Issue 184 - 29 November 2019

Welcome from Mr White

Dear Parents and Students,

We have had a very busy few weeks and we are just about to start our Christmas events as we start to work towards the end of term. 

Last week was our Charity Week where we were raising money for the Essex Sports Disability Trust.  I must start by giving my congratulations to the Year 13 Enterprise students who organised and ran a superb week.  Thank you to:

  • Lily Collins
  • Cavill Costi
  • Josh Dyers
  • Kiera Gibson
  • Leo McKnight
  • Holly Peachey
  • Jamie Quelch
  • Dylan Rudy
  • Daniel Smith
  • Emmanuel Wekesa

Through their efforts and hard work we are looking at a record sum being raised from the efforts of students, staff and parents.  We have yet to finalise the final total, but we have raised over £10,000 which is an incredible achievement. 

Thank you to everyone who sponsored me to have my legs waxed.  I’m not sure why it was so popular, but as we raised around £1200 from this sponsorship Mr Francis joined me on stage on Friday to have our legs done.  Mrs Burrell and Mrs Wheatley Davis did the honours and, despite the pain, I am quite enjoying my new smooth legs!! 

Other highlights in the week were: the Talent Show on Friday where students demonstrated a multitude of talents for all to see, the raffle which included some amazing prizes donated by parents and local businesses and the 24-hour bike ride.  I would like to thank all the staff who contributed to events, like: the football match against Year 13 (well done students for thrashing us 4-0), the LevTucker Trial, Teacher Sponging and much more.  Charity Week is a fantastic example of the school community coming together to have fun, make some really good memories and also to raise funds for a really good cause.  My last thank you regarding Charity Week is to Mr Sydes and the Social Science Faculty who assisted the students so well in putting on such a good week of events. 

Looking forward, we have our Christmas Concert next Tuesday at 7pm in the evening.  Please come along and join us.  Tickets are available on ParentPay at £3 for students, £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.  We also have our Christmas Lunch on Thursday 5th December.  If you haven’t bought your Christmas Meal ticket via ParentPay, please note that students will only be able to buy food at lunchtime from the FoodCube, alternatively they will need to bring packed lunch. 

Year 11 students start their Mock Exams next week and we hope they are revising hard and we wish them every success in these important exams.  Please encourage them to plan their revision and then stick to the plan until the exams are over. 

Every two years the school undertakes a stakeholder survey through an external provider called Kirkland Rowell.  We conduct surveys with staff, students and parents to gather views and assess any changes in opinions over recent years.  The results are also benchmarked against other schools nationally so the survey gives us a sense of relative strengths and possible areas for future development.  I am sending a separate message via ‘schoolcomms’, please look out for this message as it contains details of how to complete the survey online.  We have moved away from paper copies to ease the process. Please complete one survey in relation to each of your children in the school.  The same link and password will work for each survey response.  Please take time this weekend or during next week to complete the survey.  It will close on Monday 9th December.

We have said goodbye to Mrs Robinson who joined the school in 2012 and has done a variety of roles.  She has been responsible for managing our communications and has taken ownership of our newsletter over recent years.  I know the newsletter is a great source of information for parents and I would like to thank Louise for all her work and effort that has gone into shaping the style, tone and content.  We wish her every success in her new job.

Finally, at this stage of the year, every year we prepare ourselves for the possibility of adverse weather especially snow, I would therefore like to clarify our procedure in the event that we need to close the school:

1. Presume we are open unless you hear otherwise. We will always aim to open.

2. Check the school website for the latest information. We will aim to update this before 7.00am if we intend to close the school. You can also check the Herts County Council website, but this may not be as frequently updated as our website.

3. We will send a ‘schoolcomms’ message to all parents for whom we have contact details. This may be an email, a text message – or both. We will aim to do this before 7.00am on the day we need to close and we will only send a message if we are closing.

If you do not receive schoolcomms messages, it is likely to be because we do not have your correct contact information. If this is the case, please contact the main office so that we can update our database with your current email address and mobile telephone number.

Malcolm White

Latest News & Events

Charity Week

Charity week is over for another year, but what a successful week we had this time round.  The students decided to donate this year's money to The Essex Disabled Sports Foundation, which was a record as we raised just over £10,000!!! A massive thank you to everyone that purchased wristbands, raffle tickets, donated to Mr White and Mr Francis having their legs waxed or came to events throughout the week.  Without this support, it would not have been possible. 

The raffle was drawn by Mr White on Monday 25th November (see the winners below) and we must also say thank you to all the local businesses for their kind donations.  Lots of staff were involved in order to make the week a success so a big thanks to everyone, but the biggest well done must go to the students that led the event.  Lily Collins, Cavill Costi, Josh Dyers, Kiera Gibson, Leo McKnight, Holly Peachey, Jamie Quelch, Dylan Rudy, Daniel Smith and Emmanuel Wekesa have all gone above and beyond during this process and they should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. 

Just the 51 weeks until we start it all again!