Politics students invitation to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Our Upper Sixth Politics students were very  fortunate to be invited to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The students were shown around the very impressive George Gilbert Scott building including the grand offices and conference rooms and internal courtyards, highlights included Durbar Court the former heart of the India Office and the Locarno suite of reception rooms. Our hosts, Marie-Claire and Beverley shared some fascinating insights from their careers which have included postings all over the world, highlighting the critical work of the FCO and explaining how the organisation works to improve diversity, relationships with other countries and supports business and enterprise. The students were also informed how to access careers at the FCO  and how they could use their language skills in this context. We are very grateful to the staff at the FCO for the time they spent to make this visit so meaningful.

The FCO was an inspiring visit, it was fascinating to be able to learn about one of the fundamental organs of our country and the ever-changing role they play in international relations- no two days are the same. What truly captured my attention was the mirror challenge- this is where they placed mirrors on the walls with a name plaque underneath with places where women have never been ambassadors, places such as Paris, Tokyo and Washington. The aim of the mirror challenge was to inspire women and girls to try and achieve equality in the FCO.”

The students  finished the day with a tour of the Palace of Westminster, which included the chambers of the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Another hugely successful Careers Convention

We held another hugely successful Careers Convention on Thursday 14th November, with 583 students and families attending. At this year’s event we had over 40 contributors from the world of work, training organisations and representatives from Further and Higher Education including Teledyne e2v, Tees Law, Anglia Ruskin Medical School and House & Jackson Pet Clinic. This was a great opportunity for our students to talk to professionals in an informal setting to find out about careers and associated pathways. Students were also invited to attend presentations on the different types of apprenticeships on offer including the new higher and degree apprenticeships and to also hear about the post 16 opportunities Chelmsford College offers.

If you would be interested in participating as an exhibitor next year on Thursday 19th November 2020 we would be delighted to hear from you, please contact enterprise@aesessex.co.uk

Year 8 participate in annual drugs awareness day

Year 8 participated in our annual drugs awareness day.  The programme is organised by the Citizenship Department as part of the school’s commitment to ensuring our pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills to stay safe.  All pupils completed three workshops on legal highs, the law on drugs and the effect of drugs on the body.  Both legal and illegal substances were considered.

The workshops concluded with a presentation from Russell Symons from Impressionable Minds, an award winning education organisation working to educate young people on matters related to crime.  Russell shared his own very powerful testimony of how drugs impacted on his life and the ripple effect across families and society.  Russell was hard-hitting, honest but at the same time left pupils with a message of hope.  Russell’s story concluded the workshops incredibly well.

Year 11 students organise Hello Yellow Day to raise awareness for positive mental health

The Anglo was brimming with sunshine yellow as Year 11 students organised Hello Yellow Day to raise awareness for positive mental health amongst young people on Mental Health Day and to raise money for MIND. This follows on from our “It’s ok not to be ok” campaign. We are encouraging students to talk about their own mental health and to review how their lifestyles can support them to improve their health and well-being. We will be talking abut the importance of regular exercise, sleep, giving to others altruistically and talking to someone if you are struggling and need some support. We are working to remove the stigma, to let students know it is brave and a positive step to admit you are struggling and ask for help. We are encouraging our students to look out for their friends and to look out for the signs of struggle: cancelling plans, poor attendance, sounding down, becoming easily tearful or sudden changes in behaviour.

We have staff who are now mental health first aid trained, we are implementing lessons on managing stress, anxiety and workload, we are giving student ideas about how they can connect with other people more effectively and join groups where they can learn new skills and gain a sense of belonging.

The world is sunny and yellow at Anglo today, but we know this is not the case for all our students and staff. It’s ok not to be ok.

Mr Carstairs, Year 9 Year Leader said: “Our first Hello Yellow day at Anglo has seen a variety of ways to express awareness and support for World Mental Health Day 2019.

Students and staff (some very dodgy socks and ties, and even a teacher dressed as a banana!) have adorned yellow accessories and decorated the school to let us all know that we are not alone with our mental health and wellbeing. The feeling created by this camaraderie emanates into our everyday school-life, where our pupils and staff continue to show that they really care.”

AMA students spent the day learning about MENSA

Some of our AMA students have been looking at the theory of knowledge and the truth today. They spent the day learning about MENSA, conformity and ethics, plate tectonics, how we are shaped by language and debating the issue of whether the age of criminal responsibility should be raised to 12.  All students thoroughly enjoyed their day.   Thank  you to all the staff involved.

Teachers travel to Wiesbaden to celebrate Gymnasium am Mosbacher Berg’s 50th anniversary

Mrs Peeters and Mrs Porsz travelled to Wiesbaden to celebrate our partner school’s 50th Birthday. We have worked with Gymnasium am Mosbacher Berg for more than 35 years, and Mrs Porsz even met one teacher who had travelled to Ingatestone in the 90s and who fondly remembered Mr Barrs. Each class at the school had prepared a project for the celebrations and highlights included a fashion show of youth fashions from the last 50 years, working robots made by pupils out of Lego and an amazing Mathothek classroom filled to the brim with mathematical models and games.

Congratulations to 37 students for achieving their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

Mrs Gee presented our Year 11 Duke of Edinburgh cohort with their certificates. She congratulated them on a very successful year where 37 students have achieved their Bronze Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, that has since expanded to 144 nations. The award recognises young adults for completing a series of self-improvement challenges which include physical expeditions, at least three months of volunteering and learning a new skill.

This group took up the challenge with an impressive attitude and organised their tasks effectively with the help of Mrs McDermott, our Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator. They have improved their confidence, resilience and team working skills  in completing all their challenges well within the time frame. The knowledge and experience required will strengthen applications for university and for future employment. Well done Year 11!

Mrs Gee, Headteacher said “This was a very impressive cohort with an excellent pass rate.  From the outset, they have been well-organised, dedicated and focused. They have shown great commitment to developing their individual skills and also worked collaboratively together to support each other through tougher challenges. I would like to thank Mrs McDermott for the hours she has given up at lunchtimes and after school to support this group achieve their goals. Many congratulations to them all.”