Dear parents,
Just to inform you, we will be having a Christmas jumper day on Friday 15th December. Students will be encouraged to wear Christmas attire and be expected to pay a donation of £1 on arrival at school. Asides from their Christmas jumpers, students can wear non-uniform on this day. The school community will be coming together to sing Christmas carols in the quad at break time.
Additionally, our last day of term, Tuesday 19th December, will also be a non-uniform day. Again, students will be asked to donate £1 which will be collected on their arrival at school.

School operating as normal tomorrow

Please make sure your child has a warm coat and suitable footwear. Can I ask parents not to drop their children outside the front of the school or on the roundabout as yesterday parents making this choice caused significant disruption and put children at risk. Signage requests are displayed please keep students safe by keeping access clear around icy footpaths and roads.

The schools heating system works well and there is no expectation that children can wear coats in lessons. School shoes should provide adequate protection but if you are concerned Wellington boots or hiking style boots can be worn not training shoes.

Please check your child has a jumper or cardigan available as an exception I will allow jumpers to be worn over their shirts and under the school blazer of any dark colour tomorrow. This does not include hoodies or sweatshirts of any description. Please ensure your child has a suitable outdoor coat and a fully charged phone for the journey home (the school does not provide charging facilities)

My continued thanks to the site team who continue to support the site despite the challenges of the weather. I hope to see everyone arrive safely again tomorrow Liz Cook

Kenya Trip 2019 – Parents Information Evening

In line with the launch of our African Adventures trip to Kenya in July 2019, we would like to invite parents/carers and students to an information evening at 6pm on Monday 11th December, in the Downshire Theatre. You will be able to find out more about the trip and ask any questions about this exciting opportunity. This trip is open to students who are currently in Year 12. I hope to see lots of you there. Miss Murphy.

School play 2017 at EPCS a great success!

Last week saw the Performing Arts department produce a sell-out production at The Downshire Theatre, EPCS. Over 60 students from y7-11 performed three matinee performances to local primary school students from Wooden Hill, Jennett’s Park, Wildmoorheath, St Margaret of Clitheroe and Gt Hollands. They also performed to over an audience of over 280 on Wednesday 6th December with great success!

Audience members gave feedback on how impressed they were with the performers. Mr Blay commented, “Well done on an amazing production. Myself and Tess (my 6 year old) had a brilliant night. Everything was just great. The singing was superb!” It was also touching how many parents sent in their positive feedback, one parent emailed into school to say “It would not surprise me to see some go further with an acting or singing career, they certainly deserve to!”.

Mrs Stevenson would like to thank all of the PA department on their hard work every evening since September rehearsing with the students despite the long school days and dark evenings! She would also like to thank all the students who performed and worked on the show (which includes the lighting, sound and front of house teams) for sharing their talents with the community. They should all be so proud of themselves and every single cast member were a delight to work with bringing so much energy and effort to their role.

Mrs Stevenson will be sending out via email the show video and photography to all who have requested this week. If you would like to be sent a copy of either the video or photos please contact Mrs Stevenson at charlotte.stevenson@epschool.org.

School will be open tomorrow – please check the information below:

Some staff and students will be travelling distances tomorrow to get to work and in response to the media warnings of significant traffic disruption; in order for them to arrive safely, we will delay the start of formal teaching until 9.30. Dependent on the conditions we may have to use a number of supply teachers if staff are unable to travel. Staff briefing will take place at 8.45 so we can check staffing.

The school will be open as normal although students need to be careful when moving around the site. They should not participate in snow fights either on site or on the way to school as they will get thoroughly wet and we won’t send them home. The Dining Hall will open longer for breakfast in support of students, closing service at 9 am. Hot drinks and hot breakfast options will be available. Your child can travel to school as normal.

Students will register formally in tutor bases at 9.15 (A late mark will be recorded if arrival is past this time) and then travel to subject lessons ready to start learning at 9.30. The rest of the day should run normally unless there is a significant worsening of the weather.

The schools heating system works well and there is no expectation that children can wear coats in lessons. School shoes should provide adequate protection but if you are concerned, Wellington boots or hiking style boots can be worn not training shoes.

Please check your child has a jumper or cardigan available. As an exception, I will allow jumpers to be worn over their shirts and under the school blazer of any colour tomorrow. This does not include hoodies or sweatshirts of any description. Please ensure your child has a suitable outdoor coat and a fully charged phone for the journey home (the school does not provide charging facilities.)

My thanks to the site team who have worked over the weekend and will continue to support the site despite the challenges of the weather. I hope to see everyone arrive safely tomorrow. Liz Cook

Telephone issues

We are very pleased to confirm that the main school number is now back in service following a visit from our service provider.

We are delighted to confirm that our Year 7’s have been invited to St Michael and St Mary Magdalene C of E Church, Easthampstead, to have the opportunity to take part in a non religious carol service  and listen to readings which explain our culture and traditions around Christmas. Last year’s service was thoroughly enjoyed by Year 7.

Find details and reply slip in the letter here.

Christmas end of term arrangements

Dear parents,
 
Just to clarify Christmas end of term arrangements…
 
The final day of school prior to the Christmas holiday is Tuesday 19th December. School will finish at 12.25
 
Christmas jumper day is next Friday, 15th December. Students should come to school in festive garb! Non-uniform trousers etc can be worn alongside Christmas jumpers. A donation of £1 will be collected from each students as they arrive at school for charity.

A few spaces have become available on the Barcelona trip (30th March-6th April 2018). If you would like more details please contact Miss Lees for a letter. This trip is open to students in years 8-10. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and numbers are very limited. *Priority will be given to those students who have chosen to study Spanish as an option.