with disappointment, writing imaginative and unique UCAS statements to help gain an interview and university not always being the only route to success. The alumni included students from a range of pathways including Russell Group universities, apprentices, creative pathways and industry. The event was so successful that we plan to build this into our career programme for years to come.   Our Alumni who attended the session were-   Zeeshan Raja Deloitte apprenticeship   Nusayba El-Bahry Law and International Relations Middlesex University   Jasmine Okoye International Rotation Degree Apprenticeship at Pearson College London 3-year Business Management degree with a Chartered Manager qualification.    Saliha Desai BA Hons French & Spanish – Open University   Chloe Vasta London School of Fashion BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology MA Fashion Futures   Wahid Hassan Architect in training   Mohmuda Khatun UCL Masters in Global Health and Development   Rachel West University of Westminster. BSC Psychology   Iman Abbas City University of London - LLB law    Korina Massicott Durham University, Politics   Shumena Akther  SOAS - Economics.   Diamond Deviries Event First Aider with St Johns Ambulance in preparation for training to be a paramedic
10 February 2020PE Department News Spring 2020Football Academy This is the second year that the Football Academy has been running at Chobham Academy. The boys are being managed by Mr Wigington and supported by his right hand men; Mr Starkey, Mr Okunja, Mr Weston and Mr Leonard. They have had a brilliant half to the season where they currently sit first in the division 2 London ESFA league with a 3-point lead. We look forward to seeing how the second half of the season goes.       Under 21s West Ham Ladies Football Academy At the start of the 2019-20 academic year, we were fortunate enough to partner up with the West Ham u21 ladies, who are coached by the phenomenal Stephen Opoko and his amazing team. The students are on a dual career pathway, balancing both football and education alongside one another. A special shout out to Wiktoria Kiszkis, who received her first professional football contract two months ago at the age of 16 and Janaye Beaufort for being called up to train with England just last month.           Football at Chobham Academy For the boys, each year group has their own football team and the girls have two teams; the u12s which consists of y7 students and the u13s which is a make up of both y7 & 8s. A special shout out to two teams in particular. First, the y10 boys who reached the quarter-finals (top 8) of the ESFA competition and second, the u12s girls’ Football team who reached the top 32 schools in London.                     Netball at Chobham Academy Led by both Miss Ellis and Miss Soni, Chobham have four teams ranging from y7-10. They have had a number of fixtures since the beginning of the year. The girls consistently illustrate good sportsmanship and resilience and they look forward to seeing what the second half of the year brings. A special student mention goes to Amelia Ivasyshvn, in y7, who has received player of the match six times for her amazing goal keeping skills.                               Sports Academics The PE department are proud to deliver a range of sporting academics across the board from GCSE PE, to CTEC Sport and Physical Activity, to A-Level PE. The students on each cohort work tremendously hard and their efforts are noticed. This is the first cohort of year 13s going through for both CTEC Sport and A-level PE. UCAS applications are in and we look forward to helping support the students to achieve their very best to get them one step closer towards university.                      Staff Sports As well as the students, the staff love getting involved in sport. We have two teams. The first being the men’s football team. They had played against both London Nautical and St Bon’s, where they were victorious against both teams. The second is the ladies’ Netball team. They had a very competitive game against the sixth formers but also came out on top. We look forward to seeing what more staff games are arranged in the near future.                        
