Head boy’s speech 2016

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.

Christmas Concert

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.

Carol Service

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.

November Nature Walk

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A week of wild weather gave us a fresh and sunny day for our November Nature Walk!

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We set of down the Flitch Way towards Hatfield Forest and made our way back past the airport balance pools. The Flitch Way runs along an old railway line.

What did we learn! We saw the winter crops in the fields and spotted Old Man’s Beard. We also compared the smoothness of Ash bark to that of Oak. Oak trees line the old railway line. For those new to the walk we looked at the Stane Street Halt.

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We talked in detail about sewage, saw the processing plants and wondered at the clarity of the water in the old faithful Pincey Brook.

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Friday Afternoons

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Each Friday afternoon the Juniors usually find themselves outdoors enjoying the gardens and looking at nature.

20160909_143941It’s a real pleasure to grow and harvest our own food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also look after some chickens. One of the jobs we have to do each year is to clip the chickens’ wings.

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One of the things we also do is each week we record the weather. So, since last Friday we have had a maximum temperature of 15 degrees and a minimum of 3. It was 6 degrees to day with a light South Westerly wind.

 

Takeley Festival for the Queen’s Birthday Weekend

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Junior Pupil’s Banners

The junior pupils’ banners graced the back of Holy Trinity Church, Takeley as we joined with the rest of Takeley village in presenting a festival of flowers and colour to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday.

The pupils were commended for their originality and everyone seemed delighted with the fun the banners conveyed.

Celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday

What a day!
We celebrated hearing about the Queen’s personal faith expressed through her Christmas messages and prayed for her. We had great fun singing two of her favourite hymns and the National Anthem. Everyone was involved. And then we had tea and cakes!