Parent News

Summer Term 2020
Friday 10 July 2020

Last Week of Term

There is just one more week until the end of this academic year and we conclude this extraordinary term. Live lessons finish next Friday and will include a special end of year virtual assembly.

Sara Secures Football Contract

Sara Secures Football ContractYear 11 Footballing ace, Sara, is on cloud nine, having recently been offered a contract to join Ipswich Town FC Ladies Under 21 squad. She has been a long-standing member of the Essex County girl’s squads since the age of 12, and was called-up for the England Under 15 squad for the 2017/18 season. This latest career progression takes her closer to her goal of playing professionally, especially as she becomes one of the youngest members of the squad at just 16 years of age. This is fantastic news, as she awaits her GSCE results in August, and looks forward to joining our Sigma Sixth form in September.

BBC Young Composer of the Year

BBC Young Composer of the YearAs part of her home study this term, Year 10 student Jane, has been composing music for her GCSE Music course. Her music teacher, Miss Merrell, was so impressed with the talented musician’s work, that she suggested Jane enter her composition into the BBC Young Composer of the Year 2020. The piece of music, entitled ‘Space: Adventure Calling’, has been developed as a film score. Each section is very specific to the story, including The Journey Begins, Mystical Space, Entering the Worm Hole, Enemy Warship Sighted, Space Attack and Escaping to Outer Space. The piece concludes with a high woodwind passage, entitled ‘Into the Unknown’, to express the mysteries that adventures in space might offer. The competition winners will be announced in August, and we wish Jane all the luck with her entry.

Lessons for Life – PSHEE @ Home

This week’s special Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) Home Study lesson focuses on Interview skills. Access the lessons HERE

Harry Potter – Maths Escape Room

This week we have the penultimate puzzle - Problem 5 of Miss Bartlett’s Harry Potter – Escape Room maths puzzle to keep students thinking and problem solving.

Home Study RewardsHome Study Rewards

Congratulations to all of last week’s home study rewards winners. Every week, the draw includes the top fifteen learners in each subject or faculty, nominated by their teachers; all of them receive congratulatory emails.
Amongst the winners were:
Jamie Brown (Year 7) for consistently working hard in music and producing some great work throughout the Year 7 percussion project.
Eloise Carter (Year 7) has produced thoughtful and original extended pieces of writing, during the remote learning period. Her powerful protest poem, entitled Racism, was a mature reflection on the current Black Lives Matter campaign and social injustice throughout the world.
Josephine Huckle (Year 7) for consistently handing in work to a great standard and showing her dedication to the subject throughout the lockdown period.
Cassidy Bullman (Year 8) was nominated for her meticulous home learning English work. Cassidy has engaged in optional tasks and her submission for an extension task on a 'Call to Arms' poem, was extraordinary – read her poem here. The English Department is very proud of Cassidy and her effort and determination throughout.
Tayla Jay (Year 8) for showing great initiative and finding solutions to problems in order to complete her Drama work, perseverance and dedication; both excellent qualities to have!
Maisie Moseley (Year 8) has produced some excellent work in recent weeks. Some of her answers and challenge factor responses have been completed to BTEC exam standard, let alone Year 8.
Adam Pepperrell (Year 8) for producing some fantastic work in music and showing true commitment to the subject.
Jemima Boughey (Year 10) continues to produce home study work to a very high standard. Students in English are currently writing a short story for their English Language Course. Jemima has created engaging characters, twists and turns in her plot and settings that support her clever plot. Her English teacher looks forward to receiving the next instalment each week.

Well done to all our winners each week. Keep up the hard work; you could be one of the winners in the coming weeks! Look out for the prize and praise emails for this week’s rewards, which are drawn today.