27 January 2020Year 11 Art Trip to Victoria & Albert MuseumLast Thursday the Art department took Year 11 Art students to Victoria & Albert Museum to research their GCSE exam paper theme ‘Events’. The V&A is the home of art, craft, design and performance. From Bauhaus to Bowie, Mackintosh to McQueen the students collected a wealth of inspiration to use back at school. We then headed on to the Natural History Museum to explore the journey from dinosaurs to human evolution, paying particular attention to their exhibition on our current climate and planetary emergency, discussing the rate that the natural world is disappearing and the effects that are already being felt. For their art exam students need to show how they have developed ideas, refined their work, recorded their processes and created a personal and meaningful response. The museum visits helped students to broaden their choices and rather than focusing on typical events like weddings and birthdays our students are now considering events such as natural disasters, the effects of war, tidal patterns, climate change, and technological advancements. Tasfeer in Year 11 said that “after the visits I decided on natural phenomena’s as my area of study. I took so many photos in both galleries linked to the natural worlds and am enjoying researching this area”. Tolu in Year 11 said “I am considering using sitting exams as my theme, as I can connect first hand with the stress and anxiety surrounding this topic, I hope to convey some of this information through my painting and show how this one event can change the course of our futures”. Photo: Jemima, Gabija and Gabriella in the stunning surroundings of the Hintze Hall, underneath a 25-metre blue whale skeleton.
13 January 2020Inspiring Future MathematiciansAdditional Maths Enrichment The Mathematics department has been offering Higher Prior Attaining Year 10 students the opportunity to gain an OCR Level 3 FSMQ qualification for the second year running. The main aim of the enrichment is to hopefully increase the STEM retention rate and better equip the students for their transition into post-GCSE Mathematics. This free-standing course provides useful UCAS points regardless of the grade achieved and serves the hereafter mentioned additional purposes. For those students who will go on to study AS and A Level Mathematics, this qualification introduces the subject at that level, with the possibility of subsequent, accelerated progress into AS and A Level Further Mathematics. For the others who will not continue with Mathematics beyond Year 11, the qualification provides a worthwhile and enriching course in its on right by providing a broad, coherent and satisfying course of study. It encourages students to develop more confidence in, and a positive attitude towards Mathematics following on from GCSE (9–1) Mathematics qualifications. It consolidates and develops GCSE level mathematical skill and encourages students to recognise the importance of Mathematics in their own lives and to society. It also provides a strong mathematical foundation for students who go on to study Mathematics at a higher level, those students who go on to study other subjects which make use of Mathematics or those students progressing to vocational qualifications or directly into employment. The Year 10 students have shown such resilience and take much pride in understanding the AS Mathematics content.  “I enjoy the course as it allows me to enhance my prior knowledge and to challenge myself further” - Eshal Year 10. “The course is exciting knowing we are also learning A-level topics. It makes me feel better about doing Maths in A-levels” - Gabrielle Year 10. Royal Holloway, University of London Trip On Thursday, 12th of December, More Able Year 10 students and two members of staff visited the Mathematics department at Royal Holloway, University of London for a taster session on what graduate and post-graduate level studies could entail. The students took part in lectures and workshops to increase their motivation as well as equip them with key information to make informed decisions regarding their future career plans. The students’ feedback was positive: “We were given insight about different mathematical pathways we could take and various occupations they could lead to. As a student who holds great interest in maths, with the possibility of pursuing it in the future, I found the information quite beneficial” – Sneha, Year 10 “The maths puzzles that we completed with the PHD students were challenging and fun” - Qasim, Year 10. “The trip made me more certain concerning my future career choice”- Umayya, Year 10 who now proudly wears her “I love Maths” badge as pictured below.
