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.
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.
THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES
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.