Students and staff brave the rain to attend the annual UN Flag Raising

Students and staff braved the rain to attend the annual UN Flag Raising, 3 sixth form students, Nikita Smith, Ddin Mokuena and Anyta Davidescu read the UN preamble after which the UN flag was raised.

The event was organised by the lower sixth International Relations CAS group.

David Barrs shares his vision at the Cambridge Assessment Conference

David Barrs (Co-head of Anglo European School) joined the Cambridge Assessment Conference 2014 as a speaker. David shared his invaluable experience and vision of the school, and how the school adapts and interprets the concept of baccalaureate education. Watch David’s conference talk and all talks by clicking on the link: 

http://www.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/conference2014/conference-highlights

School Amnesty Youth Group organise Volleyball match to raise awareness

Students belonging to the Amnesty Youth Group at the Anglo European School in Ingatestone organised a volleyball match to help raise awareness for Amnesty International’s current campaign to free Iranian Ghoncheh Ghavami.

Ghoncheh Ghavami is being held in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison solely for taking part in a peaceful protest for the right for women to attend Volleyball World League matches at stadiums in Iran.

The Volleyball match raised in the region of £140, upper sixth student and organiser Natalie Ohene said “I think it went really well! People seemed to be having a great time”

Upper sixth student Hannah Rushen said of the event, “ I loved taking part in this volleyball tournament because not only did we get to have fun but it was all for a great cause, everyone there was enjoying themselves! The fact that it had a direct link to the cause itself and that we can raise awareness about Ghoncheh’s situation made the afternoon really worthwhile.”

Another upper sixth student that took part Charlie Thurston said “I would say that it was great fun for a great organisation like Amnesty International, where the lower 6th and upper 6th united to raise money for a miscarriage of justice against Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British – Iranian woman that was arrested in Iran simply for attending a male volleyball match.” 

Year 10 take part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge

Twenty six Year 10 pupils took place in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. The pupils spent a day working with Mr J Drew from the Speakers Trust to develop their speech writing and presentation skills.  The day culminated with students writing and giving speeches with the best student going forward to the regional Speak Out Challenge final. Students spoke on a range of subjects from educational reform to importance of CPR.

After a close fought contest Laura Maze was named the winner with Ryan McGee and Nikita Smith named as runner up. Laura has since gone on to represent the school at the regional final with her winning entry. 

Congratulations to all those students involved.

How we can use Economics to examine everyday dilemma’s

Dr Marianna Koli from the Economics department at the New College of the Humanities gave a lecture about how we can use Economics to examine everyday dilemma’s such as how do we measure happiness and well-being, how can the lessons of history explain problems of development in Africa today, how can we use incentives to analyse why people commit crimes and how we can deter them?

Indigenous Tribesman from Brazil visits the Anglo

The Anglo European School hosted a very special guest on Tuesday.

Nixiwaka, an indigenous tribesman from the Amazonian region of Brazil visited the school to speak with year 9 pupils who are currently studying rainforests in geography. Nixiwaka is in the U.K as part of his work with Survival International, a charity which works to protect tribal people around the world. Nixiwaka presented insights into the Yawanawá tribe’s way of life and their intimate relationship with the Amazon rainforest. He also talked about some of Brazil’s most threatened tribes and how Survival International is helping to prevent their annihilation.   For the pupils it was an opportunity to hear first-hand about the experiences of someone who lives in that region and they also took part in workshops considering differing viewpoints on the future of the rainforest.

Sophie Ashitaka said “I have learnt a lot about what the rainforest is supporting, not only animals but over 240 tribes.”

Gordon Massey said “I liked meeting him because he gave another view from a different culture. He was very open to our questions and told us about his culture and how the problems affect them.”

Carla Knight commented “it was a really good experience to see someone from a tribe in person and not through a screen. We were able to acknowledge what it is like for him, having his home demolished. I think it gave us a new opinion on what is happening in the Amazon, coming from him.”

Year 9 pupils will now use what they have learnt in their forthcoming assessment on whether the Brazilian government has the right to exploit the rainforest as a resource for economic development.