Anglo Student finishes 2nd in Channel 4’s Lego Masters

Congratulations to Kobe (year 9) and his dad for becoming Lego Masters finalists!

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Over 200 Upper School Students receive awards at the 19th awards’ evening

On Wednesday 13th Sept we celebrated the achievements of over 200 Upper School Students who have received awards at our 19th awards’ evening for their achievements and progress across the curriculum. This was a lovely evening which was held at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford. Our guest speakers this year were ex-students Mark Brereton and Sebastian Venus.

Special mentions go to:

Sophie Elsa Ashworth and Katharina Beck who received the Headteachers’ Award for being nominated in five subjects; Matthew Adum-Yeboah and Nancy Eagle who received the Victor Ludorum and Victrix Ludorum Awards; Ivo Jones who received the Rotary Young Leader Award; Bethany Coughlan and Elizabeth Whitfield who received the Library Lifetime Members Award; Katharina Beck who received the Eisteddfod Palme d’Or; Sophie Ashitaka and Sophie Elsa Ashworth who received the Governors’ Award and Capucine Pochet and Scarlett Pochet who received the Bob Reed Award.

Mr A Sutherland received the Jack Petchey Leader Award and Madame Piejko received the Richard Pain Award.

There were excellent performances throughout the evening by Hugo Bragg, Lottie Bradford, Sophie Ashworth and Sophie Ashitaka.

Many thanks to Ms Dyer and the Office Staff who organised this memorable evening.

Read the Awards Evening Speech

Anglo awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award

The Anglo European School in Ingatestone has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.

The Anglo European School’s international work includes:

1. Our partnership with Confucius Classroom
2. Hosting the Jiangsu School
3. Our work with the MEP
4. Our partners schools in: Cologne, Frankfurt, Avignon, Dinan, Dijon, Madrid, Girona, Blanes, Heidleberg, Bad Salgau, Wiesbaden, Marsberg, Lyon
5. Our visit to the UN Geneva
6. Our charity work and visit to Lesotho
7. Our partnership with World Challenge – last year they went to Nicaragua
8. Our long term work experience placements abroad
9. The Japanese Home Stay
10. Our unique Globex programme in Y8 and Y9

On hearing the news that the Anglo had received the award, Mr Barrs, Headteacher said: “We were one of the first schools to gain the ISA way back in 1999 having pioneered the international dimension across the curriculum. We are proud of this achievement and to know we have secured the accreditation until 2020 is further encouragement to promote what makes this school so different.”

Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.’

The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Pakistan. Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:

• An international ethos embedded throughout the school
• A whole school approach to international work
• Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
• Year-round international activity
• Involvement of the wider community

My Trip to Lesotho


At the beginning of July I travelled with 17 fellow students from the Anglo European School to the small African nation of Lesotho, where we were to work alongside the community of Malealea. This was organised with the help of a charity called Africa’s Gift. The aim was to help with environmental sustainability, agricultural development and promoting health and safety awareness.

Fundraising was one of our main aims before the start of the trip. This was obtained by bag packing, car washing, sponsored swims etc. The money raised was put to extremely good use for example buying toilets seats for the local girls school! One can’t comprehend in our developed world the joy an item such as this can bring.

We helped dig a reservoir, this was to capture rainfall, helping the community preserve water for their crops. It was shocking how precious and limited water is compared to England. Some of the money raised went towards pipes for trenches that we dug in order to help the flow of water and stop it being lost. Our walk to and from work each day was 90 minutes on unmade roads, which was pretty hard when carrying shovels and wheelbarrows.

I and five other girls were lucky enough to shadow African women for the day and experience the everyday struggles they deal with in order to prepare a meal. The first step was collecting water. We walked to a nearby stand pipe (some go to ponds or lakes), fill a bucket and balance it on our heads. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. The women made it look effortless. Some women carry the buckets on their heads for hours, navigating unmade roads. They were much stronger than us. We also collected firewood. This was obtained by climbing down the side of the mountain and pulling trees apart with our bare hands. After we collected enough wood, they would tie it up and place it on our heads. Carrying the wood was a lot easier than carrying the water, but it was still very tiring as we had to walk back up the mountain carrying it all. Once they had the water and wood the cooking process began. On average the women had to make these collections more than three times a day. Being able to share this experience gave me an insight into how difficult day to day lives are for African women, doing chores that we take for granted.
Many of us raised money by selling trees. Lesotho sufferers from soil erosion problems and lack of food. The trees sold were in order to aid these issues. £5 buys a soil stabilising tree and £10 a fruit tree which helps with food security in the Village. All the trees bought were dedicated with a special message by the sponsors and will be blessed by a priest and hung in the local community village hall. (If anyone is interested in helping by purchasing a tree these can be found on the charity website

We carried in our luggage 20 thermal cooking bags called ‘Wonderbags’. Our fund raising helped to purchase some which were distributed in the community. These are changing lives in Africa by reducing the amount of time spent by women stirring cooking pots, collecting wood and reducing water consumption by 80% during the cooking process . The bag works like slow cookers keeping pots at a constant temperature and freeing women from cooking tasks for approximately 5 hours. All they need to do is bring the pot to the boil and place it inside the Wonderbag and leave it.
Inhalation of smoke is a huge problem too, contributing to premature deaths and early blindness. A lot of the cooking takes place inside the home which houses up to eight people living in one room. This means everyone is inhaling the smoke. 1 in 9 children die because of this and life expectancy for women is 48 and 50 for men. The Wonderbags were created by an African lady. Her aim is to stop these tragic deaths and to promote a healthier way of cooking (these can also be purchased on the website).

