Celebrating the work achieved by our amazing students during the current school closure

We are so proud of our Olavians and it gives us great pleasure to share with you some of the amazing work and activities they have been achieving despite the current school closure due to Covid 19:

Recently, 7L have been learning in German with Frau Probodziak about the solar system. They have been learning the names of the planets in German, and learning how to describe where these are positioned in German. The students created diagrams of the solar system, all labelled in German, as you can see in these examples:



Yash Ghanate Sonnensyetem                                               Aryan Sanka Sonnensystem.jpg

Our Year 8 Historians have produced some fantastic booklets summarising their learning of World War II - here are some examples from Chidera and Taha in 8H and from Aashman and Aghil in 8B:     Aashman 


St Olave's School Tour in French  In French, Mrs Saunders’s Yr 10 class were asked to use their translation skills, to provide a French guide to accompany the School's Virtual Tour PowerPoint made at the beginning of lockdown.

This gave a practical and meaningful use to the vocabulary that her class were learning at the time, on the topic of school. Once the translation was corrected, students in 10AFR voiced over 2 slides each culminating in this superb guide for all future French visitors as well as showcasing their developing linguistic abilities. Well done 10AFR!

Further to JJ Guo’s win in the Year12/13 category of the Oxford German Olympiad 2020, we are so thrilled to share that Alfie Beston in year 8 came ‘Highly Commended’ in his category. Alfie entered the KS3 category to ‘create a blog-post for a German language online conservation magazine’. Furthermore, Joe Davies, Rohan Chavali, and Tanush Upadhye also received certificates in their category for being ‘Highly Commended’. The three year 10 students entered the KS4 category under the theme ‘ein Tag ohne Technik’ (a day without technology), to which they submitted a short story. Both Alfie’s, and Joe’s, Tanush’s, and Rohan’s entries can be viewed here:. Alfie   ,     Rohan,  Joe & Tanush  

Our Year 7s have recently been studying the myth of Atalanta, Meleager and the Calydonian Boar  - producing some very impressive work.

Particularly well done to two students in 7B - Aneesh Sagar who produced this fantastic picture and to  Robin Saldanha who wrote this wonderful poem - Great work boys!






We are proud to share the second edition of the Mathematics Newsletter here

The Economics Dept is pleased to announce the 5th publication of The Olavian Economist, written by 6th Form students, the Economics Department as well as some Yr11s & Old Olavians. £5 Copies available via https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08C6ZNMBN/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=olavian+economist&qid=1593677229&sr=8-1 any profit will go to NHS related charities

In French, Yr 10 students revisited the imperfect tense and the topic of healthy living in the present context of quarantine. They first wrote about their contrasting life styles pre-quarantine with the way they live now, then created their 2 or 3 slides and voice-overs some of which can be seen here: M. Shamekh,   Y. Djelil  S. Rayner, 

Well done to our Year 9 Germanists who have been learning about a German short-film, called ‘Felix’, over the past two weeks. They have been analysing the characters, talking about the plot, and learning key words, all in German. This week, they wrote film reviews about ‘Felix’, in German, using an impressive range of structures and vocabulary, and featuring well-justified opinions. Examples of their work can be accessed via the following links : Abhinav Tavva​ ,  Mitullesh Engarshal  ,  Wafi Ali

The German Department is delighted to announce that Min Jie (JJ) Guo in Year 12 has won the Year 12 and Year 13 Oxford German Olympiad 2020 Category! The theme for entries into this category was ‘fahrerloser Verkehr’ (driverless cars). 
JJ gave a fascinating presentation in German on the benefits and risks of driverless cars to the rest of the Year 12 German class earlier this year, which was recorded, and submitted to this prestigious, national competition. We received the comment from the organisers of the competition that “the judges were very impressed with your entry”, along with the news that JJ had won in this category. 
Unfortunately, the prize-giving ceremony which usually takes place at the University of Oxford has been postponed to 2021, but JJ has received an electronic copy of her certificate.  You can the script of JJ’s presentation – in both English and German HERE

Congratulations to Harvard who won last weeks House Quiz.

