Student Volunteers at SEN School

As part of Lloyd’s Bank Community initiatives Bethany Coughlan, L6HJ, was asked if she would like to help at a fete at the Richard Cloudesley SEN School in Islington. Bethany rose to the challenge and had a fantastic day, she really communicated well with the children and was amazing selling raffle tickets with charm and poise. The school were particularly pleased at the number of tickets sold, apparently she broke the school record and raised over £300.

Congratulations on a successful Co-operative Athletics Day

Congratulations on a successful Co-operative Athletics Day involving Brentwood County High School, St Clere’s and Anglo. The students all had a fabulous day and achieved overall 2nd place with 409 points with Brentwood County High School coming 3rd with 391 points and the winners, St Cleres gaining 437 points.

Year 7 and 8 boys won the overall competition for their year groups and the Year 8 and 9 girls came 2nd overall. We had outstanding performances from Bobby Dailly 7A, who won gold in long jump, 1500m and the relay. Miss Brown who helped organise the day on behalf of Anglo said ‘It was a fantastic day for all involved. It was great to offer our students the chance to compete against other schools in a superb facility and it was a really close contest that everyone enjoyed’.

Return to the Forbidden Planet receives rave reviews

Students and staff at the Anglo European School have been on an intergalactic mission this week to recreate Shakespeare’s little known rock and roll classic; “Return to the Forbidden Planet”; an ingenious mix of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film “Forbidden Planet”, written by Bob Carlton in 1985. The Olivier-Award-winning rock opera is full of poplar rock ‘n’ roll songs, such as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Good Vibrations” and set in space. The play is brimming with hilarious dialogue, combining sci-fi classic quips with Shakespeare soliloquy. (“two beeps, or not two beeps? that is the question”, and “But soft, what light through yonder airlock breaks?” Its energetic and talented cast engaged audiences over three nights.

On Monday, they entertained students from the local primary schools as part of Anglo European’s programme of transition activities to encourage future students to participate in the life of their new school for September. Mrs Johnson, Year 5 and 6 Leader at Ingatestone Primary School said “Watching the children perform was excellent and the children enjoyed the experience. The acting was outstanding and the props were spectacular. It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to see a performance in a secondary school setting.” Aaron Moses, aged 11 added, “It was a really good show and I enjoyed it because it was exciting. I liked the acting and the way they told the story of the Tempest in a different way.” Eleanor Ravenscroft, aged 11 “I thought the singing, dancing and acting was really well done and I had a great time watching the show.”

The cast comprises Max Rodriguez-Thorp as Captain Tempest, the romantic hero; Harry Tunningley as Cookie, the ship’s cook; Arde Alexander-Sefre as Dr Prospero, a mad scientist; Julie Loustaunau as Ariel, Dr Prospero’s loyal robot, Olivia-Rose Deer as Science Officer, Elliot Graziano as Bosun Arras, Sophie Meikle as Navigation Officer and Emmy Bowlt as the romantic lead, Miranda.

This is a real Arts Team effort, led by Elaine Jessop (Head of Arts) whose department gained Artsmark Gold status last year; the play was directed by Julia Hicks (Teacher of Drama) and Dave Watson (Teacher of Art) and the set was brilliantly designed by the Art Department to capture the sci-fi B-Movie theme. The costumes, capturing the steam punk style were designed by Miss Turp (Teacher of Art and Textiles), ably supported by Sixth Form student Zoe Kotonou and Year 9 student, Anna Ionescou & with make-up design provided by Lower Sixth student Florence Mimms. Music was directed by Jon Gordon ably supported by Mr Wing and Mr Priestley with Mr Pattle leading sound and visuals and Mrs Ashworth running the lighting desk.

Mrs Gee, Co-Headteacher at the Anglo European School said “The school production is the pinnacle of the Arts calendar and always ends the school year in high spirits. This production has the audience singing along, foot tapping in the aisles and smiling all the way home. It’s been a triumph and full credit to the staff and students who have given up hours of rehearsal time to make this week such an amazing success.”

