Good luck to our Year 11 students

This week, we say farewell to our Year 11. What a challenging year they have had, but they have met this challenge with courage, tenacity and great dignity. They completed their final assessments this week and took part in a programme of events on Thursday and Friday morning.  Over the next few weeks they will participate in a remote programme of preparation for the next stage of their education and training. This includes accredited courses, wider reading and research and on-line tasks which will bridge gaps in their knowledge and prepare them for the courses they wish to pursue in September.

We are looking forward to welcoming back some of our students to Anglo’s International Sixth Form and will enjoy seeing them at their induction days on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th July and of course at the Annual Prom.

Mrs Gee said “We have really enjoyed our last week with our fabulous Year 11 and will miss them next term. We wish them every success with the results from their GCSEs and hope they continue to achieve beyond expectation in whatever path they choose. They have been an extraordinarily resilient and courageous year group who we have really enjoyed teaching over the last 5 years.”

Mr Barrs said “We are pushing you off that cliff now and we will watch you fly, some of you back to our Sixth Form, some of you to pastures new.  We hope we have made a difference so you so you, in turn, can make a difference.  Good luck to all of you”

Good luck Year 11 2021!

Farewell to our Upper Sixth students

This has been a particularly tough two years for this cohort who have risen to the challenges that have been placed before them, and acted in a mature and reflective manner through what have been unprecedented times in education. They will have learnt things about themselves and others that they didn’t know before, and picked up new skills along the way because of the circumstances they have found themselves in. We are very proud of how they have coped with these two years and know that they will go on to be part of the generation that will change the world, even by a small part, for the better.

Our Upper Sixth students enjoyed a fantastic last day in school. The fancy dress was as impressive as always, but the conduct of the students in making this a fun and enjoyable day was greatly appreciated by all the staff. We look forward to seeing them again at the Sixth Form picnic and Prom shortly.

MEP Students meet Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP

On Monday, 24th May, Alex Morgan (Yr 10) Yan Morris (Yr 11) and Mrs Gee, Headteacher had a video call with the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minster for School Standards, Mark Herbert, Director Schools and Skills at the British Council and Katharine Curruthers OBE, Director of UCL IOE along with representatives from 4 other MEP schools. Minister Gibb spoke with each school in turn, thanking the Headteachers and Chinese teachers for their contributions to the success of the programme and then talking to each student in turn about their experiences and their achievements. Mrs Gee, who chairs the National Headteachers’ Strategy Group for MEP, spoke to Minister Gibb about the impact the government support has had on the success of this prestigious project and what a pleasure it has been to see our first cohort, now in Year 11, about to qualify with GCSEs and an HSK 3 qualification in Chinese Mandarin this year.

Minister Gibb spoke to Yan Morris about his assessments at the end of Year 11, his experience of HSK 3 and congratulated him on achieving Gold, the highest award given in this qualification. Yan said, “It was a great opportunity to speak to Nick Gibb MP about the Mandarin Excellence Programme and to hear from other students who share the same passion and enthusiasm for learning Mandarin. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning Mandarin on the Mandarin Excellence Programme, which included the trips to China and Nottingham, visit to the Foreign Office and House of Lords, as well as taking part in the Mandarin Speaking competition. I hope to study Mandarin further in our Sixth Form, then at University. My aspiration is to become a Chinese teacher.”

He then spoke to Alex Morgan to congratulate him on his recent success in the National Mandarin Speech Competition, organised annually by the British Council and held virtually this year on May 5th 2021. Alex said, “The competition was a great way for me to practise and improve my confidence and Mandarin speaking skills, I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Anglo’s success in this competition is notable; candidates from schools all over the UK joined the first round in March. Our students Alex Morgan (10C) and Yan Morris (11C) both made it to the final. Last week, we learnt that Alex had been awarded third place in the Intermediate Plus Level, which is hugely impressive. The judges complimented Alex on his “very organised responses with good structures.” and his use of “complex conjunctions …in the final performance.”

Our CLEC Chinese Language Teacher Tina Dai said, “We prepared the competition together from the heats to finals. It was a pleasure to train such brilliant boys who are so hardworking and full of creative ideas.” Mrs Gee added, “Many congratulations to both students for their amazing success in this national competition. They have worked extremely hard on this very demanding and intense programme of Chinese study. To listen to their confident, fluent and eloquent performances in this challenging competition and to listen to the reaction of the judges made us all very proud.”

The MEP programme, with Minister Gibb’s support, is hoping to secure another 5 years of funding to continue the excellent work that Anglo, along with 13 pioneer schools began back in 2015. There are now over 80 schools involved and the programme has exceeded its targets of securing 5000 fluent speakers of Chinese by 2021 and continues to enhance the curriculum with enrichment, immersive study visits to China, university residentials, and virtual tours. In Phase 2, we hope to enhance our primary liaison and support, connections with business and enterprise, work experience opportunities and a continuation of enriched provision into the Sixth Form and beyond, working with Higher Education institutions to enable our MEP students to achieve their ambitious goals.

