Last half term saw the launch of our “Business Lunch” programme for 2017 and we were delighted to welcome several guest speakers from industry to talk to our High Achieving Students about their career and the world of work.
The first session was hosted by one of our school governors, Mrs Jacqui Webber-Gant, who shared her experience of teaching, publishing, public speaking, international development, IT, and business.
We were also delighted to invite Mr Richard Hughes and Mrs Kirsty Aldridge back for the second year running to talk to our students about careers in Engineering.
Mr Richard Hughes (MA Engineering and Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Oxford University) has held many positions in the field of engineering including: Senior Engineer, Senior Consultant and Project Manager and he has worked for a variety of prestigious companies including Ferranti, IBM, CGI plc. and Admiral. Now retired, Richard has recently been appointed Schools’ Liaison Officer for the IET and he enjoys sharing his wealth of experience with students across Berkshire.
Kirsty Aldridge (MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering) has worked for many years as an engineer in the broadcasting, transport, defence and medical industries and she has experience in the manufacturing of electronic designs used on HMS Ocean, the London Underground and in TV broadcasting equipment.
This half term we look forward to welcoming guest speakers from other industries including: banking, marketing, management and IT.
We would like to thank all of our guest speakers for giving up their time to talk to our students about their career and remember to get in touch if you feel that you would like to host a “Business Lunch” session on a Friday afternoon.
The deadline for ordering and paying for your leavers’ hoodie is Friday 24th February. There will unfortunately be no opportunity to order after this date.
Letters have been given to all Y11 students with details about how to order. If you have any queries please contact Mrs Thornton at school.
Four of our Y9 students who had taken part in the practice session last week, competed on Wednesday in the British Schools’ Karting Championship in Reading. Having familiarised themselves with the course, they set off to beat other local schools. All of the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and said it was a great reward to be given for having a 100% positive Classcharts record. They felt that the experience helped them to gain teamwork skills as they worked in groups of three and that they learned new skills. All students were awarded with a participation certificate that can go into their folder of achievement.
A special thank you to our Governor, Jan Sumner, for supporting this event financially and offering this reward to our students for the second year running. They loved it!
Students in Year 10 have been working hard in past weeks to produce a CV and letter of application for a job. This process ensures students reflect on their time at EPCS and consider how they have learned not only academically but also socially, contributing to school life by working on School Council; leading assemblies; supporting a department as an Ambassador on Open Evening; or performing in the school production for example. Students have used their PSHE lessons to consider some good examples of CVs, they have perfected their style of writing and discussed different ways of presenting information according to the job description. Now, students are in the process of completing their interviews. Fujitsu volunteers have visited us once again, to interview and provide feedback to each student individually. So far, Fujitsu have commented on how well prepared students have been, arriving dressed for the job and selling themselves well to the point that one volunteer said that they would give them a job now!
We are very impressed with the year group and thank all students, staff and parents who have supported them through what can be a very stressful experience.
Some of our fabulous Year 9 students were rewarded for their 100% positive Classcharts record and consistently positive attitude towards school life and learning last week with a karting session at TeamSport in Reading. After getting to grips with the tracks last week, students get to participate in the real competition tomorrow after school! We will keep you updated with the scores as they race against other local schools! Go EPCS!
On another note – we love rewarding students with activities like this and we have plenty more deserving students ready to go! If you have contact with a club who could support us in sourcing free or discounted tickets so we can do more of these events – please do get in touch!
This week some students in Year 7 went to an author event. At this event students were able to meet Jo Cotterill and learn more about her, her books, the energy you have to put into being creative and actually writing a book and the process of releasing a book. This was very insightful as well as very entertaining. I loved it and the other students I spoke to loved it too. I hope we can do this again in the future.
Jimmy Minns Y7
Lauren, Y7, also shares her review of the event:
On Wednesday 8th February a group of Y7 students went on a trip to St George’s school in Ascot to hear from the author of ‘A Library of Lemons’, Jo Cotterill. She made everyone there laugh. At the event you could buy a book and have it signed. We all asked questions and if you did you got a sparkly badge that had ‘Electigirl’ on it (a reference to another one of her books). It was great fun and everyone who went all agreed that they would want to do it again. After Jo Cotterill had spoken, a lady from a different school told everyone which books were in the top six and one of them was ‘A Library of Lemons’ which made Jo very happy. There was also an opportunity to sneak a peek at the new books Jo has written that are coming soon to stores!
On Thursday, four Y10 students went to Thames Valley Athletic Centre and took part in a ‘Step Into Sport’ activity day led by The Youth Sport Trust. Toby Garbett, an ex GB Olympic rower was there. The students could hardly believe it when he told us a story about how one opportunity on one rainy day eventually led to him to represent GB fifteen years later. He was very glad he didn’t stay in bed that day!
In the afternoon, students were able to try a variety of different sports and had to think about how they could be adapted to ensure that everyone could be involved, including disabled participants. They had a go at wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, polybat, goalball, boccia, new age kurling, seated volleyball and archery. Their next project is to run an intra-school competition. Watch this space!