Year 9 take part in Sex and Relationships Education Days

Year 9 took part in Sex and Relationships Education Days on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March.  The pupils participated in 5 workshops covering topics such as Pregnancy, Relationships, STIs, Contraception (delivered by specially trained NHS nurses) and  the Biology of Reproduction.

The aim of the day was to give students the opportunity to explore and discuss these sensitive issues in a safe and controlled environment.  The school believes that Sex and Relationships Education is crucial to help young people make the right choices and assess the risks associated with embarking upon physical relationships.  

History students enter the John Eastell essay writing competition.

The Ingatestone and Fryerning Historical and Archaeological Society invited sixth form History students to enter the John Eastell essay writing competition.

The society had an enjoyable afternoon reading through the student’s essays on topics from the Mid Tudor crisis, Stalin’s economic policies to Holocaust accountability and the failure of the Labour Party in May 2015. Entries were submitted from both lower and upper sixth A-Level and International Baccalaureate students and the society were very impressed with the quality and scholarly approach of the work.

They eventually decided on the three prize winners: Nancy Jennings, Katie Nichols and Owen Twyford. These students will share a prize of £100 and the winners name will be engraved on the trophy that the society have donated to the school.

The prize giving will take place on March 1st in the Parish Rooms on Stock Lane; the winning students will present a short synopsis of their essays and then take questions from the audience. The History department at the Anglo European School have been very pleased to work with the society on this project, it is great to see the often highly impressive work of the students valued and recognised by a wider audience.

 

Cross Country teams achieve great results

Congratulations to our Cross Country teams this term.  They have achieved fantastic results in the Brentwood School Cross-Country event with Rosie McCann 9A finishing 1st  and the girls Year 8 and 9 team finishing 1st overall.  Bobby Dailly 7A also finished 1st in his race.

Also at the Essex Schools Chamopionships held at Stubbers, the Year 7 boys finished 15th out of 33 schools.  Special congratulations again to Bobby Dailly for winning his race and being selected to run for Essex at the South England event.  

Author Piers Torday visits the school

On Wednesday Year 7 and 8 students at our school were treated to a visit by the author Piers Torday, who came to talk about his books The Last Wild, The Dark Wild and The Wild Beyond.  Piers told the students how and why he decided to start writing.  He also explained his concerns on how our world is changing environmentally and how this and his love of reading and writing about animals led him to write this series of books.  Students were able to ask Piers questions regarding his writing and finished the talk by having their books personally signed by the author.

The Anglo European School Library organise yearly author events for students in year 7, 8 and 9 to encourage and enthuse students to read a wide genre of books and to re-establish an excitement in reading for young people.

Email from Piers to Library

Thank you so much for inviting and organising my terrific trip to the Anglo European school yesterday. It was a pleasure to meet you, and I hugely appreciated all the work that had gone in to putting the visit together, ordering books, moving timetables around and so on.

The children were delightful to talk to and I very much enjoyed their responses during the sessions and after. I was also very touched by Lorraine’s welcome and introductions – please do pass on.

And in particular – something that almost never happens – I was honoured that your Head took a few minutes to meet with me and left inspired by her commitment to books, reading and libraries. Good luck with finding that Patron!

Information about the writer – Piers Torday

I was born in Northumberland, which is possibly the one part of England where more animals live than people, and spent my early years crawling around on the floor of the children’s bookshop that my mum ran.

After school and university I ended up doing plays and comedy shows on the Edinburgh Fringe, and then moved into telly where I helped develop, write and make all sorts of programmes from reality to comedy shows.

I am very lucky to come from a writing background. My grandfather Roger Mortimer was a journalist who wrote hundreds of very funny letters to his children, which you can read in the Dear Lupin trilogy by my relatives, including Dearest Jane, by my mum. These were recently adapted for the West End stage by Michael Simkins, starring James Fox.

After my dad Paul wrote his first book at the age of 59 (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) I felt inspired to have a go myself and went on an Arvon Course at Ted Hughes’ old house in West Yorkshire, where I began to write The Last Wild, my attempt to make sense of how we are changing our environment and the natural world around us.

It was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the UKLA Award, as well as winning Stockton Children’s Book of the Year and Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year. The book has sold all over the world and its sequel, The Dark Wild won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. The third and final book in the series, The Wild Beyond came out in 2015 to critical acclaim.

This year I have been a judge on the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and we announce the winner in November.

I am now working on four more books for my publishers Quercus Children’s. One is a new story all by itself, and the next three will be another trilogy – to be revealed…

I am also delighted to announce that I have completed my late father’s final novel, a political thriller called The Death of an Owl (not for children!) which will be published by W&N in April 2016.

In between, I have also been trained as a Reading Helper by the brilliant Beanstalk and am very privileged to be working with them in North London to help challenged young readers enjoy children’s books the way I once did. I am also a Trustee of the Pleasance Theatre, which gave me my first ever break and continues to do the same every year for hundreds of young creative people.

Finally, I am very proud to be Patron of Reading at the inspiring Heathmere Primary School in Wandsworth.

Quotes from Students:

I thought Piers Torday’s visit today was inspiring.  I have now gained a liking for his books and I am looking forward to buying them in the future.  He has also inspired me to write books about animals as well as read them – Jude Ofori-Awuah

I thought it was very exciting and fun when Piers Torday visited us.  My favourite book is The Last Wild, which is the book I am reading now.  It was very inspirational and I liked the idea of his story.  – Alfie Callahan

I found the visit really fun and I enjoyed getting my book signed – Maia Nandris

I think the author has an amazing imagination and really thinks about his stories.  I am also extremely excited to read his next two books – Christian Lee

Mrs Gee said “It was a great pleasure to meet Piers today. This is part of a wider literacy strategy to promote reading for pleasure at Anglo European, organised by our librarian, Lisa Rawlings. Our students welcome authors frequently and have an opportunity to discuss their latest work, the creative writing process and have books signed. Our Year 7 and 8 students were particularly inspired by the way Piers uses his own experience and environmental  concerns, particularly  with  reference to the preservation of endangered species to inspire his fictional writing.”

 

Abellio Greater Anglia briefs students on upcoming projects

Students were briefed on the new design for Ingatestone Station which included widening of the platforms, new canopies, new footbridge and re –development of the buildings to include waiting rooms. Students asked about disruption to service and were keen to learn more about modifications to safety. Abellio Greater Anglia staff explained that the Crossrail project would mean more commuters in the area which in turn would have an impact on the local economy.

Litterbusters Keep Ingatestone Tidy

Last week saw the re-launch Litterbusters. The Lower 6th CAS group have been active in promoting this extra-curricular activity and enlisting new members, in particular from Year 7.  Their first visit into the village tied in with the Ingatestone Village Litter Pick Day.  We look forward to seeing this group thrive in keeping litter off our streets!

The Anglo Litterbusters was first developed some years ago as part of the Keep Ingatestone Tidy group led by John Galvin. The school took responsibility for Willow Green and the route to the railway station.  Co-headteacher, David Barrs said “We talk a lot about global citizenship but to be a good global citizen we have to be able to act as good local citizens.  The two go together.  Litterbusters is an example of how the diverse Anglo community understands the importance of our position within Ingatestone”.

New Head Boy and Head Girl Elected

All the candidates went through a rigorous election process including putting together their manifesto, posters and a campaign video.  The whole school community took part in the voting procedure.  It was a close call but we are proud to announce that our new Head Boy is Duncan Lee; Head Girl is Ashley Fearn and our new Deputies are Amelia Coles and Caleb Boateng. Congratulations to all the candidates.