School Log June 2014

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.

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.

Essex Food and Farming Day at Writtle College

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Juniors enjoyed an educational visit along with 3000 other school children learning about different aspects of the environment. We had Mrs Marriage to guide us around the exhibits!

We learnt about modern and old types of harvesting and what farmers do with cow poo! We leant about the many everyday products that are produced from the land. We saw pigs, cows, sheep, alpacers and a beautiful owl.

We saw sausages being made and Tiptree Jams talked about their jam making process and gave us all a miniature jar of jam. We saw sheep being sheared and learnt about selective breeding and the many products that come from them.

We basked in a sunny day with a picnic lunch sitting on a bale of hay!