Weekly News Bulletin: 15 July 2019

Early School Closure – Wednesday 24th July 2019
Please may we remind you that school will close early on Wednesday 24th July 2019 at 12.45pm. Lunch will be available at break time for those students who would like to eat something. The school buses will collect students at 12.45pm to take them home.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Thursday 18th July – Sixth Form Induction Day
The Sixth Form Induction Day for all prospective Year 12 students in September 2019 will be held on Thursday 18th July. I look forward to welcoming everyone to the Sixth Form for this intensive but informative day.

Year 12 Work Experience – 15th to 19th July 2019
Our Year 12 students are embarking upon a week of valuable work experience as part of our work related learning programme which is designed to equip our students for life in employment beyond A levels and university.
Mrs Donna Wright Head of Sixth Form

News from the Learning Zone
This week we welcomed 18 students from Years 7 & 8 who have read over 1,000,000 million words since September.

Over a Continental Breakfast in the Learning Zone the students received a voucher to acknowledge their hard work. Students were also entered into a draw to win an additional £25 gift voucher for every million words they had read. This was
drawn by Mr McLauchlan. The breakfast of juice, croissants and pastries was kindly donated by Tesco Great Dunmow.

Overdue, Lost and Damaged Books
As the term draws to a close we ask again that all books are returned to the Learning Zone before the summer holidays.

If you have received an email asking for payment of a lost or damaged book we would be grateful if you could settle this by making payment via Parent Pay for amount detailed on the notification email. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

We aim to re-stock these items over the summer break ensuring that the library has the books students want to read.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Sports Day Refreshments
As part of the PE department’s fundraising for the South Africa rugby & netball tour, students will be selling the final drinks they have from their events on sports day. Please see the flyer sent home with the bulletin for further information.
Mr S Figg – PE Department

Musical Workshop with Showcase – Friday 19th July 2019
All places for the second half of George Gehm’s Musical Theatre workshop with showcase at 5.30pm have been filled. Parents are welcome to attend the showcase at 5.30pm.
Mrs S Stewart – Head of Drama

Food Department
If anyone has pie dishes from Charlie Bigham’s pies, or the glass ramekins from Gu desserts that they would like to donate to us, we would be most appreciative.
Thank you.
Mrs Joubert and Mrs Murray – Product & Design

Staying Healthy during the Summer Holidays
As we approach the summer holidays our last “Big topic” is ‘Staying Healthy during the Summer Holidays.’
CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) have brought out some new guidance for parents and students, to help them stay safe on line, on their ‘Think You Know Website’. We will also put these links on our school website.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/gaming
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Sharing-pictures-of-your-children
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/keeping-your-under-five-safe-online
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/live-streaming-responding-to-the-risks
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Parental-controls

5 Steps for Safer Gaming over the Summer
Do your Teens Love Online Gaming?
Help them to stay safe on gaming platforms over the summer holidays (and beyond) with our new article for teens. It looks at:

• The manipulative tactics an offender may use to groom or exploit a young gamer
• Five simple steps to take to stay safe when gaming
• Blocking and reporting in games

Miss L Brammer – Deputy Safeguarding Lead/child Protection Officer