In this blog you'll find all the latest information on what the pupils have been getting up to in and out of school. Use the category listing to filter the blog. Click on each entry to view the full page which in many cases includes photographs and video.
Charlton Park Academy has been very busy these last two weeks. Not only has one of our year groups been to Woodlarks for a two day trip where they built a campfire, made a radio show and met a gorilla, but Sara Williams came in for National Poetry Day and incorporated sensory objects and movement into the poetry sessions. Some of our aquatic students became swimmers of the week and have been duly awarded with certificates; Greenwich Time came in to do an article on our Sports Award status and now we are preparing for:
World Food Day - Tuesday 16 October
The World Food Programme (WFP) is an organisation that fights hunger worldwide, saves lives during emergencies and works for long term solutions to hunger. On Tuesday 16th October it is World Food Day (WFD) and here at Charlton Park Academy, we think it is very important to recognise how fortunate we are to have school meals in the UK and other privileged countries of the world! WFD celebrates what organisations - such as The World Food Programme - does for children who without a meal provided by food aid, would go hungry and consequently not go to school.
For WFD some classes at Charlton Park Academy will be offering soup, pizza, burgers, salads and baked treats to raise money for the WFP and contribute to providing school meals for children every day in the countries that need it most. With a nutritious meal every day children are able to function at school, complete their studies and realise their dreams! I know that without food to fill my stomach and fuel my brain power I would find it very difficult to face school or work every day!
Find out more about the school meals incentive on the WFD website
Some of the food provided will be prepared using vegetables grown in the school vege trugs. Any donations will be much appreciated if you want to add to our contribution.
The Taming of the Shrew at the Greenwich Theatre - Friday 19 October 7pm
Charlton Park Academy is playing a vital role in Shakespearean performance at the Greenwich Theatre on Friday 19October. The Shakespeare Schools Festival organisation have arranged for schools across the country to perform Shakespeare at their local theatres. However, the organisation encourages young people to have their own input and twist on proceedings. Charlton Park Academy are sending 10 young brave and creative students to perform extracts of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ including not only real text from the play but also with a cockney musical twist.
In the first half of the musical play, devised by Patrick, Rachel and the cast of students, we see the students working as a team to coordinate hand bell ringing along with some makeshift trumpet playing. The second half sees the students bring a huge sense of comedy and acting to perform well known snippets of songs we all love to accompany some of Shakespeare’s text.
It will be an evening to remember and tickets are available from the Greenwich Theatre website box office number 020 8858 7755
What will next week bring to our school!
Panathlon Challenge - Olympic Stadium Opening
Four students were among some of the first to compete in the Olympic Stadium on Sunday 1st April. The students represented the Greenwich borough and the Panathlon Challenge to run in a relay over 100 meters. They also took part in a parade around the Stadium to the cheers of around 25,000 spectators which included lots of staff and parent support from School.
BBC School News Report Day - Olympic Site
Well done to Harry and Roderick, who along with representatives from 32 other schools in the UK took part in a Press Conference with Lord Sebastain Coe at the Olympic Site. Harry asked Lord Coe “What will the legacy for disabled children in the Olympic Borough of Greenwich be?” you can hear his response here…
Parts of the day went out live on the BBC One News and on the BBC School News Channel. Roderick did extremely well as he took part in a live broadcast from the balcony of the BBC flat overlooking the park with Sonali Shah from News Round.
Outward Bound Trust Holiday to Wales
Ashleigh - Downing Street
Last term, I wrote a story using my Tellus* called The Big Fight. It was about my friend Georgina and I fighting over the pop star Shayne Ward. I entered my story in a competition and was invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street! I went with my mum and Katie from school on a minibus. The reception was to raise awareness for people who use communication aids. Alistair Darling, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and his wife were there. I spoke to them using my Tellus. It was lovely inside and I wish I could live there. We heard other people telling stories using their communication aids. It was a really good evening out.
* A Tellus is an aid, which allows Ashleigh to communicate with others.
Young Voices - O2 Performance
On 27th November the choir took part in the Young Voices Concert at the O2. All term the students have worked hard in learning the set songs for this performance and on the day sang along with 7000 other school children to a mass audience. There was a live band on stage and we performed alongside Des’ree as part of the Big Sing, a world record attempt for the most number of children simultaneously singing around the country. It was a fantastic event and a great opportunity for our students to sing alongside other schools and perform with various professional musicians and dancers. Well done to everyone who took part, students and staff, to make this such a memorable event!
On November 7th 2008, our school celebrated International MOVE day by doing an Olympic torch relay around the O2. We took the students’ physio equipment with us and they passed the torch between them in their walkers, bikes and mobile standing frames. A lot of classes came to offer their support and all the cheering and clapping was really loud! We were joined by representatives from Willow Dene and Millenium schools who enjoyed the day as much as we did. Well done to those who took part and a big thank you to those who came to cheer us on!
Students perform at Spencer House
The Call and Response drama group were invited to Spencer House by the charity KIDS to perform Romeo and Juliet. Look at pictures taken and listen into PJ’s recording of their performance.
Our allotment at Abbey Wood has started producing its first fruit and vegetables. Students from 6th 1 and 2 have already started picking strawberries and around 20 red onions…………..
School Choir sings at Greenwich Sportathon
The school choir sang for the lunchtime presentations during the Greenwich Sportathon at Woolwich Barracks, last Monday 16th June. On a big stage with microphones and in front of children from ten local primary schools, the choir sang with great eagerness and energy and did the school proud. Well done to all the choir for their commitment and enthusiasm to singing!
The under 16 and under 19 school football teams competed in the South London Special League on Friday the 8th of February 2008. The under 19 team won all games convincingly with James Mc Leod scoring for fun. The under 16 team played very well against their opposition . The competition was enjoyed by all!
Music in the community
This term the Post 16 Creative arts, music group visited Trinity College of Music in Greenwich. We were taken on a tour of the building and saw lots of people practising their instruments. It was great afternoon, which ended with a workshop with students from the college and us learning a new song.
On 15th November students from R4, C7 and C12 visited Blackheath Halls, where we saw a concert performed by Trinity College of Music Jazz Band. It was a great concert, the musicians were fantastic.
The Sound of Music - London Palladium
On the 14th of November
A group of us went to the London Palladium to see the sound of music. It was part of our literacy lesson. I loved music.
Students who take part in the Rowing programme show impressive results. They not only took part in the National indoor rowing championships but also competed at the Poplar Regatta on Sunday the 13th of May, despite the rain they put in a fantastic performance………….
We participate in a rowing program at the London Regatta Centre. This is a link that began three years ago. To row you need good kinaesthetic coordination, this means knowing where your limbs are in relation to your body…
We set off from school on the 12th of June 2006, our destination “The Queen Elizabeth 11 ” activity centre in Burseldon, Hampshire. We arrived on Monday afternoon, allocated our cabins and beds for the week…
Post 16 students came together from both sites and collaborated with dance students from the Laban Centre,� London to choreograph a dance piece using the theme of ‘Connections’. This was performed at Greenwich Dance Agency on the evening of 10th March 2006.
Barclays Capital, major sponsors of Charlton School, have organised a series of visits for our students to their offices in Canary Wharf. Linking in with work related learning, topics of the visits have included the trading floor, audio visual, events and advertising and press relations. The current series of visits will finish on December 2nd and recommence in February 2006.