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Message From The Principal

Another great and busy two weeks here at Eltham Hill. Students are working really well and I have been impressed by the focused hard work I have seen when popping into lessons and touring the buildings. Year 11s are at a particularly important point with PPEs in Art and Photography already taken and many more beginning from the 27th November. Please encourage your child to create and stick to a revision timetable, we know from all the evidence that regular 20 to 30-minute revision slots for a subject have far more impact than cramming the night before an exam. With the new linear exams at GCSE there is a lot of content to cover and if parents can encourage a ‘little and often’ approach to revision right the way from Year 9 it goes a long way towards helping students cope with the experience of exams and avoid stress and anxiety. We are also supporting our Year 11 students by teaching them some mindfulness techniques and are hoping to extend this training to other year groups in the new year. I was pleased to see so many Year 11 parents and students at our Post 16 Open Event and to see Year 10 parents in school this week to meet with subject teachers. I am looking to further improve the experience of parents at subject evenings so if you have ideas or feedback do please let me know via email.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Erika Podmore

Dates to Remember:

  • Student Exhibition at Vinyl Deptford - Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 from 3pm
  • Inset Day - Friday, Nov 24, 2017
  • Inset Day - Monday, Nov 27, 2017
  • Year 8 Subject Evening - Wed, November 29, 4pm7pm
  • Post 16 IBCP Open Evening - Thu, November 30, 6pm8pm

SHINE Project 2017-19

The SHINE project got off to a fantastic start at the end of October! For this innovative project, students get to work with professional artists, writers and theatre practitioners to develop their creative skills. As part of the project, students will have their work shown in major art galleries in London and also have their plays put on at the Royal Court Theatre.

Our first session focused on exploring issues that affect young people so that we have a basis for creative work produced. In our second session, we focused on the idea of ‘personal change’ and we made powerful statements to reflect this.

The last two weeks have been spent working with Jeremy Gluck, digital artist, to produce powerful and minimalist Memes, which will be used as part of an exhibition at the 100 Years Gallery in December. Students get to work ‘live’ with Jeremy, sharing art digitally in a ground-breaking way. Students produce their art-works of genius and these are sent ‘live’ to the artist, who then responds by ‘glitching’ their work or creating new art-works from the originals. We have had some wonderful ‘Meme Wars’ taking place! The first wave of Memes will be exhibited at Vinyl Deptford on 11th of November – please come along and have a look from 3 pm onwards.

The next part of the project will involve students working with professional writers and directors from The Royal Court Theatre to develop a writer’s toolkit. This will be used to create a play, which will be performed at the theatre in the Summer of 2018. Montbelle Primary School will also be working with us to write plays.

It is a real pleasure to be working with the SHINE students. I am so proud of the work they have produced so far! We all wish we could be doing this all week long! A massive thank you goes to Jeremy Gluck for his vitality and innovation and also to Romana Flello at The Royal Court Theatre for her help to plan the exciting and engaging writing sessions. Also, a huge thank you to SHINE, who have funded the project.

Mrs Osborne

Post 16 Open Evening

On Monday 6th November we welcomed prospective Year 12 students to the school at our annual Post 16 Open Evening. The students who visited were able to tour the school, meet their prospective teachers and ask current students about their own experience of being a Post 16 student. The feedback we received from students who visited was very positive, all external students were very impressed by the facilities on offer at the school and the maturity and openness of the current Year 12 and 13 students. We hope to see those who visited at interviews in February.

We will be hosting a second Post 16 Open Evening on Thursday 30th November (6
8pm) which will focus on our International Baccaulareate Careers Programme Offer. 

Mrs Crean

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

The DofE award was something I had heard about from other people but had never looked into myself. When starting year 10 I was determined to apply myself in more ways than just academic. I wanted to do something which would really help me experience more things. The DofE bronze award was the perfect answer for me, I would not just be exploring one activity, I would be discovering many different activities.

The three activities which I took up were swimming, learning to speak, read and write in Arabic, and volunteering at my school library. I had little to no experience with them but I was determined to try something new.

Although thousands of people do the DofE award, it meant a huge amount to me. I have always been an inquisitive person interested in learning about the world around me but until now I had mostly done this through lessons, conversations with field experts or endless online research. Now, I would be doing more than just learning about something, I would be doing that thing.

Swimming was utterly different to what I would normally do as a sport, I have always been a track athlete. I was worried that I would not be able to keep up with the other members. These fears turned out to be utterly pointless, the swimming instructor made sure I was swimming at the right pace and although the sessions were incredibly exhausting I was able to keep up. At the end of the 3-month period, I found that not only had I achieved my goal, I had also enjoyed it massively.

I was most excited to learn to read and write in Arabic. Although the language is completely different to English I enjoyed learning it and actually went on to do Arabic as part of my GCSE and gained a good grade in it.

The volunteering at my school library was probably the best character-enhancing activity I did. I had to give up my lunch and break times and work for free. I understood that the main point of it was not to complete a section of my award but to actually make the library a better place for students. It really helped me to look beyond the award itself and see what it actually stands for.

The DofE award really helped to shape my character, I had always been nervous about trying new things, but now I am more confident. I will be continuing on with this award and hopefully finish the Silver and Gold Award.

Iya Sozan 11L

We will be relaunching the Duke of Edinburgh programme for students in the New Year, watch out for further details!

Ella the Engineer

Our school hosted an International Women’s Day conference which we attended, participating in a workshop focusing on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), there we learnt that women were hugely underrepresented in the industry - only 9% of the engineering workforce consists of women. These shocking figures provoked us to consider when this mindset really starts to develop, which we concluded was in childhood. Gender stereotypes associated with careers/jobs are instilled in children from a very early age - ‘boys are the ones who do engineering and mechanics, girls do teaching and nursing’. We strived to create a project that would change others views on this, in addition to motivating and inspiring young girls to follow in STEAM career paths. A book, we decided would be the most accessible for young children as well as influential.

