Year 10 Parents’ Evening

Year 10 parents’ evening is on Wednesday 22 March from 1630-1930.

Please book your appointments to see your child’s subject teachers using the link on the home page.

If you are having problems booking appointments please call 01344 304567 and ask for Mrs Woodgate or Mrs Spurdle who will be happy to book appointments for you.

 

EPCS presents – A Night at the Theatre

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This Wednesday, 15th March, come along to ‘A Night at the Theatre’ to watch our fantastic students perform a range of drama.

You can buy tickets on the door – £2 adults, £1 students (buy 2 get one free for students). Students can purchase in advance from the PA department.

The performances begin at 6pm! See you there!

Parent guide to home learning in Discovery school

Please find below a guide for parents of students in Years 7 and 8, clarifying our expectations of home learning in Discovery School.

We have also revisited our expectations around home learning with students in assemblies, and celebrated those students who have shown excellent effort with home learning in half term 3 with certificates and rewards.

We ask for your support in ensuring that your child is consistently undertaking home learning. This will ensure they stand the very best chances of success in their studies.

Psychology Live Winner

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Well done to Michelle in Year 13 for winning Student of the Conference last week at Psychology Live hosted in EuroDisney. Over 2000 students attended the conference and were set a series of tasks to complete based on analysing the psychological elements at work in Disney and Michelle was the highest scoring student.

When asked why Michelle thought she had done so well she replied “I used the transferable skills Mrs Ayliffe and Mr Hall have taught me in English which made my answers stand out!” Not the response Mr Stephenson was looking for as her Psychology teacher but congratulations again to Michelle nevertheless!

 

Pride of Bracknell Awards 2017

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Last year we were very proud of our Governor, Mary Temperton, who won a Special Award for her contributions to the community in the annual Pride of Bracknell Forest Awards. It’s that time of year again where we consider who goes above and beyond the call of duty and deserves some recognition. The Pride of Bracknell Forest Awards are the perfect way to say thank you.

We’re hoping to celebrate the best of the borough and give these unsung heroes the praise they so deserve at a glittering awards ceremony on Friday, April 21.

This year’s ten categories are:
  • The John Nike award, encompassing the former Pride of Bracknell (children’s champion) and Pride of Bracknell (adults’ champion) awards
  • School of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Business of the Year
  • Health and Sport (Young Person’s Achievement) and the Health and Sport (Adult Achievement)
  • Charity of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Team of the Year – this new category for teams can be any type of team or group of people who come together for the same cause, whether they be linked to sports, a company, a charity, a school or church.

To nominate email your entry to news@bracknellnews.co.uk or write to Pride of Bracknell Forest, Bowman House, 2-10 Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU.

 Email entries should include:
  • Your name
  • Your contact number
  • The name of your nominee
  • Your nominee’s contact details and address
  • And a brief description of why your nominee should be awarded

The closing date is Friday, April 7.

In memory of a dear student

Today past students and staff mourned the passing of Miguel Fernandez whose life was cut short due to a tragic accident at 19 years of age. Miguel was a very special individual and contributed hugely to the life of the school during his studies here. He was awarded the Sainsbury Shield of Achievement at the end of Key Stage 3 and was one of our highest achievers in his GCSE year. But we will remember him for his warm smile, caring nature and for being an exemplary role model for others, demonstrating what you can achieve in life, if you make the decision to try.

His choice to study at Royal Holloway in London was an opportunity to take one of his many passions, maths and physics, further. I remember a small boy working alongside his father, who was our design technology technician for many years, on a model or other design project during the summer holidays. Miguel was an artistic, creative and curious individual.  His passing is a loss felt by many in our community. Our condolences to his family and extended friendship group, many of whom attended the service today.

Liz Cook, Headteacher.

Footballs on site

Dear Parents, Carers and Students

Further to the notification on the school website and Facebook I would like to remind all students that from Monday 13 March 2017, in common with other schools, we will be banning footballs in school unless they are soft foam football types which do not damage surfaces and windows.  This step has been taken due to the number of windows which have been broken by footballs recently. The recommended soft foam footballs are available for purchase through the ParentPay system at a cost of £5.50; we will hold limited stock in school so please allow up to 5 working days for your child to receive the ball.

Staff will confiscate all footballs not of the correct type seen in use on the school site from Monday 13 March. I hope this move will reduce our future expenditure on windows which has cost circa £1,500 this year to date.

We appreciate your support and cooperation in ensuring that students follow this process in support of conserving our limited resources.

Ms O’Brien

Assistant Headteacher, Raising Standards

No Pens Day!

Today marked the second No Pens Day of the academic year for students in Years 7-9. Students abandoned book writing for the day and instead took part in a series of lessons designed around discussion based learning, such as role play, persuasive speeches, a Spanish version of The Voice and even constructing an artificial gut in Science! Students enjoyed learning through talk, and thought carefully about the importance of speaking and listening effectively. Find below a little taster of what they got up to.

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Click here to see a video of two of our Year 8 students, Chloe Baigent and Mia Peverall, working on a drama in their German lesson!

Bracknell Forest Year 5/6 Primary Football Tournament

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Once again, we proudly hosted the annual Bracknell Forest Year 5 / 6 Girls’ Football tournament on Wednesday 8 March. We had 14 teams participating on the day, despite a rainy start which almost ended with the tournament being cancelled! However, the weather held off, the tournament commenced and there were some great performances from the schools and all the girls involved.

IMG_0929The final was between Harmans Water and Whitegrove; it was well played and finally won by Whitegrove, after a close game that ended 1 – 0.
The Easthampstead Park Community School sports leaders were superb, refereeing the games, keeping scores and supporting the girls. A big thank you to Archie, Daniel, Chante, Harry, Ciaran, Hadley, Sam, Cameron and Jack for all their support.

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Apprenticeship Awareness Week

IMG_4629Our partner, Fujitsu, came in to share some first hand apprenticeship advice and guidance with students in Years 10 and 12. The students are all considering apprenticeships post 16 and so it was great to have two speakers, Rosie and Jack, who could offer impartial advice and give students a chance to ask their burning questions.

Fujitsu offer a range of apprenticeship schemes and although both Rosie and Jack were completing Level 3 qualifications, they worked in different sectors and had vastly different experiences of school life. They helped our students to see that grades do count when considering quick progression within the industry, for example, Jack admitted he would be paid more if he had achieved a higher level BTEC qualification, but that at the end of the day, no mountain was too high to climb. Students learned about both Rosie’s and Jack’s need to be resilient. They learned about how pay shouldn’t be what students chase, but how an apprenticeship scheme allowed them to learn about themselves and their passions. The scheme encouraged them to work in a range of sectors within the business, to figure out their strengths and weaknesses and possibly even to travel!

Overall, the information shared was hugely helpful in supporting students with their next steps. The following website was recommended over and over again so hopefully students will thoroughly research the many options available to them, consider the competition they may face and work hard to secure an apprenticeship that they will love. Thank you so much to Fujitsu for providing the support.

For more information: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

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