A new year at IAG and a new flux of activities and events; find some of our highlights below!
Sport and Physical Education at IAG
All students at IAG participate in core PE every week. During the year, students learn a range of sports including football, rugby, cricket, rounders and athletics. Students also have the opportunity to choose extra sporting activities during their Personal Time and Extended Day options. Some of these options have included football, rugby, cricket, gymnastics, dance, hockey, yoga, mindfulness and meditation.
This is what IAG students have said about our sports activities:
“It may be muddy but it’s awesome” Leatou
“We all have great fun” Courtney
“The Wave Coaches make it fun to learn new sports” Jacob H
Wohl Reach Out Lab at Imperial College
Imperial College, part of London University, is one of the most prestigious places to study science in the world. Our students enjoyed their dedicated chemistry sessions at Imperial College this term, taught by the Principal, Smita Bora.
Students investigated acids and alkalis as well as conducting experiments to extract sodium chloride from rock salt. Flame tests, using Bunsen Burners, were the highlight of the day!
This is what IAG students have said about their learning sessions at Reach Out Lab:
“We had a chance to use our knowledge to do experiments on a higher level”.
“We were trusted with dangerous chemicals and equipment e.g. Bunsen Burners”.
“I was interested in science”.
“I liked getting to use a proper lab”.
Stretto Music tuition
This term has seen the launch of instrumental lessons for our children, working with professional music company Stretto Music Ltd. Stretto Music provides musicians and music specialists to schools across London and works in partnership with Greenwich Music Hub. We welcome Dan Banks (Piano/Keyboard on Wednesdays) and Paul Zimmerman (Drum Kit/Guitar on Thursdays) both overseen by Anna Mellon (director of Stretto Music and Boppin’ Bunnies Ltd). Dan Banks – Piano/Keyboard (Wednesdays) In addition to his work for Stretto Music, Mr Banks also is a Lecturer at London College of Music, and the Musical Director at The Mick Jagger Centre. He is an active session musician and regularly performs across the UK at music venues and festivals, performing with a variety of different Jazz and Music Ensembles. Paul Zimmerman – Drum Kit/Guitar (Thursdays) Mr Zimmerman is a freelance musician and teacher with over 20 years experience of teaching children, adults and music workshops of all kinds! A specialist Drummer and Guitar teacher, he has performed at many UK and International Festivals over the past years. Anna Mellon (Stretto Music Ltd, Boppin’ Bunnies Ltd, Director) Anna has worked providing professional music provision through her two companies Stretto Music and Boppin’ Bunnies for the past ten years. Stretto Music works in partnership with Greenwich Music Hub and Anna has taught and placed music teachers in many schools across London including; Blackheath High School for Girls, Sydenham Girls School, Middle Park School, St. Joseph’s School, Conway Primary School, St. Mary Magdalene School, Alderwood School and many more.
This is what our students say about their Stretto Music lessons:
“I personally really enjoy learning guitar and drums, the teacher makes it fun. I feel my teacher taught me more in a couple of weeks than what I have learnt for years at primary school.” Ruairi, Year 7B
” IAG made a really good choice with getting this guitar and drum teacher, he is nice, patient and friendly. The school is also really kind for giving us the free tasters lessons.” Finn Year 7 C
Shostakovich Concert at Barbican Centre
Hailed by Sir Simon Rattle as “an incomparable ambassador for the dynamism and excellence of British youth” the London Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) has for over sixty years been celebrated as a potent symbol of the talents and achievements of London’s finest young musicians. Managed by the Centre for Young Musicians, a Division of the Guildhall School, the orchestra aims to give its members a complete experience of the orchestral repertoire, from Bach to Beethoven, Bartòk and beyond. Playing in the LSSO is an opportunity to get to know great music from the inside out; to work with distinguished conductors; to accompany some of the world’s most illustrious soloists; and to form long-lasting friendships through the shared joy and excitement of making music together. Sponsored by the City of London Corporation and part of the Guildhall Young Artists programme, the LSSO presents three Barbican concerts plus a summer tour every year.
A student’s reaction to this experience:
“I really enjoyed the violins playing and doing quizzes about the orchestra and learning about the Barbican”.
Imperial College tutors
At IAG, students are able to attend Homework Club after school. Every Wednesday, visiting tutors from Imperial College, London University, help children with their work in small groups or as 1:1 teaching from 4 – 6pm.
As well as helping students with their work, IAG encourages a wide range of staff from universities to visit the school to inspire and motivate students for the future.