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.
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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

 

Trip to Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock Holmes Statue

The Year 8’s have been study Conan Doyle’s writing of Sherlock Holmes.  We have read and studied numerous stories with the main focus being on ‘The Red-Headed League’.  On Tuesday 10th December 2013 we embarked on a train to London to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum in Regent’s Park.  The setting for the museum is an old Victorian House over 4 floors including the attic.  Each room had a different theme with the top floor focusing on specific stories including ‘The Red-Headed League’.  After looking around the museum we went down into the gift shop and then had lunch in Regents Park.  It was a great day enjoyed by all.

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.