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.
It would not be an understatement to say some of them live and breathe the game! And before the holiday an impromptu cake sale enabled pupils not only to do this but also to eat Minecraft themed cupcakes.
The funds raised went towards work on the chapel.
We wanted to raise money to buy some new climbing/play equipment for the younger members of the school. Benji thought it would be a great idea to climb a mountain as it was an ambition of his to do this and it seemed in keeping with the climbing theme; as well as being a big challenge for a five year old!
He received sponsorship from friends, family and other members of the school community. We have been overwhelmed by people’s kindness and generosity.
Although we haven’t collected in all the money yet, we expect to have raised over £400.
We decided to climb Pen-y-Ghent which is in the Yorkshire Dales as it is quite near to where Benji’s grandparents live and we went to stay with them for part of half term.
We set out to climb the mountain on 22nd October but we had to turn back due to a bad turn in the weather. This was a bit disappointing but two days and a few prayers later on 24th we tried again and were blessed with making our ascent right between rain clouds under blue sky. Pen-y-Ghent is one of the Yorkshire three peaks and we were fortunate enough to have a clear view of the other two peaks, Ingleborough and Wernside, from the top where we enjoyed our well-earned lunch. Other walkers we met all commented how well Benji had done for one so young and even his little brother Caleb did some climbing too.
Benji really enjoyed it and thought it was fantastic to be on top of a mountain, out in the great outdoors; we are sure it won’t be his last climb!! He was a little tired by the end but it was well worth it.
We hope the new equipment will be finding its’ home in the school very soon – and a big thank you to everyone who sponsored him!
As regular readers will know we are in the midst of planning our 25th anniversary celebrations. You are all invited to come along and join in the fun during the afternoon and evening of Saturday 27th September. The Takeley Sports and Social Club will be open for drinks (and comfort breaks!).There will be side stalls, food, live music and fun. We hope it will be a real community celebration and look forward to seeing you there.
We like to keep ourselves busy,; this term has been no exception. Year 5 and 6 students visited the Houses of Parliaments, Year 10 Geography students went to Walton on the Naze to complete Geography field work, the upper juniors visited the Essex Schools Food and Farming Day at Writtle College, Year 9s took part in a sponsored walk to Hatfield Forest to raise awareness and money for Mercy Ships and Mad Science recently came in to run an assembly for us.
Looking forward, we have Sports Day, our Leavers Assembly, a trip to Boydells Farm, a trip to a Potter’s, and our residential trip to Oakwood Youth Challenge Centre in Wokingham.
We do have spaces in certain year groups from September 2014. So if you would like to know more about our school, please look at our website our thriving Facebook Community or contact the office on 01279 871182.
As 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.
As I sit down to write this, we have just had our Open Day. Last weekend we had our envisioning day and last night we had a quiz night. Our school truly involves the whole family! If you missed our open day, don’t worry, just get in touch.
This month we were able to send the proceeds of our Readathon to Stand By Me to help children in Nepal.
We had an international day organised by the pupils to celebrate the nations represented at our school. Pupils brought in representative foods and dressed up in the costumes and colours of their nation. So, I was impressed to register a Viking and be offered a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, be taught how to count in Chinese, eat Hungarian cake and enjoy Haggis. It was also a revelation how many traced family back to France and Germany and one to a Paraguayan indian. Madagascar was represented, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as one child who claimed to be a descendant of the Finnish aristocracy. Once again we experienced extreme creativity.
I am sure you will join me in affirming all the youngster who are just about to do exams. Life is more important than exams. You are valued for who you are and loved by God. This is the most important thing. I pray that you will know peace and wisdom and be able to do your best.
Work hard and rest hard. Eat well and drink lots of water! Work smart and exercise. Be active in your learning and write stuff down.
You are more valuable than any exam certificate you will receive.
One of the features of the second half of the Spring Term is the way in which the children have taken up the idea of,’…loving your neighbour…’. Also the preparation for and performances of Joseph added a new flavour to the Christian School, Takeley’s calendar.
What makes the school Christian? The ethos and the teachers are important as well as the character lessons offered to the pupils. If you look at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, you see a community not only famous for its musical worship but for its hospitality and care for the homeless. They express love for God in their worship which continues in their care for their neighbour. This, I feel, is what makes a school a Christian School; we aim to be a community of faith, love and hope in action. We aspire to excellence in our education which includes service to others.
If you are reading this blog because you have seen a flyer or poster advertising our Open Morning on March 10th, welcome. I hope what you read will kindle your interest and we will see you on Saturday 10th March. If you can’t make it you can book an appointment to look around the school by phoning the school office on 01279 871182.
It’s been another busy half term with a mix of activities ranging from pizza production to visiting Gainsborough House in Sudbury. The GCSE Art group visited Tate modern; the school was opened to local people for a coffee morning in aid of the Meninadança charity; Year 7 performed their play, Chaga, about chocolate and child slavery and the juniors charmed the members of “Crowning Years” at the Charis Centre with a performance of “Out of The Blue”. The juniors also had a morning learning about road safety and how to be safe near parked cars.
In just six weeks I think we can safely say the children have enjoyed a wealth of experiences which will inform and inspire their class work.
The end of term was busy with a wealth of festive and creative activities. These included a fantastic carol concert shared with the local community. One of the highlights was the Junior play which was a testimony to the talents and focus of the KS2 pupils. “Out of the Blue” combined the Creation story and the story of Jonah to underline the salvation story that is Jesus. We were thrilled by mime, verse and singing of a very high standard.
The last day of the school saw the school end of term concert run by the pupils. This must have been the best ever, as we were treated to piano music, a variety of songs including rapping and flute playing, ably hosted by Holly and Swazini. And who will forget the humour and strong message of the senior nativity play.