three BBC school reporters went to investigate the building works on Robert
Clack lower site. The reporters were able to see the building plans before they
were carried out and how the construction company organise their staff to
complete their works within the time. Once the reporters were appropriately
dressed for safety precautions, they were lucky enough to be personally shown
around the site by the managing director of the project. The reporters got to
see various aspects of the construction and interview some of the workers.
building will be home to a whopping 12 eco-friendly classrooms, including a
full equipped food studies class room double the size of the ones Robert Clack
have already and a conference room. Plus, the lower site is now home to a block
previously used at upper, ready to be kitted out for construction lessons.
took over three years of planning with Mr Richardson and Mid Group Construction
Company, with weekly meetings and correspondence throughout. There was a time
when all of this did not seem possible, however, Mr Richardson was resilient in
his effort to expand the school to host more successful students.
lower site building will be a grade A class eco-friendly building, with
reusable air for air-conditioning in each room and solar panels for the
majority of the blocks energy.
have been completed by the passionate and successful Mid Group Construction who
have been donating extra money and facilities to the school. The company have
supported the rugby tour with fund raising and donated supplies for the new
construction classroom. The company says working in schools is something they
treasure and they enjoy seeing the pleasure the students and teachers get out
of these modern buildings.
block will be ready for action from September 2018.
A select group of students have been participating in the
Rivers of the World Project, where we have been partnered with a school in
Palestine to create and share art based around our experiences of river/
waterway usage, purpose, history, and cultural significance.
The first part of this was project a small trip for the
students to see our section of the Thames river and to collect images and
experiences of how the river is currently being used. We went to The Rainham
Bird Sanctuary, where the students were able to witness both the highly
industrialised and natural sides of the Thames, drawing and gathering
interesting rocks to bring back to school as inspiration for their own art.
Whilst there the students were exceptionally well behaved
and a credit to the school.
Look out for more images and artwork to come! The artist
working with the program will be here in the next few weeks to do a two day
program with our students to produce artwork that will be exhibited and then
traded with our chosen sister school in Palestine.
West Ham United’s Academy of
Football are delighted to announce the signing-on of nine players on full-time
A change in Premier League rules
meant that the date by which clubs had to offer U16 players a Scholarship
contract had this year been brought forward to 1 January where in previous
years, clubs would not have to submit their lists until later in the month.
This campaign, players who have
signed their Scholarship deals are: Keenan Appiah-Forson (central-midfield), Harrison
Ashby (full-back/centre-back), Samuel Caiger (full-back/central-midfield), Daniel
Chesters (central-midfield), Jake Giddings (central-midfield), William
Greenidge (full-back/centre-back, pictured (right)), Samuel
Nsumbu (centre-back), Joshua Okotcha (centre-back, pictured
(left)) and Lennon Peake (winger).
Academy Director Terry Westley was
delighted to get the boys signed on and believes there could be a number of
Hammers stars for the future within the group.He said: “I’d like to offer many
congratulations to the all the boys as they take another exciting step on their
career pathway.“Thanks also goes to their families for their unerring support
in helping them reach this stage.“We look forward to welcoming these nine
players into the world of professional football in July 2018 but before then,
we as of them that they work hard to achieve their GCSEs and aspire to leave
school knowing they have performed to their highest level.
“There are a number of very
talented players at the Academy in the younger age-groups and I wish them all
success as they progress to this next stage.”A number of the U16s have already
begun to make their mark on the older age-groups at the Academy.
Will Greenidge and Josh Okotcha
broke into the U18 squad earlier this campaign and their impressive
performances for Steve Potts and Mark Phillips’ side later earned them U23
appearances in the Premier League International Cup against Benfica. Meanwhile,
Daniel Chesters, Keenan Appiah-Forson, Sam Caiger and, most recently, Harrison
Ashby all broke into the U18 side in the second half of 2017.
BBC School Reporters explore the new year 7 block!
