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.

On Friday 9th November 2018, Members of the UK Youth Parliament gathered from across the UK to debate in the House of Commons chamber. Ending knife crime, mental health, ‘equal pay, for equal work’, tackling homelessness and ‘votes at 16’ were all topics of debate.

I went to the House of Commons this year to represent Bracknell Forest as an MYP and to take part in the debates. This truly was a once a lifetime opportunity as we as MYPs are the only other people apart from the MPs to have an opportunity to sit on the green leather chairs.!It was truly inspiring to see all other MYPs across the UK to come and take part in this debate. The debates have truly me inspired to take part in more politically related topics and I hope to inspire my fellow peers to do so too. I also got to meet the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt Hon John Bercow MP who was the Speaker of the debates. During the debates, Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn also visited us and received a standing ovation from the entire council!

Written by Luize, Year 12 at Easthampstead Park Community School.

   

Y7 try Skateboarding!

On Tuesday the Year 7’s tested their balance and coordination in a fun filled skateboarding session that ran throughout the day. A lot of students were put out of their comfort zone and for some it was their first time picking up a board!  All the students showed determination and resilience to keep skating no matter how many times they fell over! By the end of the sessions students progressed from just getting onto a board, to performing basic tricks . All students were a testament to EP, showing respect and pride.  Students supported one another and enjoyed the challenges and tricks. – Mr Cumner

A huge thank you to the PE team for their hard work in organising the event. It was a fantastic event that was well organised and led to lots of funny pictures!