t seems that this year we have come back with a bang! Step into Dance has moved to a Thursday after school from 3.30pm -5.00pm, where students are receiving free street dance lessons from an external professional teacher; Jumar Aben.

Jumar, is better known as ‘John’ to the students and studied at Trinity Laban and Barnet College in ballet and contemporary dance. It was whilst studying that he became passionate about hip hop, commercial and funk styles - which is clearly something that the students are loving too!

Many of the musical cast have joined street dance in order to improve their co-ordination skills over the course of this year, however, it is something we are encouraging all students to get passionate about! The current group includes fifteen students, but we are looking for this to continue to grow over the next few terms. The classes are free and students are required to wear their normal PE Kit. We are hoping for a sneak peek of what they can do at Prize Evening, and then of course the Christmas Concert. It is exciting to see how quickly these scholars grow in confidence and ability!

House Debate Competition

ast half term, our scholars from Years 7 - 10 took part in the House Debating Competition. Two students were selected from each form group to represent their house. They

attended a lunch time debate where they discussed the topic, ‘Slavery has not been abolished but simply exists in other forms’.

All students were hugely impressive! They articulated their ideas beautifully, giving thoughtful ideas about how modern slavery affects people around the world.

A special mention for those who argued that slavery is not a problem in the modern world, despite the difficulty of their task, they formed some convincing and well researched arguments. It was a fantastic example of how our students are engaged in global issues. Congratulations to all who took part. The winners of the debates, winning points for their house were:

Year 7 – Israel Dixon (Harrison) Year 8 – Emmanuel Nsenye (Sancho) Year 9 – Louie Naggs and Funmi Ogundokun (Waugh) Year 10 –Manisha Kalia and Bryan Queant (Harrison)



uring music enrichment students have been developing their own performances of ‘Christmas

Number Ones’ and seasonal songs for the Christmas Concert. Three ensembles have successfully made the grade to perform on December 11th


we will all look forward to hearing their efforts. Students have benefited from developing their ensemble skills through work-shopping and have been learning how to develop their

musical ideas to reach a common goal. Many of the students have also made a concerted effort to learn new instruments for our project, as well as working with those more experienced players who have patiently supported all progression. We also have some wonderful singers who did an excellent job of performing in the Black History Month concert and who are raring to sing to a live audience once again.

AGFS Newsletter autumn 2019

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