This morning (Wednesday 2nd
May) three BBC school reporters went to investigate the building works on
Robert Clack lower school site. The reporters were able to see the building
plans before they were carried out and how the construction company organise
their staff to complete their works within the time. Once the reporters were
appropriately dressed for safety precautions, they were lucky enough to be
personally shown around the site by the managing director of the project. The
reporters got see various aspects of the construction and interview some of the
workers. There will be a full report written about the tour for BBC School
Robert Clack School – Easter Football Tour. Olpe, Germany 2018
last week of the Easter half term 40 of Robert Clack’s finest footballers from
years 8, 9 and 10 travelled to Germany for a week of football and cultural
played a total of 8 matches, winning 5, drawing 1 and losing only 2. The first
set of matches took place in 3 inch deep snow, an experience we will not forget
in a hurry!
standard of football was excellent and as well as performing well, the
behaviour of our students was exemplary and many coaches and parents commented
on our sporting nature.
as the football, the boys were guests at a reception with the Mayor of Halver
at the town hall, spent time in lessons in a German school, visited Cologne
Cathedral and spent a day at Germany’s biggest theme park. The tour was a great
success and the students were a credit to the school and Dagenham.
MP praises local pupils getting a taste of university
Local MP Jon Cruddas visited Year 12 pupils at Robert Clack School this week to hear about their progress as part of The Scholars Programme - a prestigious national scheme which gives school pupils an opportunity to experience university-style learning.
The programme recruits, trains and places PhD researchers in non-selective state schools to deliver university-style tutorials based on their own research to small groups of pupils. The pupils Jon Cruddas met with are studying a course entitled What Can Animals Teach Us About the Human Brain and Dustin Neighbours, The Tudor Progress with their tutor Robert Ellingford from King's College London.
As part of the programme, the pupils will also visit two highly-selective universities, where they receive information, advice and guidance about university life and making a successful university application.
The Scholars Programme is run by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity whose aim is to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. An independent evaluation by the Universities and Colleges Application Services (UCAS) showed that nearly sixty percent of pupils who complete the programme go on to attend a highly-selective university. For pupils on the programme who were eligible for free school meals, 58% progressed to a highly-selective university, compared to a national rate of 11%.
Jon Cruddas said:
"It was great to visit Robert Clack School today, and meet pupils taking part in The Scholars Programme. I was very impressed at how they engaged with such a complex and challenging academic topic. It just goes to show what young people from Dagenham & Rainham can achieve if we give them the opportunity. I wish the pupils the very best for the future, and I encourage more schools to give their pupils the chance to benefit from this programme".
Richard Spandl, Deputy Head said:
"I was delighted to meet with Jon Cruddas and show them the work pupils are doing in The Scholars Programme. I'm proud of the achievements of our pupils who are participating and am excited to see how their participation inspires their study and university choices".
Dr Chris Wilson, CEO of The Brilliant Club said:
"In Britain today, there's an entrenched link between a young person's background and their chance of education success. The Scholars Programme helps pupils develop the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil their academic potential and secure places at highly-selective universities. We're really grateful to John Cruddas for taking time to come and see the great work that our PhD tutors and partner schools are doing, and the amazing things pupils are achieving".
From 3rd-6th April, Year 10 History
students visited Berlin in order to gain more knowledge about Germany’s
significance in the Cold War for their GCSE Unit Conflict and Tension. It was
an exciting trip to a city full of history, and the Year 10s also got to visit
sites and learn about the Nazi regime and the Second World War and the
We visited the Holocaust Memorial, the Topography of Terror
and 1936 Olympic Stadium where Hitler refused to shake gold medal winner Jesse
Owen’s hand. For the Cold War, we visited the Stasi Prison in which
people trying to escape East Germany where imprisoned and interrogated right up
until 1989! We also visited the Berlin Wall and went to the top of the
Reichstag into the Dome where we had amazing views of Berlin at night!