From a rock’n’roll robot to a green, tentacled monster (with a Mathematics (Miss Dempster) and Spanish teacher (Miss Jones), hidden within!), this was Shakespeare as Anglo students have never seen it before!

Sixth Form host its first Chinese Enrichment Day

It has been a very exciting year for Chinese at Anglo European School. With the support of our Hanban teachers, the Chinese department has continued to run Chinese language and culture lessons at a number of local Primary and Secondary Schools; including St Martin’s School, Buttsbury Junior School, Widford Lodge Preparatory School, and Ingatestone and Fryerning Junior School, where we helped pioneer a new module on the Shang Dynasty as part of their KS2 curriculum.

In school, we ran our first ever Sixth Form Chinese Enrichment Day, in which we explored 20th Century Chinese history through film. We have also run Chinese enrichment days for Year 7 students, who enjoyed a Chinese film study day, as well as language taster lessons, Chinese drumming, calligraphy, origami, tai ch’i, and dumpling making workshops. Year 8 and Year 9 students extended their understanding of Chinese culture through a study visit to the British Museum and Chinatown, and a Chinese Film Study Day at the British Film Institute. We ran a very successful exchange trip for Year 10 and Lower Sixth students to visit our Partner Schools in Jiangsu Province, and we were also very honoured to host a delegation of Headteachers from Jiangsu Province in October with the Essex-Jiangsu Centre for a forum on teaching Chinese in the UK and productive school partnerships.

In June, we were delighted to find out that Anglo European School will be one of 14 schools in the country and only 2 comprehensives to start the Mandarin Excellence Programme this September. The Mandarin Excellence Programme is a new nationwide intensive language programme funded by the Department for Education. With the support of the British Council and the UCL Institute of Education, Anglo European School will be at the forefront of delivering the ground breaking programme. For the next five years, one Year 7 form group will study Chinese for four hours a week on timetable until the end of Year 11. The purpose of the programme is to deliver a minimum of 5,000 speakers of Mandarin on their way to a high level of fluency by 2020 and will include intensive language learning, emersion courses in China and UK Universities as well as Enrichment activities at AES.

Anglo students celebrate impressive IB results

On July 6th nearly 150,000 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) students around the world received their exam results.

They join a community of more than 1,493,820 IB graduates in 136 countries across the world. The number of students receiving their diplomas in the UK this year is 4,969, marking an increase on last year’s figures (4,925).

The Anglo European School celebrated their impressive results with a cohort average of 35 points, which compares favourably to the global diploma score of 30 (out of a maximum of 45.) The average pass rate for the UK was 34.6 points. Four students from Anglo attained over 40 in their diploma with the highest result at 43. Though statistics haven’t been finalised for this year, if we look at previous averages, a score of 43 would put this student into the top 2% of IB results globally – an incredible achievement.

The IBCP is the newest addition to the IB’s continuum and Anglo European was the first school in the country to launch the programme. It is designed for students wishing to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable skills sought after by employers. IBCP students have received their results for the DP subjects studied within the CP and now await their A Level results in August.

“I’d like to praise and congratulate the students; these results are as good as they are because our students have shown great dedication, commitment and hard work in their learning. We are very proud of what they have achieved.”

Marie-Louise Brown – IB Curriculum Manager

“Independent research confirms that the IB improves students’ academic achievement, as well as their probability of high school graduation and college enrolment, and it is clear that our students are better prepared to succeed in post-secondary settings.

“And, perhaps more importantly, they’re better prepared to contribute in helping to make the world a better place.”

Dr Siva Kumari, IB Director General.

Former student discusses Sino-US Trade Relations on BBC World News

Former Anglo European student and Global Risk Insights Analyst James Tunningley discusses Sino-US Trade Relations on BBC World. James was invited on to the program to talk about US-China Trade Relations on the back of the Director-General of the WTO visiting London and the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing.

Feel free to watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/h7HojSEuKrs