2 Latymer
February 2013
From the head
Moving with the times
Electronic communication
s A stUdEnt
was entering
through the
school gates one day,
wearing headphones, a teacher reminded
him that headphones aren’t worn in
school. “Yes, sir, thank you, but i’m
listening to my physics notes,” he replied.
times change, technology moves on, in
sometimes surprising ways. some
students prefer to listen to their notes
rather than read them or make diagrams
summarising them. At school we aim to
provide opportunities for each student to
discover their preferred learning style and
to use that style when revising.
i still receive an annual printed
newsletter from the college i attended as
an undergraduate, but many
organisations these days send
information to subscribers or other
interested parties electronically only. the
Latymer community was canvassed about
Latymer Link
to an online
publication only, after 17 years of
outstanding printed editions; the
response was overwhelmingly positive.
therefore this is the last of the printed
technology has changed the way that
many subjects are taught. in Music,
notation software means that students
can write, listen to and amend their own
compositions very easily. Composing is
now fun and for all rather than limited
only to exceptional musicians. in all
subjects finding out information when
outside the classroom used to be, for
example, by reading an encyclopaedia;
now the technique is called Googling.
We aim to teach students digital
literacy, one aspect of which is how to
evaluate the worth of an online source
rather than simply to find some
information. the curriculum area where
teaching and learning methods have been
most changed by the advent of
technology is, arguably, modern foreign
languages. An uninformed visitor to a
classroom might wonder why some
students have an iPod on their desk with
earphones connected. they record
themselves speaking and save the
content to their online blog so they can
listen to it during the lesson, or at any
other time. speaking in modern foreign
language lessons in the past may have
been embarrassing or perceived to be
difficult – now it is normal, with
immediate individual feedback and is
much more likely to lead to proficiency
for the whole class.
Latymer has always moved with the
times and continues to do so in terms of
use of technology for teaching, learning
and for communicating with the wider
Latymer community.
Mark Garbett
s tHE BrisK
January showers swept
in, they brought with them a
highlight of the Latymerian
calendar: the 2013 Awards Ceremony.
With a hall of Latymerians in their
smartest attire, a rich serving of musical
talent, a dapper dashing of deputies, a
plethora of shimmering trophies and the
warm company of a baroness, a mayor,
the chair of governors and our
headteacher, Wednesday 9 January 2013
was an afternoon to remember.
After some brief introductions from
Barney rowe (head boy) and myself, Mr
Garbett took to the stage for his speech.
Focusing on the crucial role of music in a
Latymer student’s education, Mr Garbett
emphasised that musical skills develop
academic confidence, nurture resilience
and create the invaluable sense of spatial
awareness. Mr Garbett’s words were later
brought to life through the outstanding
performance of rachmaninov’s
no. 14
by stella Hadjineophytou on the
violin and Maya Bush on the piano.
Between the stirring and harmonious
performance provided by stella and
Maya’s rendition and the reams of
talented Latymerians graciously filing on
to the stage to receive prizes and heartfelt
handshakes from our Mayor of Enfield
Kate Anolue, our longstanding Chair of
Governors Mr ian Pilsworth took to the
mike to offer his personal reflections on
his visits to the school and of the
educational landscape at a national level.
Mr Pilsworth reminisced upon the
successful tapestry of Latymer life, the
abundance of concerts, commemorative
events and the excellent set of summer
results that emerged last year. Mr
Pilsworth also touched upon the changing
pressures in education with the pushing of
academisation and free schools in the
borough. He finished commending the
outstanding contribution of Mr Kernan to
the school, wishing him all the best in his
health and recovery.
our guest speaker, ex-Latymerian
Baroness Claire tyler of Enfield, now took
to the stage. Vice president of the charity
relate, Baroness tyler’s eloquent address
on the need for resilience and confidence
in the face of adversity hung profoundly in
the hall. our Latymer Baroness fused a
crucial message on the importance of
relationship building with one of
cultivating a ‘bounce back’ attitude to
nurture social mobility to ensure that
“where you start in life doesn’t dictate
where you end up”. she was delighted
that Latymer now have a girls’ football
team, something that was denied to girls
in her day.
the afternoon’s celebrations finished
with a rich and rousing rendition of the
Latymer school song. its ‘deathless
throng’ was a very fitting climax to a very
special ceremony.
Roma Wells
Head girl
Above left: guest speaker Baroness Claire
Tyler of Enfield; below: Lamb House with
the Dormer Shield
Awards Ceremony
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