The link for Week 10's quiz ''the Penultimate Quiz'' can be found below.

Question topics are all from requests made by participants (Star Wars, Movies and Random Requests).


Congratulations to our Student Editor Surya Senthikumar and all the students who contributed to the first issue of the Olavian Chemistry Journal. This is a superb piece of collaborative work, achieved throughout lockdown and viewable here:



SELKENT Under 12C Navy League

Congratulations to Rohan and his team who won the SELKENT Under 12C Navy League 2019/20. He was thrilled to receive his trophies whilst following social distancing, which were given out last weekend following the ease of lockdown restrictions .


This week, 7L have been looking at how to talk about school subjects and their timetable in German. They have created their own timetables – some real, some imagined (both “dream” and “nightmare” scenarios!) – and included audio of themselves giving their opinions, in German, of these timetables.

By Aryan Sankar    By Kasim Rehman   By Devaanch Lulla   By Samuel Lam   By Jash Ghanate  By Rahul

Our Yr 12 Chemists have been working incredibly hard producing guides on enthalpy cycles and we are proud to share some examples of their work here and below:


Huge congratulations to three of our Year 8 students who have been awarded a Bronze Level CREST Award for experimental work that they carried out before lockdown. Their reports have been carefully checked against the British Science Association criteria and all three have been successful. Amogh Bhat and Joshua Fakulujo, 8H, achieved this for their investigation into how different types of metal affect the current in a circuit and Aravinthsri Sivasritharan, 8B, for his experiment on how to increase the percentage yield in an acid-base reaction.

Well done to Isaac Clark (11J) who is currently taking part in the King’s (virtual) Health Partners Medical Summer School. This has involved a week of lectures and tasks, covering different areas of medicine each day. Tuesday's subject was stem cell research - and Isaac’s entry for ‘creatively recreating’ an image of a mouse’s mouth was tweeted by the official Guys and St Thomas Research account!

Isaac has really enjoyed the week so far and in his own words some of the topice were really "interesting but we’d done it already in Biology”!  

A wide variety of partners have delivered the content of this course including Guys and St Thomas’ Research departments, the Maudsley, Kings College Hospital Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, so the fact he has covered so much already is a testament to the Biology department and very gratifying.




Our students continue to impress us not only with the standard of work acheived during lockdown, but also with their wide variety of interests and determination to succeed in activities beyond the classroom too.  The followng example highlights the curiosity and commitment which is characteristic of so many of our students:

Since January, and throughout lockdown Tymek Lecybyl in year 8 has been studying the theory of radio communication.

In February he completed the Ham Radio Foundation course organised by Essex Ham Radio. After this he continued to self study different aspects of electronics, technology, radio wave propagation, physics, health and safety, legal regulations etc. Finally last Sunday Tymek passed his Amateur Radio Examination, Foundation Level organised by Radio Society of Great Britain achieving 24 out of 26 points.

He already received his ham radio licence issued by OFCOM. His call sign is M7TBL and he is authorised to communicate (transmit and receive) on multiple amateur radio frequencies between 137kHz and 10.5GHz. Well done Tymek - this is hugely impressive.

It was a real pleasure to welcome Year 10 students back to school for their PSHE, Science, English and Maths sessions this week!












Year 7 students are continuing with the production of some excellent work around Black Tudors, and a special mention should go to Year 7 student, Nathan Inwang, for his recent work.





Well done to Chemistry students in Year 9, who have been experimenting at home to see what percentage of air is made up of oxygen.

Photographs of the apparatus they used to do this can be seen here:






Our Online Chess Club continued with quick matches over an hour. Congratulations to our top three players this week! 1. Yong Wang – 51 points 2. Ben Joshua Yip – 34 points 3. Aneesh Sagar – 30 points 

Congratulations to our Year 9 Physicists, who have shown the initiative and drive to set up their own ‘Junior Physics Society’ during the School Closure. The Society had it’s inaugural meeting on Monday 1st of June, where Aaditya Nandwani gave a superb presentation on the Big Bang and Formation of the Early Universe. The meeting was well attended and we look forward to more high quality presentations from our budding Physicists.