Students take part in an Arabic Live Event

Some of our L6th and Year 9 students took part in an Arabic Live Event organised by the British Council, in partnership with the Qatar Foundation International. Students listened to an Introduction to Arabic language and cultures and watched a live performance and conversation by Syrian American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum. Now living in Los Angeles, California, Omar is also a designer, poet and peace activist whose work blends Arabic and English words and rhythms. The event also included Zaina Erhaim, a Syrian journalist who reported on the conflict in Syria. She is currently a refugee in the UK and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)’s Communications Manager. Zaina spoke about her life in Syria before and during the war and as a refugee.

Politics student appears on Radio 5 live

U6 Politics student, Anna Hatwell, ‘appeared’ on Radio 5 live with Adrian Chiles on his Question Time Extra Time show alongside Matthew Taylor former political strategist and current Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts; Cindy Yu Broadcast Editor at the Spectator; and Ebac founder John Elliot. She expressed some views on some of the key issues of the day. Listen to the show on http://ow.ly/m56f50Cs8w0

Question Time Extra Time – 19/11/2020 – BBC SoundsYour take on the BBC’s biggest political debate with Adrian Chiles and special guests.ow.ly

Well done Anna! #BBCRadio5 #AngloFamily #Politics BBC Radio 5 live

Community Lecture with Sir Richard Jolly

Please feel free to watch our Community Lecture with Sir Richard Jolly. This was made in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the UN. #AngloFamily #CommunityLecture #UN https://youtu.be/G0tdwujw3XY

We also celebrated this special anniversary by rededicating ourselves to the UN Charter by reading the Preamble to the Charter and raising the UN flag, in common with many other communities around the world. 

Students take part in an inaugural virtual debate

Anglo Sixth Form students took part in another first for the school with an inaugural virtual debate between two teams of Sixth Formers. The topic was the potential reintroduction of the death penalty to the UK which saw some impassioned arguments on both sides being relayed to students in their Form rooms, followed by questions to the teams and a final vote. The motion was eventually defeated, but both sides articulated their points very well and certainly created a significant amount of discussion.

Achievement for All

In September, Anglo European School will be working in partnership with this not-for-profit organisation to improve the outcomes for all students vulnerable to underachievement, regardless of background, challenge or need, including those with SEND, eligible for Free School Meals and Children who are looked after in care.

This is a whole school improvement framework, recognised by the DfE, tailored to meet the needs of our school population and has a proven track record of outstanding results. We will be supported by a School Champion, and an Achievement Coach who will forge a strong partnership with the school and will support the school to work towards an Achievement for All Quality Award over the next two years.

Together we will work towards an “I can” attitude to learning; building the grit and resilience that creates perseverance in the face of a significant challenge, supporting learning, building ambition and aspirational behaviours. The programme recognises that Anglo is relentless in its high expectations, rigorous in our pedagogy and critical in our evaluations of our own practice. Now, more than ever, we do not want to be complacent, but wish to strive to make the education at Anglo European world class. We continue to be passionate about improving the lives and opportunities for the young people in our care and we know that all students are feeling a little less confident, a little more vulnerable and anxious about the year ahead and we want to have robust systems in place to build resilience, instil confidence and support vulnerabilities.

The programme enhances four interrelated elements: Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Wider Opportunities and Outcomes and Parent and Carer engagement in our aim to raise aspiration and achievement, removing barriers to success, developing constructive and supportive relationships between the school, home and our students.

The Well-Being programme will also coach and support teachers to promote a culture where levels of emotional well-being are raised; we have access to professional coaching and development which enables us to support students, promote kindness, support mental health, celebrate diversity, creativity and problem-solving in an emotionally intelligent manner. 

This year, we are acutely aware of the responsibility we hold for bridging gaps, addressing mental health, supporting students with challenging behaviour and achieving these through evidence based, research supported methods alongside the embedded kindness, patience and friendship we have come to expect from our Anglo Family.

COVID-19 Guidance for Education Settings

Latest Guidance:

We continue to take daily advice and guidance from the Department of Education and Public Health England, who are publishing updated guidance on their page every day at 2pm until further notice. For specific cases, where students are showing any symptoms or in relation to visits and exchanges, we are taking direct advice on a case by case basis. The situation is changing daily and we will aim to continue to update parents regularly on any developments which affect our school. We are grateful to our Medical Support Officer and our International Office staff for their dedication in ensuring we are constantly updated with changing circumstances.

We continue to advise our staff and students to wash their hands with soap and water, use alcohol sanitizers and cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue, throwing this away properly in the bin. People who feel unwell and have any possible symptoms should stay at home. If you are worried about symptoms you should call NHS 111 or the DfE Coronavirus Helpline on 0800 0468687 and not attend your GP surgery or any healthcare environment.

Face masks for students and staff are not recommended to protect from infection as there is no evidence of benefit.

