Calling all local businesses! We need your support!

We are continually looking to improve our communication with local businesses in order to provide students with as many opportunities as possible to improve both their academic performance and to help each of them to become a well-rounded member of their local community.

We are trying to secure an award, the LPPA, to show that we recognise the importance of communication. The LPPA is something our parent group, Friends of EPCS, have been discussing at length, and we would like to know whether you would be interested in supporting us at our TLC day on Saturday April 22nd 9am-12pm. This is completely voluntary, but would enable us to complete work on parts of the school as a team, whilst also showcasing our site and discussing how we may work together in the future. Refreshments will of course be provided.

If you’re unable to make that date, but would like us to contact you about more ways we can work together, please contact Lisa.Thornton@epschool.org for more information. We are a community school and really value contributions from local employers. Whatever you have to offer, our students relish the chance to speak to people living and working in the Bracknell area so they can better prepare for the job market of the future.

EPCS6 campaign to reduce stigmas around mental health

This week the Sixth Form were fortunate to welcome Daniel and Chris from the Bracknell Forest Council Public Health Team. They led a session which increased the students’ understanding of mental health and raised awareness of the truth behind some of the myths surrounding mental health. Students discussed the stigma attached to talking about mental health and saw how it can impact on people, through discussions based on real life examples.

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The students were then set a task to design a campaign around reducing mental health stigma and came up with many imaginative ideas including social media campaigns, a song and adding decorations to the common room to promote friendship and understanding. IMG_4474

An Inspector Calls!

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Yesterday, a group of Year 10 students made their way into London to watch a matinee performance of An Inspector Calls to accompany their GCSE Literature studies. The performance was absolutely fantastic and allowed students to see the play come to life. It was a great way to see the play from a different perspective and hear the sarcasm in the Inspector’s voice as he becomes more and more frustrated with the Birling family. The Birling family were also shown to be much closer than we anticipated which made it slightly more difficult to dislike them, highlighting the real problem JB Priestly was showing within society: if we all look like nice people does that mean we are?

The students really enjoyed the performance and would highly recommend it. Some of the show was quite scary – they definitely play on the Inspector’s name: ‘Inspector Goole’! Thank you to Mr Hall for organising. As usual, our students were an absolute credit to the school and behaved impeccably throughout.

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Y8 Options Evening tonight

We are looking forward to welcoming all our Y8 students and their parents/carers tonight for their Options Evening in the Downshire Theatre. The marketplace of subject stalls will be open from 6pm until the presentations at 6:30pm. They will then open again after the presentations, with the evening finishing by 8pm.

Please come along to find out what your child will be studying from Y9 onwards and the choices they can make. All students were given a copy of their options booklet in PSHE on Tuesday and you may find it helpful to bring this with you. Option forms will be distributed on the night.

Rabbi Zvi Solomons visits Year 8

IMG_4355Just before half-term, Year 8 and 7 students had the opportunity to listen to a talk given by Rabbi Zvi Solomons from the Jewish Community of Berkshire. The Rabbi invited students into his ‘mock’ Synagogue and, in accordance to Jewish tradition, sat the boys (all wearing yamulke skull caps) and girls on different sides.
Rabbi Zvi explored the many comparisons between Jewish culture and other ways of life, culminating in him telling the story of Purim. Purim is a festival that has many similarities with Christmas – families get together, a feast is devoured, the adults dress up in interesting outfits and are permitted to enjoy a drink or two! IMG_4353

 

It was a pleasure to welcome Rabbi Zvi and we look forward to seeing him again.

NCS workshops for Year 11

IMG_4473The National Citizens Service came into school today to speak to our Year 11 students about their futures. They led sessions on confidence building and public speaking as well as a session called ‘skills in your toolbox’ to encourage students to utilise the many experiences and opportunities they have already been given that have helped them to become the people they are today!

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Thank you to all four of the NCS ambassadors for their time this morning – the students always value external visitors and the additional information that can be gained from listening to another perspective. Students were again reminded that they can sign up for the NCS summer challenge to further support their CVs. For more information, please visit http://www.ncsyes.co.uk

HAS “Business Lunch” up-date

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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.

IMG_6796[1]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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadline for ordering Y11 leavers’ hoodies

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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.

Students compete in the British Schools’ Karting Championship

IMG_4373Four 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!IMG_4365 IMG_4371