Thanks to all involved in ‘The Big Pedal’

IMG_1590Many of our students rose to the challenge of biking or scooting to school instead of walking or travelling by car over the past fortnight. Thank you to every single one who contributed to our target and tried a new route to school – hopefully all enjoyed the fresh air and what has been pretty pleasant weather recently! In the final stages of the competition, we came 19th nationally out of all the secondary schools who had entered. There was a steady increase in the amount of bikers on site and it was nice to have a bit of a buzz about cycling safely in tutor time. Ten top biking safety tips were shared, the fundraising and cake sale raised over £121 and the students leading the whole event gave out rewards to bikers to keep them going! A great two weeks – we will definitely be signing up again next year!

Safety tip 1: always wear your helmet, even on short trips as you never know what can happen! Bicycle accidents kill hundreds of people every year, but injure even more. Protect yourself!

Safety tip 2: always do a quick check of your brakes before starting any journey. The grip should be tight and the brake pad should have lines going through them. If the brake pads are smooth – they are literally doing nothing! New brake pads don’t cost much – get them changed!

Safety tip 3: don’t ride with headphones in! You won’t hear the sounds of traffic and pedestrians around you and you may miss a danger on the road. Please be careful and if you must listen to music, play it on loudspeaker at a volume that isn’t considered anti-social.

Safety tip 4: don’t ride your bike on the road until you’ve mastered the art of being able to ride with one hand. Signalling left or right to traffic could save your life!

Safety tip 5: fluorescent and reflective gear is always a good idea, not just in winter. Being bright on the road will help drivers to notice you earlier, giving them more time to maneuver around you.

Safety tip 6: Plan your route before you set off and tell your parents which way you’re going. Check the route is safe and if there are any roads that are too dangerous, chose an alternative route.

Safety tip 7: Get your bike serviced regularly, particularly if you only get it out in the summer. Your tyres should be pumped, your brake pads full of grip and the frame should be straight and free of rust.

Safety tip 8: If you cycle into a pedestrianised area, you should dismount and walk your bike. Cycling in an area full of people walking puts them in danger as a crash is more likely.

Safety tip 9: Act like a car. Don’t weave in and out of traffic trying to get to your destination quickly. Look, signal and look again before turning. Try to make eye contact with drivers; don’t assume they will stop for you.

Safety tip 10: Obey road signs. If you come to a junction, you must stop and signal like a car would. If the sign asks you to give way, you need to stop too. Cycling on the pavement is illegal, so don’t pick and choose which parts of the road you cycle on. Be responsible.

Civvies day raises nearly £700 for charities

Brsoth the Remembering Srebenica charity and the School Environment fund were the charities chosen to be supported last Thursday with our civvies collection. £697.04 was raised to be split between the charities – thank you to all students who took part. Miss Murphy led a week of assemblies on the Remembering Srebrenica charity to talk to students about where their money goes, how it helps and what they can do to support. The assemblies were really poignant and emotional for the students. Rachel in Year 10 said, “the assemblies made me think about how we take so much for granted. Everyone took the assemblies really seriously and we learned so much. It also made me think about events closer to home too where I know people who have lost someone.”

Bike It Crew run cake sale

IMG_1833On Tuesday 26th April the Bike It Crew held a cake sale in the quad for two reasons – to raise money to support the school’s sustainable travel ethos and hopefully to be able to purchase new scooter pods soon. They also wanted to raise awareness of The Big Pedal.
The Bike It Crew (17 Y7 students with a love of biking) have really impressed all the staff with their hard work over the past fortnight. The group have led their own assemblies, created safety tips for the school, invented a quiz for tutor groups, held a tutor group competition and even ordered personalised sugar paper toppers for their homemade cakes!

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Our students really are fab!

Well done guys!