Or Year 10 Chemists in Forms 10K & M have been producing some impressive revision work on Polymers which we are pleased to share with you here - Callum Kwan. and diagrams by the followng students:.


 By Matthew Bird                                                      By Prithish Rajarethinam                          By Sanjay Karunagaran

Congratulations to Arunabh Bagchi's (12O) who, thanks to his strong performance in problem solving and understanding in Physics and Maths in the Cambridge Senior Physics Challenge 2020 has been offered a place at the VIRTUAL SPC in Cambridge from Monday 29 June to Thursday 2 July. This will involve a variety of  problem solving sessions and pre-recorded mini lectures on topics on Quantum Mechanics - Good luck Arunabh!


Our Year 9 pupils rose to a baking challenge last week, as part of a cooking enrichment challenge..Here are some examples of what they achieved:

Joshua Miles 9N Amish Singh 9J - home made pizza
Drew Chan 9K - homemade burger, paprika fries

ARTiculation Challenge Competition

Congratulations to Oscar Virgoe in y9 who has been selected as a finalist for the ARTiculation Challenge competition, ‘an annual competition dedicated to engaging Key Stage 4 students with art and to develop their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and conclusions’ for his presentation on Philip Hardwick and the architecture of Euston Station. https://artsoutreach.leeds.ac.uk/our-activities/competitions/discover-articulation-challenge/

He will be taking place in the virtual final on 7th July which will be adjudicated by Helen Watson, the director of the Tetley in Leeds. This is what the judges had to say about his work: The students who were selected for the Final were able to clearly demonstrate they had researched their chosen piece of art. They were able to set it within its particular political, social and/or cultural context, exploring the artist's method, materials and intention. They often used details of the image to help illustrate their points, and were also able to compare and contrast the piece of art to other works, either by the same artist or other artists. In terms of structure, they had a clear introduction and conclusion, setting out their ideas in a way that took us on a journey through their thought processes and research. In terms of delivery the students were able to engage the audience and speak enthusiastically about their chosen artwork, and made their presentation visually interesting.

Year 7 Art

We are pleased to share some brilliant pieces of work by some of our artists in 7B. They are working on a project called ‘My Favela’ where they design and build their own 3D cardboard structures. For this lesson they were asked to create a drawing focussing on perspective. Well done to Ahmed Rashed, Oliver Soo and Rayan Deputy

Well done to Ishan Kalia who's essay, which was one of over 5000 submitted, has been shortlisted in the New College of the Humanities Essay writing competition. The essay "Which problems will Economists need to solve in the next 20 yrs and will artificial intelligence help them?" is available to read here.

The Chess Club hosted its' first tournament online this week, lasting a gruelling 2 and a half hours with 5 rounds played. 26 players from across the school participated!  Congratulations our top 3 players:

  • 1st Place: Agastya Singh – 4 wins, 1 draw
  • 2nd Place: Srikar Namireddy – 4 wins, 1 loss. Higher Tiebreak score than 3rd place.
  • 3rd Place: Linus Luu – 4 wins, 1 loss. Lower Tiebreak score than 2nd place.

Following its success, Chess Club will be continuing with weekly tournaments

Our physicists continue to impress with their high quality work during lockdown and we are pleased to share these recent examples with you:

'Cosmic Rays' report by Caitlin Gallagher


Edward Cameron has also produced a piece of work that is particularly pertinents as it fits in with the sightings of the Space X satellites that we’ve had in our skies recently :

  'Space Travel, Where can it really take us?' by Edward Cameron


Congratulations to Ben who was recenty awarded a distinction in the Sevenoaks Three Art Festival for his rendition of Debussy’s Clair de lune which can be accessed here:https://youtu.be/DvjE4sGL6HY




Well done to Sandy (8H) who has been raising money for the NHS by washing cars (15 to date!)

