Frances Bardsley at the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey



Another historic event took place when Mr. Corea and members of the Frances Bardsley International Club were invited to attend the Commonwealth Day Observance Service at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday 10th March 2014. Ellie Middleton, Abbie Roach, Mollie Pye, Sarah Pearson, Rebecca Hawkins and Christobel Ogunleye represented the school and saw Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall. The address was by Malala Yousafzai who spoke about the importance of education for girls

The Commonwealth Flag

The Frances Bardsley Academy of Girls International Club was the first and only representative of a secondary school in the London Area who raised the Commonwealth Flag on Commonwealth Day on Monday 10th March 2014. Cllr Linda Drew, Deputy Mayor of Havering joined the ceremong in the Frances Bardsley School Hall. Mrs Sidhu, Acting Head teacher read  a special message from Her Majesty the Queen, Mrs Lakhan read the Commonwealth Affirmation and Mr. Corea spoke about the Commonwealth Family of 53 nations and family values enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter. The Reverend Father Roderick Hingley spoke of the importance of the work of the Frances Bardsley International Club. Rebecca Hawkins read her moving poem on The Commonwealth.



Frances Bardsley and The Commonwealth


The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls International Club created history on several fronts in connection with the Commonwealth of Nations. On Sunday 9th March an idea shared by Mr.Ivan Corea and the Frances Bardsley International Club became a reality in our borough when the first ever Havering Commonwealth Service took place at St. Alban’s Church in Romford. The Reverend Father Roderick Hingley Vicar of St. Alban’s and Chair of Governors at Frances Bardsley led the service and the address was by Right Reverend Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough and Honorary Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen.


The Havering Commonwealth Service was a partnership between Andrew Rosindell MP, Havering Commonwealth Association, the Frances Bardsley International Club and St. Alban’s Church in Romford. Several High Commissioners and diplomats to the Court of St. James attended this glittering international event joining civic dignitaries and people from the Commonwealth.


The service had a spectacular start when the FBA Gospel Choir came in waving the 53 flags of the Commonwealth. Mr. Johnson Amoah  the FBA Assistant Site Manager led the procession of the clergy carrying a massive Commonwealth flag.


The FBA Chamber Singers led by Mr. Mike Silk, Head of Music sang the Clare Benediction. After the service there was a Commonwealth Tea with food from across the Commonwealth. The service was deemed an outstanding success attended by 168 people.

Photographs - courtesy of Mr. Amal Abeywardane. (CFSL)


Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls celebrates World Book Day 2014 in style!


In the Library


Ruth Gedalovitch and Vicky Johnson in the library at The Frances Bardsley Academy.

To mark World Book Day, Liz Fowkes, Assistant Headteacher encouraged staff and students to “Drop Everything And Read” for 20 minutes before lessons started this morning.   Vicky Johnson, Librarian at the Academy publicised the event by asking staff what they were reading and produced “Staff Reads” posters of their book covers which appeared on doors throughout the Academy.   Vicky is also running a design a book cover competitions for Years 7, 8 and 9 where the winner will receive a paperback fiction book of their choice.

Liz Fowkes remarked “This event was a huge success.  Everyone embraced the idea of Drop Everything And Read and staff and students alike all read something.”

Ruth Gedalovitch, Reading Development Manager from the Havering Library Service was visiting the Academy for the day and said "It’s been fantastic coming into the school and seeing the book related activities.  It is obvious that FBA is a reading school and places literacy and reading for pleasure at the forefront of all they do.  I particularly enjoyed the "Drop Everything And Read" session first thing.  What a great way to start World Book Day!"


World Book Day




World Book Day 6 March 2014

What are your teachers and other staff at FBA reading?

Check out the book covers on classroom and office doors or view the display in the Library corridor!

Competition for Years 7, 8 & 9: design a book cover of your favourite book

What is your favourite book? Design a new book cover for it and you could win a paperback fiction (story) book of your choice! Please submit your design, including your name and form, to Miss Johnson in the Library by Wednesday 12th March.

Storytelling tips by Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson and other famous authors

Are you interested in writing stories? Watch the short videos, providing helpful storytelling tips, by 10 famous children’s authors:

Miss Johnson, Librarian


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