Year 8 Literacy Support Evening

Last night, we ran a Literacy support evening for students and parents in Year 8. Thank you to the parents who attended – it was a great evening of discussion and strategies that established a fantastic teacher/parent partnership at this important time in the students’ journey.

Please visit http://epschool.org/supporting-your-child-with-literacy/ if you would like some strategies for supporting your child with literacy or feel free to contact Miss Pettipas (Literacy Coordinator) at courtney.pettipas@epschool.org for further support.

Year 10 Parent and Student Revision workshop

Huge thank you to those who attended the Year 10 Revision session. We discussed lots of strategies to support students in developing their revision for the final exams in year 11. Examples and support sheets were handed out to parents and will be shared with the rest of the parents in year 10.
We hope this has helped parents and their students to prepare properly for the upcoming journey through Destiny school and onward.
Mr Lake.

Update for parents

Keep an eye out for your child discussing ‘snap chat pills’ or the word Xanax it refers to some tablets known to have been brought into Bracknell which are also available to buy outside the UK. If taken without a prescription they are a class C drug and if mixed with alcohol can cause significant side effects. The Targeted Youth Support substance misuse team are trying to raise awareness amongst parents. As a parent myself, I felt it would be useful information for us all to know  Further information is under our safeguarding tab

Class C drugs Possession maximum sentence 2 years/fine or both

Possession with intent to supply maximum sentence 14 years/fine or both

Regards Liz Cook

Year 7 Author visit: Joffre White, 7th Feb

We are writing to let you know we will be hosting an author event arranged by the Berkshire Book Award. Author Joffre White will be visiting our school on Wednesday 7th February and all of Year 7 will attend between 9.30-11.00.

An author visit is a fantastic way of inspiring students to read and write and really bring books to life, helping to engage even the most reluctant of readers.

There is no charge for this activity. However there is the opportunity for students to meet Joffre and books will be available to purchase for £6.50-£7.50. There will be time for signing. If students would like to purchase a book please send them in with some money.

More information about Joffre and his books can be found here

http://joffrewhite.com/joffrewhite.com/Home_Page.html

We hope the Year 7s enjoy the event!

Year 12/13 Progress 2 Reports

Progress 2 reports will be available on SLG from 9:00 on Friday 2 February.

All parents/carers and students have been issued with log in details to access the site.

If you are having difficulty with your log in please contact june.goodchild@epschool.org

These reports are also being e-mailed to those parents/carers with a registered e-mail address.

Y10 Art trip to Tate Britain

The Art department took Year 10 and Sixth Form Art students to Tate Britain today to support their contextual studies. Our young adults were impeccably behaved and absorbed a range of classical and contemporary works with respect, wonder and enthusiasm. They wore their uniforms with pride and represented the very best of our school.

Today was another example of our students rising to new challenges and experiences with maturity and a desire to progress their artistic understanding – we couldn’t be prouder. Mr Proctor and Mrs Wallis.

 

Examination Certificates

Students who took their exams in Summer 2017 are now able to collect their certificates from main reception. They need to be signed for so if you are unable to collect them in person, you must give written permission to the person collecting them on your behalf. Certificates are very difficult to replace so they should be kept in a safe place.

To continue supporting families, we will be running a revision workshop for Year 10 parents and students at 5.00 pm on the 1st February in the Theatre. This session will last around 30 minutes and identify skills and methods to ensure revision time is used smartly, and good techniques are in place to move learning forward.
To book a place on this workshop please visit the parents evening on line system and book the number of seats you require.
Many thanks, Mr Lake.

Safety when travelling to and from school.

As you will be aware from our recent notifications to parents about parking or pulling up on the school roundabout, we are struggling to ensure our students safety as they walk to and from school. The area outside of the school grounds is public space and as such, we do not police the area – students and parents are expected to follow the usual rules of the road in order to avoid accidents. Unfortunately, despite our pleas, many parents are still not safely parking in the lay-by on the left of the driveway. At busy times, if the bay is full, parents must continue around the roundabout and meet their child further up the driveway.

As a school we do a number of activities to highlight safe travel. Just two weeks ago we did a whole school survey on travel, we have safety information on site, an active Bike It Crew who conduct assemblies on safe travel when cycling and obviously incorporate the highway code into our PHSE programme. We have also worked with companies on events such as criss cross day to analyse a road accident scene and discuss ways the situation could have been prevented. We have run first aid sessions, showcasing some of the terrible scenarios that can occur when the rules of the road are flouted. We have worked with Bracknell Forest Council Road Safety staff, St John’s Ambulance and Royal Berkshire Fire and Safety to name a few.

Undoubtedly, we are committed to ensuring our students do know how to be safe. Unfortunately, it would seem that the minority however, continue to flout guidelines and have acted in an unsafe manner. In order to support us, sending out messages to tutors and sharing videos with students on safety, please can parents also ensure they speak to their child about the terrible repercussions of their actions, should they choose to walk down the centre of a road, or cross whilst looking at their mobile phone. We would hate for an accident to occur.

Road traffic injuries are the biggest killer of teenagers globally, as revealed by the World Health Organisation. In 2015, more than 1.2 million adolescents died. Road injuries were to blame for about one in 10 of these deaths. Please don’t let our students become one of these statistics.

Year 8 Options Evening, Weds 31st Jan

We are looking forward to welcoming our Year 8 students and parents in the Downshire theatre to discuss the options process and GCSE aspirations. The evening starts at 6pm and will finish by approximately 7:30pm. See you then! Mrs Preston.