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  • Students get off to a good start at The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School

    Published 18/04/18

     The Chaplaincy Department is co-ordinating a free pre–exam breakfast run from Monday 14 May – Friday 22nd  June for all students sitting public exams.  The aim is not only to emphasise the importance of breakfast for the start of the day but it also has a positive impact on the students concentration and motivation levels.

    Luisa Foley—School Chaplain

     

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  • Book Quiz Boss

    Published 18/04/18

     

    Dion Christyselvarajah (8A) was awarded a £10 book voucher by Mr Corish during the year 8 assembly in recognition of his consistently excellent book quiz results. Over the course of the year, Dion has read numerous different authors including Philip Pullman, Robert Muchamore and Louis Sachar, and has read twenty books in total since September, managing to achieve 100% in an amazing nineteen of the twenty book quizzes he has taken. This achievement is made all the more impressive as Dion’s chosen novels have contained complex characters and sophisticated vocabulary.

    Well done Dion and congratulations on your fantastic achievement; it reflects consistent hard work and careful reading and you have well and truly earned you book voucher!

     

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  • Psychology Conference

    Published 17/04/18

    Meeting a celebrity and witnessing them in action is a universally sought after experience, with some even paying ludicrous amounts just to do that. On the 20th March, a few 6th form students got this serendipitous opportunity, as we had the pleasure of being part of a Psychology conference held at the Emmanuel Centre. The celebrity in question was none other than Philip Zimbardo, well known for his ethically immoral yet highly beneficial Stanford Prison Experiment (1971). This was a simulated scenario where university students played the role of prisoners and guards, with the results shocking the world.

    This conference was divided quite clearly into 4 sections, with renowned psychologists like Phil Banyard, Sergio Della Sala and many others enriching us with their extensive knowledge. There seemed to be a consensus that the most riveting out of all the lectures came from Phil Banyard, who rather than focusing on the psychology tried to explain ‘Who am I?’ in 45 minutes with light jokes and a kind smile. In the beginning, he promised us that he would give us 6 life changing words to overcome the stress of being a student, and surprisingly he managed to deliver on his promise.

    These 6 words were: Frankly, I don’t give a toss!

    The room erupted in laughter, but it left a great impression on all of us as it was easy to relate to what he said. The theory was simple; stress comes from caring so the logical solution is not to care. Afterwards, Cara Flanagan (who delved deeper into the ‘Nurture and Nature’ argument), and Sala who amazed us with seemingly magical tricks and emphasised the importance of needing evidence to state that a claim is indeed true, we finally arrived at the moment were we could meet Zimbardo. Zimbardo and his wife (Christina Maslach) were both present to this occasion, with Zimbardo focusing on ‘The Lucifer Effect’ and on ‘Shyness’ with the latter interesting me personally more as studies on such a topic are rare and few. Maslach explained to us the concept of ‘Burnout’ which can affect the workplace environment due to 6 factors. However, what made this day memorable were the anecdotes that they told us during intermissions, such as how Zimbardo proposed, or the fight that they had after Maslach witnessed for herself the Stanford Prison Experiment.

    t was a great day and we even got the chance to sing Happy Birthday to the man himself as he turning eighty five on the 23rd of March!

    Nisrin Abdullah Year 12b

     

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  • CREATIVE WRITING CLUB

    Published 17/04/18

     Year 9 students from the Creative Writing Club have designed a fun and interactive Creative Writing scheme of work for a small group of Year 7 students.

    The students will meet every Wednesday (during lunch in S1) for creative and imaginative writing activities!  The sessions are as follows:

    Activity One: Creating Characters                                            

    Activity Two: Selecting Settings

    Activity Three: Show-not-Tell

    Activity Four: Putting it all together

    Activity Five: A Surprise!      

    The students who have created the activities as well as those who will take part in the sessions will not only be enhancing their skills toward future assessments, but will also enjoy a fun space to share their creative ideas.

     Mrs Duffy—English Department

     

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  • WW1 Battlefields Trip

    Published 28/03/18

     

    We recently embarked on a journey to the Battlefields of France and Belgium to learn more about WW1 .We learned the importance of team building with pupils from other schools in Hillingdon and (most importantly) , we learnt about those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country.The legacy 110 project not only told us through fascinating storytelling and literature but showed us first hand.