10 January 2020February Innovation DayThursday January 9th was our third Innovation Day this academic year at Chobham Academy. Students in Years 7-10 and 12 took part in a variety of sessions and activities. Year 7 students visited the local theatre to the pantomime Dick Whittington, students were looking closely and the skills required in performances like this, singing, acting, dancing and the job roles involved from costume design to lighting director. Ben Year 7 – "I really enjoyed the performance it was something, the acting and singing was really good and I picked up tips for my dram lessons. The importance of audience interaction and humour was something I noticed".  Year 8 students were on sight at Chobham Academy carrying out bespoke sessions around crime scenes, forensic science and how to conduct investigations in crime. We were fortunate enough to secure the services of a police dog handler and a senior investigating officer from South Yorkshire police. They spoke to student again about all the different job roles and career pathways available to them should they have an interest in solving crime. Sharae Year 8 - “It was really informative and mad me interested in pursueing a career in being a detective”. Edwina Year 8 - “It was an interesting day it was good to see the police dog and learn how it tracks humean scents. The finger print tests were really interesting and figuring out how to solve crimes".  Year 9 students spent the day looking at our local area and the transformation it has undergone post 2012. Students went out in to East Village and looked at the current business and potential business opportunities there is here. The student carried out investigations in to the impact the Olympics has had on the area and what is next for E20. Year 10 students were involved in sessions linked to healthy relationships and understanding your body. The day was a great success and students asked lots of questions on things they had no idea about. Habib in Year 10 found the workshops engaging and he enjoyed the kinaesthetic approach to learning through role plays in some sessions.  Aryan Year 10 - "We learnt about trust and building relationships with the right people, one of the effects of building relationships with wrong people could be joint enterprise and the impacts associated with it were interesting to learn. We learnt about tips for successful relationships and compromising with people".  Year 12 students had a variety of workshops based on the themes independence, personal finance and charitable work. We secured the services of the company MY Bank who came and educated students about the personal finance decisions they need to begin to think about. Reece Year 12 – "The day was really useful in the My bank sessions, I learnt about trust funds and how to access them, the importance of budgeting and managing your money and what direct debits and standing orders are. I would welcome more days like this its really useful and helps us with life schools we have not really been taught anything about” The day was a great success and we look forward to our fourth Innovation Day 4 on March 25th.  
12 December 2019Classes and Corridors Help the East in the EastStudents from Chobham are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to study the world’s most ancient language, a vernacular deeply intertwined with the culture of the mysterious oriental country from where it comes from. An increasing number of Chobham students are showing their interest and passion in China, embracing her culture and her language. In the Mandarin department, we believe the key to developing highly competent Chinese linguists is through fostering confident speakers - a crucial skill which directly impacts the development of student’s listening, reading and writing skills. Through focusing on the oral aspect of the language, Chobham students are much more comfortable when faced with mastering supposedly complex Chinese characters. Chinese language lessons at Chobham involve a variety of strategies to help student build up their speaking skills for both short- and long-term purposes. As Year 9 students were feeling the pressure of their assessment dates looming nearer, a fun speaking activity by the name of ‘Verbal Tennis’ was carried out in class for students to revise the knowledge they had covered since the start of the year amongst themselves. Students took turns to name vocabulary from a given topic they had studied until their partner was unable to produce an answer. Sarah and Deborah from Miss Shen’s class enjoyed this revision activity, stating “The game is useful as it helps us with our listening and speaking skills, and helps us remember the key vocabulary”. In Miss Ali’s class, students are given a speaking activity simulating a real-life conversation based on the vocabulary and sentence structures students have learnt in class. As questions are displayed on the whiteboard in English, students are required to work in pairs to translate and give a response in Chinese, before presenting their conversation to the rest of the class. During the presentation, other students must listen carefully and simultaneously translate key words into English. Fionn commented on this activity as being “…really useful as everyone is engaged and we are working on all of our skills”. “I find the speaking games we do in lessons help me learn the language faster. When we do reading activities in class or for homework, I can guess what how to say some characters because I also think about what we practised in the lesson.” – Daniel, Year 9. Students are exposed to authentic language in the lesson which has proven to be fruitful as students enjoy applying what they have learnt to various contexts both within and