Sixth Form football teams play against each other for the Tom Smith Cup

Tom Smith was a former student who sadly passed away two years ago from a blood cancer. As part of charities week, the Upper Sixth and the Lower Sixth football teams played against each other for the Tom Smith Cup, donated by Tom’s family. After an exciting game of football the final score was 4-4 which meant penalties were needed to decide who would take home the Tom Smith Cup. Congratulations to the Lower Sixth team who won against the Upper Sixth on penalites with a 5-4 win. It seems they have gained their revenge as the Upper Sixth won the Cup last year. A fantastic match, which raised a substantial sum for Sarcoma UK.

Year 8 Football Team

Having won promotion from Division 2 in Year 7, the current Year 8 team entered Division 1 for the first time which is a very competitive league. Amongst the other teams in the league includes the current Essex Champions (Great Baddow) and the current Essex Cup finalists (Chelmer Valley High School). Over the course of the season, Anglo lost one game to Shenfield, drew with Chelmer and won the other games. They have become the first team from Anglo to win the Division 1 title since the competition format was switched to a 2 tier league format over 5 years ago.

AESA financial support

The Anglo European School Association has raised money for departments which has enabled them to purchase some resources which would previously have been purchased by the school but which, in the current financial climate, has not been possible. This will benefit our students in IB, A-level and GCSE particularly in Science, Sociology and Psychology. These resources make a big difference to our students’ learning. Departments really appreciate the support they have received over the years and continue to receive from the School Association.

The School Association has also been able to support the purchase of netbooks for our SEN department and this will make a difference to the young people who rely on this technology.

The Languages department again this year are really excited to be able to purchase much needed MP3 players and resources to support them in the teaching of our new curriculum going forward.

Students commended for their NHS competition entry of an animation

Congratulations to Kobe Geeraert 8E and Harry Saddleton 8M who have been awarded Highly Commended for their NHS competition entry of an animation for which there were over 2000 entries in this competition nationally. They were awarded their certificates during the end of term assembly and met Mr Barrs today. Their entry featured an animation using Lego and they were photographed in their best Lego pose!

To view their animation click on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yflb9H61c4

Anglo support Rotary shoebox appeal

Throughout the autumn term, Anglo pupils were giving generously to different causes helping those in need. One regular appeal that the Anglo support with is the Rotary Club shoeboxes. This year, pupils sent off 60 shoeboxes to Rotary that were to head east. Shoeboxes contained children’s toys, hats, gloves and stationary as well as other gifts. Special thanks go to Sophie Ashworth and Sophie Ashitaka in Year 11 who collected and sorted material into shoeboxes.

Anglo host Japanese students from the Hiratsuka secondary school

We had the pleasure of hosting a group of 20 Japanese students from the Hiratsuka secondary school in Tokyo. They came to the UK as part of a cultural and educational exchange, to learn English and to experience British culture. We have hosted Japanese students before for single day visits, but this was the first time the visit was a full week. During their stay, they traveled to various cultural and historical destinations, but the highlight for us was their integration experience, where they joined in with Year 8, 9, 10 and Sixth Form students. The Hiratsuka students came prepared with presentations to share with us about Japanese culture, their school, and their local area. They joined in our Sixth Form International Day and also lent a hand with Japanese speaking activities with the Year 10 Japanese GCSE students. The Hiratsuka students all commented on the warmth and friendliness from our school community and in turn were a delight to have. We enjoyed a ceremony of friendship to mark the beginning of a new relationship with their school, and we look forward to continued visits from them in the future.

Career Speed Dating for L6th students

Last term we held our annual Career Speed Dating event for our L6th students.

This forms part of the careers guidance and education programme we deliver to the sixth form and gives our students a unique opportunity to access information on a wide range of careers – banking, law, engineering, accountancy, acting, nursing – to name a handful. We had 30 professionals in attendance who chatted about their profession and career path for 7 minutes to a small group of students. At this point a whistle was blown and the students could sign up to “meet again” their professional before moving on to the next table to hear about a different career. A recent survey by the NCS found that 33% of teenagers expect to follow the same career as their parents because this is what they are familiar with. This event enabled our students to hear about unfamiliar professions and ones that they may not have initially chosen. After an hour of rotating round the desks students were given the opportunity to sit with professionals of their choice for the final 15 minutes.

Students commented – “It made me think differently about getting a job in the future.”

“It has made me want to do well at school.” “I am more aware of my choices.”

“It made me aware of the ways to get into the job I want.”

Our professionals were extremely impressed with the interest, politeness and enthusiasm demonstrated by our L6th cohort and have either arranged for further specific career information to be sent out to interested students or will be fixing another “career date” with us during the summer term.