Pogo Pulse

Pogo Pulse is an activity that we have in-cooperated into our timetables for the Primary children since September 2018.

Pogo Pulse is a mental and physical challenge and it has had a great impact on our students. We teach our students the importance of eating the right foods and being healthy in what we eat and drink as well as involving exercise. Therefore, as well as our P.E lessons Pogo is a great addition for our pupils to be keeping fit whilst having fun and without realising it!

As mentioned, Pogo is a great physical as well as mental challenge. It teaches our pupils resilience, determination and perseverance. Pogo is not easy and the pupils have had to learn this. They have had to be patient and take the ups with the downs. From the first session where they have become accustomed to the helmets and even just holding on to a Pogo – The pupils have had to learn that you can’t just jump on a Pogo and start bouncing! The first session saw a lot of falling off, a lot of huffs and certainly a lot of frustration but progress could be seen by the end of that session. From not being able to stand upright on the Pogo to managing between 1 and 5 jumps was a real success. They were taught how to use their body to manipulate the Pogo and since then they have learned a variety of different skills.

One of Pogo’s most successful qualities is that it has engaged the most difficult of students.  Pupils who, even though they have the ability to do well, don’t necessarily want to engage in the academic side. Pogo has brought out a side where the feel that they are achieving and are progressing in something which in all honesty, is very difficult. These students have managed to go for only a few seconds on a Pogo to being able to jump consistently for a couple of minutes and completing over 100 jumps. Pogo Pulse has become an intervention which has developed our pupils’ self-confidence, motivation and self-esteem.

St Giles Workshop

St Giles Trust is a charity helping people facing severe disadvantage to find jobs, homes and the right support they need. BRC participated in a St Giles workshop whereby KS4 students were able to discuss the day to day struggles of society for young people. The workshop encompassed discussions around gangs work, vulnerability and young people at risk of violence.

London Lions Basketball

Brent River College watch the London Lions play live at the Olympic Park in Stratford. KS4 students enjoyed a basketball game as part of the BRC pledge. The extra-curricular activity allowed students to engage in a sporting activity. This was an enjoyable day for all!!!! The London Lions reigned victoriously with a thrilling score of 89/69.

Bouldering

Thursday 4th April, a group of staff and students set off to The Arch in Burnt Oak for a bouldering lesson. They learnt the three key pieces of advice for bouldering and went through the health and safety guidelines, and then they were off! Everyone showed great resilience and determination in climbing up difficult walls that tested both their physical and mental abilities!

LIFE Course

The Life Course consist of students working alongside other students within the borough over a week at Wembley Fire Station. This gives students the chance to experience first-hand what it would be like to be a fire fighter and the relevant tools and mind-set needed to succeed in this career. The majority of this course is hands on and all students get to showcase what they have learned on the last day. At the end of the course, pupils are given accredited certificates that they take with them wherever they go.

Westway Rock Climbing

At BRC, one of the school values that we seek to promote is “COURAGE”. For this particular value at KS3 we take our students to the highest climbing wall in London, Westway in Hammersmith. These sessions help build confidence and resilience. This is an unique experience for most as this isn’t an opportunity that comes across often.

Students were able to work as a team and encourage one another to face the giant walls ahead. This was easier for some, but that didn’t stop them from pushing themselves to their limits. Students displayed courage in overcoming their own personal mental obstacles and they felt so pleased with their achievements.

Anthem: Exploring identity and place with poetry – March/April 2019

A Brent Borough of Culture project

Anthem is a new project as part of Brent Borough of Culture. The project aims to engage the young people of Brent in creating an anthem for the borough; reflecting the communities, values and experiences of this special part of North West London.

The Brent anthem will be composed by musician and Brent-native, Lily Allen, ensuring the finished piece reflects the youth and diversity of our borough.

Brent River College has been lucky enough to be a part of the Anthem project with poetry workshops being delivered at both KS3 & KS4. Students enjoyed the workshops, they were fully involved in the activities on offer and they embraced and celebrated being the young people of Brent! They were able to identify what they love about Brent and why growing up in Brent is something to be proud of. Both sets of students managed to create a lovely poem by the end of the workshop.

The KS4 poem is featured below –

THE PLEDGE OF BRC….

I pledge allegiance to the people of Brent

I pledge allegiance to my family and friends

I pledge allegiance to the people we have lost

I pledge allegiance to the food we eat

I pledge allegiance to our GPS

I pledge allegiance to our community

I pledge allegiance to all my Jamaicans and Punjabis

I pledge allegiance to our borough

Our borough brings the community together

I pledge allegiance to all the cultures we embrace

Black, white, Asian and mixed race

South Americans, Africans too

I pledge allegiance to us, to me, to you….

Brexit Debate

In February 2019, the KS3 school hosted a Brexit debate, which was the result of several weeks of planning and preparation with our motivational speakers; the Mohammed Brothers and their guest, Kirsty Jones. Staff worked very closely with the students to get them ready for the BIG debate, developing their research and planning skills as well as their ability to work as a team.

The motion was: This House would call a second Brexit referendum. 

On the day, the students had a practice run and a ‘pep’ talk to get them motivated and ready. Kirsty and staff practised with them and students were fully engaged in the process.

Students were divided into two teams and in addition to one student from each team presenting their arguments, two students from each team asked questions and challenged both sides on the debate. This worked extremely well and helped create a real debate atmosphere. Intelligent questions and well thought answers flew across the room and staff members listened in amazement at the quality of questions and answers. Both teams listened carefully to each other, respecting each other’s points of views whilst expertly challenging them.

Selected staff were the judges and students were nervous waiting for their decision

It was an amazing experience for all, but especially for the students who grew in confidence and brimmed with delight at what they had achieved through this experience.

The Lion King – End of Autumn Term Trip

On the 5th of December 2018, the primary pupils had the opportunity to visit the Lyceum Theatre to watch Disney’s The Lion King. This was a fantastic experience for all pupils involved as for some, this was the first time for them to visit a theatre and watch a live performance.

Prior to our visit, we researched how the musical was made and the pupils took particular interest seeing how the costumes were designed and brought to life. Of course, this made everyone, staff and students very excited to see the main performance.

On the day we researched into African animals pupils also researched our journey there and back again. We also watched the film so that on our return to school we could have a discussion on how the live musical and the film were different or similar.

When we arrived at the Theatre the size of the place took everyone by surprise! It was huge! We were sat in the Grand Circle and in all honesty, we felt as if we were on top of the world! We were looking down slightly at the stage but everyone could see everything!

At 2:30pm, the theatre went dark and all of a sudden, the drums started playing and the familiar first note of ‘The Circle of Life’ rung out across the theatre. The lights came up and the faces of our pupils were priceless. From the very first song through to the end no-one could take their eyes off the stage. We enjoyed all the famous songs and the singing was outstanding. By the time it came to the last song none of us wanted it to finish.

We had an amazing time and an unforgettable experience and a musical I am sure we would all enjoy over and over again. Hakuna Matata!

RAF Pilots of the Caribbean

During Black History Month all students are given the opportunity to learn about inspirational and motivational individuals who have shaped our past, present and future. One area we focused on this year was the expedition at the Royal Air Force Museum – Pilots of the Caribbean. We learned about the select few people in history that inspired the growth of the RAF. This consisted of an on stage performance which gave a massive insight as to who these people were and what they had done for not just the RAF but the following community and those that would then go on to follow.

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