Miles’ Sponsered Bike Ride

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On a dark morning in mid-October last year, Year 6 pupil Miles took up the challenge of riding his bike 20 miles to school in an attempt to raise money for something fun for the school’s playground.

Although he was late for register, Miles’ challenge raised just under £300 and with a little project management help from another school parent, Linda Cole, today he saw the fruit of his efforts.  Many thanks to all of Miles’ sponsors.  Please see his time lapse video below …

 

Volunteering in the Community ~ Takeley 10k Race

SAM_3593-1_resizedLara is being presented with a t-shirt from the 2013 Takeley 10k Race.  On Sunday 22nd September Lara helped the race organisers by registering the runners before they set off, during the race she helped on a water station and afterwards handed out t-shirts to the finished runners.  The race organisers were very appreciative and sent along a t-shirt in recognition of her hard work volunteering in the community.

We hope that the school can play a role helping to organise the 2014 race as well as on race day.

Head Girl’s Speech 2013

The following speech was given by our Head Girl at our school’s open day in September 2013.

Hello and welcome to The Christian School open day. My name is Lara Hooke and I am in year 11.
I joined this school in the juniors in year four. I changed school because we – my family and I – felt as though the other school didn’t understand me at all. I found it hard to interact with the teachers and it felt as though they didn’t accept me for who I was.

From the day I started at this school, a change I noticed immediately was the way that the teachers treated me. They made me feel special. They made me feel part of the school. They put so much effort into finding ways for me to be successful.

The one to one teaching opportunities that come with smaller classes help every pupil to achieve the best that they can, and the teachers are all very special and committed people as well.

And because of this school I know that I have changed and grown. When I first came to this school, I didn’t have any self-confidence. I never dreamed that I would be standing here representing the school as head girl. And all those years ago I was so painfully shy that I don’t think I would have wanted to.

Because I have a personal relationship with the teachers and pupils, even those in a different year to me, the school feels like one big family where everyone knows and respects each other. I have become good friends with pupils of all ages and even started up an origami club that I run for the years 5,6 and 7.

Pupils have fantastic opportunities to go on exciting trips to places like Buckingham Palace, Shakespeare’s globe theatre and museums, and sometimes the senior pupils even go further like to Spain and France.

Towards the end of the year the years 6 to 10 go away for a week. For the last two years they have stayed on a boat in Chichester with the Christian Youth Enterprise. When I was in year 10 I was reluctant to go because I had not been away from home for so long, but with encouragement from all the teachers – they are always very encouraging and positive – I ended up going and had an amazing time, while learning new activities, and building great relationships with the teachers, pupils and parents that went.

I would have loved to go this year as well but it was work experience time. We are very lucky at TCST and are helped in finding places that support what we want to do for careers where possible. I was very fortunate that the school found a work experience place in a primary school for me – I want to be a teacher when I leave university, and that was a wonderful experience too.

Over the last almost 8 years, I have had so much more fun than I thought I could have at school, learned so many things I don’t think I could have learned in any other environment (like compassion – what compassion feels like, and how to be compassionate),  and made friends among the pupils and teachers who I will remember with love forever. And if I could, I would do it all again tomorrow!

Thank you I hope you have enjoyed coming to the open day and hope to see you again.

School Open Morning, September 2013

We welcome you to our Open Morning between 10:00pm and 1:00pm on 28th September 2013, which will be a good opportunity to see displays, view demonstrations, and meet and chat with pupils, parents, teachers and trustees.  If you are considering the school for your children or just want to find out more about us, do come along.

The Christian School
Brewer’s End
Takeley
Essex
CM22 6QH

Telephone: (01279) 871182
Email: office@takeley-christian.essex.sch.uk


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Khai On Form Again

On Saturday 8th June Khai showed her form once more, moving from the endurance track to the athletics track, breaking the county record.
photoIt was a long day, she was at the track from 10.30am to race at 1.36pm and 5.23pm. She got through to the final easily.

She won the final by 6 1/2 seconds and broke the county record held since 1971 in her 800m in 2m14.21

She has now been invited to represent Essex in the English Schools Championships on 5th and 6th of July.

Khai also featured in the Athletics Weekly magazine as a future young athlete commanding a whole page dedicated to her success. This young lady from Takeley is a talent to watch.

The Aubrey Art Gallery Competition

We have had two finalists in the local art competition!!!  The Aubrey Art Gallery ran a competition to raise awareness for the Pink Flamingos as they will become extinct.

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The brief for entries was a picture with a little bit of pink in and the subject could be anything.

Thank you to all the Juniors for taking part a wonderful effort from each of you.

Our two finalists were : Rachel Fyfe and Isara Howarth
Congratulations and very well done.

English Schools’ Cross Country Championships

Khai came 20th out of 333 yesterday at the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships in Derby.

It was a great course but extremely muddy, not Khai’s best conditions! She hasn’t made the GB team this time but looks forward to another opportunity in the same age group next year. She was in 4th/5th place early on, but the muddy conditions proved to be too tough and she was not able to stay upright!!

photoKhai says, the girl who was second, she has beaten in the past, so she is hopeful, “She’s tall and trains six times a week and does weights. I still think I can beat her next time.” Khai didn’t like the downhill part of the course which was at the end and the mud made it even more difficult.
The Essex Team came had the first 8 through and Khai was the first to finish for Essex.

Obviously it is nice to win but Khai feels she did her best and looks forward to next year.

Tree Planting Event @ Wethersfield Diamond Wood

013As part of the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Wood Project MDPGA Wethersfield is creating one of 60 special Diamond Woods.

60 years is how long the Queen has been on the throne.The Woodland Trust will be planting 60 million trees over the country,
and we the juniors have been apart of this special event!

We learnt more about trees, the types of wood and how to find out the age of a tree, without cutting it down. We had fun in the woods making a nest like a bird and how clever they are.

It was a bright very cold day with ice in muddy puddles. We learnt how to plant the trees and the trees we planted were oak.

When we finished we enjoyed hot soup and rolls before returning to back to school.

Updates On Our Athletes

Runners-Wed-6-Feb-2013.jpgIn the Essex Primary Cross Country Race at Hylands Park on 4th February, Lila, Millie, Grace, Nadia, Khai and Thomas all ran so well!
We have two athletes from our school through to represent Essex in the South East England Inter Counties Cross Country Championships on Saturday 23rd March.

Again this will be at Hylands Park, Chelmsford. Khai came 5th, whilst being really unwell, and Lila came 14th in her race.

 

Khai-Wins-race-4-Feb-2013.jpgKhai won the Essex Schools Country race for Under 13 girls on Saturday 2nd February in Basildon! She is the first person to win for North-West Essex, it seems.
Khai pulled away as the race went on and she had a good lead by half way and won quite comfortably. Her time was 12minutes 47 seconds, more than a minute ahead of the second placed girl.
She has now been selected along with the top 8 finishers to represent Essex on 16th March in Derby.