Y10 Collaborative Art Piece

The brief for this piece of work was simply to have the experience of working with others to produce a piece of art.  The only boundaries given were the size of the work and the medium was primarily paint and that pupils would work for about ten minutes before moving on to a different section.  Overall pupils found the experience liberating and negative thoughts about the work being too ‘messy’ became positive once they were very involved with the process.  They also experienced having other pupils add to their designs, and we discussed how this felt and also how it felt for their work to be ‘owned’ by all of them.  Here is what pupils said of their experience:

Khai: I don’t normally do messy art.  I wasn’t expecting to like it.  I ended up enjoying it!

Nadia: I enjoyed the experience.  It wasn’t what I expected it to be.

Bethan: I thought it would be really fun and it was!  You could be messy and do whatever you liked.

Thomas: I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it but working as a team and seeing the final result changed that.

Kate: I didn’t enjoy it at first.  But then I got into it and enjoyed it.

Head Boy’s Speech

I am Nathan, I am in year 11 and have been at the school for about 10 years. When I was asked to do this speech, I started look back at my time here at school. It is full of wonderful memories, friendship and learning. It has been a journey which has had a hiccup here and there, yet I have loved it all. It has developed me it to the young man who stands in front of you today. The same young man that five years ago probably would not be caught dead up here. The school is like a second home that has been a wonderful, loving environment to grow up in. I have reflected on two areas at my time at the school and how it has influenced me:

Firstly Who I am

  • Freedom with structure

At school there are many opportunities to do things, but there is a limit especially in sport. So the school supports you in all that you do inside and out. For example, Kai, a year 10, runs at national level. So school makes sure she can go to events but also that the work is still done. I am into photography, so school lets me take photos at school events.

  • Responsibility

Not just with the work, but every day school life. Jobs, school council, events, looking out for each other. Everyone throughout the school is given responsibility, both for themselves and for others. Whether helping at events, clean up team or looking after each other.

  • Work ethic

It is something we all have, but at school it is something you develop. You come out of school with the ability to get work done, homework in on time and to self-study, which is something rare. While looking at 6th Forms, when asked about which school I go to I say the Christian School Takeley. They know that each students from here has the ability needed to work hard and succeed in higher education.

  • Support

I am dyslexic and it is been something school and I have worked on. I have become more confident in my writing and have had opportunities that I wouldn’t otherwise have had, if at another school. As a dyslexic, I wouldn’t have normally had a chance to study Spanish but at school I have and I am hoping to get a B grade. Due to the support and the extra mile teachers go to at this school there isn’t just one lesson plan; there are more like 7 lesson plans, 1 for each child, because the teachers set goals and work with the students, work is tailored to them.

Secondly, Family

  • We all have one, outside of school.
  • At TCST we have two; you know everyone’s name, even the teacher’s first names. You know what everyone is up to, how they are. If there is a problem then you try to help them.
  • Caring

Everyone looks out for each other, cares and welcomes in new people. I remember talking to someone that had been at the school a couple of weeks and they said it felt like they had been here forever. Also, if some is upset you check they are ok and help them if they want help.

  • Even when we don’t get on we still look out for each other:

Like every family you have rough patches with someone, but you still get on. If there is an issue it isn’t swept under the carpet but instead sorted out. You may not like someone but you still get on and work with them.

  • Forever

I have made friendships that will last for ever. As the school is so close and tight knit, it feels like you have two families and have friendship that last forever.

I know that your children will enjoy their time here as much as I have, in a place that is like a second home and second family. I will say just one last thing from Steve jobs “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” I have found it here, will you?

Essex Schools Cross Country Championships

photo 1On Wednesday 19th of November a team of runners from Year 9, 10 and 11 took part in a rather muddy race at The Discovery Centre in Notley.

Congratulations to Khai for winning her age group race and to Lila for coming 5th. They are both into the next round.

photo 5Our boys did brilliantly as well, in their respective groups. Angus came 29th, Nathan S. 31st, Nathan C. 44th, Thomas 49th and Josh 52nd.  Fantastic results, well done.

Journey’s End a play about WWI

SAM_4745The year 10 and 11 History students visited the Rhodes Centre in Bishop’s Stortford on Tuesday 7th October 2014 to see “Journey’s End”, the play by R.C. Sherriff showing life and death in the trenches during the First World War.

We came back having been given a lot to think about especially about loyalty and perseverance. A sub plot was that you don’t need to be perfect to be good!

Oakwood Youth Camp

oakwood 2In July pupils from year six to nine went on a residential trip to Oakwood Youth Challenge in Berkshire. We had a fantastic week with a variety of instructor lead activities including crate stacking, high ropes, flying kiwi, mountain boarding, abseiling and climbing to mention some. The children achieved great things in archery, conquering fear of heights and building friendships. In the evenings we had a message from the Bible and played a variety of indoor and outdoor games. On the last evening the instructors awarded T-shirts to those who had achieved top speeds or scores on the activities – and also to those who had impressed them with determination and courage. 

Mercy Ships

10257359_889415857750479_3326258760866120620_oAs part of the year 9’s topic ‘World Poverty’ the students chose a Christian charity to research and present to the class. They then voted on which charity they would like to support as a year group. The charity with the most votes was Mercy Ships.

On Friday 23rd May, our Family Assembly was lead by a representative from Mercy Ships who explained their work to us all.

Year 9 organised a non-uniform day in exchange for a donation as well as selling cakes and biscuits. Then between 11am and 1pm they took part in a sponsored walk; each with some form of impediment. The impediment allowed the students to reflect on the distances and difficulties people face who are desperate for help from the Africa Mercy Hospital ship.

Well done Year 9 – so far you have raised £150.61 for Mercy Ships.

The Big Bang Fair

IMAG0270 (1)On 14th March 2014, Year 10 pupils attended The Big Bang Fair at the Birmingham NEC – a huge display of the many varied aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths.  Designed to widen students’ awareness of possible careers and to discover the role of these subjects in perhaps some unexpected places.
There was almost too much to cover, but among the activities our students tried controlling a nuclear power station, saw chemical reactions used to create special effects for TV and admired some fine engineering from the likes of Rolls Royce and JCB.  IMAG0259
For some reason the stalls for welding with chocolate and building with marshmallows and straws were particularly popular with the crowds.


Shakespeare Study for GCSE

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The Year 9’s have been studying their GCSE Shakespeare play, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.  They chose a scene where the fairies were being introduced and explaining where they live; then did a beautiful display to recreate the scene.  I am very proud of the work that they displayed on the board as the ideas were all their own.photo 2