Weekly News Bulletin: 16 December 2019

Holiday and Term Dates 2020-21
The following dates have now been agreed by Governors for the academic year 2020-21:

Non Student Day Friday 28th August 2020
Bank Holiday Monday 31st August  2020
Non Student Day Tuesday 1st September 2020
First day of term Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Half-term Holiday Saturday 17th October 2020 to Sunday 1st November 2020 (inclusive)
Christmas Holiday Saturday 19th December 2020 to Sunday 3rd January 2021
Non Student Day Monday 4th January 2021
First Day of Term Tuesday 5th January 2021
Non Student Day Friday 12th February 2021
Half-term Holiday Saturday 13th February 2021 to Sunday 21st February 2021 (inclusive)
Easter Holiday Saturday 27th March 2021 to Sunday 11th April 2021
First Day of Term Monday 12th April 2021
Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May 2021
Half-term Holiday Saturday 29th May 2021 to Sunday 6th June 2021
Last Day of Term Thursday 22nd July 2021
Summer Holiday begins Friday 23rd July 2021

Please may I remind you that school will close early next Thursday 19th December 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 D Gee – Headteacher

Dunmow Carnival Art Competition Winners
On Monday 2 December 2019 Kathryn Archer, a representative from the Dunmow Carnival committee, came into school to meet winners of the carnival art competition and to present them with their certificates and prizes.

Sophie Whelan was the overall winner, and her design appeared on the front cover of this year’s carnival programme and Hannah Nasiadka and Beth Stannard were winners in the under 16s category.

Ms Archer also enjoyed a tour of the art department and was extremely impressed by all of the amazing artwork on display around the school.
Mrs J Duke – Head of Art

Presentation of Certificates Evening
On Wednesday 11th December 2019 students who took their GCSE exams in the summer celebrated their achievements at an award ceremony with family and friends where they received their certificates. There was also a presentation of special awards and prizes (see below).
This year the majority of subjects assessed were reformed GCSEs. The new courses have more challenging content and a new grading scheme running from 9 at the top to 1 as the lowest pass mark. The 9 grade is set at a higher level than the previous highest grade which was A*.

GCSE Academic Achievement Awards
These are presented to the male and female GCSE student who gained the highest top capped scores during the academic year 2018-19.

Winner – Alexander Lockey
Alexander achieved grade 9 for GCSE Maths and Computer Science, grade 8 for Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English Language, grade 7 for Geography and grade 6 for English Literature and Religious Studies. In addition, he gained A for LIBF Level 2 in Financial Education and Statistics and a B in Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications.

Winner – Kira Haket
Kira achieved grade 9 for her GCSEs in French, Maths, Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, grade 8 in History, English Language, English Literature and Religious Studies. In addition, she gained an A* for Dutch and A in Statistics.

The Helena Romanes Prize
Awarded to a student who has achieved in the face of adversity.

Winner – Mayzee Seymour
There are many students who have to face difficulties and adversity during school life.
Despite some setbacks through ill health last year, Mayzee achieved some good GCSE results due to her hard work and perseverance. Often working on her own she sought support when needed and went above and beyond to achieve her best. She is an excellent example of what can be achieved if the motivation is there and the hard work is put in.

Trevor Phillips’ Prize for History
The Trevor Phillip’s Award for History recognises the achievement of an individual student from last year’s GCSE History cohort.

Winner – Rachel Brooks
Head of History, Miss Duckworth, has written a few words explaining why she has won:
Rachel achieved one of the highest marks in the school and was a delight to teach. She was a keen student of History and her determination to make progress meant that she sparkled in lessons and achieved her best.

Rachel’s work was always very detailed and analytical, and reflected her wide understanding of the topics we studied. She also had an exceptional critical awareness of the limitations of sources, a skill that is particularly relevant in today’s society.
Rachel’s contributions in class were intelligent, informed and valued. She had a methodical approach to research and enjoyed reading in depth around the subject. She also demonstrated independence and initiative.

Her attitude to learning, and her dedication to improvement make her a very worthy recipient of the Philip Lawrence prize for History.

Gemma Marshall Award for Textiles
In honour of Gemma Marshall who was a distinguished student at the school from 1995 – 2003. Gemma went on to study at Winchester School of Art. She sadly died in November 2006. Her memory will live on through this special award.

Winner – Tilly Stammers
This year’s Gemma Marshall Award for Textiles, goes to a very worthy recipient in the form of Tilly Stammers in Year 12.

Mrs Lamb, Textiles wrote –
Tilly has a quiet but determined attitude when it comes to Textiles; she perseveres to produce successful outcomes but is also incredibly conscientious and hardworking when it comes to the coursework that supports practical work. She scored 3 levels higher than her target at GCSE, achieving the equivalent of an A grade. Coming into Year 12 and working towards A Level in Fashion & Textiles, Tilly has shown the same level of commitment and enthusiasm and I am confident she will excel in year 13. Well done Tilly!

Maths Homework
Homework is set via Hegarty Maths. Year 7, 9 & 11 are due on a Monday, Year 10 on a Tuesday and Year 8 on a Wednesday.

The expectation is that all students will watch the supporting video as part of the homework. If they have not achieved 75%, the expectation is that they will watch/re-watch and re-attempt the work to improve on their score.

Work not attempted or work under 75% without having watched the video is considered ‘homework not done’ and generates a mailshot. If students have watched the video, re-attempted the work and still not achieved 75% – then they have attempted to the best of their ability.

Please can you support us in trying to get students to attempt homework as early as possible as many students are waiting until the last minute so cannot discuss any concerns that they have with their teacher in class.
Thank you for your support.
Mr B Birss – Head of Maths

Lost Property
We have lots of coats in lost property at the moment which will be put on a table in the foyer on Monday 16th December for collection. If you son/daughter has lost a coat, please ask them to come and check if one of them is theirs.
Thank you.
Student Reception

Internet Safety at Christmas and Beyond
Please go to the following links for internet safety advice at Christmas and beyond:


Miss L Brammer – Deputy Safeguarding Lead/Child Protection Officer