Year 8 students perform Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

On Tuesday 16th July, Year 8 students performed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich to great reviews. The students had been nominated as excellent students of English and Drama and Miss Revett and Miss Jones have worked tirelessly over the last 7 months to direct a polished performance with these very dedicated thespians.

This project came about as a result of Anglo European School now being an Associate Royal Shakespeare Company School which is a tremendous privilege. It has meant that staff and students have had the opportunity to work alongside RSC Directors and perform alongside other RSC schools, including primary and special schools which has made the project even more unique and special.

Mrs Bardo, who accompanied the group to the theatre said “the final performance was heart-warming and a celebration of diversity, love of the theatre and humankind. It was truly uplifting and rewarding. Our students loved every minute.”

Miss Revett who directed the performance added, “The students involved have been truly committed to this project from start to finish. An RSC Practitioner commented on their insightful creativity and imagination, which in turn enabled them to have a tremendous stage presence. They acted as ambassadors to the school and showcased the amazing talent we have here at the Anglo.”

Native speakers of French, German and Spanish enjoy enrichment day

The native speakers of French, German and Spanish enjoyed their annual enrichment day. This year, we looked into the Oulipo literary movement in which they impose different constraints to enhance their creativity. Our students put on their creative linguistic hats and collaboratively re-wrote the well known tale – “The Tortoise and the Hare” with, for example, the rainbow constraint. The students showed us that they are a group of well-rounded, creative students who proudly showed off their mother-tongues.

Student receives award from CRUK

Amarvir Chatha received an award from CRUK for winning the category for Young Volunteer of the Year 2019. The event took place at Skinners Hall in London and he supported the event by volunteering with the young children who were there going through treatment themselves. 

Amarvir has helped raised vital funds though the school and supporting the local community to raise awareness of Cancer and the impact of the disease. On many occasions he has openly talked about his own personal struggles and how he overcame those in a positive way.  Amarvir was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2010 and was given 24 hours to live.  He is now in Year 10 and working tremendously hard to be an upstanding citizen in society. 

 

“We were told my son had 24 hours to live.”

Upper Sixth Refugee CAS Group hosts an overnight Camp Out

The Upper Sixth Refugee CAS Group, led by Scarlett Pochet, hosted an overnight Camp Out in aid of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). 39 Students from the Sixth Form took part, sleeping on school site and participating in multiple activities including games of rounders, a refugee themed quiz and a treasure hunt around the school to find the essential items required for camp living, ensuring an enjoyable but thought-provoking night. Students provided their own shelter, creating a small settlement of around 12 tents, and most importantly raised money for a very worthy cause. We would like to thank all students, parents and members of staff who donated and made this event possible.  £380 has been raised so far through this and other activities. Over half of all refugees around the world are under the age of 18 and often lack the security of their family, home and school, which we in the UK often take for granted. While we are a small group, we believe that our local action can be part of a much larger global effort to save lives, protect rights and secure a brighter future for over 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.

Ex-students organise Anglo reunion

We welcomed ex-students John Cornell and friends who had organised a reunion.  They were students at the Ingatestone Secondary Modern School in 1960 and were keen to take a trip down memory lane.  John explained that he lived in the Meadows at the back of the school and actually watched the land being levelled to allow the school to be built in the late 1950s.  They met with the Headteacher and had a tour with Sixth Formers to see how much the school has changed over the years.

John has had a very successful career as a professional photographer.  He took many photographs of his school days during the last 2 years he spent here and he shared these with the Headteacher, along with a video of Sports Day.

Upper Sixth Refugee CAS Group host an overnight Camp Out

The Upper Sixth Refugee CAS Group, led by Scarlett Pochet, hosted an overnight Camp Out in aid of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). 39 Students from the Sixth Form took part, sleeping on school site and participating in multiple activities including games of rounders, a refugee themed quiz and a treasure hunt around the school to find the essential items required for camp living, ensuring an enjoyable but thought-provoking night. Students provided their own shelter, creating a small settlement of around 12 tents, and most importantly raised money for a very worthy cause. We would like to thank all students, parents and members of staff who donated and made this event possible.  £380 has been raised so far through this and other activities. Over half of all refugees around the world are under the age of 18 and often lack the security of their family, home and school, which we in the UK often take for granted. While we are a small group, we believe that our local action can be part of a much larger global effort to save lives, protect rights and secure a brighter future for over 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.

Students create a garden that will benefit the school community

The garden club has undertaken a year long project to design and create a garden that will benefit the school community. They entered a competition called Green Plan It challenge, with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in September to complete a ten week programme. Following the competition they were awarded £1000 to create their design which has now become a reality, due to other kind donations and grants amounting to £4,500.

They have created two raised beds, one filled with flowers and one vegetables, with a view to planting a wild flower meadow early next year, with a fruit tree orchard. The area can be used by different subjects in future, such as Biology, Geography, Technology and Art, to carry out subject related learning outdoors, for example using quadrats, drawing, cooking or making compost.

The area will also become an environmental area to encourage wildlife on the school site. We are currently looking into making bee bowls and bird boxes to further develop the idea. Many thanks from the team to all who helped make this dream come true, with a special mention to our Headteachers, site team and science technicians. Many thanks to all!

The Great Get Together Picnic 2019

The Jo Cox Foundation, which was set up to honour the memory of the MP Jo Cox, who was murdered three years ago, once again organised  The Great Get Together.  We decided to celebrate this by organising A Big Picnic during both lower school and upper school lunchtimes.  This is not a one off, it is part of our calendar and a very important part of it too!  This was an opportunity for the Anglo Family to come together and students were encouraged to not only take part but also to meet people who they had never met before.  The students enjoyed dancing and listening to the music whilst eating their picnic.  A big thank you to our sandwich suppliers, Raynors for contributing to this event.

As Jo Cox, said “There is more that unites us than divides us”, and we believe these sentiments resonate with the ethos of the Anglo. One of our key aims is to ensure that young people are confident in their own cultures and confident about moving between cultures. Our mission statement, inspired by the International Baccalaureate Organisation, calls on us to develop young people who are principled but also open-minded and balanced and that they come to understand that “other people, with their differences, might be right”. This encourages tolerance but also develops an understanding which enables young people to challenge that which they disagree with.

Globex 2019

Our visits programme this year was a great success visiting places such as Japan, France (Avignon, Dinan), Spain (Granada, Jerez, Madrid), Italy (Saronno) and Germany (Wiesbaden). All part of the unique Anglo experience! Those students who remained behind took part in our annual Globex programme.  

Year 8 spent a week covering topics ranging from forensics, designing a peace park and dealing with issues around conflict and peace.  They also looked at some notable Nobel prize winners such as Bob Dylan.  For parents, friends or relatives of students in Year 8, ask them who Neruda was!

Year 9  focused on Japan, taking part in an international quiz and even designed their own country!  Origami, climate change, current affairs, Maths in the Real World, navigation and Soroban also featured.  If you have a child in Year 9 ask them what the session on Danish Hearts was all about!

Anglo takes part in the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards

On Wednesday evening staff and students from the Anglo European School took part in the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards for Brentwood Schools and Clubs. The event took place at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon where a full house of friends, family and event organisers came together to recognise the positive contribution that young people and their leaders have made to their communities. This year the leader award from the Anglo European School was presented to Claire Penn for her outstanding contribution to the visits programme; we estimate that she has contributed to over 7000 student experiences.