Weekly News Bulletin: 4 December 2020

Christmas Jumper Day
As Christmas approaches, the sixth form students are leading our school community in taking part in the national ‘Christmas Jumper Day’.

‘Christmas Jumper Day’ will be held on Friday 11th December to raise money for the charity ‘Save the Children’, who support vulnerable children suffering as a result of both conflict and natural disasters worldwide.

Students in all years are invited to take part by wearing a jumper that is festive in either pattern or style, or by making a Christmas style addition to their uniforms such as the use of tinsel.  Students wearing a Christmas jumper may do so instead of wearing their blazer.  However, all other items of clothing and footwear must be compliant with normal school regulations.

We would welcome donations of £2 per child, to be paid via ParentPay on Thursday 3rd or Friday 4th December 2020.

We look forward to celebrating the festive season and promoting charity at this time of year.
Kind regards,
Mrs D Wright – Head of Sixth Form and Head of Psychology

News from the Learning Zone
We are revealing a new book every day in our Learning Zone Advent Calendar – better for your teeth than chocolate and lasts much longer too!

Our Elf on the Learning Zone Shelf is currently quarantining so has yet to get up to any tricks! Keep a look out for his adventures.

The Food Bank collection closes today (Friday).  We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of both students and staff.  The crates of food will be collected next week by the Food Bank.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Physical Education Faculty: Year 7 and 8 Curriculum Update
In the next few weeks we will be focusing on ‘Team Building and Problem Solving skills’ in Year 7 and 8 PE classes.  Although we have indoor space it is limited so we will be still going outside for one or two of the activities.

On the days your child has PE they should wear their PE kit with their blazer over the top of their PE shirts.   As it is getting colder students may also bring their rugby/hockey shirt and wear this over their white polo shirt when in PE lessons, as this provides another layer to warm up in.

Students are expected to sanitize at the start and end of a lesson whether inside or outside the buildings.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers for their support so far and the students themselves for participating enthusiastically and with vigour in our adapted curriculum in these challenging times.
Mr K Cheema – Physical Education Faculty

Year 7 Indoor Athletics
At the start of this half term Year 7 participated in indoor athletic events within their core Physical Education lessons.  The results were very close, however, congratulations go to 7MP for being the overall winners!

From the 10 completed events, students were selected to go forward to the ‘Essex indoor athletics virtual competition’ being held against other schools.  The practice sessions took place during lunchtimes this week and the top five students’ scores overall will be forwarded to the virtual competition. Well done to the whole of Year 7 for their participation, effort and enthusiasm.

1. 7MP
2. 7DRM
3. 7ALD
4. 7HJW
5. 7CP
6. 7CH
7. 7CS
8. 7GB

Mr K Cheema – Physical Education Faculty

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Celebrating Students’ Success
During the last academic year 57 students have gained their Silver and Bronze Award.  These students had completed the expedition part in the summer of 2019 and have provided evidence through written statements, photos and videos.  We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following students on gaining their Award:

Silver Award
Leah Andrews, Evie Barber, Katie Bartlett Rawlings, Aston Baverstock, Aimee Brown, Sebastian Duffey, Thomas Faulkner, Eleanor Giles, Harry Hall, Grace Headley, Melissa Hilton, Freya Jackaman, William Lockett, Emily Morgan, Lucy Pickford, Amelia Smith, George Thurley and Tegan Yapp.

Bronze Award
James Abraham, Emilia Anniss, Billy Brazier, Daniel Carey, Lily Crussell, Sadie Frater White, Lily Glen-Doepel, Tara Haket, Libby Hanness, Lucy Henderson, Benjamin James, Beth Lewis- Dale, Caitlin Millbank, Ciara Parker, Anurshen Rahulan, Sophie-Ella Rose, Samuel Warder, Millie Westcott, Sophie Whelan, Ella White, Connie Williams, Sid Adams, Alphie Adkins, Charlie Bretman, Grace Brown, Joshua Cohen, Sophie Doman, Louie Ford, Klara Glodowska, Dylan Jewiss, Lucy King, Rory Macmillan, Kira Noble, Amelia Regan, Emma Ryman-Calver, Archie Stone, Krystyna Tullett, Ella Wilson and Natalie Wilson.

What is the DofE Certificate of Achievement?
It’s an official recognition, by the DofE, of just how much our students have achieved by completing their Skills, Volunteering and Physical recreation sections.  It has been introduced to respond to this unprecedented situation we find ourselves in and highlights the vital skills and qualities they have developed and the effort they have made.

Year 10: Isabelle Albon, Ella Andrews, Laura Bartlett Williams, William Bennett, Rory Cain, Emily Chapman, Jack Coleman, Joseph Davey, Kiera Everett, Maisie Francis, Amber Harris, Mae Herd, Larissa Kerbst Little,  Megan Rae Mills, Emily Newman, Jenson Noble, Libbi Payne, Grace Tillbrook and Ben Treadwell.

Year 11: Tara Haket, Libby Hanness, Beth Lewis-Dale, Ciara Parker, Anurshen Rahuran, Millie Westcott and Sophie Whelan.

Congratulations to all of the above students and to those students who have almost completed their certificate and are waiting for an assessor to write their report.  All of these students have adapted well to the situation we have found ourselves in this year.

Mr P Graves, Mrs V Middleton-Sams and Mr J Pearson – HRS Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Team

There seems to be a small outbreak of headlice among Year 7 and 8 students.  Please check your child’s hair and treat as necessary.
Thank you.
Miss H Ellis – First Aid

Images and Video Parental Consent Form
Thank you to those parents and carers of Year 7, 9 and 11 students who have already completed and returned the above consent form.  All outstanding forms should be returned by Monday 7th December at the latest.
Thank you.
Mrs M Romain – Reception