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)

Christmas Meal – reminder

Dear Parents/Carers

The Christmas meal will be on Wednesday 12 December 2018. Please book via ParentPay by Friday 7 December.

If your child is entitled to a FSM, you are still required to book a meal via ParentPay so we are aware of numbers (there will be no charge). If your child does not select to take a meal, they will be given a voucher to use at break time.

There is no other lunch offering on this day. Students not taking this meal will be required to bring a packed lunch with them to school.

The meal choice is either traditional roast turkey or a festive mushroom stuffed yorkshire, each with all the trimmings, followed by dessert – xmas pud, mince pie or chocolate orange pudding.

Please book by Friday 7th December. Tickets will be given to your child in tutor on Tuesday 11th.

If you have any query, please contact finance@epschool.org

COLOGNE CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2018

At the weekend the MFL department took 40 students (yr 8-11) on the annual Christmas markets trip to Cologne, Germany.

Students had an amazing time practicing their German at the traditional markets and sampling authentic German food and drink.  Many bought fabulous, hand-crafted gifts for family and friends and enjoyed interacting with the friendly stall holders.

It wasn’t all about food and shopping! Some students climbed 533 steps to enjoy the views from the top of Cologne cathedral whilst others went ice-skating in the magical “Heinzel’s Wintermaerchen” market.

On the way home we stopped off in beautiful Bruges for more festive fun and a chance encounter with a couple of celebrities!

The atmosphere throughout the trip was truly magical and the students were an absolute credit to themselves and the school throughout.

” I really enjoyed the trip because I learned about a different culture”.

“The ice-skating was great and the atmosphere was amazing…The stalls were so beautiful”.

“I loved the atmosphere and the smell of food”.

“I really liked the German food – it was delicious”.

“es war wunderbar in Koeln”.

“The lights in Cologne are beautiful at night”.

 

      

DEAR week raises the profile of reading across the school

Last week students across the school took part in DEAR week. Drop Everything and Read week (DEAR) is an opportunity for all staff and students to engage with reading in a really positive and relaxed way. All students ‘dropped everything’ and read for 25 minutes during P3.
For some classes, this was with the teacher reading to them from a specific source linked to their current topic of study or just from a novel or story they loved. Others utilised this opportunity to introduce students to new ideas or concepts through articles or blog posts. For some classes, students just got to enjoy some quiet time to read independently alongside their teachers.
We are passionate about promoting a love of reading and it is clear to see that all the students were fully engaged and embraced the opportunity to read in class.

School Council 2018-2019

 

A fantastic new line up of students have been elected to represent their year groups for 2018-2019, as members of School Council and School Parliament. Last year’s Council and Parliament did a fantastic job of running the elections fairly, ensuring assemblies to students were informative and gave students an understanding of the responsibilities attached to the commitment. They also ran a Polling Station in the quad before votes were counted.

As you can see, Mrs Cook presented all students on School Council with a brand new tie so that all students are aware of their council representatives. Parliament representatives are also distinguished with a red double stripe tie. This ensures student voice is well recognised and that students know who to speak to should they wish to raise an issue, start a fundraiser or initiate a whole school drive.

 

As our first item on the agenda, students are supporting an international project: the Christmas Shoebox! Each tutor group has been given just a few weeks to piece together a shoebox full of donated, but good quality, items for a young person in less fortunate circumstances at Christmas time. Each box requires a £5 donation for shipping costs, but this also includes a postage receipt, indicating where the box ended up! We hope to produce a map after Christmas to showcase just how many people across the world we were able to support.

If you are able to donate any items, small enough to fit into a shoebox, to bring joy to a child of any age, from 2-16, please pop items along to our reception.

Our ‘wrap’ party will be held on Wednesday 28th November!   

Beauty and the Beast support Festival of Light tomorrow!

 

Students have continued their work on this years school production: Beauty and the Beast and are getting ready to share previews at tomorrow evenings Festival of Light.

Some of the cast will be selling tickets for the production tomorrow evening too so keep a lookout for key characters!

Beauty and the Beast will take place on the evenings of Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th December – from 7pm in The Downshire Theatre

Tickets are £3 per Adult,  £2 per Child

Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis. 

Y11 SMART Spaces Science Revision Programme

We have been invited to participate in a a research project, called SMART Spaces Revision, focused on increasing outcomes in Year 11 ‘double award’ Science. The project is run by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Wellcome Foundation. If the school is chosen as an ‘intervention’ school, Science teachers will receive training and materials to deliver over two weeks during May 2019 just before the GCSE Science examinations. Find further information regarding the project below.

SMART Spaces Revision Information for Parents

If you do not wish your child to participate in this research, please either complete the reply slip and return to the main school office, or email our Data Manager, Sarah Pego at Sarah.Pego@epschool.org

On Wednesday the 7th of November our Performing Arts Department welcomed 150 Year 6 students from 3 local primary schools. The students from Wooden Hill, Great Hollands and Jennett’s Park had the opportunity to participate in 3 workshops in dance, drama and music. Our BTEC 12 Music students did a fantastic job of leading the Music workshop which received excellent feedback. The students will soon be returning to work on their repertoire for the Transitions Show in July.