Co-Headteacher Jill Martin will leave Anglo European School in July at the end of the school year. Beginning her teaching career in the late 70’s, Mrs Martin moved to the Anglo in 1990, as a History specialist, she was deputy head and then co-headteacher with Mr Barrs in 2006. Mrs Martin said “ I would like to think I have served the school well, it’s a long time and I think it’s the right time to move on. It’s tinged with sadness because of what I’m leaving behind as regards to some very close working colleagues. I will certainly be doing some travelling out of the school holidays and looking to do some voluntary work.”
Our team included Nikita Smith as main speaker, Amelia Nolan as Chairman and Alice Johnson the proposer of the vote of thanks. As the enthusiastic public speakers we are, we jumped at the opportunity to compete in the National Youth Speaks Competition, to share our thoughts and views on a wider scale.
After months of preparation we finally went head to head in the local heats to compete for the chance to move through to the regional finals. We spoke upon the well debated issue of whether teenagers are merely constructs, products of the society that consumes us, from the latest technology to the demand and change in tastes and fashions.
Despite not winning it was a unique experience that allows a person to grow, we learnt how to work effectively as a team player whilst improving our presentational skills and boosting our confidence. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and would recommend the process to anyone that has a burning desire to spread a message, however small to get involved.
With just under seven months to go before the trip the itinerary has been finalised! All being well we should arrive into Cape Town on the afternoon of July 10th. Everyone is looking forward to seeing this vibrant city where we will climb Table Mountain and visit Robben Island for a talk with a former inmate. From Cape Town we will work our way overland to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, stopping en-route to visit the Karoo National Park and Bethulie. As we ascend into the mountains the temperature will drop, but our expectation levels will soar as we approach our ultimate destination, the Malealea community. This will be the real focus of the trip as we meet with community members and establish a link with our own community of the Anglo European School! We hope to learn about Lesotho culture, experience local food and customs, and of course, make some new friends!
Progress is being made concerning pupils fundraising for their visit- there will be a quiz night on the 11th February in Ingatestone community centre at 8pm. Food and drinks will be available and anyone interested in taking on some rather challenging general knowledge questions is welcome. Other exciting fundraising events include an upcoming African themed ‘dance-athon’ and one participant is raising the money for his trip by selling his classic matchbox car collection!
Finally, the group will visit Ingatestone Junior School on the 27th of January, the aim of educating the next generation of Anglo students about this new visit. We will present and discuss the importance of such an opportunity and promote it with the hope to forge links with the Malealea community for years to come. It is important for students to recognise that this isn’t a one-off trip and who knows, perhaps in a few years some of those Junior School pupils will find themselves in Lesotho!
The charity is called re-cycle Bikes for Africa and is based in Colchester. It is staffed by volunteers and provides opportunities for people to develop their skills and confidence in the process of repairing bikes ready for delivery to parts of Africa. The charity is unique in offering 360-degree impact – where the donors, organisers, distributors, recipients and the environment as a whole all benefit in a complementary and sustainable way.
Bicycles provide swift transport, access to education, health and income – especially for young women and children.
Bicycles offer people a route out of poverty and a means to improve their lives, giving them opportunities to travel to work and school. The average African woman walks about 4 miles a day and some children face a 20 mile round-trip to school.
The Anglo European Co-operative Trust decided to support this important initiative as it has enormous educational benefits for both the students from within the Trust and the recipients of the bikes in Africa. IB and A Level students from the Anglo European School have worked with children from the 4 local primary schools: Ingatestone CofE Junior School, Ingatestone Infant School, Margaretting CofE Primary School and Mountnessing CofE Primary School to collect about 50 bikes.
Bradley Snell, International Baccalaureate Curriculum Manager said “ The response from students and staff across the 5 schools has been fantastic. We originally set a target of 20 bikes and have collected around 50. The bikes will improve the educational and employment opportunities for 50 families, whilst at the same time preventing waste in the UK and providing more space in our own homes. We plan to make this an annual event every January.”
Freya Waites IB Diploma Student said “We decided that Re-cycle Bikes to Africa was definitely a charity that we wanted to support, due to the fact that in many developing countries transport is essential to their further development, but modes of transport we would use, such as cars, trains or buses just aren’t available there. In Britain, it is easy for us to overlook bikes as an effective mode of transport, and millions of bikes are left unused or thrown away in Britain every year. In the meantime, people in Africa have no access to the transport they desperately need; they will walk miles to do basic things we take for granted like fetching water.
We are so over-whelmed by the support from our local community on this, and would like to thank everyone who has donated both their time and their bikes to our cause.”
The Anglo European School has been appointed as a GLP Expert Centre to act as a global learning hub that helps schools in the local area deliver effective teaching and learning about international development and global issues.
The GLP programme is aimed at creating a national network of like-minded schools, committed to equipping pupils to make a positive contribution to a globalised world. It helps teachers in Primary, Secondary and Special schools to deliver effective teaching and learning about international development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3. In doing this it helps schools enhance their SMSC provision and evidence of this provision has recently become an important aspect of Ofsted inspections.