    We visited a number of cemeteries and were told accounts of those soldiers who were buried there and their bravery. An example would be Private Valentine Joe Strudwick , who was 15 years old when he passed and was known to be one of the youngest  casualties who died. We even saw the unmarked graves of those whose names were never discovered and it became clear of a wider picture of that fatal war that took the lives of all these men and women from all sides.

    We (through the duration of the trip) explored many areas of the War in order to truly grasp and understand the significance the war had on the lives of so many people. We visited replicas of field hospitals to truly appreciate the valiant and brave work by the Nurses and Doctors. We visited the Passchendaele museum and learnt so much about the Battle of Passchendaele. We visited many cemeteries such as the Lijssenthoek Cemetery and Caterpillar Valley. We were privileged to attend the Ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin Gate in Ypres. We walked the trenches and walked the frozen battlefields. It was February and we were well wrapped up. We couldn't help but think about our brave soldiers huddled together in weather colder than what we experienced. We believe that this trip was really effective in displaying the true depth of the war and through the tour many areas and people where mentioned but we believe that one area that was stressed was the impact the war had on one particular group of people … You see all of the soldiers and the victims of the War had one thing in common . They all had a mother! This was significant as the common perception is that the war had an impact on the economy ,in trade and in rankings but one thing many people fail to realise is the fact that all the victims of the war had a mother. So for every soldier who died in the War there was always a grieving mother who was crying over the loss of her son . We began to realise the true depth of the war and the huge amount of lives lost. We came away realising that we have to remember that for every one soldier there was one mother mourning and that really hit home for us. Despite the fact that the war had so many other negative factors we believe that the emphasis on the families of loved ones who perished really made us truly grasp and understand the devastating effect of the war .

    To conclude, we really are appreciative going on the Battlefields trip as it made us see the War through a different light and made us appreciate the many privileges that we have nowadays all of which could not be possible without the bravery of those men (and women who stood beside them) who fought for our freedom in the Great War. We have found a deep sense of respect and gratitude for all those involved in the War. We loved and hope that many young people, ,like us can go on the tour and truly have their eyes opened to the true impact of this terrible War.

     

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  • The Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Bishops and Priests invited The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School community to join them at Westminster Cathedral

    Published 28/03/18

     

    We are delighted to let you know that The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School is the only school in the Westminster Diocese to receive an invitation to participate in the Chrism Mass - Blessing of Oils. This very special Mass, celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, joined by his Bishops and priests of the diocese, gathered at the Westminster Cathedral.

     

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  • London Youth Games Final

    Published 28/03/18

     

    On Thursday 22nd March both Year 7 and 8 boys had the opportunity to represent Douay Martyrs and Hillingdon at the London Youth Games Sport hall Athletics. The students had reached the final after winning both the borough and regional competition, giving the status of the one the top eight school in London in the competition.

    For the year 7s it was first taste of a final and were all extremely excited about the opportunity to compete at the Crystal Palace National SportsCentre with fantastic facilities. This was second year running that the year 8  had reached the final and where looking to build on the experience of last year and improve on their results.

    On the day both squads where depleted with injuries due to other sporting activities but both teams gave their all in every single events, with some very good individual performances. Elisha Gyamfi winning the two lap race and Ariel Savage winning the four lap race. This accumulated with other good results allowed the year 8 boys to finish 3rd overall coming back to Douay Martyrs with bronze medal.

    Dillon Dawson 7R – I had a fantastic day, really enjoyed be at such brilliant facilities like Crystal Palace. It was extremely hard competition but we gave it our best.

    Don Awotwi 8G – Brilliant day, I was not expecting to come third overall and come away with a medal.

    Mr A Martin—PE Teacher

     

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  • Sociology Visit to the Royal courts of Justice and the Old Bailey

    Published 28/03/18

     

    Once more Year 13 Sociology students were given a tour of The Royal Courts of Justice by our now familiar guide, Mr Tim Woods.

    Students were impressed by the grandeur of the building and it’s immense size. Tim did a wonderful job taking us from room to room and explaining it’ s history as well as the complexities of the cases held within. Luckily we were all able to sit in on a trial actually taking place. Students witnessed the appeal of a man who had been sentenced to many years in jail for abuse and sexual misconduct and were impressed with the stern attitude of the somewhat forthright judge.

    The tour continued outside the Inns of Court and we were treated with tales of woe and horror from the darkest days of the Old Bailey when individuals were executed right outside. Students were then allowed to visit a courtroom of their own choice with cases ranging from the extremely violent to the twisted and macabre. All in all it was a sobering event for students who had never been in a courtroom before. They now understood the machinations of the justice system a little more and for those contemplating a career in the law it was a very rewarding day indeed. Each came away better educated and informed after a very interesting and thought provoking visit.

