Esteemed Bulgarian Artist visits

Sample of Professor Kassapian workOn Thursday 18th June we were inspired by an artist, Professor Krikor Kassapian of Bulgaria.

Professor Kassapian specialises in dry point; he showed us some of his work and the process involved in creating it. The same process was used by Rembrandt in the 15th century.

Some of Professor Kassapian’s work is owned by the Victoria and Albert museum.

Thank you to Mr Simeonov for accompanying Professor Kassapian and for arranging the visit.

Year 10 Art Students.

School Log March 2015

Our next Open Morning will be on Saturday 9th May, from 10am until 1pm.  If you are unable to wait until then; please contact our office on 01279 871182 and arrange a tour at a mutually convenient time.

Our school is distinctive for offering a nurturing Christian environment where children are encouraged to excel, from EYFS to GCSE.

We are incredibly proud of everybody in our school for their recent amazing efforts for World Book Day.  Staff and students alike dressed up as their favourite book characters.  Have you seen the pictures on our Facebook page?  Thank you to Sue, Amanda and Sue for their hard work in making the day so successful.

Early in March our Year 10 and 11 students welcomed Jeff Brazier.  Jeff gave up his time to come into school and give a career talk.  All took something positive away from the session and we thank Jeff for joining us.

At the time of writing our Year 10 students have a couple of days before they head off to the Birmingham NEC to visit this years’ Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair.  The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. Everything is aimed at showing young people (primarily aged 7-19) just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are out there for them with the right experience and qualifications.

Lower down the school, there is a trip to the theatre in the pipeline as well as a visit to Boydells Dairy Farm.

Just around the corner our Year 11 students will be facing their GCSE exams.  No matter how busy school life gets, we will always find the time to listen and support our oldest students during this important time.

World Book Day: can you guess the books?

 

SAM_5020 SAM_4914 SAM_4918Well done! What a fantastic effort everybody made with their costumes for our World Book Day celebrations on Thursday 5th March. Have you seen the photographs on our Facebook page?

Thank you, Sue, for the amazing cupcakes and; thank you, Amanda and Sue, for coordinating the day.

The donations received will be shared equally between Book Aid International and the school library fund.

Headmaster’s Log March 2014

Our most important news is that we have an Open Day on Saturday 10th May; come on the day (10am to 1pm) or simply call the school office on 01279 871182 and arrange an appointment for a tour if you can’t wait till then.  Our application process can be found here. It’s an exciting time of the year as we get to meet potential new pupils and their families. Everyone makes a difference in our school. We are unique in this area; a Christian School where community counts and children are nurtured so that they are able to do their best and aspire to be world changers.

At the time of writing our junior students are enjoying their new outdoor play space in the sunshine; heart-warming on so many levels. It was built with the funding of one pupil’s sponsored bike ride and the job was completed by parents working together. You can follow the story on our Facebook page. It would be great if you could like us. You can also follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our website for blog updates.

Yes it’s that time of year! Exams loom. But what of the future. We think it is important to prepare our pupils for life and invest time in life skills, work experience and careers education. On Friday 28th February, Kathryn Waters gave an inspiring talk about her career path and how she became involved with the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Kathryn successfully managed and delivered a mission critical technology service across three simultaneous projects for London 2012.  In March, Kathryn will be relocating to Baku, Azerbaijan to work on the inaugural European Games in 2015. Year 10 and Year 11 were inspired. On Monday 3rd March, David King, parent and local entrepreneur, guided our students through the process of applying for a job starting with completing an application form. Shortly our students will be completing an application form and taking part in a mock job interview for a fictitious part time job, again, an activity run by a parent. We feel blessed that our students are able to benefit from such experiences and, it’s families working together.

The school celebrated Shrove Tuesday with a non-uniform day. We had our annual lunch time treat of pancakes with a variety of toppings available.  Money and items were brought in for the Bishop’s Stortford Food Bank. We were over-whelmed by the generosity of our families.

Our sense of pride in our students was further enhanced when we celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 6th March.  Everybody made a tremendous effort – well done! Take a look on Facebook if you are interested.

We welcomed Fay Garrett from Stand By Me for an enlightening and informative assembly on the work of this amazing charity working around the world for orphans. Fay told us of her involvement in Nepal. We saw pictures of the children and learned about their lives. What was wonderful for us all was that Fay was able to name each child and fill us in on each one’s story. We are collecting funds for Fay’s work by running a Readathon.

Looking forward to the rest of the month, our Years 1 to 4 students will be visiting Mayfield Bakery to “Meet the Baker” while our Years 5 and 6 students will be visiting Broad Oak Farm Sausage Factory. Year 10 students will be visiting The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at the Birmingham NEC; our GCSE Year 10 French Students will be heading to France for a long weekend. The school will come together for our annual swimming gala and last, but not least, preparations for our Eisteddfod Festival are moving on a pace. We like to keep busy!

Headmaster’s Log February 2014

Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Bag2School collection. 422kg of items were collected and the money raised will be used for our 25th anniversary celebrations on the 27th September. If you would like to get involved please get in touch by emailing 25years@tcst.org.uk or by telephoning the school office.

Recently, a group of students with parents enjoyed an evening trip to the West End to see War Horse. This amazing stage production certainly complemented the pupils’ study of the story in school. Everyone was thrilled and amazed, especially by the puppetry used to bring the horse to life.

