This half term, two year 10 students, Ferdosi Abbott and Rebecca Iyase, took part in the regional finale for Hackney in the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge with great success, both delivering inspiring speeches. The contestants had just one day of public speaking training at The City Academy, Hackney before taking the microphone at the competition which was held at Skinners Academy. They were also joined this year by year 11 student Matteo Fernandes, who acted as a judge as he was a runner up in the competition last year. Both Rebecca and Ferdosi did very well, with Ferdosi coming first out of 14 finalists and winning a £100 gift certificate. Ferdosi, whose speech was about making an impact in the world no matter how small you are, said: “I felt overwhelmed and I couldn’t believe it when they called my name. It was a great experience and I loved having my voice heard!” She will now take part in the London grand final in July with all the other finalists from London boroughs. The Speak Out Challenge is annually run with funding by the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Speakers Trust, in order to promote confidence and public speaking in students.
Gresham College has just announced the appointment of Jo Delahunty QC as the new Gresham Professor of Law. Following on from the successful tenures of Baroness Ruth Deech and Sir Geoffrey Nice QC. Professor Delahunty QC is the 37th person to fill this position dating back to 1597. As a leading barrister specialising in cases concerned with families and children, Professor Delahunty QC will deliver her series of free public lectures on When Worlds Collide: The Family and the Law. These lectures will take place in Barnard’s Inn Hall, near Chancery Lane, beginning in October, and will cover topics as varied as the radicalisation of minors and the influence of expert witnesses in court. For more information visit the Gresham College website.
The City Bridge Trust has recently announced grants made on the second funding round of its Stepping Stones investment readiness programme, with nearly £800,000 awarded to 15 organisations. This programme supports charities and social enterprises in London who wish to access the social investment market. Funding helps organisations develop their ideas, bring in new technical assistance and get products ready for market. To celebrate these grants an event was held at the headquarters of UBS, who have played a key role in the programme, providing both funding and expertise in the form of corporate volunteers who have helped the Trust to assess funding proposals. At the event City Bridge Trust’s Chairman, Jeremy Mayhew, announced that a third round of grants would be held this Summer.
The Research Team in the Economic Development Office published a well-received report in April on the UK’s Global Maritime Professional Services. The report highlighted that the UK is the global leader in maritime professional services, adding £4.4bn to the UK economy and employing over 10,000 people, mostly in highly skilled, highly paid jobs. The next research report to be published in early June will be looking at International Credit Markets. It will give analysis on the growth prospects of international credit markets and make policy recommendations on how to widen international access and facilitate further development. For an overview of all research published in the last year, the Research Review 2015 is now online.
Thanks to the generosity and support of the City of London Corporation, The City of London Academy was able to take forty Year 11 students on a residential study weekend to the Mill on the Brue Activity centre. The weekend was in preparation for the forthcoming GCSE examinations and provided students the opportunity to take part in focused, small group revision sessions for English and Mathematics, led by staff from the academy. Students took part in intensive learning sessions focusing on English Language examination skills, the texts and poetry that feature in the English Literature examinations, and core Mathematics skills. By the end of the weekend students were able to demonstrate progress in both subjects and all
students walked away with greater enthusiasm and a stronger belief in their own abilities.