    Mr K. Marshall -  Sociology Teacher           

     

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  • Sixth Form Music Evening - Monday 26th March 2018

    Published 26/03/18

    Come and enjoy the musical talents of our excellent Sixth Form students tonight.

    In order to celebrate their imminent departure into the ‘world of adulthood’, they have independently organised an evening of musical delights. 

    They will be performing in the Main Hall this evening, Monday 26th March 2018, from 6.30pm-8.00pm approximately. 

    You are encouraged to bring your own drinks and nibbles.....

    The students are using the event to raise money for charity, in tandem with the school's annual Lenten fundraising drive, so there is a suggested donation of £3 for attendance.

    Also, if you so wish, they will also be accepting additional donations towards their upcoming Sixth Form Prom in Holborn.

    They hope to see lots of people this evening out in force to celebrate this wonderful event and help raise some funds for charity!

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  • Much Ado About Nothing

    Published 23/03/18

     

    Captivating. Enthralling. Jaw-dropping. Breathtaking. Phenomenal. Sublime. Words alone can't depict the supremacy of this performance. It was the most amazing day of my life. There was  nothing not to love: the storyline, the actors, the globe! Thank you so much RSC, The Globe and Duetsche Bank!
    Adam Fawaz 8s

     

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  • Psychology Conference

    Published 23/03/18

     

    Meeting a celebrity and witnessing them in action is a universally sought after experience, with some even paying ludicrous amounts just to do that. On the 20th of March, a few 6th form students got this serendipitous opportunity, as we had the pleasure of being part of a Psychology conference held at the Emmanuel Centre. The celebrity in question was none other than Philip Zimbardo, well known for his ethically immoral yet highly beneficial Stanford Prison Experiment (1971). This was a simulated scenario where university students played the role of prisoners and guards, with the results shocking the world.

    This conference was divided quite clearly into 4 sections, with renowned psychologists like Phil Banyard, Sergio Della Sala and many others enriching us with their extensive knowledge. There seemed to be a consensus that the most riveting out of all the lectures came from Phil Banyard, who rather than focusing on the psychology tried to explain ‘Who am I?’ in 45 minutes with light jokes and a kind smile. In the beginning, he promised us that he would give us 6 life changing words to overcome the stress of being a student, and surprisingly he managed to deliver on his promise.

    These 6 words were: Frankly, I don’t give a toss!

    The room erupted in laughter, but it left a great impression on all of us as it was easy to relate to what he said. The theory was simple; stress comes from caring so the logical solution is not to care.

    Afterwards, Cara Flanagan (who delved deeper into the ‘Nurture and Nature’ argument), and Sala who amazed us with seemingly magical tricks and emphasised the importance of needing evidence to state that a claim is indeed true, we finally arrived at the moment were we could meet Zimbardo. Zimbardo and his wife (Christina Maslach) were both present to this occasion, with Zimbardo focusing on ‘The Lucifer Effect’ and on ‘Shyness’ with the latter interesting me personally more as studies on such a topic are rare and few. Maslach explained to us the concept of ‘Burnout’ which can affect the workplace environment due to 6 factors. However, what made this day memorable were the anecdotes that they told us during intermissions, such as how Zimbardo proposed, or the fight that they had after Maslach witnessed for herself the Stanford Prison Experiment.

    Overall, it was a great day and we even got the chance to sing Happy Birthday to the man himself as he will be turning 85 on the  23rd of March!

     

                           Nisrin Abdullah 12B

     

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  • News from A level English:

    Published 23/03/18

     

    ‘The Great Gatsby’ Study Day is one in a series of lecture days which A Level students of English

    Literature have had the opportunity to attend this academic year. It took place on March 5th and students benefitted from the insights of respected critics and examination board examiners regarding this classic novel, which is featured on the A Level course and which students study in year 12.  Miss S Thompson (KS5 co-ordinator)

    On a cold day in March, a group of sixth form English Literature students ventured into London to attend a day of lectures to further explore our study of Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’. We were able to hear the ideas of respected critics and lecturers who explored the novel’s key themes and ideas, as well as delving into the history of 1920s American culture, the era in which the narrative is set. It was an enjoyable day which has further developed our knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the text.    By Jordan Nugara 12G

     

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