Community Newsletter 20/10/2023

Celebrations for Black History Month continued this week at School 21. Read on to learn about the Reception class Olympic heroes, the Year 6 ‘Coaster Posters’, and upcoming events for Year 7 and Year 9.

Students, keep working on those ‘Coaster Posters’ over half-term, we look forward to seeing them all (see our previous newsletter for some useful links for inspiration!)

A quick reminder that the school will be closed next week (w/c 23rd October) for half-term. School will re-open on Monday 30th October, just in time for some Halloween activities! Our new school dinner menus for Autumn term are available to view here on our website. Have a wonderful break everyone.


The Young Chef’s Academy

On Saturday last weekend, Damalie and Ibrahim in Year 11 completed the final session of their course run by The Young Chef’s Academy in central London. The pair were part of a team of young people who have been attending the course for the last 5 weeks, every Saturday. Together, they served a delicious 3 course meal to a full searing at the Westminster Kingsway College. Ms McLear and Ms Kyrk went along to support (and enjoy a stunning meal!), as did their wonderful teacher Ms Gumbeer, who is to thank for organising and running the fantastic opportunity and supporting Ibrahim and Damalie’s passions and talent so well.



Black History Month – Our class Olympic heroes!

This week, we have been learning about the Olympians that our classes are named after – Nicola Adams, Mo Farah, and Jessica Ennis. They are proud members of the black community and we wanted to honour them for their amazing sporting achievements during their lives. We also enjoyed finding out who each of our classes are named after and watching them in action. During the week, we have been learning to exercise like an Olympian, researching information about our class heroes, and making mini books to share what we have learned. Ask us to tell you more about our heroes!

Year 1

In Project we are learning about different landmarks in Stratford. We were focusing on Post Office and what we can do at a post office. We made thank you cards for our friends!

Year 2

On Wednesday Year 2 went on a trip to Chingford Plain! We did lots of exploring around the forest. We searched and found lots of different materials in the forest and created our own very impressive dens. It was great fun!

Year 4

In Science this half term, Year 4 have been learning all about Living Things and Their Habitats. We have learnt all about classification, vertebrates and invertebrates and even the 5 kingdoms of living things. Look at our amazing posters full of research!

Year 6

Our students have been on fire! 🏆

Sports: Our boys' team smashed the West Ham Foundation tournament with a fourth place finish out of 24 teams! Building on the incredible success the girls brought home with their third place podium finish.

Classroom Buzz: We've been diving into the amazing history of pioneering Black British women who've made history in various fields. To celebrate Black History Month, our students researched these incredible women and created cool 'Coaster Posters.' 🌟 Keep up the great work, kids! 📚🏀🎨👏

Year 7

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Black History Month assembly, which promises to be an educational and celebratory event for our students. This assembly is a significant part of our efforts to celebrate and educate our students about the rich and diverse black history. During the assembly, our students will be presenting carnival costumes they have created to honour everything they have learned during black history month.

In addition, we will be revealing their new class names, which have been carefully chosen to reflect important figures and themes in Black history. We would like to invite all parents and guardians to support our young learners as they showcase their dedication and creativity.

This event will run on Thursday 2nd November from 8:30 am – 9:10 am in the New Hall.

Year 8

Year 8 are fully engrossed in this term’s central text, Pet. As part of our unit on the fantasy genre, students are leading a fast immersive read of our exciting text about a world of undercover angels and monsters. We want to give huge recognition to all our students showing Excellence and Responsibility by reading the text to the class in an engaging way. After half term, all year 8 students are hosting their own Book Clubs in a bid to convince peers and adults that fantasy is NOT just for children. Watch this space!

Year 8 have done a fantastic job this half-term creating Stage Combat sequences related to their work exploring the play Mogadishu. Their focus during these routines was appropriate actions/reactions, commitment to their characters, angles to make their fights realistic and trust. Here we have Keno and Michael T performing a demonstration. Really amazing start year 8!

Year 9

In coaching, Year 9 have been really focusing on preparing for their Naming Ceremony on Thursday 2nd November. This year the coaching group names are linked into Black History Month – the students have been tasked with researching Black Hidden Figures, people who have had a significant impact in society and communities, but have not received the recognition that they deserve. In their coaching group sessions they have produced presentations on their chosen figure, and are now working on their artefact that represents their figure, and also their coaching group identity. We are looking forward to them revealing their names to staff and parents on November the 16th!

Year 10

This week, Year 10 Hospitality & Catering students learnt about cooking Chinese cuisine and prepared tofu stir fry with egg fried rice. Some of the things that were learnt in the lesson were how to arrange ingredients in a wok clock, health benefits of using stir frying as a cooking method and use of tofu as a meat free alternative Ingredients.

Year 11

This week, the Year 11 Hospitality and Catering students made Lemon meringue pie from scratch. The students applied the technique of blind baking to make pastry cases, which were filled with lemon curd and topped with meringue. The students were proud of the finished dish.

Six 21

On Tuesday last week, sixth formers got to meet members from Aon and discuss degree level apprenticeships and job opportunities from the company. The whole of E11 was full!

The sixth formers were absolutely brilliant and respectful and asked great questions! We even had them stay an hour longer to have a more 1:1 chat with our Year 13S.


A message from School 360 in the Big Education Trust:

Help us win £20,000 to develop the school playground!

We have been shortlisted for The Big Vote in Newham for our plans to rewild the playground and create a wonderful playspace for children.  Please vote yourself and ask friends, family and colleagues to vote for us: anyone who lives, learns or works in Newham can vote.  If you are able to put up some posters round the local area, please email [email protected].

There are two ways to vote and you can vote between 21 October and 12 November.


The Big Vote Stratford, West Ham, Forest Gate, Maryland and Plaistow

When: Saturday 21 October, 10am – 5.30pm

Where: Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, E15 1EL



To vote online from 21 October, visit:

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