To top it all off we went bowling on the last night and also
had free time walking around German markets, trying Bratwurst and of course
doing some shopping!
Taylor Wessing is an
internationally based, well-known law firm which established in 2002, but with
predecessors dating back to 1782. It has offices around the world, based in
countries such as India, Japan, The Middle East, Brazil, USA and many more. Taylor
Wessing offers legal expertise in fraud, employment, banking and finance, real
estate, tax and also deals with private clients. Taylor Wessing offers a vast
array of jobs to apply for, such as jobs in IT, admin, risk assessment, real
estate as well as training to become a solicitor.
On Friday, 16th March the Robert Clack Alumni Association arranged a visit to the Taylor Wessing office in New Street Square, London. We were
given a tour of the 7 out of 11 storeys of which Taylor Wessing owned. The
glass building consisted of many departments and job roles which an employee
described for us. Furthermore, we were informed about what each department does
and how it affects other areas of the business. We also fortunate enough to
visit a garden which was attached to the side of the building. From the viewpoint
we were able to see monuments such as the London Eye, The Shard and The Walkie
We found the trip
very beneficial and interesting, especially how Taylor Wessing were able to
incorporate so many different activities into only a few hours. When we
arrived, we expected to simply be taught about the routine of an accountant or
lawyer and how they achieved their job roles. However, although we did learn
about this there where was a vast amount of other activities such as debates
and learning about communication, respect and how to present yourself in a
positive manner. At first, we were all overwhelmed at the sophistication of
which the building was run but after further witnessing the environment and how
polite other people where we were soon eased into it.
At the midpoint of
the day, we were separated into teams, and given motions to debate on, such as
‘The age of criminal responsibility will be increased from its current age’ and
‘You should be allowed to say whatever you want, without any fear of the law’.
They were very challenging debates, and producing interesting points, but the
Robert Clack pupils were ever present in the debates and performed
fantastically, dominating the speaking times, getting their points across
clearly and with precision and convincing evidence. They quite simply, outshone
all other schools there.
We took a lot of
information away from this trip as well as learning new skills. We learnt about
what the general working life of an accountant and lawyer was like such as the
working hours and how the environment is. This trip allowed us to meet new
people from other schools but also to employees who worked in Taylor Wessing.
Furthermore, we took away tips from employees working at the firm like how
employers don’t just look at your GCSE results but other things like your CV
and what you’re good at in relations to the job. Also, first impressions are
important as it shows your work colleagues an impression of what you’ll be like
during your working career. The whole day was filled with life skills and gave
us an insight of how working in an office environment is like.
Justin, Abidur, Wesley and Chimwemwe.
Students in years 7 - 9 who have been the most avid
readers were invited to visit The Globe last Monday afternoon. The students
were treated to an exciting production of 'Much Ado About Nothing'. There were
superheroes, love stories, deception, mistaken identity and lots more! We were
lucky enough to be seated, rather than standing as 'groundlings'.
were a credit to the school and they were complimented by the staff at the
Both Boys’ and Girls’ choir were invited to a Primary Music
Festival in William Bellamy on Wednesday 14th of March.
festival they got to enjoy many choir performances from neighbouring primary
schools and were given the opportunity to perform too. Robert Clack were the
only secondary school representatives at the festival so it was very important
that they pulled out all the stops and proved that choir continues strongly in
secondary school too!
The boys’ choir performed ‘Don’t Blame it on the Boogie’
by Jackson Five in the first half of the program and the girls’ choir performed
‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey in the second half. Both choirs sung
wonderfully and received a massive round of applause. Well done to all
Robert Clack's Wesley Oparaugo is elected as the new young mayor of Barking and Dagenham.
A new young mayor of Barking and Dagenham has been
elected. Wesley Oparaugo, 15, of Robert
Clack School, has replaced Vaisaly Gnanapandithan and becomes the borough’s
fourth young mayor.
