What your kids got up to in 2015 if they go to a Tower Hamlets school
PUBLISHED: 08:50 24 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:24 24 December 2015
It’s incredible what youngsters want to do in London’s East End, being adventurous and curious in all sorts of activities during the past 12 months, yet serious about learning.
Take the inquisitive teenagers at this year’s Queen Mary University Science Fair held at Whitechapel’s Centre of the Cell, for example (above).
The university’s science boffins were keen to give a crash course in the Higgs Boson particle, one of the most important scientific discoveries of our time.
But the youngsters seemed more curious about things like—snot, sick and scabs which are substances studied in medical science.
The East London Advertiser has seen it all, keeping a weekly watch on Tower Hamlets secondary and primary schools throughout the year.
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Winter fundraising for the community by pupils at Bishop Challoner Secondary
Girl from Bethnal Green's Morpeth Secondary lights candles at East End Jewish cemetery on Holocaust Memorial Day
She just can't believe it... the moment Deng Yan San finds out she's elected Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets, January 2015
Youngster from Hermitage Primary fascinated by clay figurines during open day visit at former London Docks warehouse now used as Bow Arts gallery
Compositions by children from Millwalls Arnham Primary performed at Wigmore Hall after music workshops at the school
Our turn! Youngsters get chance to organise their own school event as part of Spitalfields Music's 'Takeover Festival'
So this is what wet fish feels like! Two girls of Tesco store in Bromley-by-Bow, amonmg 450 youngsters invited behind scenes at the store in 2015 to learn origins of fresh produce
Fun time when Marner Primary holds 'Japan' day learning Oriental cultureand even Japanese writing
It's Easter... time to put on your home-made bonnet for the Big Parade at Arnhem Primary, Isle of Dogs
Autograph? Sixthform students sign each others' shirts when they graduate from Bethnal Green's Morpeth Secondary
Shiver me timbers! Swashbuckling pirates invade Barnado charity's Big Toddle fundraiser at Victoria Park
Stewart Hedlam Primary goes hooping mad joining the summer's 'Fit for Sport' schools' competition
Yountgsters from Bethnal Green's Virginia Primary learn 'hard sell' on Entrepreneurs' Challenge down Petticoat Lane market
Summer Science Festival at Queen Mary's University pulls no punches with substances for analysiseven snot!
Poplar's Bygrove Primary pupils get the low down on healthy living at Chrisp St Health Centre in Banana Bytes campaign
Youngsters have fun day at St Paul's Primary when Trees for Cities charity drops by to plant saplings in playground
Mia Allen, 15, on phone telling mum she's got two As and five Bs GCSEs, at Bethnal Green's Swanlea Secondary
Getting first-ever eye test... hundreds of children in east London miss out, says SeeAbility charity
Poplar's Woolmore School get Organic School Meals award from Soil Association
Apprentice Challenge... St Paul's Way Trust pupils Amjad Hussein and Mohim Uddin sell honey to Pc Ryan Taher on their enterprise stall at Borough Market
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill goes by Shanks Pony to join children from St Anne's Primary in Whitechapel on walk to school campaign
Music lesson at Bethnal Greens Morpeth Secondary by Ace, original member of iconic British rock band Skunk Anansie
George Green's School, Isle of Dogs, takes part in Lord Mayor's Show through City of London with Noah's Ark 'float'
Woolmore School in Poplar visits Tiptree farm in Essex to see what goes into jam and how it's made
Arnhem Wharf Primary on the Isle of Dogs performs Macbeth at Schools Shakespeare Festival in Greenwich
We were there for the GCSE and A-level results in the summer, watching the joy when schools did well and witnessing the disappointments.
The Advertiser also revealed that hundreds of children with special education needs are missing crucial eye care, according to SeeAbility sight charity.
Nearly four-in-10 youngsters in special schools have had no eye tests, including 445 in Tower Hamlets and 292 in neighbouring Hackney.
We were also there to record school outings, like the 420 pupils who were invited to the big Tesco store in Bromle-by-Bow in the past 12 months to learn where fresh food like fish really comes from—that is, before it gets onto the supermarket shelves.
There were also roadshows visiting schools, like the two-day Japan event staged at Marner Primary in Bromley-by-Bow by ArtSpokes social enterprise, aimed at improving children’s health with its Banana Bytes campaign.
The children were shown how to make sushi and write haiku poetry, inspired by fresh produce bought locally from Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market.
But there were also poignant moments, remembering the Nazi genocide of six million Jews the Second World War.
Students on the history GCSE course at Bethnal Green’s Morpeth Secondary lit candles on Holocaust Memorial Day last January at the Mile End Jewish cemetery.
It was the 70th anniversary this year of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and the anti-Semitic atrocities in Paris that month.
Morpeth students held a minute’s silence at the cemetery, while a Holocaust survivor gave testimony at a special school assembly.
Selection of what schools did in past 12 months... see Gallery (scroll and hit the arrows)