Students or staff who have returned from Category 1 specified countries will be advised to self-isolate. People returning from Category 2 countries are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms.

All other staff and students should continue to attend school. The latest advice and guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Update on Visits and Exchanges:

1. We took the decision to return the Long Term exchange students who were already in Girona. This is because we were informed that a student at the school had tested positive for the virus. Public Health England advised the students could stay in Spain and follow the guidance on hygiene awareness.  The partner school remains open and all activities are continuing there. However, with the support of parents, we took the precautionary measure of repatriating them. No students have had direct contact with the student concerned and in line with the advice, they have returned safely to the UK and will return to school, with close monitoring by parents and staff.  If students develop any possible symptoms they should self-isolate and follow the guidance above.

2.  For the same reason, the school took the decision to postpone the Year 10 exchange to Girona. We are looking for alternative dates to run this exchange later in the year. At present, the Girona students still intend to travel to us in May, unless the situation changes.

3. The French authorities have issued guidance to their schools to prevent students travelling on visits and exchanges. Therefore, in-coming visits from Dinan, Lyon (long term) and Avignon to Ingatestone have cancelled their plans for the home leg.

4.  We are in contact with the Headteacher of our exchange school in Lyon to ascertain whether this exchange visit is still viable and hope to have their decision within the next 24 hours. 

5.                  The Paris Work Experience visit has been postponed by our partner school in Paris.  We are investigating the possibility of alternative dates later in the year.

Where visits are postponed or cancelled, yet restrictions have not been put in place by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, we will do our utmost to recover as much finance as we can or to rebook flights and visits for a later date to avoid losing these funds. Given the unprecedented demands on airlines and insurance companies, we are expecting this to be a considerable job for our International Office and we would ask for your patience in this matter. We will update you on any developments as they occur.

All other visits and exchanges are currently going ahead unless we receive further advice and guidance that these are not possible. The International Office are in regular contact with Headteachers in our partner schools so that we have the latest advice and guidance in the area of travel. Next week, Madrid and Frankfurt Work Experience for L6, Russia for L6 and Heidelberg for Year 10 are all currently going ahead. The Belsen 7Project, which leaves on Sunday 15th March is also going ahead.

We understand if parents take the decision to withdraw students from the visits if they are concerned about future developments. We just need to make it clear that money committed may not be refunded if this happens before the Foreign and Commonwealth Office deem this necessary. 

We are taking continuous advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, our insurance company and the Department for Education. All of the advice we have received thus far indicates educational visits should continue as usual unless there is restriction on travel to these areas. Should this change, of course we will keep you updated but our intention is to continue to deliver our programme as scheduled and to continue to ensure an excellent educational experience for all of our students, where advice and guidance allows.

Year 9 Enterprise Days

Our Year 9 students participated this week in an Enterprise Day organised and delivered by our Lower Sixth IBCP students as part of their Personal Professional Skills module which focuses on transferable work and life competencies. The IBCP course emphasises critical and ethical thinking, intercultural understanding and the ability to communicate effectively – all skills that our Lower Sixth students had to adopt for this project.

The Year 9 task for the day was to create an ethical café / food outlet and 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, local independent entrepreneurs Abigail’s Lifestyle and Delicatessen and alumni entrepreneur, Jamey McIvor along with the marketing co-ordinator from the Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society. These experts presented some key ideas on entrepreneurial skills, budgeting, marketing and corporate social responsibility to the students and were then on hand throughout the day 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.

 Lower Sixth IBCP students commented, “As part of the IBCP we have the opportunity to run the Enterprise Day here at the Anglo. This day helps us develop skills such as time management, organisation, team work and event management.” “We were able to discover skills we didn’t know we had, and were able to give back to the school.”

One Year 9 student said, “This event has been really challenging but this helps you for the future.  It has been really good learning from the professionals; seeing how they do it and applying it to ourselves.”

One of our professional colleagues remarked, “It’s important to us as local businesses to support the community and the Enterprise Day gives us that opportunity. It’s wonderful to hear the students’ uninhibited ideas and then to take that creativity and help them craft it into a viable business opportunity is extremely rewarding. The students seem to enjoy the experience and they gain some valuable lessons in business over the course of the day.”

Fiona Bell, Careers Leader and Ben Knights IBCP Co-Ordinator for AES concluded, “These days are a unique multi-faceted opportunity for both our Year 9 and Lower Sixth IBCP students. For Year 9, they experience being entrepreneurs, considering the ethical, social and moral responsibilities of opening a business, developing their financial awareness, creativity, teamwork and presentation skills. For the Lower Sixth students, they are organising a corporate event and have all of the responsibilities that this entails: business meetings with the experts, coordinating resources, venues and students, as well as themselves! They can see how their soft skills improve and develop between the 1st and 2nd days, receive expert feedback and start networking with professionals.” https://www.facebook.com/chelmsfordstarcoop Hello Abigail. CapitalFlowers