Wesley, who is the first male to hold the position, was
one of five candidates who stood to be elected.Members of the Barking and
Dagenham Youth Forum voted for their preferred candidate after hearing each
give a speech summing up their manifesto pledges at the Vibe Youth Centre on
Monday. March 5.
Wesley said: “I am extremely excited and
deeply honoured to have been elected as the Young Mayor.
“I really wanted to be the Young Mayor
because I want young people to feel that they can speak up, regardless of
whatever they are going through.
“I have been elected for a reason and I vow
to give my all to make sure the young of Barking and Dagenham are heard, and
not just seen.
“I am also very honoured to be the first male
Young Mayor, and I hope to pave the way for more to gather confidence and go
for roles like this.”
Wesley’s term will run from March 2018 until
February 2019 and he will work alongside the Barking and Dagenham Youth Forum
to choose a local charity to fundraise for via a vote.
Once a charity has been selected the group
will plan fundraising events for the year in an effort to raise as much money
Cllr Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for
educational attainment and school improvement, heaped praise on the new
appointment and also thanked the outgoing young mayor for her contribution to
Barking and Dagenham.
She said: “I am very pleased to welcome
Wesley to his new post as young mayor for the borough. I have no doubts that he
will be a major success and will do everything to help the youth of Barking and
The MFL department
remains very active when seeking opportunities to allow our pupils to further
improve their language learning, develop
their interests as well as offering new and real life experiences within the
national curriculum and other subjects.
For three years in a row, some KS3 groups have taken part in a pen pal
exchange with schools across Europe. This year; we have looked further afield
and we have run a new project with the Leon M. Goldstein High
School in New York. This year all pupils from both
schools write only in Spanish… ifantástico!
Ms Muller and Miss Ward have been busy organising this enterprise and
they are confident that it will create unforgettable memories on both sides of
the world. Needless to say our pupils can barely contain their enthusiasm. i
Viva la Amistad !
On Thursday 8th March, we were delighted to welcome a
dynamic professional theatre company, Orange Tree Theatre, who performed
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This was a unique opportunity for our
entire Year 11 cohort, who are studying Romeo and Juliet as part of their GCSE
English Literature examination, to appreciate the text as a live performance:
the theatre company combined humour, sensitivity, movement, cultural references
and audience participation to bring the text to life for our students. After
the final performance, the company ran a
workshop for students keen to explore the play in more depth – this
fantastic opportunity allowed the students to reflect on climatic action in the
play with the actors, and explore the approaches and directorial decisions that
really made this Elizabethan play feel relevant and important in 2018.
On the 6 th of February 2018, nineteen year 11 students were given the amazing chance to visit the Guildhall for the 2018 careers day. This was an exciting opportunity for the students to explore the different working sectors in the city and also aid them in choosing what type of career they
would like to have in the near future.
The day began with a surprise cruise ship on the river Thames passing Greenwich and heading to Canary Wharf also known as the financial district. The cruise was one of the biggest highlights of the trip because the students were able to learn about life in the city and the history of it as well.
On the cruise we passed many iconic buildings and some of the biggest companies in the world for example, the London Bridge, the Shard, the WWII navy ship, HSBC bank, etc. When our cruise tour came to an end we were given the chance to explore the city of Greenwich. Greenwich is a
charming and historic area of London best known for lending its name to the time by which the British set their clocks. On our adventure in Greenwich we came across many tourist attractions such as the Cutty Sark, Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory. After our mini adventure Mr. Hamill guided us to the Guildhall and when we got their we were greeted kindly by the staff at the Guild hall which was very nice and welcoming.
At the Guildhall we met many booming businesses in London and some of the world's best entrepreneurs. The very companies that covered every single job sector in the City for example insurance, law, banking, surveying, marketing. Meet all these different types of companies gave us an insight of what types of jobs are available in the city, how much you could earn yearly
doing that job and the daily work that people does. The objective that we learnt from all of these companies was that it is important to plan your career properly and wisely because the career that you choose will affect the quality of your life and will determine the respect and recognition you
receive in life.
