Unesco ASPnet Visit

The school has been a longstanding member of the UNESCO ASPNet* group. This network is a group of like-minded, outward-looking schools who set a high priority for global citizenship, human rights and peace education and education for sustainable development.

“The aims of the ASPnet programme resonate with the aims of the Anglo and it is an honour to be associated with the UN’s family of specialised agencies in this way as we have been for over 20 years” said David Barrs, Co-headteacher

*United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Associated Schools Network

https://aspnet.unesco.org/en-us

Biology and Chemistry Olympiads 2018

Well done to all the Sixth Formers who took part in the Chemistry Olympiad, the leading chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the UK. This competition is run annually and is a challenging opportunity for chemistry students to develop problem solving skills and apply familiar knowledge in new and interesting contexts.

Congratulations also to those who took part in the Biology Olympiad which challenges and stimulates students with an interest in biology to expand and extend their talents. It enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded with publicly recognised certificates and medals.

Both provide a great opportunity for students to develop and showcase some of the skills they’ll need at university and beyond.

Arabic Lessons Underway

Having secured a grant from the Qatar Foundation we have been able to engage a teacher, Bouchra Assad, to teach Arabic as part of our after school Lingua Centre provision. The course has proved immediately popular with 15 Sixth Formers taking part. Co-headteacher, David Barrs, said “We can genuinely claim to be a mini-United Nations on Willow Green now that we are teaching all five UN working languages. We hope we will be able to expand the programme in due course, so don’t hesitate to register interest by emailing enquiries@aesessex.co.uk

Students were fortunate to hear from a genuine entrepreneur

Sixth Form students were very fortunate to hear from a genuine entrepreneur today who showed them that with an idea, hard work and a bit of luck, anyone can turn their dreams into reality. Sarah Wood talked to the students about her company’s rise from a three person operation launching , ‘vaguely successful websites sharing amusing videos’, to being part of one of the world’s largest media companies in News Corp. She not only inspired the students and encouraged them to actively take risks, but also showed them that belief in yourself and what you enjoy can take you a very long way. https://unruly.co/

Year 11 celebrate their last day at school

Year 11 celebrated their last day by the traditional signing of shirts. The day ended with a special assembly featuring student performances and special guest speakers, MP Alex Burghart, Toby Blunsten and Emma Benson, local Parish Councillors with the overarching theme of “Why politics matters?”. Year 11 left school in high spirits and are now getting ready for the challenges ahead, managing examinations and planning for the future in education or training.

Lessons from Auschwitz

We were fortunate to be able to send some students and a member of staff to take part in the Lessons from Auschwitz (LFA) Project. They first visited Oswiecim, the site of a synagogue and then Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz 2 Birkenau where they ended the day with a ceremony lighting candles for the victims. Mrs Prince said “Before Auschwitz I had never been in a place where I was so close to inhumanity and humanity at the same time. It is vital the victims are not forgotten so such atrocities never happen again. However, we must also never forget the heroes who risked everything to protect the persecuted. This was a profound and life changing visit that moved me immensely.”

We are also looking forward to welcoming Leslie Kleinman to the Anglo on 5th July 2018. Leslie is a holocaust survivor and will be sharing his testimony with the students, staff and local community.

Students from Chadron State College, Nebraska visit the Anglo

We welcomed some teachers and students from Chadron State College, Nebraska USA to our school as part of their regular visit to the UK and Ireland. They had a tour of the school with our Head Boy, Head Girl and the Deputies and then spoke with Mr Barrs, Headteacher and the students about our education system and how this differed from the State of Nebraska. It was interesting to learn that they do not test their students in the same way as the UK does with GCSEs but just test as they go through the course.

The Tom Smith Cup is now in its third year

The Tom Smith cup is now in its third year. The game sees the Upper and Lower Sixth students play a match in memory of a Sixth Former who passed away from cancer. The current Upper Sixth are the holders of the trophy and wanted to make sure that they retained it. Throughout the whole day, the Sixth Form area was buzzing with competitive, yet friendly, banter as they awaited the 3:45 kick-off. The match was hotly contested and after 90 minutes, the game finished with a 2-2 draw with the Lower Sixth converting a late penalty to take it to extra time. The winning goal, scored by Lewis Callery, ensured that the Upper Sixth ended victorious at 3-2. It was great to see the Anglo Sixth Form come together to remember a student who had such a deep passion for football. An amazing £160 was raised and will be donated to Sarcoma UK in Tom’s memory.