Posts Tagged ‘Young People’

Westbourne Festival 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Mark Sunday 7th June in your diaries for an afternoon of fun and sun at the canalside by the Warwick Estate. As always it will be a day of entertainment run for the community by the community!

There will be something for everyone with food, live music, drumming, yoga, exotic petting zoo, family activities, raffles, face painting, bouncy castle, stalls and much more!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Westbourne Festival 2015

By royal appointment: Year 7 students give presentation at Buckingham Palace

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Westminster Academy goes to Buckingham Palace

Two Westminster Academy students were selected to go to Buckingham Palace to promote the benefits of Outward Bound residentials to a group of funders.

Principal, Ms Smita Bora, explained the level of deprivation within Westbourne to the funders. Many of the funders were unaware that Westbourne is the seventh most deprived constituency in the country and that the difference in life expectancy between a Westbourne resident and an average Westminster resident is 20 years.

Outdoor Education Co-ordinator, Matthew Puffett, explained how the generous sponsorship of 30 places at an Outward Bound residential, by Westminster Academy’s sponsors David and Judy Dangoor, had helped Year 7 students develop an awareness of how to transfer character traits experienced on the residential such a “grit” into challenges faced at schools such as examinations.

When I went to Buckingham Palace, I was outside and saw all those tourists; I thought about whose house I was going into and thought, ‘I am the best of the best!’ When I took my first step inside I was instantly amazed. I saw real gold everywhere, red silk and the stairs were made of white crystal. Just one word could define everything: ‘amazing’.

When I got to the balcony room, I saw Chinese art everywhere. I was amazed. I did a practice speech at first and they all said it was great! When everyone else came I started to feel nervous. When I made my real speech I made one mistake but carried on. It was an amazing experience!

By Lanre Dada, Year 7

The journey was nerve-racking and was shorter than I expected. When we arrived, there were lots of people staring and wondering, “How come they get to go in?” We went inside to a very extravagant room where men took our coats and told us when to go upstairs.

We went up to a room with oriental decor. We waited until the guests came and then we gave our speeches. I was so nervous! I was very proud of myself afterwards. We then received a visit from HRH the Duke of York! He asked us about our experiences with Outward Bound. Then we had our lunch at a hotel called Ruben. It was divine.

By Abado Jama, Year 7

Westminster Academy news goes global: BBC School Report 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015

westminster academy at the bbc -pic 1On Thursday 19th March students participated in the BBC School report, a nationwide event where schools are encouraged to create a news broadcast. Students from Westminster Academy were fortunate to have had training from the BBC due to links the Media department has been able to create over the last year and this put them in a really strong position.

westminster academy at the bbc - pic 2On the day Team WA rose to the challenge of working to a tight dead-line through excellent teamwork, thorough planning and technical expertise. The students were really happy with the end product which can now be seen on the News pages of the Westminster Academy website; bring on next year!

By Mr Rahman, Head of Media

Family Lives

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Family Lives was registered as a charity in 1999, and operated under the name of Parentline Plus (many of you probably know about Parentline Plus). The parents that founded Parentline believed that there needed to be a dedicated organisation supporting parents, before they reached crisis point.

You can check the website: www.familylives.org.uk

Parents can access:

  • Free 24 hour confidential helpline on 0808 800 222
  • Extended support for complex and difficult issues
  • Personilized email service and online peer support
  • Online advice and information on all aspects of family life
  • Face to face support groups and workshops

You can search number of different advice sections divided into: pregnancy/baby, toddlers/preschool, primary school, secondary school, teenagers, bullying, divorce and separation and there is a dedicated support for professionals.

You will be able to access Parentchannel.tv which is a free video service designed to support and encourage parents and carers of children from ages 0-19, with a collection of over 200 videos addressing day-to-day questions and concerns spanning wellbeing, behavior and learning.

For people who don’t know this yet, the Outreach Team in Westbourne as well as across the city is now employed by Family Lives. If you need more information, please let us know.

Westminster Academy tops Sixth Form performance tables!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Picture of Westminster Academy studentsWestminster Academy is delighted to report that the Sixth Form is now top of the tables in Westminster. The average point score per academic student at Westminster Academy was 874.7 points (equivalent to 2 A* and 1 A), more than 25 points ahead of the next state school in the borough.

In 2014 88% of Sixth Form students gained A*-C grades, including 46% of students achieving the equivalent of A* and A grades. The high grades reflect the breadth of the IB, with students’ results being divided across six disciplines as opposed to the usual three subjects at A Level: English, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Science, Maths and the Arts or an elective.

Westbourne Has Voted

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Ballot box and ballot papersWestbourne Forum Elections for the Forum’s Management Committee took place last Saturday 15th of November in the Stowe Centre. 17 candidates were battling for the 12 spaces on the committee. The decision was down to the local people to choose their representatives.

