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.

School Log April 2014

Year 9 Shadow Play

Year 9 Shadow Drama

At the time of writing the sun is shining, the sky is blue and we are enjoying some down time after what has been a very full half term. Our drop-in Open Afternoon on Wednesday 2nd April proved to be very popular with prospective families.  Don’t worry if you missed it, our next Open Day is on Saturday 10th May – 10 am until 1pm.  Alternatively, please telephone the school office to arrange a tour at a mutually convenient time.

The Eisteddfod Festival was amazing.  Congratulations to everybody involved in this festival of culture and to everybody who attended.  Well done to Year 9 for winning the Group Performance Section with an incredible shadow drama á la Attraction from Britain’s Got Talent.  Caroline from Year 7 was our overall winner and was crowned Bard.

The hard work truly paid off and we all felt very proud. Our Lower Juniors visited the Mayfield Farm Bakery, meeting the baker Nick Anderson and learning all about the history of the bakery, before trying their hand at some bread making.  Our Upper Juniors met with Chris Simons at the Broad Oak Farm Sausage Factory.  After an enlightening tour of the factory they came away with different sausages to cook and share in school.  Yum!

The Senior School were also busy during the term – Year 8 visited a teapot factory and made teapots; Year 10 visited the NEC Birmingham for The Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineering Fair; Year 10 and 11 French and History students enjoyed a long weekend in France and finally, at the end of the term, our Year 10 Spanish students had a week-long visit to Spain.

In the middle of it all, a surprise afternoon tea party was held to celebrate Emlyn and Sue’s 25th wedding anniversary.  Sneaky!

The Friends of The Christian School (Takeley) are holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 10th May.   Tickets cost £7 per person and include a chicken or fish and chip supper.  Bring your own drink and nibbles.  If you can get together a team of no more than 8 people and fancy testing your brain cells, please telephone the school office on 01279 871162 for a booking form and further information.

Art Competition Entry

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This piece of work was created by Year 5 student Lark for a competition at the Aubrey Art Gallery in Dunmow.  Entitled ‘What do you think your world will look like in 500 years from now?‘, it came 12th in the competition out of many schools.

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.

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.

Inspired and Aspiring

Pupils from the school recently entered the Olympic inspired “Inspire / Aspire” poster project.

This encouraged pupils to reflect on their own aim for their future.  They had the opportunity to clarify their goals in life and to work out the qualities required to achieve them.

They are also asked to consider who has inspired them and what they may inspire or contribute to others, echoing the quotation from Sir Winston Churchill when he said, “…we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”

Seventeen pupils from year four to eight took part in the project and nine posters were selected to enter the national competition.

Out of over 35,000 entries across the country 4 of our pupils have been shortlisted with 100 others to receive an award at Foreman’s Fish Island in London on 11th July 2012.

Khahisa, Rhianna, Freya and Aisha were all able to reflect on their own values and qualities thinking about what they are good at and things that they could work on.  They also chose a sports person who had inspired them whether for excellence in their sport or qualities such as courage and determination.  Finally they had to reflect on their future and the kind of person they would like to be.

It was interesting to see that many of our pupils aimed to achieve a good marriage with children.  They also had many detailed ideas about what they wanted to contribute to others in their life, with ideas as diverse as helping to build schools in Africa and helping to invent a cure for rabies to encouraging people to play snooker and learn about the joy of dance.

All in all it was an interesting and inspiring activity and we are eagerly awaiting the results of the National Awards.