We created - ‘Ella the Engineer’ to implement the idea that STEAM is not solely for men. Reading our book to primary school children enabled us to gather feedback on the book, as well as if it had changed their mindset. One boy commented ‘The book made me realise that STEAM isn’t just for boys - it’s for girls too. ’ We are keen to share our story in the Big Bang Fair, to change others views and inspire young girls to take a step towards STEAM. Currently, we are pursuing the chance to publish the book to attain a wider audience and make a bigger difference.

Our book follows Ella, a young girl with big dreams of becoming an engineer, who is attending the Big Bang Fair. There she stares in awe at the amazing experiments and projects created by scientist and engineers. However, she also experiences the discrimination that many women face in the engineering workforce -  this impacts her confidence and discourages her. After this, Ella meets her idol, a female engineer, who shows Ella her recent creation - an exploration machine which allows her to travel through various dimensions. After experimenting with the machine, she realises that she does want to be an engineer and will not let anything or anyone stand in her way.

We have also published an online article talking about the book on ‘This Is Local London’ news:

Amelie Tu, Ursula Karki and Riju Prasai (Year 10) (Illustrations by Poppy Phelps)

Young Reporters Scheme

Our Young Reporter Scheme has got off to a flying start. You can read their articles here:

Eltham Hill Awarded Gold School Games Mark

I am delighted to announce that we have achieved the Gold School Games Mark Award for the 2016/17 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

A number of students had the opportunity to compete in local inter-school competitions over the academic year. I am extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

Mrs Helen Jones
Lead Practitioner PE

Henry V at the Shakespeare Schools' Festival

Huge congratulations to the cast of Henry V. Every year 30 of our students take part in the Shakespeare Schools festival. This year we set them the huge challenge of Henry V. This is the first time we have ever put on a History play. Our talented cast put on a wonderful performance and we were extremely proud of them.

Ms Whittington 

In the lead up to the Shakespeare Schools' Festival Ms Whittington was interviewed by the South London Press, you can read that interview here.

Eltham Hill School Awarded Stonewall Bronze Award

Eltham Hill believes in excellence, happiness and success for all of our students and every member of our community.  We have been a Stonewall Champion School for many years and have now been awarded the prestigious Stonewall Bronze Award for our commitment to equal opportunities and diversity.  The national awards recognise schools’ legal obligation to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and effectively benchmark their progress against national standards.
The school will be applying for the Silver Award in January 2018 and we will keep you up to date with our progress.
To find out more about Stonewall’s charity work visit their website at
Ian McKellen visiting the school when we became a Stonewall Champion

Creative Mentoring Network

A group of Post 16 students in Year 13 have been accepted onto the Creative Mentoring Network Scheme. This Network gives young people opportunities to meet with a professional mentor that specialises in a creative job such as media, music, photography, advertising, theatre and much more.

CMN gives students the experience to meet with a mentor who will give them support and contacts that will lead to work experience in the creative industry. The mentors will also help them to understand in more depth, the role of the job that they would want to pursue and also other jobs which tie in with the same industry.

One of our group has already been paired with her mentor (see report below) and the others will start in January.

Ms Comis

The Creative Mentoring Network has paired me up with a mentor who works in Human Resources for the advertising company, Grey. I have an interest in media, social media and digital marketing and hope to move on to an Apprenticeship. The company has done work for big brands such as Lucozade, Adidas and recently, Marks and Spencers. It has been a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet up with people in the company who work in departments such as digital marketing and production and find out about the roles available in an advertising company.

Elise Dunkley 13H

EHS UNICEF Student Ambassadors

We are the Year 8 UNICEF Student Ambassadors and we are campaigning for the Human Rights of children and young people in the UK and across the world.

Did you know that right now 50 million children around the world have been uprooted from their home due to civil wars, conflicts, persecution and natural disasters? 

We are currently working alongside UNICEF's Outright Campaign, where we are learning about the plight of refugee children who can not be reunited with family members when they arrive in the UK if their family members are not their parents, but grandparents, aunts, uncles or older siblings. We are appalled and will be writing to our local MPs to speak to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd to change this law.

We will also be leading Year 7 and 8 assemblies on and around World Children's Day in November to educate others about this major problem.


Filmskool Premiere

Some of the year 10 girls have been involved in the Filmskool project with Mo Alam. They wrote screenplays for two short films in which some of them took a starring role. The girls also directed and edited the films which were then shown to friends and family at the Curzon in Mayfair on Saturday 4th November. The films were really original and interesting; each family will receive a DVD of the films and we are hoping to put them on the school website. We are hoping to run the project again next year.

Ms Roberts and Ms Parke

Keep Safe and Healthy Workshop

Post 16 students are all participating in a Keep Safe and Healthy Workshop run by Greenwich Sexual Health Services. Topics covered included consent, contraception and STIs.

In addition to this, regular confidential drop-in sessions are provided. (Students can check notices in Silent Study/with Mrs Comis for dates and times).

Guest Speaker Lecture from Devie Mohan.

On Tuesday 31st October all Post 16 students had the privilege of hearing a presentation from Devie Mohan, CEO of Burnmark, a fintech company. Fintech is a portmanteau of financial technology that describes an emerging financial services sector in the 21st century. She spoke to the students about her experience of working in financial organisations and her struggle to find her voice in a male-dominated industry. She gave a very interesting presentation about her career path and her unexpected route into her current role. She was a real inspiration, particularly for the girls, and her extensive travel experience certainly impressed all who were at the presentation. We were extremely lucky to have Devie in school and the students all felt they learnt a lot from her visit.
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