EP host Bracknell Forest Schools Girls’ Football Tournament

WP_20160426_09_39_12_Pro (1)EP hosted the first Bracknell Forest Schools’ Sports Partnership Girls’ Football Tournament on 26th April, where local primary schools participated in the event. It was part of Girls’ Football Week, with the FA present as part of the tournament to run skills sessions with the teams in between fixtures. FA coaches Nathan Simpson and Lewis Dancer supported the event.

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Six of our Y10 GCSE PE students, Dylan, George, Elliott, Billy, Anaisa and Rose, supported the event refereeing and supporting the FA delivery.
George said ‘It has been a really nice day and it is good to see all the primary schools attending to participate in the tournament.’

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Billy added ‘It has been a great atmosphere and all the teams have tried really hard.’

First place went to Whitegrove Primary School, second place went to Woodenhill Primary School, with 3rd place going to Binfeld Primary School. – Congratulations!

A big thank you to Matt Gamble and Claire Borskowski for allowing us to host the event. We look forward to next year’ s tournament.

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Y11 Narrowly Miss Out on Cup Glory

The Y11 Football team lost a thrilling 3-2 match against Ranelagh School with the last kick in extra time. EP had twice taken the lead through Pedro Gonzaga and the players should all be proud of their excellent season and performance in the final. Despite not being victorious, Alvin Quinio was voted Man of the Match.

It has been a pleasure coaching the U16 team this season and with many of the players staying on for Sixth Form I have no doubt that they will have the opportunity to achieve lots in the Senior Competitions.

 

U16 team

Bikeability courses for £5!

Bracknell Forest Council are offering students of 11+ the chance to complete their Bikability Level 3 training for free! All the student needs to pay is the £5 admin fee. This is a great opportunity for all students to work on their biking safety skills – something we strongly promote at EPCS. As it’s The Big Pedal, we know there are lots of students trialing riding their bikes to school at the moment. As a parent, if you’d like to ensure they are riding safely and know the rules of the road, you can book online at: www.cycleexperience.com/holidaycourses/bracknellforest/index.php OR you can call 0330 024 1783 for more information

 

‘Remembering Srebenica’ assemblies

From Monday 25th April Miss Murphy, who recently travelled to Bosnia with teachers from other local schools, will be leading assemblies to tell students about the charity Remembering Srebrenica. The charity strive to educate people about the Balkans war of the 90’s.
This is a sensitive subject to discuss however, we are sharing the work of this charity with students so that they can develop a greater respect and understanding of other cultures. We encourage students to talk about historical events and openly discuss different religions and beliefs to give students the time to reflect upon how we live; and the importance, in a democratic country like ours, of tolerance of others with beliefs that differ from our own. With information on the ethnic cleansing and genocide that took place between 1991-1995 in Bosnia Herzegovina, students will also be given the opportunity to discuss radical beliefs, and to open up conversations about issues that worry them, rather than ignoring their feelings.
If you have any concerns, please inform your child’s tutor. The assemblies will deal with information as sensitively as possible and if you are interested in looking into the work of the charity any further, there is a lot of information on the charity’s website:  http://www.srebrenica.org.uk/

Bike or Scoot for prizes!

mattTomorrow, Friday 22nd April, our Bike It Crew will be giving out random prizes to those students who have come to school on their bike or scooter. We have had a good start to The Big Pedal event, but tomorrow is our chance to win the prize of having a visit from Matti Hemmings, a BMX champion and World Record holder. This is one of the best prizes The Big Pedal are offering, so we really value every bike or scooter on site tomorrow!

Keep it up! We’re still beating Sandhurst!

Cassie’s fundraiser success!

File_008Our Y8, Cassie, who single handedly organised assemblies to promote a fundraiser to help people in Fiji following the Winston Cyclone resulted in many, many, many bin bags of clothing being donated before Easter.

 

 

 

File_001 (3)On the last day of term, Cassie’s whole family had to get involved in packing up the car, before squeezing themselves in as there was simply so much to take away and send over to Fiji! Another great testament to highlight the caring and empathetic nature of our students.

Well done Cassie – we’re proud of you! You have shown how much of a difference one person and one idea can make!