I have attached a draft policy document EPCS Visitors code of conduct which I intend to present to Governors for adoption as a  non-statutory school policy regarding the conduct of visitors. I would welcome comments back from parents and supporters so these can be taken into account as part of the consultation process. Comments can be emailed to info@epschool.org marked for the attention of the Chair of Governors and referencing the consultation. Can all comments be received by the 24th of November so paperwork can meet the Full Governing Body deadline for inclusion in the agenda and your views accurately represented. Thank you for your support R Rastall Chair of Governors.

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Festival of Light!

The Festival of Light on Friday 10th November was a great success, as hundreds of members of our community came together to celebrate the amazing artwork created by children from both Easthampstead Park Community School and local primary schools. The performances on the evening by our Year 7 and Sixth Form students were fantastic, as was the amazing dragon!

Huge thanks to the Sixth Form, School Council and the Friends of EPCS for creating fun stalls and keeping us all entertained. The evening reflected what a great experience we can all have when the community comes together. Thank you so much to all the friends and family who came, cheered and supported the evening and we look forward to developing and making this even bigger and better next year!

 

 

Year 7 have been studying ‘The Island’ in Humanities. This develops historical, geographical and religious studies skills to learn how to survive as a community on the island. The unit of work is coming to an end and the students hoped to be rescued by their families. This week, 4 of the 5 Year 7 Humanities classes have celebrated leaving ‘The Island’ with their families, explaining to them how they survived. The 5th class is structured differently and will do the same towards the end of term.

It has been a pleasure to welcome Year 7 parents into school during Humanities lessons this week, and for the students to have the opportunity to showcase the fantastic work they have produced. They have much to be proud of!

This week we celebrated our first ‘No Pens’ speaking and listening day of the academic year. Students in Discovery School spent the day learning without written work, focusing instead on discussion, debate, role play and many other exciting methods of learning. Not only was it as great deal of fun but No Pens Day also allowed students to showcase what they know and discuss their thoughts and opinions without the pressure of writing everything down. We look forward to our next literacy event: DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) week which will kick off in February.

   

Festival of Light, 10th November

We are holding a celebration to showcase the imagination of the students from our school and the local primaries in our community. All families are invited to come down on Friday 10th November at 6 pm to look at the excellent window artworks each tutor group or school has created. We look forward to seeing you on the evening please note refreshments will take cash only.

Our year 9 performing arts student, Flora Mugizi is getting lots of extra acting experience. She has just been cast in her second film role as Mrs Coley’s daughter in The Bond, which will be filmed in Reading later this month. The Bond is set in the not too distant future and is about what happens when an infection in the water supply causes people to act in a zombie like state.
We wish Flora luck with filming and can not wait to see the finished product.

EPCS6 students are currently taking part in the Micro Tyco competition, where they start with £1 and have to raise as much money as possible in one month. The first event to kick off the fundraising season was a Haunted House, which was a great success, there were a lot of screams coming from the transformed gym changing rooms.

A massive well done to all those involved in organising the event and also the sixth formers who supported our Micro Tyco team. A special thank you needs to go to Mr Brown, Mr London and Mr Powers for being such good sports with slime the teacher, the busiest stall throughout the event!

Festival of Light, 10th November

We are holding a celebration to showcase the imagination of the students from our school and the local primaries in our community. All families are invited to come down on Friday 10th November at 6 pm to look at the excellent window artworks each tutor group or school has created. We look forward to seeing you on the evening please note refreshments will take cash only.

 

Y8 Students review Ali Sparkes author event

A group of Year 8 students recently attended the Berkshire Book Award 2018 Launch at The Reading School to see author Ali Sparkes. Ali is a very popular author of young adult fiction whose titles include Shapeshifter: Finding The Fox, Unleashed: A Life & Death Job, Unleashed: Mind Over Matter, Wishful Thinking, Destination Earth and Car-Jacked.

Ali gave a very animated, entertaining performance, covering her childhood ambitions to be a ”world famous actor and dancer” and how she struggled to learn to read until she found her “trapdoor into another world” through books. She started her career as a journalist with the local newspaper and through grit and determination progressed into radio work with the BBC. After having many books rejected she was finally successful and her strong message was to never give up, believe in yourself and to try, try again!

Our students thoroughly enjoyed this event and engaged well with the author and the many students attending from other schools.  Find below some reviews our students have written about the event.

 

I loved the author event we attended yesterday,it was full of excitement and fun.The book I brought was so good I couldn’t put it down and so I finished it that night .The author was really fun and humorous and I loved how interactive it was. Her talk was both creative,fun and informational about many things including our current future.I also like how we had our picture with her and that when we got our books signed it was personal.It was also nice to be able to speak to her personally and ask her questions.I would be ecstatic if I was able to attend a trip like this again!”

Rhiannon Dower

 

I found the author event a very interesting and engaging thing to go to.It definitely surprised me with the author’s quick,witty humor and cheesy jokes.Her books were the top of the line that i read it in one night!I would love to come to one of these again for more inspiration as this one suddenly made want to pick a pen and start creatively writing again.”

Alisha Martin

 

“The enthusiastic story of Ali Sparkes’ determination, to become an author, was inspiring. The morale of her hard work and perseverance was that aspirations can be achieved if you keep trying.”

Dhevin Manoj, 8D5