outside of the school. Students are always eager to eavesdrop on conversations between the Mandarin teaching staff in the classroom and corridors, and attempt to translate what they heard, or thought, they heard. Students arrive in the lesson and ask keen questions about Chinese culture, and even try to replicate a variety of Chinese words they have heard outside of the classroom, asking their teacher for its meaning. “It’s so relaxing when I hear the teachers speak in Chinese to each other. Sometimes I can figure out what they’re saying because they say things we have learnt in class which is really cool.” – Uzma, Year 7. Chobham students are not afraid to show off how much they can say in Chinese, and are even less afraid of showing how much they want to learn. Students are driven by their confidence, and it is not unusual for students to ask questions such as “How many characters do I need to learn to understand Chinese?” and “How long will it take me to become as fluent as Miss. Ali?”. Every day, students question the possibility of ever using the language they are learning in the outside world, from as young as Year 3 all the way up to Year 13. Fortunately at Chobham, students are offered the opportunity of exploring the culture rich country of China and putting their well-learnt Chinese language skills and knowledge into practice. During the recent school trip to China, students were able to have a first-hand experience of the rich culture, ancient history and vast landscapes of China. Students visited the country’s most iconic attractions such as the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Wild Goose Pagoda, Temple of Heaven and the Terracotta Warriors, whilst also enjoying a variety of cultural activities such as calligraphy and Kung Fu. Students also embraced the culture by using the language to get to know the local people. Maya and Sameer enjoyed using his Chinese skills to make new friends during a visit to a partner school in Beijing and was pleasantly surprised as “They can actually understand me!” Students became the Mandarin teacher as they gave Mr. Stander a master lesson in numbers so that was able to carry out head counts in Chinese. It was the norm to find students turning ears when seeing a conversation between the teacher and the tour guide as they tried to decode what they heard in order to find out what the next stop will be or how long the journey would be. Feedback from students, parents and carers about the trip have been overwhelmingly positive and speaks of a genuine sense of accomplishment, a new-found respect for China and hopes of visiting this extremely interesting country again in the future. “Going to China has opened up my eyes about the country and the language. I really enjoy my lessons and had a feeling of success when I could understand and read things in China by myself.”  Skye, Year 13. Xuan Gao, Subject Lead: Mandarin What a vibrant year it has been for the Spanish department! Studying Spanish has more than a cultural and linguistic purpose, it promotes global citizenship. Spain trip 2019. In front of the Royal Palace, Madrid. In class, we encourage our students to have a wider appreciation and understanding of the target language and to be able to initiate and develop conversations, to cope with unfamiliar language and situations, and to develop creative expression as well as use an increasingly wide range of structures to express their own views. We also encourage students to build their resilience and apply new and known vocabulary in a variety of contexts. What better reward and concrete application of their hard work during the year than our annual trip to Spain? Last July, we took our students to Valladolid in Castille and León and the photos do not do justice to the success the trip was. On the flight to Spain, many were excited; some were worried. On the way back to the UK, all were saying how great an experience it had been and how much they wanted to go again. At Palace of Santa Cruz, Valladolid. (Below)                         About to get into the canoes for our two-hour stroll down the Pisuerga River. (Above) “The canoeing on the river was so good.” O.M. “Sir, you’re running the trip again next year? I’m so going!” L.N-S. “I had so much fun! Can’t believe we had a water fight in the park!” M.C. It is true we had an amazing time. Five days. Eighteen students. Far too many tapas. Loads of fun. We visited the cities of Madrid, Salamanca and Segovia. We canoed down the Pisuerga river. We went to see the most amazing Flamenco show in Madrid. Our students stayed with host families. What better way to immerse in the Spanish culture? The experience was authentic for our students and many understood that Spanish is more than just “a language I do at school” but is part of a rich culture that textbooks simply cannot teach. They did us proud and represented Chobham and our values every step of the way. So no need to wait: register today for this year’s trip! 13-16 July 2020. £499. Four days of guaranteed fun! Info below.                                           Stephane Theau, Subject Lead: Spanish A truly amazing department, with truly amazing staff and students! Tinus Stander Assistant Principal
