We continue this week with the introduction of the new members of our teaching staff who will be joining us in August 2018. This week, I will also be sharing the further four teachers who will be leaving us with some information about their new adventures ahead.
Mr Nolan who leaves for an Assistant Headteacher role in Shanghai, Ms Wreathall who is returning to Bangkok, and Ms Sudbury and Ms Rose who are returning to England. Finally, this year we are also saying goodbye to Ms Murty who has been our school counsellor for 15 years. We wish all our departing staff the very best in their future endeavours and thank them for their contribution to our school over the years.
Ms Jane Handley - Teacher of Music
Jane is a graduate of the London College of Music and she obtained her Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Secondary Music from the Open University. Jane started her career in Music as a peripatetic brass teacher for various London boroughs. In 1998, she became Head of Music at Sir William Ramsay School. She moved on to Queensbury School Academy as Head of Music in 2002 and has remained there since. Jane will be moving to KL with her husband Jonathan.
Ms Suzy Watkinson - Teacher of Drama
Suzy graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a BA (Hons) in Drama and went on to gain her PGCE (Secondary) Drama from the University of Warwick. She started her teaching career as a teacher of Drama and Psychology at Kettering Science Academy. Suzy will be moving to KL with her husband Richard.
Mr Iain Lyford - Teacher of Mathematics
Iain obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from Nottingham Trent University and his PGCE from the University of Nottingham. He began his career as a Mathematics teacher in Holgate School. He also worked in Aldercar Community Language College in Derbyshire, Orminston Ilkeston Academy in Nottinghamshire and Holgate Academy before he joined Regents International School Pattaya, Thailand in 2014 as Head of Mathematics. He will be moving to KL with his wife Alison (a teacher at JB) and children Elyse and Leila.
Ms Alice Curwood – Teacher of Physical Education
Alice graduated with a BA (Hons) in Physical Education with QTS status from the University of Brighton. She started her teaching career at Charles Darwin School as a Physical Education teacher in 2011. She is now a Head of Year in the same school.
Mr Jason Ahmed - Counsellor
Jason graduated from the University of Bradford with a BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychology in Community Services and MA in Peace Studies. Jason is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. He has been providing counselling services to Northorpe Hall, Mirfield and Step 2 in Bradford. Jason will be moving to KL with his wife Taharina and his son Faris.
Please remember that we have half term next week, from Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th with students returning on Thursday 31st May. Please also note that our uniform shop will be closed for the whole of next week in order to undertake a review of prices following the recent changes to GST. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and the shop will open as normal from Monday 4th June.
Finally, today we continue with our Faculty Focus and the spotlight moves to our Creative and Expressive Arts team, written by Mr Nolan, Head of Faculty.
- Kevin Jackson - Head of Art & Digital Photography
- Jone Barrenechea - teacher of Art
- Simon Farrell - teacher of Art
- Indararaj Jaganathan - Art and Media technician
- Holly Sullivan - Head of Drama
- Stacey Wreathall - teacher of Drama
- William Payne - Head of Music
- Tom Nolan - Head of Faculty / teacher of Music
- Jeffrey Arokiosamy - Drama and Music technician
- Vivian Chan - CE Arts communications administrator
In Key Stage 3 students study Art, Drama and Music. These subjects are also available at GCSE and A-level, with the addition of Digital Photography for these qualifications. However, as part of an extended British curriculum, we are also pleased to offer an innovative Arts elective in Year 8, known simply as ‘C.E.Arts’, where students get to choose one of three artistic disciplines, exploring creative concepts and projects beyond their regular lessons. This year students have explored projects such as animation, wind band, and physical storytelling of the Arabian Nights. Additionally, Year 9 students also get to choose a number of Arts elective delivered by highly experienced specialists.
What is special about our faculty?
The Arts offer students a unique learning experience, which can enrich their lives immeasurably. They stimulate and develop the imagination, critical thinking, and refine cognitive, and creative skills. At Alice Smith School we believe the Arts are an integral part of all areas of school life, and are fundamental to a young person’s development. We offer a vibrant and challenging curriculum, which aims to inspire, motivate, instil discipline, resilience, and empathy.
Art, Digital Photography, Drama, and Music are all available at GCSE and A-level, and provide the breadth of learning, and intellectual rigour that top universities are looking for. Our results are outstanding, and students receive world class teaching, from dedicated and experienced professionals.
Our curriculum complements a busy schedule of Arts events throughout the year, such as the MAD Show, school productions, and a range of music concerts.
What are the highlights of the year?
Students at Equine Park are able to participate in an incredibly rich and varied Arts programme over the course of a year. 2017-18 has been a year of innovation with a number of new initiatives, both within the curriculum and beyond. Year 7 have been learning Music through an exciting new whole class wind band model, and in Drama, students across all age ranges have benefited from the many professional partnerships which have flourished over the last couple of years, such as Splendid Productions, Frantic Assembly and the Handlebards. On top of this, we have had our usual busy calendar of Arts events. Highlights have included the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival at Publika in the autumn, and in December the beautiful production of Beauty and the Beast. The Music department has also put on a range of concerts showcasing the growth of its ECAs and ensembles over recent years.
The faculty has been strongly represented at recent external events, including the FOBISIA Advanced Orchestral and Intermediate Music Festivals, FOBISIA Drama Festival, and the SEASAC Arts Festival In June, highlighting our continued commitment to collaborate with our partner schools and further enrich our students Arts experiences.
What are your strategic priorities? What current innovations/developments are you working on?
- New GCSE Specs 9-1, new linear A-levels.
- Year 7 “Music for All” band programme.
What are you looking forward to?
The Equine Park Summer Concert will take place on Monday 18th June (replacing the original date of 11th May due to the public holiday announced after the general election). This concert will involve well over a hundred students performing a varied programme of popular classics and Jazz. Meanwhile, the Art Department is busy making preparations for the much anticipated MAD (Media, Art & Design) Show, which will showcase the extraordinary work of our GCSE and A-Level artists, rounding off another year of exceptional innovation, creativity and diversity in the Arts.
Anything else we should know? We are a multi talented bunch. Can you guess who in the faculty has:
- Appeared in a film with Liz Hurley?
- Exhibited their work in the Royal Academy of Art?
- Had two top 40 hit songs in the UK?
Enjoy the half term holiday!
Dr Sarah Howling
Principal - Secondary Campus
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