Chatting with Channing – Episode 3

In our latest episode we’re speaking to Charity Officers, Eliza and Hannah.

They’ll talk us through what the role of Charity Officer entails, CAMFED  (the charity Channing is supporting this year), why charity is so important at Channing School and what other support they provide at the school.

But we’ll also get to hear about the upcoming events they have planned, as well as some advice Eliza and Hannah would give to younger pupils interested in charity work.

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Careers In Sport Week

Daniel Geey, Lawyer

“As we (Year 9s) approach the time where we will choose our GCSEs, many of us dread the thought of closing off our options and having to choose, eventually, one field of study. Mr Geey, however, has combined two of the things he is the most curious about, sport and law. When asked, someone in the audience said that she enjoyed playing sport, but was also interested in medicine, and wanted to combine the two by being a team medic. Many of us have interests that we don’t want to let go, and Mr Geey has given us insight into how to combine them into a productive career path. As well as this, he talked about ‘success’ and destigmatising the word ‘failure’, which was especially important for us to hear, as Channing students are prone to worrying a lot about test scores!

After telling us about his job, he described how he juggled parenthood and working full time at a law firm. This being already incredibly impressive in itself, he also had only 18 months to write a manuscript for his book, ‘Done Deal’. Rather than explaining his success, he inspired us by describing the amount of pressure he was under, and how resilient he had to be.”

Eve & Opal,Year 9

Emma Goldberg, Sports TV Presenter

“Yesterday afternoon on 1 December, Ms Goldberg came and talked to us about her job. She works behind the scenes in Sports TV.This was really interesting and she answered many of our questions such as “why does live TV have a lag time before being broadcast?”. The answer is that when it is sent via the fibres, it takes 3 seconds to travel to your screen. Also, we wanted to know how races are filmed. She told us that months before the race they go to the track and set up cameras from all the edges to film from every angle so they don’t miss any of the action. I am really glad she came to talk to us, and I hope she visits again in the future.”

Elodie,Year 7

Claire Missingham, Yoga Teacher, wellbeing writer

“Today we learnt about how we can choose whatever career we want and how yoga is great for mindfulness.We also learnt that we should devote ourselves to the things we love and ‘find our people’. We would like to thank Mrs Missingham for coming to talk to us.”

Anne,Year 7

Year 10 RSC Chemistry Challenge

The Chemistry Challenge is a competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s South East Region for schools and science clubs. It is open to teams consisting of four Year 10 pupils. The Chemistry Department were delighted that four teams of Year 10 pupils chose to take part in the preliminary stage of the competition during lunchtime on Monday 29 November.‘Ion the Prize’ (Tabi, Kitty, Bella C and Iona) battled it out against ‘Positive as a Proton” (Sophia T, Maddie S, Charlotte C and Chiara), ‘All the Good Names Argon’ (Eve, Tacy, Jess E and Elsie) and ‘Barbaric Borons’ (Sophie D,Ava, Eloise and Rose) to complete odd-one-out questions, connection-based questions, anagram puzzles and calculations. The pupils worked well within their teams to solve the puzzles and showed excellent problem-solving skills and a strong understanding of chemistry. Their papers will be submitted to the RSC South East Region for marking and we will have to wait and see whether any of our teams make it through to the next round. Dr Spinks would like to thank all of the competitors for their excellent company, good humour (there was much laughter!) and interest in Chemistry.

Chatting with Channing – Episode 2

In our second episode we’re speaking to Head of the Junior School, Miss Dina Hamalis, as well as some Junior School pupils.

Miss Hamalis explores what makes Channing School special, what it’s like seeing the girls at Channing learn and grow and tell us all about the Channing promise.

But we also hear from some of our pupils, what they love about the school and some of the questions they have for Miss Hamalis too.

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‘Brontë’ by Polly Teale

On Tuesday 30th November Year 13 Drama and Theatre Studies students staged extracts from ‘Brontë’ by Polly Teale, using Shared Experience’s unique blend of naturalism and expressionism to present their scenes. The Component 3 examination showcased their physical theatre skills, characterisation and sought to explain the three Brontë sisters’ lives, which were often misunderstood. The audience were invited into their struggles to make their mark on the literary world as women (they wrote under the nom de plumes of Currer, Ellis & Acton Bell) and the impact of their father and brother on the choices. The piece flits between the fantasy world of the sisters’ novels and their lived experience – period costume and striking design choices made this a memorable interpretation and a visual treat for the audience.