Thank you to the Takeley Primary School for inviting our Lower Junior class pupils to attend the recent talk given by the visiting author John Dougherty. After getting over the size of the school, the children were able to be inspired, if not a little bemused. After all, the book they were looking at was called ‘Stinkbomb Ketchup-Face’! Whatever happened to Winnie the Pooh?

The Lower Juniors will soon be meeting the baker at the Mayfield Bakery. This was inspired by a recent bread making session. Each Friday the Lower Juniors are now cooking something for lunch. Growing food, cooking and enjoying nature come under our Creator Studies theme and the children really enjoy engaging with their environment through their learning. They even now know that carrots don’t grow on trees! Well they do look like bananas and, oh yes bananas stick up not down on the trees. This formed the basis of quite a hot debate.

Year 10 will be visiting the Big Bang Science Fair at the NEC; then there are trips to France, Spain and Technopop. Technopop is an exciting pop-up science, technology and innovation festival in London aimed at 6 – 19 year olds.

Plans for our Easter Eisteddfod Extravaganza are well under way. Evening performances will take place on Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th March. If you are interested in tickets, please contact the school on 01279 871182.
We will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 10th May however you don’t have to wait until then. We are expanding our Infant and Junior classes and there are still places available in the Lower Seniors. Our admissions process can be found on our website. Make an appointment for a tour; simply telephone the school office and arrange a mutually convenient time.

Headmaster’s Log January 2014

We hope everybody had a peaceful festive season.  As in many schools’ December is a busy month.

December started with our choir singing traditional carols at the Takeley Farmers’ Market; thank you to everybody who came along to support them and the market.  A team of parents and staff were kept extremely busy providing breakfasts from the kitchen and some of our students’ ran additional stalls.  There was a lovely atmosphere and we are incredibly proud of everybody who contributed in some way.

Monday 9th December was our Christmas Bazaar. Pupils are given the opportunity to buy gifts for 50p each and then take advantage of our free gift wrapping service.  Our wonderful volunteer parents wrapped 165 gifts – an incredible number of a school of our size.

Thank you to everybody who came to our Carol Service during the evening of the 13th December.  The touching service saw us enjoy readings from students throughout the school.  To finish off the evening mulled wine, hot chocolate and seasonal nibbles were served in the main school building.

Our infant and junior school decided to write their own nativity play.  Featuring Dr Who, as well as characters from Star Wars we learnt that although many try to save to the world, Jesus was born to be the one true Saviour.  In addition to writing it, the pupils made all the props (including a Tardis); their hard work and imagination made us all very proud when they performed it at our end of term Christmas Concert.

Our Christmas Concert is an opportunity to celebrate the musical talents some of our students have and in addition to the junior school play we saw a senior school play.  For two days the senior students had been in teams, practising the same play in preparation for auditions.  Everybody performed the play in front of a judging panel and the best of each character went forward to the final performance.  A truly entertaining afternoon was finished off with refreshments and home –made cakes.

Looking forward to 2014 we have a Bag2School collection booked for the 28th January.  The funds raised from this collection will go towards our 25th Anniversary celebrations.  Open to everybody and working with the Takeley Sports and Social Club we will be celebrating this special occasion on Saturday 27th September.  Please put the date in your diary.  If you would like to get involved with the planning, be a sponsor or just ensure you are kept up to date with the details, please email 25years@tcst.org.uk

This year’s Easter Extravaganza is our very own Christian School Eisteddfod.  The original Eisteddfod is an annual Welsh festival of literature, music and performance dating back to the 12th century.  We are holding our own school Eisteddfod in which pupils compete in a number of different categories including music, drama and dance, art, recitation and ‘other’ which covers everything from puppeteering and cake decorating to film making and stop-frame animation.

We will be holding auditions with performances taking place on the evenings of Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th March.  Tickets will go on sale shortly.

We have had great pleasure in welcoming more new pupils this term and some of our year groups are full.  If you are interested in the school, please don’t wait until our next Open Day; contact the school office on 01279 871182 to arrange a tour or look at the admissions page.

Landscape Drawing Workshop at Buckingham Palace

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On Monday 9th September 2013 in a somewhat damp conditions a group of GCSE Art students together with some Year 9 students headed to Buckingham Palace for a Landscape Drawing Workshop.

They experienced some of the paintings in The State Rooms with an expert from The Palace before heading out into the grounds for some sketching.
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TCST Celebrates Its New Kitchen

For a while now, replacing the school kitchen has been a dream.  We knew it was a big project but, with the enthusiasm and hard working ethic our families have, we hoped that one day it would become a reality.

We started fundraising, speaking to companies for help and praying.  Our golf day in March 2012 kicked the fundraising off.  One of our families came forward with the amazing offer of kitchen units and work tops from Chenez – www.chenez.co.uk. Chenez is a kitchen manufacturer based in Scunthorpe.  It was delivered to the school in June 2012.  The kitchen was installed during the summer holidays with the whole school’s help.

We look forward to enjoying our new kitchen for many years to come. To show our appreciation, we will be hosting our first shared lunch on the 19th October 2012. Thanks to all who have supported and continue to support us.

Pictures of the gutting and re-building process