2 December 2019Chobham No Pen DayIn our every changing social milieu. In a world dominated by tweets, emails, instant chats – for students stabbing digits into a keypad all day has become as everyday as a political scandal. So, on Thursday, the whole academy took the conscious decision to embrace the art of oracy! “It was so different! Exciting – kind of made me think about my answers in a different way,” claimed Chloe in YR9. “We debated everything from the environment, to impact of Victorian literature to euthanasia. It really opened up our class and helped me learn a lot about my peers’ and opinions on the world we live in.’ No Pens Day is now a movement. Recent studies show it has reached a total of over 7,000 schools and settings since it started in 2011. A recent poll of the some of the inner-city schools that participate 80% of respondents said that taking part in No Pens Day Wednesday raised their awareness of speech, language and communication needs, whilst 96% said they'd do things differently around school as a result of their involvement. Moreover 19% of respondents they had identified pupils who were struggling with spoken language that they'd not known about before. Chatting to the English Department, a myriad of planning and thought went into “No Pens Day” and the consideration of what they wanted to achieve from these innovative English lessons proved quite enlightening. “Considering the traditional structure of a large amount of English, predominately students will end up picking up a pen to finalise their thoughts or analysis. However, the freedom of this day has really allowed my students to consider their answers in a much more ontological, wide reacting and original manner. The results have been genuinely fascinating and have really reflected upon how I can incorporate this further into my pedagogy!’ Ms Osman stated. ‘I used Drama in my lesson! I forgot how much fun it was for out student in KS4 to bring a play to alive. It really helped them consider what a particular character’s motivations are?’ Ms O’Donnell, beamed after teaching her YR10 “An Inspector Calls.” A recent study states, “one of the largest barriers for students getting on in life is a lack of eloquence or inability to order or express their thoughts. Employers put confident oral communication at the top of their requirements, however, it’s seldom taught in schools.” Oracy is a skill. It can be taught and honed. Through discussion, debate students are more equip to not only to deal with their GCSE answers in a more critical and evaluate manner, but to prepare them for their future employment. “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” The importance of them being able to debate, argue and get their point across on the global issues facing our planet have never been more vital. “Next year we would like to have a parent workshop where they could join in some of the activities. “Mr Ward suggested, hoping the freedom and fun in the lessons would encourage parents really come and join in some debate, discussion and discourse. So, is Chobham mightier than the pen? On Thursday 28th November, for one day only at least, we think was…
15 November 2019Exciting Opportunities in HumanitiesIt has been an exciting first half term in Humanities so far this year. Here are some of our highlights: This Autumn our Politics A level students attended the yearly 'Congress to Campus' talk on contemporary US politics. Hosted by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. Speakers included leading academics from UCL and Oxford Universities; also in attendance were former members of US Congress, Republican Luke Messer IN-06 and Democrat Nick Rahall WV-03. Students questioned the panel in the energetic style popularised by shows such as the BBCs 'Question Time. Our young political scientists spent the day at the conference enthralled in a forensic oral examination of current political events i.e. Donald trumps tweets, which the politics department at Chobham refer to as the US Executive's media age neo-imperial project; impacting international money markets in less than 49 characters! And symbolised in the political cult mantra 'Make America Great Again'.  Students also considered the degree to which Civil Rights for some marginalised groups in the US may be being actively eroded by neo conservative joined up governmental thinking via recent Supreme Court appointments and state legislatures. Students had the added benefit of receiving first-hand, answers to their questions from former US policy makers on a number of specialist and controversial political issues.  Politics students Timi, Tohura, Summer and Isabella concluded post conference that 'partisan policy divisions between the GOP and the Democrats in some parts of the US are very difficult to pin down in the current climate! There's very little difference between them'.  Whilst Esosa, Rakib, Onate, Alex, Joshua and Adi came to the consensus that ''Some citizens are more equal than others in the US political system, Washington is increasingly the playground for marginal vested interests''. Government and Politics Department. Last week our Year 13 Historians went to Senate House Library to carry out independent research for their coursework. Our students were first shown by the university how to carry out independent research before spending the day making full use of the resources the library has to offer. Some absolutely fantastic research was achieved by all; at the end of the day, some even opted to stay behind to continue independently! Time flies when you are having fun! The History Department. On Tuesday 12th November members of the Humanities Department organised and ran ‘Faith Day’ for all Year 7 students. Students spent the day learning about a range of religions and beliefs different from their own to create active citizens who are more aware of the diversity which exists in their local community. All students had the opportunity to visit different places of worship across London, and learn about Hinduism or Humanism through external speakers and school based activities. Overall, it was a great day for all staff and students involved. We look forward to organising this again next year! The Humanities Team.  
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