Thursday 28th March saw the opening of our annual charities week. In true Anglo style, the CAS Drama group embarked upon a journey of showcasing the wide range of outstanding talent that we have at the school. The Carnival of Talents offered a display of the confidence, flair, and aptitude that our lower-school students possess. With artistry ranging from singing, drumming and dramatic readings – the 11 acts that took part had the audience singing along in the masses. Congratulations to Megane Sykes, who was crowned Queen of the Carnival for her vocal performance of “Somewhere only we know”. With £150 raised from this event and an attendance of 160 lower-school students, the CAS Drama group were able to execute a well-organised, inclusive and successful event.
Vivienne Miller, Business Manager, and Ruth Wootton, Assistant Headteacher attended the Healthy Schools Awards Ceremony 2019 at Chelmsford City Racecourse to accept the award for Healthy Schools status 2019-2020 on behalf of Anglo European School.
Congratulations to students who entered the British Biology Olympiad, which challenges and stimulates students with an interest in biology. It enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded with publicly recognised certificates and medals. The competition consists of two, 45-minute multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions. Top scoring students will be offered the opportunity to attend an award ceremony in London. Two of our students, Joshua Creese and Izabela Turner received the Bronze Medal, one received the Highly Commended Award and the remaining students received the Commended Award. Mrs Beard, Upper Sixth Year Leader, and Biology teacher said “This is a fantastic achievement as the test is extremely rigorous and statistically to give you an idea of our students achievement, 9465 students took part in the exam this year from 727 schools worldwide. Out of which, only 14.9% achieved a bronze medal award, 16.8% achieved a Highly Commended award and 18.5% achieved a Commended award. Just another fantastic achievement that shows the hard work and commitment of our young people. They did tremendously well and should be very proud of themselves.”
“Hello everyone, my name is Esther Itieimoh and one of my policies as Deputy Head Girl was to link the use of spare change to a fundraising scheme. ToiletTwinning is a charity that not only builds safe and functioning latrines for communities in the developing world but also educates them on the importance of sanitation.
With help from them and the school, I was able to put together this mobile loo. Over the next few weeks I will be moving it to various locations around the school with the aim that people will dispense their spare change in it. The main goal is £240 to build a block of latrines and I’m kindly asking if you see this around school you could donate as much as you’re willing to give.
Once we have achieved this, we will receive a certificate with the location and a picture of the place the latrine was built and be added onto the websites supporter map.
Thank you for your help.
Megane Sykes met with Mrs Gee this week to discuss her amazing commitment to a local care home over the last two years. Megane volunteers at the Millard Care Home in Braintree. She spends time with elderly people in the home and is especially empathetic towards those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. Megane’s work has gained attention recently as she was awarded Braintree’s Volunteering Award and Braintree Council made a short documentary of her work to encourage more young people to do the same.
Megane is a credit to her school and its values and ethos; she is principled, caring and very impressive in her determination to help those in need of a little company and kindness.
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.
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.
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.”
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 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.