Planned visits: Spring Term
Film Students Trip to the BFI Film Library
“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” – Mark Twain
What does it mean to talk about independent and mainstream? How has digital technology impacted on the film industry? Why do Hollywood distributors control the market? A study of the film industry is a requirement of all Film Studies specifications and our head ...
01 February 2017
The Collingham Concert, 2017
Students and staff of Collingham: Save the date for Collingham’s annual concert, on the 17th of March! An evening of music, singing, poetry, spoken word and celebrating Collingham’s finest performers. Last years concert was a resounding success and we are sure that this year will be even better. The event is organised by our student council, and both students and staff will come together to create an unforgettable evening of musical delight. We are holding auditions now, which ar...
30 January 2017
French and History of Art trip to Paris
French and History of Art students, along with three of our finest tutors, went on a trip to Paris for a day of soaking in, and learning about, French culture. It was an early start, with students meeting staff at St Pancras at 6.15am but they arrived in Paris for 10am, meaning they had the entire day ahead to enjoy Paris.
They took the Metro into central Paris and took a walk from the Ile St Louis. They fitted a lot in, starting with visiting Ile de la Cité (Notre Dame), Quartier L...
30 January 2017
WE Charity Talk
Collingham was excited to host a 'WE Charity' talk last week. Students had the chance to hear about the charity and see if they wanted to get involved and make a difference.
WE is a movement that exists with the purpose to make the world a better place, through campaigning on issues ranging from homelessness, to the environment, to hunger. It empowers people to change the world, gives them the tools to do this, and brings people together. It is made up of millions of passionate yout...
25 January 2017
A very busy term end for A Level students
'The Great Collingham Bake Off' and other exciting activities at the end of term...
In November students organised their own lunchtime Bake Off to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The event was a great success, with entries from both students and tutors; the cakes ranging from classic Lemon Drizzle to Date and Orange Cupcakes. The students decorated the hall with bunting and doilies, creating all the atmosphere of the bake off tent in Collingham’s own study hall. There...
05 January 2017
GCSE students: an active December!
Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum:
After a term of football, rounders, and touch-rugby - it was decided that a spot of ice-skating would offer a suitably festive respite to muddy Hyde Park. This year’s annual ice-skating trip took place at the Natural History Museum and was an unequivocal success. ‘Poised', ‘elegant', and ‘graceful’ are not words that would immediately spring to mind while watching the GCSE group negotiate the ice, but they certa...
04 January 2017
Phillip Ball presents to Collingham students
Phillip Ball, science writer and BBC broadcaster, gave a lecture at Collingham in December called ‘Bright Earth: The Invention Of Colour’. The interdisciplinary talk brought together the arts and sciences, covering the development of colour through the ages.
Student Eleanor says; “The lecture was SO good, it helped me with all my subjects and projects. In History of Art we talked about blue being a spiritual colour – it’s amazing that each culture finds its own ...
18 December 2016
Philosophy Lecture at St Mellitus College
‘The Problem of the Problem of Evil’ by Prof. Ian McFarland
Philosophy, RS, and other Collingham students had the opportunity to hear a paper read by a leading academic, Ian McFarland, the Regius Professor from Cambridge. The topic was the Problem of the Problem of Evil. We anticipated that we would see it handled in a way that would go beyond the usual A Level studies.
The use of untranslated Latin served to remind students of the importance of intellectual preparation for sch...
04 December 2016
Refugees and Migration Lecture—UCL
‘Hospitality and hostility: the role of established refugees in a crisis’. In November Collingham students attended a lunchtime lecture at UCL on the subject of ‘Hospitality and hostility: the role of established refugees in a crisis’. Geographer Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh discussed her four-year project on what she calls refugee-refugee humanitarianism. A level student Ryo describes how the lecture “challenged the stereotypical view of refugees as helpless, while al...
30 November 2016
11 plus revision courses now available
At Collingham, we believe that all children have the cognitive ability to learn and fully understand at a deeper level. This gives them the mental tool kit and confidence to solve problems and find solutions such as those assessed in the 11 plus exams. We know that our approach of traditional teaching methods for Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non Verbal Reasoning, combined with our understanding of how the modern child learns, allows us to give all pupils preparing for the 11 plus exams...