What an experience. I never expected to do something like this and I’m so glad I did. Meeting such beautiful and kind people. For a community that has so little, they were welcoming and showed such kindness and warmth in the time that we were with them. I was very sad when we left them. I feel a great sense of joy knowing that I have made a small difference to their lives. I am determined to do something like this again in my life whether I go back to Lesotho or help somewhere else. The rewards are immense.

Travel and Tourism students involved in a unique opportunity

Anglo European School Upper Sixth students studying Travel and Tourism were involved in a unique opportunity today, when ex-student Jaymey McIvor stopped by the school to show the students a jeep that is being used to promote equal opportunities for female entrepreneurs in the Caribbean. Jaymey is involved in looking after exclusive hotels and businesses throughout the Caribbean and thought it would help our students to learn more about this unique business model as the jeep was being built locally before it began its six week journey across four thousand miles to its new home. Our students learnt a lot about the impact of hurricane Irma on the islands and the impact on businesses like Elite Island Resorts, alongside the realities of looking after clients with such a wide range of interests and properties which could prove useful for their studies this year and potentially for their possible career options.

Anglo delighted to welcome back The Riot Act Theatre Company

The Anglo European School was delighted to welcome back The Riot Act Theatre Company to deliver important road safety advice and reminders to Year 7. Using the medium of drama, our guests reinforced the importance of common sense when using the roads including wearing a seatbelt. Year 7 interacted with our guests and dealt with the hard-hitting nature of the themes with maturity and sensitivity. This is an important element of our personal, social, health and economic education programme which is coordinated by our Citizenship department to support our pupils in being informed to make important decisions regarding their welfare and their responsibilities to others. We are grateful to the local authority for their support.

St John Ambulance deliver presentations to students on basic first aid skills

Michelle Bayford from St John Ambulance delivered presentations to Years 7 and 8 on basic first aid skills.  Year 7 were informed about how to deal with bleeding and how to assess the scene of an incident where first aid might be required.  In the summer, Year 8 were given CPR training and this session supported recapping the important things to remember when assessing the casualty and giving CPR.  In addition, Year 8 were also instructed on how to give first aid on breaks, fractures and sprains.  Both year groups asked many good questions and listened really well.  Instruction on CPR is planned for Year 7 later in the academic year.  This forms part of the citizenship/PSHE curriculum and supports the school’s wider philosophy to encourage service above self.

Taking the IB CP Forward

We are pleased to be able to share the release of this publication, “Taking the IB CP Forward” which explores the key elements of the programme, its flexibility and how it can implemented to meet the needs of a range of educational contexts.  David Barrs and Sara Woodcock from the Anglo contributed towards this publication at the request of the IBO.  The Anglo was the first state school in the UK to introduce the IBCP in 2010.


Music Students take part in a the New Youth Voice Choir Unite Festival

In the final week of term, Music students took part in a the New Youth Voice Choir Unite festival “Peace in Every Voice” which was the finale of two years’ work in partnership with 16 schools across East London and the Youth Choir NewYVC based at Stratford Arts Circus. It was a very moving and uplifting event which our students clearly enjoyed. Over the two years, Mr Gordon (Head of Music) has been working alongside mentors from the NewYVC to teach our students the song performed on the night. Mrs Gee, Headteacher, said, “To perform in such a prestigious venue with some inspirational musicians and fellow choirs members was a real privilege and pleasure for the Anglo. It was a fantastic evening and we were very proud of our students’ contribution.”.

On this very special evening at the Royal festival Hall, the choirs were joined by a guest conductor, Dr Doreen Rao from USA. She wrote, “Singing in choirs is a form of peace making with the power the power to interact with and change the world. In the political climate of our time, it is crucial that our children study and perform music that represents a wide diversity of traditions and practices.

Students represent 48 Member States of the UN during the Model United Nations

On Monday 17th July, The Anglo European Model United Nations took place.  Year 10 represented 48 Member States of the UN on issues related to technological development.  Specific debates were held in committees on issues ranging from air pollution to the  genetic modification of embryos.

A model General Assembly debate was held on the topic of artificial intelligence and the dangers of over reliance on this technology in the future.  Our visiting speaker this year was James Killick, an expert on artificial intelligence.  Mr Barrs opened and closed the day with thought provoking speeches on the role of the UN and the responsibilities it has in ensuring world peace and diplomacy.  Year 10 were excellent ambassadors for their countries and there were many outstanding examples of advocacy.

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