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.

Boccia Young Officials Course

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A group of Year 11’s were given the opportunity to complete a Boccia Young Officials Course. Students were put through their paces by Sue Todd, the leader, who delivered an excellent session. The students then applied their knowledge within the session and will be using this as part of their GCSE PE course. The students performed really well on the day and impressed the course leader with their knowledge and professionalism.

Toby Garbett – Olympian Visit

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We kicked off our annual Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’ project last Friday when Toby Garbett, Olympian and World Champion, came to visit to work with the selected students. The project entails the students taking on leadership roles and becoming PE Ambassadors. They will complete training before applying this training within their PE lessons.

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In January, Toby will be coming to visit again to spend an entire day with the students. The students will be planning activities to deliver to Toby on his return.

 

 

My Kinda Future

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On Monday we had 30 lucky Sixth Form Students invited to take part in the “My Kinda Future” workshop supported by KPMG. The students experienced a very engaging talk about the world of work and apprenticeships before undertaking a consultancy and presentation skills workshop. Our presenter for the day, Jide, commented that “the students have been great and were really engaged. It is rare that students do so well with the Maths element of the challenge and I’ve been really impressed with them.”

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