06 November 2016
The 2016 Isle of Wight Geography trip
A part of their AS and GCSE studies Collingham students spent the day on the Isle of Wight. They traveled across the island looking at coastal management, the marine ecosystem and the island's contrasting geology.
Students looking at the geology of the cliffs at Compton Bay and area of high erosion:
The dramatic view over Blackgang Chine on the South West coast of the Isle of Wight. The front of the picture shows the success of soft management in preventing further cliff collapses. I...
25 October 2016
Films Studies trip: American Honey
The 'American Honey' trip provided students with the opportunity to see a British film directed by a woman, shot in a challenging style and covering subject matter relevant to the students' own experiences, screened in an independent, Art house cinema. As a case study it relates directly to the study of the Film Industry , as well as Art film movements at A2. (A Level Film Studies)
The students were inspired:
"An exhilarating and refreshing movie that proves the force of ...
21 October 2016
New College of Humanities Visits Collingham
Collingham was excited to host a private talk by New College of Humanities recently. A collective of our AS students heard about the unique liberal arts-inspired undergraduate curriculum that is taught to small groups, as well as the one-to-one tutorial system that New College of Humanities offers.
Dan Roberts, New College’s Admissions Advisor outlined the distinctive combined honours degree, which is comprised of a ‘major’ subject and a complementary ‘minor’ su...
09 October 2016
Collingham Visits New Scientist Live
Science-enthusiasts at Collingham recently attended New Scientist Live, a science festival exploring how science, technology and engineering drive our economy, shape our culture and improve our lives. We had students doing a range of sciences attend, and the event covered all aspects of human life, with four immersive zones covering Brain & Body, Technology, Earth and Cosmos.
Our students were particularly impressed with electron gene splicing and were inspired by the degree of expertise...
09 October 2016
From Collingham to the USA
At Collingham, we encourage our students to consider a broad range of university destinations post-A-level. Last month, we took a group of interested students to the US-UK Fulbright Commission's annual USA College Day fair, where they had the opportunity to speak with over 170 exhibitors representing universities in the US and educational service providers. It was the largest American university fair in the UK and the students found that the event was buzzing with activity! Students were i...
09 October 2016
Collingham Students Go Ape!
We took a group of AS students on a trip to ‘Go Ape!’ in Battersea Park where they all took part in a high-wire tree top adventure. Students got to know each other whilst confronting high rope obstacles, leaping off Tarzan swings, and gliding down zip wires to land gracefully (or in some cases, not so gracefully) in piles of wood chippings. The scenery was breath-taking, and students tackled the awe-inspiring heights of the challenges bravely.
We are proud to say that every Colli...
27 September 2016
Collingham student in English Schools Track and Field Championship
Congratulations to Collingham’s A2 student Ocean. An outstanding athlete, he was awarded the school prize for Sports Science. Ocean has been chosen to represent London at the English Schools Track and Field Championship at the Gateshead international stadium on the 8th and 9th of July 2016. He will be competing in the 400 meters. The ESAA National Championships are the 4th largest athletics event in the World... staged each year. Organised entirely by volunteer teachers, they bring toget...
27 June 2016
Fine Art and Photography Exhibition 2016
We cordially invite parents and students to this year’s Collingham Fine Art and Photography Exhibition on Saturday 25th June, 6pm-7.30pm.
I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday 25th at 23 Collingham Gardens.
RSVP 0207 244 7414 or email@example.com
Dr Sally Powell
Below, by Amber: detail from 'Dreamscapes' (four circular canvasses mounted on board)
09 June 2016
ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART - Young Art 2016
Congratulations to last year’s art student Nicholas Goodwin. Nicholas’ picture painted at Collingham is the runner-up in this year’s prestigious Royal College of Art - Young Art competition. Nick receives his prize from the Rector of the Royal College of Art, Dr Paul Thompson (below).
The work was shown alongside four other successful submissions by this year’s Collingham artists at a recent exhibition at the Royal College of Art in April. In addition, his picture ha...
02 May 2016
CIFE Football Tournament 2016
Collingham took part in the second annual CIFE Football tournament at the FA’s St George’s Park. The seven a-side tournament had 11 college teams battling it out over the course of the day. Collingham played well and managed to draw 4 games. Unfortunately after having not lost a game in 4 successive matches they conceded a game leaving them out of the semi-finals. At the end of the tournament Collingham came in a respectable 5th.
