This week a group of enthusiastic linguists attended the “Language and Cultures Event” at Royal Holloway, University of London.
We had super fun learning Italian and talking to student ambassadors about their degree courses and experiences of university life.
In the afternoon students attended “culture” workshops led by university lecturers: “no et moi” (French), “das Leben der Anderen” (German) and “el laberinto del fauno” (Spanish) and experienced what it would be like to study a language at university.
The high-light of the day for some was the tour of the campus and the magnificent “Founder’s Building” opened by Queen Victoria herself in 1886!
“the Italian workshop made me want to study Italian” (Jessica year 9)
“It was a really good experience and it really made me want to go to university….I particularly liked talking to the undergraduates about university life”. (Maddie, year 9)
Our Y11 had a fabulous time last night at their prom at Warbrook House, thanks to all the hard work of Miss Ashton and her Prom Committee.
They all looked gorgeous; here are just a small selection of the photos that we took.
And a photo of our Prom King and Queen, Lewis and Abi.
The teachers looked lovely too!
We have been working with some of our local primaries, Great Hollands, Jennett’s Park and Wooden Hill, to produce and perfect a performance piece to showcase at the end of the year. The evening will include a range of performances: three collaborative pieces from our primary students, individual performances from the primary schools and a range of talent from the Performing Arts students at EPCS.
Doors open at 3.30pm for a 4.00pm performance start. Tickets for the event will be priced at £2 for adults and £1 for children/concessions. Tickets can be bought from the primary schools involved, from the PA office at EPCS and on the door at the performance.
Please come along to support the students at EPCS Aspirations Performance Evening. It is a lovely event that enables us to celebrate the excellent talent within our community.
For two days in June, we opened the school to year 5 students and parents to come and look around.
Since these tours, lots of parents have got in touch asking if we could put another date in for them to come and have a look around, so there will be another chance to tour the school and speak to students and staff on July 12th.
Today is another blazer stand down day due to the continued hot weather.
Whilst it is nice to have this lovely weather, we are aware that the heat can bring its own concerns. We are posting on Facebook at 7:30pm each evening to say whether the next day is a blazer stand down day, so please check on there for updates. We’re aware that some parents have asked us to make longer term decisions about this but with the notoriously changeable British summer weather we have decided that a daily decision is the most straightforward one.
A number of parents have raised the possibility of shorts being part of the summer uniform and this is something that we will investigate with our Student Parliament and our uniform suppliers. Clearly it would be unreasonable to bring this in mid-term so we will consult on including them for the next academic year.
Tomorrow looks as though it is going to be another hot one before the weather breaks for Thursday and we return to our usual seasonal weather. All our water fountains are working and available to students to fill up their bottles before school, between lessons and at break and lunch time. We do not allow students out of lessons to fill their bottles as this is disruptive to the learning so please talk to your child about making sure that they have a large enough water bottle that they fill up at the correct time and that they do not waste water in water fights.
The Dining Hall has been stocking ice lollies and slushies in response to the weather and these have proved very popular. They will continue to sell these for the rest of the term.
Please ensure that your child has sunscreen with them, and note that caps are perfectly acceptable to wear on the way to and from school, and during breaks. We are fortunate in the lovely school site that we have and there are plenty of areas for our students to sit in the shade during break times.
Yesterday afternoon, Miss Pettipas and Ms Lees took six students from Year 7 and 8 to the Thames Valley Hospice to donate the funds raised during the Discovery School Readathon. We were thrilled to be able to hand over a giant cheque for £1140.57 to this charity. The hospice was kind enough to talk to the students about the charity as well as take the students on a tour of their beautiful grounds. The students were stunned to find out that only 20% of the TV Hospice’s necessary £7 million yearly budget comes from the NHS – the rest comes from donations such as ours. It was a truly fantastic and beautiful experience to be able to contribute to this wonderful charity. Find below a couple of photos of our students presenting the donation.
Report on our visit to Hostile Awareness training company at the Easthampstead Park Conference Centre. Year 8 students, Harry, Bradley, Alex, Brooke and Cerys accompanied by Mrs Cook and Mr Puttick
We were introduced to two staff, Mike and Simon, from the Pangolin Group. They train people who are travelling to countries where they may be exposed to hostile situations or threats, for example aid workers, journalists and even the presenters from the Grand Tour!
The veteran Simon who told us his story was inspiring, you would think that losing both your legs in an explosion in Afghanistan would dampen your spirit but he seemed very positive. Simon is a double amputee and has issues with his hand movement but he has embraced his recovery and is grateful as a medic himself for the care he received from colleagues whose quick thinking saved his life. He supports a charity, Blesma for limbless veterans and explained how the funds they raise were used to support his recovery.
Mike then introduced us to two types of weaponry. Firstly an AKA rifle, the AK-47, also known as the Kalashnikov, is a selective-fire (semi-automatic and automatic) assault rifle, developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov. The rifle had been decommissioned but was very heavy to hold which was surprising as in the computer games it is used liberally by soldiers who never seem to run out of ammunition…! Mike told us it discharged rounds very quickly so as a soldier you had to be careful not to waste ammunition as you would have a limited supply.
Mike then showed us the correct way to hold a Glock pistol and supervised us in discharging blanks. You had to wear ear defenders as the noise was so loud. In battle, this would be very confusing and scary. Pistols are also not very accurate which isn’t the impression given in films. For me holding a weapon and shooting blanks was a surreal experience, I was so glad that I could experience this and was instructed in doing so safely and by an ex-marine.
I am grateful for the opportunity to see the trainers at work and I would be glad to support the charity who helped them so much.
Please find below the letter emailed to all parents/carers earlier today re the Celebration of Success trip planned for Thursday 6th July. If you haven’t received an email then we don’t have your email address; please contact us to update your contact details.
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