Year 9 Progress Report 2

Year 9 Progress reports 2 will be available on SLG from 9:00 am on Friday 20 April.

Reports are also being sent to Parents/Carers with a registered email address.

If we do not have your current email address, please ensure we have this as soon as possible so that you are kept up to date with your child’s progress.

June Goodchild                                                                                                                            Examinations & Curriculum Manager

Hot weather arrangements

Just to let you all know our policies for the hot weather so we can all enjoy our unexpected hot spell.
Students are expected to have a water bottle that has been filled before arriving at school please ensure if your child is susceptible to sunburn that they have applied sunscreen.
During the day
Students can collect drinking water during break and lunchtime filling up water bottles brought from home. Staff have been requested to not let students out of lessons to get a drink of water unless of course staff determine it is in the child’s best interests. If they are concerned about any child they should send the child to welfare to be checked.
Site staff are providing additional drinking water in the quad for all students to fill up bottles if necessary.
Staff can allow students to remove blazers in lessons and they are not expected to be worn during break or lunchtime but must still be brought into school.
Sunglasses and sunhats are permitted at break and lunch but not during lesson time.
Students are not to engage in water fights, it causes upset as actions are misinterpreted, wet students are not fit and in the right mindset to attend lessons as they are wet and uncomfortable.  It is also a poor use of site staffs time providing additional water if students chose to waste the water in this way.
Students who ignore this instruction run the risk of being identified and removed from circulation during breaks and lunch times
Finally a reminder that shorts are currently not a part of our school uniform policy nor are flip-flops or strappy sandals. Trainers as usual are not allowed.
Thanks as ever for your support
Liz Cook

Have a safe and enjoyable Easter

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a great Easter break. Staff and students have worked hard this term and there has been much to praise and celebrate. Every Head of Year has written a letter personalised for parents in their year group giving a summary of activities and events and expectations shared. In lessons and when I am dropping into subjects, it’s lovely to see the range of activities students are doing and that they share their creativity and ideas with me. It’s definitely one of the perks of my job!

I have been pleased with the way our Year 11 students have engaged with their PPE exams but this is only the start of their preparations. There are less than 50 days left before the main block of written exams starts so we need to continue our efforts to support them. Thank you to staff who have given up time in their holiday unpaid to support students with revision – you are absolute stars.

Tomorrow I set off to Barcelona on a cultural trip with students and staff we are hoping for warmer weather than the rain that has been seen in the UK of late.

Our school summer uniform can be worn on our return (only polo shirts with our school logo may be worn) but please can I ask again that no trainers are worn unless a medical condition is given as a reason. Two weeks should give enough time for worn out or damaged shoes to be replaced. Today we wore trainers at the request of the bullying ambassadors to raise funds for their raising awareness initiative. The overall effect on standards of uniform and smartness was clear to see, shoes definitely look better and are the most suitable option.

Internet trends:

I have been made aware of a new craze trending amongst students where someone holds their breath whilst others assist them to pass out. I can’t believe this is something students would want to try, but sadly we had one reported case yesterday. The parent was quickly informed and the child is fine but please discuss with your children the stupidity of taking part in this act as children are often more freely out to play during the holiday break.

McDonalds

As schools, we have been made aware that some students from a number of different schools are congregating in their free time at McDonalds and the Mill Pond. Whilst they are not in school uniform and not under school supervision, disputes of any kind between young people are unnecessary and unwelcome as they gain momentum on social media and impact the work schools are doing to support students’ progress.  Again, please can I ask that parents are aware of their children’s plans and monitor social media traffic for its appropriateness. If you are concerned regarding any incident please do report it to the local police who are actively monitoring the locality.

Finally a big thank you to our TLC crew for your work in supporting the site it definitely made a difference – a fabulous spring clean!

Best wishes,

Liz Cook

Headteacher

Hoax threats received by some schools

Dear Parent/Carers

Today, a number of schools in Bracknell Forest have received a threat to the school via email I can confirm EPCS was not one of them.

Bracknell Forest Council has liaised with Thames Valley Police and we can confirm that these emails appear to be part of a much larger group of apparent hoax emails being sent to schools across the country. This situation is being monitored by the police.

Thames Valley police would like to reassure schools and members of the local community that we believe these to be hoax threats. However, please remain vigilant and if see anything suspicious, please contact the Police on 101.

Regards,

Debbie Smith
Safeguarding & Inclusion Team Manager
Bracknell Forest Council

ParentPay is currently down

We are aware that there is a problem adding money to ParentPay, this is an issue at ParentPay’s end.

Due to this we will extend the payment deadline for Year 11 Prom until 20th April 2018.

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter

Year 7 Progress Report 2

Year 7 Progress reports 2 will be available on SLG from 9:00 am on Thursday 29 March.

Reports are also being sent to Parents/Carers with a registered email address.

If we do not have your current email address, please ensure we have this as soon as possible so that you are kept up to date with your child’s progress.

June Goodchild                                                                                                                            Examinations & Curriculum Manager

A reminder for Year 7. The deadline to order the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio from Scholastic for £2.99, delivered to school when you apply the World Book Day Voucher option at checkout, has been extended to 13 April. This book is needed for English classes next term.

£1 will automatically be deducted from your order by clicking on the World Book Day Voucher option at the checkout.

Go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/easthampstead to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards. And remember, there is free delivery to school.