We look forward to next year......
28 April 2016
Collingham winners in the CIFE awards 2016
Many congratulations to our three winners in the CIFE awards:
*** Willem Nelis (College Prize for Academic Achievement) *** Alexander Thanki (CIFE Prize for English Literature) *** Stephanie Childress (CIFE Prize for Modern Languages)
Willem achieved A* in History and A grades in Religious Studies and Geography. His special area of interest is military history, and the role of war in history. He is now at Christ’s College Cambridge reading History.
Alex achieved three A*s in Englis...
14 April 2016
Collingham student: BBC Musician of the Year finalist
Stephanie Childress, now at St John's Cambridge, (Music) after getting A* French A* Russian A Music, performed at the Proms last year as the leader of the National Youth Orchestra and First Violinist. Stephanie will be on BBC Four Young Musician on Friday 6th May at 7.30 pm. Her performance will also be played in the interval of Radio3 in Concert programme on the same night. This will also be on BBC iPlayer later.
Our latest news: she is now the Assistant Music Director of the NYMT produ...
14 April 2016
CIFE College Challenge
Congratulations to the Collingham team which came second this year in the CIFE College Challenge.
This year’s team were: Alistair (Team Captain), Diana, Louis, Caspar, and Davit.
The CIFE Challenge is an inter-college quiz event which takes place annually at New College of the Humanities in Bedford Square. The competition was energetic and friendly, and all the teams had really great fun.
30 March 2016
COLLINGHAM CONCERT 2016
Thank you to all the Collingham performers who entertained a packed room of students, teachers and parents on the evening of Friday 11th March. There was an impressive array of musical, oratory and even technological talent on display and the atmosphere was warm, appreciative and wonderfully supportive. A particular word of thanks to those students who organised the event and ensured that it ran so smoothly.
I am delighted to say that we raised monies which will go to Alice's Youth Musi...
30 March 2016
Lecture at the Telegraph Head Office
On 29th February, Collingham students attended a lecture by Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and formerly 13th Master of Wellington College, at the Telegraph Head Office.
Sir Anthony spoke most compellingly on the role and importance of happiness and life-long learning. He made clear the importance of students developing self understanding and resilience as antidotes to anxiety, procrastination and envy.
We were delighted that Collingham students had the...
13 March 2016
Young Art at the RCA
This academic year the GCSE Art Department has continued its roll of success, this time round having three students work selected to be hung in the 2016 ‘Young Art' at The Royal College of Art!
So a hefty CONGRATULATIONS to:
Navid (2 works) Amba (single work) Maud (single work)
One of Navid's works:
Further news to follow........
Chris Wood, GCSE ART
13 March 2016
Ski trip to Verbier
Collingham returned to Verbier for the fourth year in a row for its annual ski trip. Yet again we were lucky to have fantastic conditions across the duration of the trip with excellent piste conditions and sunshine throughout. The group comprised of both skiers and snowboards and we had a huge range of abilities from expert down to absolute beginner. The mixed party of A level and GCSE students all made excellent progress skiing and boarding with their instructors throughout the day. Leaving l...
13 February 2016
EASTER REVISION COURSES 2016
Easter Revision Courses at Collingham give students a new confidence in their work for exams.
A Level courses
Intensive tuition in small classes enables individual needs to be met. Groups are either Board-specific, or, where appropriate, are formed according to texts, topics, syllabus.
The courses are planned to give a clear understanding of the essentials of the syllabus and to teach exam techniques, so that students can use their knowledge to best effect.
08 February 2016
Special presentation to Collingham students
On Monday 1st February A level Philosophy and Religious Studies classes attended a talk at New College of the Humanities by AC Grayling, NCH’s founder. This was an event arranged especially for Collingham students, who greatly enjoyed the back-and-forth nature of the discussion with a leading public philosopher.
In the course of a wide-ranging discussion, Professor Grayling touched on the question of what makes a good philosopher. He suggested that a tolerance for unanswered questions...
