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!

‘Bin It’ visit our Discovery students

Our students in Years 7 and 8 were recently visited by award winning educational roadshow – Bin It!

Bin It provide students with information on the importance of looking after our environment, both within school, within their homes and within their community.

Anti-littering messages from the roadshow will hopefully support our students in acknowledging their duties as members of the school and the general public as well as supporting our school ethos of always acting with Respect and Pride.

A huge thank you to the Bin It crew for giving us their time and sharing important messages about our public duty in a fun and active way.

As a reminder to all students, chewing gum is not allowed on the school site.

On Monday 10th December I was privileged to be asked to accompany a group of Year 10 students to The Houses of Parliament on a visit organised by Mrs Thornton.
We were given a fascinating guided tour of the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber. We also followed the footsteps of The Queen and witnessed the route she would take prior to the State Opening of Parliament.
Our tour ended in the stunning Westminster Hall which is almost 1,000 years old. This has been the venue for famous trials such as that of Guy Fawkes and, 400 years later, for receiving foreign dignitaries such as Barack Obama.
We met our local MP, Dr Philip Lee who spoke to us about his role in government and the current volatile political climate. It was significant that MPs had just been summoned by Theresa May to meet in the Commons Chamber so that she could make a statement about the Brexit vote.The fact that we were visiting this magnificent building as history was taking place made our visit all the more significant.
Our Year 10 students behaved impeccably and were a real credit to the school.
Mrs Ayliffe

Sixth Form trip to Dell Headquarters, Reading

On Tuesday, we were really lucky to take a select group of Sixth Form students to the Dell headquarters in Bracknell for the first of three employability workshops. Students got the chance to meet Dell employees who will mentor them through the process. They then took part in activities around self-promotion, workplace professionalism and interview expectations whilst building a team with whom they will create a business in the next session.
Sophie, Year 1,2 said: “When sir put forward the opportunity to go to Dell, I took it straight away because even though I don’t necessarily want to go into technology, I knew it would be an opportunity I could fall back on. Dell isn’t just about IT, there are a variety of skills other than the business and financial side to technology that if you had the self belief you could possibly work your way up to the company. They push you out of your comfort zone, and build up your confidence preparing us for our future.”

Student Council send Christmas gifts to those in need

During the last 6 weeks, members of Student Council have encouraged their peers to contribute to charity Christmas shoe boxes. The students had a fantastic time piecing together their boxes, writing letters and wrapping them up to send last week.

In addition to the gift boxes, students also raised over £100 to go towards the costs of shipping the boxes, which will be sent to children in need, around the world.

We look forward to sharing information on the destinations of the boxes in the New Year.

Many thanks for all of your contributions and to Miss Tomalin for coordinating the wrapping stations!

Students take part in the Kids’ Lit Quiz

On the 27th of November, 2 teams from Easthampstead Park took part in the Oxon/Berks heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz, an international competition that celebrates children’s literature and challenges students from around the world to take part in a tough quiz about children’s books. Both teams had worked hard in the library for weeks taking part in practice quizzes and brushing up on their literary knowledge, so they arrived well prepared at Cokethorpe School in the rain on the 27th. Despite the horrible weather outside, neither team had their spirits dampened and went on to do impressively well; if you ever needed proof that great minds think alike, both teams answered 58 of the 100 challenging questions correctly! They may not have won the heat but both teams gave their best and can feel proud of their achievement.

The quiz was hosted by presenter and Quiz Master Wayne Mills who asked a variety of questions on topics from reptiles to caves to abbreviations! Several authors were also in attendance to ask questions of their own and give away books to lucky winners, including Jo Cotterill, author of the Electrigirl series; Mary Hoffman, author of New York Times Bestseller Amazing Grace; and Stephen Cole, author of the Astrosaurs series. Ryan, Corrine, Molly and Jack from Year 8 and Ceira-Lillie, Hristina, Sophia, Katie and Ben from Year 7 represented Easthampstead Park Community School admirably and should be proudly commended.

Mr Sam Young (Librarian)