Students in years 7 and 8 were lucky enough to visit Bracknell Council Chambers on Tuesday this week. The visit, arranged by local councillor Mary Temperton, gave students a great deal of insight into the workings of council and were able to meet with the Mayor who held a Q and A session. Students were told about the history of Bracknell and its development from the Easthampstead Rural District to being considered as its own Borough. They were able to learn more about the responsibilities of local councillors and how they manage their own campaigns. We also learned that the majority of local councillors are Conservative, with only Mary Temperton herself representing the views of Labour. The idea that you must fight for what you believe in was strong and students left feeling empowered to push student voice within the school and ensure that feedback from our council meetings was stronger than ever, with clear targets and deadlines to ensure change happens.

A huge thank you to Mary Temperton for her support in arranging this great opportunity, and to the Mayor and BFC for hosting us. We look forward to our KS4 students visiting on Thursday!

 

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Wishing all parents and students a merry Christmas and a happy new year from Easthampstead Park Community School. The Spring term starts on Monday 7th January at 8.40. We hope you all have a restful break.

Bag 2 School starts again in the New Year

Last year we managed to raise over £300 from students, parents and our local community donating their unwanted or surplus clothing, soft toys, paired shoes, handbags and belts. This year we aim to raise more money and generate even more awareness of the good that comes from donating to this cause.

In January 2019 our School Council will be accepting donations of:

  • Clothes you no longer want or fit into! 
  • Paired shoes (tie the laces please!)
  • Hats
  • Belts
  • Handbags
  • Soft toys

These can be dropped at our reception where they will be collected and stored. All donations go towards supporting the circular economy. This means that anything you don’t want is reused and recycled, worn by other people who may not have as much as us, in Asia, Eastern and Western Europe and Africa. As you may know, throughout all stages of textile production, the aquatic, terrestrial, and atmospheric ecosystems experience lasting environmental harm. One of these harmful effects is the release of greenhouse gases into the air, thus polluting these various ecosystems. If you throw out your unwanted items they may simply be taken to the dump where it takes hundreds if not thousands of years for them to degrade, all the while polluting the atmosphere. Worse still, a lot of the time unwanted clothing is actually sent to other poorer countries to degrade, causing further pollution as waste is being shipped or even flown to other areas of the world.

We look forward to sharing more information on this topic in the New Year, but wanted to let you know of what we intend to do so that if you have a Spring Clean this holiday, we are here from the 7th Jan to take unwanted items off your hands and raise money for a good cause.

Last year your donations enabled us to purchase equipment for the gym, to fix lighting in the theatre and to buy new dictionaries for English classrooms.

if you have any questions about donating, please do email lisa.thornton@epschool.org

Lost Property

There is currently a lot of lost property (particularly coats) in the Welfare Office at school, currently unclaimed. Any lost property which is not collected by the time the school closes on Friday will be donated to a charity. Many thanks for your support.

End of term celebrations

On Friday 21st December, our last day of term, all students will watch the EPCS6 Christmas pantomime. On entry to the pantomime, students will have the opportunity to buy sweets and drinks, with profits going to the Sixth Form. If you would like for your child to do this, please send them into school with some loose change – 50p-£1 should be plenty!

Y7 work experience January 2019

As part of our commitment to supporting students in progressing both academically and socially, we provide students in Discovery with a day of work experience. We have successfully used this model with our Y8s so far and they have done a sterling job answering telephone calls, assisting visitors to the school, accommodating tours, delivering messages and supporting teachers.

We would now like students in Y7 to have a go as the student feedback has been so positive:

  • ‘I felt like a proper adult.’
  • ‘I was complimented and felt that I had more responsibility. I loved working how I wanted.’
  • ‘It teaches skills that we can’t learn in the classroom or at home’
  • ‘I enjoyed it and it has made me for feel more prepared for the future and working in a job.’

You may be aware of the Pixl Edge scheme all of our Y7 students follow. Students are tasked with finding evidence of times when they have shown skills in Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Independence and Communication. This opportunity, to work as part of the Student Services team for the day, enables them to evidence these skills easily. Their records are then saved until Y10 when students are required to write up letters of application for a job and to write a CV.

Students will be made aware of their day of duty tomorrow during their PREP period. They must be responsible for remembering their day, reporting promptly for duty in the library ready to be briefed. In addition, this time, we would like to encourage students to dress professionally for their role – smart trousers, shirt, formal dress… even a suit! As another key aspect of securing a job in interview, we think it is important that students show their enthusiasm through their clothing choices. Uniform is still a smart alternative option should your child struggle with what to wear.

EPCS production success!

 
Beauty and the Beast saw hundreds of students, parents and members of the community come together earlier in December. Students involved showed absolute commitment and dedication for 8 weeks in total, from the audition process, to dress rehearsals and finally performing four stunning shows across two days. From after school rehearsals to technical rehearsals the cast were professional and have an experience they will never forget.
A huge well done to all of the cast and crew of Beauty & the Beast – you have done EPCS proud! 
Students who took part ranged from Year 7 up to Year 12, some of them choosing PA as an option, others having never stepped on stage before which deserves huge respect. 
 
It was also great to be able to use our brand new, state-of-the-art, lighting and sound systems, making for some great visuals for the audience. Highlights noted by the audience were the ensemble numbers ‘ Gaston’ and ‘Be Our Guest’ and when asking our cast, they couldn’t pick out any single performance – they loved it all!
Finally, a massive CONGRATULATIONS to the year 10 music students who set up and operated the new sound system in completion for a unit of Live Sound Exam. Pending the completion of their written work, all students passed with flying colours! 

End of term arrangements

The school day will finish early for students on our last day of term, Friday 21st December. Students will be released by their tutor at 12.25. If parents wish for their child to be supervised completing independent study or silent reading in the school library until 3.10, please contact info@epschool.org to make this arrangement. The new school term will begin at 8.40am on Monday 7th January. We wish you a restful Christmas and a happy new year.

Y7 visit to Henley on Thames River and Rowing Museum

On December 12th a group of year 7 students got the opportunity to visit the River and Rowing Museum in Henley on Thames. We had a wonderful time experimenting in the education centre, looking at river processes and the causes of flooding. We enjoyed a beautiful walk along the Thames and learned about how the river has changed over time and how people have adapted to living alongside the river. We also spent some time in the gallery, putting ourselves into the shoes of various characters and learning about how flooding has impacted on them. The museum tutor was very impressed with the students knowledge and attentiveness, stating that they were an excellent group of children. It was a fantastic day out enjoyed by all!

A special thank you to student Logan for acting as photographer for the day!