07 February 2016
WOHAA speed mentoring event
A group of Collingham students attended this event at the Royal College of Surgeons in Lincoln’s Inn Fields organised by WHOAA. All mentors were young professionals from a wide range of business, industry and civil service backgrounds.
"The Wings of Hope speed mentoring event has been a great experience. There were a wide range of mentors available from completely different industries; Medicine,Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Journalism, Music, Marketing, Journalism and many more w...
07 February 2016
Stephanie Childress is in BBC Young Musician of the Year
Stephanie Childress, now at St John's Cambridge, (Music) after getting A* French A* Russian A Music, performed at the Proms last year as the leader of the National Youth Orchestra and First Violinist. She has made it into The Category Finals, BBC Young Musician of the Year, which will take place at the Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff on 10th March.
WE WISH HER THE BEST OF LUCK!
The 2015 concert with Stephanie conducting the first piece (composed by...
31 January 2016
Students visit the Alexander Calder Exhibition
Twelve AS and A2 Art students visited Tate Modern recently to see the Alexander Calder Exhibition and visit the three permanent exhibitions. The Calder Exhibition is inspiring - wire figures, mechanical abstract machines and the well-known mobiles. It was great to get out and see a variety of art exhibited in a gallery setting, and everyone is now focussed on producing masterpieces!
08 January 2016
Collingham student: fund raising at Exeter
I just wanted to let you know how I'm getting on at Exeter university - I'm having a wonderful time! I've been busy these last couple of weeks with the singers and symphony orchestra societies, both of which put on a fun and challenging Christmas concert. I'm also really enjoying the theology course. I’m learning about so many different things and am already beginning to think about more precise areas that I may want to study further in the future. I'm very much looki...
07 January 2016
Students visit Goya exhibition
Spanish and History of Art A2 students recently visited the 'Goya: the Portraits' exhibition at the National Gallery. All were impressed by Goya’s extraordinary talent for depicting character and facial expression. More prosaically, there was fevered speculation as to the total market value of the works gathered in the exhibition!
17 December 2015
Collingham student's RCA exhibition
Past Collingham student William Foyle (2011) has just had his second solo show of oil paintings, this time at the Royal College of Art. "These are deeply felt paintings, which Foyle describes as the results of a ‘five year journey of the soul.’ His concerns are about humanity – its vulnerability, fragility and capacity for endurance; the horrors of the past, the troubles of our present and the uncertainty of the future." Having sold paintings at the RCA, he has now...
08 December 2015
Good to hear from students
Collingham Student Gemma achieved her A level grades in the summer and is now enjoying her studies at the Architectural Association. "At first, I didn't believe that architecture was for me, however on joining the Architectural Association this notion has changed. It was perhaps the second best decision I could have made towards achieving a successful foundation to build my career on - Collingham being the first. The foundation course in art and design is very much self-directed and i...
12 November 2015
Visit to 'Light Eye Mind' in North London
On Thursday 1st October AS Art students were taken on a gallery visit to Light Eye Mind in North London.
The students spent the first ten minutes, in silence, taking in the show and jotting down their first impressions. The work was abstract and so it was great to have them thinking and interpreting on their own. The students then chose their favourite artwork and completed a worksheet on ‘reading’ the works. The students were asked to formally analyse the works, considering s...
06 October 2015
Collingham student at the BBC Proms
Stephanie Childress, who will be going to St John's Cambridge to study Music in September after getting A* French A* Russian A Music, performed at the Proms last week as the leader of the National Youth Orchestra and First Violinist. The concert with Stephanie conducting the first piece (composed by Tansy Davies) called 'Re-Greening', as well as leading the orchestra for Mahler's 9th Symphony will be broadcast on the BBC this Sunday 16th August and afterwards available on i-pla...
15 August 2015
2015 Art Show
Saturday 20th June, 4pm – 6pm at 23 Collingham Gardens, London SW5 0HL
This was the only chance to see a carefully produced and beautiful exhibition of work created by AS and A Level Fine Art and Photography students at this outstanding centre for art.
The exhibition included work from A level Art students and A level Photography students.
"It is always a wonderful opportunity to admire the outstanding pieces created throughout the year by the Art and Photography departments a...
20 June 2015
2015 Collingham Academic Prizes
Many congratulations to the following students who have been selected for the following 2015 Collingham Academic Prizes.
