Thursday, 13 July 2017

#Brittons Poetry Competition

Recently the English Department held a Poetry Competition and, after a tightly fought contest, the results were as follows:-


1st Robbie Jones

2nd Mellissa Pena Ramirez

3rd Michael Opebiyi

4th Zoe Marquette


Each student wins themselves a reading book.  Well done!


In addition, Mrs Gilbert won the teachers' competition with her Ode to summer.

Ronnie Jones (1st) and Zoe Marquette (4th)

Mrs Gilbert

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

#STEM Challenge Day - Friday 30 June 2017

Twelve students from Brittons were invited to participate in the annual North East London Science and Technology Challenge Day which took place at Havering Sixth Form College on Friday 30 June 2017.


The day gave students an enjoyable insight into a higher level of science and technology.  Activities included:-

  1. Robotics – Students were asked to build and program a robot to navigate a series of obstacles.
  2. E-FIT – Students were asked to use police software to create an image of a ‘criminal’.
  3. Vehicle – Students were asked to design, build and then race a simple electric vehicle.

This year more than forty Challenge Days took place across the country, with the overall winning team from each event progressing to a Challenge Final at the beginning of next year, 2018.

Students were judged on working collaboratively in communication, planning, analysis, testing and evaluation of their projects

This is to encourage them to develop team work skills which they will need to study science and technology at a higher level.


Sarah Adeya and Daisy Gentry were part of a three person team that won the overall competition and will progress to the Challenge Final next year.

Jasmeet Jamu and Megan Brown did outstandingly well to win two of the three competitions, as part of a group.

The overall winning school was The Brittons Academy.

Trophies and badges were awarded by the Mayor of Havering, Linda van den Hende.

Daisy Gentry and Sarah Adeya with the Mayor of Havering and a student from another school

Megan Brown and Jasmeet Jamu with the Mayor of Havering and students from other schools
Mr Gilbertson with the Mayor of Havering

Friday, 30 June 2017

London Fire Brigade LIFE Course

Congratulations to James Smith, Jamie-Lee Anderson-Goss, Megan Maynard and Taz Lewis who successfully completed a London Fire Brigade LIFE Course on 26th – 29th June 2017.

The course is a high impact experience designed to identify and address the life skills required to help young people to understand and practise the high personal standards required by the London Fire Brigade.  During the course, James, Jamie-Lee, Megan and Taz were continually assessed in areas such as interest, effort, conduct and politeness, communication, observation and listening, relationship with supervisors, relationship with colleagues, initiatives and punctuality and timekeeping throughout the day.

Well done James, Jamie-Lee, Megan and Taz!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Year 10 Food Exams - Thursday 15 June 2017

During their Food Exam on Thursday, Year 10s were required to create 3 dishes in 3 hours for a country of their choice.
Students really did stretch themselves and we are so proud of their hard work.

#Brittons Best - Johnson Controls Award Winner

Callum Picari was the winner of this year's Johnson Controls Award and was delighted to win a laptop.

Callum being presented with the laptop by Ms Scott, Acting Principal

Friday, 9 June 2017

Mock #General Election at #Brittons




The Brittons Academy held its own Mock General Election to see which political party students think should represent the UK.  This was organised by Mr Qureshi (Director of Study for Citizenship) and Mr Mugombe (Assistant Principal).


Prior to the election, assemblies took place to outline the format of the General Election and to share the policies of the different political parties for which students could vote.  In addition, posters were put up around the Academy and students discussed the election and watched the party political broadcasts of each political party during their Learning Family Time.


Each Learning Family became one constituency of Brittons and students voted for the political party they wanted to represent their constituency.


All votes will be counted up at the end of the day and the constituency and the winning party will be declared.  The political party that has won the most constituencies across Brittons will be declared the winner of the 2017 Brittons General Election.


All constituency results, as well as the result of the winning party, will be declared on Friday 9 June.


Mr Qureshi said "Our students were keen to get stuck into voting as soon as we announced that we’d be holding a mock general election.  They showed us that they have an opinion on what should be the future of the country and it’s amazing to see them make their own informed decisions rather than rely on second hand information, which will stand them in good stead for when it's their turn to choose the future government."


Mr Mugombe said "Holding the mock general election has given students a better understanding of democracy and British values."

Francesca Pengelly and Darnell Kwame

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

#FourthPlinth School Awards 2017

Maica Da Silva has been selected, out of 4,000 entrants, as the winner of the Fourth Plinth School Awards Competition for the Borough of Havering for 2017. 

Maica's artwork titled Anti-Aging is a drawing of a cosmetics bottle which focused on creating a youthful attitude rather than just another superficial product.  After discussing with her teacher and classmates the significance of the Fourth Plinth platform, Maica wanted to connect with the many people who pass through Trafalgar Square each day and decided an interactive sculpture would be best to engage with people to encourage them to release their inner child.  People would have the ability to push a button and, instead of spraying a beauty product, her sculpture would spray glitter or bubbles and viewers would ultimately feel younger.

Maica attended a ceremony at City Hall on Thursday 27th April with her mother and Miss Park (Art Teacher), which was hosted by Justine Simons (Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries) and the winning artist of 2016 (David Shrigley).  Maica was awarded a certificate as well as a bag of art supplies donated by CASS, which she looks forward to using in her GCSE art sketchpad. 

Maica's work is currently on display at the City Hall for public viewing and can also be viewed online at the below address.  The Brittons Academy are extremely proud of Maica's efforts towards her creative endeavours and look forward to seeing her aspire to new heights of imagination and ingenuity.  Well done Maica!