kenyaWe have a very exciting opportunity for our current Year 10, 11 and 12 students – we have decided to work with the company Camps International to give students the chance to fundraise for a place on an expedition to Kenya, scuba-diving! The expedition itself will take place in the summer of 2018, so there is plenty of time for those students interested to start raising funds. The trip is extra special as students will be working on a range of sustainable and meaningful community and conservation projects during their time in Kenya, before scuba diving to achieve a PADI Open Water Certificate!

The expedition is four weeks long and offers students a life-changing chance to experience other cultures and make a difference. We hope to continue to work with Camps International in the future in order to visit many more places too.

Parents and students who are interested in finding out more are invited to attend a Parents’ Presentation Evening. This will take place on Wednesday 7th December at 18:30 in the Downshire Theatre. We look forward to seeing you then.

Attendance matters…..

At Easthampstead Park Community School we strive for 100% attendance but as a minimum we expect 96% attendance in line with the national average.
Our school attendance policy asks that if a student is absent from school, their parent/carer phones into school by 9 am with a reason for absence for each day of that absence.
You can register a student’s absence by calling the school switchboard on 01344 304567 and selecting option 1 or by calling the Welfare office on 01344 390822 or emailing welfare@epschool.org.
If you have any other concerns or queries regarding attendance please contact our Attendance Officer, Mrs A Mullett, on 01344 390859 or by emailing at ann.mullett@epschool.org
Our Family Support Advisor, Mrs K Clay can be contacted on 01344 390899 or by emailing her at kirstie.clay@epschool.org

Connecting schools and employers in Berkshire

We have joined the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and been matched with an Enterprise Adviser who will help our students to understand the world of work and the vast range of employment and training opportunities available to them. Our new Enterprise Adviser is Michael Gbadebo, CEO of Creotec, and he will help shape our careers enterprise strategy.

Michael Gbadebo said, “This is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the link between schools and employers and will help to ensure students possess employability skills when they leave education. As an Enterprise Adviser, it is my role to increase students’ awareness of enterprise knowledge to help them understand what skills they have. It is crucial to weave this into the subjects studied by the students to provide them with greater understanding about the skills required for future employment in order to meet skills shortages in the area.”

Liz Cook, Head Teacher, added, “We are very excited to be matched with Michael Gbadebo; he will provide a strategic oversight and help to link employability skills and relevance into subjects. We pride ourselves on the achievements of our students and continue to support their ambitions as they enter the world of work. As this can be a very daunting time for students, we greatly appreciate the guidance we will receive from Michael.”

Student welfare

As a school, we have been made aware of an incident in the Crowthorne area. We advise all students to be aware of any person offering lifts in the cold weather and not to engage with them. Parents and carers are encouraged to talk to their children about personal safety and how to respond should such a situation arise.

Can I request that parents check that your child is prepared for cold weather. Hoodies are not acceptable items for wear in school nor are tracksuit tops (please see our uniform policy) However, unbranded navy V neck jumpers or cardigans can be worn as an optional item and offer an additional layer of warmth. Please make sure all coats are named so if mislaid they can be identified and returned promptly to the owner.

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Our Caterers, Wilson Jones, are providing a full Christmas meal for £3.25; the full menu is attached.
It is a requirement that this meal is pre-ordered and paid for so Wilson Jones are able to cater for everyone who wishes to have a Christmas meal.  Payment should be made via ParentPay – and this is available to purchase now.
All students entitled to free school meals will automatically receive a ticket for the meal; if they wish to purchase food at break time this will require separate payment on the day.
Should you require your activation details for your ParentPay account, please email finance@epschool.org to request this.

Reading University – Being Human day

File_008 (1)A selection of our top English students in Year 9 were invited to attend the Being Human day at Reading University last Monday. The students arrived to meet with Ben, an ex-student of EPCS, who is currently in his second year there studying Geography. Throughout the day, the students worked on a variety of skill-building exercises to improve their writing and to experiment with their creativity. The students had taster sessions in English Literature, Philosophy and Classics in order to think more about what they might do should they choose to go to University. We had a rather cold and wet tour of the campus site, but all in all, students created some lovely pieces of work and came back to school having considered themselves in 4/5 years time. Thank you to Louise Izzard at Reading University for organising the event!
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The Nightmare before Christmas

For Year 7,8 and 9 we will be  showing “The Nightmare before Christmas” in the theatre on Wednesday 30 November.  The event is organised by members of the Sixth Form who are raising money for the competition Micro Tyco. This competition provides money for the charity Wild Hearts Foundation, a part of Deloitte, which provides micro loans to poor entrepreneurs in developing countries to help them develop.
The theatre doors will open at 15:10 straight after afternoon tutor and the event will finish at 16:50. The film will start at about 15:25 allowing time to purchase food and drink beforehand. We are charging £1.50 for entry and there will be food and drink available to buy from around 50p.
The team will be going to tutor time this week to sell tickets and tickets are available to purchase on the door.

Ex Head Girl shares her Law journey

Last week a selection of Year 11, 12 and 13 students were lucky enough to attend a talk from our visiting ex-Head Girl, Jade Gani. Jade is now a qualified solicitor and she shared her story with our students as well as giving them some excellent advice on how to get ahead. Current Head Girl Iona said “It was really nice of Jade to give up her time and visit us. The talk was really informative and motivational as we learnt how hard we will need to work to get to where Jade is.”

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EPCS Alumni art and photography students

All your beautiful GCSE Art Coursework and Exam work is now  ready for your collection. We are able to release it now that the AQA retention period has passed; it is now all your property and ready to be collected.
Any work not collected by Monday December 19th 2016 will be disposed of as we do not have the storage space.  Please contact Mr Proctor to arrange a collection date or to confirm you are happy for the work to be disposed of or given away for others to enjoy.

Whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for us to support the development of our school and offer students more opportunities and resources.

There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!

It’s easy:

1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/easthampsteadparkcommunityschool/ and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and we will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you in advance for your support.