Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.— Ryunosuke Satoro
Human society has always thrived on the ability for people to share stories, skills and experiences. Today is no different and we embrace the incredible opportunities that can come from forming links and developing projects with other schools and institutions locally, nationally and internationally.
Opening eyes and stretching minds by providing partnership opportunities we are creating opportunities for students and staff to share, collaborate and flourish in the most inspiring ways.
We are incredibly proud to be able to say that we are part of the excellent Lumina tutoring programme with Harrow School and Notting Hill and Ealing High School. Lumina works in conjunction with ‘Virtual Schools’ to help bring top quality academic support in our surrounding boroughs to Looked After Children (Children in Care), who are the group of young people most at risk of underachieving in education across the country.
We have had a total of twenty one senior school teachers volunteer to give online tutoring to support, with children students being allocated when needed from across all year groups and ability levels.
The feedback from Northwood College staff and from Lumina administration at Harrow has been overwhelmingly positive. Following the success of the programme and the dedication of all of the staff involved, Lumina is extending its reach to include the additional boroughs of Brent and Barnet, and we are inviting our Junior School staff to get involved as well.
We cannot wait to see the incredible difference that we can make to these children again this year.
Our first annual Philosothon, provided an afternoon of competitive, philosophical enquiry for students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 from 13 different schools (representing both the state and independent sector) all deliberating over the enquiries.
With three respected guest judges, Libby Ahluwalia (author of the OCR A-Level textbook), Michael Lacewing (creator of the AQA Philosophy A-Level) and Alison Allsopp (National Training manager for SAPERE), it provided an incredible, high quality academic event.
Delving deep into questions surrounding the topics of morality, religion and life, the students all contributed, supported and debated with a strong level of depth and maturity.
The feedback from the participating schools was excellent and the judges said that the students and event exceeded their expectations.
We were so excited to be able to host our second annual Interfaith conference for Year 7, bringing together Religious representatives from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Humanism to discuss their beliefs, the similarities between their religions and how we, as a society, can all work together.
Joined by students from Pinner High, we were able to engage in a deep, thought provoking panel discussion with audience questions, as well as small group sessions with each religious leader and representative individually. This was a truly enlightening experience, helping to build and develop an understanding and accepting of others, no matter their religious or cultural background. Just one more way that we are striving to develop mature, globally aware citizens for the future.
LIFE DRAWING (6.12.2021)
We pride ourselves in our exceptionally talented Art students, recognising how important the arts and creativity are, not just for individuals but for society. For this reason, we were so excited to be able to invite Charlotte from Drawing on Life, along with the fabulous life model Carol, into Northwood College for an evening of creativity, expression and a whole lot of charcoal.
This was a special event aimed at developing and extending the skills of A level Fine Art and Graphics students from Northwood College and Pinner High. Students had fun deep diving and experimenting with shape and form, tones and high-lights as well as different media and techniques. We were all truly immersed in an artistic bubble with the 3 and a half hour workshop flying by.
Together we can do great things.— Mother Teresa
Computer sciences and programming is, without a doubt, one of the fastest developing industries of our time, so we have partnered with Frithwood Primary to help bring these skills to more people in the community. Our Digital Futures Programme is aimed at helping to develop programming skills and robotics to Year 3 – 6 students in a fun and exciting way.
Our STEM champions and computer science students will be visiting Frithwood Primary each week to run programming workshops with the students. We will use Edison robots, which the students will be able to construct, programme and design to be able to perform a range of cool tricks, including responding to light and sounds, following lines and shapes and even finding their way out of complex mazes!
This is just stage one, with further plans to develop programmes to cover internet safety with the earlier years, and an introduction to general computer programming for Year 5.
Northwood College’s Teach Meets have gone from strength to strength this year and provide a fantastic opportunity to teachers from across schools to come together, discuss and share ideas, experiences and good practice every half term.
We have been able to explore a huge range of topics such as ‘Boys and Girls Education: Is there a difference?’, ‘Hybrid Learning: Looking forward and sharing the past’ and ‘Early Excellence: A Spotlight on Key Stage 3’, and were incredibly excited to be able to host guest speaker Lucy Crehan, author of Clever Lands, for our session entitled Lessons for Schools from top performing countries.
With colleagues attending via Zoom from over seven different state schools – Bentleywood, Pinner, Woodhouse, East Barnet, London Academy of Excellence Tottenham, Gunnersbury and Kingsbury – as well as local independent schools, including John Lyon’s, Merchant Taylors’ and Harrow, we have been able to truly share and develop skills and knowledge and cannot wait to see what fantastic topics and speakers we will get in for the future.
MOCK COP26 (24.11.2021)
In light of the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) being held in Glasgow, we were excited to host our first Mock COP26. Sixty students from Northwood College, Pinner High, Northwood School and John Lyon’s worked together in teams to represent their allocated countries while discussing, debating and negotiating international environmental policies.
Run by InterClimate Network, a renowned organisation committed to helping young people in the UK feel empowered and enabled to lead, advocate and take action towards environmentally sustainable behaviours and societal change.
The event saw students coming together, and showing their incredible passion for the environment and reducing climate change while presenting their points in the most incredibly mature and articulate ways – it really shows that our future is in good hands.