Weekly News Bulletin: 5 November 2018

Sixth Form Open Evening
The Sixth Form Open Evening for September 2019 entry will take place on Tuesday 13th November from 6.00pm – 8.00pm.

Online applications will be open from Tuesday 13th November and the closing date is Friday 14th December.
Mrs P Barry – Sixth Form Manager

Learning Zone
The Learning Zone has had a very busy start to the new school year, we celebrated the author Roald Dahl with Year 7s whose amazing bunting is decorating the ceiling in the Learning Zone. Thanks to a grant from the Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund Year 7s were able to choose a BookBuzz book for £1.50 and the order is now at the warehouse, we are hoping the delivery will be in November. We also welcomed author Kate Wiseman who spoke to Year 7s in assembly and led two workshops with students. Kate signed copies of her books, Gangster School (1&2) in the Learning Zone at break time.

When we return from half term we will be commemorating the anniversary of the end of World War I, students have been working on a whole school literacy project this half term and the resulting poetry will be on display.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Everyone Remembered
To commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I we are creating a display of personalised poppies in the hall. All students have been given a poppy and we would like them to write on it the name of a relative who died during WWI. It is hoped this is something that the whole family could help with. If you do not know of a family member who died during WWI they can find individuals by looking on the Commonwealth War Graves website at the following link: https://www.cwgc.org/. If they cannot find a family member they can research a local person and remember them on their poppy.

Ms C Duckworth – Head of History

Year 13 Performance: Smokescreen at 6pm on Tuesday 6th November 2018
Please bring your coats as it is an outside performance. Year 9 and up only.
Mrs S Stewart – Head of Drama and Media Studies

School Attendance
There is a new school attendance policy which can be found on the school website. As part of the schools’ attendance monitoring process we will now require specific reasons for illness related absences. Please note the extract below from the attendance policy.

5.2 Parents are required to explain the detailed reason for the absence e.g. flu symptoms, vomiting and diarrhoea. General reasons such as poorly, ill or sick are not specific enough and will not be authorised.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Mr S McLauchlan – Senior Leader

Ski Trip 2020
Information was circulated to Years 7 to 10 parents earlier this month regarding the proposed ski trip in 2020. If you missed the email, a further copy of the information booklet can be found in the attachment below.
Mr D Allum – Ski Trip Organiser

Water Bottles
We have had quite a few students who have had their water bottles leak all over their books and bags, please ensure all water bottles are leak proof or in a plastic bag or both.
Thank you.
Student Reception

‘Hang Out’ Street Mentoring Project
Youth work charity, Spark, has been commissioned by Essex County Council Youth Service to deliver the ‘Hang Out’ street mentoring project. Spark has a history of providing ‘Alternative Education’ in the Epping Forest district for the last 9 years. Spark is now focusing on the delivery of counselling and mentoring projects to support the mental and emotional well-being of young people and increase their community involvement.

What and Why? Young people are less inclined to go to traditional ‘youth clubs’ than they used to be. However young people can be vulnerable, especially after school. We want to be a positive presence on the streets. The youth worker will be an information point and can sign post them to other activities if they are interested.
Where? Two youth workers in Uttlesford and two youth workers in Epping Forest. They will be in the vicinity of the secondary schools and in known ’hang out’ areas such as shops and parks.

Who? One youth worker from Spark will be working together with one youth worker from Essex County Council youth service. Our youth workers are all trained and DBS cleared. They are there for young people to talk to if needed. Youth workers will be wearing hi-vis yellow jackets with ‘Youth Worker’ written on the back. They will carry ID badges.

When? Initially two days per week after school. The Youth Workers will rotate around all the secondary schools in the districts so you will not see them every week. The project started in September and is due to end in March 2019. If successful funding will be sought to continue the project.

Queries? If a school, a parent or a young person has any queries about this project at all, you can contact Spark on 020 8508 6743 or email spark@worthunlimited.co.uk


Essex Police

This month’s infographic from Essex Police is attached for your information. They have also asked us to share the following information with you:

Drinks with Community Links
Monday October 22, 2018 from 10am to 12pm
Parrishes, 36 Town Street, Thaxted, Dunmow CM6 2LA

Monday November 19, 2018 @ 10am to 12pm
Yeomans, 14 Lower Street, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8LP

Local community meeting
Saturday October 27, 2018 @ 2pm to 3pm
Town Hall Market Place Saffron Walden CB10 1H

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