Issue 907: 6th November 2020

Face Coverings on Public Transport

Essex County Council has asked us to remind pupils of the importance of wearing face coverings on public transport, and I would be grateful if you would please reiterate the message below to your son/daughter. Thank you for your support with this.

We are all now getting used to wearing face coverings on a variety of occasions and that includes when we travel on transport if you are aged 11 or over. Some people are exempt from wearing a face covering for health, age or equality reasons so don’t be shocked if you see someone without one. Your driver is also exempt from wearing a face covering. If you should be wearing a face covering, it is important that you do so and that you keep it on during your journey to and from school.

If you need to dispose of your face covering, use ‘black bag’ waste bins or litter bins (not recycle bins) – you should not leave a face covering on a vehicle when you get off.”

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Can you also remind your son/daughter that they do need to bring their own face covering in to school to wear during movement times. Thank you for your support with this.


Welcome Back

I hope you all had a restful half-term break, and managed to enjoy the holiday despite the wet weather! It was lovely to see our pupils and students back in school this week ready to continue what I am sure will be a successful half-term. As I am sure you are aware, despite the Government’s announcement of another national lockdown, schools will remain open, and we will continue to operate as business as usual. Please do keep an eye on your emails as, in these ever-changing times, it is likely that we will continue to need to communicate with you on a regular basis.

Academic Induction

Next week we will be trialling our new online meeting app, “School Cloud”, for the Year 7 Academic Induction meetings. Year 7 parents/carers have been able to book an online meeting with a member of the Extended Leadership Team. We are excited to trial this new model and, all being well, we are aiming to roll it out across all year groups for future Parents’ Evenings and similar events whilst the current restrictions remain in place.


I wanted to give you some advanced notice that Friday 20th November will be a non-pupil day, as we have our annual staff training/INSET Day.

Well done!!


 Many congratulations to Sophie W, 7HHa, who is this year’s winner of the Library’s Annual Poetry Competition. Sophie wins a £10 Amazon gift voucher, a book and chocolate. We had over 90 poems submitted and as always, it was difficult to choose a winner, but Sophie’s cheerful poem impressed us with its vivid imagery.

Congratulations also to our runner-up, Michael, 7NSm for his powerful poem depicting his “Vision for a greener Earth.”

In joint third place is Samuel L, 8EMa for his dramatic warning in Open your Eyes and also to Tilly, 9DGo for her uplifting poem, Rainbow of Hope (based on the journey we’ve all been on through lockdown and having hope).

A special mention should also go to Sophie L, 7LGr for her poem I Spy, Hollie A, 11CRa for her humorous poem I Miss My Glasses and Owen, Oliver & George, all 8EMa, for their joint effort Football on the Field, which definitely brought a smile to my face!

Thank you to everybody who entered – there were some fabulous poems submitted.

Book of the Week

by C G Drews

“Can two broken boys find their perfect home? Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known.

He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home.

To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling.

Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.”

This is a powerful and heartfelt read, that will have your heart breaking in places, but will lift you with hope.


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