His fantastic efforts have so far raised over £240 during lockdown.




Queen's Chapel of the Savoy Choristers

The Covid 19 pandemic has meant that, like all other public places of worship, the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy has had to remain closed and will for the foreseeable future. Their Sunday services have however been taking place via podcast through Spotify and other platforms (search “Royal Chapel Savoy”).

Only some of these services have been able to include choral music sung by members of the choir for obvious reasons.  However, thanks to technology and the hard work of musicians and those with superb sound editing skills, it has been possible to incorporate a few items and we are thrillled to share one of the recordings which features just our Olavian Choristers.  Lift thine eyes

We are pleased to share part of Edward Cameron's Year 12 Physics coursework with you, entitled "Space Travel, where can it really take us?" which will also be included in our forthcoming Physics and Engineering Journal.

Several of our Olavians have been busy in their gardens.

In early March the greenhouse in Rishi's garden looked like it was in ruins.

During lockdown, he has got rid of lots of dried up Tomato plants and old soil, then sowed fresh seeds.

Now in June, his ongoing efforts are reaping their rewards and the new plants including some delicious organic strawberries are thriving - well done Rishi!




Meanwhile, over the course of the half term Arjun Jadhav (8L) has been working on a project in his garden, utilising many aspects of what he has learned in DT in year 7 and 8.  His explanation of the project is detailed as follows - Well done Arjun - it looks great!

The project first started when we realised there was an infection in our hedge and we had to remove it. So we thought that if we were removing the hedge, we could add a garden feature instead. 

The idea was to create decking in this area and join it by a bridge running over the existing pond. We first made the bridge. To do this we ordered parts such as wooden planks for the base and railings. We then joined it up using bolts and screws (image 1) and applied a protective coating. Next, we worked on the decking. Firstly, we prepared the base by removing all weeds and levelling the area by moving rubble around.  Once this was done, we put bricks around the edges and prepared the base using a sand and cement mix. In parallel to this, we re-used the existing timber (pre-treated and painted by us with protective coating) to create a rectangular frame with supporting beams at every 30 inches. Once the base slightly set ( after it had been watered a bit) we added and levelled the frame. We then took the existing decking wood that we had and cut it and painted it with protective anti-slip paint ( image 2). This was then put on the frame and bricks were added under the weak areas of decking to give more support. This was then joined to the frame with decking screws. 

After this, the bridge foundation was prepared on both sides by laying sandstone tiles on a base of cement and sand. Once these tiles were set firmly, the bridge was adjusted to fit on the middle of these tiles on both sides and was levelled to ensure that there was no movement while someone was on the bridge( Image 3). Finally, we purchased LED lights and fit them in the gaps between the decking and on the sides of the bridge. We then connected to  the main plug outlet which was already present in the garden and a timer switch was added to switch on the light at night for a couple of hours.

Well done to Garv Gupta in 8L who has independently been developing his CAD skills using Fusion 360. Some examples of his designs achieved so far can also been seen via the following links:  One   Two    Three   Four

Well done to all the students who responded to an enrichment work opportunity they were offered during lockdown.

The followng students recently entered the Galactic Challenge Digital Competition, a competition for children aged 9 and up https://gchallenge.org/compete/digital-competition/.  Students worked on this completely independently. Each of our teams received excellent personal feedback on their entries and were awarded the following results:

Project Opis - James Hayes, Sophie Bata-Madden and Nicholas Munro Y13 - Achieved best in KS5. James and Sophie were also in the winning team for the National final of their older comp (UK Space Design)

Proxima  – Vaibhav Mehra (10N), Siddarth MIshra (10L) and Harsha Pendyala (10N) - Achieved best of KS4

The Bumblebee – Amogh Bhat (8L),  Srithan Chanda (8L) and Raagav Manivannan (8H) - Achieved a Gold Award

The Lunar Loner - Shaun Abraham (8B) - Achieved a Silver Award

Moonsensus Nomad - Arpan Sharma (7C) and Kaustubh Malviya (7C) -  Achieved a Bronze Award

Roll Model - Aashman Kumar (8B) and Jawad Uddin (8B) Achieved a Bronze Award

Apollogy - Aarav Gupta (8B)  Achieved a Bronze Award

MOON-V - Aryaa Saravanakumar (8H) and Praneel Agrawal (8H)  Achieved a Bronze Award

Congratulations & thanks to William & Aditya who've completed the 1st issue of their Mathematics Newsletter to entertain students, parents & friends of the school during shut down.

