International Day 2019

Today is International Day at the Anglo European . Many students have worn the traditional dress of their family’s country of origin or a country to which they have particular ties. We are a school that teaches students to respect and indeed celebrate difference. Traditionally, the remit of the Sixth Form only, International Day this year has joined forces with non-uniform day and has adopted this international theme across the school. Led by the Sixth Form Executive, this idea was a legacy project of the Head Boy/Head Girl team this year. They deliberately chose to hold it on 29th March, the original date for our departure from the EU. It was a symbolic moment to celebrate our place in the world, the contribution we make to making it a better place, to recognise our “common humanity” and to help heal some of the wounds that have opened up in our society in recent months.

Whatever happens with the EU, our purpose as a school takes on added meaning and purpose. The key phrase in our mission statement is to develop young people who understand that other people, with their differences, might be right and that is perhaps the best advice we can give our political leaders at this point in our history.

Student wins the Highly Commended Award

Lizzie Shepherd is part of a group of young people who go under the name of Lucy’s Little Stars. Lucy’s Little Stars won the Highly Commended award in the Pride of Essex Awards for 2018.

They started a friendship club working with disabled children and there are now twelve stars. Lizzie works with disabled students on a Saturday with the focus on fun and play independent from parents. As a result these disabled children report being treated as individuals and seeing beyond their disabilities.

Rocking Ur Teens Girls Conference

Some of our Year 9 students attended the Rocking Ur Teens Girls Conference to celebrate International Women’s Day. They enjoyed a great day listening to many women from different backgrounds speaking about a variety of themes.

Ms Jones, Year 9 Year Leader said “We heard from some radio and television presenters, the armed forces and a variety of business women. They spoke about their journey to where they are today and told many inspirational stories regarding their careers and personal lives. The girls also enjoyed a networking lunch with girls from other schools.”

Anglo Garden Club enter a competition to design a school garden

The dedicated members of the garden club, in Year 8, entered a competition to design a school garden working with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). They visited the local RHS garden at Hyde Hall and worked hard over a ten-week time frame to design an outdoor learning area for the school. As part of garden club we are now looking to implement some of the fabulous ideas over the next year to develop this area to be used for outdoor learning by different subjects as a collaborative project. We are looking at part of that space to be used by Biologists to learn about nature and to be able to quadrat a wildflower garden. We will also be growing some vegetables as a science and food technology project to support our understanding of healthy eating within the school. Watch this space for further updates.

Anglo host training session for Brentwood school teachers

Anglo European School recently hosted an INSET day to up-skill primary and secondary teachers in Dance. Several Brentwood Primary schools took part in an all-day workshop ran by the Royal Opera House. During the day teachers were given the opportunity to explore and develop their dance skills with the aim of helping teachers deliver the ‘Create and Dance’ course to their students. This ten-week programme has been created to give Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 pupils an introduction to creative dance and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The aim of the programme is to create a short dance, inspired by a theme from Alice and linking to curriculum topics or school projects.

The exciting learning objectives and activities were given to the teachers in an intricate scheme of work. There is a lot of scope for differentiation, and cross-curricular work in other lessons, to complement the students’ understanding of creative dance. Online resources such as videos from members of The Royal Ballet helped with the fluidity of the day – sharing important strategies to help the students create a successful dance.

The Anglo European School will now be supporting the participating primary schools with their Arts provisions throughout the summer term. The Create and Dance project will culminate in a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, hosted at the Anglo European School on Thursday 20th June for The Great Get Together.

Year 9 students participate in an Enterprise Day

Our year 9 students have once again participated in an Enterprise Day organised and delivered by our Lower Sixth International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme students as part of their Approaches to Learning module which focuses on transferable work and life skills.

The year 9 task for the day was to create an ethical café / shop based around food or drink and to produce and present a business plan for it, including a budget & marketing strategy. The students were very fortunate in having some “experts” on hand to assist them in the task – namely representatives from Lloyds Bank, Shaken udder Milkshakes, an Independent Entrepreneur and the Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society. These experts presented some key ideas on budgeting, marketing and corporate social responsibility to the students and were then on hand throughout the morning for students to “drop in” for more specific advice and guidance. In the afternoon each group presented their creations to our expert panel who judged them and awarded prizes.  https://shakenudder.com/ https://secrethamper.com/

Lord Lexden visits the Anglo

Lord Lexden visited the Anglo European School as part of the Peers in Schools Programme, he spoke to the Lower and Upper Sixth A-Level Politics classes about the role and workings of the House of Lords. Students then had an opportunity to ask questions. They challenged Lord Lexden on a variety of issues from the role of the Bishops in the Lords to the effectiveness of the committee stages in the passage of legislation. It was good to hear his first hand experiences.