Several of our Sixth Formers organised a whole school EU referendum culminating in an information session for the Lower School students and a debate for Years 10 and 11 and Sixth Formers to question the student panel on the advantages and disadvantages of leaving the EU. It was a great chance for the school to come together and have their say in what is to become an important milestone in UK history. The results were carried by an overwhelming majority in remaining within the EU with a 72% vote, 16% voted to leave and 12% abstained.
The Anglo joined in with the celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. The refectory was decorated with Union Jack bunting and photos of the Queen throughout her reign and live broadcasts from BBC News were displayed on our LCD screens.
We were fortunate enough to have ten employees from Ford Motor Company assist us, as part of their Community Day, in clearing the Pond area at the back of C Block.
Gerard Bowlt, Lion and DV Manager said: “Ford are committed to supporting the communities we work and live in. Through volunteering activities and projects, such as ground maintenance, we can help local schools and their environment – it’s a way for us to help give back to our community and share the spirit of Ford in helping to make people’s live better.
The Powertrain New Model Programmes team are usually launching new engine programmes in our European plants. This involves reviewing all aspects of the launch as it progresses (costs, technical quality and timing) and maintaining the programme targets. This volunteering project helps improve our own teamwork in an event outside of our usual office.”
Headteacher, Mr Barrs said “We were delighted to have the support of Ford volunteers which reflects the long association between the school and the company. We now have a pleasant and usable pond which adds to the school environment rather than detracts from it. Thank you!”
Our IB students leave the Anglo to begin their studies for the final exams. The theme for the day was children’s TV characters, which clearly inspired them to create fantastic outfits.
The Tom Smith Memorial Football Match was a tremendous success and it is now the intention to make this an annual event. The school community came together to watch the Lower 6th students and Upper 6th students play. The Upper 6th were victorious, winning 2-1. The event raised £310.75.
A number of 6th form students at Anglo European School recently took part in a “Brave the Shave” event to raise money for Sarcoma UK in memory of their school friend, Tom Smith, an Upper Sixth student who sadly passed away on Christmas Eve, after a long battle with a rare form of cancer.
Tom had been fighting the illness which was first diagnosed at the time of his GCSEs. Despite the challenges this presented, he progressed to the Sixth Form to study A levels in Sociology, Travel and Tourism and PE and Spanish ab initio. Tom dealt with his illness with enormous dignity, bravery and calmness.
Throughout his illness, Tom was supported by his family and a group of very close friends, who now wish to engage in a programme of events to honour his memory and raise money to prevent other young people losing their life to cancer. One of the more ambitious projects in the programme is their intention to raise enough money to build a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) for the students at Anglo European School, in Tom’s memory. Headteacher, Jody Gee said, “We would like to pay tribute to the manner in which our 6th form students have responded to such a tragic event and the commitment they are showing to raising money in Tom’s memory.”
The Anglo Eisteddfod is a well-established tradition taking its inspiration from the national Eisteddfod of Wales. It is a celebration of the international dimension of the school expressed through poetry, dance, music, drama and performances in all 7 languages studied at the school. Almost 100 students take part in the Eisteddfod final performances, and at least as many again take part I the qualifying rounds, supported by English, Art, Languages, Music, Drama and Dance Departments. The most prestigious award, the Palm D’Or, was presented this year to Dapo Adepetu, Ella Harget-Dash, Alice Johnson, Chrisanthi Symeonidou, Harry Wells, Chris Joyner with their drama performance from Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus”, from the Upper Sixth drama class. Mrs Gee said, “This is one of the strengths of the success of our application to become an Artsmark Gold Award; it was an evening of exceptional performance.”
This is an annual event at the Anglo European School where the students celebrate the unique cultural diversity of our international 6th form through a series of events including the preparation of food, listening to different languages amongst the 57 spoken in the school, whilst dressed in their national costume. They share activities and traditions which have been passed down through their families over generations. Activities this year included lessons in Gaelic, Persian and Italian, the sharing of henna, origami and tea ceremonies and more light-hearted competitions such as the best dressed, marhjong, the chopstick challenge and Afrobeats. The students enhance their appreciation for each other’s culture, heritage, language and background through this very significant event in the 6th form calendar. Mr Newton, Assistant Headteacher (Director of Sixth Form) said “This is a really fun day that brings the Sixth Form together to enjoy the diversity that makes this Sixth Form so distinctive.”
Ryan McGee, Upper Sixth organised for two alumni to come in and share their advice on the art of public speaking. Mike Passfield from Greenwood Financial Planning: http://www.greenwoodfinancialplanning.co.uk/our-team/and Stuart Bazley, a member of the Bar and Professor of Law at a leading London Law school.
They held two sessions. The first session entailed presentations on tips and tricks on how to speak in public. It was an interactive session to aid with public speaking ability and confidence. They provided an insight, anecdotes and advice from their professions. In between the two sessions some students prepared a presentation for the second session. The second session was a mixture of presentations from students, putting the alumni’s advice into practice, and individual and general feedback from these presentations.
These sessions will help the Upper Sixth going into university and the world of work where speaking in public is essential and also the Lower Sixth because of the oral assessment areas in various subjects, upcoming interviews etc.