Davit - Maths Malin - Physics Kate - Biology/Chemistry
Willem - Humanities Kam - English and Creative Writing Sidonie - Creative Arts
Lauren - Economics and Business Studies Alice - Modern and Ancient Olamilade - (GCSE)
01 June 2015
CIFE Football Tournament
WILL JENKINS (HEAD OF P.E) REPORTS: "It was an early start in London for the Collingham squad, boarding the team coach for the long trip to Burton Upon Trent. The mood in the camp was good, and spirits high throughout the journey inspired by the sounds of Roy Orbison. Passing through Branston, there was an air of apprehension, although I felt confident in the abilities of my team....."
Team Report Here
01 May 2015
House of Lords Prize Giving Ceremony
"It was wonderful yesterday to celebrate with our 2014 academic prize winners at the CIFE awards ceremony at the House of Lords presided over by Lord Lexden. Along with some very proud parents, we enjoyed watching the spring sunshine sparkle on the Thames as our worthy winners accepted their awards.
Congratulations to Samuel and Benjamin on their excellent achievements." Principal Dr Sally Powell (and parents' comments below too)
"Thank you so much for Wednesday after...
25 April 2015
126th University Golf Match
Congratulations to James Woolsey who has just got his Blue playing for Cambridge against Oxford in the 126th University Golf Match at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake. James, who got A*A*A A at Collingham in 2010, is doing a Masters in Development Economics at Queens' College Cambridge, after getting the highest First in his year in Geography at Bristol University.
He also won the Royal Geographical Society’s National Dissertation Prize in 2014. Though Cambridge lost the match 9 - 6, James...
01 April 2015
CIFE Challenge Winners
The CIFE College Challenge was recently hosted by New College of the Humanities. There were eight CIFE colleges competing in the quiz and the day was rigorous but great fun. The questions encompassed everything from biology to Beyonce!
We are delighted to announce that – fuelled by an endless supply of jelly beans and M&M’s– the winning team was …. Collingham!
Congratulations to Alastair, Alexander, Elizaveta, and Willem (pictured below).
08 March 2015
RCA Prize Winner
Collingham student wins prestigious art prize
Evangeline has won The Rector's Prize, judged by Dr. Paul Thompson, Rector of The Royal College of Art. "The competition this year was immense; we had a record 8,300 entries and are exhibiting 760 pictures, the standard was extremely high, so further congratulations to both Evangeline and her Collingham teachers."
'Paris 1945', by Evangeline Ling, oil, french polish and packaging tape, 8' x 6'
And Collingham Stud...
28 February 2015
CIFE COLLEGE CHALLENGE, Saturday 28th February
Collingham will be entering a team of students for the CIFE COLLEGE CHALLENGE – a fun quiz day which will be attended by a number of other independent GCSE and Sixth-Form colleges.
This year’s Challenge will be hosted by New College of the Humanities in Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, and will run from 11am to 3.30pm. Questions will be focused on general knowledge and will consist of rounds such as:
Fastest finger round - First team to buzz answers the question
Pointless - Teams t...
28 February 2015
Wellcome Collection and British Museum Trip
Our psychology class visited the Wellcome Collection. The Sexology exhibition is germane to our study of Freud. It is a superb show; we learned that the Wellcome Trust had funded a large-scale survey of behaviour and beliefs in Britain that has played a major role in public health. We then visited the British Museum where we focused on the Korean and African rooms. Because we were Collingham girls, we walked in a crocodile, wore sensible shoes and did not chew gum. We partook of luncheon at a ...
27 February 2015
Ski Trip To Verbier
Click HERE for photos of the recent student skiing trip to the slopes of Verbier.
01 February 2015
28th January A2 Art students' outing to ‘Debussy Explosion’ at the Royal College Of Music
Part of the RCM’s Great Exhibitionists series this spectacular and dynamic collaboration between pianist and visual artist will immerse the audience in the pitch black of the Britten Theatre before an eruption of form and colour strikes through the January gloom.
Award winning pianist Imma Setiadi will play the famous preludes by Debussy which will be visually remixed live by artist Hugo Dalton whose previous collaborations have included Christopher Wheeldon at Sadlers Wells, the Today...
28 January 2015