Our school musical was a great success. Years 4-9 put on two evening performances of Daniel – a hard act to swallow. The story was taken from the Biblical account of Daniel in the Bible. The costumes, scenery and props were impressive. The acting was convincing and the singing was moving. Very well done to all!
Pancake day was a lot of fun. Year 11s had a great time cooking the pancakes and everyone had the chance to eat one.
Year 11s cooking
…and some of our infants enjoying the pancakes.
Hello and welcome to The Christian School, Takeley Open Day. My name is Josh and I am in year 11 and I’m here to tell you about my experience of this unique school.
I have thoroughly enjoyed looking back at my time at school, looking back at the wonderful memories I have collected.
What is so unique about school?
Well, the first thing I remember is the warm welcome I received on my first day at school. I was extremely nervous but was welcomed in such a kind way that I instantly felt at home.
Which leads me on to my next point: the strength of the school is family . Because of the size and accepting atmosphere, you know and look out for others across different years . I have had friends across years including younger and older pupils and the friendships last. I play football with past pupils every week. There are also good relations with teachers who we call by their first names.
Due to the size of the school everyone receives the attention they need. As a year 11 I have my own tutor with whom I have one to one sessions every week. Some of my friends here have learning difficulties, which at other schools did not get the necessary attention, but they have thrived here because of the more flexible approach our small classes allow. There are no sets, or one set lesson plan but instead, a lesson plan for each student as we all learn differently at different speeds.
I have learned and had opportunities that I would only have had here. I have learned many qualities through being part of the school council, part of a jobs team, involved in charity fund raising, going to camps and taking part in plays and concerts. These opportunities are open to all.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at school and if I could I would do it all over again.
Our Christmas Concert is on the last day of term, Wednesday 21st December, at 2pm. The pupils will be performing plays and there will also be a number of individual items. Last year’s leavers will be back to be presented with their GCSE certificates, so we are looking forward to catching up with them. We hope that all our families will join us for this festive celebration.
Our annual Christmas Carol Service will be held on Friday 9th December at 7pm. This will be a mixture of traditional and modern carols and readings following the theme Hope is Born. We would love all our families to join us for the service and for mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies afterwards.
Many of the pupils took part in the Christmas concert including Nadia who danced beautifully on point to The Fairy of the Crystal Fountain from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.
Abbie King, Abi Jackson and Ana entertained us with The Cup Song by A.P. Carter.
One of a number of musicians, Harry performed one of his grade 4 pieces on the guitar.
In December the school choir sang carols at The Takeley Farmer’s Market and in the precincts of Stansted Airport. They were accompanied by Lila and Jenny on the violin and viola and Jader on the piano.
Year 7 and the juniors travelled to the Royal Albert Hall to see the Classical Spectacular on Friday 15th March. We travelled by train and visited the Science Museum in the morning where we experienced a range of hands-on activities. After lunch we walked up to the Royal Albert Hall where 5000 children were waiting to enjoy the show!
The programme included many popular classics including music which we are using in our school production. We were treated to dancers during The Can Can and The Blue Danube, canons and fireworks in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture and a solo tenor for Nessum Dorma. A fantastic laser light show accompanied many of the pieces. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was joined by the Royal Artillery Band in full uniform, for most of the pieces.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip; it was credited by Milly as “the best trip ever”.
We are currently rehearsing for our next musical production, Esther, to be performed next March. We held a competition for the pupils to compose two of the songs to be included in the musical.
The winners are Ana Karina and Jessamy who have written the lyrics for the duet by Mordecai and Esther ‘Have you heard the cries of mourning?’ and Lara who has written both words and music for Esther’s heart rending solo ‘Why me, God?’.
Well done all of you!