Towards the end of our visit to the Guildhall, we had the pleasure of meeting the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman, who was also pleased with the event and had given us some inspirational advice as well as shared his thoughts on the educational trip too.
Honorable mention to the Event Managers & Staff at The Guildhall who showed coordination and were welcoming, and even gave several of us a tour around the attraction and we were amazed at how picturesque the historical landmark is.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the guildhall and it allowed us to consider the possible options we could take in the future. On behalf of all the students, we would like to thank Mr Hamill for organising this eventful trip for us.
Mr Robert Clack was a fighter
for social justice, he was Mayor from 1940 to 1942, and was well loved by the
people of Barking and Dagenham. When he died, there was a total of 27 cars for
One of the most
influential things he did for the borough was the opening of PFUs (Portable
Feeding Unit) that were made by Ford and managed by the council. PFUs were portable
canteens to feed people during WW2. They were capable of feeding 500 people for
a week. There were three PFUs opened in Dagenham, helping people survive the
We went to Valence House,
Dagenham, where we were astonished to find original Dagenham Post papers, the
council meeting logs, and much more! We received an exclusive look into the
archives, and there were boxes of history, some containing hand-written
documents from 1665.
Whilst we were there we
interviewed Teresa Trowers, the Local Studies assistant to find out more about
“Robert Clack was a
man of the people. He stood with the people and listened to the community. He
did so many great things that even a school was named after him. His name lives
on throughout Dagenham.”
After his death in a
piece named “Dagenham Chapters” by Lesley Cannon, the Head of Library Service,
stated: “Happiness can be shared; grief must be borne alone.” Another piece
said “Robert James Daniel Clack, citizen of the borough, fighter for social
justice, loyal comrade, loving husband and father, is dead.” This shows just
how much he was missed, but also praised. Many condolence letters were sent to
his family, to represent their gratitude and respect for him.
Last week, forty Year 11 students attended Poetry
Live at the Dominion Theatre.
The interactive all-day event was led by some of
Britain’s well-known poets, many of whom are included on the GCSE Poetry
anthology our Year 11 cohort are studying. Poet Laurette Carol Ann Duffy was
joined by the celebrated Guyanese poet John Agard and the inspiring Owen
Students from across London were both entertained and educated, as the
poets shared personal stories and writing processes behind their poems; this enabled
students to gain a critical understanding of the poetry and develop analysis
skills vital for success in the GCSE English Literature examinations.
and insightful quips of Simon Armitage, and discussions of cultural identity by
Daljit Nagra and Imtiaz Dharker, captivated the students. Poet Gillian Clarke
reminded the students ‘the poems belong to you. They are yours, not ours!’
only did the event instil confidence in the students, it also inspired students
to practice writing their own poetry, something ex-student, poet Kayo
Chingonyi, would surely approve of!
the year progresses, it’s that time again where year 9 must pick their options
for their GCSEs.
important tests measure your progress throughout the whole of your secondary
school years, and it covers everything you’ve learnt since the start of Year 7.
though GCSEs are two years away, revision has already started for some
students. I asked Miss Hamid the questions we all wanted to know. Here’s how it
don’t actually know which subject was the most popular, I haven’t looked at the
results yet. I think the most popular one may be Business Studies. The evening was
really positive. The students were excited since it was the first time they got
to make a big decision on their own. Students have been asking all the right
questions to prepare for their GCSEs”
are lucky at Robert Clack, we have lots of options to choose from and are
allowed to take 4 different options alongside English, Maths and Science. We
can choose: Statistics, Computer Science, ICT, Beauty, Construction, Design Technology,
Art, Business Studies, Sports, Sociology, Art, Psychology, History, Geography,
RE, Drama, Music…
conclusion, whilst GCSEs are important and quite stressful, they are helpful
for your future career choices. It is something that needs to be taken
seriously as these decisions can shape your life. Think carefully and make the
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