The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that the12 candidates with the highest numbers of votes, who will be joining the Forum’s Management Committee, are:

Residents: HARRAULT, Lawrence
MUIGUA, Naomi
WINNEY, Jane
SWERLING, Jason
CULLEN, Shona
DHARAMSEY, Abby Jan
Young People: TAHA, Fatima
BETTACHE, Noumeira
Voluntary and community organisation representatives: BIGGS, Geoff
GALE, Toby
AHMED, Manahil
HERSI, Shamsa

Congratulations to all successful candidates and we look forward to hearing about the next steps of the Forum towards developing a Neighbourhood Plan!

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Families Against Extremism

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Flyer header: Families against Extremism event -16th October 6pm - 8pm @ The Stowe Centre, 260 Harrow Rd, London W2 5ES

Families Against Extremism

Flyer photo: Families against Extremism event -16th October 6pm - 8pm @ The Stowe Centre, 260 Harrow Rd, London W2 5ES

Are you concerned about your children getting involved in gangs or extremist groups?

Are you worried about community safety?

Would you like to do something about it but not sure what to do?

Westminster Integrated Gangs Unit in partnership with The Abbey Centre would like to invite you to attend a public event addressing these issues. Come along to express your concerns about the local area and meet your neighbours.

16th October 6pm – 8pm

The Stowe Centre, 260 Harrow Rd, London W2 5ES

The Keynote speaker will be Manni Ibrahim (Westminster City Council Integrated Gangs Unit) and Sayda El Sharief ( Family Coaching ). Come along for free coffee, tea and light refreshments.

Jack Petchey Awards in the Stowe

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk logoThe Stowe Centre runs the Jack Petchy Achievement Award Scheme where young people vote for their peers and decide who gets awarded £200 which then they can spend on training or equipment for the youth club.

Here are the stories of this year’s winners:

Corey, 17, has been a member of the Stowe Youth Club for the past three years. When Corey first started, had confidence issues mainly because of his weight . Corey joined the cooking class which operates every Tuesday, where young people are taught how to cook a healthy meal on a budget. Corey has been volunteering in the cooking sessions for eight months and has changed his eating habits, which lead to weight loss and increased confidence. Since then, Corey has supported and inspired other young people who had similar issues.

Corey used the £200 he was awarded by the Jack Petchey foundation for cooking equipment.

Brenton, 19, has been a member of the Stowe Youth Club for six years. During that time he has taught himself how to write and produce music. He has been volunteering in the MAC room each Thursday and Friday evening for the last 2 years and supporting a member of the youth team in delivering music production classes to young people who attend the youth club.

Brenton has become an accomplished teacher who delivers his support with confidence.

Brenton was awarded £200 and decided to spend the money on new keyboards for the music production class.

Jorden, 17, has been a member of the Stowe Youth Club for 3 years. During that time he has developed a passion for sports, which has helped him to overcome his shyness. In the past 6 months Jorden has been volunteering in the junior group every Monday and Friday, and has grown as a person and gained a lot of confidence. Jorden is now going to college to study sport science.

Jorden was awarded £200 and decided to spend the money on sporting equipment for the youth club.

WA young volunteers awarded Highly Commended in Westminster Community awards

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Congratulations to Matinur Rahman and Andrea Santi who have had their volunteering achievements recognised by Westminster County Council at the Community Awards 2014.

At the awards ceremony in Paddington, Andrea, Year 12, was awarded Highly Commended in the Young Volunteer Award for her volunteering including on the Westbourne Forum, where her work helps to improve community cohesion and communication between young people and adults.

Matinur, Year 12, was in the top two in Westminster for the Sir Simon Milton Award for young people who have made ‘an outstanding contribution to the community by working with older people or disadvantaged young people’. He achieved Highly Commended for his role leading on the partnership between Open Age and Westminster Academy. Matinur was heaped with praise by Open Age and Lisa Milton from the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. The Foundation was so impressed, that even though he didn’t win, they have offered to make a donation to Open Age as a result of being inspired by Matinur. Matinur was also offered congratulations by Westminster’s new Lord Mayor, Cllr Audrey Lewis, and Cllr Steve Summers, who also gave him some tips on entering a career in politics.

Westminster Academy was delighted to see our friends and partner organisations also earning Highly Commended in the following categories for their hard work with WA and the community:

  • Bringing People Together Award – Michael Dibble, The Stowe Centre
  • Outstanding Organisation – Mosaic
  • Partnership Award – M&S and WA
  • Better City, Better Lives – Time for Paddington

Matinur said “It was a spectacular event and I was so proud to be there. I love volunteering with Open Age and am very thankful to them for supporting me.”