We are delighted to share this high quality piece of work with you HERE



For the past few weeks, Year 7 historians have been learning about black presence in the Tudor period, a time before the slave trade was established in England. These lessons are based on the book ‘Black Tudors’ by historian Miranda Kaufmann. This is a very new field of historical research and as such very few schools have implemented it into their KS3 curriculum. Students were asked to write a speech, letter or newspaper article explaining the importance of learning about black presence in England before the slave trade. Their responses were incredibly mature and thought provoking and particularly pertinent in light of current events in America. Here are four fine examples of work received from: Navin Mathew     Eythan Soysa    Tom Sears     Mohit Gangy Reddy

Our Feminist Society have been busy during lock down with Camille Saunders recently delivering an excellent talk in collaboration with MFL soc on how different cultures have impacted the feminist movement. This week we will be collaborating with Envirosoc and looking at how climate change dis-proportionality impacts young girls and women; a unique topic which no doubt will stimulate interesting debate.

The Power of Words: In light of the recent attention that has been drawn to the Black Lives Matter Campaign, Emenike Mwim and Tony Ndukwu have put forward a piece entitled 'You' that was written earlier in the year as part of The Power of the Pen anthology. Their words seek to evoke and educate, and speak to the power of words. T and E - Power of the Pen (1).docx

For AW1 before half term Y9 physics classes were set a ‘shadow investigation’ which ultimately let them estimate the radius of the Earth.

Congratulations to Aneesh Rao (9L) who created this exceptional write up of his investigation.




Congratulations for Ishan Kalia who recently wrote an article regarding wealth taxation and its importance in the current context, which has been published on the University of Sheffield's Blog page of the Political Economy Society Research Institute (SPERI).

SPERI is an international research institute which aims to understand the major economic and political challenges arising from capitalism. The researchers there, work with policymakers  and international business partners, and their work is regularly cited in international media including the BBC and the FT. The article can be accessed via the following link:


We were very proud to hear of George O’Connor's efforts (10J) who, over the lockdown period has signed up for the Duchenne dash at home.

Over the course of 5 weeks he is cycling 600km (the distance to Paris and back) to raise money for Duchenne UK.

George has already complete almost 3 weeks of this challenge.

Duchenne Muscular dystrophy is a muscular dystrophy effecting many boys in their teenage years, whose muscles become weaker until they eventually are unable to do anything. Many are unable to walk by 12 and they often only live to see their 20s, no more.

This is a very worthy cause and a fine example of the community spirit our Olavians so often demonstrate.

If you would like to support his fundraising efforts please do so via the following link:


Well done George. 



 Our Year Year 8s have been busy this week!

Well done to Joshua Fakulujo 8L who has joined many other Olavians in discovering or developing their ability to cook during lockdown!  He has been busy making meat pies and homemade KFC chicken with his sister at home as well as entering writing competitions. Not to be outdone, Shrish Proddaturi has made been making pizza and Raagav Manivannan has been growing plants like potatoes, made Paneer Popcorn and has also built a fully functional PC for himself.



During lockdown, the French Department is maximising the use of the technology available to offer unusual and at times cross-curricular ways of consolidating or exploring further different topics.

