Due to the weather conditions predicted for Friday, Sports Day is cancelled and the reserve day of the 13th July will now be considered. The school day on the 6th of July will operate as normal with the uniform expectations set by Governors in place.
I have phoned our uniform suppliers, and they have all sizes of the PE shorts in stock They are aware our sports day has moved to the 13th of July (pending a decision on the weather conditions) and will ensure any orders placed in good time will be delivered via the school collect system the day before. This arrangement means all students should be able to access and participate in the correct kit as per our uniform policy. Please can you support the school by making sure your child has all the necessary equipment and is aware of our expectations
Regards Liz Cook
Dear Parent / Carer
RE: Sports Day
Parents have been advised that our school Sports Day will take place on Friday 6th July we are monitoring the weather carefully and wish to request the following;
- All students should bring a water bottle that can be refilled throughout the day, sun cream will be needed and a hat to protect students from the sun.
- All students will be in PE kit and this needs to be correct, EPCS branded PE kit as per the schools uniform policy (this overrides the current uniform arrangements explained by the school Governors due for review on the 16th July)
Many students’ value sports day and look forward to competing against their peers in earning House points. All competitors in the morning schedule will have access to shade and water points in-between events these arrangements will continue to be in place for the final session. This is when the rest of the school join us for the final session and the results are shared with the whole school.
The structure of the day will be changing, as advised previously in the Sports Day letter, but please see below for the time changes for the day.
We take advice from the Met Office and the LA regarding the weather and will make a final decision on the day. This will be communicated to all parents and carers via the school website and students will be informed via their tutors.
All staff are allocated responsibilities during the final session either supervising or actively supporting competitors we rely on staffs goodwill to make sure the final session goes smoothly
If you do not wish for your son/daughter to be involved in the afternoon session (period 5 – whole school session), then they will be supervised in a classroom, out of the sun, doing supervised quiet reading due to the pressure on staffing. They will need to bring their reading book with them for this session, as per the school policy. Please advise your son’s / daughter’s Head of Year of this via email before Friday so appropriate arrangements can be made no other options can be entertained. They will not be able to buy refreshments on sale as this will be facilitated on the school field only
08.40 – 08.50 AM Tutor
08.50 – 09.45 Period 1
09.45 – 10.40 Period 2
10.40 – 11.05 Break Time
11.05 – 12.00 Period 3
12.00 – 13.00 Period 4
13.00 – 13.35 Lunch
13.35 – 13.40 PM Registration
13.40 – 15.10 Period 5 – finals – all school on the school field
Thank you in advance for your support with this day.
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Year 9 and Year 10 Progress Reports 3 will be available on SLG from 9:00 am on Wednesday 4 July.
Reports are also being sent to Parents/Carers with a registered email address.
If we do not have your current email address, please ensure we have this as soon as possible so that you are kept up to date with your child’s progress.
June Goodchild Examinations & Curriculum Manager
Thank you for your support regarding school uniform, I have consulted with members of the schools governing body who wish to make the following clear
- The school makes provision for students by providing a polo shirt option during the summer term
- Blazer and ties have been stood down during the period of hot weather
- The school does provide adequate water for students to access within the school day- parents are responsible for ensuring their child has an adequate water bottle and uses it sensibly to quench their own thirst not as an item to engage in water fighting
- Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child has sunscreen protection at a suitable factor for their skin type.
- During the hot weather most of the students at EPCS have coped well with the weather conditions accessing shade (we have lots of areas due to the number of trees on the site) However some students have not and have attempted to defy the school uniform rules making life difficult for staff who have to deal with them.
As Governors we expect our students to comply with our uniform rules and policy and our staff to wear clothing appropriate for a working environment. However, we recognise that some students are appearing to struggle so have agreed on the following to be in place until July 16th (At this point it will be reviewed as the weather is abject to change)
Students may only wear
- Full school uniform no blazer or tie (with shoes)
- Summer school uniform no blazer (with shoes)
- School branded PE kit (with trainers)
- School branded PE kit with school summer polo shirt (with trainers)
We would ask you not to make additional work for pastoral staff by allowing your child to deviate from these rules for any reason (unless there is a good medical reason) All students should have access to PE shorts as this is standard school uniform so parents do not need to purchase any additional items.
Governors are discussing the option of tailored shorts to add as an optional item to our uniform and if governors agree, this will be put forward for consultation with parents prior to being adopted by the Governing body.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter and your support of the schools Headteacher
EPCS Governing Body
A reminder to parents that the deadline for payment for the end of term reward trips to either Dinton Pastures or Thorpe Park is the 6th July.
Please ensure you have chosen and submitted your payment by then. If you have any question, please contact Ms L Preston, Senior Teacher – Discovery School.
We have a film production company joining us in school on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd July, shooting several short films to help us promote our school. These exciting new videos will be available on our new look school website, due to launch soon, providing a multimedia experience to support our prospectus!
Please can you support us by making a special effort that for these two days, your child is dressed as smartly as possible.
A number of students are being invited to play particularly key, leading roles in the short films, and are being approached individually. These children will be asked to wear their winter uniform for the two days. However if they wish, they may of course bring their summer uniform to change into when not part of the filming.
Many thanks for your support,
Mr M Hall
Thank you to Year 11 parents who have kindly donated blazers, shirts, ties and other items in a reasonable condition to the school. Your thoughtfulness is most welcome and I assure you they will go to needy students at times throughout the year. If your son or daughter has revision guides or textbooks or annotated texts they no longer require we will gladly make use of these to Regards Liz Cook
Whilst students enjoyed a lie in and a day in the sun, teachers at EPCS were in school bright and early, talking about and discussing classroom practice.
Over the course of the academic year, all teachers at our school have been part of research groups, undertaking inquiry based research based around current whole school priorities. For example, there have been a sixth form research group, which has been looking at the most effective approaches to scaffolding students’ academic writing, and a researchmeet group looking at the power of metacognition and explicitly talking to students about the process of learning. Today, the teachers came together and presented their research and recommendations to the wider staff community. The presentations were lively and varied and generated some excellent discussion and debate! The reports will now be compiled into an EPCS action research compendium!
The teachers spent the rest of the day in their department teams, discussing the forms of assessment that most effectively help children to make next steps in their learning, and embedding these principles and practices into their teaching sequences.
It is an expectation that all teachers at Easthampstead Park are learners too – as Dylan Wiliam said, “every teachers needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.” We are committed to professional learning and expect all teachers to regularly reflect upon their practice, as we believe this approach is what generates the very best teaching for our students.