Chatting with Channing – Episode 1

We are delighted to launch the first episode of our brand new podcast series: Chatting with Channing. Chatting with Channing lets the listener find out more about our wonderful school by hearing from people throughout the school community. Each episode, they’ll hear real stories from staff, pupils, parents and alumnae, to give a true reflection of life on Highgate Hill.

And in our very first episode, we’re speaking to our Headmistress, Mrs Lindsey Hughes. Lindsey explains what it means when you hear the phrase, ‘Girls enjoying success’, she talks about the importance of being 10% braver, and we also hear about pastoral care and the educational research the staff get involved in.

We also get to find out a little bit more about Lindsey herself, how she might choose to spend her time when she’s not in school.

We hope you’ll listen along and sign up so you can receive alerts when a new episode launches. Please let us know what you think and if you have any great ideas for future episodes, or even if you’d like to be interviewed yourself!

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Year 13 Art Students visit Barbican Centre and the Whitechapel Gallery.

On Tuesday Year 13 Art students visited the Barbican Centre and the Whitechapel Gallery. At the Barbican they were able to learn about the sculptural installations of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi who incorporates both Japanese and Western visual elements in his work. Students also experienced the sound installation of Shilpa Gupta, a Mumbai based artist whose work raises urgent questions around censorship and resistance.

At the Whitechapel Gallery students were treated to an array of contemporary ceramics, including the large scale ceramic installations of Theaster Gates and Simone Fattal. Yoko Ono’s Mend Piece was a highlight: visitors were invited to take broken fragments of cups and saucers along with simple materials for repair – scissors, glue, twine and tape. After ‘mending’ the pieces, students’ contributions were put on display as part of a larger installation.

Autumn Concert – November 18th 2021

What a delight for us all to be able to welcome a capacity audience to the first St Josephs concert in 20 months! The obviously appreciative audience were treated to a long awaited and much anticipated display from the Music Department. The Concert Orchestra opened with Highlights from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Judging by the captivated faces of the Year 7’s in the front pew this hit many buttons- really ‘out of this world! The debut performance of the year 7 Chorus were the aptly chosen ‘No Matter What’ and ‘Any Dream Will Do’  If this is what this new cohort can muster in just over half a term in school the future will be a ‘dream’. The Cremona Strings delighted with ‘Humoresque’ by Dvoȓák. It was particularly pleasing to see so many new recruits in this ensemble. ‘Hushabye Mountain’ was given a gorgeous and magically calm performance by the Conabor Choir. The Senior Strings, with soloists Elizabeth S, Kimi C and Emily B positively fizzed and sparkled with the first movement of Brandenburg Concerto No.4, What a feat to pull this off! Brunner Show Choir dazzled as ever with Adele: Songs from the Album ‘21’.  Miss Zanardo will be overrun with students clamouring to audition for this Ensemble next term. ‘Run’ showed off the qualities of the Cantemus Chorus to perfection. A ‘Croatia Corner’ provided a tempting snapshot of what was achieved during the recent tour to Croatia. ‘Royals’, ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ and ‘History Repeating’ left everyone asking when, and where, is the next tour! The Symphony Orchestra, with the immensely enjoyable and approachable, English Folk Song Suite by Vaughan Williams, left all in no doubt that we are back in business. If you were unable to come to the concert do listen!

Mr Boxall

Music at Lunchtime – Friday 12th November

What a wonderful marathon of a Lunchtime Concert we were treated to, running a gauntlet of musical emotion! The singers: Charmari F teased with ‘I love you’, Annabel B lulled with ‘Sleep little babe’, Amara P soothed with ‘Hushabye Mountain’, Lulu C treated us to ‘Burn’ from ‘Hamilton’ and Juliet B’s ‘Wouldn’t it be Loverly’ certainly was!

The violinists then put us through the wringer, Imogen B’s Scherzo in C minor by Brahms with intensity and passion and Elizabeth S’s 3rd Movement of Faure’s Sonata in A had us holding our breath. Again, marked Scherzo, this vigorous yet light title belies the fistfuls of notes demanded by both players! Spellbinding. Do listen again!

Mr Boxall