Floorball event cancelled

Unfortunately, due to a lack of uptake, the Y7 Family Floorball event has had to be cancelled. We would appreciate feedback from parents and carers as to why this event was not seen as popular. If you could take a few minutes to let us know your thoughts, we would really appreciate it: Lisa.Thornton@epschool.org

We would love to host more parent and student activities after school in the future, so would like to hear from you!

 

Year 7 review the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shortlist

IMG_4731A number of Year 7 classes have now had the opportunity to go into the library to discuss and review the shortlisted books for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards. Students worked in small groups with Mrs Fox, who introduced them to a range of absolutely beautiful new books, with intricate illustrations and a range of new, highly anticipated teen fiction.

Students then visited the website to post their reviews for the world to see. You can read a few of the reviews for yourself by clicking here: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/grouphomepages/index.php?GroupID=112

Students were well engaged throughout and particularly liked the Harry Potter text with illustrations that were very different to the actors who play the characters in the film version. They created a great discussion among students who then debated whether the illustrations were more or less like the characters they originally imagined when reading the books, or whether they had all been brainwashed to believe Daniel Radcliffe was the real Harry!

Fantastic work Y7 and well done to Ruslana who is currently our star reviewer.

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Bike It Crew lead The Big Pedal

IMG_4725Students from The Bike It Crew have been working hard to raise awareness of The Big Pedal, as once again we have signed up to compete nationally in The Big Pedal, with the aim of maintaining our award last year of ‘South East Regional Winners’!

Our crew have been out every morning counting bikes and scooters, come rain or shine, they have been ensuring every bike counts. The new bike shelter means no student with a bike has an excuse not to try cycling to school (unless they really do live miles away) and as the weather gets warmer, hopefully we will see more bikes and scooters securely locked up on site.

The Bike It Crew (Year 7 and 8) did a fantastic job this morning of hosting the Y7 assembly and will continue to run assemblies this week for students. We have a cake sale tomorrow, so please bring small change to buy delicious cakes for a great cause and we have a tutor quiz on Friday!

Bring it on! We are currently 13th nationally – we need about 40 more of you biking or scooting every day until the Easter holidays to win again!

Y10 reports

Y10 data reports are now available on the SLG. All parents/carers have been given a username and a password to access these. If you need support, please contact Mrs Goodchild on june.goodchild@epschool.org

New Award for Community Spirit!

image1After our recent request to hear from ex-students, Simon Bowden got in touch. We are extremely grateful for Simon’s input as already he has helped us to see further ways in which we can encourage our students to interact positively within our community. Simon has created a new challenge for students in order to promote community spirit.

“I have been a police officer for 29 years. I was the Commander at Bracknell Forest from 2007 to 2013, and have seen some wonderful community work carried out by young and old.

It struck me that my old school, that used to be on two sites straddling Bracknell and Wokingham, represents a large proportion of the youth in the area, and that there will no doubt be a number of you that are engaged in community work of all kinds, in the local area.  I believe that it is hugely important in modern society, to recognise social achievements as well as academic ones.  So, I decided to ask Easthampstead Park Community School to make an annual award to recognise ‘Community Contribution’, and highlight the importance of being a good citizen, for the good of others.

I hope to be able to come along and meet the winner each year, and continue a relationship with a school that provided me, and later my brother, with the foundation to our education.  It enabled me to forge a career as a senior police officer in Thames Valley Police, and complete a Masters Degree at Cambridge University, none of which would mean a thing without an underlying sense of community service, and applying what I have learnt for the good of others.”

This award is not for academic achievement, but community spirit and service to others. We hope that all students consider ways in which they could show that they deserve this award annually.

Brymor Construction host Y10 careers talk

IMG_4680Brymor Construction, who are currently working on the Coral Reef redevelopment in town, came in to speak to some of our year 10 students about careers in the industry earlier this week. Several of our students have been given the opportunity to visit the site to learn more about all of the team and about how each job, even the jobs they haven’t heard of before, are an equally important part of the process.

A huge thanks to Brymor for their time with the students – it is fantastic to give them a chance to ask their questions directly to the experts and really boosts their confidence in public speakingIMG_4688.

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Respect and Pride extends beyond the classroom

neighbourhood-watch-logo-240This week, Mrs Thornton has led assemblies with years 8, 9 10 and 11 about their responsibility within the community to uphold the standards expected of them as young adults. Each year group has been reminded of our whole school ethos, Respect and Pride, and been asked to consider whether their actions outside of the classroom would also demonstrate this standard.

We encourage our students to ‘be their best selves’ at all times and have asked that, as a community school, students appreciate how we all work together: parents, teachers, students and members of the local community. We do talk and we encourage this close communication to ensure that we all look out for one another.

Our local community is important to us and we strive to be the school of choice for young people in this area. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our local PCSO Ellen Wood-Griffiths at Ellen.Wood-Griffiths@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101 in non-emergency circumstances, to report anti-social behaviour. We work very closely with Ellen to right any wrongdoings and support and value all members of our community who help us to uphold these values.

Photography competition winner

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Congratulations to James Critchlow in Y11 who has won the runner up prize in a local Photography competition: ‘Bracknell Forest Parks and Countryside Photography Competition’.

TLC day – 22nd April 9am-12pm

Calling all parents, students and members of the community who would like to support us – we are hosting a TLC day on Saturday 22nd April from 9am to 12pm! This is our first TLC event and it would be great to see as much support as possible – after all, many hands make light work!

The aim of the 3 hours is to improve one or more areas of the school site. As you are probably aware, all schools are struggling financially at the moment, but we don’t want our school to look messy or for any areas to fall into disrepair. With the help of our community and parents, we hope that with a little elbow grease, we could really make a difference to some of the common use areas of the school.

If you are at all interested in supporting our TLC event, please do get in touch with Lisa.Thornton@epschool.org. There will of course be tea, coffee and snacks provided for all helpers –  we wouldn’t want to be short of sustenance! Thank you in advance for your time and effort – we will be sure to post pictures of any improvements made!

Discovery English books for after Easter

We have emailed you a copy of one of the following letters regarding the text that your child will study in their English lessons after Easter. If you haven’t received this email, please contact us to ensure that we have a correct email address for you.

Y7 – please click here

8X1 – please click here

All other Y8 classes – please click here