In Yr 7, after learning vocabulary on buildings in towns, Ms Gardiner offered her students the opportunity to use Google Maps to do some virtual tourism. This involved choosing a famous building in a French town of their choice and finding the names and addresses on the map of a prescribed list of other buildings or shops. Students completed the table and drew from Google maps, their own labelled maps. The examples pictured are by Hugo Maxwell, together with another piece of work by: Rishabh Murali

In Yr 9, students wrote answers to prescribed questions on the topic of family and relationships. Mrs Saunders asked students to voice over 2 slides in French, after written answers were corrected. This work will be used as revision material for the written and oral papers for GCSE examinations.  Here are three examples by Sean Lee , Tim Obho, and Joshua Mead

In Year 12, students used the Rfi.fr and TV5 Monde to read articles about the impact of quarantine on French speaking countries, on various aspects of life and the way that these countries are dealing with returning to normal life. They wrote their own newspaper front page or more, on a focus of their choice. Two fine examples of these are by: Charlotte Kerr  and  Lucy Randall

Well done to Rohan Selva-Radov who has written this excellent creative report below, describing the events in a story we read in Latin. Students were asked to create a report of the events that have unfolded at the recitatio so far in whatever format they chose, for example, a newspaper article or a series of tweets as if they were live tweeting the event.

  • And we are live, here at what has been marketed as the biggest recitatio of the year. Outside, the crowds have gathered, and the excitement is palpable inside this auditorium.
  • Now here comes the man himself, Marcus Valerius Martialis. The crowds fall silent as he enters: this is going to be a good event!
  • Our first poem, we are told, is about Martial’s good schoolfriend Sabidius. How shall Martial praise him for their happy childhood years together?
  • Shocking scenes here in Rome – the audience has descended into chaos with the sudden revelation that Martial doesn’t like Sabidius after all, but cannot say why. More news as we get it.
  • As we report on this rapidly developing story, it seems as though two rival theories have emerged for this confusing turn of events – perhaps Martial himself doesn’t know the reason for his dislike, or alternatively the reason is so horrible that he cannot bear to say it?
  • Moving on now, the audience is eagerly anticipating the second poem, after the earlier false start. This second poem is about Thais and Laecania.
  • Disarray once again here at the Forum Auditorium, as the audience tries to participate in Martial’s recital – interrupting at every opportunity. Martial has now left the stage and begun cursing at the audience. This really is an exciting event!

Our Olavians are continuing to impress us with their ever more diversifying knew skills - Kirollos Mankaruis (8L) has sent in some pictures of his gardening efforts during lockdown.  Rosemary planted a while ago; Mint planted last Spring and Grapevines planted at the beginning of quarantine.







 Dr Abbattista has recently set up a Cookery Club on Teams for staff and students to share pictures, recipes and questions during lockdown.

Congratulations to the first two winners of the baking competition, Athisaran Sivanesan and Aryan Sanka with these two fine cakes!



Connor McMichael has created this Stop Motion Animation to describe his “best friend”.

Connor wrote the script as well as created and edited the video. What a fantastic, creative project!

My_first_Movie C McM.mp4



Well done to Joshua Miles from 9N who has produced this excellent poster on the Life Cycle of a Star.  Fantastic work!






The following animation has been created by Alex Cockshott (Yr13) who has accepted an unconditional offer to study Computer Animation Technical Arts at Bournemouth University from September 2020 and is preparing for this by teaching himself 3D Animation using Blender software:  - Well done Alex! 


The Political Economy Society ran on Thursday 14th May with Ansh Batura giving a great pre-recorded presentation on the theme of Business Economics, entitled Pricing Strategies and Tactics . The talk can be accessed via the following link:

In addition, Political Economy Society ran a debate on Friday (15th) in collaboration with Environmental Society, on the motion "Is it possible to save the Earth without getting poorer?". The recorded debate can be accessed through the attachment above. Those who took part in this online debate were Ansh Batura, Ishan Kalia, Srij Bera and Rohan Selva-Radov. In addition, thanks to Joshua Selfridge who chared the debate.

Mark Sanu in year 9 has produced this fantastic Stop Motion Video to describe his ‘best friend’ in German. He can be heard narrating the animation throughout. An excellent creative use of technology and engaging with learning German from Mark!  CLICK HERE to watch.



Meanwhile, Year 10 Germanists who were due to go out to Wilhelmshaven