Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in both California and Ohio.
On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake‘s order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps, including Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, and the members of the Browder v. Gayle lawsuit (Claudette Colvin, Aurelia Browder, Susie McDonald, and Mary Louise Smith) who were arrested in Montgomery months before Parks. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws, although eventually her case became bogged down in the state courts while the Browder v. Gayle case succeeded.
Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP; and Martin Luther King, Jr., a new minister in town who gained national prominence in the civil rights movement.
On Friday 23rd October all Year 10 pupils will be working on a ‘Work the Change Day’. This is part of their careers education and will be focused on looking at the skills that will be beneficial post school. Eg What Employers want? Time management and team work. At the day will enable all students to prepare for work by setting personal goals and constructing a CV. The day will be led by ambassadors from Peace Child International. Peace Child empowers young people to inform themselves, take action and be the change they want to see in the world. http://peacechild.org/workthechange/
For more information please see Mrs Tagaully
On Friday we raised a grand total of £207.48p. This Morning Ross Gallacher came to 9L form time with a further £50.00 making this a total of £257.48p.
If anyone wishes to donate please see Oona Dennis asap.
Many thanks for all your help and support during this event.
Please tell the students how well we did as a school.
Keely and 9L
- we are closed to all students for INSET day on Friday 17th October.
- Year 8 parents evening will take place on THURSDAY 6th NOVEMBER
Parents of Year 5,4 and 3 students come and visit one of the highest achieving schools in Enfield. Paul Woods, our head teacher,will be speaking at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in the Great Hall. All are welcome
6th Form Enrolment will be from Friday 5th September until Friday 19th September
We are fast approaching the end of the school year and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and restful Summer break.
The past week has been a busy one, with all of our students taking part in various educational challenges and school trips. Our Year 10 students have worked diligently to complete their end of year exams, preparing them for the important year ahead.
When we return in September, arrangements for the new school year are as follows:
Thursday 4th September : Staff INSET day – School closed to students.
Friday 5th September: Year 7 and Year 12 Induction Day
Monday 8th September: All Year groups (Year 7 -13) attend school as normal
This year was the first EMS Piano Competition. We entered Fung-Yee Poon (Year 11) who managed to achieve a runner up (2nd) place out of 76 pianists entered from all the schools in the Borough.
Official photographs of this event were taken by Stephen Scrase. I understand that he will be putting these photos online over the weekend so they should be available to purchase by the beginning of next week. These will be available at www.photocoverage.co.uk. They will be in a gallery called “Gallery 16366 PianoFestival” and can be accessed by logging in with username: MUSIC and password: PIANO
As this event was very popular and successful this year we’ve decided to make it an annual event. Many thanks for taking part in this year’s competition and I look forward to hearing more of your pupils play next year.