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/

Students have a fantastic time at their Prom

The Upper Sixth students all had a fantastic time at their Prom last night, which was well-deserved after all the hard work they put into their recent examinations. The evening was a real celebration of their time with us in the Sixth Form and the school and was a genuinely happy and emotional evening for all involved. We hope the students enjoy their Summer and we look forward to seeing them back in school on their results days to celebrate their success.

Students were fortunate to hear from a genuine entrepreneur

Sixth Form students were very fortunate to hear from a genuine entrepreneur today who showed them that with an idea, hard work and a bit of luck, anyone can turn their dreams into reality. Sarah Wood talked to the students about her company’s rise from a three person operation launching , ‘vaguely successful websites sharing amusing videos’, to being part of one of the world’s largest media companies in News Corp. She not only inspired the students and encouraged them to actively take risks, but also showed them that belief in yourself and what you enjoy can take you a very long way. https://unruly.co/

Congratulations to all the Year 6 students who have received an offer to join Anglo

We would like to congratulate all the Year 6 students who have received an offer to join Anglo European School in September. A welcome letter has been posted out to you which you should receive today or tomorrow. We look forward to meeting you all at our induction days on 27th and 28th June.

Please follow our Facebook page for future events such as our Eisteddfod or join classes with the International Drama Academy at Anglo on Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:00.

Head Boy and Girl welcomes Head Boys and Girls from our three local primary schools

Our Head Boy, Head Girl and the two Deputies welcomed the student council, prefects and Head Boys and Girls from our three local primary schools.  The students met the Head Team who gave them a brief overview of what their role was at Anglo and explained about the Student Executive and the Anglo Council.  They discussed various projects that they were working on and the possibility of working together in the future.  The students were then taken to meet with the Anglo Council consisting of representatives from each year group.  After a brief introduction they talked about tutor period, the Anglo Agreement, Showmyhomework and possible joint projects with the primary schools in the future, such as, a joint sports day, recycling projects, mentoring and taster sessions.

Head Boy and Head Girl Elections

The Head Boy and Head Girl elections are well underway. All candidates needed to gain five nominations or more from their peers to be officially in the running. They have had meetings with the Sixth Form staff to discuss their candidacy and to talk through their policies to see if they were feasible. An interview has taken place with the Headteachers and they have since written their manifestos, designed their poster and edited their campaign video. The campaign week will run from 1st February to 8th February and then the voting will take place on 8th February. Our new Head Boy and Head Girl will be announced on 9th February. Good luck to all our candidates.

Students learn about the world of finance and insurance

Six of our U6th students learnt about the world of finance and insurance and job opportunities when they attended an ‘insight day’ and were given a tour of the iconic Lloyd’s of London building hosted by the London Market Group on behalf of the London insurance market, in conjunction with the Essex County Council Apprenticeship Hub. They listened to other apprentices and graduates who are currently working in the market on their personal experiences and were given advice on working in the insurance sector.

Along with our students, the event was also attended Brentwood County High, Brentwood Ursuline, Bromfords Billericay, King John and Shenfield.

Essex Apprenticeship Hub commented on “what lovely polite students you have at Anglo. All six of the students were a credit to the school, they were all really engaging and think they made a really positive impression with the staff working in the syndicates at Lloyds.”

Olly Simmans,U6TP said “This day proved to be extremely useful, revealing that there is a lot more involved within insurance and how big a role it plays in everything that we do in our day-to-day lives. If this opportunity was to arise again, I would highly recommend that anyone takes a risk and goes for it as you may never know where it leads you to.” Another student commented “I think we all represented the school well as we asked lots of questions, networked and showed a genuine interest in the industry. I know some of the other students have now considered insurance as a potential career path.”

Essex County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Cllr Kevin Bentley, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our young people to hear first-hand about apprenticeships and the world of work in the finance and insurance sector. Finance and insurance is one of our key growth sectors with over 25,000 people in Essex employed in the industry and more than 11,000 Essex job vacancies advertised in this sector during 2015-16. There are a range of apprenticeships available in the sector and young people can earn while they learn, gain valuable skills and qualifications. I’d encourage young people to visit www.getingofar.gov.uk to take a look at apprenticeship opportunities.”

Spectroscopy in a suitcase

Upper Sixth students were visited by a representative from the University of Greenwich giving them a hands on experience of using equipment which is used in research and industry. The spectroscopic techniques are an important part of the A level and IB specifications. This initiative is funded and co-ordinated by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The RSC supplies portable equipment (worth several thousands of pounds) to universities’ outreach departments. The universities then bring the equipment, along with real live undergraduate and postgraduate students and their research supervisors, who demonstrate the equipment, help our sixth formers use it, and share their experience of how they use spectrometry in their research. http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/outreach/educators/#sias

It’s a great workshop for our students to learn about key specification points, as well as being enriched and inspired by the tools they learn in the classroom being used for real.

@UOGScioutreach

Lower sixth Chemistry students spend a day in London

In November, twenty lower sixth Chemistry students spent a day in London finding out how the topics they learn in class are used in real life.  From pre-Victorian beauty treatments that left their practitioners literally ‘dying to be beautiful’, to this summer’s brand new research data on the composition of Greenland glacier meltwater, our students were entertained and inspired by the creative application of Chemistry. We looked through our molecular goggles at chocolate – yes, it is good for you (a component, resveratrol, is an antioxidant) but no, it isn’t really (too much fat and sugar); saw how Voyager’s power supply might be made wearably nanosize to charge our gadgets; and left pondering the volatile flavonoids in blueberries.