Sixth Form News
'Unlocking your inner entrepreneur' with one of the UK's Top 10 women entrepreneurs!
Year twelve were extremely fortunate to have a session with Theadora Alexander. Theadora is co-founder of Young Foodies, the largest community of the UK’s fastest growing food and drink business. She has also recently been named one of the top 10 UK women entrepreneurs!
Students listened to Theadora’s journey and learned about the successful attributes of entrepreneurs. Students used their everyday frustrations to create ideas for their own start ups and presented their ideas to both their peers and Theadora herself!
'Supercharging your confidence' with CEO and founder of Salesworks
Shabri Lakhani started her career at the largest financial software company in Europe; the third-largest in the world. Shabri has set up her own company; SalesWorks, which specialises in working with companies on building and optimising their sales teams and operations. Students learned about the importance of presenting oneself and the impact of a first impression. Students developed their oratory skills and confidence, preparing them for interviews in the working world.
The Benefits of University
Students were introduced to the benefits of university and had all their questions answers by the education team at Middlesex University. Students learned about independent living and the plethora of both academic and social opportunities at university.
The students were captivated and engaged in the anti discrimintation workshop delivered by the charity, Stand Up! Stand Up provide anti-discrimination education, with a focus on antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate, to young people in mainstream schools. Students were discussing the challenges of society whilst being empowered act against all forms of discrimination, racism, antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate. They discovered ways to develop their sense of social responsibility within their local communities and British society as a whole.
Friday’s programme was delivered by Uptree. Uptree is an online professional network and careers platform. Throughout the sessions, students were inspired by a range of different careers. They learned about the varied job market and the different opportunities available to them. Students had bespoke sessions on law and technology. In addition, they signed up to a range of work experience days provided by Uptree. They will continue to receive emails with all the latest and relevant work experience and career opportunities.
SMSJ Open its first Sixth Form
SMSJ is delighted to open its new Sixth Form phase!
We are immensely proud of our first Year 11 cohort and extremely excited to welcome them back as our first Sixth Form students. To kick start their Sixth form journey students had a two-day induction programme filled with seminars, workshops and external speakers
A talk from Tuckers Solicitors
Year 12 received a talk from Tuckers Solicitors, a criminal defence law firm. The sessions provided students with the opportunity to learn about different aspects of a career in law as well as analysing various case studies the solicitors had worked on.
Barnet Multi Faith Forum - Bulb Planting Ceremony
The Barnet Multi Faith Forum was established to represent the diverse faith communities and organisations across Barnet. We now have three Barnet multi-faith youth forum ambassadors in Year 12, all of whom attended a Bulb Planting Ceremony at Middlesex University. They unveiled a plaque for trees planted last year, representing establishment and growth of interfaith relationships in Barnet as well as planting snowdrop bulbs from the Barnet holocaust memorial project. The project aims to plant 1.5 million bulbs across Barnet to represent all children that perished in the Holocaust. Mergim in Year 12’s reflects on the experience:
“I was lucky enough along with a few other students to be able to take part in planting bulbs outside Middlesex University, in audience of the mayor of Barnet. Planting the bulbs was extremely fun, very messy, yet extremely enriching. It made us feel as though we were in control of our futures as the bulbs will grow and nurture into beautiful flowers, just like the students of SMSJ. In addition, I was able to listen to an interesting, captivating and moving speech from the mayor of Barnet. I was delighted to stand by her side as she gave this speech, and I am grateful for the staff of SMSJ as they provide endless opportunities for their students”
SMSJ have elected its first ever senior leadership team. The students presented their manifestos at both Stamford Raffles and Bennett house as well as completing an interview and assessment task. After a two week campaign, the following students were successful.
Head Boy: Savvas
Head Girl: Rebecca
Deputy Heads: Jezne & Emma
We are immensely proud of all the candidates. They have shown tremendous confidence, resilience and commitment. In addition, we wish our senior leadership team the best of luck and look forward to their impact and contribution to the school.
Financial Times visit
This trip was hosted by Career Ready, a company that specialises in propelling students into their future careers by providing support, events, lectures and workshops. Students began their day at The Dominion Theatre. Along with over 1000 students from across the country they heard from Career Ready students and the motivational speaker Action Jackson. Following the launch of the programme, the SMSJ career ready mentees visited the Financial Times. They had a tour of the offices, met with industry professionals and even had the opportunity to try their hand at interviewing some journalists!
Visit to Ramboll
This trip was hosted by Career Ready, a company that specialises in propelling students into their future careers by providing support, events, lectures and workshops. Students began their day at The Dominion Theatre. Along with over 1000 students from across the country they heard from Career Ready students and the motivational speaker Action Jackson. Following the launch of the programme, students went to the offices of Ramboll, an engineering giant. Students learnt about the variety of careers and job opportunities at Ramboll as well as having a tour of the office, learning about Ramboll Corporate social responsibility and completing various tasks.
In the final term, students were extremely fortunate to partake in a mindfulness workshop, delivered by the expert practitioner, Zac Newman The session touched on the neurology of the brain and allowed students to really understand why the brain does certain things, or makes one feel certain ways. Students took part in a meditative exercise designed to allow you to realign your thoughts and create new neurological pathways, increasing the productivity of your brain. Students and staff were also introduced to smartphone apps that could be used to replicate the mindfulness practice in their own time and space.