Parent News

Summer Term 2019
Friday 21st June 2019

Year 12 focus on Post 18 Pathways

Our annual Post 18 week again proved to be greatly beneficial for our Year 12 students, with a range of events and activities to help with their future career planning. Sessions helped the students to focus on their choices for when they conclude their A-Level studies in a year’s time. They looked at higher education, apprenticeship, employment and gap year opportunities, registering for UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) and the job application process.
Year 12 focus on Post 18 Pathways
There was a particular focus on preparing for an interview and identifying their skills and personal qualities in preparation for the annual Mock Interview Day. A number of industry professionals met with each Year 12 student, who had dressed as if they were attending a real interview. Each professional was tasked with choosing their best interviewee in a special ‘Your Hired’ competition. Other awards included the best dressed student on interview day.
Year 12 focus on Post 18 Pathways
The students also attended the annual UCAS Convention at the University of Essex, where all the higher education institutions in the country gave information and advice on the courses available - over 40,000 different course combinations, at 130 institutions.
Year 12 focus on Post 18 Pathways
The week concluded with an opportunity to chat with a number of ex-students (pictured above) - ranging from those who had recently left, to some who had been out in the big wide world a while longer. They offered Year 12 students their advice and also heard about their experiences since leaving school.

Free e-Comics from Essex Libraries

Free e-Comics from Essex LibrariesYou can now get free comics and graphic novels with your library card! Download and read through a browser, or on the RBdigital mobile apps. With over 180 titles from the publishers Marvel, Disney, IDW and Dark Horse, the collection includes many popular brands that appeal to all ages. Check out as many as you want and read them anytime, anywhere - free comics are just a click away!

Sports Days – 1st, 5th & 8th July

Sports Days – 1st, 5th & 8th July
The Year 7 and Year 8 sports day is on Monday 1st July with the track finals on the afternoon of Friday 5th July. Year 7 and 8 students will attend school on Monday 1st July in their PE Kit. They will participate in a range of activities, including track heats and the field event finals, during Periods 1, 2 and 3. After lunch, Year 7 and 8 students will attend their normal Monday Period 4 lesson but will remain in their PE kit for that lesson.
The Year 9 sports day is on Friday 5th July, throughout the morning students, who have signed up to take part, will accumulate points from a range of activities, including the track heats and the field event finals. Year 9 students not participating in sports day will attend normal lessons in full school uniform on that Friday morning (5th July).

All of the track finals for Years 7, 8 and 9 will take place on Friday afternoon, 5th July – watched by all students in these year groups. Year 7 and 8 track finalists will be informed before the Friday, that they have qualified and they will need to change into their PE kit during the Friday lunch break, ahead of the finals in the afternoon.
The track finals will take place from 2pm, concluding at 3.10pm, when all Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be dismissed directly from the track. If sunny, we strongly recommend that students bring plenty to drink, sun cream and maybe a cap, as there will be limited shade available next to the athletics track. Parents and carers are more than welcome to join us on the Vista Road ground to watch and support their children during the track finals, from 2pm on Friday 5th July, although we are unable to accommodate spectators during the heats and field events each morning.
Sports Days – 1st, 5th & 8th July
The Year 10 Sports Festival is on Monday 8th July and follows a different format running from 10.20am until 3.10pm. Students will arrive at school in full uniform and those participating in the Sports Festival will change into their PE Kit at break. Those students who are not taking part will remain in school uniform and attend their normal Monday lessons. Students will participate in a number of sporting activities throughout the remainder of the day.