Fujitsu Enterprise day with Y8

Students in Y8 worked alongside our Fujitsu partners who had planned a whole day of Enterprise for their Criss-Cross activity last week. Students were challenged to create a new app and worked in small groups, divided into typical business roles to plan, create and present to an audience. The experience gave students opportunities to work in roles such as marketing, sales, finance and as director, with Fujitsu briefing each on the expectations of their role and how their role is vital for the success of the project. Every student needed to be involved and our students made us very proud with their enthusiasm for the project. Even those who don’t necessarily like public speaking, supported their team and got on stage to present! Well done Year 8 and a huge thank you to Fujitsu for putting on this event for the second year running.

 

Bag 2 School fundraiser raises £320.28!

 

After a sterling effort over the past 5 weeks and 3 days, students from student council have done a fantastic job in raising awareness of the Bag 2 School fundraiser, which has seen students, staff, parents and members of the public dropping off their clothing donations on a daily basis! We managed to pack over 100 bags for collection and have absolutely smashed our target of £100! This has enabled us to help fund further projects in school.

£100 of the money raised will be used by the English team to buy new dictionaries and thesauruses.

£100 will be used to help fund the new gym that Miss Swift is working on with the PE team.

And £120.28p will go towards fixing our lighting box in the theatre. Our PA team and student Ambassadors have been working really hard all year to raise funds to try and get the lighting box fixed so really value your support.

What a way to start the holidays!

Last chance to order hoodies!

We have decided to extend the deadline for Year 11 students wishing to order a Leavers Hoodie. The new deadline will be Monday 12th February, so if you haven’t had a chance to order yours – please make sure the order is placed by that date.

Hoodies are £22, or £26 personalised.

All payments must be made using Parent Pay. It is important that the reply slip on the letter is completed so we have your name, sizing and personalisation information to complete your order.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to  contact lisa.thornton@epschool.org or telephone 01344 390805.

Today, Year 7 took part in an event where author Joffre White spoke to us about books, aspirations and much more! We were joined by some year 7 students from other schools.

He spoke to us about finding the right book for you and how when he was younger, all he was interested in were Beano magazines! Joffre also talked about some of his own books and books that inspire famous celebrities. I found the event very inspirational and engaging.

After this, a lady from Berkshire Book Awards told us what the 6 shortlisted books are for the 2018 Berkshire Book Award. These were books that were voted for by students from schools around the area and we can all now vote for our favourite on their website.

At the end we had the opportunity to purchase some of his books and meet him to get them signed.

By Malika (Year 7)

Today year 7 were visited by an author. We came together, along with a group of children from LVS ,Garth and Edgbarrow.

It started off with an introduction by author Joffre White. Joffre spoke about his childhood and gave us inspirational messages such as “if you have a friend, stick onto them because in a blink of an eye they will be gone.” I found it very interesting. I was fully engaged all the way through. We were able to have a meet and greet with the author and he signed our cards and books. I think it was a great experience.

By Jessica (Year 7)

EPCS hosts the Berkshire Book Award

EPCS hosted the Berkshire Book Award Pen2Page 2018 event on 7th February and all of our Year 7 students attended along with visiting schools. Joffre White is a very popular author of young adult fiction including Frog – The Series and Earthland. 

Joffre gave a very animated, entertaining performance, covering his interesting childhood and careers in music and acting before starting out as a writer. After having many books rejected he was finally successful and his strong message was to never give up, believe in yourself and to try, try again! There was a busy and interesting Question and Answer session followed by a book signing.

The second part of the event was for Sharon Cripps, the Berkshire Book Award Chairman, to announce the shortlisted books for this years award. The books were chosen by Berkshire school children and students can now vote for their favourite book at www.berkshirebookaward.org.uk

The shortlisted books are: Bodyguard Assassin by Chris Bradford, Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock, Alex Rider, Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz, The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan, The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens and The Wizards of once by Cressida Cowell.

Our students thoroughly enjoyed this event and engaged well with the author and the many students attending from other schools.

