Upper 6th celebrate their last day at the Anglo before exams begin

Today we celebrate the last day in school for our U6th, many of whom have been with us since they started Year 7 in 2009. All the U6th students, including the IB cohort who have already finished their exams, have come in today in fancy dress and there will be a special assembly to share memories, including a special award ceremony from the Sixth Form team. Today’s celebrations will be followed up by a picnic on the 28th June where students will get the opportunity to say goodbye to staff and friends and then the Leavers’ Prom on the 30th June. The celebrations are bound to continue on the 6th July when the IB results are released and then again on 18th August on A Level results day.

Mr Newton, Director of Sixth Form, “As with succeeding generations of Anglo students who have benefitted from an internationally inspired education, we are pleased that they leave us as confident, interesting and globally aware young people who will make their mark on the world and hopefully aim to change it in some small way.”

Quotes from Upper 6th students:

It is always exciting to see how much effort the other students make on this special day – Hannah Leyland

This is a great way to end the last 7 years in style especially before revision starts – Francesca Bradford

The highlight of the 6th form for me was the visit to Costa Rica – Idris Kayran

Anglo Pupils break record in fundraising activities

Year 8 held their annual Giving Nation event.  Pupils worked in groups to create mini enterprises selling food, drink, confectionary, hand-made cards, nail painting services and holding penalty shoot-outs, nerf gun target practice and basketball competitions.  The preparation was all part of the pupils’ citizenship curriculum and their teachers worked with them to help make their ideas make as much money for charities as possible.  Pupils nominated charities, researched them and then worked on what they could sell.  The total raised was a record breaking £871.19.  Mr Hills (Head of Citizenship) commented, “The pupils have worked extremely hard to make their enterprises a success.  To think that they traded for about 1 hour and 15 minutes and raised this amount of money is staggering and speaks of their generosity in terms of time, effort and creativity and the generosity of those who came to support the sale by buying products.  The pupils have shown their ability to organise ideas, work with money and be fantastic citizens”.

The money raised will be split between the nominated charities including Amnesty International, Marie Curie, Delete Blood Cancer and the Aloysian Boys Home (India).

Global Action active Citizenship club held a fairtrade sale of tea, coffee, hot chocolate and snacks to raise awareness of fairtrade products.  They raised £50.12 for the Fairtrade Foundation.  Another fantastic effort.

The US ambassador to the UK visits Anglo European School

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The US ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, joined Year 11 students to celebrate their final day of formal education at the Anglo European School this week before examinations begin in earnest.  He joined students to open the new Humanities Block which houses the History, Politics and Citizenship Departments; subjects which Ambassador Barzun was keen to discuss with students in their final assembly. During his interactive speech, he challenged the Year 11s to consider their own perceptions of America, its history and foreign policy. Students had the chance to question the ambassador directly on issues such as climate change, gun law, Britain’s place in the European Union, the current Presidential elections and the US’s approach to education, homelessness and health care. They were also fascinated to hear of his work on President Obama’s historic election campaign and what impact the President’s tenure has had on the American people. The event was broadcast on the BBC’s Sunday Politics show where journalist Simon Dedman posed further questions raised by the students during an interview with the ambassador. Headteacher Jody Gee said, “This was a fitting climax to our students’ distinctive education and farewell celebrations; students had their preconceived ideas challenged, their views on America’s intervention policies explored openly and were able to share their own political views on what the future global agenda should be.”

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Music Workshop with John Miles

20 young musicians continued to develop their composing and performing skills in a workshop with composer, John Miles – professor of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The project is in cooperation with the City of London Sinfonia and Essex Music Hub and will culminate in a huge orchestral performance in June. Musicians from Anglo European will get the opportunity to perform their own orchestral composition with the City of London Sinfonia and students from other schools in Chelmsford. The theme of Salsa and carnival has been inspired by the forth-coming Olympic games in Rio and influences such as son clave and cross rhythms can already be heard in the embryonic composition!

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