End of term arrangements

The school closes to students for the Easter holiday between March 30th and April 15th.

The last day of the Spring term is Thursday March 29th. Students will finish at the earlier time of 12.50. The dining hall will not open for lunch, but students will have ample opportunity to buy lunch or claim their free school meal if they are eligible during an extended break time.

The summer term begins on Monday 16th April at 8.40.

We wish both parents and students a restful Easter break.

EPCS students visit Sorrento!

Students from Easthampstead Park have recently visited Sorrento in Southern Italy with the Geography department. During their visit, they explored Mount Versuvius, Pompeii and visited the island of Capri. The students had a fabulous time, and behaved impeccably. A big thank you to Mrs Buchanan and Mr Blay for creating this special opportunity for our students.

TLC day triumphs despite snowy weather!

Despite the blizzard style weather conditions, 50 parents students and staff convened in the food tech room at 9.00 am last Saturday to help spruce up aspects of the school environment. The atmosphere was lovely as we all fortified ourselves with coffee and cake. Although the conditions were daunting we had hardy volunteers who got on with the outside tasks of window cleaning, gardening and jet washing the playground canopy.

Inside the school, a whole range of tasks were ticked off including painting walls, desks, steps and the medical room. Alongside, this some of our younger helpers were also able to take part in a spot of baking!

A really big and heartfelt thank you to all who braved the weather. I felt very proud of our community. Our next TLC day will be in the summer term and we hope to really get to grips with our outside green areas in the school. If you would like to be involved please contact richard.lake@epschool.org.

Mr Jones’s charity concert

Thank you to all parents ,staff, students, ex students who attended Mr Jones charity concert on Thursday. Mr Jones was blown away by the amount of support he received. He managed to raise a total of £623.80 for Asthma UK . Special thanks to all the performing students, sixth form and Mrs Devine who helped on the door. Finally a massive thank you to Mr Powers, Mr London and Mr Cooley who were amazing.

PA Showcase celebrates student success in all years!

On Thursday 15th March the PA Department produced the “PA Showcase 2018” at The Downshire Theatre to an audience of over 150 proud members of the EPCS community.
The production included acting scenes from Ks3 Drama club, a taster of our excellent musicians from Y9 BTEC, examples of solo exam pieces from Y11 BTEC Music students and many more. Our Y13 students Ruby Cooper and Amber Matthews successfully performed as part of their final L3 BTEC performance exams and were outstanding role models for all the younger talent, showcasing how hard work pays off.
We received lovely feedback from the audience, including comments that our school is ‘so full’ of talented students who are sure to ‘go far’.
Well done to all student performers and PA Ambassadors for their assistance in running the event and to the amazing supportive audience. All money raised form tickets sales is going towards investing in new a sound system and lighting for the main stage area. ​​
Stay tuned for further fundraising announcements!
Mrs Stevenson.

Primary collaboration

Last Friday the PA department welcomed over 100 year 6 students from Wooden Hill, Jennett’s Park and Great Hollands for their 3rd rehearsal day in preparation for ‘The Aspirations Transitions’ performance on Tuesday 26th June. All the students worked really hard on their performances and got their first taste of being on The Downshire Theatre stage. The evening will present a variety of dance, drama and music as all of our staff have provided students with opportunities to try out and then create performances in their chosen subject. Good luck to all the students and staff involved! Please save the date and look out for more information about ticket sales as the date draws nearer – this is a very popular event as parents from both the primary school students and the secondary school students involved like to attend!

Year 10 Progress Report 2

Year 10 Progress reports 2 will be available on SLG from 9:00 am on Friday 16 March.

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

EPCS celebrates Pi Day!

Yesterday, on the 14th March, we celebrated international Pi Day. In the USA where the date is written differently to ours, Pi day falls on the third month and the 14th day ie 3.14.
3.14 are the first 3 digits of Pi, the constant used to calculate circumferences and areas of circles, so, not ones to miss out on an opportunity to celebrate Maths, Mr Jones and the Maths team led a whole school Pi celebration!

The Maths team all wore their P i Day T-shirts sparking lots of Maths conversation and Pi itself was written along the Maths department windows to about 28 decimal places! The Maths team also had activities in lessons involving circles. Years 7 and 8 discovered Pi by  measuring the circumferences and diameters of a range of circles and all years got to have a go at Pi Day dingbats.
At lunchtime the canteen served pie for everyone to enjoy and Mr Jones was quite loud in the morning wishing everyone he saw a “Happy Pi Day”.
Thank you to the Maths department for trying some exciting activities, and the canteen for supplying a lovely lunch.
Next up in May: Star Wars Numeracy Day. May the 4th be with you.

PA Showcase tonight!

Students have been rehearsing in the Performing Arts Department this week, completing their technical and dress runs ready for tonight’s PA Showcase at 6pm at The Downshire Theatre.

Tickets can be bought on the door, £3 adults, £2 concessions.

We hope to have a full house of supporters in the audience!

 

Science week at EPCS

This week, students at Easthampstead Park Community School have been celebrating Science week! This has involved a range of special demos and practicals in Science lessons, competitions and after school activities. Yesterday lunch time, students and staff alike we treated to a range of science displays in the quad. Mr Brown made exploding rockets, whilst Mr Gunnoo led a dissection. Meanwhile, Mr Allam gained a great audience for his ‘screaming jellybabies’ experiment.

Many thanks to the Science department for your hard work with bringing science to life for our students!