It was a pleasure to host this years Pen2Page and to welcome visiting schools and Joffre White to our school. Many thanks to Berkshire Book Award for arranging this event.

KS3 Bracknell Forest Geography quiz

EPCS took two teams to the inaugural KS3 Bracknell Forest Geography quiz at Sandhurst School to face their rivals at 6 other schools with a total of 15 teams. The early rounds went well; we scored well on capital cities and Iceland. However, the physical geography round proved very difficult and both of our teams started to slip behind.
We are proud to say that both teams finished strongly in joint 8th place. Well done to Austin, Ruby, Henry, Serina, Charlotte and Neve for representing the school.
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Thanks to Sandhurst for a well organised event.
Mr Blay

EPCS visit to The Wayz Youth Centre

Today Mrs Osborn took ten students from across Year 9 and 10 to The Wayz Youth Centre to represent our school alongside other young people from the other secondary schools  in Bracknell Forest.

They were there to discuss key areas that affect young people including peer pressure, mental health and bullying, with youth workers and representatives from other local organisations who support teenagers in the area. The agencies were keen to find out what works well and what could be improved.
We received excellent feedback from agencies there, complimenting our students on their level of engagement,  fresh ideas and impeccable behaviour and maturity throughout.

History Dept Battlefields Trip

Year 8 students from EPCS have been learning about life in the trenches and paying their respects to the fallen during their visit to the French and Belgian battlefields.

“Respect and Pride” was shown at all times by our students as Oliver and Charlie laid the wreath at the Menin Gate during the moving Last Past Ceremony. We were even fortunate enough to have our school governor read the exhortation in front of hundreds of visitors from around the world.
We visited the grave of Noel Chavasse, the most decorated victim of the fallen with two Victoria crosses for gallantry and bravery. We also visited the grave of Nellie Spindler, one of only two women laid to rest in the Battlefields of Belgium and France.
The students went into Wellington Quarry to see the tunnels under Arras, where British troops laid in wait to ambush the Germans in 1917. There was also a visit to preserved trenches at Vimy Ridge, the site of a huge commemorative memorial to the Canadian war dead.
All students did Easthampstead Park proud once again, outshining other schools for their respect and behaviour.
John, the governor who accompanied the trip, said, ” I thought the kids were great and the trip a real success – it was particularly heart-warming to see our two boys, dressed smartly in their school uniform, lay the wreath at the Menin Gate: they were a credit to themselves, their parents and the school.”
Many thanks to Mr Blay for organising such a fantastic trip!

Year 8 Options Evening

We had a fantastic turn out for our Year 8 Options evening last Wednesday. The theatre was buzzing with parents and students inquiring about different options choices. There were lots of questions, information and positive discussions about the choices to be made.
Thank you to everybody who came and supported the evening, we hope it has given you plenty of food for thought and will act as a starting point for discussions with your child!
Students who were unable to attend have now been given their options booklets. All students have been handed updated options forms and updated subject information for Graphic Design and Construction,Craft and Design. Find a link to a digital copy of the options booklets below.
A reminder that option choice forms need to be submitted by the 9th March.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss your child’s options, don’t hesitate to contact either Miss Preston, Senior Teacher – Discovery School (Louise.Preston@epschool.org) or Mr Ayliffe (Tom.Ayliffe@epschool.org), Head of Year 8.

Blood Brothers theatre trip, 14th February

Dear Parents,
 
We are thrilled to have secured tickets to take students to see the play Blood Brothers at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, on the evening Wednesday 14th February (during half term).
 
Initially this trip was offered to those students studying Blood Brothers for their English Literature GCSE; we are now able to open the trip up to any student who wish to see the performance (subject to availability). It is a wonderful opportunity to see a musical in a theatre setting which I hope they will enjoy. Furthermore, it is highly likely that younger students will study the play in English when they are in KS4.
 
The trip letter has been emailed to all parents this morning, and is also available to download here
 
I hope your child will be able to join us.
 
Kind regards,
 
Matt Hall
Deputy Headteacher